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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’s designed for families. Named the “Best Family Hotel in the US” by Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards in 2014, 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.*

Travel Window:

  • Jan. 4 – Mar. 17, 2016 (when booked by Feb. 8, 2016)
  • Apr. 3 – Jun. 13, 2o16 (when booked by Mar. 21, 2016)

As an added bonus, stays Apr. 3 – Jun. 13, 2016 will be eligible for an extra $50 Resort credit for every night of the stay if you book before Jan. 10, 2016!

Contact your Magic Maker® today for more details!

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*Save 25% offer for stays of four (4) consecutive nights. Save 30% offer for stays of five (5) or more consecutive nights. 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. 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. Resort credits may not be redeemed for cash, refunded, transferred or applied toward room rate, and expires at 11:59 p.m. on package departure date.

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. 16 – Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
San Juan, PR 7-Night S. Caribbean Disney Wonder 01/17/2016 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. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses not included. See Disney Cruise Line brochure for applicable terms and conditions.

Happy Veterans Day

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

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.

In 2013, 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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Star Wars™ Fun at Walt Disney World® and Disneyland® Resorts

Earlier this year, The Walt Disney Company announced an expansion to bring new Star Wars™-themed lands to both Disneyland® Park in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® in Orlando. While preparations and construction for those lands have already started (no opening dates have been announced), some new Star Wars™-themed fun is getting ready to start in the parks!

Here’s a look at what’s right around the corner:

Stars Tours® – The Adventures Continue

Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue attractions in both Disneyland® Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® will include a new adventure with locations and characters from the upcoming Star Wars™: The Force Awakens.
Disneyland® Park – opening Nov. 16, 2015
Disney’s Hollywood Studios® – opening Dec. 1, 2015

Jedi Training Academy 

A current favorite of young Padawans, Jedi Training Academy, will soon be reimagined. Reopening as Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, trainees will face Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister – a new villain from Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels.
Disneyland® Park – opening Dec. 2015
Disney’s Hollywood Studios® – opening Dec. 1, 2015

Star Wars™ Launch Bay 

This new interactive experience will take guests on both coasts into the Star Wars™ Saga and upcoming film, Star Wars™: The Force Awakens. The experience will feature special exhibits, visits with favorite Star Wars™ characters like Chewbacca and Darth Vader, and specialty food and merchandise offerings. Star Wars™ Launch Bay will be located in Tomorrowland® at Disneyland® Park and inside the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.
Disneyland® Park – opening Nov. 16, 2015
Disney’s Hollywood Studios® – opening Dec. 1, 2015

Season of the Force 

Inspired by the success of Star Wars™ Weekends, Season of the Force will be a new event bringing more intergalactic fun into Disneyland® Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. At Disneyland® Park, Space Mountain® will be reimagined into Hyperspace Mountain. Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, they will feature a new fireworks spectacular on weekend nights set to the iconic scores of Star Wars™ movies. We’re sure much more fun is in the works as well.
Disneyland® Park – Nov. 16th through ? (no end date announced yet)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios® – TBA

Dates and offering subject to change

Note: Because of construction of the new Star Wars™-themed lands in Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Star Wars™ Weekends will not be offered.

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. In 2014, over 209,000 runners participated 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!

Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend
Nov. 12-15, 2015 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration: SOLD OUT

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend
Jan. 6-10, 2016 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration Opened: April 28, 2015 – Limited availability left for runDisney Kids Races

Star Wars™ Half Marathon – the Light Side Weekend

Jan. 14-17, 2016 │ Disneyland® Resort
Registration: SOLD OUT

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Feb. 18-21, 2016 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration: SOLD OUT

Star Wars™ Half Marathon – the Dark Side Weekend
Apr. 14-17, 2016 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration Opened: Sep. 22, 2015 – limited availability left for Half Marathon and runDisney Kids Races

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

Contact your Magic Maker® for additional information!

Trick or Treat: 9 Disney Destination Tricks You May Not Know

Happy Halloween!

Sometimes, having a magical Disney Vacation involves a few tricks! From when to call for Advanced Dining Reservations to how to best utilize Disney FastPass+ service, our expert Magic Makers® know them all!

With Halloween just a day away, we thought we’d treat you to just a few of our favorite Disney tricks:

Walt Disney World® Resort

  • With MyMagic+, planning is more important than ever! Previously, your “ADR date” (180 days before travel when you can make dining reservations) was the most important planning date. Now, your “FastPass+ date” is equally important, especially when you are staying at one of the on-property hotels! On-property guests get first access to reserve Disney FastPass+ attractions, shows and more 60 days before you arrive! This advance access can make or break your hopes of getting FastPass+ times for popular attractions like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. But don’t fret, your Magic Maker® will take care of reminding  you of all these important dates!
  • When making your initial plans, you’ll be able to select up to three FastPass+ experiences for your family each day. But once you redeem your initial selections, you can visit any in-park FastPass+ kiosk and select an additional experience based on availability. After using that one, you can keep repeating that process selecting one more after your previous selections have all been used.
  • Did you know that Epcot® has two entrances? The International Gateway, located between the United Kingdom and France pavilions, allows for easy access to Disney’s Boardwalk and Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts. Here you’ll find great nighttime entertainment as well as some amazing dining choices. Just a quick walk or boat ride from the back entrance to Epcot®, this area is worth exploring.
  • Guests who visited Downtown Disney® years ago may remember there being more than one bus stop. But now if you are arriving at Disney Springs™ by resort bus, you are dropped off at a bus station in the Marketplace area. You can easily get to other areas via boat service, however the new boat launch area is not very clearly marked. As you are exiting the bus area, you’ll make an immediate right and follow a path that takes you to the Marketplace Dock. If you’ve made it to any of the stores, you’ve gone too far! With all the hustle and bustle of other guests making their way to and from the buses, the path is easy to overlook!

Disneyland® Resort

  • Years after opening, Radiator Springs Racers inside Disney California Adventure® Park is still popular! Want to know how to get early access to Cars Land and the attractions? It’s as simple as staying at one of the three Hotels of the Disneyland® Resort! Only guests of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa, Disneyland® Hotel, and Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel can utilize Extra Magic Hour to access Disney California Adventure® Park one hour before scheduled park opening every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
  • Celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or even a first visit? Always remember to ask for a button! While nothing is guaranteed, sometimes magical things happen to those proudly donning a celebration button.
  • One of the perks of being a Disney Visa® Cardmember is access to a special Character Meet ‘N’ Greet inside a Private Cardmember Location. Offered for  just a few hours daily, Cardmembers can find the Meet ‘N’ Greet inside Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure® Park.

Disney Cruise Line

  • We are often asked when is best to book a Disney Cruise Line vacation. That answer is simple – as early as possible! Unlike other vacation destinations, pricing on Disney Cruise Line typically increases as the ship fills. Early birds can expect great pricing and the best selection of cabin types and locations.
  • Before leaving home, be sure to download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App onto your smartphone. While onboard the ship, you can connect to the ship’s wi-fi (which is complimentary for this app) and conveniently access a calendar of events and activities, a deck plan of the ship, and a feature that allows you to message with other guests on your cruise.

These are just a few of the tricks we can treat you with now! Be sure to contact your Magic Maker® today for even more tricks to make the most of your next Disney Destination vacation! If you don’t have a personal Magic Maker® yet, let us know! We’d love to connect you with one!

Club Villain Premium Dining Event Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

In 2016, Disney’s Hollywood Studios® will introduce a new special ticketed dining event inside the Sunset Showcase venue.

Club Villain, hosted by Dr. Facilier, will be a mix of themed food, drinks, performances and encounters with some of Disney’s greatest villains – including Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Queen of Hearts, and Cruella De Vil. A house DJ will be on hand to keep the party going between the spellbinding stage shows.

You’ll enjoy some decadent New Orleans delicacies like tender beef striploin rubbed with herbes de Provence, Voodoo sticky “pig wings” with citrus gremolata and spicy shrimp sautéed with Andouille sausage, tomato, okra and onions over creamy polenta. Specialty alcoholic drinks plus beer and wine will also be available to guests over 21.

Sounds terror-ific, doesn’t it? Here are the rest of the details:

  • Dates: Jan. 16, 23; Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27; Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Time: Varies by Dates
  • Cost: $99 per person (tax and gratuity included)
  • Admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® is required and not included

Availability for these events are limited and will go quickly, so contact your Magic Maker® today!

Separate admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® is required, and is not included in the price of this package. Club Villain will be offered on select evenings only. Please check with your Magic Maker® for specific dates and times, as operating hours may vary. This event will offer banquet style seating, so you may be seated with other parties. Entertainment is subject to change or cancellation without notice. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. A valid form of government identification will be required to verify age. This offer may not be combined with any other discounts or promotions. Disney dining plan entitlements may not be redeemed for this event.

Early 2016 Savings at Disneyland® Resort

Savings shine bright at the Disneyland® Resort!

2016 is the perfect time to visit Disneyland® Park as they continue their 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration! 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 at a Disneyland® Resort hotel most Sun. – Thu. nights from Jan. 3–Mar. 31, 2016, and save up to 20%!

Booking Dates:
Book now – Mar. 10, 2016

Travel Dates:
Stays most Sunday – Thursday nights Jan. 3-Mar. 31 with travel completed by Apr. 1, 2016 and save:

  • Up to 20% on Premium Rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa and the Disneyland® Hotel
  • Up to 15% on Standard Rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa and the Disneyland® Hotel
  • Up to 10% on Standard and Premium Rooms at Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel

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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 most Sunday through Thursday night stays. Travel must be completed by April 1, 2016. Savings on premium rooms are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Paradise, Artisan and Regal suites. Additional savings may be available on other hotels and 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.

The ‘Disney Difference’

By Off to Neverland Travel® Director of Marketing Kyle Froman

The ‘Disney Difference’.

It’s that extra little sprinkling of pixie dust and magic that keeps beckoning us to visit “The Happiest Place on Earth” from all around the globe.

At times the ‘Disney Difference’ can be hard to describe with our words, yet when experienced, it is completely undeniable.

Last week after navigating a long and busy day at Magic Kingdom® Park, my family and I were ready for a brief reprieve from the heat of the day and bustle others around us also enjoying their time in the park.

We retreated to Fantasyland® Area to rest and refresh at Gaston’s Tavern. After scouting a location to sit and rest I slipped away to get us a few LaFou’s Brews from the counter.

After ordering and waiting what felt like only a few seconds I was handed our drinks by one of Gaston Tavern’s Cast Members. When I went to tap my wrist and pay the Cast Member quickly and proudly replied, “these are on us today!”

It was the ‘Disney Difference.’

It re-energized us and completely transformed the rest of our day.

A few days later we were ‘dragging’ through Epcot® after a full day and we decided to slow ourselves down with a visit to Character Spot. As we moved towards the queue a Cast Member asked where we were heading next. As we shared with him our Character Spot plans he encouraged us that now was a ‘great time to go’ as the line was only 5 or 10 minutes.

We smiled and continued towards the queue.

As we approached, we noticed the wait time was actually 45 minutes so we turned to walk away. As we did, the Cast Member that had just spoken to us approached us and said “follow me”.

He proceeded to lead us to the FastPass+ entrance and through the FastPass+ queue. Our wait did, indeed, end up being only 5 to 10 minutes thanks to the special touch this Cast Member added to our evening.

It was the ‘Disney Difference.’

We decided to end our night at Epcot® with a ride on Soarin’® Attraction since our 4 year old had finally ‘risen’ to the minimum height requirements. It was his first ride! We chose to ride during IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth so that the wait time would be a minimal.

Following our relatively short 45 minute wait, as we were boarding Soarin’® Attraction our 4 year old looked to the Cast Member nearest to him and said “Am I going to die?!”

The Cast Member was quick to assure him, and then adore him, before sending us off for our flight.

As our flight over California came to an end the same Cast Member returned and asked our 4 year old if we’d like to be on Soarin’® Attraction’s last flight for the night…of course we did!

It was the ‘Disney Difference.’

It’s the extra magic that Walt Disney World® Resort brings to every guest’s vacation.

It’s takes on different shapes for every guest and trip, but I’m certain that you will experience that same ‘difference’ on your next trip too!

In fact, our Magic Makers® are ready to sprinkle some pixie dust of their own, so be sure to contact us about helping your family navigate the Happiest Place on Earth!

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Minnie’s Seasonal Dine Coming to Hollywood & Vine

What was announced in August as a seasonal offering has now been expanded!

Earlier this week, the Walt Disney World® Resort announced a new Character Dining experience that will be available year-round at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.  Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine will be cookin’ up a festive dinner most nights starting Nov. 7, 2015. In addition to your hostess, Minnie, guests can expect to meet Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy dressed in “seasonal” costumes. Each season will also be celebrated with unique music, décor, varying menu items and interactive musical moments!

Reservations at Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine are available both with and without reserved seating at that night’s showing of Fantasmic! The cost for the Fantasmic! Dining Package is $52.99/adult and $31.99/child (ages 3-9), plus tax and gratuity. Without the reserved seating for Fantasmic, pricing is $46.99/adult and $27.99/child (ages 3-9), plus tax and gratuity or (1) table-service entitlement on your Disney Dining Plan. On October 27, reservations for the next seasonal dine (from Jan. 4 to Mar. 20) will open where Minnie’s dinner party will be celebrating the magic of the movies and the glamour of Hollywood. Reservations for the holiday season (Nov. 7, 2015 – Jan. 3, 2016) are already open with very limited availability.

Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine will continue during breakfast and lunch at Hollywood & Vine without changes.

Availability is limited, so contact your Magic Maker® today for details or reservations!