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D23: The Official Disney Fan Club brings more magic to the Walt Disney World Resort area with the announcement of even more exclusive experiences for their fans for rest of 2015. D23 members will be able to enjoy special screenings, shopping events and the fan-favorite event “Sip and Stroll” throughout the year.

Waking up with Sleeping Beauty

D23 Gold and Silver Members will be able to enjoy this animated classic on the big screen. Special guest, animator and Walt Disney World Creative Designer Lon Smart, will explore the film’s numerous landmark achievements. All members will also receive a special journal designed to look like the ornate storybook at the beginning of the film.

 

Mickey’s of Glendale Orlando shopping events

The Walt Disney Imagineering store is opening up a pop-up shop for D23 Gold and Silver Members. On Saturday, June 6, guests will be able to peruse and purchase signature items from the store’s unique collection.

And on Saturday, November 14, members will be able to pick up some key holiday gift items for the Disney fans in their lives—and for themselves.

 

Let’s get together with the ‘Parent trap’

Celebrate this beloved film—starring Hayley Mills in dual roles—with D23 as we present the 1961 hit on the big screen Saturday, June 6. D23’s Steven Vagnini will present a look at the making of the movie with rarely seen photographs and imagery. All attendees will receive a special gift. Plus, guests who attend the screening will receive priority admission on that day to D23’s shopping event with Mickey’s of Glendale.

Sip and Stroll

D23 brings a new twist to a fan favorite, as members gather in celebration of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival . Attendees will enjoy a continental breakfast, guest speakers, and an insider look at this annual event, now in its 20th year, before sipping and strolling around World Showcase—with some delectable surprises.

Calendar (all events and dates are subject to change):

April 18: Waking Up with Sleeping Beauty—AMC Downtown Disney 24, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
June 6: Let’s Get Together With The Parent Trap—AMC Downtown Disney 24, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
June 6: Mickey’s of Glendale Orlando Shopping Event—Location TBA, Walt Disney World Resort
October 3: Sip and Stroll—Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Fla.
November 14: Mickey’s of Glendale Orlando Shopping Event—Location TBA, Walt Disney World Resort

 

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($74.99) and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.

Photo credit: Disney D23


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Date Nite at Disneyland: Geeks Take Tomorrowland

Date Nite at Disneyland: Geeks Take Tomorrowland

Get ready for a theme within a theme, because we are so incepting this week’s date night. It’s Date Nite at Disneyland: Geek Edition, where worlds collide as you and your special someone celebrate your allegiance to Disney and your devotion to whatever other fandom you’re a part of, all in one mind-blowing night.

Before you get started, know you’re not alone in your desire to tie your interests together in a perfectly nerdy knot of love. Potterheads, Whovians, goths, and dapper dressers all have their days in the sun at Disneyland. Think of this date night as a way to tide yourselves over until the next big event of your choosing.

Pretty, pretty neon.

Bow Ties Are Cool

As you know, a proper fan gets his or her geek on literally. Since you can’t go full cosplay in the parks, we partnered with Sarah Sterling of imSarahSnitch and Leslie Kay of Disneybound for creative “bounding” ideas that should scratch your costume itch in the Disney-approved way, whether that itch be of the superhero, ‘80s movie classics, or planetary variety.

For something simple, bound as a character who’d feel at-home in Tomorrowland.

If you want to take your geeky date-night fashion to the next level, try dressing as an attraction or even as Tomorrowland itself.

And of course, since it’s date night, coordinating with your one-and-only is always a stellar choice.

Star Date 

Now that you’re properly attired, jet over to Tomorrowland, the hub of your Disney Geek date night. Go ahead and fly straight past Astro Orbiter, because why stay put in SoCal when you can journey to a galaxy far, far away? These days, the line for Star Tours is out of control, so play the following game while waiting to board your Star Speeder. Start by naming a prolific actor, then take turns providing the title of a film that person is in. If you get stuck, name another actor from the last film mentioned and branch off from there with a new set of titles. The winner is the last person to name either a film title or a related actor. Repeat as needed, depending on line length. You’ll be bound for Endor in no time.

C-3PO, coming in for a date-night hug.

Welcome to the Game Grid

There are as many different kinds of nerddom as there are planets to explore, and we are not forgetting about the gamers on this date night. We’re here for you in the absence of the recently-departed Starcade (*sniff). Get your fix defeating the Evil Emperor Zurg at Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, and if the loss of gaming opportunities is just too much for you, head into The Star Trader and let the essence of the Starcade comfort and wash over you. Or just indulge in some retail therapy. We are liking the newish Darth Vader-visits-Disneyland tees.

Anybody know what’s on the second floor of this place? Where does that mysterious, non-functioning escalator rise to?

Ob…viously

It’s a well-known fact that traveling through space and mourning the loss of free Wreck-it Ralph makes daters super hungry. You lovers need a slice of pie at Pizza Port (bonus, PP also serves Coke Zero – as in zero-gravity). Take your Lunar Cheese outside to the back porch to eat. If you kind of squint and concentrate really hard, this patio, with its painted cement planters and many terraces, feels like the shaded corners of Walt Disney World’s glorious Epcot. And at night it’s quiet.

The entire internet does not have a nighttime view out the back of Pizza Port, so you’re just going to have to go and see it for yourselves.

A Star Shines on the Hour of Our Meeting

Now it’s time to meet and greet. Your arrival in Tomorrowland has caused a stir, and we heard there are a couple of VIPs with vacation homes in Innoventions who want to say hi to you and your honey. Yes, Thor and Captain America. If you’re thinking ahead, you could even bound as characters from their universe so your photos are a geeksplosion of mashup coolness. If you’re not into supers, check out the ASIMO robot demo or interact with the Project Tomorrow video builder, another nod to Epcot. But light speed ahead on these attractions, as they’re jumping to coordinates unknown in the very near future.

I bow to your date-night skills. You must teach me about romance, for I lack chemistry with my love interest.

I Love You. I Know.

For an epic end to your date night, take the monorail out of the park. If you’re lucky, you can nab a cab all to yourselves and pretend the sleek, silent zoom of travel is like this or this. Relax in the low lighting as you glide toward your future together.

Autopilot is hot, even if it’s just pretend. 

Photo Credits: Space Mountain by Kevin Crone, Innoventions and Monorail by Matthew Hansen, both of toursdepartingdaily.com.

 


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Disney announces soft opening date for Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Disney announces soft opening date for Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Walt Disney World’s own Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is set to have it’s soft opening on Saturday, March 28. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is located off the main lobby of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort; the adjacent Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace offers views of the marina and Seven Seas Lagoon.

Official opening is set for late-April, when the coveted Tiki souvenir glassware arrives.

The famous Trader Sam cocktails, available in Disney collectible Tiki mugs, are a mix of old and new.

Only at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto:

  • Polynesian Pearl
  • Nautilus
  • Castaway Crush
  • Tahitian Torch
  • Dark & Tropical Stormy

Favorites imported from Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar:

  • Krakatoa Punch
  • Uh-Oa!
  • HippopotoMai-Tai
  • Shrunken Zombie Head

And there are Sam’s No-Booze Brews:

  • Schweitzer Fall
  • Skipper Sipper
  • Polynesian Punch

 

To read more go to the Disney Parks Blog


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The soon to be opened “The Boathouse” restaurant in the Landing section of the new Disney Springs has some unique features coming to the lake of Downtown Disney. Amphicars, a mix between a car and a boat, will launch from land and take guests on 20-minute tours of the landmarks of Disney Springs. Over the weekend these classic amphicars showed up at the restaurant and you can now take a look at them thru a porthole in the construction wall.

The Boathouse will serve a gourmet menu daily until 2 a.m. featuring steaks, chops, fresh seafood and a raw bar. Opening is planned for Spring 2015


 


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Big Fat Panda brings back another merchandise segment with Corinne Andersson (Inside the Magic’s merchandise blogger) to show off the new Disney Frozen ears hat and other fun Walt Disney World merchandise.

Be sure to check out Panda’s own YouTube channel by clicking the graphic below.

Panda’s segments are brought to you by David’s Vacation Club Rentals.


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