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The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, one of Walt Disney World’s most popular annual events, is kicking off on September 25. Just as exciting, to coincide with the festival, the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels are offering special fall rates as low as $69 per night.

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Disney Cruise Line is known for being kid-friendly, but contrary to popular belief, adults without kiddos can enjoy themselves on a Disney ship. From experience, we’ve been one of the many childless adults on board and have seen a number of families with fully grown “kids.”

So why are grown-ups opting to cruise with Disney? The food quality, entertainment, staff, and itineraries place the line on par with many premium cruises and certainly way above the budget ones. What’s more, there are so many activities for children, in parts of the ship designated for them, that you might not even notice them. In fact, grownups can even relax in their own special areas of the ship that are off-limits to kids — a policy that is strictly enforced.

Here, seven ways to get the best adult vacation on a Disney Cruise.

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D23 Expo, the massive Disney convention that brings together all facets of the Walt Disney Company every other year, brought no shortage of great news for Mickey Mouse fans this past weekend. Among all the developments in the pipeline, the most game-changing is arguably the major additions to Walt Disney World and Disneyland — meaning the world’s first Disney park and each of the four Disney World parks in Orlando will be getting at least one new project over the next few years. Here, five upcoming park debuts that we’re most excited about.

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There’s more to Mickey Mouse than meets the eye. Believe it or not, Disneyland is a haven of secret lairs, wild felines, and a touch of magic at every corner. Here, four secrets (and a bonus) of Walt Disney’s playground that will have you in the know.

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With dozens of attractions that top must-do lists, a day or two spent wading through crowds and taking in the sights at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure can get dizzying. To ensure a memorable trip to the “happiest place on Earth,” make sure not to make these five mistakes.

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On July 17, 1955, the world was introduced to a new force in family entertainment and vacations: Disneyland. Though many critics predicted that it would fail, the park’s millionth guest passed through the gates just seven weeks after its debut. Since then, Disneyland has set the standard for the theme park industry, eventually paving the way for nearly a dozen more Disney parks around the world.

A second park, Disney California Adventure, was added to the Anaheim complex in early 2001, delivering a completely different experience. Here, on the resort’s 60th anniversary, we take a look at some of the major differences between the two.

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Having recently undergone the shift in management from Sheraton to an independent hotel company, the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel reopened for business this past May, in preparation for kicking off Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary. We recently checked into the newly revamped resort — and found the property to be much more than a crash pad for the theme park. Here’s our full report.

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If you haven’t made your way to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure on the West Coast in the past five years, we’d say you’re due for a visit. Celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year, Disneyland has upped the ante with vast improvements to many of its attractions, along with major updates. Here are our favorite additions from the last half-decade.

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Planning a trip to Southern California and can’t decide between Disneyland and LEGOLAND? We break down the differences, and here’s what you need to know. Read more

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Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

What’s one of the best ways to nab hotel savings in Florida? Go during the summer. If you can stand the heat and humidity of the Sunshine State during the next few months, you’ll be rewarded with ultra-cool savings. Try one of these seven deals, from as low as $73 per night.

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Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.

A crackdown on sneaking alcohol onboard.
Starting July 9, Carnival Cruise Line will no longer permit guests to bring bottled non-alcoholic beverages onboard during embarkation. It’s an attempt to speed up embarkation, they say — having to examine all bottled beverages, thanks to guests attempting to smuggle alcohol on board, causes delays. Guests will still be able to bring up to 12 unopened cans or cartons of non-alcoholic beverages, plus, per old policy, one bottle of unopened wine per person on embarkation day.

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Deal Alert: Disney World Offers Free Dining Plan for Select Fall Stays

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When it comes to planning a trip to Walt Disney World, there are three important things you have to worry about: the hotel stay, park tickets, and food. Fortunately if you’re thinking of vacationing at the resort later this year, you might be able to cross food off your list of expenses.

Disney World is offering its immensely popular free dining plan promotion for stays on select dates between August 28 and December 21 – essentially giving you free food for your entire stay. That’s a savings of at least a $42 per person, per night, depending on which dining plan you choose.

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Deal Alert: $84+ Rates at Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels in May and June

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In just a little over a month, the resorts at Walt Disney World will get into the full swing of high summer rates. Luckily, there’s one way you can stay in the thick of the magic without having to fork over too much dough: Book a stay at the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels. Conveniently located at the resort’s shopping and dining district, these hotels provide complimentary shuttle service to each of the Disney theme parks and water parks, on-site Disney tickets for purchase, the ability to book dining reservations at Disney restaurants, and a booklet filled with discounts on dining, entertainment, and shopping.

What’s more, for stays between May 1 and June 21, the hotels are offering reduced rates with a Spring into the Magic promotion, starting at just $84 per night. But hurry — two of the seven hotels no longer have availability foor the special rates. Here’s a sample of the best that are still bookable that we’ve come across.

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Adventures by Disney Gets into the River Cruise Business

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Disney is setting sail once again — but not on the seas via its own beloved cruise line. Adventures by Disney, the company’s family touring arm, is partnering with river cruise company AmaWaterways for four sailings on the Danube River in 2016.

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8 Disney Cruise Line Freebies to Snap Up

Christine Dayao

We’d be lying if we said we didn’t keep an eye out for freebies on a Disney vacation. They just make the whole trip a lot more, well, magical. We already gathered some tips for what you can nab gratis, like pins, birthday cards, and more. But when we recently sailed aboard Disney Cruise Line, we discovered even more opportunities for more free goodies on the ships. Here’s what you can find and where:

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