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!

Brunch is Coming to Chef Mickey’s

One of Walt Disney World® Resort’s most popular table service and character dining locations is expanding their current offerings!

Starting May 31, 2015, Chef Mickey’s inside Disney’s Contemporary Resort will offer a daily brunch from 11:30a – 2:30p. While the complete menu has yet to be released, you can expect many of the location’s current breakfast favorites along with a selection of soups, salads, some hot dishes and desserts. And of course, Mickey and his pals will make their rounds during Brunch greeting guests.

Breakfast and Dinner service and hours remain unchanged. All three meals will participate in the Disney Dining Plan utilizing one table-service entitlement per person.

For additional information, please contact your Magic Maker®.

 

5 Amazing Reasons to Visit Disneyland® Resort

By Magic Maker® Heather Rodgers

Disneyland® Resort is often overlooked and overshadowed by other great Disney Destinations. However after spending time exploring Disneyland® Resort, I wanted to share a few things that make this Disney Destination truly special and worth the visit to Southern California.

5) Characters, characters, characters: As with all Disney Destinations you will see several Disney characters but at Disneyland® Resort the interaction is a little different. If you stay on property, you have a good chance of running into a character in your resort lobby. You just might see Goofy flipping through the park maps in your hotel lobby, Minnie Mouse dancing with a guest or two, or Dale reading a guest’s daily newspaper. In the parks you might see some characters that aren’t always out at other Disney Destinations as often, like the Wicked Queen from Snow White who can sometimes be found hanging out at Sleeping Beauty Castle. Then there is the Storyteller’s character breakfast that often has Nieko from Pochantas and the bears from Brother Bear for you to meet. So much fun!

4)Do you want to see more than Disneyland® Resort? It is easy to spend a few days at Disney Parks and add-on a few other Southern California attractions to make this a truly one of a kind family vacation. You can add on a day or two at the beach, the Aquarium of the Pacific, or Universal Studios Hollywood and more. You can travel a little further south and see Sea World, Legoland, or the World Famous San Diego Zoo. Want to spend more than a day in San Diego, ask your Magic Maker® about adding on a stay in San Diego. Disneyland® Resort and Southern California have more to offer than you might think and your Magic Maker® would love to help you create just the right package.

3) Location, location, location: At Disneyland® Resort you can easily walk from Disneyland® Park to Disney California Adventure® Park in less than 5 minutes. This means park hopping is an absolute breeze! There are 3 Disneyland® Resort properties that are all within a 10 minute walk or less to the parks and several wonderful Good Neighbor Hotel options that also offer the convenience of just walking over to the parks allowing you to maximize your time in the parks!

2) Two words: Cars Land. You know those moments that you just can’t find the right words to describe your emotions? Walking into Cars Land for the first time is just like that. As soon as you see the Cars Land sign, you are transported right into Radiator Springs. You’ll see Sarge’s, Flo’s V-8 Cafe, and Casa Della Tires. You might even get to meet Lightening McQueen or Mater at the Cozy Cone Motel. Go a little before dusk and just wait to see the all the lights come on in Radiator Springs. Be sure to ride Radiator Springs Racers while you are there as that is simply not to be missed.

1) Did you know that Disneyland® Park is the only park that Walt Disney walked in and saw to completion? His legacy and care can be seen throughout Disneyland® Park and you know that it was his attention to detail that makes Disneyland® Resort what it is today. There are a few special moments you can take in while visiting Disneyland® Park that illustrate Walt Disney’s passion for this place. Take a few minutes out of your day to see Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. As you walk into this attraction you will see the very bench that Walt Disney sat on when he conceived of the place that families could go and be entertained together. When you walk past the Fire Station, look up at the center window and you will see the light left on in Walt Disney’s memory. Disneyland® Park has a special and unique feel to it and I truly believe it is because you can sense the legacy and spirit that lives on here.

As you can see there is quite a bit of magic to be found on the west coast, and this is just scratching the surface!

Contact your Magic Maker® today to book your Disneyland® Resort and Southern California family vacation so you can experience the magic for yourself, creating a lifetime of memories together.

‘Sounds Like Summer’ Concerts Heat Up Epcot® Nights

Starting in June, things in Epcot® World Showcase will heat up as the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series kicks off for 2015.

This Rock ‘n’ Roll extravaganza puts some of the world’s greatest tribute bands on the stage of America Gardens Theatre to perform some of your favorite Classic hit songs of all time.

This year’s lineup includes:

  • Jun. 7-13: DSB ~ A Tribute to Journey
  • Jun. 14-20: 2U ~ A Tribute to U2
  • Jun. 21-26: Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot ~ A Tribute Billy Joel Show
  • Jun. 27 – Jul. 4: Don’t Look Back ~ A Tribute to Boston
  • Jul. 5-11: Fire & Ice ~ A Tribute to Pat Benatar
  • Jul. 12-18: Stayin’ Alive ~ A Tribute to the Bee Gees
  • Jul. 19-25: Hotel California ~ A Salute to the Eagles

The Sounds Like Summer concerts are included in standard Epcot® admission. Show times are are 5:30p, 6:45p and 8:00p. Entertainment is subject to change 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, May 18 – Sunday, May 25, 2015

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
No Florida Resident discounts are currently available. Please check back next week!

 

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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.

Stay Longer Save More this Fall at Aulani

Say “Aloha” to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. Inspired by the wonders of Hawai‘i and built with the perfect touch of Disney magic, Aulani is a beautiful beachfront escape that’s designed for families. A Resort like no other, Aulani is perfectly placed just far enough from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, but close enough for families to enjoy O‘ahu’s world-class entertainment!

Plan your escape from reality now with a family getaway to Aulani by taking advantage of this great promotion:

Make the most of your time this Fall at Aulani. The longer they stay, the more you save! Save 30% off stays of 5 consecutive nights or more* or 25% off a 4 night stay.* Plus, if you book before Jun. 29, you’ll receive an extra $50 Resort credit for every night of your stay!

Booking Window:

  • Book now – Oct. 26, 2015 (book before Jun. 29 for bonus resort credit offer)

Travel Window:

  • August 16 through December 21, 2015, excluding November 25-28, 2015

Contact your Magic Maker® today and experience the 2014 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards Winner for Top Family Hotel in the U.S.

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*Save 25% offer for stays of four (4) consecutive nights. Save 30% offer for stays of five (5) or more consecutive nights. All stays must be booked between now and 10/26/15, inclusive, with all nights between 8/16/15 and 12/21/15, inclusive. Resort credit of $50 per room per consecutive night applied to reservations booked between now and 6/29/15 only. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited, and room availability may vary by dates of stay. Savings based on the non-discounted price of the same room. Savings excludes Resort fees and taxes. All Resort credits expire at 11:59 pm on departure date. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers. Offer excludes suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and subject to room occupancy limitations. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room. Advance reservations required. Subject to additional restrictions and change without notice.

Disney Park Restaurants Introduce New Allergy-Friendly Menus

This month, the restaurants at the Walt Disney World® and Disneyland® Resorts have started introducing new allergy-friendly menus, providing increased convenience and options to guests with special dietary requests.

Throughout the next several months, these menus will be rolled out to over 120 quick-service and table-service locations throughout both properties – inside and outside of the Parks. The launch began with Signature Restaurants and will continue with table-service and quick-service. The menus focus on the most common dietary allergens (gluten/wheat, milk, peanut, tree nut, and fish) providing allergen content for menu items from appetizers to desserts!

These new menus are just another step in Walt Disney World® and Disneyland® Resort’s dedication to serving guests with a specific dietary need. In 2013, special dietary-safe meals for over 650,000 guests were prepared! While these menus are meant to enhance the dining experience, guests may still consult directly with the restaurant chef and are encouraged to continue to alert the waitstaff of special dietary needs.

Disney Free Dining 2015 Available for Select Fall Dates

Get Disney FREE Dining 2015 with the purchase of select Magic Your Way® Vacations

Gather ’round the table for the tastiest vacation offer available at the Walt Disney World® Resort! Disney FREE Dining 2015 is back! Availability on this offer is limited, so don’t delay!

Now through Jul. 10, 2015, purchase a non-discounted Magic Your Way® package including a minimum 3-night stay with Park Hopper® option at participating Disney Value Resorts and get the Quick-Service Dining Plan for FREE. Or, buy a non-discounted Magic Your Way® package including a minimum 3-night stay with Park Hopper® option at participating Disney Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resorts and get the Plus Disney Dining Plan for FREE. Upgrades to a different dining plan are available at an additional cost.

Disney FREE Dining Booking Window:
Now-Jul. 10, 2015

Disney FREE Dining Travel Window:
Valid for arrivals most nights Aug. 28- Oct. 2, Oct. 25- Oct. 31, Nov. 8-19, and Dec. 15-21, 2015

 

Some of the best family memories are made during a family dinner! Contact your Magic Maker® today for your taste of these scrumptious savings!

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*Disney FREE Dining Packages booked at a participating Disney Value Resort will receive the Quick-Service Dining Plan for free. Participating Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villa Resorts will receive the Plus Disney Dining Plan for free. Upgrades to dining plans are available at an additional cost. Ask your Magic Maker® which Dining Plan may be best for your family.

To qualify for the Disney FREE Dining 2015 promotion, a minimum stay of 3-nights and 2-day Magic Your Way® Base Ticket with Park Hopper® option is required. Number of packages based on this special is limited. Offer excludes The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard View Rooms, campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort (for select dates). Offer excludes alcohol beverages and gratuities. Children 3-9 must order from the children’s menu when available. Magic Your Way® Ticket with Park Hopper® option are for all four major Theme Parks and must be used with 14 days of first use.

Because Advance Dining Reservations (ADR) open 180 days in advance, some table service restaurants may have limited or no availability at the time of booking. No group rates or other discounts apply. Offers cannot be combined and are nontransferable. Advance reservations required. Disney FREE Dining 2014 offer is subject to change without notice. 

Extended 2015 Walt Disney World® Room Discounts

Vacation Wishes Come True at the Walt Disney World® Resort

Why not make new family memories at “The Most Magical Place on Earth?” From thrilling twists and turns on the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom® Park to the great tastes at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival, your upcoming trip is a dream come true in the making!

For a limited time, you can save up to 30% at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Jun. 16 – Oct. 3, 2015. 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:

  • Save up to 30% most nights Jun. 16 – Aug. 27, 2015 (when booked before Jun. 12, 2015)
  • Save up to 30% most nights Aug. 15 – Oct. 3, 2015 (when booked before Aug. 7, 2015)

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. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. 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 campsites, 3-bedroom villas, All-Star Movies, Port Orleans – French Quarter, the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian, Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and is not valid at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard View Rooms. 30% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for other Resorts.

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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