inline imageDisney have released a video of the new Slinky Dog coaster at Hollywood Studios.

The ride vehicle, which is themed after the character of Slinky from "Toy Story," took Imagineers from multiple disciplines a few years to design, so the group was thrilled to see the finished product arrive on the site firsthand. According to the Imagineers, the vehicle was created to reflect Slinky’s personality, the movement and motion of a Slinky toy, and of course Slinky’s adorable look which will be visible throughout the land as the coaster moves along the track.

https://youtu.be/ZDWTj8_jZtI

Toy Story Land is set to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in summer 2018.

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inline imageAs the theme parks prepare for the oncoming hurricane this weekend there have been a few schedule changes. I will continue to update this post with the latest changes.

  • Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach will remain closed Tuesday 12th September 2017.
  • Busch Gardens will remain closed on Tuesday 12th September 2017.
  • Mandatory curfew for the DisneyWorld area will be in effect from 7pm Sunday 10th September 2017 through until 6pm Monday 11th September 2017.
  • Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney Springs are closing at 9pm Saturday 9th September and will reopen on Tuesday 12th September.
  • Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios are closing at 7pm Saturday 9th September and will reopen on Tuesday 12th September.
  • Typhoon Lagon will close at 5pm on Saturday 9th September and will reopen on Tuesday 12th September.
  • Tampa Airport will cease commercial operations at 8pm Saturday 9th September.
  • Universal Orlando Resort will be closing at 7pm on Saturday 9th September and is expected to reopen as normal on Tuesday 12th September.
  • LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park and Water Park will be closed Saturday, 9th September through Monday 11th September.
  • Disney Springs Virgin Check In location will be closed from Saturday 9th September to Tuesday 12th September.
  • The Orlando Eye will be closed from Saturday 9th September until after the storm has passed.
  • SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay are currently planning to close by 5 pm on Saturday 9th September pending further updates as they monitor the storm. Both parks will remain closed on Sunday 10th September and Monday 11th September.
  • Aquatica Orlando and Adventure Island will be closed on Saturday 9th September through Monday 11th September.
  • Discovery Cove will be closed on Sunday 10th September and Monday 11th September.
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be closed Friday 8th September reopening Wednesday 13th September.
  • Orlando International Airport has announced it will cease commercial airline operations at 5 p.m. Saturday 9th September.
  • Sanford International Airport has announced it will expect to cease commercial airline operations at 5:15 p.m. Saturday 9th September.
  • Fort Wilderness Campground will be closed starting Saturday afternoon
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ will be cancelled on Saturday 9th September, Sunday 10th September, and Monday 11th September.
  • The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort has been cancelled for Saturday 9th September.
  • Universal Orlando have cancelled Rock the Universe Saturday and cancelled Sunday morning worship. Friday night will go ahead as planned.
  • Disney have cancelled Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party for the Sunday 10th September at the Magic Kingdom.
  • Disney have cancelled the Night of Joy for Saturday 9th September at ESPN Wide World of Sports. The scheduled 8th September event is still going ahead as planned.
  • The 8th September and 11th September sailings of the Disney Dream have been cancelled.
  • The 9th September sailing of the Disney Fantasy has been cancelled.
  • Disney's Vero Beach Resort will close at 2pm Friday 8th September.
  • Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort will close at 10am Saturday 9th September.
  • Characters in Flight at Disney Springs is Closed until 30th September.
  • Disney has closed Blizzard Beach Friday 8th and will reopen Tuesday 12th September.

inline imageGet wrapped up in the season as snow falls, Sunset Boulevard twinkles and favorite faces come to life. Taking place from November 9 through December 31, 2017, it’s Sunset Seasons Greetings—an all-new celebration you won’t want to miss!

As 2017 draws to a close, and night falls on Disney’s Hollywood Studios, an unforgettable scene starts to unfold for Guests of all ages. Billboards suddenly begin to move into motion and tell a tale, courtesy of iconic characters sharing their love for the season. All the while, the Hollywood Tower Hotel—a.k.a. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror—magically transforms, bringing to life the characters’ stories.

Disney character moments include:

  • Mickey and Minnie reminiscing about a hometown Christmas as the scene shifts into a romanticized, Norman Rockwell-inspired town—starting in black and white before slowly changing into color.
  • The Toy Story characters guessing which new toys are coming this Christmas as the scene becomes covered in holiday wrapping paper.
  • The Swedish Chef from The Muppets babbling as only he can while the scene turns into giant gingerbread houses.
  • And finally, Olaf pining over his holiday wish as iconic music plays and the scene freezes over into a Frozen winter wonderland—complete with dancing Aurora Borealis lights and projected falling snow.

inline imageGuests can enjoy an epic holiday celebration, featuring new experiences like Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s and beloved classics like Grinchmas, Mannheim steamroller concerts and more.

Starting Nov. 18, holiday cheer – and a little mischief here and there – will take over Universal Orlando Resort for its destination-wide Holidays celebration. Guests of all ages will enjoy a festive celebration like no other with more dates than ever before. At Universal Orlando guests can witness the magic of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, watch all-new larger-than-life balloons and incredible entertainment fill the streets during the all-new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, uncover the true meaning of Grinchmas, rock around the Music Plaza Stage to Mannheim Steamroller – and more.

Universal Orlando Resort’s Holidays celebration will run daily from Nov. 18 to Jan. 6 and include the following festivities:

NEW! Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
For the first time at Universal Orlando Resort, Christmas is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Guests will be surrounded by uniquely themed Christmas decorations, garlands and lights as they walk the streets of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. They will also enjoy special Christmas themed food and holiday performances by the Frog Choir and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. And as night falls - state-of-the-art projection mapping and lighting will wrap Hogwarts castle, bringing incredible Christmas moments inspired by the Harry Potter series to life.



NEW! Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s
Universal Orlando Resort is partnering with Macy’s, the global leader in balloon entertainment, to bring a brand-new parade to Universal Studios Florida. Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s will feature more than a dozen new festive balloons and over 15 incredibly detailed floats that can’t be seen anywhere else – all designed exclusively for Universal Orlando. The parade will also include appearances by the Minions and other favourite characters from Despicable Me, Madagascar and Shrek – and the jolly man himself, Father Christmas.

Grinchmas
Guests will watch the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes during a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic in the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” and join the merry Whos from Who-ville as they celebrate the true meaning of the season and bring Grinchmas to life throughout Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. And, on sale now, guests can enjoy a festive breakfast with the Grinch and his friends on select dates.

Mannheim Steamroller
Holiday music sensation, Manheim Steamroller, returns to Universal Orlando to spread cheer for all to hear during live concerts at Universal Studios Florida on Nov. 18, 19, 25, 26 and Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17.

Holidays at Universal’s On-Site Hotels
Staying on-site is the best way to experience the Holidays celebration at Universal Orlando Resort. All five hotels will glisten with festive decorations and offer holiday activities, including tree lightings, menorah lightings, and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve buffets.

EVE at Universal CityWalk
To celebrate the New Year, guests can dance the night away at EVE, Universal CityWalk’s dazzling New Year’s Eve celebration. Guests can celebrate the New Year in style with the largest dance floor in Orlando, live entertainment and endless decadent dishes and signature drinks. Tickets go on sale soon.

Access to Universal’s Holidays festivities at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure is included with admission to the parks.

inline imageWalt Disney World's magical mobile app has just been made that little more magical with the latest update.

The My Disney Experience (MDE) App has been updated to version 4.8 to allow guests to now keep track of all of their Dining Plan Credits and Dining Plan Meals.

To make things easier for guests the MDE mobile app now shows all credits and charges, this will allow guests to keep track of all their dining plan meals and snacks.

As part of the same update guests can also now keep track of purchases charged to your Disney Resort hotel account. Guests will no longer have to add up all their receipts or keep going to the front desk to see how much food they’ve ordered or how many souvenirs they have purchased.

If you are a Disney Annual Pass holder then this update now allows you to renew your passes from within the app.

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/en...ey-experience/

App Links HERE

inline imagePlease your sweet tooth with a delicious dessert experience while enjoying some of the best seats in the house.

It all starts at the Fantasmic! theater where you’ll pick up your freshly prepared snack box that features a variety of sweet and salty sensational treats for adults or children. Menu items may include:

For Adults:

Chocolate-dipped strawberries
Cheesecake
Chocolate cupcake

For Children:

Chocolate pudding with crushed chocolate cookies and gummy worms
Confetti popcorn
Vanilla cake bite with Sorcerer Mickey Coin

To quench your thirst, enjoy a specialty drink served in a souvenir cup (alcoholic for Guests 21 and older).

After you pick up your snack box and beverage, you’ll be directed to a VIP reserved seating area for Fantasmic! Then, just sit back, enjoy—and watch the nighttime extravagant musical where the forces of good and evil battle it out in Mickey’s dream.

Don’t miss the chance to get delicious treats and VIP seats!

Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience
$39
$19 per child (ages 3 to 9)

Includes tax; gratuity not included or required. Separate park admission is also required. Alcohol will only be served to Guests ages 21 and older. Events are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/en...t-vip-viewing/

Important information about the Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience.

  • The Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience is available on all Fantasmic! show days and offered with the first show of Fantasmic! only. Reservation times range from 90 minutes prior to show to 45 minutes prior to show.
  • Check-in for the experience at the Fantasmic! theater located on Sunset Boulevard next to Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage. Enter through the theater FassPass+ queue to get to the check-in podium.
  • At check-in, each Guest receives a custom credential for identification. The credential identification is non-transferable and will not be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Seats in the reserved seating section are not assigned; you will choose your seats upon arrival on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • In the event of inclement weather, your food and beverage experience will still be available, but may be moved to an alternate location. Please proceed to the theater at scheduled reservation time for additional direction.
  • Entertainment is subject to change or cancellation without notice. In the event of a show cancellation, VIP seating will be made available for an alternative show within 5 days of the date you were originally scheduled to attend. Valid theme park admission is required.
  • Disney Dining plan entitlements may not be redeemed for this experience.
  • Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. A valid form of government identification will be required to verify age.

inline imageWith today being World Rollercoaster Day here are a few reminders of the many coasters in Orlando for you to try.

SeaWorld in Orlando has three of the top coasters in Florida.

Kraken Unleashed: Virtual Reality Experience
While Kraken has been around a long time. SeaWorld have added an update to this 150 foot tall, 65 mph park classic. Kraken Unleashed embarks guests on a deep sea mission alongside sea creatures inspired by extinct and legendary animals of the past, including the mighty Kraken. A custom digital overlay with uniquely designed VR headsets delivers a new one-of-a-kind adventure! [More Info]

Mako
SeaWorlds newest coaster. Mako is the tallest, fastest and longest rollercoaster in Orlando! 200 feet high, 73 mph and a track that’s nearly a mile long. Like the Mako shark, this powerful predator is all about high speeds, deep dives and thrills around every turn. [More Info]

Manta
The only flying rollercoaster of its kind in the world, guests encounter numerous species of deadly rays before boarding the head-first, face-down thrill ride. [More Info]

Over at Universal Studios you have...

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
Adrenaline pumping and music thumping, you start climbing straight up to 167 feet. A moment later, you're screaming at 65 mph, 17 stories over Universal Studios, as it plummets you back to the ground. [More Info]

Revenge of the Mummy
You'll be catapulted into in total darkness at 45mph, plagued on all sides by huge fireballs, swarms of scarab beetles and an army of warrior mummies. [More Info]

Across to Islands of Adventure...

The Incredible Hulk Coaster
Recently refurbished to an original storyline that places guests at the hands of an experiment led by General “Thunderbolt” Ross, created by the genius minds at Universal Creative. A completely redesigned queue which appears to guests as a high-tech, scientific facility centered around a massive Gamma Core. [More Info]

Flight of the Hippogriff
Whilst not a thrill seekers coaster it still counts. The enchanting family roller coaster made from wicker, takes passengers on a "training flight" aboard the Flight of the Hippogriff. As you climb the lift hill, riders are instructed to bow as you approach the 'real' Hippogriff, before it sends you spiralling and diving around the grounds of Hogwarts, swooping past Hagrid's hut. [More Info]

Dragon Challenge
Catch them while you can. These dual coasters close soon to be replaced with a new Harry Potter themed ride. At the front of the queue you get to choose your dragon: an aggressive Chinese Fireball (red) which reaches a top speed of 60mph with a drop of 115ft or a ferocious Hungarian Horntail (blue) which reaches 55mph with a drop of 95ft. [More Info]

Moving on to Disney and Magic Kingdom...

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Hop on this rollicking mine train through the Old West mining town of Tumbleweed for a rip-roarin', rootin'-tootin' thrill-a-minute ride. If you're "mining" for a good time consider the "prospects" as you're warned: "Hang on to your hats and glasses 'cause this here's the wildest ride in the wilderness." [More Info]

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
What has been called the tamer version of Thunder Mountain. The ride is a family friendly coaster and features a 'first-of-its kind' ride system with a train of ride vehicles that swing back and forth, responding to every twist and turn of the track. The journey will be accompanied by music from the classic Disney film and animated figures of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. [More Info]

Space Mountain
Blast off on a journey into outer space on this classic attraction. Board a sleek, rocket-shaped vehicle in the glow-in-the-dark Space Port and begin a steady climb up the 180-foot high mountain, passing the Mission Control booth and myriad pulsating lights along the way. [More Info]

The Barnstormer
Another ride for smaller guests but a true coaster. The ride seats 16 guests at a time and climbs to a height of 30ft before taking to the skies! Each of the ride cars hold two people sat side by side and children under 7yrs of age must be accompanied by an adult. [More Info]

And on to Hollywood Studios and the only coaster currently available...

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
The roller coaster accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds (making this the second-fastest ride at the Walt Disney World Resort, behind only Test Track, and the riders experience 4 to 5 Gs as they enter the first inversion, more than an astronaut does on a space shuttle launch. [More Info]

A new coaster at Hollywood Studios is under construction and will open next year. Slinky Dog Coaster is part of the new Toy Story Land opening next summer.

While Epcot doesn't have any coasters Animal Kingdom does have some...

Primeval Whirl
Take a whirl into prehistory in one of these spinning time machines that are part of the zany fun fair of Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama! Thrill at the sudden dips, hairpin turns and tight curves of this rollicking roller coaster. [More Info]

Expedition Everest
Located in the Asian area of the Animal Kingdom, discover the fearsome legend of the Yeti at "Expedition Everest" - a high-speed train adventure that combines coaster-like thrills with the excitement of a close encounter of the hairy kind! [More Info]

For more coasters also try Busch Gardens in Tampa. A great day out for all the family. Even those that aren't coaster freaks.

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Park Hours - Tuesday 26/09/2017

WDW & Other Florida Park Hours
Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom
9:00am
~to~
7:00pm
Epcot
Epcot
9:00am
~to~Extra Evening Hours
9:00pm
Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom
9:00am
~to~
9:00pm
Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios
9:00am
~to~
8:30pm
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
8:00am
~to~
6:00pm
Volcano Bay
Volcano Bay
9:00am
~to~
6:00pm
SeaWorld
SeaWorld
10:00am
~to~
6:00pm
Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
10:00am
~to~
5:00pm
Aquatica
Aquatica
10:00am
~to~
5:00pm
Legoland
Legoland
Closed
~to~
Closed
Legoland Water Park
Legoland Water Park
Closed
~to~
Closed
Extra Morning Hours Early Entry for On-Site Hotel Guests.
Extra Evening Hours Extra Late Hours for On-Site Hotel Guests.
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Disneyland Resort Park Hours
Disneyland Park
Disneyland Park
10:00am
Extra Morning Hours~to~
9:00pm
Walt Disney StudiosCalifornia Adventure 10:00am
~to~
8:00pm
Extra Morning Hours Early Entry for On-Site Hotel Guests.
Full Schedule of West Coast Park Hours

Disneyland Paris Park Hours
Disneyland Park
Disneyland Park
10:00am
Extra Morning Hours~to~
8:30pm
Walt Disney StudiosDisney Studios 10:00am
~to~
6:00pm
Extra Morning Hours Early Entry for On-Site Hotel Guests.
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Cash/Travellers Cheques
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Covent Garden FX  €1.1195
FAIRFX  €1.1100
M&S  €1.0924
Travelex  €1.1100
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Travelex CP  €1.1100
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