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Christmas in the Magic Kingdom - A December 2017 Photo Report
DisneyDan  Tuesday, March 20, 2018 9:18:05 AM
Hello everyone,

It's supposed to be the first day of spring, but of course as these things go, it's snowing here in the mid-Atlantic region, so I thought I would share with you some photos from this past winter's festivities at the Magic Kingdom (December 2017). I won't share everything we did at the Magic Kingdom, because it's fairly standard otherwise, but I thought the holidays would be a fun theme for this frigid first day of spring!
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Disneyland Thanksgiving Banquet, November 2017 - A Photo Report
DisneyDan  Friday, March 16, 2018 3:10:34 PM
Hello everyone,

In my continued effort to catch up on my reports, today I am going to share with you my photos from our amazing experience at the Disneyland Resort Thanksgiving Banquet.

The Thanksgiving Banquet was held on Thanksgiving day, November 2017, at the Disneyland Hotel. The Banquet was held in one of the main ballrooms, and required pre-booking at least 60 days in advance.

The main reason for us wanting to attend this experience is because in previous years they have had some really neat characters. While we didn't get anyone super rare at this one, there was a really good number of characters in attendance, including many of our favourites.

The food was pretty good, and was buffet style. We did have a server who brought drinks and saw to any requests we had. The buffet food was pretty good, and while there wasn't anything amazing for vegetarians, there was enough for us to eat.

For the money we paid (and while I don't recall the exact cost right now, it was certainly less than $100 per person), it was exceptionally good value. The sheer number of characters and the amount of time we spent there (at least four hours!), and the quality and quantity of the food, made it well worth it. Regular character meals can easily cost upwards of $60 per person these days, and the fact there were
18 characters at this meal made it phenomenally good value.

My only complaint is that the character lines were long (you lined up, as opposed to them coming to you), and they rotated without guarantee who you would get - hence why we spent four hours there! It took us three attempts of standing in line to get Horace, which was a little frustrating. However, the backgrounds were really nice, and well themed for Thanksgiving/fall.

Since it was several months ago now, I won't say anything more - so please enjoy these photos!
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DVC Moonlight Magic, December 2017 - A Photo Report
DisneyDan  Tuesday, March 6, 2018 12:43:00 PM
Hello everyone,

I realise this is about 11 weeks late, but better late than never, right?

Back in December we attended the DVC Moonlight Magic event at Epcot. It was a fun evening with some great characters, but other than that, I don't have a lot to say about it at this point, since it was over two months ago, but I thought it would be fun to share some photos from the evening anyway.

Enjoy!
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Our First Time at Aulani - A Disney Resort and Spa, September 2017 - A Trip Report, Part Two
DisneyDan  Monday, October 2, 2017 4:25:50 PM
Hello everyone,

In part one of this report I shared with you my thoughts and experiences around the main lobby, character dining, shopping, our room, the spa, fitness centre, conference centre and much more. In this second, concluding part I am going to share with you everything from character greetings, the pool area, lazy river, other dining and shopping options, the beach, and more!

Let's start where we left off in the last part, heading down to the Waikolohe Valley.

The Waikolohe Valley is where the majority of the fun and relaxation at Aulani happens. It's where the pool, the lazy river, more dining and bar options, snorkelling reef and several other features are located, not to mention being the access point to the beach, and where nearly all the character greetings occur.

Wandering around the valley you get to experience the beautiful natural flora and fauna of Oahu, and some of those all important Disney details.
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Our First Time at Aulani - A Disney Resort and Spa, September 2017 - A Trip Report, Part One
DisneyDan  Friday, September 22, 2017 8:56:27 AM
Hello everyone,

At the start of this month (September), Jon and I visited Hawai'i for the very first time, staying for a few days at Disney's Aulani resort in Ko Olina, Oahu.

As you can imagine, with anywhere we visit for the first time, there is going to be a lot for me to talk about. I'm going to try to break things down into themes and categories, as to not be jumping around too much. This report will also be in two parts because of the sheer length of it, and the number of photos I want to share.

I'm going to start with first impressions and our approach to the resort.
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A Photographic Tour of Pandora - The World of Avatar, at Disney's Animal Kingdom
DisneyDan  Tuesday, August 29, 2017 9:39:20 AM
Hello everyone,

Today I want to share with you a (rather large) selection of my photos from our recent adventures through Pandora - The World of Avatar, at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

I'll give a few thoughts along the way, but I thought that on this occasion I would let my photos do most of the talking, and let you form your own opinions about the new land.

Let's start with some of the initial sights you'll see when entering Pandora from its main entry point, over the bridge from Discovery Island.

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Meet iCan, the new citizen of Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom!
DisneyDan  Thursday, August 10, 2017 10:14:40 AM
Hello everyone,

If you're visiting the Magic Kingdom in the next few weeks you may be fortunate enough to run into iCan, the very literal, and quite comical, robot that roams the concourses of Tomorrowland.

He's a lot of fun to interact with, and I asked him to record this special message for all our friends and followers, in the video below

Enjoy!

Video:



Photos:









Dan.
Meeting Star-Lord and Groot at Disney's Hollywood Studios
DisneyDan  Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:35:13 AM
Hello everyone,

Star-Lord and Groot (in his reborn form) recently landed in Disney's Hollywood Studios for an out of this world encounter, so I thought it would be fun to share these photos and video with you all.

Enjoy!

Video:



Photos of the meet 'n' greet entrance and queue:







Meeting Star-Lord and Baby Groot:







Dan.
The Country Bears Arrive in Frontierland!
DisneyDan  Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:33:00 AM
Hello everyone,

Earlier this week we hung out with the Country Bears in front of their attraction in Frontierland, at the Magic Kingdom. I thought it would be fun to share some photos with you all of our "beary" fun encounter with Big Al, Wendell, Liver Lips and Shaker!

Enjoy!















Dan.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2017 Dates and Prices
DisneyDan  Friday, July 7, 2017 10:21:59 AM
Hello everyone,

If you're considering attending the Halloween and Christmas parties at the Magic Kingdom this year, you can find the dates below.

While it is still early in the year, the Halloween parties actually start next month, and we haven't heard about any new offerings, changes of any kind at this point. With just over a month to go, I suspect that the parties will be almost identical to last year. You can check out our dedicated Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party page, here, on Character Central.

Prices for this year's Halloween parties range from $74 plus tax up to $115 plus tax, for adults (anyone over 9 years old), and from $69 plus tax up to $110 plus tax for children aged 3-9.

2017 Halloween Party Dates:

August: 25, 29
September: 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
October: 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31
November: 1

The Christmas parties start in November, shortly after the Halloween parties end, and run through December, ending just before Christmas itself. As with the Halloween parties, we haven't yet heard about any changes, but for Christmas it's a little early right now. You can check out our dedicated Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party page, here, on Character Central.

Prices for this year's Christmas parties range from $89 plus tax up to $109 plus tax, for adults (anyone over 9 years old), and from $84 plus tax up to $104 plus tax for children aged 3-9.

2017 Christmas Party Dates:

November: 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26, 28
December: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22

All event tickets can - and should - be purchased on the official Walt Disney World ticketing page, here.

Have a great day everyone,

Dan.
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