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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, Apr. 11 – Sunday, Apr. 17, 2016

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
Port Canaveral, FL 3-night Bahamian Cruise
Disney Dream 06/10/2016 5A
7-night W. Caribbean Cruise
Disney Fantasy 06/11/2016 5C
3-night Bahamian Cruise
Disney Dream 06/17/2016 5A
7-night E. Caribbean Cruise
Disney Fantasy 06/18/2016 5C
7-night W. Caribbean Cruise
Disney Fantasy 06/25/2016 5C
7-night W. Caribbean Cruise
Disney Fantasy 07/09/2016 5C

 

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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. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses not included. See Disney Cruise Line brochure for applicable terms and conditions.

Disney Free Dining 2016 Available for Select Fall Dates

Get Disney FREE Dining 2016 with the purchase of select Magic Your Way® Vacations

Gather ’round the table for the tastiest vacation offer available at the Walt Disney World® Resort! Disney FREE Dining 2016 is back! Availability on this offer is limited, so don’t delay!

Now through Jul. 8, 2016, purchase a non-discounted Magic Your Way® package including a minimum 3-night stay with Park Hopper® or Water Park Fun & More Option at participating Disney Value Resorts and get the Quick-Service Dining Plan for FREE. Or, buy a non-discounted Magic Your Way® package including a minimum 3-night stay with Park Hopper® or Water Park Fun & More Option at participating Disney Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resorts and get the Plus Disney Dining Plan for FREE. Upgrades to a different dining plan are available at an additional cost.

Disney FREE Dining Booking Window:
Now-Jul. 8, 2016

Disney FREE Dining Travel Window:
Valid for arrivals most nights Aug. 23- Oct. 1, Nov. 15-21, Nov. 26-28, and Dec. 10-21, 2016

 

Some of the best family memories are made during a family dinner! Contact your Magic Maker® today for your taste of these scrumptious savings!

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*Disney FREE Dining Packages booked at a participating Disney Value Resort will receive the Quick-Service Dining Plan for free. Participating Moderate, Deluxe, and Deluxe Villa Resorts will receive the Plus Disney Dining Plan for free. Upgrades to dining plans are available at an additional cost. Ask your Magic Maker® which Dining Plan may be best for your family.

To qualify for the Disney FREE Dining 2016 promotion, a minimum stay of 3-nights and 2-day Magic Your Way® Base Ticket with Park Hopper® option is required. Number of packages based on this special is limited. Offer excludes Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside is excluded during the following dates: November 15 to 21, November 26 to 28 and December 10 to 21, 2016. Offer excludes alcohol beverages and gratuities. Children 3-9 must order from the children’s menu when available. Magic Your Way® Ticket with Park Hopper® option are for all four major Theme Parks and must be used with 14 days of first use.

Because Advance Dining Reservations (ADR) open 180 days in advance, some table service restaurants may have limited or no availability at the time of booking. No group rates or other discounts apply. Offers cannot be combined and are nontransferable. Advance reservations required. Disney FREE Dining 2016 offer is subject to change without notice.

Late Summer 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 taking your taste buds on a tour around the world at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival, 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 25% at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Aug. 26 – Nov. 5, 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 25% most nights Aug. 25 – Nov. 5, 2016 (when booked before Aug. 31, 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. 25% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for other Resort hotels.

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®

  • 2016 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival (3/2 – 5/30/16)
  • 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.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

What’s Next

Magic Kingdom® Park

Epcot®

  • Finding Dory characters Joins Turtle Talk with Crush at Epcot (Early May 2016)
  • Frozen Ever After Attraction opening (June 2016)
  • Soarin’ Around the World opens (6/17/16)
  • Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival (9/14 – 11/14/16)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

  • Tiffins Restaurant opens (Memorial Day Weekend) – reservation information available on May 20. Serving Lunch and Dinner
  • “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” Show (Memorial Day Weekend)
  • The Tree of Life Awakens (Memorial Day Weekend)
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris After Dark (Memorial Day Weekend)
  • Harambe Wildlife Parti (Memorial Day Weekend)
  • Discovery Island Carnivale (Memorial Day Weekend)
  • Rivers of Light (2016)
  • Pandora – The World of AVATAR (2017)

Disney Springs™

  • Opening in May 2016:
    • Sprinkles Cupcakes with an available-all-day cupcake ATM Machine
    • Blaze Pizza
    • Amorette’s Patisserie (May 15)
    • D-Luxe Burger
    • Homecoming: Florida Kitchen and Southern Shine
    • Tablas Frontera
    • The Daily Poutine (May 15)
    • B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. (May 15)
    • Aristocrepes (May 22)
  • STK Orlando (Opening Soon)
  • The Edison (2016)

Walt Disney World® Resort Area

Disney Cruise Line Brings Frozen Fun to Sea

Disney Cruise Line has announced some exciting Frozen-inspired experiences during select sailings on all four of their ships! These activities, which vary by ship and itinerary, are slated to begin this Summer.

Aboard Disney Magic and Disney Wonder

Guests will be treated to a day of Frozen Fun on select sailings in Europe and Alaska. From a magical freeze that has overtaken the atrium lobby to a day full of icy adventures, this will be a day you won’t forget! Planned special experiences include:

  • Memorable moments with Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf
  • “Anna’s Chase for the Chocolate” scavenger hunt
  • “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” activity
  • “Oaken’s Maypole Swirl and Twirl” – (traditional Scandinavian dance lessons)
  • “Frozen” themed dining experience inside that evening’s rotational dining location
  • “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends” Deck Party
  • Frozen-themed party just for the adults inside the nightclub

Exclusively on the Disney Magic,  “Disney Dreams… An Enchanted Classic” inside the Walt Disney Theatre will continue to feature friends of Frozen and their renditions of three popular songs: “Let it Go,” “For the First Time in Forever” and “In Summer.”

Also exclusively on the Disney Magic, Port Adventures on select Norway sailings bring the fairytale setting of Arendelle and Frozen to life.

Aboard All Four Disney Cruise Line Ships

Magical Meet and Greets will be even warmer when Olaf joins Anna and Elsa this Summer during select sailings on all four ships! You’ll want to be sure to check your Personal Navigator on the first day of your cruise for special Meet & Greet ticket distribution locations as availability for this goes quickly!

Contact your Magic Maker® today to book your Frozen Fun on the high seas!

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All entertainment offerings subject to change without notice.

New Itineraries and Ports for Disney Cruise Line in Summer 2017

In Summer of 2017, Disney Cruise Line will set sail on new itineraries and make calls to new ports, including first-time visits to new destinations in Alaska and Europe. They’ll also return to Norway, the British Isles, the Mediterranean, and their popular itineraries in the Caribbean and Bahamas.

Here’s a look at what’s new:

Alaska: Icy Strait Point and Hubbard Glacier – NEW

For the first time, Disney Cruise Line will take you to Alaska’s Icy Strait Point and Hubbard Glacier – in addition to favorite ports of  call like Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Tracy Arm Fjord. This is part of a new nine-night itinerary on the Disney Wonder on July 24, 2017.

During the visit to Icy Strait Point, you’ll experience a variety of Alaska nature adventures, including a zip line attraction that is one of the longest and highest zip lines in the world. Nearby, Glacier Bay National Park is a spectacular highlight of Alaska’s Inside Passage and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another highlight of this cruise is seeing Hubbard Glacier, the largest and most active tidewater glacier in North America.

A new seven-night Alaska sailing departing July 17, 2017, includes a call on Icy Strait Point, in addition to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. And on Aug. 2, 2017, the Disney Wonder will sail its first five-night Alaska cruise to Tracy Arm and Ketchikan.

Amsterdam and Stonehenge – NEW

On May 13, 2017, the Disney Magic embarks on a 15-night transatlantic crossing from Port Canaveral, Florida, to Copenhagen, with a stop in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Portland, England – both first-time ports for Disney Cruise Line.  Amsterdam is known for its elaborate canal system, tulip fields, windmills and world-class museums housing works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh. Just a short distance from Portland is Stonehenge, the prehistoric ring of standing stones monument that is one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World.

Amsterdam will also be part of a 10-night northern Europe itinerary that departs June 18, 2017, from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Dover, England. Other ports on this sailing include Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Tallinn, Estonia.

The grand tour of Europe continues throughout the summer with limited engagements in the Baltic, Norwegian fjords, Iceland, British Isles and the Mediterranean.

Southern Caribbean – NEW

For the first time, the Disney Fantasy will set sail from Port Canaveral on longer itineraries during new 10- and 11-night cruises to the southern Caribbean. On June 17, 2017, a new 11-night itinerary will visit Aruba, Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts, Tortola and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. On June 28, 2017, a new 10-night itinerary will call on Aruba, Curacao, St. Kitts, Tortola and Castaway Cay.

More Fun in the Sun at Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, is consistently rated a top port-of-call by all of our guests sailing on Disney Cruise Line. We’re alway excited when these special itineraries pop up offering two stops at Castaway Cay.

Special five-night sailings, departing June 2, 11, 16, 25, 30 and July 9, 2017, will call on Castaway Cay twice and include a stop in Nassau, Bahamas. Special four-night sailings, departing June 7, 21 and July 5, 2017, will visit Castaway Cay twice, also with a stop in Nassau.

More Summer 2017 Itineraries

In addition to the new itineraries mentioned above, many more options are available in Alaska, Europe, the Caribbean and Bahamas aboard all 4 Disney Cruise Line ships!

 

Take a look at what’s in store for Summer 2017:

Bookings for Summer 2017 open to Platinum and Gold Castaway Club Guests Wednesday, Apr. 13, and to all other guests on Thursday, Apr. 14! Contact your Magic Maker® today for more details!

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‘Disney Early Morning Magic’ Coming to Magic Kingdom® Park

Walt Disney World® Resort have announced a new event giving guests breakfast and early morning access to three favorite Magic Kingdom® Park Fantasyland® attractions.

On select mornings, Disney Early Morning Magic will allow limited-entry, first-access to Magic Kingdom® Park’s Fantasyland® 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

Event details:

Dates / Times: select Tuesdays and Saturdays (Apr. 26 – Jun. 28) from 7:45a to 10:00a

Available Attractions:

  • Peter Pan’s Flight®
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Sample Breakfast fare offerings:

  • Chilled juices, coffee and teas
  • Seasonal fruit and berries
  • Freshly baked pastries
  • Cheese and cured meats
  • Scrambled eggs with assorted toppings
  • Vegetable frittata
  • Smoked bacon
  • Pork and turkey sausages
  • Fried potatoes with caramelized onions
  • Waffles with butter and syrup
Price: $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!

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.

By | April 6th, 2016|Categories: Disney News, Walt Disney World News|Tags: |0 Comments

New Nighttime Spectacular Coming Soon to Disney’s Animal Kingdom®

Update Apr. 5, 2016: The Walt Disney World® Resort has announced that the new experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park will not open on Apr. 22, 2016 as planned. Unfortunately, more time is needed to bring these innovative experiences to life to exceed guests’ expectations. An announcement on the updated debut date is expected in May.

As part of the expansion currently underway, the Walt Disney World® Resort has announced the new nighttime spectacular at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park will debut on Apr. 22, 2016 soon.

Titled Rivers of Light, the show utilizes live music and water screens to bring the Discovery River to life. Using the latest in technology and innovations, this show is unlike anything ever seen in Disney Parks.

While you’re waiting for the new show to launch, watch these Walt Disney Imagineering videos below to get a “first look” at Rivers of Light and the nighttime transformation of the Tree of Life!

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!

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend
May 5-8, 2016 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration Opened: Aug. 11, 2015 – Limited availability left for Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend
Sep. 1-4, 2016 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration opened: Feb. 2, 2016 – limited availability left for Half Marathon and Dumbo Double Dare

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Nov. 3-6, 2016 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opened: Mar. 29, 2016 – limited availability left for Kids Races

Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend
Nov. 10-13, 2016 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration opened: Apr. 12, 2016 – limited availability left for all races

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend
Jan. 4-8, 2017 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opens: Apr. 26, 2016 at noon ET

Star Wars™ Half Marathon – the Light Side Weekend
Jan. 12-15, 2017 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration opens: Jun. 14, 2016 at noon ET

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Feb. 23-26, 2017 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opens: Jul. 12, 2016 at noon ET

Star Wars™ Half Marathon – the Dark Side Weekend
Apr. 20-23, 2017 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opens: Aug. 9, 2016 at noon ET

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend
May 11-14, 2017 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration opens: Sep. 20, 2016 at noon ET

Contact your Magic Maker® for additional information!

The Disney Difference

By Kyle Froman, Off to Neverland Travel®’s Director of Marketing

It is almost that time of year again.

Before we all know it, children will be trading in book bags and school clothes for suitcases and flip-flops. Summer vacation season is looming just out of our windshields!

When it comes to summer travel, we know that the opportunities are truly limitless. Last summer alone my family traveled to New York City, Washington, D.C., Santa Rosa Beach, New Hampshire, and Texas over the course of three months. Our nation is full of amazing destinations with fantastic experiences all waiting for us to enjoy them.

Yet, even with so many amazing places to see and things to do we are continually drawn back to one place annually, Walt Disney World® Resort in central Florida. I could share with you dozens of reasons why, but in the end it can all be paired down to one thing, the Disney difference.

While it is possible to explain the Disney difference, it is really something that has to be experienced to fully realize what makes it so special.

I remember one trip in particular a few summers back when things weren’t necessarily going just as we had hoped or planned. Our youngest son had become sick near the end of our stay (those of you with young children know just how ‘un-magical’ this can be).

Following a field trip to the local urgent care facility, we made the decision to attempt to salvage what we could with one last day in the parks before heading home. We were not in Disney’s Hollywood Studios® Park very long before we found ourselves in the now-familiar nurses station near the front of the park.

Our son had not improved, and we needed a quiet, calm place to administer his medicine. The nurses allowed us use of one of the rooms. Most of our attempts at getting our toddler to take his medicine were futile, but after a decent amount of time trying alas it seemed we were finally making progress.

Unfortunately, the medicine did not stay in him long, as he decided to ‘erupt’ the meds along with everything else in his stomach all over himself, my wife and the room.

Last. Day. Ruined.

That is, until one of Disney’s Nurses entered the room and witnessed what had transpired.

As quickly as she entered, she disappeared (just as I would have). Only a few moments later she returned with a slip of paper in her hand as we were attempting to clean up. The paper was a voucher, for new outfits not only for my son but for my wife as well.

They could have easily witnessed the semi-grotesque scene, offered their own apologies and let us go on our way back to the resort.

They were not content with that. They saw an opportunity to make magic happen in the middle of a miserable experience, and they seized the moment and acted on it.

The Disney difference.

It is going the extra mile when it isn’t necessary. It is creating magic in not-so-magical moments. It is pixie dust being sprinkled onto unexpected parts of your trip.

As a family, we have been to a lot of places and experienced a lot of things, and consistently no one does it like Disney Destinations does it.

So. As we head into another busy summer travel season, I implore you to consider experiencing the Disney difference for yourself. See just what it is that keeps the Froman family, and countless other families around the globe, returning to Walt Disney World® Resort year in, and year out.

The magic starts now, as our Magic Makers® are ready to help you experience just what the Disney difference is all about.

By | March 30th, 2016|Categories: Off to Neverland News|0 Comments