There's been a LOT of news in the past couple of weeks, so we thought we'd update you on all the official word of the latest happenings across the world of Disney, in case you missed anything!
On the tails of the recent announcement of two new Disney Cruise Line ships (un-named as of now) being built for 2021 and 2023, today we learned that returning in early 2017, Disney Cruise Line Guests can celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga during Star Wars Day at Sea.
New in 2017, the Disney Fantasy special sailings expand to both eastern and western Caribbean itineraries and nearly double in number to 15 cruises. During this day-long celebration, Star Wars Day at Sea combines the power of the Force and the magic of Disney for an out-of-this-galaxy cruise experience unlike any other.
Each sailing features a full day of dark side and light side fun, including official appearances ofStar Wars characters, a deck party and fireworks, Star Wars-themed family and youth activities, at-sea screenings of Star Wars films, unique food and beverage offerings, and special merchandise.
Throughout the day, Star Wars Younglings, Padawans and Jedi Masters alike can enjoy the immersive and intergalactic entertainment, including a deck party and fireworks display, exclusive event merchandise, and specialty Star Wars-themed food and beverage items.
Characters from across the Star Wars galaxy will also be onboard for interactions, photos and also may be seen patrolling the decks. And, in “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple,” Force-sensitive children learn the ways of the Jedi and use their new-found skill in a final face off with Darth Vader.
Star Wars Day at Sea will be on Disney Fantasy seven-night cruises sailing from Port Canaveral on Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8 and 15, 2017.
Departing Jan. 7, 21; Feb. 4, 18; March 4, 18; April 1 and 15, 2017, the western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. Departing Jan. 14, 28; Feb. 11, 25; March 11, 25; andApril 8, 2017, the eastern Caribbean itinerary includes Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. Give your MEI & Mouse Fan Travel agent a call, or visit Mouse Fan Travel for a free, no-obligation quote!
Over at Epcot® Character Spot, located in the heart of Future World at Epcot, the area is expanding for even more great meet & greet fun.
Beginning in April, Epcot Character Spot will provide direct access to Headquarters, where you can meet Joy and Sadness, two of the Emotions who help guide Riley through life in theDisney•Pixar film “Inside Out.” On the way to Headquarters, your Clients will journey through Riley’s long-term memory, catching a glimpse of her Islands of Personality before joining Joy and Sadness at the console.
Also at Epcot Character Spot, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy are on hand in their cartoon clubhouse of the future, happy to take a break from creating their latest innovation to make new friends or welcome back old pals. And, across the way, you can step into a makeshift robotics workshop and spend time with Baymax, everyone’s favorite personal healthcare companion from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Big Hero 6.”
Over on the west coast, Luigi's Flying Tires opened Monday in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure® Park. Get a behind-the-scenes look at this all-new attraction in this video below!
As was announced a few weeks ago, the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival will take place during weekends in April, beginning April 1, 2016 at Disneyland® Resort. In addition to Festival Marketplaces, which will be serving up the best of delicious California cuisine, the festival will also feature chef demonstrations, seminars celebrity chef appearances and more.
Culinary Demonstrations featuring some of the best chefs in the industry, including some favorites from the Disneyland Resort, will take place on the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land. You can learn new techniques during these 30-minute complimentary presentations. Seating is limited.
Conducted in the relaxing setting of the Sonoma Terrace at the Golden Vine Winery, Beverage Seminars are fun and informative; sure to quench your thirst for knowledge about wine, beer and spirits. The 45-minute seminars include up to 3 tastings. Cost is $15 per person plus tax.
Stage 17 in Hollywood Land will be host to the Celebrity Kitchen. Here you can catch some of the biggest names of the culinary world, including superstar chefs Guy Fieri, Graham Elliot, Claudia Sandoval, Robert Irvine and Disneyland Resort Signature Dining Chef Andrew Sutton, as they share tips, treasured recipes and behind-the-scenes-stories while they demonstrate how to create their personal favorite dishes. An autograph signing will follow each chef appearance. Cost is $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Beyond the Kitchen: Lifestyle Seminars celebrate springtime in beautiful California. Held in Hollywood Land, these seminars are an opportunity to learn more about exciting topics including gardening, horticulture and health & wellness.
While the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is included in regular theme park admission, additional fees for seminars may be required. Space is limited. Guests must be 21 years of age or over to participate in some events; valid ID required. Subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice.
Reservations for Beverage Seminars and Celebrity Kitchen experiences can be made by calling (714) 781-DINE or visiting disneyland.com/dine.
Back over at Walt Disney World Resort, soon you can enjoy a new table-service dining option at Magic Kingdom® Park, when you mosey on over to The Diamond Horseshoe in Frontierland, serving lunch and dinner daily beginning March 13, 2016.
For main fixin’s, Guests can choose from BBQ pulled turkey served over cornbread, spit-roasted ham served with country beans or stewed beef served with mashed potatoes. Each entrée is served with a side of seasonal veggies.
As the finale to this hearty feast, Guests can choose from an apple tart or the Campfire Brownie—rich chocolate brownie on a graham cracker crust, topped with toasted marshmallow.
Soft drinks, tea, coffee and milk are included with the saloon feast. Cost is $33 plus tax for adults, $19 for children ages 3-9. Meals are one table-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan.
Reservations are now available for dates from March 13- May 30, 2016 and can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE. Online reservations will be available soon.
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