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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort Celebrates Completed Renovation Including New Lobby & Dining Location

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We were invited to an event last week to check out the new Walt Disney World Dolphin lobby that includes the Phins lobby bar and Fuel dining location. The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort has completed a $140 million three-year transformation that also included guest rooms and meeting space, and the resort now has a much more modern feel to it. The billowy circus tent look to the Dolphin ceiling is gone, in are a fountain and elegant chandelier.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort has been a longtime favorite of mine. Situated in an excellent location that is a 10-15 minute walk from either Epcot or Disney's Hollywood Studios - or a Friendship Boat ride, though I rarely take it - the resort hotels are not owned by Walt Disney World but they are nestled among Walt Disney World deluxe resorts around the Walt Disney World Boardwalk. I spent six years as a Disney specialized travel agent many years ago, and often would book guests into these two fantastic properties (they are Starwood hotels, owned by Sheraton and Westin). Even with the resort and parking fees, there are a variety of discounts that can make this location a very attractive option. Being a very popular convention site, certain times of year can get booked up as well - October is always a prime convention month. In addition, the end of October always offers my favorite food and wine event, the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Food and Wine Classic. The resort has some highly rated dining options including Shula's Steakhouse and Todd English's Bluezoo, and the Classic offers tastes from all the restaurants plus wine and beer. It is always a great time!

Win a Digital Copy of "Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Men Tell No Tales" (Contest Ends September 20th, 2017)

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Thanks to Disney, we have a contest for a digital copy of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, just in time for "Talk Like a Pirate Day" on September 19th, 2017. This is a quick and easy contest, to enter just send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "Pirates of the Caribbean Contest" in the title through midnight, September 20th, 2017 PST. I will notify the winner by September 22nd. Read below more on this title, including the bonus features! 

Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films present Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a rollicking new tale of the high seas, infused with all the elements of fantasy, humor and action that have resulted in an international phenomenon for the past 13 years. Johnny Depp returns to his Academy Award®-nominated role as the outrageous, swashbuckling scoundrel Captain Jack Sparrow, and is joined by Oscar winners Javier Bardem and Geoffrey Rush. It was announced today at D23 Expo, that “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”—the fifth film in the now-iconic “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise—will sail home on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ on September 19, and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on October 3.


Our 23 Tips to Enjoy Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2017 at Magic Kingdom

This article was last updated on September 4th, 2017

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We have now attended the first three Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights for 2017! The event started so early this year, we had all three done by the end of September 1st. The Party nights were all different - one was a clear night, one was a partial rain night and the other was a pretty heavy rain evening. And I learned a lot from the rain evening, it's something we've rarely experienced through the years at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

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Review of Disneyland's MaxPass - Disney's Paid Fastpass Service

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Disney MaxPass - Disneyland's version of mobile Fastpass with a PhotoPass inclusion - debuted on July 19th, 2017. We were in town at that time and decided to test it on July 21st for the $10.00 per person introductory cost (Signature Passholders receive it included with their pass, other Disneyland Passholders are able to add it for $75.00 per year). Honestly, I had been skeptical when it was first announced. This was the first time I have ever paid for Fastpass or a skip-the-line offering at any park. I also think the name would have been better as "Fastpass Premium" or something like that. But that said, I think it is a much better version of Fastpass than what we have in Florida - easy to use, convenient, and it includes PhotoPass for the day (the PhotoPass part was confusing at first). Here is our review and information about Disney MaxPass.

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Disney Debuted A Magically 'Geek' Couture Gown Inspired by Cinderella at San Diego Comic-Con

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Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein debuted a new Cinderella gown on the Her Universe Fashion Show runway at San Diego Comic-Con. The dress was designed in just three days by Fashion Designer Andrew Maclaine - he won the first Her Universe Fashion Show at SDCC in 2014. Ashley wanted a Cinderella gown because "She never gave up on her dreams, no matter what". The reveal of the couture gown is at about 4:34 in.

Taking creative inspiration from elements of the iconic 1950 animated film, such as the magical fairy-dust transformation and the elegant spiral staircase from Prince Charming's palace, designer Andrew MacLain creates a truly 'Wish Upon A Star' modern gown for Ashley.

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