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Work Continues on ‘Harmonious’ at EPCOT

Work Continues on ‘Harmonious’ at EPCOT

Monday, March 1st, 2021

EPCOT has always been a special place where the world comes together to celebrate human achievement.  Nothing has embodied this spirit more over the years than the park’s lineup of original nighttime spectaculars.

Although Disney has not yet determined when their next spectacular will debut, Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Live Entertainment teams are hard at work building on that legacy with “Harmonious.” This grand, original spectacular is a tribute to the power of story and song that unite us, leveraging music and visuals from across Disney and artists around the world.


“Harmonious” is a global effort, truly embracing the magic of possibility.  In recent weeks, Disney Live Entertainment technical designers across the country have been programming various elements of the show, from media and fountains to lighting and pyrotechnics, working in a completely virtual environment.  The music producers at Walt Disney Imagineering have been remotely directing recording sessions with an incredibly diverse array of musical artists, performing in studios around the world.


Once complete, “Harmonious” will be one of the largest nighttime spectaculars Disney has ever produced.  Disney Imagineers are busy setting the stage of this innovative toolkit, preparing each of the show’s five floating platforms to take its place on World Showcase Lagoon.  Positioned like a compass, these platforms house the primary show equipment for “Harmonious,” and on the recently-placed centre platform stands an iconic six-story-tall central ring structure, supporting a high-density water curtain, moving lights, fountains and more.

Contact the team at Fairytale Dreams & Destinations to plan your vacation to see Harmonious today!

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Story adapted from the official Disney Parks Blog


2022 Rates for the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida are Here!

Saturday, February 27th, 2021

Did you know? Planning for a vacation can bring benefits like lower stress, better health and improved work performance.  And after the challenges this past year of working from home, becoming teachers, keeping our children indoors and more, a vacation to the most Magical Place on Earth might just be exactly what the doctor ordered.

When booking your Disney Destination vacation with Fairytale Dreams & Destinations, you can rest easy knowing that you are working with the most experienced agency in Canada.  19 years ago, we etched out a space in the Canadian travel industry for agencies that specialized in Disney Destinations.  Before you could adventure into the world of Pandora, play in Andy’s backyard or Rise with the Resistance, we were making dreams comes true…one fairytale at a time.

Together we can take back the opportunity to make memories to last a lifetime.  Your escape from reality is waiting.  When it’s time for you, we’ll be ready.

Contact the team at Fairytale Dreams & Destinations to Take Back the Magic today!
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* Reservations at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel can be made up to a maximum of 499 days in advance of your check-out date


MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack: Defending the Galaxy for More Than 20 Years

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack is located inside Universal Studios at the Universal Orlando Resort.  And after 20 years, it’s no wonder this ride has endured and remains one of the fan-favorites at the parks.  After all, who doesn’t love the idea of joining a secret agency that defends Earth and the universe from alien scum?  And with new MIB movies released over the years, the viral sensation of storming Area 51, and the recent confirmation of unidentified objects, it only continues to remain relevant.

The first Men in Black film hit theaters in July 1997 with wild success.  It had the perfect formula; an incredible cast, great comedic and action-packed writing, and a storyline that hooked into the age-old question of does intelligent alien-life exist?   It was just begging to be made into a theme park ride, and who better to make that a reality than a destination that touted the tagline “Ride the Movies”?  When the ride opened in April 2000, it did so to a wave of fanfare.  It was the most ambitious for animatronics at Universal Orlando.

Once you board the ride and your training begins, you’re told that your help is needed with an alien invasion that has hit New York. It’s your job to zap those alien bugs and save planet Earth. The more aliens you defeat and the more points you get, the closer you are to earning your very own MIB suit.  This interactive element hooks into the competitive nature in all of us and provides a huge repeatability factor largely because Guests wish to beat their own previous score.  But no matter what you do, don’t push that red button!

So, here’s to many more years of competitive banter, zapping bugs, saving the universe on a daily basis, and forever earning the last suit you’ll ever wear.  The good guys dress in black, remember that.

Contact Fairytale Dreams & Destinations™ Inc. when you’re ready to become a galaxy defender!

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* Story adapted from the Discover Universal Blog


Changes Coming to the World-Famous Jungle Cruise at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom Park

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

Disney Parks continue to look for ways to enhance classic attractions and elevate the experience for all Guests.  The story of the Jungle Cruise at both Disneyland park at Disneyland Resort and Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort will be updated to include new adventures that stay true to the experience we know and love – humour, wildlife and skipper heart – and also reflect and value the diversity of the world around us.

There are no bigger fans of this attraction than Disney Imagineers.  Here is Kevin Lively – former Jungle Cruise skipper – to share a transmission from the world’s most remote tropical rivers.

The Jungle Cruise is a slow moving attraction for all ages.  Board a canopied tramp steamer piloted by your trusty skipper, who will expertly navigate you through some of the world’s most treacherous waters.

Steam past lush foliage, butterflies and waterfalls on the Amazon in South America.  Glimpse an abandoned camp overrun by curious gorillas on the shores of the African Congo.

Along the Nile, watch for bathing elephants, angry hippos and hungry lions.  Your cruise continues down the Mekong River in Asia, home to baboons, cobras and other fearsomely life-like creatures.

Contact Fairytale Dreams & Destinations™ Inc. when you’re ready to experience this 10-minute, 10,000-mile journey that you won’t soon forget.

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Story adapted from the official Disney Parks Blog


Sweet New Additions at Disney Springs

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Guests visiting The Walt Disney World Resort visit will not want to miss these sweet new additions to Disney Springs!

Gideon’s Bakehouse

Celebrating its grand opening just last weekend, Gideon’s new flagship location is already a popular destination at Disney Springs.  Nestled in the heart of The Landing is where you will find this incredible bakery packed with handmade, almost half-pound cookies, double frosted cakes, and delicious iced coffees.  Not only is the menu amazing, but the dark and mysterious atmosphere themed to an old bookshop creates an unforgettable experience as soon as Guests walk through the door including some interactive elements inside.


Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew

Open for just a few weeks now at Disney Springs West Side, there is no better foodie destination for any and all donut-loving fans.  The menu boasts an impressive selection of both classic donut flavors and over-the-top gourmet creations like Peanut Butter Explosion, Maple Double Bacon and Oreo Supreme just to name a few.  And what’s a donut without an awesome cup of Joe?  Everglazed also specializes in cold brew coffees and even spiked coffees. Other noteworthy items on the menu include their hand-crafted flavored milks, savory breakfast sandwiches, and loaded fries.


Wondermade

Guests will have to make room for “s’more” treats at the new Wondermade pop-up shop located in The Landing just outside of Paddlefish.  A local Central Florida brand, Wondermade specializes in hand-crafted marshmallows including flavors such as S’mores, Key Lime Pie, Birthday Cake and Salted Caramel.   Guests ready to indulge in some real luxury can ask about their Gold Champagne flavor hand-covered in 24 karat edible gold.


Coming Soon — M&M’S

Get ready to play in a whole new world of colour at M&M’S opening soon at Disney Springs West Side!  Be on the lookout for new Mickey and Minnie Mouse M&M’s designs and packaging sold exclusively at Disney Springs.  If that’s not exciting enough, the new store will be filled with their signature chocolate wall and feature a vast assortment of whimsical merchandise, including apparel and accessories.


Contact Fairytale Dreams & Destinations™ Inc. when you’re ready to get your sweet tooth on!

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Story adapted from the official Disney Parks Blog


Tom Holland in WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure Coming to Avengers Campus at Disneyland Resort

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

When Avengers Campus opens at the Disneyland Resort at a future top secret date, you will see a very familiar face inside the Worldwide Engineering Brigade – or WEB as the kids call it.  Tom Holland reprises his role as Peter Parker for WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure.

Tom shared more details about his role in the attraction and his excitement for working with Walt Disney Imagineering on this new adventure.  Check out this first look below!

In the WEB workshop, young engineers specialize in developing innovative technologies to equip and empower a new generation of Super Heroes.  This workshop showcases the inventions of Peter Parker and the rest of the WEB Tech team, including their adorable Spider-Bots, which are designed to be robotic sidekicks capable of building anything a Super Hero might need.  When Peter’s demonstration goes awry, the Spider-Bots are stuck in a replication loop, creating even more Spider-Bots!

Donning 3D glasses, your mission will be to test-drive the aspiring inventor’s latest invention, the WEB Slinger vehicle, and discover your web-slinging super powers!  Through specially designed, innovative technology that recognizes body movements and gestures, you will reach out your hands and sling webs from your wrists, just like Spider-Man.  As the WEB Slinger vehicles progress, they will virtually pass through several other Campus addresses, including Pym Test Kitchen, Avengers Headquarters and the Collector’s Fortress, also home to Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!  As the mission continues, Spider-Bots will become harder and harder to beat as they continue to multiply.

WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure is just one of the many addresses found inside Avengers Campus, an entirely new land dedicated to discovering, recruiting and training the next generation of heroes at Disney California Adventure park.

Are you spider senses tingling?  Contact Fairytale Dreams & Destinations™ Inc. to learn more about Avengers Campus at the Disneyland Resort today!

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Story adapted from the official Disney Parks Blog


New Exhibit ‘The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure’ Debuts in February at EPCOT

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

The historic transformation of EPCOT will take another step forward in early February with “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure,” a new exhibit debuting inside The American Adventure. Featuring Joe Gardner from Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” – now streaming on Disney+ – Guests are invited on a musical tour of America to learn about this inspiring genre of music.

Check out this new video from Walt Disney Imagineering’s Carmen Smith to hear more about what’s in store for this experience.

“The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure” will debut at The Walt Disney World Resort next month.  Meanwhile, work is continuing on the transformation of EPCOT, including “Harmonious,” Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

It’s time to take back the magic.  Contact Fairytale Dreams & Destinations™ Inc. to experience the multi-year transformation of EPCOT!

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Story adapted from the official Disney Parks Blog


Snow White’s Enchanted Wish

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020


Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to Disneyland we go!   Today we are so very pleased to share that Disneyland Park’s only ride-through princess attraction has been reimagined as Snow White’s Enchanted Wish!

While Disneyland park has been closed, Walt Disney Imagineering has been putting the finishing touches on this cherished attraction, which will be ready to welcome Guests when the California theme parks reopen at a later date.  Take a look at the sneak peek below!

Imagineers have updated this classic Fantasyland attraction with new magic inside and out.  Using state-of-the-art audio and visual technology, including new music, LED black lighting, laser projections and a new animation system, the attraction brings to life Snow White’s “happily ever after.”

Delight in new appearances of beloved characters, including Snow White cheerfully dancing and twirling with the Seven Dwarfs in their cozy cottage.  You may even notice the scent of Doc’s handiwork – a baking apple pie ­– wafting through the air.

Vibrant new shadow projections bring to life the dwarfs as they march happily off to work in the mine singing “Heigh-Ho.”  The most dazzling scene is the mine, which sparkles with shimmering lighting effects and glittering jewels all around.

There are more surprises to discover when you experience the magic of this timeless fairytale, and Snow White’s enchanted wish coming true at last!  The Disneyland Resort in California is where imagination is the destination.  For young and old, big and small, it is The Happiest Place on Earth.

Contact Fairytale Dreams & Destinations™ Inc. to learn more about the Disneyland Resort today!

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Story adapted from the official Disney Parks Blog


I’ve Got A Bad Feeling About This

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

A year ago today was the last time I was in the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.  Like so many others, COVID-19 cancelled my vacation plans this year, too.  Looking back fondly on my last stay – without a doubt – the highlight was getting to experience the then brand-new *E ticket attraction Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Granted, I’ve seen the movies, know most of the characters, but I am not at all what you would call a fan of the Star Wars franchise.  Heck, when people ask me the age-old question; Star Wars or Star Trek, my answer is Doctor Who.  But that doesn’t mean this attraction hasn’t quickly become one of the very best I’ve ever experienced.

The attraction is a combination of a walk-through, motion simulator, trackless dark ride, and drop ride system.  And it puts you right in the middle of an altercation between the Resistance and the First Order!

While the attraction’s complex ride system is unlike anything I have ever ridden, I immediately compared the overall experience to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey over at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at the Universal Orlando Resort.  This was simply due to how incredibly believable everything was.  Not unlike how I always feel as though I’m actually riding a Nimbus 2000 through Hogwarts on Forbidden Journey, here I felt as though I actually escaped the wrath of Kylo Ren with the help of the Resistance.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead.  Do NOT continue reading if you have not yet experienced and wish to keep the details of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance a secret.

The story of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (because every theme park attraction is only as good as it’s story) is that you were sent by the members of the Resistance to deliver plans to rebels on another planet in their fight against the First Order.  In order to deliver these plans, you must pass through four pre-show scenes (masked as waiting areas) before boarding the actual attraction vehicle.

The first pre-show has BB8 and Rey briefing you on your mission.  You then head outside to board a standing transport ship, where an animatronic pilot flies you through space.  You feel the ship moving as Resistance fighter pilots fly alongside you.  But of course, something goes wrong, and your ship is accidently captured.  The coolest effect here is that once your transport ship stops, the same outside door through which you entered the ship opens to reveal you are now inside the hangar of a First Order star destroyer.  While normally I would spend the next five minutes trying to figure out how they did that, I was too busy gawking at the level of detail inside the star destroyer.

The hangar is massive and is one of the best places in all of Walt Disney World to take a selfie.  Star Wars fans will want to stay here for as long as possible, given the fact that every single detail looks exactly as it does in the movies.  From the hangar, First Order officers lead you and your party into interrogation cells.

Without spoiling the very best parts, members of the Resistance begin an escape attempt.   But I assure you it’s not via a garbage shoot or trash compactor.  This is where the real fun begins.  You board your escape vehicle and are driven through the star destroyer, passing under AT-ATs , chased by Kylo Ren, and more.  The sets are massive, and the special effects are so over the top that I need to experience it a dozen more times just to take it all in.

Due to its insane popularity, Disney has implemented a virtual queue as the only means to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.  Resulting in the fact that you cannot simply stand in line for it, nor is it available via Disney’s ** FastPass+ system.  Rest assured that prior to your Walt Disney World vacation, your Fairytale Dreams & Destinations’ Vacation Specialist will walk you through exactly how this virtual queue works in hopes of securing your spot to help the Resistance.

Star Wars fan or not, after experiencing this ground-breaking ride, it’s no surprise that a year after its opening, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance remains The Walt Disney World Resort’s most popular attraction.  And without a doubt, this designation will remain for many years to come.  Because after all, the Resistance will not be intimidated.

– Christine Fiorelli


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* An E ticket (officially an E coupon) was a type of admission ticket
 used at both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom theme parks prior to 1982.  E ticket admitted Guests to the newest, most advanced, and/or popular rides and attractions.

** Disney’s FastPass+ service allows you to reserve access to select Walt Disney World theme park attractions, entertainment and Character Greetings in advance.  As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, at the time this article was written, Disney’s FastPass+ service was suspended in order to use additional queue space to control capacity at attractions and maintain physical distancing.  

 


Life, Uh, Finds a Way

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Hold onto your butts and get ready for a new species of roller coaster!

Speeding through the jungle, rising high above the terrain, it’s the Jurassic World VelociCoaster.  Board your vehicle for a high-speed dash through the park’s raptor paddock.  Feel the rush of the hunt as you race alongside these nimble predators, twisting and soaring above the land and water.

This all new roller coaster will feature a series of intense maneuvers including two pulse-pounding launches, one reaching 70 mph in 2.4 seconds. You will be airborne as you reach 155 feet before falling into a thrilling drop. The attraction will also feature a 360-degree barrel roll above the Islands of Adventure lagoon.

Feel the rush of the hunt as you race alongside a pack of raptors through jungle-like terrain. The Jurassic World VelociCoaster is coming Summer 2021 only at the Universal Orlando Resort.

It’s time to take back the magic.  Contact Fairytale Dreams & Destinations™ Inc. when you’re ready to open paddock 9!

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Story adapted from the Discover Universal Blog


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