Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park

‘Let it Go’ with Adventures by Disney

posted on February 7th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


If there’s one thing we all learned from everyone’s favorite Snow Queen – Elsa – it is that sometimes we have to just “let it go,” as her hit song on Disney’s animated feature film “Frozen” demonstrates. However, as great as that feeling could be, there are very few times where we can truly let go and not worry about a thing. I find this especially true when it comes to planning a family vacation.

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On the flip side, families have the option to book from more than 25 different trips from all over the world with Adventures by Disney. From experiencing the Great Wall of China up close to taking in the sights of the azure waters of Santorini, Adventures by Disney has a multitude of itineraries that will allow you and your family to explore a variety of different countries and cultures.

With accommodations, activities, most meals and transportation within the trip taken care of, your only worry will be to try and convince yourself and your family to just let it go. It’s hard to imagine such great vacations coming together so smoothly, but that’s what the trip planners at Adventures by Disney are for.

I’ll leave you with this clip of Elsa singing her famous song “Let it Go” in 25 different languages. Maybe this clip will give you the inspiration to find which country you’d like to visit next.


Let It Go in 25 Languages on Disney Video

Inspired by the scenery in the video? Adventures by Disney recently started accepting bookings for the new, Frozen-inspired trip to Norway. For more information, check out AdventuresByDisney.com. And, if you enjoyed the song and would like to fully let it go, join in on the fun by visiting the nearest participating theatre to watch the all-new, sing-along version of Disney’s“Frozen.”

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Save Up to 30% on Select Rooms at Walt Disney World Resort This Spring

posted on January 7th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Fireworks Above Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort
Spring is a great time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort. This year, the return of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, Atlanta Braves Spring Training games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the return of Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are just a few of the things our guests have to look forward to.

If you’re considering booking a spring vacation, now is the time to do so. Guests who book their resort stays now through March 31, 2014, (for vacations taking place March 14 – April 12, 2014, and April 20 – June 15, 2014) may receive up to 30% off the cost of their room. Plus, when you upgrade to a Magic Your Way package with a minimum four-day theme park tickets, you’ll get one more ticket day for free. Click here for full details.

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14 Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2014

posted on January 3rd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


It’s officially 2014, so let this year’s vacation planning begin!

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Whether it’s new entertainment, character meet and greets, holiday celebrations or the return of annual theme park events, there’s a lot to look forward to at Disney Parks in 2014. That said, here are 14 reasons you should visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2014.

Which event or new offering are you looking forward to most? Let us know in the “comments” section below.

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New ‘Families With Little Ones’ Walt Disney World Vacation Package Offer

posted on November 1st, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you considering booking a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort with your little one this winter? Then our “Families With Little Ones” vacation package may be for you.

For just $999, you can book a 3-night/2-day package for a family of three (two adults, one child ages 3 to 9) that includes 2-day theme park tickets, the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan and three nights in a standard room at a Disney Value Resort hotel (excluding Disney’s Art of Animation Resort). The offer is valid for stays most nights January 5-February 12, 2014. The “Families With Little Ones” offer must be booked by December 31, 2013.

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If you haven’t visited recently, there are plenty of new things to enjoy – especially if you have young children. When vacation planning, be sure to keep in mind the New Fantasyland attractions at Magic Kingdom Park, and the enhanced Disney Junior – Live on Stage! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Exciting character meet and greets have also recently debuted or will do so in coming weeks, including princesses at Princess Fairytale Hall (Magic Kingdom Park), Anna and Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen” (Epcot), and Sofia The First (Disney’s Hollywood Studios).

Click here for more information, or to book.

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Plan 2014 Walt Disney World Resort Vacations Now and Save

posted on October 9th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Are you considering booking a Walt Disney World Resort vacation this winter? Our latest offers may be for you.

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Take advantage of this special offer and experience the wonders of Walt Disney World Resort. Guests who book Walt Disney World Resort vacations now through December 31, 2013, may save up to $600 for a family of 4 on a 5-night/6-day room, ticket and dining plan package at select Disney resort hotels for stays most nights January 5, 2014, through March 5, 2014. For full offer details or to book, click here.

Guests can also save up to 35% on stays at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Offer is valid most nights January 5, 2014 to March 5, 2014, and March 14 to April 12, 2014. For more details or to book, click here.

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10 Reasons to Plan Walt Disney World Vacations This Fall

posted on October 8th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Fall is one of my absolute favorite times of the year at our parks and this season is shaping up to be blast. In addition to our annual events, like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, we’ve welcomed several new offerings to the resort over the past few weeks – and who can forget that the debut of “Glow With The Show” ears is just days away!
'Wishes' at Magic Kingdom Park

In case you haven’t considered visiting Walt Disney World Resort this time of year, here are 10 reasons you should.

  1. “Glow With The Show” Will Debut October 15 – “Glow With the Show” ears are set to debut at the Walt Disney World Resort on October 15 at “Fantasmic!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and October 19 at “Wishes” fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park. These will be amazing sights to see!
  2. The Reimagined California Grill is Open – Test out the new menu at the reimagined California Grill, which recently opened its doors. Check out Pam Brandon’s previous blog posts on the restaurant’s new menu and dessert selection.

Princess Fairytale Hall Opened its Doors on September 18

  1. Princess Fairytale Hall – This new Disney princess character greeting area in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park opened its doors on September 18, and is the permanent place to meet Cinderella and Rapunzel (as well as select visiting princesses).

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties Returned on September 10

  1. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties – Our popular Halloween offering runs through November 1, and features special Happy HalloWishes fireworks, the Boo-to-You parade, trick-or-treating, and much more. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended and may actually save you money depending on the event date. Tickets are available here.
  2. 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – There’s a lot on the menu at this year’s festival, which offers more than 25 international marketplaces. Be sure to check out the dishes at the Scotland marketplace, which is new to the festival this year.
  3. Eat to the Beat Concerts Take The Stage – One of the highlights of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival are the Eat to the Beat concerts, which are included in park admission. This year’s schedule includes performances by Go-Go’s, Edwin McCain, Wilson Phillips, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Boyz II Men and more. Check out the full schedule here.
  4. Food Trucks Arrive at Downtown Disney – As Disney Parks Blog author Darcy Clark previously announced, new food trucks are on their way to Downtown Disney to offer up even more menu options. Keep your eye on the blog for more.
  5. Festival of the Masters Returns November 8 – Downtown Disney will host the 38th Festival of the Masters presented by Michaels November 8-10. This world-renowned fine arts festival features more than 150 artists showcasing their unique works in painting, sculpture, photography and other categories.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Returns November 8

  1. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Begins November 8 – Celebrate the holidays early this year at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, with event nights beginning in early November. Don’t miss this holiday offering, which includes special entertainment, fireworks, a parade, holiday decor and much more.
  2. Frozen” Character Greetings – Beginning in November, guests will be able to meet Anna and Elsa from the upcoming film “Frozen” in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. Read more details in Shawn Slater’s original post.

What’s your favorite fall activity at the Walt Disney World Resort? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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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. 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 and Pleasure Island, 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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