Epcot International Festival of Arts 2018

The 2nd annual “Epcot International Festival of Arts” opened today (January 12, 2018) at Disney’s Epcot. The festival includes Art Galleries, Performances, Food Kiosks and more. This year’s festival focuses more on Disney Art more than last year. The “Epcot International Festival of Arts” runs from today through February 19, 2018. Disney Broadway Series Performances will be 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday through Monday of each festival weekend. It should go without saying, but these 2-person shows are not the entire Disney on Broadway productions; rather, they are concerts featuring…

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Disney World to Offer Extra FastPass+ Services to Certain Guests

There have been rumblings over a rumored plan to allow certain guests to acquire extra FastPass+ Services. The current information is that guests staying in “Club-Level” rooms at certain resorts with have the ability to be able to purchase a package that will allow them three (3) additional FastPasses per day and they will also be allowed to make their FastPass reservations 90 days before their visit, compared to the standard 60 days for all other Walt Disney World Resort Guests. This additional perk does come with a cost though.…

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Monorail Doors Fail to Close

When on Disney World’s Monorail and you hear “Por Favor Mantengase Alejado De Las Puertas” which is Spanish for “Please Stay Away From The Doors”, I guess they really mean it. Video and images are circulating of a Disney World Monorail Red car’s door staying open for the entire ride from TTA to the Magic Kingdom Station. The video above is courtesy of the Blog Mickey YouTube Channel. Luckily there are no reports of injuries due to this malfunction.  This malfunction is another in a recent long list of problems…

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New Theatre Coming to Disney World

A new theatre is coming to Disney World on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom.  The unnamed theatre will be built on land that is currently used for Disney Magic Kingdom Employee parking. The theatre is to be designed to be in the style of other buildings on Main Street USA, which was emulated from Main Street in 1901 Marceline, MO (Walt Disney’s hometown).  It is to be built in the style of historic Willis Wood Theatre in Kansas City, MO (1902-1917). Disney will break ground on the new…

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Disney Construction Everywhere

Hello All.  It has been quite a while since I have been able to post to the blog.  Family and work issues have constricted my time, but in no way has it caused me to forget everyone that reads it. A lot of changes have been mentioned and quite a bit of construction is underway throughout the Disney World Resort Area, including the HORRIBLE road construction going on, well, EVERYWHERE! We have said goodbye to “Ellen’s Energy Adventure” and the “Great Movie Ride” (see previous story) to make room for…

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Important Florida Vacation Hurricane Information

With Hurricane Irma bearing down on the Eastern Caribbean with 185+ mph winds, all reports are showing that it is heading toward Southern Florida and the Keys.  Forecasters are predicting that it will then take a right turn and head North, straight up the Florida peninsula. Disney Dawgs has taken the time to list some important links to Hurricane and Cancellation policies for the major theme parks, hotels and airlines. HURRICANE CANCELLATION INFORMATION Disney World   https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq/hurricane-policy/ Universal         http://www.universalorlandovacations.com/general-information/severe-weather SeaWorld        https://seaworld.com/orlando/blog/hurricane-irma/ Southwest Airlines https://www.southwest.com/html/advisories/swa_travel_advisory_2017841504542489393.html United Airlines…

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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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Great Movie Ride Closing???

Hollywood Studios - The Great Movie Ride

Rumors are swirling that the Great Movie Ride which is inside of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Disney’s Hollywood Studios could be closing in the very near future. The Great Movie Ride is a dark tram ride that takes you through many scenes of Hollywood movie history that include “Wizard of Oz”, “Alien” and “Indiana Jones”.  The ride is currently licensed through Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Disney is currently moving away from licensing rides through 3rd party companies and instead using Disney intellectual property, i.e. changing Tower of Terror (which was…

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Pandora Opening Weekend, Success or Fail?

The long-awaited “Pandora – The World of Avitar” opened to record crowds in Disney’s Animal Kingdom this weekend.  The floating islands and photoluminescent plants are now open to the public with hours from 8am – 11pm daily with Extra Magic Hours of 7am-8am and 11pm-1am. This new land in Disney’s Animal Kingdom has been long awaited in Disney World’s lesser performing parks.  Crowds and park closing due to capacity were the norm this weekend with wait times of up to six hours to just enter the new land. Pandora is…

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