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Star Wars™ Fun at Walt Disney World® Resort

Back in 2015, 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 are in progress (no opening dates have been announced), some new Star Wars™-themed fun has already started in the parks – and there’s more to come at the Walt Disney World® Resort!

Here’s a look at what’s available:

Stars Tours® – The Adventures Continue

Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® now includes adventures with locations and characters from the popular Star Wars™: The Force Awakens. Soon, the attraction will once again be randomized to both start and end at different locations for every galactic journey. Also, new scenes from Star Wars™: Episode VIII will be added to within the coming year.

Jedi Training Academy 

A current favorite of young Padawans, Jedi Training Academy was recently reimagined. Now called Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, trainees face Darth Vader and the Seventh Sister – a new villain from Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars™ Launch Bay 

This interactive experience takes guests into the Star Wars™ Saga and hit film, Star Wars™: The Force Awakens. The experience features special exhibits and visits with favorite Star Wars™ characters like Chewbacca and Kylo Ren. Located inside the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, the area will soon feature new props from Rogue One: A Star Wars™ Story and show a behind-the-scenes film, “Meet the Makers.”

Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away

This live stage show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® celebrates iconic moments from the Star Wars™ saga with live vignettes featuring popular Star Wars™ characters, such as Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Darth Maul. Starting Dec. 16, AWR Troopers from Rogue One: A Star Wars™ Story will join the show. The show takes place multiple times each day at the Center Stage area near The Great Movie Ride®.

Stormtroopers March

Happening several times daily, the First Order’s strength is on display as Captain Phasma leads a squad of First Order stormtroopers from Star Wars™ Launch Bay to the Center Stage area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.

And coming soon:

Star Wars™: A Galactic Spectacular

On Dec. 16, 2016, the current Star Wars™: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.

Star Wars™: A Galactic Spectacular lights up the sky with Star Wars™-themed fireworks, lasers, light projections and other special effects combined with music and iconic characters and scenes from throughout the saga.

From Dec.16-31, it will join Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! as a second nightly fireworks spectacular. In 2017, the show will be presented at a schedule that has yet to be announced.

Star Wars™: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party

Returns on Dec. 31, 2016 for New Year’s Eve and will reopen in 2017. CLICK HERE for more details on the party.

Star Wars™ Guided Tour

Starting in 2017, a seven-hour guided tour will provide guests with a full Force all-access adventure. For $129, guests will receive:

  • Screening of Star Wars™: Path of the Jedi
  • Reserved viewing of 2 live stage shows—Star Wars™: A Galaxy Far, Far Away and March of the First Order
  • Participate in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple (ages 4-12)
  • Ride on Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue
  • A Star Wars™-inspired dinner at Backlot Express
  • Chewbacca and Kylo Ren Character Greeting
  • In-depth, insider’s tour around Star Wars™ Launch Bay
  • Admission to Star Wars™: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party
  • Reserved viewing of Star Wars™: A Galactic Spectacular nighttime fireworks event
  • A personalized souvenir to commemorate your adventures


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.

Highway in the Sky Dine-Around

On December 2nd a new dining experience launches at Walt Disney World® Resort, the Highway in the Sky Dine-Around.

The Highway in the Sky Dine-Around is an exclusive dining experience that transports you around Seven Seas Lagoon to Walt Disney World® Resort’s three monorail resort hotels for a culinary experience you are not soon to forget.

Your Highway in the Sky Dine-Around culinary experience will begin at The Wave…of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. After checking in, you’ll enjoy a welcome cocktail before priority boarding the monorail for the next stop on your journey.

Stop number two will be at Disney’s Polynesian Resort where the spirit of Aloha will greet you with South Pacific inspired drinks and appetizers.

Once your ‘visit to the islands’ is over, you’ll board the monorail yet again to continue your journey to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. This Victorian Era beach resort is home to the award-winning Citricos, where you will enjoy a delectable meal with wine. Afterwards, the lavish lobby will host you for wine and artisanal cheese.

The final stop on your journey around Seven Seas Lagoon will be Disney’s Contemporary Resort where you can unwind with desserts and coffee on a private patio with Cinderella Castle and Magic Kingdom® Park fireworks as the picturesque backdrop.

Highway in the Sky Dine-Around will be offered on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (except from December 23 to December 31) beginning December 2nd. Reservations are already open and our Magic Makers® are ready to help you plan the ultimate dining experience! The cost is $150 plus tax. Gratuity and valet parking is included!

No one cares more about your trip than you do…except our Magic Makers®! Contact us today to begin planning the magic of your next Disney Destination vacation.

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Disney News, Off to Neverland News, Walt Disney World News|0 Comments

It’s Beginning to Smell a Lot Like Christmas…

The Christmas season is almost upon us, and along with it comes the familiar sights, sounds and smells that transport us to joyful holiday memories.

Indeed, the smell of gingerbread is already wafting through Walt Disney World® Resort as pastry chefs all across property begin to fire up their ovens to bake the countless pieces of Christmas goodness to create their awe-inspiriting baked Christmas creations.

Throughout the Christmas season you will be able to experience these holiday delights all across Walt Disney World® Resort property. But remember, no tasting!!

Disney’s Contemporary Resort is home to the Gingerbread Holiday Castle which is already currently on display. Inspired by Disney’s “Frozen” with the feel of it’s a small world the castle made of sugar snowflakes, gingerbread shingles and chocolate-coated trees boasts 16 different Hidden Olafs! The Gingerbread Holiday Castle can be found on the fourth floor in the Grand Canyon Concourse.

Yesterday the largest gingerbread house on property was unveiled inside the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Not only will you get to admire this grand gingerbread creation made from 800 pounds of flour and 1,050 pounds of honey; every day (except for Sundays) there will be gingerbread house decorating demonstrations in the lobby! Also don’t forget to pick up your gingerbread house collectible pin featuring “Alice in Wonderland”.

Just in time for the post-election season, Epcot’s American Adventure pavilion will feature a tasty recreation of the United States Capital Building beginning November 25th. Joining the US Capital Building this year will also be the Lincoln Memorial. Don’t forget to look for the five Hidden Mickeys in the display!

Tusker House Restaurant joins in with a creation of its own inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park with an African-inspired Marketplace in its lobby beginning November 24th.

One of our favorites, The Holiday Carousel, will be back at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts in the “Beach-side” lobby again in 2016. This life-size spinning carousel is sure to delight both children and adults alike! You will want to be sure to find one or all of the 17 Hidden Mickeys; and don’t forget to pick up a limited-edition pin as well! Once you are done, swing over to the Yacht-side to see the Holiday Village and Miniature Train!

Disney’s BoardWalk Resort is taking gingerbread houses to the next level with “Gingerbread Academy”; an exciting opportunity for you to build your own gingerbread house to take home! If you’d prefer, there is also an opportunity to decorate a gingerbread cooking instead. “Gingerbread Academy” is $125.00 for up to four guests and cookie decorating is simply $8.95 per cookie ornament. Afterwards you can experience the lobby of Disney’s BoardWalk Resort which features gingerbread houses decorated by pastry chefs of the resort.

There is no more magical time of the year at Walt Disney World® Resort than the holiday seasons; and it’s never too late to make a last-minute trip to experience it all! Contact your Magic Maker® today for pricing and availability.

No one cares more about your trip than you do…except our Magic Makers®! Contact us today to begin planning the magic of your next Disney Destination vacation.

By | November 17th, 2016|Categories: Disney News, Walt Disney World News|0 Comments

Plan Your New Year’s Eve Celebration

In a little less than two months it will be time to welcome in another new year, and there is no better place to celebrate the night away than at Walt Disney World® Resort in Central Florida.

Full of magic, whimsy and wonder; Walt Disney World® Resort is the perfect backdrop to celebrate the year we’ve had while welcoming the year that is to come.

This year, Walt Disney World® Resort has lined up some truly remarkable experiences to bring in the new year. When paired with the knowledge, expertise and passion of a Disney Destination vacation getaway planned by one of our Magic Makers®, this New Year’s celebration is destined to be like no other!

Here is a glimpse of just a few of the special offerings available to you on December 31st, 2017:

California Grill New Year’s Eve Dinner. On December 31st California Grill will be transformed into a dine-around style gala, with cooking stations throughout the restaurant. Expect some of your favorite Disney characters to make appearances – along with Baby New Year. Wine and cocktails are included, as well as a magnificent view of the Magic Kingdom® Park fireworks! 7:30 p.m.-midnight, $650. (Dinner jacket required for men.)

Victoria & Albert’s New Year’s Eve Dinner. Dine in luxury on New Year’s Eve in this AAA Five Diamond restaurant with gracious “butler-style” service, live harp music and a personalized menu to remember your celebration. Dinner is 10 courses, including eight courses and two desserts including a selection of wines from around the world. Seatings between 6-7:45 p.m. $600.

New Year’s Eve at Epcot® World ShowPlace. The World ShowPlace Events pavilion will feature an all-you-care-to-eat dining experience along with fun photo opportunities and Disney tunes. Soups, salads, hearty dishes and desserts – and the kids get their own station with favorites like mac ‘n cheese, meatballs, chicken fritters and more. Seatings available from 3-9 p.m., $72.90, $44.38 ages 3 to 11. Later in the evening, head out to the promenade for fireworks over World Showcase Lagoon to welcome 2017.

Monsieur Paul New Year’s Eve Dinner. The upstairs dining room at the France pavilion at Epcot® will offer six seatings on New Year’s Eve: 11:45a.m., noon, 2:15p.m., 2:45p.m., 5:45p.m. and 6:15p.m. A four-course, prix fixe menu of classical French cuisine reflects the traditions of Chef Paul Bocuse. Cost is $110.81. A special late-night dinner with two seatings at 8:45p.m. and 9:45p.m. offers and enhanced French menu, including Paul Bocuse’s famous Soupe aux Truffles V.G.E. Cost is $305.03.

La Hacienda de San Angel New Year’s Dinner. New Year’s Eve at the Mexico pavilion in Epcot® World Showcase starts at 9:30p.m. and ends at 1a.m., and includes a five-course prix fixe dinner, live music with the mariachi band along with a picturesque view of the Epcot® IllumiNations holiday show. Wine is served with the main course (surf n’ turf) and a dessert liqueur with the sweet ending.

Narcoossee’s New Year’s Eve Dinner, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. A sumptuous four-course menu is offered with seatings between from 5 and 5:45p.m. A five-course menu is offered with seating from 8:30-9:25p.m. for a late-night celebration with live music. The menus both feature favorites such as Narcoossee’s lobster bisque, seared Wagyu beef and pan-seared halibut. First seating $150 for adults, $70 children ages 3-9. Second seating $255 for adults, $95 for children ages 3-9.

No one cares more about your trip than you do…except our Magic Makers®! Contact a Magic Maker® today to begin planning the magic of your next Disney Destination vacation.

By | November 10th, 2016|Categories: Disney News, Walt Disney World News|0 Comments

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

Disney’s Hollywood Studios® is continuing one of our favorite special ticketed dining events inside the Sunset Showcase venue through January 2017!

Club Villain, hosted by Dr. Facilier, is 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 is 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: Select nights through Jan. 27, 2017
  • Time: 2 shows per night – time varies by date
  • Cost: $129 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.

“Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

A new nighttime spectacular is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®!

Led by Wayne and Lanny from ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated special “Prep & Landing,” Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! will feature state-of-the-art projections, special effects and fireworks on and around the Chinese Theater.

The new show will take place Nov. 14 – Dec. 31, 2016!

Guests may take advantage of the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party which provides:

  • Reserved viewing of evening’s Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!
  • Special Dessert party featuring specialty beverages and more
  • A pair of 3D HoloSpex® glasses to use during the show (creates holographic illusions of gingerbread men, candy canes, snowflakes and ornaments on any bright point of light)

Pricing is $69 per adult or $39 for children ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included). Please contact your Magic Maker® to check availability or for further details!


Royal Tea Aboard Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line® has announced that one of their popular activities for young princes and princesses (ages 3+) is being expanded to all four ships!

Called Royal Court Royal Tea, the celebration combines classic Disney entertainment with an exclusive meet and greet opportunity with Disney Princesses who visit guests right at their table. Hosted by Lady Chamomile and Chef Brule, the Royal Pastry Chef, the teatime is filled with music, dancing, and storytelling. Lady Chamomile and Chef Brule’s will treat their guests to tea and a special two course – one sweet and one savory.

Tea party guests also get other surprises to take home and remember their day.

Young princesses receive:

  • Jewelry box
  • Link bracelet
  • Cinderella doll
  • Autograph Book and more…

Young princes receive:

  • Sword
  • Shield
  • Duffy bear and other surprises like pins and autograph book

Pricing for Royal Court Royal Tea is $210 for children and $69 for adults. Guests can already enjoy this offering on the Disney Fantasy and on 4-night itineraries of the Disney Dream. Royal Court Royal Tea will be extended to the other ships/itineraries as follows: Disney Dream (3-night itineraries) beginning Nov. 4, 2016; Disney Wonder beginning Nov. 10, 2016; and Disney Magic beginning Dec. 11, 2016.

Availability for the Royal Court Royal Tea is extremely limited on each sailing. Advanced reservations are required and can be made through your Magic Maker® or online in your My Cruise Activities section.

For more details, please contact your Magic Maker®.

(Offerings subject to change)

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Early 2017 Walt Disney World Room Discounts

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Create Family Memories at the Walt Disney World® Resort

2017 is the year for you to make new family memories at “The Most Magical Place on Earth!” From discovering the all-new Frozen Ever After attraction at Epcot® to uncovering the new nighttime experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® theme park, there’s truly something for everyone inside this magical Vacation Kingdom! When you pair these all-new experiences with the following special savings, now is the time to work with our Magic Makers® to plan the storybook vacation of your dreams!

For a limited time, save up to 25% at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Jan. 1 – Apr. 8, 2017. Not only will you enjoy staying closer to the magic, your stay will also include an array of special Disney touches and magical extras that only on-property guests receive.

Travel Dates:

  • Book a room at select Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels and save up to 25% on stays most nights from Jan. 1 – Apr. 8, 2017.

Book by:

  • Jan. 24, 2017

Contact your Magic Maker® today for pricing and availability!

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The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per adult charges may apply if there are more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Advance reservations required. Length of stay requirements may apply. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Offer excludes Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms.

Play, Stay, Dine, and Save at Walt Disney World® Resort

For a limited time, you can save on your upcoming adventure at the Walt Disney World® Resort. You’ll feel like royalty when you experience the world-class amenities of your Disney Resort hotel, enjoy Extra Magic Hours at the Parks, and receive complimentary transportation between Orlando International Airport and your hotel and throughout the entire Walt Disney World® Resort. Plus, you’ll receive advance opportunity to make FastPass+ reservations for your favorite attractions a month before regular day guests!

Save when you purchase a Walt Disney Travel Co. Magic Your Way Vacation package that includes room, tickets, and dining for stays most nights Jan. 1-Mar. 7, 2017.

Booking Window:
Book now – Dec. 21, 2016

Contact your Magic Maker® today to start exploring the “The Most Magical Place on Earth” with this promotion.

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Click here for details on Walt Disney World® Resort’s Early 2017 Room Discount!

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on a non-discounted price for the same package. Base tickets valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. Excludes alcoholic beverages and gratuities. Children ages 3-9 must order from children’s menu, if available. Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. Length of stay requirements: minimum of 3 nights and maximum of 14 nights.