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‘Frozen Summer Fun’ Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

The coolest event of the Summer is back at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®!

Frozen Summer Fun – Live at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® takes place through Sep. 7, 2015. Running daily, the event hosts activities themed after Disney’s popular movie, Frozen. Activities include:

  • Frozen Royal Welcome – Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf appear in a special procession down Hollywood Blvd twice daily – 10:30a, 1:30p
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration FP+Anna, Elsa, and historians from Arendelle tell of their kingdom’s history through tales and some help from the audience in the form of sing-alongs. This show takes place several times daily and is presented in a new home at the Hyperion Theater – 9:30a, 11:30a, 12:30p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p, 5:30p, 6:30p, 7:30p, 8:30p
  • “Frozen Fever” – Catch a special screening of the new animated short “Frozen Fever” inside the ABC Sound Studiocontinuously 10:00am – 30 minutes before Park closing
  • Olaf’s Summer Cool Down – Several times each day Olaf and his friends are welcomed to the Event Stage to have some fun with everyone “In Summer” – 11:30a, 12:30p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p, 5:30p
  • “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party – The party really gets started each evening as DJ Chill takes the Event Stage – 5:45p-9:30p
  • Frozen Fireworks Spectacular* – What better way to end your day than with fireworks? Each evening, Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf take the party into the sky! And you guessed it – the spectacular will be set to the music of Frozen!9:30p (through Aug. 20) 9:00p (Aug. 21-Sep. 7)
    *Frozen Fireworks Spectacular will not be shown on 7/4 and 7/15.
    All events and times subject to change – please refer to Daily Times Guide for more info

Frozen Summer Fun – Live” is included with standard park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Throughout this special event, Anna and Elsa will also continue to meet and greet guests at Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom® Park.

Here’s a look at all the fun the royal sisters have planned for you:

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.

Upcoming runDisney Event and Registration Dates

If you aren’t familiar with runDisney races, they are family-friendly running events that are held at the Walt Disney World® and Disneyland® Resorts. Ranging from 5K to marathons and even kids runs, the races are a creative way to bring new runners to the sport by utilizing the popularity of Disney Parks. It’s a perfect match! So perfect, in fact, that runDisney has become one of the largest race organizers in the United States – both in terms of the number of races and runners. In 2014, over 209,000 runners participated in a runDisney event!

Below is a listing of the upcoming runDisney events. Planning for registration is just as important as planning for the event itself; the 2014 Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend sold out in just over 12 hours while the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon and the Star Wars™ Half Marathon each sold out in about two hours!

Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend
September 3-6, 2015 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration: SOLD OUT

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Nov. 6-7, 2015 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration: SOLD OUT

Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend
Nov. 12-15, 2015 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration Opened: April 7, 2015 – Limited availability left for Avengers Half Marathon event

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend
Jan. 6-10, 2016 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration Opened: April 28, 2015 – Limited availability left for Walt Disney World® Marathon event

Star Wars™ Half Marathon Weekend
Jan. 14-17, 2016 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration Opens: June 16, 2015

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Feb. 18-21, 2016 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration Opens: July 14, 2015

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend
May 5-8, 2016 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration Opens: Aug. 11, 2015

Contact your Magic Maker® for additional information!

2016 Vacation Packages Now Available

The wait is now over!

Off to Neverland Travel® is now booking 2016 vacation packages for Walt Disney World® Resort and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa! We hope to be booking packages for Disneyland® Resort soon!

Vacation packages are valid for arrivals January 1st through December 31st, 2016. Please note that system limitations prevent us from booking stays where the last date of your vacation would be more than 499 days in the future.

Contact your Magic Maker® to start planning your next trip to Walt Disney World® Resort and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa today!

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2015 ‘Eat to the Beat’ Concert Series Performers Announced

The line up of performers for the Eat to the Beat! concert series at the 2015 Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival has been announced. The Walt Disney World® Resort will welcome four new musical acts to the America Gardens Theatre stage this year.

The schedule includes:

  • Sep. 25-27 – David Cook
  • Sep. 28-29 – Wilson Phillips
  • Sep. 30-Oct. 1 – Christopher Cross
  • Oct. 2-4 – Starship
  • Oct. 5-7 – Smash Mouth
  • Oct. 8-9 – The Pointer Sisters
  • Oct. 10-11 – 38 Special
  • Oct. 12-13 – Rick Springfield
  • Oct. 14-16 – Sugar Ray
  • Oct. 17-18 – The S.O.S. Band
  • Oct. 19-21 – Air Supply
  • Oct. 22-23 – Fuel
  • Oct. 24-25 – Tiffany NEW!
  • Oct. 26-28 – Dennis DeYoung
  • Oct. 29-30 – Jo Dee Messina
  • Oct. 21-Nov. 1 – Everclear NEW!
  • Nov. 2-4 – Boyz II Men
  • Nov. 5-6 – Sister Hazel
  • Nov. 7-9 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • Nov. 10-12 – Hanson
  • Nov. 13-14 – Maxi Priest NEW!
  • Nov. 15-16 – Chaka Khan NEW!

The 20th Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival runs Sep. 25 – Nov. 16, 2015. The Eat to the Beat! concert series is included with standard Epcot® admission and takes place 3 times daily – 5:30p, 6:45p, 8:00p. It’s not too late to plan a trip to see your favorite band perform. Contact your Magic Maker® today!

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Entertainment lineup subject to change.

New Tastings and Events Coming to Epcot® Food & Wine Festival

This fall, Epcot® will celebrate two delicious decades when they host their International Food & Wine Festival from Sep. 25-Nov. 16, 2015! Loyal festival fans and first-timers will enjoy more than 25 outdoor marketplaces, nightly concerts, signature dinners and feature tasting events.

While Cast Members are still hard at work planning all of the details, we have a preview of what’s in store!

This fall, the festival will debut several new dishes like:

  • Pepper Bacon Mac ‘n Cheese
  • Seared Venison Loin with Wild Mushroom Ragout and Kumara Dumpling
  • Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Peppers, Onions and Snap Peas

This year’s festival will have no shortage of popular faces and voices! Culinary icons like Cat Cora, Robert Irvine, Jamie Deen, Rock Harper, Kenny Gilbert and Buddy Valastro will entertain foodies and inspire their palates at demos and premium events. Four new Eat to the Beat concert acts will join this year’s lineup: Tiffany, Everclear, Maxi Priest and Chaka Khan. Returning fan-favorites to the America Gardens Theatre stage include: Wilson Phillips, Smash Mouth, David Cook, The Pointer Sisters, Jo Dee Messina, Boyz II Men and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Chef Remy from Ratatouille will host a new “Hide & Squeak” where kids of all ages can go on a World Showcase scavenger hunt for little Remy statuettes hidden around the park’s World Showcase. New premium events will include a “French Family Meal Traditions” lunch, a “Rockin’ Burger Block Party,” and a beverage event called “Exploring Wines from 1996 to Now.”

While many of the events are included with Epcot® admission, some special programming requires reservations and separate event admission. Those reservations will be available at a later date. We’ll bring you more details on the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival as they become available.

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.