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Do I Have to Wear a Mask When Taking a Photo in Disney World? Here’s What We Experienced Today.

Wow. We really spent the day back in Magic Kingdom. It’s crazy to think about!

Do I Have to Wear a Mask When Taking a Photo in Disney World? Here’s What We Experienced Today.

Magic Kingdom

Of course, there is a LOT that’s different in a reopened Magic Kingdom and we took a good look around today at the Cast Member preview (thanks to an invite from some friends!). Even the way you take your picture with Cinderella Castle has changed! Yep, let’s take a look at everything different about snapping that iconic pic and pics in general!

Keep in mind that this is a Cast Member preview so everything is subject to change. We’ll be reporting in throughout the rest of the week so follow along with DFB for the most up-to-date information.

The Castle looks different.

First of all, you might have heard that the Castle looks preeeetty different. This iconic structure is getting totally glammed-up ahead of Disney World’s 50th Anniversary with new golden hues, royal blues, and a soft pink color!

Do I Have to Wear a Mask When Taking a Photo in Disney World? Here’s What We Experienced Today.

Cinderella Castle

Keep in mind that the refurbishment on the Castle isn’t quite finished, so there were still cranes up with workers painting today. Depending on how much longer they’re working, this might be a factor when you’re taking your Castle pics.

Do I Have to Wear a Mask When Taking a Photo in Disney World? Here’s What We Experienced Today.

Cinderella Castle

One thing is for sure — your Cinderella Castle pictures are going to look pretty different than they did before! Hopefully, your outfit doesn’t clash with that pretty pink!

You’ll have to wear your mask.

Beyond that, you might have to wear your mask in pictures. After chatting with a PhotoPass Cast Member, we were informed that face coverings are required at all times in the Disney parks and that includes during your Castle photoshoot for the time being. Now, this may change as the parks reopen to guests but it’s definitely a possibility.

Do I Have to Wear a Mask When Taking a Photo in Disney World? Here’s What We Experienced Today.

Magic Kingdom Mask

Just in case you do need to keep your mask on for a photo, wear a cute one and practice smiling with your eyes so you’re happy with your pic when you take it. You could even get one with a character’s smile on it or one of our AWESOME DFB face masks to help turn it into a totally Disney-rific accessory.

PhotoPass photographers have new protocols.

Finally, if you enlist a PhotoPass photographer to help you snag the perfect Castle pic, there are going to be some changes to the protocol. For one, photographers will no longer be able to handle your personal device, so if you want them to snap a pic for you you’re going to need to get it THROUGH the PhotoPass service. Or you can always as a friend/member of your group to take one for you.

Do I Have to Wear a Mask When Taking a Photo in Disney World? Here’s What We Experienced Today.

Main Street

They’ll also keep their distance as much as possible during your interaction. They’ll still use your MagicBand or Card to link photos to your account, but they’ll do it as quickly and as distanced as possible.

So there you have it! Now you can keep these three changes in mind when you’re heading to Magic Kingdom to snap that perfect Cinderella Castle picture. Follow along with DFB for all of the latest reopening updates from IN the parks!

What do you think of Cinderella Castle’s new pink look? Tell us in the comments!

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Is Shopping in Disney World Different? Here’s What We Experienced Today!

We are BACK at Magic Kingdom for the first time in MONTHS! From checking out some of our favorite rides to admiring Cinderella Castle’s new glow-up from close up, it has been A DAY!

Is Shopping in Disney World Different? Here’s What We Experienced Today!

Magic Kingdom

And after seeing which shops would be reopening in Magic Kingdom (as well as EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom!) we started prepping our lists of must-buy items!

We popped into a couple Magic Kingdom shops today to scope out the scene and see how our retail-therapy session compared to the ones we’ve previously experienced at Disney Springs as well as the select Disney World resorts that have recently reopened!

Crowds and Waiting to Shop

One of our biggest questions was whether we would have to wait in a virtual queue like we did at World of Disney on its first day back in operation! The process was relatively smooth but still a change from what we’ve been used to in Disney World!

Is Shopping in Disney World Different? Here’s What We Experienced Today!

Main Street Confectionery

We were told by Magic Kingdom Cast Members that just like the Disney-owned Disney Springs stores, some theme park gift shops may activate a virtual queue system if a crowd forms. You’ll check in at the front of the store and give your phone number to a Cast Member. Then, when it’s your turn to shop, they’ll contact you to return.

Is Shopping in Disney World Different? Here’s What We Experienced Today!

Magic Kingdom

We noticed that none of the stores (at lease when we were there), including the Emporium, had activated their virtual queues today so we were able to walk right into any shop without waiting. At Uptown Jewelers, there’s a separate virtual queue just to view the Pandora jewelry case.

Is Shopping in Disney World Different? Here’s What We Experienced Today!

Designated Exit

Most stores now have a designated entrance and exit too to help control the flow of foot traffic.

Shopping

Once we got inside, our shopping experience was pretty similar to what we’ve seen elsewhere in Disney World so far. We saw some familiar signage throughout the store, reminding guests to maintain physical distancing and to handle the products as little as possible.

Is Shopping in Disney World Different? Here’s What We Experienced Today!

Signage Inside the Store

Dressing rooms are also unavailable at most locations.

Is Shopping in Disney World Different? Here’s What We Experienced Today!

Fitting Rooms Are Closed

There’s still plenty of merchandise on the sales floor, but some of the product displays have been reoriented to allow for easier social distancing.

Is Shopping in Disney World Different? Here’s What We Experienced Today!

Sales Floor

Checking Out and Payment

Once we selected our treasures to bring home with us, it was time to hop in line! Physical distancing floor markers are present at the checkouts much like they are at other shopping locations throughout Disney World. New plexiglass barriers have also been installed at the cash registers.

Is Shopping in Disney World Different? Here’s What We Experienced Today!

Emporium’s Check-Out

For payment, Disney is encouraging all guests to utilize contactless payments, such as Apple Pay or your MagicBand.

Is Shopping in Disney World Different? Here’s What We Experienced Today!

Emporium

And just like that, our first Magic Kingdom shopping excursion is complete! Keep in mind, anything you purchase at ANY Disney World theme park gift shop will not be available for front-of-park package pick-up or hotel delivery for the time being. They CAN, however, still ship your items home for you for an additional shipping fee!

What is your favorite store in Disney World? Let us know in the comments!

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Here’s What It’s Like to Ride Flight of Passage at a Reopened Animal Kingdom

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom have reopened for a special Cast Member preview today and we’ve been bringing you along with us — all day LONG!

Here’s What It’s Like to Ride Flight of Passage at a Reopened Animal Kingdom

Pandora

We’ve already gotten to ride a newly reopened Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and took our first plunge on Splash Mountain since mid-March! Now we’re hopping over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom where the other Disney World Cast Member preview is currently underway.

Since we couldn’t be in two places today, our friend @allisonxella on Instagram let us know what’s was happening over at Animal Kingdom! First of all, we couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw Avatar Flight of Passage only had a five-minute wait time! Is the My Disney Experience app broken or something?  This ride usually has a least a two-hour standby line!

Here’s What It’s Like to Ride Flight of Passage at a Reopened Animal Kingdom

Screenshot From My Disney Experience App

But the reports actually appeared to ring TRUE! Our friend pretty much walked straight through the line in record time! We’ll be curious to see how the wait times hold up for the rest of the week once Annual Passholders and the general public return!

Waiting in Line

At present, every ride at Disney World is only utilizing standby queues during the initial phased reopening. That means there’s currently no FastPass option to ride Flight of Passage “and, uh… fly!” But, with a five-minute wait, who needs a FastPass?!

Social-distancing markers have been placed at roughly 6-foot intervals throughout Flight of Passage’s rather lengthy standby line space. They’re prominently positioned outside along the winding mountain trail…

Here’s What It’s Like to Ride Flight of Passage at a Reopened Animal Kingdom

Social-Distancing Markers

…as well as inside! Guests were being moved quickly through the laboratory area of the queue. Normally we don’t mind spending a little extra time in this room to appreciate all the details and science experiments that are happening, but our friend said the line moved so FAST that the room was all a blur!

Here’s What It’s Like to Ride Flight of Passage at a Reopened Animal Kingdom

Flight of Passage Queue

And just like that, she reached the end of the line! A plexiglass barrier has been installed in this section where the queues break apart and guests are assigned to their boarding groups.

Here’s What It’s Like to Ride Flight of Passage at a Reopened Animal Kingdom

Flight of Passage Queue

We were wondering what would happen next since Flight of Passage has a rather long pre-show experience before your journey officially begins.

Pre-Show

Before you get to “SIVAKO!” (That’s Na’vi for “Rise to the challenge!”), you normally have to pause in a briefing room. That’s where your body is scanned for “Pandoran micro-parasites” and ultimately, you’re paired up with an Avatar!

Here’s What It’s Like to Ride Flight of Passage at a Reopened Animal Kingdom

Pre-Show Skipped

For now, guests will walk straight through this part of the pre-show — but Dr. Jackie Ogden still wants to have a word with you right before you board the ride.

The Ride Experience

Cast Members hand out 3D glasses (like they normally do). Two link chairs are left empty between each party and up to three parties are seated per row.

Here’s What It’s Like to Ride Flight of Passage at a Reopened Animal Kingdom

Flight of Passage Link Chair

Aside from having to wear a face mask the entire time, our friend reported that the rest of Flight of Passage looked and felt just as she remembered it! You know — breathtaking visuals, lots of swooping and diving, all while feeling your banshee panting and flapping its wings! At the end of the ride, 3D glasses get returned in the same bins they normally use for sterilization before being redistributed.

We still can’t quite get over only having to wait FIVE MINUTES to ride one of Disney World’s most popular attractions! It remains to be seen if those wait times increase during Annual Passholder previews and during the official park opening to all guests on July 11th, but we will be there to check it all out firsthand and will most definitely keep you posted!

What’s your favorite attraction in Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Let us know in the comments!

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See All of the Splash Mountain Merchandise Available (For Now…) in Magic Kingdom

We are LIVE in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom today ahead of the park’s upcoming reopening to guests on Saturday, July 11th.

See All of the Splash Mountain Merchandise Available (For Now…) in Magic Kingdom

Splash Mountain

We are here thanks to a friend who brought us along for today’s Cast Member preview. So far, we’ve visited Happy Haunts in the Haunted Mansion, seen some old friends, and taken a splash on Splash Mountain. Of course, if you’ve been keeping up with the latest news about Splash Mountain, then you know the attraction will be closing to be reimagined with a full re-themeing inspired by The Princess and the Frog.

So, not only were the lines to ride Splash Mountain longer than those at other attractions we’ve ridden today… the nearby Briar Patch — the ride’s accompanying gift shop — was experiencing some lines all its own as fans were hoping to get some commemorative Splash Mountain merchandise!

Let’s take a look…

See All of the Splash Mountain Merchandise Available (For Now…) in Magic Kingdom

Splash Mountain merchandise

A small selection of t-shirts and hoodies can still be found.

See All of the Splash Mountain Merchandise Available (For Now…) in Magic Kingdom

Splash Mountain merchandise

And, as of this morning, there was still some plush available…

See All of the Splash Mountain Merchandise Available (For Now…) in Magic Kingdom

Splash Plushes

Frames for your PhotoPass picture to remember your BIG SPLASH on Splash are available, too.

See All of the Splash Mountain Merchandise Available (For Now…) in Magic Kingdom

Splash Mountain merchandise

You can also find the Splash Mountain Mickey Ear Hat ornament.

See All of the Splash Mountain Merchandise Available (For Now…) in Magic Kingdom

Splash Mountain merchandise

The Park Pal that we recently spotted in Disney Springs is here at the Patch, too.

See All of the Splash Mountain Merchandise Available (For Now…) in Magic Kingdom

Splash Mountain merchandise

And for all our fellow mug collectors… “Today’s Forecast” features a “High Chance of Showers…”

See All of the Splash Mountain Merchandise Available (For Now…) in Magic Kingdom

Splash Mountain merchandise

We can vouch for that!

See All of the Splash Mountain Merchandise Available (For Now…) in Magic Kingdom

Splash Mountain

Now, as far as getting the merchandise… guest are directed to line up outside of the store, so you can’t just stop in after riding the attraction. Once inside, you’ll notice things like distancing markers on the ground, and plexiglass installed in front of the registers.

See All of the Splash Mountain Merchandise Available (For Now…) in Magic Kingdom

The Briar Patch

A manager informed us that items are going fast (and we noticed in particular that folks were really going for the plush).

See All of the Splash Mountain Merchandise Available (For Now…) in Magic Kingdom

The Briar Patch

But there is no limit as to how much guests may purchase… at least not now. We’ll be keeping you posted on all the goings on around Magic Kingdom today and again later this week as Walt Disney World prepares to welcome guests again to the parks this weekend!

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First look at the Discovery River Character Cruise in the Animal Kingdom

First look at the Discovery River Character Cruise in the Animal Kingdom Discovery River

Today, Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened for a special preview day for Cast Members to visit the theme park. Due to the new social distancing procedures, Disney has temporarily changed how we will see popular Disney characters in the park. For instance, those visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom will now see characters aboard watercraft in Discovery River instead of the former meet and greet opportunities for guests.

Below you can watch a demonstration of the new character cruises at Discovery River. A visitor, Tradzak, shared a video of their experience today on Instagram. We see popular Lion King characters Timon and Rafiki saving to passengers as they journey down the river.

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Seeing the characters from afar is certainly both entertaining and great for Disney fans who missed seeing their favorite characters. This new procedure helps ensure the health and safety of Disney guests by maintaining an appropriate social distance.

First look at the Discovery River Character Cruise in the Animal Kingdom

We also see Mickey Mouse and his friends are cruising down the river as well! Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto were joyfully greeting guests as they walked through the park.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom officially reopens to the public on July 11, 2020. We hope our fans stay tuned as we provide coverage on the reopened theme park!

Photo Credit: Tradzak

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Select Disneyland Hotels Are Now Accepting New Reservations Starting August 1st

Last month, Disney announced its proposal to reopen Downtown Disney on July 9thDisneyland Park and Disney California Adventure on July 17th, and select hotels on July 23rd.

Select Disneyland Hotels Are Now Accepting New Reservations Starting August 1st

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland

And while Downtown Disney will be moving forward with its plans to welcome back guests starting this Thursday, the other Disneyland Resort reopenings have been delayed.

Since it is unknown when Disney’s Californian Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Resort will reopen, we chatted with a Disneyland Resort Cast Member who confirmed these hotels are no longer accepting new bookings for the month of July. The earliest new reservation you can now make is August 1st. It is also still unknown when the Disneyland Hotel will reopen.

Select Disneyland Hotels Are Now Accepting New Reservations Starting August 1st

Screenshot From Chat with Disneyland Resort Cast Member

The Cast Member also informed us that the standard reservation cancellation policy has been re-instated.

Select Disneyland Hotels Are Now Accepting New Reservations Starting August 1st

Screenshot From Chat with Disneyland Resort Cast Member

Previously, the policy stated Disney would waive cancellation fees through July 22nd. Now the policy says they will work with guests that may have been impacted by the closure with no specific date listed. As of today, here’s how Disneyland Resort’s cancellation fee policy now reads on its website.

Select Disneyland Hotels Are Now Accepting New Reservations Starting August 1st

Screenshot From Disneyland’s Website

The friendly Cast Member also informed us it is still unknown at this time when Disneyland Resort’s theme parks and hotels will reopen. We’ll continue to keep an eye on Disneyland’s homepage for the most up-to-date information regarding Disneyland’s phased reopening and we’ll let you know as soon as Disneyland releases more information soon!

Are you thinking about going to Disneyland this summer? Let us know if you’re hoping the theme parks and resorts will be reopening soon in the comments below.

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Here’s What It’s Like to Ride the Monorail in a Reopened Disney World!

This is a big week for Disney fans as Walt Disney World is preparing for its phased reopening of the Resort’s four theme parks which begins this Saturday, July 11th with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, followed by EPCOT and Hollywood Studios on July 15th.

Here’s What It’s Like to Ride the Monorail in a Reopened Disney World!

Monorail

One big topic we’ve been exploring is what getting around the property will look like. We’ve taken a look at buses with the recent reopening of select Resort hotels, but what will it be like to ride the Disney Skyliner, the boats, and (of course) the Monorail? Well, we took our first cruise on a reopened Monorail today (with thanks to a friend who invited us to a Cast Member preview which is currently taking place) and we’re here to tell you what it was like!

We took the Monorail from the Transportation and Ticket Center to Magic Kingdom. The Transportation and Ticket Center (or TTC, for short) serves to offer parking for Magic Kingdom guests in addition to transportation options to the park itself. (The picture below, just for reference, was taken during a previous visit.)

Here’s What It’s Like to Ride the Monorail in a Reopened Disney World!

Monorail Station at Walt Disney World Ticket and Transportation Center

It’s worth noting that the Tram vehicles — which guests can ride from the parking lots to the TTC in order to shorten the walk — were not in operation this morning. However, we’d like to remind that today is a cast member preview, so things may work differently when the parks officially reopen. (P.S. Ferry Boat transportation was also available.)

Approaching the Monorail station, numbers are placed on the ground, giving guests the ability to easily spot where they may stand in order to keep a safe distance from other groups. (We’d like to thank @aleyafromdisney on Instagram for sharing the picture below with us!)

Here’s What It’s Like to Ride the Monorail in a Reopened Disney World!

Physical Distancing Stickers

Number signage is also put in use as guests await the arrival of the next Monorail to carry them along the “Highway in the Sky” that leads to the Magic Kingdom.

Here’s What It’s Like to Ride the Monorail in a Reopened Disney World!

Monorail stickers

A cast member gave us a number to stand on prior to boarding, which helped not only with traffic flow but also with the ultimate purpose of dispersing guests — keeping appropriate distancing in mind — throughout the cars themselves.

Cars are now split with physical distancing barriers, and our car was limited to us and one other party of four.

Here’s What It’s Like to Ride the Monorail in a Reopened Disney World!

Monorail partition

Overall, it was nice to ride along the “Highway in the Sky” once more. We’d like to state again that, because today was a Cast Member preview, things may change when Magic Kingdom reopens to guests this weekend. So be sure to stay tuned to DFB this week for all of the HUGE new Disney World updates!

Have any specific questions about riding the Monorail in a reopened Disney World? Ask them in the comments and we’ll do our best to get you answers.

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Photos! First Look Inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom Before It Re-Opens Later This Week!

Can you believe that we’re just a week away from Animal Kingdom’s official grand re-opening on July 11th!

Photos! First Look Inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom Before It Re-Opens Later This Week!

Animal Kingdom Entrance

While we’re packing our trekking bags to head back into the parks, we’ve been looking at a sneak peek of Animal Kingdom’s new bag check area and temperature screening tents. And, now we have first look inside the park too!

The President of the Walt Disney World Resort Jeff Vahle has released photos of what the health and safety measures look like in Disney’s Animal Kingdom (wow, we missed seeing all that greenery).

Photos! First Look Inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom Before It Re-Opens Later This Week!

©Jeff Vahle

There are distancing markers on the ground to direct guests where they are able to stand…

Photos! First Look Inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom Before It Re-Opens Later This Week!

©Jeff Vahle

…and both Cast Members and guests will be required to keep six feet apart from one another when they’re in Disney World.

Photos! First Look Inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom Before It Re-Opens Later This Week!

©Jeff Vahle

Everyone will be asked to wear face masks during their time in the parks to make sure that people are kept healthy and safe when they are in the parks.

Photos! First Look Inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom Before It Re-Opens Later This Week!

©Jeff Vahle

On top of this first (early!) look inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we’ll be taking you along with us next week as we head back into the parks during Annual Passholder Previews throughout the beginning of this week. And, then we’ll be heading back to Disney World for the start of the grand re-openings. Check back for full coverage of Disney World’s big reopening.

When will you be heading back to Animal Kingdom next? Let us know in the comments below!

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REVIEW! Disney World’s BoardWalk Bakery’s Fourth of July Cupcake is a STUNNER!

While you might be starting your Fourth of July festivities with your family and friends, the Disney Resorts have been calling us with all their holiday treats!

REVIEW! Disney World’s BoardWalk Bakery’s Fourth of July Cupcake is a STUNNER!

BoardWalk Inn

While we’ve already seen a patriotic cupcake trio, a firework blondie pop, and a raspberry cream cheese-filled cupcake, the BoardWalk Bakery has baked up MULTIPLE Fourth of July treats (and we’re trying them all for you)!

The Fourth of July Cupcake at the BoardWalk Inn is not only adorable (just LOOK at that pinwheel!!), but it’s got two treats in one too! The chocolate cake is topped with vanilla buttercream, sprinkles, and a fondant pinwheel that even Minnie Mouse would love. But, the best part is that there is a cheesecake filling on the inside of the cupcake that makes the treat doubly sweet!

REVIEW! Disney World’s BoardWalk Bakery’s Fourth of July Cupcake is a STUNNER!

Fourth of July Cupcake

Although the cake is moist and there is plenty of buttercream, the cheesecake filling holds most of the weight of the cupcake. The filling adds a bit of creaminess to the treat (we could honestly eat a cup of that filling!). While we are big fans of the marshmallow creme from the Contempo Cafe’s Fourth of July Cupcake, the cheesecake has officially become our number one filling from today!

REVIEW! Disney World’s BoardWalk Bakery’s Fourth of July Cupcake is a STUNNER!

Fourth of July Cupcake

You can get the Fourth of July Cupcake for $5.99 at the BoardWalk Bakery, along with the rest of the festive treats being featured today (but more on those in a few minutes!).

REVIEW! Disney World’s BoardWalk Bakery’s Fourth of July Cupcake is a STUNNER!

Fourth of July Treats

We’ll be giving you our full review on these other Fourth of July snacks soon! Happy Fourth of July and happy snacking, everybody!

Which of BoardWalk Bakery’s treats looks the best for you? Let us know in the comments below!

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PHOTOS! We’ve Got a Closer Look at That Crazy BIG Blue Wall at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort!

The NBA will be starting its season on July 30th at Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports!

PHOTOS! We’ve Got a Closer Look at That Crazy BIG Blue Wall at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort!

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Players and officials will be staying on property at different Disney Resorts in areas that are isolated from regular guests (but with swoon-worthy amenities). Training courts have already started to be set up inside the hotels, along with fencing down the middle of places like Disney’s Floridian Resort to separate the NBA from resort guests!

Although we’ve had a sneak peek of the big blue wall that has started to form at the Grand Floridian, we got a better look at just HOW LONG and BIG this fencing is going to be.

PHOTOS! We’ve Got a Closer Look at That Crazy BIG Blue Wall at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort!

Grand Floridian Resort Construction

Although the fencing at first looked like it would be in a few spaces to separate sections of the resort, the blue wall stretches across the expanse of the Grand Floridian literally splitting the property into two sections.

PHOTOS! We’ve Got a Closer Look at That Crazy BIG Blue Wall at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort!

Grand Floridian Resort Construction

Since the NBA will be playing its games through the middle of October, the fencing may stay up through the Fall as well. At the moment, guests are able to stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort with previous reservations in the areas the NBA WON’T be occupying. We haven’t heard word from Disney if things might change a bit at the hotels the NBA is staying at once the teams start arriving.

PHOTOS! We’ve Got a Closer Look at That Crazy BIG Blue Wall at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort!

Grand Floridian Resort Construction

These walls are BIG, y’all. They completely wipe out the view of the Magic Kingdom from the main building. We were able to JUST spot the tippy-top of the highest spire of Cinderella Castle from Gasparilla Island Grill (normally, you have a nice clear view of the castle when leaving this spot!). We’ve got to admit, it’s a bit jarring to walk out the back of the main Grand Floridian lobby and be hit with a wall of blue stopping you in your tracks!

While we’ll be keeping an eye on the NBA’s plans and any official word from Disney about how the resorts will be affected, we will keep you updated on any new details!

Do you have plans to stay in the Disney Resorts any time soon? Let us know in the comments below!

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REVIEW! A Cupcake With ALL the Red, White, and Blue Frosting (and a Favorite Got a Patriotic Makeover!) at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

It’s been a cupcake crawl ALL over the Disney Resorts today for the Fourth of July!

REVIEW! A Cupcake With ALL the Red, White, and Blue Frosting (and a Favorite Got a Patriotic Makeover!) at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

Contempo Cafe

We’ve already seen a cupcake trio at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and an AMAZING treat with a raspberry cream center (!!!) at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. And, our next snack on the list is perfect for all those frosting fans out there!

The Fourth of July Cupcake is making a fabulously festive appearance at the Contempo Cafe in Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Although last year’s Fourth of July treat combined red velvet cake and berries, this year’s is the PERFECT choice for a dessert that your whole family will enjoy!

REVIEW! A Cupcake With ALL the Red, White, and Blue Frosting (and a Favorite Got a Patriotic Makeover!) at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

Fourth of July Cupcake

Surprise, surprise — it’s VERY red, white, and blue!  The chocolate cupcake is filled with marshmallow creme and topped with red, white, and blue buttercream, along with patriotic sprinkles and fondant stars. The cake on this treat is just SO GOOD. It’s very moist, which pairs extremely well with the fluffiness of the marshmallow creme.

REVIEW! A Cupcake With ALL the Red, White, and Blue Frosting (and a Favorite Got a Patriotic Makeover!) at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

Fourth of July Cupcake

But, the main star of the Fourth of July Cupcake is all that frosting. The treat is piled high with so much buttercream (and ya’ll already know how much we love frosting). The Fourth of July Cupcake at the Contempo Cafe is a great holiday pick for the other frosting fans out there or someone who loves really cute cupcakes for $5.99! Heads up though — that potent dye might show on your teeth for a bit after, so maybe grab a water to help wash it down!

REVIEW! A Cupcake With ALL the Red, White, and Blue Frosting (and a Favorite Got a Patriotic Makeover!) at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

Fourth of July Cupcake

While we were at the bakery, we also spotted that our beloved Peanut Butter Pie has received a Fourth of July makeover too!

REVIEW! A Cupcake With ALL the Red, White, and Blue Frosting (and a Favorite Got a Patriotic Makeover!) at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

Fourth of July Peanut Butter Pie

The top of the treat is currently featuring some of the same patriotic sprinkles and red, white, and blue drizzle to go with all that peanut butter goodness for $4.79.

REVIEW! A Cupcake With ALL the Red, White, and Blue Frosting (and a Favorite Got a Patriotic Makeover!) at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

Fourth of July Peanut Butter Pie

Forget applied pie, our DFB reporter stated that there there’s nothing “as American as peanut butter pie” this Fourth of July (and we couldn’t agree more)! We LOVE this treat any day, but seeing it all dolled up for the Fourth was a nice surprise!

REVIEW! A Cupcake With ALL the Red, White, and Blue Frosting (and a Favorite Got a Patriotic Makeover!) at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

Fourth of July Peanut Butter Pie

But wait, there’s MORE! We’ve got even more red, white, and blue goodies we’re reviewing today so stay tuned! And, we can’t wait to see what other new snacks will be making their way into the parks next week too. Happy Fourth of July, friends!!

What Fourth of July treat do you want to try the most in Disney World? Let us know in the comments below!

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BREAKING NEWS! More Disney Transportation Will Start to Re-Open at the Beginning of Next Week!

While limited Disney Transportation has already started to run at the Disney Resorts and Disney Springs, Disney World will be re-opening its parks next week with more transportation options.

BREAKING NEWS! More Disney Transportation Will Start to Re-Open at the Beginning of Next Week!

The Grand Floridian is One Quick Stop From Magic Kingdom!

Although we’ve had a few hints of which transportation options would be opening and when, Disney has officially confirmed the dates of when most of the methods of Disney World transportation will be welcoming us back again!

Although Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will be opening on July 11th, transportation re-openings will be starting earlier in the week on July 7th. We’ve were able to spot Disney transportation out in the open today when we visited Disney World!

BREAKING NEWS! More Disney Transportation Will Start to Re-Open at the Beginning of Next Week!

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We’ve already been able to hop back on the Disney Buses since they re-opened along with the Disney Resorts on July 22nd

BREAKING NEWS! More Disney Transportation Will Start to Re-Open at the Beginning of Next Week!

Disney World Bus at Contemporary Resort

…July 7th will bring some of the Ticket and Transportation Center’s options back to guests! Guests will be able to ride the Monorail with new distancing barriers and other health and safety precautions

BREAKING NEWS! More Disney Transportation Will Start to Re-Open at the Beginning of Next Week!

Green Monorail

…along with the Ferries to take guests to the parks and Disney Springs.

BREAKING NEWS! More Disney Transportation Will Start to Re-Open at the Beginning of Next Week!

Ferry Boats

While the Skyliners were on the lines but not running today, they’ll be back in use starting July 15th! Disney hasn’t shared information yet concerning what health and safety precautions will be in effect when they start running again, but there will most likely be a limit of one party per gondola.

BREAKING NEWS! More Disney Transportation Will Start to Re-Open at the Beginning of Next Week!

Skyliners

The Minnie Van service and other watercraft options won’t be coming back yet. However, Disney has stated that they will be providing updates on when its other Disney Transportation will be available soon! We’ll keep you updated with the transportation modifications that we see when we make our way back into Disney World next week.

What are you looking forward to seeing the most when Disney World re-opens? Let us know in the comments below!

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Disney World wins Lawsuit over Mom’s Fight for Autistic Son to Ride Attractions Without Wait

Disney World wins Lawsuit over Mom’s Fight for Autistic Son to Ride Attractions Without Wait disney world

Disney has won a lawsuit that an Orlando disability advocate filed against them on behalf of her adult autistic son to get him immediate access to the FastPass lines at the Disney World theme parks.

Donna Lorman, president of the Autism Society of Greater Orlando, sued Disney in 2014 after Disney World changed its policy regarding guests with disabilities.

Before, Disney’s Guest Assistance Card allowed guests with disabilities and their families to enter the FastPass line an unlimited number of times. That card became heavily abused by guests.

In 2013 Disney created a new system, the Disability Access Service Card, or DAS, that lets people with disabilities get return times for rides, similar to a FastPass, so they don’t have to wait in a line.

Lorman wanted 10 passes to the Magic Kingdom for her son so he could ride his favorite attractions by going directly into the FastPass line. She said the extra waiting was hard for her son who didn’t understand the concept of time.

She testified that her son, who was 22 when she filed the lawsuit, has moderate to severe autism that made communication difficult and following a routine essential. She said her son needed to visit rides in a particular order at Disney.

Disney argued it isn’t required to provide unlimited, front-of-line passes for every ride under the Americans with Disabilities Act. If they did, the general public in the stand-by lines would wait longer.

Disney’s defense team also said Lorman should have planned her visit better to adjust to the new rules.

The two sides went to trial in February and a decision was reached on June 22. U.S. District Judge Anne Conway sided with Disney, ruling it was “unreasonable” for Disney to give such access to Lorman’s son. If Disney allowed him special access, others would demand it too.

“Requiring the modification, based on the history of the former system, would lead to fraud and overuse, lengthen the wait times significantly for non-disabled guests, and fundamentally alter Disney’s business model,” Conway wrote.

Conway also said Disney could “recover its cost of action.” It’s unclear how much Disney’s legal bills are, but the fight lasted over 5 years.

“To say that I am disappointed would be an understatement. I really truly believe in what I was fighting for,” Lorman wrote about the loss.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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News: Downtown Disney in Disneyland Reportedly Opening July 9th With Outdoor Dining Only

The reopening of Disneyland has been rocky.

News: Downtown Disney in Disneyland Reportedly Opening July 9th With Outdoor Dining Only

Downtown Disney’s World of Disney

The reopening date for the parks and resorts was announced, only to be delayed. Now, we know that Downtown Disney will be opening as planned (with a few changes!) on July 9th despite the suspension of indoor operations for several sectors in California counties.

Earlier today, California Governor Gavin Newsom mandated that all restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, and museums and cardrooms in 19 counties, including Orange County, where Disneyland resides, must close their indoor operations. But that’s not stopping Downtown Disney.

News: Downtown Disney in Disneyland Reportedly Opening July 9th With Outdoor Dining Only

Black Tap Craft Burger and Shakes

According to People, Downtown Disney will be opening on July 9th, but all restaurants will only have outdoor seating. By making this change, Disney is able to open the shopping, dining, and entertainment complex while staying within the confines of the new government action.

News: Downtown Disney in Disneyland Reportedly Opening July 9th With Outdoor Dining Only

Impossible Lettuce Cups at Ballast Point in Downtown Disney

Governor Newsom’s action will limit indoor operations for the next three weeks at least. Stay tuned to DFB for updates on the reopening of Disney World and the Californian response to the global health crisis.

Are you eager to return to Disneyland or okay with waiting!

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M&M’s Store constuction update for Disney Springs

M&M’s Store constuction update for Disney Springs Disney Springs

The construction work continues on the upcoming M&M’s store at Disney Springs. The chocolate shop will showcase the Mars Candy product line with a focus on the M&M brand. Guests can see construction walls are now surrounding the upcoming retail space and that the project is still moving forward. Check out the photo below to see how much has work has been done in the past two weeks.

M&M’s Store constuction update for Disney Springs

The upcoming store is located on the West side of Disney Springs. Visitors will find it by the Orange Garage near the NBA Experience and Splitsville Luxury Lanes. Being such a beloved sweet treat, many Disney fans are excited to see the candy and retail products available within the upcoming M&M store.

M&M’s Store constuction update for Disney Springs

The Florida Mall located in the Orlando area currently has an M&M’s World store, but it will close later this year when the Disney Springs location is ready to open. Soon, the Disney Springs location will be the vibrant center for the Mars candy brand in Orlando!

M&M’s Store constuction update for Disney Springs

Stay tuned for more news and updates regarding Disney Springs. Even though we don’t have an open dated scheduled yet for the opening of the M&M’s store, we will provide a release date once the information is known.

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New Picnic Punch now available at Starbucks in Disney Springs

New Picnic Punch now available at Starbucks in Disney Springs Starbucks Picnic Punch

If there’s one thing Starbucks knows how to do, it’s creating beautiful and tasty new drinks that everybody has to try (and Instagram!). Well, they’ve done it again! On our last trip to Disney Springs, we were lucky enough to try the colorful new Picnic Punch.

New Picnic Punch now available at Starbucks in Disney Springs

Picnic Punch starts off as a pineapple matcha drink and is topped with strawberry sweet cream cold foam. Wow, it’s pretty! It reminded us of a reversal of last year’s Millenial Falcon drink (a pink drink topped with matcha foam) and had that same level of refreshment. The initial flavor hit is strong with strawberry, which is sweet and fruity, then as the drink mixes, the tea flavor comes up more. The best part is definitely the cold foam where the taste of strawberry purée is clearest. But the whole beverage is refreshing and on the delicate side of Starbucks flavors.

New Picnic Punch now available at Starbucks in Disney Springs

It costs $7.40 before tax, so hopefully, you’ve been saving up some of those rewards from your morning fix. Whether you like coffee or not, this one is a great choice because it’s cool and light. However, if you really hate matcha or tea, steer clear. The matcha flavor gets strong towards the end.

The new Picnic Punch at @starbucks is super refreshing and a great beverage to try on your next trip to Disney Springs! It’s a pineapple matcha with strawberry purée cold foam. #disneysprings #waltdisneyworld #starbucks #disneyfood

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Picnic Punch is now being mixed up at Starbucks in Disney Springs. Try it while the summer flavors last!

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Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort is now offering up to a 30% discount for Annual Passholders

Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort is now offering up to a 30% discount for Annual Passholders swan and dolphin

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is now offering up to a 30% discount from their unrestricted best available rates exclusively for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders.

The rate can be booked at www.swandolphin.com or by calling the resort at 1-800-227-1500.

For online reservations: under the Special Rates drop down menu, select “Promo” and enter the code QWH.

A valid Walt Disney World Annual Pass must be presented at check-in to redeem the rate.   The hotel is currently accepting reservations for July 29 and beyond.

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Face Masks now Required in Anaheim Citywide

Face Masks now Required in Anaheim Citywide anaheim face masks

Anaheim has now issued a citywide face mask requirement for when people are in public. The Anaheim requirement makes state guidance for wearing face coverings mandatory in Anaheim and went into effect yesterday, June 30.

The order requires the use of face masks:

  • Inside and in line for any indoor public space
  • At any healthcare setting
  • Using public transit or rideshare
  • At workplaces in common areas
  • For any food service, packaging or distribution
  • In any room or enclosed area where you’re unable to distance from those outside your own household.
  • Outside when within six feet of others

Those with special considerations are exempt, and face coverings are not required in certain situations:

  • Children younger than 2
  • Those with health, mental or developmental considerations
  • Those who face workplace risks from wearing a face covering
  • Medical treatments where removal is necessary
  • While eating or drinking
  • While exercising outdoors or indoors when distanced from others
  • While working outdoors when distanced
  • Those who are incarcerated

Disneyland will be following city and state guidelines when the theme parks reopen. All cast members and guests age 2 and older will be required to wear face masks when visiting the Disneyland Resort.

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Review! We Tried the New Fried Fish Sandwich at Wine Bar George in Disney World!

From iced beverages to chicken wings, we’ve been tasting our way around new menu items at Disney Springs!

Review! We Tried the New Fried Fish Sandwich at Wine Bar George in Disney World!

Wine Bar George

And when we saw a new addition to the menu at Wine Bar George, we had to swing by to give it a try!

So, what’s the new addition?? Wine Bar George is now offering a Fried Fish Sandwich! Served on a brioche bun, this sandwich includes pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, and gribiche sauce. It also comes with a side of fries.

Review! We Tried the New Fried Fish Sandwich at Wine Bar George in Disney World!

Fried Fish Sandwich at Wine Bar George

We thought the fish itself was AMAZING! The breading is light and buttery and the fish is tender and flaky. Sliced, unripe tomatoes line the bottom of the sandwich while fresh grape tomatoes lie on top.

Review! We Tried the New Fried Fish Sandwich at Wine Bar George in Disney World!

Fried Fish Sandwich

The gribiche sauce was super tangy, and we would say it’s an acquired taste — it definitely added a lot of flavor to the sandwich! And the pickles paired well with the sauce! We did notice that the sandwich was really messy to eat.

Review! We Tried the New Fried Fish Sandwich at Wine Bar George in Disney World!

Eating it can get a little messy…

The fries were also delicious! Generously salted and spiced, they were a filling addition to the meal. You can snag this sandwich for $16 at Wine Bar George in Disney Springs.

Are you excited to try the new Fried Fish Sandwich? Let us know in the comments!

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This Splash Mountain Merchandise Was FLYING Off the Shelves Today in Disney World!

Ever since Disney announced that they will be re-theming Disney World and Disneyland’s Splash Mountain attractions, Br’er Rabbit stuff has been hard to come by!

This Splash Mountain Merchandise Was FLYING Off the Shelves Today in Disney World!

Splash Mountain

But believe it or not, we spotted some Splash Mountain merch on display at World of Disney today — or DID WE???

While Splash Mountain merch has log-flumed out the door and is no longer available on Disney’s website, we couldn’t believe our eyes when we noticed this Br’er Rabbit Park Pal was just STILL chillin’ at Disney Springs this morning!

This Splash Mountain Merchandise Was FLYING Off the Shelves Today in Disney World!

Park Pals Display

He kind of camouflaged in with the rest of the Park Pals, so somehow he’s slipped by unnoticed! They actually had several in stock!

This Splash Mountain Merchandise Was FLYING Off the Shelves Today in Disney World!

Br’er Rabbit Park Pal

We hung the Br’er Rabbit Park Pal back up and turned our attention elsewhere for a second. And when we turned around, can you guess what happened?

This Splash Mountain Merchandise Was FLYING Off the Shelves Today in Disney World!

Park Pals Display

The Br’er Rabbit Park Pals had vanished without a trace! We actually saw guests grabbing a few by the handful! We checked back later this afternoon and his spot had quietly been replaced with a stack of Pascals! While it’s not impossible to find Splash Mountain merch still out in the wild, you’ll have to act FAST!

Do you own any Park Pals? Tell us which ones you have in the comments below!

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Review! This New Starbucks Guava Passionfruit Drink we Spotted in Disney World is Pretty in Pink!

Starbucks recently debuted a new Guava Passionfruit drink — and we had to give this pretty pink drink a try!

Review! This New Starbucks Guava Passionfruit Drink we Spotted in Disney World is Pretty in Pink!

Starbucks in Disney Springs

While walking around Disney Springs, sometimes we need a cool beverage to keep us refreshed. And we’ve tried all kinds of fun, summery drinks at Starbucks, like the Campfire Cold Brew and Picnic Punch!

We stopped by Starbucks in Disney Springs for a drink this afternoon, and we noticed a sign advertising three new beverages made with coconut milk. We’ve already tasted the Pineapple Matcha Drink and Golden Ginger Drink, so we had to give the Guava Passionfruit Drink a try!

Review! This New Starbucks Guava Passionfruit Drink we Spotted in Disney World is Pretty in Pink!

Starbucks Sign

The drink is made with coconut milk and a guava juice blend with notes of, passionfruit, pineapple, and ginger. It’s hand-shaken with ice to make it as cool as possible on these hot, sunny days!

Review! This New Starbucks Guava Passionfruit Drink we Spotted in Disney World is Pretty in Pink!

Pink Guava Passionfruit Drink

If you like the taste of coconut milk, you’ll love this drink! It had a nice, creamy consistency, and the flavors blend really well together! We would definitely order this refreshing treat again!

Have you tried these coconut milk drinks at Starbucks? Which is your favorite? Let us know below! 

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Stop What You’re Doing and Look at These Right NOW!

We can’t believe 22 NBA teams will be traveling to Disney World to finish their 2019-2020 season. It’s really HAPPENING!

Stop What You’re Doing and Look at These Right NOW!

NBA Experience at Disney World

And to get Disney and sports fans extra-fired up out the 88 “seeding games” (you can view the full schedule here) ESPN has just shared some fun logos we think you’ll enjoy!

@pkairdesigns, an artist and self-proclaimed “sneakerhead” has decided to make a few new “Disney-fied” logos for the visiting NBA teams! ESPN scooped them up and added them to their Insta today including this adorable Utah Jazz logo featuring Pluto jammin’ on a saxophone!

Stop What You’re Doing and Look at These Right NOW!

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The Denver Nuggets logo has also been doctored up — with DOC! We love how the artist also added the Seven Dwarfs to the side of the mountain! Does this mean the players might be singing “Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it’s off to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex we go?”

Stop What You’re Doing and Look at These Right NOW!

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Tigger has become the adopted Disney mascot for the Pheonix Suns thanks to his rather sunny disposition!

Stop What You’re Doing and Look at These Right NOW!

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Meanwhile, Mickey Mouse will be repping for the Boston Celtics. Looks like they really lucked out with landing the main MOUSE!

Stop What You’re Doing and Look at These Right NOW!

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Mavs fans can rejoice over their new logo featuring Bullseye! We always thought the Dallas Mavericks were big fans of Buzz and Woody!

Stop What You’re Doing and Look at These Right NOW!

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We bet Milwaukee Bucks player (and HUGE Disney dude) Robin Lopez will get a kick out of his team’s new Bambi logo.

Stop What You’re Doing and Look at These Right NOW!

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It looks like another Toy Story character has been drafted. Toronto Raptors has a reimagined logo featuring Rex! Must be hard to dribble with such tiny arms!

Stop What You’re Doing and Look at These Right NOW!

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The Portland Trail Blazers will be putting on their super suits soon. How awesome would it be if they actually added The Incredibles on their jerseys?! Pretty incredible if you ask us!

Stop What You’re Doing and Look at These Right NOW!

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Winne the Pooh has lent his likeness to the Memphis Grizzlies! He looks more adorable than threatening!

Stop What You’re Doing and Look at These Right NOW!

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And last but not least, Ariel will be flipping her fins as the Miami Heat’s mascot!

Stop What You’re Doing and Look at These Right NOW!

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We gotta say, we thought the best thing we could hope to see when we found out the NBA would be playing the rest of its games at Disney World was Mickey Mouse wearing some sweatbands and a pair of basketball shorts — which, btw, we’re still hoping to see!

But we love seeing what this artist has come up with so far! Here’s hoping they have a few more Disney design ideas up their sleeve for the rest of the NBA team logos!

Which teams’ logo is your favorite? Cast your vote in the comments below!

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Disneyland’s Pinocchio’s Daring Journey — Better Know an Attraction

In this week’s “Better Know an Attraction” series, we’ll be taking a close look at a Fantasyland classic, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey. Read on for more!

Disneyland’s Pinocchio’s Daring Journey — Better Know an Attraction Pinocchio entrance
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What is Pinocchio’s Daring Journey?

Pinocchio’s Daring Journey is one of those classic Disneyland Fantasyland dark rides, where you travel along a twisting and turning path through scenes following Pinocchio as he tries to make his way home.

Where is Pinocchio’s Daring Journey?

Pinocchio’s Daring Journey is in the heart of Fantasyland on the left as you pass through the castle.

Disneyland’s Pinocchio’s Daring Journey — Better Know an Attraction map

Pinocchio’s Daring Journey History

Pinocchio’s Daring Journey opened on May 23, 1983 (though it frankly feels much older). It replaced the Mickey Mouse Club Theater, which had previously occupied that space.

What You Need to Know About the Pinocchio’s Daring Journey Queue

The queue for Pinocchio’s Daring Journey is an unremarkable series of switchbacks. The entire queue is indoors but open to the outside, i.e., it’s not air conditioned. The queue cannot accommodate wheelchairs and ECVs, so guests using those can need to enter through the exit.

What is the Ride Experience Like for Pinocchio’s Daring Journey?

Pinocchio’s Daring Journey follows the formula used by most Fantasyland dark rides, where you’ll travel along a twisting, winding path through 3D scenes documenting Pinocchio’s adventures. The ride can be jerky, but should not present motion or other issues for most guests. The attraction does include some darkness, loud noises, and scary elements that could frighten some smaller children.

What are the Ride Vehicles Like for Pinocchio’s Daring Journey?

Pinocchio’s Daring Journey puts guests in vehicles designed to look like wooden carts, which are carved with characters from the classic story like Jiminy Cricket and Figaro.

What You Need to Know About Accessibility for Pinocchio’s Daring Journey

Guests do need to be able to transfer into the ride vehicle to be able to ride Pinocchio’s Daring Journey. Guests in wheelchairs and ECVs should enter through the exit where you will be directed by a cast member for further boarding instructions. Captioning and audio descriptions are available.

What You Need to Know About Health and Safety Warnings for Pinocchio’s Daring Journey

Pinocchio’s Daring Journey does not carry any special safety warnings and is intended to be appropriate for all audiences. The ride does contain some darkness and loud noises that may frighten some small children.

What are the Height Restrictions for Pinocchio’s Daring Journey?

There are no height restrictions for Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, but guests under 7 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older.

Does Pinocchio’s Daring Journey Offer FastPass?

No.

Does Weather Affect Pinocchio’s Daring Journey?

The attraction is indoors and will run rain or shine. The queue is “indoors” but it’s open to the elements and can get hot when it’s particularly hot out. With that said, the wait is typically not overly long, so it’s rarely an issue.

What’s the Best Time of Day to Experience Pinocchio’s Daring Journey?

Disneyland’s Pinocchio’s Daring Journey — Better Know an Attraction wait time chart

Pinocchio’s Daring Journey is a minor attraction, and even on the busiest days, it’s rare for the wait to exceed a half hour. The apex of the day between noon and 4 or so should still be avoided to minimize your wait, but this should not be the attraction you’re running to first thing. Expected wait times on a crowd-level basis are noted here, but be sure to check out the expected wait time for the date you intend to be there.

Do you enjoy Pinocchio’s Daring Journey? Is it on your short list, or your skip list? Let us know in the comments!

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Joffrey’s Coffee Is Celebrating Their Anniversary by Gifting US a DEAL in Disney Springs!

If there’s one thing we NEED when we’re in Disney World, it’s our caffeine fix!

Joffrey’s Coffee Is Celebrating Their Anniversary by Gifting US a DEAL in Disney Springs!

©Joffrey’s

Luckily, Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company is usually there to save the day in a pinch! Well, it’s time to show our thanks to the coffee providers. Joffrey’s is celebrating their fifth anniversary this Friday — and they’re celebrating by giving us a DEAL!

On Friday, July 3rd, head over to Joffrey’s at The Landing in Disney Springs for $5 specialty drinks! We can’t wait to sip on discounted Lion’s Lattes, Round ‘Em Up Lattes, and more!

Joffrey’s Coffee Is Celebrating Their Anniversary by Gifting US a DEAL in Disney Springs!

Joffrey’s Reopened

Keep in mind this deal is valid ONLY this Friday so don’t miss out! The location will be open from 10AM to 10PM so you’ve got plenty of time to scooch on over and grab a discounted sip. We’ll see ya there!

Will you be headed to Joffrey’s to snag an anniversary deal? Tell us in the comments!

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News and PHOTOS: Disney World’s Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf Course Is OPEN!

While we originally weren’t expecting any of Disney World’s miniature golf courses to reopen any time soon, Disney always likes to keep us on our toes!

News and PHOTOS: Disney World’s Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf Course Is OPEN!

Fantasia Gardens

Previously, they stated mini-golf would most-likely be unavailable to resort guests during Disney World’s phased reopening while Standard golf and FootGolf would remain open, but like so many things right now, it appears they changed their minds!

Although Winter Summerland at Blizzard Beach remains closed, Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf has recently reopened! Let’s check out the course to see what safety modifications they’ve made!

News and PHOTOS: Disney World’s Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf Course Is OPEN!

Temperature Screening Sign

First of all, you’ll need to have your temperature taken to make your way onto the fairway! Face masks must also be worn by all guests (ages two and up) for the entire duration of their stay.

News and PHOTOS: Disney World’s Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf Course Is OPEN!

Heath and Safety Guidelines Sign

If there’s a line at the temperature checkpoint, there’s some covered and uncovered seating along with water provided for guests. Benches have socially distanced while some seating areas may have “not available” markers if they’re closed off for guests.

News and PHOTOS: Disney World’s Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf Course Is OPEN!

Fantasia Gardens

Just like Disney Springs, AdventHealth workers are performing the temperature screenings using touchless thermometers.

News and PHOTOS: Disney World’s Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf Course Is OPEN!

Temperature Screening

There are two family-friendly 18-hole courses at Fantasia Gardens. The Gardens Course is open daily from 10AM to 10PM while the Fairway Course (the more-challenging course) opens a 10AM and closes an hour earlier at 9PM.

News and PHOTOS: Disney World’s Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf Course Is OPEN!

Fantasia Gardens

We were allowed to choose which course we wanted to play, and since it’d been a while since we putted (although we’ve been watching lots of Holey Moley), we went with the Gardens Course!

News and PHOTOS: Disney World’s Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf Course Is OPEN!

Gardens Course

Health and Safety reminder signage was featured predominantly throughout the course played and we noticed most of the trash cans had their lids propped open.

News and PHOTOS: Disney World’s Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf Course Is OPEN!

Trash Can and Safety Signage

Some of the holes had their own portable hand washing stations, too! They’re similar to the ones we’ve already seen at Disney World where you pump the water with your foot.

News and PHOTOS: Disney World’s Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf Course Is OPEN!

Hand Wash Station

Of course, we had to take some time to appreciate all the scenic beauty Fantasia Gardens has to offer! It’s almost like stepping foot inside the movie at times!

News and PHOTOS: Disney World’s Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf Course Is OPEN!

It’s Yen Sid!

We love all the sculptures of hippos, alligators, and elephants! Not to mention each hole is just challenging-enough without making us wanna pull a Happy Gilmore.

News and PHOTOS: Disney World’s Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf Course Is OPEN!

Fantasia Gardens

Getting a hole-in-one at Fantasia Gardens is our agenda for the day, so you know where to find us now that mini-golf is back in play at Disney World!

Will you be putting around Fantasia Gardens on your next trip to Disney? Let us know in the comments below!

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