Pieces Break Off of Blue Monorail

Disney's Blue Monorail

Monorail service at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and loop resorts was suspended on June 16, 2017 after a piece of Monorail Blue broke or fell off of the tram causing it to spark and slow to a halt.  The train had just left the Epcot Station and was heading toward the Magic Kingdom when this incident happened.  None of the passengers aboard were injured.  Reedy Creek Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and the area was shut down to visitors as Park Authorities and the Fire Department evacuated the…

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Disney Closing Loophole in FastPass+ System

With every technology there are holes and backdoors that dishonest people try to take advantage of.  Disney’s FastPass+ app is no exception.  Disney has discovered that it is had been possible to book rides through the FastPass+ using an unused ticket or Magic Band. To most, this does not seem like a big deal, but to those that have gone to the Magic Kingdom and have waited 90 minutes or longer for the Seven Dwarfs Mine rollercoaster because you were unable to secure a Fastpass using your Magic Band and…

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Where is Paint the Night Going?

“Paint the Night”, which was the former nighttime parade at Disneyland in California before the “Main Street Electrical Parade” was brought back to California after a short stint in the Magic Kingdom in Florida, has been packed up and is ready to be shipped to another park, but where? “Paint the Night” is a brightly colored, highly musical, parade that had been featured at Disneyland in California for roughly the past two years. Magic Kingdom would be the most logical choice seeing that they currently do not have a nighttime…

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Wishes, Thank You for the Memories

THE END OF AN ERA The “Wishes” nighttime fireworks spectacular debuted in Magic Kingdom in Florida on August 12, 2003.  After a truly spectacular 13 1/2 year run, the amazing “Wishes” display had it’s triumphant finalé last night to a crowd of nostalgic onlookers. My first view of “Wishes” was in April, 2005, when my wife and I took our then 3 year and 18 month old daughters to their first trip to Walt Disney World and was amazed of the incredible fireworks display that was put on.  My family instantly…

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Day 1 of Our Disney World Vacation

Our Disney World Traditions The first day of our Disney World Vacation in Florida started on a very warm April, Florida Morning with temperatures in the upper 70’s, it was going to be a warm one. We start every Disney Vacation the same way.  On the first day, we try to get out of the resort early and we head up I-4 East and get off on the Sand Lake Rd exit to get to International Drive in Orlando.  We usually eat at the Ponderosa Steak House opposite the Castle…

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We Are Off To Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL

It is incredible how quickly a week’s vacation at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL can go by.  We had been so excited to go on this trip since it was booked on December 24, 2016 and now it is over. Our vacation started on April 18, 2017 with a 7PM flight on JetBlue from Providence (PVD) to Orlando (MCO).  Upon arrival at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, RI (PVD), we parked in Long Term Parking (Garage C) and made the 10 minute walk from the garage to the…

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Wait, What? Magic Kingdom Airport???

Really?  Magic Kingdom has an airport?  Why have I been flying into MCO all of these years then? Not so fast, Magic Kingdom USED TO have an airport. More like a landing strip and it is still there, sort of. The Lake Buena Vista Airport (IATA:DWS) was built in 1971 as a STOLport for use by Disney Employees, Executives and guests. It had scheduled passenger service to Orlando and Tampa provided by Shawnee Airlines. The airfield is located to the East of where the current Magic Kingdom to Epcot Monorail Spur runs…

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Minor Disappointment When Entering Disney World Property

One thing that is going to be a minor disappointment to this year’s trip to Disney World in Lak e Buena Vista, FL is that visitors are no longer able to drive under the Walt Disney World Properties sign to to a major road construction project in the area.  The highway that is driven as you enter Walt Disney World Properties is being temporarily routed to the oncoming side of the road and around the entrance sign. The construction project is to build a new interchange at the toll booth…

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Goodbye Wishes…

Disney has announced that May 12, 2017 will be the last showing of the “Wishes”. Which has been the night time fireworks show at Magic Kingdom for 14 years.  It will be replaced the following night by “Happily Ever After”. It  will also feature fireworks, laser lighting and projected images on Cinderella’s Castle. HISTORY “Wishes” debuted at Magic Kingdom on October 9, 2013. It replaced the 32 year old “Fantasy in the Sky” fireworks show. The show, hosted by Jiminy Cricket and the Blue Fairy featured music and sound clips from…

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Disney Raises Theme Park Admission Prices Again

Almost exactly one year ago, Universal Studios bumped up theme park prices a few bucks, resulting in children’s one-day admissions hitting the $100 mark for the first time. Disney followed suit by increasing park prices a couple weeks later in February—one year after the previous previous price hike was added, like clockwork. Disney has beaten Universal Studios to the punch in 2017 by quietly increasing prices on Sunday. In most cases, one-day adult tickets are now $5 more expensive. Disney parks use a variable-pricing scheme, in which admissions to EPCOT,…

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