Disney Military Discounts 2015 Announced with Special Ticket and Room Rates

Disney Military Discounts 2015 Just Released!

Today, Disney announced new special pricing on theme park tickets and accommodations for active duty U.S. military personnel at Walt Disney World® Resort and Disneyland® Park. We have worked with military personnel to plan wonderful family vacations using this discounts for several years and we are excited to be able to continue to do so with Disney Military Discounts 2015!

Here’s a look at the details provided on the Disney Parks Blog:

At Walt Disney World® Resort:  From August 25, 2014, through September 30, 2015, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can purchase:

  • Disney 4 Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $177 each, plus tax
  • Disney 4 Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Park Fun and More Option for $177 each, plus tax
  • Disney 4 Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More Options for $207 each, plus tax.

Tickets may be used September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except that the tickets may not be used December 22, 2014 through January 2, 2015 and March 29 through April 9, 2015.

For information on Disney 4 Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Walt Disney World® Resort, or to make room reservations at the Walt Disney World® Resort, military personnel may call 1.877.918.8941 or request for a price online.

At the Disneyland® Park:  From August 25, 2014, through October 1, 2015, active and retired U.S. military personnel (including active and retired members of the United States Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) or their spouses can purchase:

  • Disney Military Promotional 3 Day Park Hopper Tickets for $132 each

Disneyland tickets may be used September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except that the tickets may not be used December 25, 2014 through January 4, 2015 and March 29 through April 9, 2015.

Active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets for themselves and up to five additional family members or friends. No more than six Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased by any eligible member of the U.S. military (or spouse) pursuant to this offer. All tickets and options are nontransferable and must be used by October 3, 2015.

Active and retired U.S. military personnel can also take advantage of specially priced rooms at select hotels.* This offer is valid for stays most nights from September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except for:

  • November 27 through November 29, 2014
  • December 24 through December 31, 2014
  • March 30 through April 4, 2015

For information regarding Disney 3 Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Disneyland® Park, or to make room reservations at the Disneyland® Park, military personnel may call 1.877.918.8941 or request for a price online.

Here are some other details you should know about:

  • Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets ONLY by Eligible Service Members (defined below) or their spouses (but not both), for use by themselves and other family members and friends, as provided herein. These Tickets may not be otherwise transferred, distributed or resold.
  • “Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • The actual prices charged at the individual U.S. military base ticket offices for Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be less than the prices set forth above.
  • Participating military sales outlets must require that Eligible Service Members (or their spouses) present valid military identification to purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets.
  • Disney 4 Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Walt Disney World® Resort are not valid until activated by the Eligible Service Members (or their spouses) at Walt Disney World® Resort theme park ticket windows. Tickets and options expire and may not be used after October 3, 2015. Valid military identification will be required for purchase and use.
  • Disney 3 Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Disneyland® Park expire and may not be used after October 3, 2015. Valid military identification will be required for purchase and use.
  • No more than six (6) Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased and (if applicable) activated by any Eligible Service Member or spouse (regardless of the place of purchase and whether purchased by that person or that person’s spouse). In addition, one of the six (6) Tickets purchased must be used by the Eligible Service Member or his/her spouse.
  • Each Disney Military Promotional Ticket must be used by the same person on any and all days.

*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Minimum length of stay requirements may apply. Valid Military ID will be required upon checkin, and military member (or spouse) must stay in the room. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required. Additional per adult charges apply at the Walt Disney World® Resort if there are more than two adults per room. Other restrictions apply.

Babies Onboard Disney Cruise Line

It's a Small World NurseryDisney Cruise Line loves guests of all ages. Babies are welcome onboard and have their own special spaces on each cruise ship. It’s a Small World Nursery is the baby hot spot on the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Magic. Flounder’s Reef Nursery is located on the Disney Wonder. Babies enjoy story time, arts and crafts, and lots of other fun activities in the nursery. Parents can enjoy some time in the adult only areas or take a shore excursion while trained counselors look after their babies/toddlers. Babies Onboard DCLThe nursery costs $9 per hour for the first child and $8 per hour for additional children in the same family. Reservations can be 75-120 days before your cruise (based on Castaway Club level). You can also make reservations once you’re onboard if space is available. Effective July 18, 2014, the minimum age to sail aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships will increase from 12 weeks to 6 months of age on most itineraries for all sailings after January 1, 2015. Babies must be 1 year of age for Transatlantic, Hawai’i and Panama Canal itineraries.

Written by Shante Carson — Shante is a Disney Cruise Expert with over ten cruises taken on the Disney Dream, Disney Wonder, Disney Magic, and Disney Fantasy.  Bon Voyage!  Shante is ready to help you plan your magical Disney Cruise vacation. Book your next vacation with Shante at 252-917-0497 or shante@destinationsinflorida.com.

How to Keep Cool on Your Disney World Vacation

Casey splash DTPWhile most of us enjoy a warm, sunny day, we’re often unprepared for the heat and humidity of Central Florida during most months of the year. Here are some of my favorite ways to stay cool while visiting Walt Disney World.

  • Avoid the mid-day sun. Plan to visit the parks early in the day. You will enjoy the cooler temperatures and avoid the crowds of the afternoon. Take a break at your resort and return later in the evening when the sun is less intense.
  • Stay hydrated! Be sure to drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as they can dehydrate you. Ice water is free at any Disney counter. You might want to bring something to flavor it a bit.
  • Carry a misting fan. These little items can be invaluable. You really don’t need one for everybody in the family, just carry one and pass it around!
  • Visit your resort swimming pool or better yet, a Disney Water Park! The Water Park Fun & More ticket option added to your vacation package is a perfect choice!
  • Take advantage of the many splash & play locations at the parks and Downtown Disney. A favorite is the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station in New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom Park!
  • Choose attractions with indoor queues during the hottest part of the day. Enjoy one of the many shows in air conditioned comfort.
  • Go shopping or visit one of the Disney Resort Hotel lobbies.
  • Stay at the park if an afternoon rain shower pops up.  Crowds will diminish and the rain will cool you down!
  • Wear lightweight, loose clothing in light colors. Dark colors absorb heat from the sun.
  • Take your time and walk slower. Don’t work up a sweat! You will enjoy the sights and sounds of the park better if you pace yourself.
  • Treat yourself to a Mickey Bar, Dole Whip or other frozen treat – a no-brainer!

What are your favorite ways to cool off while visiting Walt Disney World?  Feel free to share your suggestions!

Written by Sheri Morris, “Main Street Morris”   Sheri is proud grandmother with a keen eye for detail.  She specializes in Disney Travel for adults and RV travel.  Book your next vacation with Sheri at (804)405 5005 or at sheri@destinationsinflorida.com.

Around the Mouse – Walt Disney World News – July 16, 2014

There are exciting new things popping up every day at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida! Join us every week to read about what’s new “Around the Mouse.” This week’s Walt Disney World news update features: new Fantasy Football Event, Extra Magic Hours Changes, a new restaurant coming to WDW and more!

What’s New This Week?ESPN Fantasy Football Convention 2014

Walt Disney World Theme Parks

New! Inaugural ESPN Fantasy Football Conventions Coming to Walt Disney World: On August 22-23, you can officially kick-off sport’s greatest season of the year with ESPN‘s inaugural Fantasy Football Convention, taking place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The first-of-its-kind event features unprecedented access to ESPN talent including Matthew Berry, Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen, Sara Walsh, Mark Schlereth, Stephania Bell, Tim Hasselbeck and more! The event includes an epic Tailgate Party, where you can mix and mingle with ESPN talent and be a judge in the first-ever ESPN Chili Bowl by taste testing creations from decorated Disney Chefs from around the world, and breakfast with some of your favorite characters decked out for the gridiron. The Convention includes a live broadcast of Fantasy Football Now. The event finale features the opportunity to take part in a live fantasy football draft with the help of ESPN Fantasy Experts roaming the floor. And best yet, season winners of leagues created during the Convention will receive a customized trophy. Talk about bragging rights! Price is $349 per person.

New! Extra Magic Hours Changes: Beginning July 13, the evening Extra Magic Hours for Magic Kingdom Park will switch to Saturdays. Here is the Extra Magic Hour schedule effective July 13.
– Sundays: AM at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (NEW)
– Mondays: PM at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
– Tuesdays: AM at Epcot
– Wednesdays: AM at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
– Thursdays: AM at Magic Kingdom Park
– Fridays: PM at Epcot
– Saturdays: PM at Magic Kingdom Park (NEW) and AM at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Reminder! Sounds Like Summer Concert Series Runs Thru July 26: Nothing sounds more like summer than the rockin’ tunes from some of the most iconic rock bands of all time! From June 8 to July 26, seven bands pay tribute to the hottest rock acts at the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot. Shows are at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.  The lineup is as follows

  • July 13-19 – Slippery When Wet – The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
  • July 20-26 - 2U – A Tribute to U2

New! Candlelight Processional Dining Packages On Sale Now: Guests can start booking their Candlelight Processional Dining Packages. The event starts the night after Thanksgiving (November 28) and runs through December 30. About half of the celebrity narrators have been announced. Read more.

Reminder! ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Sneak Peek at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: As of July 4, “Guardians of the Galaxy” can be found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in an exclusive sneak peek at ABC Sound Studio in RealD 3D, offering Guests an extended look at scenes from the film before it opens in theaters. “Guardians of the Galaxy” finds space adventurer Peter Quill the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain, but when Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe. “Guardians of the Galaxy,” releases in U.S. theaters on Aug. 1.

Reminder! Some Performances of Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Cancelled: Due to upcoming concrete work on Main Street, U.S.A., there will not be morning performances of the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party on the following dates: July 9, July 11 and July 25. The parade will only perform at 5:40 and 7 p.m. on these dates. The Trolley Show will use the Main Street Fire Truck.

Walt Disney World Resorts

New! Face Painting Now Available at Port Orleans – French Quarter: During the evenings, Guests can now enjoy face painting at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. The face painter will sit near Jackson Square Gifts & Desires along with the current caricature artist.

New!  Trattoria al Forno Coming to Disney’s BoardWalk: With opening planned for December, Disney has shared the first details for Trattoria al Forno, the new restaurant for Disney’s BoardWalk. A “trattoria” is an Italian restaurant serving simple food, and “al forno” is Italian for “food baked in an oven,” and this new spot will showcase Old World techniques, including handcrafted mozzarella made daily, cavatelli (small dumpling-shaped pasta) and a variety of Neopolitan-style pizzas baked in wood-burning ovens. Slices of paper-thin Italian meats, served with a variety of olives and caponata, satisfying pastas, velvety seasonal risottos and fresh seafood and vegetables will celebrate the delectable diversity of Italian cuisine with authentic ingredients and recipes from Italy’s various regions. Classic Italian desserts and authentic Italian Wines will also be served. This restaurant opens in the space that is currently Kouzzina.

Trattoria al Forno, the new restaurant for Disney’s BoardWalk.

Walt Disney World Resort – General

New!  Disney “Planes: Fire & Rescue” Merchandise at Walt Disney World:  Disney’s “Planes: Fire and Rescue” opens in theaters July 18?, but merchandise is already available at Walt Disney World including The Dusty Do-It-Yourself Foam Plane, the original “Planes: Fire & Rescue” Walt Disney Records Soundtrack, the Piston Peak Fire Air Operations open edition pin and of course, a baseball hat (available in youth size only). Also available are youth tees and fleeces, die-cast cars, play sets, books and more. These items can be found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park – Creature Comforts, Downtown Disney Marketplace– World of Disney Store, Magic Kingdom Park – Emporium and Mouse Gear – Epcot.

 Disney “Planes: Fire & Rescue” merchandise

Reminder! Roadwork in Progress Near Downtown Disney:  As Downtown Disney paves the way for Disney Springs, July 14 marked a significant milestone as work on Buena Vista Drive (BVD) shifts from the preparation phase to an even more visible roadwork phase. This work will continue through the duration of the expansion project. Guests driving on Buena Vista Drive can expect potential delays and should plan for extra travel time. In addition, speed limits along BVD are now reduced to 35 MPH near Downtown Disney. Please remember to drive slowly and safely! This phase of roadwork will include the following:

  • Medians will be paved
  • Concrete barrier walls will be used to shift lanes to one side during heavy construction
  • BVD will be reduced from three lanes to two lanes going both directions along portions of the road from Bonnet Creek Parkway to Hotel Plaza Boulevard
  • Access to Downtown Disney by vehicle will be shifted to: Entrance 2 across from the Hess Station, Entrance 5 across from Typhoon Lagoon, and various entrances and turn lanes may be closed during different phases of this work

Future improvements will include widening BVD to 10 lanes, adding dedicated bus lanes and creating convenient pedestrian bridges that will allow Guests to safely cross over Buena Vista Drive to Downtown Disney.

Reminder! L’Experience – The Ultimate Way to Experience La Nouba: La Nouba™ by Cirque du Soleil® will host a special backstage experience beginning July 11, 2014. Tickets are valid for the 6 p.m. show on Fridays and Saturdays beginning July 11, 2014. The price will be $250+tax for adults and $215+tax for children (3-9). L’Experience includes:

  • Front & Center Category Ticket for the 6 p.m. show
  • Souvenir Popcorn and Soft Drinks
  • Meet & Greet with a Cirque Performer
  • Inside Peek at Costuming
  • Unique Look Backstage
  • Gift bag including Cirque Merchandise
  • 10% Discount Coupon for The Cirque Boutique

Merchandise Events

  • New! Experience Very Irresistible Products from Givenchy: Meet specialists from the Givenchy beauty team and try their Very Irresistible line of fragrances and products at the Givenchy Boutique in France at Epcot. From July 17-20 , Guests who purchase $100 or more of any Givenchy product will receive a complimentary fragrance sample.
  • July 17-20: Artist Larry Dotson will make appearances throughout the day at Art of Disney, Downtown Disney® Marketplace.
  • July 17-28: Artist Showcase with Precious Moments will be held at Once Upon A Toy, Downtown Disney® Marketplace throughout the day, each day.
  • July 23-27:  Artist Greg McCullough will make appearances throughout the day at Art of Disney, Epcot.
  • July 24-27: Artist David Doss will make appearances throughout the day at Art of Disney, Downtown Disney® Marketplace.
  • July 25: Get an early jump on your holiday shopping and celebrate Christmas in July with us and Disney artists, Costa Alavezos, Cody Reynolds and Derrick Lirette from 6 – 8p.m. at Disney’s Days of Christmas in Downtown Disney Marketplace.
  • July 30-Aug. 3:  Artist Greg McCullough will make appearances throughout the day at Art of Disney, Downtown Disney® Marketplace.

Closures and Refurbishments

Click here to view the latest renovations and closures at Walt Disney World Resort.

Keepsakes from Your Disney Cruise

You will have an amazing time on your Disney Cruise. While you’re planning your dream vacation, you may also want to think about keepsakes to take home as a reminder of your great vacation. There are lots of ways to commemorate the fun you had onboard your Disney Cruise. Here are a couple ideas:

  • Passport Keepsake- Create your own passport at home and bring it with you on your Disney Cruise. You will meet cast members from lots of different countries once you are onboard. They can give you information about their country or you can just get them to sign your passport.
  • Vinylmation Keepsake- You can use a pillow case, photo frame, t-shirt or my favorite a vinylmation for your one of a kind keepsake. Pick up a 9” vinylmation before your cruise. You can find them at D Street at Downtown Disney or in a store at in the Disney Parks. On the first night of your voyage take your item to guest services and request signatures from the characters onboard. You will be given the option of receiving signatures from all characters, Disney main, or Disney Princesses. On the last night your cruise your item will be delivered to your stateroom, signed, and ready for display when you return home.

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Written by Shante Carson — Shante is a Disney Cruise Expert with over ten cruises taken on the Disney Fantasy, Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic, and Disney Fantasy.  Bon Voyage!  Shante is ready to help you plan your magical Disney Cruise vacation. Book your next vacation with Shante at 252-917-0497 or shante@destinationsinflorida.com.

Favorite Snacks at Walt Disney World

snacksSnacking is one of the best parts of a Walt Disney World vacation. There are many delicious treats to be discovered throughout the parks. Today, I’m sharing my favorites from each of the parks.

Magic Kingdom

  •  Dole Whip Pineapple Float at Aloha Isle in Adventureland- If you haven’t tried this, you’re missing a fantastic treat on a hot Florida afternoon! The combination of pineapple juice and tangy Dole Whip is the perfect thirst quencher.

Epcot Center

  •  Caramel Toffee Bark at Karamell-Küche in Germany- This is a huge slab of goodness that is hard to eat all at once.  The combination of buttery toffee, milk chocolate and nuts is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth!

Hollywood Studios

  •  Butterfinger Cupcake at Starring Rolls on Sunset Blvd- This cupcake is gigantic and easily split between two (or more!). The cupcake is moist and filled with a generous amount of chocolate ganache and topped with crushed Butterfinger pieces. Yum!

Animal Kingdom

  •  Chicken Fried Rice at Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe in Asia- While this isn’t a sweet treat, it is a nice size portion and perfect for an afternoon snack. The rice is tasty and well seasoned. Give it a try!

Take time to savor some delicious snacks on your next Disney World vacation! What are your favorites?

Written by Sheri Morris, “Main Street Morris”   Sheri is proud grandmother with a keen eye for detail.  She specializes in Disney Travel for adults and RV travel.  Book your next vacation with Sheri at (804)405 5005 or at sheri@destinationsinflorida.com.

Around the Universe – Universal Orlando Resort News – July 10, 2014

There are exciting new things happening every day at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida! Join us every week to read about what’s new “Around the Universe.” This week’s update features: Diagon Alley grand opening, new CityWalk eateries and more!

What’s New This Week?

Muggle Moments

Universal Orlando Theme Parks

New! Diagon Alley is OPEN! July 8th marked the official grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Universal Orlando welcomed thousands of excited guests into the spectacularly themed land for the very first time with confetti, fireworks and a red carpet lined with dozens of cheering Diagon Alley team members. Here’s a video recap of Diagon Alley Grand Opening.


Fire-Breathing Dragon Wows Crowds: A 60-foot, fire-breathing Ukrainian Ironbelly dragon sits atop Gringotts Wizarding Bank and periodically thrills the crowds below with a burst of fire. Each time, the people in Diagon Alley jump from fright and the they cheer in amazement. It’s something you just have to see! Here’s a slow motion video of the dragon breathing fire.


Follow #DiagonAlley News on Social Media: Whether you use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine or something else, keep an eye out for popular hashtags used by the many Muggles now exploring Diagon Alley. Some to watch are #MuggleMoments (this is an official hashtag announced by Universal Orlando), #DiagonAlley, #Potterwatch and #Gingotts. Also watch the official @UniversalOrlando accounts too.

Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

New! Velvet Sessions with Lou Gramm July 31, 2014: Velvet Bar hosts the city’s only rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party on the last Thursday of the month. Admission is $29 on-line or $35 at the door and includes FREE specialty drinks & finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30-8:30pm, plus FREE valet parking. Cash bars and live band from 8:00pm onward. Each “session” combines creative cocktails with live music from some of the hottest rock bands.

Reminder! Wantilan Luau – Saturday Nights Year-Round: Sit back and experience an evening of authentic Polynesian food and entertainment at the enchanting Wantilan Luau, a weekly Hawaiian dinner show featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet of Polynesian specialties, live Hawaiian music and traditional hula dancing. Hula and fire dancers delight the audience and entice a few to even learn the hula! Adults: $70 for Priority Seating or $63 for Regular Seating. Children (ages 3 – 9): $40 for Priority Seating or $35 for Regular Seating. Ages under 3 are complimentary. Price includes gratuity, non-alcoholic beverages, wine, beer, and Mai Tais!

Universal CityWalk

New! Bread Box Handcrafted Sandwiches Now Open: With a Bread Box sandwich, you’ll be transported back to your childhood kitchen or your favorite street corner deli. Here you’ll find that the combination of quality meats and vegetables, fresh bread, and simple preparation can transform a sandwich into something more.

Reminder! Hot Dog Hall of Fame Now Open: Hot Dog Hall of Fame officially opened July 3, 2014 at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk, becoming the latest venue to debut as part of this year’s historic expansion to the entertainment complex. Hot Dog Hall of Fame, located across from Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, features stadium-style seating and iconic hot dog creations from across the nation, including the loaded Chicago dog and Milwaukee brat.  Universal partnered with Steven Schussler, the global culinary concept creator behind the popular Rain Forest Cafe, to bring his Hot Dog Hall of Fame concept to CityWalk.

Hot Dog Hall of Fame Universal Orlando Resort

Hot Dog Hall of Fame Universal Orlando Resort

Hot Dog Hall of Fame Universal Orlando Resort

Reminder! CityWalk Expansion Plans: Hot Dog Hall of Fame joins Red Oven Pizza Bakery, Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, Cold Stone Creamery, Starbucks, Menchie’s, Breadbox and VIVO Italian Kitchen as the latest establishments to open as part of the expansion to Universal CityWalk. The CowFish will open later this year.

Closures and Refurbishments

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

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Universal Studios

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Around the Mouse – Walt Disney World News – July 9, 2014

There are exciting new things popping up every day at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida! Join us every week to read about what’s new “Around the Mouse.” This week’s Walt Disney World news update features: new FROZEN entertainment, restaurant changes, a sneak peek of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and more!

What’s New This Week?

Disney's Hollywood Studios Frozen Summer Fun Live Olaf

Walt Disney World Theme Parks

 New! Celebrate ‘Frozen Summer Fun’ with New Specialty Cupcakes: Three new cupcakes will be sold as part of ‘Frozen Summer Fun’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Olaf cupcake is a carrot cupcake with cream cheese icing and a white chocolate Olaf. The Olaf cupcake is available for just $5.19 at select quick service locations: Studio Catering Co., Pizza Planet Arcade, ABC Commissary, Rosie’s All-American Cafe, Backlot Express, Fairfax Fare, Oaken’s Funland, Starring Rolls Cafe,and Coffee Cart. Anna and Elsa cupcakes are also available. The Anna cupcake is chocolate with buttercream, and the Elsa cupcake is vanilla with buttercream. Both are topped with a themed white chocolate medallion. These cupcakes are available for $5.19 at the following locations: Backlot Express, Oaken’s Funland, and Starring Rolls Cafe. These treats are part of the Disney Dining Plan and will be available through Sept. 1.

Olaf Cupcake

Reminder! ‘Frozen Summer Fun – Live’ Now at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: This summer, the world of “Frozen” takes center stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Starting July 5, a summer-long happening, featuring a full day of all-new, immersive “Frozen” experiences you won’t want to miss, take place every day through September 1! Experiences include: a Royal Welcome parade, a sing-a-long show, a Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland (with a snowman building area with real snow and ice skating), a dance party and Frozen-themed fireworks. More details are available here.

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Kirstoff Disney's Hollywood Studios Frozen Summer Fun Live

Disney's Hollywood Studios Frozen Summer Fun Live Sing-Along

Disney's Hollywood Studios Frozen Summer Fun Live Sing-Along

Disney's Hollywood Studios Frozen Summer Fun Live Snowman

Disney's Hollywood Studios Frozen Summer Fun Live ice skating

 

Reminder! Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package: The Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package, available daily from July 5 – September 1, 2014 (with the exception of August 23), will offer guests reserved viewing for three of the park’s most anticipated new experiences. This package is a great way to see the Frozen activities without having to wait in line or line up early for parade or fireworks. Guests who book the package enjoy refreshments and reserved viewing for Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome procession at 11:00 a.m. Later on, they’ll experience reserved seating at one showing of For the First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, which takes place between 12:30-7 p.m. The evening will end from 8:30 – 10PM with an exclusive dessert party in a reserved area for viewing of the nighttime Frozen fireworks spectacular. Packages cost $59 for adults and $34 for children (including tax and gratuity). Park admission is required as well.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Frozen Summer Fun Live Dessert Party

Disney's Hollywood Studios Frozen Summer Fun Live Dessert Party

New! Some Performances of Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Cancelled: Due to upcoming concrete work on Main Street, U.S.A., there will not be morning performances of the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party on the following dates: July 9, July 11 and July 25. The parade will only perform at 5:40 and 7 p.m. on these dates. The Trolley Show will use the Main Street Fire Truck.

New! Pizzafari Gets New Breakfast Menu:  Pizzafari now has a new breakfast menu. While some items are being changed slightly, others are being replaced with the following new items: Breakfast croissant with egg whites, spinach, provolone and vegetable chutney; Breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, sausage, peppers, cheese and salsa; Ancient grain hot cereal, which is a rustic blend of oatmeal, barley and quinoa simmered with aromatic spices and topped with a salted caramel crumble; Kid’s breakfast pizza, which is topped with scrambled eggs, chopped bacon and cheddar cheese; Toasted bagel and Multi-grain croissant.

New! Candlelight Processional Dining Packages On Sale Now: Guests can start booking their Candlelight Processional Dining Packages. The event starts the night after Thanksgiving (November 28) and runs through December 30. About half of the celebrity narrators have been announced. Read more.

Reminder! ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Sneak Peek Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios July 4: Starting July 4, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in an exclusive sneak peek at ABC Sound Studio in RealD 3D, offering Guests an extended look at scenes from the film before it opens in theaters. “Guardians of the Galaxy” finds space adventurer Peter Quill the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain, but when Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe. “Guardians of the Galaxy,” releases in U.S. theaters on Aug. 1.

Reminder! Sounds Like Summer Concert Series Runs Thru July 26: Nothing sounds more like summer than the rockin’ tunes from some of the most iconic rock bands of all time! From June 8 to July 26, seven bands pay tribute to the hottest rock acts at the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot. Shows are at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. – except on July 4 when show times are 5:15, 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m. The lineup is as follows

  • July 6-12 -Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to the Bee Gees
  • July 13-19 – Slippery When Wet – The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
  • July 20-26 - 2U – A Tribute to U2

Walt Disney World Resorts

New! BoardWalk Flying Fish Cafe to Serve Breakfast for a Limited Time: Guests will be able to enjoy breakfast at Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort this fall, for a limited time. Breakfast fare will include waffle with tiramisu mascarpone, soft polenta with fennel sausage, frittata with roasted red pepper and prosciutto and more. The restaurant will offer breakfast October 1-December 7, 7:30am – 11:00am. The restaurant is now available for booking.

Reminder! Kouzzina by Cat Cora Closing Sep 30, 2014: A new restaurant concept will be added to Disney’s BoardWalk this fall. To make room for this new experience, the last day of operation at Kouzzina by Cat Cora will be Sept. 30.  Guests can continue to book reservations for Kouzzina by Cat Cora through Sept. 30.

Walt Disney World Resort – General

 New! Updated Age Guidelines for Disney’s Magical Express: In an effort to align with the policies of many major airlines, Disney’s Magical Express has modified the guidelines regarding minors traveling without a parent or legal guardian. Effective immediately, Guests must be 12 years of age or older to travel unaccompanied on Disney’s Magical Express. Prior to the change, the minimum unaccompanied age to board Disney’s Magical Express was 16 years of age.

New! Pearl Factory Temporary Closure at Downtown Disney: July 6 is the last day of operation for Pearl Factory, and it will be temporarily closed from July 7-28. Guests can still purchase items at the Pearl Factory location at Yacht & Beach Club Resorts.

Reminder! Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Silver Creek Springs Pool to Close for Refurbishment: The main pool and slide will be closed for enhancements at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. During this time, the leisure pool at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will remain open. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit either the Main Pool at Disney’s Contemporary Resort or the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Complimentary transportation will be provided to both of these neighboring resorts.

Reminder! Disney’s Polynesian Resort Pool to Close for Refurbishment: The main pool and slide (Nanea Volcano Pool and Slide) will be closed for enhancements July 26, 2014 through early 2015. Guests who stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort while the main pool is closed will receive one complimentary ticket for each member of their party to visit Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park during their stay.

Reminder! Monorail Hours Temporarily Adjusted: If you are visiting Walt Disney World on or after June 22, you should know the monorail service will have reduced hours to accommodate enhancement work. Monorail service will run:

  • 8:30 a.m.-midnight on the Magic Kingdom Resort beam
  • 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. on the Magic Kingdom Express beam
  • 9 a.m.-11 p.m. on the Epcot beam

Watercraft and additional buses will be available to Guests. No end date has been provided for this temporary change.

Merchandise Events

  • July 4 – 11: Meet artist Greg McCullough this month at the Walt Disney World Resort. Greg will appear at Art of Disney in Downtown Disney Marketplace, July 4 – 11 as well as July 30 – August 3. Look for additional appearances by Greg at Art of Disney in Epcot, July 16 – 20 and July 23 – 27.
  • July 25: Get an early jump on your holiday shopping and celebrate Christmas in July with us and Disney artists, Costa Alavezos, Cody Reynolds and Derrick Lirette from 6 – 8p.m. at Disney’s Days of Christmas in Downtown Disney Marketplace.

Closures and Refurbishments

Click here to view the latest renovations and closures at Walt Disney World Resort.

 

Candlelight Processional 2014 Dinner Packages Now Available for Walt Disney World

Candlelight Processional 2014 Dates Announced

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Today, guests can start booking their Candlelight Processional 2014 Dining Packages. The event starts the night after Thanksgiving (November 28) and runs through December 30.

Disney Parks has also provided a partial list of celebrity narrators including Candlelight veterans Whoopi Goldberg and Jodi Benson, and two fabulous new narrators – Academy-Award-winning actress Sharon Stone and Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer.

For those of you unfamiliar with the event, it’s a gorgeous re-telling of the Christmas story with a celebrity narrator each night and seasonal music from a massed choir and huge orchestra. The event started at Disneyland park in the 1958 with Walt Disney himself. At Walt Disney World Resort, it’s presented at the America Gardens Theater at Epcot, a beautiful venue, especially when all decked out for the holidays.

Here is a partial list of celebrity narrators:

  • Jodi Benson – 11/28 – 11/29
  • TBD – 11/30 – 12/2
  • TBD – 12/3 – 12/4
  • Whoopi Goldberg – 12/5 – 12/6
  • TBD – 12/7* – 12/8
  • TBD – 12/9 – 12/11
  • TBD – 12/12 – 12/14
  • Sharon Stone (New) – 12/15 – 12/17
  • Ana Gasteyer (New) – 12/18 – 12/20
  • Marlee Matlin – 12/21 – 12/23
  • TBD – 12/24 – 12/25
  • TBD – 12/26 – 12/27
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – 12/28 – 12/30

Narrators are subject to change without notice. – Show Times are at 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. each night. *Show Times on December 7 are 6:45 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. only

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages, available on select days, start at $35 for lunch and $50 for dinner for adults, include a delicious meal at an Epcot restaurant and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances. Note: Availability is limited. Guests can call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) or book online at www.disneyworld.com/holidays. If you are working with one of our Destinations in Florida travel agents, your agent can book this for you.

Character Greetings on Disney Cruise Line

Mickey (1)Disney Cruise Line is the perfect place to hang out with your favorite Disney pals. There are tons of opportunities to meet Disney characters onboard each ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. Check your Daily Navigator each day for a list of character meet and greets where you can take photos and get autographs from your favorite Disney characters. Character meet and greets may be held in the lobby atrium, on deck, by the gift shops, or other locations around the ship. Castaway Cay also has several character meet and greet locations. Make sure you get there early for the Princess Gathering.  This is one of the most popular character greetings on every cruise.  In addition to the scheduled sessions characters pop up around the ship when you least expect it. Goofy (2)You may just see Snow White walking down the hall or Goofy hanging out on deck. Characters love spending time in the youth clubs. There may even be a character dance party during your cruise.  You can even get dance lessons from Donald Duck at the Saludos Amigos Fiesta. As a final farewell, Mickey and the gang all come out to say goodbye at See Ya Real Soon. This event is held on the last night of your cruise to give you one last photo opportunity before you return home. You never know who you will get to meet on Disney Cruise Line but you can bet on lots of character interactions each day of your cruise.

Written by Shante Carson — Shante is a Disney Cruise Expert with over ten cruises taken on the Disney Dream, Disney Wonder, Disney Magic, and Disney Fantasy.  Bon Voyage!  Shante is ready to help you plan your magical Disney Cruise vacation. Book your next vacation with Shante at 252-917-0497 or shante@destinationsinflorida.com.