Talking Cupcakes On Behind The Magic Podcast

Behind The Magic Podcast

Have you had a chance to listen to Behind The Magic Podcast yet? This unique 15-minute daily Disney podcast is hosted by my friends Zeek, Rachel and Tim. Every day Monday through Friday you can join the Behind The Magic Podcast crew for entertaining Disney discussions, news, guests, and games.

Magical Mythical Cupcakes

In this week’s “Magical Mythical” episode, Rachel and I create a new Disney dessert – custom cupcakes. Listen as the plans unfold including a themed dining location and our own signature cupcakes for the entire Behind The Magic crew. There goes the diet!

Mouse Whispers

Remember that beginning on Friday, July 3, I will be joining the Behind The Magic Podcast cast! Each week I’ll be coming on with “Mouse Whispers” where we’ll dish about all of the latest Disney gossip and rumors. If you love my Rumor vs. Reality articles, you’ll love “Mouse Whispers”! Be sure to check out my new Podcast Page where you can now find links to all of the fabulous Behind The Magic Podcast episodes.

Are you a fan of Disney podcasts? Do you love cupcakes?
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TouringPlans – The Amazing Race Around World Showcase

A few weeks ago I shared one my family’s favorite Walt Disney World vacation traditions – The Amazing Race Around Disney World. If you happened to miss the other article, I’ll catch you up. My family loves competition, Disney World, and reality TV; specifically the popular series “The Amazing Race“.

Each year during our summer Disney World vacation, we create our own version of the “Amazing Race” where we compete in challenges while racing around Walt Disney World. In the last article, I included a complete version of a race that my family had used in the past and mentioned that I was working on another one. I received an overwhelming response to the post and many requests that I share my newest race. So for all of you fellow Disney World and “Amazing Race” fans, please read my latest article on TouringPlans – The Amazing Race Around World Showcase for a full copy of my most recent race and to learn more about how to create your very own “Amazing Race” for your next vacation!

Have you ever done a challenge at Disney World?
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Disney World Enthusiast Weekly Round Up June 28, 2015

Here’s the Disney World Enthusiast Weekly Round Up for June 28, 2015!

Latest Disney World Enthusiast Articles

Book Your Disney VacationImportant News

Disney World has just released their 2016 prices. If you are interested in getting a free no-obligation quote from Jennifer, please click here and fill out her form. The best possible rates are available when the prices are first released. And as always, you will receive a free copy of my book “501 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Walt Disney World Vacation” when you book a Disney World vacation package with Jennifer valued at $2000 or more.

Disney Store Deal Of The Week

For a limited time, the Disney Store has select Dooney & Bourke and Vera Bradley designer accessories from the Disney Parks on sale for an unbelievable 30% off! Click here for more details! (affiliate link)

ESPN ClubTip Of The Week

If you have an important game that you would like watch while you are in Disney World, head over to the Boardwalk Inn and check out the ESPN Club. This family friendly restaurant offers over 100 video monitors with global satellite feeds showing every sporting event imaginable, plus a 108 square foot video wall. This place is a sport lover’s dream!

Behind The Magic LogoBehind The Magic Podcast

Be sure to catch up on this week’s episodes when Zeek, Rachel, and Tim talk Disney news, Inside Out, Trip Planning Horrors and more. For more information about this week’s podcasts or to listen, please click here.

Epcot Flower & Garden FestivalDisney Did You Know

Since 1971, the total miles logged by Walt Disney World monorail trains would be equal to more than 30 round trips to the moon.

Walt DisneyWalt’s Words

“Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.”

Joffrey's CoffeeFeatured Advertiser

Imagine waking up every day with a little taste of Disney right at home! Joffrey’s Coffee can be found in-room where coffee is served and in most restaurants at Disney World and Disneyland. Their roastmaster worked closely with Disney’s world-class chefs to create exclusive blends for Disney’s fine dining establishments. You can enjoy the entire Disney Parks and Resorts Specialty Coffee Collection at home while counting the days until your next vacation. Joffrey’s is offering 20% off your first online order with Coupon Code DWE plus free shipping on orders of $50 or more. For more information and to check out the 19 Disney blends, please click here.

501 WaysDisney World Enthusiast Giveaway

From now through Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at midnight, please enter daily to win a copy of my new book “501 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Walt Disney World Vacation“. Just click here and follow the instructions to be entered into the giveaway. Be sure to take advantage of the bonus entries, and please feel free to share with your friends and family!

A Tale of Two ResortsFeatured Book

Like politics and religion, the topic of which destination is better – Disneyland or Walt Disney World – is sure to fire up the faithful. In “A Tale of Two Resorts: Comparing Disneyland and Walt Disney World – a Traveler’s Reference”, Kristi Fredericks takes no side, but she does deliver the most comprehensive reference guide for both resorts available anywhere. For more information, to read an excerpt, or to purchase, please click here.

You’re Invited

Next Disney VacationJennifer Hardy, from Destinations in Florida, and I have teamed up to create a brand new Facebook Group called Next Disney Vacation! It is the perfect place to talk about your next Disney vacation, voice your opinions, ask your questions, get them answered, and share the magic. Whether it’s Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World, or the Disney Cruise Line, Jennifer and I are ready to help. Everyday you’ll find posts, photos, trivia, tips, and more that we find all throughout the Disney Universe. If your counting the days until your next Disney vacation or just dreaming of one, we would love to have you join in the fun and conversation! Please click here to be a part of our group!

dwe logo small size white bkgdComing Up Next Week

Next week look for new posts including “The Amazing Race Around World Showcase”, “Helpful Information For Your December 2015 Disney World Vacation”, plus all of the latest news from Disney World!

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Disney World Reality Versus Rumor – June 2015 Edition

Welcome to the June 2015 edition of Disney World Reality vs. Rumor where we’ll take a look at the stories that are currently circulating to see which ones are confirmed and which ones are purely speculation.

Disney World Reality

  • It has been confirmed that the former Walt Disney World Speedway site will be repurposed to expand the Magic Kingdom parking lot.
  • Disney has announced more new additions to Disney Springs including two new restaurants The Edison and STK Orlando.
  • Disney recently unveiled plans to add a new location to Disney Springs called the “NBA Experience”. The plans include a retail store, restaurant, and interactive activities.
  • The Orlando Sentinel confirmed this week that Disney has filed plans to build 26 new cabins along the shore of Bay Lake in addition to a boardwalk, bar grill, and pool at its Wilderness Lodge Resort. These cabins are expected to be similar to the new bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
  • Work is well under way on the additional Soarin’ theatre. It has been confirmed that the attraction will also receive a redesigned and themed queue that will make use of some of the old Kitchen Kabaret space.
  • Disney has filed plans to build a new theatre between Rock ‘n Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror at the end of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood Studios.

Disney World Rumor

  • Rumors abound that DisneyQuest will be closed and replaced by the new “NBA Experience” in Disney Springs.
  • Speaking of closing places; a new rumor says that Bongos in Downtown Disney may be closing soon to make way for a new Mexican restaurant operated by Splitsville.
  • Some people are speculating that Hollywood Studios may be reimagined with an adventure and heroes theme to better encompass the existing attractions plus Star Wars and Marvel.
  • It is being reported that the Magic of Disney Animation at Hollywood Studios will soon undergo a refurbishment that would expand the Animation Academy.
  • Rumors are flying about the complete redesign of Hollywood Studios. The latest is that in addition to a Star Wars Land, a new Toy Story/Pixar themed land may be in the works to take over the long closed Backlot Tour attraction space. There are said to be three attractions planned for the area including a Toy Story themed car ride similar to the one replacing Luigi’s Flying Tires at Disney’s California Adventure.
  • There are rumors that Animal Kingdom may be adding a new interactive camel experience to the park. Word on the street is that said camels are currently being walked through the park at night to get them acclimated to the surroundings.
  • Recently travel agents received their Disney World operations schedule for January 2016 and it did not show any Extra Magic Hours listed for any of the parks. Rumors are flying that this could mean an end to one of the best perks of being an on-site guest. Another take is that Disney may be considering adjusting the schedule like they did back in 2013 when they reduced the nighttime Extra Magic Hours from three to two. Sources think they may reduce the number of days each week that the Extra Magic Hours are available or only have them offered at one park per day. Here’s hoping this rumor is NOT true!
  • Another rumor that I would hate to see become a reality is the new admission ticket scenario. Disney recently sent out a survey to guests to get feedback on offering tiered-ticket prices based on seasons and days of the week similar to the way their hotel rooms are currently priced. In other words, if you plan to visit Disney World for the winter holidays, you’ll need a second mortgage or to sell a kidney!

Look for another edition of Disney World Reality vs. Rumor in August 2015!

Behind The Magic LogoNeed more Disney gossip?

Remember I’ll be joining the Behind The Magic Podcast beginning on Friday, July 3 and every Friday after that as the resident Disney “Gossip Girl” dishing on all of the latest dirt on my weekly “Mouse Whispers” segment. Please check us out here!

Heading to Disney World soon?

501 WaysIf you are planning a vacation to Disney World, be sure to check out these valuable resources to help you save time and money:

Are you excited about any of these changes – real or rumored?
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Zuri’s Sweets Shop Now Open And The New Poop Treats

Zuri's Sweets Shop

Updated June 27, 2015: It is being reported that Disney has removed the new poop treats from Zuri’s Sweets Shop as of today.

Have you heard the news? Zuri’s Sweets Shop is now open in the new Harambe Marketplace of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Here are the latest details courtesy of Disney:

Guests can take their taste buds on a mouth-watering safari with a visit to Zuri’s Sweets Shop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This new merchandise location at Harambe Market in the Africa section of the park offers an assortment of wild new treats and eats.

Zuri's Sweets ShopZuri’s Sweets Shop features 80 exclusive food items inspired by the sights, sounds and flavors of Africa. Guests can purchase themed decorative candy apples, assorted bulk trail mixes, uniquely flavored chocolate bars and delectable popcorn with a touch of African spices. Guests with a taste for barbeque also can find the signature sweet and spicy sauce from the park’s popular Flame Tree Barbecue.

This unique location also includes a colorful confectionary case filled with a variety of candies and baked treats. Guests with a sweet tooth will be thrilled to find tiger-shaped sugar cookies, elephant-shaped caramel apples and colorful giraffe marshmallow pops alongside Disney confectionary classics, such as Mickey Mouse chocolate chip cookies and tasty chocolate fudge.

In addition to the festive themed food items, Zuri’s Sweets Shop also offers items for the home, such as decorative “Blessing Baskets” and African-inspired dinnerware and décor.

Now what Disney’s press release doesn’t happen to mention is that Zuri’s Sweets Shop is home to the new poop treats. That’s right folks, if you haven’t already heard this unbelievable news, Disney is selling treats that look like animal poop! The official name is “Match The Species Treats” and they come in elephant, giraffe, hippo, and cotton top tamarin varieties. From what I hear, if you can get past what they look like they are all tasty chocolate desserts. Here are the descriptions:

  • Zuri's Sweets ShopElephant Poop – Chocolate peanut butter fudge with sweet rolled oats and coconut flakes.
  • Giraffe Poop – Rolled chocolate fudgy brownie and freshly made caramel.
  • Hippo Poop – Chocolate fudge caramel brownie with peanut butter and rolled oats.
  • Cotton Top Tamarin Poop – Pretzel pearls coated in chocolate peanut butter fudge with sweet rolled oak flakes.

Zuri's Sweets ShopThese treats are just $3.99 a poop (I mean, a pop ;) ) or one Disney Dining Plan Snack Credit. My money is on the giraffe variety. I think it is the only one I could get myself to actually try!

Will you be trying Zuri’s Sweets Shop on your next visit?
What do you think about the poop treats? Please leave a comment!