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READY, SET, PLAY! Toy Story Land Opens at WDW

Toy Story Land to Open at Walt Disney World June 30

Inspired by Disney-Pixar’s “Toy Story” films, the long-awaited Toy Story Land officially opened this summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Toy Story fun is shared throughout the park with the new H2O Glow nighttime pool party at Typhoon Lagoon, Pixar Play at the Contemporary Resort and “The Music of Pixar Live! Show.”

Check out my entire story currently in Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker. READY, SET, PLAY! pdf

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Toy Story Land to Open June 30th at WDW

Toy Story World at Walt Disney World
Toys are taking over Walt Disney World!  Starting this Saturday, June 30, guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be able to experience a joy-filled, toy-filled world as only Disney can create.
The new Toy Story Land, inspired by Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story films, invites guests of all ages to be “honorary toys” and immerse themselves in the whimsical world of a child’s imagination – just like in the popular films.
Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear, Slinky Dog, the Aliens, Green Army Men and other fun-loving Toy Story characters come to life in Andy’s awesome backyard.
The land offers the best playtime ever. Guests will hop on Slinky Dog Dash for a family-friendly roller coaster ride, take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers and go for the high score playing midway games on Toy Story Mania!
The new land is the largest expansion in Disney’s Hollywood Studios 29-year history.
(Content and photos courtesy of WDWNews)

25th International Flower & Garden Festival

Belle & Beast topiary is one of more than 100 festive topiaries featuring favorite Disney characters.

 

Richly hued flowers and floating gardens adorn the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Spring is a great time to visit Walt Disney World and especially Epcot during its annual 90-day International Flower & Garden Festival. Be prepared to be wowed by millions of brilliant blossoms, more than 100 festive topiaries featuring favorite Disney characters, 220 mini-floating gardens and Disney-crafted “flower towers.” During this event from February 28th to May 28th, guests will also enjoy cuisine from 15 outdoor kitchens and top-notch musical acts.

Check my entire article in Allegiant Airline’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker:  Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2018 copy

 

Pandora–The World of Avatar at Walt Disney World

 

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I just returned from a media trip to Walt Disney World for the grand opening of Pandora–The World of Avatar. This 12-acre addition to Walt Disney’s World’s Animal Kingdom is the fulfillment of a multi-year project by both Disney and the film’s creator James Cameron.

 

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Cameron and the main cast from the movie were on hand for the dedication prior to its opening to the public on May 27th. This amazing, colorful bioluminescent land with floating trees and waterfalls also offers two new rides:  Na’vi River Journey and the most realistic 3D ride I’ve ever been on–Avatar Flight of Passage (where you get to fly on the back of a banshee.)

Don’t miss Windtraders, a shop where  you can find Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits and more. The Satu’li Canteen is a great casual restaurant with great food, a bioluminescent frozen cocktail and indigenous beers.

When visiting Animal Kingdom after dark (which I highly recommend) be sure to see the Tree of Life with its animated imagery, the Rivers of Light show, sunset safaris and live-entertainment street parties.

 

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If you plan on visiting Walt Disney World this summer, a great place to stay close to all the action is Animal Kingdom Lodge where you can view animals such as giraffes and zebras right from your room’s balcony!

© Sandra Chambers

Photos by Sandra Chambers

 

More Disney Fun

Three Parks Offer New Adventures

Rivers of Light show at WDW Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s new Rivers of Light nighttime show.

Engage in intergalactic battles at the new Star Wars Launch Bay in Hollywood Studios, view the spectacular “Rivers of Light”nighttime show in Animal Kingdom, make an icy trek to Arendelle at Epcot’s “Frozen Ever After” attraction and become a globetrotter on “Soarin’ Around the World.”

This article appears in Allegiant’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker (Dec. ’16-Feb. ’17). Click here to read entire article.  more-disney-fun

Happy Meals: Upscale Dining at Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World may be a kid’s paradise, but the dining options extend far beyond chicken fingers and fries. Grown-ups looking for a little culinary indulgence can choose from a variety of upscale restaurants. Here are a handful of our favorites.

Article appears in West Jet Air’s in-flight magazine. Read full article here: Disney Eats-up-Oct copy

 

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Opens at Disney World

New Resort Offers Fun for Entire Family

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For those of you planning a visit to Disney World this Summer check out their newest resort–Disney’s Art of Animation Resortoffering family suites that sleep up to six and the largest pool in Walt Disney Resort measuring in at 11,859 square feet. The pool is surrounded by larger-than-life Disney characters,  including a 35-foot-tall King Triton and giant-sized Mr. Ray, Crush and Squirt. The pool also features an underwater sound system. Continue reading