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8 Things We’re Excited About in 2018 at Disney Destinations

While it’s hard to believe that 2017 is almost over, we are overflowing with excitement and anticipation of what’s coming in 2018 for Disney Destinations!

Here’s 8 things (in no particular order) that we can’t wait to experience!

1 Toy Story Land- In Summer 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, the all-new Toy Story Land will open to guests. Shrinking guests to the size of a toy, three attractions and a new quick-service dining location will await guests in the 11-acre play space. Slinky Dog Dash (a family-style coaster) and Alien Swirling Saucers will be the new attractions joining the already existing guest favorite Toy Story Mania!®. Woody’s Lunch Box will offer several meals and old-fashioned soda floats. No exact opening date in 2018 has been announced.

2 Disney Springs™ Additions- When you’re visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Springs™ is your place to eat, drink, and shop! And in 2018, the list of options is growing! Eight new dining concepts will open in 2018! The Edison will open as a lavish “Industrial Gothic” restaurant, bar and nighttime destination. Adjacent to that is a trio of modern Italian restaurant and bar concepts – Maria & Enzo’s, Enzo’s Hideaway, and Pizza Ponte. Terralina Crafted Italian will feature dishes inspired by “Top Chef Master” Chef Tony Mantuano ‘s adventures in Italy. Master Sommelier George Miliotes’ Wine Bar George will offer more than 100 wine selections by the bottle and glass along with shareable plates, cheese and charcuterie. Jaleo, a Spanish concept by world-renowned Chef José Andrés’ and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill are also slated to open in 2018.

3 Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park Celebrates 20 Years- Opening its gates for the first time on Earth Day in 1998, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park will celebrate 20 years in 2018! As part of the celebration, the Flights of Wonder show is being retired to make room for the debut of a new show featuring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s film UP! The new show will feature species of birds from around the world at the Caravan Theater in Anandapur Village. We’re sure that more special events will be announced before the big day, so stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details!

4 Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Transformation- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is currently receiving some major enhancements that are set to be completed late Summer 2018! For our guests that have stayed at the resort before, the biggest change will be the elimination of the Customs House! Old Port Royale will act as a centralized location for check in/out as well as merchandise and dining. Other updates include an all-new Centertown Market for casual eats, waterfront dining at an all-new Shutters restaurant, a new Banana Cabana outdoor bar and lounge, and an refurbished Calypso Trading Post for shopping.

5 Return of Disney on Broadway Much to our delight, the Epcot® International Festival of the Arts will return from Jan. 12 – Feb. 19, 2018! Also returning is what we believe to the highlight of the festival, the Disney On Broadway performances which happen each weekend (Fridays through Mondays at 5:30p, 6:45p and 8:00p) in the America Gardens Theatre. This years performers include:

  • Jan. 12-15 and 19-22: Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey
  • Jan. 26-29 and Feb. 2-5: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White
  • Feb. 9-12 and 16-19: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland

The concerts are included with standard Epcot® admission but because of popularity, we suggest experiencing Disney on Broadway with a dining package that includes preferred seating!

6 Pixar Fest and Pixar Pier For over 20 years, the beloved characters of Pixar Animation Studios have found a special place in our hearts. And in 2018, they’ll come to life like never before with the addition of Pixar Fest and Pixar Pier at the Disneyland® Resort! Pixar Fest, the biggest theme park celebration of stories and characters from Pixar, will feature a new “Together Forever—A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” plus the return of ‘Paint the Night’ and ‘Pixar Play Parade.Pixar Pier will transform the area that is now Paradise Pier inside Disney California Adventure® Park with the thrilling, reimagined Incredicoaster, four new imaginative neighborhoods, plus entertainment, themed food and beverage, and more! CLICK HERE for more details on everything Pixar coming to Disneyland® Resort.

7 Downtown Disney® District Additions- There’s no doubt that the west end of the Disneyland® Resort’s Downtown Disney® District will see a lot of changes in the next 4 years with the construction of a new Disney-owned Four Diamond hotel that is set to open in 2021! But in 2018, you’ll see a few new locations open for your enjoyment. Splitsville Luxury Lanes will open in early 2018 with 20 bowling lanes, four dining areas, and much more. The New York-based Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer will open its first California location offering award-winning burgers and signature CrazyShake™ milkshakes that boast whimsical and over-the-top decorations and flavors. And in early 2018, D-Street will be re-imagined into a Disney-themed home goods store with products that change with each season.

8 Enchanting Enhancements for Disney Magic- Exciting new spaces and new experiences are coming to the Disney Magic in March 2018! An all-new enchanting dining experience will be created for families at Rapunzel’s Royal Table! Guests will be treated to live entertainment during their dinner, and maybe even an appearance by Princess Rapunzel herself. A redesign is coming for the Vibe, the space on the ship reserved for teens ages 14-17, which will be transformed into a trendy urban loft environment. And Cove Café, an adult-exclusive retreat located near the Quiet Cove Pool, will be redesigned in a sophisticated tropical style. The new enhancements debut on the Disney Magic’s Mar. 9, 2018 sailing.

What new addition at Disney Destinations are you excited about? Contact your Magic Maker® today and start planning your next getaway!

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Disney Cruise Line Offers 50% Off Deposits

This Year’s New Year Resolution – Together Time!

2018 is the year to make wonderful family memories! That’s easy with the help of Disney Cruise Line’s Broadway-style shows, delicious dining and incredible deck parties. But the fun isn’t just onboard; you’ll visit amazing ports of call from tropical wonderlands to enchanting European escapes. As an added bonus, book by February 15, 2018 and enjoy 50% off* the required deposit on select 2018 – 2019 sailings!

Offer Details:

When you book a Disney cruise of 7 nights or longer that’s scheduled to set sail between June 23, 2018 and May 31, 2019, you’ll pay just half of the typical deposit on the day of booking with the remainder of the deposit due with final payment! Disney Cruise Line offers flexible payment options with final payment typically due 75-90 days prior to travel. To take advantage of this offer, you must book by February 15, 2018!

Contact your Magic Maker® today for to turn “family time” into “once upon a time!”

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*Taxes, fees and port expenses, gratuities and Port Adventures are not included. Not valid on categories with restrictions (IGT, OGT, VGT), suites or Concierge-level staterooms.. Valid on all 7-night or longer sailings that do not require final payment at time of booking and take place between June 23, 2018 and May 31, 2019. Rates are in U.S. dollars This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Offer subject to Disney Cruise Line Terms and Conditions

Pixar-Themed Additions Coming to the Disneyland® Resort

This year, many of your favorite Disney•Pixar stories will take center stage at the Disneyland® Resort!

Pixar Fest

Starting Apr. 13, 2018, a one-of-a-kind celebration called Pixar Fest will begin! This limited-time event will featuring the debut of an all-new nighttime spectacular, the return of two fan-favorite parades, new Pixar experiences, and entertainment.

Here’s just a taste of what’s in store:

Disneyland® Park

  • Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular will light up Disneyland® Park with dazzling pyrotechnics and amazing projections at iconic park locations like Sleeping Beauty Castle, the water screens of the Rivers of America, the façade of “it’s a small world” and the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Pixar Play Parade will make its debut inside Disneyland® Park for the very first time with new show elements –  the Pixar lamp, and Characters from Up and Inside Out.

Disney California Adventure® Park

  • Paint the Night parade returns to the Disneyland® Resort, making Disney California Adventure® Park its home! This mesmerizing procession will spotlight many Pixar stories, including characters from Toy Story, Monsters, Inc. and Cars—in addition to an all-new “The Incredibles” float joining the parade later in June.

Pixar Pier

And on June 23, the area that was known as Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure® Park will be transformed into Pixar Pier! This new land will introduce four whimsical neighborhoods and a transformation of the old California Screamin’ to the new Incredicoaster!

Here’s a preview of the changes:

  • Neighborhood #1 inspired by Disney·Pixar’s “The Incredibles” involves a transformation of California Screamin’ to the new Incredicoaster where the Parr family races alongside guests in an attempt to catch baby Jack-Jack!
  • Neighborhood #2 inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story” will be developed around the popular Toy Story Mania! attraction.
  • Neighborhood #3 inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” will introduce a new and yet unannounced family-friendly attraction that will open at a later date.
  • Neighborhood #4 will include Mickey’s Fun Wheel and will celebrate a collection of favorite Pixar stories. Mickey’s Fun Wheel will get a new look with each gondolas showcasing a different Pixar character. The Games of the Boardwalk will also be refreshed to match the new theme.
  • Ariel’s Grotto restaurant and the Cove Bar will be transformed into a Pixar-themed lounge.
  • All of the remaining areas of Paradise Pier will become a new land called Paradise Park.

NOTE: To prepare for the changes to Pixar Pier, California Screamin’, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Games of the Boardwalk, Sideshow Shirts, Ariel’s Grotto and Cove Bar are now closed!

We’re really excited to experience these changes coming to the Disneyland® Resort! Contact your Magic Maker® today to start planning your vacation To Infinity and Beyond!

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Disney World Dining Caters to Everyone – Special Needs Dining

Anyone who has visited the Walt Disney World® Resort in the past can tell you about their excellent dining options. From the ethnic restaurants in the World Showcase at EPCOT®, to the class act dinner theater like Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, and the one-of-a kind restaurants like 50’s Prime Time Café, there is something for everyone. But if you are one of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, you may think that your choices are limited. With the MAGIC of Disney, it is actually quite the opposite.

When traveling with someone with a food allergy, they’ll be pleasantly surprised with the quality of service provided. When your Magic Maker® makes you advance dining reservations (ADRs), they’ll notify them of the allergy to alert the staff of the extra care needed.

Once you get to your table service meals, you’ll want to remind the host/hostess of your allergies. At most locations, they will have a special allergy-friendly menu with options for you to choose from. If not or if you have any further questions, they can notify the chef to come out and talk about our particular dietary need. Each chef will go to great lengths to ensure your meal is made without any allergen contamination. If it is a buffet meal, the chefs often have a listing or will escort you around to identify “safe” foods.

For counter service, you’ll notify the cast member at the order podium of your restrictions. At most locations, they will have a special Allergy Menu that you’ll be able to order off of. If not, they’ll notify a manager to come and consult you on what your available options were. For snacks, you’ll find a selection of allergy friendly options at many of the food & merchandise locations!

Visiting one of the other domestic Disney Destinations? No worries! Disneyland® Resort, Disney Cruise Line, and Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa all have programs that function similarly and are equally as safe and efficient!

The Special Dietary program at Disney Destinations is just another example of how they continues to exceed expectations of their guests. In fact, in December 2017 the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) recognized Walt Disney Parks and Resorts as an industry leader in providing safe, quality dining experiences to guests with allergies and special diets! So sit back and enjoy your meal!

Atlanta Braves 2018 Spring Training

Take me out to the ball game!

For the 21st (and sadly final) year, the Atlanta Braves will start their Spring Training at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® Resort. Taking place inside Champion Stadium, this year’s lineup includes several marquee Major League Baseball teams including two games against the New York Mets and a game with the World Series Champion Houston Astros!

Each Braves spring training game has unique Disney touches from in-game entertainment to Disney character appearances. After every game, kids are invited onto the field for the running the bases!

Here’s a rundown of the 2018 schedule:

  • Mon. Feb. 26 – vs. Washington Nationals @ 1:05p
  • Tue. Feb. 27 – vs. Pittsburgh Pirates @ 1:05p
  • Wed. Feb. 28 – vs. New York Mets @ 1:05p
  • Thu. Mar. 1 – vs. Washington Nationals @ 1:05p
  • Sat. Mar. 3 – vs. St. Louis Cardinals @ 1:05p
  • Sun. Mar. 4 – vs. Miami Marlins @ 1:05p
  • Mon. Mar. 5 – vs. Pittsburgh Pirates @ 1:05p
  • Thu. Mar. 8 – vs. Houston Astros @ 1:05p
  • Fri. Mar. 9 – vs. New York Yankees @ 6:05p
  • Mon. Mar. 12 – vs. Philadelphia Phillies @ 6:05p
  • Tue. Mar. 13 – vs. Toronto Blue Jays @ 1:05p
  • Wed. Mar. 14 – vs. Philadelphia Phillies @ 1:05p
  • Thu. Mar. 15 – vs. Detroit Tigers @ 1:05p
  • Sat. Mar. 17 – vs. St. Louis Cardinals @ 1:05p
  • Mon. Mar. 19 – vs. Toronto Blue Jays @ 1:05p
  • Wed.  Mar. 21 – vs. Detroit Tigers @ 6:05p
  • Fri. Mar. 23 – vs. Detroit Tigers @ 1:05p
  • Sat. Mar. 24 -vs. New York Yankees @1:05p

Schedule subject to change

Ticket go on sale Dec. 11, 2017 and start at just $15 per person, so enjoy a day at the ballpark! Contact your Magic Maker® for more details.

Enjoy an ‘Ultimate Disney Christmas’

The holidays are right around the corner, and the Walt Disney Travel Company is making it possible for your family to have the “Ultimate Disney Christmas” package!

Why buy presents that will get played with a few times and then sit collecting dust when you can purchase an experience that will create memories that last a lifetime? With several special and exclusive inclusions, this package will do just that!

Here are the details:

Ultimate Disney Christmas Package

Special Package Inclusions:

  • Tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom® Park (12/21)
  • Special nighttime access to Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park (12/22)
  • Unique holiday character experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® (12/23)
  • Exclusive Christmas Eve Dinner at Epcot® (12/24)
  • Special Christmas Day gift delivered to your room (12/25)

Walt Disney Travel Company Package Details:

  • 5-night stay at a Disney Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort
  • 4-day Magic Your Way® tickets with Park Hopper® option

Travel Dates: Dec. 21 – Dec. 26, 2017
Booking Dates: Oct. 16 – Dec. 10, 2017

Availability for this special package is extremely limited, so contact your Magic Maker® right away!

The number of packages available for purchase is limited. Valid Theme Park admission required to attend Theme Park events included with this offer. Theme Park tickets with Park Hopper Option must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must be by December 31, 2018. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Offer excludes 3-bedroom Villas, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. One holiday gift per room.

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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. 10, 2018.

Booking Window:
Book now – Dec. 22, 2017

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 2018 Room Discount!

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on a non-discounted price for the same package. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. First use muse occur on or before December 31, 2018. Some table-service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase. Advance reservations required. Length of Stay Requirements of Minimum – 3 nights to Maximum – 14 nights exists. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom villas, The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

Stay Longer Save More at Aulani

It’s time to experience the Hawai‘i you’ve always dreamed of! From the moment you walk into Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, you’ll agree that this beachfront paradise set on the shores of Ko Olina is a whole new world of family fun.

So much is included with your stay, from a supervised kids’ club and world-class entertainment to unforgettable pools, lazy river, waterslides, special splash zones for the little ones and more! Maybe that’s why Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards named Aulani the 2016 Winner for “World’s Best Family Beach Hotel”!

Plan your escape from reality now with a family getaway to Aulani by taking advantage of this great promotion:

The longer you stay, the more you save!

Contact your Magic Maker® today and experience the award winning Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa!

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Savings based on the non-discounted rate for the same room. The number of rooms allocated for this offer may be limited. Resort credits may not be redeemed for cash in whole or in part, sold separately, transferred or refunded, and expire at 11:59 p.m. on package departure date. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation. Excludes suites and 3- bedroom Grand Villas. Additional charges may apply if more than two (2) adults per room. Cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. Advance reservations required.

‘Epcot® International Festival of the Arts’ Returns in 2018

After a successful first year, the Walt Disney World® Resort has announced the return of the Epcot® International Festival of the Arts!

Taking place from Jan. 12-Feb. 19, 2018, you’ll enjoy world-class cuisine, visual arts, and live Broadway entertainment. New for 2018, the Festival will remain open all week long, creating plenty of happenings for you and your family to explore! While all details haven’t been announced yet, here’s a look at what you can expect:

  • Performing Arts – from local bands to Broadway stars and more!
  • Culinary Arts – delightful fare is waiting for you at themed food studios, eateries and dining events
  • Visual Arts –
    • Curated Exhibits
    • Art in Action
    • Seminars and Hands-on Workshops with Pros

We’ll keep you updated as details are announced!

Contact your Magic Maker® for more details!

 

Epcot® admission required. Events are subject to change or cancellation without notice

Holidays Shine Bright at the Disneyland® Resort

It is almost that time of year again!  From November 10, 2017 to January 7, 2018, the Disneyland® Resort transforms into a winter wonderland! Here are just some of the holiday fun you can expect this year at the Disneyland® Resort. We’ll keep you updated on any future holiday announcements!

At Disneyland® Park:

  • Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle and “Believe… in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular return to the holiday lineup.
  • Also returning is “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, “it’s a small world” Holiday, and Haunted Mansion Holiday!

At Disney California Adventure® Park:

  • “World of Color – Seasons of Light” returns to celebrate the heartfelt spirit of the holidays!
  • Santa Claus will greet guests inside Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.
  • Festival of the Holidays returns as a showcase of diverse cultural holiday celebrations. In addition to the always popular Disney ¡Viva Navidad!, the festival will feature marketplaces serving internationally-inspired food and beverage.

Start planning your escape to the Disneyland® Resort for the holidays!

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Attractions and entertainment are subject to change without notice.