Walt Disney World

Disney Springs and Universal CityWalk reopen after COVID-19 closures

UPDATE (4:55 pm, 05.26): both Disney and Universal have begun the process of reopening their theme parks – or, at least, of submitting those plans to the local and state governments. – After a lengthy (and unprecedented) closure period that first began all the way back on the night of Sunday, March 15, Walt Disney […]

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Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, and LEGOLAND close due to COVID-19

FINAL UPDATE (6:09 pm, 05.07): Disney has just announced the very beginning of a slow, phased reopening of its Walt Disney World Resort, starting specifically with Disney Springs. For the latest on this front, please see our comprehensive article, which will also be continuously updated with the latest information. – The state of affairs surrounding […]

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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon vs. Disney’s Blizzard Beach

Walt Disney World Resort is home to two distinctly different water parks: Typhoon Lagoon (which opened in 1989) offers a lush, tropical atmosphere, while Blizzard Beach (1995), on the other hand, is an immersive storytelling experience about what happens when a freak blizzard creates a Florida ski resort on the meltdown. It can be hard […]

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Review: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe at Magic Kingdom

Let’s paint a picture. You’re at Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom with your family. After busily traveling through all of its different lands, you now find yourselves starving in the middle of the day. Typically, the next course of action is to quickly survey the park map for the restaurant that best matches what […]

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First look: Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Originally announced at the D23 event in 2017, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway has been at the forefront of fans’ attention ever since thanks to its zany animation style (based off of the current Mickey Mouse shorts that have aired on the Disney Channel since 2013); the promise of its new, catchy theme song, called […]

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First look: Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along at Epcot

Move over, Impressions de France – the France Pavilion has a new feature. The flagship attraction of this particular slice of Epcot’s World Showcase will soon be sharing its theater, the Palais du Cinema, with the brand-new Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along when it debuts next month. Whereas the former movie, clocking in at 18 minutes […]

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3 new additions to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019

Over the years, Disney has almost perfected the art of maintaining classic elements while also introducing new ingredients at its sprawling theme-park resorts, perpetuating nostalgia while injecting just enough of the adrenaline of the new. It’s a heady brew, and it’s perhaps best exemplified by the crown jewel of its various holiday celebrations, Mickey’s Very […]

Hurricanes and your Orlando vacation: 4 things to know

Given the fact that we’re now in hurricane season, it’s a good idea to keep the following points in mind as the Central Florida theme and water parks start to brace for potential weather disruptions: 1. You may be able to reschedule or receive a refund Your safety is the top priority of every theme park […]

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Disney World: Every major update from D23 2019

We got a little taste of what the D23 expo was going to have in store for us this year, but today’s the day when everything gets fully revealed and officially detailed (or as much detail as Disney is willing to divulge, at least!). Called “Sneak Peek! Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products,” today’s big panel […]

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: Everything new for 2019

At 7:00 pm tonight, on August 16, Disney officially kicked off the Halloween season in Central Florida by starting its Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, located at Magic Kingdom. This relatively late addition to Walt Disney World’s annual-events roster has easily become one of the most popular at the resort – as its earlier-than-ever start date […]

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Disney World: Transportation guide from the Wilderness to the Kingdom

Welcome, glampers, to Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground! Here, you stand among the wild frontier (or Walt Disney World Resort’s version of it, anyway). You’ve settled into your campsite and are ready to start your visit to the most magical place on Earth, but there’s a dilemma: you have little-to-no knowledge of how the transportation […]

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Disney Springs: 4 of the best bites at Flavors of Florida

Recently, Disney debuted its latest take on Epcot’s popular Food and Wine Festival: called Flavors of Florida, it runs at Disney Springs until September 2. In a nutshell, the event could easily be called a culinary showcase of the Sunshine State. The theme can be found via a mixture of flavors, aesthetics, and the fact that […]

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Free things to do at Walt Disney World

A vacation at Walt Disney World Resort is truly a magical experience, filled with thrilling attractions and world-class entertainment the entire family can enjoy. However, all magic comes with a price, and visiting the parks can demand a large investment. But this high price tag doesn’t have to put restrictions on a Disney visit! In fact, […]

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Drinking around the World: Disney’s BoardWalk edition

It’s a Walt Disney World Resort cult tradition to “drink around the world” at Epcot. While this remains tried and true, it’s typically a dedicated tour only of one land at only one theme park – but with all the inebriant options lying just outside of Epcot, at its resort area, there’s a whole other […]

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Best time to go to Disney World

It’s easy to picture summertime in a paradise like Orlando. In fact, the image that most often comes to mind when people imagine themselves vacationing in Florida, and visiting a place like Walt Disney World Resort, is “summer break.” The Dole Whips, the sunshine, the crowds, the oppressive heat… what’s not to love? In all […]

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Disney World: Top 5 nightlife options adults can still enjoy

Walt Disney World Resort has long been a place associated with children. Families take their vacations to Magic Kingdom, field trips flood the parks, and spring break is heralded by thousands of teenagers and 20-somethings escaping school. There is, of course, nothing wrong with this. But I have always believed that Disney Magic is for […]

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Review: Nine Dragons Restaurant at Epcot’s China Pavilion

Some friends and I went to Nine Dragons at Epcot the other night for dinner. Should you do the same? Here’s what I think. Nine Dragons: First impressions On our way to World Showcase’s China Pavillion, I was concerned about locating Nine Dragons, since the Asian area has a lot of little hidden entranceways toward […]

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15 hidden and weird spots at Walt Disney World

Did you know there’s more to Walt Disney World Resort than just the hidden Mickeys around the parks? The fun silhouettes of Mickey Mouse are fun to find, but they aren’t the only Easter eggs Imagineers have slipped in between the rides and restaurants.  What other tucked-away details does Disney World offer? Here’s a peek at […]

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Disney silhouette portraits – a unique souvenir

Walt Disney World Resort is full of hidden gems and secrets that make visiting again and again a treat! One of these secrets is a unique souvenir that is often overlooked – the cut-paper silhouette. But what exactly is it, and where can you get one? Cut-paper silhouettes are portraits, generally cut in profile, that are made from black […]

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8 Magic Kingdom-resort-area secrets locals love

There are certain perks that come with being an Orlando local. For starters, Cinderella Castle and the Haunted Mansion have become our version of the famous titular bar from Cheers, with, of course, the likes of Mickey Mouse being our “Norm.” We know Walt Disney World Resort like the back of our hands, and, as […]

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UPDATED: Disney World’s gondolas officially announced

UPDATE 10:13 AM 11.14.18: at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo 2018, The Walt Disney Company announced that the Disney Skyliner will officially open in the fall of 2019. UPDATE 12:40 PM 10.19.18: Disney showed off this spiffy little video that’s meant to give us the best illustration yet of what the new […]

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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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