Disney Vacations

Star Wars Day: Top 5 Spots to Geek-Out in California on May the Fourth

by Eli Ellison. Posted May 2nd 2014 03:55 PM
Star Wars Day. Star Wars Show at Disneyland Amusement Park in California USA
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Dig the lightsaber out of the closet and brush up on your Yoda-ese: Star Wars Day is this Sunday, May 4 -- as in "May the fourth be with you." Around the world, Rebel scum and Vader disciples alike will gather for Star Wars costume parties and movie-watching marathons. How anyone could sit through The Phantom Menace again though is a mystery. And in a pre-holiday announcement poor Mark Hamill has been awaiting since 1983, the cast of J.J. Abrams' upcoming Episode VII film has been revealed.
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Disney Cruise Line Ship Spotlight: Disney Fantasy

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Dec 9th 2013 03:23 PM
Disney's newest ship, which debuted in January 2012, is a sister ship to the Dream and has all the same amazing features, including a 765-foot watercoaster that whirls around the top decks, lots of wet play areas and nearly a full deck dedicated to kids' indoor playrooms with such high-tech features as a Magic PlayFloor (basically a giant video game you control with your feet). But Fantasy is no copycat. It also has an expanded, Europe-themed nighttime district and sundeck areas for adults, a large roster of Broadway-style shows and technology that lets you see your own creation animated as you dine in the Animator's Palate restaurant. The Art Nouveau-influenced Atrium Lobby is a beautiful space with a peacock feather-patterned carpet and extravagant gold-plated chandelier, with a bronze statue of Mademoiselle Minnie overlooking the scene.

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Disney Cruise Line Ship Spotlight: Disney Dream

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Dec 9th 2013 03:20 PM
The Disney Dream's introduction in 2011 heralded a new era for Disney Cruise Line. The 4,000-passenger ship is about 40 percent larger than the earlier ships and makes the most of the kind of high-tech wizardry and special effects only the Disney Imagineers could come up with. Nearly a whole deck is dedicated to kids' play spaces. From a first-at-sea watercoaster, AquaDuck (themed on Donald Duck and his mischievous nephews), and an expansive AquaLab water park (with all kinds of squirting devices) to animated characters you can actually talk to (including Crush from "Finding Nemo") and animated artwork that springs to life when you stop to look, the ship is one big wow. Attractively decorated with richly colored Art Deco influences (including a 24-carat gold and Swarovski crystal chandelier and golden friezes with Disney characters in the Atrium Lobby) and feeling a tad more upscale than the line's "classic" ships Magic and Wonder, the Disney Fantasy even has innovative inside cabins with Magical Portholes serving up virtual views.

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Disney Magic Cruise Timelapse

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Dec 9th 2013 03:19 PM
Disney Magic Cruise Timelapse Video

The Disney Magic underwent a major overhaul earlier this year, which included new looks and new additions to a ship that, when it debuted in 1998, was hailed as revolutionizing family cruising. The changes include an updated atrium, Marvel's Avengers Academy for the kids, a new Brazilian-influenced restaurant and, for all ages, the AquaDunk waterslide. The 37-foot-tall thrill ride takes riders almost straight down and out over the water. The ship also features a family pool and an adults-only pool, Quiet Cove.

AOL Travel rode along for the Magic's two-night debut out of Miami in October. Here's a taste of what it's like to sail on the ship -- in timelapse.
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Disney Cruise Line Ship Spotlight: Disney Wonder

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Dec 9th 2013 03:16 PM
A sister ship to the Disney Magic, the 2,700-passenger, 83,000-ton Disney Wonder debuted in 1999. The ship has an appealing Art Nouveau decor in the elegant Atrium Lobby and such standard Disney Cruise Line features as a Broadway-style theater; a movie theater (complete with concession stand); an adult nightclub district with a disco, sports bar and piano/jazz bar; expansive kids' facilities and family friendly spots including Studio Sea, where kids and adults join together for such activities as karaoke, game shows and dancing. Unlike its peers, the Disney Wonder has not been upgraded with the latest and greatest in technologically enhanced entertainment features. There's no watercoaster or "thrill" ride.

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Disney Cruise Line Ship Spotlight: Disney Magic

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Dec 9th 2013 03:04 PM
Disney's original 2,700-passenger, 83,000-ton ship was launched in 1998 and hailed as revolutionizing family cruising. The ship was designed to offer the nostalgic appeal of a classic ocean liner (with a blue hull and pointy bow, like Disney's other ships) with modern, family-friendly updates, including a huge amount of play space for kids. After 15 years of service, the Disney Magic recently underwent a complete overhaul that included a general lightening and brightening; dark Art Deco decor was redone in lighter tones. At the same time, the Disney Imagineers added new wow factors, not the least of which are AquaDunk (a new "thrill" waterslide) and a water play area, AquaLab.


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24 Things I Learned in (Almost) 24 Straight Hours at Disney

by Jake Thiewes. Posted May 31st 2013 11:00 AM
24 Hours of Disney

This time last week, I was already many hours into my day at Disney World's Magic Kingdom. A 4 a.m. wakeup call startled me out of bed, and by 5 a.m. I was outside the park with thousands of guests, counting down to the 6 a.m. early opening. In celebration of the start of a self-proclaimed "Monstrous Summer," Disney kept the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure open for 24 hours straight, while promoting the release of its new movie, Monsters University. I was on-site – first in Orlando, then in Anaheim – for some live reporting.
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24 Hours of Disney: On Location

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted May 22nd 2013 09:00 AM

Disney All-Nigher 24 hours Monsters T-shirt

Last year on Leap Day, California's Disneyland and Florida's Magic Kingdom opened their gates to the general public for 24 consecutive hours. The stunt squeezed an extra day of park going into 2012 – and prompted a sugar rush among Disneyphiles. Thousands of fans lined up before dawn. Crowds overwhelmed the park. Lines for rides grew past two hours long. Gridlock gripped the streets surrounding Disneyland.
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The Long Haul: Taming Orlando's Theme Parks

by MapQuest Discover. Posted Mar 14th 2013 11:27 AM
Disney World Orlando


If Anaheim, California's Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth, then Orlando, Florida must be the happiest place in the universe. With more than 100 attractions in total (including not one, but six Disney parks), Orlando provides plenty of opportunities for non-stop family fun.
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Celebrities At Disneyland: Who Likes To Celebrate At The Happiest Place On Earth?

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Nov 3rd 2011 11:42 AM
Celebrities at Disney

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Celebrities are just like us - they dine out, they go on vacation, they have run-ins with airlines and they love Disney.
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