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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Expands to 90 Days in 2016

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Allow me to plant the seed for the perfect holiday gift: a spring trip to Walt Disney World Resort for the 23rd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. It bursts into Epcot on March 2 – May 30, 2016, expanding from 75 days to 90.

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As you take in the gorgeous creations we have planned for you, nosh on sweet and savory Outdoor Kitchen dishes and refreshing beverages. Even the kids will want to have a bite – or your whole portion.

Making their topiary debut at the park’s front entrance will be Donald Duck’s mischievous nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie along with Donald and Daisy. And to celebrate the National Parks Service centennial, Ranger Mickey Mouse will join for the first time in Future World.

I can’t wait to see how our horticulture artists create the new Floral Sun garden that will celebrate the brightest star in Earth’s orbit with yellow “sunbursts” that pop up across the Future World landscape.

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And I know my toddler, who couldn’t get enough of the “Cars“-themed play area last year – the Cactus Road Rally garden – will never want to leave the innovative new “Fab Five” play garden featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck topiaries. Musical instruments will be built into the children’s outdoor climbing systems.

And we can’t forget about the Garden Rocks concert series – music that spans four decades.

We’ll have more details to share in the coming months, but for now, mark your calendars!

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Moms Panel Monday: Multi-Gen Travel Tips to Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 16th, 2015 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


Growing up in Orlando our family vacationed often at Walt Disney World Resort for birthdays, celebrations and holidays. At least once a year it was a multi-family trip with aunts, uncles, and cousins. We packed the suitcases, the dogs and grandma into our family station wagon and made the trip to Lake Buena Vista. Those were good times and great memories.

Today’s Moms Panel Monday question comes from Kathleen in New York who wants advice from our Disney Parks Moms Panel on how to plan a Disney vacation when traveling with different age groups.

This was a popular question for our panelists who offer up some great tips on how to manage everyone’s time together so each family member has a magical experience. Read here how you can plan for everyone to get the most from their vacation when traveling with a large family.

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#DisneyKids: A Whole Lot of Disney Junior at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 6th, 2015 by Michelle Baumann, Walt Disney World Public Relations


There’s so much entertaining Disney Junior stuff for kiddos to do at Walt Disney World Resort. Little ones love to see all their favorite Disney Junior characters like Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins and Captain Jake, and sing and dance to familiar tunes. Take a look at these playful tips to help you plan your next visit to Disney so you won’t miss all the Disney Junior experiences around our world.

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#DisneyFamilia: Top Ways to Make Recuerdos For All at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 4th, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager


In this week’s #DisneyFamilia series, we are sharing an animated video with tips on how to make memories during your Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

As you can see, strategizing before you travel, including planning where you eat and where to take fotos, will help you to create amazing memories to share with your whole familia.

What are your top ways to make memories at Walt Disney World Resort?

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Moms Panel Monday: Planning Holiday Vacations to Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 2nd, 2015 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


Visiting the theme parks during the holiday season is one of my favorites things to do especially here at Walt Disney World Resort. The weather has cooled down, the hotels and theme parks are beautifully decorated and you can just feel the energy in the air.

For this week’s Moms Panel Monday, Tenisha from North Carolina is asking for advice on how to make the most of her family’s first trip to Walt Disney World Resort. The family, with their two pre-school children, will be arriving during the Christmas break.

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The Disney Parks Moms Panel offers some great tips for Tenisha including which resort they recommend and which “must do” theme parks to experience. Read the Mom’s Views here.

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#DisneyKids: New Disney Junior-Themed Walt Disney World Resort Offer

posted on October 9th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing


Parents looking for the perfect opportunity to bring their little ones to Walt Disney World Resort won’t want to miss the new bite-sized resort offer that includes a special Disney Junior Park Pack. And the early 2016 travel dates provide you the chance to surprise your kids at the holidays!

Families who book the Disney Junior offer can enjoy a three-night, two-day room and ticket package starting at $874* for a family of three at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort (valid for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights January 3-6, January 10-14, and January 18-Feburary 4, 2016). Guests can book this package through December 23, 2015. Ask about other great rates at select Disney Resort hotels for travel through April 13, 2016.

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This offer includes a surprise for little Disney Junior fans – a Disney Junior Park Pack, which features fun activities inspired by favorite Disney Junior shows – like Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Captain Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Miles from Tomorrowland. There are Disney Junior activity sheets, a special Spotify playlist featuring favorite Disney Junior songs, treats and more.

While on vacation, little ones can often get close to their favorite Disney Junior characters throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios, thanks to experiences like:

  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” – an interactive sing-along stage show with enchanting puppets from the popular Disney Junior shows, favorite Disney Junior songs, and lots of dancing and fun for everyone.
  • Disney Junior character greetings outside of “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” offer fun-filled photos, hugs and autographs with Sofia the First, Captain Jake, and Doc McStuffins.
  • Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine Character Dining at Hollywood & Vine is an entertaining interactive dining experience for kids to eat, play and dance along with friends from Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Handy Manny.

For more information about this Disney Junior offer, please visit disneyworld.com/DisneyJuniorOffer, or call (407) 827-7183.

*Price based on 2 adults and 1 child (ages 3-9) in a standard room. The number of packages available at this rate is limited. Tickets are valid for 1 theme park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. One Disney Junior Park Pack per reservation, while supplies last. 3-night/2-day minimum purchase required on this offer to receive the Disney Junior Park Pack.

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Book Winter Vacations at the Walt Disney World Resort Now to Save

posted on September 28th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Are you planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation this winter? The resort is filled with fun this time of year, with Epcot’s Candlelight Processional, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and more fun on the way.

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Guests planning trips between December 13-19, 2015 and January 2-March 7, 2016, may save up to $500 on a 5-night/6-day room, ticket and dining plan package for a family of four at select Disney resort hotels. Check out all of the details here. NOTE: This offer must be booked by December 23, 2015.

Also, learn how you may be able to save up to 25% on rooms at select Disney resort hotels January 2-April 13, 2016.

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Moms Panel Monday: Walt Disney World with Young Children

posted on September 21st, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing


Ever wonder about the best way to experience a Disney vacation with a baby or toddler? Recently, the Disney Parks Moms Panel has heard from several guests on this topic and have been able to offer great, real-parent advice on how to make the most of the trip.

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Here, several panelists with preschoolers of their own give tips to a mom looking for the best hotel option her 3-year-old daughter’s birthday vacation. From resorts conveniently located on the monorail, to those with theming fit for a princess, check out the panel’s recommendations here.

Moms Panelists also lend their advice to a mom bringing her 8-month-old to Walt Disney World for the first time. I love that many of the panelists have visited recently with babies and can offer tips that worked for them, like utilizing the laundry service at the resorts and taking advantage of the Rider Switch option in the parks so that parents and older siblings can still experience thrill rides. For even more ideas, be sure to check out the full post on the Moms Panel site here.

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Disney Vacation Club Moms Panelists Answer Your Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Questions

posted on September 3rd, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Now through September 6 you can follow Disney Vacation Club Moms Panelists Kate and Juliette as they go “on assignment” at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows during a special webcast.

Watch as the moms explore the highlights of this new Disney Vacation Club Resort, including a tour inside the spectacular over-the-water Bungalows. They also show off new enhancements to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, with an inside look at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and an overview of the resort’s feature pool area.

Along the way, Kate and Juliette will answer some of your top vacation planning questions about visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, and share their insider tips.

Here’s a taste of what this webcast has offer:

Register today to see how being a Disney Vacation Club Member has enhanced the way these moms vacation.

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#DisneyKids: Book Walt Disney World Resort Trips Before Heading Back to School

posted on August 17th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Managing Editor, Digital Marketing


It’s back-to-school time for kids across the country, which means a rush for end of season family vacations. Parents of younger children, however, tend to have more schedule flexibility because they don’t need to worry about school calendars. Instead of shopping for school supplies and meeting new teachers, these families can take advantage of beautiful fall weather and great deals to visit Walt Disney World Resort.

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Right now through September 18, preschool families can book a “Kid-Sized” package for three nights and two days at Walt Disney World Resort, starting at just $903 for travel on select dates between October 4 – December 10.

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