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Disney News Round-Up: FastPass+ Opens for Pandora Attractions, Check out the Theme Song for ‘Happily Ever After,’ and More

Happy Monday! We have some exciting news to report about Pandora - The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom, plus Disney is giving guests a sneak preview of the theme song for the new nighttime spectacular at the Magic Kingdom.

Walt Disney World Resort Providing Free Insect Repellent as Part of Zika Prevention Plan

As the State of Florida deals with the growing threat of Zika, the mosquito-borne illness, the Walt Disney World Resort has announced plans to distribute free insect repellent at the theme parks.

Disney News Round-Up: Frontera Cocina Now Open at Disney Springs, Disney Adds “No Fishing” Signs, and More

This week has been full of exciting Disney news, and some rather interesting Disney rumors. And as we head into the dog days of summer, things are still moving along at Disney Springs with the opening of another new eatery and the announcement of new stores. Let's dive in and see what you might have missed!

Celebrate the Holidays with a Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

Sure the calendar still says August and you might be thinking more about back-to-school shopping than the holiday season, but it's as good a time as any to start thinking about spending the holidays at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney Vacation Club Members Can Try Two New Experiences this Summer at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Vacation Club members and their guests have the chance to try out two new and unique experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort this summer before the experiences are opened to the general public. Guests can choose from a "culinary adventure" experience or guided tour through the wilderness.

Enjoy Outdoor Recreation Options at the Walt Disney World Resort

If you're looking for outdoor fun at the Walt Disney World Resort there is more to do beyond walking the theme parks and swimming at your resort hotel's pool. Guests can enjoy fishing, tennis, golf, horseback riding, water sports, and even surfing!

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

Halloween Fun at Fort Wilderness

Mickey's Backyard BBQ, that guest favorite character dinner at Disney's Fort Wilderness, will be all decked out for Halloween this year and can be a nice option for guests who want to get into the holiday spirit.

The October 31 version of the BBQ will feature characters decked out in their Halloween costumes. Guests can join in the fun as well and can come in their own costume.

Crews Battled Brush Fire At Disney This Week

Fire crews found themselves battling to contain a brush fire at the Walt Disney World Resort this past week. The blaze, which flared up in a wooded area between the Fort Wilderness Resort and a Magic Kingdom parking lot, first drew fire crews last Sunday.

Bob Jones, an assistant chief with Reedy Creek Emergency Services, said the fire flared up to 5 acres at one point. Neither the resort or park were in any danger, though the fire did spew a lot of smoke in its immediate vicinity.

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Spend Some Leisure Time At Walt Disney World

Time and time again I hear travelers talk about how exhausted they are when they return from a Walt Disney World vacation. "I need a vacation from my vacation" they tell me. I get it. It costs a lot of money to go to Disney, and you want to get your moneys worth. But this is your vacation, and if you try to squeeze everything into one trip you are likely to come home stressed and exhausted. Here are a few tips and ideas to help you slow down at Disney while still making the most of every day.

Top 5 Things to Love about Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

The Walt Disney World Resort is home to more than two dozen hotels including deluxe villas, deluxe hotels, moderate hotels, a campground, and value resorts. You might have your favorite, go-to, must always stay there resort hotel. Or maybe you like variety and stay somewhere different each time you visit.

A Disney Dining Bucket List: Places to Dine and Menu Items to Eat

As Disney fans, we probably all have a list of things to do, places to eat, menu items we want to eat, and even hotels we must stay in at some point in our travels to the Walt Disney World Resort. It might come as no surprise to anyone that I have a Disney dining bucket list.

The Best of Americana at Walt Disney World

Once could say that Walt Disney World itself is a special piece of Americana. For many travelers who pass through its gates, Walt Disney World offers the only look at America they see. So what places at the resort show the best of us, and where can one go to discover the spirit of the land? We've got six spots that make a patriotic heart swell with pride, where Americana is shown off to it's most dreamlike brilliance.

Disney History: Looking Back at River Country

In 1976, Walt Disney World guests would take to the water for the first time. For just $4 per person, River Country called to guests who were looking for respite from the heat and humidity and it offered a reason to extend their Walt Disney World stay. Although this year marks the 15th anniversary of River Country's closure, guests can still catch a glimpse of the defunct park from areas of Fort Wilderness, but it is officially off limits to guests. How did River Country come to be and what happened to it?

Spring Break Travel Tips For Walt Disney World

Spring Breaks start early this year, with many colleges heading off for holiday as early as February 27th. A fun time in the sun in a vacation tradition that has it's own unique set of travel challenges. While the crowd that heads to Walt Disney World tends to be tamer than those you'll find at the coastal beaches, the joy of being young and traveling with friends can still bring some stress. Plan ahead and check out our list of for tips to for a great Spring Break.

Ideas For Adding Romance To Your Walt Disney World Vacation

For the past several years I've been escaping to Walt Disney World without my kids. It's like a guilty little please to get away - except I have no guilt in doing something nice for myself every now and again. Whether you are planning a Disney Honeymoon or just looking to take a romantic break with the one you love, there are plenty of places to relax and spend some time together at Disney. I've gathered together a few fantastic ideas for ways that you can add a little romance to your vacation - with kids or without.

Getaway Tips For A Three Night Trip

Sometimes you just need a long weekend to get away from it all, a quick trip to recharge your batteries. My little secret, if that I don't count out Walt Disney World when I just want to run away. While many Disney fans are always working on those long week plus family vacation, I'm happy to jet down an get a quick fix in whenever I can. Because the quick getaway is often all about working with money you have on hand rather than saving, sometimes, I don't even go to a Theme Park.

Spiced Bacon Popcorn Crunch At Fort Wilderness

I love Popcorn! And March 12th, 2015 is National Popcorn Day, so why not celebrate with a look at one of our favorite Disney Popcorn Treats. Located at an unassuming little cart across the path from Pioneer Hall in Disney's Ft. Wilderness Resort, Spiced Bacon Popcorn Crunch caught my eye one evening while heading to the Hoop-Dee-Doo. With a good half hour before the show, I figured a little appetizer could hold us over to until the show.

Top 10 Things to Do at Walt Disney World Resort without a Theme Park Ticket

There are so many things to do in the theme parks during your Walt Disney World vacation that it's easy to forget about all the fun things you can do outside the parks. Planning non-theme park fun is easy and it might even save you some money since you don't need a park ticket to have a magical time.