✨12 Days of Christmas, Day 1: Victoria & Albert’s, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort✨

Prepare to experience the meal of a lifetime at the elegant Victoria & Albert’s located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. Many accolades have been awarded to Chef Scott Hunnel and his team for their culinary creations, including AAA’s Five Diamond Award. Taste European wines, Russian caviar or Spanish octopus while surrounded by Victorian-era decor. 

You have the option of choosing the opulent dining room with its Italian linens, Queen Victoria ‘s Room for a more intimate dining experience (party up to 8 guests), or the coveted Chef’s Table situated in the kitchen where you will be served up to 13 courses with paired wines. 

Whatever experience you choose, know you are in for a delicious dining adventure!

 

Contact your Upon a Star agent to reserve this dining experience!

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 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!

Contact your Upon a Star agent here for information on booking your next magical vacation!

"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

www.uponastartravel.com

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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!

Contact our expert agents here today!

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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! 

Contact your Upon A Star Agent today here!

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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. 

Candlelight Processional at Epcot®: List of Narrators Announced!

We love the Candlelight Processional at Epcot®! This year some new faces will be added to the list of narrators! Check it out!

New to this year’s lineup include Matt Bomer (“White Collar,” “The Last Tycoon,”) and Star Wars fan favorite Warwick Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok in “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.” Also, new to the event is television Legend Pat Sajak and TV star CCH Pounder, who was recently at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park for the grand opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar.

Take a look at the schedule of narrators that have been conformed so far!

  • Nov. 24- 26 – To Be Announced
  • Nov. 27-28 – Matt Bomer
  • Nov. 29 – 30 – To Be Announced
  • Dec. 1-3 – Whoopi Goldberg
  • Dec. 4-5 – Pat Sajak
  • Dec. 6-11 – To Be Announced
  • Dec. 12-14 – Warwick Davis
  • Dec. 15-17 – Trace Adkins
  • Dec. 18-21 – Neil Patrick Harris
  • Dec. 22-24 – CCH Pounder
  • Dec. 25-27 – Jaci Velasquez
  • Dec. 28-30 – Chandra Wilson

The processional is performed three times per night (5 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.) during the holiday season at the America Gardens Theatre. Packages for this festive event are available on select nights, they include a delicious meal and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances. Availability is limited.

 Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and The Garden Grill will have breakfast, lunch and dinner options again as well as Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort,** with breakfast and dinner options being offered at Trattoria Al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk.

Candlelight Dining Packages for breakfast start at $35 plus tax per person for adults and $21 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9. Candlelight Dining Packages for lunch and dinner start at $44 plus tax per person for adults and $15.50 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9. Epcot admission is required and not included in the dining packages.

The Candlelight Processional celebrates time honored traditions and Epcot comes alive through the sights and sounds of the countries of World Showcase, and live performances enliven the park throughout the day.

Contact your Upon A Star agent today to book a Candlelight dining package today!

Let us help you make magical memories!!

 

AM Resorts Christmas in July Sale!

Check out this limited ,week long Christmas in July sale from AM Resorts!

Book from July 25, 2017 through July 31, 2017 and save some $$! Rates starting at $174.00  USD per person, per night! Travel dates must be from December 23, 2017 through January 1, 2018.

Available at the following resorts:

  • Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya
  • Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort
  • Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa
  • Breathless Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa
  • Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa
  • Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa
  • Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa
  • Dreams Dominicus La Romana
  • Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica
  • Now Jade Riviera Cancun
  • Sunscape Dominican Beach Punta Cana

It's a great time to plan a winter getaway and save some $$

Contact our Am Resort Master Agents here for more info on taking advantage of this deal!

 

*Starting from rate varies by resort and is based on land-only reservations. Starting from rate is not reflective of the price for the entire travel period. Not applicable to group bookings. Run of the house room categories. Entire promotion is subject to availability and can be modified or closed at any time.