Disney’s Grad Night is Cancelled after 2011

For many years, we’ve been thrilled to host high school graduation celebrations at Walt Disney World known as Grad Nite. And I know many Disney Parks Blog readers (like myself) have been part of the tradition – it’s become a rite of passage for seniors. That’s why today we wanted to share an important update; we will no longer be hosting Disney Grad Nite at the Walt Disney World Resort after this year’s event. With more leisure guests visiting in the springtime, it’s become challenging to schedule special events during April and May. Instead, graduates will have new opportunities to celebrate with us in the parks at more flexible and convenient times.

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The Sanctuary

One of my favorite gardens in all of the Walt Disney Resort lies outside the Outpost at Fort Wilderness. As guests check in inside the Outpost, they have the opportunity to walk through one of the most unique landscapes anywhere. This “butterfly garden” is passionately maintained, avoiding the use of chemicals where possible. Because of […]

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Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap

There’s no shortage of special occasions being celebrated at Disney Parks – you told us so this week. And many of your stories were inspiring. Blog readers have celebrated beating cancer, surviving serious illnesses and even the ability to see again. If you have a chance, these stories and others are worth […]

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One-Stop Searching: Disney Pins

Since their debut ten years ago, Disney pins have been created to celebrate nearly every occasion. From our own Disney Parks Blog pins to the pins created for Fourth of July 2010, you’re sure to find a pin that commemorates your favorite holiday, Disney character, park or attraction. Below are links to our past Disney pins and pin trading posts – you might just find your favorite there!

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The ‘Sunnyside’ of Sleepy Hollow

Walt Disney Imagineering Art Director Alex Caruthers recently shared a little-known piece of trivia with me regarding the inspiration for the Magic Kingdom Park quick service restaurant Sleepy Hollow, located in Liberty Square. I have been passing Sleepy Hollow regularly, since 1974, and never gave a thought as to a “story line”…..

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Via Napoli Opens Next Month at Epcot

Pastas, wood-fired pizzas, scoops of sweet gelato – here’s a first look at the menu for the new Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria at the Epcot Italy pavilion. Opening next month the 300-seat restaurant expands dining choices (our favorite Tutto Italia stays). Created by the Patina Restaurant Group’s CEO Nick Valenti, the menu is based on his travels in Southern Italy and his time developing and overseeing the successful Naples 45 Ristorante e Pizzeria in New York.

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