24 Hour DisneySide Event

 Special event brochure with event times and special event merchandise information

Special event brochure with event times and special event merchandise information

On Friday May 23, 2014 the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World (as well as both Disneyland and California Adventure in California) was open from 6 AM until 6 AM Saturday May 24.  24 Hours of Magic Kingdom attractions, food treats, and special activities.  Guests were welcome to dress in costume to show their Disney Side and the theme of the night was Heroes vs. Villains. The Villains led the parade prior to the traditional showing of the Electrical Light Parade and at midnight, the classic Disney Characters were replaced at meet-n-greets with Villains.  Fairytale Hall even changed over to Scarytale Hall.

Here are a few highlights from adventures in the middle of the night at the Magic Kingdom.

 Special Buttons handed out at the park entrance to all guests

Special Buttons handed out at the park entrance to all guests

 Villain Parade

Villain Parade

 Villain Parade

Villain Parade

 Villain Parade

Villain Parade

 Villain Parade

Villain Parade

 Villain Parade

Villain Parade

 Cinderella in the Electrical Light Parade with guests showing their Disney Side

Cinderella in the Electrical Light Parade with guests showing their Disney Side

 Green, Black, and Purple Maleficient Cake Pops

Green, Black, and Purple Maleficient Cake Pops

 Orange Bird Caramel Apples with Steve from the Official Disney Parks Blog showing his Disney Side

Orange Bird Caramel Apples with Steve from the Official Disney Parks Blog showing his Disney Side

 Queen of Hearts strawberry layered cupcake from Cheshire Cat available year round

Queen of Hearts strawberry layered cupcake from Cheshire Cat available year round

 3:20 AM in the Magic Kingdom

3:20 AM in the Magic Kingdom

 3:30 AM on the Jungle Cruise with a lot of devoted Disney fans

3:30 AM on the Jungle Cruise with a lot of devoted Disney fans

 Castle Dance Party to keep the energy going all night

Castle Dance Party to keep the energy going all night

 Frontiereland Dance Party with all the Characters in their pajamas

Frontiereland Dance Party with all the Characters in their pajamas

 Rock Your Disney Side Photo Op

Rock Your Disney Side Photo Op

WALT DISNEY WORLD SWAN AND DOLPHIN ANNOUNCES DATES FOR FIFTH ANNUAL FOOD & WINE CLASSIC

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – February 28, 2014 – Culinary artistry, fine wine and celebrity chef meet-and-greets will once again highlight the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic. The event, back for its fifth year, will be held on Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at the Epcot Resort Area hotel.

The outdoor festival will include food and beverage seminars, food and wine tastings and live music. Seminars will be led by the hotel’s chefs and certified beverage experts, while the hotel’s award-winning restaurants will showcase signature culinary selections to pair with tastings from more than 30 wineries.

Celebrity Chef Todd English will be in attendance to meet and greet with guests. English is a renowned restaurateur who has gained national acclaim through his line of restaurants and cookbooks, and other food-related enterprises. Todd English’s bluezoo is located in the hotel and features fresh seafood in a vibrant atmosphere.

With 17 restaurants and lounges, and a distinguished culinary and beverage team, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel continually earns national recognition for its food and beverage program. The hotel features more than 70 certified wine sommeliers and 1,400 wine selections.

Tickets to the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic are currently available as part of a hotel package or individually.  For more information or to book, contact katherine@enchantedearstravel.com or 585-967-5015.

In the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is the gateway to Central Florida’s greatest theme parks and attractions. The hotel is located between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Magic Kingdom Park. Guests can discover 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds and the luxurious Mandara Spa. The hotel features five pools, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf, complimentary transportation throughout the Walt Disney World Resort and the Extra Magic Hours benefit, where each day, one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks offers additional time for guests to enjoy select attractions. (Valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required).

Spring 2014 EPCOT Flower Power Concert List: FREE WITH EPCOT ADMISSION!

The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival starts soon! The dates are March 5- May 18, 2014.  The Flower Power Concert Series is just one of the many great festival activities included with Epcot park admission during this time.  Below is a list of the scheduled performers for this year's festival. Book a trip for the dates of your favorites!!

2014 Flower Power Concert Performers INCLUDED WITH EPCOT ADMISSION:

The Guess Who March 7-9

"American Woman"

 

Gary Lewis and the Playboys March 14-16

"The Diamond Ring"

 

The Orchestra starring former members of ELO March 21-23

"Don't Bring Me Down"

 

The Lovin’ Spoonful March 28-30

"Summer in the City"

 

Paul Revere & The Raiders April 4-6

"Indian Reservation"

 

The Village People April 11-13

"YMCA"

 

The Grass Roots April 18-20

"Midnight Confessions"

 

Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone April 26-28

"Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter"

 

Starship starring Mickey Thomas May 2-4

"We Built This City"

 

Chubby Checker and the Wildcats May 9-11

"The Twist"

 

Alan Parsons Live Project May 16-18

"Eye in the Sky"

 

Concerts are located at the American Gardens Theater. 

Shows are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Showtimes each evening are 5:30, 6:45, and 8:00 PM.

 

Fun Facts:

*Gary Lewis is the son of comedian/actor Jerry Lewis.

*Gary Lewis and The Playboys were regular performers at Disneyland when they first started.

*During their early career, ELO was billed as "The English guys with the big fiddles".

*The Village People have sold nearly 100 million records worldwide.

*The Grass Roots' original name was spelled as one word Grassroots.

*Chubby Checker was born Ernest Evans.

*Source:Wikipedia

by Jeanie Gallo-Ciscon

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It's a Princess Thing: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Princess Makeover

Do you have a child who loves the princesses, and wants to look just like one? Or who wants to be a prince? The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience is for you!

 At Cinderella's Royal Table after the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

At Cinderella's Royal Table after the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Fairy godmothers in training help to transform the prince or princess of your heart into the Disney hero(ine) of their dreams.

Read more to see how the fairy magic works!

Packages and Add-ons

There are several choices to make your royal transformation perfectly fit your style and budget.

There are three hairstyles for girls to choose from:

  • Fairytale Princess - traditional bun at the top of the head with tiara
  • Disney Diva - hair pulled back and teased, with ponytail hairpiece and accessories
  • Pop Princess - funky little braids, colorful hairpiece and accessories

Guests can choose from the following packages (prices do not include tax):

  • Knight Package ($15.95) - colorful gel hairstyle, sword and shield, confetti
  • Coach Package ($54.95) - hairstyle, shimmering makeup, face gem, sash and tote
  • Crown Package ($59.95) - hairstyle, shimmering makeup, face gem, nail polish, sash and tote
  • Courtyard Package ($89.95) - exclusive hairstyle, shimmering makeup, face gem, nail polish, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique t-shirt, trendy tutu, sash and tote
  • Castle Package ($189.95 and up) - hairstyle, shimmering makeup, face gem, nail polish, complete costume of your choice (price changes based on the costume chosen), princess sash and tote, princess photo shoot including one 6x8 and four 4x6 print photos
 Ready for the hairstyle

Ready for the hairstyle

In addition to your choice of package, you can also purchase the following add-ons (prices do not include tax):

  • Imaging Package ($29.95) -  royal photo shoot including one 6x8 and four 4x6 print photos
  • Merchandise - t-shirts, parasols, accessories

Locations

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is has several locations at multiple Disney destinations!

Walt Disney World:

  • Cinderella Castle - This location is generally open from 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., and Magic Kingdom park admission is required. It is possible to make a reservation before the park opens! We have done this twice with the Castle Package, and were completely finished (including the photo shoot) before the park opened. It's a great way to avoid spending valuable park time with this experience. This location is extremely popular, and reservations are highly encouraged. Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance, and it is necessary to plan well ahead to get a coveted morning appointment.
  • Downtown Disney Marketplace - Open from 9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., this location is not as popular as the Magic Kingdom location, and it is sometimes possible to get an appointment even at the last minute. The Boutique is found inside the large World of Disney Store, and park admission is not required. Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance, and are highly encouraged. This is a terrific activity to do if you have a non-park day and don't want to spend valuable park time.
 Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Cinderella Castle

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Cinderella Castle

Disneyland

  • There is one location at Disneyland Resort, located in the Sleeping Beauty Courtyard at Disneyland Park, and park admission is required. This location offers the same packages. However, the imaging package is not available as an add-on at the Disneyland location. Disney Photopass photographers will take pictures that you may purchase later online. Merchandise may also be different at this location. Operating hours are from park opening until 7:00 p.m., and reservations may be made up to 60 days in advance.

Disney Fantasy

  • There is now a location on Disney's newest cruise ship, the Disney Fantasy! Package options are mostly the same, with the Courtyard Package replaced by the Fantasy Package. The Fantasy Package ($119.95) includes t-shirt and tutu inspired by the cruise ship. There are also additional packages available only at this location: the Under the Sea (mermaid) Package ($99.95) and the Royal Sea Package (3 different makeovers, $595.95). On Pirate Party nights, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique becomes the Pirates League, and offers pirate makeovers for boys and girls ($34.95-$99.95). Reservations can be made before departure through the Disney Cruise Line website. Onboard, reservations can be made by phone or in person.

General Information

The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience is available to guests ages 3-12, with clothing available in youth sizes only. Each guest must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older.

Hair and nails must be clean and free of products such as gel, hairspray, and/or polish. Scalp must be clear and free of any conditions for at least 30 days prior to reservation. Guests must bring their own hairbrush or comb.

 Beginning the hairstyle, with a pink brush from home

Beginning the hairstyle, with a pink brush from home

The fairy godmothers in training are wonderful about meeting each child's needs. Our daughters didn't like the face gems, so didn't wear them. Our oldest daughter didn't want her bangs pulled back, and hated the lipstick, so adjustments were made. I was very impressed with the flexibility.

Packages and prices may change at any time without notice.

Conclusion

We take each of our girls on a "private" trip when they are 4-5 years old, leaving their sisters with grandparents. This is the time we go to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, and we purchase the Castle Package for the once-in-a-lifetime (and wallet) experience! They love it!

 At Cinderella's Royal Table after the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

At Cinderella's Royal Table after the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

We always dine at Cinderella's Royal Table on the day of our princess makeover, and it's so special to see the girls with their Disney princess counterparts. Though it is expensive, it is completely worth it to see the look on the girls' faces!

For those on a tighter budget, I suggest purchasing a princess dress from a store at home and bringing it with you. Then you can purchase one of the less expensive packages and she will still feel like a princess!

Have you experienced the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique? Do you want to? What do you think?