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Jul 9, 2015
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Disney’s Art of Animation Resort tells the story of the classic movies


Welcome to Disney’s new Art of Animation Resort with four different wings that celebrate favorite characters—Finding Nemo, Cars and Lion King. And there’s plenty of room to spread out with 1120 family suites (there are 864 rooms too). more
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Testing out the new Test Track at Disney World’s Epcot


We’re at Walt Disney World’s Epcot where at the new Test Track Presented by Chevrolet we create our own design, then board a “simCar” to race through performance tests—how does it handle extreme weather conditions? How efficient is it? How responsive? How Powerful? more
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Taking the kids to Walt Disney World’s new Fantasyland


The Beast welcomes guests to his castle in the Magic Kingdom
You’ll find New Fantasyland just past the existing Fantasyland, beyond Cinderella’s castle. Did I mention that there are now three castles here for all those princess lovers? All of this as Orlando heads into the holiday season, one of the busiest of the year with special attractions at every park. more
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Celebrations abound in Orlando for the holiday season


Candellight concert at Epcot
Welcome to the Candlelight Procession at Walt Disney World’s Epcot that is a popular tradition here drawing locals and visitors alike that is performed three times an evening during the holiday season. more
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Disney’s expansion of Fantasyland is fantastic


One of the two new Dumbo rides at Magic Kingdom
My kids have been to Disneyland and Walt Disney World innumerable times but I don’t think I have any photos of them on Dumbo either. Maybe it was too hot waiting in the sun? Actually I think it was because the first time, 3-year-old Matt was afraid of the Dumbo ride. And Peter Pan too. more
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Taking the kids to the new FantasyLand at Disney World


Be Our Guest Restaurant at Walt Disney World
No worries if you can’t make it to the New Fantasyland for a while either. There’s more to come. Next year, Princess Fairytale Hall will open complete with chambers where you can meet Aurora, Cinderella, Tiana and Rapunzel. more
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Disney promising a lot of magic for 2013


Entrance to Radiator Springs
The Disney resorts have just announced Limited Time Magic for all of 2013 --52 weeks of what they promise will be magical experiences that appear, then disappear as the next special surprise debuts. more
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A travel agent can make all the difference for a cruise


National Cruise Vacation week is Oct 21-27, the cruise industry’s largest sale with savings on more than 200 cruise ships—everything from significant on-ship credits to free airfare and two-for-one pricing. more
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Deals abound for your Princeses at the Disney Parks


Merida from the movie 'Brave' at Walt Disney World (Gene Duncan, photographer)
When I visited Disneyland earlier this summer, moms and dads were busy filming the princess transformation on their iPads and smartphones. “It never gets old for them” said manager Joanna Pisanski more
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The new improved Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park


Entrance to Radiator Springs
Radiator Springs Racers at the new and improved Disney California Adventure Park is one of the most elaborate attractions ever created for a Disney theme park and it is the centerpiece for the new Cars Land here more
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