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What’s Coming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World Resort!

January 17, 2018

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

 

1. It Opens Next Year! – Opening date is currently set at 2019. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Disneyland® Resort will debut first and the land at the Walt Disney World® Resort will debut second.

2. It’s Set On The Planet Batuu – At Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you will visit Batuu, a remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but its prominence was bypassed by the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe haven for those intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order.

 

 

3. You Will Be Able To Fly The Millenium Falcon – One of the land’s two signature attractions will put you in the cockpit of the Millenium Falcon, piloting the ship, shooting blasters or preparing for hyperspace – all while completing a critical mission.

 

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

 

4. A Second Attraction Planned for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Puts You On A Star Destroyer – This attraction, “built on a scale we’ve never done before,” will make you feel like you’re inside a hangar bay in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. (The name of this attraction is still yet to be released).

5. A Cantina Will Serve Up Blue Milk – Only one food and beverage item has been announced for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge so far and that’s the blue milk Luke Skywalker made famous in “Star Wars IV: A New Hope.”

6. Expect To See Characters From A Galaxy Far, Far Away – You will also encounter many familiar faces inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, including BB-8, Chewbacca, members of the First Order and – among many others – Rex, the troublesome pilot you may remember from the previous version of a certain Disney attraction who takes on a new role in this land as the DJ at the cantina.

 

 

7. The Land Will Feature Marketplaces & New Toys – Imagineers looked to the exotic markets of Istanbul and Marrakech for inspiration for the land’s marketplace, where you can explore a rich collection of shops and merchant stalls. One stall will be overseen by a Toydarian, a creatures fans first encountered on Tatooine in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.” Here, you will be able to discover all kinds of fun toys straight out of the Star Wars galaxy.

 

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

 

8. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Merchandise Has Already Been Released – The first Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge merchandise, available at select locations at the Disneyland and the Walt Disney World Resort, was released in December. The line currently consists of an assortment of men’s and women’s T-shirts, hats and more that feature faces and places familiar to Star Wars fans, including the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge logo, the Millennium Falcon, BB-8, DJ Rex and more.

 

 

9. View A Portion Of The Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Model Right Now – A portion of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge model is currently on display at the end of the Walt Disney Presents exhibit at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.

 

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Can’t-Miss Experiences at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts!

January 13, 2018
Epcot International Festival of the Arts Pop’t Art cookie with strawberry filling!

Pop’t Art Cookies

 

Back by popular demand, the Epcot® International  Festival of the Arts started on Jan. 12, 2018 and runs all the way to Feb. 19, 2018. This year’s fest is seven days per week with the Disney on Broadway series running Fridays through Mondays.

Here are some of the highlights you can enjoy!

5. Workshops/Seminars – A plethora of different offerings spotlight this year’s Odyssey Festival Center. You can learn to draw Disney animated characters; get tips on taking the perfect photos; and study a host of artistic genres including acrylics, watercolors, musical composition, storytelling and even floral arranging. The seminars are included with Epcot admission and are generally 30 minutes; and the workshops have a nominal fee but last 75 minutes and include hands-on training and a cool take-away. Seminars can be reserved day-of at the Odyssey Festival Center. Workshops can be booked in advance by calling (407) WDW-TOUR.

4. Kids’ Activities – Younger Guests will discover lots of activities including “Figment’s Brush with the Masters,” a scavenger hunt through the countries of World Showcase. They can also grab a paintbrush and join in on the fun as they help create a wall mural at Expression Section in World Showcase Plaza; and there is even an interactive kids “chalk art” area this year.

3. Artful Photo Ops – You can put yourself into classic masterworks of art and take the perfect selfie. This year’s newest photo ops allow Guests to step into Boticelli’s “Birth of Venus” and “picture” themselves in an homage to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

 

Epcot International Festival of the Arts Artful Photo Op

Artful Photo Ops

 

2. Food Studios – With more culinary options this year, you can find edible works of art including a basil- scented salmon roulade with purple rice and Romesco sauce; wild mushroom risotto with aged parmesan, truffle shavings and Zinfandel reduction; and a deconstructed Reuben sandwich, with shredded corned beef, Thousand Island dressing, pickled red cabbage and a rye curl. And the sweets are just as tempting!

1. Disney on Broadway Series – You can expand your theatrical horizons with show-stopping songs from award-winning Disney on Broadway musicals. One of the best ways to experience Disney on Broadway is through a dining package. Book a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner and you can enjoy priority seating at the show. Disney on Broadway Dining Packages are available for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner and include a 3-course meal or full buffet, depending on the location.

 

Want to visit Walt Disney World during the Epcot International Festival of the Arts?

Call us at 855-434-9397 to book your vacation!

 

Epcot International Festival of the Arts Disney on Broadway Concert

Disney On Broadway Concert Series

 

Savor Summer with a Free Meal at Walt Disney World!

January 3, 2018

We've cooked up a sweet surprise!

 

Enjoy a FREE MEAL at a Quick-Service location, per person ages 3 and up, per night when you buy a non-discounted 5-night/6-day Walt Disney Travel Company room & ticket package at a select Disney Value Resort.

For arrivals most nights 5/29 – 8/25/18

Book through 2/11/18 by calling 855-434-9397

 

 

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Tickets valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must occur on or before 12/31/18. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Offer excludes campsites and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. Everyone in the room must be on the same package. Each Quick-Service meal includes one entrée and one nonalcoholic beverage (or, if age 21 or over, one beer, wine or cocktail). Children ages 3-9 must order from the children’s menu, if available.

Soak up some Fun & Sun! Save up to 20% on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resorts!

January 3, 2018

Fun and Sun Offer

 

When you are planning a sun- and fun-filled visit to Walt Disney World® Resort, staying in the middle of the magic will help you make the most of your vacation – and now is the time to book! With this offer, you can save up to up to 20% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels.

  • For stays most nights Feb. 18-April 14, 2018. Book through March 7, 2018.
  • For stays most nights April 15-June 10, 2018. Book through April 7, 2018.

Plus, when you upgrade to a room and ticket package that includes a minimum 5-day theme park ticket with the Park Hopper® Option or Park Hopper Plus Option, you can get one more day added to the ticket, FREE!*

Call 855-434-9397 to book your vacation

or request a quote online!

 

 

The following room types and Disney Resort hotels are excluded:

  • 3-bedroom villas
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes 3-bedroom villas, Cabins at Disney’s Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort-The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. 20% savings based on the non-discounted price of the same room for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts. Lower savings may be available for other select Disney Resort hotels.

*Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must be by 12/31/18.

Disney Cruise Line Half Deposit Offer

December 26, 2017

Disney Cruise Line Half Deposit Offer

 

The Disney Cruise Line Half Deposit offer is now available when you book a new 7-night or longer sailing by February 15, 2018.  Guests are only required to pay 50% of the cruise deposit amount to secure the booking and the offer can be applied to 7-night or longer sailings departing June 23, 2018 – May 31, 2019. The remaining balance is due at time of final payment.

Call 855-434-9397 for more information

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.

 

Important Details:

  • Taxes, fees and port expenses, gratuities and Port Adventures are not included.
  • Not valid on categories with restrictions (IGT, OGT, VGT), suites or Concierge-level staterooms.
  • Valid on all 7-night or longer sailings that do not require final payment at time of booking and take place between June 23, 2018 and May 31, 2019.
  • Rates are in U.S. dollars 
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.
  • Offer subject to Disney Cruise Line Terms and Conditions.

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!