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Having a Disney Fairytale Wedding!

Did you know you can get married at Walt Disney World or at any Disney destination that would be magical for you?  Just imagine saying I Do in the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, on a Disney Cruise or at Aulani in Hawaii.  Well it is all possible with a Disney Fairytale Wedding package.  Here is some information to get started planning your Disney wedding or vow renewal.

 

 

-Your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner can go over the Disney Weddings packages to learn more about pricing and tools to help you plan.

 

-You will have a Disney Wedding Planner that will help you every step of the way and will turn your dreams into reality.

 

 

-Disney Weddings can be affordable. There are different packages to choose from.  The Escape package starts at around $7,000 and the Wishes package begins at $12,000.  You can customize add on’s such as arriving in Cinderella’s carriage to dessert parties for your guests while watching the fireworks. The possibilities are endless to create the dream wedding you always wanted.

 

 

-There are many locations both indoors and outdoors where you can choose to say I do and your wedding planner can help you with what is best for you.

 

 

After your magical Disney wedding you’ll want to plan your perfect Honeymoon, so contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner to help you make all the arrangements!

5 Ways To Get The Family Excited About Your Disney Trip

 

You have made the decision to take the family on a trip to Walt Disney World. This trip may be many months away but there are things you can do while you wait for your magical trip to begin that will get the excitement started.  In my family the trip planning has become a special part of the whole trip experience.  There is so much fun in the anticipation of the upcoming trip.  Let me highlight five ways to get everyone in the family excited for the trip and make the waiting half the fun!

1. Listen to Disney Music and Watch Disney Movies

Disney music and movies are so fun and entertaining for the whole family. It is a favorite pasttime for my family to listen to Disney music and watch our favorite Disney Movies. You can find some great music to listen to while driving around with your family.  It will make your drive time more fun and keep you excited waiting for your Disney trip. Check out your favorite streaming services for great Disney movies and music. It is sure to get everyone excited.

2. Check out YouTube

YouTube is a great resource for learning all about the Disney Parks. If you want to see what is going on at Disney, you are sure to find a great video out there. This is a great way to show your family all that Disney World has to offer by seeing what other people have experienced while there. You can find things on rides, shows, resorts dining and so much more. If you have young children that may be a little afraid of certain rides, watching a video about the rides can prepare them and help you decide which rides are best for your family. This can help you decide what is a priority and then when it is time you will be able to secure the Fastpasses that you will want.

3.  Dining Reservations

There are so many places to eat at Walt Disney World. From quick service to signature dining, there is something that everyone will enjoy.  Check out the Dining section of the My Disney Experience app and have the family go through the menus of the restaurants and get everyone involved in making the dining reservations. Maybe let each member of the family pick a special restaurant for each day of your trip. Don’t forget to check out all the Character meal choices if this is something your family would enjoy and pick out the ones that sound the best to all of you.

4.  Save Money

It’s no secret that a Disney World vacation can become expensive so the months leading up to the trip is a great time to start a trip fund for souvenirs or a special experience.  You can make a cute Disney jar to save your money.  Get everyone involved and get creative. If your children get an allowance they can put some money in the jar.  For birthdays and Christmas the kids can ask for Disney gift cards to add to the savings. Parents can add to it with extra change at the end of each day.  Its fun to see how much you can save and then split up the money for souvenirs or use it for a special experience like one of the character dining meals or renting a boat or taking a carriage ride. There are so many possibilities and it will be fun deciding what to do with your extra cash!

5. Make a Disney Count Down

I know it may seem like your trip is a long way off and it is fun to have a countdown.  This is especially good for younger kids that don’t understand the concept of time.  There are so many count down ideas. From making your own like a chain to purchasing something premade.  There are many sites with ideas and printables or shops that sell really unique count down items.

 

I hope you enjoyed these ideas and can incorporate them into your Disney trip planning.

 

If you want to book a trip our Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planners are here to help.  Please call today to start planning your next magical Disney vacation.

Festival of the Arts Broadway Concert Series

 

The 2020 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts will open January 17th 2020 and run through February 24th.  This festival will celebrate culinary, visual and performing arts.

One of the fan favorites of this Festival is the Disney Broadway Concert Series.  These concerts feature Broadway performers singing some beloved songs from Disney musicals.  We know some of the pairs of artists this year include Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland, Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey, Heidi Blickenstaff and Gavin Lee, and Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White.

 

 

The current lineup that Disney has announced today is as follows:

Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White

  • January 17
  • January 20 through 21
  • January 24

Heidi Blickenstaff and Gavin Lee

  • January 18 through 19
  • January 22 through 23

Kissy Simmons, Heidi Blickenstaff, Alton Fitzgerald White and Gavin Lee

  • January 25

Kara Lindsay and Kevin Massey

  • January 26
  • January 28 through 29
  • February 1 through 2
  • February 5 through 6

TBD

  • January 27
  • January 30 through 31
  • February 3 through 4
  • February 7 through 8


Kara Lindsay, Kevin Massey and TBD

  • February 9

Ashley Brown and Josh Strickland

  • February 10
  • February 12 through 13
  • February 18 through 19
  • February 22 through 23

TBD

  • February 11
  • February 14 through 17
  • February 20 through 21

Ashley Brown, Josh Strickland and TBD

  • February 24

These performances will take place at 5:30 pm, 6:45 pm and 8:00 pm daily during the Festival dates.

 

Dining Packages

 

 

Dining packages are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner at participating EPCOT restaurants.  This reservation guarantees you seating at one of the three concerts held that day.  Dining packages will be available for booking starting November 14th.

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation travel planner who can assist you in booking your trip to the Festival of the Arts!

My Top Picks for Quick Service Locations at the Four Disney World Parks

 

In last weeks blog I discussed getting your Advanced Dining Reservations at Table Service Restaurants in Disney World.  In that blog I recommended that you not make reservations for every day of your vacation and to leave some days just to plan as you go and not be locked into any one location at a specific time.  This week I would like to give you my top picks at each park for a Quick Service Dining Option that is still really good food and not typical burgers and fries.

 

Magic Kingdom

In Magic Kingdom hands down for me I always head to Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square.  There are so many of my favorites on this menu.  My personal favorites would be the Trio platter which has fried shrimp, breaded chicken breast nuggets and battered fish served with hushpuppies and choice of green beans & carrots or french fries.  Another fav is the chicken pot pie or some healthy options like the grilled salmon or Harbour salads.  There is plenty of seating in this location.  I always head upstairs and get a seat by a window to people watch as I enjoy my meal.

 

Animal Kingdom

My pick for Animal Kingdom is Flame Tree Barbecue and I have selected it for two reasons, the food and the atmosphere of this location’s seating.  Flame Tree is located in the Discovery Island section of the park and you will easily be able to find it by just following the incredible BBQ smell.  They have ribs, chicken and pulled pork.  I’ve tried them all and love them!  My go to is the smoked pulled pork sandwich served with coleslaw and signature baked beans.  I have heard a lot of rave reviews on their baked macaroni and cheese with pulled pork so this is on my list to try next time.  As for the seating I mentioned, I like that it is outdoors and under nice shaded pavilions.  It is tucked away and I like to head to the area closest to the water overlooking Expedition Everest.  It is so quiet and peaceful down there and is the perfect place to recharge your energy for more exploring.

 

Hollywood Studios

I have to say that Hollywood Studios was always the park that I struggled to find a quick service location that had anything that I would highly recommend.  That was until Toy Story Land opened and with it Woody’s Lunch Box.  The menu here is not large by any means but everything I have tried has been delicious.  My favorite is their grilled three cheese sandwich and the tomato-basil soup.  The smoked turkey sandwich, totchos and BBQ Brisket melt are also good choices.  My only complaint is they need more seating so I recommend having someone stand in line to order while the rest of the family looks around for a family getting ready to leave and then grab it up quick.

 

EPCOT

Okay, I have left the best for last.  EPCOT is a foodie lovers park.  The quick service options here are endless and this is the one park where I have a hard time just giving you one pick, so I will break it down with a pick in Future World and then World Showcase.  In Future World I would head over to the Land Pavilion where Sunshine Seasons is located on the bottom floor.  This is a food court which has many options and you will be able to find something for everyone in your group.  There are different shops  within the court.  You can choose from:  Asian Noodles Shop, Grill Shop, Sandwich Shop, Soup & Salads Shop and of course a Bakery Shop to enjoy a sweet treat.  There is plenty of seating and if you plan your fast passes carefully this is where Soarin and Living with the Land and located.

In World Showcase there are many quick service locations each geared toward the cusine from the Country you are visiting.  Pick your favorite and you can’t go wrong.  I have to say I have had something from each that I have loved but if pressed to pick I’ll have to choose the fish and chips in the UK!

 

I hope you have enjoyed my quick service picks.  If this has made you hungry and wanting to plan your next Disney World trip please contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation travel planner to get started.

My Tips for Advanced Dining Reservations at Walt Disney World

 

Part of the fun of my Walt Disney World trips is looking forward to the food that I am going to get to eat.  Just as much as the rides and attractions, I look forward to the dining experiences that Disney World has to offer.  With four parks and the entire Disney Springs Area there are so many options to choice from when selecting a place to dine.

 

 

If you are a Disney Resort Hotels guest, you can start booking your dining reservations 180 days in advance of your trip and can make reservations for the entire length of your Resort stay – up to 10 days.  If you are staying off Disney property, you can still make reservations 180 days in advance of that first day of your trip and continue to make reservations as each 180 day mark arrives.

 

 

I think advance dining is great!  It guarantees that you will have your most important reservations that you want to experience.  This 180 day mark is extremely important not to miss if you have your heart set on reservations like Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest Restaurant.  There are also some very popular restaurants like the Contemporary Resort’s California Grill and The Polynesians Resort’s Ohana.  These are restaurants that if you would like a reservation there I would suggest booking as soon as possible.

 

 

Now with all of that being said, I do not want to overwhelm you by thinking that you need to schedule every meal this far in advance.  Remember that this is your vacation and I do not know about you but the last thing I want to do is stress out while planning or enjoying vacation.  As I said before there are so many restaurants at Walt Disney World that even during your trip you will be able to find really good Table service dining reservations available.  When you schedule yourself out for every meal, you really lock yourself into being at a certain place at a certain time, which can add a lot of stress.  You never know what may change your plans such as the weather could be bad and you change where you want to be that day.  The last thing you want is to feel stressed because you now cannot change because you are locked into a dining reservation.  Disney does charge usually a $10 per person for no shows or reservations cancelled less than 24 hours in advance.

 

 

My suggestion is to schedule your must have reservations and then leave some of your vacation days wide open to do whatever you wish.  There are also so many really good Quick Service Dining options at Disney that are not just your traditional burgers and fries.  In an upcoming blog, I will give you a list of some of my favorite Quick Service locations at each park.  In addition, you will want to keep in mind the time of year you are visiting because EPCOT has so many festivals involving good food offerings that if this is something you enjoy you will want to have some of the meals while eating around the World Showcase.

 

 

If hope this helps you with planning dining on your next Walt Disney World trip and if you are thinking of planning your next trip your Kingdom Magic Vacation Travel Planner will be happy to assist.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019

 

It is that most magical time of year again at the Magic Kingdom and along with all the festive decorations comes an annual event not to be missed and that is the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  This party is a special ticketed event held on select nights now through December 22nd.  The Magic Kingdom closes for the evening and ticket holders can start to enter Magic Kingdom at 4:00 p.m. with the official party beginning at 7:00 p.m. and lasting until midnight.

Let me tell you a little about the party so you can decide if this is something you would like to add on to your holiday trip.  First, let’s talk about treats!  Party guests will enjoy a variety of complimentary sweets and treats located at various treat stations throughout the park.  Also, note that there are healthy and gluten-free options that will be available upon request.   You will get to fill up on many different yummy cookies, pretzels, eggnog, hot chocolate, apple cider and fanta drinks.  There will also be special holiday treats for purchase that are only available during the party!

 

 

At this wonderful time of year, Cinderella Castle transforms each night by Queen Elsa as she gives everyone their Frozen Holiday Wish!  Christmas magic will surround you with carols and even snow coming down on Main Street!

Then there is the Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade which features costumes and floats that are themed to Winter Wonderland, Christmas Sweets and of course Mr. and Mrs. Claus.  The parade happens twice at 8:30 p.m. and 11:00 pm.  Just a little tip, the second parade is often easier to get a better seat.

 

9 Must-Do’s For Fall Visits to Walt Disney World Resort

 

Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom are always special but the Christmastime Fireworks are not to be missed!  This year debuts a brand new fireworks show called Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks and is presented at 10:00 p.m. on party nights only.

There are many other party events happening through the night like fun dance parties, Christmas songs performed by a cappella group and special holiday character meet and greets.  All of this fun, not to mention the rides and attractions you can enjoy with much shorter waits.

So if you and your family want to partake in all this festive Christmastime fun, contact your Kingdom Magic Vacation travel planner today!

 

 

My Experience Riding the Disney Skyliner! – Video

 

Walt Disney World’s newest mode of transportation is here! The Disney Skyliner has arrived! The Skyliner has been added to the Walt Disney World Resort transportation fleet alongside, buses, boats, monorails and even Minnie Vans! The addition of the Disney Skyliner now gives guests another option for Disney transportation. This efficient system is helping to alleviate Disney bus traffic by giving resort guests and park goers another way to get around property.

 

 

Not only is the Skyliner efficient and convenient, but it is also so much fun! I rode the Skyliner for the first-time last month and truly felt that this transportation system feels more like a fun ride rather than simply a means of getting from point A to point B. With the Skyliner it feels as though your journey is already a part of the destination! The Skyliner is an attraction in itself!

 

 

For me riding the Skyliner gave me a similar feeling to riding the Disney monorail system. If you have been to Walt Disney World before, then I’m sure at some point you have experienced the famous Disney monorail. The Disney monorails are icons of the Disney Parks and Resorts and I’m sure you agree that riding the monorail is a fun form of transportation and gives you that feeling of being on a ride rather than just a transportation system. I had that same feeling while riding the Skyliner. The way I see it, I am predicting now that soon the Disney Skyliner will be just as iconic as the monorail. I see the Skyliner becoming one of those staples that you think of when you picture Walt Disney World!

 

 

Currently the Disney Skyliner takes flights to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s NEW Riviera Resort opening next month! All Disney guests are welcome to ride the Skyliner. It is not just exclusive to guests staying at the resorts that are on the Skyliner line. In fact, the Disney Skyliner now provides guests a new way to park hop between Epcot in Hollywood Studios. After using the system to park hop between these two parks last month, I would say in my opinion this is now the easiest and fastest way to get between Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

 

 

Now let’s talk about how the Skyliner works. Prior to me riding the system for myself, I didn’t fully understand how the Skyliner operated. I didn’t know if each station had direct flights to all the other stations, or if transfer flights were involved in order to get where you were going. My first day riding the Disney Skyliner I took every line available and fully experienced all aspect of the Skyliner and now I have a full understanding of how this great system operates.

 

 

You can refer to the map above to get more of a picture of how the system functions. All of the lines connect through the station located at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. From the Caribbean Beach station, you will find 3 lines you can go on. The first line takes a flight that stops at Disney’s Riviera Resort and then continues on to Epcot. The Second line at the Caribbean Beach station is a direct line that goes straight to Hollywood Studios. And the third line at the Caribbean Beach station goes directly over to Art of Animation and Pop Century. These two resorts share a central Skyliner Station.

 

 

Disney’s Caribbean Beach is the main hub station for the skyliner where you will catch all your connecting flights. All of the other stations have one flight option which will take you right to Caribbean Beach. With the exception of the Epcot Line because it offers the stop at Rivera prior to continuing onto Epcot. Likewise Disney’s Rivera Station since it is already on the Epcot line is another exception because you have two option here of either catching a flight to Epcot or over the other direction to Caribbean Beach.

 

 

With this knowledge in mind you can now plan out how to get from place to place. For example, if you were wanting to park hop from Hollywood Studios over to Epcot you would get on the line at Hollywood Studios which runs to Caribbean Beach and from there at the Caribbean Beach station transfer to the Epcot Line. Another example, let’s say you want to go from Art of Animation to Epcot. You would get on the skyliner at the Art of Animation station for the flight over to Caribbean Beach where you then catch your transfer flight to Epcot.

 

 

Disney has done a wonderful job with this new transportation system and the Skyliner is very easy to navigate. There are a lot of directional signs everywhere so you know exactly where you are going. And Disney Cast Members are always nearby and happy to help if you have any questions or need directions.

 

 

I have become such a big fan of the Disney Skyliner. I enjoyed my experience riding the Skyliner so much and it fills me with so much joy to know that this system is now open at Walt Disney World. I am excited for the future and what this means for new transportation or even a possible expansion of this system in the future!

 

 

Watch our new YouTube video to hear more in-depth about my experience and thoughts on riding the Disney Skyliner!

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next Walt Disney World Vacation!

Epcot Construction Update Video!

 

This year I attended D23, the ultimate Disney Fan event that is hosted every other year at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim California. The convention center is literally right across the street from Disneyland! This event is a Disney fans paradise! This expo has so much fan anticipation every year because this is when Disney officially announces many of their plans that are coming to the Disney Parks in the future!

 

 

This year the big focus was on Epcot! Epcot is currently in the beginning stages of undergoing a massive overhaul that will be bringing many excited new changes to Epcot! We are currently seeing the walls going up already in the park! It is crazy how fast all of this is happening. The future Epcot is on its way!

 

 

I was just in Epcot the other week and I was amazed by seeing all the areas of the park that are getting work done! As a Disney Parks fan and as a huge lover of all things Epcot, I must say this makes me very excited. I stood there at D23 in complete amazement as I watched the preview video of what was coming to Epcot! Seeing these walls makes it all so real that that future is about to take place and become a reality.

 

 

Watch our newest YouTube video for a walking tour of the current construction updates in the park! Let’s get excited for the future of Epcot together!

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort!

New Animation Experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

 

I am a fan of all things Disney art related! My home is filled with Disney paintings and prints, my favorite Epcot Festival is the Epcot International Festival of the Arts and on a personal note I have taken oil painting classes since I was 12! Art is a big part of my life and I love anytime I get to be creative. That’s why The Disney Animation Academy holds a very special place in my heart!

 

 

What is the Animation Academy you may be wondering? The Animation Academy is a Disney Park attraction where you get to participate in a live drawing class instructed by a Disney Animator themselves! It is a one-of-a-kind experience in which you get to learn how to draw a Disney character from start to finish! These drawings then make fantastic keepsakes to take home and save in your family album or display on your fridge!

 

 

The Animation Academy had its original home inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For years, this was a ‘must do’ for me and my family on every visit to Hollywood Studios. It was very bitter sweet for us a few years back when the Animation Academy closed its doors at Hollywood Studios to make way for what is now the Star Wars Launch Bay.

 

 

Since then I have enjoyed getting to experience the Animation Academy on the west coast over at the location in Disney’s California Adventure Park located at the Disneyland Resort in California. This location is still open and I just recently experienced getting to draw here on my latest Disneyland vacation this summer!

 

 

Also this past February I got to experience the pop-up Animation Academy that was brought in especially for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World. I was so excited that the Animation Academy was alive again at Walt Disney World! This experience was so popular at Festival of the Arts that Disney heard the cries of us Animation Academy fans and made the announcement that the Animation Academy would be returning to Disney World year-round at a new location!

 

 

That’s right! Animation Academy is now back at Walt Disney World! The attraction has now been given a new home in Disney’s Animal Kingdom park in the newly renovated Rafiki’s Planet Watch! I have experienced the Animation Academy twice now in this new location and I absolutely love it!

 

 

In the pre-show you get to watch short video clips that show how Disney Animators studied the movements and motions of real animals to find inspiration for their sketches and drawings. Learning this fact about the heart of Disney Animation ties this attraction so perfectly into the location of Animal Kingdom!

 

I am over the moon that that Animation Academy has returned to Walt Disney World! Be sure to check it out next time you are in Animal Kingdom! It is sure to create great memories for you and your family! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to Walt Disney World!

Surprising Your Family With A Disney Trip

 

So fall is upon us and you know what that means, Christmas will be here before you know it.  Why not make this the year that you surprise your family with a Walt Disney World trip.  There has never been a better time to plan to visit Disney. Disney has released so many wonderful discounts for 2020; such as the Kids Eat For Free deal! In my opinion a gift of travel is the best because it is a gift that will leave you and your family with lasting memories.  Let me give you a few ideas on how to reveal your big surprise on Christmas day.

1. Disney Balloons Gift Box

Just image Christmas morning having the children open up a large box wrapped in Disney paper.  When they open the box all of the Disney balloons start to fly out and then you can have a note in the box or tied to the balloons that says the magic words “We are Going To Disney World”!

2.  A Scavenger Hunt

Get creative and come up with a scavenger hunt that will lead your children around the house on Christmas morning finding clues that will then eventually lead them to the final prize that lets them know that they are going to Disney World.  The final prize could be a Mickey plush toy or their favorite Disney character with a note tied on it with the big announcement!  Just think of the reaction you will get!

3. Advent Calendar

In our house the Christmas Advent Calendar has become a favorite tradition. Opening up the door each day during Advent and finding a small treat was such a fun way to count down and anticipate Christmas Day. Why not make your own customized calendar with special contents and along the way little hints to a big Christmas present. Then on Christmas they will have the big reveal with a note giving them the surprise trip news.

The possibilties are endless for coming up with ways to surprise your family with the trip of a lifetime to Walt Disney World.  Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner today to check out all the great new discounts and plan your big surprise Christmas gift!

Dinner at Epcot’s Teppan Edo

 

In August, I was fortunate to be in Walt Disney World for my birthday for the first time ever!  I got to wear my birthday button and I enjoyed all the birthday wishes from cast members and guests.  My parents and I spent my birthday in EPCOT and they gave me the option to pick any restaurant I wanted in EPCOT for my birthday dinner.  After contemplating the many wonderful choices, I decided on one of my favorites, Teppan Edo.

 

 

Teppan Edo is located in World Showcase at the Japan Pavilion.  Here you will experience authentic Japanese cuisine during an exciting dining experience that is part a Hibachi style meal and part show.  Here you sit around Hibachi grills where your skillful chef chops and stir-fries your food right there in front of you.  Every seat has a perfect view of the show.  I enjoyed the show that the chefs put on while making your delicious food.  This experience it great for the whole family.  It will even keep your children entertained and excited to eat their meal.

 

 

 

You can select from steak, chicken, seafood and vegetable entrees.  These entrees are served with udon noodles, stir fried vegetables and steamed rice.  Prior to the meal, you also are served a fresh garden salad with Asian dressing.  For my birthday meal I choose the scallops, my mom had the shrimp and my dad had the filet mignon.   All were prepared and served right in front of us and they were all delicious.

 

 

At the end of the dinner, the servers presented me with a surprise piece of birthday cake and a birthday song.  The cake was their green tea cake, which is layers of delicate green tea sponge cake with a fluffy green tea mousse topped with a fresh whipped cream.  All I can say is yummy!  I highly recommend Teppan Edo and look forward to returning again soon.  You can check out my video below for highlights of this birthday dinner.

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations travel planner to get your next Walt Disney World trip planned so you can enjoy fun experiences like this!

 

New Walt Disney World Offer! Get Free Dining For Your Kids!

 

Today Walt Disney World came out with an exciting new offer! If you have kids then this promotion is not to be missed! Your kids can receive a free dining package with this great new promotion. If you have been thinking about taking your family to Disney World, this new offer gives you that perfect opportunity.

 

You can get a FREE dining plan for your kids (ages 3 to 9) when you buy a non-discounted 3-night/3-day package for you and the kid(s) that includes a room at a select Disney Value Resort hotel, Theme Park tickets and a dining plan.

 

This promotion is valid for arrivals most night from January 1 through March 7, 2020. This offer must be booked by January 1 2020. Contact Your Kingdom Magic Vacation travel Planner today to take advantage of this great promotion!

 

 

Disney World Skyliner Now Opening!

 

The day is upon us! The Walt Disney World Resort is about to glide into a new transportation era! The Disney Skyliner Gondola System takes flight, September 29th 2019! As you glide through the sky onboard this complimentary transportation system you will see one-of-a-kind views of woodlands, waterways and Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. In addition to the views outside you will also see familiar Disney pals appearing on the Skyliner cars themselves.

 

The Disney Skyliner connects Epcot and Hollywood Studios with four Disney resort hotels. these resorts include Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the new Disney’s Riviera Resort. Disney’s Riviera Resort is a Disney Vacation Club resort that will open on December 16th 2019. This new resort will have approximately 300 vacation homes, including various accommodation types, Disney’s Riviera Resort will be available for traditional hotel reservations.

 

 

Each one of the five loading stations will be artfully decorated to match the theme of its location. Each one of the Skyliner cabins is stylish featuring one of eight vibrant colors and sleek curved lines. Many of the nearly 300 cabins will feature graphics based on Disney films, attractions and characters. Characters you can see include Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Pluto and Goofy, Chip ’n Dale, the Pirates of the Caribbean and many more!

 

Each Disney Skyliner cabin can accommodate up to 10 guests, including those traveling with wheelchairs or assistive devices. With the system in constant motion, you will arrive at their destination in minutes, You will arrive relaxed in the comfort of cabins mindfully tailored for the Florida climate.

 

 

In addition to convenient theme park access, when staying at a Disney Skyliner resort you will have quick-and-easy transportation to a world of other dining and entertainment options! These include all the fun of Disney’s BoardWalk entertainment district, access to Epcot through the International Gateway station, and restaurants and recreation found at the multiple resort hotels serviced by Disney Skyliner.

 

The Disney Skyliner takes flight on Sunday, September 29th 2019! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next vacation to Walt Disney World or to any destination you are dreaming of visiting next!

Disney Cruise Line Announces Return to New Orleans, Popular Itineraries to Tropical Destinations in Early 2021

 

Today was a big day in the World of all things Disney Cruise Line! In early 2021, Disney Cruise Line will return to New Orleans for a limited-time engagement! Cruising itineraries out of New Orleans will sail to the Bahamas and Caribbean, including visits to Disney’s private island paradise, Castaway Cay. These itineraries will be added to the lineup of many popular Disney Cruise Line sailings that will continue across the Disney fleet with cruises to tropical destinations from Texas, California and Florida.

 

Return to New Orleans

So many Disney Cruise Line fans are rejoicing today with the announcement that Disney Cruise line will offer itineraries out of New Orleans! This departure port is back by the popular demand of Disney Cruise fans! Disney has heard the requests of their guests and has announced that the Disney Wonder will return to the bayou from late January through February 2021 with a series of magical voyages!

 

The sailings lined up include a pair of four- and five-night cruises to the Western Caribbean. These sailings will kick off this exciting limited time engagement in New Orleans. The five-night voyage includes a visit to Progreso, Mexico, a new port of call for Disney Cruise Line on the Yucatan Peninsula. This quaint town is filled with treasures for families to explore together, from ancient Mayan ruins to hidden swimming holes filled with crystal-clear water.

 

More sailings out of New Orleans include three seven-night sailings to the Bahamas, these itineraries include a stop at Disney Castaway Cay!

 

Additionally out of New Orleans there will be a 14-night Panama Canal cruise, this sailing will round out the departures from the Crescent City in early 2021.

 

Disney Cruise Line guests who enjoy one of these exciting sailing out of New Orleans will experience the flavors and flair of the Big Easy both onboard the Disney Wonder and ashore! The sounds and sights of New Orleans come to life at Tiana’s Place restaurant, where families are transported to an era of southern charm, spirited jazz and street party celebrations with live music and other surprises that are all inspired by the Disney animated film “The Princess and the Frog.”

 

Before or after your cruise, you can explore the vibrant city of New Orleans and savor the city’s distinct cuisine, visit family-friendly museums and parks, and of course take in the sounds of world-renowned live jazz music!

 

Your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner is excited to help you plan your Disney Cruise Line vacation! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next adventure!

Attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2019!

 

Last month while visiting Walt Disney World, I attended my first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for the 2019 season! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a wonderful, festive event that is sure to put you in the Halloween spirit!

 

 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is an extra-ticketed event that takes place on select nights at the Magic Kingdom Park. The event features special Halloween stage shows, dance parties, rare character meet and greets, a special Halloween Parade, exclusive Halloween fireworks show, trick or treating in the Magic Kingdom, specialty treats and merchandise for purchase, and more!

 

 

My group and I had a wonderful time attending the party this year! Here’s my list of highlights from my own experience at the event!

 

Group Costume

At Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party guests can choose to come dressed in Halloween costumes if they want to! I had never dressed up myself when attending the party in the past but had always wanted to. The costumes are one of my favorite parts of the party. I love walking around the park and spotting other guests costumes! Everyone gets so into it and has such a great time. It is a wonderful environment to be apart of! This year I was so thrilled to get in on the fun of wearing a costume for myself! My group and I all dressed up as Star Wars characters. It truly did add another layer of fun to the evening! We met so many great people who stopped us to comment on our costumes and even take our picture!

 

New Fireworks

 

This year Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party saw the premiere of a brand new Halloween fireworks show! I was always a fan of the previous Halloween Party fireworks but this new show definitely topped it! The special effects used in the show were outstanding! My favorite part was the projections on the castle! There was one particular part that I loved where through projection mapping they made the castle look like a haunted mansion! It was incredible!

 

Live Actors in Pirates of the Caribbean

One of the many offerings during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party is attraction overlays. This is when Disney adds a bit of extra magic into a Disney ride. One of these attraction overlays takes place at Pirates of the Caribbean! When you ride this attraction during the Halloween Party you will spot real pirates on the actual ride! This overlay first premiered at last year’s Halloween Party and I am so happy that it has come back again. This year you will find even more live pirates throughout the ride!

 

Deep Space Mountain

Space Mountain is a Walt Disney World classic coaster! So many fans like myself know and love this ride! During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Space Mountain becomes Deep Space Mountain! Another exciting attraction overlay! In Deep Space Mountain you can experience riding Space Mountain completely in the pitch black! This coaster is already dark but during the party there are absolutely no lights not even in the tunnels! It makes the experience even more thrilling!

 

Mickey’s Boo To You Halloween Parade

Mickey’s Boo To You Halloween Parade is an exclusive Halloween Parade that takes place during Halloween Party nights! This parade received several new updates this year. There is now a show segment that represents each land in the Magic Kingdom! I love this concept! My personal favorite addition to this parade is during the Haunted Mansion segment! The bride from the haunted Mansion has been added and she actually glides down the parade route! It is something you truly have to see in person!

 

Watch our new YouTube video to see some highlights from Mickey’s not so scary Halloween Party:

 

There are so many things to enjoy at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! I hope you enjoyed hearing about some of my favorites! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel planner today to plan your next magical vacation to Walt Disney World!

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