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

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


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!

(905) 857.3611 | 1.855.FDMAGIC
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www.fairytaledestinations.com

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


Contact Fairytale Dreams & Destinations™ Inc. when you’re ready to join the Resistance!

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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.  

 


Exciting Changes Coming to Epcot!

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

At The Walt Disney World Resort, work is continuing on the historic, multi-year transformation of EPCOT, including “Harmonious,” Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

“Harmonious” will be one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created. It’ll feature the hallmarks of a Disney experience, including music and images, reimagined by diverse cultural musicians and artists from around the world.

Work also continues on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind – the family-friendly “storytelling coaster” featuring a groundbreaking ride system with vehicles that rotate 360 degrees and can even do a reverse launch!

The Omnicoaster is a first- of-its-kind programmable roller coaster ride system, where Guests can be rotated along the ride track in any direction while traveling at high speeds. The Omnicoaster name builds upon the tradition of the Omnimover ride system in which Walt Disney Imagineers are able to turn Guests in any direction and focus their attention on a specific scene or element.

And plans are on track to open Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in 2021.  Based on Disney and Pixar’s hit film, “Ratatouille,” this family-friendly attraction will invite you to shrink down to the scale of a rat for a culinary adventure with Chef Remy. During each adventure, you’ll race across Gusteau’s kitchen floor aboard special trackless ride vehicles in a thrilling 3D chase.

 

 

 

It’s time to take back the magic.  Contact Fairytale Dreams & Destinations™ Inc. to enter an awesome dance off today!

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Story adapted from the official Disney Parks Blog


Fairytale Field Report: Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge – Disneyland

Friday, May 31st, 2019

As with most born in the 1970s, I have fond childhood memories imitating Darth Vader’s wheezing breath, watching my sister’s obsession with Luke Skywalker and enjoying spoiler-free days before finding out who Luke’s father was.   But I would not call myself a fan of the franchise by any means and my knowledge of Star Wars lore is limited. I watched Star Wars because my sister did. So, as excited as I was to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Disneyland Resort; I was also worried I wouldn’t truly understand or appreciate the amount of detail that the Disney Imagineers have put into it.

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You’re Invited To… Join Us in California!

Friday, May 24th, 2019

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Or rather, in a not too distant future, at the Disneyland Resort in California, thousands of fans will be lining up to be the first to experience the massive expansion at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Here at Fairytale Dreams & Destinations™ Inc., the Force is strong, and as such, we have been invited to participate in a special Media Preview and Dedication of the new land. Join us next week on social media as we explore some beloved favourites and new surprises, such as Cars Land and Pixar Land, before we jump into hyperspace to enter Black Spire Outpost in Batuu, a prominent trading post in the Outer Rim Territories.

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Follow along as we explore the new immersive land, discovering all that it has to offer, from attractions, merchandise, food, and perhaps even a glass of Blue Milk. And if you’re waiting to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge after it opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World on August 29th, consider this a taste for what is to come.

Who knows what we’ll find in Batuu – scoundrels, spies, members of the Resistance, a Stormtrooper, maybe even a Jedi or two! Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram as we explore Black Spire Outpost at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!


When Is The Best Time To Visit Walt Disney World

Friday, March 15th, 2019

You may be thinking about planning a vacation to Walt Disney World, but are trying to narrow down your dates. A common question we get is “When is the best time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida?”

The answer to this question varies, as it all depends on what is meant by ‘best’. Best weather? Best crowds? Best price?

So let’s break it down one ‘best’ at a time.

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