Rock Your Disney Side Information

Disney has finally released some information about 24 Hours Rock Your Disney Side event occurring this weekend.

Walt Disney World

  • The event kicks off at 6 am on May 23th with a special edition of the Welcome Show featuring heroes and villains making their way into the park
  • There will be three Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! parades.  The first parade will feature the Disney heroes at 10:00 am.  The villains take over the parade at 1:30 pm.  Voting will take place throughout the day to see whether heroes or villains will be features in the 5:45 pm parade.
  • The new Disney Festival of Fantasy parade will take place at 12:00 noon and 3:30 pm.  The Main Street Electrical Parade will have showings at 11:00 pm and 1:00 am on May 24.  The villains will take part in a pre-parade celebrating that “It’s Good to Bad.”  Celebrate the Magic will be at 8:45 pm, 9:45 pm, and 11:45 pm.  There will be one showing of Wishes at 9:00 am.
  • At 11:00 pm, Princess Fairytale Hall will be taken over by Maleficent and the Queen from Snow White and be renamed Scary Tale Hall.  Anna and Elsa will be in the other half of the hall.
  • Around 1:45 am, other Disney villains will take over some the character greeting locations.  The most notable will be Jafar instead of Jasmine and Aladdin in Adventureland.  Dr. Facilier instead of Princess Tiana and Captain Hook takes the place of Peter Pan.
  • In Tomorrowland, the IncrediblesSuperDanceParty will rock Rockettower Plaza from 4:30 pm to 10:30 pm.  Starting at 11 pm, guests can view The Incredibles.
  • Late at night, Cinderella’s Castle will be “Up All Night” and Frontierland will host the Frontierland Dance Party from 2:00 am to 5:45 am.
  • The event comes to a close with a “Special Kiss Goodnight” at the Railroad Station in Main Street USA.

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Walt Disney Accommodations – Value Resorts

Today, I’m going to start with the on-property accommodations available at Walt Disney World.  There are a lot of options at a variety of price points available to people.  There are four main classifications: Value Resorts, Moderate Resorts, Deluxe Resorts, and Deluxe Villa Resorts.  Today, I’m going to discuss the five value resorts at Walt Disney World.

I’m going to keep it simple and go in alphabetical order for these five resorts.  Give readers some perspective as to where these five resorts are located in Walt Disney World:

Walt Disney World Map
Walt Disney World Map

Starting with the three All-Star Resorts, they are located down by Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios and numbered 26-28.  As a result, guests will need to take a Disney Bus or their own car for transportation to the parks.

All-Star Movies Resorts

The first thing I will say about all of the these resorts is they are huge.  There are a lot of rooms – 1920 of them.  So, I’ll lead off with a map of the resort:

All Star Movies Map
All Star Movies Map

There are 10 buildings with hotel rooms grouped into five “pods.”  101 Dalmatians, Fantasia, and Toy Story are the three “pods” closest to the main Cinema Hall which houses the food court.  The Mighty Ducks and Love Bug “pods” have a further walk to Cinema Hall.

In terms of space, the rooms at the All-Star Resorts and Pop Century are the smallest on Disney property at only 260 square feet putting it on par with a standard hotel room at a national chain.  The rooms sleep four people.  Five people can stay in a All-Star Movie room provided one of the five is under three years old AND sleeps in a crib.

All Star Movies Room
All Star Movies Room

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On Property Accommodations – Part 1 Disneyland

I spent a lot of time talking about places to go and things to do when you are at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.  This week, I’m going to focus on something just as important….a place to sleep.  Disneyland and Walt Disney World both provide a variety of on-property accommodations.  Given its vast size, Walt Disney World has a lot more options than Disneyland.  I will focus on Walt Disney World later this week.  Today, I will focus on the three Disneyland on-property accommodations.  I will go from the oldest property to the newest.

For full disclosure, I have not stayed at any of these properties.  My only trip to Disneyland was back in 1984 and I stayed off-property with my family.

Starting with the old Disneyland Park resort hotel, let’s visit

 

Disneyland Hotel

Disneyland hotel and pools

 

Above is a panorama view of the Disneyland Hotel which was originally built by Jack Wrather in 1955.  The hotel was purchased by Disney in 1984 and underwent a massive renovation in 1999 into its present form.

The resort has 990 rooms and the theme is Classic Disney.  Standard rooms can accommodate up to five guests with suites available for larger groups.

Disneyland Hotel Room
Disneyland Hotel Room

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2014 Food and Wine Festival Week Recap

In case you missed any of the posts from earlier this week about the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, here’s a recap

Chef Mickey Opens F&W

Part 1: https://dadfordisney.com/2014/05/12/2014-food-and-wine-festival-week-part-1-general-information/

Part 2: https://dadfordisney.com/2014/05/13/2014-food-and-wine-festival-week-part-2-sample-world-showcase-menus/

Part 3: https://dadfordisney.com/2014/05/14/2014-food-and-wine-festival-week-part-3-sample-menu-from-non-world-showcase-booths/

Part 4: https://dadfordisney.com/2014/05/15/2014-food-and-wine-festival-week-part-4-special-events/

Part 5: https://dadfordisney.com/2014/05/16/2014-food-and-wine-festival-week-part-5-tips/

Dad for Disney will be taking tomorrow.  My next update will on Monday when I’ll start a series about on-property accommodations at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

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2014 Food and Wine Festival Week – Part 5 Tips

Food and Wine Festival Week concludes with tips to maximize the guest’s enjoyment while at the festival.  If you have been reading, this week, you’ve read that this is quite an expansive festival with all the of booths, special events, and concerts.  It is a very popular, if not EPCOT’s most popular, event during the year.  How can the guest best enjoy the festival and spend all of their time waiting in line, not having food spills, and keeping the kids happy?

Tip 1: GO DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK

If a guest is able to attend this event during the middle of the week as opposed to the weekend, this is a great time to go to the festival.  During the middle of the week, crowds, at the event, will be lower because attendees will be mainly resort guests.  Starting Friday night and during the weekend, more or more Orlando locals come to EPCOT for day or evening trips solely for the Food and Wine Festivals.  They add to the wait time at the booths and take up spots at the special events.  Longer lines mean the ability to sample more booths would be reduced since guests will be spending more time in line and less time eating.  The time it will take to eat the food will remain the same whether or not a guest has waited five minutes or fifteen minutes to get that food.

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