Sneak Peak of ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ Coming to Disney Parks in November

If you’re excited for ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ and going to be in Walt Disney World or the Disneyland Resort soon, you’re in luck.  Today Disney announced for a limited time you’ll be able to get a sneak peak of the movie beginning in November.

Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will get to see this advance look at a portion of the film, starting Friday, November 2, as part of the Walt Disney Presents attraction.

At Disneyland, the preview of “Ralph Breaks the Internet” will be shown in 3D at the Tomorrowland Theater. This limited sneak peek experience will be presented by Mailchimp at Disneyland Resort, November 9 – December 9.

In the movie Ralph and Vanellope leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game. This quest takes Ralph and Vanellope to the vast world of the inter webs…a world Vanellope seems to wholeheartedly embrace, making Ralph worried that he may lose his best friend.

It doesn’t look like this sneak peak will be around for long, so if this interests you and you’ll be in the parks at the time, I encourage you to give it a visit.

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Walt Disney World to Introduce New Online Vacation Planning Site and Identical Single Day Ticket Pricing for All Parks

Yesterday Walt Disney World announced that beginning October 16th that they will be launching a new vacation planning site to help guests purchase date-based tickets.

In the announcement Disney stated –

“With all there is to see and do in our parks, we know guests are increasingly looking for easier ways to plan a vacation with personalized options that fit their individual needs. Beginning October 16 on DisneyWorld.com, guests will be able to access our new online vacation-planning destination and purchase tickets priced by the date of visit. These changes are designed to simplify the booking experience, give guests an enhanced way to purchase theme park tickets and help them more easily plan the Disney vacation of their dreams”

While Disney has not stated this, presumably this is being done to make it easier for people trying to book and plan a vacation to Walt Disney World by streamlining the now disjointed process by guiding people through the process on a single website as opposed to navigating through the abundance of dropdown menus on Walt Disney World’s current site.  The fact that there is no mention of the fact that date-based pricing that was announce a while ago and has been the pricing practice for the Disneyland Resort for a while now and that they seem to emphasize the planning process seems to verify this.  Personally I’m skeptical that this process will be as “streamlined” as Disney professes.  Disney has a history of making complicated processes even more complicated.  That’s on top of their history of having technical issues and outages.

Here is the video that Disney is using to explain the new site.

What also was not mentioned in the announcement but has been found out is that as of October 16th Walt Disney World will begin pricing all four of it’s theme parks at the same price for single day tickets.  This will eliminate the Magic Kingdom premium, and raising the price of the other three parks to match the ticket price for the Magic Kingdom.

Beginning in the summer of 2013, the Magic Kingdom carried a premium price, putting it at around $5 more than the other three theme parks. The new pricing will now put all four Walt Disney World theme parks between $109 and $129, depending on the season that they will be used.

Currently one-day tickets for Epcot, Studios and Animal Kingdom are between $102 and $122.

With the impending opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World in late fall 2019, the launch of the new planning site seems to make sense due to the anticipated increased bookings of vacations.

What seems odd about the same price for all parks beginning in October is that much of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is still under construction due to the new Star Wars land.  While the price difference between parks doesn’t seem like a lot, the fact that the Studios is barely a full-day park, Disney is expecting guests to pay the same daily ticket price as the other parks.  Maybe Disney is thinking that the Magic Kingdom Premium was too difficult for guests to figure out and this just makes things easier.  If that’s the case, I don’t have as big of an issue with the change and after all we’re only talking about a few dollars a day.  The premium really didn’t seem to change crowd distribution between the parks much anyway.

It will be interesting to see what if any affect this will have on bookings and guest satisfaction.

Disney Announces Oga’s Cantina Coming to Galaxy’s Edge

Disney has given us another glimpse into what Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be like yesterday when it announced that Oga’s Cantina will be coming to Galaxy’s Edge in 2019.

According to Scott Trowbridge of Walt Disney Imaginering, “Visitors come to this notorious local watering hole to unwind, conduct shady business, and maybe even encounter a friend…or a foe. Run by an intriguing alien proprietor, Oga Garra, the cantina adheres to a strict code of conduct that tries to keep its unruly patrons in check. But with a history of being a smugglers’ safe haven and a popular stopping point for those seeking to avoid the authorities, you can bet that the cantina has a story or two to tell.”

In describing the cantina, Trowbridge added, “Oga’s Cantina is the kind of establishment that attracts some of the most interesting and disreputable characters in the galaxy. And you never know when a stormtrooper or a familiar face will show up. Patrons of the cantina come from across the galaxy to sample the famous concoctions created with exotic ingredients using “otherworldly” methods, served in unique vessels. With choices for kids and libations for adults, the cantina will make for a great stop!”

According to the announcement, the musical entertainment will be provided by an old friend of ours, RX-24, the former StarSpeeder 3000 pilot droid from Star Tours. Captain Rex has re-envisioned himself as the cantina’s quirky and talkative DJ.

Trowbridge encourages guests to be ready to listen to some unique music, taste the best drinks in the galaxy, and be surrounded with a colorful cast of characters.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge promises to be a totally immersive experience and Oga’s Cantina certainly seems to be following that promise, making it what seems like a must-see experience for guests.

Oga’s Cantina will be coming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2019 at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Monte Cristo Sandwich Removed from Menu at Woody’s Lunch Box

If you have enjoyed the Monte Cristo Sandwich at Woody’s Lunch Box or were looking forward to trying it, I have some bad news.

According to multiple guest sources the Monte Cristo Sandwich has been removed from the menu at Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land.  This was confirmed when I checked the menu on Walt Disney World’s website.

According to Orlando Theme Park News, cast members state that they are being told that the sandwich was removed because it wasn’t popular enough.   According to sources the sandwich was officially taken off the menu on July 15.

From comments that I’ve seen online, the sandwich has had mixed reviews.  Many people critical of the sandwich have stated that it wasn’t a true Monte Cristo, and fell short of the one served at Café Orleans in New Orleans Square in Disneyland. Other guests who have enjoyed the sandwich say they liked it for what it was, despite it not being a true Monte Cristo.

Disney Announces “Opening Seasons” for Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The galaxy that was far, far away and a long time ago just got a little closer.

On Tuesday, Disney announced that the highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in summer of 2019 at Disneyland and in late fall 2019 at Walt Disney World.

Up until this point, all Disney has said about possible opening dates for either location was they would open in 2019.

While the announcement does not indicate a month or a date for the openings, it does indicate a couple of things.  First of all, it somewhat coincides with a lot of the rumors that the Disneyland version would open sometime during the summer next year.  With the statement of “Late Fall 2019” for the Florida version, this seems to confirm that construction there is behind Disneyland’s, which is in line with what many of us thought.  There had been rumors that construction at Walt Disney World had been closing the gap.  Either that speculation was wrong or if they have closed the gap that construction was even further behind than we had thought.

No specific date summer date was announced for the Disneyland opening.  There have been rumors that the actual date may be as early as late June or early July.  There also has been speculation, especially with how the return of Fantasmic in 2017 was handled, that Galaxy’s Edge may not open until sometime around the D23 Expo which returns to Anaheim August 23-25, 2019.

At this point, it’s all speculation and no one really knows.  Hopefully we’ll get more detailed information soon, but I personally would expect anything substantial until early spring 2019.

Incredibles 2 Sneak Peek Now Playing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Are you looking forward “Incredibles 2” as much as I am?  Well, if you’re going to be at Walt Disney World in the next month or so, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a special treat for you.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now showing a sneak peek of the upcoming Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” in the Walt Disney Presents theater.

The sneak peek will show the first 10 minutes of the movie.  The movie is scheduled for its debut in theaters on June 15th.

Through June 29th, Annual Passholders can see a passholder-only showing between 9 AM and 10 AM.

Walt Disney World Online Lost and Found System Goes Live

Have you ever lost something at Walt Disney World and had to either call or go to Lost and Found to report the lost item?  Well, you no longer have to do that.

Walt Disney World Lost and Found has now moved online.  The new system is powered by Chargerback.  Chargerback also provides lost and found services for airlines and other tourism and entertainment companies.

Starting today, if a guest has lost an item at any Walt Disney World theme park, Disney Springs, Transportation (including busses, monorails and watercraft), ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex or Disney Water Park they will fill out a lost item report here.

Guest will no longer have to visit or phone the Lost and Found center.

Once guests fill out the online form they will receive an email notification with a Lost Item claim number. Disney will then continue to look for the item and provide you with an email update within 48 hours.  Disney will contact guests if they that they have found the item or need further information.

Nothing has really changed if guests have lost items at any hotel or on Disney’s Magical Express.

If an item was lost at any resort hotel, please contact the specific resort Lobby Concierge for assistance.

For Disney’s Magical Express please contact (866) 599-0951. If the item was lost over 30 minutes ago, please contact Mears Transportation Group at (407) 423-5566.

If guests aren’t where the item was lost, Disney is asking guests to go to the above link and fill out the online form.

According to Disney policy, highly valuable items (such as wallets, purses, credit cards, prescription glasses and cameras) are held for 90 days.

Items of lesser value (such as sunglasses, hats, toys and clothes) are held for 30 days.

 

Donald Duck Annual Passholder Magnet Arriving in WDW Soon

There soon will be a new Annual Passholder magnet for passholders to collect….Donald Duck….and I want it!

According to Disney the complimentary summer-themed Donald Duck magnet is scheduled be released on May 18, and will be available for pick up at Disney’s Hollywood Studios although an exact pick up location has not been mentioned yet.

The magnet will feature an image of Donald Duck on a teal background with a sunburst behind him.

The new magnet will be available through June 29.

 

I certainly hope they still have some available when I’m at Walt Disney World in about a month…because…have I mentioned it…I really want it.

How about the rest of you passholders?  Is this on your want list?

Disney Gives a Peak into What’s in Woody’s Lunch Box

Lou Mongello from WDW Radio has often said that “food is an attraction” at Walt Disney World.  Nothing could be further from the truth with Woody’s Lunch Box, the counter-service restaurant that will begin serving guests when Toy Story Land opens on June 30th.

Woody’s Lunch Box will dish up all sorts of sandwiches and sides that blend classic flavor combinations with a modern twist, plus nostalgic soda floats and specialty beverages.

Lenny DeGeorge, Concept Development Culinary Director for Walt Disney World, spoke about the year-long menu development process, “Everyone has a special food memory, so it can be tricky putting a modern spin on the favorites.  We honored these classic dishes by using the best ingredients to elevate the flavors. How we constructed the sandwiches was important, such as layering the ingredients in a specific order, to maximize textures and flavors. Why have a cold sandwich when you can have a toasted hot, gooey cheese-filled one?”

Here’s a look into what will be offered at Woody’s Lunch Box –

Breakfast –

S’more French Toast Breakfast Sandwich – Oozy goodness in a chocolate ganache- and marshmallow-stuffed French toast topped with graham cracker crumbles. Inspired by the classic American campfire treat.


Smoked Turkey, Eggs, Swiss, Peppers, and Onions on Sourdough – The perfect hand-held stack of breakfast goodness.

Breakfast Bowl – The green army men line up for this hearty bowl of potato barrels, brisket-country gravy, and scrambled eggs.

Banana Split Yogurt Parfait – Layers of banana-vanilla Greek yogurt (with a hint of honey), fresh bananas, strawberries, and pineapple topped with granola and chocolate chips. A delicious and healthful way to start the day!

Lunch/Dinner –

BBQ Brisket Melt – With a nod to cowboy Woody, this Texas-style smoked brisket features cheddar, Monterey Jack, pickles, and BBQ sauce on garlic butter-grilled sourdough.

Monte Cristo with Raspberry Jam – Woody’s version of this classic sandwich has layers of ham, turkey, Swiss, and raspberry jam…and is grilled to a golden brown.

Totchos – Potato barrels, corn chips, chili, and cheese.

Smoked Turkey, Tomato, and Lettuce on Multigrain Bread – This quintessential lunch box sandwich is a light and fresh option. And to give it a kick of flavor, we add a creamy Dijonnaise.

Sides will include tomato basil soup, vegetable macaroni salad, and potato barrels along with Mini Babybel snack cheese.  The snack cheese is also available as an on-the-go snack.

There will also be a souvenir cup available.  The adorable Alien Sipper may be purchased and filled with any fountain drink or the signature Mystic Portal Punch – Powerade Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of lemon-lime and tangerine.

Adults will be able to  enjoy the backyard with a Grown-Up’s Lemonade cocktail (cherry vodka, Odwalla Lemonade, and black cherry purée), beer, or hard cider.

My personal favorites are the Breakfast Bowl for breakfast and the BBQ Brisket for lunch or dinner.  Yeah…I have to admit that brisket looks mighty good.

I’m sure the food options along with the wonderful theming of the area the atmosphere and ambience will be great….yes, making Woody Lunch Box an “attraction” that must be visited.

Here is the full menu that will be available when Woody’s Toy Box opens –

Breakfast –

Entrées:

S’mores French Toast Sandwich  $7.99

Breakfast Bowl  $8.49

Breakfast Sandwich  $7.49
Banana Split Yogurt Parfait  $5.99
Kids Meals –
S’mores French Toast Sandwich
served with choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Bottled Water

$5.99
Breakfast Sandwich
Smoked Turkey, Eggs, Swiss, Peppers and Onions on Sourdough served with choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Bottled Water

$5.49
Lunch and Dinner –
Entrées:
BBQ Brisket Melt
served with choice of Side

$12.99
Monte Cristo with Raspberry Jam
served with choice of Side

$11.49
Smoked Turkey Sandwich
Smoked Turkey, Tomato and Lettuce on Multigrain Bread served with choice of Side

$9.99
Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich
served with choice of Side

$8.99
Totchos
Potato Barrels, Corn Chips, Chili and Cheese topped with Sour Cream

$8.99
Kids Meals –
Turkey Sandwich
served with Potato Barrels, Mandarin Orange and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Bottled Water

$6.79
Grilled Cheese
served with Potato Barrels, Mandarin Orange and choice of small Lowfat Milk or small Dasani® Bottled Water

$5.99
Desserts –
Raspberry Lunch Box Tart
$3.29
Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart
$3.29
Beverages –
Assorted Coca-Cola® Offerings $3.29
Assorted Fountain Beverages – Souvenir Alien Sipper
your choice of Fountain Beverage served in a Souvenir Alien Sipper

$14.99
Mystic Portal Punch
POWERade® Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of Lemon-Lime and Tangerine

$4.49
Mystic Portal Punch – Souvenir Alien Sipper
POWERade® Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of Lemon-Lime and Tangerine served in a Souvenir Alien Sipper

$16.19
Ice Cream Float with Barq’s® Root Beer
$4.99
Dasani® Bottled Water – 20 oz
$3.00
Dasani® Bottled Water – 12 oz
$2.00
smartwater
$4.50
Cold Brew Joffrey’s® Coffee
$3.79
Coffee
regular or decaf

$2.79
Lowfat Mickey Milk – 8 oz
$1.99
Alcoholic Beverages –
Grown-Up’s Lemonade
Three Olives Black Cherry Vodka, odwalla® Lemonade and Black Cherry Purée

$9.25
Bud Light Lager
16 oz Draft Beer

$6.75
Blue Moon Belgian White Ale – Golden, CO
16 oz Draft Beer

$7.25
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider – Cincinnati, OH
16 oz Draft Beer

$8.00

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Guide Maps Now Show Toy Story Land

A couple of weeks ago Disney announced that Toy Story Land will be opening on June 30 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Those of us that have been impatiently anticipating this addition all got very excited.


Sources are now reporting that Toy Story Land is showing up on Disney’s Hollywood Studios guide maps.  The arrival of this addition to the Studios just got more real.  After all…doesn’t putting a new land/attraction on a guide map with “Coming Soon” somehow make it more official?

I for one am getting excited for Toy Story Land.  Unfortunately my travel plans aren’t coinciding with the opening date.  Since my next trip to Walt Disney World is scheduled for early June, I’ve got to hope that I can catch either an Annual Passholder Preview or some soft openings when I’m there.