Jul 14

First Ever ‘Villains Unleashed’ Event Will Take Place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Villains Unleashed Coming to Disneys Hollywood Studios

On August 23rd, 2014, more than 50 Disney villains will invade Disney’s Hollywood Studios during a new separate ticket event, “Villains Unleashed.”

The one-night-only event party will feature up-close encounters with some of the most popular Disney villains and will include:

- Hades Hangout & Dance Party

Dance the night away with the Hades and his band of underworld party animals.

Groove to the devilish ditties of house band Bernie Briquette and Brimstone, along with the twisted turntables of DJ Igg Nite and the Underworld Dancers. Get ready for a night full of hot tracks, because nobody turns up the heat better than Hades!

- Oogie Boogie’s Variety Show

- Star Wars Villain Zone

- NEW “Villainy In The Skies” Fireworks Spectacular

As the clock strikes the witching hour, the famous fiends unite at Hades’ Hangout for a fireworks spectacular!

Feel the evil energy swell as the collected villains combine their powers and assemble on Hades’ Hangout. With an eruption of evil energy, the night sky is set ablaze with dazzling colors in the Villainy in the Skies fireworks spectacular. Even a villain can have a happy ending, after all.

- A Villain-inspired Pre-show to “Fantasmic!”

- Indulge Your Inner Villain

With devilish culinary delights, malevolent makeovers and more, it’s the perfect night to spoil yourself rotten!

Silence that ghoulish growl in your stomach with treacherous treats concocted in tribute to Disney’s vilest villains..

Come dressed as your favorite Disney villain*, or show your nefarious colors with an “Ex-Scream” Makeover and get your face painted to look just like one of the Disney Villains!

And before you leave these troubled grounds, grab some villain-themed merchandise as trophies for your own lair.

Guests may purchase tickets at DisneyVillainsParty.com or call 407-939-1933.

Jul 14

Florida Resident Rates Released for the Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World

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Florida residents receive special introductory pricing to experience a “staycation” at Orlando’s newest resort.

Disney’s newest luxury resort hasn’t even opened it’s doors yet (That will happen on August 3rd) and already it is offering Florida Residents a chance to book specially priced accommodations. As a Florida resident and frequent “staycationer” this makes me very happy.

Situated in a breathtaking location at the Walt Disney World Resort, Four Seasons is located in a lushly landscaped area with many mature trees, lakes and wetlands.

For the introductory period of August 17th, 2014 through October 9th, 2014, the Florida resident rate is USD $279.00 for a Golden Oak View Room, and includes valet parking for one car. A Golden Oak View room can sleep three adults, or two adults and two children. At 500 square-feet plus a spacious furnished balcony, the guestrooms include a king bed plus a queen-size sofa sleeper, and a 5-piece marble bath complete with in-mirror television and Bose surround-sound.

Guests of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will have complimentary transportation to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios .

In addition to enjoying all the nearby Disney attractions, a highlight of Four Seasons Resort Orlando is the five-acre “Explorer Island” water park, including a winding lazy river complete with a rapids section, two water slides, an interactive splash zone with water cannons, and much more.

Disney Four Seasons Resort Walt Disney World Explorer Island

The Kids For All Seasons program offers organized activities for children ages 4-12, and is complimentary. Adults will enjoy the adult-only pool, 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed Tranquilo Golf Club, and The Spa at Four Seasons.

The Florida resident offer is available exclusively by telephone reservation: 1-800-267-3046. A valid Florida state identification will be required at the time of check-in.

I will be attending a special media preview of the resort later this month where I will be sharing pictures via Instagram and Twitter. Until then check out more details of the rooms at the Four Seasons in this post: Sneak Peek Inside the Guest Rooms at the All New Walt Disney World Four Seasons Resort

Jul 14

$40 Sleeping Beauty “Once Upon a Dream” {Disney Book Giveaway}

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By Charles Solomon

A complete illustrated history of Sleeping Beauty, from the Grimm fairy tale, to the Disney animated film, to the live-action movie Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie!

With its themes of a beautiful princess, a dashing prince, and love triumphing over powerful magic, “Sleeping Beauty” remains one of the most beloved of all fairy tales. The story was first published by Charles Perrault in 1697. Perrault’s vision of the ageless, enchanted princess slumbering in her vine-encrusted tower has fascinated readers and artists for more 300 years three times as long as the heroine slept. This heavily-illustrated book will trace the history of that fascination, which has manifested itself in literature, fine art, poetry, music, and film.

The most celebrated cinematic version of Sleeping Beauty is Walt Disney’s, the glorious finale of the animated fairy tales he began in 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Although Briar Rose/Aurora was the most beautiful and beautifully animated of the Disney princesses, the film was dominated by Maleficent: Perrault’s shriveled old fairy was transformed into the epitome of the lovely but terrible sorceress of fantasy literature.

The book will conclude with the development and creation of Maleficent, including interviews with Angelina Jolie, Imelda Staunton, Linda Woolverton, Sean Bailey, Joe Roth, Don Hahn, and director Robert Stromberg (Oscar-winning art director of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland); behind-the-scenes details and photography; costumes, props, and makeup; and plenty of movie magic!

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Jul 14

Frozen Summer Event Schedule at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World

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This summer, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is celebrating “Frozen,” the hit animated feature film from Disney Animation Studios, with a daily character procession, sing-alongs with Anna and Elsa, fireworks, a polar playground, ice skating rink and a nightly party featuring a live band, all themed to the worldwide phenomenon.

Now through Sept. 1, 2014, “Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!” brings to life the world of royal sisters Anna and Elsa and their fairy tale kingdom of Arendelle. Most activities are included in theme park admission.

Special experiences immerse guests in lots of Frozen fun. Here are some highlights (schedule subject to change without notice):

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Anna’s & Elsa’s Royal Welcome: Each day at 11 a.m., Anna and Elsa, riding in a horse-drawn sleigh, travel in a royal procession down Hollywood Boulevard. Rugged mountain man Kristoff is along for the fun joined by a flurry of skaters, skiers and ice cutters, all dressed in their Arendelle best.

For The First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration: Inside the park’s Premiere Theater, Princess Anna and Queen Elsa join the Royal Historians of Arendelle for a fun and comedic retelling of the history of their kingdom amidst projections, lighting and special effects. Guests are invited to join in special sing-along moments from the film’s chart-topping soundtrack. At the end of the performance, guests might find themselves becoming “Honorary Citizens of Arendelle.” The 20-minute show is presented multiple times each day.

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Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland: There’s a “big summer blowout” happening inside the park’s Soundstage One, where Oaken – the film’s trading post owner – and his cousins have created the “Frozen Funland” amidst a winter wonderland. Living up to its name, there will be frozen festivities galore inside the makeshift adventure park Oaken and his cousins built to make the most of the sudden snowstorm.

Part of the Oaken’s Frozen Funland is an ice skating rink with demonstrations by some of Oaken’s talented cousins on the Arendelle ice. Daily ice skating sessions are available to guests to purchase. The cost is $10 for 30 minutes of fun on the ice, and includes the use of ice skates, socks and a helmet.* Skating sessions are available on a first come, first serve basis each day from park open to 8 p.m.**

Kids can enjoy frozen wintertime activities in the “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” area. For all of his Frozen Funland friends, Oaken has plenty of merchandise at his Trading Post, along with hot cocoa and sweet treats available for purchase.

Guests can take pictures with the film’s animated characters in a virtual setting, and then email them or share on their social media channels.

Coolest Summer Ever Dance Party: From 5:30-9:30 p.m. each evening, a live band takes the stage to celebrate the Frozen summer fun with contemporary songs and a few familiar tunes from the film.

Take-Along Olaf: As a special feature before the fireworks, guests have a chance to be a part of a pre-show celebration by hashtagging photos of themselves in the park with a “Take-Along Olaf.” Throughout the day, Take-Along Olafs will be distributed at various locations in the park. Guests are then invited to take Olaf along with them on their Disney’s Hollywood Studios adventures. By sharing their photos with the unique hashtag #OlafSummerVacation, their photos may appear on the big screen in this special pre-show feature.

Frozen Fireworks: At 9:45 each evening, the giant Sorcerer Mickey Hat on Hollywood Blvd. gets the full Frozen treatment with special projections of snow and ice images, in an eye-popping spectacular above Hollywood Blvd. Set to the film’s soundtrack, the fireworks show features some special guests – including a very magical appearance from Elsa in which she shows how her powers flurry “through the air and to the ground” to produce magically icy blue and white gleaming fireworks.

Guests also can purchase The Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package, which offers reserved viewing for three of the new experiences: Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome procession, a showing of For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration and an exclusive dessert party in a reserved area for viewing of the nighttime Frozen Fireworks. Packages cost $59 for adults and $34 for children (including tax and gratuity); guests can book the package by calling 407-939-1939.

Jul 14

2014 runDisney Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend Medals

2014 The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 10-Miler Weekend medals revealed

Runners that registered finally get a look at the bling they will be earning during the 2014 runDisney Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend. That Hitchhiking Ghosts medal kind of makes me wish I had signed up for the 5K.

Here’s my 2013 race recap: My 2013 Walt Disney World Tower of Terror 10 Miler runDisney Race Recap. See you out on the course!