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Book Launch for Defying Expectations Oct 15Book Launch for Defying Expectations Oct 15
October 14, 2017
Orlando and Walt Disney World authors Susan and Simon Veness will be launching their new book, Defying Expectations: Phil Rawlins and The Orlando City Story, at a special signing event at the Broken Cauldron Brewery and Tap Room, at 1012 W. Church Street, Orlando, from 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 15. The Orlando-based husband-and-wife writing duo have teamed up with the Writer's Block bookstore in Winter Park and the big soccer fan center of the Broken Cauldron to feature their latest creation, which was published earlier this month by the University of Nebraska Press. The book launch will include the chance to meet Susan and Simon, hear about the story behind the book, buy copies at a special price, and have them signed by the authors.


Disney Becomes Pet Friendly at Select HotelsDisney Becomes Pet Friendly at Select Hotels
October 13, 2017
The Disney Parks Blog today announced the beginning this Sunday, Oct. 15, for the first time ever, the Walt Disney World Resort will welcome guests - and their dogs - to four of its resort properties!

Four Walt Disney World resort hotels have been designated dog friendly.


The Disney Project Presents "A Day of Imagination" EventThe Disney Project Presents "A Day of Imagination" Event
October 13, 2017
On October 28, 2017, The Disney Project presents "A Day of IMAGINATION," a Disney fan event featuring original Epcot Imagineer Tom Morris and Dreamfinder Steve Taylor. The afternoon will consist of Disney presentations, including rare and never-before-seen photos, as well as first-hand accounts of what life was like in yesterday's Future World. Prizes will raffled, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. There will also be a fun surprise for event guests in the early evening (details to be announced at the event). Photos of and with the presenters are allowed, as well as autographs after the event. Special Edition 11x17 event poster will be available for purchase for $10 (with an area on it allotted for autographs), again with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Pet Alliance. General Admission tickets are still available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Disney Project's Day of Imagination site. Don't miss out on the rare opportunity to meet and mingle with two of Epcot's earliest contributors.


Remaining Candlelight Narrators AnnouncedRemaining Candlelight Narrators Announced
October 13, 2017
Walt Disney World has announced the full slate of Candlelight narrators for 2017.


Dream Boutique Opens in Disneyland Downtown DistrictDream Boutique Opens in Disneyland Downtown District
October 13, 2017
The Dream Boutique opened this past weekend in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort. The new shop, which is located on the site of the former Anna and Elsa Boutique, offers a variety of character apparel, accessories, headwear and other products created for Disney Parks. The location also carries role-play costumes complete with matching accessories inspired by favorite Disney Princesses and a selection of plush and other toys. This newly reimagined space is a merchandise-only location.


Ferrytale Fireworks Cruise Returns in DecemberFerrytale Fireworks Cruise Returns in December
October 12, 2017
After a hiatus due in part to the closing of the Magic Kingdom's Wishes fireworks, Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise returns beginning Dec. 1. The floating dessert party will be held aboard the General Joe Potter ferryboat on December 1, 3, 8, 10 and 15, nights that coincide with Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. The holiday cruise will feature the fireworks spectacular and special seasonal desserts, such as holiday cookies and peppermint cheesecake, as well as hot cocoa with a variety of toppings. In addition to desserts and drinks, this event also offers activities such as a Glow-in-the-Dark Scavenger Hunt, where you'll search for Hidden Mickeys throughout the Ferryboat. When the fireworks begin, you'll receive a special pair of "Mickey Vision" viewing lenses. After December, Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise will then be held on Fridays and Sundays through January 28, 2018. The event will begin one hour and 15 minutes prior to each evening's fireworks at Magic Kingdom, leaving from the Transportation and Ticket Center. Price is $99 for adults and $69 for children ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included). There are Annual Passholders discounts for the holiday cruises available by calling 407-WDW-DINE; Disney Vacation Club Members can receive a discount by calling Member Services. Ferrytale Fireworks can be booked by calling 407-WDW-DINE or online.


Jazz Kitchen Celebrating Halloween New Orleans-StyleJazz Kitchen Celebrating Halloween New Orleans-Style
October 12, 2017
Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in the Downtown Disney district is celebrating Halloween New Orleans-style on Oct. 14 and 21 with endless Bananas Foster French Toast, Gumbo Ya-ya, and Pasta Jambalaya followed with a fun magic show presented by Jonathan Sky. The brunch and buffet show is $60 for adults, $35 for children ages 3-12. Call 714-563-7261 for more information or tickets.


Frontera Cocina Mexicana Offering SpecialsFrontera Cocina Mexicana Offering Specials
October 11, 2017
Frontera Cocina Mexicana at Disney Springs is offering a number of specials:

-- All October long, kids eat free Monday through Thursday, all day. This includes choice of kid's menu cheese quesadilla or chicken taco, soft drink, and kid's menu dessert.

-- Enjoy $5 Margaritas Clasicas all day long on Margarita Mondays.

-- On Taco Tuesdays, enjoy the Taco Trio Platter for $10. The platter includes one each of the Cochinita Pibil, Barbacoa, and Mushroom tacos served on warm, handmade corn tortillas with a side of black beans. An accompanying Corona Light draft is just $5.

-- Happy Wednesdays feature half-off starters and live entertainment from 5 to 8 p.m.


Tickets on Sale Now for Star Wars: Secrets of the EmpireTickets on Sale Now for Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire
October 11, 2017
Tickets are now on sale for the highly anticipated hyper-reality experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, debuting at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando on December 16 and Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim on January 5.

Tickets for Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire can be purchased now at


Star Wars: Galactic Nights Returns Dec. 16!Star Wars: Galactic Nights Returns Dec. 16!
October 10, 2017
Star Wars: Galactic Nights is returning Dec. 16 to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Among many thrills in store, guests will be treated Hollywood-style to a red carpet arrival, iconic attractions with little to no wait time, amazing fireworks and projections, and experts sharing details about the Star Wars expansion coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Callers to 407-WDW-PLAY (407-939-7529) will be able to sign on for premium offerings such as a Galactic Tasting Sampler (food and beverage items including lightsaber churros and a charcuterie with C3PO crackers). Park access and activities will be exclusive to Star Wars: Galactic Nights ticket holders. Event hours on Dec. 16 are 7 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are priced at $129 adults, $124 ages 3-9 (discounts available for Annual Passholders and DVC Members). Purchase tickets at or call 407-W-DISNEY (407-934-7639).


Halloween Items On Sale at shopDisneyHalloween Items On Sale at shopDisney
October 09, 2017
Select Halloween costumes and accessories (both adult and child sizes) are on sale for up to 30 percent off at shopDisney, now through Oct. 31, 2017. Among the character costumes on sale: Belle, Jasmine, Darth Vader, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Merida, Captain America, Star-Lord, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell. You can also buy a Mickey or Minnie Halloween plush for just $10 with any purchase. In addition, you can get FREE SHIPPING on orders of more than $75 by using the code: SHIPMAGIC.


Remy PhotoPass Magic Shot Available at Food and Wine FestivalRemy PhotoPass Magic Shot Available at Food and Wine Festival
October 09, 2017
There's a limited-time PhotoPass magic shot with Remy at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. This opportunity is part of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival and is only available at Epcot. Simply ask a PhotoPass photographer for the Remy magic shot, and you'll find an adorable, rodent surprise in your PhotoPass pics.


Rate and Review Your Dining Experiences at WDWRate and Review Your Dining Experiences at WDW
October 07, 2017
Share your recent dining experiences and help others decide where to dine!


Thoughts on Taking a Non-Disney CruiseThoughts on Taking a Non-Disney Cruise
October 06, 2017
Blogger Laura Gilbreath has taken several non-Disney cruises recently, and reflects on the differences between them and Disney Cruise Line.


Trees of the WorldTrees of the World
October 06, 2017
Disney Historian Jim Korkis takes a look at Trees of the World


UFUFY - Brand New Plush from Japan - Disney StoreUFUFY - Brand New Plush from Japan - Disney Store
October 06, 2017
These adorable plush at the latest craze in Japan. So cute and cuddly! Some are even scented!


DCA Offering Halloween-themed PhotoPass PicsDCA Offering Halloween-themed PhotoPass Pics
October 06, 2017
Now through October 31, there are a number of Halloween-themed Disney PhotoPass offerings: On Buena Vista Street, there's an Oogie Boogie Magic Shot; there's a different Magic Shot available in front of the statue of the Headless Horseman. Cars Land's Haul-O-Ween features shots with the citizens of "Radiator Screams." Be sure to ask the Disney PhotoPass photographers about other special shots that may be offered.


WDW Passholders Offered Anniversary Inspired Dining DiscountWDW Passholders Offered Anniversary Inspired Dining Discount
October 05, 2017
From now through Dec. 23, 2017, Walt Disney World Passholders will receive a 20 percent discount at 45 select dining locations as part of WDW's 45th anniversary celebration. For a complete list of dining locations participating in this program, visit the Annual Passholders page. (Note you will need to log in as a passholder to view this page.)


Mobile Ordering Added to Five More RestaurantsMobile Ordering Added to Five More Restaurants
October 04, 2017
Mobile Ordering through the My Disney Experience app has expanded again. It is now available for Rosie's All-American and Fairfax Fare in Disney's Hollywood Studios, as well as The Lunching Pad, Casey's Corner and Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom.


ESPN Sports Complex to Host AdvoCare InvitationalESPN Sports Complex to Host AdvoCare Invitational
October 04, 2017
The 12th annual AdvoCare Invitational will be played Nov. 23, 24 and 26 at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The bracket-format tournament features 12 basketball games over three days. Teams will compete once per day, advancing with a victory. The two teams that remain undefeated will face off in the championship game on Nov. 26 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The AdvoCare Invitational features 2016 NCAA Sweet 16 participant West Virginia, as well as NIT semifinalist UCF. Other participants include Long Beach State, Marist, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon State and St. John's. For ticket information, visit the AdvoCare Invitational website.