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Walt Disney World Fun Facts – Resorts


Strings ‘n Things . . . Disney’s only full-time harpist entertains diners at Victoria & Albert’s, a grand dining experience at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Big Gulp
. . . It would take more than 20 million 12-ounce cans of Coca-Cola to fill one of the humongous Coke cups at Home Run Hotel in Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort.

Tennis Anyone? . . . It would take nearly 9.5 million tennis balls to fill one of the tennis ball cans at Center Court Hotel in Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort. That’s enough to stretch from Walt Disney World Resort to Key West.

World’s Largest . . . Stormalong Bay, Disney’s Beach Club Resort swimming area, holds 750,000 gallons of water, making it the largest sand-bottom pool in the world.

Five-Legged Goat . . . The mosaic mural in the fourth-floor lobby of Disney’s Contemporary Resort was created in 1971 with 1,800 one-square-foot tiles and took 18 months to construct. Look closely: there’s a five-legged goat facing the monorail track.

Music to Your Eyes . . . The musical notes across the registration desk at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-French Quarter play out the first verse of “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Big Wheel Fit For a Big Kid . . . The giant Big Wheel in the 1970s courtyard of Disney’s Pop Century Resort can “accommodate” a child rider who weighs up to 877 pounds (according to the “recommended child weight” sticker affixed to the gigantic toy).

Room Roulette . . . If you wanted to stay in all of the guest rooms in all of the hotels and resorts currently open on Walt Disney World property, (at a rate of one per night) it would take decades.

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Our clients can save up to 20%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Nov. 6- Nov. 10, Nov. 13-Nov. 22, Nov. 26-Dec. 23, 2016 when they book Aug. 8-Oct. 8, 2016. It’s like getting one of the nights FREE when our clients book a 5-night stay at a select Disney Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort.

Contact Travel Agents, Scott and Becky Donahue, of Wish Upon a Star With Us to plan and book your vacation.

When our clients stay at a Walt Disney World resort, they’re always in the middle of the magic! They also enjoy Disney Resort Hotel Guest benefits – including Extra Magic Hours, complimentary MagicBands and early access to FastPass+ planning.**

And, with popular seasonal events, it’s the perfect time to visit. Our Clients can join the festive winter celebration for live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and oh-so-jolly parade at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom® Park (separate admission required). They can also discover global traditions at Holidays Around the World at Epcot® World Showcase. Plus, they can experience the story of Christmas with a celebrity narrator, joyous pageantry and stirring music during Candlelight Processional.


*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. 20% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for other Resorts.

**Valid Theme Park admission and online registration required. Disney FastPass+ attractions and entertainment experiences, the number of selections you can make and available arrival windows are limited.

Contact Travel Agents, Scott and Becky Donahue, of Wish Upon a Star With Us to plan and book your vacation.

Sandtastic Weekends Coming to the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin!

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Sandtastic Weekends brings the best of sand and sun together for two fun filled weekends! We are bringing in 100 tons of sand to create an intricate sand-sculpted art display which will be the highlight of the event, providing the opportunity for visitors to view the live performance art that is sand sculpting, designed by world-class sculptors from “Team Sandtastic”.

There are a variety of activities for all ages including:

• Master Sand Sculpture Demonstrations
• Sand Sculpting Classes
• Speed Sand Demonstrations
• DJ Dance in the Sand Party
• Cinema on the Sand
• And more!

The fun begins at noon each day…watch the demonstrations, play in the sand, play a game of corn hole or volleyball, or just relax and hang out. What could be better than a craft beer on the beach while listening to the hottest music under the sun by DJ Magic. There will be plenty of photo opportunities, and the evening winds down each day with our Cinema on the Sand.

End the summer with one last Sandtastic Weekend at the most magical place in the world!


Disney plans to add luxury hotel at Disneyland Resort

To take advantage of the city’s new policy giving tax incentives to build luxury hotels, Disneyland officials submitted plans Tuesday to add a fourth Disney-themed hotel at the resort.

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While the theme parks are the main draw at Walt Disney World, its resort hotels offer plenty of recreational opportunities, as well. For example, active guests of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge looking for a place to work out or cool down after a long day can find a variety of fitness equipment and select spa treatments at “Sturdy Branches Health Club.” The facility also features a distinctly Disney detail: a reference to one of Walt Disney’s classic “Silly Symphony” cartoons.

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Video & Soundbites: Three Generations of Giraffe Celebrate Mother’s Day at Walt Disney World Resort

B-Roll included:

  • Grandmother, mother and granddaughter giraffe family on the Sunset Savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge


  • Chris Barth, Zoological Manager, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

3 Generations of Giraffe Celebrate Mother’s Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Savanna

Meet grandmother Malaika, mother Makena and granddaughter Luna, a multigenerational giraffe family who live together on the Sunset Savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Three Generations of Giraffe Celebrate Mother's Day at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Savanna

Malika was born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and both Makeena and Luna were born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. These special ladies enjoy spending time together as a family each day in their spectacular home at Walt Disney World Resort, eating different plants and interacting with other animals on the savanna.



Guests can indulge their senses during the new Sense of Africa tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. This 3.5-hour long experience is designed to immerse Walt Disney World® Resort Guests in the richness, culture and history of the African-inspired resort and give a backstage peek at the care, feeding, well-being and social interactions of the resident animals.

A typical tour begins with a unique twist on breakfast at Boma – Flavors of Africa, followed by encounters with animals such as okapi, giraffe, ostriches and red river hogs. Sense of Africa is a real chance to get a behind-the-scenes peek at the magic.

The cost is $249, and staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is not required. Experiences may vary.

The experience will be offered on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, beginning April 9, 2016. Reservations are now available. Book by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (939-8687).


Just in time for warm summer days, there’s a new space at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter that’s just for little ones who like to splash around and stay cool.

Decked out in the bold hues of Mardi Gras gold, purple and green, this new aquatic play area lets Guests 48 inches and under enjoy water slides that are just their size, play with fun water cannons, and splish-splash among fountains.

The new area is located next to the whimsical Doubloon Lagoon pool, so guests and their little ones can easily go back and forth between the two water-filled spots while staying at this resort.

Video – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Piano Player’s Version of ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran

Check out the Piano Player in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. His version of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ is something so amazing. He also did a wonderful job on Toy Story’s ‘You’ve got a friend in me”.