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Upcoming Walt Disney World® Resort runDisney Event Presale

Year after year, runDisney continues to be the premier destination race series that delivers magical moments to last a lifetime. First time runners and experienced endurance athletes alike enjoy spectacular runs through Disney theme parks on some of the most magical courses on Earth!

With 4 themed weekends that take place at Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida (races at the Disneyland® Resort in California have been temporarily suspended), there’s a race experience for the entire family! Marathon or half marathon races headline each runDisney weekend, but other offerings include 10Ks, 5Ks, Kids Races and a runDisney Health & Fitness Expo. And of course, each race has it’s own bling! The more races you complete, the more coveted finisher medals you’ll earn! There are also challenge medal that are awarded to runners who complete more than one race during a race weekend!

Don’t miss out on the fun! And now for a limited time, you can book your stay and secure your Race Registration (bib) for three upcoming events before they go on sale to the general public!

2018 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Presale
Walt Disney World® Resort ~ Nov. 1-4, 2018

2019 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend Presale
Walt Disney World® Resort ~ Jan. 9-13, 2019

2019 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Presale
Walt Disney World® Resort ~ Feb. 21-24, 2019

 

Select from one of these two great offers:

Contact your Magic Maker® today! Availability is limited!

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By | 2018-02-24T08:56:58+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Disney News, Walt Disney World News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Multi-Day Tickets at Walt Disney World Resort

By Magic Maker® Robert Blaszkiewicz

You may have noticed recent news coverage on the increase in ticket prices for Disney Destinations.

It’s one of those annual occasions when news organizations that don’t typically cover theme parks chime in with their take on whether Disney Parks are too expensive for the average family. Much of this coverage, however, fails to tell the whole story on ticket prices, due to the focus on the cost of a single-day ticket.

Looking at ticket prices from this one perspective is misleading, since the majority of families that travel to Walt Disney World® Resort purchase multi-day tickets. A family on a weeklong vacation is not going to buy seven single-day tickets for each person.

It’s no secret that Walt Disney World® Resort would rather have visitors spend multiple days enjoying the parks and resorts. With that in mind, they’ve priced their Magic Your Way tickets to encourage longer stays. The increase from a four-day ticket to a five-day ticket is $15, and each additional day after that is $10 more, up to 10 days. An adult seven-day ticket is less than $60 per day (before taxes).

This brings us to a common question: What is the ideal number of days for a Walt Disney World® Resort vacation?

A full week is a good starting point for a family visiting for the first time. With so much to see in the four parks, you’ll find yourself lucky to make it to half the attractions in a week-long trip. The Magic Kingdom® Park and Epcot® are considered “multiple-day parks,” meaning you will want to spend more than one day in each park to enjoy all the highlights within. A longer trip also allows for a more relaxing pace, rather than a frenetic rush to fit everything into a short timeframe.

What about Park Hopper® and Park Hopper® Plus options?

This is very much a personal choice based on your touring preference. Park Hopper®’s are most beneficial for guests staying on a Monorail loop resort near the Magic Kingdom® Park or a Crescent Lake resort near Epcot®. Because it’s so easy for guests nearby to “hop” over to these parks, the Park Hopper option can be worth the extra expense. And if you’re planning on spending two or more days at the water parks, the Park Hopper-Plus option will more than pay for itself. Park Hopper® Plus also provides a round of golf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, admission to ESPN Wide World of Sports and admission to Walt Disney World® Resort’s mini golf courses before 4 p.m. The number of admissions is equal to the number of days on your ticket.

One last note on increases: you may not be aware that parking fees at Walt Disney World® Resort also increased to $22 per day for standard parking. If you’re weighing staying off-property vs. a Walt Disney World® Resort resort, it’s important to factor this additional expense into your calculations. Resort guests still park for free at all the theme parks.

Our Magic Makers® have the knowledge to help your family pick the tickets and options that are the best value for your vacation needs. And remember, for a very limited time ticket prices inside a Magic Your Way Vacation Package are still at the previous pricing, so contact us today to book your next Walt Disney World® Resort getaway!

By | 2018-02-14T23:17:00+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: Disney News, Walt Disney World News|0 Comments

Using Mobile Order at the Walt Disney World® Resort

Our Magic Makers® are always looking for ways to make the most of every minute of our guest’s vacation time! From prioritizing attractions to utilizing the FastPass+ system to its full potential, we have plenty of tips and tricks to share! The Walt Disney World® Resort’s Mobile Food and Beverage Ordering system is one of them!

While the Mobile Order system was introduced back in May of 2017, recent enhancements to the program has made it even better! By utilizing the My Disney Experience mobile app on your iPhone or Android device, you can place your order and minimize your wait. Here’s how:


While not all Quick-Service locations currently participate in Mobile Order, the list continues to grow! At this time, available locations include:

Magic Kingdom® Park

  • Aloha Isle
  • Casey’s Corner
  • Columbia Harbour House
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café
  • The Lunching Pad
  • Peco Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant

Epcot®

  • Electric Umbrella
  • Liberty Inn
  • Sunshine Seasons

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

  • ABC Commissary
  • Backlot Express
  • Catalina Eddie’s
  • Fairfax Fare
  • PizzeRizzo
  • Rosie’s All-American Café

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

  • Flame Tree Barbecue
  • Harambe Market
  • Pizzafari
  • Restaurantosaurus
  • Satu’li Canteen

Disney Springs™

  • D-Luxe Buger

Here’s a video overview of how it works!

Contact your Magic Maker® for more details!

By | 2018-02-14T11:36:34+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: Disney News, Walt Disney World News|0 Comments

‘Star Wars™ Day at Sea’ on Select Disney Cruise Line Sailings

Dark Side… Light Side… Port Side…

Disney Cruise Line has announced that in addition to the already announced 2018 dates,  Star Wars™ Day at Sea will be returning to 9-select sailings on the Disney Fantasy in early 2019! This day long celebration brings Star Wars™ fun to a ship in a galaxy far, far away – in the Caribbean.

From Jedis-in-training to Jedi Masters, there will be events geared to guests of all ages. Planned activities include:

  • Star Wars™ Deck Party and Fireworks
    • Evening filled with Music, Dancing, Games, and show
    • Deck party ends with a spectacular display of themed pyrotechnics, lasers, lighting, sound effects and Star Wars™ music
  • Themed Youth and Family Activities
    • Dress up in your own stellar costumes
    • Jedi Training Academy experience teaches young “Padawans” lightsaber moves to face off against the evil Darth Vader
    • Star Wars™ Trivia
    • Star Wars™-themed crafts, games and activities in Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab for youth
  • Meet and Greets with favorite Star Wars™ characters
    • Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Darth Vader and others will hold scheduled meet and greets and roam the decks and elsewhere around the ship
  • At-Sea screenings of Star Wars™ films
    • Watch all nine Star Wars™ films in the saga
  • Special Food/Beverage Offerings

All the intergalactic fun of Star Wars™ Day at Sea will occur one day during select 7-night Western and Eastern Caribbean Disney Fantasy sailings. Those sailing dates are:

Western Caribbean – includes stops in Cozumel, Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay

  • 2018Feb. 3, 17; Mar. 3, 17, 31; and Apr. 14
  • 2019Jan. 5, 19; Feb. 2, 16; and Mar. 2

Eastern Caribbean – includes stops in Tortola, St. Thomas and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay

  • 2018Feb. 10, 24; Mar. 10, 24; and Apr. 7
  • 2019Jan. 12, 26; Feb. 9, 23

These sailings are guaranteed to be out-of-this galaxy! Contact your Magic Maker® today for pricing and availability!

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Activities and events subject to change.

‘MARVEL™ Day at Sea’ on Select Disney Cruise Line Sailings

In addition to the already announced 2018 dates, MARVEL™ Day at Sea will be returning for select Disney Magic sailings in 2019! This action-packed day will bring the epic adventures of the MARVEL™ Universe to a ship in floating somewhere the Atlantic.

There will be events geared to guests of all ages. Planned activities include:

  • Meet-and-Greets with Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America and other MARVEL™ Universe Super Heroes
  • A spectacular MARVEL™-themed party on the ship’s upper deck complete with music, dancing and games
  • A finale to the party that only a Super Hero could arrange – including a stunning display of themed pyrotechnics, lighting, sound effects, and MARVEL™ Super Heroes and Super Villains
  • MARVEL™-themed trivia for kids and families
  • MARVEL™-themed games, activities and arts and crafts offered throughout the day in the Oceaneer Club.
  • Special merchandise and unique food and beverage offerings

All the unforgettable fun of MARVEL™ Day at Sea will occur one day during select Disney Magic sailings from Miami. Those sailing dates are:

5-night Western Caribbean –  include a stop at Castaway Cay and either Cozumel, Mexico, or Grand Cayman

  • 2018 – Feb. 4, 18; Mar. 18; Apr. 1, 15 and 29
  • 2019Jan. 6, 20; Feb. 3, 17; Mar. 3

5-night Bahamian –  include a stop at Key West, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; and Castaway Cay

  • 2019 – Jan. 11, 25; Feb. 8, 22; Mar. 8

These sailings are guaranteed to bring out your superhuman abilities! Contact your Magic Maker® today for pricing and availability!

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Activities and events subject to change.

Top 3 Reasons to Stay Club-Level at Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels

When it comes to vacationing at the Walt Disney World® Resort, it’s hard to top the experience, convenience and Magical Extras you’ll receive by staying at a Disney Resort hotel. And with over 25 Disney owned and operated Resorts to choose from, there’s accommodations available to fit every family’s needs and budget!

The Walt Disney World® Resort offers Club-level accommodations at each of their eight Disney Deluxe Resorts. While there are many added benefits available for guests staying in these special Club-level rooms, a few of them shine above the rest to our Magic Makers®!

Top 3 Reasons to Stay Club-Level at Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels

1 Exclusive Club Concierge Lounges- Each resort offers a Club Concierge Lounge that is available exclusively to their guests staying in Club-level accommodations. Inside each lounge which typically operates 7a-10p daily, you’ll fine plenty of seating in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. One key offering that our guests fall in love with is the food and beverage options they find in the lounges! Here’s an example of typical lounge offerings at various times throughout the day:

  • Breakfast – Pastries, fruit, cereal & beverages
  • Snacks – Chips, cookies & beverages
  • Evening – Hot item samples, cheese tray, beverages, wine & beer
  • Cordials & Desserts – Assorted desserts and cordials
    Items may not be available at all lounges. Variations will occur on daily offerings at each lounge. Information is subject to change without notice.

We can’t emphasize enough the convenience these Club Level Lounges provide. Whether providing a quick breakfast to jump-start your day in the Magic, snacks during your afternoon Park break by the pool, or a quick bedtime snack after a long day of fun, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with the lounge as well!

2 Exclusive Signature Offerings and Services- Let’s face it, at some point during the booking and planning process you’ve probably felt a bit “spoiled” by the level of attention and services your Magic Maker® has provided you! Well, that same attention to detail can continue at your Resort while you are on vacation! First, each Club-level guest has access to special Concierge Cast Members to help with any last minute changes or requests. Also, during the planning process Club-level guests can choose from a list of Enchanting Extras to make their upcoming stay even more magical! One of the most exciting extras is a recently-announced exclusive FastPass+ add-on option!

3 Location, Location, Location- With over 40-square miles of vacation kingdom at the Walt Disney World® Resort, location is key! All of the Disney Deluxe Resorts are located closest to one (or more) of the four Theme Parks! This close proximity to the Park often means additional transportation – via boat or even sometimes monorail. Also, the Club-level rooms are typically located at the most desired spots within the Resort Hotel offering great views and easy access to amenities you’re likely to use the most! And at a few of the resorts, their prime location allow their Club Concierge Lounge to provide special viewing locations for Happily Ever After and IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth nighttime spectaculars!

Ask your Magic Maker® how a Club-level stay can enhance your Walt Disney World® Resort vacation!

New Walt Disney World® Resort FastPass+ Add-on Announced for Disney Signature Services Guests

The Walt Disney World® Resort has announced an awesome new add-on for our guests eligible for Disney Signature Services!

Beginning Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, a new pilot program will launch allowing guests booked in select Walt Disney World® Resort hotel rooms with a 3-day or longer theme park admission or annual pass to add-on a special theme park extra! The offer includes:

This new add-on is available to all guests staying in the following accommodations:


•Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Cabins
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Club Level
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn – Club Level
Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Club Level
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Club Level
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Club Level


Disney’s Polynesian Village Villas & Bungalows – Bungalows
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Club Level
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort – Club Level
Disney’s Beach Club Resort – Club Level
•Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels – select suites and premium rooms


Pricing is $50 +tax per guest per day.

No other changes have been made to the FastPass+ system. All theme park guests with valid theme park admission will continue to receive up to three FastPass+ selections at a single park per day at no extra charge, as well as additional day-of in-park selections that may be reserved and redeemed one-at-a-time after those initial three selections are redeemed.

Contact your Magic Maker® for more details!

Walt Disney World® Resort 2018 Summer Meal Offer

Get a FREE Quick-Service meal per person, per night with the purchase of select Magic Your Way® Vacations!

Summer 2018 is a tasty time to discover all-new experiences and have the vacation of your dreams at the Walt Disney World® Resort! Availability on this special offer is limited, so don’t delay!

Now through Feb. 11, 2018, purchase a non-discounted Magic Your Way® package including a minimum 3-night stay at participating Disney Value Resorts and get one FREE Quick-Service Meal per person per night. Upgrades to the traditional Quick-Service Dining Plan or Plus Disney Dining Plan are available at an additional cost! Ask your Magic Maker® which dining plan may be best for your family.

Disney 2018 Summer Meal Offer Booking Window:
Now-Feb. 11, 2018

Disney 2018 Summer Meal Offer Travel Window:
Valid for arrivals most nights May 29-Aug. 25, 2018

Contact your Magic Maker® today for your taste of these scrumptious savings!

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The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Base Tickets valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must occur on or before 12/31/18. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Offer excludes campsites and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. Everyone in the room must be on the same package. Each Quick-Service meal includes one entrée and one nonalcoholic beverage (or, if age 21 or over, one beer, wine or cocktail). Children ages 3-9 must order from the children’s menu, if available. Minimum Length of Stay: 3 nights with minimum 2-day Magic Your Way® Base Ticket.

Spring 2018 Walt Disney World Room Discounts

Create Family Memories at the Walt Disney World® Resort

2018 is the year for you to make new family memories at “The Most Magical Place on Earth!” From discovering what’s new at the Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival to exploring the new land of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® theme park, there’s truly something for everyone inside this magical Vacation Kingdom! When you pair these all-new experiences with the following special savings, now is the time to work with our Magic Makers® to plan the storybook vacation of your dreams!

For a limited time, save up to 20% at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Apr. 15 – Jun. 10, 2018. Plus, when you upgrade to a room and ticket package that includes a minimum 5-day theme park ticket with the Park Hopper® Option or Park Hopper Plus Option, you’ll get one more day added to the ticket, FREE!*

Not only will you enjoy staying closer to the magic, your stay will also include an array of special Disney touches and magical extras that only on-property guests receive.

Travel Dates:

  • Book a room at select Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels and save up to 20% on stays most nights Apr. 15 – Jun. 10, 2018 when you book by Apr. 7, 2018

Contact your Magic Maker® today for pricing and availability!

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The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes 3-bedroom villas, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. 20% savings based on the non-discounted price of the same room for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts. Lower savings may be available for other select Disney Resort hotels. Campsites included at 10% discount for Sunday through Thursday stays, Apr. 29 through May 24, 2018. Moderate and Deluxe suites may be available for a lesser discount. Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must be by 12/31/18

8 Things We’re Excited About in 2018 at Disney Destinations

While it’s hard to believe that 2017 is almost over, we are overflowing with excitement and anticipation of what’s coming in 2018 for Disney Destinations!

Here’s 8 things (in no particular order) that we can’t wait to experience!

1 Toy Story Land- In Summer 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, the all-new Toy Story Land will open to guests. Shrinking guests to the size of a toy, three attractions and a new quick-service dining location will await guests in the 11-acre play space. Slinky Dog Dash (a family-style coaster) and Alien Swirling Saucers will be the new attractions joining the already existing guest favorite Toy Story Mania!®. Woody’s Lunch Box will offer several meals and old-fashioned soda floats. No exact opening date in 2018 has been announced.

2 Disney Springs™ Additions- When you’re visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Springs™ is your place to eat, drink, and shop! And in 2018, the list of options is growing! Eight new dining concepts will open in 2018! The Edison will open as a lavish “Industrial Gothic” restaurant, bar and nighttime destination. Adjacent to that is a trio of modern Italian restaurant and bar concepts – Maria & Enzo’s, Enzo’s Hideaway, and Pizza Ponte. Terralina Crafted Italian will feature dishes inspired by “Top Chef Master” Chef Tony Mantuano ‘s adventures in Italy. Master Sommelier George Miliotes’ Wine Bar George will offer more than 100 wine selections by the bottle and glass along with shareable plates, cheese and charcuterie. Jaleo, a Spanish concept by world-renowned Chef José Andrés’ and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill are also slated to open in 2018.

3 Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park Celebrates 20 Years- Opening its gates for the first time on Earth Day in 1998, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park will celebrate 20 years in 2018! As part of the celebration, the Flights of Wonder show is being retired to make room for the debut of a new show featuring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s film UP! The new show will feature species of birds from around the world at the Caravan Theater in Anandapur Village. We’re sure that more special events will be announced before the big day, so stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details!

4 Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Transformation- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is currently receiving some major enhancements that are set to be completed late Summer 2018! For our guests that have stayed at the resort before, the biggest change will be the elimination of the Customs House! Old Port Royale will act as a centralized location for check in/out as well as merchandise and dining. Other updates include an all-new Centertown Market for casual eats, waterfront dining at an all-new Shutters restaurant, a new Banana Cabana outdoor bar and lounge, and an refurbished Calypso Trading Post for shopping.

5 Return of Disney on Broadway Much to our delight, the Epcot® International Festival of the Arts will return from Jan. 12 – Feb. 19, 2018! Also returning is what we believe to the highlight of the festival, the Disney On Broadway performances which happen each weekend (Fridays through Mondays at 5:30p, 6:45p and 8:00p) in the America Gardens Theatre. This years performers include:

  • Jan. 12-15 and 19-22: Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey
  • Jan. 26-29 and Feb. 2-5: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White
  • Feb. 9-12 and 16-19: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland

The concerts are included with standard Epcot® admission but because of popularity, we suggest experiencing Disney on Broadway with a dining package that includes preferred seating!

6 Pixar Fest and Pixar Pier For over 20 years, the beloved characters of Pixar Animation Studios have found a special place in our hearts. And in 2018, they’ll come to life like never before with the addition of Pixar Fest and Pixar Pier at the Disneyland® Resort! Pixar Fest, the biggest theme park celebration of stories and characters from Pixar, will feature a new “Together Forever—A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” plus the return of ‘Paint the Night’ and ‘Pixar Play Parade.Pixar Pier will transform the area that is now Paradise Pier inside Disney California Adventure® Park with the thrilling, reimagined Incredicoaster, four new imaginative neighborhoods, plus entertainment, themed food and beverage, and more! CLICK HERE for more details on everything Pixar coming to Disneyland® Resort.

7 Downtown Disney® District Additions- There’s no doubt that the west end of the Disneyland® Resort’s Downtown Disney® District will see a lot of changes in the next 4 years with the construction of a new Disney-owned Four Diamond hotel that is set to open in 2021! But in 2018, you’ll see a few new locations open for your enjoyment. Splitsville Luxury Lanes will open in early 2018 with 20 bowling lanes, four dining areas, and much more. The New York-based Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer will open its first California location offering award-winning burgers and signature CrazyShake™ milkshakes that boast whimsical and over-the-top decorations and flavors. And in early 2018, D-Street will be re-imagined into a Disney-themed home goods store with products that change with each season.

8 Enchanting Enhancements for Disney Magic- Exciting new spaces and new experiences are coming to the Disney Magic in March 2018! An all-new enchanting dining experience will be created for families at Rapunzel’s Royal Table! Guests will be treated to live entertainment during their dinner, and maybe even an appearance by Princess Rapunzel herself. A redesign is coming for the Vibe, the space on the ship reserved for teens ages 14-17, which will be transformed into a trendy urban loft environment. And Cove Café, an adult-exclusive retreat located near the Quiet Cove Pool, will be redesigned in a sophisticated tropical style. The new enhancements debut on the Disney Magic’s Mar. 9, 2018 sailing.

What new addition at Disney Destinations are you excited about? Contact your Magic Maker® today and start planning your next getaway!

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