the Official Blog of the Unofficial Guides

  • UGbanner2017_WaltDisneyWorld

    Disney Arrival and Departure Day Blues

    On arrival and departure days, you probably will have only part of a day for touring or other recreational pursuits. It’s a common problem: You roll into Walt Disney World about 1 p.m., excited and ready to go—but where? The first question: Do you feel comfortable using a full day’s admission to the parks when you have less than a full day to tour? The incremental

  • UGbanner2017_Disneyland

    Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel

    Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, the Crown Jewel of Disneyland Resorts With its shingle siding, rock foundations, cavernous hewn beam lobby, polished hardwood floors, and cozy hearths, the Grand Californian Hotel is a stately combination of elements from Western national park lodges. Designed by architect Peter Dominick (who also designed the Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World), the Grand Californian is rendered in the Arts & Crafts

  • UGbanner2017_WaltDisneyWorld

    Rivers of Light Now Open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

    The first performance of Rivers of Light was held at 7:15 p.m. on February 17th. Until April 8th the show will be presented once nightly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Thereafter, the show will often be presented daily with two showings per night. Make sure to check the showtime hours, as they will vary throughout the year. Disney is also

  • UGbanner2017_LasVegas

    The Flamingo—A Hotel Built by Bugsy Siegel

    One of the earliest resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, the Flamingo opened in 1946 at the south end of old Highway 91, the empty dirt road heading out of town to Los Angeles. Named after gangster Bugsy Siegel’s leggy girlfriend’s long limbs, which he likened to those of the slinky bird, the Flamingo is downplaying its hot pink signature shade and upgrading most

  • UGbanner2017_WaltDisneyWorld

    RunDisney Races at Walt Disney World

    RunDisney races are held throughout the year at Walt Disney World and at Disneyland Parks; in 2016 RunDisney even added races at Disneyland Paris. RunDisney Races Impact Park Attendance and Affect Vehicular and Pedestrian Traffic Usually held the second weekend after New Year’s, the Walt Disney World Marathon pulls in more runners and their families every year. In 2016 some 100,000 runners