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Baseline Tap House Coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios This Fall

Posted by: PassPorter News   07/26/2017 (1 day ago)

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The new Grand Avenue section of Disney's Hollywood Studios is opening this fall. Designed with modern-day Downtown Los Angeles in mind, the area will include vintage office buildings and the eclectic architecture of LA. The Baseline Tap House is a corner pub specializing in California beer and wine. A small plates menu featuring pub-style items such as a Bavarian Pretzel, and Charcuterie Board will also be available. No official opening date other than Fall 2017 has been announced.

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Disney Vacation Account Ending

Posted by: PassPorter News   07/25/2017 (2 days ago)

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The Disney Vacation Account program is being discontinued. This program allowed guests to make regular contributions to an account, and when those funds were sued for Disney vacations, guests received "interest" in the form of Disney Gift Cards. Account holders have four options to use their remaining funds - 1) Book a Disney vacation! Funds can be used towards a Disney vacation until September 27, 2017. 2) Use the entire amount in your account to purchase a Disney Gift Card. Members who use this option will receive a 5% bonus on their gift card! 3) Do nothing. Members who wait until the program officially ends on September 27, 2017 will have their money refunded along with a 2% or $5 bonus - whichever is greater. 4) Request an immediate refund. Members who choose this option will not receive any bonus.

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New Discounts for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members

Posted by: PassPorter News   07/25/2017 (2 days ago)

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Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members will receive a 30% discount when dining before 6:30 pm or after 8:30 pm at select table service restaurants. The discount is available now through September 30, 2017. Currently the discount is available at the following locations: Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, The Grand Floridian Café at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Olivia’s Cafe at Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside, The Turf Club Bar & Grill at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and Captain’s Grill at Disney’s Yacht Club. Resort

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Multiple Stores Closing in Downtown Disney at Disneyland

Posted by: PassPorter News   07/25/2017 (2 days ago)

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RideMakerz, Build-A-Bear, and Chapel Hats at Downtown Disney will be closing to make way for new dining destinations. No official closing date has been announced, and no specific replacements have been announced.

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New Harry Potter Coaster to Replace Dragon Challenge

Posted by: PassPorter News   07/25/2017 (2 days ago)

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The Dragon Challenge attraction in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure will close on September 4, 2017. A new Harry Potter-themed coaster will open in 2019.

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MaxPass System Begins at Disneyland

Posted by: PassPorter News   07/20/2017 (7 days ago)

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Visitors to Disneyland now have the option to purchase MaxPass - a way to make and manage FastPasses through the Disneyland app - for $10 per day. Guests also receive unlimited PhotoPass downloads for the day.

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New Podcast: If We Were Imagineers - Epcot

Posted by: Jennifer Marx   07/20/2017 (7 days ago)

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This week Jennifer and Sara are sharing their visions for their favorite park - Epcot! What would we change, what would we keep? Plus an update from AllEars.Net, listener celebrations, and more! 

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Updates from the D23 Expo

Posted by: PassPorter News   07/18/2017

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Many announcements were made at the recent D23 Expo - Disney's official fan convention. Here are some of the highlights!

Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom:
- The Magic Kingdom is getting a new Tron coaster, similar to the Tron attraction in Shanghai Disneyland. The Tomorrowland Speedway is NOT being replaced.
- A new theater is being built on Main Street, USA.

Epcot:
- Epcot is getting a new "Guardians of the Galaxy" coaster. This will replace Universe of Energy.
- The France pavilion is getting a new "Ratatouille" attraction.
- Mission: Space is getting a new mission AND a new table service restaurant!
- The China pavilion is getting a new "seamless" 360-degree movie.

Hollywood Studios:
- The new Star Wars land will be called "Star Wars:Galaxy's Edge."
- Toy Story Land will open in Summer 2018.
- The Great Movie Ride is being replaced with "Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway." The Great Movie Ride will close in August 2017.

Resorts:
- A new immersive Star Wars-themed resort is being planned.
- A new Disney Vacation Club property is being built - the Disney Riviera Resort
- A new "Skyliner" Gondola system will connect Epcot with Pop Century, Caribbean Beach, and the new Disney Vacation Club Riviera Resort. .
- A new "Uber"-style service will be offered at Walt Disney World - "Minnie Vans."

Disneyland

- The area near the new "Guardians of the Galaxy" attraction will become Marvel Land featuring new "Avengers" and "Spiderman" attractions.
- Paradise Pier will become Pixar Pier.

Disney Cruise Line

- Disney Cruise Line will be getting THREE new ships, not the two that were previously announced. The ships will debut in 2021, 2022, and 2023.


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New Podcast: Answers to Your Disney Questions

Posted by: Jennifer Marx   07/13/2017

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This week Jennifer and Sara are answering listener questions about Disney trips and cruises! We talk about traveling with a group, updates on the construction at Coronado Springs, making dining reservations, crowds at the All-Star resorts, and lots more. Plus an update from AllEars.net and listener celebrations! 

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RUMOR: Tomorrowland Speedway Being Replaced By 'TRON' Coaster?

Posted by: PassPorter News   07/10/2017

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Multiple website are reporting that the Tomorrowland Speedway at the Magic Kingdom will be closing in 2018, to be replaced by a "TRON'-themed coaster. Reportedly the new coaster will be similar to the current TRON attraction at Shanghai Disneyland. Until confirmed by Disney, this is still rumor. More information is likely to be announced at this week's D23 Expo.


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