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More Executive Changes for Disney Parks

There have been more recent changes going on in the executive management world of the Disney Parks. Recently, we told you about the retirement of Disney exec Al Weiss. In the wake of his departure, two other Disney executives have been promoted.

Disney Recipe: Big Thunder Ranch Barbeque Cole Slaw

Nothing says summer like a cookout with all the trimmings, including cole slaw. The Big Thunder Ranch Barbeque in Disneyland Park dishes out about 1,000 pounds a week of its own version of the popular summer side, and thanks to the Disney Parks Blog, you can whip up a batch for your 4th of July gathering.

This side dish is a good option as the temps climb as it has a non-mayo base. Plus, it's egg, gluten and dairy free. Don't feel like shredding cabbage? No problem! Simply grab two bags of the pre-shredded kind at the grocery store. Enjoy!

Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue Cole Slaw

Disney Executive Al Weiss To Retire

Al Weiss, the president of worldwide operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, will be retiring from that role immediately after thirty-nine years of service. The decision was annouced through a letter distributed to Disney employees yesterday afternoon.

Weiss was eigtheen years old when he began his career with Disney as a worker in the Magic Kingdom. Over the years, he's held more than twenty jobs with the company including finance manager and vice president of resort operations support. He also served as president of Disney world from 1994 - 2005.

More Behind the ScenesPictures of Beast Castle

Late last week, Disney Parks Blog gave fans and guests a glimpse of the Beast's Castle construction currently happening as part of the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland expansion. Now, they've released even more detailed pictures of the castle's progress.

Fantasyland Expansion Continues as Beast's Castle Emerges

It's pretty well known Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom is undergoing a pretty hefty expansion that will take some time to complete. Work is going strong as is evidenced by the sneak peek of the Beast's castle released this week on the Disney Parks Blog. Currently, the castle is under construction and being pieced together.

Sneak Peek of the Haunted Mansion's New Queue

It's one of Walt Disney World's best-known and most-loved attractions, and now its queue is getting an update. Thanks to the Disney Parks Blog, fans and guests can get a glimpse of the line now through a video they released just this past week.

Disney Posts Update in Earthquake's Aftermath

As most are aware, an 8.9-magnitude earthquake occurred near Japan's coast on Friday. The Disney Parks Blog gave an update yesterday regarding Tokyo Disney Resort, the Disney Wonder and the under-construction Hawaiian resort of Aulani in the wake of the event.

Disney Partners With Gowalla

Eat your heart out, Foursquare. Disney's signed up to partner with Gowalla check-ins for now.

The location-based software programs -- where guests can "check in" to different Disney locations via smartphone apps -- have been quickly climbing the charts as popular social networking options, and Disney's choice to partner with location service Gowalla instead of Facebook or Foursquare is big news.

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Disney Halloween Costumes From Our Friends At Mickey Fix

Once again it's the time of year where the crypt doors creak and the tombstones quake throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. The Magic Kingdom turns into a fall festival of all things spooktacular to celebrate Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Guests of all ages are gearing up and wondering just what they should wear!

Mobility Assistance Rentals for Walt Disney World Vacations

Walt Disney World is well known for its excellence in ADA accommodation for the mobility-impaired traveler. From ample parking and accessible queues, to wheelchair accessible transportation and guest assistance cards: few can argue the lengths Disney has gone to for their guests. For decades now the Parks of Walt Disney World have offered the ability to rent wheelchairs and electric convenience vehicles (ECV or Scooter) for the day to assist guests with physical disabilities in their touring.

Limited Time Magic: Independence Week Fun at Walt Disney World Resort

On Monday we talked a bit about ways to celebrate the 4th of July at Walt Disney World without having to manage the intense crowds at the Parks. Today, we're diving into the thick of it so that you can know where to head inside the Disney Parks to get your red, white and blue on for an entire week during a special events!

Disney Parks Ticket Prices Increase June 2, 2013

Beginning tomorrow, June 2, 2013 tickets to Disney's Florida and California theme parks will have new pricing. For the first time, a one day Park Ticket to the Magic Kingdom (at $95) costs more than a one day Park Ticket to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom (each at $90). That means that one day at the Magic Kingdom ticket is a full $6 more than if was last year. The price increase, though sudden, does not come as that much of a surprise as the last ticket price increase occurred in June of 2012.

Walt Disney World Limited Time Magic: Week 20

A very brief Limited Time Magic celebration this weekend! Saturday's coronation of Merida into the court of 'official" Disney Princesses was a jubilant celebration complete with a visit from my favorite Disney Mom of all, Queen Elinor, who placed the lovely tiara on her daughter Merida's head. Sadly, rumor has it that this would be Queen Elinor's one and only appearance.

Walt Disney World Limited Time Magic: Week 15

Disney's Limited Time Magic continues into it's fifteenth week of unique fun! From April 8th through April 14th, 2013 you can go vintage at the Disney Truck Shop. For one week only, the Disney Truck Shop will be parked along the Downtown Disney Westside route, offering you the chance to pick up a limited release vintage-style tee.

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room at the Magic Kingdom

The Enchanted Tiki Room is one of the signature attractions in Adventureland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Present since opening day in 1971, it debuted as the 'Tropical Serenade' an almost identical copy of Walt's classic Disneyland hit.

'Beautifully Disney' Private Label Cosmetics Line Launches

The 'Beautifully Disney' private label cosmetic line has launched! New from Disney Parks this pixie dust sprinkled make-up features color palettes from some of the most loved Disney characters. The line is accented with sophisticated packaging and whimsical accessories in rich complimentary shades of deep purple, pink and black.

Mouse Vault: A Vinylmation Resource App

If you've been to the Disney Parks in the past several years, you've probably seen displays of Mickey-shaped plastic figurines decorated to look like other other characters, rides, or seemingly random colorful designs. Those little plastic Mickeys are called Vinylmations. They can be bought or traded at Disney parks and Disney stores in several countries.

MyMagic+ Set to Roll Out at Walt Disney World

Earlier this week Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Tom Staggs, offered fans a glimpse into the future. The details of the $1 billion NextGen program have been much speculated over the past few years, but it's about to begin a major roll out to the public and "push the boundaries of the [Walt Disney World] guest experience."