Previous $1 million Powerball winner hits $850 thousand casino jackpot

CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (KKTV) – One lucky woman from Colorado Springs just hit the jackpot – again.

The woman, identified as Rebecca, won Cripple Creek’s Wildwood Casino’s largest jackpot in the casino’s history. While playing a Wheel of Fortune progressive slot machine over the weekend, she won a whopping $805,329.80.

Even more impressive, in 2007, she won the $1 million Powerball.

“I guess I’m just a lucky person,” said Rebecca according to a release sent Monday.

Rebecca said she was at the casino celebrating her father’s birthday.

The winner beat out the previous jackpot record for the casino from 2011 of $678,198.

“I’ve been in the gaming industry in this town for 26 years and have never seen a jackpot of this size,” said Wildwood’s director of gaming, Mike Chaput. “What a fun day for all who were involved.”

Beauty and the Beast Premiered Aboard Disney Cruise Line and We Can’t Wait to See It

Get ready, everyone, because it’s time to sail away from this provincial life and find adventure in the great wide somewhere—out in the ocean with Disney Cruise Line aboard the Disney Dream! We were able to see a sneak peek of the brand-new musical production of Beauty of the Beast earlier in the year, but now the tale as old as time has officially taken to the stage. Inspired by the live-action film while still weaving in everything we love about the animated classic, the Disney Cruise Line musical will bring the story to life in the 1,340-seat Walt Disney Theater—combining classic storytelling elements and cutting-edge technology. Our favorite songs that we love to sing along to will be in the show, as well as new costumes and puppetry. The creative team includes director and choreographer Connor Gallagher (Tangled: The Musical) and writer Sara Wordsworth (Frozen, A Musical Spectacular), so it’s bound to be epic! Here are some more details about the show that we’re really looking forward to seeing on stage:

The Set
Drawing inspiration from the live-action film, set designer Jason Sherwood and video designer Aaron Rhyne, who both worked on Disney Cruise Line’s Frozen, A Musical Spectacular, used the scenic motif of a music box to guide audiences through the story. On top of that, the lighting design by four-time Tony Award-nominated Japhy Weideman is sure to make every moment of the musical magical. We’re getting emotional just imagining all this right now.

The Music
Matt Castle and Frank Galgano (Into the Woods) created the arrangements and orchestrations for the musical that we’ll be sure to be humming for days! The production features songs from the original soundtrack by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman—as well as Menken and lyricist Tim Rice’s “How Does a Moment Last Forever” and “Days in the Sun” from the live-action film. And “Be Our Guest”—perhaps the song we sing along to most passionately—is re-imagined for the stage as a full-fledged multi-course French dinner extraordinaire, complete with choreography and dazzling visual effects. We’ve never been more excited to try the grey stuff!

The Puppets
Costume designer Sarah Cubbage and puppet designer Jeff Conover worked their magic to give life to the enchanted objects, including our fave characters like Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, and Cogsworth. Hearing all this gives us life!

Beauty and the Beast has already debuted on the Disney Dream (which sails three and four-night cruises to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, Florida). We’re ready to embark on a musical voyage and fall in love with the enchanting fairytale all over again!

Music and lyrics for “Belle (Reprise)” were written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

9 people sick with Legionnaires’ after visiting Disneyland

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Disneyland has shut down two cooling towers after people who visited the Southern California theme park came down with Legionnaires’ disease.

A dozen cases of the bacterial lung infection were discovered about three weeks ago, the Orange County Health Care Agency announced Friday.

The patients, ranging in age from 52 to 94, lived or had spent time in Anaheim, and nine had visited Disneyland in September. One patient, who hadn’t visited the park, has died, the agency said.

There haven’t been any new cases linked to Anaheim since September, the agency said.

“There is no known ongoing risk associated with this outbreak,” the agency said.

Legionnaires’ disease can be spread through inhaling droplets from contaminated water sources. While many people have no symptoms, it can cause serious pneumonia and prove dangerous to those with lung or immune system problems.

The disease can be treated with antibiotics.

Disneyland was informed of the Anaheim cases on Oct. 27 and after testing found that two cooling towers had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria. The towers were taken out of service Nov. 1, disinfected, went back in operation on Nov. 5 but were shut down again Tuesday and will remain offline until tests confirm they are free from contamination, according to the park and the county health agency.

Cooling towers are evaporative systems that provide cooled water for various uses such as refrigeration but not for drinking water. The towers are not in public areas.

Orange County has had more than 55 reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease this year and the number of cases has increased in recent years both in the county and nationally, according to the health care agency.

Disney World to Extend 60-Day Advance FastPass+ Booking to Guests at Select Non-Disney Hotels

While Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Guests (and those at the Swan and Dolphin) have been able to book FastPass + reservations for 60 days prior to their visit, it now seems that Disney will roll-out the same benefit to multiple Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotels, including those on Hotel Plaza Boulevard near Disney Springs.

While a complete list is not available as of yet, we know that these non-Disney hotels will be able to offer their guests the 60-day FastPass booking window sometime before the end of 2017. These bookings will still be done through the MyDisneyExperience app, the same way other resort guests make the advance FastPass+ reservations.

We expect every hotel in the Disney Springs Resort Area on Hotel Plaza Boulevard to be included, but there should also be additional Good Neighbor Hotels on the list when announced by Disney.

Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and all other guests with linked tickets receive a 30-day booking window currently.

Walt Disney World Hit By Another MASSIVE MyMagic+ Outage

Though MyMagic+ enjoyed a fairly smooth rollout during its inaugural year, as this service has gotten bigger over the years and as it has begun including new features, it has unfortunately also suffered an increase in the number of technical hiccups and outages over the past few months as well. During these technical glitches, individual features stopped responding or gone offline temporarily, resulting in a few inconveniences for guests, but nothing too major. However, yesterday, Disney suffered a massive outage that saw an extended loss of almost all MyMagic+ functionality, save for guest admission and hotel room entry, which continued to function as usual.

During the almost day-long outage, guests were unable to make FastPass+ reservations, use their existing reservations, or claim dining reservations through the app. In addition, guests trying to make future hotel room reservations, purchase tickets, or use their MagicBands to pay for items (or use Disney Dining Plan credits) in the parks were unable to do so for several hours. Naturally, there was plenty of confusion around the parks, as guests tried to keep to their vacation plans, and Cast Members tried to make as many accommodations as possible.

Though this type of large-scale outage is fairly rare, this isn’t the first time this has happened, and with this type of unplanned downtime on the rise, it is probably a good idea for guests to take some minor precautions during their vacation to prepare for this type of outage in the future.

1. Be prepared with cash and credit

When Disney first designed the MagicBand system, the idea was to make it so on-property guests wouldn’t have to worry about carrying their wallets with them, giving them the freedom to pay for food, merchandise, and anything else inside Walt Disney World’s theme parks with just a tap of their wrist. However, even though this system works perfectly most of the time, incidents like what happened yesterday show that MyMagic+ simply isn’t the foolproof system Disney would probably like it to be, and relying solely on MyMagic+ could end up being an issue if the system goes down. Fortunately, guests who think ahead and keep credit cards or even a small amount of cash on them won’t have to worry about not being able to pay for lunch or purchase that limited-edition souvenir they’ve had your eye on, even if the system goes down.

2. Confirm your dining reservations

When the MyMagic+ system went down yesterday, pre-existing dining reservations that were made via MyMagic+ were completely lost, and guests could not retrieve them via the My Disney Experience app or the Disney website. And although Cast Members are more than happy to help guests recover a lost reservation, it is important to remember that it is up to the guest to contact the restaurant either by phone or in person to re-confirm the reservation time. And if a guest finds that they have missed their reservation time, they will need to discuss the situation with the restaurant, not only so they can potentially reschedule their dining time, but also so that their credit card isn’t charged a “no-show” fee.

3. Make the best of a bad situation

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This might seem obvious, but when MyMagic+ goes down tempers can flare quite easily. Though it might be frustrating to lose plans that have been made days, weeks or months in advance, the fact is that getting mad will not help the situation.

In fact, savvy guests can turn this initially negative situation into something positive, as many guests ended up leaving the theme parks during yesterday’s outage, resulting in abnormally low wait times for attractions like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Space Mountain. While it is of course a big pain to deal with a MyMagic+ outage on your vacation, if you can stick it out and go with the flow during the outage, you might end up seeing some benefit from this unfortunate situation.

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No matter what your feelings are about the MyMagic+ system as a whole, guests at Walt Disney World have come to rely on this system to get to their favorite attractions. Though one would certainly hope the system doesn’t go down in the future, based on this most recent outage, as well as the volume of outages we’ve seen in the past, it seems no longer a matter of if, but when. However, though there’s nothing guests can do to fix the system, there is plenty they can do to make sure their vacation isn’t ruined by a technical hiccup.

YOU HAVE TO SEE EVERY DRESS FROM THIS DISNEY-INSPIRED COUTURE COLLECTION

One of the reasons why Disney and fashion work so well together is that each has a magical quality. The timeless Disney stories we all love are filled to the brim with magical moments. Fashion, and in particular, couture gowns, can have an ethereal element to them that sparkles as much as Cinderella’s blue ballgown.

And at the Paolo Sebastian Spring/Summer 2018 show, Australian designer Paul Vasileff combined the magic that we know and love from our favorite Disney stories along with his signature dreamy aesthetic, to create a collection of gowns that you’ll definitely be swooning over.

The show, appropriately titled “Once Upon a Dream,” featured 34 one-of-a-kind dresses inspired by Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, and more. We also loved that there were Snow White-inspired gowns, perfectly timed for the film’s 80th anniversary later this year.

Stay tuned to Disney Style, as we’ll have more behind the scenes from the Paolo Sebastian show soon!

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MICKEY MOUSE AND KIEHL’S GIVE BACK IN AN INCREDIBLE NEW HOLIDAY COLLECTION

Ilana Gelfand

DISNEY STYLE CONTRIBUTOR

It’s definitely not too early to start thinking about the holidays, and on November 2 the perfect gifting collection launches from premium beauty brand Kiehl’s. We’re even more excited to announce that this charitable collection from Kiehl’s will be starring our beloved Mickey Mouse!

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For a little bit of background, Kiehl’s—the 166-year-old cosmetics brand focused on skin, hair, and body care—has released a Limited Edition Charitable Holiday collection for the past nine years. The collection comes curated with must-own care products, and 100 percent of the proceeds, up to $100,000, go to Feeding America—the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. To break it down, purchase of the Disney x Kiehl’s collection will be able to feed about 1.1M families this holiday season. Pretty amazing, right?Since Disney has always been committed to creating healthier generations, and Kiehl’s products make for great gifts to any and everyone, we couldn’t think of a better match for the holidays. Plus, the products are pretty perfectly packaged for any Mickey fan in your life. See for yourself!

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The Mickey Mouse Kiehl’s Collection will be available in stores and online November 2!

Not All, 4 hotels in pilot program to accept pets at Disney starting Oct 15

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. >> Four hotels at Walt Disney World Resort will allow guests to bring dogs beginning Sunday.

The hotels near Orlando, Florida, are Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney Port Orleans Resort-Riverside, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. The Yacht Club adds $75 to daily room rates for canine guests, the other three, $50.

The pilot program is accepting reservations through October 2018. Two dogs are permitted per guest room.

A Pluto’s Welcome Kit includes a mat, bowls, pet ID tag, plastic bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps. Doggy day care and other pet services are offered nearby at Best Friends, an on-property pet care facility.

Disney says dogs staying in its hotels “must be well behaved, leashed in resort public areas and properly vaccinated.”

According to another source:

The Disney Parks Blog has just announced that starting on Sunday, October 15, 2017, select Walt Disney World Resort hotels are testing a program that would allow guests to bring up to two of their dogs. Disney’s Yacht Club ResortDisney’s Port Orleans Resort – RiversideDisney’s Art of Animation Resort and cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground are all part of this new test. Reservations are being accepted for the testing phase through October 2018.

There will be an additional charge of $75 per day pet-cleaning fee at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort which will be added onto the room rate, and a $50 per day fee at the other three resorts. Dogs will be greeted with Pluto’s Welcome Kit which will include a “mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps.” Additionally, rooms with a dog staying in them will receive a Pluto-themed “Do Not Disturb” door hanger to notify hotel staff that there is a dog in the room.

Dogs must be leashed in public areas, vaccinated, and well behaved.

Of course, Best Friends Pet Care will still be available on Walt Disney World property, but the opportunity to stay with your canine companion in a Disney resort will have many dog owners extremely excited.

Guests with questions on this new program can call 407-W-DISNEY.

Credit: Disney Parks Blog

Disneyland Offers VIP Tours For a Hefty $2,400 – but This 1 Perk Makes It Worth EVERY Penny

When visiting the happiest place on earth, you go in accepting the fact that you’ll be standing in line longer than you’ll be enjoying the attractions. But how much would you pay to have your group cut straight to the front? With Disneyland’s VIP Tours, guests can enjoy the most magical day ever free of lines, alongside their own “personal concierge,” and with many other perks – but with a hefty price tag, of course.

For up to a group of 10 and a minimum of six hours, a VIP Tour reservation starts at $2,400, and that doesn’t include admission to California Adventure. To see if the insane ticket price is really worth it, I spoke with a family friend who’s done the experience twice with her family and paid $3,200 for their Christmas-Day trip.

The Perks

“The biggest perk is not waiting in line!” Stefanie Howarth told POPSUGAR. “Your guide will escort you through the FastPass line.”

In addition, VIP guests also get to enter the park one hour before it opens to the public – which is pretty awesome – as well as preferred VIP parade seating.

Your Personal Guide

From start to finish, your guide will take you through the park and every ride and even help customize an itinerary for you beforehand.

“The guides are really your personal concierge,” Stefanie said. “They will escort you to both Disneyland and California Adventure if you have passes for both. They organize the day and tailor it to your specific wants and needs; they can make lunch reservations and recommendations.”

Stefanie shared that the best guides are also park historians who are knowledgeable about every detail, down to the hidden messages in design left by Walt Disney himself, so your experience really depends on who you get.

“I must say all guides are not created equal,” she said. “Our first year, all our guide did was get us on the rides. Last year, the guide was fantastic and was a park/ride historian.”

Is It Worth It?

“Yes, it is worth it, especially if it’s a crowded time of year. If we went during an off time, we would not use one, but on Christmas, it’s a must.”

When you break it down, $2,400 for a group of 10 comes out to $240 per person, a little over $100 more than normal admission. If you and your friends are paying individually, the cost seems more manageable, especially for all the benefits included in the package. There are also plenty of ways you can save at the parks, including bringing your own food. While it’s not financially realistic for every group or family, it is an option to explore if you’re willing to drop some cash to avoid those lines.

Watch a Disney cruise ship crash into a dock, and get some great narration as a free gift


The Disney Dream cruise ship had a collision with a pier last week while attempting to dock in Nassau, Bahamas.

Scott Lewitt uploaded a video of the Disney Dream cruise ship slowly scraping the side of the pier, and gives narration which is just better than the video itself.

Most of the damaged occurred by the ship’s stern, which was described as minor, and no injuries were reported according to Disney.

“I knew that was going to happen,” said Lewitt as the ship slowly crept towards the pier. “Apparently Goofy’s driving the boat today.”

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