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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – What We Know About Batuu

Back in August of 2015, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced that a brand-new, 14-acre Star Wars-themed land was coming to Disneyland® Park in Southern California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® in Florida. Since then, anticipation has reached galactic proportions as construction and details of the largest single-themed land expansion at both parks has progressed.

Let’s take a look at what we know so far about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. We’ll keep the page updated as more details emerge.

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Artist Rendering. Actual construction may vary. © Disney/Lucasfilm

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

Contact your Magic Maker® Travel Professional today for more details!

‘Disney Early Morning Magic’

Walt Disney World® Resort is featuring two special events giving guests breakfast and early morning access to favorite Magic Kingdom® Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® attractions.

On select mornings, Disney Early Morning Magic will allow limited-entry, first-access to Magic Kingdom® Park’s Fantasyland® or Disney’s Hollywood Studios® Toy Story Land before operating hours. This is a great option for guests who want to get a jump-start on their day at “The Most Magical Place on Earth.”

Entry requires purchase of regular theme park admission and a separate ticket to Disney Early Morning Magic. Below is additional information on the event:

Contact your Magic Maker® travel professional for more details and to secure your tickets!

Magic Kingdom® Park (Dec. 2, 2018 and after): Official Check-in will take place near the far left Touchpoints of the Main Entrance to Magic Kingdom park beginning at 7:30 AM. Starting at 7:45 AM, event Guests will be admitted into the park and guided into Fantasyland. Guests arriving after 7:45 AM should check in inside the park on the Teacups bridge. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Princess Fairytale Hall, “it’s a small world”, Under the Sea ~ Adventures of the Little Mermaid and Mad Tea Party are the only attractions that will be operational during this special event. From 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM, breakfast will be available at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café. Guests who have purchased both regular theme park admission and special event entry will receive an event wristband for identification upon check-in.
Around 9:00 AM, the theme park will open to Guests with regular Magic Kingdom admission tickets and event-only attraction access will end. Please note that regular theme park admission is required for this event, in addition to Disney Early Morning Magic admission. The number of Guests admitted to these events is limited. In addition, all reservations are non-refundable, non-transferrable and are only valid for admission during the special event date and hours. All attractions, entertainment and experiences are subject to change without notice.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios®: Separate Disney’s Hollywood Studios admission is required. Check-in will take place at the Main Entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests who have purchased both regular Disney’s Hollywood Studios admission and Disney Early Morning Magic event entry will receive a wristband for identification upon check-in. During this special event, the only attractions available will be Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers and Toy Story Mania! along with opportunities to meet Buzz, Woody and Jessie. Guests must be 38” or taller to experience Slinky Dog Dash and 32” or taller to experience Alien Swirling Saucers. Guests with a 7:30 AM reservation will begin in Toy Story Land and breakfast will be available from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM. Other reservation times may be available based on capacity. At approximately 9:00 AM, the theme park will open to Guests with regular theme park admission tickets and event-only attraction access will end. If using Walt Disney World Transportation, please confirm transportation schedules as reservation times may be outside of transportation operating hours. Please allow up to 1.5 hours to get to your destination when traveling within Walt Disney World property. The number of Guests admitted to these events is limited. In addition, all reservations are non-refundable, non-transferrable and are only valid for admission during the special event date and hours. All attractions, entertainment and experiences are subject to change without notice.

By | 2019-02-25T14:25:41-05:00 February 25th, 2019|Categories: Disney News, Walt Disney World News|Tags: |1 Comment

‘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.

2019 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tickets Available

Many of us are still experiencing Winter weather, but Magic Kingdom® Park is already busy planning for this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties. While specific details of the specially-ticketed party has not been released, you can expect to enjoy devilish décor, delightful treats, and enchanting special entertainment.

2019 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Event Dates:

  • Aug. – 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
  • Sep. – 2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
  • Oct. – 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31
  • Nov. – 1

Pricing varies by date, but start at $79 in advance or $89 at the gate, if available, plus tax.

Contact your Magic Maker® travel professional today to secure your tickets as some dates will sell out!

Note: Disney Parks have revised their costuming guidelines for special events in their theme parks. While costumed attire may be worn, guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body as they may be subject to additional security screening. Additionally, costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.

Early 2019 Walt Disney World Room Discounts

New Year, New Experiences at the Walt Disney World® Resort

Reset and recharge from the hustle of the holidays at “The Most Magical Place on Earth!” From discovering what’s new at the Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival to exploring Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and Pandora – The World of Avatar 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 perfect vacation that will create memories that last a lifetime!

For a limited time, save up to 20% at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Jan. 3 – Apr. 27, 2019.

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 20% on stays most nights Jan. 3 – Apr. 27, 2019 when you book by Apr. 27, 2019

Contact your Magic Maker® travel professional 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. Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Valid admission is required and not included in this offer to enjoy the theme parks.

Disney Free Dining 2019 Available for Select Dates

Get Disney FREE Dining 2019 with the purchase of select Disney Resort Hotel Packages

Gather ’round the table for the tastiest vacation offer available at the Walt Disney World® Resort! Disney FREE Dining 2019 is back! Availability on this offer is limited, so don’t delay!

Now through Feb. 10, 2019, purchase a non-discounted Disney Resort Hotel package including a minimum 4-night stay with 4-day or longer Park Hopper® or Park Hopper® Plus Option tickets at participating Disney Value or Moderate Resorts and get the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan for FREE. Or, buy a non-discounted Disney Resort Hotel package including a minimum 4-night stay with 4-day or longer Park Hopper® or Park Hopper® Plus Option tickets at participating Disney Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resorts and get the Disney Dining Plan for FREE. Upgrades to a different dining plan are available at an additional cost.

Disney FREE Dining Booking Window:
Now – Feb. 10, 2019

Disney FREE Dining Travel Window:
Valid for arrivals most nights Jul. 5 – Sep. 30, 2019
 
 

Some of the best family memories are made during a family dinner! Contact your Magic Maker® Travel Professional today for your taste of these scrumptious savings!

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*Disney FREE Dining Packages booked at a participating Disney Value or Moderate Resort will receive the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan for free. Participating Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts will receive the Disney Dining Plan for free. Upgrades to dining plans are available at an additional cost. Ask your Magic Maker® which Dining Plan may be best for your family.

To qualify for the Disney FREE Dining 2019 promotion, a minimum stay of 4-nights and 4-day Base Ticket with Park Hopper® or Park Hopper® Plus option is required. The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Advance reservation required. Theme park tickets valid for admission beginning on date of check-in and must be used within a limited number of days, depending on length of stay and ticket. Visit disneydestinationstickets.com/usage for more details. Children ages 3 to 9 must choose from the children’s menu, if available. Gratuities are not included. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. Offer excludes the following room types: 3-bedroom villas, campsites, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Bungalows at Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

Because Advance Dining Reservations (ADR) open 180 days in advance, some table service restaurants may have limited or no availability at the time of booking. No group rates or other discounts apply. Offers cannot be combined and are nontransferable. Advance reservations required. Disney FREE Dining 2019 offer is subject to change without notice.

Upcoming runDisney Event and Registration Dates

If you aren’t familiar with runDisney races, they are family-friendly running events that are held at the Walt Disney World® and Disneyland® Resorts. Ranging from 5K to marathons and even kids runs, the races are a creative way to bring new runners to the sport by utilizing the popularity of Disney Parks. It’s a perfect match! So perfect, in fact, that runDisney has become one of the largest race organizers in the United States – both in terms of the number of races and runners. Each year more than 200,000 runners participate in a runDisney event!

NOTE: Due to construction, all runDisney race weekends at the Disneyland® Resort have been placed on hiatus beginning in 2018 – including the associated Coast to Coast Race Challenges.

Below is a listing of the upcoming runDisney events. Planning for registration is just as important as planning for the event itself as some races sell out within hours!

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend
Jan. 9 – 13, 2019 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration currently open – limited availability

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Feb. 21 – 24, 2019 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration currently open – limited availability

Star Wars™ Rival Run Weekend
Apr. 4 – 7, 2019 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration currently open – limited availability

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, 2019 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opens Mar. 19, 2019 at 10am Eastern

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend
Jan. 8 – 12, 2020 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opens Apr. 16, 2019 at 10am Eastern

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
Feb. 20 – 23, 2020 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opens Jun. 4, 2019 at 10am Eastern

Star Wars™ Rival Run Weekend
Apr. 16 – 19, 2020 │ Walt Disney World® Resort
Registration opens Jul. 16, 2019 at 10am Eastern

Contact your Magic Maker® travel professional for additional information!