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Disney News Round-up: Rivers of Light Live-Stream, Minnie Van Service Expands, and More

Happy Tuesday! We're back with another news round-up from Walt Disney World! Today we have news about a Rivers of Light live-stream event, an expansion of the Minnie Vans service, and much more. Read on to find out more.

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.

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 Springs: Good Food, a Lot of Shops, and the Springs

It's been a little more than a year since Disney Springs celebrated its grand reopening as a revamped and renovated eating, shopping, and entertainment complex. Gone are the days of Downtown Disney as the entire area has been reimagined for guests. We spent an afternoon there on our recent Disney World vacation left with mixed feelings about the updated area.

Our Favorite Costumes From Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party So Far

Congratulations you're going to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Now - What will you wear!? Most of the year, adults are excluded from the costume fun at Walt Disney World, Disney's hard ticket Halloween Party is the exception that people plan for all year long. Take a look at some of our Instagram favorites so far.

Tips For Riding Out A Hurricane At Walt Disney World

We know that when you're on vacation it's not always possible to get out of the path of danger. Walt Disney World Resort has been a NOAA "StormReady" community since 2006, and has its own emergency operations centers, 24-hour warning capabilities, and amateur radio club. However resources can become overwhelmed when situations become dire. If you have time to prepare for your family before the storm hits, you should. For our readers gearing up to ride out a hurricane at Walt Disney World, here are a few tips to help you hunker down in your hotel.

Keeping Cool on Your Walt Disney World Vacation

I've visited Disney World during every month of the year, and with a few exceptions it's usually quite warm. There are a few really nice months when you might need a jacket in the morning or evening (January, February, November, December) but since we are talking about Florida, you need to be prepared for warm weather.

Top Tips For A Terrific Experience At Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

This weekend saw the kick off of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom. While some may be moaning that it's way too early for Halloween (I may or may not be in that crowd) there's no questioning that this is one of Walt Disney World most popular events of the year. If you haven't attended yet, you should consider adding it on to your fall trip.

A Visit to Pandora - The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Pandora - The World of Avatar opened earlier this year at Disney's Animal Kingdom after several years of anticipation. The land, inspired by James Cameron's film Avatar, was the biggest expansion at Animal Kingdom and one that would transform the park into a nighttime destination. As a fan of the film I couldn't wait to step into Pandora on my recent visit.

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.