• 04Apr

    I recently shared some of my favorite photo-worthy locales at Disney’s BoardWalk, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House. But, other Disney Vacation Club Resorts also offer a variety of “can’t miss” patterned and three-dimensional photo op locations (like the one above, taken on the outdoor patio at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort). Here are a few more of my favorite #WallsofDVC and where you can find them at Walt Disney World Resort. Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Head to this tropical paradise to find three-dimensional designs with eye-popping patterns.

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    Even More Instagram-Worthy Disney Vacation Club Resort Locales

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  • 20Feb

    Disney cast members often go the extra mile to reunite guests with items that have been lost at the Walt Disney World Resort – but we’ve never heard of a story quite as emotional as this. Let’s back up. When Brooklyn Andrews was 3 years old, her father, Tony Andrews gave her, her sister and brother, Courtney and Jessy, very special teddy bears.

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    Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members Rally To Reunite Guest With Beloved Bear

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  • 01May

    This article comes to us from the Disney Park Blog: Hi everyone…I had to share this beautiful image overlooking the crescent-shaped lagoon from the 9th floor of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai‘i . I am happy to report that construction for our newest Disney Vacation Club Resort is right on track. We actually reached a construction milestone today, as we ended the vertical construction phase of our 15-story oceanfront resort with a “topping off” ceremony

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    Aulani Disney’s New Destination Resort in Hawaii

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  • 13Apr

    I read this great article today from Zannaland . It is something I have been wanting to do for sometime now but could never get myself motivated to do it. Zanna breaks down the differences between all the Walt Disney World Resorts and gives us her opinion of the properties along with some interesting tips & tricks. This is just the first post in a continuing series where she will go into detail covering all the Walt Disney World Resorts. After this series is completed you will walk away with a better idea on which property to visit and make your home away from home. Here is just a sample: As a child, my family discovered the wonder of Disney Resort properties after our 2nd or 3rd visit. I was still young enough at the time to be in complete awe when we arrived from the Orlando airport at the Lake Buena Vista check-in building (now the Amateur Athletics Association building near Downtown Disney) and were given the royal treatment. It’s no surprise, given Disney’s reputation, that 20 years later I still remember the kindness and attention we received from the cast member who’s name I’ve long since forgotten. That’s the Disney experience for you. We stayed on two different occasions in the 1980’s at Disney’s Vacation Villas. These were townhouse-style villas over by the “new” Disney Marketplace. There were 3 different types of villas – The Club Lake Villas, the Fairway Villas, Vacation Villas and the Treehouse Villas. In the 1990’s, these resorts were turned into accommodations for the Disney Institute. When that didn’t quite take off as planned, Disney decided to completely tear down and rebuild the villas (except for the Treehouse Villas!) and created the Saratoga Springs Resort, part of the Disney Vacation Club ownership program. Our experiences there were so wonderful that after that, we were hooked and became Disney Resort regulars. It’s kind of hard to go back to a motel off property once you’ve been spoiled by Disney. We stayed at Port Orleans French Quarter quite a bit, then moved on to Wilderness Lodge and Beach Club. When we stayed at Beach Club, we knew we’d found our home. We would also enjoy the wondrous Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boardwalk, the All-Star and Pop Century properties and Port Orleans Riverside. But like I said, we found our home at Beach Club. If you try out a few Disney resorts, you will find your home too, trust me. There will be one setting that just stands out and each time you walk in the front doors, you take a deep breath, relax, and think – we’re home. This is the type of guest experience that other hotels only dream of achieving. To read the full article click here , and stay tuned for more posts from Zannaland! Trek Women Triathlon Series coming to Walt Disney World … My Magical Disney Vacation … Disney World Presents “Fall” Season of Sights, Sounds, Smells and Very Good Tastes … A Beautiful Place to Trade – Disney Pin Celebration 2010 … Share the Magic:

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  • 10Apr

    Kids stay, play & eat FREE!* Savings up to $235 per kid. Save up to $235 per kid when they stay, play and eat free at Walt Disney World® Resort exclusively through Funjet Vacations. This offer is valid for every kid ages 3 to 9 years old and is only available for a limited time! Travelers must book by May 8, 2010 for travel May 2 – June 3, 2010. To book this incredible offer that is only available through Funjet Vacations, contact your travel agent today or go to www.Funjet.com and follow these three easy steps. Step 1 Hotel: Decide on a Value, Moderate, or Deluxe Walt Disney World ® Resort Hotel for a minimum of 3 nights or longer. Select room category with the designation “SALE” (i.e. SALE Standard, SALE Garden, etc.) Step 2 Disney Theme Park Tickets: The Magic Your Way® with Park Hopper Ticket will automatically be selected for you during the booking process. This ticket will reflect the Free Magic Your Way® Base Ticket discount. Additional ticket upgrades** may be added at an additional charge during the booking process in the “add-ons” screen. Step 3 Disney Dining Plan:^ The FREE kids Quick Service Dining Option will automatically be selected for you during the booking process. Dining Plan upgrades** may be added at an additional charge during the booking process in the “add-ons” screen. Participating Hotels: Disney Value Resorts: Disney’s All-Star Resorts Disney’s Pop Century Resort Disney Moderate Resorts: Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort Disney Deluxe Resorts & Villas: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas Disney’s Beach Club Resort Disney’s Beach Club Villas Disney’s BoardWalk Inn Disney’s BoardWalk Villas Disney’s Contemporary Resort Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Disney’s Old Key West Resort Disney’s Polynesian Resort Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Disney’s Yacht Club Resort The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Don’t wait to take advantage of this offer and plan an unforgettable experience with Funjet Vacations and Walt Disney World ® Resort. Book by May 8, 2010 for travel May 2 – June 3, 2010. To purchase, travelers should contact a local travel agent, visit www.Funjet.com or call 1-800-4FUNJET. *Savings amount based on a FREE 3-day Magic Your Way ® Base Ticket and FREE 3-day Quick Service Dining Plan for each child age 3-9. **Ticket upgrades are available at a surcharged rate. ^The duration of the Disney Dining Plan must coincide with the number of nights of the room reservation. All guests in the party must book the dining plan for the length of the package stay. Theme Park Admission is required for in-park dining locations. Ticket and I.D. are required for entry. Your Dining Plan will automatically be loaded on your Room Key Cards upon check-in to your Walt Disney World ® Hotel. Any unused portion of this feature is non-refundable and expires upon check-out from your hotel. About Funjet Vacations Funjet Vacations is the flagship brand of the family-owned Mark Travel Corporation, headquartered in Milwaukee. Funjet Vacations is celebrating 36 years of business in 2010 and specializes in providing the customer with “The Best Experience Under the Sun” and a vacation package that meets their needs and is an exceptional value. Funjet Vacations is also “The Travel Agent’s First Choice” by offering unmatched value to the travel agent community through commissions, great rewards and outstanding personalized service. Individual and group Funjet vacations are via nonstop charters and scheduled airlines to hundreds of destinations including Mexico, the Caribbean, Las Vegas, Hawaii, California, Florida and Europe. Travelers can choose from air-inclusive, hotel-only or air-only vacations and add tours, attractions, shows and more to their vacation package for added value and convenience. Summertime Savings of up to 30% at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels … Disneyland Resort Offers Spring Value With ‘Two More Days & Nights Free’ … Welcome our Newest Sponsor – Orlando Vacation Packages … Disneyland Deals and Offers – All on one page … Share the Magic:

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  • 08Apr

    Okay, I know you’re out there, the guy who doesn’t like Disney World.  Maybe you found this place because someone’s dragging you to the World and you’re trying to figure out how to get out of it.  I do feel for you.  No really.  And I feel bad for the person who’s taking you as well.  While it can be amusing to watch your annoying brother-in-law squirm in the hot Florida sun as hundreds of sticky little kids swarm by violating his precious personal space ( and oh by the way, why can’t I get a decent cup of coffee around here? !), no one wants to spend their vacation with someone who is, dare I say it, Grumpy.  I’ll admit that it’s possible you have some valid reasons for your antipathy towards the happiest place on earth beyond the fact that you’re a miserable killjoy (I kid. Really).  Maybe you went and had a terrible time. It was hot and crowded. You spent a lot of money. The kids whined a lot and the grandparents gave them way too much sugar.  You swore you’d never set foot on Disney property again and now here you are, going again. So what are you going to do about it?   Well, there’s a lot you can do. First, get rid of the idea that Disney World is for kids. There’s literally something for everyone. Second, do something that you want to do.  Here are a few ideas to make your torturous journey, um, I mean vacation, a little happier for everyone:  1.  Try to go when it’s the least crowded. If that’s not possible, use a touring plan.  They really do work.  2.  You’re being a good sport, right?  Reward yourself with a game of golf or even a bit of fishing right on Disney property. You can also rent little small watercraft (like double jet-skis, only slower) in front of the Polynesian Resort at at the Boardwalk.  3.  Have a spa day. Disney’s Saratoga Springs Spa is often cited as one of the best spas in the Southeast; the Grand Floridian also has a spa. The spa at the Ritz-Carlton, a few miles off Disney property, is expensive but worth every penny.  4.  Hire a sitter or take the in-laws up on their offer to watch the kids and have a night out with your spouse. After a few days, you probably need a break from the kids as much as they’ll need one from you. California Grill is an obvious choice for a great meal on Disney property, but if you want quiet and fewer kids, try Citricos in the Grand Floridian or Artist’s Point at the Wilderness Lodge. If you really want some grown-up time, try Victoria’s and Alberts. Not only is it blissfully child-free, it’s also consistently named one of the best restaurants in Florida.  5.  Be a hero and be the one who takes the little ones back to the room for the mid-day break. No one needs to know that you’re getting a nap too. Show up with the refreshed tot just in time for dinner.  6.  Go off by yourself. If you’re staying on Disney property, take advantage of Extra Magic Hours at night and leave your spouse and the kids back in the room (no need for a sitter) while you explore on your own. Disney parks are safe and especially beautiful at night and often considerably less crowded. Drink around the world in Epcot–and take the bus back to your resort. Switch off with your wife the next night. You’ll be surprised how much fun time the parks can be without stragglers and obligations to others in your party. Go see the Christmas lights at the Wilderness Lodge or head on over the The Boardwalk and people watch; if you’re there long enough, a wedding might even break out. 7.  Take a day off from the theme parks. You’re right in the middle of everything in Central Florida. Head over to the coast and hit the beach or go to the Kennedy Space Center. You get extra points for injecting an educational experience into your kids’ vacation. 8.  Don’t try to do everything. The world won’t end if you can’t get a Fastpass for Soarin’ or if your youngest is really afraid of Mickey and won’t let you get a picture. Don’t be the guy in front of Mickey’s Philharmagic yelling at your three-year old because he wouldn’t eat his Figaro Fries. Why was that guy yelling? Chances are he’s a nice guy, but he’s stressed out and hot and …

    Go here to read the rest: Disney off the Beaten Path: Disney for People Who Hate Disney World.

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