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Disney Springs Extends Weekend Hours Starting October 9th, 2020

While I was in Walt Disney World last month the place that I took the most comfort was at Disney Springs. Despite the masks, temperature checks, and social distance guidelines being in place the sprawling shopping, dining, and entertainment complex gave me the greatest feeling of "normalcy." There I found that music played, crowds bustled, and restaurants welcomed guests to (current) capacity.

Magic Kingdom Holiday Merriment Reimagined In 2020

A reimagined holiday celebration will take place at Walt Disney World this year with running between November 27th and December 30th, 2020. Seasonal shows, decor, activities, treats, and merchandise will be sure to delight the senses of guests during this festive time in the Magic Kingdom and beyond.

Highlights From The EPCOT International Festival Of The Holidays Arrive In 2020

A reimagined holiday celebration will take place at Walt Disney World with select highlights from the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays running between November 27th and December 30th, 2020. Seasonal shows, activities, treats, and merchandise will be sure to delight the senses.

Some November Walt Disney World Park Hours Updates

If there is one thing we can count on at Disney right now, it's that everything is subject to change. Back in September operating hours at all four Disney World parks were reduced. It's not surprising with kids going back to school ini some form or another, September is typically a slower month. That being said, when the November calendar was revealed, it first appeared that these shortened hours would continue.

Disney Springs Closes Early Due To Curfew And A Message From Disney Leaders

Civil unrest occurring across the nation has prompted action from Disney as Orlando and Orange County institute a curfew following nights of rioting over the death of George Floyd. Disney Springs will be closing early until further notice to allow guests and cast members the ability to make it home in time. Disney Company leadership CEO Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Bob Iger, and Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of The Walt Disney Company Latondra Newton also released a joint statement to Cast Members regarding this time of civil unrest.

BREAKING NEWS Walt Disney World Extends Closures

This evening, after the stock market closed, the @DisneyParksNews twitter account released a statement that the Walt Disney World and Disneyland closures would be extended until further notice and Disney cast members (not including operating partners) would be paid through April 18, 2020.

Details Revealed For Reflections - A Disney Lakeside Lodge

Amongst the plethora of news that came out of Disney's D23 Expo last weekend Bob Chapek, Chairman of Parks, Experiences and Products for the Walt Disney Company gave guests an all too brief look at the next Deluxe Resort and Disney Vacation Club property to be built at Walt Disney World - Reflections - A Disney Lakeside Lodge.

An Exciting New Stories For The Disney Cruise Line

Bob Chapek took the stage at D23 Expo to share his thoughts about the exciting projects coming to the Disney Cruise Line. He told the massive audience gathered before the D23 stage and shared his belief that every Disney moment a guest has should bring their favorite stories to life in thrilling ways. The Disney Cruise Line is reaching for that vision with new ships, and a brand new port destination that is pure magic.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening Date

Details are trickling out about the highly anticipated Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios as part of the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge expansion. Read on to discover why this new attraction is seriously ambitious, and worth every moment of anticipation as it readies to open on December 5th, 2019.

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway Opening in 2020

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney Imagineers are getting ready to open Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway in 2020! You'll be invited to the Chinese Theatre where Mickey and Minnie will be hosting the premier of their newest film "Perfect Picnic." The theater serves as the magic portal through which guests will step from the human world directly into the cartoon world for one Goofy adventure aboard Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway.

When it comes to Disney World, trip planning is huge undertaking. In fact, many a first visit to Disney World is marred by a lack of planning. While it might be tempting to think that it's "just a theme park," and that you can show up and have a blast by winging it, the size and complexity of the resort is daunting even for experts. These articles will help you make the most of your Disney trip, and might even introduce you to some activities and attractions you haven't heard about!

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New Prizes Make Festival Of The Arts Scavenger Hunt Even More Fun

Some of my favorite activities while strolling Epcot festivals are the scavenger hunts, and the Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts is no different. Figment's Brush with the Masters is a fun little game that guests of all ages can participate in as they help Figment learn more about art in a scavenger hunt around World Showcase. This year fun new artistically interactive prizes await those guests that complete the hunt.

Guest Experiences Get Interactive At Epcot's Festival Of The Arts

Art is for everyone, and at the 2021 Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts guests have the opportunity to try their hands at interactive activities that inspire creativity. There are plenty of ways for everyone to express their artistic talents and style. While this year Disney has had to get a little more creative in order to offer social distancing, they have still been able to include some great experiences for guests to participate in.

Photo Tour: Disney's Riviera Resort Grounds

Disney's Riviera Resort is the most recent Disney Vacation Club property to open at Walt Disney World. Inspired by Walt Disney's travels through Europe it evokes the feeling of being in a grand resort on the northern mediterranean coast. If you love elegant manicured lawns and pretty fountains punctuated with tall swaying palms then this may be the environment you are looking for. Come take a walk with me around Disney's Riviera Resort.


Ride Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Star Wars fans and Gamers will delight in testing their skills at flying the Millennium Falcon on a unique proprietary gaming platform created just for the attraction by Walt Disney Imagineering and Industrial Light & Magic.

2021 Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts

The festivals never seem to end at Disney's Epcot Theme Park and once the holiday season is over Walt Disney World Guests can look forward to celebrating the beauty and creativity of artists. A Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts is set to take place next year from January 8, 2021 through February 22, 2021.

A Look Inside A One-Bedroom Villa At Disney’s Riviera Resort

Recently I returned from a comfortable stay in a One-Bedroom Villa at the newest Disney Vacation Club accommodations, Disney's Riviera Resort. This was my first visit to the property designed to evoke the feeling of Europe's Mediterranean Riviera Resorts. The property made its opening debut December 16, 2019 and allows guests easy access to both Hollywood Studios and Epcot via the Disney Skyliner. Come on in and take a look inside my One-Bedroom Villa at Disney's Riviera Resort.

Think About Disney Springs For New Year's Eve 2021

The Disney Parks closing a bit on the early side this New Year's Eve, an UPDATED Park Hours schedule was just released and we're happy to see that times have been extended quite a bit. However, everywhere is closing prior to midnight in order to follow health and safety guidelines set by government organizations.

Where To Catch A Holiday Concerts By The Voices Of Liberty

The Voices of Liberty are a staple of Epcot entertainment, performing their a capella magic in years past as a pre-show inside the rotunda of the American Adventure. With the health and safety precautions needed to ensure operations in 2020, the group has taken to a new stage to spread some holiday cheer.

A Look Inside A Two-Bedroom Villa At Bay Lake Tower

On my last trip down to Walt Disney World, the Disney Vacation Club was offering special room tours at all of the DVC Resorts in addition to the usual model tours. After striking up a conversation with a friendly DVC Guide at Disney's Contemporary Resort, I took the opportunity to tour a Bay Lake Tower Two-Bedroom Villa so that I snap some pictures to share with you.

Holiday Cheer At Disney's Grand Floridian

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is the flagship resort of Walt Disney World and it decks the halls every holiday season with Victorian inspired style and pastel colors to compliment the magnificent lobby. A plethora of pretty holiday trees, wreaths, and swags welcome guests in elegant style and give off a feeling that something truly special is in store.