Disney World 2020

Disney World packages will be available to book as of June 18, 2019! This is for bookings from January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020.

Image from yourfirstvisit.net. Please go check out the link. It’s a pretty great assessment of the parks for the next few years.

Have an urge to go to Disney World for Christmas 2020? Book early and save with early booking bonuses.

We’re hoping to go at the end of January 2020, when the crowds are quieter. We’ll have to wait and see what the deals are for Canadians – we’re hoping for free meal plan again. 😀

You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

D23 Disney Parks Announcements

A lot of news coming from Disney Parks in the past few months.

Here’s a quick bullet list of the cool things coming:

  • Rock’n Roller Coaster will be re-imagined as an Avengers themed ride.
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy ride at Epcot will be one of the largest enclosed roller coasters in the world.
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, along with a new Beauty and the Beast sing along, will be added to the France Pavilion in Epcot.

  • An updated version of O Canada! The 360-degree show, will be debuting in the Canadian Pavilion in Epcot
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios will feature the Millennium Falcon and life sized X-wing fighters.
  • John Williams will compose new music for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios.

  • Disney’s California Adventures will get two new Pixar rides: the Incredicoaster and an unnamed Inside Out ride.
  • The Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios will be remade into Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway which will feature a new Mickey and Minnie story.
  • A new resort is being built at Disney World called A Disney Lakeside Lodge and will be a deluxe nature themed resort.
  • Inspired by the European grandeur Walt Disney experienced in his travels along the Mediterranean coastline, Disney’s Riviera Resort is projected to open in fall 2019. This proposed resort will be the 15th Disney Vacation Club property. (Disney)
  • The new Skyliner in Disney World will start operations in Fall 2019.

References

Destination D 2018 reveals details on new experiences coming to Disney Parks: https://attractionsmagazine.com/destination-d-2018-parks-details/

Breaking News About Disney Parks and Resorts from D23 Expo Japan 2018: https://d23.com/breaking-news-about-disney-parks-and-resorts-from-d23-expo-japan-2018/

John Williams to Compose New ‘Star Wars’ Music for Disney Parks Attractions: https://variety.com/2018/biz/news/star-wars-land-disneyland-john-williams-new-attractions-1203031846/


Are you interested in travelling to a Disney Park? You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

New Disney Updates

I am a big Disney fan. Anyone who knows me can tell you that. So when I heard that the two North American Disney parks were adding Pixar content, I got incredibly (get it?) excited.

Disney World (Florida)

Toy Story Land, in the Hollywood Studios park (possibly soon to be renamed again), is opening on June 30, 2018 in Florida. There will be a roller coaster (Slinky dog), swirling saucers (Aliens), an expanded Toy Story Mania, and Woody’s lunch box fill this new space. I’m sure there will be more coming, as well. There’s lots of room for expansion.

Disneyland (California)

Image from www.travelweekly.com

June 23, 2018, Pixar Pier in the California Adventures park will be officially open! If you don’t want to wait that long, however, there will be a preview of the Pier during Pixar Fest starting April 13. Rides you will find include a roller coaster (Incredibles), Toy Story Mania and neighbourhood, “something” from Inside Out, and a complete re-theme of the pier with images and characters.

You can read more about the changes in Florida here, and California here, here, and here.


Are you interested in travelling to Disney? You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

Disney Dining Plan Update

Disney World has added the option, if you’re over 21 years of age, to get an alcoholic beverage with your meal. You can also get a specialty non-alcoholic beverage, like artisanal milkshakes, smoothies, premium hot chocolate, soda, coffee, or tea.

In the past, you were able to get a dessert and a basic drink (milk, soda, coffee, tea). Upgrading to a specialty drink means you get the dessert in the drink, I guess?

Image taken from the Disney website, able to be viewed by travel consultants only, so I won’t bother linking. 😉


Are you interested in travelling to Disney? You can contact Jennifer Desmarais through Orleans Travel. jennifer.desmarais@orleanstravel.ca

Coffee at Disney World and Universal Studios

Hello Coffee Lovers,

It’s no secret that I love coffee. So when I go on vacation I look for good coffee. It’s a weird obsession that my wife, thankfully, tolerates.

When I first went to Disney World and Universal at 28, I expected that they would either have their own coffee company or have Starbucks everywhere. I was half right. The coffee at the parks and resorts can be split into three categories: Terrible, Starbucks, and Gourmet.

Coffee at the Parks and Resorts

Terrible

I’m pretty tolerant of bad coffee, but the stuff they sell in Disney World and Universal Studios is terrible. It varies from booth to restaurant from being weak to sludge and everything in between.

If you’re at any Disney Park, except Magic Kingdom, skip the coffee at the restaurant and get some Joffrey’s.

If you’re at Universal Studios or Magic Kingdom, get Starbucks.

Universal offers coffee in their rooms and it’s passable, but you’re better off waiting for Starbucks.

Starbucks

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Both Disney World and Universal have Starbucks in their parks. Disney World has a location in Epcot and a location in Magic Kingdom. Universal has a Starbucks in each of their resorts.

Both have them in their shopping districts (Universal Citywalk and Disney Springs.)

Gourmet

Starbucks is, unfortunately, the best you’ll get at Universal.

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Disney World has an arrangement with Joffrey’s coffee. They are a gourmet roaster from Tampa Bay. They supply coffee to Disneyland, Disney World, and Disney’s Hawaiian resort Aulani. The coffee is good. It’s not revolutionary but it’s definitely worth looking for around the parks.

Joffrey’s also supplies the resorts and the rooms with coffee. Staying at a resort that has good coffee is always a treat. They have kiosks in Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Springs, and Hollywood Studios that sell good coffee.

They are also the coffee used for the better sit down restaurants, including Belle’s Castle. Some of the sit down restaurants have pour over or French press that is to die for and certain resorts have unique blends.

A notable mention for coffee is the Moroccan Pavilion at Epcot that sell a Moroccan coffee that is both yummy and packs a punch.

Bringing Home Coffee

If you enjoyed Joffrey’s coffee, they have a store in Disney Springs that sells both Tea and Coffee. The selection is limited here though. If you try a coffee from a kiosk or your resort and love it you can normally buy a bag from them. (I regret not buying some Kenyan coffee from Animal Kingdom.) They also have an impressive selection on their website with decent shipping costs to Canada.

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Disney itself sells Mickey’s Really Swell Diner Coffee. The regular roast comes in large cans and the flavoured ones come in packs of eight small cans. You can also get a small can with a Disney Coffee Press. The coffee itself is exactly as it says. It’s good diner coffee (I’m drinking some now). Some of the flavours are better than others, but overall the flavoured coffee is good.

You can also bring Starbucks beans home with you, but they’re what you’d buy almost anywhere, with the exception of the light roast beans that vary from country to country.

 

Overall the coffee at the parks is worth drinking and definitely worth experimenting with.

Enjoy your Coffee,

Éric

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