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It's the weekend: Let's drool over 10 top Disney desserts

By Robert Niles: The folks over at Patina Restaurant Group sent over some photos of desserts at their Walt Disney World and Disneyland resort restaurants, to celebrate National Dessert Month. (Perhaps the TIL here for some of you is that not all restaurants on Disney property are run by Disney. Show More Summary

Disney wants to make it easier for someone else to buy your vacation

By Robert Niles: Theme park fans talk a lot, here and elsewhere, about planning the perfect Disney vacation. Despite all the varying opinions on the best rides, best places to eat, and best times to visit, everyone can agree on one indisputable fact of theme park vacations ? that the very best Disney trip is one that someone else buys for you. Show More Summary

The first Hunger Games theme park land opens in Dubai

By Robert Niles: The world's first theme park land themed to The Hunger Games opened officially this evening at Motiongate Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The World of the Hunger Games features two main attractions: Capitol Bullet Train, a Mack Rides launch coaster, and Panem Aerial Tour, a suspended theater ride. Show More Summary

Disney World unveils concept art, opening date for its NBA Experience

By Robert Niles: Disney revealed today that the facade for the upcoming NBA Experience in Walt Disney World's Disney Springs will look like an NBA arena. The NBA Experience will open in summer 2019 on the site of the old DisneyQuest building, which Disney is now tearing down. Show More Summary

What are the must-see/can't-miss attractions at Walt Disney World?

By Robert Niles: As the world's largest and most popular theme park resort, Walt Disney World offers plenty of options for anyone. Too many, perhaps. So what are the best rides and shows to do and see among all these options when you...Show More Summary

New Star Tours scene debuts at Disneyland, Disney World next month

By Robert Niles: Earlier this year, Disney announced that it would be adding a new scene to its Star Wars: The Adventures Continue rides around the world, to celebrate the opening of Episode 8 in the Star Wars saga. Today, Disney revealed the debut dates for the new scene, which will take place on the planet of Crait. Show More Summary

Disneyland cancels its 2018 runDisney schedule, future events

By Robert Niles: The Disneyland Resort has cancelled its planned runDisney events in 2018 and beyond, the company confirmed today. That means that the Super Heroes Half Marathon, scheduled for November 9-12, will be the final runDisney event at the Disneyland Resort for the foreseeable future. Show More Summary

You want to build a franchise? Then start by telling us a story

By Robert Niles: What makes a film or book or TV show into a franchise? That's the literal billion-dollar question that studio executives ask themselves every day. Of course, the answer lies in popularity. If people want to keep buying new books and movie tickets and merchandise themed to something, then it's a franchise. Show More Summary

Here's why Disney is even happier now that it fixed California Adventure

By Robert Niles: The original version of Disney's California Adventure wasn't going to pass the test of time. If any fans weren't yet convinced of that, just imagine what PR mess Disney would be enduring today if it hadn't junked its first take on Disneyland's second gate. Show More Summary

How can youth performing art groups get on stage at Disney?

By Robert Niles: Ever see a group of kids performing on a stage when walking through the Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resort? Or see a school marching band on Main Street before a parade? Ever wonder how those kids got the opportunity...Show More Summary

From magic to misery: A review of 'The Florida Project'

By Robert Niles: What's the most famous street in America? New York's Broadway? Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue? Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard? Heck, I suppose I could make an argument for Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard ? three blocks from my current home ? with its annual place in our national spotlight for the Rose Parade. Show More Summary

Whether you want scares or sweets, there's a Halloween event for you

By Robert Niles: Are you ready for Halloween? The nation's theme parks are ? and have been, with Halloween-themed events going on at some parks since late August. But we know that some fans don't really get into the Halloween spirit until deep into October. Show More Summary

Adopt a Manta Ray on Vacation

I love those sleek rays with their impossibly cheery grins. I dream of gliding across the sea floor with such grace. And staying in one of those dreamy overwater bungalows on a Pacific island is one of my #travelgoals. Now there’s an eco-friendly resort, Baros Maldives, that really could not have chosen a more attractive combination of […]

Walt Disney World to start allowing dogs in hotel guest rooms

By Robert Niles: The Walt Disney World Resort will start allowing guests to keep dogs with them overnight at selected hotels in the resort, starting this weekend. For dog owners, the move means that you'll no longer have to board your...Show More Summary

Looking for an update on Disney's Star Wars lands?

By Robert Niles: Looking for an update on Disney's Star Wars land? Theme park fans know that Disney is building two new lands ? called Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge ? at Disneyland in California and Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Show More Summary

Just some piglets I got to play with in Ireland at Ballymaloe Cookery School. #Farmtotable just got real. . . #travel #tbexireland

Just some piglets I got to play with in Ireland at Ballymaloe Cookery School. #Farmtotable just got real... #travel #tbexireland

New water slides coming to Central Florida's Aquatica, Adventure Island

By Robert Niles: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is bringing two major new water slides to its Aquatica and Adventure Island parks in Central Florida next year. At Aquatica in Orlando, Ray Rush will combine several water slide experiences into one ride. Show More Summary

Tickets now on sale for Disney's virtual reality Star Wars experience

By Robert Niles: Tickets now are on sale for Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, the virtual reality experience coming to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Billed as a "hyper-reality" experience by Disney, Star Wars: Secrets...Show More Summary

Legoland owner says it's not in talks to buy Busch Gardens, SeaWorld

By Robert Niles: Merlin Entertainments, the UK-based owner of the Legoland theme parks and multiple other properties, today denied that it is in talks to acquire SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment or any of its holdings, which would include Busch Gardens. Show More Summary

Forget the Phoenicians: Let's download some theme park emoji!

By Robert Niles: More than 5,000 years ago, human beings began communicating by writing. We started with pictographic forms, such as hieroglyphics, before the Phoenicians gave us an alphabet (at least, according to Spaceship Earth's version of human history). Show More Summary

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