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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.

Cherry Tree Lane Coming To Epcot's United Kingdom Pavilion

Visitors to Epcot's United Kingdom pavilion will can look forward to expanded adventures, as construction on a whole new neighborhood will bring guests to Cherry Tree Lane. None other than Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke announced the expansion coming to World Showcase at the 2019 D23 Expo and fan gathering. The UK pavilion will be home to Disney's first ever attraction inspired by Mary Poppins.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates The 2019 Winter Holidays In Every Land

Winter fun will spread across every part of Disney's Animal Kingdom in 2019 as the Park introduces "festive new entertainment and holiday decor in every land" for the first time ever. Starting with specialty Christmas tree covered in traditional decor and hidden animals that towers over the park entrance. Guests will be able to experience all new seasonal magic beginning November 8, 2019.

2019 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets On Sale Now

Updated! There's no better time to be planning your 2019 winter holiday travel to the Walt Disney World Resort. With a wide range of celebrations that take place all across the property, November and December are fantastic times to celebrate with a vacation. This year the party is even bigger with 23 nights of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.

Walt Disney World News Round-up For Friday May 17th, 2019

Thank God It's Friday! Let's hop right on in to the latest news from the Walt Disney World Resort. After a year of construction work on the edge of Tomorrowland the TRON Coaster has hit a milestone by going vertical. Cast members continued a Disney tradition by signing their names on one of the first steel support columns raised for the new attraction, which is set to open in time for Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary in 2021.

Options To Upgrade Your MagicBand From Home Coming Soon

Customized MagicBands let Walt Disney World Guests accessorize their trip with a personality all their own. From purchasing official Disney styles, to painting your own, or bedazzling with bling, planning what your MagicBand looks like has become an integral part of Disney vacation prep. It's no surprise that Disney is stepping up the options, and has a brand new offer coming our way.

Walt Disney World News Round-up For Friday May 3rd, 2019

Have you been following all the news from Walt Disney World this week? Never fear! We've got you covered with a round-up of what's been going on down in the vacation kingdom. Let's start off with a huge HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to Disney's Hollywood Studios, this Park has been welcoming guest for 30 years. You can find out what's coming-up next for Disney's third gate in our post Disney's Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary And Beyond.

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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Disney on a Budget: Discount Accommodations

Staying at a Disney resort can be a big chunk of your vacation budget. Here we have compiled some information on discounts for Disney resorts so that you can save some money when you book your next Disney vacation!

Extra Magic Hours [Facebook Fans]

We asked our facebook community "What rides do you most recommend during Extra Magic Hours?" We got a lot of great answers and recommendations that we want to share with you.

For a lot of people it is about getting to ride the rides that normally have a long line during the day.

Maureen R. said, "Peter Pans Flight and It's a Small World."

Best bathrooms at Disney World's Animal Kingdom

Disney Imagineers did a good thing when they built Animal Kingdom: they made larger restrooms -- and some of them are quite beautiful. So there's not much to gripe about with the bathroom situation at Animal Kingdom. But we do think there are some especially nice ones that you should check out.

What is your favorite attraction/ride at the Magic Kingdom? [Facebook Fans]

We asked our Walt Disney World for Grownups Facebook fans, "What's YOUR favorite Magic Kingdom attraction or ride?"

We got some great responses and the quick breakdown shows that Haunted Mansion is a favorite among many, garnering the most mentions. Splash Mountain came in second, with Mickey's Philharmagic, Space Mountain, and Thunder Mountain all tying for third.

Pin Trading at Disney World

Are you a Disney World pin trader? While pins have always been available at Disney World as souvenirs -- with thousands created over the years -- official pin trading didn't begin until October 1999.

5 Reasons to Stay at the Wilderness Lodge

The Wilderness Lodge is one of the most popular resorts at Walt Disney World. From the towering totem poles to the erupting geyser, the Wilderness Lodge is one of our favorite places to stay. Here are our 5 reasons to stay at the Wilderness Lodge on your next Disney visit.

Disney on a Budget: Discount Tickets

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World can be stressful, especially if you have a limited budget to work with. We have tried to alleviate some of the leg work so that you can find the best deals for your trip quickly. Here we break down where and how you can find discount tickets to the parks.

Top 3 bathrooms in Disney's Hollywood Studios

We've already taken a look at the loos in the Magic Kingdom and in Epcot. Now we're off to Disney's Hollywood Studios to sniff out (ha!) the cleanest, least crowded restrooms.

See Disney World a Different Way: Experience the Seas

Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes at The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion? Want to learn how Disney maintains their 5.7 million gallon saltwater tank? Do you want to swim with over 6,000 animals? What about getting up close to a dolphin?

Disney offers three different experiences to allow you access behind the scenes at The Seas and experience the different animals up close.

When do you start planning for your Walt Disney World trip? [Facebook fans]

Earlier this month, we asked our Walt Disney World for Grownups Facebook fans, "When do YOU start planning for an upcoming WDW trip? 1 year ahead? 6 months ahead? A week ahead?"

We got some great answers from our Facebook community. Here are some highlights:

1+ years of planning

For those traveling in from a long distance, even overseas, the planning starts very early, at a year or more. Here's what they had to say:

Kellie H. said, "4 years. Coming from the other side of the world you have to."