Friday, July 1, 2016

Disney launches pin trading-themed scavenger hunt at Magic Kingdom

Pin traders visiting the Magic Kingdom this summer can try their hand at a new PinQuest scavenger hunt launched just this week.

Here's how it works: 

Step One: Buy an Adventure Kit, which includes a lanyard and decoder medal. The kits are available at six gift shops: Fantasy Faire and Big Top Souvenirs in Fantasyland; Briar Patch and Frontier Trading Post in Frontierland; Curtain Call Collectibles on Main Street U.S.A.; and Tomorrowland Light & Power Co in Tomorrowland.  

Step Two: Collect all six PinQuest clue cards and solve the question each card poses. Once you've answered the question, you can redeem the ticket at the bottom of the clue card for a PinQuest pin. 

Step Three: Continue the hunt by using the decoder medal to determine your next stop. 

Step Four: Once you've solved all six clues, return to either the Frontier Trading Post in Frontierland or Curtain Call Collectibles on Main Street U.S.A. to buy your QuestEAR completer pin. 

You don't need to complete the quest all in one day; you can take your time during your visit. 

The total cost is about $80, including $14.99 for the Adventure Kit, $9.99 for each of six clue cards, and $4.99 for the "QuestEAR" completer pin. For that price, you take home a lanyard and lanyard medal, as well as seven pins — one for each clue solved, plus the completer pin. 

The scavenger hunt is expected to last through the summer, but will only be available while supplies last. If it proves popular, it may be extended. 

Disney Cruise Line announces special Thanksgiving and Christmas events

Disney normally goes all out during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season at its theme parks. The Disney Cruise Line is no different with special holiday activities throughout the end of November to the end of December.

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The Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will have special events during the holidays, according to a Disney press release, including:

Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic: The atrium lobby on the first night of the cruise will have Disney characters leading holiday carols and the lighting of the glittering, three-deck-tall tree.
Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball: Santa and Mrs. Claus all be in the atrium lobby with a Broadway-style celebration with Disney Characters and holiday tunes. "This evening of enchantment is made complete when a special pair of royal sisters joins the party and causes a flurry of “frozen” fun as a magical snowfall overtakes the atrium," according to the news release.

Dickens-inspired carolers: Carolers will be going around the ship singing holiday classics.

Holiday activities: The various  holiday activities including building gingerbread houses and meeting Santa Claus.  Crafts including decorating stockings and gingerbread men cookies, making holiday cards and creating holiday animation cells. 

Deck the Deck Holiday Party:  Various games include hula hooping and limbo under oversized candy canes.

On Thanksgiving Day, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse dressed in traditional Thanksgiving attire will host a special Thanksgiving feast.  Also during the special Thanksgiving voyages, NFL football games will be broadcast live on the ships’ outdoor, jumbo LED screens – Funnel Vision – located near the family pool.

Christmas morning at the atrium lobby tree Santa Claus and his helpers will have a surprise for all the kids, and guests.  A traditional Christmas Dinner will be served that night in the dining rooms.

At Disney's Castaway Cay private island in the Bahamas, guests will have special Disney character it and greets, a decked-out Christmas tree, and special "snow flurries."

Changes coming to the Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Hollywood Studios

Some changes are coming to the dessert party that accompanies the nightly Star Wars-themed fireworks display at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Beginning July 10, the Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party will be held inside the Star Wars Launch Bay, and guests will be escorted to a VIP viewing area outside 15 minutes prior to the fireworks. (We're hoping you can sidle up to the Cantina Bar set inside the Launch Bay to get a drink. If you attend, let us know!) Also beginning July 10, check-in will be in the Animation Courtyard in front of the Star Wars Launch Bay.

With the addition of projections and light effects to the fireworks last month, it has become more important to view the show from right in front of the Chinese Theater — and a huge part of that area is now given over to the dessert party. Moving it inside will allow more people to get a front-row view of the show, presumably including the dessert party-goers.

Reservations are now available for the party through the end of July. The price is $69 or $39 for kids ages 3-9; tax and gratuity are included. In addition to desserts and beverages, guests go home with a souvenir Chewbacca stein.

Contemporary Resort at Disney World to host New Year's Eve party

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Disney World is holding a special New Year's Eve party at the Contemporary Resort, Disney has announced.

Tickets go on sale starting July 4 for the event which will take place at the hotel's Convention Center in the Fantasia Ballroom with music and food and wine pairings.

There will be a special Magic Kingdom fireworks viewing and a champagne toast.

More information can be obtained by visiting or call 407-939-3463.