3 Generations of Fun at Walt Disney World #DisneySMMC
My family and I recently visited Walt Disney World Resort and sailed on the Disney Dream as part of Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. As an invited participant, I paid a fee to attend and received promotional items from sponsors. This fee covered my stay at Walt Disney World Resort, theme park passes, most meals and a sailing on Disney Cruise Line. Although reporting as a Disney Partner, all opinions are my own.
Multi generational family vacations have been a ritual in my family for as long as I can remember. When I was a young child, they included my parents and grandparents. Now they include my children and grandchildren, and quite often my mother too. Four generations sometimes traveling together. Three generations always traveling together. Where do we go? Well, Walt Disney World, of course! Several times a year three or four generations of us head to the most magical place on earth. It was only natural when I received my DisneySMMC invitation that at least 3 generations of us would be going. After all, when it comes to Disney – the more the merrier!
We are a Disney family for sure! It’s almost as if Disney is in our veins!At one my grandson is getting ready for his third trip to Walt Disney World. Walt Disney World is totally different from my youth, totally different than the Walt Disney World I took my kids to. Constantly changing and growing gives the entire family a chance to experience new things together. What other vacation destination can you go to that will entertain you, your children and grandchildren at the same time? There are so many choices at all the parks that we never have any trouble finding age-appropriate activities for everyone.
In typical Disney fashion much was planned for the conference that definitely created excitement and enjoyment for each generation of our family. There were meet and greets for the kids, great food for the adults and most importantly – family time.
Several times a year, when I take on the task of planning our next trip to Walt Disney World I’m sure to include something special for each generation. One of my “must do” attractions will always be a voyage on “it’s a small world,” and fortunately, my granddaughter agrees! As our family has grown, each member has a different “must do” and we make sure to fit everyone’s in on each family trip. For my mom, it’s a trip through the jungle on Jungle Cruise; my kids can’t miss a ride on Expedition Everest; my husband a spin in the “doom buggies” of Haunted Mansion; and, my daughter-in-law won’t leave without taking flight on Soarin’. One “must do” we all always agree on is seeing Tinker Bell fly!
The youngest member of our gang at one year old, discovered Goofy for the first time on this trip. He was so excited – just like a pre-teen fan girl at her first boy band concert!
Having our trip mostly planned for us this time around made things a bit easier, but I can honestly say that planning a multi-generational Walt Disney World trip is pretty easy. Here are some of my tips:
Pre-Planning is an important part of several generations traveling together. Know what each member of the family wants to do and anything special they may have on their wish list this trip. Have at least one family meeting to give everyone a chance to give you their ideas. Know what each family member wants to do. I’m a huge pain in the behind when it comes to making sure everyone gets to do what they want to do at Disney.
Accommodations are important when visiting Walt Disney World with several generations or with a large group. Each little family unit needs their own space. Depending on availability when I book I sometimes end up with 3 rooms (2 connecting and the third right next door). However, ideally I like to have a 2 or 3 bedroom unit with a kitchen so that we can at least have breakfast before heading to the park a few times during our stay.
I try to make at least one reservation per trip for my son and his wife to have dinner alone for a date night. This also gives me the opportunity to have a fun night with my grandchildren! I always include Chef Mickey’s for my grandchildren. We are slowly working our way through each restaurant in Epcot to expose the kids to different varieties and nationalities of food.
Plan a Park Free Day
This gives everyone in the group a chance to go off and do whatever they choose – even if it’s the entire group swimming in the resort pool together!
Split Up/Stay Together
There are times everyone will want to stay together. After all, everyone wants to see the little ones get excited about a parade or a character. There are also times that two of you may want to head to Space Mountain while three others may want to go on the Carousel of Progress. Flexibility is crucial when three or four generations travel together. Just always be sure to set a clear meeting point and time.
Fit in Some Alone Time
Fit in some alone time for individual groups or families. As I said earlier, I try to be sure my son and his wife get to have at least one dinner alone without the kids. This also gives me the chance to spend time alone with my grandchildren. My son and daughter will often go off on their own together to do things they did when they were kids at Disney. When several generations travel together, there is always more than enough babysitters for everyone to get some alone time.
Memory Maker is super important for a multi-generational trip. Everyone wants to be in the picture. No one wants to be left out when they have to be the one taking the photos.
This post was originally published on PlanningTheMagic.netby Krystel. All photos courtesy of Planning the Magic.
A trip to Walt Disney World is a dream come true for most people. The challenge is finding tips and tricks that are going to actually save you money and help you go to Disney on a budget. Luckily, there are many ways to cut corners from the moment you leave your home. The perfect Disney vacation is not out of your reach.
We are going to break this down into 4 categories:
SkyScanner is one of my favorite flight tools and that’s because you can look at prices for flights across an entire month. I use this option when I am unsure of my vacation dates and you should too! That way you can build your vacation around the cheaper dates.
Driving to Disney World
I am fully aware how long and and tiring a drive to Disney can be. I actually have something similar to a diary entry (hehe) on my mostrecent drive to Disney. But it can be significantly cheaper for your family depending on the family size, and time of year. Use the AAA Gas Calculator to estimate gas costs.
Disney’s Magical Express
There’s nothing better than to get off the plane, onto this comfortable and magical bus FOR FREE. As long as you are staying at the WDW Resort, I would click here and make sure to use this awesome, free resource. A cab to Disney can run $60 each way while renting a car can cost hundreds.
Take advantage of Disney’s free transportation. Yea you heard read right. FREE
If you’ve read my story and why PlanningTheMagic exists, you know that JetBlue Getaways saved me. Often, on various sites, you’ll see hotel and flight “packages” that are the same price as getting them individually. JetBlue Getaways is super discounted. Watch the video below and see how it’s done.
Don’t Rent a Car and Use Uber
I have found from all my various trips to Disney that not renting a car is the way to go. When you stay on the Disney property, Disney’s free transportation is your best friend in helping you get around, and did I mention it’s free! And for the moments where you leave the park whether it’s to one of the other local attractions, or grocery shopping -there is always Uber. Uber is a taxi service which is usually less expensive than the other taxi companies. This is a way to save hundreds on your trip. Learn how to use Uber and get a free trip.
Credit Card Points
There might be something better than a free bus ride (Magical Express). A free flight and/or hotel room! If you plan correctly and usePointsToNeverland.com, you will find your way to high valued freebies
Value season, or basically the time when kids are in school, always is the best time to go to Disney. Crowds are smaller, flights are cheaper, and usually Disney has a special/discount going on.
Fee-free Travel Agent
Many don’t know that travel agents are free, and if you get a good one it is so worth it. Travel agents who specialize in Disney will know all of the ins-and-outs. They will know how to get discounts and even adjust your package once it books. Imagine waking up to an email about hundreds of dollars of savings.
Hotel Tonight – Phone App
If you have the flexibility to wait last minute – you can use this cool phone app called Hotel Tonight. You can score last minute, non-Disney hotel rooms for cheap. Included in this are the Disney Springs hotels on Disney property.
Rent DVC Points
If you are considering staying at a Deluxe of Deluxe Villa resort at Disney World, help yourself and save more than 50% by renting DVC points from David’s. Read more here.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Lodge can sleep up to 10 people for $50/night. It is a super good value for bigger families and you get all of the same perks for being at a Disney resort.
Disney Spring’s Resorts Discount
Disney Springs hotels are the perfect compromise to stay on site but not at a Disney hotel. If you decide to go this route make sure to head over to MouseSavers.comand take advantage of their discounted rates.
There’s no doubt an offsite hotel is going to be cheaper. Just not more convenient. Use sites such as Priceline and Orbitz to find a room at the low end of $30/night. Here is a video from my Definitive Guide to Planning a Disney Vacation.
Rent a House
A lot of people don’t ever think of renting a home when going on a Disney vacation but it really can bring you significant savings when traveling with a large group. There are homes that are less than 5 miles from Disney that are less than $100/night and fit 10 individuals. Think of how nice having a private pool would be. For more information, I suggest AllStar Vacation Homes.
Plan Out Your Meals
You really can’t go wrong by doing the research and outlining what your meals at Disney will look like. Not to say that you have to plan every meal out but doing the research will go a long way.
Pack It Up
Bring your own water and snacks to the park to cut out what can become an excessive cost.
Disney’s Famous Free Dining Special
Disney often will have special deals going on but the Free Dining is the most well known. With certain vacation package purchases Disney will throw in free dining of some sort. This special often comes out in April and covers fall dates.
Use this grocery delivery service to get groceries delivered to your hotel for a $14 fee. Use groceries to save on meals all around.
We are huge fans of Amazon. I just recently pre-ordered Harry Potter and The Cursed Child off of Amazon. With Amazon Pantry you can send yourself non-perishable groceries. Your Disney resort will hold your package for you. Shipping is free for Prime Members and also orders over $35.
Grocery Store aka Publix
The most obvious way to get groceries, there is a Publix a few miles from Disney and a mini fridge in every Disney hotel room.
Know your Quick Service Options
Not all food locations at Disney are created equally. Some locations provide better quality or more food than others. Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe is a good example of a great location. Do your research to easily find the right places to eat.
Skip Disney’s Meal Plan
I do a very detailed layout in my eBook about why the dining plan is not for those who are looking to save money or get the most bang for their buck. You want to use groceries for some of your meals, plus discounts for restaurants, etc. The dining plan will take away that flexibility.
Eat Breakfast In Your Room
I do this every trip. It saves me a whole lot of money and a ton of time. I like to get to the parks a few minutes before they officially open, for that reason I’m having breakfast on the go. Granola bars, yogurt, and especially coffee.
Who Doesn’t LOVE Pizza
I look forward to Flipperswhen I head to Disney. You can feed a family of 4 quite cheaply. Please try the breadsticks!
We talked about Quick Service locations not being created equally. Many Disney meals come with sides and extras that make them very shareable. I rarely can finish an entire meal on my own.
Earl of Sandwich
Earl of Sandwich is great! Even people who don’t like sandwiches love this place. Sign up for their newsletter for coupons to use at their Disney Springs location!
A La Carte
Disney meals come with a few sides you might not like so it’s important that you are aware of the ability to order an entree “a la carte” to avoid wasting money.
Saving on Theme Park Tickets, Free Things to do, and More!
This is so important that I have an entire post written up on it. Souvenirs can really burn a hole in your pocket while you are at Disney World. If you pre-buy and surprise your kids with a few a day, you will save a ton of money!
This site allows you to purchase discounted gift cards from multiple retailers. I’ve used them myself without issue. There are gift cards offered for gas, restaurants, Disney, etc. You can get gift cards for 5-12% off here.
Free Disney Gift Cards
Asking for Disney gift cards on Holidays like Christmas or on your birthday is a great way to save money! The gift cards can be used for just about anything, whether it’s for paying off your Disney package, park tickets, meals, or buying fun souvenirs at the park! The possibilities are endless with Disney gift cards.
WDW ticket discounts are so hard to come by but Undercover Tourist is an authorized dealer that will save you the most money possible. Expect to save as much as $40/ticket.
AAA members get discounts on Disney hotels and tickets. With the basic membership being anywhere between $53-$65 it can definitely be worth it.
One of my favorite things to do on a day where I am not visiting any parks, or have some down time is to visit the Disney Boardwalk located at Disney’s Boardwalk Villas. There’s so much to do here from the different restaurants, ice cream parlors, arcades, and of course fun magic tricks! It’s a great place to take the kids for free or for a nice walk down the boardwalk and watching the amazing shows, and not to forget the delicious funnel cake!
Free Picture Memories
Believe it or not, any Disney photographer will take your photo for free with your own camera.
Disney Vacation Savings Account
There’s nothing more rewarding than to see your savings add up. Set aside an account for your Disney vacation to motivate yourself and keep on track. I use an online savings account called Ally Bank. Watch the video to see more information and how to set it up.
Loose Change Jar
I remember back in 2009ish, I had a 1991 Acura Legend that needed some type of repair. I took my change jar and got $90 out of it! I was a happy teenager! Do the same thing for your Disney vacation and see how fast your change adds up.
Rain, Rain, Go Away
Ponchos are sold at stores like Walmart, Target, and Amazon for about $1.50/each. At Disney they’re about $10/each.
I actually just got started with Swagbucks. Basically this site allows you to take surveys, watch videos and more to earn Swagbucks that you can convert to giftcards. I read an article on a woman who paid for 95% of her $3500 Disney vacation with Swagbuck’s gift cards. I’d love to just pay for Christmas gifts with this.
Chip And Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long
Join Chip and Dale for a nighttime celebration around the fire. Roast s’mores with your own supplies which will make this activity free!
Know Your Ticket Options
The worse thing you can do is over-buy park days or add on options you don’t need. Do research, go to Chapter 3 of my planning guide for all of the information you need.
One Park a Day Keeps the Debt Away
If you’ve never been to Disney World before then it can get a little bit overwhelming to plan your agenda for your trip. I think a good place to start, that’s going to save you a ton of time and money, is to commit to one park a day. Here’s a chart I created that’s part of my guide to planning a Disney vacation. As you can see you can easily dedicate a full day ormore to any given theme park.
Buy Disney Apparel Elsewhere
You’ll see most of the people at Disney with the cutest shirts. Disney shirts. Bring yours with you to avoid the high costs at the park. Buy these at Walmart or Target.
Disney Visa Credit Card by Chase
With Disney’s reward dollars and 0% promotional APR for 6 months on certain vacation purchases, this might be the right route for you.
Resort hopping is so much fun and FREE. This never gets old for me. Head to the Polynesian for dinner or Port Orleans Riverside for some beignets.
Pin trading is an awesome Disney tradition. I mostly collect my pins. There are really nice pins you can get under $10.
Pin’s off Amazon
We talked about pin trading and how some are collectible but some are great for trading! Amazon and eBay allow you to buy them in bulk for cheap! Perfect way to start your collection and get your kids going.
“One of my favorite souvenirs to collect is the pressed pennies! They have them located everywhere throughout Disney along with the penny collector book with slots to save all your pressed pennies. What better way to remember all my favorite parks, and favorite rides, not to mention such an awesome collection starter!” -Lisa
I can completely understand how strollers can be a nuisance at Disney. Especially since you have to close them on all Disney transportation (except the monorail), but bringing your own stroller is free. Renting a stroller costs $15/day at Disney. That’s over $100 for 7 days.
Plan Plan Plan
Plan your days at Disney as much as possible to make sure you are self-providing as much as you can (vs buying). This will also give you the ability to find ways to cut your costs.
Birnbaum’s Disney Guide Book
You can usually get the official Disney World guide for $15. The savings/budget part comes in with coupons that are in the back of the book.
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My name is Krystel, and I am here to share the joy Disney gives me. If you want to learn more about planning the perfect Walt Disney World Vacation visit Planning The Magic. I’ve spent a lot of time creating the perfect Disney On A Budget eBook because I really want everyone to have a magical vacation within reach.
Action! Recap of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Presentation from D23 Expo 2015
This past weekend at the D23 EXPO in Anaheim, CA, numerous talent and filmmakers from Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios introduced fans to array of new stories and characters—from a lost dinosaur to a master wayfinder, a scheming fox to a forgetful fish. The audience of 7,500 was treated to sneak peeks, musical performances and appearances from stars like Ellen DeGeneres, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dwayne Johnson, Randy Newman and Ty Burrell, among others.
John Lasseter, chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, led the presentations, calling on a host of filmmakers from both studios to introduce the upcoming slate of films. “We really have an unbelievable range of movies in production at our studios right now,” said Lasseter. “The stories are dynamic, fresh and so much fun; the characters new and old are so appealing. I’m excited to share some of our long-held secrets for the first time at the D23 EXPO.”
Below are the films presented on behalf of both studios.
THE GOOD DINOSAUR (#GoodDino)
Anticipation for Disney·Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR was amplified when Director Peter Sohn and Producer Denise Ream shared breathtaking sequences with fans, including never-before-seen footage of a trio of T-Rexes in action. A TRIO OF T-REXES — An Apatosaurus named Arlo must face his fears—and three impressive T-Rexes—in Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur.” Featuring the voices of AJ Buckley, Anna Paquin and Sam Elliott as the T-Rexes.
In theaters on November 25, 2015, the film introduces audiences to Arlo, a sheltered Apatosaurus who finds himself far from home, and Spot, Arlo’s unlikely human friend. “Arlo and Spot journey through a world that has been greatly inspired by the American Northwest,” said Sohn. “It is epic in scope, soul-enriching and simultaneously beautiful and treacherous. In this world, we meet up with a very special family of T-Rexes, who help Arlo find a way through his personal fears and ultimately teach Arlo what he’s truly made of.”
International superstar Shakira is lending her Grammy®-winning voice to Gazelle, the biggest pop star in ZOOTOPIA, D23 EXPO fans learned via a taped message from Shakiratoday. Ginnifer Goodwin (ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” “Something Borrowed,” “Walk the Line”), the voice of the film’s rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps, saluted fans alongsideDirectorsByron Howard (“Tangled”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph”), and Producer Clark Spencer (“Wreck-It Ralph”). Hilarious new scenes from the film were unveiled, plus a tease of the all-new original song, “Try Everything,” written by singer-songwriter Sia and songwriting duo Stargate, and performed by Shakira.
Said Howard, “For the role of Gazelle, Zootopia’s most beloved superstar, there was only one person on our wish list: Shakira. Luckily for us, she said yes. Her immense talent and charm bring Gazelle and her song, ‘Try Everything,’ to life.”
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ ZOOTOPIA opens nationwide March 4, 2016.
FINDING DORY (#FindingDory)
DO I KNOW YOU? — In Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres), encounters an array of new—and old—acquaintances, including a cantankerous octopus named Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill). Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), co-directed by Angus MacLane and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), “Finding Dory” swims into theaters June 17, 2016.
Ellen DeGeneres (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”), the voice of everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, took a dip with D23 EXPO attendees this afternoon, celebrating Disney·Pixar’s upcoming film FINDING DORY. Joining DeGeneres on stage this afternoon were Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”), who lends his voice to Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”), the voice of Bailey, a misguided beluga whale; and Kaitlin Olson (“Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), who voices Destiny, a kind-hearted whale shark. Oscar®-winning Director Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”), co-director Angus MacLane and Producer Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”) offered details about the all-new story, which reunites Dory with friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?
Said Stanton, “In FINDING DORY, we can expect to address the one emotionally open-ended issue that remained from the first movie: Where is Dory’s family, and will this overly-optimistic fish with short-term memory loss ever be able to find them again? Her issue has also given us the opportunity to travel to very different locations, on land and sea, and meet a variety of new sea creatures that expand the world of Nemo, Marlin and Dory.”
Also featuring the voices of Albert Brooks, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton, Disney·Pixar’s FINDING DORY swims into theaters June 17, 2016
Dwayne Johnson (“San Andreas,” “Furious 7,” HBO’s “Ballers”), who lends his voice to the mighty demi-god Maui in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ MOANA, hit the stage at D23 EXPO this afternoon. Renowned Directors John Musker and Ron Clements (“The Little Mermaid,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Aladdin”), and Producer Osnat Shurer(Oscar®-nominated Pixar shorts “One Man Band,” “Boundin’”) shared dazzling early test footage and revealed plans for the film’s inspired music and the extraordinary team behind it. Tony®-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Broadway’s hottest new hit “Hamilton,” Tony-winning “In the Heights”), Grammy®-winning composer Mark Mancina (“Speed”, “Tarzan” “The Lion King”) and Opetaia Foa’i (founder and lead singer of the world music award-winning band Te Vaka) blend their diverse and dynamic talents to help tell the tale of a spirited teenager who sets out to prove herself a master wayfinder. “Moana” introduces a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. She meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage. Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters onNov. 23, 2016.
“Our research took us deep into the South Pacific,” said Clements. “The wonderful people we met there, their rich history and traditions, and their fantastic music changed us forever.”
“We can’t wait to bring those experiences to MOANA,” added Musker. “We are incredibly lucky to be able to work with three amazing artists who are the absolute best at what they do. The sounds they create will be something we’ve never heard before—but it’ll feel like it’s been part of this world forever.”
Foa’i and his band Te Vaka capped the presentation with a show-stopping performance illustrating the magic of the movie’s music. MOANA sails into U.S. theaters on November 23, 2016.
TOY STORY 4 / TOY STORY 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION (#ToyStory4)
Pixar Animation Studios marks the 20th Anniversary of TOY STORY this year. Said Lasseter, “All the characters from ‘Toy Story’—especially Woody and Buzz—are so close to us. They seem more like family members than just creations. Not only do we dearly love the characters, but we also love the world of ‘Toy Story’—the world where toys come to life when people are not in the room has always been rich with many story possibilities.”
Lasseter, who’s one of Pixar’s three founders, celebrated 20 years since TOY STORY transformed the animation industry and the art of storytelling. He welcomed to the stage iconic two-time Oscar®-winning songwriter and longtime Pixar collaborator Randy Newman, whose Pixar credits include “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars.”
Also joining in the celebration were TOY STORY 4 co-director Josh Cooley (“Cars 2,” “Ratatouille”) and Producer Galyn Susman (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”). Screenwriters Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (“Celeste & Jesse Forever”) joined Buzz, Woody and Bo Peep for the celebration. “I’m very proud of our films,” said Lasseter. “When we made the first three TOY STORY films, we didn’t realize what we had done was to change the genre of each of the films’ story. For TOY STORY 4, we are doing a type of story we have not done before: a love story. It’s a story about a relationship between Woody and Bo Peep. “
TOY STORY 4, which will be directed by Lasseter and produced by Susman, is slated for release on June 16, 2017.
Things are looking up at Walt Disney Animation Studios – way up. GIGANTIC, Disney’s unique take on “Jack and the Beanstalk,” will feature music from Oscar®-winningsongwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who greeted D23 EXPO fans in signature style—in song—alongside Director Nathan Greno (“Tangled”) andProducer Dorothy McKim (“Get A Horse!”).
“I always wanted to be part of the Disney legacy,” said Greno. “I loved those classic stories brought to life—‘Snow White’ or ‘Cinderella’—in a way that made those films the definitive version for generations. I want to carry on that tradition by bringing ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ to modern audiences. We’re taking parts of the story we all remember and adding twists and turns, emotion and humor.”
Set in Spain during the Age of Exploration, Disney’s GIGANTIC follows adventure-seeker Jack as he discovers a world of giants hidden within the clouds. He hatches a grand plan with Inma, a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl, and agrees to help her find her way home. But he doesn’t account for her super-sized personality—and who knew giants were so down to earth? GIGANTIC hits theaters in 2018.
Director Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) and Producer Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”) revealed the title of their upcoming film: Disney·Pixar’s COCO is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion.
“As artists and filmmakers, we couldn’t help but be drawn to the striking visuals of Dia de los Muertos,” said Unkrich and Anderson. “But it was the celebration’s core themes of family, remembrance and connection across generations that resonated within and truly inspired us. Dia de los Muertos is as singular as the Mexican culture, while at the same time completely universal in its message.
“In our story,” they continued, “the celebration of Dia de los Muertos serves as the perfect backdrop for our main character to ask where he comes from, what his place is within his family, and how families stay woven together across time through the simple act of remembrance.”
The animated films from Pixar and Disney Animation Studios are always my favorites and I can’t wait for this group to get going!
Rockin’ Burger Block Party – New This Year to Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
This year the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is celebrating 20 years! Wow! I can’t believe it has been 20 years since the very first event. To celebration, Disney is really adding to the Food & Wine experience with some special events, guest chefs and special dining experiences. Here’s one of the new experiences being offered – Rockin’ Burger Block Party:
Dine on a mouthwatering menu full of incredible burgers and party to some of the best music of the century! Dance the night away and enjoy specialty sliders created by Disney Chefs. The burgers and beverages are inspired by recording artists who have left their mark on the world of potables. And while you enjoy these scrumptious treats, a DJ spins their best tracks. Find “your” burger, “your” drink, “your” music, and then vote on your favorite burger of the night! All of this in a dazzling setting created just for you at the Rockin’ Burger Block Party during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
Rockin’ Burger Block Party World ShowPlace Events Pavilion September 25, October 8 and November 6, 2015 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Packages starting at $99 to $199 per Guest
Plus tax; gratuity included. Admission to Epcot is required and not included in event price. Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older. Events are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
Choose reserved seating or a VIP Nosh Pit to make the most of your rockin’ night!
Nosh Pit Seating – Block Party VIP style!
This premium experience includes a private reserved table, entrance in to the World ShowPlace Event Pavilion at 6:45 PM, specialty cocktail toast to start the party, premium bar and more! There is limited availability for Nosh Pit Seating. Check-in at Nosh Pit check-in podium at World ShowPlace Events Pavilion.
Nosh Pit seating: $199 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot admission required.
Rock out at a reserved table on the main floor! This experience includes entrance to the World ShowPlace Events Pavilion at 6:45pm and a specialty cocktail toast to start the party! There is limited availability for reserved seating. Check-in at Nosh Pit check-in podium at World ShowPlace Events Pavilion.
Reserved Seating: $119 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot® admission required.
Rockin’ Burger Block Party
Rock out as you enjoy all of the food, drink and music that the Rockin’ Burger Block Party has to offer! Limited seating is available to sip and dine your way through the night! Check-in at World ShowPlace Events Pavilion.
General Admission: $99 per person, plus tax. Gratuity included. Epcot® admission required.
And on October 8, 2015, for one night only, don’t miss the Emmy-winning talent from the daytime hit The Chewas your block party hosts!
Call (407) 939-3378 to reserve your spot at the Rockin’ Burger Block Party—taking place on select days September 27 through November 15, 2015! Booking opened July 30, 2015. Advanced reservations are highly recommended as these events will fill up quickly. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.
Available Special Events for 2015
French Family Meal Traditions lunches will debut in France on Fridays and Saturdays
A Rockin’ Burger Block Party will take place on select dates
Exploring Wines from 1996 to Now special beverage event
Spotlight on the Dominican Republic highlighting foods and beverages from this island country
“What’s Cookin’ With…” — This special event will replace 2014’s “Sunday Mornings With…” event
I’ll Take Manhattans special beverage event featuring the Manhattan
The Parisian Afternoon: Sandwiches, Macarons, and Bubbles!
Japanese Craft Beer Tasting
Sprinkles Famous Cupcake “ATM” Coming to Downtown Disney – #SprinklesDisney #SprinklesCupcakes
The popular and famous “Sprinkles Cupcakes”, the very first cupcake bakery, announced today they will be coming to Downtown Disney/Disney Springs. Within minutes of posting the above picture on Instagram, a Sprinkles Disney Facebook page and Sprinkles Disney Twitter account appeared with this message:
“We are thrilled to announce that Sprinkles Cupcakes, Cookies, Ice Cream and the Cupcake ATM are coming to Disney Springs in 2016! For updates and sneak peeks, follow us here!”
The Sprinkles Cupcake ATM allows you to P freshly baked cupcakes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will be included in the new Downtown Disney/Disney Springs location.
“Candace Nelson is the founder and pastry chef of Sprinkles Cupcakes, the world’s first cupcake bakery. Started in Beverly Hills in 2005, Candace’s sophisticated take on the classic American cupcake made Sprinkles an overnight bakery sensation. Candace’s cupcakes, made from the best ingredients and baked fresh throughout the day, inspire long lines of devoted fans as well as accolades from the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Blake Lively, Katie Holmes, Ryan Seacrest and Barbra Streisand. In 2012, Sprinkles debuted the world’s first Cupcake ATM and continued its foray into classic American desserts with the launch of Sprinkles Ice Cream. “
You can also tune in to Food Network’s hit show “Cupcake Wars” to watch Sprinkles Founder Candace Nelson judge the country’s top cupcake bakers!
Projected opening is listed as 2016. You can follow Sprinkles Disney on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest news!