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 Your Favorite Disney Ride Is Nearing 50
Your Favorite Disney Ride Is Nearing 50
by The Huffington Post News Team
The 50th anniversary celebration of Disney's iconic ride, It's A Small World, is fast approaching on April 22. The ride debuted at the 1964 World's Fair in NYC as an exhibit honoring UNICEF, the famous children's fund.

Here's Walt in 1964 showing off a model of the ride.


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And here are 7 fun facts about the now-famous ride, which is at five Disney Parks around the world:

1. The ride opened at Disney parks in 5 different decades: Disneyland (May 28, 1966), Disney World (Oct. 1, 1971), Tokyo Disneyland (April 15, 1983), Disneyland Paris (April 12, 1992) and Hong Kong Disneyland (April 17, 2008).

2. On the average 16-hour operating at the parks, the song "It's A Small World" is played roughly 1,200 times.

3. Although each ride is different, they each have at least 240 figures representing children around the world

4. During 2004-5 refurbishing, the clown that pilots the hot air balloon in the finale at Disney World became friendlier--he now smiles and carries a balloon...before he frowned and carried a sign that said "help."

5. The ride at Tokyo Disneyland features the largest Japan area of them all.

6. California's Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland all have holiday versions.

7. The famous song was composed by Richard M. and Robert S. Sherman, who composed "Mary Poppins."

And the entrance to the ride at the World's Fair, also in 1964.

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Fodor's:  The Ultimate Walt Disney World 2014 Planner
Fodor's: The Ultimate Walt Disney World 2014 Planner
by Fodor's
Walt Disney World is one of the most popular vacation destinations on the planet for the sheer fact that it offers so much to see and do. No matter what your age, you'll find something to entertain you here. A friendly warning, though: Planning a trip to this massive, 40-square-mile playland can be daunting. Below, we cover everything you need to know to make your Walt Disney World vacation perfect.--Andrea Rotondo

WHAT CAN I DO THERE?
Four theme parks--Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios--anchor the complex. Each park offers a variety of rides, restaurants, shops, opportunities to meet Disney characters, and see Broadway-style shows.

WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO?
There are two water parks--Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon--as well as a number of lakes and bays on which you can rent pontoon boats, speedboats, and kayaks. There's a racetrack for Richard Petty's Driving Experience and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. You'll find numerous golf courses and game arcades. In the afternoons there are magical parades, followed by inspiring fireworks displays at night. You can even attend an authentic Polynesian luau and, of course, you can meet Mickey and all his pals.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT WALT DISNEY WORLD?
There isn't a bad time to visit per se, though some times of year--late February/early March, mid- to late October, the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas--are less crowded than others. The weeks surrounding Easter, Christmas, and New Year's Eve are generally the busiest of the year. It also gets pretty hot in Orlando during the summer months, so stick to other seasons if you can't take the heat and humidity. Keep in mind that Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1 to November 30, though it peaks between mid-August and early November.

DO ANY SPECIAL EVENTS TAKE PLACE AT WALT DISNEY WORLD?
Absolutely! There's barely a week that goes by when something special isn't going on. The ever-popular Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival runs from March 5 to May 18. As fall approaches so does the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. In October, WDW hosts Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and you can book Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and Candlelight Processional in November and December. Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios also takes place during the holiday season. See Walt Disney World's calendar of events for complete listings.

IS IT BETTER TO STAY AT A DISNEY HOTEL OR OFF-SITE?
Because there is so much to see and do at Walt Disney World, you won't want to waste a precious minute of your vacation commuting back and forth to the park. That's why it's often best to stay right on-property at a Walt Disney World hotel, which there are more than 20 of to choose from. There are also a select few non-Disney-operated hotels on the property, like the Swan or Dolphin, where you can use Starwood Preferred Guest points to redeem free stays. Finally, the highly anticipated Four Seasons Orlando opens on Walt Disney World property in August 2014.

Extra Magic Hours are a huge benefit offered to guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels plus the Swam, Dolphin, Shades of Green, and Hilton Orlando Resort on Hotel Plaza Boulevard. Each day, certain popular attractions are open longer at one of the theme parks--but only for Disney hotel guests. Have no fear if your budget doesn't allow for an on-site room though. Orlando is home to many clean, comfortable, and economical hotel rooms and there is plenty of parking at the Disney theme parks.

WHAT'S THE BEST DISNEY HOTEL?
You can pick from eight deluxe, three moderate, or five value properties plus campgrounds and vacation villas. Price points range from $284 to $488 per night for a deluxe room, about $160 for a moderate resort, and $85 to $105 for a value property. The "best" Disney hotel will depend on your needs. Do you want to be on the monorail line that drops passengers off at the Magic Kingdom entrance turnstiles? If so, you'll want to stay at Disney's Grand Floridian, Contemporary, or Polynesian resorts. Do you want to be able to walk to Epcot or take a boat to Disney's Hollywood Studios? Then Disney's Yacht & Beach Club or Boardwalk hotels are your best bet. Are you on a tight budget? If so, any of Disney's value resorts will fit the bill.
Here are some of Disney's most popular hotels:
• Best Splurge: Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
• Best for Honeymooners: Disney's Yacht Club Resort
• Best for Large Families: Disney's BoardWalk Villas
• Best for Little Kids: Disney's All-Star Movies Resort
• Best for Animal Lovers: Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

ARE DINING PLANS AVAILABLE?
Yes. If you are staying on Disney property and booked a Magic Your Way Vacation Package, you can also purchase one of five Disney Dining Plans. The plans include meals at more than 100 restaurants on property. Those who choose the top of the line Platinum Plan get three meals per day at table service or fast food restaurants plus two snacks (like ice cream or popcorn) and a drink mug that's refillable across the resort.

WHAT TYPE OF PARK TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE?
Start by purchasing Magic Your Way tickets to the theme parks you wish to visit. You can then purchase add-ons that make the tickets more useful. For example, the base ticket only allows you to visit one park per day. However, for $59 per ticket, you can add the Park Hopper Option that lets you go from park to park. You can also add entrance to Disney's water parks for $59 per ticket (or add both the Park Hopper and Water Park Fun options for a total of $84 per ticket). Think about how you'd like to spend each day of your vacation and that will help you select the right ticket options.

HOW BAD ARE THE LINES FOR POPULAR RIDES?
Let's not sugarcoat it. Lines can get long during high season for attractions like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Magic Kingdom, Test Track at Epcot, and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios. That's why you want to get a FASTPASS ticket at the entrance of certain rides. As long as you return within the one-hour window printed on the ticket, and you'll be able to skip the long line. This year, the company plans to rollout FASTPASS+, which will also include easy entry to character greetings and viewing areas for fireworks and parades.

WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO BOOK A WALT DISNEY WORLD VACATION? TRAVEL AGENT OR DIRECTLY THROUGH DISNEY?
Many people prefer to book their vacation directly through Disney via its website or by calling (407) 939-5277 from 7 am to 11 pm EST. If you're not familiar with Walt Disney World and all its intricacies when it comes to resorts, dining plans, and ticket packages, use travel agents like Dreams Unlimited Travel, The Magic for Less, or Small World Vacationsthat specialize in WDW. You can also educate yourself and find money-saving ideas at sites like WDWinfo, MouseSavers, and AllEars.net.
Now matter how you book your trip, make sure to download the My Disney Experience app that archives all your reservations and plans. It also shows each day's park hours as well as real-time waits at each attraction, character meet-and-greet locations, and more.

HOW DOES DISNEY HELP VISITORS CELEBRATE SPECIAL OCCASIONS?
Celebrate a special occasion by having your room decorated or gifts delivered. You can even order a delicious fondant- or buttercream-frosted cake from Private Dining at the Grand Floridian, Contemporary Resort, Boardwalk Inn, Animal Kingdom Lodge, or the Yacht & Beach Club. Cake designs can be very elaborate and themed with certain Disney characters. Call the cake hotline at 1-(407) 827-2253.
One popular way to celebrate with friends and family is to plan a special private event like a fireworks cruise during the Magic Kingdom's Wishes showcase or Epcot's IllumiNations.

WHAT ELSE COULD MAKE MY WDW VACATION SPECIAL?
Take a look at Disney's PhotoPass service. Packages are available so on-site photographers stationed around the theme parks can take your picture with your friends and family. The photos are archived on a website where you can order any shots you like.



Andrea M. Rotondo is a freelance writer based in New York City. She covers cruise news and luxury travel trends for Fodors.com, Condé Nast Traveler, Cruise Critic, and other websites and magazines. Her latest book is Tom Petty: Rock 'n' Roll Guardian. Follow her on Twitter:@luxtravelmavens.


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 And The Happiest Disney Park On Earth Is...
And The Happiest Disney Park On Earth Is...
by The Huffington Post News Team
There's only room for one Happiest Place on Earth on this Earth.

The folks at Cheap Flights have cross-examined ticket prices, acreage, and the number of character meet-and-greets to determine which of six Disney parks is the most jolly.

Scroll to the bottom for the big reveal!



Which Park Is the happiest?


 The Castle Where Fairy Tales Were Born
The Castle Where Fairy Tales Were Born
by The Huffington Post News Team
Looks familiar, doesn’t it?

Try as you may, you won’t find this castle in any of the Disneylands around the world. This fairy tale palace, however, can be found in Bavaria, Germany, more than 350 miles away from the closest Disneyland in Paris.

Called the Neuschwanstein Castle, the magnificent 19th century palace was built as a private retreat for “mad” King Ludwig II. After the king’s death in 1886, the castle was opened to the public and is said to have inspired Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle we’ve come to love.

Surrounded by breathtaking mountain and lake views, the castle is truly the real-life magic kingdom:

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 Disneys Around The World
Disneys Around The World
by The Huffington Post News Team
There's probably no one more obsessed with Disneyland than we are. Well, there is little Lily from YouTube. But if we're only counting people over the age of seven, then we win.

Disney parks are varied, and that's why we love them. The original Disneyland in California is where Sleeping Beauty Castle got its start as a park icon. In the Magic Kingdom at Disney World, though, the central castle belongs to Cinderella-- same with Tokyo Disneyland. Disneyland Paris is home to a walking, talking Chicken Little character, and Hong Kong Disneyland has a "Flights of Fantasy" parade with an airborne Dumbo leading the way.

Check out our obsessive comprehensive comparison of magic kingdoms around the world. Then start planning your trip!



CORRECTION: A previous version of this table listed the price of adult admission to Disneyland Paris as $79. That's the kids' price... an adult ticket is $87.
Katelyn Mullen:  Food Allergies Are A Breeze In Disney World
Katelyn Mullen: Food Allergies Are A Breeze In Disney World
by Katelyn Mullen
Having a food allergy can be a pretty annoying. From the fear of an allergic reaction to the longing for that granola bar that "may contain tree nuts," there are countless reasons having a food allergy is a hindrance to you and those around you, especially when traveling.

So imagine the delight when you stumble upon a destination that is practically 100% allergy-friendly. In this case, that place would be the resorts of Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. The cast members at virtually every eatery in every park were so prepared and so accommodating.

Alerting the wait staff to a tree nut allergy was not met with blank stares and a stammering waitress, but rather a calm, cool and collected response of, "Not a problem at all, the chef will be out to speak with you shortly." Seems a little unnecessary, no?

Not exactly.

As an adult who developed an allergy to tree nuts in my late twenties, it's been a rather challenging adjustment to remember that I don't have free will when it comes to eating food I haven't prepared. In a bizarre twist, my 5-year-old niece also is plagued with the same tree nut allergy but--lucky for her--she has parents and countless family members who are completely on top of it. So let me take you now on our journey through Walt Disney World and why a food allergy can't even slow those cast members down.

My compliments to the chef.
At any sit-down dining experience we had at any Disney resort or park, the chef came out of the kitchen to speak with us. He or she informed us of the foods that would cause no issue and which foods they could not speak for. For example, the breads served were often made off site and therefore they couldn't confirm how safe they were to eat. Everyone knows that Disney employees are generally the most pleasant people on earth, but these chefs were more than willing to stop what they were doing to come out and speak with worried parents (or twenty-somethings.)

Show me the ingredients!
There are food stands practically every twenty feet in virtually every park. One will never go hungry on a Disney property, that's for sure. Pre-packaged ice creams or hot pretzels are usually off limits for a food allergy person, even if they don't contain nuts. The factories these treats are made in often produce products that do contain tree nuts and will bear the warning "may contain tree nuts." At every food cart, the cast members were happy to hand over the product before purchase to allow me (or any parent) the option of checking the label with their own eyes. Some stands were even equipped with a book that contained the labels and ingredients for all of the products. This may seem like no big deal, but not everyone is always so willing to accommodate. It can certainly be a hassle and slow down the line, but the alternative is not really something most people are interested in witnessing.

Going to infinity and beyond.
I'm a grown adult and I should carry a package of sprinkles in my purse. Not all the time, but if I want ice cream I should. Dipping that cone of vanilla ice cream in the big tub of rainbow sprinkles that they just dipped the chocolate macadamia nut ice cream in could cause a reaction in tree nut allergy people. In Downtown Disney's Ghiradelli Ice Cream shop, they opened a completely new container of ice cream and sprinkles right in front of us and let us watch as they made the cup, handing it directly to my sister so she could be 100% sure it was fine to give to my niece. That may seem a little excessive, but my niece hasn't had sprinkles from an ice cream store just like everyone else in over two years. For a 5-year-old, that "normal" thing is a pretty big deal.

A little something for everyone.
On my last day in Disney World, my family and I were dining at the food court in The Land of Epcot.
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There were plenty of options and again, accommodating staff all around, but the greatest treat of all was the bin of pre-packaged treats that were labeled and marketed to us allergy folk. Cookies, candies, ice cream, you name it, they had it and it was all allergy free. This was a rather grand moment, but the real cherry on top was the taste of these allergy-friendly treats. They. Were. Good. Not just good-for-allergy-free good, actually good. And if you're taking notes, similar kiosks can be found in Disney's Animal Kingdom as well.

For those people who do have a food allergy of any kind, dining out and traveling can be incredibly stressful, especially those whose children are the ones with the issue. There are a ton of factors and scenarios that those who aren't affected by a food allergy never even think of, but in true Disney-fashion, they are one step ahead of their guests. The cast members in Disney World made it seem like it was no hassle and no hindrance to give us some assurance and peace of mind.

It really boils down to this: the cast members are very well-trained and incredibly accommodating. Perhaps it's done me a bit of disservice because as we all know, life in the real world is a far cry from Disney World.
 Jennifer Hudson's A Princess
Jennifer Hudson's A Princess
by The Huffington Post News Team
Jennifer Hudson is now a princess. Kinda.

The singer and "American Idol" alum has joined the ranks of Taylor Swift, Will Ferrell, Gisele, Julianne Moore, among many others, to star in Annie Leibovitz's Disney Dream Portraits, in which celebs embody Disney characters.

Hudson is dressed as Tiana from "The Princess and the Frog."

Take a look at the ad as well as behind-the-scenes shots below.

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 Welcome To The Magic
Welcome To The Magic
by The Huffington Post News Team
Don't have enough vacation days, money or patience to head to Disneyland? Don't fret, because we've found a way to see America's second-most visited theme park from the comfort of your desk.

Matt Givot, a southern California-based photographer, and Dan Douglas, spent "a good to three to four days" on their newest video of Disneyland, which is, essentially, a 91-second ode to the theme park.

Of their desire to film Disneyland, Givot told Huffington Post Travel via email that they "knew Disneyland has a certain magic to it and our hope was to capture some of that using time lapse photography. We wanted to people to just be able to take a small break from their busy days, and get away for a minute and half."

To create the mini-vacation, Givot and Douglas shot over 18,000 images on one long sweltering day and edited the images down. The duo have extensive practice with the art: Douglas went to the top of a volcano and filmed this video while Givot documented the final journey of the space shuttle Endeavor with the help of some friends.

But the joy of this time lapse can't be matched by their former projects. As Givot told us via email, "there is nothing like watching your children experience the park. What I enjoyed most about making this is sharing it with them, their reactions made all the time spent on it so worth it."

 A Different Kind Of Disney 'World'
A Different Kind Of Disney 'World'
by The Huffington Post News Team
You can locate every single ride in Walt Disney World... but can you pin the location of every single movie created by the wonderful world of Disney?

If the answer is no, do not fret -- one Reddit user has taken on the role of silver-screen cartographer and created a map that will give you all the answers.

The map below was created by Redditor translucentfish who posted the map of animated films on Reddit Saturday:

Disney's World: Map of Disney Animated Film Locations

In a comment, translucentfish said the greatest challenge was placing two films: The Little Mermaid and Atlantis.

For The Little Mermaid, I couldn't find any definitive proof as to where it takes place. It came down to Denmark or the Caribbean. Basically 50/50, there were signs pointing to both and also negatives. I chose the location I felt best represented the film as I've seen it. I don't doubt that many think it's wrong. But, I bet had I put it in Denmark there'd be issues with that as well.



For Atlantis, well, that's a pretty obvious case of no one knows where Atlantis is located. The movie (to my knowledge) never explicitly states where it is, so I went with the prevailing theory behind it's disappearance. Honestly though, I could have put it anywhere on the map and it would have been "wrong."


According to the map, Disney has produced films set on six of the seven continents, with Antarctica being the final frontier. We think the Imagineers can come up with some adorable talking arctic creatures next... don't you?

While the map depicts the approximate locations of these films, the exact, real-world locations of many of them are unclear. While some films feature actual monuments you can see for yourself, others are set in vague locations that have hints of reality.

Check out the slideshow below to see some real-life Disney locations that you can visit on your travels.

Travel + Leisure:  Best Places to Eat at Disney World
Travel + Leisure: Best Places to Eat at Disney World
by Travel + Leisure
More than 17 million people vacation at Disney World's Magic Kingdom each year, and that magic -- and those long lines -- can work up an appetite.

When hunger strikes on your next visit, don't turn to the nearest food cart or restaurant. It's worth seeking out certain restaurants at Disney World and Disneyland that will satisfy kids and adults alike and enhance your experience. Waking up to the Princess Breakfast of French toast stuffed with caramel apple and drizzled in caramel at Cinderella's Castle or sampling piri-piri chicken and South African wines at Jiko restaurant can be as memorable as laying eyes on Mickey for the first time.

Some of the best Disney restaurants embrace their own themes, like the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, where you can dig into house-smoked St. Louis-style pork ribs while watching a black-and-white horror movie on the 50-foot screen.

We have you covered whatever you're craving, from great to-go snacks (a jumbo turkey leg) to a celebrity chef's Mediterranean restaurant on Disney's BoardWalk.

--Jason Beudert

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 Vintage Snapshots Of The Happiest Place On Earth
Vintage Snapshots Of The Happiest Place On Earth
by The Huffington Post News Team
Ever since Disneyland opened in 1955, children around the world have dreamed of a vacation to the classic theme park and resort.

Almost 60 years later, Disneyland and Walt Disney World still rank as favorite destinations for families around the world, with millions of visitors hitting the parks each year.

We gathered some vintage Disney photographs taken from decades past, and they're just as charming as you'd imagine. And while Disney is constantly updating and modernizing its parks and resorts, Disney loves its nostalgia. Truly, there are some things about the "most magical place on Earth" that will never change.

We dug up snapshots of iconic rides like Dumbo and the Monorail, famous monuments like Cinderella's Castle, long-gone attractions like the Disneyland Skyway and over-the-top anniversary events.

Whether you need a trip down memory lane or want to learn some Disney history, we think you'll find these photos just as charming as we did.

Take a look back at vintage Disney in the slideshow below.

 PHOTOS: How Epcot Is Bringing Disney Characters To Life
PHOTOS: How Epcot Is Bringing Disney Characters To Life
by The Huffington Post News Team
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival has arrived at Walt Disney World for spring 2013. The event, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has Epcot blooming with themed gardens and character-based topiaries that delight both the young, and young at heart; we're looking at you, Grumpy. Visitors will also find a variety of Garden Marketplaces offering seasonally-inspired and garden-inspired eats similar to the super popular Food & Wine festival kiosks.

What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than with a tour of floral arrangements like only Disney can create. View these botanical creations below and let us know if you've ever visited one of Epcot's notable festivals.


 WATCH: Family Time At Disney World
WATCH: Family Time At Disney World
by The Huffington Post News Team
Back in December, Walt Disney World officially debuted New Fantasyland, the largest expansion to the Magic Kingdom to date. The new land features such hot new attractions as Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, Storybook Circus and Be Our Guest restaurant. (The final additions, Princess Fairytale Hall and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster, are slated to open in 2013 and 2014, respectively.)

With the warmer months upon us, we are heading into prime time for Disney World travel. In case you wanted to try before you buy, here's a preview of Disney's newest hotel and park expansions.

Undercover Tourist:  PHOTOS: Alternatives To Disney World's Iconic Attractions
Undercover Tourist: PHOTOS: Alternatives To Disney World's Iconic Attractions
by Undercover Tourist
No matter the age, the allure of Walt Disney World Resort's classic attractions never seems to wane. Dumbo the Flying Elephant marks many a child's "first" ride because of its enduring appeal and treasured place in a parent's childhood memory. The younger generations, who may never have known Dumbo before their first visit, simply find delight in the pleasure of flying through the sky.

Despite the allure of Disney's iconic attractions, there are always new treasures to discover -- some reminiscent of those classics or even new additions to the classics themselves. So whether making a first or 50th visit to Walt Disney World, we present a few of the most iconic experiences and a few unexpected alternatives.

 PHOTOS: Blowing Off Steam In Disney World
PHOTOS: Blowing Off Steam In Disney World
by The Huffington Post News Team
Most people think of a Disney vacation as one of non-stop action. Whether it's spending hours in line, shopping 'til you drop, or chasing down excited toddlers, there's almost always something going on.

So, the idea of Walt Disney World as a place to relax might seem rather strange. But, there's so much more to the resort than its parks, much of which will actually get your mind off of that three-hour wait at Space Mountain.

Here are just a few ways to enjoy a little Disney down time.

What's your favorite way to relax or revive at Walt Disney World?
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What's your all-time favorite Disney Parks attraction?