Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Disney News Round Up

After January 5th, the Magic Kingdom's daytime parade will be retired.  A new daytime parade - the Festival of Fantasy will debut in the Spring.  Hollywood Studios' Pixar parade went dark a few months ago and I am hearing that Animal Kingdom's fabulous parade will be retired next year.

The Very Merry Christmas party started on Friday November 8th - and if you are character hunting, here is a great article that tells you about all the special characters - and even has a map telling you where to find them!

Also beginning Friday the 8th is the Christmas overlay for the Jungle Cruise - or now known as the Jingle Cruise.  I love this poster for the ride - and am crossing my fingers that they might actually have prints for it!  I cannot wait to see the decorations, renamed boats, and hear some holiday puns!


Check out the Disney park blogs to see new limited edition pins commemorating the different gingerbread creations at the resorts.  Also - there are dates set so that you can meet the pastry chefs behind the Gingerbread houses!

If you are going to be at Disney for Christmas and have an appointment at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique - you have new options!  There are wigs from the new movie "Frozen" - along with costumes for Anna or Elsa.  Also, there is a new holiday Minnie dress and headband!

Premiering today - the trailer for Disney's Maleficent!  Will this be part of your summer movie lineup?



 
Katrina

Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veteran's Day!


Happy Veterans Day!  Thank you to all who have served!

Did you know that Disney honors every single day in the Magic Kingdom? Each day at 5pm there is a flag retreat ceremony in the square on Main Street at the entrance to the park.  This ceremony has happened every evening since the park first opened on October 1, 1971.
 
(Picture credit - allears.net)
 
Click here for a great article from a Vietnam Veteran about his experience in participating in the ceremony.  

Another way that Disney honors veterans is with their salute to America park tickets and military discounts.  Please message me for more information on those exclusive discounts!


Katrina

Friday, November 8, 2013

USS Kittiwake Shore Excursion in Grand Cayman

There are so many great shore excursions in Grand Cayman - it's really difficult to choose which one to do!  There is a great Sting Ray encounter at Sting Ray City.  Or you could go to Hell.  Or a Turtle farm.  There are also some amazing beaches where you could laze in a lounger and wade into the beautiful crystal blue waters of the Caribbean.

My favorite excursions are ones that get me in the water - and especially when I can snorkel.  I love looking at the coral formations and all the gorgeous fish. But when I heard about this snorkel trip where I'd get to see the USS Kittiwake - it just sounded too cool to pass up.

The USS Kittiwake was a US submarine rescue vehicle that was in commission from 1946 - 1994.  In 2008 it was sold to the Cayman Islands.  The government of the Caymans wanted to use it to start an artificial reef near 7 Mile Beach.  It was sunk there in January of 2011 and rests in about 60 feet of water - resting on the sandy bottom.

Our excursion begins with boarding a catamaran right from 7 Mile Beach (in front of the governor's house).  We had a short ride to our snorkel spot.  We could even see our ship!




The day was cloudy and had rained earlier so the water was really choppy.  We had a couple of novice snorkelers onboard who were not able to handle the water.  One thing I do want to point out though is how easy it is to get on and off of a catamaran.  Being a larger person, a straight up and down ladder is really difficult for me to use - but the ladder on a catamaran makes it really easy to get in and out of the water if you have size or mobility issues.



Again, with the water so choppy, the visibility wasn't perfect - but I still got some wonderful shots of the USS Kittiwake.







We spent about 20 minutes here before we all got back on board and we moved a few hundred feet over to a coral reef.  The reef here was really cool in that it had rows of coral next to a sandy patch followed by another row of coral - probably about 20 rows in all.  Made for some fantastic scenery!





So - how about you? Are you a snorkeler?  Is this an excursion that you would try?


Katrina

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Disney News Round Up


Congrats to the winners of the Villains Make up - Cyndie L and to Jeanine L!

Have I helped you to plan a trip to Disney or with a cruise?  I am taking submissions for my Testimonials page.  Be sure to click on the tab to see what our families are saying about us!

Club Cool in Epcot is going to be experiencing some major changes - they are changing most of the flavors of sodas to be offered.  Staying are the drinks from Japan and Italy (the infamous Beverly!) and the rest will be retired.  New drinks will be from Europe (Fanta Pineapple), Thailand (Fanta Frosty Melon), South Africa (Bibo), South East Africa (Sparberry), Brazil (Guarana Kuat), and Peru (Inca Kola).

Other big news for Epcot beginning November 1st - end of the year (or it may last longer) - is that for fast pass plus - you can only select ONE headliner experience (Soarin' OR Test Track OR Maelstrom OR Character Spot OR Illuminations).  You may need to plan more than one day at Epcot to experience all that you want to do.

Disney Parks celebrates the 20th anniversary of Tim Burton's "Nightmare Before Christmas" with some cool new merchandise.  Be sure to check out my pinterest page for pictures.

Visitors from the UK - take note that your UK issued driver's license is no longer a valid option for ID when purchasing alcohol in Disney World or DisneyLand.  Be sure to bring your passport for ID purposes!

This is the last week for the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party - with the last party on November 1.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parties begin next week on November 8th - and the first party is already sold out!








Katrina