2017 Walt Disney World Trip Announcement!

Its always an exciting time counting down the days until your next Disney vacation! Although this trip will be more work than play, it is still going to be one I will never forget because I am getting to experience a whole lot of firsts!

So when I am going? We leave Tuesday, September 19th to drive down to Orlando! We’ll be staying at Coronado Springs from Wednesday, September 20th through Monday, September 25th! Monday will be our long day of driving back home.

Like I said, this trip is going to be full of firsts! I am also going to be taking part in seminars Friday and Saturday with my Travel Agency! This is a work trip so I will be learning so many new tips and tricks to help out all of you future Disney Vacationers!

I will be attending my first dessert firework party! The agency that I work for has reserved a firework dessert party at EPCOT for all of the agents as well as our family members that will be accompanying us on our trip.

I will be going on the KEYS TO THE KINGDOM TOUR! For those of you that don’t know what that is, it is a VIP/Backstage Tour of the Magic Kingdom! I don’t know how “backstage” we are going to get but I am super excited to do this tour! It’s something that’s been on my Disney bucket list that I am going to get to check off!

I will be attending my first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! Ever since I went to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party I made it a goal to attend the Halloween party! And now I get to make that goal! The Christmas party was so much fun, even though it rained towards the end and made some things difficult to experience. So, I am hoping that doesn’t happen for the Halloween party! But wouldn’t ya know, that’s the only day during my trip that its calling for rain! (Crossing my fingers!)

I will be staying at my first Moderate Resort! My family has always decided to stay at a Value resort during our trips because we are not in our room a whole lot, besides to sleep and rest. So the room or resort doesn’t really matter to us besides the fact that it’s on Disney property. Also, since we will be staying at Coronado Springs I’ll be able to see the construction progress on the new tower as well as a good chance at staying in one of the newly renovated rooms!

PANDORA! I’m going to get to see PANDORA for the first time! I’ve seen so many videos on YouTube and blogs about it! I am so excited to see it for myself! I have heard that what you see in the pictures and videos is nothing compared to seeing it with your own eyes! I will also get to ride the Frozen ride and see the new Soarin video for the first time! We will also be at Animal Kingdom late on our last night so I will get to see Animal Kingdom at night as well as the Tree lighting. I don’t think we will have enough time to see Rivers of Light because our time will be focused on Pandora and other attractions.

Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After! I am very excited to see these new shows at Magic Kingdom! Once Upon a Time has some very big shoes to fill because I absolutely loved Celebrate the Magic and it still holds number one for me for nighttime show. So we’ll see if that changes when I see the new shows. I liked wishes but not as much as I like the party night wishes. So I’m glad that the Halloween party fireworks haven’t changed yet so I can see those!

Disney Springs! I will also get to see the newly renovated Disney Springs! We set some time aside to eat at the Boathouse for my dad’s birthday. The last time I was there almost have of the construction was complete but I decided to wait until my next trip to visit and see what all it has become.

So who’s all going with me? Well it was going to be a girls trip for my mom and I, but my dad decided that he wanted to go as well. So while I’m in my conference meetings my parents will be exploring the parks together for the first time since me and my brother came along! Which they are very excited about! This will also be the first vacation that I have taken with just my parents in a very LONG time.

Will I be vlogging? Yes, I am going to do my best! I did the best I could do when we went back in December 2015. I don’t have the top of the line cameras that auto-focus and have a good dark view. I am going to do my best, but I am apologizing in advance for blurry videos because I won’t always know if they are focused! I am most likely going to be using my iPhone for a lot of my in-park vlogging, and that doesn’t always have the best pictures but it’s better than nothing! I will be taking lots of pictures! Not like a photo shoot of me but just stuff around the parks and resorts in general!

So as you can see I am very excited for this trip! This is going to be the most firsts that I am going to experience as a guest in a long time! My dad will be experiencing more firsts that I am during this trip so it will be even more exciting to see his reactions and get to experience all of these firsts with my parents! It’s gonna feel like I’m a little kid again!

So be on the look out for future blog posts about my upcoming trip. Which at the time I am posting this I have a 1 day and a half until I leave!! Please feel free to follow me on my social media accounts as I post things while I’m on my vacation!

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Special Limited-Time Disney Resort Dining Offer for Florida Residents!

Florida Residents can experience some of the Disney Resort signature restaurants at Walt Disney World® Resort with a special limited-time offer available Aug. 9-Sept. 30, 2017. Florida Residents will receive complimentary valet parking and one select complimentary appetizer with the purchase of each adult entrée when dining during the dinner meal period at the following locations:

    • Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

    • Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk

    • Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

    • Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Some exclusions and restrictions apply, and offer cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. A valid Florida driver’s license with a Florida address, Florida state-issued ID with a Florida address or valid Florida-based military ID must be presented.

Save Up to 30% on 5-Night Fall Stays at Aulani in Hawaii!

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa makes it easier to extend the fun of summer into fall. Now-Oct. 24, 2017, you can save up to 30% on stays of 5 or more select consecutive nights Aug. 20-Dec. 21, 2017 (excluding Nov. 20-23, 2017). They can even save up to 25% on 4 consecutive night stays.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Booking Window: Now – October 24, 2017
Travel Window: August 20 – December 21, 2017 (excluding November 20-23, 2017)

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM Holiday Dessert Party Returns this Holiday Season at Hollywood Studios!

The “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” Holiday Dessert Party will return this year to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® at Walt Disney World® Resort! It’s one of the best way for you to enjoy the Holiday Nighttime Spectacular fireworks show. 

In the courtyard of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, you can enjoy multiple food stations, featuring holiday-inspired sweet and savory delights like warm cheese fondue with pretzel bread and flatbread, warm pumpkin pie and spiced-bread pudding with hand-dipped vanilla ice cream. The Liquid Nitro Station fires-up the party with chocolate mousse and choice of toppings, including salted caramel sauce.

Beer, wine and specialty cocktails are available for Guests over 21. Specialty non-alcoholic beverages are also available, and of course, the hot cocoa is a crowd-pleaser.

While a special VIP character comes to meet and mingle with dessert party-goers, you won’t believe your eyes when you check out the festive lights wearing a pair of 3D HoloSpex® glasses they receive. The glasses turn bright lights into holiday holographic illusions such as gingerbread men and candy canes.

For parties Nov. 9-Dec. 15, 2017 the cost is $79 per adult, $45 for children 3-9, and includes tax and gratuity. For parties Dec. 17-31, 2017, the cost is $89 adult, $49 child (tax and gratuity included.)

Ask me how to book your Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM Dessert Party!

All-NEW at Aulani An Updated Kid’s Premium Experience at Aunty’s Beach House

“Surf’s Up With Chip and Dale,” a premium experience at Aunty’s Beach House, is being re-imagined as “Surf’s Up – A Surfin’, Fishin’ and Dancin’ Party!”

Previously a 1 ½-hour experience, the new 3-hour program features interactive activities that showcase the wonders of Hawai’i.

During this experience, kids will be divided into two groups. They will have turns alternating between the original surfing-themed program with Chip and Dale, and a fishing-themed program with Goofy. Plus, they’ll join together for a fun-filled dance party.

The cost per child is $59. Please note meals are not included with this experience. Advance reservations are recommended!

Cafe Orleans at Disneyland Park is THE Place for ‘Fantasmic’ Dining!

If you are looking to experience a “Fantasmic!” Dining Package at Disneyland® Park, Cafe Orleans is the place to do it. While River Belle Terrace is under refurbishment, you can make reservations beginning Aug. 15, 2017 for the Cafe Orleans dining package. These packages are available Sept. 5 – Nov. 16, 2017. In addition to the dining packages available at Blue Bayou Restaurant and Hungry Bear Restaurant, these are delicious ways to reserve viewing for “Fantasmic!,” the classic nighttime spectacular.

 

Cafe Orleans “Fantasmic!” Dining Package:

  • Package includes one three-course meal (starter, entrée and dessert) 
  • Includes a “Fantasmic!” reserved viewing area voucher
  • Dining package reservations available from 11:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
  • Same day reservations based on availability
  • Cafe Orleans “Fantasmic!” Dining Package Pricing:
    • $45.00 – Adult
    • $25.00 – Children (ages 3-9)

“Fantasmic!” is a beloved 25-year tradition. The treasured Disneyland Park experience has returned, complete with its original fanfare and theme song, and now features new mist screens with innovative, state-of-the-art projection technology for brighter and more vibrant visuals than ever before. 

“Fantasmic!” and food – a veritable power couple!

An All NEW Star Wars Hyper-Reality Experience is Coming to Downtown Disney and Disney Springs!

The VOID’s new, groundbreaking hyper-reality experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is coming to Downtown Disney at the Disneyland® Resort and Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World® Resort.

Beginning this holiday season, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will transport you to a galaxy far, far away where you’ll be able to engage with friends, family and Star Wars characters through sight, sound, touch, smell, and motion. It’ll even allow environmental effects to be felt using Haptic feedback – melding the physical and digital worlds together. So, you don’t just see the Star Wars universe, you’re part of it at Disney Parks.

Plans for this first-of-its-kind experience were just unveiled by THE VOID, an entertainment company that combines the magic of illusions and advanced technology to create immersive social experiences that take visitors to new worlds. Lucasfilm and ILMxLab are collaborating to help develop this one-of-a-kind experience at Downtown Disney and Disney Springs.

We’ll have many more details to share in the future. Stay tuned for more details as work begins on Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.