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More Reservations available for Ultimate Christmas Package!

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Disney received such an overwhelming response for the Ultimate Christmas Package that they are linking more rooms to this package. If you tried to get a reservation this summer when it released and missed it, now is your second chance!

This 5-night package is full of a very Merry itinerary! If you are looking for a really special holiday for your family, this could be it! With the 5 nights, you receive a 4 day park Hopper. Here is the itinerary:

  • Saturday, Dec. 21: Exclusive nighttime access to experience Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey and Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. Plus, your Clients can catch an exclusive showing of the park’s new “Rivers of Light: We Are One” show on Discovery River.
  • Sunday, Dec. 22: Tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, where your Clients can see the brand-new “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks” nighttime spectacular.
  • Monday, Dec. 23, or Tuesday, Dec. 24 (one night per reservation): Access to an exclusive reserved viewing area to watch “Epcot® Forever,” the new nighttime spectacular at Epcot. Plus, each Guest (ages 3 and older) receives a digital $50 Epcot Theme Park Dine Promo Card to use at participating locations in the park.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 25: An Ultimate Disney Christmas gift delivered to your Clients’ resort hotel room!

Combine this package with all of the other merry & magical events in Disney World this time of year and you can make the most merriest of holidays together.

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If you are interested in a no-obligation quote, contact me today! This new room block will not last for long! My services are free of charge and I can save you time & money. Even if you know all there is to know about Disney, I can be a great assistant for you when planning your trip – plus you do not have to make any of the phone calls or wait on any of the holds.

Reservations made this month are all entered into my Drawing for a $50 Disney Gift Card. If you are reserving for 2019 (which is what this package would be) you receive double entries!! If you know someone who might want to take advantage of this package, I am also doing a drawing for a gift card for anyone who refers a guest to me this month. Check out the giveaway here: https://wdwdreamsintomemories.com/2019/10/01/october-giveaway/

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Flower & Garden Dates Announced!

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is set to return for its 27th season. This year, you can celebrate amazing topiaries, gardens, tasty treats, and the Garden Rocks Concert Series from March 4 – June 1.

Known for its beautiful flowers, floating gardens, raised beds, and outdoor kitchens, this year’s festival will not disappoint. There will be a new Remy Topiary in the center of a beautiful garden in France. This is to celebrate the new attraction coming to France with the “Little Chef” as the main character.

The Outdoor Kitchens feature ingredients that are grown right in Epcot. They offer delicious delights that contain fruits, veggies, and even edible flowers! All fresh from the garden.

The Butterfly house will return once again. This is a guest favorite and if you have ever visited, you know why. You enter a beautiful greenhouse and are surrounded by hundreds of stunning flowers. Flying all around will be several different types of magnificent butterflies. Butterflies in all different stages of life will be visible including those still in their chrysalis. There are special little homes for them to gather in and you will definitely see them drinking from the flowers. If you are lucky, one may even land on you.

Little ones will love the Festival’s Garden Playground. It is a great spot for adults to take a break and have an area for the littles to run free. Also, bring your littles here during a child swap and while the big kids ride some of the more intense rides.

If you would like to visit during Flower & Garden Festival, contact me today for a quote! My services are free of charge and I can save you time & money. I am not a travel agent focusing on any and all destinations. I am a travel agent that focuses solely on Disney so you know when you ask me to plan your trip that I am very knowledgeable and I will give it my all. It is not just my job, it is my passion! I look forward to helping you turn your Dreams into Memories!!

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September 2019 Trip Report – Walt Disney World

It was a fast, but great trip! I traveled with my Husband & our three littles. We stayed at Port Orleans Riverside, went to all 4 parks, attended Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Food & Wine Festival, Disney Springs, and thoroughly investigated Galaxy’s Edge – All in 2.5 days!! Whew… It was fantastic and informative and I now feel like I can better serve my guests when it comes to their questions and planning for Star Wars Land.

Resort – Port Orleans Riverside

When traveling as a family of 5, this is one of our favorite resorts. We love the laid back feel, the theming & Decor, the eateries, the entertainment, and we have perfected our building choice so the bus system works well for us too! The rooms in Alligator Bayou sleep 5 when you utilize a pull-down bed. This works perfectly for us and the theming is just adorable. All rooms were recently refurbed and we love them – especially that they kept the ceiling fans!

Transportation:

Riverside has 4 internal bus stops. They are West, North, East, & South Depots. The South Depot is what we consider to be the “main” depot. It is where the lobby, eateries, bars, and pool area is. Naturally, guests want to be as close to these things as possible so the first 4 buildings in Alligator Bayou that surround that area are “Preferred” and come with a higher price tag. This trip we chose to stay in one of them – building 27. This preferred building is the furthest of the preferred buildings from the Lobby so if you request it, you are likely to have your request granted. This building is on the main path around the lake so it is still quite quick to the lobby and South Depot.

Why did we choose this building?

Well, this preferred building is in an ideal location when it comes to busing. It is equally distant to the South and the West Depot which gives us easy access to both.

Why is that beneficial?

In the morning when we are heading to the parks, the buses come in and stop at the West Depot first. They continue around the loop picking up at the South Depot last. If we are heading out early and are concerned that buses may be full, we head to the West Depot so we know we will be among the first depot to get on a bus. If we are not concerned about a full bus, we can head to the South depot which is the last stop on the internal bus loop before it heads to the park. This has us on the bus for the least time as possible.

In the evening when the West Depot is once again the first stop, we can get off there instead of riding the next three stops to get off at South Depot.

It really is an ideal location. If you do not want to pay the extra $$, there are buildings that are not preferred that are also right near 27. Requesting building 17, 26, or 28 will have you in the same area and you will be able to take advantage of the same bus scenario.

Riverside also has a boat to Disney Springs. It is a nice and relaxing ride down the Sassagoula River where you will pass some other neat resorts as well as get a whole different view of Disney Springs.

Entertainment/Recreation:

My littles love this pool and its water slide. They float around the main pool trying to maneuver each other into the spilling buckets of water and they really enjoy the little walk up to the slide and the ride down. Disney has the path to the slide as well as the looping slide maneuvering through the “Bayou”. It really is done so well.

Like other Disney Resorts, the staff at the pool do a great job of offering water games, trivia, duck races, and more. They are some fantastic young people.

We have also taken advantage of the nightly entertainment. The River Roost is a great little bar/lounge where pianists and singers entertain nightly including our favorite, Yeeha Bob. He is a very talented entertainer and I highly recommend checking his schedule to see which night he plays so you do not miss him!

Disney Cast Members offer “S’mores on the Bayou” nightly at a fire pit over by the playground. Our littles love to experience this. I mean, s’mores..in Disney?! Can life get better?

You and your family can also visit the Fishin’ Hole where you will be set up with an ol’ cane pole and some bait. See what you can catch!

This resort has an abundance of activities. On our typical week long trips, we find we spend at least one full day staying at the resort and enjoying it’s amenities. It is also a very short walk to Port Orleans French Quarter. We have taken that short walk a number of times to get some yummy beignets!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

We had a great time and were excited to be back at this party. We all went as Star Wars Characters and received several compliments. (especially little BB-8) I highly recommend it for all of the wonderful experiences you can have that are exclusive to this party. The shows, the parades, the dance parties, the CANDY, and of course, the really short lines on your favorite attractions. (We waited 15 minutes for Mine Train!)

My little’s favorite part of the evening wound up being the DescenDANCE Party where the Villain Kids played music videos and danced for hours. All three of mine were glued for a solid show and a half. It took place at Comic Ray’s Starlight Cafe so they danced their hearts out, took a break to eat dinner, and went and danced some more while we finished up. It was perfect and an event that no Descendants Fan should miss.

The food was an attraction in itself! I am a foodie – especially when I am in Disney. The “Amuck” Cupcake was full of surprises in each bite with candy pieces and crunchies in the cupcake itself and a piece of white chocolate with the Sanderson Sisters that adorned the top. Yummy! This can be found at the Main Street Bakery.

The Headless Horseman Cheesecake is a must-have for any pumpkin fan. It is a pumpkin mousse that covers chocolate cake and crunchies, topped with a Headless Horseman Candy Piece. It was creamy and pumpkin-y and delicious!

The sweet treats were so tasty but my favorite by far was the Lots-O Burger. OH. My. It was a beef patty topped with creamy fondue brie cheese and bacon jam and a huge onion ring. It was creamy and crunchy, sweet and salty. I wish I had two. I may even try to replicate it at home – it was that amazing!

My favorite parts of the evening (other than the burger!) were the Pirates of the Caribbean ride enhancement and Hocus Pocus Stage Show. Pirates was hilarious with all the live actors running around. It was very different and very entertaining! Hocus Pocus never disappoints. I thoroughly enjoy that show each year. If you are not traveling with littles or if you are and they do not mind up staying up late, I suggest the 12 a.m. show. This is the last show and the last event of the evening. Waiting until midnight to attend this show allowed us to visit rides and continue to trick-or-treat while those things were still available. It worked out well.

Hollywood Studios

We got back to riverside and we had the littles asleep by 1 am. When you only have 2.5 days in Disney, you can sleep on the way home! We were up at 7 am to head to Hollywood Studios and see Galaxy’s Edge for the first time. We had a reservation at Oga’s Cantina for 10:40 am so we headed to Toy Story Land when we got there. We got on Slinky Dog Dash, Toy Story Midway Mania, and Swirling Saucers all in an hour. I highly recommend getting there early if possibly with the new way the Fastpass system is working there. (More information about Hollywood Studios Fastpass system Here)

At 8:15, the park was still only open to Walt Disney Resort guests so we were used our Fastpass for Tower of Terror and we were able to get on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster after just a short 10 minute wait.

We had about a half hour until our reservation so we headed to Galaxy’s Edge a half hour hour. To our surprise, they were not even utilizing boarding times. We were able to walk right into the land. We spent our half hour exploring all around Batuu. We Ronto Roasters, several stores, and made our way over to Oga’s. I cannot say enough about this Lounge. The theming is awesome, the cast members/actors are always “on” and the snacks and drinks were wonderful! More to come on Galaxy’s Edge in a separate post.

Due to the way they limit guests in the land, the line for Smuggler’s Run was only 35 minutes. The queue is interactive so you will want to have the Disney Play app downloaded to enjoy that. The littles loved it! We all agreed that the ride was a lot of fun. We loved the individual roles we got to play and how real it all felt.

Magic Kingdom

When we left Star Wars Land, we headed out of Hollywood Studios and over to Magic Kingdom. We enjoyed the rides we had not done the night prior at the Halloween Party. The crowds were light-moderate. I did grab a Fastpass for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin because that is a family favorite. How many of you can max out on one laser and more over to the other??

The Tron Coaster is making big progress! I was excited to see how different it looks in just 2 months!

After we visited all that we wanted to and ate all the goodies we set out to, we headed back to Riverside for an evening swim. I recommend that if it is something you can make work in your schedule. It is relaxing and a great way to end any day. No surprise – We headed to bed early!

Animal Kingdom

We rope dropped Animal Kingdom at 7 am for Early Morning Hours. Again, I highly recommend this! We hopped on Everest with no wait at all. Tree of Life at Sunrise, Anyone? We made it over to Pandora and the line for Flight of Passage was only 20 minutes. These were the only rides the kids were set on visiting so we grabbed our favorite beverages from the Pongu Pongu Lounge and we were off to Epcot!

Epcot – Food & Wine Festival

We arrived at Epcot at 9 am. It was perfect timing and allowed us to hop on Soarin’ with a 5 minute wait. Again – these first few hours in the parks are my favorite to visit for this exact reason. We utilized our Fastpasses for Test Track – This is my suggestion based on what I have encountered in my last few visits. Grab a Fastpass for Test Track if possible and just go Standby for Soarin’. The lines for Test Track get longer, quicker and we have found this to work best.

We stopped to see the Jammitors, or during Food & Wine Festival they are known as the Jammin’ Chefs. They are always full of life, humor, and great beats provided by pots, pans, & stove tops!

After a few more attractions in Future World, we decided to head back and enjoy the Food & Wine Festival. This year is the longest Food & Wine Festival to date. It did NOT disappoint. We had a great time tasting and sipping around the world. I will write a separate post for the Festival itself but here are some must try’s!

Must-Visit Food Destinations-

  • Flavors From Fire
  • Earth Eats
  • Coastal Eats
  • Active Eats
  • China
  • Hops & Barley
  • France
  • Hawaii

Check out the awesome lanyard we got in the photos above! It keeps track of what you ate where and how you rated it. You can also track the price or if you are on the dining plan like we were, we used it to check off snack credits! We utilized a dry erase marker so we can re-use it again! It is offered by a really neat shop on Etsy – Studio1955. She has all sorts of really great Disney Items. We have gotten band sliders as well.

Disney Springs

We went to Disney Springs for out last few hours in Disney. This is something we always do. We grab last minute souvenirs at World of Disney, grab the littles ice cream at Ghirardelli, and have one last visit to the Hangar Bar.

If you have not checked out the Hangar Bar, I urge you to. They have great tappas, fun & yummy beverages, and some really neat theming. It has become a fun tradition and a great way to say goodbye to Walt Disney World.

That is all for this 2.5 quick little trip.

If you have any questions or are interested in reserving a trip, contact me today! I would love to help you and your loved ones turn your Disney Dreams into Magical Memories!!

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Disney Cruise Line Purchases New Land

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With the upcoming addition of 3 new Ships and the itineraries they will add, Disney Cruise Line has decided they need an additional “Private” Beach.

Earlier this year, Disney Cruise Line purchased a new patch of land in the Bahamas. The beautiful island of Eleuthera has a lush area called Lighthouse Point. It is here where Disney will start constructing as soon as Environmental Plans and assessments are completed.

Since 2007, Disney has been putting a lot of focus on conservation and protecting our environment. Disney has been donating millions each year to protect and rehab coral reefs, especially in the Bahamas. The Government of the Bahamas and Disney have agreed upon the practices that they will use to construct on the land as well as the pier. Disney is looking to leave as little footprint as possible, agreeing to only develop 20% of the property and use sustainable building practices throughout construction. Also, instead of dredging a typical cruise ship channel, Disney Cruise Line will be building an open-trestle pier to lessen the impact on the environment.

One of the most exciting parts of the development of this island is the Imagineer that will be a very large part of design. Joe Rohde was at the forefront of design for Animal Kingdom and he also helped design Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii. When Joe is part of a project, you can feel the dedication and the love that went into it so I cannot wait to see what he does with this beautiful land. He has already spent a lot of time in Eleuthera meeting with locals and gaining knowledge of the art & culture. This will definitely be reflected in Lighthouse Point which is set to celebrate the culture of The Bahamas. Here is a video where Joe discusses this project and also gives a glimpse of Lighthouse Point-

Disney Cruise Line is hoping to begin construction in 2020 with completion around the end of 2021 or early 2022. Stay tuned for details!!

If you are interested in information on taking a Disney Cruise, I would love to help you and your loved ones plan a trip. Contact me today for a quote and for more information. My services are free of charge and I can provide you with some valuable planning advice through your booking journey. With me, you do not have to worry about calling in to make changes or add reservations – that is what I am here for. I anticipate those dates, make sure you are ready to book, and take care of it all at a very quick pace. All qualifying cruise reservations will receive The Minnie Box! A signature gift from the Agency I work with that is full of goodies and magic. Your vacation starts the moment you tug on the big yellow bow and open your gift. I hope to talk to you soon!

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Boo To You – New Enhancements Coming!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is one of my absolute favorite events in Walt Disney World. I love the fall decor, the characters all dressed up in their own costumes, the ride overlays, and of course, the candy! The best part of the evening is definitely the entertainment. The stage shows, parade, and fireworks are not to be missed. They are the reason we return year after year for these parties (that and the smaller crowds!).

The parade, Boo to You, is one of the most fun parades we get to see all year. We love seeing the Headless Horseman, ghosts from the Haunted Mansion and Ralph & Vanelope. Plus, the song is so catchy and we find ourselves singing it as soon as Halloween Decor hits the shelves back at home.

Disney has announced that there will be a new addition to the Boo to You Halloween Parade. A “Tomorrowland Unit” will bring the Incredibles along with Edna Mode, Buzz Lightyear, and his green Alien friends. The Incredibles will have their own “super” floats and Buzz will have a galactic float where he will be accompanied by the aliens. These will be a great addition and will be a fun way to bring Tomorrowland into the parade. I cannot wait to see it in September. Hint: The second Parade is always less crowded.

In addition to Parade enhancements, a new interactive Trick-or-Treat trail will debut in Tomorrowland; “Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular” at Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. I am curious to see how they will make it interactive – another reason I cannot wait to visit.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party starts August 16th and runs through November 1st on select nights. Purchase your tickets early to guarantee entrance. They only allow a certain number to keep the crowd smaller than an average day at the parks. These parties will sell out. Hint: We find Sunday & Tuesday parties to be the least crowded!

I look forward to posting all about the old favorites and the new additions after our trip in September. If you would like to attend this party, let me help you plan a trip during this time frame. My services are free of charge and I can save you time and money. I will help your planning be stress free as well as assist you with Fastpasses, dining, and more. My goal is for you to feel like planning your trip was a breeze and the trip itself was magical. Contact me today and Let’s Turn Your Dreams into Memories. Don’t forget to ask about our special gift to you – Magical Vacations’ The Minnie Box!

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12 Days of Christmas in July

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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas in July, Nemo Gave to Me::

Traveling to Disney For the Holidays

We have been delivered a very special treat for the 12th day of Christmas in July. Disney released a new promotion call the Ultimate Disney Christmas Package. This wonderful package includes a resort stay, exclusive ride access, tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and more! Here are the details along with a Magical Disney Christmas Itinerary!-

  • Check in Saturday, December 21 and check out December 26th (you can add on extra days if you wish through a separate reservation)
  • 12/21- Exclusive Evening access to Avatar: Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, and Expedition Everest. Also see an exclusive showing of the new Rivers of Light: We are One.
  • 12/22 – 1 Ticket per person to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
  • 12/23 or 12/24 (one night per reservation) – Exclusive access to reserved viewing area to watch Epcot Forever – the newest nighttime spectacular that will debut this fall. Plus, each guest will receive a digital Epcot Dining card for $50 to enjoy at participating locations.
  • 12/25 – The Ultimate Disney Christmas Gift will be delivered to your clients room

In addition, you can use the credentials of this special package to receive special discounts in Disney Springs during your stay. This 5 night stay at select Disney Resorts also includes a 4-day Park Hopper ticket.

Contact me today for select pricing and further details on this wonderful Christmas opportunity!

Gifting a Disney Destination for Christmas

On Christmas Eve, we always allow each child to open up one gift. It has always been Holiday pajamas and a new Christmas story for us to read. They always know that is what they are getting so it really is not all that exciting to open. Well, one year we decided to have coordinating shirts made and wrapped those instead. They slowly unwrapped them with zero enthusiasm and were super surprised to get their shirts. We told them we were heading there for their Easter break and they were all shocked. It was a great surprise!

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If you would like assistance reserving a trip to a Disney Destination for the 2019 Holidays or if you would like to beat ALL the Holiday Shopping crowds and book a Disney Destination to gift to your loved ones this year, contact me today! I would be delighted to help you find a great way to wrap up your gift to surprise your family! I look forward to hearing from you and helping you plan your Holiday Magic soon!

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Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

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Opening Dates Announced!!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open this Summer in Disney World but not everything will open at once.  The second ride, Rise of the Resistance is set to open on December 5th – Walt’s Birthday! – in Walt Disney World and January 17th in Disneyland.

This new and innovative ride technology will immerse guests in a way that they never have been before. It will put guests in the middle of an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order.  Join Rey, General Organa at their secret base along with other Heroes of the Resistance to escape the Star Destroyer and Kylo Ren.

What we Know so Far:

  • There will not be Fastpasses for either of these rides
  • Disney is currently exploring several options to provide guests with the best experience possible
  • The minimum height requirement will be 40” or taller
  • Some VIP Private Tours may include access to this section of Hollywood Studios but they will be limited (I am happy to look into one and set it up for you)

Interested in being one of the first there?  Book a trip for early December!  Take advantage of lower crowds, all the Holiday Décor around Disney World, and the many Holiday Festivals in addition to the opening of this ride.  Contact me today for a no-obligation quote! My services are free and I can save you time, stress, and money! See Ya Real Soon!