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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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12 Days of Christmas in July

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On the Tenth Day of Christmas, Buzz Lightyear Gave to Me::

Traveling for the Holidays

2019 would be a great year to visit Animal Kingdom during the holidays.  This year they will debut new decorations, shows, entertainment, and yuletide cheer.  The magic will begin as soon as you cross into Discovery Island and while the whole park is decorated, each land’s decorations are tailored to its theme. Here are some of the wonderful holiday festivities you can plan on experiencing:

  • Discovery Island decorated for a winter celebration
  • New Tree of Life Awakenings – themed to the spirit of the holidays
  • Festive musicians playing throughout Discovery Island
  • Catch some vintage Christmas Décor in Pandora – Humans remaining on Pandora bring décor from Earth to share with the natives
  • Various musicians and groups play music & dance throughout Harambe Village
  • Mickey & Friends Holiday Overlay for Character Meals at Tusker House
  • Celebrate Diwali in Asia – The Holiday Festival of Lights
  • Donald’s Dino-Bash Holiday Hoopla Dance Party with Characters.  There will be interactive games for littles

If you are heading to Disney World during the Holidays, stop by Animal Kingdom.  This new Holiday Event is sure to be amazing – I am most excited for the Discovery Island section and the New Tree of Life Awakenings.  What are you most excited about?

Giving a Disney Destination as a Gift for the Holidays

Give the gift of Memories that Will Last a Lifetime plus make your Holiday Shopping super easy and give the gift of a Disney Destination.  Looking for a fun way to do that?  How about a scavenger hunt? One year, we left a note card on the kitchen table for when the littles woke up.  It told them they had to hunt for and collect clues.  Each clue they found would be a hint at the surprise. You can make a list of items in your home that will help them guess what the surprise is. Then decide how you will get them from one clue to the next.

For this trip, we were headed to Disney World and staying in Port Orleans Riverside plus we were going to experience Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  The first card basically just told them we had a surprise for them, but they had to hunt for it. 

“Find the next clue where little #2 keeps his reptile toys.”

In the reptile toy bin, the found the next clue attached to a rubber alligator hinting at where we were staying (the kids love the fold down bed with the image of Luis above it at Riverside) They grabbed the gator and read the card –

“The next clue is where our pups like to sun themselves.” 

They ran to the front porch to discover a card on a pumpkin gourd.  The next clue –

“Find the next clue where you get your favorite beverage.”

In the Fridge they found a toy plane.  It was then they figured we were going on a trip.  The next Clue –

“Find the next clue where mommy shows us where all our different family members live”

They ran to the playroom to find a card on the state of Florida on our State Map rug.  The final clue read –

“Run to up to where Daddy gets dressed.” 

When they opened the closet doors, they found a suitcase with a Stuffed Mickey & Minnie on top.  They needed a bit of help with the “alligator hint” but they figured out the rest all on their own.  It was a fun way to tell them about their trip and the excitement that built during the hunt made the trip itself even more exciting.   I am happy to help you plan any aspects of your trip, including how to gift it to your loved ones!

Trivia – Did You Know?

There were two “Marley’s” in “The Muppet Christmas Carol” but in other renditions of this movie or play, there is just Jacob Marley. They added a Robert Marley in this version so they could be played by Statler & Waldorf.

Contact Me

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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12 Days of Christmas in July

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On the Eighth Day of Christmas in July, Piglet Gave to Me::

Traveling for the Holidays

Disney goes above and beyond with their decorations everywhere they can. The Resorts are no exception! We take an entire day and go to several resorts when we are there during the Holidays. They have uniquely decorated Christmas Trees, Gingerbread Houses, lights, and more. Here is our Guide to Disney World Resorts during the Holidays. We like to start at the Monorails resorts, take a boat the Wilderness lodge, then head to the Boardwalk Resorts, and finally, end at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Each resort’s Tree will be decorated to the theme of the resort. It was fun to take the little’s pictures in front of all of them. The resorts will each have special holiday merchandise for purchase in their gift shops as well.

  • Grand Floridian – Beautiful tree & a Gingerbread House you can actually go in
  • Contemporary – Stunning Tree out at the entrance to the Resort plus a really pretty & fun Cinderella Gingerbread House
  • Polynesian – Very bright & fun Christmas Tree
  • Wilderness Lodge – Very Large and softly decorated Christmas Tree
  • Boardwalk Inn – Fun & tasty Gingerbread Version of the Boardwalk, an opportunity to build your own Gingerbread house with one of their chefs, and a very large tree in the yard outside
  • Beach Club – See an elegant Carousel made out of gingerbread along with a beautifully decorated tree and wreaths
  • Yacht Club – Beautiful Seaside-Themed Tree and an elaborate Holiday Train Display
  • Animal Kingdom – We like to finish up here and see some of the animals in the Savannah. See a large, warmly decorated tree

Hint:: There are Hidden Mickey’s throughout each Gingerbread Display!

If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World during the Holidays, definitely plan on stopping at these Resorts. If not all of them, at least try to check out a few. They will truly enhance your holiday.

Giving a Disney Destination as a Gift for the Holidays

If you are not a fan of pinterest and prefer to let someone else come up with a way to “gift” a Disney Trip, let me simplify it for you! Just present them with our Minnie Box! It is full of pixi dust, magic, and surprises plus your very own personalized travel guide book. Each box is personalized and tailored to the travel party and they are so much fun to open. We can send you yours with your qualifying Disney Destination Trip that is booked through us. They are included with my services – which are free by the way.

Recipe – Mickey Christmas Bread

This starts with raw cinnamon rolls.

  • Purchase a roll of them from the store or craft your own
  • Take three rolls and place them together so they look like a Mickey Head
  • Bake
  • Once golden brown, remove from over and ice. You can use icing, chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, caramel – whatever is your favorite
  • Decorate with holiday sprinkles, gummies, cherries – anything you would like.

We have these each year on Christmas Morning – it is a family tradition.

Contact Me

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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12 Days of Christmas in July

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On the Sixth Day of Christmas in July, Merida Gave to Me::

Traveling for the Holidays

While there for the Holidays last year in December of 2018, we made sure to take full advantage of all that Disney World had to offer. We did the Very Merry Christmas Party, Festival of the Holidays, and more. We did it all! Our favorite Holiday Experience (next to the Very Merry Christmas Party) would be what Hollywood Studios has nightly. It is fun and cute and just put us in a great Holiday mood. It even snows!

It is part of your admission so you do not need to purchase anything extra and they have some really magical Holiday Entertainment. Here is what they offer nightly-

  • Meet Santa (and then once he ships off on the 24th, you can meet Santa Goofy!)
  • Minnie’s Holiday Dine – For dinner, you can dine with Minnie and her best friends all dressed in their Holiday Attire. The dinner will contain typical buffet items but festive holiday items will also be served all set to holiday music
  • Sunset Seasons Greetings (pictured above) is a fun projection show played on a billboard and The Hollywood Hotel. They have scenes from your favorite Disney movies AND IT SNOWS! This was one of my favorite parts. It plays on repeat and the littles just loved it. They still talk about it and are hoping to see it again this year!
  • Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam! – This projection show is displayed on the Chinese Theater along with lasers & beautiful fireworks. It is a beautiful display that bring your favorites to life – Prep & landing, Nightmare Before Christmas, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, and more. Do not miss it! If you would prefer just to show up right before the show instead of standing in your saved spot for 30 minutes there is a Dessert party that is available for purchase with reserved viewing section.

These Holiday bonuses that you get when visiting Hollywood Studios are a great reason to travel here during November & December in addition to all of the attractions and entertainment it usually offers.

Giving a Disney Destination as a Gift for the Holidays

I want to give my loved ones a Disney Destination as a gift for Christmas, but how can I make the gift giving process fun and exciting? Well, if you reserve with me and Magical Vacations, you will be sent a Minnie Box which would be an amazing gift already wrapped to place under the tree.

It is our thank you gift to you for putting your Disney Destination Trip in our hands. It is full of magic and excitement and will help you along with any trip you plan with us. It is a great gift in itself and you can stick it right under the tree. There is NO better way to say Merry Christmas!

Contact Me

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!