Monday, May 23, 2016

Giveaway: Win an AmourPrint of Your Choice!

Hello, everyone! No, I haven't died. Yes, I was incredibly busy while working at Walt Disney World for my Disney College Program. But I'm back home and hopefully, I'll be back in the blogging groove soon.

About a week before the end of my program, Kristie Edwards contacted me about doing a product review. She owns AmourPrints, a shop on Etsy which sells beautiful prints of characters on dictionary pages or sheets of music.

I suggested taking this product review to the next level: after unboxing a print of my choice on camera, why not run a giveaway where the winner picks a print of their choice, just like I had?



AmourPrints are absolutely beautiful, guys. Everyone I've showed mine to has loved it, and I can't wait to frame it! The quality is great, the designs are beautiful, and Kristie has lots of options available! Trust me when I say, you're gonna love whichever prize you choose!

Enter below via the Rafflecopter widget. You can enter up to 2 p.m. (CST) on June 4, after which I shall select a random winner. May the force be with you, and the odds ever in your favor!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Finally: FastPass+ Enhancements for Walt Disney World

Disney finally upgraded the FastPass+ system at Walt Disney World. With the new enhancements, Guests can now:

  • make up to three selections. The key word(s) is "up to" -- versus earlier when the system forced Guests to choose three, or automatically created the remainder. Now, if a Guest wants only one FastPass, they can select just one.
  • choose individual FastPasses and times. The system no longer forces a time slot, but instead allows Guests to have total freedom over when they'd like to experience the attraction.
  • select an additional FastPass after the first three are redeemed. Previously, this could only be done at a kiosk. Now it can be done at either at kiosk or on the app.

To aid Guests with the changes, Disney has provided the following video, as a guide:



With my family coming to visit me toward the end of my program, I decided to test the new system myself and create some FastPasses for their trip.

The entire system has a whole new look to it, one that I found refreshing and simple. Kudos to the design team!

All screenshots by Molly Blaeser
for The Disney Freak's Blog.

Clicking the plus sign in the top corner gave me the options to select my FastPass party, the date and the park. You can swipe through the dates, or you can select a date from the calendar icon. As of yet, you cannot make FastPasses in multiple parks.



And now there's an option to look for FastPasses around a certain time frame, or an entire time of day, such as "Morning."



The new upgrade makes it very easy to discover which FastPasses are available and which aren't.


And as the video above showed, you can quite easily add or remove family and friends to/from your selections. One can also create FastPasses for different people -- Splash Mountain for John and Jill, but Peter Pan's Flight for Grandma and the kids.

All in all, this upgrade has been quite anticipated and really makes the system much more user-friendly.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

First Look: Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde of 'Zootopia' Attend Movie Premiere!

The red carpet premiere for Zootopia happened earlier today, and while I'm sure the highlight of the event was the actual movie itself, the official first appearance of Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps was a close second!

Judy represents those only interested in the movie, whereas Nick
represents those interested in the characters.
Image via agentromanoffsir.tumblr.com

Disney's official Instagram, as well as D23's account, shared photos of the movie's starring duo. Judy Hopps is Zootopia's newest police officer, and Nick Wilde is the scam artist who helps her solve her first case.

A photo posted by Disney (@disney) on


A photo posted by Disney D23 (@disneyd23) on


My only request at this point? Bring these two to Walt Disney World! (And the other parks...but definitely Florida!)

Are you excited for Zootopia? I know I am!

See y'all real soon.

***UPDATE***

Check out this video from the movie premiere, featuring Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Limited Time Same-Day Reservations for Skipper Canteen Start Tomorrow!

For a limited time, Magic Kingdom's newest restaurant, Skipper Canteen, will accept same-day reservations, according to the Disney Parks Blog.

Photo taken by Molly Blaeser for The Disney Freak's Blog.

Previously, the restaurant was walk-up only location, using the text-when-ready service. But from Feb. 12 to 27, Guests can reserve a table and enjoy either lunch or dinner within the same day. (It's a clever way to handle the upcoming busy season!)

Skipper Canteen is based off the popular attraction, The Jungle Cruise. With skippers for hosts, your meal is sure to be a pun-filled delicious treat!


I recommend Trader Sam's Heads-on Shrimp for seafood lovers. But all the food is amazing, and not overly pricey.


To make a reservation, visit jungleskippercanteen.com or call 407-993-1933.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Dory Returns in 'Finding Dory' International Trailer

The first trailer for Finding Dory dropped three months ago and recently, an international teaser trailer has been released!

Images via mickeyandcompany.tumblr.com

And while this trailer doesn't reveal any plot details, it does provide a chance to be reintroduced to our favorite blue tang, Dory, and humor Ellen DeGeneres brings to a beloved character.

The trailer may be short, simple and only 35 seconds, but it's also a hilarious 35 seconds.



I'm sure you'll agree with me that the last few lines are the best.




Are you excited for Finding Dory? The movie swims into theaters June 17 this year (and July 29 in the United Kingdom)!

See you real soon.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

'The Three Caballeros' Animatronics Added to Gran Fiesta Tour in Mexico Pavilion at EPCOT

The Gran Fiesta Tour boat ride in the Mexico Pavilion at EPCOT isn't a huge crowd favorite, but even so: at the end of last year, it got a nice little update.

Animatronic figures of the Three Caballeros -- namely, Donald Duck, Jose and Panchito -- were installed at the finale of the ride. The animatronics aren't brand-new, as they used to appear in Mickey Mouse Revue in Magic Kingdom, closed since 1980. However, the animatronics were given a nice little refurbishment and look amazing.

Image via wdwsisters on Flickr.

The animatronics definitely bring a better show effect than a screen with the animated characters, as previously seen.

Image via f**kyeahepcot.tumblr.com

Because I love the Three Caballeros, and thus the ride, taking a trip to EPCOT to check out the new additions was no hassle for me. I even got a video!



What do you think of the improvements? All I want now is to have Jose and Panchito meet with Donald at Mexico.

Image via everythingdisney on Flickr.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Blogiversary: It's Been Four Years, Y'all!

Just last week, a huge milestone happened. January 14, 2016 marked our four year blogiversary!

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That's right: my very, very first blog post happened on January 14, 2012. This blog started off as a class assignment, but now it's become something of a passion of mine (even though I just don't have the time to keep up with it lately)!

Inspired by last year's video, I take a look back at 2015 and offer a sneak peek at what's to come in 2016.



Re-branding is a huge step, but I want to make it as seamless as possible. At this point in time, I can't offer an idea of when re-branding will start, but when it happens, trust me -- you'll know. It's going to be very exciting and a little startling, but I hope you'll stick with me through it and see you again after!

Speaking of you, I really can't say it enough: THANK YOU for choosing to follow my blog and interact with me. Each of you is significant to me, and without you, there would be no Molly the Disney Freak.

Every year, I take a look at my follower and milestone numbers. It's a fun way to see how the blog's following has grown over the years. Check it out!




Here's to another year of Disney and memories! See ya all real soon.