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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, May 23 – Sunday, May 29, 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 Select
3-night Bahamian Cruise
Disney Dream 06/17/2016 5A
3-Night Bahamian Cruise Disney Dream 06/24/2016 5A
7-night W. Caribbean Cruise
Disney Fantasy 06/25/2016 Select
3-Night Bahamian Cruise Disney Dream 07/01/2016 5A
7-night E. Caribbean Cruise Disney Fantasy 07/02/2016 7A
3-Night Bahamian Cruise Disney Dream 07/08/2016 5A
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.

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)
  • 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®

Disney Springs™

  • Opening in May 2016:
    • Amorette’s Patisserie
    • D-Luxe Burger
    • The Daily Poutine
    • B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co.

Walt Disney World® Resort Area

  • Ample Hills Creamery (Disney’s Boardwalk)

What’s Next

Magic Kingdom® Park

Epcot®

  • Classic Soarin’® returns to The Land pavilion for final flights (5/27) – FastPass+ bookings begin 5/21
  • Soarin’ Around the World debuts (6/17)
  • Frozen Ever After Attraction opening (6/21) – FastPass+ bookings begin 5/21
  • Royal Sommerhus Anna & Elsa Meet & Greet (6/21) – offering Standby line only
  • Norway Pavilion operating hours change to 9a-park close (6/21)

 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

  • Tiffins Restaurant / Nomad Lounge opens (5/27) – reservations available on 5/21. Serving Lunch and Dinner
  • The Tree of Life Awakens (5/27)
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris After Dark (5/27)
  • Harambe Wildlife Parti (5/27)
  • Discovery Island Carnivale (5/27)
  • “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” Show (5/28) – FastPass+ bookings and Dinner Package reservations begin 5/21
  • 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 (May 25) – reservations now available via OpenTable
  • The Edison (2016)
  • Fulton’s Crab House will reopen as Paddlefish (Fall 2016)

Walt Disney World® Resort Area

The ‘Disney VIP Tour Service’ Experience

Every day, our Magic Makers® are hard at work planning once-in-a-lifetime vacations for their clients. With some tips and tricks in your back pocket and an itinerary planned to fit your family’s needs, you’re on your way to a vacation full of magical memories. But when our clients want exclusivity and the highest level of service inside the parks of the Walt Disney World® Resort, nothing tops a Private Tour from Disney VIP Tour Services.

Click below to explore Disney VIP Tour Services:

Personal VIP Tour Guide

Personal VIP Tour Guide

These aren’t just another Cast Member. Your Disney VIP Tour Guide was specially selected and expertly trained to ensure your visit is everything you want it to be!

Best Seats in the House

Best Seats in the House

Special viewing areas for dazzling parades, sensational live shows and splendid nighttime spectaculars are reserved for Disney VIP Tour Guide guests.

Maximize Your Time

Maximize Your Time

From experiencing as many attractions as possible to riding your favorites “just once more,” your TourGuide will maximize your time in the Theme Parks by providing direct Disney FastPass+ access for everyone in your party.

Door-to-Magic Transportation

Door-to-Magic Transportation

Get from Point A to Point B in a snap. Your VIP Guide will pick you up in a private vehicle at your resort and transport you to special locations that offer convenient access to the Theme Parks. This makes Park Hopping Easy!

Contact your Magic Maker® today for additional information or to book your Disney VIP Tour Service!

While Disney VIP Tour Services will make every effort to accommodate a selection of the most popular experiences, actual attractions visited are subject to change before and during the tour depending upon group size, schedules, transportation, refurbishments, closures, availability, weather and other conditions. Up to 10 Guests per VIP Tour Guide. Additional Guides available at the current rate.

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

This fall, Epcot® will celebrate 62 delicious days of sipping and savoring when they host their International Food & Wine Festival from Sep. 14-Nov. 14, 2016! Loyal festival fans and first-timers will enjoy more than 30 outdoor marketplaces, nightly concerts, signature dinners and feature tasting events.

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

  • “Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops inside the Festival Center will offer a chance to “sharpen up” your culinary skills from chefs, bakers, mixologists and other pros.
  • Culinary icons like Cat Cora, Norman Van Aken, Masaharu Morimoto, Elizabeth Falkner, Buddy Valastro and Jamie Deen will entertain foodies and inspire their palates at new and returning premium events that include reimagined Party for the Senses grand tastings with new concepts and themes.
  • Pair wines, beers and ciders with savory and sweet dishes as you stroll the World Showcase Promenade using your complimentary festival passports as a guide.
  • New marketplace menus debut and some of your festival favorites return! Choose a favorite hard soda to mix with vanilla ice cream for a sweet treat at Desserts & Champagne marketplace. Or try the new savory dishes making at the Greece and Farm Fresh marketplaces.
  • Multiple new Eat to the Beat concert acts debut while fan favorites return to play a total of 186 festival concerts! New Acts include Wang Chung, Delta Rae, and Toad The Wet Sprocket. Confirmed favorites include Wilson Phillips, Boyz II Men and Jeffrey Osbourne.
  • The Festival Center will once again host the complimentary Back to Basics weekend series featuring epicurean tips and tricks from the pros, book and bottle signings and The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar, hosted by Ghirardelli and offering guest samples.
  • Chase will once again offer their lounge for debit and credit card members featuring complimentary non-alcoholic refreshments, a charging station and comfortable seating for a relaxing break inside American Adventure.
  • Rockin’ Burger Block Party and Party for the Senses grand tasting events will showcase creative bites and palate-pleasing sips from eminent chefs and beverage experts plus new live entertainment. And new resort premium events will include a Grand Floridian brunch with a twist and a new cooking school experience.

It looks like the 21st Annual Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival is going to be great!

Many events and activities are included with regular Epcot® admission including Back to Basics series, special book signings, Eat to the Beat concerts, cultural adventures, Marketplace Passport and all attractions and park entertainment. The Party for the Senses grand tasting events, signature dinners and other special wine and culinary programs require reservations and separate event admission. Reservation bookings for premium events will be available later this summer.

Soak Up the Savings at Aulani

Get ready to soak up the savings at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai‘i!

Inspired by the wonders of Hawai‘i and built with the perfect touch of Disney magic, Aulani is a beautiful beachfront escape that is designed for families. Named the “Best Family Beach Hotel” by Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards in 2015 and “The Best Family-Friendly Resort in Hawaii” by Condé Nast Traveler 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards, Aulani is a resort like no other.

Here’s your chance to ‘sea’ what all the talk is about:

For a limited time, the longer you stay, the more you save! Save 30% off stays of 5 consecutive nights or more or 25% off a 4 night stay. And, if you reserve an Ocean or Partial Ocean View room, you’ll receive a free meal at Ulu Cafe per person, per night of your stay!

Travel Window:

  • Select night Aug. 21 – Dec. 19, 2016 (when booked by Sep. 26, 2016)

 

Contact your Magic Maker® today for more details!

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Savings based on the non-discounted rate for the same room. The number of rooms allocated for this offer may be limited. Premium View package includes one daily meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) for each Guest (ages 3+) on the reservation per night of your package stay. Meal is only redeemable at Ulu Cafe during normal operating hours and includes one entrée and one non-specialty beverage. Meal entitlements and Resort credits (limit one per room) may not be redeemed for cash in whole or in part, sold separately, transferred or refunded, and expire at 11:59 p.m. on package departure date. Limit 2 rooms per reservation. Excludes suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas. Additional charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room. Cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Advance reservations required. Package includes one (1) photo CD per reservation for Disney Visa® Cardmembers.

‘Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package’ Now Available

Magic Kingdom® Park has announced the return of a premium event that will take place during this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties.

Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package, which will be available on most party nights, will provide guests with some VIP experiences at an additional charge. You’ll receive:

  • Preferred viewing inside Town Square for the first Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade
  • Preferred viewing for Happy HalloWishes Fireworks spectacular at Tomorrowland® Terrace where a dessert party will also be provided featuring:
    • Themed desserts
    • Non-alcoholic drinks

Pricing for the Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package is $79 per adult and $47 per child (ages 3-9). Space is limited, so please contact your Magic Maker® to check on availability for your party date. Here are a couple important reminders about the experience:

  • Admission to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special ticketed event and is not included with admission to Magic Kingdom® park or this package.
  • The Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package is available on the following nights: Sep. 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30; Oct. 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, and 31.
  • Entertainment is subject to change or cancellation without notice. In the event of inclement weather, the parade and/or fireworks may be delayed or cancelled. However, the dessert party will occur regardless of the weather.
  • Reserved viewing for Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade is for the early performance only. Seating is not provided at the preferred parade viewing. Wheelchairs and Electronic Conveyance Vehicles (ECVs) can be accommodated.
  • Disney dining plan entitlements may not be redeemed for this event.
  • Offer may not be combined with any other discounts or promotions. There are a limited number of tickets available for this event.

2016 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tickets Now Available

We are just beginning to enjoy Spring weather, but Magic Kingdom® Park is already busy planning for this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties. While specific details of the specially-ticketed party has not been released, we do know that “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” and “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks will all return this year.

2016 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Event Dates

  • Sep. – 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, and 30
  • Oct. – 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, and 31

Tickets for 2016 start at $72 + tax for adults and $67 + tax for children ages 3-9.

Tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are on sale now, so contact your Magic Maker® today!

Reservations for the ‘Happy HalloWishes Dessert Premium Package’ are also now available!

Note: Disney Parks have revised their costuming guidelines for special events in their theme parks. While costumed attire may be worn, guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body as they may be subject to additional security screening. Additionally, costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.

2016 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets Now Available

Magic Kingdom® Park has announced a new show for this year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! In “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration”, Mickey and his pals host an unforgettable Christmas party attended by Woody and Jessie, Peter Pan, and Snow White – just to name a few! While additional details of the specially-ticketed party has not been released, here are the dates:

2016 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Event Dates

  • Nov. 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27 and 29
  • Dec. 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 and 22

Tickets for 2016 start at $86 + tax for adults and $81 + tax for children ages 3-9.

Tickets for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are on sale now, so contact your Magic Maker® today!

Parents’ Night Out at the Walt Disney World® Resort

By Allie Willits, Off to Neverland Travel® Magic Maker®

IMG_1248We recently experienced a perfect parents’ night out while at the Walt Disney World® Resort and my daughter LOVED every minute of it! Disney’s Children’s Activity Centers make it easy to leave your kiddo(s) in their capable hands.

Located at Disney’s Beach Club Resort (Sandcastle Club) and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (Lilo’s Playhouse) serving children from ages 3-12 the Children’s Activity Center’s are a great value for a flat rate of $55 per child from 4:30pm-midnight (you can drop off and pick up children anytime within those hours). At the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel (Club Dolphin for kids age 4-12) and at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (Simba’s Cubhouse) the rate is $15 per hour per child. At all Children’s Activity Centers dinner and a snack are served. My daughter (age 5) begs to go back every trip.

While our daughter enjoyed dancing with Chip and Dale at a luau party, baking cookies, playing pirate games, doing science experiments, putting on a play and making new friends, my husband and I enjoyed a night to ourselves. Disney’s BoardWalk Entertainment District was a perfect place for our date night. We started with relaxing drinks and live music at Martha’s Vineyard in Disney’s Beach Club Resort, then walked over to the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel for dinner at Trattoria Il Mulino and ended the evening at Jellyrolls enjoying the dueling piano show. When we went to pick up our daughter she didn’t want to leave she was having so much fun!

IMG_1253The Walt Disney World® Resort has great lounges, restaurants and nightlife to spend your adult evenings – or head to one of the theme parks for some after dark fun! Disney Springs™ is always an exciting location for a parent’s night out! Dinner at one of the many amazing restaurants followed by the spectacular La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil is a favorite of mine.

Some other awesome date night/children activity center combos are:

Simba’s Cubhouse – dinner at Jiko followed by drinks at Victoria Falls or head over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park to check out the new nighttime activities and shows

Lilo’s Playhouse – have an evening of appetizers, drinks and desserts on a monorail crawl! At Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort enjoy some tropical eats and drinks at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto then head to Tambu Tambu to check out their tasty selection. Next jump on the monorail and head Wave Lounge in Disney’s Contemporary Resort for appetizers then up to the Outer Rim to watch the sunset over Bay Lake while enjoying unique beverages. Lastly – ride the monorail to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort for some live jazz music, libations and dessert (best desserts on the monorail crawl) before heading back to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort to pick up the little ones!

Sandcastle Club – walk over to Epcot®’s International Gateway and experience eating and drinking around the world while enjoying live music in the World Showcase – maybe even booking an IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party, then, if you choose a night with Epcot® Extra Magic Hours Benefits, head to Future World for some attraction action!

Your Magic Maker® can help you plan the perfect parents’ night out for your vacation and sign your kiddo(s) up for a night of fun at one of the Children’s Activity Centers – just ask them for more information!

By | May 5th, 2016|Categories: Disney News, Walt Disney World News|0 Comments

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.