#Disney Character Round Up

Around here, we’re all about characters! ♥ Please enjoy this summary of all the latest and greatest news and character happenings provided to us from Disney Destinations.

Walt Disney World

Ralph and Vanellope’s New Portal to the Internet is Open at Epcot:
Wreck-it-Ralph and Venellope
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As previously reported, Ralph and Venellope have been meeting their fans since last fall at Epcot, but you can now find them in their new location where a portal has opened a window on the internet for them to step through…right into the ImageWorks area of the Imagination! pavilion at Epcot®.

Mariachi Cobre Present the Story of ‘Coco’ at Epcot This Spring:
Coco the puppet from the move Coco
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Beginning March 6, 2019, the tender story and vibrant music of Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” comes to the Mexico pavilion, courtesy of the Mariachi Cobre. The talented musicians of Mariachi Cobre are joined by a pair of Folklórico dancers to tell the tale of Miguel Rivera, his love of music, and his journey to find what matters most – his familia.

Celebrate with your favorite Pixar pals at Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
Famiy posing in front of new Incredibles Celebration Background
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2019 marks the 30th anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios® at Walt Disney World® Resort and it’s the perfect place to step into the amazing worlds of Pixar stories like “The Incredibles,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Toy Story,” and very soon, “Cars.”

  • Find fun photo ops and evidence of young Jack-Jack.
  • Explore The Edna Mode Experience and meet Edna Mode herself.
  • Step through a door to the monster world to say hello to Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan on the Scare Floor of “Monsters, Inc.”.
  • Visit Toy Story Land where you’ll encounter Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie, and just might get caught up in a game of “Sarge Says” with the Green Army Patrol.
  • Plus, starting March 31, 2019, the world of “Cars” is coming in the form of Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, a new high-octane show experience that’ll bring you face-to-face with the legendary Piston Cup champ.
NEW Disney Junior Dance Party:
Vampirina at Disney Junior Dance Party
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Also at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®,  a new Disney Junior Dance Party debuted last month. Kid favorites like Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, Timon and even Mickey from popular Disney Junior TV shows rock out with Guests during this high-energy show that takes place several times throughout the day.  Here’s a sneak peek!

It’s Hakuna Matata Time at Animal Kingdom:
Man playing guitar at Hakuna Matata Dance party
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To mark the 25th anniversary of the original animated film, “The Lion King”,  Disney’s Animal Kingdom has come alive with the magic of its story and characters. Each day, Discovery Island jams to the Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party, a celebration where engaging party hosts and young adventurers can let out their inner animals on the dance floor. Timon, Rafiki and their Disney animal pals Baloo, Koda, Meeko and Terk stop by, too!

Meet Kevin from “Up!” :
6 people, people smiling, outdoor with Kevin from the movie Up
Photo Courtesy of Disney Travel News by Disney Destinations

Recently, we shared on our Facebook Page the large and exotic bird known as “Kevin,” from Disney•Pixar’s “Up!,” appeared to be migrating north from Paradise Falls to the direction of Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. As you can see from this exclusive footage, it looks like she’s been spotted on the park’s Discovery Island! Check it out!

Disney Cruise Line

Sail-a-Wave Party
Mickey Mouse and friends
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Join Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and Donald on the top decks of the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic for this fun-filled celebration as you “wave” goodbye to work and school and say hello to your Disney cruise vacation.  Dance alongside the crew and characters, and participate in the biggest “wave” on the high seas before the official sail-away countdown! It’s an unforgettable way to start your cruise.

Mickey’s Sail-a-Wave Party is already making waves aboard the Disney Wonder and will premiere on the Disney Magic on Feb. 22, 2019.

Return of Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea on Disney Cruise Line:
Star Wars and Marvel characters posing
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Also announced, In 2020, two epic adventures return to Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic with limited experiences  – Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea.

Star Wars Day at Sea features encounters including Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2. These cruises also feature a full day of Star Wars activities including live shows, Star Wars-themed family and kids’ activities, unique food and beverage and special merchandise offerings. The day ends with “Summon the Force,” a deck party that celebrates the Star Wars universe and caps off the night with a fireworks show of galactic proportions.

Marvel Day at Sea features the thrills of renowned Marvel comics, films and animated series.  The largest assembly of Marvel Super Heroes and Villains, including the recent addition of Captain Marvel, along with Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Man and more, highlight an all-day entertainment lineup that includes live shows for the whole family, an extraordinary deck show, Marvel-themed activities for kids and families, special merchandise and unique food and beverage offerings.

Disneyland

 

Join Super Heroes During Disneyland After Dark: Heroes Assemble
Disneyland After Dark: Heroes Assemble poster
Photo Courtesy of Disney Travel News by Disney Destinations

Step into the Super Hero universe during Disneyland® After Dark: Heroes Assemble at Disney California Adventure® Park! This special, after-park hours occasion will feature an action-packed line-up of experiences either April 30 or May 1, 2019 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. each night.

Guests will also have access to select attractions in Disney California Adventure Park, such as the exhilarating Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!  Each night will feature:

  • Epic entertainment, including a rockin’ dance party and heroic show moments.
  • Encounters with admired Super Heroes.
  • Park-wide scavenger hunt to find hidden artifacts—helping to save mankind!
  • Immersive photo opportunities and gallant décor, as well as themed food, beverage and merchandise offerings.
  • Fun surprises to celebrate 80 years of comic art.
  • Unlimited digital downloads of your Disney PhotoPass photos captured during the event.

Parking fees are not included in the ticket price. A limited quantity of tickets for both event nights will be available beginning next week:

  • Feb. 19: Tickets on sale for Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders
  • Feb. 21: Tickets on sale for general public
Mickey’s Soundsational Parade at Disneyland Park
Chip and Dale with a life-size birthday cake in a parade while people, standing outdoors are watching
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“Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” is currently making its way through Disneyland® Park as part of Get Your Ears On – A Mickey and Minnie Celebration! This popular parade puts music in motion with Disney characters, performers and two new parade floats. The party features new entertainment, including “Mickey’s Mix Magic,” as well as limited-time decor, food and beverage offerings and festive event merchandise. Take a look!

New Character Dining Options at Disneyland Resort
Mickey Mouse meets a little boy at breakfast
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Little ones will enjoy interactions with their favorite characters and delectable food at these Disneyland® Resort character dining locations:

    • Goofy’s Kitchen: Enjoy an unforgettable meal with Goofy and friends as you create a perfect meal from the wide selection of delicious, all-you-care-to-enjoy dishes at this fun-filled breakfast in the Disneyland Hotel.
    • Plaza Inn: Fans, big and small, will love dining at Plaza Inn at Disneyland Park for “Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the Park” that also features an all-you-care-to-enjoy spread of morning favorites.
    • Storytellers Cafe: Find the man Mouse himself in Storytellers Cafe at  Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast, located in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Join Mickey as he welcomes you to an immersive culinary adventure and bountiful breakfast with some of his closest friends.
    • Disney’s PCH Grill: Find the lovable Donald Duck here at Donald Duck’s Seaside Breakfast Buffet in Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Start your day right with a variety of enticing breakfast items.
    • Napa Rose Restaurant:  This all-new character dining experience is a fairy tale come true. The Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures is a one-of-a-kind dining event where families can share magical moments with Disney Princesses while enjoying a delectable three-course breakfast.
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What Time Is It?

It’s time to Party! We say “Mardi” ….you say “Gras”.

A Mardi Gras performer in a striped outfit raises his arms in front of a float
Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort

Mardi…Gras!
Mardi…Gras!
Mardi…Gras!

The holidays are behind us and Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early Spring. What a better way to celebrate in 2019 than Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort!  It’s Florida’s biggest party and it runs from February 9 – April 4  every night this year at Universal Studios Florida!

Hungry for a taste of New Orleans?

A guest enjoys a beignet at Mardi Gras.
Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort

Experience it every day beginning at 4 pm in The French Quarter Courtyard,  a space dedicated to “N’awlins Style Food and Spirits”.  Some of the bayou’s best, authentic dishes will be available for purchase such as jambalaya, beignets and more — all in tasting sizes so you can sample a variety of Cajun and Creole cuisine.  And don’t forget to check out the specialty cocktails created just for this event!

Craving some music for your soul?

Check out the sounds of real Louisiana jazz, blues, and zydeco bands:

  • Feb. 9–17: Dirty Bourbon River Show
  • Feb. 18–27: Naughty Professor Brass Band
  • Feb. 28–Mar. 18: Free Agents Brass Band featuring Honey Bannister
  • Mar. 19–Apr. 4: New Breed Brass Band

It wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without a parade!

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Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort

Watch the confetti and countless beads fly while you enjoy nightly parades featuring colorful costumes, stilt walkers, dancers and street performers as they get in touch with their “wild animal side”, the theme of this year’s floats.  There’s even a special viewing area for petite party goers in the The Little Jester’s Parade Viewing Area, located in front of the Brown Derby Hat Shop.  Access is available beginning one hour before the parade starts.

Where and when to see it:

Parade starts at 5:15 pm on the following dates:
Feb. 21
Mar. 4

Parade starts at 6:15 pm on the following dates:
Feb. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
Mar. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8

Parade starts at 7:15 pm on the following dates:
Mar. 3

Parade starts at 7:30 pm on the following dates:
Mar. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
Apr. 1, 2, 3, 4

Parade starts at 7:45 pm on the following dates:
Feb. 9, 16, 17, 23
Mar. 2, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31

You can’t have a great party without great music!

Macklemore, Pitbull and More Performing at Universal’s Mardi Gras 2019
Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort

On select nights of Universal Studios’ Mardi Gras, catch performances from some of the biggest names in pop, rock, country, R&B and more at the Music Plaza stage beginning at 8:30 pm.

Here’s the latest line up:

  • February 9 – BUSH
  • February 16 – Gavin DeGraw
  • February 17 – Dan + Shay
  • February 23 – Macklemore
  • March 2 – Sabrina Carpenter
  • March 9 – Becky G
  • March 10 – Sean Paul
  • March 16 – Steve Miller Band
  • March 17 – Ziggy Marley
  • March 23 – NF
  • March 24 – Pitbull
  • March 30 – Bazzi
  • March 31 – To be announced

Whether you’re spending time with family or enjoying fun with friends, we can help you get your party-animal on by putting together the perfect vacation package for you! Reach out to your favorite Vacations with Character® Travel Professional or request your FREE quote by clicking here!

Save, Save SAVE! Free Dining is Back at Walt Disney World

Here at Vacations with Character we treat your vacation dollars as if they were our own and the name of the game is saving money — money you can spend on things like Mickey Ears or that Dooney and Bourke tote you’ve been eyeing!

That’s why we are excited to share we have not one, but TWO great new offers for you this morning! That’s right…FREE DINING is back for a limited time at Walt Disney World Resort. And if your dates of travel don’t qualify, no worries, we may also be able to save you up to 30% on Rooms at select Disney Resort Hotels instead!

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There’s never been a better time to visit, so contact us today to book your next vacation…but hurry! The number of rooms allocated to this offer are limited. Reach out to your favorite Vacations with Character® Travel Professional or request your FREE quote by clicking here!

Make Walt Disney World a New Year’s Resolution!

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Christmas is quickly approaching, which means 2019 is right around the corner as well! Soon, our thoughts will turn to the new year…and resolutions. With only 8% of resolution makers actually following through, why not formulate a plan you can actually make come true?

There’s no better time to think about making 2019 “count” and we believe an extraordinary way to do so is by spending quality time with family and friends at Walt Disney World® Resort! What a perfect place for everyone to get away from it all, have fun, bond, and make precious vacation memories! ♥

We’ve previously shared you’ll be able to experience something new — and full of character(s) — heading to all four theme parks this coming year. Here’s a quick look at a few more details:

  • Anything can happen during Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration at Magic Kingdom Park, including the new “Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party,” featuring your favorite, beloved characters, Mickey and Minnie Mouse. (Jan. 18-Sept. 30, 2019).
  • Pixar pals will party with Guests in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the park’s 30th anniversary year. Special appearances from The Incredibles, Mike and Sulley from Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” and Woody, Buzz and the gang will boost the celebration to “Infinity and Beyond!”
  • Rafiki and Timon will help you let your inner animal loose on the dance floor to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Disney animated classic “The Lion King,” during the “Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • The “Disney on Broadway Concert Series” expands to seven days a week, providing more opportunities than ever before for you to hear Disney on Broadway stars sing favorite tunes from award-winning productions as part of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, . (Jan. 18-Feb. 25, 2019).
  • To read about more exciting things coming in 2019, you can also visit our previous blog post!

And that’s not all! Vacations with Character® will have special 4-Park Magic Tickets to help you celebrate 2019 together as well as  a room discount to save you up to 25 percent at select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels for stays most nights Jan. 1-April 27, 2019.*

These special tickets go on sale Jan. 18, 2019 and are seasonally priced for varied usage between Jan. 18 and Sept. 30, 2019. The 4-Park Magic Tickets include one day of admission to Magic Kingdom® Park, one day of admission to Epcot®, one day of admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and one day of admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, for a total of four admissions over four separate days.**

Here’s the price breakdown:

  • 4-Park Magic Value Ticket: Valid for admission Jan. 18-March 1, 2019; must be used within seven days from first use, or by March 1, 2019, whichever comes first.
    • Adult: $85 per day, plus tax ($340 total, plus tax) 
    • Child: $80 per day, plus tax ($320 total, plus tax)
  • 4-Park Magic Select Ticket: Valid for admission March 2-March 14; March 27-April 9; April 27-May 27; and Aug. 19-Sept. 30, 2019; must be used within seven days from first use, or by Sept. 30, 2019, whichever comes first.
    • Adult: $89 per day, plus tax ($356 total, plus tax) 
    • Child: $84 per day, plus tax ($336 total, plus tax) 
  • 4-Park Magic Summer Ticket: Valid for admission May 28-Aug. 18, 2019; must be used within seven days from first use or by Sept. 30, 2019, whichever comes first.
    • Adult: $95 per day, plus tax ($380 total, plus tax) 
    • Child: $90 per day, plus tax ($360 total, plus tax)

It’s going to be an INCREDIBLE time to visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2019 with new shows, parties, character experiences and more debuting at all four theme parks.  Be sure to contact your favorite Vacations with Character® Travel Professional to make a New Year’s resolution that comes true!

*Restrictions apply. Contact a Vacations with Character® Travel Professional for all of the details and more.

**4-Park Magic Tickets are valid for one theme park per day; tickets can be used to enter each theme park only once. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable and exclude activities/events separately priced. Higher-priced tickets are valid for use on dates with a lower price.

Royal Caribbean Cruise News for 2019

An update on our family programming
Photo Courtesy of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

At Vacations with Character® we help families book many types of vacations, including cruises. Today, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has asked us to share some important information regarding an exciting update for 2019 and we’re passing it on to you:

“Royal Caribbean is always looking to the future and exploring new ways to exceed our guests’ expectations. We’ve been conducting extensive research to better understand and anticipate what matters most to the families of today — and tomorrow. And in 2019, we’re looking forward to delivering brand new experiences for families, kids and teens.

What began with new family features like glow-in-the-dark laser tag and the Sky Pad VR bungee trampoline experience on Mariner of the Seas and Independence of the Seas will continue to evolve as Navigator of the Seas is amplified in March 2019. And we’re taking our family flagships to a whole new level when Oasis of the Seas gets amplified later in the year.

As we shift focus toward these new possibilities, the 9 ships that offer DreamWorks moments will no longer feature the program as of April 2019 sailings. We’ll continue to offer countless ways for families to make unforgettable memories onboard. Including our complimentary, award-winning Adventure Ocean youth program with expansive facilities designed for each age group, plus teen programming in their own dedicated spaces. Family-friendly thrills, like record-breaking water slides, FlowRider surf simulators, Splashaway Bay aqua parks, Royal Escape Rooms and more. Parades and shows across stage, ice, water and air. Plus the ultimate family vacation destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, debuting May 2019.”

If you have any questions or if you’d like to book your next amazing getaway, please feel free to reach out to one of our fabulous Vacationistas here at Vacations with Character®. You can do so by visiting our secure website for a free quote or for more information: https://vacationswithcharacter.net

 

New Details Unveiled For Disney’s Gran Destino Tower

By: Disney Destinations

We have exciting news to share! Our team of Travel Professionals will be able to begin booking reservations for you at Gran Destino Tower on Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort beginning Nov. 27, 2018!

Here are more details from Disney Travel News:

Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman, Bob Chapek, unveiled the name of the new 15-story centerpiece of the resort, the Gran Destino Tower, and the opening month: July 2019.

Gran Destino Tower will be an “oasis on the shore of Lago Dorado” at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Here are some highlights:

* The tower will host a gorgeous 2-story lobby that will serve as a main entrance for all guests.

* Two new restaurants are planned. One will be located on the top of the tower that will provide amazing views of the Walt Disney World® Resort area. The second will be set on an island in the middle of the resort’s 14-acre lake, Lago Dorado. It will be accessible through new walkways stretching across the water, creating a pretty stroll and added guest convenience.

* Gran Destino will introduce 545 new guest rooms plus 50 suites!

* The resorts 1,800 + existing rooms will be fully updated with new fixtures, furnishings and lighting.

* A fresh color palette, Spanish influenced decor, and imaginative Disney touches will help tie the new and the newly re-imagined together.

Who’s ready to experience the spirit of great Spanish explorers? Be sure to contact your favorite Vacations with Character® Travel Professional or request your FREE quote by clicking here.

Guardians of the Galaxy Attraction Update ~ Epcot

Storytelling Coaster Ride Vehicle

We have some exciting news regarding the new “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired attraction coming to life at Epcot® and we want to pass it onto you!

According to Disney Travel News, Bob Chapek (Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman) shared the first details on the innovative new ride system planned:

Building an adventure this big will require a ride system and ride vehicles unlike anything guests have experienced before. This encounter can best be described as a one-of-a-kind storytelling coaster that connects the adventure of a storyline with the thrills of a coaster.

“On most coasters, the vehicles point straight ahead throughout the ride,” Bob explained. “But on this attraction, each individual cab will be programmed to direct your eye to the story happening around you. That means instead of whizzing by the action, you’ll be fully immersed in the story from the minute you launch.”

This monster attraction, which will be housed inside a building so large that the volume of four Spaceship Earths could fit inside it, is said be one of the world’s longest enclosed roller coasters when it opens in Future World at Epcot, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World® Resort in 2021.

Stay tuned for future updates and be sure to contact your favorite Vacations with Character® Travel Professional to add your name to their list to be contacted for 2021 vacations!

 

Celebrate an Epic Holiday at Universal Orlando and Create a New Tradition

Can you believe the holidays are almost here? The season can get a little crazy with all the shopping, cooking, baking, wrapping, packing, shipping, and let’s not forget the cleaning! Whether you want to make your life a little easier this year, take a break after the big holiday, or celebrate the New Year in a fun and unique way, we’ve got a list of 8 reasons to visit Universal Orlando Resort this holiday season. (Shhh…don’t tell Mickey!)

1. Mischief and Merry

While Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is more magical than you can possibly imagine, when you think of the holidays, one parade is synonymous – the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Universal Orlando treats you to a taste of this beloved event in the Universal Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. Over 100 choreographed performers take part in this family favorite that also features the famous larger-than-life balloons and incredibly detailed floats. Minions from Despicable Me, fairy tale characters from Shrek, and wild animals of Madagascar come together for this celebration you won’t want to miss!

2.  It’s Not Just a Holiday…it’s a Who-liday

When you think of Christmas, what other famous character comes to mind? Why, the Grinch of course! (Sorry Santa!) There’s no better way to experience Who-liday joy except during Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Watch the retelling of this beloved Dr. Seuss tale in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” then meet some of the Whos plus the Grinch himself in adorable photo meet-and-greet opportunities. There’s even a special character breakfast available if you’re savvy enough to “steal” a reservation (ask us how!)

3. Butterbeer and Christmas Cheer

Hot Butterbeer is a seasonal favorite for all muggles! Grab a cup while you while you watch a Harry Potter holiday-themed show or wander through the streets of The Wizarding World admiring the festive window decorations (Universal Orlando really outdoes itself). At night, see a true showstopper as Hogwarts come to life in The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.

4. Put some Jingle in those Bells

Take a stroll over to the Music Plaza Stage at Universal Studios to hear the sounds of the season where, on select nights, you can find Mannheim Steamroller. They’ll put some jingle in your step and keep you in the holiday spirit listening to their modern take on classic holiday tunes.

5. Home Away from Home for the Holidays

While you may leave your home-sweet-home for a spell, you don’t have to leave behind the traditions your family has grown to love. Instead, add to them! The resorts at Universal Orlando are filled with festive decor, tree lightings, yummy treats AND holiday activities from cookie decorating, carolers — and even visits with the big man himself, Santa!

6. Skip the Lines

You’ll waste enough time standing in line whether at the grocery store, the department store, the post office or the gas station! Spending holiday time at Universal Orlando doesn’t have to be the same way. Did you know there are actually ways to SKIP the lines at most major attractions? Universal has an amazing thing called Express Pass and it’s FREE to guests staying at certain resorts on property but it’s also available for purchase as well. Express Pass allows you to experience more, play more, and wait in line less, which also opens the door for a more relaxing vacation. Can you envision spending downtime poolside or just relaxing in your beautiful onsite resort room because you saved so much time skipping the lines? This is the best way to visit a theme park during peak holiday travel times. A Universal Orlando vacation can truly be a stress-free, worry-free one because of this option!

7. Cooking Schmooking

There are countless restaurants and dining options available to choose from in the resorts, theme parks, and in CityWalk — Universal’s “Epicenter of Awesomeness”. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years, all the traditional feasts can most likely be found along with all of your normal favorites…plus a few surprises (there’s even a luau!)

And speaking of CityWalk, this brings us to  number eight on the list:

8. Celebrate the Year—and Party into the Next

How does celebrating the New Year by dancing the night away on Orlando’s biggest dance floor sound? Featuring a live DJ and live music, cocktails and unlimited cuisine, EVE at Universal City Walk is the place to be! As if that weren’t enough, the evening culminates with dazzling fireworks and a champagne toast at midnight. (Note: this is a separately ticketed event for guests ages 21 and older.)

In closing, we’re all about Vacations with Character® around here but even more, we’re about helping you spend quality time with those you love. Why not celebrate the holidays with your favorite characters and create special memories that will last a lifetime?

Contact a Vacations with Character® Travel Professional (we are an authorized seller of Universal Orlando Resort vacations and tickets) or request your FREE quote by clicking here. We provide the best prices possible for your vacation needs, never charge a fee, and our experience is priceless!

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NEW Disney World After Hours Events!

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We’ve got great news! The success of Disney After Hours events have been such a huge hit that not only are more event nights set for Magic Kingdom Park, but for the first time, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be available for select nights as well.

Imagine the ability to experience the magic of Disney with little-to-no waits for attractions, experiences and, of course, CHARACTER meet-n-greets for THREE ENTIRE HOURS after regular park hours! Sounds pretty amazing, right? Well, that’s not all…you can even enter the park early – at 7 p.m. on the event night – before Disney After Hours begins. As if that’s not exciting enough, ice cream, popcorn and select beverages are also included in Disney After Hours admission, which is a separately priced ticket from daytime park admission.

What can you expect at each park?

In Magic Kingdom, enjoy your favorite attractions from Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Space Mountain as well as newer favorites like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, plus many more.

Event nights at Magic Kingdom will run on: Nov. 26; and Dec. 3, 10, 2018; and Jan. 7, 17, 24 and 28, 2019; Feb. 7, 14, and 28, 2019; and March 7, 2019.

In Disney’s Hollywood Studios, experience little-to-no wait for newly opened Toy Story Land attractions, including Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers and Toy Story Mania! Fan favorites like Rockin’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror and other attractions will also be available.

Event nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be: Dec. 8, 15 and 22, 2018; and Jan. 5, 12 and 19, 2019; Feb. 2, 9 and 16, 2019; March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2019; and April 6 and 13, 2019.

Enjoy the best Disney’s Animal Kingdom has to offer at night, including the heart-tugging Tree of Life Awakenings, the adventures within Pandora – The World of Avatar and more.

Dates at Disney’s Animal Kingdom are: Dec. 4, 12 and 18, 2018; and Jan. 8, 16, 22 and 31, 2019; and Feb. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 26, 2019; and March 5, 20 and 27, 2019; and April 3, 2019.

At all parks select quick-service food & beverage locations will remain open throughout the night for purchases as well.

All Disney After Hours event tickets cost $125 + tax for advance purchase and $129 + tax for day-of purchases. Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders do receive a discounted price $95 + tax.

Contact your favorite Vacations with Character® Travel Professional to purchase tickets or to request a FREE vacation quote by clicking here.  Be sure to ask us for more ideas on how to create an even more magical experience for your next vacation as well!

Wreck It Ralph and Vanellope Coming to Disney Parks this Fall!

Ralph and Vanellope

Best friends, Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz, are once again preparing to venture beyond Litwak’s Arcade to celebrate Disney’s all-new animated adventure, “Ralph Breaks the Internet”, coming to theaters November 21.

The duo will make their appearance in Disney Parks this fall AND for a limited time next month, guests will be able preview a sneak peek from Disney’s new animated adventure “Ralph Breaks the Internet” in Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

But wait…there’s more!

Be on the look out for a new, hyper-reality experience, “Ralph Breaks VR”, coming to The Void at Disney Springs and Downtown Disney as well!

Here’s the scoop:

Ralph and Vanellope will make appearances on the West Coast in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure park beginning November 9 while at Disneyland park, the preview of “Ralph Breaks the Internet” will be shown in 3D at the Tomorrowland Theater. This limited sneak-peek experience will be presented by Mailchimp November 9 to December 9.

The digital duo will also be heading east to Epcot in the Walt Disney World Resort where they’ll greet guests starting November 21 in Innoventions West. Visitors to Disney’s Hollywood Studios will also be treated to an advanced look at a portion of the film, starting Friday, November 2, as part of the “Walt Disney Presents” attraction.

(Don’t worry…Ralph and Vanellope won’t “wreck your fun” at other meet-and-greet opportunities available in Epcot. They’ll be appearing in new locations that won’t affect any other characters currently appearing at the park. Plus, this winter, a new experiment — a portal into other dimensions — will open up a window on the internet for Ralph and Venellope to step through for regular encounters with Epcot guests in the ImageWorks area of the Imagination! pavilion.)

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As mentioned, a new hyper-reality experience is coming to The Void at Disney Springs and Downtown Disney as well! What’s The Void? It’s probably better if we let them tell you in their own words: “It’s hyper-reality. It’s technical achievement. But mainly, it’s fun! THE VOID is a whole-body, fully immersive VR experience, full of surprises at every turn; with you, your family and friends inside the action. One second you’re standing on solid ground, the next you’re stepping deep into darkness, looking at unimaginable beauty – or fending off danger from another realm. Did you see it? Did you feel it? What’s next? You’ll just have to experience it to understand.”

Doesn’t that sound amazing?? To sign up to get on the list for more information on “Ralph Breaks VR” or other virtual reality experiences, it’s simple…just visit The Void or contact your Travel Professional.

Are you excited to see Ralph and Vanellope in Disney Parks and to check out their new movie, “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” this fall? Here’s a little snippet to tie you over!

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