Jan 14

Walt Disney World Special with Jeff Mauro on the Food Network Tonight

Jeff Mauro at Disney food network star

Food Network host Jeff Mauro and his family visit Walt Disney World Resort for a fun-filled vacation full of amazing meals, jaw-dropping attractions, and – best of all – time for all the family to laugh, connect and indulge their Disney Sides together.

Jeff Mauro at Disney food network star

Between visits to Magic Kingdom, Epcot and a fun-filled safari in Animal Kingdom, they make time to dine at restaurants in several parks including the new Be Our Guest restaurant, Sanaa, Chef Mickey’s, Victoria and Albert’s and California Grill. Jeff even visits some Disney kitchens and prepares a few dishes, working alongside top Walt Disney World chefs.

Jeff Mauro at Disney food network star Sanaa Animal Kingdom Lodge

Join the fun on The Mauro’s Magical Disney Vacation special, premiering on Food Network Friday, January 24th at 8p|7c!

Visit FoodNetwork.com/magicalvacation for bonus features.

Jan 14

Groundbreaking for AVATAR Land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Groundbreaking for AVATAR Land at Disney’s Animal KingdomUsing Na’vi-inspired shovels and assisted by a Na’vi, (left to right) George Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort; Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France; Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; a Na’vi; Jon Landau, AVATAR Producer; Bruce Vaughn, chief creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering; and Joe Rohde, creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering, pose during the ceremonial groundbreaking of an AVATAR-inspired land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park in Orlando. The multi-year and largest expansion in Disney’s Animal Kingdom history, the new land will invite Walt Disney World Resort guests to experience the wonders of Pandora when they fly with the banshees, encounter the Na’vi and explore a rich cultural environment with mountains that float and interactive plants that glow at night.

Jan 14

Nolan Gould from ABC’s “Modern Family” Visits Walt Disney World

Nolan Gould from ABC’s “Modern Family” Visits Walt Disney World

Actor Nolan Gould, 15, who portrays Luke Dunphy on the ABC comedy series “Modern Family,” poses December 30th, 2013 with Goofy (dressed as “Father Time” to celebrate the New Year) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park at Walt Disney World Resort. ”Modern Family” returns with new episodes January 8, 2014. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

Sep 13

{It’s Official} DVC Coming to Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Rumors of Trader Sam’s

Indoor BouTiki Tiki at Disney's Polynesian ResortToday, Disney Vacation Club announced that its planned next location will be at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, located on Seven Seas Lagoon at Walt Disney World Resort. When this resort is completed, Disney Vacation Club will have destinations at all three resorts on the monorail system, allowing easy access to Magic Kingdom Park.

The planned development project at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, when completed, will join Disney Vacation Club’s 12 other properties, including The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, scheduled to open October 23rd. Construction on the Polynesian project began this month, and completion is estimated to be in 2015. In addition to the Disney Vacation Club project, other guest areas within Disney’s Polynesian Resort will undergo refurbishment.

On a recent trip to the Polynesian Resort I spoke with a bartender in the Tambu Lounge who told me that he heard rumor that Disneyland’s Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar would be a fixture inside the new DVC addition.  Fingers crossed this rumor comes to fruition!

Are you a DVC owner? What is your home resort?


Sep 13

Haunted Mansion Wallpaper Disney Dooney and Bourke Purse

What better day to release this new Disney Dooney and Bourke design than Friday the 13th!

Haunted Mansion Wallpaper Disney Dooney and Bourke Purse bagToday the Disney Parks Blog shared news that this Haunted Mansion Wallpaper design would be joining the Disney Dooney collection.

Disney Dooney and Bourke Haunted mansion PurseThe bag will have a retail of $330.00 (plus tax), and will be released at the following merchandise locations starting September 13, 2013.

Walt Disney World Resort:

Disneyland Resort:

  • Disney Vault 28 and World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District
  • Disney Clothiers at Disneyland park
  • Elias & Co. at Disney California Adventure park

The Disney Parks online store will also carry this bag later this fall.