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My Disney Experience App Now Includes Bus Times!My Disney Experience App Now Includes Bus Times!
June 18, 2018
Disney has rolled out a brand new bus time feature in the My Disney Experience mobile app that enables guests to spend less time waiting at the bus stop and more time getting ready for a fun-filled day in the parks. With this feature, guests can quickly discover up-to-the-minute estimates for when the next buses will depart from their Disney Resort hotel and when they will complete their journey to their destination.


REVIEW: Mandara Spa at Walt Disney World DolphinREVIEW: Mandara Spa at Walt Disney World Dolphin
June 15, 2018
Guest Blogger Elizabeth Brown shares her review of the Mandara Spa at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel.


Fourth of July Around the "World"Fourth of July Around the "World"
June 14, 2018
This Independence Day 2018, Disney theme parks will offer guests a bevy of booming delights, with fireworks at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, as well as special character appearances, patriotic-themed treats and activities at Fort Wilderness.


2019 Disney World Packages and Dining Plans Announced2019 Disney World Packages and Dining Plans Announced
June 08, 2018
The 2019 Walt Disney Travel Company vacation packages and dining plans for Walt Disney World Resort are now available to book. These packages will be valid for arrivals Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2019. Note the last date of your vacation cannot be booked more than 499 days in the future.


Online Tool Revamps Lost and Found Online Tool Revamps Lost and Found
June 06, 2018
Walt Disney World Resort has introduced an online tool for reporting lost items. If you lose something in a Disney theme park, water park, Disney Springs, ESPN Wide World of Sports or on Disney transportation, visit and input information about your lost item. Disney will then search for the item for you, sending periodic updates right to your email address, whether you're still visiting Walt Disney World Resort or have already returned home.


Minnie Van Service Now Available Resort-WideMinnie Van Service Now Available Resort-Wide
June 06, 2018
The Disney Minnie Van service introduced last year is now available for everyone at Walt Disney World Resort, through the Lyft app. The service offers a convenient way for guests to travel to and from the theme parks, Disney resort hotels, Disney Springs and other Disney locations. There is a flat $25 fee per trip for the service, which is available between 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. (Hours subject to change.)


Salons Offer Character Couture PackagesSalons Offer Character Couture Packages
May 31, 2018
Walt Disney World has announced that three of its hair salons are now offering Character Couture Packages. Children, teens and adults can book these "character makeovers" at Ivy Trellis at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, La Vida Health Club at Coronado Springs Resort and Ship Shape at the Beach Club. There are three packages: -- Storybook Style: Classic character-inspired hairstyle -- $50 for a child ages 4 to 14 and $80 for an adult. This service takes 25 minutes. -- Magical Makeover: Classic character-inspired hairstyle and makeup -- $75 for a child ages 4 to 14 and $105 for an adult. This service takes 55 minutes. -- Timeless Transformation: Classic character-inspired hairstyle, makeup and nails -- $90 for a child ages 4 to 14 and $120 for an adult. This service takes one hour and 25 minutes. Nails will be painted in a color appropriate for the character chosen or the guest may choose character nail art for an additional $3 per nail. All three packages include a tiara for the participating guest. To make a reservation, call 407-WDW-SPAS.


Senses Spa REVIEWSenses Spa REVIEW
May 31, 2018
Guest Blogger Elizabeth Brown shares her review of the Senses Spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort.


Food & Wine Classic Adds Hawaiian Luau-Themed AreaFood & Wine Classic Adds Hawaiian Luau-Themed Area
May 25, 2018
An all-new Hawaiian luau-themed area will debut at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort's 2018 Food & Wine Classic on Oct. 26 - 28, taking guests on a culinary journey to the Pacific from the resort's private beach. The new area, named The Pig and The Poke, will feature Hawaiian decor along with several food favorites of the island state including: -- Traditional Earth Baked Kalua Pork with steamed white rice, barrel aged tamari and Napa cabbage -- Tuna Poke featuring Hawaiian yellowfin tuna, sushi rice, avocado relish and crispy fried wontons -- Finely Shaved Ice in a variety of tropical flavors: guava, pineapple, coconut cream, passion fruit, lychee, kiwi and mango Visit to view the complete food menu for the 2018 event, as well as purchase tickets and overnight packages.


PHOTOS: All-Star Music Family SuitePHOTOS: All-Star Music Family Suite
May 23, 2018
The All-Star Music Resort offers family suites that sleep 6 in addition to regular rooms. The family suite has a full bed that sleeps 2 in the bedroom, a full pull-out sleeper (sleeps 2), a sleeper chair (sleeps 1), and an ottoman that converts into a cot (sleeps 1), plus two bathrooms. These photos are from a recent stay in a family suite in the Jazz Inn section of the resort.


PHOTOS: Old Key West Dedicated 2-Bedroom Villa Rehab PHOTOS: Old Key West Dedicated 2-Bedroom Villa Rehab
May 21, 2018
Old Key West recently began a major rehab program for all the villas. New hard goods including stove, refrigerator and much more. Here's our photo gallery.


VIDEO: All-Star Music Family SuiteVIDEO: All-Star Music Family Suite
May 17, 2018
Tour an All-Star Music family suite!


Celebrating Mother's Day Around the WorldCelebrating Mother's Day Around the World
May 11, 2018
Looking for ideas for how to celebrate Mother's Day this weekend at Walt Disney World? Look no further -- we have a round-up of Mother's Day brunches, meals, sweet treats and special activities.


Two Parks Offer Additional Extra Magic HoursTwo Parks Offer Additional Extra Magic Hours
May 07, 2018
For a limited time, guests staying at select Walt Disney World resort hotels can take advantage of more opportunities to enjoy additional Extra Magic Hours. On select mornings now through June 30, guests can enjoy Extra Magic Hours access to the most popular experiences at Disney's Animal Kingdom, including the newest attractions in Pandora - The World of Avatar, as well as guest favorites like Expedition Everest and Dinosaur. In July and August guests staying at select Walt Disney World resort hotels can access Extra Magic Hours daily to experience favorite attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios, including the attractions in the all-new Toy Story Land.


French Quarter Offering Painting on de' BayouFrench Quarter Offering Painting on de' Bayou
April 19, 2018
Port Orleans French Quarter features a special activity, Painting on de' Bayou. This guided painting session, for ages 12 and up, is offered Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. It costs $35 (plus tax). Participants can take the resulting artwork home. Space is limited to 16 per session; to make reservations, call 321-347-0750.


Destination D Celebrates Mickey Mouse's BirthdayDestination D Celebrates Mickey Mouse's Birthday
April 18, 2018
Destination D: Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse, is a two-day party with panels, presentations, a pop-up shop from Mickey's of Glendale, and an all-new exhibit from the Walt Disney Archives, all in honor of the 90th anniversary of the "leader of the club." The event takes place November 16-18 at the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World. Tickets are now available for D23 Gold Members at NOTE: VIP tickets for this event are sold out.


Pixar Play Zone Now Open at Contemporary Resort!Pixar Play Zone Now Open at Contemporary Resort!
April 13, 2018
The Pixar Play Zone, a new, interactive experience for children ages 4-12 opened today, April 13, 2018, at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Pixar Play Zone is an adventure-packed evening that features arcade games, visits with Disney-Pixar characters from the films "Toy Story" and "The Incredibles", dinner and more.


PHOTOS: Old Key West Studio Villa Total Rehab PHOTOS: Old Key West Studio Villa Total Rehab
April 06, 2018
Old Key West is slowly going through a wholesale rehab of all the villas. Here is a brand new Studio Villa! New appliances, soft goods and more.


Old Key West Wine-Tasting Debuts April 15Old Key West Wine-Tasting Debuts April 15
April 06, 2018
A new wine-tasting experience for Disney Vacation Club Members debuts April 15 at Disney's Old Key West Resort as part of Membership Magic. The tasting will accommodate as many as 20 members (ages 21 or older) each Sunday (excluding holidays) from 3 to 4 p.m. at Olivia's Cafe. It will explore the legend of "Olivia Farnsworth" and the resort that surrounds her namesake restaurant, while members enjoy a sampling of wines accompanied by bite-sized foods. The price is $30 a person (includes tax and gratuity). Call Member Services for more details or reservations.


National Beer Day Saturday, April 7!National Beer Day Saturday, April 7!
April 05, 2018
National Beer Day is right around the corner (April 7). The brews in this blog were highlighted by the Food and Beverage experts from Disney Parks and feature unique and delicious tastes available from coast to coast. Enjoy one (or two) to make this special day even more magical.