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How I celebrated New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World! Fireworks Boat Cruise from Disney’s Grand Floridian!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas filled with peace and joy! Even though Christmas is over for the year that doesn’t mean the holiday festivities are slowing down anytime soon! Now we are counting down to New Year’s! Last year I spent New Year’s Eve at the Walt Disney World Resort and the experience became my favorite New Years to date! There are many wonderful ways to ring in the New Year at Disney! I wanted to share with you my evening last year and what my experience was like!

I enjoyed a fireworks boat cruise that set out from Disney’s Grand Floridian resort and Spa. We got to dock in the middle of Seven Seas lagoon and have one of the best spots in the house for the Magic Kingdom fireworks!

We arrived to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort early for our dinner reservation at Grand Floridian Café. It was my very first time dining at the restaurant and now this dining location is on the top of my list for my favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World! A great meal is always a must for any New Year’s Eve celebration!

 

 

Then we made our way to the Grand Floridian’s marina. Included in the fireworks boat cruise for the New Year’s celebration was a private dessert party only for those groups taking fireworks cruises that evening! They had a roped off section just out front of the marina near Gasparilla Island Grill. They had such a nice spread for us of delicious desserts, soft drinks, coffee and alcoholic drinks for those in the party over 21. Disney also provided all of us with festive gear including noise makers, party hats and more!

 

 

After a wonderful dessert party, it was soon time for the fun to begin! We meet our very own boat captain who escorted out party to our private pontoon boat. We set out for a tour around all of Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. The voyage was very relaxing and beautiful. Our captain was very knowledgeable and told Disney history and facts about the property throughout our voyage.

 

 

As midnight approached we then got our spot and docked on the middle of Seven Seas Lagoon to enjoy a wonderful viewing of the New Year’s Eve fireworks from the Magic Kingdom! My favorite part is the grand finale where the Disney characters countdown from 10 until we reach the stroke of midnight! Fireworks in the shapes of numbers 10 through 1 explode in the sky! It is truly incredible! Once the new year is here the night sky is illuminated with tons of fireworks from every direction! It will take your breath away. Your boat captain will then provide a champagne toast for all those in the party old enough to enjoy it.

 

 

I had the most incredible time ringing in the New Year at Walt Disney World. I vlogged my entire experience from the evening. You can watch it on our YouTube channel:

 

Have a wonderful New Year! Now is the perfect time to book your 2019 travel plans! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today!

Staying at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa! Walt Disney World Resort

Last month I got to have a brand-new Disney experience that I had dreamed about for years! I stayed at Disney’s flagship resort the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa! I have always been infatuated with the Grand Floridian and have enjoyed visiting the resort for years to simply walk the grounds or dine at one of their many wonderful restaurants. Even prior to actually getting to stay here myself, I would already say that the Grand Floridian was my favorite Disney Resort just because I enjoyed being there so much when visiting. So the dream of being able to actually stay here as a resort guest had been on my Disney list forever! Well my dream came true last month when I checked into Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa for my very first time!

I knew that our stay was going to be incredible, but this resort stay exceed my expectations! There truly is magic in the air at the Grand Floridian! The overall feeling of relaxation and luxury that comes over you while there is a feeling like no other! I thought I knew the Grand Floridian so well from years of always just popping over for a walk around, but staying here I discovered so many little nuances that made the experience brand new to me! I had so many stand out moments and favorite things from my time at the Grand Floridian. Things that set this deluxe resort apart from the rest and make staying here a truly magical experience. The amenities and accommodations allow you to make the most out of your vacation! Here is my list of favorite things from my stay at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa!

Location, Location, Location!

The Grand Floridian is located on the monorail loop in the Magic Kingdom Resort area! You are literally footsteps away from the Magic Kingdom Park. From the hotel, you can see Cinderella’s Castle as well as many other icons from the Magic Kingdom skyline. Talk about a great place to watch the fireworks! You are so close you can even hear the sounds coming from the Magic Kingdom! Every once and a while from our room we could hear the gentle whistle of the Walt Disney World Railroad train! It is all these details of the Magic Kingdom that make you feel like you are still inside the magic of the park even when you have left for the day! This for me was everything!

 

The Views!

Wherever your room is located you are sure to have one priceless view! Rooms at the Grand Floridian overlook the Magic Kingdom Park, Seven Seas Lagoon, the gorgeous resort pools or the peaceful resort gardens. All of the rooms have balconies allowing you to soak in your breathtaking view. I absolutely loved the view from our room’s balcony! We had a lagoon view that looked out over seven seas lagoon. We could see the ferry boats coming and going from the transportation and ticket center and watch the monorails go around and around! I spent so much time out there taking it all in that I actually learned the monorail schedule! I could tell you exactly what colored monorail would appear where and when! I was one proud Disney fan! Our room also had a great view of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and a beautiful direct view of Disney’s Wedding Pavilion! There was always some exciting action to watch! Once again even though you are back in your room you still are right in the middle of the Disney magic! There is no better feeling!

 

Proximity to Magic Kingdom

Staying at the Grand Floridian you are a stones-throw from the Magic Kingdom Park, you might as well say you and Cinderella are next-door neighbors. Not only is this awesome for the spectacular views but your commute to the Magic Kingdom park takes mere minutes! You can step aboard a monorail right from the 2nd floor of the Grand Floridian lobby or cruise right over to the park by boat! Until staying here myself I had no idea just how wonderful this convenience was! All other hotel guests not in the Magic Kingdom Resort area have to use bus transportation to get to Magic Kingdom or if traveling by car have to park at the ticket and transportation center and then take the monorail or ferry boat from that point. Due to this Magic Kingdom has always been a park that you need to allow yourself time to get to. Staying at the Grand Floridian the park is literally in your backyard, making the commute so easy! We got to Magic Kingdom the earliest I had ever been to the park. We just woke up and were there in minutes! Being able to so easily get to the park earlier, we were able to maximize our time and make the most out of our day! I had never seen the park so empty! Early morning is the best time to be in Magic Kingdom to beat the crowds. Due to the lower crowd level we were able to walk right on to many popular attractions!

 

Taking Breaks Mid-Day

With being so close to the park you are also able to get back to the Grand Floridian very quickly! This is wonderful when you are tired after an action-packed day of fun in the park! It is also wonderful when you may want to take a break mid-day and go back to the resort to rest and enjoy the amenities such as the amazing pools. Since other resorts are farther away and most require bus transportation, it can eat up a lot more of your time if you wanted to go back to your resort mid-day. The convenience of close proximity to the park that the Grand Floridian gives you can add a whole other layer to your vacation.

 

The Pools

Speaking of relaxing by the pool, one of my favorite amenities at the Grand was getting to take advantage of their luxurious pools! There is a large pool called the Beach Pool, complete with a water fall and even a water slide. Next to this main pool you will find a fun splash play area for kids themed to the Mad Hatter. Then there was our favorite pool the Courtyard pool. This pool is a zero-entry leisure pool. We loved grabbing a drink from the pool bar and laying in the shallow-end! As we laid there with our drinks a complete feeling of peace and happiness rushed over me as I looked around at the gorgeous architecture of the Grand Floridian buildings and the lush courtyards and landscaping, all while I could still hear those amazing sounds coming from the Magic Kingdom! Absolute bliss!

 

Transportation to Epcot

Not only is your commute to Magic Kingdom practically non-existent but you also have a very fun and easy commute to Epcot! All you have to do to get to Epcot is hop on the monorail straight from the Grand Floridian to the Ticket and Transportation Center. From there you can transfer monorails and hop on the direct line to Epcot! It is so easy, fast and also fun! Something about monorail transportation is just more exciting than any other form of transportation! Epcot is my boyfriend and I’s favorite park so we loved being able to so quickly run over to Epcot even just for an afternoon!

 

Dining

The Grand Floridian has the best restaurants to fit whatever you are looking for! Everything from quick service and casual dining to signature dining and even a 5-diamond restaurant! A personal favorite for me is Grand Floridian Café, located just off the main lobby the atmosphere is relaxing and the food is outstanding! I highly recommend the Café sandwich! I get it every time I go, even though I try to convince myself to try something new I love this sandwich too much! A place I found a whole new appreciation for this trip is Grand Floridian’s quick service location, Gasparilla Island Grill. The food here is a step above any other quick service location. They actually deliver some entree items to your table after you place your order at the register. The menu has a wide select of delicious offering for breakfast lunch and dinner. You can also find pastries, snacks and grab-and-go items here as well. Something I loved was that they have a full-service Joffrey’s Coffee shop inside of Gasparilla’s! We loved getting frozen coffee to start the morning! Another amazing convenience is that Gasparilla’s is open 24 HOURS A DAY! So whatever time you get in from the parks or if you find yourself wanting a late night snack you can count on Gasparilla’s!

 

These are a few of the many reasons I fell in love with the Grand Floridian even more after staying here! I felt like a princess living in a castle! This is something you have to experience! When Disney releases discounts the savings percentage is always greater on the deluxe resorts such as the grand Floridian and we have some incredible promotions going on right now to make your travel dreams a reality! Our knowledgeable team at Kingdom Magic Vacations is excited to help you plan your next trip. Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to start your next adventure!

Postcard From Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

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Nestled on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa brings Victorian elegance together with modern sophistication at this lavish bayside resort hotel. Guests can relax in the sumptuous lobby or lounge on the white sand beach or step into the Magic Kingdom that is only one Monorail stop away!


Seven “Must Do’s” at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season – Guest Blog Post

Seven Must Do's at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season - Guest Blog Post

There is nothing like Walt Disney World at Christmas time.  No matter where you turn, you are immersed in the wonders of the Holidays. I thought I would share seven of my top “Must Do’s” when I visit during the Holiday season.  I look forward to doing each of these things among the many other attractions, and fun Disney has to offer.  Get ready to imagine yourself at Disney during the holidays!

1.  Take an true adventure in the evenings to Fort Wilderness Campgrounds.  There is nothing like it!  Decorations galore – not just by Disney but many of  the campers participate!  December is the perfect month to experience it all.

Seven Must Do's at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season - Guest Blog Post

You can plan this time out as some of the activities need reservations.  Start off by scheduling dinner at Trails End, then schedule a Holiday Sleigh Ride!  Yes – I said Sleigh Ride.    You can of course choose to walk through the campground, but riding is a lot of fun too.  Sleigh rides are typically 25 minutes and run about $60.00.  Your Travel Planner can help you make the reservations.  You won’t be disappointed!

2.  Take a Holiday Deluxe Resort tour This is something I really enjoy once the decorations go up and are completed around Thanksgiving.  Each resort has a unique decorated theme and one more wonderful than the next.  I usually break this up into two days, but you can do it in one day.    I explore the Magic Kingdom Resorts the day I plan to go to the Magic Kingdom and then do the Boardwalk Resorts the day I am at Epcot. 

Seven Must Do's at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season - Guest Blog Post

For the Magic Kingdom – I start by taking the boat from the Magic Kingdom to the Wilderness Lodge.  After the Wilderness Lodge I take the boat to the Contemporary and then make my way around the monorail.  The last stop is The Grand Floridian – where the smell of the life size Gingerbread house engulfs the entire resort grand lobby.  You have to buy a little gingerbread!

Don’t miss the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  It is a stop all of it’s own, but worth seeing.   If you want to complete your tour in one day – you can hop back on the monorail and change at Ticket Transportation to the Epcot Monorail. 

Seven Must Do's at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season - Guest Blog Post

Once at Epcot walk toward the back entrance between the United Kingdom and France and take a stroll to the Boardwalk Resort.  Stop by the bakery for a little treat.  Then visit the Beach Club and the Yacht Club.  A fantastic way to end my tour is to attend the Candlelight Processional at Disney’s Epcot.  It gives me goose bumps every time I attend. 

3.  Enjoy the Epcot Storytellers!  This is a treat for the whole family to experience.  Each country will share their legends with Storytellers.  They perform several times a day and begin in early November and end around the 29th of December.  Even Santa and Mrs. Claus make their appearance in the American Adventure!  Make a photo journal  or have the children commentary a video with your family to remember some of these great stories.

Seven Must Do's at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season - Guest Blog Post

4.  Joyful!  The Gospel Celebration of the Season at Epcot.  We often just stumble upon such great shows at Disney – this is one not to be missed.  Located just pass the Fountain of Nations as you head toward World Showcase a blast of wonderful holiday music will really get you in the mood!  Sing and Dance along!

Seven Must Do's at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season - Guest Blog Post

5.  Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Now I don’t mean just going to see it – I mean being there when they are turned on at dusk.  If you are one of the lucky ones you can be chosen to flip the switch!  There is no light display that can match this one and you can experience it!  If you have some 3-D glasses at home, put them in your suitcase and take them on the night you do this activity – Osborne Lights in 3-D – very cool too!

Seven Must Do's at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season - Guest Blog Post

 6.  The Cinderella Castle Lighting — another truly Magical Moment at the Walt Disney World Resort.  At 6:30 Each evening you can be amazed when the Castle Lighting takes place.  You have always thought the Castle looks beautiful, but when Fairy Godmother works her magic you will have never guessed what she could make happen!

Seven Must Do's at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season - Guest Blog Post

7.  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party  — is one of the more well known events at the Magic Kingdom and is a personal favorite of mine.  Snuggle up in your Mickey Santa Hat, scarf and some gloves and head out for a Magical Celebration of the season.  Snow on main street, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Holiday parade, hot chocolate and cookies and so much more!  Just seeing the characters dressed in their Holiday best warms the heart. 

Seven Must Do's at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Holiday Season - Guest Blog Post

Don’t Miss a Moment of Christmas at Walt Disney World Resort
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Guest Author – Laura Schiely

Laura Schiely, Kingdom Magic VacationsI am a Certified Travel Agent specializing in Disney Destinations including Adventures by Disney, Disney Cruise , Disneyland and Disney World. I also specialize in Universal Orlando, Princess Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Sandals and Beaches.  As a Travel Planner, I work with my clients to develop a memorable vacation from the point of selecting a vacation destination, to planning the details and follow up when they arrive home. As a home based agent, I have the opportunity to be available for them when they need me. I value my clients time, budget and experience and treat each vacation as if it were my own.  Contact me HERE.

It’s Heating Up Outside But Walt Disney World Pools are Always Cool

We all know that Walt Disney World has some of the most incredible theme parks in the world.  And we love the resorts and all the amazing places to eat.  But one of our favorite things to do after a long morning in the parks, is to go back to our Disney resort and spend some time relaxing at the pool.

Big Blue at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, one of the largest Disney has ever built for a resort, including an underwater sound system

Disney resorts feature some of the most unique and creative, not to mention cool and refreshing, pools in the world.  From the new Big Blue at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, one of the largest Disney has ever built for a resort, including an underwater sound system, to the Nanea Volcano Pool at Disney’s Polynesian Resort which features a volcano and 142 foot long water slide, they are all awe-inspiring.  And on a hot Summer day in Orlando, there is no better place to spend a few hours.

Alice In Wonderland”-themed kids’ water play area

We hear from clients that as much fun as the parks are, their kids love spending time in the many themed pools at Walt Disney World Resort.  And who can blame them?  At Disney’s Grand Floridian, they have the new Alice In Wonderland”-themed kids’ water play area offering the perfect blend of  ‘tea party’ and ‘pool party’, it makes me want to be a kid again!

Uzima Pool at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

All of the Disney Resort pools have features for young and old alike, but my favorite is the Uzima Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.  It features 1,000-square-foot pool with an exciting water slide and gently sloping, zero-depth entry point, a children’s wading pool, and 2 whirlpool spas.  It’s the perfect way to relax and get a whole new perspective on what a Disney World vacation is.

All of the Disney Resort pools have features for young and old alike

But don’t just take my word for it, here’s Andrew and Rick from TravelwithRick.com to show us around some of the incredible pools of Walt Disney World Resort!  Stay cool everyone!

Don’t Miss Out on Summer Fun at a Disney Pool

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Special ‘Room Only’ Discount for Disney Visa Card Holders

In addition to the Free Dining offer, Disney also released a room only discount for Disney Visa Cardholders!  If free dining is not available or not a good fit for your vacation to Disney World, you can also save with the room only discount, which saves you up to 30% off your hotel!
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This discount may be a better deal than the free dining, especially for those guests staying at a Disney Deluxe Resort. When you contact your Kingdom Magic Travel Agent, they will make sure you get the best possible price for your vacation.  This hotel discount is available for travel between 8/15/13 – 9/28/13.
The discounts include:
You can add tickets and Disney Dining Plans to your package for additional savings.
For this resort discount, Disney has a few blacked out resorts including campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, 3-Bedroom Villas, and Little Mermaid Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. For this discount, you must pay your $200 and final payment using your Disney Visa Card.
This discount expires on July 31, 2013.

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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