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Disney Visa® Cardmembers: Save at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

It’s time to discover the signature ambiance and tranquil spirit of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows! And for a limited time, Disney Visa® Cardmembers can save when they stay at one of Walt Disney World® Resort’s original hotels!

Save 35% on Deluxe Studio – Standard View accommodations at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows at the Walt Disney World® Resort for stays most nights Jul. 5, – Oct. 3, 2015 just for being a Disney Visa® Cardmember.

Just like any other Walt Disney World® Guest, you’ll enjoy a tidal wave of Magical Extras like complimentary transportation, advanced FastPass+ planning, and more time in the parks with Extra Magic Hours!

Travel Dates: most nights Jul. 5 – Oct. 3, 2015

Book by: Sep. 22, 2015

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Offer subject to availability. 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 apply if more than two adults per room. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Deposit must be made at the time of booking with your Disney Visa® Card or Disney Rewards® Redemption Card. Offer subject to change without notice.

By |July 2nd, 2015|Categories: Disney News||0 Comments

Nighttime Skies on the 4th of July

The Walt Disney World® Resort will pixie dust the night skies in celebration of America’s Birthday! Whether watching the patriotic display at Magic Kingdom® Park, the rock ‘n’ roll spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, or one of the shows, you can celebrate the holiday with a real BANG – Disney-style!

  • Magic Kingdom® Park in Florida will present “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.” This patriotic fireworks spectacular pays homage to the hopes and dreams of America’s forefathers. The spectacular happens twice – July 3rd & 4th at 9p.
  • At Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, the “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party leads up to a “Rockin’ Fourth of July Celebration” fireworks show, a pyrotechnic, rock ‘n roll trip across America, where the DJ kicks things off at 5:45p and keeps the party going until fireworks time at 10:15p on July 4th.
  • In Epcot®, the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth show will be enhanced with a special finale – an overture of traditional Americana themes displayed in a pyrotechnic and laser light event. Please note the special showtime for July 4th is at 10 pm.

Other patriotic activities will be taking place around the Parks and Resorts. Consult your Times Guide for complete details of these various activities including the “Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert,” performances by “Don’t Look Back – A Boston Tribute Band,” and your special opportunity to meet patriotic characters at Epcot’s® American Adventure pavilion.

All activities are weather permitting and subject to change without notice.

‘Frozen Summer Fun’ Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

The coolest event of the Summer is back at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®!

Frozen Summer Fun – Live at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® takes place through Sep. 7, 2015. Running daily, the event hosts activities themed after Disney’s popular movie, Frozen. Activities include:

  • Frozen Royal Welcome – Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf appear in a special procession down Hollywood Blvd twice daily – 10:30a, 1:30p
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration FP+Anna, Elsa, and historians from Arendelle tell of their kingdom’s history through tales and some help from the audience in the form of sing-alongs. This show takes place several times daily and is presented in a new home at the Hyperion Theater – 9:30a, 11:30a, 12:30p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p, 5:30p, 6:30p, 7:30p, 8:30p
  • “Frozen Fever” – Catch a special screening of the new animated short “Frozen Fever” inside the ABC Sound Studiocontinuously 10:00am – 30 minutes before Park closing
  • Olaf’s Summer Cool Down – Several times each day Olaf and his friends are welcomed to the Event Stage to have some fun with everyone “In Summer” – 11:30a, 12:30p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 4:30p, 5:30p
  • “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party – The party really gets started each evening as DJ Chill takes the Event Stage – 5:45p-9:30p
  • Frozen Fireworks Spectacular* – What better way to end your day than with fireworks? Each evening, Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf take the party into the sky! And you guessed it – the spectacular will be set to the music of Frozen!9:30p (through Aug. 20) 9:00p (Aug. 21-Sep. 7)
    *Frozen Fireworks Spectacular will not be shown on 7/4 and 7/15.
    All events and times subject to change – please refer to Daily Times Guide for more info

Frozen Summer Fun – Live” is included with standard park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Throughout this special event, Anna and Elsa will also continue to meet and greet guests at Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom® Park.

Here’s a look at all the fun the royal sisters have planned for you:

The Best Seat in the House

By Kyle Froman, Magic Maker® and Director of Marketing

A year and a half ago I finally got to check off something that is on nearly every Disneyphile’s bucket-list, a visit to Disneyland® Park in Anaheim.

It was amazing.

We got to walk in Walt’s footsteps down Main Street, U.S.A. We were able to see the bench that Walt sat on when he ‘dreamed up’ this magical place while sitting in Griffith Park. We rode a loop around Disneyland® Park in the Lilly Belle. We were able to see the small Christmas tree lit in the window of Walt’s apartment.

For a Disney nerd like me, it was all so surreal.

We spent 7 days at Disneyland® Resort; immersed in Disneyland® Park, Disney California Adventure® and the resorts. I took a back-stage tour in Disneyland® Park and enjoyed an amazing dining experience at Carthay Circle Restaurant. Our group had private access to Cars Land and Radiator Springs Racers prior to the park opening one morning.

It was a dream trip.

Of all of the amazing experiences we had, by far my favorite moment of the trip was sitting on the ground, as a family, in Disney California Adventure Park® eating dinner next to a row of dirty strollers.

It was magical.

Disney California Adventure Park® has a remarkable show called World of Color. It is a fantastic display of lights, water, projection and fire; all orchestrated in a way only Disney can do.

To ensure that we had the best spot possible without a FastPass, we set up camp about an hour and a half prior to the show in a stroller ‘parking lot’. Once we set up camp, I trekked across the park to hunt down and drag home ‘supper’ for my family.

Up until this point our entire trip had been non-stop. Meals were rushed. Bathroom breaks were rushed. Snacks were rushed. All in a pursuit of conquering all that we could while we were at Disneyland® Resort.

So, following 7 days of intensity, here we sat as a family, dining on paper plates with plastic utensils…on the ground…in the middle of a theme park. This was our last night at Disneyland® Resort.

Our view consisted of the white rails in front of us, the dirty strollers beside us, and the knees and shins of other families pushing on with the same intensity we used all week.

We were together. We were talking and reflecting. We were still.

It was good, it was real good.

As we talked, we all recollected our favorite things we’d seen or done over the week. Our five year old was very quick to announce that sitting on the ground eating together was one of his favorite ‘things’ we did on our trip.

We exposed him to so many things that many five year olds would have loved to have done. He was on a ‘once in a lifetime’ trip by many families’ standards. He met the Fab 5, he rode all the rides he wanted, he drank way too much coke and ate way too much sugar.

Still, his standout, was sitting on the ground, as a family. Eating. Sharing. Laughing.

It was ours too. It was the best seat in the house.

Sometimes we try to pack so many experiences and things into a Disney Destination trip to bring our children joy; when all they really want to do is be still with their mommy and daddy. The trip was great, and he had a blast no doubt; but to him, it was much greater to just ‘be’ with mommy and daddy a while.

To eat off of a dirty ground with plastic utensils.

To laugh and to share.

To be a family.

We can all get wrapped up in the countless things there are to do at Disney Destinations that we completely miss the special moments we get to share with those we love in front of a magical backdrop.

Our best advice to you on your next trip?

Slow down, relax, embrace and enjoy everything from the best seat in the house; in the moment right where you are at.

After all, it is the most magical place on Earth!

Holidays at Sea Aboard Disney Cruise Line

Walt Disney World® Resort has always brought a little extra magic to the seasonal celebrations of Halloween and Christmas with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom® Park.

Similar celebrations will be shipped off to sea with specially themed Halloween and Christmas sailings aboard Disney Cruise Line.

In September and October, all four Disney Cruise Line ships will host Halloween on the High Seas Cruises. Aboard these special themed sailings you will experience Halloween like you never have before! Kids will enjoy trick or treating with their favorite Disney characters and marching in the Costume parade, while adults will have their own fun with a costume contest and a villainous dance in adult areas. The entire family can come together and enjoy the Mouse-querade party and see Jack and Sally at Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream!

Halloween on the High Seas will be available on the following sailings:

  • Disney Magic: Oct. 4 – Oct. 28, 2015
  • Disney Wonder: Oct. 1 – Oct. 23, 2015
  • Disney Dream: Sep. 7 – Oct. 30, 2015
  • Disney Fantasy: Sep. 5 – Oct. 31, 2015

Then, Disney Cruise Line comes alive aboard all four ships for Very MerryTime Cruises. There is nothing like celebrating Christmas with a nautical flair as each ship is themed to a Christmas wonderland. During the Deck the Deck Tropical Holiday Party, the entire family can come together to play games, dance and celebrate with favorite Disney friends! Kids will be able to help launch all of the celebrations aboard the ship at a tree lighting ceremony. And of course, what Christmas celebration is complete without Santa and his elves on hand to greet you!

Very Merrytime Cruises will be available on the following sailings*:

  • Disney Magic: Nov. 11 – Dec. 23, 2015
  • Disney Wonder: Nov. 6 – Dec. 24, 2015
  • Disney Dream: Nov. 9 – Dec. 24, 2015
  • Disney Fantasy: Nov. 14 – Dec. 19, 2015

    * = some elements will begin construction in early Nov. and may not be available until late Nov.

Availability aboard Disney Cruise Line for these special themed cruises is limited! Reserve your spot through your Magic Maker® today to celebrate on the high seas with Disney Cruise Line!

Holiday activities and offerings are subject to change and may vary by ship and itinerary.

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. In 2014, over 209,000 runners participated 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!

Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend
September 3-6, 2015 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration: SOLD OUT

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Nov. 6-7, 2015 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration: SOLD OUT

Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend
Nov. 12-15, 2015 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration Opened: April 7, 2015 – Limited availability left for Avengers Half Marathon event

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend
Jan. 6-10, 2016 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration Opened: April 28, 2015 – Limited availability left for Walt Disney World® Marathon event

Star Wars™ Half Marathon Weekend
Jan. 14-17, 2016 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration Opens: June 16, 2015

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Feb. 18-21, 2016 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration Opens: July 14, 2015

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend
May 5-8, 2016 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration Opens: Aug. 11, 2015

Contact your Magic Maker® for additional information!

2016 Vacation Packages Now Available

The wait is now over!

Off to Neverland Travel® is now booking 2016 vacation packages for Walt Disney World® Resort and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa! We hope to be booking packages for Disneyland® Resort soon!

Vacation packages are valid for arrivals January 1st through December 31st, 2016. Please note that system limitations prevent us from booking stays where the last date of your vacation would be more than 499 days in the future.

Contact your Magic Maker® to start planning your next trip to Walt Disney World® Resort and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa today!

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2015 ‘Eat to the Beat’ Concert Series Performers Announced

The line up of performers for the Eat to the Beat! concert series at the 2015 Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival has been announced. The Walt Disney World® Resort will welcome four new musical acts to the America Gardens Theatre stage this year.

The schedule includes:

  • Sep. 25-27 – David Cook
  • Sep. 28-29 – Wilson Phillips
  • Sep. 30-Oct. 1 – Christopher Cross
  • Oct. 2-4 – Starship
  • Oct. 5-7 – Smash Mouth
  • Oct. 8-9 – The Pointer Sisters
  • Oct. 10-11 – 38 Special
  • Oct. 12-13 – Rick Springfield
  • Oct. 14-16 – Sugar Ray
  • Oct. 17-18 – The S.O.S. Band
  • Oct. 19-21 – Air Supply
  • Oct. 22-23 – Fuel
  • Oct. 24-25 – Tiffany NEW!
  • Oct. 26-28 – Dennis DeYoung
  • Oct. 29-30 – Jo Dee Messina
  • Oct. 21-Nov. 1 – Everclear NEW!
  • Nov. 2-4 – Boyz II Men
  • Nov. 5-6 – Sister Hazel
  • Nov. 7-9 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • Nov. 10-12 – Hanson
  • Nov. 13-14 – Maxi Priest NEW!
  • Nov. 15-16 – Chaka Khan NEW!

The 20th Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival runs Sep. 25 – Nov. 16, 2015. 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.

New Tastings and Events Coming to Epcot® Food & Wine Festival

This fall, Epcot® will celebrate two delicious decades when they host their International Food & Wine Festival from Sep. 25-Nov. 16, 2015! Loyal festival fans and first-timers will enjoy more than 25 outdoor marketplaces, nightly concerts, signature dinners and feature tasting events. And for the first time ever, marketplaces will expand into Future World into a new “Next Eats” section!

While Cast Members are still hard at work planning all of the details, we have a preview of what’s in store!

This fall, the festival will debut several new dishes like:

  • Pepper Bacon Mac ‘n Cheese
  • Seared Venison Loin with Wild Mushroom Ragout and Kumara Dumpling
  • Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Peppers, Onions and Snap Peas
  • Savory Pork Spareribs with Cheesy Mascarpone Grits
  • Ricotta & Zucchini Ravioli with Tomato Sauce
  • Vanilla Panna Cotta with Fresh Figs and Pistachio Brittle

This year’s festival will have no shortage of popular faces and voices! Culinary icons like Cat Cora, Robert Irvine, Jamie Deen, Rock Harper, Kenny Gilbert and Buddy Valastro will entertain foodies and inspire their palates at demos and premium events. Additionally, ABC’s ‘The Chew’ will be on location Oct. 7-9th taping shows that will air the following week. Tickets to part of their live audience will be available at a later date on their website.

Four new Eat to the Beat concert acts will join this year’s lineup: Tiffany, Everclear, Maxi Priest and Chaka Khan. Returning fan-favorites to the America Gardens Theatre stage include: Wilson Phillips, Smash Mouth, David Cook, The Pointer Sisters, Jo Dee Messina, Boyz II Men and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Click HERE for a complete listing of Eat to the Beat performances.

Chef Remy from Ratatouille will host a new “Hide & Squeak” where kids of all ages can go on a World Showcase scavenger hunt for little Remy statuettes hidden around the park’s World Showcase. New premium events will include a “French Family Meal Traditions” lunch, a “Rockin’ Burger Block Party,” and a beverage event called “Exploring Wines from 1996 to Now.”

While many of the events are included with Epcot® admission, some special programming requires reservations and separate event admission. Those reservations will be available at a later date. We’ll bring you more details on the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival as they become available.

Disney Cruise Line Returns to Popular Home Ports in Fall 2016

In the fall of 2016, Disney Cruise Line will return to the popular home ports of New York, Galveston, and Miami! In addition to amazing itineraries and ports of call, most of the late 2016 cruises include either Halloween or winter-holiday events – bringing special entertainment, activities and décor to the Disney Cruise Line ships.

Return to New York

In October 2016, the Disney Magic will return to New York to sail 7- and 8-night Bahamian itineraries that include stops at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, and Port Canaveral, Florida, with the opportunity to visit the Walt Disney World® Resort.

Also, the Disney Magic will offer a 5-night cruise to Halifax, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

New Seven-night Cruises from Miami

Seven-night sailings are coming to Miami! The Disney Magic will offer Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings in November and December 2016. Ports of call include Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay.

Additional Miami sailings include a 4-, 5-, and 6-night Bahamas cruise.

Return to Galveston

In late 2016, Disney Cruise Line will once again call Texas home as the Disney Wonder returns with a line up of seven-night Bahamian and Caribbean itineraries throughout much of November and December 2016. Two four-night sailings to Cozumel will also be offered from Galveston.

Take a look at what’s in store for Fall 2016:

Bookings for Fall 2016 open to Platinum and Gold Castaway Club Members on Tuesday, May 19, and to the public on Wednesday, May 20! Contact your Magic Maker today for more details!