Characters from ‘Zootopia’ Coming to Walt Disney World, Water Tower Installed at Disney Springs, and More

If you're making plans to visit the Walt Disney World Resort soon there are several exciting things happening including new characters coming to the Magic Kingdom and an extension of same-day reservations at a new table service restaurants. Read on to find out more!

MyMagic+ Program and MagicBands Expanding to Other Disney Parks

Soon Walt Disney World Resort won't be the only Disney Park utilizing the billion dollar MyMagic+ program that includes the ubiquitous MagicBands. According to recent reports, the system will be expanded at other Disney theme parks in some variation.

MyMagic+ Honored with Innovation Award from Fast Company

Disney's MyMagic + was recently honored with the Innovation by Design award by Fast Company magazine.

The guest experience system was named the winner in the "Experience" category at the annual award ceremony in New York City.

Apple Pay Coming to Walt Disney World Resort in October

Guests at the Walt Disney World Resort will have a new way to pay for merchandise in October, provided they have the new iPhone 6.

Apple Pay is coming to the Walt Disney World Resort this fall and it will allow guests to make purchases at locations throughout the resort using their iPhone.

Paying for purchases with Apple Pay requires a single step and Disney joins merchandisers including Macy's, Whole Foods, Bloomingdales, McDonald's, Subway, and Staples as the first retailers and restaurants where Apple Pay will be utilized.

Disney Executive Who Oversaw Development of MyMagic+ Set to Leave Walt Disney Company in July

The Walt Disney Company executive who headed the development of the MyMagic+ program is leaving the company.

Nick Franklin has been with The Walt Disney Company since 1996 and is the longest-serving member of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts executive committee.

A Disney spokesperson said the decision to leave the company was Franklin's and he is planning to help other companies use innovation the way he did with Disney.

Disney Reports MyMagic+ System is Working for Guests at Walt Disney World

The Walt Disney Company is reporting that the MyMagic+ system is working for guests on several levels.

During a conference call to discuss the company's fiscal second quarter results, Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo told analysts that Disney is "pleased with some of the changes in guest behavior and park dynamics" with regard to MyMagic+.

The company said one of the biggest benefits they're seeing is the increase in the number of guests who are planning their trip details in advance of their vacation.

Summer of 2014 Brings New Magic to Guests at the Walt Disney World Resort

This summer promises to be one for the memory books for guests at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Summer officially kicks off at Disney on May 23 with the bi-coastal Rock Your Disney Side: 24 Hours party at the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, and Disney California Adventure. This 24-hour party starts at 6 a.m. on May 23 and ends at 6 a.m. May 24 local time.

MyMagic+ Continuing to Transform Walt Disney World Experience for Guests

The Walt Disney World Resort is still in the midst of the "test and adjust" phase of MyMagic+ but guests have been able to take advantage of some changes brought about by MyMagic+.

The mobile app and website allows guests to plan their vacation at home and make changes on the go in the parks. The app features itinerary tools and gives guests the ability to scheduled FastPass+ reservations in advance or on the day of their visit.

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train are Two of the Highlights for 2014 at Walt Disney World

Next year promises to be a very magical year for guests at the Walt Disney World Resort with the opening of a new attraction and the debut of a new parade at the Magic Kingdom, plus much more.

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is set to open in the spring of 2014, completing the New Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom. The ride takes guests on a musical ride through the mines, and was inspired by the classic animated film.

Walt Disney World Resort Park Entrances Are Now Turnstile Free

The Magic Kingdom reached an important milestone at the end of November when the park's last touch point entry system was unveiled.

With the unveiling at the Magic Kingdom means that all Walt Disney World Resort park entrances are now turnstile free.

Earlier this year, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon was the first park at the Walt Disney World Resort to see the turnstiles switched out for touch point entries. Throughout the year the other parks have had their turnstiles replaced by touch point systems.

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Making Walt Disney World FastPass+ Revervations on My Disney Experience

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5 Reasons To Visit Walt Disney World This Summer

We think that anytime is a good time for a Walt Disney World vacation, but this Summer may be just the time you've been waiting for to take your next trip! There's been a lot going on over the past few years with construction, and beta tests of many new systems but much of that has finally come to fruition. It is Disney, and just as soon as one major project is finished there's sure to be a new one started - but if you've been waiting around for "the best" time to visit - wait no more!

What to do in a Day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios is a park where there's something for everyone, whether you're a thrill seeker or more of a sit back and relax kind of guest. It's also one of our favorite places to spend a day.

And while everyone has their own method of touring the theme parks of Walt Disney World it never hurts to talk about tips for making the most of your day. So, we're going to spend the next few minutes talking about what we think are must do attractions, must see shows, and must eat foods at the Hollywood Studios.

A Quick Guide To Walt Disney World's MagicBands

This Summer the vast majority of guests traveling to Walt Disney World will have their first experiences with the next generation technologies that have everyone talking. We've discussed MyMagic+ and the My Disney Experience App in the past couple of weeks. Today, we're going to give you a quick guide all about MagicBands.

The FREE MyDisneyExperience App Helps Keep Your Travel Plans On Hand

As we recently mentioned Guests who have planned their vacations ahead of time using the MyDisneyExperience website can keep all of the information in the palm of their hands with the free synchronized MyDisneyExperience Mobile App.

A Quick Guide To Walt Disney World's MyMagic+

The Walt Disney Company has a long history of innovation, and after many years of speculation on the next generation of projects they have rolled out a collection of groundbreaking tools to make it easier than ever for guests to create a personal and customized experience. MyMagic+ is a new way for all Walt Disney World guests to experience more of the magic by connecting nearly all aspects of the Walt Disney World vacation experience, and beginning right at home.

Top 10 Tips for Making the Most Out of a Visit to Epcot

Everyone tours the Walt Disney World theme parks in their own way. Some people swear by rope drop, while others prefer to arrive later and avoid the early morning crowds. And everyone has their "must do" and "must see" rides and attractions at each park.

Today we're going to share our top tips for Epcot. We'll be talking about FastPasses, dining, characters, and special events you might want to consider when making travel plans to Epcot.

Disney’s Theme Parks and Interactive Media Divisions Boost Company’s Fourth Quarter Profits

The Walt Disney Company has reported a positive end to its fourth quarter and fiscal year, reporting a 7 percent increase in revenue for the year and an 8 percent increase in net income.

The positive quarter-and year-end results were due in large part to the theme park and interactive segments, including sales of Disney Infinity.