Disney World Offer Alert! 2019 Agency Exclusives Are Here

 Agency Exclusive Offers for 2019 Now Available

Agency Exclusive Offers for 2019 Now Available

Today I’m pleased to share that Magical Vacations Travel just released several Agency-Exclusive Offers for 2019. You can view all available offers on the Disney World Offers Page.

Additional offers such as the Walt Disney World Labor Day 2019 Agency Exclusive will be released soon. Stay tuned to SaveAtWDW as they will be announced here as soon as they become available.

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DISNEY: EPCOT'S ILLUMINATIONS COMING TO AN END

 Illuminations Reflections of Earth will end in 2019.

Illuminations Reflections of Earth will end in 2019.

The fireworks and laser show that has entertained guests at Epcot for decades is coming to end sometime in the second half of 2019, according to Walt Disney World Resort. Details are limited on the replacement but some rumors suggest that it will involve drones while others suggest it will utilize technology similar to that of World of Color at Disney’s California Adventure.

The closing of Illuminations Reflections of Earth has been anticipated as work could be seen going on in the lagoon area where the show takes place.

"... We’ve got big plans for our multi-year transformation of Epcot, with new experiences that will ‘Wow!’ guests while keeping true to the original vision of the park,” the Disney said.

Epcot is getting even more attractions including a Ratatouille ride in the France Pavilion, opening in 2021. Construction of a Guardians of the Galaxy themed roller coaster is underway near the former Universe of Energy Pavilion and that too is scheduled to open in 2021. Plus, Disney is building the Skyliner, a new gondola transportation system that will bring guests from several resort hotels to Epcot and Hollywoods Studios.

What are your thoughts on the closing of Illuminations? Sad to see it go or looking forward to something new?

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Toy Story Land VIP Event

 Toy Story Land VIP Event

Toy Story Land VIP Event

Now you can explore Toy Story Land with little to no wait times, character appearances and a delicious breakfast on select Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30a to 8:45a.

At this event, you’ll have exclusive access to Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios before the theme park opens.

Also, a special breakfast buffet is included at the ABC Commissary at 10:00a, with your choice of a main dish. These tasty main dishes include:

  • Mexican Corn Chilaquiles and Eggs Bowl

  • Shrimp and Southern Grits Bowl

  • Fried Chicken and Cinnamon Sugar French Donut Bowl

  • Smashed Avocado Toast Egg Plate

  • Breakfast Charcuterie Platter

In addition, the buffet includes yogurt, cereal, fruit, assorted pastries, and more! Kids can enjoy everything on the buffet, as well as a kid’s portion of the Fried Chicken and Cinnamon Sugar French Donut or Scrambled Eggs, and both come with Sweet Potato tater-tots.

Early Morning Magic at Toy Story Land is $79 (plus tax) per adult (ages 10 and older) and $69 (plus tax) per child (ages 3 to 9). Regular theme park admission is also required.

For more information and to book this experience, book through your My Disney Experience account.

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September 2019 Walt Disney World Offer Update

 Disney's Beach Club Resort

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New Character Dinner Coming to Disney's Wilderness Lodge

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Storybook Dining at Artist Point inside Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort will invite guests to venture into an Enchanted Forest-like setting inspired by Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” There, you’ll enjoy a delicious meal of fantastic fare with visits from Snow White, Dopey and Grumpy. Delightful music and activities will help bring the classic fairytale to life, and they’ll even have an opportunity for an encounter with The Queen.

This immersive character dinner takes place amidst the rustic elegance and exceptional dining that Artist Point is known for. You'll enjoy a uniquely themed prix fixe menu, including shared starters, a choice of individual plated entrees and ‘sweet spells’ to finish the meal.

I'll have more information to share soon, including menu offerings, an opening date and when you can book reservations as well as where Guests might be able to find select fan-favorite Artist Point menu items in the future.

Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White is slated to begin this winter.

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TIPS FOR MICKEY'S NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY

 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips - 2018

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Tips - 2018

Mickey's No So Scary Halloween Party 2018 celebrates Halloween with spooky decor, Disney characters in Halloween costumes, complimentary trick-or-treating, and entertainment you'll have to see to believe!

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates 2018

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which requires a special ticket to attend, will be held on the following nights:

  • Aug. 28, 31
  • Sept. 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28 and 30
  • Oct. 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30 and 31.

Party fun takes place from 7 p.m.-midnight, although party ticket holders may enter the park as early as 4 p.m. to enjoy regular park offerings. You should be in the park no later than 5:45 p.m. to get your wristbands to get a good spot to watch the parade on Main Street USA. Plus you want to enjoy the Magic Kingdom for as long as possible! 

A special wristband will be issued that will tell Cast Members that you are there for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. If you're already in the park when they start issuing wristbands, look for one of the kiosks inside the park. They are well marked with big signs. A special entrance outside of Magic Kingdom is usually available for those entering the park just for the party. 

 

Show times for mickey's not so scary halloween party

  • Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade - 9:15 p.m., 11:15 p.m.
  • Happy HalloWishes Fireworks - 10:15 p.m.
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular - 8:30 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 12 a.m.

You'll want to check out two attractions in particular: Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. They usually have a few surprises that you won't want to miss. Sorry, no spoilers here.

 

Treat Locations Inside Magic Kingdom

Besides the party events, guests can also go trick or treating around Magic Kingdom. Be sure to pick up a guide map that will tell you where the locations are. Based on previous party events, here's a list of common treat locations: 

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 Expected Treat Locations

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Town Square Theater (Allergy-Friendly Center)
  • Market Street (party entrance; open until 8 p.m.)

Tomorrowland

  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress

Fantasyland

  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic

Liberty Square

  • Liberty Square (also there's an Allergy-Friendly Center here)
  • Columbia Harbour House

Frontierland

  • Splash Mountain area
  • Tom Sawyer Island dock
  • Country Bear Jamboree

Adventureland

  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Jungle Cruise

 

    Best Dates to Attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

    If you're looking for the least crowded times to experience the Halloween Party, generally dates in August, September and early October are best. Crowds are always larger on weekends. 

    In general, higher priced admission tickets usually means the party is expected to have larger crowds. 

     

    Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party does indeed sell out on some nights, especially on Oct 31 so it's best to purchase your tickets well in advance.  

     

    Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 Tickets

    Advance tickets start at $75 for adults and $70 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax). Day-of tickets start at $85 for adults and $80 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax). Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. 

     

    Arriving at the Party

    Guests of all ages are welcome to dress in costume on party nights. Be sure to check out the Costume Guidelines Page, it has critical information about what can / cannot be worn.

    As you arrive, grab a treat bag for trick-or-treating and pick up a party event map, which displays all the locations of trick-or-treat stations, special entertainment and more.

    Head to the Main Street Fire Station and pick up an event-exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom spell card. This year’s design features Orange Bird, how cool is that! 

    Don't miss the “Boo To You” parade, which is offered twice on party nights. The Headless Horseman is the star of the show and one of the coolest things to see, so don't be late! He leads off the procession, which includes classic Disney characters (in not-so-scary Halloween costumes), plus an entire portion of the parade is devoted to the Haunted Mansion. That's a crowd fav! 

    The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show delights Guests by bringing the Sanderson Sisters back for the evening, calling on Disney villains to help them conjure the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion. 

    Disney Villains light up the night during “Happy HalloWishes Fireworks.” This spectacular features a villainous soundtrack with songs like “Grim Grinning Ghosts,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” “Never Smile at a Crocodile” and more.

    Guests with a sweet tooth can take treats to the next level by perusing the tasty selection of limited-time goodies created specifically for the event. 

    As a reminder, tickets for select nights for both Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are available through your My Disney Experience account. 

     

    Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party FAQ

    Q: Are there any restrictions on the kinds of costumes that can be worn?

    A: Be sure to read the full Costume Guidelines Page but in short, costumes that are grotesque, obscene, suggest violence or are otherwise inappropriate for a family-friendly atmosphere are prohibited. Face masks on those age 14 and up are not allowed. Children and adults may dress as a favorite character but they cannot sign autographs or pose for photos. Disney Cast Members will monitor costumes carefully throughout the night.

    Q: Where is the best place to watch the Halloween Parade? 

    A: Main Street USA is the best place to view the parade. Be sure to arrive 45-60 minutes prior to the parade to get a good spot. If you don't mind getting there even earlier, try the second floor of the Main Street railroad station. You'll have a terrific view of the parade and Cinderella Castle. 

    Q: can I make FastPass Selections for rides during the party? 

    A: No. FastPass queues will be closed at the start of the party. There's so much to see and do, that you probably won't have time for many rides anyway. As you might imagine, Haunted Mansion will be super popular on party nights so be prepared for a longer than normal wait. 

    Q: If I enter the park at 4 p.m. can I make FastPass selections? 

    A: You can make FastPass selections only if you also have general admission ticket to Magic Kingdom Park. If you have only the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party ticket, you can of course enter at 4 p.m., but you will not be able to make FastPass selections. 

    Q: Once the park closes, how will Disney know I have a Mickey's Not So Scary Party Ticket?

    A: There will be several kiosks located in the park where you can swipe your Magic Band to obtain a wristband. The wristband will signal Cast Members that you have a valid party ticket and you'll be permitted to stay in the park. There is also a dedicated entrance that you can use if you're not already inside the park. 

    Q: Can I bring my own Halloween trick or treat bag?

    A: Sure, and it's a good idea to do so!

    If you have any other questions about the party, feel free to use the comments section below. 

     

    SPECIAL Resort OFFERS

    Visit the Offers Page for Disney Resort hotel offers to save big on select nights in August, September and October.

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    KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: EPCOT FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL 2018

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    It’s that time of year – the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is almost here! With delicious dishes and unique beverages influenced by cultures from around the world, this year Epcot has more offerings than ever.

    The festival starts on Aug. 30, 2018 and runs through Nov. 12, 2018. Here's a look at the menus for each of the Global Marketplaces located throughout the park.

    In addition to the marketplaces, there are a variety of special culinary experiences available, including pairing seminars, culinary demonstrations, and more! For more information or to make reservations for please call (407) WDW-DINE (407 939-3463) or visit the Walt Disney World Resort website.

    Here's a look at the Foodie Guide to the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

    V indicates Vegetarian items
    GF indicates “Gluten/Wheat Friendly” items
    KA indicates Kid-Approved

    Thailand (located near the Mexico pavilion)
    FOOD

    • Marinated Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Stir-fried Vegetables (KA)
    • Seared Shrimp and Scallop Cake with Cold Noodle Salad
    • Red Hot Spicy Thai Curry Beef with Steamed Rice

    BEVERAGE

    • Singha Lager
    • Maison Willm Gewürztraminer, Alsace

    Australia (located near Refreshment Port)
    FOOD

    • Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion, and Snap Peas (GF)
    • Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies (GF)
    • Lamington: Yellow Cake Dipped in Chocolate and Shredded Coconut (V)

    BEVERAGE

    • Coopers Brewery Original Pale Ale
    • Hope Estate “Wollombi Brook” Semillon, Hunter Valley
    • Franklin Tate Estates Chardonnay, Margaret River
    • Yangarra Shiraz, McLaren Vale
    • Wine Flight also available

    Hawai’i (located in Showcase Plaza)
    FOOD

    • Kalua Pork Slider with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise (KA)
    • Grilled Tuna Tataki with Seaweed Salad, Pickled Cucumbers, and Wasabi Cream
    • Teriyaki-glazed Spam Hash with Potatoes, Peppers, Onions, and Spicy Mayonnaise
    • Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts (V)

    BEVERAGE

    • Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Lager
    • Florida Orange Groves Sparkling Pineapple Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
    • Mai Tai with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Dole Pineapple Juice

    Islands of the Caribbean (located in Showcase Plaza)
    FOOD

    • Ropa Vieja Empanada with Tomato Aïoli (KA)
    • Jerk Spiced Chicken Lollipop with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad and Mango Chutney Yogurt
    • Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce (V) (KA)

    BEVERAGE

    • Red Stripe Lager
    • Caribbean White Sangria
    • Frozen Mojito

    Greece (located near the Mexico pavilion)
    FOOD

    • Loaded Greek “Nachos”: Pita Chips, Meatless Sausage Crumbles, and Vegan Tzatziki (V) (KA)
    • Taste of Greece: Chicken Souvlaki, Feta Cheese Dip with Warm Pita, and Lamb Sausage with a Dill Tomato Ragu
    • Spanakopita: Greek Spinach Pie (V)
    • Bougatsa: Warm Phyllo Dough Strudel with Sweet Vanilla Custard, Lemon Honey Syrup and Cinnamon (V) (KA)

    BEVERAGE

    • Domaine Skouras Moscofilero, Peloponnese
    • Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko, Santorini
    • Argyros Atlantis Red Blend, Santorini
    • Wine Flight also available

    Craft Drafts (located in the Festival Center)
    BEVERAGE

    • Central 28 Beer Company Waff-Ale, DeBary, FL
    • Bold City Brewing 1901 Roasted Red Ale, Jacksonville, F
    • Florida Beer Company Passport Triple Chocolate Milk Stout, Cape Canaveral, FL
    • First Magnitude Brewing Co. Lemongrass Saison, Gainesville, FL
    • JDub’s Brewing Company Honeydew Melon Kölsch, Sarasota, FL
    • Shipyard Brewing Company Monkey Fist IPA, Clearwater, FL
    • Beer Flights also available

    India (located between the China and Germany pavilions)
    FOOD

    • Warm Indian Bread with Pickled Garlic, Mango Salsa and Coriander Pesto Dips (V) (KA)
    • Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas, and Basmati Rice (V) (GF)
    • Korma Chicken with Cucumber Tomato Salad, Almonds, Cashews, and Warm Naan Bread

    BEVERAGE

    • Mango Lassi (Non-Alcoholic) (KA)
    • Godfather Lager
    • Sula Chenin Blanc, Nashik
    • Sula Shiraz, Nashik
    • Mango Lassi with Sōmrus Indian Cream Liqueur

    Germany (located in the Germany pavilion)
    FOOD

    • Schinkennudeln: Pasta Gratin with Ham, Onions and Cheese (KA)
    • Roast Bratwurst in a Pretzel Roll (KA)
    • Apple Strudel with Vanilla Sauce (V) (KA)

    BEVERAGE

    • Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered)
    • Carl Graff Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese, Mosel
    • J&H Selbach Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling Kabinett, Mosel
    • Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken, Mosel
    • Villa Wolf Pinot Noir, Pfalz
    • Riesling Flight also available

    Brewer’s Collection (located between the China and Germany pavilions)
    BEVERAGE

    • Radeberger Zwickel Pilsner (Unfiltered)
    • Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse Naturtrüb
    • Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen Pomegranate Beer
    • Beer Flight also available

    Spain (located between the Germany and Italy pavilions)
    FOOD

    • Charcuterie in a Cone with a selection of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses, and Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette
    • Spanish-style Paella with Chorizo and Roasted Chicken
    • Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar, and Smoked Paprika (GF)

    BEVERAGE

    • Lagar de Bouza Albariño, Rías Baixas
    • Casa Castillo Monastrell, Jumilla
    • Espelt Garnacha Old Vines, Catalonia
    • Wine Flight also available

    Africa (located in The Outpost between the China and Germany pavilions)
    FOOD

    • Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips with Onions, Jalapeños, Tomato, and Pap (GF)
    • Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew with Vegan Yogurt and Quinoa (V)

    BEVERAGE

    • Cederberg Chenin Blanc
    • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz
    • Groot Constantia Pinotage
    • Wine Flight also available

    Hops & Barley (located in The American Adventure)
    FOOD

      • New England Lobster Roll: Warm Lobster with Fresh Herb Mayonnaise and Griddled Roll
      • New Brunswick Slider: Slow-braised Beef Brisket “Pot Roast Style” with Horseradish Cream Crispy Fried Onions on a Potato Roll with Pickled Vegetables on the side
      • Freshly Baked Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Icing (V) (KA)

    BEVERAGE

    • North Coast Brewing Co. Blue Star Wheat, Fort Bragg, CA
    • 3 Daughters Brewing A Wake Coffee Blonde Ale, St. Petersburg, FL
    • Heavy Seas AmeriCannon IPA, Baltimore, MD
    • Angry Orchard Rosé Hard Cider, Walden, NY
    • Mer Soleil Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands
    • Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
    • Beer Flight also available

    Belgium (located between the France and Morocco pavilions)
    FOOD

    • Beer-braised Beef served with Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes
    • Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream (V) (KA)
    • Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream (V) (KA)

    BEVERAGE

    • Leffe Blonde Belgian Pale Ale
    • St. Bernardus Witbier
    • St. Bernardus Abt 12
    • Stella Artois Hard Cidre
    • Chilled Coffee featuring Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
    • Beer Flight also available

    Brazil (located between the France and Morocco pavilions)
    FOOD

    • Moqueca: Brazilian Seafood Stew featuring Scallops, Shrimp and White Fish with Coconut-lime Sauce and Steamed Rice
    • Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato and Onions (GF)
    • Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread (GF) (V) (KA)

    BEVERAGE

    • M.I.A. Beer Company Barbossa Black Beer, Doral, FL
    • Casa Valduga Brut Rosé
    • Quinta do Crasto Duoro Red
    • Frozen Caipirinha featuring LeBlon Cachaça

    New Zealand (located near Refreshment Port)
    FOOD

    • Steamed Green Lip Mussels with Garlic Butter and Toasted Breadcrumbs
    • Lamb Meatball with Spicy Tomato Chutney
    • Seared Venison Sausage with Kumara Purée and Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce

    BEVERAGE

    • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
    • Antmoore Wineworks MOKOblack Pinot Noir, Marlborough
    • Frozen Wine Cocktail featuring Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

    Ireland (located in the United Kingdom pavilion)
    FOOD

    • Roasted Irish Sausage with Colcannon Potatoes and Onion Gravy
    • Warm Irish Cheddar Cheese and Stout Dip with Irish Brown Bread (V)
    • Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard

    BEVERAGE

    • Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
    • Bunratty Meade Honey Wine
    • Guinness Baileys Shake

    Canada (located in the Canada pavilion)
    FOOD

    • Canadian Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Soup served with a Pretzel Roll
    • “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce (GF)

    BEVERAGE

    • Moosehead Radler: Lager infused with Grapefruit, Grape and Lemon Juices, New Brunswick
    • Château Des Charmes Equuleus Red Blend, St. David’s Bench
    • Château Des Charmes Vidal Icewine, Niagara-on-the-Lake

    The Almond Orchard hosted by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze® (located in Showcase Plaza)
    FOOD

    • Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Pulled Chicken, Toasted Blue Diamond Almonds and Parmesan Cheese served with Nut Thins Crackers
    • Fire-roasted Tomato Hummus topped with Blue Diamond Lightly Salted Roasted Almonds and served with Blue Diamond Artisan Nut Thins Multi-seeds Crackers
    • Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae with Fresh Berries and Chocolate Almond Streusel (V)(KA)

    BEVERAGE

    • Almond Breeze Strawberry Smoothie (Non-Alcoholic) (KA)
    • Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne
    • Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne
    • Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Rosé Champagne

    The Cheese Studio hosted by Boursin Cheese® (located in Future World West)
    FOOD

    • Braised Beef “Stroganoff” with Tiny Egg Noodles, Wild Mushroom, and Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese Sauce (KA)
    • Cheese Trio: Profiterole topped with Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese and Orange Apricot Jam; Smoked Salmon Pinwheel with Boursin Shallot and Chive Cheese and Everything Seasoning; Strawberry Macaron with Boursin Pepper Cheese
    • Maple Bourbon Boursin Cheesecake with Maple Bourbon Cream, Caramel, and Pecan Crunch (V)

    BEVERAGE

    • Florida Orange Groves Winery Sparkling Blueberry Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
    • La Crema Pinot Gris, Monterey
    • Domaine Saint André de Figuière Rosé, Côtes de Provence
    • Alta Vista Estate Malbec, Mendoza

    Flavors from Fire (located in Future World West)
    FOOD

    • Piggy Wings: Roasted Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame Seeds (KA)
    • Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes, Pickled Onions, and Blonde Ale Beer Fondue featuring BelGioioso Romano and American Grana Cheeses
    • Charred Chimichurri Skirt Steak on a Smoked Corn Cake with Pickled Vegetable Slaw and Cilantro Aïoli
    • Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder, and Mango

    BEVERAGE

    • Orlando Brewery Smokin’ Blackwater Porter
    • Michael David Winery 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel, Lodi
    • Swine Brine featuring Jim Beam Bourbon

    The Chocolate Studio (located in Future World West)
    FOOD

    • Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel (GF) (KA)
    • Sweet Dark Chocolate Raspberry Torte with Whipped Cream (V)

    BEVERAGE

    • Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea and Chocolate Shake (non-alcoholic) (KF)
    • Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red, Piedmont
    • Daou Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
    • Croft 10 Year Tawny
    • Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Frozen Cocktail with Caramel Vodka

    The Wine & Dine Studio (located in Future World West)
    FOOD

    • Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts, and Wild Mushrooms featuring Melissa’s Produce
    • Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Parmesan Cheese, and Pumpkin Seeds (V) (KA)
    • Trio of Artisan Cheese featuring La Bottega di BelGioioso Cheeses (V)
      • Crescenza-Stracchino
      • CreamyGorg Gorgonzola Dolce
      • Artigiano Vino Rosso
    • Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese
      • Trio of Artisan Cheese paired with Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rosé, Reata Chardonnay and Spellbound Petite Sirah

    BEVERAGE

    • Reata Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
    • Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rosé, Oregon
    • Spellbound Petite Sirah, California

    Earth Eats (located in Future World West)
    FOOD

    • The Steakhouse Blended Burger: Blended Beef and Wild Mushroom Slider with Brie Cheese
    • Fondue, Arugula, Truffle and Blue Cheese Potato Chip on a Brioche Bun
    • The Impossible Burger Slider with Wasabi Cream and Spicy Asian Slaw on a Sesame Seed Bun (V)

    Active Eats (located in Future World West)
    FOOD

    • Loaded Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Nueske’s Pepper Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Peppers, and Green Onions (KA)
    • Spice-crusted Verlasso Salmon with Warm Lentil Power Salad, Crushed Avocado, and Sherry Vinegar (GF)
    • Active Eats Energy Bar Bites: A mixture of Chocolate, Nuts, Dried Fruit and Dates (V) (KA)

    BEVERAGE

    • M.I.A. Beer Company HRD WTR Pineapple Coconut Hard Sparkling Water, Doral, FL
    • L’Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc Old Vines, Columbia Valley, WA
    • Evolution by Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR

    Coastal Eats (located in Future World West)
    FOOD

    • Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado-lemongrass Cream
    • Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette
    • Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn and Butterbean Succotash and Chili-chipotle Butter Sauce

    BEVERAGE

    • A to Z Wineworks Pinot Gris, Oregon
    • ROCO Gravel Road Pinot Noir, Oregon

    Light Lab (located in Future World West)
    BEVERAGE

    • Phosphorescent Phreeze (non-alcoholic) (KA)
    • InfraRED (non-alcoholic) (KA)
    • UltraVIOLET (non-alcoholic) (KA)
    • Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux with Boba Pearls
    • Original Sin Dry Rosé Hard Cider, New York, NY Cider
    • 3 Daughters Brewing Blueberry Peppercorn Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL Cider
    • Ciderboys Zen Berry Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI Cider
    • Playalinda Brewing Co. Red Cherry Tart, Titusville, FL
    • GrassLands Brewing Company Green Kiwi Blonde, Tallahassee, FL
    • M.I.A. Beer Company Blue-berry Golden Ale, Doral, FL
    • Flights also available

    Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar (located in the Festival Center)
    FOOD

    • Chocolate Croissant: Flaky Croissant stuffed with Chocolate
    • Almond Croissant: Flaky Croissant topped with Toasted Almonds
    • Jumbo Blueberry Muffin with Streusel Topping
    • Cheese Danish with Sweet Icing

    BEVERAGE

    • Frozen Apple Pie (non-alcoholic) (KA)
    • Tropical Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Pomegranate, Orange and Grapefruit Juices
    • Key Lime Mimosa with Key Lime Sparkling Wine and Cranberry Juice
    • Blood Orange Mimosa with Sparkling Wine and Blood Orange Juice
    • Madras Mimosa with Cranberry Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice
    • Frozen Mimosa featuring White Claw Natural Lime Hard Seltzer
    • Joffrey’s Cold Brew Coffee

    The Festival Center Wine Shop (Disney Family of Wines) (located in the Festival Center)
    FOOD

    • Charcuterie Plate: Chefs Selection of Artisanal Meats and Accompaniments
    • La Bottega di BelGioioso Cheese Plate: Crescenza-Stracchino, CreamyGorg Gorgonzola Dolce, and Artigiano Vino Rosso Cheeses
    • Bloody Mary Seafood Cocktail: Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Olive Salad and Crisp Lettuce in a Bloody Mary Vinaigrette

    BEVERAGE

    • Fess Parker Riesling, Santa Barbara County
    • MacMurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Gris, Russian River Valley
    • Silverado Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
    • Silverado Vineyards Chardonnay, Carneros
    • Kurt Russell’s Gogi Wines “Goldie” Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills
    • MacMurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
    • Kurt Russell’s Gogi Wines “Birdie” Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills
    • Skywalker Vineyards Sommita Pinot Noir, Marin County
    • Silverado Vineyards Fantasia Sangiovese Blend, Napa Valley
    • Chappellet Mountain Cuvée Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley
    • Fess Parker Rodney’s Vineyard Syrah, Santa Barbara County
    • Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
    • White Wine Flight
    • Pinot Noir Flight
    • Red Wine Flight

    The Chocolate Experience: From Bean to the Bar hosted by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company) (located in the Festival Center)
    BEVERAGE

    • Banfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Red, Piedmont
    • Ghirardelli Drinking Chocolate (Non-Alcoholic)

    Refreshment Outpost (located between the China and Germany pavilions)
    FOOD

    • Spicy Hot Dog with Kimchi and Mustard Sauce

    BEVERAGE

    • Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky & Frozen Coke

    Refreshment Port (located near the Canada pavilion)
    FOOD

    • Beef Brisket Poutine: French Fries with Beef Brisket, Beer Cheese Sauce, and Poutine Gravy topped with Crispy Onions
    • Sweet Potato Poutine: Sweet Potato Fries with Caramel Sauce, Mini Marshmallows, and Pecans (V)
    • Pineapple Soft-Serve Ice Cream (V) (KA)

    BEVERAGE

    • Pineapple Soft-Serve Ice Cream with Bacardi Coconut Rum
    • Dragon Berry Refresher featuring Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum

    Taste Track (located near Test Track)
    FOOD

    • Croissant Doughnut tossed in Cinnamon Sugar (KA)
    • Croissant Doughnut with Chocolate and Marshmallows (KA)
    • Croissant Doughnut with Chocolate Hazelnut Cream (KA)
    • Croissant Doughnut with Sprinkles (KA)
    • Gelato (Chocolate, Hazelnut, White Chocolate Raspberry or Vanilla Bean)

    BEVERAGE

    • Pancake Milkshake (KA)

    Block & Hans (located in The American Adventure)
    BEVERAGE

    • Dogfish Head Brewery 60 Minute IPA, Milton, DE
    • Ciderboys Strawberry Magic Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI
    • Full Sail Brewing Co. Blood Orange Wheat, Hood River, OR
    • Karbach Brewing Co. Love Street Kölsch Style Blonde, Houston, TX
    • Big Top Brewing Company Hawaiian Lion Coconut and Coffee Porter, Sarasota, FL
    • Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Lexington, KY

    Fife & Drum (located in the American Adventure)
    BEVERAGE

    • Hanson Brothers Beer Company Mmmhops Pale Ale, Tulsa, OK

    Japan (located in the Japan pavilion)
    FOOD

    • Teriyaki Chicken Bun: Steamed bun filled with Chicken, Vegetables, and a Sweet Teriyaki Sauce (KA)
    • Beef Nigiri topped with Shrimp Sauce and Diced Pickled Jalapeños (GF)
    • Spicy Roll: Tuna and Salmon topped with Volcano Sauce

    BEVERAGE

    • Kirin Ichiban Lager
    • Ozeki Rai Sake
    • Fuji Apple Cocktail: Sake, Peach Schnapps, and Green Apple Syrup

    Morocco (located in the Morocco pavilion)
    FOOD

    • Kefta Pocket: Seasoned Ground Beef in a Pita Pocket (KA)
    • Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onions and Tzatziki Sauce (V)
    • Chocolate Baklava: Rolled Phyllo Dough with Toasted Almonds and Dark Chocolate Sauce

    BEVERAGE

    • Casa Pale Lager
    • Kasbah Prestige Red Wine
    • Mimosa Royale: Sparkling Wine and Orange Juice topped with Orange Liqueur
    • Red Organic Sangria

    Mexico (located in the Mexico pavilion)
    FOOD

    • Short Rib Tostada: Corn Tortilla topped with Short Ribs, Black Beans, Salsa Verde, and Spring Onion
    • Shrimp Quesadilla: Corn Tortilla with Shrimp and Oaxaca Cheese and topped with Spicy Guajillo Sauce and Sesame Seeds
    • Coconut Rice Pudding served with Mango Coulis (GF) (V)

    BEVERAGE

    • Cerveza Por Favor: Dos Equis Draft Beer with a hint of Almond
    • Mariachi Loco: Margarita with Libelula Tequila Joven, Mango Purée and Chamoy
    • Ay Caramba: Smoky Margarita with Gracias A Dios Mezcal, Lime Juice and Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
    • La Chancla: Red Wine Sangria mixed with Fruit Juice
    • El Padrino: Blackberry Mexican Punch with Velo Blanco Tequila

    China (located in the China pavilion)
    FOOD

    • Xi’an Pancake with Beef
    • Chicken Dumplings with Chinese Slaw (KA)
    • Beijing Roasted Duck Bao Bun with Hoisin Sauce
    • Black Pepper Shrimp with Garlic Noodles

    BEVERAGE

    • Mango Bubble Tea with Assam Black Tea and Milk (non-alcoholic)
    • Jasmine Draft Beer
    • Happy Peach: Peach Liqueur and Dark Rum
    • Kung Fu Punch: Vodka and Triple Sec
    • Byejoe Punch: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit, Lychee, Coconut and Pineapple Juice
    • Honeydew Bai Jiu Cocktail: Chinese Bai Jiu Spirit and Honeydew Syrup

    France (located in the France pavilion)
    FOOD

    • Croissant aux Escargots: Escargot Croissant with Garlic and Parsley
    • Carbonade de Boeuf, Purée de Pommes de Terre: Beer-braised Beef with Bacon, Onion and Mashed Potatoes
    • Crème Brûlée à la Confiture de Framboises: Crème Brûlée with House-made Raspberry Jam (V) (GF) (KA)

    BEVERAGE

    • La Passion Martini Slush: Vodka, Grey Goose Le Citron, Cranberry, and Passion Fruit Juice
    • Chardonnay, Le Vieux Manoir
    • Cabernet Sauvignon, Village la Tourelle, Bordeaux
    • St-Germain Sparkling Kir: Sparkling Wine and St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
      Kronenbourg 1664 Pale Lager

    Italy (located in the Italy pavilion)
    FOOD

    • Fritto Misto: Crispy Shrimp, Zucchini, and Sweet Potatoes with a Spicy Sauce
    • Pollo Alla Cacciatora: Braised Chicken Thigh, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and Parmesan Polenta
    • Mezzi Rigatoni: Vodka Sauce, Crispy Pancetta, and Parmesan Cheese (KA)
    • Cannoli: Cannoli filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate and Candied Fruit (KA)

    BEVERAGE

    • Moretti Lager
    • Moretti La Rossa Double Malt
    • Placido Pinot Grigio
    • Placido Chianti
    • Villa Sandi Prosecco
    • Montegrande Corbinello Spumante Dolce
    • Fior d’Arancio Montegrande Moscato
    • Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila

    Funnel Cake Stand (located in The American Adventure)

    • Maple Bacon Funnel Cake topped with Candied Bacon (KA)

    Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

    • The American Adventure: Fire and Ice: Frozen Lemon with Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
    • Canada: Riviera Sunrise: Frozen Orange Pineapple with Grand Mariner
    • Showcase Plaza: Wild Goose: Frozen Wild Berry Acai with Grey Goose Vodka
    • Future World East: Fast Lane: Frozen Cappuccino with Brown Jug Bourbon Cream

    For special resort hotel offers during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, check out the Offers Page

    KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: MICKEY'S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY 2018

     KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: MICKEY'S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY 2018

    KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: MICKEY'S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY 2018

    Are you planning a visit to Walt Disney World Resort for the holidays? The 2018 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park is an absolute must-do event during the holiday season. This in-park party celebrates the season with lovely decor, glittering holiday lights, special photo opportunities, snow on Main Street, U.S.A., and entertainment you will have to see to believe!

    2018 Dates for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

    Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2018, which requires a special ticket to attend, will be held on the following nights in 2018:

    • Nov. 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27 and 29;
    • Dec. 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 21

     

    Best Nights to Attend Mickey's Very Christmas Party

    Disney has released a calendar available online with nights the party is offered and the ticket cost. More expensive tickets usually indicate a more crowded party. Weekend party nights tend to be the most crowded. Crowds are sometimes lighter prior to Thanksgiving but then things really ramp up. 

     

    Early Entry to Magic Kingdom on Christmas Party Nights

    Party fun takes place from 7 p.m.-midnight, although party ticket holders may enter the park as early as 4 p.m. to enjoy regular park offerings. Note that if you have a party-only ticket, you will not have access to FastPass+ between 4-7 p.m.

    FastPass+ might be available to guests who also hold valid Magic Kingdom Park tickets, depending on availability. Once the party begins, FastPass will no longer be offered and the FastPass queues will close. 

     

    Must See Events at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2018

    A Frozen Holiday Wish,” kicks off the fun each night at dusk. Guests arriving early for the party can watch as Anna and Elsa lead a celebration on the Castle Forecourt Stage that culminates in Queen Elsa using her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a shimmering ice palace.

    “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” stage show brings in Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto, and many others who drop by dressed in their Christmas attire, ready to sing holidays with Christmas carols. 

    Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.” This enchanting holiday procession features marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread men, Disney characters, Santa Claus and more! 

    The highlight of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party night is “Holiday Wishes Fireworks– Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” a special fireworks show set to holiday tunes that light up the sky above Magic Kingdom Park.

    Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party also offers Guests complimentary hot cocoa and cookies, party exclusive character greeting opportunities – with familiar faces like Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws and Scrooge McDuck – plus event-exclusive merchandise and special holiday treats. 

     

    Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2018 Times Guide

    • A Frozen Holiday Wish - 6:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.
    • Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration - 7:40 p.m., 9:25 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 11:55 p.m.
    • Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade - 8:30 p.m., 11 p.m.
    • Holiday Wishes—Celebrate the Spirit of the Season - 10 p.m.
    • A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas - 7:45 p.m., 8:35 p.m., 9:25 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 11:35 p.m.
    • VoicePlay - 8:10 p.m., 9 p.m., 10:20 p.m., 11:10 p.m.
    • Club Tinsel - 7 p.m.-12 a.m.

    Times are subject to change.

     

    Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets 2018

    Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets range in price starting at $95 to $125, depending on the night. The party sometimes sells out so it's best to purchase them online in advance. 

    Tickets can be purchased directly through your My Disney Experience account. 

    Here's a quick look at the party nights offered in November and December and the ticket cost. 

     

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    Special Offers

    Visit the Offers Page for Disney Resort hotel offers to save big on select nights in November and December 

     

    Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party FAQ

    Q: Once the park closes, how will Disney know I have a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Ticket?

    A: There will be several kiosks located in the park where you can swipe your Magic Band to redeem your party ticket for a wristband. The wristband will signal Cast Members that you have a valid party ticket and you'll be permitted to stay in the park. There is also a dedicated entrance that you can use if you're not already inside the park. 

    Q: Can I stay in the Magic Kingdom after it closes if I don't have a ticket?

    A: Of course not. Without a wristband, you won't be permitted on any rides once the party officially begins. Yes, they will be checking carefully, especially during the first two hours. Checkpoints are set up throughout the park where you will be required to show a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party wristband. Without one, you will be turned around and kindly asked to exit the park. You can try to stay as long as possible but eventually they will notice. 

    Q: Can I make FastPass+ selections in advance during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party? 

    A: No, FastPass will be turned off. But with lighter crowds and so many special events taking place, you shouldn't need it. 

    Q: When and where is the best place to watch Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade?

    A: Main Street USA is by the far the most popular location to watch the parade. You should claim your spot anywhere along Main Street starting 45 to 60 minutes prior to the parade. Be patient here, it gets very crowded. I like to recommend that you give priority to little kids, even if they aren't with your family - let them scoot up in front of you so they can see. It will mean a lot to them and you'll feel good about making a little kid happy. 

    If you have a question about Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, feel free to ask it below in the comments section. 

    By Darren W

    EPCOT FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL ENTERTAINMENT

     2018 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival Entertainment

    2018 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival Entertainment

    This year, the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival covers 75 days, from Aug. 30-Nov. 12, 2018, and the Disney Parks Live Entertainment team is hard at work on the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. This year the America Gardens Theater will be hosting nine new acts including 98 Degrees, MercyMe, Vertical Horizon, Glass Tiger, Sheila E. and Jim Belushi & the Sacred Hearts.

    In Future World, the all-new Disney Du Jour Dance Party electrifies the Fountain View Stage on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the Festival, with great music and interactive dances and activities for kids of all ages. And every Disney Du Jour Dance Party is highlighted by a special concert appearance by an up-and-coming artist from Radio Disney.

    For opening weekend, the Disney Du Jour Dance Party will feature Hollywood Records’ recording artist, IRL. The band just wrapped the first leg of the American Idol 2018 tour and will embark on their own headline tour, starting Sept. 9, 2018. You can catch IRL’s performance at Epcot Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2018.

    The Disney Du Jour Dance Party is one of several new family-friendly offerings at this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Kids can explore a new playground in Future World, participate in the Junior Chef Kitchen (Sundays in the Festival Center) and try their hand at rolling sweet sushi treats at Sunshine Seasons with Candy Sushi.

    A separately ticketed event, Party for the Senses 2018, runs on select Saturdays and pays tribute to the sensory arts with a night filled with incredible food and entertainment. This year, each Party for the Senses is headlined by a performance from the incomparable Femmes of Rock. The Femmes of Rock have wowed audiences worldwide with high-energy shows, featuring classic rock hits played on electric violins.

    Check the Offers Page for ways to save money on Walt Disney World Resort hotels and theme park tickets. 

    By Darren W.

    WHAT TIME MAGAZINE SAYS ABOUT PANDORA AT ANIMAL KINGDOM

     Pandora World of Avatar Rated by TIME Magazine

    Pandora World of Avatar Rated by TIME Magazine

    TIME Magazine recently ranked Pandora World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park as a Top 100 World’s Greatest Places to visit. According to TIME, the list of 100 destinations from around the world recognizes newsworthy, groundbreaking and innovative travel destinations that stand out in the travel industry.

    The list truly captures the best of the best from among more than 1,200 editor and expert nominations from around the world. If you haven't been to Pandora yet, now’s the time. It’s officially one of the world’s greatest places, even if it’s 4.4 light years away! Check for SPECIAL OFFERS and save big on your next Walt Disney World vacation! 

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    Disney Increases Price for Travel Protection

    Starting Aug. 29, 2018, Walt Disney Travel Company will be charging for every traveler, regardless of age, who would like to purchase the Travel Protection Plan.  Plan costs are as follows: 

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    • $5.50 per child (17 and under)
    • $5.00 per child (17 and under)
    • $6.00 per child (17 and under)
    • $77.50 per adult
    • $70.50 per adult
    • $88.50 per adult

    Pricing above will be assessed for new and existing reservations that add travel protection on the basis of person’s age at check-in. Existing reservations that have travel protection can be modified with no impact to the travel protection pricing unless a child is added to the existing reservation as of Aug. 29, 2018.

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    Big News From Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

    Recently Walt Disney Imagineering shared some details about new dining options coming to Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. 

    Old Port Royale nearly complete and the former Shutters Restaurant will reopen in an all-new location as Sebastian’s Bistro. I am really looking forward to this as Shutters was one of my least favorite restaurants in all of Walt Disney World. 

    Sebastian’s Bistro will feature scenic views and a menu that blends Latin and Caribbean flavors from market-fresh ingredients. Decor and theme will be based on a tropical beachfront home. 

      Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort | Walt Disney World Resort

    Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort | Walt Disney World Resort

    Centertown Market will be expanded to create an indoor street market vibe. The market will feature open shutters, wooden light posts, awnings, ornamentation and unique seating areas. Guests will also have access to the Grab n’ Go market for specialty coffee and quick bites.

     Centertown Market at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort - Walt Disney World Resort

    Centertown Market at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort - Walt Disney World Resort

    If you're looking for a great offer on Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, be sure to check out the Offers Page. You can enjoy special rates Oct 3-7 2018 and Nov 13-23 2018.

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    Holiday Happenings at Walt Disney World Resort 2018

     Holiday Events at Walt Disney World 2018

    Holiday Events at Walt Disney World 2018

    I'm calling it, “Joy Through the World” at Walt Disney World this holiday season because there are so many holiday activities and events being offered throughout the resort. 

    This holiday season, you can experience a Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, featuring Sunset Seasons Greetings; Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!; and special seasonal cheer in the new Toy Story Land.

    Head over to Epcot for the International Festival of the Holidays including the Candlelight Processional.  

    Have festive fun with Mickey and the gang during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

    Plus if you're still looking for a hotel offer, view special offers on Walt Disney World Resort hotel rooms during this holiday season. 

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    Popular Dessert Party Returns to Hollywood Studios

    Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

    Starting Nov. 6, 2018, the spectacular nighttime holiday fireworks show, Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! is returning once again, and with it comes the popular Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Dessert Party!  

    Guest step into the Chinese Theatre Courtyard to enjoy an array of holiday-themed snacks, decadent desserts, beer, wine. Kids of all ages will get to meet a VIP Disney character.

    Before the show, you'll be escorted to a reserved viewing area where you’ll enjoy Disney Movie Magic – a beautiful projection show featuring favorite cinematic moments and the magic of Disney – followed by Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, a show packed with music, fireworks, special effects, and dazzling state-of-the-art projections.

    Reservations are now open for the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM Dessert Party for bookings starting on Nov. 6, 2018. The party is offered nightly Nov. 6, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019. The event will start 1 1/2 hours prior each night’s show time. Event times are subject to change without notice and vary throughout the season.

    • Nov 6-Dec 22, 2018; Jan 2-6, 2019: Pricing is $79 per adult and $45 per child ages 3-9 (tax and gratuity included)
    • Dec 23, 2018-Jan 1, 2019: Pricing is $89 per adult and $49 per child ages 3-9  (tax and gratuity included)

    Be sure to check my Walt Disney World Resort Offers Page to see how you save big on hotel rooms and Theme Park Tickets. 

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    Disney World Offer Alert: March, April 2019

     New Walt Disney World Agency Exclusive Offers posted today

    New Walt Disney World Agency Exclusive Offers posted today

    Today I'm happy to share with you that two new Walt Disney World offers have been posted to SaveAtWDW.com from Magical Vacations Travel.

    March 4 - 12, 2019 - Disney's Pop Century Resort, Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter, Disney's Port Orleans Riverside, Disney's Beach Club, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort. 

    April 13 - 28, 2019 - Disney's Pop Century Resort. More hotels may be added so be sure to keep checking the Resort Offers page. Also, you can follow updates on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

    To view all available offers for Walt Disney World, check out the Offers Page

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    Select Disney World Hotels will Remain Pet Friendly

    I love animals so when I shared with you that some of the Walt Disney World hotels would allow pets, I didn't think twice about it. But then I began hearing from my clients who had raised concerns that I had not thought of. Some even asked to change hotels. Fortunately I was able to address each concern by working directly with Disney. And I have not heard one complaint or negative experience since the program started.

     Dog Friendly Hotels at Walt Disney World

    Today Disney announced that they are going to continue with this program and allow pets. In my experience, I have learned a few things that are worth pointing out regarding pet friendly rooms at Walt Disney World: 

    • Rooms that accommodate pets are designated "pet rooms" and are not typically offered to guests without pets. 
    • Disney performs a thorough cleaning of the room after a pet checks out.
    • All pets must be registered at the front desk and no more than 2 pets per room are allowed (more on this below).
    • Rooms that allow pets are confined to one particular area of the resort
    • All dogs must be on a leash - no exceptions. 
    • Disney has a very strict policy regarding animal behavior. Unofficially speaking, I've been told that if Disney receives a complaint about an animal, the pet's owner will likely be asked to board their pet at Best Friends Pet Care or Disney will assist the guest in finding another hotel. This includes excessive barking and aggressive behavior.  I've been told there are no second chances given once a complaint reaches the front desk. 

    When a guest registers his/her pet with the front desk they will receive notification of the pet policies they must adhere to. These include reminders about proper care and behavior, as well as the need for the dog to remain on a leash at all times while in public spaces. Guests must be able to provide documentation that their dog’s vaccinations and inoculations are up to date, upon request.

    Pet Friendly Hotels at Walt Disney World

    • Disney’s Art of Animation ResortDisney’s
    • Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
    • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
    • Disney's Yacht Club Resort

    For more information on Pet Friendly hotels at Walt Disney World, call (407) 934-7639

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    Work on Tron Coaster Has Begun but Brings These Closures

     Tron Coaster coming soon to Walt Disney World

    Tron Coaster coming soon to Walt Disney World

    On my last trip to Magic Kingdom it was clear that work has begun on the new Tron-themed coaster in Tomorrowland. This new ride is going just to the left of Space Mountain. Also, Disney has erected a new Tron-themed billboard that’s now visible from Storybook Circus.

     A Tron coaster billboard has been erected at Magic Kingdom Park

    A Tron coaster billboard has been erected at Magic Kingdom Park

    Ride Closures

    Due to the construction of Tron, Disney has announced two new ride closures: 

    The Walt Disney World Railroad will temporarily close beginning in December 2018. A reopening date has not been announced.  

    The Tomorrowland Speedway will close for a portion of 2019, as the track is adjusted. It will reopen as the same attraction in the summer of 2019. Personally, I'd love to see a total redesign of this attraction as well.

    For exclusive offers to Walt Disney World, visit the Offers Page

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    Holiday Happenings on Disney Cruise Line 2018

     Holiday Happenings on Disney Cruise Line 2018

    Holiday Happenings on Disney Cruise Line 2018

    Beginning in early November, the Disney cruise ships will transform to special holiday themed sailings.

    During the 2018 holiday season, Disney Cruise Line is offering a lineup of winter parties and themed entertainment including:

    • Mickey’s Tree-Lighting Magic, where Mickey and his pals lead carols and the lighting of the ship’s three-deck-tall Christmas tree.
    • Santa’s Winter Wonderland Ball, a magical welcome party for the guests of honor, Santa and Mrs. Claus, featuring Broadway-style entertainment and favorite Disney characters… including a pair of royal sisters whose appearance causes a flurry of “frozen” fun as a magical snowfall overtakes the atrium!
    • Deck the Deck Holiday Party, a tropical celebration up on deck where Disney friends lead hula hooping, limbo under oversized candy canes and high-energy family dances like the “Yuletide Slide” and a conga line around the pool.
    • Holiday activities for the whole family, like building gingerbread houses, meeting Santa Claus and singing along with Dickens-inspired carolers. Plus, special activities just for kids include decorating stockings and gingerbread men cookies, making holiday cards and creating holiday animation cells.
    • Sea-sun’s greetings ashore at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay, where the celebration continues with “snow flurries,” a decked-out Christmas tree, Disney character meet-and-greets and merry island music.

    And Guests sailing on each holiday will have even more festivities to enjoy, like Thanksgiving Day feasts and football games on the ship’s jumbo screen, Christmas morning surprises from Santa Claus and daily Hanukkah services.

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    New Dessert Party Coming to Walt Disney World

     VIP Dessert Party at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park

    VIP Dessert Party at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park

    Starting August 6, 2018, you can book a new Rivers of Light Dessert Party over at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

    The party will include a buffet of Disney’s Animal Kingdom-themed desserts, snacks, and drinks followed by VIP viewing of “Rivers of Light.”

    Guests start by checking in 60 minutes prior to the main show (8:15 p.m. for a 9:15 p.m. show) at the Rivers of Light Asia Viewing Area Terrace located across from Expedition Everest.

    Starting today you can book your reservation by visiting Disneyworld.com, by calling 407 WDW-DINE, or your Disney Travel Agent.  

    The price is $79 for adults and $47 for children (tax inclusive) and must be paid for in full at the time of booking.

     Rivers of Light | Disney's Animal Kingdom Park

    Rivers of Light | Disney's Animal Kingdom Park

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Exclusive Offers

    Save big on these Agency-Exclusive Offers from Magical Vacations Travel.

     

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