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My High and Low of 2017 D23 Expo Announcements

If you haven’t heard, more announcements than I can count on two hands were made at 2017’s D23 Expo.  Many of these have been floating around as rumors for some time, but some took me by complete surprise.  If you need a refresher on the announcements, here is a recap post from the Disney Parks Blog.

Out of all the announcements made, here are the highs and lows I can’t stop thinking about!

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Third ship added to Disney Cruise Line expansion
Last year Disney Cruise Line announced two new ships (similar in size to the Dream and Fantasy) that would launch in 2021 and 2023.  DCL has been quiet since the announcement, so a surprise third ship due in 2022 is icing on my I’m-excited-by-the-idea cake.  So little is known about this expansion it’s hard to be excited about specifics.  I remember when the Dream and Fantasy launched in 2011 and 2012 and I’m ecstatic to see more ships expand the line.  I can’t wait to see what destinations and experiences this brings to Disney Cruise Line!

Space restaurant in Epcot
Normally I give a big eye roll to restaurant announcements for Epcot, but the new space themed restaurant near Mission Space has me pumped.  The kid inside me, who wished to go to space camp, who watched Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century more times than you could guess, cannot wait for opening day!  I don’t care what space food they feed me, I’m ready to make my reservation!

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Boardwalk Innkeepers Club Review

The Innkeepers Club is the concierge level of the Boardwalk Inn.  Club Level at Walt Disney World hotels involves a designated set of rooms, pre-arrival concierge services, on-site concierge desk, and Club Lounge.

The Innkeepers Club is located on the 4th floor of the Boardwalk Inn.  Most of the Club Level rooms are located inside the keyed access door (use your Magic Band to open) next to the Club desk.  A few rooms on floor 4 and 3 are located outside of the controlled access hallway, and all of the Garden rooms are located on the ground level below this. There are Standard Rooms that sleep up to 5 +1 child under 3 and face the Boardwalk or the Gardens/leisure pool. There is a Deluxe Room that sleeps 6 adults +1 child under 3 that face the Boardwalk. The Garden Rooms sleep 2 +1 child under 3. A few special suites are also part of the Innkeepers Club.

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Fall 2017 Walt Disney World Discount

New room discounts were released for select dates October through December 2017!  There are also package versions of this same discount.  Some weekend and holiday check-in dates are excluded from the discount.

If you’re thinking of a trip this year, now is the time to book!  Some popular travel dates are already sold out at many hotels, so the earlier you can book the more options you’ll have for your hotel and room type selection.  Request your free Walt Disney World Quote today!

Magical Holidays 2017 Room Discount

You can save up to 20%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels for stays most nights Oct. 8-Dec. 24, 2017.

Booking and Travel Windows:

  • Book by Oct. 7 for stays most nights Oct. 8-Dec. 24, 2017.
  • Book by Dec. 24, 2017 for stays most nights Dec. 8-24, 2017.

When you stay at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you’ll enjoy benefits like first access to Disney FastPass+**planning, complimentary MagicBandsExtra Magic Hours in a Theme Park each day to enjoy select attractions (valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required), complimentary transportation and standard parking, plus more!

*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 adult 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, campsites, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & 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 Disney Resort hotels.

**Valid Theme Park admission and online registration required. Disney FastPass+ attractions and entertainments experiences, the number of selections you can make and available arrival windows are limited.

Book 2018 Walt Disney World Vacations

2018 Walt Disney World rooms and packages are now available for booking!  From the initial release, rooms are only available 499 in advance.  By August 19, 2017 all 2018 Walt Disney World hotel rooms will be available to book.

There are some changes to the Magical Extras included with Magic Your Way Packages.  Changes to these discounts are normal.

The big news for 2018 packages is a change to all Dining Plans.  New for 2018, your beverage credit at quick service and table service meals may be redeemed for alcoholic drinks (age 21 and over, photo ID required, where available.)  Here are the new options for meal beverage redemption-

  • Soda
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Hot chocolate
  • Smoothie
  • Milkshake
  • Beer or cider*
  • Wine or sangria*
  • Mixed drinks*
    *Must be 21 and over, photo ID required

Note that these new drinks options are only for meal credits.  You cannot redeem a snack credit for an alcoholic beverage.  Redeeming your meal drink for an alcoholic beverage results in 1 single serving drink.

One change that is not unique to 2018, but will affect all 2018 packages, is the new ticket structure.  Ticket add-on options have been streamlined, allowing you to select Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus.  The new Park Hopper Plus ticket includes admissions to Disney’s two water parks.

Another prior change that continues for 2018 is that 1-Day theme park tickets cannot be included in a Magic Your Way Package.  If you need only a 1-Day ticket you will buy your ticket separately from your room accommodations.

Memory Maker can currently be added with an advance purchase discount at $169.  Adding Memory Maker to your package is a great way to lock in the price while benefiting from package payment policies.  Memory Maker that is added within 3 days of usage is priced at $199.  Memory Maker allows you to download all of your Photopass photos, including on-ride photos!

We’re ready and waiting to send you a free, no-obligation quote for your 2018 Walt Disney World vacation!  It’s ideal to book 6 months or more in advance for best hotel availability, so now is the perfect time to start planning your next Disney vacation!

Fall 2018 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries

Disney Cruise Line has released itineraries for fall 2018! Schedules are out through December 2018.  Early 2019 schedules will be released later in 2017.

This is the first time the new Castaway Club staggered booking has been used.  On Monday, May 15 new itineraries open to Platinum Castaway Club members.  On Tuesday, May 16 they open to Gold members, then May 17 for Silver Castaway Club.  On Thursday, May 18 the new itineraries open to the public.

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!

The Dream will sail 3-Night and 4-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.

There are two special cruises on November 19 and December 31, 2018 that feature a second day at Castaway Cay in place of Nassau.  These are sure to be popular!

The Fantasy continues to sail alternating 7-Night Western Caribbean and 7-Night Eastern Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida.  All of these Fantasy cruises include a stop in Castaway Cay. These cruises balance days at sea with ports of call to offer you the best of action and relaxation.

The Magic returns to the US with a Westbound Transatlantic cruise on September 9, 2018. Once the Magic is relocated to New York, she will sail two new one way 7-Night Canadian cruises between New York and Quebec City.  These exciting new itineraries feature 3 new Canadian ports of call, with a 2 day stay in Quebec City.

Throughout October the Magic will be sailing to another new port of call, Bermuda!  These 5-Night and 6-Night Bermuda cruises highlight one port of call at King’s Wharf, and spend 2 or 3 days in port respectively.

Beginning in November 2018 the Magic will sail 7-Night Bahamian cruises that include a stop in Port Canaveral and Castaway Cay.  Your cruise includes a 1-Day Park Hopper ticket and roundtrip transportation between the port and Walt Disney World.

On November 24, 2018 the Magic sails one way from New York to San Juan.  Then one short cruise relocated the Magic to Miami, where she’ll finish out the year sailing short Western Caribbean and Bahamian cruises.

The Wonder ends its Alaska season with a relocation cruise from Vancouver to San Diego on September 10, 2018.  The Wonder then sails short Baja cruises to Mexico through mid-October.  On October 19, the Wonder has a 14-Night Eastbound Panama Canal to relocate to Galveston, Texas.

Once in Galveston, the Wonder sails Western Caribbean and Bahamian itineraries through the end of the year.  A 6-Night Western Caribbean cruise sneaks into January 2019, which may the last sailing out of Galveston for the season before another relocation.  These cruises are a great opportunity to save on transportation to your cruise if you live in Texas or nearby. The Wonder doesn’t say in Texas for long, so jump on these plans while you can!

These new itineraries offer lots of exciting vacation opportunities!  Where will you sail next?

2017 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 and the park is closed to all non-ticketed guests.

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.

2017 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 Very Merry Christmas Party 2017

November 12, 14, 16 – $89/adult, $84/child 3-9 advance purchase

November 9 – $94/adult, $89/child 3-9 advance purchase

November 10, 17, 26, 28; December 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17 – $95/adult, $90/child 3-9 advance purchase

December 8, 15 – $99/adult, $94/child 3-9 advance purchase

December 19, 21, 22 – $109/adult, $104/child 3-9 advance purchase

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!

2017 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, October, and 1 date in November.  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 and the park is closed to all non-ticketed guests.

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.

2017 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

August 25, 29; September 1, 7, 10, 12, 17, 24 – $74/adult, $69/child 3-9 advance purchase

September 19, 26 – $79/adult, $74/child 3-9 advance purchase

September 15, 22, 29; October 1 – $88/adult, $83/child 3-9 advance purchase

October 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26; November 1 – $94/adult, $89/child 3-9 advance purchase

October 6, 13, 20, 27, 29 – $99/adult, $94/child 3-9 advance purchase

October 31 – $115/adult, $110/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!

Fall 2017 Room Discounts

A new Walt Disney World room discount is now available for late summer to fall 2017!  This offer covers travel dates August 1-October 7, 2017.  This offer overlaps a previous Summer Room discount that covered dates through the end of August.

This room offer also coverts to a package offer when you add theme park tickets.

Construction at moderate hotels has made booking Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter more competitive, so these hotels are selling out earlier than usual.  This means fewer discounts are available.

If you’d like to travel to Walt Disney World this fall it’s wise to book as soon as possible.  The earlier you book the more hotel and room options we’ll have to choose from.  Request your free, no-obligation quote today!

Enchanted Escape 2017 Room Discount

It’s the perfect time to stay in the middle of the magic! You can save up to 25%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Aug. 1-Oct. 7, 2017 when you book by Aug. 31, 2017.

With this offer, you can enjoy distinctive Disney Resort Guest benefits and amenities – including early access to Disney FastPass+ planning, Extra Magic Hours, complimentary Resort transportation, standard parking and entertaining amenities!

Plus, you can uncover a magical mix of new and unforgettable experiences when you add theme park admission, including Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.

Booking Window: April 24-Aug. 31, 2017
Travel Window: Aug. 1-Oct. 7, 2017

The following room types and Disney Resort hotels are excluded:

  • 3-bedroom villas
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – Bungalows
  • Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

*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 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. 25% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available at other select Disney Resort hotels.

Free Dining for 2017

The most anticipated news every year is the release of the free dining offer!  The Free Dining offer is now available for fall 2017 dates with some changes.

A Park Hopper or Park Hopper Plus ticket is required to qualify for free dining.  New for 2017 value and moderate hotels get the Quick Service Dining Plan included.  Deluxe and Villa hotels get the basic Dining Plan included.  You can upgrade to a higher dining plan and pay the difference.

As usual, many dates are excluded from the discount.  This includes all of October, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the first half of November.

There are several hotels excluded from the discount for 2017.  Refurbishment and construction at the hotels has made booking more competitive.  Little inventory was available at the release, and later on it’s common to see only a deluxe or villa hotel available for many dates.  Qualifying for Free Dining typically requires a lot of flexibility and that is even more true this year.

Free Dining 2017

You can get a FREE dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 5-night/6-day Magic Your Way package that includes a room at a select Walt Disney World® Resort hotel and ticket with a Park Hopper® or Park Hopper Plus Option Aug. 21-Sept. 30, Nov. 14-20, Nov. 25-27, Dec. 8-23, 2017 when they book April 24-July 7, 2017.

With this offer, you can enjoy distinctive Disney Resort Guest benefits and amenities – including early access to Disney FastPass+ planning, Extra Magic Hours, complimentary Resort transportation, standard parking and entertaining amenities!

When you stay at a select 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 or Disney Moderate Resort, you get the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan that allows you to enjoy a quick bite!

Plus, you can uncover a magical mix of new and unforgettable experiences, including Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.

Booking Window: April 24-July 7, 2017
Travel Window: Aug. 21-Sept. 30, Nov. 14-20, Nov. 25-27, Dec. 8-23, 2017

Excludes the following room types and Disney Resort hotels:

  • Campsites
  • 3-bedroom villas
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – Bungalows
  • Disney’s All Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Additional exclusion for Nov. 14-20, Nov. 25-27 and Dec. 8-23, 2017:

  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

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. Ask about packages of other lengths of stay. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort-The Little Mermaid standard rooms. 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.

Summer 2017 Walt Disney World Discount

A new room discount is now available for summer 2017 Walt Disney World vacations!  There has previously been a meal deal offered at value resorts, but this is the first wide offer for summer travel.

This offer covers dates after the opening of Pandora in Animal Kingdom.  This new land will be an exciting addition the park, and has a thrilling ride and a family-friendly boat ride.  We are anxious to experience this new land and look forward to exploring Animal Kingdom by night and day.

Below you can read more details about this offer.  Although not stated, I’ve found that Bay Lake Tower and Port Orleans French Quarter are excluded from the discount, in addition to the standard hotel exclusions.  Request your free Walt Disney World Quote today for any travel dates through the end of 2017.  If you’d like to take advantage of this offer, please note in the comments if you’re flexible with your hotel selection.

Summer 2017 Room Discount
You can save up to 25%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights May 28-Aug. 31, 2017 when you book March 27-July 14, 2017.

Plus, you can uncover a magical mix of new and unforgettable experiences at Walt Disney World Resort this summer including Pandora – The World of Avatar opening May 27, 2017 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.

And, as we recently announced, for a limited time, May 27-July 4, 2017, Guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can explore Pandora – The World of Avatar beyond regular Park hours.

Nightly Extra Magic Hours will take place from 11 p.m.-1 a.m. only in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. This offering will provide Guests with an additional opportunity to enjoy everything Pandora – The World of Avatar has to offer – including navigating a mystical river, flying on a back of a banshee and walking under floating mountains. Please note valid Theme Park admission and a Resort ID are required.

Booking Window: March 27-July 14, 2017
Travel Window: May 28-Aug. 31, 2017

*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 3-bedroom villas, campsites, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid standard rooms. 25% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for other Resorts.