Epcot Introduces After Hours Wind Down

Epcot Wind Down

Are you looking to extend your Epcot day beyond normal closing? ‘Epcot After Hours Wind Down,’ might just be what you are looking for.

Starting April 17 until September 15 2014, guests can choose to spend time in one of four World Showcase lounges, from the conclusion of IllumiNations through to 11pm. Participating locations will be:

  • La Cava del Tequila – Mexico
  • Rose & Crown Pub – United Kingdom
  • Spice Road Table – Morocco
  • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar – Italy

Each location will offer a beverage sampling and selection of small bites.

‘Epcot After Hours Wind Down’ is available Thursday through Sunday, from the conclusion of IllumiNations through to 11pm, at a  cost of $35 per lounge ,per person (adults and children are priced equally), excluding tax and tip. Park admission is required, along with a reservation. Upon arrival at the lounge a wristband will be issued to provide access.

Reservations can be made at http://www.DisneyWorld.com/Spring or calling 407-WDW-DINE. ‘Epcot After Hours Wind Down’ does not offer any discounts, nor is it available on the Disney Dining Plan.

Peter Pan Meet & Greet Being Moved During Easter

Peter Pan Meet & Greet

According to WDWMagic.com….

The Peter Pan and Wendy meet and greet will be temporarily moving to Adventureland April 12-20.  Peter and Wendy currently meet guests in the queue are of Peter Pan’s Flight.

In order to reduce some of the congestion in Fantasyland, the meet and greet will take place on the bridge at the entrance to Adventureland.

Disney Offers $1 million if You Can Pitch Like a Star

Million Dollar Arm

This may be one of Hollywood’s biggest pitches yet.

For a feel-good sports film called Million Dollar Arm, Disney hatched a publicity event that could land the average Joe a cool $1 million bucks.

It just depends how hard you can hurl.

The Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest will launch April 25 at Disneyland and Disney World and on April 26 in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood for amateur baseball enthusiasts who think they can pitch like a MLB pitcher.

The stunt is in the spirit of the sports flick (in theaters May 16), which chronicles hard-on-his-luck sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) and his American Idol-style attempt to discover the next great MLB pitcher among young cricket players in India. The film is based on a true story.

So here’s how the Disney contest works (official rules here): Any U.S. residents 18 or older can compete in preliminary pitching rounds at Disney World in Orlando, Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., or Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day at the Tribeca Family Festival.

The three hardest-throwing contestants from each location will win tickets to Million Dollar Arm‘s May 6 Hollywood premiere, and on the big night, all nine will have a chance to nab a cool $1 million — provided he or she can land a smokin’ 100 mph strike.

Even when the pros cross the 100 mph threshold, it’s remarkable. In 1974, Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan made the Guinness Book of World Records when his fastball clocked in at 100.9 mph. In 2011, Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman threw the hardest pitch ever recorded, a rocking 105.1-mph fastball.

Could a mere mortal be next to win big out of left field? In two words: Start throwing.


NFL Superstars Join Drew Brees Passing Academy at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney

Mickey:Drew Brees

This year’s Drew Brees Passing Academy and 7 on 7 Tournament is getting a lot of extra firepower. NFL megastars Larry Fitzgerald, Darrelle Revis and Darren Sproles are joining the Saints’ Pro Bowl QB for the three-day event at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

Fitzgerald (Cardinals WR), Revis (Patriots DB) and Sproles (Eagles RB) will help coach the prep football camp participants along with Brees. Fitzgerald will work with the receivers; Revis will train the defensive backs; and Sproles will guide the running backs during the event which includes one day of position training and two days of 7 on 7 action from June 26-28, 2014 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, where NFL pros such as Falcons WR Devin Hester, Jets WR Santonio Holmes and Steelers CB Ike Taylor train year-round under noted trainer Tom Shaw.

The Brees camp will also feature a position-by-position skills competition, 1 on 1 passing competitions and a panel discussion featuring Brees, Fitzgerald, Revis, Sproles and other NFL personnel.

The camp is open to only 24 high school football teams across the country (15-20 players per team). The camp costs $1,500 per team. Teams can register and get additional information at


For more information about ESPN Wide World of Sports, visit http://www.espnwwos.com.

Disney Junior Now Available to DISH Network Customers

Disney Junior

Following the recent announcement of the groundbreaking, multi-year distribution deal between DISH Network Corp. and The Walt Disney Company, Disney Junior, the popular 24-hour channel expressly for kids age 2-7 and their parents/caregivers, is now available to DISH Network subscribers on channel 168. Disney Junior is available in DISH programming packages including America’s Top 200, America‘s Top 250 and America’s Everything Pak.

Disney Junior is a global, multiplatform brand expressly for kids aged 2-7. Disney Junior invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, both classic and new, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for young children. Original series include the Annie Award-winning “Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” the Emmy-nominated “Doc McStuffins” and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Henry Hugglemonster” and “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West,” as well as the upcoming “Miles From Tomorrowland” and the first Disney Junior Original Movie “Lucky Duck.” Original short-form series include “Minnie’s Bow-Toons,” which follows Minnie Mouse and her pal Daisy as they run Minnie’s Bow-Tique, a specialty shop stocked only with colorful bows and bowties, and “The Doc Files,” an extension of the acclaimed “Doc McStuffins” series, which offers young viewers a glimpse into Doc’s keen deductive skills as she shares an in-depth look at specific cases and diagnoses after the clinic doors close for the day.

Since publicly reporting ratings in April 2013, the 24-hour Disney Junior channel has been the number one preschool-dedicated TV network each week in total viewers, kids aged 2-5 and boys aged 2-5. In January 2014, the channel was home to the top three series across preschooler TV networks with “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West,” “Sofia the First” and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.”

The addition of Disney Junior to DISH’s offerings follows last week’s announcement of the availability of WATCH ABC, WATCH ABC Family, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH DisneyXD and Watch ESPN, enabling DISH’s 14 million video subscribers to access live and on-demand news, entertainment and sports programming on computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and other connected devices. Authenticated access to WATCH Disney Junior, SEC ESPN Network and Longhorn Network will launch later this year.


Meet Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny at the Magic Kingdom

Disney Easter Bunnies

Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny will begin their Meet & Greet at the Magic Kingdom this Sunday, April 13.

Guests will be able to find them in the Town Square Courtyard on Main Street USA April 13-19 from 9 AM until 5 PM.

D-Tech Me Experience Returns for Star Wars Weekends

D-Tech Me

A very popular activity for Star Wars Weekends is returning this year. The D-Tech Me experience is where guests can have their faces cast on a mold of a Star Wars figurine.

This year, there will be four exciting new options for attendees to choose from. The options include two returnees: the Carbon-Freeze Me mold (similar to what happens to Han Solo in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back) and the Stormtrooper mold.  New this year are molds of the Alderaan Princess and the X-Wing Pilot.

During the process guests will take part in a 3D face scan. From, there, the scan will be sent to a 3D printer. Once the figurine is created, it will be mailed to guests in approximately 7-8 weeks. (International shipping may take a bit longer.)

The experience will take place in Darth’s Mall, a special merchandise location only available during Star Wars Weekends.  This year Darth’s Mall will be located on Soundstage 1, between Toy Story Mania and the Studio Backlot Tour.

Guests will be able to purchase either a 7-inch figurine for $99.95 (plus tax and shipping) or a new 16-inch figurine for a whopping $1,499.95 (plus tax and shipping.)

To book the experience, please call (407) WDW-TECH. A credit card number will be required to hold the reservation, and cancellation fees may apply. This opportunity will only take place during Star Wars Weekends. Keep in mind that theme park admission is required to enter the park.

Star Wars Weekends are scheduled for May 16-18, May 23-25, May 30-June 1, June 6-8, and June 13-15.

For Star Wars fans, this is a can’t pass up, absolutely unique souvenir.

Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet Guest List Announced…Tickets Now for Sale

PNW Mouse Meet

The special guests have been announced for the 2014 Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet.  They are:

Glenn Barker


Tony Baxter


Don Hahn


2014 PNW Mouse Meet Tickets are Now On Sale and going fast!  Reportedly well over 50% of tickets have already been sold! Get yours before they are gone…


CHILD (9 & Under) – $24.99

Get tickets HERE

Meg Crofton Honored for Orlando Economic Development Achievements


Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France, accepted the Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC) James B. Greene Award for hercontributions to Central Florida’s economic prosperity.

Crofton received the honor at the organization’s annual awards dinner last evening at Amway Center. First presented in 1990, the award recognizes a leader whose work has had a significant impact on the region’s business community and quality of life.

“With her enduring enthusiasm and hard work in support of our area’s economic vitality, Meg is truly deserving of this highest honor bestowed by the EDC,” said Scott Faris, CEO of MicroVapor Devices and current chair of the EDC Board of Directors. “Through initiatives such as the EDC Leadership Charter, she built a legacy of collaboration and engagement that propelled the organization to new heights in economic development for the region.”

As EDC board chair from 2009-2010, Crofton helped guide the organization through the recession, developing innovative ways to engage the group’s board members. During those challenging economic times, she championed a variety of regional initiatives, such as the development of SunRail, Amway Center and Orlando’s Medical City.

During her time as president of Walt Disney World Resort, Crofton took on a variety of community leadership roles. She was appointed to the University of Central Florida’s Board of Trustees and served on the Florida Council of 100, a group that promotes statewide economic growth. She also served on the Rollins College Board of Trustees, the boards of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness and Orlando Health, and the Executive Committee of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

“I’m honored and humbled to be recognized by the EDC with this prestigious award,” said Crofton. “Central Florida will always be special to me and I’m so proud of all the EDC has accomplished on behalf of this outstanding community.”

Crofton, who grew up in Central Florida and lived in the region until 2013, is responsible for operations at many of Disney’s theme parks and resorts, including Walt Disney World Resort – Central Florida’s largest employer – Disneyland Resort in California and Disneyland Paris.

Wreck It Ralph 2 Currently in the Works


Wreck-It Ralph composer Henry Jackman says that Disney is currently working on the story for a planned sequel.

In an interview with Collider, Jackman was hesitant to say more because he considers Wreck-It Ralph 2 to be a project already in development.

“I can’t tell you more, not because I’m being coy, but I believe that it is officially on the cards,” he said. “I don’t know any more other than a story is indeed being written. I’d be very surprised not to. I’m not blowing my own trumpet. Forget about the music. Just the movie itself I thought was a fantastically imaginative and creative piece of work. Rich [Moore], the director, actually got involved in the writing. There was another writer and I can’t remember his name (Editor’s note: it’s Phil Johnston). Just as a concept, it would be almost remiss of them not to write another one. It’s a great idea and it’s a great character.”

In February 2013 director Rich Moore said that the idea for the sequel that he and Reilly intrigued them.

“Are there other Ralphs [in this world we were introduced to in the original]? What would happen if another Fix It Felix, Jr. game was plugged in?” he asked. “Are there other Ralphs that are more contemporary? Is there another version of the game that was made for mobile? Are there those kind of Super Smash Bros types games where all the characters are gathered in a fighting game? What would that be like for Ralph to come face to face with those different iterations of himself?”