Facts About Walt Disney World Fireworks Part 3

Facts About Walt Disney World Fireworks Part 3

No Fireworks at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

While fireworks are the perfect ending to a day at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the same can’t be said at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Rivers of Light is the nighttime show, but there are no fireworks in it. The reason is simple, Disney does not want the loud fireworks to bother the animals who call the park home.

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IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

At Epcot the end of the night show is IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. Most nights the show takes place at 9:00pm. During the Christmas season it is moved back to 9:30. Fireworks are just one element of IllumiNations. It tells “The Story of Earth”. The tale is in three parts. There is a 350,000 pound globe in the story, and fire shoots 60 feet into the air. The show ends with fireworks in a grand finale that you won’t soon forget.

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Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

For years Disney’s Hollywood Studios only had fireworks for special events or holidays. Things changed when Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular debuted. The show received rave reviews from Star Wars fans, but Disney was not done. On June 17, 2016 Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular replaced it. The show uses both fireworks and projection to allow guests to relive some of the top moments from the Star Wars movies. The music of the legendary John Williams adds to the experience. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is adaptable. Scenes from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have been added, even though the movie was released months after the fireworks debuted. There’s a good chance that there will be more changes, since more Star Wars movies are set to be released.

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Stay tuned for the finale in Part 4.

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Facts About Walt Disney World Disney Fireworks – Part 2

Facts About Walt Disney World Fireworks Part 2

There is no better way to end a day at Walt Disney World than with a Fireworks show. No one does fireworks better than Disney. A lot goes into putting on the shows night after night. Here are some more facts and things that you might want to know about the fireworks at Walt Disney World.

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Dry Season

During the summer there is a chance of rain most days in Central Florida. The same is not always true during the late winter and spring. Sometimes weeks will go by with no measurable rain, and wild fires start to spring up. At the Magic Kingdom they will water down the pavement to keep down the possibility of fires. The fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are a different story. To keep everyone safe, if the weather has been particularly dry Disney will cut back on the amount of fireworks that they use inside the park.

Two Shows in One Day?

In 2016, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For the Christmas season, there was a replacement fireworks show called Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!. It ran from the middle of November until the end of the year. While people lined up early for the show, there were also some complaints about there being no Star Wars fireworks. The other show was brought back, and the two both ran most nights through the end of the season. That proves that it is possible to have two fireworks shows running simultaneously in one park. If you consider that there are fireworks in Fantasmic!, that’s three that were running at one time. All three shows were fantastic! Do not miss Fantasmic if you are planning a trip to Disney. Check the schedule at Hollywood Studios for dates and times of the show.

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Holiday Shows

Speaking of the holidays, they are always special at Walt Disney World. Special times call for special fireworks. In the past, there have been themed versions of The Wishes Fireworks show to coincide with Mickey’s two parties. Holiday fireworks also take place to celebrate Independence Day, and to ring in the New Year.

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Stay tuned for more facts about Disney’s fireworks in Part 3.

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Facts About Walt Disney World Fireworks Part 1

Facts About Walt Disney World Fireworks Part 1

There is no better way to end a day at Walt Disney World than with a Fireworks show. No one does fireworks better than Disney. A lot goes into putting on the shows night after night. Here are facts and things that you might want to know about the fireworks at Walt Disney World.

Cost

Ever wonder how much it costs to set off all of those fireworks? You’re going to have to keep wondering, because Disney will not release that information. An educated guess is that it costs over $18 million a year. Disney uses over one million fireworks annually, and they are said to be the largest user of fireworks in the United States.

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Launch

Most fireworks use gunpowder for the launch but that is not the case at Walt Disney World. Instead, they use compressed air. There are two reasons for this. First, the launch is higher this way. Second, gunpowder is known for its fumes. There are no extra fumes for guests to breathe in when compressed air is used. That doesn’t mean that you won’t smell anything, the fireworks still burn. It just means that you won’t be breathing in gunpowder fumes.  Much better for the environment!

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Views

While the fireworks shows were created to be viewed inside the parks, it can be hard to fight your way out once they are finished. Great viewing areas for all the major shows can be found outside of the parks as well. The Magic Kingdom Resort Area hotels all sport fantastic places to watch, ask a Cast Member to point you in the right direction. For something extra special, make a dinner reservation at California Grill located in the Contemporary Resort. You’ll then enjoy arguably the best view outside of the Magic Kingdom.  Also, if you are a member of Disney’s Vacation Club, members can enjoy seeing the fireworks at Top of the World Lounge.  If you want to watch the fireworks from Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Epcot, head to the Epcot Resort Area. There are some great spots to watch along Crescent Lake. You don’t even need to be on Walt Disney World property to enjoy the fireworks. They can be seen and heard in many nearby areas, even if you’re miles away.

Fourth of July Fireworks

Stay tuned for more fun facts about Disney Fireworks in Part 2.

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Disney World In June

Disney World In June

June marks the beginning of summer crowds but the parks aren’t as busy as July – have a good touring plan and arrive a little before park opening and you should be fine.  The more popular attractions are the least crowded at park opening.  June can be rainy so bring a disposable poncho and keep an eye on the weather as some attractions do close when lightning comes with the rain.  Read on to find out about crowds, closures and special events during your June trip to Disney World.

Disney World Ride Closures & Refurbishments

June 2017

Disney World Closures

  • Magic Kingdom – Hall of Presidents closed January 17 –  June 29, 2017.
  • Epcot – Mission: SPACE and Advance Training Lab closed June 5 –  July 28, 2017.
  • Disney Springs – Portobello Country Italian Trattoria (restaurant) closed April 23 – Fall 2017
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort – Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters Restaurant, Cabana Pool Bar & the Calypso Trading Post will be closed from May 1, 2017 to June 18, 2018.   Dining options will be available for breakfast, lunch & dinner.  Centertown will serve breakfast & dinner.  Grab-and-Go meals like pastries, salads, fruit, and sandwiches will be sold in the Aruba, Jamaica and Aruba sections of the resort.   In-room dining will still be available.
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort – Fitness Center closed June 12 – TBA to replace flooring.  Some equipment has been moved to Salon 9 for guests wanting to work out.
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort – Exterior painting and maintenance from Jan 3 – July 27.  Work should not begin until after 9:00am each morning.
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort – Room Refurbishments from Feb 4, 2017 to May 7, 2018.  Work should not begin until after 9:00am each morning.
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Construction projects will occur at the resort beginning October 2, 2015 and continuing into July 2017.   Noise from this work may be heard by guests, though work will not begin until after 9:00AM, daily.   Certain pathways and the nature trail will be blocked.   The Boulder Ridge Cove Pool leisure pool at the Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Teton Boat and Bike Rentals, the resort beach, playground and recreation fire pit will closed through July 1, 2017.   The resort’s main pool will be open during construction. Cub’s Den (Children’s Activity Center) closed through 2017.  Roaring Forks Snacks will be closed February 13 – July 1, 2017. Trout Pass Pool bar will be closed through 2017.
  • Disney’s Yacht Club – Captain’s Grille Restaurant will temporarily be relocated to Ariel’s in the Yacht Club Resort from May 25 – September 30, 2017.

Have fun at Disney World in June!!

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Ways To Keep Your Disney Vacation Magical Part 3

Ways To Keep Your Disney Vacation Magical

Part 3

Be Prepared

Check the weather forecast before you even leave for vacation. During the winter months, Orlando can be quite cool so you will enjoy your trip more if you are prepared with a jacket or sweater and long pants. Bring a poncho or an umbrella if rain is in the forecast. Florida usually has a rain shower in the afternoon during the summer months. Fortunately, most times the rain only lasts long enough to give everyone a short break from the heat. If you get caught without a poncho or umbrella, never fear Disney sells Mickey ponchos at most of their gift shops.  Being prepared for the weather can make a world of difference in your day at the park.

 

Budget

Determine early on what your budget is in terms of where you will be staying, what you will spend on food and what you expect to spend in the park each day, and then stick to that budget as much as possible. You can load up Disney gift cards to use towards souvenirs and other expenses to help you keep within your budget. Sticking to your budget will help you avoid being resentful of the money spent on vacation.

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Use an Authorized Disney Travel Agent

One of the absolute best ways to avoid making mistakes when planning your Disney vacation is to book with an authorized Disney travel agent. They won’t cost you a extra cent, in fact they are more likely to find you deals when they become available and save you money on your vacation. They are also a great source of information, they can answer questions for you about Disney, make suggestions for you and your family and remind you when you can make dining reservations, or book your FastPasses. They are the experts and will definitely help you avoid screwing up your vacation.

Disney Travel Agents

Relax and Enjoy!

Do your best to relax and enjoy your time at Disney with family or friends! Try not to stress about what you’re not able to do in the limited time you’re in Disney.  It’s important to have a plan but try to remain flexible as well. This will all lead to a better Disney vacation experience and may even leave you wanting to plan another one before you leave!

 

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Ways To Keep Your Disney Vacation Magical – Part 2

Ways To Keep Your Disney Vacation Magical

Part 2

Use the My Disney Experience App

The My Disney Experience app is crucial both before and during your Disney vacation. It’s very user friendly, and it gives you access to many aspects of your vacation. It’s one spot where you can always see what your plans are at a glance, such as reservations, tickets, and FastPasses. It will also show you the wait times for attractions, the best route to get from one place in the park to another, and it has show times and a list of the characters you can meet. You can also book dining reservations on the app, or cancel them. It gives guests a lot of flexibility, and it will help you feel knowledgeable and in control of your Disney vacation.  I have used the App for several of my Disney trips to make dining reservations, reserve fast passes and to keep track of our schedule.

 

Use a Map

Even if you think you know where things are located in the park, pick up a Map. Maps are available at the entrance of each park. If you ever doubt where you are, or how to get from point A to point B, a quick glance at the park map will help you out. They’re just another tool that Disney provides guests with that will help them tackle the parks with confidence. They also make great keepsakes!

Disney Map

Book Early

If possible, try to plan and book Disney vacations 8 months to a year in advance for a number of reasons.  It allows time to budget and save for each vacation.  It also means that  restaurants can be reserved  up to 180 days in advance.  FastPasses can be booked 60 days in advance. It’s also easier to reserve special event parties and events before they sell out.  Booking early gives you plenty of time to weigh your options, change your mind, and get excited about your vacation.

 

Stay tuned for more tips in Part 3 of this series.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

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Ways To Keep Your Disney Vacation Magical – Part 1

Ways To Keep Your Disney Vacation Magical

Part 1

Planning a Disney vacation can be very overwhelming. There are a numerous things to take into consideration, and because of that there can also be a great deal of pressure. If you’re new to planning a Disney vacation, here are some easy ways to help plan your dream vacation.

Be Realistic

Have realistic expectations when at Disney. It will be busy. There are always crowds at Disney, lots of strollers, crying children, and long lines. But it’s okay, because you’re in Disney and these things won’t stop you from having a magical time, especially if you can just accept these things are part of Disney, and they don’t have to ruin your vacation.

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Check Height Requirements

Before you make your FastPass+ selections, check the height requirements for the attractions you want to ride and then measure the children in your family. It’s very disappointing to book a FastPass+ for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train only to arrive and discover that not everyone in your party meets the 38-inch minimum height requirement. In order to avoid disappointment, check the height requirements online first. You will feel prepared, and you can book a FastPass+ that will allow everyone to ride the attractions.

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Make Reservations

Dining at Disney is a big part of a Disney vacation experience, and people plan far in advance. Dining reservations can be made 180 days in advance and it’s worth making reservations this early, especially if you want to visit popular restaurants, such as Chef Mickey’s or Cinderella’s Royal Table. It can be difficult to walk up to a restaurant at Disney and be seated, so make reservations.  They key is planning ahead.

 

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

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Disney World Opens Pandora The World of Avitar

Walt Disney World Opens

Pandora – The World of Avatar

Pandora – The World of Avatar officially opened to guests on May 27 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World.  The opening of this new, hugh land made history for Disney’s Animal Kingdom as the largest themed opening since the park first opened in 1998.  This new opening saw some of the highest attendance for the park with Disney creating additional bus loops to accommodate all of the traffic.  Disney even had cast members park at other locations around Walt Disney World in order to free up the cast parking lot to accommodate the amount of guests visiting Animal Kingdom.  The land was close to capacity throughout the day with Disney cast members managing the entrance to the land to ensure that it didn’t get over capacity.  The two new attractions saw 4 hour wait times throughout the day!!!

 

The opening of Pandora introduced a lot of great new Avatar themed experiences. There are two new attractions.  Guests are able to sail down the mystical river to encounter a Na’vi shaman at Na’vi River Journey, or get the opportunity to soar over Pandora on the back of a mountain banshee at Avatar Flight of Passage.  Very exciting for Animal Kingdom!!

Have you visited Pandora?  If so, what do you think?

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Pandora The World of Avitar – Part 2

Pandora the World of Avatar

Part 2

Food

The main dining option is Satu’li Canteen. It’s quick service dining, with the option of ordering from the My Disney Experience App. The Cast Members here (and in all of Pandora) are said to be extremely friendly. One of the main menu options at Satu’li Canteen allows you to create your own bowl. You pick a protein, a base, and a sauce. It comes with slaw on top.  If you have special dietary requests, ask to see the allergy-friendly menu; you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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Next door to Satu’li Canteen is a beverage spot called Pongu Pongu. It includes both alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialties, plus some interesting ale choices. Also served are snacks called Pongu Lumpia, which are pineapple cream cheese spring rolls.

Shopping

There is one main store at Pandora. Flight of Passage empties into Windtraders, and there is also another entrance. It features souvenirs that you’ll find in most stores such as T-shirts and mugs, plus a couple of unusual selections. Guests can have an Avatar likeness made.  Accessories are also available for an additional cost. You can also purchase a banshee that will sit on your shoulder. Several Cast Members were seen with a banshee so chances are that this is going to become a quite popular item. There are other unique merchandise, including drums and Avatar tails. There is also an outdoor kiosk that sells some souvenirs.

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Atmosphere

The atmosphere may be the best part of Pandora – The World of Avatar. Guests can honestly forgot that they are at Disney’s Animal Kingdom while there. The rest of the park is not visible from the new world. From the floating mountains to the unusual plant “life” to the waterfalls, it’s an incredible experience. Kids will love playing in the circle of drums, and parents might want to join in. The whole area is breathtakingly beautiful. It doesn’t matter if you’ve seen Avatar or not, you will want to stop by.

More on Pandora the World of Avatar in the next installment.

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Pandora the World of Avatar Part 1

Pandora the World of Avatar

Part 1

Pandora – The World of Avatar located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom has officially been dedicated. The ceremony was held on May 24, 2017. Celebrities included in the festivities were Bob Iger and James Cameron. A short procession started things off, and after the dedication was officially over there was a drum ceremony was held in the new land.

Here is a little information about Walt Disney World’s newest land, Pandora The World of Avatar.

Rides

There are two new rides in Pandora. The more popular of the two and the one everyone is talking about is Avatar Flight of Passage. It’s a 3D motion simulator ride that’s been described as a “combination of Soarin’ and Star Tours”.  That’s about as close a description as possible if you’re looking to compare it to other rides. You’ll link your mind with an Avatar and then ride on the back of a banshee. Eight people ride across, each on their own motorcycle-type vehicle. The seat itself is a little bit awkward, you lean forward and you’re locked in from behind. They’re not the most comfortable seats ever, but they do put you into the right position so that you can best feel as if you are flying.

 

The second new ride is Na’vi River Journey. It’s a slow moving boat ride that is relaxing and beautiful. It’s been described as a cross between It’s a Small World and Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros. It’s not really like either of those two rides, but more of a gentle boat ride that uses screens to help create the journey. The scenery is stunning. You do truly feel as if you’re riding through another world. The Na’vi Shaman of Songs at the end is an extremely well done Audio-Animatronic figure.

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More on Pandora the World of Avatar in the next installment.

If you ever want to chat about Disney, come over to Goldwiser in Old Town Spring.  We are open from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and located at 1122 Spring Cypress Rd., Spring, TX 77373.  Let’s talk some Disney World! While you’re at it, bring your old gold, silver and platinum jewelry and old coins. Maybe you can get some extra cash for a Disney trip!

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