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Disney Destinations News from the D23 Expo

From Friday, Aug. 23 through Sunday, 25, 2019, fans of The Walt Disney Company will flock to the D23 Expo Anaheim Convention Center in beautiful Southern California to celebrate everything Disney – past, present and future!

During every D23 Expo, we find out additional details around yet-to-be-announced and highly-anticipated attractions and experiences coming to Disney Destinations! While some of these exciting announcement will come at various times throughout the weekend, the majority will be released during a presentation hosted by Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 10:30a Pacific.

Below is the latest Disney Destinations news from the D23 Expo. This page will be continuously updated as more details emerge.

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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, Aug. 19 – Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019

Available Sailings:

Sailing From Itinerary Ship Sailing Date Category Available
Port Canaveral, FL 4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 08/26/2019 Select
4-Night Bahamian Disney Dream 09/30/2019 7A
7-Night E. Caribbean Disney Fantasy 11/02/2019 5C
7-Night W. Caribbean Disney Fantasy 12/21/2019 5D

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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.

Disney Cruise Line Returns to Popular Home Ports in Summer 2020

In the summer of 2020, Disney Cruise Line will return to the popular home ports of Vancouver, Barcelona, Civitavecchia, Dover, and Copenhagen in addition to their permanent home in Port Canaveral! Whether you’re wanting to set sail in the Caribbean, be awestruck by the beauty and nature of Alaska, or explore charming cities of Europe, these amazing Disney Cruise Line itineraries have you covered.


Click below to see what’s in store for summer 2020:

Disney Wonder sailing in Alaska

Alaskan Adventures from Vancouver

Alaskan Adventures

In late May through Early September 2020, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for the summer season. Seven-night itineraries depart from Vancouver, Canada, with visits to Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point and Dawes Glacier. Set sail for stunning scenery and fun and adventure both in port and on the ship.

Disney Magic sailing in Europe

European Explorations

from Barcelona, Civitavecchia, Dover, and Copenhagen

Disney Cruise Line returns to Europe in summer 2020 for the Disney Magic’s grand tour of Europe! With 15 different itineraries varying from 5- to 12-nights, the Disney Magic will pay visits to the Mediterranean and Greek Isles, the Baltic, British Isles and Norwegian fjords. New ports of call throughout the 2020 season include Messina, Italy; Gdynia, Poland; Nordfjordeid, Norway; Plymouth, England; and Zeebrugge, Belgium.

Sailings from Port Canaveral, Florida

from Port Canaveral, Florida

And as always, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will continue to sail from Port Canaveral, Florida on the popular Bahamian, Eastern Caribbean, and Western Caribbean itineraries – all making a stop at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island oasis in the Bahamas!

Bookings for summer 2020 open to the general public on Mar. 7, 2019 with advance booking opportunities for Disney Cruise Line Castaway Club Members according to the following schedule:

  • Mar. 4, 2019: Platinum Castaway Club Members
  • Mar. 5, 2019: Gold Castaway Club Members
  • Mar. 6, 2019: Silver Castaway Club Members, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Adventures by Disney® Insiders

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‘MARVEL™ Day at Sea’ on Select Disney Cruise Line Sailings

In addition to the already announced 2019 dates, MARVEL™ Day at Sea will be returning for select Disney Magic sailings in 2020! This action-packed day will bring the epic adventures of the MARVEL™ Universe to a ship in floating somewhere the Atlantic.

There will be events geared to guests of all ages. Planned activities include:

  • Meet-and-Greets with Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America and other MARVEL™ Universe Super Heroes
  • A spectacular MARVEL™-themed party on the ship’s upper deck complete with music, dancing and games
  • A finale to the party that only a Super Hero could arrange – including a stunning display of themed pyrotechnics, lighting, sound effects, and MARVEL™ Super Heroes and Super Villains
  • MARVEL™-themed trivia for kids and families
  • MARVEL™-themed games, activities and arts and crafts offered throughout the day in the Oceaneer Club.
  • Special merchandise and unique food and beverage offerings

All the unforgettable fun of MARVEL™ Day at Sea will occur one day during select Disney Magic sailings from Miami. Those sailing dates are:

5-night Western Caribbean –  include a stop at Castaway Cay and either Cozumel, Mexico, or Grand Cayman

  • 2019Feb. 3, 17; Mar. 3
  • 2020Jan. 18; Feb. 1, 15, 29

5-night Bahamian –  include a stop at Key West, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; and Castaway Cay

  • 2019 – Feb. 8, 22; Mar. 8
  • 2020 – Jan. 9, 27; Feb. 10, 24; Mar. 9

These sailings are guaranteed to bring out your superhuman abilities! Contact your Magic Maker® today for pricing and availability!

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Activities and events subject to change.

‘Star Wars™ Day at Sea’ on Select Disney Cruise Line Sailings

Dark Side… Light Side… Port Side…

Disney Cruise Line has announced that in addition to the already announced 2019 dates,  Star Wars™ Day at Sea will be returning to nine select sailings on the Disney Fantasy in early 2020! This day long celebration brings Star Wars™ fun to a ship in a galaxy far, far away – in the Caribbean.

From Jedis-in-training to Jedi Masters, there will be events geared to guests of all ages. Planned activities include:

  • Star Wars™ Deck Party and Fireworks
    • Evening filled with Music, Dancing, Games, and show
    • Deck party ends with a spectacular display of themed pyrotechnics, lasers, lighting, sound effects and Star Wars™ music
  • Themed Youth and Family Activities
    • Dress up in your own stellar costumes
    • Jedi Training Academy experience teaches young “Padawans” lightsaber moves to face off against the evil Darth Vader
    • Star Wars™ Trivia
    • Star Wars™-themed crafts, games and activities in Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab for youth
  • Meet and Greets with favorite Star Wars™ characters
    • Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Darth Vader and others will hold scheduled meet and greets and roam the decks and elsewhere around the ship
  • At-Sea screenings of Star Wars™ films
    • Watch all ten Star Wars™ films in the saga
  • Special Food/Beverage Offerings

All the intergalactic fun of Star Wars™ Day at Sea will occur one day during select 7-night Western and Eastern Caribbean Disney Fantasy sailings. Those sailing dates are:

Western Caribbean – includes stops in Cozumel, Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay

  • 2019Feb. 2, 16; and Mar. 2
  • 2020 – Jan. 4, 18; Feb. 1, 15 and 29

Eastern Caribbean – includes stops in Tortola, St. Thomas and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay

  • 2019Feb. 9, 23
  • 2020 – Jan. 11, 25; Feb. 8, 22

These sailings are guaranteed to be out-of-this galaxy! Contact your Magic Maker® today for pricing and availability!

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Activities and events subject to change.

Disney Cruise Line Offers 50% Off Deposits

This Year’s New Year Resolution – Together Time!

2019 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, 2019 and enjoy 50% off* the required deposit on select 2019 – 2020 sailings!

Offer Details:

When you book a select Disney cruise of 4 nights or longer that’s scheduled to set sail between June 23, 2019 and May 30, 2020, 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 90-120 days prior to travel. To take advantage of this offer, you must book by February 15, 2019!

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

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*Remaining balance due at time of final payment. Valid for new bookings only on sailings booked by February 15, 2019. Valid on all 4-night or longer sailings that do not require final payment at time of booking and take place between Jun. 22, 2019 and May 30, 2020. This offer is valid from Dec. 21, 2018 to Feb. 15, 2019. U.S. and Canada only. No booking code is needed. 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. Rates are in U.S. dollars. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers and discounts. Offer subject to Disney Cruise Line Terms and Conditions.

19 Reasons to Visit a Disney destination in 2019

The one constant at Disney destinations is change! In the early days of Disneyland® Park, Walt was famously quoted talking about the future of the park:

“Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”

Walt Disney

2019 will be no different for Disney destinations –  adding new and limited-time shows, parties, experiences, resorts, restaurants and lands across their properties! We’re excited about what’s to come in 2019 and wanted to share some of our favorites.

In no particular order, here’s our 19 Reasons to visit Disney destinations in 2019!

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Disney Destinations News from D23 Destination D

Some exciting details on new experiences coming in the future to Disney Parks were just announced at D23’s Destination D at the Walt Disney World® Resort! Here’s an overview of what was announced!

Walt Disney World® Resort

  • “Wonderful World of Animation” – new nighttime state-of-the-art projection show debuting at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® in May 2019 as part of the park’s 30th anniversary celebration features 90 years of Disney Animation.
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – Work is still in progress on Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. This will be the first-ever ride-through attraction themed to Mickey Mouse!
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration – From Jan. 18 to Sep. 30, 2019, Magic Kingdom® Park hosts a surprise celebration for Mickey & Minnie featuring new food, merchandise and entertainment, including a new dance party with Mickey, Minnie and their friends.
  • New Nighttime Spectacular at Epcot® –  Opening in 2020, this new nighttime spectacular will celebrate how Disney music inspires people around the world. The still-unnamed show will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers.
  • “Epcot Forever” – In fall 2019 between the end of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth and the debut of the new Epcot® nighttime show, a limited-time show called “Epcot Forever” will play in World Showcase Lagoon featuring classic Epcot® tunes. The show will begin with a spark of imagination that swells into an epic spectacle of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers, and special effects kites.
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure – Scheduled to open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World® Resort in 2021, the “Ratatouille” experience coming to the France pavilion officially has a name – Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
  • France Pavilion – Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure isn’t the only new things coming to the France pavilion. A brand new “Beauty and the Beast” sing-along created by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films, will soon debut in the pavilion.
  • O Canada Update – In the Canada pavilion, an update of the existing O Canada! 360-degree show is in the works.
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – We now know the names of the two major attractions that will be part of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on opening day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run puts guests behind the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy in one of three unique flight crew roles. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance  will put guests in the middle of an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order.
  • Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge – A new deluxe-level resort is planned to open in 2022. Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge is a nature-inspired resort located along the picturesque shoreline of Bay Lake between Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and will feature more than 900 hotel rooms and villas.

Disneyland® Resort

  • “Get Your Ears On — A Mickey and Minnie Celebration” – This limited-time celebration will feature new entertainment, food and merchandise throughout the resort. Starting Jan. 18, “Mickey’s Mix Magic” will light up the night at Disneyland® park with all-new music, projections and lasers that set the scene for an epic dance party that takes over almost the entire park. Also, the fan-favorite Mickey’s Soundsational Parade returns to Disneyland® Park in Jan. 2019 with a new float for Mickey!
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – We now know the names of the two major attractions that will be part of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on opening day at Disneyland®Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run puts guests behind the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy in one of three unique flight crew roles. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will put guests in the middle of an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order.

Disney Cruise Line

  • Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Party at SeaDisney Cruise Line is celebrating everyone’s favorite mouse with Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Party at Sea. Guests aboard select Disney Fantasy sailings in Summer 2019 will enjoy an all-new high-energy deck party.

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‘Stars Set Sail’ on Select Disney Cruise Line Sailings

Broadway fans will rejoice in the news that Disney Cruise Line’s “Stars Set Sail” program is returning in 2018!

Back for a 2nd year, “Stars Set Sail” brings some of Broadway’s most prodigious stars onstage in the Walt Disney Theatre to for a live concert highlighting the headliner’s theatrical repertoire. Other events during these special sailings may include Q&A sessions, adult-only shows, and theater classes for teens and tweens!

Here’s a look at this year’s “Stars Set Sail” schedule:

Disney Magic 05/13/18 Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”)
Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
07/07/18 Susan Egan (“Beauty and the Beast”)
07/29/18 Jonathan Freeman (“Aladdin,” “The Little
Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast”)
08/16/18 Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)
09/09/18 Michelle Mallardi (“Beauty and the Beast”)
Disney Wonder 07/09/18 Kissy Simmons (“The Lion King”)
10/19/18 Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”)
Disney Fantasy 06/30/18 Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”)
12/29/18 Susan Egan (“Beauty and the Beast”)

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Talent, activities and events subject to change.

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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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