Category Archives: Epcot

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.

Interview: X Atencio (Animation and writing for Disney parks)

X Atencio with a replica of the Jolly Roger that he provides the voice for and wrote the dialogue for
X Atencio with a replica of the Jolly Roger that he provides the voice for and wrote the dialogue for

I just posted my interview with X Atencio on my Mouse Clubhouse website.  In this conversation, X discusses  his work for Disneyland and Walt Disney World, writing scripts and songs for attractions such Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean and other attractions.  CLICK HERE for the interview and more photos

 

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

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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!

Snapshot Sunday: Journey Into Imagination with Figment in Epcot

Snapshot Sunday: Disney parks original character Figment in the Journey Into Imagination with Figment attraction at Epcot in Walt Disney World - e – shot with a Sony RX100 II
Snapshot Sunday: Disney parks original character Figment in the Journey Into Imagination with Figment attraction at Epcot in Walt Disney World– shot with a Sony RX100 II

The Journey Into Imagination with Figment attraction in Epcot is a fun little ride that I just love. A fun fact is that the little dragon’s voice is that of Mouse Clubhouse friend Dave Goelz, who is best known as the original Muppet performer and voice of Gonzo!

To capture this very dark scene, I got decent results with an ISO of 6400. The ride didn’t move too fast, so I was able to move my shutter speed up to 1/160 and then bring my aperture down to 1.8.

Feel free to write or comment if you want any more details about the photos, such as settings I used, etc.

Remember Kitchen Kabaret at Epcot in Walt Disney World?

Kitchen Kabaret at Epcot in Walt Disney World, 1993
Kitchen Kabaret at Epcot in Walt Disney World, 1993

I thought it would be fun to post this photo I took in Epcot back in 1993. Looong before Soarin’ was in The Land, this Audio Animatronics variety show, Kitchen Kabaret, made audiences chuckle with good nutrition humor. Pictured are Ham and Eggz, who offered up lots of “cheesy” jokes. While Mr. Hamm reminds people that cheese is a great source of protein, Mr. Eggz comments, “I cheddar to think about it!”

This photo brings back memories of the pre-digital age, where I used lots of film to take lots of photos – and would have to wait until returning from my vacation to have the film developed with great hopes that the pictures turned out.

While Kitchen Kabaret remains just a memory at Epcot, there are plenty of new exciting things to do there today!

 

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.

Watch Epcot IllumiNations live stream 3/21/16 & get exclusive info here

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot in Walt Disney World
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot in Walt Disney World

On March 21, 2016 at 8:50 p.m. EDT, the Disney Parks blog will live stream IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth from Epcot! While there’s nothing like seeing the show live, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this sneak peek. Be sure to tune in to the Disney Parks blog for the event.

Don Dorsey, creative director of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
Don Dorsey, creative director of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

Before watching this live event, take a listen to our exclusive in-depth interview with the show’s creator, Don Dorsey, to learn all kinds of fascinating behind-the-scenes information!

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot® is just one of the nighttime spectaculars you can enjoy at the Walt Disney World® Resort. This stunning show celebrates the spirit of humanity through fireworks, lighting effects, moving music and more. At the heart of the show is a 350,000-pound Earth Globe featuring a spherical video display, around which, all of the action takes place.

Did you know for an extra sweet nighttime experience, you can indulge in the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party? Available on select nights, the party offers delectable desserts and wines in an exclusive setting with a clear view of the World Showcase Lagoon as it erupts in a symphony of color and sound. The cost is $49 for adults and $29 for children ages 3-9. Tax and gratuity are included. Epcot admission is required and is not included in the price. I can help you make reservations for this illuminating experience!