Walt Disney World

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: What’s next after Toy Story Land

It’s been something of a turbulent period for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the smallest – and, more recently, the most construction-laden – theme park at Walt Disney World Resort. An unbelievably large swath of the location’s various attractions have been shut down over the past four years, preparing the way for new additions that will do […]

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Disney’s new Christmas celebrations include Toy Story Land in 2018

With Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party starting right around the corner (it kicks off this year on Friday, August 17), it’s time for Disney and all good vacation-planners alike to look ahead to the next big seasonal event: Christmas, which begins this year at Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, November 8. After the success of […]

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Will Disney change the future of theme parks with a new smart-phone app?

Disney today had some interesting, if rather vague, news: a new smart-phone app will soon be arriving at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, to be used in conjunction with the omnipresent My Disney Experience. Called Play Disney Parks, it has the potential to change the way that guests will wait and, well, play […]

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8 movies you should watch before visiting Disney World

If there’s one thing that The Walt Disney Company truly excels at, it’s storytelling. Generations have grown up, fallen in love, and shared Disney’s stories with their children for almost 100 years. Most of these stories start out as a film project from Walt Disney Studios, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel (jeez, they really do own everything) […]

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5 Walt Disney World restaurants that will blow your mind

Depending on your hierarchy of vacationing, food quality and selection is probably one of the top considerations when planning a trip. Although Universal Orlando has received praise most recently with its theme park food (i.e. Butterbeer, Krusty Burgers… basically anything Wizarding World– or Simpsons-related), it’s Walt Disney World that still carries the title of best […]

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Disney’s restructuring: What it could mean for the future

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since starting to professionally write about theme parks six years ago, it’s this: the themed industry is increasingly at the very heart of businesses everywhere. Take Disney’s MagicBands, those wonderful little devices that act as ticket, hotel-room key, and credit card. They were designed by the company to try […]

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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon to debut summer nighttime event

Disney has just announced that H2O Glow Nights will take place on Thursdays and Saturdays from June 21 to August 11, from 8:00 to 11:00 pm at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park. The celebration will feature Toy Story characters and is inspired by the Pixar short film “Partysaurus Rex,” which is part of the Toy Story […]

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Disney celebrates Animal Kingdom’s 20th anniversary with major party

In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its fourth – and still newest – Walt Disney World Resort theme park, Disney will be throwing a party for the ages… and using the occasion to kick off a few other new experiences at Animal Kingdom. Let’s tackle these in order, shall we? Party for the […]

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3 reasons you should see a movie at Disney World

When undertaking a vacation to Walt Disney World’s theme parks, many families usually generate long lists of all the various experiences they’d like to tackle – and most, if not all, of these items are usually exclusive to the resort (such as, say, catching a particular character breakfast or, of course, hopping on a specific […]

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7 ways to have a magical Valentine’s Day at Disney World

February 14th – arguably one of, if not the, most contentious commercial holidays around. If you’re in a relationship, it’s a day filled with expectation and pressure; if you’re single, it’s a day of irritation and bitterness. Regardless of what side of the rose you fall on, though, you can still have an amazing day. […]

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Major Disney World news on Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, and more

At tonight’s D23 Expo Japan presentation at (where else?) Tokyo Disney Resort, Disney Parks and Resorts may not have revealed a tidal wave of new announcements – as the division did at the American counterpart’s event last July – but it still decided to unveil a series of smaller-yet-still-exciting details regarding its biggest and most-visited […]

Exploring Disney Springs’s newest restaurants

The dining, shopping, and entertainment district formerly known as Downtown Disney may have finished its transformation into Disney Springs nearly two years ago, but that hasn’t stopped the area from continuing to unfurl new experiences and recruit new tenants. As of today, a whole swath of them are now open, representing something of a mini-landmark […]

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Explained: How Disney buying Fox affects Disney World

UPDATE (07.19.18): Just to recap: last December, after a tense, months-long process of behind-the-scenes negotiations, 21st Century Fox publicly announced its intentions to sell large swaths of its film and television portfolio to The Walt Disney Company – an industry-changing move, substantially shrinking the pool of studios in the Hollywood game and further upgrading Disney to […]

UPDATED: Disney World’s gondolas officially announced

UPDATE 11:15 am 12.08.17: today, Disney lifted the curtain on what some of the Skyliner’s various train stations will look like as part of its “12 Days of Disney Parks Christmas” countdown. Caribbean Beach Resort station – the main Skyliner station, the Caribbean Beach Resort stop will allow guests to transfer from one route to […]

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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort expansion REVEALED

While we’ve known for some time that Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World Resort would be getting something of an overhaul, we had no idea what, exactly, those details would consist of. Now we do, thanks to the “12 Days of Disney Parks Christmas” promotion that Disney’s currently throwing. Here’s what we know so […]

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Disney looking into a Captain America experience and a new boutique hotel?

UPDATE (10:17 am 10.18.17): the Orlando Sentinel has just confirmed that the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort will, indeed, be getting an expansion –a third tower that will consist of 350 rooms. You can read all of the original details below. All eyes may be on Pandora: The World of Avatar, the new […]

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2017 marks the biggest Christmas celebration at Disney World yet

Disney blew out its resort-wide Christmas celebrations at Walt Disney World today, and it’s easy to see how the company is clearly itching to make this year the biggest – and, quite possibly, the best – holiday season it’s ever had across the destination’s 46-year history. There’s so much going on in November and December, […]

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Hurricanes and your Orlando vacation: 4 things to know

Last updated: September 13, 2017 8:45 am WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 UPDATE: SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Busch Gardens Tampa all reopen today at 10:00 am. Discovery Cove will remain closed until Friday, September 15. Down at Legoland Florida Resort, meanwhile, Legoland Hotel opens its doors once again today, with the theme park and Beach Retreat […]

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Disney’s new biannual Star Wars party

On April 14, 2017, Disney kicked off what has unsurprisingly already become a brand-new after-hours tradition: an all-things-Star Wars celebration called Star Wars: Galactic Nights. Today, the company has announced a second round, scheduled for Saturday, December 16 – just one day after Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi hits theaters, incidentally – […]

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Disney Springs is becoming the Star Wars capital of Disney World

Everyone points to the new films, television shows, and, of course, theme park lands as to what Disney has been doing with the Star Wars property since it purchased it from creator George Lucas in October 2012. It turns out, however, that arguably the biggest impact the Mouse House has made on the franchise has […]

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A THIRD new theme park land is revealed for Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Last month, Disney unveiled a brand-new bar for its continually-under-construction Hollywood Studios: BaseLine Tap House, a “cheerful corner pub specializing in beer and wines from California.” What was so intriguing about the announcement, beyond the continued revitalization of the former movie-studio theme park, was the reference of yet another brand-new land that BaseLine was going […]

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Toy Story Land arriving in summer 2018 at Hollywood Studios

Yes, we might have known all about Toy Story Land’s three attractions, its placement on the Hollywood Studios map, and a general timeframe for its opening (2018), but that still left quite a bit in the dark. What would the area’s various dining and character meet-‘n-greet experiences be like? What would happen to the next-door […]

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Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway CONFIRMED for Disney World

Just because reconstituting half of Disney’s Hollywood Studios into both Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge just isn’t quite enough, Disney has gone ahead today and revealed that it’s adding one final piece to the makeover puzzle: Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the first-ever Mickey-themed ride in Disney’s history. Guests will be able […]

Star Wars Land model REVEALED

Tonight, at a special press preview event ahead of this weekend’s D23 Expo, Disney pulled back the curtain on its massive, impressively-detailed model of Star Wars Land… and the results are stunning, to say the least. What makes the reveal all the more exciting is the simple fact that Disney, despite having shared several different […]

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The Great Movie Ride closing soon at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is currently facing a whole slew of some pretty massive changes – after all, nearly half the park is under construction, with part of it being transformed into Toy Story Land for next year and the rest eventually rising as Star Wars Land in 2019. A Star Wars-themed hotel is also said […]

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Christmas in July arrives at Disney World

For the very first time, Disney will be jumping on the Christmas in July bandwagon and celebrating the most wonderful time of the year in its Disney Springs dinning, shopping, and entertainment complex. Running from Saturday, July 15 to Sunday, July 30, the shindig will consist of several different events: Special food and drinks Both […]

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Tron coaster coming to Disney World?

For the better part of a year, rumors have swirled that Tron Lightcycle Power Run, one of the flagship attractions of the just-opened Shanghai Disneyland, would be somehow, someway making the move over to Walt Disney World Resort, whether that be Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland or Epcot’s Future World (two lands that are in desperate need […]

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Cirque du Soleil buys Blue Man Group & changes Orlando’s future

Well, talk about unexpected. Today, out of the clear blue sky (pardon the expression), Cirque du Soleil announced that it had purchased Blue Man Productions, the parent company behind the Blue Man Group show that has become so famous over the past 26 years (and across the four seasons of Arrested Development, of course). Citing […]

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Is Disney World’s Star Wars Land getting delayed?

Star Wars Land, what is increasingly being talked about – and presented by Disney as – being the next major step in the evolution of theme park design, has been under construction at both Disneyland in Anaheim and Hollywood Studios in Orlando since April 2016. Since then, progress in California has skyrocketed ahead, leaving Florida […]

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Pandora: Disney reveals new interactive element

Rumors have been swirling for the past several months that Disney would be introducing some sort of interactive element for its massive Pandora: The World of Avatar expansion to Animal Kingdom. Today, just eight days(!) before the land’s grand opening, the company has made it official – and while it’s not quite the same as, […]

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Disney is increasing its lead in the food war

Two months ago, we said that Disney was winning the food war against Universal. Today, we can report that Disney is looking to build upon that momentum already. The story goes a little something like this: starting next Saturday, May 27 – the day that Pandora: The World of Avatar opens, not coincidentally – Mobile […]

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Preview the five senses of Pandora: The World of Avatar

Come and explore a new land full of alien life, from the local inhabitants to the winged creatures that soar the skies. We take part on a journey as tourists with Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE) on an exploration trekking through a truly-alive landscape, overwhelming the senses and finding magic hidden in the unexpected while learning […]

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