Walt Disney World Resort brings us more Magic Band Upgrades

You can now show your Disney Side with retail MagicBands and accessories available for purchase at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Show your Disney Side with seven different colored MagicBands, special graphic MagicBands at special events, and fun accessories. You can personalize your MagicBands before or during your visit with “Magic Bandits” – small characters or icons that attach to the side of a MagicBand – or “Magic Sliders” and “CoverBands” – decorative elements that slide over a MagicBand.

The seven solid-color retail MagicBands are $12.95 each plus tax. Retail costs for other MagicBand accessories vary.

At the time of purchase, you must present one of the following for retail MagicBands to be linked: valid theme park admission, Memory Maker card or an active MagicBand. If the item linked to is already connected with the Client’s My Disney Experience account, all existing plans – such as tickets, dining reservations, Disney PhotoPass Service, and FastPass+ selections – will seamlessly link and automatically be accessible via the new MagicBand. It is important to note that the touch to pay option will only work for guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort owned-and-operated hotels who have established charging privileges on their resort accounts.

Retail MagicBands and accessories are available in several merchandise locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort. The Disney Parks online store also carries select MagicBand accessories.

Coming soon, Disney will be providing details of opportunities to develop MagicBand accessories using a Disney approved vendor. Please look out for more information coming later this year.

What do you think of more accessories for Magic Bands and non on-site guests being able to purchase them?

Where is the summer going?

My kids got out of school on June 9, and it is now July 22. In that time I feel like we have done nothing so far this summer. The girls are disappointed that there is no summer vacation to the beach. However they have already gone to Disney World TWICE this year! What other kids can say that? Not many if you ask me! I am seeing back to school lists, and sports tryouts coming my way already! So technically I have about 3 weeks of real summer left before all the craziness kicks in. We do have a pool in our backyard however Maryland weather hasn’t been very good. We have seen more rain and cloudy days this summer than I can ever remember. I feel like summer has quickly flown by and we have done nothing. Am I the only Mom that feels this way? Being a work at home mom doesn’t help either because I have to find a balance between work and play.

What have you done this summer to keep the kids entertained? I hope it’s been more eventful than ours.

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Diagon Alley Grand Opening!

Many of us (including myself) weren’t able to make the Grand Opening of Diagon Alley on July 8. That doesn’t mean you can’t go behind the scenes and see what happened that day! From the long waits to get into London to the first sights of Diagon Alley, muggles were blown away!

This attraction at Universal Orlando Resort is a DO NOT MISS! I will be visiting Oct 6-8, will I see you there?

New Italian Restaurant to Debut at Boardwalk Resort at Walt Disney World

I was just talking to my girlfriends the other day about where we would “carb-load” the night before the 2015 Princess Half Marathon. I think the brand new Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort will be just that place!

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A “trattoria” is an Italian restaurant serving simple food, and “al forno” is Italian for “food baked in an oven,” and this new spot will showcase Old World techniques, including handcrafted mozzarella made daily, cavatelli (small dumpling-shaped pasta) and a variety of Neopolitan-style pizzas baked in wood-burning ovens. Neopolitan pizzas, by the way, are pizzas in the classic style of Naples, Italy, with simple tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella.

A beautiful Italian flywheel slicer slices paper-thin Italian meats, served with a variety of olives and caponata. Satisfying pastas, velvety seasonal risottos and fresh seafood and vegetables will celebrate the delectable diversity of Italian cuisine with authentic ingredients and recipes from Italy’s various regions.

Italy is just half the size of Texas but has wonderfully diverse cuisine, and Trattoria al Forno will showcase dishes from Italy’s various regions – for instance, braised beef Bolognese with house-made cavatelli from Bologna, semolina tagliatelli carbonara from Latium (more specifically Rome), pork chop alla Milanese named after the city of Milano. And you’ll find classic Italian favorites: chicken breast alla Parmagiana with tagliatelle pasta; shrimp with garlic, capers and anchovy butter with polenta; whole roasted fish with roasted vegetables; baked lasagna; grilled steak; slow-cooked lamb shank with polenta; and eggplant rollatini.

A seasonal risotto will always be on the menu, and vegetarians will appreciate the ruffled campanelle pasta with green beans, roasted potatoes and Genovese pesto.

Add a classic Italian dessert with an after-dinner cappuccino for a perfect ending. Look for tiramisù, lemon panna cotta with almond crunch and berries, gelatos, and the signature bomboloni (Italian donut holes) with dark chocolate and vanilla gelato.

Wines will be 100 percent Italian from historic wine regions including Tuscany, Veneto and Piedmont, with over 60 offerings by the bottle and more than 25 wines by the glass – Chiantis, Super Tuscans and fine Italian white wines such as Prosecco, Pinot Grigio and Moscato. Signature cocktails and Italian beers and sodas round out the drink menu, with a signature-blend Italian coffee roasted just for Trattoria al forno.

We can’t wait to share more information and photos, stay tuned. Reservations will be accepted in several weeks – we’ll be sure to let you know the date. Thanks to the Disney Parks Blog for giving us this great update!

Will you be dining at this new Italian Restaurant?