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Hiring The Disabled: No Longer The Ultimate Fast Pass At Disney Parks

Hiring The Disabled: No Longer The Ultimate Fast Pass At Disney Parks Sep 25th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Flickr/ross_hawkes Waiting in line at Disney Parks can be avoided by a number of legitimate strategies. Get to the park early, stay late, legally use a free system in place that speeds things up and more. But nothing quite beats the instant access to rides granted to the disabled, a practice that had wealthy park visitors hiring savvy wheelchair-bound "guides" to bypass everyone else. Paying...

Disney World Princess Races Not Just For Kids

Disney World Princess Races Not Just For Kids Jun 12th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Disney A Disney World vacation is often high on the list of dream destinations for Mom, Dad and the kids; solo travelers; multi-generational families and others. Travelers often plan and budget years in advance to make it happen. But not all Disney World-oriented travel options are focused on theme park rides, blazing Florida sun or capturing images of the kids with Disney characters. For some,...

Fire-Breathing Flying Dragon Appears Over Disney World [VIDEO]

Dec 6th, 2012 at 2:00PM: A Fire-breathing dragon in Florida? To celebrate the opening of new Fantasyland, Disney World's largest expansion in 41 years, a flying dragon appeared above Cinderella's Castle in Florida last night, as the new area's guardian against evil. As the story goes, there was a curse cast upon Fantasyland long ago, which was lifted, doubling the area in size. Actually a variation of an...

Disney World Immersive Expansion Opens This Week

Disney World Immersive Expansion Opens This Week Dec 5th, 2012 at 3:30PM: Florida's Walt Disney World is about to open a new, re-imagined Fantasyland. The iconic park had been in operation for years to the thrill of vacationers of all ages and needed a facelift. More than a fresh coat of paint and upgraded technology, Disney is adding a popular immersive element to the experience. "The Magic Kingdom is the iconic place at Walt Disney World and Fantasyland is the...

Orlando Braces For Decepticon Takeover, Wookiee May Intervene

Orlando Braces For Decepticon Takeover, Wookiee May Intervene Nov 2nd, 2012 at 2:00PM: Universal Studios Orlando announced Thursday a new ride based on the Transformers movies to open next summer. That's big news for theme park fans around the world. The new four-minute Transformers ride in Orlando will be entirely in the dark and use 3-D flight simulator technology, said to be the next generation of Spider man, much like Transformer rides already in motion at Universal...

New Disney World Attractions To Bring Immersive Experience

New Disney World Attractions To Bring Immersive Experience Oct 17th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Walt Disney World in Florida has some new attractions on the way. The new Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom park will be home to the Enchanted Forest, a new park within a park, inspired by the popular Disney films "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast." The Enchanted Forest officially opens December 6, 2012, but we got a sneak peek during dress rehearsals last weekend, open to the public. ...

Insider Secrets No Secret To Disney World Cast Members

Insider Secrets No Secret To Disney World Cast Members Jul 26th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Frankly, the best insider secret on how to get the most out of a visit to Walt Disney World is to go with a Disney cast member. They know exactly where to be at any given time for no wait on the best rides. They know what venues have the best food and, if something special is going on, when to be where for that. If a Disney cast member in your back pocket is not in the cards, Disney Insider...

Magic Kingdom Worker Gives Candid Interview About Crazy Guests And Working For Disney

Magic Kingdom Worker Gives Candid Interview About Crazy Guests And Working For Disney Jul 6th, 2012 at 12:30PM: During an IAmA (I am a...) discussion on Reddit, a turnstile and parade audience control worker for the Magic Kingdom at Disney World allowed people to ask uncensored questions about crazy guests and what it's like to work at Disney. Read below to learn what happens when adults act like children, who the worst guests are and which cast members are the most difficult to work with. Note: These...

Photo of the day: Disney silhouette

Photo of the day: Disney silhouette Feb 3rd, 2012 at 5:30PM: Images of Disneyworld fall into two categories: personal snaps and images that look like they could be used as marketing collateral. I love this image of the Magic Kingdom's iconic Cinderella Castle towers, taken by Flickr user insEyedout, precisely because it falls into neither camp. It's too pretty to count as a random snap and too sparse to go in a brochure. That said, it certainly...

A Whirlwind Tour of Walt Disney World

A Whirlwind Tour of Walt Disney World Aug 3rd, 2011 at 10:00AM: I am not, as far as I can tell, in Walt Disney World's target demographic. I'm not four. I'm not a family man. I'm not Brazilian. I'm not even a fan of animated movies. But to drive through Central Florida after seeing a shuttle launch and pass up the parks? To miss out on a quintessentially American summertime diversion? To skip a chance to meet the one and only Mickey Mouse? I'm not...

On the Fast Track with Richard Petty at Walt Disney World

On the Fast Track with Richard Petty at Walt Disney World Jul 29th, 2011 at 2:00PM: I'm very interested in loud cars that go really fast, even if I still don't understand NASCAR. Earlier this summer, I drove my road trip ride around the speedway in Watkins Glen. As much fun as it was--lots!--I was itching to get a vehicle up to triple-digit speeds. Near the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, I had that chance at the Richard Petty Driving Experience....

Disney begins construction on a new ship in Pappenburg Germany

Disney begins construction on a new ship in Pappenburg Germany Feb 11th, 2011 at 1:00PM: At a ceremony in Pappenburg, Germany this week, Disney Cruise Lines marked another milestone in the expansion of it's fleet of magical cruise ships. Assisted by Karl Holz, President of Disney Cruise Line, Minnie Mouse presided over the keel laying ceremony at they Meyer-Werft shipyard where new Disney Fantasy, twin to recently launched Disney Dream will be constructed. The keel laying...

Disney World debuts new castle projection show

Disney World debuts new castle projection show Jan 19th, 2011 at 7:30AM: Walt Disney World's marketing push for 2011 is all about making memories, and the theme park behemoth put more than 500 of them on display on its most famous icon, Cinderella Castle, Tuesday night. A new nighttime show, called "The Magic, The Memories and You" was previewed for media at the Magic Kingdom near Orlando, Florida. The show features images captured daily by Disney's PhotoPass...

Troubled baby gorilla at Disney World being treated like a kid

Troubled baby gorilla at Disney World being treated like a kid Jan 18th, 2011 at 2:00PM: Visitors to Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park often spot a tiny baby gorilla along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. What most of them don't know is that she's much tinier than she should be. Lilly was born last year at Walt Disney World, one of only 10 to 15 gorilla births each year in the United States. And she's not growing and developing the way she should. Lilly depends on her mother...

New Pixar Pals parade disappoints many Disney World fans

New Pixar Pals parade disappoints many Disney World fans Jan 18th, 2011 at 8:30AM: Walt Disney World debuted a new parade - Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun! - at Disney's Hollywood Studios on Sunday. The new parade features characters from Pixar films Up! and Ratatouille that have never appeared in a Disney parade before. New stuff at Disney is frequently met with breathless wonder by the many fans of all things Disney out there. But when it comes to this parade, reaction...

Why you shouldn't worry about Donald Duck groping you at Disney World

Why you shouldn't worry about Donald Duck groping you at Disney World Jan 4th, 2011 at 1:30PM: The case against Donald Duck is moving forward. A federal judge has ruled that a Pennsylvania woman's lawsuit against Walt Disney World can proceed. April Magolon says that an actor costumed as Donald Duck at Epcot touched her breast and then joked about it in May 2008. The Donald Duck groping case ruling allows Magolon's civil lawsuit to proceed in Pennsylvania. Disney had wanted it moved...

Disney photo privacy questions raised by new 'Let the Memories Begin' campaign

Disney photo privacy questions raised by new 'Let the Memories Begin' campaign Jan 3rd, 2011 at 11:30AM: Walt Disney World and Disneyland are inviting guests to share their Disney Parks memories in the form of photos, video and stories submitted to a Disney Web site as part of a 2011 marketing campaign called "Let the Memories Begin." Videos shot by Disney visitors are being used in TV commercials for the theme parks. And a key component of the new marketing campaign starts early this year,...

Disney World says goodbye to Block Party Bash

Disney World says goodbye to Block Party Bash Jan 2nd, 2011 at 10:00AM: New Year's Day is a day of beginnings, but it marked the end for a Disney World parade. The Block Party Bash ended its run at Disney's Hollywood Studios on January 1. The Block Party Bash was a rolling parade that stopped for a "street party" a couple of times along the parade route. It featured characters from DisneyPixar movies including Toy Story, Monsters Inc. and The Incredibles. ...

Chilean miners are going to Walt Disney World

Chilean miners are going to Walt Disney World Dec 28th, 2010 at 9:00AM: "Esteban Rojas, you've just survived 69 days trapped 2,300 feet underground. What are you going to do next?" "I'm going to Disney Worldl!" OK, so maybe that's not quite the way it happened, but the 33 Chilean miners who survived underground after a mine collapse this year are being treated to a Walt Disney World vacation in 2011. Disney has confirmed that the miners and their...

Another fatal Disney bus accident

Another fatal Disney bus accident Dec 27th, 2010 at 11:30AM: There's word this morning that a tourist has been killed at Walt Disney World. The 69-year-old Massachusetts man was in the parking lot at the Port Orleans Resort when he stepped into the path of a Disney bus. It appears that the bus driver was not at fault and will not be charged. There were passengers on the bus at the time, and none of them were injured. This marks at least the...

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