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One Expert is Warning Tourists to Avoid Walt Disney World this Summer Due to Zika

By now we've all heard the news reports about the Zika virus, the mosquito-borne virus that has swept through Brazil and other countries in Latin America. Recently a professor from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine warns that some families should avoid visiting Central Florida due to the risk of Zika.

Florida Man Banned from All Disney Parks for Life After Making a Meth Lab Joke

File the following under "what not to say at to cast members at the Walt Disney World Resort." A Florida man was recently banned for life from all Disney theme parks after making a joke about building a meth lab while he was speaking to a cast member at Disney's Pop Century Resort.

Disney’s Disability Access Service Card Goes Digital

Disney's Disability Access Service Card has gone digital. As of April 30 cast members will no longer be writing down return times for attractions but will now scan guests' tickets or MagicBands. This change has been instituted so that the disability accommodation can be integrated with My Disney Experience.

More Updates for the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchens Plus Cooking Demos

The 2015 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival opens March 4 (less than one week away!) and the Outdoor Kitchens will once again be serving up delicious food and beverage items. This year's festival features at least 11 Outdoor Kitchens including the all-new Botanas Botanico which will be located between France and Morocco.

Special Weekends and More Planned for the 2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

We're just about six weeks away from the start of the 2015 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival which begins March 4 and runs for 75 days until May 17. This year's Festival will feature new Frozen-themed topiaries, 11 Outdoor Kitchens, a new concert series, and 10 new gardens plus new weekend festivities.

Disney Springs Retail Lineup to Include Sound Lion Store

The first Sound Lion retail store in the state of Florida might be located at Disney Springs.

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.

Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Hotel to Offer Elf Tuck-ins and More for Holiday Season

Guests as the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel can experience some holiday magic this year with the resort's Holiday Happenings event.

The month-long Holiday Happenings event begins in December and will feature a Florida-themed Santa and Mrs. Claus who will be meeting and greeting guests in Santa's tiki hut. The hut will be decorated with palm trees, flamingos, and reindeer.

Orlando City Soccer Club Will Play 2014 Home Games at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

The Orlando City Soccer Club announced plans to play its 2014 home games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort.
This temporary move occurs as the Lions' home stadium, the Florida Citrus Bowl, is undergoing renovations.

Fans can purchase tickets for the 2014 season immediately, while season ticket holders for 2014 will receive first choice for seats for the 2015 season, which is expected to be the Lions' inaugural Major League Soccer season.

Sustainable Florida Recognizes the Walt Disney World Recognized for Energy Conservation

The Walt Disney World Resort was recently recognized by Sustainable Florida for their work with energy conservation and was given the organization's large business best practice award.

The company had set a goal to reduce electrical usage by 10 percent and based the goal on its 2006 consumption. In this year alone, Walt Disney World saved enough electricity to power Space Mountain for 35 years.

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Bonsai at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

The garden setting of Epcot's Japan Pavilion is a spectacular showpiece of the park no matter what time of year you visit. However during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival the horticulturists reach out to expert Bonsai artists to bring their most spectacular trees for display in the pavilion.

Guest Review: Braves Spring Training At ESPN Wide World Of Sports

I gotta admit: sports confuse me. I've tried since I was little to learn the rules of football, baseball, tennis...nothing seems to stick. So when my friend invited me to see an Atlanta Braves Spring Training Game at Disney, I was a little nervous.

I love my friend, but would I love this game? I love Disney, so would seeing it at the ESPN Wide World of Sports make it better? What if I ask too many questions in the stands and she gets annoyed? But most importantly: does this place sell Dole Whips?

A Few Drinks At Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar

My 22 year old son and I have a running "argument" over which one of us drank more on our last Disney trip. He's sure it was him, but I think he just didn't want to have to tell his friends that is was totally his Mom. Regardless of who downed more delicious Disney cocktails on the trip - we started it all off with rounds at the fantastically fun Indiana Jones themed location at Disney Springs - Jock Lindey's Hangar Bar.

Stop In For Cocktails at Art Smith’s Shine Bar

When the days are warm and lazy nothing is quite as nice as settling in on the covered porch to admire the springs and enjoy a cocktail at Art Smith's Shine Bar. You'll find this welcoming spot tucked off to the side of Homecoming Florida Kitchen just waiting for you to drop in and stay a spell. Keep reading to learn about one of my favorite new spots for cocktail Friday!

A Grown-ups Guide For Smooth Winter Travel

If you're a regular reader of Walt Disney World for Grown-ups you know that we think the key to a successful Disney trip is a little pre-planning. With holiday trips looming close I thought it would be a good time for folks to brush up on Travel Tips for Winter Weather and a Busy Holiday Season. Make sure that your family is prepared for winter travel by visiting the links embedded in this page.

Art Smith’s Hamilton County Chocolate Pecan Pie

Is there anything more quintessentially southern than a pecan pie? This 19th century variant of classic chess pie is a special holiday favorite where pecan trees grow native. The turn of the millennium shook things up with pecan pie lovers creating several popular variants, such as chocolate and bourbon inspired pies. With the so many new restaurants that opened in Disney Springs recently, it's no surprise that pecan pie is showing up on menus.

Florida Sunshine In A Cup At Dockside Margaritas

Welcome back for more Friday cocktails! Man - we sure need it this week don't we? How many of you spent time this week wishing you could just run away to live in Walt Disney World? I know I did, and if I lived in Walt Disney World I know I'd spend a fair amount of time sipping cocktails in the sun. This week we're checking out some liquid Florida sunshine from Dockside Margaritas in the Marketplace at Disney Springs.

Paying Homage To The Filmmakers at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Since the earliest days of film, makers have been driven to believe that fantasies can come true and that we can create our own reality. The legendary movie studios that mad their home in Hollywood, California were full of such dreamers, dedicated filmmakers who lived to share their visions with the world. Walt Disney himself once said that "Movies are a medium of expression like a symphony orchestra, or a painter's brush or canvas." Disney's Hollywood Studios pays homage to those artists who capture their glittering dreams by technological magic.

Fun Facts About Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Originally designed to be a "half day" Park, Disney's Hollywood Studios has had its bumps and bruises since it's start in the mid 1980s, but that doesn't mean that fans don't still love it. The 135-acre park is currently undergoing yet another transformation with the highly anticipated additions of Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land under construction. We thought it was about time to share some fun facts about Disney's Hollywood Studios.