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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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We’ll bring you more details as they become available!

‘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.

By |2018-04-27T15:10:36-05:00April 27th, 2018|Categories: Disney Cruise Line News, Disney News|0 Comments

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 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!

Save 20% On Select Disney Cruises Fall 2017 From New York City

Here’s your chance to save 20% on select Disney Cruise Line sailings this fall! Whether you are a first time cruiser or a proud Castaway Club member, you’ll be wowed by Broadway-caliber shows, diverse dining options, festive Halloween activities and great destinations!

Offer Details:

Some important details on Verandah Staterooms with Restrictions:

  • Full payment is required at the time of booking for all Guests and is non-refundable.
  • Full legal names of all Guests are required at time of booking and no name changes are allowed.
  • Specific stateroom will be assigned at a later time, based on availability.

Contact your Magic Maker® today! Availability is limited!

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Not combinable with Disney Vacation Club Points. Rate does not include Gratuities or Port Adventures. The number of staterooms allocated for this offer is limited. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Rates are in U.S. dollars Offer subject to Disney Cruise Line Terms and Conditions.

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)

Holidays at Sea Aboard Disney Cruise Line

Walt Disney World® Resort has always brought a little extra magic to the seasonal celebrations of Halloween and Christmas with Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom® Park.

Similar celebrations will be shipped off to sea with specially themed Halloween and Christmas sailings aboard Disney Cruise Line.

In September and October, all four Disney Cruise Line ships will host Halloween on the High Seas Cruises. Aboard these special themed sailings you will experience Halloween like you never have before! Kids will enjoy trick or treating with their favorite Disney characters and marching in the Costume parade, while adults will have their own fun with a costume contest and a villainous dance in adult areas. The entire family can come together and enjoy Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party and see Jack and Sally at Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream!

Halloween on the High Seas will be available on the following sailings:

  • Disney Magic: Oct. 2 – 29, 2016 and Sep. 27 – Oct. 28, 2017
  • Disney Wonder: Sep. 15 – Oct. 27, 2017
  • Disney Dream: Sep. 2 – Oct. 31, 2016 and Sep. 4 – Oct. 30, 2017
  • Disney Fantasy: Sep. 3 – Oct. 29, 2016 and Sep. 2 – Oct. 28, 2017

Then, Disney Cruise Line comes alive aboard all four ships for Very MerryTime Cruises. There is nothing like celebrating Christmas with a nautical flair as each ship is themed to a Christmas wonderland. During the Deck the Deck Tropical Holiday Party, the entire family can come together to play games, dance and celebrate with favorite Disney friends! Kids will be able to help launch all of the celebrations aboard the ship at a tree lighting ceremony. And of course, what Christmas celebration is complete without Santa and his elves on hand to greet you!

Very Merrytime Cruises will be available on the following sailings*:

  • Disney Magic: Nov. 5 – Dec. 23, 2016 and Nov. 11 – Dec. 24, 2017
  • Disney Wonder: Nov. 10 – Dec. 23, 2016 and Nov. 10 – Dec. 22, 2017
  • Disney Dream: Nov. 7 – Dec. 22, 2016 and Nov. 10 – Dec. 22, 2017
  • Disney Fantasy: Nov. 19 – Dec. 24, 2016 and Nov. 11 – Dec. 23, 2017

    * = some elements will begin construction in early Nov. and may not be available until late Nov.

Availability aboard Disney Cruise Line for these special themed cruises is limited! Reserve your spot through your Magic Maker® today to celebrate on the high seas with Disney Cruise Line!

Holiday activities and offerings are subject to change and may vary by ship and itinerary.

Breaking The Myths – Age Is Just A Number

Today, we are continuing our “Breaking the Myths” series by covering the topic of “age.” When it comes to a Disney Vacation, there is truth in the adage that “age is just a number.”

  1. Myth: My kids are too young/old
    As parents, you understand how quickly time flies and how precious each and every second is that you are able to spend with your children. How are they graduating Kindergarten when it seems like just yesterday they were born? Disney Destinations have an unexplainable way of making magical memories out of the simplest things. While your 8-month old may not remember the big smile on her face when she met Mickey, you certainly will! As an added bonus, children under age 3 receive free admission inside the parks of Walt Disney World® Resort and Disneyland® Resort, so it is a great time to save on your vacation.  And when you children grow older, they don’t outgrow Disney, their focus just simply shifts towards more fast-pace attractions like Rock ‘n Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™.
  2. Myth: Disney Vacations are only for kids
    Walt Disney was quoted as saying “You’re dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.” With that being said, it should be no surprise that Disney Destinations aren’t just for kids. In fact, there are so many things to do that several authors have written a book strictly on things adults can enjoy on their Disney Vacation. So whether it is a romantic dinner at Victoria & Albert’s in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, an adult-exclusive itinerary with Adventures by Disney® or a relaxing day at Serenity Bay on Disney Cruise Line private island, Castaway Cayyou will have a great time!
  3. Myth: Disney Parks have no rides for babies/toddlers 
    Disney Destinations makes traveling with little ones easy. Many of the attractions are family friendly and will accommodate your little travelers. For most of those more intense attractions, a Rider Swap option is available that allows guests to take turns waiting with those too small to ride a certain attraction, then “swap” with another adult from their party to experience the ride without standing in line twice. And when it comes time to take care of the little one, Baby Care Centers are available offering private rooms with rocking chairs for nursing mothers, diaper-changing rooms and rooms with highchairs.

And here is where your Magic Maker® steps in. We’ve not only visited the Disney Parks countless times ourselves, but we have helped take the stress out of planning vacations for families just like yours for over nine years now! Regardless of age, there is something for EVERYONE at any Disney Destination, so just call on your Magic Maker® to help uncover that hidden treasure!

New Experiences and Enhancements Set Sail on the Disney Wonder This Fall

Disney Cruise Line has announced some exciting new entertainment and experiences are in store for guests sailing aboard the Disney Wonder starting Nov. 10, 2016!

Changes will take place from stem to stern – providing new experiences and enhancing some existing features for guests of all ages. But one of the biggest announcements is that the Disney Wonder will debut a new exclusive stage show, “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular”, when it relaunches this fall!

Take a look at what’s in store for guests inside the Walt Disney Theater when the curtain rises for the  “first time in forever” on “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular”:

That’s just the beginning of it! Here’s a quick look at what other changes are on deck:

  • Disney’s Oceaneer Club (Ages 3-12)
    • Marvel Super Hero Academy – Young guests will train to develop the brave and adventurous heroes inside themselves. Exclusively on the Disney Wonder, Marvel Super Hero Academy will offer extraordinary adventures in which each young guest plays an integral role. With the mentorship of some of Marvel’s greatest Super Heroes, young trainees will learn the value of teamwork, bravery and problem solving through hands-on play and programs.
    • Frozen Adventures – Fun takes the form of imaginative play and hands-on activities featuring characters from Frozen.
    • Club Disney Junior – features favorite Disney Junior characters, storytelling and games.
  • it’s a small world Nursery – This new nursery will delight the youngest cruisers.
  • Tiana’s Place Restaurant –  will transport guests to an era of southern charm, spirited jazz and street party celebrations with a menu influenced by southern-style cuisine. Live music will be performed on the main stage, with rhythmic, toe-tapping notes of jazz, swing and blues setting the tone for the French Quarter supper club atmosphere.
  • Route 66 Rethemed as After Hours
    • A brand-new pub featuring a selection of British and specialty beers will invite guests to take a jaunt to an authentic English tavern. The pub will feature subtle nods to classic Disney films set in London.
    • Also making a debut is an all-new night club and a shiny new model of the popular Cadillac Lounge
  • A reimagined and relaxing Senses Spa & Salon and a new Chill Teen Spa
  • Animator’s Palate – will be updated to include the popular “Drawn to Magic” and “Animation Magic” dinner shows
  • Studio Sea will change to D Lounge for family games and entertainment
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will be added to provide magical makeovers for children ages 3-12
  • Refresh to the Edge club for tweens
  • Beach Blanket Buffet will become Cabanas
  • Palo will receive a makeover with Venetian-inspired décor
  • Deck 9 Water Enhancements
    • Twist ‘n’ Spout water slide
    • Dory’s Reef splash zone for toddlers
    • AquaLab pool and interactive water play area for kids and families

We’re so excited about this wave of new enhancements on the Disney Wonder! Let’s start planning your next Disney Cruise now – contact your Magic Maker® today!

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