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Top 5 Budget Hotels at Walt Disney World

This week I’m happy to share our first guest blog post from our 2013 Disney Parks Moms Panel blogger, Amanda Ficili.

So, you’ve decided to visit Walt Disney World but you’re not quite sure where to begin when planning such a magical vacation since there’s so much to see and do.  Well, lodging is a great place to start, but many families worry that staying on property will not fit their budget. But with more than 25 unique Walt Disney World Resort hotels to choose from there is an option to suit almost every taste and budget. From affordable value resorts to luxurious deluxe resorts, there’s truly something for everyone at the Walt Disney World Resort and the benefits of selecting an “on property” hotel are innumerable. The value and moderate level resorts were designed with the budget-minded family in mind but no expense was spared in ensuring each guest has a purely magical experience that only Disney can provide! Read more

VIDEO: Travelocity Takes a Spin on Disney’s Test Track

Earlier this year, Disney and Chevrolet teamed up to re-invent Epcot’s Test Track attraction — the longest and fastest attraction in Walt Disney history!  On my latest visit to Walt Disney World, I felt the need for speed, and decided to take a spin.  Maybe you can’t tell from the video, but I was flying at speeds of 65 miles per hour!  Using Disney’s Fastpass (don’t go to Disney without one!) I was able to skip the long lines and get right to the high-octane fun.  Add Test Track to the list of attractions that both parents and kids can enjoy.  It’s educational, innovative with just the right amount of adrenaline-pumping action.

Tom Staggs on Disney’s New Fantasyland & His Travel Bucket List

As New Fantasyland — the largest and most enchanting expansion in Magic Kingdom history — officially opened to Disney fans today, Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, looked on with immense pride watching the wowed look on guests’ faces.  I got a chance to talk to Tom this morning — a privelage indeed — and he was as gracious and lovely as I had always imagined.  Here’s what he had to say:

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No matter what age you are, a visit to a Disney theme park has a way of awakening your imagination and reminding you of your childhood innocence — when the most important decision in your life was what ride to go on next. That was certainly the case during my latest visit to Disneyland’s grand opening of Cars Land. I watched Disney Pixar’s Cars on the flight over and visions of Radiator Springs and Route 66 were fresh in my mind. But when I entered the park, I couldn’t believe it. The town of Radiator Springs had jumped off the big screen and scenes from the film were playing out before my very eyes.

I bounced from Luigi’s Flying Tires ride to Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree to Radiator Springs Racers, where I screamed like a 10-year-old girl as we hit hairpin turns and steep drops. But as an adult Disney-goer, I have an even greater appreciation for the ingenuity and detail that goes into creating a three-dimensional wonderland like Cars Land. I was lucky enough to sit down with the genius behind the film, John Lasseter, as he shared his vision and passion for cars, travel and Disney.