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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.

Changes Coming Next Year to Tables in Wonderland Dining Discounts

Tables in Wonderland members take note - there are changes coming to the discount dining program by the middle of next year.

According to our friends at the Disney Food Blog, at least one restaurant is going to stop offering the Tables in Wonderland discounts while others will have more blackout dates when guests use the card.

New Appointment in Disney Imagineering Indicates Possible 'Significant Activity' at WDW

It's been reported Walt Disney Imagineering has recently undergone a shuffle of sorts of its employees - all of which could indicate new activity in Walt Disney World's future.

The newest change in Walt Disney Imagineering has Kathy Magnum taking on the new role of "Producer, Walt Disney World Portfolio." This new role will have Magnum partnering up with Jack Blitch and working with Meg Crofton as a creative producer for Walt Disney World. She'll continue to report to Walt Disney Imagineering Chief Creative Executive Bruce Vaughn.

California Grill Slated To Close For Renovations

A super popular spot for firework watching will be getting a makeover after the holidays. The California Grill is set to close in early 2013 for what's being called an "extensive renovation."

While there are not a whole lot of details at this time as to what exactly will change with the Contemporary Resort-based restaurant, guests can expect a brand new look for the Grill and some changes to the menu. Chef Brian Piasecki looks to be "excited" about the upcoming changes and "enhancements to the interactive kitchen." He also says:

How Toontown's Closing Will Affect Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Guests who are heading out to this year's Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom can expect a few changes thanks to the closing of Mickey's Toontown Fair.

Most of the changes appear to center around the location of certain characters. Frontierland will take on some of the costume-clad characters, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Frontierland will also be the site of Br'er Rabbit's Candy Patch, the newly moved and reimagined Treat Trail that could be found in Toontown.

DVC President Fired

Management changes and shake ups continue at Disney. Last Friday, the company fired Jim Lewis, president of the Disney Vacation Club.

Disney confirmed the change on Friday. Spokeswoman Rena Langley said, "We wish Jim Lewis well in his future endeavors and we plan to announce his successor in the near future." Lewis had been president of the DVC since 2006.

More Executive Changes for Disney Parks

There have been more recent changes going on in the executive management world of the Disney Parks. Recently, we told you about the retirement of Disney exec Al Weiss. In the wake of his departure, two other Disney executives have been promoted.

A Glimpse At Changes For 2012 Disney Dining Plans

There is some buzz surrounding the 2012 Disney Dining Plans and upcoming changes to the plans. Without further ado, here is the nitty gritty on what you might want to know about plans for next year.

Guests purchasing the Standard Dining Plan can expect to receive a refillable mugs as part of the plan. These nifty mugs let guests have access to unlimited soft drink and other quick service beverage refills while at their Disney resort.

Is Australia Coming to the Animal Kingdom?

G'day, mate! Disney cast members at the Animal Kingdom may have some Aussie lingo to learn in the future as rumors surface about a possible expansion at that park.

New Parade Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios; “Block Party Bash” to End January 1

Disney's "Block Party Bash," which has been running since 2008, will end on January 1st. Not to worry, though, Disney is set to introduce a brand new parade. The new parade has yet to be named " but will feature some of Disney-Pixar's most famous characters. Remy and Emile from "Ratatoille" and Carl and Russel from "Up" will be part of the production.

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Inside A Refurbished Room At Disney's Pop Century Resort

In late 2016 Disney's Pop Century Resort began to refurbish its 1990's building rooms with a brand new design. Walt Disney World For Grown-ups reader Rebekah M. recently stayed in a newly refurbished room at Disney's Pop Century Resort and shared some of her thoughts with us on the new design.

A New Spin On An Old Favorite Mission:SPACE

When looking for a thrill at Epcot many guests head straight for Mission: SPACE. Since 2003 this exciting attraction has been launching guests into space for a thrilling, authentic, NASA-style Mission. Currently there are two different voyages for "trainees" ready to take on the X-2 Deep Space Shuttle flight to Mars; the Orange Team which experiences a 2.5 g-force inducing spin, or the Green Team which is a much more mild version of the experience.

The Redhead Gets A New Role As More Changes Announced For Pirates of the Caribbean

The famous auction scene in Pirates of the Caribbean with its bawdy redhead and rowdy bidding pirates has been a beloved staple of this classic Disney attraction since the very beginning. But as with all things Disney, it's subject to change -

2017 Resolutions To Be A Better Disney Traveler

Happy New Year! Have you started planning for your next Walt Disney World vacation yet? Let's face it, we all need a little extra magic now and again, so in 2017 I'm resolving to be a better traveler. It can be the little things that make all the difference between a great vacation and a stressful one, here are a few tips to alleviate stress a become a better traveler.

Tomorrowland Refurbishment Brings A Bright New Color Scheme

Unlike most of the Lands in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Tomorrowland is always fighting against time to stay current and ahead of it all in this modern age. This has lead to a bit of personality disorder as the overall themeing and attractions seem to get switched up more than anyplace else. Apparently it's about that time again, and Tomorrowland is getting a facelift.

Making The Most Of A Disney Trip When Your Plans Suddenly Change

In all of my years as a Disney fan participating in the community, I've come to realize that in a way Disney has trained its regular guests to be 'Type A' travelers. It's not exactly our fault, it's just that as our favorite spot gained in popularity we learned that to achieve our ideal vacation we had to work harder, book earlier, and plan more than the typical tourist. Disney fans can have a competitiveness about us - a thirst to snag that prime reservation, get that optimal hotel room, and make sure to hit each vacation goal.

Changing and Cancelling Your Walt Disney World Reservations

We all look forward to our Walt Disney World Vacations once they're booked. However sometimes things don't go quite right and life rears it's ugly head, making for a trip that needs to be canceled or postponed. It's the worst-case scenario, but if you know what you need to do in advance it doesn't need to be difficult or fraught with drama. There have been some changes and updates since we first published this piece, so our regular guest blogger Holly L.

New Flavors Of The Southwest Served Up At Pecos Bills Tall Tale Inn and Cafe

If there's one thing that you can be sure of at Walt Disney World, it's that things are going to change. There's always something new going on, attractions refreshed, new lands added, and restaurants and menu's relaunched - it's part of what makes each and every Disney vacation special and magical. Now, I know we've recently sung the praises of the burgers and BBQ at Pecos Bill's Tall Tale Inn and Cafe, well, forget all of that, because Disney just launched a brand new menu for the establishment.

A Few Tips On Tipping at Walt Disney World

On of the most frequent questions that gets asked in the Walt Disney World for Grown-ups member forums usually goes along the lines of "Who do I need to tip on my Walt Disney World Vacation?" Tipping is a highly personal choice, and you should never be required to leave a tip, especially when you experience poor service, but it is the custom in the US to leave a tip for certain service providers. We've gathered together a few tips on tipping to answer your questions.

Disney History: Epcot World Showcase Then & Now

One of the areas in Walt Disney World that has remained the most constant since its opening is Future World in Epcot. Of course after 33 years, small changes are evident everywhere, but the broad, sweeping changes that we have observed at other parks have not happened in World Showcase.