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The Nighttime Spectaculars At Walt Disney World!

 

The nighttime shows at Walt Disney World are truly spectacular.  When you visit make sure you stay into the evening hours at each of the four parks to see the wonderful show that each has to offer.  At each park you will experience a very unique display that is sure to take your breath away!

 

 

Animal Kingdom

Since Animal Kingdom added on evening park hours they have added the Rivers of Light show.  This show celebrates the majesty of nature and features special effects and a thrilling musical score.  Eastern festival traditions are combined with technology, which makes for a beautiful nighttime pageant showcasing lantern floats and animals.  This show tells the story of how mankind has been inspired by animals and nature.

 

Hollywood Studios

Located on Sunset Boulevard at Hollywood Studios you will find the gigantic amphitheater which curves around a lagoon giving a great view of the nighttime show Fantasmic.  The premise of this show is you are in a dream Mickey is having where good will verse evil as he becomes a sorcerer’s apprentice with powers to control things like water, color and magic.  This show features many live performers, huge sets, stunning effects, pyrotechnics and thrilling music.  Mickey’s dream turns into a nightmare when the Disney Villains try to take over.  In the end you know that Mickey will win for a happy ending.

 

EPCOT

You will find Illuminations Reflections of Earth located around the World Showcase in EPCOT.  This show has stunning fireworks that celebrates the Earth and all of humanity.  There are also fiery flames all around the lagoon for a dramatic effect.  A 350,000 pound Globe glides out on the lagoon displaying the Earth’s history of humanity and achievements.  The combination of flames, lazers, fireworks, music and storytelling makes this show incredible.  That is why it has been around for 20 years.  Hurry if you want to see it because September 30th will be the last showing before a new show is revealed.  It will be sad to see it go but I am certain that Disney has an even better show ready to wow us.  As was the case when Wishes at Magic Kingdom went away to make way for the current show “Happily Ever After”.  So that brings me to the last park and for me my favorite!  That is why I saved the best for last!

 

Magic Kingdom

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At Magic Kingdom the best way to end your day is with a viewing of the Happily Ever After fireworks show.  Cinderella’s Castle becomes part of the story by having state-of-the art projections tell a story of many favorite Disney animated films.  This show uses more lasers, lights, special effects and fireworks than any in the history of the Magic Kingdom.  The musical score will give you goose bumps and by the end I always have a tear in my eye.  Watch our new YouTube video to see highlights of what this show has to offer:

 

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner who will be happy to help you plan your Magical vacation to Walt Disney World or any other destination that you are dreaming of going.

 

5 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World!

Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise Returns

 

New Year’s Eve is one of the most exciting nights of the year! It is a time when we gather with friends and loved ones to be together and join in the countdown as we anticipate the new year and new opportunities ahead of us! It is a time of great excitement and many people love to look for festivities and events to make their celebrations truly memorable! Spending your New Year’s Eve at the Walt Disney World Resort is a great way to kick of the brand-new year! Let’s just say, Disney knows how to create magical celebrations!

 

 

I was at Walt Disney World last year during New Years and it was the best New Year’s Eve I had ever experienced! Across all of Disney World property there was an energy and excitement that filled the air! Other guests all talked about the plans they had for the big night! Throughout the Disney parks and resorts there are some different entertainment and event offerings that guests can experience! There is a wide variety of locations to choose from when it comes to planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Most Magical Place on Earth! You will find everything from offerings with a party atmosphere to celebrations that are more intimate and relaxing! Here is my list of 5 ideas for ways to ring in the New Year at Walt Disney World!

Magic Kingdom Fireworks

Probably one of the most iconic festivities taking place at Walt Disney World on New Year’s Eve is the Magic Kingdom New Year’s fireworks show! This specialty fireworks display begins about 10 minutes before midnight. The presentation is dazzling and truly lights up the night sky. The presentation featured 360 degrees of fireworks that will surround all of the Magic Kingdom park! The finale of the show is the countdown to midnight! The voices of Mickey and the gang countdown from 10 until we reach the stroke of midnight. During the countdown, the fireworks in the shapes of the numbers 10 – 1 are casted into the air! You have to see it to believe it! To top it all off the voices of your favorite Disney characters sing the classic New Year’s anthem, auld lang syne as fireworks fill every inch of the sky!

Fireworks Boat Cruise

My next idea to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World is how I celebrated last year, a fireworks boat cruise to view the Magic Kingdom specialty fireworks! This is a wonderful option. The cruises dock on Seven Seas Lagoon, the body of water out front of the Magic Kingdom park. The cruise itself is a very fun experience and you can get one of the best views of the fireworks show! Additionally, you won’t have to deal with the stress and congestion of actually being inside Magic Kingdom for the show. This is a popular event and the park typically reaches capacity on this night. Getting to take in the show from the comfort of your very own pontoon boat that leaves from the marinas of one of the Magic Kingdom resorts is a very enjoyable option! Included in your cruise is a selection of snacks and soft drinks. Also included for those 21 and over is a champagne toast at midnight!

 

Fireworks Viewing from the Magic Kingdom Resort Beaches

Another great option if you want to catch the incredible Magic Kingdom fireworks but don’t want to deal with the crowds in the parks is to watch the fireworks from one of the beaches at either Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort or Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. My recommendation for the evening would be to make a dinner a reservation at the resort you are planning to watch the fireworks from. Both the Polynesian and Grand Floridian are home to many amazing dining locations! Watching the fireworks from the resort beaches while not nearly as crowded as the inside of Magic Kingdom can still become a popular spot so be sure to grab a spot early and then just kick back and enjoy the amazing atmosphere of the resort as you wait for the show!

Epcot

If you are looking for an exciting party spot then look no further then Epcot! The park is filled with DJs and dance parties everywhere you turn. Many of the pavilions in World Showcase get into the spirit with exciting offerings and celebrations that represent each country’s culture! This park is also home to a spectacular New Year’s firework show to ring in the big moment! If you are looking for a more intimate setting to view this show there are also Epcot fireworks cruises available for bookings. These leave from the Epcot resort hotels.

 

Fine Dining

What better way to ring in the start of a new year then with a great meal with family and friends! Disney World has so many wonderful restaurants to fit whatever you and your party are looking for! From an elegant signature restaurant to a fun character dinner there is something for everyone. During New Year’s Eve some restaurants actually have special meal and dining options created just for the memorable evening!

 

However your choose to celebrate New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World you are sure to enjoy a New Years that you will remember for a lifetime. Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today to plan the adventure that you and your family will take in 2019! Happy New Year!

Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs Discusses MagicBands at All Things Digital Conference

Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, showed off its new high-tech system at the 11th D: All Things Digital conference. This is the most information we’ve seen released on the new MagicBands.

Mr. Staggs discussed the many possibilities that come with the MagicBands, including customized “Happy Birthday” messages for guests and interactive attractions.

(This video is 29 mnutes)

A few of Mr. Staggs Major Points: 

  • Disney’s park characters, including talking Mickey Mouse, will be able to know visitors names in advance of meeting them, even setting up specific meet-and-greet times for personalized encounters.

  • Restaurants, beginning with Be Our Guest in New Fantasyland, will allow advance ordering of food, ready upon arrival.

  • Guests will be able to design an It’s a Small World doll online at home, which will appear in the ride, popping up from behind decorations, while passing by, appearing along with a special message if guests are celebrating an occasion, like a birthday.

  • Ride times, fireworks and parade seating, and other attractions will be able to be reserved from home in advance using the My Disney Experience online system.

  • MagicBands will integrate with FastPass and PhotoPass systems.

  • Staggs hinted that the upcoming Disney Infinity console video game will interact with the MagicBand, though he noted he isn’t ready to make any official announcements.

  • Staggs emphasized the overall goal is not to convert all attractions to digital experiences,noting Disney’s parks are a 360-5 experience, meaning 360-degrees around guests using all five senses. He also said It’s a Small World as a digital ride would not be appealing, but attractions like that can be enhanced digitally.

What do you think about the new Magic Bands? Leave us a comment, we’d love to know what you think.

Holiday Wishes Fireworks Spectacular: Day 9 – 25 Days of Christmas

These are some of the most magical fireworks you will see all your long.

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A Night at Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland Park

If you’ve never been to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park, I’m here to tell you – you’re missing out on a good time. Spooky surprises await around every corner, in addition to exclusive entertainment like “Halloween Screams” fireworks spectacular and Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade – which you can see below as it makes its way into Town Square.

Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade during Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park

The whole park is under a Halloween spell, from “it’s a small world” …

"it's a small world" during Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park

… to Sleeping Beauty Castle!

Sleeping Beauty Castle during Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park

If you go, keep an eye out for eerie entertainers, like Mr. Key Daver performing in the Golden Horseshoe …

Mr. Key Daver performing in the Golden Horseshoe during Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park

… and my personal favorite, the Cadaver Dans, performing from their bewitched barge along the Rivers of America.

the Cadaver Dans, performing from their bewitched barge along the Rivers of America

But of course, no visit to Mickey’s Halloween Party is complete without a trip through a few treat trails! Any party veteran can tell you about the bag full of sweet and good-for-you treats that you’ll be going home with at the end of the night.

A Night at Mickey’s Halloween Party in Disneyland Park
Have you been to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland park? What is your favorite thing to do or see at the party? Let us know in the comments!

VIDEOS: My Disney Cruise!

Disney Cruise Line has put together a great little series highlighting the joys of cruise on a Disney Ship. Take a look at these humorous videos to get you in the cruising mood.

Watch Goofy in his latest, greatest, and goofiest role yet — “The Creature from Beyond”

Get a glimpse at the only fireworks show on the high seas!

Watch Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck bust-a-move aboard the Disney Cruise Line

Take a ride on the first water coaster at sea!

Explore a Disney Cruise through the eyes and imagination of one of its biggest (little) fans

Disney Cruise Line Offers 7-Night Cruises from $599!

The Magic of Disney Cruise Line in the hear of Texas

Disney Cruise Line Western Caribbean Cruises from $599If it’s true that everthing’s bigger in Texas, then you will want to experience all the magic Disney Cruise Line has to offer sailing out of Galveston. Over every Disney cruise, kids, tweens, teens and adults get to delight in tentertainment, activities and areas created just for them. Of course you’ll also get to experience all the special touches that make sailing wwith Disney Cruise Line so magical, including:

  • World-class entertainment like Broadway-style stage musical shows, first-run films and fireworks at sea (weather permitting)
  • Top-notch staterooms
  • Daily meals, snacks and more!

And now Disney Cruise Line is offering 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruises from $599 per person! Your 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise will take to from Galveston, Texas to exotic destinations including Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Mexico and Cozumel Mexico.

Sights
In Grand Cayman, visit the restored national landmark once called Pedro Castle. Explore the fascinating Mayan ruins of Costa Maya. And revel in the sparkling blue lagoons of Cozumel and its intriguing Mayan ruins.

Activities
Dance along with Disney Characters at the Adventures Away! Sail–Away Celebration. Experience an endless array of activities on board, from live shows to fine dining at Palo. On shore, go snorkeling and scuba diving where dolphins splash in the crystalline waves. In Grand Cayman, visit Stingray City, where you can pet the backs of these velvety sea creatures.

Disney Cruise Line Western Caribbean Cruises from $599

Disney Cruise Line Western Caribbean Cruises from $599

 

Offer Details:
Book a 7-night Western Caribbean cruise starting at $599* per person, based on double occupancy, in an Inside Stateroom with Restrictions aboard Disney Magic®. Government Taxes and Fees are not included.

Sail Dates:
Available most sail dates Sept. 22 – Nov. 10, 2012.

Additional Details:

  • Full payment is required at the time of booking for all Guests and is non-refundable.
  • Full legal names of all Guests are required at time of booking and no name changes are allowed.
  • Specific stateroom will be assigned at a later time, based on availability.
  • Gratuities, Government Taxes, Fees and Port Adventures are not included.
  • The number of staterooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.
  • Rates are in U.S. Dollars.
  • Offer subject to Disney Cruise Line® Terms and Conditions.

* Taxes and fees are an additional charge per person.

Happy Halloween from Kingdom Magic Vacations

Cinderella Castle Halloween Walt Disney WorldFRIGHTFULLY FUN FIREWORKS: Orange-hued fireworks explode over Cinderella Castle while illuminated pumpkins are projected onto the facade during the “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks show. The pyrotechnics show is part of “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party,” an after-hours Halloween celebration that takes place on select nights at the theme park. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

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Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage on Disney’s Seven Seas Lagoon

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pirate cruise disneyAhoy me hearties, ye be setting sail for fun and adventure with Captain Hook and Mr. Smee on this adventure.

Departing from Disney’s Contemporary Resort, mateys receive a true buccaneer’s welcome as they chow down on hearty pirate grub and grog before setting sail on an unforgettable moonlight voyage around Seven Seas Lagoon.

Play Disney trivia games, sing songs and sea chanteys and savor “Wishes” fireworks lighting the night sky above Cinderella Castle in front of the Magic Kingdom. On the sail home, your pirate hosts enchant you with the tale of Peter Pan, plus more trivia questions and special prizes. Once tied up, the voyage concludes with a visit from a very special guest. Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage is scheduled Fridays through Mondays. Cost is $53.99 adults, $30.99 children ages 3-9.

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2011 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets on Sale Now

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Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Parade

At the Walt Disney World Resort on 19 select evenings between November 8th and December 18th, 2011, guests can experience the enchantment of Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle plus two special entertainment extravaganzas, “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” and the holiday-themed fireworks spectacular, “Holiday Wishes-Celebrate the Spirit of the Season.”

This special after-hours party in the Magic Kingdom, which requires a separate admission ticket, also features live Disney character stage shows, character greetings, cookies and cocoa, and even “snow” on Main Street, U.S.A.

Dates:

November 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29, 30
December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18

Prices:

$60.66 for adults and $55.33 for ages 3-9 with advanced purchase.  Available November 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 29, 30; December 4, 6, 7, 11, 13

$67.05 for adults and $61.72 for kids on the day of event

$56.40 for adults and $51.07 for kids with Passholder & DVC Member Discounts.  Available November 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 29, 30; December 4, 6:

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Dates Announced for the 2011 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom

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The headless horseman romps down Main Street, U.S.A. aboard his steed, ghostly apparitions flit among the buildings of the Magic Kingdom, Cinderella Castle is draped in eerie hues and the night sky is painted with bursts of orange and green fireworks during this popular after-hours event on 23 select autumn evenings between September 13th and November 1st, 2011.

This special-ticket Walt Disney World event features trick-or-treating throughout the park, “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks spectacular, “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade” – including Disney characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction – and the opportunity to experience popular attractions with little to no wait.

2011 MNSSHP Dates
September: 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
October: 2, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31
November: 1

Prices range from $53.95 to $67.95 for adults and $47.95 to $62.95 for kids ages 3-9.

 

 

 

 

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