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Star Wars Land Merchandise

I am in the process of writing up my trip report including a lot of information on Star Wars. I loved everything about it – the theming, the shops, the restaurants, Smuggler’s Run, the food, and of course, the Merchandise! There were the neatest things in these stores. These are items that have not been sold before and were created just for Galaxy’s Edge. I was so excited to see and play with them and we brought home quite a few souvenirs. While I write my trip report, I wanted to share this video with you. This is from D-23 and they share a lot of what is up for purchase when you visit Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World or Disneyland. Check it out!

My Trip report and a further, more in-depth look of Star Wars Land should be up this weekend but I thought this was fun in the meantime! Enjoy!

If you are ready to visit Galaxy’s Edge to build your own Droid or take home some of this other amazing Star Wars Merchandise, contact me today and Let’s Turn Your Disney Dreams into Magical Memories!

Animal Kingdom · Disney Travel Tip · Extra Magical Events · Magic Kingdom · Walt Disney World

New Dates Announced for more ‘Extra Magic Hour’ Evenings

Disney After Hours has added several dates to both the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom calendars.

After hours is a time for guests to enter the parks when most guests are heading out. The park is open late for just these specific ticket holders. Guests will have access to many of their favorite rides and will also receive unlimited ice cream novelties, popcorn, and fountain beverages. Here are the dates as posted directly from Disney:

Magic Kingdom Park

  • November 18, 2019 
  • December 9, 2019
  • January 6, 2019 
  • January 13, 2020
  • January 17, 2020
  • January 20, 2020

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • October 5, 9, 19, 26 and 30, 2019
  • November 5, 13 and 19, 2019
  • December 7, 14 and 18, 2019
  • January 9, 16, 22 and 30, 2020
  • February 6, 13, 19 and 27, 2020
  • March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2020

If you have a trip planned during this time, this is an excellent way to see a lot of a park in a short period of time. We experienced it in the spring and we did every ride the kids wanted to and also several meet and greets. At one point, it felt as if we were the only guests in the park. It was truly awesome.

If you do not have a Disney Vacation Package scheduled yet, contact me today! I would be happy to assist you in getting your trip planned and reserved. My services are free of charge and I can save you lots of time and money too! Contact me today!

#Adulting · Disney Travel Tip · Disneyland · Downtown Disney District · Special Events in Disneyland

Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District

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Disneyland’s Entertainment District has so much to offer. Disney has written up a quick guide for guests to have so that they can enjoy all that there is to offer.

Directly From Disney:

PLAY!

  • Step into the Star Wars universe with the hyper-reality, multi-sensory Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and The VOID. Your Clients will go undercover as a stormtrooper to capture Imperial intelligence vital to the budding rebellion’s survival!
  • Bowl a few frames at one of the 20 lanes at Splitsville Luxury Lanes, a one-of-a-kind dining and entertainment destination. Your Clients can pop in anytime for lunch or dinner and enjoy the outdoor patio with live entertainment!
  • After dark, Downtown Disney is bustling with live music at the main stage, strolling performers throughout the promenade and “meet the artist” events on select dates in WonderGround Gallery.

SHOP!

  • Sprinkled with pixie dust, magical moments and eye-catching collections, the redesigned flagship World of Disney store is where your Clients can step into the art of Disney storytelling and shop the biggest selection of Disney wares on the West Coast.
  • The Disney Dress Shop has quickly become a fan-favorite boutique with retro-designed apparel and accessories inspired by favorite Disney characters and theme park attractions.
  • The family-owned boutique, Sugarboo & Co., features charming home goods, paper products, handmade ceramics, candles, bath apothecary and stamped jewelry—all with a touch of whimsy.
  • For pampering products, head to Rinse Bath & Body Co., a new boutique featuring natural products, handmade soaps, body oils, bath bombs, lip balms and more. 
  • Disney Home offers fans a curated assortment of Disney-themed treasures for the home—from glassware and linens, to kitchen goods and more. 

EAT!

  • Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes opened its first California location in the heart of Downtown Disney. Along with award-winning burgers, signature CrazyShake milkshakes, hearty salads and appetizers, the atmosphere gives a trendy New York diner vibe, 
  • Popular craft brewer Ballast Point Brewing Company’s first Orange County location serves 50 of its innovative beers across 100 taps, including its flagship Sculpin IPA and limited-edition beers exclusive to Downtown Disney. Your Clients can pair their favorite beer with brewpub-style dishes! 
  • Enjoy expertly-crafted Italian meals at Naples Ristorante e Bar renovation. Its recent renovation upgraded the restaurant’s beautiful two-story dining venue, featuring twinkling chandeliers upstairs, a modern feel downstairs, gorgeous patios and an open kitchen.
  • Next door, Napolini offers create-your-own Neopolitan-style pizzas, to be enjoyed with a fresh salad and Italian soda on the patio.
  • The family-run scoop shop, Salt & Straw, is known for its taste-provoking, imaginative creations—handmade in small batches using local, organic and sustainable ingredients.
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels’ flagship location features a bright, breezy California-inspired design—complementing its full line of popular pretzels, Wetzel’s Dogs, Bitz, and fresh and frozen lemonade. “

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There are so many wonderful opportunities to explore at Downtown Disney District. Plan a trip to Disneyland today and take full advantage of all that the Downtown Disney District has to offer. If you have a trip planned to Disneyland, be sure to check it out. If you do not yet have a trip planned and would like to look into pricing or have other questions, contact me today! My services are free of charge and qualifying orders will receive our Minnie Box. A gift to you as a thank you for letting us be a part of your magic. Full of wonder & surprises, our Minnie Box will provide treats and guide you through your stay. See ya Real Soon!

#Adulting · Disneyland · Hollywood Studios · New for Hollywood Studios · Star Wars · Walt Disney World

Galaxy’s Edge Gets Major Award

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So, this happened! I did not know a Land in a Theme Park could even win such an amazing honor but if anyone can do it, it is Disney!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was named one of TIME Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places in 2019! That is so huge! I can not wait to visit in a few weeks.

Excellent news: The agency I am a part of, Magical Vacations LLC, has hit a new level of awesomeness. Because of our dedication to our guests and the TYPE of customer service we provide, the owner has been requested to join a small number of other travel agency owners for an advanced showing of Galaxy’s Edge. She will gain access to the land tomorrow (2 days early!) and also will be present for the dedication of the land. This will give us access before the grand opening and I am thrilled to see what she has to share. Stay Tuned!

Christmas at Universal · Islands of Adventure · Special Events at Universal · Universal Resort · Universal Studios · Universal Tip · Wizarding World

2019 Universal Holiday Celebration Dates Announced for 2019

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I don’t know about you, but I have ALWAYS (see what I did there?!) wanted to visit Harry & his friends at Hogwarts around the holidays. It looks so magical with the snow and…magic. Every time I read one of the books or watch a movie, I picture what it would be like to be there with them.

With our very own Hogwarts at Islands of Adventure, that Christmas Magic is not so far away! Universal has announced that the Holiday celebration will run from November 16 – January 5.

  • The Wizarding World will be completely decorated for holidays, the restaurants will have themed food & beverages, and of course, the entertainment will be very merry
  • A wonderful Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, full of your favorite characters will roll through the streets of Universal Studios
  • Mannheim Steamroller will perform on select nights
  • The Grinch will perform in the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular in Islands of Adveture
  • Universal Resort Hotels will be decorated and have special events
  • Special EVE Party on New Year’s Eve at City Walk

If you already have plans to visit Universal during this time frame, these Holiday additions will truly enhance your Christmas Season and you should take full advantage of all of them.

If you do not already have a vacation package and you would like to plan a trip to Universal for the Holidays, contact me today! We can lay out all the details of your 2019 Holiday Trip and start your vacation countdown! Qualifying reservations will receive our Adventure Packet. Magical Vacations LLC signature gift to our Universal Guests. It is full of surprises and other things to assist you with your trip.

Disney Dining · Disney Shows · Disney World Christmas · Extra Magical Events · Magic Kingdom · Mickey's Very Merry Christmas · Walt Disney World

Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party – Back for 2019

Yes, it is only August but the Winter Holiday Season will be here before we know it – especially at Disney where the Christmas Season starts before Thanksgiving!

We are a big fan of the parties offered in Magic Kingdom. It is often difficult for me to answer which is my favorite when guests ask. I truly do love them both for very different reasons. Either way, I highly recommend both if you happen to be at Disney World when they are taking place.

The Very Merry Christmas Party is a beautiful and fun way to ring in the season. The entertainment, decor, music, and characters will have you feeling like it is Christmas Day. One of the very special offerings is set to return again this year – a Christmas Party at Tony’s Town Square.

This Holly, Jolly Christmas Party offers tasty food, holiday beverages, festive music & decor and entertainment – including a visit from Tony, himself. Guests are free to come and go as they please throughout the night. With admission to this party, you will also receive reserved seating for the 11 P.M. showing of “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade”. This is a great advantage and lets guests enjoy shorter wait times on favorite attractions while the earlier, more popular showing of the parade is performed.

This party runs from 9:30 PM 12:30 AM (a half hour after the Very Merry Christmas Event closes!!) and reservations are open now! Contact me today to add them to your Disney Holiday Vacation Package.

#Adulting · Halloween Horror nights · New for Universal · New for Universal Studios · Special Events at Universal · Universal Resort · Universal Studios

Halloween Horror Nights – New Details Released!

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For all of you fear junkies out there, this is for you! The Firefly family is coming to Universal Halloween Horror Nights! Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses is the newest haunted house to join in the frightful festival.

Halloween Horror Nights is an extra-ticket event held on evenings from September 6th – November 2nd. There will be 10 haunted houses, 5 scare zones and several frightful acts of live entertainment. Here is a sneak peek into the other horros coming to the event-

  • Killer Klowns From Outer Space
  • Nightingales: Blood Pit
  • Stranger Things all-new Haunted House
  • Academy of Villains
  • Brutal Beasts of Yeti: Terror of the Yukon
  • Ghostbusters

Due to the terrifying nature of this event, it is not recommended for littles under the age of 13.

To purchase tickets to this event or to add it to a Universal Vacation Package, contact me today! Qualifying reservations will receive Magical Vacation’s Signature Adventure Packet – a great gift from us to you that is full of fun and adventure for your trip.