New Security Measures Coming Soon To Disney Parks

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Disney Parks Brace For New Security Rules

As happy families everywhere start to pack their bags for a summer full of fun, the Walt Disney Co. has announced plans for further increases in security in their theme parks. The first of these measures will start in two weeks and will take effect in all six US based theme parks.

In 2015 Disney added metal detectors to the entrances of its parks, guests are randomly screened prior to entering the turnstile area. This security measure added to the bag check which started shortly after 9/11. The bag check is currently performed on all guest bags prior to entering the park.

In addition to the metal detectors, Disney also banned Selfie Sticks, costumes for adults, masks, swords and toy guns in 2015. They also stopped selling toy guns in the parks. These guns have been a popular purchase for boys since the park opened in 1971.

As of April 14th, guests entering Disney parks in California and Florida will be required to surrender all liquid filled containers. This includes water bottles, soda bottles, prepackaged juices and other beverage containers. One exception will be expressed milk for breast fed babies under the age of 2 years. For guests having special medical needs, a drop-off of medically necessary beverages can prearranged though Guest Services.

“We continue to place guest security at the top of our list when it comes to introducing new security measures in the parks,” stated Joe Fox, a Disney spokesperson. Mr. Fox continued, “We have decided to give our guests a two week notice in order to allow for guests to rearrange their plans. In addition, we are offering a $.50 per bottle discount on all waters purchased in the parks to help defer any costs to our guests for the next year.”

As always, guests are welcome to ask for a glass of water, at no cost, at any quick service location, as well as enjoy any one of the chilled water fountains throughout the parks.

Further security plans will be released throughout April as they gear up for a Disney Summer!

So Many Cool Adventures Coming Your Way at Disney

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I am so excited to hear the new adventures coming your way at the Disney Parks and Resorts. Not only will we be getting a Star Wars Land in Florida, but also one in California. Bringing Star Wars to life will be a huge expansion for the Disney and Star Wars partnership.

Coming next year will be an all new Sorin’ Over The World. This magical journey will add to the Sorin’ Over California adventure in both parks.

Toy Story Land will be making a big expansion to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With the current expansion of Toy Story Mania opening later this year, we can expect lots of cool adventures to come, including an Andy sized room where you are made to feel like a toy.

Disney will continue to integrate the Marvel brand into the parks as they are working on an Iron Man ride.

Of course, lets not forget the coming Avatar Land opening in the coming years. This high tech adventure will make you feel like you are on Pandora.

Indiana Jones and Idol Out, Star Wars In… Big Changes Happening at Hollywood Studios

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Big rumors are spreading like wildfire around about the possibilities of a new Star Wars Land coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With the recent announcement by Disney stating that the American Idol Experience will be closing in January 2015, combined with the rumor from Disneyatwork.com that the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular will be closing around the same time.

At statement form the Walt Disney World Company:

“After more than five successful years, The American Idol Experience will be coming to a close at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in January 2015. Our partnership with FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment has been a great addition to the park and we are very appreciative of the amazing cast and guests who have devoted their time and talent to make this experience special and memorable. We are incredibly proud of the more than 2,000 Dream Tickets that have given guests a chance to live their very own Cinderella story and audition for ‘American Idol’. This past season alone, three of the Top 13 contestants were originally discovered through The American Idol Experience and we expect the attraction to continue providing top contestants for ‘American Idol’ XIV in the coming year.”

According to Disneyatwork:

“My sources also suggest that Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is also slated to close at the end of the year. All of this is happening to make way for the major Star Wars additions coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It will surround that end of the Echo Lake corner of the park, and supposedly extend further out as well, though in what direction(s) is uncertain. What is coming in remains to be formally announced, as the attraction is also being tied to a very anticipated follow-up series starting in 2015.”

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A Star Wars Land would bring an extra exciting element to the already popular Star Wars Weekends and the new Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend put on by runDisney.

There have also been rumors suggesting WDW will be putting Cars Land in Hollywood studios. This is rumored to be slated to replace the Back Lot Tour and Honey I Shrunk the Kids play area.

What will happen when it all plays out remains to be seen, but this is exciting news as Hollywood Studios is due for some major change as much of the facility is dated.

Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine At Hollywood & Vine 2014

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Join Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Goofy, Stormtrooper Donald and Ewok Chip and Dale for a Star Wars dinner you will never forget. This all you can eat buffet features Star Wars themed food like Skywalker Ranch Chicken and Princess Leia’s Penne Pasta.

Upon entering you will be greeted by Ewok Chip and Dale for a great photo op, but remember not to let the chipmunks get a hold of your Light Sabers or they will do what chipmunks do, PLAY!

After your photo, you will be greeted by a friendly Cast Member who will show you to your table and give you your Light Sabers for use later.

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These double sided papers roll up to be a Light Saber which you will use to support the Dark Side (Darth Goofy and Stormtrooper Donald) or the Light Side ( Jedi Mickey and Princess Leia Minnie) later in the dinner by choosing either Blue (Light Side) or Red (Dark Side).

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After sitting down at the table, your server will offer up some of the finest drinks available throughout the world, i.e. Coke products, coffee, tea, milk or juice. Then it’s time to hit the all you can eat buffet.

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This is probably one of my favorite character dines on property. The food was excellent. We especially enjoyed the Skywalker Ranch Chicken and the Meatballs.

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While the food on the buffet was excellent, we were a bit disappointed in the desserts.

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While they look very good, they didn’t quite live up to looks. But the good thing was that we could head back to the buffet for more of the excellent cuisine.

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Overall I would have to say that it was a fun experience, especially if you are a Star Wars and a Disney Fan.

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This is a great way to see these characters since when they do happen to be out in the park, the lines are very long.

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The Nuts and Bolts – This dining package, while expensive at $55.99 for adults and $39.99 for children 3-9, where else in the park are you going to be able to grab photos with all of these characters without standing in the hot sun. Tables In Wonderland discounts do not apply, but I read that the Disney Visa discount does with possibly some blackout dates in the future.

You cannot reserve tables for this meal through your My Disney Experience, you must call the dining line at (407) WDW-DINE. When you make the reservation, you must give your credit card, which will be charged the full price if you do not show.

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Now for the grand finally, as an added option to your dining package you can add on priority seating to Fantasia. If you are planning on seeing Fantasia one of the Star Wars Weekends, I highly recommend you choose this option. If not, you will be standing to watch as they rope off about 2/3’s of the seating for dining package, then half of the rest for normal FastPass and the balance is open seating.

 

Dine Like A Jedi During 2014 Star Wars Weekends.

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Dine like a Jedi during 2014 Star Wars Weekends.

Starting May 4th you can dine like a Jedi during 2014 Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, two new character meal experiences will be available through Star Wars Weekends. Booking begins, March 26th for the dinner at Hollywood and Vine and breakfast at Sci-Fi Dine In.

The Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine dinner will feature Disney characters in Star Wars costumes like Ewok Chip & Dale, Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Goofy and Stormtrooper Donald. Dates run from May 4 – June 15 on weekends. Seatings for dinner start at 4:15pm and go until either 8, 8:30, 9 or 9:30 to correspond with park close. Guests are able to do this experience as a Fantasmic dinner package for adults $59.99/kids $36.99 or just as the meal for $55.99/$33.99. The meals include a digital download of a photograph with Chip and Dale.

Star Wars Galactic Dine-In Breakfast will offer reservations from 8am until noon and is $47.99 for adults and $29.99 for kids. This also includes a digital photo of the party on a commemorative photopass card. Characters for breakfast include Stormtroopers, Jawa, Greedo, Boba Fett and Darth Vader. Instead of the normal sci fi movie clips, the big screen will feature trailers, clips and music from Star Wars.

To make an advance dining reservation for these Star Wars Weekends, you can call (407) 939-5277 from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM Eastern Time. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call. You will need to have a credit card to make your reservation.

Mark Hamill To Appear At Star Wars Weekend In 2014

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Coming to a Disney Hollywood Studios Star Wars Weekend 2014 near you, Mark Hamill to appear he is…

Yes, you heard that right Star Wars fans, for the first time ever Mark Hamill will be appearing at the 2014 Star Wars Weekend. Hamill will be appearing as a celebrity guest for weekend IV, June 6-8, 2014. The actor who played Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars Trilogy will be featured in the afternoon “Legends of the Force” motorcade as well as a featured talk show. This is sure to be a very popular Star Wars Weekend, so we suggest you arrive early and plan for plenty of waiting around.

This appearance for Hamill comes on the heels of his role in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII. Reprising his role as Luke Skywalker, Hamill’s appearance at Star Wars Weekend is sure be be a great cross promotion by Disney.

2014 Star Wars Weekends Schedule

Weekend I: May 16 – 18, 2014
Weekend II: May 23 – 25, 2014
Weekend III: May 30 – June 1, 2014
Weekend IV: June 6 – 8, 2014
Weekend V: June 13 – 15, 2014

This year James Arnold Taylor will return as the official celebrity host. Taylor, who voiced many of the characters throughout the film series, first hosted Star Wars Weekend in 2011 and has hosted the event ever since.

Look for plenty of Star Wars related activities like trivia contests, prize giveaways, Star Wars dance parties and Star Tours “ride-a-thons” to bring the park to life.