Starting October 1st, Walt Disney World will take on a whole new shine! They will throw the world’s most magical celebration in honor of 50 wonderful years of guests, memories, & celebrations. During the celebration, each of the 4 parks at Walt Disney World will take on a new “Ear”idesence that will make some of your favorite iconic structures shimmer & shine. I am sure the castle will sparkle beautifully during the day, but I am even more excited to see it shine at night!
This new Earidesence will also be transforming Spaceship Earth, The Tree of Life, and the Hollywood Tower of Terror Hotel.
Some of our favorite characters will also get a little sparkly with new outfits for the celebration.
The celebration will run for 18 months starting on October 1. If you are interested in being one of the first to see the amazing transformation and celebration, you will want to book soon. Many others are having the same idea and now that more and more people are traveling again, the fall and early winter of 2021 are going to book up very quickly!
Contact me today for a quote on your vacation and to receive my complimentary planning. I cannot wait to help you plan your dreams!
Stay tuned for more announcements about the celebration as we get closer to October 1!
Disney has opened up the window for us to reserve 2021 vacation packages a few days early! There are so many things to look forward to and be excited about when planning a trip to Walt Disney World – even more so in our world today!
Here are a few important things you will need to know:
Available Resorts – With the start of the reservations for 2021 opening today, not every resort will be an option. The initial launch will roll out with the following hotels for you to choose from:
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s Riviera Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Park Reservation System – as of now, Disney will continue to utilize the Park Reservation System. This means I will be checking to see if there is park availability during the dates you want to stay before we even check to see what resorts are available. We will want to get your reservation finalized so that you can get in your My Disney Experience and choose which days you want to go to which parks and get those reservations.
Other important information-
Park Hoppers are returning as soon as January 1, 2021 – Hooooraaayyyyyy!!!
While Magic Bands will no longer be included with your stay, Disney will continue to offer discounted options and you can use your smart phone at no cost. You can still can request a Key to the World card upon check-in as well.
You will still receive your fun Keepsake luggage tag.
There will be new and enhanced Magical Extras offered to you during your stay.
Disney will continue to ensure the healthy and safety of it’s guests and castmembers.
Reserving your Trip!
All I need is a basic idea of what you are looking for your 2021 vacation to look like and we can get you started. Contact me today for a no-obligation quote & there is no charge for my planning services & expert knowledge! See ya Real Soon!
Walt Disney World is Reopening with different operations in place. What to know if you want to amend a vacation, plan a vacation, or keep a 2020 reservation.
Disney’s new Park Pass System opens to guests who currently have a 2020 Disney resort hotel reservation and valid theme park admissions. This does include Annual Passholders. If it is linked in your My Disney Experience, log in and choose which parks you want to go to on which dates. (Note: park hopping is not permitted at this time. You will only be able to choose one park per day)
The Disney Park Pass System will open to Annual Passholders
The Disney Park Pass System will open to all other guests who have park passes for 2020
By June 28
Sometime by June 28, Guests will be able to make new Disney Resort hotel package reservations and theme park tickets will go on sale for 2021
Later sometime this Summer
Based on availability and capacity, guests will be able to make Disney Resort Reservations as well as purchase tickets for 2020
If you are ready to have something to look forward to in 2021, contact me so that we can get all the details of your trip planned out. On the 28th, we can be ready to reserve and get your Park Passes.
If you would like to plan a 2020 Disney vacation, please reach out! We can discuss some options and be ready once they open the calendar back up.
Universal Studios is OPEN! If you are looking to visit in 2020 OR 2021, I can assist with that. Contact me and let’s start making some great plans so you and your loved ones can get an exciting countdown going!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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):
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
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
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!