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Disney Cruise Line Announces Military Rates

Disney Cruise Line has announced special Military Rates for select sailings. These sailings will give you an opportunity to experience  the best shows, family activities, dining, and ports in the cruise industry.

These Military rates are available to all retired and active U.S. Military personnel (U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Marines, U.S Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. Department of Defense personnel). Active and retired members of the U.S. military must provide valid identification at time of check-in. U.S. Military service member is required to sail to take advantage of this offer. Activated members of the U.S. National Guard or the U.S. Army Reserve must also show active duty orders (active duty papers must be dated as of January 1st of the previous year to qualify).

Booking Window:

Monday, Aug. 18 – Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
San Juan, PR 7-Night S Caribbean Disney Magic 9/27/2014 9C
7-Night S Caribbean Disney Magic 10/4/2014 9C
3-Night San Juan to Port Canaveral Disney Magic 10/18/2014 9C
Port Canaveral, FL 5-Night Bahamian Disney Wonder 9/26/2014 Select
5-Night Bahamian Disney Wonder 10/1/2014 Select
Miami, FL 6-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/11/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/17/2014 9C
4-Night Bahamian Disney Wonder 10/22/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/26/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/31/2014 9C

 

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Offer applies to new bookings only. Not combinable with other discounts or offers. Military personnel will be required to present valid military identification at time of check-in. Offer limited to a maximum of 1 stateroom per sailing. Exceptions will be made for Military personnel with immediate family members exceeding stateroom capacity. Other stateroom types are available at varying rates. Excludes government taxes and fees approximately $77 for 7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico; $85 for a 6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami; $65 for 5-Night Bahamian Cruises from Port Canaveral; $71 for a 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami; $78 for a 4-Night Bahamian cruise from Miami; $44 for a 3-Night San Juan to Port Canaveral Cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico (all amounts are per person and subject to change). See Disney Cruise Line brochure for applicable terms and conditions.

Florida Residents Sail and Save on Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line has announced special rates exclusively for Florida Residents on select sailings. Experience fantastic shows, onboard activities for the entire family, delectable dining, and visits to the most exciting ports in the cruise industry – including Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

Booking Window: Monday, Aug. 18 – Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
San Juan, PR 7-Night S Caribbean Disney Magic 9/27/2014 9C
7-Night S Caribbean Disney Magic 10/4/2014 9C
7-Night S Caribbean Disney Magic 10/11/2014 Select
Miami, FL 6-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder  10/11/2014  Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/17/2014 9C
4-Night Bahamian Disney Wonder 10/22/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/26/2014 9C
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/31/2014 9C

 

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Offer limited to 50 staterooms and is subject to availability. Other discounts do not apply. Proof of Florida resident is required for at least one adult member on the reservation within 48 hours of booking. Failure to submit complete identification will result in a cancellation with applicable cancellation fees. Florida resident must be at least 18 years of age. Other stateroom types may be available at varying rates. Excludes government taxes and fees of approximately $77 for a 7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico; $85 for a 6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami, Florida; $71 for a 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami, Florida; $78 for a 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami, Florida (all amounts subject to change). See Disney Cruise Line brochure for applicable terms and conditions.

Memory Maker Adds Attraction Video

Walt Disney World® Resort guests utilizing a MagicBand who have also purchased a Memory Maker package will now find video proof of their “terror-fying” ride experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.

Yesterday, Disney PhotoPass™ Service launched a video memento of the onride experience of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™. This attraction video is available exclusively to guests (and linked Family & Friends) who have purchased Memory Maker and have linked that and their MagicBand to their My Disney Experience account.

At this time, video capture is only available on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™.

Here are a few FAQs on this new service:

  • I have a MagicBand but did not purchase Memory Maker. Will my attraction video still be associated to my My Disney Experience account?
    No, only guests with a linked Memory Maker entitlement and a MagicBand will be able to view and download their Attraction video via their My Disney Experience account. A Guest with a MagicBand who wishes to view and download their attraction video may still purchase Memory Maker after riding the attraction to receive their video.
  • I do not have a MagicBand. Can I still get an attraction video?
    No, you must be wearing an active MagicBand attached to a valid My Disney Experience account when you experience the attraction.
  • What about attraction videos association for guests with Family and Friends Connections?
    Memory Maker guests with MagicBands who have active Family and Friends connections via their My Disney Experience account will be able to view all attraction videos, which are captured automatically. However, only the Memory Maker Guest will have access to view and download the video.

Check out this sample attraction video:

Exclusive ‘Sorcerers’ Card Available to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Guests

Special Helmsman pirate card only available during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween PartyAttending one of the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties this fall? Don’t forget to pick up your event-exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game card!

For the past two years, party guests were treated to a special card -  “Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Bag of Tricks” in 2012 and a Hitchhiking Ghosts card from the Haunted Mansion® attraction in 2013. For 2014, the special event card will feature the Helmsman pirate from the Pirates of the Caribbean® attraction!

Obtaining your card is easy. Simply visit one of two Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom recruitment centers – inside the Magic Kingdom® Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A.® or behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Liberty Square. After registering with the Cast Member using your party ticket and wristband, you will receive this year’s special card along with a regular card pack if needed. Supplies are limited for each party, so make sure to visit the recruitment station early in the evening!

Not familiar with Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game? Click here to view our previous article that explains the interactive experience that launched back in 2012.

 

2014 ‘Night of Joy’ at Magic Kingdom® Park

Next month, the sounds of Christian rock, pop, and gospel will fill Magic Kingdom® Park as the 32nd annual Night of Joy takes place at the Walt Disney World® Resort. Happening after regular park hours on Fri. Sep. 5 and Sat. Sep. 6, the event will feature a mix of new and returning performers. The line-up includes:

Friday, September 5, 2014:

  • 7:30p – Building 429 – Galaxy Stage
  • 7:40p – Matthew West – Castle Forecourt Stage
  • 8:05p – Matt Maher - Rockettower Plaza Stage
  • 8:50p – Building 429 – Galaxy Stage
  • 9:20p – Chris Tomlin – Castle Forecourt Stage
  • 9:40p – The Neverclaim – Rockettower Plaza Stage
  • 10:25p – Mandisa – Galaxy Stage
  • 11:30p – Hillsong United -Castle Forecourt Stage
  • 12:10a – for KING & COUNTRY – Galaxy Stage

Saturday, September 6, 2014:

  • 7:30p – Colton Dixon – Galaxy Stage
  • 7:40p – MercyMe – Castle Forecourt Stage
  • 8:15p – 1 Girl Nation – Rockettower Plaza Stage
  • 8:50p – Colton Dixon – Galaxy Stage
  • 9:30p – Gospel Music Association Winner Phil Perry – Castle Forecourt Stage
  • 9:40p – We As Human – Rockettower Plaza Stage
  • 9:50p – Casting Crowns – Castle Forecourt Stage
  • 10:25p – Britt Nicole – Galaxy Stage
  • 11:20p – Rhett Walker Band – Rockettower Plaza Stage
  • 11:55p – Skillet – Castle Forecourt Stage
  • 12:10a – Israel Houghton and New Breed – Galaxy Stage

Artist lineup subject to change without notice.

Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend. Tickets are available for $59 + tax (ages 3+) per night or both nights for  $108 + tax (ages 3+)!

For additional information please contact your Magic Maker®.

‘Frozen Summer Fun’ Extended at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

The Walt Disney World® Resort has just announced that this sunmer’s coolest event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® is being extended!

Originally scheduled to end Sep. 1, 2014, Frozen Summer Fun – Live at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® has been extended through Sep. 28. Running daily*, the event hosts activities themed after Disney’s popular movie, Frozen. Activities include (all events and times subject to change):

  • Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome – Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff will appear in a special procession down Hollywood Blvd at 11:00a. Ending at the Sorcerer’s Hat,  the visiting royalty will be welcomed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration – (Premiere Theater) 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. Showtimes are 12:30p, 1:30p, 2:30p, 3:30p, 5:00p, 6:00p, and 7:00p.
  • Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland -  (Soundstage One) Enjoy some Frozen-inspired food & beverage options, various wintertime fun like ice skating (for an additional fee), and unique photo opportunities. This area will be open from park opening til 8:00p
  • “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party – Starting at 5:30p, the party really gets started as the house band and DJ take the stage at the Sorcerer’s Hat!
  • Frozen Fireworks Spectacular – What better way to end your day than with fireworks? At 9:45p (9:15p starting Aug. 17th), Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf join the fun at the Sorcerer’s Hat to take the party into the sky! And you guessed it – the spectacular will be set to the music of Frozen! (There will be no fireworks on Aug. 23 and starting Sep. 2, fireworks are only presented Fridays – Sundays).

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.

*Due to the special “Villains Unleashed” event on Aug. 23rd, the schedule for Frozen Summer Fun events will vary with some events being cancelled.

Hidden Mickeys

By: Christie Howley, Magic Maker®

If you are taking a trip to Walt Disney World® Resort, you probably expect to see Mickey Mouse and his friends just about everywhere you look. But did you know that Mickey Mouse may be hiding in places you wouldn’t think to look? There’s a phenomenon called “Hidden Mickeys”, and they’re bound to make your trip even more exciting!

What is a Hidden Mickey you ask? Disney Imagineers and most creative artists have put their heads together to sneak partial or full images of Mickey Mouse (and sometimes even other characters) into areas of the Walt Disney World® Resort property that you may not expect to find him, and some may not be so easy to see! The history of Hidden Mickeys (explained by a cast member during a back stage tour) began when Epcot® was in creation in 1981. The Imagineers did not want to display Mickey Mouse in the Epcot®. They believed that he should remain a fixture at the Magic Kingdom® Park, while Epcot® was intended to transport guests into a futuristic world- sans Mickey Mouse. Some cast members felt differently, however, and during the opening of the park, snuck Mickey Mouse’s trademark three-circled head and ears into the background of certain attractions and rides. Guests and other cast members noticed, and began to look for them and the movement took off!

Now, Mickey Mouse’s iconic head and ears are not the only Hidden Mickey to be on the lookout for, though they do remain the “Classic” Hidden Mickey. Hidden Mickeys come in all shapes, sizes, characters and forms, some being as difficult to see as the full body Hidden Mickey laying on his side in the clouds, in one of the final scenes in Splash Mountain® Attraction. Or if you happen to stop by the Disney’s Polynesian Resort, head upstairs to Kona Island, coffee shop by day, sushi bar by night. The counter is made up of colored tiles…see if you can find the one shaped like Mickey!

An example of a non-Mickey Mouse Hidden Mickey can be found on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. While in Owl’s house, search for a picture frame of Mr. Toad, who used to have his very own ride in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’s location many years ago.

There are some Hidden Mickeys that can only be found while waiting on line for the rides, so if you happen to have a FastPass+ you may miss one or two. But don’t worry, there are more Hidden Mickeys buried throughout all 4 parks (and the water parks!), the resorts, and even some restaurants! If you need help finding some, most cast members have a pretty good idea of where you can spot them. But don’t forget that they’re hidden­-intentionally placed Mickeys (such as a cookie shaped like Mickey Mouse in the bakery) do not count. Use your imagination, get the kids to join in, and celebrate that now there’s one more reason to go to Walt Disney World® Resort- to go hunting Hidden Mickeys!

With some fabulous specials available at Walt Disney World® Resort, our Magic Makers® are ready to send you hunting!

Late Summer 2014 Disneyland® Resort Hotel Discount

The Happiest Place on Earth Keeps Getting Happier!

Now is the perfect time to experience the many new things to see and do at the Disneyland® Resort! In Disney California Adventure® Park, get your motor runnin’ in the new 12-acre Cars Land. And in Walt’s original park, Disneyland® Park, meet some of your favorite Disney Princesses in the all new Fantasy Faire and enter a world of fantasy and adventure while watching Mickey and the Magical Map.

Offer Details:

For a limited time, save up to 20% on premium rooms at one of the three Hotels of the Disneyland® Resort Sun. – Thu. nights Aug. 17 – Sep. 27, 2014 (travel must be completed by Sep. 28, 2014). Choose from Disneyland® Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa, or Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel. Special rates for other days and room types are also available.

Upgrade to a Walt Disney Travel Company vacation package by including theme park tickets and you’ll enjoy magical extras making your stay even more memorable!

Booking Dates:

Now – Sep. 4, 2014

Contact your Magic Maker® today! Availability is limited!

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Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday stays between 8/17/14 – 9/27/14. Book from 7/30-9/4/14, with travel completed by 9/28/14. Blockout dates of 8/29-8/30/14 apply. 20% savings available at Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel, Disneyland® Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Paradise, Artisan and Regal suites. Ask about savings in other room types. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required to enjoy the Parks.

2015 Vacation Packages Now Available

The wait is over! Off to Neverland Travel® is now booking 2015 vacation packages for Walt Disney World® Resort, Disneyland® Resort and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa!

Our Magic Makers® are able to make reservations for dates in 2015 up to 499 days prior to departure (through Dec. 11, 2015). Travel for dates after will be eligible for booking a bit later in Aug.

Contact your Magic Maker® today for a no obligation fee free quote!

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New ‘Magical Extras’ for 2015 Walt Disney World® Resort Packages

When you book your 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. In past years, those Magical Extras included many different offers – from complimentary arcade credits to food and merchandise vouchers for Planet Hollywood® in Downtown Disney® West Side.

For 2015, 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, 2015. New offers include:

  • 20% off discount voucher on select Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company® items at select locations throughout the Walt Disney World® Resort
  • 15% discount on select Walt Disney World® Tours at Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot® and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
  • 15% discount at Bongos Cuban Café® located at Downtown Disney® West Side on food, nonalcoholic beverages and merchandise
  • 20% discount at Paradisio 37 in Downtown Disney® West Side on food and nonalcoholic beverages for lunch
  • 10% discount voucher at Arribas Brothers located at Downtown Disney® Marketplace (restrictions apply)
  • Receive one charm with a value of $5.00 with purchase of a hair wrap at select Hair Wrap Company locations throughout the Walt Disney World® Resort
  • 10% discount voucher for merchandise at Hoypoloi® Gallery located at Downtown Disney® West Side (restrictions apply)
  • 10% discount voucher for merchandise at Pop Gallery located at Downtown Disney® West Side (restrictions apply)
  • 15% discount voucher for merchandise at Something Silver located at Downtown Disney® West Side (restrictions apply)

Other current Magical Extras include:

  • Various discounts for select Downtown Disney® merchandise and dining locations.
  • Miniature Golf – (2) vouchers good for one round of miniature golf prior to 4p at either Disney’s Fantasia Gardens or Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Courses. (two rounds of golf per package)
  • Spa Discount – 15% off most 50 minute or greater services at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels. (Select treatments are excluded. Age restrictions apply. One per package)
  • Walt Disney World® Marina Discounts – 15% off the non-discounted price of any boat rental at participating Walt Disney World® marina locations. (One per package)
  • Guided Fishing Excursions Discount – 15% off the non-discounted price of a 2-hour Guided Bass Fishing Excursion or a Bass Nitro Fishing Excursion at select Walt Disney World® marinas. (One per package)
  • Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Discount – 10% off the non-discounted price of all activities like parasailing, water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing trips at Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. (One per package)
  • Children Activity Centers – 15% off the non-discounted hourly rates at the Children Activity Center located at select Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels. Services are available for children age 3-12 with a minimum charge of (2) hours per child. (One per package)
  • Arcade Game Card - 100 points game play inside Resort arcades. (One per package)
  • Voucher for two admission tickets to DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive Theme Park

For more information on the Walt Disney World® Resort please contact your Magic Maker®!

*Magical Extras are subject to change and are only included in Walt Disney World® Resort Vacation Packages booked through the Walt Disney Travel Company. Some restrictions apply. See travel documents for complete details on offers.