D23 WDW Updates

Hello my Disney lovers!

Sorry it has been so long but if you saw my previous post then you will know that I have moved and well, there isn’t much internet available here but whilst I have a little Wifi and time I have decided that I will FINALLY give you the D23 updates.

D23 has now confirmed 10 new projects from now until 2021! It’s going to be a lot to take onboard but its Disney so we all know it will be magical.

Magic Kingdom

Something that I am personally excited about it the Tron themed coaster that is arriving in magic kingdom in 2021! D23 have announced that it will be located in tomorrow land in a space next to space mountain.

Tron is a hugely popular coaster from Shanghai Disneyland and I’m sure it going to be just as popular in Orlando.

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A new theatre full of entertainment is in the planning process current and there is no set date but it has been discussed that it will be based on the iconic Willis Wood theatre in 1920s Kansas City, where Walt lived after he left Marceline and will be situated in what is currently backstage areas between Main Street U.S.A. and Tomorrowland.

Hollywood Studios

Disney have now revealed Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the name of the new Star Wars-themed land. The new 14 acre land will open in 2019, first in Anaheim, and later at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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All the rumours about Great Movie Ride closing down were true and it is gutting but I have faith in Disney and know that this will not disappoint us with the new attraction, Minnie and Mickey’s Railway, which is to take the Great Movie Rides place in the Chinese theatre.

The Great Movie Ride, which will close Aug. 13, 2017. Minnie and Mickey’s railway ride will make extensive use of new screen technology that Disney is calling 2 1/2D, with no 3D glasses required.

“This is one of the boldest…most impossible things I’ve ever worked on in almost 40 years of being an Imagineer. And you know what? That’s what I love about it. Well, that, and Mickey,” Kevin said. “This is not going to be a small attraction, it’s going to be game-changing.”

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Disney have announced that Toy Story land will be opening summer 2018.

You will feel like a real toy with everything towering over you. You will get to explore the world of Andy’s backyard with your favourite Toy Story characters, including Woody and Buzz.

Toy Story Land will feature two new themed attractions. Slinky Dog Dash will be a family coaster attraction and Alien Swirling Saucers will also be a new attraction at Toy Story Land.

Epcot

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A Disney•Pixar’s “Ratatouille”-inspired attraction is coming to the France Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase.

Guests will be able to shrink to Remy’s size and scurry to safety in a dazzling chase across a kitchen with the sights, sounds and smells of Gusteau’s legendary Parisian restaurant.

According to Disney leaders, both attractions will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.

Guardians of the Galaxy

The Universe of Energy had its last day of operation on August 13 2017.  Epcot’s brand new E-ticket attraction will be based on the rockin’ and action-packed world of “Guardians of the Galaxy.” No further details were announced.

China pavilion

To showcase the splendor and majesty of China, an updated film will be added using a next-generation digital camera system to film a brand new, seamless Circle-Vision show for the China pavilion.

Mission: SPACE

In addition to an updated Orange Mission, a brand new Green Mission will take guests on a stunning tour around the Earth, with younger cadets joining the adventure for the very first time. Mission: SPACE will reopen this August.

New Space restaurant

Adjacent to Mission: SPACE, a new table-service restaurant will invite guests to travel high above the Earth for an unforgettable dining experience. The new restaurant will be managed by Patina Restaurant Group and an opening will be announced at a later date.

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Transportation

Disney Skyliner

This new transportation system will give guests a bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort. Disney Skyliner will connect Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios to four resorts – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, as well as the proposed 15th Disney Vacation Club property, Disney Riviera Resort. Opening date for Disney Skyliner will be announced at a later time.

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Minnie Van service

Now available !!! The Minnie Van service is a whimsical, point-to-point transportation service that will help guests get around Walt Disney World Resort in a jiffy. Guests can arrange their own private Disney vehicle right from their smartphone, and a Disney Cast Member will drive them wherever they want to go around Walt Disney World.

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Resorts

Disney Riviera Resort

The proposed 15th Disney Vacation Club property will be located near Epcot with a rooftop restaurant that has unbelievable views of nighttime spectaculars at Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Opening will be announced at a later date.

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Immersive Star Wars-themed hotel

An immersive Star Wars-themed hotel will be the most experiential concept ever. Dedicated entirely to the galaxy of Star Wars, guests will have a one-of-a-kind experience where a luxury resort meets a multi-day adventure in a galaxy far, far away. Opening will be announced at a later date.

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Keep checking back for more D23 updates/announcements!

Have a magical day and see ya reel soon!

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Walt Disney Wednesdays: 02. WHERE TO STAY?

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Hey Guys! It took a little while but I’m back with part 02 of the Walt Disney Wednesdays and today I want to help you pick the perfect place to stay on Disney property.

So you have chosen what time of year suits you best,  but once again depending on how many of you there are and what time of year the prices of property to stay at can fluctuate rather a lot!

Lets start with the pros and cons of staying on site first.

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The biggest benefit of staying on site is that it is convenient. The hotels are all closer to the parks, which in some cases can mean it’s as simple as taking a monorail , bus or boat from the hotel to the park and in some cases you can even walk to the parks!

This allows you to pop back in the middle of your day for a rest and freshen up without feeling guilty that you have missed a chunk of your day. Less time traveling gives you more time in the parks to get things done. It also allows you more sleep at night because there is less traveling in the mornings.

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Another aspect of that convenience is transportation. Guest’s don’t actually need a car to get around Disney World, of course you can if you want to and you will need one outside of Disney World, but if you don’t plan on leaving Walt Disney World grounds then you can save the buck and use the transport provided.  You can pick up Disney’s Magical Express from the airport (MCO only) and it will take you to your hotel, and then Disney transportation once on property to get from their hotel to the parks and other locations on property. All of this transportation is complimentary (or built into the price of their room). It’s very reliable too!

If you do decide to hire a car though the parking at the parks will be free for you (normally $20 PER DAY!)

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Another perk of staying on site is Extra Magic hours! On different days, certain parks at Walt Disney World open early or stay open late for Walt Disney World resort hotel guests only! It’s a great time to get loads done as the parks are a lot quieter. I highly recommend using the extra magic hours they are just so efficient! You can find the extra magic hours on the My Disney Experience.

The Disney dining plan is a pro on some levels. The Disney dining plan is where you pay in advance for your food. There are different options available for you and you can check those out on My Disney Experience! Right now this isn’t sounding like a pro because you have to pay for it BUT at certain times of the year they offer it to you for FREE!

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Animal Kingdom Lodge

My favourite pro of all though is the Disney theming! Disney know how to do a lot of things but their themeing is out of this world incredible. You can stay in a hotel with all of your favourite characters, or why not stay in the Caribbean? If you like animals then you would love Animal Kingdom Lodge where you can look out over the savannah from your balcony! You are immersed in the Disney bubble and it is the most incredible feeling!

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Walt Disney Wednesdays: 01. WHEN’S THE BEST TIME TO GO TO WDW?

Hello guys! This is a new series that I am starting where I will give you tips and tricks on planning your WDW trip.

So, you know that you want to go to WDW so now you need to pick what time of year is best for you. The same as most vacations depending on the time of year you go depends on the cost of the trip. You need to keep this in mind when booking.

I always go at the beginning of May because it suits me best. I will explain why its best for me and then I will go through a few more options.

Right, I don’t have any children and there are no small children in my family so we don’t need to worry about going in the school holidays, which is wonderful for us because it can get very busy. I have only been with my entire family once and we stayed off site so in consideration to a family having to book a resort in May I’m not sure how busy of the prices but I’m pretty sure that it will be a big saving compared to the peek months.

Other than the one trip that I went on with my family the party consists of 2.  Me and my Boyfriend or myself and my best friend. So other than price and low crowds why else do we pick May. Well, it is right before hurricane season which usually runs from June through to November. You may still get the odd shower but its never anything too bad and everything drys off in minutes.

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Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot! I had never been to Epcot, it had never interested me but going May this year (2016) I was blown away! The topiaries are so beautiful and the whole park is incredibly colourful and perfect for spring. The festival also offers more food a drink options from pop up kiosks in each pavilion where you can try smaller portions of delicious traditional food.

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So other times to go are around Valentines where they have a few more princes around the parks. Halloween because Disney know how to do Halloween, you also get to meet the villains at Mickeys not so scary Halloween party (which is an extra ticket)! Finally , Christmas time, the park is magical as it is but with all the Christmas decorations up it is out of this world!

If you can afford to go in the autumn months then i would advise going last week of October and to the first week of November because you get to see the Halloween decorations and the Christmas ones. They also have Food and Wine Festival at Epcot from end of August to mid November.

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Regardless of when you pick to go, always look on their website for deals! Disney ALWAYS have great deals on, from free memory maker, free dining plans and 14 days for 7. If you can’t find it on their site try typing in Walt Disney World offers on google or call them on 0800 169 0749 and just ask.

Hope this helps and I will see you next week for which hotel to stay at!

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Never Mind the Ballistics

YES YES YES! I finally got my hands on a Never Mind the Ballistics so I can review it for you. I did have one from launch day but it got wet in the bag and it was a horror scene.

It is shaped like your typical bath bomb but there is nothing typical about it! It does remind me a bit of Roller which was in the LUSH Kitchen but I’m pretty sure that there’s not been anything like this in stores. It has an organic fair trade cocoa butter topping that covers half the bath bomb and melts in the warm water leaving you with moisturised and nourished skin. Which is what we all need this cold season!

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This is part of the Christmas range but like a lot of the other products released this year, it’s not very festive but honestly it’s so amazing that it doesn’t really matter. The pink and orange colour combination seens perfect for summer to me and the scent of lime and sweet wild orange oils are more fresh and zesty than festive. It also contains bananas, if I recall I’m pretty sure that the demonstrator in LUSH said that each one has 1 WHOLE banana in, which also softens the water and your skin.

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It is a very slow fizzer but I think that is down to half of it being oil based. The main colour of the water is yellow but when you get to the centre there are streams of pink that dance around the bath.

Over all I’m don’t think that this should be a Christmas product but I do love it. I think it would be perfect in the summer months. I relate warm hearty scents with Christmas and this is just a little too fresh.

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Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Lime Oil, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Olibanum Resinoid, Fresh Banana, Cream of Tartar, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Propylene Glycol,l PEG-6 Caprylic / Capric Glycerides & PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, *Limonene, Perfume, Colour 19140:1, Colour 19140, Colour 45410, Colour 15510, Colour 14700, Colour 17200.

Price: £4.25 each

Rating: ★★★★ (if it was released in summer it would get 5 ★)

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All about Disney ADR’s

If you’re a Disney fan or visit Disney World often then you probably don’t really need to know this. To be honest I learnt all of this from my first trip without adult’s (I was the adult). If you are planning your first trip or just want to know for the plan hell of it then continue reading, and maybe take notes?  So, lets get started!

What is an ADR? ADR stands for Advanced Dining Reservation and at this point you’re probably thinking, ‘well I know how to reserve a table’ but the question is do you know how to book a table at Disney World?

ADR’s are only required for table service, character dining and buffet dining, if its breakfast, lunch or diner. They are NOT require for quick service.

ADR’s are not actually ‘true’ to the reservation times that you select. Yes, you guarantee that you will be seated but it will be at the first table available after you check in at the host point. This can be anything from a couple of minutes up to half an hour, its very rare that it goes past the half hour mark though so don’t worry too much. Disney advise that you arrive about 15 minutes before your reservation time. Don’t try and turn up half an hour before your reservation time to get in dead on your reservation time because it just won’t work.

You don’t always need an ADR but it is highly advised as places get full very quickly and you risk being turned away.

When can you book ADR’s? If you are staying on site you can book all of your ADR’s 180 days in advance of your arrival. SO if you are staying for 14 days you can book all 14 table service reservations 180 days before you arrive. If you are staying off property you can also book 180 days in advance but you will have to do each day at a time.

My advice is to take full advantage of the 180 period because the slots disappear fast! I normally go on the website and have a look at whats about and scroll through the menu’s, then I decided where we will eat and on which day so I know on the 180 days in advance I can get them all done and 99.9% of the time I get everything I want.

Dining ADRs can be made from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m seven days a week

There is no limit on how many reservations you make for one day, well I guess there is because you can only fit a certain amount in a day. You cannot over lap reservations though. Disney allocate you a time slot in which you can’t make another reservation.

I would advise that you do make a plan because it can be annoying when people book 3 reservations for one day and only end up using 1. It stops other people from booking those reservations and it could be a must do on their trip.

How do I book an ADR? You can make reservations by calling 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) or alternatively you can do it the more fun way, the way I do it and that is through the My Disney Experience App. It’s completely free, all you have to do is download the app and make a free account.

Once you have linked your ticked you can go to the reservations section and follow it day by day! This app if fantastic for any Disney Trip I will probably do a post just about My Disney Experience because there is loads to do on it.

You can alter your reservations as much as you like up until the night before assuming that the changes you want to make are still available.

Does this cost any extra? It doesn’t cost anything extra it is all included in your ticket but if you do not turn up for a reservation they will charge you. I think it is $20 a head, I may be wrong on that but I’m pretty sure that is what the cost was.

Oh one last thing! If you don’t get a reservation you wanted do keep checking because someone may cancel one. The best time to look if you didn’t get one on the 180 day mark is the night before you want to go because so many people book 2 or 3 and then cancel the ones they don’t want last minute. So thats a good little tip!

Thanks for reading guys! Feel free to add anything extra that you can think of in the comments below.

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LUSH Northern Lights Review

A new and ‘improved’ northern lights is back this christmas at LUSH. If you remember the  Northern lights from previous then you will remember how every one complained that it the stick shaped bath bomb was broken by the time they had got it home. Well, LUSH has brought it back in a chunkier pill shape bath bomb.

Now I like to be honest in my reviews and there are going to be some things that just aren’t for me. This is one of those things.

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I like the improvement on the size and shape and I really like the colours that it creates. The scent of this is beautiful, with Ylang Ylang oil and the floral hint of Jasmine Absolute really does make it wonderful. Not for long though as the scent disappears very very fast.

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It’s an extremely fast fizzer and it was over in a few seconds. The colours really were beautiful to look at but the pinky/purple colour stained my skin and I struggled to get it off.

I don’t really have a load to say about this bath bomb. I was really hopeful that it would be one of the better christmas ones but for me it just wasn’t.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Linalool, Limonene, Amyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Lilial, Colour 45410, Colour 42090, Colour 59040

Price: £3.95 each.

Rating: ★★

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Where to eat in Disney World…(interactive)

When you read this post I will have 202 days till my Disney World trip!!! OH MY GOODNESS!

When visiting Disney World one of the more amazing things is the FOOD! The Mickey shaped food, dole whip and CRONUTS! I actually think that cronuts are the best thing I have ever eaten in my life but unfortunately you can’t live off of them (as much as id like to).

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So we will need to have proper meals and Disney World offers some incredible restaurants. There really is something for everyone, from character dining, to themed restaurants or for something a little more formal they have load of fine dining experiences to choose from.

If you don’t know already Disney do something called ADR (advanced dining reservations), this allows you to book a table up to 180 before you trip and trust me you will need to book! As you can expect Disney restaurants book up very fast.

I have 22 Days till I can book my reservations and I want your help! It is tradition for us to go to Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom for breakfast on our first day but the rest of our trip we are super indecisive on where to go so I want you to head over to my twitter where there will be a poll every 3/4 days for you to pick the restaurant that we should go to.

Follow me on Twitter @eleana_jane to keep up to date with each poll and the results!

First up this week is the vote for our second table service meal of the trip that will be at Disney Springs.

The choices are:

T-Rex
Raglan Road
Wolfgang puck Grand Cafe
Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming

but remember guys you have to vote on twitter or it won’t count!

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