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Disney Springs Extends Weekend Hours Starting October 9th, 2020

While I was in Walt Disney World last month the place that I took the most comfort was at Disney Springs. Despite the masks, temperature checks, and social distance guidelines being in place the sprawling shopping, dining, and entertainment complex gave me the greatest feeling of "normalcy." There I found that music played, crowds bustled, and restaurants welcomed guests to (current) capacity.

Magic Kingdom Holiday Merriment Reimagined In 2020

A reimagined holiday celebration will take place at Walt Disney World this year with running between November 27th and December 30th, 2020. Seasonal shows, decor, activities, treats, and merchandise will be sure to delight the senses of guests during this festive time in the Magic Kingdom and beyond.

Highlights From The EPCOT International Festival Of The Holidays Arrive In 2020

A reimagined holiday celebration will take place at Walt Disney World with select highlights from the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays running between November 27th and December 30th, 2020. Seasonal shows, activities, treats, and merchandise will be sure to delight the senses.

Some November Walt Disney World Park Hours Updates

If there is one thing we can count on at Disney right now, it's that everything is subject to change. Back in September operating hours at all four Disney World parks were reduced. It's not surprising with kids going back to school ini some form or another, September is typically a slower month. That being said, when the November calendar was revealed, it first appeared that these shortened hours would continue.

Disney Springs Closes Early Due To Curfew And A Message From Disney Leaders

Civil unrest occurring across the nation has prompted action from Disney as Orlando and Orange County institute a curfew following nights of rioting over the death of George Floyd. Disney Springs will be closing early until further notice to allow guests and cast members the ability to make it home in time. Disney Company leadership CEO Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Bob Iger, and Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of The Walt Disney Company Latondra Newton also released a joint statement to Cast Members regarding this time of civil unrest.

BREAKING NEWS Walt Disney World Extends Closures

This evening, after the stock market closed, the @DisneyParksNews twitter account released a statement that the Walt Disney World and Disneyland closures would be extended until further notice and Disney cast members (not including operating partners) would be paid through April 18, 2020.

Details Revealed For Reflections - A Disney Lakeside Lodge

Amongst the plethora of news that came out of Disney's D23 Expo last weekend Bob Chapek, Chairman of Parks, Experiences and Products for the Walt Disney Company gave guests an all too brief look at the next Deluxe Resort and Disney Vacation Club property to be built at Walt Disney World - Reflections - A Disney Lakeside Lodge.

An Exciting New Stories For The Disney Cruise Line

Bob Chapek took the stage at D23 Expo to share his thoughts about the exciting projects coming to the Disney Cruise Line. He told the massive audience gathered before the D23 stage and shared his belief that every Disney moment a guest has should bring their favorite stories to life in thrilling ways. The Disney Cruise Line is reaching for that vision with new ships, and a brand new port destination that is pure magic.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening Date

Details are trickling out about the highly anticipated Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios as part of the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge expansion. Read on to discover why this new attraction is seriously ambitious, and worth every moment of anticipation as it readies to open on December 5th, 2019.

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway Opening in 2020

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney Imagineers are getting ready to open Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway in 2020! You'll be invited to the Chinese Theatre where Mickey and Minnie will be hosting the premier of their newest film "Perfect Picnic." The theater serves as the magic portal through which guests will step from the human world directly into the cartoon world for one Goofy adventure aboard Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway.

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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Festive Fun For The Holidays At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney Parks are bustling with holiday cheer and you can find special treats located in every Park. Start of your holiday celebration at Disney's Holiday Studios with a viewing of "For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration" a festive finale has been added featuring Olaf and celebratory songs of the season.

Frozen Friends At The LEGO Store Disney Springs

The LEGO store at Disney Springs is a brick-lovers paradise with everything on hand from collectible play sets inspired by some of your favorite Disney films and characters to individual bricks, kits, and LEGO-themed merchandise of all sorts. One of this fan's favorite things about LEGO and Disney is the larger-than-life sized models of beloved Disney Characters made entirely out of LEGO Bricks!

Wonderful Winter Holidays At Disney Springs

There's no better place to get your Christmas shopping on this year than at Disney Springs. To help accommodate the expected crowds, Disney Springs will be extending hours to 11:00 PM every day of the week starting November 22nd! Let's take a look at some of the holiday magic guests will find this year.

Get Your DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2020 Now!

The Disney Food Blog has done it again with a fabulous new eBook "DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2020 !" AJ Wolfe and her whole team takes you by the hand and shows you the ins and outs of holiday shopping, dining and special events at Walt Disney World with 400 pages full of fantastic information, carefully selected to help you make the most of your winter holiday trip.

Capacity Increases At Florida Disney Parks

There's little question that crowds in the Disney Parks this Holiday Season will be some of the lowest ever. Back in October, Disney CEO Bob Chapek confirmed that the parks were operating at 25% capacity and said that the plan was to maintain a capacity level that allowed for social distancing according to the CDC's COVID-19 guidelines until those guidelines changed. We've got news on how that has changed.

Winter Delights At Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park is a celebration of the natural world at the Walt Disney World Resort. Discovery Island welcomes guests celebrating the winter season with beautiful animal-inspired holiday decorations. The luminaries, garlands and wreaths sparkle, while photo opportunities allow guests to strike the perfect pose. Through out the Park guests with find inspired festive trees and decor.

Star Wars Large As Life At The LEGO Store Disney Springs

You can build your wildest Disney dreams at the LEGO Store in Disney Springs. This imagination-based mecca is not only a great spot for one stop LEGO shopping, but it is home to some truly fabulous LEGO models that will leave fans of the multi-colored bricks in inspirational awe. Currently on display guest will find a cadre of life size characters straight out of the Star Wars Galaxy.

EPCOT Festival of the Arts in Disney World Begins In January 2021

Dates for the 2021 Epcot International Festival of the Arts have been set to run January 8th through February 22nd, 2021. This annual celebration of creativity will run at Walt Disney World seven days a week again in 2021.

Baby White Rhinoceros Welcomed At Disney's Animal Kingdom

White rhinos may be the world's second largest land animal, but they are an endangered species with a near-threatened status. That's why it's especially happy news that Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park just welcomed a brand new baby white rhinoceros to the family. The yet-to-be-named rhino is expected to make his debut on the savanna in the coming weeks. Guests aboard the park's Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction will then have a chance to see the calf in its habitat.

Epcot's 2020 Festival Of The Holidays Makes Merry For Guests

Epcot's International Festival Of The Holidays is a huge annual draw for Walt Disney World travelers. The 2020 "Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays" will scale back the celebration to allow for social distancing, but the Park will still be bringing the fun with Holiday Kitchens, Special Musical Performances, and of course an appearance by Santa Claus all happening November 27 - December 30, 2020.