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Construction Update: Disney Skyliner Gondola Spotted at Hollywood Studios Station!Construction Update: Disney Skyliner Gondola Spotted at Hollywood Studios Station!
September 14, 2018
Walking past the new Disney Skyliner station at Disney's Hollywood Studios today yielded a little surprise -- we noticed a Skyliner gondola, all wrapped up and waiting for deployment! Construction on the Skyliner has been underway for several months, with no completion date having been announced beyond "sometime in 2019". When finished, the Skyliner will connect Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot to a number of Disney resort hotels: Pop Century, Art of Animation, Caribbean Beach, and the currently-under-construction Riviera.

 

Coming in 2020: New Hotel Tower for Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin!Coming in 2020: New Hotel Tower for Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin!
September 12, 2018
The Orlando Business Journal has reported that the owners of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin are planning to build a new 349-room hotel tower on the current site of the Swan's tennis courts. According to OBJ, New York-based real estate firm Tishman and Metlife Investment Management have entered into an agreement with Walt Disney World to build the 14-story tower, which will break ground this fall and is expected to open in 2020.

 

Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels Offer Extra Magic Hours, 60-Day FastPass+Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels Offer Extra Magic Hours, 60-Day FastPass+
September 10, 2018
Guests staying at the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in 2018 have been enjoying two benefits at the Walt Disney World theme parks that are usually reserved for Disney Resort Hotel guests: theme park Extra Magic Hours and the ability to book FastPass+ 60 days in advance. These benefits were originally slated to end at the Disney Springs hotels on December 31, 2018, but now will be available for those guests with valid theme park admission through December 31, 2019.

 

Sammy Duvall's Watersports Centre ClosesSammy Duvall's Watersports Centre Closes
September 01, 2018
After 20 years of operating water sports activities at Walt Disney World's Contemporary Resort, Sammy Duvall's Watersports Centre closed its doors yesterday, Aug. 31, 2018.

 

Artist Point to Host Snow White Character Dinner Starting This WinterArtist Point to Host Snow White Character Dinner Starting This Winter
August 31, 2018
This coming winter, Artist Point restaurant at Disney's Wilderness Lodge will host an all-new character dining experience. Storybook Dining at Artist Point will immerse guests in an Enchanted Forest-like setting inspired by Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." During the meal, Snow White, Dopey and Grumpy will visit with diners, while music and other activities will bring the fairytale to life. To complete the experience, you'll have the chance to meet up with Snow White's nemesis, The Queen.

 

Digital Key Feature Now at ALL Walt Disney World Resort HotelsDigital Key Feature Now at ALL Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
August 28, 2018
Digital Key, the keyless way to open your room door simply by using the My Disney Experience app on your Bluetooth-enabled mobile device, is now available at all Walt Disney World Resort hotels.

 

New Look Coming to Walt Disney World Swan Lobby SpacesNew Look Coming to Walt Disney World Swan Lobby Spaces
August 21, 2018
The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is undergoing its next redesign project, a $3 million transformation of the Swan Resort's lobby, public spaces and coffee bar. Upon completion, the resort's two main lobbies, all guest rooms and meeting spaces will all have completely updated appearances.

 

ATTN: Tables in Wonderland Members - Additional Dates for Contemporary Resort Chef's Table Experience! ATTN: Tables in Wonderland Members - Additional Dates for Contemporary Resort Chef's Table Experience!
August 16, 2018
This fall, Disney's Contemporary Resort Convention Center is presenting a number of special Chef's Table dining experiences exclusively for Tables in Wonderland members. The originally announced dates have already SOLD OUT, but two additional dates are now available for booking: October 18 and December 6.

 

Sebastian's Bistro to Replace Shutters at Caribbean Beach Resort!Sebastian's Bistro to Replace Shutters at Caribbean Beach Resort!
August 16, 2018
Caribbean Beach Resort has been undergoing renovation to common areas and restaurants in the Old Port Royale area. Disney has announced some news on two of the dining locations at this resort. In a few months Shutters table-service restaurant will reopen as the all-new Sebastian's Bistro. In addition, Centertown Market, the resort's quick-service location, is getting a face-lift and being expanded to create an indoor street market feeling.

 

Menu Mania: A Recap of What's Changed in our MenusMenu Mania: A Recap of What's Changed in our Menus
July 28, 2018
Each week in the AllEars Newsletter, we tell you that we are continually updating our dining database, and we give you a few highlights. But maybe you're wondering what exactly that means. In a nutshell, it means that each and every week we are gathering menus from various Walt Disney World restaurants and then updating them on our site. We are also adding photos of the menu items as we go, not to mention photos of the dining locations themselves. Sometimes we even add videos! We thought you might find it of interest to see exactly what has changed each week, so we've decided to present you with a weekly recap diving into a little more detail.

 

Bar and Grill Coming to Coronado Springs in 2019Bar and Grill Coming to Coronado Springs in 2019
July 20, 2018
A new on-the-water bar and grill called Villa del Lago will open at Disney's Coronado Springs resort in 2019, along with the previously announced new 15-story tower that is currently under construction. The new eatery, which will serve light fare and beverages, will seat 60, with room for an additional 90 in designated group areas. Its over-the-water location will be connected to the rest of the resort, which also hosts a convention center, by a series of bridges.

 

New Year's Eve Events at the Contemporary New Year's Eve Events at the Contemporary
July 11, 2018
Disney's Contemporary Resort will be the site of two special dining events on New Year's Eve 2018: the family-friendly "Pixar Party: A New Year's Eve Celebration" and the more adult-oriented "Disney Countdown to Midnight," which also offers an upgraded VIP "Ink and Paint Club experience." Book now at (407) WDW-DINE.

 

Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy, Much More on the Horizon for Walt Disney World!Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy, Much More on the Horizon for Walt Disney World!
June 29, 2018
At the media briefing on June 29, 2018, it was announced that Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy, featuring the popular character from the "Cars" films, will debut in Disney's Hollywood Studios early in 2019. The all-new show-attraction, to be located in Sunset Showcase near Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, will also feature Mater and Cruz Ramirez while McQueen demonstrates racing techniques on a new simulator. Disney also provided updates on Minnie and Mickey's Runaway Railway attraction, the Skyliner, and much more.

 

My Disney Experience App Now Includes Bus Times!My Disney Experience App Now Includes Bus Times!
June 18, 2018
Disney has rolled out a brand new bus time feature in the My Disney Experience mobile app that enables guests to spend less time waiting at the bus stop and more time getting ready for a fun-filled day in the parks. With this feature, guests can quickly discover up-to-the-minute estimates for when the next buses will depart from their Disney Resort hotel and when they will complete their journey to their destination.

 

REVIEW: Mandara Spa at Walt Disney World DolphinREVIEW: Mandara Spa at Walt Disney World Dolphin
June 15, 2018
Guest Blogger Elizabeth Brown shares her review of the Mandara Spa at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel.

 

Fourth of July Around the "World"Fourth of July Around the "World"
June 14, 2018
This Independence Day 2018, Disney theme parks will offer guests a bevy of booming delights, with fireworks at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, as well as special character appearances, patriotic-themed treats and activities at Fort Wilderness.

 

2019 Disney World Packages and Dining Plans Announced2019 Disney World Packages and Dining Plans Announced
June 08, 2018
The 2019 Walt Disney Travel Company vacation packages and dining plans for Walt Disney World Resort are now available to book. These packages will be valid for arrivals Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2019. Note the last date of your vacation cannot be booked more than 499 days in the future.

 

Online Tool Revamps Lost and Found Online Tool Revamps Lost and Found
June 06, 2018
Walt Disney World Resort has introduced an online tool for reporting lost items. If you lose something in a Disney theme park, water park, Disney Springs, ESPN Wide World of Sports or on Disney transportation, visit DisneyWorld.com/lostandfound and input information about your lost item. Disney will then search for the item for you, sending periodic updates right to your email address, whether you're still visiting Walt Disney World Resort or have already returned home.

 

Minnie Van Service Now Available Resort-WideMinnie Van Service Now Available Resort-Wide
June 06, 2018
The Disney Minnie Van service introduced last year is now available for everyone at Walt Disney World Resort, through the Lyft app. The service offers a convenient way for guests to travel to and from the theme parks, Disney resort hotels, Disney Springs and other Disney locations. There is a flat $25 fee per trip for the service, which is available between 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. (Hours subject to change.)

 

Salons Offer Character Couture PackagesSalons Offer Character Couture Packages
May 31, 2018
Walt Disney World has announced that three of its hair salons are now offering Character Couture Packages. Children, teens and adults can book these "character makeovers" at Ivy Trellis at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, La Vida Health Club at Coronado Springs Resort and Ship Shape at the Beach Club. There are three packages: -- Storybook Style: Classic character-inspired hairstyle -- $50 for a child ages 4 to 14 and $80 for an adult. This service takes 25 minutes. -- Magical Makeover: Classic character-inspired hairstyle and makeup -- $75 for a child ages 4 to 14 and $105 for an adult. This service takes 55 minutes. -- Timeless Transformation: Classic character-inspired hairstyle, makeup and nails -- $90 for a child ages 4 to 14 and $120 for an adult. This service takes one hour and 25 minutes. Nails will be painted in a color appropriate for the character chosen or the guest may choose character nail art for an additional $3 per nail. All three packages include a tiara for the participating guest. To make a reservation, call 407-WDW-SPAS.