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Plan Your New Year’s Eve Celebration

In a little less than two months it will be time to welcome in another new year, and there is no better place to celebrate the night away than at Walt Disney World® Resort in Central Florida.

Full of magic, whimsy and wonder; Walt Disney World® Resort is the perfect backdrop to celebrate the year we’ve had while welcoming the year that is to come.

This year, Walt Disney World® Resort has lined up some truly remarkable experiences to bring in the new year. When paired with the knowledge, expertise and passion of a Disney Destination vacation getaway planned by one of our Magic Makers®, this New Year’s celebration is destined to be like no other!

Here is a glimpse of just a few of the special offerings available to you on December 31st, 2017:

California Grill New Year’s Eve Dinner. On December 31st California Grill will be transformed into a dine-around style gala, with cooking stations throughout the restaurant. Expect some of your favorite Disney characters to make appearances – along with Baby New Year. Wine and cocktails are included, as well as a magnificent view of the Magic Kingdom® Park fireworks! 7:30 p.m.-midnight, $650. (Dinner jacket required for men.)

Victoria & Albert’s New Year’s Eve Dinner. Dine in luxury on New Year’s Eve in this AAA Five Diamond restaurant with gracious “butler-style” service, live harp music and a personalized menu to remember your celebration. Dinner is 10 courses, including eight courses and two desserts including a selection of wines from around the world. Seatings between 6-7:45 p.m. $600.

New Year’s Eve at Epcot® World ShowPlace. The World ShowPlace Events pavilion will feature an all-you-care-to-eat dining experience along with fun photo opportunities and Disney tunes. Soups, salads, hearty dishes and desserts – and the kids get their own station with favorites like mac ‘n cheese, meatballs, chicken fritters and more. Seatings available from 3-9 p.m., $72.90, $44.38 ages 3 to 11. Later in the evening, head out to the promenade for fireworks over World Showcase Lagoon to welcome 2017.

Monsieur Paul New Year’s Eve Dinner. The upstairs dining room at the France pavilion at Epcot® will offer six seatings on New Year’s Eve: 11:45a.m., noon, 2:15p.m., 2:45p.m., 5:45p.m. and 6:15p.m. A four-course, prix fixe menu of classical French cuisine reflects the traditions of Chef Paul Bocuse. Cost is $110.81. A special late-night dinner with two seatings at 8:45p.m. and 9:45p.m. offers and enhanced French menu, including Paul Bocuse’s famous Soupe aux Truffles V.G.E. Cost is $305.03.

La Hacienda de San Angel New Year’s Dinner. New Year’s Eve at the Mexico pavilion in Epcot® World Showcase starts at 9:30p.m. and ends at 1a.m., and includes a five-course prix fixe dinner, live music with the mariachi band along with a picturesque view of the Epcot® IllumiNations holiday show. Wine is served with the main course (surf n’ turf) and a dessert liqueur with the sweet ending.

Narcoossee’s New Year’s Eve Dinner, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. A sumptuous four-course menu is offered with seatings between from 5 and 5:45p.m. A five-course menu is offered with seating from 8:30-9:25p.m. for a late-night celebration with live music. The menus both feature favorites such as Narcoossee’s lobster bisque, seared Wagyu beef and pan-seared halibut. First seating $150 for adults, $70 children ages 3-9. Second seating $255 for adults, $95 for children ages 3-9.

No one cares more about your trip than you do…except our Magic Makers®! Contact a Magic Maker® today to begin planning the magic of your next Disney Destination vacation.

By | November 10th, 2016|Categories: Disney News, Walt Disney World News|0 Comments

Club Villain Premium Dining Event Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Disney’s Hollywood Studios® is continuing one of our favorite special ticketed dining events inside the Sunset Showcase venue through January 2017!

Club Villain, hosted by Dr. Facilier, is a mix of themed food, drinks, performances and encounters with some of Disney’s greatest villains – including Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Queen of Hearts, and Cruella De Vil. A house DJ is on hand to keep the party going between the spellbinding stage shows.

You’ll enjoy some decadent New Orleans delicacies like tender beef striploin rubbed with herbes de Provence, Voodoo sticky “pig wings” with citrus gremolata and spicy shrimp sautéed with Andouille sausage, tomato, okra and onions over creamy polenta. Specialty alcoholic drinks plus beer and wine will also be available to guests over 21.

Sounds terror-ific, doesn’t it? Here are the rest of the details:

  • Dates: Select nights through Jan. 27, 2017
  • Time: 2 shows per night – time varies by date
  • Cost: $129 per person (tax and gratuity included)
  • Admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® is required and not included

Availability for these events are limited and will go quickly, so contact your Magic Maker® today!

Separate admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® is required, and is not included in the price of this package. Club Villain will be offered on select evenings only. Please check with your Magic Maker® for specific dates and times, as operating hours may vary. This event will offer banquet style seating, so you may be seated with other parties. Entertainment is subject to change or cancellation without notice. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. A valid form of government identification will be required to verify age. This offer may not be combined with any other discounts or promotions. Disney dining plan entitlements may not be redeemed for this event.

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

A new nighttime spectacular is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®!

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

The new show will take place Nov. 14 – Dec. 31, 2016!

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 $69 per adult or $39 for children ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included). Please contact your Magic Maker® to check availability or for further details!


Early 2017 Walt Disney World Room Discounts

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Create Family Memories at the Walt Disney World® Resort

2017 is the year for you to make new family memories at “The Most Magical Place on Earth!” From discovering the all-new Frozen Ever After attraction at Epcot® to uncovering the new nighttime experiences 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 25% at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Jan. 1 – Apr. 8, 2017. 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 25% on stays most nights from Jan. 1 – Apr. 8, 2017.

Book by:

  • Jan. 24, 2017

Contact your Magic Maker® today for pricing and availability!

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The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per adult charges may apply if there are more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Advance reservations required. Length of stay requirements may apply. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Offer excludes Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms.

Play, Stay, Dine, and Save at Walt Disney World® Resort

For a limited time, you can save on your upcoming adventure at the Walt Disney World® Resort. You’ll feel like royalty when you experience the world-class amenities of your Disney Resort hotel, enjoy Extra Magic Hours at the Parks, and receive complimentary transportation between Orlando International Airport and your hotel and throughout the entire Walt Disney World® Resort. Plus, you’ll receive advance opportunity to make FastPass+ reservations for your favorite attractions a month before regular day guests!

Save when you purchase a Walt Disney Travel Co. Magic Your Way Vacation package that includes room, tickets, and dining for stays most nights Jan. 1-Mar. 7, 2017.

Booking Window:
Book now – Dec. 21, 2016

Contact your Magic Maker® today to start exploring the “The Most Magical Place on Earth” with this promotion.

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Click here for details on Walt Disney World® Resort’s Early 2017 Room Discount!

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on a non-discounted price for the same package. Base tickets valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. Excludes alcoholic beverages and gratuities. Children ages 3-9 must order from children’s menu, if available. Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. Length of stay requirements: minimum of 3 nights and maximum of 14 nights.

Breaking the Myths – Visiting During Peak Dates

With the holidays quickly approaching, crowds at the Walt Disney World® and Disneyland® Resort will increase day by day. Today, we continue our “Breaking the Myths” series by focusing on visits during peak travel dates.

  1. Myth: Since I have purchased my ticket in advance, I don’t have to worry about capacity due to crowds during peak times
    During peak travel times, the Walt Disney World® Resort uses a phased closure system to ensure the safety and comfort of their guests and cast members inside the parks. While the specific details of the program remain internal and confidential, the 4-phase program limits the type of guests entering that park for the day. For example, in a Phase 2 closure, guests not staying at a Walt Disney World® Resort Hotel may be denied access to the park at the gates due to capacity. At Phase 4, all guests are denied entry until capacity levels decrease. It is important to note that while guests staying at a Walt Disney World® Resort Hotel are guaranteed entry into a park with valid admission, it may not be the park you had planned for the day – you may have to choose from one of the other theme parks.
  2. Myth: It’s best to not have reservations or plans when traveling during peak times
    While some guests enjoy having the flexibility of “going with the flow” on vacation, peak travel times may not be the time to try it. Table service meals start booking 180 days in advance, so the likelihood of getting a walk up reservation can be slim. If you are set on dining at a specific restaurant or having your child experience things like Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or The Pirates League, then you definitely want to work with your Magic Maker® and see what advanced reservations are available.
  3. Myth: Since New Year’s Eve is such a late night, it is best to get a late start
    On a day that the parks may reach capacity, getting a “late” start can be detrimental to your plans. Our suggestion is to plan on spending the day at one park (don’t hop) and arrive early. Additional entertainment will often be added around the parks during peak times for you to enjoy. Even at a busy park, a solid touring plan can make for a magical day full of memories!

Guests can expect peak travel times at the Walt Disney World® and Disneyland® Resort around the holidays (Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, 4th of July) and during other special events attracting large crowds. By utilizing the tips and services of your Magic Maker®, your upcoming trip will be Magical!

Reservations Now Open for ‘A Galactic Spectacular’ Dessert Party

Looking for a sweet way to enjoy the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show during your upcoming visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®? We’ve found just what you’re looking for!

Reservations are currently open for the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Taking place on Dec. 31, 2016 and select nights in 2017, the out-of-this-world dessert party will provide:

  • Preferred viewing area for the new Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show
  • Star Wars™-themed desserts served at a private party inside Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Selection of specialty drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • Souvenir Chewbacca stein

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party runs Dec. 31, 2016 and on select nights in 2017 (which will be available for booking soon). Pricing is $69-79/adult ages 10+ and $39-45 for children ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included).

Contact your Magic Maker® to check availability or for additional questions.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios® admission is also required and is not included in the price of the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party. Seating is not available. Wheelchairs and ECVs can be accommodated. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. A valid form of government identification will be required to verify your age. Disney dining plan entitlements may not be redeemed for this event. Discounts or promotions are not valid for this event. Entertainment is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Reservations Now Open for ‘Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package’ at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

Reservations are now open for a new Disney Festival of Fantasy Dining Package that begins soon at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant!

This new offering will provide a Lady and the Tramp-inspired lunch and a VIP viewing of the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade later that afternoon. It’s a great way to see Magic Kingdom® Park’s daytime parade without worrying about saving your spot. The VIP viewing area will be located right in front of the flagpole on Main Street U.S.A.®

The dining package includes your choice of appetizer, entrée, dessert, beverage and your VIP viewing voucher. Pricing is $45 for adults and $17 for children ages 9 and under (tax and gratuity not included) or (1) table service entitlement per person on the Disney Dining Plans.

At this time, the package is available select days Oct. 10, 2016 – Feb. 28, 2017. Contact your Magic Maker® to check availability.

Admission to Magic Kingdom park is required and is not included in the price of the dining package. You receive your voucher for the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package VIP viewing at the time of your meal. Plan to arrive for Main Street, U.S.A. flagpole 15-to-35 minutes prior to show time. This Dining Package is available on select days. Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade is subject to change or cancellation without notice. Dining packages will not be refunded due to show cancellation or modification.

Breaking The Myths – Walt Disney World® Resort Dining Plans

For this week’s “Breaking the Myths” series, we focus our attention on the various dining plans offered to guests staying at the Walt Disney World® Resorts.

Here are the top 3 myths associated with these Dining Plans:

  1. Myth: I have heard that there is a limited selection of restaurants that accept the Disney Dining Plans
    While not all dining locations at the Walt Disney World® Resort accept the dining plans, the majority do. As a matter of fact, over 100 dining locations accepted dining plan credits in 2016! Many table service restaurants were added in 2016 including The BOATHOUSE®, Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming, STK Orlando, and Frontera Cocina in Disney Springs™. The final participant list for 2017 should be released very soon!
  2. Myth: With the Walt Disney World® Resort Dining Plans, I can only eat at the restaurant or food court at my Resort
    Regardless of what Walt Disney World® Resort you are staying at, your dining credits are accepted at any of the participating dining locations throughout property. As many of the resort dining locations serve the “flavor” of their resort’s theme, we encourage clients to try the various dining options outside of the parks. Whether you choose to dine in the island ambiance of the Polynesian-inspired ‘Ohana or the rowdy cowboy dining hall at Whispering Canyon Cafe, the Walt Disney World® Resort Dining Plans ensure that no one leaves hungry!
  3. Myth: Dining credits received are based off of the number of days on my Magic Your Way® Ticket and must be used before I check out
    The amount of dining credits you receive are based solely on the number of nights in your Walt Disney World® Resort Magic Your Way® Vacation – no other factors affect this number. Credits are good until 11:59pm on the day you check out.

With three different Magic Your Way® Packages that include a dining option, finding the perfect one to fit your family’s needs can be confusing! Our Magic Makers® are dedicated to providing you with a vacation that is centered around you, so let us help!

Breaking The Myths – Getting Around The World

When you decide to vacation at a nearly 40-square-mile world-class entertainment and recreation center, one major worry is transportation once you get there. Our clients often wonder with four theme parks, two water parks, 25 resort hotels, and a shopping and nightlife district spread out throughout the property, how do you get from Point A to Point B.

As part of our continuing “Breaking the Myths” series, we turn our focus on the Walt Disney World® Resort’s Transportation System.

  1. Myth: I am going to need a rental car
    Guests flying to the Walt Disney World® Resort via Orlando International Airport (MCO) can vacation without renting a vehicle. By using Disney’s Magical Express® Transportation to and from the airport and Disney’s onsite transportation, you can save by not spending a penny on transportation! These options are only available to guests staying at a Walt Disney World® owned/operated Resort – one of the many benefits of staying on-property.
  2. Myth: If I stay at a monorail resort, I won’t have to use any other form of Transportation
    In use since 1971,  the Walt Disney World® Monorail system runs three lines with six stops along the way. Guests may use the monorail system to access the Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney’s Contemporary Resort (Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort), Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa), Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows), the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) and Epcot®. Guests wishing to reach destinations other than those listed will need to select another form of Disney Transportation – either bus or boat.
  3. Myth: Traffic and parking must make driving around the Walt Disney World® Resort unbearable
    While the Walt Disney World® Resort has great airport and on-property transportation systems in place for their guests, we understand that driving (either by rental or your own vehicle) may be best for some families. If you happen to be that family, know that navigating the Walt Disney World® Resort area is very easy. All roads are clearly marked and the roadways have been designed to handle even the heaviest of traffic. And once you get to the parks, even though you are parking in some of the largest parking lots in the world, operations are in place to make them extremely efficient.

Even after discussing these three top myths with Walt Disney World® Resort’s transportation, there is still much left unsaid. Your Magic Maker® will be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you have regarding “Getting Around the World” on your next Walt Disney World® Resort vacation.