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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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Mears Connect To Offer Disney Resort Connection From Orlando International

Like many Disney travelers the announcement earlier this year that Disney's Magical Express would be discontinued as of January 2022 left me wondering what the best way for my family to get from the airport to our Disney Resort would now be. Should we rent a car, take a taxi, snag an uber, book a limo? Or what about using the new train that will be stopping in Disney Springs? There are many options available, and Mears shuttle has just announced its Mears Connect Service.

21 Great Reasons To Plan A 2021 Walt Disney World Vacation

After being home for so long and taking care of yourself and others you might need a little convincing to get out and enjoying life again. While it is still really important to follow all of standard health and safety protocols, if you have been vaccinated and feeling you're that itch now is a great time to start planning. I've got 25 great reasons to plan a 2021 Walt Disney World Vacation just for you.

Mark Your Calendar For The 2021 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival has long been the subject of an annual pilgrimage for Disney Foodies. Well mark your calendars and start planning because the dates are out an this fan favorite special event is set to run from July 15 through November 29th at Walt Disney World Resort! Through the Summer and well into Fall guests will be able to indulge in flavors from around the globe.

April Celebrates Earth Month At Disney's Animal Kingdom

April is Earth Month and Disney's Animal Kingdom is celebrating the planet all month long! As a special treat from April 18 to 24, "Disney's Animal Kingdom will host limited-time experiences including unique Disney character appearances, fun learning opportunities, specialty merchandise, themed food and beverage, a new Wilderness Explorer activity." Get inspired to add conservational thought to your daily life with a little help from our friends at Disney.

Boutique Resort Walt Disney World Swan Reserve To Open Summer 2021

Making its debut in Summer 2021 The Walt Disney World Swan Reserve is a Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel set to provide a luxurious yet tranquil oasis for guests that's still close to the Disney Parks. Once completed the new tower will offer both guest rooms and meeting space held in a modern 14-story oasis. Reservations are now available for this beautiful new space beginning September 1st, 2021 so let's take a look at some of the concept art to see what's inside.

Atlantic Hurricane Outlooks To Begin In May For 2021

The beginning of 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season may be months away but long-range forecasts are predicting an active season with some hot spots focused along Florida's West Coast and perhaps and earlier start. Global patterns are changing and as always it's important to make sure you pay attention to the weather throughout your planning and travel.

Returning To Walt Disney World After A Sedentary Year

Often a Walt Disney World vacation takes a little extra stamina and physical activity than people are prepared for. However after being limited in activities throughout 2020 more guests than ever are not going to be prepared for the physicality that being on their feet and the endurance walking Disney travel takes. Here are just a few tips to help you prepare and survive the physicality of a Disney vacation.

Leisurely Last Minute Spring Break Travel

If you're feeling the crush from being cooped up all winter and want to embrace the spring, or your new vaccine, it may be time to head to Florida for a quick Spring Break at Walt Disney World. While Theme Park reservations have been filling up fast, I'm here to tell you that Disney is still an excellent destination for your last minute trip. The key to a successful last minute Disney trip is a slower pace and lots of leisure time to wander around and smell the roses.

Top Topiary From The 2021 Taste Of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

The Walt Disney World horticulture team has long been known for their exquisite skills in the art of topiary. The 2021 Taste of Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival brings these 100 of these topiary creations to life throughout the Park. A a mainstay for the annual special events, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite topiary from 2021.

Reimagined Rooms At Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Sand and Sea lend inspiration in the newly designed rooms at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Bright and airy spaces with all-new furnishings and fixtures combine with fun Disney touches we all expect. The new color palette was inspired by the Pacific Ocean and its many islands, including details, patterns and textures from the hit Walt Disney Animation Studios film "Moana."