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Art of Animation Little Mermaid VideoArt of Animation Little Mermaid Video
June 23, 2016
Tour the Art of Animation Little Mermaid section. Check out the huge sculptures and the themed pool


Kiddie Pool to Close Permanently at the FortKiddie Pool to Close Permanently at the Fort
June 22, 2016
The Meadow Kiddie Pool at Fort Wilderness will close permanently on June 27, 2016.


Flying Fish Renovation Shorter Than Previously AnnouncedFlying Fish Renovation Shorter Than Previously Announced
June 22, 2016
The renovation of Flying Fish on Disney's BoardWalk has changed its end date from September 30 to "through summer 2016.


French Quarter Food Court Faces RefurbishmentFrench Quarter Food Court Faces Refurbishment
June 22, 2016
The Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory at Port Orleans French Quarter will close for refurbishment on July 11. During this time, the Scat Cat Lounge adjacent to the resort lobby will feature some beloved dishes, like jambalaya, gumbo, po' boys, and beignets. There will also be a selection of grab 'n' go meals available for purchase. For guests wishing for more selection, bus transportation will be provided from 7 a.m. to midnight to Port Orleans Riverside. In addition, the resort will continue to offer its in-room pizza delivery service from 4 p.m. to midnight daily. The menu includes pizza, hot and cold sandwiches and pasta. The quick service food court will reopen sometime in the fall, but no specific date has been announced.


Toddler Dies in Rare Gator Attack at Grand FloridianToddler Dies in Rare Gator Attack at Grand Floridian
June 17, 2016
A two year old was killed in a rare gator attack on the shoreline at the Grand Floridian Resort this week


Wilderness Lodge Rooms Converting to VillasWilderness Lodge Rooms Converting to Villas
June 17, 2016
Some hotel rooms at Disney's Wilderness Lodge are being renovated and converted to Disney Vacation Club villas. Access has been blocked to the hotel wing on the east side of the Lodge, which is the side closest to the existing villas, now dubbed Boulder Ridge Villas. Elevators that service that wing have been walled off. Trees have been cleared to make way for the cabins that will be on the west side of the resort, the side closest to World Drive. However, not all of the trees have been cut down. It appears a line of trees right near the shoreline have been kept. Although the Hidden Springs Pool has been demolished, excavation work has yet to begin on the new pool. Much of the framing for the new lakefront restaurant building appears to be completed.


Bay Lake Tower Testing Transportation ChangesBay Lake Tower Testing Transportation Changes
June 16, 2016
Walt Disney World has started a test program to offer valet parking at Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort. A small lot between Bay Lake Tower and the A-frame tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort has been reserved for use by parking attendants only. Previously guests would have to drive to the Contemporary Tower in order to valet park their vehicle. Luggage assistance and curbside check-in are also offered at Bay Lake Tower. No word on how long Disney plans to test this program before they consider making it permanent. Additionally, plans are being considered to alter the bus routes for Disney's Magical Express to include a drop-off at Bay Lake Tower. The current DME drop-off point for guests staying in the Disney Vacation Club villas is outside the main entrance of the Contemporary Tower.


Swan and Dolphin Offer "Awaken" Summer RatesSwan and Dolphin Offer "Awaken" Summer Rates
June 15, 2016
Now through August 25, guests who book at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel with rate code AWAKEN can receive room rates starting as low as $165 per night, as well as 20 percent off services at the Mandara Spa. To book or for more details, visit or call 1-800-227-1500 and use the offer code AWAKEN. Taxes, resort services fee and gratuities not included. Not valid with any other special offers, promotions, or for existing reservations or groups; offer is based on availability.


Beach Club Villas Receiving Unexpected ChangesBeach Club Villas Receiving Unexpected Changes
June 09, 2016
Owners and guests at Disney's Beach Club Villas are likely to be pleased with a change to the sleeping configuration implemented during the current refurbishment. "The first wave of accommodations underwent in January, received refreshed decor and fabrics, undated bathrooms, larger televisions, a second queen bed in the second bedroom of the two-bedroom villas and more. The addition of a new fifth sleeper in Deluxe Studios is also part of this project, slated to continue through the summer", Disney Files Magazine. This modification is limited to dedicated two-bedroom villas.


Port Orleans Riverside Brand New Photo GalleryPort Orleans Riverside Brand New Photo Gallery
June 07, 2016
Check out our brand new photo gallery for Port Orleans Riverside. Over 150 all new photos of this popular resort!


New Name Announced for Wilderness Lodge VillasNew Name Announced for Wilderness Lodge Villas
May 26, 2016
Disney Vacation Club has announced an enhanced name for The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge -- Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. Walt Disney Imagineers plant to bring the community's story to life in new ways, including through the re-imagined (and soon to be renamed) Hidden Springs Pool area. The new name also distinguishes the resort's condominium association from any proposed new Disney Vacation Club developments at Disney's Wilderness Lodge.


VIDEO: Royal Room at Port Orleans RiversideVIDEO: Royal Room at Port Orleans Riverside
May 23, 2016
Tour one of the elegant Royal Rooms at Port Orleans Riverside where you'll feel like you are entering the private chambers of a princess. The room is decorated in rich colors, gilded accents, ornate furniture and layers of fabric. The room's theme is based on the premise that Princess Tiana has hosted her royal friends in the rooms and each has left behind mementos to mark their visit.


Flying Fish Announces New Chef and Lounge!Flying Fish Announces New Chef and Lounge!
May 16, 2016
Flying Fish has announced its new chef, Tim Majoras! If his name sounds familiar, Chef Tim previously worked at the Flying Fish Cafe. Opening is set for late summer for Flying Fish restaurant at Disney's Boardwalk. Diners will be welcomed to a sophisticated, interior that still pays homage to the golden era of seaside boardwalks. Next door, the new AbracadaBar lounge opens, taking the spot formerly occupied by the candy and ice cream shop.


Boardwalk's Ample Hills Creamery Now OpenBoardwalk's Ample Hills Creamery Now Open
May 13, 2016
Ample Hills Creamery has opened on Disney's BoardWalk, in the space formerly occupied by the ESPN Club's arcade, The Yard. The Brooklyn-based company is known for their creative approach to all things ice cream. This re-imagined take on the turn-of-the-century ice cream parlor is Ample Hills Creamery's first location outside of New York City.


REVIEW:  Afternoon Tea at Beach Club's Crescent Solarium REVIEW: Afternoon Tea at Beach Club's Crescent Solarium
May 13, 2016
For many years Walt Disney World has offered a popular afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian Resort. Earlier this year the Disney Parks Blog announced a new tea offering: Afternoon Tea at Crescent Solarium, which would be held for a limited time in the Solarium at the Beach Club Resort. It didn't line up with our February dates, but then a new set of dates for April appeared, and Alert Reader Deb Koma was able to book a reservation for five of us for Sunday, April 17. (Future dates offered are May 5-8, June 16-19, August 11-14, and September 1-5.)


Wilderness Lodge Villas Video Gallery - One-Bedroom VillaWilderness Lodge Villas Video Gallery - One-Bedroom Villa
May 10, 2016
We have added a video tour of a one-bedroom from the Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge


Snack Counter at Boardwalk's Screen DoorSnack Counter at Boardwalk's Screen Door
May 05, 2016
I was walking along the BoardWalk last week and stopped in at the Screen Door General Store, just to grab a few seconds of air conditioning before continuining on my walk to the Walt Disney World Dolphin. To my surprise, I was greeted by a long bakery case, filled with cookies, candy apples, fudge and more.


Beach Club Hosts Mother's Day EventBeach Club Hosts Mother's Day Event
May 03, 2016
Ariel's at Disney's Beach Club Resort will host a special event, Chocolate Factory featuring Mother's Day, from 1 to 5 p.m. on May 8. This event for the whole family is centered around chocolate with specialty drinks for adults and kids, as well as decadent desserts. Cost is $38 for adults, $20 for children 3-9. Make reservations by calling 407-934-1470.


VIDEO TOUR: 1-Bedroom Corner Unit at the BoardWalk VillasVIDEO TOUR: 1-Bedroom Corner Unit at the BoardWalk Villas
May 02, 2016
Enjoy this complete walk-through of a special corner 1-Bedroom Villa. This villa is approximately 710 square feet with one bedroom with a king-size bed, walk-in closet, TV and armoire plus a living room with a queen-size sleeper sofa and TV, dining area with table and chairs, full size kitchen, sink and shower, whirlpool tub with sink and vanity, stacked washer and dryer and a private balcony or patio.


BoardWalk Villas Renovation CompleteBoardWalk Villas Renovation Complete
April 28, 2016
Contractors recently completed the year-long renovation of all guest rooms at Disney's BoardWalk Villas. All Deluxe Studio, One Bedroom, Two Bedroom and Three Bedroom Grand Villa units have been updated with new decor. Modifications to the rooms include new floor and wall coverings, linens and replacement of some furniture and fixtures. Deluxe Studio Villas have been updated to include the fold-down Murphy bed. This addition raises the maximum occupancy of Studio rooms to five guests of any age. The booking features at have been updated to reflect the new maximum occupancy. Exterior work at the BoardWalk will continue throughout 2016 with a series of painting projects, updates to Flying Fish restaurant and the addition of the Ample Hills Creamery ice cream parlor.