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New Podcast: Disney Dining 101: Quick Service Restaurants

Posted by: Jennifer Marx   11/30/2016 (3 days ago)

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This week Jennifer and Sara are continuing their "Dining 101" series with Walt Disney World Quick Service Dining locations! What are they, which ones are their favorites, and why Sara is still mourning the loss of the cheese sauce at the toppings bars. Plus an update from AllEars.Net, listener celebrations, and more! 

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New Monorail 'Highway in the Sky Dine Around' Meal Announced

Posted by: PassPorter News   11/29/2016 (5 days ago)

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On select Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday nights beginning December 2, 2016, guests can experience a progressive "Highway in the Sky Dine Around" dinner at the monorail resorts - drinks and appetizers at Disney's Polynesian Resort, dinner and a cheese course at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, and ending at Disney's Contemporary Resort for dessert and fireworks viewing. The cost is $150 per person, including gratuity. The event is currently available through March 2017 and can be booked online. (Please note - on event nights the fourth floor patio at the Contemporary will be closed to accommodate this event.)

This news updates page 288 of PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook
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2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Dates Announced

Posted by: PassPorter News   11/29/2016 (5 days ago)

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The 2017 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will be held from March 1 - May 29, 2017.

This news updates page 288 of PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook
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Planet Hollywood Observatory To Open in Late December

Posted by: PassPorter News   11/29/2016 (5 days ago)

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The Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney Springs is planning to open in late December, in time for Christmas. No official date has been announced. The restaurant plans to be in "soft opening" for a few weeks prior to accepting reservations.

This news updates page 252 of PassPorter's Walt Disney World guidebook
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2017 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Dates Announced

Posted by: PassPorter News   11/28/2016 (5 days ago)

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The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will return in 2017 for a record-breaking 75 days! The 2017 Festival will be held August 31 - November 13, 2017. (Yes - August.)


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New Podcast: PassPorter Author Dave Marx with Updates on the Disney Wonder

Posted by: Jennifer Marx   11/23/2016

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This week Jennifer and Sara are joined by PassPorter's Disney Cruise Line Author Dave Marx. Dave has just returned from a cruise on the re-imagined Disney Wonder and has all the details on the ship's new look! Plus an update from AllEars.Net, news from the Destination D event this past weekend, and more! 

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New Blog Entry: Disney Wonder Reimagined: Live Report on Changes
Authored by: Dave Marx on 11/23/2016

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Though not exactly a vacation, the Disney Wonder returned from its dry dock in Cadiz, Spain refreshed and rejuvenated. In a real sense, the 17-year-old Wonder is playing catchup to its older sibling, the Disney Magic, and her younger-but-bigger sisters, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, in the cruise line's ongoing efforts to ensure guests a consistent cruising experience, whichever ship they choose for their vacation. The Disney Wonder reimagined is a sight to behold! Disney Wonder Reimagined The renovation of the Disney Wonder is the culmination of a process begun in 2011, when the Disney Dream entered service. Since then, names, features, and designs first seen on the Dream hav... Keep reading ...

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New Blog Entry: Tiana's Place Comes to Life on the Disney Wonder
Authored by: Dave Marx on 11/23/2016

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. When the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder debuted, they both came equipped with Parrot Cay, a restaurant with Caribbean-themed menu and decor, and a bird call-laced sound track. While not exactly an epic fail, it wasn't long before cruisers decided they could easily skip dinner at Parrot Cay in favor of Palo, or even :::gasp::: fast food from the pool deck. This will all change with Tiana's Place. The Appetizer of My Tiana's Place Review: Setting the Scene for the Review to Follow First, some history: Parrot Cay was converted to Carioca's during the Magic's 2013 "reimagining," which meant the handwriting was on the perch for the Wonder's Parrot Cay as well. In the case of Carioca's conv... Keep reading ...

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New Blog Entry: Disney Wonder Reimagined: Adult Entertainment District and Lounges
Authored by: Dave Marx on 11/23/2016

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Once upon a time, Disney Cruise Line believed that each ship's adult nightlife district should have a unique theme. After all, cruisers love variety at least as much as they love consistency. Disney has broken with that tradition, by renaming the Wonder's redecorated adult district on deck 3 forward "After Hours," the same name used on the Disney Magic since 2013. Let's take a look at the Disney Wonder lounges and see how they've changed! I like the look Disney introduced for After Hours on the Disney Magic; the suave, blue-gray and brushed stainless steel color scheme; the abstract, undersea motif of the main nightclub... So I don't mind that DCL recycled After Hours for the Wonder. It's... Keep reading ...

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New Blog Entry: Frozen, A Musical Spectacular: A Disney Cruise Line Theater Review
Authored by: Dave Marx on 11/23/2016

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Frozen is, without a doubt, Disney's most successful animated feature film in recent memory. This instant Animated Classic has been integrated into Disney's theme parks and cruise ships at a remarkable rate, and a full-scale version of the film is coming to Broadway in spring 2018 (certainly the fastest move to Broadway for any Disney animated film, ever). Why Frozen? The public just can't seem to get enough of princesses Elsa and Anna, reluctant hero Kristoff, comic sidekicks Olaf the snowman and Sven the reindeer, the cutest trolls you'll ever encounter, a very enterprising shopkeeper named Oaken, and not one but two villains (no names named, no spoilers given). With its mega-hit songs, ... Keep reading ...

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