Frozen News and More at Walt Disney World This Week


Frozen” will be making more of a presence in the parks, new merchandise, new food options at several resorts and more. Join us as we explore what is new Around The Mouse this week in Walt Disney World news.

Walt Disney World Theme Park News

New! “Frozen” Attraction Coming to Epcot: Walt Disney World has made “Frozen” a part of the guest experience in a number of ways already and  guests have loved them as well as asked for more “Frozen“. Last week, Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced that they’re starting construction at Walt Disney World Resort on a brand new “Frozen” attraction at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot (opening early 2016).  The new “Frozen” attraction, which replaces Maelstrom, will take guests to Arendelle and immerse them in many of their favorite moments and music from the film. The pavilion will also include a royal greeting location where Anna and Elsa can meet guests. The last day of operation at Malestrom is October 5, 2014.

New! “Frozen” Characters Magic Kingdom Park Presence Expanded: Frozen’s” popular characters will also have a bigger presence at Magic Kingdom Park this holiday season. In addition to the ongoing “Frozen” character appearances, Queen Elsa will use her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a Frozen ice palace every night starting November 5th. And Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party-goers can see Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf in “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

New! Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! Elements Extended at Disney’s Hollywood Studios:  Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios can continue singing along to “Frozen” songs with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna at The First Time in Forever Sing-Along show — it’s been extended indefinitely! Wandering Oaken’s will set up shop closer to the show through the holiday season and will feature a larger play area with real snow (in Florida!). The Royal Procession and Frozen Fireworks will come to an end as previously announced on September 28th.

New! Disney’s Animal Kingdom to Celebrate Elephants and Rhinos Sept. 23: For guests interested in elephants, rhinos, and conservation efforts for these great animals, September 23 will be a great day to visit as Conservation Station hosts Elephant and Rhino Day, a celebration dedicated to two beautiful, but endangered animal species. Education cast members will staff hands-on activities, the work of the Animal Nutrition Center will be highlighted and Animal Keepers from the Elephant, Savannahs, and Ituri Forest teams will be present to share information and answer questions related to the animal-care profession. Guests will also have the opportunity to speak with representatives from various conservation organizations including the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to learn more about opportunities to get involved.

New! Halloween Decor Installed in Magic Kingdom Park: It may not be fall yet, but Magic Kingdom Park is already in the Halloween spirit. Fall and Halloween decor are now found throughout Magic Kingdom park, including fall garland, illuminated pumpkins, scarecrows and more.

New! Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Begins This Week: The 19th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kicks off Sept. 19 and runs through Nov. 10 – giving Guests 53 days to taste their way around the world. With new premium experiences, musical acts and culinary experiences, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. This year, enjoy a culinary adventure with three new marketplaces, a new after hours street party and all-new Eat to the Beat dinner packages. The three new marketplaces, Puerto Rico, Patagonia and Farm Fresh– will inspire any picky eater to become a connoisseur of new cuisine. After tasting perfect pairings of the 28 International Marketplaces, party in the streets at Epcot Food & Wine Festival new experience – Late Nights LIVE! on Thursday nights, from 9:45 p.m. to 1 a.m. dance the night away with musical performances, a live DJ and entertainment, and receive six food and beverage items from select marketplaces between the United Kingdom pavilion and World Showcase Plaza ($79 per person). For the first time in the festival’s history, you can pair a delicious meal with a guaranteed seat for one of the rockin’ Eat to the Beat concerts at the America Gardens Theatre. (Prices vary based on dining location.)

Update! New Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Late Nights – LIVE! Now Thursdays Only: Epcot Food & Wine Festival – Late Nights LIVE! street party will run from 9:45 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Thursday during the festival between the United Kingdom Pavilion and World Showcase Plaza. When first announced, this event was planned to be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but now it’s currently only offered on Thursdays. The event includes six tastes (food and beverages) from select marketplaces, live music, entertainment, and a DJ. Cost is $79, plus tax. Admission to Epcot is not required after 9 p.m. for guests who have purchased credentials to the event. It can be booked up through the day of the event.

New! Change to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park Hours: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park will be extending operating hours for Saturday, Sept 27.  Park close changed from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

Walt Disney World Resorts

New! Grand Floridian Dining Locations Serving Daily Specials: Beaches Pool Bar & Grill and Gasparillas Island Grill are now serving daily food specials. If you are searching for some quick, special and delicious, keep these dining locations in mind! Specials include:

  • Sunday – Hot Pastrami Sandwich
  • Monday – Barbeque Chicken Sandwich
  • Tuesday – Philly Cheesesteak
  • Wednesday – Patty Melt
  • Thursday – Pork Nachos
  • Friday – Blackened Salmon Sandwich
  • Saturday – Falafel Flatbread

Reminder! Garden View Tea Room Now Open After Refurbishment: The Garden View Tea Room has opened its doors to continue offering our unique tea time experiences, My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea and Afternoon Tea. Seating will be available at My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Afternoon Tea seating will be available daily from 2-5 p.m.

Reminder!  Trattoria al Forno Coming to Disney’s BoardWalk: With opening planned for December, Disney has shared the first details for Trattoria al Forno, the new restaurant for Disney’s BoardWalk. A “trattoria” is an Italian restaurant serving simple food, and “al forno” is Italian for “food baked in an oven,” and this new spot will showcase Old World techniques, including handcrafted mozzarella made daily, cavatelli (small dumpling-shaped pasta) and a variety of Neopolitan-style pizzas baked in wood-burning ovens. Slices of paper-thin Italian meats, served with a variety of olives and caponata, satisfying pastas, velvety seasonal risottos and fresh seafood and vegetables will celebrate the delectable diversity of Italian cuisine with authentic ingredients and recipes from Italy’s various regions. Classic Italian desserts and authentic Italian Wines will also be served. This restaurant opens in the space that is currently Kouzzina. The last day for operation of Kouzzina is September 30th.

Reminder! Wine Pairings at Martha’s Vineyard at Disney’s Beach Club Resort: New late-afternoon wine pairings combine food and wine with a little enlightenment, with wine experts on hand to talk about what you’re sipping at Martha’s Vineyard at Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Upcoming dates are 4-5:15 p.m. September 4, September 25, October 2 and October 30. Wineries aren’t yet announced (the last one was France’s Louis Jadot), but the Disney chefs are having fun with pairing delicious food with whatever is poured. It’s an intimate setting – no more than 18 guests, and the conversation flows with the wine. Cost varies, but is in the $20-30 range for three wines paired with three small plates, and price depends on what’s being poured. For reservations, call 407-934-3833.

Walt Disney World Resort – General

New! Additional Registration Capacity Available for 2015 WDW Marathon Weekend: Based on the overwhelming guest response runDisney is pleased to announce the “Goofy Giveback”, a unique opportunity for you to participate in the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon. Starting Sept 16th, a limited number of Goofy registrations are again available. runDisney is breaking up the challenge and opening up additional individual registrations for the 2015 Walt Disney World® Half Marathon and Marathon. You can register for these events by visiting This unique registration period will remain open for 39 days representing the total miles covered in the Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge. You have until October 24th or until both races reach capacity to take advantage of this special opportunity.

New! New Vera Bradley Design Coming to Downtown Disney Sept 19:  Known for their stylish quilted cotton luggage, handbags and accessories, Vera Bradley has been infusing color into all aspects of women’s lives for more than 30 years. The Disney Collection by Vera Bradley launched last year and has become very popular. The newest color, Disney Dreaming, will be coming to Cherry Tree Lane in the Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney Marketplace on September 19. The color features Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse dreaming of Disney fun. There will be a variety of styles available with this color including a Hipster Bag, a Zip ID Case, a Vera Bag and more. In early 2015, the team will introduce a duffle and an ultimate backpack with this color. These items will also be found in select Disneyland Resort locations and on the Disney Parks online store later in October. For the online store, visit where you’ll also find several previously released colors.

New! New Dooney & Bourke Bags Coming to Epcot September 29: With the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival returning to Walt Disney World Resort comes some additional exciting news. The Disney Theme Park Merchandise team is releasing a specially designed Dooney & Bourke collection inspired by the annual festival. According to the Disney Parks Blog, when designing the new colorful pattern, Disney Design Group artists were inspired by marketing artwork featuring Chef Mickey Mouse. Three of the items will contain a unique leather hangtag that has the event logo (the wristlet will not have this hangtag). The four new items will be released at the Festival Center in Epcot starting September 29.

Merchandise Events

  • September 17 – 21: Artist Greg McCullough will be appearing this month at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace.
  • September 18 – 22: Look for the latest releases from Precious Moments doll designer and artist, Linda Rick, including her newest collection inspired by “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Linda will appear throughout the day (each day) at Once Upon A Toy in Downtown Disney Marketplace.
  • September 27: The next hand-painted Ink & Paint Cel, titled “Summertime Pals,” is set to debut at Animation Gallery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on September 27, 2014. Meet the artists from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.– 5 p.m. on the day of release.

Written by Lori Wall:  Lori is a lifelong fan and visitor of Walt Disney World! Her love of Disney World has grown through visits with her own family as well as through planning magical vacations for others! Lori is an expert in maximizing vacations while sticking to a travel budget. Contact her about saving an extra 5% off your Disney vacation with an insider tip!  Book your vacation with Lori at (845) 698- 0102 or request a price online.

Epcot IllumiNations from the VIP Viewing Area

One of the most popular evening shows at Disney World is held at Epcot.  This show is called IllumiNations.  This show features music, fireworks, fire, lasers and so much more.  It is truly spectacular.

You can usually find a great spot to watch this show anywhere around the World Showcase Lagoon.  However, one of the best spots to see the IllumiNations Show is from a VIP Viewing area.  Enjoy a recent experience at Epcot for the IllumiNations show in one of these VIP Viewing areas.

Written By Allison Jones:  Allison has either worked or played at Disney World for the past 35 years.  She was a past Cast Member at Typhoon Lagoon and Tower of Terror.  She continued her love of Disney by starting Destinations in Florida Travel.  With over 60 agents, Destinations in Florida is considered the premier travel agency by guests, media, and the destinations themselves.  Contact Allison at if you would like her or her team to book your upcoming Disney & Orlando vacation.

FREE Olaf Pumpkin-Carving Template


Now this is so super cute! You can download your FREE Olaf Pumpkin-Carving template to create your own Disney inspired work of art. You could do this with craft pumpkins from the craft store and keep it for many years to come.

(Thanks Suzanne!) 2 Stylish Pairs of Boots For $39.95 Shipped

JustFab is currently offering 2 pairs of boots (or other shoes) for the price of 1. I took a style quiz and then I was matched up with a super cute pair of boots. I love that they match me up with my style and my size because I have size 11 feet and they can be so hard to find shoes for!

I got a cute pair of quality boots (my first pair of boots!). And if I don’t like any of the shoes that I get from, I can return them for FREE to and pick out new shoes.

At the beginning of every month, JustFab selects a collection of shoes, purses and accessories based on my style preference. They email me my pre-selected choices and I choose which one I would like to receive. If I don’t want anything that month, I just select No Thanks and I am not charged anything. I set myself a reminder each month on my calendar to either pick out my new shoes or decline for the month.

Walmart Under $1 Updated Deals

These are the newest under $1 deals. They have been added to the master list here. It is over 100 deals that are under $1. You can also find it conveniently located on the far right side of the blog under Most Popular Posts. Remember prices vary by location.

(Thanks I Heart The Mart!)

Best Friend Infinity Pink Rope Bracelet $1.98 Shipped


You can score this beautiful Best Friend Infinity Pink Rope Bracelet for $1.98 shipped. This would make for an excellent Christmas gift!

Be sure to check out all the current deals. Plus learn how to use Amazon to “Coupon to Disney”.

Amazon prices may vary and can change in price without notice. If the above item is not available at the listed price, the deal is dead.

(Thanks Raining Hot Coupons!)

Target Under $1 Updated Deals

These are the newest deals under $1. They have already been added to my master list here. Be sure check it out as it has over 100 deals that are under $1!

Be sure to visit Totally Target for an extensive match up of all the sale items this week plus additions to the sales ad and more great bargain finds throughout the week!

(Thanks Totally Target!)

FREE Shipping When You Buy Disney Parks Item


disney parks is offering FREE shipping when you purchase any Disney Parks item through September 21st. Just add at least 1 Disney Parks item to your cart and your entire order will ship for FREE! Enter the code PARKFREE at checkout.

Plus the Disney Parks Halloween Shop Items are on sale buy 3, get 1 FREE!

And you can save an extra 25% off sale merchandise when you enter the code EXTRA25 at checkout.

This is a great time to buy the souvenirs that you missed out on your last trip or buy them now and sneak them into your suitcase for your upcoming trip.

Be sure to let us know what items you spot!

Be sure to check out the Disney Themed Deals that I have posted.

Extra Cash: Take Surveys with E-Poll

If you are looking for ways to add more cash to your fund, you should sign up for E-Poll. They are currently accepting applications and it’s an easy way to earn some extra cash.

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This is one of the many ways you can add cash to your fund. Be sure to see all the ways to earn extra cash.Go here to read to the Getting Started “Couponing to Disney” page.

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