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$25 Million Renovations for Sheraton Safari

The Sheraton Safari recently gained some new owners and will undergoing a transformation to the tune of $25 million. Earlier this month, the New York-based companies AREA Property Partners and Winston Harton Holdings, LLC, purchased the hotel for an undisclosed amount.

Renovations on the 489-room hotel were set to commence immediately following the sale with an anticipated completion in spring 2012. The hotel will keep the Sheraton name even after the renovations are complete.

The Sheraton Safari is located on Apopka Vineland Road right outside Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney World Safari VIP Weekend With Jane Goodall

The answer: seeing Disney a whole new way while rubbing elbows with a noted primatologist and helping out a great cause. The question: what could you be doing on February 18-21 of this year? Dr. Jane Goodall is heading up the Walt Disney World Safari VIP Weekend, a fundraising event that will benefit the Jane Goodall Institute.

2011 Disney Fan Club Events Announced

D23, the Official Disney Fan Club, has a great line up of events planned for 2011. The club has a wide range of activities that is sure to please Disney fans of all ages, so mark your calendars now.

On January 29, there is a special preview screening planned of the new Disney Junior show "Jake and the Never Land Pirates." Two eleven minute episodes of the animated series will be shown at the preview, and star David Arquette, who provides the voice for Skulky, will be on hand with Disney Geek Jeff Epstein for a Q & A session.

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Families Begin Moving into Golden Oak at Walt Disney World

Recently Disney happily announced that families had begun to move in to Golden Oak, the unique luxury residential complex located just minutes from the Magic Kingdom. Can you imagine waking up every day to hear the steam whistle from the Walt Disney World Railroad? Coming from far and wide families from Northeast, Midwest, and Southwest regions are now making their home in first phases of the elegant 450 lot complex.

Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney

It's almost time again for the art world to descend upon Downtown Disney and show off their vision and creativity. The Festival of the Masters presented by Michaels is happening Nov. 9 through 11, 2012. This vibrant, open-air art festival held each fall features more than 200 award-winning artists from across the country. The world-renowned show is a highly anticipated annual event for guests, artists, collectors and art lovers alike.

One Stop Shopping at Walt Disney World

If you're looking for a one stop shop to find Disney gifts and souvenirs, Downtown Disney has the place for you. With 50,000 square feet of Disney shopping, the World of Disney Store is the largest Disney character store on the planet. If you search carefully you'll also find more than a couple of Hidden Mickeys both inside and out!

The Inaugural Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler

The Inaugural Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler took over 10,000 runners into another dimension on September 29. This is the second nighttime race on the runDisney roster and it was a hauntingly good time! The course began at Disney's Hollywood Studios and took runners down Osceola Parkway towards Animal Kingdom and back to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (WWOS).

Siestas Poolside Bar at the Coronado Springs Resort Dig Site

Continuing our Friday bar hop, we've covered the super chic Rix Lounge and the charming lakeside retreat that is the Laguna Bar, but have you been over to Siesta's Pool Bar and Grill at the Coronado Springs Resort? Located pool side at the Dig Site, this is a great spot to grab a bite and a drink. Siestas opens daily at 11 a.m.

Weekly DVC Member Events at Walt Disney World

For a long time now the Disney Vacation Club has offered it's members a fun weekly event at Walt Disney World called Welcome Home Wednesday at Disney's BoardWalk Inn. Every Wednesdays inside the Atlantic Dance Hall from 2-3 p.m. Members gather together for a little fun, while they get to learn the lastest information about what's going on in DVC.

Table Service Restaurants Enhance the Vacation Experience

The Walt Disney World Resort has a broad range of dining options available to it's guests. If you're on the move in the parks and want to hit as many attractions as possible you can grab and go a pre-made snack or sandwich, or stop by a "quick service" restaurant catching a gulp without a reservations before heading out to ride some more of the world famous attractions.

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!

Epcot's Canada Pavilion: Victoria Gardens

The Victoria Gardens can be found at Epcot in the Canada Pavilion. Guests stroll through it after exiting O' Canada! and admire it charming the sides of the walkway that leading to Le Cellier Steakhouse. In my opinion it's one of the prettiest spots in all of Epcot and maybe even all of Walt Disney World. Yet, set down and back away from the World Showcase promenade as it is, many people walk right by.

Frankenweenie Weekend Fun at Downtown Disney

It's a spectacularly spooky happening with your favorite characters from quirky Disney Movie Director Tim Burton. Just in time to celebrate Disney's new stop-motion animated movie "Frankenweenie," that's opening nation wide on October 5 in 3D. The Walt Disney World Resort is playing host host to a variety of engaging experiences inspired by the new movie and it's director!

Head to Downtown Disney's West Side Sept. 28 " 30, 2012 for: