Monday, February 2, 2015

News from Around the World: Week of February 2, 2015

Be Our Guest will no longer be issuing fast passes for lunch. Testing for the lunch fast pass system is scheduled to end on February 24, and Disney will be releasing information on how lunch at Be Our Guest will be dealt with on February 25. Be sure to check back with us for more information!

Have you seen the new Starbucks "You are Here" mugs offered in the Disney parks? I can't wait to pick these up on our next trip! However, the Epcot mug has been pulled off the shelves due to an unfortunate design issue. You can read more about that here. The only way to purchase these is in the parks or from someone who has been in the parks. For obvious reasons, the Epcot mug is selling at ridiculously high prices on auction sites right now.

Do you love Disney t-shirts? I struck gold at my local Target store last week and picked up a Marvel long-sleeved t-shirt and a Minnie Mouse baseball shirt on clearance, plus an extra 20% off with Cartwheel. However, if mainstream shirts aren't your style and you prefer shirts that are clever and a bit different, check out this new t-shirt site offered by Chip & Co. Chip & Co. is one of my favorite sites for accurate Disney news, and I love that they've started offering lots of great t-shirts through Teepublic. I'm thinking that everyone in my family will get a new Disney shirt from there before our next trip. I have my eye on this one!

If you're planning on a Disney trip this year, you might consider booking your tickets before mid-February. It's rumored that ticket prices are going up, which is not abnormal or completely unexpected. But the two big items worth noting is that there's talk of a water park hopper ticket, though details aren't exactly plentiful on that yet. There's also rumor that Disney will be taking away the no-expiration option on park tickets. I personally know families who use these, and I don't think they'll be very happy about losing that. It has been rumored for several years now, so hopefully it's just that - a rumor.

And now for some movie news: Did you hear that Emma Watson is going to play Belle in a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast? I am super excited! Also, it's rumored that Chris Pratt is being considered for an Indiana Jones reboot. We are huge Indy fans at our house, and I think he could be a good choice.

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