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Bob Weis Named President of Walt Disney Imagineering

The Walt Disney Company announced late last week that Bob Weis would be taking over as president of Walt Disney Imagineering, replacing Bruce Vaughn. Weis was instrumental in the makeover of Disney California Adventure and was in charge of the Shanghai Disney project.

New 360 Video Experience Takes Guests Into all Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks

If you're missing the theme parks of the Walt Disney World Resort and you're wishing you could be part of the magic right now, Disney has a solution. They've recently introduced a new video experience that will take guests right to the four theme parks from their mobile device.

Disney Releases New Image of the Na’vi River Journey Attraction from PANDORA: The World of AVATAR

As construction continues on Pandora: The World of AVATAR at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney recently released a new artist rendering of the family-friendly attraction Na'vi River Journey. This is just one of the attractions planned for the new land based on the Oscar-winning film AVATAR.

Walt Disney World Resort Seeks Permission to Develop More Wetland Areas

The Walt Disney World Resort is seeking permission to develop 575 acres of wetland area, an increase from the original 350 acres it had planned to develop on the resort property over the next 30 years. The development plan has been filed with the South Florida Water Management District.

Star Wars Half Marathon Announced for Walt Disney World Resort

The Walt Disney World Resort is turning to the Dark Side. runDisney has announced an all-new half marathon weekend, the Star Wars Half Marathon: the Dark Side. The race pays homage to the dark side of the Force, and now the Disneyland Star Wars Half Marathon will be called "The Light Side."

Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to be Include Nighttime Excursions Starting in 2016

Kilimanjaro Safaris is one of the most popular attractions at Disney's Animal Kingdom and starting in the spring of 2016 guests will have a chance to enjoy the ride after dark on the all-new nighttime safari adventure. The new nighttime safari was announced during last weekend's D23 Expo.

Disney Offers a Sneak Peek of Avatar-Inspired Land During D23 Expo

As construction continues on the Avatar-themed land at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney Imagineering gave D23 Expo attendees a sneak peek at the new area that is scheduled to open in 2017.

Celebrate the Holidays at the Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks

While the temperatures outside are still very much summer-like and the kids are just getting ready to head back to school, it's never too early to start thinking about celebrating the holidays this year at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at the Walt Disney World Resort

If you're traveling to the Walt Disney World Resort for Thanksgiving this year, you'll find a variety of dining options for your Turkey Day meal at the theme parks and the resorts. Whether your big holiday meal will be at lunch or dinner, there is something for everyone.

More Details Released for Avatar Land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

As constructions continues at Avatar Land in Disney's Animal Kingdom we're learning more about what will be included in the new themed area including new attractions, bio-luminescent plants, and even the blue Na'vi from the film.

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Attractions To Relax On At Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom is foot by foot the largest of the Disney Parks. It's full with lush vegetation, exotic animal habitats, and thrilling rides - but after a few hot hours in the Disney jungle, it's nice to take a little break. These four great attractions let your party keep on touring while still offering folks the chance to sit down and rest for a few. Whether you just want to get off of your feet or you're looking for a climate controlled retreat, head to a viewing of these Animal Kingdom gems for a few minutes to refresh.

6 Activities For Early Risers At Walt Disney World

If you're up with the sun, even on vacation, it can sometimes be tricky to wait around for the rest of your party that's sleeping in soundly. You want to get up, get out, and get going " I get you. So what is there for the go getter's to do while everyone else sleeps in? Check out these 6 activities for early risers at Walt Disney World.

Dining at the Walt Disney World Resort with Food Allergies

Dining out with food allergies can be challenging, frustrating, and sometimes impossible. There are restaurants you need to avoid and restaurants where the staff just doesn't "get it." But when you're visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, dining out with food allergies is usually less stressful and can even be a bit magical.

Tour the Harambe Wildlife Preserve on Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Kilimanjaro Safaris

If you're only going to ride one attraction when you're visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom we suggest heading straight for the Kilimanjaro Safaris. This attraction is the closest most of us will ever get to a real African safari excursion and there is always something new and exciting to discover as you travel through the Harambe Wildlife Reserve.

Disney History: Disney's Animal Kingdom Then & Now

The creation of Disney's Animal Kingdom was a hugely ambitious venture. Nature and conservation were two of the many things that Walt Disney was passionate about, so it was not a stretch for the Eisner administration to add a fourth gate to Walt Disney World that centered around animals. One of the greatest hurdles to the creation of Animal Kingdom was convincing critics that the concept was viable as a theme park and that it would be substantially different from a zoo. In a tongue-in-cheek way, the park was affectionately known as "Nahtazu".

Disney Quick Service Spots With Thanksgiving Flavors

Heading to Walt Disney World over the Thanksgiving Holiday without dining reservations? Looking for some spots to grab a little Thanksgiving flavor from a quick service spot while enjoying family fun in the Parks? Head on over to these Disney eateries to pick up great grub with a seasonal flair.

The Thrilling Trip Through Time on DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Sitting in DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney's Animal Kingdom guests will find The Dino Institute, a "one-time secret research facility and museum" that's home to some spectacular fossils and fossil casts. The attraction queue winds you through the research facility as Bill Nye narrates your journey. During the pre-show guests learn that they are about to board time rover vehicles and be sent back to the Cretaceous period for a peaceful tour.

Water Buffalo Arrive In The Royal Anandapoor Forest

Disney's Animal Kingdom isn't your typical zoo - nor is it a typical theme park - instead it offers a melding of natural wonders in a pixie dusted environment of Disney magic. When new members of the animal kingdom move in to their habitats it's always an exciting time for both cast members and guests alike. The grassy plains habitat of Asia's Maharajah Jungle Trek have been home to blackbuck, Eld's deer, Sarus cranes, ruddy shelducks and bar-headed gees. This week they were joined by three new water buffalo.

Quick Service Dining at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom has a great variety of counter service dining options from the always popular Flame Tree Barbecue to the fun and quirky Restaurantosaurus. And with the recent addition of the Harambe Market it's quickly becoming a park where you want to plan a quick service meal.

Where to Get Your Coffee Fix at the Walt Disney World Resort

Coffee at the Walt Disney World Resort used to mean a not-so-great cup of something resembling coffee but it wasn't exactly good. It was unlikely that many folks were overheard exclaiming "Wow! What a great cup of java!" unless of course you were lucky enough to score a French Press pot of coffee at certain restaurants. But lately, a good cup of coffee has become the norm at Disney.