Disney Cruise Line Brings Frozen Fun to Sea

Today, Disney Cruise Line has announced the addition of brand new Frozen-inspired experiences during select sailings on all four of their ships! These activities, which vary by ship and itinerary, are slated to begin this Summer.

Aboard Disney Magic and Disney Wonder

Guests will be treated to a day of Frozen Fun. From a magical freeze that has overtaken the atrium lobby to a day full of icy adventures, this will be a day you won’t forget! Planned special experiences include:

  • Memorable moments with Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf
  • “Anna’s Chase for the Chocolate” scavenger hunt
  • “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” activity
  • “The Maypole Swirl and Twirl” – (traditional Scandinavian dance lessons)
  • “Frozen” themed dining experience inside that evening’s rotational dining location
  • “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends” Deck Party
  • Frozen-themed party just for the adults inside the nightclub

Exclusively on the Disney Magic, friends of Frozen will make their stage show debut at sea during “Disney Dreams… An Enchanted Classic” inside the Walt Disney Theatre! The new scenes will feature renditions of three popular songs: “Let it Go,” “For the First Time in Forever” and “In Summer.”

Also exclusively on the Disney Magic, new Port Adventures will be added to select Norway sailings that bring the fairytale setting of Arendelle and Frozen to life.

Aboard All Four Disney Cruise Line Ships

Magical Meet and Greets will be even warmer when Olaf joins Anna and Elsa this Summer during select sailings on all four ships! You’ll want to be sure to check your Personal Navigator on the first day of your cruise for special Meet & Greet ticket distribution locations as availability for this goes quickly!

At Disney Castaway Cay

Disney Cruise Line is cooling down Disney Castaway Cay with the addition of Olaf’s Summertime Freeze bar! Opening in Summer 2015 near the Pelican Point tram stop, the bar will serve non-alcoholic specialty frozen drinks like “Olaf’s Flurry Freeze,” “Sven’s Carrot Delight” and “Warm Hugs.”

At this time, exact dates have not been released as to when these new activities will start.

Contact your Magic Maker® today to book your Frozen Fun on the high seas!

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All entertainment offerings subject to change without notice.

2015 ‘Garden Rocks’ Concert Series Lineup Announced

Live music will once take center stage when the Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival returns this spring, but with a different name!

The former Flower Power Concert Series will now be called the Garden Rocks Concert Series – a change that brings a lineup spanning a broader range of decades and popular artists. The 22nd annual Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival takes place Mar. 4-May 17, 2015.

Happening each weekend of the Festival, the Garden Rocks Concert Series welcomes several new-to-the-festival acts and some fan favorites from past years. This year’s lineup includes:

  • Mar. 6-8: Gin Blossoms
  • Mar. 13-15: Pablo Cruise
  • Mar. 20-22: En Vogue
  • Mar. 27-29: Starship
  • Apr. 3-5: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
  • Apr. 10-12: Village People
  • Apr. 17-19: Jon Secada
  • Apr. 24-26: The Guess Who
  • May 1-3: Taylor Dayne
  • May 8-10: Little River Band
  • May 15-17: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone

Performances take place Friday through Sunday inside the America Gardens Theatre at 5:30p, 6:45p and 8:00p. Shows are included with Epcot® admission and are subject to change without notice.

Contact your Magic Maker® today to find out how you can experience Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival for less by saving with the current Spring discount!

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Disney Cruise Line Announces Military Rates

Disney Cruise Line has announced special Military Rates for select sailings. These sailings will give you an opportunity to experience  the best shows, family activities, dining, and ports in the cruise industry.

These Military rates are available to all retired and active U.S. Military personnel (U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Marines, U.S Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. Department of Defense personnel). Active and retired members of the U.S. military must provide valid identification at time of check-in. U.S. Military service member is required to sail to take advantage of this offer. Activated members of the U.S. National Guard or the U.S. Army Reserve must also show active duty orders (active duty papers must be dated as of January 1st of the previous year to qualify).

Booking Window:

Monday, Jan. 19 – Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
Port Canaveral, FL 7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 03/08/2015 Select
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 3/22/2015 11B

 

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Offer applies to new bookings only. Not combinable with other discounts or offers. Military personnel will be required to present valid military identification at time of check-in. Offer limited to a maximum of 1 stateroom per sailing. Exceptions will be made for Military personnel with immediate family members exceeding stateroom capacity. Other stateroom types are available at varying rates. Excludes taxes, fees, and port expenses (all amounts are per person and subject to change). See Disney Cruise Line brochure for applicable 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, Jan. 19, 2014 – Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
 Port Canaveral, FL 7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 03/08/2015 Select
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 3/22/2015 11B

 

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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.

Finding ‘Flame Tree Barbecue’ Favorites

Flame Tree Barbeque, a quick service restaurant located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, is undoubtedly a favorite among our Magic Makers® and guests. Serving in-house smoked chicken, St. Louis Ribs and pulled pork, the savory flavors quickly justifies the wait that is typical all day long at the location.

You can imagine our disappointment when we saw Flame Tree Barbeque make an appearance on the Walt Disney World® refurbishment list! Scheduled to be closed through March 31, 2015, additional seating areas are being added to the location which is greatly needed.

Well, the Dining Team at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park isn’t one to let down the hungry guest in search of a lip-smackin’, hearty meal! During the refurbishment, many favorites from Flame Tree Barbeque will be available temporarily at select kiosks throughout the park!

But where do you find them?

Beastly Kiosk (Discovery Island®)
1/2 Chicken
1/2 Slab St. Louis Ribs
Rib & Chicken Combo

Gardens Kiosk (Discovery Island®)
1/2 Chicken
1/2 Slab St. Louis Ribs
Rib & Chicken Combo

Trilo-Bites (Dinoland U.S.A.®)
Jumbo Turkey Leg
Pulled Pork Sandwich (food cart neat Trilo-Bites)

Note: The Special Dietary information typically located at The Gardens Kiosk has been relocated to a new location in Discovery Island® just before entering the Africa area.

The Walt Disney World® Resort Difference

By Magic Maker®  Kyle Froman

One of our most vivid trips to Walt Disney World® Resort was in December of 2003. It was my Honeymoon with my new bride (so it had better be vivid right?!). We were embarking on our first Disney Cruise Line® voyage, to be followed by a short stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. We had been planning our trip for almost a year and our anticipation, and expectations were extremely high.

The first several days of our honeymoon were absolutely fantastic; they were everything we had dreamt of, and more. However, as our sailing aboard Disney Cruise Line® drew to a close, an unexpected visitor decided to pay us a visit, Mr. Flu. Unfortunately Mr. Flu is no respecter of newlyweds or honeymoons.

These were hardly the high expectations we had in planning our trip. Regardless, the honeymoon must go on!

After muscling through a very tough night we arrived back at Port Canaveral and were ready to disembark and try our land legs out again, making our way to Disney’s Polynesian Resort. The check-in process was pleasant, however I was completely miserable. I can only imagine what the Cast Member assisting us thought about our honeymoon comedy duo, it had to appear as if our honeymoon was pure drudgery.

With all of the joy a newlywed could muster, I drug our bags out of the lobby and to the building we were staying in, mustering just enough strength to get us into the door I plopped onto the bed where I intended to stay until my body told me otherwise. After a few minutes, which felt like an eternity, there was a knock at the door.

On the other side of the door was a Cast Member, bearing a covered room service tray. Our first assumption was that the Cast Member had the wrong room, and now we were being inconvenienced by their error. The Cast Member was persistent that it was for us, and left it on the small table in our room to carry on with his next delivery.

Upon uncovering the tray, we find a piping hot bowl of chicken noodle soup, along with a get well soon card from the Cast Member who checked us in to our room. We did not tell this Cast Member I was sick, she just knew, and she went beyond any reasonable act of service to make sure our trip exceeded any expectation we could ever have.

This is the Walt Disney World® Resort difference.

You see, Walt Disney World® Resort doesn’t employ staff members or even team members, they employ Cast Members. By their very name they get into the ‘production’ of creating a vacation experience that is unlike any other.

The Walt Disney World® Resort difference is found in its Cast Members and their care of our investment is why our family will return year, after year, after year.

Do you have a story of how the Walt Disney World® Resort difference made your visit MAGICAL? Share it with us in the comments section below!

Experience the Magic of the Islands

By Magic Maker® Heather Rodgers

Many of us dream of taking time out of our busy schedules to visit paradise and to many of us that destination would include Hawaii. My family recently had the opportunity to do just that and decided that we would spend our time on the island of Oahu to visit some of the most talked about locations in Hawaii including Pearl Harbor, North Shore, Waikiki, and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. We decided that we would spend part of our trip on the shores of Waikiki and end our trip by staying at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa.

We stayed in a nice resort on Waikiki beach and enjoyed our time there but it was not the relaxing experience we were hoping for there on Waikiki. We moved over to Aulani for the last few days of our trip and found the differences between Ko Olina and Waikiki to be drastic.

Once we arrived at Aulani, we truly wished we had stayed here for our entire trip. It was so much quieter and laid back in Ko Olina. Aulani was the paradise we were looking for in our vacation. From the moment we arrived we were able to truly begin relaxing, which was just one of the reasons why we chose to travel to Hawaii for this family vacation. At our resort on Waikiki, the check-in process was completely chaotic from crowd control to wait times just trying to get the key to our room. At our arrival to Aulani, we immediately had help to ensure a smooth check-in process. Furthermore, Aulani had something for everyone in our family between the kid’s club activities, spa treatments, and beach activities on property. We were able to have a few hours together as a couple, while the kids spent time at Aunty’s Beach House, and we were able to make many family memories on the beach and attending the several entertainment and cultural options that Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa includes in your stay.

Quite honestly my husband was hesitant about staying at a Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa because as much as we love Disney, he feared being surrounded by Disney characters and theme park like attractions. From the moment we stepped out of our car at Aulani we knew those fears would not be realized. Instead Aulani has all the touches of elegance, respect to the Hawaiian culture, and customer service that Disney Destinations are known for without the feel of a theme park experience. Aulani is everything you would hope for in a Disney Destination and it truly surpassed our expectations.

There is no better way to experience the magic of the islands than through the magic of Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. Your Magic Maker® is ready to make your tropical dreams a reality!

Upcoming runDisney Event and Registration Dates

On your mark, get set, GO! The first runDisney events of 2015 takes place this weekend – the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend – and runners are anxious to get another year of races underway!

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!

Star Wars™ Half Marathon Weekend
Jan. 15-18, 2015 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration Opens: SOLD OUT

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Feb. 19-22, 2015 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration Opens: SOLD OUT

Expedition Everest Challenge Weekend
May 1-2, 2015 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration Opens: SOLD OUT

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend
May 7-10, 2015 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration Opens: Sold Out

Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend
September 3-6, 2015 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration Opens: Feb. 10, 2015

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Nov. 6-7, 2015 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration Opens: March 17, 2015

Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend
Nov. 12-15, 2015 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration Opens: April 7, 2015

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend
Jan. 6-10, 2016 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration Opens: April 28, 2015

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!

Disney Cruise Line® Offers Half Off Deposits

This Year’s New Year Resolution – Together Time!

2015 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 February 15 and enjoy 50% off* the required deposit on any 2015 sailing!

Offer Details:

When you book a cruise by Feb. 15, 2015, 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.

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 2/15/15. Valid on all sailings in 2015 that do not require final payment at time of booking. 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

Our Favorite Highlights from 2014

Does it seem possible that we’re just hours away from 2015? Seems like just yesterday we were recapping our 13 Highlights from 2013!

One of Walt Disney’s famous quotes is:

Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world. ~ Walt Disney

2014 brought many exciting changes to Disney Destinations are we are excited to have been a part of them! Here is a recap of some of our favorites. Follow any of the BLUE links below for additional information!

  • The Frozen frenzy continued to grow inside Disney Parks! Anna and Elsa began meeting guests back in fall of 2013, but this year brought the addition of Frozen Fun attractions inside the Parks. From sing-a-longs to indoor snow play areas, our guests were delighted with the new additions. While these events have been taking place for several months at the Walt Disney World® Resort, Frozen Fun is just beginning at the Disneyland® Resort.
  • Guests of all ages flock to the Walt Disney World® Resort each spring for an event that is simply out-of-this-universe – Star Wars™ Weekends! In 2014, a new option was added that allowed guests to dine with their favorite Star Wars™ characters! We are excited that this event will return in 2015 from May 4-June 14!
  • 2014 was a great year for Magic Kingdom® Park as they welcomed a new daytime parade and brand new attraction! Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade brings the magical stories of New Fantasyland™ onto the streets of Main Street, U.S.A®. Brand new parade floats, costuming, and an original soundtrack highlights the stories of Sleeping Beauty, Dumbo, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, Pinocchio, Tangled, Brave, and others. And our guests are loving the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a family-friendly coaster that marked the end of the multi-year New Fantasyland™ expansion.
  • Two special anniversaries were celebrated in 2014! One of Walt’s original attractions, “it’s a small world,” celebrated its 50th Anniversary! On the East Coast, Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue celebrated 40 years of foot-stompin’ fun at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.
  • Disney Cruise Line continued to be honored in 2014 with several awards and recognitions – including being named #1 Mega-Ship Cruise Line in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards for Families and honors from Cruise Critic and Condé Nast Traveler.
  • Disney PhotoPass™ Service launched a new Memory Maker package that now includes attraction videos!
  • Walt Disney World® Resort’s MyMagic+ program was enhanced to allow greater flexibility to the FastPass+ system.
  • Just this month, Disneyland® Park launched new viewing options for those guests wishing to end their day by enjoying a performance of Fantasmic!
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort has started a refurbishment that brings both queen beds and accommodations for families of five! The refreshed rooms look great and should be completed in 2015!
  • Disney Cruise Line enhanced their Navigator App to allow guests to use their Smartphones to chat with other friends or family members onboard their cruise! This new functionality is great and is a handy way to stay in touch at sea!

So, what was your favorite change of 2014?