Walt Disney World Magical Extras will arrive on a Card in 2018

Beginning with Jan. 1, 2018 arrivals, there’s a new process for Magical Extra Card and voucher delivery. Instead of receiving a generic booklet including the Magical Extras card and vouchers. Guests who purchase a Walt Disney Travel Company package and stay at a Walt Disney World® Resort Hotel will now receive information about the Magical Extras in their MagicBand delivery box.

Guests will still receive one Magical Extras Savings Card, 4 vouchers for Miniature Golf and 4 vouchers for the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex per package. The card will be personalized with the lead name, party size, travel dates and reservation number. Like always, this card must be presented at all participating shopping, dining and recreation locations to receive the associated discount or offer.

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The Magical Extras Card is tucked inside a small compartment on the right side of the box. The sleeve also includes eight perforated vouchers (4 for Miniature Golf and 4 for ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex). Guests must present a valid Magical Extras Card and voucher for admission to Miniature Golf or the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

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In the following scenarios, Guests will receive their Magical Extras Card, vouchers and luggage tags upon check-in at their hotel:

  • Guests who pre-engage on My Disney Experience 10 days or less prior to arrival.
  • Guests who book 5 days or less prior to arrival.
  • Guests who do not pre-engage on My Disney Experience.
  • Guests who opt out of receiving a MagicBand.
  • Guests who book a Walt Disney Travel Company Package at The Walt Disney World Swan or Dolphin Hotels, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, the Disney Springs® Resort Area Hotels or a Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® Hotel.

Thank you for reading!  My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic, I’m also a travel agent.  If you are one of my guests traveling in 2018, your magical extras will now arrive on this card and if you have any questions, I’m always here to help.  If you are dreaming of a Walt Disney World vacation in 2018 or beyond, what are you waiting for?  Planning all starts with a free quote and my planning services always come at no additional cost to you.
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Save NOW on Select Disney Fantasy Cruises!

SAVE 20% THROUGH 25% OFF SELECT CARIBBEAN CRUISES FROM FLORIDA
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With this offer, you can save 20% through 25% off prevailing rates as quoted by Disney Cruise Line for Verandah Stateroom with Restrictions (Category VGT) on select 5-night and 7-night cruises departing from Florida on January 6 and 7, February 17 and March 17, 2018.

Eligible for 25% off prevailing rates as quoted by Disney Cruise Line for Verandah Staterooms with Restrictions (Category VGT):

  • 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise with Star Wars Day at Sea from Port Canaveral on March 17, 2018 on Disney Fantasy – Drop anchor in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth and Disney Castaway Cay—with 2 unforgettable days at sea.
    • $2,191 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of approximately $106 per person not included.
    • Book though December 1, 2017.

Eligible for 20% off prevailing rates as quoted by Disney Cruise Line for Verandah Staterooms with Restrictions (Category VGT):

  • 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise with Star Wars Day at Sea from Port Canaveral on January 6, 2018 on Disney Fantasy – Chart a course to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth and Disney Castaway Cay—with 2 unforgettable days at sea.
    • $1,568 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of approximately $122 per person not included.
  • 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise with Star Wars Day at Sea from Port Canaveral on February 17, 2018 on Disney Fantasy – Set sail to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth and Disney Castaway Cay—with 2 unforgettable days at sea.
    • $1,925 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of approximately $123 per person not included.
  • 5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise with Marvel Day at Sea from Miami on January 7, 2018 on Disney Magic – Cast off to Cozumel and Disney Castaway Cay—with 2 unforgettable days at sea.
    • $960 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of approximately $106 per person not included.

Important Details on Verandah Staterooms with Restrictions (Category VGT)

  • Valid for new bookings only
  • Full payment is required at the time of booking for all Guests and is non-refundable.
  • Full legal names of all Guests are required at time of booking and no name changes are allowed.
  • Specific stateroom will be assigned at a later time, based on availability.

Additional Important Details

  • Rate does not include gratuities or Port Adventures.
  • Not combinable with Disney Vacation Club Points
  • The number of staterooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.
  • Rates are in U.S. dollars
  • Offer subject to Disney Cruise Line Terms and Conditions.

Thank you for reading.  My name is Melissa and I am a Disney addict.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney parks with my family and I have sailed on all four of the cruise ships.  Allow me to help you plan your cruise vacation at no additional cost to you.  It all starts with a free quote.
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New Spaces Announced for the Disney Magic in March 2018

The Disney Magic is getting another update and will debut brand new spaces onboard in March 2018.

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An Enchanted Dining Experience just for families

It looks like Cariocca’s will be getting a new look and Tangled will be the inspiration for the new dining space.  This will pair perfectly with the unique Tangled musical performances on each Disney Magic sailing.  This regal ballroom, set in the royal castle, will be lit by floating lanterns and filled with live entertainment celebrating Rupunzel’s Birthday & her return to the kingdom.  Even the princess herself will greet guests along with the mischievous thugs from the Snuggley Duckling.

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This is the current Carioca’s Restaurant

Redesigned Retreat Just for Teens

The Vibe, a teen club for guests ages 14-17, is also getting a fresh look.  The new trendy urban loft environment will offer cool activities like a DJ spin-off and movie making.  The teens and their friends will also be able to enjoy coffee and smoothie bar, as well as video and virtual reality games.

Redesigned Exclusively for Adults

Cove Cafe’ will be redesigned in a sophisticated tropical style providing the perfect place for adults to relax and sip a specialty coffee or tea throughout the day.  This adults only retreat will also offer wine, cocktails and light bites during the evening hours.  These beverages and food come with a minimal charge to guests.

The Rainforest Room in Senses Spa will also be redesigned and for the younger set Club Disney Junior will be added to the Oceaneer Club.

Since the ship will not be going into dry dock for these changes & will continue to sail, guests onboard will face some changes in their activities & dining rotation.  Disney has released information that lets guests know their evening meal in Carioca’s will be replaced by the Cabanas restaurant & will still be served table service style.

Thank you for reading.
My name is Melissa and I am a Disney Fanatic; I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney Parks with my family and I have sailed on all 4 of the Disney Cruise Line ships.  They provide a luxurious & entertaining experience for guests of all ages & their service is always in true Disney style.
If you are dreaming of a Disney vacation, it all starts with a free, no obligation quote.
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Holiday Happenings in Walt Disney World

The holiday season is a wonderful time to visit Walt Disney World and this year is no exception.  With more lights, fireworks & events than ever,even the biggest Grinch can get into the holiday spirit.

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

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This part runs on select nights from 11/9/17 – 12/22/17 and does require a separate ticket purchase to attend.  You can find a full list of dates & prices HERE.

During the party you will enjoy special character meets, shorter attraction wait times, festive treats & goodies that include complimentary cookies of various flavors, hot cocoa & cider.  This year they are also offering a soft pretzel option which I am particularly fond of instead of all the sweets.  There will be a special Christmas Parade & fireworks show & Voice Play will be performing again in Tomorrowland.  You can also purchase limited edition merchandise and don’t forget to pick-up your Sorcerers of the magic Kingdom Party Card.

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International Festival of the Holidays

Although by a different name this year, this event still holds the same holiday magic.  Pick up your booklet & guide to all the fun when you enter the park & enjoy wonderful food from around the World Showcase and my personal favorite are the stories of each country’s unique holiday traditions.

Enjoy this video sample of the holiday traditions in Norway:

Candlelight Processional

This fantastic performance has become our holiday tradition.  Each night, the biblical Christmas Story is told by 1 of 13 celebrity narrators and accompanied by a live choir and orchestra.  Returning narrators include Whoopi Goldberg & Trace Adkins; they will be joined by several new narrators this year including Kurt Russel & Pat Sajak.  Find a full list of narrators HERE. This event runs from 11/24/17 – 12/30/17.

If you want the best seats, consider making a reservation for a dining package.  More details on the dining packages HERE

Chip and Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree

This holiday scavenger hunt is fun for the young ones or the young at heart.  Chip & Dale are collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree & they need your help.  The cost for your scavenger hunt map is $6.99 +tax and when your are finished, you will get a special prize.

After enjoying a day in Epcot with festive food from around the world & stories from Santa, you can enjoy a special Illuminations with a special holiday themed ending.

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios has gone all out for this holiday season.  The Jingle Bell Jingle Bam! show has returned & the elves from Prep & Landing must help & find Santa because he has been kidnapped.

New in Hollywood Studios this year is Sunset Season’s Greetings.  Enjoy a light snowfall on Sunset blvd while the Tower of Terror exterior is brought to life by holiday projections.  You may even run into a friendly holiday face or two such as Olaf the snowman from Frozen.

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Minnie will once again be hosting her holiday dine part at Hollywood & Vine Restaurant and you can meet Santa himself at the Once Upon a Time shop through 12/24/17.  When Santa begins to deliver Christmas gifts for the children Santa Goofy will take his place through 12/31/17.

Disney Springs

Although I was personally a little disappointed to see that the holiday drone show will not be returning to Disney Springs this year, there are plenty of festive activities that will hold my family’s attention for an entire day after we watch the new Star Wars movie at the AMC theater right in the middle of the action.

The Christmas Tree Trail will be memorizing as always with 25 Disney themed trees beneath a gentle snow fall.
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Festive snacks & food can be found throughout the shopping district and joyful entertainment will welcome everyone.  From caroling to stilt walkers there will be something to watch all around.

Santa’s Chalet will be there where your family can visit & get photos with Santa.  If you have Disney’s Memory Maker, you can get your photos added to your account at no extra charge.  When you visit Santa’s Chalet, you will be given a special pager that will tell you when to return to the line for your visit with Santa.  You do not have to wait in a crazy long line & you can shop while you wait for your turn.

Also returning to Disney Springs this year is Stitch’s Gift hunt.  This is a fabulous activity to keep the kids & family entertained while you shop.  Stitch has misplaced his gift list and he needs your help finding it.  You can pick up your scavenger hunt map with corresponding stickers and hunt your way through 16 locations to match each sticker with the correct place.  Once you have completed the map, you can return it for a special prize.

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Resorts and More

The Gingerbread Houses in Walt Disney World remain the most fantastic displays of culinary art that I have seen in my travels.  Each display is a delicate work of art and can be found throughout the parks & resorts.

– Tusker House Restaurant in Animal Kingdom 12/20 – 1/2
– American Adventure in Epcot 11/19 (This location also offers a season menu for your consumption)
– Amorette’s Parisserie in Disney Springs 11/24
– Disney’s Contemporary Resort
– Disney’s Beach Club celebrates their 18th anniversary of this event with 18 hidden Mickey’s on their display
– Disney’s Grand Floridian celebrates their 19th gingerbread anniversary & a special pin trading event in the lobby each day

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In addition to larger-than-life gingerbread houses, you can tour each of the Disney resorts & take in all of their fabulous trees & Christmas decor.  Every resort will have a detailed miniature train display in the lobby.

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Visiting Walt Disney World ruing the holidays offers numerous holiday activities that will immerse your senses in holiday cheer.  On top of all of the fun actives, the weather here in Florida is amazingly comfortable for park touring this time of year.  If you have never visited Walt Disney World during the holidays, what are you waiting for?  You can book now for 2017 or 2018 and I have a special offer of my own waiting for my holiday guests when you book by 11/30/17.

Thank you for reading.
My name is Melissa and I am a Disney Fanatic; I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me in one of the Disney Parks with my family almost every weekend.  With hours of personal experience, I’m happy to help you plan the perfect holiday vacation for your family at no added cost to you & it all starts with a free, no obligation quote.  Visit my website or contact me to book your vacation.
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2017 Epcot Candlelight Processional

This fully immersive experience is part of Epcot’s Holidays Around the World in 2017 and runs from 11/24/17 through 12/30/17.  The amazing telling of the Christmas story boasts a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir and has become a holiday tradition for my family.

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This year 13 celebrity narrators are performing at the event and there are 6 brand new narrators. Several of which I am personally excited to watch.

  • NEW! Laurie Hernandez – November 24 to 26, 2017
  • NEW! Matt Bomer – November 27 to 28, 2017
  • Ana Gastayer – November 29 to 30, 2017
  • Whoopi Goldberg – December 1 to 3, 2017
  • NEW! Pat Sajak – December 4 to 5, 2017
  • Jodi Benson – December 6 to 8, 2017
  • NEW! Kurt Russell – December 9 to 11, 2017
  • NEW! Warwick Davis – December 12 to 14, 2017
  • Trace Adkins – December 15 to 17, 2017
  • Neil Patrick Harris – December 18 to 21, 2017
  • NEW! CCH Pounder – December 22 to 24, 2017
  • Jaci Velasquez – December 25 to 27, 2017
  • Chandra Wilson – December 28 to 30, 2017

The performances are every night at the America Gardens Theater at 5:00pm, 6:45pm & 8:15pm

If you want a good seat, you may want to consider reserving a Candlelight Processional Dining Package.  Find details on the dining packages HERE

Here is my video from last year with Steven Curtis Chapman as the narrator:

Because we are ultimate fans of the Guardian’s of the Galaxy series, we are thrilled that we have been able to grab a dining reservation, with preferred seating, to watch Kurt Russell perform.  I would also like to try out standby seating to watch Jodi Benson.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday season than with the biblical telling of the Christmas story surrounded by unsurpassed talent & a celebrity narrator.  What are your plans for the season?  Who are you most excited to watch?  Let me know in the comments.

Thank you for reading,
My name is Melissa and I am a Disney Fanatic!  I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney parks with my family.  I would be honored to assist you with planning your own Disney vacation from my experience and it all comes at no additional cost to you.  Contact me to start with a free, no obligation quote.
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Dogs now Welcome at select Walt Disney World Resorts

We have exciting news for Disney Parks fans who are also dog lovers. For the first time ever, Walt Disney World Resorts will welcome guests – and their dogs – to four of its resort properties!

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As part of this new dog-friendly pilot program, four Walt Disney World resort hotels have been designated dog friendly. Each property’s per night/per room pet-cleaning rate is:

  • Disney’s Art of Animation $50/night
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort in standard or garden view rooms$50/night
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort$75/night
  • Cabins at Disney’s Ft. Wilderness Resort $50/night

A maximum of two dogs per guest room can be accommodated. Each guest room will have easy access to outdoor pet walkways for exercise and green spaces with pet relief areas.

We will also designate certain floors or sections of a hotel as dog-friendly, while the majority of areas will remain canine-free to accommodate Guests with allergies or other concerns.

Dog lovers will find plenty of Disney amenities and special touches for their four-legged friends.

  • At check-in, Pluto’s Welcome Kit includes mat, bowls, a pet ID tag, courtesy plastic disposable bags, puppy pads and dog walking maps. Also included: a Pluto “Do Not Disturb” door hanger indicating to hotel staff that a pet is in the room.
  • Disney enjoys a partnership with Best Friends Pet Care, an on-property full-service facility that can provide assistance with pet daycare and other pet services (fees apply).
  • Pet merchandise is coming soon to participating resorts.
  • While there are no in-room services available at this time, Best Friends Pet Care does provide services like doggie day care at its nearby facility on Disney property.

Dogs that are allowed to stay in guest rooms will be expected to be well behaved, leashed in public resort areas and properly vaccinated.

My name is Melissa and I am a Disney Fanatic; I’m also a travel agent.  I spend almost every weekend in one of the Disney parks with my family.  If you are interested in taking a vacation with your beloved pooch, contact me today for more information or a free quote.
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GIVE THE GIFT OF AN UNFORGETTABLE DISNEY WORLD VACATION

Ask your children what they got for Christmas last year, the year before or the year before.  How much do they remember?  Ask them about a family vacation you took & listen as the memories take flight.

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Limited-Time Offer: You can receive special Walt Disney World MagicBands in a holiday gift box when you purchase your 2018 package by Nov. 15, 2017*.Booking Window: Oct. 10-Nov. 15, 2017
Travel Window: Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2018

  • Minimum 3-night length of stay.
  • To ensure delivery of special gift box and MagicBands by Dec. 15, 2017, claim your reservation to your personal My Disney Experience account and verify your mailing address by Dec. 1, 2017.

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*This limited-time offer includes a special Walt Disney World MagicBand and gift box. To receive these items in home by Dec. 15, please create or sign into your My Disney Experience account at: StartYourDisneyExperience.com, link your Resort package reservation, verify your address and personalize the MagicBands no later than Dec. 1, 2017.

My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic; I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me on most weekends, with my family in a Disney park exploring everything that Disney has to offer so I can help you plan your own magical vacation.

If you would like to reserve this offer and have these special MagicBands under your tree for Christmas, contact me today!  Rooms are limited!
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