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Wondering whether or not to take your toddler to Disney? Discover fun for little ones—as well as special offers designed with your family in mind. Even though your young ones will probably not remember the adventure, you will remember watching the look on their faces when they encounter Mickey Mouse and Magic Kingdom for the first time!Top 5 Reasons to Take Toddlers to Disney World
1. The best reason to take them is it’s free!! Kids under 3 don’t need a separate ticket. With a one day Single day ticket for kids around $108, that’s a considerable savings if you choose to take your 2 year old instead of waiting until he’s 3 or 4. The same goes for FastPass+ selections. During a FastPass+ selection window, simply scan the ticket or MagicBand of the Adult, simply inform the Cast Member that your child is under 3 and they will get to experience the attraction (as long as they meet the height requirements for the attraction).
2. Another great benefit are the Baby Centers. If your toddler gets tired and needs a break you can take them here so they can nap or just wind down. The centers are run by a Disney parks attendant, and have big, clean changing tables, nursing rooms, high chairs, and toys. You can also purchase formula, clothes, toys, and pacifiers. Baby Care Centers aren’t just for emergencies. Think of them as time out rooms where your family can take a break. They’re clean, spacious, have comfortable chairs and a TV running Disney movies.
3. The Disney Cast members and kids are so incredible! They go out of their way to interact with the little ones and pay them special attention. No matter the Character you approach they are fun, exiting and play their roles to a tee! What a delight for youngsters! They will also sign autographs and have been trained to sign a specific way so that you will always get the same signature no matter who is playing the character.
4. There are so many rides for your toddlers can enjoy! At Andy’s Backyard in Disney World’s All-New Toy Story Land, kids and grown-ups alike will feel like they have been shrunken down to the size of a green army man with giant toys scattered about everywhere. Dumbo the Flying Elephant is probably the one attraction that the little ones gravitate to the most. The only rides that you can’t take your toddler on are Expedition Everest, Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Kali River Rapids, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Indy Speedway. Word of warning, though: just because you can take your toddler doesn’t mean that you should. You’ll have to make judgment calls based on your own child’s character and fear levels.
5. If you go in the off-season, the parks are least crowded. January, September, October, and the first two weeks of November and December are the best times to go and not have to fight the massive crowds. You can then go at a leisurely pace and both you and your toddler can enjoy the park!
Holiday Nighttime Spectacular Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios November 6 to January 6, 2019.Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World® Resort on Nov 6, 2018. Join in the celebration as the stars of ABC’s Prep & Landing search high and low for Santa Claus, becasue old Kris Kringle has gone missing.
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and will feature fireworks, special effects, snow, and state-of-the-art projections of Disney characters across the facade of the park’s iconic Chinese Theater. The seasonal show follows characters from several Disney properties —including Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, elves Wayne and Lanny from ABC’s Prep & Landing, and familiar faces from Bambi, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast, and Pluto’s Christmas Tree — as they embark on a yuletide adventure to see Santa Claus’ safe return to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.
Led by elves Wayne and Lanny, the duo from ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated special “Prep & Landing,” the spirited yuletide adventure to the North Pole features memorable holiday moments from the iconic Disney films and more, all building to a festive finale that’s “So tinsel!”
A sweet way for Guests to enjoy this new holiday spectacular is with the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party, Delight in holiday-inspired snacks, delicious desserts, wine, beer, and specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Menu favorites include the classic Yule log, cheese fondue with pretzel bread, and Gingerbread martinis.
Memorable, heartwarming, and enchanting for the entire family, these one-of-a-kind holiday experiences will dazzle guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios through Jan 6 2019
One of the best things about visiting Walt Disney World during the holiday season is the special event, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2018, at the Magic Kingdom. The event includes cookies and hot cocoa, a holiday parade, special fireworks show, live entertainment, rare character meet & greets and more. It takes place on 22 select nights throughout November and December.Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2018
This special event requires separate event admission to attend and goes on after the park closes for regular day-guests (day ticket not required to attend this event.) Event tickets are on sale now and may sell out for certain nights, so don’t delay in picking up your passes. See complete list of dates and where to purchase tickets below, along with more details for the shows and attractions that will be featured at this year’s event. 2018 Event Dates:
• November 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30 • December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place from 7 PM to midnight each night of the event. Daytime admission to the Magic Kingdom is not required to experience this after-hours event.
The must-see offering, “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” kicks off the fun each night at dusk. Guests arriving early for the party can watch as royal sisters Anna and Elsa lead a celebration for their friends on the Castle Forecourt Stage that culminates in Queen Elsa using her incredible powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a shimmering ice palace for the holidays.
Another can’t-miss moment is the “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.” This enchanting holiday procession features marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread men, Disney characters, Santa Claus and more!
Then the highlight of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party night is “Holiday Wishes Fireworks– Celebrate the Spirit of the Season,” a special fireworks show set to holiday tunes that light up the sky above Magic Kingdom Park. This Holiday event offers magic, cheer and enchantment for Guests of every age—it’s truly a time for wishes to come true! Buy your tickets online at OrlandoTicketConnection.com and save!
The 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays otherwise known as, Holidays Around the World, begins November 18 and runs until December 30, 2018. This year’s Festival will feature Holiday Kitchens in addition to storytellers, entertainment, and more!
Experience a celebration like no other, featuring the festive holiday traditions of Epcot’s 11 World Showcase nations. 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays surrounds you in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season, as celebrated by cultures near and far.
Become enchanted by inspiring live musical productions. Delight in seasonal food & beverage specialties at the expanded Holiday Kitchens. Take a journey on a festive global tour—as costumed entertainers bring time-honored traditions to life throughout World Showcase! Children and adults alike will love experiencing the international cultures and traditional story telling by live actors in seasonal costume. All 11 nations will be showcasing traditions specific to their culture with storytelling, music and food.2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays Festivities:
**Candlelight Processional, the retelling of the Christmas story as told by a celebrity narrator accompanied by 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir starts early this year — on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. So far this year we know that Pat Sajak, Jodi Benson, Neil Patrick Harris and Whoopi Goldberg will be returning as celebrity narrators. More will be announced soon. The show takes place at the America Gardens Theatre each evening at 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Nov. 22-Dec. 30.
**Holiday Kitchens – We don’t have many 2018 details yet, but seasonal tastes from around the globe will be served at these kitchens around World Showcase.
**Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree – Guests purchase a map and stickers from select merchandise locations and travel around World Showcase looking for the famous chipmunks with their ornaments.
**Holiday Entertainment – Enjoy the sights and sounds of the nations of World Showcase, as each country’s holiday heritage comes to life amid joyful music and time-honored traditions.
**Fireworks Finale – The nightly fireworks display, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, will feature a special holiday ending.
Santa & Mrs. Claus welcome guests daily at the USA pavilion, while Father Christmas takes us on a historical trip back to the 15th century in United Kingdom. Sigrid and Julenissen tell tales of Christmas gnomes in Norway. Christmas traditions from France are told by Père Noël.
Nothing say’s Holidays other than food and during the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, you’ll be able to take your taste buds on a seasonal journey. Holiday Kitchens offer delicious festive food and drink delights and lots of holiday treats will be at various locations throughout Epcot.
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Disney World’s popular “Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It!” Street Party is ending this December. In its place an all new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party” to debut at Disney’s Magic Kingdom on January 18, 2019.
The new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party” will revolve around Mickey and Minnie Mouse and their friends in a whimsical celebration in front of Cinderella Castle.
It will pay tribute to Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they’re joined by friends such as Goofy, Max, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Chip and Dale. The fun begins as the whole squad dances up a storm with Mickey and Minnie and singing new versions of classic “Mickey Mouse Club” songs.
Also, celebration gets even more entertaining as Dapper Dans, the Casey’s Corner piano player performs extraordinary musical moments that honor Mickey and Minnie in a surprise festivity.
Magic kingdom guests are invited to join the live singers and Disney characters to enjoy new arrangements of classic Mickey Mouse Club songs.
The existing style of the parade is 35 minutes long, but it isn’t really a parade at all. The floats all stop in a circle around the center, then resume with loads of songs and dancing to get the crowd excited while guests sing and dance along with the gathering of some of your favorite characters. After the party is over, the procession goes back down Main Street, U.S.A. the same way they came in.
Look for special Mickey- and Minnie-themed merchandise and food at Magic Kingdom Park to make this party complete when you see Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party Coming January 2019!
The final run for the current Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party is going to take place on Dec. 1, 2018. After that, the new Limited Time Magic version with MousekeDance it will begin in January.
Since this is a Surprise Celebration, you can expect more Limited-Time Magic entertainment and other experiences to pop up periodically around Magic Kingdom Park.
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Disney revealed recently that an all-new show created on the Disney-Pixar’s Cars franchise, Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy Show is Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It is scheduled to open early 2019 but may start as soon as December of this year. Mater and Cruz Ramirez friends of McQueen’s will show off what they’ve learned about racing with visitors of all ages.
The new show home is expected to be in the flex theater building near Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. And, if you’re looking to book your next trip to Walt Disney World, check out Orlando Ticket Connection, presented by Epic Visitors Services, for the best vacation package deals.Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy will welcome guests to the world of Cars and bring them face to face with racing legend Lightning McQueen. Learn what it takes to be a champion racer, and of course, this is Lightning McQueen, so a few twists and turns are to be expected on the road ahead.
To kick things off, Lightning demonstrates what he’s learned over the years by using his brand-new, state-of-the-art racing simulator and its wraparound screen. Of course, as this seasoned racer has discovered throughout his career, things don’t always go according to plan, and he has to think fast to get back on course.
Cars” characters have made limited appearances in the Disney World parks, including a meet-and-greet area for Cruz at Hollywood Studios’ Pixar Place. Disney California Adventure has also been home to a popular Cars Land attraction for the past six years.
Hollywood Studios already is in expansion mode with additions next year including Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, which is in the works in the former Great Movie Ride building, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a land set to open in late fall of 2019.
The “Cars” announcement was shared after a recap of ongoing construction from Walt Disney World President George A. Kalogridis. Members of the international media were reminded of work being done on resorts such as Coronado Springs and on the Disney Skyliner gondola system.
With Tow Mater, Cruz Ramirez and the gang from Radiator Springs rooting him on, Lightning gears up for the challenge. Will he emerge victorious? Speed on over to find out. Bonus: after the show, you’ll even have the chance to snap a photo with trainer-turned-racer Cruz Ramirez just outside the Academy.
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One of the most iconic scenes in Star Wars is Oga’s Cantina, where some of the most interesting and notorious characters gather to eat, drink and do business. “You never know who you might meet in a Star Wars Cantina,” says Ken Whiting, a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions board of directors. “Now you can find out.”
In August Disney announced that Oga’s Cantina Opening in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2019, at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios when each new lands arrives.
Just like the cantinas seen in “Star Wars: A New Hope” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,“ Oga’s Cantina will feature music, exotic drinks of both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic variety served in a mixture of extraterrestrial containers and will be a place for smugglers and bounty hunters alike to hide out.
Named Oga’s Cantina, after Oga Garra, the fascinating alien owner, the bar is set in the Black Spire Outpost, which is on Batuu at the edge of the Outer Rim. This is the setting for all of Disney’s theme park undertakings with the series, expanding out the canon with a new area that’s so far only found its way into the novels
Musical entertainment is provided courtesy of RX-24, the former StarSpeeder 3000 pilot droid we first met in Star Tours, who has re-envisioned himself as the cantina’s DJ. As quirky and talkative as ever, he’s still trying to do his best on the job.
Guests can come to this infamous local watering hole to relax, conduct devious trade, and possibly even meet a friend or a enemy. The alien proprietor, Oga Garra, the cantina demands a strict code of conduct that tries to keep its unruly patrons in check. But with a history of being a smugglers’ hide-out you will likely find those seeking to avoid the authorities, you can bet that the cantina has a story or two to tell.
Get ready to listen to some unique music, taste the best drinks in the galaxy, and surround yourself with a colorful cast of characters. You never know what will happen at the cantina!
Oga’s Cantina opens its doors at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2019 at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Orlando Ticket Connection will be right here to share everything Disney! In the meantime get ready for the Holidays with some of the best prices and exceptional customer service. Buy your Disney World tickets here.
Ready, set, play! The all-new Toy Story Land Disney’s Hollywood Studios is coming this summer. It will give guests the sensation of shrinking to the size of a toy as they explore Andy’s backyard and see their favorite Toy Story characters larger than life.All-New Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Whether it’s an exciting ride on a family-friendly coaster, a spin on a toy rocket or a 3D adventure through carnival midway games, guests will be immersed in the playful world of toys.
And along the way, enough fun facts and “didn’t-know-that’s” to fill a toy chest:
• More than 400 toy blocks fill Andy’s backyard. • In Toy Story Land, Andy’s footprint is about 25 feet long or the equivalent of a size 240 shoe. • It would take a Green Army Man roughly 12 steps just to travel the length of one of Andy’s shoeprints. • You would need a backpack the size of a school bus to carry the Buzz and Woody figures that tower over Toy Story Land. • The weight of the Slinky Dog Dash track and support columns weighs almost as much as 125,000 gallons of milk. • Together Rex and the Jenga Tower are as tall as 7½ Green Army Men standing on top of one another.
Your Toy Story pals can’t wait to have you join them. So come on, step into the All-New Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where kids and grown-ups alike can experience all-new adventures. The kind you’ll only find at Walt Disney World beginning June 30, 2018. In the so-much-larger-than-life setting of Andy’s backyard, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and the rest of the Toy Story gang invite you to take part in the adventure together.ATTRACTIONS
NEW! Slinky Dog Dash
Andy’s assembled his awesome coaster kit and Slinky Dog is poised to take you on a wild journey. On the new Slinky Dog Dash, you’ll whoosh throughout the land. Hold on for an exhilarating ride that twists Slinky Dog’s coils around curves, hills, bridges and drops. It’s a crazy ride the whole family can enjoy together.
NEW! Alien Swirling Saucers
On the new Alien Swirling Saucers, the aliens have powered up their flying saucers to take you on a spin through space. Climb into a toy rocket and hang on as aliens lead the way on an interstellar romp set to an out-of-this-world beat. If you’re really lucky, youjust might get “chosen” by the claw.
Fan Favorite – TOY STORY MANIA!®
Take aim. Head over to Andy’s room to ride on a carnival play set the toys have set up. On the fan-favorite Toy Story Mania!®, your Toy Story pals help you blast your way through a 4D arcade. Fire at targets with everything from baseballs to cream pies. But you better practice your aim, because high-score bragging rights are on the line for friends and families.
Woody’s Lunch Box
Woody’s Lunch Box – actually, Andy’s lunch box that he’s set on its side – will serve up tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats from a walk-up window setting. The entire land will serve as a visual celebration of toys, with Crayons, Cooties, Green Army Men, Rubik’s Cubes, Tinkertoys, and other familiar toys and game pieces incorporated into the land’s design.
“With set pieces, staging, attractions and experiences Toy Story Land represents the best of Walt Disney Imagineering’s collaboration with our storytelling partners at Pixar Animation Studios,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “All-New Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will place guests inside the wondrous world of Woody, Buzz and their pals – and invite everyone to experience the joy of being a toy.” Orlando Ticket Connection has the lowest prices and cutomer service that can’t be beat so buy your Disney Tickets online and save!
Star-Lord and Gamora from “Guardians of the Galaxy” will take guests on a musical journey through the cosmos. “Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!” will be the stage at the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot.
“Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!” will be seen five times a day from June 9 through August 19. It is included with theme park admission and is part of Walt Disney World’s lineup of “Incredible Summer” offerings.
While you’re here, stop into the American Adventure at Epcot where you’ll find the giant screen showing. These are inspired by the new Guardians of the Galaxy at Epcot Disney World.
At Liberty Inn, a counter service restaurant with lots of indoor seating you’ll find an adorable Groot Sipper Cup that comes with your choice of fountain or frozen beverage and a Rocket Fuel Slushy with frozen Coca-Cola and bourbon. Over at Fife & Drum Tavern, you can sip on an “I am Float” Root Beer with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and mint leaves or the Awesome Mix Slushy with layers of frozen lemonade, blue raspberry, and strawberry. There’s also the chocolate Galaxy Cupcake with buttercream and a white chocolate piece featuring Groot!Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster
At D23 Expo Japan, in February, Disney shared a first look at Epcot’s highly-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster.
With the “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired coaster, Disney World is going big. This one-of-a-kind family attraction will be one of the world’s longest enclosed roller coasters when it’s added to Future World at Epcot. It’ll feature a unique story currently being created by Walt Disney Imagineering and include a new innovative ride system that’s guaranteed to “wow” guests.
This attraction is part of Disney’s ongoing work to renovate Epcot into a place that’s more family, more relevant and more timeless.
“As we build upon its core mission of optimism and hope to inspire the world, the real will become fantastic and the fantastic will become real—in whole new ways at Epcot,” Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, said.
The attraction will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.
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