Walt Disney World

Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World debuts new lobby

Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World debuts new lobby

| December 21, 2014 | 2 Replies

Disney’s Polynesian Village in Walt Disney World took down the construction walls in the lobby recently. This project had a lot of the Disney community upset because they were getting rid of the large waterfall area in the lobby. The lobby has been unveiled but won’t be considered finished until the rest of the construction projects [...]

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Christmas by the Numbers at Walt Disney World

Christmas by the Numbers at Walt Disney World

| December 18, 2014 | 3 Replies

The Christmas season is well underway at the Walt Disney World Resort. Everywhere you turn, you’ll find bows, glitter, and garland adding a bit of holiday cheer. Have you ever wondered just how many decorations are used? Check out the stats below detailing what goes into making this a very special time of year.   [...]

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Diagon Alley is Right up My Alley

Diagon Alley is Right up My Alley

| December 18, 2014 | Reply

The reviews have been glowing.  Guest reaction has been extremely positive.  Universal Orlando’s latest addition to its theme parks has raised the bar for theming, cutting-edge facades, and technology.   It’s easy to walk through the brick wall into Diagon Alley and forget you’re not in Central Florida anymore. Universal Creative did something that hasn’t been [...]

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Disneyland

Disneyland Weekly Update – 12/22/14

Disneyland Weekly Update – 12/22/14

| December 22, 2014 | Reply

This weekly blog features Disneyland news and updates from The DIS, the DIS Unplugged and sometimes even the DISboards, plus helpful links to find what you’re looking for around the DIS family of sites. Enjoy! This week…Frozen Fun begins its roll out in both Parks.

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Disneyland Weekly Update – 12/15/14

Disneyland Weekly Update – 12/15/14

| December 15, 2014 | Reply

This weekly blog features Disneyland news and updates from The DIS, the DIS Unplugged and sometimes even the DISboards, plus helpful links to find what you’re looking for around the DIS family of sites. Enjoy! This week…FastPass for Fantasmic! and ARTIC opens in Anaheim.

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Disneyland Weekly Update – 12/08/14

Disneyland Weekly Update – 12/08/14

| December 8, 2014 | Reply

This weekly blog features Disneyland news and updates from The DIS, the DIS Unplugged and sometimes even the DISboards, plus helpful links to find what you’re looking for around the DIS family of sites. Enjoy! This week…the much rumored Frozen Fun is finally announced.

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Restaurants and Dining Experiences

“Grand New” Gingerbread House at Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

“Grand New” Gingerbread House at Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

| November 28, 2014 | Reply

The Disneyland Resort has hosted the tradition of making holiday gingerbread sculptures in the past, ranging from the small creations that were displayed in Storytellers Cafe to the larger piece done last year at the entrance to the Disneyland Hotel.  This year, however, the tide of size and scope has turned and the newest sculpture [...]

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Dole Whips are back at the Polynesian Village Resort at the new and disappointing Pineapple Lanai

Dole Whips are back at the Polynesian Village Resort at the new and disappointing Pineapple Lanai

| September 1, 2014 | 9 Replies

Capt. Cook’s at the Polynesian Village Resort just recently reopened after a lengthy refurbishment and several big changes were made. The most insignificant was the new decor of the seating area, which now features posters of the Polynesian islands some of the longhouses are named after (some of the longhouses are expected to be renamed). [...]

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New Golden Oak Outpost Menu is Waffle Fry Heaven

New Golden Oak Outpost Menu is Waffle Fry Heaven

and | August 15, 2014 | 2 Replies

Golden Oak Outpost has a relatively short history compared to other quick-service dining locations at the Magic Kingdom. Back in the ancient year of 2009, Golden Oak Outpost opened, replacing a frontier wagon-themed stand that sold McDonald’s french fries from 1997 to 2007 as part of an alliance between the two companies. Since opening, the [...]

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Universal Orlando

The Tales of Beedle the Bard: ‘The Fountain of Fair Fortune’ Show

The Tales of Beedle the Bard: ‘The Fountain of Fair Fortune’ Show

| September 28, 2014 | Reply

After months of going through re-writes, The Fountain of Fair Fortune puppet show finally debuted in early September at Diagon Alley. The Tale of the Three Brothers puppet show proved to be extremely popular from opening day and Universal wanted to absolutely nail the other Beedle the Bard tale featured in the new Wizarding World. [...]

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Universal Orlando expanding again with the new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Universal Orlando expanding again with the new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

| September 10, 2014 | 3 Replies

A few months ago, we reported that Universal Orlando was looking to add potentially three new Loews hotels in an effort to increase the capacity at the resort. The obvious space for a new hotel was the plot of land between Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Rumors circulated around a [...]

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Like This at Walt Disney World? Try That at Universal Orlando.

Like This at Walt Disney World? Try That at Universal Orlando.

| July 10, 2014 | 24 Replies

A big criticism Disney fans have towards Universal is that the park down the street has nothing interesting enough to make them want to make the trip across town. Yes, Universal Orlando is known for thrill rides and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but there is a lot more happening at the resort than [...]

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Entertainment / Media

Recap: “Treasures from the Disney Vault” on TCM – 12/21/14

Recap: “Treasures from the Disney Vault” on TCM – 12/21/14

| December 21, 2014 | Reply

Back in November, TCM and Disney announced that they would be partnering up in a mutual relationship. TCM would be working on a new pre-show movie and finale movie for The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, while Disney would open up its ‘vault’ and allow TCM to air some of Disney’s most classic [...]

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Disney’s Best Christmas Movies, TV Specials and Shorts – Part 1

Disney’s Best Christmas Movies, TV Specials and Shorts – Part 1

| December 15, 2014 | 1 Reply

Christmas truly is a special time of year no matter how you celebrate it. Every person and family has different traditions, but one of the most popular is sitting down to watch holiday movies and TV specials. There is something about having classic Christmas programs playing in the background while decorating the house or wrapping [...]

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Frozen Welcomes the Hour of Code

Frozen Welcomes the Hour of Code

| December 8, 2014 | Reply

Disney’s animated hit, Frozen, is coming to the screen in a new way. As a part of this week’s Hour of Code initiative, fans can now control Elsa and Anna in a puzzle game that teaches the basics of computer programming. The effort is a part of the celebration of Computer Science Education Week which [...]

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Disney Cruise Line

Looking for something to do before your cruise? Visit the Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral

Looking for something to do before your cruise? Visit the Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral

| September 18, 2014 | Reply

I get asked this question quite often from friends and clients. Is there something I can visit before or after my cruise from Port Canaveral? I will be doing a series of blogs about places you can visit if you only have a short time or if you want to spend a day by the [...]

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Essay of a Single Mom: Being Single on a Boat Full of Couples

Essay of a Single Mom: Being Single on a Boat Full of Couples

| September 4, 2014 | 12 Replies

In terms of a cruise, the first thing anyone thinks after “relaxation” is “romance.” We have visions of dressing up, attending fancy dinners, and kissing on a ship’s deck under a million twinkling stars. This inspires hundreds of thousands to embark on cruises; however, it is not the case for me. My love boat recently [...]

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The Perfect Time to Cruise: Choosing to Cruise Even When Life Gets in the Way

The Perfect Time to Cruise: Choosing to Cruise Even When Life Gets in the Way

| August 27, 2014 | 22 Replies

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Recent DIS Blog Posts

I Can Go The Distance: Just not now…

I Can Go The Distance: Just not now…

| December 6, 2014 | 2 Replies

I really had my heart set on it.   2015 was going to be the year that I ran 26.2 miles…not in total…but all at once.  The place this was going to happen?  Walt Disney World.  The event?  The Walt Disney World Marathon.  I was so dedicated to this pursuit that I had registered, began my [...]

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Disneyland’s A Christmas Fantasy Parade 2014

Disneyland’s A Christmas Fantasy Parade 2014

| December 4, 2014 | Reply

The classic Disneyland Christmas staple, A Christmas Fantasy Parade, returns with a few changes this year.  Anna and Elsa have joined the parade and Mickey and Minnie are in a new spot. Here are some highlights.  See if you can spot anything else that’s new. Check out the fun of A Christmas Fantasy now through [...]

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Disneyland Weekly Update – 12/01/14

Disneyland Weekly Update – 12/01/14

| December 1, 2014 | 1 Reply

This weekly blog features Disneyland news and updates from The DIS, the DIS Unplugged and sometimes even the DISboards, plus helpful links to find what you’re looking for around the DIS family of sites. Enjoy! This week…the Grand Californian gets a gingerbread house and it’s almost time for a Christmas tradition at Disneyland Park.

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