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Disney VoluntEARS Help Build a New Playground for Kids in Central Florida

A group of Disney VoluntEARS recently helped build a new playground that provides a safe place to play for the kids of Oakland, Florida.

The VoluntEARS worked with a KaBOOM! construction crew and representatives from the town of Oakland to place 48,600 square feet of safety surfacing and assemble new playground equipment. In all more than 200 volunteers took part in the project.

Cinderella’s Wishing Well Helps Make Dreams Come True

If you've been to the Magic Kingdom, chances are you've stopped at Cinderella's Wishing Well near the castle, made a wish, and tossed in a few coins. What you might not realize is that those coins are actually collected and donated to children's charities.

Disney Helps UNICEF Share the Importance of Play with $1 Million Grant

As "grown ups" we all know the importance of play in our lives. It rejuvenates, revives, and helps us explore worlds of wonder through creativity lifting both our minds and spirits. For those of us who frequent this site, we know that Disney is a leader in allowing adults and children to spend time playing in incredible environments. Not every child is so lucky though, and with Disney's support, UNICEF is helping to bring the magic of play to kids who need it most.

Cast Members Donate 3.1 Million School Supplies

Walt Disney World cast members were busy earlier this month with a back-to-school supply drive to raise supplies for low-income families in central Florida. Their efforts were a success with over 3 million items, including some 13,000 backpacks, collected. In fact, the amount of pencils, erasers, crayons, rulers and the like collected by the cast members over a three-week period was enough to fill five school buses.

The school supplies will help fill a growing need, acording to Orange County superintendent Barbara Jenkins:

Central Florida Children To Benefit From Disney's $1.5 Million In Grants

Disney, often known for their charitable needs and giving, is gearing up to give $1.5 million in grants throughout central Florida to benefit children. The "Helping Kids Shine" grants will go to fifty-nine charities and organizations throughout the Orlando area; estimates say the money will benefit some 70,000 children in the region.

"Beauty and the Beast" Coming to the Big Screen in 3D

"Beauty and the Beast," a popular movie classic from Disney, will be released into theaters January 13 in 3D. This new take on an old favorite comes on the heels of the popular and successful big screen, 3D run of Disney's "The Lion King."

Disney VoluntEARS Donate Record Number of Toys

The Disney VoluntEARS have been hard at work collecting toys at WDW's toy drive and recently made a record-setting donation to U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Central Florida Toys for Tots. Some 30,000 toys, gathered during this year's Toys for Tots toy drive, were delivered by cast members and Mickey himself recently.

Staff at the organization's headquarters say this is the largest donation of toys to date and will go to help some 20,000 children in the Florida counties of Seminole and Orange have a brighter holiday season.

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Say Buon Natale To Italy’s Offerings For Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

The world is full of beautiful traditions during the winter holidays, with rich stories and traditions that weave a tapestry of holiday delights. Where else but Epcot can you experience the world's holiday traditions in one place than at the 11 World Showcase pavilions. The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays surrounds guests with vivid experiences in sights, sounds, and taste that create special and magical holiday memories.

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.

Disney and the Toys for Tots Foundation

Toys for Tots has been around since 1947 and has served tens of thousands of children in need over the last 64 years. In 1948, Walt Disney and his animators designed a logo for Toys for Tots that is still used to this day. This magical team designed the first poster used and distributed to promote awareness of the foundation.

Walt Disney World With Tweens, Teens, and Grown-up Kids

As a mother of "grown-up" kids, I am frequently confronted with parents of teenagers asking me how I raised my kids to still love Disney when it's like pulling teeth to get theirs to go. The answer to that is actually pretty easy, I've always worked hard to make sure that my kids thought of Disney as "their place," too.

A Quick Guide To Walt Disney World's MagicBands

This Summer the vast majority of guests traveling to Walt Disney World will have their first experiences with the next generation technologies that have everyone talking. We've discussed MyMagic+ and the My Disney Experience App in the past couple of weeks. Today, we're going to give you a quick guide all about MagicBands.

Sail Around Mexico on the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

When you're looking for a ride where you can rest your weary feet for a few minutes, head over to the Mexico Pavilion and hop on the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros. This nearly seven-minute boat ride takes guests on an adventure through Mexico as Jose Carioca and Panchito try to find their missing amigo, Donald Duck.

But before we board the boat, let's talk a little bit about the Mexico Pavilion.

Walt Disney World Limited Time Magic: Week 13 May the Fourth Be With You

This morning Disney announced a very special celebration will be going on over at Disney's Hollywood Studios next weekend. A fabulous, fun, Limited Time Magic event is in store for the annual, fan-proclaimed, worldwide "Star Wars Day," May 4, 2013.

Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus Questions Disney on MyMagic+

Last week Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger received a letter from the Co-Chairman of the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus, Edward Markey, (D- Mass). The letter called the company on the carpet and demanded answers to seven multi-part questions about the collection of personal date from guests, with a focus on youth.