Magic Kingdom played host to a joyous and regal celebration earlier today as Walt Disney World officially welcomed Merida into the Disney Princess Royal Court. As a part of the ‘Limited Time Magic,’ all 10 Disney Princesses came together at 9:30 a.m. at Cinderella Castle in honor of their newest member, the brave and independent Merida from Disney•Pixar’s film “Brave.”
May 11, 2013
April 25, 2013
Prepare yourself for a fun-filled summer of fright, courtesy of the gang from Disney Pixar’s Monsters University!
A whole college-ful of Characters is dropping in from their “alma monster” to scare up some school spirit at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California.
Come scream the day away and maybe even an entire night too as you enjoy the latest and greatest thrills at the Disney parks, including some monstrous new surprises!
A Monstrous 24-Hour “All-Nighter”
On May 24, 2013, for one day and one night only, Guests on each coast will have the chance to spend 24 whole hours inside the Disney parks!
From 6:00 AM to 6:00 AM, enjoy all the monster-themed madness inside Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, as well as Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park in California. From special entertainment and monstrous merchandise to frightening food and boo-verages, this “All-Nighter” is shaping up to be one scary good time!
Meet Mike and Sulley
Get up close and personal with some of your favorite Characters from Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University!
Mike and his college roommate Sulley are taking their scholastic scares on a summer road trip, and they’re making pit stops at Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and Disney California Adventure park at Disneyland Resort in California!
Drop by the Monsters University-themed areas in each park for a chance to meet and take pictures with some of your favorite Characters!
The Monsters March This May
Stand back! The monsters have taken over the Pixar Play Parade at Disney California Adventure park at Disneyland Resort in California!
Woody, Merida, Lightning McQueen and a host of popular Disney•Pixar Characters will be joined by the crew from Monsters University. See what happens when this monstrous student body puts its scary spin on this playful parade.
From Closet Door to Laugh Floor
For a totally different kind of “yuk” than you might expect from something so scary, grab a seat at Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor in Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Led by Mike—the “monster of ceremonies”— this colorful gang of comics has been studying up on their jokes all semester. Will they graduate to new comedic materials? Check out the “frights” and sounds to see for yourself!
Take a Ride on the “Monsterail”
Guests traveling around Walt Disney World Resort in Florida are in for an all-new kind of ride when they step aboard the “Monsterail.”
One of the iconic Monorail trains at the Resort has been redesigned and monster-ized with visuals from the newest Disney•Pixar film. So get ready—this is one frighteningly fun Monorail ride you won’t soon forget!
Here’s some video:
Summer Soars at Walt Disney World Resort – Shows, Attractions, Events and More Add Up to Monstrous Fun
How big is summer 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort? So big that only one word describes the attractions, shows, events and more awaiting summer guests to the Florida Vacation Kingdom: MONSTROUS.
Disney’s Monstrous Summer is bursting with good times for the entire family, whether it’s the first summer of fun in New Fantasyland or the nonstop thrills of a re-imagined Test Track Presented by Chevrolet. Whether it’s the next surprise and delight experience of Limited Time Magic or all-new adventures letting guests play pirate in the Magic Kingdom or wilderness explorer in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The “Monstrous” lineup includes entertainment enhancements celebrating the June 21 release of the Disney-Pixar animated feature, “Monsters University.” Mike and Sulley are dropping in from MU to scare up monstrous surprises all summer long. Guests will find all-new collegiate settings for meeting their favorite aspiring scarers. On the Backlot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests will find the Monsters University Student Union, complete with a view of the campus. Over at Magic Kingdom, the gang at the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor have been studying new jokes and are ready to graduate to new comedy bits in honor of their alma mater.
Throw in Star Wars Weekends, the grand reopening of California Grill, a new spa for Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and more and it adds up to a summer that’s exciting, thrilling, magical…Monstrous!
“With top-flight new experiences and classic favorites, Walt Disney World celebrates summer like never before,” said George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “Summer season is always in-season for family vacations. For families and friends, our parks and resorts are poised to deliver memories to last a lifetime.”
Here’s a look around:
MONSTROUS FIRST SUMMER FOR….
New Fantasyland – From the lofty spires of Beast’s Castle to the fathoms-deep world of Ariel, New Fantasyland pours on its first summer of fun for Magic Kingdom guests. The new space doubles the size of Fantasyland and is the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. Be Our Guest Restaurant features a lavish dining experience in an elegant ballroom inspired by Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” animated film classic. By day it’s “great food fast” for lunch while at night it’s full-service table dining featuring French-inspired cuisine. Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid puts guests in clamshells traveling with Ariel and friends through their exciting adventures above and below the waves. Enchanted Tales with Belle takes guests to a far-off French village and right into the world of Belle, Lumiere and Madame Wardrobe — feeling transformed in the process.
Guests can refresh with a frothy LeFou’s Brew at Gaston’s Tavern. Meantime over at Storybook Circus, guests can take a spin on one of two Dumbos, dip and soar aboard The Barnstormer Featuring the Great Goofini or meet Disney characters at Pete’s Silly Sideshow. There’s more New Fantasyland to come as late 2013 sees the opening of Princess Fairytale Hall and all is on track for the spring 2014 opening of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a rollicking family coaster attraction.
Test Track Presented by Chevrolet -The re-imagined iconic attraction puts guests in the designer’s studio for an immersive experience as they create their own virtual concept vehicle before boarding a “SimCar” to race through a thrilling series of hills, hairpin turns and straightaways.
Splitsville Luxury Lanes – If bowling is right up your alley, come experience the hottest trend going by rolling over to Splitsville, at Downtown Disney West Side. The hip, retro-style emporium features 30 lanes across two levels, live entertainment, lively indoor and outdoor bars and upscale dining including sushi, filet mignon sliders and more.
Limited Time Magic – Magical experiences in all shapes and sizes that appear and disappear as the next special surprise debuts will continue with a weeklong Independence Day celebration highlighting the summer season – all part of Limited Time Magic at Disney Parks. Independence Week will be red, white and blue as Disney Parks celebrates America with a 4th of July Fireworks Party – for an entire week. Guests enjoy an extra dash of pixie dust each week in 2013. Limited Time Magic takes its inspiration from those special, but fleeting, moments when families spend time together with shared experiences.
Disney Junior – Live on Stage! - Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests get a real summer treat as Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First have been added to the onstage fun – joining the latest, most popular characters and stories from the Disney Junior line-up on television. Sofia the First as a series premiered earlier this year on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.
The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow experience – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow gives Disney’s Hollywood Studios guests a chance to become immersed in the action and adventure of the four “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. Buccaneer wannabes journey deep into an eerie lost grotto, where they are put to the test to see if they have what it takes to sail with Captain Jack’s crew.
Senses, A Disney Spa At Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort – Joining later this summer its sister spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, the new Senses Spa at Saratoga Springs will be inspired by the healing properties of natural springs that have drawn people for centuries to Saratoga Springs in upstate New York. A completely redesigned space, Senses, A Disney Spa At Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort, will feature 10 treatment rooms offering an array of services including water therapy, massage and facials. Senses will incorporate the springs, nature and the storyline of health in its design and theming. Call 407-WDW-SPAS.
Wilderness Explorers Comes to Disney’s Animal Kingdom - Coming soon, Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests will be invited to become Wilderness Explorers and experience the park in engaging and challenging ways aimed at deepening their understanding of animals and the natural world we live in. Taking the official pledge, armed with field guides and earning sticker badges along the way as they complete their challenges, guests explore the park at their leisure. Aimed at guests 7-10 but fun for the entire family, Wilderness Explorers will be self-guided and encourage more “up close and personal” time with the animal inhabitants of the park. Wilderness Explorers will be included in Disney’s Animal Kingdom admission.
New Meet-Up with Mickey, Minnie at Disney’s Animal Kingdom - Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are scheduled to welcome Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests to their new exploration headquarters, Adventurers Outpost, on Discovery Island, beginning this spring. The all-new indoor retreat is the perfect spot for guests to meet the globetrotting duo as they get ready to set off on their next adventure.
A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas – Coming soon, “A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas” will be a new interactive adventure where Magic Kingdom guests participate in pirate raids throughout Adventureland. Pirate maps lead to fabulous treasures as guests join Captain Jack Sparrow and fight off the Royal Navy, Captain Barbossa, headhunters, curses — and the greatest threat of all, Calypso, the sea goddess. If they help Jack succeed in all the missions, they will be welcomed as part of his new crew. If not, they face the wrath of the cruel sea…alone. The adventure is divided into 5 different raids, each comprising a series of interactive tasks.
“Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from the Kinsey Collection” – Epcot guests can journey through 400 years of African-American achievement and contribution at this just-opened exhibit at the American Adventure pavilion. Exhibits draw from an extensive collection of rare art, artifacts, documents and books amassed by philanthropists Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, who share a passion for African-American history. Included in Epcot admission.
Disney Dining – Coming by summer’s end: a re-imagined California Grill crowning Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Guests will experience a beautiful new dining room, onstage kitchen and new dining choices – chef Brian Piasecki will keep the focus on creative, fresh, seasonal dishes and top-of-the-line sushi. At Epcot, what says summer better than ice cream? In France, L’Artisan des Glaces, an artisan ice cream and sorbet shop, debuts in mid-June with 16 yummy flavors, all made in-house with fresh ingredients (with the option of adding a shot of liquor on top, for grown-up tastes). Guests to France also will find Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie, with delightful French sweets and savories, and Monsieur Paul for upscale dining that pays homage to celebrated chef Paul Bocuse.
Summer Latte, Anyone? More Starbucks Locations Coming to Disney Parks -Starbucks will be opening locations at Disney theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. When it reopens in early summer, Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom will keep its name and theming and continue to serve Disney favorites such as cookies, brownies and seasonal cupcakes, in addition to Starbucks signature beverages and other menu items.
At Epcot, Starbucks products will be featured when the Fountain View location reopens for midsummer. Each Starbucks location inside a Disney Park will reflect the theme of its surroundings.
New Summer Line of Disney Parks Cosmetics – In time for summer, fairy tale legends and secrets come to life with the captivating new Unlock the Spell collection from Beautifully Disney, Disney Parks’ line of cosmetics and beauty products. The new-for-summer collection — inspired by the spellbound Tiana, Belle and Rapunzel — is rich in lush colors: soft, pretty yellow, rosy golds, and punchy purples. Unlock the Spell will make its debut at Trend-D at Downtown Disney.
MONSTROUS SUMMER EVENTS
‘Star Wars’ Weekends Returns to the Disney Galaxy in May and June - Star Wars Weekends, the Force-filled fun-fest that takes place annually at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, returns to the Walt Disney World Resort galaxy every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 17-June 9, 2013. Among the features: a special Star Wars-themed parade, appearances by Star Wars celebrities, special additions to Jedi Training Academy, a Star Wars-themed talk show, behind-the-scenes presentations, limited-edition merchandise, a nightly dance celebration and more.
Downtown Disney Revs Up for Car Masters Weekend June 14-16 -Car Masters Weekend, now in its third year, is the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day as Downtown Disney West Side hosts a classic car show with a modern twist June 14-16, 2013. Featuring all things “Cars,” the event showcases more than 150 classic, muscle and exotic cars; a chance for guests to meet “Cars 2″ stars Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissile; and special appearances by automotive designer Chip Foose and Disney-Pixar “Cars” filmmaker Jay Ward. Completing the car-nucopia of events, fans may purchase tickets for a ”Cars” & “Cars 2″ movie marathon at AMC Downtown Disney 24, “test drive” Ridemakerz “Cars” models, and enjoy caricatures, themed food and beverage, live entertainment and more. Entertainment subject to change.
March 27, 2013
Walt Disney World Resort recently announced the multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, a unique destination that will treat guests to significantly more shopping, dining and entertainment amid beautiful open-air promenades, meandering springs and waterfront charm. No doubt it will also lead to more parking nightmares… more on that later!
Disney says that Disney Springs will feature an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands. It will offer more boutique shops, unique flagship anchor stores and guests will be able to explore a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences as well as discover options unlike any other currently available in Central Florida.
“Disney Springs will be a timeless, vibrant place where Walt Disney World guests and local residents can relax, shop, dine and be entertained in an imaginative setting where they’ll instantly feel at home,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, pictured below with Meg Crofton, President of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Featuring distinctive brands, world-class restaurants and unforgettable entertainment, Disney Springs will be brought to life with the same focus on storytelling and attention to detail that goes into our theme parks, resorts and cruise ships, resulting in a welcoming space that only Disney could create.”
Disney Springs will double the number of shops, restaurants and other venues for guests to explore, resulting in more than 150 establishments. In addition, Staggs noted, Central Florida stands to benefit from the expansion with more jobs, tax revenues and business opportunities.
Drawing inspiration from Florida’s waterfront towns and natural beauty, Disney Springs will include four outdoor neighborhoods interconnected by a flowing spring and vibrant lakefront. In addition to a new gateway with a signature water tower and grand entry, the destination will feature:
- The Town Center, which offers a sophisticated mix of shopping and dining along with a promenade where guests can relax, refresh and reconnect.
- A colorful and thriving commercial district called The Landing with inspired dining and beautiful waterfront views.
- The family-friendly Marketplace that will continue to delight guests of all ages by combining new experiences, such as an over-the-water pedestrian causeway, along with classic Disney favorites, including an expanded World of Disney store.
- A West Side that provides an exuberant atmosphere with lively entertainment, along with a series of new elevated spaces that provide both shade and an overlook to the activity below.
Collectively, these efforts will not only have an impact within Walt Disney World, but will also have an economic ripple effect on Central Florida. The project will create an estimated 1,200 construction jobs and nearly 4,000 operational roles.
Disney will share more details on specific experiences coming to Disney Springs in the future. Construction is slated to begin next month with new areas opening in phases. Disney Springs is expected to be complete in 2016. Hopefully, somewhere in among all that will be some news in regard to car parking. Currently Downtown Disney is a nightmare to navigate and to get into and the doubling in size of the shops, restaurants and entertainment venues is only going to lead to more traffic problems if something isn’t done to move vehicles along more smoothly.
Anyone visiting Downtown Disney by car is now subjected to inevitable long delays and using Disney transport takes even longer. Both the Crossroads /SR 535 entrance to the west and the east corridor entrance are already slammed with more traffic than they can sensibly take and that greatly affects the overall experience of the guest arriving on property. Personally I find it puts me in something of a bad mood before I even start to contemplate the lines at restaurants or at the entertainment venues. Hopefully Disney will address it and work out ways to make the experience more enjoyable but if not, I’ll be advising guests to steer clear! Here’s some video of Downtown Disney today and what it’s about to become…
September 30, 2012
Juan Morales of Huntington Beach (pictured below left) won the Disney Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Inaugural 10 Miler in a time of 57 minutes 59 seconds.
Approximately 10,000 runners set off from Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Orlando, Florida, right on the stroke of 10pm and some 57 minutes and 59 seconds later Juan Morales was first over the finishing line as he averaged a 5 minute 48 second mile.
Coming in first in the women’s category was Kimberly Morales of San Diego (pictured above right) in a time of 1 hour, 4 minutes and 49 seconds for an average of 6 minutes 29 seconds per mile.
The event route also took in the ESPN Wide World of Sport facility, headed out to the Disney Animal Kingdom theme park before coming to a conclusion at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
More photos from the event at FloridaLeisurePhotography.com
June 5, 2012
When the second phase of Dumbo the Flying Elephant opens, scheduled for July, waiting in line will become as much of an event as the ride itself. As guests arrive, they’ll receive a circus ticket pager that will virtually hold their place and notify them when it’s their turn to board the attraction. That will free them to go under the Big Top, where kids of all ages will be part of the show. The circus-themed experiences will provide an array of fun-filled games and interactive wonders while they wait to take to the skies. Dumbo the Flying Elephant is part of the expansion project which nearly doubles the size of Fantasyland, a multiyear project that began opening in phases in March 2012 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista.
June 2, 2012
With little or no warning Walt Disney World announced yesterday that it was increasing theme park ticket prices. It comes a little more than a week after Universal Orlando raised its theme-park ticket prices.
A one-day, single-park ticket to one of Disney World’s four theme parks will, from tomorrow, cost $89, an increase of 4.7 percent from the previous $85. The same ticket to a Universal Orlando theme park costs $88.
For the second year in a row, Disney targeted the biggest increases for its multi-day passes, as the base price of a four-day ticket rose 5.3 percent, from $243 to $256. A five-day pass jumped 6.8 percent, from $251 to $268. And the price of a seven-day pass leapt 7.9 percent, from $267 to $288.
Four, five- and seven-day tickets are Disney World’s most-purchased ticket options but the biggest increases were for annual and seasonal pass holders for Florida residents which have climbed a massive 11.1 percent to $299.
Disney also raised the price of adding to its multi-day tickets a “Park Hopper” option— which allows visitors to enter more than one theme park on the same day, from $55 to $57, an increase of 3.6 percent.
Disney World’s most-expensive ticket option, a premium annual pass, which does not have any block-out dates and includes admission to the giant resort’s water parks, now costs $699, an increase of 7.7 percent.
I have to say that while I understand from a business and marketing point of view that you put prices up if you expect fewer customers, these rises are nothing but baffling to me. This is nowhere near an increase just to cover inflation and it sort of implies that guests should be getting more for their money. OK, Disney World has lots going on right now but while the lauded Fantasyland expansion is underway, none of these attractions are scheduled to open until late 2012 so where exactly in the Disney Parks is the guest getting a better experience today as the price increases?I don’t see it.
If you then stop to consider that recent studies have shown you won’t get to do everything there is to do in a particular park, then you’ll start to weigh up exactly how much each ride or attraction is actually costing you. It seems to me that you’ll be lucky to do eight to ten rides in a day and that means you’ll be paying the region of $10.00 for on average a three minute ride.
Instead of giving consumers more reasons to visit Walt Disney World, Disney hopes this increase in price will be what the Parks and Resorts division needs to show an increasing profit margin. Honestly, it just seems to be the same old story with Disney lately and it seems they believe consumers will continue to visit the parks and resorts just on its brand reputation alone. While I would agree this has some merit I think Disney is underestimating the challenge of a certain Harry Potter and what is going on at Universal. While Disney believes that the Fantasyland Expansion is an appropriate response, it’s really not quite on the same level.
To me Disney is saying that they think guests will happily pay anyway but I think that these price increases do more harm than good in the current economic climate. In the real world, guests who are already struggling to make ends meet may well shy away from a vacation at Walt Disney World when it costs so much more. When you factor in the costs of accommodation and traveling not to mention food and beverage costs then making that trip to Walt Disney World is not looking like such a great value.
Of course, one way in which guests can save some money is by staying in a vacation home and having more days by the pool. Instead of visiting a theme park everyday, guests may choose to do a park every other day and enjoy some quality family time soaking up the sun and enjoying the home environment. Further, they may also choose to save money buy utilizing the full sized kitchen and buying groceries from a local supermarket like they would at home.
Just the other day we talked about the new Art of Animation hotel opening on Disney property and how it wasn’t such a great deal… well with the cost of theme park tickets going up, it seems that guests may now choose to stay in vacation homes and visit some of the other local attractions where they can have just as much fun but spend less money.
It’s all come along way from the day that Disneyland opened in 1955 in California with a $1 ticket price hasn’t it? No doubt Disney has their reasons but this just smacks of profiteering rather than actually showing some real care for their customers. Michael Eisner once said after the events of 9/11 “We’re not worried because we can trust our customers.” It was a bold and correct statement…. but, there comes a time when you can push them too much. Let’s hope the folks at Disney pay attention.
May 31, 2012
Today marks the day when Walt Disney World opens the Art of Animation hotel on their property. Much is being made of the hotel and the experience it will provide but for many families in this economy it’s the bottom line that really matters.
Yes, the hotel has many great features but this is a hotel designed for families on a tight budget so we did a bit of research on the Disney web site to see what kind of price you can expect to pay. Take a look below…. click on the picture…
We picked a really quiet time to visit Orlando for our research and decided on a check in date of 17 September and check out of 19th September for a three day / two night stay. Frankly, we were astonished at the rate the Disney web site came back with…. yes, that’s an astonishing $1,641.42 for a two night stay at the Art of Animation in a standard room! And, if you want to upgrade to a family suite be prepared to pay a staggering $342.00 extra!
OK, so this resort will have a whopping 310,000 gallon Nemo pool which is the largest non-waterpark pool on Disney property but is it really worth paying this kind of money just to stay at the newest Disney property? I think not.
So what’s the alternative? Well, vacation rental homes from FloridaLeisure.com start from $99.00 per night for a three bedroom home with your own private pool. Yes, a 1600 square foot home with your own pool to splash around in so no sharing with other folks… want proof? Click on the picture below…
Further, if you want to upgrade to a 4, 5, 6 or 7 bedroom home you’ll still find it less expensive per night than staying at the Art of Animation resort! Check out our rate for the same dates in September in a 7 bedroom home (click picture below) that can house up to 15 people for just $ 195.00 per night! That works out at $13.00 per person per night! Now that’s what I call a deal!
And here’s another consideration… you have to eat and drink right? Well it certainly can get expensive having all your snacks and meals at a hotel and you can easily add another few hundred dollars to the cost of your trip if you do so. Vacation homes have another distinct advantage… you get a full sized kitchen (see picture below) and you can visit a local grocery store like Publix to shop just like you would at home. That means it will cost you the same to eat and drink while on vacation as it would by staying at home!
Finally, some folks argue that they love to stay on Disney property and that they enjoy the transport system that Disney provides. We agree it is great, but consider this, you can hire a rental car, have the flexibility that provides and still save hundreds of dollars by staying in a vacation rental home rather than on property. Oh, and there’s another secret, your rental car will get you from point A to point B on Disney property far quicker than waiting for Disney transportation. It’s not uncommon for guests to have to wait 1o minutes, 20 minutes and even up to 45 minutes for a bus to arrive to take you from one location to the next. By that time you can have driven yourself and already started to enjoy your time at the park.
So, what do you want to do? Stay on Disney property or would you prefer to save money and have more space, time and fun by staying at a Florida Leisure vacation home. Many families have already seen the benefits of staying just a few minutes off site at a vacation rental, why not join them? To make a reservation call 1-800-760-1114 or visit FloridaLeisure.com to find out the best deals in Orlando!
May 30, 2012
One of the things we always try to do on our blog is to bring you some of the different things to do when you’re visiting the Orlando and Central Florida area. One of the things my family has been hoping to do in recent months was to visit the AMC “Dine In Theatre” that opened about this time last year. Up until now there hasn’t been a movie that took our fancy but last night we decided to go and see the new “Men in Black 3″ movie. It was a fun experience!
Six theaters in the Downtown Disney AMC complex have undergone the transformation from normal movie theatre to “Dine In” and the experience includes reserved seating, table-top dining, and a personal notification button that can be used to quietly call your server at any time during the movie.
The seats are cosy and there is an extensive menu on offer that includes appetizers, entrees, desserts, movie theater candy, and more. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages also are available to accompany your quesadilla, burger, and flatbread pizza!
Your experience starts when you arrive at Downtown Disney and if you’d like to give the Dine-In option a chance you’ll enter the AMC near Planet Hollywood. For the more traditional way of watching a movie then you’ll enter via the entrance at the Cirque du Soleil side of Downtown Disney as the two areas are separated inside. We found this out the hard way as we entered via the Curque du Soleil side and temporarily got lost until someone showed us the right way to go!
Dine-In guests must be at least 18 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian and your bill will arrive near the end of the movie. You are free to pay right away or wait until the end of the movie as we did.
Overall, we had a great time. The food was excellent and frankly, was restaurant quality which was something of a surprise. The current price for the “Fork & Screen” package as it is termed is $14 for adults, $13 for senior citizens and $10 for children plus the cost of your food and drink. It’s a really great way to take in a movie and pass some time during a rainy spell in Orlando!
Here’s some video:
May 12, 2012
Back for its second year, Car Masters Weekend features a free classic car show with a modern twist. Families can enjoy meet-and-greets with Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissile; a car show presented by Hess Express featuring more than 100 classic, muscle and exotic cars from the Muscle Car Network of Central Florida; a LEGO interactive zone; a DJ and a special appearance by automotive designer Chip Foose, who contributed to the design of Ramone in the “Cars” film. To complete the car-nucopia of events, fans may purchase tickets for a “Cars” & “Cars 2″ movie marathon at AMC Downtown Disney 24. The event takes place at Downtown Disney West Side on June 2nd and 3rd.