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Monday, March 19, 2018

Disney World Welcomes Google Street View Trekkers

Traveling to Disney World in Orlando is the best part of the year for many people.  For some, it's a trip they're only able to experience every few years, or even once in a lifetime.  If only Orlando was just around the corner for everyone, and didn't cost any money to travel to, or to gain admission into the parks.

Well, thank you Google, because now anyone can go walking down Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, or walk up to Spaceship Earth in EPCOT.  Well, in a different type of reality, but one that you're able to do well wearing your pajamas and sitting on your own couch.

By now, we are all familiar with Google Street Views, and most of us have seen the Google Street Car driving around with the green camera atop its room.  Those cars have literally mapped and photographed every street in America.  And, now, they have mapped and photographed all the streets of the Walt Disney World Resort.

Now we can all go right to Cinderella Castle, walk around, and explore the park just as all those lucky vacationers were doing on that beautiful sunny day...

Or, how about visiting EPCOT...

This is such a cool thing for many reasons.  For one, this makes the parks immediately accessible to anyone and everyone.  But, for those of us who are planning an upcoming trip to Disney World, this gives people a resource to help familiarize themselves with the layout of the parks before they actually arrive.

So, a big thank you to the Google Street View Trekkers (like the one pictured below).  Although, who wouldn't have wanted to do that job?  Sign me up!

Google Street View Trekker

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Happy Upcoming Birthday Mickey Mouse - The BIG 90

Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse
Ninety years ago this year, Mickey Mouse was introduced to the World.  On November 18th, 1928, Disney premiered their Steamboat Willie cartoon, and, in a starring role, the great Mickey Mouse.  Now, hardly to be forgotten, many people forgot that this was also Mickey's girlfriend's, Minnie, coming out party.


To celebrate the past 90 years, and hopefully the next 90, Disney has planned a whole bunch of celebrations and events across a huge network of venues and platforms.  These include:

  • This fall, ABC will air a star-studded celebration of Mickey in honor of his birthday, with special guests, musical performances and more.
  • Disney Channel will debut season five of the Mickey Mouse animated shorts, taking the series total to more than 90 shorts, including a special seven-minute extended-length birthday episode that will air later this year.
  • Walt Disney Parks and Resorts around the world will celebrate Mickey’s 90th on November 18, marking the day with commemorative merchandise, photo locations and more.
  • Beginning in late 2018 and into 2019 the World’s Biggest Mouse Party, saluting Mickey and Minnie, will take place at Disney Parks worldwide.
  • Disney On Ice will salute Mickey as the “True Original” host of Disney On Ice since its inception in 1981 by creating Mickey’s 90th pre-shows for productions touring the United States, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
  • Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Special Celebration, a new production showcasing Mickey Mouse’s memories throughout the years, will launch in Japan in July 2018 and continue touring throughout the Asia-Pacific region until August 2019.
  • In France, 38 design and art schools will take part in “Mickey Is Art,” a unique contest in which students will craft works of Mickey, inspired by their favorite artistic movement. The winning designs will be displayed this summer in 12 major train stations in France and for sale this September at Galerie GlĂ©nat in Paris.
  • Disney store will continue to celebrate milestone moments for Mickey Mouse with the Mickey Mouse Memories Collection (launched Jan. 2018), a monthly, limited-release series of 12 collectible plush, mugs and cloisonnĂ© pins inspired by Mickey’s most memorable movie roles.
  • Disney Publishing Worldwide will introduce more than 30 titles globally as part of Mickey’s 90th, including books, arts & crafts and comics.
Happy Birthday Mickey!  and Minnie...

Friday, January 05, 2018

Freezing Temperatures Hit Florida, And Frozen Iguanas Are Falling From The Trees

Happy Orlando Iguana

If you're planning on visiting the Orlando area soon, and you've been monitoring the local forecasts, then you've probably been stunned at some of the reports.  For example, early morning temperatures have hit freezing temperatures.  When considering the wind chill factor, those temperatures are much lower.  Now, I don't know about everyone else, but I certainly wouldn't travel to Orlando for a vacation and expect to have a lovely January morning in New England.  So, just how low and how long will these conditions last, and when can we expect "normal" Florida weather to return?  The good news is... very soon!

Candace Campos, of News 6 WKMG Orlando, reported the following brutally cold morning temperatures recorded in central Orlando...

How are these temperatures affecting people?  Well, just look at what they're doing to the poor iguanas... they are freezing into immobility and falling from the trees!

Fortunately, Frank did later tweet that this iguana was warmed in the glorious Florida sun, and walked himself to cover later in the day.

Candace has good news for us though.  Orlando temperatures are expected to climb into the mid 60's by Sunday, and back into the 70's by Monday.

Thanks goodness!  Hope to see you all in sunny Florida soon!

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Happy New Year! From all of us in Orlando...

Happy New Year from all of us in Orlando.  We wish all our friends and readers a safe, happy, and prosperous 2018.

For all of you battling the storm up in the Northeast, please stay safe and warm.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Disney Buys Fox Movie Television Studio

Disney Buys Fox Movie and Television Studio

The rumors have been swirling, and now it's become a reality.  Disney has acquired a treasure trove of assets from Fox, primarily from their Movie and Television Studio.  This may not seem like such a big deal when the regular person hears about it, but, if they're a fan of anything Disney or Fox related, then there are huge implications here.  Like what, you ask?

How about Deadpool and Iron Man now being able to be in the same film. 

Or, how about the rights to Star Wars episodes I, II, III, IV, V, and VI all being under the same ownership, and the long-awaiting full box set finally being released.  If you don't know why that's never happened, it's because a rights deal was made with episode IV, keeping it separate from the other films.

In 2019 Disney plans to launch its own streaming service, and, around the same time, will be pulling all of their films and shows off of Netflix.  So, what additional content will this Fox deal now enable Disney to add to this service?  Let's take a look:
Movie Franchises - Avatar, Star Wars, Deadpool, X-Men, etc.
T.V. Shows - The Simpsons, Family Guy, Modern Family, X-Files, American Horror Story, Fargo, It's Always Sunny, etc.

Disney already owns ESPN, and in a short while they will be launching a sports streaming service.  Could the Fox deal add any content here?  It sure can, with Fox's 22 channel Regional Sports Network. 

One final interesting piece of this deal involves Hulu.  Disney ownes a 30% stake, while Fox also owned a 30% stake.  Now, however, Disney owns a commanding 60%.  We'll have to wait and see how this affects the service.

It will be interesting to watch how Disney utilizes everything they're now acquiring.  All we can hope is that it enriches our access to our favorite films, shows, and entertainment.  No matter what you're into, you've got a stake in this game!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Disney World's Least Crowded And Cheapest Months Are Coming Up

There was an excellent article that was just published, by Travel + Leisure, which discussed the better times of year to visit the Walt Disney World Resort, as well as the not so great times.  When considering the criteria for making their judgements, they evaluated travel expenses, pricing at both on-site and off-site Disney World properties, the volume of visitors in the parks, and, of course, the price of park tickets.

Best Disney World Days
(Matt Stroshane/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

They found some very interesting things, and their full article can be found here.  As for a couple of the good, many of the best deals of the year can be found in the first two months after the New Year, coming right around the corner.  During this time, park volume is way down, and discounts at both Disney property hotels, and off-site hotels, are approaching 50%.  However, that doesn't mean it's a steal of a deal for the whole two months.  Visitors will want to avoid the Martin Luther King Day holiday weekend, as well as February's school vacation week.  Check out the article for more information.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Cyber Week Deals Are Almost Over

It's been a crazy start to the holiday online shopping season.  On the national level both Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales volumes have surpassed last years figures, and set new records.
DW Tickets Cyber Sales
DW Tickets is continuing to run our Cyber Week discounts through November 30th.  However, to obtain the necessary discount ticket code for the DW Savers specials, you'll either have to join our newsletter, or, EVEN SIMPLER, just go to the site and wait for the pop up to appear on your screen.  It only takes 10 seconds!

We hope that everyone has been scoring some great deals to start the holiday season. 


Friday, November 03, 2017

Andy's backyard, AKA Toy Story Land, Releases New Details

It's one of the most anticipated additions to Walt Disney World in years.  Ever since fans of Toy Story first learned of the 11-acre addition coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios, rumors have trickled in describing the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster, Alien Swirling Saucers ride, and more.

Disney's Toy Story Land

Well, courtesy of Travel and Leisure magazine, a few more pieces of information are now known.  We know that there will be a restaurant fashioned after Woody's Lunch Box, serving delicious burgers, ice cream floats, and everything else Americana. 

Although we all have to wait until next Summer, it won't be long before we're able to be transported to Andy's backyard, and immerse ourselves in the world of toys for a day... or longer...

Check out the T&L article here.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

We Asked And You Answered - Favorite New Attractions at Walt Disney World

Last month we told our subscribers about all the new cool rides and attractions that are coming to the Walt Disney World Resort.  All of this information came out of Disney's big D23 Expo event.

Well, we asked what attractions were the most appealing to our readers, and the results are in!

Drum roll please...

The makeover coming to EPCOT came in first, with the arrival of Toy Story Land coming in a close second.   And fighting hard for 3rd place were several contenders: a few Star Wars Lands attractions, Guardians of the Galaxy attraction, and the Tron ride.

Here are the full results:

New attractions at Disney World

And a few comments too:

Comments New Disney Attractions

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Survey: New Disney World Attractions and Rides - Your Favorites

Disney recently held their D23 Expo, and they announced some amazing new rides and attractions that will be hitting the parks within the next couple of years.  Many of these announcements were rumored and speculated about for quite some time, but some of them were complete surprises as well.  Most of the amazing new attractions will be coming to Disney World parks, and we want to know which of these YOU are the most excited to see and experience.

New Disney World Rides

If you aren't familiar with everything that was announced at Disney's D23, here is a great write up by USA Today that gives a brief description of them - D23 Announcements.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Disney World's Star Wars Land Has A Name... Star Wars : Galaxy's Edge

Disney World's D23 Expo announced and unveiled some super exciting attractions and events.  From an EPCOT makeover to a space themed restaurant, from a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction to a Tron ride, from Toy Story Land coming in 2018 to Disney Skyliner gondolas, and SO MUCH MORE.

Star Wars Land at Disney World

However, the news that was attracting the most attention revolved around the much anticipated Star Wars Land, which we finally learned will be called Star Wars : Galaxy's Edge.  There will be several rides, and none sound more thrilling than the Millennium Falcon where guests will assume control of the star ship and help defend the galaxy from the First Order.  Additionally, in a continued effort to have some of the coolest hotels in the World, a Star Wars themed hotel will  be opening soon.  Each room will be it's on space ship that includes windows with views of space.  Expo hosts are calling this hotel the "most experimental concept ever".

Just as with everything Disney creates, we could not be more excited to check out Star Wars : Galaxy's Edge, and all of the other new and amazing attractions coming to Disney World.  For a list of the top 23 reveals at D23, click here...
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