Entries from A Mom and The Magic tagged with 'walt disney world'

Disney's new Star Wars hotel to allow guests step into story and role-play

“Immersive” has been a buzzword in the theme-park industry for years, especially since Universal Orlando allowed its visitors to step into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2010. The Walt Disney Company quickly followed suit a couple years...

Celebrate Christmas in July at Walt Disney World

I always thought it would be fun to have a “Christmas in July” party, but who really wants to drag all the decorations down from the attic a second time each year? Now you don’t have to because Disney...

Interactive missions allow guests at Disney's Pandora to earn conservation donations

Think you know everything there is to know about the new Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? I certainly thought I knew more than most after writing about this new land for years. Somehow, though,...

Review: Renovated Roaring Fork at Disney's Wilderness Lodge reopens

Roaring Fork at Wilderness Lodge has long been one of my family’s favorite quick-service restaurants at Walt Disney World – so much so that, as locals, we have been known to drive to the resort just so I can...

Disney's Blizzard Beach to host Club Penguin Island event

Fans of Club Penguin Island will want to visit Blizzard Beach at Walt Disney World this month for a special day dedicated to them. On Saturday, July 29, guests at the water park will have the chance to participate...

Lilo's Playhouse at Disney's Polynesian extends hours for daytime children's activities

Beginning tomorrow (July 2), one of the most popular children’s centers at Walt Disney World will offer extended hours with complimentary activities for resort guests. Lilo’s Playhouse at Disney’s Polynesian Village will open during the daytime for families of...

DisneyQuest offers deals for Florida residents, Walt Disney World passholders before it closes July 3

As has been long announced, DisneyQuest at Disney Springs is closing. But now we are in the final week of operations with the last day on Sunday, July 2. And there are deals to be had every day except...

Celebrate 2017 Sci-Fi 4th of July at Celebration Town Center near Walt Disney World

Our nation celebrates its birthday a week from today and if you’re looking for a place to celebrate with fellow Disney fans outside the theme parks, the town of Celebration is hosting its annual “A Sci-Fi 4th of July.”...

Where to find Cars characters at Disneyland and Walt Disney World

With Disney-Pixar’s “Cars 3” hitting theaters next week, fans of Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater may be wondering where they can meet the popular characters at Disney Parks. If that is a major consideration for your family vacation, then...

Pandora store at Disney's Animal Kingdom specializes in interactive, creative gifts

It will not surprise anyone familiar with Walt Disney World that the resort’s newest attraction exits into a gift shop. But what likely will delight guests to Pandora - The World of Avatar in Animal Kingdom is that the...

Review: Satu'li Canteen lunch on Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom seeks to fully engage the senses of its guests, and it certainly successfully reaches that goal with Satu'li Canteen. The brand-new quick-service restaurant at Walt Disney World not only...

Expansive theming creates broad appeal for Disney World's Pandora

Don’t let the fact that you haven’t seen -- or didn’t love -- James Cameron’s movie “Avatar” keep you from experiencing Walt Disney World’s amazing addition to Animal Kingdom. If you do, you most definitely will miss out on...

A parent's guide to Disney's Pandora - The World of Avatar

Beginning May 27, families will be able to visit Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Based on the moon in the movie "Avatar," this new section of the theme park has been in the works for six years. I was...

Everything you need to know about new Happily Ever After fireworks at Disney's Magic Kingdom

Tonight, Walt Disney World bids farewell to its long-running “Wishes” fireworks show. And tomorrow, it ushers in its new nighttime spectacular, “Happily Ever After.” The Disney Parks Blog will be livestreaming the debut, so even if you can’t be...

You CAN make Disney's Mickey waffles at home

If you’ve visited Walt Disney World, chances are you enjoyed a Mickey waffle for breakfast at some point. And if you did, I’m guessing you fell in love with the iconic food, like so many of us have. The...

Junior Golf Camps Return to Walt Disney World for Summer 2017

Children visiting Walt Disney World this summer also can spend a week learning from golf professionals at the “Happiest Place on Turf.” Walt Disney World Golf is offering its Junior Golf Camps for the fifth year, and registration is...

5 reasons to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Disney’s Paradiso 37

In case it snuck up on you, allow me to remind you that tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo. But there’s no need to panic about finding a place to celebrate. I’ve done the taste-testing -- I mean, research –-...

Dapper Day returns to Walt Disney World for both days this weekend

Time to trade in that T-shirt and flip flops for your finest clothes and head to Walt Disney World this weekend! That’s because Dapper Day will be celebrated on Saturday, April 29, at the Magic Kingdom and on Sunday,...

Walt Disney World offers new LaLiga youth soccer program

Summer camp season is upon parents everywhere. And for those who have children who love playing soccer, Walt Disney World is offering a new training option. For years I have written about the Disney Soccer Academy for youths that...

Tips for Disney's 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend -- The Dark Side

Orlando may have just wrapped up the four day mega convention, A Star Wars Celebration, but that doesn’t mean the Force isn’t still in town. Beginning Thursday, April 20, runDisney kicks off its second annual Star Wars Half Marathon...

You can join Disney in supporting National Wildlife Federation's campaign to save monarch butterflies

When I come across a reference to Ranger Rick, the National Wildlife Federation’s ambassador, fond memories of my tween years come rushing back when I had the plush version of the raccoon and a subscription to the magazine. Now,...

Star Wars fans have slew of bonus features on Rogue One Blu-ray, DVD to enjoy

Just in time for next week’s Star Wars Celebration in Orlando and Galactic Nights at Walt Disney World comes the Blu-ray and DVD release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Directed by Gareth Edwards, Rogue One has become...

STK Orlando at Disney Springs launches weekend brunch

Looking for a weekend brunch in Orlando that offers more than the typical breakfast foods served at a traditional buffet? Just in time for Easter, STK Orlando at Disney Springs has launched its upscale brunch. The new service includes...

Walt Disney World tests virtual queues for water parks Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon

You didn’t really think Walt Disney World would let Universal Orlando get a leg up by introducing new technology at its water park that opens in time for the summer tourism season, did you? Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay is,...

Author Ridley Pearson announces new Kingdom Keepers sequels coming in 2018

Good news, “Kingdom Keepers” fans! Author Ridley Pearson told me exclusively that this week’s release of “The Return: Disney at Last” is not a final farewell to Finn, Charlene, Maybeck, Willa and Philby. It’s always difficult to say goodbye...

Author Ridley Pearson shares details about Kingdom Keepers book released today

For “Kingdom Keepers” fans, the wait is over. Today is the nationwide release date for author Ridley Pearson’s latest installment in his popular "Kingdom Keepers" series and sequels, “The Return: Disney at Last.” The "Kingdom Keepers" books take place...

Don't miss: Free Cars 3 Road to the Races activities at Disney Springs this weekend

A promotional tour for the upcoming Cars 3 movie is in Orlando for the weekend and it’s completely free and open to the public. Here’s your guide on what you can see and do, along with some tips for...

Deadline is March 24 to apply to be Walt Disney World or Disneyland college intern

If you’re a college student who dreams of working at Walt Disney World or Disneyland, the Disney College Program can give you a sense of what that is like. But, you’ve got to hurry if you want to explore...

Meet Author Ridley Pearson at Walt Disney World and get new Kingdom Keepers book early

“Kingdom Keepers” author Ridley Pearson returns to Walt Disney World this week, and fans and readers will be able to meet him -- without battling the Overtakers. As has become tradition, Pearson will be at the Orlando resort to...

Have you seen Magic Kingdom's 2 new must-have Disney souvenirs?

If you’re going to be at the Magic Kingdom any time in the near future, you might want to check out two new unadvertised items that have visitors waiting in long lines. With a little planning, you may be...

Walt Disney World's Raglan Road hosts family-friendly St. Patrick's Day festival beginning March 16

St. Patrick’s Day is Friday and that means celebrating all things that are Irish at the nearest pub, right? We here at AllEars.Net are, of course, partial to Disney’s own authentic Irish restaurant and pub, Raglan Road at Disney...

How your teen (and you!) can volunteer at Walt Disney World

Teenagers who would like to volunteer and earn community service hours at The Most Magical Place on Earth have several opportunities coming up. Registration is now open for the 2017 Special Olympics Florida State Summer Games on May 20...

Disneyland offers new summer performing arts workshops for kids ages 7 and older

Does your child dream of being a performer in a Disneyland parade or wonder what it takes to act in a Disney stage production? This summer, kids ages 7 and older have the opportunity to find out. Young performers...

At Epcot, meet Captain Ron, a beagle who detects sea turtle nests

Great news: Captain Ron is making his return to the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival! Captain Ron is a dog who is a member of Disney's sea turtle conservation team trained to sniff out sea turtle nests along...

runDisney news: Guaranteed 2018 Princess Half Marathon Weekend registration, 2017 Virtual Running Shorts Series

Participants still on a runner’s high from this past weekend’s runDisney 2017 Princess Half Marathon Weekend might be excited to learn about two new opportunities from runDisney. First, runners can receive guaranteed race registration for the 2018 Princess Half...

Tips for viewing Disney's Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom

My family and I saw Rivers of Light, the new nighttime show at Animal Kingdom, during opening weekend. Of course, that night it was crowded with everyone wanting to see Disney’s newest offering, but I wouldn’t expect that to...

Preview 2017 Outdoor Kitchens at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival

Now in their fifth year, the Outdoor Kitchens at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival are as much a part of the festival experience as the beautiful blooms. With multiple dishes and drinks at 15 kitchens, there is a lot...

Take a look behind the blooms at Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival and find out what's new for 2017

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival begins in just one week – March 1 – and runs through May 29. Each year, the festival has gotten bigger and better with more blooms, detailed character topiaries and edible gardens....

Kingdom Keepers author Ridley Pearson gives readers opportunity to be Disney Imagineers

Disney’s Imagineers have some of the coolest jobs around. Who wouldn’t want to help create the theme parks we all know and love? Well, now’s your chance to experience what they do – on a much smaller scale and...

Orlando's Paws in the Park fundraiser includes Disney fun for families

Love animals? Join Walt Disney World and other sponsors of Orlando’s Paws in the Park on Valentine’s Day weekend for some family fun that includes your furry babies. On Saturday, Feb. 11, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando hosts...

Should you take kids to Epcot's new arts festival?

We’re halfway through the inaugural Epcot International Festival of the Arts, and if you’re a Disney fan, you’ve probably read or watched plenty about what the festival has to offer guests. (Our own Deb Koma has written a detailed...

Get a glimpse of Universal Orlando's new water park, Volcano Bay, opening May 25

One of the perks of being an Orlando resident is the opportunity to go regularly to the fantastic water parks that are associated with our three big theme parks. With two children who swim like fish, I have enjoyed...

Tips for enjoying cold weather at SeaWorld Orlando, Walt Disney World

Attention, theme park visitors: Floridians will be celebrating winter beginning Friday. That’s because Orlando temperatures actually are going to dip into the 60s during the day and into the 40s at night for an entire week. Break out the...

2 sweepstakes to award Disney vacations plus special perks

It’s not too late to enter two sweepstakes that give their winners Disney vacations with some special perks. GoGo squeez is sponsoring Run the Magic Sweeps in which the grand prize is a four-night vacation to a runDisney race...

2017 Disney Parks Moms Panel includes first openly gay mom

The Walt Disney Company has unveiled its 2017 Disney Parks Moms Panel, and among the new members is the panel’s first openly gay mother. The Disney Parks Moms Panel, which answers online readers’ questions about planning Disney vacations, has...

Orlando Science Center's Otronicon gives Disney fans opportunities for hands-on learning and gaming

Otronicon, the annual four-day Orlando Science Center event celebrating technology, starts Friday, Jan. 13. Disney fans will find plenty to inspire them, including an interactive exhibit presented by Walt Disney World that takes participants behind the scenes of some...

Walt Disney World rolls out The Magic Is Endless marketing campaign

Goodbye #UnforgettableHappensHere. Hello #MagicIsEndless. Disney Parks unveiled its new marketing campaign for 2017 in the fall, and the slogan already has appeared in TV ads and numerous promotional materials from The Walt Disney Co. Expect to see it highlighted...

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party: Late December versus early November dates

For about a decade now, I have covered Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for AllEars.Net (and before that the Orlando Sentinel), which meant that my family and I attended one of the earliest parties in November so I could...

How to survive the Christmas and New Year's crowds at Walt Disney World

The busiest time of the entire year at Walt Disney World – the week before Christmas and the week before New Year’s Day – begins this weekend. And although being in a Disney theme park during the holidays is...

Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt is fun, free game at Disney Springs

Here’s a Christmas experiment that you can help ensure turns out to be anything but a disaster. Building on the popularity of various types of scavenger hunts throughout its theme parks, Walt Disney World has introduced a new such...

Here's where you can meet Santa Claus at Walt Disney World

Santa Claus has been listening to wish lists for about a month now at Walt Disney Springs, and if you haven’t checked if you’re on the Naughty or the Nice List, what are you waiting for? You can find...

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is part land, part sea in 2017

Many mom bloggers received an unexpected gift last week that inspired even more gratitude than usual during the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s because highly sought-after invitations to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration were sent out – months earlier than...

16 easy Disney-themed ideas for your Elf on the Shelf

This week is a week that many of us parents have been simultaneously dreading and looking forward to since Christmas Day 2015: It’s the return of the Elf on the Shelf shenanigans. Yesterday marked the start of Elf Scout...

Best bets for 2016 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

My family and I have attended Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World for more than a decade, witnessing the changes through the years. Here, I offer our best tips for making the most of your party...

What’s new for 2016 at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party has returned to the Magic Kingdom for select nights in November and December, bringing Christmas cheer to visitors and locals alike. Deb Wills and Linda Eckwerth attended one of the parties last week, and...

STK Orlando at Disney Springs introduces fall menu

With the temperatures in Orlando finally dipping to the point that we’re not uncomfortable the minute we step outside, it’s beginning to feel a lot like fall -- or as much of a fall season as we can expect...

One family's recommendations for 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

As my children -- ages 12 and 14 as of next week -- have gotten older, they have come to look forward to the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival almost as much as my husband and I...

Tips for families at 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival begins tomorrow – and lasts a mouth-watering, record 62 days! My family and I look forward to this special event every fall. For years, my children, who are now a tween...

Walt Disney World requires finger scans of kids ages 3 to 9 entering its theme parks

Walt Disney World has begun scanning the fingers of children who are entering its theme parks and water parks. Although many families had noticed the new practice and began posting about it recently on social media channels, the process...

Know before you go: 2016 Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

The first date for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is tomorrow -- Sept. 2 – one of the earliest starts for the two-month run of special events. That gives us more dates to choose from, though, right? I have made...

What you need to know about Disney World's Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show

This past weekend, my family and I finally had the chance to see the new evening show at Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. And, let me tell you, the force is strong with this production. You won’t...

Create final memories of Main Street Electrical Parade at Walt Disney World

The Main Street Electrical Parade has been my favorite Disney Parks parade ever since I saw it for the first time at Walt Disney World when I was a little girl visiting from Indiana in 1979. Like many fans,...

Recipe for S'mores Gelato Shake at D-Luxe Burger at Disney Springs is cause to celebrate

I cannot believe that my family and I missed celebrating National S’mores Day last week – Aug. 10 to be exact. Like many kids, my own tween and teen have many favorite desserts, but s’mores top their lists (and...

Walt Disney World annual passholders can buy friends and family deeply discounted tickets

Walt Disney World is offering its passholders an unusual perk: a hefty discount on 1-Day Park Hopper tickets for friends and family. I’ve been a passholder for more than a decade, and I cannot remember seeing such a deal....

Welcome back, Disney World passholders! Here's what you missed during the blockout

Friday marks the end of the summer blockout period for some local Walt Disney World annual passholders, and if you’re like my children, you’re counting the minutes! Silver annual passholders -- Florida residents who have not been able to...

Frozen Ever After: What parents need to know about Disney World's newest attraction

“Frozen” is one of Disney’s most successful character franchises ever, but its instant popularity seemed to come as a surprise to the company that struggled to catch up with merchandise, attractions and other ways for fans to interact with...

Walt Disney World passholders: What not to miss before blackout starts Monday

Monday, June 6, is a not-so-magical day for many local Walt Disney World passholders. For Florida resident silver passholders, it’s the last day they can enter the theme parks until the blackout lifts on Aug. 12. So, for their...

First impressions of new Awaken Summer entertainment at Disney's Animal Kingdom

As you probably know by now, Animal Kingdom’s nighttime activities were launched this past weekend over the long holiday weekend. My family and I made two evening visits to the Walt Disney World theme park to experience the new...

Times and tips for Awaken Summer entertainment at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Last week, Walt Disney World gave us a long list of dates for summer openings and when reservations can be made for all the new attractions. This came on the heels of the first wave of openings at Disney...

Walt Disney World Golf brings back weeklong kids' camps for summer 2016

Children visiting Walt Disney World this summer also can spend a week learning from golf professionals at the “Happiest Place on Turf.” Walt Disney World Golf is offering its Junior Golf Camps for the fourth year, and registration is...

Disney Dollars discontinued at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

The Orange County Register confirmed Thursday that Disney Dollars will no longer be sold at Walt Disney World or Disneyland after today, May 13. The California newspaper cited a statement from a Disneyland spokesperson, although The Walt Disney Co....

Why Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is worth new, higher prices

On Thursday, Walt Disney World announced substantial price increases for its seasonal hard-ticket events, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and a lot of complaining followed on Twitter and other social media channels. I have...

Should Disney special-event merchandise only be sold at the event?

For many, if not most, travelers, a fun part of the vacation experience is bringing home a souvenir or two. We love to have something tangible to remind us of our time spent exploring new places. And there’s no...

Walt Disney World announces 2016 Shining Stars among its Dreamers and Doers

Walt Disney World has announced its 2016 Shining Stars recipients from among about 400 Central Florida students who were named Disney Dreamers and Doers last month. The students originally were chosen by their schools for actions they took this...

Volunteer opportunities for teens at Walt Disney World

Teenagers who would like to earn community service hours before the end of the school year still can register to volunteer at the 2016 Special Olympics Florida State Summer Games on May 20 and 21 at ESPN Wide World...

Celebrate Earth Day at Epcot with special meet-and-greet, family friendly activities

Many Disney fans know that Animal Kingdom celebrates Earth Day – that’s this Friday! – with its Party for the Planet. After all, Earth Day is the Walt Disney World theme park’s birthday, too. But did you know that...

Disneyland offers special 'Celebrate Girl Scouts' programs in April, May, June

Disneyland is celebrating Girl Scouts of all ages in April, May and June with Disney Youth Education Series programs offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Individual girls or their troops can register now for special events at Disneyland Park and...

50s Prime Time Cafe at Disney's Hollywood Studios serves up delicious dishes & entertainment

Who doesn’t love comfort food from time to time? Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios can enjoy a traditional “home-cooked” meal and the environment of a much simpler family meal time – the 1950s – when they choose to dine...

'Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away' show begins at Disney's Hollywood Studios

It’s been almost a year since Disney’s Hollywood Studios hosted the last of the now-discontinued Star Wars Weekends. And just when many fans were missing the annual opportunity to immerse themselves in the sci-fi galaxy, the park has introduced...

Ideas for celebrating the DVD release of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

As "Star Wars” fans surely know, the newest movie, “The Force Awakens,” was released on DVD and Blu-ray this past week. And that has many of us eager to enjoy the film again at home and perhaps escape to...

Skip packet pick-up at next runDisney expo – for a price

runDisney quietly has introduced a new service for its next race weekend, which takes place next week at Walt Disney World. At the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side weekend, runners can choose to skip packet...

Cirque du Soleil's trapeze artists attempt rare tricks at tonight's performance of La Nouba

Tonight, members of the Cirque du Soleil trapeze troupe will attempt two difficult and rare tricks during the 6 p.m. EST performance of La Nouba at Disney Springs. The “Double Double & ½ Layout to the Legs” is a...

Disney Soccer Academy to offer new Elite Player clinic this summer

Heading into its sixth year, Disney Soccer Academy -- the summer camp at Walt Disney World that focuses on soccer for players ages 5 to 18 – is undergoing some changes. Perhaps most notably, the academy will offer a...

Get newest 'Kingdom Keepers' book early and meet author Ridley Pearson at Walt Disney World

Fans of the “Kingdom Keepers” series will be happy to know that the latest installment from author Ridley Pearson will be released this month, and he is kicking off his national book tour at Walt Disney World on March...

Changes to runDisney's Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend bring mixed reactions

Earlier this week, astute runDisney participants suspected that the format of the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend in November would be changing, and on Thursday they found out they were correct. Some were excited about the new offerings,...

Why was #DisneySMMC trending on social media last week?

On Tuesday, March 1, the hashtag #DisneySMMC was trending in the United States -- and with good reason. For many mom bloggers, that day had the potential to be a roller coaster of emotions. That's because invitations to the...

What you need to know about Disney's PhotoPass staffing runDisney events

Beginning next month, runDisney is changing how photos at its events will be taken, viewed and purchased at Walt Disney World. Disney’s PhotoPass service will be stepping into the role that MarathonFoto has filled until this point. The change...

Animal kingdom in Disney's 'Zootopia' needed fresh perspective, filmmakers say

It’s no industry secret that Hollywood films undergo test-audience trials during production to see what works and what doesn’t. With Disney’s latest animated feature film, a mid-production analysis really seems to have helped elevate the film creatively and help...

Preview 2016 Outdoor Kitchens at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival

Now in their fourth year, the Outdoor Kitchens at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival are as much a part of the festival experience as the beautiful blooms. With multiple dishes and drinks at 13 kitchens, there is a lot...

What are you looking forward to at Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival?

Spring is just around the corner – at least for those of us visiting Walt Disney World next week. Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival returns on Wednesday for its 23rd year, and we can’t wait! My family and...

Disney's 'Dream Big, Princess' campaign launches with events at Disney Parks, on TV

The Walt Disney Co. has announced a new initiative that is designed to inspire girls in particular, and kids in general, “to realize their full potential and dream big.” The “Dream Big, Princess” campaign launched last week with stories...

Deadline nears for Central Florida students to apply to be 2016 Disney Dreamers and Doers

Just as Hollywood’s awards season is in full swing, so, too, is Walt Disney World’s version of the Oscars. The "Mousecars" -- exclusive golden Mickey Mouse statues -- are bestowed on some of the most promising students in Central...

The Lion Guard Adventure brings new characters to Disney's Animal Kingdom

How’s this for a variation on the circle of life? Animal experts from Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park help ensure script accuracy with Disney Junior’s new program, “The Lion Guard.” And then they work on the tail end of...

What you should know about Great Wolf Lodge and its plans to build near Disney World

Who is ready for another water park option in Orlando? This one could be one at least partially protected from the elements, so visitors would not have to worry about scheduling their days around Florida’s daily thunderstorms in the...

Insane Inflatable 5K a fun challenge in runDisney training

Want to turn your runDisney training upside down? Runners and others looking for a different sort of fitness challenge might want to check out the Insane Inflatable 5K, which gives participants the opportunity to climb, bounce and slide their...

Changing Walt Disney World dining reservations just got easier

Making dining reservations at Walt Disney World just got a little easier. The resort has added a new tool to its online site that allows guests to make changes to existing reservations, which eliminates a lot of confusion and...

Walt Disney World creates family fun at Orlando's Paws in the Park fundraiser, festival

Love animals? Join Walt Disney World and other sponsors of Orlando’s Paws in the Park on Valentine’s Day weekend for some family fun that includes your furry babies. On Saturday, Feb. 13, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando hosts...

Introducing 2016 Disney Parks Moms Panel and upcoming website changes

Disney fans on social media channels have been taking note for several weeks as excited tweets and posts reveal those who had been given coveted spots on the 2016 Disney Parks Moms Panel. This month, however, The Walt Disney...

Celebrate 10th anniversary of Disney Channel's 'High School Musical' with TV special Jan. 20

Has it really been 10 years since the first “High School Musical” movie debuted on Disney Channel? My family and I remember it like it was yesterday, and I know we are not alone in our fond memories of...

Disney fans will find speakers, demonstrations from theme parks at Orlando Science Center's Otronicon

Otronicon, the annual four-day Orlando Science Center event celebrating technology, starts today. Disney fans will find plenty to inspire them, including an interactive exhibit presented by Walt Disney World that takes participants behind the scenes of some of the...

Disney's 'Unforgettable Happens Here' campaign ramps up, includes vacation sweepstakes

Goodbye #DisneySide. Hello #UnforgettableHappensHere. Disney Parks unveiled its new marketing campaign for 2016 in the fall, and the slogan already has appeared in TV ads and numerous promotional materials from The Walt Disney Co. “Unforgettable Happens Here” has been...

Making last-minute plans to celebrate New Year's Eve at Walt Disney World

You might think that I’ve tried everything there is to experience at Walt Disney World because I’ve lived in Orlando for more than 20 years and I write about theme parks. But that’s not the case. In fact, my...

Enjoy different experiences at Walt Disney World, SeaWorld when temperatures drop this weekend

Central Floridians and those visiting the theme parks will get a taste of winter – a Florida winter, that is – this weekend when temperatures are expected to dip into the 40s and 50s overnight. Locals (like me) already...

Coping with crowds at Walt Disney World for Christmas and New Year's weeks

The busiest time of the entire year at Walt Disney World – the week before Christmas and the week before New Year’s Day -- is quickly approaching. And although being in a Disney theme park during the holidays is...

Celebration's 'Now Snowing' begins tonight with tree lighting and other holiday activities

The town of Celebration kicks off its annual Now Snowing seasonal event tonight with a tree lighting ceremony that begins at 5 p.m. Santa Claus is expected to arrive during the festivities, which last until 9 p.m. Celebration is...

Disney celebrates Dino Week with events at Disney Parks in advance of 'The Good Dinosaur' movie

Dino Week kicked off at The Walt Disney Company on Saturday, and the festivities continue through Nov. 21. It’s all leading up to the release of the new Disney-Pixar animated 3D film, “The Good Dinosaur,” on Nov. 25, of...

Taping of annual Christmas special begins today at Walt Disney World

Beginning today (Nov. 10), segments of the Disney Parks special that airs on Christmas morning will be taped at Walt Disney World. According to the Disney cast member web site, taping will take place through Friday (Nov. 13). In...

2015 Food & Wine Classic at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

This past weekend, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort hosted its sixth annual Food & Wine Classic, two evenings of sampling appetizer-size portions of food, wine and beer in an outdoor atmosphere with live entertainment. Each night...

Planning ahead can mean big savings on Disney costumes

This weekend, parents everywhere have Halloween costumes on their minds. I know I certainly do. And now that one of my children has outgrown dressing up, I find myself feeling a little nostalgic for the days when my now...

Tips for families at 2015 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Many visitors consider fall the best time to visit Walt Disney World, and one of the main reasons is the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. Who doesn’t like to eat, right? Some families with children may be deterred...

We’ll miss Duffy the Disney Bear when meet-and-greets at Walt Disney World end next weekend

In a little over a week, Duffy the Disney Bear will be setting sail for new adventures that don’t include his post at Epcot any longer. Multiple media outlets are reporting that Walt Disney World has confirmed that Duffy’s...

What types of souvenirs do you buy at Disneyland?

Entering the gift shops at a Disney theme park can be an exciting, over-the-top experience for a first-time visitor. There are so many cool things that you didn’t know you needed until you see them! Few people can shop...

Review: B Hotel Resort and Spa and American Q

Makeovers aren’t just for princesses and princes at Walt Disney World, it seems. Even the hotels are treated to periodic transformations. Recently, my family and I stayed at the B Hotel on Walt Disney World property. It was my...

Disney Parks Imagineer talks about designing Animal Kingdom's Harambe Market

Animal Kingdom’s newest eatery, Harambe Market, has been well-received by Walt Disney World guests, and that’s no surprise. After all, it was designed by the Imagineer who headed up the development of restaurants and shops in the popular Cars...

What to do if you get sick at Walt Disney World

It had been a fun day of enjoying activities at Walt Disney World. After the fireworks, we were at our hotel room and getting ready for one more late-night splash in the pool before calling it a day. It...

National survey asks travelers what they think about selfie sticks and their use at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World’s ban on selfie sticks in its theme parks has put the topic in the news yet again. The total ban went into effect last week, following a partial ban that excluded the devices from roller coasters....

Walt Disney World's DisneyQuest to close in 2016

Even Wreck-It Ralph couldn’t save the video games at Downtown Disney’s DisneyQuest. Disney officials announced Tuesday that DisneyQuest, its five-story arcade of video games and technology-driven activities, will close in 2016 to make room for the previously announced NBA...

Magic of Disney Animation at Hollywood Studios may be closing, but drawing lessons remain at Walt Disney World

A cherished part of Walt Disney World has been highlighting artwork and drawing since the late 1980s, and now it is drawing to a close. The Magic of Disney Animation at Hollywood Studios is closing, local media outlets, including...

Stay safe at Walt Disney World in Florida's heat and humidity

We all know Florida is brutally hot in the summer, but it’s been even more so the last couple of weeks with temperatures soaring. Orlando even tied a 17-year-old record of 100 degrees one day this past week! I...

Last days to enter Disney World's Coolest Sleepover Ever contest for chance to win night in Cinderella Castle

Summer is all about lounging around – at the pool and in our pajamas. And Walt Disney World is giving four lucky Disney fans the “Coolest Sleepover Ever” -- inside the Cinderella Castle Suite at the Magic Kingdom. Interested?...

Critics praise Disney-Pixar's animated movie 'Inside Out' before its June 19 launch

Try not to get too emotional about this, but how can you not anticipate the next Disney-Pixar film, "Inside Out"? It"s a Pixar product, after all, and we"ve come to expect artistic distinction when that name is attached to...

Disney Channel's 'Teen Beach 2' stars kick off beach party at Typhoon Lagoon

It's just about a month until the debut of the much-anticipated "Teen Beach 2" movie on Disney Channel, and we have some new details about what you can expect to see! Walt Disney World kicked off its summer Teen...

Do you think Walt Disney World is right to ban selfie sticks on attractions?

Selfie sticks: Love 'em or leave 'em? In case you're like David Letterman and need an introduction to the monopods that allow tourists and social-media users to take better-positioned photos of themselves, allow me to explain. These sticks essentially...

Magic Kingdom's 24-hour party is perfect way for this family to make memories

While many families will focus on traditions of backyard barbecues and swimming for Memorial Day weekend, my family will usher in summer with our own tradition of staying up all night in the Magic Kingdom. As Walt Disney World...

runDisney newcomers' look at final Expedition Everest Challenge

My husband and 12-year-old son ran their first 5K over the weekend - and they chose a runDisney race to make their debut. As longtime local annual passholders, we certainly are familiar with the 'Disney difference' - the level...

DisneyBound founder creates themed fitness outfits for runDisney

A year ago, I told you all about a hot new trend -- DisneyBound -- that allows fans to dress up like their favorite Disney characters without necessarily wearing costumes. Now, runDisney has recognized the popularity of the trend...

Teen Beach 2: Beach Party kicks off on May 22 at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon

Walt Disney World is bringing back its beach dance party at Typhoon Lagoon for a limited time this summer. Inspired by the sequel to Disney Channel's 'Teen Beach Movie,' the fun kicks off May 22 as part of the...

Walt Disney World to celebrate Earth Day 2015 at Animal Kingdom, Epcot

Wednesday is Earth Day, and Walt Disney World is celebrating! Animal Kingdom is marking April 22, which is also the theme park's birthday, with its annual Party for the Planet. Most of the activities are based at Rafiki's Planet...

Central Florida students can apply to be Disney Dreamers and Doers

Oscar season may be over for now, but Walt Disney World's version of the famed awards are in full swing. Everybody knows what the Oscars are. But do you know what the "Mousecars" honor? The exclusive golden Mickey Mouse...

Registration is open for Disney Soccer Academy for kids

Orlando City Soccer Club, the City Beautiful's first professional soccer team, certainly has brought new local fans to the game. And if your children are among them, one way to channel that enthusiasm might be with a four-day clinic...

Spring Break Beach Bash debuts this week at Disney's Yacht & Beach Club

Spring break is a break from the routine, right? Well, Walt Disney World is making sure this time of the year truly lives up to its meaning for its resort guests. At Disney's Yacht & Beach Club hotel, for...

Easter entertainment and dining at Walt Disney World

It's Easter weekend at Walt Disney World, which means it's quite crowded. But the upside to all the extra visitors is that additional food and entertainment options have been added for the weeks before and after the holiday. Here's...

Families will find a lot to enjoy at renovated Polynesian Village at Walt Disney World

One of the original hotels at Walt Disney World, Disney's Polynesian Village has long been known as a favorite among families. And the completion of the recent renovations and expansion have reinforced that family comes first at this South...

Author Ridley Pearson discusses newest 'Kingdom Keepers' books, 'The Syndrome' and 'The Return: Disney Lands'

New York Times best-selling author Ridley Pearson visited his home-away-from-home -- Walt Disney World -- this week to launch a book tour promoting his newest novel in the popular "Kingdom Keepers" series. Although the original series of seven books...

Making magical Easter baskets at Walt Disney World

Celebrating Easter at Walt Disney World certainly can put a little hop in your step. But for those with children expecting a delivery from the Easter Bunny on April 5, the logistics may seem difficult at best. Rest assured...

Invitations to 2015 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration

On Friday, March 20, the hashtag #DisneySMMC was trending in the United States -- and with good reason. For many mom bloggers, that day had the potential to be a roller coaster of emotions. That's because invitations to the...

Walt Disney World to host On the Road to the Radio Disney Music Awards concert

The 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards will be televised in a little more than a month, but in the meantime, fans can vote for their favorite musicians. In addition, Radio Disney is hosting a series of free concerts called...

Kids can have fun, too, at 2015 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

At first glance, you might think the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is something only for adult guests to experience. After all, how many children are really thrilled by the slow-paced joys of gardening? Yet children actually can...

Review: External batteries for theme-park use

When I bought my first smartphone almost six years ago, I quickly realized that I would need the ability to recharge the battery without being tethered to an outlet. This has become increasingly important when I visit the theme...

Urban Farm garden to debut at 2015 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

With a recent string of chilly nights (and days) in Orlando, it may be difficult to think about being outside, let alone enjoying your back yard. But that's exactly what Walt Disney World gardeners have been doing. Plans for...

New members, changes to 2015 Disney Parks Moms Panel revealed

Disney fans on social media channels have been taking note for several weeks as excited tweets and posts reveal those who had been given coveted spots on the 2015 Disney Parks Moms Panel. This week, however, The Walt Disney...

Compare Disney's 'Big Hero 6' DVD and home-viewing options coming in February 2015

It's awards season for films, which means many of us are focused on our favorite films. Surely Walt Disney Animation Studios' animated movie "Big Hero 6" ranks at the top among Disney fans for films debuting in 2014. Next...

Orlando Science Center’s Otronicon features hands-on exhibit from Walt Disney World

Video gamers can get a look behind the screen, if you will, this weekend at the Orlando Science Center's Otronicon, a four-day event dedicated to technology and digital media. As one of the exhibitors, Walt Disney World will give...

Fans invited to submit writing and artwork based on Ridley Pearson's 'Kingdom Keeper' books

Author Ridley Pearson has long celebrated the fans who have made his "Kingdom Keepers" books best sellers, even inviting them to help him write the last novel in the original young adult series that is set at Disney properties....

Walt Disney World adds magic to Paws in the Park fundraiser and festival

Pluto is showing his love for his fellow furry friends in Central Florida at the Paws in the Park fundraiser and festival at Lake Eola on Valentine's Day. Hosted by the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, the annual family...

Be Our Guest revisited: Fantastic dining experience at Walt Disney World

Even two years after it opened, Be Our Guest still is the most difficult dining reservation to book at Walt Disney World. So, when I was able to secure a late-night table for a family celebration this past weekend,...

What's new at Disney World's Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights in 2014?

Who doesn't like to admire holiday light displays? It's fun to see how the neighbors decorate, especially if that Orlando neighbor is Walt Disney World. My family and I joined AllEars editor Deb Koma and contributing photographer Jason Dz...

Now Snowing Nightly in Celebration gives visitors a taste of winter near Walt Disney World

For years, one of my family's favorite holiday traditions is a visit to see "snow" just outside the gates of Walt Disney World. The town of Celebration hosts "Now Snowing Nightly" - a flurry of soap bubbles -- from...

Is runDisney's Expedition Everest Challenge on your calendar?

As Orlando residents and longtime annual passholders, my family and I have experienced much of what Walt Disney World has to offer. One thing we have not tried, however, is runDisney races. That's about to change, though. My husband...

What's new with meeting Santa Claus at Walt Disney World

Santa Claus began meeting with guests at his chalet at the Downtown Disney Marketplace earlier this month, and my children were among those getting in a pre-Thanksgiving visit. We have been going to this location outside the World of...

Puerto Rican companies create flavors you experience at Epcot Food & Wine Festival

If you live here in Orlando, you know that Puerto Rico has strong ties with Central Florida. Not only is there a sizeable population here that calls Puerto Rico its home island, but many restaurants in the region share...

At Epcot, Chef Rick Bayless dishes on how to prepare authentic Mexican food

Once again, Epcot Food & Wine Festival guests had a unique opportunity to explore culinary flavors and topics beyond the norm with one of the most proficient chefs of the day. Most people know Chef Rick Bayless as the...

Part 1: A family's trip through Epcot's Food & Wine Festival

As my kids have gotten older, they have come to appreciate, and even look forward to, the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival almost as much as my husband and I do. Here, I'll share our family's favorites....

Don't miss this treat: 1-day Memory Maker option at Disney World Halloween parties

Trick or treat? Let me tell you, this is definitely a treat. Walt Disney World has just announced a special offer for the remaining nights of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party that I certainly wish I could have taken advantage...

Where to find most popular Disney Halloween costumes

It should come as no surprise to anyone who has a little girl in his or her life that costumes from the Disney animated blockbuster movie "Frozen" are among the most popular this year for Halloween, according to Yahoo...

Central Florida's Give Kids The World Village grants wishes for kids wih life-threatening illnesses

Last weekend, I was invited to tour Give Kids The World Village during the second annual Blogger Bash. This event was designed to educate bloggers, so they, in turn, can serve as "Awareness Angels" and help others learn about...

Disney Tsum Tsum plush animals are cute, collectible and going fast

Is it too soon to think about Christmas shopping? Perhaps not if you want to get in on the Disney Tsum Tsum craze. Tsum Tsum are collectible, log-shaped plush animals that look like Disney characters and come in three...

Tips for making the most of Walt Disney World's Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package

Previously I wrote about what is included in the Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package in order to help you decide if the cost is worth the purchase. Now that my family and I have had the opportunity to experience...

How to use Walt Disney World to give your kids a little more independence

It's been said that once a mother gives birth to her child, the process of letting go begins. Sure, it may start with the separation of teaching a baby to sleep in his own bed. But, in what seems...

Creating professional photos at Walt Disney World

Visiting Walt Disney World usually means taking a ton of vacation photos. Of course, there is the obligatory snapshot in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom and one with your pal, Mickey Mouse. Even if you are...

Learn to draw Frozen's Elsa, Anna and Olaf at Walt Disney World

For children -- and adults -- who love to create artwork, Walt Disney World offers several different venues where cast-member artists teach guests how to draw Disney characters. These experiences are free (with paid admission, where applicable) and usually...

Author Ridley Pearson announces sequels to popular Kingdom Keepers series

Fans of the Kingdom Keepers series who are sad after finishing the final installment this spring won't have a longer-than-usual wait to be reunited with some of their favorite literary characters. That's because author Ridley Pearson announced on his...

Is the Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package at Disney's Hollywood Studios a good value?

Less than two weeks ago, Walt Disney World announced its new "Frozen Summer Fun -- Live at Disney's Hollywood Studios" event, and those of us with "Frozen" fans in our families began planning our visits to the theme park...

What you need to know about taking food into Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is full of tempting treats, to be sure, but purchasing every snack, drink and meal on property during a vacation can get expensive -- especially with young kids. That's why many visitors choose to bring at...

Kids with World Cup fever can register for Disney Soccer Academy

If the excitement of the World Cup has your child dreaming of being the next big soccer star, one way to channel that enthusiasm is with a four-day clinic at the Disney Soccer Academy. The summer camps take place...

June is the time to plan your Christmas trip to Walt Disney World

Christmas won't even wait until July for those who are planning a holiday visit to Walt Disney World. That's primarily because making dining reservations is a priority for most guests, and in order to secure a table at some...

What does it take to be a Disney Dreamer and Doer?

During the last several weeks, about 400 students in Central Florida were named Disney Dreamers and Doers. These students were chosen by their schools for actions they have taken to inspire other students this past school year. What does...

Be among the first to try Disney Infinity 2.0 video game at Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney

Disney Infinity fans, get ready to take the new 2.0 game for a test drive. Although the latest version of the game won't be released until fall, Disney Interactive will have "sneak peek" demonstrations of the game at Downtown...

What 'Frozen'-themed experiences would you choose to add at Walt Disney World?

More than seven months after the big-screen release of "Frozen," the demand for all things related to the movie still is overwhelming at Walt Disney World. About a month ago, the meet-and-greet for Anna and Elsa was moved from...

Disney releases multitude of Maleficent merchandise

It's finally opening weekend for Disney's live-action movie, "Maleficent," and the promotions are shifting focus from filling theater seats to selling the related merchandise. Here's a look at what you can find only at Walt Disney World and through...

What families need to know about Disney World's Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Well, heigh ho! The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opens today, and it's definitely the hot new "ticket" at the Magic Kingdom. Before you rush to grab that FastPass reservation -- or decide if the new attraction is worth the...

All-night party at Magic Kingdom kept us busy until sunrise

Staying up late is always a treat for young kids, but having no bedtime and getting to play all night in the Magic Kingdom? What a way to start the unofficial beginning of summer! For the second year, Walt...

Disney's Hollywood Studios brings Symphony in the Stars fireworks to Star Wars Weekends

In a galaxy not so far away " Star Wars is being re-imagined and celebrated as only The Walt Disney Co. can do. Although my family enjoys visiting Star Wars Weekends each year at Disney's Hollywood Studios, this year,...

What you need to know about 2014 Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World

The galaxy has expanded with new offerings this year for Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World. Advance planning definitely is key to experiencing all that Disney's Hollywood Studios has to offer from May 16 to June 15. So,...

Last-minute Mother's Day presents from Disney Floral & Gifts

Did Mother's Day sneak up on you when you meant to order something from the Disney Parks or make a brunch reservation on Disney property? Don't worry! You can still recover nicely from your absentmindedness with the help of...

A Perfect Petals Brunch features Vera Bradley co-founder Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and new Disney collections

On Sunday, I attended A Perfect Petals Brunch, featuring The Disney Collection by Vera Bradley, at Epcot. The highlight of the event was the ability to be one of the first to purchase bags with the new Mickey's Perfect...

Disney Channel announces 'Teen Beach Movie' sequel for 2015

Disney Channel fans got a splash of good news this weekend when the network announced that a sequel to "Teen Beach Movie" will begin production in July. "Teen Beach Movie 2" will have its television premiere in 2015. Actors...

How do you feel about line jumping at Walt Disney World?

With one of the busiest weeks of the year at Walt Disney World fresh in our minds - and the crowded summer season knocking on our door -- I'd like to discuss an issue that evokes strong feelings among...

Deadline nears for Central Florida students to apply to be Disney Dreamers and Doers

Elementary, middle- and high-school students in Central Florida have a shot at winning a day's admission -- or even annual passes -- to Walt Disney World. But they have to get moving because the first deadline is only days...

A young model from Orlando helps Walt Disney World spread its magical message

Recently, my family was excited to see that one of my daughter's friends was pictured in a full-page color ad for Walt Disney World in the Orlando Sentinel. And that piqued my curiosity about how child models are chosen...

Best foods to take home from Walt Disney World

Many of us have our favorite foods at Walt Disney World -- those meals, snacks or sweets that we just *have* to taste as soon as we get the parks or hotels. What is it for you? Is it...

Walt Disney World and Nickelodeon Suites offer summer Girl Scout events

Two Orlando resorts are offering Girl Scouts the journeys of a lifetime. Walt Disney World and Nickelodeon Suites have separate summer programs, and registration is open now for both. If Girl Scouts choose to visit Walt Disney World with...

Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster speeds to completion and opening

Arguably the most anticipated attraction in the New Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom -- the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster -- is speeding to its completion and opening. We don't have much longer to wait for this...

Disney World's new Festival of Fantasy Parade is a spectacle for the senses

Like just about everyone else who has seen the Magic Kingdom's new daytime parade, Festival of Fantasy, my son and I loved it. Festival of Fantasy Parade showcases many parade firsts -- from special effects and a new soundtrack...

Author Ridley Pearson launches final 'Kingdom Keepers' book at Walt Disney World in March

"Kingdom Keepers" fans who will be visiting Walt Disney World next month are in for a treat. Author Ridley Pearson will be signing copies of the final installment of his series, and guests can purchase the book days ahead...

Raytheon celebrates National Engineers Week with "Science Thrills Live" shows at Epcot

No matter what your kids tell you, science can be fun, and one of Epcot's corporate sponsors, Raytheon, is offering theme-park guests the opportunity to discover this for themselves during special events planned for National Engineers Week, which is...

How to use new FastPass+ system at Walt Disney World

UPDATE on March 13, 2014: Passholders are being invited this month to customize and order their MagicBands. Within a few days of completing this process, passholders gain access to booking their FastPass+ reservations online -- even before they receive...

Walt Disney World's Epcot offers kids a variety of fun activities

Recently, a parent at my children's elementary school told me she would never take her kids to Epcot because there just isn't anything for them to do at that Walt Disney World theme park. Huh? As an annual passholder...

What Disney World merchandise do you collect?

If you're a regular reader of AllEars.Net, you and I (obviously) share a love of Disney, and perhaps other theme parks, as well. As my husband likes to say, we're of the same tribe. With so much in common,...

New details about Magic Kingdom's upcoming Festival of Fantasy Parade

"What time is the 3 o'clock parade?" Cast members and Walt Disney World regulars chuckle about this supposedly common question from first-time guests to the Magic Kingdom. This year, however, the question may not be about when the parade...

Tips for visiting Walt Disney World and SeaWorld when it's cold outside

Florida might be a subtropical paradise, but it does get cold here at times, as this week's front proves. And, though "Frozen" might be a big winter hit in the theaters right now, you don't have to spend your...

AMC's dine-in theatre at Downtown Disney gives families a fun option for seeing movies

Want a new twist on dinner and movie? How about dinner *while* you watch a movie? This concept is becoming more popular in cities throughout the U.S., and Walt Disney World began offering the inclusive screenings about two and...

Personalized children's book at Epcot celebrates holidays around the world

Epcot long has offered a global view of the holidays, and now the park offers something special that allows kids to read about holidays around the world, too. kidsHeritage, Inc., the company that creates custom books for children and...

Disney World's Limited Time Magic allows guests to donate Duffy bears to Toys For Tots

When the winter holiday season arrives, many parents look for concrete ways to demonstrate to their children the importance of giving to those who are less fortunate. For some, that mission is accomplished through their places of worship. For...

Review: Jingle Cruise, the holiday overlay of Jungle Cruise, at Magic Kingdom

Have you heard the latest Disney cruise news? No, not the Disney Magic retrofit. Chances are, if you've been to the Magic Kingdom any other Disney theme park with the exception of Disneyland Paris, you've ridden on the "World...

Do you have what it takes to be a Kingdom Keeper at Disney's Animal Kingdom?

Am I smarter than a fifth-grader? I guess I have to admit I'm not after my adventure last weekend with my 11-year-old son at Disney's Animal Kingdom. We set out to solve one of the new Kingdom Keepers Quests...

Chase VIP Lounge takes guests inside American Adventure Parlor during Epcot Food & Wine Festival

This year, some guests at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival have the opportunity to step into one of Walt Disney World's private party spaces -- free of charge. The Chase VIP Lounge has moved from the Festival...

Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party is a delicious way to view Wishes fireworks

My 11-year-old son has had many special experiences at Walt Disney World because we live locally and are annual passholders. But one event he hadn't been to and *really* wanted to attend was the Tomorrowland Terrace Dessert Party. Disney...

Step into a cranberry bog at Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Before this year, I hadn't really given much thought to how cranberries make their way from farms to my Thanksgiving table. But after stepping into more than 1,000 pounds of the fruit at Walt Disney World, I was curious....

Take a tour of Epcot's private Living Seas Salon

Everyday guests at Walt Disney World may not be aware that there are private restaurants, offices, suites and lounges tucked away among the buildings at Walt Disney World. These spaces are not accessible to the general public and, for...

Disney Collection by Vera Bradley launches at Walt Disney World, Disneyland

The wait is finally over for Disney fans who also love Vera Bradley products! The Disney Collection by Vera Bradley, which was created exclusively for Disney Parks, debuted at Walt Disney World on Saturday and at Disneyland on Monday....

A family touring plan for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2013

Here's a little trick that will help make Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party more of a treat: Map out a strategy for how you'll spend your time at the party so that you can avoid lines as much as possible...

Tips for making the most of your visit to Epcot's Food & Wine Festival

If you think it's hard to prepare a delicious meal for your family and keep everyone at the table happy, try doing it for thousands. I had the opportunity recently to speak with Michael Jenner, operations manager for park...

More Epcot International Food & Wine Festival dishes and beverages revealed

With less than two weeks until the 18th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival begins, I have more details about new foods, wines and beers that will be offered. Members of the AllEars.Net staff first previewed some of...

Tour Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland before it opens

The newest addition to the Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland, Princess Fairytale Hall, opens this week, and it truly is fit for royalty. I previewed the princess meet-and-greet with my family at a recent Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween event, and we...

Disney Parks Moms Panel application process begins today

Get ready, get set, type! The application process for the 2014 Disney Parks Moms Panel begins today, and those interested have until lucky Friday, Sept. 13, to express their interest. The Disney Parks Moms Panel has evolved from its...

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit should have a meet-and-greet at Walt Disney World

This week's Limited Time Magic Celebration at Disney California Adventure focuses on Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream is featuring a special Oswald-inspired ice cream sundae in a Trolley Car Cup, and stores are highlighting their Oswald...

Radio Disney kicks off TRYathalon tour; DisneyXD to air competition in August

Radio Disney kicked off a national tour this weekend designed to bring the fun of DisneyXD's TRYathalon to kids across the United States. Orlando is one of the upcoming stops, and kids are invited to come out to the...

Disney Infinity: My kids preview game with help from artist, designer

Disney Interactive Studios invited gamers and Disney guests on both coasts to play its much-talked about new gaming system, Disney Infinity, this past week for the first time. At E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles, players formed long...

Disney Infinity debuts at E3 today and possibly at Downtown Disney later this month

With only two months until the scheduled launch of Disney Infinity, the highly anticipated gaming system that is expected to give Activision's Skylanders a run for its money, the marketing is ramping up. Participants at the three-day E3 (Electronic...

Wilderness Explorers opens at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Inspired by 'Up' movie

Animal Kingdom's newest attraction, Wilderness Explorers, is built around a theme from the Disney-Pixar film "Up." One of the main characters in the 2009 animated movie, Russell, is a Wilderness Explorer, which is a fictional version of Boy Scouts....

New at Magic Kingdom: A Pirate's Adventure treasure hunt

Going on a pirate's adventure never gets old, does it, mateys? The creative forces at Disney World are banking on that with a new scavenger hunt at the Magic Kingdom called, not surprisingly, A Pirate's Adventure. Located in a...

My family's experience at Walt Disney World's Monstrous Summer All-Nighter

How long could two kids and their parents last at the Magic Kingdom when the theme park was open 24 hours? We set out to find out Friday at the Monstrous Summer All-Nighter. My husband and I are night...

Disney Pixar's Monsters University inspires merchandise, eye-opening deals

Fans of Disney Pixar's "Monsters, Inc." have less than a month until the prequel, "Monsters University," hits theaters on June 21. In the meantime, The Walt Disney Co. is kicking its promotion into high gear with lots of merchandise...

Tips for kids at Disney World's Star Wars Weekends

Disney fans, who also are Star Wars fans, know that for four weekends in May and June, Disney's Hollywood Studios turns into a mecca for all things related to that galaxy far, far away. As the event has grown,...

How fans can be Kingdon Keepers for a day at Walt Disney World

This weekend, my 10-year-old son set out to be a Kingdom Keeper at the Magic Kingdom using the self-guided quest in Birnbaum Guides 2013 Walt Disney World edition. We didn't encounter any villains, but we did have fun with...

Hands-on fun with Innoventions attractions can make Epcot guests feel like superheroes

Sometimes, there's nothing more magical than hands-on interaction fun with a Disney Parks attraction, and that's the idea behind the Innoventions concept at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. And this week brought news about one of Marvel Comics's...

It's curtains for Disney Channel Rocks! at Disney's Hollywood Studios after April 6

Like Disney Channel viewers around the globe, my elementary-school-age children were die-hard "High School Musical" fans. They eagerly anticipated each of the sequels and the accompanying soundtracks. I'm pretty sure we single-handedly supported the merchandising branch of the franchise...

Get up close with Magic Kingdom's steam trains with behind-the-scenes tour

It's no great surprise that boys of all ages seem to like trains. So I knew that when my husband and 10-year-old son enrolled in Disney's "The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains" tour, they'd have a good time. I...

Mickey Mouse helps prepare Easter baskets at Disney resorts

If you're among the many families traveling to Walt Disney World in the next week, your children may be wondering how the Easter Bunny will find them when they are on vacation. Not to worry, Mickey Mouse has you...

New Rapunzel-themed restrooms open at Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Another new Disney Princess section has quietly opened at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom this past weekend, and it's certainly a place where a girl can let down her hair and relax. Guests who pass through the area certainly...

Gardens of the World Tour returns during Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Beginning this week, gardening enthusiasts can experience a special guided tour during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Horticulturalists lead visitors on a walking journey through every country in World Showcase during the Gardens of the World Tour....

New IBM THINK exhibition at Epcot is difficult for young kids to understand or appreciate

IBM put a lot of thought into creating its new THINK exhibition in Innoventions West at Epcot. Unfortunately, the company thought more about presenting information than it did about entertaining young guests. On approach, THINK is inviting with all...

Kids can learn about physics behind roller coasters this week at Epcot

To celebrate National Engineers Week, one of the sponsors at Epcot is offering short and entertaining demonstrations that teach kids the physics behind roller coasters. Though National Engineers Week has a focus of calling attention to the importance of...

Disney World announces 2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration

Walt Disney World has announced the dates of its 2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration -- May 9 to 12 (Mother's Day weekend) -- and like last year, attendance is by invitation only. For mommy bloggers, #DisneySMMoms is among...

2013 is a crowning year for Disney princesses at Disney World and Disneyland

Some might say that 2013 is the year of the Disney princesses. After all, gorgeous new locations are being designed for the royal ladies at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and they open this year. On the West...

Fulfill your need for speed at Test Track 2.0 in Epcot

My family and I finally got to ride the new Test Track at Epcot last weekend, and -- though we all still enjoy the ride -- we're divided on whether we prefer the new version or the previous one....

Tell your kids about their heritage with personalized books sold at Epcot

Deanna Bufo Novak A new retail stand at Epcot shares the same mission as the World Showcase portion of the Walt Disney World park -- to educate visitors about countries around the globe. In this case, though, the nations...

Disney World's reworked Habit Heroes attraction opens

Habit Heroes, an exhibit at Epcot's Innoventions that teaches guests about healthy lifestyles, reopened on Friday. It soft-opened in February 2012 but quickly was closed after widespread criticism about the game's insensitivity to overweight children. I did not see...

Neil Patrick Harris shines as narrator at Disney's Candlelight Processional

Like so many other Disney World guests, I look forward to the Candlelight Processional each year at Epcot. It's an incredible, moving performance that tells the Christmas story with a mass choir, 50-piece orchestra and celebrity narrator. The long-running...

Peek inside The Legend of Jack Sparrow before it officially opens at Disney's Hollywood Studios

The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow, a new attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios, is undergoing a soft opening ahead of its grand opening on Dec. 6. My family and I were able to cast off and experience the new...

Review: Dinner at Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland

At a recent passholder preview of New Fantasyland, my family and I were thrilled to discover Be Our Guest was open for dinner that evening. Reservations were being accepted outside the restaurant for that night only. Cast members were...

Review: Lunch at Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland

Did someone say, put our service to the test? During a recent passholder preview of New Fantasyland, I was excited to find Be Our Guest open for lunch AND dinner. With Be Our Guest dinner reservations booked into March,...

Clang, Clang, Clang Goes the Trolley ... with seasonal Magic Kingdom shows

As my family and I made our way down Main Street, U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom a couple weeks ago, we saw the park's old-time trolley stopped and performers dancing on the pavement. There's nothing unusual about that, if...

Save those Disney Dollars! New Fantasyland merchandise is in Magic Kingdom stores

For many Walt Disney World visitors, shopping for souvenirs is an integral part of the vacation experience. Who doesn't like to have a reminder of a special trip, especially to the Most Magical Place on Earth? The hunt for...

Gaston's Tavern in New Fantasyland serves up LeFou's Brew, pastries and even healthy snacks

After hearing so much about LeFou's Brew -- which some call Disney World's answer to Universal Orlando's uber-popular Butterbeer -- my family and I couldn't resist the opportunity to sample the drink during the recent "dress rehearsal" of New...

Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid and Ariel's Grotto soft open in Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland

My family and I were excited to find out that New Fantasyland was open to guests this past weekend as part of a "dress rehearsal" for its soft opening next month. Having already experienced Enchanted Tales with Belle, our...

A look back at discontinued Haunted Carriage Rides at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

I was surprised, and disappointed, to learn that Walt Disney World has discontinued its seasonal Haunted Carriage Rides at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. When we stayed in the cabins last fall, we took the ride for the first...

Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World offers great NASCAR fun for kids

A new experience at Walt Disney World puts children in the front seat of a real NASCAR vehicle with a professional driver and allows them to feel the thrill of racing. Recently, my 8-year-old daughter was quick to volunteer...

An inside look at the exclusive Siemens VIP Center at Epcot

When you've walk underneath Spaceship Earth, you probably think you know all about what's inside the structure that houses the geodesic sphere and the ride's post-show attractions. But there's one area that isn't seen by the vast majority of...

It's easy to be Finding Nemo at Walt Disney World

If you or your children enjoy Nemo and his ocean friends, Walt Disney World offers plenty of opportunities to visit his Big Blue World. And, with the recent theatrical release of the 3D version of the film, now is...

Tips for families attending Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

My family has attended Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party every year for almost a decade, and although we have tweaked our touring plan for the evening as changes to the party come and go, it essentially remains the...

Periwinkle joins Tinker Bell in Winter Woods of Disney Fairies meet-and-greet

It's beginning to look a lot like winter in one corner of the Magic Kingdom. Tinker Bell's Magical Nook in Adventureland, home to meet-and-greets with the Disney Fairies, has taken on a sprinkling of snow and ice, along with...

Sneak peek: New Fantasyland's Enchanted Tales with Belle

Guests who were disappointed when "Storytime With Belle" in the Fairytale Garden was discontinued have a lot to look forward to when its replacement officially debuts on Dec. 6 in the Magic Kingdom. Enchanted Tales with Belle, part of...

New Phineas and Ferb interactive experience opens at Downtown Disney

Phineas and Ferb, characters from the Disney Channel hit show, are turning up in yet another spot at Walt Disney World. Now, guests don't even have to go into the theme parks to meet up with the animated versions...

Surprising the kids with a Disney vacation

Can you keep a secret? A really big secret? If so, you might be a parent or grandparent who wants to surprise the special child in your life with the news that your family is going on a Disney...

Tips for helping your kids start pin trading at Disney World

My son and daughter have been trading pins at Walt Disney World for almost four years now and the excitement of it hasn't dulled. As a parent, I think it's a fun hobby for them, and it adds a...

Disney spends millions on Club Penguin Internet safety campaign for kids

Although it doesn't feature the traditional Fab Five, Club Penguin is one of The Walt Disney Company's wildly popular products. In fact, since Disney acquired the online game in 2007, it has grown to be one of the largest...

Mickey's Backyard BBQ is great All-American activity for the summer

Heading to Mickey's Backyard BBQ for the first time on the Fourth of July, I was a little skeptical about how the Fort Wilderness dinner show would play out -- especially for my kids, who have experienced other similar...

Dumbo interactive queue for kids soft-opens at Disney World

As has been the recent trend at Walt Disney World, another attraction is set to reopen with an interactive queue. For parents like me, these are welcome additions to help break up the long waits for our impatient children....

Disney's 'Brave' storybook, comic apps loaded with cool features

Two new apps from Disney Publishing have a lot of fun to offer kids who enjoyed seeing the new Disney-Pixar animated movie "Brave." They allow readers of all ages to relive the story and to become part of the...

Finding art opportunities for kids at Disney World

Do you have a budding young artist in your family? If so, you might be surprised to learn that there are many opportunities for your child to explore his or her creativity while you're on vacation at Walt Disney...

Disney aims to better kids' health by banning junk-food ads, improving theme park meals

Earlier this month, The Walt Disney Co. announced the next steps in its Magic of Healthy Living campaign: banning most junk-food advertising on its programs for kids and helping guests recognize healthy food in its theme parks and at...

Epcot's VISION house: A Disney World attraction for adults, older kids

The recent rain in Central Florida finally helped me persuade my kids and their friends to check out VISION house, a new attraction in Epcot's Innoventions that opened on Earth Day this year. Like many younger guests, they didn't...

Casey Jr. splash pad cool addition to Disney World's Fantasyland

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station in the Storybook Circus section of Fantasyland opened Friday (June 15) to little fanfare, but families have a lot to be excited about. This new water play area in the Magic Kingdom offers...

Ideas for celebrating Father's Day at Walt Disney World

It's not too late to plan a fun-filled Father's Day weekend at Walt Disney World -- and there are even some last-minute bargains to be had. From traditional pastimes in the most magical of locations to experiences created only...

Disney brings Highland Games of 'Brave' to Epcot

The much-anticipated opening of Disney-Pixar's new animated movie, "Brave," is still more than a week away, but Walt Disney World has added another experience to get kids interested. Brave - The Highland Games Tournament can be found at Epcot...

Disney's Art of Animation offers its guests a variety of outdoor and indoor recreation

Walt Disney World resorts are known for their recreational offerings, and the new Art of Animation hotel is no exception. The centerpiece for the new hotel that is themed around four animated movies -- "Finding Nemo," "Cars," "The Lion...

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