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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals from Lauren Gonding Magical Travel Agent!

Here are the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Disney Vacation deals exclusive to Lauren Gonding Magical Travel Agent! Email lauren@magicaltravel.com today to get your FREE quote and book your vacation before these offers expire!  {Please take note of the different terms and conditions for each offer.}  Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Disneyland Black Friday/Cyber Monday Offer
Book a 3 Night Disneyland stay at any of the DisneylandResort Hotels along with 3-Day Theme Park Tickets and receive a 2016 Birnbaum Disneyland Resort Guide Book and Disneyland Autograph books for all children on the reservation ages 3 to 11!!

Disneyland is currently celebrating its Diamond Anniversary!
Terms for the Birnbaum 2016 Disneyland Resort Guide and Autograph Books:
  • Applies to new bookings ONLY made on Friday 11/27/15 -OR- Monday 11/30/15 from 9am to 9pm Eastern Time.
  • For travel anytime in 2015 and 2016.
  • The Resort Hotel package must include: Minimum 3-night accommodations at a Disneyland Resort Hotel and minimum 3-day theme park tickets. 

  • Clients receive a 2016 Birnbaum Disneyland Resort Guide and Disneyland Autograph Books for all children listed on the reservation ages 3 to 11 

  • Not responsible for lost guidebooks and/or autograph books.



Walt Disney World Black Friday/Cyber Monday Memory Maker Offer!
Book a 5-Night Walt Disney World stay at any Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort along with 4-Day Theme Park Tickets and any Disney Dining Plan and receive the Memory Maker for FREE! (A value of $169!)

Disney's Wilderness Lodge - one of Walt Disney World's Deluxe Resorts

Terms for Walt Disney World Memory Maker Offer:
  • Applies to NEW bookings ONLY made on Friday 11/27/15 -OR- Monday 11/30/15 from 9am to 9pm Eastern Time.
  • For travel anytime in 2015 and 2016.
  • The Walt Disney World Magic Your Way package must include: Minimum 5 night accommodations, minimum 4 day theme park tickets and a Disney Dining Plan.
  • Memory Maker includes photos taken during the Memory Maker window and linked to the Memory Maker Guest's Disney account.
  • Photos will expire pursuant to the expiration policy at mydisneyphotopass.disney.go.com/help-and-support.
  • Memory Maker is added to your Magic Your Way package or purchased at the advance purchase price, any photos taken within three days from the date Memory Maker is purchased will not be included and must be purchased separately.
  • Valid Theme Park admission required for certain photo locations.
  • Family & Friends media sharing is subject to the MyMagic+ Terms and Conditions.
  • Not responsible for missing, lost or damaged photos.
  • Subject to Memory Maker Terms and Conditions.



Walt Disney World Black Friday/Cyber Monday Moderate Resort Offer!
Book a 5-Night Walt Disney World stay at any Moderate Resort along with 4-Day Theme Park Hopper Tickets and receive a $75 Disney Gift Card!
Inside look at a Pirate Room at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort - one of Walt Disney World's Moderate Resorts
Terms for Walt Disney World Moderate Resort Offer:
  • Applies to NEW bookings ONLY made from Friday 11/27/15 9:00 AM to Monday 11/30/15 9:00 pm Eastern Time.
  • For travel anytime in 2015 and 2016.
  • $75 Disney Gift Card will be mailed with final payments after vacation has been paid in full
  • Can be combined with other offers
  • Not responsible for lost or stolen gift card



Walt Disney World Black Friday/Cyber Monday Value Resort Offer!
Book a 5-Night Walt Disney World stay at select Value Resorts along with 4-Day Theme Park Hopper Tickets and receive a $50 Disney Gift Card!
Inside look at a Cars Suite at Disney's Art of Animation - one of Walt Disney World's Value Resorts
Terms for Walt Disney World Value Resort Offer:
  • Applies to NEW bookings ONLY made from Friday 11/27/15 9:00 AM to Monday 11/30/15 9:00 pm Eastern Time.
  • For travel anytime in 2015 and 2016.
  • Can be combined with other offers
  • $50 Disney Gift Card will be mailed with final payments after vacation has been paid in full
  • Not responsible for lost or stolen gift card
  • Excludes Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort



Walt Disney World Black Friday/Cyber Monday Disney Cruise Line Offer!
Book any Disney Cruise Line vacation and receive a Disney Gift Card or Disney Cruise shipboard credit (client's choice) based on the total Disney Cruise vacation price as follows:
  • Disney Cruise Line vacations booked costing a total of $2000.00 and under: clients will receive a $50 Disney Gift card or shipboard credit.
  • Disney Cruise Line vacations booked costing a total of $3000.00 - $2000.01: clients will receive a $100 Disney Gift card or shipboard credit.
  • Disney Cruise Line vacations booked costing a total of $4000.00 - $3000.01: clients will receive a $150 Disney Gift card or shipboard credit.
  • Disney Cruise Line vacations booked costing a total of $5000.00 - $4000.01: clients will receive a $200 Disney Gift card or shipboard credit.
  • Disney Cruise Line vacations booked costing a total of $5000.01 and up: clients will receive a $250 Disney Gift card or shipboard credit.

Disney Cruise Line
Terms for Disney Cruise Line Offer:
  • Applies to NEW bookings ONLY made from Friday 11/27/15 9:00 AM to Monday 11/30/15 9:00 pm Eastern Time.
  • For travel anytime in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
  • The value of the Disney Gift Card is dependent on final price of the Disney Cruise vacation as stated above.
  • Can be combined with other offers!
  • If client chooses a Disney Gift Card, it will be mailed with final payments after the vacation as been paid in full.
  • Not responsible for lost or stolen gift card!


If any of the Black Friday deals interest you, email lauren@magicaltravel.com for a FREE Disney vacation quote TODAY!

Exploring Disney Springs

Today, let’s take a closer look at Disney Springs! Formerly referred to as Downtown Disney, this newly renamed Walt Disney World location is an all-in-one shopping, dining and entertainment district.

Drawing inspiration from Florida’s waterfront towns and natural beauty, Disney Springs treats you to a one-of-a-kind Disney experience amid beautiful open-air promenades and waterfront charm.  When complete, DisneySprings will include four interconnected neighborhoods – The Landing, Marketplace, West Side and Town Center.
 
Disney Springs

New to Disney Springs, The Landing is home to unique shopping locations and memorable dining experiences, including the recently opened Morimoto Asia and Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.  And, coming soon, Town Center will include a diverse mix of retailers and unique restaurants. Here’s a look at just some of the new dining and shopping offerings at Disney Springs open for you to experience during your visit.

During the holiday season, DisneySprings glistens with new offerings to make the season merry and bright.  Around every corner, you will find new decorations, including unique holiday trees and pop-up greeting cards. Plus, delectable food and non-stop entertainment - including Hanukkah and Kwanzaa musical groups, carolers, toy soldier stilt walkers and Santa himself – bring the holidays home to Disney Springs.


Be sure to check out DisneySprings during your visit to Walt Disney World, you won’t be disappointed!

Email me, lauren@magicaltravel.com to book your next Disney vacation and I will help you in all the stages of your vacation planning!  From booking your Disney vacation package, to securing hard-to-get dining reservations and FastPass+ selections!  And remember, my services are always FREE to my clients!

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Monday, November 23, 2015

"Rivers of Light" at Disney's Animal Kingdom

When the new nighttime experience “Rivers of Light” debuts in spring 2016 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park at Walt Disney World, you will enjoy one of the most memorable and emotionally stirring shows in the park’s history.

The show will take place on Discovery River between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest. During the show, a pair of mystical hosts come to the river bearing gifts of light and set out from the shore on elaborate lantern vessels for a dramatic dance of water and light to summon animal spirits. With the storytellers as guides, the wonders of “Rivers of Light” builds to a stunning crescendo.



In addition to the show, you will notice the park’s iconic Tree of Life undergo an amazing awakening as the animal spirits of the tree are brought to “light” by magical fireflies, revealing moments of wonder and enchantment.

To create “Rivers of Light,” Imagineers and Creative Entertainment partnered with the talents of master puppet designer Michael Curry, composer Mark Mancina and the filmmakers at Disneynature.

Want to plan your 2016 Spring trip to Walt Disney World to be one of the first to watch "Rivers of Light"? Email me, lauren@magicaltravel.com, to start planning your  vacation today!  I will help save you money but also your time!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Snack Review: Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bar

The Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bar in Walt Disney World is something that has reached icon status. And rightfully so.
Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bar!

This ice cream treat is vanilla ice cream with chocolatey coating - in the shape of a Mickey Mouse head!  The ice cream bar can be found at Ice Cream and Frozen Treats cart at various and plentiful locations through out the World.  I happened to get mine at a cart located in Fantasyland outside of Pinnochio Village Haus.  This sweet treat cost me $4.25.
Various options from the Ice Cream and Frozen Treat cart.

The first bite of the Mickey Premium Bar is always the hardest - what Mickey's ear do I want to eat first?  I picked one and was rewarded with the pleasant sound of the chocolate shell breaking and then cold vanilla ice cream.  The chocolate shell is quite thick compared to most dipped ice cream bars.  The chocolate shell and vanilla ice cream is a quite a pleasant combination on a hot day in the parks.  I shared the Premium Bar with a friend and we both agreed that they are tasty and is a must do on every trip.

Adios Mickey ear!

Quick Recap

  • Treat: Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bar
  • Where can it be found? Various locations around the World
  • Cost? $4.25
  • Sharable? Yes
  • Good? Very good, 5-Mickey-Head Approval.


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Season of the Force at Disneyland Park in California

At Disneyland® Park in Southern California, celebrate the excitement around all things Star Wars with brand-new themed experiences in Tomorrowland.  Season of the Force will take you to a galaxy far, far away with these special experiences:

Star Wars Launch Bay
This new area will offer opportunities to visit with favorite Star Wars characters, special exhibits, peeks at the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens and much more.
Choose Your Destiny with Special Character Experiences!

Dark Side – Encounter one of the most iconic villains from Star Wars, Darth Vader

Light Side – Fly casual at this makeshift Rebel base, and meet the most famous co-pilot in the galaxy, Chewbacca.
Season of the Force at Disneyland Park

Explore the Dark and the Light in Themed Galleries
Dark Side Gallery – Get a look at authentic pieces of stormtrooper armor as well as famous Sith lightsabers once wielded by masters of the dark side.

Light Side Gallery – Explore a gallery filled with Rebel flight helmets and lightsabers once wielded by Jedi Knights.

Preview Gallery – See items built exclusively for Star Wars Launch Bay by the same prop makers who worked on the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Starship Gallery – Discover models of famous starships from throughout the Star Wars saga.


Join the Battle in the Star Wars Game Center 
Play the latest games from the Star Wars galaxy, including Disney Infinity 3.0 – featuring park-exclusive Toy Box levels.


Hyperspace Mountain
Launch into a galaxy far, far away aboard Hyperspace Mountain, find yourself in an action-packed battle between Rebel X-wings and Imperial TIE fighters.


Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
This popular attraction will feature a new scene inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Galactic Grill
Choose the dark side or the light at this new themed food and beverage location.  In the space that currently hosts Tomorrowland Terrace, the Galactic Grill will serve up specialty menu items inspired by both sides of the Force. Here are some of the menu options:

BreakfastDarth Tamale: Blue corn tamale with scrambled eggs and chorizo, red chili sauce and tomatillo.

Lunch and DinnerFirst Order Specialty Burger: Angus beef and chorizo patty topped with fried cherry peppers, spicy-lime aioli on dark bun.

DessertsThe Pastry Menace: Éclair with milk chocolate filling and a hint of cayenne pepper.

CollectiblesBB-8 sipper and TIE Fighter premium popcorn bucket


Star Wars: Path of the Jedi
Relive Luke Skywalker’s path to becoming a Jedi in a film that recaptures favorite Star Wars moments on the big screen. The Tomorrowland Theater presents Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, an exclusive cinematic event.


Opening Dec. 8, 2015, Guests will experience a twist on the Jedi Training experience when they encounter new characters and a new villain from the popular Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels.


You can now choose a side at Season of the Force at Disneyland Park in California! Email lauren@magicaltravel.com to start planning your Disneyland vacation today!  I will help save you money but also your time!