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Just Keep Swimming! ‘Finding Dory’ Merchandise and More Comes to Disney Parks

Next month Disney/Pixar's Finding Dory swims into theaters nationwide and the Disney Parks are preparing for Dory's arrival with new merchandise, new sweet treats, and much more. It's time to dive in and check out what's new when it comes to everyone's favorite forgetful fish.

New Stage Show, ‘Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire,’ Debuts at Magic Kingdom this Summer

An all-new stage show is coming to the Magic Kingdom this summer. Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire stars Mickey Mouse and characters from The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Frozen in a show filled with "magic, music, and merriment."

Holiday Pin Series Gift Cards Come with Disney Trading Pins

If you're looking for a special gift this holiday season check out the new Disney Holiday Gift Card Holiday Pin Series. These holiday-themed gift cards come with a special Disney Trading Pin, so it's like giving two gifts in one!

Star Wars Launch Bay And Much More Coming Soon!

In addition to the big announcement about a total Star Wars Expansion at Disney's Hollywood Studios, there was some more exciting galactic news about what will be coming up in the next year to further incorporate the Star Wars Universe into the bi-coastal Disney Parks. Walt Disney World will get a number of these Star War enhancements for guests to enjoy while waiting for the new land to open.

New Line of Disney Purses Available from Designer Olympia Le-Tan

Fans of Disney-inspired purses and handbags will want to check out the new line of Disney clutches from designer Olympia Le Tan. The purses featured embroidered images of some of Disney's best-known characters including Bambi, Dumbo, and even Cruella de Vil.

Disney Park Pack Trading Edition Pins Coming to Disney Parks Online Store

Disney Parks pin collectors and traders have a new way to enjoy Disney pins when they aren't actually in the theme parks. The all-new Disney Parks Pack Trading Edition pin boxes are arriving at the Disney Parks online store this week.

Miss America Contestants Visited the Magic Kingdom Prior to Competition

Before heading to Atlantic City, NJ to compete for the title of Miss America 2015, all 53 Miss America contestants visited the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort.

The contestants had a chance to show off their "Disney Side" while touring the park, riding the attractions, and even spending time with some of the characters including Prince Charming who shared a dance in front of Cinderella Castle with the ladies.

Disney Files Several Patent Applications for Drone Use in the Theme Parks

It sounds a little bit like something straight out of science fiction, but Disney recently filed three patent applications related to drone use in its theme parks.

The three patent applications are for: Aerial Display System with Floating Pixels, Aerial Display System with Floating Projection Screens, and Aerial Display System with Marionettes Articulated and Supported by Airborne Devices.

More Details Released for the ‘Villains Unleashed’ Event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

In a just a few weeks the Disney villains are descending upon Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney has released more spooky details.

More than 50 Disney villains are scheduled to attend Villains Unleashed on August 23, with Hades, Megara, and Pain and Panic serving as hosts.

After kicking things off at 8 p.m. the Hercules villains will be joined on stage by the Underworld Dancers, DJ Igg Nite, and other villains including the Queen of Hearts, the Sheriff of Nottingham, the Big Bad Wolf, and Captain Hook.

‘Walt Disney’ to Premiere on ‘American Experience’ on PBS in 2015

PBS has announced a new four-hour, two-night film exploring the life and legacy of Walt Disney.

The film, Walt Disney, will premiere in 2015 on American Experience.

Walt Disney is being produced and directed by Sarah Colt (Henry Ford, RFK) and was written by Mark Zwonitzer (JFK, Triangle Fire).

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Adorable Art Captures The Spirit of Kawaii for Disney Food Lovers

In the context of popular Japanese culture "kawaii" represents all things cute. A multitude of adorable characters have become a true phenomenon in the modern era and can even be said to have taken over the more staided and refined national identity. The current art exhibit in the Bijutsu-kan Gallery at Epcot's Japan Pavilion showcases this movement, and you can read about it in our previous article Kawaii: The Culture of Cute.

5 Quirky Ways I Love That Walt Disney World Engages The Senses

I love Walt Disney World, since I was a little girl it has been a place of refuge for me where the outside world just melts away. Disney has a way of engaging all of your senses to create unique experiences that truly transport you to different worlds. I realize that some of my favorite things may be a little quirky, none the less here they are.

Epcot Future World Reimagined For Tomorrow

Chairman of Disney Parks and Resort Bob Chapek, and with Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald shared a vision with fans this weekend at the D23 Expo. That vision is a rejuvenated Epcot Theme Park staying true to its original mission, with new additions coming to both Future World and World Showcase in preparation for Epcot's 35th Anniversary, as well as the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World.

View Galactic Treasures At Star Wars Launch Bay

I've been meaning to write a post about Star Wars Launch Bay for quite awhile now, however there is so much great stuff packed into this space it was hard to know where to start. So - I'm going to let my camera do most of the talking on this one. I hope you enjoy this small peak into this intriguing Star Wars experience currently at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

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.

10 Ideas For Valentines At Walt Disney World That Don’t Add Extra Expense

We all know that Disney vacations don't come cheap, and extra experiences can add a cost that not everyone can manage. Never fear Valentines Walt Disney World is full of romantic opportunities just waiting to be taken advantage of. Last year we posted a list of 5 Romantic Things To Do At Disney For Free, this year we've come up with even more ideas to add a bit of romance to your Disney vacation without adding extra expense.

Kawaii: The Culture of Cute In Epcot’s Japan Pavilion

Kawaii: Japan's Cute Culture is the latest exhibit to make its home in the Bijutsu-kan Gallery in Epcot's Japan Pavilion. A prominent aspect of modern Japanese culture, Kawaii is rooted in Shinto expression of self. The word means cute, loveable, or adorable, and the items on display certainly reflect all those things.

Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away Comes To Life at Disney's Hollywood Studios

While dedicated Star Wars fans wait with baited breath for the debut of a fully immersive new land at Disney's Hollywood Studios, the powers that be have seen fit to integrate as much galactic fun as possible into the Park. Most of this, so far, has come in form of new entertainment, and Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away is one such show.

Disney History: Song of the South

Despite earning a seemingly permanent home in the famed "Disney Vault" due to its reliance on racial stereotypes to tell a story, Song of the South has an enduring legacy in Walt Disney World, even if many guests don't recognize the origin of some of Disney's most iconic elements. The Reconstruction Era film centers on Uncle Remus, a black man who is presumably a recently freed slave, telling stories to the children.

Top Five Walt Disney World Character Meals for All Ages

When my kids were younger (think: toddlers) we enjoyed a lot of character meals at Walt Disney World. Some were good, some were not-so-good, and one we did because we felt like it was our duty as parents to take the kids to breakfast inside Cinderella Castle. Three times on three different vacations. Thanks, Cinderella.