Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summer Tips for Your Walt Disney World Vacation

Are you heading to Walt Disney World® Resort this summer? Here are a few tips to help them make the most of your days at the parks during their Grand Adventure.

Don't have any summer travel plans yet? Let's fix that! To book your Walt Disney World Resort summer vacation, email me - lauren@magicaltravel.com. Or use this fast and easy form!
I'm a Disney Vacation Planner with hundreds of satisfied clients and I want to help you plan a magical vacation for your family at no extra charge! You won't pay one penny more to book with me but you'll get personalized help, tips, advice and much more (which you're not going to get if you booked on your own).  
Just a few of the few things I'll do for you 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!

Disney Junior Dance Party at Disney California Adventure Park

“Disney Junior Dance Party,” a high-energy, live show experience that takes its inspiration from the most popular Disney Junior shows on TV, is now open at Disney California Adventure® Park at Disneyland® Resort!
The all-new “Disney Junior Dance Party” is a music-filled, interactive experience that invites Guests of all ages to join in the fun! The new show includes live appearances by favorite characters from popular series, “Mickey and the Roadster Racers,” “Doc McStuffins,” “Sofia the First” and “The Lion Guard.”
Don’t miss “Disney Junior Dance Party” on your next visit to Disney California Adventure Park. 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!

More Dining Options Coming to Disney Springs this Year!

Five new dining concepts debut as early as Fall 2017, joining the stellar line-up of awarding-winning restaurants at Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World® Resort
Opening in 2018 on the West Side is Jaleoa concept by world-renowned Chef José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup. Bringing the spirit and flavors of Spain, Jaleo will feature an extensive menu of tapas that reflect the rich regional diversity of traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine. Think paella cooked over a wood fire, hand-carved Jamon Iberico de Bellota and wood-grilled Iberico pork. With five locations in the United States and Mexico City, this will be the first location in Florida. The first floor of the multi-level restaurant will feature a “grab-n-go” storefront with Spanish-style sandwiches.
Also in 2018, a new Wolfgang Puck concept will open in a new location in Town Center. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, will modernize the traditional “bar and grill” concept in a setting inspired by traditional farmhouses with a touch of elegance. The restaurant, designed by tonychi, will capture the essence of laid-back California dining made popular by Puck at Spago, his flagship restaurant in Los Angeles. The menu will highlight the best of Puck’s signature dishes with Mediterranean influences, innovative takes on comfort food classics and handcrafted specialty cocktails, beer and wine.
This fall, Chicago-based Levy Restaurants is introducing a new Italian concept at Disney Springs with James Beard award winner and “Top Chef Master” Chef Tony Mantuano leading development. The new restaurant will replace Levy’s Portobello Country Italian Trattoria and will feature dishes inspired by Mantuano’s adventures in Italy.
And opening later this year, The Edison, a lavish “Industrial Gothic” restaurant, bar and nighttime destination will debut. A collaboration of Patina Restaurant Group and Kinetescape’s Andrew Meieran, The Edison is noted for classic American food, craft cocktails and live entertainment including cabaret. (The Disney Springs location is inspired by its sister location in Los Angeles.) With Old World sophistication and romance, The Edison will be themed to a 1920s-era electric company, recalling an exuberant era of invention and imagination with entertainment that includes contortionists, aerialists, DJs and more.
Also opening in late 2017 is Wine Bar George, with Master Sommelier George Miliotes bringing his expertise to Disney Springs with an unparalleled wine list including more than 100 selections by the bottle and glass in a range of varietals, vintages and prices. Shareable plates, cheese and charcuterie will complement the wine list, featuring local artisans and seasonally relevant dishes. Wine education will be served up in an approachable and fun manner, including special events and visits from renowned winemakers. Miliotes is widely regarded as one of the industry’s foremost wine experts, and is one of only 236 professionals certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers. 
To book your Walt Disney World Resort summer vacation, email me - lauren@magicaltravel.com. Or use this fast and easy form!
I'm a Disney Vacation Planner with hundreds of satisfied clients and I want to help you plan a magical vacation for your family at no extra charge! You won't pay one penny more to book with me but you'll get personalized help, tips, advice and much more (which you're not going to get if you booked on your own).  
Just a few of the few things I'll do for you 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 30, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is Now Open

The rocking new attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! is now officially open at Disney California Adventure® Park.

This new adventure blasts you straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time ever, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. As you help Rocket bust his pals out of the Collector’s Fortress, you'll experience randomized ride experiences complete with all-new visual and audio effects and music inspired by the popular film soundtracks. Guests never know which adventure they'll get! 
This also marks the launch of Summer of Heroes at Disney California Adventure Park! Through September 10, 2017, this limited-time celebration features all-new epic adventures such as Avengers Training Initiative and Heroic Encounter: Black Widow as well as special themed merchandise and food available throughout Hollywood Land. Summer of Heroes will also launch the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off! which will invite Guests to join a rock ‘n’ roll bash alongside Star-Lord!
Hero Up during Summer of Heroes, now-Sept. 10, 2017 at Disney California Adventure Park! 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!
Entertainment and attractions are subject to change without notice. Please check show guides.

Pandora - World of Avatar Now Open!

On Saturday, the highly anticipated land, Pandora – The World of Avatar, officially opens to Guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park at Walt Disney World® Resort.
The largest addition in the history of Disney’s Animal KingdomPandora – The World of Avatar transports visitors to the moon of Pandora, where they can explore floating mountains and bioluminescent rainforests. They can also enjoy unforgettable experiences, like sailing down a mystical river to encounter a Na’vi shaman at Na’vi River Journey, or experiencing what it’s like to soar over Pandora on the back of a mountain banshee at Avatar Flight of Passage. 

The land alone is an attraction to explore in itself: during the day, you will be surrounded by a lush and vibrant landscape that boasts interactive Pandoran flora, pouring waterfalls and flowing streams.  Visiting at night, is whole new experience, as bioluminescent flora brings the moon of Pandora to life in delightful new ways.

Indulge in Na’vi culture by trying out cuisine at Satu’li Canteen, shopping for goods at Windtraders or even “connecting” with a banshee of your own at the Rookery.
Get a closer look at Pandora - The World of Avatar in this video!
To book your Walt Disney World Resort 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 by booking with me but you'll get more help and advice than you would 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 free tips and tricks!  
Plus my clients that book a vacation package get a FREE Disney Gift card and more! 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Adventures by Disney Iceland Vacation - More Details!



With this new Icelandic Adventure, you’ll Immerse yourself in the unparalleled natural beauty of Iceland as you explore its dramatic landscapes and coastline that feature majestic waterfalls, lunar-like valleys, mountainous glaciers and stunning volcanoes. You’ll also savor culinary flavors and take part in the local traditions of this vibrant Scandinavian island. And be sure to keep an eye out for elves! Here are just a few of the highlights you and your family will experience on this adventure:

Glacier Exploration in Southern Iceland 
Discover Iceland’s magnificent glaciers up close on both land and water. An Adventure Guide will lead you on a hike across the dramatic landscape of one of Iceland’s true natural wonders. You’ll also take a Zodiac motorized boat tour of Jökulsárlόn Glacier Lagoon, which is adrift with massive glaciers.

Horseback Riding in the Grand Circle 
Take a scenic ride at the Grand Circle in Iceland's southwest coast atop a unique breed of horse introduced to Iceland by the Vikings. These special horses are known for their comfortable ride and have a gait that will be perfect for any level of horseback riding experience.

The Blue Lagoon and Iceland's Natural Baths 
Soothe your body and soul as you soak in the alkaline baths at Blue Lagoon while soaking up the natural beauty that surrounds you. There is also a natural geothermal steam bath for Guests to enjoy. Guests will also visit Mývtan Nature Baths, located in Northern Iceland, where the natural baths are known for their health-giving properties.

Visit a Local Smokehouse in Northern Iceland 
Discover the secret to Iceland’s wonderful smoked flavors on this family-owned farm where you’ll see the traditional smoking process that’s been handed down through generations.

Whale Watching
Set sail on the waters of Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland, as you keep an eye out for the humpback whales that swim through these waters. Adventurers can also try out some cod fishing from the boat.

Gullfoss Waterfall & Strokkur Geyser 
Explore 2 of Iceland’s most magnificent natural wonders. Marvel at the power and beauty as thousands of tons of water cascade down Gullfoss Waterfall, a two-tiered waterfall that is one of the most stunning waterfalls in Iceland. You’ll also visit Strokkur Geyser, the area’s most active geyser which spouts close to 90 feet in the air every few minutes.

Meals included on this Adventure:
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 6 Lunches
  • 5 Dinners

Important Age Information:
  • Minimum Age: 8
  • Suggested Age: 10+


And with every Adventures by Disney vacation, discover the Disney Difference:
  • The services of two Adventure Guides – attend to your trip’s every detail so you can become part of the story.
  • VIP access and private events. This includes access to extraordinary opportunities that aren’t available to the general public.
  • Outstanding accommodations.
  • Most meals during trip.
  • Admission fees to attractions and performances. Adventures by Disney takes care of the little things so you don’t have to.
  • Cultural experiences with local experts allow you to engage with people, culture and traditions in ways that show you more than just the sights.
  • Family activities and special thrills just for kids. There are also sophisticated adult experiences. All combining to guarantee you’ll create unforgettable memories.
  • Transportation within your vacation
  • Luggage service. Your guides get your suitcase from your room at one hotel and deliver it to your next room. With no work from you!

The first Icelandic Adventure starts on June 16, 2018 so email me today to start planning your adventure! 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!
*"Magical Dollars" is a promotion offered by Lauren Gonding a Magical Travel Agent ONLY.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

2018 Star Wars Half Marathon at Walt Disney World Resort!


It’s a weekend of galactic fun and fantastic runs during the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side - at the Walt Disney World® Resort!  Book your Magic Your Way® Package with Race Registration for the 2018 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Weekend, April 19 - 22, 2018. And, once you're registered for one or more of the weekend's events, you can use the Magic Your Way Package to enjoy the rest of your vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Race registrations for the 2018 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Weekend events listed below can be included with Vacation Packages.

  • Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side – Guests can feel the force on this 13.1 mile thrilling adventure. Fisher medal, entertainment on the course, family reunion area with live entertainment, even weekend transportation from the Walt Disney World Resorts, event t-shirt, and more. Sunday, April 22, 2018. 
  • Star Wars Dark Side Challenge – The ultimate test of strength and endurance.  A 2-day, 19.3-mile run. Finish both races and receive the Star Wars Dark Side Challenge Finisher Medal in addition to the two races's medals. Dark Side Challenge t-shirt, and moreSaturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, 2018
  • Star Wars 10K – Packed with 6.2 miles of running excitement. Saturday, April 21, 2018. Finisher medal, entertainment on the course, event weekend transportation from Walt Disney World Resorts,  race t-shirt, and more!
  • Star Wars  5K – The entire family can thrill to the excitement of a Star Wars 5K throughout the Walt Disney World Resort! Entertainment on course and event weekend transportation from Walt Disney World Resorts. Finisher medal, 5k uni-sex t-shirt, and more. Friday, April 20, 2018. 
  • runDisney Kids Races – There's fun for runners 13 years and younger! Various races depending on age. Finisher medallion and runDisney Kids Race T-shirt and more. Saturday, April 21, 2018. 
For more information about these races or to book your Walt Disney World Resort 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 vacation package 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!