Category Archives: Holidays with Disney

Holiday Season Family Time Offer at Walt Disney World Resort



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 premium rooms at Disneyland Resort Hotels this fall


You can stay in the middle of the magic and save up to 20% on premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and Disneyland Hotel, and up to 10% at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel on select Sunday-Thursday nights this fall. Enjoy the holidays at  Disneyland Resort with these special rates.*

With Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and the Downtown Disney District just steps away, you can enjoy convenient access to all the fun! Plus, you can take advantage of exclusive benefits, including early access to the Theme Parks and Disney Character wake-up calls.

Book with me before November 16, 2016 for a vacation between October 23 –  December 22, 2016, and I’ll get you that discount and help plan your magical vacation!


*Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday nights. Valid for travel between 10/23/16 to 12/22/16. Book from 9/7/16 through 11/16/16, with travel completed by 12/23/16. Savings on premium rooms are available on Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms. Offer excludes select Concierge rooms and suites, except Paradise, Artisan and Regal suites. Ask about savings on other hotels and room types. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions.

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

2016 WDW Fall Special horizontal

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.


Star Wars Christmas record album

"Christmas in the Stars" Star Wars Christmas record album
“Christmas in the Stars” Star Wars Christmas record album

Somehow, it seemed appropriate to post this cover of the 1980 record album, “Christmas in the Stars.” Released on both record album and cassette, this album featured Anthony Daniels, reprising his role of C-3PO from “Star Wars.” It featured such classics very interesting songs such as “R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” and who can ever forget “What Can You Get a Wookie for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?)”, which made it to the Billboard top 100 songs! According to one newspaper, that called the album, “The funniest Christmas album since the Chipmunks, claims that the dialogue in the album was taken from a script by George Lucas.

Here’s a taste of the album, featuring C-3PO singing the title song, “Christmas in the Stars.

Lastly, below is an ad featuring “Christmas in the Stars,” right next to one of my personal favorites, “John Denver and the Muppets.” Notice the top of the ad mentions “Disney Christmas albums” and despite that no Disney albums are shown, the two of albums pictured below it are “Star Wars” and the Muppets, both of which would be owned by Disney in years to come. It coincidentally appears

Star Wars and Muppets Christmas records ad
Star Wars and Muppets Christmas records ad

Holidays Around the World at Epcot 2015

Holidays Around the World at Epcot in Walt Disney World
Holidays Around the World at Epcot in Walt Disney World

Did you know that each year, as part of Holidays Around the World at Epcot in Walt Disney World, the World Showcase presents joyful music and seasonal food favorites, and time-honored traditions spring to life as costumed performers present holiday heritage throughout the represented countries.

Although subject to change, festivities may include:

American Adventure
Share your Christmas wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy Hanukkah traditions and experience the spirit of Kwanzaa. Plus, treat your ears to the Voices of Liberty Dickens Carolers—an outstanding a cappella group that sings a special repertoire of classic songs.

Follow the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs on a musical tour through the customs of the Great White North.

Feast your eyes on the colorful Chinese Lion Dance, which brings good fortune and happiness to all during major celebrations like the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival.

Discover the magic of Père Noël and the joy of the season through a Christmas letter from a child.

Listen as Helga tells the story of the first Christmas tree and the tale of her first Nutcracker.

Meet the kind-hearted witch La Befana who arrives on the eve of the Epiphany to grant gifts to good children.

Hear the fascinating story of the Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the New Year.

¡Feliz Navidad! Join mariachis and dancers as they bring color and excitement to the music, dances and traditions of a holiday fiesta.

Come! Take a journey through the seasons of holidays in Morocco, where celebrations are “the spice of life.”

Spend time with Sigrid and learn about Julenissen, the Christmas Gnome.

United Kingdom
Delve into the vivid stories of Father Christmas, dating back to 15th-century England.

Please ccontact me if you want to experience the holidays in Walt Disney World coming up or next year!

Disney Vacation Tips #18

Shani's Disney Vacation Tip #18


Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World
Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

Avoiding crowds during Walt Disney World vacations takes some planning, so here are some tips that will help! 

Eat dinner prior to 6:00 pm or after 8:00 pm to avoid peak dining times, and take advantage of advance dining reservations. Before your Walt Disney World vacation, look online or let me help you find some restaurants you’d like to experience. I highly recommend making dining reservations, which can be made 180 days in advance on the My Disney Experience app or your My Disney Experience account online.

If there are more than one showing of a parade or show, opt for the later times and see them earlier in your vacation. Although the later showings are often less crowded, I also recommend seeing live performances earlier in your trip. If you’re anxious to see a parade and you wait until a later performance, it would be terrible if it were cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather, so make sure you don’t wait until the last day of your vacation.

Ride attractions during show and parade times for shorter lines. I’ve already suggested you view shows and parades at later times, but I guess a lot of people still aren’t reading my blog 🙂 and don’t know that, so while at the earlier performances, it’s a great time for you to go on the attractions that typically have longer waits.

Take advantage of the special ticketed events. These events tend to be less crowded than regular park hours and you get lots of special treats. With Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, for example, besides the attractions, you’ll get to see a special parade, fireworks presentation, and show. And if that’s not enough, they’ll throw in complimentary cookies and hot chocolate. Oh, and there’s magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A. Click here for dates and more information.

Use the My Disney Experience app to check attraction and character wait times. That knowledge can help you to plan your experience more efficiently. And you don’t even have to be in Tomorrowland to take advantage of such futuristic technology!

Experience holidays at the Disneyland Resort starting November 13, 2015

Christmas and holidays at the Disneyland Resort begins November 13 through January 6, 2016.

As the holidays draw near, Disneyland Park comes alive with fanciful decorations and enchanting attractions. Experience this magical time at the Disneyland Resort, November 13 through January 6 during the Diamond Celebration!

And new this year, two different World of Color shows at Disney California Adventure: World of Color – Winter Dreams and World of Color – Celebrate!

The Christmas Fantasy Parade at Disneyland
The Christmas Fantasy Parade at Disneyland

Disneyland Park highlights include: 

  • A Christmas Fantasy Parade – Gather ‘round to watch some of your favorite Disney Characters—including Disney Princesses—join Santa and his reindeer for a merry, musical holiday salute.
  • Jingle Cruise – We’re decking the hulls… and decks, as the iconic tropical excurson gets a fun and festive twist with lights, decorations and special Christmas-themed experiences.
  • “it’s a small world” holiday – Marvel at the brightly decorated façade. Then sail through a world of joyous yuletide traditions and messages of goodwill from around the globe.
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday – Tour the delightful, frightful mansion featuring a Christmas makeover courtesy of Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • Paint the Night Parade – A million glowing lights, dazzling special effects and a host of Disney friends make spirits bright in a wondrous spectacle that will take your breath away.
  • Disneyland Forever Fireworks – Get ready for an incredible immersive experience as Disneyland Park becomes the backdrop for spectacular sights and sounds. Watch in amazement as favorite Disney stories come alive all around you!
  • Meet Santa Claus at Pooh’s Thotful Spot in Critter Country – at various times throughout the day.


And there is more holiday fun at Disney California Adventure:

  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
    For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

    For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration and Olaf’s Snow Fest – Enjoy way-cool fun as you join Elsa and Anna for a musical celebration. Then have an Arctic blast frolicking in our snow-sational winter wonderland!

  •  Final Performances of Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular – Treat the family to this hilarious song-filled magic carpet ride before it takes off for good on January 10, 2016.
  • World of Color – Winter Dreams – In a separate full-length presentation, the incredible World of Color experience celebrates the joyous spirit of the holidays with delightful Disney magic.
  • World of Color – Celebrate! – Dazzling lights, soaring music and spectacular water and pyrotechnic effects light up the night with scenes and songs from some favorite Disney and Disney•Pixar movies.
  • Disney ¡Viva Navidad! – Check out this lively street fiesta and celebrate the season in traditional style—with dancing to live music, story-telling, crafts, face-painting and tasty Mexican specialties.
  • Cars Land Holiday Décor – Cruise by Radiator Springs to see how we’ve “geared up” for a glorious holiday season with decorations and colorful lights—red, green and everything in between!
  • Three Kings Day (Día de los Reyes Magos) – Enjoy a festive farewell to the Christmas season with a host of special activities and events—from January 2 to January 6, 2016.
  • Meet Santa Claus at Elias & Co. – at various times throughout the day.

Click here for Disneyland Resort special offers this season. Questions? Contact me and I’ll be happy to help! Happy Holidays!