12 Things to Do Around Disney World at the Holidays — for Free!

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The holiday season and Christmas time is a fun and special time to visit Disney World. But, what if you don’t want to go in the parks? There’s plenty of free or low-cost holiday things to see and do outside of the parks during the holidays if you don’t want to buy a park ticket. Check out our list of more than 12 free things to do in Disney at Christmas and other low-cost things to do here
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Newer Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World

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I’m sure you know to glance over carpets and rugs anywhere on Disney property for Mickey images. You’ll usually find carpet Hidden Mickeys in the Resort Hotels and sometimes in attractions, shops, restaurants, etc. I include below several carpet Hidden Mickeys from the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. Be aware that carpets and rugs are … Continue reading "Newer Hidden Mickeys around Walt Disney World"
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Disney Pic of the Week: Bayside Marina

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Bayside Marina Waterways map near Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club resorts.Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 220, EV 0, 62mm Focal Length. The Bayside Marina serves both of Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club resorts on Crescent Lake. At the marina you can rent pontoon boats for a family cruise or Sea Raycers speed boats which can … Continue reading "Disney Pic of the Week: Bayside Marina"
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Walt Disney World’s pet-friendly hotel program to end Oct. 15

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Last fall, Walt Disney World introduced a pilot program to allow dogs stay in hotel rooms at four of its resorts. That program is scheduled to end on Oct. 15 of this year, and Disney officials say there are no plans to extend it. Guests who have reservations on or before Oct. 15 in the … Continue reading "Walt Disney World’s pet-friendly hotel program to end Oct. 15"
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Disney Hotels Become Pet Friendly at Select Resorts

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EDITOR’S NOTE: For more details on this program, please visit our new Pet-Friendly Hotel Rooms page HERE. 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 … Continue reading "Disney Hotels Become Pet Friendly at Select Resorts"
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Big Changes Coming to Disney’s Yacht Club Dining

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Several dining locations at Disney's Yacht Club Resort have undergone or will be undergoing a number of changes: -- The Market at Ale and Compass is a new casual dining spot with a small merchandise area and 28 seats. It offers both made-to-order and grab 'n go menu items, along with a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine, beer and wine, and a station that has specialty coffees and smoothies. You can see the menu for the new market HERE. -- The Ale and Compass lounge, located in the lobby of the Yacht Club, is being re-imagined and will reopen in October with a new interior. The lounge will be expanded to 58 seats and will offer a new menu of classic cocktails and "light bites." -- The Captain's Grille restaurant will become Ale and Compass Restaurant, with a new menu of New England-inspired comfort food. The restaurant, which will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, will feature an on-stage hearth oven.
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Reflective Walt Disney World

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If there is one thing most photographers can not pass up, it is a good reflection photo. Add Disney architecture in the reflection and I can not pass it up. Like the time I walked across the bridge from Discovery Island to Africa on a still morning to see the Harambe Theatre reflected in the … Continue reading "Reflective Walt Disney World"
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Disney Food Photography

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Have a question for you…do you photograph the food at Walt Disney World restaurants? You do! Then you are going to like this week’s topic. Below is a set of photos from various Disney restaurants and how I took them. Sometimes you just need spaghetti and meatballs and Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano in Disney’s Hollywood … Continue reading "Disney Food Photography"
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