The Best Disney Dining Ideas Without Reservations

The Best Disney Dining Ideas Without Reservations

Eating without reservations isn't a problem with these simple tips!

Walt Disney World Breakfast Tips To Save Time, Money, and Stress

Walt Disney World Breakfast Tips To Save Time, Money, and Stress

Save time, money, and stress and start your morning off right.

Why I Love Fall At Walt Disney World

Why I Love Fall At Walt Disney World

Just a few of my favorite reasons to visit in the autumn.

Food & Wine Festival Gift Cards Are A Great Way To Budget

Food & Wine Festival Gift Cards Are A Great Way To Budget

Commemorative cards help you snack around the world.

Winter After Hours Events At The Magic Kingdom

Winter After Hours Events At The Magic Kingdom

Keep the fun going long after the sun goes down.

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Sneak Peek of the Haunted Mansion's New Queue

It's one of Walt Disney World's best-known and most-loved attractions, and now its queue is getting an update. Thanks to the Disney Parks Blog, fans and guests can get a glimpse of the line now through a video they released just this past week.

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Epcot Experimenting With New Entry

Disney always seems to be experimenting with different ideas in their parks, and recently they were spotted testing out a new way to enter Epcot at the main entrance. Their objective? To see if the experimental entryway would make entering the park easier.

It appears that for the experiment the turnstiles have been removed, allowing for a wider opening. This may just be of benefit to those in wheelchairs or with strollers, and may help ease congestion that tends to build around turnstiles.

Disney Donates $2.5 Million to Red Cross

As all eyes continue to watch Japan in the aftermath of last week's devestating earthquake and tsunami, the Walt Disney Company is making a $2.5 million contribution to the Red Cross to aid efforts in that country. Disney also has set up a charitable giving program for all its employees and will match each dollar donated with a dollar up to an additional $1 million.

More 40th Anniversary Disney Parks Merchandise

We reported on some of the great Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary Merchandise not too long ago, and we've recently found some more that we think you'll love (we sure do!).

Messenger Bag
First up -- a messenger bag. Decorated with the original Magic Kingdom logo, this extremely soft and durable-looking bag will make happy anyone who has to tote around several thing each day.

Cast Member Working on Animal Kingdom Ride Dies

A 52-year-old Disney cast member working on the Animal Kingdom's Primeval Whirl ride died on Monday. Russell Sherry Roscoe of Webster, Florida, sustained head injuries when he was struck by one of the ride's moving vehichles and later died at an area hospital.

Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton said in a statement released Monday:

"Our Walt Disney World community has experienced a tragic loss. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Russ Roscoe's family and we are working to assist them during this difficult time; our thoughts and our prayers are with them.

Best spots at Walt Disney World for St. Patrick's Day

If you're lucky enough to be at Disney World today celebrating Spring Break, then you truly got the luck 'o the Irish for St. Patrick's Day! If you want an authentic Irish experience for St. Patrick's Day, we've got the best spots to head to!

Swan and Dolphin Resort Lucky Charm Offer on St. Patrick's Day

You don't have to be Irish to get in on this St. Patrick's deal. Guests calling in a reservation to the Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort on March 17 can receive a "lucky charm" that could translate into upgrades and prizes. Simply place your call between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on St. Patrick's Day, mention the word "Lucky" to the agent, and receive a charm. There are a bounty of prizes and upgrades available that include:

  • Grand Prize: Two nights free room accommodations (incl. taxes and resort service fee)
  • $100 food & beverage credit

New Breakfast Buffet Option at the Contemporary

Looking for a great breakfast in a quieter Disney setting? Check out The Wave...of American Flavors at Disney's Contemporary Resort.

While there is an a la cart menu, the breakfast buffet might be the way to go. A bit out of the way near the kitchen, dishes are presented in smaller pans and are replenished often for consistent fresh and hot fare. While there are a few old favorites on the buffet (Mickey waffles, anyone?), there is a nice selection of newer flavors, including sweet potato pancakes and a coffee cake version of the Sticky Mickey.

Best Disney World Guidebooks

Here's our list of some of the best and most well-reviewed Disney World guide books on the market. Which guide books have you read and enjoyed?

Over 70 Topiaries On Display at Epcot

The International Flower and Garden Festival remains in full swing at Epcot. Another festival-related update: last week, the final topiaries, featuring beloved characters from the Oscar-nominated film "Toy Story 3," were put into place. The final number of topiaries for this year's festival? Over 70!

Lotso, the villainous bear from "Toy Story 3," has joined Buzz Lightyear and Woody near the front flower beds. Make sure to get a whiff of Lotso - he's strawberry scented.

Near Epcot's World Showcase entrance, Lightening McQueen and Mater topiaries have been added.