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Avatarland Delayed?

Could work on an "Avatar"-based land within Walt Disney World be delayed? According to online reports, the answer is yes.

The reports say work on the sequels (yes, sequels with an "s") to the blockbuster 2009 film has not yet started and no release dates have been set for either "Avatar 2" or "Avatar 3." This stall could spill over to "Pandora: The World of Avatar" - the "Avatarland" that is slated to be built in Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Disney's "Added Capacity" Program Aims to Shorten Wait Times

Walt Disney World attractions and wait times. You can't have one without the other, right? Turns out, Disney has been working to decrease those wait times with its "added capacity" program. So far, millions of dollars have been spent to adjust over twenty of the most popular attractions at WDW to enable more guests to experience those rides.

Mini Ear Hats to Hit Disney Parks This Fall

Anybody who sets foot inside a Disney park can see guests love Disney hats, and now those hat-loving guests will have one more option this fall: MousekeEars.

Fairy Periwinkle To Join Tinker Bell at Meet and Greet

Tinker Bell will soon have a new friend helping her meet guests at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Periwinkle, a frost fairy Tinker Bell meets in the Disney Fairies movie, "Secret of the Wings," will be joining Tinker Bell to greet guests at Disney parks in Florida and California.

New World of Sports Food Truck

Those of you heading out to ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World might want to keep your eyes peeled for a new food truck - the Tailgate Grill.

Guests lining up to sample the Tailgate Grill's wares will be able to hear the ESPN SportsCenter theme song. The new fast eating option also has bean-bag tosses near it; there could be plans in the works to add basketball hoops and TV nears the truck in the future.

Cast Members Donate 3.1 Million School Supplies

Walt Disney World cast members were busy earlier this month with a back-to-school supply drive to raise supplies for low-income families in central Florida. Their efforts were a success with over 3 million items, including some 13,000 backpacks, collected. In fact, the amount of pencils, erasers, crayons, rulers and the like collected by the cast members over a three-week period was enough to fill five school buses.

The school supplies will help fill a growing need, acording to Orange County superintendent Barbara Jenkins:

News Tidbits: Bay Lake Tower Check-In and Typhoon Lagoon Wi-Fi

Here are a couple of recent news tidbits in and around Walt Disney World.

First up, some of you heading out to check-in at the Bay Lake Tower might find the process a bit easier. As of tomorrow, check-in at the Tower will be located in the Tower itself and not through the Contemporary Resort.

Osceola County Library Gets $150K From Walt Disney World

Disney is known for giving back to the community, and recently the House of Mouse did so again. Earlier this week, Walt Disney World donated $150,000 for the building of the West Osceola Branch library in Osceola County, Florida.

Walt Disney World's Manager of Minority Business Development Betty Lowery made the presentation of the $150K donation to Osceola County Commissioners on Monday.

New Appointment in Disney Imagineering Indicates Possible 'Significant Activity' at WDW

It's been reported Walt Disney Imagineering has recently undergone a shuffle of sorts of its employees - all of which could indicate new activity in Walt Disney World's future.

The newest change in Walt Disney Imagineering has Kathy Magnum taking on the new role of "Producer, Walt Disney World Portfolio." This new role will have Magnum partnering up with Jack Blitch and working with Meg Crofton as a creative producer for Walt Disney World. She'll continue to report to Walt Disney Imagineering Chief Creative Executive Bruce Vaughn.

Disney World Discounts for U.S. Military

Disney has some nice discounts coming up for those who serve in this country's military for both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Those in the military (including both active and retired members of the U.S. Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) and their families can benefit from discounts on resort stays and park tickets with purchase dates from August 17 of this year through September 25, 2013 and travel beginning October 1, 2012.

Details on military discounts for Walt Disney World are:

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DFB Mini-Guide to Animal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios Snacks

One of the most useful tools I took along with me on a recent trip to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom was the Disney Food Blog's Mini-Guide to Magic Kingdom Snacks. With the ebook's pdf file loaded on my iPhone, the kids and I always knew where to head for the most delicious and cost effective snacks available. All the information I could ask for and then some was right at my fingertips, and that's a good thing because we used this reference a lot. I only wished I had one to use on our day at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

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!

Price Increase Announced for Disney Dining Plan

If you are planning a trip to the Walt Disney World resort and are considering purchasing the Disney Dining Plan, there's some news you need to know. Disney has increased the price of the Deluxe, Standard, and Quick Service Dining Plans for all "rack rate" bookings made on or after June 17.

Non-Park Ideas for the Fourth of July at Walt Disney World

The weeks around the Fourth of July Celebration are some of the busiest of the year at Walt Disney World. Crowd levels usually rise to a 10 out of 10, and at the Magic Kingdom the gate will frequently reach capacity. When a park reaches capacity guests are no longer able to enter, and even having a coveted dining reservation won't get you in. If you plan on spending your Fourth of July Holiday at the Magic Kingdom, be sure to get there early and stay throughout the duration.

Disney Cocktails: Godiva Liqueur Flight

Last October I saw this cute little Godiva Liqueur Flight on Disney's cocktail menu. I had wanted to try them, but shots of anything really aren't my thing, in fact I can honestly say I had never before "done a shot" of any sort of alcohol. I was purely a sipping wine and cocktails sort of girl. However, I loved the look of the shapely little glasses, and the bright strawberries sitting on top appealed to me.

Ten Fast Facts About Liberty Square

It's almost time for America to celebrate another Independence Day, so I thought I thought we should kick off this most patriotic season with ten fast facts about the Magic Kingdom's very own Liberty Square.

Top 10 Spots for a Beer with Dad at Disney

Father's Day is Sunday and to celebrate our Disney loving Dads I thought I would come up with a list of the top 10 places to share a beer with Dad at Walt Disney World. There's no shortage of spots to grab a brew, but these all have something just a little more special about them. They all have that magical spark that can make any day a celebration. So without further ado, and in no particular order... away we go!

See A Show or Concert at Downtown Disney's House of Blues

Have you ever thought about seeing a concert while on your Disney vacation? Nope? Well, to be honest I hadn't either, but that soon changed when it was pointed out to me that the amazing Olly Murs was going to be performing at Downtown Disney's House of Blues. I am a huge fan of his, so I was very happy to hear this. After I stopped screaming like a hormonal teenager I went online to book tickets. I had been to House of Blues once years ago while I was vacationing, so I had fond memories of the place.

How to Create a Trip Planning Spreadsheet

For many seasoned Disney travelers, an important part of trip planning for Walt Disney World includes "The Spreadsheet". Many of you have seen some of my past creations, and know this is one of my many Disney obsessions. The benefit of a spreadsheet is having everything I need or use - confirmation numbers, key dates, ADRs, park hours and Extra Magic Hours - all on one handy page. It helps me figure out which parks we want to hit on which days, which helps me with food planning. And we know how important that is!

Meaty, Savory Snacks at the Magic Kingdom

The other day my dear husband too a look at my "must eat" list for the Magic Kingdom and made note that it was full of sweet ice cream, cookies, and pastries. I have no problem with this, but he thought that if we were going to be snacking our way through the Park that it might be a good idea to add a little protein to the day. So in honor of my husband, and all the rest of the carnivores out there, here's a list just a couple meaty delights you can find that have a little more style than the typical theme park hot dog.