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Thankful for Our ‘Family’

At Off to Neverland Travel® our Magic Makers® find a lot of joy in helping make your vacation magical. It is this desire for excellence and passion for Disney Destinations that brought us together; yet it is our time working together that has created a family.

We are truly thankful for our family of Magic Makers®, and to be honest, we think you should know just how awesome they are.

To help you get to know the amazing men and women that make up our Off to Neverland Travel® Magic Maker® team we are excited to launch an ongoing series of posts celebrating the lives behind the magic!

We hope that these posts will give you a more intimate look at just how awesome our team is!

This week, we celebrated with Magic Maker® Jennifer Hyland (TX) as her son’s 5th grade football team went undefeated and brought home the championship! Way to go Hyland Family! The Hyland’s weren’t the only ones celebrating their children this week, as Magic Maker® Courtney Agnello’s (NJ) children brought home two report cards with all A’s! We wouldn’t expect anything else from Courtney’s children! We are truly excited for Magic Maker® Robin Kellogg’s (TX) family as their High School senior is entertaining a lot of great academic and athletic offers for college!

We know many of you experienced the extreme snow that hit Buffalo, NY; for Magic Maker® Lisa Krueger (NY) it was an opportunity to enjoy 4 snow days together with her family! While Lisa was in the snow, Magic Maker® Heather Rodgers was in the middle of an amazing family trip to Hawaii! You’ll have the opportunity to read about her trip soon!

It was also a big week for Magic Maker® Megan Paradiso (NJ) who started a MOMpreneurs group earlier this year; she recently reached 150 members! Megan is striving to help mom’s find a good work/life/mom balance! Magic Maker® Mandy Girven (NC) also had big week as she just started a new position at a private college near her home and Magic Maker® Natalie Corey (AL) found herself busy at a fun and successful neighborhood event, a ladies night sip and shop!

Magic Maker® Julie Paolino (NY) just welcomed a niece into the world, on Mickey Mouse’s birthday! It sounds like we have a new Magic Maker® in the making! Not only was new life welcomed into the world, Magic Maker® Marcie Munoz (TX) celebrated 18 years of marriage with her hubby and Magic Maker® Melissa Ludwig (OR) and her husband just closed on their first house! Magic Maker® Lisa Gillissen (OH) gathered a group together to pack shoeboxes for Project Christmas Child; we are so excited about Lisa’s passion to make a difference in the lives of others!

Professionally, Magic Makers® Clydene Rogers (CA), Tara Radulski (MS), Ginger Carnell (CO), and Kim Bowers (GA) all  reported in with fantastic weeks planning amazing experiences and hearing glowing reports from many of their clients!

And how could we forget to celebrate with Magic Maker® Amanda Harris (TX), whose foster hound hasn’t wet the carpet in days! Now THAT is reason to celebrate!

As you can see, we have a lot to be thankful for in our Off to Neverland Travel® family…and this isn’t even the whole crew!

At the end of the day, we are all real people, with real lives, planning magical experiences for you!

Walt Disney World® Resort: New Year’s Eve 2015

Here is an overview of entertainment options available to our guests who will be ringing in 2015 at the Walt Disney World® Resort!

Magic Kingdom® Park

Park Hours: 8:00a – 2:00a
Extra Magic Hours: 7:00a – 8:00a

  • Wishes nighttime spectacular: 7:30p
  • Fantasy in the Sky fireworks spectacular: 11:50p
    (Fantasy in the Sky fireworks will also be performed 12/30)

Epcot®

Park Hours: 8:00a – 1:00a

  • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth: 6p, 11:40p
    (followed by a countdown and pyrotechnic salute to the new year)
  • Unique entertainment at the Future World Fountain Stage, in China Pavilion, United Kingdom Pavilion, Italy Pavilion, and on the America Gardens Stage

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Park Hours: 8:00a – midnight
Extra Magic Hours: Midnight – 2:00a

  • Fantasmic!: 6:30p, 8:00p, & 10:00p
  • Lights! Camera! Happy New Year! fireworks display featuring Mulch, Sweat & Shears: 11:50p

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

Park Hours: 8:00a – 8:00p
Extra Magic Hours: 7:00a – 8:00a

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Disneyland® Park Announces New ‘Fantasmic’ Viewing Options

In just a few weeks, the Disneyland® Park will launch new viewing options for those guests wishing to end their day by enjoying a performance of Fantasmic!

Beginning Dec. 12, 2014, Fantasmic! will begin using Disney FASTPASS® Service in a process similar to that currently used for World of Color. The currently viewing area will be divided into reserved and stand-by viewing for each scheduled performance.

Reserved viewing areas are exclusively for those guests holding a FASTPASS® for that performance. These can be obtained in two ways:

  • FASTPASS® Distribution – Beginning each day at park opening, Fantasmic! FASTPASS® Distribution will begin on a first-come first-served basis on Big Thunder Trail in Frontierland. Your Fantasmic! FASTPASS® will be marked with the assigned showtime, suggested return time and your preassigned viewing section. NOTE: Use of a Fantasmic! FASTPASS® does not limit your ability to obtain a FASTPASS® for other attractions.
  • Fantasmic Dining Packages - Several dining options are now available including dinner at Blue Bayou Restaurant, special table-service seating at River Belle Terrace, a new dessert party at Hungry Bear Restaurant and an on-the-go option from Aladdin’s Oasis. Pricing varies by location.

Stand-by viewing will continue to be offered in selected areas while space permits. Please contact your Magic Maker® for more details.

Separate theme park admission is required. One (1) Fantasmic! FASTPASS® ticket will be distributed per package. Each person in the party must purchase a dining package in order to obtain a ticket. Tickets are valid only for the designated show time on the same day as the dining experience. Packages and tickets may not be refunded, redeemed for cash, exchanged for a different date or time, or sold. Early and late arrivals will not be accommodated. Some reserved viewing areas feature standing room only, with special accommodations available for Guests with disabilities. Fantasmic! may be cancelled due to technical or weather issues without notice. Cast Member and Annual Passholder discounts may be available. Children must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older for the duration of dining and viewing. No refunds or exchanges will be available, even if the show is cancelled. All information is subject to change without notice.

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, Nov. 24 – Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
Port Canaveral, FL 4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 12/01/2014 5A
4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 12/08/2014 5A
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 12/14/2014 Select
4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 12/22/2014 5A
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 01/04/2015 9C
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 01/18/2015 11B
Miami, FL 5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 12/07/2014 11B
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 12/12/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 01/09/2015 Select

 

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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, Nov. 24 – Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
 Miami, FL
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 12/07/2014 11B
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 12/12/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 01/04/2015 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 01/09/2015 5B
Port Canaveral, FL
4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 12/01/2014 5A
4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 12/08/2014 5A
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 12/14/2014 Select
4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 12/22/2014 5A
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Fantasy 01/10/2015 5A
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Fantasy 01/17/2015 5A
7-Night W Caribbean Disney Magic 01/18/2015 11B
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Fantasy 01/24/2015 5A
7-Night E Caribbean Disney Fantasy 01/31/2015 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.

Stay Longer Save More this Winter at Aulani

Say “Aloha” to Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. Inspired by the wonders of Hawai‘i and built with the perfect touch of Disney magic, Aulani is a beautiful beachfront escape that’s designed for families. A Resort like no other, Aulani is perfectly placed just far enough from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, but close enough for families to enjoy O‘ahu’s world-class entertainment!

Plan now to beat those winter blues with a family getaway to Aulani by taking advantage of one of these three great promotions:

For a limited time, when you purchase a minimum 4-night stay, you’ll enjoy the 4th night FREE! That means more time for you and your family in paradise enjoying all the Resort has to offer! Plus, if you stay in a 1- or 2-bedroom Villa, you’ll receive a $100 resort credit per night of your stay.

Booking Window:

  • Book now – Oct. 30, 2014 Extended through Dec. 18, 2014

Travel Window:

  • Offer available for most stays now – Nov. 26 and Nov. 30 – Dec. 22, 2014

Contact your Magic Maker® today and experience the 2014 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards Winner for Top Family Hotel in the U.S.

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Reservation must be booked between 7/9/14 – 12/18/14 for stays between 8/15/14 – 12/22/14. Block-out dates of 11/26/14 – 11/29/14 apply. 4th Night Free Offer applies only to stays of four or more consecutive nights all between 8/15/14 – 12/22/14, excluding any nights from 11/26/14 – 11/29/14. The free night savings is distributed across total room nights and is reflected in a reduced nightly rate, based on the non-discounted rate. Offer excludes suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas. Resort Credit Offer of $100 is applied per room per consecutive night of your stay for reservations booked in 1-bedroom or 2-bedroom villas only. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited and room availability may vary by dates of stay. Resort credit may not be redeemed for cash in whole or in part, transferred, refunded or applied toward room rate. All Resort credits will expire at midnight on departure date. 4th Night Free Offer excludes Resort fees and taxes. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers. Additional per-adult charges may apply. Limit two rooms per reservation and subject to room occupancy limitations. Advance reservations required. Subject to additional restrictions and change without notice.

For a limited time, when you purchase a minimum 4-night stay, you’ll enjoy the 4th night FREE plus receive complimentary breakfast! Or, stay a little longer and receive 30% off stays of 5 nights or longer plus receive complimentary breakfast.

Booking Window:

  • Book now – Feb. 23, 2015

Travel Window:

  • Offer available for most stays Jan. 4 – Mar. 23, 2015

Contact your Magic Maker® today and experience the 2014 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards Winner for Top Family Hotel in the U.S.

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Stay 4 nights and get the fourth night free with daily breakfast offer for stays of four consecutive nights. Save 30% with daily breakfast offer for stays of five or more consecutive nights. All stays must be booked between 10/9/14 and 2/23/15 inclusive, with all nights between 1/4/15 and 3/23/15. 30% savings based on the non-discounted price of the same room. Number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited, and room availability may vary by dates of stay. Package includes daily breakfast for all Guests booked per room per night of your package stay. Breakfast is only redeemable at Ulu Cafe during normal breakfast operating hours, and includes one entree and one coffee or fresh rotating juice. Breakfast entitlements may not be redeemed for cash in whole or in part, sold separately, transferred or refunded and will expire at midnight on package departure date. Excludes Resort fees and taxes. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers. Offers exclude suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room. Limit two rooms per reservation and subject to room occupancy limitations. Advance reservations required. Subject to additional restrictions and changes without notice.

Make the most of your time this Spring at Aulani. The longer they stay, the more you save! Save 30% off stays of 5 nights or more,* 20% off a 4 night stay,* or 10% on a visit of 3 nights.*

As an added bonus, guests who book early will receive an extra $50 resort credit for every night of your stay – when you reserve by Jan. 8, 2015!*

Booking Window:

  • Book now – Mar. 23, 2015

Travel Window:

  • Offer available for most stays Apr. 6 – Jun. 15, 2015

Contact your Magic Maker® today and experience the 2014 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards Winner for Top Family Hotel in the U.S.

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*Save 10% offer for stays of three (3) consecutive nights. Save 20% offer for stays of four (4) consecutive nights. Save 30% offer for stays of five (5) or more consecutive nights. All stays must be booked between now and 3/23/15, inclusive, with all nights between 4/6/15 and 6/15/15, inclusive. Resort credit of $50 per room per consecutive night applied to reservations booked between now and 1/8/15 only. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited, and room availability may vary by dates of stay. Savings based on the non-discounted price of the same room. Savings excludes Resort fees and taxes. All Resort credits expire at 11:59 pm on departure date. Not valid in combination with any other discounts or offers. Offer excludes suites and 3-bedroom Grand Villas. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and subject to room occupancy limitations. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room. Advance reservations required. Subject to additional restrictions and change without notice.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Refurbishment Brings Rooms for Five

Soon, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will join the list of resort hotels capable of accommodating families of five! Once complete, refurbished rooms will feature (2) Queen Beds sleeping 4 guests or (2) Queen Beds and a pulldown Murphy bed accommodating a 5th guest. The resort’s Pirate-themed rooms will remain as is.

In addition to the change in bedding, a refresh has been given to the other furnishings in the room giving them an overall new look. With the new dark furniture and a splash of color through artwork and other furnishings, the changes are very refreshing and make the rooms very inviting.

At this time no completion dates have been announced. We will be sure to keep you updated as information becomes available. In the meantime, enjoy this sneak peek of the new rooms:

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Happy Veterans Day

Words can not express our gratitude to those who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Military. Not only today but every day, we honor your great sacrifices to preserve our freedom!

It’s no secret that Walt Disney was a great patriot. During the design and construction of Disneyland® Park, he made sure to showcase that. On a walk down Main Street U.S.A.®, everyone notices the main flag pole in Town Square but may overlook several other American flags flying high as they continue throughout the rest of the park. A plaque rests at the base of the Town Square flag pole that reads “Disneyland® is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts which have created America.” But probably the most overlooked display of Walt Disney’s patriotism is the late afternoon Flag Retreat ceremony that takes place in Town Square. A tradition since 1955, the ceremony is performed out of respect of our nation’s flag and as a way to honor those who have served our country.

Last year, we were privileged to spend Veterans Day inside Disneyland® Park and witness a special Flag Retreat ceremony. In observance of the day, Disneyland® Resort Cast Members and guests who are Veterans along with the 1st Division Marine Band from Camp Pendleton served as special guests at the ceremony. You can only imagine the emotion of being surrounded by the Americana feel of Main Street U.S.A® and the sounds of patriotic tunes like God Bless America, Star Spangled Banner and the Armed Forces Medley on such an important day.

A Flag Retreat Ceremony is performed daily at both Disneyland® and Magic Kingdom® Parks. Be sure to check your Times Guide and attend during your next visit to the parks.

 

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Disney Destinations and Dietary Needs

By Magic Maker® Melissa Ludwig

Vacations are a way of escaping from everyday life, leaving stress behind, and spending quality time with those you care about. However, there are many points during the planning process that can cause stress, and your Magic Maker® is here to take that off your shoulders. One of the common causes of stress for traveling families is in accommodating special dietary needs. Disney Destinations, as usual, have pulled out all the stops to make sure that you do not have to worry about what you will be eating during your magical getaway.

Whether it is a dairy intolerance, sensitivity to gluten, or a specific food such as almonds that you must avoid in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, Disney Destinations will to their best to cater to any special requests. When you and your Magic Maker® are ready to make advance dining reservations, notify your Magic Maker® of your special dietary needs and they will make sure to include this in your reservations. Often, chefs can substitute different ingredients in meals, so that you don’t even have to choose an alternate meal, but actually have the one you want! The following is a list of common allergies that most Disney Parks restaurants can accommodate/substitute:

  • Gluten or wheat
  • Lactose or dairy
  • Peanuts and tree nuts
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Corn

When you arrive at a Disney Park restaurant, it is always a good idea to remind your server of your dietary needs as well (though the server will often check with you first, since it will be in your reservation notes). If you have a metabolic disorder or multiple allergies, you will want to be sure to notify your Magic Maker® so that it can be factored in to all dining arrangements.

For many people, food allergies are not necessarily a worry, but some may still have strong preferences about what to include or not include in a daily diet. Many Disney Park restaurants will offer no-sugar-added, low-fat, low-sodium, Kosher and vegetarian options for meals to take care of these dietary needs as well.

Vacation time means time to relax and unwind. A large part of that is being able to enjoy your dining experiences while away… especially at Disney Destinations, where food is extra-fun! What you are going to eat on your trip should never be a worry, and your Magic Maker® will help to ensure that you will have all of the dining information that you need before you even pack your bags.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Guests Receive Exclusive Holiday ‘Sorcerers’ Card

Elsa's Icy Shield SOMK CardFriday night, Magic Kingdom® Park at the Walt Disney World® Resort will hold their first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party of the year. Guests who attend this year’s special-ticketed event are able to once again receive an exclusive holiday Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card.

This year’s event-exclusive card will be will be “Elsa’s Icy Shield” featuring Queen Elsa from Disney Frozen. Past years’ cards have included “Huey, Dewey, and Louie’s Snowfort Barricade” and “Wayne and Lanny’s Ornament Barrage.”

Guests with paid admission to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party may pick up their cards at the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A.® by present their party ticket and event wristband. Quantities are limited, so we suggest picking them up early in the evening!