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Walt Disney World Resort Hopping With Egg-cellent Easter Festivities

Egg-citing Easter fun awaits guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort this spring. Here’s a sample of what’s in store:
Delectable chocolate Easter eggs are on display for the fourth year in a row at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The springtime edible works of art are enormous eggs (16 to 20 inches tall) hand-painted, hand-carved and decorated with Disney themes by Disney pastry chefs and then displayed for guests to enjoy inside the resort’s lobby.
At Epcot, the Disney Egg-stravaganza Easter egg hunt hatches March 27 through April 5. With a specially themed map in hand, guests may scramble for decorative eggs themed to Disney Characters and place the corresponding sticker on the map to represent that location. Maps and stickers may be purchased for $4.95 (plus tax) at Heritage Manor (American Adventure Pavilion), Pin Central, Plaza Towers (Port of Entry), and World Traveler (International Gateway). Guests may return the map (complete or incomplete) to one of the designated retail locations claim a surprise gift.
At Magic Kingdom, Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny will be greeting guests in Town Square Courtyard March 22 through April 5. Guests can find specific greeting times on the MyDisneyExperience mobile app or by picking up a Times Guide inside Magic Kingdom.

Be Our Guest Restaurant Breakfast Service Begins

Be Our Guest Restaurant will begin testing a prix fixe breakfast from 8-10 a.m. daily through June 18. The fast casual breakfast menu has a decidedly French taste, with entrée options including assorted cured meat and cheese, eggs Florentine served in a puff pastry shell and an open-face bacon-and-poached-egg sandwich with brie. Guests can make reservations beginning March 17 for dates March 20 through June 18, 2015 via DisneyWorld.com/dine, the My Disney Experience app, or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. Advance reservations are encouraged and the Disney Dining Plan will be accepted.

Magic Kingdom Unveils Charming New Gardens

The new Magic Kingdom Central Plaza area between Main Street, U.S.A. and Cinderella Castle is now open to guests. The new landscaping is the first milestone of a multi-phase project that features sculpted gardens, charming fountains and winding pathways. This area is designed to be reminiscent of castle gardens and offers extraordinary viewing locations for parades and fireworks.

Doc McStuffins to Meet Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Beginning in May, Dottie “Doc” McStuffins will meet guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in a setting inspired by her playhouse clinic on the Emmy-nominated  TV show, “Doc McStuffins,” airing on DisneyChannel and Disney Junior. Doc is a nurturing, six-year-old girl who can talk with  the stuffed animal she cares for. Guests  also can see Doc McStuffins in “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” and spend time with her during breakfast and lunch at Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine at Hollywood & Vine, both at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

More opportunities to soar and enjoy the midway coming to Walt Disney World Resort

Here at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, we’re always making investments to exceed guest expectations – whether it’s creating new attractions and entertainment or making existing experiences even better. One of the things we’ve heard from our guests is that a visit to Walt Disney World Resort just isn’t complete without enjoying the spectacular views at Soarin’ in Epcot or a spin through Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Both attractions will expand by adding another theater at Soarin’ and more midway track at Toy Story Mania! We’ll also be updating the screens and projection system at Soarin,’ bringing a visually enhanced experience. The expansions are expected to be complete by late 2016, offering even more opportunities for guests to enjoy these beloved attractions during their Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

MyMagic+ Reaches a Milestone – 10 million MagicBands!

The MyMagic+ guest experience has hit a milestone: 10 million MagicBands have tapped their way into the parks and hotels, attractions, shops, parades and shows of Walt Disney World Resort.

Since its debut, the colorful and innovative MagicBand has placed guests’ vacation choices right on their wrist. The MagicBand is the key to unlocking the magic of Disney, connecting guests to all the vacation choices they make – serving as their resort room key, park admission, access to FastPass+ selections, PhotoPass photos and — for guests of Walt Disney World resort hotels – optional payment method for food and merchandise purchases.

The MagicBand helps guests customize their visit to Walt Disney World Resort, creating a vacation that is uniquely theirs. Guests can create and customize their MagicBands before leaving home when they book their Walt Disney World vacation on MyDisneyExperience.com

MagicBands are not only a hit with Disney guests. The MagicBand was singled out among the “26 Coolest Gadgets of 2014” by Fortune Magazine. Fast Company awarded MyMagic+ a coveted “Innovation by Design” honor in 2014.

Contactless payments now accepted at many Disney-operated locations

As part of the ongoing efforts to improve the guest experience, a new form of electronic payment is now being accepted at many Disney-operated merchandise, quick-service food and beverage, outdoor vending, spa and recreation, as well as ticket sales locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort using stationary touch-to-pay devices (stations also used for payments made with MagicBands).

Known as contactless payment, this new form of electronic payment is most commonly associated with mobile apps including Apple Pay, Google Wallet or Softcard, as well as Near Field Communication-enabled (NFC) credit cards. Purchases using contactless payment are made by holding a mobile device or NFC-enabled credit card near the touch point (Mickey head) on stationary touch-to-pay devices.

Contactless payments are planned to be accepted at additional locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort in the future.

Dates Announced for 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival launches Sept. 25 and runs through Nov. 16 this year – 53 days of sweet and savory tapas-sized dishes and beverages, plus tasting seminars, culinary demos, signature dining experiences, live entertainment and more.