by vipteam | Mar 17, 2022 | Disney, Disney news, Disney tours, disney world, Halloween, Holiday, My VIP Tour, Orlando, Tips & Tricks, Universal Studios
There have been lots of NEW updates and changes on Walt Disney World property over the past few weeks. From colorful, character filled parades, to fun Disney merchandise drops, meet and greet updates, and more, our Dream Team at My VIP Tour always has (our Minnie) ears on the latest Disney news.
Here are some exciting changes happening to keep you up to date for your next vacation.
March 18, 2022
Parades are finally back at Magic Kingdom! Prepared to be dazzled by all of the staple Disney characters as they celebrate the spirit and tales of FantasyLand. Plus you’ll get to see the main characters of Tangled, Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid as they wind through the park on colorful and vibrant state-of-the-art floats.
The show is 12 minutes of music, dancing and enchantment.
NEW ‘Princess & the Frog’ Minnie Ears
It seems as if Disney is releasing new Minnie ears every week, but we are gushing over the latest drop, that are fit for royalty.
The Disney x Bauble Bar’s latest collaboration released a brand new pair of ears inspired by Princess and the Frog! These glamorous ears are wrapped in a beautiful green velour with a bejeweled gold tiara inspired by Princess Tiana’s signature outfit. The gold beading along the outer perimeter gives the ears an extra touch of elegance.
The Princess and the Frog ears can be found online at Shop Disney for $49.99.
Live in Full Bloom at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival
The 2022 EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival is happening now! From March 2 to July 4 there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy all the fresh flavors that Disney has cooked up! Although, there’s more than just food and drinks during this festival. Come marvel at nearly 100 topiaries of Disney characters, interactive gardens, and live music entertainment.
If you haven’t attended an Epcot festival before, get ready to have a deliciously good time!
Cinderella’s Royal Table Character Meet-and-Greet Update
Cinderella has made her way to the lobby of Cinderella’s Royal Table, and will now be available to meet and take photos with guests after check in. If you’ve been excited for a family picture with a true princess, make sure to book your reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table for your next vacation!
MVT Pro Tip: Staying on Disney property, and booking your dining 60 days before your arrival will increase your chance of finding a reservation. We suggest booking it at the end of your trip, when you should find more availability. Cancelations tend to occur in the days leading up to your arrival, so keep checking your My Disney Experience app, and make sure you have a credit card saved as this is a prepaid experience. Cinderella’s Royal Table is $60+ for adults and $37+ for children.
More Character Meet & Greet Updates
There are many new and exciting changes happening with character meet and greets!
Recently, Disney is bringing more and more characters back into the parks to greet guests. Currently, you may see the following characters at these parks:
–Magic Kingdom: Mickey Mouse, Cinderella & Elena, Rapunzel & Tiana
– Epcot: Mickey Mouse, Elsa & Anna, Snow White, Belle, Sleeping Beauty
– Hollywood Studios: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Olaf – Animal Kingdom: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald are back at Tusker House (dining reservations needed)
Keep checking back here for updates on more traditional Meet and Greets, our fingers and toes are crossed that hugs and autographs will be back soon!
Stay tuned for more Walt Disney World and Universal Studios updates, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
by vipteam | Oct 24, 2020 | Halloween, Holiday, My VIP Tour, Orlando, Travel, Universal Studios
We recently had the opportunity to visit Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure to experience all of their incredible Halloween themed festivities. When it comes to Halloween, Universal truly goes above and beyond.
Although Universal’s annual Halloween Horror Nights event was canceled this year, Universal still has plenty of spooky activities and entertainment around the parks for guests to enjoy. For the first time ever, Universal has two haunted houses running daily, and trust us when we say these haunted houses are not for the faint of heart!
Revenge of the Tooth Fairy
A pop-up book about the tooth fairy seeking revenge on a little boy who refuses to give up his teeth. Universal describes this house as “a darker ritual to the innocent traditions of the tooth fairy”. Each room features gruesome depictions of unfortunate victims of the tooth fairy, many of them missing parts of their mouth or head, and we were impressed by how realistic some of them looked. We also suffered many jump scares as we went around corners to find the terrifying tooth fairy waiting to jump out at us!
The Bride of Frankenstein Lives
Derived from the popular “Universal Monsters” house from last year’s Halloween Horror Nights, this house is not quite as intense as the tooth fairy house, however it is thrilling in its own way. This creepy love story follows the bride of Frankenstein as she emerges from the shadows and does whatever it takes to revive her beloved Frankenstein. As you enter through a narrow hallway, the first room opens up to creepy castle ruins, where the Bride of Frankenstein lurks up above and screams for the loss of her true love. As we walked through the house, we witnessed the various ways she tried to resurrect him, including sacrificing three different Brides of Dracula to her schemes. Her victims repeatedly gave us quite the scare by lunging at us out of the darkness or screaming from behind a closed door. The detailed sets and horrifying costumes in this house made it a new favorite of ours!
Universal’s Scarecrow Stalk Scavenger Hunt
If you’re looking for a less scary way to celebrate Halloween at the park, we loved Universal’s Scarecrow Stalk Scavenger Hunt. Simply request a free scavenger map at any merchandise location, and you’ll be on your way to hunting down 13 unique scarecrows and skeletons, hidden throughout the park. If you have a keen eye, you might even spot some fun Universal easter eggs. If you can find all 13 scarecrows, head to Studio Sweets or San Francisco Candy Factory to pick up a special reward. We had a blast hunting down each of these spooky creations!
If you are visiting the parks with little ones, or would like to skip the Haunted Houses all together, Trick-or-Treating is a great way to explore the park and still get in the Halloween spirit.
Children 12 and under can dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes and collect treats at 10 different locations throughout Islands of Adventure.
Special Trick-or-Treating bags are provided by Universal and each participating location will be designated by a pumpkin sticker on the door or window.
Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store
This spooky shop is an attraction in its own right, featuring multiple themed rooms decked out with detailed decorations, Halloween-themed snacks, and, of course, plenty of Halloween Horror Nights merchandise. Once you enter through the castle ruins, you’ll find yourself wandering through iconic scenes from Beetlejuice, Dr. Frankenstein’s Laboratory, a creepy pumpkin-themed zone, and even a haunted Bakery. As you walk between rooms, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for posters from all 30 Halloween Horror Nights events. You may have to wait in an additional line to get into the Bakery, but it’s well worth it for a peek at their beating gummy hearts – you truly have to see them to believe them! There are plenty of other Halloween themed snacks located throughout Universal, such as “Franken Fried Chicken”, specialty donuts at Voodoo Doughnut, and spooky cocktails at the Skeleton Bar.
Although the parks are very different this year than they were last year, we had an absolute blast celebrating Halloween at Universal Studios. We are so excited to see what the Holiday season will bring in the next couple of months. Stay tuned and follow us on Social Media for more fun park adventures!
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by vipteam | Sep 7, 2020 | Disney, Disney news, Disney tours, disney world, Halloween, Holiday, My VIP Tour, Orlando, Tips & Tricks, Universal Studios
Summer is officially over, which means our favorite time of year is right around the corner. There is truly something so magical about the theme parks during the Holiday season. This year is definitely different than previous years, however, there are lots of new and exciting things to look forward to in the coming months!
Fall & Halloween at Magic Kingdom
Although Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has been canceled this year, fall is still such a wonderful time to visit the theme parks.
From September 15th through October 31st, Magic Kingdom will be adorned with beautiful seasonal decor throughout the park. Characters including Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and pals will wave to guests from a special Halloween cavalcade. You may even see some of your favorite Disney villains along for the ride. Disney is also allowing guests for the first time ever to wear their favorite Halloween costume to the parks to celebrate.
New Projection Show for Cinderella’s Castle Starting Nov. 6th
Each year during the Holiday season, Cinderella’s Castle lights up with over 200,000 beautiful crystal lights that emulate icicles dripping from every angle. This year, in place of the icicle lights, Disney has created an incredible projection show that will run through the evening starting at sun down. According to Disney Parks Blog, “the appearance of the iconic castle will be transformed with a rotating series of designs including a whimsical Christmas sweater and a regal overlay of red, green and gold ornamentation”. Get your cameras ready! This new addition will make for an incredible Holiday card backdrop for the whole family.
Character Sitings throughout the Parks
One thing we have truly missed about the parks is being able to meet all of our favorite characters and princesses. This holiday season, however, the Disney parks have created ways for us to see all of our favorites while staying safe with social distancing. Starting November 6th, guests will be able to see special character cavalcades through Magic Kingdom including gingerbread men, elves, reindeer and our personal favorite, the toy soldiers! Guests can also enjoy festive flotillas at Animal Kingdom, Holiday Promenades at Epcot, and Merry Motorcades at Hollywood Studios. Santa Claus will also be available to wave to guests at all four parks and Disney Springs.
Minnie Mouse to Host Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine
We are so excited to see character dining slowly returning to the parks. Starting November 6th, Minnie Mouse will host a seasonal dining experience at Hollywood & Vine located at Hollywood Studios park. Santa Goofy will also be in attendance along with some of Minnie’s other friends. The characters will not be available for personal photos, however will be available to wave to guests and pose for photos.
Celebrate the Holiday’s at Disney Springs
If you are heading to the theme parks this Holiday season, make sure to stop by Disney Springs. Disney has announced that the “elaborately-decorated Disney Christmas trees are spread throughout this retail, dining and entertainment destination”. These beautiful trees will be displayed all throughout Disney Springs, which is perfect for an unplanned afternoon, or evening after a busy day at the parks. Another special addition to Disney Springs this year will be a magical snowfall throughout three of the main areas: The Landing, Town Center, and West Side.
Jock Lindsey Hanger Bar will transform into Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar with returning holiday decor and a limited-time festive menu for guests to enjoy this Holiday season.
Stay tuned for more Walt Disney World and Universal Studios updates in our October newsletter. You can also stay up to date on all park and resort information by following us on Facebook and Instagram.
by Jordan Paxton | Sep 12, 2019 | Disney, disney world, Halloween, My VIP Tour, Orlando, Travel
Apple Picking, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, … Disney World? While the temperature in Orlando doesn’t always feel like Fall come September, the creative minds at Walt Disney World prove year in and year out that fall is one of the best times of year to experience the parks. The team here at My VIP Tour can make sure you experience the best of the best with your VIP guide. From Halloween Parties, to Food & Wine, there are so many ways to build better memories with your family with a private Disney VIP tour this fall.
Guests will find themselves on planet Batuu in the middle of the Star Wars galaxy! Try galactic treats such as the popular blue milk or Mustafarian Lava Rolls, build your own lightsaber (ahem, I mean “scrap metal” for the locals) and help fly new interactive ride, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (ask your Disney VIP guide how to get prime seating as a pilot!)
Back by popular demand (for the 24th time!) Running daily through November 23rd, guests can eat and drink their way through 30 unique pop up pavilions ranging from fan favorites China and Australia, to newcomers The Alps and The Donut Box. Foodies who want the full Disney VIP experience will love culinary demonstrations and beverage seminars along with celebrity chef meet and greets as well. The Eat to the Beat Concert series which runs nightly with artists from Sugar Ray, Hanson and Boyz II Men will give you a great way to dance away those calories!
Guests are already loving the new fireworks show “Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular” that was added to the party line up this year. Perennial fan favorite such as “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade” has returned as well. Want a front row spot? Join Cruella DeVil and friends at Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way for appetizers and treats followed by reserved seating for the parade. Make sure to include this experience in your Disney VIP Tour! Don’t forget that Mickey’s invited you to join him by wearing your best costume!
Put your dancing shoes on one last time as the Hakuna Matata Dance Party ends its run this fall. The final family friendly show filled with music, dancing and games ends on September 30th 2019.
This new experience is perfect for all of the future NBA & WNBA hopefuls in your family! Guests can step on the hardcourt to dribble, shoot, dunk & score. Don’t know much about basketball? That’s ok! Guests can enjoy multiple interactive displays, films & trivia to learn more about the game.
Whatever it is that you decide to experience this fall the team at My VIP Tour is dedicated to creating the best memories for you and your loved ones. Let your Disney VIP guide customize a tour just for you!