UA-36047796-1 What to Do at Disney: 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

See Santa at Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney is looking festive! If you'll be at Disney at Christmastime with little ones, Downtown Disney's Festival of the Seasons is a must-do. There'll be a big tree, holiday carolers, a holiday dance party, stilt walkers, and a photo opportunity with Santa!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Lights at Hollywood Studios

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is included with admission to Disney's Hollywood Studios. You can see the lights glittering to music at Streets of America in the park. Want Mickey ears that glow with the show? Check them out at https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/entertainment/glow-with-the-show/

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade

It seems like all the Disney theme parks are doing something for Christmas and the rest of the holidays this year, and Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom is no different. If you haven't seen it yet, it gives you another reason to check out the Animal Kingdom. It will be hard to miss giant Mickey parade through the park. Expect lots of red and green too. This parade will run through January 5, 2014. The parade is outdoors and both sides of the street are usually packed, but it's easy to get some great pictures so be sure to bring your camera!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Register for Disney Expedition Everest Challenge 2014 Today

Today Disney's Expedition Everest Challenge is now open for registration. It's a 5K with an obstacle course and (I've ran this), whew, if that weren't enough, it's at night and includes a scavenger hunt after. If you really want to experience a Disney race, this is a great one to do. Register at http://www.rundisney.com/expedition-everest-challenge/

Monday, December 16, 2013

Holidays Around the World at Epcot

Want to know what they do for the holidays in Norway? Italy? Germany? France? You can learn about these countries and more at Holidays Around the World at Epcot. In addition, eat holiday-themed food, listen to seasonal favorites, watch a beautiful fireworks display, and enjoy the story of Christmas through December 30, 2013.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Frozen Movie Norway Vacation

Adventures by Disney is heading to Norway. Did you know Adventures by Disney offers Norway vacations inspired by the movie Frozen. So if you thought how do I get my child excited about going to Norway or you've become a Frozen fan yourself, here's your chance to go! Enter to win a Disney's Frozen Norway Getaway for four. Not sure if you'll win, but still want to go? You could always just pay for the trip yourself. It's not cheap (runs about $5,000 a person), but looks like a blast. Go river rafting, learn folk dancing, catch some trout, and more. Check out the itinerary at http://www.adventuresbydisney.com/europe/norway-vacation/

Saturday, December 14, 2013

WDW Marathon Weekend January 2014 Accepting Volunteers

If you've participated in a Disney World 5K, half marathon, or marathon, you know how much positive energy is at these runs. Now you can help create some of that positive energy by volunteering in Orlando during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. Ge more information on volunteering at http://www.rundisney.com/volunteer/disneyworld-marathon/

Friday, December 13, 2013

Disney Destinations Worldwide

Where do you think of when you think Disney? I know I think of Orlando, FL and California, but there's more locations. Lots more. China. Australia. Costa Rica. Not exactly the first places that come to mind, right? If you're looking to experience another culture the Disney way, an Adventures by Disney trip might be for you. I know I'd like to go!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Disney's Frozen Read Along

Did your little one love the Disney Planes movie. Encourage reading at your house with the Frozen Storybook Deluxe App. Your child can read along with Princesses Anna and Elsa

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Take Off for Adventure Sweepstakes

Would you like to win a Disney's Planes reading fun pack? How about a trip for 4 to NYC with roundtrip flights and hotel provided by American Airlines? The trip is the Grand Prize and also includes a $500 shopping spree at the Disney Store in Times Square and a private tour of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex. For a chance at a prize, visit Disney Movie Rewards and enter before January 31, 2014.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Frozen Movie Puzzles

Have you seen Frozen yet? It's now in theaters and if you have a fan in your household or just like puzzles, check out Frozen Free Fall. 75 icy puzzles free and one puzzle looks just like Candy Crush (but with ice!).

Monday, December 9, 2013

Calling All Disney Runners: Disney Needs Your Story!

Have you participated in a Disney running event? Disney will be selecting one runner for every 2014 Disney race to profile. Would you like to be in a video starring you? The crew will come to your hometown to learn more about your reasons for running as well as film special moments during your race. Whether you're a 5K participant or serious marathon runner, there will be one person from every 2014 Disney race profiled so if you're interested, it's worth putting your video on Instagram for a shot. The video should have a #WhyIRunDisney tag; also hashtag your video with the name of the Disney race you'll be running in 2014.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Here

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom on select nights until December 20th. See fireworks, a themed parade, Disney characters, and a special appearance by Santa Clause! Cookies and hot cocoa are complimentary and you just might see some snow. The party runs from 7pm until midnight. Buy your tickets at https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/passholder-program/mickeys-very-merry-christmas-party/

Holiday App from Disney

Build a snowman. Make the Clubhouse festive. Wrap gifts. All with Mickey and Minnie. Download Paint & Play.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Hotel Deal with Lots of Amenities near Walt Disney World

Groupon Getaways has posted a deal for Comfort Suites Maingate East. This hotel has loads of amenities and is very close to Walt Disney World. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to theme parks, free WiFi, flat-screen televisions and a sleeper sofa in each guest suite, a complimentary hot-and-cold breakfast buffet, an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, free parking, and free entry into Wild Florida's Wildlife Park. Grab this deal while it's still available!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Four Night Stay in Orlando for $89

A four day midweek stay in Orlando is available for $89 on Tippr. Spend your money on the parks, souvenirs, food, but not so much the hotel on this trip. Looks like a great deal! The stay also includes a $50 restaurant.com offer. This deal includes blackout dates (mostly around major holidays), requires advanced notice, and is for two adults over age 25.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Buena Vista Palace & Spa for $66

A Walt Disney World Resort is offering a one night stay for $66 on Tippr. Rooms are newly renovated and offer water views. Amenities include cable tv, Internet access, a mini refrigerator, swimming pools, sand volleyball, a poolside bar, a fitness center, a playground, an arcade, a tennis court, a basketball court, and a sauna. The resort includes the Kay Casperson Spa and Tropical Recreation Island, where guests can enjoy water activities and take part in a scavenger hunt. Guests with young children can also enjoy a character breakfast on Sunday.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Spacious Condos Close to Disney

Florida Deluxe Villas has a discount on Groupon under Getaways for a three, four, or five night stay. These villas are located in Kissimmee, just minutes from Disney and can fit up to eight people. Stay must be booked by October 4th and completed by November 24th. The deal is not valid for Labor Day weekend. Amenities include: pool, fitness center, full kitchen, washer, dryer, and ability to buy tickets to local attractions at the welcome center.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Disney Animated for iOS

Are you interested in how Disney animation works? There's a new app for this! Disney Animated allows viewers to see animations of Disney characters on their iPads as well as look at animations in progress from upcoming Disney movies. Plus, you'll get to do some animation yourself. By app pricing standards, this one isn't cheap, but if it sounds interesting, check it out on iTunes.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

See the New Baby Giraffe at Animal Kingdom

Here's a great reason to visit Animal Kingdom. You might get to see a baby giraffe! Mosi was born at the Animal Kingdom and now lives in the theme park's safari. Mosi is already about 7 feet tall! Check him out here.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Cinderella Castle Changes Colors

Did you know that the castle in Magic Kingdom changes colors? And not just at night either. I saw it happen during the day. The same castle is pictured below, same day too!





Have a little one with you? How perfect would it be to say: Cinderella might change the color of her castle, but you.have to be good...maybe you'll see a different color....

If you know how this color change works, feel free to sound off in the comments below!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Over 100 Disney Puzzles for Phone

Can't get enough game puzzles on your phone? The Where's My Mickey app has over 100 puzzles. Have anyone in your household who can't stop talking about the weather or stay off the Weather Channel? The puzzles are physics-based and involve lots of weather!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Disney Halloween Cruises

Have you booked your Disney Halloween cruise yet? I wasn't aware Disney had Halloween cruises until very recently, but why wouldn't they, right? The Disney Dream has Halloween itineraries from September 22, 2013 to October 31, 2013 with the exception of the departure on September 29, 2013. There will be storytelling, movies, and trick-or-treating. Sounds like a spooktacular time!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Senses Spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort Opens Today

A brand-new spa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida will be open to its first customers today. The spa began accepting reservations back in June. You may recognize the name, Senses. Its sister spa is located at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. Drinks and mini cupcakes are offered at both!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Teen Beach Movie Premieres on Disney Channel

Watch the trailer for Teen Beach Movie that premieres on Disney Channel today at 8/7 central. Friends are transported to the movie West Side Story surfer-style. They change the movie. Will they be able to change it back before it changes them? Watch it to find out.

Monday, July 1, 2013

The Lone Ranger Preview at Hollywood Studios

Can't wait for The Lone Ranger movie? The movie is available in theaters July 3rd, but in the meantime, Hollywood Studios is offering an extended twelve minute preview at its ABC Sound Studio. Nice way to check out a movie at a park themed around movies not to mention sit in an air conditioned building for a few minutes.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Monsters University Summer Sweepstakes

It's another Monsters Sweepstakes!  You didn't think Mike and Sulley would let the summer go by without some sweepstakes fun, did you? The winner will receive:
  • Choice of trip to Disney World or Disneyland for a family of four
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Four Disney theme park tickets
  • $500 Disney gift card
  • A one day VIP tour
  • A VIP meet and greet with Mike and Sulley

Vacation must be taken after November 1, 2013 but before November 1, 2014 and some blackout dates do apply

Enter at http://www.disneymonstroussummer.com/

What will you need to do to enter? Well, entering this contest is actually a lot of fun. You get to play some scaring games!
  • First, you put down your contact information and get into a sorority or fraternity for one sweepstakes entry.  
  • Then, the real fun begins. You go through scaring training! Each activity you complete earns one additional entry, but you only get an entry for doing an activity once. Otherwise, some people would be playing all day! Can't have that, although the activities are pretty cool.
Choose the activity you want to do first. You have a choice of 3 doors.

First, I did The Twilight Zone Tower of Tower door. With this one, I had to pick three people who look like they'd be most scared / scream the most on the ride. The ride drops, you see the riders' expressions, and a little capsule fills up telling you how much scream energy they have. I got one right!

Next, I picked the New Fantasyland door. You get just a few seconds to explore and then you must place objects, where you think you saw them. Two out of five for me!

The last door I went through was the Haunted Mansion. Here I got to scare guests by matching the color around them with a Doom Buggie of the same color, which involved moving the Doom Buggie to the lane they were in. It moved pretty fast, but I did well with this, 480 points! The game keeps going until you mess up three times. Once you get that third X, you're done. It was a game you had to be fast at and hope your mouse doesn't stick!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

New Disney Spa Taking Reservations

Senses, a brand-new spa located at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort, is now taking reservations. The spa opens July 25, 2013. Senses has a nature theme, ten treatment rooms, and heated loungers. It also has a sister spa, also named Senses, at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.

Call 407-WDW-SPAS to make a reservation.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Fourth of July Fireworks at Disney

Are you lucky enough to be at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida this Fourth of July? Enjoy fireworks at Magic Kingdom set to music. The fireworks will be over Cinderella's castle. The Fourth of July fireworks will begin Monday, July 1st and appear every night through Sunday, July 7th. Below is Disney World's July 4, 2013 fireworks schedule.

9:00 p.m. - July 3rd and 4th at Magic Kingdom

10:00 p.m. - July 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, and 7th at Magic Kingdom

Hollywood Studios will have fireworks at 10:15 p.m. on July 4th.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Reasons to Stay at Hawthorn Suites Universal in Orlando, FL

Visit http://www.groupon.com to grab a discounted stay at Hawthorn Suites Universal in Orlando, FL. Why stay at this Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotel?

  • Complimentary breakfast
    • Outdoor pool
    • Kitchens and sleeper sofas in suites
    • Complimentary wine and beer at hotel's manager's reception each weeknight
    • Many golf courses nearby
    • Fitness center and game room
    • Complimentary Wifi

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    Groupon Deal at Avanti Resort in Orlando Florida

    Stay at the Avanti Resort for as low as $59 a night when you book with Groupon. 12.5% tax and $5 daily resort fee not included, but this resort has an outdoor pool with a beach steps away (on the premises!) as well as flat screen televisions in superior guest rooms that guests can use to watch cable tv or view their vacation photos.

    Monday, June 24, 2013

    Create Your Own Toy Story

    You know all the characters. You've seen all the movies. Did you know you can now create your own Toy Story? The New Toy Story App from Disney lets you record your own story in your own voice and move the characters around. Then, watch the story you created, featuring stars like Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Jessie.

    Saturday, June 22, 2013

    $99 for Two-Night Stay at Ramada Hotel

    Like staying at the Ramada? There are Ramada hotels in Orlando and Kissimmee, both near Walt Disney World. Eversave is offering a great deal - $99 taxes included for a two-night stay at a choice of many different Ramada hotels. Must be at least 35 days in advance and some black-out dates apply. Read more at http://www.eversave.com/travel

    Friday, June 21, 2013

    Monsters University Now in Theaters

    You've been waiting for it. Will Monsters University be as good as its prequal? Can't wait to see how Mike and Sully became friends? Monsters University breaks into theaters today!

    Billy Crystal is the voice of Mike and Sulley is voiced by John Goodman.

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    Discounted Stay at Polynesian Isles in Kissimmee

    Stay at the Polynesian Isles Resort in Kissimmee, FL for a discount when you purchase this Groupon Getaways deal. Two bedroom accommodations include cable tv and fully stocked kitchens. Outdoor pools and jetted spas stay open until midnight! Other amenities include free WiFi, a fitness center, and tennis and shuffleboard courts.

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    Girl Meets World Will Air in 2014

    Remember the TGIF line-up? The Boy Meets World sequel is coming to Disney Channel. The show starts filming this summer in Los Angeles and will air in 2014. Cory, Topanga, and Mr. Feeny will all be back. Now, Cory and Topanga are parents of a girl named Riley, and Cory is a history teacher!

    Monday, June 17, 2013

    Discounted Villas 25 Minute Drive From Orlando Theme Parks

    Florida Deluxe Villas, located in Kissimmee, FL, are 25 minutes from the Disney World theme parks and available for three, four, or five night stays on Groupon under Getaways for a discount. If you are traveling with a bigger party (or just want space) and want to visit the Disney parks, but maybe do some other things as well, these villas might be the way to go.

    All have eat-in kitchens, washers, dryers as well as a pool, game room, sauna, fitness center, jacuzzi, and concierge who sells Disney theme park tickets and discounts to other attractions on-site.

    Sunday, June 16, 2013

    Discounted Resort Short Walk from Wet 'n Wild

    The International Palms Resort & Conference Center on International Drive near Disney theme parks has rooms available for as low as $48 per night! 12.5% tax and $7.50 per day fee not included but still. Visit Groupon and look under Getaways.

    Saturday, June 15, 2013

    Monsters University NYC Trip Sweepstakes

    I'm excited to see Monsters University when it comes out as you may be able to tell from my many Monsters-related posts. But in the meantime, there is another Monsters University Sweepstakes. This time the Grand Prize is a vacation for four to New York City, which includes roundtrip flights and hotel from Delta, a $1,000 shopping spree to the Disney Store in Times Square, and yourself on Disney's Store billboard in Times Square.

    The three first prizes include $100 Disney Store cards and 20 second prizes include $20 Disney Store cards.

    Visit http://www.disneymovierewards.go.com/promotions/sweepstakes/MonstrousSummer to enter.

    Friday, June 14, 2013

    Disney's Planes Movie Video Game

    Planes the movie will be out in theaters August 2013, but did you know there's a Planes video game? Play as a character from the movie and feel like you're flying. Pre-order Disney's Planes video game on Amazon. Will be released August 6th.

    Thursday, May 30, 2013

    it's a small world App

    Can't get that song out of your head? You know the one from that "it's a small world" ride. It's a small world after all, it's a small world after all, hmmm, hmmm, hmmm....Well, you can experience the ride all over again with the it's a small world App from iTunes. Just like the ride the app showcases various scenery and you even get to sing along.

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    Win, Lose or Draw Game Show on Disney Channel

    I have the board game. And now it's a tv show! Win, Lose or Draw is coming to Disney Channel in late 2013. Justin Willman, host of Cupcake Wars, will be the host. Two teams, each with one Disney star and two kid contestants, will battle each show to win prizes. The drawing board will feature cutting-edge technology.

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013

    Create a Monsters University Monster

    The movie arrives in theaters June 21st, but in the meantime, Disney has an app that allows you to create your own monster. I made one and she turned out pretty cool, pictured on a Monsters University student ID card.



    You choose a monster body type and color; then, you can select hair, fangs, hats, glasses, and more for your little monster. And your monster will have your first name!

    Don't want to make your own monster? Get a Mike Wazowski employee t-shirt instead.

    Monday, May 27, 2013

    Chance to Win Stay at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

    Monsters University arrives in theaters June 21st. And you've seen the Monsters University website. Now, enter the Monsters University Sweepstakes for a chance to win a stay at Disney's Art of Animation Resort for 6 people, roundtrip airfare (Delta), a VIP tour guide for a day, and a Disney gift card. That is the grand prize. First price is great as well: a $1,000 Disney gift card! Must be at least 13 years old to enter. Sweepstakes ends June 2, 2013.

    Sunday, May 26, 2013

    Free Dining at Walt Disney World

    Want to know how to get free dining at Walt Disney World during your stay this summer? That would be great, right? This deal is for late summer / early fall. Yes, the kids will be back to school. The deal is for guests arriving most nights between September 2, 2013 and September 25, 2013. Must book by July 31, 2013. Book a 5-night non-discounted stay at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel and buy a theme park ticket package to get the free Disney dining plan.

    Saturday, May 25, 2013

    Free Character Drawing Class at Hollywood Studios

    Do you have a little artist in your family? Or would you like to learn to draw a Disney character the easy way? I stumbled across Four must-sees at Disney World and it was #2 that hit me as something different and fun for just about anyone. First, you will need admission to Hollywood Studios, but once you are there, the class is free.

    At the Magic of Animation Academy in the Animation Courtyard, character drawing classes are hosted by a Disney Animator who gives away a drawing at the end of class. One class takes about 30 minutes and sessions run continuously all day long. You never know which character you will be drawing in class because characters change with each session. One detail to note especially if you have an easily frustrated child (or adult) with you is that for the sake of time, there are no erasers so be sure to keep drawing lines light until instructed to darken things up. Have fun making your own souvenir!

    $59 for Two Night Stay at Orlando Hotel

    Stay at the Worldgate Resort or Ramada Maingate West in Orlando for $59 for two nights. Both hotels are located one mile from Walt Disney World. A $100 VISA Dine Around credit is included with this deal. Two adults and two kids under 18 years old can be included on one deal. Taxes and fees not included. Reservations must be done at least 30 days in advance and travel completed by April 30, 2014. To grab this deal or get more information, visit http://www.eversave.com/travel/trips-incentives

    Friday, May 24, 2013

    Disney's BoardWalk Bakery Open Again

    Though Disney's BoardWalk Bakery on Disney's BoardWalk had closed for renovations, it has now reopened. Though a temporary tent location was set up, the menu was limited and mugs could not be refilled at the location. Now, the full menu is back and there is even a separate line for guests who want to refill their mugs so they don't have to wait in the food line. The views of the lake and boardwalk outside the windows are beautiful and the large display cases inside showcase the bakery's many items. Customers have the option of watching bakery cast members create the food items through windows in the store. Have you been? Share your thoughts below.

    Thursday, May 23, 2013

    Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Spa Discount

    Did you know that Disney World is located in Lake Buena Vista? So is the Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Spa. This hotel is offering a one night stay for $124. The deal is good for two guests and two children under 17 years old and under. Guests will stay in a Waterview room with a balcony and receive free shuttle service to Disney theme parks. Kids eat for free and can also enjoy a Disney character breakfast. Check out http://www.eversave.com/travel/voucher-wonder-buena-vista-palace-resort-spa to book this deal with all taxes and fees included.

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

    Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista Groupon Discount

    A Disney area hotel is offering a discounted stay on Groupon with dates through May 2014. The hotel is Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista and offers a free Disney shuttle, heated pools, a 24-hour game room, free WiFi, and one child under 9 years old eats free per paying adult at the hotel's Boardwalk Buffet Restaurant. A kid-friendly hotel, it also includes Ozzie's Splash Zone. Visit http://www.groupon.com and search under Getaways to view photos, read details, and book your stay at Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista.

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    Sonata ES Suites Groupon Discount

    Sonata ES Suites has a deal on Groupon that involves a discounted stay at the hotel when staying for at least two nights. Dates are available through August 2013 and guests receive free shuttle service to Disney theme parks. Guests stay in suites that include full kitchens, a dining area, and a living room. Amenities include complimentary breakfast, a heated pool and jacuzzi, free WiFi, and a fitness center. Visit http://www.groupon.com and look under Getaways for additional details and to book your stay.

    Monday, May 20, 2013

    Disney Junior Live Featuring Princess Sophia, Jake, and Pirates on Tour

    Are you unable to get your family to Orlando but have some little ones in need of some Disney? Disney Junior Live is on tour! The show is Pirate & Princess Adventure.

    The show sounds like a good one that would hold the interest of your sons or daughters. Characters from Sophia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates will be featured in the show. Sophia and her family will be preparing for a royal celebration and yes, Cinderella will make an appearance. Then, Jake and his friends with the help of Peter Pan will battle Captain Hook in Never Land. Free pre-show with Doc McStuffins.

    Visit http://www.disneyjuniorliveontour.com/ to find a show near you.

    Sunday, May 19, 2013

    $299 for 7 Night Stay Near Disney

    Eversave is offering a deal where for the cost of $299, guests can enjoy an 8-day, 7-night stay at an Orlando, Florida area resort. Taxes are included, but certain resorts may have fees. Must be 21 years of age or older to book and check-in. Guests under 21 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 25. Depending on the resort chosen, up to 10 people can be included on the deal. Visit http://www.eversave.com/travel/resort-vacation-certs-orlando-vacation for a list of participating resorts and more information.

    Enter Disney Infinity Starter Pack Sweepstakes

    Visit https://www.facebook.com/DisneyInfinity/app_393134997448842 to enter the Disney Infinity Starter Pack Sweepstakes. You could win a Disney Infinity Starter Pack! Just click the Like button on the above facebook page to enter. Must be 13 years of age or older and U.S. or Canadian residents. Entries close on June 27, 2013.

    Hotel for a Couple Weeknights in Disney

    Are you flexible as to when you want to stay in Orlando? Tippr.com is offering a two-night stay at a hotel like Hyatt Place, Sheraton Suites, or Holiday Inn for $49 plus a $10 processing fee. Hotels available in other Florida cities as well as a variety of other U.S. states. Sounds like a great deal! Good for one year and reservations must be made at least 30 days after processing. Visit http://www.tippr.com/national/18662-vacation-getaway-destinations for more information.

    Saturday, March 23, 2013

    Disney Wine & Dine 2013 Half Marathon Open

    Register for the Wine & Dine 2013 Half Marathon or Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K. Both races are now open, but are filling up quick. The half marathon takes place Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 10pm and includes admission to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival after! Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K goes through the Animal Kingdom (cool, huh), beginning at 7am on the same day.

    Friday, March 22, 2013

    Disney Running Events Getting Very Popular

    It seems like everyone is training for something nowadays. A marathon, a half marathon, a 10K, a 5K...where does it stop? It doesn't seem too. And it isn't just your hardcore athletes. Running has become popular. Very popular. I myself am guilty of taking part. I have done a few. The first 5K I wanted to check that off my list of something I've done. Ran a 5K. Check. I did it - ran the whole time. Then, I did a few more as an excuse to visit Disney World. Well, might as well go to this park. Down here already. Why am I at Disney World? Doing this 5K. But I kinda feel like you've done one, done them all.

    Not the case for a lot of people it seems. My friends, co-workers, and it seems like the majority of the U.S. Some people seem to want to do them all or they do them because they love them. Wow. I guess I am just not a runner. Is it the universality of them? The fact that all ages can take part? The little quirks each one has. Do this one and complete a scavenger hunt. Run for this cause. The quirks are great. For me, the quirks are what has made me do them.

    And it's not just Disney. Companies are getting creative. Do this one and jump through fire. I must admit that once appealed to me though at the time I had a prior commitment and couldn't do it. Do this one and get sprayed by colors. Have fun messing up your t-shirt. Do this one and get chased by zombies. What will they think of next? I think probably even more.

    Running races has become so popular in fact Disney's Expedition Everest Challenge, a 5K held in May, yes May is already sold out. Last year, I was able to sign up for this much closer to the time. A Disney half marathon and 10K held August 31st and September 1st are also sold out. Maybe more people are catching on to the Disney races, but I also just think these running events in general are just way in demand, maybe a little too popular....

     Until next time, Happy Running!!

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

    2013 Atlanta Braves Spring Training

    Hey, Braves fans! You probably already know spring training is here, but I'm going to say it any way: Spring Training is Here!! That means baseball season is just around the corner. The Braves are practicing hard at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Practice continues until March 28, 2013.

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Here

    Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2013 has arrived! Buy a ticket to Epcot to view the beautiful new gardens and cool character topiaries. Something different from other years is that many of the topiaries and gardens will be lit at night. The festival lasts until May 19, 2013. And if you enjoyed Oz, The Great and Powerful movie you should definitely take a stroll through because you just may see a new garden.

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    Epcot Easter Egg Hunt

    If you are or will be in Orlando's Epcot soon (now until Sunday, March 24, 2013), you should know about the Easter Egg Hunt. You will not be picking up eggs, but purchase a ticket to Epcot and then buy an Eggs-perience park map along with stickers for about $5 to search for hidden eggs. Once you find them, mark your map with stickers. The prize is two Vinylmation key rings. And if you're into collecting the Vinylmation thingies, you can play as much as you want-just have to purchase a map each time.

    So, ok, it's more like a scavenger hunt. Imagine if they actually hid thousands of eggs at Epcot...that would really be something. Maybe next year?

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013

    Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Now on Sale

    I have yet to do this Disney run, and if I was a big runner, I would sign up today! Why? It includes the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival as the Finish Line Party. Awesome! Get more information and register at http://www.rundisney.com/wine-and-dine-half-marathon/

    Sunday, March 3, 2013

    Customize Disney Parks Maps

    Are you headed to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom? Create your own Disney park maps tailored to the attractions you most want to see. Visit http://customizedmaps.disney.go.com/ to get started. Maps will be mailed to you.

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

    Disney Kindergarten Readiness Apps

    Do you have a little learner who'll be starting kindergarten soon? Practice writing alphabet letters, tracing numbers, counting and more with these Disney Kindergarten Readiness Apps like Letters with Pooh and Numbers with Nemo.

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    Cars Numbers and Counting App

    Disney's Cars has a new learning app. Do you know of a young Cars fan who likes to play with your iPhone or has his own iPad? Cars: Numbers & Counting has car racing, of course, but also includes practice with identifying numbers, sequencing, and comparing. The app is ideal for kids in the 4-6 age range.

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

    Four Pixar Lithographs

    Gain four copies of original works of Pixar concept art. First, buy two or more eligible movies at http://www.disneymovierewards.go.com/promotions/special-offers/pixarlithos
    Next, sign-in or join Disney Movie Rewards (free). Enter the magic code and click on the banner to get this offer.

    Monday, February 25, 2013

    WDW Good Neighbor Hotel Discount

    Visit Groupon and search under Getaways for Seralago Hotel to find a discounted hotel that offers free shuttle service to Walt Disney World and Universal. The hotel has a theater that plays a complimentary family movie each night, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, free WiFi, two heated swimming pools, and whirlpool spas. Travel must be booked by 4/19/13 and completed by 12/20/13. Blackout dates apply.

    Sunday, February 24, 2013

    Discounted Stay at Fully Stocked Orlando Villas

    Grande Villas Resort looks beautiful from the outside pictures and sounds fantastic on the inside too. These villas include master bedrooms, whirlpool-jet tubs, sleeper sofas in the living room, fully stocked kitchens, and a patio or balcony. The Resort includes an outdoor heated pool, hottub, children's pool, children's playground, volleyball courts, tennis courts, and game room with shuffleboard and pool table. Buy this Groupon and you will also receive a Dine 4 less card, which gives discounts to nearby restaurants.

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

    Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Running Events Open

    Are you ready for the scariest run of your life? No, that's ok. I have done the 5K and it's not scary, but it is in the dark late at night. So this is a great run for friends, spouses, or families with older kids to do together. Plus, enjoy some rides at Hollywood Studios afterwards.

    If you're free October 4th and 5th, 2013, try the 10K, 5K, or for young runners, the Kids Races. Registration now open at http://www.rundisney.com/tower-of-terror-10-miler/registration/#runners

    Friday, February 22, 2013

    Sleeping Beauty's Name

    Who is Princess Aurora? She must be new. That's what I told myself when I saw her on the Disney Princess website. But no.

    Aurora is Sleeping Beauty! If you're into German fairytales, you may have also heard her be called Briar Rose, which is the title of the German version of Sleeping Beauty.

    Now that you know the name of Sleeping Beauty, check her out on the Disney Princess website, where you can view video clips of her, read her story, and find items available for purchase such as Aurora's gown, dolls (her and her Prince Philip, not to mention evil Queen Malficent), shoes, a tiara, a figure play set, and more!

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

    $49 for Two Night FL Hotel Stay

    Tippr is offering vacationers a chance to pay $49 plus a $10 processing fee for a two-night stay in a hotel. This deal is available in a variety of cities, including a few in Florida accessible to Disney World like Orlando and Daytona Beach. Check this deal out at https://tippr.com/offer/promotion-for-vacation-getaway-deals-hotel-gift-card/


    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    Orlando Area Hotel Stay Includes Waterpark

    Stay at the Flamingo Waterpark Resort in Kissimmee, FL and get two waterpark vouchers per day with this Groupon deal. The waterpark includes a lazy river, a slide tower, kid's play zone, water slides, and pool. Grab this deal for less than $100 per night.

    Liki Tiki Village Resort Deal

    What a name! But this looks like a cool, relaxing place to stay. This Groupon deal offers 2 or 3 nights for up to 6 people in a condo. The deal offers a dining credit and even an optional hot air balloon ride from Orlando Balloon Rides.

    This resort has a wave pool, fitness center, five water slides, a mini-golf course, tennis courts, basketball courts, and even a play area for toddlers.

    There are a variety of options with this deal. Visit http://www.groupon.com and look under Getaways. This deal is almost gone!

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

    Winnie the Pooh Baby Gear Savings at Sears

    What is more baby friendly than Winnie the Pooh? Sears is offering sales on its Winnie the Pooh baby items until February 21, 2013. Strollers, walkers, high chairs, and more.

    Disney Princess Website

    What Disney princess is your favorite? Take a look at the new Disney Princess website. Click on a princess: Rapunzel, Ariel, Cinderella, Tiana, Belle, Pocahontas, Mulan, Snow White, Jasmine, or Aurora. Watch clips of movies featuring your favorite princesses. Play dress-up. Try the games and read the stories of the princesses. There's even a quiz: Which Disney Princess Are You?

    Do you know someone who wants to be a princess in real life or would appreciate items related to a specific Disney princess? Click on the princess and find clothes, accessories, and other items to purchase. Items include dresses, shoes, castles, tiaras, dolls, and more.

    Monday, February 4, 2013

    $99 for 2 Nights at Orlando Days Inn

    If you're looking to stay in Orlando, you've likely heard of International Drive. Stay at the Orlando Days Inn right on International Drive for just $99 for 2 nights (this includes taxes and fees). Some blackout dates apply and travel must be booked 35 days in advance. Visit https://groupalicious.com/offer/promotion-for-bill-browns-plaza-travel-days-inn-4/ for more information on this deal.

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

    $59 for 2 Night Stay in Orlando Hotel

    Half Off Depot is offering a 2 night stay in an Orlando hotel for $59. A $100 Visa Dine Around offer at participating restaurants is also included. Offer valid for up to 2 adults at least 23 years of age and up to 2 kids under 18 years of age. Taxes, gratuities, transportation, and other charges not included.

    Friday, February 1, 2013

    Cory and Topanga's Daughter

    Have you heard? Boy Meets World is coming back. Girl Meets World, to be shown on Disney Channel,  starts filming this month. Cory and Topanga's daughter Riley Matthews will be played by 11-year-old Rowan Blanchard. Riley will have a BFF named Maya, played by Sabrina Carpenter who is close with the Matthews family similar to how Cory's best friend Shawn in Boy Meets World was.

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

    Disney Carnival App Free

    What's your favorite ride at the carnival? Is it the ferris wheel? Is it the merry-go-round? Enjoy a free time at the carnival with the Disney Carnival App. Do puzzles, color, and create music with this app.

    Thursday, January 24, 2013

    Dumbo Double Dare Race

    Walt Disney has quite a few races for the runners, charity supporters, and walkers out there. And they seem to be continuing to add more. The last addition is a new race called the Dumbo Double Dare.

    Dumbo is the whimsical elephant with those large ears, but don't think this race is so easy. It takes place the weekend of August 30 - September 1st at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. To complete the Dumbo Double Dare runners must not only do the Half Marathon on Sunday, but first the 5K on Saturday. That is a total of 19.3 miles!

    And it's already sold out. Can you believe it? The 5K, however, is still open. Visit http://www.rundisney.com/disneyland-half-marathon/ for more details.

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

    Share an Event

    Do you know about an event in or around Disney that you would like to share? Email info@whattodoatdisney.com and your event can be written about and posted on http://www.whattodoatdisney.com for readers!

    Monday, January 21, 2013

    New Disney Video Game Infinity

    Have you heard about a new video game called Disney Infinity? You may recognize some characters like Captain Jack Sparrow, Mr. Incredible, and Sully. The game is supposed to be out in June. Check it out at https://infinity.disney.com/#!/game

    The game is for Nintendo 3DS, PS3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Nintendo 3DS.

    Ability to pre-order is coming soon.

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    Bowl at Downtown Disney

    Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Downtown Disney is open. If the name sounds familiar, Splitsville also has locations in Miami, Tampa, Virginia, and Texas. Enjoy bowling lanes, pool tables, and live music. Food includes pizza, sliders, even sushi. Hours of operation are everyday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

    Kissimmee Best Western Villas at a Discount

    Like Best Western? The chain's Premier Saratoga Resort Villas are offering a discount at their Kissimmee, Florida location, only a short drive to Disney theme parks in Orlando (about 15 minutes). The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to the Walt Disney World theme parks as well as to the Lake Buena Vista Factory Outlet Mall. And yes, there is a swimming pool shaped like Mickey Mouse. Villas include full kitchens, balconies, and cable television. Each party will receive a $25 dining credit to use at the resort's Saratoga Tropical Grill and Bar. Up to four kids twelve years and younger stay free with an adult.

    Visit http://www.groupon.com/getaways for pictures and more information.

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

    New Phineas and Ferb App

    Perry is on a new mission. Yes, there are traps and chaos. Go through ten levels while building your invention to bring peace back to the city. Download Phineas and Ferb: Agent P Vs. The Puzzle-Inator.

    Friday, January 11, 2013

    Sophia the First TV Series

    Did you watch Sophia the First this morning? You might recognize Disney's newest princess from Disney's Christmas Day Parade last year. The show, aimed at preschool-age kids, officially premiered this morning on Disney Channel. Regular Sophia becomes a princess when her mom marries a king. Modern Family's Ariel Winter voices Sophia.

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

    $100 Stay at the Orlando Ramada for Two Nights

    $100 for a 2 night stay in Orlando? Is it possible? Tippr is offering this deal for 33 Ramada Inn locations and Orlando is one of them. Taxes are included. Travel period begins February 10, 2013 and is good until  January 8, 2014.

    Monday, January 7, 2013

    Houses for Big Families Visiting Disney

    Are you taking a big crew on a Disney World vacation? You may want to consider staying in a house vs. a hotel room or suite. Starmark Vacation Homes is offering a deal on its houses and condos via Groupon.

    Houses hold up to eight people, while the condos hold up to four. Full kitchens are available in all homes, and while the condos have an outdoor community pool, the three-bedroom houses come with private pools that can be heated during colder stays for a fee. Drive to the Disney theme parks in about 15 minutes.

    Travel must be booked by March 3, 2013 and completed by June 30, 2013. Not all days available.Visit http://www.groupon.com and search under Getaways for pictures and more information.

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

    Disney Boardwalk Bakery Closed Until End of April

    Located at Disney's Boardwalk Inn, Boardwalk Bakery will be closed for the rest of this winter and will reopen in the spring of this year (towards the end of April). The bakery will be renovated during that time, gaining a refillable mug station, queue area, and new entrance. Additional menu items will be introduced as well.

    A temporary tent location will be set up nearby and will offer a limited version of the menu from 6:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. The tent location will still offer refillable mugs, but customers will need to choose one of the other nearby eateries to refill their mug at after11 a.m.

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

    Disney Storybook Deluxe Apps On Sale

    Do you enjoy Disney Digital Books? Finding Nemo, Tangled, Brave, and Cars Storybook Deluxe Apps are available on iTunes for a discounted price.

    Don't know what they are?

    Well, if you are looking for creative ways to promote reading in your household, you should know what they are. These downloadable Disney stories (right to your iPhone or iPad) are interactive online books. Read them with your kids on your phone. Kids (and adults) can click on any word to hear it being read aloud and use the dictionary feature to define words they may not know. Each app features activities within the book, great practice for school! Your kids can even earn reading awards by answering trivia questions for each book.

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

    Mickey's Music Festival in Fairfax, VA

    What are you doing February 24th, 2013? Particularly if you live near Fairfax, Virginia and have young kids, this is for you. Mickey's Music Festival will be at the Patriot Center. Use the customer code NEWYEAR for a $3 discount on up to six tickets not in the VIP section. Must order by February 1st.

    So what is the Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival? It's a show with performances of hit Disney songs from some very recognizable Disney characters like Mickey, Goofy, Minnie, Donald, Aladdin, Genie, Jasmine, Ariel, Ursula, Ariel, Woody, Jessie, and Buzz Lightyear. The songs are remixed to pop, country, swing, hip-hop, rock, and reggae sounds. Audience members are encouraged to sing and dance along!

    For tickets visit, http://disney.go.com/disneylive/tickets.html or call 800-745-3000.

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

    Visit Monsters University

    Are you applying to MU? Well, you should. To prepare for the movie this June, there is already a website. And it is fantastic! Admission requirements, academics, campus life, you can even get a mug, pennant, or shirt. Check it out at http://monstersuniversity.com/edu/

    It doesn't have an .edu but they went as far as they could with a .com/edu/

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

    What's Your Disney New Year's Resolution?

    Most everyone makes New Year's resolutions, but have you made a 2013 resolution about Disney yet? Maybe it's checking out New Fantasyland, visiting Tokyo Disney, or trying a Disney cruise.

    Want to combine a resolution to work out with Disney? Why not try one of Disney's 5Ks or other runs?

    It isn't exactly a resolution for this year (since I signed up for it a ways back), but I plan on volunteering at a Disney event this year.

    As far as a Disney resolution...there are so many Disney-related adventures I want to experience, hard to pick just one....