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NEWS ROUNDUP: Win a Free Trip to Disney World and Sleep in Cinderella’s Castle, FastPass Gets a Little Faster, Night of Joy Changes Announced, Club Villain Extended, More Concept Art & More

A busy week at Disney World as Disney Springs comes together and more concept art is released. We also got long awaited details on major changes coming to one of Disney Worlds most popular special events. Disney also extended a very popular party and is testing changes to FastPass lines. Finally, don’t forget your chance to win a free trip for your family to Disney World including a stay in Cinderella’s Castle Suite.


1 – FastPass Lines Get Faster with Recent Changes

Guests utilizing the FastPass lane on a number of attractions may notice things flowing a little quicker on a number of attractions. Recently, Disney began eliminating the second touch point where the FastPass and standby lines merge on a number of rides. The elimination of the second touch point is an effort to simplify the process and speed up the line. We had a chance to test this out over the last week and the line did indeed move much quicker and easier. However, while there are often bottlenecks at the merge, the purpose of the second touch point is to eliminate line jumping from the guest going standby. Time will tell if line jumping becomes a problem of if Disney has other ideas to monitor this potential issue.

2 – Disney Junior Launches Sweepstakes

Want to go to Disney World for free? Think it would be awesome to sleep in Cinderella’s Castle (if you answered no to either of those questions seek immediate medical help)? Well, you might just get your wish. Disney Junior has launched the “My Magical Firsts” sweepstakes offering the lucky winner and their family a free trip to Disney World including one night in the Cinderella Castle Suite, tickets and a $500 Disney Gift Card. Register now through April 3, 2016 by clicking here.

On the very small, outside chance you don’t win the free trip, we highly recommend booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner to ensure you are well taken care of and get all the discounts available to you. For more details and help booking your vacation, call our travel partners Magical Vacation Planners at (321) 286-5313. You can also get a no obligation, FREE vacation quote by clicking here.  Their services are free to you and they can answer any questions you may have.


3 – Night of Joy Details Released

Night of Joy is a two night Christian Music festival held at Disney World every year in early September. The wildly popular event is back in 2016, but with some major changes. In addition to a number of new musical acts, Disney has not only changed the venue, but also completely changed ticketing. Check out all the details here.

4 – Planet Hollywood Concept Art Released

Construction is well underway on the (much needed) makeover of the Planet Hollywood restaurant in Disney Springs. The transformation of the icon building from famously tacky globe to a classy observatory will bring Planet Hollywood in line with the overall theme of the new Disney Springs. Disney has released concept art giving us a preview of what’s in store when the dining location reopens. Although the building and theme will be radically different, the restaurant will still be operated as Planet Hollywood. No word on whether the food will still be as bad.

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5 – Club Villain Gets Extension

Club Villain, an extra ticket adult dining and dance party at Hollywood Studios has proven more popular than expected. In fact, popular enough that the offering has now been extended through May. Get more details here.


6 – Flower and Garden Festival in Full Swing

The 2016 edition of Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival in underway and as always, Disney has put together an amazing experience. While the incredible horticultural displays are the stars of the show, we find that they pair excellently with a little food and beverage. Fortunately, Disney recognized this as well and have brought back their wonderful outdoor kitchens. There are a lot of new items on the menus this year. We decided to sacrifice ourselves for you and test out the food to make sure it was up to our readers’ very high standards. We are happy to report that everything we tried was delicious and a number of items exceeded our expectation. For a full menu along with a number of food photos, click here.


About Chad Nykamp

Husband, father and lover of all things Disney. Like every kid, I loved Disney and the couple trips I took to Disney World in my early years are good memories. But my obsession began in 2004 when we made our first family visit. It's hard to believe that we almost cancelled the trip because it seemed like a lot of work with 3 very little kids. We were hooked by the end of the first day. By day 3 we were planning our next trip back. By day 5 we were doing the math on DVC. And by the end of the vacation everyone was crying the blues that we had to leave. Since then, Disney World has become our favorite vacation destination, a hobby and now a home. We love the detail of the story telling and the memories of time spent with friends and family.