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Disney’s New Shopping App

Finding and buying Disney merchandise has never been easier, thanks to the introduction of Disney’s new shopping app. The app, offered in the online Apple store and Google Play, allows guests to purchase gifts, accessories, collectibles, clothing, and more, without visiting the parks. It allows users to apply filters to narrow down search results, with everything from soda flavors to paintings available.

While most items can be shipped straight to the purchaser’s home (saving precious luggage space for anyone who travels to Orlando by plane), Disney’s new shopping app also has a feature that allows users to find exactly where their desired piece of merchandise can be bought, sparing guests from spending their vacation time going from shop to shop in search of items that stores may not be carrying.

ORLANDO TOURIST TIP:  Shop Disney Parks app includes an online map you can use to locate specific products in theme parks and resorts. Search for an item you or your child dearly want, and the map will show you exactly where it is! Don’t want to carry a shopping bag around all day? Scan the item’s barcode in the nearest shop, purchase the item through the app and have it sent directly to your home. Soon the app will make it possible to deliver the product to the front of the theme park you are visiting or to your Disney resort hotel.

I like shopping around—How can Disney’s new shopping app help me?

Disney's new shopping appThe Shop Disney Parks app can help users save a lot of time when it comes to interacting with the ever-changing theme-park industry. The Orlando theme park circuit has been revamping their rides and attractions with incredible frequency— especially within the Disney domain. Though these reboots are necessary to making future guest experiences worthwhile, they may cause guests to rethink visiting certain park locations, which can effect everything from shopping excursions to dining plans.

Second guessing where you want to spend your precious time and money is perfectly reasonable. Construction increases traffic to the rides and attractions that remain open; Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been in the spotlight lately for their coming park improvements, with plans for Toy Story Land, a Star Wars themed area, and a Pandora landscape based on the award winning 2009 movie, Avatar, making recent news. Disney Springs (formerly known as Downtown Disney) is also under construction, making the shopping hub more of a headache than a haven when it comes to maneuvering and finding souvenirs easily.

While these Disney updates will surely have people clamoring for tickets in the future, Hollywood Studios likely isn’t topping anyone’s lists of hot Orlando attractions right now, and Disney Springs isn’t currently the easy-access shopping center we’re used to.  Disney’s new shopping app comes to the rescue!

Deciding to cross Disney Springs off the list to avoid the construction-induced chaos, or choosing to save a trip to Epcot for another year is no big deal when you can purchase Disney merchandise straight off of your phone or tablet with only a few easy clicks. And, construction problems aside, this app can still be a lifesaver. Perhaps the stuffed animal your little one has been begging for since Christmas is out of stock everywhere but Epcot, or the t-shirt you were hoping to buy only comes in your size at Animal Kingdom. Disney’s new shopping app offers an alternative to making time for a trip to Disney Springs or settling for something your heart isn’t set on.

As time and money become increasingly valuable, an app that offers people a way to save both can be incredibly helpful. Disney’s new shopping app does just that. Happy shopping!



Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Disney World

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has opened (May 28, 2014) in the Magic Kingdom park. This was one of the final pieces of an extensive puzzle to be put into place within the New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World Orlando.  This Orlando attraction is the centerpiece of Disney’s newest addition and offers an inspiring view when you reach the top of the mountain. It also offers much more.

New Orlando Attraction

The ride itself is unique in many ways. It is the first-of-its-kind coaster system that allows each cart to swing and sway individually. The specially-designed mine cars are created to look like the train in the film – hand-made of wood by the Dwarfs, shaped by an axe, built to haul jewels and rocks from the mine. As with most Disney creations, every detail has been accounted for.

Each train is made with 5 cars which hold 4 guests each. With a height requirement of just 38 inches, this new attraction welcomes younger guests who want to ride a grown-up roller coaster, but need to keep it somewhat calmer (no loops). The ride experience is somewhat different when in the front than the back. The total length of time on the ride is around 2 minutes, but there are plenty of fun things to do while you are waiting in line. You may want to experience this ride over and over again!

The theme park’s Imagineers have out-done themselves on this new ride attraction. While in the mine, you’ll be tempted to focus on all the jewels, but be sure to check out the animated figures, particularly the faces. They are amazing.

All of your favorite characters are included in the Mine Train attraction – the seven dwarfs… can you name them all? Snow White is there, of course, and the Wicked Queen. Your favorite music scores are included too. As you round the curve in the mine, “Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho” will take you up another hill as the dwarfs head home to a rustic cottage. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Watch the film before your trip to Disney if experiencing this new attraction is on the top of your list. You’ll be amazed at the detail to which the ride copies the film. Be sure to schedule this ride as one of your FastPass+ options if you have younger children (over 38 inches tall).

Although you’ll have to wait in line to experience this new ride at Disney, don’t be Grumpy – the wait is sure to be worth it. Until then, the Bashful can get a hint of what the ride will be like by watching the video below which Disney released prior to its opening. You won’t be Sleepy during this ride! A trip to Disney will make you Happy, and if not, you need to see the Doc!

Disney’s new show- on Cinderella’s Castle

As part of Walt Disney World’s 2011 “Let the Memories Begin” promotional campaign, Disney has begun the nightly photo-projection display on the Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle.

Using high-power projection systems and digital mapping techniques and utilizing a crack team of artists, animators, and computer whizzes the castle will be transformed through animation, photography and technical ingenuity.   Using guests’ photographs and videos as a starting point, and a wonderful musical score, Let The Memories Begin will be a fanciful, imaginative, heart-warming and FUN look at the magical memories associated with a visit to this Orlando attraction in Disney Parks.

The effects color the castle like a kindergartener’s crayon picture, crumble the castle’s walls in a pixelated dissolve and shoot fireworks streaming across the castle, which then continue as real pyrotechnics blast off in the sky behind the castle.  I have no idea how they did this, only that this is a spectacular addition to an already awesome fireworks show.  Let the Memories Begin!!

Here’s a video clip, from Disney:

Disney video clip

New Year, New Disney Updates


As we ring in the New Year, we have some highlights of some upcoming changes at Orlando’s Walt Disney World resort.  The popular Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend returns Jan. 6-9, 2011, with opportunities for runners of all ages and abilities.  This event drew a record-breaking crowd in 2010, with 55,000 registered runners from all 50 states and 50 countries.  This year, everyone who completes the Marathon will receive a new Mickey Mouse race medal, as well as complimentary admission to a Walt Disney World theme park the Monday after the race.  The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is a part of the new runDisney series.  To learn more about endurance events at Disney, or to sign up for any of the runDisney events, go to www.runDisney.com.

In February, the Magic Kingdom will be closing Mickey’s Toontown Fair to allow for the expansion of Fantasyland. The Toontown characters will move to new locations and will continue to have meet-and-greet with guests.  The Fantasyland facelift will be the biggest overhaul in the theme park’s 38-year history.   The plans indicate they will be expanding the Dumbo attraction, as well as adding a lavish Little Mermaid ride. They will also feature new interactive areas featuring some of the most popular princesses.  The new attractions will open in phases.

Launching January 16th at Animal Kingdom will be a new Wild Adventure.  This three hour adventure will immerse guests in the wildlife thrills of far-off Africa. This unique experience lets you navigate a rickety bridge over menacing crocodiles, and get to step to the very edge of a cliff to get close to the hippos and crocs below, while attached to a lifeline. (Additional purchase/reservations required 407-939-8687)

Also launching January 16th, will be the all-new, high-energy parade at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, “Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun”. This fun-filled procession down Hollywood Boulevard will feature stars from “The Incredibles,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Ratatouille,” “Monsters, Inc,” “Up” and “Toy Story.”  The final date for the current “Block Party Bash” parade at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2011.

Some new dining options/renovations are in the works as well such as Fulton’s Crab House at Downtown Disney. They have done a complete makeover of the lobby area and the menu, and even a one-of-a-kind crab map so guests can identify where their dish originated.  Kouzzina by Cat Cora at Disney’s BoardWalk also will be getting a facelift, with a new Cat Cora presence in the lobby, and three video monitors showcasing the celebrity chef’s view on family, food, and her culinary journey.  Downtown Disney’s Pollo Campero will be the first out of 300 Pollo Campero restaurants to introduce a new Fresh A-Peel concept with great-tasting, healthy options.  The Disney bars and lounges will be introducing a new cocktail menu with more healthy ingredients, such as organic spirits and fresh fruits, and lower calorie fruit purees.

The Disney Cruise Line will set sail with the new Disney Dream ship on Jan. 26, 2011. Some of the new innovations on this ship will be the debut of the first-ever shipboard water coaster, AquaDuck, which will feature a 765-foot flume and a swing-out loop that goes beyond the side of the ship.    Each inside stateroom will contain a Magical Porthole that displays real-time video from ship-board cameras, as well as some Disney characters.  Throughout the ship, you’ll find Enchanted Art, which looks like traditional art, but is really a LCD screen that senses when a guest is present.  Young guests will enjoy the latest in gaming technology and storytelling activities in the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab. There is so much to do, fun for all ages!

Ring in the New Year, Disney style!