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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.


Fort Wilderness Cabin Loop Changed to Premium CampsitesFort Wilderness Cabin Loop Changed to Premium Campsites
April 28, 2016
All cabins at Fort Wilderness Campground have now been refurbished. The campground's Loop 2100 is now under construction, and all cabins there have been removed. Concrete pads are being installed in the area for new premium campsites. Work should be completed on Loop 2100 later this summer.


Walt Disney World Dolphin Video Gallery - Renovated RoomWalt Disney World Dolphin Video Gallery - Renovated Room
April 27, 2016
We have updated the WDW Dolphin Resort video gallery with a tour of the newly renovated room.


Star Wars Themed Gifts Detailed in MayStar Wars Themed Gifts Detailed in May
April 20, 2016
Disney Floral and Gifts, in partnership with Lucasfilm, will release a new Star Wars Rebels role-playing experience this summer. The offering will feature exclusive gear that places you on an interactive adventure that starts in your resort room at the Disney Parks in Florida and California. Once the mission is revealed, you'll be guided by Ezra Bridger through an interactive augmented reality experience to the Star Tours attraction. More details will be released on May 4 on the Disney Floral and Gifts site.


French Quarter Kids Aquatic Play Area PHOTOSFrench Quarter Kids Aquatic Play Area PHOTOS
April 13, 2016
Port Orleans French Quarter recently opened a brand new Kids Aquatic Play Area adjacent to the Doubloon Lagoon themed pool. We have photos~!


Change to Resort Airline Check-In HoursChange to Resort Airline Check-In Hours
April 13, 2016
Hours for Resort Airline Check-In, a complimentary service that allows Walt Disney World resort guests who are flying on participating airlines to check-in for their flight at the hotel, have been changed. The service, which also allows guests to collect their boarding passes and check their bags at check-in desks conveniently located in or near the hotel lobby, is now available from 5 a.m.-noon.


New Resort Tour Offered at the Grand FloridianNew Resort Tour Offered at the Grand Floridian
April 13, 2016
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is now offering a one-hour resort tour called The Floridian Express. The tour focuses on the charm of Southern Florida during the turn of the century and other hotels and individuals who inspired the Grand Floridian. This tour also includes a behind-the-scenes look at Victoria and Albert's restaurant. The tour is offered at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with check-in at the main Porte Cochere. The tour is limited to 10 participants, ages 10 and up, and can be reserved up to 180 days in advance (subject to availability). Price is $15 per person (plus tax). Book by calling 407-WDW-TOUR.


The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Photo GalleryThe Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Photo Gallery
April 11, 2016
We revamped the photo gallery for the Villa's at Disney's Wilderness Lodge! In addition to photos of the studio, one and two bedroom villa, we now have photos of the Member Lounge, Carolwood Pacific room and covered walkway.


Ice Cream to Return to Disney's BoardwalkIce Cream to Return to Disney's Boardwalk
April 08, 2016
A re-imagined take on the turn-of-the-century ice cream parlor is set to open this spring at Disney's BoardWalk Inn and Villas. Ample Hills Creamery, a Brooklyn-based company known for their creative approach to all things ice cream, will open its first location outside of New York City.


Point Price Rise for Aulani and PolynesianPoint Price Rise for Aulani and Polynesian
April 08, 2016
Disney Vacation Club has revealed that the base price for points at Aulani and the Polynesian will rise from the current $168 per point to $171 per point on June 1, 2016.


Changes to Disney Vacation Club ResalesChanges to Disney Vacation Club Resales
April 06, 2016
Ken Potrock, Disney Vacation Club Senior Vice President, has announced that as of yesterday, April 4, 2016, anyone who does not purchase "an ownership interest [in Disney Vacation Club] directly from Disney Vacation Development, Inc. will not have access to Membership Extras." These "extras" include such benefits as discounts on Annual Passes, as well as discounts on merchandise discounts and dining. All current DVC members who may have purchased a resale contract from someone other than Disney Vacation Club will be "grandfathered in" and will continue to receive these benefits.


New Sense of Africa Tour at Animal Kingdom Lodge New Sense of Africa Tour at Animal Kingdom Lodge
April 01, 2016
The Sense of Africa experience at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is a 3.5-hour breakfast and tour designed to immerse guests in the culture and history of the resort while giving a backstage peek at the care and feeding of the resident animals. The tour begins with breakfast at Boma-Flavors of Africa, followed by encounters with animals such as okapi, giraffe, ostriches and red river hogs. Sense of Africa will be offered on Tuesday and Saturday mornings beginning April 9. The cost is $249. Reservations may be made by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (939-8687) starting April 5. NOTE: Staying at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is NOT required. Experiences may vary.


Polynesian-Inspired Cuisine Offered at New Pool GrillPolynesian-Inspired Cuisine Offered at New Pool Grill
March 30, 2016
Oasis Bar and Grill has opened at the Oasis Pool at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. The new pool bar and grill serves Polynesian-inspired snacks like Malasadas (a Portuguese confection coated in sugar) and entrees like a Teriyaki-glazed Angus Chuck Burger, Spinach and Watermelon Salad with Grilled Chicken and Grilled Sustainable Fish Tacos. There's also a full bar offering a wide range of tropical cocktails, Hawaiian beer, wine, sodas and teas.


Beach Club Solarium Hosts Afternoon Tea Beach Club Solarium Hosts Afternoon Tea
March 30, 2016
More dates have been added for Afternoon Tea at Crescent Solarium at Disney's Beach Club Resort. The tea is now available for booking: April 14-17, May 5-8, June 16-19, July 1-4, August 11-14 and September 1-5. There are several tea service options available: Sea Side Park Tea, which includes a selection of artisan cheeses and seasonal accompaniments, petit sandwiches and canapes on house-made breads, scones served with clotted cream, lemon curd and seasonal jam, and house-made pastries and tea cookies, all accompanied by your choice of loose-leaf tea; Sandy Cove Tea, which includes everything in the Sea Side Park Tea except the cheese course; Prince Cove Tea, which features house-made charcuterie and cheese plate, along with the scones, pastries and tea cookies, and your choice of loose-leaf tea; and Short Sands Beach Tea for guests ages 3-9 (assorted tea sandwiches shaped like Mickey Mouse, scone served with clotted cream, lemon curd and seasonal jam, chocolate chip cookies, accompanied with special "dark tea" (chocolate milk). Reservations are now available and can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.


DVC Sales Post Third Low MonthDVC Sales Post Third Low Month
March 23, 2016
For the third time in the last four months, direct sales of Disney Vacation Club points failed to top 100,000 points. Excluding sales for Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, and the Villas at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel (for which sales are not available), the 11 DVC resorts in Florida and South Carolina posted sales of 96,025 points in February 2016. By comparison, from July 2010 to October 2015, there was only one month -- November 2014 -- when the Florida and South Carolina DVC resorts did not post at least 100,000 points in combined sales.


Easter Services Scheduled at Disney ResortEaster Services Scheduled at Disney Resort
March 23, 2016
Religious Services will be held in the Fantasia Ballroom of Disney's Contemporary Resort. The service schedule is as follows: -- Catholic Mass: 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. -- Protestant Service: 9 a.m. Note that the Contemporary Resort parking lot operates under parking restrictions, which means that unless you are staying there or have a dining reservation, you will need to use Disney transportation to get there. Resort guests around the monorail beam are encouraged to take the monorail or watercraft system to Disney's Contemporary Resort.


5th Annual Easter Egg Display at Grand Floridian Resort and Spa Through April 55th Annual Easter Egg Display at Grand Floridian Resort and Spa Through April 5
March 17, 2016
The 5th Annual Grand Floridian Resort and Spa Easter egg display is currently under way. Executive Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek of the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa has been designing and hand-painting Easter eggs for 20 years. Each egg is ornamented with edible products, such as modeling chocolate, fondant, sugar floral royal icing, colored cocoa butter and sculpted sugar art pieces. Herbitschek and his dedicated team spent more than three weeks creating these edible works of art. The hollow chocolate eggs weigh 9-12 pounds and stand 16-20 inches tall. Featured this year are eggs representing: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Fox and the Hound, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, Tangled's Rapunzel and Flynn, Lady and the Tramp, Robin Hood, Mulan, Stitch, Toy Story, Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and, of course, Frozen. We have a video overview of these beautiful works of art, on display through April 4, 2016.