Friday, September 30, 2016

Royal Reception Comes to Disney Springs this October

This October, enjoy a one-month, limited time opportunity to meet a Disney Princess at World of Disney at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World® Resort!
With surprise appearances each day at Disney Springs, you could meet Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, Tiana or another visiting princess – there are no set times for specific characters, but you're always sure to receive a royal reception.
Plus a Disney PhotoPass photographer will be on hand to capture each interaction!  These magical moments will be available for purchase or to download if you have Memory Maker on your vacation package!
This opportunity will be available at World of Disney between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily from starting October 1 – November 1, 2016.  And you won't have to wait in line to meet the princess! You'll be able to check in with a Cast Member at World of Disney and they will share the approximate wait time and return instructions!

It isn't too late to plan your October trip and meet the princesses at Disney Springs!  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 it in a new window!  As a Disney vacation specialist, I’ll use my expert knowledge to help you plan a magical vacation! Plus my services are FREE to all of my clients - you won't pay more for my services but you will get more - including a FREE Disney Gift Card for all of my clients that book a vacation package!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Adventures by Disney Announces New Food & Wine Themed River Cruise

Earlier this year, Adventures by Disney® announced new river cruise itineraries for 2017, sailing along the Rhine River in Europe. And starting today, you have the chance to book an all-new Rhine River adventure designed specifically for foodies!


This 8-day, 7-night epicurean vacation sets sail on Oct. 21, 2017, allowing you to discover the unique culinary history and culture of four countries—Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands.  Onboard will be Disney Culinary Director John State and Master Sommelier Brian Koziol, who have worked hand-in-hand with Adventures by Disney to masterfully craft this premier gourmet sailing.

On this river cruise, you will: 

  • Be immersed in gastronomic delights as you visit world-famous breweries, award-winning wineries and festive local pubs. 

  • Expand your cooking repertoire with John State, the culinary director for Disneyland Resort, as he shares the authentic dishes of Europe during intimate gourmet demonstrations and workshops. 

  • Learn about regional wines and food pairings as you visit the local vineyards with Brian Koziol, one of only 230 Master Sommeliers in the world. 


From taking patisserie and tart flambé classes in France and strolling through German vineyards to discovering the secrets of Swiss cheese and touring the Heineken factory in Amsterdam, a variety of delicious experiences are available for you to uncover on this all-inclusive, adult exclusive adventure. 


To book this unique Adventures by Disney vacation (or any other ABD vacation) and want to experience the Disney Difference (Adventure Guides, VIP access, Disney service and more!), email me at lauren@magicaltravel.com for a FREE, no obligation vacation quote!  Remember, all Adventures by Disney vacations that are booked through me will receive a Magical Dollar Discount - right off the top of your vacation price!  As a Disney vacation specialist, let me put my expert knowledge to your benefit and help you plan a magical vacation!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Walt Disney World Discount for Winter 2017

A brand new Walt Disney World Vacation offer has been released this morning for Disney Visa® Cardmembers for early 2017 travel dates!  


Want even better news? They released two deals! A Winter Room Discount offer and a Play, Stay and Dine Discount!

Email me - lauren@magicaltravel.com - for details and to book your Disney vacation today! Or use the easy Google form below!

If you book your Walt Disney World vacation, or any Disney vacation with me you'll get the following for FREE:
  • I'll make your Advance Dining Reservations for you! You tell me which restaurants you want to eat at and I'll make the reservations for you so you don't have to wake up early in the morning to get the best availability.
  • I'll make your FastPass Plus Selections for you! You tell me which rides you want to use your FastPass selections on and I'll make the picks for you, once again, so you don't have to wake up early in the morning to get the best availability.
  • I've been to Walt Disney World countless of times - I know where to stay, where to eat and what you should use your FastPass selections for!
  • My clients go to Walt Disney World with FREE Disney gift cards to spend on vacation!
  • Plus more treats and surprises along the way to make your Disney vacation even more magical!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Muppets Come to Magic Kingdom October 2nd!

Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and The Great Gonzo arrive at Magic Kingdom® Park on October 2 for the opening of their all-new, live show “The Muppets Present … Great Moments in American History.” 
Hosted by James “J.J.” Jefferson, town crier of Liberty Square, and Sam Eagle, the fiercely patriotic American eagle who is forever trying to set a high moral standard for the Muppets, this wacky new show is set to take place several times daily, just outside The Hall of Presidents.
Throughout the day, J.J. and the Muppets share their own unique take on the founding fathers as they recount the tale of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, complete with an original song and plenty of humor. You may even catch the Muppets’ version of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, presented in hysterical fashion as only the muppets can.
Want to go to Walt Disney World? Email me - lauren@magicaltravel.com - for a FREE, no obligation vacation quote!  Or fill out the fast and easy form below (click here to open it in a new page)! 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!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Adventures by Disney Spotlight: Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

With Adventures by Disney® worldwide vacations, there is so much more to do than sightsee.  Travelers experience firsthand the people, cultures and traditions of the places they visit. And the Adventures by Disney Ecuador and Galapagos itinerary is no exception.

On this 8-night vacation, you will discover Ecuador’s mainland with its natural splendor and remarkable culture. Then, you'll explore the Galápagos Islands and be immersed in a spectacularly beautiful world nearly untouched by human progress.
The adventure begins in Ecuador, where you will visit the giant Quitsato Equator Sundial, which sits precisely on the Equator. You’ll also learn about one of Ecuador’s biggest exports and an important part of the country’s culture on a Rose Plantation Tour. And, you’ll experience the Andean way of life at a festive dinner, complete with music played by a local flute-maker and dance performed by spirited folk dancers.
In the Galápagos Islands, you will enjoy an eye-opening voyage on the Santa Cruise II ship. During this 4-night cruise, you’ll explore the volcanic archipelago, enjoy stargazing, storytelling and more. And, as you hike and snorkel across the islands, you'll discover exotic underwater worlds and encounter animal and plant species that can’t be found anywhere else on earth!
If you're interested in this Adventures by Disney vacation (or any other ABD vacation) and want to experience the Disney Difference (Adventure Guides, VIP access, Disney service and more!), email me at lauren@magicaltravel.com for a FREE, no obligation vacation quote! When you book your Adventures by Disney vacation with me - you'll get a Magical Dollar Discount right off the price of the trip! 

Friday, September 23, 2016

September Refurbishments

Disney is always evolving, always changing. Walt Disney once said "Disneyland will never be completed. ... It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world." I imagine the same rule applies for Walt Disney World.  And with new growth comes refurbishments. So here is the current list of refurbishments at Walt Disney World for the month of September. 

(If there is a ** before the refurbishment this is a new listing from the prior month).



Magic Kingdom
  • Monorail: Undergoing refurbishment through Summer 2016.  Monorail may be on modified service and/or routes. Before you plan on using the Monorail, make sure it is the best option available, as alternative transportation options will be available.
  •  Swiss Family Tree House: Scheduled to Reopen September 29, 2016 (Changed date – pushed back 5 days. Originally scheduled to reopen September 24)
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: Scheduled to Reopen November 18, 2016
  • “it’s a small world”: Closing August 22. Scheduled to Reopen September 15.


Epcot
  • No refurbishments scheduled.


Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Pizza Planet: Undergoing refurbishment to become PizzeRizzo.  Scheduled to Reopen “Late 2016.”
  • **Rockin ‘n’ Roller Coaster: Will be Closed October 27 – November 9, 2016


Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • DINOSAUR: Scheduled to Reopen October 16, 2016
  • Dino Institute Shop: Scheduled to Reopen October 16, 2016


Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
  • Annual Refurbishment is Scheduled for December 25, 2016 – March 11, 2016


Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
  • Annual Refurbishment is Scheduled for October 23 – December 24, 2016


Disney Springs
  • Planet Hollywood: Scheduled to Reopen “Fall 2016”
  • Fulton’s Crab House (reopening as Paddlefish): Scheduled to Reopen “Fall 2016”


Disney Golf Courses/Miniature Golf:
None

Walt Disney World Resorts:
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort: Soft Goods Refurbishment through September 24, 2016.
  • **Disney’s All Star Sports – Grand Slam pool refurbishment Oct. 10 – December 2, 2016. Surfboard Pool will be open.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Kidani Village: Soft Goods Refurbishment through January 2017.
  • **Disney’s BoardWalk Villas: Roof Refreshments: May 16 – October 2016
  • **Disney’s Pop Century Resort – Computer Pool Refurbishment October 31, 2016-January 3, 2017. Hippy Dippy Pool and Bowling Pool will be open.
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter: Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory Refurbishment. Scheduled to Reopen “Late Fall 2016.”
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Villas: Extensive Resort Refurbishment Projects. Hidden Springs Pool, beach, marina, playground and more will be closed. Scheduled to occur “Through 2017.”
  • Disney’s Yacht Club: Room Refurbishments. October 29, 2016 – June 23, 2017
  • Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center: Expansion Work. Scheduled to Reopen February 1st.
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin: Guest Room Renovations. Scheduled to Reopen “September 2016.”


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Star Wars Day at Sea - 2017 Still Available!

Right now is the time to plan for Spring Break - when what you want to do is still available! For example: Star Wars Day at Sea! There is still availability for 2017 sailings!  These super popular sailings are returning in early 2017! Disney Cruise Line Guests can celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga during Star Wars Day at Sea. Get a quick look in this video!

New in 2017, the Disney Fantasy special sailings expand to both eastern and western Caribbean itineraries and nearly double in number to 15 cruises. During this day-long celebration, Star Wars Day at Sea combines the power of the Force and the magic of Disney for an out-of-this-galaxy cruise experience unlike any other.
Each sailing features a full day of dark side and light side fun, including official appearances of Star Wars characters, a deck party and fireworks, Star Wars-themed family and youth activities, at-sea screenings of Star Wars films, unique food and beverage offerings, and special merchandise.
Throughout the day, Star Wars Younglings, Padawans and Jedi Masters alike can enjoy the immersive and intergalactic entertainment, including a deck party and fireworks display, exclusive event merchandise, and specialty Star Wars-themed food and beverage items.
Characters from across the Star Wars galaxy will also be onboard for interactions, photos and also may be seen patrolling the decks. And, in “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple,” Force-sensitive children learn the ways of the Jedi and use their new-found skill in a final face off with Darth Vader.

Star Wars Day at Sea will be on Disney Fantasy seven-night cruises sailing from Port Canaveral on:
  •  Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28; 
  • Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; 
  • March 4, 11, 18, 25; and
  • April 1, 8 and 15, 2017.

If you're interested in going on a Star Wars Day at Sea Disney Cruise, email me - lauren@magicaltravel.com - for a FREE, no obligation vacation quote!  Hurry as these sailings will book fast!