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‘Epcot® International Festival of the Arts’ Coming Soon

2017 welcomes a brand-new event to Epcot®.

Epcot® International Festival of the Arts, taking place each weekend (Friday – Monday) Jan. 13-Feb. 20, 2017, will feature world-class cuisine, visual arts, and live Broadway entertainment. With new art being featured each weekend, there’s a lot for you and your family to explore! Here’s a look at what you can expect:

Contact your Magic Maker® for more details!

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

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!

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Feb. 23-26, 2017 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opened – limited availability exists for Kids Races

Star Wars™ Half Marathon – the Dark Side Weekend
Apr. 20-23, 2017 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opened – limited availability exists for Dark Side Challenge, Star Wars™ Half Marathon, Star Wars™ 5K, and runDisney Kids Races

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend
May 11-14, 2017 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration opened – limited availability exists for Pixie Dust Challenge and Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend
Aug. 31 – Sep. 3, 2017 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration opened – limited availability exists for Disneyland® Double Dare, Disneyland® Half Marathon, Disneyland® 10K, Disneyland™ 5K, and runDisney Kids Races

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Nov. 2-5, 2017 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opened

Super Heros Half Marathon Weekend
Nov. 9-12, 2017 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration opens: Jan. 31, 2017 at Noon ET

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend
Jan. 3-7, 2018 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opens: Feb. 14, 2017 at Noon ET

Star Wars™ Half Marathon – the Light Side Weekend
Jan. 11-14, 2018 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration opens: Mar. 14, 2017 at Noon ET

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Feb. 22-25, 2018 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opens: May 2, 2017 at Noon ET

Star Wars™ Half Marathon – the Dark Side Weekend
Apr. 19-22, 2018 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opens: May 23, 2017 at Noon ET

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

Contact your Magic Maker® for additional information!

Walt Disney World® Resort 2017 Summer Meal Offer

We’re sorry, this offer has expired. Please CLICK HERE to view all current Walt Disney World® Resort offers!

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

Summer 2017 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 offer is limited, so don’t delay!

Now through Feb. 12, 2017, 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 2017 Summer Meal Offer Booking Window:
Now-Feb. 12, 2017

Disney 2017 Summer Meal Offer Travel Window:
Valid for arrivals most nights May 30-Aug. 24, 2017

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

Request a Quote

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. 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. Offer excludes campsites and is not valid at Disney’s Art of Animation – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. Everyone in the room must be on the same package. Excludes alcoholic beverages and gratuities. Children ages 3-9 must order from children’s menu, if available. Advance reservations required.

‘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)

  • Jan. 20, 2017 (9p-midnight)
  • Jan. 27, 2017 (9p-midnight)
  • Feb. 2, 2017 (8p-11p)
  • Feb. 9, 2017 (8p-11p)
  • Feb. 16, 2017 (8p-11p)
  • Mar. 2, 2017 (9p-midnight)
  • Mar. 9, 2017 (9p-midnight)
Attractions/Character Greetings:
  • 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®
  • Peter Pan’s Flight®
  • Pirates of the Caribbean®
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain®
  • Splash 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!

Official check-in for the event will take place at the Main Entrance to the theme park beginning at 7p. Magic Kingdom® park will officially close to Guests who haven’t purchased Disney After Hours tickets at 8:00 PM on February 2, 9, 16; and at 9:00 PM on January 20, 27 and March 2, 9. 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 | December 9th, 2016|Categories: Disney News, Walt Disney World News|2 Comments

Star Wars™ Fun at Walt Disney World® Resort

Back in 2015, The Walt Disney Company announced an expansion to bring new Star Wars™-themed lands to both Disneyland® Park in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® in Orlando. While preparations and construction for those lands are in progress (no opening dates have been announced), some new Star Wars™-themed fun has already started in the parks – and there’s more to come at the Walt Disney World® Resort!

Here’s a look at what’s available:

Stars Tours® – The Adventures Continue

Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® now includes adventures with locations and characters from the popular Star Wars™: The Force Awakens. Soon, the attraction will once again be randomized to both start and end at different locations for every galactic journey. Also, new scenes from Star Wars™: Episode VIII will be added to within the coming year.

Jedi Training Academy 

A current favorite of young Padawans, Jedi Training Academy was recently reimagined. Now called Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, trainees face Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister – a new villain from Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars™ Launch Bay 

This interactive experience takes guests into the Star Wars™ Saga and hit film, Star Wars™: The Force Awakens. The experience features special exhibits and visits with favorite Star Wars™ characters like Chewbacca and Kylo Ren. Located inside the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, the area will soon feature new props from Rogue One: A Star Wars™ Story and show a behind-the-scenes film, “Meet the Makers.”

Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away

This live stage show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® celebrates iconic moments from the Star Wars™ saga with live vignettes featuring popular Star Wars™ characters, such as Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Darth Maul. Starting Dec. 16, AWR Troopers from Rogue One: A Star Wars™ Story will join the show. The show takes place multiple times each day at the Center Stage area near The Great Movie Ride®.

Stormtroopers March

Happening several times daily, the First Order’s strength is on display as Captain Phasma leads a squad of First Order stormtroopers from Star Wars™ Launch Bay to the Center Stage area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.

And coming soon:

Star Wars™: A Galactic Spectacular

On Dec. 16, 2016, the current Star Wars™: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.

Star Wars™: A Galactic Spectacular lights up the sky with Star Wars™-themed fireworks, lasers, light projections and other special effects combined with music and iconic characters and scenes from throughout the saga.

From Dec.16-31, it will join Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! as a second nightly fireworks spectacular. In 2017, the show will be presented at a schedule that has yet to be announced.

Star Wars™: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party

Returns on Dec. 31, 2016 for New Year’s Eve and will reopen in 2017. CLICK HERE for more details on the party.

Star Wars™ Guided Tour

Starting in 2017, a seven-hour guided tour will provide guests with a full Force all-access adventure. For $129, guests will receive:

  • Screening of Star Wars™: Path of the Jedi
  • Reserved viewing of 2 live stage shows—Star Wars™: A Galaxy Far, Far Away and March of the First Order
  • Participate in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple (ages 4-12)
  • Ride on Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue
  • A Star Wars™-inspired dinner at Backlot Express
  • Chewbacca and Kylo Ren Character Greeting
  • In-depth, insider’s tour around Star Wars™ Launch Bay
  • Admission to Star Wars™: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party
  • Reserved viewing of Star Wars™: A Galactic Spectacular nighttime fireworks event
  • A personalized souvenir to commemorate your adventures


Dates and offering subject to change

Note: Because of construction of the new Star Wars™-themed lands in Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Star Wars™ Weekends will not be offered.

Highway in the Sky Dine-Around

On December 2nd a new dining experience launches at Walt Disney World® Resort, the Highway in the Sky Dine-Around.

The Highway in the Sky Dine-Around is an exclusive dining experience that transports you around Seven Seas Lagoon to Walt Disney World® Resort’s three monorail resort hotels for a culinary experience you are not soon to forget.

Your Highway in the Sky Dine-Around culinary experience will begin at The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. After checking in, you’ll enjoy a welcome cocktail before priority boarding the monorail for the next stop on your journey.

Stop number two will be at Disney’s Polynesian Resort where the spirit of Aloha will greet you with South Pacific inspired drinks and appetizers.

Once your ‘visit to the islands’ is over, you’ll board the monorail yet again to continue your journey to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. This Victorian Era beach resort is home to the award-winning Citricos, where you will enjoy a delectable meal with wine. Afterwards, the lavish lobby will host you for wine and artisanal cheese.

The final stop on your journey around Seven Seas Lagoon will be Disney’s Contemporary Resort where you can unwind with desserts and coffee on a private patio with Cinderella Castle and Magic Kingdom® Park fireworks as the picturesque backdrop.

Highway in the Sky Dine-Around will be offered on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (except from December 23 to December 31) beginning December 2nd. Reservations are already open and our Magic Makers® are ready to help you plan the ultimate dining experience! The cost is $150 plus tax. Gratuity and valet parking is included!

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

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Disney News, Off to Neverland News, Walt Disney World News|0 Comments

It’s Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Christmas…

The Christmas season is almost upon us, and along with it comes the familiar sights, sounds and smells that transport us to joyful holiday memories.

Indeed, the smell of gingerbread is already wafting through Walt Disney World® Resort as pastry chefs all across property begin to fire up their ovens to bake the countless pieces of Christmas goodness to create their awe-inspiriting baked Christmas creations.

Throughout the Christmas season you will be able to experience these holiday delights all across Walt Disney World® Resort property. But remember, no tasting!!

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is home to the Gingerbread Holiday Castle which is already currently on display. Inspired by Disney’s “Frozen” with the feel of it’s a small world the castle made of sugar snowflakes, gingerbread shingles and chocolate-coated trees boasts 16 different Hidden Olafs! The Gingerbread Holiday Castle can be found on the fourth floor in the Grand Canyon Concourse.

Yesterday the largest gingerbread house on property was unveiled inside the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Not only will you get to admire this grand gingerbread creation made from 800 pounds of flour and 1,050 pounds of honey; every day (except for Sundays) there will be gingerbread house decorating demonstrations in the lobby! Also don’t forget to pick up your gingerbread house collectible pin featuring “Alice in Wonderland”.

Just in time for the post-election season, Epcot’s American Adventure pavilion will feature a tasty recreation of the United States Capital Building beginning November 25th. Joining the US Capital Building this year will also be the Lincoln Memorial. Don’t forget to look for the five Hidden Mickeys in the display!

Tusker House Restaurant joins in with a creation of its own inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park with an African-inspired Marketplace in its lobby beginning November 24th.

One of our favorites, The Holiday Carousel, will be back at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in the “Beach-side” lobby again in 2016. This life-size spinning carousel is sure to delight both children and adults alike! You will want to be sure to find one or all of the 17 Hidden Mickeys; and don’t forget to pick up a limited-edition pin as well! Once you are done, swing over to the Yacht-side to see the Holiday Village and Miniature Train!

Disney’s BoardWalk Resort is taking gingerbread houses to the next level with “Gingerbread Academy”; an exciting opportunity for you to build your own gingerbread house to take home! If you’d prefer, there is also an opportunity to decorate a gingerbread cooking instead. “Gingerbread Academy” is $125.00 for up to four guests and cookie decorating is simply $8.95 per cookie ornament. Afterwards you can experience the lobby of Disney’s BoardWalk Resort which features gingerbread houses decorated by pastry chefs of the resort.

There is no more magical time of the year at Walt Disney World® Resort than the holiday seasons; and it’s never too late to make a last-minute trip to experience it all! Contact your Magic Maker® today for pricing and availability.

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

By | November 17th, 2016|Categories: Disney News, Walt Disney World News|0 Comments

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!