The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Posted in DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS on November 10, 2014 by disneychronicles

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Have you been before? We have for the past 3 years and it has become a tradition.

What is it?

This stunning spectacle started modestly in Arkansas as a single home’s annual display. Every year, Jennings Osborne and his family set up an elaborate collection of holiday lights. Over time, the collection of lights grew and grew… and grew! In 1995, the Osborne family decided to share their magic with the world. Walt Disney World Resort happily offered to become the new permanent home for this exceptional exhibition of holiday cheer.

If you haven’t been it is worth to go!

Epcot Food & Wine Festival! See what’s NEW!

Posted in EVERYTHING DISNEY on August 18, 2014 by disneychronicles

The Epcot Food & Wine Festival will be held September 19-November 10, 2014.

If you have been before have you thought of possibly enhancing the experience?

 

Here are NEW special events that will debut for 2014!

-Dining Through the Decades-A Tribute to Walt Disney

-Epcot Food & Wine Premium Package

-Epcot Food & Wine Late Nights Live

-Food For Thought

-Experience Puerto Rico!

-Epcot Food & Wine Boot Camp

Are you wanting to Indulge but stay on a budget? The Food & Wine Gift Card wrist band is a great option!

Just load it with any amount over $5 and swipe wherever you choose!

 

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A Visit to Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort!

Posted in UNIVERSAL STUDIOS with tags , , on June 26, 2014 by disneychronicles

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Splash back to the 1950’s and 60’s for endless family fun at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. From the moment you arrive, you will be taken back to the iconic beach resorts of the era. With a hip, vintage look, the resort offers 1,800 on-site rooms – including 900 family suites and 900 standard guest rooms.

Located across the street from Universal Orlando Resort, this resort features free Wi-Fi and exclusive early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter for guests who buy park tickets. A free shuttle service is available throughout the property. Guests can relax at 2 zero-entry pools at this beach-themed resort or can float down a lazy river, relax on the sandy beach or go down the water slide. A 10-lane bowling alley, fitness center, and game room are also available on site.

All rooms at Universal’s Cabana Bay Resort feature a 40-inch flat-screen cable TV. Coffee-making facilities are also provided. The rooms are basic but colorful. Guests can stay in traditional or poolside rooms as well as spacious family suites, which include kitchenettes.

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Here’s how it breaks down..

315 Courtyard family suites (North Courtyard)

285 Courtyard family suites poolside (North Courtyard)

176 Tower family suites (South Courtyard)

124 Tower family suites poolside (South Courtyard)

528 standard rooms (South Courtyard)

372 standard rooms poolside (South Courtyard)

50% of rooms are connecting

I also want to add that poolside is not necessarily pool view!

 

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Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort makes it easy for guests to dine in or take out. The food court serves burgers, milk shakes, pizza, and sandwiches.

A Starbucks is on-site, in addition to lobby and pool bars to which I must add there were 8 baristas working in the morning! Splendid!! Especially when you really need your coffee fix!

Staying at Cabana Bay will help save your family money versus Universal’s deluxe on-site hotels– especially if you have six people in your party and can now occupy one family suite instead of two standard rooms – but there are trade-offs. First, and perhaps most importantly, guests staying on-site at Cabana Bay will not receive unlimited Express Pass access. This is the best benefit of staying at Portofino Bay, Hard Rock, or Royal Pacific (not to mention that complimentary Express Passes hold a value of up to $80.00 per person per day compared to buying them separately).

Guests at Cabana Bay will not have the option of using Universal’s water taxis to get to and from the parks. Instead, guests will have the option of (1) using shuttle buses or (2) walking. I think it will take 20 minutes to walk from Cabana Bay to the theme parks and I would not recommend it.

Guests staying at Cabana Bay Beach Resort will also not receive the benefit of priority seating at the full-service restaurants inside Universal’s theme parks or at CityWalk.

The advantages to staying at Cabana Bay Beach Resort include all the other standard on-site benefits for Universal Orlando guests:

Early Park Admission

Complimentary package delivery.

Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key.

Complimentary scheduled transportation to Wet ‘n Wild, SeaWorld, and Aquatica.

Access to the other amenities at Universal’s deluxe on-site hotels, including the pool areas (this may change, so please verify at check in).

Oh, are you wondering about parking? Yes, Cabana Bay guests will have to deal with the biggest complaint about all of Universal’s on-site hotels: the per night self-parking fee. At Cabana Bay, it costs overnight guests $10.00 per night to park a car. For daytime guests, parking is $8.00 for up to 30 minutes, $20.00 up to 24 hours. Ouch!

Overall, it’s a brand new resort! Who doesn’t LOVE that?

The theme is great and the pools are not to be missed! For a Value property…in my book this one is Fantastic!

 

See all my photos here….

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152302883458853.1073741856.142061353852&type=3

 

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Harambe Nights Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Posted in EVERYTHING DISNEY with tags on May 2, 2014 by disneychronicles

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POSTED BY PAULAK ON MAY 2, 2014 IN NEWS
Harambe Nights Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

A new all-inclusive event is planned for Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Called Harambe Nights, guests will have a chance to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Lion King. The evening starts with a reception, and then the party moves inside the Harambe Theater. There will be a performance of the show The Lion King: Concert in the Wild, which will feature a live orchestra and a celebrity narrator. After the performance, guests will attend a party in the streets of Harambe which will include food, local bands, character appearances, autographs, and a chance to purchase event merchandise. The evening will end with what Disney is calling a “fond farewell”.

Harambe Nights will be held Saturday evenings, June 7-August 9, 2014. The list of celebrity narrators is as follows:

Viola Davis – June 7
TBD – June 14
Montego Glover – June 21
David Alan Grier – June 28
Michael Beach – July 5
Harry Lennix – July 12
Joe Morton – July 19
Alfre Woodard – July 26
Brian Stokes Mitchell – August 2
Patina Miller – August 9
A separate ticket is required to attend Harambe nights. The cost is $119 per adult, $79 for each child ages 3-9. A premium ticket is also available, which will give access to special seating for the show. The price for the premium ticket is $134 for adults, $94 for children. Tax is not included in the price. Reservations are recommended and can be made at https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events/harambe-nights/purchase, or by calling (407) 939-1319.

The price includes the reception, the show, and the street party. Food and beverages, including African beers and wine for those of age, are also part of the price. The rides and other attractions will not be open during the event.

 

Which Disney Resorts have the BEST Ratings?

Posted in DISNEY RESORT REVIEWS, DISNEYLAND-CALIFORNIA with tags , on February 24, 2014 by disneychronicles

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Hotels Receive “Best Hotels” Awards

Have you heard?

Eight Walt Disney Parks and Resorts hotels were recently named Silver Badge Winners by U.S. News & World Report. All of the winning Disney Parks hotels ranked as one of the best in their market.

In California, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel was named one of the Best Hotels in Anaheim.

And in Hawai’i, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa ranked as one of the Best Hotels in Honolulu – Oahu.

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Six hotels at Walt Disney World Resort were also named Best Hotels in Orlando, including:
• Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
• Disney’s Beach Club Resort
• Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
• Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
• Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
• Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

The hotels were ranked by travel experts and guests through online reviews and ratings.

As if you REALLY needed another reason to go! :)

Disney Merrytime Cruises 2014!

Posted in DISNEY CRUISE LINE, EVERYTHING DISNEY with tags , on January 8, 2014 by disneychronicles

I would like to start this post off by saying…Yes, I realize it’s January! :)

But I’m a planner! Especially when it comes to Disney! and these will sell out!

and Yes, I’m going!

Disney has always known how to keep the crowds coming! They are constantly developing new programs and ideas so returning guests don’t repeat the same experiences over again.

This went over well last year so it’s back for 2014!!

What could be better then spending Christmas 2014 on a Disney Christmas cruise!

 

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A winter wonderland awaits you aboard each ship—as well as at Castaway Cay!

Disney’s private island paradise is transformed with “snow” flurries, a Christmas tree and more. Be on the lookout for Mr. and Mrs. Snowman, dressed in their island attire. Plus, the island’s tram is decorated to resemble a reindeer, complete with antlers and a tail.

Onboard Experiences
On the ship, discover a festive fusion of holiday-themed entertainment, activities and décor—with a life-sized gingerbread house, 24-foot Christmas tree, garlands, poinsettias, shimmering lights and more!

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Other holiday enhancements include:

  • Deck the Deck Tropical Holiday Party, a celebration in addition to Pirate Night, with candy-cane limbo, dancing and games
  • King Triton’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, where kids can help light the tree and kick off the holiday festivities
  • Santa Claus meet-and-greet, an exciting opportunity to take family pictures and see Santa and his elves
  • Meet-and-Greets with some favorite Disney Characters, dressed in their holiday attire
  • Teen-only and tween-only holiday parties—private celebrations where teens and tweens can hang out with new friends
  • Holiday storytelling, with new and old tales about holidays at sea and around the world
  • Themed activities and crafts for kids—decorate stockings, make holiday cards, go on a holiday scavenger hunt and more
  • A life-sized gingerbread house made completely with edible ingredients—and the opportunity to make your own gingerbread house*
  • Holiday merchandise available for this event

Plus, on December 24 and 25, enjoy additional holiday experiences:

  • Cookies on Christmas Eve
  • Special holiday towel animals
  • Special holiday surprise
  • Holiday caroling with the kids and crew
  • Religious Services

When you celebrate winter holidays with Disney Cruise Line, you can spend more quality time together with loved ones as you sail from one spectacular port to the next.

Holiday activities and offerings are subject to change and may vary by ship and itinerary.

*The life-sized Gingerbread Houses will be constructed in November, and will not be available on early November sailings. It should be completed and ready for viewing in the last week of November.

Sail Dates

Ship Sail Dates
Disney Magic November 23, 2014 – December 28, 2014
Disney Wonder November 23, 2014 – December 30, 2014
Disney Dream November 24, 2014 – December 29, 2014
Disney Fantasy November 22, 2014 – December 27, 2014

Want more info…call me 855-577-WWTP

A New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Happiest Place on Earth!

Posted in EVERYTHING DISNEY with tags , on December 30, 2013 by disneychronicles

If you are lucky enough (judging by how you handle the crowd factor) to bring in the New Year at Disney World there is plenty to keep you busy!

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Starting at the Magic Kingdom….They will feature not one but two nights of fireworks to bring in the New Year!

Dec 30th and 31st!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios will feature the Mulch, Sweat and Shears New Years Eve Spectacular. The party starts at 6pm on Dec 31st with a countdown to Midnight!

Epcot …will feature two showings of IllumiNations and a New Year countdown! In the World Showcase you will have a variety of DJ’s located at select pavilions and the World Fountain Stage.

and DisneyQuest has a party all their own….

This is a “Special Ticket” event.

Click below for note info….

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/downtown-disney/disney-quest-new-years-eve/

The restaurants below will also feature special dining to ring in the New Year…

Have a Wonderful and Safe NEW YEAR!

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