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

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
Francesca Battistelli
Royal Tailor

September 8, 2012 Line-up includes:
Chris August
Dara Maclean
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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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 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 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

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 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 for more information.