Disney Cast Members Raise Funds, Heart Rate for Great Cause

More than 1,100 Cast Members from Walt Disney World Resort awoke before sunrise on a recent Saturday for the Orlando Start! Heart Walk. They laced up their walking shoes to show support for the American Heart Association and help raise more than $47,000 for research and education to help fight heart disease and stroke.“My goal is to get healthier and complete a marathon this year,” said Kendall Bercaw, a resort operations assistant at Walt Disney World Resort. She joined 16,000 others who … [Read more...]

‘The Poor Chef’ Replaces Cat at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Chef Cat Cora’s appearance at this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is canceled and in her place is Charles Mattocks, known as “The Poor Chef” whose familiar line is, “What can you cook for $7?” Nephew of legendary reggae singer Bob Marley, his affordable, healthful creations with an island flair have been showcased on “The Dr. Oz Show.” The Emmy-nominated actor’s most recent production is “The Diabetic You,” aimed at education and inspiring diabetics. And he’s also a … [Read more...]

Super Greeters Contribute to Bottom-Line Success at Walt Disney World Resort

Guests from Brazil visited Walt Disney World Resort in record-breaking numbers this year, topping last year’s all-time high.A big part of the success with international tour groups from Latin America - and Brazil in particular – has been the 54 Cast Members who serve as “Super Greeters” stationed throughout Walt Disney World Resort during the peak international travel months, which wind down at summer’s end.The majority of this year’s ”Super Greeters” hail from Brazil and are all alumni … [Read more...]

The Top 5 Dad Friendly Rides at WDW

I'm not sure if any of you moms out there have noticed, but sometimes the Dads walking around the Disney Parks aren't that excited about going on It's A Small World or Prince Charming's Carousel.  Of course they go on them because their kids love it, but the excitement factor just isn't there.  They may be longing to ride Space Mountain or Expedition Everest over and over again, but it may be hard to enjoy without the kiddos by your side.  But never fear Disney Dads!  There are some awesome, … [Read more...]

Disney Parks on the ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ Premiere tonight

Set your DVRs! Magic Kingdom Park will be featured on the season premiere of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” this Sunday, Sept. 25, from 7-9 p.m.The two-hour episode focuses on the Marshalls, a military family residing in Fayetteville, N.C., who are committed to helping homeless female veterans. Barbara Marshall, a 15-year Navy Veteran, established the Steps-N-Stages Jubilee House, where she provides life coaching and mentoring to individuals in need. But, the Marshalls can only do so … [Read more...]

Top 10 Disney things that you’re never “Too Old” for

A lot of adults write off Walt Disney World as “kid’s stuff”…personally I think that is nuts! While I believe adults can find a lot of ‘grown up’ activities to keep them happy and busy, I also think that everyone should take the time to experience all of these at least once (if not over and over!):Spinning on the teacups as fast as you can (please note: adults AND kids should probably NOT eat right before attempting this!)Getting your picture taken with characters – adults may think it’s … [Read more...]

No More “Opening Ceremony” at Epcot?

Today we are the bearers of bad news. The word on the street is that Epcot will no longer be allowing early entrance into Innoventions plaza for the Epcot version of "rope drop".Instead, everyone will remain crammed like sardines at the front gates until the park formally opens. If you're thinking of sneaking in from the waterway...that's not going to work either.The small show that featured a free roaming Test Track car has been discontinued. It remains to be seen if there is a new … [Read more...]

Attention All Pirates! It’s Here at Walt Disney World Resort

Who could resist a Pirate Adventure prepared for you in your Walt Disney World resort room by none other than Captain Jack Sparrow? Here’s the inside scoop. The story behind this experience is that our beloved captain was chased by a band of pirates and ducked into your resort room to hide his treasure. The Pirate Code states the treasure shall be yours if you can solve the riddles he left behind and find the key to unlock his treasure chest. Then the treasure chest will be yours to do with … [Read more...]

Things You Might Not Know About Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park

With Halloween Time coming up at the Disneyland Resort, spooky preparations are taking place all around Disneyland park. A guest favorite each year is Haunted Mansion Holiday. Soon Jack Skellington and co. will take over the Haunted Mansion, complete with a new Gingerbread House. As we get ready for the opening of Haunted Mansion Holiday, here are some fun facts you might not know:More than 400 flickering candles and 100 Jack-O-Lanterns create a ghostly glow on the façade of the Haunted … [Read more...]

Get Your Man To Love Disney With These Guy-Friendly WDW Activities

It’s no secret that a lot of folks out there think that Walt Disney World is kid’s stuff. I am completely opposed to this way of thinking, and believe there truly is something there for everyone. One of my hardest audiences that I have encountered is my husband – he just doesn’t seem to love WDW like I do, and it took a LOT of convincing to get him to agree to go to WDW again. So the real question in his mind is “what’s in it for me?” Well, check out some of the ‘guy-friendly’ activities below … [Read more...]