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Party in Downtown Disney Today with Verizon and Radio Disney

If you're in the Walt Disney World area and are looking for something (else!) to do that's free and family friendly, then you might want to check out Downtown Disney today. Verizon and Radio Disney are teaming up to host a party at DD's Waterside Stage from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

More Executive Changes for Disney Parks

There have been more recent changes going on in the executive management world of the Disney Parks. Recently, we told you about the retirement of Disney exec Al Weiss. In the wake of his departure, two other Disney executives have been promoted.

Disney Recipe: Big Thunder Ranch Barbeque Cole Slaw

Nothing says summer like a cookout with all the trimmings, including cole slaw. The Big Thunder Ranch Barbeque in Disneyland Park dishes out about 1,000 pounds a week of its own version of the popular summer side, and thanks to the Disney Parks Blog, you can whip up a batch for your 4th of July gathering.

This side dish is a good option as the temps climb as it has a non-mayo base. Plus, it's egg, gluten and dairy free. Don't feel like shredding cabbage? No problem! Simply grab two bags of the pre-shredded kind at the grocery store. Enjoy!

Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue Cole Slaw

Disney Executive Al Weiss To Retire

Al Weiss, the president of worldwide operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, will be retiring from that role immediately after thirty-nine years of service. The decision was annouced through a letter distributed to Disney employees yesterday afternoon.

Weiss was eigtheen years old when he began his career with Disney as a worker in the Magic Kingdom. Over the years, he's held more than twenty jobs with the company including finance manager and vice president of resort operations support. He also served as president of Disney world from 1994 - 2005.

More Behind the ScenesPictures of Beast Castle

Late last week, Disney Parks Blog gave fans and guests a glimpse of the Beast's Castle construction currently happening as part of the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland expansion. Now, they've released even more detailed pictures of the castle's progress.

Fantasyland Expansion Continues as Beast's Castle Emerges

It's pretty well known Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom is undergoing a pretty hefty expansion that will take some time to complete. Work is going strong as is evidenced by the sneak peek of the Beast's castle released this week on the Disney Parks Blog. Currently, the castle is under construction and being pieced together.

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.

Disney Posts Update in Earthquake's Aftermath

As most are aware, an 8.9-magnitude earthquake occurred near Japan's coast on Friday. The Disney Parks Blog gave an update yesterday regarding Tokyo Disney Resort, the Disney Wonder and the under-construction Hawaiian resort of Aulani in the wake of the event.

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.

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The Broadsides of Harambe Village at Disney's Animal Kingdom

One of the reasons the Disney Parks keep fans returning year after year is the attention to detail they give to the storytelling throughout all of the lands. From architecture and attractions to landscaping and set dressings this attention is what allows millions to suspend belief and journey to a land far away from central Florida. One of my favorite areas for this is the Harambe Village in Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Working Out While On Your Walt Disney World Vacation

A regular exercise can reduce stress and improve overall well being, but for many guests vacation means a two-week hiatus from their regular fitness routine. However, if fitness is your passion there's no reason time away has to put a crimp in your style. The Walt Disney World Resort offers several world-class fitness options so guests don't have to leave healthy habits behind. Here are three fantastic options for vacation workouts.

Five New Cocktails On The 2014 Disney Parks Bar and Lounge Menu

The standard Disney Bar and Lounge Cocktail Menu has been updated for 2014! Our occasional correspondent Erik H. just returned from Walt Disney World where he made notes on the new menu, and of course did some taste testing for us! This round of beverage program changes has seen nine of the 2013 drinks removed from the standard lounge cocktail menu.

Caramel Apples from Storybook Circus' Big Top Treats

Big beautiful caramel apples have become one of the signature treats of the talented confectioners at Walt Disney World and Big Top Treats inside the Magic Kingdom's Storybook Circus is one place that you can find them making 'em up fresh. The open candy kitchen takes center stage under this big top and guests are able to watch cast members create all sorts of sweets.

Limited Time Magic: Week 41

Halloween head-wear is all the rage for a this week's Limited Time Magic at the Disney Parks. Show off your high spirited fashion with a little head topping fun. After all, it is the Year of the Ear!

New Disability Access Service Card Program Launching at Disney Parks October 9th, 2013

Last year the Walt Disney World Guest Assistance Card (GAC) program came under fire when it was uncovered that some guests had discovered a way to game the system. An increase in the volume of requests, growing abuse, and some very bad press coverage meant that Disney was finally forced to make changes to the program that offers access to its attractions for guests with a wide range of disabilities both obvious and invisible.

Disney Halloween Costumes From Our Friends At Mickey Fix

Once again it's the time of year where the crypt doors creak and the tombstones quake throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. The Magic Kingdom turns into a fall festival of all things spooktacular to celebrate Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Guests of all ages are gearing up and wondering just what they should wear!

Mobility Assistance Rentals for Walt Disney World Vacations

Walt Disney World is well known for its excellence in ADA accommodation for the mobility-impaired traveler. From ample parking and accessible queues, to wheelchair accessible transportation and guest assistance cards: few can argue the lengths Disney has gone to for their guests. For decades now the Parks of Walt Disney World have offered the ability to rent wheelchairs and electric convenience vehicles (ECV or Scooter) for the day to assist guests with physical disabilities in their touring.

Limited Time Magic: Independence Week Fun at Walt Disney World Resort

On Monday we talked a bit about ways to celebrate the 4th of July at Walt Disney World without having to manage the intense crowds at the Parks. Today, we're diving into the thick of it so that you can know where to head inside the Disney Parks to get your red, white and blue on for an entire week during a special events!

Disney Parks Ticket Prices Increase June 2, 2013

Beginning tomorrow, June 2, 2013 tickets to Disney's Florida and California theme parks will have new pricing. For the first time, a one day Park Ticket to the Magic Kingdom (at $95) costs more than a one day Park Ticket to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom (each at $90). That means that one day at the Magic Kingdom ticket is a full $6 more than if was last year. The price increase, though sudden, does not come as that much of a surprise as the last ticket price increase occurred in June of 2012.