News From The World of Disney – October 7-20

Here is your News From the World of Disney for the period of October 7-20 2016. While Disney Entertainment news dominated the Disney landscape this issue, there were some interesting tidbits such as a new nighttime spectacular and it’s travel award season.

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October 14 – Elena of Avalor will begin greeting her subjects at Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park beginning on November 24. FastPass+ selections are currently available. (Link)

News From the World of DisneyOctober 14 – A new holiday nighttime spectacular called “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM” has been announced for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The show will begin on November 14 and run through December 31. It will feature state-of-the-art projections, special effects, fireworks and a seasonal musical score. (Link)

October 11 – Several fun events surrounding the NFL Pro Bowl will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex including practices, the NFL Flag Championship, Punt, Pass & Kick National Championship, the first ever NFL Women’s Career in Football Forum and a Pro-Bowl themed 5K. (Link)

October 15 – If you have an extra $180,000 laying around you can get married at Magic Kingdom Park after park closing in front of Cinderella Castle. (Link)

October 17 – Every year rumors fly as to when the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade will be taped. Sometimes they are right, sometimes not so much. The battle of the rumors started this week with Chip & Co. predicting the parade will be taped December 1 – 3 while Kenny The Pirate is saying it will be November 10-12. Neither of these rumors are out of place because they have done taping in both time frames in previous years. With a completely different take, WDW Magic is saying there won’t be any parade taping only stage shows November 9-13. (Chip & Co.: Link; Kenny: Link; WDW Magic: Link)

October 18 – Condé Nast named their 2016 Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards and the Disney Parks & Resorts were well represented including Disney Cruise Lines finishing 1st in Large Cruise Ships. (Link)

News From the World of DisneyOctober 19 – Are you are fan of the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game? A new card, ‘Goofy’s Festive Fiasco’, will be released at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party which begins on November 9. (Link)

October 19 – Victoria & Albert’s, the fine dining location at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa was named the #2 Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the United States by Trip Advisor. Also ranking high on the list were Magic Kingdom Park (#3 Top Amusements Parks in the World), Disney’s Hollywood Studios (#7 Top Amusements Parks in the World), Disney’s Animal Kingdom (#13 Top Amusement Parks in the World) and Epcot (#14 Top Amusement Parks in the World). (Link)

October 21 – A special offer for annual passholders was announced for 2017. Packages must be book before April 7, 2017 for travel January 1 – April 8, 2017. (Link)


October 7 – Thanksgiving options as Disneyland were announced and include options at Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Paradise Pier Hotel, Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure Park. (Link)

October 19 – Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure were named #8 and #9, respectively, on the list of Top Amusement Park in the World by Trip Advisor. (Link)


News From the World of DisneyOctober 19 – Disneyland Paris will officially start their 25th anniversary celebration on March 26, 2017. Part of this celebration will be the opening of Star Tours: The Adventure Continues a new parade, Disney Stars on Parade and a new nighttime spectacular, Disney Illuminations. (Link)

October 19 – Disneyland Park Paris was named the #19 Top Amusement Park in the World. (Link)

October 19 – Hong Kong Disneyland was named the #25 Top Amusement Park in the World. (Link)


October 13 – The Cruisers’ Choice Cruise Critic Awards were announced for 2016 and Disney Cruise Line dominated nearly every category. (Link)

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October 21 – Disney Cruise Line announced they will be doing a Marvel Day at Sea, similar to the wildly popular Star Wars Day at Sea. These cruises will take place in the fall of 2017 on cruises departing from New York on the Disney Magic. (Link)


October 10 – Dole Produce featuring iconic Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel character is coming to a supermarket near you. The produce includes bananas, pineapples, berries and vegetables. (Link)

October 17 – Disney CEO Bob Iger will be writing a book on leadership and management for Random House. In the book, Iger will discuss the lessons he learned in his 11 years as the chief magic maker. (Link)


October 10 – A details of a leaked script called “The Legend of Mulan” was posted on a blog claiming the new live-action remake will focus on a white European trader who joins the Chinese Imperial Army because he has taken a liking to Mulan. Disney was quick to say the script, written by Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin, was a ‘jumping off point’ and will have major re-writes between now and when principal photography begins. Let’s hope that’s true! (Link)

October 10 – Pandora has added a Walt Disney Records Mixtape channel which celebrates the 60th anniversary of Walt Disney Records. On the channel you will find everything from animated classic songs from the likes of Dumbo to the score from Star Wars: Force Awakens. (Link)

October 10 – Marvel’s Spider-Man animated television series will make its debut on Disney XD in 2017. Cort Lane, Senior VP or Marvel Animation & Family Entertainment made the announcement at New York Comic Con. (Link)

October 10 – The new live-action remake of Aladdin appears to now have a director attached. Guy Ritchie (The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Snatch) is slated to direct. (Link)

October 11 – Finding Dory is now Disney’s third billion (yes, with a ‘B’) dollar movie of 2016 joining Captain America: Civil War and Zootopia in the ‘Billion Dollar Club’ and making it the 4th highest grossing animated movie in history behind Frozen, Toy Story 3 and Minions. (Link)

October 13 – A new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was aired on Good Morning America.

October 15 – Hawaiian Airlines debut three Moana-themed Airbus A330 planes. (Link)

October 19 – It appears the president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, William Weatherall Wilkins, will be played by Colin Firth. He will join Emily Blunt (Poppins), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Jack), Ben Whishaw (Michael), Emily Mortimer (Jane) and Meryl Streep (Topsy) previously announced. (Link)

October 19 – The new teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was released. The movie is scheduled for release on May 5, 2017.


Our Disney Funny of the Week comes to us from Disney Parks Moms Panelist alum Diane Watkins and pretty much sums up what all Disney fans are thinking about the current elections.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Coming in the next issue we will start bringing you a wrap-up of the special offers currently in place for the Disney Parks and destinations.

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Sue Nowicki is an alumnae of the 2014/15 Disney Parks Moms Panel. She splits her time between planning her next Walt Disney World vacation and being team mom to ten high-energy volleyball players where she fills the roles of secretary, navigator, head cheerleader, treasurer, athletic trainer and team psychologist. You can follow her on Twitter @JazzinDisneyMom.

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Best Walt Disney World® Smartphone Apps

Written by Sue Nowicki


As with all other aspects of our daily lives, there are lots of smartphone apps to not only plan and make the most of our Walt Disney World® vacation but also to keep the Disney spirit alive when we are home. Here is a list of the best Walt Disney World smartphone apps:
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Easy Chicken Stroganoff

Starting today we will be posting a new recipe every other Friday. It’s our mission to post recipes which hit the Big 3: easy, healthy and inexpensive. While we won’t hit all three all the time, we will do our best.

Bon Appetit!

Are you looking for an easy-to-make weekday recipe which won’t break the budget? Check out this recipe for Easy Chicken Stroganoff which is not only inexpensive but good for you. This is one of those fabulous recipes which can be prepared on a night when you have a late volleyball game or committee meeting and goes to show you it is possible to eat healthy when you live a busy lifestyle.

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How to Save Over 10% on Your Walt Disney World Vacation

Written by Sue Nowicki

Disney fanatics across the globe have dreamed up unique ways to save and pay for their Disney vacations. Some use the Cartwheel app and Red Card from Target, others use their Disney Visa card and other use gift card clearinghouse websites like (you have to be careful of these sites because they sometime sell Disney STORE gift card which do not work in the parks). I have found a way to save 10% on Disney vacations.

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News From the World of Disney – September 23 – October 7

Here is your news from the world of Disney for the period of September 23 – October 7, 2016. In a news period dominated by news of Hurricane Matthew making a near miss of the Orlando area causing the theme parks to close for only the fourth time in it’s 45 year history, there was some other news to take note of especially in the world of Disney entertainment.

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12 Steps to Calculate the Cost of Driving vs. Flying to Walt Disney World (including the hidden cost)

Written by Sue Nowicki


Every year since my daughter was 12-years-old we have gone to Walt Disney World in June so her team can participate in the AAU Volleyball National Championships. When planning this trip we have the same conversation every year: Is it cheaper to fly or drive? This year I thought we would have that conversation right here for everyone to see step-by-step how we make the decision to calculate the cost of driving vs. flying.

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The New MouseQuest


A quest is a journey of discovery.

Here at the MouseQuest we help guide you on the quest for the perfect Disney vacation. However, Disney vacations don’t begin the moment your feet hit Disney property. They begin months, even years, before, when your Disney vacation is just a wish… a hope… a dream.

For a few lucky people, Disney vacations can be planned, paid for and executed in a short period of time. For the rest of us poor unfortunate souls, we have to save and plan and plan and save. We start years ahead of our vacation saving money and planning the vacation of a lifetime because we never know when we are going to be back again. And even when we do come home from our MAGICAL vacation, we return a little different then we left. We come home dreaming big, trusting that our fate lives within us, listening to our heart, knowing that adventure is out there and, most importantly, believing a dream that you wish will come true.

In that vein, we are going to broaden our scope on the MouseQuest and add content outside the Disney bubble. Content, we hope, will help you live that Disney-fied life outside of Disney. Whether it’s money savings ideas, recipes ideas, organization skills, homemaking tips, anything that will help us in this journey of discovery we call life! We hope you will follow along with us on this quest. Who knows, maybe, just maybe, we will discover that Disney is less a metaphor for life and more a way of life.

The Disney Waiting Dance


Written by Sue Nowicki

What is the “Disney Waiting Dance”, you ask? When you are a Disney fan you are used to doing a lot of waiting. You book your Disney vacation then you wait… You make your Advanced Dining Reservations then you wait… You make your FastPass+ selections then you wait… And right now there is a very special group of Moms, Dads, Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents waiting impatiently to find out if they made it to the next round of the 2017 Disney Parks Moms Panel search.

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