12 Days of Christmas Day 8! ✨ Keys to The Kingdom Tour✨

Ever want to unlock the secrets to the Magic Kingdom? With The Keys to The Kingdom Tour you can! This 5-hour walking tour explores the creation and remarkable growth of one of the most beloved parks at Walt Disney World Resort! Explore secret locations you’ve always wondered about and get the inside scoop on some of your favorite attractions.

During your tour:

  • Uncover the hidden secrets of classic attractions at Magic Kingdom park.
  • Access the famed underground “Utilidor” tunnels that allow people and supplies to travel beneath the park unseen.
  • Discover little-known facts, trivia and other exciting tidbits about the park.
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch—included with your tour.
  • Take home an exclusive keepsake!

Guests must be 16 years or older. The tour costs $99.00 each 

Contact us today to add this special tour to your next magical vacation. 

12 Days of Christmas: Day 9! ✨Highway in the Sky Dine Around✨

This is a great opportunity to visit the 3 deluxe monorail resorts! Start off your tour at Disney’s Contemporary Resort sampling an appetizer & specialty beverage.
Next, board the monorail for Disney’s Polynesian Resort. Here you will be able to indulge in tropical inspired appetizers & drinks!
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is your next stop! Sip champagne & sample delicious cheeses & charcuterie before your main course at Citricos.
Lastly, you will return to a private patio at the Contemporary Resort for desserts, coffees & cordials while viewing the Magic Kingdom’s Happily Ever After fireworks show!


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12 Days of Christmas: Day 11! ✨Frozen Ever After Sparkling Dessert Party✨

Reserve VIP seating for your family with a super fun way to experience Epcot’s Illuminations: Reflections of Earth nightly spectacular! 

First, you’ll have special seating with perfect views of the fireworks. Second, indulge in “Frozen” themed desserts & drinks while surrounded by a wonderland of themed decorations. Nibble on Living Rock Crispy Bonbons, Anna’s Blue Velvet Cupcakes, Duke of Weselton’s Cheese Fondue & much more! Sip on lemonade, punch or “melted snow” and then after the grand finale, you’ll be led to the Norway pavilion for a ride on the Frozen Ever After attraction!

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12 Days of Christmas: Day 12! ✨Experience a Disney Festival!✨

Have you experienced a Disney Festival yet?

There’s so many to choose from now with the International Festival of the Arts coming up later this winter, the Food & Wine Festival, Festival of the Holidays and the International Flower & Garden Festival! During each festival, you will have a chance to explore Epcot complete with beautifully themed decorations, food stands & demonstrations, art exhibits, beverage stations, special ticketed events & more! 

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

During the holidays, you’ll find your favorite characters dressed to impress while you’ll learn how each country around the World Showcase celebrates throughout the season. 

Sample lagers & wines from around the world during the Fall’s International Food & Wine Festival as well as small bites.

View demonstrations explaining the art of water photography, floral topiaries, food styling & more during the International Festival of Arts. Visual, performing & culinary arts are all on display throughout Epcot during this colorful festival!

Epcot International Festival of Arts

Epcot International Festival of Arts

Walk through Future World & the World Showcase and admire the multitude of topiaries & floral demonstrations during the International Flower & Garden Festival. There’s lots of delicious food & beverage stands as well!

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Disney After Hours

Experience more magic in less time! Disney After Hours is back! 

For 7 select nights from January 2018 through March 2018, don’t miss your chance to skip the wait times for more than 25 popular attractions and Character Greetings—including:

Enjoy extra special ice cram novelties, popcorn and more all included! There are only a very limited amount of tickets available for this event. Tickets are $119.00 per person. Want to add this special experience to your next visit? Contact our agents today right here!

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Planning the perfect Family Spring Break!

It's coming....that week-long stretch of no school. For most of us Spring Break descends on us in mid-March or mid-April. It's the perfect time for a family getaway! We have put together a list of the best locations for the perfect family Spring Break!

 

1. Beaches Turks and Caicos!

Beaches Turks and Caicos is a perfect Spring Break location for the entire family! This all-inclusive resort has everything that the entire family needs to have a fabulous time! If you have children on the Autism Spectrum then Beaches is the place for you. Beaches is the first resort company in the world to complete the rigorous IBCCES training and Autism Certification! They are proud to offer families with children with autism and other special needs specialized service, engaging activities and custom dining options so that all families may enjoy a memorable, award-winning
Beaches Luxury Included® experience! One of our Certified Sandals Specialists will be able to help you plan every aspect of your trip!

2. Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line is consistently voted the #1 cruise line for families! They are the top of the line when it comes to entertainment, service and family fun! With so many exciting itineraries there is a perfect cruise for everyone! A Disney Cruise is perfect for the entire family, Mom and Dad can check the kids into one of the awesome kids clubs and go have a quiet romantic dinner! One of the things i love about a cruise is that you wake up in a new place every day! It's such a great way to see the world! Surprise the family with the gift of a Disney Cruise for your next Spring Break! 

3. Nickelodeon Hotel and Resorts Punta Cana

"Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?" Well, you can when you visit Nickelodeon Hotel and Resorts in Punta Cana! This family friendly resort is home to SpongeBob and friends. There is so much to do at this gorgeous resort. Visit "Aqua Nick" - home to the resort's water park and kids' club. Daily slimings and visits by Nickelodeon stars Dora, Boots, TMNT, and SpongeBob and Patrick make this a fun and unique vacation experience. The staff at the kids' club are amazing, their main goal daily is to make sure your kids have the best time ever. It's not all about the kids either, Nickelodeon Hotel and Resorts has one of the most beautiful spas we have ever seen and the food is great! 

4. Tradewinds Island Grand Resort-St. Pete Beach

No passport? No problem! Tradewinds Island Grand Resort is just a quick flight to St. Pete beach in Florida! This family resort is full of fun and adventure. It is the gulf's only off-shore water park and is full of inflatable trampolines and slides. Tradewinds has packages for every budget and rooms and suites that will fit families that are big and small!

5. The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun

This expansive all-inclusive Mexican resort has everything and some! Indoor bowling alley anyone? How about a massive water park? The Grand has it all. The kids' clubs are some of the very best we have seen anywhere! We love the Wired Teen lounge! You"ll find yourself wishing you could stay there all day! Let's talk food - The Grand at Moon Palace has fantastic food and 24 hour room service. Make sure to get the garlic chip pizza at Tavola!

These are just some of the great spots out there for families. Want some help planning your next family vacation? We can assist you every step of the way. Let us use our expertise and relationships with our vendors to help you get the most for your vacation!

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Galactic Transformations coming to the Disney Fantasy!

In 2018, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique aboard the Disney Fantasy will offer out-of-this-galaxy makeovers that add to the adventures of Star Wars Day at Sea. Complete with a galactic costume, makeup and hairstyle, kids ages 3-12 can transform into their favorite Star Wars characters!

Adults and teens will also have a chance to celebrate the day in Star Wars style. They will be offering a Rey makeover that includes a stylish dress, makeup and hair style. Or, you can choose from one of four Star Wars-themed T-shirt options.

These Galactic Transformations are only available on Star Wars Day at Sea. All come with exclusive Star Wars Day at Sea merchandise, including a personalized name tag, lanyard with medallion and magnet set. Children also receive a cool cinch bag to take home.

Want more information about Star Wars day at Sea? Contact one of our Disney Cruise experts here today! 

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"ICE" Gaylord Palms

Fewer things bring us more Joy during the year than the bright lights of the Holidays! Last night I had the pleasure of attending a media event for Gaylord Palms “ICE” in Orlando. When the kids were younger I used to take them to see the Gingerbread displays here, but I’ve never seen ICE. It was amazing! 

 

We had the opportunity to see part of their Cirque Dreams Unwrapped stage show with flying trapeze acts, dancers and more! The stunts were breathtaking! They flew right over the audience with ease! 

After the show we took a short walk over to where the ICE event was being held. You walk inside the most adorable Christmas village filled with all kinds of activities and treats! (Even a Bar for the adults…Hot Toddy’s!), but the Hot Chocolate options looked wonderful! The first thing you see when entering this festive Village is an Ice slide! Of course I had to get on that! It’s a Tube ride that you can race your friends down the ice! Fair warning…. Pick up you bum! I thought they said DON’T pick up my bum so that made for an adventurous ride!! But really it was super fun! All the adults were having a blast right alongside the kids! I can see this whole attraction as being a great date night or family fun night out! 

 

 

We then moved on to the rest of the Village which included a room set up with large tables to decorate Gingerbread cookies and appearances by the cutest Gingerbread couple, along with the Peanuts Character appearances out front of it. There’s also a Storytelling room with none other than Mrs. Claus herself! The kids can write a letter to Santa and drop it at the North Pole Post Office and even get a chance to meet with SANTA! So much fun! 

 

But the really treat here is when you go into ICE itself! You first come to a Parka station where you get one of their free Parkas to use while you walk through the exhibit. It’s a COOL 9 degrees inside so if you’re prone to chills..GET THE PARKA! I happen to enjoy the cold and this Floridian took the opportunity to wear a faux fur coat! WIN! But, if you want to enjoy the other ICE slides inside this area you’ll need to wear a Parka. It’s required. So get the Parka! I also suggest wearing gloves and keeping your cell phone warm. I had mine in a Lifeproof case and that saved it from shutting down like all the others around me. The cold drains the battery almost instantly! 

 

All in all you’re surrounded by beautifully carved ICE sculptures, but the most breathtaking part of the whole experience is the last scene… The Nativity Scene stops you in your tracks! Take the time to Enjoy! 

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If you’re interested in booking a package at the Gaylord Palms for ICE or adding it to your Walt Disney World holiday vacation, I’d love to help! 

 

Christine Fox

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New spaces coming to the Disney Magic!

New exciting spaces and experiences will are being designed for Guests of all ages on the Disney Magic! Changes are expected to be completed by March 2018. From family dining in an enchanted kingdom, to a transformed teen club, to a sophisticated café exclusively for adults, the ship’s newest highlights include:

An Enchanting Dining Experience for Families

At Rapunzel’s Royal Table, your family will delight in an all-new dining experience inspired by the beloved story of Disney’s “Tangled.” The first table service restaurant themed to “Tangled” that features characters and live entertainment will transport you to the kingdom of Corona for an enchanted evening of music and interactive fun featuring Rapunzel and the mischievous Snuggly Duckling Thugs. The family fun is complete with themed menus, special activities and a lively parade to cap off the evening in Corona.

Redesigned Retreat Just for Teens

Vibe, the space on the ship reserved for your teens ages 14-17, is being transformed into a trendy urban loft environment. At Vibe, teens can enjoy a new coffee and smoothie bar, play video and virtual reality games, and check out other cool activities with new friends like a DJ spin-off and movie making. Activities at Vibe are organized and hosted by trained Disney counselors who facilitate the fun and interaction among teens. 

Refined Escape Exclusively for Adults

Adults can relax at Cove Café, an adult-exclusive retreat that will be redesigned in a sophisticated tropical style. It’s the perfect place to sip a specialty coffee or tea throughout the day, or indulge in wine or a cocktail and light bites during the evening hours. 

Look for these new experiences in March of 2018 on the Disney Magic!

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Choza de Margarita in Epcot open now!

Check out the new “choza”, or hut, the next time you’re in Epcot’s Mexico pavilion! 

Choza de Margarita opened today! This brand new walk up window & outdoor bar will boast 6 new margaritas, beers, punch & small bites. Empanadas, Queso Fresco, guacamole & more  can all be found on the new menu!

Thirsty? Sip on the Acan Grapefruit or Guava Pink Peppercorn Margaritas! Don’t forget to ride w/ the Tres Caballeros after your snack!”

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It's a Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

A flurry of season fun has kicked off at Disney's Hollywood Studios! Check out all of the exciting holiday happenings around the resort! 

  • Sunset Seasons Greetings – This new nighttime holiday experience features spectacular projections of Mickey, Minnie and other beloved Disney characters sharing their favorite Christmas stories as a snowy Sunset Boulevard twinkles with stunning holiday decorations. This charming scene becomes enchanted with holiday magic that brings billboards to life and transforms the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel into a giant pile of Christmas gifts, a gingerbread house and a frozen winter wonderland! A frosty summer-loving snowman might even make an appearance to share his holiday wish! The fantastic and heartwarming experience runs continuously throughout the night.
  • Enhanced holiday décor around Echo Lake – Extra-large ornaments, colorful garlands and a giant Christmas tree centered on the water will make Echo Lake the merriest of places this holiday season. Even Dinosaur Gertie will be dressed for the occasion with a dino-Santa hat.
  • A new friend joins the cast of ‘For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration’ – The holiday fun continues as Anna, Elsa and Kristoff welcome Olaf to the sing-along celebration, featuring for a limited time all-new songs from Disney’s new animated short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” at Hyperion Theater.

Many returning favorites will be a part of the Flurry of Fun this holiday season including:

  • Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! – The hit holiday show returns Nov. 9, 2017 sending beloved Disney animated characters on a spirited yuletide adventure to get Santa back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve. “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” combines state-of-the-art projections, fireworks, special effects and Christmas music to create a dazzling, one-of-a-kind holiday experience for Guests – capped by a special message from Santa himself.
  • Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Dessert Party – Your Clients can wrap up their jolly holiday evening with reserved viewing of the “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” holiday spectacular. This dessert party includes holiday-inspired snacks, delicious desserts, wine, beer, and specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages while mingling with a VIP Disney Character. This fun-filled holiday event is being offered Nov. 9-Dec. 30, 2017. Contact your Upon A Star agent to book! 
  • Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood and Vine – Meet Minnie, Mickey, Daisy, Donald and Goofy for lunch and dinner celebrations centered on seasonal deliciousness. From Nov. 6-Jan. 7, 2017, the mouse-with-the-mostest will deck the halls for a banquet filled with holiday cheer and the joy of the season! To make a reservation, contact your Upon A Star Agent!
  • Santa Claus returns to the Once Upon a Time shop Nov. 9-Dec. 24, 2017. The beautiful and vintage setting reflects the bygone days of Santa’s visits to the great department stores across the country. Santa Goofy will step in for Old Saint Nick when he returns to the North Pole Dec. 25 -31, 2017.

So much to do! There's still time to plan a trip to Walt Disney World for the Holidays!

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Star Wars Day At Sea!

Star Wars Day at Sea returns for 15 out of this world sailings aboard the Disney Fantasy this January through April, you and your family will have more opportunities than ever to meet your favorite Star Wars characters on a Disney cruise. 

New for 2018, you will be guaranteed a time to meet and take photographs with C-3PO and R2-D2, Chewbacca and Darth Vader. Before you even step onboard, you will be able to reserve time with these character experiences online under the My Disney Cruise section of disneycruise.com. 

These are just a few of the ways your can celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars galaxy. The event features a full day of fun, including Star Wars-themed family and youth activities, plus a deck party with an awesome fireworks display. 

 Want more information about booking a Star Wars Day at Sea cruise? Contact our travel experts today!

Unwrap The Holidays at Walt Disney World!

Walt Disney World is a winter wonderland of twinkling lights & holiday magic! Curious how the Parks transform into their holiday splendor so quickly? With Disney's new Yuletide Fantasy & Holiday D-Lights tour, guests will be able to venture backstage to meet with the Holiday Services Cast Members! 

Discover how Cinderella's Castle is immersed into its spectacular display of thousands of twinkle lights and experience Epcot's popular Candlelight Processional. Disney’s Holiday D-Lights is offered on 12 select nights throughout the season. 'Tis the season to contact your Travel Agent to register for this special tour during the holiday season! 

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Ultimate Disney Christmas!

Celebrate the magic of the holidays in The Most Magical Place on Earth with the Ultimate Disney Christmas Package at Walt Disney World® Resort. Arrive on December 21 and depart on December 26, 2017 and enjoy an itinerary full of magic, including exclusive experiences just for Guests on this package! Take a look at all the unique Yuletide offerings included in this festive offer:

  • December 21, 2017 – One ticket per Guest in your party to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic KingdomPark
  • December 22, 2017 – Access to special nighttime Extra Magic Hours at Pandora – The World of Avatar within Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
  • December 23, 2017 – A special holiday Character experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • December 24, 2017 – An invitation to a special Christmas Eve dinner celebration at Epcot
  • December 25, 2017 – A special holiday gift delivered to your Disney Resort hotel room

This offer also includes a 5-night stay at select Disney Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort hotels plus 4-day Theme Park tickets with Park Hopper® Option! Starting at $139 per person, per night, for a family of four in a standard room at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Wrap up this offer for a total package price of $2,775*. Book through December 10, 2017.

This offer will be very limited so book now!

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*Price based on 2 adults, 1 junior and 1 child. The number of rooms allocated to this offer is limited. The number of packages available for purchase is limited. Valid Theme Park admission required to attend Theme Park events included with this offer.