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We’re Going to Walt Disney World

(Virtually, of Course!)

Here is an announcement from Magical Vacations Owner:

Please join us! Reminisce about your favorite trips. What do you pack? Where do you stay? If we cannot be at our Happy Place, let’s visit it virtually!

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National Plan For A Vacation Day!

The last Tuesday of January is National Plan for a Vacation Day. It comes at a perfect time – the holidays are over, the weather is miserable, and there are no school breaks to look forward to for a while.

Having a vacation planned gives families something to look forward to together. When we have a Disney trip planned, we do family movie nights each weekend. One night, we make diner together and watch a different Disney Movie. If I am feeling really crafty, I will plan the dinner around the movie – Spaghetti & meatballs with Lady & The Tramp, Hawaiian Chicken with Moana, Pizza with Toy Story, Beef & Broccoli with Mulan…etc. Even as my littles are not so little anymore, this is something we all look forward to through the week and gets us talking about or exciting trip ahead.

Planning ahead also has a lot of benefits – you can spread out payments over several months and have longer to save for all the fun treats & souvenirs. You can take advantage of promotions as they come along as long as there is availability. You also have a better chance of getting the resort/ship & room category you prefer before they sell out. Let’s not forget the 180-day advanced dining reservations that are so coveted. Planning ahead gives you all of these advantages and more!

Which Disney Destination will you visit in 2020? Maybe it is time to try something new?! If you cruise often but haven’t checked out a Disney Cruise, it is time you see why they win all the awards that they do year after year. If you visit Disney World each year, step out of the box! Visit the west coast and see Disneyland or try a Disney Cruise. Looking to travel abroad to where your ancestors are from? Adventures by Disney has amazing options all around the globe that will have you experiencing other countries like you never thought you could.

Contact me today so we can “Plan For A Vacation”! My planning services are free of charge and I can assist you with stress-free preparations for a Magical Trip. Let’s get you something to be excited about in 2020!

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Star Wars Fastpass+ & New Hollywood Studios Tiers

Great news for Disney World Travelers and Star Wars fans! They have now added Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run to the list of Fastpass+ Options!

Starting February 19th, guests can choose between Smuggler’s Run or Slinky Dog Dash as their Tier 1 Fastpass. (Pending availabiity). This also means that several attractions will be moving over to the Tier 2 Fastpass options: Toy Story Mania, Alien Swirling Saucers, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Fantasmic! and more.

Rise of the Resistance will still utilize the virtual queue for now.

As a reminder, you get one fastpass from Tier 1 and then two more Fastpasses from Tier 2. More on that HERE.

If this all seems overwhelming and you would like some assistance, I am happy to assist you with your Walt Disney World or any Disney Destination Vacation. My services are complimentary to my guests and you can sit back and enjoy the planning without any of the stress. Contact me today for a no-obligation quote! Qualifying reservations also receive our Minnie Box! A special gift tailored to your travel party sent to you before you arrival. See Ya Real Soon!

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International Festival of the Arts 2020

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The International Festival of the Arts is now in full swing at Epcot. There are several events & exhibits that returned from 2019 and there are also many new things to look forward to!

New this year are Life-sizes frames of VanGogh’s Café Terrace at Night and Sunflowers paintings that you can step right into for an amazing photo opportunity.

There are 12 Food Studios that present artful bites & sips that may be too beautiful to consume. Some favorites that are set to return include The Artist’s Table Studio for the Sipping Chocolate Flight of white, milk and dark chocolate as well as the BLT from The Deconstructed Dish Studio. There are lots of new items that have been added to these menu’s this year so stay tuned for some favorites!

If music is one of your favorite forms of art, definitely check out the amazing talent nightly at the American Gardens Theater. The Disney on Broadway concert series is comprised of wonderful arts that have been featured in Disney films:

  • Jan. 17, 20, 21 and 24 – Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)
  • Jan. 18, 19, 22 and 23 – Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
  • Jan. 25 – Special performance featuring Simmons, White, Blickenstaff and Lee
  • Jan. 26, 28, 29; Feb. 1, 2, 5 and 6 – Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
  • Jan. 27, 30, 31, Feb. 3, 4, 7 and 8 – Liana Hunt (“Newsies”) and Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”)
  • Feb. 9 – Special performance featuring Lindsay, Massey, Hunt and Jacobs
  • Feb. 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22 and 23 – Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) and Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”)
  • Feb. 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20 and 21 – Syndee Winters (“The Lion King”) and Michael James Scott (“Aladdin”)
  • Feb. 24 – Special performance featuring Brown, Strickland, Winters and Scott

To secure seats to these performances in advance, you can reserve a Disney on Broadway Dining Package. This will guarantee you a seat on the day you dine in one of several Epcot restaurants and there is no additional cost for it.

Guests that are visiting the festival with little artists will want to check out the Green Landing Family Play Zone. This is a great area for littles to expend some energy while you sit back and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Festival.

Another neat artistic addition to World Showcase for the Festival that the whole family can enjoy are images of Disney Characters that are hidden throughout the countries. Can you find Remy & Emile in France? What about Mushu in China? What other favorite Characters can you spot?

I will be visiting this festival in early February and cannot wait to come back with my experiences and photos. If you have any questions or would like to visit the International Festival of the Arts, contact me today! My planning services are free for my guests and it will save you time, stress, and possibly even money. See ya Real Soon!

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We’re Going Live!

In 2020, I am going to be doing monthly updates via Facebook Live. I am aiming for the second Sunday of every month but that may change in the case of a holiday (or a research-based Disney Trip). I would love for you to join me.

I will gather the information I learn directly from Disney each month and then hop on Facebook Live to share it all, answer questions, and explain anything that may need an explanation. It is a great way for you to keep up on updates, closures, refurbishments, discounts, and more.

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2020 Promotions

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The month of December was an absolute whirlwind. Between celebrating with my own family and getting all of my Holiday Guests settled in, I never stopped! It was a crazy, but fantastic Holiday season and I hope you all were fortunate enough to have the same.

Disney was kind enough to give us each a gift as well. Since the beginning of the Holiday Season, they have released several new promotions for us to take advantage of them with and I just wanted to share them all with you in case you missed them.

Disney World

Gift of Magic – Save up to 20% off of select rooms January 2, 2020 – April 25, 2020 when you book by March 7, 2020. Bonus!: If you book a 6 day or longer theme park ticket, each person gets a $30 gift card.

Free Dining – Purchase a vacation package with 5 night/6 day vacation package with the park hopper option, get a free dining plan for each person in your travel party at select hotels during select travel dates this Summer, 2020.

Bask in the Sun & Fun – On must stays April 1 – September 12, 2020, save up to 25% on your hotel stay.

Kid Sized Fun – Free dining plan for kids ages 3-9 for stays May 25, 2020 – August 28, 2020 at select resorts with a 4 day/4 night package & book by February 26, 2020.

3 Day Kid’s Theme Park Ticket – Now through May 21, 2020, purchase a 1-park 3 day child’s ticket for just $67/day.

Disneyland

Disney Visa Room Discount – Book with your Disney Visa and save up to 25% off your room at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and the Disneyland Hotel. Offer is good through April 16, 2020 when you book by March 14, 2020

Magical Escape – Enjoy 25% Off Select Rooms with a 4-Night or Longer Stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel. Valid most nights January 5 through April 16, 2020 when you book by March 14, 2020.

3 Day Kid’s Theme Park Ticket – Now through May 21, 2020, purchase a 1-park 3 day child’s ticket for as low as $67/day.

Disney Cruise Line

Canadian Resident – Save up to 25% on select 2020 sail dates.

20% off – Save up to 20% off on select sailings in 2020.

Deposit Discount – 50% off your required deposit on select 4-night or longer cruises between June 20, 2020 and May 31, 2021 when you reserve by February 14, 2020. Remainder of Deposit would be due along with final payment.

Adventures by Disney

Save on Winter & Spring Adventures – Save up to $400/person on select Adventures January 5 – April 30, 2020 when you book by March 25, 2020.

Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa

*Spring Dates: Book through May 8, 2020 for travel March 1–June 13, 2020. Guests can receive a $250 Resort credit for 5+ night stays or a $150 Resort credit for 4-night stays when they book by January 8, 2020.

Bonus for All Disney Destination Reservations

The fantastic bonus each guest will receive when you reserve with me and Magical Vacations is unprecedented attention to all the details of your trip. You receive all my knowledge, hints & tips plus I can save you time, take the stress out of planning, and often wind up saving my guests $$$.

Also! Guests will receive Magical Vacation’s Signature “Minnie Box” – Our gift to you full of magic and surprises that are specially tailored to each travel party. (Subject to Package Minimum)

Exclusions and limitations do apply to all above offers. If there is something you may be interested in, let me know as soon as possible because the offers will book quickly!

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Festival of the Holidays 2019

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A Foodie Guide

This year’s Festival looks to be even bigger and better than last years. I wish I was heading there this season to join in the festivities and try all the bites and sips but it is not in the cards since I will be going in February and just left Disneyland last week. Someone will have to report back and share all the wonderful things they did and tried.

Here is a foodie guide direct from Disney:

Feast of the Three Kings (Near the Mexico Pavilion):

Food Items:

  • Pastelón: Sofrito-marinated Beef with Sweet Plantains and Olives (GF)  
  • Queso Fresco-stuffed Arepa topped with Shrimp, Crushed Avocado Aji and Tomato Sauce (GF) 
  • Arepas topped with Melted Queso Fresco (GF, KA)
  • Tres Leches Rice Pudding with Pumpkin Seeds (GF)  
  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookie 

Beverages:

  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog (non-alcoholic, KA)
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Tres Reyes Mango Golden, Doral, FL
  • Coquito: Tropical Eggnog with a Bacardi Gold Dark Rum Floater

Holiday Sweets & Treats (Promenade Refreshments):

Food Items:

  • Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Peppermint Candy (GF, KA)
  • Santa Mickey Sugar Cookie 

Beverages:

  • Hot Cocoa (non-alcoholic, KA)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea (non-alcoholic) 
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL
  • Hot Cocoa with Assorted Cordials (Baileys Irish Cream, Frangelico Liqueur or Fireball Cinnamon Whisky) 
  • Chocolate Peppermint Shake featuring Twinings Peppermint Cheer Tea and Whipped Cream Vodka

L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen (Between Morocco and France):

Food Items:

  • Pastrami on Rye with House-made Pickles and Deli Mustard 
  • Smoked Salmon Potato Latke 
  • Potato Latkes with Sour Cream (KA)
  • Sufganiyot: Mini Jelly-filled Donuts
  • Black and White Cookie 

Beverages:

  • Egg Cream: Milk, Chocolate Syrup and Seltzer (non-alcoholic) 
  • Shmaltz Brewing Company Chanukah Hanukkah Pass the Beer, Clifton Park, NY 
  • Blue Cosmo Cocktail 

Refreshment Port (Near the Canada Pavilion):

Food Items:

  • Turkey Poutine: French Fries with Turkey Gravy, Cranberry Relish, and Crispy Onions 

Beverage Items:

  • T.G. Lee Eggnog (non-alcoholic) 
  • T.G. Lee Eggnog with Spiced Rum 

Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada Pavilion)

Food Items:

  • Seared Verlasso Salmon with Crown Royal Maple Whisky Glaze, Parsnip Silk, Apple Chutney and Hazelnut Croquant 
  • Canadian Wild Rice and Ham Soup with Almonds served with a Pretzel Roll 
  • Maple Bûche de Noël: Maple Mousse rolled in Gingerbread Chiffon Cake with Cranberry Sauce and Pecan Crumble 
  • Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie 

Beverages:

  • Frozen Coffee (non-alcoholic)
  • Unibroue Éphémère Cassis
  • Inniskillin Riesling Icewine
  • Inniskillin Pearl Vidal Icewine
  • Inniskillin Gold Oak Icewine
  • Frozen Coffee with Tap 357 Whisky
  • Icewine Flight also available

Canada Popcorn Cart (Canada Pavilion)

  • Pecan Maple Bark with Maple Sugar

UK Beer Cart (United Kingdom Pavilion)

  • Mulled Cider: Strongbow Apple Cider, Twinings Orange and Cinnamon Herbal Tea, Pimms No. 1, and Apple Juice with Star Anise (served warm) 

UK Tea Caddy (United Kingdom Pavilion):

  • Twinings Iced Christmas Toddy: Twinings Iced Christmas Tea with Honey (non-alcoholic, KA) 
  • Twinings Iced Christmas Toddy: Twinings Iced Christmas Tea with Honey and Drambuie  

Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen (France Pavilion):

Food Items:

  • Rillette de Saumon: Salmon Spread with House-made bread
  • Bouchée à la Reine Traditionnelle: Turkey and Mushrooms in a Veloute Cream Sauce served in a Light Puff Pastry
  • Bûche de Noël au Chocolat: Christmas Log with Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Caramel Ganache (KA)

Beverage Items:

  • Sparkling Rosé Veuve Dubarry Cuvée Prestige
  • Syrah, Grand Vallon, Charles Brotte
  • Kir Imperial: Sparkling Wine and Chambord Liqueur
  • Frozen Hot Chocolate Martini: Grey Goose Vanilla, Vodka, and Chocolate Milk

L’Artisan des Glaces (France Pavilion):

  • Glace au Pain d’Epices: Gingerbread Ice Cream with Gingerbread Pieces (KA)

Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles (France Pavilion):

  • Bûche de Noël au Chocolat: Chocolate Christmas Log with Chocolate Orange Cream Mousse and Chocolate Crunch Biscuit (KA)

Sapphire Holiday Kitchen (Morocco Pavilion):

Food Items:

  • Grilled Lamb Kefta Kebab and Grapes with Euro Cucumber, Red Pepper, Pickled Pearl Onions, and Harissa-Cilantro Dressing
  • Confit of Chermoula Chicken Drum with Cinnamon Granny Smith Apple, Toasted Almonds, Brussels Sprouts and Pinot Noir Glaze
  • “Sfenj”: Warm Beignets with Cream, Cinnamon-Sugar and Chocolate Sauce

Beverage Items:

  • Casa Beer
  • Bonassia Red Wine
  • The Andalusian “Poinsettia” Cocktail: Sparking Wine, Orange Liqueur and Cranberry Juice topped with Orange Blossom Water
  • Walnut Spiced Coffee with Walnut Liqueur and topped with Cinnamon and Whipped Cream

Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen (Japan Pavilion):

Food Items:

  •  Year Celebration Soba: Buckwheat Soba Noodles in Hot Dashi Soup with Kakiage (Vegetable Tempura) and Chopped Green Onion
  • Chirashi Sushi Tree: Sashimi-grade Tuna, Salmon, Ikura, and Yellowtail with Vegetables decorated on a bed of Rice
  • Matcha Crème Brûlée: Creamy Green Tea Custard with a Caramelized Sugar Crust topped with Mochi, Strawberry, and Red Bean Jam

Beverages:

  • Ichigo Milk Boba (non-alcoholic): Strawberry Cream Drink with Japanese Calpico and popping Strawberry Boba Pearls
  • Sapporo Draft Beer
  • Tsubaki Whiskey Sour: Plum Wine with Whiskey, Cranberry Juice, and Lemon 

American Holiday Table (The American Adventure):

Food Items:

  • Slow-roasted Turkey with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Cranberry Sauce (KA)
  • Hand-carved Smoked Ham with Green Beans and Sweet Potato Casserole (GF, KA)
  • Chocolate Pecan Tart with Whipped Cream and Whisky-Caramel Sauce 
  • Gingerbread Cookie 

Beverages:

  • Hot Cocoa (non-alcoholic, KA)
  • 81Bay Brewing Company Cinnamon Cranberry Orange Wheat Ale, Tampa, FL 
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL 
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Peppermint Chocolate Porter, Titusville, FL 
  • Cocoa Candy Cane: Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Schnapps
  • Holiday Beer Flight also available 

Funnel Cake (The American Adventure):

  • Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake

Fife & Drum (The American Adventure):

Food Items:

  • Holiday Apple Pie Sundae with Soft-serve Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce and Crunchy Streusel Topping (KA)

Block & Hans (The American Adventure):

Beverage Items:

  • Orlando Brewing Blonde Ale, Orlando, FL
  • Lexington Brewing Company Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Lexington, KY
  • Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Milton, DE
  • Spiked Frozen Apple Pie: Minute Maid Apple Juice, Monin Cinnamon Syrup and Ole Smoky Apple Pie Moonshine 

Tuscany Holiday Kitchen (Italy Pavilion):

Food Items:

  • Bianca Neve: Italian Flatbread, Mozzarella, and Parmesan (KA)
  • La Genovese: Rustic Flatbread, Vidalia Onions, White Wine Braised Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mozzarella
  • Collezione Barilla: Pennette Pasta, Sweet Sausage, Caramelized Onions, Creamy Sauce (KA)
  • Crespelle di Mele: Cinnamon Apple Fritters with a Vanilla Sauce Drizzle and Confectioner’s Sugar
  • Bacio al Cioccolato: Warm Hazelnut Chocolate Cake with Caramelized Berry Sauce
  • Panettone Mignon: Miniature Traditional Italian Christmas Fruitcake

Beverage Items:

  • Peroni Nastro Azzurro Pilsner
  • Pinot Grigio, Santa Marina
  • Chianti, Gabbiano
  • Prosecco, Villa Sandi
  • Corbinello, Montegrande
  • Moscato Fior D’Arancio, Montegrande
  • Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila

Bavaria Holiday Kitchen (Germany Pavilion):

Food Items:

  • Potato Dumpling with Mushroom Sauce (KA)
  • Pork Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce and Spätzle 
  • Cheese Fondue in a Bread Bowl with Steamed Baby Vegetables and Marble Potatoes (KA)
  • Black Forest Roulade with Cherry Whipped Cream  
  • Linzer Cookie 

Beverages:

  • Possmann Pure Hard Apple Cider, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Possmann Pure Hard Black Currant Apple Cider, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Schöfferhofer Pomegranate Hefeweizen, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Regional Riesling
  • Glühwein: House-made Hot Spiced Wine
  • Cider Flight also available

Prost! (Germany Pavilion):

Beverages:

  • M.I.A. Beer Company White Christmas IPA, Doral, FL
  • 3 Daughters Brewing 70 Degree Winter Weizen, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Shipyard Candy Cane Coffee Porter, Clearwater, FL
  • Anchor Brewing Christmas Ale, San Francisco, CA 
  • Barrel of Monks Brewing Figgy Terno, Boca Raton, FL 
  • Castle Church Brewing Here I Stand Stout, Orlando, FL 
  • Beer Flights also available

Refreshment Outpost (African Outpost):

Food Items:

  • Warm Caramel Stuffed Salted Pretzel with Soft-serve Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce (KA)

Beverage Items:

  • Coca-Cola Cinnamon Float (non-alcoholic, KA) 
  • Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, Clearwater, FL
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Shanghai Holiday Kitchen (China Pavilion):

Food Items:

  • Pork and Vegetable Egg Rolls (KA)
  • Mongolian Beef Bao Bun and a Fortune Cookie 
  • Celebration Barbecue Pork with Steamed Rice and a Fortune Cookie
  • Chengdu Spicy Street Fries 

Beverage Items:

  • Tsingtao Beer 
  • Firework: Jose Cuervo Tequila Gold, Vodka, Mango Syrup, Orange Juice and Soda Water 
  • Marco Boba: Amaretto, Iced Coffee, Milk and Boba 
  • The Lucky Mo: Peach Schnapps, Peach Syrup, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice and Coconut Milk 

Norway- Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe (Norway Pavilion):

  • Traditional Holiday Rice Cream

Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen (Mexico Pavilion):

Food Items:

  • Giant Tostada de Puerco: Braised Pork served on a Giant Tostada with Chipotle Black Bean Spread, Guajillo Sauce, Queso Fresco, Crema Mexicana, Pickled Onion, and topped with Chicharrón Dust (GF) 
  • Tamal de Pollo: Braised Chipotle Chicken served in a Corn Masa with Yellow Mole and topped with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Queso Cotija and Crema Mexicana (GF, KA) 
  • Horchata Cheesecake: Creamy Rice Cheesecake served with Cajeta Sauce 

Beverages:

  • Holiday Cider: Hard Apple Cider with Cinnamon-infused Tequila
  • Mexican Fruit Punch: Mezcal, Red Wine, and Blackcurrant Liqueur infused with Star Anise, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger and Orange Peel (served warm)
  • Horchata Margarita: Tequila, Horchata Rum, Cinnamon Whisky, and Agua de Horchata served on the rocks

Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company:

Future World East: Choco-Latte: Latte with Chocolate Sauce and Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur 

Canada: Ginger Chai Madness: Chai Latte with Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur and Gingerbread Syrup 

Showcase Plaza: Coconut Snowstorm: Latte with RumChata and Coconut Syrup 

The American Adventure: Toffee Coffee: Latte with Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur and Sea Salt Caramel Toffee Sauce” – © Disney

If you would like to schedule a last minute trip down there for a nice long weekend, let me know! We can set you up with a great vacation package and some wonderful tips to make the most of this great festival. Happy Holidays!