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Disney News Round-up: Spring at Disney World, Preview of Festival of the Arts Merchandise, and More

As we head toward the middle of January, things are starting to heat up at the Walt Disney World Resort. This week the first ever Epcot International Festival of the Arts kicks off, and there are more exciting events happening this season around Disney World. Let's check out the latest news.

The 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival to Feature New Outdoor Kitchens, New Topiaries

The 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival starts March 1 and runs for 90 days through May 29. The 24th annual Festival will feature two new Outdoor Kitchens, a new princess topiary, expanded Garden Rocks concerts, and much more.

Disney News Round-up: New Theme Park Ticket Option, Celebrate Mickey’s Birthday, and More

Happy Thursday and welcome to another Disney news round-up! Mickey Mouse is celebrating his birthday tomorrow and everyone can celebrate at the Walt Disney World Resort. Let's check out the rest of today's news.

Mickey Mouse Celebrating His Birthday with a Trip Around the World

Mickey Mouse is celebrating his upcoming birthday with a trip around the world. During the next few weeks the big cheese will make surprise appearances in "iconic locations" to celebrate his big day. Fans can follow the celebrations on several social media channels.

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire Starts June 17 at the Magic Kingdom

The newest live stage show at the Magic Kingdom is set to debut on June 17 at Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage. Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire stars Mickey Mouse, his "troupe of Merry Makers," and friends from other lands.

Two New Character Experiences Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this Spring

Beginning this spring Disney's Hollywood Studios will be home to two brand-new character meet-and-greet experiences. Guests will have a chance to meet everyone's favorite snowman, Olaf plus Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

New Stage Show, ‘Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire,’ Debuts at Magic Kingdom this Summer

An all-new stage show is coming to the Magic Kingdom this summer. Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire stars Mickey Mouse and characters from The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Frozen in a show filled with "magic, music, and merriment."

Special Valentine’s Day Packages Available from Disney Floral and Gifts

If you're looking for a special way to celebrate Valentine's Day then Disney Floral and Gifts has a few magical ideas. You can choose from several gift options including Minnie or Mickey Mouse-themed gift baskets.

Catch a Live Stream of ‘Fantasmic!’ on Tuesday, February 2

If you're starting this month missing the Walt Disney World Resort and wishing you were spending a few days at the parks, we have a cure for your not-on-vacation-blues. The Disney Parks Blog is hosting a live stream of Fantasmic! tomorrow night.

Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival Now Open at Epcot’s Magic Eye Theater

The next time you're visiting Epcot and you're looking for something different to do while in Future World you can stop by the Magic Eye Theater and check out the new Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival. The "festival" gives guests a chance to experience three animated shorts.

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Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Toy Story and Star Wars aren't the only franchises at in Disney's Hollywood Studios that are getting a lot of love right now. This weekend at the D23 Expo it was announces that Mickey Mouse, and his best girl Minnie are getting a brand new attraction all their own. Get ready for a new dimensional experience on Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway.

Deck Your Halls All Year Long With Disney Art & Collectibles

One sure fire way to ease the post-Disney blues is to put a little magic in your home decor. An elegant piece of art, carefully placed, can take even the worst of days and give you a second of respite. If you have a special Disney fan on your gift list, here are a few lovely pieces from the Disney Parks Collection to help make their home merry all year long.

Celebrating Thanksgiving at Chef Mickey’s in Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Celebrating Thanksgiving at the Walt Disney World Resort is a great time to start new family traditions and let someone else do the cooking. On our recent Thanksgiving-week vacation we spent "Turkey Day" visiting two theme parks, lounging by the pool, and we let Chef Mickey and pals handle the big meal.

Meeting the Characters at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

You can see an array of wild animals at Disney's Animal Kingdom from the wild animals of Africa on Kilimanjaro Safaris to the tigers and giant bats on the Maharajah Jungle Trek. But the Animal Kingdom is also home to a cast of Disney characters including Mickey, Minnie, Baloo, Donald Duck, and more.

Enjoy a Delicious Meal with Character at Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Character meals are a fun way to dine when you're at the Walt Disney World Resort and one of our favorites is the Tusker House at Disney's Animal Kingdom. This character meal buffet is often thought of as "off the radar" for some folks, but with its delicious food and incredible themeing, this spot rivals any of the more "popular" character meals in our book.

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.

Saturday Style: All About The Mouse

Casual comfort is something we all look for when packing for a Disney Parks Vacation. This stylish but simple ensemble is just the thing for a crush-worthy comfort and a touch a Mickey. Soft leggings with contrasting cuffs show off allover sketch art of everybody's main mouse, pair them with a long swishy tee (this one comes in 7 color choices) and you'll be ready to roll.

The Best Things to Eat On A Stick At Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World Guests know that the Vacation Kingdom is a fantastic place to find a snack. There are so many treats and and snack flavors entire books have been written about snacking across the property. We found out that Saturday March 28th is the official "Something On A Stick Day!" To honor the fun sounding holiday we rounded up a few of our Disney treats to give you delicious ideas of how you can celebrate.

Enjoy Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Sundaes and More at the Magic Kingdom’s Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

When you're craving something cold and sweet at the Magic Kingdom there are a few places you can visit for soft serve ice cream, Dole Whip, or even a Citrus Swirl. But sometimes you just really want a hand-scooped ice cream sundae to enjoy while watching the fireworks over Cinderella Castle. That's when you stop by the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street U.S.A.

Saturday Style: Mickey Mouse in Black and White

Mickey Mouse shows off some classic style on this Walt Disney World ''Chalkboard'' Tee that's perfect for touring in. When the weather gets wet, put on the anorak style windbreaker with a Walt Disney World logo "for blustery days in the Magic Kingdom and beyond." Stash your gear in the black and white backpack, and top it all off with a stylish black cap embroidered with everyone's favorite mouse. We've found a black and white Mickey watch at a reasonable price to pull it all together.