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New Fall Offer at Walt Disney World!
July 23, 2014
Save up to 30 percent on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels, valid for stays most nights October 4 through November 25, and November 29 through December 23, 2014. Book by October 3, 2014.

 

Boardwalk MutoscopesBoardwalk Mutoscopes
July 18, 2014
Located in the Disney Boardwalk Inn and Villas resort hallway directly across from the restrooms near the Belle Vue Lounge are a green and a red Clamshell Mutoscope. At one time, there was also a mutoscope that was painted white with gold trim.

 

The Fort Wilderness BookThe Fort Wilderness Book
July 18, 2014
If you were to ask me, “Which Disney resort is your favorite?” I would immediately answer, “Fort Wilderness Campground.” It will probably come as no surprise to you that Carol, a compulsive collector, has saved some keepsakes, mementos and souvenirs from a resort which ranks high on her list of favorites. They were scattered throughout our home, some in her pin collection, some in the Tickle Trunk, some in scrapbooks and others in book cases or file folders. About two years ago she decided to put them all together in her new Fort Wilderness Book. Once she had it all assembled in a large 3-ring binder, we were both pleasantly surprised by some of the treasures she had picked up over the years. Here is a look at a few of the highlights from the Fort Wilderness Book.

 

Saratoga Springs HistorySaratoga Springs History
July 04, 2014
Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa officially opened May 17, 2004 with a "health-history-horses" theme. The Development Manager for the project was Kevin Cummings, which was ironically appropriate. Cummings was born and raised in Saratoga Springs, New York, the city that was the inspiration for the new Disney Vacation Club resort. In fact, at the time, his twin brother still lived in that historic upstate New York town so Kevin would go back to visit several times during the year, especially to attend the races.

 

AllEarsNet TV: Ft. Wilderness Little Known FactsAllEarsNet TV: Ft. Wilderness Little Known Facts
July 04, 2014
The Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground opened in November 1971. This episode provides a few little known facts about Ft. Wilderness. Host Deb Wills talks about Honorary Mayor Joe Scully, Hidden Mickeys, Walt Disney Horses, Dragon Calliope, and the Lawn Mower Tree.

 

Videos: Saratoga Springs 1 Bedroom VillaVideos: Saratoga Springs 1 Bedroom Villa
June 26, 2014
Saratoga Springs Resort and Spas is a Disney Vacation Club Resort. It is comprised of studios, one and two bedroom and grand villas. The resort is located on the grounds of the former Disney Institute overlooking the lakefront district at Downtown Disney. This video is a tour of the One Bedroom Villa.

 

Carolwood Pacific Room at Villas at Wilderness LodgeCarolwood Pacific Room at Villas at Wilderness Lodge
June 26, 2014
On the main floor of the Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge you will find the Carolwood Pacific Railroad Room, which houses some of train enthusiast Walt Disney's own items -- the perfectly preserved cattle car, gondola and piece of track from his original set, as well as additional train memorabilia. There are photos of Walt as well as a wonderful oil painting. A great treasure for Walt and Railroad enthusiasts of all ages.

 

VIDEO: All Star Music RoomVIDEO: All Star Music Room
June 16, 2014
The All Star Music resort is a Disney "value" category resort. is a 1,920 room resort featuring the following musically themed buildings: Calypso, Jazz Inn, Rock Inn, Country Fair, and the Broadway Hotel. The rooms are 260 square feet in size. The ASM is one of the value hotel offerings on Disney property.

 

Exotic Flavors at Sanaa in Kidani VillageExotic Flavors at Sanaa in Kidani Village
June 14, 2014
The Animal Kingdom Lodge opened with two highly popular restaurants, Boma and Jiko. With the addition of the Disney Vacation Club at Kidani Village came yet another dining option, Sanaa. While Sanaa may not receive the same notoriety as Boma or Jiko, it offers a truly unique dining experience. In Swahili Sanaa means "work of art," and after dining here it is easy to see why that name is so appropriate.

 

VIDEO: Tour a Bay Lake Tower Studio VillaVIDEO: Tour a Bay Lake Tower Studio Villa
June 02, 2014
Tour a Studio Villa at Bay Lake Tower in Walt Disney World

 

Humphrey the Bear at Wilderness Lodge Humphrey the Bear at Wilderness Lodge
May 28, 2014
Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort is the only Disney resort hotel to have an official mascot, the brown bear. Images and allusions can be found throughout the resort including bear tracks imbeded in the walkways. To make that potentially fearsome mascot more friendly for younger guests, some of the brown bear images are of the Disney animated character Humphrey the Bear, a lovable, overweight brown bear who lives in the fictional Brownstone National Park.

 

Revisting the All Star ResortsRevisting the All Star Resorts
May 21, 2014
Jack Spence takes a look at the three All Star Resorts and how they have changed since his last visit a few years ago.

 

Polynesian's Kids' Club Becomes "Club Disney"; Opening June 14!Polynesian's Kids' Club Becomes "Club Disney"; Opening June 14!
May 16, 2014
Walt Disney World has been teasing us this spring with a steady stream of details about the renovations that have begun at the Polynesian Resort. Among the less-publicized changes is a complete makeover for the Never Land Club kids' child-care center, which is set to reopen June 16 as "Club Disney."

 

All Star Sports Overview TourAll Star Sports Overview Tour
May 09, 2014
Brand new All Star Sports Resort Overview video

 

Mother's Day - Last-Minute IdeasMother's Day - Last-Minute Ideas
May 07, 2014
Did Mother's Day sneak up on you when you meant to order something from the Disney Parks or make a brunch reservation on Disney property? Don't worry! You can still recover nicely from your absent-mindedness with the help of Disney Floral and Gifts. The service helps create memorable moments for mothers celebrating at Walt Disney World and Disneyland or at home. There are several pre-packaged gift collections, or you can create your own from a large selection of containers and gift items.

 

Polynesian Reverts to Original Name; Gets New Look, LoungePolynesian Reverts to Original Name; Gets New Look, Lounge
May 03, 2014
The Polynesian Resort will revert to its original 1971 name, The Polynesian Village Resort Hotel, as it continues a multi-year re-imagining with the renovation of its guest rooms, the resort's feature pool and its centerpiece Great Ceremonial House. The "Poly" also plans to add Trader Sam's Grog Grotto with a highly themed lounge area featuring tiki cocktails and Polynesia-themed small plates. It will be based on the popular themed lounge at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.

 

Coronado Springs RevisitedCoronado Springs Revisited
April 14, 2014
Jack Spence is in the process of reexamining all of the Disney World resorts to see what has changed since my last overnight visit - and I decided to start with Coronado Springs. I last posted on this resort on August 17, 2010.

 

Easter Is April 20! Holiday HappeningsEaster Is April 20! Holiday Happenings
April 11, 2014
Easter is Sunday, April 20, 2014. Here's a rundown of what's happening around the World for this holiday, including Easter Bunny appearances and religious services.

 

Coronado Springs Resort Tour - VideoCoronado Springs Resort Tour - Video
April 08, 2014
Coronado Springs is a Disney Moderate Resort with a convention center. The complex has 1,917 rooms and suites situated in three villages around a 15-acre lake called Lago Dorado. The foyer has a lovely fountain in its center, but it is the domed ceiling that is the true jewel of the entrance-way. A soft pink glowing light opens into the dome itself... an incredible mural that depicts a gazebo with doves (lots of doves!) sitting/flying amidst a spring flower garden. Themed to the region's urban areas, the Casitas (little houses) offer accommodations amidst plazas, fountains and palm-shaded courtyards. The Ranchos are 2- and 3-story pueblo-style villas that reflect more arid rural regions in a rustic ranch setting, complete with small streams tumbling over a rocky steam bed. On the northern shore of Lago Dorado are the two story Cabanas which reflect the beauty and serenity of Mexico's coastal regions.

 

3rd Annual Grand Floridian Easter Egg Display Video3rd Annual Grand Floridian Easter Egg Display Video
April 05, 2014
The 3rd Annual Grand Floridian Resort and Spa Easter Egg display. Led by Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, 19 bakers created these all chocolate eggs for this display. The hollow chocolate eggs weigh 9-12 pounds and stand 16-20 inches tall. Featured this year is Queen Elsa, from Frozen. Eggs also highlight Ariel and the Little Mermaid, Aurora and Prince Philip from Sleeping Beauty, the Fairy Godmother, Cinderella and Prince Charming from Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp at Tony's Restaurant, the Bears from Brave, and Flynn Rider and Rapunzel from Tangled.