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Frozen Ever After is Open!!!

Frozen Ever After ride in Epcot is OPEN!!! However…wait times are showing 300 minutes and lines are backed up all the way to China Pavilion! If you’re in the park and get a chance to experience the ride, please check in here and tell us all about it!

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Frozen Ever After Concept Rendering

Melissa Furches is a travel agent with Magical Moments Vacations who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissaf@mmvagent.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

Big Disney News! Price Drop!

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BIG DISNEY NEWS! Price Drop! It’s not every day that you’ll see the words “price drop” in a Walt Disney World post!

Disney has lowered pricing for the popular Memory Maker photo service. Pricing has dropped by $20. If purchased more than 3 days in advance of your trip, it is $149. Otherwise, it is $169.
Memory Maker offers professional photographs of your family taken while on vacation in Disney. Some photographers have magical extras, ride photos (and videos on some attractions) are included, and you can add your own photo embellishments! Here are a few embellished photos from my last family trip!

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If you haven’t purchased your Memory Maker yet, now might just be the time to do it! Not sure if this is a temporary price drop of if the new price is here to stay, but I certainly wouldn’t chance it. Need more information about a Walt Disney World vacation? Let me know!

Melissa Furches is a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissaf@mmvagent.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

Studio Backlot Tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Closing

I write this morning with some sad news for those who are fans of the “original” park rides at Walt Disney World. Disney has confirmed the rumors that the Studio Backlot Tour at Hollywood Studios Park will be closing on September 27, 2014. The tour has been in operation for 25 years.

Studio Backlot Tour

Studio Backlot Tour

The attraction, which features both a walking tour and a tram ride, takes you through a behind the scenes look at the making of action movies, and some of the tricks that filmmakers use when filming disastrous situations.

The beginning of the tour is a walking experience where several volunteers are picked from the crowd to participate. You enter a stair climbed viewing area that surrounds a boat in water. The volunteers are used to act out a scene somewhat reminiscent of the movie Pearl Harbor. This scene that is filmed is called Harbor Attack and explains how water tanks and other props are used to film an action scene that features things like rain and waves.

The next part of the tour is a walking trip down the movie memory lane. Guests are funneled down lines into a large prop warehouse. Here as you are walking in line you can see props from such movies like Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Pirates of the Caribbean, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

The third part of the tour is a tram ride tour. The tram takes you to several areas of the park while the tram driver explains where you are and what you are driving past. During the tram ride, guests will get the closest they can get to the Mickey Earful Tower, a water tower that was originally to be the park’s icon (like the castle in Magic Kingdom and the globe in Epcot and the tree in Animal Kingdom), but it was felt that the tower wasn’t large enough or central enough and was replaced as the icon by the Sorcerer’s Hat which is now located in the center of the park.

Earful Tower

Earful Tower

The tram takes you next to an area called the boneyard. Here you will ride past larger vehicle props that were used in movies. This area features sights like the steam roller from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Herbie the Love Bug, the ship from Flight of The Navigator, ships from the original Star Wars films and motorcycles from the Indiana Jones movies.

The next part of the tram tour takes you into Catastrophe Canyon. The driver tells you that you are entering a movie set while the film crew is taking a break. The canyon is a large rocky area with a fuel truck and large water tanks. While the tram is stopped and the driver is telling you about the set, the filming starts up again suddenly and a simulated earthquake starts. The tram starts shaking, the fuel truck explodes sending a large ball of fire into the air, and a flood of water comes over the rocks entering the canyon. When the earthquake and the flood stops, the set starts to “reset” itself for the next tram coming into the canyon, and your tram driver takes you around to see the back side of the canyon set.

Catastrophe Canyon

Catastrophe Canyon

The final part of the tram ride drives you past some of the practice areas for the stunt drivers in Lights, Motors, Action! and you get to see Walt Disney’s personal plane. When the tram stops, you exit the attraction through a museum dedicated to villains in films that features life size figures of them in display cases, costumes and props from their movies, and artist renderings of the characters that the costumes were based on.

This is the second attraction in a short period that Disney has announced its closing. Last week, Disney announced the closing of Maelstrom, an original ride in Disney’s Epcot Park, located in Norway. The ride is a boat ride through the history of Norway. Guests board a Viking ship and are transported to a mythological version of Norway’s Viking days. There are trolls that cast a spell on the boat and the Viking god Odin, polar bears, living trees and waterfalls. The remaining part of the ride focuses on the importance of the sea to Norway’s culture. Guests exit the ride into a theatre that repeatedly shows a 6 minute film about the country. The attraction is set to close on October 5, 2014 so that the ride can be converted to a new attraction featuring the Disney movie Frozen.

Maelstrom

Maelstrom

At this time, it has not been announced exactly what will replace the Studio Backlot Tour although there are many rumors and speculations circulating about a Hollywood Studios version of Pixar Place, Carsland and a Star Wars themed area in the park.

 

Melissa Furches is a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissa.furches@magicalmemoriestravel.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

 

Friday Five Facts – Star Tours – The Adventure Continues

Happy Friday everyone!!!

Today’s Friday Five Facts will be all about Star Tours – The Adventure Continues, in Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park. Probably my son’s most favorite ride in the world, on our last visit to the park, we used our Extra Magic Evening Hours and rode back to back rides about 6 times in a row!

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Star Tours – The Adventure Continues

Friday Five Facts:

1. Star Tours – The Adventure Continues originally opened on December 15, 1989 under the simpler name Star Tours, and you assumed the role of “space tourist” and you traveled en route to the forest moon of Endor. (This ride was set to take place after the events of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi)

2. The current version of the attraction, Star Tours – The Adventure Continues re-opened on May 20, 2011 as a 3D motion simulator ride.

3. Star Tours—The Adventures Continues takes guests on a turbulent excursion trip across the galaxy, as droids C-3PO and R2-D2 attempt to safely return a rebel spy to the Rebel Alliance. (This version takes place between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope.)

4. With newer technology, the current version of this attraction offers random sequencing to give each guest a different experience. There are eleven random segments of the film (two opening segments, three primary destination segments, three hologram message segments, and three ending destination segments). When combined, they allow 54 different possible ride experiences.

5. You can find Star Tours – The Adventure Continues in three Disney parks; Hollywood Studios, Disneyland and Toyko Disneyland. The outside exteriors of the Star Tours attractions are different in their respective parks. The attraction in Florida is inspired by an Ewok village on the forest moon of Endor, whereas the California and Japan versions are modeled after a Tomorrowland-esque space port.

Ride Queue at Star Tours

Ride Queue at Star Tours

So what do you think of the Star Tours attraction? Does it do the movies justice? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Melissa Furches is a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissa.furches@magicalmemoriestravel.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

2015 Disney Prices Will Be Available July 30, 2014

Planning a Disney vacation in 2015? Prices for 2015 will be released on July 30, 2014. What’s the best way to save money on a Disney vacation? Book early!

2015 Pricing

 

Melissa Furches is a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissa.furches@magicalmemoriestravel.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

Disney Cruise Line Announces Changes in Age Restrictions for Babies

Are you planning on taking your baby on a Disney Cruise Line vacation? As of today, July 18th, 2014, your baby may not be old enough to set sail. Read below for the official statement from Disney Cruise Line:

 

Effective July 18, 2014, for all new bookings for sailings commencing after Jan. 1, 2015, the minimum age to sail aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships will increase from 12 weeks to 6 months of age on most itineraries. The minimum age for Transatlantic, Hawai’i and Panama Canal itineraries will increase to 1 year of age. This change is consistent with the age restrictions of others in the cruise industry.

Guests with existing reservations to sail in 2015 with a child between the ages of 12 weeks and 1 year will be allowed to sail on their existing reservations. After July 18, 2014, all new bookings for 2015 sailings must comply with the new age limits.

 

Good news is that if you have already booked, you’re safe from these restrictions. Bad news is if you haven’t, you might be pushing out your dates by several months. If you have any questions regarding this topic, or any other Disney Cruise Line question, contact me at any time and I’ll be glad to help.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line

 

 

Melissa Furches is a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissa.furches@magicalmemoriestravel.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

Walt Disney World Christmas Parade – Magic Kingdom

The dates have been announced for the Annual Disney Parks Christmas Parade to be filmed in the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort. This year’s filming will take place on December 6th and 7th. The parade airs every year on the ABC Network on Christmas Day.

Park guests can attend the taping of the Christmas Parade with their standard park admission tickets – you do not need a separate ticket for the parade.

If you are visiting the Walt Disney World resort during these dates, you may want to attend the filming of the parade. A word of caution  – this will be a very, very, very long day for you! They do not run the parade in it’s entirety all at one time like you see on t.v. The parade will be started and stopped over and over again. The performers will perform over and over again. This is to ensure that every desired camera angle is achieved, and every best shot is captured. Chances are highly likely that if you have small children, they will not be able to make it through the entire thing. But, that doesn’t mean you should steer clear! You can show up, pick a spot, and then hang out as long as you can! No one says that once you get there, you have to stay put during the entire thing! And if you don’t make it to the beginning, you might find yourself with a good spot later as others leave the front lines.

One other thing to note – Main Street will be virtually impassable during this filming. When you enter the park, you will see film crews and camera spots all over the place near the entrance and the area by the train station. You will see roped off areas and walkways that will take you around the filming. If you don’t plan on attending the filming, it might be easiest to pick another of the parks to visit on these days. If you heart is set on the Magic Kingdom anyway, you might find that the lines for the rides are a little shorter while filming is going on, so hit up the heavy liners during this time! Any of the mountains, (Space, Big Thunder, Splash), the Haunted Mansion or even Pirates of the Caribbean should be an easy zip straight to the ride.

And for the rest of us, we’ll be watching from home on Christmas Day! 

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