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When should you plan your next Orlando theme park vacation?

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By Robert Niles: With Disney announcing so many new attractions coming to the Walt Disney World Resort, you might be thinking about when would be the best time to plan your family's next vacation to the Orlando area. Remember, Disney's not the only game in town, and rival Universal Orlando has some big projects in the works for the years ahead, too. Show More Summary

Let's talk about Disney's theme park and hotel plans for Star Wars

By Robert Niles: As much as some theme park fans might be excited about news that Walt Disney World will open Guardians of the Galaxy and TRON roller coasters ? among other new rides and shows ? over the next few years, let's face what's probably far more important. Show More Summary

What is the best way to get around the Walt Disney World Resort?

By Robert Niles: Select Walt Disney World visitors this month will have another way to navigate the resort, with the debut of Disney's new "Minnie Vans" service. These Minnie Mouse-themed minivans soon will be shuttling guests from Disney's Boardwalk and Yacht and Beach Club resorts around property, for an extra fee. Show More Summary

Watch This Space – just not quite yet

Here's the latest article by Paige Conner Totaro from All Over the Map I know, I know. My blog has been pretty quiet for the past year or so. There was stuff going on. And I’ve been active on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and Pinterest, with an occasional Snapchat experiment (username: pctotaro). Show More Summary

The Wizarding World's Ollivanders may be coming to a mall near you

By Robert Niles: If you've been wanting to go to Ollivander's to find a wand, you might not have to book a trip to Universal Orlando or Universal Studios Hollywood to do it. The iconic wand shop from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter might be on its way to a mall nearer you. Show More Summary

Corn dogs are now on the menu at Walt Disney World's Sleepy Hollow

By Robert Niles: Sleepy Hollow Refreshments at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom is switching up its menu again, this time adding a long-time Disneyland favorite ? hand-dipped corn dogs. The corn dog is served with Disney's "house made"...Show More Summary

Fantasmic! returns to Disneyland on the park's 62nd birthday

By Robert Niles: Disneyland's night-time spectacular Fantasmic! officially returned to the Rivers of America in Frontierland tonight, following an extended downtime while Disney rerouted the northern side of the river to accommodate the construction of the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land. Show More Summary

Disneyland raises prices 18-20% for 2017 Mickey's Halloween Party

By Robert Niles: The Disneyland Resort has put tickets on sale to annual passholders for this year's Mickey's Halloween Party, which kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 20 and runs for 14 nights at Disneyland Park, running up until Halloween on Oct. Show More Summary

Live from D23 Expo 2017: The Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Presentation

By AJ Hummel: Today, Disney hosted the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts presentation, where significant developments from Disney theme parks around the world are revealed. The presentation runs from 3:00 P.M. to 4:30 PM. today. During that time, check back here regularly for news as it is announced. Show More Summary

A Galaxy of Stories: Disney unveils Star Wars Land at D23 Expo 2017

By AJ Hummel: Every other year, Walt Disney Imagineering showcases their latest major theme park project(s) at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Pavilion inside D23 Expo. This year, the focus is entirely on one thing: Star Wars Land....Show More Summary

Where to Get Your Mid-Century Modern Fix on Vacation

Here's the latest article by Paige Conner Totaro from All Over the Map If you love teak wood, simple lines, and pops of color, why not satisfy your mid-century modern fix while on vacation? Whether you prefer the sleek lines of International...Show More Summary

Disney reveals Star Wars land model in advance of D23 Expo

By Robert Niles: The Walt Disney Company this evening revealed a scale model of the Star Wars land that it is building at Disneyland in California and Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The model depicts...Show More Summary

First look at Disney's new Pirates of the Caribbean auction scene

By Robert Niles: Disneyland Paris' revamped Pirates of the Caribbean officially reopens on July 24, but the resort's annual passholders are getting a preview, showing them the ride's addition of Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa, and ? of most interest to many fans ? the new auction scene, which will be coming to Disney's U.S. Show More Summary

MaxPass debuts at the Disneyland Resort on July 19

By Robert Niles: The Disneyland Resort announced today that its new mobile-powered MaxPass ride reservation service will debut next week, on July 19. MaxPass will cost $10 a day (to start) and will allow buyers to claim and manage their Fastpass ride reservations via the Disneyland app, while they are connected to Disneyland's in-park wifi network. Show More Summary

Another challenger bites the dust as Wanda Group bails on theme parks

By Robert Niles: One year ago, China's richest man vowed to beat Disney at its own game in China. Wang Jianlin, the chairman of China's Wanda Group ? an entertainment and real estate development conglomerate that owns more movie theaters...Show More Summary

End of an era: No more handstamps at Disneyland

By Robert Niles: The Disneyland Resort has stopped stamping the hands of one-day visitors to its parks, ending the long-standing way that Disney theme parks kept track of who'd already entered the park on a used ticket that day. TheShow More Summary

Why can't airports run more like theme parks?

By Robert Niles: Why can't airports be more like theme parks? I'm not suggesting that airports start installing roller coasters, fairy-tale castles, and cartoon character meet and greets. I suppose the airplane trips themselves already...Show More Summary

Behind the scenes with the creator of Efteling's new Symbolica ride

By Ben Mills: At the press launch for Symbolica at Efteling, I had the chance to speak with the attraction's lead designer Sander de Bruijn and Karin Koppelmans of the park's communications and PR department. In our quick chat, we covered the ride's development, its use of ride technology, and how Efteling builds original worlds for its attractions. Show More Summary

Could a theme park develop a successful sports IP attraction?

By Robert Niles: Sport offers some of the most powerful and valuable brands in the world, from leagues such as the NFL and the Premier League to franchises such as Manchester United and the Dallas Cowboys. With theme parks showing an...Show More Summary

Walt Disney World switching up dining options at the Yacht Club Resort

By Robert Niles: Captain's Grille will be closing and two new restaurant concepts are on the way, as the Walt Disney World Resort today announced changes to its dining line-up at Disney's Yacht Club Resort. A new quick-service location,...Show More Summary

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