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

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It has been reported that Marmite is one of the most confiscated items at UK airports. The nation can’t get enough of the stuff. Those who love the marvellous savoury spread, will be pleased to know that Ocean Florida has decided to give all our Central Florida holiday makers their very own jar of Marmite. If you’re travelling this summer and hankering for Marmite on buttered toast, then visit the Kissimmee Welcome Centre for your free jar.


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Ocean Florida have sent over 250,000 holidaymakers to the Sunshine State over the last 11 years. We’re proud to have a team of Florida Travel Specialists on hand 7 days a week, and a Welcome Centre in Kissimmee dedicated to helping customers during their holiday. We specialise in Florida villa holidays, US multi-centre trips, cruise & stay getaways and Florida attraction tickets. So find us at www.ocean-florida.co.uk or call us on 020 7939 7775 today.

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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.

Book here...

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.

inline imageDisney is celebrating it's World Photo Pass Day on 19 August 2017. Disney PhotoPass Service will be offering a number of exclusive photo opportunities with some of the rarer characters.

Magic Kingdom Park
Character Experiences:

  • Dopey joins Snow White at Town Square Courtyard
  • Captain Hook joins Peter Pan in Fantasyland
Photo opportunities:
  • Dream Big Princess photo backdrop in Fantasyland (daylight hours only)
  • Cinderella’s Coach in Fantasyland
  • “Tangled” light painting photo opportunity near Ariel’s Grotto (available after dark)
  • Mickey Mouse Magic Shot on the bridge near Fairytale Garden
  • Main Street Vehicle near the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (available in the morning and early afternoon)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Character Experiences:
  • Meeko joins Pocahontas at Character Landing on Discovery Island
  • Timon joins Rafiki at Rafiki’s Planet Watch
  • Princess Atta joins Flik at Discovery Island near Creature Comforts
Photo opportunities:
  • Dream Big Princess photo backdrop before the park entrance (daylight hours only)
  • Jungle Book Magic Shot near Yak & Yeti Restaurant
  • Visit the PhotoPass photographer in DinoLand U.S.A. from 9-10 p.m. to have magical Mickey light effects added to your photo.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Character Experiences:
  • The Queen from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Maleficent, and Cruella de Vil will meet with guests at Sunset Showcase. This opportunity will be available from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Photo opportunities:
  • Dream Big Princess photo backdrop outside the Theater of the Stars (daylight hours only)
  • Poison Apple Magic Shot on Sunset Boulevard
  • Fisheye lens in the Chinese Theatre Courtyard area
Epcot
Character Experiences:
  • Genie will join Princess Jasmine in the Morocco Pavilion
  • Mushu will join Mulan in the China Pavilion
Photo opportunities:
  • Dream Big Princess photo backdrop near Epcot Character Spot (daylight hours only)
  • Baymax Animated Magic Shot with the PhotoPass photographer located near Mouse Gear and the Fountain of Nations
  • Fisheye lens near the fountain close to the entrance to Spaceship Earth

inline imageFor the first time ever, the critically-acclaimed television series "Ash vs Evil Dead" from Starz, a Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) company, will summon Deadites to a new haunted maze at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, beginning September 15.

The "Ash vs Evil Dead" maze will transport guests into the town of Elk Grove, Mich., where they will encounter Deadites – people or objects possessed by evil demons – that have been unwittingly unleashed by Ash Williams – again. Throughout the maze, guests will come face-to-face with disturbing characters and iconic comedic and gory scenes from seasons 1 and 2 as they desperately try to escape all things evil...before it's too late.

The STARZ Original Series "Ash vs Evil Dead" is a follow-up to the original The Evil Dead movie, which has long been regarded as a cult classic since its debut in 1981. Starring Bruce Campbell, who reprises his role as "Ash Williams," the series has amassed a huge fan base and was renewed for a third season by STARZ. Catch up on the STARZ APP.

https://youtu.be/6xVMENghE-U

Universal Studios' "Halloween Horror Nights" is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando and Hollywood to become victims of their own horror film. The streets of each coast's event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing "scare-actors" lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on everything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.

inline imageDisney has announced that it is to build a brand new table service restaurant adjacent to Mission: SPACE at Epcot's Future World.

Guests will feel like they have traveled to a space station as Disney invites them to take a journey high above the Earth. Guests will enjoy a fantastic unique dining experience with spectacular views of outer space and the Earth from high above the planet.

The new space themed restaurant will be operated by the Patina Restaurant Group which operates several other restaurants at Walt Disney World including Tutto Italia and Via Napoli at Epcot.


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inline imageDisney has announced that it is planning on building a luxury space hotel along with the current Star Wars land expansion: Galaxy's Edge, coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.

At the weekends D23 Expo, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek described the new hotel project as "Disney's most experimental concept ever", "It combines a luxury resort with immersion in an authentic environment.”

The hotel will be designed to look like and feel like a massive starship from a galaxy far far away. The views from the hotel's windows will depict scenes from outer space. Guests will be invited to get in to character and immerse themselves in to the Star Wars world.

Chapek explained. Guests wouldn’t wear flip flops and shorts; they’d wear Star Wars costumes. They wouldn’t deal with hotel employees; they’d interact with Star Wars creatures and droids. And over the course of their stay, the story would unfold around them through a series of story moments and interactions, letting them fall completely into a fictional world.


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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~
9:30pm
Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios
9:00am
~to~
9:00pm
Blizzard Beach
Blizzard Beach
10:00am
~to~
6:00pm
Typhoon Lagoon
Typhoon Lagoon
10:00am
~to~
6:00pm
Islands of Adventure
Islands of Adventure
9:00am
~to~
8:00pm
Universal Studios
Universal Studios
9:00am
~to~
9:00pm
Volcano Bay
Volcano Bay
9:00am
~to~
8:00pm
SeaWorld
SeaWorld
9:00am
~to~
6:00pm
Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
10:00am
~to~
6:00pm
Aquatica
Aquatica
9:00am
~to~
5:00pm
Legoland
Legoland
10:00am
~to~
6:00pm
Legoland Water Park
Legoland Water Park
10:30am
~to~
5:00pm
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Extra Evening Hours Extra Late Hours for On-Site Hotel Guests.
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Disneyland Park
Disneyland Park
9:00am
Extra Morning Hours~to~
11:00pm
Walt Disney StudiosCalifornia Adventure 9:00am
~to~
10:00pm
Extra Morning Hours Early Entry for On-Site Hotel Guests.
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Disneyland Paris Park Hours
Disneyland Park
Disneyland Park
10:00am
Extra Morning Hours~to~
11:00pm
Walt Disney StudiosDisney Studios 10:00am
~to~
8:00pm
Extra Morning Hours Early Entry for On-Site Hotel Guests.
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