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8 Things We’re Excited About in 2018 at Disney Destinations

While it’s hard to believe that 2017 is almost over, we are overflowing with excitement and anticipation of what’s coming in 2018 for Disney Destinations!

Here’s 8 things (in no particular order) that we can’t wait to experience!

1 Toy Story Land- In Summer 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, the all-new Toy Story Land will open to guests. Shrinking guests to the size of a toy, three attractions and a new quick-service dining location will await guests in the 11-acre play space. Slinky Dog Dash (a family-style coaster) and Alien Swirling Saucers will be the new attractions joining the already existing guest favorite Toy Story Mania!®. Woody’s Lunch Box will offer several meals and old-fashioned soda floats. No exact opening date in 2018 has been announced.

2 Disney Springs™ Additions- When you’re visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney Springs™ is your place to eat, drink, and shop! And in 2018, the list of options is growing! Eight new dining concepts will open in 2018! The Edison will open as a lavish “Industrial Gothic” restaurant, bar and nighttime destination. Adjacent to that is a trio of modern Italian restaurant and bar concepts – Maria & Enzo’s, Enzo’s Hideaway, and Pizza Ponte. Terralina Crafted Italian will feature dishes inspired by “Top Chef Master” Chef Tony Mantuano ‘s adventures in Italy. Master Sommelier George Miliotes’ Wine Bar George will offer more than 100 wine selections by the bottle and glass along with shareable plates, cheese and charcuterie. Jaleo, a Spanish concept by world-renowned Chef José Andrés’ and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill are also slated to open in 2018.

3 Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park Celebrates 20 Years- Opening its gates for the first time on Earth Day in 1998, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park will celebrate 20 years in 2018! As part of the celebration, the Flights of Wonder show is being retired to make room for the debut of a new show featuring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s film UP! The new show will feature species of birds from around the world at the Caravan Theater in Anandapur Village. We’re sure that more special events will be announced before the big day, so stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details!

4 Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort Transformation- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is currently receiving some major enhancements that are set to be completed late Summer 2018! For our guests that have stayed at the resort before, the biggest change will be the elimination of the Customs House! Old Port Royale will act as a centralized location for check in/out as well as merchandise and dining. Other updates include an all-new Centertown Market for casual eats, waterfront dining at an all-new Shutters restaurant, a new Banana Cabana outdoor bar and lounge, and an refurbished Calypso Trading Post for shopping.

5 Return of Disney on Broadway Much to our delight, the Epcot® International Festival of the Arts will return from Jan. 12 – Feb. 19, 2018! Also returning is what we believe to the highlight of the festival, the Disney On Broadway performances which happen each weekend (Fridays through Mondays at 5:30p, 6:45p and 8:00p) in the America Gardens Theatre. This years performers include:

  • Jan. 12-15 and 19-22: Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey
  • Jan. 26-29 and Feb. 2-5: Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White
  • Feb. 9-12 and 16-19: Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland

The concerts are included with standard Epcot® admission but because of popularity, we suggest experiencing Disney on Broadway with a dining package that includes preferred seating!

6 Pixar Fest and Pixar Pier For over 20 years, the beloved characters of Pixar Animation Studios have found a special place in our hearts. And in 2018, they’ll come to life like never before with the addition of Pixar Fest and Pixar Pier at the Disneyland® Resort! Pixar Fest, the biggest theme park celebration of stories and characters from Pixar, will feature a new “Together Forever—A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” plus the return of ‘Paint the Night’ and ‘Pixar Play Parade.Pixar Pier will transform the area that is now Paradise Pier inside Disney California Adventure® Park with the thrilling, reimagined Incredicoaster, four new imaginative neighborhoods, plus entertainment, themed food and beverage, and more! CLICK HERE for more details on everything Pixar coming to Disneyland® Resort.

7 Downtown Disney® District Additions- There’s no doubt that the west end of the Disneyland® Resort’s Downtown Disney® District will see a lot of changes in the next 4 years with the construction of a new Disney-owned Four Diamond hotel that is set to open in 2021! But in 2018, you’ll see a few new locations open for your enjoyment. Splitsville Luxury Lanes will open in early 2018 with 20 bowling lanes, four dining areas, and much more. The New York-based Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer will open its first California location offering award-winning burgers and signature CrazyShake™ milkshakes that boast whimsical and over-the-top decorations and flavors. And in early 2018, D-Street will be re-imagined into a Disney-themed home goods store with products that change with each season.

8 Enchanting Enhancements for Disney Magic- Exciting new spaces and new experiences are coming to the Disney Magic in March 2018! An all-new enchanting dining experience will be created for families at Rapunzel’s Royal Table! Guests will be treated to live entertainment during their dinner, and maybe even an appearance by Princess Rapunzel herself. A redesign is coming for the Vibe, the space on the ship reserved for teens ages 14-17, which will be transformed into a trendy urban loft environment. And Cove Café, an adult-exclusive retreat located near the Quiet Cove Pool, will be redesigned in a sophisticated tropical style. The new enhancements debut on the Disney Magic’s Mar. 9, 2018 sailing.

What new addition at Disney Destinations are you excited about? Contact your Magic Maker® today and start planning your next getaway!

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‘Splashtacular Fun’ Coming to Disney Magic®

Disney Magic from TenderLast Friday, Disney Cruise Line® announced plans for a major refurbishment of their original ship, Disney Magic®. From stem to stern, the vessel will be updated with new adventures and features for its guests to enjoy. Click here for a summary of all the changes that will take place this fall.

The upper decks of the Disney Magic® will be redesigned to provide “splashtacular fun” for guests of all ages! The biggest addition (and the one that is getting the most ‘buzz’) is the AquaDunk, a three-story body slide that begins with a surprise launch. It all starts when the rider steps into a translucent tube to await a near-vertical launch when the floor beneath them gives way. Their wet and wild ride from deck 13 to deck 10 even takes them 20 feet over the side of the ship, allowing a glimpse at the ocean 112 feet below! It will be a totally new and unique experience from the AquaDuck which is available on the Disney Dream® and the Disney Fantasy®. Safety precautions will require guests to be over 48″ to experience the AquaDunk.

The former Mickey’s Pool area will be transformed into the AquaLab, an interactive water playground similar to the one found on the Disney Fantasy®. Open to children ages 3 and up, the AquaLab features pop jets, geysers, and bubblers to ensure everyone gets their share of wetness! For sailors between 38″ and 64″ tall, a new Twist n’ Spout slide will be installed.

Also being reimagined is Mickey’s Splash Zone, which will become Nephews’ Splash Zone. Available exclusively for guests up to age 3, it is an area themed after Donald Duck’s nephews – Huey, Dewey, and Louie – and will provide a place for tots to cool off!

Additional poolside fun will be available on Deck Nine for families at Goofy’s Pool and for adults at the Quiet Cove Pool.

Whether your definition of “fun in the sun” consists of a tranquil day lounging poolside in a deck chair or an exhilarating ride in the new AquaDunk, it will all be waiting for you on the Upper Decks of the newly reimagined Disney Magic® when it debuts Oct. 10, 2013!

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By |2017-06-27T10:21:45-05:00April 29th, 2013|Categories: Disney News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Disney Cruise Line® Early 2014 Itineraries

Disney Cruise LineDisney Cruise Line® has unveiled itineraries for the early part of 2014 for the Disney Magic®, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder®.

For the first part of 2014 the Disney Magic® is returning to Port Canaveral, where it will be home with the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, giving you more opportunities than ever to unwind Disney’s private island Castaway Cay on your next tropical vacation. There are also more opportunities to pair your next cruise aboard Disney Cruise Line® with a visit to Walt Disney World® Resort to visit the New Fantasyland® expansion!

The Disney Wonder® will remain in Miami, offering itineraries with something for everyone in the family!

Be sure to contact your Magic Maker® today for more information about the newly announced 2014 Disney Cruise Line® itineraries, or to plan your next vacation!

Sailing from Port Canaveral
3- and 4-night Bahamas
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Dream departures Jan. 2 – Aug. 31, 2014; Disney Magic departures  Jan. 6 – May 16, 2014

7-night Eastern Caribbean
• Ports: Port Canaveral, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan. 11 – Aug. 23, 2014

7-night Western Caribbean 
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan. 4 – April 26, 2014

7-night Western Caribbean, including Jamaica
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures May 10 – Aug. 30, 2014

Sailing from Miami
4-night Bahamas
• Ports: Miami, Castaway Cay, Nassau, Key West
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 15 – April 23, 2014

5-night Caribbean
• Ports: Miami, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 10 – April 18, 2014

5-night Caribbean, including Castaway Cay
• Ports: Miami, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 19 – April 27, 2014

Disney Cruise Line Sets Sail for Russia, Northern Europe, Mediterranean in 2010

Disney Cruise Line® will reposition the Disney Magic® to Europe for an unprecedented, five-month season of Northern European and Mediterranean cruises in 2010. The voyages sail from late April through mid-September and allow you to explore exotic and unfamiliar destinations with the safety and comfort of traveling with Disney Cruise Line.

The European itineraries, as well as some other Disney cruises for the 2010 season, are available to book through Off to Neverland Travel® beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Northern European Cruises
For the first time, Disney Cruise Line® will offer a 12-night Northern European Capitals cruise, where you can experience breathtaking fjords, historic city centers and Viking lore at enchanting Scandinavian ports such as Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm. The ship will also sail to Warnemunde, Germany, gateway to Berlin, and to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Disney Magic® will overnight in St. Petersburg, allowing you time to experience the city known as the “Cultural Capital of Russia” or use the second day to book a shore excursion to Moscow.

Departing out of Dover, England, the Disney Magic® will sail a total of four 12-night cruises to the Northern European Capitals in June and July 2010. Rates for the 12-night Northern European Capitals itinerary start at $3,649 per person for a category 11 stateroom.

Mediterranean Cruises
Book-ending the summer season in Northern Europe, the Disney Magic® will once again return to the Mediterranean with 10-night and 11-night cruises, but with three new ports of call not offered when Disney Cruise Line® last sailed the region in 2007. In addition to popular ports in Italy, France and Spain, the ship will visit Tunis, in Northern Africa, the island nation of Malta and Corsica, an island oasis off the southern coast of France known as the birthplace of Napoleon.

Departing out of Barcelona, Spain, the Disney Magic® will sail four 10-night and four 11-night cruises in the Mediterranean in April, May, August and September.  Rates for the 10- and 11-night Mediterranean cruises start at $2,529 per person for a category 11 stateroom.

Repositioning Cruises
Disney Cruise Line
® is also offering four repositioning cruises including two 14-night transatlantic voyages, a 7-night cruise from Barcelona to Dover, England and an 8-night cruise from Dover back to Barcelona.

New Disney Wonder® Itineraries
The Disney Magic® isn’t the only Disney ship embarking on new itineraries in 2010.  For the summer of 2010, the Disney Wonder® will shift to 4- and 5-night cruises sailing to Nassau, Key West and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. The shift is designed to accommodate those looking for slightly longer cruises while children are enjoying their summer break.

Rates for the special 5-night voyages to Key West or two stops at Castaway Cay start at $899 per person. The 4-night voyage begins at $849 per person for a category 11 stateroom.

Stay tuned for more details.

Disney Magic Drydock Enhancements

While the Disney Magic® is in dry dock from Sept. 6-24, 2008, the ship will undergo a series of upgrades that will benefit Guests of all ages. Here is an overview of the exciting enhancements to take place aboard the 2,700 passenger cruise ship:

Indulgence and Relaxation
Quiet Cove Pool, the serene retreat reserved for the enjoyment of adults, will undergo a makeover including upgrades to Cove Café, the pool and the deck area. Cove Café, the ship’s sophisticated coffee lounge, will incorporate a new seating area with plush, comfortable chairs providing the perfect venue to relax while sipping a cup of gourmet coffee. Meanwhile, the adult pool will be outfitted with soothing, cascading waterfalls from the two hot tubs. Teak deck and lounge chairs with plush cushions will line the pool, creating an inviting, stylish ambiance in line with the Vista Spa and Salon.

Fun for the Little Ones
For more efficient and hassle-free check-ins, there will be new registration areas for Disney’s Oceaneer Club, a Neverland-themed play space for children ages three to seven, and Disney’s Oceaneer Lab, a whacky and interactive laboratory exclusively for children ages eight to twelve. This sets the stage for incorporating Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in the youth activity areas later this year. With RFID tags embedded on wristbands, children will simply tap a sensor to check in and out of the clubs.

Even the youngest cruisers will have a “splashtacular” time at the new Mickey’s Splash Zone, a toddler water playground inspired by “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from Disney’s Fantasia. This 385-square-foot extension to the Mickey’s Pool on Deck 9 will feature star- and moon-shaped interactive fountains, a soft play surface and whimsical splash zones for an inviting environment for children not yet toilet trained and in swim diapers.

New Conveniences
The Guest Staterooms onboard the Disney Magic® are receiving an infusion of technology with the installation of LCD flat-screen television sets. The new 22-inch units will be mounted on a swivel arm to allow easy viewing from multiple locations within the stateroom.

By |2017-06-27T10:25:15-05:00September 23rd, 2008|Categories: Disney Cruise Line News, Disney News|Tags: , , |0 Comments