Category: WDWNT

Meet Walt Disney World’s Most Complimented Cast Member

Willie Jackson has been crowned the most complimented Cast Member in Walt Disney World for the second year in a row. Most Complimented Cast Member With over 1,000 Cast Member Compliments in the last year alone, Willie Jackson received the honor of most complimented Cast Member, in celebration of World Compliment Day on March 1. Jackson is a PhotoPass photographer for Walt Disney World, and can be found snapping photos of guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. “I like to be a director or producer, and when I get guests to me, they really are my actors,” Jackson tells Fox 35 Orlando. “I try my very best to show them certain areas they can pose.” For those unaware, Cast Member Compliments are a way for guests to recognize and “send some magic” to any Cast Members who make their day at the Parks special. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Disney Parks (@disneyparks) Jackson has been a Walt Disney World Cast Member for 14 years, working as a PhotoPass photographer for the last six. His secret to getting so many Cast Compliments? Always having fun on the job. “I use this magic world all the time: ‘I’m gonna have some fun with ya,’” he explains in a Disney Parks Instagram post to celebrate the day. Receiving so many compliments comes as a shock to

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How Does Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Work? Volume 5: Old Key West Resort

This post contains sponsored content from DVC Rental Store and DVC Resale Market. Help support WDWNT by using the links in this article to book your next resort stay with our sponsors, DVC Rental Store and if you’re considering purchasing a DVC contract, check out how much you can save with DVC Resale Market. Welcome to the fifth in a series of articles introducing newbies to Disney Vacation Club. In this article, we’ll take a look at Disney’s Old Key West resort, so even if you’re not a newbie to DVC you might want to keep reading to learn more about this wonderful resort. Many vacationers, especially Orlando vacationers, shudder at the mention of a timeshare. And while DVC is a timeshare, it’s unlike a traditional timeshare in almost every way. This series of articles will outline the basics of how Disney Vacation Club works, how to become a member, and how to book stays at a Disney Vacation Club resort. If you missed Volume 1: Timeshare Basics, we talked about timeshares in general and how Disney Vacation Club is a timeshare but is also very different from a typical timeshare. In Volume 2: DVC Basics – All About Points, we delved into the points system that DVC uses to book accommodations. In Volume 3: DVC Basics – Use Years, Banking, and Borrowing, we took a deep dive into how you can use your points wisely by banking and borrowing points. Last month in Volume 4: Exchanges, we took a

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VIDEO: Drone Testing for New Nighttime Show at Universal Orlando Resort

We have a video of drone testing over Universal Orlando Resort, confirming our earlier reports that the parks are exploring the use of drones for a new nighttime show. Universal Orlando Drone Testing The new nighttime spectacular was announced in March 2023 when the end of Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration was confirmed. No details have been released for the new show, but using drones would solve the continuing pyrotechnic limitations. As Universal Orlando Resort is located right in the city with residential areas very close to the park, they’ve only been able to use fireworks sparingly. Drones wouldn’t have the same noise level issues as fireworks, opening the door for more elaborate shows. In April 2023, Universal posted an ad for a drone operations manager, though it wasn’t necessarily for Universal Studios Florida. Drone technology has been confirmed for Universal Epic Universe, a new theme park opening in summer 2025. Watch our video of the drone testing below. @universalparksnewstoday Drones are testing at Universal Orlando for the new nighttime show! #universalorlando #universalorlandoresort #drones #universalstudiosflorida #universalstudios #universal #droneshow #fypシ #themeparks ♬ Danger – SoundAudio Parisian drone company Dronisos recently opened an Orlando-area office, citing theme park clients as a reason for the new location. It’s unknown if Universal is using a third-party drone company for their show. Testing for the new water fountains for the show began last month. Universal Destinations and Experiences is already familiar with utilizing drones for shows, as

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‘Little Mermaid’ and More Disney Scenes Added to Living With the Land for 2024 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

For the 2024 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival, the Living With the Land greenhouses have new scenes inspired by classic Disney stories including “The Little Mermaid” and “Alice in Wonderland.” The Little Mermaid in Living with the Land In the first Living With the Land greenhouse are props and set pieces inspired by “The Little Mermaid.” A fishing net hangs over bamboo shelving featuring plants, a globe, a pipe, and a candelabra. The candelabra has silverware instead of candles, together with the pipe referencing items Scuttle gives Ariel. These shelves feature various spices in different containers. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Next is a set inspired by “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” A wishing well has been installed under a trellis covered in plants. There are garden gnomes representing the seven dwarfs. A dove is perched on the edge of the wishing well. On the table nearby is a pie and a basket of apples. The apples are mostly green but there’s one red apple, referencing the film’s poisoned fruit. There is also a crate of flowers and gems with a lantern and pickaxe, representing the gems the dwarfs mine for. Winnie the Pooh We noticed the Winnie the Pooh picnic last week. There is a plethora of food and plants in pots inspired by Winnie the Pooh’s friends. There’s also a “hunny” pot. New to the scene is Rabbit’s garden. A large

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‘Up’ Characters Dug and Russell Return for Meet & Greets at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Dug and Russell from Pixar’s “Up” have returned as meet & greet characters at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Dug & Russell’s Wilderness Explorers Club House They meet guests at Dug & Russell’s Wilderness Explorers Club House on Discovery Island near the Tree of Life. Each character appears separately, and guests wishing to meet both characters will need to wait in line twice. The club house has a covered queue and meeting area. The retractable sun shade features art of Paradise Falls. The background for the meet and greet has the Wilderness Explorers symbol and a Club House notices board There’s a red wagon full of camping supplies and a bucket of tennis balls for dug. There is a bumper sticker that reads “I [heart] squirrels” and a stuffed squirrel riding along. This marks Dug and Russell’s return as meet and greet characters. Since 2022, they have only appeared on the Adventure Flotilla. Dug Meet & Greet The two characters rotate throughout the day. Currently, there are no schedules posted on the My Disney Experience app or the Walt Disney World website. Cast Members said that today’s schedule was 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., but that is subject to change daily. Russell Meet & Greet Fans of “Up” can also find Kevin the bird roaming around DinoLand U.S.A. For the latest Disney Parks news and info, follow WDW News Today on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The post ‘Up’ Characters Dug and Russell Return for

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Briar Patch Turned Into Swamp at Tiana’s Bayou Adventure & More: Daily Recap (3/2/24)

The Briar Patch has become a swamp at Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, a new DVC Welcome Center opened at Disney Springs, and the old lamps have returned to Colombia Harbour House — all this and more in today’s daily recap for Saturday, March 2, 2024. Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom More scaffolding has been removed from Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom, revealing new fake foliage and moss on the façade. Scaffolding has come down from around the Liberty Square side of Columbia Harbour House in Magic Kingdom, revealing the refreshed exterior and the return of the old lamps. EPCOT Mickey head topiaries near the Mexico Pavilion are now sporting Orange Bird ear headbands for the 2024 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. Disney Springs The newly-opened Disney Vacation Club Welcome Center in Disney Springs will not be home to the much-anticipated DVC Member Lounge. Take a tour of the all-new DVC Welcome Center, Gateway to Discovery, which opened on March 2 in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World. New Merchandise A new retro cassette ear headband themed to “Guardians of the Galaxy” has made its way to EPCOT in Walt Disney World. Disneyland Resort The complimentary Magic Key patch for the upcoming Disney Channel Nites has been revealed. Tokyo Disney Resort For the first time ever, Tokyo Disney Resort will host their own Tokyo DisneySea Food & Wine Festival, which will come with its own

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New Mickey Balloon Merchandise Coming to Tokyo Disney Resort

Starting March 7, guests at Tokyo Disney Resort will be able to purchase items from the new Balloon Series, featuring Mickey balloon merchandise. The items will be available at various stores in Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, and the Tokyo Disney Resort app. Sticky Set – ¥700 This sticky note set comes with four different colored Mickey balloon sticky notes. The notes are transparent and the backing they come on can be folded to stand up on your desk. Clip Set – ¥1,200 This set comes with four clips. Tokyo Disney Resort suggests using them to organize documents and small items. Message Card – ¥600 This message card set is packaged with four cards and their corresponding envelopes in each of the four colors. Sticky Set – ¥1,300 This sticky note set is similar to the first one, but comes with a backing that can be folded accordion style and taken on the go. Greeting Card- ¥800 With a three-dimensional design, this greeting card has space on the back to write a message. Minnie Mouse appears on the front of the card and the back of the envelope, holding a bunch of balloons. Along with Minnie, the front of the card also has a collection of Mickey balloons, and “Tokyo Disney Resort” written on it. Colored Paper – ¥1,600 This colored paper card folds open to reveal a blue sky with Minnie Mouse holding her bunch of balloons in the

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New Merchandise Featuring Chef Mickey for First-Ever Tokyo DisneySea Food & Wine Festival

For the first time ever, Tokyo Disney Resort will host their own Tokyo DisneySea Food & Wine Festival, which will come with its own collection of exclusive merchandise. Tokyo DisneySea Food & Wine Festival Running from April 1 through June 30, the Toyko Disney Sea Food & Wine Festival will have food inspired by the different ports of DisneySea and “feature creatively designed special courses, set meals and snacks.”  The festival’s full menu was released in mid-February. The merchandise collection for the festival features Chef Mickey and can be purchased at Steamboat Mickey’s, inside of Tokyo DisneySea. Postcard – ¥200 ©Disney The art that carries through the collection continues the same motif as the festival’s logo, with colorful illustrations of food. The front of this postcard features that design, with Chef Mickey at the center and “Tokyo DisneySea” written below him. ©Disney The back of the postcard is pretty simple, with the Tokyo DisneySea Food & Wine Festival logo printed faintly toward the bottom. Sticker – ¥300 ©Disney The sticker has the same food print, with Mickey at the center in his chef hat. Clear File Holder – ¥300 ©Disney The clear file holder follows the pattern. This one has a red boarder. ©Disney The back of the clear file has the Tokyo DisneySea Food & Wine Festival logo. Magnet – ¥1,000 ©Disney The magnet, printed in a slightly more vibrant color scheme than the other items, is a dimensional Mickey Head. T-shirt – ¥3,900

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Retro Cassette Ear Headband Available at EPCOT

A new retro cassette ear headband themed to “Guardians of the Galaxy” has made its way to EPCOT in Walt Disney World. “Guardians of the Galaxy” Retro Cassette Ear Headband – $39.99 We found these ears at Treasures of Xandar, the gift shop for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. The center of the headband features a patch of a cassette labeled “Awesome Mix Vol. 1.” The bow is made of a material that looks like the tape inside of a cassette. During the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, main character, Peter Quill, a.k.a Star-Lord, listens to music using a cassette player. The soundtrack to the first film is also titled “Awesome Mix: Vol. 1.” The color scheme throughout the ears references retro EPCOT Center graphics, a common scheme found in recent “Guardians of the Galaxy” merchandise. We’ve also need Guardians merchandise that parodies the Universe of Energy. On the right ear, there are silhouettes of Guardians members Groot, Drax, Peter Quill, and a female character hidden by the bow, likely Gamora. On the left ear is the Guardians logo. This ear features the same stars and music notes as the right ear. The back of the ears continues the stripes and a galactic design, including a small spaceship. The exterior of the headbands an orange faux leather, and the interior is a velour-like non-slip fabric. What do you think of these new retro-inspired cassette ears? Will you consider picking up a

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Woman Sues Universal Orlando for ‘Traumatic Brain Injury’ After Riding Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

A Florida woman has filed a lawsuit against Universal Orlando, claiming she sustained “traumatic brain injury” while riding the rollercoaster Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. Geriann Clem and her husband, Richard Clem, from the Broward County area, are suing the Universal Orlando Resort as a result of her experience riding the rollercoaster Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. Geriann Clem claims she rode the attraction on February 11, 2023. She claims that due to Universal Orlando’s negligence, she sustained “traumatic brain injury,” among other permanent damages that have left her without the capacity to earn money in the future. Read further details on her alleged injuries below: As a direct and proximate result of Defendant’s aforementioned negligence, Plaintiff, Geriann Irwin Clem, suffered severe and permanent personal injuries and damages including, but not limited to, a traumatic brain injury, pain and suffering, disability, physical impairment, mental anguish, inconvenience, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life in the past, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life in the future; medical, nursing, and rehabilitation expenses in the past, medical nursing, and rehabilitation expenses in the future, lost wages in the past, and the capacity to earn money in the future. In the lawsuit, the Clems are asking for $50,000 for personal injuries and damages. They also demand a trial by jury. The full suit is available for the public to read. Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket is a rollercoaster located in the Production Central area of Universal Studios Florida.

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