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Overwhelmed by Planning a Disney World Vacation?

Today our Travel Planner, Colleen Anastasi shares some reasons why planning a Disneyland Resort vacation can be a lot less overwhelming than a Walt Disney World Vacation might be…

So you are wanting to take your family or friends on a Disney World vacation but even with using the services of a travel planner, you are feeling totally overwhelmed!  Why not try a Disneyland vacation instead!??

 

 

Here are just a handful of reasons why Disneyland can be so much more relaxing and doable than the thought of 4 parks covering 47 square miles with more than 25 resort hotels can be.

 

1.  Location!

Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure are literally across the esplanade from each other!  You can walk from park to park in just moments.  No bus, boat or monorail required!

 

2.  Size!

With only 2 parks, both loaded with things to do and see, you will feel totally immersed in the magic, just like you do at Disney World.

 

3.  It’s the Original!

Disneyland is the park Walt designed.  You can see his touches everywhere – from his apartment over the fire station to the petrified tree he thought would be a good anniversary gift for his wife.

 

4.  Character Interaction!

You will still see all the characters but it’s different there….more relaxed.  No long massive lines waiting to meet Mickey.  You see him wandering the park – guests say hi or wave…it feels more personal.

 

5.  MaxPass!

This is Disneyland’s version of fast pass. It is the best!!!  No picking your fast passes 60 days ahead of time….no stressing over what to pick or face the disappointment if your didn’t get it.  With MaxPass ($15 per day), you select your passes once you enter into the park.  Everyone has an even playing field.  You select your fast passes from the app on your phone.  The display will tell you when you can pick your next one.  Set the alarm on your phone so you don’t miss this.  At one point, I had 4 fast passes lined up ready to go.  You can pick fast passes from both parks if you have the park hopper included in your ticket. You also have unlimited Photo Pass pictures!

 

6.  Weather!

No intense Florida heat or humidity.  Nothing more needs to be said.  If you have done Disney World anytime past June, you know what I am talking about!

 

7.  Bag Check!

There is ONE security check point.  No need to deal a second time if you park hop.

 

8.  Price Point!

Typically, a Disneyland stay can be more reasonable than a Disney World stay.  While you have the option to stay on site, there are so many hotels literally right across the street.

 

9.  Afraid you will miss some of your favorite attractions?  – No worry there!

Disneyland California

Many attractions are available on both coasts – and share the same names.  Others, like Guardians of the Galaxy (Tower of Terror in Hollywood Studios), Goofy’s Sky School (Primeval Whirl in Animal Kingdom) or Radiator Springs (Test Track in Epcot) are extremely similar, just with a different theme.

 

Thank you to our Travel Planner Colleen Anastasi for sharing her reasons why a Disneyland Resort vacation can be perfect for so many individuals and families! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation’s Travel Planner today to plan your next adventure!

Details on NEW Experiences Coming to the Disney Parks Announced at D23’s Destination D Mickey Mouse Fan Celebration!

This past week Disney’s Contemporary Resort hosted Destination D! This is an exclusive Disney Parks news and updates event put on by D23. D23 is Disney’s official fan club! The event released many exciting announcements that will be coming to the Disney parks in the coming years! I am so pumped for the year ahead and all the new experiences to be had in the parks! I am excited to share with you what we now know that we can look forward to in the world of Disney news!

 

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Galaxy’s Edge is a brand-new land that will immerse guests into the world of Star Wars. This new land will be coming to both the Disneyland Resort in California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open at the Disneyland Park this coming summer of 2019. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open at Hollywood Studios in Disney World in late fall of 2019. At Destination D Disney has now revealed the names of the 2 attractions that will call Galaxy’s Edge home!

 

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

One of the new attraction’s in Galaxy’s Edge will be, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. This attraction will allow guests to take control of the Millennium Falcon in “one of three unique and critical roles.”

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

The Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction will bring guests right into an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance including a “face-off with Kylo-Ren!”

 

New Disney Resort Hotel – Reflections

During the presentation, more details where revealed about a brand-new Disney Resort Hotel coming to Walt Disney World. The Resort will be called, Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Lodge, a deluxe, nature-inspired resort coming to Walt Disney World that will feature more than 900 hotel rooms and proposed Disney Vacation Club villas.

 

New Epcot Spectacular Replacing IllumiNations

Epcot will be receiving a brand-new spectacular planned to open in the park in 2020 as part of the multi-year transformation of Epcot! The new nighttime spectacular will celebrate how Disney music inspires people around the world. The new show will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers. Also before this new show debuts, there will be a limited-time experience Epcot fans will not want to miss! This limited time show will be called “Epcot Forever,” which will debut in fall 2019 and will feature classic Epcot songs!

 

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

This new nighttime show is not the only excitement coming to Epcot. At Destination D it was revealed that the Ratatouille experience that will be coming to the France pavilion will be named Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

 

“Beauty and the Beast” sing-along

Along with Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the France pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase will be welcoming another exciting new experience! In addition to the popular Epcot attraction “Impressions de France,” a brand new “Beauty and the Beast” sing-along is set the debut. The sing-along was created by Don Hahn, producer of both the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films.

 

Mickey!

In 2019, there are many exciting new experiences coming to Disney Parks – all inspired by Mickey Mouse! Mickey has always been the parks icon and now it is so exciting that Mickey will be the focus of actual park attractions!

 

New Nighttime show at Hollywood Studios – Wonderful World of Animation

At Destination D it was announced that a brand-new cinematic nighttime show called, “Wonderful World of Animation,” will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in May 2019. The shows opening will coincide with the park’s 30th anniversary celebration. The show will use state-of-the-art projection technology. The show will take guests on a magical journey through over 90 years of Disney animation, all beginning with Mickey himself.

 

Mickey’s Soundsational Parade Return

Over at the Disneyland Resort in California we now know that the popular Mickey’s Soundsational Parade is set to return to Disneyland park in January 2019!

 

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Imagineers have been working hard to create Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The new ride that will be taking the place of where the Great Movie Ride once was will use breakthrough technology to transform a two-dimensional cartoon into an amazing real-world experience. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be the first-ever ride-through attraction that will be themed to Mickey Mouse! As a big Mickey and Minnie Mouse fan I am so excited Mickey and Minnie will have their very own attraction! The new attraction will feature a brand-new original story and a lovable theme song as it takes guests on a journey inside the wacky and unpredictable world of Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts.

With all this excitement, now is the perfect time to plan your next Walt Disney World Resort Vacation! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation Planner today and let our knowledgable team help you plan the vacation of your dreams!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All New ‘Frozen’-Inspired Stage Musical Coming to Disney California Adventure Park in 2016

Disney’s blockbuster musical “Frozen” has become a true phenomenon around the world and soon, the story of “Frozen” will come to spectacular life in an all-new theatrical production in summer 2016 at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure park.

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This new show will immerse you in the world of “Frozen” as never before, with elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects and surprising scenic transformations.

“Our stage production of ‘Frozen’ will stay true to the heart and soul of the film,” says Dana Harrel, Portfolio Creative Entertainment Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. “Anna and Elsa will carry the audience on an emotional journey that includes show-stopping production numbers and a few unique theatrical twists. We can’t wait for everyone to see it!”

With a new show set to open at the Hyperion Theater, it’s time for Aladdin to make his final wish and set the Genie free, as the cast of the award-winning “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” prepares to take its final curtain call on January 10, 2016 after nearly 14,000 shows.

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“Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” has taken millions of guests wonder by wonder since its debut in January 2003, bringing with it such fantastic theatrical delights as Aladdin’s entrance on the elephant, a magic carpet ride over the audience, an original song by Alan Menken and the ever-evolving, tour-de-force performance of the wise-cracking Genie. To this day, the incredible talent of the show’s captivating cast has made every turn a surprise, every moment red letter.

“Thanks to our amazing cast and the many, many fans, ‘Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’ has enjoyed a longer run at Disney California Adventure park than we could have ever imagined,” said Kris Theiler, Vice President of Operations for Disney California Adventure park. “Today, we are excited to share more exciting news about another story that will soon come to life for guests at the Hyperion Theater. With larger-than-life musical numbers, wondrous scenery and lovable characters, ‘Frozen’ will begin entertaining guests in 2016.”

“Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” is scheduled to be performed several times daily through January 10, 2016, so fans of the show still have plenty of opportunities left to catch a magic carpet ride to Agrabah. Additionally, the Broadway production of “Aladdin” continues its successful run in New York. Stay tuned to Disney Parks Blog in the coming months for details on how we plan to celebrate the Disney California Adventure park favorite before, as Genie says, he’s “outta here!”


Disneyland Resort Restaurants Win Southern California Restaurant Writers Awards

Carthay Circle Restaurant

We all want a little advice when we’re making a dinner reservation, from time to time, and often it’s food writers and critics that send us to the best restaurants. That’s why we enjoy seeing the annual awards from the Southern California Restaurant Writers Inc., a group formed nearly 40 years ago to keep a finger on the pulse of the region’s dining.

This year the group awarded Disneyland Resort a dozen awards to eight restaurants – two in Disneyland Park, two in Disney California Adventure Park and three in Disneyland Resort hotels.

Napa Rose

Here are the awards:

Golden Bacchus Wine Award (the highest wine award):
Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge (Disney California Adventure park)
Napa Rose (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa)
Steakhouse 55 (Disneyland Hotel)

5 Stars (the highest award):
Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge
Napa Rose
Steakhouse 55

4 Stars:
Ariel’s Grotto (Disney California Adventure park)
Blue Bayou Restaurant (Disneyland park)
Café Orleans (Disneyland park)
Storytellers Cafe (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa)

3 Stars:
Goofy’s Kitchen (Disneyland Hotel)

Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge

Manager of the Year:
Jose Barragan – Barragan has been with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for 17 years and manages Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure park.

Congratulations to all the talented management, chefs, and serving staff for these amazing restaurant!


Special New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Disneyland Resort

From a New Year’s Cupcake at Jolly Holiday Bakery in Disneyland park to the Napa Rose New Year’s Eve Bash, the Disneyland Resort will ring in 2014 with something fun for everyone.

New Year's Eve at Disneyland Resort

Let’s start with the Napa Rose celebration. Actually, there are two: an early seating from 5:30 – 7 p.m. with a four-course dinner (think grilled hand-harvested sea scallops and 28-day-aged prime New York beef … Chef Andrew Sutton’s fabulous Wine Country Feast of seasonal classics) and festive decorations. Cost is $125 plus tax and gratuity. The perfect way to start the party early when you have plans later in the evening.

The late seating commences with bubbly at 8:15 p.m. and a dinner dance party with live music – they’re adding a dance floor in the lounge area with hundreds of silver, gold, red and black balloons to create a magical party. Plus hats and party favors, of course.

Napa Rose Restaurant Disneyland resort

Start with honeyed profiteroles with goat cheese and cranberry jam, followed by imported Osetra caviar parfait layered with Skuna Bay salmon tartare, cucumber pearls and crème fraîche. You’ll move on to three more courses before a 30-minute “intermission” for dancing, followed by two more courses (including dessert). It’s all perfectly timed to take you to midnight. Dancing goes ‘til 1 a.m.

The five-course tasting menu is $220 plus tax and gratuity (no children’s pricing), plus $65 for a flight of world-class wines for pairing. Chef Sutton also has a delicious vegetarian menu.

For reservations, call Kingdom Magic at 866-972-6244 or speak to your travel planner. Valet is complimentary.

Flos V-8 Cafe at Disney's California Adventure

Other celebrations, special tastes for New Year’s Eve:

    • Look for menu specials in Disneyland park at Carnation Café on Main Street U.S.A. (surf and turf with shrimp and sirloin steak); at French Market (roasted pork chop with Calvados applesauce, braised greens and sweet potato soufflé); at Blue Bayou (a seafood pot pie); and Cafe Orleans (flat iron steak with bone marrow demi-glace, garlic mashed potatoes and acorn squash).
    • Flo’s V8 Café at Disney California Adventure park will offer meat loaf with Coca-Cola barbecue sauce and two sides.
    • Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel has a prixe fixe, three-course menu for $65 that includes spinach salad with warm bacon vinaigrette, filet and lobster and chocolate paté.
    • Storyteller’s Café at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa has a prixe fixe two-course dinner with with porcini-rubbed rib-eye with scampi-style prawns, mashed potatoes and Cabernet demi-glace, and a duo of dark chocolate and Bailey’s crème brûlée with espresso cookies for $29.99.
  • And who can resist a New Year’s Eve cupcake? Especially the New Year’s Cupcake with dark chocolate cake, Nutella filling, Belgian white chocolate frosting with black and silver decorations, silver disco dust, a chocolate Mickey, chocolate truffle and bow tie? That’s a party on a plate! Look for it at Jolly Holiday Bakery, Fidler, Fifer & Practical Cafe and Pacific Wharf Café at Disney California Adventure park, and White Water Snacks at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

Happy 2014!

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Hop Around Disneyland for Some Egg-stra Special Easter Celebrations

Disneyland  and Disney’s California Adventure parks have some egg-citing events happening all week to celebrate Easter. With the Main Street Bunny Hop (taking place daily on Main Street, U.S.A.) and the Wilderness Explorer Egg Hunt (all week at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail). Be sure to keep an eye out for some rarely seen long-eared Disney friends!

Disney’s California Adventure and Downtown Disney for Offers Special Cuisine for Lunar New Year Celebrations

Starting Friday, California Adventure and Downtown Disney are kicking off Lunar New Year celebrations.

Starting Friday, California Adventure and Downtown Disney are kicking off Lunar New Year celebrations. Various restaurants inside California Adventure are serving a few “specialty” items inspired by the Chinese New Year, including a Boudin sourdough loaf in the shape of a snake (year of the snake starts Sunday).

Starting Friday, California Adventure and Downtown Disney are kicking off Lunar New Year celebrations.

Disney will also be be serving crispy Imperial rolls, grilled lemongrass beef skewers and three kinds of pho.

Starting Friday, California Adventure and Downtown Disney are kicking off Lunar New Year celebrations.

 

What is your favorite Lunar New Year cuisine?

Rose Parade Fans Floored by ‘Destination: Cars Land’ Float

Happy New Year! If you, like many across the country, like to start your new year watching the annual Rose Parade from Pasadena, Calif., you probably saw the Disneyland Resort “Destination: Cars Land” float New Years Day. I had the privilege to watch the parade myself from the stands along the parade route, and seeing our float in person was incredible. If you missed it, or if you just want a closer look, I’ve got photos to share with you from chief photographer, Paul Hiffmeyer.

 Disneyland Resort “Destination: Cars Land” float

The float got off to a good start as it stepped off onto Orange Grove Blvd., but then …

Cars Land Float Breaks Down

… it broke down! In a flash of sparks and smoke, it looked like the fun would be over. But Mater, who you can see following close behind in the photo above, was there to save the day! With a quick jump-start, Radiator Springs’ favorite tow truck had the float running good as new and on its way down the parade route!

On board the float was Disney Channel “Shake It Up” star, Zendaya and DJ Ernie D from Radio Disney

On board the float was Disney Channel “Shake It Up” star, Zendaya and DJ Ernie D from Radio Disney, who broadcast live from the float during the parade.

Shot of the entire Cars Land float

Finally, I’ll leave you with a shot of the entire float. You can see Lightning McQueen and Sally racing in the front, on top of a floral “Welcome to Cars Land” sign; Flo’s V8 Cafe and Cozy Cone Motel signs (along with a mini Cozy Cone Motel underneath); floral representations of ride vehicles from Luigi’s Flying Tires and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree; Luigi and Guido cheering on miniature Radiator Springs Racers vehicles racing through a floral replica of Ornament Valley – with a real waterfall!

Check back tomorrow for one more behind-the-scenes video from the float construction!

 

 

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