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‘MARVEL™ Day at Sea’ on Select Disney Cruise Line Sailings

In addition to the already announced 2018 dates, MARVEL™ Day at Sea will be returning for select Disney Magic sailings in 2019! This action-packed day will bring the epic adventures of the MARVEL™ Universe to a ship in floating somewhere the Atlantic.

There will be events geared to guests of all ages. Planned activities include:

  • Meet-and-Greets with Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America and other MARVEL™ Universe Super Heroes
  • A spectacular MARVEL™-themed party on the ship’s upper deck complete with music, dancing and games
  • A finale to the party that only a Super Hero could arrange – including a stunning display of themed pyrotechnics, lighting, sound effects, and MARVEL™ Super Heroes and Super Villains
  • MARVEL™-themed trivia for kids and families
  • MARVEL™-themed games, activities and arts and crafts offered throughout the day in the Oceaneer Club.
  • Special merchandise and unique food and beverage offerings

All the unforgettable fun of MARVEL™ Day at Sea will occur one day during select Disney Magic sailings from Miami. Those sailing dates are:

5-night Western Caribbean –  include a stop at Castaway Cay and either Cozumel, Mexico, or Grand Cayman

  • 2018 – Feb. 4, 18; Mar. 18; Apr. 1, 15 and 29
  • 2019Jan. 6, 20; Feb. 3, 17; Mar. 3

5-night Bahamian –  include a stop at Key West, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; and Castaway Cay

  • 2019 – Jan. 11, 25; Feb. 8, 22; Mar. 8

These sailings are guaranteed to bring out your superhuman abilities! Contact your Magic Maker® today for pricing and availability!

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Activities and events subject to change.

Top 3 Reasons to Stay Club-Level at Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels

When it comes to vacationing at the Walt Disney World® Resort, it’s hard to top the experience, convenience and Magical Extras you’ll receive by staying at a Disney Resort hotel. And with over 25 Disney owned and operated Resorts to choose from, there’s accommodations available to fit every family’s needs and budget!

The Walt Disney World® Resort offers Club-level accommodations at each of their eight Disney Deluxe Resorts. While there are many added benefits available for guests staying in these special Club-level rooms, a few of them shine above the rest to our Magic Makers®!

Top 3 Reasons to Stay Club-Level at Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels

1 Exclusive Club Concierge Lounges- Each resort offers a Club Concierge Lounge that is available exclusively to their guests staying in Club-level accommodations. Inside each lounge which typically operates 7a-10p daily, you’ll fine plenty of seating in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. One key offering that our guests fall in love with is the food and beverage options they find in the lounges! Here’s an example of typical lounge offerings at various times throughout the day:

  • Breakfast – Pastries, fruit, cereal & beverages
  • Snacks – Chips, cookies & beverages
  • Evening – Hot item samples, cheese tray, beverages, wine & beer
  • Cordials & Desserts – Assorted desserts and cordials
    Items may not be available at all lounges. Variations will occur on daily offerings at each lounge. Information is subject to change without notice.

We can’t emphasize enough the convenience these Club Level Lounges provide. Whether providing a quick breakfast to jump-start your day in the Magic, snacks during your afternoon Park break by the pool, or a quick bedtime snack after a long day of fun, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with the lounge as well!

2 Exclusive Signature Offerings and Services- Let’s face it, at some point during the booking and planning process you’ve probably felt a bit “spoiled” by the level of attention and services your Magic Maker® has provided you! Well, that same attention to detail can continue at your Resort while you are on vacation! First, each Club-level guest has access to special Concierge Cast Members to help with any last minute changes or requests. Also, during the planning process Club-level guests can choose from a list of Enchanting Extras to make their upcoming stay even more magical! One of the most exciting extras is a recently-announced exclusive FastPass+ add-on option!

3 Location, Location, Location- With over 40-square miles of vacation kingdom at the Walt Disney World® Resort, location is key! All of the Disney Deluxe Resorts are located closest to one (or more) of the four Theme Parks! This close proximity to the Park often means additional transportation – via boat or even sometimes monorail. Also, the Club-level rooms are typically located at the most desired spots within the Resort Hotel offering great views and easy access to amenities you’re likely to use the most! And at a few of the resorts, their prime location allow their Club Concierge Lounge to provide special viewing locations for Happily Ever After and IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth nighttime spectaculars!

Ask your Magic Maker® how a Club-level stay can enhance your Walt Disney World® Resort vacation!

New Walt Disney World® Resort FastPass+ Add-on Announced for Disney Signature Services Guests

The Walt Disney World® Resort has announced an awesome new add-on for our guests eligible for Disney Signature Services!

Beginning Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, a new pilot program will launch allowing guests booked in select Walt Disney World® Resort hotel rooms with a 3-day or longer theme park admission or annual pass to add-on a special theme park extra! The offer includes:

This new add-on is available to all guests staying in the following accommodations:

•Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Cabins
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Club Level
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn – Club Level
Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Club Level
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Club Level
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – Club Level

Disney’s Polynesian Village Villas & Bungalows – Bungalows
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Club Level
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort – Club Level
Disney’s Beach Club Resort – Club Level
•Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels – select suites and premium rooms

Pricing is $50 +tax per guest per day.

No other changes have been made to the FastPass+ system. All theme park guests with valid theme park admission will continue to receive up to three FastPass+ selections at a single park per day at no extra charge, as well as additional day-of in-park selections that may be reserved and redeemed one-at-a-time after those initial three selections are redeemed.

Contact your Magic Maker® for more details!

Walt Disney World® Resort 2018 Summer Meal Offer

Get a FREE Quick-Service meal per person, per night with the purchase of select Magic Your Way® Vacations!

Summer 2018 is a tasty time to discover all-new experiences and have the vacation of your dreams at the Walt Disney World® Resort! Availability on this special offer is limited, so don’t delay!

Now through Feb. 11, 2018, purchase a non-discounted Magic Your Way® package including a minimum 3-night stay at participating Disney Value Resorts and get one FREE Quick-Service Meal per person per night. Upgrades to the traditional Quick-Service Dining Plan or Plus Disney Dining Plan are available at an additional cost! Ask your Magic Maker® which dining plan may be best for your family.

Disney 2018 Summer Meal Offer Booking Window:
Now-Feb. 11, 2018

Disney 2018 Summer Meal Offer Travel Window:
Valid for arrivals most nights May 29-Aug. 25, 2018

Contact your Magic Maker® today for your taste of these scrumptious savings!

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The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Base Tickets valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must occur on or before 12/31/18. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Offer excludes campsites and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. Everyone in the room must be on the same package. Each Quick-Service meal includes one entrée and one nonalcoholic beverage (or, if age 21 or over, one beer, wine or cocktail). Children ages 3-9 must order from the children’s menu, if available. Minimum Length of Stay: 3 nights with minimum 2-day Magic Your Way® Base Ticket.

Spring 2018 Walt Disney World Room Discounts

Create Family Memories at the Walt Disney World® Resort

2018 is the year for you to make new family memories at “The Most Magical Place on Earth!” From discovering what’s new at the Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival to exploring the new land of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® theme park, there’s truly something for everyone inside this magical Vacation Kingdom! When you pair these all-new experiences with the following special savings, now is the time to work with our Magic Makers® to plan the storybook vacation of your dreams!

For a limited time, save up to 20% at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Apr. 15 – Jun. 10, 2018. Plus, when you upgrade to a room and ticket package that includes a minimum 5-day theme park ticket with the Park Hopper® Option or Park Hopper Plus Option, you’ll get one more day added to the ticket, FREE!*

Not only will you enjoy staying closer to the magic, your stay will also include an array of special Disney touches and magical extras that only on-property guests receive.

Travel Dates:

  • Book a room at select Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels and save up to 20% on stays most nights Apr. 15 – Jun. 10, 2018 when you book by Apr. 7, 2018

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. 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 3-bedroom villas, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. 20% savings based on the non-discounted price of the same room for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts. Lower savings may be available for other select Disney Resort hotels. Campsites included at 10% discount for Sunday through Thursday stays, Apr. 29 through May 24, 2018. Moderate and Deluxe suites may be available for a lesser discount. Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must be by 12/31/18

8 Things We’re Excited About in 2018 at Disney Destinations

While it’s hard to believe that 2017 is almost over, we are overflowing with excitement and anticipation of what’s coming in 2018 for Disney Destinations!

Here’s 8 things (in no particular order) that we can’t wait to experience!

1 Toy Story Land- In Summer 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, the all-new Toy Story Land will open to guests. Shrinking guests to the size of a toy, three attractions and a new quick-service dining location will await guests in the 11-acre play space. Slinky Dog Dash (a family-style coaster) and Alien Swirling Saucers will be the new attractions joining the already existing guest favorite Toy Story Mania!®. Woody’s Lunch Box will offer several meals and old-fashioned soda floats. No exact opening date in 2018 has been announced.

2 Disney Springs™ Additions- When you’re visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Springs™ is your place to eat, drink, and shop! And in 2018, the list of options is growing! Eight new dining concepts will open in 2018! The Edison will open as a lavish “Industrial Gothic” restaurant, bar and nighttime destination. Adjacent to that is a trio of modern Italian restaurant and bar concepts – Maria & Enzo’s, Enzo’s Hideaway, and Pizza Ponte. Terralina Crafted Italian will feature dishes inspired by “Top Chef Master” Chef Tony Mantuano ‘s adventures in Italy. Master Sommelier George Miliotes’ Wine Bar George will offer more than 100 wine selections by the bottle and glass along with shareable plates, cheese and charcuterie. Jaleo, a Spanish concept by world-renowned Chef José Andrés’ and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill are also slated to open in 2018.

3 Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park Celebrates 20 Years- Opening its gates for the first time on Earth Day in 1998, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park will celebrate 20 years in 2018! As part of the celebration, the Flights of Wonder show is being retired to make room for the debut of a new show featuring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s film UP! The new show will feature species of birds from around the world at the Caravan Theater in Anandapur Village. We’re sure that more special events will be announced before the big day, so stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details!

4 Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Transformation- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is currently receiving some major enhancements that are set to be completed late Summer 2018! For our guests that have stayed at the resort before, the biggest change will be the elimination of the Customs House! Old Port Royale will act as a centralized location for check in/out as well as merchandise and dining. Other updates include an all-new Centertown Market for casual eats, waterfront dining at an all-new Shutters restaurant, a new Banana Cabana outdoor bar and lounge, and an refurbished Calypso Trading Post for shopping.

5 Return of Disney on Broadway Much to our delight, the Epcot® International Festival of the Arts will return from Jan. 12 – Feb. 19, 2018! Also returning is what we believe to the highlight of the festival, the Disney On Broadway performances which happen each weekend (Fridays through Mondays at 5:30p, 6:45p and 8:00p) in the America Gardens Theatre. This years performers include:

  • Jan. 12-15 and 19-22: Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey
  • Jan. 26-29 and Feb. 2-5: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White
  • Feb. 9-12 and 16-19: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland

The concerts are included with standard Epcot® admission but because of popularity, we suggest experiencing Disney on Broadway with a dining package that includes preferred seating!

6 Pixar Fest and Pixar Pier For over 20 years, the beloved characters of Pixar Animation Studios have found a special place in our hearts. And in 2018, they’ll come to life like never before with the addition of Pixar Fest and Pixar Pier at the Disneyland® Resort! Pixar Fest, the biggest theme park celebration of stories and characters from Pixar, will feature a new “Together Forever—A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” plus the return of ‘Paint the Night’ and ‘Pixar Play Parade.Pixar Pier will transform the area that is now Paradise Pier inside Disney California Adventure® Park with the thrilling, reimagined Incredicoaster, four new imaginative neighborhoods, plus entertainment, themed food and beverage, and more! CLICK HERE for more details on everything Pixar coming to Disneyland® Resort.

7 Downtown Disney® District Additions- There’s no doubt that the west end of the Disneyland® Resort’s Downtown Disney® District will see a lot of changes in the next 4 years with the construction of a new Disney-owned Four Diamond hotel that is set to open in 2021! But in 2018, you’ll see a few new locations open for your enjoyment. Splitsville Luxury Lanes will open in early 2018 with 20 bowling lanes, four dining areas, and much more. The New York-based Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer will open its first California location offering award-winning burgers and signature CrazyShake™ milkshakes that boast whimsical and over-the-top decorations and flavors. And in early 2018, D-Street will be re-imagined into a Disney-themed home goods store with products that change with each season.

8 Enchanting Enhancements for Disney Magic- Exciting new spaces and new experiences are coming to the Disney Magic in March 2018! An all-new enchanting dining experience will be created for families at Rapunzel’s Royal Table! Guests will be treated to live entertainment during their dinner, and maybe even an appearance by Princess Rapunzel herself. A redesign is coming for the Vibe, the space on the ship reserved for teens ages 14-17, which will be transformed into a trendy urban loft environment. And Cove Café, an adult-exclusive retreat located near the Quiet Cove Pool, will be redesigned in a sophisticated tropical style. The new enhancements debut on the Disney Magic’s Mar. 9, 2018 sailing.

What new addition at Disney Destinations are you excited about? Contact your Magic Maker® today and start planning your next getaway!

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Disney Cruise Line Offers 50% Off Deposits

This Year’s New Year Resolution – Together Time!

2018 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, 2018 and enjoy 50% off* the required deposit on select 2018 – 2019 sailings!

Offer Details:

When you book a Disney cruise of 7 nights or longer that’s scheduled to set sail between June 23, 2018 and May 31, 2019, 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 75-90 days prior to travel. To take advantage of this offer, you must book by February 15, 2018!

Contact your Magic Maker® today for to turn “family time” into “once upon a time!”

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*Taxes, fees and port expenses, gratuities and Port Adventures are not included. Not valid on categories with restrictions (IGT, OGT, VGT), suites or Concierge-level staterooms.. Valid on all 7-night or longer sailings that do not require final payment at time of booking and take place between June 23, 2018 and May 31, 2019. Rates are in U.S. dollars This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Offer subject to Disney Cruise Line Terms and Conditions

Pixar-Themed Additions Coming to the Disneyland® Resort

This year, many of your favorite Disney•Pixar stories will take center stage at the Disneyland® Resort!

Pixar Fest

Starting Apr. 13, 2018, a one-of-a-kind celebration called Pixar Fest will begin! This limited-time event will featuring the debut of an all-new nighttime spectacular, the return of two fan-favorite parades, new Pixar experiences, and entertainment.

Here’s just a taste of what’s in store:

Disneyland® Park

  • Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular will light up Disneyland® Park with dazzling pyrotechnics and amazing projections at iconic park locations like Sleeping Beauty Castle, the water screens of the Rivers of America, the façade of “it’s a small world” and the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Pixar Play Parade will make its debut inside Disneyland® Park for the very first time with new show elements –  the Pixar lamp, and Characters from Up and Inside Out.

Disney California Adventure® Park

  • Paint the Night parade returns to the Disneyland® Resort, making Disney California Adventure® Park its home! This mesmerizing procession will spotlight many Pixar stories, including characters from Toy Story, Monsters, Inc. and Cars—in addition to an all-new “The Incredibles” float joining the parade later in June.

Pixar Pier

And on June 23, the area that was known as Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure® Park will be transformed into Pixar Pier! This new land will introduce four whimsical neighborhoods and a transformation of the old California Screamin’ to the new Incredicoaster!

Here’s a preview of the changes:

  • Neighborhood #1 inspired by Disney·Pixar’s “The Incredibles” involves a transformation of California Screamin’ to the new Incredicoaster where the Parr family races alongside guests in an attempt to catch baby Jack-Jack!
  • Neighborhood #2 inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story” will be developed around the popular Toy Story Mania! attraction.
  • Neighborhood #3 inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” will introduce a new and yet unannounced family-friendly attraction that will open at a later date.
  • Neighborhood #4 will include Mickey’s Fun Wheel and will celebrate a collection of favorite Pixar stories. Mickey’s Fun Wheel will get a new look with each gondolas showcasing a different Pixar character. The Games of the Boardwalk will also be refreshed to match the new theme.
  • Ariel’s Grotto restaurant and the Cove Bar will be transformed into a Pixar-themed lounge.
  • All of the remaining areas of Paradise Pier will become a new land called Paradise Park.

NOTE: To prepare for the changes to Pixar Pier, California Screamin’, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Games of the Boardwalk, Sideshow Shirts, Ariel’s Grotto and Cove Bar are now closed!

We’re really excited to experience these changes coming to the Disneyland® Resort! Contact your Magic Maker® today to start planning your vacation To Infinity and Beyond!

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Disney World Dining Caters to Everyone – Special Needs Dining

Anyone who has visited the Walt Disney World® Resort in the past can tell you about their excellent dining options. From the ethnic restaurants in the World Showcase at EPCOT®, to the class act dinner theater like Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, and the one-of-a kind restaurants like 50’s Prime Time Café, there is something for everyone. But if you are one of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, you may think that your choices are limited. With the MAGIC of Disney, it is actually quite the opposite.

When traveling with someone with a food allergy, they’ll be pleasantly surprised with the quality of service provided. When your Magic Maker® makes you advance dining reservations (ADRs), they’ll notify them of the allergy to alert the staff of the extra care needed.

Once you get to your table service meals, you’ll want to remind the host/hostess of your allergies. At most locations, they will have a special allergy-friendly menu with options for you to choose from. If not or if you have any further questions, they can notify the chef to come out and talk about our particular dietary need. Each chef will go to great lengths to ensure your meal is made without any allergen contamination. If it is a buffet meal, the chefs often have a listing or will escort you around to identify “safe” foods.

For counter service, you’ll notify the cast member at the order podium of your restrictions. At most locations, they will have a special Allergy Menu that you’ll be able to order off of. If not, they’ll notify a manager to come and consult you on what your available options were. For snacks, you’ll find a selection of allergy friendly options at many of the food & merchandise locations!

Visiting one of the other domestic Disney Destinations? No worries! Disneyland® Resort, Disney Cruise Line, and Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa all have programs that function similarly and are equally as safe and efficient!

The Special Dietary program at Disney Destinations is just another example of how they continues to exceed expectations of their guests. In fact, in December 2017 the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) recognized Walt Disney Parks and Resorts as an industry leader in providing safe, quality dining experiences to guests with allergies and special diets! So sit back and enjoy your meal!

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!

NOTE: Due to construction, all runDisney race weekends at the Disneyland® Resort have been placed on hiatus beginning in 2018 – including the associated Coast to Coast Race Challenges.

Below is a listing of the upcoming runDisney events. Planning for registration is just as important as planning for the event itself as some races sell out within hours!

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend
Jan. 3-7, 2018 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opened – limited availability exists for Kids Races

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Feb. 22-25, 2018 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration sold out

Star Wars™ Half Marathon – the Dark Side Weekend
Apr. 19-22, 2018 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opened – limited availability exists for First Order Challenge, Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon, Star Wars 5K, and Kids Races

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Nov. 1-4, 2018 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opens – Mar. 13, 2018

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend
Jan. 9 – 13, 2019 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opens – Apr. 17, 2018

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Feb. 21 – 24, 2019 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opens – Jun. 12, 2018

Star Wars™ Half Marathon – the Dark Side Weekend
Apr. 4 – 7, 2019 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opens – Aug. 7, 2018

Contact your Magic Maker® for additional information!