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International Dragon Boat Festival Taking Place Today at Downtown Disney

It's billed as one of the fastest-growing water sports around, and those heading to Downtown Disney today can see what it's all about. We're talking, of course, about dragon boat racing and the upcoming Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival that will take place today at DD.

Dragon boats take their design inspiration from ancient China. The long boats feature a dragon head and tail plus twenty rowers, a drummer and a steerperson. The goal is for everyone in the boat to work together and in unison to swiftly propel the craft through the water.

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15 Things To Do At Walt Disney World Without Park Tickets

When most people think of a Walt Disney World vacation, their mind goes straight to the Theme Parks. The truth is though that the Parks are just some a few of the world class options to enjoy during your Disney travels. It's easy to enjoy a full vacation with all the bells and whistles without even stepping foot in a Theme Park. Here are 15 Things To Do At Walt Disney World Without Park Tickets.

The Boathouse at Disney Springs Offers Lunch & Launch

The BOATHOUSE at Disney Spring is one of many fabulous eateries that are taking the shopping, dining, and entertainment complex to another level. The massive Boathouse complex holds three bars, several dining rooms that seat a total of 600 people, a museum quality collection of rare boats, a gift shop, and the launch for one of the most unique experiences anywhere - Vintage Amphicar Tours of Disney Springs.

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.

Top 10 Things to Do at Walt Disney World Resort without a Theme Park Ticket

There are so many things to do in the theme parks during your Walt Disney World vacation that it's easy to forget about all the fun things you can do outside the parks. Planning non-theme park fun is easy and it might even save you some money since you don't need a park ticket to have a magical time.

Hiring A Boat at Walt Disney World

Hold on, you mean there are other things to do in Walt Disney World other than visiting the theme parks?! There sure is! Though you would be forgiven for not knowing, for years I didn't look any further than the theme parks for entertainment but there is so much more to Walt Disney World, you just have to look a little closer.

Living with the Land – An Educational and Entertaining Boat Ride at Epcot

One of the things that I love about Epcot is the opportunity to learn while being entertained - and a great example of this is Living with the Land. This boat ride housed inside The Land, Future World's largest pavilion, takes guests on a relaxing, educational, and entertaining 14 minute boat ride through three diverse ecosystems and the park's Living Laboratories.

Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival At Downtown Disney

The Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival pays homage to the traditional water-sport festivals which originated with the Ancient Chinese. In Chinese custom, a dragon represents wisdom and is a powerful symbol of spring rain and growth. Disney World created this fun event in 2008 to inspire guests to refresh their mind and body in both amusement and health. Recently this event was honored with the "Best Single Sport Event Award" at the SportsTravel Awards.

Canoe Races of the World at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Today is Labor Day and we're celebrating the Disney Cast Members that make our Walt Disney World Vacations so very special with a look at a Cast Member tradition that goes back to Disneyland in 1963. I'm talking about the annual two-week event that is Canoe Races of the World (commonly referred to as C.R.O.W.) held in the Magic Kingdom, and in Disney Parks around the globe.

Buses, Boats, and Monorails: Disney Transportation iPhone Application

Navigation the transportation system at Walt Disney World can be a skill in it's self to learn. With such a vast property it's not just getting from attraction to attraction that you need to be familiar with, but how to get from your hotel to the park, and then on to another park, hotel or even shopping.

Fantasmic! A Disney Hollywood Studios Nighttime Spectacular

When the sun goes down at Walt Disney World it doesn't have to be time to head home. My family loves to spend nighttime in the parks and explore all of the magical details of Disney after dark. Fans know that some of the most spectacular shows and effects that Disney has created to entertain the masses happen at the end of the night. Fan favorites include "Wishes" Magic Kingdom Fireworks, Epcot's "Illuminations: Reflections of Earth", and my favorite at Disney's Hollywood Studios "Fantasmic!"