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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Returns to Magic Kingdom Park This Fall

While spring just bloomed, it’s never to early to look ahead towards fall. Today, we’re excited to announce the dates for this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom® Park!

MNSSHP Returns to Magic Kingdom for 29 nights in 2016

This favorite fall event returns to the Walt Disney World® Resort this fall with 29 dates. You can trick-or-treat throughout Magic Kingdom Park, see favorite Disney Characters dressed in their very own Halloween costumes and enjoy special entertainment – including a spook-tastic parade and eerie extravaganza of fireworks. Returning favorites include “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” and “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks.  Here’s a full list of this year’s dates:
  • September – 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30
  • October – 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
New this year, we have revised our costuming guidelines for special events in our theme parks. While costumed attire may be worn, guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body as they may be subject to additional security screening. Additionally, costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
For more information including a full list of costume guidelines, check out disneyworld.com and stay tuned to Disney Travel News for updates on ticket prices, on-sale dates, entertainment and events.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

New Year, New Acts at La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil

La Nouba™ by Cirque du Soleil® at Disney Springs™ allows Guests to enter a world of the extraordinary as acrobats, singers, trapeze artists, jugglers and clowns delight and mystify with daring acts of grace. And now, this breathtaking show has just added these two exciting new acts. 
Two new acts coming to La Nouba this year

Real-life partners Alexander and Exaterina Abramov come to La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil as masters of a craft perfected by only a handful of artists around the world – Aerial Bamboo. The act requires extreme trust as for most of the performance, Exaterina is held only by Alexander – his arms, his feet and even his teeth – as he himself hangs by his feet or arms high above the stage. This mesmerizing act will leave Guests breathless!
For the first time in the history of Cirque du SoleilLa Nouba has dedicated an entire act to the high-energy dance B-Boying, commonly referred to as breakdancing. This new act brings together three accomplished B-Boy dancers from around the world with the choreography, design, music and costumes of Cirque du Soleil, to offer Guests an experience like never before.
In addition to these two new acts, La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil recently celebrated an exciting milestone – welcoming over 10 million Guests since opening in 1998.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Mahalo Mama Month - Celebrate Mom at Aulani

If your mom is anything like mine, one day just isn’t enough to celebrate her.  That’s why May is Mahalo Mama Month at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Hawai`i.  Here are a few ways Guests can say “mahalo” – or thank you – to moms during this special time:

Breakfast in Bed – Our chefs have created a special room service treat just for moms: Hawaiian-style French Toast stuffed with chocolate and strawberries, topped with warm strawberry compote and whipped cream. What a delicious way to start the day!
Spa Treatments-Just for Her – Guests can treat mom to the add-on Mahalo Mama Spa Package for the ultimate pampering experience at our award-winning Laniwai Spa. Package includes a Lomilomi Massage, Cinderella Facial and Yummy Mummy Organic Pedicure. She’ll leave relaxed and rejuvenated! ($265 + tax and gratuity)
‘Ohana Hula – Every Sunday in May, kids can join mom in the Pau Hana Room for Lei Po Ľo (Head lei) making and learning the art of Hula.
Complimentary Print with Disney PhotoPass CD Purchase – With Disney PhotoPass opportunities located throughout the resort, your Clients can capture their special memories on camera! As a special offer in May, Guests receive a free 8×10 photo with the purchase of a Disney PhotoPass CD—perfect for moms’ desktop at home or at the office.
Mother’s Day Gifts from the Heart – During arts and crafts time at the Pau Hana Room, kids can make photo frames and other keepsakes moms will treasure forever.
Snorkeling Discounts at Rainbow Reef – All May long, Mom can enjoy the breathtaking splendor of tropical marine life up close with 10% savings at Rainbow Reef – the only private snorkeling lagoon on O’ahu. This offer is valid for One-Day or Length-of-Stay Access, but does not include Supplied-Air-Snorkeling (SAS). Discount coupons are available at check-in.
Want to treat mom with an Aulani vacation in Hawaii?  Email me - lauren@magicaltravel.com - for a FREE, no obligation vacation quote!  Or simply fill out the Disney Vacation Quote form found below or click here to open in a new window! As a Disney vacation specialist, let me put my expert knowledge to your benefit and help you plan a magical vacation!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Video: Disney Castaway Cay

Consistently rated by Disney Cruise Line Guests as their favorite port of call, Disney Castaway Cay is a private island paradise reserved exclusively for Disney cruisers. This oasis invites you to enjoy balmy tropical weather and world-class recreation with renowned Disney hospitality.




If you're interested in going on a Disney Cruise, email me - lauren@magicaltravel.com - for a FREE, no obligation vacation quote!  Or simply fill out the Disney Vacation Quote form found below or click here to open in a new window! As a Disney vacation specialist, let me put my expert knowledge to your benefit and help you plan a magical vacation!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

D-Luxe Burger Coming to Disney Springs May 2016

Disney Springs™ continues to expand its dining, shopping and entertainment options at Walt Disney World® Resort with the newest scheduled opening of D-Luxe Burger! D-Luxe Burger will open this May at Town Center at Disney Springs.
If gourmet burgers and twisted milkshakes are foods you enjoy, D-Luxe Burger will be the perfect place to enjoy delicious meal. When dining at D-Luxe Burger you can choose to dine in the eclectically comfortable western-inspired interior, or the covered outdoor seating area that overlooks the springs.
D-Luxe Burger will open May 2016 at Disney Springs

On the menu there’s a burger for everyone, complete with unique toppings, freshly baked buns and a signature blend of beef. Gourmet burgers on the menu include:
  • Classic Cheeseburger – Beef patty topped with cheddar, lettuce, tomato and pickle
  • Barbeque Classic Burger – Beef patty topped with a fried onion ring, smoked Gouda, bacon, barbeque sauce and lettuce
  • El Diablo Burger – Chorizo-and-signature-blend patty, fried banana peppers, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and chipotle mayonnaise
  • Southern Classic Burger – Beef patty, topped with fried-green tomato, pimento cheese, lettuce and bacon
  • Cluck Burger – Ground chicken patty, garlic herb sauce, avocado, lettuce and tomato
  • Veggie Burger – house-made patty topped with Tzatziki, green bean salad, lettuce and tomato

And don't forget about the freshly cut fries with a choice of dipping sauces - the perfect companion to any of the D-Luxe burgers.
For dessert, indulge in artisanal gelato shakes with rotating flavors including Vanilla, Chocolate, Raspberry, Strawberry, Salted Caramel, S’mores and Cake.  And don't forget about the floats! Root beer, Cherry Coke and orange soda floats are also featured.  If you like and adult beverage with your border,  D-Luxe Burger will have hard sodas, draft beer and cider for you to enjoy.  Prefer and adult twist to the traditional milk shake? How about a shake with spirits include Smoked Bourbon and Beer and Godiva Raspberry. And, if the shakes weren’t enough, there is a Red Velvet Burger Macaron – handcrafted to look just like a burger, down to the raspberry “ketchup.”

I don't know about you but I'm excited to try out D-Luxe Burger! From their mouth-watering burgers to their unique dessert selections, the next time I'm visiting Disney Springs I will be stopping by for a meal!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Changes to the Walt Disney World FastPass+ Selections

It has been rumored for a while now that the FastPass+ selections of Wishes Nighttime Spectacular and the Disney's Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom would be going away.  And I'm sad to report that we may have finally reached the day... The listing of attractions with FastPass+ service (found here) doesn't list Wishes nor does is list Disney's Festival of Fantasy Parade.
Listing of FastPass+ Selections available at Magic Kingdom no longer includes Wishes nor Disney's Festival of Fantasy Parade

In addition to that, when I go into book a FastPass+ for April 21 for Wishes, this is what I am greeted with:

Wishes has been removed from the FastPass+ selection for April 22

Nothing is there! If you are familiar with the FastPass+ selection options, you would know that Wishes used to be there! For example, if I select the day before, April 21, Wishes is there to pick from.
Wishes available for a FastPass+ selection for April 20th.

Even though the Wishes is gone (for April 21st), the Disney's Festival of Fantasy FastPass+ is still shown for both days.  But both days tell me that there are no additional FastPass+ available.


Festival of Fantasy FP+ is appearing for both days but days claim the FastPass+ are gone for  each day.

So then I wondered if IllumiNation at Epcot and Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studio's still had FastPass+ selections appearing and if they were still available.  Both still appear on the listing (can be found here):

IllumiNations and Fantasmic both show on the FastPass+ listing!

IllumiNations FastPass+ is available for April 20th...

But, even though it is showing for up for April 21st - it states that there are no more FastPass+ available...

Lastly, Disney's Hollywood Studios Fantasmic! FastPass+ selections appear and still show availability to be selected.

Fantastic! is still available

What do you think all of this means? Will they FastPass+ selections return? Or, as it is heavily rumored, the FastPass+ areas going to be Dessert Party areas for both Wishes and IllumiNations? I know it was nice being able to schedule my FastPass+ for Wishes on my arrival days  - when I wasn't going to use the FastPass+ on rides or attractions early on in the day but on a typical Magic Kingdom day, I didn't want to waste a FastPass+ selection for Wishes.



Saturday, March 19, 2016

Disney Parks Blog showing IllumiNations

Do you have plans on Sunday, March 20th? If so, cancel them. Or make sure you have internet access! On Sunday night at 8:50 p.m. EDT, the Disney Parks blog will live stream my favorite #WaltDisneyWorld Fireworks show: IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth from Epcot! If you've never seen it, watch it - you won't be disappointed! Is #IllumiNations anyone else's favorite Walt Disney World #firework show?
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will be streaming live from the Disney Parks Blog live Sunday March 20th!

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot® is just one of the nighttime spectaculars your Clients can enjoy at Walt Disney World® Resort. This stunning show celebrates the spirit of humanity through fireworks, lighting effects, moving music and more. At the heart of the show is a 350,000-pound Earth Globe featuring a spherical video display, around which, all of the action takes place.


And, for an extra sweet nighttime experience, can indulge in the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party.  Available on select nights, the party offers delectable desserts and wines in an exclusive setting with a clear view of the World Showcase Lagoon as it erupts in a symphony of color and sound.  The cost is $49 for adults and $29 for children ages 3-9. Tax and gratuity are included. Epcot admission is required and is not included in the price. Reservations can be made online at Disneyworld.com/dine or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. 

You can catch this popular entertainment experience on your next visit to the Walt Disney World® Resort!  Email me - lauren@magicaltravel.com - for a FREE, no obligation vacation quote!  Or simply fill out the Disney Vacation Quote form found below or click here to open in a new window!  As a Disney vacation specialist, let me put my expert knowledge to your benefit and help you plan a magical vacation!