Celebrate Father’s Day with a Golf Getaway at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel

If you aren't sure what to get Dad for Father's Day this year, think about treating him to a golf getaway at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel.

A golf getaway includes an overnight stay at the Swan or Dolphin, a round of golf for two people, and transportation to and from the course. Rates for this Father's Day Golf Getaway start at $321 per room. Hotel guests will also receive preferred tee times at the Walt Disney World courses.

Disney World Bus Route Could Be Cut

Lynx, a bus service in central Florida, is reportedly preparing to cut a Walt Disney World bus route this November.

The route, known as Link 111, currently runs every thirty minutes from the Orlando airport to Walt Disney World with stops along other Disney properties, International Drive, and the Flordia Mall. Under Lynx's new plan, the route would run every hour and provide service to Sea World, the airport and one stop at the Florida Mall.

Taxi Cab Rates Increase In Orlando

Cab fare in Orlando just got a little steeper as the City Council voted this past Monday to increase rates by 9 percent. Though this isn't directly involving the happiest place on earth, there are Disney World guests that do utilize cab services when visiting central Florida.

While the fare increase applies only to the city of Orlando, Mears Transportation owns around half of the taxi cabs servicing in and around the city. A spokesperson for that company said Mears plans to adhere to the rate increase throughout the Orlando area.

Tidbits From WDW: Cable and Bus Testing

Expanded cable for guests and a testing a new bus are a couple of interesting tidbits of news this week regarding the happiest place on earth.

First off, Walt Disney World Resort began offering expanded cable channels on their hotels' in-room televisions last week. A sampling of the new channels available to guests include: Fox News, Bravo, AMC, National Geographic, TBS, TNT, Travel Channel, WE tv, Syfy, Discovery, Bio, HGTV, TLC, History, Food Network and TV Land. A complete list of channels available to guests can be found on Channel 17.

NTSB Finishes Report on 2009 Monorail Accident

After nearly two-and-a-half years, the National Transportation Safety Board delivered its concluded report on the 2009 monorail accident that claimed a Disney employee's life. The fourteen page report found employee errors as well as lack of safety protocols to be the main cause of the collision of two monrail trains which claimed the life of 21-year-old Austin Wuennenberg.

Disney Pares Down Monorail Hours

Disney has cut down on its monorail transportation hours this summer in an effort to give more maintenance time to the system.

Guests of Disney need to know that the monorail systems servicing Epcot and the Magic Kingdom will be shut down one hour after the parks' regular closing times. Also, it will remained closed during any of the parks' Extra Magic Hours.

These new hours of operation have already went into effect for Epcot and are set to start August 1 for the Magic Kingdom. Guests can still return to their cars and hotels from the parks via boats and buses.

Lawsuit Over Monorail Worker's Death Dismissed

A wrongful death lawsuit filed by a deceased monorail pilot's mother has been dismissed. Twenty-one-year-old Austin Wuennenberg died July 5, 2009, as the result of two monorails colliding at Disney's Ticket and Trasnportation Center.

Wuennenberg's mother filed the lawsuit against Disney last year, and accused her son's supervisior creating an unsafe situation by leaving his post. Both the family's and Disney's attorneys have said the lawsuit has been settled, but no specific details about the settlment are available.

Disney Donates $2.5 Million to Red Cross

As all eyes continue to watch Japan in the aftermath of last week's devestating earthquake and tsunami, the Walt Disney Company is making a $2.5 million contribution to the Red Cross to aid efforts in that country. Disney also has set up a charitable giving program for all its employees and will match each dollar donated with a dollar up to an additional $1 million.

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Travel Documents for Continental United States Travel

If you are an American, traveling within the United States, then travel documents are fairly easy to get together; but what exactly do you need to make a continental trip to Walt Disney World? For first time travelers it can feel daunting, but we're here to let you know ID requirements are easily met with a little preparation.

5 Reasons to Love Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Disney's Pop Century Resort is a fan favorite for guests who stay at Walt Disney World's Value Resorts. The bright and colorful decor at this family and budget friendly hotel lets you know from the moment you step off the Magical Express that you're in for some serious fun. In no particular order, here are 5 great reasons to love this hotel!

Thrills and Adventure in the Magic Kingdom

Looking for thrills and adventure in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom? I've put together a list of my favorite "grown up" attractions including fan favorites and Disney classics in this park that many mistakenly think is just for the kids. Whether you're headed down for a family vacation with older kids, traveling with friends, or on your honeymoon the Magic Kingdom offers guests the classic Disney park experience.

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.

Design a Concept Car and Take a Test Drive at Test Track Presented by Chevrolet

Whether you're a car enthusiast or you just enjoy the thrill of speeding around curves at 65 mph, there's a little something for everyone at the redesigned Test Track.

The pavilion that houses Test Track was originally the World of Motion pavilion presented by General Motors. When it opened in 1982, the wheel-shaped pavilion featured TransCenter designed by GM and featuring examples of innovative concepts for transportation.

5 Things We Love About Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort

During my youth I spent many a summer riding my bike and splashing in the water at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort Campground. Set within 750 acres of beautiful pine and cypress forest Disney's Fort Wilderness is a year round retreat for good old fashioned family fun. So wonderful are the childhood memories I just had to share with you 5 things that We Love about this unique Disney destination.

Walt Disney World 2013 Park Maps

Walt Disney World has updated the Park Guide Maps for 2013! The changes offer a new modern design, with the notable lack of a Kodak logo after the end of their long time partnership. The new guide maps reflect the recent physical changes to the parks, such as the New Fantasyland, as well as technological inclusions to help guests move forward and stay informed during the MyMagic+ roll out.

Rumor: Stormwater Project Paves The Way For Future of Downtown Disney

Over the past few years it seems like there has been a lot of "Blue Sky" planning for Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney area but very little actually happening to change the face and feeling of this popular location. Many feel that sections of the shopping, dinning and entertainment district have been suffering from a lack of identity and direction since the closure of Pleasure Island in 2008.

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.

Walt Disney World's Value Resorts

If you are planning for a family traveling on a budget, or a group of theme park commandos who don't spend much time in their room during vacation, Disney's Value Resorts may be the place for you! Five fantastic bare bones hotels with whimsical Disney themes that give you all the benefits of staying "on property" without the high end price tag of a deluxe. The guest make up is diverse including young families, couples, youth sports teams, and large tour groups.