UA-36047796-1 What to Do at Disney: April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

More Rides and Attractions Coming to Shanghai Disney

Can't make it to Florida? Shanghai Disneyland will be opening next year. New rides and attractions are coming to Shanghai Disney due to an additional $800 million Disney is investing in the theme park. The new rides are set to open December 2015.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Disneynature Bears Sweepstakes

Adventures by Disney presents Disneynature Bears Incredible Journey Sweepstakes. Enter to win a seven day, six night vacation to Wyoming. The trip includes a visit to Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Brooks Lake, and Jackson Hole. Last date to enter is May 4, 2014. Must be 18 and older U.S. resident to enter.

Rent Vacation Home Minutes from Disney World

Advantage Vacation Homes, located in Kissimmee, FL, is offering a deal on Groupon. Prices start at $199 for a two-night stay in a three-bedroom unit. Homes include laundry units, a screened in pool, and a full-kitchen. Visit and search under Getaways to check this deal out.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Florida Deluxe Villas Deal

Florida Deluxe Villas, located in Kissimmee, Florida, just minutes away from Orlando has a deal posted on Groupon. The villas are discounted, starting at $84 a night. Options include two- or three-bedroom condos.

Guests receive a gift card (price varies depending upon length of stay) and discounts to Walt Disney World, other theme parks, and select dinner theaters.

Amenities include a pool, full kitchen, washer and dryer, fitness center, spa, and sauna.

13% tax and $60 cleaning fee not included.

Visit and search under Getaways to check this deal out.

Friday, April 25, 2014

It's a Small World the Movie

Can you believe the It's a Small World ride is turning into a movie!? No word yet on when this Disney movie will film or be out.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Disney Marathon Weekend in January

Registration for the Disney Marathon weekend in January 2015 has only been open for two days and already all of the running events are sold out except for the marathon!! So if you think you could get away with doing the half marathon, 10K, or 5K, think again. It's just the marathon left. Marathon runners will run 26.2 miles through all four Walt Disney World theme parks.

Who: Maybe you or someone you know

What: Walt Disney World Marathon

Where: Start and finish at Epcot

When: Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 5:30 a.m.

For more information or to register, visit

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day at the Disney World Theme Parks

Happy Earth Day! So what is Disney World doing to celebrate Earth Day?

Animal Kingdom - Learn about brown bears and how to make your yard friendly to wildlife

Epcot - Learn about protecting sea turtles and other ocean creatures.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dancing with the Stars Disney Week

The cast of Dancing with the Stars will be dancing to Disney songs today! Though my favorite songs out of this list are "Hakuna Matata" and "Under the Sea," can't wait to see which songs I will enjoy most based on the dances. Here's a list of the stars and their partners with their songs.

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: Waltz “So This is Love” from Cinderella
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Balls: Samba to “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid

Charlie White and Sharna Burgess – Jazz to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from Mary Poppins

Cody Simpson and Witney Carson: Samba to “Hakuna Matata” from The Lion King
Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: Quickstep to “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast
Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke: Quickstep to “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: Contemporary to “Let it Go” from from Frozen
Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Samba to “I Wanna Be Like You” from The Jungle Book)
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovoloni: Foxtrot to “Cruella De Vil” from 101 Dalmatians


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sports Boutique Coming to Downtown Disney

The Trophy Room, a boutique selling sports apparel and collectibles, is coming to Downtown Disney in Orlando, Florida. The store will offer vintage-inspired apparel, baseballs with images of famous stadiums, and even Walt Disney World mugs.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Epcot Theme Park After Hours Wind Down

Want to hang out at Walt Disney World's Epcot theme park after the fireworks have ended? The participating restaurants include La Cava del Tequila (Mexico Pavilion), Rose & Crown Pub (United Kingdom Pavilion), Spice Road Table (Morocco Pavilion), and Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar (Italy Pavilion). Admission is $35 per person not including tax and gratuity in addition to cost of Epcot admission. The price includes one beverage and light snacks.

Check out each restaurant.

La Cava del Tequila -

Rose & Crown Pub -

Spice Road Table -

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar -

Epcot After-Hours Wind Down runs from April 17, 2014 to September 15, 2014 9:20 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Throw 100 mph Ball for One Million Dollars

Think you can throw a fastball? A really, really fastball. In the spirit of the movie Million Dollar Arm, which hits theaters May 16th and follows a sports agent who travels to India to try to find the next great Major League Baseball player, Disney is holding the Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest on April 25th. U.S. residents 18 and older compete in pitching rounds at either Disney World in Orlando, Florida (April 25th), Disneyland in Anaheim, California (April 25th), or at the Tribeca Family Festival in New York City (April 26th). The three fastest-throwing contestants from each location win tickets to the movie's Hollywood premiere and on the premiere night try to throw a 100 mph strike for $1 million. Get more information about the contest at

Think it's easy: The fastest pitch ever recorded was 105.1 mph by a MLB relief pitcher.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Celebrate Earth Day at Epcot

Epcot theme park is celebrating Earth Day April 22nd at The Seas with Nemo & Friends. Children will be able to learn about sea turtles and how to protect them. They can also learn about protecting other creatures in the ocean.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 22nd Earth Day Celebration at Animal Kingdom

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, Disney World's Animal Kingdom theme park will hots an Earth Day celebration. The event is called Party for the Planet and guests will get a Party for the Planet postcard at the main entrance. There will be instructional workshops such as how to make your backyard friendly to wildlife and activities for children particularly focused on brown bears, since Bears the movie will be out April 18th. Come on out and celebrate!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Decorate Mickey or Minnie Mold

Download the free Disney vinylmation app at

Paint and accessorize your own Mickey or Minnie online. You can save your creation to start your own collection.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Wreck-It Ralph Movie Sequel

Didn't you just love Wreck-It Ralph? The movie for me was unexpectedly funny so I was happy to see that a Wreck-It Ralph 2 is in the works!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Movie in Theaters

The Captain America movie sequel is now in theaters. The movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier has set an April record for ticket sales. Already been to see the movie or just a big fan? Check out the Captain America Experience App.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Watch "The Middle" Season Finale Take Place at Disney World

"The Middle" television show taped its season finale at where else - Disney World! The season finale episode airs on ABC on Wednesday, May 21st. See the Heck family take a family vacation. You may spot them at New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom. And yes, they're wearing MagicBands!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Four Seasons Resort Orlando Opening This Summer

Love staying at the Four Seasons or looking to try it? Four Seasons Resort Orlando will be opening August 3, 2014. If you're familiar with the Four Seasons you're familiar with the beauty of it and how much it offers. You're also probably familiar with the price. I will just say it now. This resort does not come cheap. One night for two guests can easily fall over $1,000. The best price I could find at this resort was $645 for ONE night!

Now on to the fun stuff. This resort has a lazy river, water slides, a rock climbing wall, an adults-only pool, a family pool, tennis courts, a fitness center, a spa, and more.

Dining options will include a rooftop steakhouse, lakeside Cuban-American cuisine, and an Italian pizza and pasta restaurant. Sounds delicious!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Dine with Star Wars Characters at Hollywood Studios

You can feel like you're on the real American Idol set. You can ride the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. You can learn to draw a Disney character. Now, there's yet another reason to visit Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida: to dine with Star Wars characters, of course. Who wouldn't want breakfast with Darth Vader, right? ;)

The Star Wars character dining experiences will take place everyday from May 4 to June 15, 2014. These experiences cost extra in addition to park admission, but guests do receive a free digital photo.

Should you do breakfast or dinner?  Compare the two.

Breakfast                                                                        Dinner
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant                                   Hollywood & Vine restaurant buffet
Watch moments from Star Wars while eating                 Interactive moments with characters and
                                                                                         Star Wars music playing
Star Wars characters make appearances                          See Jedi Mickey and friends
$47.99 for adults and $29.99 for kids                              $59.99 for adults and $33.99 for kids

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It's a Small World Global Sing-a--long April 10, 2014

It's the 50th anniversary of the It's a Small World ride at Disney World. You know the song, but how will you celebrate?

Well, on Thursday, April 10th, Disney cast members and guests will sing the song from Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland in California, Tokyo Disney in Japan, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Disneyland in France.

YOU are invited to join in virtually. Visit