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Travel with Rick Takeover with Marc & Kriss

This week it’s a Travel With Rick Takeover! This week I’m stuck at home, but my friends Marc and Kriss takeover the show and share their cruise on the Disney Dream with you. Marc & Kriss answer all the questions you’ve ever had about taking a Disney Cruise and some you’ve never even thought of.

They show you all around the ship, talk about food, entertainment, activities and more aboard a Disney cruise! They even take you on the Castaway Cay 5K!

Enjoy a view of Disney Cruise Line and Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island!


Disney Cruise Line Unveils New Itineraries for Summer 2017

Disney Cruise Line has announced their itineraries for the summer of 2017, including first-time visits to new destinations in Alaska and Europe, in addition to a return to Norway, the British Isles, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Here are the details on new summer fun your family can expect when sailing with us next year.

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New Alaska Itinerary: Icy Strait Point and Hubbard Glacier

For the first time, we’ll take guests to Alaska’s Icy Strait Point and Hubbard Glacier. These dramatic locations are part of a new nine-night itinerary on the Disney Wonder. Departing from Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 24, 2017, this itinerary also sails to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Tracy Arm Fjord.

Icy Strait Point offers a variety of Alaska nature adventures, including a zip line attraction that is one of the longest and highest zip lines in the world. Nearby, Glacier Bay National Park is a spectacular highlight of Alaska’s Inside Passage and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another highlight of this cruise is seeing Hubbard Glacier, the largest and most active tidewater glacier in North America. Displaying extraordinary blue hues and immense beauty, this spectacular glacier is more than six miles wide where it meets the ocean.

A new seven-night Alaska sailing from Vancouver, departing July 17, 2017, includes a call on Icy Strait Point, in addition to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. On Aug. 2, 2017, the Disney Wonder will sail its first five-night Alaska cruise from Vancouver to Tracy Arm and Ketchikan.

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New Europe Destinations: Amsterdam and Stonehenge

Also for the first time, we’ll visit Amsterdam, Netherlands, known for its elaborate canal system, tulip fields, windmills and world-class museums housing works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh.

On May 13, 2017, the Disney Magic embarks on a 15-night transatlantic crossing from Port Canaveral, Florida, to Copenhagen, with a stop in Amsterdam along the way. This itinerary also includes a call on Portland, England – another first-time port for Disney Cruise Line. Portland is a short distance from Stonehenge, the prehistoric ring of standing stones monument that is one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World.

A visit to Amsterdam also will be part of a 10-night northern Europe itinerary that departs June 18, 2017, from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Dover, England. Other ports on this sailing include Warnemunde (Berlin), Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Tallinn, Estonia.

The grand tour of Europe continues throughout the summer with limited engagements in the Baltic, Norwegian fjords, Iceland, British Isles and the Mediterranean.

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New Disney Fantasy Itineraries: Southern Caribbean

The Disney Fantasy will sail from Port Canaveral on longer itineraries for the first time – new 10- and 11-night cruises to the southern Caribbean.

On June 17, 2017, a new 11-night itinerary will visit Aruba, Barbados, Martinique, St. Kitts, Tortola and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. On June 28, 2017, a new 10-night itinerary will call on Aruba, Curacao, St. Kitts, Tortola and Castaway Cay.

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More Castaway Cay

As you probably know, Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, is consistently rated a top port-of-call by guests. To give you more time at this island paradise, select Disney Dream sailings from Port Canaveral will include two stops at Castaway Cay.

Special five-night sailings, departing June 2, 11, 16, 25, 30 and July 9, 2017, will call on Castaway Cay twice and include a stop in Nassau, Bahamas. Special four-night sailings, departing June 7, 21 and July 5, 2017, will visit Castaway Cay twice, also with a stop in Nassau.

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner and book your Disney Cruise today!


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Ample Hills Creamery Opening at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas This Spring

A re-imagined take on the turn-of-the-century ice cream parlor is set to open this spring at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas. Ample Hills Creamery, a Brooklyn-based company known for their creative approach to all things ice cream, will open its first location outside of New York City.

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The new creamery will be located on Disney’s BoardWalk, overlooking Crescent Lake—a short walk from Epcot and a relaxing boat ride from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests will be able to peek into the promenade-facing kitchen windows, where ice cream and mix-ins will be handcrafted the old-fashioned way.

Inside, guests can sample as many flavors as they’d like, including signature creations like Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, Coffee Toffee Coffee, Malty Salty Pretzel Punch, Cotton Candy, and more. They’re even working on a special one-of-a-kind flavor developed exclusively for Walt Disney World Resort.


Universal Orlando’s 2016 Mardi Gras Celebration Concludes This Weekend With A Performance By Yandel

Universal Orlando’s 2016 Mardi Gras celebration concludes this Saturday, April 16, with a performance by Latin superstar Yandel.

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A Puerto Rican native, Yandel debuted almost twenty years ago as a part of the highly successful reggaetón duo, Wisin & Yandel. His solo career soared in 2013 with his second solo album, De Líder a Leyenda, reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums and No. 9 on the Top Rap Albums. His most recent album, Dangerous, released in 2015, hit No.1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums.

Prior to the concert, guests can also enjoy mouthwatering Cajun cuisine, authentic New Orleans bands in the French Quarter Courtyard and a dazzling parade, featuring 12 vibrant floats – including four new additions that celebrate different cultures and festivals from around the world: Venetian Carnival, Oktoberfest, 4th of July and Rio de Janeiro Carnival.

Schedule of Events for the Weekend:

  • 4:00 P.M. – French Quarter Courtyard Opens
  • 7:45 P.M. – Mardi Gras Parade Starts
  • 8:30 P.M. – Live Concert Begins

Leatherface and His Lethal Chain Saw to Invade Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26

Flashes of a familiar facemask blur the line between reality and film.  The roar of a chain saw inside a darkened, deteriorating farmhouse is deafening.  You are being hunted.  Moving past the rotting remains of other victims, you find your escape blocked by an immovable force. A force that has only one purpose – complete and total destruction.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Comes to Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights

This year, “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” – one of the greatest horror films ever made – will come to life as an all-new maze at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26.

You will walk through the iconic Texas farmhouse and experience Leatherface’s kills from the 1974 slasher film. You will desperately try to escape as the violent roar of his chain saw surrounds you.  You will hear the cries – and see what remains – of Leatherface’s other victims. And you will come face-to-face with Leatherface himself.

The film follows a group of friends on a roadtrip to visit a family homestead. When they seek assistance at a house nearby, they become the prey of a cannibalistic family.

 

“The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” is the first in a horrifying list of mazes to be revealed at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26. Additional details about the event will be revealed soon.

Halloween Horror Nights 26 will run select nights from September 16 to October 31. Guests can book a special vacation package that combines the spine-tingling chills of Halloween Horror Nights, with the daytime thrills of Universal Orlando’s two theme parks, and a stay at Universal Orlando Resort’s newest on-site hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. For more information and additional ticket offers, click the image below.


New Aquatic Play Area Opens At Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

Just in time for warm summer days, there’s a new space at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter that’s just for little ones who like to splash around and stay cool.

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Decked out in the bold hues of Mardi Gras gold, purple and green, this new aquatic play area lets guests 48 inches and under enjoy water slides that are just their size, play with fun water cannons, and splish-splash among fountains.

The new area is located next to the whimsical Doubloon Lagoon pool, so you and your little ones can easily go back and forth between the two water-filled spots while staying at this resort.


Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Fills 21 Nights With Holiday Cheer In 2016

Recently Disney shared the dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Today we’re back with dates for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This favorite Walt Disney World Resort holiday tradition returns to the Magic Kingdom Park for a festive 21 nights this year.

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Mickey Mouse presides over the holiday festivities during this enchanting after-hours party that showcases special entertainment, including “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” and a holiday edition of the fireworks spectacular “Wishes,” as well as meet-and-greet opportunities with favorite Disney characters in holiday attire.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will take place the following nights:

November – 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29
December – 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22

Tickets for both Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will go on sale later this spring.


Leslie and Rick Talk About Their Trip to Brooks Lake Lodge

This week on Travel With Rick, Leslie’s with Rick and they talk about their trip Brooks Lake Lodge and why this place is just so awesome! They talk about all the wonderful features that make Brooks Lake Lodge so special for its guests and why they keep coming back year after year!


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Update on Nighttime Experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

With the expansion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney is excited to give guests even more opportunities to celebrate the magic of animals and nature as day turns into night. While they hoped to debut these offerings on April 22, unfortunately, they will not open as planned on that date as they give the team more time to bring these innovative experiences to life in a way that will exceed guests’ expectations.

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This image from a recent rehearsal of Rivers of Light illustrates a bit of the beauty and complexity of this innovative blend of water, light and original music that brings with it so many firsts.

This video of the iconic Tree of Life shows how the centerpiece of Disney’s Animal Kingdom will truly come alive with swirling animated imagery that tells enchanting stories from nature.

 

Disney apologizes for any inconvenience and look forward to debuting these new offerings. They hope you agree that they look worth the wait!


Enjoy Breakfast, Fly With Peter Pan, Explore the Seven Dwarfs Mine and More During ‘Disney Early Morning Magic’

Fantasyland looks even more magical in the golden light of morning, and now Disney Early Morning Magic presents a new option perfect for you who want to get an early start at Magic Kingdom Park.

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The Disney Early Morning Magic package will allow a very limited number of Walt Disney World Resort guests to be among the first to enter Magic Kingdom Park where they’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast and experience a trio of favorite Fantasyland attractions.

Breakfast at Pinocchio Village Haus will feature seasonal fruits, fresh-baked pastries, scrambled eggs, veggie frittatas, smoked bacon, pork and turkey sausages, waffles and much more. And during their special time in the park, you will also have quick access to Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

Disney Early Morning Magic requires a separate ticket – $69 for adults and $59 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax) – in addition to regular theme park admission. Disney Early Morning Magic will take place on select dates from 7:45-10 a.m., beginning April 26, 2016.

Please note Disney Early Morning Magic will be offered on different dates than Extra Magic Hours.


Sounds Like Summer Concert Series Sizzles at Epcot June 5 – July 23

Three new acts will join the Sounds Like Summer concert series as some of the world’s best tribute bands rock World Showcase in a few months at Epcot.

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Bands paying tribute to the music of Fleetwood Mac, Tina Turner and Bruce Springsteen are new in 2016. Don’t Look Back – A Tribute to Boston kicks off the seven week series starting June 5.

Here’s a look at the lineup: (entertainment and times are subject to change)

  • June 5-11: Don’t Look Back – A Tribute to Boston
  • June 12-18: Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles
  • June 19-24: Rumours – A Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band
  • June 25-July 1: Simply Tina – A Tribute to Tina Turner
  • July 2-9: Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees
  • July 10-16: Bruce in the USA – A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen
  • July 17-23: DSB – A Tribute to Journey

Performances are included with regular Epcot admission. Show times are: 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily. Who will I catch you singing along to?


Brooks Lake Lodge General Manager Adam Long This Week On Travel With Rick

This week Rick is joined by Adam Long, General Manager Brooks Lake Lodge, we talk about all the wonderful features that make Brooks Lake Lodge so special for its guests! We also talk to Skinner Bell, head wrangler and snowmobile guide and have a surprise visit from Moose, the Lodge’s Black Lab!


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Guests Can Now Meet Hello Kitty Herself At Universal Orlando

Guests can now enter the super cute world of Hello Kitty at the new Hello Kitty Shop Featuring Hello Kitty and Friends at Universal Orlando Resort.

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The new retail experience, located inside Universal Studios Florida, features an array of specialty merchandise – including items exclusive to Universal Orlando – and the opportunity to meet Hello Kitty herself.

As soon as guests walk under the shop’s rainbow gateway, they’ll be instantly transported into the colorful world of Hello Kitty. The store is divided into four, unique sections:

  • Hello Kitty Town, where guests can walk through Hello Kitty’s community and find products from some of her famous friends
  • Hello Kitty Sweet Yummy Shop, a section full of Hello Kitty merchandise and sweet treats including Keroppi S’more Fudge, Hello Kitty Chocolate Cupcakes topped with a candy bow and Strawberry Rainbow Fudge
  • Hello Kitty Lounge, an area where guests can pick up their favorite lounging merchandise like fuzzy robes, colorful slippers and an assortment of Hello Kitty plush
  • Hello Kitty at the Movies, showcasing Hello Kitty with a classic movie theatre backdrop

More Details About Tiffins, the Newest Dining Experience At Walt Disney World Resort

The newest Walt Disney World table-service restaurant is part of the biggest expansion in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Tiffins, in the park’s Discovery Island area, opens this summer with dishes inspired by the world travels of the park’s creators.

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“Tiffin” is the Indian word for a lunchbox used by travelers (also a mid-day meal), and the 252-seat restaurant in the park’s Discovery Island area will open daily for lunch and dinner with menus that takes diners to Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.

A detailed map within the restaurant’s entryway sets the stage for an immersive dining experience celebrating world travel, with bold artwork derived from sketches, journals and research from those who created the theme park.

“Tiffins is the signature restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, celebrating the culture of design and research that went into creating this unique park,” said Emily O’Brien, Walt Disney Imagineering executive show producer for Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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O’Brien describes the interior design as “a gallery you can dine in with artwork that is a direct result of travels to Africa, Asia and South America which influenced the design of the park.” The ideas of the park’s design team, including sketches, photography, architecture and textures, are all presented in a way that is uniquely Disney.

“All the senses are explored and turned into amazing works of art,” said O’Brien. “The galleries, or dining rooms, focus on Asia [Trek Gallery with 74 seats] and Africa [Safari Gallery with 64 seats], and the third [Grand Gallery with 114 seats] pays homage to animal species that the Disney Conservation Fund works to protect.”

The travel-inspired artwork includes a static, three-dimensional piece that features prayer flags blowing in the wind. “As our research team traveled up the high mountains of Nepal, the winds were strong,” explained O’Brien. “The prayer flags are rarely seen hanging, they are always blowing.” This portrayal of the motion is realistically captured in the display which will hang above a corner booth in the Trek Gallery.

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“Tiffins is not about a make-believe place, it’s about real people and places,” said O’Brien.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is about the intrinsic value of nature, transformation through adventure and a personal call to action, and the adjacent Nomad Lounge brings into focus these core values. With beautiful waterfront views, the lounge focuses on storytelling, and also on guests’ travels, with large banners as “artistic representations” of answers to travel questions written on the perimeter wall. For instance, “what do you always do when traveling” or “what was your most adventurous moment?”

“We’re trying to tell the story of how guests can make a change,” said O’Brien. While the answers of Disney experts are displayed, guests also have the opportunity to purchase a tag that supports the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and to write their own answers to the questions to display above the bar– a way to share their own travel stories “so they can be a part of the story,” said O’Brien.


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