The Mouse that started it all is once again throwing a spectacular Christmas party at the Magic Kingdom. Want to find out what special shows and parades are at the party? What about party freebies or where to buy exclusive merchandise? We have you covered. Check out the dates, event lineup, and tips for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
It's a holiday tradition for many Walt Disney World guests. Epcot's Candlelight Processional is underway, and be sure to check out our guide to the event. We have dates, the celebrity narrator lineup, dining packages, and tips for enjoying the Candlelight Processional. Check out what this Christmas show is all about.
From now until December 8, Disney Store has this festive Figment and Santa Dreamfinder shirt available online only. This would be the perfect gift for any fan who remembers the original incarnation of Epcot's Journey Into Imagination. Check out this link to purchase the shirt. And remember, it's only available until December 8, so act fast!
The iconic click of the turnstile has all but disappeared from Disney World theme parks. In an initiative started early this year at Typhoon Lagoon, Disney has finally replaced all turnstile entrances with new RFID-reading touch point entry. Instead of handing your ticket to a cast member for them to run through a reader, you tap your card or Magic Band to the Mickey icon on the touch point and put your finger down on the fingerprint reader. The new turnstile-free entrances are much more open and have a few advantages.
There are certain restaurants my family would always skip at Disney World. A couple of bad experiences in the past had steered us away from getting burned again on a bland burger or overcooked chicken. Hollywood Studios' ABC Commissary long stood on our "Do Not Try" list, but my most recent trip to WDW changed all that. Thanks in part to taking advantage of the Free Dining package and increasingly good word of mouth online, I was willing to give ABC Commissary another shot. I am glad I did, because I may have found my new favorite counter service option at Hollywood Studios.
One of our favorite tips to give out to first-time Walt Disney World visitors is to check out Club Cool, located in Future World near the Fountainview Cafe (Starbucks) in Epcot. Club Cool provides free samples of international products made by the Coca Cola company. Not only is it a way to get free soda in Disney World, but it's also a cool way to try out a sampling of popular sodas from other cultures.
Disney recently changed out the flavors at Club Cool. Find out what's good, what's not so good, and what flavors Disney decided to keep around at the revamped menu at Club Cool.
The Epcot Food and Wine Festival has sadly come to a close. While I think I'm still full from my culinary trip around the world, it's not too early to reminisce on the best that the festival had to offer and look forward to next year. Pretty much everything I tried this year was seriously delicious, so it was quite the task to narrow down a list to just the five most outstanding dishes. Read on to find out my five favorite dishes from this year's festival.
In addition to the first glimpse of Avatarland, Disney teased of new nighttime entertainment coming to Animal Kingdom by 2017. Animal Kingdom has long struggled to be a "full day" park, with the park closing most days from around 5 or 6 pm. With the new addition of a major land, Disney will finally be able to extend the hours of the park. Animal Kingdom will add new entertainment offerings in non-Avatar parts of the park to delight guests who will be staying until those later hours. This will include a new nighttime version of a popular E-ticket attraction and a major new spectacular centered around the Tree of Life.
Last week at the D23 Expo in Japan, Disney finally revealed the first solid details on the Avatar project that's slated for Animal Kingdom. More than two years after the initial announcement, Disney World fans were finally treated to some visually-stunning concept art and a video featuring James Cameron and Joe Rhode promising how great and immerse the land will be. So what did we learn from the tidbits dropped in Tokyo? Continue reading for five key things we found out about Animal Kingdom's Avatar-land.
Starting today, Disney World and Disneyland's Guest Assistance Card program has seen some significant changes. The Guest Assistance Card previously allowed guests with disabilities to experience significantly reduced wait times for attractions. However, the program was abused by those who didn't really need it, and the problem got significant enough that it was making national news earlier this summer. Disney is now replacing the Guest Assistance Card with the Disability Access Service (DAS) Card. Continue reading to find out how DAS works and what that means for WDW guests with disabilities.