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Now is the perfect time to save on your next trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. For a limited time you can Save up to 30% at select Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels* for stays most nights 6/13/2013 – 8/14/2013. Book now until 6/14/2013. Add minimum 4-Day Magic Your...Read More
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Now is the perfect time to save on your next trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. For a limited time this offer is available only to Disney Visa Card holders, This offer becomes available to the general public on October 8, 2013.
Save up to 30% at select Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels
|Deluxe Villas||Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Boardwalk Villas
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
|Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House and Kidani Village
The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
|Deluxe Resorts||Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Standard View/Pool View
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Standard View/Woods View
|Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Savannah View/Club Level
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Courtyard View/Club Level
|Moderate Resorts||Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Cabins
|Value Resorts||Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
|Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites||Save 15%|
|The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price of the same room. Length-of-stay requirements may apply.|
Important Details: No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required. Additional per adult charges may apply if more than two adults at Disney Value, Moderate, and Deluxe resorts. Excludes campsites, Grand Floridian Villas, all other 3-bedroom villas, and is not valid at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. Deposit must be made at time of booking with your Disney’s Visa Card or Disney Rewards Redemption Card.
Stay Play and Dine.
Save up to $600 on a 5-night/6-day Walt Disney Travel Co. room, ticket and dining plan package (based on a family of 4) for stays most nights 1/5 – 3/5/2014 at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels.
3 Night Minimum Stay Required.
Excluded: ALL OF ART OF ANIMATION, Grand Floridian Villas and Campsites
Now is the perfect time to save on your next trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. For a limited time you can Save up to 30% at select Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels* or Receive the FREE DINNING PLAN for stay most nights Sept 29 – Dec 22. See each individual offer below.
Get a free dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted Magic Your Way package (includes room and theme park tickets) at select Disney Resort hotels. This offer can be booked through September 15, 2013 and is valid for arrivals most nights:
The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price of the same room. 3 night stay is required.
* In addition to the dates above, this offer is also valid for stays November 23 to
November 25, 2013 at Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts.
** Offer valid at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites for stays the following nights only: September 29 to October 5, 2013, October 20 to November 2, 2013, November 10 to November 22, 2013 and December 15 to December 23, 2013.
Select Disney Deluxe Villa Resort Hotels – 30%
Select Disney Deluxe Resort Hotels – 30%
Select Disney Moderate Resort Hotels – 20%
Select Disney Value Resort Hotels – 15%
Now you can save up to 20% on rooms at a Disneyland Resort Hotel on most stays Sunday-Thursday nights from Aug. 25 – Sept. 28, 2013! Upgrade to a 2-night or longer package including Theme Park tickets and enjoy a variety of magical extras that will make your stay more memorable than ever!
Booking & Travel Windows:
*Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel on most Sunday through Thursday nights between Aug. 25, 2013 and Sept. 28, 2013 when booked from now through Sept. 5, 2013. Travel must be completed by Sept. 29, 2013. Offer is not valid on suites or with previously booked rooms. Excludes applicable taxes and fees. Advance reservations required. Check for offers on different lengths of stay. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required to enjoy the parks.Email us today for your FREE quote
By Virgil Richardson, Disney Vacation Specialist with Mousekeplanner
The cast: Me (pre-Mousekeplanner!), my wife, my 11-year old son, my 8-year old daughter and my 4-year old son.
The trip: 5 nights at Port Orleans Riverside with a four-day park hopper and deluxe dining plan.
Back in December 2012 my wife and I decided to surprise our kids with a trip to Walt Disney World. Only my son had been there when he was old enough to remember it, and our youngest had never been at all. After months and months of planning—18 to be exact!—we landed on dates, a resort and dining plan. We booked in February, and needless to say the 10 months between booking and traveling went by about as quickly as frozen molasses.
As we got closer to the trip, we learned that we would be there the day New Fantasyland opened to the public! This amped us up even more. Then about two weeks before travel we got an email from Disney Destinations. The email subject was so exciting I almost didn’t open it fearing it was spam: “Be a part of an exclusive test during your upcoming Walt Disney World Trip.” Um … yes, please! Let’s be honest: if the “exclusive test” would have been for sniffing new laundry soap for the housekeepers, we would have been all about it. Am I right?
Upon further investigation, it seemed legit, which amped the excitement up about 100%:
“You have been chosen to participate in an invitation-only test that will allow you to select up to four FastPass+ experiences at Magic Kingdom® Park and up to three FastPass+ experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®before you arrive.
FastPass+ enables you to select your “must-do” rides, shows, and character meet and greets in advance, so you’ll have more time to spend with your friends and family while you’re here.
Just select your test date, between 12/11/2012 and 12/15/2012, and you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite experiences with minimal wait.
Get started now!”
We Richardsons? We’re kinda a big deal.
For those unfamiliar with the Fastpass program, there is plenty of great info on wdwinfo.com about it. Fastpass Plus is the same program, only we get to pre-select “return times” for the attractions we choose before we even get to the parks. Basically, it’s like making a dining reservation for the attractions we wanted to be sure we got to. The times and attractions are pre-loaded onto the FP+ card, and when the time you’ve selected arrives, you show up at your attraction and head to the super-special FP+ entrance, at which point you head to the front of the line. You even bypass those with standard Fastpasses. It’s that simple!
On the day we arrived at WDW, I got an email from FP+ reminding me of the week’s selected itineraries. Then, each morning I got another email with the daily itinerary. So handy!
But what if you want to change an attraction? No problem! We wanted to change an attraction on Magic Kingdom day to facilitate eating lunch at the newly-opened Be Our Guest restaurant. While I sat and waited for my princesses to be made over by their fairy godmothers at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, I jumped on my iPad using the free, in-park wifi and made the change. It only took a few seconds.
All in all, the FP+ program is amazing. It allows families to spend more time “doing” and less time waiting. Considering we flew all the way to Orlando from Seattle, we really wanted to maximize our times in the parks. Between FP+, standard Fastpasses and our Advanced Dining Reservations, the longest we spent waiting to do anything was the 45 minutes it took to get on a monorail the last night we were there! Granted, the mid-December timeframe is typically below average on crowd size, we were there during the New Fantasyland grand opening AND free dining plan week! Even so, we used FP+ to plan a trip that kept us bouncing from one thing to another.
Now, with the rollout later this year of MagicBands, Disney has taken this amazing program to a whole new level of amazing. The entire time we were there, I was juggling cards like a Vegas blackjack dealer! Each member of my family had a FP+ card, our Key to the World (which functions as a room key and dining plan card), our Military Salute cards (our park hoppers), and gift cards we got from our family for the trip. We also had a PhotoPass+ card. That’s 21 different plastic cards we had to keep track of, 12 of which belonged to kids! When the MagicBands release, all of those cards with the exception of the Photopass+ will be loaded onto the single wrist band! I kept telling my wife how great it would be if there was one card to replace all the rest. Now there is!
Here are some pros and cons specifically about the FP+ program:
Convenience of pre-selecting attractions and times on each park day.
Ease of use.
Speed- when I was a cast member, we used to “back door” VIPs and Celebrities. FP+ is every bit as fast as being back doored. At two attractions, we literally did enter through the back door.
They actually work a bit too well. What I mean is that you skip so much of the line, you actually don’t get to experience the interactive queue areas. We missed the entire Rockin’ Roller Coaster and Little Mermaid pre-shows. I had never done either of these attractions and wish I could have seen them. Not enough to stand in line for an hour, but still … if that’s important to you, grab normal Fastpasses for the attractions you want to see.
Flexibility- we showed up at Enchanted Story Time with Belle (Magic Kingdom) and there was literally no line. But since we had chosen a FP+ for that location and the “arrival window” had already began, we were stuck using it. We essentially wasted the FP+ because you can only get a few per park per day. I’d recommend you select only the attractions you are 100% sure will be slammed, like Toy Story, Rockin’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, etc. (The waits for those were 180 minutes, 90 minutes and 30 minutes when we were there. But not for us!)
Bottom line: if you get a chance to use Fastpass Plus, jump at it! Use your Mousekeplanner to help you create an itinerary so you’ll know which parks you’ll be at each day of your stay. Then decide which attractions are “must see” for you and your family at each park. Chances are, between FP+, Fastpass and carefully selected advanced dining reservations; you’ll get most or all of your desired attractions in during your visit.
I’d love to answer any specific questions about the Fastpass+, Magic Bands, itinerary planning or any other Disney-related subjects. Let me know how I can help make your family’s trip magical! Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or find me at www.facebook.com/disneyvirgil.Read More
Calling all Princesses! Whether you are running or cheering come enjoy these special royal savings for your stay!
February 19 – February 26, 2014 (Ask about other dates and options for your travel needs).
January 13, 2014
Your Package includes:
Extras that can be added!
Available Resort Choices include:
|Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside||Standard View – ROYAL ROOMS||$582.20 * pp/do|
|Disney’s Polynesian||Standard View||$1351.53* pp/do|
|Disney’s Beach Club Resort||Standard View||$1174.50* pp/do|
*Prices based on availability ~ per person / double occupancy
**Bonus visit! Buy a 2 day or longer full-day ticket and you also get one visit to your choice of the following: DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course (before 4Pm), Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course (before 4PM), Disney’s Oak Trial Golf course for one round of golf (greens fee), or ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (includes 20 minutes of game play at the PlayStation Pavilion)
**Disney Dining plan and theme park tickets have to be paid in full at the time of booking.
~Mousekeplanner Agency Exclusive offers are limited and subject to availability. A three night minimum stay is required. Theme park passes of at least 2 days and/or the Disney Dining Plan can be included with your room package. Special cancellation policies and other restrictions may apply. Ask about other dates and options for your travel needs. Please note this offer cannot be combined with other offers, discounts or promotions, and cannot be transferred to other travel periods. This exclusive offer can be modified or withdrawn at any time. Above offer is not a Walt Disney Travel Company Package and therefore does not include those package components. This is an agency-exclusive offer. Air cannot be added to these special contract rates. Offer must be booked and paid in full by January 13, 2014. I.D. is required at check in.Read More
Disney has released their list of premium events for the 18th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this September 27 – November 11 at the Walt Disney World Resort. Phone lines will open at 7 a.m. on August 13th to book reservations for these events below! There are lots of opportunities for you to choose from but don’t delay! They book up fast!
From the over-the-top Party for the Senses grand tasting experience on select Saturday nights to a new taste of Scottish cuisine, there are lots of opportunities. Price per ticket:
Additional events include Italian and French pairings and lunches, and a Mexican tequila lunch. You can also book special festival experiences including daily Culinary Demonstrations ($14), Mixology Seminars ($15) and Wine, Beer or Spirit Seminars ($14). Inside-the-park festival dining experiences, as well as culinary and beverage programs, require Park admission.Read More