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Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

Discover a place where simple pleasures flourish and Southern hospitality abounds. From the stately white-column mansions of Magnolia Bend to the quaint backwoods cottages of Alligator Bayou, delight in this picturesque Resort hotel that evokes the romance and tranquility of rural Louisiana.

Recreation: 
At Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside, you can have a good ol’ time at Ol’ Man Island: a 3.5-acre refuge with a swimming pool with a rustic waterslide that is fashioned after an abandoned sawmill. Nearby is a whirlpool tub, a kiddie pool, and the Muddy Rivers pool bar. Everyone can enjoy a daily pool party, an evening campfire, and a movie screening on select nights.

Throughout the resort are also five leisure pools – three in Alligator Bayou and two in Magnolia Bend – offering a more relaxing spot for you to lounge the day away.

Take your family on a horse-drawn carriage ride as you take in the rustic beauty along the pathways and banks of the Sassagoula River. Each ride is 25 minutes and reservations are recommended.

Dining:
Boatwright’s Dining Hall is a casual restaurant where your family can enjoy tasty New Orleans cooking in a rustic shipyard warehouse. After dinner, stop by the River Roost lounge for live entertainment and southern-style cocktails. A full bar and light snacks are also available while the kitchen is open.

Riverside Mill Food Court is open all day and night for quick service dining. Whether you’re craving pizza & pasta, something sweet, or something grilled, you’ll be sure to find it here.

Transportation:
Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Disney Springs on the complimentary water taxi. Disney’s bus transportation is available to and from all Disney’s theme and water parks.

Experience the enchanting rustic beauty and southern hospitality of the bayou at this picturesque Disney Resort hotel. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

A tropical paradise built around 45-acre Barefoot Bay, this Resort hotel brings the Islands to you with swaying palm trees, white-sand beaches and colonial architecture. Six villages—Trinidad North, Trinidad South, Martinique, Barbados, Aruba and Jamaica—host colorful Guest rooms, some pirate-themed! “Island-hop” as you explore 200 lushly landscaped acres, or simply enjoy lazy days soaking up the sun in a hammock.

Recreation:
At Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, there are six leisure pools – one in each village – that offer a tranquil environment for a swim or lounging the day away in the sun. But the pool that takes the cake here is the Fuentes del Morro Pool: a zero-entry pool themed like a colonial Spanish fortress. There are two waterslides and water cannons that let kids spray water! There is a shipwreck play area where little ones can play on mini slides and in an interactive water play area.

Numerous family-friendly activities are available such as bike rentals, volleyball, fishing, and movies under the stars. For children ages 4 to 12, they can set sail on a Pirate Adventure Cruise following clues to find a hidden treasure!

Dining: 
Although this resort is currently undergoing refurbishments, there are two quick service dining options. Old Port Royale Food Court is open for breakfast and lunch offering everyone’s favorite Mickey waffles, French toast, cheeseburgers, smoothies, and more!

Banana Cabana Pool Bar offers delicious specialty drinks poolside such as the Captain’s Mai Tai, beer, wine, sangria, and a full bar.

Transportation:
Complimentary bus transportation to and from all Disney theme parks and water parks is available. Buses also run to Downtown Disney area and Disney′s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course. Internal buses also shuttle between the 6 villages.

Immerse yourself in this resort hotel as it brings you some of the best the Caribbean has to offer – swaying palm trees, soft beaches, and colonial architecture. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Experience the charm and whimsy of turn-of-the-century Atlantic City at this waterfront Resort hotel. Make a splash at Luna Park Pool and delight in a massage at the state-of-the-art fitness center. Discover carnival games, unique dining and exciting nightlife on the Coney Island-style boardwalk. Strung like saltwater taffy along the shimmering Crescent Lake, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn is located within walking distance to both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Recreation: 
At Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, there are three pools just waiting for you to enjoy. The Luna Park Pool is a carnival themed pool with a 200-foot-long waterslide that invites you back to the 1920s. There is a whirlpool spa for adults, a kiddie pool for little ones, and a lounge and bar serving refreshments and snacks. Two leisure pools are also available offering a tranquil swimming experience.

You and your family canenjoy an afternoon of mini golf at Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf located near the hotel or one of the many outdoor activities such as fishing, volleyball, tennis, or a motorized boat rental.

If family friendly activities such as bike rentals, movies under the stars, fishing, and tennis don’t peak your interest, you can surely enjoy a walk along the BoardWalk. A quarter-mile promenade of dining, shops, and nightlife, you can spend your whole night here enjoying all it has to offer.

Muscles & Bustles Health Club:
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn provides a full-service workout facility, home to fitness equipment and a sauna ensuring you’ll stay fit even while on vacation!

Dining:
There are great dining options along the BoardWalk. At Flying Fish, you’ll experience fine dining and premium sustainable seafood. Brews and bites are available at the family friendly microbrewery Big River Grille & Brewing Works. There you can watch the onsite brewmaster craft six specialty beers through floor-to-ceiling windows. If you’re looking for quick service options then BoardWalk Bakery and Pizza Window are the best options.

Transportation: 
Staying at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn makes transportation to two of Walt Disney World’s parks super easy: Epcot is a short walk away and you can hop on the complimentary water taxi to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Most other areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort are accessible by bus transportation.

This lively and charming waterfront resort hotel is a Walt Disney World favorite for good reason. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

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Delight in the formal grace of a grand New England-style yacht club at this lakeside hotel. Relax in the inviting elegance of a plush lobby replete with nautical touches, explore the whimsical Stormalong Bay and rent a variety of watercraft from Bayside Marina. Sharing many amenities with its pastel-toned sister, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is walking distance to Epcot and a convenient boat ride to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Recreation:
Disney’s Yacht Club and Beach Club share the massive 3-acre water wonderland that is Stormalong Bay. Here you can float down the lazy river, slide down one of the highest waterslides at Walt Disney World, or relax in one of the three whirlpool spas. There are also three leisure pools to enjoy for a more tranquil swim.

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You and your family can enjoy an afternoon of mini golf at Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf located near the hotel or one of the many outdoor activities such as fishing, volleyball, tennis, or a motorized boat rental.

Sandcastle Club is an exciting children’s activity center for ages 3-12 where they’ll learn about volcanoes (and even build one themselves!), join a specially trained cookie chef to bake chocolate chip cookies, and even train like a buccaneer with Captain Hook.

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Disney’s Yacht Club offers dining selections for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between for everyone to enjoy. There are three lounges and two quick-service options. Beach Club Marketplace is the perfect place to grab a hot breakfast before hitting the parks, and at Hurricane Hanna’s Grill you can enjoy cocktails and craft beer poolside.

Cape May Cafe is a casual restaurant that offers a seafood-and-more buffet for dinner but at breakfast, join Minnie and her friends for a character breakfast!

Transportation:
Staying at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort makes transportation to two of Walt Disney World’s parks super easy: Epcot is a short walk away and you can hop on the complimentary water taxi to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Most other areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort are accessible by bus transportation.

There’s nothing like a day at the Yacht Club with its New England charm and family-friendly activities. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

Casual Elegance at Disney’s Beach Club Resort

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Discover the casual elegance of this charming, New England-style resort hotel. Savor exquisite dining, and explore the pools, lagoons and spas of Stormalong Bay. Sail around Crescent Lake on a rented mini-powerboat, and experience the luxurious comfort of a Club Level Suite. Sharing many amenities with its more formal sister, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort is walking distance to Epcot and a convenient boat ride to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Recreation:
Disney’s Beach Club Resort may possibly have the coolest pool at Walt Disney World. Stormalong Bay is a 3-acre water wonderland that features a sand-bottomed pool, a lazy river to float down, three whirlpool spas, and a life-sized shipwreck replica with a 230-foot-long waterslide, making it one of the highest hotel slides at Walt Disney World. There are also three leisure pools to choose from if you’re looking for a more tranquil swim.

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Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf is near the resort and features 36 whimsical and challenging mini golf holes. You’ll put your way through scenes featuring hippos, marching broomsticks, and dancing ostriches all inspired by Disney’s classic film Fantasia.

Seemingly endless outdoor activities can be found at Disney’s Beach Club such as fishing, motorized boat rentals, tennis, volleyball, bike rentals, movies under the stars, and more!

Dining:
beachclub_3Disney’s Beach Club offers dining selections for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in between for everyone to enjoy. There are three lounges and two quick-service options. Beach Club Marketplace is the perfect place to grab a hot breakfast before hitting the parks, and at Hurricane Hanna’s Grill you can enjoy cocktails and craft beer poolside.

Cape May Cafe is a casual restaurant that offers a seafood-and-more buffet for dinner but at breakfast, join Minnie and her friends for a character breakfast!

Ship Shape Massage Salon Fitness:
Enjoy a massage, facial or workout at this full-service exercise facility at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. Never miss a beat in your workout routine thanks to fitness equipment from Hammer Strength, Life Fitness and Cybex or relax and rejuvenate with massages and facials designed to soothe your spirit, mind, and body.

Transportation:
Staying at Disney’s Beach Club Resort makes transportation to two of Walt Disney World’s parks super easy: Epcot is a short walk away and you can hop on the complimentary water taxi to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Most other areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort are accessible by bus transportation.

There’s nothing like a day at the Beach Club with its New England charm and family-friendly activities. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

Escape to the Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Step into the heart of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Inspired by the traditional African kraal, the horseshoe-curved design provides spectacular views of 4 lush savannas that over 200 hoofed animals and birds call home. Delight in dazzling pool areas, exciting animal programs, and one of the largest collections of African art in the United States as you experience your own African safari adventure with a touch of Disney magic.

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Recreation: 
Cool off amid African-inspired architecture and a wildlife preserve at the Uzima Springs Pool and the Samawati Springs Pool. The Uzima Springs Pool is an 11,000-square-foot oasis surrounded by canopy trees and features a zero-depth entry and a 67-foot-long waterslide. The Samawati Springs Pool is an even larger pool that features an exciting 128-foot-long waterslide and a nearby lounge and bar for snacks and refreshments.

Simba’s Cubhouse is an activity center for kids aged 3 to 12 to run wild in a supervised, fun environment full of activities, snacks, and plenty of friends to be made. Also located at Animal Kingdom Lodge is the Hakuna Matata Playground: a 24-hour playground overlooking the flamingo area and savanna.

Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center:
Service your body, mind, soul and spirit at this workout facility and sauna offering massage and facial treatments. Here you can unwind with a soothing massage or facial designed to invigorate your body and relax your mind. For additional rejuvenation, a sauna is available on site.

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Dining:
There are three main restaurants at Animal Kingdom Lodge: Boma – Flavors of Africa resembles a lively African Marketplace that features all you can eat buffets for breakfast and dinner; Sanaa is a family-friendly feast that lets you experience the art of African cooking while the animals roam the Sunset Savanna right before you; Jiko – The Cooking Place is truly a fine dining experience that offers traditional African and Mediterranean cuisine that changes seasonally. You can take part of the Jiko Wine Tasting that takes you on a charming tour through the wine regions of South Africa.

Transportation:
Most areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort are accessible by complimentary bus transportation. The bus stop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is located near the entrance.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is an ultra-modern retreat that stands out at Walt Disney World Resort. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

Ultra-Modern Retreat at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

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Retreat to Disney’s Contemporary Resort and discover award-winning dining, spectacular views, and dazzling pools. Whether you’re staying in the iconic A-frame Contemporary tower or the nearby Garden Wing, you can walk to Magic Kingdom main gate or catch the Resort Monorail as it breezes through the tower. Inside, a 90-foot-tall mural by Disney Legend Mary Blair—responsible for the distinct look and feel of the “it’s a small world” attraction—celebrates the Grand Canyon and the American Southwest.

Recreation:
Start your day in the best way possible with a complimentary 30-minute yoga class under the Skyway Bridge. You’ll walk away feeling centered, focused, and ready to own the big day ahead! Also at this resort are two pools – the main “Feature Pool” and the “Bay Lake Pool.”  At the Feature Pool you can splash around and slide down their 17-foot-high curving waterslide or rent a poolside cabana for a private retreat. The Bay Lake Pool is a more tranquil pool with a nearby hot tub for parents to relax by.

There are plenty of outdoor activities that are fun for the whole family, such as fishing, volleyball, tennis, motorized boat rentals, movies under the stars, and more!

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Dining:
Easily the most family-friendly restaurant at Walt Disney World is located right in the heart of Disney’s Contemporary Resort: Chef Mickey’s. Enjoy a fun-filled buffet-style feast where Mickey,Minnie, and the whole gang mingle around for photos and autographs.

There are four lounges where adults can unwind before or after dinner as well as three quick-services dining options that offer poolside snacks and grab and go goods before hitting the parks.

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Transportation:
The monorail stops directly in the center of the Contemporary Resort, making it a quick ride to Magic Kingdom park and Epcot. A water taxi is also available for a cruise over to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. And as always, Disney’s bus transportation can take you and your family most everywhere throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is an ultra-modern retreat that stands out at Walt Disney World Resort. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

Victorian Elegance Meets Modern Sophistication at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Relax in the sumptuous lobby as the live orchestra plays ragtime, jazz, and popular Disney tunes at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Bask on the white-sand beach, indulge in a luxurious massage, and watch the fireworks light up the sky over Cinderella’s Castle. Just one stop away from Magic Kingdom park on the complimentary Resort Monorail, this timeless Victorian-style marvel evokes Palm Beach’s golden era.

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Recreation:
Soak, splash, or go for a slide down to the 181-foot-long waterslide at the crystal-clear Beach Pool or enjoy a more peaceful swim at the Courtyard Pool. Both pools have zero-depth entries similar to that of a beach. Also located at the Beach Pool are poolside cabanas which offer luxurious comfort and amenities such as padded lounge chairs, an LCD television, complimentary sodas and water, and more! Cabanas can be reserved in advance and are the perfect way to relax in style and comfort with your family for a half day, full day, or evening.

The Grand Floridian also offers fishing excursions, jogging trails, basketball courts, motorized boat rentals, and many more activities to keep you and your family busy for days!

Senses Spa at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

Senses – A Disney Spa:
Invigorate your mind and body at this retreat reminiscent of a serene Floridian garden at the turn of the 20th. century. Senses is a full-service spa and health club in a Victorian-themed setting offering massages, body treatments, and more. Their treatments are designed to elevate the mind and have you looking and feeling your best.

1900 Park Fare Breakfast at Disney's Grand Floridian

Dining:
Restaurants of all shapes and sizes can be found at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, including character dining at 1900 Park Fare, signature dining at Narcoossee’s and Victoria & Albert’s, and quick-service poolside dining at Beach Pool Bar and Gasparilla Island Grill.

For a one-of-a-kind dining experience, you won’t want to miss Highway in the Sky Dine Around: a progressive dinner including five courses at three Disney Resort hotels. The monorail will first take you to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort for island-inspired drinks and appetizers. Next is Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa for champagne, charcuterie, and the main course. To end, you’ll be taken to Disney’s Contemporary Resort for coffee and desserts while you watch Wishes nighttime spectacular fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle.

Monorail at Disney's Grand Floridian

Transportation:
Breeze from The Grand Floridian to Magic Kingdom and Epcot on the monorail or explore other areas of Walt Disney Resort such as the water parks and Disney Springs with Disney’s bus transportation.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a lavish escape to the Palm Beach’s golden era and is fun for the whole family. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Celebrate the spirit of the South Pacific at this tropical oasis of coconut palms, lush vegetation, koi ponds, and white-sand beaches. Village longhouses flank the Great Ceremonial House, where torch-lighting, drums, and a traditional fire-knife dance welcome the night. On the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort invites you to savor “Ho’Onanea”—the passing of time in languid tranquility.

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Recreation:
You certainly can’t miss the Lava Pool at this resort. It has a towering volcano, a waterfall, and an exciting 142 foot-long waterslide that everyone will enjoy. The Oasis Pool is nestled amid a lush garden and is the perfect spot to relax and unwind.

Also at the Polynesian Resort is Lilo’s Playhouse: a kid’s club for ages 3-12 where they’ll be visited by some of their Disney friends, be entertained with endless activities, and even enjoy dinner and late-night snacks.

Kona Cafe at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Dining:
Your family will enjoy a breakfast to remember with Lilo, Stitch, and their friends at ‘Ohana. At this feast-style breakfast, characters will sign autographs and pose for photos while you and your family start your day with hearty foods and plenty of laughs.

If you’re looking for dinner and a show, you’ll have to experience Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. Hula dancing, fire dancing, and a show-stopping fire-knife performer will delight you with traditions from Polynesia as you enjoy an authentic meal.

Casual quick-service dining is available at 5 different locations on Polynesian property as well as two lounges and three other sit-down restaurants.

Monorail at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Transportation:
Board the monorail for an easy ride-in-the-sky to Magic Kingdom and Epcot. The resort’s complimentary water taxi will also take you to Magic Kingdom park, and Disney’s Bus Transportation is always available to take you to most areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is a wonderful escape to the South Pacific and fun for the whole family. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

Experience the Great Northwest at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Escape to the rustic majesty of America’s Great Northwest. Inspired by turn-of-the-century National Park lodges, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge celebrates American craftsmanship and honors the beauty of the untamed wilderness. Soak in the splendor of the great outdoors, from nature trails through pine forests to rocking chairs that overlook a murmuring creek. Inside, discover towering totem poles, headdresses and more, and sink into a plush leather armchair in front of the roaring fireplace.

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Recreation:
There is endless fun with all the activities Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has to offer. From bike and boat rentals to fishing and movies under the stars, there is something for everyone. There are two pools at this resort: Copper Creek Springs Pool is a heated pool surrounded by nature where you can zip down a 67-foot waterslide and relax in the whirlpool spas. Nearby is the Geyser Point Bar & Grill that offers refreshments and snacks to savor poolside. The Boulder Ridge Cove Pool is much more laid-back and offers first come, first served shaded seating areas.

Artist Point at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Dining:
If you’re looking for an exceptional savory menu while enjoying a waterfront view, then Artist Point is right up your alley. Their farm-to-fork menu is ever-changing and you can be sure you will be enjoying the freshest and most innovative dishes.

Located inside the resort’s lobby is the Whispering Canyon Cafe. Fun for the whole family, games and good eating is served with a little attitude. Don’t miss the Lincoln logs, and certainly don’t ask for the ketchup unless you’re ready for all eyes to be on you!

Casual quick-service dining is available at Geyser Point Bar & Grill, Roaring Fork, and Trout Pass Pool Bar.

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Transportation:
One of the best ways to get from Disney’s Wilderness Lodge to Magic Kingdom is via the complimentary water taxi that cruises across Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon. Always reliable is the Disney Bus Transportation. The bus stop is located a short walk from the lobby and can take take you to most areas throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort is truly one of a kind and fun for the whole family. For more information about this resort and booking your next Disney vacation, visit us online today! We are you concierge to the magic and much more!

17 Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World in 2017

With an amazing land set to debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park in 2017, a new festival, a multitude of dining locations and popular returning events, 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year at the Walt Disney World® Resort!

Check out 17 reasons to visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2017

1. “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” Fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

This “out of this world” fireworks spectacular, which returned a few weeks ago to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, uses the latest projections effects, lighting, lasers and pyrotechnics to light up the sky, Star Wars style.

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2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Inspired additions to Star Wars Launch Bay

Your can celebrate the newest cinematic addition to Star Wars, courtesy of an assortment of props from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

3. MagicBand 2 Rolls Out

MagicBand 2, the next iteration of bands that offer the same helpful functions as the original bands, have just made their way to select Disney Parks merchandise locations and the Shop Disney Parks app. Stay tuned for more updates!

4. Exclusive New Star Wars Tour Now Available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This seven-hour experience, led by a Star Wars “all-in-the-know” tour guide, allows you to experience Star Tours – The Adventures Continue; get an insider’s tour and meet characters at Star Wars Launch Bay; screen “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi” and enjoy Star Wars-themed menu items at Backlot Express. The tour wraps at the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party, which includes reserved viewing for the show. Younglings ages 4-12 on the Guided Tour package can also train in the way of The Force in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. The price is $129 per Guest. Book your today by calling 407-939-7529.

5. Disney After Hours Events Return January-March

Disney After Hours returns to Magic Kingdom® Park on Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 2, 9, 16, March 2 and 9, 2017. This 3-hour event takes place after the park closes and is only open to a limited number of Guests, which means much shorter lines at 25 attractions, character greetings and more. The cost is $119 per adult or child (tax not included). Book today by calling 407-827-7185, or online at Disneyworld.com.

6. More Dining to Debut at Disney Springs

Dozens of shopping and dining locations made their debut at Disney Springs in 2016 – and even more are set to open in 2017! Stay tuned for news and opening dates for Planet Hollywood Observatory, Paddlefish, The Polite Pig, The Edison and Wine Bar George.

7. Milestone Races for runDisney

It’s the 20th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Half Marathon. And to celebrate, they’ve made Donald Duck their mascot. Also, in anticipation of the release of “Beauty & The Beast” this spring, runDisney has themed this year’s Princess Half Marathon after the film.

8. First-Ever Epcot® International Festival of the Arts Begins January 13

Epcot will start 2017 off with a bang, offering a brand new art festival for you to experience. This new offering will run weekends between Jan 13-Feb. 20, 2017 and will showcase visual, culinary and performing arts.

9. Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Begins March 1

This year’s spring festival will run March 1-May 29, 2017. Festival “firsts” include brand-new topiaries of Belle and Figment, two new outdoor kitchens (bringing the total to 15), and a “Cars” interactive play garden for kids in honor of the upcoming Disney•Pixar film, “Cars 3.”

10. New Garden Rocks Dining Packages to debut at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

During the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, dining packages will be available on select days at a number of Epcot restaurants, combining dinner and reserved seating for performances of the Garden Rocks Concert Series. Stay tuned for more details!

11. New Family Raft Ride at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Coming this spring, you can enjoy a new family-style raft attraction at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Planned to be one of the longest Disney water park attractions, this experience will immerse you in the story of treasure hunter, Captain Mary Oceaneer. You will gently ascend in treasure rafts, only to plunge into a whitewater adventure where they may encounter some of Mary’s legendary treasure.

12. Boulder Ridge Cove, Geyser Point Bar & Grill Opening Summer 2017

Scheduled to open at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge in summer 2017, Boulder Ridge Cove pool will feature an expanded sun deck and zero-depth-entry pool in what appears to have been an abandoned rock quarry. Geyser Point Bar & Grill, a new quick-service eatery, will be located in the heart of the feature pool area of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

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13. Pandora – The World of AVATAR Opening Summer 2017

This new land will open its doors at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park in summer 2017 with exciting new offerings – including AVATAR Flight of Passage, the Na’vi River Journey, the Satu’li Canteen Restaurant, Pongu Pongu drink location and Windtraders merchandise shop.

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14. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Returns for a Record 75 Days

This year’s festival will kick off on August 31 and run through November 13 – for a record 75 days!

15. 35th Anniversary of Epcot

The second theme park to be built at the Walt Disney World Resort will mark its 35th anniversary on Oct. 1, 2017.

16. More Updates to Star Wars-Inspired Land

As we’ve previously shared, a Star Wars-inspired land is currently under construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Measuring 14-acres, this new land will transport you to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.

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17. Return of Holiday Favorites

Stay tuned for updates on next year’s Candlelight Processional narrators, the return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park, “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and more!

Ten Things You May Not Know About Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

The beauty of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is that it is truly timeless. Inspired by the Victorian-era beach resorts built along Florida’s east coast during the turn of the century, the Grand remains the crown jewel at Walt Disney World Resort.

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The luxury resort opened in 1988, but like a fine wine it improves over time. It magically blends the new – like the Disney Vacation Club Villas, and Senses, a Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort – while remaining true to its opulent theming and heritage we all know and love. I am sure there are plenty of things you already know about this magical and memorable resort.

As part of Disney Parks Blog’s resort series, here’s a look at the top 10 things you may not know about Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

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‘Tis the Season for Gingerbread All Across Walt Disney World Resort

Each year, the elaborate gingerbread creations get bigger and better at Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts. From a 3-foot-tall replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall in Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom Park to the life-sized gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, it takes a multitude of dedicated pastry chefs to build each design.

'Tis the Season for Gingerbread All Across Walt Disney World Resort

Check out the video that showcases this year’s new creation at Disney’s BoardWalk, a sweet replica of a Jersey Shore Boardwalk concession stand. By the numbers, it’s 674 gingerbread shingles, 420 marshmallows for marquee lights and 90 pounds of saltwater taffy for the wreaths.

The handiwork starts with a concept and scale drawing, then it takes some serious teamwork to construct the gingerbread designs on stage in front of guests.

'Tis the Season for Gingerbread All Across Walt Disney World Resort

Most of the displays have delicious sweets for sale, and activities like gingerbread decorating. Here’s where you’ll find other fab holiday treats through January 2, 2014:

    • A 17-foot gingerbread holiday tree in the Grand Canyon Concourse of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, made with 136 pounds of honey, 211 pounds of flour, 101 eggs and 151 pounds of chocolate!
    • A life-size, spinning carousel in the lobby of Disney’s Beach Club Resort has ponies made of chocolate fondant and hand-painted chocolate Disney characters – made with 50 pounds of dark chocolate, 100 pounds of confectioners’ sugar and 10 quarts of simple syrup. The lobby at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort features a holiday village with a miniature train surrounded with a sugar rock mountains.
    • At Epcot, the promenade at The American Adventure is home to Mrs. Claus’ Bake Shop with freshly baked gingerbread, sugar and chocolate cookies, peppermint bark, hot cocoa and ciders.
    • Also at Epcot, The Land Pavilion showcases gingerbread creations representing icons from Disney parks and resorts around the world.

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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Amps Up the Magic With Its Holiday Happenings Line-Up

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Amps Up the Magic With Its Holiday Happenings Line-Up

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is celebrating the season with the ever popular Holiday Happenings at the Swan and Dolphin. This magical month-long celebration in December will once again feature Santa — clad in cool Florida resort wear — accompanied by Mrs. Claus, as they jet off to Florida to escape the cold and spend their vacation at Santa’s favorite resort, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel.

Families can enjoy a unique holiday experience away from home at the Epcot Resort Area hotel, mingling with Santa, lighting the tree with Mrs. Claus and even getting tucked in by one of Santa’s elves.

Children and kids at heart can enjoy a magical holiday vacation experience with this year’s line-up:

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Amps Up the Magic With Its Holiday Happenings Line-Up

Santa and Mrs. Claus Meet ‘n Greets
Santa, Mrs. Claus and their favorite elf, Kandy Kane, decked out in their vacation attire, will meet with guests in Santa’s customized Tiki hut select nights. The hut features reindeer, palm trees and flamingos, making it a photo opportunity like no other.

Dancing Lights Show
Each evening, the causeway transforms into a holiday spectacle, where illuminating palm trees become the performers of a dazzling musical light show featuring favorite holiday tunes.

Life-Size Chocolate Santa Scene
Constructed entirely of chocolate, this life-sized sculpture of Santa weighs in at approximately 1,200 pounds! The sculpture, created by the hotel’s executive pastry chef Laurent Branlard (the only two-time world pastry champion), will be on display in the lobby of the Swan. This year, the display will feature a 7-foot tall, 400-pound chocolate nutcracker!

Bedtime Elf Tuck-Ins
Even after Santa’s elves have finished making presents, their work isn’t really finished! On Dec. 24, parents can hire a full-costumed elf to deliver milk, cookies, a plush toy and storybook to the room; read a bedtime story and tuck the children into bed before Santa arrives. This is a premium service with an additional cost. Reservations are required.

For more details about all the holiday excitement, including a full schedule of activities, or to make room reservations, please contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today!

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Why You Should Choose a Walt Disney World Resort, Part 3

Taking a vacation to Walt Disney World is fun and exciting and the journey can be magical.   But once you arrive, be sure to use the Walt Disney World services and benefits that have been designed to make your Disney vacation more enjoyable.  In parts one and two, we discussed many of the amenities and reasons you should choose a Walt Disney World resort hotel.  Today, let’s look at some of the other benefits to staying at a Walt Disney World resort.

Enjoy outstanding benefits designed to provide your family with the most convenient and relaxing vacation available. Consider the advantages of staying at a Disney Resort hotel:

Why You Should Choose a Walt Disney World Resort, Part 3

Extra Time in the Parks : Each day one of the Parks opens early or stays open later, giving Disney Resort hotel Guests more time to enjoy favorite attractions.  This service is called Extra Magic Hours.

Resort Transportation: Within the Resort, take advantage of a variety of complimentary transportation options that connect Parks, Resort hotels and other Disney areas.  You can ride a bus or even a boat to take you your Disney destination!

Complimentary Airport Transportation Service: Disney’s Magical Express bus transportation is a complimentary service that transports you to and from Orlando International Airport. And don’t worry about your luggage-we’ll pick it up at baggage claim and deliver it to your room!

Why You Should Choose a Walt Disney World Resort, Part 3

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