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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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Winter Disney Park Hours And Disney Vacation Packages Through 2021

Are you in need of a Walt Disney World vacation? It's time to get planning because Walt Disney World has released the Park Hours through the remainder of 2020 and into 2021! If you're thinking forward to a late winter or spring-time getaway brand new Disney World hotel discounts are simply out of this world. 2021 is going to be a brand new year and that makes it a perfect time to get your Disney fix.

Disposable Mask Vending Machines At Disney Parks Bus Terminals

If you've made it from your Resort Hotel to the Theme Park and discovered that somehow you forgot your mask, or if you just want to grab a spare at reduced cost, Disney has you covered right at the bus stop. On a recent trip I spotted this face mask vending machine sitting outside the Magic Kingdom's bus station.

Walt Disney World News Round-up For Friday October 9th, 2020

I am loving how everything keeps changing at the Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Giving guests something new to come back for has been a great way to keep the scaled down version of the annual festival a little more exciting. Recently two new booths have opened with spectacular sweet treats to enjoy!

Social Distancing On Walt Disney World Buses

Complimentary transportation is one of my favorite things about staying at a Walt Disney World Resort. However, since COVID-19 has become an issue I've wondered if my days of riding the Disney bus were over. On a recent trip to Florida I took Disney transportation so that I could share with you what the differences were and how I felt riding.

25th Anniversary Of The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

The 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival marks the 25th anniversary of this exciting special event which also will be the longest festival in Walt Disney World Resort history. Though things are a little different this year, there is still a lot to love about this annual fan favorite. With more than 20 marketplace groups guests can still sip and savor their way around the World Showcase promenade.

Top 5 In-Room Baths At Walt Disney World

Do you dream of coming back from a long day at the Disney Parks and slipping into a luxurious bath? Soothing those sore muscles or just indulging in a bit of pampering is one of my favorite things to do on my Walt Disney World Vacations. I'll admit to choosing my Resort Hotel Room by the glamor of it's bathroom more than once. If your idea of relaxing is a long soak in the tub, I'm sharing the best in-room tubs at Walt Disney World.

Take A Virtual Ride On Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Shortly before the world shut down in Spring of 2020, Disney's Hollywood Studios opened a fun new attraction. This wild adventure was the first ride-thru attraction to be created for our main mouse. Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway offers guests the chance to embark on an adventure "through a world where the rules of physics don't apply."

Health Forward Hacks for Disney Travel During The Pandemic

It's a whole new world out our doors today, but that doesn't mean we can't still enjoy our lives. Walt Disney World is open, and for guests who choose to venture to the Disney Parks there are a few new things that they should keep in mind. From taking personal responsibility to making the most of Disney's advanced technology it is more important than ever to take some time to think about the way you're going to prepare for your vacation. Read on and discover some of the most health forward hacks you can use for Disney travel during the pandemic.

Disney Resort Guests No Longer Receive Free Magic Bands In 2021

Introduced in 2013 MagicBands have become integral to the Disney Park experience. These wearable devices combine the capability and function for a guest's park ticket and hotel room key, they also provide wearers a tool to consolidate dining plans and reservations as well as operate as a contactless payment method. It took some time for regular Disney guests to get used to the new technology, and now it looks like Disney is changing things up again.

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Rooms To Get A Moana Makeover

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is one of the three original resort hotels at Walt Disney World. There have been struggles for this grand old lady as she has tried to grow old gracefully despite needing some serious construction updates over the past decade. That's why we weren't too surprised to hear that Disney's taking advantage of the COVID-19 closures to give the very popular Polynesian Village a little more TLC.