Figment Living Seas Mural Festival of the Arts 2018

Festival of the Arts in Epcot

Festival of the Arts is the newest festival to grace Epcot and has quickly become my favorite.  After a successful first year in 2017, Festival of the Arts expanded in 2018 and will continue each winter, covering several weeks in January and February.  Festival of the Arts spans the time between Festival of the Holidays (between Thanksgiving and New Years) and Flower & Garden Festival in spring.

festival of the arts entrance

The great thing about these festivals is that is takes little advance planning to get full enjoyment out of them.  It’s still good to know what to look out for!

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Late Spring Offer Extended

The expiration of the Sun & Fun discount offer has been extended, giving you additional opportunity to take advantage of vacation savings before summer!  This offer is now available for check-in between April 15-June 10, 2018, bookable through May 12.  Availability is limited and rooms and hotels can sell out before the discount expires.

If you’re ready to plan a quick getaway, request your free Walt Disney World quote today!

Sun & Fun Offer

When you are planning a sun- and fun-filled visit to Walt Disney World® Resort, staying in the middle of the magic will help you make the most of you vacation – and now is the time to book! With this offer, you can save up to up to 20% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels.

  • For stays most nights April 15-June 10, 2018. Book through May 12, 2018.

Plus, when you upgrade to a room and ticket package that includes a minimum 5-day theme park ticket with the Park Hopper® Option or Park Hopper Plus Option, you can get one more day added to the ticket, FREE!*

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. 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 3-bedroom villas, Cabins at Disney’s Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort-The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. 20% savings based on the non-discounted price of the same room for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts. Lower savings may be available for other select Disney Resort hotels.

*Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must be by 12/31/18.

Summer 2018 Kid Dining Plan Discount

There is a great new discount available for your summer 2018 family vacation!  This unique offer includes a free dining plan for your kids aged 3-9 when adding a dining plan to your package.

This offer applies to all 3 dining plan tiers! You have the freedom to select which dining plan works best for your family – Quick Service Dining Plan, basic Dining Plan, or Deluxe Dining Plan.

This is the perfect deal to combine with your first visit to the all new Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, opening June 30! See below for more details, then request your free quote today!

Incredibly Delicious Kid-Size Package Offer

You can get a FREE dining plan for your kids (ages 3 to 9) when you buy a non-discounted minimum 3-night, 3-day Magic Your Way package for you and the kid(s) that includes a room at a select Disney Resort hotel, theme park tickets and a dining plan. For arrivals most nights from May 28 through August 30, 2018 when you book through August 1, 2018.

All 3 dining plans – Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, Disney Dining Plan and Disney Deluxe Dining Plan – are eligible with this offer, but everyone in the reservation must be on the same package.

Booking Information:
Booking window: March 21 – August 1, 2018
Travel window: most nights May 28 – August 30, 2018

*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Tickets are valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use or by 12/31/19. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. Kids must be in the same room as adult. Disney dining plans exclude gratuities. Children ages 3-9 must order from the children’s menu, if applicable. Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase. Theme Park admission is required for some dining locations.

Incredible Summer 2018 Room Discount

Are you geared up to have an Incredible Summer?  The Walt Disney World Resort is ready to help you make the most of your warm weather family time with new discount offers!  This new room discount covers most summer travel dates, including after the all new Toy Story Land opens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on June 30, 2018.

This room discount has a corresponding package option when you add tickets, or tickets and a dining plan.  There is also a new Kid-Sized Dining Plan offer, and I’ll compare all available offers when preparing your free quote.

Incredible Summer Room Offer

Staying in the middle of the magic will help make a Walt Disney World Resort vacation even more super—especially when there are new and exciting experiences debuting at all 4 parks.

With this offer, you can save on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels for stays most nights June 11 through August 1, 2018:

  • Save up to 25% on rooms, when you book by May 22, 2018.
  • Save up to 20% on rooms, when you book by August 1, 2018.

Ask about great rates for stays most nights May 28 through June 10 and August 2 through August 30, 2018.

This special offer is valid for the Disney Resort hotels listed below. View the chart to explore savings within each Resort Category.

Resort Category

Resort Savings

Select Disney Deluxe Villas

Save up to 25% for stays most nights
6/11/18 to 8/1/18

Book now through 5/22/18

Book 5/23/18 to 8/1/18

Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

25%

20%

Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – Studios only

15%

10%

Select Disney Deluxe Resorts

Save up to 25% for stays most nights
6/11/18 to 8/1/18

Book now through 5/22/18

Book 5/23/18 to 8/1/18

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

25%

20%

Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

15%

10%

Select Disney Moderate Resorts

Save up to 20% for stays most nights
6/11/18 to 8/1/18

Book now through 5/22/18

Book 5/23/18 to 8/1/18

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

20%

15%

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

10%

10%

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

20%

20%

Select Disney Value Resorts

Save up to 20% for stays most nights
6/11/18 to 8/1/18

Book now through 5/22/18

Book 5/23/18 to 8/1/18

Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites only
Disney’s Pop Century Resort

20%

15%

 

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Length of stay requirements may apply. See Important Details.

Note: Moderate and Deluxe suites may be available at a lesser discount.

Important Details:

  • The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room.
  • Additional per adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts.
  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
  • Advance reservations required.
  • Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows.

Overnight Parking Fee at Disney Hotels

All Walt Disney World Resort hotels will implement an overnight parking fee as of March 21, 2018.  The parking fee will appear on the guest room charge account, which charges to the credit card on file at the end of the trip.

Disney Value Hotel – $13 per night
Disney Moderate Hotel – $19 per night
Disney Deluxe Hotel – $24 per night
Disney Villa Hotel – $24 per night

The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness do incur the overnight parking charge.  Only the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness campgrounds are excluded from the parking charge.

Valet parking at deluxe hotels is $33 per night.

foggy morning from bay lake tower

Bay Lake Tower parking lot with Magic Kingdom in the foggy distance

Who is excluded from the overnight hotel parking charge?
– Guests who booked their Disney hotel stay BEFORE March 21, 2018
– Guests with a valid disability parking permit
– Disney Vacation Club members staying in a villa
– Day guests visiting a hotel to eat, shop, and experience entertainment and recreation options

Theme park parking remains free for Disney hotel guests.  If you’re using Magical Express and do not rent a car during your trip, you will be unaffected by these changes.  If you use Magical Express and rent a car during your stay, you will be charged for overnight parking.

2018 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets are now on sale!  Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place on select dates in November and December.  The party features themed entertainment, characters, cookies, a unique parade and fireworks.  These parties take place in the Magic Kingdom from 7 pm to midnight. The Magic Kingdom close entry at 6 pm to non-ticketed guests.

Save time and money by purchasing your tickets in advance.  Parties can sell out, especially the most popular dates.

There are three options for free ticket delivery.  Print at home is quick and easy.  Standard domestic US delivery is free via USPS.  Will call allows you to pick up a ticket on property.

2018 party dates and advance purchase prices are listed below.  Prices do not include tax.  Party tickets are purchased separately from vacation packages and are non-refundable.  Party tickets can be linked  in My Disney Experience.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2018

November 8,9,16,25,27,29; December 2,4,6,9,11,13,16 – $99/adult, $94/child 3-9 advance purchase

November 12,13,15 – $95/adult, $90/child 3-9 advance purchase

November 30; December 7,14 – $109/adult, $104/child 3-9 advance purchase

December 18,20 – $115/adult, $110/child 3-9 advance purchase

December 21 – $125/adult, $120/child 3-9 advance purchase

Christmas in Walt Disney World is my favorite season of the year.  It’s when the magical feels truly alive for me! If you’re planning to visit Walt Disney World at the end of this year, book now before your favorite hotel sells out.  Submit your quote request today!

2018 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets are now on sale!  Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party takes place on select dates in August, September, and October,.  The party features themed entertainment, characters, trick or treating, a unique parade and fireworks.  These parties take place in the Magic Kingdom from 7 pm to midnight.  The Magic Kingdom closes entry to non-ticketed guests at 6 pm.

train station during halloween party

Spooky Train Station during MNSSHP

Save time and money by purchasing your tickets in advance.  Parties can sell out, especially the most popular dates, so be sure to purchase in advance.

There are three options for free ticket delivery.  Print at home is quick and easy.  Standard domestic US delivery is free via USPS. Will call allows you to pick up a ticket on property.

2018 party dates and prices are listed below.  Prices do not include tax.  Party tickets are purchased separately from vacation packages and are non-refundable.  Party tickets can be linked  in My Disney Experience.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018

August 28; September 3,9,11,16,18,23 – $75/adult, $70/child 3-9 advance purchase

August 17,24,31; September 7, 14,21,25 – $79/adult, $74/child 3-9 advance purchase

September 28,30; October 2,4 – $89/adult, $84/child 3-9 advance purchase

October 8,9,11,14,16,18,21,23,25 – $99/adult, $94/child 3-9 advance purchase

October 5,12,19,26,28,30 – $119/adult, $114/child 3-9 advance purchase

October 31 – $125/adult, $120/child 3-9 advance purchase

If you’re planning to visit Walt Disney World this fall, don’t delay in booking your package to secure your preferred hotel.  Submit your quote request today!

Summer 2019 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries Available

Disney Cruise Line released itineraries for summer 2019! The Dream and Fantasy are released through the end of September 2019.  The Magic and Wonder have scheduled cruises through early September 2019.  On the next 2019 itinerary release we’ll see the Magic and Wonder relocate to fall home ports.

Booking early gives you the best stateroom availability and locks in your cruise price.  This can be especially helpful if you need or want connecting staterooms.  We offer onboard credit for most Disney Cruise vacations.  Request your no-obligation cruise quote today!

Booking begins in stages as follows:

March 5 – Platinum Castaway Club
March 6 – Gold Castaway Club
March 7 – Silver Castaway Club, DVC members, Adventure Insiders
March 8 – Open to all booking

The Dream will sail 3-Night, 4-Night, and 5-Night Bahamian cruises out of Port Canaveral, Florida.  These cruises include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.  These are great for first time cruisers, adding in conjunction with a Walt Disney World vacation, and for a short getaway to relax and recharge.

5-Night Bahamian cruises in June and July will be popular with two stops at Castaway Cay.

The Fantasy continues to sail 7-Night Western Caribbean and 7-Night Eastern Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida.  These cruises balance days at sea with ports of call to offer you the best of action and relaxation.

The 11-Night Southern Caribbean cruise out of Port Canaveral comes back this year at the end of July.

The Magic relocates to Europe for summer 2018 with an Eastbound Transatlantic cruise in mid-May.  The Magic starts off the season sailing the Mediterranean.  Most of these cruises sail out of Barcelona.  There will be one roundtrip cruise and one one-way cruise from Rome (Civitavecchia port).

The Magic will then relocate for cruises out of Dover and Copenhagen.  These home ports offer a variety of cruises from Norwegian Fjords, Iceland, Northern Europe, and British Isles.

The Wonder spends the summer season sailing a variety of Alaskan cruises out of Vancouver.

See the world, marvel at natural wonders, and expand your horizons while enjoying your home on the seas and unpacking once!

Remy Chef's Table on Fantasy

My Disney Bucket List

This time of the year, cooped up from the cold, is a great time to daydream about vacation plans.  We’re thinking into the future, about planning around school schedules, balancing Disney and non-Disney adventures.  Here is a sampling of the fun we dream of for the future-

Pony Ride at Fort Wilderness
Ok, this one is obviously for the kid.  There is so much recreation at Fort Wilderness that I could easily list any of it on my wish list.  Having a kiddo who has enjoyed pony rides at festivals and fairs at home, I’m itching for him to have the Disney experience too.  On his next trip he should be the perfect combo of age and size to have a great pony ride experience.

Stay in a Fort Wilderness Cabin
Continuing in the same vein, I would like to stay in a Cabin at Fort Wilderness one time.  This would be part of an overall laid-back trip, and I imagine having a full Fort Wilderness experience with lots of Trails End, Hoop Dee Doo dinner show, a carriage (or wagon or sleigh) ride, campfire sing-a-long, and archery.

Copper Creek 1 bedroom villa master king bed

Copper Creek Villas – 1 Bedroom Villa Master Bed

Stay in a Copper Creek Villa
Wilderness Lodge is one of my favorite resort experiences, and after touring the new villas I’m chomping at the bit to stay in one.  In person, the luxurious camp design feels right and modern.  This will likely be the next place we stay when using our DVC points.

Animal Kingdom Lodge Kilimanjaro Club Level
I’m always eyeing ways to sneak a Club Level stay in at a deluxe hotel.  So far we’ve stayed Club at the Contemporary, Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, and the Boardwalk.  Kilimanjaro Club is often regarded as one of the best Club experiences, so it’s a natural progression to stay here next.  We love the unique savanna experience at Animal Kingdom Lodge, and soon the kiddo will be old enough to appreciate just how cool that is.

Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary
We don’t plan vacations around park anniversaries, but I think we’ll make an exception for Walt Disney World Resort’s and Magic Kingdom’s 50th Anniversary in October 2021.

VIP Tour
We’ve done several tours, but the VIP Tour holds the crown as the top tour experience.  This private tour comes with your own VIP Tour Guide and lets you design your day with the help of your guide.  We have no plans to book one, but maybe one day we’ll treat yo’self.

Fantasy Inaugural Cruise banner

Disney Fantasy and Inaugural Cruise Banner

Alaska Cruise
An Alaska cruise aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship checks off so much on a travel wish list.  Glaciers, temperate rainforest, the Last Frontier, whales, Minnie in an adorable fur coat, what’s not to love?

Basically all of Disney Cruise Line’s Itinerary
Ok, I would sail on nearly every itinerary offered by Disney Cruise Line.  From the Southern Caribbean to Norway, from Panama Canal to the Mediterranean.  A cruise lets you sample new destinations all while unpacking your bag once.  Even more fun is on the horizon…

Cruising Aboard Disney Cruise Line’s Three New Ships
From 2021-2023 one new ship a year will debut in Disney Cruise Line’s fleet.  Besides being excited for the new ships themselves, I’m doubly excited for the expanded itinerary offerings of 7 ships.

Remy Chef's Table on Fantasy

Private Chef’s Table at Remy on Disney Fantasy

Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris is the most easily accessible international Disney park for those of us in the Midwest.  I look forward to visiting what’s often called the most beautiful Disney park and seeing their stunning castle in person.

Adventures by Disney Danube River Cruise
I could barely contain my excitement when Adventures by Disney first announced they were starting family friendly river cruises with AmaWaterways.  I’d been eyeing river cruising, seeing that it wasn’t family friendly, and putting that off in my mind for a few decades.  We have a few years to go before our family will be the right age for this experience, but I’m excited to make it a reality.  To top it off, they offer special holiday sailings to coincide with Christmas market season.  Bam!  Two bucket list items rolled into one!

Ticket Price Change

Admission prices for Walt Disney World and Disneyland were adjusted on Sunday, February 11, 2018.  This price change takes effect immediately for stand-alone ticket purchases.

Ticket prices will be updated on vacation packages by February 21, 2018.  Right now is the perfect time to jump on booking your 2018 Disney vacation package.  By booking before the package ticket price change, you lock in your ticket prices!  If you make a change to your tickets after booking, your ticket prices take on prices at the time the change is made.

Booking your 2018 Walt Disney World package early can be one of the best ways to save money on your trip.  The earlier you book, the more hotels and room types there are to choose from.  The closer to your travel dates you book, the more likely your preferred hotel and room choices will be sold out.

Request your free, no-obligation Walt Disney World quote today!