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

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 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 and your event can be written about and posted on 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!/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 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 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, 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

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....