Sunday, August 25, 2013

New Rapid Fill Resort Mugs at Walt Disney World

As we speak, the new Rapid Fill refillable mug system is making it's mark at Walt Disney World resorts, one resort at a time.

The new refillable mug stations at the resorts are in transition to the new Rapid Fill system. This system allows guests to purchase a specific number of days of refills.

The RFID chips embedded in the mugs will only allow usage of the fountains for only the purchased number of days.

At the end of the purchased period, the mug will deactivate itself.
Regardless of where it was originally purchased, the new mugs, with the Rapid Fill chip, will be able to be used at any Walt Disney World resort  quick service fountain.

The Rapid Fill will use a tiered pricing structure.
Each pricing is counted on a calendar day scale...NOT a 24 hour period.
The days will use Eastern time, and when the clock strikes midnight, a new day begins.

 The tiered pricing structure is as follows:

$8.99 for 1 day
$11.99 for 2 days
$14.99 for 3 days
$17.99 for length of stay

Just like the original refillable resort mug, this Rapid Fill mugWILL be included in some of the Disney Dining Plans.

However, keep in mind, with this new chip embedded in the drink fountains, mugs from a previous trip/purchase will NOT be usable. The fountains will NOT activate without the Rapid Fill ID chip.

 At the beginning of August, the Walt Disney World resorts began the transition. So, although they may not all be using the Rapid Fill system just yet, it should be in place by the end of the month.

The mugs come in a range of colors: yellow, teal, purple, pink, green, black and orange.
At this time, they are not resort specific, and will all feature the Fab 5  at the Disney Pool Scene (a mug that has been previously featured at the resorts and water parks)

Monday, August 12, 2013

Find a Photopass Photographer

Yes, we know how to have a good time, and take TONS of photos...even when we do NOT have our kids with us!

However, I know that sometimes, you worry, how will I *find* the Photopass guy?

Will I take enough pictures to make the CD purchase worth it?!

Well, the quick answer, is...yes you will!

Disney's Photopass Photographers are scattered throughout the parks! And if you look for them, you will find yourself taking TONS of pictures, and at the end of the vacation, they will be some of your favorite photos!

(bhamblonde found his stash of Photopass cards!)

And don't worry...if you don't have a Photopass Card yet, they keep them in their handy dandy bag, ready for you!

 (bamagirlRUNS posing for a Magic Photo with Dave, Photopass Photographer extraordinaire!)

You can even take a few "Magic" photos...and you will have a fun surprise when your vacation is over, and you are home viewing our pics!

But, never fear! If you want to be VERY prepared for your Photopass adventure at Walt Disney World or Disneyland, then you can find all of the Photopass Photographer locations here!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Disney Magic

When I tell you that I can hardly wait to set sail on the Disney Magic, it truly does not tell you how excited I am for the "re-imagining" of this ship! My very first cruise was on the Disney Wonder and with the Disney Magic being her sister ship, I love this one very much. Don't get me wrong, I love the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy, too, with all of the new bells and whistles, however, the Magic and the Wonder have a very dear spot in my heart. I often tell people that the Magic and the Wonder are intimate and cozy, while the Dream and Fantasy have "all of the features of the Magic and Wonder that you didn't even know needed to be improved upon" Truly, I am a Disney Cruise Line advocate. Period. The end. So, let's talk updates:

In keeping with the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream most favored features, the Disney Buffet Stations will be featured in Cabanas. Trying to move from a buffet line, to more of a "buffet station" so that you can choose, at each station, what appeals to you.

Animator's Palate will keep it's original Black and white color scheme, however, with the updates that only technology and Disney Imagineering  can offer, we can add the Animation Magic Show, that has become a crowd favorite on the Disney Dream and  Disney Fantasy.

Then, check out the new Oceaneer's Club and Lab on the Disney Magic.

If this doesn't make you want to stay and play, well, then I just don't know what will.

So, all in all, have I said that I cannot wait! This ship just gets better every day!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Muppets Most theaters March 21 

Ok, is it just me, or does it seem like there are 8,263 Disney Movies that I cannot wait to see, on the way to theaters, I mean....Disney's Planes, Saving Mr. Banks, and now Muppets, Most Wanted!

Check out this trailer!

The Muppets find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper in Muppets Most Wanted. In theaters Spring 2014.

Muppets Most Wanted Teaser Trailer on Disney Video

Friday, August 2, 2013

Lowe's hosts Disney's Planes Build and Grow


What a super fun way to spend a some time with the littles, and let them build...rather than having the face in the "blue screen"

But, don't wait too long, registration spots at these events fill up quickly!

You will love these activities, and your kiddos will love having the finished product of something they "made" from a movie!

Disney's Planes lands in theaters August 9th, so go see the movie, and then come build with us!
So fun!

Here are the dates and details for each:



Saturday, August 10 (10:00 AM)
Bring your kids to Lowe’s for some high flying fun this weekend! Your child will love building Dusty from Disney’s Planes-In Theaters in 3D August 9th.


Sunday, August 11 (02:00 PM)
Bring your kids to Lowe’s for some high flying fun this weekend! Your child will love building Dusty from Disney’s Planes-In Theaters in 3D August 9th.

El Chupacabra

Saturday, August 24 (10:00 AM)
The fun continues this weekend at Lowe’s! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build El Chupacabra from Disney’s Planes- In Theaters in 3D August 9th.

El Chupacabra

Sunday, August 25 (02:00 PM)
The fun continues this weekend at Lowe’s! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build El Chupacabra from Disney’s Planes- In Theaters in 3D August 9th.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Free Disney Dining Plans Fall 2013

Get a free dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 6-night/7-day Magic Your Way package (includes room and theme park tickets) at select Disney Resort hotels. This offer can be booked through September 15, 2013 and is valid for arrivals most nights:

  • September 29 to October 2, 2013
  • October 18 to November 2, 2013
  • November 11 to November 23, 2013
  • December 12 to December 22, 2013
Free Quick Service Dining Plan at select Value Resorts
Free Plus Dining Plan at select Moderate and Deluxe Resorts
  • Offer excludes
  • Campsites
  • 3-Bedroom Villas 
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Discover 2 great dining plans that include meals and snacks!

*many exclusions apply!