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‘Epcot® International Festival of the Arts’ Returns in 2018

After a successful first year, the Walt Disney World® Resort has announced the return of the Epcot® International Festival of the Arts!

Taking place from Jan. 12-Feb. 19, 2018, you’ll enjoy world-class cuisine, visual arts, and live Broadway entertainment. New for 2018, the Festival will remain open all week long, creating plenty of happenings for you and your family to explore! While all details haven’t been announced yet, here’s a look at what you can expect:

  • Performing Arts – from local bands to Broadway stars and more!
  • Culinary Arts – delightful fare is waiting for you at themed food studios, eateries and dining events
  • Visual Arts –
    • Curated Exhibits
    • Art in Action
    • Seminars and Hands-on Workshops with Pros

We’ll keep you updated as details are announced!

Contact your Magic Maker® for more details!

 

Epcot® admission required. Events are subject to change or cancellation without notice

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, Sep. 18 – Sunday, Sep. 24, 2017

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
Port Canaveral, FL 4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 10/30/2017 5A
7-Night E. Caribbean Disney Fantasy 11/04/2017 5C
San Juan, PR 5-Night E. Caribbean to Miami Disney Magic 12/01/2017 Select
Miami, FL 5-Night Bahamian Disney Magic 12/15/2017 Select
5-Night Bahamian Disney Magic 12/20/2017 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.

‘Disney After Hours’ returns to Magic Kingdom® Park

Walt Disney World® Resort have announced the return of an event giving guests after-hours access to some of Magic Kingdom® Park’s favorite attractions and character experiences.

On select nights, Magic Kingdom® Park will remain open 3 extra hours for those with special event tickets or Disney After Hours. Admission, which begins early at 7p, includes select attractions and character meet & greets as well as food and beverage offerings like ice cream novelties and select bottled beverages. A limited number of tickets will be sold for each night of the event.

Event details:

Dates / Times: (admission begins at 7p)

  • Fri., Jan. 19, 2018 (8:00p – 11:00p)
  • Fri., Jan. 26, 2018 (8:00p – 11:00p)
  • Tue., Jan. 30, 2018 (8:00p – 11:00p)
  • Thu., Feb. 8, 2018 (8:00p – 11:00p)

  • Thu., Feb. 15, 2018 (9:00p – midnight)
  • Thu., Mar. 1, 2018  (9:00p – midnight)
  • Thu., Mar. 8, 2018  (9:00p – midnight)

Attractions/Character Greetings:

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad®
  • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin®
  • Disney Princess Greetings at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Haunted Mansion®
  • “it’s a small world”®

  • Jungle Cruise®
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic®
  • Peter Pan’s Flight®
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain®
  • And much, much more!

Price: $119 per Guest (plus tax) or $89 (plus tax) for Annual Passholders and DVC Members

Contact your Magic Maker® for more details and to secure your tickets!

Magic Kingdom® park will officially close to Guests who haven’t purchased Disney After Hours tickets. Number of tickets available is limited. All tickets are non-refundable, non-transferrable and are only valid for admission during the special event date and hours. All attractions, entertainment and experiences are subject to change without notice.

By | 2017-09-14T12:47:56+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Categories: Disney News, Walt Disney World News|2 Comments

Holidays Shine Bright at the Disneyland® Resort

It is almost that time of year again!  From November 10, 2017 to January 7, 2018, the Disneyland® Resort transforms into a winter wonderland! Here are just some of the holiday fun you can expect this year at the Disneyland® Resort. We’ll keep you updated on any future holiday announcements!

At Disneyland® Park:

  • Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle and “Believe… in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular return to the holiday lineup.
  • Also returning is “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, “it’s a small world” Holiday, and Haunted Mansion Holiday!

At Disney California Adventure® Park:

  • “World of Color – Seasons of Light” returns to celebrate the heartfelt spirit of the holidays!
  • Santa Claus will greet guests inside Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.
  • Festival of the Holidays returns as a showcase of diverse cultural holiday celebrations. In addition to the always popular Disney ¡Viva Navidad!, the festival will feature marketplaces serving internationally-inspired food and beverage.

Start planning your escape to the Disneyland® Resort for the holidays!

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Attractions and entertainment are subject to change without notice.

The Magic of the Holidays at Walt Disney World® Resort

There are very few who can ‘deck the halls’ like Walt Disney World® Resort does! Bringing together the traditions, excitement and yuletide fun of the holidays, Walt Disney World® Resort creates quite the backdrop to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

Here’s a look at what’s to come this holiday season!

Magic Kingdom® Park

One of the grandest ways to dive into the magic of the season is to experience Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Not only will you get to experience a magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.® and enjoy complimentary cookies and hot cocoa; you will enjoy live holiday entertainment like no other! From Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks spectacular to Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show, you will be rocking around the Christmas tree all through the night!

Fans of Frozen will also be excited to know that Magic Kingdom® Park has allowed Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf to bring a little magic to the park with A Frozen Holiday Wish where they turn Cinderella Castle into a glimmering ice Palace!

Epcot®

If you enjoy the rich traditions of Christmas then you do not want to miss visiting Epcot® where their former Holidays Around the World is transforming into Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays from November 19 to December 30, 2017. Throughout World Showcase, costumed performers will share the holiday heritage of the nations represented. If you ever wanted to experience Christmas around the world, here is your chance! New this year, you’ll also find Holiday kitchens offering seasonal food & beverage.

Also new in 2017 is Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree, a fun scavenger hunt throughout World Showcase that ends with a special prize. Maps will be sold at select merchandise locations.

To keep in tune with the true meaning of the season, Epcot® is also home to Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season and the amazing Candlelight Processional where the biblical account of Jesus’ birth is retold by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Disney’s Hollywood Studios® is getting back into the Christmas spirit with a new offering this year – Sunset Seasons Greetings! The park’s Sunset Boulevard will be turned into an enchanted winter wonderland from November 9 – December 31, 2017. As the sun sets, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ attraction magically transforms to tell several different holiday character stories.

Also, Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! returns for 2017 providing a Santa-sized nighttime spectacular to guests. The show will run nightly from November 9 – December 31, 2017.

Disney Springs™, Resort Hotels and more…

Even the Walt Disney World® Resort hotels join in with the holiday magic, bringing larger than life gingerbread creations and decorations to select resort hotels. And with the chance to meet Santa Claus, feast on festive flavors and enjoy seasonal shopping, there’s no doubt that Disney Springs™ is the place to be this holiday season!

The best news is, there is still time to experience the beauty of the season at Walt Disney World® Resort! Contact your Magic Maker® today to start planning your last-minute celebration!

Late 2017 Savings at Disneyland® Resort

‘Tis the season to visit the Disneyland® Resort! The spell is cast – Halloween Time will take over both parks from Sep. 15 – Oct. 31 this year as Disney California Adventure® Park joins the fiendish fun, complete with a new Monsters After Dark version of the all new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction! And Holidays at the Disneyland® Resort will take place Nov. 10 – Jan. 7 with the return of Disney Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure® Park and the traditional and timeless holiday fun Disneyland® Park.

Offer Details:

Contact your Magic Maker® today! Availability is limited!

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Disneyland® Late Summer 2017 Offer: Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same premium room at Disney’s Grand Californian® Hotel & Spa for most Sunday through Thursday nights. Valid for travel between 8/6/17 to 9/28/17. Book from 7/18/17 through 9/28/17, with travel completed by 9/29/17. Savings are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Artisan, Junior and Regal suites. Ask about savings on other room types and other hotels. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required to enjoy the Parks.

Disneyland® Late 2017 Offer: Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same premium room at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa for most Sunday through Thursday nights. Valid for travel between 10/22/17-12/21/17. Book from 9/6/17-11/14/17, with travel completed by 12/22/17. Savings are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Artisan suites. Ask about savings on other room types and other hotels. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required to enjoy the Parks.

Adventures by Disney® Danube River Cruise

 

By Magic Maker® Allie Willits

I recently had the amazing opportunity to travel on an Adventures by Disney®  Danube River Cruise with my 7-year-old daughter and my parents to celebrate my mother’s 70th birthday. This was the IDEAL way to visit the historical cities throughout Hungary, Austria and Germany for all of us! Imagine only having to unpack once, in a luxury room, on an incredible river ship; no lugging luggage on and off busses, trains and planes, no having to entertain kids on multiple train, bus or plane rides and receiving top of the line customer service and gourmet food and beverages at every meal. It truly was a hassle free, active and luxury vacation full of history, architecture, fun and laughs!

We flew from the USA to Budapest, Hungary to embark on the luxurious AmaViola River Cruise Ship and we were immediately greeted by one of four Disney-trained Adventure Guides. Paola, Dean, Danny and Stephanie were the Adventure Guides on our adventure (we had 93 guests onboard).  I think of them as a mix of tour guide, entertainer, concierge, director of fun, keeper of children, storyteller and most of all friend. They truly made this trip special, they set up interactive, engaging, hands on shore excursions that were fun for all ages from youngest (5 years old on our cruise) to the grandparents on board. While the adults had private tours of castles and palaces by superb storytellers, our Adventure Guides took the kids on their own tours to play dress up, make cookies and play all while learning the history of some amazing places. Nightly entertainment onboard the AmaViola in the lovely lounge is also hosted by our Adventure Guides – we sang karaoke, danced, laughed and more. My daughter cried when we hugged our Adventure Guides goodbye at the end of the vacation – she, and all of us felt like they were family!

We visited cities each day along the Danube river and had options for excursions like bike rides along the river, walking tours of cities along cobblestone streets, archery at a medieval castle, visiting the Salt Mines, engaging on a Sound of Music tour, several castle and palace tours, food and wine tastings at a family owned apricot farm and winery and more. There is also the option to simply enjoy the port visits on your own – the AmaViola staff provided maps and gave suggestions for each stop!

Onboard the AmaViola, lunch and dinner each day was a foodie’s delight! Gourmet meals, served by the most attentive and friendly servers with choices galore including local wines (different each day) and draft beer. There’s even the option of dining at the Chef’s Table (no extra cost) for a 7 course, wine pairing meal.  While the adults dine in the gorgeous dining room for dinner, the kids have the option of dining in the lounge on a kids buffet with entertainment and the Adventure Guides. Breakfast was also delicious with an option of a buffet or a la carte and even mimosas! Daily “tea” was served in the lounge with appetizers, fresh fruit, cakes and cookies. Many “extra” fun food events were also included like ice cream parties, cocktail receptions, Palinka (Hungarian Schnapps) tastings, a private Oktoberfest celebration and more.

Talking with the other guests on our final day as we traveled to the beautiful city of Munich, Germany, everybody agreed that it was their favorite family vacation ever (and many of the guests have traveled extensively and all over the world). I agree, it was absolutely an incredible experience. I can’t wait to try a Christmas Market  river cruise and would love to sail the Rhine river with Adventures by Disney®. My daughter still talks about the castles and palaces she visited along with our Adventure Guides on a daily basis – and we’ve been home a month!

They are specials running NOW for these Adventures by Disney® Danube River Cruises!! Don’t miss this opportunity, ask your Magic Maker® for more information!

Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Starting Sep. 8, 2017, Disney’s Hollywood Studios® will begin offering a new Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP viewing experience. This new offering will provide guests with tasty treats and some of the best seats for that evening’s show.

Upon check in for the package, each guest will receive a special light up credential for their preferred viewing location as well as a snack box. Snack boxes will include:

Adults

  • Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
  • Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Cupcake
  • Apple Crisp
  • California Trail Mix
  • Cheese and Crackers
  • Bottle of Water
  • Specialty Alcoholic or Non-alcoholic Beverage in a light-up keepsake Fantasmic! cup

Children (ages 3-9)

  • Chocolate Pudding with Crushed Chocolate Cookies and Gummy Worms
  • Confetti Popcorn
  • Grapes
  • Sorcerer Mickey Vanilla Cake Bite
  • Bottle of Water
  • Specialty Non-alcoholic Beverage in a light-up keepsake Fantasmic! cup

 

Pricing is $39 per adult  and $19 per child (ages 3 to 9). Availability for this package will be limited, so contact your Magic Maker® today!

By | 2017-08-17T14:33:24+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Categories: Disney News, Walt Disney World News|0 Comments

“Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” Returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

A favorite holiday nighttime spectacular is returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®!

Led by Wayne and Lanny from ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated special “Prep & Landing,” Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! features state-of-the-art projections, special effects and fireworks on and around the Chinese Theater.

The show will take place Nov. 9 – Dec. 31, 2017!

Guests may take advantage of the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party which provides:

  • Reserved viewing of evening’s Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!
  • Special Dessert party featuring specialty beverages and more
  • A pair of 3D HoloSpex® glasses to use during the show (creates holographic illusions of gingerbread men, candy canes, snowflakes and ornaments on any bright point of light)

Pricing is $79 per adult or $45 for children ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included) for parties Nov. 9 – Dec. 15 and $89 per adult or $49 for children ages 3 to 9 for parties Dec. 17 – Dec. 31. Please contact your Magic Maker® to check availability or for further details!