The bakery is finally re-opened! Here is a post all about the re-opening of the bakery and its new addition of Starbucks Coffee…
Post Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog…
Earlier today, we officially reopened the Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom Park – a favorite stop for manyDisney Parks Blog readers. And on the menu for the first time at Walt Disney World Resort, you’ll now find Starbucks drinks and food along with delicious Disney house-made treats.
After this morning’s official opening ceremony, Main Street Bakery served up Disney cookies, brownies and cupcakes to Magic Kingdom Park guests. Starbucks offerings include coffee and espresso beverages and Frappuccino® blended beverages, as well as breakfast sandwiches and pastries.
Main Street Bakery, which is designed to fit with the current theme of Main Street, U.S.A., won’t be the only Walt Disney World Resort location to serve Starbucks. As previously announced, other locations are coming to Epcot,Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
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As everyone knows Disney Cast Members are by far some of the coolest and most amazing people on earth, (Not just saying that since I was one!). I am saying this because they truly know how to make your vacation something special in their own special way.
When A Cast Member goes out of their way to make a special Disney moment happen, we called it a Magical Moment. These moments can range from getting your Ice Cream replaced for FREE on Main Street, USA or by getting to re-ride a ride with your family with absolutely no wait! With that being said there are TONS of different ways a Cast Member can make a special Magical Moments and today we on the Magical Blogorail are going to tell you some of our favorites.
Like I have told my readers on my site I haven’t been to Disney but three times before I became a Cast Member. Since my “Regular Disney Time” is so limited I’m going to tell you about my favorite Magical Moment I got to create at Space Mountain!
It was the last weekend of Star Wars Weekend in 2012 and an elderly lady wanted to ride Space Mountain, which of course is 100% fine as long as she knows about the Heart condition risks while riding and all that blah, blah, blah…Well what is so cool is that I didn’t know how special of a treasure, Susan would turn out to be. I found out about Susan right after I got off my break and my coordinator rushed up to me and said, “Zach, don’t get an assignment. I want you to help with a guest outside.” I was overjoyed I didn’t have to get an assignment, it was almost that time that the person at Merge, (the person who tells you to go to Alpha or Omega) would be getting replaced and I just wasn’t feeling up to that today for some reason. Anyway, I proceeded outside to where I met Susan at the front of Space Mountain. She was all alone in her scooter and expressed to me that she really wanted to ride this ride and that it is her last ride photo that she needed to complete her Magic Kingdom Ride Attractions Photo book. I knew the rules on helping someone by themselves with a, now wheelchair and I happily accepted to help her to be sure she got to ride this ride.
I happily began to push her into the building with her wheelchair and her funny looking doll. But before I could ask about her little doll she shouts out in concern, “But Zach, I don’t have a FastPass for this ride, how come we are going on this side of the line?”. I explained to her that the FastPass line is indeed for those with a FastPass, but it is also for those who may need to get a wheelchair into the building as well, as I pointed out the differences in the lines, (Stairs on the Stand-By and a ramp on the FastPass she turned around in her chair and just smiled at me and still reminded me that she didn’t have a FastPass. I said to her smiling, “While you’re with me, you don’t need a FastPass!” Her face lit up like a child’s face on Christmas Day. It was truly heartwarming to know that something so small to me was something huge to her.
As we proceeded down the Star Corridor she finally began to mention her small little doll, Qui-Gon. Once she said his name it snapped in my head that I recognized the little guy more now, for I am a small Star Wars Fan. She explained to me that she has had him in every picture this week and that Space Mountain was her last picture to complete her photo book she started with her husband in 2004. That part was confusing to me since she mentioned finishing it outside but no husband. She then continued to tell me about how they used to ride all the rides in Disney together and get their pictures taken and how that was one of the best things Disney offered. She then told me that her husband passed away in 2006 and this is her first time back without him and she had to have someone come and be in the pictures with her, so she decided to bring her Qui-Gon doll since her and Frank were Star Wars fans as well.
We finally approached the ride and went through the special gate to the side to get her onto the ride so that I would then take care of her wheelchair. I then returned downstairs to Unload where I awaited her arrival from Space. Here she comes soaring in with a smile on her face and her little doll in her hand. She is wearing the same smile most of the kids wear when they unload.
With her still smiling I helped her into her chair and we went over to the back wall where all the pictures are displayed and she instantly found hers and pointed out to me her doll and how it is a great photo and how she must buy it. At this moment I am so happy that she is happy and her time at my attraction was fun, and then I pulled out a special blue card that I had made up with her name on it while she was riding the ride, and awarded her an Honorary Space Pilot at Space Mountain in Walt Disney World Award. When I presented this to her she began to cry. But not just cry, but laugh and smile. She instantly said aloud, “Frank would have loved this.”. With our encounter almost over, we went up the SpeedRamp together and out into the gift shop where she began to retrieve money from her purse to buy her picture of her and Qui-Gon. I told her that I would be right back just need to ask a question real fast and I snuck away. What I was really doing was going over to the photo area and picking up a surprise for her. Right before we went outside I passed it along to a fellow Space Cast Member and asked them to do me a favor.
I returned to Susan for one last time before returning her outside and to her scooter. She calmly asked if she could go and buy her picture and I jokingly told her no. She looked at me confused. She didn’t understand why she can not purchase her own picture and then I explained to her that the photo machine was having problems today and that it should be fixed later on if you would like to come back and purchase it then. She seemed a bit sad, but she knew she could purchase it later. We returned to her scooter and waiting on her seat was her Magical Moment from me. It was her photograph! She smiled at me and began to cry once more and stood up and gave me the largest hug I have ever received. This is the kind of magic Disney is based on, Guest Service. But to a Disney Cast Member its second nature. WE CREATE HAPPINESS.
To this day I think about her and her little Qui-Gon.
Hands down she was my most favorite Magical Moment I have ever created. I hope you all get to experience a Susan styled Magical Moment!
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is DISTherapy.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ Magik Mouse
2nd Stop ~ DIStherapy
3rd Stop ~ Delightfully Disney
Final Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
Epcot, Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Epcot is the center of forward thinking and technology. (If it’s the center of technology for Walt Disney World, why do the monorail gates SLIDE, whereas the ones at the Transportation and Ticket Center open by the push of a button? Just asking). There is so much to do while in Epcot. You can explore the world in World Showcase, or test out some cool gizmos and gadgets in Innoventions, or possibly head over to Future World and join Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy as they learn about energy. There is even more to do in Future World, you can take a flight to Mars on Mission Space, or go back in time and learn about the progress of communication in Spaceship Earth, but my favorite ride in all of Future World in Test Track.
Test Track is a high-speed ride that lets you be the test dummy. Like in most thrill rides at Walt Disney World there are cameras that take your picture so you can either purchase it or add it to your PhotoPass card. Like many people who go to Disney often you like to find the cameras and make a goofy face! Above is my example of my goofy face! (left to right, my cousin Natalie Henley, her son, and Me). For those of you who have rode this ride countless times and wish you knew where the camera is, I can help. Right as you’re about to “collide” into the barrier in the barrier test, if you look to your right you will find it! It’s on the wall right before you get under all of the angle lights that you go under to go out the barrier door. That’s it. Next time you’re on the ride look the right and smile, or do something nuts!
Welcome to those of you joining me from A Disney Mom’s Thoughts and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the Final stop on our Magical Blogorail.”
Hello everyone! How many of you know about Star Wars Weekend? Have you ever been? What Did you think about it? I went for the first time last year and thought it was amazing! Im not a HUGE Star Wars fan but I do love the movies.
Even if you are a very small Star Wars fan there is so much to do for everyone. In this post I will be telling you my 3 Must Do’s at Star Wars Weekend. So lets get STARted!
1. You must see Jedi Mickey Mouse! I love Mickey, and always have. After all, “its all started with a mouse”! I know there are tons of characters dressed in their Star Wars attire but there is something very special about seeing The Mouse as a Jedi. TIP: This line gets long so try to get to the park early to see Jedi Mickey!
2. Visit the Darth Mall. You know Disney goes over-the-top with merchandise and they do it even more with Star Wars Merchandise. The Darth Mall is HUGE! there is so much stuff to buy that its hard to even comprehend. I have never seen this much Star Wars stuff in my life. TIP: When you go to the Darth Mall get a custom name tag. These name tags will run you about $10 but its written in the Star Wars language and you can pick your home location from various choices such as, Death Star, Naboo, and Tatooine.
3. My last Must Do is to meet a Princess. But not just any Princess, Princess Leia! Yes, in the Darth Mall you can meet Princess Leia. I had no idea until we walked in and saw the line. Definitely a great Photo Op! TIP: Like most character meet and greets, the line can get long so be sure to arrive at the Darth Mall early to get a great picture!
Well those are some of the fun that awaits you at Star Wars Weekend in Disney’s Hollywood Studio. If you are going to Star Wars Weekend be sure to have tons of fun! TIP: Once Hollywood Studios closes tons of people come to Magic Kingdom since it is still open, so you may see a crowd increase once Star Wars Weekend is done for the day, they all seemed to head towards me at Space Mountain. Maybe they like the theme of Space? Well thanks for watching and I hope you all have a BLAST!!!
Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Yellow this month. We will be back Friday, June 7th with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney info, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ DIStherapy
2nd Stop ~ Delightfully Disney
3rd Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
4th Stop ~ A Disney Mom’s Thoughts
Final Stop ~ Magik Mouse