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Thanksgiving Morning: Who Doesn’t Love A Parade?

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from Off to Neverland Travel®!

For more than 90 years, Thanksgiving morning in the U.S. has been synonymous with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. Several generations have made it a tradition to tune in and see the floats, performances, and of course the giant balloons!

The Walt Disney Company’s roots in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® begin back in 1934 when Walt Disney helped design the first Mickey Mouse balloon. Measuring at 40 feet tall, the hand-painted Mickey Mouse balloon debuted in what was then called the Macy’s Santa Claus Parade. 25 handlers dressed in Mickey and Minnie costumes escorted the Mickey balloon down the parade route. Also in that parade were four smaller balloons that Walt Disney created with the help of Tony Sarg – Pluto, a 34-foot-tall Big Bad Wolf, a 31-foot-tall Little Pig, and a 12 ½-foot-tall Horace Horsecollar.

Since then, many of our favorite Disney characters have appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. This years parade, which starts Thanksgiving morning at 9am Eastern, will be no exception.

Here’s a few fun facts for the Disney Frozen’s Olaf balloon you may catch a glimpse of:

  • Stands 60 feet tall  and 32 feet wide
  • Requires 90 handlers to navigate the parade route
  • If the Olaf balloon were made of actual snow, it would be enough to cover the surface of the Matterhorn Bobsleds Mountain at Disneyland® Resort.
By | 2018-11-21T20:48:37-05:00 November 21st, 2018|Categories: Disney News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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.

Artist Renderings & Preview Videos


 

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

Enjoy an ‘Ultimate Disney Christmas’

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

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

Here are the details:

Ultimate Disney Christmastime Package

Special Package Inclusions:

  • Exclusive nighttime access to Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® (12/17)
  • Tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom® Park (12/18)
  • Special nighttime access to select attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park – including Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, Expedition Everest®, and DINOSAUR – plus, an exclusive showing of Rivers of Light (12/19)
  • Early morning access to World of Disney Store & Disney Springs™ Christmas Tree Trail (12/20)
  • Exclusive Holiday-themed Buffet Dinner at Epcot® (12/21)

Walt Disney Travel Company Package Details:

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

Travel Dates: Dec. 17 – Dec. 22, 2018
Booking Dates: Oct. 22 – Dec. 2, 2018

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

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. The number of packages available for this purchase is limited. Valid Theme Park admission is required to attend Theme Park events included in this package. Theme park tickets must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must be by Dec. 31, 2019. Special event ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party only valid on Dec. 18, 2018. This offer cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Offer excludes 3-bedroom Villas, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

By | 2018-10-12T12:49:52-05:00 October 12th, 2018|Categories: Disney News|0 Comments

Atlanta Braves 2019 Spring Training

Take me out to the ball game!

In 2019, the Atlanta Braves will start their final Spring Training at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® Resort. Taking place inside Champion Stadium, this year’s lineup includes several marquee Major League Baseball teams including including the 2017 World Champion Houston Astros, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals!

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

Here’s a rundown of the 2019 schedule:

    • Mon., Feb. 25 – vs. Washington Nationals @ 1:05p
    • Tue., Feb. 26 – vs. New York Mets @ 1:05p
    • Thu., Feb. 28 – vs. Detroit Tigers @ 1:05p
    • Fri., Mar. 1 – vs. Toronto Blue Jays @ 1:05p
    • Sun., Mar. 3 – vs. Miami Marlins @ 1:05p
    • Mon. Mar. 4 – vs. Houston Astros @ 1:05p
    • Wed., Mar. 6 – vs. Detroit Tigers @ 1:05p
    • Fri., Mar. 8 – vs. Philadelphia Phillies @ 6:05p
    • Mon., Mar. 11 – vs. Pittsburgh Pirates @ 1:05p
    • Tue., Mar. 12 – vs. St. Louis Cardinals @ 1:05p
    • Fri., Mar. 15 – vs. Miami Marlins @ 1:05p
    • Sun., Mar. 17 – vs. Houston Astros @ 1:05p
    • Mon., Mar. 18 – vs. New York Yankees @ 6:05p
    • Tue., Mar. 19 – vs. Washington Nationals @ 1:05p
    • Fri., Mar. 22 – vs. Detroit Tigers @ 6:05p
    • Sat., Mar. 23 – vs. New York Mets @ 1:05p

Schedule subject to change

Ticket go on sale Nov. 19, 2018 and start at just $15 per person, so enjoy a day at the ballpark! Contact your Magic Maker® for more details.

Play, Stay, Dine, and Save at Walt Disney World® Resort

For a limited time, you can save on your upcoming adventure at the Walt Disney World® Resort. You’ll feel like royalty when you experience the world-class amenities of your Disney Resort hotel, enjoy Extra Magic Hours at the Parks, and receive complimentary transportation between Orlando International Airport and your hotel and throughout the entire Walt Disney World® Resort. Plus, you’ll receive advance opportunity to make FastPass+ reservations for your favorite attractions a month before regular day guests!

Save when you purchase a Walt Disney Travel Co. Vacation package that includes room, multi-day tickets, and dining for stays most nights Jan. 1-Mar. 9, 2019.

Booking Window:
Book now – Jan. 2, 2019

Contact your Magic Maker® today to start exploring the “The Most Magical Place on Earth” with this promotion.

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Click here for details on Walt Disney World® Resort’s Early 2019 Room Discount!

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same package. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. Base tickets are valid at one park per day and all tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must occur on or before December 31, 2019. Some table-service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom villas, The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Excludes gratuities. Children ages 3 to 9 must choose from the children’s menu, if available.

New and Limited-Time Magic Coming in Early 2019 at Walt Disney World® Resort

In Early 2019, Walt Disney World® Resort  will offer you more to see, do, taste, and experience than ever before! With new and limited-time shows, parties, character experiences and more being added across all four parks, now, more than ever, is the time to plan a trip to “The Most Magical Place on Earth!”

So what’s in store for Early 2019? Here’s just a sampling:

Magic Kingdom® Park

  • Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration – celebrating 90 years of the true originals, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse! Highlights include:
    • A reimagined “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party” (Jan. 18 – ongoing)
    • New songs for entertainers on Main Street, U.S.A.® (Jan. 18 – Sept. 30)
    • Limited-time magical moments across the park (Jan. 18 – Sept. 30)
    • Specialty merchandise and food & beverage offerings

Epcot®

  • Two of our client’s favorite festivals at Epcot® are returning for Spring of 2019!
    • The Epcot® International Festival of the Arts will expanded their “Disney on Broadway Concert Series” to seven days a week! (Jan. 18 – Feb. 25)
    • The Garden Rocks Concert Series at Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival will also be expanded to seven days a week! (March 6 – June 3)
  • In the second half of 2019, we’ll bid a fond farewell to IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth as the park prepares for an all-new nighttime spectacular. (No Dates Announced)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

  • Party with Pixar Pals and More as Disney’s Hollywood Studios Marks 30 Years
    • Celebrate the Incredibles at Pixar Place – Pixar Place will be transformed into a Metroville city block where you can meet super suit designer Edna Mode, search for Jack-Jack, and celebrate the heroic deeds of Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible and Frozone during a special party! (Jan. 18 – Sept. 30)
    • You’ll have a chance to Meet Mike and Sulley from Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. at Walt Disney Presents (Jan. 18 – ongoing)
    • Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy will open as a new show experience giving the generation of rookie racers an opportunity to learn from Lightning’s years of experience on the track. (spring 2019 – ongoing)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

  • Celebrate 25 Years of ‘The Lion King’
    • “Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party” – Party with Timon and Rafiki with music, dancing and games inspired by “The Lion King.” (Jan. 18 – Sept. 30)
    • “The Lion King” three-dimensional photo opportunities re-creating iconic moments from the movie. (Jan. 18 – Sept. 30)

And if you’ve not visited recently, you’ll enjoy two lands that have debuted over the past two years – Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom®.

Contact your Magic Maker® today to start planning!

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By | 2018-09-20T16:47:44-05:00 September 20th, 2018|Categories: Disney News, Walt Disney World News|0 Comments

Get Away with Adventures by Disney® Short Escape Vacations

Adventures by Disney® has announced an expanded line-up of their Short Escape vacations for 2019!

Short Escapes are two- to four-night adventures taking place in some of the World’s most iconic destinations. During these Short Escapes, you’ll enjoy an itinerary full of visits to must-see attractions and hidden gems, all executed with the help of two knowledgeable Disney-trained Adventure Guides.

Brand-new itineraries added to the portfolio for 2019 include Boston, London and Vancouver, Canada. Here’s a few highlights for the new offerings:

  • Best of Boston – Past and Present (select dates May – Oct. 2019)
    • Four-day, three-night itinerary
    • Privately guided tour along the Freedom Trail
    • Private, after-hours tour of the Old North Church
    • Special after-hours visit to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
    • Rowing along the Charles River
    • Private sightseeing bike tour
    • Exploring the grounds of Harvard Yard
    • Private New England clambake on Thompson Island
  • Bucket List Getaway in London (select dates Jul. – Sep. 2019)
    • Three-day, two-night itinerary
    • Once-in-a-lifetime, private viewing of the royal Crown Jewels led by the Tower of London’s Jewel House Warden
    • Private, high-speed thrill ride in a boat along the River Thames
    • Privately guided tour of Westminster Abbey
    • Witness the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an unforgettable dinner show.
  • City Highlights and Outdoor Recreation in Vancouver (select dates May – Sep. 2019)
    • Three-day, two-night itinerary
    • Grouse Mountain – ziplining excursion after a scenic gondola ride to the mountain peak
    • Privately guided tour at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
    • Morning bike ride through Stanley Park
    • Junior Adventurers scavenger hunt expedition
    • “Foodie” walking tour of Granville Island’s famous Public Market
    • Early access to Grouse Mountain’s resident grizzly bear habitat

 

These three new adventures join the already existing portfolio of Short Escapes offered by Adventures by Disney®. Those other itineraries offered include: New York City, San Francisco, Southern California, Wyoming, Barcelona and Rome. Adventures by Disney also offers more than 50 global vacations with longer itineraries. CLICK HERE to explore all of their offerings.
 
 

Like all Adventures by Disney® vacations, Short Escape packages include all accommodations, tickets and admissions, transportation within the destination, luggage handling, snacks and most meals, and the services of two dedicated Adventure Guides.

Contact your Magic Maker® for more details!

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Subject to availability, guests who book an Adventures by Disney New York, San Francisco or Boston Short Escape by Nov. 16, 2018 with travel start dates between Jan. 1, 2019 and Dec. 10, 2019, inclusive, will receive one (1) free pre-stay hotel room night immediately preceding the Short Escape in one standard hotel room at a hotel of Adventures by Disney’s selection per reservation booked. A limited number of free pre-stay hotel room nights are available on each applicable departure date. Any courtesy hold, without payment of the standard trip deposit, will not guarantee availability of the free pre-stay hotel room night for selected departure date. Free pre-stay hotel room night offer terminates on the earlier of November 16, 2018 and when the limited spaces on the applicable departure date have been booked. Hotel incidental charges are not included. Free pre-stay hotel room night must be used in conjunction with travel on the purchased eligible Short Escape. If the Short Escape is cancelled for any reason, the hotel room night will be cancelled without any further obligation of Adventures by Disney to guests. Lead guest of the booking party must travel on the Short Escape booked. Offer is not transferable or redeemable for cash in whole or in part and cannot be sold or transferred for commercial use. Cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or promotions. Offer is subject to change without notice. Bookings subject to restrictions and Adventures by Disney’s standard terms and conditions. Void where prohibited.

Late 2018 Savings at Disneyland® Resort

‘Tis the season to visit the Disneyland® Resort! The Holidays at the Disneyland® Resort will take place Nov. 9, 2018 until Jan. 6, 2019 with the return of Disney Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure® Park, the traditional and timeless holiday fun Disneyland® Park, and Instagram-worthy holiday décor throughout the entire resort.

Offer Details:

Contact your Magic Maker® today! Availability is limited!

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Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday nights from Oct. 28 through Dec. 20, 2018. Book through Dec. 6, 2018; travel must be completed by Dec. 21, 2018. Premium room types included in offer are Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and only Paradise, Artisan, Junior and Regal suites. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and occupancy restrictions apply per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate theme park admission required to enjoy the parks.

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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‘Festival of the Lion King Dining Packages’ Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom®

A new dining experience is coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park pairing favorite experiences with the park’s most popular restaurant!

With two different options to choose from, both all-new Festival of the Lion King Signature Dining Packages include a delicious meal at Tiffins Restaurant followed by special VIP seating at one of the most popular shows at Walt Disney World® Resort.

Tier 1

  • Delectable three-course prix fixe lunch or dinner with a seasonally-inspired prix fix menu at Tiffins Restaurant (one appetizer, one entrée, one dessert, and your choice of wine, beer, or a non-alcoholic beverage)
  • Priority reserved VIP seating at Festival of the Lion King
  • Commemorative Festival of the Lion King cast photo
  • Unique Kilimanjaro Safari® tour escorted by a special guide

Price: $99 per adult | $49 per children ages 3-9
(tax and gratuities not included)

Tier 2

  • Delectable three-course lunch or dinner with a seasonally-inspired prix fix menu at Tiffins Restaurant (one appetizer, one entrée, one dessert, and your choice of wine, beer, or a non-alcoholic beverage)
  • Priority reserved VIP seating at Festival of the Lion King
  • Commemorative Festival of the Lion King cast photo

 

Price: $74 per adult | $29 per children ages 3-9
(tax and gratuities not included)


The Festival of the Lion King Signature Dining Packages will run daily Aug. 13 – Nov. 21, 2018. As with all table service offerings, space is limited so contact your Magic Maker® today for more details!

All menu items, pricing, and event experiences are subject to change or cancellation without notice.