Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Swan and Dolphin lobby at Disney World is getting $12M renovation

The Swan and Dolphin resort lobby at Disney World will undergo a $12 million re-design and feature new dining and beverage options, according to the hotel.
Rendering of new Swan and Dolphin lobby.

The redesign is in the final piece of a $140 million hotel makeover project, which included upgrading all 2,267 guest rooms and meeting places.

The new lobby centerpiece will feature a custom crystal chandelier above the fountain and feature a new geometric ceiling, increased lighting, all new contemporary décor and furnishings and more than double the amount of seating. There will also be a bar and lounge with seating up to 150.

A new quick service café and market offering coffee, sandwiches and snacks will open as well.

“This space is designed specifically to cater to today’s guests and offer an inviting place where they can come together to relax, network, and grab something to eat or drink," General Manager Fred Sawyers said in a news release.

The lobby will remain open throughout the renovation. The project is scheduled to begin in spring 2017 and be completed by fall 2017.

The best place to watch the new Disney Springs drone show at Disney World is not Disney Springs

The best place to watch Disney Springs, "Starbright Holidays - An Intel Collaboration" - the first drone show at the Disney World resort - is not at Disney Springs.

The five-minute show is made up of 300 Intel Shooting Star drones which are choreographed to a medley of holiday music.

Disney recommends standing near the water on the West Side of Disney Springs to watch the drones over Lake Buena Vista. But the view from Saratoga Springs Resort is better, the drones are a lot closer and brighter as they fly just off shore.

If you are watching from Disney Springs, you get a a nice glow of blue lights in the background as trees and a Mickey Mouse head on the shore near Disney Springs are illuminated in blue lights starting 10 minutes before the show starts.

If you stand at the water's edge at Saratoga Springs you will get Disney Springs in the background. You also get the added sound of the drones humming in the sky. You also get a better view of the drones flying off at the end to the home base.

We do not recommend going to Saratoga Springs just for the show, since it is only five minutes long and it would take a lot longer to get over there from Disney Springs. But, if you are staying at Disney Springs, head on out to the water and catch the show.

The seasonal show is taking place Nov 20 to Jan. 8, 2017 at 7 and 8:30 p.m.

December release schedule for exclusive Disneyland pins

If you've been waiting for the hipster Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse pin, wait no longer, it will be available soon.

There are 10 pins being released in December that will be exclusive to the Disneyland Resort. The pin of the month is Bob Vivant with the hipster duo. There is also special Haunted Mansion Holiday, the Sounds of the Season collection and a special Sleepy Beauty Castle pin coming out on Dec. 29.

There are a lot more pins coming out in December. You can find the complete list of shared Disneyland and Disney World pins being released here.

Disneyland and Disney World December shared pin releases announced

The December shared pin releases for Walt Disney World and Disneyland number about 17 and include special holiday pines, ice skating pins made up with different characters and a special Christmas Day pin. There is also a special Walt Disney Day 2016 pin.

Most edition sizes are 3,000 to 5,000.

Here is a look at the 10 exclusive pins being released at Disneyland in December.