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Disney Pulling All Refrigerators from Resort Hotel Rooms

If you are counting on that in-room fridge on your next stay at a Disney resort, be prepared to be disappointed.

It's being reported by Stitch Kingdom that Disney has announced plans to remove all refrigerators from all resort rooms at The Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, and Aulani Resort. The reason for the removals appears to be a possible manufacturer's defect.

Disney Parks and H2O Plus Expand on Alliance Relationship

We all know and love (and take home) the H2O Plus products found in the rooms at Disney resorts. Now as part of a new deal with Disney, H2O Plus products will be available at Aulani in Hawaii and internationally at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Resort Paris.

Profits Are Up for The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company reported its second quarter earnings for the fiscal year 2013, and it was good news for the House of the Mouse. The company reported an overall profit of $1.5 billion, which is up 32 percent from the same period last year.

Disney Helps Clean The World

Back in 2010, Disney World became a part of Clean the World, a central Florida organization which collects, sanitizes and repackages unused, discarded hotel soaps and shampoos before distributing them to poverty-stricken nations across the globe.

In the two years since, some 53 tons (or 565,509 bars) of soap have been collected by Disney resorts. In addition, Disney has collected over 33 tons of shampoo, conditioner and lotion for distribution.

The cleanliness items have been distrubted locally in homeless and domestic abuse shelters in the Orlando area as well as worldwide.

Wi-Fi Now Available At All Disney World Resorts

Wi-Fi has caught up to Disney. As of this month, all Walt Disney World resorts and hotels will have complimentary Wi-Fi high-speed internet access in certain areas.

Each resort (with the exception of Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground) will have Wi-Fi access at the following areas:

  • Porte Cochere
  • Main Lobby
  • Bus stops
  • Guest rooms
  • Feature Pool (one pool at each; specified for some resorts below)

Tidbits From WDW: Cable and Bus Testing

Expanded cable for guests and a testing a new bus are a couple of interesting tidbits of news this week regarding the happiest place on earth.

First off, Walt Disney World Resort began offering expanded cable channels on their hotels' in-room televisions last week. A sampling of the new channels available to guests include: Fox News, Bravo, AMC, National Geographic, TBS, TNT, Travel Channel, WE tv, Syfy, Discovery, Bio, HGTV, TLC, History, Food Network and TV Land. A complete list of channels available to guests can be found on Channel 17.

Disney To Stop Newspaper Delivery To Rooms

Those guests staying at deluxe Disney resorts will have one less perk to look forward to now. As of January 30, Disney has stopped the daily weekday delivery of the USA Today newspaper to the rooms of its deluxe resorts.

Those resorts affected by this change are:

  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney's BoardWalk Inn
    Disney's Contemporary Resort
  • Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
  • Disney's Polynesian Resort
  • Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
  • Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Room-Only Discounts Announced for Fall and Early 2012

If you're looking into a WDW vacation and want a discounted room at a Disney resort, then consider these recently-released discounts from Disney.

For the fall, Disney is offering discounts on rooms for most nights starting October 30 through December 23 with the exception of the week of Thanksgiving. Here are how the savings break down:

  • 15 percent at All-Star Movies Resort and Port Orleans French Quarter Resort
  • 20 percent at other value and moderate resorts, as well as Fort Wilderness Cabins

Disney's Art of Animation Resort Opening First Phase in May

It's good news for Disney Resort enthusiasts! Earlier this week, Disney Imagineers made the announcement that the newest resort, Disney's Art of Animation, is expected to open in phases beginning May 31, 2012.

Celebrate Halloween This Fall With Mickey's 'Spooktacular' In-Room Celebration

It was one of their most popular offerings last year, and now Disney Floral & Gifts has announced its return. We're talking about, of course, their Mickey's "Spooktacular" In-Room Celebration.

This particular celebration brings some of the Halloween magic back from the Disney parks to a guest's resort room. After returning to the room, guests are greeted with cobwebs, a sash, and other various Halloween decorations on their room's door. Inside, the room is designed to look like Mickey himself has stopped by and personalized a fun, spooky celebration.

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Disney Expands Its Commitment To A Sustainable Planet

The Walt Disney Company's has always had a strong commitment to the environment with stewardship practices going back more than 60 years. Walt Disney believed that "conservation isn't just the business of a few people. It's a matter that concerns all of us." Today the corporation that bears his name continues to strive to meet ideals set out by its founder.

Walt Disney World Resort Comparisons: Pools

When choosing a Resort to stay at on a Walt Disney World Vacation, there are a wide variety of options that travelers can use to compare. Disney offers four different resort categories, each offering both subtle and significant differences. In this newly updated post we'll look at a few of the popular amenities that help guests make the decision of which hotel will be best for them.

Walt Disney World News Round-up April 9th, 2018

You've made it to another Monday! Whether it was spent at home or abroad, I hope that you had a wonderful weekend. Let's take a look at the Walt Disney World News from last week. I wouldn't want you to have missed anything.

Inside A Two Bedroom Villa At Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is a sprawling complex that sits across Village Lake from Disney Springs. Designed to evoke the late-1800s' New York retreat famous for its spas and horse racing. Pastel colored buildings dot the waterside amid the vibrant green of Disney's Buena Vista Golf Course. While some guests feel it lacks a strong theme, I find its charm drawing me back again and again.

Seven Tips For A Grown-up Disney Family Vacation

I'm often asked how my family and I successfully made the transition between enjoying Disney with young children, and enjoy Disney as adults. Honestly, I just respond that Disney is in our DNA. Everybody laughs and we all move on, but pondering this question makes me wonder what I did differently to help keep the magic alive in my adult family. I really think it comes down to these seven things.

Guest Review: Disney's All-Star Sports Resort

The Walt Disney World Resort offers three different resort hotel categories to provide ample diversity in price, theme, and amenities and each category fulfills different needs for different guests. While our vacation dreams may lie somewhere on the deck of a Polynesian bungalow, the reality is that for many of us, our wallets lie at an All-Star Value Resort. Luckily for us, at Disney, the value accommodations are still first class, as I discovered when recently staying at Disney's All-Star Sports.

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.

Walt Disney Company Surveys Guests Regarding Resort Fees

Yesterday we posted about an Orlando Sentinel piece that said that the Walt Disney Company was surveying guests about their thoughts on resort fees - and the fandom is up in arms. This follows an in depth Orlando Sentinel piece back in February that discussed how high resort fees in Orlando change some tourists' hotel plans.

5 Brilliant Breakfasts At The Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Are you looking for a fabulous spot to make Advanced Dining Reservations for a hearty breakfast at Walt Disney World? If you're staying on property - you may not have to look any further than at your own hotel. Some of my favorite places to eat are restaurants at the Disney Resorts, and below are five different meal styles that will fill you up, and get you going.

Late Night at Disney -- What's Your "Goodnight Kiss?"

Disney fans have come to expect a "Goodnight Kiss," -- it's the Parks' special way to send guests off with a reminder of the magic bringing us together. Over the years many Disney families have created their own special evening and late night rituals, a sort of private goodnight kiss just for them. Here are some ideas to keep the magic going that makes sure you dream sweetly all vacation long.