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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Darren Wittko, Disney Destinations Specialist

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

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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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Darren Wittko, Disney Destinations Specialist




Reminder 2015 Walt Disney Travel Company Vacation Packages Now Available

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As a reminder, the 2015 Walt Disney Travel Company Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa vacation packages are now available to book.

Click here to start a quote for arrivals beginning January 1, 2015. Also, be sure to check out my special offers and discounts page, 2015 exclusive offers will be forthcoming so check back often.

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

Epcot Food & Wine Premium Package

Exclusive to Disney Resort hotel Guests, the Epcot Food & Wine Premium Package offers an exciting bundle of experiences created just for the epicurean adventurer. This brand-new event takes place from noon-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays during a select period of the Festival, Sept. 22-Nov. 6, 2014.


Epcot food and wine festival
Epcot Food and Wine Premium Package Now Available
Upon arrival, you'll receive an in-room gift bag featuring a select bottle of wine, a Festival wine glass, delicious truffles and a Premium Package Area credential. You will also receive an Epcot Food & Wine Festival-themed MagicBand, as well as a $50 gift card to start their culinary discovery.

Plus, the credential gives you access to 10 VIP Premium Package Areas located around World Showcase Promenade where you can order items from select Marketplaces and have them delivered right to your room. You can also bring back favorite marketplace treats into the Premium Package Areas and just relax. This package also includes access to Epcot Food & Wine Late Nights LIVE!, which you can attend on Tuesday or Thursday nights.

The Epcot Food & Wine Premium Package costs $199 per person, plus tax, plus Epcot admission.

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

Epcot Food & Wine Nights LIVE!

If you're going to the Epcot Food and Wine festival, you can now enjoy a variety of top-tier experiences during your stay at Walt Disney World Resort September 19 through November 10, 2014. Located between the United Kingdom Pavilion and World Showcase Plaza, Epcot Food & Wine Nights LIVE! includes six complimentary menu items from several Festival marketplaces, live music, entertainment and a DJ. This after-hours party brings music and food together for a delicious end to the day. You can also book the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Premium Package, new for 2014.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Epcot Food and Wine Nights Live!


Epcot Food & Wine Nights LIVE! takes places from 9:45 p.m-1 a.m Tuesday and Thursday nightsSept. 19-Nov. 10, 2014. The cost is $79 per person, plus tax.

Admission to Epcot is not required after 9 p.m. for Guests who have purchased credentials to the event. However, if your Client wants to visit Epcot prior to 9 p.m., valid theme park admission is required.

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