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Disney Cruise Line Offers 50% Off Deposits

This Year’s New Year Resolution – Together Time!

2016 is the year to make wonderful family memories! That’s easy with the help of Disney Cruise Line’s Broadway-style shows, delicious dining and incredible deck parties. But the fun isn’t just onboard; you’ll visit amazing ports of call from tropical wonderlands to enchanting European escapes. As an added bonus, book by March 27 and enjoy 50% off* the required deposit on select 2016 sailings!

Offer Details:

When you book a Disney cruise of 7 nights or longer that’s scheduled to set sail between August and December 2016, you’ll pay just half of the typical deposit on the day of booking with the remainder of the deposit due with final payment! Disney Cruise Line offers flexible payment options with final payment typically due 75 days prior to travel. To take advantage of this offer, you must book by March 27, 2016!

Contact your Magic Maker® today for to turn “family time” into “once upon a time!”

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*Valid for new bookings only on sailings booked by 3/27/16. Valid on new bookings only on  all 7-night or longer sailings that do not require final payment at time of booking and take place between August and December 2016. The remainder of your required deposit and your remaining balance will be due at final payment. Not valid on Categories with Restrictions (IGT, OGT, VGT), Suites or Concierge Level Staterooms. Government Taxes and Fees, Gratuities and Port Adventures are not included. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Offer subject to Disney Cruise Line Terms and Conditions

Florida Residents Sail and Save on Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line has announced special rates exclusively for Florida Residents on select sailings. Experience fantastic shows, onboard activities for the entire family, delectable dining, and visits to the most exciting ports in the cruise industry – including Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

Booking Window: Monday, Feb. 1 – Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
Port Canaveral, FL 7-Night E. Caribbean Disney Fantasy 02/27/2016 Select

 

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Offer limited to 50 staterooms and is subject to availability. Other discounts do not apply. Proof of Florida resident is required for at least one adult member on the reservation within 48 hours of booking. Failure to submit complete identification will result in a cancellation with applicable cancellation fees. Florida resident must be at least 18 years of age. Other stateroom types may be available at varying rates. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses not included. See Disney Cruise Line brochure for applicable terms and conditions.

Our 15 Favorite Highlights from 2015

Wow! Is it just us, or did 2015 fly by?

From new dining locations to reimagined spaces, there’s been no shortage of exciting changes at Disney Destinations throughout 2015. Once again this year, we tasked our Magic Makers® with deciding their favorite highlights from Disney Cruise Line, Walt Disney World® and Disneyland® Resorts. It wasn’t easy, but here they are:

Top 15 Favorite Highlights from 2015

  1. There’s no questioning the popularity of Chef Mickey’s restaurant inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort! Last May, Brunch was added to the location’s offerings giving our guests a greater opportunity to dine with Mickey and his pals.
  2. Every little girl dreams of being a princess. A recent refresh of the Disney Dream has made room for a brand new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique providing royal makeovers for girls ages 3-12 and swashbuckling transformations for all on Pirate Night.
  3. The former Downtown Disney® area of the Walt Disney World® Resort is full of excitement as it transforms to the new Disney Springs™. After construction is complete later in 2016, the amount of shopping, dining and entertainment venues will double! The first of the new dining locations, The BOATHOUSE®, opened in April 2015 and offers upscale waterfront dining and rides on some awesome dream boats from the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s.
  4. Garden Grill Restaurant at Epcot® is often referred to as the “rotating restaurant” that hosted Chip ‘n Dale’s Harvest Feast for dinner. Now, those nutty pals have extended hours to include both Breakfast and Lunch! There’s no better way to start you Epcot® day than with a helping of Chip’s Sticky Bun Bake!
  5. One of the most popular shows at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® received a refresh and recently reopened as Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. Just like before, the stage show teaches young Padawans (ages 4-12) how to use the Force to challenge the Dark Side. After training, Knights will come face-to-face with Darth Vader or a new villain, the Seventh Sister Inquisitor from the popular Disney XD series Star Wars™ Rebels.
  6. Also part of the recent refresh of the Disney Dream was the addition of a new Force-filled area in Disney’s Oceaneer Club (ages 3-12). Kids are transported to a far away galaxy at Star Wars™: Millennium Falcon, where the legendary spacecraft becomes an out-of-this-galaxy play area inspired by the Star Wars™ saga.
  7. MagicBands were introduced several years ago at the Walt Disney World® Resort as an integral part of the MyMagic+ system. Since then, on property guests have been able to choose from standard colored MagicBands that were included complimentary in their package or purchase some specialty ones from various retail locations. Now, guests are able to design their own MagicBands at one of the MagicBand on Demand stations. With the launch of this program, the often-requested band color purple was introduced as a retail option.
  8. A brand new stage show debuted just last month aboard the Disney Magic. “Tangled: The Musical” immerses its audience in Rapunzel’s fairytale world through lavish production numbers and spellbinding music. This is the first time this beloved Disney tale has been adapted for the stage and has received great reviews from our guests.
  9. As part of its recent renovation, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort added Villas and Bungalows to their accommodation options. Built as part of the Disney Vacation Club portfolio, the 360 Deluxe Studio accommodations (sleeps up to 5 guests) and 20 over-the-water Bungalows (sleeps up to 8 guests) deliver the spirit of the South Pacific along with some fun Disney touches to guests staying on a cash basis as well.
  10. Our guests are going WILD over the newest dining option at Magic Kingdom® Park! At the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen, you’ll experience “World Famous Jungle Cuisine” in one of several unique dining rooms, including a crew mess hall and a once-hidden secret meeting room of the famed Society of Explorers and Adventurers. Staffed by infamous Jungle Cruise® Skippers, this is a meal you won’t soon forget!
  11. Not been to Disney Parks in a while or wish you would have picked up that souvenir you saw on your last trip? The new Shop Disney Parks Mobile App lets you choose from thousands of popular Disney Parks products and have it delivered right to your door! You’ll find the Shop Disney Parks Mobile App available for download in the Apple App Store℠ or Google Play™.
  12. To celebrate the latest Star Wars™ movie, Disney’s Hollywood Studios® has introduced “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks. The night sky above the park erupts with impressive fireworks that are set to the most dramatic and memorable Star Wars themes of all time, including selections from Star Wars™: The Force Awakens.
  13. As part of the Disneyland® Resort 60th Diamond Celebration, Disneyland® Park introduced a new nighttime parade called “Paint the Night.” This after-dark spectacular was inspired by the iconic ‘Main Street Electrical Parade.’ Full of vibrant color and more than 1.5 million brilliant LED lights, the parade features special effects, unforgettable music, and energetic performances that bring beloved Disney and Disney●Pixar stories to life.
  14. Last March, the Be Our Guest Restaurant inside Magic Kingdom® Park started offering breakfast service. With the popularity of the location, this quick-service breakfast can be a great way to get inside and check it out.
  15. Both Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and Disneyland® Park have added new ways for you to experience Star Wars™! Star Wars™ Launch Bay takes guests into the Star Wars™ saga with special exhibits and peeks behind-the-scenes, special food and merchandise, and even opportunities to encounter Chewbacca and Darth Vader! It’s stellar fun in a galaxy not-so-far away!

Now that we’ve told you our favorites of 2015, what are yours?

Trick or Treat: 9 Disney Destination Tricks You May Not Know

Happy Halloween!

Sometimes, having a magical Disney Vacation involves a few tricks! From when to call for Advanced Dining Reservations to how to best utilize Disney FastPass+ service, our expert Magic Makers® know them all!

With Halloween just a day away, we thought we’d treat you to just a few of our favorite Disney tricks:

Walt Disney World® Resort

  • With MyMagic+, planning is more important than ever! Previously, your “ADR date” (180 days before travel when you can make dining reservations) was the most important planning date. Now, your “FastPass+ date” is equally important, especially when you are staying at one of the on-property hotels! On-property guests get first access to reserve Disney FastPass+ attractions, shows and more 60 days before you arrive! This advance access can make or break your hopes of getting FastPass+ times for popular attractions like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. But don’t fret, your Magic Maker® will take care of reminding  you of all these important dates!
  • When making your initial plans, you’ll be able to select up to three FastPass+ experiences for your family each day. But once you redeem your initial selections, you can visit any in-park FastPass+ kiosk and select an additional experience based on availability. After using that one, you can keep repeating that process selecting one more after your previous selections have all been used.
  • Did you know that Epcot® has two entrances? The International Gateway, located between the United Kingdom and France pavilions, allows for easy access to Disney’s Boardwalk and Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts. Here you’ll find great nighttime entertainment as well as some amazing dining choices. Just a quick walk or boat ride from the back entrance to Epcot®, this area is worth exploring.
  • Guests who visited Downtown Disney® years ago may remember there being more than one bus stop. But now if you are arriving at Disney Springs™ by resort bus, you are dropped off at a bus station in the Marketplace area. You can easily get to other areas via boat service, however the new boat launch area is not very clearly marked. As you are exiting the bus area, you’ll make an immediate right and follow a path that takes you to the Marketplace Dock. If you’ve made it to any of the stores, you’ve gone too far! With all the hustle and bustle of other guests making their way to and from the buses, the path is easy to overlook!

Disneyland® Resort

  • Years after opening, Radiator Springs Racers inside Disney California Adventure® Park is still popular! Want to know how to get early access to Cars Land and the attractions? It’s as simple as staying at one of the three Hotels of the Disneyland® Resort! Only guests of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa, Disneyland® Hotel, and Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel can utilize Extra Magic Hour to access Disney California Adventure® Park one hour before scheduled park opening every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
  • Celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or even a first visit? Always remember to ask for a button! While nothing is guaranteed, sometimes magical things happen to those proudly donning a celebration button.
  • One of the perks of being a Disney Visa® Cardmember is access to a special Character Meet ‘N’ Greet inside a Private Cardmember Location. Offered for  just a few hours daily, Cardmembers can find the Meet ‘N’ Greet inside Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure® Park.

Disney Cruise Line

  • We are often asked when is best to book a Disney Cruise Line vacation. That answer is simple – as early as possible! Unlike other vacation destinations, pricing on Disney Cruise Line typically increases as the ship fills. Early birds can expect great pricing and the best selection of cabin types and locations.
  • Before leaving home, be sure to download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App onto your smartphone. While onboard the ship, you can connect to the ship’s wi-fi (which is complimentary for this app) and conveniently access a calendar of events and activities, a deck plan of the ship, and a feature that allows you to message with other guests on your cruise.

These are just a few of the tricks we can treat you with now! Be sure to contact your Magic Maker® today for even more tricks to make the most of your next Disney Destination vacation! If you don’t have a personal Magic Maker® yet, let us know! We’d love to connect you with one!

Disney Cruise Line Releases Early 2017 Itineraries

Disney Cruise Line has released itineraries through May of 2017, continuing the magic in favorite ports of call in the Caribbean and Bahamas!

Disney Cruise Line will be setting sail to so many fantastic places! They’ve selected the most stunning destinations in the world for your family to explore and make memories. From timeless tropical locales to breathtaking golden beaches, the decision on which itinerary to select can be difficult. But with most itineraries featuring a stop at Castaway Cay – Disney’s private island paradise reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests – any choice is a good one!

Which Cruise Will You Choose?

Here’s a look at what’s ‘on deck’ for early 2017!

Disney Fantasy

  • 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruises from Port Canaveral (Jan. – May 2017)
  • 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruises from Port Canaveral (Jan. – May 2017)

Disney Dream

  • 3- & 4-Night Bahamian Cruises from Port Canaveral (Jan. – May 2017)

Disney Wonder

  • 7-Night Bahamian Cruises from Galveston (Jan. 2017)
  • 6-Night Galveston to San Juan Cruise (Jan. 2017)
  • 3-Night Bahamian Cruise from San Juan to Port Canaveral (Jan. 2017)
  • 3- & 4-Night Bahamian Cruises from Port Canaveral (Jan.  – Apr. 2017)

Disney Magic

  • 5-Night Caribbean Cruises from Miami (Jan.  – Apr. 2017)
  • 3-, 4-, & 5-Night Bahamian Cruises from Miami (Jan.  – Apr. 2017)
  • 4-Night Miami to San Juan Cruise (Apr. 2017)
  • 7-Night Caribbean Cruises from San Juan (Apr. 2017)

Since pricing tends to increase as availability becomes more limited, we always suggest clients book early! Bookings are open to Gold and Platinum Castaway Club Members on Oct. 7, 2015 and to the public on Oct. 8, so contact your Magic Maker® today and prepare to set sail!

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Star Wars™ Day at Sea-themed Merchandise Now Available for Pre-Purchase

Our guests sailing on a Disney Cruise Line Star Wars™ Day at Sea sailing now have the opportunity to pre-purchase themed merchandise.

Because of anticipated demand for some “out-of-this-universe” Star Wars™ items, Disney Cruise Line has created an online advance purchase opportunity. Guests sailing during these special Disney Cruise Line itineraries aboard the Disney Fantasy can now log in and select items of interest. CLICK HERE to access the merchandise webpage.

The deadline to participate in the pre-purchase opportunity varies by the date of sailing. Those deadlines are:

  • Jan. 9, 2016 – Deadline: Dec. 10, 2015
  • Jan. 23, 2016 – Deadline: Dec. 23, 2015
  • Feb. 6, 2016 – Deadline: Jan. 7, 2016
  • Feb. 20, 2016 – Deadline: Jan. 21, 2016
  • Mar. 5, 2016 – Deadline: Feb. 4, 2016
  • Mar. 19, 2016 – Deadline: Feb. 19, 2016
  • Apr. 2, 2016 – Deadline: Mar. 3, 2016
  • Apr. 16, 2016 – Deadline: Mar. 17, 2016

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Disney Cruise Line® Issues Travel Advisory for Tropical Storm Erika

Last Update: 8/29/15 9am Eastern

As of 9am on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, Disney Cruise Line has issued the following update regarding Tropical Storm Erika:

Disney Cruise Line is monitoring the current weather conditions and path of Tropical Storm Erika. At this time, we have made no changes to our itineraries. Should weather conditions change, we can alter the itinerary of our ships to ensure the safety and comfort of our Guests.

 

Holidays at Sea Aboard Disney Cruise Line

Walt Disney World® Resort has always brought a little extra magic to the seasonal celebrations of Halloween and Christmas with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom® Park.

Similar celebrations will be shipped off to sea with specially themed Halloween and Christmas sailings aboard Disney Cruise Line.

In September and October, all four Disney Cruise Line ships will host Halloween on the High Seas Cruises. Aboard these special themed sailings you will experience Halloween like you never have before! Kids will enjoy trick or treating with their favorite Disney characters and marching in the Costume parade, while adults will have their own fun with a costume contest and a villainous dance in adult areas. The entire family can come together and enjoy the Mouse-querade party and see Jack and Sally at Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream!

Halloween on the High Seas will be available on the following sailings:

  • Disney Magic: Oct. 4 – Oct. 28, 2015
  • Disney Wonder: Oct. 1 – Oct. 23, 2015
  • Disney Dream: Sep. 7 – Oct. 30, 2015
  • Disney Fantasy: Sep. 5 – Oct. 31, 2015

Then, Disney Cruise Line comes alive aboard all four ships for Very MerryTime Cruises. There is nothing like celebrating Christmas with a nautical flair as each ship is themed to a Christmas wonderland. During the Deck the Deck Tropical Holiday Party, the entire family can come together to play games, dance and celebrate with favorite Disney friends! Kids will be able to help launch all of the celebrations aboard the ship at a tree lighting ceremony. And of course, what Christmas celebration is complete without Santa and his elves on hand to greet you!

Very Merrytime Cruises will be available on the following sailings*:

  • Disney Magic: Nov. 11 – Dec. 23, 2015
  • Disney Wonder: Nov. 6 – Dec. 24, 2015
  • Disney Dream: Nov. 9 – Dec. 24, 2015
  • Disney Fantasy: Nov. 14 – Dec. 19, 2015

    * = some elements will begin construction in early Nov. and may not be available until late Nov.

Availability aboard Disney Cruise Line for these special themed cruises is limited! Reserve your spot through your Magic Maker® today to celebrate on the high seas with Disney Cruise Line!

Holiday activities and offerings are subject to change and may vary by ship and itinerary.

Disney Cruise Line Returns to Popular Home Ports in Fall 2016

In the fall of 2016, Disney Cruise Line will return to the popular home ports of New York, Galveston, and Miami! In addition to amazing itineraries and ports of call, most of the late 2016 cruises include either Halloween or winter-holiday events – bringing special entertainment, activities and décor to the Disney Cruise Line ships.

Return to New York

In October 2016, the Disney Magic will return to New York to sail 7- and 8-night Bahamian itineraries that include stops at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, and Port Canaveral, Florida, with the opportunity to visit the Walt Disney World® Resort.

Also, the Disney Magic will offer a 5-night cruise to Halifax, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

New Seven-night Cruises from Miami

Seven-night sailings are coming to Miami! The Disney Magic will offer Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings in November and December 2016. Ports of call include Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay.

Additional Miami sailings include a 4-, 5-, and 6-night Bahamas cruise.

Return to Galveston

In late 2016, Disney Cruise Line will once again call Texas home as the Disney Wonder returns with a line up of seven-night Bahamian and Caribbean itineraries throughout much of November and December 2016. Two four-night sailings to Cozumel will also be offered from Galveston.

Take a look at what’s in store for Fall 2016:

Bookings for Fall 2016 open to Platinum and Gold Castaway Club Members on Tuesday, May 19, and to the public on Wednesday, May 20! Contact your Magic Maker today for more details!

Magical Enhancements Coming to Disney Dream

Disney Cruise Line has announced that some magical transformations are coming this fall on the Disney Dream! Included in these changes are two new interactive youth areas, the debut of the ever-popular Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a whimsical sweet shop, and a new adult-only area.

Here’s what’s in store:

  • Disney’s Oceaneer Club – Kids ages 3 to 12 will receive two new areas inside Disney’s Oceaneer Club. The first, a Star Wars™ themed area, is guaranteed to provide an out-of-this-galaxy experience! Inside the Millennium Falcon, younglings can join the Rebel Alliance as well as participate in Star Wars™-themed crafts, games, and activities. Also, Padawans will get their chance to brush up on their lightsaber moves with a new shipboard version of the Jedi Training Academy before facing off against Darth Vader. The second new area will be a high-tech Disney Infinity space allowing kids to play together with exciting virtual experiences. But the fun doesn’t stop onboard – kids who visit this room will be able to unlock exclusive Disney Cruise Line content on their Disney Infinity system once they get home.
  • Vanellope’s Sweets & Treats – Up on Deck 11, a new specialty sweets shop will open themed after the whimsical candy land of Sugar Rush in “Wreck-It Ralph.” Inside, guests will be able to purchase handmade gelato and ice cream served in freshly based waffle cones, an assortment of candy, and a great selection of novelty treats.
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – Deck 5 of the Disney Dream will soon host one of Disney Destinations most popular locations, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Princesses and Knights ages 3 to 12 can make appointments to receive a royal makeover with the help of some special fairy godmothers-in-training. And on the night of the Pirate Party, the boutique becomes The Pirates League where special pirate makeovers are available for all ages.
  • Satellite Falls – Up on Deck 13, the adults-only section of the ship will expand to include Satellite Falls, a circular splash pool with benches and a gently falling rain curtain.

All of these enhancements will debut on the Oct. 26th sailing of the Disney Dream!

Disney Cruise Line has released itineraries through Summer of 2016, so start planning your dream vacation today!

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