Disney Quest Operating Hours Reduced

Disney Quest at Disney Springs will soon be operating under reduced hours.

The indoor arcade complex will be moving to a daily schedule of Noon to 9 PM, including weekends. To compare, Disney Quest currently operates from 11:30 AM to 10 PM weekdays, and closing at 11 PM on weekends clo.

A start date for the new Disney Quest hours hasn’t yet been published or confirmed by Disney.

Ribab Fusion Now Appearing at Morocco Pavilion for Limited Time

Ribab Fusion

North-African band Ribab Fusion are currently appearing at Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion for a limited engagement.

Ribab Fusion is a band that celebrates Morocco’s Amazigh (Berber) culture as it moves from ‘70s-style funk to Afropop dance vibes and featuring the one-stringed bowed ribab.

See the in-park Times Guide for performance times, typically Wednesday through Sunday until January 2 2016. The band has replaced B’net Al Houwariyate.

Disneyland Begins First MagicBand Tests

Image Courtesy of Inside the Magic
Image Courtesy of Inside the Magic

Guests at Disneyland were taken aback recently as the technology from Walt Disney World’s Magic Band system appeared to be undergoing a test at the Space Mountain entrance in Tomorrowland.

FastPass-holding guests were ushered through a newly-roped-off queue and instructed to press the barcode of their FastPass against one of the two readers on either side. The lights on the readers turned green in a very familiar way when the passes were validated. Normally, guests at Disneyland show a print-out ticket displaying their return time to ride an attraction.

At this time, there is no other information available as to future plans for this technology at the Disneyland Resort.

Cast members would not comment on how long the test would run or even whether Magic Bands themselves would make their way to the California parks.

From Inside the Magic

Marketplace Co-OP Opens in Downtown Disney

Marketplace Co-Op

The Marketplace Co-Op is now officially open in Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort. First announced in November 2013 on the Disney Parks Blog, this new merchandise destination will serve as a testing space for new Disney retail concepts, shops and products.

Located next to Tren-D, Marketplace Co-Op will offer six different boutiques containing a variety of unique, authentic and original merchandise developed especially for Disney Parks, including the following:

    • Beautifully Disney – A beauty destination for women, featuring make-up, fragrances and beauty accessories.

 

    • Cherry Tree Lane – Accessories for the sophisticated woman with a passion for scarves, shoes, bags and jewelry.

 

    • D-Tech on Demand – A place to personalize and customize your own electronic accessories.

 

    • The Trophy Room – Vintage-inspired lifestyle sports apparel and collectibles.

 

    • Disney Centerpiece – Home product for guests that want a splash of Disney in their room furnishings, textiles and everyday ware.

 

  • Zoey and Pickles – A girls’ destination containing the latest trends and glamour for the up-and-coming fashionista.

Today, Disney is also launching an online version of the Marketplace Co-Op via the Disney Parks online store at DisneyStore.com/MarketplaceCoOp. This online boutique will contain select items from Cherry Tree Lane, Disney Centerpiece and Beautifully Disney.

Welcome to Disney News Today

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Welcome to Disney News Today….The Place to Go for Disney News.  My plan for this site is for it to be a central location for Disney fans to go to for the Disney news that they desire….news from the parks, D23, Disney Cruise Line, Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel and other areas of the Walt Disney Company.

As a bit of background…I have been a Disney fan for as long as I remember.  As a child I watched all of the Disney movies that came out then and as a family we always managed to catch Walt Disney on Sunday night.  My first trip to a Disney park was in 1970 to Disneyland.  Though continuing to be a fan of Disney I managed to not get back to a Disney park again until 1990 when I, my wife and our first child went to Walt Disney World.  Every year since we’ve managed to make at least one trip to one of the domestic Disney Parks.  We have been Disney Vacation Club members since 1995.  We are also are Charter D23 members and have made it to each of the first three D23 Expos.

For the past six years I’ve been proud to be the person in charge of posting the Disney news stories on The Travelears website.  When the decision was made that the site would no longer be active I decided that produce my own website as an outlet for my passion for Disney news and my love of all things Disney.

I hope that you enjoy what will be posted here and if you like it, please spread the word, tell your friends.