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Disney Springs is Ready to Celebrate the Holidays with Special Experiences, Christmas Trees, and More

Yes, it is still September, but the theme parks, resorts, and even Disney Springs are gearing up for the holiday season. If you're looking for great holiday shopping, dining, and more you'll want to check out all Disney Springs has to offer this fall.

The Epcot International Festival of Holidays Begins November 19

We've been reporting on the upcoming holiday season at the Walt Disney World Resort and today we have news about the renamed holiday festival at Epcot and what guests can expect when the festivities begin in November.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Details

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off the holiday season at the Magic Kingdom starting November 9. This very popular holiday hard ticket event is more than just cookies, hot cocoa, and snow flurries on Main Street U.S.A. Check out what else you'll find at the party.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Celebrate the Holidays with New Experiences and More

Disney's Hollywood Studios is ready to celebrate the holiday season with new and returning experiences and events including a new holiday experience on Sunset Boulevard and the return of the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! holiday show.

Disney After Hours Dates Set for the Magic Kingdom for 2018

Disney After Hours is returning to the Magic Kingdom in early 2018! The dates for this nighttime event were announced today by Disney and are currently only for select nights in January, February, and March 2018.

Disney World Announces What’s New and What’s Returning for the 2017 Holiday Season

Sure, it's only mid-September and we just started celebrating Halloween at Disney World but today we're talking about the winter holiday season! Disney has just release a ton of information about what's coming to the parks and resorts for the holidays!

Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks Reopen After Hurricane Irma

The Walt Disney World Resort felt the force of Hurricane Irma Sunday night after the hurricane took a turn and headed north to Orlando. The theme parks were closed Sunday and Monday due to the storm, but the Resort hotels were full of guests riding out the wind and rain.

Celebrate the Holidays this Fall at Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios

If you're visiting the Walt Disney World Resort this holiday season, there are two events you won't want to miss. One is a newly-renamed holiday event at Epcot and the other is a new holiday experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios!

UPDATED: Disney World Announces Closures and Cancellations Ahead of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is continuing to churn through the warm waters of the Atlantic, heading toward south Florida. The Orlando area will likely feel the impacts of the storm later this weekend, and Disney World has announced several closures and cancellations ahead of the storm.

One Man's Dream to be Transformed into Walt Disney Presents

One Man's Dream at Disney's Hollywood Studios will reopen tomorrow, September 8, as Walt Disney Presents. The updated attraction will be similar to the original but will also give guests a preview of new attractions coming to the Disney Parks.

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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DFB Guide to the 2019 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

Readers know that the Grown-ups team has long been fans of the Disney Food Blog Guides. We wouldn't dream of heading off on a Disney vacation without a couple of volumes loaded onto our phones and tablet. I've also mentioned recently that the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival has become my favorite annual event. Looks like the folks over at DFB are pretty smitten too because this year they've launched a brand new e-book to celebrate.

Everything We Know About The Reimagining Of Epcot

Yesterday Disney announced even more exciting news about the updates planed for Epcot, including new green space at the entrance and an entirely new pavilion to take over in the old Wonders of Life pavilion. Do I have your attention? Here's what we know so far about the exciting new restaurants, attractions, and improvements coming to Walt Disney World's Epcot Theme Park!

Six Benefits To Sleeping In On Your Walt Disney World Vacation

It's vacation time; you've said good-bye to the daily grind, and hello to some rest and relaxation! Relax at Disney? Is that even possible? Most families I know come home telling me that they need a vacation from their vacation. Walt Disney World is packed with more great adventures than should ever be crammed into one trip. None the less, people try. I like to say that I'm an advocate for a kinder, gentler, Disney vacation. One where magical dreams are aided in part by snuggling into plush beds for a good night's sleep.

Disney News Round-up For Monday, February 18th, 2019

The state-of-the-art gondola system Disney Skyliner has been making its first test runs over the past week. The system will conveniently connect Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four resort hotels- Disney's Art of Animation Resort, Disney's Pop Century Resort and Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort as well as the proposed 15th Disney Vacation Club property, Disney's Riviera Resort.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day At Raglan Road In Disney Springs

Looking for someplace fun and festive to spend your St. Patrick's Day while in Walt Disney World? Take our advise and head on over to Raglan Road Irish Pub for the Mighty St. Patrick's Day Festival. This rolicking 3-day event only happens once a year, and will immerse guests in all things Irish. The enormous party full of authentic Irish fun kicks off at 3:00pm Friday, March 15th, 2019 and runs thru to Sunday, March 17th, 2019.

A Look Inside Disney's Bay Lake Tower Grand Villa

Disney's Bay Lake Tower is the adjacent property to the Contemporary resort and holds the Disney Vacation Club villas. Standing tall at fifteen stories, villas feature great views of common areas, Bay Lake and the Magic Kingdom.

Experience Rivers Of Light At Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom hasn't always been an all day Park, however over the past couple of years nights in this Park have taken on new life. I am a huge fan of Animal Kingdom after the sun goes down. It wouldn't be a Disney Park without offering a fantastic nighttime show, and Animal Kingdom offers Rivers of Light. Rivers of Light is the Animal Kingdom's first-ever nighttime entertainment offering, lasting for 15 minutes and combining storytelling, brilliant visuals, and a grand musical accompaniment.

2019 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

As cold air sweeps across the country I can't help but turn my mind to thoughts of spring in Walt Disney World. Spring is all things bright and beautiful at Epcot, because spring means it's time for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. New topiaries, an expanded Garden Rocks Concert Series and other surprises await Epcot guests for 90 days stretching from March 6th until June 3rd, 2019.

Maleficent Float Returns To The Festival of Fantasy Parade

The crowds went crazy Friday when the Maleficent Float made her return to the Magic Kingdom's Festival of Fantasy Parade after an extended absence. Maleficent hadn't been seen on the parade route since she caught fire during the May 11th 2018 performance, doing some serious damage to her structure.

Tickets On Sale Now For The 2019 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Fall is full of fun at Walt Disney World and every year the Magic Kingdom becomes enchanted with the most spook-tacular event of the year, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. In 2019 two additional event nights have been added to the calendar for 36 nights of villainous fun.