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Dakota Gardner


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Dakota has been visiting Walt Disney World since before he can even remember. His favorite things are Space Mountain, Disney's BoardWalk Resort, and those massive Mickey-shaped cookies dipped in chocolate. When he's not waiting in line at Ample Hills Creamery, he lives in New York where he works professionally as an editor for a sports website.

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The 5 Biggest Transformations in Disney Parks History

Monday, December 30, 2019
No one is as good at this as Disney. No one. They are able to take any area of the park and transform it into something truly special, if they put in the right level of time and attention. Here are just a few examples of spots Disney has reimagined, thereby completely changing them for the better.

4 Big Theme Park Questions Disney’s Next CEO Needs to Answer

Saturday, December 28, 2019
The Disney Parks are as good as they’ve ever been, yes, but after the highs of the Michael Eisner era, it’s hard not to wish they ere even greater. So, whoever gets the CEO job next will enter the role in much more stable condition than Bob Iger did — and as such, the theme parks will be a much greater priority. Here are five questions they’ll be faced with on day one, and the answers they give could change the face of the theme parks forever.

7 Things You 100% Will Take a Picture of at Walt Disney World

Monday, December 23, 2019
It doesn’t matter that it’s one of the most photographed locations on planet earth, nor does it matter that many of the pictures you take have also been taken by thousands of people before you. Having a camera out and snapping photos is part of the magic when you’re at Walt Disney World — in part because it’s such a rich environment, and in part because it’s fun to play the, “Yes, I was really there” game.

6 Things You Might Go to Disney 100 Times and Never Do

Thursday, December 19, 2019
The Vacation Kingdom isn’t just great because of the awesome experiences it offers up — it’s also great because of just how many of those experiences there are in the first place. Even if you went every year for 100 years, you couldn’t see and do everything.

5 Holiday Events in Orlando that Aren’t at a Theme Park

Monday, December 16, 2019
You can only go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party so many times. The gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is wonderful, but it’s a brief diversion. If you’re in Orlando for an extended period of time and you’re looking for some off-property holiday attractions, don’t worry — Central Florida is as Christmasy as it gets.

5 Disney+ Documentaries We'd Binge-Watch RIGHT NOW

Thursday, December 12, 2019
While The Mandalorian has gotten most of the attention from the Disney+ launch, the company included a whole slate of original content for debut on its new platform. Baby Yoda notwithstanding, the best of these new features was not the epic Star Wars western series, nor was it the strangely-meta High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

The 7 Best Destinations in Florida for the Second Half of Your Disney Trip

Sunday, November 17, 2019
For some people, it’s easy to take a week or a long weekend and head to Walt Disney World for a much-needed break from the everyday grind. For others, a vacation to that part of the country not only requires more planning, but it’s best served as part of a longer trip.

Disney Got Rid of These Attractions ... And Never Replaced Them

Sunday, November 17, 2019
The Disney Parks are not museums, nor should they be. But, Disney sometimes disappoints us in other ways. Instead of taking out an aging attraction and replacing it with something shiny or new — and, instead of giving an old attraction a nice refurbishment — Disney will opt to simply rip something out of one of its parks without a planned replacement.

6 Great Places to Stretch Your Legs After Your Flight Into Walt Disney World

Friday, November 15, 2019
No matter what method you used to arrive in Orlando, here you are. And you know what you want more than anything else? Some time to stretch your legs. Thankfully, you don’t have to do jumping jacks in the hotel room to satisfy this urge. In fact, the Walt Disney World property and surrounding area is full of great places to get out and walk around.

5 Reasons Harambe is One of the Best Themed Lands at Walt Disney World

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
The village of Harambe does not, in fact, exist. Nor does Harambe appear fully-realized in a multi-billion dollar film series. It is, instead, a community inspired by a handful of specific cultures in Africa — designed as a broad fictional melting pot of those cultures and to serve as a believable jumping off point for an equally-fictional safari.

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