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Disney Mobile Ordering

Did you know that over the summer Disney has added mobile ordering to its quick service restaurants?

What is mobile ordering you ask? It is like a fastpass for food!

Instead of waiting in a long line to place your order and then waiting for your food to be ready, you’re able to order on the go from your phone, bypassing the ordering line and picking up your food directly at the counter when you arrive at the restaurant. The whole process is done through the My Disney Experience app on your phone.

If you start from the home screen of your My Disney Experience app, you will see the “Order Food” button just below “My Plans”.

After hitting “Order Food,” you’re taken to a page with the current list of restaurants that offer Mobile Ordering.

Mobile ordering debuted at Satu’li Canteen in Pandora – World of Avatar, but now includes:

Magic Kingdom: Columbia Harbor House, Cosmic Rays, Pecos Bills Pinocchio Village House, Aloha Isle, Lunching Pad and Tommorrowland Terrace

Epcot: Electric Umbrella, and Liberty Inn

Hollywood Studios: ABC Commissary, Backlot Express, PizzeRizzo, Fairfax Fare, and Roie’s All-American Cafe

Animal Kingdom: Flam Tree BBQ, Pizzafari, Restaurantosaurus   Satu’li Canteen in Pandora – World of Avatar, and Harambe Market

Disney Springs: D-Luxe Burger

After choosing a restaurant, you click order food and you are directed to the “Build Your Order” screen.

From there you can select any item that is on the menu.

I chose the Fajita Platter and after adding the item to my order, and clicking the bag in the upper right corner of the screen, you can adjust the quantity of the item or add extras, like fountain drinks and desserts.

 

At this point, you click purchase and get an order confirmation.

When your ready to eat all you need to so is  tap the “I’m Here, Prepare My Order” button, the app notifies the kitchen to prepare the meal.  Depending upon whether you place your order near the restaurant or not, you may not see this screen immediately.

The prompt appears even before being physically inside the restaurant.  You’ll then be alerted, through the app, to pick up your meal at the Mobile Order pickup line.

Currently, the only downside to Mobile Ordering is that it only accepts credit cards and it does not accept Disney Dining Plan credits and you cannot use discounts at restaurants that offer them, such as for the Annual Passholder or Tables in Wonderland.

Next time you in the parks and are looking to save some time instead of standing in a long quick service line, try the mobile ordering – it could save you some valuable park time!

New Disney Openings

Over the last few days, The Walt Disney Company has announced some exciting openings coming over the next few months and years.

The first announcement was the official opening date, of May 27 for Pandora in the Animal Kingdom Park. Inspired by James Cameron’s “Avatar,” this will be a 12-acre land, which will immerse guests into the world of Pandora. This new area will include floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests, and flying “Banshees,” Disney said in a news release.

On February 17, “Rivers of Light,” an all-new nighttime show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will debut. The 15-minute show was originally set to debut last April, however technical issues delayed the opening of the show until this month. The theatrical show celebrates nature and its connection with humans by combining live performances, floating lanterns, and special effects.

Also announced, the long running, night-time spectacular Wishes, is set to be replaced with a brand new show called “Happily Ever After” on May 12.  This show will feature fireworks, projections and lasers. It will draw on such Disney films, including “Pirates of the Caribbean,” The Jungle Book,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Moana,” “Brave,” “Big Hero 6,” “Zootopia,” “The Princess & The Frog,” “Aladdin,” The Little Mermaid,” “The Lion King,” “Frozen,” “Toy Story,” “Peter Pan,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Hunchback of Notre Dame.” The crowd’s favorite moment, Tinker Bell’s flight, will continue to be a part of the new show.

For Star Wars fans, the news came that we can expect to see that new land open in 2019. The Star Wars Land in Hollywood Studios in Florida and also at Disneyland Park in California will be based on the blockbuster movie franchise. It will feature two new attractions, including a ride that lets visitors pilot the Millennium Falcon. At each location, guests will be transported to a never-before-seen planet – a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space – where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.

Source: The Walt Disney Company

Disney After Hours at the Magic Kingdom

 

How much are you willing to pay for an After Hours Event at the Magic Kingdom?  Is $149 plus tax per person really worth it?

Disney After Hours, a new, lMK at nightate-night separate ticketed experience is underway at Magic Kingdom Park and it’s offering guests an experience like never before, or so the website says.  For 3 hours you can experience 25 different attractions in the Magic Kingdom with little or no wait. While this ticket allows you to enter the park at 7 pm to enjoy dining, evening entertainment like fireworks, the “Celebrate the Magic” nighttime projection show and the Main Street Electrical Parade, your After Hours Event does not officially begin until the park closes for regular paying guests.  This means that for the first hour or so you are still sharing the park with guests who have not paid for the After Hours Event.  While, they will not be able to get into an attraction line without the special pass, if they are in line, or just walking around it will be up to the Cast Members to usher them towards the Exits.  This is similar to how any of the separate hard ticket parties work in the Magic Kingdom.

Included in your admission price is unlimited Ice Cream Novelty bars and bottled beverages.  Not sure if it is still worth the cost?  Here are 5 reasons why it might be the event for you and your family

1. Access to Attractions with little to no wait – More than 25 attractions remain open during Disney After Hours. A limited number of tickets are sold for each event night, meaning significantly shorter – or maybe even no lines! – Disney has not released the number of tickets that will be sold, but it is my understanding that it will be significantly less than the MNSSHP and MVMCP tickets.

2. Park Access – While the Event begins after regular park closing, your ticket allows admission earlier. The Disney After Hours ticket allows you in the park at 7 p.m. so you can enjoy the evening parade and fireworks. So, if you wanted to spend your day at another park and don’t have the Park Hopper Option on your Theme Park Tickets, this is one way to “hop” on over to the Magic Kingdom.

3. Meet Characters – both Mickey Mouse and Disney princesses are available for photo ops, usually again with much shorter lines.  Do your children want that elusive picture with their beloved Character, this may be the chance you have been waiting for.

4. Amazing photo ops – Have you ever wanted to take that perfect picture of your favorite attraction lit up at night? The perfect family picture in front of Cinderella’s Castle without a crowd behind you? Smaller crowds may make that possible.

5. Ice cream included – Mickey Premium Bar lovers won’t want to miss out on this part of the night. Beverages are also included.  How many Mickey Bars can you really eat?

If you have gone to this After Hours Event, let us know your opinion?

Restaurant Spotlight – Garden Grill

Do you enjoy farm fresh produce? Have you ever taken the boat ride Living with the Land? Did you know you that you can partake is some delightfully delicious farm fresh produce you see on this attraction? That’s right!! You can!!
In the Land Pavilion in Epcot, you can not only see how Disney is working with farmers to help in the production of food, but you can taste of their fruits of labor at the Garden Grill restaurant. The Garden Grill is located on the top floor of the Land Pavilion straight across from the entrance. Your meal is an all-you-care-to eat, family style meal, served while slowly revolving around the restaurant. Start you meal with a Basket of Warm Bread with Orange Blossom Honey Butter and a “Living with the Land” Harvest Farmers Salad. Your entries are Filet of Beef, Turkey Breast an a Fish of the day all complimented with Garden Fresh Vegetables and Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes. YUM!!
Oh, did I mention that Chip n Dale and Mickey Mouse all dressed out in their farmer wear to make sure you are enjoying your meal.
If you haven’t tried this restaurant, it is a treat and reservations are recommended!

Quote for the Day

“I take great pride in the artistic development of cartoons.  Our characters are made to go through emotions which a few short years ago would have seemed impossible to secure with a cartoon character. Some of the action produced in the finished cartoon of today is more graceful than anything possible for a human to do. ”

~ Walt Disney

 

Quote to end your week with

walt Walt on Mickey Mouse ~ ” Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence.  He was a means to and end.  He popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad twenty years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.  Born of necessity, the little fellow literally freed us of immediate worry.  He provided Walt Disney, Mickey Mousethe means for expanding our organization to its present dimensions and for extending the medium of cartoon animation toward new entertainment levels.  He spelled prpartnersoduction liberation for us.”

To Aquaduck or NOT to Aquaduck?

That is the fate of Donald Duck when his nephew’s Huey, Dewey and Louey get up to their old tricks when it comes to their Uncle Donald Duck.  The Aquaduck on the Disney Cruise ships Dream and Fantasy starts out on Deck 16 and is 765 feet long and ends on Deck 12? This water roller coaster is the first of its kind on anyaqua cruise ship and the clear tunnel loops you out over the side of the ship some 105 feet above the oceans surface! The ride itself is about 45 seconds long and over 10,000 gallons of water move you along at a rate of almost 20 feet per second.
H ave you rode the Aquaduck? Tell aqua2us about your ride?

Be Our Guest to add Lunch Reservations

Be-Our-Guest-Set-of-4-Dessert-PlatesBeginning on February 25, 2015 guests to the Walt Disney World will be able to make Advance Dining Reservations (ADR) at Be Our Guest for lunch.  Since opening in December, 2012 dinner reservations have been hard to come b, often frustrating guests.  Adding lunch will give more guests the opportunity to experience this wonderful restaurant.  ADRs may be made online using your My Disney Experience account or you may call in Disney Dinning.  Lunch guests may also (optional) be able to select their meal.

Later this year, breakfast will be coming to Be Our Guest as well.  No word on if this will be character dining experience, but chances are the beast will not be able to stay in the West Wing while guests are dining in his castle!

Give us your opinion: Is Disney asking you to plan too much, if you can select your food when you make your reservation?