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Update: World of Avatar Dining & Shopping

Dining at ‘Satu’li Canteen’ and ‘Pongu Pongu’

  • Satu’li Canteen
    • Healthful dishes include wholesome grains, hearty proteins, and fresh vegetables; perfect for vegetarian meals
    • Embellished with Na’vi art and cultural items
  • Pongu Pongu (translation: Party Party)
    • Out-of-this-world drinks including: a bio-luminescent frozen cocktails and indigenous beers

Shopping at ‘Windtraders’ and ‘Colors of Mo’ara’

  • Windtraders
    • A nature-inspired shop featuring many of the wonders of Pandora – The World of Avatar
    • Exotic merchandise and souvenirs celebrating the flora, fauna, and culture of Pandora
    • Walls will appear as natural root structures
    • Merchandise to include: Na’vi cultural artifacts, science kits, and ACE (Alpha Centauri Expeditions) apparel
  • Colors of Mo’ara
    • Stop by this valley for Na’vi-inspired face painting, including authentic Pandoran markings
    • Select merchandise will be sold here as well
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‘Beauty and the Beast’ to Introduce World to First Gay Disney Character

It’s what most Disney fans have been thinking of LeFou for all these years; he’s gay, and infatuated with Gaston.

Multiple news outlets have been reporting today, with seemingly shocked perspectives, that LeFou has an “exclusively gay moment” in the Beauty and the Beast live action film, which opens in theaters on 03/17/17.  Here’s what Director Bill Condon has to say:

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh [Gad, the actor who plays LeFou] makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”

While this is a small step in a new direction for Disney films, it’s not surprising that this is the movie Disney chose to test these waters with; Beauty and the Beast’s plot is built around each character being an outcast in their own way.

We are thrilled that LeFou will be portraying his true self in the movie.

Watch a clip of Gaston and LeFou:

 

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‘Happily Ever After’ Nighttime Spectacular Coming to Magic Kingdom

Beginning May 12, 2017, Walt Disney World Resort guests will discover just how magical and emotional their fairy tale ending can be with the most breathtaking fireworks show in the history of the Magic Kingdom park – ‘Happily Ever After.’

The nighttime extravaganza will feature more lasers, projections, and lights than any other Magic Kingdom show before it. The show is being described as a story and journey filled with emotion, laughter, and heart. Guests will become part of the journey themselves as they follow their favorite Disney characters (more than 25 Disney movies will be featured!) on an adventure with adversity and fulfilled dreams on the road to their happily ever after. Don’t worry; Tinkerbell will still be flying across the sky in this show.

Be prepared with well-rested feet, as the show is 18 minutes long. We suggest using one of your Fast Passes on preferred seating for the show.

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Disney Releases Adult Coloring App “Color by Disney”

Taking a cue from the adult coloring book craze, Disney has launched a mobile app, Color by Disney, which allows users to color in templates featuring Disney characters or scenes from their movies. The app currently has hundreds of designs available for coloring.

The app is being marketed toward adults, as coloring has been thought to reduce stress. Features on the app allow you to choose which design you want, your pen type, and colors. Since it is from Disney, it differs from other coloring apps by including color palettes reminiscent of the films and more importantly, the option to add pixie dust! It plays pleasant music in the background, which also sets it apart from other apps.

Moana Coloring Page

If you like your work, you can share it on social media or save to your own device.

Download the app for free on the Apple Store, Google Play Store, or Windows App Store. To get unlimited access to the Disney art, there is a subscription service with three different packages – one week for $2.99, one month for $7.99, or one year for $39.99.

Well worth the price, if you ask us…

30th Anniversary Backpack and Pin

Disney Store Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Exclusive Pin Set

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Disney Store and to celebrate the occasion, Disney is releasing a commemorative set of 30 pins! Beginning January 28, the Disney Store will be releasing three new pins every Saturday in-store and every Sunday online, through April 1. All of the pins are brand new!

In addition to the new set of pins, a special 30th Anniversary backpack will be available. When you purchase the backpack, you’ll receive a free 30th anniversary Jiminy Cricket pin!

Chickpea Cucumber Tomato Salad

Disney Recipe: Chickpea, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad

What’s your 2017 New Year’s Resolution? If you’re looking to eat healthier foods, we’ve got a treat for you.

In 2015, Disney World’s Animal Kingdom opened a delightful little counter service Market that serves curry sausages, ribs, and other grilled foods. It’s called HARAMBE MARKET. The focus is on the traditional, complex use of herbs and spices in African cuisine.

We’re going to post the recipe for their healthy, refreshing, and unique Chickpea, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad. Be prepared to hunt down a few exotic ingredients, and give it time to marinate so that the flavors mix and deepen.

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Magic Kingdom Cabana Rentals Ending

Disney World’s Magic Kingdom cabana rentals are ending in February 2017.

We were never a fan of the cabanas; it may have been worth the extra $500-700/day (yes, you’re reading that right!) if there had been Air Conditioning in the cabanas!

Disney World implemented the unsightly cabanas in 2016 as an add-on item to gain more revenue from existing park guests.

Good riddance!