Cyber Week Offers: Save up to 25% on Select Disney Cruises!

While it’s true the best way to save on Disney Cruise Line is to book early, we have a few special offers to share!
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The following cruise is eligible for 25% off prevailing rates as quoted by Disney Cruise Line when you book an Oceanview Category with Restrictions (Category OGT):

7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans on February 14, 2020 aboard the Disney Wonder

For the first time ever with Disney Cruise Line, embark on a week-long adventure from New Orleans, a fascinating city to explore before or after your cruise. You’ll travel to a trio of exotic Caribbean destinations brimming with unique excursions, recreational activities and natural wonders. Stops include Falmouth, Jamaica, Cozumel, Mexico and George Town, Grand Cayman. Plus, your 3 days at sea will feature dazzling entertainment, delicious dining and so much more!

Example fare: $1,491 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of $122 per person not included.

The follow cruises are eligible for 20% off prevailing rates as quoted by Disney Cruise Line by booking Verandah Category with Restrictions (Category VGT):

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral with Star Wars Day at Sea on February 22, 2020 aboard the Disney Fantasy

RELATED: 5 Reasons to Take a Star Wars Day at Sea Disney Cruise

Get ready for an out-of-this-world adventure aboard the Disney Fantasy! Enjoy 3 days at sea, including Star Wars Day where you’ll encounter some of your favorite Characters, enjoy interactive experience, stellar fireworks and so much more. The excitement doesn’t end there—a stop in Tortola features Pirate Night, and other full-filled ports include St. Thomas and Disney Castaway Cay

Example fare: $1,834 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of $96 per person not included.

7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral with Star Wars Day at Sea on February 29, 2020 aboard the Disney Fantasy

A must for the Star Wars buff, this stellar sailing aboard the Disney Fantasy features stops in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth and Disney Castaway Cay—our private island paradise in The Bahamas. You’ll also enjoy 2 fun-filled days at sea, including one Star Wars-themed day packed with epic character encounters, movie screenings, interactive activities, fireworks and much more. Plus, your home port is just an hour from the magic of Walt Disney World Resort.

Example fare: $1,687 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of $120 per person not included.

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral on March 7, 2020 aboard the Disney Fantasy

Set sail aboard the Disney Fantasy and drop anchor in Tortola as well as St. Thomas and Disney Castaway Cay—our private island paradise in The Bahamas. Your 3 days at sea will feature dazzling entertainment, delicious dining and so much more! Plus, your home port is just an hour from the magic of Walt Disney World Resort.

Example fare: $1,960 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of $96 per person not included.

4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral on March 9, 2020 aboard the Disney Dream

Launching from Port Canaveral, Florida, this must-sea cruise includes stops in Nassau and Disney Castaway Cay. While in port, you can explore local treasures, examine marine life and so much more! Day 4 offers a full day at sea for you to enjoy world-class entertainment, delectable dishes and one-of-a-kind clubs.

Example fare: $1,272 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses of $73 per person not included.

The following cruises are eligible for 20% off prevailing rates as quoted by Disney Cruise Line by booking Inside Category with Restrictions (Category IGT):

5-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Miami with Marvel Day at Sea on February 29, 2020 aboard the Disney Magic

RELATED: Channel your Inner Super Hero with Marvel Day at Sea

Passengers, Assemble! Set sail from Miami, Florida with a mighty gathering of superheroes. Enjoy two full days at sea where you can suit up, engage in Marvel Day trivia, meet some of your favorite heroes and so much more! You’ll also enjoy stops in George Town, Grand Cayman and Disney Castaway Cay—our private island paradise in The Bahamas.

Example fare: $960 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of $113 per person not included.

4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami on April 2, 2020 aboard the Disney Magic

Take off from Miami and get ready for 4 fun-filled nights aboard the Disney Magic! Enjoy a stop at Key West, Florida before sailing through The Bahamas where you’ll visit ports at Disney Castaway Cay and Nassau.

Example fare: $864 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of $121 per person not included.

5-Night Pacific Coast Cruise from San Diego ending in Vancouver starting April 24, 2020 aboard the Disney Wonder

Start your vacation with Mickey’s Sail-A-Wave Party!… A Bon Voyage Celebration and get ready for 5 nights of Disney fun. Along the way, you’ll enjoy stops in San Francisco, California and Victoria (British Columbia), Canada. Plus, 2 full days at sea give you the opportunity to enjoy world-class entertainment, delicious dining and so much more aboard the Disney Wonder!

Example fare: $955 per person, based on double occupancy. Taxes, Fees, and Port Expenses of $169 per person not included.

Please read the important details below, then contact us to book one of these special offers today — this sale won’t last and cabins will fill up! Simply visit our website and click on “Book Your Vacation” , then select your favorite Vacations with Character® Travel Professional.

VERY Important Details on Inside Category with Restrictions, Oceanview Category with Restrictions and Verandah Category with Restrictions (Category IGT, OGT and VGT):

  • Valid for new bookings only
  • Full payment is required at the time of booking for all Guests and is non-refundable.
  • Full legal names of all Guests are required at time of booking and no name changes are allowed.
  • Specific stateroom will be assigned at a later time, based on availability.

Important Details

  • Rate does not include gratuities or Port Adventures.
  • Not combinable with Disney Vacation Club Points.
  • The number of staterooms allocated for this offer is limited.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts.
  • Rates are in U.S. dollars.
  • Offer subject to Disney Cruise Line Terms and Conditions.
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10 Top Tips for ‘Getting your Pirate On’ at Walt Disney World Resort

Ahoy, mateys! It’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day, and to celebrate, we’re sharing the top 10 ways to experience a Pirate’s Life in Walt Disney World!

Captain Hook
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1) Dive Into Your Very Own Pirate Tale at The Pirates League in Magic Kingdom. Guests 3 years and up can come aboard for a swashbuckling pirate transformation that can include a hairstyle, facial effect and other special treasures. Or choose a deluxe head-to-toe makeover into a mesmerizing mermaid or pirate captain!

2) Play A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas. Join an interactive hunt for secret treasures hidden throughout Adventureland. Just head over to The Crow’s Nest and pick up a talisman that magically allows you to read a secret treasure map. Then it’s all hands on deck as you hunt for treasure!

3) Younger scallywags 4 to 12 can fearlessly channel their inner pirate on water with Pirate Adventure Cruises, which feature fun activities like donning bandanas and treasure hunting like true pirates.

4) Seasoned sailors and dessert lovers can set their sights on The Pirates & Pals Fireworks Dessert Voyage. Enjoy a boat ride starting from Disney’s Contemporary Resort that includes a treasure trove of delicious dessert options, perfect for snacking on before meeting Captain Hook and Mr. Smee.

5) Experience a swashbuckling attraction and pretend you’re a Lost Boy or one of Captain Hook’s crew on Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasyland. Climb aboard a gentle pirate galleon and set sail across the sky to Never Land!

6) Embark on a thrilling adventure on Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland, which features a lively Halloween overlay exclusively offered during nights of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

7) Salute your favorite Scallywags and give Captain Hook your most convincing “Arrrgh!” during Magic Kingdom Park’s daily “Festival of Fantasy Parade,”. You’ll find Captain Hook, Mr. Smee and Tick-Tock scouring the parade route for Wendy and Peter Pan.

8) Those interested in nighttime family-friendly frights can shake hands with the most fearless pirate in the Caribbean, Captain Jack Sparrow, in Adventureland exclusively offered during nights of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – or catch Jack sparring with Captain Barbossa aboard their ship during the “Boo-To-You Halloween Parade.” 

9) For buccaneers 4 to 12 with still more energy to burn, Disney’s Beach Club Resort offers a fun and safe evening of mischief with a pirate’s feast included. Because after a full day of pirate living, everyone can use a little treasured rest and relaxation!

10) Check into the Captain’s Quarters and walk the plank into your comfortable pirate-themed quarters at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to relax and recuperate from a thrilling day in the life of a pirate.

If a pirate’s life is for you, contact us and we’ll be sure to help you plan a swashbuckling adventure!

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5 Reasons To Take a Star Wars Day at Sea Cruise

From January to March 2020, you can enjoy out-of-this-galaxy experiences on special seven-night Caribbean cruises aboard the Disney Fantasy.

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It doesn’t matter if you are Padawans or Jedis. When it comes to your knowledge of the saga, there are fun activities for everyone! Here are the top five legendary experiences you can have while sailing on the high seas.

1. Feel the Force with out-of-this-galaxy entertainment.

Watch as some of the saga’s most iconic moments come to life during this exclusive, nighttime deck show. See some of Star Wars most popular characters, including Rey! Immerse yourself and let the Force flow through you during the fireworks at sea spectacular set to John Williams’ Star Wars score.

2. Help Chewbacca in a fun-filled scavenger hunt.

There are porgs onboard! You can help your favorite Wookiee find the porgs that are wreaking havoc throughout the ship. At the end, you can also meet Chewbacca as he congratulates you on a job well done!

3. Experience epic encounters.

Whether you are a part of the light side or have dabbled into the dark side, you’re sure to see some familiar and exciting faces. Meet Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Darth Vader during scheduled photo sessions. Be on the lookout…you might just see some First Order Stormtroopers or Jawas wandering around the ship.

4. Brush up on Star Wars knowledge.

During the sailing, all films in the Star Wars saga will air on the big screen so you can jog your memory. You can also stop by Star Wars 101, an interactive session designed to give you the lowdown on all things Star Wars. Once you’re a Star Wars expert, gather the family and join a game of Star Wars trivia!

5. Let the little ones have their own fun.

Inside Disney’s Oceaneer Club, little rebels can join the Resistance when members of the resistance and BB-8 come by looking for recruits. In the Star Wars: Command Post, kids can even defend against the First Order during a fun puzzle-solving adventure game.

This one-day event is perfect for those who want to combine the magic of a Disney cruise with the thrilling adventures of Star Wars. Consider adding on a pre or post-cruise visit to Hollywood Studios to see the all new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as well! We can make it happen and we never charge a fee.  Contact a Vacations with Character® Travel Professional for a free, n0-obligation quote today!

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First Look at Disney Wish and New Disney Island

At the D23 Expo 2019 yesterday, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman, Bob Chapek, announced the highly anticipated name of the fifth Disney Cruise Line ship, Disney Wish. It’s very fitting because making wishes come true is at the heart of so many Disney stories.
New Disney Wish stearn of ship featuring Rapunzel
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A beloved hallmark of Disney Cruise Line is a tradition to adorn the back of their ships with an iconic character that reflects the theme of each vessel. For the Disney Wish, the ship’s stern will feature Rapunzel. Our favorite artsy princess, paintbrush in hand, uses her enchanted hair to suspend herself as she decorates the stern of the ship with the help of her feisty sidekick, Pascal. Spirited, smart, curious and above all, adventurous, Rapunzel embodies the wish and desire to see and experience the world.

A first glance of the ship’s elegant atrium was also revealed:

Artist concept drawing of atrium for new cruise ship, Disney Wish
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The ship’s atrium will be a bright, airy and elegant space inspired by the beauty of an enchanted fairytale.

Castaway Cay, a beloved private Island of Disney Cruise Line, will be joined by a second tropical destination in The Bahamas, which will be located on the breathtaking island of Eleuthera at a place called Lighthouse Point. The new destination will celebrate both the stories of The Bahamas and the natural environment of Lighthouse Point itself.

Arial photo of Bahamian Island to be transformed for DIsney Cruise Line
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Bob was joined by Imagineer Joe Rohde to share a first look at the plans for the second island destination in The Bahamas.

Joe Rohde, whose work includes the design of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, has embarked on an in-depth cultural tour of The Bahamas. With local artists and cultural experts, he has explored cultural sites across New Providence and Eleuthera, from Junkanoo shacks to noted art galleries.

Joe points out that Disney will be directly involved in conservation efforts to preserve and protect the environment and will be working with local artists to create a unique destination that is rooted in Bahamian culture and filled with Disney magic.

Lighthouse Point will be a new Disney-owned and -managed port of call for Disney Cruise Line. The signature island experience will celebrate the spirit and culture of The Bahamas. (Disney)
Lighthouse Point will be a new Disney-owned and -managed port of call for Disney Cruise Line. The signature island experience will celebrate the spirit and culture of The Bahamas. (Disney)

Construction at Lighthouse Point will begin only after an Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Plan are reviewed and accepted by the Government of The Bahamas and public consultation has occurred. Construction could begin in 2020 with completion in late 2022 or 2023.

The Disney Wish is scheduled for delivery in late 2021 and will set sail in January 2022. The vessel will join Disney Cruise Line’s award-winning fleet where you experience the magic of Disney entertainment combined with the relaxation of tropical, sun-drenched beaches and the adventure of ocean cruising. Disney Wish will also be powered by liquefied natural gas and, at approximately 144,000 gross tons and 1,250 guest staterooms, be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

There’s so much to look forward to on the high seas! Stay tuned as we look forward to sharing more exciting details with you in the future. And in the meantime, it’s not to late to set sail on Disney’s Magic, Wonder, Dream or Fantasy. Contact us a for a free no-obligation quote!

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5 Reasons a Disney Cruise is a Dream Come True

Today we’re sharing 5 reasons a cruise aboard the Disney Dream is a dream come true. Take a look!

Disney Dream – Photo Courtesy of Disney Destinations

1. It’s the perfect option for a land and sea vacation. A short cruise aboard the Disney Dream is best when combined with a visit to the theme Parks. The Disney Dream departs from Port Canaveral, Florida, less than an hour drive from Walt Disney World® Resort, so you can easily extend your 3- or 4-night cruise into a week-long Disney vacation.

Mickey and Minnie in Magic Kingdom – Photo Courtesy of Disney Destinations

2. All Disney Dream cruises visit Disney’s dreamy private island, Castaway Cay. The views on Castaway Cay are like something out of a movie with pristine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters. The best part is that this sliver of paradise is fitted with everything you need for a day at the beach, including lounge chairs, umbrellas, hammocks, water activities and an all-you-care-to-eat lunch buffet.

Disney’s Private Island, Castaway Cay – Photo Courtesy of Disney Destinations

3. You’ll be enchanted by a tale as old as time in a whole new way. Exclusively on the Disney Dream, “Beauty and the Beast” is the newest Disney Cruise Line musical to hit the stage aboard this ship. The production was developed by a team of talented Broadway artists who adapted the story for the stage with innovative puppetry, cutting-edge theatrical design and breakthrough story-telling techniques.

Beauty and the Beast onboard the Disney Dream – Photo Courtesy of Disney Destinations

4. Everyone in the family will be entertained. Like all Disney ships, the Disney Dream has venues and activities designed specifically for each member of the family. While the kids are piloting the Millennium Falcon and making new friends in the youth spaces, the grown-ups can live it up in The District – a playground just for adults in the evenings. Of course, there’s a ton for the family to do together, too, like deck parties, live shows and the thrilling AquaDuck water coaster.

The Aquaduck – Photo Courtesy of Disney Destinations

5. There are plenty of ways for you to treat yourself. Whether you indulge in fine dining at Remy and Palo, a luxurious treatment at Senses Spa or a decadent dessert at Vanellope’s, you can spoil yourself and your loved ones all day long. To surprise the kids with something extra-special, book an appointment at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for a princess, knight or pirate makeover so they can feel like the royalty they truly are!

Adult time onboard the Disney Dream – Photo Courtesy of Disney Destinations

There’s something for everyone but don’t take our word for it — take a look at our free e-brochure: Disney Cruise Line

Then, see what sets Disney Cruise Line apart and sail for yourself onboard this award-winning cruise line by contacting one of our amazing Disney Specialist Travel Agents to book: www.vacationswithcharacter.com

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New Disney Cruise Line Holiday Sailings

Why not create a new family tradition? Celebrate the holidays at sea and be immersed in a winter wonderland of fun!

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Disney Cruise Line has recently opened several sail dates on the Disney Magic between Nov. 12, 2020 – Dec. 30, 2020 for Bahamian and Caribbean cruises departing from Miami, Florida. All new Disney Magic sailings, except those beginning on Dec. 26, 2020 and Dec. 30, 2020 are also part of Very Merrytime Cruises.

Too excited to wait? No problem. We have sail dates available for 2019 too…read on!

Delight in seasonal magic at sea and discover a jolly fusion of holiday-themed entertainment, activities and décor.  Share in the magic with festive onboard decorations that include a life-sized gingerbread house*, a 24-foot Christmas tree, garlands, poinsettias and shimmering lights, and experience merriment that’s sure to warm the hearts of the entire family, including:

  • Mickey’s Tree Lighting Magic Ceremony
    Kick off the season during this festive gala where kids can help light the ship’s Christmas Tree.
  • Mickey’s Winter Wonderland Ball
    Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a grand celebration in the atrium featuring Broadway-quality entertainment, Disney Characters and classic holiday tunes. Then, experience extra enchantment when a pair of royal sisters stops by and ushers in a flurry of “frozen” fun—plus a magical snowfall.
  • Deck the Deck Tropical Holiday Party
    Candy-cane limbo, dancing and games—share in the yuletide magic of the season during this jovial celebration.
  • Santa Claus Meet-and-Greet
    Share hugs and snap photos with the one-and-only Kris Kringle before he takes to the sky to deliver gifts to the children of the world.
  • Disney Character Greetings
    Meet some beloved Disney Characters in jolly holiday attire and take one-of-a-kind pictures to cherish throughout the year.
  • Gingerbread House
    Made completely from edible ingredients, the ship’s gingerbread house is a life-sized treat that you can photograph!
  • Storytime with Mrs. Claus
    Gather the children in the atrium to hear Mrs. Claus read well-known Christmas stories from her rocking chair by the tree.
  • Themed Activities and Crafts for Kids
    Decorate stockings, create festive cards, embark on a holiday scavenger hunt and more—it’s Christmas cheer for the young and young-at-heart.
  • Youth Parties
    Teens and tweens can party it up with new friends during music and dance extravaganzas that fill the air with joy.
  • Holiday Merchandise
    ‘Tis the season to pick up exclusive, holiday-themed Disney Cruise Line gifts for family and friends—and make Christmas wishes come true.

Plus, on December 24 and 25, enjoy these additional treats:

  • Cookies on Christmas Eve
  • Special holiday towel animals
  • Caroling with the kids and crew

There’s even holiday cheer at Castaway Cay!

A winter wonderland not only awaits you aboard each ship—but as well as on Castaway Cay! Disney’s private island paradise is transformed with “snow” flurries, a Christmas tree and more. Be on the lookout for Mr. and Mrs. Snowman, dressed in their island attire. Plus, the island’s tram is decorated to resemble a reindeer, complete with antlers and a tail.

Need even more reason to sail with Disney Cruise Line? Did you know Disney Cruise Line has received more than 250 distinguished awards from the travel industry since first setting sail in 1998? 

In addition to the holiday activities offered, when you sail with Disney Cruise Line, you’ll find it’s all those little extras you receive that add up to the most incredible vacation of your life. It’s all the accommodations, dining and entertainment – all included in the price of your cruise!

Don’t miss our Very Merrytime Cruise offerings during select sail dates in 2019 and 2020. Book now or book ahead and layaway the vacation you have been dreaming of!

2019 Sail Dates

Disney Magic November 10, 2019 – December 21, 2019
Disney Wonder November 8, 2019 – December 20, 2019
Disney Dream November 8, 2019 – December 23, 2019
Disney Fantasy November 9, 2019 – December 21, 2019

2020 Sail Dates

Disney Magic November 1, 2020 – December 30, 2020
Disney Wonder November 6, 2020 – December 24, 2020
Disney Dream November 13, 2020 – December 24, 2020
Disney Fantasy November 6, 2020 – December 19, 2020

Are you ready to celebrate Christmas like never before? Vacations with Character® is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. Contact one of our  expert Travel Professionals for more information or visit us at www.vacationswithcharacter.com and fill out a simple quote form! Your family will love you for it!

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*The life-sized gingerbread house is usually constructed in November and will not be available on early November sailings. It should be completed and ready for viewing during the last week of November.

Please note, as always, holiday activities and offerings are subject to change and may vary by ship and itinerary.

 

Disney Cruise Line – Halloween on the High Seas

Creating Unforgettable Vacation Experiences — with Character — is the Primary Motivation of our Dedicated Vacations with Character® Team.

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! ♥

 

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Gets New Signature Makeover on Disney Cruise Line

little girl dressed in a beautiful gown and tierra, at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on Disney Cruise Line ship
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There is nothing like sailing with Disney Cruise Line. It’s no wonder praises and awards abound! 

Especially designed with families in mind, these elegant ships effortlessly blend family-friendly experiences, superb entertainment, immersive, one-of-a-kind experiences, and splashes of magic — all with  the attention to detail Disney is known for.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is one such experience offered onboard. Here, your princesses and pirates can get a makeover unlike no other! And recently making its debut to all four Disney Cruise Line ships is a new Signature Rapunzel Makeover Experience. T
ruly fit for royalty, little princesses will be dressed in a stunning, heirloom-quality gown featuring a latticed bodice and rich fabrics. To complete the look, Fairy Godmothers-in-training adorn each with a crystal tiara, a gold-plated sun pendant necklace, and a gold-plated and sterling silver bracelet with pink, purple and white Swarovski stones. Add the princess shoes and sash, imperial hairstyling, nail polish, shimmery makeup and sparkling face gems, and the royal transformation is complete!

This new Signature Rapunzel package also includes an ultra-luxurious white robe with lavender trim and crown embroideries, plus an organza garment bag and a satin hanger. This package costs $450 per princess and other packages are available. Makeovers at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique can be booked online in advance of embarkation or onboard the ship during a cruise.

There is no better time to plan a cruise onboard one of these amazing ships! Be sure to contact one of our Travel Professionals for a free, no-obligation quote or to book: www.vacationswithcharacter.com

 

#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.

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Ralph and Vanellope’s New Portal to the Internet is Open at Epcot:
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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
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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.

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Join Super Heroes During Disneyland After Dark: Heroes Assemble
Disneyland After Dark: Heroes Assemble poster
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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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Royal Caribbean Cruise News for 2019

An update on our family programming
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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