Category Archives: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney Legend Marty Sklar has passed away

Here's a photo I took of Marty Sklar back in 2010
Here’s a photo I took of Marty Sklar back in 2010

It really saddens me to report that Marty Sklar has passed away.  A true Disney Legend, Marty was originally hired to write for the Disneyland News souvenir newspaper, and soon became Walt’s top writer.  He wrote many of Walt’s speeches and other company communications and ultimately became the head of Walt Disney Imagineering.

Recently, Marty and I had been in touch, as I was going to interview him. Several Disney Legends that I know how contacted Marty to encourage him to interview me, and I just love what he emailed me! “Gee Scott – How come you didn’t get Bob Iger to say I should talk to you? Looks like you have most of the Legends …”

In preparation for the interview, I’ve been reading Marty’s wonderful book, “Dream It! Do It! My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms.” While I never got that interview, I’m grateful to have his stories.

Interview: Gary Krueger (Disney photographer)

Classic Disneyland postcard photographed by Gary Krueger
Classic Disneyland postcard
photographed by Gary Krueger

I just posted my interview with Gary Krueger on my Mouse Clubhouse website. In this conversation, Gary talks about his times photographing Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney movie premieres and much more – and you’ll see lots of postcards of Gary’s photography!  CLICK HERE for the interview and postcards

Holiday Season Family Time Offer at Walt Disney World Resort

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I’ve got another deal for you, where you can stay 4 nights at a select Disney’s All-Star Resort with one park per day Magic Your Way base tickets for just $1,980. The All-Star Resorts are a lot of fun! I can get you this special deal if you book your vacation before October 8, 2016 for stays most nights from November 6 through December 21, 2016.

Great rates are available for other lengths of stay and party sizes, too! Contact me for details on any of these deals!

 

* Price based on 2 adults, 1 junior (10-17) and 1 child (3-9) in a standard room and a 4-day Magic Your Way Base Ticket. The number of packages available at this rate is limited. Tickets are valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions. Advance reservation required.

Save up to 20% on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels

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Okay, folks, here’s another sweet deal! I can save you up to 20%* on rooms for a five night stay at select Disney Deluxe or Deluxe Villa resorts at Walt Disney World Resort hotels. You’ve got to book by October 8, 2016, though, so don’t wait on this one.  It’s like getting one of the nights FREE!

Available stays: November 6-10, November 13-22, November 26 – December 23, 2016

It’s a great time for a Disney vacation, with the popular seasonal events. Join the festive winter celebration for live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and oh-so-jolly parade at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park (separate admission required). Discover global traditions at Holidays Around the World at Epcot World Showcase. And, experience the story of Christmas with a celebrity narrator, joyous pageantry and stirring music during Candlelight Processional.

Of course, you’ll also enjoy the usual Disney Resort Hotel Guest benefits – including Extra Magic Hours, complimentary MagicBands and early access to FastPass+ planning.**

Contact me for a free quote and I’d be happy to help you plan your Magical vacation!

 

*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. 20% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for other Resorts. Full List of Disney Resort Hotel Exclusions: Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.
**Valid Theme Park admission and online registration required. Disney FastPass+ attractions and entertainment experiences, the number of selections you can make and available arrival windows are limited.

 

Walt Disney World Family Late Summer Package Offer 2016

Save this summer at Walt Disney World

Late Summer Family Time Package Offer

I’m excited about this deal! If you want to go to Walt Disney World this summer, (Sunday through Thursdays from August 1 – November 5, 2016), just book the vacation with me before August 31, 2016 to enjoy a 4-day/4-night stay in a standard room at a select Disney’s All-Star Resort with one park per day Magic Your Way base tickets for just $1,850!

I can get you other great rates for other lengths of stay and party sizes, too, so don’t be afraid to ask me!

Contact me for a free quote.

* Price based on 2 adults, 1 junior (10-17) and 1 child (3-9) in a standard room and a Magic Your Way Base Ticket. The number of packages available at this rate is limited. Tickets are valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions. Advance reservation required.

Now is the time! Book your 2017 Walt Disney World vacation now

I want to send you to Epcot in Walt Disney World!
Spaceship Earth in Epcot in Walt Disney World

Now is the time! Now is the best time to book your Walt Disney World vacation for next year! Today’s the first day to book, and a refundable deposit of $200 is all you need hold your reservation.*

As a former Disney Cast Member and current authorized Disney vacation planner, I’m happy to help you plan your vacation with no extra cost to you!  Contact me for a free quote or more information. Let my Disney knowledge help make your vacation Magical!

*Contact me for refund policies

iNSIDE Disney Parks – Episode 1

 

Here is the premiere episode of Disney’s official “iNSIDE Disney Parks!” This first-of-its-kind video series will feature the best of everything happening at Disney Parks right now for you and your family! With the latest Disney news and top stories worldwide, it’s an official insider’s look at what’s happening now and in the future – with a touch of nostalgia.

Warning: This just may make you want to book a Disney vacation. 🙂 And if it does, contact me to help customize it especially for you! As always, my services are free.

In this episode:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Awakens at Night – Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, guests can enjoy a plethora of new experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Jennifer Fickley Baker takes us behind the scenes as the Tree of Life prepares for nighttime awakenings.

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters at Disney California Adventure park – Luigi turns the tire storage yard behind his Casa Della Tires into a dance floor. Erin Glover goes for a spin with blog author Michelle Harker for a special look at the attraction.

Neel Sethi visits Disney’s Animal Kingdom – For the summer, Discovery River will become the stage for a limited-engagement show inspired by Disney’s hit live-action film “The Jungle Book.” Neel Sethi spent some time talking about the film and enjoying the park.

Timelapse of Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – The Tree of Life is the centerpiece of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. From our “Vault” segment, check out the construction of the tree from ground up.

New Star Wars-Themed Experiences This Summer – There’s a lot of fun in store for Star Wars fans this summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Shawn Slater, Sr. Creative Entertainment manager and blog author, shared details and more during this episode.

 

New at Disney Parks this summer!
New at Disney Parks this summer!

Free Dining when you stay at Walt Disney World this fall

FREE Dining Plan when you stay at Walt Disney World this fall*
FREE Dining Plan when you stay at Walt Disney World this fall*

 

It’s back!!! Book now for fall and get a FREE Dining Plan when you buy a non-discounted 5-night/6-day package that includes a room at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel and ticket with the Park Hopper or Water Park Fun & More Option. This is a limited offer so contact me and get a free quote and reserve your dates now.

When you stay at a select Disney Moderate Resort, Disney Deluxe Resort or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort, you get the Disney Dining Plan with a variety of delicious dining options! When you stay at a select Disney Value Resort, you get the Quick-Service Dining Plan that allows you to enjoy a quick bite!

Booking Window:
April 25 – July 8, 2016

Arrival Window:
August 23 – October 1, 2016
November 15 – 21, 2016
November 26 – 28, 2016
December 10 – 21, 2016

Length of Stay Requirements:
Minimum – 3 nights
Maximum – 14 nights

*Full List of Offer Exclusions:
Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside is excluded during the following dates: November 15 to 21, November 26 to 28 and December 10 to 21, 2016.

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Dining plan excludes gratuities and alcoholic beverages. Children ages 3-9 must order from children’s menu, if available. Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened on this day in 1998

Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

On this April 22, 1998, Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened at the Walt Disney World Resort. Not coincidentally, it was Earth Day! Today it is one of the largest animal theme parks in the world. Home to more than 2,000 animals across 300 species, the park reflects Walt Disney’s dedication to conservation and is committed to animal care, education and research. The six lands include Oasis, Discovery Island, Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia and DinoLand, U.S.A. areas. The photo above is the thrilling Expedition Everest attraction, where you can careen through the Himalayan mountains on a speeding train while avoiding the clutches of the mythic Abominable Snowman.