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MK 014: Trip Planning

On this episode of Mouse Kingdoms, we discuss a new budget friendly way to see all of Walt Disney World, new PhotoPass options, Animal Kingdom gets decked out for Christmas, we talk to some professional vacation planners to help plan your trip, and more!

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A budget friendly way to see all the parks that Disney World has to offer has been announced for this summer. The “Summer One World” ticket is available for $444 and includes admission into each of the theme and water parks. Tickets go on sale June 4th and go off sale August 23rd. The ticket includes one day at each of the four theme parks and two water parks. You can visit more than one park per day, but that uses two of the admissions. The last day the ticket can be used is August 28th. –

This summer at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Disney announced that they will reveal more details on the future changes coming to Epcot. We expect them to detail changes coming to Future World and the entrance to Epcot that has already begun to take shape. It will also be interesting to see if the rumors we have been hearing about the Land and the Seas pavilions are accurate. –

Animal Kingdom has debuted their new variation on Rivers of Light with Rivers of Light: We Are One on May 24th to annual passholders. The new soundtrack includes songs from Pocahontas, The Jungle Book, Tarzan, and more. The new show is about 15 minutes long and starts at 9pm Sunday through Thursday, and 9 and 10pm Friday and Saturday. –

Christmas will be in full force at Animal Kingdom this coming holiday season. Pandora will be decked with all the holiday trimmings, a new Tree of Life projection show themed to the winter, and other winter and holiday happenings. Donald’s Dino-Bash! will have Donald themed holiday decorations, and take part in some interactive games. The new trimmings and events premiere on November 8, along with the rest of the resorts holiday offerings. –

For guests attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, there could be an up-charge dining event coming to Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. Cruella’s Halloween Happening would take place at 9pm and include an Italian buffet. No prices or exact menu has been announced. This extra event could be similar to Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party that took place around Christmas last year. –

Did you ever think it would be cool to have a PhotoPass picture from up in the air? If so, now you can! The PhotoPass team has come up with some new experiences for PhotoPass at Disney World. A limited time experience allows you to get a photo and video in the hub from up on top of Main Street during daylight hours. To get this unique keepsake, look for the PhotoPass photographer in the East Plaza Garden at the Magic Kingdom. If you want to stay closer to the ground, there are also some animated videos that you can get that make a still photo come to life. –

With Animal Kingdom joining in on holiday festivities this year, it will be the first time in 20 years all four parks will be festive. Over at the Magic Kingdom, they’re introducing a new fireworks show called Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks. It will feature a medley of beloved Christmas songs. There will also be special features during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. In Epcot, they’re continuing traditions, including the Candlelight processional, themed merchandise, festive food and Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree Scavenger Hunt. Finally, at Hollywood Studios, they’re rolling out two night time shows. “Jingle Bells, Jingle BAM” will pull out all the visual tricks on the Chinese Theatre. The Sunset Seasons Greetings show, features projections and snow on the Hollywood Tower Hotel. There will also be some events at Disney Springs. –

H2O Glow Nights have returned for this summer season at Typhoon Lagoon. Now through August 24th, on select Thursdays and Saturdays, you can take advantage of limited wait times, character meet and greets, specialty merchandise, food, beverages, and more. A DJ hosted dance party on the beach, and even an adults only area are also included. The theme for this year is Toy Story 4. –

The ABC Commissary has reopened with a new look this past week. The refreshed restaurant features a new color palette, carpeting, tables, seating, and more. Along the walls are posters promoting ABC shows, and some movie props. The whole place looks great and much more modern than the previous look. –

It is already really convenient to order your food and beverages around the parks through mobile ordering, but soon you can order from Resort Hotel restaurants! The first three locations will be Everything POP Shopping & Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, The Mara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Contempo Café at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. It will work exactly like in the parks. After placing your order, head to the restaurant and tap “I’m here” in the app to get your order started. –

Security at the resorts is making it easier for guests to enter without a bag. When going through a metal detector at the Contemporary, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, or Hollywood Studios, you can hold onto your items as you pass instead of putting them into bins. This continues the improvements on guest traffic flow throughout the resort. –

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