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Pandora: The World of Avator

Wow, has it been awhile as work got crazy busy and I also got married, but I’m back with some Disney information. Biggest news first is that over the Memorial Day Weekend Pandora: The World of Avatar had it’s grand opening at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I was there on May 27 and will give you the rundown below. Suffice it to say the area is absolutely amazing and Flight of Passage is pushing hard to nudge out my all time favorite The Tower of Terror as my favorite attraction.

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DDP Price Increase, Purple is the New Black, Star Wars, Animal Kingdom, and More

First up, Disney Dining Plan fans, effective today all dining plans recieved a 3% price increase (approximately $3 a person). Now of course if you are optimizing your points for your meals and snacks you will still save in the long run, however, you’ll spend more to get the plan than you used to. The plan specifics would not change.

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#TheForceAwakens
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#RiversOfLight
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#MagicBands
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Tiered Ticket Pricing and More

Every year for the last several years, Disney has had a price increase. One of the things that has popped up in the speculation for the last few years was whether the increase would incorporate a tiered price level similar to how the tier resort rooms. Well this year, the mouse has jumped tickets into the tiered bandwagon. Starting yesterday February 28, one day tickets are broken into the tiers: peak, value, and regular. Each month will be split among days having each type, with the amount of each being determined by the expected traffic. IE: Expect say July to have more Peak days than say September. The prices are $97, $102, and $114 respectively for Epcot, Hollyood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. Magic Kingdom still runs higher at $105, $110, and $124. Note: when I say each type means it may have a type or it may not. The aforementioned July has 0 value days allocated. You also now have to select what day you’ll be going to purchase a one-day ticket. Tickets also have expiration date currently of December 31, 2017. The catch is your ticket is valid for that “season” or any tier below it. So if your plans change from say regular to a peak day, you’ll have to upgrade your ticket to get in. Note: If you use a higher tier for a lower tier day you do not get a refund of the difference. Anyone that has already bought their ticket for an upcoming trip can still use those ticket(s).

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News Round Up For January 18

Wow, it’s been a while, but my day jobs big project that ha been eating up a lot of my free time is wrapping up. Which means news, features, memes, and mor will start returning to a more regular schedule. Anyway onto the news! First up is Hollywood Studios where Kylo Ren will be taking the place of Darth Vader meet and greet at th Launch Bay. Also at the Studios there are several closures announced connected to the coming expansions. The Earful Tower will be coming down at a so far to be announced date. The Tower has been an icon of the park since it first opened, really being the logo for years till the Sorceror’s Hat literally took center stage. Lights, Motor, Action Extreme Stunt Show will turn off the engines April 2 of this year. The Show has been running for several years and was anticipated to close for the coming lands. Also closing will be Honey I Shrunk The Kids Movie Set Adventure playground, the Monsters Inc. Meet and Greet, and the Studio Catering Co. restaurant.

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Christmas Week News Round Up

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week and is ready for the holidays. It’s been crazy here at Stitch’s Home busy, busy with a project on he job that does keep the lights on. Hopefully, things will settle back down here after the first o the year and I’ll get back to the regular feature schedule and more speedy news updates. However, I wanted to take a moment a talk about a few recent happening in the land of the Mouse. While I’ve yet to have a chance to see it, Congratulations to Disney and Lucafilms for decimating the box office records with The Force Awakens. Hopefully, I’ll get to see it soon, and what little I’ve heard (I’m trying to avoid spoilers) indicates the start o a great new trilogy.

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#SymphonyInTheStars
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Skipper Canteen Soft Opened This Past Weekend

The Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen soft opened this past weekend with it’s official grand opening on December 16. The restaurant is styled after the nearby Jungl Cruise attraction and features a hodge podge of cuisines from Asia, South America, and Africa. The menu includes steak, arenas, chocolate cake, a rice noodle bowl and more. The chocolate cake is dubbed Kungaloosh, which is a hat tip to the Adventurers Club that once operated in Downtown Disney. There are also speciality drinks of the non-alcoholic variety.

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Man Arrested Outside Magic Kingdom

A man who should know better, Andrew Gerson, was arrested outside of the Magic Kingdom last week. Gerson, age 36, is a lawyer who was outside of the park itself when a Cast Member at bag check noticed an odd bulge in his pants. When asked if he had something in his pants, he at first didn’t respond and tried to pass it off as “anatomy.” The Cast Member, who is a woman, turned to get one of her male counterparts to talk to Mr. Gerson. When she did he tried to leave. She summoned the Orange County deputy as she was worried he was attempting to bring a gun into the park.

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Week Before Thanksgiving News Update

Tuesday afternoon led for some major excitement at All Star Movies Resort. Callers called in a bomb threat for the front desk of the resort prompting the Lobby to be evacuated and the resort to be put on lockdown. Osceola County Sherrifs and Disney Security swept the area but found nothing and sounded the all clear about an hour later. Reportedly a call came thru that sounded like a couple of teenage boys calling in to claim that Goofy had molested there son. When the Cast Member asked for their names to start getting information they reported said there was a bomb at the front desk and hung up. The Cast Member reports she heard them giggle as they disconnected. Regardless of it sounding like a prank The Sherrifs and Disney Security took the matter seriously and checked it out. Likely they are working to track down the suspects.

Yesterday a monorail being towed had a mechanical malfuntion and crashed into the Monorail Tow Vehicle. This shutdown Monorail traffic to Magic Kingdom as it was on the Express Beam. The crash occurred near the Contemporary resort. No one was hurt.

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MagicBand On Demand Station

Over in Tomorrowland, at the Tomorrowland Power & Light Co. near Space Mountain is a new station to customize retail MagicBands on Demand. Working similar to the D-Tech on Demand over at Disney Springs, the kiosk allows guests to choose from about 40 different artworks for their MagicBand and allows them to personalize them with their name printed on the band (the outside). The cost is $21.95 for a printed band and $29.95 for a personalized one. Some of the artwork is specifically for the Magic Kingdom and wont be found elsewhere. I’d say if it does well the plan will be to open more of them at the other parks each having special designs found only at that park. The kiosk also lets you make a D-Tech Phone Case on Demand.

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The Force Awakens Coming to Netflix…In Canada

Wanting to watch The Force Awakens at home and save a few bucks? Well if you live in Canada, you’ll be able to watch it on Netflix about 8 months after it’s release and leaves the theaters. Disney’s deal with Netflix for Canada includes it’s 2015 movies, however, those of us in the USA are not covered by the deal til 2016 so we wont be getting to watch it that way, Starz has the Pay-TV rights for Disney movies thru the end of the year in the USA so that will be where it will land first here.

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Animal Kingdom News

Hello one and all! I know I’ve not posted anything for several days but I was off visiting the land of the Mouse. While I was at Animal Kingdom I got a peek at the construction going on for the “Rivers of Light” show being built between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest. But to me, what I found out riding the Kilimanjaro Safari’s was even more exciting. They are finishing up a new area on the safari for a a brand new animal. According to the driver it will be joining the Safari in the relatively near future. The new animal will be Hyenas. They be out in the part of the safari where the giraffes wander, though in their own area like they do with the lions.

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runDisney 2016-2017 Schedule Released

Disney has released it’s 2016 calendar of of runDisney races. Returning favorites like the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, the Disneyland Half Marathon, and the Walt Disney World Marathon are joined by Star Wars races in Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The photo above is from runDisney and lists the race dates as well as when the events go on sale Keep in mind Passholders and DVC usually get early access to races. Also keep in mind these can go fast. Race links below. NOTE: Several of the 2016 races have been open for registration and some or all events are filled, you may still have a chance at those running for a charity or thru a travel group.

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