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#DisneyParksLIVE to Stream ‘Rivers of Light’ on August 22

DisneyParksLIVE will live stream “Rivers of Light” from Disney’s Animal Kingdom  on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

In case you aren’t familiar with the nighttime show, “Rivers of Light” celebrates animals and nature by combining floating set pieces, lanterns, a soaring musical score, fountains and more. The show’s storytellers “narrate” this emotionally moving show through a combination of dance, music, song and shadow puppetry.

You can catch all the action starting at 8:40pm EDT.  To watch the live stream, go to Disney Parks Blog and look for the new blog post.

As always, you can follow along on Twitter, by using the hashtag #DisneyParksLIVE.

Sneak Peek of Spooky New Treats Coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party kicks off at Magic Kingdom on August 25 and offers guests an eerily good time including photo opportunities with their favorite Disney characters dressed in their seasonal best, trick-or-treating throughout the park, experiencing most of the park’s attractions with little or no wait time, special merchandise, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show in front of Cinderella’s Castle, Mickey’s “Boo-to-you” Halloween Parade, “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks show, and… special Halloween-themed treats you don’t want to miss!

Some of these treats will be available all day at Magic Kingdom while others will only be available during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.  Check out all the sweet goodies below.

New treats offered all day, every day, beginning Aug. 25-Nov. 1

  • Stop in the Main Street Bakery for a bright orange Mickey Halloween Cupcake with chocolate cake filled with purple marshmallow fluff topped with orange vanilla buttercream, sprinkles and a white chocolate scarecrow Mickey. The Mickey-shaped Cinnamon Roll takes on a spooky twist with orange icing and a chocolate spider web.
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor will scoop up pumpkin-flavored ice cream.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Treats (party nights only):

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  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Dome with a graham cracker streusel base, orange white chocolate glaze and a white chocolate Mickey can be found at Main Street Bakery and Gaston’s Tavern.
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  • Jack Skellington gets his own dessert at Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square – a vanilla panna cotta, chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream, white chocolate and dark chocolate crisp pearls, dark chocolate curls and a white chocolate Jack Skellington
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The artistic Haunted Mansion Desserts – each with a different flavor and themed chocolate accent – can be tracked down at:

  • Aloha Isle – chocolate tart filled with chocolate ganache and topped with Oreo panna cotta and a white chocolate Haunted Mansion-inspired portrait.
  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies – chocolate tart filled with raspberry compote and topped with white chocolate mousse and a Haunted Mansion-inspired white chocolate portrait.
  • Liberty Square Market – chocolate tart filled with chocolate ganache and topped with peanut butter icing and a Haunted Mansion-inspired white chocolate portrait.
  • Storybook Treats – chocolate tart filled with lemon curd, strawberry compote and topped with strawberry mousse and a Haunted Mansion-inspired white chocolate portrait.
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  • A Pumpkin Mickey Waffle with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkles and caramel sauce will be offered at Sleepy Hollow.
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  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café will offer Worms and Dirt, a chocolate gravestone with chocolate cake and chocolate mousse with a chocolate glaze topped with Oreo crumbs, and gummy candy.
  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies in Tomorrowland will dish up Candy Corn Ice Cream.
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  • Grab Chocolate Crisped Rice Treats and Vampire Mickey Brownies at various outdoor vending and kiosks throughout the Magic Kingdom Park.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party dates are Aug. 25 and 29; Sept. 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29; Oct. 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31, and Nov. 1.

For tickets, party details and official costume rules, click here.


Reservations Now Open for Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Walt Disney World guests who are looking forward to seeing Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios might want to consider reserving a new package to enjoy the nighttime spectacular.

The Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience includes a snack box featuring sweet and savory items at the Fantasmic! theater prior to show time AND a special light-up credential which will allow guests to enter the special reserved viewing area.

The adult box features chocolate-covered strawberries, cheesecake, a chocolate cupcake, apple crisp, California trail mix and cheese and crackers. Kids will enjoy chocolate pudding with crushed chocolate cookies and gummy worms, confetti popcorn, grapes and a vanilla cake bite which features the star of Fantasmic! — Sorcerer Mickey. Guests will also receive a bottle of water and a specialty alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage in a light-up keepsake Fantasmic! cup.

The Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience is another great offering from the Enchanting Extras Collection, which allows guests to enhance their Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Cost is $39 for adults and $19 for children ages 3-9. Reservations can be made by visiting DisneyWorld.com/dining or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.


Muppets Courtyard to Become Grand Park at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Last month, Disney announced a new area called Grand Avenue would be coming soon to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney describes this area as capturing the spirit of present-day Downtown Los Angeles by showing vintage office buildings and warehouses representing the different vibrant districts and cultures of the city.  Baseline Taphouse, a cheerful corner pub, will also be in this area  and specialize in small bites, beer and wines from California.

Today, Disney shared a few more details regarding Grand Avenue which now includes the current Muppets Courtyard area along with a portion of the former Streets of America.  Guests will soon see facades for “merchants” appearing in this area for a music shop, loft apartments, a tailor and more, with each window on the street featuring charming displays.

According to Disney, the current Muppets Courtyard will become Grand Park, an urban square off Grand Avenue surrounded by shops and restaurants like PizzeRizzo and Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano. Guests can already see changes in the area, with the Muppets theater being renamed “Grand Arts Theatre” and boasting a brand-new marquee.  Best of all, the fan-favorite “Muppet*Vision 3D” show will remain.

Grand Avenue is slated to open this fall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios .

Mobile Order Debuts at Backlot Express at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Today

Beginning today August 8, Mobile Order, the service which allows guests the convenience of ordering and paying for meals on-the-go within the My Disney Experience App, will be available at Backlot Express at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Additional Disney’s Hollywood Studios restaurants to receive Mobile Order later this month are ABC Commissary on August 14, and PizzeRizzo on August 15.

In case you aren’t familiar, Mobile Order offers a huge convenience to park guests.  Using the app, guests can select menu items, customize their order and pre-pay for their meal. When they arrive at the restaurant they can tap the “I’m here” button in the app, which will notify the kitchen to prepare the meal. When ready, guests will be alerted through the app to pick up their meal at a designated window.

The service has already debuted at many Magic Kingdom, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom restaurants as well as dining locations in Epcot and D-Luxe Burger in Disney Springs.

Please note Mobile Orders can only accept credit cards for payment right now and not the Disney Dining Plan.  Also, the service is not currently able to offer Annual Passholder or Tables in Wonderland discounts.  These discounts can only be applied at the counter.