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Disney Holiday News Round-up: Contemporary Gingerbread Display, Menus for the Epcot Festival of the Holidays, and More!

The holidays are in full swing at Disney World and today's news round-up is full of holiday-themed news including details on the menus for the Epcot Festival of the Holidays, gingerbread displays news, and much more! Let's dig in.

New Disney Luggage Tags to Arrive with MagicBands for Guests at Walt Disney World Resort

If your Walt Disney World Resort vacation starts September 29 or after you'll be receiving all-new American Tourister Disney luggage tags in the same box as your MagicBands. The color of the luggage tags will also correspond with the color of your MagicBand.

New Merchandise Revealed for 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon

The 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon is just a few weeks away and runDisney recently released a sneak peek of the new merchandise items that will be available at the Health & Fitness Expo during the race weekend.

New Characters and Merchandise Debuting at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

The first Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party for this season is November 7 and this year the annual holiday event includes some Frozen magic and a new character meet-and-greet.

Special Commemorative Merchandise Items Released for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

If you have plans to attend this year's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom don't forget to check out the commemorative merchandise.

Guests at the party can purchase a limited-edition MagicBand that features the Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party logo. This MagicBand has an edition size of 5,000 bands and it retails for $29.95. The MagicBand must be linked at the time of purchase using a theme park admission, Memory Maker card, or another active MagicBand.

Walt Disney World Resort Park Entrances Are Now Turnstile Free

The Magic Kingdom reached an important milestone at the end of November when the park's last touch point entry system was unveiled.

With the unveiling at the Magic Kingdom means that all Walt Disney World Resort park entrances are now turnstile free.

Earlier this year, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon was the first park at the Walt Disney World Resort to see the turnstiles switched out for touch point entries. Throughout the year the other parks have had their turnstiles replaced by touch point systems.

Magic Band Accessories Debut at the Walt Disney World Resort

As the beta testing of the Magic Band continues at the Walt Disney World Resort, it's being reported that some stores on property are selling accessories for the Magic Bands.

The Magic Bands are lightweight, flexible wristbands that will be used by guests to enter the Walt Disney World parks, access FastPass+ attractions, and more. They are part of the MyMagic+ guest experience that Disney is slowing rolling out to guests.

Two New Interactive Games Launching This Spring at Walt Disney World

Get ready for a swashbuckling good time at the Magic Kingdom, because according to the Disney Parks Blog Pirates are taking over Adventureland this spring with a new interactive entertainment adventure.

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Inside A Disney Day Bag - The Minimalist

After raising my children and having decades of lugging all the "stuff" around Disney Parks, I'm looking forward to traveling a bit lighter from here on out.

Rise and Shine for the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show and Rope Drop

When you're vacationing at the Walt Disney World Resort you can choose to sleep in, enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and arrive at your theme park for the day later in the morning. Or you can wake up at the crack of dawn, board an early bus to the Magic Kingdom and be there for the Welcome Show and rope drop.

All About Walt Disney World's Extra Magic Hours

Remember that list of 20+ Reasons Staying At A Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Is The Best Thing Ever? I loved that post! Since it published we've received a lot of questions about some of the great perks available. One of the most common questions has been about Extended Theme Park Hours - Extra Magic Hours!

The MyDisneyExperience Mobile App and FastPass+ Experience at the Walt Disney World Resort

As someone who has a tendency to over-plan and sometimes over-think my family's Walt Disney World vacations I was mildly excited to use the MyDisneyExperience online tools and mobile app for our most recent vacation.

Don’t Break the Bank: 10 Walt Disney World Souvenirs under $10

If there's one thing every guest at Walt Disney World can agree one, it's that we all tend to spend a lot of money on souvenirs.

It's inevitable. You want something special from the vacation and your kids want everything in every store.

But with a little research, you can find some great souvenirs that won't cost you a ton of money and won't end up in the used toy bin two weeks after you return home.

We checked out the Disney Parks online store and found some fun (and sometimes useful) items that are under $10.

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.

A Quick Guide To Walt Disney World's MyMagic+

The Walt Disney Company has a long history of innovation, and after many years of speculation on the next generation of projects they have rolled out a collection of groundbreaking tools to make it easier than ever for guests to create a personal and customized experience. MyMagic+ is a new way for all Walt Disney World guests to experience more of the magic by connecting nearly all aspects of the Walt Disney World vacation experience, and beginning right at home.

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.

MyMagic+ Set to Roll Out at Walt Disney World

Earlier this week Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Tom Staggs, offered fans a glimpse into the future. The details of the $1 billion NextGen program have been much speculated over the past few years, but it's about to begin a major roll out to the public and "push the boundaries of the [Walt Disney World] guest experience."