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20 Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2020

20 Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2020

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With great new attractions, experiences and places to eat on the way, 2020 is shaping up to be an absolutely thrilling year for guests to visit Walt Disney World, The Most Magical Place on Earth.

If you’re considering planning a Disney vacation in 2020, be sure to check out these 20 reasons why you should visit the Walt Disney World Resort in 2020!

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1. Jump Into New Star Wars Experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios– From the newly opened Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to the new destination that was just added into Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is overflowing with offerings for Star Wars fans of all ages.  

2. Enjoy Disney After Hours Events at Magic Kingdom Park & Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Disney After Hours events allow guests to explore a theme park at night with little wait times for many favorite attractions and character greetings. (Select snacks are also included). Tickets to 2020 Disney After Hours event nights are already on sale. 

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3. Immerse Yourself in the Arts at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts – The Epcot International Festival of the Arts will return to the park Jan. 17-Feb. 24. Get ready to explore a variety of galleries, watch live art demonstrations, purchase artwork and get it signed by the artist, or take in a live performance in the festival’s Disney on Broadway Concert Series.

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4. See Epcot’s New Films – New films will debut at Epcot on Jan. 17. “Awesome Planet” in The Land pavilion showcases the Earth’s beauty and diversity in a 10-minute film featuring spectacular imagery, in-theater effects and an original musical score from Academy Award-winning composer Steven Price. “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360” in the Canada pavilion is an update to the previous “O Canada!” film with new scenes, a new musical score by Canadian composer Andrew Lockington and new narration by award-winning actors Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy. Sing Along to “Beauty and the Beast” in the France Pavilion – The “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” will debut in the France pavilion Jan. 17. Directed and produced by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films, the show invites you to participate in a twist on a tale as old as time. It features narration from Angela Lansbury, who played Mrs. Potts in the original film.

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5. Celebrate Your Villainous Side at Disney Villains After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park – Disney Villains After Hours which returns to the Magic Kingdom Park on 24 select nights starting Feb. 7. This year, the event will feature a new Villains Caravan that will feature favorite baddies like Gaston, Oogie Boogie, Cruella de Vil, Captain Hook and more!

6. Grab Barbecue at Regal Eagle Smokehouse at Epcot – One of the first restaurants set to open in 2020 is Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue a fast-casual barbecue experience at The American Adventure. Expect sliced Texas beef brisket sandwiches, Kansas City smoked chicken, Memphis dry-rub pork ribs, North Carolina chopped smoked pork butt, power green salads and more.

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7. Journey to Space 220 for ‘Out of this World’ Cuisine – Set to open this winter, Space 220 restaurant will offer a one-of-a-kind dining experience. You’ll board a special elevator for a journey 220 miles above Earth to a space station where you’ll enjoy fantastic meals and drinks while taking in views that are truly out of this world. 

8. Cool Down with Ample Hills Creamery Sweet Treats – At Disney Springs you’ll soon be able to tempt your taste buds with flavors like Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, Peppermint Pattie and Nonna D’s Oatmeal Lace when Ample Hills Creamery opens this winter.

9. Grab Grub at City Works Eatery & Pour House at Disney Springs – City Works Eatery & Pour House is set to open on the West Side of Disney Springs this winter. The restaurant and bar, offeing more than 80 beers on tap, will feature plenty of high-def TVs including a 165-inch screen, perfect for viewing live sporting events. 

10. Take in the Topiaries During Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – Welcome spring’s arrival with this popular festival, which runs March 4-June 1. This year’s event will feature delectable bites at outdoor kitchens, as well as dozens of world-renowned, Disney-themed topiaries. In addition, the Garden Rocks Concert Series will include three shows a day for all 90 days of the event.

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11. Hop Aboard Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, set to open March 4 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will be the first Disney ride-through attraction featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Here, you will travel inside a Mickey cartoon for a fun-filled adventure where “Mouse rules apply” and anything can happen! 

12. Step Into the Mickey Shorts Theater – A new Mickey Mouse-inspired theater will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in March. Stop in to watch an original cartoon short and enjoy special photo opportunities.

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13. Prepare to Be Astounded at the New Cirque du Soleil Show ‘Drawn to Life’– Get ready to journey into a world where an animator’s desk becomes the stage and drawings come alive. Tickets are already on sale (including preview performances in March), so grab your seats now!

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14. Embark on Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at Epcot – Set to open in Summer 2020 in the France Pavilion at Epcot, the Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction will invite you to join Chef Remy on a super-sized journey through Gusteau’s kitchen.

15. Savor a Sweet Treat at La Creperie de Paris in Epcot – La Crêperie de Paris, offering both table- and quick-service options, opens this summer. The menu from celebrity chef Jérôme Bocuse is inspired by the Brittany region of France.

16. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Will Spice Up Fall –The aromas and flavors of global marketplaces will welcome you to the 25th anniversary of this fan-favorite festival. You’ll have a chance to meet celebrity chefs, try new food and wine pairings, and listen to great music during the Eat to the Beat Concert Series.

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17. Enjoy the Return of Halloween and Holiday Events – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties are guest-favorite events here at Walt Disney World Resort. Keep checking Disney Parks Blog for more information we’ll have for you later this year!

18. Gather for ‘Harmonious’ at Epcot – In 2020, Epcot is on track to debut the largest nighttime spectacular ever created for a Disney park. It will celebrate how the music of Disney inspires people the world over, carrying you away harmoniously on a stream of familiar Disney tunes reinterpreted by a diverse group of artists from around the globe. The show will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, lasers and more.

19. Lasso Some Grub at Roundup Rodeo BBQ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Roundup Rodeo BBQ, a new table-service location, is riding into Toy Story Land in 2020. This immersive restaurant will surround guests with a kaleidoscope of toys, games, and playsets while serving up delicious dishes.

20. Celebrate many milestones at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park – It’s the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of the Disney Conservation Fund. Plus, our gorilla family will be celebrating Lilly’s 10th birthday and Grace’s 1st birthday this spring!

Which attraction or offering are you most excited to experience at Walt Disney World Resort in 2020? Tell us in the comments section below!

Delicious Treats Available During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2017

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Halloween kicks off early this year in Magic Kingdom Park, with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2017 on select evenings beginning August 25, fun-filled evening with trick-or-treating throughout the park, eerie entertainment and Disney characters that go bump in the night.

But it’s more than a dozen specially created treats – some available only during the parties, some all day in Magic Kingdom Park – that are most delectable (and Instagrammable). Here’s the sweet rundown:

New treats offered all day, every day, beginning Aug. 25-Nov. 1

  • Stop in the Main Street Bakery for a bright orange Mickey Halloween Cupcake with chocolate cake filled with purple marshmallow fluff topped with orange vanilla buttercream, sprinkles and a white chocolate scarecrow Mickey. The Mickey-shaped Cinnamon Roll takes on a spooky twist with orange icing and a chocolate spider web.
  • Plaza Ice Cream Parlor will scoop up pumpkin-flavored ice cream.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2017 Treats (party nights only):

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  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Dome with a graham cracker streusel base, orange white chocolate glaze and a white chocolate Mickey can be found at Main Street Bakery and Gaston’s Tavern.

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  • Jack Skellington gets his own dessert at Sleepy Hollow in Liberty Square – a vanilla panna cotta, chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream, white chocolate and dark chocolate crisp pearls, dark chocolate curls and a white chocolate Jack Skellington.

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  • The artistic Haunted Mansion Desserts – each with a different flavor and themed chocolate accent – can be tracked down at:
    • Aloha Isle – chocolate tart filled with chocolate ganache and topped with Oreo panna cotta and a white chocolate Haunted Mansion-inspired portrait.
    • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies – chocolate tart filled with raspberry compote and topped with white chocolate mousse and a Haunted Mansion-inspired white chocolate portrait.
    • Liberty Square Market – chocolate tart filled with chocolate ganache and topped with peanut butter icing and a Haunted Mansion-inspired white chocolate portrait.
    • Storybook Treats – chocolate tart filled with lemon curd, strawberry compote and topped with strawberry mousse and a Haunted Mansion-inspired white chocolate portrait.

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  • A Pumpkin Mickey Waffle with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkles and caramel sauce will be offered at Sleepy Hollow.

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  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café will offer Worms and Dirt, a chocolate gravestone with chocolate cake and chocolate mousse with a chocolate glaze topped with Oreo crumbs, and gummy candy.
  • Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies in Tomorrowland will dish up Candy Corn Ice Cream.

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  • Grab Chocolate Crisped Rice Treats and Vampire Mickey Brownies at various outdoor vending and kiosks throughout the Magic Kingdom Park.

For tickets, party details and official costume rules, click here.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2017 dates are August 25 and 29; September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29; October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31, and November 1.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Fun Facts About Christmas at Disney World

Most people know how spectacular the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida becomes around Christmas time! Disney World becomes even more magical with all the special events and decorations, just for this joyous time of year! In honor of the first Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party today and the beginning of the holiday season at Disney World, here are some fun facts about Christmas at Disney World:

  • The Walt Disney World Resort illuminates 8.5 million Christmas lights
  • The Walt Disney World Resort displays 1,300 wreaths, with the largest measuring 25 feet in diameter
  • The largest Christmas tree at the Walt Disney World Resort is 70 feet tall and features over 35,000 white lights
  • There are 15 miles of garland displayed throughout the Walt Disney World Resort
  • There are 30 different Disney characters that dress up in their holiday attire
  • The Walt Disney World Resort uses 300,000 yards of ribbon with their decorations (that is equal to running the route of the Walt Disney World Half-Marathon 13 times!)
  • 150 semi-trailers full of decoration are required to hold and bring all of the decorations
  • The Walt Disney World Resort displays 1,300 Christmas trees
  • There are 16 million light combinations featured at the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
  • The base of the Christmas tree at Magic Kingdom is 26 feet wide
  • 98% of the lighting used for Christmas decorations is LED
  • There is 100% chance of snow flurries at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom

Would you like to experience the magic of Walt Disney World at Christmas? It’s not too late to plan your vacation! Email spreadingmagic@gmail.com for more information! 

2014 Disney Land and Sea Packages Now Available

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Disney has released a brand new land and sea package so you can now enjoy a Disney Cruise and a Walt Disney World® Resort stay – all in one vacation! You can experience Disney magic like never before with this unique package! In just one week, you can enjoy two exciting vacations where all of your dreams can come true!

This special Disney Land and Sea Package includes:
• 3-Night Disney Magic® sailings from January 17 – February 7, 2014
• 3-Night resort stay at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort (other Resorts are available but will affect the price per person)
• 3-Day Park Hopper® Theme Park Ticket
• Transfers between Orlando International Airport, Walt Disney World Resort, and Disney Cruise Line® terminal

These Vacation Packages start as low as $789 per person for a family of 4 (total package price $3,156).

This offer is available through December 31, 2013, but is subject to availability.

Additional Details:
• This offer is valid for most Disney Magic 3-Night sailings in a category 11B Stateroom from January 17 to February 7, 2014 and for most nights January 17 to February 10, 2014 at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort in a standard room
• Cruise fare excludes Government Taxes and Fees of approximately $63 per person (subject to change), Gratuities and Port Adventures
• Price based on 2 adults and 2 children ages 3-9
• Theme Park tickets must be used within 14 Days from first use

Plus, if you book this special vacation package with me, you will also receive a Disney Cruise Line character decal. Request a free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email spreadingmagic@gmail.com.

New Fantasyland Updates at the Walt Disney World Resort

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The New Fantasyland expansion is still underway at Magic Kingdom. Here are some New Fantasyland updates on the last two attractions to be added.

Princess Fairytale Hall:

  • Opens tomorrow, Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
  • Storyline is that Princess Fairytale Hall is a gift to Cinderella from the king for her and any visiting princesses to meet Fantasyland subjects
  • Design was based on the original Cinderella film and Cinderella Castle
  • Cinderella and Rapunzel will meet guests in Princess Fairytale Hall every day and a third princess will also be present (the third princess can change from day to day)
  • Storybook collection pays homage to all of the Disney princesses (Hint- look for the Snow White book that is open on a table to honor the former ride)
  • Cinderella’s famous glass slipper will be on display
  • FastPass and FastPass+ will be available, with FastPass machines located near Peter Pan’s Flight

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train:

  • Still no official date announceed for completion (other than 2014)
  • Began manually pushing a mine car through the ride yesterday
  • Ride height restriction will be 38″
  • Wheelchair/ECV guests will need to transfer to ride so a transfer accessible seat will be available in each coach
  • Seating for four guests per car (2+2)
  • Ride moves in and out of interior/exterior areas/scenes
  • Cars will swing independently
  • Storyline is from the seven dwarfs’ perspective
  • Cottage will not be a walk through area (just part of scenery)
  • The evil queen and Snow White  may make appearances and elements from the former Snow White ride may be integrated as well

Siera is a Disney travel specialist and would love to help you plan your next Disney World vacation so you can experience New Fantasyland first-hand! Request a free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email spreadingmagic@gmail.com! 

New Festival of the Lion King Theater Coming in 2014

The Festival of the Lion King is a Broadway-inspired live show celebrating Disney’s film, The Lion King. You can see The Festival of the Lion King daily at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. From the acrobatic antics of the Tumble Monkeys to Zawadi’s soaring vocals during the signature “Circle of Life,” the lively spirit of the show’s cast will keep you entertained throughout the entire live show. This has also made the “Festival of the Lion King” a guest favorite at Walt Disney World Resort for 15 years.

Disney has announced that the “Festival of the Lion King” will soon be moving to an all-new theater at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The new theater will bring the “tribal celebration” home fittingly to the Africa section of the park, where Disney’s Animal Kingdom visitors will be able to continue enjoying the show for years to come.

The new “Festival of the Lion King” theater is scheduled to open sometime in 2014.

Be sure to check the Times Guide at the park each day for the most up to date times you can catch the Festival of the Lion King!

Siera is a Disney travel specialist and would love to help you plan your next Disney World vacation! Contact her at spreadingmagic@gmail.com for more information or request a free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page! 

AT&T is Now Disney’s Official Wireless Provider

AT&T and Disney Parks recently announced that they have reached an agreement to make AT&T Disney’s official wireless provider for both the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and the Disneyland Resort in California.

AT&T will have numerous marketing and branding opportunities, including sponsoring Disney-created soccer and runDisney events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as a result of this agreement.  In addition, Disney will partner with AT&T to educate their Cast Members and guests about “It Can Wait®,” AT&T’s new initiative to educate people about the dangers of texting while driving.  AT&T and Disney will also collaborate to enhance the experience for the growing number of Disney guests using smart phones and tablets during their vacations at both theme parks.  Cast Members will even use new mobile devices on AT&T’s network to help deliver Disney’s world-renowned guest service.

“This is a great combination,” Andy Geisse, chief executive officer for AT&T Business Solutions, said. “Bringing AT&T’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network and mobile connectivity to one of the most creative companies on earth is something we’re excited about. I’m confident Disney’s guests and Cast Members are going to be thrilled with the experience we deliver.”

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with AT&T,” said Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France. “This alliance joins two companies that share a commitment to providing quality experiences, and we look forward to the collaboration as we continue to leverage technology to enhance the experience for our guests.”

Along with this agreement, AT&T is enhancing its network across the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort by using a variety of technologies including:

  • More than 25 distributed antenna systems to improve the wireless capacity in areas with high mobile traffic
  • More than 350 small cells to extend the network’s connectivity
  • 10 cell sites across Walt Disney World Resort to offer wide-ranging mobile service to guests
  • More than 40 repeaters to further offer an even more consistent and reliable mobile experience

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, an authorized Disney vacation planner. She would love to help you plan your next Disney Parks vacation. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email her at spreadingmagic@gmail.com for more information! 

New Magic Mirror at Downtown Disney

Have you heard about the new Magic Mirror at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida? The Magic Mirror can be found at the World of Disney store at Downtown Disney. Little girls love playing dress up and dreaming of their favorite Disney princess. Now, with the new Magic Mirror, your little princess can see herself as her favorite Disney princess.

On your next Disney World vacation, make sure you stop by the World of Disney store at Downtown Disney, in the Marketplace section. You can check out the latest interactive experience from Disney Theme Park Merchandise, the Magic Mirror.

Most Disney fans will remember the Magic Mirror from Walt Disney’s animated classic, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” However, this Magic Mirror is a little different than the Magic Mirror from Snow White since this one is only used for doing good and making Princesses’ dreams come true.

With the help of a little Disney magic, your little princess can virtually try on a collection of authentic Disney Princess gowns and accessories, and then watch herself transform into their favorite princess (or princesses) right before her very eyes.

So now you may be wondering, how does the Magic Mirror work? All you have to do is stand directly in front of the mirror and watch the magic unfold as the mirror comes to life.

Have you gotten to see and try the new Magic Mirror yet? What did you think?

Siera is a Disney travel specialist and would love to help you plan your next Disney World vacation. Contact her for more information or your free, no obligation quote at spreadingmagic@gmail.com! 

Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of July 2013

Are you planning a Disney vacation within the next few months? Would you like to know if your favorite attraction will be closed for refurbishment? Here is the Disney World refurbishment schedule as of July 2013.

Magic Kingdom:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: 07/27/13 – 07/30/13
  • Enchanted Tiki Room: 07/31/13 – 08/28/13
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel: 08/01/13 – 08/21/13
  • Liberty Belle Riverboat: 08/05/13 – 08/09/13
  • Jungle Cruise: 08/19/13 – 09/30/13
  • Walt Disney World Railroad: 09/30/13 – 10/20/13
  • Peter Pan: 09/30/13 – 11/13/13

Epcot:

  • Fountainview Ice Cream Shop: 04/08/13 – Fall
  • Spaceship Earth: 08/21/13 – 08/28/13

Hollywood Studios:

  • Muppet Vision 3D: 08/06/13 – 09/02/13
  • Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground: 09/03/13 – 11/19/13

Disney’s All Star Sports Resort:

  • End Zone Food Court – transportation from the porte cochere will be provided to Disney’s All-Star Music Resort and Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort where Guests can dine at the Intermission Food Court or World Premier Food Court: 08/05/13 – 12/20/13
  • Arcade – closed during this time frame as it will be used as a temporary Food Court with “Grab & Go” items: 07/29/13 – 12/20/13

Disney’s Contemporary Resort:

  • California Grill: 02/02/13- TBD

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort:

  • Grandstand Pool: 08/25/13 – 09/14/13

Golf Courses:

  • Disney’s Palm Golf Course: 06/12/13 – mid-November

Siera is a Disney travel specialist with Destinations in Florida, an authorized Disney vacation planner. She would love to help you plan your next Disney World vacation. Best of all, her services are completely free to you! Contact her at spreadingmagic@gmail.com or request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page! 

New Looks and Packages at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Pirates League

Aspiring pirates, mermaids and princesses can now experience an even more pixie dust and piratical fun with Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and The Pirates League’s new packages that have been added to their line-up of already magical makeovers!

You can visit the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique inside Fantasyland at Disneyland park in California and the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney Marketplace at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to check out the new makeover now available. Inspired by Disney Junior’s Sofia the First, young girls can learn what it’s like to not only look like a princess, but to have the heart of a princess, too. The Sofia the First transformation includes “Sofia the First” hair styling, shimmering makeup, nail polish, and an assortment of delicate accessories including a crown and hair bow.

Ahoy ye mateys! If savvy swashbuckling is more your style, then you can head over to the Pirates League at the Magic Kingdom. The Pirates League has added a “Mermaid Deluxe Package” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates Deluxe Package” to its offerings. These deluxe style packages will include your favorite elements from the ever-popular “Mermaid” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” packages (which will still be available), but with a few new additions!

The Mermaid Deluxe Package includes Luminous Mermaid Make-up and make-up palette, Mermaid Hairstyle with Color Changing Hair Clip, Distinctive Mermaid Necklace, Nail Polish, Mermaid Sash, plus a special mermaid costume T-shirt and tutu!

“The Jake and the Never Land Pirates” Deluxe Package includes a Jake Bandana with faux hair, sword and sheath, The Pirates League Bag, a unique pirate coin necklace, and a Jake and the Never Land Pirates costume T-shirt to complete the look!

Be sure to book your appointment at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or Pirates League as early as possible as space is limited. For the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, children must be between 3-12 years of age and accompanied by an adult.

When you book your next vacation with me, I can make your reservations for you!

Siera is a Disney travel specialist and would love to help you plan your next Disney vacation! Contact her at spreadingmagic@gmail.com.