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Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World Resort Reopens with New Auction Scene

Pirates of the Caribbean reopened at Magic Kingdom Park and guests were  introduced to the new version of the attraction’s auction scene we first announced last summer.

Just as Walt Disney embraced and encouraged Disney Parks to “keep moving forward” since the opening of Disneyland Park in 1955, Walt Disney Imagineering has introduced many new characters at Pirates of the Caribbean attraction over the years.

The pirate auctioneer now oversees a sale of the townspeople’s most prized possessions and goods. In this scene, the familiar redhead figure has switched sides to become a pirate named Redd, who’s just pillaged the town’s rum supply and has something to say about it.

Check out a sneak peek at what this new scene will look like in the photo above.

As we previously shared, the auction scene in the attraction at Disneyland Paris received a similar revision last year. Disneyland park will also receive similar updates to its Pirates of the Caribbean attraction later this spring, with work beginning April 23.

The Ultimate Land and Sea Family Vacation with Disney Cruise Line

Sailing with Disney to a tropical destination before or after a stay at Walt Disney World Resort is the ultimate family vacation. Here are the five top reasons to add a Disney cruise to your next parks and resort trip.

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1. It’s a hassle-free vacation with the thrills and frills of Disney. You’ll quickly discover the convenience of cruising, especially as you only unpack once during your journey to multiple exotic destinations. What’s more, you’ll stay in world-class accommodations, eat food prepared by first-rate chefs and be entertained morning until night like only Disney can do.

2. It’s the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. One day you can zip line from tree top to tree top on a Port Adventure in the rainforest, and the next day you can stay put in a hammock on Castaway Cay. There’s no shortage of fun onboard or in port, but with so many options to recharge, you won’t need a vacation from your vacation when you return home.

3. A 3- or 4-night cruise is a great way to test the waters. For those of you who are new to cruising, the shorter sailings allow you to see if cruising is the right fit for your family. And since most onboard activities, entertainment and dining options are included in the price of your cruise, you’ll know just what to budget.

4. You’ll have magical experiences you can’t get anywhere else. From regal gatherings with princesses to dance parties with Mickey and the gang on the private island, Castaway Cay, a Disney cruise gives you the chance to interact with characters in a whole new way. And speaking of Castaway Cay, most of the cruises from Florida stop at this tropical paradise reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests!

5. With two Disney Cruise Line homeports in Florida, it’s never been easier to make both a cruise and resort stay part of your Disney vacation. Port Canaveral and Miami are within driving distance of Walt Disney World, making it convenient to stay at one of the resorts and enjoy all four theme parks before or after visiting tropical destinations on a cruise to the Bahamas or Caribbean.

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Where to Find Special Frozen-Themed Treats at Magic Kingdom Park Today

Some of your favorite food and beverage offerings have turned blue today – like the cotton candy and lemonade – to help kick off the “Coolest Summer Ever.”

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Don’t forget to try the specialty cupcake, topped with blue buttercream and the 24-Hour Kickoff to Summer logo, available at Main Street Bakery and Gaston’s Tavern.

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Guests love the Olaf-shaped sipper, too!


 

DisneyKids: 24-hours of Fun for Little Ones at Walt Disney World

If you have young kids, a 24-hour event might not seem like a natural fit, but there are actually a lot of activities during the 24-hour kickoff to the Coolest Summer Ever at Magic Kingdom Park that are perfect for little ones. If your kids are often awake at dawn and ready to go Friday, May 22, when they’re up before the sun, you can bring them to the party – which starts at 6 a.m. at the Magic Kingdom Train Station with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf. Throughout the day, there are all kinds of special events that kids will love:

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  • Disney Channel stars will appear as Grand Marshals for the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” at 3 p.m.
  • Disney Channel Club Chill will open in Tomorrowland at 4 p.m. with DJ Frost leading a dance party with music videos from Disney Channel stars.

 In between all of the one-day-only fun, be sure to use the My Disney Experience app to select FastPasses for favorite attractions and character meet & greets. You can also use the it in the park to find things like attraction height requirements and even the nearest restrooms – a must for potty training parents! If you’re going to stay for the amazing Wishes fireworks show in the evening, be sure to pack snacks and pjs to keep little ones comfortable. But don’t worry if you forget something, the Baby Care Centers are fully stocked with everything from diapers and training pants to toddler food and sunscreen.


Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Opens

The Deluxe Studios at Disney’s Polynesian Resort – Villas & Bungalows are the largest at Walt Disney World Resort, sleeping five guests each. Each features tropical décor complete with striking prints, bamboo-style fixtures, a whimsical hidden pull-down bed and a split bathroom perfect for families. The Deluxe Studios also offer the flexibility of connecting to an adjacent room.

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The resort’s Bora Bora Bungalows are the first such accommodations ever created by Disney. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom Bungalows transport guests to a tropical haven filled with Disney touches. Each Bungalow sleeps eight guests and offers a view of the Magic Kingdom Resort area. Inside the Bungalows, modern luxuries with an island touch add life to the already exquisite design. Amenities include a full kitchen, two bedrooms complete with flat panel televisions, split bathrooms, washer and dryer, two hidden pull-down beds featuring playful artwork, a private plunge pool on the back deck, and many other special touches.

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Premiering with Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is its newly re-imagined sister resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, which now offers more dining and recreation experiences with signature touches for guests to enjoy. Arriving guests are greeted in the Great Ceremonial House, with its dramatic new décor and signature chandelier. Also new is a large Tiki statue that welcomes guests with his outstretched arms.

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The resort’s newly redesigned Lava Pool will feature a highly themed children’s water play area, Kiki Tiki Splash Play Area, and an enlarged deck for poolside seating. An enhanced supervised childcare option, Lilo’s Playhouse, allows parents to enjoy an evening date night together.

Guests in search of tropical snacks and libations will find them at new dining locations, including Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, a tiki bar that features exotic cocktails and Polynesian small plates. The nearby Pineapple Lanai serves the world-famous Dole Whip soft serve ice cream and floats.

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort was one of the original Walt Disney World resorts that opened in 1971. It has provided guests with superior accommodations, entertainment and dining experiences for more than 40 years.


 

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Fresh Springtime Fun and Summertime Thrills at Walt Disney World Resort

Spring blooms in a big way with bountiful blossoms, colorful Disney topiaries, gardening seminars and flavors of the season during the 22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival going until May 17, 2015, at Walt Disney World Resort!

Dozens of Disney character topiaries, from Chip and Dale to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, rule the festival kingdom in the park’s Future World and World Showcase, and popular Outdoor Kitchens are back with refreshing beverages and tantalizing tastes from the garden and grill.

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Home and garden seminars, children’s play gardens and other popular festival features fill the event. At the Festival Center, interactive gardening workshops set the stage for outdoor do-it-yourself inspiration, and guest speakers cover the latest in outdoor trends and home and garden topics.

Guests can try new food and beverage tastes from Outdoor Kitchen menus and pose for selfies among whimsical topiaries, multiple themed gardens and children’s play areas. Disney-crafted “flower towers,” herb gardens and beds of multi-colored blooms add to the floral splendor of the park’s landscape. On the park’s Future World lakes, more than 200 mini-gardens are set afloat.


 

A Fireworks First: Fourth of July Fireworks Over Three Disney Castles

As we shared earlier today, our Fourth of July celebration officially kicks off here at Walt Disney World Resort on Monday, July 1, with nightly performances of “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.”

This year’s celebration will be made even more exciting by being the first Fourth of July that our guests can watch the fireworks burst above three different Disney castles, thanks to the addition of the attractions in New Fantasyland. Check out the photo above of Beast’s Castle, Cinderella Castle and Prince Eric’s Castle. Looks pretty amazing, doesn’t it?
Will you head to a Disney Park this Fourth of July week? If so, tell us in the “Comments” section below.

The Best of Both Worlds

For many of my clients as their children are getting a little older, they have visited Orlando or California numerous times, but they don’t want to give up on going to the theme parks from some of their favorite Orlando or California destinations, they want just a little bit something different.

I am often asked by clients, “What vacation can me and my family take this year?”.  For many of my clients as their children are getting a little older, they have visited Orlando or California numerous times, but they don’t want to give up on going to the theme parks from some of their favorite Orlando or California destinations, they want just a little bit something different. Or maybe they want to take their family to see other parts of the world.   My answer is easy.  A land and sea package.

There are so many options! Some of the more popular Land and Sea packages include Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Universal and Sea World ending the journey on a world class ship sailing from popular ports such as Port Canaveral, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles.

Consult with your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to begin planning your land and sea vacation soon

It takes a little coordination, but, that is why you work with a Kingdom Magic Travel Planner.  They can customize your vacation and handle all the details.   Cruises have set sailing dates, where your land portion can be customized to meet your vacation time frame and desired experience.  You can choose between, 3, 4, and 7 night sailings and sometimes cruise lines will have a few 5 night sailings.  Then add your land portion around those dates.

Typically, families like to visit the Theme Parks first then head out to end their vacation aboard the ship.  This way they can get a little relaxation before heading back to their hectic schedules.  Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty to do on the ships.  There is relaxing by the pool, riding the Aqua Duck aboard the Disney Dream or Fantasy, walking the beaches of private islands such as Disney’s Castaway Cay or Royal Caribbean’s Cocco Cay, deck parties and so much more!

Consult with your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to begin planning your land and sea vacation soon

If visiting a theme park isn’t your thing and you want to explore the world, no worries there are land and sea packages to cover that too!  Alaska, Europe, Asia just to name a few!  It is a great way to explore those destinations you have always wanted to see with a floating hotel room to take you there!  Imagine dreaming about seeing the wonders of Alaska and then having the opportunity to immerse yourself among the beauty for a few days.

The best part of putting together this type of package is that it includes what most families are looking for when planning their vacations; Fun, entertainment, food, somewhere to sleep, relaxation, excellent service and so much more!  Most of your vacation is paid in full prior to departure relieving the stress of a big bill when you return.

Consult with your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to begin planning your land and sea vacation soon

Adding a cruise to your vacation package will not disappoint!  And I can guarantee you will not want to come home!

Consult with your Kingdom Magic Travel Planner to begin planning your land and sea vacation soon!

13 Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2013

It seems there’s always a new reason to visit Walt Disney World Resort – whether it’s the debut of a new guest offering, an update made to a favorite attraction, or the return of a fun annual event, there’s always something to do and see at our parks.

That said, here are 13 new reasons to visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2013.

Splitsville Luxury Lanes opened at Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort

1. Splitsville Luxury Lanes opened at Downtown Disney exactly two weeks ago on December 19. No doubt this new location will be a big draw for guests of all ages who love to bowl, dance, play pool and dine.

Dining at the new Monsieur Paul restaurant in the France pavilion at Epcot

2. Another recent debut is the Monsieur Paul restaurant in the France pavilion at Epcot. The restaurant now features a new menu created by Chef Francesco Santin.

3. Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort just debuted to guests. I don’t know about you, but I hope to hit up this newly reimagined location for a facial or massage in the coming year.

4. As Disney Parks Blog Author Tom Smith mentioned earlier, we’ll have a lot of fun surprises to look forward to in 2013 with Limited Time Magic.

5. The Atlanta Braves will return to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for spring training, which means a chance to attend fun preseason games beginning February 22 against the Detroit Tigers.

6. Characters from “Doc McStuffins” and “Sofia the First” will be added into the “Disney Junior – Live on Stage!” show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on February 15.

7. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, its fun topiaries, and the Flower Power Concert Series will return for some spring fun March 6. As we previously shared, this year’s festival will also whisk guests back to the land of Oz.

8. We’ve marked some milestone anniversaries at Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot in the last two years. This spring, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will celebrate its 15th year.

9. My fellow blog author Darrell Fry just announced that the Drew Brees Passing Academy and Tournament will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, June 27-30. Sounds like an amazing opportunity for football fans!

10. A newly updated California Grill will debut at Disney’s Contemporary Resort this summer (date TBA). In addition to decor, Chef Brian Piasecki is also tweaking the menu, which will continue to focus on fresh, seasonal creations.

11. The 31st Night of Joy returns to Magic Kingdom Park September 6-7, this year featuring Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith as the main acts.

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12. Last fall, we shared the news that an interactive queue is coming to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park. Should be interesting to see exactly what materializes at this attraction in 2013.

Princess Fairytale Hall coming to New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park in 2013

13. Princess Fairytale Hall, another new addition to Magic Kingdom Park, will open in New Fantasyland in 2013 (exact date TBA). This will be the new home for Disney princesses to meet their loyal subjects in the Magic Kingdom Park. To open in the Castle Courtyard in the center of Fantasyland, the regal space will provide the perfect setting for meeting Cinderella, and Aurora and the other Disney princesses.

Which event or new offering are you looking forward to most? Let us know in the “comments” section below.

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Celebrates Platinum Milestone of ‘Happily-Ever-Afters’ at Walt Disney World Resort

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Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Celebrates Platinum Milestone of ‘Happily-Ever-Afters’ at Walt Disney World ResortDisney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Celebrates Platinum Milestone of ‘Happily-Ever-Afters’ at Walt Disney World Resort This past weekend Kingdom Magic Vacations was pleased to provide it’s concierge honeymoon planning services to future brides and grooms at the first Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding Bridal Showcase. To mark the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, Disney has announced special wedding packages plus a unique campaign showcasing the happily-ever-after stories of real life couples who have tied the knot at Walt Disney World Resort®, Disneyland® and aboard Disney Cruise Line®.

“The ‘Bringing the Fairy Tale to Life’ campaign is a tribute to all the brides and grooms who have shared their special day with us,” said Korri McFann, Worldwide Marketing Director of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons. “We are honored to have our guests recall cherished memories during Disney’s ‘Let the Memories Begin’ campaign, where Disney is sharing real home videos and photos submitted by guests.”

In honor of the platinum year, Disney has also created a specially priced wedding package perfect for vow renewals: the Memories Collection. Throughout the 20-month celebration, couples are invited to create new memories through intimate ceremonies at Walt Disney World Resort. The Memories Collection includes up to six guests, including the couple, a floral bouquet for the bride, solo violinist, transportation (three-hour limousine charter) and a professional photographer for one hour.

Ceremony locations include: Conch Key Marina at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Narcoossee’s Landing at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Luau Beach at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Disney has been making memories come true for couples and their families for two decades with a variety of wedding offerings. Traditionally recognized as a top-ranked wedding and honeymoon destination, Walt Disney World Resort currently hosts more than 1,000 couples tying the knot each year. Beyond Disney’s Wedding Pavilion, nuptials at Walt Disney World Resort also take place in outdoor garden settings, gazebos and courtyards, as well as indoor resort locations. All told, more than 40,000 couples have married at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland and aboard Disney Cruise Line.

To celebrate 20 years of happily-ever-afters, Disney has partnered with Alfred Angelo to create a Platinum Anniversary wedding gown so that brides everywhere may be a part of the celebration.

The Memories Collection is priced at $1,991 in honor of the 1991 opening year of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, and will take place on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m.

The Inspiration of the new Disney Collection by Alfred Angelo:

Behind the scenes of the new Disney Collection by Alfred Angelo:

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