Disney's Redhead Auctions Coming to an End

Marc Eades originally reporting for the Orange County Register: Article Link

"The pirates will no longer be saying “We wants the Redhead” in the Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland, after the ride’s auction scene undergoes a modification in 2018."

It's absolutely incredible to me to see the varying opinions expressed on this here internet about this change. Those who are nostalgia say that this is an over-reaction and then there are those who say this should have never been a part of the ride.

"In the auction scene, the Redhead will become a pirate, helping the Auctioneer gather valuables from the townspeople to auction off to the pirates."

I think that this is Disney showing sensitivity towards something very important; equality.

Yes, it's only an attraction. And yes, meant to be humorous. But Disney is taking a stand for equality in a way that will only make this attraction better.

Plus, do we really think the Imagineers will get this wrong?

Concept Art for Attraction Revision. Photo courtesy, The Disneyland Resort

Concept Art for Attraction Revision. Photo courtesy, The Disneyland Resort

Disney Quest is Powered Down One Last Time

As was planned for all the way back in January, DisneyQuest at Disney Spring's closed it's doors this week for one last time, making way for an all-new NBA Experience.

DisneyQuest at Disney Spring's was once planned to be just one of many locations for DisneyQuest across the country but in the end, it stood alone.

While I only got to visit once, it's always a bit sad to see something that you thought would always be a mainstay close.

Here's to you DisneyQuest and all of the fun you enabled over the last 19 years.

Photo Courtesy Disney Parks Blog

Photo Courtesy Disney Parks Blog

President Trump to Speak in Hall of Presidents

As most of you have probably heard (or assumed), President Donald Trump will in fact have a speaking role in The Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom Park.

According to Thomas Smith of Disney Parks Blog, they have scheduled the recording session with the President and plan to re-open this beloved attraction later in 2017.

Smith also went on to share that the theater is getting a complete upgrade with a new sound system, lighting and more to go alongside the new storyline.

President Trump is can be a bit polarizing but no matter which side of the fence you sit, it's great to see Disney sticking to tradition and making this attraction historically accurate, entertaining and informative with this 2017 revision.

Photo Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Photo Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Proposing at Animal Kingdom

In February of 2014, I began the exciting process of buying an engagement ring and planning my proposal to the love of my life, Melanie. Fast forward to March and I was down on one knee, in front of the Tree of Life, proposing to my best friend. And better yet, she said yes!

In this article, I want to share my 3 tips for proposing at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Now, you may be thinking "Scott, isn't the Magic Kingdom the most romantic place to propose?" and you may be right. However, for myself, I felt Animal Kingdom was the most beautiful place to propose. I also felt that since we didn't have too many memories at this then half-day park that this would be a great way to make a lasting memory at a park we love so much. I also knew that the scenery around us would be gorgeous, especially in the morning, and that the photos would come out great.

Tip #1 is all about location. Because Animal Kingdom is so covered by trees and because the paths aren't entirely obvious like at EPCOT and MK, it's easy to get lost around Animal Kingdom. My advice is to have a map available to you during the planning process so you know how to get to where you are going to propose in the park. There are many beautiful sights, like the Tree of Life and Expedition Everest but you may not remember how to get to them when your nervously about to propose.

Tip #2 is crucial because it involves bringing a friend or family member to help execute the proposal. For my proposal, I secretly invited my future sister-in-law who got their early to ensure that the spot I picked out was not under refurbishment or anything silly like that. She was also there to take photos. Beforehand, I prepped her using a map on where I'd be proposing and where she should hide. I also changed her name in my cell phone so I could text her where we were without setting off any alarms with my future wife. She was also aware of where photographers were which is my third tip.

Tip #3 revolves around photographers. As you enter Disney's Animal Kingdom and make your way towards the bridge to Discover Island, you'll notice at least 3 photographers standing on the bridge. If you have a friend or family member meeting you, have them grab a photographers attention. The photographers at Disney LOVE photographing proposals and will gladly surprise the happy couple by seemingly appearing out of thin air to photograph the magical moment. For my sister-in-law, the photographer gave her his number and told her to text him as soon as we were almost in place so he could leave his post to capture our moment. And he did an AMAZING job capturing it, taking at least 25 photos of the entire process. It made the memory that much more magical.

PRO TIP: You can also plan with Disney's floral department to have the moment be even more special with a glass slipper, photographer and more depending on the park and your budget. Oh, and don't forget your "Happily Ever After" buttons!

I hope that this helps you in your plans for proposing at Walt Disney World. If you aren't planning to propose anytime soon, I hope you at least enjoyed hearing at least a small piece of the very magical story of our Disney engagement.

If you have any questions about proposing at Disney's Animal Kingdom, please let us know in the comments below!

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Visit Curaçao aboard Disney Cruise Lines

Arnaldo Zononato reporting originally for Disney Parks Blog: Article Link

It is a vibrant oasis famous for its beaches, pristine diving and snorkeling, rich culture and European architecture.

While I've been to Aruba, I have not had the pleasure of visiting Sunny Curaçao, though when in Aruba you do hear all about it as Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao make up the ABC islands! When they say a picture says a thousand words they mean it...

Photo Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Photo Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

'Vero Beach Resort' wins AAA Four Diamond Rating

We just got done telling you about Disney's Vero Beach resort and our plans to give it a try and now we have even more reason to go...

Disney announced last week that their Vero Beach Resort, part of DVC, won the prestigious AAA Four Diamong Rating.

According to AAA and Disney, “A Four Diamond hotel is refined and stylish, providing upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.”

Congratulations to the entire team at Disney's Vero Beach Resort. We plan to visit you soon!

'Fantasmic' and more are returning to Disneyland!

Erin Glover reporting originally on Disney Parks Blog: Article Link

New mist screens will combine with innovative, state-of-the-art projection technology for brighter and more vibrant visuals than ever before, and the show will feature new scenes inspired by Disney animated classics such as “Aladdin” and “The Lion King.”

If they use these mist screens like they do in World of Color, we're all in for an amazing treat. We'll be back in Disneyland next Spring and will be sure to check this out.

Photo Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Photo Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog