Vacation Planning Specialist – Nicole!

Independent Travel Agent with The Vacation Wizards!

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.

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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!

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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.

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EPCOT Food & Wine Festival Returns August 31st!

The 22nd Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival is expanding for a longer-than-ever 75-day run (Aug. 31-Nov. 13, 2017). This year’s festival will feature (35) amazing food and wine Marketplaces to celebrate 35 years of Epcot. The event will be part of the park’s 35th anniversary day on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 and feature several new experiences. Here are a few favorites:

New Acts for 2017 “Eat to the Beat” Concert Series will amp things up this year. Eleven new-to-the-festival bands, including Kenny G., Squeeze and 10,000 Maniacs, join 21 fan-favorite musical acts for a diverse lineup of pop hit makers to rock America Gardens Theatre stage throughout the festival’s 75-day run.  Other new acts to appear are: The Hooters, Baha Men, Lauren Alaina, Mark Wills, American Authors, Devon Allman, Postmodern Jukebox and Blue October. Concerts take place at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily and are included in Epcot admission .  The lineup is subject to change and included in Epcot admission.

Festival-goers can also enjoy Eat to the Beat Dining Packages at 15 popular Epcot restaurants, guaranteeing a breakfast, lunch or dinner reservation and confirmed seating at a same-day Eat to the Beat concert.

New Marketplaces are coming to the Festival – and India and Spain marketplaces will return for an encore. Our global marketplaces will extend into Future World to offer brand-new taste sensations.  

ABC’s “The Chew” is returning to tape five festival shows that will air Oct. 9-13. With Spaceship Earth as the backdrop, the Emmy Award-winning show hosts will again delight a live audience with on-stage cooking and stories of their Disney adventures plus segments from across Walt Disney World® Resort.   

Popular TV chefs and culinary icons will entertain at Festival Center demonstrations. Those same stars of the kitchen will create new dishes for premium events such as Party for the Senses grand tastings with new concepts and themes.

“Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops are also returning with fresh opportunities for you to interact with visiting chefs, bakers, mixologists and other pros.

Stay Tuned for details! Also, if you are interested in booking any of these amazing experiences contact me today!

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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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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!

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

Walt Disney World Resort

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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