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2018 Walt Disney World® Resort Vacation Packages Now Available

The wait is now over! Off to Neverland Travel® is now booking 2018 vacation packages for Walt Disney World® Resort!

On June 20th, 2017, The Walt Disney World® Resort opened bookings for 2018 vacation packages for arrivals January 1st through December 31st, 2018. However, because system limitations prevent us from booking stays where the last date of your vacation would be more than 499 days in the future, visits for November and December 2018 won’t be available until later this summer.

New for 2018, Magic Your Way Vacation Packages that include a Disney Dining Plan will offer several new beverage options during meals*. Guests under 21 can choose (1) non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered). Guests over 21 can choose either one (1) single serving non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one (1) single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.

A single serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Artisanal Milkshakes
  • Fresh Smoothies
  • Premium Hot chocolates
  • Soda, Coffee, or Tea
A single serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Beer or Cider
  • Wine or Sangria
  • Mixed Drinks and Specialty Cocktails

Also, when you book your 2018 Walt Disney World® Resort Vacation Package through the Walt Disney Travel Company and Off to Neverland Travel®, your package comes with several Magical Extras to help make your stay extra special**. For 2018, quite a few new Magical Extras have been added to the offerings for our Walt Disney World® Resort guests who will be checking in Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018. New offers include:

  • Dining Discounts at Planet Hollywood Observatory™, EARL OF SANDWICH®, Wolfgang Puck® Express, and Ghirardelli Ice® Cream and Chocolate Shop
  • Merchandise Discounts and/or gifts with purchase at Basin, JOHNNY WAS, Live Trends, Set the Bar, Sublime Gifts and Finds, Sugarboo & Co., UGG, and Vince Camuto

Other current Magical Extras include:

  • Miniature Golf: Four (4) vouchers per package valid for one (1) 18-hole round of miniature golf prior to 4:00 p.m. on one (1) day for ONE (1) Guest at either Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course or Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course.
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex: Four (4) vouchers per package valid for one (1) general admission to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on one (1) day for ONE (1) Guest. Valid only on event days. Some events require an additional admission charge.
  • Sammy Duvall Water Sports: 10% off the non-discounted price of all activities, including parasailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing trips and personal watercraft rentals at Sammy Duvall Water Sports Centre located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Restrictions apply.
  • Splitsville Luxury Lanes™: Receive 10% off the non-discounted price of bowling (walk-in bowling only); receive 10% on the purchase of food and non-alcoholic beverages (dine-in only); and receive 10% off the non-discounted price of merchandise at Splitsville Luxury Lanes™ located in Disney Springs® West Side.
  • Various Dining Discounts at House of Blues® Restaurant & Bar and select Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company® locations
  • Various Merchandise Discounts at Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers, Curl® by Sammy Duvall, Pop Gallery, and Something Silver®

Contact your Magic Maker® today to start planning your 2018 Walt Disney World® Resort Vacation!

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*Most beer, wine and mixed drink beverages included, some exceptions apply. Guests must be age 21 and over and present valid ID to be served one (1) alcoholic beverage. Alcoholic beverages may only be redeemed with a quick-service or table-service meal entitlement.
**Benefits are valid for arrivals January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018. To receive any of the benefits listed, the Magical Extras Savings Card must be presented at time of purchase or a voucher must be presented to the host or hostess at participating locations. Benefits can only be used during your Walt Disney Travel Company package stay and are nontransferable and void if sold. All benefits, services and locations are subject to change without notice. Other restrictions and exclusions may apply. All offers are not valid with any other offer, discount or promotion. Valid for the number of Guests in the package. All dining discounts exclude applicable tax and gratuities. May not be redeemed for cash in whole or in part. Other restrictions may apply.

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!

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!

Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend
Aug. 31 – Sep. 3, 2017 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration sold out

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Nov. 2-5, 2017 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opened – limited availability exists for Disney Two Course Challenge and Kids Races

Super Heros Half Marathon Weekend
Nov. 9-12, 2017 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration opened – limited availability exists for Infinity Gauntlet Challenge, Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon, Super Heroes 10K and 5K

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend
Jan. 3-7, 2018 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opened – limited availability exists for Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, Walt Disney World Marathon, and Kids Races

Star Wars™ Half Marathon – the Light Side Weekend
Jan. 11-14, 2018 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration currently delayed – release date TBD

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 Dark Side Challenge, Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side, Star Wars 5K, and Kids Races

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend
May 10-13, 2018 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration scheduled to open: Jun. 27, 2017 at Noon ET

Contact your Magic Maker® for additional information!

Spring 2017 Disneyland® Resort Hotel Discount

Now is the perfect time to witness the wonder of the Disneyland® Resort! In Disney California Adventure® Park, catch Frozen – Live at the Hyperion or take a ride on the newly re-imagined Soarin’ Around the World. And in Walt’s original park, Disneyland® Park, encounter a variety of out-of-this-universe Star Wars™-themed attractions and entertainment!

Offer Details:

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 Sun. – Thu. nights from Apr. 23 – Jun. 15, 2017. Book from Mar. 27 – May 25, 2017; travel must be completed by Jun. 16, 2017. Savings on premium rooms are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms. Offer excludes select Concierge rooms and suites, with the exception of Artisan and Regal suites. Ask about savings on 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 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.

Holidays Shine Bright at the Disneyland® Resort

It is almost that time of year again!  From November 10 to January 8, the Disneyland® Resort transforms into a winter wonderland! Here are just some of the holiday fun you can expect this year at the Disneyland® Resort.

At Disneyland® Park:

  • Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle and “Believe… in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular return to the holiday lineup.
  • Also returning is “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, “it’s a small world” Holiday, and Haunted Mansion Holiday!
  • Santa Claus will greet guests in Critter Country.

At Disney California Adventure® Park:

  • A brand new nighttime spectacular will celebrate the heartfelt spirit of the holidays  – “World of Color – Seasons of Light”!
  • Santa Claus will greet guests at a new location inside Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.
  • New for 2016 is Festival of the Holidays – a showcase of diverse cultural holiday celebrations. In addition to the always popular Disney ¡Viva Navidad!, the festival will feature special guest musical groups and 14 festival marketplaces serving internationally-inspired food and beverage.
  •  Princess Elena of Avalor will make her Disneyland® Resort debut during Festival of Holidays and will remain at Disney California Adventure® park to continue visiting with guests after the holidays.

Start planning your escape to the Disneyland® Resort for the holidays!

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Attractions and entertainment are subject to change without notice.

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!

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!

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!

‘Frozen – Live at the Hyperion’ VIP Experiences

Because of the popularity of the new Frozen – Live at the Hyperion show at Disney’s California Adventure® Park, three new VIP experiences have been added to help guests have a little extra Frozen fun before the curtain rises!

Each of the three packages will provide access to a Frozen-themed celebration prior to the live show. This celebration takes place in Stage 17 and features:

  • A shave ice treat
  • A beverage station with a selection of beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Three photo op locations from the wintry world of Arendelle
  • A gallery of original art designs from the Frozen – Live at the Hyperion stage show
  • A Magical Snow Moment that invites you to join in a magic spell to summon Elsa’s ice powers

Click below to explore the three different packages:

Frozen Pre-Show Package

Frozen Pre-Show Package

Package Includes:

  • Frozen-themed celebration (details above)
  • Priority seats for Frozen – Live at the Hyperion

Cost: $49 per person, plus tax

Frozen Pre-Show + Lunch Package

Frozen Pre-Show + Lunch Package

Package Includes:

  • Delicious 3-course Prix Fixe Lunch at Carthay Circle Restaurant
  • Frozen-themed celebration (details above)
  • Priority seats for Frozen – Live at the Hyperion

Cost: $99 per adult and $79 per child (ages 3 to 9), plus tax and gratuity

Frozen Signature Dining and Behind-the-Scenes Package

Frozen Signature Dining and Behind-the-Scenes Package

Package Includes:

  • Frozen-themed celebration (details above)
  • Priority seats for Frozen – Live at the Hyperion
  • Guided Backstage Tour after your showing of Frozen – Live at the Hyperion
  • Delicious 4-course Prix Fixe Dinner at Carthay Circle Restaurant

Cost: $299 per person, plus tax and gratuity

Availability is limited, so contact your Magic Maker® today to book your Frozen – Live at the Hyperion VIP Experience!

Separate theme park admission required and is not included in the package price. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Full payment is due at time of booking and cancellation policies apply. No discounts. Subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice.

50 Years of “it’s a small world®”

Saturday, May 28, 2016 is a very special day for Disney Parks! 50 years ago that day, the it’s a small world® attraction opened to the public at Disneyland® Park after its debut at the 1964 World’s Fair.

Throughout its time, it’s a small world® has touched and inspired hundreds of millions of people. We’ve collected a few videos below that explain the optimism and hope this timeless attraction was designed to share.

Creation of a Classic

It all started in 1963 when Walt was asked by Pepsi-Cola to create an exhibit for the upcoming World’s Fair that would salute UNICEF and children around the world. The result was it’s a small world®, a boat ride attraction that entertained more than 10 million visitors with a trip through different regions and countries of the world during it’s 2-year run in New York City.

This video shares a brief overview of the attractions past – both at the World’s Fair and once relocated (and enlarged 33%) at its permanent home in Disneyland® Park in 1966.

Disney Legend and former Imagineer Rolly Crump was part of the it’s a small world® project from the very beginning and has some very fond memories of his peers and the creation of the attraction.

The Iconic Song

The original concept for it’s a small world® featured dolls that would sing the national anthems of the various countries throughout the voyage. When that idea turned out to be a cacophony, Walt Disney turned to Academy Award®-winning composers The Sherman Brothers (Richard M. and Robert B.) to create a simple, yet catchy song for his new attraction that could be translated and sung in many different languages. The finished product – “It’s A Small World (After All)” – became one of the most famous and perhaps the happiest of Disney tunes.

Over 50 years later, that song continues to be an “earworm” to people around the globe as it is the most translated, most performed song in the World!

A Quintessential Disney Parks Experience

In 1964 Walt Disney introduced “the happiest cruise that ever sailed” and ever since Imagineers have worked hard to maintain this quintessential Disney Parks experience. In addition to the original attraction that is now inside Disneyland® Park, guests can also experience it’s a small world® at the Magic Kingdom® Park (Walt Disney World® Resort, Florida), Tokyo Disneyland®, Disneyland® Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland®. And since 1992, the attractions cheerful anthem has been heard somewhere on the planet every hour of every day!

Extreme care has been taken by Imagineers to maintain the ride’s unique theming and message through the updates over the years.

 We hope you enjoyed our look back at this Disney icon and agree that it is “a small world after all!”

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Spring 2016 Savings at Disneyland® Resort

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Savings shine bright at the Disneyland® Resort!

2016 is the perfect time to visit Disneyland® Park as they continue their 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration! From meeting real Disney Princesses inside Fantasy Faire to a journey of imagination with Mickey and the Magical Map, your vacation to the Disneyland® Resort will be full of memories that are guaranteed to last a lifetime.

And now, you can save on your upcoming stay at one of the three Disneyland® Resort Hotels!

Stay at a Disneyland® Resort hotel most Sun. – Thu. nights from Apr. 3–Jun. 16, 2016, and save up to 20%!

Booking Dates:
Book now – May 24, 2016

Travel Dates:
Stays most Sunday – Thursday nights Apr. 3-May 24 with travel completed by Jun. 17, 2016 and save:

  • Up to 20% on Premium Rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa and the Disneyland® Hotel
  • Up to 15% on Standard Rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa and the Disneyland® Hotel
  • Up to 10% on Standard and Premium Rooms at Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel

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Availability is limited, so contact your Magic Maker® today!

Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday night stays. Travel must be completed by June 17, 2016. Savings on premium rooms are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Paradise, Artisan and Regal suites. Additional savings may be available on other hotels and 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.