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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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Mobility Assistance Rentals for Walt Disney World Vacations

Walt Disney World is well known for its excellence in ADA accommodation for the mobility-impaired traveler. From ample parking and accessible queues, to wheelchair accessible transportation and guest assistance cards: few can argue the lengths Disney has gone to for their guests. For decades now the Parks of Walt Disney World have offered the ability to rent wheelchairs and electric convenience vehicles (ECV or Scooter) for the day to assist guests with physical disabilities in their touring.

Limited Time Magic: Week 32

It's a brand new week and that means another fun Limited Time Magic surprise at Walt Disney World. This week the Year of the Ear continues with an epic battle between heroes and villains. Beginning August 5, 2013 and running while supplies last, you can show your support for the forces of good or evil with a reversible ear hat cover.

Rapid Fill Resort Mug Program at Walt Disney World

Rumors have been swirling around the Internet about the possible launch of a brand new refillable mug program at the Walt Disney World called 'Rapid Fill.' We've held off talking about it because it is still a rumor with no confirmation from Disney. Our friends over at the Disney Food Blog have been keeping an eye on the development.

Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Is A Winning Sports Travel Destination

Did you know that Walt Disney World is one of the premier destinations for Sports Travel in the United States? As home to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Disney hosts more than 350 events and 350,000 athletes each year. In fact it's the leading multi-sport venue for amateur and professional sports in the nation! The 255-acre complex is capable of accommodating 70 different sports utilizing multiple indoor and outdoor competition venues.

Take Aim at the Frontierland Shootin' Arcade

It wouldn't be the Wild West without a chance to try your hand at a little shootin'. At the Magic Kingdom's Frontierland Shootin' Arcade you can take aim at nearly 100 targets! The arcade is set back in a small courtyard, located inside an open fronted log cabin. The fun, interactive targets evoke the Boot Hill landscape in Tombstone, Arizona. Each target lights up, makes a sound, spins around, and triggers all sorts of action when successfully hit.

Walt Disney World Limited Time Magic: Week 30

Celebrate Christmas in July at Walt Disney World! Okay - so it's not a real Disney Christmas, but for a little Limited Time Magic the Walt Disney World Resort is thinking about the holidays and how to help you deck your halls.

Fantasyland's Tangled Rest Area Elevates The Theme Park Bathroom

The Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland offers guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort a great new selection of new rides, shops, shows and eateries to spend their times enjoying. The Imagineering team created some truly enchanting environments for guests to enjoy like Storybook Circus and the Enchanted Forest. Yet, one of the most notable areas of all may in fact be some new bathrooms.

MagicBead Artisans Booth at Disney Hollywood Studios

While strolling past the Rockin' Rollercoaster I came across a fun little booth that had rows and rows of bright and colorful beads hanging off of it. Never one to pass up looking at a jewelry store, I had to stop and was delighted at what I found. These fun beads in rainbows of brilliant color are actually Disney Guide Maps and paper products collected from around Walt Disney World that have been turned into fun jewelry!

Carousel of Progress: A True Piece of American History

Nestled within Tomorrowland, inside Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, lies a true piece of American history fused with all the care and attention that only Walt Disney himself could have dreamed of. The Carousel of Progress marries the two loves of Walt Disney's vision, family and progress; then turns them into an experience that has weathered the years.

Walt Disney World Limited Time Magic: Week 28

Experience Mickey's America Streetbeat for some Limited Time Magic at Epcot's America Gardens Theater! From July 8 to July 14, 2013 classic Disney Characters like Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald come together with a brilliant and energetic troupe of young performers.