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Fall Festivals, Parties, Concerts & More Return to the Walt Disney World Resort Aug. 25

Nothing beats a fall visit to Walt Disney World Resort. In just a few weeks, the season will return early, giving guests more time than ever to experience favorite festivals, parties and more. Here’s what’s on tap this fall at Walt Disney World Resort. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties Begin Aug. 25 – This guest-favorite fall event will return to Magic Kingdom Park on select nights, beginning Aug. 25. This hard-ticket event features Halloween decor, special entertainment, Disney characters in costumes, trick-or-treating (for all ages!), Disney attractions, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, and…
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‘Spelltacular’ Merchandise Coming to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2017 at Magic Kingdom Park

Halloween fun awaits when Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns to Magic Kingdom Park for select nights from August 25 to November 1, 2017. Guests attending this after-hours event can collect frightfully delightful sweets – all while the park hosts eerie entertainment and Disney characters that go bump in the night. One way to commemorate a visit to the happiest haunting on Earth is with unique products created especially for this event. I caught up with the Disney Parks Merchandise team to discover what merchandise treats are in store for this…
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‘American Idol’ Bus Tour Visits Disney Springs for Open Auditions

The groundbreaking series, “American Idol,” will debut on its new home at ABC in 2018. And, there’s more exciting news! For the first time, the ‘Idol’ bus will kick off open auditions at the Walt Disney World Resort. If you think you could be the next “American Idol”, head over to Disney Springs on August 17 to audition with “American Idol” Producers. (Celebrity Judges will not be on site.) Early arrival is encouraged. And, for you early birds, parking will be available as early as 4 a.m. – but not…
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Travel Around the World with the runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Medals

Pack your bags and grab your suitcase as we travel around our world for the start of the Walt Disney World Resort race season! The 2017 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend presented by MISFIT medals have arrived, taking inspiration and elements from the upcoming Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and featuring fun travel-themed designs like a luggage tag, plane ticket and passport. Starting off the weekend events, we are serving up a new recipe for the 5K – the Disney Fall Feast 5K! Runners will earn this…
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Enjoy Special Character Experiences and Photo Opportunities During Disney PhotoPass Day

August 19 marks World Photo Day, and we’re excited to celebrate the occasion with the return of Disney PhotoPass Day at Walt Disney World Resort! During this event, Disney PhotoPass Service will offer a number of exclusive photo opportunities that will let you take home even more picture-perfect memories of your visit. You can also celebrate Disney Princesses during Disney PhotoPass Day! In honor of Disney’s “Dream Big, Princess” campaign, you’ll find photo opportunities focused on some of your favorite Disney Princesses. Check out all of the special opportunities that…
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Celebrate 35 Years of Epcot at the 22nd International Food & Wine Festival

It’s August – and that means we’re now just weeks away from unveiling a record number of amazing food and wine Marketplaces (35) to celebrate 35 years of Epcot at the 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This year’s event is bigger and better than ever and we have an early peek at what’s to come with Epcot chef Gregg Hannon. As many of you know, the 22nd Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is expanding for a longer-than-ever 75-day run (Aug. 31-Nov. 13, 2017). The event will be…
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The VOID’s New Hyper-Reality Experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire coming to Downtown Disney, Disney Springs

We have exciting news today for Star Wars fans! The VOID’s new, groundbreaking hyper-reality experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is coming to Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort. Beginning this holiday season, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will transport you to a galaxy far, far away where you’ll be able to engage with friends, family and Star Wars characters through sight, sound, touch, smell, and motion. It’ll even allow environmental effects to be felt using Haptic feedback – melding…
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Three new ways to spend the day at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Part of the magic of Disney Vacation Club Membership is the refreshingly slower pace that comes with securing decades of future vacations. Unaffected by the “must see it all now” frenzy that taxes many vacationers, Members are more likely to carve out entire days to simply enjoy the amenities of each resort. So with Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge now open for guests, I’m pleased to highlight a trio of new ways to spend the day at the lodge (when you aren’t taking a water taxi…
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#DisneyFamilia: Navidad All Year Long!

We just wrapped Christmas in July, but did you know that you can celebrate the holidays any day of the year at Walt Disney World Resort? Well, you can! Especially when it comes to holiday shopping! We have several stores around the resort where you and your familia can find ornaments, stockings, décor and even clothing, all themed to the holidays. My favorite is It’s a Wonderful Shop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here you can find art, collectibles and all sorts of gifts with a festive theme and a hint…
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8 New Desserts for ‘Happily Ever After’ Dessert Party in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort

A sweet way to end the day in Magic Kingdom Park just got sweeter, with new desserts and a second location for viewing the Magic Kingdom Park “Happily Ever After” fireworks spectacular. Based on your preference, you can choose from two viewing areas: Plaza Garden Viewing (if you want to better see the castle projections) and Tomorrowland Terrace (where there’s reserved seating). And those new desserts! Here’s a peek at the 10, all but two are new: A Villains Chocolate Cupcake inspired by Ursula with purple buttercream and chocolate crispy…
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Welcome Home to Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is now welcoming home Disney Vacation Club Members, and serving as a warm home base retreat for Walt Disney World Resort guests. With 26 waterfront Cascade Cabins, as well as Deluxe Studio, 1- and 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom Grand Villa accommodations, this Resort offers something for every type of family. See what Copper Creek Villas & Cabins guests and Disney Vacation Club Members have to say about this new Resort in this video! Which Copper Creek Villas & Cabins accommodation are you…
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National Watermelon Day is August 3 – Celebrate with this Perfect Summer Treat

The summer fun continues and, along with it, the summer foods are still a favorite at Disney Parks. Guests are all about the watermelon cotton candy at Disney California Adventure park. You can find it at carts throughout the park. It’s seasonal, so be sure to get yours soon. You might say the watermelon cotton candy is, well, one in a melon. ☺ And, speaking of which — we’re keeping it light at Walt Disney World Resort with this guest favorite Delicious Disney recipe for Watermelon Rind Salad. This dish…
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Bid on a Walt Disney World Resort Vacation to Visit Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park & Help Raise Money for the V Foundation during the ESPY Day Auction

ESPN Radio is putting on the 13th Annual ESPY Day Auction to benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research, and an unforgettable Walt Disney World Resort vacation to visit Pandora – The World of Avatar is up for auction. The V Foundation is dedicated to make a difference by helping to find a cure for cancer, and you can help make a difference with your support in this auction, which is going on now and will continue through Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Soar over to the ESPY Day Auction page…
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Best Tips, Tricks and Locations to Capture Stunning Photos of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

It’s National Camera Day – and to celebrate the occasion, two of Nikon USA’s best eagle-eyed professional photographers are exploring Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and offering tips to help you capture your own award-winning images in our new spectacular world. Regular Disney Parks Blog readers know that in Pandora – The World of Avatar, the land is an attraction to explore in itself with a lush and vibrant landscape that boasts interactive Pandoran flora, pouring waterfalls and flowing streams – both day and night!…
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#DisneyParksLIVE To Live Stream Fourth of July Fireworks July 4 at 8:55 p.m. ET

Each year, many families gather at Magic Kingdom Park to celebrate the Fourth of July by watching one of our grandest fireworks displays of the year – “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.” Today, we’re happy to announce that we’ll be sharing this magnificent display with guests around the country (and around the world!), through our next #DisneyParksLIVE stream. Our live stream of the park’s special “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” fireworks will be held July 4 at 8:55…
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