Not All, 4 hotels in pilot program to accept pets at Disney starting Oct 15

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. >> Four hotels at Walt Disney World Resort will allow guests to bring dogs beginning Sunday.

The hotels near Orlando, Florida, are Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney Port Orleans Resort-Riverside, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. The Yacht Club adds $75 to daily room rates for canine guests, the other three, $50.

The pilot program is accepting reservations through October 2018. Two dogs are permitted per guest room.

A Pluto’s Welcome Kit includes a mat, bowls, pet ID tag, plastic bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps. Doggy day care and other pet services are offered nearby at Best Friends, an on-property pet care facility.

Disney says dogs staying in its hotels “must be well behaved, leashed in resort public areas and properly vaccinated.”

According to another source:

The Disney Parks Blog has just announced that starting on Sunday, October 15, 2017, select Walt Disney World Resort hotels are testing a program that would allow guests to bring up to two of their dogs. Disney’s Yacht Club ResortDisney’s Port Orleans Resort – RiversideDisney’s Art of Animation Resort and cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground are all part of this new test. Reservations are being accepted for the testing phase through October 2018.

There will be an additional charge of $75 per day pet-cleaning fee at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort which will be added onto the room rate, and a $50 per day fee at the other three resorts. Dogs will be greeted with Pluto’s Welcome Kit which will include a “mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps.” Additionally, rooms with a dog staying in them will receive a Pluto-themed “Do Not Disturb” door hanger to notify hotel staff that there is a dog in the room.

Dogs must be leashed in public areas, vaccinated, and well behaved.

Of course, Best Friends Pet Care will still be available on Walt Disney World property, but the opportunity to stay with your canine companion in a Disney resort will have many dog owners extremely excited.

Guests with questions on this new program can call 407-W-DISNEY.

Credit: Disney Parks Blog

Disneyland Offers VIP Tours For a Hefty $2,400 – but This 1 Perk Makes It Worth EVERY Penny

When visiting the happiest place on earth, you go in accepting the fact that you’ll be standing in line longer than you’ll be enjoying the attractions. But how much would you pay to have your group cut straight to the front? With Disneyland’s VIP Tours, guests can enjoy the most magical day ever free of lines, alongside their own “personal concierge,” and with many other perks – but with a hefty price tag, of course.

For up to a group of 10 and a minimum of six hours, a VIP Tour reservation starts at $2,400, and that doesn’t include admission to California Adventure. To see if the insane ticket price is really worth it, I spoke with a family friend who’s done the experience twice with her family and paid $3,200 for their Christmas-Day trip.

The Perks

“The biggest perk is not waiting in line!” Stefanie Howarth told POPSUGAR. “Your guide will escort you through the FastPass line.”

In addition, VIP guests also get to enter the park one hour before it opens to the public – which is pretty awesome – as well as preferred VIP parade seating.

Your Personal Guide

From start to finish, your guide will take you through the park and every ride and even help customize an itinerary for you beforehand.

“The guides are really your personal concierge,” Stefanie said. “They will escort you to both Disneyland and California Adventure if you have passes for both. They organize the day and tailor it to your specific wants and needs; they can make lunch reservations and recommendations.”

Stefanie shared that the best guides are also park historians who are knowledgeable about every detail, down to the hidden messages in design left by Walt Disney himself, so your experience really depends on who you get.

“I must say all guides are not created equal,” she said. “Our first year, all our guide did was get us on the rides. Last year, the guide was fantastic and was a park/ride historian.”

Is It Worth It?

“Yes, it is worth it, especially if it’s a crowded time of year. If we went during an off time, we would not use one, but on Christmas, it’s a must.”

When you break it down, $2,400 for a group of 10 comes out to $240 per person, a little over $100 more than normal admission. If you and your friends are paying individually, the cost seems more manageable, especially for all the benefits included in the package. There are also plenty of ways you can save at the parks, including bringing your own food. While it’s not financially realistic for every group or family, it is an option to explore if you’re willing to drop some cash to avoid those lines.

Watch a Disney cruise ship crash into a dock, and get some great narration as a free gift

The Disney Dream cruise ship had a collision with a pier last week while attempting to dock in Nassau, Bahamas.

Scott Lewitt uploaded a video of the Disney Dream cruise ship slowly scraping the side of the pier, and gives narration which is just better than the video itself.

Most of the damaged occurred by the ship’s stern, which was described as minor, and no injuries were reported according to Disney.

“I knew that was going to happen,” said Lewitt as the ship slowly crept towards the pier. “Apparently Goofy’s driving the boat today.”

Walt Disney World Offering All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Milkshakes at the Magic Kingdom

Who doesn’t love a delicious milkshake?  Just when you think a tasty milkshake at Walt Disney World couldn’t get any better, then they go and offer an all you care to enjoy milkshake, which basically means that you can get as many refills on the milkshake as you want!  The new milkshake offering is located at The Plaza Restaurant on Main Street, USA not far from the entrance to the Magic Kingdom.  This is a fabulous offering an great treat for families to splurge on when they need a sweet, cold treat to enjoy while in the park.  Since the Florida weather is typically warm, ice cream almost always sounds like a great idea!

This special milkshake offering is being sold for $9.00 each and tax isn’t included.  There is a milkshake featured for each month that the all you care to enjoy offering is available for.  This month is a Vanilla and Nutella flavored milkshake.  The featured milkshake will vary from month to month, so it will be exciting to see what flavors Walt Disney World comes up with each month or if they will do any themed milkshakes.

The sign for the “All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Featured Milkshake” reads:

Vanilla Milkshake mixed with Chocolate Hazelnut Spread and topped with Whipped Cream and a Cherry


Sales Tax Not Included

This may be one of the most exciting and best valued treats at Magic Kingdom!  What do you think of this new offering?  Would you give it a try?

5000 Abandoned Bikes From ‘Burning Man’ to Be Given New Life in Hurricane-Ravaged Towns

Over 5,000 bicycles that were abandoned at this year’s Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert are to be given new life benefitting victims of Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria.

The photo of the dusty bikes originally sparked controversy in light of the obvious betrayal of the Burning Man tenet “Leave No Trace” – but now, volunteers are refurbishing the bicycles for new homes across the country.

The workers who rounded up the bicycles in Black Rock Desert have already begun cleaning and prepping over 100 bikes for shipping from Reno to Florida. Next, the bikes will be given to distribution programs and organizations throughout Florida and the Caribbean.

The project’s GoFundMe page has already raised $3,800 of their $10,500 goal in order to pay for shipping and handling.

The crowdfunding campaign’s creator, Meg Kiihne, said the bikes will provide valuable transportation to those affected by the weather disasters.

Additionally, Kiihne says their distribution partner plans on opening bike repair maintenance hubs in the afflicted regions, creating dozens of jobs for the devastated economies.

Kiihne says she first got the idea for the project after seeing the photo of the lonely “Burner bikes”.

“As I have told every reporter since, I didn’t think very long about the next steps,” says Kiihne. “As someone who has worked as a live event director/producer and has had the vision for years of getting more bikes to more lower-income communities, I honestly didn’t think much. I reacted on what I knew was needed and could be done.”

You can fly non-stop from Vancouver to Disney World for $265 return

The Magic Kingdom is calling you.

Air Canada Rouge’s non-stop flights from Vancouver to Orlando, home to Walt Disney World Resort, are ultra cheap at the start of the New Year, making it an ideal opportunity for fans young and old to put on their Mickey ears for a post-holiday season tropical ‘magical’ getaway.

According to Next Departure, roundtrip flights are for only $265.00 including taxes.

The deal is likely being offered because of the impact of the recent hurricanes on tourism in Florida and elsewhere in the Caribbean region.

However, the Orlando area including Disney World were not severely affected by Hurricane Irma. Damage in the area was minimal, and Disney World quickly returned to full normal operations within a week of the storm’s passing.

The offer is only available on the following dates in 2018:

  • Departure dates:
    • January 10, 17, 24, and 31
    • February 7, 21, and 28
  • Return dates:
    • January 17, 24, and 31
    • February 7, 14, 21, and 28
    • March 7, 14, and 21

Here’s how to track those flights down:

  1. Go to
  2. Search for: Vancouver (YVR) to Orlando (MCO)
  3. Mix and match the departure/return dates for your preferred length of stay.
  4. Note that you will have to pay in USD, so take into account the 2.5-3% foreign exchange fee from Canadian credit cards. You will save about $20 when paying in USD versus paying in CAD.

Disney Are Hiring People To Travel The World And Spread Happiness

If your postgrad plans involve sailing off into the sunset while surrounded by talking animals, fairy godmothers, and colorfully dressed royals, it’s your lucky day. Disney Cruise Line recently posted dozens of job listings online, and some of those openings involve dressing up as Disney characters while cruising around the Caribbean.

As Metro first reported, the cruise line is looking for “Cruise Staff” to “bring the magic to life to deliver exceptional guest service and create family-friendly fun,” according to the job listing. The position entails setting up, cleaning up, and participating in onboard performances, dance parties, and other activities; interacting with guests at scheduled meet and greets and elsewhere on the ship; and “displaying boundless amounts of energy, outgoing attitude, enthusiasm, and self-motivation,” all while onboard the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, and Disney Fantasy cruise ships, as well as on the Castaway Cay private island. (The job, apparently, does not require you to fight evil sea witches or sail across the sea to find stuck-up demigods, so that’s a plus.)

To apply, you’ll need to be at least 21 years old, have “exceptional presentation, communication, and organizational skills,” and have at least a year of experience in PR, entertainment or a similar position that required stage experience and public speaking skills. You’ll also have to be willing to work a “seven-day, 70-84 hour week with limited time off” (yikes), and promise to “maintain Disney Character Integrity,” which we assume means staying fully in character as Moana, Tiana, or whatever other character you’re assigned to play, at all times, with no exceptions. Start practicing now.

If you’re not much of an actor, Disney is also hiring emcees, chefs, youth activities counselors, and costume specialists, among many, many more cruise line careers, so you can still fulfill your dreams of living in a simultaneous Disney movie and long-term tropical vacation. Most of the jobs are U.S.-based, and require a minimum age of 18 and a willingness to work scarily long hours, because that’s the price you pay to turn a huge, fun-filled ship into the happiest place on Earth.

Carrie Barnette, a Disney worker who went to school in Orange County, killed in Las Vegas mass shooting

The bird always reminded her of her grandparents who had passed away, friends and family said.

Now, her friends and family with whom she shared that personal detail, will see hummingbirds and think of her.

Barnette, who attended Pacifica High in Garden Grove and worked at Disney California Adventure, was among the 59 people killed at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night, her friends, family and The Walt Disney Co. officials confirmed Monday. Barnette, who lived in Riverside, was 34.

“She was a ray of sunshine,” said Destiny Calderon, 31, who several years ago worked with Barnette at Disney California Adventure. “She always had a smile. If you had a bad day, she would lift you up.

“She was the model example of what a Disney cast member should be,” said Calderon, who now lives in Houston, Texas. Barnette was her food prep trainer. They kept in touch through Facebook and other social media platforms.

Tragedy hit home in the Magic Kingdom when friends and family found out a pair of Disneyland Resort cast members – employees – were struck by gunfire from shooter Paddock during a country music concert in Las Vegas. Another Disney worker, Jessica Milam, was injured in the shooting. She is recovering from surgery, friends relayed on facebook.

Barnette was part of the culinary team at Disney California Adventure for 10 years, Disney Chairman and CEO Robert Iger said in a statement Monday. Calderon said Barnette worked as a food prep trainer and manager overseeing the restaurants and concession stand at the theme park’s Pacific Wharf area.

“We are especially heartbroken over the loss of one of our own to this unconscionable and senseless act,” Iger said. “Our thoughts are with her family, along with our support, during this incredibly difficult time.

Disneyland President Michael Colglazier added: “We mourn the loss of our cast member, Carrie Barnette, and we offer our most heartfelt condolences to her family, fellow cast members, friends and loved ones as well as all who were affected by this senseless act.”

Barnette’s cousin, Janice Chambers, told the Arizona Republic her family waited through the night for word about her.

“We knew she had been shot,” Chambers said. “This morning a friend with her confirmed she is gone.”

Iger added, “Another valued Disney cast member, Jessica Milam, was also seriously injured and we are praying for her recovery.” Milam’s Facebook page says she is a student at Cal State Fullerton.

Joey Castillo, who is married to Barnette’s younger sister, Amy Castillo, said this has been a shock for the whole family. Barnette had just purchased a home in Riverside, a couple of miles away from her sister.

“She’s a very loving person,” Castillo said. “She always put others before herself, was a very hard worker and she loved going to her music concerts.

“She loved her nieces and nephews,” he said. “She was just a joy to have around and very caring. She was my wife’s sister and her best friend. She loved working at Disney’s California Adventure.”

He said his in-laws and wife, Amy, are “trying to keep it together, she is just still in shock. We all are.”

Calderon had spoken to Barnette about the concert on Facebook just a few hours before the shooting. Barnette was a big country music fan. Her Facebook page has pictures and music videos of country music musicians. Immediately, after learning of the shooting, Calderon messaged Barnette to check if she was OK. No response.

It was only hours later, she found out through a friend that Barnette was a victim.

“My heart sunk,” Calderon said.

Castillo said Barnette loved hummingbirds because it she saw them as a sign that her grandparents – Norma Joy and Neil Barnette – were watching over her.

Now, when they see a hummingbird, they’ll know it’s a sign of Carrie watching over their family, he said.

“She was always happy and loved her grandparents with who she’s now with up in heaven,” he said. “She will be greatly missed.”

Disneyland kick out severely disabled boy, six, who was on a Make a Wish trip to the park because he ‘was two days late

  • Layton Chapman, six, had his Make-a-Wish Foundation trip ruined by a mix-up
  • A ticket error meant he and his family were not allowed onto the rides for days
  • They remained in their room for two days and couldn’t get a table for Layton’s birthday dinner
  • Disneyland Paris have apologised to the family for the ruined holiday 


A severely disabled boy with a terminal condition had his once in a lifetime trip to Disneyland Paris ruined by a booking mix-up.

Six-year-old Layton Chapman has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and epilepsy and could die at any time from something as minor as a chest infection.

The brave boy’s ‘last and only wish’ saw him granted a four-day trip to Disneyland by the Make-A-Wish Foundation – a charity that arranges experiences for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Severely disabled boy Layton Chapman, six, with a terminal condition had his once in a lifetime trip to Disneyland Paris ruined by a booking mix-up

But when Layton, his mother Danielle Huart, 32, her partner Dale Chapman and brother and his two older siblings arrived at the Sequoila Lodge in Disney Village, they were told they had arrived two days late and would have to check out the next day.

A ticket mix-up also meant they could not enter the park because they did not have the right pass, so for two days they were trapped inside the village instead of making the most of their experience.

Danielle, from Hull, said: ‘They were arrogant and just not helpful at all. Because of the ticket mix up we missed a lot. We couldn’t leave the village, it was like a prison.

 The brave boy's 'last and only wish' saw him granted a four-day trip to Disneyland by the Make-A-Wish Foundation - a charity that arranges experiences for children with life-threatening medical conditions

 The brave boy’s ‘last and only wish’ saw him granted a four-day trip to Disneyland by the Make-A-Wish Foundation – a charity that arranges experiences for children with life-threatening medical conditions

‘I was so upset I was crying, the kids were bored, I just wanted to come home.’

Although Disney managed to sort out a room for the stay, they were not given a Genie card for access to the theme park.

To compensate for the error, they were given a fast-track pass so they could get on the rides quicker.

But when they tried to use it, staff told them the pass did not work and they were not allowed on the rides.

‘They marched us to customer services and they even turned us away,’ said Danielle.

‘It was so embarrassing getting marched past all the other families, like we’d done something wrong.’

Layton’s birthday was the next day and his mother had organised for a meal and cake to mark the occasion at Buffalow restaurant.

But, again, because of the booking mix-up, they were told they could not have a table or cake.

She spent the rest of the day complaining to hotel management instead of enjoying what should have been a once-in-a-lifetime family holiday.

That evening, the family eventually got the correct tickets and re-arranged Layton’s birthday party, giving the family a day and a half to explore the park, instead of the four they were promised.

 A spokeswoman for Disneyland Paris said 'We regret this particular wish did not meet the guest's expectations and we are now closely working with the family to resolve the situation.'

 A spokeswoman for Disneyland Paris said ‘We regret this particular wish did not meet the guest’s expectations and we are now closely working with the family to resolve the situation.’

‘Layton also got to meet a few characters, just not as many as we’d like. Donald Duck tried to give him a kiss and ended up hitting him in the head and he screamed.

‘Moana was really nice and gentle with him though.

‘He still smiled all the way through but this is probably his only chance at a holiday. This was his last and only wish he will get and it was ruined.’

A spokeswoman for Disneyland Paris said ‘We regret this particular wish did not meet the guest’s expectations and we are now closely working with the family to resolve the situation.

‘This is not something we would want them to experience and we hope they can come back to us soon.’

A spokeswoman for Make-a-Wish Foundation said ‘When guest matters arise, we work with our friends at Disney to ensure the family is supported.’

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Disney Dream Collides with Dock in Nassau

According to online sources, the Disney Dream hit a dock in Nassua, Bahamas earlier today, while maneuvering into her berth. The Disney Dream’s stern was dented above the waterline, but it does not appear to have ruptured the hull.

Below is video of the Dream actually hitting the dock. Before hitting play please be aware there is ADULT LANGUAGE in this video.


he Disney Dream is currently in the middle of a 3-Night Bahamian Cruise which departed Port Canaveral on Friday September 29th. The Disney Dream is scheduled to visit Castaway Cay on Sunday before retiring to Port Canaveral early Monday morning for the start of a 4-night Bahamian voyage.

Source/Photo Credit: Caitlin Maddaline and Disney Cruise Line Blog