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It’s Time for the Second Annual March Magic Tournament with Disney Parks

It's mid-March which means it's time for that big college basketball tournament but it's also time for the second annual March Magic Tournament from the Disney Parks. The tournament features 32 teams inspired by favorite Disney Parks attractions that will battle it out for the title of ultimate Disney attraction, with the winner announced on April 6.

Bob Iger Says Plans for ‘Star Wars’ Presence at Disney Theme Parks to be Announced Later this Year

While there's no concrete news about how Disney is going to grow the Star Wars presence in its theme parks around the world, there is a lot of speculation. Disney CEO Bob Iger fueled that speculation last week during a call with Wall Street analysts when he said there is a "fair amount of design and development taking place" to increase Star Wars presence in "multiple locations."

Removal of Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Starts this Week

The Sorcerer's Hat at Disney's Hollywood Studios is coming down this week. According to reports, the dismantling of the iconic hat is set to begin on January 7. There is no word on how long the dismantling will take.

Apple Pay Available at Walt Disney World Resort as of December 10

Guests at the Walt Disney World Resort are now able to utilize Apple Pay at guest relations, merchandise locations, quick service restaurants, lounges, bars, and ticket sales. The ability to use Apple Pay at other locations including table service locations is not yet available.

Hiro and Baymax from ‘Big Hero 6’ to Meet Guests at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

The stars of Big Hero 6 are headed to Disney's Hollywood Studios later this fall.

Hiro and Baymax will be meeting guests at The Magic of Disney Animation beginning sometime in November.

Guests will have a chance to tour the lab from the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology and then meet Hiro and his sidekick in Hiro's garage workshop.

Out in Disneyland guests will have a chance to visit Hiro's workshop near the Starcarde in Tomorrowland.

WonderGround Gallery Merchandise Added to Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney

The Marketplace Co-Op at Downtown Disney has added another boutique area to the retail space, and this one hails from Disneyland.

The WonderGround Gallery now has a showcase of merchandise just inside the doors of the Co-Op.

Guests at Disneyland can find the original WonderGround Gallery at the Downtown Disney District. The west coast store opened in 2012 showcases unique art collections by various artists.

Disney Announces Special Ticket Offer for Parties of Six or More

Just in time for the summer vacation season, Walt Disney World has announced a new ticket offer for parties of six or more.

With the new ticket offer, parties of six or more who purchase a minimum four-day Magic Your Way ticket by June 14 will receive an additional day for free for every member of their party.

Bands Announced for the 2014 Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Epcot

Summer is a few months away, but it's never too early to start planning your summertime visit to Epcot.

To help in that endeavor, Walt Disney World Resort has announced the lineup for the Sounds Like Summer concert series. The concerts take place in June and July at Epcot in the America Gardens Theater.

Registration Now Open for the Inaugural Disney Fit Challenge

Registration is now open for the first-ever Disney Fit Challenge at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

This event is planned for September 26-28 and will feature athletes competing in different fitness challenges that will test their speed, strength, skill, endurance, balance, and powers.

Lobby at Disney’s Polynesian Resort to Close in March for Renovation

If you're a fan of the lobby in Disney's Polynesian Resort, it's time to say your goodbyes.

The lobby is reportedly closing for renovations in March, and the water feature (and the unique smell that came with it) will likely all be a memory when it reopens.

The Polynesian is undergoing renovations ahead of the opening of a Disney Vacation Club section next year. As part of these ongoing renovations, the Wyland Gallery and the Great Ceremonial House have closed, reportedly to make room for expanded dining options.

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2020 Flower and Garden Festival Dates Announced

Grab your calendars and look forward to springtime travel, because the 27th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will be happening March 4 through June 1, 2020. 90 days of everything blooming and bright will return with specially Themed Gardens, How To Garden Seminars, Outdoor Kitchens, the Garden Rocks Concert Series, and the famous Disney topiaries.

A New Route For The 2020 Walt Disney World Marathon

Disney has a few fun changes in store for the runners of the 2020 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events, presented by Cigna. More than 100,000 runners and spectators are expected to participate during the annual five-day event happening January 8th through 12th, 2020.

New Epcot Concept To Have Four Distinct Neighborhoods

Zach Ridley is the Imagineer in charge of transforming Epcot from the theme park we have known, to a vibrant family focused place to be enjoyed for decades to come. Zach took the stage at the D23 Expo to give fans a peek at what is in store. He told us how this next chapter of Epcot's Journey had "deeply personal meaning to the Imagineers working on the transformation." The transformation of Epcot is about "the power of hope, the power of possibility, the power of wonder." Let's talk about what's going on.

50 Things To Do Outside The Parks At Walt Disney World

My daughter and I just got back from a Disney trip that was a little unusual for me. While she went off to ride the rides in the Theme Parks with friends, I enjoy packing in a ton of fun outside the Disney Parks. I'd been putting off many fun Disney activities for years while I focused on park time. To my delight I discovered that it's true, you can have a fantastic Walt Disney World vacation without ever stepping foot in a park.

7 Things Not To Miss At Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort has been my favorite hotel for as long as I can remember. The spirit of the south seas fills the air and it's easy to get lost in the tropical theme, swept away on a trade wind, transported to another time and place. Even when I'm not staying at the Polynesian, a stop to enjoy some of the traditional delights is always on my to do list while visiting Walt Disney World. Read on to discover 7 things not to miss at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.

9 Things I Did For Free On My Walt Disney World Vacation

My last trip to Walt Disney World was a unique one for me, because I made the trip almost entirely on a budget of $400. Such a limited budget meant that I had to avoid the Disney Parks, but that doesn't mean I didn't pack my days in the vacation kingdom with loads of fun. If you're currently planning a low budget Disney trip, you may be interested in 9 things I did for free on my Walt Disney World vacation.

Splash The Day Away At Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Lava Pool

The Resort Hotels of Walt Disney World are known for not only having world-class accommodation, but great food, and a plethora of fun recreational activities. My family loves to spend time by the pool, and if you are looking to stay at a resort with the perfect place to splash the day away, here's why you should give Disney's Polynesian Village Resort pools a try.

Cocktail Popsicles Debut In Epcot's Italy Pavilion

I think someone should start a petition to make this new Disney Food Blog find available at every frozen novelty stand in Walt Disney World. What grown-up deliciousness am I talking about? It's the Cocktail Popsicles that have popped up at the Gelati Donkey Cart in Epcot's Italy Pavilion.

10 Terrific Themed Ideas To Celebrate Mom At Walt Disney World

"Moms" come in all shapes and sizes, so chances are the mother figure in your life has her own unique flair. Even amongst Disney Moms (a common group we here at WDWFG know well) preferences can vary. Do you know what makes your Disney Mom's eyes sparkle? If you'll be celebrating your Mom at Walt Disney World, we've got 10 Terrific Themed Ideas To Celebrate Mom At Walt Disney World.

5 Ways To De-stress On A Walt Disney World Vacation

Happy Stress Awareness Day! Have you been agitated recently, did filing your taxes take its toll on your mental health? Obviously that means it's time for your to head off on another Walt Disney World vacation. Once you to get there, Disney has plenty of ways for you to relax, unwind, and destress. Here are a few of our favorite ways chill out on your next Disney vacation.