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01/23 - Saturday Snacks: Let's Bake the Contemporary Resort's Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies! If you've stopped by Contempo Cafe, you know the magic that the resort's bakery team can do. Let's give their Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe a try!
01/23 - VIDEO: Moving to Orlando - Pete's New Favorite Home Tour - Cypress Preserve This week, Pete kinda loses it while filming a $1.3M home in Cypress Preserve, just about 10 minutes away from the Magic Kingdom.
01/22 - Executive Order Addresses COVID Testing for International Travelers & Masks on Planes, in Airports An executive order has been issued that addresses travel rules for international travelers wishing to enter the U.S., and masks in airports and on airplanes.
01/22 - VIDEO: Disney Dining Show - Finally Trying a Magic Kingdom Corn Dog at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments As the self-proclaimed corn dog expert of the DIS, Craig finally had to get to Magic Kingdom to try one of the corn dogs from Sleepy Hollow Refreshments now that they've had months to practice making it. What did he think?
01/22 - Disney Cruise Line Temporarily Extends Final Payment Date & Cancellation Fee Schedule If you've had your eye on a future Disney Cruise Line vacation, a couple of announcements have been made that might be of interest to you.
01/22 - VIDEO: Low Crowds at EPCOT & New Ratatouille Area is Partially Open Join Fiasco at EPCOT for a relaxed stroll around enjoying some of his favorite things that the park has to offer. The new Ratatouille section of the France pavilion has partially opened this week, so let's get our first impressions!
01/22 - A Review of Gran Destino Tower at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Our quest to stay at every resort on Walt Disney World property recently brought us to Gran Destino Tower. Let's go over my thoughts and suggestions!
01/22 - VIDEO: Dreams Unlimited Travel - Disney 'High Five' - Wilderness Lodge Take 5 minutes and enjoy a day at Wilderness Lodge with Nick Chappell!
01/22 - VIDEO: Let's Get Rid of Some Magic Kingdom Attractions! Let's have a little fun today! Magic Kingdom has too many rides and shows. Most are excellent, but some just don't stack up to the others. Let's go through each land and remove one attraction that just doesn't warrant the space.
01/21 - Beloved Show to Return to Disney's Animal Kingdom Disney is beginning the process of bringing more of their cast members back to work with the return of Festival of the Lion King at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
01/21 - VIDEO: Disney Dining Show - A Quick Lunch at Roaring Fork at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Join us for a quick lunch at Roaring Fork, a quick service location at Wilderness Lodge! It should be noted this location is a mobile order spot, so you'll either need to place an order on your My Disney Experience app, or scan the QR code outside the restaurant.
01/21 - VIDEO: Visiting Walt Disney World During COVID In this episode, Dreams Unlimited Travel agents Tracey Heinrichs and Krystin Turner discuss their experiences visiting Walt Disney World during the COVID-19 pandemic.
01/21 - DVC Fan Video: Disney Vacation Club Promotional Video from 1992 Happy THROWBACK THURSDAY! Do we have a treat for you DVC Fans! Here is the promotional Disney Vacation Club Video Disney released in 1992 to show off the product. The nostalgia is real!
01/21 - VIDEO: I Rode Journey Into Imagination 10 Times in a Row...Why? Being stuck in a creative rut is one of the most dangerous moments in the life of a video producer. It drives you to do insane things just to keep the content train rolling. In this case, it's riding Journey Into Imagination ten times in a row for no reason. Will you watch the whole thing?
01/21 - VIDEO: Moving to Orlando - 2021 Housing Market Predictions In this episode, the panel discusses predictions for the Orlando housing market in 2021!
01/21 - Leaving Bruno at Home When You Head to Disney Did you get a pet during the pandemic? Congrats! Now's time to begin planning if you intend on leaving them home for your next Walt Disney World vacation.
01/20 - Try Your Hand at Sketching a Disney Character at Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts! If a visit to the Festival of the Arts is on your list, let me highlight an experience that's being offered this year for the budding artist in all of us.
01/20 - March 2021 Walt Disney World Theme Park Hours Operating hours for the four Walt Disney World theme parks have been posted for the full month of March 2021.
01/20 - Disney Cruise Line Discounts Released the Week of Jan. 17th Take a look at the newest Disney Cruise Line discounts that were released on January 17, 2021 for sail dates beginning May 7, 2021.
01/20 - Five People You Don't Want to be at Disney Parks in 2021 It's time to work out that pent up frustration that's built up with some old-fashioned chuckles at the expense of certain behaviors we find in the Disney Parks.
01/19 - 'The Muppet Show' Coming to Disney Plus! If you're a devoted Muppets fan, you've no doubt spent time wishing "The Muppet Show" was on Disney+, to no avail. Thankfully, that's about to change.
01/19 - Disney Shares New Mickey and Minnie M & M's Coming to Disney Springs New Mickey and Minnie Mouse M & M's designs and packaging are coming to the M & M's Store when it opens soon at Disney Springs!
01/19 - Disney Cruise Line Announces 2-Night Cruise to Seattle Disney Cruise Line has announced a new Disney Wonder 2-Night Seattle sailing on July 5, 2021 that is now available to book.
01/19 - The Accessibility Problem of Cancelling Magical Express WDW visitors have been lamenting the cancellation of Magical Express starting in 2022. They have valid concerns, but I have another one to add: accessibility.
01/18 - VIDEO: Relaxing at Magic Kingdom with Disney Park Benches Who doesn't want to just sit around and pretend you're at Walt Disney World. Wouldn't it make those bad days a bit better? You can enjoy three relaxing views today from Magic Kingdom to transport you away from wherever you are in the world!
01/18 - Expansion in France Pavilion at EPCOT Partially Opens! The restroom area in the new expansion in the France pavilion inside EPCOT's World Showcase at Walt Disney World opened Monday!
01/18 - Disneyland Paris Pushes Back Intended Reopening Date Due to ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic and the "prevailing conditions in Europe", Disneyland Paris has postponed their intended reopening date.
01/18 - Monday Merch Meeting: Disney Dresses, Dooney & Bourke, WandaVision, Pins, Ears & More! We've got some new Disney Dog and Disney Cat Dresses, a new Dooney & Bourke pattern, the first WandaVision merch, new Pins, Ears & more in today's Monday Merch!
01/16 - Targeted Opening Date for New EPCOT Gelato Stand and a Must-eat Treat! A new gelato spot has been springing up in EPCOT's Italy pavilion, and I had the chance to swing by and take a closer look. And we now know when it should open!
01/16 - VIDEO: Disney News - Magical Express Leaving, DL APs Gone, Gideon's Reopens & More! Lots of news this week! Gideon's Bakehouse at Disney Springs is officially open, The Soul of Jazz exhibit is coming to Epcot, Adventures by Disney adds a new luxury experience, and much more!
01/16 - Saturday Snacks: Let's Make Kona Cafe's Sweet Bread & Macadamia Honey Butter! As we gather today around our virtual kitchen table, it's time to turn our attention to a Disney favorite: Kona Cafe's Sweet Bread & Macadamia Honey Butter!
01/16 - VIDEO: DVC Kawfee Tawk Join Pete Werner, Paul Krieger and Nick Cotton for another edition of DVC Kawfee Tawk!
01/16 - VIDEO: Moving to Orlando Home Tours - Upgraded Davenport Home - $225k This week, Sean shows us a 3br/2ba home in Davenport, FL that's just under $225k and is within 30 minutes of Disney!
01/15 - Upcoming Disney Springs M & M's Store Receives a Huge Addition! Construction on the new home for all things candy-coated chocolate at Disney Springs has hit a milestone!
01/15 - COVID-19 Testing Site Coming to Orlando International Airport It's been announced that AdventHealth will soon begin offering COVID-19 rapid tests at Orlando International Airport (MCO).
01/15 - Sneak Peek of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Cabin Shared! If you're among those awaiting the opening of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, you've been given a sneak peek that just might help you as you wait.
01/15 - VIDEO: Shopping at Basin in Disney Springs! Today let's go shopping at the best-smelling place in Disney Springs: Basin! This store sells a variety of bath products and gifts for everyone in the family. Have you shopped here before?
01/15 - VIDEO: Is PizzeRizzo the Worst Restaurant at Walt Disney World? A lot of people label PizzeRizzo as the worst Disney's Hollywood Studios restaurant, as well as the worst WDW restaurant, but can it really be that bad, or is it just crappy pizza?
01/15 - VIDEO: Moving to Orlando - Golden Oak This week, join Sean Faulk to learn more about Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort!
01/15 - Time To Grow Up and Forget It This week's news out of Disney about doing away with Disney's Magical Express was met with HOW DARE THEY!? Well, folks, they did, and they will do it again.
01/14 - VIDEO: Livestream - Disneyland Annual Passes Going Away? Disneyland Park in California announced today that it is canceling its Annual Pass program.
01/14 - A Peek at the Construction Currently Taking Place at the Polynesian Village Resort The refurbishment at Polynesian Village Resort is in full swing. If you're planning a visit to the Poly, it might be good to have a quick look around.
01/14 - Disneyland Annual Passport Program Halted Disneyland annual passholders are finding out this afternoon that the program, as it is currently configured, is coming to an end.
01/14 - A Word to the Wise About Mobile Order at Disney Resort Restaurants Since Disney World Resort reopened in July of 2020, many of their procedures have changed, especially when it comes to visiting their Resort hotels.
01/14 - Breaking Out of the Disney Rut We all have ruts. Sometimes our Walt Disney World vacations can become routine and repetitive, and we find that it's time to change things up.
01/14 - Gideon's Bakehouse Reopens TODAY; Grand Opening Saturday Gideon's Bakehouse at Disney Springs has announced that this Saturday, January 16th, is their official grand opening celebration, but they're open today too!
01/14 - VIDEO: Pretending It's the Year 2000 at Disney's Hollywood Studios Let's not beat around the bush. It's tough coming up with fresh video ideas. In this one, I pretend like it's the year 2000, so I'm only riding attractions that were actually around 21 years ago. It's not hard to do right now.
01/13 - DVC Show: Live Chat with Sean Faulk from Aulani Join us for a live chat with Sean Faulk from Disney's Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawaii.
01/13 - A Look at EPCOT's France Pavilion After the Removal of Construction Walls! The construction walls that have been in place in EPCOT's France pavilion have been removed. I stopped by today to take a look around. Want to take a peek?
01/13 - Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty to Retire After 42 Years Via his Instagram account, Zach Riddley has announced that Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty is retiring.
01/13 - Universal Orlando Resort Announces Mardi Gras Details for 2021 In 2021, Universal Orlando will celebrate Mardi Gras featuring authentic cuisine and entertainment inspired by the most iconic Carnaval festivities across the globe.
01/13 - Adventures by Disney Announces First-Ever Dedicated Expedition Cruises Travel to some of the world's most sought-after destinations with the all-new Adventures by Disney Expedition Cruises.
01/13 - When Your Disney Dream Matters the Most When all the stressful stuff is swirling around us, that is when the little things step in and keep our heads above water. Enter the Disney Bubble.
01/13 - Dooney & Bourke Introduces New Disney Valentine's Pattern Dooney & Bourke has released a new Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Love pattern for Valentine's Day!
01/12 - New Evermore Orlando Resort Opening Near Disney World in 2023 Evermore Orlando Resort is being built near Walt Disney World Resort and will open to guests in 2023!
01/12 - Disney Cruise Line Cancels More Sailings Disney Cruise Line announced Tuesday that they've made the decision to cancel all March 2021 sailings.
01/12 - 'The Soul of Jazz' Exhibit Coming to EPCOT Disney has announced that "The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure," exhibit will make its debut inside The American Adventure pavilion at EPCOT.
01/12 - Second Harmonious Barge Now in World Showcase Lagoon The second of five enormous floating barges made its way into the World Showcase Lagoon at EPCOT overnight on Monday.
01/12 - The Disney Bubble Burst - It's Time to Stop Giving Them a Pass While there will always be a guest to replace us Disney fans, there may not always be a loyal fan like us...and like you...willing to return time after time.
01/12 - 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Map Take a peek at the map for the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts!
01/12 - Disneyland to Serve as COVID-19 Vaccination 'Super Site' The first large COVID-19 vaccination site in Orange County, CA will be housed at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim according to an announcement made late Monday.
01/11 - Disney's Magical Express, Extra Magic Hours to be Discontinued Disney World has announced that beginning in 2022, Disney's Magical Express transportation from Orlando International Airport (MCO) will be discontinued.
01/11 - Monday Merch Meeting: Pandora Charms, Droid Depot, Wishables, Up, DVC & More! This week's Monday Merch Meeting includes a new line from Disney Pixar's 'Up' along with some great Droid Depot pieces, Wishables, DVC anniversary merch & more!
01/10 - Three Lessons from Coronavirus About Booking a Disney Cruise with Costco Contributor Liz Mroz reevaluates her decision of using a big box travel after seeing the effects of the coronavirus on the cruise industry.
01/10 - Disney Could Be Considering Moving Some Corporate Divisions to FL The Walt Disney Company is considering moving some of its business divisions from its headquarters in California to Lake Nona in Central Florida.
01/09 - The Do's and Don'ts of the 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts! The Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts kicked off on Friday! Let's hit a few do's and don'ts to help you as you plan. Ready? Here goes!
01/09 - VIDEO: Moving to Orlando - Lake Berkley Townhouse - $189k - 20 minutes from Magic Kingdom! In this weeks home tour, Realtor Sean Faulk takes us on a tour of a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath townhome in Lake Berkley (Kissimmee) that listed for $189k (it's now sold, but it's representative of many other units in the community).
01/09 - VIDEO: Disney News- Disney Discounts, Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew Opens & More! Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew opens at Disney Springs, Gideon's Bakehouse closes temporarily, and discounts, discounts, discounts!!
01/09 - Saturday Snacks: Let's Make BoardWalk Bakery's Chocolate Chip Crumbcakes! Today's snack comes from the all-things-sweet treasure trove that is the BoardWalk Bakery. Let's whip up Chef Andreas Born's Chocolate Chip Crumbcakes!
01/09 - VIDEO: First Day of Festival of the Arts 2021 at Epcot Livestream! A Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts has officially started! The event gives guests a chance to embrace their creativity through multiple different forms of art. From culinary to performing, this event has got it all!
01/08 - VIDEO: Disney Dining Show- 2021 Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts! Friday was the opening day of 2021 Taste of Epcot Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World! Join Fiasco, Haley, Paul, Craig, Deni & Ryno as they explore a TON of menu options at this year's festival!
01/08 - Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom to End Soon The Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game at Walt Disney World will be ending later this month.
01/08 - VIDEO: Would You Rather: Dividers & Shorter Waits or No Dividers & Longer Waits? The concept is simple! Walt Disney World attractions have added dividers to popular attractions to help with safety and capacity. Before the dividers, Cast Members would make sure that guests were distanced on attractions. The dividers make the lines shorter, but no dividers provide for a better experience. Which would you rather have?
01/08 - Rites of Passage at Walt Disney World You haven't done Disney until you've done these!
01/08 - DVC Resale Market: DVC Resale Average Sales Prices for December 2020 This article provides directional information for anyone considering a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) resale purchase or just wanting to satisfy a general curiosity of prices and trends.
01/07 - Cast Member Support Spotlight: Leanne's Life Designs In this Disney cast member's Etsy shop, you'll find beautifully designed earrings with new pieces added daily!
01/07 - DVC Resale Market: Right of First Refusal Report for December 2020 Disney Vacation Club exercises their right of first refusal (ROFR) on contracts for sale on the resale market. This report details the contracts Disney bought back in December of 2020.
01/07 - VIDEO: Top 5 BEST Things to Look Forward to in 2021 | Best & Worst of Walt Disney World Deni and Ryno talk about the BEST things to look forward to at Walt Disney World, right now, in 2021. We probably missed something, so please let us know what you're most excited for at WDW this year!
01/07 - Money-Saving Hacks for Your Next Disney World Vacation I have found several hacks to help save money while we are at the most magical place on earth!
01/06 - VIDEO: Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew at Disney Springs Review Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew is the newest restaurant to hit Disney Springs on the West Side! The Splitsville-owned restaurant primarily serves gourmet donuts, different coffee concoctions, breakfast and all-day sandwiches, plus more!
01/06 - VIDEO: Moving to Orlando- Sean's Favorite Home Builders in Orlando! In this episode, Sean discusses some of his favorite builders in Orlando, Florida.
01/06 - Try a Donut or Three with Me at the Newly Opened Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew opened its doors in Disney Springs today, and we were there to check out the location and their offerings!
01/06 - DIS Family Reunion Postponed Until Fall The DIS Family Reunion, originally set to be held at the Walt Disney World Resort from March 25-27, 2021, has been postponed to this fall.
01/06 - 2021 Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts Food Studio Menus Take a peek at the menus which include lots of new items that will be available at the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays this year!
01/06 - VIDEO: Shopping at Mitsukoshi in the Japan Pavilion at EPCOT Take a look at some of the current offerings inside Mitsukoshi located in the Japan Pavilion at EPCOT.
01/06 - Which Disney Parks Shopping Style Are You? While prepping for Monday Merch Meeting, it occurred to me that I have a very distinctive shopping routine and it made me wonder if others do as well.
01/05 - Dreams Unlimited Travel Now Offering Confirmed DVC Reservations In partnership with the DVC Rental Store, Dreams Unlimited Travel is now offering confirmed Disney Vacation Club reservations to their clients!
01/05 - Discount Extended for Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaiii Now is the perfect time to plan a spectacular springtime escape to Hawai'i with this extended discount offer at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa.
01/05 - When I'll Likely Come Back to Walt Disney World - An International Perspective Being an international traveler to Florida makes a trip back a bit more of a challenge during the pandemic but even so, what will it take to get me back?
01/05 - Passholders Can Save BIG on Disney Resort Rooms through mid-July Walt Disney World Annual Passholders can receive up to a 35% discount on rooms at select Resort hotels through mid-July!
01/05 - New Florida Resident Disney Resort Room Offer Released! A new Florida resident room discount has been released for select Walt Disney World resorts!
01/05 - Save Up to 30% at Select Disney Resort Hotels this Spring! With this new offer at Walt Disney World, you can save up to 30% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels this spring through mid-summer!
01/04 - Walt Disney World Introduces Special Offer on Memory Maker The Memory Maker download window has been extended when you activate yours during select dates in 2021!
01/04 - The Florida Resident Discover Disney Ticket On Sale Now The Florida Resident Discover Disney ticket offer is back and brings the price of admission down as low as $50 per day when you purchase a 4-day ticket!
01/04 - Moving to Orlando: Unusual Things to See and Do in Orlando! Here is a list of some unusual things to do and see in the Orlando area that may help break up your busy week or normal travel plans!
01/04 - UPDATE: Gideon's Bakehouse Shares Explanation for Sudden Closure Gideon's Bakehouse has added an update to their original Instagram post providing more of an explanation regarding their sudden closure.
01/04 - Monday Merch Meeting: Lunar New Year 2021, Bus & Skyliner Toys, 2021 Globes & More! In our first Merch Meeting of 2021, we have a look at the 2021 Lunar New Year merch, various forms of Disney transportation in die-cast form and so much more!
01/03 - The Importance of a Pool Day at Disney Let's talk about how important it is to break up your theme park days with a pool day during your Walt Disney World vacation!
01/03 - Walt Disney World Golf Courses Now Have Robo Carts Golfers at select Walt Disney World golf courses can now rent a Bluetooth-enabled Robo Cart!
01/02 - Disney Springs Gideon's Bakehouse Location to Close Temporarily According to their Instagram account, the Disney Springs location of Gideon's Bakehouse is closed temporarily as of Saturday evening.
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