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Disney After Hours Offers Magic Kingdom Experience Like Never Before

Disney After Hours, a new, late-night ticketed experience is underway at Magic Kingdom Park and it’s offering guests an experience like never before – after regular park hours.

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A Disney After Hours ticket, which is separately priced from a regular Magic Kingdom admission ticket, allows entry into the park at 7 pm to enjoy dining, evening entertainment like fireworks, the “Celebrate the Magic” nighttime projection show and the Main Street Electrical Parade.

Then, as day guests leave at the regularly scheduled closing time, Disney After Hours participants are able to enjoy three more hours of little-to-no-wait access to more than 25 attractions. It’s perfect if you want to hop to as many attractions as possible.

We recently held our first “Disney After Hours” event at Magic Kingdom Park. And after talking to guests about what they loved, here are five reasons you should consider it for your upcoming vacation.

1. Access to Attractions with little to no wait – More than 25 attractions remain open during Disney After Hours. A limited number of tickets are sold for each event night, meaning significantly shorter – or maybe even no lines!

2. Park Access – While the Event begins after regular park closing, your ticket allows admission earlier. The Disney After Hours ticket allows you in the park at 7 p.m. so you can enjoy the evening parade and fireworks.

3. Meet Characters – both Mickey Mouse and Disney princesses are available for photo ops, usually again with much shorter lines.

4. Amazing photo ops – Have you ever wanted to take that perfect picture of your favorite attraction lit up at night? Smaller crowds may make that possible.

5. Ice cream included – Mickey Premium Bar lovers won’t want to miss out on this part of the night. Beverages are also included.


Get Your Tickets Now for Holiday Special Events at Magic Kingdom Park

Summer is about to awaken across Walt Disney World Resort, but I’m already dreaming of fall and fun-filled special event nights at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns for 29 nights of spook-tastic fun, starting September 2 and featuring encore performances of last year’s new hit show “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.”

And this year, the team that brought the Sanderson Sisters back for Halloween is hard at work on another new show for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” will make its debut for the 2016 holiday season. In this all-new show, Mickey and his pals invite some of their friends over for an unforgettable Christmas party filled with music, dancing, color and fun. Look for Woody and Jessie from “Toy Story,” Fantasyland friends such as Peter Pan and Snow White, and many more!

Featuring medleys of delightful holiday songs both classic and contemporary, along with special effects, magical projections and beloved Disney characters, “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” will be presented on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage on nights when Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is offered, November 7 to December 22, 2016.

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Charles recently shared all the dates for 2016’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and I can tell you tickets for both events are on sale now.

  • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Advance ticket prices starting at $72 for adults and $67 for children (3-9).
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – Advance ticket prices starting at $86 for adults and $81 for children (3-9).

For more information and to order tickets, contact your travel agent. You’ll want to get those tickets early, because certain popular dates may sell out fast. Once you have an event ticket for a Halloween party night, you can go ahead and make reservations for dinner at a great place like Be Our Guest Restaurant or Cinderella’s Royal Table, or arrange for a premium dessert party package for “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks. Reservations for Christmas party nights will be available later.

And if you’re thinking about dressing up for the party, please be sure to check out the costume guidelines before you go.


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Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Unveils All-New Guest Room Design Inspired by a Luxury Island Paradise

Inspired by the adventurous spirit and exotic destinations of the Golden Age of Travel, designers have completed the renovation of guest rooms at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.

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The new look captures the tranquil serenity and bold heritage that embodies the spirit of the islands. With its on-site location at Universal Orlando Resort, the hotel offers guests a modern sense of adventure, filled with the magic and excitement of two world-class theme parks – Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.

“Our new rooms are vibrant and luxurious, evoking the romance of traveling to the South Pacific” says Complex Managing Director Barb Bowden. “Combined with an extensive upgrade and renovation to the bathrooms, it is an entirely new room product for our guests to experience.”

 

The guest rooms reflect the magic that exotic destinations in the South Pacific cast over traveler’s hearts at the turn of the 20thcentury, as well as today. The color palette was inspired by the islands, with sandy neutrals punctuated with hints of turquoise and tangerine reminiscent of sand, water and flowers.  Gray and charcoal accents tie back to the lava and harder elements of the islands. Custom furniture pieces make use of leather strapping details, metal corner guards, buckles and rivets, all elements found in vintage luggage, steamer trunks and majestic steamships. A focal point in the new rooms is the accent wall, where a custom graphic creates an art moment showcasing the flora, fauna and native motifs of the South Seas.

Guests staying at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando receive an exclusive package of theme park benefits at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, including free Universal Express Unlimited ride access to skip the regular lines in both theme parks (theme park admission required) and Early Park Admission.  The 1,000-room hotel is located a short walk, complimentary water taxi or shuttle bus ride away from both Universal Orlando Resort theme parks. Guests also enjoy exceptional cuisine in a variety of restaurants and lounges, complimentary Wi-Fi, a weekly luau dinner and show and a lagoon-style swimming pool with private cabanas.


Enjoy New Acts at La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil with Half-Priced Tickets for Kids

Beginning May 2, 2016 at Walt Disney World Resort, you can enjoy half-price savings off a child’s ticket for La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil at Disney Springs when they purchase an adult ticket for shows May 31-July 23, 2016. Child-priced tickets start as low as $24 for Category 4 seats.

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You can escape to a wondrous world of make-believe during this stunning shows, featuring more than 65 artists representing 15 countries. Plus, this is a great opportunity for you to experience brand new acts including daring aerial bamboo artists and high-energy break dancers.

Real-life partners Alexander and Exaterina Abramov come to La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil as masters of a craft perfected by only a handful of artists around the world – Aerial Bamboo. The act requires extreme trust as for most of the performance, Exaterina is held only by Alexander – his arms, his feet and even his teeth – as he himself hangs by his feet or arms high above the stage. This mesmerizing act will leave you breathless!

 

And, for the first time in the history of Cirque du Soleil, La Nouba has dedicated an entire act to the high-energy dance B-Boying, commonly referred to as breakdancing. This new act brings together three accomplished B-Boy dancers from around the world with the choreography, design, music and costumes of Cirque du Soleil, to offer you an experience like never before.


Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show On Travel With Rick

This week on Travel With Rick, we take in a show at Disney’s Polynesian Resort! It’s hard to believe in all the years we’ve been doing Travel with Rick videos that we have never visited this show before, but we had an opportunity when our friends Logan and Elise were in from the UK, with their mom and dad of course. We all had a great time, enjoyed some great food and of course saw a great show!


Come Celebrate All Things Star Wars at Disneyland Park on May the 4th

Disneyland park is the place to be on this special day as we celebrate Star Wars! You already know that Tomorrowland is filled with new galactic experiences like Star Wars Launch Bay and Hyperspace Mountain, and now on May 4, 2016, fans can join even more special celebrations!

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Head over to Tomorrowland Theater for a special screening of an episode from the hit Disney XD animated series, Star Wars Rebels. In the fan-favorite episode, “Shroud of Darkness,” Kanan, Ezra and Ahsoka return to the Jedi Temple on Lothal to find out how the Inquisitors have continually been able to track the rebels. Seeking the advice of Yoda, voiced by Frank Oz, the three will experience powerful visions that reveal the future, the past and old friends long gone.

Jedi and Sith alike can find special commemorative merchandise and all-new Star Wars collector glasses. And be sure to capture your memories from the day at a unique, themed photo location.

Then the party jumps into lightspeed at 6 p.m. at the Galactic Grill Stage with a fan celebration, where Star Wars trivia and other special surprises will take place throughout the evening.

So join us, you will, for May the 4th and celebrate Star Wars at Disneyland park!


Support Star Wars: Force for Change at Disney Parks Starting May 4, 2016

We’re happy to announce Star Wars: Force for Change returns to Disney Parks starting May 4, 2016.

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This year, we will offer t-shirts for adults and youth that feature the logo for the upcoming film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. These shirts are the first products for the new film created especially for Disney Parks.

Twenty-five percent of the retail sale price of this product will be donated to U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF Kid Power. UNICEF Kid Power gives kids the power to save lives. By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power Band, kids can go on missions, earn points and unlock therapeutic food packets for severely malnourished children around the world.

The shirts will be released at the following locations:

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Walt Disney World Resort

  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Tatooine Traders and Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Disney SpringsStar Wars Galactic Outpost and Once Upon A Toy
  • Magic Kingdom Park – Merchants of VenusThese items will not be available on the Disney Parks online store or via the Shop Disney Parks mobile app.

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    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will revolve around a rogue band of resistance fighters who unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans and bring new hope to the galaxy. The film arrives in theaters on December 16, 2016.

    To learn more about Star Wars: Force for Change, please visit ForceForChange.com.

    The U.S. Fund for UNICEF does not endorse any brand or product. No portion of the purchase price is tax-deductible.


For The First Time Ever The Exorcist Coming To Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights”

For the first time ever, supernatural thriller, The Exorcist, will take possession of “Halloween Horror Nights” in all-new horrifying mazes opening at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort beginning this September.

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The twisted minds behind the nation’s best, most intense Halloween events will bring to life one of the scariest and most nightmare-inducing horror films in history.

At Universal Studios Florida, guests will see, hear, feel – and even smell – every iconic levitating, head-spinning, vomit-wrenching, skin-crawling moment from the film. They’ll be paralyzed with fear as they witness the power of the supernatural, scream uncontrollably as they become part of Regan MacNeil’s possession and run in terror as they try to escape the horrific battle between innocence and evil.

Universal Studios Hollywood’s “The Exorcist” maze will resonate as a real life interpretation of the demonic film, daring “Halloween Horror Nights’” guests to live the nightmare experienced by a tortured Regan and her determined mother.  The maze will recreate some of the film’s most haunting scenes, ushering guests into its unparalleled terror as if their very souls were possessed by the devil.

View the horror for yourself:

 

Revered as one of the scariest movies of all-time, The Exorcist earned its place in history as the first horror film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.  Directed by William Friedkin, the film also established itself as leading influence in pop culture horror, affecting a multitude of subsequent films since its terrifying debut in 1973.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” in Orlando and Hollywood to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on anything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.


Book Late Summer & Fall Walt Disney World Vacations Now For Free Dine Offer

Are you considering a Walt Disney World Resort vacation in late summer or fall? Then we may have just made your Monday by announcing that our Free Dine offer is back!

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You may now get a free dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 5-night/6-day Walt Disney Travel Co. package that includes a room at a select Disney Resort hotel and ticket with Park Hopper Option. The offer must be booked April 25, 2016-July 8, 2016, for arrival dates between August 23-October 1; November 15-21; November 26-28, or December 10-21, 2016.

And there’s never been a better time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort, with new nighttime entertainment on the way at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, not to mention the return of guest-favorite annual events this fall, including the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

If you’re not familiar with our dining plans, the Disney Dining Plan is offered with vacation packages at select Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts and is honored at more than 150 select Walt Disney World Resort restaurants. The Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, offered with vacation packages at our Value Resorts, includes meals and snacks at more than 100 dining locations.

For full details, visit this link.


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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2016 With Travel With Rick

This week on Travel With Rick, Marc Bigbie and Rick take you around Epcot’s World Showcase for the Flower and Garden Festival. They enjoy some food and wine from the marketplaces and tell you what they like best and point out some of their favorite flowers and topiaries along the way!


Disney’s Animal Kingdom Awakens At Night With New ‘Jungle Book’ Show, Parties & Attractions Starting Memorial Day Weekend

Starting this Memorial Day Weekend, guests will be able to enjoy Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park in a whole new way – after the sun goes down! Whether it’s riding Kilimanjaro Safaris at sunset, venturing down Kali River Rapids at twilight, dancing alongside African performers in Harambe, or reveling in a live musical celebration of Disney’s hit film “The Jungle Book,” guests have a lot to look forward to.

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Here’s a taste of what to expect:

  • “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” Show – For the summer, Discovery River will become the stage for a limited-engagement show inspired by Disney’s hit live-action film “The Jungle Book.” “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” is filled with music and special effects that celebrates the new film and the classic songs, now infused with an Indian influence.
  • The Tree of Life Awakens – The park’s iconic Tree of Life undergoes an extraordinary “awakening.” You can expect to see animal spirits come to life throughout the evening by magical fireflies. Each scene appears to emanate from within the tree itself and reveals stories of wonder.
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris After Dark – Guests can enjoy Kilimanjaro Safaris in the evening hours, thanks to special lighting that will allow them to explore the savanna – and its inhabitants – well into the night.
  • Harambe Wildlife Parti – Guests can turn into “party animals” at the Harambe Wildlife Parti and enjoy lively African music, exotic foods and drinks, and explore the local marketplace.
  • Discovery Island Carnivale – On Discovery Island, you can join the local community in their celebration of their love for nature in this party that features music, dancers, stilt walkers, food and more.
  • Tiffins – Guests can enjoy the park’s newest eatery, Tiffins, for both lunch and dinner. Check out this previous post for a peek at what to expect from the menu.
  • Nighttime Attractions – The park’s attractions, which will be operating in the nighttime hours, will take on a whole new life. For the first time, guests will be able to experience the thrill of attractions like Expedition Everest and Kali River Rapids – surrounded by darkness. They’ll also be able to enjoy colorful midway games and attractions in DinoLand, U.S.A.

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‘Finding Dory’ Characters To Debut At Turtle Talk With Crush At Epcot In May

Starting in early May, Guests visiting Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort will be able to spot Dory and some of her friends from the new film “Finding Dory” at the park’s “Turtle Talk With Crush” attraction.

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Some of her new pals you can expect to spot within the attraction include Destiny the whale shark, Bailey the beluga whale and Hank the “septopus” (that’s a seven-legged octopus). Crush’s son and best pal Squirt will also be swimming by for the first time. And, Guests may spot Nemo and his dad Marlin.

“Finding Dory” swims into theaters on June 17, 2016.


“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” Set To Open In June 2016 At Magic Kingdom Park

Beginning this summer at Walt Disney World Resort, Mickey Mouse and his friends will welcome favorite characters from some of Disney’s newest classics in “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire.” This all-new live stage show makes its debut in June on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage at Magic Kingdom Park, with special appearances by Tiana and Naveen from “The Princess and the Frog,” Rapunzel and Flynn from “Tangled” and Anna and Elsa from “Frozen.”

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“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” brings to the stage fantastic costumes, lively dancing, special effects magic and memorable musical moments, including the original song “On This Day” by songwriters Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda (“Toy Story: The Musical,” “Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings”).

In the show, Mickey and his troupe of Merry Makers have been preparing to host a joyous festival and have ventured far and wide to invite friends from other lands to join their celebration. From the Land of the Bewitching Bayous, Goofy has invited Tiana, Naveen and Louis to add a little spice of New Orleans jazz to the party. From the Land of the Enchanted Woods, Donald Duck brings some new friends he met at the Snuggly Duckling, and Daisy introduces us to her special guests, Rapunzel and Flynn. Finally, Mickey shares a surprise with Minnie, as he has traveled to the Land of the Mystic Mountains to invite Olaf, Anna and Elsa, who contributes a blast of her icy magic. It all culminates in a grand dance, as the Merry Makers invite all their new friends to join in the fun on this special day in Magic Kingdom Park.

“Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” celebrates the unique stories of the citizens who make up this magical kingdom. The celebration begins this June!


Soarin’ Around The World Takes Flight At Disney Parks This Summer

Guests can experience a whole new Soarin’ journey when Soarin’ Around the World makes its groundbreaking debut across the globe this summer. The next generation of the popular Soarin’ attraction makes its premiere at the grand opening of Shanghai Disneyland this summer as Soarin’ Over the Horizon.

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The next day on June 17, guests at Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort and Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort will be able to board the exhilarating aerial adventure that immerses them in a multi-sensory experience, complete with stunning sights, spectacular sounds and even subtle scents. Fastpass+ will be an option for Soarin’ at Walt Disney World Resort beginning Thursday, April 21. In addition to the new film, the Epcot attraction also added a third theater and reimagined its interactive queue.

Here’s a preview of what you’ll see on Soarin’ Around the World:

 


New Tiffins Restaurant At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Opens Memorial Day Weekend

Tiffins, the newest Walt Disney World Resort table-service restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, will open Memorial Day weekend for lunch and dinner.

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Located in the park’s Discovery Island area, the menu is inspired by the world travels of the park’s creators (Tiffin is the Indian word for a lunchbox used by travelers, and also the word for a mid-day meal). Walt Disney Imagineering describes the interior as “a gallery you can dine in with artwork that is a direct result of travels to Africa, Asia and South America,” with tastes such as Berbere-Spiced Lamb Chop with Mustard Greens, Lentil Stew and Mint Chutney (Africa); Berkshire Pork Tenderloin with Huitlacoche Tamale, Hominy Succotash and Red Mole Sauce (South America), and Miso-glazed Black Cod with Forbidden Rice in Steamed Bok Choy with Turmeric Sauce (Asia).

Tiffins will also feature sustainable, organic wines and bio-dynamic viticulture, as well as handcrafted cocktails and beers.

No reservations are necessary in the adjacent Nomad Lounge with beautiful waterfront views. Menu items will include small bites like a vegetarian summer roll, seared Wagyu beef skewer and honey-glazed coriander-spiced pork ribs.


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