Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Character Dining Experience Coming March '15

Beginning, March 8, 2015, you can enjoy a fun-filled character dinner at Tusker House Restaurant located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park at Walt Disney World Resort.

Character Dining at Walt Disney World


Donald’s Safari Dinner will offer you the opportunity to meet some of your favorite characters, including Donald and Daisy Duck, while enjoying a delicious selection of an all-you-care-to-enjoy dinner buffet with flavorful African influences. Guests can feast on spit-roasted carved meats, unique salads, creative vegetarian offerings, hearty stews, delicious desserts and more!

In addition to this new character dinner, Tusker House Restaurant will continue to feature characters at breakfast and lunch.

Donald’s Safari Dinner will be offered beginning at 4 p.m. daily.

Please note character appearances are subject to change.


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, December 11, 2014

New Details Announced for Disney's Polynesian Resort



Disney's Polynesian Village Resort will include the largest Deluxe Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. The 360 Deluxe Studios will sleep up to five Guests each and have the ability to connect to another Deluxe Studio. Plus, the new Disney Vacation Club bungalows are the first of their kind on any Disney property. The 20 bungalows will sleep up to eight Guests each in a home-like setting reminiscent of the South Pacific.

Similar to Disney Cruise Line ships and The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the rooms will each have a bathroom separated into two areas, one with a shower and sink and the other with a sink and tub/shower. Plus, they also will have kitchenettes and enhanced storage for convenience and comfort.

And, like all Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts, rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows are available for rent by your Clients when not in use by Disney Vacation Club Members. Please note there will be limited availability for the bungalows.

The additions are part of an overall renovation of the iconic resort hotel. A re-imagined Great Ceremonial House will welcome your Clients to a tropical destination where Disney magic meets South Seas hospitality. When complete, the resort will also include an enhanced feature pool, new food and beverage offerings, including Pineapple Lanai where your Clients can get their favorite Dole Whip treats, and a new Trader Sam’s Tiki lounge that will feature exotic cocktails and Polynesian-themed small plates.

The first phase of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is scheduled to open in 2015.

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.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Purchase Tickets on My Disney Experience App

Purchase Tickets on My Disney Experience App
Beginning this month, Guests can now purchase select Walt Disney World Resort theme park tickets via the My Disney Experience mobile app. They can buy single- or multi-day Magic Your Way tickets for visits up to 10 days, with or without the Park Hopper option. At the time of purchase, Guests can link the tickets to existing or new Family & Friends profiles on My Disney Experience.

Immediately after purchase and if they are within the applicable selection window, Guests can make FastPass+ selections, to continue planning their vacation to Walt Disney World Resort! Please note tickets purchased through the mobile app are non-commissionable.

Look for new My Disney Experience mobile releases on the App Store and on Google Play in early December 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.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Star Wars Weekends 2015

You can feel the power of the force when Star Wars Weekends returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 15-June 14, 2015. This galactic event is filled with special shows, exciting presentations and more.

Plus, this year, you can take their Star Wars Weekends experience to a whole new galaxy with out-of-this universe dining experiences daily from May 4-June 14, 2015, including Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast and Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine, including Fantasmic! Dining Package.


Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast

This cosmic breakfast at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant features favorite Characters from a galaxy far, far away, including Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Greedo, Jawas and Stormtroopers.

This experience will take place daily May 4-June 14, 2015 8 a.m.-11 a.m. The price for the Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast is $49.99 per adult and $31.99 per child ages 3-9. Prices include tax, but not gratuity.

Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine, Including Fantasmic! Dining Package

This unique dining experience allows you to celebrate the Star Wars saga with special décor, themed menu options and stirring music – followed by the evening’s first Fantasmic! show. This intergalactic feast includes appearances by favorite Disney pals dressed as popular Characters from the Star Wars universe, including Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Vader Goofy, Storm Trooper Donald and Ewoks Chip ‘n’ Dale.

This experience will take place daily May 4-June 14, 2015 from 4:15 p.m.-8 p.m. The price for the Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine, including Fantasmic! Dining Package is $57.99 per adult and $34.99 per child ages 3-9. Prices include tax, but not gratuity.

Advanced reservations for both of these dining experiences are highly recommended. Admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required. Entertainment and Character appearances are subject to change.


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.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Another Sneak Peek at Disney Springs


Recently we shared some of the new experiences coming to Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort, including two new dining locations – Morimoto Asia and The BOATHOUSE.

Here’s a look at some of the latest changes at Downtown Disney as it continues to undergo its transformation into Disney Springs.

The “Springs Bottling Co.” marquee was recently installed above the future location of Morimoto Asia.  This architectural detail is a nod to the design story behind Disney Springs, which was inspired by Florida’s waterfront towns at the turn-of-the-century.



Right next to the recently announced site for The BOATHOUSE, the Waterview Stage is now offering nightly entertainment, along with beautiful views of Village Lake. Check a Times Guide for showtimes.

Opening later this month, the Food Trucks at Exposition Park on the West Side will be the permanent home for the owned-and-operated Downtown Disney food trucks. From chicken and waffles to tandoori spiced shrimp, the food trucks will offer a variety of delicious culinary creations daily.  This area will also offer additional seating for diners, as well as shaded areas during the day.

Finally, The Landing – the first phase of Disney Springs – is starting to come to life with a new pedestrian walkway now open between Portobello Yacht Club and Paradiso 37. Later this month, the walkway will be fully open and provide direct access to the West Side.


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, November 17, 2014

New: Disney Magical Extras Savings Card Included in Travel Documents

Guests who purchase a 2015 Walt Disney Travel Company package will begin to receive travel documents starting the week of Nov. 17, 2014 for Walt Disney World Resort arrivals beginning Jan. 1, 2015. Updates to the 2015 documents include:

Revised Look – The format has changed from Landscape to Portrait and now includes customized elements such as a page featuring information specific to your Client’s Resort hotel.



  • Removal of Add-On Features – You will no longer receive vouchers to redeem additional components purchased in conjunction with your Walt Disney Travel Company packages, such as La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil and Richard Petty Driving Experience. The itinerary delivered with your final documents will include details on how to redeem the additional package components, along with associated terms and conditions.
  • Disney Magical Extras Savings Card – You will receive a Walt Disney Travel CompanyMagical Extra Savings Card to redeem most of the Magical Extras available with your package. This card replaces all vouchers for Magical Extras with the exception of the following:
  1. Arcade Card – 100 game points (per package) at arcades located at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels
  2. DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park – Two 1-Day admissions (per package)
  3. Walt Disney World Miniature Golf – Two admissions before 4 p.m., valid for Disney’s Fantasia Gardens or Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Courses.
  4. Planet Hollywood at Downtown DisneyWest Side - $15 credit (per package) towards the purchase of food and non-alcoholic beverages, and a souvenir keychain (per package) 



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.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Citricos to Offer Princess Breakfast at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

The Disney Princesses will welcome Guests to Cítricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Jan. 8 – March 2015 while Cinderella Royal Table at Magic Kingdom®Park is under refurbishment.

Citricos is located at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa


Cinderella will greet Guests as they arrive, and the Disney Princesses will visit each table for photos and autographs during the dining experience. Guests can even participate in a “Magical Wishing Ceremony” with the Disney Princesses during their meal.

Breakfast and brunch hours are 8 a.m. – 2:20 p.m. The cost is $49.99 per adult; $31.99 per child (ages 3-9). This Character dining experience is available on the Disney Dining Plan and requires two entitlements.

You can book this experience beginning Dec. 4, 2014 by calling 407-WDW-DINE. Online reservations will be available at a later date.


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.