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Top Tips to Make the Most of your Downtown Disney Visit at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on September 20th, 2013 by Darcy Clark, Marketing Manager, Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort


Earlier this year, we announced Disney Springs, the exciting, multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney. If you’ve visited recently, you know that our expansion has officially begun. While we’ve been getting a lot of questions, one of the most popular topics seems to be parking: Will we have more spots? Where will they be located? And where should guests park in the meantime? Read on, because I’ve got answers …

Yes, more parking is coming! The best part: parking will continue to be complimentary. Work recently started on the first of two multi-level parking garages; it is expected to be complete in late 2014 near AMC Theatres and Splitsville Luxury Lanes. A second garage, closer to World of Disney, is set to open in 2016. Additionally, we’ll continue to offer surface parking.

Visiting Soon? (I hope so – because right now, you can enjoy over 70 venues filled with ways to delight you day and night!). I’ve got a few tips to help you make the most of your experience:

  • If you’re staying at a Disney Resort, leave the driving to us! When I’m a Disney Resort hotel guest, I love that someone else does the driving for me.
  • If you have tickets or reservations, arrive early – 60 minutes prior to your show time or reservation, just to be safe.
  • If you’re driving, here are a few ‘must-knows’:
    1. We’ve added additional parking options that will come in handy most Fridays, Saturdays and holidays – you can follow the signs to plentiful parking in the SunTrust and Casting Building lots across the street from Downtown Disney (see our helpful map below).
    2. On our busier days, guests parking in the Team Disney lot can enjoy a complimentary shuttle with direct service to Downtown Disney West Side or can take a short walk to their desired destination. (Hint: I’ve tried both, and it’s usually a little faster to walk – it only took me five minutes!)
    3. When in doubt, ask a Cast Member – they’re there to help!

Downtown Disney Parking Map

Want a few more of my favorite secrets? Arrive before 5 p.m.; look for parking at Entrance 5, behind Cirque du Soleil in lots O, P & Q (it’s a lot closer than you think!); and lastly, don’t forget you can always take the complimentary Boat Transportation between the West Side, Pleasure Island and the Marketplace, weather permitting.

I know I’ve just shared a lot of information – check out the map above for more.

Now that you know the latest, I hope you’re as excited as I am. I look forward to seeing you out and about at Downtown Disney soon!

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Top 5: Fun for Families at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on August 20th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


ʻOhana means family, and at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, every member of the family is included in the fun. From a family breakfast with Aunty and the characters, to a rejuvenating massage for the entire family at Laniwai Spa, to ending the night together at the Starlit Hui show, your ʻohana will create lasting memories of your Hawaiian vacation at every turn. Whether it’s Mom, Dad and the kids, or you’ve included the grandparents and cousins, Aulani provides every member of your family with something to do – both on their own and all together. To help you think about what’s in store for your ʻohana, here’s our Top 5 video on family fun at Aulani.

Read more from my “Top 5″ series:

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Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests Enjoy More Fun in the Sun with Summer Pool Parties

posted on August 19th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Resort Hotel Guests Enjoy More Fun in the Sun with Summer Pool Parties

Now through the end of September, guests staying at the hotels of the Disneyland Resort can enjoy a little extra summertime magic with special pool parties each day! These one-hour pool parties are a chance for the whole family to get together to enjoy games, music and dancing. If you’re staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel this summer, look for the daily pool parties in the following locations:

Are you visiting the Disneyland Resort this summer?

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Top 5: Fun for Kids at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on July 23rd, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


Aloha! We are in the middle of a fantastic summer here at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. And while the entire family is having a great Hawaiian vacation, the keiki (kids) are busy taking full advantage of every moment of daylight. So, we thought we’d take this opportunity to share our second Top 5 video – this one focused on fun for the keiki. And don’t forget, we have a great fall offer happening now, which includes a 5th night free and a one-time $100 resort credit. For all the details, see this post. So, hele mai, come join us, for some kid fun at Aulani.

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New Offer Gives You More Time to Enjoy Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on July 11th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


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As we say in Hawai`i, e hoʻolohe ana mai … listen up! … because all of us here at Aulani are calling for you to join us in a magical Hawaiian vacation.

A new offer at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai‘i, will have you wanting to escape to our vacation paradise. For a limited time, when you purchase a minimum four-night stay, you will get a fifth night free plus an additional $100 one-time resort credit. This special offer is available for stays most nights August 26 through November 23, 2013, and December 1 through December 15, 2013.

One more night at Aulani means extra time for the family to splash in and around the pools, water slides and beach. In addition, the kids will be delighted to have extra play time at Aunty’s Beach House, and enjoy our world-class entertainment and visits from Disney characters. And with your $100 Aulani resort credit, you can enjoy even more, including our great restaurants and lounges, Laniwai Spa, excursions and beach activities.

You can book this offer now through September 6, 2013. To book, call toll-free (866) 309-2384, or your local travel agent. You may also go online to learn more and purchase the vacation package at DisneyAulani.com.

As you may recall, our expansion project is in progress through the summer. You may notice this work during your stay, but there will be even more amazing water activities and dining options coming when the work is completed in late September. We hope to see you soon.

*5 Nights for the Price of 4 Nights with $100 One-Time Resort Credit offer for guests who stay five or more consecutive nights between August 26, 2013 through November 23, 2013, or December 1, 2013 through December 15, 2013. 5 Nights for the Price of 4 offer excludes Ocean View rooms, Ocean View Villas, suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas. Save 15% with $100 One-TimeResort Credit Offer is for Ocean View rooms and 1- and 2-bedroom Ocean ViewVillas for guests who stay five or more consecutive nights during the same periods. No stays for either offer may include any days between November 24, 2013 and November 30, 2013. Must book from July 10, 2013 through September 3, 2013. Savings based on non-discounted room rates. The number of rooms allocated for these offers is limited, and room availability may vary by dates of stay. Excludes Resort fees and taxes. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room. Offer applied once per reservation. Resort credit expires upon check out. Advance reservations required. Limit two rooms per reservation. Subject to additional restrictions and change without notice.

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Top 5: Fun for Toddlers at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on July 10th, 2013 by Todd Apo, Director, Public Affairs, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa


Aloha from Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai`i! I am Todd Apo, Director of Public Affairs, and am lucky enough to have been involved with Aulani since before it even had its name. I got to be a part of its development from planning, to construction, to opening our doors on August 29, 2011 – when we got to say “E komo mai” (welcome) to our first guests and DVC owners. I am excited about the opportunity to share a bit of aloha here on the Disney Parks Blog, and whether you have visited us yet or not, I hope you will agree that Aulani is a Hawaiian paradise.

As we move into our second summer, we hope youʻve heard about all of the family fun we have waiting for you. So whether you’ve already got your reservations and weʻll be seeing you here soon, or we can help convince you to hele mai (come along) and join us for a magical Hawaiian experience, we thought we would share with you what our guests are loving most about Aulani. Through this series, we are going to share our thoughts on the “Top 5″ things to do for families, adults, teens, kids and toddlers – we’ve got something for everyone. So today, we kick it off with the top activities for toddlers.

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Take 5: Plan a Vacation With Disney Parks

posted on March 23rd, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


The Waikolohe Valley at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

The magic of Disney exists in every corner of the Earth, and often one day isn’t enough to experience all the happiness. Now that spring and summer are upon us, it’s the perfect time to plan a dream getaway with Disney – be it a trip to one of our theme parks, a family-friendly cruise with Disney Cruise Line, or an exotic guided tour with Adventures by Disney. Read the posts below to find out how you can enjoy a magical vacation with Disney Parks. What does your ideal Disney vacation include?

Take 5: Vacation Planning With Disney Parks

  1. Enjoy Spring at the Disneyland Resort With New Hotel Offer – Just in time for spring, save up to 20% if you book by April 27 with this Disneyland Resort hotel offer.
  2. Warming Up for a Spring Vacation at Aulani? Now Offering Four Nights for the Price of Three, April 7 through May 23 and May 27 Through June 8 – Warming up for a spring vacation at Aulani? This offer will help you spend extra time in the Hawaiian sunshine.
  3. Exploring Costa Rica with Adventures by Disney: Part 3 – Disney Parks Blog author Jason Lasecki shares some of the top experiences from his week-long vacation with Adventures by Disney to Costa Rica.
  4. Disney Cruise Line Prepares for 2013 Summer in Alaska – Beginning in May, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for another summer season exploring the grandeur of America’s 49th state.
  5. Moms Panel Monday: There’s Always Something New to See at Disney Parks – Disney Parks Moms Panelist Bernie Edwards shares his ideas for a different twist you can put on your Disney Parks stay.
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Enjoy Spring at the Disneyland Resort With New Hotel Offer

posted on March 12th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Hotel at the Disneyland Resort
Winter is almost over, and that means spring is on the way! Flowers are already in bloom across the Disneyland Resort, so it’s the perfect time to start planning your spring getaway. When you book through April 27, you can save up to 20 percent on a 2-night stay most Sunday through Thursday nights, and up to 15 percent on a 2-night stay most Friday and Saturday nights at any of the three Disneyland Resort hotels, for visits from April 7 through May 22. You can find more details here.

And don’t forget – when you visit Disneyland park this spring you can also enjoy the new Fantasy Faire, which opens today! (Valid theme park admission required.)

Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel. Travel must be completed by May 24, 2013. Offer is not valid on suites or with previously booked rooms. Excludes applicable taxes and fees. Advance reservations required. Check for offers on different lengths of stay. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

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Moms Panel Monday: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words at Disney Parks

posted on March 11th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


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Ever thought of a different way to capture magical moments at Disney Parks? If you already have pictures with the Fab 5, your loved ones in front of the castle, and other iconic areas at the parks, why not get pictures you’ve never taken before? For Disney Parks Mom Panelist Mandy Milhoan, taking pictures becomes a game for the whole family and a new adventure each time she visits the parks. “I love Disney Parks, but I know that sometimes subtle magical details are overlooked. There are layers of stories in the streets of the Disney theme parks that you have probably passed by a million times.”
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Mandy and her family have scavenger hunts that open their eyes to the very smallest details. “The wonderful thing about scavenger hunts is that you can tailor them for your age group. I prefer a photo scavenger hunt because you will have some hilarious memories,” she says.
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What are some of the unique and little known details you have found on your journeys through Disney Parks? You can tell me. I can keep a secret.

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Moms Panel Monday: Start Your Engines at Disney California Adventure Park!

posted on March 4th, 2013 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


It’s hard to believe that less than a year ago, Disney Parks Moms Panelist Amanda Ficili and I were at Disneyland Resort filming a commercial in the not-yet-opened Cars Land. As we walked down the vacant Route 66 that morning, we were beyond giddy with excitement. In just a few days, the grand opening was planned and we were running on all pistons. Not far from that spot, Courtney Bautista was also giddy in anticipation for the park that would thrill her then 2-year-old moto-tot Mason.
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What a difference a year makes! Courtney’s dreams came true and she became our third Disney Parks Moms Panelist representing the Disneyland Resort. Now that Mason is turning three this summer, Courtney and her family have made it a must to visit Cars Land whenever they can.
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“From the moment we entered Cars Land, it was like stepping into the town of Radiator Springs. The look on Mason’s star-struck face when he spotted his favorite characters, Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater, was one I’ll never forget.”

Cars Land has become one of Courtney and Mason’s favorite places to visit at the Disneyland Resort, but for Courtney, it’s the snack fare that gets her motor revving.

“Every time we are there, the Disney foodie in me has to grab one of the tasty ‘cone-coctions‘ from the Cozy Cone Motel. My favorite? The dill pickle flavored popcorn.”

Courtney says the evenings are a great time to visit. “Cars Land is especially stunning at night. The countless colorful neon lights and the Cadillac Mountain Range in Ornament Valley truly look like the skyline of a bygone era. If you look carefully, you’ll notice that the six peaks of the mountain range represent Cadillac tail fins from 1957-1962!”

What is your favorite blast from the past at Cars Land?

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