Disney Announces Reopening Park Hours Following Hurricane Irma

After closing two and a half days for the first time the history of Walt Disney World, Disney announced the parks will reopen Tuesday September 12th.   Fortunately, the parks and resorts had minimal damage.

Magic Kingdom will be open 9am – 7pm with extra magic hours from 8 – 9am and Mickey’s No So Scary Halloween Party as scheduled from 7pm – 12am

Epcot will be open 9am – 9pm with extra magic hours from 9-11pm

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is open 9am – 9pm

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is open 9am – 9pm

Disney Springs will be open from 10am – 12am

The water parks will remain closed until further notice.

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“That’s A Wrap” Great Movie Ride

Written By:  Melanie Hina

As many of you already know August 13, 2017 was the last day for the Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.   As we rode through the movies one final time it was with much nostalgia and misty eyes.  We thought back over our first ride and the many years of enjoying all that this iconic ride has represented.

The Great Movie Ride’s debut was on Disney MGM Studios’ opening day, May 1, 1989. It was inside a replica of Hollywood, California’s Grauman’s Chinese Theatre; a historic movie palace on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  We have ridden through motion picture history for 28 years on this beloved 22 minute attraction.  It was originally supposed to be the main attraction in a show-biz themed pavilion in Disney’s EPCOT.  But, thankfully, Disney saw its potential and created an entire theme park around it.

With that said, there are few things certain in life.  However, one that is certain is change.  With change comes a mixture of sadness for what was and excitement for what will be.  So, what will become of this prime piece of Disney real estate?  It will become

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.  A first for Disney Imagineers’, Mickey and Minnie’s first ride is themed solely around them and is a 2 ½ D attraction.  This ride is promised not to disappoint. So even though the Great Movie Ride will always be near and dear to our hearts, let’s trust in the huge success that is Disney and be excited for the changes to come.  Farewell Great Movie Ride.   You served us well.

 

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Melanie has been an agent with Mickey World Travel since 2013. She lives minutes outside of Magic Kingdom and she enjoys the Disney Parks weekly. She would love to help you plan your next vacation.  

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Disney Makes Major Announcements at D23

This weekend Disney announced changes coming to Walt Disney World in the future.   So let’s get started.

Hollywood Studios

  • Star Wars Land is to be named – Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. It will open first in Disneyland.

 

  • The Great Movie Ride will be closing August 13.  They are replacing it with a new attraction call Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway with new technology that is not 3D but what Disney is calling 2 1/2D that will give you the feel of 3D with no glasses.  The outside of the building is said to be staying the same.

  • Toy Story Land will open summer 2018!

Epcot:

  • A new attraction based on Ratatouille similar to the one in Disneyland Paris will go into a new area in France near the Eiffel Tower.
  • A new seamless circle-vision film is to be introduced in China.
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy ride IS coming to the Future World area of Epcot. Plans are to have it open by the 50th anniversary (2021).
  • There will be a new table service restaurant near Mission Space that will be themed where you are dining in space.

  • The Mission Space refurbishment currently going on will reopen next month with a new Green Mission.

Magic Kingdom:

  • The Tron ride currently in Shanghi Disney will be added to the Magic Kingdom, but unlike previous rumors, it will NOT be replacing the Tomorrowland Speedway. It will be in a new space next to Space Mountain. Again to be open by the 50th in 2021.

  • The Star Wars resort IS coming to Walt Disney World! A luxury, totally immersive, multi day experience, nothing like anything before.  No date for it’s opening has been announced yet.
  • There will be a new point to point transport vehicle in Walt Disney World – “Minnie Vans” – red and white polka dot Chevy Traverse vehicles.
  • Additionally, a new transportation system named “the Skyliner” will be a gondola based system between Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Art of Animation, & Pop Century.

Disney Cruise Line:

  • A new Beauty and the Beast Show (based on the live action film) is coming to Disney Cruise Line.
  • There will be another ship added to the fleet by 2023 (in addition to the 2 already being built).

DISNEYLAND RESORT:

  • Pixar Fest is coming to DL in 2018 – Fireworks, characters

  • Paint the Night – the nighttime parade at DL will return.
  • Next summer, Paradise Pier will become “Pixar Pier”!
  • Cars Land is getting a Halloween overlay this fall.

Disneyland is going to expand its Superhero presence. Besides Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man & the Avengers, there will be an immersive experience… stay tuned for more details on this.

As you can see so many changes coming to Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line. Stay tuned as with Disney, you never know if they may have more announcements coming today.

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2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concert Schedule Announced!

Disney has released the 2017 Eat to the Beat Concert line up with some new additions for this year’s dates. Some popular groups are returning along with some great newcomers.

2017 Eat to the Beat Concert Line Up!

  • Delta Rae — August 31-September 1
  • The Hooters – September 2-3 NEW
  • Baha Men — September 4-5 NEW
  • Fuel — September 6-7
  • Starship featuring Mickey Thomas – September 8-10
  • Lauren Alaina – September 11-12 NEW
  • Plain White T’s — September 13-15
  • Sister Hazel – September 16-17
  • Air Supply — September 18-20
  • David Cook — September 21-22
  • Everclear — September 23-24
  • Sugar Ray — September 25-27
  • 38 Special – September 28-29
  • Mark Wills  — September 30-October 1 NEW
  • American Authors – October 2-3 NEW
  • Christopher Cross – October 4-5
  • Devon Allman – October 6-8 NEW
  • Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX — October 9-11
  • Taylor Dane — October 12-13
  • Jeffrey Osbourne  October 14-15
  • Postmodern Jukebox — October 16-17 NEW
  • 10,000 Maniacs — October 18-20 NEW
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket — October 21-22
  • Kenny G — October 23-24  NEW
  • Billy Ocean – October 25-26
  • Tiffany – October 27-October 29
  • Hanson — October 30-November 1
  • Blue October — November 2-3 NEW
  • Living Colour — November 4-5
  • Boyz II Men — November 6-8
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — November 9-11
  • Squeeze — November 12-13 NEW

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Magic Kingdom Special Event Tickets on sale today

Tickets for Mickey’s No Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party went on sale today.  This year’s Halloween party starts in August and runs on 34 select nights.

Dates for 2017 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party are:  

  • August 25, 29
  • September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
  • October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31
  • November 1

August 29, September 1, 7, 10, 12, 17, 24 –  $74.00 plus tax 10+, $69.00 plus tax ages 3-9

September 19, 26 – $79/$74 plus tax

September 15, 22, 29, October 1 –  $88/$83 plus tax

October 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 17, 10, 22, 24, 26, November 1 –  $94/$89 plus tax

October 6, 13, 20, 27, 29 – $99/$94  October 31 $115/$110

Dates for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are:   

  • November 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26, ,28
  • December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22

November 12, 14, 16 – $89-$84  November 9 – $94/$89 plus tax

November 10, 17, 26, 28, December 1, 3, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17 – $95/$90 plus tax

December 8, 15 – $99-$94

December 19, 21, 22 – $109/104

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2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Dates Announced

Disney has announced the dates for the ever so popular International Food & Wine Festival!  Mark you calendars:  August 31 through November 13 will be a record 75 days of global culinary creations, celebrity chefs, premium events, Eat to the Beat concerts, and more.

2016To book your Disney vacation with Mickey World Travel: call us 7 days a week at 973-970-9733

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New Discount Released for Walt Disney World

Disney released a new offer today!  Stay, Play & Dine Packages for January 1 through March 7, 2017, plus a Winter Room Offer for travel December 15-23, 2017 and January 1-April 8, 2017.  Disney Visa Card holders may book today, deposit must be paid with the Disney Visa Card.  General public may book this offer on Monday October 3, 2016.

Play, Stay & Dine Offer details:visa-card

Excluded Resorts include:

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Grand Floridian Villas
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid rooms
  • All-Star Movies
  • Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campsites
  • Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • 3-bedroom villas

Discount requirements include a minimum 3-night stay and at least two-day worth of tickets.

Winter Room Offer details:

Excluded Resorts include:

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid rooms
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campsites
  • 3-bedroom villas

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New Bounceback Offer at Walt Disney World Announced for 2017 Free Dining

A new bounceback offer has been released today at Walt Disney World!    This is great news for anyone planning to visit Walt Disney World in 2017.  Guests traveling now through October 31, 2016 should receive the offer in their room, if not, no worries, just call extension 8844 from your Disney Resort hotel room.  You must book before you check out.

Chef MickeyBooking window is:  August 1 – October 31, 2016

Travel dates are:

  • May 30 – June 6, 2017
  • June 30 – July 5, 2017
  • August 11 – September 9, 2017
  • December 8-20, 2017

Excluded dates:

  • June 7 – June 29, 2017
  • July 6 – Aug. 10, 2017
  • Sept. 10 – Dec. 7, 2017

Excluded resorts:

  • Fort Wilderness Campsites
  • All-Star Movies
  • 3-bedroom villas
  • Port Orleans French Quarter
  • Port Orleans Riverside (Dec. 8 – Dec. 20, 2017)
  • Villas along the Disney monorail line

A 2-day park hopper is required and other discounts can not be stacked with this Bounceback offer.

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Magic Kingdom Special Event Tickets go on sale Tomorrow

All tickets for both Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party go on sale tomorrow, May 5, 2016.  This year’s tickets are moving to a tiered pricing system.

The dates for 2016 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party are:

  • September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30
  • October 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 25 – $72.00 plus tax age 10+, $67.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $79.00/$74 same-day

September 29, 30 – $79.00 plus tax age 10+, $74.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $88/$83.00 same-day

October 2, 6 – $86.00 plus tax age 10+, $81.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $95.00/$90 same-day

October 4, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27 – $91.00 plus tax age 10+, $86.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $95.00/$90.00 same-day

September 23 – $85.00 plus tax age 10+, $80.00 plus tax age 3-9

October 7, 14, 21, 28, 30 – $95.00 plus tax age 10+, $90.00 plus tax age 3-9

October 31– $105.00 plus tax age 10+, $100.00 plus tax age 3-9

Passholder Rates are available on the following dates:  September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 23, 25, 29, 30; October 2, 6 – Rates are $67.00 – $80.00 (depends on night) plus tax. Disney Vacation Club member discounts are also available  on all Annual Passholder dates, plus October 4, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, & 20.  Prices range between $62.00 – $83.00.

The Dates for 2016 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are:

  • November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29
  • December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

November 10, 13 – $86.00 plus tax age 10+, $81.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $91.00/$86.00 same-day

November 18, 27, 29, December 2, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13 – $92.00 plus tax age 10+, $97.00 plus tax age 3-9 in advance, $96.00/$91.00 same-day

November 7, 8, 11, 15, December 1 – $91.00 plus tax age 10+, $86.00 plus tax age 3-9

December 9, 15 – $96.00 plus tax age 10+, $91.00 plus tax age 3-9

December 16, 18, 22 – $99.00 plus tax age 10+, $94.00 plus tax age 3-9

Passholder Rates are available on the following dates: November 7, 8, 11, 15; 12/1, 10, & 13.   Rates are $74.00 – $84.00 (depends on the night) plus tax. Disney Vacation Club member discounts are also available on all Annual Passholder dates plus November 10, 13, 18, 27, 29, & December 6 ranging between $74.00 – $89.00 plus tax.

To book your Disney vacation with Mickey World Travel: call us 7 days a week at 973-970-9733

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Top 5 Reasons Why You NEED a Travel Agent

One of the most common questions I get asked is “why do I need to use a travel agent for my vacation.”  I myself was one of those people before starting with Mickey World Travel over a year ago.  I had always planned my own trips down to the letter…..so much so that I drove my husband and family crazy worrying over every tiny detail! My love of traveling, attention to detail, and my desire to help others is what lead me to become a travel agent (TA), and I apply all those principles when planning trips for my clients.

Now, let me back up and say, that not all TA’s are created equal. Just like any other service professional you are interested in using, DO YOUR HOMEWORK!  Ask for references, read reviews, look at their social media pages, and talk with the TA and see if they are a good fit for you and your family.  It is important that they understand your family and what is important to you.  A good TA will take the time to get to know your travel style and apply that knowledge to your vacation.  In saying all of those things, here are my top 5 reasons why you need a travel agent.Mickey Mouse in front of Cinderella Castle_

  1. PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

This is the biggest reason why you should use a travel agent! I specialize in Disney vacations because I have personally visited a Disney destination more times than I can count, and I apply that knowledge and experience to all the vacations I plan. From selecting dining reservations and fast passes, to choosing the perfect resort for each family, I guide and plan each of my clients based on actual experiences and not just from articles and pictures.

  1. SAVE YOU TIME

Your time is valuable, and planning a vacation takes hours of research.  Why not let a professional spend their time doing the research and planning, with your personal needs in mind?

  1. SAVE YOU MONEY

Travel agents have the latest information on deals and available promotions and know how to make sure you get them!  With Disney, when promotions are released, I spend countless hours applying those promotions for my clients, without them having to do anything! These savings can be hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on the package. If you are not using a TA, you would have to call to get these promotions, because they are not automatically applied. If you don’t know about the promotions, you do not get them!

  1. SERVICES ARE FREE

Using a Mickey World Travel agent costs you nothing, and we do all the work! Who doesn’t like getting something for FREE??  One of the biggest misconceptions of using a Travel Agent is you Caslte with little girl on MWT blog 4-11-16lose control of your reservation.  That’s not the case, we take care of as much or as little of the planning as our clients want including getting those difficult dinning reservations, fast pass booking, special event tickets, custom itineraries, and much,  much more.

  1. FIX ANY UNFORESEEN ISSUES

Let’s be realistic, as much as you want everything to be perfect for your vacation, something could go wrong.  You can miss your flight or it could be delayed or other unforeseen issues, and your TA is there to step in and help remedy the issue. After all, they work for you and want to make your vacation a positive experience so you will use them again!

These are just a few of the benefits of using a travel agent, and I hope you will consider using a travel agent like myself in the future.

To book your Disney vacation with Jessica Nix: call her 7 days a week at 615-691-1271

Remember our concierge service is free to you, no hidden costs, we do the planning, you have the fun.

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