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A look back at this week’s Disney and related news — August 3

by Leap on August 3, 2012 · 0 Comments · in News & Refurbishments, Uncategorized

The Frog Family at Undercover TouristIt’s time for the Frog Family’s weekly roundup of Disney and Orlando theme park tidbits from the interwebs.

We love tips and suggestions too, so if you have something to share, email us at frog@undercovertourist.com. Below this week’s roundup, check out the money-saving tips from the Kociolek family.

This week’s highlights:

  • Walt Disney World Magic KingdomWalt Disney World quietly rolled out wifi in the Magic Kingdom  and plans to do the same for the rest of the parks. The news is welcome but comes with more speculation about Disney’s motives … a new mobile app, possibly tied to Fastpass+? We will have to see. In the meantime, you can give our apps a try using the new wifi while you’re in the parks and shorten your wait times. Let us know what you think!
  • Russell Brand as Captain Hook? For me, it’s a bit odd, but as a theme-park hopping frog, I don’t have much room to talk! Brand is but one of the celebrities featured in the Disney Dream Portraits series by Annie Liebovitz. The portraits are part of a special insert in fall issues of GQ, O – The Oprah Magazine, People, People En Español, Vanity Fair, Real Simple, Essence and InStyle.
  • Legoland is getting into the Halloween spirit, offering trick-or-treating and other kid-friendly activities on weekends in October. Brick-or-Treat is included with the price of admission to the park, which you can purchase from us.
  • Walt Disney World offers us a first look inside of Splitsville, the bowling alley/entertainment complex coming to Downtown Disney this fall.
  • Mousesteps gives us a peek at another highly anticipated opening later this year — the Fantasyland expansion. See photos of Gaston and Lefou in the fountain statue outside of Gaston’s Tavern.
  • Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes shared his step-by-step instructions for assembling the red velvet cupcake at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. I caught Mommy Frog studying this video several times this week, so I am hoping there will be a few experimental cupcake batches soon.
  • The Orlando Sentinel offers up pictures of mystery construction going on at Universal Studios. Any guesses?
  • The New York Times looks at the early success of “Doc McStuffins,” a Disney Junior cartoon whose central character is a 6-year-old African-American girl who opens a clinic for dolls and stuffed animals. This has quickly become a new favorite show in the Frog Family household, especially with Lily.

This week’s tip comes from the Kociolek family, who write:

We are very happy to offer a few pieces of $ and Time saving advice to your readers.  We benefitted greatly from your website and are already recommending it to our family and friends.  We will contribute our tips over the next couple weeks as we remember them, but here are our Park Backpack Tips:

Lunchables with a sippy drink are less than $3 at the grocery store and Walmart (much cheaper than the $10-$12 per person average for lunch).  They fit nicely in a backpack and there’s no waiting in food lines, no breaking the bank to eat in the parks and you can basically plop down anywhere to eat them.  Me and my wife found them to be satisfying as well and I think we actually both lost a few useless pounds last week because of them.   We found ourselves enjoying this comfort during a few of the mid-day thunder showers which helped us brave the weather while the park cleared out, leaving all the rides with minimal wait times when the rain was over!  We would also put a couple boxes of granola bars in the back pack.  These were good anywhere and anytime to subside hunger until we ate our lunchables or left the parks.  Attraction lines and the heat were much easier to tolerate with these snacks.  Water Water Water!!!   Except the water is terrible in Florida if you’re not from there.  So we packed a container of lemonade or Gatorade dry mix in the backpack and just mixed that in our water bottles with the FREE water at the fountains in the park.  I think the mix was like $3 a day for our family of 5.  A bottle of water in the park was $3.50,  LoL!!!

Luv You Guys!!!

The Kociolek Family


Remember, you can share interesting news or money-saving tips with us too by emailing frog@undercovertourist.com!

Until next week, happy planning!

— Leap


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