Disney Night of Joy 2017, New Ticket Options

The 2017 Night of Joy talent lineup looks amazing, and this year Disney has introduced a new ticket structure as this popular event returns to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® Resort Sept. 8-9, 2017.

Tickets will go on sale in early June; let me know if you are interested & I can email you when they are released.

 

Guests will be able to buy both concert-only OR theme-park-and-concert-combination tickets for either evening – or also a two-night ticket.

Ticket options include:

  • Single night concert only tickets will be $45 plus tax in advance
  • Two-night concert only tickets will be $69 plus tax in advance
  • Single night concert tickets plus a (1) day at a Walt Disney World theme park add on will be $107 plus tax *
  • Two-night concert tickets with a (1) day at a Walt Disney World theme park add on will be $131 plus tax **

There also will be premium seating packages available for an extra charge; and groups of 10 or more will be able to get discounted tickets, as with past events.

A little reminder about this year’s talent: (Entertainment subject to change.)

  • Friday, Sept. 8 – MercyMe, TobyMac, Zach Williams, Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey, Matt Maher, Colton Dixon, Rend Collective.
  • Saturday, Sept. 9 – Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Kirk Franklin, Jordan Feliz, Crowder, Jeremy Camp, Tye Tribbett.

* Add-on Theme Park Ticket Option is good for use any one day September 8-30, 2017 at any one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks

**2-day Concert plus 1-day Theme Park Advanced ticket will also include (1) admission to your choice of Disney’s Blizzard Beach or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park for one use September 8-30, 2017. Individuals must purchase by August 8, 2017 to receive water park ticket. Groups must purchase by August 25, 2017 to receive water park ticket. 

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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 theme parks with my family almost every weekend.  I love exploring the parks and helping people plan their own magical vacations.  All of my booking and planning services are FREE.  Planning your next Disney vacation all starts with a free quote.  Visit my website or contact me.
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Pandora, World of Avatar Preview

Avatar is a movie that has touched my soul.  There are people that love Star Wars, Marvel, Star Trek & more.  Myself, I am more of an Avatar gal.  I love animals, nature & the message of this movie.  Pandora in Animal Kingdom really brought all of this to life for me and I may have or may not have squeaked a tear when I rode the Flight of Passage attraction; there is no proof.  Disney has done a phenomenal job of bringing this movie off of the screen & into reality.  It feels like standing on another planet; the design is flawless, the sounds of the indigenous species surround you and some of the plants are interactive.  If you are an Avatar fan like I am, you must not miss this new land in Animal Kingdom!
Be sure to scroll all the way to the end of this article for a video of my Pandoran preview experience.

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156-foot-tall “floating mountains” are the centerpiece of the Valley of Mo’ara
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One of the first things that we came to as we entered Pandora was a giant plant that smoked & made sounds when you touched it.  Right next to the plant was one of two brand new Wilderness Explorer stations located in Pandora.
For those of you that are not familiar with this program, you can pick up your Wilderness Explorer guide at various locations around the park and work through the (now 32) learning experiences throughout Animal Kingdom and earn badges (stickers) for each experience and a completion sticker at the end.

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Wondering through the Valley of Mo’ara was visually stunning.  Floating mountains, bright plants from another world, waterfalls and sounds of the Pandoran primates  from all directions immersed me in this distant world.

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We stopped for a few pictures before heading off to use our fastpass on the Flight of Passage attraction.  On the way we encountered an Amplified Mobility Platform, which is the huge motorized suit that the soldiers drove on Pandora.

The elaborate queue design for the Flight of Passage attraction is entertaining in itself.  The science lab in the queue was not operational during our visit & I look forward to seeing the Na’vi, growing in the fluid filled tube, on my next visit in a few weeks when the park opens to the public.  As we passed through the queue, we were given numbers & separated into different chambers to be ‘debugged’ for our link with our avatar.  Jackie Ogden appeared onscreen and took scans of our bodies and brain waves.  We proceeded from one room to the next where we were instructed by Sigourney Weaver on what to do for our experience with the Banshee flight.
The height restriction for Flight of Passage is a minimum of 44″

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One of the preparation rooms for the Flight of Passage.  You are asked to move around & as they scan you on the screen.

Once you are prepared and handed your flight glasses, you enter the room where you will link with your Avatar which is already seated on a Banshee high in the mountains.  You straddle the seats’ bike style’ and the back of the seat comes up behind you to hold you in.  Get ready for an amazing flight!!!  You can feel the Banshee move & breath as you ride.  (I’m not tearing up writing about this truly unique, amazing experience! really… I’m not)

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During your unbelievable flight through the stunning landscape of Pandora, every one of your senses is engaged.  The visually stunning landscapes rush past as you smell, feel and hear each and every minute of your flight.

Once your flight is over you exit into Windtraders gift shop where you will find numerous unique souvenirs.  My kids could not resist adopting their own banshee from the Rookery while we were there.

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Spending time in Windtraders is an experience in itself.  Parents be cautioned, the Banshee Rookery will draw you in & you may just leave with a new member of the family for the bargain price of $49 + tax
I almost expect Disney to eventually release a new version of the Banshee that is interactive with the Pandora park surroundings.

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Next Stop… the Na’Vi River Journey.  This peaceful boat ride takes you on a journey down the sacred river where you encounter bioluminescent plans, spinning orange disks, moving silhouettes of lizards and more.  Perhaps the star of this attraction is the anamatronic Na’vi Shaman singing toward the end of your journey.  This is the most advanced anamoatronic I have seen so far in a theme park; the Na’vi is so real & life like that you have to wonder if it is not a person in costume.
Scroll to the bottom on the article for a full ride through video of this attraction in my Pandora video on YouTube

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By the time we were done with the River Journey, our time in Pandora was almost over.  We wanted to be sure & stop for a few Photopass pictures to remember the night.

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near the entrance / exit of the park is a musical set of trees with drums embedded in the tree stumps.  Drumbeats will respond to you when you interact with these trees.

Although the restaurants were closing for the night, we took a few minutes to wander through them and look at the menus.  The food is unique and something that you will not find anywhere else.  You can pre-order your meal through the Disney Parks app & pick it up once you arrive to avoid the wait at the order counter. (another first in Disney tech)  I guarantee I will be eating a few meals there when the park has officially opened.

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As the sun set for the day, the pathways lit up with bioluminescent plant life.  They were still working on the details and not all of the affects were available.  Another reason for me to return in the near future.

If you would like to follow me through some of my Pandoran preview, feel free to watch the YouTube video below:

Thank you to all of my fans for reading and following as I share my adventures with you!
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My name is Melissa and you will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney parks with my family.  We never run out of things to do, taste, try, experience & explore.  I look forward to helping you plan your own adventure to Pandora!

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Holiday Party Tickets Now on Sale for Walt Disney World.

If you are visiting Walt Disney World sometime between August 25th, 2017 and December 22nd, 2017, you may want to consider adding holiday party tickets to your vacation.  Both Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party are festive events in Magic Kingdom which offer special character meets, parades, shows, fireworks, delicious treats and more.

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Cinderella’s Castle, brightly lit with thousands of lights during the Christmas holiday season

Having been to both parties for numerous years, our family now considers these festive events a tradition.  The Halloween party offers unlimited, delicious candy and the Christmas party has now added new cookie & drink flavors as options.  Our favorites in 2017 were the candy cane cookies.  So go ahead, treat yourself and buy tickets to these fabulous parties.

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Dates & Prices for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party:

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Our candy haul from the 2016 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party

Dates & Prices for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party:

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Cookies, that we didn’t eat, that we brought home with us from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party.  left to right, you can see… Sugar Cookies, snickerdoodle cookies, pappermint bark cookies, more sugar cookies, and ginger molasses cookies.  Each cookies station served hot cocoa or spiced apple cider.  YUM!!!

Now… who’s ready to celebrate the holidays with Mickey???  I know I am!!!

My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic; I’m also a travel agent.  If you would like help planning your holiday vacation, I can help you book and plan at no added cost to you.  You will find me in one of the Disney parks almost every weekend with my family and we DO plan to attend both holiday parties this year.  I can’t wait!!!
Planning your trip all starts with a free quote, contact me or visit my website.
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Disney World Fall Free Dining is back in 2017… with changes

The offer that everyone has been eagerly anticipated has now been released.  I will be busy today helping my guests save money.

One notable change from past free dining offers is that Value & Moderate resort stays will be eligible for the free Quick Service dining plan, while deluxe resorts & deluxe villas qualify for the Disney Dining Plan.  Need to figure out the perfect offer for your family?  Contact me, I can help when you book through me at no added cost to you.
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FEAST ON A DELICIOUS OFFER AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

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With this offer, guests can enjoy distinctive Disney Resort Guest benefits and amenities – including early access to Disney FastPass+ planning, Extra Magic Hours, complimentary Resort transportation, standard parking and entertaining amenities!

When guests stay at a select Disney Deluxe Resort or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort, they get the Disney Dining Plan with a variety of delicious dining options! When guests stay at a select Disney Value Resort or Disney Moderate Resort, they get the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan that allows them to enjoy a quick bite!

Plus, guests can uncover a magical mix of new and unforgettable experiences, including Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.

Booking Window: April 24-July 7, 2017
Travel Window: Aug. 21-Sept. 30, Nov. 14-20, Nov. 25-27, Dec. 8-23, 2017

Guests can get a FREE dining plan when they purchase a non-discounted 5-night/6-day Magic Your Way package that includes a room at a select Walt Disney World® Resort hotel and ticket with a Park Hopper® or Park Hopper Plus Option
Aug. 21-Sept. 30, Nov. 14-20, Nov. 25-27, Dec. 8-23, 2017 when they book April 24-July 7, 2017.

Excludes the following room types and Disney Resort hotels:

  • Campsites
  • 3-bedroom villas
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – Bungalows
  • Disney’s All Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Additional exclusion for Nov. 14-20, Nov. 25-27 and Dec. 8-23, 2017:

  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Ask about packages of other lengths of stay. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort-The Little Mermaid standard rooms. Dining plan excludes gratuities and alcoholic beverages. Children ages 3-9 must order from children’s menu, if available. Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase. Walt Disney Travel Company CST# 1022229-50

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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 enjoy trying new experiences so I can help guest plan their own Disney vacations.  All of my planning assistance is FREE; it never costs extra to plan with me over planning directly through Disney.  Why not gain the assistance of someone with countless hours of personal experience?  Contact me for a no obligation quote today.
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Fall Room Discount – Save up to 25% on Rooms at Disney World Hotels

It’s 4:00am and new offers are starting to be announced for fall Walt Disney World travelers.  I’m up and ready to transfer my guests to any new offer that might save them money and help other people with new vacation reservations.  I anticipate that the next few days are going to be very busy, the best way to reach me will be through an email or a message on my Facebook page.  Rooms for these offers can fill up fast.
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FALL ROOM DISCOUNT – SAVE UP TO 25%* ON ROOMS AT SELECT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT HOTELS!

It’s the perfect time to stay in the middle of the magic! Guests can save up to 25%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Aug. 1-Oct. 7, 2017 when they book by Aug. 31, 2017.

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With this offer, you can enjoy distinctive Disney Resort Guest benefits and amenities – including early access to Disney FastPass+ planning, Extra Magic Hours, complimentary Resort transportation, standard parking and entertaining amenities!

Plus, guests can uncover a magical mix of new and unforgettable experiences when they add theme park admission, including Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.

Booking Window: through Aug. 31, 2017
Travel Window: Aug. 1-Oct. 7, 2017

*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. 25% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available at other select Disney Resort hotels.

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 enjoy trying new experiences so I can help guest plan their own Disney vacations.  All of my planning assistance is FREE; it never costs extra to plan with me over planning directly through Disney.  Why not gain the assistance of someone with countless hours of personal experience?  Contact me for a no obligation quote today.
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Book 2018 Star Wars Half Marathon Packages for a limited time

Why book your 2018 Star Wars Marathon package now?
1. 2018 packages are only available at this time, through this offer
2. You can book your 2018 Disney World Marathon package at the current 2017 prices
3. Grab your race registration & bib before they go on sale to the general public so that you are guaranteed your spot in this race.

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Tomorrow we will be attending the 2017 Star Wars, Dark Side Half Marathon in Walt Disney World.  I will be taking pictures & video & will be blogging my review in the near future.  If you’ve always wanted to participate in the Star Wars Marathon, this is an excellent opportunity for you to book your 2018 packages now.

Disney has announced the following:

“It’s a weekend of galactic fun and fantastic runs during the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side – at the Walt Disney World® Resort!  And now for a limited time, April 20 – May 1, 2017, you can book your Race Registration with a Magic Your Way® Package for the 2018 Star WarsHalf Marathon – The Dark Side Weekend, which takes place April 19-22, 2018.”

Guests will also be able to Book 2018 Star Wars™ Half Marathon – The Dark Side Packages with Race Registration at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo During The 2017 Star Wars™ Half Marathon – The Dark Side!

If you are not attending the race this weekend, contact your travel agent for a free, no obligation quote.

Booking Window:  April 20 – May 1, 2017
Travel Window:  April 12 – April 30, 2018

*Star Wars race registrations are non-refundable & non-transferable

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My name is Melissa, I am a Disney fanatic and I’m also a travel agent.  I will be attending the Star Wars Half Marathon this weekend and am looking forward to assisting you in planning your next Run Disney vacation.  Contact me with any questions you have or for a no obligation quote, on this limited time offer.
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Why Plan a Deluxe Walt Disney World Vacation?

Why plan a deluxe Walt Disney World vacation?  Why not? Our vacation memories are some of the strongest memories of our lives.  It’s hard to put a value on these once-in-a-lifetime experiences and Disney offers unmatched service that is not easily found anywhere else.  If you’re dreaming of a relaxed, unforgettable vacation, a Disney World Deluxe vacation is something that you should certainly consider.  Maybe you are an experienced Disney World traveler; a deluxe vacation with added tours might offer new experiences for your stay.  Deluxe vacations come with many different price tags depending on the options that you choose.
My definition of a Deluxe Disney vacation is as follows…

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The top features of a Deluxe Disney Vacation Package are:

• a stay in a Disney owned deluxe resort
• minimum 5 night stay
• minimum 4 day park tickets
• Disney Dining Plan or Deluxe Dining Plan
• possible added tours and parties
• possibly a land/sea vacation

Your Resort

A Deluxe vacation usually includes a stay in a Disney owned, deluxe resort for a minimum of 5 nights or longer.  There are rooms that might be considered ‘deluxe’ at some of the other Disney Resorts including the specialty rooms at some of the moderate resorts and the suites at Disney’s Art of Animation.

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Why stay in a Deluxe Resort?

Deluxe resorts offer beautiful theming and outstanding lobbies and all of the rooms open to inside corridors.  The food is outstanding with table service restaurants and at least one upscale option as well as savory quick service dining.  Each resort has a main feature pool with a water slide and other quiet pools throughout the resort.  Every deluxe resort includes non-bus access to at least one park with the exception of Animal Kingdom Lodge.  Most of the deluxe resorts can accommodate 5 people in a standard room and they all offer on-site gyms, salons & valet parking is available.  These amazing resorts will really make you feel like royalty.

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Park Tickets

Deluxe vacations include a minimum of a 4 day park ticket.  If you want to fully experience Disney, stay a few extra days for some relaxation time.  Added days and nights offer extra options such as a second day in your favorite park/s as well as time to experience places like Disney Springs, the Disney water parks, golf, spas, fishing, mini-golf or a wide range of other personalized experiences, recreation & tours that Disney offers.  Adding extra days or nights to your trip for relaxation, pool time and other non-park activities always makes your vacation feel more relaxed.

Dining Plan

A deluxe Disney vacation should also include a Disney dining plan and possibly the Deluxe Disney dining plan with 3 table service meals per person, per night of your stay.  Disney Dining Plans give your vacation package a more all-inclusive feel; there are several options, which you can discuss with your travel agent in order to figure out the best fit for your family.  The Deluxe dining plan combined with proper planning, will allow you to enjoy some of the famous, sought after signature restaurants around Disney property, without the stress of paying a large bill at the end of every meal.

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Additional Activities, Tours and Options

Some options that can be included and planned for your Deluxe Disney vacation are backstage tours in the parks or resorts; examples are the Star Wars tour in Hollywood Studios, Wild Africa Trek in Animal Kingdom, Behind the Seeds Tour in Epcot and Family Magic Tour in Magic Kingdom to name just a few.  You can also add an amazing dessert experience that offers mouthwatering treats and VIP seating for the fireworks shows in the parks.  From September through December special holiday parties are offered in the Magic Kingdom; these parties are extra ticketed events and are not included with park admission.  If you are looking for something extra special, there are VIP experiences that you can reserve with a VIP guide.  The sky is the limit for private parties, as long as the budget allows we can set up numerous custom options for your family or group.

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Land / Sea Vacation

For a truly Deluxe Walt Disney World vacation, add a cruise to the end of your park package for some time to relax and let down.  I’m speaking from personal experience when I say that there is no better Disney vacation than one that goes from the Disney World parks to a Disney Cruise experience.  Disney Cruise Line currently has 4 ships and I have been on all of them.  Most itineraries out of Port Canaveral include a stop at Castaway Cay, Disney’s own private island.  This island paradise is by far the best, private cruise line island anywhere.

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Once-in-a-lifetime Events

Deluxe Disney vacations are perfect for those lifetime events that only happen once.  Disney is an expert at creating those perfect, unforgettable moments. Examples are weddings, honeymoons, Birthdays, graduations, babymoons, bar & bat mitzvahs, quinceaneras, business events and countless other celebrations that everyone will remember forever.

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A Travel Agent

An invaluable piece of your Disney Deluxe vacation is an experienced and knowledgeable travel agent.  Your travel agent can help you put together all the pieces including dining reservations, fastpasses, tours, events and more.

The sky is the limit when you plan a Disney vacation and it’s never too early to start dreaming, saving and planning.

Why use a Travel Agent for your next Disney Vacation?

My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic; I am also a travel agent. You will find me in the parks with my family almost every weekend, exploring new experiences so I can help my guests plan the perfect vacation.  When you book your Disney Deluxe vacation through me, you get my planning services FREE of charge.  You read that right; it costs exactly the same for you to book your vacation through me as it does to book directly through Disney and you get dedicated, personalized planning assistance based on countless hours of personal experience.  I’m here to answer any and all questions that you have and if I don’t have an answer, I will get one.
For my deluxe guests I always send Walt Disney World autograph books to the kids and even Disney gift cards for a special treat while you enjoy your vacation.
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