UA-36047796-1 What to Do at Disney: 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year's Eve at Disney with Kids

Looking for somewhere appropriate your children can go on New Year's Eve? There will be a New Year's Eve party at DisneyQuest in Downtown Disney from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. This interactive indoor theme park has video games, virtual reality, Disney characters, two dance parties, and yes, a countdown with confetti falling at midnight.

DisneyQuest New Year's Eve event tickets can be purchased online or at the DisneyQuest box office.

Sounds like it could be a great time for adults too!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Four Pools, Free Mini Golf, Complimentary Disney Shuttle at Resort

Mystic Dunes Resort in Celebration, FL, just a couple miles from Walt Disney World, is offering a great deal! The prices are good starting $64 a night for a one-bedroom villa and $94 a night for a two-bedroom villa (minimum two nights required), but what's really great about this deal are the amenities that come with.

  • Free shuttle to Walt Disney World and other nearby theme parks like Universal and SeaWorld
  • Four pools (lagoon-style)
  • A 4.5 star golf course to play 
  • Complimentary 18-hole mini-golf for registered guests
  • Free wired internet
  • Basketball and tennis courts
  • A restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Visit http://www.groupon.com and search under Getaways for this deal.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Monsters Inc. Storybook Deluxe App Available

Have you seen Monsters, Inc. in 3D yet? It's the movie where the monsters are afraid of the kids.

Whether you have or haven't seen it, the new Monsters, Inc. app is now available on iTunes. There's a scare simulator and you get to search for and collect scare cards. The app also retells the story with narration and text. Plus, it includes some recognizable quotes from the characters.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Monsters, Inc. 3D in Theaters

Have some days off before the New Year? Monsters, Inc. 3D is in theaters. Check out this Disney movie on a cold day off!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! If you're at the parks today, have a great time! And be sure to exercise some of that Christmas spirit : ) If not, have a wonderful day also and be sure to catch the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Is Disney Open on Christmas?

Great question! Yes, in addition to being able to view the parade on tv, Disney World and Disneyland are open. Here's a listing of the parks' hours.

Magic Kingdom - 8:00 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Animal Kingdom -8:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Epcot - 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Hollywood Studios - 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Blizzard Beach - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Typhoon Lagoon - Closed until January 5th, 2013

Downtown Disney - 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Disneyland Park - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Disney California Adventure Park - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Be warned though that the parks have sometimes reached visitor capacity on Christmas Day around 11a.m., unable to let additional guests in. Magic Kingdom usually gets the most crowded on Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Disney World Is Not Exactly in Orlando

Did you know if you say Disney World is in Orlando, you're not being entirely accurate? You may be surprised to know that the Disney World parks are in the cities of Lake Buena Vista and Bay Lake. These two cities have very few actual residents and are controlled by Disney. And yes, they both have lakes. So next time you have Typhoon Lagoon, Downtown Disney, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Epcot, or ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on your mind, check the address.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Who's Performing At the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade

Will you be watching the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade? Some have taped their parts already. Brad Paisley, Mario Lopez, Nick Cannon, Lady Antbellum, and the Backstreet Boys are all scheduled to appear. Watch the parade on ABC at 10a.m.-12p.m. Eastern Savings Time and 9a.m. to 11 a.m. Central, Mountain, and Pacific Savings Time.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

New Movie for Star Wars Fans

There will be a new Star Wars movie in 2015. This will be the seventh Star Wars film and more Star Wars movies are expected to be be produced after this one. Why is this Disney news?

The movie will still be produced by Lucasfilms. But now it will technically be a Disney movie since Disney purchased the production company for $4 billion October 26th.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Dessert at Disney

I have heard of a yule log, but never really thought about what it was. A log? I assumed. As in something you throw in the fire. And yule as in yuletide, having to do with Christmas.

But there is actually a dessert called a yule log. It resembles a pumpkin roll. The log-shaped cake has been around since the 1800s.

The Disney Food Blog recommends the yule log at Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery at the Animal Kingdom theme park. The pictures of the dessert look delicious: cake, chocolate shavings, chocolate inside, "snow" on top....


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

May 2013 Disney Scavenger Hunt Obstacle Race Open for Registration

The Expedition Everest Challenge is open for registration. This race is a bit quirkier than the others in that:

A. You run at night instead of early in the morning.

B. It includes a few obstacles. (But you can walk around them if need be.)

C. You do a scavenger hunt right after and depending on how good you are / or how determined you are not to ask the volunteers for help, might just walk as much or more than you did in the 5K.

But the compass finisher medal is way cool. Lots of friends and families with older elementary / middle school kids do this one. You can complete the challenge as a two-person team, family, or individual. Definitely not a boring 5K!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Kissimmee Villa Discount

Florida Vacation Villas has a discount available for three or four-nights in a family-size villa. Villas are located in Kissimmee, just a short drive from Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Villas are two or three bedrooms and can accommodate six or eight people. Villas include cable tv, a full kitchen, and access to an outdoor Jacuzzi and pool. Visit http://www.eversave.com/travel/florida-vacation-villas-club for more details and to snatch this deal.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Disney Stores All Decked Out

The Disney Stores are decorated for the Christmas season. Check out these pictures of the Disney Store in NYC's Times Square. Yes, at least when I went the last time, it was super-crowded (almost verging on uncomfortable crowded) in there and many were there to browse and buy. But if you're in the NYC area and thinking Disney, there's also some great photo ops!

 In front of the castle was a popular photo spot.

 Look up to see big ornaments hanging. Tip: Get on the elevator.

 Where's Christmas without a tree?

 Lots of princesses for sale, accessories, costumes, etc.


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Disney Hot Air Balloon Ride

I did not know Disney had a hot air balloon ride! Even when I took this picture in Downtown Disney.



No idea. Didn't make the connection. But next visit, I am definitely getting on this ride. It's called Characters in Flight and you go up 400 ft in the air right over Walt Disney World Resort for eight to ten minutes. The gondola attached to the balloon holds up to 30 people including the pilot.

Ride is $18 for guests at least 10 years old, $12 for guests 3 - 9 years old, and free for guests 2 years old and younger. Tickets can be bought at a counter next to the hot air balloon. The ride is pretty much open all day every day, but most of the time is even open before and after the parks are open, 8:30am - midnight for those packing in a full day.

It's a little different from a traditional hot air balloon ride in that it's tethered, but should still be a good time not to mention a great view!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Precious Moments Holiday Doll Collection at Epcot

Precious Moments Doll Maker Linda Rick will be at Epcot theme park's American Adventure Pavilion for an appearance and signing Dec. 7-9th, 21-23rd, 28th, and 29th. So bring a doll or two to get signed and check out the holiday 2012 collection. Dolls will be available for sale.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Chevrolet Test Track at Epcot Open

Epcot theme park in Florida's Walt Disney World has a new attraction! Test Track Presented by Chevrolet is a thrill ride where you create your own virtual vehicle and then go on a ride, at speeds up to 65 mph!! Then, see how well your ride performed and work on a tv commercial starring your dream car. And if you are interested in browsing - a Chevrolet showroom with new vehicles on display is available for your exploration.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Happy Birthday Walt Disney!

Walter Disney was born December 5, 1901 so he would have been 111 years old today! Celebrate his birthday by taking a picture with Mickey Mouse, seeing a Disney movie, or visiting one of the Disney theme parks. The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, California is also offering free admission today.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Free Admission at The Walt Disney Family Museum Dec 5

The Walt Disney Family Museum is offering free admission Wednesday, December 5th in honor of Walter Disney's birthday. We all know who that is! Admission is normally $20 per adult and $12 for children ages 6-17. The museum is located in San Francisco, California and includes early drawings of Mickey Mouse, Walt's Academy Awards and Oscar, cartoons from Walt's first company, and more.

Monday, December 3, 2012

New Disney Princess Sofia the First

Introducing Disney's newest princess...Sofia the First ! You will see her on Disney's Christmas Day Parade on ABC December 25th.

Sofia the First will also be a character on a new January 13th tv series on Disney Jr. Sophia's mother marries King Roland II of Enchancia, and Sophia becomes you guessed it, a princess! Sophia also gains two step-siblings and must learn her new royal role with the help of Fauna, Flora, and Merryweather. She also communicates with animals using a magic amulet! Though a one-hour special already ran, the new series is expected to officially premiere January 13, 2013.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

More New Fantasyland Opening Thursday

Are you looking for something new at one of the Disney theme parks? Magic Kingdom, a very friendly theme park for small children, will be officially opening New Fantasyland this Thursday, December 6th. This part of the Magic Kingdom includes an Enchanted Forest (real trees!), castles from Beauty & The Beast, Under the Sea~Journey of the Little Mermaid musical attraction, and Be Our Guest Restaurant.

Look for more New Fantasyland fun coming in 2013!


Saturday, December 1, 2012

February Disney 5K Still Open

Yes, the Disney Princess Half Marathon is closed, but for the weekend of February 22-24, the Disney Royal Family 5K is still seeking participants. The run is at Epcot on Saturday, February 13th at 6:30a.m. Great excuse to wear a tutu and benefit The Leukemia & Lyphoma Society. Get more information and register at http://www.rundisney.com/princess-half-marathon/

Friday, November 30, 2012

Find Nutritious Food at Disney

Look for a pair of mouse ears with a check mark inside of it to determine whether what you are about to order is healthy or junk. The Mickey Check has debuted at the Be Our Guest Restaurant and will make its way to Disney food products, recipes on http://www.family.com and http://www.disney.com as well as menus at Disney theme parks and resorts.

Criteria:

Kids meal must include three or more approved food groups and other meals must include two or more approved food groups.

First ingredient in sandwich bread must be whole grain.

Milk must be one percent or fat-free.

Juice must be 100% pure juice with added sugar only be allowed in cranberry juice (up to five grams per serving).

The above is just some of the criteria. For more information, visit http://cdn.media.thewaltdisneycompany.com/cdnmedia/photos/corporatecitizenship/programs/NGexternal10_2_12.pdf

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Disney Bringing Boy Meets World Back

Remember "Boy Meets World"? Out of the TGIF show lineup, my siblings and I always liked Boy Meets World the least, but over the years with people raving about reruns of it, I have definitely come to appreciate it more. Anyway, it's just exciting when one of the old 90s goodies is making its way back and it is...sorta.

Disney Channel is developing a "Girl Meets World" pilot. Cory and Topanga will have a 13-year-old daughter named Riley and yes, Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel will be back as Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence. I guess the only question now is: Is Mr. Feeny still alive? Visit Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage on Twitter to find out what they have to say.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Disney Cruise Line Coming to Miami

Disney Wonder, operated by Disney Cruise Line, is coming to Miami! Guests can sail to the Bahamas and West Carribbean for the first time from South Florida on a Disney Cruise Line ship beginning December 23rd. In 2013, 3, 4, and 5-night cruises will be available. Visit http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/ to search by date, destination, and departure port.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Perfect Sign for a Disney Picture

Ok, I know it's a very busy road, but has anyone been tempted to get their picture taken by this sign?


It's where you're driving right into the theme parks so I know you can't just stop you're car and hop out, but what a cool photo op!

Maybe if you're walking to Disney World up on the grass there, haha.

Surprised though that I have yet to see a car or two pulled over on the shoulder....

Monday, November 26, 2012

American Idol at Hollywood Studios

Sometimes it's nice to just sit and enjoy a show every now and then. Maybe American Idol on tv has gotten stale, but American Idol at Hollywood Studios hasn't.

American Idol at Hollywood Studios!
I went for one show, though I could have sat and watched more. There were three contestants; one was breathy, another was young but did a great a job, and the last contestant went all out with long notes and big gestures, but they all could definitely sing. Everyone in the audience voted with an electronic device at their seats and the audience seemed to respectfully take it seriously as the third contestant got her ticket to the front of the American Idol audition line. The host and judges did a great job; the background music made it seem like you were at the real deal, which we kind of were.

My only question is: I thought the age limit for Idol was 28, and two of the contestants definitely seemed older. Has it changed?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

New Restaurant in New Fantasyland

Like eating at Universal's Three Broomsticks is for Harry Potter fans, checking out Disney's Be Our Guest Restaurant is a must-do for Beauty and the Beast fans. Yes, there is an enchanted rose! The restaurant is open in New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom theme park.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Holidays Around the World at Epcot

Disney's Epcot theme park, will of course have holiday decorations and entertainment, but did you know it will also have a candlelight processional on select nights at the America Gardens Theatre? The event will have a celebrity narrator retelling the story of Christmas along with a choir and 50-piece orchestra. Celebrity narrators include Geena Davis, Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Andy Garcia, Blair Underwood, James Denton, Jodi Benson, Lea Salonga, Alfre Woodard, Trace Adkins, Gary Sinise, Amy Grant, Marlee Matlin, and Jack Jason.

Get more information on dates and dining packages at http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/epcot/special-events/candlelight-processional/

Friday, November 23, 2012

Division I Men's Basketball at ESPN Complex Thanksgiving Weekend

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is hosting the seventh annual Old Spice Classic. For tickets, visit http://www.oldspiceclassic.com

The eight Division I men's basketball teams playing include Clemson, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, Gonzaga, Davidson, Marist, and UTEP. The games can also be viewed on tv's ESPN networks.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Dinner at Disney

Vacationing at Disney World and looking for a restaurant that serves Thanksgiving dinner? Check out a list of restaurants at the theme parks and hotels with a holiday menu at http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/holidays/#thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Downtown Disney's Festival of the Seasons

Downtown Disney is free walk around at. Yes, free. If that doesn't get you, from now until December 27th the area will be decorated for Christmas as part of Festival of the Seasons. There will be carolers, street performers, stilt walkers, a holiday dance party, and Santa Claus before Christmas / Santa Goofy after Christmas. Great touristy gifts in this area!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade at Animal Kingdom

From now until the day after New Year's, Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade will be at Animal Kingdom. So be sure to give Mickey a wave if you see him rolling by. Or like when I was at Animal Kingdom just find yourself unable to go anywhere after the path is blocked for the parade. This parade will have festive holiday music and like the summer parade, stiltwalkers, safari vehicles, and animal puppets. Definitely something to take pictures of!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Disney Black Friday

They call it Magical Friday, but Disney's Black Friday begins online November 19th.  To get the deals, visit Disney Store's website at http://DisneyStore.com/magicalfridaydeals

Each day, new items will appear at Magical Friday prices. At midnight on Friday, Nov. 23rd, brick-and-mortar stores will offer even more deals to guests who visit in person.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Watch Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

It may not be the Osborne family you're thinking of, but at Hollywood Studios until January 6th lights will be dancing to holiday music every 10 minutes with Florida snow falling. The lights are named after the Osborne family in Arkansas, who started a display of millions lights on their property that were moved to Hollywood Studios for visitors to enjoy.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

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Ramada Gateway Offering Cheap One Night Stay

Stay one night at the Ramada Gateway in Orlando for around $60, ($49 plus13% tax for a Sunday - Thursday night stay or $55 plus 13% tax for a Friday or Saturday night stay). This deal is available for up to four guests. Two breakfast buffets are included and check-out isn't until 2pm!

Free shuttle is available to the Disney theme parks, Factory Outlets, and Universal Studios. Visit http://www.eversave.com/travel/ramada-gateway-3 to check this deal out.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Kid Friendly Math and Science Activities on the Phone

Does your kid love to grab your phone and play games? Download Mickey's Wildlife Count Along, where your child can help take pictures of wildlife and count animals. There's even practice with matching - animals need to go to their natural habitats.

There's lots of Disney apps out there like Letters With Pooh and Minnie Bow Maker App. Check them out at http://disneybookapps.com/

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Try Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista

I stayed at an Embassy Suites in California, and I remember it being very nice, one of my favorite hotels to stay in. A great brunch and really cool decor.

I have yet to stay at a Florida one, but the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lake Buena Vista, Florida is offering a discounted stay deal that includes up to four kids getting to stay free with a paying adult. The hotel includes a pool, free parking, WiFi, a sauna, a hot tub, restaurants onsite, and free breakfast (cooked-to-order!). Take a free shuttle to all the Disney theme parks. Also, movies are shown poolside four times a week!

Visit http://www.groupon.com and look under Getaways to grab this deal.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

 Ready for some snow? If you're at the right place (Main Street) at the right time (Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party), you just might see some.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party has begun! Enjoy festive decorations, fireworks, and Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade featuring Santa! Receive access to various Magic Kingdom rides and other attractions. Meet Disney characters. There will even be free cookies and cocoa.

Tickets are between $60 and $75. The party takes places at Magic Kingdom from 7pm to 12am on select nights with the last day being Friday, December 21, 2012.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Children's Miracle Network Classic Pro-Am

The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic is a golf tournament happening this weekend. Spectator tickets are $20 for one day. Kids are admitted free with a paying adult.

The charity is Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. These hospitals serve children who need certain equipment and specialized care that only children's hospitals provide. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals treat 88% of children with cancer and 98% of kids requiring lung or heart transplants. For more information, visit http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/r045/charity.html

Saturday, November 10, 2012

App for Wreck-It Ralph

Did you know there's an app for the Wreck-It Ralph movie? It seems like these days there's an app for just about anything. Build and race your own kart against others with the Wreck-It Ralph Storybook Deluxe App.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Under $100 a Night Orlando Condos

Stay at the Magical Memories Villas in Orlando, FL starting at just $89 per night. Condos include a full kitchen and a living room. Choose from 12 condo resorts, all within a close distance to the Disney parks. Must stay at least two nights. Maximum 6 people in a 2-bedroom condo or 8 in a 3-bedroom condo.

Must be at least 21 years old to check-in and a credit card is needed to check-in. Cleaning fee and 13% tax not included.

To get this deal, visit http://www.groupon.com and click Getaways.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Art Festival of the Masters at Downtown Disney

Michael's craft store is presenting Festival of the Masters Friday, Nov. 9th to Sunday, Nov. 11th. Admission and parking is free! Whether you're browsing or buying, this outdoor event is something to see. Disney collectibles as well as fine art available for purchase. Enjoy music and hands-on activities as well. Visit http://www.whattodoatdisney.com/p/november.html for more details.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Still Time to Go to Food & Wine Festival at Epcot

No, you didn't miss it, but there's not much time left in 2012 to go to Epcot's Food & Wine Festival. You have until November 12, 2012. An admission ticket to Epcot is required to attend the festival. Tapas are usually around $3 to $8 so not too expensive but not extremely cheap either so be sure to look at the 2012 Food & Wine Festival menu and get an idea of what you want before you go!

Most events like HGTV home entertaining, book signings, culinary demonstrations, taste seminars, and sampling at the Festival Center Wine Shop will be held in the Festival Center. In addition to food-related events, guests can enjoy the Eat to the Beat concert series each evening.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Win a Disney Vacation from AOL

AOL is offering a chance to win a Disney vacation for four to California or Florida. Register at http://magicvacation.aol.com/ and play the memory matching game for a chance to win the trip and other daily prizes. Play once a day until November 17, 2012 for a chance to win.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Discounted Stay at Hotel Connected to Florida Mall

What if you could stay at a hotel that is close to the airport, the theme parks, and the mall? Way under $200 a night? Perfect, right?

The Florida Hotel and Conference Center is connected to The Florida Mall by a hallway in the hotel. The hotel features a Starbucks, fitness center, spa, heated pool, and flat-screen tvs in the rooms.

To get this deal, visit http://www.groupon.com and click on the Getaways tab. $15 per day service fee and 12.5% tax not included. Guests must be at least 18 years old to check-in. Pets allowed for an additional fee.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Disney Fairies Fashion Boutique Free App

Visit iTunes for the free Disney Fairies Fashion Boutique app. Have fun making a boutique. Compare with friends. Tinker Belle leads the way! If you like pixie dust, glitter, and fashion, you might just love this game.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

International Palms Resort Near Wet 'n' Wild Offering Discount

Stay at the International Palms Resort & Conference Center in Orlando at a discounted rate. The resort is located within walking distance of Wet 'n' Wild on International Drive. Resort includes pool with waterfalls, two restaurants, and free WiFi. Guests can ride the I-Ride Trolley over to the theme parks.

Must book room by December 21, 2012 to use deal and stay by February 12, 2013. Not valid certain weeks, call for reservation. Must be at least 21 years old to check-in.

Stay one-night for under $100, two-nights for under $200, three-nights for under $300.

To get this deal visit http://www.groupon.com and click on the Getaways tab.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Frankenweenie in Theaters

It's Halloween!











What better time to see Frankenweenie? The movie about a dog who comes back to life is in theaters.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Registration Open for Disney Princess Half Marathon

Register for the Disney Princess Half Marathon or Disney Royal Family 5K for the February 22-24, 2013 weekend. If you have a young runner in your family, children can try a dash for just $10!

Half marathon runners will receive a new medal for the 5th anniversary of this race. And it's pink! Well, it has 5 pink jewels and a tiara.

Benefiting charity is The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Chance to Stay in Cinderella Castle Suite

We all know the Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom, but did you know it has a suite? Enter the Run Like a Princess Sweepstakes for a chance to win some great prizes including a night in the Cinderella Castle Suite at Magic Kingdom theme park.

This grand prize win also includes round trip airfare, 3-day Disney theme parks ticket, $200 in Disney Dining gift cards, race entry for the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend February 22-24, 2013 (don't worry you could also choose to do the 5K or for children, the Kids Races), Epcot's Pasta in the Park tickets, meet and greet with Olympian runner Jeff Galloway, and 2-night stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Since you can enter daily until November 20, 2012, instant wins for things like gift cards also are possibilities.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Disney Cruises Sailing from Miami

Escape the winter weather! Disney Cruise Line will be sailing out of Miami from December until May. Four-night voyages to the Bahamas starting in the $400 range. Five-night Western cruises and 14-night Panama Canal cruises also available.

Amenities include kids' clubs, rotational dining through three restaurants, 24-hour complimentary room service, Broadway-style shows, fireworks show at sea, pool with poolside bar and two whirlpools, fitness center, full-service spa, and live music.

Call 1-800-986-3348 to book your trip!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Never Knew Flamingos Could Fly

Maybe it's their height that threw me off, but I never knew flamingos could fly. Until I went to Seaworld that is. Take a look at this picture.

I saw them one time just hanging out at the pond. But later, I happened to walk by and there was quite a commotion going on.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Discounted Stay at Nickelodeon-Themed Resort

Stay at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort for as little as $84 per night. $28 resort fee and 12.5% tax not included. Do you have a SpongeBob SquarePants or Dora the Explorer fan in your family? Kids may get to meet characters like Spongebob and Dora at breakfast. This resort has two outdoor water parks, which include 13 slides and an Olympic-style pool. Guests can also enjoy 4-D films, live family shows every night, and Kids' Spa.

Deal is available for up to parties of 6 with dates through January. Must be at least 21 years old to check-in.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Disney Channel Performs at Hollywood Studios

If you're at Hollywood Studios, you might catch the Disney Channel Rocks! show. It's high-energy singing on a float right at the front of the park.
I actually caught it right as I entered the park and then happened to see it roll up again and start again as I was leaving. Go figure! I think it's probably the fact that it's on a float, but it made me think of the Thanksgiving Day parade!


Friday, October 12, 2012

Preorder Epic Mickey 2 Video Game

Know someone who loves to paint or is a Mickey Mouse fan? It won't hit stores until November 18th, but you can pre-order Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two ahead of time. Just be sure to click around the various stores to find the best deal for you because at the moment, they're offering it for different prices.

Watch a preview of the Epic Mickey 2 video game. The game has an E for Everyone rating.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Oil Painter Larry Dotson Appearances

You might recognize Larry Dotson's work as some of the Disney's properties' beautiful oil paintings. Do you have a painting that you'd like signed by the actual artist?

Larry Dotson will be making appearances at Disney World throughout the month of October for signings.

Oct.6 & 7                          Art of Disney in Epcot

Oct. 18 - Oct. 21              Main Street Gallery in Magic Kingdom Park

Oct. 25 - Nov. 1               Art of Disney at Downtown Disney Marketplace

Friday, October 5, 2012

Mechanical Kingdom Vinylmation Collection Signing

Do you have any part of the Mechanical Kingdom Vinylmation Collection? The collection consists of Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pete, Donald, and Daisy. Items are on sale at http://www.DisneyParks.com/Store

If you already have your characters, Disney Design Group Character Artist Mike Sullivan will be available to sign them Saturday, October 6 from 11am - 1pm on D Street in Downtown Disney Westside at the Disneyland Resort.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Arrives at Magic Kingdom

On select nights from now until October 31st, visitors to Magic Kingdom can enjoy Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for an additional cost, around $55 - $75 depending on age and day.

Trick-or-treat and receive candy at various locations around the theme park. Guests will also see Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade, a fireworks show, and Disney characters in Halloween costumes.

Disneyland also celebrates with Mickey's Halloween Party for those interested in trick-or-treating at Disneyland.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Halloween Time Now at Disneyland Resort

Are you ready for Halloween? Or just ready to see some Halloween decorations? The Halloween season has arrived at Disneyland. Visit from now until October 31st and you will see Halloween decorations, Mickey and friends in their Halloween costumes, and some Disney villains.

If your family is interested in trick-or-treating at Disneyland, Mickey's Halloween Party tickets are now on sale.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Princess Half Marathon Price Increases September 26

Are you even thinking about running the Disney Princess Half Marathon this year? Sign up before the 26th to avoid the price increase.

It's Disney's 5th anniversary of this race so that's something to celebrate right there.

The run is 13.1 miles long and a little over half full. Participants will run by Spaceship Earth at Epcot and through Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Princess Experience for Girls at World of Disney Store

If you are at Downtown Disney in Orlando, you might stop in the World of Disney Store. The D-Tech Me Princess Experience, available until November 24, allows girls ages 3 to 12 to have a likeness of their face put on a 3D 7-inch Disney Princess figurine. Girls can choose from Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Tiana. Might be something your daughter would love!

Watch the experience here.

Hey, I think they should open this up to all ages. Every girl and woman should get to be a princess, right?

The cost is around $115 including shipping and the experience takes about ten minutes.

The store recommends reservations by phone at 407-WDW-TECH (407-939-8324). An adult must be present during the entire experience.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Grand Beach Orlando Offering Discounted Stay

Grand Beach Orlando, less than a ten-minute drive from Universal Studios, Disney World, and Sea World, has condos available for a discounted rate. Each three-bedroom condo has its own washer and dryer. Outside the condos are hammocks under palm trees, paddleboats for guest use, a children's playground, a sand volleyball court, a shuffleboard court, and two heated outdoor pools.

Select a two-night stay for $199 until October 2. A three-night stay is available for $299 until October 2 or for $399 until November 16. 12.5% tax not included.

Must be 21 or older to check-in. Deal is not valid 10/24-10/26 and 11/21-11/24.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Last Chance to Sign Up for January Running at Disney

It might seem far away to think about registering for January running, but the January Walt Disney World Marathon, Half Marathon, and Goofy Challenge are already sold out. This may have something to do with the 20th anniversary. But the Disney Fun Run 5K and runDisney Kids Races are still open!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Preview Monsters, Inc. 3D Movie

Monsters, Inc. 3D will debut in theaters December 19, 2012. But you don't have to wait that long to get a sneak peak. Watch the Monsters, Inc. 3D trailer online.

Cruise to Disney World from Texas

Disney is coming to Texas! A Disney cruise that is. Texans will now get a chance to visit Walt Disney World Resort by leaving on a cruise from their home state. The Disney Magic cruise will be leaving from Galveston, TX. Destinations include the Bahamas and the Western Caribbean. Four-night, six-night, seven-night, eight-night, and fourteen-night cruises available.

Cruisers can book a verandah stateroom for the cost of an oceanview stateroom from October 13, 2012 to December 21, 2012.

Visit http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/cruises-destinations/caribbean/ports/galveston-texas/ to look at pictures, check out itineraries, and make a reservation.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Enter Frankenweenie Sweepstakes for Chance to Win Four-Day Disneyland Vacation

Frankenweenie doesn't hit theaters until October 5th, but you can enter the Frankenweenie Monstrous Sweepstakes now.

The winner will receive a four-day, three-night vacation for four people to Disneyland. Sweepstakes ends October 7, 2012. Must be at least 13 years old and live in the U.S. to enter.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Wear Light Up Mickey Ear Hats at Disney in California

Get your "Glow with the Show" Mickey ears to have your own light show! The Mickey ears light up to match the beat of the music and colors of shows in Disney. The ears work with the "World of Color" show, Mad T Party, and certain parts of Cars Land. They also have a demo mode where they put on their own light show when you are not near the shows.

The "Glow with the Show" Mickey ears are available for purchase in the Disney California parks as well as the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition Coming to Disneyland

Frankenweenie hits movie theaters October 5, 2012, but Disneyland offers The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition beginnning September 14, 2012 until November 5, 2012 at Hollywood Land in the Disney Animation building.

Tour the art exhibit and view a sneak peak of the movie about a boy who brings his dog back to life.

If you are an annual passholder at Disneyland, register from September 5th through September 10th to preview the exhibit on Thursday, September 13th from 8pm to 12am. Attendees will get to watch an eight minute sneak peek in 4D of the Frankenweenie movie, buy movie merchandise, and have access to certain attractions in Hollywood Land.

The exhibition started in Spain and will be at Disneyland until November 5, 2012.








Friday, August 31, 2012

Follow Disney Running Events on Twitter

Check out @runDisney on Twitter for news about various Disney running events including marathons, half marathons, and 5ks.

Official twitter account for runDisney with news about everything Disney running-related from words of encouragement to a look at the medals.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Kids Play While You Wait for Dumbo The Flying Elephant Ride

Are you dreading those long lines at Magic Kingdom? One ride in the Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland offers a play while you wait option.

Storybook Circus area of New Fantasyland in Disney World's Magic Kingdom theme park
Entrance to Storybook Circus area of New Fantasyland


Dumbo The Flying Elephant ride, located in the Storybook Circus area of New Fantasyland, has a circus-themed play area for kids while they wait. As you get in line, you will get a pager that will let you know when it is your group's turn to ride. Then, its off to the air-conditioned big top tent to relax where there are also slides, a toddler play area, and climbing nets.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New Fantasyland Continuing to Grow at Magic Kingdom

New Fantasyland has arrived at Disney World's Magic Kingdom. After its completed, New Fantasyland will be almost twice the size of the Fantasyland before the expansion. New Fantasyland will be the largest expansion Disney World's Magic Kingdom park has ever had.

What is Open at New Fantasyland
All of the above attractions are part of the Storybook Circus part of the park.


Do you have a little mermaid or Belle fan?

The Enchanted Forest part of New Fantasyland featuring these characters will be opening December 6, 2012!

Parts of New Fantasyland opening in 2013 include Princess Fairytale Hall, where you can meet the Disney princesses and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Enter Sweepstakes to Win Disneyland Vacation and Verizon Phone

By entering Disney's Ready, Set, Make Memories Sweepstakes, you have a chance to win a four-day, three-night trip for you and three guests to Disneyland in California.

Winner will also receive:
  • hotel accommodations including two nights in a standard room as well as one night at the Disneyland Dream Suite 
  • four three-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper tickets for admission to Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park 
  • a new Verizon phone that includes the Disney Mobile Magic App
  • a VIP Cars Land Experience
  • a character meet and greet with a photo opportunity
  • one Disney character dining experience that includes the winner's three guests
  • Disney PhotoPass book and CD
  • $300 Disney gift card

Enter every day for more chances to win. Must be 8 years of age and older and live in the U.S. to enter. Sweepstakes ends September 2, 2012. Winner will be contacted near the end of September by email or phone.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Try My Disney Experience App at Disney World

The My Disney Experience App while in the Orlando, FL Disney World Parks is available for your download. The app is for the Disney theme parks in Orlando, FL. The app lets users:
  • see how long wait times are for the attractions
  • view maps of the parks
  • find characters
  • look at times for shows
  • locate nearby Disney attractions
  • see park hours
  • make reservations at restaurants
  • even track down the closest restrooms

Download the My Disney Experience App for free from iTunes.

One benefit of the My Disney Experience App is that FASTPASS information and wait times can be checked from outside the parks too. Not sure if you want to go to a park because the line for the new ride you really want to get on might be too long? Check the wait times before you even enter the park!

Get the app on your iPhone, Android phone, or iPad. It should also soon be available for Android tablets, Windows phones, and Blackberry phones.

The app is similar to the Disney Mobile Magic App but includes additional features. It will likely replace the Disney Mobile Magic App in 2013. There will also be a Disneyland version of the app available in 2013.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Lion King Family Suites at Disney's Art of Animation Resort Now Open

In addition to the Finding Nemo Family Suites and Cars Family Suites, guests at Disney's Art of Animation Resort now have the option of staying at The Lion King Family Suites.

Guests staying in family suites at the resort can enjoy the themed rooms, two bathrooms, a master bedroom, other sleeping options within the suite, three pools at the resort including one with a pool bar, playgrounds, a video arcade, interactive water play areas, and a food court. For more information, visit http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/art-of-animation-resort/services-amenities/

The Art of Animation Resort is located next to Hollywood Studios and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Resort guests receive complimentary transportation to Disney theme parks, Disney water parks, and Downtown Disney.

Book a room at the Art of Animation Resort.

The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at the resort will open September 15, 2012.

Friday, August 24, 2012

New Phineas and Ferb Epcot Attraction Open

Epcot's latest attraction, Phineas and Ferb: Agent P's World Showcase Adventure is now open. Go undercover with Agent P on a mission around Epcot.

To receive your mission assignment, go to a recruitment center at Norway Pavilion, Italy Pavilion, Odyssey Bridge, or near the International Gateway. You will receive an electronic handheld device that will provide clues to help you stop the villains. Recruit family members or friends to be agents with you as the device is meant to be shared.

There are seven different missions located in different countries in Epcot. Countries with missions include:
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • United Mexico
 A mission will take 30 to 45 minutes and your handheld device will recognize when you change course and will change your mission.

Do one mission or try them all.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Free Dining Plan with Six-Night Room Purchase

Disney is offering a free dining plan with purchase of a six-night non-discounted Magic Your Way room and ticket package at certain Disney Resort hotels. Deal is available most nights from September 30, 2012 to December 20, 2012.

Number of rooms available is limited. Check availability here.

Offer does not include three-bedroom villas, campsites, or Little Mermaid Standard View Rooms at Disney's Art of Animation Resort. Deal also does not include alcoholic beverages or gratuities. Some restaurants may have no or limited availability. Kids 9 years and younger must pick from the kids menu at the restaurants if there is one available.

To take advantage of the offer, call (407) 939-7631. The booking code is X9N for Disney Value Resorts and the booking code is I87 for Disney Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tickets on Sale for Christian Music Festival at Magic Kingdom

Night of Joy will be at the Magic Kingdom theme park on Friday, September 7, 2012 and Saturday, September 8, 2012.

The contemporary Christian music festival is where guests can hear a variety of performances in the genres of rock, gospel, and pop.

September 7, 2012 Line-up includes:
Casting Crowns
Chris Tomlin
Brandon Heath
Disciple
Francesca Battistelli
NEEDTOBREATHE
RED
Royal Tailor

September 8, 2012 Line-up includes:
Chris August
Dara Maclean
Kutless
Lecrae
MercyMe
Third Day
Thousand Foot Krutch
Yolanda Adams

Night of Joy tickets are on sale now at a $10 discount. For one day, $52.95 per person in advance and $62.95 per person the day of. For both days, the cost is $94.95.

Will your youth group or large group of family and friends be attending the festival? Purchase 10 or more tickets in advance at http://www.disneynow.com/profile/web/index.cfm?PKWebId=0x29356ae44

Visit the Night of Joy facebook page to get the latest news on the festival.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Runner's World Challenge for January 2013 Marathon Weekend

What is the Runner's World Challenge you ask?

It includes:
  • Entry in one of the running events at Disney in January 2013 (either the marathon, half marathon, or Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge)
  • 16-week training plan
  • Emails every week about training, motivation, injury prevention, and nutrition
  • One copy of The Runner's World Complete Book of Running
  • Access to a private website to connect with other runners training for the race
  • A four-month membership to an interactive training log
To book the package, call 407-939-7781.

VIP packages include additional amenities such as a three-night stay in a standard room at Disney's Beach Club Resort or Disney's Yacht Club Resort during Marathon Weekend, a private packet pick-up, access to the Pasta in the Park Party, private transportation to the race, access to the Race Retreat, an after-race buffet and massage, and a post-race celebration. Packages begin at $1,649.00 plus tax.

Monday, August 20, 2012

January Half Marathon Runners Will Get New Donald Duck Medal

Disney half marathon participants in January will receive the new Donald Duck finisher medal. The half marathon takes place on Saturday, January 13, 2013.

Spaces are still available. Register at http://www.rundisney.com/disneyworld-marathon/

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Special 20th Anniversary Medal for Particpants of January Marathon

Are you running the January Marathon? This may give you something to look forward to or a reason to join.

In celebration of the marathon's 20th anniversary, marathon participants will receive the 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Mickey Mouse finisher medal. The medal will feature two images of Mickey Mouse as well as a couple of classic Walt Disney quotes.

To earn the medal, register for the marathon while there are still some spaces open. Cost is $170 until September 26. Then, beginning on and after Sept. 26, the cost rises to $190.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Timothy Green Now in Theaters

The Odd Life of Timothy Green is now in movie theaters. This two hour movie is about a couple, Jim and Cindy Green who write characteristics of a perfect child they would like to have on paper. They place the paper in a box and bury it in their backyard. After a storm, a boy named Timothy appears from where they buried the box. Movie stars Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, and CJ Adams.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Watch Summer Edition of Nightly Projection Show at Cinderella Castle

The Magic, The Memories and You! has been lighting up the Cinderella Castle. Guests at the Magic Kingdom watch the nightly projection of memories made by guests in the park that day. The show lasts ten minutes and is comprised of hundreds of photos shot by Disney PhotoPass photographers. After each show, guests are treated to a fireworks display over the castle.

Summer edition of the projection show lasts until September 3, 2012. If you know the words to "Hakuna Matata," this is the show to be at. Celebrate summer with Ariel, Sebastian, and Goofy.

Want to use some photos from facebook to make your own castle projection show? Try it at http://www.disneymemoriesshow.com/

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Global Resort Homes Offering Discount on Three-Night Rentals with Kitchens

Don't want to eat all your meals out while on vacay? Rent where there's a kitchen. Global Resort Homes is offering discounted three-night stays in either a condo or townhome for up to six or eight people. These properties are in gated communities three miles from Disney World. Communities to choose from include Windsor Hills, Windsor Palms, and Oakwater Resort.

Must book by October 12, 2012 and complete stay by December 20, 2012. Pay less than $400 for three nights at the townhomes.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Coco Key Hotel and Water Resort Offering Discount

Staying in Orlando but rather be at The Keys? Enjoy the tropical atmosphere of the Coco Key Hotel & Resort at a discounted rate.

This hotel includes a water park, business center, fitness center, convenience store, outdoor heated pool, hot tub, and free scheduled shuttle service. Shuttle service is available to Wet'n' Wild, Sea World, Universal, and Aquatica.

Coco Key Orlando Water Park includes a pool side bar, slides, and pool hangout for teens.

Price is under $300 for two nights. Must be at least 21 to check-in.

Book by October 12, 2012. Discount is valid from September 1, 2012 to February 14, 2013. Deal not valid 12/25/12 to 12/31/2012. Visit http://www.groupon.com/deals/ga-coco-key-hotel?c=all&p=0 to check out this deal.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Annual Passholders Get Early Admission to Disneyland

Do you need a reason to get an annual pass to Disneyland or do you already have one? Early entry is available until September 13, 2012, but you must register online to take advantage of the offer. 

Get into Disneyland Park early on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Disney California Adventure Park offers early admission on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Learn more at http://disneyland.disney.go.com/passes/early-entry/

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Transformers Ride Open at Universal Studios Hollywood California Park

Do you need a good reason to visit Universal Studios Hollywood? The much anticipated Transformers: The Ride-3D that is getting compared to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey in terms of 3-D images and motion simulation is open!

The indoor dark ride takes about 5 minutes and includes heights, movie screens, and spins.

Get a sneek peak of the ride at http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/attractions/transformers-the-ride-3d/

Friday, August 10, 2012

Get into Disneyland One Hour Early

California's Disneyland is offering admission one hour before the general public for one day of a three-day or longer theme park ticket. The day must be either Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, or Sunday.

A 2012 Southern California CityPass may also be used for this promotion.

Tickets need to be bought in advance.

Check out types of Disneyland tickets at http://disneyland.disney.go.com/tickets/

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Best Western in Downtown Disney Area Offering Discount

Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel is located right in the Downtown Disney area at:

2000 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

$115 for two nights or $135 with a Disney-view room - Valid until October 4, 2012 but need to book by September 22, 2012

$125 for two nights or $155 with a Disney-view room - Valid from October 5, 2012 until December 14, 2012. Book by October 5, 2012.

Free hotel shuttle to Disney stopping in the lobby every 30 minutes. Heated pool with a kiddie pool outside the hotel. Rooms have balconies. View Epcot's fireworks, laser, and water show from the Disney-view rooms.

Check out the Best Western Disney deal at http://www.groupon.com/deals/ga-best-western-lake-buena-vista-resort-hotel-1?c=all&p=11

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Stay at 2 or 3 Bedroom Condo for Under 300 Dollars Near Orlando Theme Parks

Stay at the Tuscana Resort for under 300 dollars. Choose a two-bedroom condo for up to six people or a three-bedroom condo for up to eight. Need to book by 10/5/12. Cleaning fee not included. Must be at least 21 to check-in.

Visit for http://www.groupon.com/deals/ga-tuscana-resort-condominium-1?c=all&p=28 more information.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Reason to Stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel

Feel like you need more time at the parks or just an earlier start? Disneyland Resort Hotel guests can get into Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park one hour before the parks open to the general public.

A theme park ticket to the park you want to go to is needed. This Extra Magic Hour offer for either park is available until September 29, 2012.

Visit http://disneyland.disney.go.com/calendar/early-admission/ for more information.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Check Out Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

If you have an elementary-age kid, you probably have a Cars fan on your hands.

Cars Land at Disneyland is now open! If you've ever wanted to race through the desert, get on the Radiator Springs Racers ride. Glide around on a tire at Luigi's Flying Tires ride.

Visit Cars Land at http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneys-california-adventure/cars-land/ to check out these and more cool Cars attractions!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Chance to Win Trip to Cars Land at Disneyland

Can you do a great Cars impression? Use your video camera for a chance to win a free trip to Cars Land at California's Disneyland.

Enter the contest at http://carstakeflight.disney.go.com/disneylogin.do?redirectUrl=http://carstakeflight.disney.go.com/video-submit

Videos must be under 30 seconds, contain no music, use no last names (only first names and states), and use a Mater or Lightning McQueen quote.

Mater quotes you can use:
  • "Dadgum"
  • "I've never been to the moon before, Roger"
  • "Look at me, I'm flying backwards!"
  • "Mater Hawk, happy to be here folks"
Lightning McQueen quotes you can use:
  • "Ka-chow!"
  • "Oh yeah, this is awesome!"
  • "17,000 miles per hour? No Way."
Visit http://carstakeflight.disney.go.com/dos-and-donts-cars for other important Do's and Don'ts.

Deadline for entries is October 7, 2012.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Registration Open for Disney's Princess 1/2 Marathon in February 2013

Registration is open for the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon in Walt Disney World's Orlando, Florida.

Racers get to go through Cinderella Castle! Bring your camera because photos during the race with Disney princesses is likely possible.

Visit http://espnwwos.disney.go.com/events/rundisney/princess-half-marathon/ for more information.

Monday, July 2, 2012

International Palms Resort Orlando Discount on Eversave.com

Pay $199 for a two-night stay at International Palms Resort Orlando and get a $100 Universal Studios gift card, which can be used for park entry. Price includes two adults and up to two kids.

The hotel includes a pool and free parking. Located a mile away from Island of Adventure, Universal Studios, and Wet 'n Wild. 12.5% tax and $7.50 per day resort fee not included. Travel must be completed by December 21, 2012.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Frankenweenie Trailer

From the director of Alice in Wonderland, Frankenweenie hits theaters October 5, 2012. Watch the Frankenweenie trailer, about a boy who has a dog that dies and then comes back from the dead.

Friday, June 29, 2012

New Course for January Marathon

The January Marathon weekend will celebrate its 20th anniversary as well as get an enhanced course. Participants will receive a newly designed Mickey Mouse finisher medal.

The course includes running through four Disney theme parks, running right on the Walt Disney World Speedway racetrack, running through the Atlanta Braves training stadium at the ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex, and running the Mile 20 Surpise Spectacular.

View the course at http://espnwwos.disney.go.com/events/rundisney/wdw-marathon/index?page=course

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sneak Peak of Monsters University

Monsters University is coming to theaters Summer 2013.

Watch the trailer of Monsters University at http://video.disney.com/watch/monsters-university-teaser-4c2899b584acccbb0101810c?cmp=mon_mu_WDSMP_EMC_CTA_WatchTrlr_620_Extl

Mike and Sully are two monsters who are best friends now, but didn't exactly start out that way when they first met.

Four different trailers are available. Vote for your favorite on facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/monsters_u_trailers/

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Brave Movie Soundtrack Available at Music Stores

The official soundtrack of the Brave movie is at music stores starting today. The movie hits theaters June 22nd. Listeners will hear a variety of Scottish musical instruments and dance rhythms in the songs.

Monday, June 18, 2012

$49 for One Night at Ramada Gateway

Visit http://www.eversave.com/travel to stay at the Ramada Gateway for $49 per night. May buy for just one night. But with a free shuttle to Disney and Universal, why stay just one night?

This deal allows you to stay up to five nights. Travel must be completed by December 31, 2012.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Play This Fun Game from Wreck-It Ralph

Play the game based on the movie Wreck-It Ralph. It involves using your computer's space bar and arrows to help Felix Jr. fix broken windows. Think Frogger.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Animation & Film Volunteers Needed at Walt Disney Family Museum

Interested in Disney film or animation? The Walt Disney Family Museum could be the perfect match for you. The volunteer positions are for Gallery Attendent or Special Event Assistant.

Gallery Attendents volunteer one day per week 11:00am to 4:30pm to share the experience of the museums 10 galleries with visitors.

Special Event Assistants volunteer for member events and after-hours events (evenings and weekends) to help with event check-in and staffing the gallery.

Visit http://wdfmuseum.squarespace.com/posts/2012/5/11/spend-your-summer-sharing-the-art-and-magic-of-animated-film.html to learn more about these volunteer positions and access the volunteer application form.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Volunteer at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic

This PGA Tour event is looking for volunteers on November 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12, 2012. Volunteer at Disney's Palm Golf Course or Disney's Magnolia Golf Course. The event will raise money for children's hospitals across North America.

Volunteers must purchase at least one volunteer golf shirt to wear.

Register to volunteer at http://espnwwos.disney.go.com/events/volunteer/volunteer-childrens-miracle-network-classic/

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Track and Field Volunteer July 2012

Disney's ESPN World Wide of Sports is always offering volunteer opportunities for sporting events. The 2012 AAU National Club Championships for Track and Field event is now open for volunteer registration. Must be at least 15 years old to volunteer. This event requires physical labor such as lifting and raking. Positions available from Saturday, July 7 to Sunday, July 15, 2012.

For every hour of service you will receive one point. Once 16 points are accumulated for any events in the Sports Enthusiasts calendar, you will receive one Disney World theme park ticket!

Register at http://www.active.com/framed/event_detail.cfm?EVENT_ID=2018762&CHECKSSO=0

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Star Wars Comes to Hollywood Studios

Beginning Friday, May 18 to Sunday, June 10, 2012 Hollywood Studios will be featuring Star Wars weekends. Check out Star Tours 3D, Jedi Training Academy, see all your favorite Star Wars celebrities (autographs available), and enjoy some music and dancing with some Star Wars characters at the end of your day.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Disney Baby Contest

You don't have to visit Disney World for this one, just submit a picture of your baby and you could win some Disney / non-Disney prizes for your baby like a crawl on tv role, L.A. shopping spree, Disney character diapers, Disney gift pack, and college scholarship.

Visit Disney Baby Character Contest for more information.

Enter May 15 - June 18, 2012.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Disney Fanniversary Behind-the-Scenes Stories and Interviews

Check out art, photography, film, and Disney legend interviews at Disney Fan Club's Fanniversary Celebration in Orlando on Saturday, June 23, 2012. A Disney Fan Club member and a Disney archive will host this sold out event in Orlando. Waitlist available . Cost is $25 general admission, $18 D23 members.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Topiary Characters at Epcot

There's still time (until May 20th, 2012) to check out the flowers and character topiaries at Epcot. You'll see Snow White, the seven dwarfs, Mickey and more. I was in Epcot at this time and it wasn't overwhelming, but the flowers in the pond were arranged beautifully and the topiaries were really well done. So if you want to check out Epcot anyway, keep an eye out for the arrangements. The question is why just until May 20th? Will they just let them grow up and out or will they be reshaped? Look out for that weedwacker Minnie!

Or maybe (more likely) May 20th is when the flower presentations, displays, and concerts stop.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Very Fairy Princess Book Autographed by the Princess Diaries' Julie Andrews

Enter the National Princess Celebration Sweekstakes from Disney Movie Rewards http://www.disneymovierewards.go.com/ for a chance to win The Very Fairy Princess Here Comes the Flower Girl! book personalized with your name and signed by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton. There are 20 of these books that will be given out. One winner also gets a $1,000 gift card from Target!

There are plenty of other prizes too including 20 Disney alarm clocks, 25 Disney Princess Magazine subscriptions, and 20 Disney Princess Fairy Tales CDs.

Promotion ends May 31, 2012.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

What Should I Do at Disney?

What to Do at Disney

There is so much to do in Orlando, Florida's Walt Disney World!


Search BY MONTH to find events and activities that are going on when you will be in town.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Non-Calendar Events

You will notice some events that are not placed in any month categories. Maybe you are visiting Disney because you have a specific interest or goal you want to accomplish, such as running a marathon. You could click on the For the Walkers and Runners section at the top menu to find out what running events are taking place during what months.