Category Archives: Disney World

Character Pop Up Meet n Greet at Epcot

After the 5K Jan and I headed to Epcot, where much to our surprise as we headed into World Showcase we stumbled upon a pop up character meet n greet.  I’ve heard of these happening, but have never been lucky enough to stumble upon one myself!  Most often these meet n greets are used to train cast members, and they often take place prior to race weekends or when a college program starts up.

As soon as I saw the gate between Canada and the UK open I ran over to see who we could meet!  The characters in attendance at this meet n greet were:

  • Mickey
  • Donald
  • Pinnochio
  • Baloo

  

  • Stitch

  

  • Penguin from Mary Poppins

  

  • Launchpad

  

  • Rafiki

  
This was a super fun way to kick off our day in Epcot.  We arrived between 11-11:30 so World Showcase was pretty empty.  We had been headed to lunch at Tangeriene Cafe, and almost took the boat but it wasn’t running yet.  Thank God for that since we got to experience this fun character pop up!

After we met the characters we wanted to we headed to lunch at Tangeriene Cafe in Morocco as planned.  (A few of them we chose not to meet and the meet n greet was over fairly early so we didn’t get the chance to meet everyone.)  Tangeriene Cafe is seriously my favorite quick service restaurant!  I try to eat there every trip!  The lamb is phenomenal!  

After lunch we wandered World Showcase.  I got a grapefruit beer in Germany which is always so refreshing!  

Jan and I split an Anna’s birthday cupcake in Norway and found a fun photo opportunity (there was a PhotoPass photographer) with the Anna & Elsa topiaries.   If you’re going for the Flower and Garden festival this is a great photo spot, especially if you have a little princess in tow!

 

We then met up with my friend Erin, grabbed some Starbucks and relaxed for a bit and put our feet up.  Then we headed to the character spot at Epcot to see Mickey and friends.  We followed this up with a ride on Test Track and Spaceship Earth before heading to dinner at O’hana.

 
This was a fun day, but we may have overdone it on the walking!  Either way we were in bed early after taking a cab back to Riverside from the Polynesian.  (We opted for a cab after walking from the Ticket & Transportation center to O’hana due to a down monorail.  We just didn’t want to mess with the monorail or waiting for a bus back to Riverside at Magic Kingdom.)  Time to rest up for the 10K!

Disney Surprise Video Like No Other

Just have your tissues handy for this amazing Disney surprise video!

I just can’t.  It’s the sweetest thing ever!

Military Monday: Will Disney Renew Their Military Discount for 2016?

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It’s that time of year again where everyone is waited with baited breath to see when/if Disney will be renewing it’s Armed Forces discount for the following year.  The military discount at Disney works off of the fiscal, not calendar year, so the current offer expires on October 3rd.   Last year the Armed Forces Salute renewal was announced on July 21st.  Hopefully we will see an announcement by then, if not sooner.

If you are looking to travel with the military discount in late 2015 or 2016, please know that we are on top of this release and will notify you as soon as it comes out!  If you’d like a quote as soon as this discount is released please submit a quote request form so that we can provide one to you as soon as the discount renewal is announced.

In the meantime, if you are anxious to book due to the 180 day mark and dining reservations or FastPass+ reservations, we can book your trip at the regular rate and add the military discount, pending availability, when it is released.

If you have any questions regarding your next Disney vacation or any upcoming vacation, please don’t hesitate to email me at gretchen@destinationsinflorida.com.  I look forward to helping you create magical memories to last a lifetime!

Travel Tuesday: Disney World’s Coolest Summer Ever Discounts

WDWSmrRm03251540016Have you been wondering just what to do this summer?  Walt Disney World has the answer for you!  With Star Wars Weekends and Frozen Summer fun taking place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, new restaurants at a reimagined Downtown Disney, two thrilling water parks and four theme parks full of excitement Disney World is THE place to be this summer!  Disney has made a Disney World vacation even more affordable this summer with new discount offers to fit every travelers needs!

Kid Sized Package

Experience the Coolest Summer Ever with your kids when you take advantage of this great

Enjoy a 3-night/2-day stay at select Disney All-Star Resorts with theme park tickets for a family of three for just $989*.   This offer is valid for travel most Sunday through Thursday nights, June 16-August 13, 2015.  Be sure to book your fantastic summer vacation by June 12, 2015 as these rates and rooms will go quickly!

*Package price based on 2 adults and 1 child (ages 3-9) and Magic Your Way Base Ticket.

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Room Only Offer

Increase the magic on your summer vacation by saving up to 30% on select rooms at select resorts at Walt Disney World for most stays June 16-August 27, 2015.   Add tickets and a dining plan to these savings to make a completely magical vacation!

Savings include:

Select Deluxe Resorts: 30%

Select Moderate Resorts: 20-25%

Select Value Resorts: 15-20%

Are you ready for the Coolest Summer Ever?  Contact me at gretchen@destinationsinflorida.com to book your summer escape!

 

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

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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 gretchen@destinationsinflorida.com or through my contact form for more information and a quick quote!

Disney Parks Extend Military Discount Into 2015!

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Disney announced today that it is extending it’s amazing military discount, otherwise known as the Armed Forces Salute, into 2015 for both Disney World and Disneyland.  Please note there have been some slight ticket price increases, but the percentage discounts are equal to what was offered last year.

At Walt Disney World:

August 25, 2014 through September 30, 2015 active duty and retired military (as well as active duty and retired members of the Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) and their spouses can purchase

  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $177 each, plus tax
  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Park Fun and More Option for $177 each, plus tax
  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More Options for $207 each, plus tax.

Walt Disney World Resort tickets may be used September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except that the tickets may not be used December 22, 2014 – January 2, 2015 and March 29 – April 9, 2015.

In addition guests can save 40% off Deluxe Resorts, 35% off moderates and Fort Wilderness cabins and 30% off values, including Art of Animation (excluding Little Mermaid Rooms).

At Disneyland:

From August 25, 2014 through October 1, 2015 active duty and retired military (as well as active duty and retired members of the Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) and their spouses can purchase:

  • Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $132 each

Disneyland tickets may be used September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except that the tickets may not be used December 25, 2014 – January 4, 2015 and March 29 – April 9, 2015.

Guests can enjoy 40% off at the Grand Californian Hotel, 35% off at the Disneyland Hotel and 30% off at Paradise Pier.

Hotel discounts at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts are valid most nights for stays September 28, 2014-October 3, 2015 with the following block out dates:

  • November 27 – November 29, 2014
  • December 24 – December 31, 2014
  • March 30 – April 4, 2015

Resort hotel rooms are limited so book your vacation as soon as possible!

For more information, or a quick, no obligation quote, please contact me today!

2015 Disney Packages are Coming!

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If you are anything like me you’ve been anxiously awaiting Disney’s release of 2015 packages.   Starting July 30th we can book Disney World, Disneyland and Aulani packages for 2015.  Packages are valid for arrivals January 1, 2015-December 31, 2015.  The last date of your vacation must not be more than 499 days in the future.

Are you dreaming of Disney in 2015?  Contact me today to be added to our 2015 Disney watch list!  We’ll save you time by sending you a quote straight away on July 30th!