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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Queue To Go Interactive

There seems to be a trend going on at Walt Disney World involving interactive queues for attractions. It's recently been announced Frontierland staple Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will be the next ride at WDW to jump aboard the interactive queue wagon.

News Tidbits: Kali Rapids and Epcot Meet-and-Greet

Here are two brief news stories that could be of interest to our Walt Disney World fans.

First up,some helpful news from Disney's Animal Kingdom. That park is said to start offering two-hour locker rentals to guests riding the Kali Rapids. Look for the new lockers by the restroom near the Rapids' main entrance. Keep in mind, it is a two-hour rental; those wishing a longer rental time can still utilize the lockers for rent near the front of the park.

Walt Disney World Contributes $15K to Re-Election Campaign

Walt Disney World and politics? Who knew the two could be mentioned in the same sentence. Recently, Walt Disney World gave $15,000 to Republican State Representative Scott Plakon.

Rep. Plakon, who is a two-term incumbant running for re-election in a central Florida legislative race, was given the campaign donation by Disney last week through his "Floridians for Prosperity & Economic Liberty" fundraising committee.

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.

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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!

Get Your Motor Runnin' On The Tomorrowland Speedway

Sitting on a sprawling patch of land between Tomorowland and Fantasyland sits the Tomorrowland Speedway. Perhaps it occupies this space because so many kids fantasize about the day they will finally get their drivers license in a time that's so far into the future to them. These would be speed demons queue in line to race a breathtaking 7 miles an hour around the 0.4 mile track in a jaunty and unique gas powered racer.

Limited Time Magic: Week 37

Kick off the Halloween season at Walt Disney World this Friday September 13th, 2013 with a dastardly good time at Disney's Hollywood Studios. A fright filled night full of fun is this week's Limited Time Magic that you do not want to miss out on.

Crawl Your Way Around World Showcase at the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Inspired by the classic pub crawl, where participants spend an evening drinking in a series of pubs, today's post offers a fun way to experience some great tastes. Food & Beverage Crawls have become extremely popular way to enjoy all the delicious treats available at the Walt Disney World Resort. When you add in the annual fan favorite Epcot International Food & Wine Festival to the mix - the stops along the way are raised to a whole new level.

Tips For Visiting The Walt Disney World Spas

Though most Walt Disney World visitors head down to hit the fabulous Disney Parks, the truth is Disney Spas are the perfect place to find a little rest and relaxation. With three full service facilities and satellite massage centers at almost all of the deluxe resorts Disney's therapists and estheticians can work out the kinks and leaving you feel pampered with luxury. Some guests like to slip away from the family for some private time.

Limited Time Magic: Week 35

This week at Walt Disney World the Limited Time Magic is celebrates the "Dog Days of Summer" with the final days of a rockin' Tomorrowland party.

Head on over to Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom and move to the groove to the tunes of DJ K-9. Disney pups like Pluto, Bolt and Dug will show you how to shake it. Lilo's "dog" Stitch will crash the party while you enjoy all the fun games, tasty food and refreshing cool zones.

Disney Weddings Series: The Disney Wedding Pavilion

Walt Disney World Resort is full of popular venues to celebrate your perfect destination wedding, but the star of all may be the enchanting, gleaming white, Victorian style rounds sitting on the shores of the seven seas lagoon. Disney's Wedding Pavilion is an exquisite local that is home to weddings, vow renewals, and commitment ceremonies large and small.

Carrot Cake Cookies at the Writer's Stop

My hands down favorite spot to grab a snack at Disney's Hollywood Studios is the Writer's Stop. It's a charming little bookstore and cafe just around the corner between the Streets of America and the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. I'm sure it must get busy in there, but whenever I stop in it has been fairly empty and the perfect spot to grab a seat while deciding what's next in your touring strategy.

Visit The Song Of The South On Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain made its Walt Disney World debut in 1992 at the Magic Kingdom, after originally opening in 1989 at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. The classic flume ride was made into a Disney fan favorite under the guidance of Disney Legend Imagineer Tony Baxter.

Fun and Fast Facts about Epcot's Spaceship Earth

The iconic landmark welcoming guests to Disney's Epcot theme park, Spaceship Earth was a marvel of modern construction. Taking 26 months to build, it stands towering over the entrance to the park eliciting awe from most guests who visit. It is both the visual and thematic centerpiece for the Epcot experience. There's a lot that can be said about the ball, so here we go with a whole bunch of fast facts about Epcot's Spaceship Earth.