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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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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:

Tables In Wonderland Membership

With costs high for just about everything you do at Walt Disney World, many travelers are always looking for a way that they can save money. For Florida residents, DVC Members, and Annual Pass Holders one of the ways that Disney has made a savings available is to purchase a Tables in Wonderland Membership.

Walt Disney World's Moderate Resorts

We've taken a look at Disney's Deluxe Resort Hotels, let's head across property and check out the fantastic offerings available at the diverse Disney Moderate class hotels. Slightly more upscale than your bare bones hotel, Disney's moderate resorts offer the beautiful immersive theming of the Deluxe resorts for a less money and several have quite dedicated fan bases.

The Little Mermaid Wing Opens Completing Disney's Art of Animation Resort

The final wing of Disney's Art of Animation Resort is complete and Guests are now invited to slumber in Ariel's colorful retreat at "The Little Mermaid" wing. This final phase of the staggered opening that included "Finding Nemo", "Cars" and "The Lion King" which opened previously and have been hosting guests while construction continued. The Little Mermaid saw it's first Guests arrive on Saturday Sept. 15 at Walt Disney World Resort.

Fantasyland's Be Our Guest Restaurant to Serve Alcohol with Dinner

Yesterday Disney Parks announced some of the biggest news in dining in their 40 year history. It's a groundbreaking decision to maintain the theme of a restaurant, and serve beer and wine at dinner in the Magic Kingdom. That's right.

runDisney News & Updates

It has been quite an exciting few weeks in the world of runDisney. Race season officially began over Labor Day weekend with the Disneyland Half Marathon and Jimmy Gabrow set a new course record by winning the race in 1:05! Cars Land was the main focus of the weekend beginning with the Cars Land 5K Rally that finished with racers running down Route 66. Half marathoners also had the chance to run through Cars Land on their course, many through a sea of neon in the morning darkness.