Category Archives: Disney World Dining

Stay, Play and Dine Discount Announced for Early 2015 at Disney World!

first time he meets his fav character

You’ve been asking, and waiting, and it’s finally arrived!  The first Disney discount offer of 2015 is Stay, Play and Dine!

The Stay, Play and Dine offer is valid for travel December 14-20, 2014 and January 5-March 7, 2015.  A minimum stay of 3 nights and 2-day tickets is required to take advantage of this fabulous offer!

Booking Windows are as follows:

  • Visa Cardholders: October 6-December 29, 2014
  • General Public: October 9-December 29, 2014

This offer excludes Art of Animation Little Mermaid Rooms, Grand Floridian Villas, Bay Lake Tower, Poly Villas, Campsites and 3 bedroom Villas.

If you prefer to skip the bundle discount Disney is also offering a Room-Only discount as well.  Save up to 30% on rooms most nights during stays January 5-March 28,2015.   Discounts are limited and rates vary

  • All Star Sports, All Star Music, Pop Century and  Art Of Animation Family Suites 15% off on weekends, 20% off on weekdays
  • All Star Movies 10% off on weekends, 15% off on weekdays
  • Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach, POR-Riverside, Wilderness Cabins 20% off on weekends, 25% off on weekdays
  • Port Orleans French Quarter 10% off on weekends, 15% off on weekdays
  • Coronado Springs Suites 10% off all nights
  • Yacht Club, Beach Club, Boardwalk, Polynesian, Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge {standard and pool view only at AKL}  30% off all nights
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge Club Level and Savanna View 20% off all nights
  • Deluxe Suites at all Deluxe Resorts 10% off
Villa Resorts:
  • Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, Beach Club, Boardwalk Villas, Wilderness Lodge Villas 30% off all nights
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo and Kidani 20% off

This offer excludes Art of Animation Little Mermaid Rooms, Grand Floridian Villas, Bay Lake Tower, Poly Villas, Campsites and 3 bedroom Villas.

Are you ready to save while you Stay, Play and Dine at Walt Disney World?  Contact me at or through my contact form for more information and a quick quote!

Free Dining Released for Disney Visa Cardholders!

free dining Have you been waiting for free dining at Disney World?  Wait no more, free dining is here!  As usual, Disney has made free dining available to their Disney Visa cardholders first and the offer will be released to the general public on May 7.    I have all the info for you and am on hold this morning to secure great deals for guests! Free Dining Dates are:

  • August 31 – October 3
  • October 26 – November 1
  • November 9 – November 20
  • December 12 – December 23

You have a great selection of resorts that are included in the free dining promotion.

Disney Value Resorts ~ Quick Service Dining Plan Included

This can be upgraded to regular plan for $18.65 per person per day ($3.20 for children). All-Star Music Resort
All-Star Movies
All-Star Sports Resort
Pop Century Resort
Moderate Resorts ~ Regular Dining Plan Included
Caribbean Beach Resort
Coronado Springs Resort
Deluxe Resorts ~ Regular Dining Plan Included
Animal Kingdom Lodge
Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
BoardWalk Inn
Contemporary Resort
Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Polynesian Resort
Wilderness Lodge
Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts ~ Regular Dining Plan Included
Bay Lake Tower
Animal Kingdom Villas
Beach Club Villas
BoardWalk Villas
Old Key West Resort
Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Fort Wilderness Cabins
Some resorts are excluded, such as Art of Animation, Port Orleans French Quarter & Riverside, Campsites at Ft. Wilderness, and 3-bedroom villas, and Villas at The Grand Floridian. *A 3 night minimum stay (14 night maximum) and two day minimum park ticket is required for each person in the party. Ready to book your magical vacation for this fall and winter?  Contact me at or 818-519-0777 for a quick quote to make your vacation dreams a reality!

Character Meals Coming to Disney’s Star Wars Weekends!

A galactic adventure awaits all Star Wars fans!  Beginning May 4th -June 15 Hollywood Studios will have two new Character Dining Meals for Star Wars Weekend.  These will be available to book starting 3/26/2014.


First up is Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine.  This will be a dinner and will feature Jedi Mickey, Leia Minnie, Darth Goofy, Stormtrooper Donald, and Ewok Chip and Dale.   Seatings for dinner will begin at 4:15 and go until park close.  All meals will include a digital download of a photograph with Ewok Chip and Dale.  Prices:  $56.99 for Adults and $32.99 for kids.  This dining experience can also be added to the Fantasmic Dinner Package.  The Fantasmic dining package will then  be $59.99 for Adults and $36.99 for kids.

Second is the Star Wars Galactic Dine-In Breakfast at Sci-Fi Dine In Theater.  This will be a breakfast and will feature Stormtroopers, Jawa, Greedo, Boba Fett and Darth Vader.  Star Wars trailers and movie clips will also be played on the big screen.  All meals will include a digital photo of your party on a commemorative PhotoPass/Memory Maker card.  Prices will be $47.99 for Adults and $29.99 for kids.

These WILL be available with Dining Plan Credits.  It will be a One Table Service Credit Meal.

Want to have an out of this world dining experience this year at Star Wars Weekends?  Contact me at for a quick quote to make your vacation dreams a reality!

Wordless Wednesday – Disney Storytelling

We all know Disney tells incredible stories in their films.  Whether animated or not they craft a story that grabs the attention of young and young at heart!  One of my favorite examples of this is this clever bit I pinned on Pinterest recently.  (No offense to the Twilight fans out there!)

My favorite part of a trip to Disney, however, is the stories we tell when we get back and the photos that help us tell them.  Disney is truly a magical experience and there are times on every visit where the magic personally touches our lives.

The above picture on it’s own may leave you questioning.  However, our waiter at California Grill on our last trip created this for us when he heard that my husband had recently returned from deployment.  I was pregnant and didn’t feel well so we took dessert to go, but he still showed us his appreciation…which makes a pregnant woman weepy.  We were all touched by his thoughtfulness!

Needless to say, we were all touched by his thoughtfulness and we will definitely return to California Grill on our next trip.  As a matter of fact, I think it’s a great place to celebrate a birthday…if you can get  reservation!

Please take a minute to visit our host, Focused on the Magic, and check out all the great blogs that are participating in today’s blog hop!

New Disney Stay, Play, Dine Special Offer!

Are you looking to travel to Disney World in early 2013?  Longing to see the new Fantasyland?  Dying to eat at Be Our Guest Restaurant.  Can’t wait to stay at the Art of Animation Resort or see the recently refurbished Grand Floridian?  Or do you want to be among those who have experienced the redesigned Test Track at Epcot?  Look no further, a great discount was just released for you!  If you would like to travel between January 4th-March 1st, 2013 you can save up to $600 through Disney’s new Stay, Play and Dine offer!

StayPlayDine_Ad_Retail early 2013

with the purchase of this 5-Night/6-Day Walt Disney Travel Company room,
ticket and dining plan package at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels
(based on a family of four).
This package includes:
• Accommodations for 5 nights at a select Disney Resort hotel
• Admission to one Disney Theme Park for each day of your package stay
• A dining plan
• Special Guest benefits, like enjoying extra time in the Theme Parks
• And, more
For stays most nights 01/04–03/1/2013.  Book 10/10–12/31/2012.

* The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited so contact me today for pricing if interested.  Savings based on the non-discounted price of the same package for 2 adults, 1 junior and 1 child. Tickets valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required. Excludes campsites, 3-Bedroom Villas and is not valid at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms

Contact me today to book your magical vacation at

Why Should I Use A Travel Agent?

Here’s a question we frequently here, “So many people travel to Disney.  Why should my family use a travel agent to plan our trip?”   Disney destinations are a great example, but the reasons you should use a travel agent can extend beyond Disney destinations to other vacation spots as well.  We want you to be as well informed as possible so we compiled a list of the top ten reasons you should use a travel agent to plan your next vacation.
1.  Fee Free Why not?  Our services are free to you.

2.   Alleviate Stress.  Planning a vacation can be stressful, however a travel agent takes the stress away by planning a magical vacation perfectly suited to your family’s needs and desires.

3.   Save time. Save time by letting us hunt down the best deal, score reservations at the restaurant you’ve been dying to try or arrange and coordinate all of your travel details.

4.  Save money!  Not only will we find you the best deal available, but we can often, as is the case with Disney, apply discount to your reservation as soon as they come out saving you even more money!  We will watch for discounts that can make your trip even more affordable after you book for you!

5.  Knowledge and expertise.  As a travel agent specializing in Disney and Universal Studios we have traveled to these destinations extensively.  No need to read a guide book or two or hunt down information that pertains to you and your travel party.  Need to know what rides are good for toddlers?  We know!  Want to propose at the most romantic spots in Magic Kingdom?  We can help!

6.  Personal service.   Our goal is to establish a relationship with our guests where we get to know them and anticipate their wants and needs!  When you need something you have the convenience and consistency of talking to the same person who knows your family and how you travel.

7.  Itinerary Planning.  Need a day to day outline of what to do?  We’ll provide you with the best days to visit the parks, restaurant recommendations and reservations, help you avoid lines and many more tips for a successful trip!

8.  Extra Magic – Only with our company can you make those magical moments happen with pictures of Mickey Mouse for your kids, Theme Park Guide Maps, MousePerks, discount Orlando MagicCards, and much more for your vacation.  We offer similar perks for Disney Cruise and Universal Studios packages.

9.  Have an Advocate.  We are here to help you.  While most trips run smoothly, should something go wrong your travel agent is here to help.  We can handle rearranging details of your trip so that, despite a bump in the road, it is as enjoyable as possible for you!

10.  Availability.  Whatever your preferred way to communicate for long discussions or quick questions, we are available via email, phone, Facebook, Twitter and more!  We’ll keep you up to date on deals you don’t want to miss and bring the magic to you leading up to your trip and beyond!
There are so many reasons to book with us, what are you waiting for!  Don’t stress about your trip and agonize over were to stay or eat.  Don’t wait for hours on hold every time you need to modify your reservation.  Instead allow us to take the worry and hassle out of vacations by creating a magical trip perfectly tailored to your needs!

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And of course here on the blog!  I look forward to working with you soon!


Disney’s Free Dining Offer Ends September 29th!

Mickey waffles at the food court at the Caribbean Beach Resort

You heard me right folks!  Disney’s amazing free dining offer ends September 29th!   Disney has some of the best restaurants and snacks around, why not take advantage and get them for free?  Booking you stay on these select dates can make your trip more affordable and help you have more cash to spend at the World.  Plus, using Disney’s Dining Plan takes the headache and stress out of eating while you tour Disney World.  Just swipe your Key to the World card and you’re good to go!  (All meals are covered excluding gratuity and alcohol on the plan.)   Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about Disney’s Free Dining offer.
What dates are available for Free Dining?

There are a number of “windows” available for free dining.   These windows are: Sept 30-Oct 4, Oct 19-Nov 1, Nov 9-15, Nov 23-29 and Dec 10-20.

What’s included with the Disney Dining Plan?

There are two Disney dining plans that you can take advantage of with the free dining offer.

  • Free Disney Dining Plan with a stay at a Moderate Resort: includes on snack, on counter service meal and one table service meal per person over 3 years of age per night of stay
  • Free Quick Service Dining Plan with a stay at a Value Resort: includes two quick service meals and one snack per person over 3 years of age per night of stay

How much will I save?

Savings really depends on where you stay, however on average you can save between $700-$1,000 by taking advantage of Disney’s Free Dining offer.

Can I use the Free Dining Plan offer for a character meal?

Character breakfast at Cape May Cafe

Yes, you can!  There are over 100 participating restaurants to choose from when using Disney’s Dining Plan.  However, no character dining experiences are Quick-Service meals so if you are interested in character dining I would recommend staying at a moderate resort for the free Dining Plan or upgrading to the Dining Plan.

How do I take advantage of the Free Dining offer?

Simply email me at or operationdisneytravel@gmail to book your magical vacation!
So, what are you waiting for?  Do you love Mickey waffles, dinner at the 50’s Prime Time Cafe or breakfast with Mickey and friends?  Then there’s no better time to email me at to book  you Disney vacation!  But hurry, this offer expires on September 29th!