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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!

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Late 2015 Disneyland® Resort Savings

Be dazzled by savings!

The Disneyland® Resort Diamond Celebration is in full swing – celebrating 60 spectacular years since the opening of the Disneyland® Park! And now, you can save on your upcoming stay at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa or the Disneyland® Hotel!

Save up to 20% on select Premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa or the Disneyland® Hotel or up to 10% at Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel on select weekday stays (Sun.–Thu.) between 10/25 – 12/17/2015

Booking Dates:
Book now – Nov. 18, 2015

Travel Dates:
Stays select Sun. – Thu. nights Oct. 25 – Dec. 17 with travel completed by Dec. 18, 2015. Some blockout dates apply.

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Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sun. – Thu. nights. Valid for travel between 10/25-12/17/15. Book from 9/9-11/18/15, with travel completed by 12/18/15. Savings on Premium rooms are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and Paradise, Artisan and Regal Suites. Ask about savings on other hotels and room types. 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 five (5) people maximum 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.

New Nighttime Spectaculars Slated for Disneyland® Resort Diamond Celebration

Last night, Disneyland® Resort announced that they will be adding three sensational new nighttime spectaculars to their offerings! Beginning Fri., May 22, 2015, you will be dazzled with a new nighttime parade, fireworks spectacular, and a new “World of Color” show. Built off of the latest technology and immersive special effects, the three new shows promise to expand the boundaries of after-dark entertainment like never before.

“Paint the Night” parade

When Mickey Mouse uses his imagination to harness the power of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust, the result is the “Paint the Night” parade! “Paint the Night” will flood Main Street, U.S.A. with vibrant color and more than 1.5 million LED lights! The luminescent parade will bring many of your favorite Disney stories to life – including Monsters, Inc., Cars, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story and Frozen.

“Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular

The longstanding Disneyland® Resort tradition of creating dazzling fireworks shows soars to new levels with “Disneyland Forever.” Innovative project mapping technology and other special effects will be used to immerse you into the worlds of beloved Disney and Disney●Pixar films. Many familiar Disneyland® Park icons will become the “stage” of the show – including Main Street, U.S.A., “it’s a small world,” Rivers of America and the Matterhorn. “Disneyland Forever” will be visible from Main Street, U.S.A., and several other locations throughout Disneyland® Park.

“World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney”

Mickey Mouse will use the water canvas of “World of Color” inside Disney California Adventure® Park to take guests on an inspirational journey through the unparalleled imagination of Walt Disney. The new fun-filled presentation uses animation, live action film, fountains, lasers, and special effects to tell the story of Walt and “The Happiest Place on Earth.”

Park Icons Shine and More…

In addition, both the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland® Park and Carthay Circle Theatre in Disney California Adventure® Park will glisten and gleam for the celebration, each with its own diamond medallion. Diamond Celebration décor, festive banners, creative merchandise and specialty food items/menus will also be found throughout the Resort area.

All of the fun begins on May 22, 2015! We expect more announcements to be made in the coming months on the Diamond Celebration. We’ll keep you posted on the latest as the information becomes available.

 

The Mickey Check – Balanced Dining for Kids

As a parent of two young children under the age of five, I know how difficult it is to make sure your children eat a healthy, well balanced meal at home. It can be mind numbing at times. You certainly have to be creative to find all of the major food groups on a four year old’s plate.

Now you may think a plate of bacon, sour cream dip, chips and a slice of bread may be pushing it. I say nay. Protein? Bacon! Vegetable? Uh, Potato Chips! Grain? Bread of course. Dairy? Sour cream dip! That plate was just another well balanced meal. Yes, there is truth to this little illustration, no, we do not let him eat like this every day!

Thankfully, our friends at Walt Disney World® Resort and Disneyland® Park have helped us to make nutritional dining for the boys on vacation a little easier with the Mickey Check. The Mickey Check is a new initiative that will help you identify nutritious choices for your children while you are on vacation!

In order for a meal to receive the Mickey Check, the meal has to live up to Disney Nutrition Guidelines, which align to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The meals encourage portion control (and calorie intake) while limiting sodium, sugar, saturated fat and trans fat.

Meals adorning the Mickey Check must include at least three of the four major food groups: fruits and vegetables; low-fat dairy; whole grains; or lean protein, beans, eggs and nuts. You can rest assured they aren’t pressing the limits and passing off potato chips as vegetables! To meet Disney Nutrition Guidelines, meals have to be ordered without any substitutions!

No longer will you have to worry about your child’s nutrition while visiting Walt Disney World® Resort or Disneyland® Park, because Disney is already worried about it for you! The Mickey Check debuted at Be Our Guest Restaurant earlier this month and is slated to appear on other table-service menus the first of the year!

Be sure to browse all of the dining options available at Walt Disney World® Resort on our website! When you plan your next vacation with Off to Neverland® Travel, our Magic Makers® will take you through the dining experience, and even eliminate the wait by making reservations for you…all at no additional cost!

Exclusive Cars Land Coverage

Cars LandIn 2007 Disneyland® Resort announced a five-year expansion that would introduce us to new amenities, shows and attractions that would bring new Disney magic to the parks for our families to create new memories together.

Five years later, the long anticipated arrival and opening of Cars Land is here! We have seen many amazing changes at Disneyland® Resort over the past five years, but Cars Land has been one of the most anticipated additions at Disney California Adventure® Park.

On Friday, June 15, Disney California Adventure® Park will hold a grand reopening with the addition of two new lands, Cars Land and Buena Vista Street and Carthay Circle Theatre!

Off to Neverland® Travel will have Magic Makers® on the ground for the grand reopening, bringing you exclusive, first hand accounts of the ceremonies as well as photos, information and more over the next two days!

Be sure to follow our website, www.offtoneverland.com, now through the weekend for your exclusive look at Cars Land and other additions at Disneyland® Resort!

Get up to the minute photos, news and more via Off to Neverland® Travel’s FacebookTwitter and Pinterest feeds!

Off to Neverland® Travel is excited to bring you this first look, and be sure to contact your Magic Maker® to arrange a trip to experience the new expansion first hand!

Fantastic Fantasmic! Meal Experiences

Fantasmic Dinner Package

By Magic Maker® Heather Straight

Lights. Music. Pyrotechnics. Dancing. Lasers. Giant animatronic dragons. Video projected on massive screens of water. Good triumphing over evil.  The Fantasmic!  Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios™ in Florida and Disneyland® Park in California are nighttime extravaganzas that are the very best of Walt Disney World® Resort and Disneyland® Resort entertainment and showmanship, and a highlight of every vacation for my family.  No matter how many times I see the show, I never fail to get goose bumps and tear up at the crucial moment when Sorcerer Mickey…well, I won’t give away the ending, but it’s a spectacle you don’t want to miss.

The shows are so popular that it can be tough to get a seat for the action.  People begin lining up to grab a spot 60-90 minutes before show time (even longer during peak travel seasons). You can avoid the line and have a tasty meal by taking advantage of a Fantasmic! Meal Experience.

Walt Disney World Resort® Dining Options

At Walt Disney World® Resort, Fantasmic! Show plays at the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater in Disney’s Hollywood Studios™ to packed crowds.  There are bleachers for sitting and some standing room at the back when the seats have all been filled (which they do for nearly every show!).  There are no bad seats here, but if you want to guarantee yourself a seat without a very long wait in line before the show, then a Fantasmic! Meal Experience is the way to go.  You’ll enjoy lunch or dinner and then get a voucher to enter the Reserved Section of the amphitheater. The restaurant choices are:

  • Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano – available for lunch or dinner, and only 1 Table Service credit on the Disney Dining Plan.
  • Hollywood & Vine – this buffet meal is available only for dinner, and is also just 1 Table Service credit on the dining plan
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby – this signature dining experience is available for lunch or dinner Fantasmic! packages, and is 2 Table Service credits on the Disney Dining Plan (or 1 credit on the Deluxe Dining Plan)

We’ve tried a Fantasmic! Meal Experience at all three restaurants; my kids’ favorite was the Hollywood & Vine buffet, but my husband and I really loved the ambiance and amazing food at The Hollywood Brown Derby (it makes for an excellent romantic diner option). These packages are very popular, especially during peak seasons; your Magic Maker can help you reserve one 180 days prior to the start of your Walt Disney World® Resort vacation. A credit card hold is required.

Disneyland® Resort Dining Options

The original home of Fantasmic! Show, the show is performed right in the middle of the action at the Disneyland® Park on the Rivers of America and Tom Sawyer Island.  There is no seating available here, just first-come, first-served standing room only (although if you arrive early enough to stake out a spot right in front, you can sit on the ground and still see the show).  If you want a chair, then the Premium Seating Dessert Package is for you.  At $60 per person, this is one of the most decadent things you can do to enhance your Disneyland® Park experience!

After you check-in with a Cast Member at a podium just across from Haunted Mansion® Attraction (we were directed to “look for the churro cart!”), you’ll be led to reserved, elevated seats front and center, with unobstructed views of the Rivers of America.  After you make yourself comfortable, another Cast Member will bring each of you a huge box filled with desserts.  Ours included mini key lime pie, cheesecake, fruit tart, and brownies, cookies, chocolate truffles, a selection of cheeses and crackers, and fruit.  It was so much food that even after I stuffed myself to bursting, I still had over half leftover to take back to the hotel (which I may have eaten for breakfast, but I’ll never tell!).  The Cast Member will also offer you all you can drink hot chocolate, coffee, hot tea, bottled water, or Coke products, and he or she will continue to serve you throughout the show.   Our view of the show was spectacular, and we felt extremely pampered.

Disneyland® Resort also offers dining packages for the wildly popular World of Color show that takes place in front of Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure® Park.  We opted for the picnic, which you can pick up for lunch or dinner.  You have a choice of several different meals that are conveniently packed into boxes and a souvenir reusable bag, and they have a great picnic area with tables and chairs.  They also offer two table service options for the World of Color package:

  • Ariel’s Grotto: 3-course dinner (great seafood choices, although the character don’t appear during dinner)
  • Wine Country Trattoria: lunch or dinner

All of these options include a ticket for the World of Color Viewing Area, and the prices range from $15.99 to $39.99.  Your Magic Maker can reserve one of these packages for you 30 days prior to your Disneyland® Resort vacation.  Full payment is required at the time of booking for both the Fantasmic! Show and World of Color packages.

Pre-Summer Room Only Savings at Disneyland Resort

This offer is no longer valid. Please click here to view all current Disneyland® Resort specials.

Paradise Pier Hotel

Spring is the perfect time to visit the Disneyland® Resort in sunny Anaheim. You can save up to 25%* on most stays Sun-Thu night at one of the Hotels of the Disneyland® Resort for arrivals Apr. 16 – Jun 9, 2012. Other discounts are available for Fri & Sat nights.

Offer Details:

Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel

  • Save 25% off a room-only reservation most Sun-Thu nights, or save 20% off a room-only reservation most Fri-Sat nights

Disneyland® Hotel or Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa

  • Save 20% off a room-only reservation most Sun-Thu nights, or save 15% off a room-only reservation most Fri-Sat nights

Booking & Travel Windows:

Book this offer now – May 26, 2012 for arrivals Apr. 16 – Jun. 9, 2012. Travel on this offer must be completed by Jun. 10, 2012.

Be sure to ask your Magic Maker® about adding Disney Character Dining
and Disneyland® Resort Theme Park tickets to your reservation.

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*Savings of up to 25% on Sunday through Thursday night stays is based on the non-discounted price for the same room at Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel on most nights from April 16, 2012 to June 9, 2012. Offer is valid when booked between March 13, 2012 and May 26, 2012. Travel must be completed by June 10, 2012. Offer not valid on suites or with previously booked rooms. Excludes applicable taxes and fees. Check for offers for different hotels and room types. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Disneyland Park adds Charging Lockers

A dead smartphone battery is no longer a reason to slow down guests at the Disneyland® Park. Guests can now take advantage of new “Charging Lockers” which were installed inside Main Street Lockers and Storage.

Use of the lockers are pretty simple:

  1. Select whether you need a standard outlet (if you brought your own cell/camera charger), or use the supplied Apple or Android/Blackberry cord.
  2. Use the touchpad kiosk to prepay for the first hour of use.
  3. Create a 4-digit pin that will be used later to access your locker.
  4. The kiosk will print a receipt with your locker assignment. Connect the device to the charger inside the locker and you are ready to go enjoy the park.
  5. When returning, if you are within the prepaid hour time frame, you can return directly to your locker. If not, first return to the kiosk and pay any additional balance.

Pricing for the new Charging Locker is $2 per hour. At this time, this secure alternative to charging your devices is only available inside the Disneyland® Park.

“New Orleans Bayou Bash” Kicks Off at Disneyland Park

Warm Southern hospitality will be flowing as Disneyland® Park brings “New Orleans Bayou Bash” into the streets!

Every weekend during February and March, park guests will enjoy street performers, N’awlins style specialty food, and jazzy music in New Orleans Square and parts of the Rivers of America. Special events include:

  • Princess Tiana’s Mardi Gras Celebration
  • Disney Characters in festive outfits in Jambalaya Jazz Cavalcade
  • Royal Street Bachelors Band
  • Mardi Gras Procession
  • Meet ‘n’ Greet Opportunity at Court of Angels Photo Location

The “New Orleans Bayou Bash” will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in February and March, 2012 with additional celebrations on February 20th and 21st.  Valid theme park admission to Disneyland® Park is required.


Love is in the Air

The Magic The Memories and You Romance Overlay“The Magic, The Memories, and You, ” a dramatic nighttime projection show filled with special effects and magic, quickly became a fan favorite when it started back in 2011. Projected onto Cinderella Castle at the Walt Disney World® Resort and on “it’s a small world” at the Disneyland® Park, the show has featured some holiday overlays throughout the past year.

In honor of Valentines Day, the show will add a new segment inspired by romantic moments in Disney Animation. This overlay covers the respective landmarks with roses for one scene and a star filled filled sky for another. While this romantic overlay will only be shown for a limited time, you can expect similar additions to the show in the future.

“The Magic, The Memories, and You” runs on select nights. Check your Daily Times Guide for specific show times.