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Minnie Mouse will Rock the Dots at Disney Springs and Downtown Disney

Disney just announced that Minnie’s “Rock the Dots” day will return to Disney Springs in Florida as well as Downtown Disney in California.  Rock the Dots is  a day full of discounts, special merchandise, themed food items, a live DJ and meet and greets with Minnie in various “Rock the Dots” costumes.  Here’s the details: Continue reading Minnie Mouse will Rock the Dots at Disney Springs and Downtown Disney

New Star Wars Virtual Reality Experience coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World

Lucasfilm, in conjuction with ILMxLAB and THE VOID, announced a new virtual reality experience that they will call “Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.”  This new “hyper-reality” opportunity will allow guests to experience Star Wars game play in a whole new way.  Here’s the details:

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Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar to present Indiana Jones style experience in Disney Springs

Disney has just announced that a new Indiana Jones inspired food and beverage option is being added to Disney Springs (Downtown Disney) this fall.  It will be an aviation themed lounge to be known as “Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.”

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar at Downtown Disney Springs in Walt Disney World
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Santa Claus is coming to…Downtown Disney

From November 16 through to December 24 guests can meet Santa Claus at his chalet in the Walt Disney World Downtown Disney Marketplace, it is located near The World of Disney.

Santa will be available from 12pm to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 5pm to 10pm Sundays from Thursdays.

When Santa Claus returns to the North Pole, Santa Goofy will take his place from December 25 to December 27.

Meeting Jack Skellington and Sally at Downtown Disney – our experience

Downtown Disney recently hosted Jack Skellington and Sally for their first public Walt Disney World meet and greet. My daughter and I had already planned to drive down that weekend to participate in our first ever 5K Fun Run and take part in Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, so we were super excited to hear that Jack and Sally would offer meet and greets for 3 days only.

We arrived to find these great themed signs near the entrance to the theater in Downtown Disney. I wonder who gets to take these home after the event? Will any of them go on Ebay?
After walking over from the end of the theater nearest DisneyQuest, we made our way to the entrance to the meet and greet. We had reserved tickets for the Frankenweenie preview, but chose to skip that because we had read that the line the previous night exceeded 3 hours. So, we decided to line up early.
We arrived at 4:30 pm to find that a line had already begun to form. We had free tickets for the Frankenweenie preview, but chose to skip that because we read that the first night’s crowd easily exceeded 3 hours. So, we used our 7 Dwarves strategy and lined up early for the meet and greet instead. It was a wise decision because the line became extremely long by the time Jack and Sally arrived at 6pm.  We enjoyed our time in line because we met some great fans of the blog and character hunters and we passed most of our time in great conversation.
Despite the great posters for Frankenweenie, no one went to see the movie on it’s first weekend.
Across the way from the meet and greet area was this great Halloween decoration.
The sign said they would arrive and 6pm and they arrived right on time!
We met Jack Skellington and Sally at 6:15pm, which meant we had spent one hour and 45 minutes in line and consumed 2 smoothies and a Wetzel’s Pretzel. Jack was very chatty and cordial, but the CMs were hurrying them along and only allowed one photo per group and NO autographs. My daughter was dissapponted that they eliminated the autographs. I told her we’ll have to head to Disneyland sometime to meet them during their Halloween meets.