Vacation Planning Specialist – Nicole!

Independent Travel Agent with The Vacation Wizards!

MISSION: Space ‘Relaunches’ on August 13 with all NEW Experiences!

Starting Aug. 13, 2017, Walt Disney World® Resort will relaunch Mission: SPACE with a brand new experience and an enhanced version of the “classic” attraction. 

  • If you think you’ve got “the right stuff,” you can take on the Orange Mission for a truly intense experience that lets you feel the force of an actual space launch en route to Mars. On this mission, you’ll dodge meteoroids, slingshot around the moon and attempt a precision landing on the Red Planet’s alien surface. This “mission” has been enhanced with new, HD video to make it even clearer.
  • Or, you can embark on the more family-friendly Green Mission – a new mission that takes them on an exciting orbit around Earth. On this amazing new adventure, you’ll take in sites like the Hawaiian Islands, Italy’s “boot” and the Northern Lights—as seen from space, of course—before finally landing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. No matter which mission you choose, it’ll be a journey that’s totally out of this world. 

In addition to all the “mission” updates, our partners at Walt Disney Imagineering have also made this attraction MORE family-friendly. Younger astronauts can now ride – the height restriction will be changed for the Green Mission side with the addition of new X-2 booster seats allowing children 40-44” to ride.

 

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Disney’s Castaway Cay Named TOP Cruise Line Private Island

What do you love most about Disney Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas? Is it the gorgeous white-sand beaches? Sliding and splashing into turquoise waters from Pelican Plunge? The peace and tranquility of Serenity Bay, the adult-exclusive beach? Or, is it exploring the natural beauty of the island pedaling bikes with family?

 

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Well, the members of Cruise Critic have spoken and apparently love all of the above – and everything else Disney’s magical island has to offer!

 

For the second year in a row, Disney Castaway Cay has been named the Top Cruise Line Private Island in the annual Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. Also for the second year in a row, Castaway Cay was the most highly rated Caribbean island overall among reviewers, beating out all other Caribbean islands!

 

These awards are based exclusively on firsthand feedback from cruisers themselves, gathered from reviews posted to the Cruise Critic website over this past year. Cruise Critic, is one of the leading cruise review and information sites, offering a resource for travelers and hosting the world’s largest online cruise community.

 

 

If you would like to learn more about what all Castaway Cay has to offer, contact me today!

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A NEW Pub will be opening at Hollywood Studios Fall 2017!

Debuting this fall, the new Grand Avenue area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® is being re-imagined by Walt Disney Imagineers to capture the spirit of present-day Downtown Los Angeles, showing vintage office buildings and warehouses representing the different vibrant districts and cultures of the city. One prominent hot spot to spring up is the Baseline Tap House, a cheerful corner pub specializing in beer and wines from California.

 

 

In a quaint brick building, Baseline Tap House celebrates the revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles by paying homage to the building’s former life as the Figueroa Printing Company, a mom-and-pop print house that had ties to the Disney studios in nearby Burbank. The space retains many of its cool architectural and mechanical details with exposed walls and old printing equipment and artifacts, blending the past and present in an inviting space. Outside is a charming tree-shaded terrace, perfect for a relaxing break in the day.

 

California craft ales, lagers and cider are the stars of the drink menu. California wines on tap along with specialty cocktails are not to be missed either. A gourmet non-alcoholic lemonade and soda on tap round out the drink selection. 

 

You can even try one of the small bites, including a Bavarian pretzel with mustard and beer-cheese fondue, spiced almonds or a charcuterie board featuring California cheeses. 

 

Baseline Tap House will open daily at 11 a.m. Stay tuned to as more details are released about this ALL-NEW experience coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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Planning Your January 2018 Walt Disney World Vacation!

Hey there! Check out my video on Planning Your January 2018 Walt Disney World Vacation!

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New Adventures Begin at Mission: Space in August at EPCOT!

Mission: SPACE at Epcot® has been a must-do for Guests since it opened in 2003, allowing space adventurers to become navigators, pilots, commanders or engineers on a thrilling trip to Mars.

And as it was announced at the D23 Expo, in just a few weeks, you’ll be able to enjoy new adventures at Mission: SPACE – an updated Orange Mission and a brand-new Green Mission. (Orange is the more intense training experience, while Green is less intense).

The updated Orange Mission will make an even more visually stunning trip to Mars, while the all-new Green adventure will allow Guests to blast off for an orbital adventure around planet Earth.

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SAVE 30% on select nights at Disneyland Resort Hotels!

Stay in the middle of the magic and save up to 30% on premium rooms at select stays at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa or Disneyland® Hotel from Aug. 6-Sept. 28, 2017 on select Sunday-Thursday nights when they book July 18-Sept. 28, 2017.

Booking Window: July 18-Sept. 28, 2017
Travel Window: Aug. 6-Sept. 28, 2017 (select Sunday-Thursday nights)

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Don’t forget that when you stay at a Disneyland® Resort hotel, you’ll stay where the magic never ends. With Disneyland® Park, Disney California Adventure® Park and the Downtown Disney® District just steps away, you’ll enjoy convenient access to all the fun! Plus, you can take advantage of exclusive benefits, including early access to the Theme Parks and Disney Character wake-up calls. And, throughout your stay, you’ll experience legendary Disney service.

It’s a great time to explore two theme parks for endless family fun. At Disney California Adventure Park, Guests can experience epic adventures during Summer of Heroes now through Sept. 10, 2017. Plus, you can set off on a thrilling mission on the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction.

And, with frightfully fun new experiences, both parks come alive like never before during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort beginning Sept. 15, 2017.

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SAVE UP TO 20% on Your ROOM RATE at Select WDW Hotels!

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You can save up to 20%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels for stays most nights Oct. 8-Dec. 24, 2017.

Booking and Travel Windows:

  • Book by Oct. 7 for stays most nights Oct. 8-Dec. 24, 2017.
  • Book by Dec. 24, 2017 for stays most nights Dec. 8-24, 2017.

When you stay at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you’ll enjoy benefits like first access to Disney FastPass+**planning, complimentary MagicBands, Extra Magic Hours in a Theme Park each day to enjoy select attractions (valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required), complimentary transportation and standard parking, plus more!

The following room types and Disney Resort hotels are excluded:

  • 3-bedroom villas
  • Campsites
  • Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Ask me how you can save BIG on your FALL Walt Disney World Vacation!!!

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Discover Rugged Adventures and Natural Wonders in Iceland on a Disney Cruise!

As the Disney Magic tours Europe this summer and next, Iceland is one of the amazing destinations Disney Cruise Line is taking Guests to explore. With ruggedly beautiful terrain, iconic geothermal pools and an abundance of whales swimming just off the coast, it’s the perfect spot for adventure-seeking families.

Akureyri and Reykjavik are both ports of call on the 11-night Norwegian Fjords cruise this summer. An overnight call on Reykjavik gives Guests three back-to-back days in this incredible land of fire and ice. Then, Disney Cruise Line returns to Iceland in 2018 with two days in Reykjavik on our 10-night Norwegian Fjords cruise.

See what rugged adventures and natural wonders await you in Iceland onboard a Disney Cruise in this video!

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TERRALINA CRAFTED ITALIAN OPENS THIS FALL AT DISNEY SPRINGS

The much-anticipated Terralina Crafted Italian is anticipated to open this fall at Disney Springs® in the space of the former Portobello Country Italian Trattoria at Walt Disney World® Resort. Good news, James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano returns from Portobello to curate the new menu, and Chef Justin Plank will be back to run the kitchen.

A multi-million- dollar makeover is transforming the space in The Landing on the shores of Lake Buena Vista. Inspired by the design and lifestyle of Italy’s Lake District, the new restaurant will be reminiscent of an Italian home, with an open kitchen, dining rooms with eclectic décor and a new veranda bar outside the main entrance.

Chef Mantuano’s authentic Italian cuisine (much of it infused with his signature olive oil imported directly from Italy) will include artisanal pizzas and fresh vegetable dishes fired up in a wood-burning oven. Two new signatures – mussels and a grilled pork chop – will be on the menu, along with favorites from Portobello such as the antipasti platter and signature pastas.

Terralina Crafted Italian will be open for lunch and dinner – stay tuned for an opening date!

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HAWAIIAN ARTS AND CRAFTS AT KA WA‘A, A LU‘AU AT AULANI, A DISNEY RESORT & SPA

When you and your family arrive to the KA WA‘A lu‘au at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, you’ll be greeted by our hosts and hostesses with a special lei. You can mingle around the resort’s Halawai Lawn as live music and performers set the tone for the evening. During this time, you’ll be also observe and participate in various traditional arts and crafts, including:

Na Pua U‘i (The Pretty Flowers): You’ll learn the traditional art of stringing lei (or flower garlands) together, creating your very own to adorn your neck or wrist. Or, you can present the lei as a special token of aloha to a loved one.

Pa‘i ‘Ai (Pounded Taro): After observing the traditional mashing of cooked taro into a thick paste called pa‘i ‘ai, you can join in and experience the effort it takes to make poi the traditional way.

Kapala (Printing): Intricately carved bamboo stamps called ‘ohe kapala were traditionally used to decorate and embellish fine kapa (bark cloth). You can create their own keepsake on a card using stamps inspired by traditional patterns of nature.

Kakau (Tattooing): Pick a kakau design and have a local artisan draw by hand on your arms, legs or even face! You’ll experience a contemporary take on the painstaking age-old practice of a traditional body art.

KA WA‘A lu‘au is offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa.

 

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