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Walt Disney World Ending Express Transportation Service

The Express Transportation service is ending at the Walt Disney World Resort. The service debuted in late 2016 and provided guests a quicker way to get from one theme park to another - for an additional fee.

Disney News Round-up: ‘Dream Big, Princess’ Campaign, 2018 Disney Parks Moms Panel Search, and More

Happy Thursday! We're inching ever closer to the weekend and today we have some fun and lighthearted news in the round-up. Disney is expanding its 'Dream Big, Princess' campaign and it's almost time for the 2018 Disney Parks Moms Panel Search to begin! Read on to find out more!

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Dessert Party Returning for Holiday Season at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

It's time to start making plans for your holiday visit to the Walt Disney World Resort and that includes reservations for the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The party, which debuted in 2016, is returning again this fall.

Disney News Round-up: Halloween on the High Seas and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

What's that you say? It's ONLY August so why are we talking about Halloween already? Well, because this year's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party starts on August 25 at the Walt Disney World Resort! And, if you're sailing Disney Cruise Line this fall you can celebrate Halloween on the High Seas too!

Disney News Round-Up: Epcot 35th Anniversary Merchandise, Slinky Dog Dash Track, and More

Happy Tuesday and welcome to another Disney news round-up! Today we're checking out the commemorative merchandise for Epcot's 35th anniversary, news about the track for the new Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster at Hollywood Studios, and much more!

Online Check-In Now Available on My Disney Experience App

If you're visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, staying at an on-property hotel, and you use the My Disney Experience app, you can now take care of your online check-in from the app. The most recent update to the app now gives guests the ability to utilize online check-in (which you could previously access online).

Disney Vacation Account Discontinued, Account Holders Have Options for Funds

The Disney Vacation Account - the online saving account that allowed guests to save money for their upcoming Disney vacations - has been discontinued. Account holders started receiving notification of the closure on Tuesday, with four options for how to withdraw their funds.

Disney News Round-Up: The Dress Shop Returns to Cherry Tree Lane, DisneyQuest Demolition, and More

Happy Wednesday! We've made it to the middle of the week and today we have a round-up full of Disney Springs news including the return of a popular store, new menus, and much more! Let's check it out.

The 6th Great Irish Hooley Planned for September 1-4 at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant

The 6th Great Irish Hooley music festival is planned for Labor Day Weekend, September 1-4, at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs. The festival features Irish songs, dance, food, and music starting at 3 p.m. on September 1.

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins Open at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Disney Vacation Club welcomed its 14th resort this week with the opening of the Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. The new resort features 184 accommodation options including Deluxe Studios, one- and two-bedroom villas, three-bedroom villas, and waterfront cabins.

When it comes to Disney World, trip planning is huge undertaking. In fact, many a first visit to Disney World is marred by a lack of planning. While it might be tempting to think that it's "just a theme park," and that you can show up and have a blast by winging it, the size and complexity of the resort is daunting even for experts. These articles will help you make the most of your Disney trip, and might even introduce you to some activities and attractions you haven't heard about!

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Five Things to Love about Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort

Have you ever walked through the front doors of a Walt Disney World Resort hotel and instantly fallen in love? It's happened to me a few time (Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge, I'm looking at you). Last week it happened again when I stepped into Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort. We're talking LOVE at first sight.

Talking About Tigers At Disney’s Animal Kingdom

On of the most unique features of Disney's Animal Kingdom is the fact that the animals on display are real. This exceptional theme park not only provides thrill seeking fun, but has a deeper purpose through the Disney Conservation Fund to preserve Walt Disney's legacy of love for the natural world and its resources. Disney's Animal Kingdom takes guest on a worldwide journey, placing them in stunning regional terrains right along side incredible wildlife where they are encouraged to share commitment to wildlife, people and the planet we all rely on.

A New Spin On An Old Favorite Mission:SPACE

When looking for a thrill at Epcot many guests head straight for Mission: SPACE. Since 2003 this exciting attraction has been launching guests into space for a thrilling, authentic, NASA-style Mission. Currently there are two different voyages for "trainees" ready to take on the X-2 Deep Space Shuttle flight to Mars; the Orange Team which experiences a 2.5 g-force inducing spin, or the Green Team which is a much more mild version of the experience.

The Top 5 Things to Love about Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Disney's Contemporary Resort has been an icon at the Walt Disney World Resort since the very beginning. The A-frame structure hotel was part of Walt Disney's vision for Disney World and opened in 1971. And, to this day, riding the Monorail through the hotel is a highlight of any visit to the resort and to the Magic Kingdom.

3 Great Reasons To Try A 3-Night Starter Cruise On The Disney Cruise Line

It was only a few years ago that I wasn't even sure if I would enjoy a cruise once I got on the ship. My husband had anxiety about not being able to see land, and he was more than a little worried about getting seasick. Neither of us was sure that once we got to see we would enjoy it. A 3-night Disney Cruise turned out to be the perfect way to dip our toes in the proverbial water without committing a huge amount of money. It might be just the answer you are looking for too! Here are 3 great reasons you should give a 3-night starter cruise a chance.

TRON Lightcycle Power Run coming to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

The exciting news just kept coming at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California this past weekend. Chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts Bob Chapeck hosted a presentation that was full of exciting happenings for Disney Parks around the globe. Confirmed at the event was the the TRON Lightcycle Power Run coming to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

The Best Free Things at Walt Disney World

Vacationing at the Walt Disney World Resort is not cheap. We all know that prices go up every year on tickets, rooms, food, souvenirs...you name it! And so with all the money we spend on every Disney World vacation it's nice to find stuff that's FREE. Yes, we said free. There are many free things at Disney World and today we're going to talk about some of our favorites.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Toy Story and Star Wars aren't the only franchises at in Disney's Hollywood Studios that are getting a lot of love right now. This weekend at the D23 Expo it was announces that Mickey Mouse, and his best girl Minnie are getting a brand new attraction all their own. Get ready for a new dimensional experience on Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway.

Epcot’s World Showcase: France and China Pavilions To Get New Attractions in Preparation For Park Anniversary

There was a plethora of intriguing announcements made at the D23 Expo Parks and Resorts Presentation on Saturday, with a new vision for Future World that includes restaurants and attractions taken to astonishing new heights. Future World isn't alone in the rededicated vision for the Park, and we found out that great things are coming for World Showcase as well.

Epcot Future World Reimagined For Tomorrow

Chairman of Disney Parks and Resort Bob Chapek, and with Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald shared a vision with fans this weekend at the D23 Expo. That vision is a rejuvenated Epcot Theme Park staying true to its original mission, with new additions coming to both Future World and World Showcase in preparation for Epcot's 35th Anniversary, as well as the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World.