International Dragon Boat Festival at Walt Disney World Resort

The International Dragon Boat Festival is today at Walt Disney World Resort, but don’t let the name fool you. There aren’t any fire-breathing dragons involved. Just some really long and funky-looking boats with dragon heads and tails being rowed feverishly by 20, plus a drummer and a guide.It sounds like a quirky sport, but race organizers say Dragon Boat racing is actually the fastest-growing water sport in the country. Saturday’s race at Downtown Disney is certainly growing in popularity. … [Read more...]

Downtown Disney: 5 Snacks Worth a Visit

When I'm visiting Walt Disney World (WDW) one of my hobbies is snacking. (It's my trip – I can call eating a hobby, right?) And WDW offers plenty of tasty Disney snacks to satisfy the rumbly in my tumbly.Now, many guests think of the theme parks when the Disney snack attack hits. But Downtown Disney (DTD) has its own special treats, things that aren't found anywhere else at WDW (although they may be found other places).So, to avoid appearing like too much of a glutton, here are 5 snacks … [Read more...]

First Look inside the Family Suites at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

You’ve already seen the great themes coming to Disney’s Art of Animation Resort when it opens throughout 2012. But check out what we have today – a first look at some of our Disney Story Room family suites.Related articlesTopping Out Ceremony Held at the New Disney Art of Animation Resort ( … [Read more...]

Top 5 places in Disney World to get Character Autographs

Disney Trip is just NOT a trip without a few celebrity autographs! Today I’ll tell you some of my favorite places to get Disney Autographs with shorter lines.1. Chef Mickeys (Contemporary Resort) - The best place to get Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Pluto’s (also referred to as the “Fab 5”) autograph with no line, no waiting, is at Chef Mickeys. There is, quite honestly, not another place at WDW (except Tusker house which I don’t really care for honestly), to grab these famous John … [Read more...]

Hollywood’s Biggest Names Bring Walt Disney World Attractions to Life

How many times have you been on a Disney Parks attraction and said, “Hey, that guy looks familiar!” or “I recognize her voice”? Disney love how Imagineers seamlessly work celebrities into some of our favorite attractions. It can add additional layers to the storytelling as well as the enjoyment a guest experiences when they have the “Ah ha!” moment of, “Hey, that’s Jamie Lee Curtis playing against Ellen DeGeneres on ‘Jeopardy!’”To celebrate the new issue of Disney twenty-three magazine … [Read more...]

Sinbad Gets ‘Goofy’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Actor and comedian Sinbad visited Walt Disney World Resort last week, and Disney Parks photographer Gene Duncan was on hand to snap this photo of the funnyman with one of our funniest friends, Goofy, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.Known for his roles in television and film, Sinbad has been making people laugh for more than 20 years, from memorable appearances on “Star Search” to being named one of the “Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All-Time” by Comedy Central.His latest project is a … [Read more...]

Mickey’s ‘Spooktacular’ In-Room Celebration Returns to the Walt Disney World Resort

Last fall, guests at the Walt Disney World Resort chose Mickey’s “Spooktacular” In-Room Celebration as one of their favorite offerings from Disney Floral & Gifts. This experience begins when guests return to their resort room to find that Mickey Mouse has surprised them by placing a sash with Halloween accents and cobwebs on their room’s door. Once inside, they find a not-so-scary personalized Halloween celebration waiting for them.This over-the-top celebration was so popular last … [Read more...]

Disney’s Cancels ESPN The Weekend

One thing that’s always struck me is our commitment to regularly reviewing the experiences we provide to our guests and challenging ourselves to bring new opportunities to life. Occasionally, this results in something coming to an end, as is the case with what I’m sharing today. In order to focus our efforts on ESPN’s growing year-round presence at Walt Disney World Resort, we have decided to no longer host ESPN The Weekend.As you may know, the event was first created in 2004 in support of … [Read more...]

Fairies Fly to Magic Kingdom Park July 28

Tinker Bell and the rest of the Disney Fairies will return to Magic Kingdom Park for meet-and-greets beginning July 28. The Pixie Hollow gang will be stationed at the Adventureland Veranda in the Adventureland area of the park.Until that time, the fairies will continue greeting families at Epcot.Tip: For the most updated information on meet-and-greet locations for any Disney character, pick up a Times Guide at any Disney theme park.Source Disney Parks BlogRelated … [Read more...]

2011 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Details

Details will continue to unfold between now and the start of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, themed “Passport to a World of Flavors,” but here are the early highlights for the 16th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.From Sept. 30-Nov. 13, Epcot World Showcase Promenade features a panoply of delicious tastes, wine and cocktail pairings and other drinks, live entertainment and special culinary fun. More than 25 international marketplaces feature tapas-sized … [Read more...]