Disney Cruise Line Unveils Ports and Itineraries for Early 2018

dcli201847583fi.jpgDisney Cruise line ships will be sailing for the first part of 2018, which includes homeports on both coasts. Favorite tropical itineraries in the Bahamas and the Caribbean depart from Florida and Puerto Rico, and a variety of Baja and Mexican Riviera sailings depart from California.

For the first time, we’ll be visiting Bonaire, a popular Caribbean destination located just north of the South American coast. The Dutch Caribbean island is favored for arid climate and sunny weather, and its beautiful waters and reef-lined coast lure water-sport enthusiasts for scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing and kiteboarding.

 

Bookings open to the public on Oct. 27, 2016.

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Disney Cruise Line Wins Big in 2016 Cruise Critic US Editors’ Picks Awards

Disney Cruise Line makes a big splash in the 9th annual Cruise Critic US Editors’ Picks. The online cruise guide’s global team of experts awarded Disney Cruise Line as the “Best for Families” and “Best for Dining.”

One Cruise Critic editor had this to say, “Jedi training, a Frozen-themed deck party, ship-wide holiday celebrations: Disney knows best what kids want on vacation, and it delivers. Families can have fun together by the pool or at a show, or go their separate ways with adults-only restaurants and sun decks, and huge kids clubs with activities day and night.”

But, it doesn’t stop there. Disney Cruise Line also won “Best for Dining”. Another Cruise Critic editor shared that “Disney Cruise Line provides standout service, delicious food in specialty restaurants like Palo and Remy, and a quirky touch of magic in its main dining rooms.”

New Holiday Nighttime Spectacular ‘Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam!’ Announced For Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Great garland – Santa Claus is missing!

And the search-and-rescue mission to get The Big Guy back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve is all part of the fun in the all-new “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” holiday spectacular coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios November 14. The show comes to life on, above and around the Chinese Theater with state-of-the-art projections, special effects, fireworks and a rousing seasonal musical score.

Led by elves Wayne and Lanny, the duo from ABC/Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated special “Prep & Landing,” the spirited yuletide adventure to the North Pole features memorable holiday moments from Disney films including “Mickey’s Christmas Carol,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pluto’s Christmas Tree,” “Bambi,” Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and more, all building to a festive finale that’s “So tinsel!”

And did I mention there will be snow?

A sweet way to enjoy this new holiday spectacular is with the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party, which includes reserved viewing, desserts, specialty beverages and more. Each dessert party guest will get a pair of 3D HoloSpex® glasses to use while watching the show. The glasses create spectacular holographic illusions of gingerbread men, candy canes, snowflakes and ornaments on any bright point of light.

Memorable, heartwarming, and enchanting for the entire family these one-of-a-kind holiday experiences will dazzle Disney’s Hollywood Studio guests through December 31.

 

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival & Family Fun

Fall is here and so is the 21st Epcot International Food & Wine Festival! This year it’s longer and larger than ever before, with 62 days of fantastic food, drink, entertainment and fun happening all day at Epcot through November 14.

This year tweens can join in all the fun with Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak Scavenger Hunt. A map and stickers lead kids of all ages around the World Showcase to hunt for little statuettes of their favorite little French chef, Remy, and earn a surprise.

If your tween enjoys helping with dinner at home then the new Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It! interactive events at the Festival Center offers adults and kids alike a chance to learn a variety of culinary skills from chefs, bakers and other pros. It’s a hands-on activity everyone will enjoy!

And don’t forget … all attractions are open and kids can ride Test Track, Frozen Ever After and Soarin’ Around the World in between noshes! Contact us today to learn more about how to join in the festival fun!!

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Disney Cookbook is a sweet-tooth must have!

Vacation is often a time for indulgence, so Disney dessert recipes are among the most requested, and the new “Delicious Disney Sweet Treats” cookbook features 40 irresistible recipes from the pastry chefs at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa and Disney Cruise Line.

The book includes elegant sweets such as the madeleines from Chefs de France at the France pavilion at Epcot, the Warm Apple Butter Cake from Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland hotel and the Mom’s Favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake from 50’s Prime Time Café at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Each recipe has been tested in a home kitchen to make it easier to re-create a vacation favorite. Now you can make your favorite desserts any time of the year!

FESTIVAL OF FANTASY PARADE DINING PACKAGE AT MAGIC KINGDOM PARK

On your next visit to Walt Disney World® Resort, enjoy the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom® Park in a whole new way. The new Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package provides lunch at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant before enjoying VIP viewing of this popular parade.

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You can take a mid-day break and enjoy a delicious three-course lunch, including your choice of appetizer, entrée, dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage from the standard lunch menu at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, which includes hearty Italian favorites such as spaghetti with meatballs, chicken parmigiana and artisanal pizza.

During the meal, you’ll receive a voucher for your reserved viewing of the popular Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade – a magical mix of floats, costumes, music and Characters that celebrates the spirit of Disney.

The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining package is $45 for adults and $17 for children (9 and under) plus tax and gratuity. It is one table-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan. Visit magical-destinations.com to learn more about this new package!!

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire Debuts it’s Fall Finale

As colors change along Main Street, U.S.A. with the onset of fall at Magic Kingdom Park, “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” is also preparing to mark the season with enhancements to the show’s grand finale.

Beginning today, September 2, the finale scene in “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” will feature new costumes, décor and choreography. Also starting this weekend is the special fall edition of the popular Main Street Trolley Show, greeting everyone along the avenue with a joyous song all about “the magic that can happen when it’s autumn.” So be sure to head on out to Magic Kingdom Park this fall and take in all the wonderful sights and sounds of the season!

If you haven’t booked your Fall Vacation…now is the time. Contact us at http://www.magical-destinations.com and we will make sure you don’t miss this amazing time of year at Magic Kingdom!

Stay and Save at the Disneyland Resort with Special Hotel Offer

Disneyland Resort guests might be chillin’ at the all-new “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” at Disney California Adventure park this summer, but it’s Southern California so there’s plenty of warm weather to go around for the remaining weeks of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. It’s also the perfect time of year to grab a hotel room and stretch out vacations by a few more days!

For instance, guests can save up to 25 percent on premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disneyland Hotel and save up to 10 percent at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, on select Sunday through Thursday nights between August 14 and September 29, 2016. Book through September 15, 2016.*

By staying at one of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort, you’ll have easy access to both Disneyland Resort theme parks, as well as Extra Magic Hour, an early morning admission option, on select mornings (separate theme park admission and valid hotel key card required).**

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Bookings Begin July 21 for Premium Events for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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Chefs from Disney and across the country serve up their finest creations during the Party for the Senses grand tasting experiences during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Each event, held at the park’s World Showplace pavilion in Future World, promises an evening of exotic taste treats by Disney and celebrity chefs; wines, beers and other beverages from around the world; plus breathtaking acts by Cirque du Soleil “La Nouba.” (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

 

While there are plenty of events included with Epcot admission for the 21st Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, this year’s “premium events” include some don’t-miss options. Book your reservations when the phone lines open: 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378) at 7 a.m., Thursday, July 21. (Disney Visa Cardmembers can book with limited availability beginning 7 a.m. July 19.)

Go to epcotfoodfestival.com to choose your lineup or http://www.magical-destinations.com for more details!

Indiana Jones Funko Pop! Figure Coming to Disney Parks on July 22, 2016

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A Funko Pop! vinyl figure inspired by Indiana Jones is coming to select merchandise locations at Disney Parks on July 22. This Funko Pop! figure is part of a collection of figures created especially for Disney Theme Park Merchandise. Other figures in this collection include four Haunted Mansion-themed Funko Pop! released in November 2015.  The Disney Parks Exclusive figure will have a retail of $19.99.