Wednesday, August 27, 2014

See Nashville in a Weekend with Adventures by Disney

Adventures by Disney Long Weekend trips allow you to discover exciting destinations and maximize your time with shorter departures. In addition to the New York City and San Francisco itineraries announced earlier this year, Adventures by Disney is now offering a Long Weekend trip to Nashville, Tennessee.

Adventures By Disney Nashville
Adventures By Disney Nashville - Weekend Getaway

This 4-day/3-night getaway explores the home of country music, which serves as the backdrop for the critically acclaimed show NASHVILLE on ABC.

From a backstage tour at the Grand Ole Opry and a visit to the famed Bluebird Cafe to a stop at The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson and a chance to record a song in the historic RCA Studio B, you'll enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience that includes the best of Nashville.

Plus, with two Disney-trained Adventure Guides Adventures by Disney taking care of the details, you can focus on having fun together as a family.

Click here to begin your quote with Darren at Magical Vacations Travel.

Darren Wittko is the creator of The Best of Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Capt. Cook's Returns But Where's the Dole Whip?

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is undergoing several exciting enhancements, including the newly refurbished Capt. Cook’s.

Capt Cooks at Disney's Polynesian Resort
The new Capt. Cooks at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Featuring an updated menu and a fresh new look, the updated Capt. Cook’s brings island-style cuisine to this popular quick service dining location.

Feast on favorites, such as Tonga Toast and the hot beef ‘n blue sandwich, as well as new options, including blackened fish tacos and curry meatballs.

Fans of the Dole Whip need not fear. The classic soft serve treat will return soon in its very own location, Pineapple Lanai.

Click here for exclusive discount offers for Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.

Darren Wittko is the creator of The Best of Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel.

New Halloween Event at Magic Kingdom Park - Plus Discount Offer!

This fall, the Villains’ Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle adds even more tricks to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort.

This separately ticketed premium event allows you to enjoy preferred viewing for Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade and the HalloWishes Fireworks Spectacular. Plus, you can join Lady Tremaine and her villainous friends at Cinderella’s Royal Table to indulge in devilish desserts and some wicked entertainment.

A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle
A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle

Tickets for the Villains' Sinister Soiree: A Wicked Takeover of Cinderella Castle are $99 per person (ages 3 and older), plus tax (gratuity included). Admission to Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is required and is not included in the price.

Reservations are highly recommended for the Dessert Soiree at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Seatings are available at the following times:

10:15 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. on 9/1, 9/9, 9/12, and 9/14/2014.

10:15 p.m. on 9/16, 9/19, 9/21, 9/23, 9/26, 9/28, 10/2, 10/3, 10/5, 10/9, 10/10, 10/13, 10/16, 10/17, 10/19, 10/21, 10/23, 10/24, 10/26, 10/28, 10/30, and 10/31/2014.

PLUS Save big with a Magical Vacations Travel Exclusive Offer in October 4 - 11, 2014 and October 25 - November 1, 2014. These agency exclusive offers include deep discounts at select resorts plus discounted theme park passes with a bonus feature. Click here to view our Walt Disney World discount offers.

Entertainment is subject to change or cancellation without notice. Reserved viewing is for the 8:15 p.m. Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade only. Wristbands are non-transferrable and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Please be advised that seating is not provided at the preferred parade or fireworks viewing. Wheelchairs and ECVs can be accommodated in the viewing areas and at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Disney dining plan entitlements may not be redeemed for this event. May not be combined with any other discounts or promotions. There are a limited number of tickets available for this event. 

Darren Wittko is the creator of The Best of Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tips for Traveling to Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney pedestrian bridge

There are a lot of enhancements taking place over at Downtown Disney as it transforms into Disney Springs. Here's a few tips to keep in mind when you visit.

Use Complimentary Resort Transportation – Disney Resort hotels offer complimentary bus transportation to Downtown Disney. Plus, complimentary watercraft transportation is available from Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside and French Quarter, Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. Once at Downtown Disney, you can use boat transportation to travel between Downtown Disney Marketplace, West Side and Pleasure Island areas.

And, Guests staying at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa can now use the pedestrian walkway linking the hotel to Downtown Disney

Allow Plenty of Travel and Parking Time –  arrive at least an hour before scheduled dining or entertainment.

Follow Parking Signs – If you are driving to Downtown Disney, parking signs will help direct you to available parking lots.

Take Exit 67 on I-4 – Use exit 64 to approach Downtown Disney from another direction and continue to follow signs for parking

Use Valet Parking – Valet parking is now available from 10 a.m.-1 a.m. at Downtown Disney Marketplace and from 2:30 p.m.-2 a.m. at Downtown Disney West Side. The cost is $20 per vehicle.

Darren Wittko is the creator of The Best of Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel.

Disney Springs (Downtown Disney) Update

As we’ve previously shared on The Best of Walt Disney World, work is currently underway at Walt Disney World Resort as Downtown Disney undergoes a multi-year transformation into Disney Springs – a destination that will treat you to more than 150 shopping, dining and entertainment options amid beautiful open-air promenades, meandering springs and waterfront charm.

Guests are already enjoying some of the new offerings available at Downtown Disney, including the one-of-a-kind merchandise at Marketplace Co-Op and two unique Starbucks locations.

Plus, a newly-opened bridge now offers a pedestrian-friendly connection between Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and Downtown Disney. In addition, the Marketplace Boat Dock, now conveniently located near the Marketplace Bus Loop, provides easy access to the West Side and Pleasure Island.

Disney Springs Update
Disney Springs Update

Darren Wittko is the creator of The Best of Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Disney World Discount Alert! WDW Marathon 2015 Discount

Save big with these exclusive offers with Darren Wittko at Magical Vacations Travel during the Walt Disney World Marathon week!

Walt Disney World Marathon Discount Offer
Walt Disney World Marathon 2015 Discount Offer

Walt Disney World Marathon Offer
January 7 - 11, 2014
  • Disney's Pop Century Resort
  • Disney's Port Orleans Riverside
  • Disney's Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney's Boardwalk Resort
  • Disney's Polynesian Resort
  • Click here for more information on the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend January 7 - 11, 2014.
 Please note you must register for the marathon on your own.

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Disneyland Discount Alert! Save up to 20% + Disneyland Gift Card

Disneyland discount offer save up to 20 percent plus gift card
Save up to 20% + Get a Disneyland Gift Card!

Save up to 20% at Disneyland Resort + Disneyland Gift Card Offer!
Most Sunday through Thursday nights Aug. 17-Sept. 27, 2014 - Book by September 4, 2014
  • Save 15% on a standard room or 20% on a premium room at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, Disneyland Hotel or Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
  • Offer excludes Aug. 29-30, 2014
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