NEW Exciting Offers at Walt Disney World Resort

A Walt Disney World® Resort Vacation is THE Perfect Holiday Gift for Loved Ones to Create Memories that Last a Lifetime and We Have Some New Special Offers to Tell You About!

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Enjoy a Kids Delicious Dining Offer: Free Dining Plan for Kids (Ages 3-9) ~ Plus an Extra Dash of Magic!

You can get a FREE dining plan for kids (ages 3 to 9) when you buy a non-discounted 3-night/3-day package for yourself and your child(ren) that includes theme park tickets, a dining plan, and a room at a select Disney Value Resort hotel.

All 3 dining plans—Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, Disney Dining Plan and Disney Deluxe Dining Plan—are eligible with this offer, but everyone in your reservation must be on the same package. For instance, if you purchase a package with the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, then your kid(s) (ages 3 to 9) on that package will receive the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan.

With this offer, you’ll also receive the Frozen Welcome Pack, including:

  • Voucher for one stroller rental for the length of your stay
  • Voucher for one in-park 5×7 photo print per room
  • One merchandise bag per room including a plush, book and 2 treats

This offer is valid for arrivals most nights from January 1 – March 7, 2020 when you. book through January 1, 2020.

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Give the Gift of a Magical Stay at a Disney Resort Hotel – Save Up to 25% on Rooms in Early 2020

Save up to 25% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels – valid for stays most nights Jan. 1 through April 25, 2020 when you book by Jan. 1, 2020. Or save up to 20% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels – valid for stays most nights Jan. 2 through April 25, 2020 when you book through March 7, 2020.

Plus, receive a $30 USD Disney Gift Card* per person (ages 3 and up) on the reservation when you upgrade to a package by adding 6-day or longer Theme Park tickets*. Gift cards can be used  at participating locations in your resort hotel, in the theme parks, at restaurants and more!

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Florida Residents: Spring into 2020 with Great Rates at Select Disney Resort Hotels

Are you a Florida Resident? You too can save up to 30% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels at Walt Disney World® Resort for stays most nights Jan. 1-April. 25, 2020 when you book through April 25, 2020!

And last, but not least:

RELATED: Disney Visa Cardmembers Save up to 40% on a Stay at Disney’s Riviera Resort

Visit us online for a free quote or reach out to your favorite Vacations with Character® Travel Planner. We never charge a fee but our experience and expertise are priceless when it comes to planning your vacation! Why not book your adventure with a trusted source? Vacations with Character® is a registered Florida Seller of Travel!

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The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Additional per adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts and Studios at Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Valid admission is required to enjoy theme parks and special events and is not included in this offer. Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom Grand Villas, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Proof of Florida residency required at check-in.

*One Disney Gift Card will be given per reservation. If you complete online check-in in advance, the Disney Gift Card will be emailed to you on the day of your arrival. Otherwise, you’ll be asked for your email address when you check in at the Front Desk of your Disney Resort hotel – and the Disney Gift Card will be sent to that email address. The email will contain a bar code for using the Disney Gift Card. If you don’t receive your Disney Gift Card in your inbox, please check your spam folder or stop by the Front Desk for assistance.

 

Disney® Visa® Cardmembers Save up to 40% on a Stay at Disney’s Riviera Resort

Start your Week off Great and Take Advantage of this NEW Offer from Disney for Visa Card Members!
Save up to 40% off Riviera Resort
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Enjoy this special Cardmember offer! Save up to 40% on room rates at the all-new Disney’s Riviera Resort for stays most nights December 16, 2019 through March 31, 2020.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to take in the majesty of Disney’s Riviera Resort, the newest Disney Vacation Club Resort—opening December 16, 2019! Influenced by the grandeur of Europe, this enchanting escape offers beautiful scenery, a wide variety of comfortable rooms and convenient transportation to Walt Disney World Resort theme parks!

RELATED: Disneys Riviera Resort and the Elegance of the European Riviera

Important Details

  • Must mention this offer and use a valid Disney Visa Card or Disney Rewards Redemption Card to pay the deposit.
  • Disney® Visa® Cardmember must stay in room.
  • Offer is nontransferable.
  • Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room at Deluxe Resorts and Studios at Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts.
  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required.

Booking Information: Contact your favorite Vacations with Character® Travel Agent to book or request a quote by clicking here! We’d love to help you celebrate life with a vacation at this beautiful resort!

Don’t delay! The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Note: Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Length of stay requirements may apply.

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5 Favorite Fall Fun Events at Walt Disney World Resort

Fall is a Favorite Time of Year to Visit the Walt Disney World® Resort. There’s Simply so Much Fun to be Had! Here’s a List of our Top Fav’s!

Courtesy of Disney DestinationsIndulge in spooky thrills at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is already delighting Guests with the “treat” of a new fireworks show this year – “Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular.” Other must-sees at the event are the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show and “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade,” which features Disney characters in new Halloween costumes – and the spectral bride from the Haunted Mansion.

RELATED: Jack Skeleton Hosts Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular

Indulge your taste buds at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival – Where else but at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival can you sample mouthwatering international fare at more than 30 Global Marketplaces, watch live culinary demonstrations, and learn tips and tricks from celebrity chefs? Eat to the Beat concerts also keep the fun going in the evening, bringing the sounds of pop, rock, R&B, country, Christian, swing and Latin artists to the America Gardens Theatre, three times nightly. Pop down for a long weekend or add this to your vacation plans — it’s a must do for my family and friends!

RELATED: Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Now Open

Catch “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” at Epcot one last time – While you’re visiting Epcot for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, be sure to stay for “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.” The show will take its final bow on Sept. 30, in order to make way for the park’s new nighttime show, “Epcot Forever.”

Make out-of-this-world memories at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Named one of Time Magazine’s world’s greatest places, become part of your own Star Wars story at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Try galactic food and beverages, craft your own lightsabers, build droids and even help fly the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” at Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. TIP: Now through September 30, Guests can interact with an exclusive Snapchat filter that’ll put you inside a realistic hologram – start your transmission from the planet of Batuu today! (Available in certain U.S. regions only.)

Dive into a Disney water park – With cooler temps and smaller crowds, it’s the perfect time to cool off and relax in the Cross Country Creek lazy river at Disney’s Blizzard Beach® or jump the waves in the Surf Pool at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon®. Adding this option to your vacation package is a great way to enhance your trip and grab some R & R!

Contact us for details, for tickets, or to book your next Fall getaway! We never charge a fee but our experience and expertise are priceless!

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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 Great Reasons to Visit Epcot in 2020

The lovable Figment welcomes guests to the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The annual event celebrates the culinary, visual and performing arts.

1) The annual Epcot® International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World® Resort invites Guests to immerse themselves in the visual, culinary and performing arts in ways that only Disney can offer, including live concerts and art performances, workshops, art signings and much more. Today, we’re happy to share that this popular festival will return to the park Jan. 17-Feb. 24, 2020.

2) One highlight of the festival is the Disney on Broadway Concert Series, in which Disney on Broadway stars pair up to perform their favorite songs from award-winning productions at the America Gardens Theatre. We’re happy to confirm that the Disney on Broadway Concert Series will again return to the park nightly during the festival.

In addition to Epcot International Festival of the Arts offerings, you’ll also be able to enjoy fun new experiences in World Showcase!

3) As previously announced, the new “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” will debut in January 2020 in the France pavilion in addition to Impressions de France. This new sing-along adventure is directed by Don Hahn, producer of both the animated and live-action versions of this tale as old as time.

4) “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” will debut in January 2020 in the Canada pavilion with new scenes and a new story.

5) And The Land pavilion will welcome a new film, “Awesome Planet,” in January 2020 showcasing the beauty, diversity and dynamic story of the planet.

And of course, you’ll be able to cap off your day by taking in the new nighttime show “Epcot Forever,” which debuts Oct. 1, 2019. The show will be an all-new spectacle of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers and choreographed special-effect kites that will take guests on a journey through the past, present and future of Epcot.

It’s not too early to book your next adventure but before this amazing new show debuts, don’t forget to bid a fond farewell to “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” before it closes on Sept. 30, 2019!

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Now Open at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Young princesses and knights can step into their own fairytale at a “grand” new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique location, now open at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa!

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Joining the existing Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations at Magic Kingdom® Park and Disney Springs®, the latest enchanted boutique at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a great option for Guests looking to dress up before visiting the parks or attending Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. TIP: it’s also a great photo op when combined with a delightful buffet at 1900 Park Fare with Cinderella and friends, located in Grand Floridian as well. Plus, a Disney PhotoPass Studio has also recently opened at the resort, providing you with the opportunity to capture picture-perfect royal portraits in front of a traditional backdrop.

In addition to the recently opened boutique, all Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations have introduced special new merchandise including a spirit jersey, MagicBand and accessories, and Minnie Mouse Ear headband,  all available to add to any transformation package.

Young princesses age 3-12 will receive magical transformations from their own Fairy Godmothers-in-Training and may choose from four new hairstyles inspired by modern royalty with customizable options including braids, bows and flower halos.

  • Enchanted – Hair is styled in a bun or messy bun hairpiece and includes choice of princess bow or shining tiara.
  • Fantasy – Hair is swept back into a bun, covered with a curly hairpiece and topped with a coordinating flower halo.
  • Royal Braid – Hair is styled in a bun and accessorized with an attached Royal Braid. A princess bow completes this look fit for royalty!
  • Pixie Magic – Add a colorful touch to this hairstyle with an elegant ponytail and matching flower halo.

Take a look:

As always, a variety of transformations are available and may include hair styling, nail polish, accessories, gowns and more, depending on the package you choose. Reservations for all Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance on DisneyWorld.com and Disneyland.com or by calling (407)-WDW-STYLE for Walt Disney World Resort or (714) 781-7895 for Disneyland® Resort. 

You can also ask your Vacations with Character® Travel Agent to help you add this and other exciting enhancements to make the most of your Disney vacation! Contact us for details!

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Jack Skellington to Host ‘Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular’ Fireworks

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns to Magic Kingdom Park this Fall and guests are in for a real “treat” with a brand-new fireworks show, featuring host Jack Skellington!

In the all new show, Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular, Jack Skellington from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” has come to tell a “not-so-scary” story about how anything can happen on Halloween night. His ghost dog, Zero, takes everyone along on a trick-or-treating adventure, where four friends – Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy – find themselves drawn into a mysterious haunted house. Their journey takes them from one encounter to another where they meet dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and a whole series of trouble-making Disney villains. The show will also include state-of-the-art projections and lasers, plus lighting and dazzling fireworks that will fill the sky above Magic Kingdom Park. Here’s a first look at this exciting new show:

This frightfully festive event returns August 16 – November 1, 2019 for select nights and is a separately ticketed event.  It’s a great way to experience your favorite attractions, see your favorite characters all dressed up, and get your fill of Halloween sweets and snacks as you gather up goodies from land to land, Trick-or-Treating throughout the park; you can even dress in costume for the occasion!

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TIP: Don’t miss the Boo-to-You Halloween Parade as well!  Highlights include:

  • A flurry of favorite Disney friends, including Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse—in all-new Halloween costumes—trick-or-treating down Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Hitchhiking Ghosts and a new addition—the spectral Bride, who glides among the waltzing spirits—representing the Haunted Mansion from Liberty Square
  • A new Tomorrowland unit featuring The Incredibles and designer extraordinaire Edna Mode, followed by Buzz Lightyear and some alien explorers
  • Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope von Schweetz and the girls from Sugar Rush making sure there’s plenty of sweet stuff to go around
  • Pirates sailing in from Adventureland, Clarabelle Cow hosting a square dance during a Frontierland hoedown and a wicked assortment of Disney Villains reigning over a Fantasyland-inspired grand finale.
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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a night of family-friendly frights you won’t want to miss! Tickets are on sale now so, let’s “Boo” this! Contact one of our expert Travel Agents for more information or visit our website and fill out a simple quote form! 

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Calling All Foodies: Best New Bites at Walt Disney World

Did you know there are new eats at both Epcot and Disney Springs, as well as a yummy new plant-based treat at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort? WARNING: Reading this blog may make you drool and become ridiculously hungry. Do not read on an empty stomach!

Courtesy of Disney DestinationsFirst up is some exciting news direct from the Japan pavilion at Epcot. Yesterday morning, all sorts of dignitaries gathered to celebrate the official grand opening of Takumi-Tei. In attendance were, of course Mickey and Minnie Mouse! Takumi-Tei is the newest signature table-service restaurant at Epcot. It is truly an upscale, immersive, Japanese dining experience offering a premium multi-course tasting menu featuring traditional tea service and wagyu beef, as well as an á la carte menu and more. Inside, the restaurant’s tranquil interior features five dining rooms, each inspired by one of five natural elements: water, wood, earth, stone, and washi paper. Congratulations to both the Epcot and Mitsukoshi teams on the opening of this amazing new restaurant!

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While we’re on the topic of Epcot, you should definitely check out Coral Reef Restaurant. They recently added a few new items to the menu. On the appetizer list – you can try the new Seared Sea Scallops with saffron butter broth, tomato bruschetta, and crostini. New entrées include the Lobster Seafood Boil (with lobster, Jonah Crab claw, shrimp, mussels, Andouille sausage, corn, potatoes, ouzo-garlic butter, and spiced cioppino broth) and Grilled Swordfish (with warm white beans, roasted Cipollini onions, arugula, and lemon-herb vinaigrette). You’ll also find a new enhancement featuring one pound of steamed Maryland-style Snow Crab legs served with lemon and butter. And for dessert, try the seasonal cheesecake with a shortbread cookie and fruit compote. Mmmmmm!

At Disney Springs, there is a lot of news including three new additions, as well as new offerings at D-Luxe Burger and Earl of Sandwich.

The first of the new additions is a new food truck called “Cookie Dough and Everything Sweet” featuring, what else(?!), COOKIE DOUGH! That’s right, you’ll soon find edible cookie dough treats at Disney Springs! This new cookie dough-themed food truck will open later this month and will be parked near the other food trucks across from Candy Cauldron at Disney Springs West Side.  On the menu:

  • Springs Candy Taco – Candy Monster Cookie Dough, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, sprinkles, and a cherry served in a waffle taco
  • Minnie Mouse Taco – Peanut Butter Fluff Cookie Dough, caramel sauce, whipped cream, a cherry, and a chocolate Minnie bow served in a waffle taco
  • Celebration Parfait – Celebration Cookie Dough with Celebration Mickey cake, vanilla custard, strawberries, whipped cream, and a cherry
  • Mickey or Minnie Funnel Cake – funnel cake topped with powdered sugar and Mickey or Minnie-shaped cookie dough
  • Cookie Dough Cup or Cone – Flavors include Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Fluff, Celebration, Cookies and Cream, Candy Monster, and Cold Brew

Also coming later this month, a guest favorite from the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort is heading to Disney Springs at the Marketplace and West Side: Sunshine Churro! These carts serve up a variety of classic and gourmet churros with flavors like watermelon, salted caramel, strawberry cheesecake, fruity cereal, and cookies and cream. We recommend trying churros dipped in milk chocolate or chocolate-hazelnut spread. YUM!!

And coming soon, Ample Hills Creamery will be opening a brand new location at Disney Springs West Side. The scoop shop will offer their popular handcrafted ice cream and mix-ins (like brownie bites, oatmeal lace cookies and butter pecan brittle) similar to the offerings available at the Ample Hills Creamery located at Disney’s BoardWalk. At Ample Hills, every component tells a story — from the ingredients, to the design of the pints, making it another “Instagrammable” foodie destination.

On the savory side, you’ll find a new Pepperoni Pizza Burger at D-Luxe Burger topped with artisan pepperoni, fried mozzarella and Pomodoro sauce. And at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, if you’re a bacon lover and haven’t had the new “Temple of Bacon” dish, then you’re totally missing out! It comes with thick-cut Applewood-smoked bacon dipped in milk and chipotle chocolate ganache from The Ganachery (another of our favorite best-kept secrets for a sweet and delicious treat in Disney Springs).

At Earl of Sandwich, try one of their new cheesesteak sandwiches! And you read that right – that’s not a typo! 😉 Choose between the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich with tender chopped beef steak or the Chicken Cheesesteak Sandwich with grilled chicken. Both are served on freshly-baked artisan bread and topped with provolone, mushrooms, sautéed green peppers, and onions. There’s also a Veggie Cheesesteak Sandwich featuring provolone, mushrooms, sautéed green peppers, onions, and HP sauce.

Finally, at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, if you’re looking for a unique plant-based treat, you should definitely try the Sweet Thai Coconut Mickey Onigiri at Intermission Food Court. It features coconut sticky rice with poppy seeds stuffed with roasted mango, mandarins, apples, and carrots wrapped in nori and is served with a sweet and sour fruit dipping sauce. Also at Intermission Food Court, you’ll find a Hades Cupcake offered the entire month of August. This chocolate cupcake comes with blue sour candy buttercream and a chocolate Hades piece.

Who’s ready to to plan a vacation filled with good eats and sweet treats? And, don’t forget, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival  is just around the corner! Contact us for a free, no-obligation quote today!

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Rainy Day Fun at Walt Disney World Resort

A little rain should never put a damper on a full day of magic.  There are always exciting activities, attractions and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.  Here are just a few favorite picks!

Magic Kingdom® Park  

  • When the afternoon parades at Magic Kingdom Park can’t be performed as planned, Disney friends come out to play in the “Rainy Day Cavalcade.” As long as it’s not lightening, this cheery procession brings Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their pals down the street in antique vehicles, accompanied by a special musical soundtrack and parade performers in colorful rain slickers and galoshes!
  • As for indoor attractions, there’s a lot to choose from! You can hop on a rip-roaring rocket on Space Mountain, take a spin with Buzz Lightyear, laugh it up with the gang from Monsters, Inc., set sail on a swashbuckling voyage on Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, or climb aboard a gloomy Doom Buggy in the Haunted Mansion. You can also fly with Peter Pan, ride in a honeypot to see Winnie the Pooh, board a clam mobile with Ariel and Friends, and even take a friendly cruise on It’s a Small World.
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Epcot®

  • Take flight on Soarin’ Around the World.  This indoor attraction allows you to experience a breezy, airborne adventure as you hang glide above the breathtaking marvels of the world.
  • Go under the sea—without getting wet—on The Seas with Nemo & Friends before getting close up with clown fish, sharks and more in a massive 5.7-million-gallon saltwater aquarium. You can even visit with manatees! Don’t forget to enjoy some Turtle Talk with Crush too. (My family and I rode out a storm a few weeks ago here and it was great!)
  • Catch a Disney and Pixar short film—in amazing 4D at the Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival. TIP: This is a best-kept secret as the films are always a treat! Afterwards, visit with Figment who’s right around the corner.
  • Pop into the Mexican Pavillion and explore the shops, then take a ride with The Three Caballeros or if you find yourself in Norway, take a Frozen voyage to Arendelle aboard an ancient Nordic vessel.
  • Eleven countries are represented in World Showcase and the pavilions feature Kidcot Fun Stops, shopping, dining, and even some attractions such as Reflections of China, a Circle-Vision 360º film (note O Canada! is being refurbished and will reopen later next year).

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

  • Step inside Andy’s room and make your way through a toy chest full of classic games before you pick up your 3D glasses and board a carnival-inspired tram and take your best shot a moving targets. TIP: Points pile up when you hit your mark. Hard-to-hit targets are worth more. Aim for secret targets to unleash “Easter eggs” that are worth even more points!
  • Check into the infamous Hollywood Tower Hotel on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction where you’ll be hurtled up and down aboard an elevator-style lift and brought into…the Twilight Zone.
  • Make your way over to the indoor Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith and race along the darkened freeways of Los Angeles in a super-stretch limo to the rockin’ tunes of Aerosmith. This ride includes a pre-show and the gift shop at the end is pretty neat too!
  • Sing along with Anna & Elsa in For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Singalong Celebration.
  • Join the Muppets in a 3D show as they take you on a zany tour of their lab.
  • Explore a Galaxy far, far away in Star Tours or check out the ultimate insider’s guide in Star Wars Launch Bay.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

  • In Africa, head over to “The Festival of the Lion King,” a high-energy show filled with songs, pageantry and puppetry celebrating the classic movie, “The Lion King.”
  • Venture over to Pandora – The World of Avatar area where you can take a mystical journey into Pandora’s glowing bioluminescent rainforest on Na’vi River Journey attraction. This indoor boat ride will take you on a visually stunning adventure!
  • Embark on a prehistoric tour aboard a Time Rover to save an Iguanadon from extinction at Dinosaur! (Note: this ride may be too intense for small children.)

Character Meet and Greets are also a great way for you to meet some of your favorite Disney characters while avoiding the rain. Character meals are another. Check your My Disney Experience app for locations and times (note: not all meet and greet locations are indoors). Although reservations are usually needed for character dining, the rain may open up some spots due to cancellations, so it doesn’t hurt to check the app!

Some of our favorite rainy day restaurants:  

  • The Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom Park – includes an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet with some of your favorite friends from the Hundred-Acre Wood.
  • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot  – an enchanting experience that invites you to feast inside a medieval castle while interacting with some beloved Disney Princesses.
  • Tusker House Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom  – in the Harambe marketplace allows you to enjoy African inspired dishes alongside some of your favorite Disney characters like Safari Donald Duck and friends.
  • Hollywood & Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios – meet some Disney Junior Characters during a memorable breakfast buffet or Minnie Mouse and friends at seasonal dining parties!

Who doesn’t love Disney gear? You can always stay dry and treat yourself to a new umbrella or raincoat! They can be found in the World of Disney at Disney Springs®, Once Upon A Time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Future World kiosk and Mouse Gear at Epcot and the Emporium at Magic Kingdom Park. Mickey ponchos are also located in most gift shops as well.

Lastly, plan ahead! Storms roll in quickly in Florida. Bring a waterproof cover for your stroller (or scooter) as well as a small towel; a poncho could also do the trick. Be sure to fasten it well when you park or it may blow off during a storm. There’s also nothing worse than walking around in wet socks and saggy, soaked britches! Wearing quick drying clothing and shoes – or bringing a change of clothes and shoes just in case – is also a good idea. These items can easily be stored in a locker located at the beginning of the all theme parks if you don’t feel like carrying them during your day.

The weather may not always cooperate, but being prepared can help make your visit at Walt Disney World Resort a success. Another bonus: rain keeps temps a bit lower and crowds a bit thinner as well!

Oga’s Cantina in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Come Hang Out at Oga’s Cantina in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park

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Are you looking for the COOLEST and HIPPEST new spot to hang out at the Disneyland® Resort? Then be sure to fly on over to the planet of Batuu to visit the Black Spire Outpost, where you’ll find a fun cantina hidden away among the streets of the outpost. Oga’s Cantina in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the notorious watering hole where smugglers, bounty hunters, and weary travelers of all ages can come partake in some out of this world refreshments.

When you step inside, you’ll be greeted with the musical stylings of DJ R-3X (also known as DJ REX), the former Starspeeder 3000 pilot droid you first met in Star Tours. With his quirky banter and rad beats, you’re sure to have a good time as you partake in concoctions made from unique “otherworldly” ingredients from across the galaxy.

One of these concoctions is the Hyperdrive (Punch It!) – a non-alcoholic specialty beverage featuring Powerade Mountain Berry Blast, white cranberry juice, black cherry purée, and Sprite. Or sip on the Jabba Juice, a yummy beverage featuring Simply Orange with pineapple, kiwi, cantaloupe, and blueberry popping pearls. For the adults, the Fuzzy Tauntaun is a delicious concoction with peach vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice with tangerine, pure cane sugar, and “buzz button tingling” foam. And while you’re partaking in these refreshing treats, you can even munch on some Batuu Bits for a light and crispy galactic snack.

To make your trip planning easier, Oga’s Cantina now offers advance reservations, which are highly recommended because walk-in opportunities are limited. Soon, Oga’s Cantina (as well as Savi’s Workshop) will follow the 60-day reservation process currently offered for restaurants and experiences requiring reservations.

To make reservations, visit the Disneyland.com/Cantina or contact your Vacations with Character® Travel Agent to book your next adventure to Disneyland and don’t forget to ask about adding a pit stop at Oga’s Cantina! And if California is in a galaxy too far, far away, ask about the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge coming to Walt Disney World on August 29, 2019!

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