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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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Walt Disney World's Bay Lake

Across the Water Bridge from the Seven Seas Lagoon and behind Disney's Contemporary Resort is the beautiful Bay Lake. A natural body of water with two small islands Bay Lake is about one mile across and 35 feet deep. When Walt Disney and his staff were searching for property in Florida to but Walt Disney World, Bay Lake was one of the reasons that they chose the spot they did. Walt believed that it was an attractive feature that would add amenities and value to his guests.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Begins Again on Nov. 9th, 2012

Now that the Halloween Season is past it's time to look forward to what many Disney fans believe is the most magical time of the year, the Winter Holiday. Beginning this weekend, on November 9th, 2012 you can celebrate the magic of the holiday season with your family at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. This special after hours event is held on select nights in November and December at Magic Kingdom theme park!

The Country Bear Jamboree at the Magic Kingdom

Melinda touched on it last week and I wanted to delve a little deeper into the Country Bear Jamboree in the Magic Kingdom's Frontierland. Recently reopened after having been closed for refurbishment. Disney knows that rehabs can put fans of an attraction on edge. Though it's important to keep everything in good shape, most guests want their favorites to remain the same.

Disney Wedding Series: Canada Pavilion Courtyard

A Disney Fairytale Wedding is something many would be princesses dream of from the time that they are little, and why not? Walt Disney World offers a vast array of venues and locations for everything that your heart desires. Disney Fairytale Weddings offers two classifications, Escape Weddings which have a smaller number of guests and the couple picks from a standard set of options, and do not include a reception, but instead offer a cake cutting and toast.

Two More Weeks for 2012 Eat To The Beat Concert Series

October may have flown by in a haze of great food & wine down in Epcot, but with two weeks left of the International Food & Wine Festival celebration there are still exciting performances left at the festival's evening entertainment sensation 'Eat To The Beat.' This fantastic concert series brings big names in music to cap off the night after a day of sipping and tasting your way through the Marketplace Booths.

A Walk Down Main Street USA

Main Street, U.S.A. is the first "themed land" inside the main entrance at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and other Disney Parks around the world. As you walk beneath the train station overhead, you cross through a portal to another time. You notice that there's a Victorian theme throughout Main Street, yet the architectural styles represent several distinct areas of the country.

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).