Exclusive Disney Summer Sale ONLY for MY Guests!

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EXCLUSIVE DISNEY SUMMER SALE!!

3-Day Sale for July 4th weekend at Disney World! I have exclusive group rates for July 3-7. We have locked in rates for these dates. You can extend past these dates, if there is availability. These are room only prices. You cannot add dining.

If you book at least one night, you get access to the exclusive group rates on tickets. This includes the After 4 PM ticket and discount 2-Day Passes. You will not find lower price on tickets anywhere.

Also get some freebies! If you book at least a 2-Day Pass, you get a free day to play at the water parks. Plus, all guests get a free Mickey Treat Cooler with your hotel booking. This is amazing since the gift is valued at $75.

Here are the hotel rates:

Pop Century Resort – $135.90 per night plus tax
Port Orleans Riverside – $158.40 per night plus tax
Wilderness Lodge – $261 per night plus tax

Contact me today at jenniferg@destinationsinflorida.com or 443-424-0181

Limited Time Magic 4/22-4/28 Celebrate the Planet!

This April, there’s a party going on at Walt Disney World Resort… and you’re officially invited!

Party for the Planet at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park

 

Come celebrate the 15th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park at “Party for the Planet”—an Earth Week event where you can meet some of your favorite Disney Characters, purchase collectable merchandise and try out some tasty sweet treats!

Disney Character Dance Party
The party kicks off with a week-long character reunion, where some rarely seen Disney Characters will be making cameo appearances in Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.

Stop by for a chance to see Lilo & Stitch, Flik & Princess Atta, Koda & Kenai, and Thumper & Miss Bunny as they march along, and then join them for a dance party hosted by DJ Dino-Mite in Dinoland, USA!

Commemorative Merchandise
Once the celebration’s started, make your way to Creature Comforts where you can buy celebratory clothing, commemorative pins, limited edition Vinylmation figures and other once-in-a-lifetime merchandise you won’t find anywhere else.

Can’t make it to Florida for the occasion? Take advantage of a special opportunity to order an exclusive 15th Anniversary T-shirt online… but get yours fast—the T-shirt will only be available from April 22 to April 24, 2013!

“Dig Up” Something Delicious
The Earth Week celebration continues all across Walt Disney World Resort, where for a limited time, you can “dig in” to a duo of playful desserts.

Head into Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Kona Café at Disney’s Polynesian Resort and try out the “Worm and Dirt Cupcake.” Or, travel to Magic Kingdom park or Epcot for a delightfully delicious “Worm and Dirt Tart.”

Remember, the Earth Week experience is only taking place for a limited time—don’t miss your chance to celebrate the planet in the most magical of ways!

Ready for more Harry Potter at Universal-Diagon Alley to open in 2014

Building on the global phenomenon that is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expansion of historic proportion with the entirely new themed environment, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

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Scheduled to open in 2014, the world’s first centrally themed, multi-park experience expands The Wizarding World of Harry Potter across both Universal Orlando theme parks and allows Universal’s creative team to bring an unparalleled vision to this unique project.  The new area will bring to life some of the experiences and places found in and around London in the Harry Potter books and films, offering brand-new adventures for fans and theme park guests from around

Diagon Alley and ‘London’ will be located within the Universal Studios Florida theme park, which is adjacent to Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, where guests now experience Hogwarts and Hogsmeade.  The new area within Universal Studios will be just as expansive, immersive and authentic as the existing themed environment.

And – just like in the books and films – guests will be able to travel between ‘London’ and Hogsmeade aboard the Hogwarts Expressin The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley.

Work on the new area is already underway.  When complete, it will feature shops, a restaurant and an innovative, marquee attraction based on Gringotts bank – all directly inspired by the fiction and films.

More details on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter –Diagon Alley will be released over time.

To bring Diagon Alley and ‘London’ to life, Universal’s creative team is working closely with Warner Bros. and the production design team from the Harry Potter films – just as it did for Hogwarts and Hogsmeade.

“I’m so pleased that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has proved so popular to date, and I’m sure that the attention to detail in creating the new Diagon Alley area will make this an even better experience,” said J.K. Rowling.

“We are continuing the journey and adding an entirely new level of adventure,” said Tom Williams, Chairman of Universal Parks & Resorts.  “And we are bringing the same drive, commitment, enthusiasm and innovation to this project as we did to the first.”

“We are thrilled to offer the legions of fans the opportunity to embark on this new journey and experience Diagon Alley as it was brought to life in the books and films,” said Brad Globe, president, Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

“Our vision is to create two amazing theme park experiences that combine into one, complete, magical journey,” said Alice Norsworthy, executive vice president, marketing and sales for Universal Orlando Resort.

 

Visitors to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter are swept into the adventures of Harry Potter.  They can tour Hogwarts castle, shop in Hogsmeade and dine at the Three Broomsticks.  They can soar above Hogwarts with Harry, be chosen by a wand at Ollivanders, sample Butterbeer and much more.

 

Jennifer is a Universal Parks & Resort Specialist with Destinations in Florida Travel. Contact her for a free quote for your next Magical Journey at jenniferg@destinationsinflorida.com or 443-424-0181

What is Photopass + at Walt Disney World Resort?

  Disney PhotoPass Photographers are positioned throughout the Disney Theme Parks to capture the most magical moments of your vacation. When you choose to purchase Disney PhotoPass+, you can have all your Magical photos taken during a 14 day period for one price. It’s the perfect way to get amazing pictures you will treasure forever – and get everyone in the picture in the process.

When you purchase Disney PhotoPass+ at least 14 days prior to your vacation, you will pay only $149*, compared to $199.95* if purchased after arrival.
*plus tax where applicable

With Disney PhotoPass+, you will enjoy the opportunity to redeem online a Disney PhotoCD with the following vacation memories taken during a 14 day period:

  • Unlimited Disney PhotoPass photos in your account
  • Photos customized with fun Disney borders in a Disney’s PhotoCD
  • Photos from select dining locations
  • Photos from select attractions
  • Photos from other Disney experiences (Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique*, Pirates League*, Storytime with Belle, Jedi Training Academy)
  • Disney PhotoPass+ card

Dining and attraction photos must be associated with the Disney Photopass+ card to be eligible for inclusion on the Disney’s PhotoCD.

*Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Pirates League experience require additional fees.

Here are just a few examples of benefits of PhotoPass +:

  • Photos are taken by Disney PhotoPass photographers. Providing the perfect way  to capture your vacation memories with great photos and with everyone in the shot!
  • Disney PhotoPass+ card. The special Disney PhotoPass+ card and lanyard means your card is always handy and the Photographers recognize Guests who have purchased Disney PhotoPass+.
  • Photos from select dining locations and attractions. With Attraction photos costing $14.95 each + tax and Dining photos costing $29.95 each + tax, the value of Disney PhotoPass+ is quickly apparent

Please see below a list of Theme Park and Resort Hotel locations for you to redeem your PhotoPass+ voucher:

  • Camera Center at Epcot®
  • Cover Story at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
  • Garden Gate Gifts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom®
  • Town Square Theater at Magic Kingdom® Park
  • Disney PhotoPass Studio at Downtown Disney®
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge*
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort*
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa*
  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort*
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park**
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park** and at any of the Disney PhotoPass+ participating dining and attraction locations

*Resort Service Desks are open limited hours: 8am – 12pm and 5pm – 9pm. Disney’s Beach Club Resort’s PhotoPass Service desk is only open 5pm – 9pm.

**Disney PhotoPass Photographers (and the Disney PhotoPass Sales Centers) are only available at the Water Parks during peak season (May – September).

You may also redeem your voucher for the Disney PhotoPass+ package at the following Character breakfast locations:

  • 1900 Park Fare
  • ‘Ohana
  • Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
  • Chef Mickey’s
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Tusker House Restaurant
  • Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue
  • Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

All things Disney Discounts and Offers

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NEW!! Disney Visa – FREE Dining – Disney’s Visa cardholders can get a free Disney Dining Plan for travel dates of 9/2/13 – 9/25/13. You must purchase a package that includes a minimum of 3 nights’ accommodation at a Disney Resort and a minimum 2-day Base Ticket.  If you stay at a Disney Value Resort, the Quick Service Dining Plan is free.  If you stay at a Disney Moderate or Deluxe Resort, the Basic Dining is free.  You can also upgrade from the Quick Service to the Basic Dining for an additional $19 per adult per night and $3 per night per child.  You can also upgrade from the Basic Dining to the Deluxe Dining for an additional $45 per adult per night and $20 per night per child.  Book by 7/31/13. Disney will require a deposit of $200 and final payment is due 45 days prior to arrival.  Both the deposit and final payment must be paid with your Disney Visa Card.  This discount is currently available just for Disney Visa Cardholders, but will be released to the general public on May 9.

NEW!! Disney Visa – Save Up To 30% on Rooms at Select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels –  Book your room only or package reservation and save up to 30% off the Disney Resort hotels for 8/15/13 – 9/28/13..  You can book a room only or upgrade to a package with tickets.  You can even add one of the Disney Dining Plans for additional savings. This discount expires on July 31, 2013. This promotion will be released to the general public on May 9.

Save Up To 30% on Rooms at Select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels this Summer– Book your room only or package reservation and save up to 30% off the Disney Resort hotels for June 13-August 14, 2013.  You can book a room only or upgrade to a package with tickets.  You can even add one of the Disney Dining Plans for additional savings.

Florida Resident Packages – Prices as low as $56 per person per day when you book a 3-Night/4-Day Package at a Disney Value Resort for Florida Residents.  This package includes your room accommodations and the 4-Day Discover Ticket.  This pass is good for 4 days at the Disney Theme Parks.  You must show a valid Florida ID for each adult to take advantage of this discount promotion.

Military Discount  Active duty and retired members of the US military can get specially discounted rooms at the Disney resorts most nights from October 1, 2012 – September 28, 2013 except November 22, 2012 through November 24, 2012; December 23, 2012 through December 31, 2012; and March 25, 2013 through April 4, 2013.   Service members can also get up to (6) 4-day Park Hopper tickets for just $156.00 at their base ticket sales office.

Disney Cruise Line

Special Deals out of Galveston, TX – If Galveston, TX is near your home.  Now is the time to book a cruise on the Disney Wonder with a free $100 onboard credit for an Inside stateroom, a $150 onboard credit for an Oceanview stateroom, or a $200 onboard credit for a Verandah stateroom.  Plus, even better book by May 15 and the deposit is half off!  The cruise dates are select cruises from September 28-November 16, 2013.

CANADIAN RESIDENTS ENJOY 25% OFFFor a limited time, Canadian residents can enjoy 25% off prevailing rates (as quoted on the Disney Cruise Line website) on the June 3, 2013, June 10, 2013, and August 26, 2013 Disney Wonder sailings departing from Vancouver, Canada! Offer valid only for Categories 4A-11C. The number of staterooms allocated for this offer is limited.

 

Jennifer is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner with Destinations in Florida Travel. Contact her today for a free quote at jenniferg@destinationsinflorida.com or 443-424-0181

Universal Orlando Offers and Discounts

badge_universal12-Park Getaway – For a limited time, book at least 3 nights with the 2-Park Getaway Package and get lots of free perks including an extra day to play at the parks for FREE, Early Park Admission to get into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (before the crowds), and Universal Express (front of the line access on rides and attractions at the parks).   (Must complete travel by June 30, 2013)

4th Night & 3rd Day FREE – Stay at one of the Universal Park Hotels like the popular waterpark resort call Coco Key and get your 4th night free and your 3rd day at the Universal Parks for free, too.  You also get free Early Park Admission into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and free admission into CityWalk.  This discount package is good through June 30, 2013. (Must arrive by 6/16/13)

Universal 1-Day or 2-Day Pass with Shuttle Transportation – Take a day away from the Disney World Parks to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!  Book a 1-Day or 2-Day Pass to Universal Studios with shuttle transportation included in the ticket.  This special ticket is only available with select companies including Destinations in Florida.

7 Nights, 5 Theme Parks – UNLIMITED ADMISSION to Universal’s Islands of Adventure®, Universal Studios Florida®, SeaWorld® Orlando, Aquatica™ – a one-of-a kind waterpark by SeaWorld and Wet ‘n Wild®-Orlando, all-club access to Universal CityWalk® and much more!

The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM – Exclusive Vacation Package  4 Night Vacations This EXCLUSIVE vacation package includes: Early Park Admission, Breakfast at the Three BroomsticksTM , Hotel Accommodations, 2-Day Base Ticket with 3rd Day Free (must complete travel by June 30, 2013), Access to live entertainment at Universal CityWalk Vacation offer valid for travel Now – 12/31/13

Hotel only deals

STAY More, Save More – Save up to 30%  Discounts begin at 3 nights at any of the three Universal Orlando® Resort deluxe hotels during THE BEST DAYS TO VACATION! Save up to 30%*, plus take advantage of $150** in hotel savings including discounts on food, drinks, spa treatments and more!  CHOOSE FROM THE DATES:  April 21 – June 6   August 18 – October 3   November 11 – December 19, 2013

3 NIGHTS
SAVE UP TO 10%*
4 NIGHTS
SAVE UP TO 20%*
5/6 NIGHTS
SAVE UP TO 25%*
7 NIGHTS
SAVE UP TO 30%*

 

SAVE up to 25% – 4 nights or longer at any of the three deluxe on-site hotels at Universal Orlando®!  CHOOSE FROM THE DATES: February 15 – April 20             May 24 – 26            June 7 – August 17           November 8 – 10 & 27 – 30           December 20 – 31, 2013

4 NIGHTS
SAVE UP TO 10%^

5/6 NIGHTS
SAVE UP TO 15%^

7 NIGHTS
SAVE UP TO 25%^

 

BED AND BREAKFAST PACKAGES – Enjoy a daily buffet breakfast for two (2) with your hotel stay. Choose the Bed & Breakfast Package when making your reservation.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Kick back and relax in a
tropical paradise.
As low as $254 per night*

Hard Rock Hotel
Live like a rock ‘n’ roll superstar.
As low as $284 per night*

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Celebrate la dolce vita – the
sweet life
As low as $309 per night*

 

 

 

Jennifer is a Universal Specialist with Destinations in Florida Travel. Contact her for your free quote today at jenniferg@destinationsinflorida.com or 443-424-0181 and “Vacation Like You Mean It” this year! 

Disney Visa Cardholder ROOM ONLY Discount

More magic for Disney Visa Cardholders!
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If free dining is not available or a good fit for your vacation to Disney World, you can also save with another discount saving you up to 30% off your hotel.  This discount may be a better deal than the free dining, especially for those guests staying at a Disney Deluxe Resort.  Your Disney Specialist will price both options to make sure you are saving the most money during your vacation.  This hotel discount is available for travel between 8/15/13 – 9/28/13.
The discounts include:
  • 5% off  Disney’s All Star Movies, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (select rooms), Bay Lake Tower, and select rooms at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • 15% off Disney’s Art of Animation Family Suites
  • 20% off Disney’s Pop Century, Disney’s All Star Music, Disney’s All Star Sports, Disney’s Contemporary (select rooms), Disney’s Grand Floridian, and Disney’s Polynesian Resorts
  • 25% off Disney’s Caribbean Beach, Disney’s Coronado Springs, and Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resorts
  • 30% off  Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Old Key West, Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Saratoga Springs, and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
You can add tickets and Disney Dining Plans to your package for additional savings.
For this resort discount, Disney has a few blacked out resorts including campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, 3-Bedroom Villas, and Little Mermaid Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.  For this discount, you must pay your $200 and final payment using your Disney Visa Card.  This discount expires on July 31, 2013.
Jennifer is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner with Destinations In Florida Travel, contact her today for a FREE quote at  jenniferg@destinationsinflorida.com or 443-424-0181

Disney Visa Cardholder FREE FALL DINING

Are you ready for FREE food at Disney World? The most popular Disney World discount is now available for guests that have a Disney Visa Card. For everyone else, stay tuned.

This same discount will be released to the general public on May 9.

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Disney’s Visa cardholders can get a free Disney Dining Plan for travel dates of 9/2/13 – 9/25/13. You must purchase a package that includes a minimum of 3 nights accommodation at a Disney Resort and a minimum 2-day Base Ticket. If you stay at a Disney Value Resort, the Quick Service Dining Plan is free. If you stay at a Disney Moderate or Deluxe Resort, the Basic Dining is free.

You can also upgrade from the Quick Service to the Basic Dining for an additional $19 per adult per night and $3 per night per child. You can also upgrade from the Basic Dining to the Deluxe Dining for an additional $45 per adult per night and $20 per night per child.

Book by 7/31/13. Disney will require a deposit of $200 and final payment is due 45 days prior to arrival. Both the deposit and final payment must be paid with your Disney Visa Card. This discount is currently available just for Disney Visa Cardholders, but will be released to the general public on May 9.

This discount is on a space available basis. However, it is blacked out for campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, 3-Bedroom Villas, and Little Mermaid Rooms at Art of Animation Resort.

Contact me today jenniferg@destinationsinflorida.com or 443-424-0181 to request a FREE Quote!

This discount will sell out quickly.

Jennifer is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner with Destinations in Florida Travel. Contact her to plan your next Magical Vacation

Disney Children’s Activity Centers

Everyone knows that Disney is the number 1 family vacation destination on the planet, but that doesn’t mean Mom and Dad can’t go on a date while they are on vacation. If they paid for it, I certainly think they deserve 2 hours out of 7 days of crazy kids, long lines and french fries in their hair at the end of a park day.

Did you know that Disney offers on-site Children’s Activity Centers?

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Here is what you can expect from this service:

  •  Supervised Fun

Make crafts, play games, watch Disney movies and eat dinner at these fun spots for kids.

Dinner is included in the cost of the service, and parents can order kid-friendly fare for their children when they check in. A snack is also served at 10:00 PM.

Kids must be 3 to 12 years of age (4 to 12 years of age at Camp Dolphin) and fully potty-trained

  • Children’s Activity Centers are located at select Resort hotels.

Locations include:

  • Simba’s Cubhouse at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Never Land Club at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Cub’s Den at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Sandcastle Club at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Camp Dolphin at Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Hours vary based on location. Please call (407) 939-3463 or the Resort hotel’s Front Desk for more information and operating hours. For more information about Camp Dolphin, please call (407) 934-4241.Advance reservations are recommended for all locations, except Camp Dolphin where they are required. Reservations can be made up to 180 days prior to your arrival to the Resort by calling (407) WDW-DINE, or (407) 939-3463.Same-day walk-ins are also welcome based on availability.

Before you shudder at the fact that you will have to spend 24 hours/7 days a week on your expensive Disney dream vacation with your kids (don’t pretend you aren’t, I’m a Mom so let’s be honest), consider an on-site activity center for your next visit. You can enjoy a nice meal at various signature Disney restaurants while the kids have a blast!

Jennifer is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and Universal Specialist with Destinations in Florida. Contact her for a free quote or to book your next Disney or Universal vacation at jenniferg@destinationsinflorida.com or  

443-424-0181

New Fantasyland Construction Update

Who’s ready for an update on the remaining construction in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park?

Walt Disney Imagineering just shared a new video with us that offers up a look inside the two attractions in New Fantasyland that are still yet to debut: Princess Fairytale Hall and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
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Princess Fairytale Hall, which will open later this year, will be the ultimate destination in which to greet Disney royalty. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a family coaster that is set to open in 2014, will take Magic Kingdom Park guests on a musical journey through the mine “where a million diamonds shine.” The attraction will offer an innovative ride system with a train of vehicles that respond to every twist and turn, plus appearances by animated figures from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” and music from this classic Disney film.

In this video, Imagineers Jason Grandt, Pam Rawlins, and Dave Minichiello take you behind the scenes for an update.

Which of these attractions are you most excited to see for yourself? Let us know in the “Comments” section below.

posted on April 25th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager via Disney Parks Blog