Podcast Episode 147: Summer 2017 News

It’s that time again!  Time to update you with all the new information we have for Summer 2017 at Walt Disney World!  Listen in to find out about Pandora, what’s to do and to eat there, as well as resort refurbs, ride refurbs, and more!

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Podcast Episode 102: In Depth – Caribbean Beach Resort

Join us this week as we continue our In Depth series, this time with the Caribbean Beach Resort.  We talk about all the features of this resort including amenities, restaurants, room types, pools, and pricing.

If you want to check out other In Depth episodes we’ve done, you can find them here:

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Pop Century

Coronado Springs


Port Orleans French Quarter

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A Perfectly Pirate Day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

With the long-awaited reopening of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom I started thinking about all the fun stuff a pirate fan can do there! If you’re into pirates here is how you can enjoy a perfectly pirate day.

First up you’ll need to dress the part! At Pirate’s League you’ll undergo a pirate makeover including face paint, an earring, an eyepatch, bandana, sword and more! You’ll also be given an official pirate name and instruction on how to talk (and walk!) like a pirate. Unlike the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Pirate’s League welcomes adult guests as well as children over the age of 3. Packages range from $34.95 to $79.95.

Photo courtesy of the Walt Disney World website

Photo courtesy of the Walt Disney World website

Next up (and maybe most importantly!) is a visit to the newly refurbished Pirate’s of the Caribbean ride. This quintessential pirate experience spawned a movie series and is a must do for any pirate fan. In fact, the 5th film in this franchise is due in 2017. Yo ho, Yo ho!

For a fun interactive pirate experience you should try A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas. This treasure hunt features five different quests (with 3-5 stops on each quest) and you can choose to do just one, all five or any number in between. You’ll follow a paper map to lead you to a treasure, and if you find 5 you’ll be welcomed in to Captain Jack’s crew! Each quest takes about 15 minutes and can be done at your leisure. A Pirate’s Adventure is a lot of fun, and a nice change of pace from the regular rides. A must do!

Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial is a show that features volunteers who would like to learn the art of sword fighting and other pirate-y arts. Be sure to check the Times Guide so you don’t miss your opportunity! Catch a video of the performance here on YouTube.

Want to catch a glimpse of another famous pirate? Take a ride on Peter Pan’s Flight where you’ll see Captain Hook in all his glory!

A great way to cap off your pirate filled day is actually located just outside the Magic Kingdom on the Seven Seas Lagoon. Departing from the Contemporary Resort is a very special Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage featuring a visit from Captain Hook and Smee. The cost is $69 for adults and $41 for children (at time of this blog’s publication) and features drinks and snacks on this cruise navigated by your pirate captain Patch. Featuring tall tales and sea shanties your journey will be capped off with a view of the Wishes fireworks show that is rivaled by little else. Weather permitting you’ll also be able to see the Electrical Water Pageant. The voyage is topped off by a visit from a special secret guest. What a way to end your perfectly pirate day!

Is this just not enough pirate for you? Well, the true pirate super fans might consider staying at Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort which features fully pirate themed rooms. Contact your Travel Agent for more info


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Disney News for August 2014

Plenty of changes happening at Walt Disney World. Here is a round-up of the news as of August 2014!

Big changes for entertainment in the World Showcase in Epcot. Off Kilter, Mo’Rockin’, Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps, and World Showcase Players. There will be new entertainment including traditional Berber music and dance troupe in Morocco, Celtic folk music ensemble in the United Kingdom, flag waving performers in Italy, and a lumberjack inspired show in Canada. The last performances will be taking place September 25 for the World Showcase Players and September 27 for the rest.

The American Idol Experience at Hollywood Studios is closing much sooner than originally reported. This attraction was slated to close permanently in January 2015, but will actually be closing August 29, 2014 30, 2014.

The Festival of the Masters an open-air fine arts festival which was scheduled for Nov 8-10 has been cancelled for this year, 2014. Due to the expansion of Downtown Disney and its change to Disney Springs there isn’t enough room to host the event this year.

The Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! will be changing this fall into the Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street Party with new characters and music.  The change will include the addition of Phineas and Ferb, Stitch but still include classic characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald Duck.

Disney has quietly been remodeling some rooms at the Caribbean Beach Resort. The good news is that some of the rooms that have been finished now have queen sized beds and a 5th bed, the murphy pull down style that we have seen at Port Orleans Riverside. The rooms also feature sliding doors like those at Coronado Spring Resort instead of the typical curtain. We will follow up as more information becomes available.

In important Dole Whip news, Captain Cooks at the Polynesian has reopened but with no self-serve Dole Whips in sight! Rumor has it they will be back but in a different location and no more self-serve. You know we are hoping to see them back soon.