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Sorcerer Hat to be removed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as Walt Disney World prepares park transformation

Sorcerer Hat to be removed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as Walt Disney World prepares park transformation

Today Walt Disney World made many fans happy with the announcement that the massive Sorcerer Mickey Hat will be removed from Disney’s Hollywood Studios in early 2015. No replacement has been named.

Installed as the park’s new icon in 2001 as part of the 100 Years of Magic celebration, the giant blue hat has blocked the view of the Great Movie Ride’s famous Chinese theater facade for more than 10 years. Now, the park’s original view down Hollywood Boulevard will be restored.

The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow show will also be closing soon, on November 6.

Recently, Disney also closed the Backlot Tour, leaving fans wondering what’s in store for the park. Rumors of Cars Land, more Toy Story attractions, or even a Star Wars themed area still swirl.

But Disney hasn’t addressed those just yet, only noting today that the hat is going away.


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D-Tales #6: Dinosaur / Countdown to Extinction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Tributes and Remnants

D-Tales #6: Dinosaur / Countdown to Extinction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Tributes and Remnants

Even fast-moving rides that are over in a few minutes, such as Dinosaur at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, can play host to a large number of tributes, remnants, and inside jokes. There are trivia items about this attraction you may have heard before – an air hockey pusher inspiring a design element on the vehicles, for instance, or the glowing red time travel machinery famously inspired by the innards of an actual toaster. But once you fold in the historical elements, things really get interesting!


Video: D-Tales #6 – Dinosaur / Countdown to Extinction Hidden Disney History at Disney’s Animal Kingdom


Dinosaur began life as Countdown to Extinction, which had a different name but was largely the same experience (the name was changed to provide synergy to the Disney movie Dinosaur). You can find a remnant of this original name on a sign opposite the Boneyard playground, where a map of the land makes mention of Countdown to Extinction.

At the front of the attraction, look for a dedication plaque that reads April 22, 1978. This park didn’t open until 1998, so that part is a red herring, but the April 22 is no coincidence. This is Earth Day each year, and as such was the chosen date for DAK’s first day of operation. The sign here commemorates both occasions.



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The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic returns for the fifth year to the Epcot Resort Area hotel October 31 – November 1, featuring more than 40 food and wine stations; 10 food and wine seminars and the opportunity to meet the masters behind the culinary magic.

Amidst a backdrop of live entertainment, celebratory surprises and even some spooky fun on Halloween night, guests will enjoy numerous opportunities to sip and savor all weekend as they stroll along the hotel’s causeway.

The two-night event offers culinary options from the hotel’s award-winning signature restaurants: Il Mulino New York Trattoria, Shula’s Steak House and Todd English’s bluezoo.

The food selections is ranging from Italian arancini, marrying Carnaroli rice, Osso Buco and spicy tomato sauce, and the Asian-inspired grilled scallops with puffed rice, edamame and ponzu jelly; to barbeque handcrafted bacon, accented with sweet potato puree and caramelized onions as well as chocolate crunch Napoleon with hazelnut daquoise and chocolate whipped cream, and a lemon peel mousse dome with blueberry cream and lemon angel food cake at its center.

Below is a small sample of what was offered last year.

New to the event this year are:

Beer garden – Variety of local and seasonal brews from around the world, alongside homemade bar snacks made by the hotel’s culinary experts.

Cheese Course seminar – Unique look at the art of wine and cheese pairing.

Fine Art of Sushi and Sake seminar – Teach guests how to identify quality sushi and sake flavor profiles and pair the two.

Caipirinha seminar – Guests will learn both the traditional recipe and try some unique twists to this ever-popular Brazilian cocktail.

Tequila University – An in-depth look at tequila, its different styles, the artisans who make it and the secrets to making the perfect margarita.

 

When:             Friday, October 31, and Saturday, November 1 between 5:30–9 p.m.

Where:            Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Causeway

Ticket Information: Tickets are available for $95 per person, including taxes and include unlimited food and beverage samples on the causeway

-Upgraded tickets that include the beer garden are $115 per person, including taxes

- Beverage seminars are $45 per person, per class including taxes

- Pasta making and pairing seminars are $60 per person including taxes

 

To purchase tickets please visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com or call 1-800-227-1500.


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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders once again returned to Busch Gardens Tampa for Howl-O-Scream 2014, challenging their fears at some of the event’s signature haunted houses, including the new Dead Fall.

It’s the seventh year the Bucs Cheerleaders have visited Howl-O-Scream. See them scream their way through Howl-O-Scream below.



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Walt Disney World announced the Swan and Dolphin Hotel is getting the largest makeover in its history in a multi-phase, multi-year, $125 million redesign project. Every guest room will receive a new design in the 758-room Swan Hotel and the 1,509-room Dolphin Hotel.

The new room design is inspired by the resort’s water-themed architecture. The goal was to create a serene and sophisticated atmosphere.

The new guest rooms will feature upgraded furniture and technology, including large HDTVs and more power outlets. They’ll include Westin Heavenly Bed with a pillow-top mattress set and down blanket.

The new bathroom will include a back-lit mirror mounted on iridescent glass tiles.

“As we celebrate the hotel’s 25th anniversary, it is appropriate that we mark the occasion with a renaissance of our room product,” said General Manager Fred Sawyers. “Our guests will continue to receive the level of service and hospitality that comes with a quarter century of experience while enjoying a modern new guest room.”

The project starts at the Swan Hotel, with approximately 500 of the 756 rooms redesigned by the end of 2014. The first phase of the Dolphin Hotel rooms will begin in 2015 with the entire rooms project currently scheduled for completion by the end of 2016.

The hotel’s public spaces, restaurants, meeting rooms, shops, pools and recreational areas are not changing, remaining fully operational throughout the renovation.


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