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French Quarter Offering Painting on de' BayouFrench Quarter Offering Painting on de' Bayou
April 19, 2018
Port Orleans French Quarter features a special activity, Painting on de' Bayou. This guided painting session, for ages 12 and up, is offered Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. It costs $35 (plus tax). Participants can take the resulting artwork home. Space is limited to 16 per session; to make reservations, call 321-347-0750.

 

Destination D Celebrates Mickey Mouse's BirthdayDestination D Celebrates Mickey Mouse's Birthday
April 18, 2018
Destination D: Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse, is a two-day party with panels, presentations, a pop-up shop from Mickey's of Glendale, and an all-new exhibit from the Walt Disney Archives, all in honor of the 90th anniversary of the "leader of the club." The event takes place November 16-18 at the Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World. Tickets are now available for D23 Gold Members at D23.com. NOTE: VIP tickets for this event are sold out.

 

Pixar Play Zone Now Open at Contemporary Resort!Pixar Play Zone Now Open at Contemporary Resort!
April 13, 2018
The Pixar Play Zone, a new, interactive experience for children ages 4-12 opened today, April 13, 2018, at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Pixar Play Zone is an adventure-packed evening that features arcade games, visits with Disney-Pixar characters from the films "Toy Story" and "The Incredibles", dinner and more.

 

PHOTOS: Old Key West Studio Villa Total Rehab PHOTOS: Old Key West Studio Villa Total Rehab
April 06, 2018
Old Key West is slowly going through a wholesale rehab of all the villas. Here is a brand new Studio Villa! New appliances, soft goods and more.

 

Old Key West Wine-Tasting Debuts April 15Old Key West Wine-Tasting Debuts April 15
April 06, 2018
A new wine-tasting experience for Disney Vacation Club Members debuts April 15 at Disney's Old Key West Resort as part of Membership Magic. The tasting will accommodate as many as 20 members (ages 21 or older) each Sunday (excluding holidays) from 3 to 4 p.m. at Olivia's Cafe. It will explore the legend of "Olivia Farnsworth" and the resort that surrounds her namesake restaurant, while members enjoy a sampling of wines accompanied by bite-sized foods. The price is $30 a person (includes tax and gratuity). Call Member Services for more details or reservations.

 

National Beer Day Saturday, April 7!National Beer Day Saturday, April 7!
April 05, 2018
National Beer Day is right around the corner (April 7). The brews in this blog were highlighted by the Food and Beverage experts from Disney Parks and feature unique and delicious tastes available from coast to coast. Enjoy one (or two) to make this special day even more magical.

 

Digital Key Feature Coming to My Disney Experience AppDigital Key Feature Coming to My Disney Experience App
April 02, 2018
Walt Disney World today unveiled another new feature coming soon for the My Disney Experience app: a digital key. Coming soon to Disney's Wilderness Lodge, the new feature will allow guests to quickly unlock their hotel room using their mobile devices, providing them with a seamless room entry option that brings added flexibility.

 

Reservations Open April 4 for Wilderness Lodge's Reunion StationReservations Open April 4 for Wilderness Lodge's Reunion Station
March 29, 2018
Reunion Station at Disney's Wilderness Lodge will officially open on April 30, 2018, with reservations for its activities starting on April 4. Registered guests staying at Boulder Ridge Villas or Copper Creek Villas and Cabins can participate in the station's paid concierge services; activities are open to all eligible DVC members.

 

"Return to Sleepy Hollow" Starts September 28"Return to Sleepy Hollow" Starts September 28
March 29, 2018
Starting this September 28, the "Return to Sleepy Hollow" program will once again be offered at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. The experience includes a group viewing of the 1949 Disney animated film "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" inside the historic Tri-Circle-D Ranch stables. During event nights, you'll see galloping ghosts and experience an up-close encounter with the Headless Horseman. New this year, a dessert party will be available at 9 p.m., either after the 8 p.m. movie or prior to the 10 p.m. showing.

 

Easter Events Around the "World"Easter Events Around the "World"
March 29, 2018
Easter is April 1, 2018. Disney Parks and Resorts observe this holiday in a number of ways, with special character appearances and themed foods.

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An Incredible Summer - Two New Offers to SaveAn Incredible Summer - Two New Offers to Save
March 22, 2018
Two new offers are available for visiting Disney this summer: Free Dining for Kids and up to 25 percent off select resorts.

 

BOOK NOW: Pixar Play Zone at ContemporaryBOOK NOW: Pixar Play Zone at Contemporary
March 16, 2018
Booking is now open for a new, immersive Pixar character experience that's part of a pilot program that starts April 13, 2018, at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Each night, kids, ages 4-12, will be transported to a world full of excitement and adventure with their favorite characters from Disney-Pixar films.

 

"Incredible Summer" at Walt Disney World Starts May 25!"Incredible Summer" at Walt Disney World Starts May 25!
March 15, 2018
Walt Disney World kicks off its Incredible Summer over Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, with new entertainment in all four theme parks, Disney's Animal Kingdom 20th anniversary celebration, a new Typhoon Lagoon nighttime party and the June 30 opening of Toy Story Land.

 

Walt Disney World Resort Parking Fees AnnouncedWalt Disney World Resort Parking Fees Announced
March 14, 2018
Walt Disney World has issued new policies for parking on the property. Effective March 21, 2018 new fees apply for standard parking for resort guests.

 

New Details Released for Food and Wine ClassicNew Details Released for Food and Wine Classic
March 11, 2018
The 2018 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic, which will take place October 25-26, has released new details, including information on a new experience called Pig and Poke, inspired by the foods of Hawai'i.

 

Victoria and Albert's Receives Multiple AwardsVictoria and Albert's Receives Multiple Awards
March 08, 2018
For the 18th consecutive year, Victoria and Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa has received the AAA Five Diamond Award and, for the first time ever, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award. There are only 68 Five Diamond restaurants in North America, and only 64 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurants out of more than 1,600 restaurants across the globe. Victoria and Albert's is the sole restaurant in the state of Florida to receive both the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star awards. The esteemed restaurant features three unique dining experiences: the main dining room with the choice of a 7-course menu or 10-course Chef's Tasting Menu; the intimate Queen Victoria's Room with a 10-course Chef's Tasting menu, tableside presentation and optional wine pairings; and the highly sought-after 8-seat Chef's Table located in the restaurant's kitchen. Victoria and Albert's wine cellar has more than 700 wines from more than 35 regions. Executive Chef Scott Hunnel, Chef de Cuisine Aimee Rivera, Master Pastry Chef Erich Herbitschek, and Maitre d'Hotel Israel Perez head the Victoria and Albert's team. For reservations, call 407-WDW-DVNA (407-939-3862) or go online to book the Dining Room or Queen Victoria's Room up to 180 days in advance. For more information, visit www.victoria-alberts.com.

 

New Art Released for Star Wars-Themed HotelNew Art Released for Star Wars-Themed Hotel
February 22, 2018
Walt Disney World Resort has released a few more new visuals on the previously announced Star Wars hotel, which will combine luxury with complete immersion into an authentic Star Wars story.

 

Jambo House Testing Cash-Free ProgramJambo House Testing Cash-Free Program
February 15, 2018
REMINDER: As of Feb. 12, Jambo House at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge will participate in a pilot program in which transactions will be handled with cash-free options only, including: MagicBands, credit cards, debit cards, Disney Gift Cards, Disney Rewards Redemption Cards and contactless payments such as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay or Google Pay. No end date for this pilot program has been announced.

 

Two New MagicBand Colors Added to CollectionTwo New MagicBand Colors Added to Collection
February 13, 2018
This month, Walt Disney World will introduce two more MagicBand colors, as well as several new designs based on some favorite Disney films. With Walt Disney's timeless classic "Peter Pan" marking its 65th anniversary this month, the latest color, navy blue, comes in a design that features the London night sky -- plus a bit of pixie dust. This MagicBand is currently available for purchase online and will be in stores Feb. 9. It retails for $22.99 plus tax. A second new color, cream, will be available on a limited release Dooney and Bourke MagicBand that will come in specialty suitcase-themed packaging and may be purchased exclusively in the theme parks for $48 plus tax. Another Dooney and Bourke-branded MagicBand, with a limited edition size of 500, will be offered at the 10th Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend expo beginning on Feb. 22 while supplies last for $48 plus tax. The highly anticipated Marvel Studios film, "Black Panther," hits theaters on Feb. 16. Its release is marked with a super new MagicBand that has a limited edition size of 2,500. It will be available for purchase while supplies last online and in stores beginning Feb. 16 for $32.99 plus tax. Other new MagicBand releases for February feature designs inspired by "The Lion King," "The Little Mermaid" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas," including a glow-in-the-dark Oogie Boogie-themed black MagicBand. These MagicBands will be available for purchase beginning Feb. 12 online and in stores Feb. 16.

 

Star Wars Hotel to connect to Galaxy's EdgeStar Wars Hotel to connect to Galaxy's Edge
February 12, 2018
On Sunday at the D23 Expo Japan, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Bob Chapek revealed more details about the much-anticipated Star Wars-themed hotel being built at Walt Disney World.