Feel the Force packages available for Star Wars Weekends

Disney has announced a special package available only during Star Wars Weekends.  Feel the Force Premium Package will be available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during Star Wars Weekends, May 16-June 15, 2014.Star Wars Weekends 2014

This special experience will provide guests with access to reserved viewing areas for the two popular Weekends spectaculars.  The Legends of the Force: Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade and the Symphony in the Stars fireworks.

During the day, the motorcade viewing area includes beverages and snacks. And when the stars come out, the fireworks viewing area features a Star Wars-themed dessert party. Plus you will receive a special Disney PhotoPass card which includes complimentary Star Wars photos that can be linked to your Disney account.

The cost for this special event is $54 for adults and $32 for children (tax and gratuity included).  This is for both events, you will receive a wristband during the motorcade viewing that will allow entry into the evening fireworks dessert party.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Celebrate it’s 25 Year Anniversary

On May 1, 2014, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will celebrate its 25th anniversary.  Disney has some special events planned for the day.  The name officially changed in 2008 but many of us “old school” fans still refer to the park as “MGM.” SilverScreenDHS

The schedule for the day is:

10 AM, Mickey and Minnie Mouse along with the park’s vice president Dan Cockerell will take the stage to honor 25-year cast members in a rededication ceremony.

7 PM, a “Stars of the Studios” motorcade will feature Disney Stars:  Captain Jack Sparrow, Darth Vader, Doc McStuffins, Wreck-It Ralph, Venellope, Sofia the First and others down Hollywood Boulevard.

After the motorcade the area in front of Sorcerer Hat will become a dance party before ending the day with a special fireworks show at 9:30 PM.

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FastPass+ Enhancements

Disney has announced today that enhancements are being released.  Starting Monday April 28, 2014,  after guests have used their first three FastPass+ selections, they will be able to select another one at one of the kiosks located in each of our WDW parks. When they’ve used that one, they’ll be able to select another, and so on, ultimately providing guests with even more ways to customize their Walt Disney World Vacation. Guests will also be able to select and use their additional FastPass+ entitlements when they hop from park to park.
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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates Announced

Great news to report out of Walt Disney World!  Dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party have been released.   This year’s party will take place the following nights from 7:00 pm – 12:00 am,  September 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, & 28
October 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, & 31

Ticket prices and on sale dates have not yet been released.   Once we have them we’ll post them.   With rumors swirling about free dining being released for the fall now is a great time to book your fall visit to Walt Disney World.  We will apply any future discounts to your package and we’ll get your party tickets as well.

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After Hours Wind Down at Epcot

Some really BIG news to report from Epcot!  Disney has introduced a new dining experience called After Hours Wind Down!  Spaceship Earth from Italy

After IllumiNations guests in World Showcase, who have purchased a ticket for the event, can stay in the park until 11 p.m. to enjoy drinks and sample foods from certain countries.

After Hours Wind Down will begin on April 17th and run through September 15, 2014 Thursday – Sunday.  Guests will select one of four lounges when they purchase tickets.

The participating locations are:

  • La Cava del Tequila in the Mexico Pavilion
  • Rose & Crown Pub in the United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Spice Road Table in the Morocco Paviliion
  • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar in the Italy Pavilion
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Spice Road Table Morocco Epcot Rose & Crown Pub UK Epcot

Each location will offer small bites  as well as beverage sampling.  Tickets are $35 each for both adults and children, and it entitles the guest to one beverage and a selection of light snacks.  Theme park admission is required with the separate ticket for the event.

Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance and your Mickey World Travel planner can make those arrangements for you.

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MyMagic+ Enhancements Announced

Disney is set to expand the FastPass+ system yet again!   The system has been in “testing” phase for over a year and with that comes enhancements.  The most recent is allowing all guests the ability to schedule FastPasses in advance whether you are a resort guest or not.  Day guests will not 

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Since the initial rollout over 3.5 million guests have tested the MyMagic+ and Disney has listened to all our feedback.  Changes are coming!    In addition to the 3 FastPasses  you can reserve in advance, you can now get an additional FastPass inside the park at one of the kiosks after your third FastPass is used.  When you use the forth you can now select another and so on, very similar to the Legacy FastPass system.   Park Hopping with FastPasses  is coming!  Disney is currently working on an enhancement to allow guests to park hop with reserved FastPasses.

Tom Staggs, Chairman Walt Disney Parks and Resorts said in the blog post, “As expected, most of our guests think that securing times to ride our attractions is one of the best ways to maximize the fun of a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. We’ve heard from a number of guests that they would like the opportunity to add additional FastPass+ entitlements during their visit, in addition to the three they can plan in advance. So, we’re working on providing them with the ability to add and enjoy additional entitlements on the day of their visit.

Once they’ve used the three they’ve booked, we’ll enable them to select another at kiosks in the parks. And once they’ve used the fourth, they can select another, and so on. We also heard that other guests liked the fact that with the FastPass+ service they could use FASTPASS when they park hopped. So we’re working on a service enhancement to add that feature to FastPass+ as well.”

This is exciting news, the two biggest complaints about the new system are being addressed.  No official date of the updates yet.

A Disney Vacation: Perfect for Anyone

By:  Susan Soares

As a travel agent, I am beginning to lose count of how many times I have heard someone tell me that Disney is just for kids.  I tell them every time that could not be further from the truth.  In fact, there are so many facets to Disney that there is something for people of all ages and all interests.  In this blog post, I am going to explore the basics of what Disney has to offer all over the world.  Some of themWalt Disney World Partners might even surprise you.

Let’s start with the obviously wonderful, iconic Walt Disney World in Orlando.  With four parks, there is something for every interest.  Magic Kingdom offers the magic that most people think of when they think of Disney.  Walking down Main Street and seeing that wonderful castle gives me chills every time and takes me to a magical place.  Epcot has an amazing array of dining options to fit every taste.  Explore the world in one day as you wander throughout the World Showcase.  Travel to space on Mission:  Space or explore the ocean with Nemo.   Animal Kingdom gives you the chance to get up close and personal with the animals or travel to Mt. Everest in search of the mythical Yeti.  Hollywood Studios offers something for everyone from thrill seekers to the fine dining buff.  Tower of Terror gets the blood pumping as you drop thirteen stories or travel to the Rock N Roller Coaster for some high speed, upside down thrills.  Finish up the evening at the Brown Derby for an evening of fine dining.  Make sure you try the Grapefruit Cake.  You will be telling everyone about how amazing it is. 

For the historians and traditionalists, a visit to Disneyland in Anaheim is a must!  This is where the dream started and continues today.  Explore the magic that Walt Disney himself dreamed of and made reality for millions of people.  While it is filled with wonderful rides, Disneyland has a charm and elegance all its own.  For those looking for a luxury hotel experience, you should check out The Grand Californian.  Apart from the luxury hotel experience, this hotel offers you a private entrance World of Color straight into the park.

Still sound too “kiddish” to you?  Hang on, it’s about to get grown up.  Disney’s world famous customer service carries over into all of their other adventures as well.    Did you know that Disney Cruise Line is now cruising to destinations like Norway, Greece and Alaska?  If you are looking for more of a guided tour, look no further.  Adventures by Disney offers itineraries all over the United States and to places abroad including Egypt, South Africa and Australia.  How does Hawaii sound?  Visit Disney’s Aulani for the ultimate in experiencing a tropical paradise.  Aulani offers amazing views, wonderful activities and a pool just for adults to get away from it all. Disney Cruise ship

Isn’t Disney amazing?  I look forward to sharing more with you in future blogs about why Disney is perfect for anyone.

Keep calm and Disney on!

Susan Soares
Disney Vacation Planner


Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2014

By:  Jimmy Montealegre

This year’s Flower and Garden Festival is in full bloom!  It will run for a whopping 75 days all the way up to May 18, 2014.Troll Topiary

Last year Disney introduced a new concept to the Flower and garden Festival by introducing food booths to the festivities (somewhat similar to what is available during the Food and Wine Festival). This year is no exception, as there will be 11 food kitchens to explore located within the world showcase (plus an additional stop within the festival center). There’s something for everyone to try, with both new selections available this year as well as many favorites returning from last year. There are also 16 vegetarian dishes available and 12 gluten-free options available as well. Each marketplace will have 3-4 different dishes available to try. In total there will be over 40 food items and 50 different beverages available! Below is a list of all 11 outdoor kitchen menus in addition to the menu at the festival center:

Florida Fresh – Florida Fresh can be found next to the Germany Pavilion.

Watermelon salad with pickled onions, BW Farm baby arugula, feta cheese and balsamic reduction
Shrimp and stone ground grits with Andouille sausage, sweet corn, tomatoes and cilantro
Florida kumquat pie (TRYit!)

Watermelon passion fruit slush featuring Simply Lemonade®
Hurricane Class 5 White Sangria featuring Simply Lemonade, Florida Orange Groves (St. Flower PowerPetersburg, Florida)
Garda Italian Wine Blend, Quantum Leap Winery (Orlando, Florida)
Rogue Valley Pinot Noir, Quantum Leap Winery (Orlando, Florida)
Blonde Ale, Orlando Brewing Company (Orlando, Florida)
Cotton Mouth Belgian Style Witbier, Swamp Head Brewery (Gainesville, Florida)
Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale, Florida Beer Company (Cape Canaveral, Florida) – Festival Exclusive!
Florida Avenue Blueberry, Cold Storage Craft Brewery (Tampa, Florida)
Beer Flight – Blonde Ale, Cotton Mouth Belgian Style Witbier, Feast of Flowers Farmhouse Ale and Florida Avenue Blueberry
Simply Orange

Hanami – located near the Japan Pavilion

Frushi – Fresh pineapple, strawberries and melon, rolled with coconut rice, topped with raspberry sauce, sprinkled with toasted coconut and served with whipped cream on the side
Temaki hand roll – Sliced Panko fried chicken, curry sauce, rice and pickled julienne carrots wrapped with Nori
Hanami sushi – A flavorful combination of salmon, scallop and beef-topped rice balls served atop a shiso violet sauce (TRYit!)Captain Hook Topiary
Japanese puffed rice cakes with green tea whipped cream and azuki

Kirin draft beer
Pineapple Paradise with Yuzu Slushie – Frozen blend of sweet sake, pineapple juice and crème, flavored with a hint of Yuzu citrus juice
Orange Mango Slushie – Frozen blend of Nigori sake, mango and orange juice

Jardin de Fiestas – located near the Mexico Pavilion

Tacos al pastor – Corn tortilla filled with achiote-marinated pork, garnished with grilled diced pineapple, onions and cilantro
Quesadilla de hongos con queso – Flour tortilla filled with mushrooms and cheese
Flan de chocolate Abuelita – Mexican chocolate custard

Tecate draft beer
White Mexican sangria
Franbuesa (raspberry) margarita on the rocks
Tequila flight – blanco, reposado and añejo
Dasani® bottled water

Fleur de Lys – located near the France Pavilion

Gnocchi Parisien à la Provençal – Parisian-style dumplings with vegetables and mushrooms
Confit de canard, pommes de terre Sarladaise – Pulled duck confit with garlic and parsley potatoes
Macaron à la fleur d’ Oranger – Orange blossom macaron with white chocolate ganache Snow White Topiary(TRYit!)

La Vie en Rose frozen slush – Vodka, Grey Goose Orange, St. Germain Liquor, and white and red cranberry juice
Kir Imperial – Sparkling wine, Chambord and black raspberry liquor
Rosé pamplemousse cocktail – Rosé wine mixed with natural grapefruit syrup
Kronenbourg Blanc 1664 – Fruity white beer with citrus notes

Lotus House – located near the China Pavilion

Beijing-style candied strawberries
Spring pancake with grilled chicken and green apple
Vegetable spring rolls

Popping bubble tea
Kung Fu Punch – Vodka and triple sec with mango and orange juice
South Sea Storm – Guava juice with light and dark rum
Plum wine
Tsing-Tao beer
Lychee aerated water

Pineapple Promenade – located near the Canada Pavilion

Pineapple soft serve
Pineapple soft serve with Myers’s dark rum
Pineapple soft serve with Parrot Bay coconut rum
Sweet potato cinnamon waffle with pineapple soft serve (TRYit! selection)

Frozen desert violet lemonade featuring Simply Lemonade (nonalcoholic)
Tropical Mango Pale Ale, St. John Brewers (U.S. Virgin Islands)
Once Upon a Vine’s The Lost Slipper Sauvignon Blanc

Primavera Kitchen – located near the Italy Pavilion

Caprese – Fior di latte mozzarella, roasted peppers and olio verde
Three cheese manicotti – Egg pasta stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, tomato sauce and béchamel
Torta di ricotta – Lemon cheesecake with limoncello-marinated strawberries

Placido Pinot Grigio
Placido Chianti
Bosco del Merlo Prosecco
White peach bellini – Prosecco and white peach puree
Strawberry rossini – Prosecco and marinated strawberries
Frozen Italian primavera – Assorted fruit slushy with limoncello and vodka
Moretti Lager
Moretti La Rossa

Taste of Marrakesh – located near the Morocco Pavilion

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Lamb brewat roll with prunes and sesame
Harissa chicken kebab with couscous salad
Baghrir – Moroccan pancake with honey, almonds and argan oil

Mint iced tea
White sangria
Guerrouane red
Casa Beer
Desert Rose – Sparkling wine with pomegranate liqueur

Urban Farm Eats – NEW!

Pickled beet salad with goat cheese cream, mizuna and pistachios
Land-grown eggplant “scallop” with romesco sauce and spaghetti squash (TRYit!)
Ghost pepper-dusted tilapia with crisp winter melon slaw and mint oil featuring The Original Sauce Man’s Kick It Up Rub

Cucumber lemon spa water, finished with a sprig of fresh mint
The Vegan Vine Chardonnay
The Vegan Vine Cabernet Sauvignon
Redbridge Gluten-Free Sorghum Beer, Anheuser-Busch (St. Louis, Missouri)

THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews – located near the America Pavilion

Pulled pig slider with cole slaw
Smoked beef brisket with collard greens and jalapeño corn bread
Smoked turkey “rib” (TRYit!)
“Piggylicous” bacon cupcake with maple frosting and pretzel crunch featuring Nueske’s® Applewood Smoked Bacon

Magic Hat #9, Magic Hat Brewing (South Burlington, Vermont)Dwarfs Topiary
Maduro, Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida)
Fat Tire, New Belgium Brewing Company (Ft. Collins, Colorado)
Billy’s Chilies, Twisted Pine Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado)
Beer Flight – Magic Hat #9, Maduro, Fat Tire and Billy’s Chilies
The Original Rib Shack Red Wine
The Buttercup Cottage – located near the United Kingdom Pavilion

Freshly baked potato and cheddar cheese biscuit with smoked salmon tartar
Field greens with Plant City strawberries, toasted almonds and Farmstead stilton (TRYit!)
Pork and apple sausage roll with house-made piccalilli
Freshly baked lemon scones with berry preserves and crème fraÎche

Chilled rose blush lemonade featuring Simply Lemonade with Raspberry (nonalcoholic)
Twinings® Cold Brewed English Classic with lemon grass syrup
Berry tea cocktail – Twinings Cold Brewed Mixed Berry Tea with Florida Cane vodka and Plant City strawberry, flavored with raspberry and açaí syrup
Iron Horse Fairy Tale Cuvee
Deloach Pinot Noir

Intermissions Café – located within the Festival Center

Fruit & cheese plate
Vegan trio
Southwest chicken wrap
Tuna salad with pita
Side salad
Asian tuna salad with noodles
Caprese Push-Pop – Tomato, mozzarella and balsamic (TRYit! selection)

Hurricane Class 5 White Sangria, Florida Orange Groves (St. Petersburg, Florida)
Garda Italian Wine Blend, Quantum Leap Winery (Orlando, Florida)Lady and the Tramp Topiary
Rogue Valley Pinot Noir, Quantum Leap Winery (Orlando, Florida)
Martini Prosecco
Strongbow Cider, Bulmers Cider Company (White Plains, New York)
SweetWater Blue, SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia)

Looking for something to do while taking a break from all the wonderful food options? Let’s not forget the Flower Power Concert Series. This years schedule of bands has some familiar faces as well as a couple of new additions. Here is the current lineup:

3/07 – 3/09: The Guess Who
3/14 – 3/16: Gary Lewis and The Playboys – New!
3/21 – 3/23: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO
3/28 – 3/30: The Lovin’ Spoonful
4/04 – 4/06: Paul Revere & The Raiders
4/11 – 4/13: The Village People
4/18 – 4/20: The Grass Roots
4/25 – 4/27: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
5/02 – 5/04: STARSHIP starring Mickey Thomas
5/09 – 5/10: Chubby Checker & The Wildcats
5/16 – 5/18: Alan Parsons Live Project – New!

Sound like a lot to plan on your own? Book with Mickey World Travel and you won’t have to worry about anything as we will take care of it all for you! Our services are always free and our job is to make your vacation as magical as possible! Let us worry about everything for you while you relax and enjoy your vacation. Email jimmy@mickeyworldtravel.com to book your dream vacation today!

Jimmy Montealegre
Disney Vacation Planner