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Friday News Round-up September 21st, 2018

Have you stayed in the know with all things Disney this week? Don't worry if you didn't have a chance, we're here with the Friday news round-up to bring you up to date!

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth Ending in the Second Half of 2019

Since October of 1999 Walt Disney World guests have enjoyed gathering each night on the shores of World Showcase Lagoon to watch the nightly spectacular IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. Today Disney announced that the popular nighttime show will end its run at the close of the 2019 summer season.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Details

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party kicks off the holiday season at the Magic Kingdom starting November 9. This very popular holiday hard ticket event is more than just cookies, hot cocoa, and snow flurries on Main Street U.S.A. Check out what else you'll find at the party.

Disney News Round-up: Halloween on the High Seas and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

What's that you say? It's ONLY August so why are we talking about Halloween already? Well, because this year's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party starts on August 25 at the Walt Disney World Resort! And, if you're sailing Disney Cruise Line this fall you can celebrate Halloween on the High Seas too!

Disney News Round-Up: New Disney Dooney & Bourke Designs, Talking Skull Returns to Pirates of the Caribbean, and More

Happy Tuesday! We're back with another round-up of Disney news. Today we're talking about the new Disney Dooney & Bourke collections coming to the Disney Parks this summer, the return of the talking skull on Pirates of the Caribbean, and much more.

Happily Ever After Debuts at the Magic Kingdom

Happily Ever After debuted last Friday night at the Magic Kingdom, replacing the popular nighttime fireworks show Wishes. The new nighttime spectacular features fireworks, projections, and even Tinker Bell!

Disney News Round-up: New Celebration Cakes, Driverless Shuttles at Disney World, and More

Happy Monday and happy first day of May! We have a big news round-up today including information on new celebration cakes, rumors of driverless shuttles coming to Disney World, and two new colors and designs for the retail MagicBands!

Enjoy a Live Stream of Wishes from the Magic Kingdom on March 23

Wishes, the iconic and fan favorite fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom, is ending forever on May 11. If you don't have a chance to make it back for one more performance, you'll have a chance to watch Wishes from the comfort of your couch on March 23.

‘Celebration at the Top’ Announced for California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort is hosting a new nighttime event, Celebration at the Top - Sip, Savor, Sparkle. Guests will enjoy small bites, drinks, and a viewing of the Magic Kingdom's fireworks from a private observation deck.

Updates Planned for Disney’s Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach Resorts

Two of Disney's moderate resorts, Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach, are getting some major upgrades in the next two years. The changes include new buildings, new dining experiences, and new retail spots.

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#DisneyParksLIVE to Stream Debut Of Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks

Even if you can't catch 'Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks' at the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party this year, you can still be part of the magic from the comfort of your living room. The Disney Parks Blog will be live streaming the debut straight from the Magic Kingdom on November 8, 2019.

50 Things To Do Outside The Parks At Walt Disney World

My daughter and I just got back from a Disney trip that was a little unusual for me. While she went off to ride the rides in the Theme Parks with friends, I enjoy packing in a ton of fun outside the Disney Parks. I'd been putting off many fun Disney activities for years while I focused on park time. To my delight I discovered that it's true, you can have a fantastic Walt Disney World vacation without ever stepping foot in a park.

Tips For Surviving A Star-Spangled Independence Day At The Magic Kingdom

Guests visiting the Magic Kingdom for Independence Day should be prepared for a star-spangled party. The 4th of July is one of the busiest days of the year at Disney Parks, and the Magic Kingdom frequently reaches capacity and experiences phased closures. If this is your destination for the evening's red-white-and-blue panoramic fireworks extravaganza you're going to need to plan.

9 Things I Did For Free On My Walt Disney World Vacation

My last trip to Walt Disney World was a unique one for me, because I made the trip almost entirely on a budget of $400. Such a limited budget meant that I had to avoid the Disney Parks, but that doesn't mean I didn't pack my days in the vacation kingdom with loads of fun. If you're currently planning a low budget Disney trip, you may be interested in 9 things I did for free on my Walt Disney World vacation.

Goodbye IllumiNations, Hello Epcot Forever

"IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" will have its last show on September 30, 2019. The nighttime extravaganza has been a staple of Epcot entertainment since it opened in 1999. Over its 20 year run fans have become devoted to its spectacle, making it a popular way to end out your night at the Theme Park. The urge of guests to find the perfect spot to watch has inspired dessert parties, private viewing spaces, and even changes in the design of World Showcase restaurants.

“Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Are you look for a way to upgrade your nighttime fun at Disney's Hollywood Studios? Why not indulge in a cosmic diversion at the "Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular" Dessert Party. The ambiance of the night is pure Star Wars when you enjoy an out-of-this-world buffet of selection of Star Wars-themed desserts, specialty drinks and an assortment of charcuterie and cheeses. Then enjoy reserved seating for a nighttime spectacular.

Winter After Hours Events At The Magic Kingdom

Disney After Hours Events have been a huge hit with guests looking to keep the fun coming at Magic Kingdom Park, and Disney just announced a brand new bunch winter dates! The sun may go down early, but that doesn't mean that you have to miss out on the fun when you buy a special event ticket to Disney After Hours.

Celebrate 23 Years of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

It's almost time to open the shutters on the 23rd Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival! 75 days of delicious culinary adventures begin on Thursday, August 30th, 2018. This year's event features more than 30 global marketplace booths circling the World Showcase Lagoon and annexing just a bit of Future World too. Guests will be able to sip and stroll their way through diverse ethnic cuisine, refreshing new beverages, and enjoy a star-studded entertainment lineup.

6 Disney Vacation Mistakes To Avoid

One of the undeniable reasons that Walt Disney World is such a popular vacation destination is that it appeals to a broad range of travelers. As such, I try very hard not to promote one style of travel over another. That being said there are some definite Disney travel mistakes that you can make. Let's take a look at a few of the biggest "don'ts" people make on Disney vacations, and get a few ideas of how to work around it.

Watch Fourth of July Fireworks #DisneyParksLIVE Tonight!

Happy Independence Day U.S.A.! It's a star-spangled holiday all across the country, and the Disney Parks are no different. If you're stuck at home (like me) instead of touring the Magic Kingdom this year #DisneyParksLIVE has got you covered for fireworks!