Walt Disney World News Round-up For Friday September 13, 2019

Walt Disney World News Round-up For Friday September 13, 2019

A few of our favorite Walt Disney World stores this week.

2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Gear At shopDisney

2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Gear At shopDisney

Get a jump on your festival shopping.

Pork Fried Rice From Capt. Cook's At Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Pork Fried Rice From Capt. Cook's At Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Traditional Fried Rice with Slow-roasted Pork

7 Things Not To Miss At Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

7 Things Not To Miss At Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

A few of my favorite things about Disney's flagship Resort.

Walt Disney World News Round-up For Friday September 6, 2019

Walt Disney World News Round-up For Friday September 6, 2019

Travel planning new you can use.

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Is Australia Coming to the Animal Kingdom?

G'day, mate! Disney cast members at the Animal Kingdom may have some Aussie lingo to learn in the future as rumors surface about a possible expansion at that park.

Jolly Holiday: An Introduction

We have been members of the WDWforGrownups.com forum community for more than a year now. When we got married in August '09, we spent half our honeymoon in Disney World. One of the first things we did upon returning home was post our trip report to the site. We've been welcomed to the community with open arms, and both check the site on a daily basis.

Disneymooning 101 Part 2: Dining and Special Experiences

Disneymooning 101 Part 1, we covered choosing your travel dates and resort. Now, we're moving on to talk about dining and special experiences that you can book for your trip before your arrival.

DINING

If you're staying on Disney property, then you are eligible for the Disney Dining Plan. And for a honeymoon, I highly recommend the Deluxe Dining Plan, which gives you 3 table service credits and 2 snack credits per day. Why do I recommend this? Because many of the nicest restaurants, dinner shows and dining at Cinderella's Castle call for 2 table credits per person per meal.

Cirque du Soleil La Nouba

Have you seen the only permanent Cirque du Soleil show in Florida?

La Nouba performed its first show at Downtown Disney's West Side in December 1998, in a custom-built freestanding theater. The name La Nouba derives from the French phrase faire la nouba, meaning "to party" or "to live it up." And while many assume that this particular Cirque du Soleil show is especially childlike, or aimed especially at children because of its location in Disney World, I found this to be untrue after seeing the show.

Tangled Tops Charts as Highest Grossing Thanksgiving Weekend Opening

Disney's newest animated film has won its place in history with the highest-grossing Thanksgiving weekend opening on record!

"Tangled," which centers on a coming-of-age story featuring well-known character Rapunzel and her suitor, Flynn Rider, opened to an $11.5 million day, and is expected to make upwards of $65 million this weekend.

Babycakes NYC Vegan Bakery Opens in Downtown Disney

In a trifecta of deliciousness, three new food locations opened in Downtown Disney this month, replacing the spot vacated by McDonald's after the restaurant's contract expired with Disney last year.

Pollo Campero and Fresh Apeel offer your entrees, while Babycakes NYC -- a starlet New York City bakery that recently expanded to LA and now to Orlando -- offers the primary dessert options.

What makes this place different from any other you'll find in Disney World, however, is what you won't find in its cupcakes, breads, and cookies. The Vegan bakery is also egg-free, gluten-free, casein-free, and refined sugar-free -- perfect for guests with specialty diets!

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas Celebrate 10th Anniversary at Epcot

With Michael Douglas' health issues a constant headline, it was nice to see he and wife of 10 years, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, out and about enjoying a day in the parks.

The celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in Epcot, with kiddos Dylan (at left, age 10) and Carys (at right, age 7).

While Zeta-Jones and Douglas' anniversary is technically November 18th, the couple was seen in Epcot on the 24th.

Mars Needs Moms Trailer Released

In a new Disney film created by the folks who made A Christmas Carol last year, nine-year-old Milo (voiced by Seth Green) has to stow away on a spaceship to save his mom (voiced by Joan Cusack) from Martians.

Apparently, Mars is low on moms to parent their young and begins stealing moms from Earth. Milo teams up with a tech-savvy earthman named Gribble and a Martian girl called Ki to accomplish his haphazard mission.

Check out the trailer for "Mars Needs Moms" below. The film is scheduled to open in 3D, 2D, and IMAX 3D March 11, 2011.

Disney Dream Lands in Hamburg, Germany

The newest Disney cruise ship, the Disney Dream, arrived in the port of Hamburg, Germany, at 3am local time on November 22nd, 2010. Most recently, the ship has been moving along the River Ems to the North Sea, where it's been undergoing sea trials during the testing phase of its construction process.

It will be held in dry dock this week, and move on next to Bremerhaven where it will be delivered (officially) to Disney on December 9th. There, final supplies will be loaded onto the ship and crew members will join up with the ship for its final sail to Port Canaveral, FL., where it's scheduled to arrive just after the New Year.

Disney Partners With Gowalla

Eat your heart out, Foursquare. Disney's signed up to partner with Gowalla check-ins for now.

The location-based software programs -- where guests can "check in" to different Disney locations via smartphone apps -- have been quickly climbing the charts as popular social networking options, and Disney's choice to partner with location service Gowalla instead of Facebook or Foursquare is big news.