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Disney News Round-Up: Hall of Presidents Update, Happily Ever After Merchandise, and More

Happy Tuesday! We have another round of news and rumors in the round-up today including an update about the Magic Kingdom's Hall of Presidents, a rumor about a dark ride coming to Epcot's France Pavilion, and much more.

Make Your New Year’s Even Plans at the Walt Disney World Resort

It might only be the middle of October but it's never too early to start planning your New Year's Eve celebration at the Walt Disney World Resort. There are several great dining and entertainment options available on December 30 and 31.

Eight Disney Parks Resorts Named Silver Badge Winners by U.S. News & World Report

Several of Disney's top resorts have been named Silver Badge Winners by U.S. News & World Report in their annual "best of" series.

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel came in at the top of the list of "best of" hotels in the Anaheim/Disneyland area. It ranked #1 out of 315 hotels in that area, and was #142 in Best California Hotels, and #11 in Disney Hotels and Resorts.

BoardWalk Bakery Reopens at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

After a several months long refurbishment, the BoardWalk Bakery at Disney's BoardWalk Inn has finally reopened! And it's bigger and better than before.

Boardwalk Bakery Closed For Refurbishment

A heads up to those of you whose Disney plans include Disney's BoardWalk Inn: The Boardwalk Bakery will be closed for a major refurbishment soon.

The bakery, which is set to be closed as of January 6, is undergoing a transformation that's said to include a new entrance way, a new queue and the addition of a new refillable mug station. In addition, the bakery's menu will be expanded to include more grub besides baked goods (think sandwiches, soups and salads).

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A Look Inside The Boardwalk Villas Deluxe Studio

On my most recent trip to Walt Disney World I had the experience of spending the night at Disney's Boardwalk Inn and Villas Studio. Guests staying at this Disney Deluxe Resort enjoy saltwater taffy-colored cottages, private courtyards and picturesque gardens throughout the property. A Coney Island-style boardwalk takes center stage a plethora of shopping, dining, and entertainment all right outside your door.

Finding Fun Holiday Merchandise at the Walt Disney World Resort

Shopping during the holiday season goes two ways: you either love it or loathe it. Maybe you're a Black Friday warrior and you're up at the crack of dawn to find the best deals. Or maybe you're all about getting the best online deals. Me? I'd rather shop at Walt Disney World during the holiday season because there's so much fun stuff!

The Best of Americana at Walt Disney World

Once could say that Walt Disney World itself is a special piece of Americana. For many travelers who pass through its gates, Walt Disney World offers the only look at America they see. So what places at the resort show the best of us, and where can one go to discover the spirit of the land? We've got six spots that make a patriotic heart swell with pride, where Americana is shown off to it's most dreamlike brilliance.

The Best of Walt Disney World Resorts

Since 1971 the Walt Disney World Resort has not only been a vacation paradise because of its Theme Park, but because of the wide variety of recreation opportunities hosted at themed resort hotels. Staying on property is a must for many faithful Disney fans not only because of the special perks that come with a Disney Resort stay, but because they know where to find the best. Take a look at our top picks for the best of Walt Disney World Resorts.

Extraordinary Cups for Coffee Lovers At Walt Disney World

For many years Disney fans, who were also coffee lovers, struggled with what was being served up all across the property. Over the past 5 years Disney has caught up with the coffee culture, and with the addition of both Starbucks and Joffery's Coffee to the corporate partners, guests can now find some delightful brews. While flavored lattes continue to be the rage, there are several resort restaurants serving up phenomenal pressed pots of fresh coffee that showcase the regional flavor of native beans down to the last drop.

The Top 5 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays at the Walt Disney World Resort

It's the holiday season at the Walt Disney World Resort and it just might be the most magical time of the year! The theme parks are decking their halls and the gingerbread displays are going up several resorts and it's all so exciting! We're even a full week into celebrating Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!

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.

Take The Ballyhoo Tour at at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn & Villas

During a recent stay at Disney's Boardwalk Inn & Villas Resort at Walt Disney World, my husband and I took part in the Boardwalk Ballyhoo guided tour. The tour takes place in and around the Boardwalk resort and surrounding area. It is a free tour and available to anyone who wishes to learn about the Atlantic City era and where the Disney Imagineers got their inspiration for the Boardwalk Resort.

Trattoria al Forno Opens at Disney’s Boardwalk

The newest restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort is officially open. Trattoria al Forno, located at Disney's BoardWalk Inn, started serving guests on December 18 and is open for breakfast and dinner seatings.