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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Alerts

When you book with Off to Neverland Travel®, you aren’t traveling alone.

Travel advisories, supplier policies and itinerary updates abound. In the middle of it all, we just wanted to assure you that we are working to stay in sync, in order to help you stay in sync as well. All you have to do is pack. Your Magic Maker® will handle all of the details, keeping you informed of relevant information surrounding your travels along the way.

Several of our travel partners have issued travel advisories surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19). As things are very fluid at this time with changes coming rapidly, your Magic Maker® is you best source of the most up-to-date information regarding your vacation.

Walt Disney World® Resort Temporary Closure

As of 4:00pm EDT on Mar. 27, 2020:

As a result of this unprecedented pandemic and in line with direction provided by health experts and government officials, Walt Disney World® Resort will remain closed until further notice.

Magic Makers® will be in touch with any guests with existing reservations this spring to discuss options to change or cancel your visit.

Disneyland® Resort Temporary Closure

As of 4:00pm EDT on Mar. 27, 2020:

While there is still much uncertainty with respect to the impacts of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of our Guests and employees remain The Walt Disney Company’s top priority. As a result of this unprecedented pandemic and in line with direction provided by health experts and government officials, the Disneyland® Resort will remain closed until further notice. We will continue to carefully evaluate this complex and fluid situation.

If you have an existing reservation this spring, your Magic Maker® will be in touch to discuss options to change or cancel your visit.

Disney Cruise Line Travel Alert

As of 6:00pm EDT on Mar. 26, 2020:

In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our Guests, Crew Members and Cast Members, Disney Cruise Line has suspended all new departures through April 12, 2020

If you have an upcoming cruise booked on Disney Cruise Line this Spring, we encourage you to speak with your Magic Maker® regarding the most current and updated policies and guidelines for your particular sailing.

Adventures by Disney® Travel Alert

As of 6:00pm EDT on Mar. 26, 2020:

In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our Guests and Adventure Guides, Adventures by Disney® has decided to cancel most trips through the end of May 2020, and trip departures to China will be cancelled through the end of June 2020. We continue to evaluate the Barcelona Escape (departing May 23, 2020), the 7-Night Mediterranean Cruise Package with Villefranche (departing May 23, 2020) and the 7-Night Mediterranean Cruise Package with Toulon (departing May 30, 2020).

If you have an upcoming adventure booked with Adventures by Disney® this Spring, we encourage you to speak with your Magic Maker® regarding the most current and upgraded policies and guidelines for your particular date.

Aulani® Resort Travel Alert

As of 6:00pm EDT on Mar. 28, 2020:

The safety and well-being of our Members, Guests and employees remain The Walt Disney Company’s top priority. As a result of this unprecedented pandemic and in line with direction provided by health experts and government officials Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, will remain closed until further notice.

If you have an upcoming visit to Aulani, we encourage you to speak with your Magic Maker® regarding the most current and upgraded policies and guidelines for your travel dates.

Universal Orlando Resort Travel Alert

As of 6:00pm EDT on Mar. 26, 2020:

We know Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted many parts of your life – including your travel and vacation plans and we will be eager to welcome you back to our theme parks and destinations when the time comes. For now, we must make the health and safety of our guests and team members our top priority and we will continue to take guidance from health agencies and government officials.

This means we are extending the closure of Universal Orlando Resort through April 19. This includes our theme parks and Universal CityWalk. The Universal Orlando Resort hotels have also temporarily suspended operations.

We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed.

Have an existing reservation during this time? Your Magic Maker® will be in touch to discuss your options.

By |2020-03-28T20:08:34-05:00March 12th, 2020|Categories: Off to Neverland News|0 Comments

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!

Contact your Magic Maker® Travel Professional TODAY to add some Magic to your 2019!

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Get Ready To ‘Adventure’ With Us

Who doesn’t love an adventure?!

Join Off to Neverland Travel® and Adventures by Disney® as they adventure together in Germany! Two of our Magic Makers® , Tara Radulski and Karen Godeau, will be sharing their experiences throughout this fabulous 9 day / 8 night tour right here with you! Just keep checking back right here on this page as they update their experiences with us below as time permits.

In addition to this Germany itinerary, Adventures by Disney® offers group guided vacation experiences to destinations on six continents. These hassle-free family vacations provide extraordinary and customized experiences coupled with the exceptional service guests have come to expect from Disney Destinations. It’s this attention to every detail that has earned Adventures by Disney® recognition by numerous travel organizations for its excellence in family tourism. CLICK HERE for more information on the current offerings.

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Adventures by Disney® Danube River Cruise


By Magic Maker® Allie Willits

I recently had the amazing opportunity to travel on an Adventures by Disney®  Danube River Cruise with my 7-year-old daughter and my parents to celebrate my mother’s 70th birthday. This was the IDEAL way to visit the historical cities throughout Hungary, Austria and Germany for all of us! Imagine only having to unpack once, in a luxury room, on an incredible river ship; no lugging luggage on and off busses, trains and planes, no having to entertain kids on multiple train, bus or plane rides and receiving top of the line customer service and gourmet food and beverages at every meal. It truly was a hassle free, active and luxury vacation full of history, architecture, fun and laughs!

We flew from the USA to Budapest, Hungary to embark on the luxurious AmaViola River Cruise Ship and we were immediately greeted by one of four Disney-trained Adventure Guides. Paola, Dean, Danny and Stephanie were the Adventure Guides on our adventure (we had 93 guests onboard).  I think of them as a mix of tour guide, entertainer, concierge, director of fun, keeper of children, storyteller and most of all friend. They truly made this trip special, they set up interactive, engaging, hands on shore excursions that were fun for all ages from youngest (5 years old on our cruise) to the grandparents on board. While the adults had private tours of castles and palaces by superb storytellers, our Adventure Guides took the kids on their own tours to play dress up, make cookies and play all while learning the history of some amazing places. Nightly entertainment onboard the AmaViola in the lovely lounge is also hosted by our Adventure Guides – we sang karaoke, danced, laughed and more. My daughter cried when we hugged our Adventure Guides goodbye at the end of the vacation – she, and all of us felt like they were family!

We visited cities each day along the Danube river and had options for excursions like bike rides along the river, walking tours of cities along cobblestone streets, archery at a medieval castle, visiting the Salt Mines, engaging on a Sound of Music tour, several castle and palace tours, food and wine tastings at a family owned apricot farm and winery and more. There is also the option to simply enjoy the port visits on your own – the AmaViola staff provided maps and gave suggestions for each stop!

Onboard the AmaViola, lunch and dinner each day was a foodie’s delight! Gourmet meals, served by the most attentive and friendly servers with choices galore including local wines (different each day) and draft beer. There’s even the option of dining at the Chef’s Table (no extra cost) for a 7 course, wine pairing meal.  While the adults dine in the gorgeous dining room for dinner, the kids have the option of dining in the lounge on a kids buffet with entertainment and the Adventure Guides. Breakfast was also delicious with an option of a buffet or a la carte and even mimosas! Daily “tea” was served in the lounge with appetizers, fresh fruit, cakes and cookies. Many “extra” fun food events were also included like ice cream parties, cocktail receptions, Palinka (Hungarian Schnapps) tastings, a private Oktoberfest celebration and more.

Talking with the other guests on our final day as we traveled to the beautiful city of Munich, Germany, everybody agreed that it was their favorite family vacation ever (and many of the guests have traveled extensively and all over the world). I agree, it was absolutely an incredible experience. I can’t wait to try a Christmas Market  river cruise and would love to sail the Rhine river with Adventures by Disney®. My daughter still talks about the castles and palaces she visited along with our Adventure Guides on a daily basis – and we’ve been home a month!

They are specials running NOW for these Adventures by Disney® Danube River Cruises!! Don’t miss this opportunity, ask your Magic Maker® for more information!

Disney MaxPass at the Disneyland® Resort

On July 19th, Disneyland® Resort will launch a new service called Disney MaxPass inside their parks!

Disney MaxPass combines two popular Disneyland® Resort services to help your day in the parks be as magical as it can be.

  1. Disney PhotoPassDisney MaxPass gives you unlimited downloads of all your Disney PhotoPass photos from your day in the park. This includes photos taken on select attractions, during select Character dining experiences, and even all normal and Magic Shots taken by Disney PhotoPass photographers.
  2. Disney FASTPASSDisney MaxPass also enables mobile FASTPASS booking and redemption times via the Disneyland® app. No more walking over to the attraction – simply make a FASTPASS selection (subject to availability) using the app and then scan your code at the entrance when it’s time to experience the attraction!

Current attractions using Disney FASTPASS service include:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • California Screamin’
  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones™ Adventure

  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Toy Story Midway Mania

Disney MaxPass will be offered for an introductory price of $10 a day (additional pricing options available for Disneyland® Resort Annual Passholders) and can be added in advance or once inside the park. The option of using the existing Disney FASTPASS service at the kiosks is still available at no additional cost.

Contact your Magic Maker® for more details!

You  are strongly advised to check the day’s FASTPASS ticket availability and other Park details before purchasing Disney MaxPass or using a Park ticket with Disney MaxPass as FASTPASS tickets for your preferred attractions may not be available at the time of purchase or use. FASTPASS tickets are limited and availability is not guaranteed. FASTPASS tickets may be obtained only while you are in the Parks and may not be available for entertainment through Disney MaxPass. An experience that does not have Disney FASTPASS® availability at a kiosk will not be available using Disney MaxPass. The Disney MaxPass benefit will expire at the end of the day or when the Passport it is associated with expires, as applicable. Disney MaxPass is nonrefundable, nontransferable, may not be redeemed for cash and is subject to other restrictions. Price, terms, entitlements, attractions and entertainment are subject to change or cancellation without notice. Passholders who purchase the Disney MaxPass benefit may not use the value of any separate ticket media toward the purchase price of Disney MaxPass.

Disney PhotoPass service is subject to the PhotoPass terms. Online registration required. Disney PhotoPass Photos captured during the day your Disney MaxPass is used or during the validity dates of your Passport, as applicable, must be linked to your Disney account and may be downloaded pursuant to the expiration policy. Not responsible for missing, lost or damaged photos. Downloads are restricted to personal use by Disney account holder only and may not be used for a commercial purpose. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Message, data and roaming rates may apply for the Disneyland app. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.

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 |2017-06-27T10:21:22-05:00December 1st, 2016|Categories: Disney News, Off to Neverland News, Walt Disney World News|0 Comments

The Disney Difference

By Kyle Froman, Off to Neverland Travel®’s Director of Marketing

It is almost that time of year again.

Before we all know it, children will be trading in book bags and school clothes for suitcases and flip-flops. Summer vacation season is looming just out of our windshields!

When it comes to summer travel, we know that the opportunities are truly limitless. Last summer alone my family traveled to New York City, Washington, D.C., Santa Rosa Beach, New Hampshire, and Texas over the course of three months. Our nation is full of amazing destinations with fantastic experiences all waiting for us to enjoy them.

Yet, even with so many amazing places to see and things to do we are continually drawn back to one place annually, Walt Disney World® Resort in central Florida. I could share with you dozens of reasons why, but in the end it can all be paired down to one thing, the Disney difference.

While it is possible to explain the Disney difference, it is really something that has to be experienced to fully realize what makes it so special.

I remember one trip in particular a few summers back when things weren’t necessarily going just as we had hoped or planned. Our youngest son had become sick near the end of our stay (those of you with young children know just how ‘un-magical’ this can be).

Following a field trip to the local urgent care facility, we made the decision to attempt to salvage what we could with one last day in the parks before heading home. We were not in Disney’s Hollywood Studios® Park very long before we found ourselves in the now-familiar nurses station near the front of the park.

Our son had not improved, and we needed a quiet, calm place to administer his medicine. The nurses allowed us use of one of the rooms. Most of our attempts at getting our toddler to take his medicine were futile, but after a decent amount of time trying alas it seemed we were finally making progress.

Unfortunately, the medicine did not stay in him long, as he decided to ‘erupt’ the meds along with everything else in his stomach all over himself, my wife and the room.

Last. Day. Ruined.

That is, until one of Disney’s Nurses entered the room and witnessed what had transpired.

As quickly as she entered, she disappeared (just as I would have). Only a few moments later she returned with a slip of paper in her hand as we were attempting to clean up. The paper was a voucher, for new outfits not only for my son but for my wife as well.

They could have easily witnessed the semi-grotesque scene, offered their own apologies and let us go on our way back to the resort.

They were not content with that. They saw an opportunity to make magic happen in the middle of a miserable experience, and they seized the moment and acted on it.

The Disney difference.

It is going the extra mile when it isn’t necessary. It is creating magic in not-so-magical moments. It is pixie dust being sprinkled onto unexpected parts of your trip.

As a family, we have been to a lot of places and experienced a lot of things, and consistently no one does it like Disney Destinations does it.

So. As we head into another busy summer travel season, I implore you to consider experiencing the Disney difference for yourself. See just what it is that keeps the Froman family, and countless other families around the globe, returning to Walt Disney World® Resort year in, and year out.

The magic starts now, as our Magic Makers® are ready to help you experience just what the Disney difference is all about.

By |2017-06-27T10:21:26-05:00March 30th, 2016|Categories: Off to Neverland News|1 Comment

Walt Disney World® Resort Fans Rejoice! :: WDW Today

Since 2005, many Walt Disney World® Resort fans around the world have stayed connected to the “Most Magical Place on Earth” through the fan-favorite podcast WDW Today.

Their 1,492 prior episodes have been a source of joy, memories, excitement and anticipation for countless listeners. Covering various topics around Walt Disney World® Resort, the WDW Today Podcast has become the go-to source for news, information, discussions, entertainment and more for many.

In Episode 1489 the WDW Today Podcast team revealed where the future of the podcast was headed. Today, that future becomes the present as the legacy of the WDW Today podcast continues to move forward with an all new cast!

Logan Sekulow, Terry Weaver, “The Nature Boy” Will Haynes and fan favorite Len Testa will be carrying the torch for the WDW Today Podcast into the future! With an amazing cast and some exciting plans, the best truly is yet to come with the WDW Today Podcast!

Our Off to Neverland Travel® team is excited to say that we have come alongside the new team as the official travel agency of the WDW Today Podcast!

Today marks the publication of Episode 1493 of the recently ‘refurbished’ WDW Today Podcast…and it is fantastic! [You Can Listen Here]

In Episode 1493 the torch has been passed as WDW Today welcomes Logan Sekulow, Terry Weaver and “The Nature Boy” Will Haynes. In this episode you will be introduced to the new crew, play a fun game of Quote Quiz, preview the month of January and wrap it all up with Listener Questions with Len Testa.

We are excited to be a part of the future of the WDW Today Podcast and we invite you to join us on the journey! Be sure to subscribe to the WDW Today Podcast or listen to the most current episode here!

By |2016-01-06T12:01:10-05:00January 6th, 2016|Categories: Disney News, Off to Neverland News|0 Comments

The Best Seat in the House

By Kyle Froman, Magic Maker® and Director of Marketing

A year and a half ago I finally got to check off something that is on nearly every Disneyphile’s bucket-list, a visit to Disneyland® Park in Anaheim.

It was amazing.

We got to walk in Walt’s footsteps down Main Street, U.S.A. We were able to see the bench that Walt sat on when he ‘dreamed up’ this magical place while sitting in Griffith Park. We rode a loop around Disneyland® Park in the Lilly Belle. We were able to see the small Christmas tree lit in the window of Walt’s apartment.

For a Disney nerd like me, it was all so surreal.

We spent 7 days at Disneyland® Resort; immersed in Disneyland® Park, Disney California Adventure® and the resorts. I took a back-stage tour in Disneyland® Park and enjoyed an amazing dining experience at Carthay Circle Restaurant. Our group had private access to Cars Land and Radiator Springs Racers prior to the park opening one morning.

It was a dream trip.

Of all of the amazing experiences we had, by far my favorite moment of the trip was sitting on the ground, as a family, in Disney California Adventure Park® eating dinner next to a row of dirty strollers.

It was magical.

Disney California Adventure Park® has a remarkable show called World of Color. It is a fantastic display of lights, water, projection and fire; all orchestrated in a way only Disney can do.

To ensure that we had the best spot possible without a FastPass, we set up camp about an hour and a half prior to the show in a stroller ‘parking lot’. Once we set up camp, I trekked across the park to hunt down and drag home ‘supper’ for my family.

Up until this point our entire trip had been non-stop. Meals were rushed. Bathroom breaks were rushed. Snacks were rushed. All in a pursuit of conquering all that we could while we were at Disneyland® Resort.

So, following 7 days of intensity, here we sat as a family, dining on paper plates with plastic utensils…on the ground…in the middle of a theme park. This was our last night at Disneyland® Resort.

Our view consisted of the white rails in front of us, the dirty strollers beside us, and the knees and shins of other families pushing on with the same intensity we used all week.

We were together. We were talking and reflecting. We were still.

It was good, it was real good.

As we talked, we all recollected our favorite things we’d seen or done over the week. Our five year old was very quick to announce that sitting on the ground eating together was one of his favorite ‘things’ we did on our trip.

We exposed him to so many things that many five year olds would have loved to have done. He was on a ‘once in a lifetime’ trip by many families’ standards. He met the Fab 5, he rode all the rides he wanted, he drank way too much coke and ate way too much sugar.

Still, his standout, was sitting on the ground, as a family. Eating. Sharing. Laughing.

It was ours too. It was the best seat in the house.

Sometimes we try to pack so many experiences and things into a Disney Destination trip to bring our children joy; when all they really want to do is be still with their mommy and daddy. The trip was great, and he had a blast no doubt; but to him, it was much greater to just ‘be’ with mommy and daddy a while.

To eat off of a dirty ground with plastic utensils.

To laugh and to share.

To be a family.

We can all get wrapped up in the countless things there are to do at Disney Destinations that we completely miss the special moments we get to share with those we love in front of a magical backdrop.

Our best advice to you on your next trip?

Slow down, relax, embrace and enjoy everything from the best seat in the house; in the moment right where you are at.

After all, it is the most magical place on Earth!

By |2015-06-17T16:55:35-05:00June 18th, 2015|Categories: Disneyland News, Off to Neverland News|0 Comments

5 Amazing Reasons to Visit Disneyland® Resort

By Magic Maker® Heather Rodgers

Disneyland® Resort is often overlooked and overshadowed by other great Disney Destinations. However after spending time exploring Disneyland® Resort, I wanted to share a few things that make this Disney Destination truly special and worth the visit to Southern California.

5) Characters, characters, characters: As with all Disney Destinations you will see several Disney characters but at Disneyland® Resort the interaction is a little different. If you stay on property, you have a good chance of running into a character in your resort lobby. You just might see Goofy flipping through the park maps in your hotel lobby, Minnie Mouse dancing with a guest or two, or Dale reading a guest’s daily newspaper. In the parks you might see some characters that aren’t always out at other Disney Destinations as often, like the Wicked Queen from Snow White who can sometimes be found hanging out at Sleeping Beauty Castle. Then there is the Storyteller’s character breakfast that often has Nieko from Pochantas and the bears from Brother Bear for you to meet. So much fun!

4)Do you want to see more than Disneyland® Resort? It is easy to spend a few days at Disney Parks and add-on a few other Southern California attractions to make this a truly one of a kind family vacation. You can add on a day or two at the beach, the Aquarium of the Pacific, or Universal Studios Hollywood and more. You can travel a little further south and see Sea World, Legoland, or the World Famous San Diego Zoo. Want to spend more than a day in San Diego, ask your Magic Maker® about adding on a stay in San Diego. Disneyland® Resort and Southern California have more to offer than you might think and your Magic Maker® would love to help you create just the right package.

3) Location, location, location: At Disneyland® Resort you can easily walk from Disneyland® Park to Disney California Adventure® Park in less than 5 minutes. This means park hopping is an absolute breeze! There are 3 Disneyland® Resort properties that are all within a 10 minute walk or less to the parks and several wonderful Good Neighbor Hotel options that also offer the convenience of just walking over to the parks allowing you to maximize your time in the parks!

2) Two words: Cars Land. You know those moments that you just can’t find the right words to describe your emotions? Walking into Cars Land for the first time is just like that. As soon as you see the Cars Land sign, you are transported right into Radiator Springs. You’ll see Sarge’s, Flo’s V-8 Cafe, and Casa Della Tires. You might even get to meet Lightening McQueen or Mater at the Cozy Cone Motel. Go a little before dusk and just wait to see the all the lights come on in Radiator Springs. Be sure to ride Radiator Springs Racers while you are there as that is simply not to be missed.

1) Did you know that Disneyland® Park is the only park that Walt Disney walked in and saw to completion? His legacy and care can be seen throughout Disneyland® Park and you know that it was his attention to detail that makes Disneyland® Resort what it is today. There are a few special moments you can take in while visiting Disneyland® Park that illustrate Walt Disney’s passion for this place. Take a few minutes out of your day to see Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. As you walk into this attraction you will see the very bench that Walt Disney sat on when he conceived of the place that families could go and be entertained together. When you walk past the Fire Station, look up at the center window and you will see the light left on in Walt Disney’s memory. Disneyland® Park has a special and unique feel to it and I truly believe it is because you can sense the legacy and spirit that lives on here.

As you can see there is quite a bit of magic to be found on the west coast, and this is just scratching the surface!

Contact your Magic Maker® today to book your Disneyland® Resort and Southern California family vacation so you can experience the magic for yourself, creating a lifetime of memories together.

By |2017-06-27T10:21:28-05:00May 14th, 2015|Categories: Disney News, Disneyland News, Off to Neverland News|0 Comments