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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!

Stay Longer Save More Early 2017 at Aulani

Escape the winter cold and experience the Hawai‘i you’ve always dreamed of! From the moment you walk into Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, you’ll agree that this beachfront paradise set on the shores of Ko Olina is a whole new world of family fun.

So much is included with your stay, from a supervised kids’ club and world-class entertainment to unforgettable pools, lazy river, waterslides, special splash zones for the little ones and more! Maybe that’s why Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards named Aulani the 2015 Winner for “World’s Best Family Beach Hotel”!

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

Make the most of early 2017 at Aulani. The longer you stay, the more you save! Save up to 35% off stays of 5 consecutive nights or more* or up to 30% off a 4 night stay.*

Booking Window:

  • Book now – Feb. 13, 2017

Travel Window:

  • Jan. 2 – Mar. 24, 2017 (with travel completed by Mar. 25)

 

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Savings based on the non-discounted rate for the same room. The number of rooms allocated for this offer may be limited. Packages booked by 10/3/2016 include one daily meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) for each Guest (ages 3+) on the reservation per night of your package stay. Meal is redeemable only at ‘Ulu Café during normal operating hours and includes one entrée and one non-specialty beverage. Meal entitlements may not be redeemed for cash in whole or in part, sold separately, transferred or refunded, and expire at 11:59 p.m. on package departure date. Excludes applicable taxes and fees. Limit 2 rooms per reservation. Excludes suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas. Additional charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room. Cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Advance reservations required.

Breaking The Myths – Disney’s FASTPASS® and FastPass+ Services

It is no surprise that as the use of social media increases, the amount of myths or “half truths” also increases. As an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, Off to Neverland Travel® receives questions every day from our clients asking for clarification on a wide range of topics related to their upcoming vacation.

Today we are going to provide some clarification on Disney’s FASTPASS® Service at the Disneyland® Resort and Disney FastPass+ service available exclusively at the Walt Disney World® Resort. Since it’s debut in 1999, Disney’s FASTPASS® Service allows guests to skip the wait of the normal queue at select attractions inside the theme parks. If the guests decide to utilize the FASTPASS® Service, they will be given an hour-long time to return and experience the attraction with little to no wait. In 2013, Walt Disney World® Resort introduced Disney FastPass+ service which allows guests to schedule similar hour-long return windows 30-60 days in advance of their visit.

  1. Myth: You have to pay to use Disney’s FASTPASS® Service
    While other theme parks charge their guests for similar services, both Disney’s FASTPASS® and Disney FastPass+ services are complimentary for all park guests! At the Disneyland® Resort, you’ll just simply use your theme park ticket to retrieve your FASTPASS® from the machine. At the Walt Disney World® Resort, you’ll use My Disney Experience to schedule your FastPass+ in advance and then utilize your MagicBand or park ticket to access the attraction at your selected time.
  2. Myth: At Disneyland® Resort, you can obtain more than one FASTPASS® at a time
    Guests are able to get several FASTPASS® tickets during a single day in Disneyland® Park or Disney California Adventure® Park. However, they cannot immediately obtain multiple FASTPASS® tickets. While you typically have to wait 2 hours, it sometimes varies. Your current FASTPASS® ticket will always list the time you can obtain your next. There are sometimes select attractions that you are able to “double up” on FASTPASS® tickets, so be sure to ask your Magic Maker® about those.
  3. Myth: Don’t worry about the time listed on the FASTPASS® or FastPass+, you can return at any time after what is listed
    While at one point this was true, it is no longer the case. FASTPASS® and FastPass+ return times are now being strictly enforced with little to no exceptions made for being late. Guests a few minutes late will typically be admitted, but we suggest you stick to your scheduled time!
  4. Myth: You are only able to get (3) FastPass+ per day
    When you are making advanced FastPass+ choices for the Walt Disney World® Resort, you will be limited to up to (3) selections in your choice of (1) park per day of your stay. However, each day of your visit after you have used your first (3) selections, you are able to choose a 4th selection based off of what is currently available in the system. Then after using that 4th choice, you may repeat that process and continue to make (1) additional selection as availability exists. So while initially you are limited to only (3) selections, it’s possible to make more during your visit.

This is just the first of a series of “Breaking the Myths” articles. We hope you will follow along with us!

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. 22- Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
Port Canaveral, FL 7-Night W. Caribbean Cruise Disney Fantasy Select 5C
7-Night E. Caribbean Cruise Disney Fantasy 09/24/2016 5C
7-Night E. Caribbean Cruise Disney Fantasy 10/08/2016 5C
7-Night E. Caribbean Cruise Disney Fantasy 10/22/2016 5C

 

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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.

Late 2016 Savings at the Walt Disney World® Resort

Why wait to Create Family Memories at the Walt Disney World® Resort?

Now is the time to make new family memories at “The Most Magical Place on Earth!” From uncovering the new nighttime experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® theme park to enjoying all the season has to offer at  Magic Kingdom® Park, there’s truly something for everyone inside this magical Vacation Kingdom! When you pair these experiences with some special savings, it’s the perfect time to work with our Magic Makers® to plan the storybook vacation of your dreams!

For a limited time, you can save up to 25% at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Aug. 26 – Dec. 23, 2016. Plus, when you upgrade to a Magic Your Way® room and ticket packages, 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 25% most nights Aug. 25 – Nov. 5, 2016 (when booked before Aug. 31, 2016).
  • Save up to 20% most nights Nov. 6-10, Nov.13-22, and Nov. 26-Dec. 23, 2016 (when booked before Oct. 8, 2016).

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. 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 The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. 25% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for other Resort hotels.

New Experiences and Enhancements Set Sail on the Disney Wonder This Fall

Disney Cruise Line has announced some exciting new entertainment and experiences are in store for guests sailing aboard the Disney Wonder starting Nov. 10, 2016!

Changes will take place from stem to stern – providing new experiences and enhancing some existing features for guests of all ages. But one of the biggest announcements is that the Disney Wonder will debut a new exclusive stage show, “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular”, when it relaunches this fall!

Take a look at what’s in store for guests inside the Walt Disney Theater when the curtain rises for the  “first time in forever” on “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular”:

That’s just the beginning of it! Here’s a quick look at what other changes are on deck:

  • Disney’s Oceaneer Club (Ages 3-12)
    • Marvel Super Hero Academy – Young guests will train to develop the brave and adventurous heroes inside themselves. Exclusively on the Disney Wonder, Marvel Super Hero Academy will offer extraordinary adventures in which each young guest plays an integral role. With the mentorship of some of Marvel’s greatest Super Heroes, young trainees will learn the value of teamwork, bravery and problem solving through hands-on play and programs.
    • Frozen Adventures – Fun takes the form of imaginative play and hands-on activities featuring characters from Frozen.
    • Club Disney Junior – features favorite Disney Junior characters, storytelling and games.
  • it’s a small world Nursery – This new nursery will delight the youngest cruisers.
  • Tiana’s Place Restaurant –  will transport guests to an era of southern charm, spirited jazz and street party celebrations with a menu influenced by southern-style cuisine. Live music will be performed on the main stage, with rhythmic, toe-tapping notes of jazz, swing and blues setting the tone for the French Quarter supper club atmosphere.
  • Route 66 Rethemed as After Hours
    • A brand-new pub featuring a selection of British and specialty beers will invite guests to take a jaunt to an authentic English tavern. The pub will feature subtle nods to classic Disney films set in London.
    • Also making a debut is an all-new night club and a shiny new model of the popular Cadillac Lounge
  • A reimagined and relaxing Senses Spa & Salon and a new Chill Teen Spa
  • Animator’s Palate – will be updated to include the popular “Drawn to Magic” and “Animation Magic” dinner shows
  • Studio Sea will change to D Lounge for family games and entertainment
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will be added to provide magical makeovers for children ages 3-12
  • Refresh to the Edge club for tweens
  • Beach Blanket Buffet will become Cabanas
  • Palo will receive a makeover with Venetian-inspired décor
  • Deck 9 Water Enhancements
    • Twist ‘n’ Spout water slide
    • Dory’s Reef splash zone for toddlers
    • AquaLab pool and interactive water play area for kids and families

We’re so excited about this wave of new enhancements on the Disney Wonder! Let’s start planning your next Disney Cruise now – contact your Magic Maker® today!

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‘Eat to the Beat’ Dining Package Returns to Epcot®

One of our guests’ favorite way to enjoy the Eat to the Beat Concert Series is returning to the 2016 Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival!

On select days, you can Rock ‘n’ Dine by pairing a delicious meal at select Epcot® table service restaurants with that evening’s Eat to the Beat show! After enjoying your meal, you will receive a pass for reserved seating for one of that evening’s showcases.

Dining packages are available for the following Epcot® restaurants:

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (B,L,D)
  • Biergarten Restaurant (L,D)
  • Coral Reef Restaurant (L,D)
  • The Garden Grill Restaurant (B,L,D)
  • La Hacienda de San Angel (D)
  • Les Chefs de France (L,D)
  • Nine Dragons Restaurant (L,D)
  • Restaurant Marrakesh (L,D)
  • Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room (L,D)
  • San Angel Inn (L,D)
  • Spice Road Table (L,D)
  • Teppan Edo (L,D)
  • Tokyo Dining (L,D)
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante (L,D)
  • Via Napoli (L,D)
All packages include a 3-course meal and non-alcoholic beverage (or buffet where applicable). Prices start at $39 for breakfast and lunch and $53 for dinner (pricing varies by location) but all will use (2) table service entitlements per person if using the Disney Dining Plan. Separate park admission is required. While purchasing the Eat to the Beat Dinner Package is not required to see the show, it will provide you with a guaranteed seat!

This years line up includes:

  • Sep. 14-15 – Wang Chung NEW!
  • Sep. 16-18 – STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
  • Sep. 19-20 – Air Supply
  • Sep. 21-23 – BoDeans NEW!
  • Sep. 24-25 – Fuel
  • Sep. 26-28 – Sugar Ray
  • Sep. 29-30 – Los Lobos
  • Oct. 1-2 – David Cook
  • Oct. 3-4 – Wilson Phillips
  • Oct. 5-6 – Blues Traveler
  • Oct. 7-9 – Plain White T’s NEW!
  • Oct. 10-11 – 38 Special
  • Oct. 12-13 – Jeffrey Osborne NEW!
  • Oct. 14-16 – Tiffany
  • Oct. 17-19 – Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx
  • Oct. 20-21 – Christopher Cross
  • Oct. 22-23 – Toad The Wet Sprocket NEW!
  • Oct. 24-25 – Chaka Khan
  • Oct. 26-27 – Billy Ocean
  • Oct. 28-29 – Living Colour NEW!
  • Oct. 30-Nov. 1 – Hanson
  • Nov. 2-3 – Soul Asylum NEW!
  • Nov. 4-6 – Delta Rae NEW!
  • Nov. 7-9 – Boyz II Men
  • Nov. 10-11 – Sister Hazel
  • Nov. 12-14 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Entertainment and artist appearances are subject to change without notice

If you have already planned a Fall visit to experience the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival, you’ll want to contact your Magic Maker® today to check on availability of the Eat to the Beat Dinner Package during your stay.

‘Be Our VIP Guest’ Contest

Off to Neverland Travel® takes pride in the hard work our Magic Makers® put into planning once-in-a-lifetime vacations for their clients. Our industry-leading services ensure all of our clients experience a vacation full of magical memories. But sometimes our clients want exclusivity and the highest level of service inside the parks of the Walt Disney World® Resort. When that happens, nothing can compare to being accompanied by a Private Tour Guide from Disney VIP Tour Services. This pairing provides the ultimate in concierge services before and during your vacation!

We’re sure you’ll enjoy working with our Magic Makers®! So sure, in fact, that we’re asking you to ‘Be Our Guest and put our service to the test!’


‘Be Our VIP Guests’ Contest

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2016 Mickey’s Halloween Party Dates Announced for Disneyland® Park

Disneyland® Resort in Southern California has announced details for Halloween Time taking place Sep. 9 through Oct. 31, 2016.

During Halloween Time, the entire Disneyland® Resort area is decorated for the most be-witching time of the year. Also, two popular Disneyland® Park attractions, Space Mountain® and The Haunted Mansion®, feature special Holiday overlays.

Another part of Halloween Time at Disneyland® Resort is Mickey’s Halloween Party. This special-ticketed event allows guests young and old to don a costume and trick-or-treat in Anaheim’s ultimate neighborhood, the Disneyland® Park! And new this year, the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow will make his spooky ride through the heart of Disneyland® Park each night of the party! Purchase of tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party include:

  • An exclusive Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular show
  • Admission to the Disneyland® Park up to 3 hours prior to the event’s start time
  • Meet-and-greet opportunities with Disney pals and Villains
  • Trick-or-treat stations offering both yummy candy and healthy goodies
  • Special entertainment
  • Access to nearly all Disneyland® Park attractions, including the Halloween-themed attractions such as Space Mountain® Ghost Galaxy and Haunted Mansion® Holiday

Dates and times for Mickey’s Halloween Party are:

  • Fri., Sept. 23 (7p – midnight)
  • Mon., Sept. 26 (6p – 11p)
  • Wed., Sept. 28 (6p – 11p)
  • Fri., Sept. 30 (7p – midnight)
  • Mon., Oct. 3 (6p – 11p)
  • Wed., Oct. 5 (6p – 11p)
  • Fri., Oct. 7 (7p – midnight)
  • Mon., Oct. 10 (6p – 11p)
  • Wed., Oct. 12 (6p – 11p)
  • Fri., Oct. 14 (7p – midnight)
  • Mon., Oct. 17 (6p – 11p)
  • Wed., Oct. 19 (6p – 11p)
  • Fri., Oct. 21 (7p – midnight)
  • Mon., Oct. 24 (6p – 11p)
  • Wed., Oct. 26 (6p – 11p)
  • Sat., Oct. 29 (7p – midnight)
  • Mon., Oct. 31 (6p – 11p)
Tickets go on sale Jul. 21 for Disneyland® Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Visa® Cardmembers and Disney Vacation Club Members and Jul. 28 for general public. Ticket prices range from $79-$99 depending on party dates with some discounts available for Annual Passholders on select dates. Due to popularity, some of the parties do sell out, so contact your Magic Maker® now for more details on this spooktacular event!

Late Summer 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:

For a limited time, save up to 25% on most Sunday through Thursday night stays from Aug. 14 through Sep. 29, 2016 (with travel completed by Sep. 30, 2016).

  • Save 25% on premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa and the Disneyland® Hotel.
  • Save 10% on standard and premium rooms at Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel.

Booking Dates:

Now – Sep. 15, 2016

 

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 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. For Disney Visa® offer, you must use a valid Disney Visa Card or Disney Rewards Redemption Card to pay the deposit and Cardmember must stay in the room. 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.