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Disney Springs Extends Weekend Hours Starting October 9th, 2020

While I was in Walt Disney World last month the place that I took the most comfort was at Disney Springs. Despite the masks, temperature checks, and social distance guidelines being in place the sprawling shopping, dining, and entertainment complex gave me the greatest feeling of "normalcy." There I found that music played, crowds bustled, and restaurants welcomed guests to (current) capacity.

Magic Kingdom Holiday Merriment Reimagined In 2020

A reimagined holiday celebration will take place at Walt Disney World this year with running between November 27th and December 30th, 2020. Seasonal shows, decor, activities, treats, and merchandise will be sure to delight the senses of guests during this festive time in the Magic Kingdom and beyond.

Highlights From The EPCOT International Festival Of The Holidays Arrive In 2020

A reimagined holiday celebration will take place at Walt Disney World with select highlights from the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays running between November 27th and December 30th, 2020. Seasonal shows, activities, treats, and merchandise will be sure to delight the senses.

Some November Walt Disney World Park Hours Updates

If there is one thing we can count on at Disney right now, it's that everything is subject to change. Back in September operating hours at all four Disney World parks were reduced. It's not surprising with kids going back to school ini some form or another, September is typically a slower month. That being said, when the November calendar was revealed, it first appeared that these shortened hours would continue.

Disney Springs Closes Early Due To Curfew And A Message From Disney Leaders

Civil unrest occurring across the nation has prompted action from Disney as Orlando and Orange County institute a curfew following nights of rioting over the death of George Floyd. Disney Springs will be closing early until further notice to allow guests and cast members the ability to make it home in time. Disney Company leadership CEO Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Bob Iger, and Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of The Walt Disney Company Latondra Newton also released a joint statement to Cast Members regarding this time of civil unrest.

BREAKING NEWS Walt Disney World Extends Closures

This evening, after the stock market closed, the @DisneyParksNews twitter account released a statement that the Walt Disney World and Disneyland closures would be extended until further notice and Disney cast members (not including operating partners) would be paid through April 18, 2020.

Details Revealed For Reflections - A Disney Lakeside Lodge

Amongst the plethora of news that came out of Disney's D23 Expo last weekend Bob Chapek, Chairman of Parks, Experiences and Products for the Walt Disney Company gave guests an all too brief look at the next Deluxe Resort and Disney Vacation Club property to be built at Walt Disney World - Reflections - A Disney Lakeside Lodge.

An Exciting New Stories For The Disney Cruise Line

Bob Chapek took the stage at D23 Expo to share his thoughts about the exciting projects coming to the Disney Cruise Line. He told the massive audience gathered before the D23 stage and shared his belief that every Disney moment a guest has should bring their favorite stories to life in thrilling ways. The Disney Cruise Line is reaching for that vision with new ships, and a brand new port destination that is pure magic.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening Date

Details are trickling out about the highly anticipated Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios as part of the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge expansion. Read on to discover why this new attraction is seriously ambitious, and worth every moment of anticipation as it readies to open on December 5th, 2019.

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway Opening in 2020

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney Imagineers are getting ready to open Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway in 2020! You'll be invited to the Chinese Theatre where Mickey and Minnie will be hosting the premier of their newest film "Perfect Picnic." The theater serves as the magic portal through which guests will step from the human world directly into the cartoon world for one Goofy adventure aboard Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway.

When it comes to Disney World, trip planning is huge undertaking. In fact, many a first visit to Disney World is marred by a lack of planning. While it might be tempting to think that it's "just a theme park," and that you can show up and have a blast by winging it, the size and complexity of the resort is daunting even for experts. These articles will help you make the most of your Disney trip, and might even introduce you to some activities and attractions you haven't heard about!

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A BOO-tiful BASH Is Being Planned For This Fall At The Magic Kingdom

Disney Parks Blog too advantage of being half way to Halloween by announcing NEW Halloween-themed after hours event! "Disney After Hours BOO BASH" will take the place of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party with three hours spooky and sweet fun at Magic Kingdom Park. It's time to start pulling together your costume for what is sure to be a hauntingly good time!

Bookings Open Soon For Sailing On The Disney Wish

Setting sail in summer 2022, the Disney Wish is the fifth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. This magnificent new castle at sea will sail its inaugural season of three- and four-night cruises to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney's private island, Castaway Cay, from its new home port of Port Canaveral, Florida. Bookings open to the general public on May 27, 2021 but you just may be able to get a jump on the general public if you have sailed before!

AdventHealth Expands Offerings WIth Innovative Services to Walt Disney World Guests

No one wants to think about having a medical crisis while on their Walt Disney World vacation, but it does happen. AdventHealth is the go to provider for first aid in the Parks, but moving forward with a spark of imagination there will be a whole new world of wellness for Disney guests.

Launch Date Updates For Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Immersive Experience

May the 4th be with you! This morning put out a bit of a teaser with a nebulous launch date for the highly anticipated Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. More than another Disney Resort Hotel, the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser in a completely immersive two night experience where guests will step into the Star Wars galaxy in a way they have previously only dreamed of.

Valet Parking To Return To Walt Disney World Hotels

Slowly but surely services and amenities Disney fans have come to love over the years are returning at the Walt Disney World Resort. It has felt like a long time since COVID-19 changed the way we travel and for those Disney Resort guests that love their valet parking we've got some great news!

5 Ways To Indulge Your Cruise Craving While Waiting To Set Sail Again

Google searches for planning a Walt Disney World Vacation are up over 2,000% and while I'm headed back to the Parks soon, I'm also dreaming of a DIsney Cruise. I miss setting sail on luxury ships where I can spend time away from it all while still indulging in the details and family friendly fun of Disney.

Mears Connect To Offer Disney Resort Connection From Orlando International

Like many Disney travelers the announcement earlier this year that Disney's Magical Express would be discontinued as of January 2022 left me wondering what the best way for my family to get from the airport to our Disney Resort would now be. Should we rent a car, take a taxi, snag an uber, book a limo? Or what about using the new train that will be stopping in Disney Springs? There are many options available, and Mears shuttle has just announced its Mears Connect Service.

21 Great Reasons To Plan A 2021 Walt Disney World Vacation

After being home for so long and taking care of yourself and others you might need a little convincing to get out and enjoying life again. While it is still really important to follow all of standard health and safety protocols, if you have been vaccinated and feeling you're that itch now is a great time to start planning. I've got 25 great reasons to plan a 2021 Walt Disney World Vacation just for you.

Mark Your Calendar For The 2021 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival has long been the subject of an annual pilgrimage for Disney Foodies. Well mark your calendars and start planning because the dates are out an this fan favorite special event is set to run from July 15 through November 29th at Walt Disney World Resort! Through the Summer and well into Fall guests will be able to indulge in flavors from around the globe.

April Celebrates Earth Month At Disney's Animal Kingdom

April is Earth Month and Disney's Animal Kingdom is celebrating the planet all month long! As a special treat from April 18 to 24, "Disney's Animal Kingdom will host limited-time experiences including unique Disney character appearances, fun learning opportunities, specialty merchandise, themed food and beverage, a new Wilderness Explorer activity." Get inspired to add conservational thought to your daily life with a little help from our friends at Disney.