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By Holley Long

Something you can count on in Orlando is that its theme parks will always see updates to meet the needs and interests of guests. And this fall, there are several big ones. Read on to learn what new things are in effect (or soon to be in effect) at the parks this season.   

Trams Returning to Disney Parks’ Parking Lots 

red disney tram

Image by WDW News Today

The trek back to your car after a long day at Walt Disney World’s theme parks is about to get a whole lot easier, thanks to the return of parking lot trams at Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. The trams had already returned to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. 

The trams, which transport theme park guests from the front of the park (or, in Magic Kingdom’s case, the front of the Ticket &…

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By Holley Long

Walt Disney World is constantly updating its services, from the park reservation system to rides, in order to make sure its guests have a more convenient and comfortable visit. One such update has been ongoing since the beginning of the year. Disney announced that the beloved Trail’s End Restaurant would close for refurbishment back in January, and now the restaurant has finally reopened—with some changes. 

What is Trail’s End Restaurant?

Tucked away in the back of Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground (in an area called the “Settlement”) is the cozy Trail’s End Restaurant. The restaurant is in the same space as other places of interest, like the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue dinner show, Crockett's Tavern (which has also seen some…

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By Holley Long

It’s that time of year again: EPCOT’s International Food and Wine Festival is here for 2023! With menus featuring unique culinary delights, you can sample delicacies at food booths, or global marketplaces, throughout the park. 

The number of dishes and sips to try can be quite overwhelming, though, so we’ve pulled together five must-try items at the festival this year! 

Traditional Buffalo Wings (Brew-Wing Lab)

Located at the large Odyssey Pavilion near the start of the World Showcase is Brew-Wing Lab, a Muppet-themed marketplace with an assortment of interestingly flavored wings, drinks, and plant-based dishes (not sure what you’re in the mood for? The Muppets made a flow chart to help you figure it out).

cartoon-like map of food based experiments with geometric wall behind

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By Holley Long

Something exciting is almost complete right next to the Walt Disney World Resort area! Under construction just outside of Disney Springs is Evermore, a 1,000+ acre vacation resort. A redevelopment of the former Villas of Grand Cypress Golf Resort, Evermore, when finished, will offer guests a full range of experiences, from low-key to luxury. 

Read on to learn what to expect from this upcoming resort! 

evermore branded towel on a lounge chair


Evermore will have many different types of accommodations suitable for travel parties of any size.


Highly anticipated is Conrad Orlando, a 433-room hotel with five restaurants and lounges serving unique cuisines. The hotel also has a motor coach that can take guests to Walt Disney World, which is just…

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By Holley Long

A few years ago, Flamingo Crossings Town Center, located in Horizon West, was just a bunch of empty buildings, waiting to be filled with businesses. Now, the area is full of shops, hotels, and restaurants, and the people who call the area home have a spot to eat, drink, and hang out. 

Today we’ve compiled a list of all the restaurants that have opened fairly recently, and those that are opening soon, at Flamingo Crossings. From local chains to brand new restaurants joining the area, there are options for all to enjoy. Let’s check them out!

Now Open

Order up! The restaurants listed below are open now at Flamingo Crossings, and each one has something special to offer.

  • Ellie Lou’s Brews & BBQ (opened June 2023) - The…

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By Yasmene Warren

The housing crisis is something that has been affecting Americans all across the country. For people employed at Disney and Universal in Orlando, this crisis hits pretty close to home. As of right now, these two companies are looking for ways to combat this crisis for their employees — let’s check out how!

Disney’s Affordable Housing Development

Located just mere miles from Disney’s Magic Kingdom, just west of State Road 429, lies 80 acres of what is soon to be affordable housing for Disney cast and team members.

map graphic with magic kingdom and flamingo crossings near 429

Ground-breaking will occur next year, in 2024, and is estimated to be move-in ready by 2026. When the development is complete, it will have approximately 1,400 units available for rent. 

These units will be…

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By Ken Pozek

Just a few weeks ago, we departed on our second trip aboard Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. My family was one of the lucky first guests to enjoy the experience the first month it opened. So when we saw they were discounting trips a few months ago, we jumped at the chance to go again. Only to find out they’d be permanently shuttering the experience later this year. 

family in front of galactic starcruiser entrance

There’s been widespread coverage of the blue shrimp and storyline upon the Halcyon (the name of the Starcruiser "ship"), but nothing has been covered more than the cost of the trip and now its quick demise. On average a family of 5 will pay in upwards of $6,000 for their 3 day, 2 night stay. With many jeering the cost as something Walt himself wouldn’t have wanted. Yet,…

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By Holley Long

Summer is a time of relaxation and fun in the sun. And for Orlando theme parks, it’s a time for unveiling interesting attractions, shows, and more! Curious what to expect this season? Read below to find out what’s new and coming to the parks, from Universal Studios to Fun Spot America! 

Universal Orlando Resort 

Probably one of the biggest anticipated openings of the season is Minion Land at Universal Studios. The section of the park will include a new attraction, Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast, during which guests will blast through the Vicious Six in order to become the star supervillain. Already open is Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, a ride in which guests assist the mischievous Gru and go on a trip through his…

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By Jessica LaVigne

The Walt Disney Company had two very big announcements yesterday, impacting thousands of Florida and California-based Cast Members and Imagineers. With news of the company not moving forward with their Lake Nona relocation, and ultimately shutting down the Galactic Starcruiser, what does this mean for Orlando?

Disney Lake Nona Campus Cancelled

The announcement for the new Disney Lake Nona campus came in 2021, where Disney would start their $1 Billion project. An estimated 2,000 Cast Members and Imagineers would be relocated from California, with many not guaranteed a role with the company if they chose not to move. 

Image by Tavistock

In 2022, however, the project was postponed and estimated to be completed by 2026.…

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