Top 5 Updates for Walt Disney World

It’s been a busy week for Disney Destinations and we thought we’d share the top 5 things you might want to know about!
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1) Three new films will debut Jan. 17, 2020, at Epcot, on the same day the Epcot International Festival of the Arts begins!

“Awesome Planet”, in The Land pavilion, showcases the Earth’s beauty and diversity in a 10-minute film featuring spectacular imagery, in-theater effects and an original musical score from Academy Award-winning® composer Steven Price.

“Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along”, in the France pavilion, is directed and produced by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films, and invites Guests to participate in a twist on a tale as old as time. It also features narration from Angela Lansbury, who played Mrs. Potts in the original film. The new sing-along will run in rotation with “Impressions de France,” which will receive an upgrade to 4K projection.

And “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360”, in the Canada pavilion, is an update to the previous “O Canada!” film with new scenes, a new musical score by Canadian composer Andrew Lockington and new narration by award-winning actors Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy.

2) We were given a “first look” inside Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at Epcot!
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Chef Remy is cooking up something special at Epcot®, and Walt Disney Imagineering is hard at work developing a new attraction for the park’s France pavilion, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, planned to open in summer 2020. Based on Disney and Pixar’s hit film, “Ratatouille,” this family-friendly attraction will invite you to shrink down to the scale of a rat for a culinary adventure with Chef Remy. You will race across Gusteau’s kitchen floor aboard special trackless ride vehicles, which you can see in the image at the top of this post.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is one of several new experiences coming to Epcot as part of the park’s historic transformation already underway.

3) New Details were revealed on restaurants coming to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue

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The new fast-casual restaurant, opening this winter at The American Adventure in Epcot, will serve classic barbecue and home-style craft brews. When Guests step into the pavilion, they’ll be greeted by the enticing aromas of barbecue coming from a large smoker located in the center of the outdoor bar and seating area. Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue will celebrate American backyard barbecue with flavors from different regions around the United States.

Space 220 Restaurant

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Space 220 is a new table-service restaurant debuting this winter at Epcot next to Mission: SPACE. Imagine entering a restaurant and stepping into a special space elevator that will take you 220 miles above the earth’s surface, offering incredible celestial views! Doesn’t this sound amazing? You’ll feel as if you’re traveling straight up into space to dock next to the Centauri Space Station suspended just beyond the orbit of Mission: SPACE. We can’t wait for the journey!

Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant

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Coming in 2020 to Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a new table-service restaurant that invites you to a rootin’, tootin’ rodeo right in Andy’s back yard! Here, you’ll be immersed with all your favorite toy pals in the western atmosphere of Woody’s Roundup providing a fun, family-friendly dining experience that could only be had in Toy Story Land. A new artist concept image (see above) emphasizes the theme of the new dining locale constructed from Andy’s favorite larger-than-life play sets and games.

4) JUST ANNOUNCED: Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser to Debut in 2021 at Walt Disney World Resort
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Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will begin transporting Guests from Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida to a galaxy far, far away beginning in 2021. This is a new type of immersive vacation that only Disney could create – a two-night, cruise-style itinerary where you become the hero of your own adventure in an experience that surrounds you 24/7 in Star Wars storytelling.

In a new artist concept rendering just released (above), you get a first look at what you’ll see when you arrive for your Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser vacation. The Galactic Starcruiser Terminal is where you’ll begin your Star Wars experience!

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Whether you show up via personal vehicle, Disney transportation or by landspeeder, curb-side check-in prepares you to leave Earth behind, jump to lightspeed and begin your Star Wars story. From the Starcruiser Terminal, Guests will enter an exclusive launch pod transport ship (above) for travel up to the Halcyon, the starcruiser in a galaxy far, far away. Through the pod’s viewports, it looks as though you’re traveling through space to approach the massive ship that is much too large to land on any planet.

A “spaceport of call” to Black Spire Outpost is included in the itinerary, where special passenger transports take you to the planet Batuu (also known as the destination for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®). You’ll remain fully in-story as you step aboard the transport ships designed specifically for this new immersive experience, which take you from Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and back.  For Star Wars fans, this promises to be an amazing experience like no other and we’ll be reporting on all the future details as they are announced.

5) The groundbreaking new Disney attraction Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is officially open at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® – and we’re excited to say Guests are loving it! See for yourself:

Stay tuned to our blog for updates and information to come or to book your next vacation to experience a Disney Destination and see what all the hype is about! Our services are free for our clients but our experience and expertise are priceless! www.vacationswithcharacter.com

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‘Frozen’ Experiences Worth Melting Over at Disneyland Resort

DID YOU KNOW the movie Frozen technically took 70 years to get made? It’s origin is the story – The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson. Walt Disney ‘dreamed’ of adapting the story into a movie as early as 1937!
Anna and Elsa character meet and greet – Frozen – Disney Animation Building – Hollywood Land – Disney California Adventure Park – Disneyland Resort – 11/22/19 (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

The heart-warming tale of the unstoppable sisters Anna and Elsa continues in the recently released “Frozen 2” film. This holiday season, you can see “Frozen 2” now in theaters and experience the magic of “Frozen” and “Frozen 2” at the Disneyland® Resort. It’s not too late to book a quick get-a-way!

At Disney California Adventure® Park

1. Travel to Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome at the Disney Animation building and meet the loving sisters who are now appearing in their new looks inspired by the recently released “Frozen 2” film.

2. Catch the sensational theatrical production of “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” and relive the story of the first movie. For a limited time, a special look at moments from “Frozen 2” will be presented prior to the production.

3. Do You Want to Build a Snowman? You can learn to “build” Olaf in a unique class taught by a Disney artist at the Animation Academy. The finished piece of art makes for a unique holiday season souvenir. And, you can come nose-to-carrot with this lovable character and get a warm hug.

4. Experience the return of “World of Color – Season of Light” featuring favorite “Frozen” characters. Watch as young Anna and Elsa play in the snow with Olaf trailing along, and feel the love as Anna and Kristoff kiss at the end of a scene that features the holiday classic, “Baby, it’s Cold Outside.”

At Disneyland® Park

5. Enjoy “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, which includes appearances by Anna, Elsa and Olaf bidding a warm winter welcome from their magical “Frozen” float.

6. Head to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique where young royalty-in-training can transform into Anna and Elsa with hairstyles, outfits, makeup, nail polish and accessories inspired by both films. To reserve this package ask your Vacations with Character ® Travel Agent or call directly to book at 714-781-STYLE (714-781-7895). Note: separate theme park admission is required!

At the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort

7. When you stay in one of the three on-property hotels you can give the gift of a “Frozen”-themed in-room celebration from Disney Floral and Gifts. This package includes a “Frozen” door banner, snowflake confetti, pillow blanket, tote, light-up lanyards, autograph book and more.

Around the Disneyland Resort

8. Dance around the park or after you return home as you enjoy the sounds from the new movie with the Frozen 2 Official Playlist, a specially-curated Apple Music® playlist within the Play Disney Parks app.

9. Celebrate your love for “Frozen” with something to take home like a souvenir! Items include Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Sven plush; ornaments, apparel, drink ware and pins – plus new role play inspired by Anna and Elsa. You can even show off your “Frozen” fandom with the latest Arendelle Aqua collection inspired by the films with head wear, accessories and men’s and women’s apparel.

10. Add to the “Frozen” magic with specialty eats and treats! An Arendelle Aqua Mickey-shaped macaron with buttercream, blueberries and cream filling can be found at Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream in Disney California Adventure Park, and at Jolly Holiday Bakery Café in Disneyland Park. Additionally, a fun Sven sipper can now be found at Red Rose Taverne and Maurice’s Treats in Disneyland Park, and at the Hyperion cart at Disney California Adventure Park.

Contact your favorite Vacations with Character® Travel Agent to book. There’s never been a better time to visit the Disneyand Resort in California! www.vacationswithcharacter.com

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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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Channel Your Inner Super Hero with Marvel Day at Sea

In just over a month, Marvel Day at Sea returns to the Disney Magic and it’s not too late to book  your next adventure!

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On special five-night Caribbean and Bahamian cruises sailing from Miami in early 2020, you can enjoy a thrilling, day-long adventure by immersing yourself into Marvel comics, films and animated series. With activities for the entire family, everyone can tap into their own, inner Super Hero!

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Journey into the Mystic Arts with Doctor Strange
In the Walt Disney Theatre, learn the power of the Mystic Arts and join the battle against the Dark Dimension with the help of Doctor Strange. Guests can even try their hand at creating inter-dimensional portals.

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Train in the Marvel Super Hero Academy
Super Heroes are assembling to teach the heroic values of enlightenment, worthiness and loyalty through a variety of courses in the Marvel Super Hero Academy. Inside Disney’s Oceaneer Club, kids learn to summon their inner super strength, participate in special secret agent training sessions and visit with some of their favorite Super Heroes like Spider-Man and Thor.

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Assemble for the “Heroes Unite” deck show
The entire family can assemble to witness this exciting battle at sea where Marvel Super Heroes and Villains face off in an epic finale. This nighttime spectacular features incredible stunts, special effects, pyrotechnics and music.

Escape to the Ravagers Night Club
In this adult-exclusive experience, dance the night away with favorite hits from Awesome Mix Volumes 1 & 2 and sip cocktails in Fathoms. Star-Lord and Gamora may even stop by to enjoy the festivities.

Throughout the ship, there are even more exciting activities to take part in! For example, you can suit up as your favorite Marvel Super Hero or Villain in a costume celebration, test your Marvel knowledge with a game of family trivia and learn how to draw popular Marvel Super Heroes in the Animation Academy.

RELATED: 5 Reasons a Disney Cruise is a Dream Come True!

Are you ready to celebrate your inner super hero? Contact us for a free, no-obligation quote today! www.vacationswithcharacter.com

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New Holiday Projections, Decor & More Debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom “unwrapped” and introduced the biggest holiday season in the park’s two-decade history, with festive new entertainment and holiday décor in every land!
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Here’s the new adventures that await you:

Discovery Island will play host to life-sized animal puppets during the day. As the sun sets, the Tree of Life will boast a shimmery new look and will periodically “awaken” with a series of wintry tales accompanied by a holiday musical score.

Over in DinoLand, U.S.A., all of Donald Duck’s friends gathering for Donald’s Dino-Bash! get into the spirit with colorful holiday decorations that they have each chosen in their own style.

The Asia section of the park is celebrating Diwali, the Holiday Festival of Lights in India. Here, guests can see glowing lanterns and more illuminating the main square that leads to the waterfront stage – home to authentic and colorful cultural performances.

The Africa section of the park will welcome guests with a unique holiday presentation that fuses Western traditions with the colors and texture of authentic African celebrations.

Guests can also find out-of-this-world holiday fun at Pandora – The World of Avatar. Ex-pats living and working on the moon of Pandora have rolled out holiday cheer with a display of whimsical holiday décor, pairing vintage pieces from Earth with items handcrafted from Pandora.

There’s never a better time to enjoy the holidays in Walt Disney World!

RELATED: Experience a Holiday of Fun at Walt Disney World!

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Disney Villains After Hours Returns to Magic Kingdom Park With More Nights and More Wicked Fun!

Guests loved Disney Villains After Hours so much that next year it’s coming back to Magic Kingdom® Park with more nights and more wicked fun for all!
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In 2020, the event will take place on 24 select nights Feb. 7 through July 10! Yes, that’s 14 additional nights!  

Disney Villains After Hours is bringing back the villain-themed elements you loved:

  • “Villains Unite the Night” stage show. Hades and Meg from “Hercules” will set the castle stage ablaze in this exciting and villainous show which also features appearances by Jafar, The Queen, Dr. Facilier and Maleficent.
  • Maleficent the Dragon, with her Steampunk style and signature wicked grin, will be let loose at night – breathing fire as she creeps through the park as a one-of-a-kind experience for party Guests.
  • Dance party at Cinderella Castle Forecourt stage, where a party DJ will be spinning some sick beats, transforming the entire Central Plaza of the park into a killer club scene.
  • Surprising, villain-inspired additions to Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain.
  • A variety of wickedly good specialty food & beverage offerings will be available for purchase, including tasty desserts, drinks and dishes inspired by favorite villainous friends.
  • Event attendees can purchase exclusive merchandise, as well as items from a curated collection of the best Disney Villains merchandise available.
  • Low wait times at more than 25 attractions and experiences after the park closes to day Guests.

Tickets for Disney Villains After Hours go on sale today! You can save by purchasing tickets in advance for $145 plus tax or $155 plus tax on the event night. That’s at $10 savings if you buy early!

Event tickets allow entry as early as 7 p.m., which gives you time to enjoy fireworks before heading off to the attractions. Select complimentary snacks and beverages are also included in the cost of admission.

While this event does not include character greetings with the Villains, you can still show off your sinister side by dressing in attire inspired by your favorite baddie and share your experience using the #VillainsAfterHours hashtag.

Don’t get scammed!! Contact your favorite Vacations with Character® Travel Agent to purchase tickets or to book a vacation to include this special event. Vacations with Character® is an Authorized Ticket Seller and Authorized Vacation Planner for Disney Theme Parks and Destinations! We never charge fees but our experience and expertise are priceless!

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas in Universal Orlando!

Universal Orlando is gearing up for a beautiful holiday season! Take a sneak peek at some of the decorations going up around Islands of Adventure and find out why YOU need to vacation in Universal Orlando this holiday season.
Holiday Decorations Going Up at Universal Orlando Resort – photo credit: Derek Funk

There’s so much fun to be had during the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort! Add in fun decor, special attractions and adorable shows, and it’s no wonder why it’s a “must do” for many families each year.

Holiday Decorations Going Up at Universal Orlando Resort
Holiday Decorations Going Up at Universal Orlando Resort – photo credit: Derek Funk

Who doesn’t love the Grinch?! You can catch him in The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular daily. This adorable live performance is a retelling of the classic holiday tale starring The Grinch™. Afterward, you can even meet the maven of mischief himself for an autograph and photos!

Holiday Decorations Going Up at Universal Orlando Resort – photo credit: Derek Funk

The Cat in the Hat attraction is getting in on some holiday action!

Holiday Decorations Going Up at Universal Orlando Resort – photo credit: Derek Funk

If I Ran the Zoo, I’d decorate them too!

Holiday Decorations Going Up at Universal Orlando Resort – photo credit: Derek Funk

If you have never thought about visiting Universal Orlando for the holidays, you should! There’s so much to see…so much to do! Here’s a few more highlights of the seasonal events:

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

  • Experience Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ as Diagon Alley™ and Hogsmeade™ are transformed with festive decor and special entertainment. The Frog Choir sings seasonal melodies and there are special treats and drinks to share. Then, at dusk a dazzling projection of holiday spirit, The Magic of Christmas, unfolds on Hogwarts™ Castle.
  • At the Grinch™ & Friends Character Breakfast, choose from irresistible entrees and get your camera ready. The mischievous Grinch™ himself will make the rounds, stopping to pose for photos and share hilariously snarky small talk. (Separately ticketed experience.)
  • Merry and Mayhem combine as the Minions join Santa Claus in Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, a favorite treat that also features characters from Madagascar and Shrek. It’s not to be missed!
  • The best-selling holiday artist of all time also visits Universal Studios as Mannheim Steamroller returns for live performances on select nights and it’s included (yes, you read that right!) with your Universal Studios Florida admission. Concert Dates are Saturday and Sundays: Nov. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15.
  • From Thanksgiving to Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s, all the traditional feasts and festivities are happening in the onsite resorts plus a few surprises! Enjoy classic favorites like ornament decorating, and visits with Santa along with tree and menorah lighting ceremonies. You can also take a break from cooking and savor delicious holiday meals at acclaimed restaurants as well as additional activities for the whole family. You might even catch some rockin’ holiday parties!

    Create more memorable holiday moments and contact us for a free quote! We offer a best-price guarantee, never charge fees, and our experience is priceless!

Be sure to stay tuned for more info and live updates to come as we get closer to Thanksgiving. We’ll be venturing into the the parks and resorts and we can’t wait to share it with you!

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Experience a Holiday of Fun at Walt Disney World®

Good news! Due to overwhelming demand, Disney has increased availability for the 2019 Ultimate Disney Christmas Package and extended the booking window for this special offer!
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This package is a great way for you to experience all the holiday fun of a Walt Disney World® Resort vacation, with an itinerary full of Yuletide offerings – including a five-night stay at a select Disney resort hotel from Dec. 21-26, 2019. Also included are four-day theme park tickets with the Park Hopper® Option, plus some exclusive holiday experiences just for Guests taking advantage of this magical offer.

Some highlights include:

  • Saturday, Dec. 21: Exclusive nighttime access to experience Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey and Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. Plus, you can catch an exclusive showing of the park’s new “Rivers of Light: We Are One” show on Discovery River.
  • Sunday, Dec. 22: Tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, where you can see the brand-new “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks” nighttime spectacular.
  • Monday, Dec. 23, or Tuesday, Dec. 24 (one night per reservation): Access to an exclusive reserved viewing area to watch “Epcot® Forever,” the new nighttime spectacular at Epcot. Plus, each Guest (ages 3 and older) receives a digital $50 Epcot Theme Park Dine Promo Card to use at participating locations in the park.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 25: An Ultimate Disney Christmas gift delivered to your resort hotel room!

The holiday season is a special time at The Most Magical Place on Earth, from snow dancing above along Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom® Park to sumptuous smells wafting out of Holiday Kitchens in Epcot, or new festive décor at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to high-tech projection shows at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. These are just a few of the holiday happenings taking place across all four theme parks, just waiting for you to discover!

Ultimate Holiday Offer for Walt Disney World 2019

The Ultimate Disney Christmas Package now can be booked through Nov. 23, 2019. Contact us for more information or to book and give the gift of magic this holiday season! When you book your vacation with us, our services are free and you’ll receive our expert advice on where to go, what to see and do, where to eat as well as tip sheets, park maps and more! https://vacationswithcharacter.net/disney.html

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5 New Things to Look Forward to at Universal Orlando!

A lot of changes have occurred at Universal Orlando this year and more are coming. Here’s a list of our favorites to share!
Bourne Stuntacular Logo and Background
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1) COMING IN SPRING OF 2020, Universal Studios Florida debuts this new live-action stunt show that will leave audiences wondering, “How on earth did they do that?” Through a cutting-edge fusion of stagecraft and film, you’ll follow hero Jason Bourne across three continents as sinister characters pursue him, hoping to bring him in. Brace yourself for The Bourne Stuntacular!  You won’t just watch it – you’ll feel it.

Take a sneak peek at the new attraction entrance…the walls are down!

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2) NOW OPEN FOR BOOKING: Running Universal

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Running Universal packages are now available to book for Orlando and Hollywood! Get ready to see Universal Orlando Resort like you’ve never experienced it before as Running Universal presents the first ever Epic Character Race 5K and 10K weekend. Join your favorite characters and run through the heart of Universal Orlando Resort. You’ll enjoy special photo ops, take home brag-worthy medals, commemorative swag and a weekend of unforgettable memories. Contact us to book!

3) NOW OPEN: Bigfire Restaurant in CityWalk

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Universal Citywalk’s bold new restaurant is now open, adding to the collection of amazing restaurant selections. American fare like steaks and freshwater cuisine are given the fire-kissed treatment. Bigfire is a wonderful addition to the unique and fun venues at CityWalk.

4) NOW OPEN: TODAY Cafe in Universal Studios Florida™

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“Introducing the first ever TODAY Cafe at Universal Studios Florida™. NBC’s top-rated morning show is the inspiration for this one of a kind cafe. With its stage lighting and TODAY show segments on the big screen TVs you’ll feel like you’re actually on the TODAY set. One of the standout features of the cafe will be seasonal dishes inspired by a TODAY personality.”

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Filled with baked goods, salads, sandwiches and specialty coffees – including a unique blend created specifically for the TODAY Cafe – this is a great place to stop in for a coffee break or grab a snack, lunch or dinner. The TODAY Cafe will make you feel a part of the show’s Studio 1A experience every time you visit.

5) STILL SHOWING: Dark Arts at Hogwarts™ Castle

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“As darkness falls at Hogwarts™ castle, Dementors™, Death Eaters™ and other unspeakable creatures cloak the stone walls with sinister images from the darker side of magic. Experience the fire-engulfed army of Inferi, the soul-draining breath of Dementors™ and the haunting image of Lord Voldemort™ as you stare in awe at the castle’s takeover. It’s an ominous new spectacle of light and music at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.” Running for select nights Sept. 14–Nov. 15, this is a show you won’t want to miss!

If you are interested in more information, simply reach out to us via our websites and fill out a quote form or shoot us an  email at https://universalvacationplanners.com/ or https://vacationswithcharacter.net/universal-orlando.html. We’re always here to help you celebrate life with an adventure and Universal Orlando is a great way to do just that!

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Important Updates on Disney Skyliner

We know many of you have been looking for an update on Disney Skyliner and are glad to share that it has reopened to Guests today!
Courtesy of Disney Travel News

Disney has asked us to share the following information:

“Following a complete review with the manufacturer, we’ve made adjustments to our processes and training, and we are improving how we communicate with Guests during their flight with Disney Skyliner.  We again offer our deepest apologies to Guests impacted by the malfunction that resulted in extended operating delays on Oct. 5, 2019.

Beginning today, you may travel aboard Disney Skyliner from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.  However, system updates later this week will result in the following modified operating hours for Oct. 16-18:

  • Oct. 16:  The Disney Hollywood Studios® line will be closed while the other two lines will be available from 1 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 17-18: All lines will be open from 1 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Similar to ski lift systems, Disney Skyliner may slow or come to some stops during the ride, particularly when we need to accommodate Guests who require additional time to load their cabin.  We want to assure you that the comfort of every Guest is important to us.

As a reminder, Disney Skyliner connects Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios to four Disney resort hotels: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort (and the forthcoming Disney’s Riviera Resort,  set to open Dec. 16, 2019).

We greatly appreciate your ongoing patience and understanding, and we look forward to welcoming you back aboard Disney Skyliner.”

Courtesy of Beth Bragg, Vacations with Character® Travel Professional

We’re happy to see the Skyliner up and running and can’t wait to be back aboard as well!

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