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