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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!

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“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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The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional adult 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, campsites, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid standard rooms. 20% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for other Disney Resort hotels.

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 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 – Laurie Hernandez
  • 11/27 – 11/28 – Matt Bomer
  • 11/29 – 11/30 – Ana Gasteyer
  • 12/1 – 12/3 – Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/4 – 12/5 – Pat Sajak
  • 12/6 – 12/8 – Jodi Benson
  • 12/9 – 12/11 – Kurt Russell
  • 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.

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.

Frozen Ever After Dessert Party at Epcot®

A new premium event that will melt the heart of any Frozen fan is coming to Epcot®!

The Frozen Ever After Dessert Party is a sweet finale to your day at Epcot®. The party provides the following VIP experiences:

  • Delectable Frozen-themed Dessert Party and Reserved Seating for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth in World Showcase Plaza East.  Dessert Party buffet offerings may include:
    • Olaf’s warm double-chocolate s’mores pudding cake
    • Elsa’s warm cottage pudding with salted caramel glaze
    • Hand-dipped vanilla bean ice cream
    • Wandering Oaken’s éclairons
    • Hans’ key lime tarts with red glitter glaze
    • Living Rock crispy bonbons
    • Anna’s blue velvet cupcakes
    • Kristoff’s no-sugar-added lemon curd with blueberry
    • Sven’s fresh fruits and berries
    • Grand Pabbie’s winter-spiced snack mix
    • Duke of Weselton’s cheese fondue served with country bread cubes, broccoli and grilled flatbread
    • “Melted snow” and other non-alcoholic beverages
    • Summertime cocktails, like margaritas and piña coladas
    • Beer and wine
  • Access to the popular Frozen Ever After attraction after IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

The Frozen Ever After Dessert Party will be held select evenings beginning July 17, 2017. Pricing is $79 per adult and $47 per child (ages 3 to 9), including tax and gratuity. Separate Epcot® admission is also required and not included.

Contact your Magic Maker® today for more information or to book this experience.

This is not a Character meet-and-greet experience. Characters of the movie Frozen will not appear. This celebration will be offered on a variety of days depending on the time of year, beginning one hour prior to the start of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. Epcot® park admission is also required and is not included in the price of the Frozen Ever After Dessert Party. An event reservation is required when participating in the Frozen Ever After Dessert Party. 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. To check in for this event, please meet the greeting Cast Member at World Showcase Plaza, located next to Port of Entry and adjacent to the Mexico Pavilion. The Frozen Ever After Dessert Party venue is held in an uncovered, open-air setting. In the event of inclement weather, the dessert portion will take place at an alternate indoor location. A Cast Member will direct you to the alternate location at the time of check-in. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth may be changed or canceled without prior notice due to inclement weather.