Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Disney is shutting down its Disney Vacation Account in September

Disney is closing down its Disney Savings Account program after three and half years and is giving participants four ways to get their money back.

Disney unveiled the account in January 2014 to give people the opportunity to save for a vacation with Disney. At the time, it did not provide any interest in the savings, but gave a $20 gift card for every $1,000 paid for a vacation with the account.

Disney has not given any reason for discontinuing the program.
According to the Disney website, for those who have money in the program, Disney is offering four options on what to do with the money.

Option 1: You can exchange all the money into the account and purchase a Disney Gift Card by Sept. 27, 2017. Disney will add an extra 5 percent on the gift card or cards.

Option 2: You can use the money toward a Disney vacation. Disney also has a special offer here.

Option 3: Do nothing. Starting after Sept. 7, 2017, Disney will begin to close the account and process refunds. Disney will dos provide a bonus of 2 percent of the closing balance or $5 (whichever is greater).

Option 4. Request a refund before the refund process in Option 3 . While you will receive your unused balance, you will not be eligible for the bonus gift card.

The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane returns to to Disney Springs

Shoppers prepare. Some really cool stuff is coming back to Disney Springs.

Disney is bringing back the Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane to Disney Springs on July 27, 2017.

The shop, created by Disney Parks Merchandise, draws it inspiration from nostalgic design trends. Outfits include nods to Disney attractions and classic Disney characters. Dresses will have a range of sizing from XS-XL. There are some styles that will be offered up to 3-XL.

The shop returns to Marketplace Co-Op, where it first appeared in the Spring. There will be 10 original dresses inspired by the Orange Bird, the Enchanted Tiki Room, the Haunted Mansion and other rides. There will also be a new Cinderella-inspired dress, according to the Disney Parks Blog.

“The dresses and accessories are colorful and beautiful, so we found many ways to prominently showcase them throughout the shop. The best example is the hatbox-inspired platform that greets guests at the entrance. It’s a striking visual that pulls people into the location," David Soliman, area manager for merchandise presentation at Disney Springs, told the Blog.

The Dress Shop collection will be in Vault 28 at Downtown Disney District at Disneyland.

Disney Parks icons dress up new Dooney and Bourke collection

There may finally be a Dooney and Bourke purse suitable for Disney fans who prefer to carry a plain black purse. A new collection embosses black leather with familiar Disney Parks icons, including Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell, Fantasyland Castle, and Mickey balloons. Prices are higher than your typical Dooney and Bourke collection, perhaps because of both different styling and leather quality. Check out the styles — and the price tags.

Satchel, $348

Tote, $468

Mobile ordering expands to 2 more restaurants at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World

Pinocchio Village Haus and Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café have started to join others around Disney World in allowing mobile food ordering.

Pinocchio Village Haus started accepting mobile ordering on July 24 and Pecos Bill is starting today, July 25, 2017.
Disney publicity photo

Using the My Disney Experience app, guests can bypass the line to order when they arrive at the restaurant. You can elect menu items, customize thee order and pre-pay for their meal. When you arrive at the restaurant you tap an “I’m here” button in the app, which will notify the kitchen to prepare the meal. When ready, you then receive an alerte through the app to pick up the meal at a designated window.

Mobile ordering is now available at

  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
  • D-Luxe Burger
  • Flame Tree Barbecue
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Pizzafari
  • Restaurantosaurus
  • Satu’li Canteen
  • Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant