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‘Epcot® International Festival of the Arts’ Returns in 2018

After a successful first year, the Walt Disney World® Resort has announced the return of the Epcot® International Festival of the Arts!

Taking place from Jan. 12-Feb. 19, 2018, you’ll enjoy world-class cuisine, visual arts, and live Broadway entertainment. New for 2018, the Festival will remain open all week long, creating plenty of happenings for you and your family to explore! While all details haven’t been announced yet, here’s a look at what you can expect:

  • Performing Arts – from local bands to Broadway stars and more!
  • Culinary Arts – delightful fare is waiting for you at themed food studios, eateries and dining events
  • Visual Arts –
    • Curated Exhibits
    • Art in Action
    • Seminars and Hands-on Workshops with Pros

We’ll keep you updated as details are announced!

Contact your Magic Maker® for more details!

 

Epcot® admission required. Events are subject to change or cancellation without notice

‘Disney After Hours’ returns to Magic Kingdom® Park

Walt Disney World® Resort have announced the return of an event giving guests after-hours access to some of Magic Kingdom® Park’s favorite attractions and character experiences.

On select nights, Magic Kingdom® Park will remain open 3 extra hours for those with special event tickets or Disney After Hours. Admission, which begins early at 7p, includes select attractions and character meet & greets as well as food and beverage offerings like ice cream novelties and select bottled beverages. A limited number of tickets will be sold for each night of the event.

Event details:

Dates / Times: (admission begins at 7p)

  • Fri., Jan. 19, 2018 (8:00p – 11:00p)
  • Fri., Jan. 26, 2018 (8:00p – 11:00p)
  • Tue., Jan. 30, 2018 (8:00p – 11:00p)
  • Thu., Feb. 8, 2018 (8:00p – 11:00p)

  • Thu., Feb. 15, 2018 (9:00p – midnight)
  • Thu., Mar. 1, 2018  (9:00p – midnight)
  • Thu., Mar. 8, 2018  (9:00p – midnight)

Attractions/Character Greetings:

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad®
  • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin®
  • Disney Princess Greetings at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Haunted Mansion®
  • “it’s a small world”®

  • Jungle Cruise®
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic®
  • Peter Pan’s Flight®
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain®
  • And much, much more!

Price: $119 per Guest (plus tax) or $89 (plus tax) for Annual Passholders and DVC Members

Contact your Magic Maker® for more details and to secure your tickets!

Magic Kingdom® park will officially close to Guests who haven’t purchased Disney After Hours tickets. Number of tickets available is limited. All tickets are non-refundable, non-transferrable and are only valid for admission during the special event date and hours. All attractions, entertainment and experiences are subject to change without notice.

By | 2017-09-14T12:47:56+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Categories: Disney News, Walt Disney World News|2 Comments

The Magic of the Holidays at Walt Disney World® Resort

There are very few who can ‘deck the halls’ like Walt Disney World® Resort does! Bringing together the traditions, excitement and yuletide fun of the holidays, Walt Disney World® Resort creates quite the backdrop to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

Here’s a look at what’s to come this holiday season!

Magic Kingdom® Park

One of the grandest ways to dive into the magic of the season is to experience Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Not only will you get to experience a magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.® and enjoy complimentary cookies and hot cocoa; you will enjoy live holiday entertainment like no other! From Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks spectacular to Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show, you will be rocking around the Christmas tree all through the night!

Fans of Frozen will also be excited to know that Magic Kingdom® Park has allowed Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf to bring a little magic to the park with A Frozen Holiday Wish where they turn Cinderella Castle into a glimmering ice Palace!

Epcot®

If you enjoy the rich traditions of Christmas then you do not want to miss visiting Epcot® where their former Holidays Around the World is transforming into Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays from November 19 to December 30, 2017. Throughout World Showcase, costumed performers will share the holiday heritage of the nations represented. If you ever wanted to experience Christmas around the world, here is your chance! New this year, you’ll also find Holiday kitchens offering seasonal food & beverage.

Also new in 2017 is Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree, a fun scavenger hunt throughout World Showcase that ends with a special prize. Maps will be sold at select merchandise locations.

To keep in tune with the true meaning of the season, Epcot® is also home to Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season and the amazing Candlelight Processional where the biblical account of Jesus’ birth is retold by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Disney’s Hollywood Studios® is getting back into the Christmas spirit with a new offering this year – Sunset Seasons Greetings! The park’s Sunset Boulevard will be turned into an enchanted winter wonderland from November 9 – December 31, 2017. As the sun sets, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ attraction magically transforms to tell several different holiday character stories.

Also, Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! returns for 2017 providing a Santa-sized nighttime spectacular to guests. The show will run nightly from November 9 – December 31, 2017.

Disney Springs™, Resort Hotels and more…

Even the Walt Disney World® Resort hotels join in with the holiday magic, bringing larger than life gingerbread creations and decorations to select resort hotels. And with the chance to meet Santa Claus, feast on festive flavors and enjoy seasonal shopping, there’s no doubt that Disney Springs™ is the place to be this holiday season!

The best news is, there is still time to experience the beauty of the season at Walt Disney World® Resort! Contact your Magic Maker® today to start planning your last-minute celebration!

Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Starting Sep. 8, 2017, Disney’s Hollywood Studios® will begin offering a new Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP viewing experience. This new offering will provide guests with tasty treats and some of the best seats for that evening’s show.

Upon check in for the package, each guest will receive a special light up credential for their preferred viewing location as well as a snack box. Snack boxes will include:

Adults

  • Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
  • Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Cupcake
  • Apple Crisp
  • California Trail Mix
  • Cheese and Crackers
  • Bottle of Water
  • Specialty Alcoholic or Non-alcoholic Beverage in a light-up keepsake Fantasmic! cup

Children (ages 3-9)

  • Chocolate Pudding with Crushed Chocolate Cookies and Gummy Worms
  • Confetti Popcorn
  • Grapes
  • Sorcerer Mickey Vanilla Cake Bite
  • Bottle of Water
  • Specialty Non-alcoholic Beverage in a light-up keepsake Fantasmic! cup

 

Pricing is $39 per adult  and $19 per child (ages 3 to 9). Availability for this package will be limited, so contact your Magic Maker® today!

By | 2017-08-17T14:33:24+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Categories: Disney News, Walt Disney World News|0 Comments

“Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” Returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

A favorite holiday nighttime spectacular is returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®!

Led by Wayne and Lanny from ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated special “Prep & Landing,” Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! features state-of-the-art projections, special effects and fireworks on and around the Chinese Theater.

The show will take place Nov. 9 – Dec. 31, 2017!

Guests may take advantage of the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party which provides:

  • Reserved viewing of evening’s Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!
  • Special Dessert party featuring specialty beverages and more
  • A pair of 3D HoloSpex® glasses to use during the show (creates holographic illusions of gingerbread men, candy canes, snowflakes and ornaments on any bright point of light)

Pricing is $79 per adult or $45 for children ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included) for parties Nov. 9 – Dec. 15 and $89 per adult or $49 for children ages 3 to 9 for parties Dec. 17 – Dec. 31. Please contact your Magic Maker® to check availability or for further details!

 

Late 2017 Savings at Walt Disney World® Resort

Celebrate the Holidays while Saving at the Walt Disney World® Resort

New family memories are waiting to be made at “The Most Magical Place on Earth”! You’ll enjoy a magical mix of new and unforgettable experiences – from expeditions that celebrate the magic of nature at Pandora – The World of Avatar inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park to festive celebrations at Magic Kingdom® Park during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas parties, your upcoming trip is a dream come true in the making!

 

Contact your Magic Maker® today for pricing and availability! Availability is limited, so don’t delay!

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Disney Destinations News from the D23 Expo

Here’s the latest Disney Destinations news from the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. This page will be continuously updated as details emerge.


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Travel Tip: Why Should You Get Travel Insurance?

When you think of a dream vacation, you may think of warm weather, palm trees, relaxing on a sandy beach – all while making special memories with your family and friends. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it?

When you’re planning your vacation, no one likes to think about all the “what ifs.” The world is full of things you can’t control! Unexpected sickness or injuries. Hurricanes. Snow storms. Travel delays. Involuntary termination or layoff. There’s a long list of unforeseen things that may try to get between you and your getaway, and unfortunately there’s no way to stop them from occurring. But, travel insurance can help you reduce the financial impact of these mishaps!

Here’s a video showing a little more about how Travel Insurance works:

Please note: Coverages, benefits, limitations and exclusions vary for each insurance plan. Because every situation is different, your Magic Maker® may advise you to contact the insurance provider directly for clarification on any specific questions you may have.

Contact your Magic Maker® today to add Travel Insurance to your Vacation!

The purchase of Travel Insurance is encouraged but is not required in order to purchase any other travel product or service offered to you by Off to Neverland Travel®.

2017 Epcot® Candlelight Processional Dining Packages Now Available

Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs) for the 2017 Epcot® Candlelight Processional Dining packages are now open. These dining packages pair a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner at select Epcot® and Epcot® Resort area table service restaurants with a holiday show that will leave you in awe!

After enjoying your meal, you will receive a pass for reserved seating for one of that evening’s Candlelight Processionals showings. The Candlelight Processional – a joyous retelling of the Christmas story performed by a celebrity narrator, a 50-piece orchestra, and a mass choir – is one of the most beloved holiday traditions at the Walt Disney World® Resort. Show times take place 3 times each day.

Dinner packages are available for the following Epcot® restaurants:

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall  (B,L,D)
  • Biergarten Restaurant (L,D)
  • Chefs de France (L,D)
  • Coral Reef Restaurant (L,D)
  • The Garden Grill Restaurant (B,L,D)
  • La Hacienda de San Angel (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)
  • Trattoria Al Forno (B,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). Adult pricing start at $43 for breakfast, $44 for lunch and $51 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 Candlelight Processional Dinner Package is not required to see the show, we recommend it as the Candlelight Processional shows tend to fill up quickly due to popularity.

This year’s Celebrity Narrators include:

  • 11/24 – 11/26 – TBD
  • 11/27 – 11/28 – Matt Bomer
  • 11/29 – 11/30 – TBD
  • 12/1 – 12/3 – Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/4 – 12/5 – Pat Sajak
  • 12/6 – 12/8 – TBD
  • 12/9 – 12/11 – TBD
  • 12/12 – 12/14 – Warwick Davis
  • 12/15 – 12/17 – Trace Adkins
  • 12/18 – 12/21 – Neil Patrick Harris
  • 12/22 – 12/24 – CCH Pounder
  • 12/25 – 12/27 – Jaci Velasquez
  • 12/28 – 12/30 – Chandra Wilson

Celebrity narrators and dates are subject to change without notice

If you have already planned a holiday visit to the Walt Disney World® Resort, you’ll want to contact your Magic Maker® today to check on availability of the Candlelight Dinner Package during your stay.

2017 ‘Eat to the Beat’ Concert Series Performers Announced

The line up of performers for the Eat to the Beat! concert series at the 2017 Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival has been announced. The Walt Disney World® Resort will welcome eleven new musical acts to the America Gardens Theatre stage this year.

The schedule includes:

  • Aug. 31 – Sep. 1 – Delta Rae
  • Sep. 2–3 – The Hooters NEW
  • Sep. 4–5 – Baha Men NEW
  • Sep. 6–7 – Fuel
  • Sep. 8-10 – STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas
  • Sep. 11–12 – Lauren Alaina NEW
  • Sep. 13–15 – Plain White T’s
  • Sep. 16–17 – Sister Hazel
  • Sep. 18–20 – Air Supply
  • Sep. 21–22 – David Cook
  • Sep. 23–24 – Everclear
  • Sep. 25–27 – Sugar Ray
  • Sep. 28–29 – .38 Special
  • Sep. 30 – Oct. 1 – Mark Wills NEW
  • Oct. 2–3 – American Authors NEW
  • Oct. 4–5 – Christopher Cross
  • Oct. 6–8 – Devon Allman NEW
  • Oct. 9–11 – Dennis DeYoung: The music of STYX
  • Oct. 12–13 – Taylor Dayne
  • Oct. 14–15 – Jeffrey Osborne
  • Oct. 16–17 – Postmodern Jukebox NEW
  • Oct. 18–20 – 10,000 Maniacs NEW
  • Oct. 21–22 – Toad The Wet Sprocket
  • Oct. 23–24 – Kenny G NEW
  • Oct. 25–26 – Billy Ocean
  • Oct. 27–29 – Tiffany
  • Oct. 30 – Nov. 1 – Hanson
  • Nov. 2–3 – Blue October NEW
  • Nov. 4–5 – Living Colour
  • Nov. 6–8 – Boyz II Men
  • Nov. 9–11 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • Nov. 12–13 – Squeeze NEW

The 2017 Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival runs Aug. 31 – Nov. 13, 2017. The Eat to the Beat! concert series is included with standard Epcot® admission and takes place 3 times daily – 5:30p, 6:45p, 8:00p.

It’s not too late to plan a trip to see your favorite band perform. Contact your Magic Maker® today!

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Entertainment lineup subject to change.