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Disney Genie

All things Disney Genie, Disney Genie +, and Lightning Lane

There are 3 parts to this whole program- Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and Lightning Lane

Disney Genie

Disney Genie is a new service provided by Disney that will assist you with park touring. While I as your Travel Specialist can plan your vacation for months and try to fit in all the fun, surprises, and memories that we possibly can, things do happen. Sometimes a ride will go down, sometimes you will sleep through your alarm, sometimes someone will need a nap or you will decide you really want that mid-day break that we didn’t plan for. Genie is your day-of planning service. It will help you with which rides have the shortest wait, where to get your favorite snacks, and it will also be where you will book your Lightning Lane times. This service is complimentary.

Disney Genie+

Disney Genie+ is basically this day’s virtual FastPass. It will be an add-on to your ticket and will be $15/day/guest. You will have the ability to make your first attraction selection at 7am for a time that day. When it is your return time, you enter through the Lightning Lane and should have a very minimal wait. When you have redeemed that selection or once that time window passes, you can make another selection for another attraction. This will be available for over 40 attractions throughout Walt Disney World. For those with Park Hoppers, you can make selections in other parks as well.

In addition to the shorter wait times, Disney Genie+ does offer you special photo pass lenses that will expand your options for your Memory Maker. There will also be Audio Tales available through the app that will inform you of special behind-the-scenes hints, tips, and stories during your visit.

Lightning Lane Pass

Yes, this is the actual Lane that you return to when you have Disney Genie+ but it is also the term being used for a select few attractions that will not be a part of Disney Genie+. Some of the most popular attractions will be available at an extra cost. This cost will vary based on the attraction and the day you are visiting. Anyone can purchase these Lightning Passes – you do NOT have to have Disney Genie+ in order to get one. You can purchase up to 2 attractions per day. Disney Resort Guests can make their selection at 7am. Guests staying off site can purchase when the park opens.

Individual Lightning Lane Options:

Magic Kingdom: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train & Space Mountain

EPCOT: Frozen Ever After & Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Hollywood Studios: Mickey’s Runaway Railway & Rise of the Resistance

Animal Kingdom: Flight of Passage and Expedition Everest

Disney Genie+ can be added on to an existing ticket or be added to a package going forward. Contact me to find out how and to reserve your Walt Disney World Vacation. Let me help your turn your Disney Dreams into Magical Memories!

FAQ

There is no free way to wait in line?

-You can still use Standby/virtual queue for all of your favorite attractions! There is no additional cost for this.

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The World’s Most Magical Celebration

Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates 50 Years

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!

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Make Disney Memories in 2021!

What you need to know!

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 ResortDisney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness LodgeDisney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness LodgeDisney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo HouseDisney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani VillageDisney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation ResortDisney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
Disney’s Beach Club VillasDisney’s Pop Century Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk InnDisney’s Riviera Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk VillasDisney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Disney’s Caribbean Beach ResortDisney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
Disney’s Contemporary ResortThe 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!

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Let’s Plan Something to Look Forward To!

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.

June 22

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)

June 26

The Disney Park Pass System will open to Annual Passholders

June 28

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

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!

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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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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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Mickey & Minnie Get Their First Attraction!

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Mikey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will debut in Spring of 2020 at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood Studios! This long anticipated attraction is based on the famous Emmy Winning shorts of Mickey Mouse on the Disney Channel. It will immerse you in the wacky world of Mickey & Minnie and their cartoon world. This underwater poster above is just a small glimpse into what is yet to come. For all the guests who arrive to Walt Disney World and have looked for an attraction featuring their favorite Mouse only to find one did not exist, your wish has come true!

This attraction is also set to arrive at Disneyland in 2022.

Spring is a beautiful time in Florida – it is not too hot but warm enough to enjoy the resort pools and all the water rides. The Flower & Garden Festival is in full swing at Epcot and the animals in Animal Kingdom are out and about and you may even see some babies. This new attraction is just another reason to visit in Spring of 2020! To plan and reserve a vacation package, contact me today! My services are free of charge and I can save you time and money! Plus, all qualifying reservations receive our Minnie Box! The agencies special gift tailored to your family that will arrive on your doorstep prior to your trip. I look forward to planning with you and making your next Disney Destination Vacation the most magical yet!

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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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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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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!