Coming up at Disney in 2012 – Beyond the Parks

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Learn to surf at the Typhoon Lagoon ©The Walt Disney Company

Learn to surf at the Typhoon Lagoon ©The Walt Disney Company

Disney Vacation Guide – What’s new beyond the parks in 2012

Yesterday we shared some of the new things happening in Disney World’s major theme parks this spring. Today, we’re looking beyond the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, The Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios to see what else is new!

Downtown Disney

Spend St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown Disney eating authentic Irish food, dancing to traditional jigs and reels, and wearing green at the Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant.

Also in the Downtown Disney area, Port Orleans Riverside is offering an enchanting new experience to the young princes and princesses who walk through its regal doors this spring. Immerse your family in a Disney fairytale where the “Royal Guest Rooms” are accented with gold and trimmed with crystals.

Typhoon Lagoon

Have you always wanted to “hang 10″ like a pro? Take a cue from from professional surfers at Craig Carroll’s Cocoa Beach Surf School, now part of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. Oh, did we mention that the world’s largest wave machine is here, blasting out walls of surf up to six-feet high every 90 seconds?

ESPN Wide World of Sports

Atlanta Braves Spring Training is happening at Disney World for the 15th year in a row. Check out one of the Braves’ home games to see them play against the Yankees, the Mets, the Cardinals or maybe the Phillies, depending on when you’re in the neighborhood.

Disney Cruise Lines

Disney Fantasy joins the Disney Cruise Line fleet this spring, launching on March 31. This is Disney’s fourth cruise ship and it offers all kinds of fun, including: two brand new Broadway-style musical stage shows, a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and The Pirates League for makeovers of little princesses and swashbucklers, a detective adventure game featuring The Muppets, and a dinner show called “Animation Magic” and much more!

Tell us…

Would you rather experience Disney via cruise ship, or on the ground at Disney World’s theme parks in Florida?