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. 

Disney Cruise Line showered with Awards and Honors

If you've been on a Disney Cruise then you know how amazing they are! Year after year, Disney Cruise Line has earned recognition as leaders by not only travel professionals and hospitality industry groups, but—most importantly—by you the guests!

In 2016—for the eighth straight year—Travel + Leisure named Disney Cruise Line World's Best Mega-Ship Ocean Cruise Line for Families. Disney Cruise Line was also distinguished as Best for Families by the 2016 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards. Whether it’s the amazing themed play spaces overflowing with activities for the kids, exciting nightlife and intimate dining for the adults, or Broadway-style live shows and deck parties to bring everyone together at the end of the day, a Disney cruise is designed with your entire family in mind.

Disney Castaway Cay has also been voted Best Cruise Line Private Island by the 2017 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards, U.S. News & World Report ranked us #1 on their list of Best Cruise Lines in the Caribbean. Castaway Cay is stunning and there's so much to do!!

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The 2017 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards honored Disney Cruise Line with 8 first-place honors, including Best Overall Ship in both Large and Mid-Size categories. With 3 new ships coming to the fleet, it will just get better and better!

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22nd EPCOT Food & Wine Festival Bands Announced!

This year during EPCOT's Food & Wine Festival, a record 32 musical acts will perform as part of the Eat to the Beat Concert Series!

The festival, which runs for 75 days, will host these performances on the America Gardens Theatre stage throughout the festival. Eleven new-to-the-festival bands, including Baha Men, Kenny G., Squeeze, 10,000 Maniacs, and others, join 21 fan-favorite musical acts for a diverse lineup of pop hit makers

Guests also can tune into their favorite returning bands that will include festival opening act Delta Rae.  Concerts take place at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily and are included in the price of your EPCOT admission ticket.  Take a look (songs are listed to help you identify the act)! Which ones are your favorites?!

  • Aug. 31-Sept. 1         Delta Rae “Bottom of the River”
  • Sept. 2-3                  The Hooters NEW! “And We Danced”
  • Sept. 4-5                  Baha Men NEW! “Who Let the Dogs Out”
  • Sept. 6-7                  Fuel “Shimmer”
  • Sept. 8-10                STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas “We Built This City”
  • Sept. 11-12                Lauren Alaina NEW! “Road Less Traveled”
  • Sept. 13-15               Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah”
  • Sept. 16-17               Sister Hazel “All For You”   
  • Sept. 18-20              Air Supply “All Out of Love”
  • Sept. 21-22              David Cook “Light On”
  • Sept. 23-24              Everclear “Santa Monica”                   
  • Sept. 25-27              Sugar Ray “Every Morning”
  • Sept. 28-29              38 Special “Hold On Loosely”
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1         Mark Wills NEW! “19 Somethin’”
  • Oct. 2-3                   American Authors NEW! “Best Day of My Life”
  • Oct. 4-5                   Christopher Cross “Sailing”  
  • Oct. 6-8                   Devon Allman NEW! “Ragged and Dirty”
  • Oct. 9-11                  Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX “Come Sail Away”
  • Oct. 12-13                Taylor Dayne “Tell It to My Heart”
  • Oct. 14-15                Jeffrey Osborne “On the Wings of Love”
  • Oct. 16-17                Postmodern Jukebox NEW! Various Hits                 
  • Oct. 18-20               10,000 Maniacs NEW! “Because the Night”
  • Oct. 21-22               Toad The Wet Sprocket “Walk on the Ocean”
  • Oct. 23-24              Kenny G NEW! “Songbird”
  • Oct. 25-26              Billy Ocean “Get Outta My Dreams”
  • Oct. 27-29              Tiffany “I Think We’re Alone Now”
  • Oct. 30-Nov. 1        Hanson “MMMBop”
  • Nov. 2-3                  Blue October NEW! “Into the Ocean”
  • Nov. 4-5                  Living Colour “Cult of Personality” 
  • Nov. 6-8                  Boyz II Men "End of the Road"
  • Nov. 9-11                 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “Go Daddy-O”
  • Nov. 12-13               Squeeze NEW! “Black Coffee in Bed”

Festival-goers can also enjoy Eat to the Beat Dining Packages at 15 popular Epcot restaurants, guaranteeing a breakfast, lunch or dinner reservation and confirmed seating at a same-day Eat to the Beat concert. Talk to your Upon A Star Agent about the Food & Wine Festival and about booking you a dining package! 

What's new with 2018 Disney World Packages

Disney just released the 2018 packages and there are some new changes! Check it out below!

New Beverage Options:

Guest under 21 can now choose (1) single serving non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered). 

Non Alcoholic beverages could include:

  • Soda, coffee, tea
  • Smoothies
  • Premium Hot Chocolates
  • Artisanal Milkshakes

Guests who are 21 or older will be able to choose one (1) single serving non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one (1) single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.

Alcoholic beverages would include:

  • Beer or Cider
  • Mixed drinks or specialty cocktails
  • Sangria or wine

Guests 21 and over must show valid ID and alcoholic beverages will only be redeemed with a quick-service or table-service meal entitlement.

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New dining heading to Disney Springs

Disney Springs is bursting at the seams with awesome new dining options! Here's a sneak peek of what's to come:

The Edison will be opening later this year. Modeled after it's sister location in Los Angeles, The Edison will be a lavish, industrial gothic restaurant and bar with live entertainment. The live entertainment will include  contortionists, aerialists, DJs and more. It will include classic American Food, craft cocktails. 

Also opening later this year, Wine Bar George. Master Sommelier George Miliotes brings a wine list of over 100 different varieties. Cheese, charcuterie and small plates will be served to complement the wine selections. There will also be special events and guest wine makers conducting fun wine education. 

Portobello Country Italian Trattoria will be replaced by a new Italian concept. At the helm of this new project is Top Chef Master and James Beard Award Winner, Tony Mantuano.  

2018 will bring us several new locations as well! Chef José Andrés’ will be opening Jaleo, a Spanish inspired tapas location. Jaleo will be a multi-level restaurant which will feature Spanish-style sandwiches on the first floor storefront. 

Also in 2018, we will see a new concept by Wolfgang Puck. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill is inspired by Puck's dishes at his world renowned Spago location. The restaurant will have a classic farmhouse look with a touch of elegance. Expect comfort food with a Mediterranean flair!

There's always so much to do at Disney Springs! Let our travel experts help you make the most of your time there. Contact us here today!

 

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Characters to join Marvel Day At Sea!

Disney Cruise Line has just announced that Star Lord, Gamora and Groot will be joining other Marvel super heroes onboard Marvel Day at Sea sailings this Fall!

Marvel Day at Sea sailings start October 6, 2017 from New York on the 8 Night Bahamian Cruise and continue throughout Fall! Also, starting on January 7, 2018 a 5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise will originate from Miami and will continue throughout the Spring.

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Top 10 Snacks at Walt Disney World!

So you roll into Disney World with your dining plan and a big pile of snack credits. How will I use them all you say? There are literally 100's of items you can buy with your snack credits but here are our top 10 to get the most bang for your credits!

10.  Le Fou's Brew-Stop in to Gaston's Tavern to get this yummy apple flavored concoction! You can get the regular size cup with your snack credit. You can also buy a souvenir mug for an additional cost.

9. Cupcakes- Disney is known for some of their cupcakes and that is because they are delicious! One of my all time favorites is The King cupcake at Pop Century Resort! Chocolate, banana custard, peanut butter frosting and candied bacon!! 

8. Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot-Love this bakery tucked back into a cute little corner in the France pavilion in Epcot! There are so many great pastries here for 1 snack credit but one of the best values is the ham and cheese croissant. It is huge!

7. Ice Cream at Ample Hills Creamery- Some of the yummiest ice cream you will ever have is at Ample Hills Creamery at The Boardwalk Resort. You can get a small cup or a cone with 1 snack credit! 

6. Funnel Cake- Get some good old fashioned Funnel Cakes the next time you need to satisfy that sweet tooth! You can get them at the America pavilion in Epcot and also at Sleepy Hollow at the Magic Kingdom.

5. Starbucks- You need some caffeine to keep going at Disney World, what is better than some Starbucks? 

4. Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich- So, true story I might have had a dream about this snack. It's that good! Head to the Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street at the Magic Kingdom to choose your ice cream flavor and they will put it between 2 warm gooey chocolate chip cookies!

3. Mickey Pretzel with Cheese- Pretzels are always delicious but eating one in Disney World that is shaped like Mickey Mouse? That's where it's at!

2. Mickey Ice Cream Bar- This is a classic! You haven't been to Disney World if you haven't eaten a Mickey Ice Cream Bar!

1. The Dole Whip Float- What could be better than a Dole Whip? How about a Dole Whip in fresh pineapple juice? Next time you are in Disney World, run don't walk and get yourself a Dole Whip Float. You"ll thank us, I promise!

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The Frozen Summer Games are headed back to Blizzard Beach!

It's time again for The Frozen Summer Games at Blizzard Beach! Starting on May 26, 2017, you can join either Team Kristoff or Team Olaf and participate in all kinds of activities! Last year's inaugural games were so popular Disney is bring them back again!

New this year are meet and greets with Olaf and Kristoff! They will be at specific locations for you to meet and take some pics with! Challenge your family members with games like: Snowball Toss, Ski Pole Limbo and much more! Chill out to the Summer tunes the DJ will be playing and have a blast at this year's Frozen Summer Games!

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New security measures to begin at Walt Disney World

Starting April 3, guests will be going through security checks at the Transportation and Ticket Center. This will allow all guests arriving at the Magic Kingdom to go directly into the parks skipping the metal detectors and bag checks. In addition all guests staying at any of the Monorail Resorts, (Disney's Polynesian Village, Disney's Contemporary Resort and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa) will go through security check points at  their monorail stations.

Guests that arrive by bus will still need to go through security checkpoints at the park entrance. This should help lessen the congestion and crowds at the security check point and bag check.

 

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Taking the Disney Cruise Plunge!

As an avid visitor to Walt Disney World, I was nervous to take the ‘plunge’ into a Disney cruise. Let me tell you….it was the best decision ever!  Here are my top 10 reasons why you need to take your family on a Disney cruise.

10. The Most Beautiful Ships on the Ocean

The stately nautical colors of the exterior set Disney's ships apart from all other cruise lines. They are simply gorgeous! Once inside, the Disney level of accommodations continues. Everything is polished, clean and shines! One of my favorites inside features is the porthole cushions located throughout the ship.

As with everything Disney, the cruise offers a VIP feel from the time you check in. Captain Mickey was signing autographs at the port while people waited to board the cruise. Upon walking onto the ship, your family’s name is announced like royalty to the crews’ applause. The servers are exceptional throughout the ship. Having the same server each evening provides an amazing experience as they get to know your kids and family. Don’t be afraid to order whatever you want!

 

9. The Staterooms (with verandahs)!

The staterooms have an amazing amount of storage. Unpacking was simple with two large closets, an ottoman for storage and drawer space throughout. We tucked those large suitcases under the bed and our room was beyond spacious for the entire stay.

In addition to the space provided in the stateroom, the turn down service is magical each night. For a family of 4 or 5, your room attendant will pull down the additional beds and have them made for when you return from your nightly show and activities.

…And the bathroom situation! Wow, Disney has thought of everything. You can choose a stateroom with a split bathroom, which allows for one to shower/bathe while others use the restroom and get ready. A bathtub is also a wonderful addition to help with families of younger cruisers.

8. Rotational dining!

On a 3-night cruise, your Key to the World card will dictate your dining rotation. It is so refreshing each night to dine in a new location. We were on the Disney Dream, and the kids enjoyed Animator's Palate the best with its interactive features on the walls. My personal favorite was the Royal Palace with its beautiful porthole windows watching the waves and sunset.

7. H20 Toiletries:

The sea marine scent is one that I will pay extra for. I even left a note for my stateroom host for extras and he brought me a bunch of extras to take home. Of course, I then added a couple extra $$ to his tip envelope at the end of the cruise.

6. Kids activities

The Oceaneer Club and Lab on deck 5 are an amazing part of this wonderful cruise! My kids especially enjoyed the cooking class. I loved that the kids got magic bands before boarding the ship. While in the kids club, they could ask a cast member to locate a sibling, or ask a parent to come pick them up. Once we arrived to pick up the kids, the cast members were able to tell us exactly where they were located and could go in and check on them. Amazing! Another amazing option for kids and adults were the latest movies being shown on board, in 3D as well!

 

5. Disney Cruise Line Navigator app

Even though you are disconnected from the rest of the world, this app allows you to communicate with friends and family on board. You can text each other, set favorite activities for the day and preview menus, activities and weather for upcoming days. The kids club will alert you via the app when your kids are ready to be picked up!

 

4. The Aqua Duck!

The Aqua Duck is an amazing roller coaster-like water slide set high above the ship's top deck. Two passengers can ride at a time. Once your children are 7, they can ride with another child. My kids claimed it was one of their favorite things about the cruise. It truly is super fun! This water coaster can be found on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

 

3. Ice cream whenever you want!

I think my kids had 23 ice cream cones a day! Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and banana! One of my favorite moments was sitting on the pool deck while my daughter enjoyed a banana ice cream cone watching Princess and the Frog! How cool is that!?

2. The Broadway Style Shows.

Oh. My. Goodness. I would have paid at least $50-$100 a ticket for the shows on board. They were one of my favorite parts of the cruise, and the kids agreed too! They are still talking about “Villians Tonight!” I laughed, cried, sang-along, and will forever treasure watching the magic of Disney unfold in front of my child’s eyes every night.

1. Castaway Cay.

Pictures do not do this place justice. It is simply spectacular. You wake up one morning docked at your own PRIVATE ISLAND. I did not anticipate how wonderful this experience would be. A tram is available to take you to different parts of the island; family beaches, adult beaches and cabanas.

While on the island, you are astounded by the beauty of the sand, water and features. The water slide feature at Pelican’s Plunge is fun for all ages I could have added about 100 more reasons to take a cruise with Disney in the VERY NEAR future. It was an amazing experience from start to finish and my family cannot wait to go again!

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Dine-on-the-Go at Walt Disney World

If you plan on visiting The Magic Kingdom from January 12th - February 22nd you can now purchase Disney's Dine-on-the-Go one day, quick-service offering! It includes one lunch quick-service entree and one non-alcoholic beverage good until until 4:00 pm. You also get one dinner quick-service entree and one non-alcoholic beverage that is good after 4:00 pm (Dessert is not included). 

The locations that are participating in this program include Casey's Corner, Columbia Harbor House, Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe, Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe and Pinocchio Village Haus.

The cost is $29.00 and $12.00 for ages 3-9. Valid park admission is required. The certificates can be purchased in the parks.

 

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Half-Off Disney Cruise Line Deposits!

Now's the time to book a magical Disney Cruise Line vacation

and get 50% off your deposit!

This new offer is valid on any 7-night or longer Disney cruise departing between June 17, 2017 and December 30, 2017. Set sail from a multitude of ports on one of the many amazing itineraries   available:

  • 7-Night Caribbean Cruises from Florida
  • 7-Night Bahamian and Canadian Coast Cruises from New York
  • 7-Night Bahamian and Caribbean Cruises from Texas
  • 7-Night and Longer European Cruises
  • 7-Night or Longer Alaskan Cruises

Booking window: December 28, 2016 - February 15, 2017

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