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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Universal Volcano Bay - Know Before You Go

Stay On-Site for Quick and Easy Access to Volcano Bay™ 
Complimentary shuttle buses whisk hotel guests from Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels right to the park. Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort even has a convenient walking path to Volcano Bay! Plus, by staying on-site, you'll enjoy early park admission (restrictions apply).
The Early Bird Gets The Best Beach Chair 
Get to the park early!!! This way you'll be able to claim a prime beach chair location and you'll also get a head start on the rides and attractions.
Head Towards The Back 
When you arrive, grab a spot at the back of the park and get a ride time at one of those attractions first. They’ll find water slides, lockers, food, etc. in every area of the park. It’s a great way to avoid the crowds who linger near the front of the park in the morning.
Items For Rent at Volcano Bay™ 
Rental lockers are located throughout the park (three different sizes available) and your clients can link up to four TapuTapu wearables so the whole family has access. Lockers can be rented using cash or credit card. You can even rent towels if you forget yours!
Turn The TapuTapu™ Wearable Into A Wallet 
From The Official Universal Orlando Resort™ App you can link a TapuTapu wearable to a credit card so you can TapTu Pay™ for merchandise, food and drinks in the park (excluding locker purchases). Link their entire party’s tickets to an account so everyone has TapTu Pay access with their TapuTapu wearables. Each TapuTapu unlinks from the account when it is turned in upon leaving the park.
Things To Do While in the Virtual Line™ 
Virtual Line™ allows your to have fun while waiting for your ride time. Drift along the Kopiko Wai Winding River™, bob in the waves of Waturi Beach, play in the Runamukka Reef™ kids area, ride the torrents of TeAwa the Fearless River™, grab a bite to eat or just kick back and chill out – none of which require securing a ride time.
You Don’t Have to Ride Right Away 
Once your TapuTapu™ wearable alerts you that it’s time to ride, you can head to the attraction at your leisure. If you're relaxing on a lounge chair or midway through a meal, you don’t have to stop what you’re doing to rush to their ride.
Keep a Lookout for “Ride Now!” 
As you explore the park, keep an eye out for slides whose entrance signage reads “Ride Now.” You can jump right onto those rides without losing your place in the Virtual Line™ for another attraction.
Eat Earlier or Later Than Everyone Else 
For a relaxing dining experience, plan lunch before noon or after 2:00 pm when the eateries are at their busiest. When it’s time to eat they’ll find four dining locations and two bars conveniently located throughout the park.
Ride Out the Rain 
Florida rain showers can come and go quickly. Instead of leaving the park when rain clouds roll in, take the opportunity to eat or shop while other guests head out – then take advantage of shorter attraction wait times when the sun comes out!

To book your Universal vacation and visit Volcano Bay - and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the other two Universal theme parks! - email me, lauren@magicaltravel.com today!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Disneyland Hotels this Summer

With the Summer of Heroes in full swing at Disney California Adventure® Park, it's a perfect time to stay at one of the Hotels of the Disneyland® Resort. Here are a few ways you can enjoy a vacation at one of the three on-property hotels:
Fireworks Viewing: Hotel Guests can enjoy spectacular fireworks viewing from the rooftop pool deck at Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel. For club-level Guests staying at the Disneyland® Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the E-Ticket Club and Craftsman Club — the concierge clubs in both hotels, respectively — also offer perfect viewing.
Pool Parties: Every day beginning July 1, 2017, afternoon parties at the pools will feature upbeat music, dancing and fun games like “Finding Dory’s Friends” and limbo! Daily pool parties are scheduled at these times:
Plus, at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, there will be special, extended pool parties throughout the Fourth of July week to celebrate the redesigned pool deck. In addition to music and games, complimentary hot dogs and popsicles will be served!
Poolside Cabanas: For hotel Guests interested in lounging by the pool all day, poolside cabanasare available for a half-day or full-day rental at the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Our shaded cabanas come equipped with everything needed to relax, including comfy seating, TVs, mini refrigerators, complimentary fruit platters and bottled water.
Disney Dining: To dine with favorite Disney friends, special character experiences can be found at each hotel’s restaurants. The dining room at Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel is buzzing with excitement during the new, limited-time Disney Dinnertime Magic with Chef Mickey Mouse.
Magical Night at the Movies: Starting in July, hotel Guests can kick back and enjoy favorite Disney films on Sunday and Friday evenings. Movie screenings, including pre-show activities and games, will take place at the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, but open to Guests of all three hotels. 
To book your Disneyland vacation, email me, lauren@magicaltravel.com, today! As a Disney vacation specialist, let me put my expert knowledge to your benefit and help you plan a magical vacation. Combine that with my free planning services, a free Disney Gift card and more - you're bound to have a magical vacation! Trust me, you're going to love your Disneyland trip!

Eat to the Beat Concert Series 2017

I have Epcot International Food and Wine Festival news! A record 32 musical acts will rev up the Eat to the Beat concert series during the 22nd year of the Festival Aug. 31-Nov. 13, 2017 at Walt Disney World® Resort.
Eleven bands are new to the festival including Kenny G., Squeeze and 10,000 Maniacs join 21 fan-favorite musical acts for a diverse lineup of pop hit makers to rock America Gardens Theatre stage throughout the festival’s 75-day run.
Other new acts to appear are: The Hooters, Baha Men, Lauren Alaina, Mark Wills, American Authors, Devon Allman, Postmodern Jukebox and Blue October.
Guests also can tune into their favorite returning bands that will include festival opening act Delta Rae.  Concerts take place at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily.  The lineup (subject to change and included in Epcot admission) includes:
  • Aug. 31-Sept. 1         Delta Rae “Bottom of the River”
  • Sept. 2-3                  The Hooters NEW! “And We Danced”
  • Sept. 4-5                  Baha Men NEW! “Who Let the Dogs Out”
  • Sept. 6-7                  Fuel “Shimmer”
  • Sept. 8-10                STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
  • Sept. 11-12              Lauren Alaina NEW! “Road Less Traveled”
  • Sept. 13-15              Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah”
  • Sept. 16-17              Sister Hazel “All For You”   
  • Sept. 18-20              Air Supply “All Out of Love”
  • Sept. 21-22              David Cook “Light On”
  • Sept. 23-24              Everclear “Santa Monica”                   
  • Sept. 25-27              Sugar Ray “Every Morning”
  • Sept. 28-29              38 Special “Hold On Loosely”
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1         Mark Wills NEW! “19 Somethin’”
  • Oct. 2-3                   American Authors NEW! “Best Day of My Life”
  • Oct. 4-5                   Christopher Cross “Sailing”  
  • Oct. 6-8                   Devon Allman NEW! “Ragged and Dirty”
  • Oct. 9-11                 Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX “Come Sail Away”
  • Oct. 12-13               Taylor Dayne “Tell It to My Heart”
  • Oct. 14-15               Jeffrey Osborne “On the Wings of Love”
  • Oct. 16-17               Postmodern Jukebox NEW! Various Hits                 
  • Oct. 18-20               10,000 Maniacs NEW! “Because the Night”
  • Oct. 21-22               Toad The Wet Sprocket “Walk on the Ocean”
  • Oct. 23-24               Kenny G NEW! “Songbird”
  • Oct. 25-26               Billy Ocean “Get Outta My Dreams”
  • Oct. 27-29               Tiffany “I Think We’re Alone Now”
  • Oct. 30-Nov. 1         Hanson “MMMBop”
  • Nov. 2-3                  Blue October NEW! “Into the Ocean”
  • Nov. 4-5                  Living Colour “Cult of Personality” 
  • Nov. 6-8                  Boyz II Men "End of the Road"
  • Nov. 9-11                Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “Go Daddy-O”
  • Nov. 12-13              Squeeze NEW! “Black Coffee in Bed”
(Songs listed are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the concert play list.)
Festival-goers can also enjoy Eat to the Beat Dining Packages at 15 popular Epcot restaurants, guaranteeing a breakfast, lunch or dinner reservation and confirmed seating at a same-day Eat to the Beat concert. These reservations can be made starting July so be sure to make your packages now! Email me, lauren@magicaltravel.com, today for a FREE quote and FREE travel planning services! Or you can use this fast and easy form!