Disney’s Grand Gatherings: Explanations and Tips

The term “Grand Gathering” can cause a lot of confusion when it comes to your Walt Disney World vacation. There always seems to be confusion about what a Grand Gathering is, how it’s different than a normal reservation and what it entails, so let’s take a look at the basics and some tips to make your next Grand Gathering truly magical.A “Grand Gathering” is Disney’s term to describe a group of 8 people (or more) traveling together. Any mixture of family and friends (with a total of 8 people) … [Read more...]

Disney World Play Areas: Hollywood Studios


Unlike the play areas in the other parks or resorts, at Disney's Hollywood Studios, the only playground in the park is a movie set.  Inspired by the movie from 1989, "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," HIStK the  movie set adventure, represents the  popular children's movies when DHS opened (as MGM Studios) in 1991.  And, though the movie has lost much of it's relevance, the play area is still going strong in the Studios.With 11,000 square feet of play area geared towards little ones and … [Read more...]

2011 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Details

This fall the World Showcase will host the 16th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The food and wine festival is a popular event that celebrates your favorite culinary delights. If you have never experienced the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival here are some highlights that you can look forward to:Tasting of regional food, beer and wines around the World Showcase (there are approximately 25 kiosks offering foods from 6 continents). Participate in seminars and … [Read more...]

Top 5 Places to Find Unique Merchandise at Disney World


Many stores in WDW tend to sell the same type of merchandise. For shoppers, this can be frustrating; but fortunately there are a some stores in WDW that sell unique merchandise that is difficult to find anywhere else on property. Here are my top 5 favorite places to find unique merchandise at WDW.World Showcase: All of the shops found in Epcot’s  World Showcase nations offer merchandise native to their individual countries. Here you can find souvenirs, candy, jewelry, perfume, and more … [Read more...]

Non Stop fun for guests this summer at Walt Disney World


Talk about making vacation memories: In summer 2011, guests at Walt Disney World Resort will begin embarking on adventures to places no one has ever gone – to the planets Coruscant and Tatooine, located in a galaxy as far away as imagination can carry them – as “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue” opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.And over in the Magic Kingdom, guests can revel in the memories they’ve made, during a new nighttime show, “The Magic, The Memories, and You!”Beyond … [Read more...]