First Look at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Audio-Animatronics®

April 18th, 2014 by Off to Neverland Travel in Disney News, Walt Disney World News

Anticipation is rising as the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction at Magic Kingdom® Park nears completion! The last phase in the New Fantasyland® expansion, this family coaster will utilize a first-of-its-kind system to take you on a race through the glittering diamond mines.

Similar to other Walt Disney World® attractions like Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid and Haunted Mansion®, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will feature an interactive queue to keep you busy while you wait! Doc has prepared some special mining stations along the way in which you can help the Dwarfs sort and wash the jewels.

While an official opening date has yet to be announced, Walt Disney Imagineering has provided this video showing the amazing AudioAnimatronics® figures you will see during your adventure!

Contact your Magic Maker® today to start planning your next Walt Disney World® Vacation. Be sure to ask about current offers and promotions!

Eggs-treme Egg Decorating at Disneyland® Park

April 16th, 2014 by Off to Neverland Travel in Disney News

With Easter just a few days away, you’re running out of time to get your eggs decorated!

Over the past several weeks, some talented Cast Members at Disneyland® Park have been hard at work creating some pretty amazing Disney-themed Easter eggs during Springtime Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. Watch this video to see some of their egg-cellent designs and maybe get some tips and ideas for your own eggs-traordinary works of art!

Epcot® After Hours Wind Down

April 14th, 2014 by Off to Neverland Travel in Disney News, Walt Disney World News

Last month, the Walt Disney World® Resort announced the addition of the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party – an incredibly sweet way to end your day at Epcot®. Now, an additional offering is being added to the park’s after-dark lineup.

Starting this Thursday, Apr. 17, and taking place every Thursday – Sunday through Sep. 15, you can take part in Epcot® After Hours Wind Down. This experience invites guests 21 and older into one of four Epcot® lounges for some appetizers and beverages created by award-winning Disney chefs. The event is held from 9:20p-11p and costs $35 per guest (plus tax and gratuity) which includes cultural small bites and one beverage.

Current participating locations and offerings include (subject to change):

  • La Cava del Tequila – Mexico Pavilion
    Offerings may include Acapulco-style Shrimp Cocktail and Tostadas paired with a Tequila or Margarita Flight
  • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar – Italy Pavilion
    Offerings may include traditional cured meats, cheeses, and Italian Antipasti paired with Italian wine flights
  • Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room – UK Pavilion
    Offerings may include traditional cheeses and Scotch Egg paired with favorite Ales
  • Spice Road Table – Morocco Pavilion
    Offerings may include Lamb Sliders, Chicken Rolls, or Moroccan Sausages paired with a White or Red Wine Flight

Admission to Epcot® is required and is not included in the price of the after-hours lounge. Separate Event Ticket is required and an advance reservation is highly recommended. Contact your Magic Maker® for more details.

Disney Cruise Line Announces Military Rates

April 14th, 2014 by Off to Neverland Travel in Disney Cruise Line News, Disney Cruise Specials, Disney News

American Flag on shipDisney 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, Apr. 14 – Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
 Port Canaveral, FL 4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 4/20/2014 5A
4-Night Bahamian Disney Magic 4/21/2014 5C
3-Night Bahamian Disney Magic 4/25/2014 Select
4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 4/27/2014 5A
4-Night Bahamian Disney Magic 4/28/2014 Select
3-Night Bahamian Disney Magic 5/2/2014 9C
Miami, FL 5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 4/13/2014 Select
5-Night W Caribbean Disney Wonder 4/18/2014 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 government taxes and fees approximately $54 for 3- and 4-Night Bahamian Cruises from Port Canaveral; $67 for 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruises from Miami (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

April 14th, 2014 by Off to Neverland Travel in Disney Cruise Line News, Disney Cruise Specials, Disney News

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. 14 – Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
 Port Canaveral, FL 4-Night Bahamian Disney Magic 4/21/2014 5C
3-Night Bahamian Disney Magic 4/25/2014 9C
4-Night Bahamian Disney Magic 4/28/2014 Select
3-Night Bahamian Disney Magic 5/2/2014 Select

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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 approximately $54 for 3- and 4-Night Bahamian cruises from Port Canaveral (all amounts subject to change). See Disney Cruise Line brochure for applicable terms and conditions.

A Stop at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

April 11th, 2014 by Off to Neverland Travel in Disney News, Disneyland News

A stay at the Disneyland® Resort just isn’t complete without a stop at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar!

Located near the pool area of the Disneyland® Hotel, this bewitching tiki bar named after Trader Sam (Disney’s Jungle Cruise “Head” Salesman) serves a list of unique signature cocktails and creative appetizers.

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar features two totally different atmospheres for you to enjoy. Outside, take a seat on the patio and enjoy the beautiful Southern California weather and the sounds of live Hawaiian music on select nights. Inside, things are a little more adventurous as you are surrounded by classic Disney storytelling – memorabilia from Trader Sam’s worldly travels and some surreal interactive special effects.

Some of Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar signature cocktails include:

  • Uh Oa! – Light and Dark Rums, Orange, Passion Fruit, Guava, Pineapple, Grapefruit Juices, Falernum, Cinnamon, and fresh Lime Juice
  • Krakatoa Punch – Reserve and Spiced Rums, Orgeat (Almond) Syrup, Sam’s Gorilla Grog and Hibiscus Grenadine
  • HippopotoMai-Tai  – Light and Dark Rums, Orange Curaçao, Orgeat (Almond) Syrup, Organic Agave Nectar and fresh Lime Juice
  • Shrunken Zombie Head – Reserve and Aged Rums, Tropical Juices, Falernum and Cinnamon
  • Murky Mojito – Rum, fresh Lime Juice, Mint and Organic Agave Nectar topped with Angostura Bitters
  • Mosquito Mojito – Strawberry Rum, Organic Agave Nectar, Falernum, Mint and fresh Lime Juice topped with Soda Water
  • Piranha Pool – Strawberry Vodka blended with Pineapple Juice, Cream of Coconut, Strawberry Purée and Blue Curaçao
  • Passionate Python – Dark and Aged Rums, Red Passion Fruit and Tropical Juices garnished with an Orange Peel “Python”
  • Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum – Reserve Rum, Cream of Coconut and Pineapple and Orange Juices dusted with Cinnamon and Nutmeg
  • Lost Safari – Dark and Spiced Rums, Tropical Juices, Falernum and Sam’s Gorilla Grog
  • Shipwreck on the Rocks – Bourbon with freshly Muddled Lemon and Mint with Organic Agave Nectar

Take a peek inside the doors of this wondrous watering hole:

Party for the Planet at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

April 9th, 2014 by Off to Neverland Travel in Disney News, Walt Disney World News

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme ParkOn April 22nd, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park will be celebrating Earth Day in grand style with their Party for the Planet.

Coinciding with the release of “Bears” by Disneynature (actually releasing on April 18th), guests will learn about very special wildlife, the brown bears of Alaska. In addition, at Party for the Planet, guests will be able to explore ways to connect with and conserve wildlife and nature; including how to make their own backyards more wildlife-friendly.

The main entrance of Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park will feature various wildlife-friendly backyard habitats, as well as a commemorative Party for the Planet postcard.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch® Land will play home to many of the Party with the Planet festivities including face painters and caricature artists who will feature bear themed and other animal designs. In addition, families will be able to play a supermarket game together and learn about the impacts that their purchases have on wildlife and nature. Cast members who work on conservation projects around the world will be available to talk too!

Epcot® will have its own Earth Day celebration at The Seas with Nemo & Friends® Attraction where families can learn more about many of the sea life conservation projects that exist and children can test excluder devices that protect sea turtles. In Innoventions, a groundbreaking green show home exhibit will teach families about sustainable living and the supermarket game will be in place to share the impact of our purchases.

Walt Disney World® Resort is a firm believer of connecting families with nature, and their Earth Day celebrations are just the beginning! Here are a few other planned upcoming activities:

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park:

May 6: International Migratory Bird Day
May 20: World Turtle Day
June 10: Pollinator Day
July 29: Big Cat Day
August 5: Primate Day
September 23: Elephant and Rhino Day

At The Seas with Nemo & Friends® Attraction at Epcot®:

May 20: World Turtle Day
June 4: World Ocean Day

Your Magic Maker® is available to help answer any questions you may have about these upcoming events and more, and help you get on your way to a magical vacation experience!

‘Sounds Like Summer’ Concerts Heat Up Epcot® Nights

April 9th, 2014 by Off to Neverland Travel in Disney News, Walt Disney World News

Starting in June, things in Epcot® World Showcase will heat up as the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series kicks off for 2014.

This Rock ‘n’ Roll extravaganza puts some of the world’s greatest tribute bands on the stage of America Gardens Theatre to perform some of your favorite Classic hit songs of all time.

This year’s lineup includes:

  • June 8-14: Hotel California ~ A Salute to the Eagles
  • June 15-21: Don’t Stop Believin’ ~ Journey Tribute Band
  • June 22-28: Good Vibrations ~ A Tribute to The Beach Boys
  • June 29-July 5: Don’t Look Back ~ Boston Tribute Band
  • July 6-12: Stayin’ Alive ~ A Tribute to the Bee Gees
  • July 13-19: Slippery When Wet ~ The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
  • July 20-26: 2U ~ A Tribute to U2

The Sounds Like Summer concerts are included in standard Epcot® admission. Show times are are 5:30p, 6:45p and 8:00p (except on Jul. 4th when show times are 5:15p, 6:30p, 7:45p and 9:00p). Entertainment is subject to change without notice.

 

Fun for Every-’Bunny’ at Disneyland® Park

April 7th, 2014 by Off to Neverland Travel in Disney News

Easter is less than 2 weeks away, but things are already hoppin’ at Disneyland® Park!

Mr. Easter Bunny and some of his favorite Disney rabbits are currently greeting guests during Springtime Roundup at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. Taking place daily through Easter (April 20th), guests can take part in ‘egg’-citing activities including:

  • Meet and greets with furry Disney friends
  • Performances by a live band and a group “bunny hop” several times a day
  • Egg art demonstrations
  • Crafts
  • Seasonal treats

Check out the video below of some of the furry fun waiting for you at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree.

The holiday fun doesn’t stop there! Both Disneyland® and Disney California Adventure® Parks are having a park-wide Easter Egg hunt. From Apr. 10-20, guests will use a special egg-stravaganza map to help you find 12 Disney character themed eggs hidden throughout the park. After locating the eggs, you’ll return your map to a redemption location and receive a special prize for your participation. Maps are $4.95 + tax and can be obtained at the following locations:

  • Disney California Adventure® Park – Elias & Co., Oswald’s, Radiator Springs Curios, Rushin’ River Outfitters, Studio Store and Treasures in Paradise
  • Disneyland® Park – Disney Showcase, Fairy Tale Treasures, Gag Factory, Pieces of Eight and Pooh Corner

Happy Hunting!

Video: Bringing Maleficent to Life

April 5th, 2014 by Off to Neverland Travel in Disney News, Walt Disney World News

If you ask someone who has seen Magic Kingdom® Park’s new Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade what their favorite part is, the likely response will be “the dragon!” With its Steampunk-flare, the Maleficent dragon stretches 53 feet from snout to tail and reaches 26 feet in the air! After seeing it in person, you’ll realize why it has become the highlight of the parade!

Take a look at the inspiration behind bringing the fire-breathing Maleficent to life.

 

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