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And the 2013-2014 Walt Disney World Ambassadors Are . . .

Two people were recently announced as the Walt Disney World Ambassadors for 2013 - 2014 in true Disney fashion - in a ceremony complete with confetti and fanfare.

Cast members Tye Arnold and Rich Tamayo were revealed as Disney's picks for WDW Ambassadors during the recent ceremony at America Gardens Theater in Epcot. The pair were selected after a two-month search for cast members who would "exemplify the talent and excellence of Walt Disney World Resort and demonstrate an understanding of the company's heritage and, above all, Disney passion."

More Details on Saturday's Celebration of 40th Anniversary

Here are a few more bits of info that have surfaced about the big day coming this Saturday, October 1. Disney is planning a morning parade and a nightcap of special fireworks to help celebrate the Magic Kingdom's 40 years of being the happiest place on earth.

Food & Wine Fest Tickets on Sale August 16

Those of you out there who love Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival might want to mark your calendars. August 16 at 7 a.m. is the date and time tickets for this year's special events and programs will go on sale.

Here are a few of the activities planned for this year's fest that will be available for booking on the 16th:

  • First Bites Opening Reception: 6:30- 9 p.m. Sept. 29
  • "3D" Disney's Dessert Discovery: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, and Nov. 4, 11

Celebrate the Cotton-Top Tamarin This August at Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom will be celebrating the cotton-top tamarin during all of August. Turns out, the adorable one-pound monkey has its own Columbian national holiday on August 15, so the AK is turning it into a month-long celebration.

Rafiki's Planet Watch will be the site of activities planned around the monkey. All ages will be able to participate in learning more about the tamarin's behavior and biology as well as how scientists study the tamarin and efforts to save this endangered species. In addition, guests can pick up moves to the cotton-top tamarin dance!

Details Emerge Regarding Food & Wine Fest

The International Food & Wine Festival at Epcot is a guest-favorite, and this year it's back with a few new flavors. This year's theme for the ever-popular fest is "Passport to a World of Flavors."

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Announcing Star Wars Weekends Events and Appearances

This weekend marks the start of the 2013 Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and we have some updated information about celebrity appearances and other special events.

Getting Started On Your Training Plan With runDisney.com

Disney races are fast becoming some of the most popular destination running events on the planet, encouraging people from a wide variety of walks of life to get up off the couch and get moving. From the family 5Ks to the full on 39.3 Mile Goofy Challenge there's a Disney race for just about everyone. With the Disney Brand reaching out to runners and walkers of all sizes, shapes and skill levels it can be difficult to know where to start.

DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2012

The Disney Food Blog has done it again with a fabulous new eBook "DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2012!" AJ Wolfe takes you by the hand and shows you the ins and outs of holiday shopping, dining and special events at Walt Disney World with 230 pages full of fantastic information, carefully selected to help you make the most of your winter holiday trip.

Epcot's American Gardens Theater

Across the promenade from the American Adventure on the shore of World Showcase Lagoon sits the America Gardens Theatre, an outdoor amphitheater and entertainment venue. The America Gardens Theater features a high-quality sound system and hosts concerts, singers, and bands from around the world. The intimate size of the venue affords every guest spacious seat with a great view to settle in for a show.

2012 Epcot International Food & Wine By The Numbers

The start of the 17th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival has begun at Walt Disney World, bringing food and wine lovers from around the world together for an incredible series of events. I thought I'd share some fun festival facts with you to help get you in the mood!

Looking Forward to the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The summer is flying by and I, along with many of our readers, are looking forward to the fantastic Epcot International Food and Wine Festival! This year is shaping up to be an exciting event with dates ranging from September 28-November 12, 2012. Growing in popularity every year this special event is a must do for anyone who lives to eat. Spectacular arrays of flavors from around the world are showcased in kiosks located around the 1.2 mile World Showcase promenade.

Why I runDisney

I am so excited to be a part of the WDW for Grownups family! As a new runDisney columnist for WDWFG, I'm hoping to bring some of my running and Disney experience to this community. Please contact me anytime with questions, tips -- anything! I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you in the coming weeks.

Taking A Cab Around Property at Walt Disney World

The complimentary transportation available at the Walt Disney World Resort is one of the key reasons many people chose to stay on property. It's direct and convenient, though often can take more time than I'm willing to spend getting from point A to point B. Then a couple of years ago I discovered the joy of taking a taxi. Taking a taxi on property can save you time, reduce hassle, enhance your comfort and possibly increase the overall enjoyment of your vacation.

D23 Hits the Road for Magical 2012 Events

D23, Disney's Official Fan Club, has announced that it will continue to bring members unique experiences throughout 2012 and host more special events than ever for members and the public. Starting our in Palm Springs at the Smoke Tree Ranch the magic will spread across the country as D23 hits the road and sprinkles pixie dust wherever they go.

Disney Florist Helps Give the Gift of a Memory

The story of Disney Event Group begins with Walt Disney's desire for guests to be able to step into the fantasy and become a part of the story. Situated today in a chic modern office that oozes creativity from every corner, the Disney Event Group is home to five magical departments that can help you to create your own special story. I recently had the honor of a backstage tour with Disney's Enchanted Florist, Jean Volante, who took me behind the scenes to learn more about how she and her team of dream makers help guests give the gift of a memory.