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Disney Cruise Line 2014 Itineraries Begin in Florida

Disney Cruise Line has announced it's sailing dates and itineraries for the 2014 season! The white sand beaches and beautiful blue waters of Castaway Cay will take center stage during the first half of the year as all four Disney ships sailing from Florida ports. The Disney Magic will return to Port Canaveral, Fla., joining the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, while the Disney Wonder makes it's home in Miami.

2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Dates Announced

Wait no more our foodie fans! Walt Disney World has announced the dates for the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This ultimate annual taste and sip event will be held from September 27 to November 10, 2013.

Walt Disney World Limited Time Magic: Week 4

Disney's Limited Time Magic campaign continues into it's fourth week with a fun blast from the past. It's long-lost friends week from January 21st to 27th, 2013 at the Walt Disney World Resort. Returning to the Magic Kingdom to meet and greet your family for a limited time only, are some rare characters ready to strike a pose.

Online Check-in Period Extended to 60 Days

Preparations are happening across property to get ready for the MyMagic+ features that we talked about last week. To this end the My Disney Experience Website has increased the time period in which you can check-in to your Walt Disney World Resort Online. Formerly guests staying on property at one of the Disney Resort Hotels were allowed to check in as far out as 10 days in advance to their arrival date.

Walt Disney World Limited Time Magic: Week 3

The Christmas decorations may be down, but at Epcot Disney is celebrating the beautiful joy of a Winter Wonderland. As part of this year's Limited Time Magic campaign Epcot's Canada Pavilion is being transformed to celebrate the frosty, blustery season of fun.

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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Kidcot Fun Stops – A Great Way to Entertain the Kids at Epcot

Despite the fact that you can find a good number of characters around Epcot and there are enough attractions to keep the kids entertained and amused, there is sometimes a misconception that Epcot is the "grown up" theme park. But we're here to tell you about the Kidcot Fun Stops, which are a great way to keep the kids entertained as you wander through the World Showcase.

Limited Time Magic: Independence Week Fun at Walt Disney World Resort

On Monday we talked a bit about ways to celebrate the 4th of July at Walt Disney World without having to manage the intense crowds at the Parks. Today, we're diving into the thick of it so that you can know where to head inside the Disney Parks to get your red, white and blue on for an entire week during a special events!

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.

Non-Park Ideas for the Fourth of July at Walt Disney World

The weeks around the Fourth of July Celebration are some of the busiest of the year at Walt Disney World. Crowd levels usually rise to a 10 out of 10, and at the Magic Kingdom the gate will frequently reach capacity. When a park reaches capacity guests are no longer able to enter, and even having a coveted dining reservation won't get you in. If you plan on spending your Fourth of July Holiday at the Magic Kingdom, be sure to get there early and stay throughout the duration.

Limited Time Magic: Disney Channel's Teen Beach Movie Celebration

Put on your swimsuit and hit the beach to celebrate Disney Channel's new Teen Beach Movie! It's a Limited Time Magic celebration that lasts from June 24 through September 1st , 2013. Grab your beach blanket and hit the sand because this modern take on the classic beach party movies is fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Disney Cruise Line: Do I Need A Passport For Travel To The Bahamas and Caribbean?

One of the most common questions I'm asked about traveling on the Disney Cruise Line (DCL) to the Bahamas and Caribbean is "Do I need a passport?" The most basic answer for most US Citizens is "No." However, traveling abroad without one is highly discouraged and thus, my answer is always a resounding "Yes."

Explore Your Imagination at Image Works - The “What If” Labs

A few weeks ago we waxed poetically about how much we miss Dreamfinder and the original "Journey Into Imagination." Today we're headed back to the Imagination Pavilion for a quick visit to Image Works - The "What If" Labs.

Tribute Bands Set to Rock This Summer in the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series

Break out the hair gel and tune up your air guitar - some of the world's best tribute bands are going to take the stage this summer at Epcot during the Sounds Like Summer concert series.

The concert series kicks of June 9-15 with Stayin' Alive - A Tribute to the Bee Gees. Other classic bands and artists will also get the tribute band treatment this summer including U2, The Police, Billy Joel, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

After the first weekend the bands set to appear are:

Learn About Conservation with the Cast of ‘The Lion King’ at ‘The Circle of Life’

If you find yourself with an extra 20 minutes or so to spare before your Soarin' FastPass can be turned in, take a short walk upstairs to the Harvest Theater in The Land Pavilion and catch a showing of The Circle of Life.

How to Create a Trip Planning Spreadsheet

For many seasoned Disney travelers, an important part of trip planning for Walt Disney World includes "The Spreadsheet". Many of you have seen some of my past creations, and know this is one of my many Disney obsessions. The benefit of a spreadsheet is having everything I need or use - confirmation numbers, key dates, ADRs, park hours and Extra Magic Hours - all on one handy page. It helps me figure out which parks we want to hit on which days, which helps me with food planning. And we know how important that is!