Disney’s Very MerryTime Cruises

 

 

Very MerryTime Cruises aboard Disney Cruise Line begin in early November. In preparation for all the work in store for him this winter, Santa recently took a vacation onboard the Disney Dream. The video above shows highlights of Santa’s summer vacation onboard the Disney Dream. Santa spent time in the youth club, spa, and even got to experience the AquaDuck. Santa remembered to pack his fish extender so kids could drop off their wish lists.

Santa will be back in November for all of the Very MerryTime Cruises. Santa will have meet and greet opportunities for families to take lots of photos. The ship will be filled with holiday décor including a life-sized gingerbread house, 24-foot Christmas tree, garlands, poinsettias, and shimmering lights. Castaway Cay will be decorated with snow flurries and a Christmas tree. In addition to all the fun Santa had on his cruise, there will be extra holiday themed entertainment on every Very MerryTime Cruise. You won’t want to miss the Deck the Deck Tropical Holiday Party with candy-cane limbo, dancing and games. Kids will help light the tree during King Triton’s Tree Lighting Ceremony. Call me today to book your holiday cruise on Disney Cruise Line.

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.

Get Ready to Rock at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith

Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World is chock full of excitement! Thrill seekers and coaster lovers over 48 inches tall will definitely get their fix as they roll away in the dark on a stretch limo on this attraction.  It is located at the end of Sunset Boulevard near the Tower of Terror. You can’t miss the 40 foot electric guitar that adorns the front of the attraction!

rock n roller coaster wdw newsAs with all Disney attractions, there is a story and a theme!  So the story goes – You’re touring the G-Force recording studio where the band, Aerosmith is finishing a recording session. The band’s manager tells the group that they are late for a concert and the band invites you to accompany them. The fun begins when you hop into a stretch limo and hang on as you blast off, from 0-60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds! As you speed through night scenes of Hollywood, you will experience three different inversions. There are 2 loops and a corkscrew that will blow you away!

One of the best parts of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is the soundtrack. Your stretch limo is outfitted with 125-speaker, 24 sub-woofer, 32,000 watt audio system.  Since each limo plays different Aerosmith songs, your trip will be different each time you ride! Aerosmith songs may include:

  • “Walk This Way”
  • “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)”
  • “Sweet Emotion”
  • “Back in the Saddle”

Additionally, the classic tune “Love in an Elevator” has been customized to “Love in a Roller Coaster” specifically for this attraction.

Be sure to include Rock ‘n’ Roller Coasteron your next visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a rocking good time!

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 23, 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: Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2014 news, events and vacations available for booking, several live shows and much more!

What’s New This Week?

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 New! Book Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2014 Events July 31: Beginning July 31 at 7 a.m., Guests can officially book a spot for some of the most coveted events at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2014. All events will be posted on epcotfoodfestival.com beginning July 24.

New! Baby Wallaby Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: A new baby wallaby recently emerged from his mother’s pouch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park! Ozzie, born to parents Adelaide and Tucker, was likely born in November and made his first appearance in April. Wallabies are marsupials, meaning their children spend most of their early life inside their mother’s pouch. Ozzie has gradually spent more and more time outside of his mother’s pouch and is now relatively independent. Guests can see Ozzie at the Oasis.

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New! See Epcot’s Voices of Liberty adds “Let It Go” to Performances: Voices of Liberty, the longtime acapella group at Epcot, recently added some new songs to their repertoire. New songs guests may hear during their daily shows include “You Raise Me Up,” “True Colors,” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Here’s a sneak peek at one of those new tunes, “Let It Go” from “Frozen.”

New! All Harambe Nights Events are Sold Out: All seats for the July 26, Aug. 2 and Aug. 9 Harambe Nights events have been sold. The lineup of celebrity narrators for “The Lion King – Concert in the Wild” features stars from movies, TV and Broadway. Those scheduled to appear during the remaining nights of the event include:

  • July 26 – Alfre Woodard: “Desperate Housewives,” “Miss Evers’ Boys” (sold out)
  • Aug. 2 – Brian Stokes Mitchell: “Ragtime,” “Trapper John, M.D.,” “Glee”(sold out)
  • Aug. 9 – Patina Miller: “Pippin,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” (sold out)

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 remaining lineup is as follows:

  • July 20-26 - 2U – A Tribute to U2

Walt Disney World Resorts

New! Holiday Sleigh Rides Now Available for Booking: Though it’s only July, it’s time to book your holiday sleigh ride at the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground! Holiday sleigh rides begin on November 28th and run nightly through December 30th. Each sleigh holds up to 4 adults (or two adults and 3 children). The 25-minute sleigh ride is $70 per sleigh and includes 1 collector’s pin per reservation. Book by calling 407-WDW-Play or ask your Destinations in Florida travel agent to assist you with booking.

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Updated! The Garden View Tea Room Closed for Refurbishment: The Garden View Tea Room will be undergoing refurbishments June 30-Aug. 29. During this timeframe, the My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party seating time will be 10 a.m., and Afternoon Tea seating will begin at 12:45 p.m., with last-seating at 2:25 p.m. During refurbishment, these experiences will be held in Cítricos restaurant.

Reminder! Changes to Dining Photo Process: Effective July 27, Disney PhotoPass Service will discontinue printing and delivering (or offering for sale) photo print packages at select dining locations. Affected locations include 1900 Park Fare, Chef Mickey’s, Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, ‘Ohana, and Tusker House Restaurant. Photos will continue to be captured at these locations and associated to all Guests using their MagicBand or a Memory Maker, PhotoPass or PhotoPass+ card. Guests will be able to view and purchase these photos online via their My Disney Experience account or on site at a PhotoPass sale location.

Reminder! 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.

Reminder!  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.

Walt Disney World Resort – General

New! Disney’s Military Salute Discount Renewed: Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and the Disneyland Resort in California are bursting with new attractions and entertainment for the entire family – and America’s military personnel can experience the fun through special theme park tickets and special pricing for accommodations. More details here.

New! Fall Vacation Discounts Announced: You can save up to 30% on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Oct. 4-Nov. 25 and Nov. 29-Dec. 23, 2014, when you book by Oct. 3, 2014.  It’s the perfect time to visit Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, and more!

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New! 2015 Vacation Package Prices to be Released July 30: The 2015 Walt Disney World® Resort, Disneyland® Resort and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa vacation packages will be available to book starting on July 30, 2014.  Be sure to send in your quote request right away, so we can get you a price before the peak seasons are sold out! These packages will be valid for arrivals Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2015. Please note the last date of your vacation must not be more than 499 days in the future.

New! Disney Springs Renderings Released: We have been providing periodic updates on the progress and changes at Downtown Disney as it transform into Disney Springs for some time. The Disney Parks Blog shared some additional updates this week, including some drawings of what the new area will look like after the extensive roadwork that’s currently underway is completed. The surrounding roadways and parking areas at Downtown Disney are growing too and will eventually offer easier access to the area. The construction involves widening Lake Buena Vista Drive from seven to 10 lanes and constructing two multilevel garages (the first of which, pictured below, is set to open by late 2014 to offer 4,000 parking spaces). Two pedestrian bridges are also planned that will help lead guests into Disney Springs near the current Marketplace side, while the other will offer access in through the West Side.

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New! “Guardians of the Galaxy” Merchandise Arrives at Walt Disney World: “Guardians of the Galaxy” opens in theaters August 1, but film-inspired merchandise is already on its way to Disney parks. Merchandise includes t-shirts, toys, action figures, books, cds, D-Tech iPhone cases, a limited edition pin and more!

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New! Graceland Ninjaz Concert at House of Blues Downtown Disney: On July 25, 2014, catch Graceland Ninjaz – The King of Party Bands live at Downtown Disney’s House of Blues. The band will cover your favorite Top 40 hits, Elvis Style! during the Ninjapalooza LuWow! The concert venue is general admission standing. This event is all ages. Price per Ticket US $13.00. Doors open at 7:30 pm, show is at 8:30 pm.

New! American Floyd: Pink Floyd Experience Concert at House of Blues Downtown Disney: On July 27, 2014, catch American Floyd: Pink Floyd Experience live at Downtown Disney’s House of Blues. The band will cover your Pink Floyd hits. The concert venue is general admission standing. This event is all ages. Price per Ticket US $16.00.  Doors open at 7:30 pm, show is at 8:30 pm.

New! Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson at House of Blues Downtown Disney: See Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson and Andrew McMahon live at Downtown Disney’s House of Blues on July 29. The concert venue is general admission standing. This event is all ages. Price per Ticket US $50.50.  Doors open at 7:30 pm, show is at 8:30 pm.

New! Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Closed for Refurbishment:  Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf will be closed for refurbishment July 22-25, July 28-August 1 and August 4-8.  Fantasia Fairways Miniature Golf will remain open for Guests to enjoy.

Merchandise Events

  • 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.

Around the Universe: Universal Orlando Resort News, July 22, 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: Halloween Horror Nights announcements, extended exclusive Harry Potter vacation package dates, CityWalk live events and more!

What’s New This Week?

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Universal Orlando Theme Parks

Halloween Horror Nights Announcements Released: Step right into some of the most pulse-pounding moments in horror history at Universal Orlando® Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights®, the nation’s premier Halloween event. Select nights Sept. 19 – Nov. 1, you can explore eight terrifying haunted houses, multiple street experiences, two outrageous live shows, and many of your favorite rides and attractions. You’ll be completely immersed in the worlds of the biggest names in horror including:

logo_HHN24_purge_tcm13-48137Once you enter The Purge: Anarchy you’ll be lucky to just survive the night. In this unique experience inspired by Universal Pictures’ new thriller, turmoil and pandemonium awaits those vulnerable to masked vigilantes in search of new victims.

logo_HHN24_face_off__tcm13-48074The most twisted and gruesome character creations on Syfy’s Face Off will be live and in the flesh. This unique street experience will surround you in the macabre visions and nightmares of some of Hollywood’s most talented Special Effects make-up artists.

logo_FDTD_tcm13-48046Inside the From Dusk Till Dawn haunted house, chaos reigns as you discover a remote biker bar concealing an ancient race of bloodthirsty creatures. Based on the hit EL REY NETWORK series, this labyrinth of death will leave you drained.

hhn_event_walkingdead_tcm13-47433AMC’s The Walking Dead Returns To Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights® in a house based on the series’ most recent season! This is the event’s biggest, most elaborate haunted house ever featuring more scareactors than ever before.

There are six more houses to be announced. Stay tuned!

Reminder! 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.

Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

New! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ Exclusive Vacation Package Dates Extended: Experience all the magic and excitement with this exclusive vacation package including admission to both Universal Orlando® theme parks, hotel accommodations, Early Park Admission? to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ one hour before the theme parks open, breakfast at the Three Broomsticks™ and the new Leaky Cauldron™, receive an Owl Post Welcome Gift and more! Purchase now – December 10, 2014 with select travel through December 18, 2014. Prices starting from $109 per adult, per night, tax inclusive.

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Reminder! 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! Exclusive Florida Resident Vacation Package: Enjoy 3-Night accommodations and 2-Day Florida Resident Park-to-Park tickets to experience Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure! You’ll also enjoy Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ one hour before the theme parks open, breakfast at the Leaky Cauldron™ and more!  Purchase now – July 31, 2014 with select travel through December 18, 2014. Prices starting from $105 per adult, per night tax inclusive.

Universal CityWalk

New! The Fray Appearing at Hard Rock Live: THE FRAY – Mix 105.1′s All I Want For Christmas In July takes place July 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets: $55 Balcony Tables, $45 Reserved Lower Balcony, $35 Upper Balcony, $32 General Admission Standing Floor. Tickets available at the Hard Rock Live box office and all Ticketmaster locations. For more information call 407-351-LIVE.

The FrayNew! Classic Albums Live Featuring Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors Appearing at Hard Rock Live: Classic Albums Live is a group of studio musicians and vocalists that perform the albums LIVE using the instrumentation used on the original recording…cut for cut…note for note. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets: $25 Advance, $30 Day of Show Reserved Seating, $15 Advance, $20 Day of Show GA Standing Perimeter. Tickets available at the Hard Rock Live box office and all Ticketmaster locations. For more information call 407-351-LIVE.

Reminder! 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.

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

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$150,000 Raised for Charities at the Larry the Cable Guy’s Golf Classic

Our team at Destinations in Florida/Destinations to Explore is always looking for ways to help our community.  Recently our agent, Heather Butler, participated in the Larry the Cable Guy’s Git R Done Golf Classic.  She represented our agency as one of the hole in one sponsors.  She offered a trip to Disneyland for the winner!  It was an exciting event raising over $150,000 for Lincoln Charities.

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72 Hour Sale at Hilton Bonnet Creek Walt Disney World

LAST CHANCE FOR A SUMMER GETAWAY: Flash Sale Ends 9 A.M. on July 25, 2014

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It’s not too late for an Orlando summer escape! Back to school is just around the corner, so give your kids something to remember with an unforgettable getaway to Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, surrounded by the Walt Disney World® Resort, and save with exceptional rates! Take advantage of our 72 Hour End of Summer Sale with rates from only $99/Night. Save $20 or more per night (based on room type) over select dates at Hilton Bonnet Creek Walt Disney World.

Book between 9 A.M. EDT on July 22, 2014 through 9 A.M on July 25, 2014 (72 HOURS ONLY) for arrival on select dates below.

Sale rate is currently available over the following dates:

  • July 27-30, 2014
  • August 3-6, 10-23, 26-31, 2014
  • September 1-3, 6-13, 17-26, 2014
  • October 2-4, 2014

SummerBlast! at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Weekends through August 31

This summer we’re celebrating 101-days of summer vacation during SummerBlast! Join us for an all-out splash of action packed events around our award-winning lazy river pool and throughout the resort. Enjoy pool games, exciting pool parties, rubber duck races, dive-in movies, and more! Learn More

Food & Wine Weekends at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

September 19 through November 9

Join us weekends during the Fall for a celebration of fine wine, cocktails and the culinary arts. This is the perfect complement to the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival for foodies!

Call 1.877.918.8941 for a Free, no-obligation price quote today!

 

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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.