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Make the Most of Resort-Only StaysMake the Most of Resort-Only Stays
August 26, 2016
What could be better than finally actually soaking up the atmosphere of your hotel? Too often when we go for the parks, our resort stay gets lost in the hustle and bustle of tourism. Even going completely park-free to Disney World leaves dozens of other entertainment options across miles and miles of property, from water parks to mini golf to live shows and shopping. You can pack a lot into a long stay, if you're inclined. For a quick jaunt, though, keeping your trip small scale can yield big relaxation benefits.

 

Bay Lake Tower Newly Refurbed Studio VillaBay Lake Tower Newly Refurbed Studio Villa
August 22, 2016
The villas at Bay Lake Tower have recently undergone a soft goods rehab. Here are photos of the refreshed studio.

 

Cool Off with this Tour of Stormalong Bay at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club - VIDEOCool Off with this Tour of Stormalong Bay at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club - VIDEO
August 20, 2016
Tour the wonderful water playground known as Stormalong Bay situated at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club.

 

Additional Panelists Announced for November D23 EventAdditional Panelists Announced for November D23 Event
August 17, 2016
D23 Destination D: Amazing Adventures presented by Ethan Allen | Disney, has added several attendees to its list of panelists. AVATAR creators James Cameron and Jon Landau will join Imagineer Joe Rohde for Pandora - The World of AVATAR, a presentation during which they will unveil new details about the 12-acre land coming soon to Disney's Animal Kingdom. In addition, the event will include a conversation with Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and a session with Moana screenwriter Jared Bush. This D23 event will take place November 19-20, 2016 at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Tickets, currently on sale, are $190 each for D23 Gold and Gold Family Members. Tickets are also available to D23 General Members for $250 per ticket. Further details about the program and tickets can be found at D23.com/Events.

 

GoGo squeeZ Named Official Applesauce of Disney ResortsGoGo squeeZ Named Official Applesauce of Disney Resorts
August 17, 2016
GoGo squeeZ applesauce has announced that it has been named the Official Applesauce of Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. GoGo squeeZ's applesauce pouches will be available in locations throughout both resorts. In addition, GoGo squeeZ is a sponsor of several events held at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. GoGo squeeZ is the presenting sponsor of all runDisney Kids Races that are part of Disney's race weekends. GoGo squeeZ is also a sponsor of the annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and of all Disney Social Media Moms Celebrations.

 

Top of the World Lounge - All New DecorTop of the World Lounge - All New Decor
August 16, 2016
Bay Lake Tower's Top of the World Lounge has a brand new color scheme and furnishings.

 

Yacht Club Concierge Room PhotosYacht Club Concierge Room Photos
August 09, 2016
Check out our latest room photos from Disney's Yacht Club

 

Latest Refurbishment Schedule UpdatesLatest Refurbishment Schedule Updates
August 08, 2016
REFURBISHMENTS AND CLOSINGS -- Dino Institute Shop at Animal Kingdom will be closed for refurbishment July 25 through October 16, 2016. -- All Star Sports Grand Slam Pool will be closed for refurbishment October 10 - December 2, 2016. -- Pop Century Resort will be undergoing a hard goods refurbishment starting October 16. It will be complete sometime in 2017. -- Pop Century's Computer Pool will be closed for refurbishment October 31 - December 23, 2016. -- Yacht Club resort rooms will be undergoing refurbishment beginning October 31. They will be complete sometime in 2017. -- Cookes of Dublin at Disney Springs is closed through August 8 for refurbishment. -- Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf is closed through August 10 for refurbishment. Visit our Refurbishments and Closings page for details.

 

Flying Fish Reservations Now Open for Bookings August 3 and Beyond!Flying Fish Reservations Now Open for Bookings August 3 and Beyond!
July 28, 2016
After a major re-imagining, reservations open July 29 for dates beginning August 3 and beyond at Flying Fish on Disney's BoardWalk. The entire interior of the popular restaurant, including the on-stage kitchen, has been redesigned. To go along with the redesign, Chef Tim Majoras, a veteran of the Flying Fish kitchen, has created a new menu. The seafood-centric menu features entirely sustainable fish and shellfish, and includes Chef Majoras' creations such as corn-crusted wild Gulf shrimp, wild Alaskan king salmon and plancha-seared Hokkaido scallops. For carnivores, there's Wagyu filet mignon, Kurobuta pork belly and bison striploin. In addition, general manager and sommelier Stig Jacobsen has crafted a new wine list with nearly 80 selections by the glass. For reservations, visit DisneyWorld.com/dine or call 407-WDW-DINE.

 

VIDEO: Pop Century Resort Pool TourVIDEO: Pop Century Resort Pool Tour
July 28, 2016
Pop Century is a great value resort with lots of themes that cover the decades from the 1950s to the '90s. There are three pools, each with their own theme: Bowling Pin Pool, Hippy Dippy Pool and the Computer Pool. This video takes you on a tour of all three.

 

Champagne Brunch Added to Food and Wine ClassicChampagne Brunch Added to Food and Wine Classic
July 27, 2016
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic will introduce a Sunday Champagne Brunch at Il Mulino New York Trattoria along with two new beverage seminars, Craft Cocktails and More than Malbec, when it returns for its seventh year this October 28-29. Visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com to view the 2016 food menu, and to book overnight packages and purchase tickets for the event, seminars and Sunday Champagne Brunch.

 

Soft Openings Begin at AbracadaBarSoft Openings Begin at AbracadaBar
July 27, 2016
AbracadaBar, the new cocktail lounge adjacent to the Flying Fish on Disney's BoardWalk, is in soft opening. The back story of this lounge describes it as "former stomping ground for the famous magicians, boardwalk illusionists, and lovely magician's assistants of the Golden Age... [on one evening] every single magician in the lounge vanished into thin air, and was never seen again..." Inside, guests will find enchanted magic show posters and mystifying mirrors, vintage props and tricks.

 

VIDEO: Port Orleans Riverside Bayou Room TourVIDEO: Port Orleans Riverside Bayou Room Tour
July 22, 2016
Port Orleans Riverside is a moderate resort at Walt Disney World. There are three room themes: Mansion, Princess and Bayou. This is a tour of the Alligator Bayou room. All rooms are the same size just are themed differently. Port Orleans Riverside is "connected" to Port Orleans French quarter via a walkway or boat ride.

 

VIDEO: Yacht Club Resort Room TourVIDEO: Yacht Club Resort Room Tour
July 18, 2016
Enjoy a video tour of a resort room at Walt Disney World's Yacht Club, a five-story, 630-room resort themed after seaside New England hotels of the late 1800s. The Yacht Club has a stately, nautical look and feel; hardwood floors and brass accents enhance this feeling.

 

Saratoga Springs 1-Bedroom Photo GallerySaratoga Springs 1-Bedroom Photo Gallery
July 14, 2016
We've updated all photos for the One Bedroom Villa at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa

 

DVC Pool Hopping Exclusion List ExpandsDVC Pool Hopping Exclusion List Expands
July 14, 2016
Silver Creek Springs pool at Disney's Wilderness Lodge has been added to the list of resort swimming holes that are excluded from the DVC member pool hopping perk. During most of the year, members staying at Walt Disney World resorts have been permitted to use pools at other resorts, but certain resort pools are excluded from this perk. For many years, the list of restricted pools was limited to Stormalong Bay at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club and Uzima Pool at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. However, over the last decade many other resort pools have been added to the restricted list. The full list of ineligible pools is currently: Bay Cove Pool at Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort; Uzima Pool and Samawati Springs Pool at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge; Stormalong Bay at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club; Leisure pool at Disney's Beach Club Villas; Lava Pool and leisure pool at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort; Silver Creek Springs Pool at Disney's Wilderness Lodge; all resort pools at Disney's Art of Animation Resort. Hidden Springs leisure pool at Disney's Wilderness Lodge was demolished in 2015 as part of a resort-wide renovation project that will bring additional Disney Vacation Club villas to the property. Plans call for an additional pool to be added at the Wilderness Lodge. The next pool-hopping blockout period runs September 2-5 over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

 

Swan and Dolphin to Host Sandtastic WeekendsSwan and Dolphin to Host Sandtastic Weekends
July 05, 2016
This August 26-28 and September 2-4, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort will host Sandtastic Weekends, featuring intricately sculpted sand art designed by award-winning world-class sculptors constructed right on the resort's private beach. The event, which is open to the public, will offer a variety of ways to participate, from watching the masterpieces being created up close to learning the tips and techniques of sand sculpting during a clinic. There will also be amateur sculpting contests or you can try to stump the professionals by giving suggestions for speed-sculpting demonstrations, where a piece is created in just 10 minutes. Other activities include games on the beach; a DJ; and to close the day, a campfire and s'mores. If you get hungry, there will be plenty of creations from the resort's food and beverage team available, including the resort's own Phins and Feathers craft beer. On Labor Day, September 5, the resort will hold special tributes to celebrate the Kickoff Classic college football game between Florida State and Ole Miss taking place in Orlando. Fans of each team will find a giant sand sculpture in honor of the game incorporating a tribute to both teams, and the lights on the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort causeway will feature team colors. Coverage of the Kickoff Classic between the Florida State Seminoles and Ole Miss Rebels will be shown on an outdoor oversized projection screen. Overnight accommodations during Sandtastic Weekends start at just $168 per night. To reserve a room or for more information, including a full schedule of events, visit www.sandtasticweekends.com.

 

Countdown to Midnight New Year's Eve Party Begins Booking July 4Countdown to Midnight New Year's Eve Party Begins Booking July 4
June 30, 2016
"Disney Countdown to Midnight - A New Year's Eve Celebration" will take place Dec. 31, 2016, beginning at 8 p.m. at the Contemporary Resort's Convention Center in the Fantasia Ballroom. There will be music and dancing, along with food and wine pairings from California Grill, Flying Fish, Citricos and Narcoossee's. The event will be highlighted with Magic Kingdom fireworks viewing and a champagne toast. Complimentary transportation will be provided for select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Tickets for this all-ages special evening are extremely limited and cost $225 per person (includes tax and gratuity). Reservations will open on July 4. To purchase or for more information, visit DisneyWorld.com or call 407-939-3463.

 

Port Orleans Riverside Alligator Bayou Room Photo GalleryPort Orleans Riverside Alligator Bayou Room Photo Gallery
June 30, 2016
The last section of our total redo of the Port Orleans Riverside photo gallery is now completed. We had added photos of the Alligator Bayou rooms.

 

Art of Animation Little Mermaid VideoArt of Animation Little Mermaid Video
June 23, 2016
Tour the Art of Animation Little Mermaid section. Check out the huge sculptures and the themed pool