2018 Disney World Dining Plans Compared

In 2018 Disney will continue to offer three different dining package options.  Quick Service, Disney Dining and Deluxe Dining.
The NEW change for 2018 packages is in the beverage section.  Guests over 21 can now choose a single serve mixed cocktail, beer or wine instead of a soft-drink with their meals.  Read on for more detailed information below.

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* Deluxe Plan includes 3 meals: Quick Service or Table Service

Quick Service breakfast/lunch/dinner:
combo meal + soft drink
1 Quick Service Meal = 3 snack credits redeemable at one select location

Table Service breakfast/lunch/dinner = entree + soft drink
Children 3 – 9 must order from a children’s menu if available.
1 Table Service Meal = 3 snack credits redeemable at one select location

•Gratuities are not included except for participating pre-paid dining locations.
•Plan must be purchased for entire length of stay for the entire party.
•Meals are nontransferable between party members and expire at midnight on day of check-out.
•Reservations are highly recommended for table-service restaurants, dining availability may be limited or not available without advance reservations.
•1 meal credit exchanged for snacks, must be exchanged in a single transaction
•Guests under 21 can now choose a soft drink or specialty drink where offered; Guests over 21 can choose a soft drink or single serving mixed cocktail, beer or wine.

NEW for 2018:

Guests under 21 can choose (1) non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered). Guests over 21 can choose either one (1) single serving non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one (1) single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.

A single serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Artisanal Milkshakes
  • Fresh Smoothies
  • Premium Hot chocolates
  • Soda, Coffee, or Tea

A single serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as:

  • Beer or Cider
  • Wine or Sangria
  • Mixed Drinks and Specialty Cocktails

Most beer, wine and mixed drink beverages included, some exceptions apply.
Guests must be age 21 and over and present valid ID to be served one (1) alcoholic beverage.
Alcoholic beverages may only be redeemed with a quick-service or table-service meal entitlement.

There are so many options to choose from when booking a Disney World Vacation.  It can often feel like you’re buying a new car.  Using a travel agent is always one good way to help make the best decisions for your vacation and many travel agents do not charge you any extra for their planning services when you book your vacation through them
It costs the same to book through me as it does to book directly through Disney.

My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic; I’m also a travel agent.  I love trying the hotels, dining plans & many other options offered in the vacation packages and after moving to Florida with my family in 2016, we spend almost every weekend in the Disney parks.  I’m here to help you plan your next vacation at NO added cost to you and it all starts with a free quote.
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WDW Dessert Parties now Available for Holiday Party Nights

yIf you are planning to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this fall for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party during the holiday season, you might want to add a reservation for a dessert party.  In order to participate in the dessert party you must already have tickets to the holiday party that night.

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During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party guests can indulge in spooky treats starting with a glass of sparkling cider and moving on through a delicious buffet of treats such as chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate mousse, ice cream, cupcakes, seasonal fruit, cheeses and more.  Various non-alcoholic drinks will also be served.  End the party with perfect views of the Cinderella Castle for the Happy-Hallowishes fireworks show.  Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Dessert Party Takes Place select nights from Aug. 29 – Nov. 7 2017.

For an extra bit of festive entertainment during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, make a reservation for the dessert party where you will enjoy tables decked with boughs of holly & enjoy delectable, holiday themed desserts that are similar in taste to what is offered at the Halloween Party.  When you have had your fill of sweet treats, sit back & relax with front row seats for the holiday fireworks.  Reservations are available on select nights from Nov. 9 – Dec. 22, 2017.

These parties are one way that you can get amazing views of Cinderella’s Castle & the holiday fireworks shows without having to claim your spot hours in advance.  The parties take place on the Tomorrowland Terrace and the cost is $79 + tax for adults; $47 + tax for children ages 3 – 9.  You must have a valid ticket to the holiday party on the night that you plan to attend the dessert event.

Reservations for this special event fill up quickly.  If you are one of my guests, let me know if you would like my assistance making a reservation.

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 theme parks with my family.  If you would like free planning assistance for your next Disney vacation, contact me for a free, no obligation quote.
Melissa Mathies, Travel Designer & Destination Specialist
www.PixieDustAdventures.com
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2018 Run Disney Star Wars Half Marathon Packages Now Available

We were at the 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon in person & we had a fabulous time.  The expo was amazing and they even offered some unique, Star Wars themed snacks which we could not resist trying.  If you are interested in this exciting event for 2018, don’t delay, reserve your race registration and resort package today!  The race registrations will fill up quickly and right now you can reserve your 2018 package before the Disney packages are even open to the public.  My family has already registered for the races in 2018; we hope to see you there & give you a high five with your medal!!!

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2017 Star Wars Medals.  Which is your favorite?  Which will you run for?

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!  Book your  Magic Your Way® Package with Race Registration for the 2018 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Weekend, April 19-22, 2018. And, once you’ve registered for one or more of the weekend’s events, you can use your Magic Your Way Package to enjoy the rest of your vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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After a great race, we decided to treat everyone to some galactic desserts.  The fruit tacos were very unique and hit the spot while we ate in the Cantina Bar themed area.

Race registrations for the 2018 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Weekend events listed below can be included with Vacation Packages.

Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side – Guests can feel the force on this 13.1 mile thrilling adventure.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Star Wars Dark Side Challenge – The ultimate test of strength and endurance.

Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, 2018

Star Wars 10K – Packed with 6.2 miles of running excitement.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Star Wars  5K – The entire family can thrill to the excitement of a Star Wars 5K!

Friday, April 20, 2018

runDisney Kids Races – There’s fun for runners of every age!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Celebrating in 2017, we hope to see you there in 2018!

Contact me to reserve your Star Wars, Dark Side, Half Marathon package today!

My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney parks with my family.  I always stay up to date on the current events & offers and I look forward to helping you plan at NO additional cost to you.  Yes, all of my planning services are FREE when you book through me.
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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. 

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 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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Pandora preview Map inside

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!
I am a HUGE Disney fanatic and I’m also a Travel Agent.  I charge NO additional fees to help you plan your next vacation, it costs exactly the same to book through me or directly through Disney.  Why not take advantage of a little free planning assistance?

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!

Melissa, Travel Designer & Destination Specialist
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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

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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