Monday, May 18, 2015

Disney Cruise Line Returns to New York 2016

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The last time Disney Cruise Line made port in New York was in 2012 and voyages sold out in record time. Today, we just learned the Disney Cruise Line is once again charting a course for New York departures for Fall of 2016.

Disney Cruise Line New York 2016


There will be a limited number of sailings to the Bahamas that include a visit to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Oct. 7, 2016, the Disney Magic will sail from New York on an eight-night Bahamian cruise that includes stops at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay; Nassau, Bahamas; and Port Canaveral, Florida, which is located just one hour from the Walt Disney World Resort.

Oct. 15, 22 and 29, 2016, the Disney Magic will sail from New York on seven-night cruises that stop at Disney Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral.

Adding to the magic on each of these Bahamian cruises will be the opportunity to visit the Walt Disney World Resort when the ship stops at nearby Port Canaveral. Each Guest on these sailings will receive a 1-Day Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper Option and round-trip transportation for the short trip between the ship and the Walt Disney World Resort.

Oct. 2, 2016, the Disney Magic will sail from New York on a five-night cruise to Halifax, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. In these charming Canadian ports, Guests can soak in splendid natural vistas, explore historic sites, visit quaint cafes and shops, and browse Canada's oldest farmer's market.

Darren at Magical Vacations Travel offers an onboard credit for Disney Cruise Line bookings over $1,200. Click here to start your quoteBookings for the new itineraries open to Platinum and Gold Castaway Club Members on May 19, 2015, and to all Guests on May 20, 2015.

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Darren Wittko is the creator of Save at Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel. Voted "best of the best Disney travel agent"  by readers of the 2015 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bringing Small Children to Walt Disney World Resort


At the Theme Parks


From taking a spin on a classic attraction to meeting an unforgettable Disney Character or dancing along to a magical parade, there’s plenty of preschool fun throughout all four Theme Parks! Plus, you’ll enjoy special services that make the magic easier to manage for preschool parents. Be sure to check out these special offers so you can save money at Walt Disney World too. 

Fun for Little Ones The disneyworld.com website makes it easy to find fun attractions and entertainment for your little ones. Just go to one of the Parks, select "Attractions" and check off “Preschoolers” under “Age Interest” at the top of the page. That way, you can see all the fun that’s perfect for our littlest Guests.

Disney FastPass+ Using this handy service, you can spend more time simply relaxing and enjoying the fun. For the first time ever, you’ll be able to reserve access to select Walt Disney World Theme Park experiences before you even arrive! And you’ll enjoy access to select shows, Character Greetings, and parade and fireworks viewing areas, too. You’ll also be able to use the My Disney Experience mobile app to update or add to your plans—at home or in the Parks! Simply download the app from the iTunes App Store, Google Play or Amazon Apps.

It’s a great way to help your little ones experience some of the things they might want to do most—and let everyone spend more time just enjoying the moment.

The Child Care Center at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
Stroller Rentals Don’t want to haul your stroller to the Parks? Single-day and multi- day stroller rentals are available at all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks. You can even get double strollers! Look for the stroller symbol on each Theme Park guide map, available at the Park entrance. You can also rent strollers from third party vendors like Walker Mobility

Child Care Centers There’s one in each of our four Theme Parks. They’re great places for little ones to take a break, have a snack or even nap. For locations, check out your guide map or ask a Cast Member. 

Rider Switch Suppose you have one child (or parent) who loves the more thrilling
attractions and a younger child who’s not quite ready for them. That’s where Rider Switch comes in. This handy service is available at select Walt Disney World Theme Park attractions and allows Guests to take turns waiting with youngsters too young or too small to ride a certain attraction, then “switch” with another adult Guest from their party to experience the attraction without standing in line twice.

At Your Disney World Resort Hotel

Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels enjoy special benefits for little ones, too.

With complimentary Disney’s Magical Express Transportation, Disney will take care of getting you—and your bags—from Orlando International Airport to your Disney Resort, so you can concentrate on simply being with your family.

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Complimentary transportation via buses, boats or monorails throughout Walt Disney World Resort means you can slip away to your Resort for a nap or a midday splash in an out-of-this-world pool. Here's a tip: stay at a Walt Disney World "monorail resort" and stay right near Magic Kingdom Park. You may not have to fold up your stroller to board the monorail, perfect when you have a sleeper or if your hands are full.

And with the Extra Magic Hours Benefit, you and your preschooler get special time to enjoy select attractions when the Park may be less full. Each day, a Theme Park opens early or stays open later (valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required).

Fantastic amenities help make every moment of your stay magical. Your kids will love checking out themed playgrounds, children’s splash areas and more.

Want a grown-up evening out on your own? Parents can choose in-room childcare for ages 6 months to 12 years—provided in partnership with independent childcare provider Kids Nite Out. Plus many of the Disney Deluxe Resorts have fun-filled Child Activity Centers for ages 3 to 12.

At the Water Parks



Disney Water Parks offer plenty for preschoolers as well. At Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, little kids will love Tike’s Peak, a polar-themed play land filled with pint-size slides and aquatic activities. And at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, check out Ketchakiddee Creek, a play area featuring 10 different aquatic activities just for preschoolers and little kids.

Dining and Shopping with Little Ones


Many restaurants at our hotels, Theme Parks and all around Walt Disney World Resort feature balanced, healthy and fun children’s menus. And here’s a twist on sharing a meal with friends! Disney Character Dining is available at a variety of locations across Walt Disney World Resort. It’s a great way to introduce your little ones to some of the Disney Characters in a relaxed setting.

World of Disney at Walt Disney World

Just be sure to make a reservation before you leave home. Go to MyDisneyExperience.com to search by cuisine, experience and budget.

Visit the Downtown Disney Area (soon to be renamed Disney Springs) with stores and experiences just for kids, including a chance to be transformed into a pretty princess at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. It’s located inside World of Disney store, the largest Disney Character store in the world!

Darren Wittko is the creator of Save at Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel. Voted "best of the best Disney travel agent"  by readers of the 2015 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Why Free Disney Dining 2015 is a Bust!

Free Dining at Walt Disney World has become an annual tradition for many visitors and today the official announcement was made. However, over the past two years, we have seen more and more restrictions to the offer, this year is no exception. This year we're seeing very limited availability at Walt Disney World Resort hotels. 

Free Dining went live overnight and by 8 AM many resorts and room categories were already sold out. This is due to the limited availability that came with this offer this year. 

The Walt Disney World website, including the booking engine that Disney travel professionals use both crashed, preventing anyone from making or modifying reservations. The phone center has is reporting several hours of hold time and has also been crashing. Some guests have reported being on hold for 2 hours or more only to get disconnected unexpectedly. 

Each year the Free Dining offer brings a lot of Internet and phone traffic to Disney World, but with the recent enhancements to My Magic Plus, many expected these problems to be resolved. 

With many resorts sold out for free dining, guests should look to a travel agent who specializes in Disney destinations to try for an unadvertised offer. Or, check www.saveatwdw.com for alternate Walt Disney World offers. 

Disney World Offer Alert! Free Disney Dining 2015 + Bonus Offer!

The Free Disney Dining Plan Offer 2015 has been announced for select fall dates. When you purchase a non-discounted 6-night/7-day Walt Disney Travel Company package that includes a room
at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels and ticket with Park Hopper or Water Park Fun & More Option.


Check out our sister-site, Save at Walt Disney World to read more about the offer and to see how you can get a bonus in addition to Free Dining.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Discount and Offer

In an earlier post we announced dates for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and today tickets are now sale!
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Ticket Prices

Dates for 2015 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are:
Sept. 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27
Oct. 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
Nov. 1 

Tickets for Mickey's Very Not So Scary Halloween Party vary by date. September parties through - Oct 1, 2015 are $68 for adults, $63 children (pre tax); Oct - Nov 1, 2015  $74 / $69; and Oct 31 $87 / $82 All Pre Tax rates.

SPECIAL FALL OFFERS for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party: 
▸ Early October Offer at Walt Disney World
Travel Window: Oct 3 - Oct 17, 2015
Select Walt Disney World Value, Moderate, and Deluxe Resorts

▸ Halloween at Walt Disney World Resort
Travel Window: Oct 24 - Oct 31, 2015
Select Walt Disney World Deluxe Resorts

▸ Jersey Week 2015 / Wine and Dine Half Marathon Offer
Travel Window: Nov 1 - 7, 2015
Select Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts

Darren Wittko is the creator of Save at Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel. Voted "best of the best Disney travel agent"  by readers of the 2015 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2015

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2015 Offers
In an earlier post we announced dates for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and today tickets went on sale!

Dates for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2015
Nov. 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 29
Dec.1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18

The 2015 ticket price for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is $74 adults ages 10+ and $69 for ages 3-9.There will be a Premium night surcharge for Dec 18:  $82 / $77 Pre-tax. 

Plus save big with these great offers that if you're planning to attend Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party:
▸ Thanksgiving Offer 
Travel Window: Nov 23 - Nov 30, 2015
Select Walt Disney World Moderate and Deluxe Resorts
▸ Early December Offer 2015
Travel Window: Nov 30 - Dec 6, 2015
Select Moderate and Deluxe Resorts

Thursday, March 19, 2015

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