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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!

Late 2016 Savings at the Walt Disney World® Resort

Why wait to Create Family Memories at the Walt Disney World® Resort?

Now is the time to make new family memories at “The Most Magical Place on Earth!” From uncovering the new nighttime experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® theme park to enjoying all the season has to offer at  Magic Kingdom® Park, there’s truly something for everyone inside this magical Vacation Kingdom! When you pair these experiences with some special savings, it’s the perfect time to work with our Magic Makers® to plan the storybook vacation of your dreams!

For a limited time, you can save up to 20% at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Nov. 6 – Dec. 23, 2016. Plus, when you upgrade to a Magic Your Way® room and ticket packages, your stay will also include an array of special Disney touches and magical extras that only on-property guests receive.

Travel Dates:

  • Save up to 20% most nights Nov. 6-10, Nov.13-22, and Nov. 26-Dec. 23, 2016 (when booked before Oct. 8, 2016).

Contact your Magic Maker® today for pricing and availability!

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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 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 The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and 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 Resort hotels.

‘Eat to the Beat’ Dining Package Returns to Epcot®

One of our guests’ favorite way to enjoy the Eat to the Beat Concert Series is returning to the 2016 Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival!

On select days, you can Rock ‘n’ Dine by pairing a delicious meal at select Epcot® table service restaurants with that evening’s Eat to the Beat show! After enjoying your meal, you will receive a pass for reserved seating for one of that evening’s showcases.

Dining packages are available for the following Epcot® restaurants:

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (B,L,D)
  • Biergarten Restaurant (L,D)
  • Coral Reef Restaurant (L,D)
  • The Garden Grill Restaurant (B,L,D)
  • La Hacienda de San Angel (D)
  • Les Chefs de France (L,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)
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante (L,D)
  • Via Napoli (L,D)
All packages include a 3-course meal and non-alcoholic beverage (or buffet where applicable). Prices start at $39 for breakfast and lunch and $53 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 Eat to the Beat Dinner Package is not required to see the show, it will provide you with a guaranteed seat!

This years line up includes:

  • Sep. 14-15 – Wang Chung NEW!
  • Sep. 16-18 – STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
  • Sep. 19-20 – Air Supply
  • Sep. 21-23 – BoDeans NEW!
  • Sep. 24-25 – Fuel
  • Sep. 26-28 – Sugar Ray
  • Sep. 29-30 – Los Lobos
  • Oct. 1-2 – David Cook
  • Oct. 3-4 – Wilson Phillips
  • Oct. 5-6 – Blues Traveler
  • Oct. 7-9 – Plain White T’s NEW!
  • Oct. 10-11 – 38 Special
  • Oct. 12-13 – Jeffrey Osborne NEW!
  • Oct. 14-16 – Tiffany
  • Oct. 17-19 – Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx
  • Oct. 20-21 – Christopher Cross
  • Oct. 22-23 – Toad The Wet Sprocket NEW!
  • Oct. 24-25 – Chaka Khan
  • Oct. 26-27 – Billy Ocean
  • Oct. 28-29 – Living Colour NEW!
  • Oct. 30-Nov. 1 – Hanson
  • Nov. 2-3 – Soul Asylum NEW!
  • Nov. 4-6 – Delta Rae NEW!
  • Nov. 7-9 – Boyz II Men
  • Nov. 10-11 – Sister Hazel
  • Nov. 12-14 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Entertainment and artist appearances are subject to change without notice

If you have already planned a Fall visit to experience the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival, you’ll want to contact your Magic Maker® today to check on availability of the Eat to the Beat Dinner Package during your stay.

‘Be Our VIP Guest’ Contest

Off to Neverland Travel® takes pride in the hard work our Magic Makers® put into planning once-in-a-lifetime vacations for their clients. Our industry-leading services ensure all of our clients experience a vacation full of magical memories. But sometimes our clients want exclusivity and the highest level of service inside the parks of the Walt Disney World® Resort. When that happens, nothing can compare to being accompanied by a Private Tour Guide from Disney VIP Tour Services. This pairing provides the ultimate in concierge services before and during your vacation!

We’re sure you’ll enjoy working with our Magic Makers®! So sure, in fact, that we’re asking you to ‘Be Our Guest and put our service to the test!’


‘Be Our VIP Guests’ Contest

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By | July 20th, 2016|Categories: Disney News, Expired Specials, Walt Disney World News|0 Comments

‘Disney Early Morning Magic’

Walt Disney World® Resort is featuring two special events giving guests breakfast and early morning access to favorite Magic Kingdom® Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® attractions.

On select mornings, Disney Early Morning Magic will allow limited-entry, first-access to Magic Kingdom® Park’s Fantasyland® or Disney’s Hollywood Studios® before operating hours. This is a great option for guests who want to get a jump-start on their day at “The Most Magical Place on Earth.”

Entry requires purchase of regular theme park admission and a separate ticket to Disney Early Morning Magic. Below is additional information on each event:

Pricing for each event: $69 per adult and $59 per child (tax not included) plus regular theme park admission

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

 

Magic Kingdom® Park: Official check-in will take place near the far left turnstiles of the Main Entrance to Magic Kingdom® park beginning at 7:30 AM. Guests who have purchased both regular theme park admission and a special event will receive an event sticker for identification upon check-in. Starting at 7:45 AM, event Guests will be admitted into the park and guided into Fantasyland®. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan’s Flight® are the only attractions that will be operational during this special event. From 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM, breakfast will be available at Pinocchio Village Haus. Around 9:00 AM, the theme park will open to Guests with regular Magic Kingdom admission tickets and event-only attraction access will end. Please note that regular theme park admission is required for this event, in addition to a Disney Early Morning Admission ticket. The number of tickets for these events is limited. In addition, 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.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios®: Separate Disney’s Hollywood Studios® admission is required. Official check-in will take place near the far-left turnstiles of the Main Entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® beginning at 7:45 AM. Guests who have purchased both regular Disney’s Hollywood Studios® admission and Early Morning Magic event entry will receive a wristband for identification upon check-in. During this special event, the only attractions available will be Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue and Toy Story Mania!® along with opportunities to meet Woody & Buzz at Pixar Place, Mickey and Minnie on Commissary Lane, and Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight. Guests must be 40 inches or taller to experience Star Tours®—The Adventures Continue. From 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM, breakfast will be served at ABC Commissary. At approximately 9:00 AM, the theme park will open to Guests with regular theme park admission tickets and event-only attraction access will end. The number of Guests admitted to these events is limited. In addition, all reservations 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 | July 12th, 2016|Categories: Disney News, Walt Disney World News|Tags: |0 Comments

New Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Location Now Open at Disney Springs™

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has moved to a new location near Once Upon a Toy in the Disney Springs™ Marketplace. This new location allowed for a expansion of the popular salon – now five times larger than its former location inside World of Disney®!

Inspired by Walt Disney’s Cinderella, we think our clients are going to fall in love with the new location! With new interactive elements and décor, there’s so much to explore!

Take a peek inside the new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique:

Please contact your Magic Maker® to check availability at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney Springs™ or inside Cinderella Castle!

2016 ‘Eat to the Beat’ Concert Series Performers Announced

The line up of performers for the Eat to the Beat! concert series at the 2016 Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival has been announced. The Walt Disney World® Resort will welcome eight new musical acts to the America Gardens Theatre stage this year.

The schedule includes:

  • Sep. 14-15 – Wang Chung NEW!
  • Sep. 16-18 – STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas
  • Sep. 19-20 – Air Supply
  • Sep. 21-23 – BoDeans NEW!
  • Sep. 24-25 – Fuel
  • Sep. 26-28 – Sugar Ray
  • Sep. 29-30 – Los Lobos
  • Oct. 1-2 – David Cook
  • Oct. 3-4 – Wilson Phillips
  • Oct. 5-6 – Blues Traveler
  • Oct. 7-9 – Plain White T’s NEW!
  • Oct. 10-11 – 38 Special
  • Oct. 12-13 – Jeffrey Osborne NEW!
  • Oct. 14-16 – Tiffany
  • Oct. 17-19 – Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx
  • Oct. 20-21 – Christopher Cross
  • Oct. 22-23 – Toad The Wet Sprocket NEW!
  • Oct. 24-25 – Chaka Khan
  • Oct. 26-27 – Billy Ocean
  • Oct. 28-29 – Living Colour NEW!
  • Oct. 30-Nov. 1 – Hanson
  • Nov. 2-3 – Soul Asylum NEW!
  • Nov. 4-6 – Delta Rae NEW!
  • Nov. 7-9 – Boyz II Men
  • Nov. 10-11 – Sister Hazel
  • Nov. 12-14 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

The 21st Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival runs Sep. 14 – Nov. 14, 2016. 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.

What’s New / What’s Next at the Walt Disney World® Resort

“Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” – Walt Disney

It’s been said that the only thing constant in life is change, and the same holds true for the entire Walt Disney World® Resort. From attractions and restaurants to shows and events, there’s always something new for you and your family to experience. But it seems like the most daunting task is keeping track of everything!

Our What’s New / What’s Next list highlights everything upcoming for the Walt Disney World® Resort! Whether your next vacation to the “Most Magical Place on Earth” is next week or next year, be sure to follow along and keep up-to-date on the latest announcements!

What’s New

Magic Kingdom® Park

Epcot®

  • Frozen Ever After Attraction
  • Royal Sommerhus Anna & Elsa Meet & Greet
  • Norway Pavilion operating hours change to 9a-park close
  • Soarin’ Around the World is now open
  • Baymax from Disney “Big Hero 6” Meet & Greet is now open daily at the new Character Spot location in Future World. No FastPass+ option is available.
  • Joy & Sadness from Disney•Pixar “Inside Out” Meet & Greet is now open daily at the new Character Spot location in Future World. No FastPass+ option is available.
  • Finding Dory characters have joined Turtle Talk with Crush at Epcot

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

  • Pete’s Dragon Preview (One Man’s Dream Theater)
  • Star Wars™: A Galactic Spectacular
  • Echo Lake Eats – Three new quick service kiosks are now open in the Echo Lake area:
    • Bocados del Lago Nachos y Empanadas serving Loaded Chili Cheese Nachos with Guacamole; Beef Empanadas, roasted corn and black bean salsa, Queso Fresco with cilantro sour cream; Dulce de Leche Cookie
    • Sliders to the Stars serving Pulled Beef Brisket Sliders with arugula, pickled onions and horseradish aioli on sesame bun with chips; Pulled Barbecued Chicken Sliders with coleslaw and chipotle aioli on a brioche bun with chips; Mickey Brownie
    • Hollywood Waffles of Fame serving Shaved Turkey and Gouda Waffle Sandwich with mixed greens, bacon, tomato and herb-cheese pesto with chips; Shaved Ham and Cheddar Focaccia with water cress and spicy mustard with chips; Freshly-baked Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Meet Olaf inside the Celebrity Spotlight
  • Meet Mickey & Minnie at “Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams”
  • “Star Wars™: A Galaxy Far, Far Away”
  • First Order Stormtroopers March led by Captain Phasma.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

  • Tiffins Restaurant / Nomad Lounge opened serving Lunch and Dinner
  • The Tree of Life Awakens
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris After Dark
  • Harambe Wildlife Parti
  • Discovery Island Carnivale
  • “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” Show with Dinner Packages available

 

Disney Springs™

  • Frontera Cocina
  • Coca-Cola Store
  • Amorette’s Patisserie
  • D-Luxe Burger
  • The Daily Poutine
  • B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co.
  • Sprinkles
  • Morimoto Asia™ Street Food
  • Aristocrepes
  • STK Orlando
  • Gateway Bus Depot adjacent to Town Center now open with transportation to Disney Resorts

Walt Disney World® Resort Area

  • The Frozen Games (Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park) (Daily thru Aug. 21, 2016)
  • Ample Hills Creamery (Disney’s Boardwalk)

What’s Next

Magic Kingdom® Park

Epcot®

  • Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival – (9/14-11/14/16)
  • Live taping of ABC’s The Chew at Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival (10/5-10/7/16)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

Disney Springs™

  • Blaze Pizza (Summer 2016)
  • Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine (Summer 2016)
  • Fulton’s Crab House will reopen as Paddlefish (Fall 2016)
  • Planet Hollywood Observatory™ (Fall 2016)
  • The Edison (Early 2017)

Walt Disney World® Resort Area

2016 Epcot® Candlelight Processional Dining Packages Now Available

Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs) for the 2016 Epcot® Candlelight Processional Dining packages are now open. These dining packages pair a delicious breakfast (new this year), 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, except on December 4, 2016 when show times take place at 6:45 PM and 8:15 PM only.

Dinner packages are available for the following Epcot® restaurants:

  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall  (B,L,D)
  • Biergarten Restaurant (L,D)
  • Captain’s Grille (B,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). Prices start at $27 for breakfast, $39 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:

  • 11/25-11/27 – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • 11/28-12/1 – Neil Patrick Harris
  • 12/2-12/3 – Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/4-12/6 – Edward James Olmos
  • 12/7-12/9 – TBA
  • 12/10-12/12 – Robby Benson
  • 12/13-12/15 -Meredith Vieira
  • 12/16-12/18 – Jim Caviezel
  • 12/19-12/21 – Joe Morton
  • 12/22-12/24 – Ming-Na Wen
  • 12/25-12/27 – Jodi Benson
  • 12/28-12/30 – Cal Ripken, Jr.

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.