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Disney Rumor Round-up: Changes Ahead for the Hall of Presidents, Paint the Night on the Move, and More

Happy middle of the week! Today we're taking a different spin on our regular Disney news round-up and we're talking about Disney rumors. That's right ... it's all rumors all day, but just for today. Also, these are rumors, which means there is no confirmation. Let's check them out!

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Receives Top Honors from Travel Industry in 2016

It's been a good year for the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. The division has been recognized with more than 150 awards for excellence in guest experiences including dining and theme park attractions.

New Nighttime Event at the Magic Kingdom and a New Room Discount for this Summer

There's a brand-new nighttime event coming to the Magic Kingdom for a limited time this spring, and Disney recently announced a new summer vacation deal that includes a limited edition MagicBand! Read on to find out about these stories and more.

Disney Cuts Back on Employee Hours, Makes Other Adjustments at Theme Parks

Despite the fact that Shanghai Disney is half a world away the new resort's budget woes and construction delays are reportedly having a negative impact on Disney's domestic theme parks on both coasts. According to several reports, Disney World is cutting hours for some of its cast members.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Earffel Tower is Latest Casualty in Park’s Expansion Plans

It's time to say goodbye to more attractions and landmarks at Disney's Hollywood Studios. It was announced late last week that the Earffel Tower is coming down to make way for the new Toy Story Land.

Opening Day Announced for Shanghai Disney Resort

Get your suitcases ready and make sure your passport is up-to-date! The opening day for Shanghai Disney Resort has been announced and it's a mere five months away! The newest Disney resort is scheduled to open on June 16 with a grand opening celebration.

Walt Disney World Resort Launches All-New Twitter Account to Assist Guests

Guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort have another tool at their fingertips to help them out in the theme parks. The newly-launched Twitter account @WDWToday is similar to the @DisneylandToday account and is designed to help guests in the parks.

Walt Disney World Resort’s PhotoPass Adds Attraction Videos and Animated Magic Shots

Everyone takes photos during their Walt Disney World vacation whether those photos are candid shots, selfies, or group pictures. And while taking your own pictures is easy guests can also take advantage of Disney's complimentary PhotoPass service.

Disney’s Disability Access Service Card Goes Digital

Disney's Disability Access Service Card has gone digital. As of April 30 cast members will no longer be writing down return times for attractions but will now scan guests' tickets or MagicBands. This change has been instituted so that the disability accommodation can be integrated with My Disney Experience.

Walt Disney World Resort Clarifies Policy on Selfie Sticks in Theme Parks

The next time you're ready to take the plunge on Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom just remember to keep your hands, arms, legs, and selfie sticks inside the ride vehicle at all time. Because, while selfie sticks haven't been banned at the Disney theme parks, they are prohibited on all attractions.

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At Least 4 Reasons Disney’s Animal Kingdom Is Better Than Ever

Over the past couple of years Imagineers at Disney's Animal Kingdom have been hard at work to develop new concepts and experiences to breathe new life into the Park. Finally the immersive wildlife Park that's not a zoo is coming into its own and taking center stage with a full slate of exceptional experiences. I'm not even going to try and list all the reasons I love Animal Kingdom, but I will absolutely share the four best reasons to be sure it's in the plan for your next Walt Disney World vacation.

Original Magic Kingdom Attractions You Can Still Enjoy

A lot has changed at Walt Disney World since it first opened in 1971. Back then the Magic Kingdom was the only Park, and Disney resort choices included just the Contemporary, Polynesian Village, or the Fort Wilderness Camp Ground. Attractions at the Magic Kingdom have left, and now ones have taken their place, but through it all these time tested rides have survived it all. If you're looking for a taste of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom 1971 style, focus your your touring strategy on taking in these fourteen great original Magic Kingdom rides.

Get The Spin On Epcot's Mission: SPACE

It's no secret that Disney values realism in its attractions in a manner unprecedented by any other theme park in the entertainment industry. One of the most prolific accomplishments ever achieved in a theme park is located in Future World at Epcot and because of the intensity of the ride, many guests overlook it. Mission: SPACE, designed by Disney, validated by NASA, is a marvel of modern technology and the product of incredible 5-year partnership.

Ten Things to Love About the Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom is celebrating its 45th anniversary this October so it only seems fitting to spend some time talking about 10 things we love about the original Walt Disney World Resort theme park. This park is more than just the iconic attractions that we all know and love, so let's check out what made the list this time around.

6 Musts for Epcot After Dark

Just like the Better After Dark in the Magic Kingdom attractions we previously discussed, there are a few things at Epcot that become even more magical after the sun goes down. Lighting elements seem to bring the imagination alive as the countries of World Showcase are somehow transported back to their native lands, and Future World becomes a limitless realm where tomorrow could bring anything.

8 Musts For The Magic Kingdom After Dark

While a trip to the Magic Kingdom is magnificent any time of day there are a few things that become even more special after the sun goes down. The Magic Kingdom takes on a different feeling under the night sky with thematic moods enhanced by distinct sound and lighting that easily lead you t believe you're in another place. These eight attractions go from being some of our favorites at any time - to truly spectacular experiences.

Disney History: The Films of Fronteirland

After Fantasyland, it would be difficult to pin down Walt Disney's favorite land in Magic Kingdom, but Frontierland was certainly near and dear to his heart. This is evident in the number of films and television shows produced by the Walt Disney Company that support the theme and inspire the attractions that we still love today. Let's explore some of the films that set the scene and inspired some of the classic attractions that we still enjoy today.

Fun and Adventure Await At Epcot's Expanded Norway Pavilion

A cold wind blew into Epcot today as the Norway Pavilion in World Showcase greeted its new permanent residents Anna and Elsa, from Disney's blockbuster film Frozen. While we understand that Norway is not the mythical Arendelle - the art, culture, and people of Norway helped to inspire the beautiful country that came to life on screen. Here's what traveler are saying about the fresh take on Epcot's Norway Pavilion.

Theme Park Etiquette And Manners

Walt Disney World is a fantastic and family friendly place to vacation and with friends, loved ones, or even on your own. However - when the temperatures start to go back up and Parks get crowded stressed tourists can tend to get a little grumpy. There are a few etiquette guidelines that everyone should remember and follow in order to keep the experience magical for both yourself and others!