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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. 26- Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
 Port Canaveral, FL 7-Night E. Caribbean Cruise Disney Fantasy 11/05/2016 11C
5-Night E. Caribbean Cruise to San Juan, PR Disney Magic 11/11/2016 9C
7-Night E. Caribbean Cruiose Disney Fantasy 12/03/2016 5C
Miami, FL 7-Night W. Caribbean Cruise Disney Magic 12/04/2016 Select
7-Night E. Caribbean Cruise Disney Magic 12/23/2016 9C

 

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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.

Breaking the Myths – Visiting During Peak Dates

With the holidays quickly approaching, crowds at the Walt Disney World® and Disneyland® Resort will increase day by day. Today, we continue our “Breaking the Myths” series by focusing on visits during peak travel dates.

  1. Myth: Since I have purchased my ticket in advance, I don’t have to worry about capacity due to crowds during peak times
    During peak travel times, the Walt Disney World® Resort uses a phased closure system to ensure the safety and comfort of their guests and cast members inside the parks. While the specific details of the program remain internal and confidential, the 4-phase program limits the type of guests entering that park for the day. For example, in a Phase 2 closure, guests not staying at a Walt Disney World® Resort Hotel may be denied access to the park at the gates due to capacity. At Phase 4, all guests are denied entry until capacity levels decrease. It is important to note that while guests staying at a Walt Disney World® Resort Hotel are guaranteed entry into a park with valid admission, it may not be the park you had planned for the day – you may have to choose from one of the other theme parks.
  2. Myth: It’s best to not have reservations or plans when traveling during peak times
    While some guests enjoy having the flexibility of “going with the flow” on vacation, peak travel times may not be the time to try it. Table service meals start booking 180 days in advance, so the likelihood of getting a walk up reservation can be slim. If you are set on dining at a specific restaurant or having your child experience things like Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or The Pirates League, then you definitely want to work with your Magic Maker® and see what advanced reservations are available.
  3. Myth: Since New Year’s Eve is such a late night, it is best to get a late start
    On a day that the parks may reach capacity, getting a “late” start can be detrimental to your plans. Our suggestion is to plan on spending the day at one park (don’t hop) and arrive early. Additional entertainment will often be added around the parks during peak times for you to enjoy. Even at a busy park, a solid touring plan can make for a magical day full of memories!

Guests can expect peak travel times at the Walt Disney World® and Disneyland® Resort around the holidays (Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, 4th of July) and during other special events attracting large crowds. By utilizing the tips and services of your Magic Maker®, your upcoming trip will be Magical!

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. Each year more than 200,000 runners participate 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!

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Nov. 3-6, 2016 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opened: Mar. 29, 2016 – limited availability left for Kids Races

Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend
Nov. 10-13, 2016 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration opened: Apr. 12, 2016 – limited availability left for Half Marathon, Dr. Strange 10K and Infinity Gauntlet Challenge

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend
Jan. 4-8, 2017 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opened: Apr. 26, 2016 – limited availability left for Marathon, Dopey Challenge, Goofy Race and Half Challenge, and Kids Races

Star Wars™ Half Marathon – the Light Side Weekend
Jan. 12-15, 2017 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration opened: Jun. 14, 2016 – limited availability left for Half Marathon

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Feb. 23-26, 2017 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opened:

Star Wars™ Half Marathon – the Dark Side Weekend
Apr. 20-23, 2017 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opened:

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend
May 11-14, 2017 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration opens: Sep. 20, 2016 at noon ET

Contact your Magic Maker® for additional information!

Reservations Now Open for ‘A Galactic Spectacular’ Dessert Party

Looking for a sweet way to enjoy the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show during your upcoming visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®? We’ve found just what you’re looking for!

Reservations are currently open for the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Taking place on select nights in 2016, the out-of-this-world dessert party will provide:

  • Preferred viewing area for the new Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show
  • Star Wars™-themed desserts served at a private party inside Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Selection of specialty drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • Souvenir Chewbacca stein

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party runs select nights through Oct. 31, 2016. Pricing is $69/adult ages 10+ and $39 for children ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included).

Contact your Magic Maker® to check availability or for additional questions.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios® admission is also required and is not included in the price of the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party. Seating is not available. Wheelchairs and ECVs can be accommodated. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. A valid form of government identification will be required to verify your age. Disney dining plan entitlements may not be redeemed for this event. Discounts or promotions are not valid for this event. Entertainment is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Reservations Now Open for ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package’ at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

Reservations are now open for a new Disney Festival of Fantasy Dining Package that begins soon at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant!

This new offering will provide a Lady and the Tramp-inspired lunch and a VIP viewing of the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade later that afternoon. It’s a great way to see Magic Kingdom® Park’s daytime parade without worrying about saving your spot. The VIP viewing area will be located right in front of the flagpole on Main Street U.S.A.®

The dining package includes your choice of appetizer, entrée, dessert, beverage and your VIP viewing voucher. Pricing is $45 for adults and $17 for children ages 9 and under (tax and gratuity not included) or (1) table service entitlement per person on the Disney Dining Plans.

At this time, the package is available select days Oct. 10, 2016 – Feb. 28, 2017. Contact your Magic Maker® to check availability.

Admission to Magic Kingdom park is required and is not included in the price of the dining package. You receive your voucher for the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package VIP viewing at the time of your meal. Plan to arrive for Main Street, U.S.A. flagpole 15-to-35 minutes prior to show time. This Dining Package is available on select days. Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade is subject to change or cancellation without notice. Dining packages will not be refunded due to show cancellation or modification.

Holidays Shine Bright at the Disneyland® Resort

It is almost that time of year again!  From November 10 to January 8, 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.

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!
  • Santa Claus will greet guests in Critter Country.

At Disney California Adventure® Park:

  • A brand new nighttime spectacular will celebrate the heartfelt spirit of the holidays  – “World of Color – Seasons of Light”!
  • Santa Claus will greet guests at a new location inside Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.
  • New for 2016 is Festival of the Holidays – a showcase of diverse cultural holiday celebrations. In addition to the always popular Disney ¡Viva Navidad!, the festival will feature special guest musical groups and 14 festival marketplaces serving internationally-inspired food and beverage.
  •  Princess Elena of Avalor will make her Disneyland® Resort debut during Festival of Holidays and will remain at Disney California Adventure® park to continue visiting with guests after the holidays.

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

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Attractions and entertainment are subject to change without notice.

Breaking The Myths – Walt Disney World® Resort Dining Plans

For this week’s “Breaking the Myths” series, we focus our attention on the various dining plans offered to guests staying at the Walt Disney World® Resorts.

Here are the top 3 myths associated with these Dining Plans:

  1. Myth: I have heard that there is a limited selection of restaurants that accept the Disney Dining Plans
    While not all dining locations at the Walt Disney World® Resort accept the dining plans, the majority do. As a matter of fact, over 100 dining locations accepted dining plan credits in 2016! Many table service restaurants were added in 2016 including The BOATHOUSE®, Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming, STK Orlando, and Frontera Cocina in Disney Springs™. The final participant list for 2017 should be released very soon!
  2. Myth: With the Walt Disney World® Resort Dining Plans, I can only eat at the restaurant or food court at my Resort
    Regardless of what Walt Disney World® Resort you are staying at, your dining credits are accepted at any of the participating dining locations throughout property. As many of the resort dining locations serve the “flavor” of their resort’s theme, we encourage clients to try the various dining options outside of the parks. Whether you choose to dine in the island ambiance of the Polynesian-inspired ‘Ohana or the rowdy cowboy dining hall at Whispering Canyon Cafe, the Walt Disney World® Resort Dining Plans ensure that no one leaves hungry!
  3. Myth: Dining credits received are based off of the number of days on my Magic Your Way® Ticket and must be used before I check out
    The amount of dining credits you receive are based solely on the number of nights in your Walt Disney World® Resort Magic Your Way® Vacation – no other factors affect this number. Credits are good until 11:59pm on the day you check out.

With three different Magic Your Way® Packages that include a dining option, finding the perfect one to fit your family’s needs can be confusing! Our Magic Makers® are dedicated to providing you with a vacation that is centered around you, so let us help!

Late 2016 Disneyland® Resort Hotel Discount

Now is the perfect time to experience the many new things to see and do at the Disneyland® Resort! In Disney California Adventure® Park, catch Frozen – Live at the Hyperion. And in Walt’s original park, Disneyland® Park, encounter a variety of out-of-this-universe Star Wars™-themed attractions and entertainment!

Offer Details:

Contact your Magic Maker® today! Availability is limited!

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FALL PROMOTION: Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday nights from Aug. 14 through Sep. 29, 2016. Book from Jul. 6 through Sep. 15, 2016. Travel must be completed by Sep. 30, 2016. Savings on premium rooms are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Paradise, Artisan and Regal suites. Ask about savings on other room types. HOLIDAY PROMOTION: Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday nights from Oct. 23 through Dec. 22, 2016. Book from through Nov. 16, 2016. Travel must be completed by Dec. 23, 2016. Savings on premium rooms are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Paradise, Artisan and Regal suites. Ask about savings on other room types. BOTH PROMOTIONS: Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Offer is not valid on previously booked rooms. Excludes applicable taxes and fees. 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.

Breaking The Myths – Getting Around The World

When you decide to vacation at a nearly 40-square-mile world-class entertainment and recreation center, one major worry is transportation once you get there. Our clients often wonder with four theme parks, two water parks, 25 resort hotels, and a shopping and nightlife district spread out throughout the property, how do you get from Point A to Point B.

As part of our continuing “Breaking the Myths” series, we turn our focus on the Walt Disney World® Resort’s Transportation System.

  1. Myth: I am going to need a rental car
    Guests flying to the Walt Disney World® Resort via Orlando International Airport (MCO) can vacation without renting a vehicle. By using Disney’s Magical Express® Transportation to and from the airport and Disney’s onsite transportation, you can save by not spending a penny on transportation! These options are only available to guests staying at a Walt Disney World® owned/operated Resort – one of the many benefits of staying on-property.
  2. Myth: If I stay at a monorail resort, I won’t have to use any other form of Transportation
    In use since 1971,  the Walt Disney World® Monorail system runs three lines with six stops along the way. Guests may use the monorail system to access the Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney’s Contemporary Resort (Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort), Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa), Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows), the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) and Epcot®. Guests wishing to reach destinations other than those listed will need to select another form of Disney Transportation – either bus or boat.
  3. Myth: Traffic and parking must make driving around the Walt Disney World® Resort unbearable
    While the Walt Disney World® Resort has great airport and on-property transportation systems in place for their guests, we understand that driving (either by rental or your own vehicle) may be best for some families. If you happen to be that family, know that navigating the Walt Disney World® Resort area is very easy. All roads are clearly marked and the roadways have been designed to handle even the heaviest of traffic. And once you get to the parks, even though you are parking in some of the largest parking lots in the world, operations are in place to make them extremely efficient.

Even after discussing these three top myths with Walt Disney World® Resort’s transportation, there is still much left unsaid. Your Magic Maker® will be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you have regarding “Getting Around the World” on your next Walt Disney World® Resort vacation.

Breaking The Myths – Age Is Just A Number

Today, we are continuing our “Breaking the Myths” series by covering the topic of “age.” When it comes to a Disney Vacation, there is truth in the adage that “age is just a number.”

  1. Myth: My kids are too young/old
    As parents, you understand how quickly time flies and how precious each and every second is that you are able to spend with your children. How are they graduating Kindergarten when it seems like just yesterday they were born? Disney Destinations have an unexplainable way of making magical memories out of the simplest things. While your 8-month old may not remember the big smile on her face when she met Mickey, you certainly will! As an added bonus, children under age 3 receive free admission inside the parks of Walt Disney World® Resort and Disneyland® Resort, so it is a great time to save on your vacation.  And when you children grow older, they don’t outgrow Disney, their focus just simply shifts towards more fast-pace attractions like Rock ‘n Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™.
  2. Myth: Disney Vacations are only for kids
    Walt Disney was quoted as saying “You’re dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.” With that being said, it should be no surprise that Disney Destinations aren’t just for kids. In fact, there are so many things to do that several authors have written a book strictly on things adults can enjoy on their Disney Vacation. So whether it is a romantic dinner at Victoria & Albert’s in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, an adult-exclusive itinerary with Adventures by Disney® or a relaxing day at Serenity Bay on Disney Cruise Line private island, Castaway Cayyou will have a great time!
  3. Myth: Disney Parks have no rides for babies/toddlers 
    Disney Destinations makes traveling with little ones easy. Many of the attractions are family friendly and will accommodate your little travelers. For most of those more intense attractions, a Rider Swap option is available that allows guests to take turns waiting with those too small to ride a certain attraction, then “swap” with another adult from their party to experience the ride without standing in line twice. And when it comes time to take care of the little one, Baby Care Centers are available offering private rooms with rocking chairs for nursing mothers, diaper-changing rooms and rooms with highchairs.

And here is where your Magic Maker® steps in. We’ve not only visited the Disney Parks countless times ourselves, but we have helped take the stress out of planning vacations for families just like yours for over nine years now! Regardless of age, there is something for EVERYONE at any Disney Destination, so just call on your Magic Maker® to help uncover that hidden treasure!