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, Nov. 17 – Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
Port Canaveral, FL 7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 11/30/2014 Select
4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 12/01/2014 5A
4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 12/08/2014 5A
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 12/14/2014 Select
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 01/04/2015 9C
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 01/18/2015 11B
 Miami, FL
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 11/23/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 11/28/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 12/07/2014 11B
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 12/12/2014 9C
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 01/09/2015 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, Nov. 17 – Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
 Miami, FL
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 11/28/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 12/07/2014 11B
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 12/12/2014 9C
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 01/04/2015 9C
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 01/09/2015 11B
Port Canaveral, FL 7-Night E Caribbean Disney Fantasy 11/22/2014 Select
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Fantasy 11/29/2014 Select
4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 12/01/2014 5A
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Fantasy 12/06/2014 Select
4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 12/08/2014 5A
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 12/14/2014 Select
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Fantasy 01/10/2015 5A
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Fantasy 01/17/2015 5A
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 01/18/2015 11B
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Fantasy 01/24/2015 5A

 

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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.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Refurbishment Brings Rooms for Five

Soon, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will join the list of resort hotels capable of accommodating families of five! Once complete, refurbished rooms will feature (2) Queen Beds sleeping 4 guests or (2) Queen Beds and a pulldown Murphy bed accommodating a 5th guest. The resort’s Pirate-themed rooms will remain as is.

In addition to the change in bedding, a refresh has been given to the other furnishings in the room giving them an overall new look. With the new dark furniture and a splash of color through artwork and other furnishings, the changes are very refreshing and make the rooms very inviting.

At this time no completion dates have been announced. We will be sure to keep you updated as information becomes available. In the meantime, enjoy this sneak peek of the new rooms:

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Happy Veterans Day

Words can not express our gratitude to those who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Military. Not only today but every day, we honor your great sacrifices to preserve our freedom!

It’s no secret that Walt Disney was a great patriot. During the design and construction of Disneyland® Park, he made sure to showcase that. On a walk down Main Street U.S.A.®, everyone notices the main flag pole in Town Square but may overlook several other American flags flying high as they continue throughout the rest of the park. A plaque rests at the base of the Town Square flag pole that reads “Disneyland® is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts which have created America.” But probably the most overlooked display of Walt Disney’s patriotism is the late afternoon Flag Retreat ceremony that takes place in Town Square. A tradition since 1955, the ceremony is performed out of respect of our nation’s flag and as a way to honor those who have served our country.

Last year, we were privileged to spend Veterans Day inside Disneyland® Park and witness a special Flag Retreat ceremony. In observance of the day, Disneyland® Resort Cast Members and guests who are Veterans along with the 1st Division Marine Band from Camp Pendleton served as special guests at the ceremony. You can only imagine the emotion of being surrounded by the Americana feel of Main Street U.S.A® and the sounds of patriotic tunes like God Bless America, Star Spangled Banner and the Armed Forces Medley on such an important day.

A Flag Retreat Ceremony is performed daily at both Disneyland® and Magic Kingdom® Parks. Be sure to check your Times Guide and attend during your next visit to the parks.

 

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Disney Destinations and Dietary Needs

By Magic Maker® Melissa Ludwig

Vacations are a way of escaping from everyday life, leaving stress behind, and spending quality time with those you care about. However, there are many points during the planning process that can cause stress, and your Magic Maker® is here to take that off your shoulders. One of the common causes of stress for traveling families is in accommodating special dietary needs. Disney Destinations, as usual, have pulled out all the stops to make sure that you do not have to worry about what you will be eating during your magical getaway.

Whether it is a dairy intolerance, sensitivity to gluten, or a specific food such as almonds that you must avoid in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, Disney Destinations will to their best to cater to any special requests. When you and your Magic Maker® are ready to make advance dining reservations, notify your Magic Maker® of your special dietary needs and they will make sure to include this in your reservations. Often, chefs can substitute different ingredients in meals, so that you don’t even have to choose an alternate meal, but actually have the one you want! The following is a list of common allergies that most Disney Parks restaurants can accommodate/substitute:

  • Gluten or wheat
  • Lactose or dairy
  • Peanuts and tree nuts
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Corn

When you arrive at a Disney Park restaurant, it is always a good idea to remind your server of your dietary needs as well (though the server will often check with you first, since it will be in your reservation notes). If you have a metabolic disorder or multiple allergies, you will want to be sure to notify your Magic Maker® so that it can be factored in to all dining arrangements.

For many people, food allergies are not necessarily a worry, but some may still have strong preferences about what to include or not include in a daily diet. Many Disney Park restaurants will offer no-sugar-added, low-fat, low-sodium, Kosher and vegetarian options for meals to take care of these dietary needs as well.

Vacation time means time to relax and unwind. A large part of that is being able to enjoy your dining experiences while away… especially at Disney Destinations, where food is extra-fun! What you are going to eat on your trip should never be a worry, and your Magic Maker® will help to ensure that you will have all of the dining information that you need before you even pack your bags.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Guests Receive Exclusive Holiday ‘Sorcerers’ Card

Elsa's Icy Shield SOMK CardFriday night, Magic Kingdom® Park at the Walt Disney World® Resort will hold their first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party of the year. Guests who attend this year’s special-ticketed event are able to once again receive an exclusive holiday Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card.

This year’s event-exclusive card will be will be “Elsa’s Icy Shield” featuring Queen Elsa from Disney Frozen. Past years’ cards have included “Huey, Dewey, and Louie’s Snowfort Barricade” and “Wayne and Lanny’s Ornament Barrage.”

Guests with paid admission to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party may pick up their cards at the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A.® by present their party ticket and event wristband. Quantities are limited, so we suggest picking them up early in the evening!

Stay Longer Save More this Winter at Aulani

Say “Aloha” to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. Inspired by the wonders of Hawai‘i and built with the perfect touch of Disney magic, Aulani is a beautiful beachfront escape that’s designed for families. A Resort like no other, Aulani is perfectly placed just far enough from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, but close enough for families to enjoy O‘ahu’s world-class entertainment!

Plan now to beat those winter blues with a family getaway to Aulani by taking advantage of one of these two great promotions:

For a limited time, when you purchase a minimum 4-night stay, you’ll enjoy the 4th night FREE! That means more time for you and your family in paradise enjoying all the Resort has to offer! Plus, if you stay in a 1- or 2-bedroom Villa, you’ll receive a $100 resort credit per night of your stay.

Booking Window:

  • Book now – Oct. 30, 2014 Extended through Dec. 18, 2014

Travel Window:

  • Offer available for most stays now – Nov. 26 and Nov. 30 – Dec. 22, 2014

Contact your Magic Maker® today and experience the 2014 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards Winner for Top Family Hotel in the U.S.

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Reservation must be booked between 7/9/14 – 12/18/14 for stays between 8/15/14 – 12/22/14. Block-out dates of 11/26/14 – 11/29/14 apply. 4th Night Free Offer applies only to stays of four or more consecutive nights all between 8/15/14 – 12/22/14, excluding any nights from 11/26/14 – 11/29/14. The free night savings is distributed across total room nights and is reflected in a reduced nightly rate, based on the non-discounted rate. Offer excludes suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas. Resort Credit Offer of $100 is applied per room per consecutive night of your stay for reservations booked in 1-bedroom or 2-bedroom villas only. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited and room availability may vary by dates of stay. Resort credit may not be redeemed for cash in whole or in part, transferred, refunded or applied toward room rate. All Resort credits will expire at midnight on departure date. 4th Night Free Offer excludes Resort fees and taxes. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers. Additional per-adult charges may apply. Limit two rooms per reservation and subject to room occupancy limitations. Advance reservations required. Subject to additional restrictions and change without notice.

For a limited time, when you purchase a minimum 4-night stay, you’ll enjoy the 4th night FREE plus receive complimentary breakfast! Or, stay a little longer and receive 30% off stays of 5 nights or longer plus receive complimentary breakfast.

Booking Window:

  • Book now – Feb. 23, 2015

Travel Window:

  • Offer available for most stays Jan. 4 – Mar. 23, 2015

Contact your Magic Maker® today and experience the 2014 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards Winner for Top Family Hotel in the U.S.

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Stay 4 nights and get the fourth night free with daily breakfast offer for stays of four consecutive nights. Save 30% with daily breakfast offer for stays of five or more consecutive nights. All stays must be booked between 10/9/14 and 2/23/15 inclusive, with all nights between 1/4/15 and 3/23/15. 30% savings based on the non-discounted price of the same room. Number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited, and room availability may vary by dates of stay. Package includes daily breakfast for all Guests booked per room per night of your package stay. Breakfast is only redeemable at Ulu Cafe during normal breakfast operating hours, and includes one entree and one coffee or fresh rotating juice. Breakfast entitlements may not be redeemed for cash in whole or in part, sold separately, transferred or refunded and will expire at midnight on package departure date. Excludes Resort fees and taxes. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers. Offers exclude suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room. Limit two rooms per reservation and subject to room occupancy limitations. Advance reservations required. Subject to additional restrictions and changes without notice.

Disney Cruise Line Releases Early 2016 Itineraries

Disney Cruise Line has released itineraries through April of 2016 bringing magic to new ports of call! Starting in 2016, Disney Cruise Line will make stops in two popular Caribbean destinations — Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Martinique!

Disney Cruise Line will be setting sail to so many fantastic places! They’ve selected the most stunning destinations in the world for your family to explore and make memories. From the old-world charm of Europe to the arctic allure of Alaska or the colorful Caribbean and Bahamas. With four ships and a variety of itineraries, the choice is yours!

Which Cruise Will You Choose?

Explore these options and contact your Magic Maker® today for booking information:

Disney Fantasy
Disney Dream
Disney Wonder
Disney Magic

Since pricing tends to increase as availability becomes more limited, we always suggest clients book early! Bookings are open to the public, so contact your Magic Maker® today and prepare to set sail!

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Updates Coming to Disney Cruise Line Navigator App

Last fall, Disney Cruise Line put the power right in the palm of your hands when they introduced their new Navigator App! Now, an enhancement is on the way to add even more functionality!

Currently the Navigator App gives you access to the valuable information you could once only find in your daily Personal Navigator delivered to your stateroom each evening. With this new update, guests aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will be able to utilize Onboard Chat to connect with other friends and family members aboard the ship! This update will be available starting Oct. 16, 2014 on the Disney Dream and Oct. 25, 2014 on the Disney Fantasy. No launch dates for the Disney Wonder or Disney Magic have been announced.

Additional information you’ll find in the app includes:

  • Listing of onboard activities
  • Character experiences onboard the ship
  • Deck Parties, Live Shows, and other Entertainment
  • Dining
  • Adult exclusive nightclubs and lounges
  • Your upcoming ports of call
  • Spa and other Onboard Services
  • Youth clubs
  • Deck Plans
  • Option to save and be reminded of favorite activities

The app is available for free in the Apple App Store℠ (iOS devices) and Google Play™ (Android devices). Use of the app, which utilizes the onboard WiFi network, is complimentary as long as you follow the specific directions for connecting. However, you’ll want to remember to download the app before boarding the ship to avoid any data charges.

Anna & Elsa’s Boutique Opens in Downtown Disney® District

Last week, the Disneyland® Resort opened the newest of their offerings in their Downtown Disney® District, Anna & Elsa’s Boutique. Here, Crystalizers (stylists) perform transformations inspired from favorite Disney Frozen characters. Available to ages 3-15, you can choose transformations that include hair, makeup, and wardrobe.

Available package options include:

  • Elsa Package: Elsa inspired coronation hairstyle with blue color streak, tiara, shimmering makeup, and nail polish.
  • Anna Package: Anna inspired coronation hairstyle with green color streak, tiara, shimmering makeup, and nail polish.
  • Olaf Package:
    • Snow Girl: Olaf inspired hairstyle complete with top hat, headband, orange color streak, shimmering makeup, and nail polish.
    • Snow Boy: Snow frosted hair tips and choice of Olaf tee.
  • Cool As Ice: Hairstyling with choice of two colorful hair streaks, face gem, shimmering makeup, and nail polish.

Pricing for the girl’s packages start at $34.95 with the boy’s packages starting at $18.95. Additional wardrobe packages are available. To book an appointment at Anna & Elsa’s Boutique, contact your Magic Maker®!

Guests must be between 3-15 years of age and must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older during the entire experience. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made up to 60 days prior to arrival by calling your Magic Maker®. A valid credit card number is required at the time of booking as a $10 cancellation fee per child may be charged for all no-shows or cancellations within 24 hours of the experience. Wardrobe selection available in youth sizing only; selection and sizing may vary. Subject to restrictions. All prices, package components, accessories, hairstyles, and information are subject to change without notice.