What you should know if a hurricane threatens your Disney vacation

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As a longtime Sunshine State resident who has survived 18 hurricane seasons, I really feel for East Coast residents and what they are facing because of Hurricane Sandy. It’s frightening, to say the least, to see a massive storm slowly approaching your home. For my husband and I — and most of Central Florida — … Continue reading "What you should know if a hurricane threatens your Disney vacation"
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Save those Disney Dollars! New Fantasyland merchandise is in Magic Kingdom stores

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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? Recently, new merchandise has arrived in the Magic Kingdom to coordinate with the "dress rehearsal" for New Fantasyland attractions and the opening of Storybook Circus. If you have Belle and Beast, Little Mermaid or Dumbo fans at your house, start saving your money!
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Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland serves up LeFou’s Brew, pastries and even healthy snacks

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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 Fantasyland. Also, this gave us the perfect reason to stop by Gaston's Tavern for the first time. The signature drink is made from frozen apple juice (no sugar added), has a hint of toasted marshmallow and is topped with all-natural passion fruit-mango foam. Sounds perfect for kids who have been raised on apple juice, right? I sure thought so.
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‘Secret of the Wings’ allows Tinker Bell and Disney Fairies to sparkle in 3D

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My elementary-school-age children have happily anticipated and enjoyed each direct-to-DVD movie in the Tinker Bell series. Today, the fourth installment hits shelves, and we think it’s the best yet. Disney’s “Secret of the Wings” is another computer-animated chapter in the back story of Tinker Bell, Disney’s most famous fairy. It originally was to be called … Continue reading "‘Secret of the Wings’ allows Tinker Bell and Disney Fairies to sparkle in 3D"
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Parents can enjoy night out while kids have fun at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin’s Camp Dolphin

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Parents visiting the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin can enjoy an evening to themselves while their children have their own special kind of fun. Camp Dolphin, located on the lower level of the Dolphin building, is designed just for kids ages 4 to 12. The concept of a kids club in a large resort is not foreign to my own kids, who have enjoyed themselves at The Sandcastle Club at Disney's Beach Club on several occasions. Until recently, they had yet to visit Camp Dolphin, though. Their opportunity came last weekend when my husband and I attended the Food and Wine Classic at the resort.
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Disney character costumes among kids’ top picks for Halloween 2012

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Party City analyzes pop culture, the latest fashion trends and Hollywood blockbusters to prepare for the year’s biggest costume crazes. This year, the Halloween retailer is sharing which characters you can expect to see when you open the door to trick-or-treaters. It’s probably no surprise that Disney characters are perennial favorites. Classic Disney Princess costumes … Continue reading "Disney character costumes among kids’ top picks for Halloween 2012"
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A look back at discontinued Haunted Carriage Rides at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

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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 time and enjoyed the special Halloween experience. It was just the right amount of thrill, without … Continue reading "A look back at discontinued Haunted Carriage Rides at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground"
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SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular brings gentle underwater fantasy to life

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For our family, the thrills and chills of Halloween still are on the tame side, especially for our elementary school-age kids. Rather than the blood and gore nightmare imagery of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, we instead enjoy the gentler fun of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. This year, we decided to check … Continue reading "SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular brings gentle underwater fantasy to life"
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