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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Disneyland Attraction Update: Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America

When the iconic Disneyland® Railroad and the Rivers of America attractions return to Disneyland Park this summer, guests will discover new magic aboard these classic experiences. As I shared last year, and seen in the artist’s rendering below (courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering), the gorgeous new north bank of the Rivers of America will feature a beautiful new waterfront and an elevated trestle over which the iconic Disneyland Railroad will travel.
The Rivers of America will continue to celebrate the Mississippi, Columbia, Missouri and Rio Grande rivers, enhanced now with a new Columbia Gorge section, highlighted by thundering waterfalls – signaling the return of large waterfalls to the rivers. Longtime Disneyland park fans will remember Big Thunder River Waterfall and Twin Sisters Waterfall; five spectacular new waterfalls along the Rivers of America harken back to these favorites – all on display for guests aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes.
You will also experience these features from aboard the Disneyland Railroad, which will travel across the rocks on a trestle that will even extend onto the river, providing a breathtaking view of the new waterfalls. And, for the first time ever, the Disneyland Railroad will be making a left-hand turn as it circles the park.
In addition to the new waterfalls, you will spot some familiar faces along the Rivers of America as well as throwbacks to Frontierland’s past. The Indian Village, now in a new location, will include a more prominently featured Shaman, seen telling the story of how the hummingbird taught the Indian chief to make a flute.
Email me, lauren@magicaltravel.com, to book your Disneyland Vacation 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!

Enchanting Extras Collection: New Offers and Updates to Existing Offers

At Walt Disney World, the Enchanting Extras Collection immerses you in more magic than you thought was possible with distinctly Disney experiences. 
The popular Amorette’s Cake Decorating Experience, one of the “Adventures in Dining” options, has been extended through Aug. 25, 2017. Plus, it's now offered 3 times per week (Sunday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9 a.m.). During this special 90-minute cake decorating experience, you will decorate your own Mickey Cake while a pastry artist shares insider stories and tips. The cost is $129 plus tax for two Guests decorating one cake. Guests must be at least 10 years of age to participate. Reservations must be made in advance.
Over at Disney's Yacht Club Resort, you can experience Cruising Around the World, a new "Rest & Recreation" option. During this specialty cruise, you will board a pontoon boat at Bayside Marina and sail around Crescent Lake and the World Showcase Lagoon. In addition to the captain who accompanies each cruise, each boat can accommodate up to 10 Guests. You can even turn this Specialty Cruise into a lunch cruise! Guests may purchase food and beverages through Private Dining; assorted bag snacks, and assorted soft drinks are included. The Day Cruise Around the World will be offered daily starting on June 1, 2017. This experience lasts one hour and the cost per pontoon boat is $159 (includes tax and gratuity) - or $15.90 per person if you have 10 people! Reservations are required.
To book your Walt Disney World Resort summer vacation, email me - lauren@magicaltravel.com - a Disney Vacation Planner. Or use this fast and easy form: https://form.jotform.com/71284293813156!
As a Disney Vacation Planner, I'll help you plan the most magical vacation - all for FREE! You won't pay one penny more to book with me but you'll get personalized help, tips and advice (which you're not going to get if you booked on your own).  
Just a few of the few things I'll do for FREE: help to find you the perfect Walt Disney World Resort; I'll make your Advance Dining Reservations and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Reservations; make your FastPass+ selections; and send you tips and tricks!  
Plus my clients that book a summer (June - August )vacation package (room and at least 3-days of tickets) will get a FREE Disney Gift card and more! With all of these things from me, and all of the great things happening this summer Walt Disney World in 2017 - you're bound to have a magical vacation!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Disney Cruise Line Heads to Norway

This summer, the Disney Magic will be sailing through the majestic Norwegian fjords, giving Disney cruisers the chance to experience Scandinavia’s storybook vistas, charming culture and rich history. Once again, offering families the opportunity for a one-of-a-kind vacation that proves a trip to Europe isn’t just fun for adults. 
For a glimpse at what makes a Norwegian fjords cruise with Disney unforgettable, check out this video … 
If your aren't joining Disney Cruise Line in Europe this summer, there’s always next year! The grand tour continues in 2018 with a variety of destinations through Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.
If you're interested in going on a Disney Cruise, email me at lauren@magicaltravel.com. As a Disney Vacation Planner, my FREE personalized planning services will help you find a cruise sailing and stateroom that fits your family's needs and budget! I'll also help you plan your pre-cruise night stay, port transportation and more! Plus all of my Disney Cruise Line clients get a FREE on-board ship credit for some extra spending money on their vacation plus some extra goodies! Email me today to start planning your vacation today!

Disney Fantasy's New Spaces

This week the Disney Fantasy, one of the Disney Cruise Line ships, set sail on her first cruise after a sprinkling of pixie dust that brought new fun for kids, adults and families. Each new area is marked by meticulous detail and unmistakable Disney touches. Here's a first look at some of the added magic to one of the most magical ships at sea …
Star Wars: Command Post 
Now kids can train with heroes of the Star Wars saga and help with missions against the First Order. Throughout their journey, they’ll meet members of the Resistance and learn to channel the Force.
Sweet on You 
Themed after the iconic Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, this whimsical ice cream shop features hand-crafted gelato and ice-cream, specialty sundaes, homemade chocolates, truffles and lots and lots of candy.
Tiffany & Co. 
This premier jewelry store is home to timeless collections of jewelry and luxury accessories, including the Tiffany T collection and other glamorous pieces featuring renowned Tiffany & Co. diamonds. 
If you're interested in going on a Disney Cruise, email me at lauren@magicaltravel.com. As a Disney Vacation Planner, my FREE personalized planning services will help you find a cruise sailing and stateroom that fits your family's needs and budget! I'll also help you plan your pre-cruise night stay, port transportation and more! Plus all of my Disney Cruise Line clients get a FREE on-board ship credit for some extra spending money on their vacation plus some extra goodies! Email me today to start planning your vacation today!

Adventures by Disney - Iceland!

Adventures by Disney® has a new destination – Iceland! In 2018, you can explore the diverse landscapes of this country and discover the natural powers of majestic waterfalls, massive glaciers and stunning volcanos. This new 8-day, 7-night, action-packed vacation will immerse Guests in the rich Icelandic culture and unparalleled natural beauty that joins forces through this land of fire and ice. 
What is included on this adventure? 
VIP Treatment
  • Two Disney-trained Adventure Guides on every trip
  • Private events and privately guided tours
  • Backstage access
  • Bypassing lines at popular museums and attractions
  • Unique cultural experiences with local experts
  • Special activities just for Junior Adventurers
  • Special programs with the local community
  • Costumed historical characters who bring stories to life
Hotels & Dining
  • Travel components that meet Disney standards for quality and comforts
  • Outstanding accommodations, from exceptional hotels to unique lodging
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Dinner and movie night, especially for the kids
  • Adult dining experience; with wine tasting
  • Taxes and gratuities
Activities & Admissions
  • Tickets and admissions to events and attractions
  • National and regional park entrance fees
  • Nature and wildlife educational program
  • Special entertainment and performances
  • Fun surprises and gifts
Hassle-free Travel
  • Airport meet and greet upon arrival
  • Transfers to/from hotels
  • Transportation within your trip (including internal flights, trains, etc.)
  • Snacks and refreshments en route to tour destinations
  • Luggage service
  • Concierge services to help plan "on your own" time
  • Travel taxes
Insider Access
  • Our guided tours provide access to extraordinary opportunities that aren't available to the general public—it's your “backstage pass” to the world.


Also in 2018, Adventures by Disney vacations to Germany, Costa Rica and Ireland have been reimagined, expanding upon the already rich authentic experiences and local storytelling of these destinations.
Booking for 2018 itineraries is now open! 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, signature Disney service and more!), email me at lauren@magicaltravel.com for a FREE, no obligation vacation quote!  When you book your ABD trip with me, you'll get "Magical Dollars*" right off the cost 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!
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