Thursday, October 30, 2014

Attraction Photos Now Automatically Link to Your Magic Bands

All Guests wearing active MagicBands will now have their attraction photos automatically associated to their My Disney Experience accounts. All unexpired photos are visible, so attraction photos taken within the previous 45 days will be included.

In addition, Guests without MagicBands can now associate attraction photos with RF-enabled media (e.g., park ticket, Memory Maker card) via new touch points at the photo preview walls. This functionality is currently available at:

Magic Kingdom Park (Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Rock ‘n Roller Coaster Staring Aerosmith, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror)

splash mountain on ride photo


Implementation is scheduled to be complete at Epcot (Test Track Presented by Chevrolet) and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park (Dinosaur and Expedition Everest) by mid-November.

Guests can also now see videos in their accounts that previously only Memory Maker Guests could access. All Guests wearing active MagicBands will have attraction videos automatically associated to their accounts. Attraction videos are currently available for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

And, all Guests are eligible to have animated magic shots automatically associated to their accounts. Animated magic shots are special videos that appear in the Guest’s account after having their photo taken by a Disney PhotoPass photographer in select locations (locations and content subject to change). They feature a still photo of the travel party overlaid with a video appearance by an animated character.

All unexpired videos will be visible. Therefore, attraction videos and animated magic shots taken within the previous 45 days are included. All Guests are able to view their videos via their My Disney Experience account, but a Memory Maker entitlement is required to download them.



Darren Wittko is the creator of The Best of 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.





Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Two new dining experiences have been announced for Disney Springs

morimoto asia at Disney springs
The BOATHOUSE will immerse you both on land at on water!
Chef Masaharu Morimoto, from “Iron Chef America”, will open a one-of-a-kind dining experience in the heart of Disney Springs. Morimoto Asia will be the Japanese master chef’s first ever pan-Asian restaurant, featuring flavors from across the continent. The location will include unique exhibition kitchens showcasing traditions like Peking duck carving, and dim sum. Morimoto Asia will also feature waterside seating, terraces, a grand hall and cocktail lounge. This two-story restaurant is scheduled to open at The Landing (formerly Pleasure Island) in Summer 2015.

Also coming to The Landing in Disney Springs is The BOATHOUSE. This upscale, waterfront dining experience will immerse you both on land and on water with live music, guided tours aboard the Captain’s piloted 40-foot Italian Water Taxi with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries and guided Amphicar rides that launch from land, enter the water, and take you on a 20-minute tour of the landmarks of Disney Springs.  The BOATHOUSE, which is set to open in Spring 2015, will feature steaks, chops, seafood and a raw bar.

Darren Wittko is the creator of The Best of 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.


Disney Cruise Line Reveals Ports and Itineraries for Early 2016

Disney Cruise Line introduces two popular Caribbean destinations – Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Martinique – into the lineup of favorite tropical itineraries for early 2016.

From the warm Caribbean culture of Tortola, capital of the British Virgin Islands, to the exquisite French island of Martinique, your Clients will enjoy the chance to relax on pristine beaches, discover natural wonders and indulge in local shopping and cuisine.


Port Canaveral, Florida to Eastern Caribbean, including Tortola

In 2016, Disney Cruise Line will sail from Port Canaveral on a 7-night itinerary to the Eastern Caribbean, including a call at Tortola and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.  

San Juan to Southern Caribbean, including Martinique

Disney Cruise Line returns to San Juan, Puerto Rico in early 2016 as the Disney Wonder sails four 7-night cruises to the Southern Caribbean, including a stop in Martinique.

Port Canaveral and Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean

In 2016, Disney Cruise Line continues to sail from Port Canaveral and Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean on a variety of itineraries. All of these cruises include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

Bookings for these early 2016 itineraries will open to Platinum and Gold Castaway Club members on Oct. 29, 2014 and to all Guests on Oct. 30, 2014.

Darren Wittko is the creator of The Best of 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, October 13, 2014

1964-1965 Worlds Fair Exhibit


Disney fans know how important the Worlds Fair was to Walt and future theme park attractions. Today I stumbled upon a great museum exhibit at Grand Central Station's Transit Museum. Here are some photos of the exhibit including Some of a scale model of the fairgrounds. 

Most surprising to me was learning just how inspirational the fair was to Walt Disney Imagineers when they were designing Epcot. From the futuristic pavilions with corporate sponsors to world showcase, to Leave a Legacy, Epcot truly is (or was) a perminent worlds fair. (Posted on my iPhone) 


Friday, October 10, 2014

Disney's Tomorrowland comes to theaters May 22, 2015!

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.





Darren Wittko is the creator of The Best of 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, October 9, 2014

Disney World Room Discount + Gift Card Offer!

Save up to 30% on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights Jan. 5-March 28, 2015 when you book now-Dec. 29, 2014.

walt disney world late winter discount offer


Save up to 30% off at Select Walt Disney World Resorts
January 5, March 28, 2015
  • Are you interested in a room-only offer? Save up to 30% on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights Jan. 5-March 28, 2015 when they book now-Dec. 31, 2014.
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Darren Wittko, Disney Destinations Specialist


Agent Exclusive: Disney World Gift Card Offer on Most Magic Your Way Packages! 
  • Book a Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise Line package with Darren Wittko and receive a Disney gift card up to $1000!
  • The Disney Gift Card is an exciting way for your family to shop, dine, stay or play the Disney way! Use it just like cash for practically all things Disney! 
  • •Gift card can be redeemed at select merchandise, food, ticketing, Guest Service locations, as well as Resort Hotel room nights. Not accepted or valid at all locations. Gift cards are based on total cost of trip. Not valid on agency-exclusive offers. Bookings under $1000 are not eligible. 

Darren Wittko is the creator of The Best of 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.

Disney World Play Stay Dine + Gift Card Offer!

You can Play, Stay, Dine and Save up to $600* on a 5-night/6-day Walt Disney Travel Company room, ticket and dining plan package for a family of four at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights Dec. 14-20, 2014 and Jan. 5-March 7, 2015 when they book now-Dec. 29, 2014.



Play, Stay and Dine Offer + Disney Gift Card! 
December 14 - 20, 2014 & January 5 - March 7, 2015
  • Play, Stay, Dine and Save up to $600 on a 5-night/6-day Walt Disney Travel Company room, ticket and dining plan package for a family of four at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights Dec. 14-20, 2014.
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Darren Wittko, Disney Destinations Specialist

Agent Exclusive: Disney World Gift Card Offer on Most Magic Your Way Packages! 

  • Book a Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise Line package with Darren Wittko and receive a Disney gift card up to $1000!
  • The Disney Gift Card is an exciting way for your family to shop, dine, stay or play the Disney way! Use it just like cash for practically all things Disney! 
  • •Gift card can be redeemed at select merchandise, food, ticketing, Guest Service locations, as well as Resort Hotel room nights. Not accepted or valid at all locations. Gift cards are based on total cost of trip. Not valid on agency-exclusive offers. Bookings under $1000 are not eligible. 


Darren Wittko is the creator of The Best of 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.