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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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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."

Disney Time Sweepstakes to Give Away 31 Vacations in January 2013

Disney has announced a brand new sweepstakes for the coming of 2013 and you could win some Disney Time! Starting on January 1st, and throughout the remainder of the month Disney Parks will award no less than 31 Vacations! Hopeful fans may submit one entry daily by choosing one of their choice of the following vacations, at either the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resorts. There's even a special trip geared just towards Grown Ups!

Ticketed New Years Eve Events at Walt Disney World

If you are headed to Walt Disney World for New Year's Eve but don't want to fight the crowds on Main Street USA, there are many venues across property just waiting to celebrate with you! 2013 will be the year of Limited Time Magic and you'll have to act fast to catch many special fleeting moments of merriment that will surprise and delight Disney Parks guests with something new each week in 2013!

Test Track Presented by Chevrolet

Epcot's all a buzz for the re-opening of the brand new Test Track Presented by Chevrolet. The pavilion opened originally with the park, in 1982, as GM's 'World of Motion' and then was redesigned as the thrilling 'GM Test Track' in 1998. Today, after months of closure (renovations began back in April) this Future World staple is back with a fresh coat of paint and a brand new sponsor.

Choosing The Right Shoes for Touring Walt Disney World

My Dogs are Barking! When I first heard this expression , I wondered how anyone would know their dogs were barking back at the house when they were miles away. Since then, I've learned that "dogs" refer to your feet and "barking" means they are tired. Considering that the average person will walk eight to ten miles a day while touring the Disney Parks, it won't be long till your dogs are barking. Shoe and sock selections can be very important on helping you maintain healthy feet.