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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Have you seen Bamboo yet?

It's All About the Mouse Travel™ shared Orlando Attractions Magazine's photo.

Have you seen Bamboo yet? The character makes a nice addition to Devine!!
Bamboo, a new walk-around character, made its debut this morning at Animal Kingdom.
Photo: Bamboo, a new walk-around character, made its debut this morning at Animal Kingdom. We'll have video later today.

Congratulations to Commodore Tom Forberg


Hot off the presses of the Disney Parks Blog!

It’s Official! Disney Cruise Line’s Captain Tom is Now Commodore Tom

posted on August 15th, 2013 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager of Public Affairs at Disney Cruise Line

Captain Tom Forberg has been with Disney Cruise Line since the very beginning. He is the first and longest-serving captain, oversaw the construction of all four Disney ships and served as the inaugural captain on each ship. So it is only fitting that he is named the first Commodore in the history of the company.
Officers and Crew Aboard the Disney Fantasy Join Senior Vice President Anthony Connelly, Captain Mickey and Vice President Bert Swets in Naming Captain Tom Forberg First Commodore in History of Disney Cruise Line
Yesterday, the officers and crew aboard the Disney Fantasy joined President Karl Holz (not pictured), Senior Vice President Anthony Connelly, Captain Mickey and Vice President Bert Swets in surprising Captain Tom with the honor and presenting him with his new hat.
Commodore is an honorary appointment bestowed upon accomplished and distinguished leaders of military, commercial and cruise fleets. With this honor, Commodore Tom will serve as the highest-ranking Disney captain and will continue to share the duty of commanding the ships rotationally along with the other captains. In the cruise industry, only one other cruise line is actively using the Commodore title.
Help us congratulate Commodore Tom!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Rapid Fill Mug Program will be live at all Walt Disney World® Resorts by the end of the month!

It's All About the Mouse Travel™ tell us:

The new Rapid Fill Mug Program will be live at all Walt Disney World® Resorts by the end of the month!

Rapid Fill allows guests to purchase a specific number of days of refills. RFID chips are embedded in the mugs and will only allow usage for the actual purchased number of days. At the end of the period you purchased, the mug will automatically deactivate.

Pricing are as follows:

$8.99 for 1 day
$11.99 for 2 days
$14.99 for 3 days
$17.99 for length of stay
(PLEASE NOTE: days are counted as a calendar day, and not a 24 hour period)

The mugs will still be included in some Disney Dining Plan benefits. Past mugs will not be able to be reused, and a new mug will need to be purchased for each resort stay.

Mugs are all the same pool design with lids available in black, green, orange, pink, purple, teal and yellow.


The celebration began today in 1939 at the New York City World's Fair.

This post is dedicated my my wonderful husband, Paul....who loves Donald...and also shares a birthday with the beloved Disney duck on June 9th!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Spooktacular Fun at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Posted on August 12, 2013 by Disney Destinations

Boys and Ghouls of all ages are invited to don their favorite costumes and enjoy a spooktacular time at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This special-ticket event returns to Magic Kingdom® Park this fall with exciting new entertainment, character greetings and more!
For the first time ever, your Clients will have the chance to meet Jack Skellington and Sally, from Tim Burton’s "The Nightmare Before Christmas" on Main Street, U.S.A.
Over in Tomorrowland, Mike and Sulley, from "Monsters University," scare up a good time at the Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball dance party on Rockettower Plaza Stage.
Your Clients will also enjoy enhanced trick-or-treating along two treat trails – including one or two surprise treat locations along the way.
And, Phineas and Ferb will be on hand on Main Street U.S.A. to help get the audience warmed up for fun while they await the arrival of the Boo-To-You Halloween Parade. This party favorite is back, complete with the Headless Horseman, Disney Characters in their Halloween costumes and the ghostly inhabitants of The Haunted Mansion.
Finally, Happy HalloWishes fireworks spectacular invites your Clients to "drop in" as Disney Villains tear up the night with glittering color and light.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place from 7 p.m. – midnight on Sept. 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 & 29; Oct. 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29 and 31; and Nov. 1, 2013. Prices vary based on event night.
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Monday, August 12, 2013

News You Can Use

It's All About the Mouse Travel™ tells us:
IMPORTANT Disney Cruise Line policy change!!

Q: Where can I smoke on board?

A: Disney Cruise Line has never allowed smoking in Guest staterooms. In addition, smoking is prohibited in all interior spaces throughout our ships and beginning November 15, 2013, smoking will be prohibited on stateroom verandahs. In an effort to provide a cruise experience that satisfies both our non-smoking and smoking Guests, smoking (including the use of electronic cigarettes) is only permitted in designated areas of the ship.

On the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, smoking is permitted on:

Outdoors on Deck 4 starboard side from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. only
The starboard side open-air decks 9 and 10 (excluding the Mickey Pool area).
On the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, smoking is permitted on:

Deck 4 port side, aft, the outside Promenade Deck from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Deck 12 port side, aft, the outdoor area that is accessible through the Meridian Lounge
Deck 13 port side, forward, by Currents Bar
Guests who are found smoking in their staterooms or on their verandahs will be charged a $250 stateroom recovery fee. This fee covers deep cleaning that includes air filter replacement, carpet extraction and the cleaning and replacement of drapes, comforters, blankets and pillows, along with verandah cleaning and maintenance.

We have carefully considered which areas of our ships to designate as smoking and non-smoking, and we do periodically review our policies to ensure continued Guest satisfaction.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Walt Disney World Closure and Refurbishment Updates

UPDATED closures and refurbs!

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel: 08/01/13 - 08/21/13
Liberty Belle Riverboat: 08/05/13 - 08/09/13
Jungle Cruise: 08/19/13 - 09/30/13
Space Mountain: 09/03/13 - 09/05/13, 09/10/13 - 09/12/13, 09/23/13 - 09/26/13
Walt Disney World Railroad: 09/30/13 - 10/20/13
Peter Pan: 09/30/13 - 11/13/13

Fountainview Ice Cream Shop: 04/08/13 - 09/04/13
Spaceship Earth: 08/22/13 - 08/27/13

Disney's Hollywood Studios®
Muppet Vision 3D: 08/06/13 - 09/02/13
Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground: 09/03/13 - 11/19/13

Disney's All Star Sports Resort
End Zone Food Court - transportation from the porte cochere will be provided to Disney's All-Star Music Resort and Disney's All-Star Movies Resort where Guests can dine at the Intermission Food Court or World Premier Food Court: 08/05/13 - 12/20/13

Arcade - closed during this time frame as it will be used as a temporary Food Court with "Grab & Go" items: 07/29/13 - 12/20/13

Disney's Contemporary Resort
California Grill: 02/02/13 - TBD

Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside
Ol' Man Island Pool Slide - Pool will remain open: 09/09/13 - 09/13/13

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort
Grandstand Pool: 08/25/13 - 09/14/13

Downtown Disney® Area
Parking Lots H,I,J,K Closing: 07/30/13 - TBD
Capt'n Jacks: 08/18/13 - TBD

Golf Courses/Miniature Golf
Disney's Palm Golf Course: 06/12/13 - mid-November
Disney's Osprey Ridge Golf Course: closing permanently, 08/11/13