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Disney razing Mickey Mouse’s house?

Mickey Mouse house in Disney Magic Kingdom Orlando

Did Disney foreclose on Florida’s most famous corporate icon? Is Disney condemning two rodent-infested housing projects through eminent domain? While Disney World has released a smattering of info on planned Fantasyland upgrades, it has said little about what it will tear down. However, it appears from early designs and scattered reports that Mickey and Minnie […] Read more...

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Disney’s big expansion

Fantasyland construction Little Mermaid ride

At Walt Disney World, Fantasyland is undergoing “the largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom,” according to Disney news releases, “vastly increasing the size of Fantasyland by 2013.” It is a big expansion. It comes with a new ride, a fake castle, a ramped-up way to meet the Disney characters, and a welcome change […] Read more...

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Disney’s Fast Pass needs improvement

Here’s praise, criticism, and a suggestion for Disney’s Fast Pass system. Disney offers Fast Passes – a paper ticket reservation system – in each theme park, allowing guests to bypass the long line on selected popular attractions. Rides with a Fast Pass option have a kiosk near the entrance. Guests slide their daily admission ticket […] Read more...

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Parking a car at Disney World

Don’t be afraid. If you head to the beach, take a wrong turn, and find yourself bumper-to-bumper in a no-turn lane at Epcot’s main entrance, it’s okay. Tell the Disney attendant what happened. He (she) won’t charge a parking fee and will kindly tell you to follow a colored line on the road to get […] Read more...

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Disney going to the dogs

That headline is a bad joke but had to be said. Still, it’s true, since Disney introduced upscale lodgings for the family pet with the Best Friends Pet Care Resort. Humans should be so lucky. The company’s five existing smaller kennels at Walt Disney World Resort will be phased out. The new furry resort will […] Read more...

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Orlando ticket prices go up

Disney World just announced an increase in its ticket prices, and Universal Studios quickly matched the rate. It now costs $82 for a one-day/one-park ticket. (Yow.) That price, however, is extremely misleading. Buying admission tickets should be simple – “I want to spend three days at Disney” – but it’s not. Called “Magic Your Way […] Read more...

Disney World, Resorts and hotels
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Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas

The Boardwalk resort completes Disney’s northeast coast vacation theme: The Yacht Club is at the marina; the Beach Club sits a few blocks from the water; the Boardwalk is where everyone goes for entertainment. Officially, it’s the Boardwalk Inn and Villas, with the “Inn” part referring to the hotel and the “Villas” part referring to […] Read more...

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Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club

One of the Epcot resorts (though also close to Hollywood Studios), the Yacht & Beach Club (Y&B) sits across a 25-acre lake from Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. The non-Disney Swan and Dolphin sit off to the side. Y&B appeals to guests seeking Grand Floridian style and service with a vacation atmosphere. Northeasterners will enjoy the Atlantic […] Read more...

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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Wilderness Lodge’s central lobby, like its architectural twin, Animal Kingdom Lodge, has a grandeur that cannot be described. It’s not that the space is unique – many grand hotels have seven-story atriums – however, few feature décor that runs counter to the space. In the case of Wilderness Lodge, the pine/Native American style seems curiously […] Read more...

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Disney’s Polynesian Resort

You can’t replicate steamy Pacific Islands without a relaxing atmosphere. If the three Disney hotels on the main monorail system were clothing, the Grand Floridian would be formal attire, the Contemporary would be a business suit, and the Polynesian would be casual Friday. Polynesian room sizes and amenities, on average, compare similarly to the other […] Read more...