News for 12.7.2015

Hey howdy hey, it’s time for this week’s news!

 

•The Disney parks blog shared an excellent countdown containing 16 reasons why 2016 is going to be an exciting year for Disney parks. Check out the full list here.

 

•The nightly torch lighting has returned to Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

 

•The new Star Wars Launch Bay has officially opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For a full list of new offerings, check out this post.

 

 

 

Looks like a slow week, as that’s it! Check out the Disney parks blog for fun posts featuring all the Christmastime fun! ~Meredith ºoº

Disney News for 11.23.15

  • New “Paint the Night” parade packages come to Disneyland soon. 
  • New details unveiled on Animal Kingdom’s “Rivers of Light” featured show. Looks like this will be incredible when it is unveiled spring 2016, and is an awesome step in expanding the offerings at Animal Kingdom!
  • Speaking of Animal Kingdom, a new signature restaurant, Tiffans, will open in 2016. 
  • The Good Dinosaur merchandise is now available in Disney parks. The Good Dinosaur will be released on November 25th! 
  • Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival will expand from 75 days to 90 days in 2016.

Have a great Thanksgiving week and stay tuned to our FB page for any breaking Disney news! ~Amy ºoº

News for 11.16.15

Hey howdy hey everyone! Here’s your Disney news roundup for this week!

 

•You can watch the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights LIVE this Wednesday at 10:30EST! Follow this link for more info.

 

Santa has arrived at Disney Springs!! Starting now through December 24th, you can meet Santa utilizing a virtual queue (much like restaurant pagers) so you can wait to see him while enjoying all of the fun of Disney Springs!

 

Captain EO at Epcot is to be replaced with a Disney and Pixar short films festival beginning December 6.

 

Disneyland’s Season of the Force begins today!

 

•Colortopia presented by Glidden is now officially open at Epcot and features 3 interactive areas.

 

Victoria and Albert’s restaurant continues their 16 year streak with a coveted AAA Five-Diamond award.

 

•The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is now offering a Holiday Minnie Mouse makeover!

 

Looks like that’s it for this week! Thanks for following us! ~Meredith ºoº

News for 10.27.15

Hey everyone!! It’s time for your weekly Disney news roundup!

 

•Hey Amy, this one’s for you! There’s a new game out called Disney’s Dream Sweets and just might make fans of candy crush drool. This game had me, (obviously a big Disney parks fan if I’ve been blogging about them for over 2 yrs lol) from the opening screen! You get to customize the game to your family and the levels are various restaurants around the world. And I don’t mean just around WDW, since some refer to it as such, I mean the entire world! There are levels from Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris. And since I’ve only play around 22 levels, I can only assume that in the following 108 levels we’ll visit more Disney destinations. My girls loved the customization part too. And the animation of them eating the treat once they make the correct amount of matches is quite funny. “Hahahaha! Mommy, Daddy just ate 9 Dole Whips!!” Lots of fun for kiddos!  Check it out here. Or better yet, just go download it here (ios) or here (droid).

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•Starting November 27, you will be able to experience the holidays around the world in Epcot’s World Showcase. This event looks like something you won’t want to miss if you’re vacationing during its run. There will be lots to choose from including live music and opportunities to learn and experience how different cultures celebrate their holidays.

 

•Okay, so I don’t wanna sound crazy but this one is KIND OF a big deal. You can now visit the Retail MagicBand on Demand store to create your own custom magic bands! They’ve even got the most desirous yet elusive purple magic band! Check this post out for all the details.

 

 

• The Grand Floridian’s Victoria and Albert’s restaurant placed 6th in TripAdvisor’s 2015 Traveler’s Choice awards.

 

 

•Pretty sure I’m most excited about this one: The Disney Cruise Line has just released a little bit about the Disney Infinity experience that they’re premiered yesterday aboard the Disney Dream. I know for a fact my kids are going to LOVE standing on a huge infinity base and becoming a real infinity character! And the fact that you get to download all of the exclusive content (including custom toy boxes you make while onboard) is the best part!! SO very cool!

 

•Speaking of the cruise line, the DCL blog released special rates for military personnel today!

 

•Chef Rick Bayless to Open Frontera Fresco Restaurant at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

 

•Now that you’re done with the news, why not take a crack at the parks blog’s quiz:

 

I think that’s about it for this week. Stay tuned for more fun this week including some glow in the dark nails and a fun Disney countdown calendar! ~Meredith ºoº

News for 10.12.15

It’s Monday, and that means one thing – time for your Disney news update from around the world!

That’s it for this week. Join us tomorrow for more Disney fun! ~Amy ºoº

News for 10.5.15

Hey howdy hey! Here’s your Disney news roundup for this week!

 

• The parks blog shared a bit of magic on how they’ve made Maximus come to life for the new Tangled show coming to the Disney Magic in November of this year.

 

•Speaking of the Disney Cruise Line, the sailings’ (both the Dream and Fantasy) iteneraries for this past weekend were altered to avoid hurricane Joaquin. Below is a video from one of the Fantasy’s passengers on board on October 1st. As of now, both ships and all passengers and crew were safe and sound though it is unclear if the Fantasy encountered some technical difficulties. The Fantasy’s debarkation time was pushed back.

 

•The Disney Conservation Fund awarded $3 million in grants.

 

•A whole new menu for the Magic Kingdom’s Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe premiered featuring Tex-Mex cuisine.

 

•The Lava Shack at Disney’s Aulani resort is now serving up some delicious Pineapple Soft serve!

 

•The parks blog featured a little video sharing how to use the new Shop Disney Parks app.

 

•Downtown Disney has transitioned and is now officially renamed Disney Springs.

 

•Oktoberfest is in full swing at Min and Bill’s Diner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios featuring seasonal items to celebrate the holiday.

 

•Reservations are now being offered for Thanksgiving day at Disneyland.

 

Morimoto, a pan-asian restaurant by famed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, had its grand opening at Disney Springs a week ago today.

 

•Disney updated their annual pass selections and pricing for both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. For more details contact Sarah, Amy, or myself.

 

Looks like that’s it for this week. Stay tuned to our fb and instagram social accounts to stay up to date with all the magic that Sarah and her family will be experiencing this week at Walt Disney World including the Food and Wine Festival and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! ~Meredith ºoº

News for the Week of 9.21.15

Here’s this week’s news!

•Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party returned on the 15th and will run on select nights through Nov. 1, 2015.

•This year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is featuring a Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular and it looks spooky! Lots of great villains have moments with the Sanderson sisters.

•You can find more about the Sanderson sisters fun here.

 

•Disney premiered a new Boutique collection. You can find the Boutique collection offerings at select Disneyland and Walt Disney World resort locations as well as on the Shop Disney Parks app.

•Disney also announced new merchandise for Halloween!

 

•Starting today and running through the 27th, Disney will also be featuring Sanderson Sisters merchandise! Check out more info here.

•The parks blog also featured some fun make-up tutorials.

 

•Reservations are now available for Narcoossee’s for their waterfront brunch.

Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is set to open on the 22nd on a first come, first served basis.

 

•This one’s not directly Disney-related but I couldn’t resist (after one of my good friends shared it with me) including this in today’s news! Not sure if I could actually eat them, they’re so cool! You can check him out on instagram or youtube.

And that’s all I have folks. Stay tuned to hear back from Amy and her exciting trip report from her trip on the Disney Dream! ~Meredith ºoº

News for 9.14.15

Here’s our weekly news roundup for you! Lots of great stuff this week! Y’all ready for this??

 

A Night of Joy was a night to remember for American Idol finalist Colton Dixon at this year’s annual special event at Disney’s Magic Kingdom held this past Friday and Saturday. This year’s event was sold out for both nights! You can see the full lineup of who performed when here.

 

•The winner of Walt Disney World’s Best Grandparent Contest Winner was announced. The contest was held to celebrate Grandparent’s Day and the announcement included an excerpt from the winner’s entry.

 

•The Disney Parks blog also released a sweet video of grandparents giving their own WDW advice and it’s the just the best.

 

Sarah covered this week’s announcement all about the Halloween Treats to be available beginning tomorrow at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party. The event runs through November 1st of this year. Ticket prices start at $68 and can be purchased directly through the WDW website or by contacting your Disney travel agent. For me, this is one of my very favorites. It’s such a fun and different way to experience the Magic Kingdom and it’s worth it to see the MK transform for a night. And if I haven’t already said it enough on here, the fireworks are the BEST of any fireworks show there. ‘Nuff said! And I can’t wait to see and hear about Sarah’s MNSSHP experience next month!

 

•The parks blog also featured a “Complete Guide to Eats During Halloween time at Disneyland resort.”  This post includes a long list of seasonal items and not only do they list it all out and entice us, they include where you can find it all too! These yummy-looking pumpkin twists can be found at the Cozy Cone Motel.

 

 

 

•Hong Kong Disneyland celebrated 10 years on Friday. The celebrations included special fireworks and an announcement that Fairy Tale Forest will be coming to Fantasyland. The concept art looks a bit familiar, could it be this new area will be akin to the Tangled bathrooms at WDW’s Magic Kingdom?

 

•This Halloween time, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is also getting into the season’s fun with a special Minnie Mouse transformation. This looks adorable and will be perfect for parents looking to attend the Halloween party but don’t necessarily want to make or buy a costume and either return to the resort to change, or carry the costumes all day long and change in the park bathrooms (People do this. I know, I did it with my girls haha!)  It also looks as though you’ll be able to ask for just the hairstyle only during your child’s transformation in case she wants a Princess dress, but the fun Halloween ribbons. Reservations are HIGHLY recommended and the sooner you book, the better!

 

•The photos taken from this year’s Disneyland’s Half Marathon are awesome and can be found here. The Walt and Mickey couple was super cute, but I think I have to give it to the running churro for best running costume!

 

•It was announced that this year will be the finale year for the Osborne Family of Lights.The Merry & Bright Dessert Party (Nov. 6-Dec. 30) and the Merry & Bright Dinner Reception (Jan. 1- 3), both overlooking The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, are now available to book to celebrate the spectacle one last time.

 

•In case you missed it, last night this year’s Miss America was crowned and aired on ABC, But did you know that the contestants actually visited the WDW resort last month as part of their preparations? And can I just say, they picked the perfect CM’s for this video?! Tiana was spot-on and Belle’s voice was near perfect.

 

• Jonathan Frontado of Disney Cruise Line posted his six tips for dining with kids on Disney’s cruise line. Looks like he’ll be back next week too, to share a day-by-day dining guide!

 

•Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular is set to be replaced by a new stage musical starring none other than the Frozen sisters.

 

•Disney is releasing a new cookbook celebrating 20 years of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. As per the parks blog, “The recipes go all the way back to 1996 and include dishes that represent the festival through the years.”

 

The Pepper Bacon and Mac free recipe they included in the post is looks delicious!!

 

•The parks blog is also hosting a Not So Scary blog party tomorrow night, September 15.

 

•A special dining experience is coming to Disneyland’s Blue Bayou! A new premium Halloween dining experience hosted by Dr. Facilier is coming to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park: Mystical Spirits of the Blue Bayou. The evening begins at 7 p.m., with an intimate, spooky dining experience with a themed three-course menu.

 

•A new dessert cruise is debuting at WDW too on October 5. Ferry Tale Wishes: A Dessert Cruise will feature sweet selections from several of the Deluxe resorts located on the Seven Seas Lagoon.

 

•And last, but certainly not least, beginning tonight PBS will be airing a two-night, 4 hour special about Walt Disney as part of their American Experience series. The special will air Sept. 14 and 15, starting at 9/8c.

 

Wow!! So many exciting things to report this week. What are you excited for? ~Meredith ºoº

News Recap for 8.31.15

Here is the weekly Disney roundup and the winner of the Rubba Ducks giveaway!

  • FastPass+ reservations are now available for Epcot’s Eat to the Beat during the 20th Annual International Food & Wine Festival.
  • RunDisney announced their newest half marathon at Walt Disney World: Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend – The Dark Side. The races will be April 14-17, 2016, and registration opens on September 22, 2015.
  • PhotoPass previews are now available as part of the My Disney Experience app.
  • And the winner of the Rubba Ducks giveaway is Trish McKenzie! Email us your mailing address to mouseandmonorail@gmail.com and we will get your prize sent to you. Congrats and thanks to everyone for entering!

That’s it for today. Join us back tomorrow for more Disney fun! ~Amy ºoº

Disney News for 8.24.15

Here’s your Disney news for this week! It’s a bit slower than last week after all the exciting news from D23, but there’s a few new things worth noting. 🙂

 

•Disney has announced a new twitter account for guests to interact with guest services cast members during their vacation at WDW.

 

•There will be a Rockin’ Burger Block party at this year’s Epcot Food and Wine Festival that will let you pick different burger combinations to create your own unique sliders.

 

 

•Disney has made changes to their alcohol policy aboard their cruise fleet.

 

 

 

•Reservations are now available for the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party’s Happy HalloWishes Dessert Party.

 

And that’s it! Stay tuned this week for lots of fun posts! ~Meredith ºoº

Monday News for 8.10.15

Here is your roundup of news around the Disney universe for the week: Minnies-Holdiay-and-Dine-at-Disneys-Hollywood-Studios

  • Reservations may now be booked for a new holiday dining experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine Dinner.  There is no where else you can dine with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy in their Christmas attire! This dinner option is $52.99 per adult and $31.99 per child age 3 to 9 (plus tax and gratuity) and includes VIP seating for Fantasmic! You can make reservations now online or via 407 939-3463.
  • The Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s BoardWalk resort will be closed February 2016 through November 2016 for a major refurb.
  • New merchandise has debuted at Aulani, and I for one think this necklace is beautiful!
  • The 8th Annual Tour de Turtles took place last weekend at Disney’s Vero Beach resort. Reseachers from Disney’s Animal Programs and the Sea Turtle Conservancy attached satellite transmitters to two loggerhead sea turtles, Tinker Bell and Marina and then sent them on their merry way in the deep blue ocean!
  • Applications are now being accepted for the Disney Dreamers Academy. High school students can apply to be part of this life changing program.
  • Duffy Bear meet and greet will be closing permanently effective October 3rd.
  • Disney to reinvent theme park shopping experience with new app.
  • Toys-R-Us Stores Will Open at Midnight to Debut First ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Toys.

    Join us again tomorrow for some FastPass+ tips! ~Amy ºoº

Really BIG NEWS for Friday

Hey everyone! We’re back for this Friday’s news.

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•Our first bit of news comes straight from and completely about us! And we’re all super excited to announce (drumroll please), that we’re now in the process of recording a weekly podcast for all our readers! That’s right! We’ll be recording and posting a weekly podcast and covering a plethora of Disney topics. We’ve been working hard to get this ready to go and we’re so excited to finally let everyone listen. You can listen to our very first episode NOW!! Yep! Head on over here to listen to episode 1. We chatted about the rumors and truths about Hollywood Studios and what it could potentially mean for that park. So, if you’re interested in hearing about Star Wars, Pixar Place, and more from HS, definitely head on over and listen. And please, let us know what you think? What could we do better? What did you like about it? What would make the next episode better? And is there a topic that you’d like us to discuss? Comment, tweet, or PM us!

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You can listen to our podcast either by listening or downloading the episode straight from our website, or you can access us on iTunes by searching for ” The Mouse and the Monorail ” in podcasts. (If you look today and don’t see us, please use the web page for this episode. Apple has informed us that sometimes it takes a few days for it to show up on everyone’s devices). Updated to add: We should be visible and searchable in iTunes now.

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And, we can also be found in the Google PlayStore by using the Podcast Addict app to find us. 2015-07-17 11.26.12

 

•Today is Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary! Happy Birthday Disneyland!!

 

•We’re gonna go ahead and officially call this one a rumor, but only because we haven’t gotten an official confirmation from Disney. John C. Reilly has confirmed that he will reprise his role as Ralph, from Wreck-Ralph, in a movie sequel!

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A little fun from San Diego Comic Con here: the stars from both Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Peggy Carter had quite a bit of fun taking social media over with their #secretdubsmashwarriors posts. These are super fun and it’s so refreshing to see celebrities enjoying themselves, being real, and letting everyone watch their shenanigans. 

•Disneyland is celebrating 60 years and I saw this little article about the first kids in the park and thought it’d be nice and interesting to include in today’s news.

D23 EXPO 2015 will feature the biggest Star Wars™ and Disney video games in a special presentation in the signature 7,500-seat Hall D23 theater and in Disney Interactive’s pavilion on the show floor.

•Bob Iger revealed the plans for a new Disneyland in Shanghai this week. This one looks amazing!

 

•Here’s a fun look at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel. Can’t wait for this movie!!

 

Marvel’s Ant Man opens in theaters today!!

•A Frozen-themed bibbidi-bobbidi boutique equivalent will be opening in Hollywood Studios called the Ice Palace Boutique.

 

Friday News

Here’s your round-up of this week’s Disney news:

Chef Mickey’s to start serving Brunch beginning May 31, 2015

Star Wars Weekends begins today at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

•Disney Springs to feature Indiana Jones themed bar that’s set to open this fall.

Phineas and Ferb animated series finally coming to close with a 73hr marathon leading up to its last episode on June 9, 2015.

See y’all Monday with more fun Disney trivia. Have a great weekend!