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New Programming at Select Walt Disney World Resort Children’s Activity Center Locations

Beginning Dec. 4 at Sandcastle Club at Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Lilo’s Playhouse at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, children ages 3 to 12 can enjoy exciting new activities at these two Children’s Activity Center locations. Similar to the award-winning programming onboard Disney Cruise Line, these supervised centers now offer cooking activities, adventures in science, and enchanting character interactions, as well as toys and games, dress up, crafts, storytelling and dancing. Price is $55 per child from 4:30 p.m. to midnight and includes dinner. Call 407-WDW-DINE for reservations and more information.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Hosts Variety of Fall Events

Eight men’s college basketball teams, including Alabama, Southern California and Notre Dame, will compete in the 2015 AdvoCare Invitational on Nov. 26, 27 and 29 at HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The event will feature 12 games over the three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 29.

The prestigious Disney Junior Soccer Showcase event will give younger age groups the chance to experience the same great national competition and top-notch tournament organization as their older counterparts in the original Disney Soccer Showcase in December. The Disney Junior Soccer Showcase will take place from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29.

WestJet Reveals New, Custom-Painted Aircraft Inspired by Disney’s Frozen

A new, custom-painted Disney “Frozen”-themed plane featuring Anna, Elsa and Olaf from the beloved Disney film just joined the WestJet fleet. Disney artists, cast members and WestJetters collaborated to design the “Frozen”-themed aircraft.

Similar to the earlier Magic Plane, the outside of the aircraft tells a story. On the tail of our aircraft, Anna and Elsa celebrate sisterhood and the magic of snow. From the aircraft tail along the fuselage, the magic travels to warm the front of the aircraft where Olaf can be found enjoying a summer day on the beach. The inside of the plane has a design that matches the outside. In the rear of the aircraft, the overhead bins and headrest covers have a cold theme. As you move towards the middle of the plane, the interior decoration transitions to become warmer, ultimately arriving on a warm, sunny theme at the front of the plane.

While the Disney “Frozen”-themed plane is inspired by Walt Disney World Resort, it will operate flights throughout WestJet’s network, not just to Orlando.

New Disney Chocolate Shop Coming Soon to Disney Springs

A new chocolate shop, The Ganachery, is set to open in The Landing in late 2015 at Disney Springs.

Walt Disney World chefs traveled the world to research and create a custom blend chocolate with the finest beans for the all-new concept that will feature freshly made ganache (gəˈnaSH). Ganache is a luxurious mixture of chocolate and cream, and every chef has their own “perfect” formula for the indulgent sweet.

Hand-crafted onstage by a chocolatier, the shop will feature fresh batches daily, including dark (65 percent custom blend), hazelnut, chipotle and a custom blend flavored with the world’s finest spices and flavors. Beautiful custom packaging will make elegant take-home gifts and there will be chocolate bars inspired by Disney characters.

Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise

The new Ferrytale Wishes: A Fireworks Dessert Cruise is the perfect way to experience a breathtaking view of the “Wishes” Nighttime Spectacular at Magic Kingdom park. This elegant dessert party aboard the iconic General Joe Potter ferryboat gives guests a unique perspective of the Magic Kingdom nighttime fireworks spectacular from an exclusive spot on Seven Seas Lagoon. The evening features a variety of decadent desserts, including the “The Grand” Key Lime Tart and Polynesian De-constructed Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Guests also can toast the evening with specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in souvenir glow glasses. The cruise sets sail on select nights one hour prior to the fireworks spectacular. Cost is $99 for adults and $69 for ages 3 to 9, including tax and gratuity. For reservations, visit or call 407-WDW-DINE.