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Disney World Vacations

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With four major theme parks, two waterparks, 24 themed resorts, five golf courses, and a total area twice the size of Manhattan, Disney World packs an enormously fun punch. 

Disney Vacation Deals and Special Offers

Looking to score a great deal on a Disney vacation this winter or spring break? Your next Disney vacation will be even more magical if you land an affordable price. Here’s a selection of handpicked special offers that are currently available at Walt Disney World as well as at Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and Aulani, Disney’s Hawaiian resort.

Least Expensive Times to Visit Disney World

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If you want to visit Disney World on a budget, timing is perhaps the single most important factor to consider. The best time to visit Disney World is when crowds, prices, and temperatures are all bearable—or when there is an irresistibly great Disney vacation deal on the table.

Disney World Ticket Prices

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Disney Parks has raised the price of admission to Disney World in 2014. Single-day tickets to the Magic Kingdom now cost $99 for adults, while one-day admission to EpcotAnimal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios cost $94. Note that tickets are substantially less expensive if you buy multi-day tickets. 

Where to Meet Your Favorite Characters

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For many kids, meeting a beloved character is a highlight of any trip to Disney World. You don't have to leave finding your child's favorite characters up to chance. 

How to Use Disney's MyMagic+

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Disney has been rolling out a new ticketing process called MyMagic+, which will eventually replace the old system completely. MyMagic+ revolutionizes the Disney World vacation by bundling nearly every aspect of your trip together.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: Coming Spring 2014

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On track to debut in spring 2014, the highly anticipated Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the final addition to the new Fantasyland in Disney World's Magic Kingdom. The ride will take guests on a rollicking, musical ride into the mine "where a million diamonds shine" and through the rolling countryside surrounding the mine. 

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade: Coming Spring 2014

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Set to debut in the Magic Kingdom in March 2014, the new Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade features innovative parade floats, a 26-foot-tall steampunk dragon, and a cast of 91 performers--some of them on stilts--wearing vibrant and intricate costumes. 

Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort: Coming Summer 2014

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Concept art, Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

Set to open in August 2014, the Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World offers 444 rooms and suites, many of which deliver spectacular views of the Magic Kingdom's nightly fireworks display. The lakeside resort is located inside the gates of Disney World in a residential setting minutes from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

Magic Kingdom

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Classic Disney: Magic Kingdom is the original Disney theme park, first built in the original Disneyland in California, and now part of every Disney location (Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong, etc.) Signature attractions include The Haunted Mansion and the three mountain roller coasters (Space, Splash, and Thunder). Magic Kingdom is the top theme park for little kids, with attractions such as the Dumbo and the tea-cup rides, carousel, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan, etc.

Epcot

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Disney World Vacations, Epcot - photo © Teresa Plowright.

Part of Epcot is a sort of permanent world's fair, with international pavilions, and hands-on exhibits at Future World. Some call it educational; but it's also very entertaining to tour the 11 countries surrounding the lagoon at World Showcase. Every pavilion has some type of live show, movie, or interactive experience. The pavilions also have great eats: from the casual (French patisserie, anyone) to fine dining.

Epcot also has plain ol' fun like the "Honey I Shrunk the Kids", Test Track rides, Soarin', and Mission Space.

Not to be missed: at night, the beautiful IllumiNations fireworks show is staged over the lagoon.

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