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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, Sep. 29 – Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
Port Canaveral, FL 4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 10/19/2014 5A
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Magic 10/26/2014 Select
4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 10/27/2014 5A
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Fantasy 11/01/2014 5A
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 11/02/2014 Select
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Fantasy 11/08/2014 Select
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Magic 11/09/2014 11A
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Fantasy 11/15/2014 5A
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 11/16/2014 9C
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Fantasy 11/22/2014 5A
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 11/23/2014 9C
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Fantasy 11/29/2014 5A
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 11/30/2014 11B
Miami, FL 6-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/11/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/17/2014 11B
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/26/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/31/2014 Select
4-Night Bahamian Disney Wonder 11/05/2014 9C
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 11/09/2014 11B
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 11/14/2014 9C
4-Night Bahamian Disney Wonder 11/19/2014 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 taxes, fees, and port expenses (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, Sep. 29 – Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
Miami, FL 5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 10/17/2014 9C
4-Night Bahamian Disney Wonder 11/05/2014 9C
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 11/09/2014 11B
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 11/14/2014 9C
4-Night Bahamian Disney Wonder 11/19/2014 5B
Port Canaveral, FL 4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 10/27/2014 5A

 

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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.

Limited Time Offer: ‘Dinner & A Show’ at La Nouba™

The Walt Disney World® Resort has announced a limited time package that is sure to stimulate your senses and your appetite!

On select dates through Nov. 22, 2014, enjoy a magical evening at Downtown Disney® that includes dinner and a performance of La Nouba™ by Cirque du Soleil®. This special “Dinner & A Show” package includes:

  • Category 1 or 2 seating at that evening’s 6p performance of La Nouba™
  • Dinner (one entrée, dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage per person) before or after the show at one of three popular Downtown Disney® restaurants:
    • Wolfgang Puck® Grand Cafe
    • Splitsville Luxury Lanes™
    • Planet Hollywood®

The “Dinner & A Show” package is available for Tue. through Sat. nights 6p performances from Sep. 30 – Nov. 1 and Nov. 6 – Nov. 22. Pricing is $99 +tax for a Category 2 tickets ($89 +tax for ages 3-9) and $119 +tax for a Category 1 tickets ($109 +tax for ages 3-9).

Contact your Magic Maker® for additional information or to book your “Dinner & A Show” package!

 

Package is valid for one Category 1 or Category 2 seat to La Nouba’s™ 6:00 PM performance and a meal at a participating restaurant. Meal includes an entrée, a dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage. Meal coupon must be redeemed on the same day of performance and must be presented to the restaurant upon seating. The cost of gratuity is not included. Tickets and seating are subject to availability. Advance purchase is recommended. Tickets can be purchased up to 30 days in advance of show date and will be available for pickup at the La Nouba™ Box Office Will Call window. Not valid for previously purchased tickets, gift certificates or with any other discount. The meal coupon includes priority seating at dinner. Guests should be seated for dinner by 4:30p to dine before the 6:00p show. If you wish to eat after the show, priority seating at the restaurants begin at 8:00p. Please arrive at the theater a minimum of 30 minutes prior to show time.

Memory Maker Adds Additional Attraction Video

Walt Disney World® Resort guests utilizing a MagicBand who have also purchased a Memory Maker package will now find video proof of two of their ride experiences in the parks.

Last month, Disney PhotoPass™ Service launched a video memento of the onride experience of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. 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. Now, these guests will receive a similar video from their ride on the Seven Drawfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom® Park.

At this time, video capture is only available on these two rides, but it is expected that the service will continue to grow over the coming months.

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 these sample attraction videos:

Late 2014 Savings at Disneyland® Resort

Get ready to receive the royal treatment at the Disneyland® Resort!

If it seems like 2014 is flying by, maybe it’s time to take a break and unwind at the Disneyland® Resort! From meeting real Disney Princesses inside Fantasy Faire to a journey of imagination with Mickey and the Magical Map, your vacation to the Disneyland® Resort will be full of memories that are guaranteed to last a lifetime.

And now, you can save on your upcoming stay at one of the three Disneyland® Resort Hotels!

Stay in a Premium Room at a Disneyland® Resort hotel most Sun. – Thu. nights from Oct. 26–Dec. 18, 2014, and save up to 20%!

Booking Dates:
Book now – Nov. 19, 2014

Travel Dates:
Stays most Sunday – Thursday nights Oct. 26-Dec. 18, 2014 with travel completed by Dec. 19, 2014. Some blockout dates apply.

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Availability is limited so contact your Magic Maker® today!

Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for select Sun. – Thu. nights between 10/26/14-12/18/14. Book from 9/17/14-11/19/14, with travel completed by 12/19/14. Blockout dates of 10/31/14, 11/1/14, 11/7/14, 11/8/14, 11/13/14-11/16/14 and 11/21/14 through 12/13/14 apply. 20% savings available 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.

New Wait System for Disneyland® Park Frozen Meet & Greet

Why wait in line to meet the ladies of Frozen when you could be enjoying Disneyland® Park’s other attractions? A new wait system recently introduced at Disneyland® Park no longer makes you choose!

Guests wishing to meet Anna and Elsa can now visit their Fantasyland location inside the park and present their valid ticket or Annual Passport to obtain a return time ticket. This ticket, similar to those obtained from Disney FASTPASS® Service, gives you a time to return to visit the sisters.

With implementation of this new system, there is no longer a standby queue. Because times are limited, we suggest guests arrive to receive their return time early in the morning.

‘Frozen’ Offerings Continue to Grow at Walt Disney World® Resort

Disney Animation’s blockbuster hit Frozen already provides several guest experiences for guests in Disney Parks. And now, we have news from the Walt Disney World® Resort that every Frozen fan will love to hear! This news comes in the form of new Frozen-themed experiences and the expansion of some that you can currently enjoy!

These new plans call for:

  • New Frozen Attraction – A new Frozen-themed attraction will replace Maelstrom inside the Norway Pavilion in Epcot®. The last day of operation for Maelstrom is scheduled for Oct. 5, 2014 with opening of the new attraction slated for early 2016.
  • New Greeting Location – A new meet and greet location will be built for Anna and Elsa near the attraction in the Norway Pavilion
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf will appear in this year’s “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Time Parade” showing during the party select nights Nov. 7 – Dec. 19 and daily Dec. 20-31.
  • Castle Dream Lights – Each night starting in Nov. 5, Elsa will use her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace.
  • Frozen Summer of Fun LIVE – Some favorite elements of Frozen Summer of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® such as the For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration and Oaken’s Frozen Funland will be continued past their scheduled end date of Sep. 28th to allow more guests the opportunity to experience them.

Check back here for more details as they are announced!

Play ‘Mayhem at the Mansion’ at Magic Kingdom® Park

UPDATE: It appears there has been a delay in the launch of Mayhem at the Mansion. We will update this post as soon as additional details become available!

Mayhem at the Mansion GameStarting tonight, guests attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties are in for an extra interactive treat!

Three of the 999 “happy haunts” have left the Haunted Mansion® and are making their rounds at the party. Using the new augmented reality Mayhem at the Mansion app, you can help catch and return the hitchhiking ghosts to their home.

Playing the game is easy:

  1. Download the Mayhem at the Mansion app onto your smartphone from the App Store or Google play™.
  2. Be sure to pick up an event map when you arrive as you will use it to help you find special locations.
  3. Use the Spectre Collector built into the app to hover over specific targets.
  4. Capture ghosts as you find them. Once you have returned all the ghosts back to the Haunted Mansion®, you will be recognized for your services by unlocking Mayhem at the Mansion rewards!

 

Entertainment offerings subject to change without notice. Admission to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party requires a separately priced ticket. Ticket valid only during specific event dates and hours. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Google Play is a trademarks of Google, Inc. Availability subject to device limitations and features may vary by device or service provider. Message and data rates may apply. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere.

Live Streaming of ‘Night of Joy’ from Magic Kingdom® Park

Tonight and tomorrow night, Magic Kingdom® Park will host the 32nd annual Night of Joy! During this after-hours event, the sounds of Christian rock, pop, and gospel will fill the park from a mix of new and returning performers.

It’s not too late for you to enjoy Night of Joy even though the event is completely sold out. Both night’s entertainment will be streamed over the internet beginning at 7 p. EDT each night.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER/VIEW THE WEBCAST

This year’s line-up includes:

Friday, September 5, 2014:

  • Building 429
  • Matthew West
  • Matt Maher
  • Building 429
  • Chris Tomlin
  • The Neverclaim
  • Mandisa
  • Hillsong United
  • for KING & COUNTRY
Saturday, September 6, 2014:

  • Colton Dixon
  • MercyMe
  • 1 Girl Nation
  • Colton Dixon
  • Gospel Music Association Winner Phil Perry
  • We As Human
  • Casting Crowns
  • Britt Nicole
  • Rhett Walker Band
  • Skillet
  • Israel Houghton and New Breed
Artist lineup subject to change without notice.

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue: 40 Years Of Foot-Stompin’ Fun

Today, the Walt Disney World® Resort celebrates the 40th Anniversary of one of the country’s longest-running dinner shows, the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue! Starting its permanent run on Sep. 5, 1974, the show has performed inside Pioneer Hall more than 37,000 times to over 10.5 million guests!

If you’ve never seen the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, the easiest way to describe it is corny jokes, finger-lickin’ food, and lots of fun! During the 90 minute show, heaping helpings of old-fashioned family entertainment is served by the show’s six energetic characters: Six Bits Slocum, Dolly Drew, Jim Handy, Flora Long, Johnny Ringo, and Claire de Lune.

In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, here are some fun facts about the show that you may not know:

  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical RevueAlthough the Anniversary of Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is celebrated on Sep. 5, the show actually launched on Jun. 30 with a summer cast from Disney World Fine Arts College Workshop program. Due to popularity, auditions for a full time cast were held and the rest is history!
  • Marilyn Kay Magness, who played the part of Dolly Drew in the original cast from the college program, still works for Disney as an Executive Creative Director for Disney Parks Creative Entertainment.
  • The home for Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, Pioneer Hall, was constructed using 1,283 hand-fitted pine logs from Montana and 70 tons of stones from North Carolina.
  • Early drafts of the script had the show titled “We’re With You, Mother McCree” and “Whoop-Dee-Doo Revue”
  • Over the past 40 years, the show has received some small revisions to song and dance numbers. One of those changes came in 1979 when the song “Apple Pie Hoedown” was replaced with “Strawberry Short Cake Walk.”
  • Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue also played at Tokyo Disneyland® from 1983 to 1995.
  • The food at Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue plays a starring role, too.
    • Over 900 pounds of fried chicken is served each evening! Chefs spend about 6 hours each day breading the chicken
    • At 11am, 400 pounds of pork ribs are put on an outdoor smoker to be slow cooked
    • 120 pounds of corn, 400 pounds of potatoes, and 30 gallons of baked beans are prepared as sides
    • 15 gallons of strawberries and 12 gallons of whipped cream are used to make that incredible Strawberry Shortcake served as dessert
    • Beer, wine, sangria and soft drinks are all part of the menu and included in your cost

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is a show you won’t want to miss. It currently plays three times nightly (4p, 6:15p, and 8:30p) with different seating options available. Pricing starts at $56.99 (ages 10+) and $29.99 (ages 3-9) and that includes all taxes and gratuity. For additional information on this high-spirited hootenanny, please contact your Magic Maker®!