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Champagne Brunch Added to Food and Wine ClassicChampagne Brunch Added to Food and Wine Classic
July 27, 2016
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic will introduce a Sunday Champagne Brunch at Il Mulino New York Trattoria along with two new beverage seminars, Craft Cocktails and More than Malbec, when it returns for its seventh year this October 28-29. Visit to view the 2016 food menu, and to book overnight packages and purchase tickets for the event, seminars and Sunday Champagne Brunch.


Soft Openings Begin at AbracadaBarSoft Openings Begin at AbracadaBar
July 27, 2016
AbracadaBar, the new cocktail lounge adjacent to the Flying Fish on Disney's BoardWalk, is in soft opening. The back story of this lounge describes it as "former stomping ground for the famous magicians, boardwalk illusionists, and lovely magician's assistants of the Golden Age... [on one evening] every single magician in the lounge vanished into thin air, and was never seen again..." Inside, guests will find enchanted magic show posters and mystifying mirrors, vintage props and tricks.


VIDEO: Port Orleans Riverside Bayou Room TourVIDEO: Port Orleans Riverside Bayou Room Tour
July 22, 2016
Port Orleans Riverside is a moderate resort at Walt Disney World. There are three room themes: Mansion, Princess and Bayou. This is a tour of the Alligator Bayou room. All rooms are the same size just are themed differently. Port Orleans Riverside is "connected" to Port Orleans French quarter via a walkway or boat ride.


VIDEO: Yacht Club Resort Room TourVIDEO: Yacht Club Resort Room Tour
July 18, 2016
Enjoy a video tour of a resort room at Walt Disney World's Yacht Club, a five-story, 630-room resort themed after seaside New England hotels of the late 1800s. The Yacht Club has a stately, nautical look and feel; hardwood floors and brass accents enhance this feeling.


Saratoga Springs 1-Bedroom Photo GallerySaratoga Springs 1-Bedroom Photo Gallery
July 14, 2016
We've updated all photos for the One Bedroom Villa at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa


DVC Pool Hopping Exclusion List ExpandsDVC Pool Hopping Exclusion List Expands
July 14, 2016
Silver Creek Springs pool at Disney's Wilderness Lodge has been added to the list of resort swimming holes that are excluded from the DVC member pool hopping perk. During most of the year, members staying at Walt Disney World resorts have been permitted to use pools at other resorts, but certain resort pools are excluded from this perk. For many years, the list of restricted pools was limited to Stormalong Bay at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club and Uzima Pool at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. However, over the last decade many other resort pools have been added to the restricted list. The full list of ineligible pools is currently: Bay Cove Pool at Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort; Uzima Pool and Samawati Springs Pool at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge; Stormalong Bay at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club; Leisure pool at Disney's Beach Club Villas; Lava Pool and leisure pool at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort; Silver Creek Springs Pool at Disney's Wilderness Lodge; all resort pools at Disney's Art of Animation Resort. Hidden Springs leisure pool at Disney's Wilderness Lodge was demolished in 2015 as part of a resort-wide renovation project that will bring additional Disney Vacation Club villas to the property. Plans call for an additional pool to be added at the Wilderness Lodge. The next pool-hopping blockout period runs September 2-5 over the Labor Day holiday weekend.


Swan and Dolphin to Host Sandtastic WeekendsSwan and Dolphin to Host Sandtastic Weekends
July 05, 2016
This August 26-28 and September 2-4, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort will host Sandtastic Weekends, featuring intricately sculpted sand art designed by award-winning world-class sculptors constructed right on the resort's private beach. The event, which is open to the public, will offer a variety of ways to participate, from watching the masterpieces being created up close to learning the tips and techniques of sand sculpting during a clinic. There will also be amateur sculpting contests or you can try to stump the professionals by giving suggestions for speed-sculpting demonstrations, where a piece is created in just 10 minutes. Other activities include games on the beach; a DJ; and to close the day, a campfire and s'mores. If you get hungry, there will be plenty of creations from the resort's food and beverage team available, including the resort's own Phins and Feathers craft beer. On Labor Day, September 5, the resort will hold special tributes to celebrate the Kickoff Classic college football game between Florida State and Ole Miss taking place in Orlando. Fans of each team will find a giant sand sculpture in honor of the game incorporating a tribute to both teams, and the lights on the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort causeway will feature team colors. Coverage of the Kickoff Classic between the Florida State Seminoles and Ole Miss Rebels will be shown on an outdoor oversized projection screen. Overnight accommodations during Sandtastic Weekends start at just $168 per night. To reserve a room or for more information, including a full schedule of events, visit


Countdown to Midnight New Year's Eve Party Begins Booking July 4Countdown to Midnight New Year's Eve Party Begins Booking July 4
June 30, 2016
"Disney Countdown to Midnight - A New Year's Eve Celebration" will take place Dec. 31, 2016, beginning at 8 p.m. at the Contemporary Resort's Convention Center in the Fantasia Ballroom. There will be music and dancing, along with food and wine pairings from California Grill, Flying Fish, Citricos and Narcoossee's. The event will be highlighted with Magic Kingdom fireworks viewing and a champagne toast. Complimentary transportation will be provided for select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Tickets for this all-ages special evening are extremely limited and cost $225 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Reservations will open on July 4. To purchase or for more information, visit or call 407-939-3463.


Port Orleans Riverside Alligator Bayou Room Photo GalleryPort Orleans Riverside Alligator Bayou Room Photo Gallery
June 30, 2016
The last section of our total redo of the Port Orleans Riverside photo gallery is now completed. We had added photos of the Alligator Bayou rooms.


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.