In a somewhat surprising move, Disney announced on February 9th that Wishes! Nighttime Spectacular will be replaced with a new show starting May 12th, 2017. The new show, Happily Ever After Nighttime Spectacular, will feature Disney characters' adventures in Zootopia, Brave, The Princess & The Frog, Moana, and more. It will include new fireworks technology and more use of projections similar to those used in the Once Upon A Time Castle Projection Show that can usually be seen 30 minutes before the start of the fireworks. Happily Ever After will feature original animation as well as an original score, which will have a lot to live up to.
If you're prepping for a trip to Walt Disney World, there's some extra things to pack that you might not consider for a normal vacation. Before you head off, hit up Amazon for these essentials!
If you plan on meeting any characters on your trip, you'll need something for them to sign. If you want to go the classic route, check out this Disney autograph book. It's similar to a photo album, just with paper pages instead of picture slots. If you're looking for something a little more "usable" in the future, we recommend this encyclopedia of Disney characters. Each character has his or her own detailed page, which you can have the character sign. We think this is a much more practical use for character signatures, as an autograph book may not be looked at much later on, but the encyclopedia could facilitate a trip down memory lane each bedtime!
Fumbling with lids to dangerous permanent markers is not a think you want to do. Winnie the Pooh will thank you.
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We stayed at the Beach Club for the first time during a portion of our Honeymoon in September of 2016, and it was everything we hoped it would be. There are a lot of things this resort has going for it, which we outline below, but like any resort, the theming and amenities will appeal to certain people more than others. If you're considering a stay at Beach Club, this review should help you make your decision.
Collecting something specific on each trip to Walt Disney World is a great way to remember your visits as the years go by. One of the best parts of collecting things is that when you come across something that will add to your collection, you don't have to figure out a way to justify the purchase. At least...I don't. We try to limit our collections to things that are somewhat practical, our at least particularly sentimental, which makes them even easier to justify. If you're looking to start a Disney collection you can add to each trip, here are some of our suggestions.
There are a lot of things to buy at Walt Disney World. If you're not careful, you may find yourself at the end of your trip with a suitcase full of souvenir trinkets that will only be looked at once and then thrown in a drawer or closet, never to be thought of again. There are few things that annoy me more than wasted money, but Walt Disney World is one place where it is quite easy to commit that sin. If you're looking for souvenirs that you'll treasure instead of regret, you'll need to look for things that are unique and useful, with just the right amount of nostalgia.
I love anything Disney that doesn't SCREAM Disney. These adorable prints are attraction-themed but have a vintage quality that make them cute home decor without being too gaudy. There are quite a few to choose from, so you're likely to find many of your favorite rides. They'd be a perfect addition to a nursery! These prints can be found at the Market Place Co-Op at Disney Springs for $39.99 each.
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Those who have never experienced all that Walt Disney World has to offer often consider it a place for kids. Ha! Walt Disney created Disneyland specifically so that both kids and adults could have fun together, and he didn't fail. Pretty much anything at Walt Disney World can be enjoyed by adults if you have the right frame of mind, but there are some things that are most suited for the 21 and up crowd. If you're looking for things to do as adults at the most magical place on Earth, look no further.
Epcot World Showcase
The 11 pavilions at Epcot are probably the most obvious place for adults to spend time, and for good reason. There's plenty to see, eat, and drink, and the shopping you'll find is not the Disney-themed merchandise that blankets the rest of the parks. Some of our favorite souvenirs have come from World Showcase, including our pickle ornament from Germany and a beautiful Japanese rice bowl we got on our honeymoon.
Disney just announced that a new character breakfast will be coming to Trattoria al Forno beginning April 2nd, 2017. Reservations are now available. Characters featured at this breakfast will include both princes and princesses from Tangled, Little Mermaid, and more that have not been announced.
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There are several options for character meals at Walt Disney World, which can be great options for getting worthwhile interactions with characters while also getting a meal in. They vary quite a bit in price and character selection, as well as location, so you'll need to consider a few things when choosing which reservation to make. Character meals can be a wise use of table service credits if you have the Disney Dining Plan, but they are also more expensive than most other meals and take more time due to the character interactions. Here are all the current character meal options with our own recommendations and things to consider.