Take a look at the wild side of Disney with the Wild Africa Trek tour in Animal Kingdom.
Take a look at the wild side of Disney with the Wild Africa Trek tour in Animal Kingdom.
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According to an inside source, here is the schedule for the taping of the Christmas parade.
We have visited the park during the taping. Last year we watched the taping of Lady Antebellum. It’s a LONG process. Just to tape one song it took over an hour (and then we left). we have also watched the parade being taped, it is also a long process because they will back the parade up and retake again and again. We have also watched the little segments they take with the hosts around the parks.
Its fun to do once or twice!
As the presenting sponsor for the marquis culinary event, Chase will offer debit and credit cardholders, including Disney Visa® Cardmembers, exclusive access to the Chase Lounge at the Festival. The lounge, which will be located on the third floor of the American Adventure Pavilion within the Epcot World Showcase, offers an inviting space to relax, enjoy complimentary beverages, electronic charging stations, and other amenities exclusively for Chase customers. The lounge will be open daily during the Festival from 11 a.m. to park close.
“We greatly value our 10-year relationship with Disney, which is why we’re thrilled to be the presenting sponsor of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival again this year,” said Robert Belan, general manager, Chase. “The festival is one of the most renowned events at Walt Disney World and attracts Chase customers from across the country and visitors from around the globe. The lounge for cardholders is ideally located within the heart of the festival and gives us the ability to create a truly unique and special experience for all Chase cardholders attending the event.”
The sponsorship of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival extends Chase’s relationship with Disney that began more than 10 years ago with the introduction of the Disney Rewards® Visa® Card. Last year, Chase launched the Disney Visa® Debit Card and also the Disney Premier Visa® Card, which offers Premier cardholders the ability to earn 2% in Disney Dream Reward Dollars for card purchases at gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants and most Disney locations, such as Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line® and Disney Store. I know a couple folks who fund most of their vacation this way.
New information on new Disability Access Card (Formerly the GAC Guest Assistance Card)
Last day of Guest Assistance Card (GAC) program is Oct 8.
First day of Disability Access Service (DAS) program is Oct 9.
Years in the making, but was expedited with the publicity in May.
Disney worked closely with AustimSpeaks, park leaders from both coasts, and other disability advocacy groups.
Sole purpose is the create a consistent similar experience for all guests including making sure guests with disabilities had a much more extreme chance of doing EVERYTHING in the park when the average can hardly do it.
Disability Access Card
Photo of DAS cardholder will be on the front along with name, date, location issued, and # of guests in the party.
Guest must also sign a terms and conditions on the DAS card that says they understand how it works, that they won’t abuse it, use it for commercial gain, or give it to someone else. If they breach this contract, they can have it revoked.
DAS cards can only be issued for up to a 7 day period or until the return time slots are filled up, including for pass holders.
On the back are lots of return time slots, gone are the different stamps.
Card will be paper and slightly larger than existing GAC card.
Make-a-Wish and Give Kids the World guests will not use DAS. They will have a separate lanyard issues prior to their visit that will allow expedited waits. Nothing changes for these folks on how they access the attractions, only what they will use.
Guests with a stroller being used a wheelchair sticker will not need a DAS unless they have other needs that warrant it. Attraction based procedures will used to accommodate these guests.
Guests needing Front Row Seating will not need a DAS. Attraction based procedures and accommodation will be used.
Guests who only have mobility issues will not need DAS. Attraction based procedures and accommodation will be used.
The card also has a QR code making it easy for Guest Relations to reprint new ones with the information ready to go if needed.
Guest limit is still only 6.
How to get a DAS card
After getting a DAS card, guests will approach the attraction they wish to visit. Each attraction will have a cast member at the entrance to assist you. (Not a kiosk.)
If the wait is less than 10 minutes, they are admitted through an alternate entrance or Fastpass queue.
If the wait is more than 10 minutes, they are issued a return time on their DAS card.
Return times will be based on the current posted wait time minus 10 minutes.
Only 1 (one) active return time can be written on a DAS card placing you in a virtual standby queue. Just like a regular guest in a standby queue, you can’t be in multiple lines at once.
The DAS card holder (photo and name) does not need to be present to receive a return time which allows families with children with autism a chance to stay clear of the attraction while a member gets the return time to avoid potential meltdowns by not getting to ride right away.
Once the return time has arrived, you will arrive to the attractions alternate entrance or Fastpass line to redeem.
Once a return time has been redeemed it is crossed off and no longer active allowing you get a new return time.
Crossing off a return time also voids or cancels it to the equivalent of getting out of line.
Fastpass & Fastpass+ are not tied to this program and can be used in conjunction.
DAS Return Times have the same policy as a Fastpass when it comes to early arrivals, but they do not expire at a certain time of that day allowing those with special needs to not be restricted to returning back by a specific time if it doesn’t work for them. The catch however is that it will still remain active and additional return times can’t be gotten until it is used.
The DAS card holder (photo and name) must be present and experiencing the attraction in order to use the return time. If the person isn’t present or choose to sit out and let their family ride, they will be turned away and potentially have their card revoked. After all, the card is design to assist the card holder and a few other companions or family members, but it is not designed solely assist the family or companions when the card holder chooses not to or can’t ride.
If an attraction is broken, they can’t give you a return time. If you return and it’s broken, they will accommodate you by giving you a Fastpass to come back later and clearing your DAS return time to allow you to get another.
If all your return slots get filled, you have to return to Guest Relations for a new one. (There are a bunch however.)
Attractions that are not fully accessible through the standby queue may also have return cards. These are only for guests with wheelchairs, scooters, & strollers acting as wheelchairs who do not have a DAS card. Space Mountain is an example of a place that already does this, but additional attractions will soon be getting a similar procedure. The return times for these are just like DAS, but because they are attraction specific cards verses a global DAS card, you are able to grab multiple at once if you visit attractions that require it.
Villains Dance Party was on Friday 9/13/2013.
We love Disney and usually they get it right the first time but not this time.
The biggest problem was the park was at capacity pretty early in the evening. People were dispersed around the park so it was tolerable. Well that changed at 10PM when they roped off many parts of the park. You were limited to the area under the Sorcerers Hat down Sunset Blvd and Hollywood Blvd to the entrance. When I say limited I mean if you were able to find a space, you stood there; shoulder to shoulder with the sweaty masses.
Hades Dance Party was fun and the band (Mulch, Sweat and Tears) was energetic and lots of fun. The Jumbotron screens made viewing the band much like a concert. The villains were great posing for pictures if you waited 2+ hours to see one. The villains included: The Evil Queen, Shan-Yu, Bowler Hat Guy, Maleficent, Oogie Boogie, and Jafar.
In honor of the event there were tents set up near the Sorcerer’s Hat serving villainous beverages. These drinks included the Sultan’s Spell, Queen’s Demise, and the non-alcoholic Little Monster. The Sultan’s Spell, which was made of Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry vodka, BOLS blackberry brandy, Monin raspberry syrup, cranberry juice, and Sprite. The $11.75 drink included a Glow Cube.
The wristbands to purchase a t-shirt were all accounted for by noon. When they went back at 6PM to purchase the shirts the line snaked down and around Sunset Blvd. People waited for up to 2 hours to purchase a shirt.
In my eyes, Disney dropped the ball on this event. I thought it would be set up similar to Mickeys’ Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party; with events happening around the park to disperse the crowds. Maybe a parade down Hollywood Blvd so everyone could see the villains would have worked better.
The event was well attended and Disney had enough staff on hand. Hopefully taking notes for next time! I think that since this party was such a success, next year we will see it again as a ticketed event. And hopefully some changes will be made to open up the entire park.
All in all it wasn’t a totally bad night, it was fun but just way too crowded. The characters were great and the band was awesome. I thought Disney would have had the event better managed, from the start it seemed like they lost control.
Food Trucks are coming to Downtown Disney! Even better? They’re rolling in faster than you might expect, with the first truck expected later this fall.
Downtown Disney Area Manager for Food & Beverage, Matt Fisher, has been working closely with Walt Disney World Food & Beverage partners on the concept. There will be four trucks, each themed to portray the essence of a different Disney Park.
Here’s what’s in the works: “Enchanted Fare” will serve favorites from Disney Parks around the world; think Croque Monsieur from Magic Kingdom Park, Glass Noodle Salad from Hong Kong Disneyland and Hand-Dipped Corn Dogs from Disneyland park.
“The World Showcase of Flavors” is expected to feature items from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival such as Grass-Fed Beef Sliders, Pierogies with Kielbasa and Lobster Rolls. Yum!
“Superstar Catering” will shine the spotlight on a wide array of meatball options fit for a Hollywood set; the Lamb Meatball Flatbread with Tzatziki sounds especially credit-worthy.
“Namaste Café” plans to feature a nice mix of spices with dishes including Butter Chicken, Slow-Cooked Beef Short Ribs and Tandori Spiced Shrimp.
Stay tuned for updates!
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