Walt Disney World

Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival FAQ

Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival FAQ

| September 20, 2014 | 2 Replies

Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is one of the parks most popular annual events. It’s Disney’s way of celebrating the diverse culinary traditions around the globe. Appropriately set around the World Showcase, guests can stroll amongst a trail of booths representing an abundance of countries. Each booth serves a handful of ethnic dishes and [...]

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Handbag Round Up: Dooney & Bourke, Vera Bradley, & LeSportsac

Handbag Round Up: Dooney & Bourke, Vera Bradley, & LeSportsac

| September 19, 2014 | 2 Replies

Wow! Disney has been busy! Several new styles of handbags are appearing on shelves and in the hands of some very happy ladies. Dooney & Bourke, Vera Bradley, and LeSportsac have all added to their Disney collections recently. If you’re like me, making a decision on which to buy is going to be difficult, so [...]

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What to Expect at Disney’s D23 Destination D Event this November

What to Expect at Disney’s D23 Destination D Event this November

| September 17, 2014 | Reply

Once again, D23 – The Official Disney Fan Club, will present D23 Destination D: Attraction Rewind on November 22 – 23 at Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort Hotel. Unlike the D23 Expo, which is open to the general public, as well as D23 members, Destination D is only open to D23 members. Destination D was created to [...]

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Disneyland

Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel – Candy Cane Inn

Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotel – Candy Cane Inn

| September 18, 2014 | Reply

This is part of a series of blogs and coordinating DIS Unplugged: Disneyland Edition podcast segments focusing on the off-property establishments near the Disneyland Resort collectively known as Good Neighbor Hotels. This time, I take a look at the Candy Cane Inn located at 1747 South Harbor Boulevard. I talk in detail about my stay [...]

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Apple Pay is coming to the Walt Disney World Resort – What does it mean for the average Disney guest?

Apple Pay is coming to the Walt Disney World Resort – What does it mean for the average Disney guest?

| September 16, 2014 | 5 Replies

At its iPhone event last week, Apple announced Apple Pay, a mobile wallet system that will allow users to pay for purchases with the simple tap of either their new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, or eventually their Apple Watch, which was also announced. Apple Pay will work with NFC technology, or Near Field Communication, [...]

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Disney Opposes “Inflammatory” Amended Complaint in DAS Lawsuit

Disney Opposes “Inflammatory” Amended Complaint in DAS Lawsuit

| September 16, 2014 | 49 Replies

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts (the subsidiary that operates the Theme Parks) just filed its short (nine pages) brief opposing the DAS plaintiffs‘ attempt to add an additional 69 plaintiffs and expand the original complaint to one that, combined, exceeds 500 pages and 2,000 separate paragraphs.  While we generally like to think of Disney as [...]

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Restaurants and Dining Experiences

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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Polynesian Resort’s Capt. Cook’s quick service restaurant reopens after refurbishment

Polynesian Resort’s Capt. Cook’s quick service restaurant reopens after refurbishment

| August 14, 2014 | 5 Replies

Amid the expansive construction taking place at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, the first byproduct of the work has been revealed. Capt. Cook’s quick service restaurant, which has been operating out of a temporary location for the past several months, has now reopened in its original location. With a modified menu featuring a few new additions, brand [...]

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Universal Orlando

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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Ride Technology and Storytelling Advance at Universal Creative

Ride Technology and Storytelling Advance at Universal Creative

| July 3, 2014 | Reply

There once was a day when Universal Studios Florida was just an ordinary movie theme park.  I still recall walking into what is now the back of Universal Studios Florida to enter the theme park.  Now we have Universal Orlando, which includes 2 theme parks and a shopping, dining, and entertainment district.  Let’s not forget [...]

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Entertainment / Media

The Good and Bad of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on Blu-ray

The Good and Bad of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on Blu-ray

| September 15, 2014 | 2 Replies

Captain America: The First Avenger told the story of how Steve Rogers became the legendary Marvel superhero and The Avengers helped develop the character even further. Chris Evans does a spectacular job in the title role of his first two outings as “Cap” and absolutely shines in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but does that make this Blu-ray [...]

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The Good and Bad of “Toy Story of TERROR!” on Blu-ray

The Good and Bad of “Toy Story of TERROR!” on Blu-ray

| August 31, 2014 | Reply

Toy Story of TERROR! is the first of two Pixar holiday specials reuniting everyone’s favorite toys and when it aired last October, it was seen as a success. Now that Halloween is quickly approaching, Disney is looking to cash in on those who didn’t take the time to DVR the half-hour special with a Blu-ray [...]

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The Good and Bad of the “Muppets Most Wanted” Blu-ray

The Good and Bad of the “Muppets Most Wanted” Blu-ray

| August 17, 2014 | Reply

Well, Muppets Most Wanted is finally out on Blu-ray after a not-so stellar run in theaters. 2011′s The Muppets was made for $45 million dollars and domestically grossed over $88 million, whereas Muppets Most Wanted only managed to pull in $51 million on a $50 million dollar budget. The sequel just didn’t have the heart [...]

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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 | 11 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 | 21 Replies

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Recent DIS Blog Posts

Disneyland Weekly Update – 09/15/14

Disneyland Weekly Update – 09/15/14

| September 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…it’s barely the first weekend of HalloweenTime and Disneyland is already hinting at Christmas.

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HalloweenTime at Disneyland 2014

HalloweenTime at Disneyland 2014

| September 14, 2014 | 1 Reply

At 97 degrees outside, it sure doesn’t feel like Fall, but the Disneyland calendar says it’s HalloweenTime! Here are some pictures from the first weekend of HalloweenTime to give you a quick look at what’s happening this season at Disneyland Park.

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A Walking Tour of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World – Construction Update

A Walking Tour of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World – Construction Update

| September 11, 2014 | 33 Replies

I’m going to take you along on a walking tour of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World. It is currently undergoing lots of exciting changes. I am lucky enough I can visit the resorts whenever the mood strikes me so I thought I would keep everyone up to date with photos of the [...]

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