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New Details about the Disney Skyliner Transportation System

December 9, 2017

 

Disney Skyliner Gondola Concept Art

 

The new Disney Skyliner transportation system will give Disney Resort Guests an unforgettable journey and a picturesque view of Walt Disney World® Resort as they take to the sky to travel from select DisneyResorts to Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.  Today, we have a new details on what you can expect from the Disney Skyliner system.

 

Select Disney Skyliner cabins will have iconic Disney characters incorporated into their exterior design to give the appearance that a Disney pal is riding along with guests, such as characters from the ‘Fab Five,’ figures from Disney attractions, fan favorites from movies, and more.

 

Disney Skyliner Epcot Station Concept Art

 

The design of the Disney Skyliner station at International Gateway at Epcot will be inspired by the park’s nearby European Pavilions, and will be covered with metal and glass canopies, hand-painted murals and ornamental steel structures that harken back to the early 18th century Art Nouveau style. Guests traveling to Epcot via the Disney Skyliner will be welcomed to the park with a rare birds-eye view of World Showcase.

 

Disney Skyliner Caribbean Beach Station Concept Art

 

The Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station will be the hub of activity for Disney Skyliner. This station is inspired by the open air village marketplaces of the Caribbean and will showcase the nearby resort’s architectural detailing and color schemes. At this station, passengers will be able to transfer gondola routes to reach their destination, or are invited to sit and admire the waterfront resort setting.

 

Disney Skyliner Hollywood Studios Station Concept Art

 

The design style of the station at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will fit with that of the park’s main entrance and bus stations. Passengers traveling here from the Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort station can expect a new aerial perspective of the park’s iconic attractions, like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

 

Disney’s Pop Century Resort and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will share a Disney Skyliner station that feels whimsical and contextual with both resorts. Upon departing the gondola station, Skyliner passengers will ascend over Hourglass Lake and enjoy a panoramic view of these two colorful resorts.

 

Finally, cabins will slow down at the Disney Skyliner turn-station along Buena Vista Drive, where guests can see the mechanical and aerial components that make up the Disney Skyliner.

 

Stay tuned for future updates, including an opening date on this incredible new option!

To book your Walt Disney World Vacation, call 855-434-9397 or request a quote online!

10 Experiences Available at the 2018 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

December 4, 2017

 

Here’s a look at some of the can’t-miss experiences that you can enjoy at this year’s Epcot International Festival of the Arts:

Art of Topiaries – The Disney horticulture team will be showing you how they create some of the amazing signature Walt Disney World® topiaries.

Watermelon Carving –  A watermelon will be artfully carved while you receive great tips and tricks to use at your next party.

Magic with Water – The Disney Photo Imaging team will discuss tips and tricks for taking great photos around water; including swimming pools, play fountains, waterfalls, and even in the rain. You will also learn about using camera settings, lenses, and locations to get the best results.

Animated Flip Books – This session is animation 101 where you will have the opportunity to create your own animated Flip Book while going over the fundamental principles of animation with one of the Disney animators.

Food Styling 101 – If you love taking photos of amazing dishes, this is your experience. The session will look at the basics of what goes into making food photo- and video-ready. Lessons include going from ingredients to a beautiful hero shot, talking tricks and tools of the trade and sharing tips to make your own food photography shine.

Inspiring Floral –  This workshop will share floral design principles along with Disney-inspired creations to help you bring the magic of Disney home at any time of the year.

Handcrafted Calligraphy – It’ll be difficult not to have fun learning the basics of pointed pen calligraphy. This workshop will cover topics such as mastering faux calligraphy, how to hold an oblique pen, letter formation, common issues you may run into, and which paths you can take with your new skill.

Phone Cam Photography – This photography session from Disney Photo Imaging is for everyone! You will learn how to maximize the capabilities of your phone’s camera to improve your photos. Lighting adjustment, color adjustment, taking High Dynamic Range photos, time lapse, and how to edit photos are just a few of the topics on the agenda.

Handwritten Typography – Nothing is more personal than typography created by hand and at this workshop, a Walt Disney World Resort creative service manager will teach you how to draw your own hand drawn typography to create personalized gifts and cards.

Storytelling Drawings – A single drawing can tell a story – and this workshop will show you how to do it. A Disney animator will share the art of quick sketching from life. Gesture drawing of people covered in this session is a foundational practice for animators, storyboard artists, and directors.

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts runs
from January 12 through February 19, 2018!

Call 855-434-9397 to book your Walt Disney World Vacation

or request a quote online!

 

Save up to 25% on select Disney Cruise Line Sailings

November 24, 2017

With this offer, you can save 20% through 25% off prevailing rates as quoted by Disney Cruise Line for Verandah Stateroom with Restrictions (Category VGT) on select 5-night and 7-night cruises departing from Florida on January 6 and 7, February 17 and March 17, 2018.

Eligible for 25% off prevailing rates as quoted by Disney Cruise Line for Verandah Staterooms with Restrictions (Category VGT):

  • 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise with Star Wars Day at Sea from Port Canaveral on March 17, 2018 on Disney Fantasy – Drop anchor in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth and Disney Castaway Cay—with 2 unforgettable days at sea.
    • $2,191 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of approximately $106 per person not included.
    • Book though December 1, 2017.

Eligible for 20% off prevailing rates as quoted by Disney Cruise Line for Verandah Staterooms with Restrictions (Category VGT):

  • 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise with Star Wars Day at Sea from Port Canaveral on January 6, 2018 on Disney Fantasy – Chart a course to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth and Disney Castaway Cay—with 2 unforgettable days at sea.
    • $1,568 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of approximately $122 per person not included.
  • 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise with Star Wars Day at Sea from Port Canaveral on February 17, 2018 on Disney Fantasy – Set sail to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth and Disney Castaway Cay—with 2 unforgettable days at sea.
    • $1,925 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of approximately $123 per person not included.
  • 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise with Marvel Day at Sea from Miami on January 7, 2018 on Disney Magic – Cast off to Cozumel and Disney Castaway Cay—with 2 unforgettable days at sea.
    • $960 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of approximately $106 per person not included.

To book a Disney Cruise, call 855-434-9397

or request a quote online!

Important Details on Verandah Staterooms with Restrictions (Category VGT)

  • Valid for new bookings only
  • Full payment is required at the time of booking for all Guests and is non-refundable.
  • Full legal names of all Guests are required at time of booking and no name changes are allowed.
  • Specific stateroom will be assigned at a later time, based on availability.

Additional Important Details

  • Rate does not include gratuities or Port Adventures.
  • Not combinable with Disney Vacation Club Points
  • The number of staterooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.
  • Rates are in U.S. dollars
  • Offer subject to Disney Cruise Line Terms and Conditions.

 

 

Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

November 9, 2017

Flurry of Fun at Disney's Hollywood Studios

 

You can get wrapped up in a Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® Nov. 9 – Dec. 31, 2017 with the return of the nighttime favorite Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! and new holiday happenings around the park including:

  • Sunset Seasons Greetings – This new nighttime holiday experience features spectacular projections of Mickey, Minnie and other beloved Disney characters sharing their favorite Christmas stories as a snowy Sunset Boulevard twinkles with stunning holiday decorations. This charming scene becomes enchanted with holiday magic that brings billboards to life and transforms the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel into a giant pile of Christmas gifts, a gingerbread house and a frozen winter wonderland! A frosty summer-loving snowman might even make an appearance to share his holiday wish! The fantastic and heartwarming experience runs continuously throughout the night.
  • Enhanced holiday décor around Echo Lake – Extra-large ornaments, colorful garlands and a giant Christmas tree centered on the water will make Echo Lake the merriest of places this holiday season. Even Dinosaur Gertie will be dressed for the occasion with a dino-Santa hat.
  • A new friend joins the cast of ‘For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration’ – The holiday fun continues as Anna, Elsa and Kristoff welcome Olaf to the sing-along celebration, featuring for a limited time all-new songs from Disney’s new animated short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” at Hyperion Theater.

Many returning favorites will be a part of the Flurry of Fun this holiday season including:

  • Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! – The hit holiday show returns Nov. 9, 2017 sending beloved Disney animated characters on a spirited yuletide adventure to get Santa back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve. “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” combines state-of-the-art projections, fireworks, special effects and Christmas music to create a dazzling, one-of-a-kind holiday experience for Guests – capped by a special message from Santa himself.
  • Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Dessert Party – You can wrap up your jolly holiday evening with reserved viewing of the “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” holiday spectacular. This dessert party includes holiday-inspired snacks, delicious desserts, wine, beer, and specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages while mingling with a VIP Disney Character. This fun-filled holiday event is being offered Nov. 9-Dec. 30, 2017.
  • Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood and Vine – Meet Minnie, Mickey, Daisy, Donald and Goofy for lunch and dinner celebrations centered on seasonal deliciousness. From Nov. 6-Jan. 7, 2017, the mouse-with-the-mostest will deck the halls for a banquet filled with holiday cheer and the joy of the season!
  • Santa Claus returns to the Once Upon a Time shop Nov. 9-Dec. 24, 2017. The beautiful and vintage setting reflects the bygone days of Santa’s visits to the great department stores across the country. Santa Goofy will step in for Old Saint Nick when he returns to the North Pole Dec. 25 -31, 2017.

With new experiences, beloved characters and festive holiday treats, this holiday season is the most wonderful time of year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

To arrange your visit to Walt Disney World Resort, call 855-434-9397

or request a quote online!

Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort!

October 30, 2017

Pixar Fest Together Forever Concept Art
Beginning April 13, 2018, you are invited to celebrate your favorite Disney·Pixar stories during Pixar Fest.  This limited-time celebration of friendship and beyond will feature the debut of an all-new fireworks spectacular and the return of two favorite parades as well as even more beloved Pixar characters, new décor, atmosphere entertainment, themed food and beverage and new merchandise items.

Call 855-434-9397 to book your next trip to Disneyland Resort

or request a quote online!

“Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” will light up Disneyland Park beginning April 13. In addition to dazzling pyrotechnics and memorable music, the theme of friendship, ever-present in most Pixar films, is celebrated in this nighttime spectacular. You are invited to embark on an emotional journey that starts when unlikely Pixar characters first meet. As they set out on adventures and overcome obstacles together, “Together Forever” celebrates the everlasting friendships forged by beloved Pixar pals. The story comes to life through projections on iconic park locations: Sleeping Beauty Castle, the water screens of the Rivers of America, the façade of “it’s a small world” and the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A. This nighttime spectacular will even feature a special flyover by Buzz Lightyear at Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Also on April 13, 2018, the popular “Paint the Night” parade will return, this time to Disney California Adventure® Park. The parade features many Pixar stories, including characters from “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars,” and another Pixar story will join “Paint the Night” parade later in the year.

 

Pixar Fest Paint the Night Parade

 

With the launch of Pixar Fest, “Pixar Play Parade” will make its way through Disneyland Park for the first time. The parade will begin as most Pixar films have, with an appearance by the iconic and adorable Pixar lamp. Other new parade elements will feature characters from “UP” and “Inside Out.”

The Pixar Shorts film festival will feature rotating favorites such as “For the Birds” and “Lava” at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure park throughout most of Pixar Fest. The Paradise Gardens area will feature a new Pixar-themed musical troupe along with Pixar character greeting opportunities as well as crafts and activities for younger Guests.

You can get into character and celebrate friendship with a host of new merchandise, including an exclusive Pixar Fest charm bracelet. With multiple bracelet options and a variety of charms with fun friendship messages and favorite Pixar characters, guests can mix and match for themselves, or friends and family!

All of these exciting new experiences come in addition to the many attractions and entertainment throughout the Disneyland Resort that include your favorite Pixar characters. You can join the celebration when Pixar Fest begins April 13, 2018!

Call 855-434-9397 to book your next trip to Disneyland Resort

or request a quote online!

Disney Cruise Line Featured Ports & Itineraries for 2019

October 26, 2017

Disney Cruise Line 2019 Itineraries

 

In early 2019, Disney Cruise Line will return to favorite destinations on a variety of itineraries, including an expanded two-month season from San Diego to the sun-drenched Baja and Mexican Riviera. A host of options to the Bahamas and Caribbean from Florida ports, plus cruises to the Southern Caribbean from San Juan, Puerto Rico, take Disney Cruise Line Guests to visit timeless tropical locales and experience endless amounts of Disney magic.

From January to May, all cruises departing from Florida feature a stop at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island paradise reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line Guests. The award-wining island is a pristine Bahamian oasis boasting clear turquoise waters, white-sand beaches, world-class recreation and signature Disney hospitality.

San Diego, California to Baja and Mexican Riviera
Disney Wonder returns to San Diego for an extended season from March to May 2019, with a variety of two to seven-night cruises to Mexico where Disney Cruise Line Guests can enjoy vibrant culture, stunning beaches, exciting water activities, cliff diving and ziplining through the jungle.

San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Southern Caribbean
In January, three special Disney Wonder cruises from San Juan sail to the Southern Caribbean, visiting tropical destinations renowned for beautiful sun-kissed beaches and warm azure waters. On these six- and seven-night sailings, Disney Cruise LineGuests can dive into charming island cultures, sunbathe on golden beaches and revel in local marketplaces.

Port Canaveral, Florida to The Bahamas and Caribbean
With three Disney ships in port and cruise lengths spanning three, four and seven nights, vacationers looking for a getaway in early 2019 have a full menu of options from Port Canaveral, near Orlando, Florida. Disney Fantasy continues to sail seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean voyages. Disney Dream embarks on three- and four-night Bahamian cruises to Nassau and Castaway Cay, and Disney Wonder will alternate similar three- and four-night itineraries throughout February.

Miami to Bahamas and Western Caribbean
To kick off 2019, Disney Magic continues sailing from Miami with four- and five-night voyages to the Bahamas, plus five-night Western Caribbean cruises. The magical shores of Castaway Cay await Guests aboard every one of these Disney Magicsailings. Other ports of call on the Bahamian voyages include Nassau and Key West, Florida, while a stop in Grand Cayman or Cozumel headlines the Western Caribbean itineraries.

Bookings open via for Platinum Castaway Club members on October 30, 2017, Gold Castaway Club members on October 31, 2017, Silver Castaway Club members on November 1, 2017 and to all Guests on November 2, 2017.  Call 855-434-9397 to book your Disney Cruise, or request a quote online!

 

The Disney Wonder as seen from a private cabanna on Disney’s private island paradise in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

 

 

 

 

 

Save 25% at a Disneyland Resort Hotel

October 25, 2017

 

Your can save up to 25%* on select rooms at a Disneyland® Resort Hotel with this Magical Offer on Sunday-Thursday nights from Jan. 7 – April 12, 2018 when you book through March 17, 2018.

When your stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel, you’ll stay where the magic never ends. With Disneyland® Park, Disney California Adventure® Park and the Downtown Disney® District just steps away, you’ll enjoy convenient access to all the fun! Plus, you can take advantage of exclusive benefits, including early access to the Theme Parks and Disney Character wake-up calls. And, throughout your stay, you will experience legendary Disney service.

Book your Disneyland Vacation today!

Call 855-434-9397 or request a quote online!

 

Disneyland Partners Statue

 

*Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for Sunday through Thursday nights from 1/7/18 through 4/12/18.  Book from 10/25/17 through 3/17/18; travel must be completed by 4/13/18.  Premium room types included in offer are Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and only Paradise, Artisan, Junior and Regal suites.  Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required.  Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.  Excludes applicable fees and taxes.  Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room.  Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers.  Subject to restrictions and change without notice.  Separate Theme Park admission required to enjoy the Parks.   

Ultimate Disney Christmas Package for Exclusive Holiday Experiences

October 16, 2017

Ultimate Disney Christmas

 

You can celebrate the magic of the holidays in The Most Magical Place on Earth with the Ultimate Disney Christmas Package at Walt Disney World® Resort. You’ll arrive on December 21 and depart on December 26, 2017 and enjoy an itinerary full of magic, including exclusive experiences just for Guests on this package! Take a look at all the unique Yuletide offerings included in this festive offer:

  • December 21, 2017 – One ticket per Guest in your party to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park
  • December 22, 2017 – Access to special nighttime Extra Magic Hours at Pandora – The World of Avatar within Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
  • December 23, 2017 – A special holiday Character experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • December 24, 2017 – An invitation to a special Christmas Eve dinner celebration at Epcot
  • December 25, 2017 – A special holiday gift delivered to your Disney Resort hotel room

This offer also includes a 5-night stay at select Disney Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort hotels plus 4-day Theme Park tickets with Park Hopper® Option! Starting at $139 per person, per night, for a family of four in a standard room at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Guests can wrap up this offer for a total package price of $2,775*.

Book through December 10, 2017 by calling 855-434-9397.

The number of room allocated to this offer is limited, and the number of packages available for purchase is limited.  Act now and request a quote online!

 

*Price based on 2 adults, 1 junior and 1 child. The number of rooms allocated to this offer is limited. The number of packages available for purchase is limited. Valid Theme Park admission required to attend Theme Park events included with this offer. Theme Park Tickets with Park Hopper Option must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must be by December 31, 2018. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Offer excludes 3-bedroom Villas, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. One holiday gift per room.

Dogs at Disney World!

October 13, 2017

dogs at disney world

Dogs at Disney World? It’s true! Beginning this Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, for the first time ever, Walt Disney World® Resort will be welcoming Guests – and their dogs – to four of its resort properties!

Four Walt Disney World resort hotels have been designated dog friendly. Each property’s per night / per room pet-cleaning rate is:

  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort $50/night
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort $50/night
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort $75/night
  • Cabins at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort $50/night

A maximum of two dogs per guestroom can be accommodated. Each Guest room will have easy access to outdoor pet walkways for exercise and green spaces with pet relief areas.

Dog lovers will find plenty of Disney amenities and special touches for their four-legged friends.

  • At check-in, Pluto’s Welcome Kit includes mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps. Also included: a Pluto “Do Not Disturb” door hanger indicating to hotel staff that a pet is in the room.
  • Disney enjoys a partnership with Best Friends Pet Care, an on-property full-service facility that can provide assistance with pet daycare and other pet services (fees apply).
  • Pet merchandise is coming soon to participating resorts.

While dogs will be allowed to stay in Guest rooms, they will be expected to be well behaved, leashed in public resort areas and properly vaccinated.

This dog-friendly option will be available to Guests with reservations Oct. 15, 2017 through Oct. 15, 2018.  Call 855-434-9397 to book your vacation.

Please read the below restrictions and policies about the new dog-friendly trial program (subject to change)

    • Only dogs will be allowed in Guest rooms, and there is a limit of two dogs per Guest room. 
    • Guests are responsible for the proper care, behavior and waste maintenance of their dogs throughout the Resort. 
    • Dogs must be well-behaved and are not allowed on furniture in public areas. 
    • Dogs should be supervised at all times while staying on Resort property and should not be left unattended in your Guest room for more than 7 hours. 
    • Dogs should remain silent if left unattended in your Guest room. If noise is heard, you will be called to address the noise within 30 minutes. 
    • Please display the provided “Do Not Disturb” door hanger outside your room to alert Cast Members that dogs are present. 
    • Housekeeping service in Guest rooms with dogs is only available when Guests are present. Please dial the Housekeeping button on your in-room telephone to schedule a cleaning time at your convenience. 
    • Please leash or restrain your dogs at all times while in public spaces on Resort property. 
    • Only licensed service animals are allowed in Food & Beverage locations, the Club Lounge, Pool Areas, Fitness Centers and other public Guest areas. 
    • Guests with dogs are allowed to use some Resort transportation services, including Disney’s Magical Express® and Minnie Van™. In order to use Resort transportation, dogs must remain in pet carriers for the duration of transit. All other Resort transportation and public transportation, including Walt Disney World® Monorails and Friendship Boats, are available to Guests with licensed service animals only. 
    • Dogs are not permitted in Theme Parks and Disney Springs®. Only licensed service animals are allowed in these Guest areas. 
    • Up-to-date vaccination records must be available upon request.  dogs at disney world

 

Call 855-434-9397 to plan your next vacation with dogs at Disney World!

You can also request a quote online!

 

Give the Gift of a Walt Disney World Vacation!

October 10, 2017

Limited Time Offer:
Receive special MagicBands in a holiday gift box when you purchase your 2018 package by 11/15/2017.*

Give a 6-night/7-day vacation package at a select Disney’s All-Star Resort including Theme Park Tickets for as low as $96 per person, per day for a family of 4.  Total package price: $2,669**

For stays most nights 1/2-2/10, 2/25-3/8, 4/8-5/24, 8/12-10/4, 10/8-11/16, 11/24-12/13/18.

Call 855-434-9397 to take advantage of this limited time offer

or click here to request a quote online!

 

 

*This limited-time offer includes a special Walt Disney World MagicBand and gift box. To receive these items in home by Dec. 15, please create or sign into your My Disney Experience account at: StartYourDisneyExperience.com, link your Resort package reservation, verify your address and personalize the MagicBands no later than Dec. 1, 2017.

**Sample package price based on 2 adults, 1 junior and 1 child in a room at a select Disney’s All-Star Resort for stays most nights 1/2-2/10, 2/25-3/8, 4/8-5/24, 8/12-10/4, 10/8-11/16, 11/24-12/13/18. The number of rooms allocated for this package may be limited. Tickets valid for one theme park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must be by December 31, 2018. All prices are in U.S. dollars.