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The secret Florida land deal that became Walt Disney World

On May 27, 1965, the Miami Herald published this headline: “Giant land deal near Orlando revealed.”  But the buyer and the plans were a mystery.

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As we recently shared, the Enchanting Extras Collection immerses guests in more magic than they ever thought possible with distinctly Disney experiences. Today we’re sharing updates on two Enchanting Extras offerings – the Cake Decorating Experience at Amorette’s Patisserie and a new Specialty Cruise.

The popular Amorette’s Cake Decorating Experience, one of our “Adventures in Dining” options, has been extended through Aug. 25, 2017. Plus, it’s now offered 3 times per week (Sunday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9 a.m.). During this special 90-minute cake decorating experience, guests will decorate their own Mickey Cake while a pastry artist shares insider stories and tips. The cost is $129 plus tax for two Guests decorating one cake. Guests must be at least 10 years of age to participate. Reservations can be made by visiting or by calling 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).

Over at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, guests can experience Cruising Around the World, a new “Rest & Recreation” option. During this specialty cruise, guests will board a pontoon boat at Bayside Marina and sail around Crescent Lake and the World Showcase Lagoon. In addition to the captain who accompanies each cruise, each boat can accommodate up to 10 Guests. Guests can even turn this Specialty Cruise into a lunch cruise! Guests may purchase food and beverages through Private Dining; assorted bag snacks, and assorted soft drinks are included. The Day Cruise Around the World will be offered daily starting on June 1, 2017. This experience lasts one hour and the cost per pontoon boat is $159 (includes tax and gratuity). Reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-PLAY (407-939-7529).

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon: The place for Miss Adventure

The centerpiece of Typhoon Lagoon, one of two water parks at Florida’s Walt Disney World, is its surf pool. Six-foot curls roll across the huge lagoon – it’s the largest wave pool in North America – sending swimmers bobbing as they try, sometimes comically, to body surf them.

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Watch – Magic Kingdom Park B-Roll: Happily Ever After

Walt Disney World Resort guests can discover the newest, most spectacular fireworks show in the history of Magic Kingdom Park with “Happily Ever After.” The stunning nighttime extravaganza features more lasers, lights and projections than any Magic Kingdom Park show before it. Characters and scenes from more than 25 Disney films are featured through state-of-the-art projections, enchanted by more than 50 choreographed spotlights, brilliant lasers and plenty of awe-inspiring fireworks.

New “Happily Ever After” Fireworks and Projection Show Debuts at Magic Kingdom Park

It’s no secret that every ‘once upon a time’ story ends with ‘happily ever after.’ Now, Walt Disney World Resort guests can discover just how magical and emotional that fairy tale ending can be with the newest, most breathtaking fireworks show in the history of Magic Kingdom Park – “Happily Ever After.”

In addition to fireworks, the stunning new nighttime extravaganza features more lasers, lights and projections than any show at Magic Kingdom Park before it. “Happily Ever After” is also an entirely new kind of Disney storytelling, one that takesbguests on an inspiring journey filled with heart, humor and emotion. Guests become part of the journey themselves as they follow favorite Disney characters on an adventure to seek out their destiny, face adversity and ultimately fulfill their dreams on the road to their happily ever after.

The 18-minute spectacle features moments from classic Disney films such as “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” to modern blockbusters “Moana” and “Zootopia.” Cinderella Castle becomes part of the story itself, with dazzling projections bringing heartfelt Disney stories to life on and around the iconic 18-story-tall castle. Quasimodo from “Hunchback of Notre Dame” swings from the turrets. Woody and his pals from Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story” recreate the castle entirely out of toys. And Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” envelops the castle in her signature green flames.

The story begins with scenes of fantastic dreams full of hope, wonder, magic and light. Disney villains soon become part of the story, attempting to quash those beautiful dreams and forcing the heroes to fight for what they believe in. Overcoming their fears, the heroes triumph and are celebrated with spectacular fireworks.

Because no Magic Kingdom Park fireworks display is complete without this little bit of magic, Tinker Bell flies across the night sky, reminding guests that with a little faith, trust and pixie dust, everyone can find their own happily ever after.

Characters and scenes from more than 25 Disney films are featured through state-of-the-art projections, enhanced by more than 50 choreographed spotlights, brilliant lasers and plenty of awe-inspiring fireworks. Paired with an emotional score, the new spectacular drives the message home that anyone can grab hold of their dreams and make them come true as long as they are brave enough to listen to what guides them and bold enough to pursue their destiny.

The score for “Happily Ever After” was recorded by a 75-piece orchestra in London and includes tunes from a multitude of Disney movies, including “Aladdin,” “Brave,” “Tarzan,” “The Lion King,” and “The Princess and the Frog.”

“Happily Ever After” is presented nightly. Show times vary based on park hours.

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This Friday, May 12, “Happily Ever After” presented by Pandora Jewelry will take its place in Disney theme park history by becoming the third nighttime fireworks spectacular to ever blast off at Magic Kingdom® Park. Disney Parks Blog are hosting a #DisneyParksLIVE stream of the show’s debut this Friday, starting at 8:55 p.m. ET.



Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will start earlier than ever this year, with parties running on Aug. 25 & 29; Sept. 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, & 29; Oct. 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 & 31; and Nov. 1. The event will feature trick-or-treating, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular stage show, Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade and “Happy HalloWishes.” Guests of all ages are also welcome to dress up for the party.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will be held Nov. 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 & 28; and Dec. 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 & 22. The party will feature Mickeys’ Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, “Holiday Wishes,” “A Frozen Holiday Wish,” and much more.*

  •  Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Advance ticket prices starting at $74 for adults and $69 for children (3-9).
  •  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Advance ticket prices starting at $89 for adults and $84 for children (3-9).

You’ll want to get these tickets early, because certain popular dates may sell out fast. Reservations for event-night dining and dessert parties will open later this summer. Stay tuned to Disney Travel News for more information on both events.

*Entertainment subject to change.  


When guests visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park at Walt Disney World® Resort, they’ll embark on an awe-inspiring adventure into the wonders of nature. As they explore, guests can also let out their wild side with Magic Shot offerings available from Disney PhotoPass Service.

A variety of these special shots are available at Disney PhotoPass locations throughout the park, with the exception of Character Experience locations.

And, with Memory Maker, guests will get digital downloads of all their Disney PhotoPass vacation photos and videos for one price.

Plus, once expeditions to Pandora – The World of Avatar begin on May 27, 2017, guests can also lookout for special shots from Disney PhotoPass Service.

Memory Maker is subject to the Memory Maker Terms and Conditions. Memory Maker includes photos taken during the Memory Maker window. A MagicBand is required to receive certain attraction photos and other digital content. If Memory Maker purchased at the advance purchase price, any photos taken within 3 days from the date Memory Maker is purchased will not be included and must be purchased separately. Online registration required. Disney PhotoPass Photos in your account will expire pursuant to the expiration policy at Walt Disney World. Downloads are restricted to personal use only. Not responsible for missing, lost or damaged photos. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Valid theme park admission required for certain photo locations.

List of Animated Stories that will be featured in new ‘Happily Ever After’ Fireworks Show coming to Magic Kingdom

Disney has released the list of animated stories that will be featured in new ‘Happily Ever After’ Fireworks Show coming to Magic Kingdom. (Listed in Alphabetical Order)

  • Aladdin
  • Big Hero Six
  • Brave
  • Frozen
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The Incredibles
  • The Lion King
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Moana
  • Mulan
  • Tarzan
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • Toy Story
  • Up
  • WALL-E
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Zootopia

Photos – Winnie the Pooh Character Topiaries at Epcot

Take a look at some of the topiaries around Epcot featuring Winnie the Pooh, Rabbit, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore.