Glow with the Show

Glow with the Show

On Tuesday, the ‘Fantasmic!’ show at Hollywood Studios debuted the “Glow with the Show” ear technology.

Essentially, guests can purchase “Glow with the Show” ear hats throughout the park, and then proudly wear them for the ‘Fantasmic!” show later on to officially be part of the show! This new ear hat technology will be part of the nightly show from now on!

If that’s not enough, the “Glow with the Show” ears will also work at Magic Kingdom’s “Celebrate the Magic” nighttime projection show as well as “Wishes” fireworks starting this Saturday, October 19!

Guests can pick up these cool ears for a mere $25. Yikes!

The whole idea sounds awesome to me! However, paying $50 for 2 pairs (one for each kid) seems ridiculously steep. How on earth am I going to rationalize this to my husband?!?

But, anything to get closer to the magic! 😉

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California Grill Officially Re-opens!

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The California Grill, located in Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Hotel, reopens today after being closed since February 2013.

As I mentioned in a previous post, the restaurant has undergone a complete makeover with new menus and brand new deserts (see the Sundae Sampler – YUM 😉 ).

If anyone is planning on visiting the newly renovated California Grill, please comment and let us know your thoughts!

Starbucks Heaven

Starbucks
Hot off the presses!!

Disney Parks Blog has just announced that Fountain View at Epcot in Walt Disney World has reopened and is now serving Starbucks products.

You’ll remember a while back Starbucks being added to the Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom. And more Walt Disney World locations are coming! Starbucks will soon be served at Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and yes, even Downtown Disney.

Instagram Memories at the Parks!

Snap away people, snap away!

Both Disneyland + Walt Disney World parks are now on Instagram! You can now capture and share your Disney memories at the Parks with others around the world! Just snap your photo and add #WaltDisneyWorld or #Disneyland; or tag @WaltDisneyWorld or @Disneyland and your photo memory will become part of the park instagram feed!

Sounds like an awesome idea!

But seriously, how many photos do you think there are going to be of the castle?!? 😉

Meet Me @ the California Grill!

Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

The California Grill, a staple restaurant at the Contemporary Hotel in Walt Disney World, is reopening on September 9 after being closed since February 2013.

The restaurant has undergone a complete makeover including a new menu and all new to-die-for deserts (how can you tell it’s close to dinner and I’m hungry! 😉 ).

California Grill will reopen to the public on September 9. The day before on Sunday, September 8 Disney Parks Blog is holding a Grand Opening Meet + Greet where guests will sample items from the new menu, meet the chefs and watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Tickets are already sold out for this event.

Having never been to the California Grill, I hear it is THE PLACE TO BE! Definitely thinking about it for our next trip.

Has anyone been there? Would you recommend it for a family with small kids?

Hidden Mickey Pin Trading

Pin Trading

Good news for those of us obsessed with Disney Pin Trading (okay, maybe obsessed is a strong word, how about highly interested!!!). There will be new Hidden Mickey pins available to trade in both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts!

The latest set of 2013 Hidden Mickey pins will be available at the Disney Parks by end of July.

The new pins fill the collection that was first released in February 2013. These pins are given to cast members to use for trading with guests.

We were never big into pin trading our first few visits to Disney World, but on the last visit became obsessed, ahem, I mean highly interested. It almost became our mission to scope out the best pins. Thank god my husband has good eyes and was scoping out awesome pins from far away. Me on the other hand has to get close to cast members in order to get a decent view at the pins – and seriously, how awkward is it to be staring at people’s chests to check out their pins. And don’t even get me started on checking out the square of pins they wear on their belt. Try bending down to stare at that and not turn red!

Any other pin collectors out there? Will you be scoping out the new Hidden Mickey’s this summer/fall?

New Magical Make-overs at Disney!

Jake + the Neverland Pirates

Jake + the Neverland Pirates

Sofia the First

Sofia the First

Disney has announced a couple of new packages to their line of magical make-overs at both Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and The Pirates League.

Beginning today guests at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Disneyland and World of Disney (Downtown Disney) will have the opportunity to transform into Sofia the First, complete with hair-styling, shimmering makeup, nailpolish and your choice of accessories. Regular Princess packages range between $55-190 plus tax, so we’re not sure at what price point the Sofia package will run.

At Magic Kingdom Park, the Pirates League has added a “Mermaid Deluxe Package” as well as a “Jake and the Neverland Pirates Deluxe Package”.

The Mermaid package includes luminous mermaid makeup + makeup palette, hair-styling with color changing hair clip, mermaid necklace, nailpolish, sash and specical mermaid costume tee and tutu. The regular mermaid package was $40 plus tax, so with the added costume tee and tutu we’re not sure how much that will add to this price.

The Jake package includes a Jake bandana with faux hair (think Zoolander!), sword and sheath, Pirates League bag, special pirate coin necklace and a costume tee. The regular Jake package was $30 plus tax, so with the additional costume tee we’re not sure where the pricing for this package will end up either.

Guests must be between 3-12 years of age and be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are strongly recommended and a valid credit card is required at the time of booking. A $10 cancellation fee will apply if the reservation is cancelled within 24 hours or if you are a ‘no show’.

I have yet to take part in one of these “magical makeovers” with my kids. I don’t really know that they will enjoy it enough to stomach paying the prices Disney is charging. Although I have to say, having the Sofia the First and Jake additions may make me rethink that!!

Have you paid to have your child transformed into a Princess or a Pirate? Would you recommend it for others or say just skip it altogether!?!?