Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package Review

July 7, 2014 Cheryl 0
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Olaf’s Summer of Frozen Fun kicked off this Saturday at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and I was lucky enough to get a premium package reservation for the festivities!  While the premium package is definitely not necessary, it does add some extra perks in to the day!

We had to check in to the event near Min and Bill’s Diner beginning at 10 am.  Cast members were waiting there with clipboards to cross off your name and then hand you a lanyard with the Premium Package credentials that you needed later.  Next you got to select the time you wanted to return to see The First Time in Forever:  A Frozen Sing-A-Long Celebration at the Premiere Theater.  Once you selected your time you were given a ticket with the return time on it.  We already had Toy Story Mania fastpasses and dinner reservations at 50’s Prime Time Cafe, so we selected the 6 pm showtime.  Once we got our tickets, we were allowed to enter into the Premium Package area – which is a roped off area to the left of the hat and stage area.  There is parking for strollers as well as roped off sections for wheelchairs and children, for better viewing.  Once in the area you had access to unlimited Mickey Bars, Frozen Lemonade Treats, water and sodas that you could enjoy while waiting for the parade to start.

Although the area is the same one as the Star Wars Weekend Premium Package area, the parade itself is different, so it makes it a little bit more worthwhile.  The processional starts at the end of Hollywood Boulevard – there are skating snow flakes, ice skaters, skiers, ice carvers, citizens of Arendelle, and of course Princess Anna, Queen Elsa and Kristoff – plus a little bit of snow thrown in for good measure!!  Anna and Elsa arrive on a horse drawn sleigh and go up on the stage for the royal greeting, but afterwards the entire parade continues past Echo Lake for the rest of the park to see, so with the Premium Package you get a very good view of the show and the characters.  You can’t however, see the large video screen on stage, so anything with Olaf is out of view.

When Anna and Elsa take the stage, they are presented with flowers from the head of Hollywoodland, and all of it citizens sing the royal Arendelle song for them – which is of course “Let it Go!”   – just the first of many renditions of the song that is played throughout the day!

After the Processional was done, and after a few Fastpass reservations, we made our way over to the Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Frozen Wonderland.  The line to get into the building wound around and around, and was over 2 hours long – so we decided to skip the shopping trip this time.  I did hear that it was fun to skate and that they had real snow (from the ice shavings) so that is fun, just not worth the 2 hours to see it!   They did have lots of great items for sale, and I am sure that eBay is full of them, as we saw many people walking out at 9:30 am when we arrived with bags full of Frozen items!    We did, however, get Frozen temporary tattoos – it is kind of a tradition for my son T and I to get them on Mommy/Son days at the parks, so I am glad we they had Frozen ones available!

Since it is Olaf’s Summer of Frozen Fun, they were giving out Olaf’s on a stick for you to take pictures with all day with the #olafsummervacation hashtag.  On the back of the picture Anna, Elsa, Kristof and Olaf have signed – the only signatures you are going to get!  We had a lot of fun with Olaf – he went on Toy Story, Star Tours, had lunch, saw his own water picture and met some characters of his own!  Everyone seemed to be having fun with the Ofaf pictures – and he seemed to be enjoying his first day of summer vacation!

The First Time in Forever:  A Frozen Sing-a-Long Celebration was the next thing on our agenda.  We apparently did not get into the correct line – we had taken off our Premium Package credentials because we didn’t want them to get wet or damaged in the rain, so we were we were told to go stand in the ticketed line which is very long!  They were giving out return tickets throughout the day, so the only way to see the show is with a ticket – there is a standby line, but they give out the correct number of tickets, so it is doubtful that you will get in to see the show without one.  They start queuing the line on the Streets of America, and then it winds around under cover up to Muppets 3D – s0 even with a ticket, prepare to wait!  The Premium Package ticket holders have a separate entrance near the Theater, so just ask a Cast Member where you should go – we didn’t see the sign until we exited the building!

The Sing-a-Long itself is a cute show!  Anna comes out first and meets the Historians of Arendelle (who if you look closely look very similar to the Star Wars Weekend show storytellers!!) who proceed to tell the story of Frozen in a comedic way.  Peppered though out with many opportunities to sign songs at the top of your lungs (come on, you know you know the words)…with the finale featuring Queen Elsa herself!  It is cute, and I highly recommend seeing the show!!

The main event for the Premium Package is the Dessert Party and Fireworks show.  The weather was not exactly cooperating, so instead of eating treats outside at the dance party/Ice Men concert, we were escorted to the Disney Junior building and had our own dance party!  The music was rocking, the chocolate was flowing, and the desserts were a plenty!  There were unlimited cupcakes, cookies, key lime tarts, strawberry shortcake cups, fruit with chocolate fondue, ice cream, and drinks-a-plenty!  My favorite was the Iced Summer – yummy!!!

After we had our fill, the kids needed to burn some energy so we all went out to the stage area to wait for the show.  The area is very close to the stage, so perhaps not the best viewing spot, but at least you didn’t have to wait for hours for a good spot.  We parked ourselves right along the rope in front of the Disney Videographer (I figured he had a good view) and we waited for the show to begin.  The Ice Men were just finishing up on stage, and the Anna, Kristoff, a video version of Olaf  and Elsa came out for the finale.  They projected some pictures that people had taken with Olaf throughout the day, and then the fireworks began.  I am not sure if it was the rain, or the lack of breeze, but there was so much smoke that it was very hard to see the fireworks….they were still good though, and I will definitely be back to see them again!

All in all, I would say that the Frozen Summer Premium Package was fun to do, the desserts were tasty, and it definitely cut down on the wait times.  However, as with the Star Wars Premium Package, I wish that we had a better view of the fireworks….and although the desserts were delicious, for the cost of the package you could buy a lot of Mickey Bars to eat while you were waiting in line.

 

FROZEN Summer Fun Premium Packages

July 2, 2014 Cheryl 0

anna and elsaThis just in – Walt Disney World will be offering FROZEN Summer Fun Premium Packages! They will be available daily from July 5 – September 1, 2014 (with the exception of August 23 when the Villains are taking over the Studios).  From the sounds of it, the package is very similar to the Feel the Force Premium Package which was offered during this year Star Wars Weekends – right down to the location of the special area.

Guests who book the package will check in near Min and Bills Dockside Diner starting at 10:30 a.m.(although I  recommend getting there as early as possible so you get a spot up front), then enjoy refreshments and reserved viewing for Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome procession at 11:00 a.m. Later on, they’ll experience reserved seating at one showing of For the First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, which takes place between 12:30-7 p.m.   According to the Cast Member I spoke with, you will be able to pick your time that day, so you can coordinate it with your other Fastpass+ and dining reservations.  The evening will end  with an exclusive dessert party in a reserved area for viewing of the nighttime Frozen fireworks spectacular, which will take place from 8:30 – 10PM. Please note: Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome procession and the dessert party offers a reserved viewing area, no seating is available. Wheelchairs and ECVs will be accommodated.  Again, the I recommend getting there early to get a prime spot for the fireworks, as some locations may be blocked by leaves.  In case of in climate  weather, you will still check in at the same place, but be escorted to an indoor location for the dessert party.

Packages cost $59 for adults and $34 for children (including tax and gratuity). Discounts do not apply. Park admission is required. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

(Note: Guests will receive a credential for identification during the Royal Welcome procession viewing. If you are not able to attend the Royal Welcome procession viewing, please visit Guest Relations to check-in between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. and select a show time for the sing-along celebration. After 8 p.m., please check-in at Min and Bill’s. Credential identification is non-transferrable and will not be replaced if lost or stolen.)

Get ready for a Frozen Summer…It’s Been extended to September 28th!!

June 26, 2014 Cheryl 0
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Do you want to build a snowman….come on let’s go and play!!   Olaf is spending his first summer vacation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and is inviting you along for the fun!!  This summer Frozen is taking over the Studios with all sorts of amazing events, and you get to be part of the fun!!  Running July 5th through September 28th – there are lots of awesome experiences that you won’t want to miss!!  Here are some of the highlights:

Here are some of the highlights:

    • Olaf on Summer Vacation –  Olaf, the magical snowman, is living it up during his first summer vacation, and wants to share all the updates with you!!  Throughout the day he will be keeping everyone updated on his adventures, and you can even take him with you on yours!  You will be able to get your very own Take-Along Olaf, and when you share your photos with Olaf on social media, be sure to tag them with #OlafSummerVacation. Your picture might just get selected to appear in that day’s grand finale!
    • Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome – Like every good Royal family, it is important to visit the neighboring kingdoms and trading partners.  At 11:00 a.m. each day, Elsa and Anna will arrive in in a horse-drawn sleigh and travel down Hollywood Boulevard, and they are bringing Kristoff  a flurry of skaters, skiers, and ice cutters along for the goodwill tour!  The processional will end with a special ceremony on stage.
    • For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration – You know you love the songs – so here is your chance to belt out a tune and cool down inside the Premiere Theater.  Anna and Elsa will join the Royal Historians of Arendelle for a fun retelling of the history of the kingdoms history, along with some sing-along moments from “Frozen.”
    • Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland – Inside Soundstage One, Oaken and his family have created a Frozen Funland where there will be a frozen pond with ice skating demonstrations, wintertime fun for kids in the “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” play area, a “big summer blowout” with plenty of “Frozen” merchandise, and special “Frozen”-inspired food and beverage offerings.
    • “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party – Starting at 5:30 p.m. each day, a dance party takes over the area around the Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage, with a DJ, live band, and more!  Get ready to dance to your favorite hits, as well as a cool, rocking medley of “Frozen” favorites.
    • “Frozen” Fireworks Spectacular – This may be my favorite part!!  Everything wraps up at 9:45 p.m. when Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf come together at the Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage for a grand finale to the day’s festivities, kicking off an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to the glorious music of “Frozen!”  Fireworks and Frozen songs – that doesn’t need any fixing upping!!

For the first time in forever….I am REALLY excited to be going to Hollywood Studios!!    The sky will be blue….and I hope you can be there too!  There is no word on whether or not there will be character meet and greets, and as of now there will not be any Fastpasses to these special events, so it promises to be a busy summer at Hollywood Studios based on the über-popularity of all things “Frozen”!

 

Feel the Force at Star Wars Weekends!!

April 23, 2014 Cheryl 0

Force ChokeThis IS the event you have been looking for!  A new premium event for Star Wars weekends is open for booking today, and I am SO excited to say that I got a reservation!!!

The Feel The Force Dining Event will include a reserved premium viewing area for two popular Star Wars Weekend events: Guests will be able to sit in a VIP area for The Legends of the Force: Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade, AND The Symphony in the Stars Fireworks that same evening!!!

During the daytime parade, soft drinks and snacks will be included.  Then at night guests will attend a Star Wars-themed dessert party with the fireworks. Guests will also receive a souvenir PhotoPass card with a series of free Star Wars photos, which can be linked to their My Disney Experience account, so you will always remember your day in the Galaxy far, far away!!

Here are some added details:

The Feel the Force Premium Package occurs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 16 to June 15, 2014.

  • Price: adults $54, children $32 (per day, tax and gratuity included).
  • Legends of the Force: Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade viewing is from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon with the motorcade starting at 11:30 AM.
  • Symphony in the Stars fireworks dessert party is from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM with the firework shows beginning at approximately 9:30 PM.
  • Check in for this event will be at Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner starting at 10:30 AM.
  • Guests will receive a wristband during the motorcade viewing that will allow entry into the evening fireworks dessert party. If you are unable to attend the motorcade viewing, you can check in at Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner starting at 8:30 PM.
  • Beverages include soda, water, tea and coffee.
  • The fireworks dessert party includes a specialty beverage with an alcoholic option. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.

This year is the first time we are attending Star Wars Weekends, and I am so excited for this…just don’t tell my son, we are keeping it a secret until the big day!!!

IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Parties at Epcot

March 14, 2014 Cheryl 0

IlluminationsBeginning, March 15, 2014, you will be able to  experience IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot® in an exciting new way.

The new IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party invites Guests to enjoy international desserts and sparkling wines in an intimate, exclusive setting with a clear view of the World Showcase Lagoon during the nighttime spectacular, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.  The party will be set up near the gift shop right as you enter the World Showcase from Future World.  Some of the desserts served during the dessert party will be Tiramisu’ from Italy, Baklava from Morocco, Vanilla Pot de Crème from France, Shortbread Cookies from the United Kingdom, and Ice Cream Novelties from around the Disney Parks.  This is a great way to end your day at EPCOT after enjoying time with your family strolling the World Showcase or after a day at the Flower & Garden Festival.

This new IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Parties will be available on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and will run from 7:45 p.m-9:20 p.m. The cost is $49 for adults and $29 for children. Parties begin March 15, 2014 and booking is now open. Epcot park admission is required.

 

2013 Eat to the Beat Concert Series Line Up

August 14, 2013 Cheryl 0

Eat to the BeatBetween the food, drinks, and classes offered at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival Presented by CHASE® it is hard to imagine any more entertainment packed in.  But each night throughout the festival there are concerts at the Epcot® America Gardens Theatre.  The Eat to the Beat concerts happen three times per evening, so you have three chances each night to see your favorites — 5:30pm, 6:45pm, and 8:00pm!

 

 

2013 Eat to the Beat Concert Line Up!

Note that this schedule is subject to change.

Sep. 27-29: Starship starring Mickey Thomas

Sep. 30-Oct. 1: Go-Go’s NEW!

Oct. 2-4: Air Supply

Oct. 5-6: Sister Hazel

Oct. 7-9: Sugar Ray

Oct. 10-11: Edwin McCain NEW!

Oct. 12-13: The Manhattan Transfer NEW!

Oct. 14-15: Wilson Phillips

Oct. 16-17: Pointer Sisters

Oct. 18-20: Night Ranger

Oct. 21-23: Boyz II Men

Oct. 24-25: Survivor

Oct. 26-27: 38 Special

Oct. 28-30: Smash Mouth

Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Spin Doctors NEW!

Nov. 2-3: Christopher Cross NEW!

Nov. 4-5: Hanson

Nov. 6-8: Dennis DeYoung

Nov. 9-11: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Fourth of July Limited Time Magic!!!

June 14, 2013 Cheryl 0

Fireworks Poly (1 of 4)I am so excited for this…you can’t even imagine!  I LOVE fireworks, and whole week of them…I am so happy I am going to be there to be able to enjoy this!!!

Here is the scoop:  Guests will have a chance to celebrate the Fourth of July during a week-long celebration at the Walt Disney World Resort as part of Limited Time Magic.

It’s a seven-day patriotic extravaganza as Disney Parks honors America with a Fourth of July celebration like never before. At Magic Kingdom, a 15-minute 360-degree fireworks spectacular rockets into the air every night with ”Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.” The fireworks spectacular takes place at 9 p.m. on July 3 and 4, and 10 p.m. on July 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7.

Guests can also enjoy a patriotic spectacle as Goofy, Donald and Pluto lead a procession down Main Street, U.S.A, before the daily Celebrate a Dream Come True parade at Magic Kingdom. The pre-parade features the Main Street Philharmonic, Citizens of Main Street and Walt Disney’s historic horse-drawn carriage.

Patriotic-themed merchandise and tasty treats inspired by Americana will also be on the menu all week long.

On Independence Day only:

Epcot: Discovery Experiences at American Adventure spotlight American history and heritage.

Guests can meet with Disney characters adorned in patriotic dress. Characters in patriotic dress are on set from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and from 3:30 – 6 p.m. outside near Kidcot.

An afternoon of live entertainment kicks off at 12:30 p.m. in the America Gardens Theatre with the Voices of Liberty Fourth of July concert. This holiday special is a harmonizing partnership of the eight-part, a capella Voices of Liberty, Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps and Disney characters. Showtimes are 12:30, 1:45, and 3 p.m.

The Heartbeat of Freedom, a special tribute following IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth lights up the sky at 10 p.m.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Enjoy a twist on traditional fireworks with the all-new “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration”. The party begins at the Sorcerer Hat with a DJ at 6 pm.

At 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m., Mulch, Sweat & Shears will take you on a musical road trip through America. Everything leads up to a special rock ‘n roll fireworks presentation at 10:15 p.m.

2013 ‘Eat to the Beat’ Concert Series

May 20, 2013 Cheryl 0

Eat to the Beat
The line up of performers for the Eat to the Beat! concert series at the 2013 Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival has been announced. The Walt Disney World® Resort will welcome six new musical acts to the stage this year.

The schedule includes:

  • Sep. 27-29 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas
  • Sep. 30-Oct. 1 – Go-Go’s – New
  • Oct. 2-4 – Air Supply
  • Oct. 5-6 – Sister Hazel
  • Oct. 7-9 – Sugar Ray
  • Oct. 10-11 – Edwin McCain – New
  • Oct. 12-13 – Manhattan Transfer – New
  • Oct. 14-15 – Wilson Phillips – New
  • Oct. 16-17 – The Pointer Sisters
  • Oct. 18-20 – Night Ranger
  • Oct. 21-23 – Boyz II Men
  • Oct. 24-25 – Survivor
  • Oct. 26-27 – 38 Special
  • Oct. 28-30 – Smash Mouth
  • Oct. 31-Nov. 1 – Spin Doctors – New
  • Nov. 2-3 – Christopher Cross – New
  • Nov. 4-5 – Hanson
  • Nov. 6-8 – Dennis DeYoung
  • Nov. 9-11 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

The 18th Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival run Sep. 27 – Nov. 11, 2013. The Eat to the Beat!concert series is included with standard Epcot® admission. It’s not too late to plan a trip to see your favorite band perform. Contact me today!!

 

Walt Disney World® Holiday Party Dates Released!

May 1, 2013 Cheryl 0

The Walt Disney World® Resort has released dates and ticket information for both the  Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties. These special ticketed events allow guests to celebrate the season along with some of their favorite Disney Characters while enjoying special entertainment and treats.

Boo-To-You Parade

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

This is your chance to get dressed up in your favorite Halloween costume and trick-or-treat inside the Magic Kingdom® Park!  Plus, many of your favorite Disney Characters come dressed for the party as well!  Since the theme of the party is “not-so-scary,” children of all ages will enjoy the festivities. Some of the night’s spooky entertainment includes special seasonal stage shows, a special Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade, and an awesome fireworks called Happy HalloWishes.  And of course, enjoy many of your favorite Magic Kingdom® Park attractions with shorter wait times!

2013 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Event Dates

  • Sep. 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 29
  • Oct. 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31
  • Nov. 1

Event Time:

7 pm  – midnight

Pricing:

Ticket prices start at $54+tax for kids 3-9 and at $59+tax for ages 10 and up.  Tickets prices vary by party date and the date of purchase (tickets cost more if you purchase them the same day as the party).

For safety, costumes must not be obstructive or offensive.  This is a special event which requires a separately priced event Theme Park ticket.  Pricing subject to change

 

Mickey and MinnieMickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Celebrate the season by attending a party overflowing with holiday cheer and wonderment for all ages. With Cinderella Castle’s lit up like an icicle, unlimited cookies and hot cocoa, magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.®,  and holiday music filling the air, you can’t help but to be in the Christmas spirit!   Entertainment highlights include seasonal stage shows, a special Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, and a fireworks spectacular called Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season, plus access to many of your favorite Magic Kingdom® Park attractions.

2013 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Event Dates

  • Nov. 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22
  • Dec. 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20

Event Time:

7 pm – midnight

Pricing:

Ticket prices start at $57+tax for kids 3-9 and at $62+tax for ages 10 and up.  Tickets prices vary by party date and the date of purchase (tickets cost more if you purchase them the same day as the party).  Contact your Magic Maker® for more information on pricing for your requested party date.

This is a special event which requires a separately priced event Theme Park ticket.  Pricing subject to change without notice and availability.

Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival Designers’ Stage Lineup of HGTV Stars

February 27, 2013 Cheryl 1

_MG_7543The 20th Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival at the Walt Disney World® Resort is set to begin in just 7-days!!  A popular part of this annual festival is the The Designers’ Stage, which is located inside the Festival Center.  Each weekend at noon and 3pm, some of your favorite HGTV designers present some tips and tricks to spruce up your home, covering everything from boosting your curb appeal to turning your backyard into a Disney wonderland!!

Check out this year’s lineup:

  •  Mar. 8-10 – Chris Lambton from Going Yard presenting “Going Yard for Your Lifestyle”
  •  Mar. 15-17 – Chris Grundy from DIY Network’s Cool Tools presenting “Keepin’ It Green with Grundy”
  • Mar. 22-24 – Egypt Sherrod from Property Virgins: presenting “Getting the Inside Scoop on HGTV’s Top Home Features for 2013″
  • Mar. 29-31 – Brandon Johnson from the popular show My Yard Goes Disney presenting “Bringing More Disney Inspiration and HGTV Design to Your Backyard”
  • Apr. 5-7 – Meg Caswell from  Meg’s Great Rooms will present “Discovering Design Tips to Personalize Your Space & Make a Good Room Great”
  • Apr. 12-14 – Jason Cameron from DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves presents “Desperate Landscapes… Where Do We Grow from Here?”
  • Apr. 19-21 – Sara Peterson the Editor-in-Chief, HGTV Magazine presents “Boosting Your Curb Appeal! 25 Easy Ideas from Front Doors to Flower Pots”
  • April 26-28 – Carter Oosterhouse from Million Dollar Rooms presents “Million Dollar Trends”
  • May 3-5 – Casey Noble from Design on a Dime presents “Creating Luxury Hotel Floral Arrangements in Your Home”
  • May 10-12 – Dan Faires from HGTV.com DanMade presents “Easy Ideas for Creating a Designer Garden”
  • May 17-19 – David Bromstad from HGTV Design Star, ColorSplash, and Design Star All-Stars presents “The Power of Color”

The Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival runs Mar. 6-May 19, 2013 and is included with regular park admission.  Who are you looking forward to seeing?