Disney’s Geyser Point Bar & Grill Now Open!
New Disney Dining Experience! Make it part of your Disney Vacation Plan!
Opening at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is the new Geyser Point Bar & Grill, where you can grab a bite as you enjoy the resort’s rustic beauty. Located along the water’s edge, Geyser Point is designed with cedar beams and natural stone to fit into the design that’s reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest.
At the bar, artisanal sips add an authentic touch to beverage menus, including drinks which feature Pacific Northwest brewers and distilleries, and wines focusing on heritage varietals grown in Oregon and Washington. Small plates include crispy fried oysters with miso tartar sauce; edamame with chili salt; cheesy barbecue brisket with house-made chips; “Shrimp on a Wire” with miso-lime vinaigrette, togarashi (Japanese spice mixture), shishito peppers and chili-aioli; salmon rillettes with sourdough crisps, and handcrafted charcuterie.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a quick-service walk-up window next to the bar makes it easy to order and dine alfresco.
Breakfast includes scrambled eggs with sausage and bacon, crab cakes Benedict, maple-cinnamon pancakes and more. For a lighter bite, seasonal fruit is served with lavender honey-yogurt, and steel-cut oatmeal is topped with dried fruit and nuts. For kids, scrambled eggs, buttermilk pancakes and granola with apples, strawberries and honey-yogurt dip is on the menu.
The quick-service lunch and dinner menu, available at the walk-up window includes:
- Bison burger with Tillamook Cheddar, sweet onion straws and marionberry barbecue sauce
- Classic bacon burger with Tillamook Cheddar
- House-smoked turkey sandwich with cranberry mayonnaise
- Lump crab cake sandwich with house-made Canadian bacon and spicy cabbage-carrot slaw
- Grilled salmon BLT with lemon-caper mayonnaise
- Salad with grilled Portobello, zucchini, roasted red peppers, tomato and multi-grain salad with goat cheese dressing
- Grilled chicken or salmon with arugula and romaine, apples, seasonal berries, hazelnuts and red wine vinaigrette
- Seasonal fruit plate with lavender honey yogurt
- For dessert there’s seasonal pie and a chocolate brownie mousse with caramel popcorn and toasted meringue
Kids’ all-day menu:
- Grilled chicken strips with dipping sauces, apple or veggie sticks
- Finger Food Sampler with sliced smoked turkey, Tillamook Cheddar, spiced apple jam, grape tomatoes and sourdough crisps.
Book and Pall your Disney Dream Vacation! Wilderness Lodge is a fabulous Resort to stay in as well. It’s in the Deluxe Resort category and a quick boat ride to the Magic Kingdom.
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Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival MARCH 1 – MAY 29, 2017
Outdoor Kitchens & Beautiful Gardens!
One of the most welcome signs of spring is Epcot’s 24th annual International Flower & Garden Festival. While the grounds at Epcot are always beautiful, the Flower and Garden Festival takes them to the next level. Included in the Festival, are numerous food kiosks featuring delicacies created with fresh fruits, vegetables and spices.
The Berry Basket
- Lamb Chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique
- Field Greens with Fresh Strawberries, Blue Cheese, Strawberry Vinaigrette and Spiced Pecans (vegetarian
- Warm Wild Berry
Buckle with Pepper Berry Sorbet (vegetarian)
Urban Farm Eats Walkway near Imagination!
- Watermelon Salad with Pickled Onions, B&W Gourmet Farms Baby Arugula, Feta and Balsamic Reduction (gluten-friendly & vegetarian)
- Seared Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Ragoût, Spring Vegetables and Fingerling Potatoes
- Crabless Cake with Crispy Vegetable Slaw, Lemon Vinaigrette and Old Bay Remoulade (vegetarian)
Pineapple Promenade – World Showcase Promenade
- Spicy Hot Dog with Pineapple Chutney and Taro Chips
- Pineapple Soft-serve (vegetarian)
La Isla Fresca – World Showcase Promenade
- Jamaican-braised Beef with Pigeon Pea Rice and Micro Cilantro
- Sugar Cane Shrimp Skewer with Steamed Rice and Coconut Lime Sauce
- Caribbean Conch Salad with Avocado, Mango and Onions
- FlanCocho: Vanilla Caramel Custard with Chocolate Coffee Cake (vegetarian)
Jardin de Fiestas – Mexico
- Chile Relleno de Picadillo: Battered Poblano Pepper filled with Ground Beef and Covered with Tomato Sauce and garnished with Queso Fresco and Toasted Almonds
- Brocheta de Pollo con Salsa Morita: Grilled Chicken with Red and Green Bell Pepper served with Salsa Chile Morita and garnished with Micro-cilantro and Edible Flowers
- Tres Leches: Vanilla Sponge Cake, Cajeta, Condensed Milk and Evaporated Milk and garnished with Orange Zest
Lotus House – China
- Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wrap
- Beijing-style Candied Strawberries (vegetarian)
- Vegetable Spring Rolls (vegetarian)
Bauernmarkt: Farmer’s Market – Germany
- Potato Pancakes with House Made Apple Sauce (vegetarian)
- Potatoe Pancake with Caramelized Ham, Onions and Herb Sour Cream
- Currywurst with Paprika Chips (gluten free)
- Roasted Bratwurst with Curry Ketchup and Paprika-spiced Chips
- Warm Cheese Strudel with
Primavera Kitchen – Italy
- Antipasto Mista: Cerignola Olives, Sweet Soppressata and Salami, Ovolini, Mozzarella, Sweet Roasted Pepeprs, Ciabatta Bread
- Meatball Parmigiana: Hand-made Beef and Veal Meatballs, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Parmigiana, Fresh Basil
THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews – The American Adventure
- Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw
- Smoked Pork Ribs with Black Beans and Corn Salad (gluten free)
- Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapeños
- Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans (vegetarian)
- Seared Scallops with French Green Beans, Buttered Potatoes, Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Apple-wood Smoke Bacon (gluten-friendly)
- Beef Tenderlion Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables
- Nanaimo Bar Trifle
Hanami – Japan
- Frushi Fresh Pineapple, Strawberry and Melon Rolled with Raspberry Coconut Rice, sprinkled with Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream on the side (vegan)
- Ahi Tuna Poke Sesame Ginger
- Beef Teriyaki Udon Thin-sliced Beef, Onions and Noodles tossed on the grill with Soy and Ginger
Taste of Marrakesh – Morocco
- Merguez “Hot Dog” Sausage: Spicy Beef and Lamb with Sauteed Onions and Green Peppers
- Home-Made Falafel with Pickled Beet and Turnip, Tomato Salad and Tahini Sauce
- Baklava (vegan)
Florida Fresh Between Morocco and France
- Carne Asada with Black Bean Cake and Cilantro LIme Sour Cream
- Shrimp and Stone-ground Grits with Andouille Sausage, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes and Cilantro (gluten free)
- Florida Larder Board Orlando-made Ricotta Cheese, Cahaba Farms Micro Onions, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic, Country Pâté and House-made Pickles
- Key Lime Tart with Toasted Meringue
Fleur de Lys – France
- Tarte à l’Onion Alsacienne Alsatian Onion Tart with Sautéed Onions, Fresh Thyme and Rosemary on a Flaky Puff Pastry Crust
- Puff Pastry Crust (vegetarian)
- Poulet aux Ecrevisses, Riz Pilaf: Baked Chicken with Crawfish served with Rice Pilaf
- Macaron Chocolat Framboise Large Raspberry Macaron with Chocolate Fudge and Raspberry Jam (gluten-friendly)
Cider House – United Kingdom
- Pear Cider-brined Shredded Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage and Pears and Branston Dressing
- House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare
- Freshly Baked Lemon Scone with Crème Fraîche and Mixed Berries (vegetarian & gluten-friendly)
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“Rivers of Light,”Opens Feb. 17 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Plan Your Disney Vacation Now – 2017 is EXCITING!
For more than a year, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park at Walt Disney World® Resort has continued its evolution to a day-to-night park by introducing a rich variety of new nighttime experiences – from Kilimanjaro Safaris after sunset and fine dining at Tiffins, to the vibrant entertainment at the Harambe Wildlife Parti and Discovery Island Carnivale. And when the Tree of Life awakens after dark, it is truly a sight to behold!
Today, we’re happy to announce one of the park’s newest nighttime experiences, “Rivers of Light,” will make its official debut on Feb 17, 2017.
Continuing the grand Disney tradition of innovative, after-dark entertainment, “Rivers of Light” combines live performance, floating set pieces, a soaring musical score, fountains and more in a celebration of animals and nature. The story magically unfolds on the broad natural stage of the Discovery River, conveying the uplifting spirit of an ancient and timeless lantern ceremony and filled with symbolism, storytelling and plenty of heart.
Dining and FastPass+ reservations for this new show are now available.
And don’t forget that the next step in the expansion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom – the grand debut of Pandora – The World of Avatar – will take place on May 27, 2017.
Let’s get YOUR Magical Disney Vacation Booked and Planned so you can be part of the new happenings and have a front row seat!
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Disney’s Magic Kingdom Welcome Show changing
With the Walt Disney World Railroad scheduled for a lengthy refurbishment, the Magic Kingdom will experiment with a new staging area and possibly a newformat for the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show. Beginning January 9, 2017 the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show will move from the train station to Cinderella Castle stage. In previous years the Welcome Show continued to be offered at the train station.
With this closure the park wants to experiment with a new procedure that allows guests to enter Main Street U.S.A. early and perhaps do some shopping, get those great photos and even some early morning dining in before opening the Magic Kingdom attractions after the welcome.
“With more guests arriving early to the Magic Kingdom park, we are enhancing the morning arrival experience by opening Main Street U.S.A. earlier than the rest of the park.Read More...
Guest will be able to get a head start on their day they as enjoy the early morning charm of Main Street U.S.A. with photo opportunities, breakfast options and shopping before the park officially opens. A new welcome show will debut at Cinderella Castle stage January 9.”
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP)
MVMCP, Disney’s biggest holiday event, features exclusive holiday entertainment, snow falling on Main St., & complimentary cookies and hot cocoa.
This is a special event with its own ticket. The event “officially” begins at 7:00 pm and lasts until 12:00 am. However, if you don’t have a theme park ticket to enter the Magic Kingdom for that day, the Castmembers will generally allow MVMCP ticket holders entrance about 4:00 pm.
2016 event dates are:
November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27 and 29
December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 and 22
People often ask about the least crowded parties and which days they should attend. November party dates will almost always be less busy than December dates, and Tuesdays are usually less crowded than parties offered on other days of the week.
“Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” will make its debut for the 2016 holiday season. In this all-new show, Mickey and his pals invite some of their friends over for an unforgettable Christmas party filled with music, dancing, color and fun. Look for Woody and Jessie from “Toy Story,” Fantasyland friends such as Peter Pan and Snow White, and many more!
Not all of the rides and shows will be open during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but many will and with very little wait times.
Note that FastPass+ is not available during the party (and for most attractions, it’s not needed anyway).
You have 5 hours to enjoy the special events that take place during this party so use your time wisely.
Things you should do:
- Watch the parade but wait until the second one since it’s less busy and you can do other things during the first one.
- See the fireworks.
- Attend the shows – they are exclusive to this party and can’t be seen any other time of year.
Things you should not spend time doing:
- Eating – you can get cookies (including a gluten free option), cocoa, apples, and apple juice at many locations and there are some restaurants open but we wouldn’t spend too much time on that. Be sure to eat before the events begin so you can spend your time doing other things. Have a big sit down lunch this day!
- Doing things that are not exclusive to this party which includes meeting some characters and riding rides. If you’re attending on a busy night, focus on the exclusive things as opposed to things you could ride during the day. If you’re attending on a less busy night, the short lines for rides are a lot of fun to take advantage of.
Here’s a sample itinerary plan for the party:
- If you want to do a popular character meet, line up early. If you want to meet popular characters like Jack Skellington and Sandy Claws, line up around 4:30 for that (he often shows up before the party begins, sometimes as early as 5). If you want to meet the Seven Dwarfs, line up around 6:00 so you can see them as soon as they begin meeting people at 7. Want to meet the princesses w/their princes? Get in line around 6:30 for that.
- Celebrate the Season at 7:30 p.m.
- Frozen Holiday Wish at 8 p.m. (or at 6:15 p.m. before the party begins)
- Go on some rides, pick up some cookies and cocoa, attend the dance party or watch VoicePlay
- Celebrate the Magic at 9:15 p.m.
- Holiday Wishes Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
- Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at 10:30 p.m.
- Rides, cookies, character dance party
- Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show at 11:35
Is it worth it?
For $60-70/person, you get up to 8 hours in the park with an exclusive parade and fireworks, special character interactions, low wait times on rides, with cookies and cocoa.
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DISNEY STORY ROOMS, PLAN YOUR VACATION
DISNEY STORY ROOMS, PLAN YOUR VACATION
Stay and play—and feel like a character in favorite Disney films—with Disney Story Rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels.
Disney Story Rooms offer you and your family the kind of fantasy and adventure that lasts throughout your entire vacation.
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
invites you to become a part of beloved Walt Disney Pictures and Disney·Pixar animated films in family suites in Finding Nemo and Cars and Walt Disney Pictures’The Lion King, and standard rooms inspired by Walt Disney Pictures’ The Little Mermaid. Standard rooms sleep up to 4, while suites sleep up to 6. From the magically themed family suites and rooms to the zero entry pool, this Value Resort will immerse you in one of four wonderful “worlds”—for a colorful journey through the story of each film.
• Finding Nemo Family Suites
• Cars Family Suites
• The Lion King Family Suites
• The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms
Pirate Rooms at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
These rooms are designed to make you feel as if you’ve “set sail”, with ship-themed beds and other swashbuckling touches-from the light fixtures to the special artwork on the walls. Aaaaarrrrgggg!
Royal Guest Rooms at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
are quarters befitting the Princes and Princesses of the family. Here, the remarkable décor and rich details will place your family right in the middle of classic Disney stories. Brought to life by celebrated Disney Characters, each room is fit for royalty. Enjoy magnificent touches and magical surprises, including custom drapes and linens, ornately decorated beds-and headboards that glitter with a fiber optic “fireworks” display. You’ll enjoy majesty and fun, all rolled into one!
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What’s Going On at Animal Kingdom?
Rivers of Light! Is it Happening or Not? Park hours. Getting shorter. The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic!, being cancelled already? Will the Tree of Life continue to light up at night or not? Planning a Disney vacation, especially if you’re wanting to visit the Animal Kingdom Park for evening event, will be disappointment this fall and winter.
All good questions. Answers are far and few between. The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic is going away after Labor Day. This show, thrown together at the last minute, was a temporary show anyway, to keep guests entertained until the main attraction, Rivers of Light could be completed and rolled out. Alive with Magic was lukewarm at best.
As for the Rivers of Light? No news if or when this long over due show will ever see the light of day or the shadows of night. A lot of money sunk into a project that we may never see or will not see for a very long time?? One has to wonder why. We’re sure it boils down to money.
We’re also wondering about the Tree of Life and it’s magical lighting at night. The park hours have been getting shorter. From 11:00pm to 9:00pm and now 7:00pm as we get closer to fall and winter. No word on whether the Tree of Life will be lighting up or not.
So, we went from the excitement of this park being open for more hours of fun and thrills to not. We’ll have to wait to see what they come up with in the coming months and years with the opening of Avatar.
There is still plenty to do in Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios, and if you’re a shopper, you’ll love Disney Springs!! Let us help you plan your next Disney Vacation so you’ll get the most magic, and navigate all the pros and cons, so your Disney experience will be the best fir for you!
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Disney Cruises/Pre-Book Character Greetings
Beginning on June 7, Guests traveling on a Disney Cruise will be abile to pre-book two Meet & Greet opportunities with Disney Characters through the My Disney Cruise section of DisneyCruise.com. Guests sailings on cruises of 7-nights or longer that feature at least two sea days will also have the opportunity to pre-book a special Character Breakfast online.
This is good news for all your parents who have a Princess or two who LOVE all or a few of those Disney Princesses and are a must see when visiting Disney. This added feature will make every little girls heart melt and dream come true! Get the Princess dresses ready, cameras and autographs books too.
If you are interested in pre-reserving tickets for the Princess Gathering, Frozen Meet & Greet or a Disney Character Breakfast (if applicable) during your cruise, we encourage you to visit the My Disney Cruise section of www.disneycruise.com . This can only be done, once you have paid for your cruise in full and the “window” has opened for you to book your advance registrations for Port Adventures, Spa Treatments, Adult Dining and other fun activities.
If you haven’t already booked you dream Disney cruise, call us and we’ll get you booked and ready for your magical memory cruise!
Concierge Guests will not need to pre-book these experiences. Character Meet & Greet opportunities and Character Breakfasts will be pre-booked ahead of time by the Concierge Team. This makes booking a Concierge Suite even more attractive!
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No More Disney Dollars!
Disney is discontinuing the sales of Disney Dollars after almost 30 years. The final day to purchase the soon-to-be collector’s item is May 14, 2016, due to the increased use of gift cards and other digital media.
There is no expiration date on Disney Dollars, so they will still be an accepted form of currency at all Disney Theme Parks and the Disney Stores.
Disney’s Earffel Tower removed overnight!
Breaking NEWS! Disney’s Earffel Tower at the Hollywood Studios was removed last night! it was announced on January 15th that this iconic tower was going to come down to make room for the new Toy Story Land, but the date was never announced… well that date was last night. No fanfare or farewell, just gone. Au revoir Earffel Tower!Read More...
Ample Hill Creamery at Disney!
A re-imagined take on the turn-of-the-century ice cream parlor is set to open this spring at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas at Walt Disney World® Resort. Ample Hills Creamery, a Brooklyn-based company known for their creative approach to all things ice cream, will open its first location outside of New York City.
The new creamery will be located on Disney’s BoardWalk, overlooking Crescent Lake—a short walk from Epcot® and a relaxing boat ride from Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Guests will be able to peek into the promenade-facing kitchen windows, where ice cream and mix-ins will be handcrafted the old-fashioned way.
Inside, you can sample as many flavors as they’d like, including signature creations like Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, Coffee Toffee Coffee, (my personal fav, can’t wait to try this!) Malty Salty Pretzel Punch, Cotton Candy, and more. They’re even working on a special one-of-a-kind flavor developed exclusively for Walt Disney World Resort.Read More...
Disney FREE Dine /25% off Rm. Rate
FREE DINE! It seems EVERYONE wants and/or waits for Walt Disney World to offer (what now has become) the traditional fall offer for FREE Dining Plan! Well it’s open for booking as of this morning, April 25th! Woo-Hoo!
Now for the other news… Disney has also announced 3 additional money saving offers!
Go figure – Let’s make everyone’s life just that much more complicated – Right?
Everyone assumes that the best value is going to be Free Dine. However, this will not necessarily be the case.
You have to be smart about it all. Dates, rates, Resorts, length of stay AND the dining plan choice itself ALL play a major factor in the final cost.
When you decide to stay at one of the Disney Value Resorts, you will automatically get the Quick Service plan with the Free Dine offer. You can upgrade to the Disney Dining plan that includes the Table Service option.
If you decide to stay in one of Disney’s Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villas, then the Disney Dining Plan (one Table, one Quick and one Snack service per person, per night) will be the dining plan included in your package. Yes, you can even upgrade to the Deluxe plan from there.
Beware, there are restrictions.
Now, the 25% off the room rate can save you more money depending on which Resort you stay in. Staying in a Deluxe Resort with this offer and adding a Quick service plan can be a better value to you in the long run. Even staying in a Deluxe Resort in the Club Level (with access to the Club Lounge which offers breakfast, snacks throughout the day, evening cordials and desserts) can fill in making the Quick Service Plan a winner. Oh LaLa!
The other 2 offers are:
“Early Fall Kid-Size Package”
Enjoy a 2-day/3-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 $998 for a family of 3. Book by August 31, 2016 for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights from August 1 through November 5, 2016.
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. Book through August 31, 2016 for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights from August 1 through November 5, 2016.
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Tutto Italia Ristorante in EPCOT offers special 3-course prix fixe lunch!
Tutto Italia is one of our favorite restaurants, along with Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar and Via Napoli. But normally these places are thought of more for dinner than for lunch. Mostly because World Showcase doesn’t open until 11:00 am and the majority of guests are still lingering in Future World due to the fact that this area has the majority of the attractions the kids are more interested in and the scheduling of FP+ will cause you to still be in Future World about lunchtime.
This is a shame, because amazing world class dining is in World Showcase, and having both lunch and dinner reservations (for lunch sometimes walk-up is possible too) would thrill any foodie!! Most lunch menus are the same as the dinner menus, just less costly!
Tutto Italia’s idea of the fixed pricing for lunch is wonderful for this most excellent dining experience. Here is what you can pick from and it includes a non-alcoholic beverage:
You have your choice of four appetizers: Antipasto, Insalata Mista (salad), Caprese (mozzerella, basil and olive oil), and Minestrone soup.
For the main course select between: Scaloppine di Pollo (chicken scaloppini, cremini mushrooms and marsala sauce), Filetto Di Sogliola (parmesan encrusted filet of sole with spring salad and citrus vinegrette), Chicken Ceasar Salad, and Spaghetti with meatballs.
Finally, dessert is a tough choice between: Cannolo, Tiramisu, and a trio of Gelati(chocolate, vanilla and stracciatella)
For $27 plus tax and tip, this is very reasonably priced, compared to other options when looking at table service restaurants on property. We would recommend considering paying out of pocket for this, and not using your dining plan UNLESS you have dining plan options to spare. Be aware, however, this prix fixe lunch is for a limited time!! Starts on May 3rd and runs through August 31st. Just in time for Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival to start!
Magic Itineraries Vacation Planning Professionals can help book this venue into your itinerary, help you decide if using your dining plan option would benefit you or not and help you select other great dining options as well! Contact us today!!Read More...
Disney’s Early Morning Magic
Enjoy Breakfast, Fly With Peter Pan, Explore the Seven Dwarfs Mine and More During Disney Early Morning Magic – who wants to pay extra for this experience?
Fantasyland looks even more magical in the golden light of morning, and now Disney Early Morning Magic presents a new option perfect for people who want to get an early start at Magic Kingdom® Park – but it will cost you extra for the opportunity.
The Disney Early Morning Magic package will allow a very limited number of Walt Disney World® Resort Guests to be among the first to enter Magic Kingdom Park where they’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast Pinocchio Village Haus and experience three of Disney’s favorite Fantasyland attractions.
Most everyone who’s ever visited Walt Disney World, especially with young children, will tell you that Peter Pan’s Flight ALWAYS has long lines and wait times. It’s an attraction that one should always attempt to get a FP+ for. Same is also true for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction. From the day of it’s opening, less than a year ago, long wait times and “sold out” FP+. So, to have quick access to Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, may be of great value to purchase the Disney Early Morning Magic ticket just for the chance to get on these 2 attractions alone without lines and wait times – plus breakfast – win-win, right?
Disney Early Morning Magic requires a separate ticket – $69 for adults and $59 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax) – in addition to regular theme park admission. Disney Early Morning Magic will take place on select dates (Tuesday’s and Saturday’s) from 7:45-10 a.m., beginning April 26, 2016.
Please note Disney Early Morning Magic will be offered on different dates than Extra Magic Hours.
We think this option has value to some, but it’s not for everyone. It seriously depends on your value of time, money and what you want most from your Disney experience. We have to say too, that we think $59 for children 3-9 is rather steep!
We can help you plan your Disney vacation to include this Early Morning Magic ticket or not. Remember that there’s also the option of the new Disney After hours ticket, allowing you to enjoy the Magic Kingdom on select nights for 3 hours after regular park closing!
Dates for this event are April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 8, 12 & 19. Tickets are on sale now.Read More...
Liberty Tree Tavern & ‘Ohana – Recipes!
Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom
It’s a New England style clam chowder, which means it’s made with milk and ends up creamy instead of brothy in the end. This delicious goodie has been a staple on the Liberty Tree Tavern menu for years, and it’s a guest favorite.
New England Clam Chowder
Ingredients (Makes 6 Servings):
- 1/2 cup celery, diced small
- 1/2 cup onions, diced small
- 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced small
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 24 ounces clam juice
- 1 12-ounce can chopped clams, with juice
- 1 quart milk
- 1/8 teaspoon thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
- 2 cups potatoes, cooked, cut in 1/2-inch cubes
In a 4-quart saucepan, melt butter or margarine. Add celery, onions, and green peppers. Saute about 5 minutes until tender. Add flour and cook an additional 5 minutes to form a roux. Stir in clam juice, chopped clams, and milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat immediately and simmer for 15 minutes. Continue stirring while chowder thickens. Season with thyme, salt, and pepper and add cubed, cooked potatoes.
When potatoes are hot, serve immediately.
‘Ohana in the Polynesian Village Resort
‘Ohana Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
‘Ohana means family – and this unique Polynesian inspired
restaurant, serving family style dinners and all-you-care-to-eat
character buffet breakfasts to a crowd pleaser to guests of all ages.
Yield: 4 servings
- 1 lb potatoes
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
- 1/4 cup sweet onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Place a layer of potato slices and onion in a buttered shallow dish.
- Sprinkle with some of the cheeses and salt and pepper.
- Repeat layers and then pour cream over the potatoes.
- Bake at 350 for 1 hour and then let stand 5 minutes.
Disney Resort Tours
While the there are many Special Tours throughout Walt Disney World® Resort property to experience, Magic Itineraries recommends that you take a look at ALL of them before deciding which one or more are the right ones for you.
We never recommend first time Disney guests taking a “Behind the Scenes” tour – it’s not a good idea to “reveal” any on the secrets to the magic until you’ve had a chance to be totally immersed in all the Disney Magic, at least once.
For the Disney Fan, Disney Vacation Club members, Annual Pass Holders and those lucky people who visit the parks multiple times, then we recommend enjoying many of these great tours.
Beware that most have age restrictions (age 16 usually is the youngest allowed for most) and some can be costly.
Several take most of the day and can include lunch or breakfast.
Here are quick links for lists of all the current tours:
Below are theResort Tours – the first two (2) are the newest ones available.
Sense of Africa
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
This 3.5-hour-long breakfast and tour is designed to immerse guests in the richness, culture and history of this African-inspired resort and give a backstage peek at the care, feeding, well-being and social interactions of the resident animals.
A typical tour begins with a unique twist on breakfast at Boma—Flavors of Africa, followed by encounters with animals such as okapi, giraffe, ostriches and red river hogs. Sense of Africa is a feast for all five senses.
The experience will be offered on Tuesday and Saturday mornings. The cost is $249, and staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is not required. Experiences may vary.
The Floridian Express
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Experience the charm of Southern Florida during the turn of the century and see how it shaped the heritage and culture of the Resort during this one-hour walking tour. Travel through time and discover the hotels and individuals who inspired Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. This tour includes a behind-the-scenes look at the spectacular 5 star restaurant, Victoria & Albert’s.
The Floridian Express is offered Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The tour departs around 9:00am and is limited to 10 Guests. Price is $15 per person (plus tax). This tour is available for all Guests ages 10.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Witness the wild as it comes to life in complete darkness during this thrilling, hour-long expedition. Set out for after-dark adventure on an exclusive safari experience, reminiscent of an African game drive through the savanna. Guests will have use of night vision goggles to make the most of their viewing experience.
The Starlight Safari is offered daily at 9:45pm. The safari departs around 10:00pm.and is limited to 10 Guests. Price is $70 per person (plus tax). A portion of the tour price is donated to the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund. This safari is available for all Guests ages 8 and up.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Guests Only
This 90-minute safari experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge resembles an African afternoon game drive. Guests will be able to learn about the natural history and management of the animals and architecture of the resort. The safari is offered daily and begins with a pre-safari reception from 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The safari departs at 4:00 p.m. and concludes at Jiko for a multi-course meal. The tour cost is $190.64 per person (price includes tour, meal, tax and gratuity). Not available for Guests under the age of 8. (Not included in Magic Your Way Packages). The Wanyama Safari and Dinner can only be booked by the itinerary planning office or Concierge at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.Read More...
Disney World Waterpark adventure
Are you planning on hitting the water-parks at Walt Disney World® Resort this year? There are 2 of them and they make for a great addition to your family vacation. Check the water-park options out below and see what you’re in for when you hit the Florida sunshine!
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
This is one of the popular water-park areas at Disney for a cool day in the hot summer sun. There’s a variety of rides including water slides, a children’s play area, with age appropriate body slides and raft rides and ever popular the lazy river, Castaway Creek. Test your thrill limits on the Humunga Kowabunga or visit the less intimidating Mayday Falls, Gangplank Falls or Keelhaul Falls! Body Slides are fun too at the Storm Slides. If you would like to have an up close and personal animal encounter then head over to Shark Reef.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach
Another great location to cool down during the hot Florida summer is at Disney’s Blizzard Beach. This is an exciting water-park adventure just waiting for you and your family with Christmas tunes playing in the background! Grab a bite to eat at the variety of shops located on-site after you’ve enjoyed the Cross Country Creek or Runoff Rapids. There’s also the Snow Stormers, Summit Plummet and Teamboat Springs that are sure to please. In the kids area you’ll find Tike’s Peak with pint sized slides and activities for the little ones. You’ll also find Polar Patios and umbrellas throughout the park to help you keep cool when you’re not in the water.
Getting Most Out of Your Trip
One of the easiest ways to get the most out of any of your Disney trips is with the authorized Disney vacation planners at Magic Itineraries. You can make the most out of your family vacation by taking the time to allow the authorized team to assist you. They know the behind the scenes details at each of the park locations that can make or break your trip. They can inform you of the Extra Magic Hours for Resort guests only, the best times to hit character dining, and when the peak times to avoid are. They can even get discounts and better prices on dining, accommodations and traveling than you can by yourself.
Work with one of the experienced travel professionals at Magic Itineraries today to get your family vacation planned. Be sure you discuss with them any unique situation you have so they can help you accommodate these needs. They will be able to book advance dining and show reservations, select and schedule FastPass+, create a customized itinerary, and help you make sure everything is taken care of. They take the stress and hassle out of planning so all you have to do is enjoy your vacation.
The talented team has been planning family vacations like yours for years and they can help you make the most of any visit to and Disney Destination. When visiting Walt Disney World® Resort, whether you want to visit the water-park areas, Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom, Magic Itineraries is the agency you want. You can rest assured your family will make lifelong memories seeing their favorite characters in person, experiencing amazing shows and exhilarating attractions. Call or explore the website today to start planning your one of a kind vacation. You’ll be glad you did when you are enjoying your time away and your friends are still frantically planning their family vacation.Read More...
Have a MAGICAL Day!
Disney vacation made easy
Do you have a dream Disney vacation in mind? Are you planning a romantic getaway for just the two of you or a family reunion? Perhaps it’s the Disney honeymoon you’ve always dreamed of or the kids are the right age to take them for their very first visit to meet Mickey Mouse or their favorite Disney Character they’ve been watching on the Disney Channel!
How can you make this the most perfect Disney vacation? Work with the amazing team at Magic Itineraries! We have years of experience in planning just the right trip for all types of travelers. Whether you’re interested in a Disney cruise, heading to Disneyland or want to know more about an Adventures by Disney guided tour, we have the knowledge you need to help you make the most of your Disney experience.
Authorized Disney Vacation Planners
It takes a lot of work to become an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner agency and that is just what we have done. We have also gone through all the College of Disney Knowledge courses and qualifications. We work diligently to assist you in finding the best money saving package and Resort to best fit your needs. Our customized itinerary services will plan and book your advance dining reservations, including character experiences, park strategies, advance FastPass+ scheduling and the best park the visit on the best days so you don’t miss a minute of the MAGIC! Working with our team will help you make this the most fun and exciting trip you’ve ever experienced, first timers and seasoned Disney fans alike.
Take the Hassle Out Of Planning
Let’s face it. When it comes to planning your perfect Disney experience, there’s a lot that goes into it.
Resort Packages and reservations. How many days tickets do you need and which options are best? Do you stay on site or off? Dining Reservations? Is the Dining Plan of any value? What about the Extra Magic Hours for those who stay on-site? Is it worth it? Don’t forget the FastPass+ system! This is something you want to investigate for much less wait time in line. These are all asked and good questions – we have the honest answers.
All of this and so much more information comes at you quite fast and it can be difficult to know where to start. Working with our certified Disney planning Dream Maker team can help you sort through all of that and ensure a perfect adventure.
So whether you’re to head to Disneyland Resort, the sunny sites in Florida at Walt Disney World Resort, heading for the open seas on the Disney Cruise Line, want to experience the world with Adventures by Disney or relaxing in paradise in Aulani, a Disney Resort in Hawaii, we have you covered. Call our office today or explore our website to see more ideas of how we can make your Disney vacation planning seamless. You won’t regret working with these highly trained and experienced travel professionals to take the hassle out of planning your Disney vacation.Read More...
Have a MAGICAL Day!
Authorized Disney Vacation Planner
Planning the perfect Disney Vacation can be difficult when you look at all the exciting things to do. When to go? How many days? Best package? Best ticket options? There’s even more fun in choosing the right resort to stay at. There’s the character dinners, the meet and greets with your favorite Characters, and the endless choices of parks and restaurants. How can you choose the perfect events and Disney itinerary for your family making sure not to miss any of the magic? It takes a ton of time? Who has all this time? What’s the answer? Find yourself an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.
What makes an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner?
Most any travel agency could easily help you find a hotel and get you on a plane. The difference in an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner and your ordinary travel agency is the knowledge and experience. In 2004 Disney began the Authorized Disney Vacation Planner program and selected the top 10% of their travel agencies for this honor. Magic Itineraries was among the few agencies in the country to be selected for this honor and has continued, each year, to be invited back to the program. It’s the distinction we’ve earned and the distinction you deserve.
Our experienced team has been planning the perfect family vacation to the land of magic for families just like yours for 15 years. We have worked helping to customize family trips to Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruises, Adventures by Disney and vacations to Aulani, a Disney Resort in Hawaii. We know the ins and outs and can help you find the perfect resort that fits your unique situation.
Why pick an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner?
When it comes to planning your Disney Itinerary, Magic Itineraries knows the tips and tricks to get the most out of your trip. As an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, we can help you get the most out of every moment. plan disney trip with us, be it relaxing or squeezing more into every minute!
Get the most out of your upcoming Disney trip by working with the highly experienced team of professionals at Magic Itineraries. We can get you reservations and packages at the various resorts or Disney Cruise itineraries, find the best travel prices, and add onto many of your dream vacations with extended vacations to San Diego, Los Angeles, Hilton Head, Vero Beach and more…
Let our team make your next Disney Vacation a dream come true. Call our office today or explore our website to find out more. We can help you bring smiles to your children’s faces and the kid in you, enjoy all the magic of Disney. Whether you want to visit one of the parks, take a fun family cruise or so many more magical Disney Destination options, our team has you covered. Get ready for the time of your life! Have a MAGICAL Day!Read More...
Why Choose A Trip Planner For Your Disney Itinerary
Why Choose A Trip Planner For Your Disney Itinerary
In most cases, turning your dreams into a reality seems to take forever, especially if it is a vacation that you have longed to take. The more you talk about it, the longer it seems to take to actualize. One thing that makes this harder is planning and making sure everything goes right. Especially if you are the parent, you never want your children to go on a vacation they have been dreaming of only to end up being disappointed with the food, hotel and sites to see. Dreaming of a Disney land vacation is a big thing that you want to be without hitches and glitches. Allow Disney Magic Itineraries to plan for you.
Your itinerary made simple
Anyone who has been to Disney knows just how many activities it has, and coupled with the sites to visit, planning for this can be a tall order. Even harder is sieving through the elaborate information available on the Disney website as you try to get what suits you. The situation even gets worse for someone who is planning to go to Disney for the first time. There is no need to put yourself under immense stress as Magic Itineraries has the capability to simplify your itinerary allowing you to enjoy the best time at your dream vacation.
What our planners do
Our planners are very knowledgeable in what Disney offers since they have handled such experiences before and understand the Disney destinations. They constantly ensure that their knowledge of Disney is refreshed for new ideas and sites that will make sure you have the best time on vacation.
When you allow our travel planners to assist you, they share the knowledge that gives you more ability to decide better. As we plan a Disney trip, we ensure that everything stays within your budget. This helps you avoid unnecessary surprises that you might meet while on vacation.
Our priority is to ensure you have the best time, but stay within the budget. The Disney vacation packages we offer are the best around. We do all the labor on your behalf to ensure you get the best accommodation, parking, and means of traveling to and from Disney.
When you allow us to be your Disney vacation planners, we inform you of any discounts and special offers available. This includes even the special events that might interest you or your family members. With Magic Itineraries , you are in safe hands as we are among the planners authorized by Disney to do so.Read More...
Planning Disney Itinerary
Planning your Disney Itinerary
Before going to Disney, everyone wants to know what is so special about the place. Everyone tries to imagine what to expect on the dream trip. Until they get there, their planning is full of uncertainties that can only be quenched by Disney. However, getting to Disney is not an easy thing for everyone; it involves a lot of planning, a number of bookings and fear of ending up in Disney and not enjoying the time you spend there. The best way to handle this is to allow someone else to do the job for you. Disney Magic Itineraries exists for that sole purpose.
Let a travel planner help you
Planning Disney Itinerary As a travel planner, we ensure that we offer you the best rates, we research for the best accommodations, activities and sites to visit. We expose you to numerous special events that Disney offers along with special offers on the same events. In case there are discounts, we bring them to your knowledge to ensure you spend the least, yet get the most. Our knowledgeable team will be planning your Disney itinerary with vast knowledge and experience having organized trips for different types of visitors. If you are interested in knowing a few special events Disney offers, below are some.
Enjoy Disney cruise vacations
Enjoy your time cruising the most stunning destinations around the world as you take time off a season of hard work. Visit places such as the Bahamas, Alaska, California and Baja served by the most experienced crew members. The best part is, as you visit the places, you do not have to worry about accommodations as the cruise ship becomes your home throughout the vacation period.
While on board, you can use different facilities such as youth clubs, dining, nightclubs and lounges, spas and recreation, shopping, and Disney cruise line special events.
Be amazed at Disneyland resort
If your Disney Vacation Package involves staying on land, there is so much fun at the resort as you visit places. The first class amenities at the resort will improve your quality time. You can choose to be amazed either at Disney California Adventure or the legendary Disneyland Park.
Disney California Adventure offers the 12-acre Cars Land, which is inspired by the Disney Pixar movie Cars. For those in love with Disney characters, then Disneyland is the place for you. A few steps from the hotel is the Downtown Disney District, which offers great entertainment, dinning and shopping.
The best part of Disney is that it has numerous activities and sites to visit. This is a good thing, but for the best experience, it’s great to have an authorized Disney vacation planner on your side.Read More...
When you want the true Disney vacation experience, where’s the best place to be? Well, the Magic Kingdom® Theme Park is one of the first options that come to most people’s minds! This is where the iconic Cinderella castle is! There’s so many sights and sounds just waiting to be discovered at The Walt Disney World® Resort! Here are a few of the highlights of the Walt Disney World® Resort and what you can expect on your family vacation.
Extra Magic Hours
Staying at a Walt Disney World® Resort will give you so many “extra” benefits! Taking advantage of the Extra Magic Hours means select parks are open on select mornings, 1 hour early and up to 2 hours late on select evenings after the park closes to the general public – just for Resort guests! You can ride attractions, enjoy the restaurants or just stroll around the park meeting your favorite characters. Disney’s Magical Express complimentary transportation to and from the airport, for both you and your luggage is another benefit!
Favorite Characters Await
From the moment you walk through the gates you’ll start seeing your favorite characters. There are meet and greet stations set up throughout the area to help you find your beloved Mickey, Minnie and even Donald Duck! Don’t forget Tinkerbell and Periwinkle! Children, and adults, of all ages will enjoy getting photos with their favorite characters. Check the Times guide for details on locations and times.
Also, FastPass+ are available for many Characters and can be scheduled in advance through MyMagic+ and MyDisneyExpierence once your set up your account. Magic Itineraries can help you with ALL these details!!
Attractions and More!
When it comes to rides, adventures and entertainment, there’s no shortage in the Magic Kingdom®, Epcot®, Hollywood Studios® or the Animal Kingdom Theme Park! In the Magic Kingdom® alone, take off to outer space in Space Mountain® or face the pirates and Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho at the Pirates of the Caribbean®. Brave 999 Haunts at the Haunted Mansion® (there’s always room for 1 more!) or spend time flying with Dumbo, the Flying Elephant®! Don’t forget to head over to Adventureland® and fly on The Magic Carpets of Aladdin® or experience the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. There’s also Under the Sea~Journey with the Little Mermaid with Ariel and the ever popular Country Bear Jamboree. When it comes to planning your family vacation, we’ll help you select the best attractions for you and your family! It’s all about time together and not wasting a moment of this precious commodity!
Planning Your Magic Kingdom Adventures
While you certainly can plan a visit yourself, a Disney Travel Planner can help you take the stress and hassle out of all the family vacation details. Here at Magic Itineraries, Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, we know the ins and outs to get you the best adventure ever. We can help you find discounted rates, the best times for your dinner reservations and how to utilize the FastPass+ system to your advantage and create a Custom Disney Itinerary just for you and your Dream Disney Vacation! Call our office or email today and let us help you get on your way to a fun-filled family vacation like never before. Don’t waste a minute or miss any details! Let our staff put our years of experience to work for you!
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Disney Vacation Planner
Disney Vacation Planner
It is time to start planning your family vacation for this summer. There’s so many places to choose from and so many adventures to take. Perhaps you already know you want to take your dream Disney Vacation this summer. You’ve been talking about it for years and this is your year! So, how do you make it happen? How do you get the dream Disney Vacation without the hassle and stress of planning it yourself? You work with our wonderful team here at Magic Itineraries. We offer hassle and stress free planning of every single detail of your Disney adventure.
Authorized Disney Vacation Planner
We are an authorized Disney Vacation Planner so we know exactly what it takes to have the best time in this magical land. We know the ins and outs that make your trip fun and exciting. We understand the details that go into planning and help you decide on items such as character dining opportunities, where to stay during your visit, and when the best time to visit the parks is. Our travel planner will take you through each step and make sure that everything you’ve ever dreamed about your vacation will come true.
Planning Your Itinerary
If you’ve ever looked at the Disney website, you’re probably overwhelmed at the sheer volume of information there is available. From the insider sites and tips to the Disney web pages themselves, there’s so much to take in and process in the planning stages. That’s where we come in. We can sift through the information for you so that you can just enjoy your family trip. Our travel representatives have a vast amount of experience in planning a Disney itinerary that will perfectly fit your family.
Disney Vacation Package
You’ll find that with our team you can get a better deal on your Disney Vacation Packages as well. We work hard to find the best prices on travel, hotel stays, and even the park tickets. We can help you set up the best vacation package to fit your needs and your budget.
Start planning your ultimate family vacation today by contacting our friendly and helpful travel planners. Let us take the stress out of your vacation planning and help you enjoy your time together as a family. You can have your ultimate dream vacation this summer with no stress and no hassles of having to do the planning yourself.Read More...
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