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“Villains’ Sinister Soiree” Coming to Magic Kingdom® Park

Magic Kingdom® Park has announced a new premium event that will take place during this year’s Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties.

Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle, which will take place on party nights, will provide guests with some VIP experiences at an additional charge. You’ll receive:

  • Preferred viewing for the 8:15p Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade
  • Preferred viewing for Happy HalloWishes Fireworks spectacular
  • Admission to a Dessert Soiree inside Cinderella’s Royal Table
    • Themed desserts
    • Non-alcoholic drinks
    • Souvenir autograph card
    • Maleficent dragon cup
    • Exclusive entertainment from Lady Tremaine and her villainous friends

Pricing for the Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle is $99 per person + tax which includes gratuity. Space is limited, so please contact your Magic Maker® to check on availability for your party date. Here are a couple important reminders about the experience:

  • Admission to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special ticketed event and is not included with admission to Magic Kingdom® park or this package.
  • The Dessert Soiree will be at both 10:15p and 11:45p on Sep. 1, 9 and 12, 2014; and at 10:15p only on Sep. 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 and Oct. 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30 and 31, 2014.
  • Entertainment and character appearances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
  • Reserved viewing for Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade is for the 8:15p performance only.
  • Seating is not provided at the preferred parade or fireworks viewing. Wheelchairs and Electronic Conveyance Vehicles (ECVs) can be accommodated in the viewing areas and at Cinderella’s Royal Table.
  • Disney dining plan entitlements may not be redeemed for this event.
  • Offer may not be combined with any other discounts or promotions. There are a limited number of tickets available for this event.

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, Aug. 25 – Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
San Juan, PR 7-Night S Caribbean Disney Magic 9/27/2014 9C
7-Night S Caribbean Disney Magic 10/4/2014 Select
7-Night S Caribbean Disney Magic 10/11/2014 Select
3-Night San Juan to Port Canaveral Disney Magic 10/18/2014 Select
Port Canaveral, FL 5-Night Bahamian Disney Wonder 9/26/2014 Select
5-Night Bahamian Disney Wonder 10/1/2014 Select
Miami, FL 6-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/11/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/17/2014 9C
4-Night Bahamian Disney Wonder 10/22/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/26/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/31/2014 9C

 

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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 government taxes and fees approximately $77 for 7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico; $85 for a 6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami; $65 for 5-Night Bahamian Cruises from Port Canaveral; $71 for a 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami; $78 for a 4-Night Bahamian cruise from Miami; $44 for a 3-Night San Juan to Port Canaveral Cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico (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, Aug. 18 – Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
San Juan, PR 7-Night S Caribbean Disney Magic 9/27/2014 9C
7-Night S Caribbean Disney Magic 10/4/2014 Select
7-Night S Caribbean Disney Magic 10/11/2014 Select
Miami, FL 6-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder  10/11/2014  Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/17/2014 9C
4-Night Bahamian Disney Wonder 10/22/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/26/2014 11B
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/31/2014 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. Excludes government taxes and fees of approximately $77 for a 7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico; $85 for a 6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami, Florida; $71 for a 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami, Florida; $78 for a 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami, Florida (all amounts subject to change). See Disney Cruise Line brochure for applicable terms and conditions.

Scheduled Maintenance to Affect Walt Disney World® Monorail System

Some ongoing maintenance is currently affecting daily operations of the Walt Disney World® Monorail System.

Though Aug. 31, the hours of operation for the entire Walt Disney World® Monorail system will be adjusted so crews can perform an upgrade to the control systems. Daily operating hours will be:

  • Magic Kingdom® Resort Beam: 8:30a – midnight
  • Magic Kingdom® Express Beam: 9:30a – 11:30p
  • Epcot® Beam: 9a-11p

From Sep. 1 – 26, daily operating hours change to:

  • Magic Kingdom® Resort Beam: 8:30a – 11:00p (midnight on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights)
  • Magic Kingdom® Express Beam: 9:30a – 1 hour after Magic Kingdom® Fireworks
  • Epcot® Beam: 9a-11p

To accommodate guests impacted by this adjustment, additional watercraft and buses will be used to transport guests to their destinations. Those needing to travel between Magic Kingdom® Park and Disney’s Contemporary Resort or Bay Lake Tower are reminded of the pedestrian walkway that connects the two as that may be your quickest alternative.

For more information on this temporary service adjustment please contact your Magic Maker®.

‘Villains Unleashed’ Hits Disney’s Hollywood Studios® Saturday

This Saturday, August 23, more than 50 Disney Villains will take over the operations of Disney’s Hollywood Studios® for a Villains Unleashed special ticketed event!

We have some additional information for our guests that will be attending the party:

  • Although the party doesn’t start until 8p, tickets become valid starting at 5p for admission. We suggest arriving early and enjoying a few of your favorite attractions before the party begins!
  • On your way into the park, be sure to pick up an event guide. This will give you a listing of all the locations and times for the special activities.
  • The party will kick off at Hades Hangout (Sorcerer Hat stage) at 8p.
  • Villain character greetings will be spread throughout the park. Take note of which Villain the queue is for and any posted appearance times. Not all of the Villains will offer meet and greet opportunities.
  • Oogie Boogie’s Freaky Funhouse Show will have showings at 8:30p, 9:30p, 10:30p, and 11:30p
  • Fantasmic! will feature a special pre-show featuring the Night Crawlers. Don’t be late!
  • Villainy in the Sky will start at 12:45am. As with all fireworks shows at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, preferred viewing is in front of the Sorcerer Hat and along Hollywood Blvd. Standing back so you are not too close to the Sorcerer Hat but near one of the video screens hanging on Hollywood Blvd usually provides the best experience.

Villains Unleashed 2014 Event GuideFor additional information on entertainment offerings, click the image to the right to view the complete event guide.

Our guests staying onsite at a Walt Disney World® Resort hotel can utilize the Disney Transportation System to get to and from the party. For those driving, the side entrance (across from the Hess Station on E Buena Vista Dr.) will close at 3p. If you are driving to the park after that time, you will need to utilize the main entrance off US-192 and World Drive.

If you are going to be visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort this weekend and don’t have tickets to the event, they are still available! Pricing is $67+tax for adults / $62+tax for children.

Memory Maker Adds Attraction Video

Walt Disney World® Resort guests utilizing a MagicBand who have also purchased a Memory Maker package will now find video proof of their “terror-fying” ride experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.

Yesterday, Disney PhotoPass™ Service launched a video memento of the onride experience of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™. This attraction video is available exclusively to guests (and linked Family & Friends) who have purchased Memory Maker and have linked that and their MagicBand to their My Disney Experience account.

At this time, video capture is only available on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™.

Here are a few FAQs on this new service:

  • I have a MagicBand but did not purchase Memory Maker. Will my attraction video still be associated to my My Disney Experience account?
    No, only guests with a linked Memory Maker entitlement and a MagicBand will be able to view and download their Attraction video via their My Disney Experience account. A Guest with a MagicBand who wishes to view and download their attraction video may still purchase Memory Maker after riding the attraction to receive their video.
  • I do not have a MagicBand. Can I still get an attraction video?
    No, you must be wearing an active MagicBand attached to a valid My Disney Experience account when you experience the attraction.
  • What about attraction videos association for guests with Family and Friends Connections?
    Memory Maker guests with MagicBands who have active Family and Friends connections via their My Disney Experience account will be able to view all attraction videos, which are captured automatically. However, only the Memory Maker Guest will have access to view and download the video.

Check out this sample attraction video:

Exclusive ‘Sorcerers’ Card Available to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Guests

Special Helmsman pirate card only available during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween PartyAttending one of the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties this fall? Don’t forget to pick up your event-exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game card!

For the past two years, party guests were treated to a special card -  “Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Bag of Tricks” in 2012 and a Hitchhiking Ghosts card from the Haunted Mansion® attraction in 2013. For 2014, the special event card will feature the Helmsman pirate from the Pirates of the Caribbean® attraction!

Obtaining your card is easy. Simply visit one of two Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom recruitment centers – inside the Magic Kingdom® Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A.® or behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square. After registering with the Cast Member using your party ticket and wristband, you will receive this year’s special card along with a regular card pack if needed. Supplies are limited for each party, so make sure to visit the recruitment station early in the evening!

Not familiar with Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game? Click here to view our previous article that explains the interactive experience that launched back in 2012.

 

2014 ‘Night of Joy’ at Magic Kingdom® Park

Next month, the sounds of Christian rock, pop, and gospel will fill Magic Kingdom® Park as the 32nd annual Night of Joy takes place at the Walt Disney World® Resort. Happening after regular park hours on Fri. Sep. 5 and Sat. Sep. 6, the event will feature a mix of new and returning performers. The line-up includes:

Friday, September 5, 2014:

  • 7:30p – Building 429 – Galaxy Stage
  • 7:40p – Matthew West – Castle Forecourt Stage
  • 8:05p – Matt Maher - Rockettower Plaza Stage
  • 8:50p – Building 429 – Galaxy Stage
  • 9:20p – Chris Tomlin – Castle Forecourt Stage
  • 9:40p – The Neverclaim – Rockettower Plaza Stage
  • 10:25p – Mandisa – Galaxy Stage
  • 11:30p – Hillsong United -Castle Forecourt Stage
  • 12:10a – for KING & COUNTRY – Galaxy Stage

Saturday, September 6, 2014:

  • 7:30p – Colton Dixon – Galaxy Stage
  • 7:40p – MercyMe – Castle Forecourt Stage
  • 8:15p – 1 Girl Nation – Rockettower Plaza Stage
  • 8:50p – Colton Dixon – Galaxy Stage
  • 9:30p – Gospel Music Association Winner Phil Perry – Castle Forecourt Stage
  • 9:40p – We As Human – Rockettower Plaza Stage
  • 9:50p – Casting Crowns – Castle Forecourt Stage
  • 10:25p – Britt Nicole – Galaxy Stage
  • 11:20p – Rhett Walker Band – Rockettower Plaza Stage
  • 11:55p – Skillet – Castle Forecourt Stage
  • 12:10a – Israel Houghton and New Breed – Galaxy Stage

Artist lineup subject to change without notice.

Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend. Tickets are available for $59 + tax (ages 3+) per night or both nights for  $108 + tax (ages 3+)!

For additional information please contact your Magic Maker®.

‘Frozen Summer Fun’ Extended at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

The Walt Disney World® Resort has just announced that this sunmer’s coolest event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® is being extended!

Originally scheduled to end Sep. 1, 2014, Frozen Summer Fun – Live at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® has been extended through Sep. 28. Running daily*, the event hosts activities themed after Disney’s popular movie, Frozen. Activities include (all events and times subject to change):

  • Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome – Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff will appear in a special procession down Hollywood Blvd at 11:00a. Ending at the Sorcerer’s Hat,  the visiting royalty will be welcomed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration – (Premiere Theater) 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. Showtimes are 12:30p, 1:30p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 5:00p, 6:00p, and 7:00p.
  • Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland -  (Soundstage One) Enjoy some Frozen-inspired food & beverage options, various wintertime fun like ice skating (for an additional fee), and unique photo opportunities. This area will be open from park opening til 8:00p
  • “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party – Starting at 5:30p, the party really gets started as the house band and DJ take the stage at the Sorcerer’s Hat!
  • Frozen Fireworks Spectacular – What better way to end your day than with fireworks? At 9:45p (9:15p starting Aug. 17th), Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf join the fun at the Sorcerer’s Hat to take the party into the sky! And you guessed it – the spectacular will be set to the music of Frozen! (There will be no fireworks on Aug. 23 and starting Sep. 2, fireworks are only presented Fridays – Sundays).

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.

*Due to the special “Villains Unleashed” event on Aug. 23rd, the schedule for Frozen Summer Fun events will vary with some events being cancelled.

Late Summer 2014 Disneyland® Resort Hotel Discount

The Happiest Place on Earth Keeps Getting Happier!

Now is the perfect time to experience the many new things to see and do at the Disneyland® Resort! In Disney California Adventure® Park, get your motor runnin’ in the new 12-acre Cars Land. And in Walt’s original park, Disneyland® Park, meet some of your favorite Disney Princesses in the all new Fantasy Faire and enter a world of fantasy and adventure while watching Mickey and the Magical Map.

Offer Details:

For a limited time, save up to 20% on premium rooms at one of the three Hotels of the Disneyland® Resort Sun. – Thu. nights Aug. 17 – Sep. 27, 2014 (travel must be completed by Sep. 28, 2014). Choose from Disneyland® Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa, or Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel. Special rates for other days and room types are also available.

Upgrade to a Walt Disney Travel Company vacation package by including theme park tickets and you’ll enjoy magical extras making your stay even more memorable!

Booking Dates:

Now – Sep. 4, 2014

Contact your Magic Maker® today! Availability is limited!

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Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday stays between 8/17/14 – 9/27/14. Book from 7/30-9/4/14, with travel completed by 9/28/14. Blockout dates of 8/29-8/30/14 apply. 20% savings available at Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel, Disneyland® Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Paradise, Artisan and Regal suites. Ask about savings in other room types. 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.