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inline imageLEGOLAND® Florida Resort will open the doors to its new LEGOLAND Hotel in Summer 2015.

The new hotel is a five story hotel and will feature 152 Lego themed rooms, suites and interactive play areas all just a few steps from the main Legoland park entrance.

The addition of the Hotel gives guests the opportunity to extend their stay and explore LEGOLAND Florida Resort for more than one day giving them the ultimate family experience.

Legoland's target market is families with children 2 to 12 years old.



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Rooms

  • Sleeps 5 (max 2 adults)
  • King-size bed, bunk bed and pull-out trundle bed
All rooms include:
All rooms include:
  • King bed in the adult sleeping area
  • Welcome Treasure Hunt with LEGO prize
  • LEGO brick to build with during your stay
  • Kids' own sleeping area with bunk bed, pull out trundle bed and entertainment unit (sleeps up to 3 kids)
  • 2 high-definition flat panel TVs
  • Mini-fridge and coffee maker
  • Wi-fi access
  • Early Entry Access to LEGOLAND Florida
Premium Themed Rooms offer additional LEGO décor and models throughout the room, allowing guests to become fully immersed in the theme.

VIP Suites feature a king bed and can sleep up to 5 people, with a living room, pull-out sofa, kids' play area and 3 flat panel TV’s.

[H2]Kingdom Room[/H2]A royal welcome awaits you in a room fit for a king and his court. Relax while your junior royals head off to their own sleeping quarters.







[H2]Pirate Room[/H2]After a jolly adventure on the rides in the Park, send your junior shipmates up to their private bunks while you relax in the cabin.







[H2]Adventure Room[/H2]Get ready for the ultimate adventure! Dare to follow in the footsteps of the famous mini LEGO hero adventurer, Johnny Thunder!





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inline imageDisney is offering a Premium Package, 'the Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle', that guests can book for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. The Premium Package will cost an additional $99 per person on top of the normal MNSSHP ticket.

Guests will get to experience a character hosted dessert party inside Cinderella's Royal Table, along with preferred viewing for Boo-to-You parade and HalloWishes fireworks.

Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle

Join Lady Tremaine and her villainous friends at the witching hour for the season’s most decadent dessert party. Taking place during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party, it’s the Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle!

Set within the majestic halls of Cinderella’s Royal Table, don’t miss your chance to meet a menagerie of malevolent special guests—all while you indulge in devilish desserts and wicked entertainment.

As the evening continues, follow fellow Guests to the dining room, where the surroundings have transformed into an upscale, villainous atmosphere. Inside, enjoy the eerie entertainment as a piano player provides live music, accompanied by a few haunting solos from Lady Tremaine herself.

By purchasing a ticket to both Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle, you’ll receive preferred viewing for the 8:15 performance of Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade, as well preferred viewing for the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular.

Plus, you’ll be treated to the Dessert Soiree at Cinderella’s Table—a delightful affair where you can feast your senses on Lady Tremaine’s eerie musical talents, over-the-top desserts and specialty non-alcoholic beverages. You’ll even receive an autograph card and a souvenir Maleficent dragon cup!

Admission

Admission to the Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle is available for $99 per person, plus tax (gratuity included).
Please be aware that admission to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is required and is not included in the price.
In addition, be aware that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special ticketed event and is not included with admission to Magic Kingdom park.

Reservations

Online booking is not available for the Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle. To make a reservation, please call (407) 939-5262. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

Reservations are highly recommended for the Dessert Soiree at Cinderella’s Royal Table, taking place at both 10:15 PM and 11:45 PM on September 1, 9 and 12, 2014; and at 10:15 PM only on September 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 and October 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30 and 31, 2014.

Check-In

To check in for the event, visit the Will Call booth outside the main entrance of Magic Kingdom park from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM. Starting at 7:30 PM, you may check in at the parade and fireworks viewing area in the central plaza by the Castle Forecourt Stage.

Once you have checked in, you’ll receive a wristband identification, which must be presented to enter the preferred viewing areas and Cinderella’s Royal Table.

If you choose not to participate in the preferred parade or fireworks viewing, you can check in at Cinderella’s Royal Table at your designated seating time.

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inline imageThis weekend saw Disney hold a special event at Disney Hollywood Studios, called 'Villains Unleashed'. Was this a success or was it a failure?

Disney put on a lavish, highly entertaining night with lots of rarely seen Disney characters making an appearance. If you went with the mind set that you weren't going to see everything and that the crowd level were going to be high then you may have come away with a positive experience.

It seems that the event was an improvement over last year's 'Unleash the Villains Friday the 13th event' which was included in park admission, where the park was full to capacity, nearly 40,000 people all trying to get in to a small entertainment area!

For this year, Disney made it a ticketed event, with advance tickets costing $71.36 and on the night $75.62 with limited numbers of tickets available.

Even with the high ticket price, limited numbers and with Disney adding more attractions which were spread across the whole park, very long wait times for the characters were experienced by guests. Some of the lines stretched to 3 hours long, that is over half of the event duration (8pm - 1am). There were lines of over an hour just to purchase some of the merchandise too.

Here on the DIBB, other Disney fan sites and social media there seems to be a mixed response to this event. Many reports have indicated that it was a waste of money, people have complained to Disney and some managed to get a refund.

This begs the question, is the commercial side of Disney killing some of the 'MAGIC' ?

My own opinion on this is that I do feel the commercial aspects are outweighing the magic at these special events. Whilst I fully understand that Disney want to sell as many tickets as they can. I do feel that Disney set the ticket number limit a lot higher now than they would have done a few years ago. MNSSHP seems an example of this. 10 years ago the MNSSHP party, even on sold out dates, seemed a lot less crowded that it has been in the last couple of years.

Just for clarity, I'm not one who wears 'rose coloured' or 'Fairy dust' spectacles when it comes to Disney being a business. Disney's main goal is to extract as many Dollars from each of their guests pockets as they possibly can. I am absolutely fine with this, this is the reality of the business and I visit Disney with my eyes fully open.

There does come a point though where the 'Value for Money' is diminished for these special events. Reading a lot of the reports coming out of 'Villains Unleashed' event it seems that many guests feel that they didn't get the Value for Money they would have expected from Disney.

What are your thoughts on this?

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inline imageFamily Friendly Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Begins Sept. 1 at Magic Kingdom

Halloween’s happiest haunts will reappear for 26 “spook-tacular” nights of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom.

From Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, the after-hours special ticket event will immerse guests in the Halloween spirit. The bewitching “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks spectacular will illuminate the sky in bursts of orange and green fireworks. In “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” the Headless Horseman parades a gang of ghostly characters down Main Street, U.S.A. for a haunted, but happy, Halloween season.

Disney villains take center stage in 2014 with “Villains Mix & Mingle — Live on Stage” castle show; and Club Villain, an all-new nightly character dance party experience takes over the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon in Frontierland. Mischevious villains will be available for guests to meet all night long in locations throughout the park.

The night of ever-so-slightly frightful fun begins at 7 p.m. and runs until midnight, with guests encouraged to don their favorite Halloween costumes and partake in trick-or-treating around Magic Kingdom.

Party dates in 2014 are:

  • Sept. 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26 & 28
  • Oct. 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30 and 31
To purchase advance tickets, guests can visit disneyworld.com/halloween or call 407-W-DISNEY.

Disney’s Night of Joy Celebrates a Stellar Line-Up of Christian Music Sept. 5-6

This year marks the 32nd year for Disney’s Night of Joy, where the best in Contemporary Christian music meets the excitement of the Magic Kingdom. From contemporary hits to hard-hitting, high-energy rock, there’s something for every kind of music fan Sept. 5-6 at Walt Disney World Resort.

This year’s lineup showcases a stage-load of talent on each night.
  • Friday, Sept. 5: Hillsong United, Chris Tomlin, Matthew West, for KING & COUNTRY, Mandisa, Building 429, Matt Maher, The Neverclaim
  • Saturday, Sept. 6: Skillet, Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Israel Houghton & New Breed, Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon, Rhett Walker, We As Human, 1 Girl Nation
Single-night tickets are $59 plus tax in advance and $69 plus tax on the days of the show. To purchase tickets, or for more information about the event, guests can visit NightofJoy.com or call 407-W-DISNEY.

19th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Opens Sept. 19

A rockin’ after-hours street party and a premium food-and-beverage package for Walt Disney World Resort guests will debut during the 19th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival presented by Chase Sept. 19 – Nov. 10, 2014.

The festival kicks off a week early and runs 53 days and features more than 270 chefs, including Disney chefs and culinary stars from across the country.

Festival guests will be able to pair wines and beers with savory and sweet dishes from more than 25 ethnic and specialty marketplaces as they stroll the World Showcase Promenade and earn stamps on their complimentary festival “passport” souvenirs. Champagne, cocktails and “mocktails” also will be on festival menus.

Eat to the Beat! is back with live entertainment every night at the America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. Returning favorites such as Hanson, Air Supply and more take the stage in September and October, along with new acts include Jo Dee Messina, Fuel, Jim Brickman and Los Lonely Boys.

For details on all special events, including the popular Party for the Senses and signature dining experiences, guests can visit www.epcotfoodfestival.com.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Extra Four Weeks Added to ‘Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The “Frozen” fun of Arendelle won’t melt away on Labor Day, as “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been extended through Sept. 28, 2014.

The popularity of the icy special event prompted Anna, Elsa, Olaf and their polar pals to extend their stay at Walt Disney World Resort beyond Sept. 1, 2014 (the originally announced closing date for the event).

Fans of “Frozen” have been flocking to the flurry of fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios since July 5, enjoying immersive experiences like the “For The First Time in Forever: A ‘Frozen’ Sing-Along Celebration” and ice skating (on real ice!) inside Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland. Anna, Elsa & Kristoff are also welcomed by guests daily in an 11 a.m. processional down Hollywood Boulevard while ice cutters, skaters and skiers join the cavalcade.

Nearly all of the event’s components will continue daily, with the exception of the “Frozen Fireworks” spectacular. The fireworks show will be presented each night (except August 23) through September 1, and then on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only from September 5-28.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend Oct. 3-4

Disney villains take center stage for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend, Oct. 3 – 4. The weekend features a haunting nighttime 10-mile race starting at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, running through ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and finishing, appropriately enough, near The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Runners and guests are invited to the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash post-race party where they can enjoy live music, Disney characters and access to attractions such as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock “n” Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and Toy Story Mania! until 4 a.m. Admission to the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash is included for runners, while friends and family can purchase tickets for the party.

Families also can enjoy the Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run and runDisney Kids’ Races at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Saturday, Oct. 4. A two-day runDisney Health and Fitness Expo featuring several vendors and a speaker series takes place on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 – 4 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. For more information visit www.rundisney.com/tower-of-terror-10-miler

Frightfully Good Time Awaits Disney Cruise Line Guests this Halloween

Disney Cruise Line will treat guests sailing this fall to a wickedly good time as the Disney ships transform into a ghoulish wonderland filled with frightfully fun events and activities, special decorations, unique menu items in the restaurants and themed parties on deck.

In 2014, Halloween on the High Seas takes place on most voyages aboard all Disney Cruise Line ships from September through October. This extra-spooky celebration features Halloween-themed parties, lively entertainment and elaborate décor, including The Pumpkin Tree, which magically transforms throughout the cruise.

To celebrate Halloween, the Disney Magic sails three-, five- and seven-night Bahamian and Caribbean cruises departing Sept. 27 to Oct. 26; the Disney Wonder sails four-, five- and six-night Bahamian cruises departing Sept. 26 to Oct. 31; the Disney Dream sails three- and four-night Bahamian cruises departing Sept. 7 to Oct. 31; and the Disney Fantasy sails seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing Sept. 6 to Oct. 25.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit http://disneycruise.com

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inline imageThe “Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!” Street Party started in 2009 at Disney's Magic Kingdom is to get an update. This fall Disney will introduce new music, new characters, and a new way for you to be part of the show!

The party procession also gets a slightly new name – “Move it! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party.

The fun begins on Main Street, U.S.A., as a high-energy party anthem heralds the arrival of favorite Disney characters – including new additions Stitch and Phineas & Ferb – who parade toward Cinderella Castle as the emcee, stilt walkers, and the rest of our party peeps encourage everyone to join in.

Things heat up in the Central Plaza when hosts Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy appear atop giant gift boxes, leading everyone in a medley of remixed classic party songs. Once you’ve moved it, shaken it, and danced it, it’s time to help decide what comes next, as you vote for one of three current hits during the “Play It!” part of the show. You never know which way it might go!

The “Move it! Shake It! Dance & Play It!” Street Party will be presented several times daily, starting this fall. In the meantime, you can still enjoy the “Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!” Street Party each day at Magic Kingdom Park.

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inline imageMickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party has sold out for Halloween Day on the 31st October 2014.

It is not unusual for this date to sell out, but it is still quite early in the year to do so.

If you are planning on booking this special ticketed event for any other night I would suggest you do so now to avoid disappointment.

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Park Hours - Tuesday 02/09/2014

WDW & Other Florida Park Hours
Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom
9:00am
~to~
10:00pm
Epcot
Epcot
9:00am
Extra Morning Hours~to~
9:00pm
Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom
9:00am
~to~
5:00pm
Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios
9:00am
~to~
8:00pm
Blizzard Beach
Blizzard Beach
10:00am
~to~
5:00pm
Typhoon Lagoon
Typhoon Lagoon
10:00am
~to~
5:00pm
Islands of Adventure
Islands of Adventure
9:00am
~to~
7:00pm
Universal Studios
Universal Studios
9:00am
~to~
8:30pm
SeaWorld
SeaWorld
9:00am
~to~
6:00pm
Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
10:00am
~to~
6:00pm
Aquatica
Aquatica
10:00am
~to~
5:00pm
LEGOLAND
Legoland
Closed
~to~
Closed
Extra Morning Hours +1 Hour Early Entry for Disney Hotel Guests.
Extra Evening Hours +2 Extra Late Hours for Disney Hotel Guests.
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Disneyland Resort Park Hours
Disneyland Park
Disneyland Park
10:00am
Extra Morning Hours~to~
8:00pm
Walt Disney StudiosCalifornia Adventure 10:00am
~to~
8:00pm
Extra Morning Hours +1 Hour Early Entry for Disney Hotel Guests.
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Disneyland Paris Park Hours
Disneyland Park
Disneyland Park
10:00am
Extra Morning Hours~to~
9:30pm
Walt Disney StudiosDisney Studios 10:00am
~to~
9:00pm
Extra Morning Hours +2 Hours Early Entry for Disney Hotel Guests.
Full Schedule of DLP Park Hours

US Dollar Rates
Cash/Travelers Cheques
Covent Garden FX  $1.6304
FairFX  $1.6285
M&S  $1.6084
Travelex  $1.6227
Prepaid MasterCard Rates
CaxtonFX  $1.6150
FairFX  $1.6230
VIDA FX  $1.6154
Updated: 12:33 02/09/2014
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Cash/Travelers Cheques
Covent Garden FX  €1.2416
FairFX  €1.2410
M&S  €1.2133
Travelex  €1.2361
Prepaid MasterCard Rates
CaxtonFX  €1.2320
FairFX  €1.2365
VIDA FX  €1.2316
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