40-Year Cast Members Reflect on Opening Day Oct. 1, 1971


Phil Holmes, Vice President of Magic Kingdom (Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan) – He wore the costume and countenance of a grim Haunted Mansion greeter in Liberty Square when the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971.  Today, Phil Holmes is the park’s vice president, and he still recalls the wonder in those first guests’ voices when they entered the cobweb-laced house of spooks for a doom-buggy ride.  “Forty years ago, the attraction’s special effects were things that people couldn’t figure out and didn’t … [Read more...]

New Baby Elephant Takes Center Stage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom


The elephant herd at Disney’s Animal Kingdom got just a little larger with the birth of a baby calf. Weighing 311 pounds, the male African elephant was welcomed into the group by his mother Vasha, 10 herd members and a team of animal care professionals assisting with the birth.The 25-year-old mother delivered the herd’s sixth offspring after gaining more than 800 pounds during a 22-month gestation. This latest addition, which has yet to be named, is the second calf for Vasha, who gave birth … [Read more...]

Ask a Disney Question: Dining Options for People with Diabetes.


Tom W. asks:  Are there many dining options for Diabetics? Any specific restaurants that serve sugar free desserts?Hi, Tom. Thanks for your question. One thing I like about doing "Ask a Disney Question" is that it really gets me thinking, especially when the topic is one that I don't have a lot of personal experience in. This is one such topic and a useful one at that.  There are plenty of dining and dessert options for diabetics at Disney World, particularly at  table service restaurants.  … [Read more...]

You Can Now Purchase Annual Passes at Your Resort.


Great news. Our friends at Touring Plans is reporting you can now purchase annual passes at your resort's concierge desk, taking a lot of hassle out of buying an AP.In the past, you had to take your voucher to the park ticket booth. This wasn't a huge deal, except it meant you also had to deal with lines and possibly have to pay for parking.I don't know about you, but when I'm ready to go to the parks, I need to get there NOW!  Now you can just take your voucher (that you bought at the … [Read more...]

Top 5 Magic Kingdom Snack Spots


After a long day of encounters with pirates and soaring through the sky with Dumbo and Peter Pan, any Disney guest needs a little boost! Fortunately, the Magic Kingdom offers plenty of delicious eats to help you recharge and we have listed some of the best places to find them! Check out my Top 5 Magic Kingdom Snack Spots!1. Aloha Isle-Located in Adventureland, this spot is famous with Disney pros. Aloha Isle is home to the Dole Whip, pineapple flavored soft-serve! It's amazing! My personal … [Read more...]