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    Walt Disney World Restaurants — What to Expect

    In general, food and beverage offerings at Walt Disney World restaurants are defined by service, price, and convenience. Find out what to expect. FULL-SERVICE RESTAURANTS Full-service restaurants are in all Disney resorts (except the All-Star Resorts, Art of Animation, Port Orleans French Quarter, and Pop Century), all major theme parks, and Disney Springs (Marketplace, The Landing, Town Center, and West

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    Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival Offers Fun for Kids of All Ages

    The 23rd edition of Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival is in full swing, and it is the perfect place for a family to spend a day filled with fun culinary experiences. Nothing is better than the outdoor kitchen to introduce children to the cuisines of other nations. Prices for the small plates range $4-$8; if you are on the Disney

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    Universal Orlando’s Aventura Hotel Provides Modern Comfort at an Affordable Price

    Last month Universal Orlando opened its sixth on-site hotel, and the stylish and affordable Aventura Hotel does not disappoint. The 17-story glass-and-steel tower offers 600 rooms, a rooftop restaurant and lounge, a food court, and a pool. I stayed in a 314-square-foot standard room with two queen-size beds on the 15th floor. Rooms are beautifully appointed and minimalistic, but in

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    Bay Lake Tower at Walt Disney World—A Review

    In today’s post, Len Testa, coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, shares with us his review of Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Opened in 2009, Bay Lake Tower is a 15-story, 295-unit DDV resort with studios and one- and two-bedroom villas, as well as two-story, three-bedroom Grand Villas with spectacular views of Bay Lake and

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    Characters Galore at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

    Rarely seen characters are one of the highlights of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and this year is no different. Long lines form early for the stars of the party, such as Snow White’s Seven Dwarfs (holding court inside the tent of Pete’s Silly Show) and Jack Skellington and Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas (Liberty Square). Mickey shows off his