Vacation Planning Specialist – Nicole!

Independent Travel Agent with The Vacation Wizards!

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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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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2018 California Vacation Packages Available July 18!

The 2018 Walt Disney Travel Company vacation packages for Disneyland® Resort will be available to book beginning July 18, 2017.

These packages will be valid for arrivals Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2018. Please note the last date of your vacation cannot be booked more than 499 days in the future.

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COOL Summertime Surprises at Disney Springs!

With Florida temperatures heating up, there are lots of great ways to stay cool at Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World® Resort. Check out what your Clients can enjoy this summer at Disney Springs!

  • The “Beat the Heat DJ Dance Party” is a summer-inspired dance party at Disney Springs Marketplace featuring family-friendly music and the iconic Marketplace Fun Fountains. The party takes place daily 1-5 p.m. in between Earl of Sandwich and Once Upon a Toy. And then, once the sun begins to set, the fountains are turned off for the ultimate nighttime dance party – 6-10 p.m.
  • Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic “Summer of Love” in San Francisco, California and offering the Haight Ash’berry’ sundae (hot fudge sundae with seasonal berries, topped with whipped cream and a dark chocolate blueberry square) for a limited time only. If your Clients purchase this sundae, they’ll receive a flower crown and heart shaped sunglasses.
  • Amorette’s Patisserie is now offering Sparkling Hibiscus Lemonade for summertime guests. This refreshing drink can also receive a splash of liquor for those looking to enjoy a spirited beverage.
  • More shade, big umbrellas and new frozen margaritas at Dockside Margaritas , a favorite waterfront respite for cold drinks and live music. And while classic margaritas and other cocktails are on the menu, seasonal frozen margaritas (watermelon, apple, agave nectar and tangerine mix-ins are among rotating flavors) are fun for summertime. Live music usually starts around noon and goes until 10:15 p.m. Plus, every Thursday through Sept. 28, 2017, four drinks will be featured, all at a special “throwback” price. You can look for your favorite blast from the past cocktail, such as the Kungaloosh from Adventurer’s Club and the Bell Bottom from 8Trax. The non-alcoholic Emil’s Strawberry Colada from Adventurer’s Club will also be offered every Thursday for kids (of all ages) to enjoy.
  • Coca-Cola Store Rooftop Beverage Bar is offering a wide variety of Coca-Cola flavors this summer, in addition to an array of cocktails, mocktails, smoothies and ice cream floats. Here, you can sip on the ‘Coca-Cola Tastes of the World’ and enjoy a selection of Coca-Cola beverages from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
  • Paddlefish, located on the iconic Lake Buena Vista paddleboat, is open and has a rooftop bar and lounge that allows you to unwind and enjoy the spectacular views of the summertime sunset and evening activities at Disney Springs. They can also enjoy live entertainment on the rooftop deck every Friday and Saturday night, 9 p.m. to midnight.
  • Splitsville Luxury Lanes on the West Side added more air-conditioned space on the second floor with an enclosed balcony that expands the dining room. Tables and high tops are along the windows, with fabulous views of Disney Springs through floor-to-ceiling windows. A new bar anchors the space.
  • The BOATHOUSE at The Landing has three new summer dishes: herb-marinated grilled shrimp with smoked jalapeño grits, cornbread and housemade jalapeño jelly; house-smoked beef brisket au jus sandwich with spicy giardineria; and coconut bread pudding souffle with roasted pineapple and rum caramel sauce.
  • B.B. Wolf’s Sausage Co. kiosk in Marketplace has a new Latin Dog, topped with chipotle mayo, corn salsa and queso fundido, one of five delectable choices – vegetarians can try the meatless Italian-style with peppers, onion and marinara.
  • The popular “Jasper Board” starter gets bigger at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ with smoked fish dip, pimento cheese, shaved country and tasso hams and buttermilk crackers. With a cocktail, it’s a meal. There is also the new “Ham, Ham & Jam” with three Cheddar drop biscuits with ham, blackberry fig jam and pimento cheese. A new hangar steak with good ol’ Southern succotash (made with grilled corn, tomato and lima beans) and a new Chef Art Burger with Art’s special secret sauce round out the savories. As a lighter option, there’s a new watermelon salad with heirloom tomatoes, crispy ham, feta cheese and candied pecans.

There are also some great shopping opportunities throughtout Disney Springs:

  • Now through July 31, 2017 shoppers can enjoy 50% off select styles at Unode50.
  • British label Superdry is also offering up to 50% off select styles, including their men’s denim and women’s summer dresses now through July 31, 2017.
  • And if you are looking to bring some items back home to help cool-down this summer, they can check out D-Living located in Town Center. This seasonally themed boutique features all the Disney merchandise necessary to enjoy the summer.

Some of these offerings are for a limited time, so be sure to head to Disney Springs to enjoy this cool celebration of summer.

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Disney MaxPass to Debut July 19 at Disneyland

Disney MaxPass will help Guests to maximize their experience at the Resort by providing unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads from the day, and by enabling the convenience of mobile FASTPASS booking and redemption times while in the Parks through the Disneyland App.

Disney MaxPass will be offered for an introductory price of $10 a day.  Guests may purchase Disney MaxPass when they purchase their ticket at Disneyland.com, at the box office, Disney Desks at Resort Hotels or Good Neighbor Hotels, or as an add-on through the Disneyland App once they enter either theme park.  Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders will have the option of purchasing Disney MaxPass for the life of their current passport for $75.  Signature Plus passholders will receive Disney MaxPass at no additional cost, as part of their annual passport entitlement.

Two additional Disney FASTPASS locations have been added at Toy Story Mania and Matterhorn Bobsleds, bringing the total number of attractions to 16. Guests will continue to have the option of Disney FASTPASS service at no additional cost by obtaining a FASTPASS return time with their park admission ticket at attraction FASTPASS kiosks.

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Book Early, Save BIG with Carnival Cruise Line!

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Contact me today see how much you can save on  your next Carnival Cruise!

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Fantasmic Dining Packages are NOW available at Disneyland!

“Fantasmic!” returns to Disneyland® Park on July 17, 2017! If you are looking for a delicious way to have reserved viewing for this classic nighttime spectacular, reservations for three new “Fantasmic!” Dining Packages are now available. There’s something for everyone, from on-the-go options to extravagant three-course dinners.

Blue Bayou Restaurant “Fantasmic!” Dining Package will include choice of starter, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage; cost is $65 for adults, $25 for children age 3-9.

Starters

  • New Orleans Gumbo
  • Blue Bayou House Salad
  • Louisiana Spiced Shrimp

Entrees

  • Blue Bayou Bouillabaisse with sustainable fish fillet, mussels, clams, shrimp and spiced sausage
  • Pan-seared Bone-in Pork Loin
  • Citrus-marinated Chicken Breast
  • Surf & Turf, featuring a petite lobster tail and broiled filet mignon
  • Portobello Mushroom and Louisana Popcorn Rice
  • Blue Bayou Bone-in Rib-eye
  • Pan-seared Salmon
  • Herb-crusted Rack of Lamb

Desserts

  • Sorcerer Mickey “Fantasmic!” Dessert, with milk chocolate mousse, bananas foster sauce, milk chocolate pound cake and a chocolate glaze
  • Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlèe with fresh berries
  • 8-Layer Chocolate Hazelnut Cake

River Belle Terrace “Fantasmic!” Dining Package will include choice of starter, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage; cost is $45 for adults, $25 for children age 3-9.

Starters

  • Corn Chowder
  • House Salad

Entrees

  • Pork Spare Ribs
  • BBQ Tofu
  • Oven-roasted Sausage Link Combo
  • Sustainable Catch of the Day
  • Oven-roasted Half BBQ Chicken
  • Fried Chicken Sandwich
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Beef Brisket Sandwich

Desserts

  • Maleficent Dragon “Fantasmic!” Dessert, with a milk chocolate crunchy base, spiced dark chocolate-blackberry ganache center, caramel mousse and orange-vanilla sauce
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Butterscotch Pudding

Hungry Bear Restaurant will offer choice of entrée and natural soda; choice of entrée and bottled water, juice box or milk for children age 3-9; cost is $29.99 for adults, $19.99 for children.

  • Cedar Salt Roasted Salmon, with kale and garbanzo bean salad, cranberry-apricot grains and wild rice medley
    BBQ Chicken, with kale and garbanzo bean salad, cranberry-apricot grains and wild rice medley
  • Blackberry BBQ Pork Ribblettes, with kale and garbanzo bean salad, cranberry-apricot grains and wild rice medley
  • Mushroom and Leek Frittata, with kale and garbanzo bean salad, cranberry-apricot grains and wild rice medley

CONTACT ME today if you are interested in booking a Fantasmic Dining Package for Disneyland Park!

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Celebrate New Years EVE at Disney’s Contemporary Resort!

This year there are three ways for you and your family to ring in the New Year at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. These “can’t miss” experiences, which are part of the Enchanting Extras Collection, enhance the Walt Disney World® Resort experience.

For an evening of dining and dancing, “Disney Countdown to Midnight” includes delightful dining, live music, libations and more. An interactive band and DJ will fill the dance floor (and we hear that Mickey and Minnie may make a special appearance). Plus, you can welcome in 2018 with a flute of bubbly and a viewing of those legendary New Year’s Eve fireworks at the Magic Kingdom® Park. The party takes place from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. in the Fantasia Ballroom and is designed for Guests 18 years and older. 

If you and your family are looking for a family-friendly way to ring in the New Year, they can enjoy “Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration.” From Andy’s Room in “Toy Story” to  Metro City with The Incredibles, this immersive celebration will include theatrical backdrops, dramatic set pieces and fun props that re-create the fantastic worlds of the Pixar films. And, of course, favorite characters will be on hand from “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles,” “Cars,” and “Up.” Kids can have fun with Pixar face painting, a balloon artist and a boot camp with Sarge, while an interactive DJ will spin hits from Radio Disney.  Dinner is buffet style. At midnight, your Clients can head outdoors to ring in the New Year with a viewing of the Magic Kingdom fireworks.  This event takes place from 8 p.m.-12:15 a.m in the Ballroom of the Americas. 

Fine dining is the theme of the third party, “Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Eve Dining Experience” in the Grand Republic Ballroom. Inspired by the Disney animated film “The Princess and the Frog,” the room is beautifully decorated French Quarter style to transport you to the Big Easy. Signature dishes will include herb-crusted Louisiana redfish, crayfish etouffee, Black Angus beef cooked two ways, braised short ribs and filet of beef with truffled celery root silk. A N’awlins jazz band will entertain during dinner, joined later in the evening by a vocalist who will bring to life the Academy-Award-winning classics from the film. You can slip outside with a glass of bubbly just before midnight to ring in 2018 with a private viewing area for the Magic Kingdom fireworks. This party takes place from 7 p.m.-12:15 a.m. 

All three of these amazing experiences will be available to book on July 11, 2017. Contact me today if you are interested!!!

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