Disney Cruise Line – Halloween on the High Seas

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Year after year, we provide only the best recommendations for your travel adventures in order to help you plan an extraordinary vacation that’s truly a dream come true!

That’s why we would like to tell you about Halloween on the High Seas cruises and why they make for the perfect fall family getaway.

Take a look to find out …

Disney Cruise Line accolades are plentiful and here are some more reasons to sail:

Voted #1 for Families

Disney Cruise Line was distinguished as Best for Families by the 2018 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards, and the Disney Magic won Best for Families in the 2019 Cruise Critic Cruiser’s Choice Awards.


Named Best Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line is proud to be voted Condé Nast Traveler 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards’ #1 Top Large Cruise Ship Line.

Best Private Island
Disney Cruise Line sails to unforgettable destinations around the world, including tropical ports of call like our award-winning Disney Castaway Cay.

Best Cruise Ships

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.

Want to know more about this special Halloween party at sea or other cruises available? Contact your favorite Travel Professional (or as we like to call ourselves, Vacationsistas) at www.vacationswithcharacter.com and request more information via our quick and easy quote request form or give us a call!

#NowMoreThanEver an investment in travel is an investment in yourself — and your family will love you for it! ♥


#NowMoreThanEver It’s Time to Save!

At Vacations with Character® we understand the importance of vacations!

They are not only fun and relaxing, but healthy for us. They help us recharge our batteries and get back to feeling our best. While our minds, bodies and souls personally benefit, our relationships do too. We reconnect and bond all while creating precious, amazing memories that last a lifetime!

This is exactly why our agency was formed and why our fantastic team has come together. We ♥ helping countless families and friends celebrate life – with a vacation!

Today, we are excited to share THREE NEW SPECIAL DISCOUNTS for Walt Disney World, and an extended date on FREE DINING for Disney Visa Cardmembers! We’ve got the recap of them all right here for you!

Please note, the number of rooms allocated for these offers are limited. Therefore, if you are interested, contact us today to place your no-obligation courtesy hold!

1) This summer, enjoy a little extra flavor during a fun-filled stay!
Walt Disney World Resort Quick Service Mealtime with Family
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Receive a FREE meal per person (ages 3 and up), per night at a select Walt Disney World Resort quick-service dining location when you purchase a non-discounted 4-night/5-day room and theme park ticket package at select Disney Moderate and Value Resort hotels.

This offer is valid for arrivals most nights from May 28 through August 21, 2019 but you must book through June 30, 2019.  Don’t forget to ask about packages of other lengths of stay as well!

Click here for all the details!

2) Stay in the magic with this great room offer!
A smiling boy splashes through knee high water with his family watching in the background
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Save up to 25% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels, valid for stays most nights May 28 through August 28, 2019.

Plus, when you book this offer for arrivals May 28 to June 30, 2019, you’ll receive a Disney Gift Card at check-in—so you can enjoy even more magic during your stay! The value of your Disney Gift Card will vary based on Resort Category and original length of stay:

  • Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts: $25 per room per night
  • Disney Deluxe Resorts: $20 per room per night
  • Disney Moderate Resorts: $15 per room per night
  • Disney Value Resorts: $10 per room per night

Contact us to book through August 28, 2019 to take advantage of this great offer!

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3) Sizzle in Summer Fun with a kid-size Vacation Package!
Sulley from Monsters, Inc. greets a young boy and his mother
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Make memories you’ll cherish forever when you stay in the middle of the magic at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

For as low as $1,205, a family of 3 can enjoy a 3-night stay in a standard room at a Disney’s All-Star Resort hotel and 2-day Walt Disney World Resort theme park base tickets. Sample package price is valid for arrivals most Sunday through Tuesday nights June 2 – June 25 and July 7 – August 26, 2019.

When you book this offer for arrivals in June, you’ll even receive a Disney Gift Card at check-in—so you can enjoy more magic during your stay! The value of your Disney Gift Card will vary based on Resort Category and length of original stay:

  • Disney Value Resorts: $10 per room per night
  • Disney Moderate Resorts: $15 per room per night
  • Disney Deluxe Resorts: $20 per room per night
  • Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts: $25 per room per night

You must book this offer by August 26, 2019.

4) Disney® Visa® Cardmembers: Enjoy This Delicious Offer
Breakfast platter featuring Mickey shaped waffles
Photo Courtesy of Disney Travel Agents
Savor the magic this summer during a fun-filled vacation at Walt Disney World Resort! If you’re a Disney Visa Cardmember, you can enjoy a FREE dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 4-night/5-day Walt Disney Travel Co. package that includes a room for 4 nights at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel and 5-day theme park tickets with Park Hopper® Option.
Book through June 16, 2019 for arrivals most nights August 1 through August 21, 2019.
Note: packages for other lengths of stay may be available.

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Savings is based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Length of stay requirements and other restrictions apply.

#NowMoreThanEver it’s a great time to visit and a great time to save!

Contact your favorite Vacationista at Vacations with Character® to book one of these amazing offers or ask about others for different dates of travel! www.vacationswithcharacter.com

Farewell IllumiNations ~ Hello Epcot Forever!

multi-colored lasers light up the water in Epcot
Artist Concept Only – By: Disney Destinations

Change is never easy and saying goodbye is always hard, especially for us Disney fans. Ending our Epcot nights by watching “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” has always been a “must do” in my family.  I’m dating myself, but I think I secretly cried back when the Tapestry of Nations parade (later re-themed as Tapestry of Dreams) ended too. I will certainly miss IllumiNations as well; its message about unity, humanity, and the achievements of our time is so beautifully woven into a remarkable story, complete with an amazing soundtrack. What’s not to love?!

As torches are lit around the lagoon the show begins with this narration by Jim Cummings.

“Good evening. On behalf of Walt Disney World, the place where dreams come true, we welcome all of you to Epcot and World Showcase. We’re gathered here tonight around the fire as people of all lands have gathered for thousands and thousands of years before us… to share the light… and to share a story. An amazing story as old as time itself, but still being written. And though each of us has our own individual stories to tell, a true adventure emerges when we bring them all together as one. We hope you enjoy our story tonight: Reflections of Earth”.

Immediately after this, the sound of a flame is blown out, the park darkens, and the show begins. It gives me goosies just thinking about it!

Later this year, however, it will be time to say farewell to this old staple as “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” will grow dark after September 30, 2019. With a dazzling 20-year run, perhaps it’s time for something new?

Debuting in it’s place is a new show “Epcot Forever”, and it promises to take us down memory lane on a journey through the past, present and future of Epcot. Disney Parks Live Entertainment says they are busy getting “Epcot Forever” ready for it’s opening day on Oct. 1, 2019. The show’s Director, Alan Bruun, recently shared some details about the concept behind it:

“Epcot Forever is a celebration of what Epcot has been and of what Epcot is going to become. And we’re using some of the greatest aspects of the park over its past 30 plus years, especially the music.”

The team is collaborating with noted conductor and composer Don Harper, who adds “I think the music is the heart of the show, it’s the vehicle that tells the story;  it brings everything to life.

The all-new, limited-time spectacle of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers and choreographed special effects, plus new arrangements of classic Epcot tunes will paint a colorful picture of the park’s past as well as all of the magical possibilities to come. Take a sneak peek!

Epcot Forever” will continue into 2020, when a new epic nighttime extravaganza will make its debut.

Stay tuned in the months ahead for more on both of these shows and all the other new experiences on the way. And if you’d like to gather around World Showcase Lagoon this summer to enjoy “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” one last time or see the all new, breathtaking display of lasers, lights and fireworks in the new nighttime spectacular, #NowMoreThanEver it’s a great time to visit and become part of the park’s unprecedented, multi-year transformation. Contact your favorite Vacations with Character® Travel Professional for a free, no-obligation quote or to book!


Celebrate the 4th at Woody’s Roundup BBQ Buffet

If you are planning on visiting Walt Disney World Resort over the 4th of July holiday, this event is one you certainly won’t want to miss!
Woody and Buzz Lightyear
Photo Courtesy of Disney Destinations/Disney Travel News

Step inside Andy’s favorite play set to join in on a hootenanny with Woody’s Roundup. Taking place July 4 – 6, this fun-filled barbecue buffet will be complete with great food, familiar friends, and fun times, all from the comfort of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. It’s a great way to beat the Summertime heat!

Mouthwatering Food Options
Photo Courtesy of Disney Destinations/Disney Travel News

What about characters?

As you arrive at the resort, Sarge will be there to greet you to make sure you’re in tip top toy shape and ready for playtime. Buzz Lightyear will even be on hand in his own playtime zone and you can hangout with Sheriff Woody, Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl, and more! Theatrical backdrops, toys, and other fun props will help bring the room to life!

Bring your appetite!

This delicious buffet will feature some of the best barbecue outside of the Wild West.  Feast on mouthwatering beef brisket, low and slow-smoked pork ribs, and grilled boneless chicken with roasted peach coulis, or take a bite out of a fire-roasted vegetable cake served with chipotle succotash. Create the perfect plate with sides including fresh cornbread (served with honey butter – YUM!), sweet cream cole slaw, southern-style potato salad, and grilled vegetables with smoked olive oil.  Vegetarians can chow down on some warm vegetarian campfire chili or mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette and roasted pepper ranch dressing. In addition, kids can enjoy their own special buffet featuring items like Creamy Mickey Roni Cheese, chicken fingers, and potato barrels.

Delicious Desserts
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Did someone say “dessert”?

Try some yummy salted caramel cookie bars, cherry pie shots, or assorted sliced fresh melon. And in celebration of the 4th of July holiday, grab a patriotic Red, White, and Blue Cake Push Pop!

Contemporary Resort backlit with fireworks
Photo Courtesy of Disney Destinations/Disney Travel News

Is there more?

Yes! A rootin’ tootin’ DJ will spin Woody’s favorite tunes from a rustic toy set right in the heart of it all. Kids can go have some fun with activities like the Trick Ropin’ Toy, Make-Your-Own Toy Station, camp-style carnival games, and a larger-than-life balloon artist who can recreate their favorite Toy Story characters. And finally, at the end of the night, you’ll be invited out to the Porte Cochére to end the evening with a viewing of the famous Magic Kingdom Park nighttime spectacular.

This limited-time event is happening for three nights only, July 4-6, from 6:15-9:15pm each night at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot before it’s too late! Tickets are $149 for adults and $99 for children ages 3-9, tax and gratuity included. To make reservations, call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463) or contact your favorite Vacations with Character® Travel Professional to book a package that includes this event!

Please note: all menu item and event experiences are subject to change without notice. Space is limited!

New Dining Adventure Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom®

Drawing inspiration from the many facets of African cultures and animals, Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night will offer a unique way to dine in a family-friendly progressive experience honoring some of the most majestic and endangered African animals all while celebrating the beloved story of “The Lion King.”

Your journey will begin with a welcome reception at the Wildlife Express Train Station. There, you’ll receive light hors d’oeuvres, snacks, and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) while enjoying acoustic music. Afterward, you’ll take a fun-filled adventure to the train station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, where you’ll be greeted with more light bites and sips. Some familiar friends,  Timon and Rafiki, will also be hanging out in the train station ready to meet you with some engaging, fun activities for all ages. Once you finish up at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, you can hop back on the train and get ready to venture over to Harambe Market for the main event, where you’ll enjoy an array of sweet and savory dishes paired with unique beverages throughout the marketplace.

During the night, you’ll take in sights, sounds, and scrumptious flavors in celebration of “The Lion King” and the Big Five game animals: the African elephant, the rhinoceros, the Cape buffalo, the leopard, and our host animal, the lion. Along the way, you’ll learn more about the importance of the Big Five and the challenges they face around the world as well as how Disney is working to protect them.

Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night begins on July 24, 2019, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Pricing is $125 plus tax for adults and $99 plus tax for children ages 3-9 and separate park admission is required. Reservations can be made starting April 3, 2019 by calling 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463) or by contacting your Vacations with Character® Travel Professional.