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Guest Post – One Family’s Journey to the Happy Haunted 5K

Have you ever considered running the 5K races together with your family?  It’s a great way to get in shape, promote a healthy lifestyle and bond as a family.  Read on to find out how this family prepared. – Kingdom Magic Vacations


Walt Disney World and fitness are not two things that are usually associated with each other.  A few years ago my family and I were living the average life; working, hanging out and planning trips to Walt Disney World. This was not the healthiest of lifestyles, although fun and relaxing.

One day I realized I was overweight and it would only continue to go down that path unless I made changes and the commitment to those changes started.  I thought, how can I make these changes and still enjoy the lifestyle I am living? My wife and I set a goal to complete a half marathon and that it would be at Disney World during the world famous Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We love to eat, so what better way to reward completing our goal than by tasting our way around the world!


After completing this achievement I learned a lot about a running community I never knew existed, and found ways to live a healthier lifestyle, while still enjoying everything I was in the past. We knew that we needed to pass on this new gained knowledge to the rest of our family!

Fast forward to the opening day of registration for the Tower of Terror 10 miler.  We decided to turn it into family affair by encouraging our 8-year-old daughter to participate in the Happy Haunted 5K. We wanted to stress the importance of trying to live healthy and happy, and she was all in. I guess for adults we say “Will run for wine” for kids maybe its “Will run for Mickey” ?


She spent parts of her summer vacation training for her very first 5; not to mention the days of walking the parks after the race. My wife and she would train together, using it as a way of counting down the days until the trip.

runDisney sends periodic emails to keep you informed and little tips and tricks for your event. When we would get emails or new information about the weekend’s events she would be filled in. The excitement would continue to build every day that vacation came closer.

Usually when you are around the one month left mark you will get the official race program with lots of info in it about park hours for the weekend, activities, and such. Then about a week or two later you will get your bib number and waivers to print out. For my wife, daughter, and I the excitement got real! We would all be doing the 5K, but I would be doing the 10 miler by myself.

Saturday was an early wake up call for the three of us. It’s not as early as the longer races, but for vacation, 4:30AM comes really fast; followed catching the bus by 5:30AM for a 7:30AM start. The weather was good, a little rain, but temperature was not bad at all. Pre-race entertainment consisted of radio show hosts John Boy and Billy telling jokes, followed by a DJ. The highlight was the Headless Horseman appearance to give us race warnings, telling us to stay on the trail.


Between myself and my wife coaching our 8-year-old through her first 5K was fun! It was filled with “I’m tired, my feet hurt”, but then she would take off runnning. She loved the encouragement from other runners. Disney events are always filled with such nice people and there are a bunch of them! The course being a trail  with a lot of rain before our arrival the ground was still a bit saturated and had a few mud holes, but still in very good condition. My only complaint would be the course can be very narrow at a lot of places and to trying to get out of the way of runners was not very easy because of all the surrounding trees.

A few character stops were along the way. We skipped all of them pretty much because my daughter didn’t want to stop. Brer Fox, Big Bad Wolf, the Evil Queen from Snow White, The Haunted Mansion grave diggers and Zombie athletes were along the course.  Once we finished she realized that all her nervousness and worries about it being to hard for her just vanished and she was filled with the excitement of accomplishment! She enjoyed walking around getting the congratulations and telling people she completed her first 5k ever and showing her medallion off. After that it was relaxation time and snacking for me.


Guest Blogger: Val Carillion

About 3 years ago I decided I needed to change my lifestyle and decided running was an easy, affordable choice. I set my first goal of running in a half marathon deciding The Wine and Dine Half Marathon would be it. Training for it went well because I gave myself almost a year to train for it; completing a 15K and a Half before my goal race. Since I started running I have completed a local race called the Pensacola Double Bridge Run twice (15k), Gulf Coast Half Marathon (twice), Wine and Dine Half, Glass Slipper Challenge, and now the Tower of Terror 10-miler. Through this whole process I started doing crossfit to balance out my overall fitness and would like to try the Dopey challenge when I go all  “Dopey” with my fitness goals.

Stay tuned for this runner’s Tower of Terror 10-Miler Recap!

New ‘Once Upon a Time’ Disney PhotoPass Opportunity Arrives

In celebration of the arrival of Elsa, Anna and Kristoff Disney PhotoPass and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” have teamed up to provide you with an exclusive “Once Upon a Time” Magic Shot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


In celebration of the arrival of Elsa, Anna and Kristoff Disney PhotoPass and ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” have teamed up to provide you with an exclusive “Once Upon a Time” Magic Shot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. A Disney PhotoPass Photographer will take your photo in front of a “Once Upon a Time” background, then when you visit and claim your photo you’ll find a magical surprise – Elsa and The Evil Queen have joined you!

To make this celebration extra special, your “Once Upon a Time” Magic Shot is complimentary for a limited time! Just have your photo taken at the location at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, claim your photo at and download your “Once Upon a Time” Magic Shot for no charge*.

*Separate theme park admission required. Online registration required. Download is available only at for a limited time and is not available at any Theme Park or Resort locations. Download is restricted to personal non-commercial use only. Not responsible for lost or missing photos. Your ability to download your photo will expire based on the storage policy. Be sure to download your photo before it expires. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

10 Reasons to Travel to the Bahamas

On of the most beautiful places you can visit is the Bahamas.  If you have not been, you are truly missing out.  Here are 10 reasons we believe you need to travel to the Bahamas!

1. Clifton Heritage Site – If you travel to the Bahamas and visit this place you’ll find that it is filled with wonderful nature trials where you can bird watch and learn about our environment. This place is also filled with history dating back from the slave era, where many ruins of old the slave homes still stand today.

2. Garden Groves – The Garden Groves of Grand Bahama is another wildlife Oasis where you can Kayak, bird walk and learn more about the natural vegetation of the island of Grand Bahama.

3. Bimini- Sapona “Ruins of the 1920’s” – If you ever travel to the Bahamas off the coast of South Bimini and Cat Cay is an old barge that was commissioned by Henry Ford in the late 1920’s during the era of prohibition. Back then it was known as a “speakeasy”/ private club at sea that was accessible by boat yet shallow enough for snorkelers to get to as well. It was blown closer to the Bahamas during a hurricane back in 1929.

4. Myths of Bimini – One of our smallest islands off the coast of Florida carries lots of history and even bigger legendary myths. It is known that the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon explored this island for the notably acclaimed fountain of youth. Tour guides on the island would be happy to guide you to the point of where this spring once flourished.


5. Hemingway’s Fishing Lodge – One cannot travel to the Bahamas and not hear about Ernest Hemingway’s favorite fishing spot and lodge on the island of Bimini. A noted and acclaimed sports fisherman, the author was known to spend a lot of time here fishing, writing and getting to know the locals here in Bimini.

7. Joulter Cays – The Joulter Cays in Andros Island is a unique spot for those interested in “bone fishing”, bird watching, snorkeling, swimming you name it. Such a rare and unique spot in all of the Bahamas, because of its particular powder like sand and several endangered species of animals that live there. It is being petitioned to become another protected wild life area in the Bahamas by the Bahamas National Trust.

8. Red Bay Village – One of the best kept Bahamian secrets… even I didn’t know about this one despite my travel to the Bahamas. Red Bay Village is a remote village in Northern Andros that was inhabited by an African tribe that lived like the Seminole Indians over 50 years ago. The descendants of this tribe still exist and maintain to their traditions till this day.

9. Fortune Island – Sometimes confusingly called Long Cay where experts believe that this was the island that Columbus named after Queen Isabella of Spain for funding his exhibition. There is only one settlement called Albert Town which is seen as a ghost town and is rumored to be occupied by the lost souls that once lived there. But what gives this island its acclaimed name is the Fortune Hill itself which is visible from 19km (12 miles) away at sea. The legend has it that hundreds of Bahamians came here waiting to be picked up by oceangoing freighters, who would take them to their fortune and new life in Central America.


10. French Wells Bay – If you ever travel to the Bahamas you’ll see that one of the Jewels of Crooked Island is the French Wells Bay. It’s a beautiful wetland area that’s filled with dense mangrove bush is home to many wild birds that come from North America to hibernate in the Bahamas during the winter months.

These are only a few reasons to visit the Bahamas, why do you love to travel to the Bahamian Islands?

Let Kingdom Magic Vacations Take You To The Bahamas Today!

Top 5 Ways To Survive Hollywood Horror Nights

If you’ve been to Halloween Horror Nights before, you know how popular it is. If you’ve never been, the people come out in hoards.


So, to help you make the most of your limited time on earth here, here are a few tips to help you scream your way through the night.

1. Visit the first or the last Bill & Ted Show of the night.
These shows are the easiest to access—and are just as funny as every other show.

2. Come early and stay late.
Wait times are always busiest during the middle of the event. My suggestion is:
Hit the shows first, then the original content houses, then the name-brand houses towards the end of the night.


3. Specifically, visit Giggles & Gore and Roanoke early.
The big name houses are usually slammed right at event open, while the original content houses have shorter lines. Giggles & Gore and Roanoke are two seriously disturbing houses.

4. Take advantage of waiting areas with your park-to-park ticket.
If you’re here during the day or have an Annual Pass, and you’re staying for Halloween Horror Nights, you’ll definitely want to use the waiting areas. This lets you stay in the park after the front gates are closed between daytime activities and the evening’s fun.

One of the best waiting areas to use is the one between Disaster and Fear Factor Live stage. There’s plenty of space, it isn’t as crowded as other waiting areas, and you get access to the back of park houses first.


5. Hop on you favorite ride!
Wait times on most rides and attractions are generally much lower than during regular park hours. I know, I know: you’re here for the scares! But if you’re looking to get in a quick thrill between houses, it’s the perfect time to hop on Revenge of the Mummy, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, or defend the earth against giant, rampaging robots. You know, the usual.

BONUS – Know Before You Go

Princess Lines Up 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Princess Cruises is promising that its 50th anniversary year will be especially memorable for guests cruising in 2015, as they will be treated to festive onboard celebrations including a themed menu, cocktails and entertainment.


“We love helping our guests celebrate their many milestone occasions aboard their cruises, so to be able to mark our company’s golden anniversary with them in 2015 is very special,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “We’ve developed many not-to-be-missed experiences commemorating our 50th and we know our guests will thoroughly enjoy the lively atmosphere found on board during our anniversary year.”

The following anniversary offerings will be introduced across the fleet early in 2015:


Love Boat Disco Deck Party – To honor the role The Love Boat played in the line’s history, a new Love Boat Disco Party will celebrate the program by creating a 70’s theme night with a few surprises. Movies Under the Stars will showcase video messages from the original Love Boat cast, special montages from the show, a Love Boat sing-a-long and show trivia, 70’s music videos and even a live kiss cam. The party will also feature a production number, a celebration of weddings and anniversaries of guests onboard, a photo opportunity with a Love Boat life ring and plenty of dancing with a party band.

Festive Food - One night on every cruise, the main dining rooms will present a special souvenir menu, featuring commemorative dishes from the past five decades, including Duck Terrine with Apricot Preserves and Filet of Turbot with Truffle Chive Sauce. Known for offering “the best pizza at sea,” Princess chefs will also introduce a variety of new anniversary pizzas such as Spicy Tomato & Shrimp, Potato, Bacon & Brie and Thai.


Chocolate Journeys – As part of the new chocolate experience, master pastry chef and chocolatier Norman Love has created two special 50th anniversary desserts that will be served to guests during their cruise vacations – Chocolate Raspberry Mousse with Vanilla Crème Brulee and Crunchy Shortbread or Moist Chocolate Dome with Raspberry Crème Brulée and Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse. These two desserts will alternate from one voyage to another.

Cheers to 50 Years – Guests can sip cocktails from mixologist Spike Marchant along with popular drinks through the decades – from a classic martini to a pina colada. A special half-bottle anniversary-labeled Prosecco will be offered and the new Seawitch West Coast IPA craft beer especially brewed for the anniversary will be available.

Let Us Entertain You – A celebration in the Piazza will feature a golden balloon drop and some balloons will even feature surprise giveaway items hidden inside. A special anniversary song, “Here’s to Princess,” celebrating the line’s history will also be performed. Guests can also compete in game shows and test their knowledge with the anniversary edition of the Princess Trivia Challenge. Plus, on select sailings, guests can dance to the music of tribute bands – like the Beatlemaniacs – bringing the greatest hits over the decades to life.

Anniversary Décor and Guest Giveaways – Anniversary décor and signage will be displayed from the time guests arrive in the terminal (domestic home ports only) and be visible through various onboard touches, including a spectacular anniversary display cake presented in the atrium. A 50th anniversary tote bag and commemorative time line will be placed in each guest stateroom upon embarkation. In addition, guests will notice the anniversary logo on their stateroom key cards and on the daily Princess Patter. A series of videos will also play on stateroom televisions that share the company’s history and milestone moments. Each cruise ship in the fleet will also be adorned with a 50th anniversary flag on the bow.

Commemorative Keepsakes – The onboard boutiques will offer limited edition merchandise and exclusive offers during the anniversary celebration. Plus, the photo department will have commemorative backdrops and folios to capture the memories of guests’ cruise vacations.


The 50th anniversary officially kicks off with the naming ceremony of Regal Princess on November 5, 2014, in Ft. Lauderdale by the original Love Boat cast members before she sets sail for her maiden season in the Caribbean. Some of the anniversary onboard offerings will be available aboard Regal Princess beginning in November and roll out to the rest of the fleet in early 2015.

Princess Cruises first set sail in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico. Nearly 50 years later, the line has grown to become the third largest cruise line in the world, taking travelers to some of the most fascinating cruise destinations around the globe.

runDisney WDW Marathon Medals Revealed

If you are one of the thousands of runners training for an event at the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, and asking yourself, “why am I doing this?” Disney provides an answer to that question. It’s all about the bling and runDisney is excited to reveal all the finishers medals for the event weekend.


From the runDisney Kids’ Races and Mickey Mile, to the Dopey Challenge medal, these finisher medals are amazing and worth all the training miles you are logging.


As most runDisney fans know, this January Disney is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge. Runners participate in the half marathon on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday, 39.3 miles over 2-days. Once they cross the finish line of the marathon, they not only receive a marathon medal, but they also earn the commemorative anniversary Goofy medal. This one of a kind medal features a spinning Goofy in the middle and clearly commemorates the 10th anniversary. Are you up for the challenge? Registration remains open for the Goofy Challenge.


Now, for runners out there not wanting to take on Goofy but still wanting to join in on the fun in January, I am happy to tell you it’s not too late. Currently a limited number of marathon registrations remain open as part of the Goofy Giveback, a unique opportunity that re-opened marathon registration for 39 days, representing the number of miles covered in the Goofy Challenge. Your chance to take part in the marathon is scheduled to close on October 24th, or until the race reaches capacity.

Haunted Mansion Shop Memento Mori Now Open

Disney Parks Blog has announced that Memento Mori, the Haunted Mansion-themed merchandise shop, is officially open in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park.


Once considered the abode of Madame Leota, this shop is the destination for a variety of Haunted Mansion Authentic merchandise created especially for Disney Parks.

If you are planning a visit, here are a few important things to know:

  • There will be a purchase limit of six items per style, per guest, per day for products carried in the shop.
  • The new Haunted Mansion open edition pins will be carried in both Memento Mori in Liberty Square and Frontier Trading Post in Frontierland.
  • The Haunted Mansion-themed Dooney & Bourke bags will be released in Uptown Jewelers on Main Street, U.S.A.  They will not be found at Memento Mori or at Cherry Tree Lane at the Marketplace Co-Op in Downtown Disney Marketplace.
  • For guests in California, the Dooney & Bourke bags will also be released at Vault 28 in Downtown Disney District. There will be a purchase limit of two items, per style, per guest, per day.


Finally, the Disney Parks online store will also be carrying select items from the Haunted Mansion Authentic program beginning on October 6.

Kingdom Magic Vacations Celebrates Cruise Week

From October 6 to 13, 2014 Kingdom Magic Vacations will join Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) for CLIA Cruise Week, The World’s Largest Cruise Sale. This is an exciting event designed to showcase the incredible choice, diversity and value of cruise vacations.


Travel agencies across North America will team up with the 26 member lines of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to provide consumers with exclusive offers and information on cruise vacations in every part of the world.

CLIA Cruise Week (CCW) generates millions of dollars each year in new cruise bookings as thousands of vacationers take advantage of special value offers and other incentives to cruise. Last year, nearly 7,000 agencies participated, generating more than 50,000 bookings.

CCW is the highlight of October’s National Cruise Vacation Month, the once-a-year period during which travel agencies across North America sponsor exciting events and promotions all focused on cruising – the most enjoyable, satisfying and value-oriented vacation option available in today’s marketplace.


Kingdom Magic Vacations is a member of CLIA, whose member lines represent nearly 98% of the cruise berths marketed in North America. According to CLIA statistics, the majority of travelers book cruises through travel agencies, and for good reason: agents excel at finding the perfect cruise to match their clients’ vacation needs, lifestyle and budget. CLIA’s certified cruise agents are the cruise industry’s premier professionals, providing the best service and value for your vacation dollar.

For more information or to book your cruise vacation, contact Kingdom Magic Vacations at 866-972-6244 or click on the image below.

Carnival Cruise Lines and DJ Irie Create DJ Academy for Teens

Carnival Cruise Lines has teamed up with legendary DJ IRIE – the official DJ of Carnival and the Miami HEAT who has entertained crowds from South Beach and Vegas to Paris and Brazil – to create Spin U, a new shipboard DJ academy exclusively for teens ages 15-17.


Part of the line’s popular Club O2 teen program and inspired by DJ IRIE’s own Spin’iversity – a customized training program exclusively for developing Carnival’s shipboard DJs – Spin U is designed to provide aspiring spin-masters all they need to know about this emerging art form, from bringing a crowd to its feet to pumping up the dance floor with energy and excitement.


Under the guidance of Carnival’s talented and energetic shipboard pro DJs, Spin U students learn not only how to operate the latest mixing and sound equipment but also how to read a crowd and tailor song selections from every musical genre to keep the party moving, while making maximum use of their own personality to create their own memorable DJ persona.

Three different Spin U packages will be offered:

  • Intro – a free 30-minute introductory session that includes an overview of equipment basics and spinning and mixing techniques.
  • DJ 101 – a 45-minute program that expands upon the Intro program with a comprehensive overview of both mixing and scratching. Cost is $20.
  • DJ Master – comprised of three one-hour sessions, DJ Master is exactly what the name implies, helping participants master the art of mixing, mic skills and understanding song structure and transitions. After selecting their own creative DJ moniker, DJ Master students participate in a “Battle of the Beats” against other up-and-coming DJs with one lucky DJ entertaining guests poolside on Lido deck. Cost for the three-session program is $99.

Personalized, one-on-one sessions with Carnival’s shipboard DJs are also available and all DJ Master participants receive a “swag bag” containing a variety of premium branded logo items.

“I am thrilled that Carnival and I were able to cultivate a youth program that involves something I am so passionate about and really translates into a fun guest experience,” said DJ IRIE. “It is exciting to be a part of a program that supports the arts and provides an outlet for young music lovers to express themselves during a family vacation,” he added.

Spin U is currently being piloted on six- and eight-day cruises of the Carnival Freedom from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with fleetwide rollout expected by the end of 2015.

The Spin U program can be booked via the Club O2 venues throughout the fleet.

Hollywood Studios Offers Frozen Holiday Package

‘For the first time in forever’, Walt Disney World guests can experience “Frozen” fun during the holiday season at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, thanks to the new Frozen Holiday Premium Package.

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Offered November 7 – 19, November 21 – December 9 and December 11 – January 4, 2015, this package includes reserved seating for a performance of “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” at the Premiere Theatre, and reserved Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights viewing and Frozen-themed dessert party (which will feature mini Anna cupcakes and mini Elsa cupcake, among other delicious treats) in the evening, and a holiday themed lithograph and “Frozen” pin.


The package costs $89 per adult and $59 per child (ages 3 – 9), plus tax (gratuity is included). Valid theme park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required and is not included in this package price.

For more details, or to book, please contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner!

Candlelight Processional Adds A ‘Frozen’ Voice

Just when you thought we couldn’t work Disney’s hit animated film “Frozen” into ONE MORE blog post, Walt Disney World has just announced the addition of Jonathan Groff to the lineup of celebrity narrators for the 2014 Candlelight Processional at Epcot.


Groff, who voices the character of Kristoff in Disney’s “Frozen,” is also a Tony-nominated veteran of the Broadway stage (“Spring Awakening”) and TV (“Glee”).

This year’s event will also have a little “Scandal” with everyone’s favorite Gladiator Papa Pope Joe Morton, who plays Kerry Washington’s secret-agent-father on Scandal. Morton’s career has spanned more than 40 years with hits on Broadway, TV and in film.


Groff and Morton join an illustrious list of celebrity narrators for this year’s event including newcomers Ana Gasteyer and returning favorites like Whoopi Goldberg and Neil Patrick Harris. They will be just part of the Holidays Around the World celebration at Epcot, the Candlelight Processional is one of the most beloved holiday traditions at Epcot – a joyous retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a glorious mass choir.

  • Jodi Benson – 11/28 – 11/29
  • Neil Patrick Harris – 11/30 – 12/2
  • Jonathan Groff – 12/3 – 12/4
  • Whoopi Goldberg – 12/5 – 12/6
  • TBD – 12/7 – 12/9
  • TBD – 12/9 – 12/11
  • Joe Morton – 12/12 – 12/14
  • Chita Rivera – 12/15 – 12/17
  • Ana Gasteyer (New) – 12/18 –12/20
  • Marlee Matlin – 12/21 – 12/23
  • Isabella Rossellini – 12/24 – 12/25
  • Blair Underwood – 12/26 – 12/27
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – 12/28 – 12/30

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The Candlelight Processional is presented three times per night at the American Gardens Theater at Epcot. Show times are 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. (Narrators are subject to change without notice.)

For more information on Holidays Around the World at Epcot and the Candlelight Processional or to make reservations for a Candlelight Processional dinner package, check back to the Kingdom Magic Vacations for updates on who fills those last coveted slots in our narrator lineup.

Special ‘Dinner & A Show’ Offer For ‘La Nouba’

For a limited time, you can purchase the special Dinner & A Show package, which includes a meal at a popular restaurant in Downtown Disney area—plus a ticket to La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil.


Explore ticket prices per person:

  • $99 plus tax for a Category 2 ticket ($89 plus tax for children ages 3 to 9)
  • $119 plus tax for a Category 1 ticket ($109 plus tax for children ages 3 to 9)

The package includes 1 ticket to a 6:00 PM performance Tuesday through Saturday nights on the following dates:

  • September 30 through November 1, 2014
  • November 6 through November 22, 2014

Before or after the show, enjoy dinner at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe, Planet Hollywood or Splitsville Luxury Lanes. The offer includes one entrée, dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Take advantage of this special offer now and enjoy a spectacular night of food, fun and one-of-a kind entertainment this fall at Downtown Disney!

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations’ Travel Planner today!


Special Ticket Offer For Military At Universal Orlando

For a limited time,  eligible service members can purchase a 1-Day Park-to-Park Ticket and get 2 days FREE. That is three days enjoying both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida for the price of one.

Universal Orlando Resort celebrated Veterans Day with a special in-park parade featuring its Veteran Network

Here are all of the details and ticket purchasing info:

  • Who is eligible? This special military offer is valid for purchase by active duty, reservist military and retired military service members, Department of Defense employees and/or spouses with valid military photo ID.
  • How many can I purchase? Eligible service members may purchase up to 6 tickets with this offer.
  • When is this offer valid? This offer is available for purchase now through November 30, 2014, and tickets must be used in full by December 14, 2014.
  • How do I use this offer? Tickets are activated at either Universal Orlando theme park, with the eligible service member required to be present with a valid military photo ID to activate the ticket. Admission is valid for up to 14 days from first use.

In addition, active duty and retired military personnel can make it a special vacation or long weekend by adding a stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort with a discounted vacation package.

Universal Orlando Resort celebrated Veterans Day with a special in-park parade featuring its Veteran Network

Special military vacation package rates include the 1-Day Park-to-Park Ticket with 2 Days Free and 3 nights at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort starting at $269 per adult, tax inclusive with valid military identification.

This ticket offer and special vacation package can be purchased by visiting participating Base ITT/LTS offices.

Have any questions about this offer or any Universal Orlando Resort Military offers? Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation’s Travel Planner Today!

10 Things To Love About Fall at Walt Disney World

When the weather cools at Walt Disney World, you know it’s time to pull out the Halloween decorations and get ready for some magical treats! Here’s a list of the 10 things to love at Walt Disney World this Fall!0909ZW_0392CC-613x437

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties – This special after-hours Halloween party at Magic Kingdom Park is a must-do during a fall visit. Bring your Halloween costumes, get ready to trick-or-treat and expect to see some amazing Halloween entertainment and fireworks! More details on this offering here.

Villain’s Sinister Soiree – Available only on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights, guests can book this special package that offers a wicked good time that includes VIP viewing for the parade and fireworks, as well as an exclusive dessert party that features some of your favorite Disney villains, musical entertainment and some delectable treats. The package costs $99 per person. Contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner for more information.

Decorations- Fall at Magic Kingdom Park offers up some amazing photo opportunities, as our photography team showed in this blog post earlier this month. What I love most are the pumpkins along Main Street, U.S.A., which each feature their own unique design. Take a moment to check them out.


Haunted Mansion Merchandise Shop Set To Debut - This fall will see the debut of a new dedicated merchandise shop that Haunted Mansion fans are guaranteed to love. Steven Miller offered a sneak peek at some of the items that will be available at the shop in this post. Stay tuned for more on the shop’s opening.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival - Each night through November 10, Epcot will come alive with food and fun thanks to the return of one of our most popular events, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This year, 25 marketplaces will show off the talents of 270 chefs, including some of Disney’s finest, as well as some celeb chefs.

Celebrity Chef Appearances – This year’s festival will feature appearances by celeb chefs Jamie Deen, “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro and Allen Susser, among others.

Eat To The Beat Concert Series – While we’re talking about fall fun at Epcot, the Eat to the Beat concert series is already underway with several new acts – including Fuel, Jim Brickman, Los Lonely Boys and David Cook – in the lineup. (Concerts are included in park admission).


runDisney Races Return – Two race weekends – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 10-Miler Weekend and Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend – will return to Walt Disney World Resort October 3-4 and November 7-8, respectively. Registration for Kids Races and after parties are still available.

Special Fall Treats – Even snacks are dressed up for the holiday, with new Maleficent cups, Zero popcorn buckets and more now appearing in parks.

Fall Savings on Resort Rooms – Guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort this fall can save up to 30 percent on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels, including Deluxe Villa Resort rooms and Deluxe Resort rooms. This offer is valid for stays most nights October 4 through November 25, and November 29 through December 23, 2014 and must be booked by October 3, 2014. (Some restrictions apply). To book, click on the image below.

What’s your favorite part of visiting Walt Disney World Resort during the fall season?