Main Street Bakery and Fountain View to add ‘La Boulange’ Baked Goods to Menus

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The Main Street Bakery at the Magic Kingdom and Fountain View at Epcot will soon be adding ‘La Boulange’ baked goods to their menus.

La Boulange is a San Francisco bakery and café serving artisanal pastries, and has partnered with Starbucks to offer them in locations across the country. Many of the items are served warm, and include goodies such as Criossants, Sticky Buns, Brownies, and Cookies.

Many guests are a fans of the Starbucks coffees being served in the parks, but the lack of baked goods that used to be served in the Main Street Bakery is viewed as a loss by quite a few guests. The addition of ‘La Boulange’ products may go some way to giving those guests better quality baked goods.

Walt Disney World to Test Mobile Phone Charging Lockers at the Magic Kingdom

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From our friends at WDWMAGIC.com –

Beginning April 25th the Magic Kingdom will begin testing mobile phone charging lockers for use by guests.

The secure lockers will be located inside Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and the Tomorrowland Light and Power Company.  These lockers will be available to guests free of charge.

In order to use the charger, guests will need to swipe a credit credit card.  This will act as an ID for the locker.  The locker door will open and inside there will be a number of charger cables.  The phone gets hooked up to the appropriate cable and the guest closes the door.  When the charge is completed the door will glow green.  In order to open the locker the same credit card will need to be used.

With the increased use of My Disney Experience and the reliance of guests using their smartphones for part of the park experience seems to be driving Disney to help guests keep “powered up”.

Carousel of Progress and Tough to Be a Bug Closing for Refurbishments This Summer

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s 3-D show “It’s Tough to be a Bug” is scheduled to be closing for refurbishment in July.  The refurbishment will begin on July 7 and last through August 11, reopening to guests on August 12, 2014.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress is scheduled for a refurbishment later this summer.  The classic attraction will be closed from August 25 through September 4, reopening to guests on September 5, 2014.

Peter Pan Meet & Greet Being Moved During Easter

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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.

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

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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.

Disney’s Dwarfs Mine Train Preview Celebrates the Last Gem in New Fantasyland’s Crown

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From the Orlando Business Journal

Hi, ho, it’s off to work we go — literally.

The press has been invited to get a look April 30-May 2 at the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster at Walt Disney World’sNew Fantasyland, set to open this spring.

It’s hard work covering theme parks, we know.

But, seriously: New attractions like the mine train are important to Orlando’s growing economy, as they help bring more visitors to local theme parks, who will spend at Central Florida businesses — including hotels, restaurants and more — helping fuel Orlando’s $50 billion tourism industry.

The ride is the last attraction of the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland expansion — the largest expansion since the park’s opening in 1971.

There’s no official opening date for the ride just yet.

Diamond Horseshoe to Open for Quick Service Lunch & Table Service Dinner in April

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The Diamond Horseshoe will be opening for quick service lunch beginning April 1st and also for family style table service dinner in a few weeks.

For lunch you’ll find sandwiches, snacks and beverages April 1-7 and April 11-28 from 11 AM to 3 PM.

Beginning April 13th the Diamond Horseshoe will be open for table service dinner that will be a family-style turkey dinner.  Reservations will be required.

The restaurant will be open for dinner:

  • April 13: 4:30-9:30 PM
  • April 14-17: 4:30-8:30 PM
  • April 18: 4:30-9:30 PM
  • April 19: 4:30-8:30 PM

Walt Disney World Increases Parking and Valet Fees

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As of March 30, 2014 the following new parking fees have been instituted:

  • Automobile, taxi, limo or motorcycle: $17
  • Camper, trailer or RV: $18
  • Bus or tractor trailer: $21

The last parking fee increase was in June of 2013, which saw a $1 increase for a car to $15. Offsite guests with single or multi-day tickets will mostly be impacted by the increase since guests staying at Walt Disney World resorts get complimentary parking and Annual Passholders also receive free parking as part of their pass benefits. Valet parking at Walt Disney World Resort hotels has increased from $15 to $20.  Self parking at resort hotels remains free.