Now Snowing brings free holiday family fun to Celebration, FL

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Last weekend we were invited to a special preview evening of Celebration Florida’s fantastic family friendly holiday event – Now Snowing. It’s Central Florida’s original and longest-running “snow” event and, it’s free to attend (including free parking). So it’s very affordable.

November 29th marks the first snowfall of the year with a special tree lighting ceremony and then after that every night will feature great family entertainment, and, of course, snow fall through December 31st.

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Here’s what to expect on your visit:

  • Snow Falls Every Night at 6, 7, 8 and 9 PM (weather permitting)
  • Each year Now Snowing hosts a variety of free Family-friendly concerts on Saturday nights
  • On December 4th, guests visiting Now Snowing will witness an unforgettable 5-minute long fireworks display over the lake (8:30 PM).

In addition to the snowfall, guests can go “ice” skating, ride a horse draw cart or take a carriage ride through town, travel on board the Christmas Train, listen to carolers, dine at any of Celebration’s great restaurants, of meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. Continue reading

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Action! It’s a new Marvel’s Agent Carter trailer

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Agent Peggy Carter is a one woman army. You won’t want to miss her in the series premiere of Agent Carter, January 6th on ABC. The show stars Hayley Atwell as the agent leading the organization of S.H.I.E.L.D. while it gets its footing in the post-Captain America world (he was lost and frozen in ice, remember).

Disney just released a new preview that shows Agent Carter in action:

This 8 episode mini-series sounds like the perfect introduction to the Agent Carter. I hope you’ll watch so we can get even more episodes in the future.

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Disney’s Westside Garage Opens

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Construction on the garage is still going on, but enough of the parking structure was ready for guests that Disney decided to open it to help alleviate some of the holiday shopping crush.

Like the Mickey and Friends garage at Disneyland, the ground floor is extra tall to accommodate over-sized vehicles. You can also see the light system that will be used to help indicate whether a space is available. They’re not-operational yet, but the ones blinking blue and red, are for disabled parking, the ones flashing green and red are for general parking.

Over 4000 spaces will eventually be available, but during this partial opening there are around 1700 spaces. You can enter the garage from either side off Buena Vista Drive. Eventually there will be ramps off I4 directly into the upper levels of the garage.

Right now the themeing is pretty generic. No levels named after Disney characters and no other Disney charm. I’m hoping that changes before it is finished. When it is finished, there will be two elevated walk-ways that will drop guests right into Disney Springs from the 2nd floor. For now, you have a little bit of a detour, so allow some extra time when arriving at Downtown Disney.

Presumably, once the holiday season is over, work will begin in earnest on the second parking garage, which will be closer to the marketplace side of Downtown Disney.

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Christmas Gingerbread House

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Every year, I make a special trip to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort to see their giant Christmas Gingerbread House. There are new details everywhere you look, and yet it’s big enough for a full store to be housed inside. So be sure to check out the holiday themed treats on your visit.

Here’s a brief overview, but a personal visit is required to see all the amazing detail and to take in the smell. It’s definitely one of the highlights of the holiday season.

Congrats to Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek and his team for another great creation. Believe it or not, this is the 16th year for the tradition. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Christmas Gingerbread House will be amazing guests through January 1st, 2015.

Previously: How to decorate your own Gingerbread House with a kit from Disney World.

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Turner Classic Movies to sponsor Great Movie Ride in new Partnership with Disney

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Whoa. Stop the presses. Sources are telling local news that Disney has made a deal with Turner Classic Movies that will involve Disney content appearing on the TCM channels and a makeover for the Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Turner Classic Movies will become the attraction’s sponsor.

The initial changes will be mainly to the opening montage of movies and the final movie clips. No new show scenes are expected out of the gate.

New attraction poster with TCM sponsorship.

New attraction poster with TCM sponsorship.

Disney has already announced that the Sorcerer’s Hat is coming down. A move that will once again reveal the beautiful facade of The Chinese Theatre, which now looks even more ‘Hollywood’ than the real thing out in Hollywood, CA. A new series of posters with Turner Classic Movies as the sponsor will be displayed.

Official word of the deal is expected as soon as today. Read about what we know so far at the NY Times. The programming ideas for TCM alone have me excited. Vintage Disney programming has been a huge request from Disney fans for a long time.

According to the NY Times story, the idea was suggested by an administrative assistant at TCM who “who returned from a visit to Disney World and suggested ‘that TCM and Disney would be great partners’ in revamping the Great Movie Ride,” A great idea that resulted in the assistant’s promotion!”

Other recent changes at the park include the closure of the Backlot Tour and the Jack Sparrow attraction. So we’re still waiting for the other shoe to drop when it comes to a major Pixar and/or Star Tours expansion. But in the meantime, it is always a welcome piece of news when the parks get a new sponsor.

Btw, I think this dispells the rumor that the Great Movie Ride was going away… at least for a few years.

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