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Where to Find a Dole Whip at Disney Destinations

Happy Dole Whip Day! Did you know that Disney Parks celebrates Dole Whip day every third Thursday in July? Dole Whip is an iconic Disney Parks treat available at both the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii and even onboard Disney Cruise Line. The classic Dole Whip is pineapple flavored, but there are variations available including raspberry, coconut, and watermelon flavors.

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Dole Whip at Walt Disney World Resort

Magic Kingdom Park

Aloha Isle (Located in Adventureland)

  • Pineapple Float: DOLE pineapple juice served with a choice of DOLE Whip, vanilla soft-serve, or swirl (available with Tiki Sipper for additional cost)  
  • Raspberry Swirl Float: DOLE Whip and raspberry swirl served with DOLE pineapple juice
  • Pineapple Upside-Down Cake served with choice of DOLE Whip, vanilla soft-serve, or swirl
  • DOLE Whip Cup: Choice of DOLE Whip, vanilla soft-serve, or swirl
  • Coconut Cup: Choice of coconut or coconut and DOLE Whip swirl
  • Raspberry Swirl Cup: DOLE Whip and raspberry swirl

Storybook Treats (Located in Fantasyland)

  • Soft-serve Cup: DOLE Whip lime, chocolate, or vanilla soft-serve, or swirl in a cup
  • Snow White Cone: DOLE Whip lemon in a blue cone garnished with a chocolate bird and sugar bow

Sunshine Tree Terrace (Located in Adventureland; Mobile Order available)

  • DOLE Whip Orange Cup
  • Orange Cream Soft-serve Cup: DOLE Whip orange and vanilla soft-serve swirl
  • DOLE Whip Strawberry Cup
  • DOLE Whip Float: DOLE Whip or vanilla soft-serve with your choice of Coca-Cola, Barq’s Root Beer, Diet Coke, Fanta Orange, Fanta Strawberry, POWERADE Mountain Berry Blast, or Sprite
  • I Lava You Float: Fanta Strawberry Soda and passion fruit flavor served with DOLE Whip orange and topped with popping candy

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Tamu Tamu

  • Scar’s Lair: DOLE Whip and sour apple
  • Lion’s Lair: DOLE Whip topped with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum and sour apple
  • Simba Sunset: DOLE Whip with strawberry  
  • King’s Cooler: DOLE Whip with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum and strawberry
  • DOLE Whip Float: DOLE Whip with DOLE pineapple juice (available with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum)
  • DOLE Whip Cup (available with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum)

Trilo-Bites

  • Trilo-Bites Twist: DOLE Whip orange with vanilla soft-serve

EPCOT

Refreshment Outpost (Available through November 19)

  • DOLE Whip: Watermelon, pineapple, or swirl (New)

Disney Springs

Swirls on the Water

  • Peach Bellini Float: Peach Bellini topped with DOLE Whip orange (New)
  • Orange Bird Cone: DOLE Whip orange atop an orange cone with sprinkles
  • DOLE Whip Flight: DOLE Whip orange swirled with DOLE Whip watermelon, DOLE Whip lemon swirled with blue butter cookie soft-serve, and DOLE Whip and Vanilla soft-serve swirl

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Contempo Café (Available July 21 through August 20; Mobile Order available)

  • DOLE Whip Cupcake: Yellow cupcake filled with DOLE Whip mousse and garnished with a cherry (New)

Disney’s Old Key West Resort

Good’s Foods to Go (Mobile Order available)

  • Key Lime Swirl: DOLE Whip lime and vanilla soft-serve swirl topped with graham cracker crumbs
  • DOLE Whip Key Lime Martini: DOLE Whip lime served with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum and garnished with a lime (New) (available July 21 through 24)

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Pineapple Lanai

  • “Tamatoa-inspired” Dipped Cone: DOLE Whip raspberry swirled with DOLE Whip orange in a white chocolate-dipped waffle cone and coated with “shiny” gold sugar (available July 21 through 24)
  • 50th Celebration DOLE Whip: Your choice of DOLE Whip with a 50th white chocolate medallion, umbrella, and EARidescent glitter
  • Pineapple Float: DOLE pineapple juice served with a choice of DOLE Whip, vanilla soft-serve, or swirl
  • DOLE Whip with Rum Floater: DOLE Whip with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum

Barefoot Pool Bar and Oasis Pool Bar

  • Frozen Margarita with DOLE Whip Lime: Corazón Blanco Tequila blended with DOLE Whip lime and chili-lime seasoning
  • Frosty Pineapple: DOLE Whip with Captain Morgan Private Stock Rum

Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace

  • Spikey Pineapple: Barbancourt Pango Rum blended with DOLE Whip

Dole Whip at Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Park

The Tropical Hideaway (Located in Adventureland; Mobile Order available)

  • DOLE Whip
  • DOLE Whip Float: DOLE pineapple juice topped with DOLE Whip
  • DOLE Whip Swirl Float: DOLE pineapple juice topped with choice of two different DOLE Whip flavors: mango, watermelon, or pineapple
  • DOLE Whip Swirl: Swirl any flavors: mango, watermelon, or pineapple

Disneyland Hotel

Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill (Mobile order available)

  • DOLE Whip
  • DOLE Whip Float: DOLE pineapple juice topped with DOLE Whip (available with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum)

Dole Whip at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

  • DOLE Whip Cup: Choice of DOLE Whip, vanilla soft-serve, or swirl (available with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum)
  • DOLE Whip Lime topped with Graham Cracker Crumbs (available with Parrot Bay Coconut Rum)

Dole Whip at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii

Dole Whip

Little ‘Opihi’s

  • DOLE Whip pineapple, mango, watermelon, and vanilla soft-serve
  • DOLE Whip Fresh Fruit Sundae with sprinkles in a waffle bowl topped with fresh pineapple (Moana-themed) or watermelon fruit (Stitch-themed)
  • Mickey and Minnie Waffle Bowl featuring DOLE Whip with sprinkles

Ulu Cafe

  • Churro Pineapple DOLE Whip with Li Hing fresh pineapple (New) (available July 19 through 21)
  • DOLE Whip (available with vanilla soft-serve swirl)

Dole Whip Onboard Disney Cruise Line

You can indulge in DOLE Whip at the following locations across the Disney Cruise Line fleet:

  • Frozone on the Disney Magic, Disney Dream, and Disney Fantasy
  • Sulley’s Sips on the Disney Wonder
  • Wheezy’s Freezies on the Disney Wish

I hope you enjoy all these tasty treats for DOLE Whip Day, from July 21 through 24, and every single day of the year too. Be sure to try all the flavors and combinations at Disney parks, resorts, and Disney Cruise Line. Happy snacking!

Is a Dole Whip a “must have” Disney destinations treat for you or someone in your family?

(Note: All offerings are subject to change and availability.)

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Amazon Prime Day 2022 Deals & Offers

Who’s ready for Amazon’s Prime Day 2022? Amazon’s annual Prime Day returns July 12-13, 2022, offering Amazon’s lowest prices ever on select products.

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Here are some of my favorite Prime Day 2022 deals:

Children’s Books

This Prime Day, save up to 70% on speakers, smart TVs, smart watches and more!

Save 40% on select product(s) with promo code 40AFKKN1 on Amazon.com

Save 60% on select product(s) with promo code 60QR47D5 on Amazon.com

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Paint by Sticker Kids: Christmas: Create 10 Pictures One Sticker at a Time! Includes Glitter Stickers

Paint jolly holiday fun with stickers!
Step 1: 
Find the sticker
Step 2: Peel the sticker
Step 3: Place the sticker
…and watch your Christmas painting come to life!
Includes everything you need to create ten sticker paintings on study card stock. Plus, all the pages are perforated—making it easy to tear out each finished work to frame and share!

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LCR® Left Center Right™ Dice Game – Blue Tin

LCR Left Center Right is a fun, fast-paced dice game that you won’t be able to put down! Each game includes 3 specialty marked LCR dice, 24 playing chips and instructions. Players roll the dice to determine where they pass their chips. The last player with chips is the winner and wins the center pot.

Don’t forget! In order to take advantage of any of these amazing Prime Day 2022 deals, you will need a Prime membership. You can even sign up for an Amazon Prime Free Trial! You can also take advantage of Amazon Explore: 60% off all virtual experiences for Prime Day.

You can also always find my travel essentials on my Amazon storefront here.

What are you hoping to find during Amazon’s Prime Day 2022?

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Receive a Disney Gift Card for Summer 2022 Vacations

Would you like to receive up to $100 in FREE Disney Gift Cards to spend on your next Disney Vacation?  When you book a new qualifying vacation or transfer an existing qualifying vacation, you will receive up to $100 Disney gift card as our “thank you” for allowing us to be part of your magical adventure. That’s right, we’re giving you a Disney gift card for summer 2022 vacations.

Disney Gift card

It is a simple process to get a FREE Disney Gift Card and you’ll also receive a lot of other free perks with our company.

  • Discount Watching (to make sure you get the best deal possible, even after you are booked)
  • MousePerks (weekly tips and tricks to help you get excited about and prepare for your vacation)
  • VIP Dining Services (recommendations based on your preferences)
  • Exclusive Facebook Group with tips and updates added daily
  • Autographed Picture of Mickey Mouse (mailed within 30 days of travel)
  • Autographed Letter from Mickey Mouse (mailed within 30 days of travel)
  • Disney Parks Growth Chart (mailed within 30 days of travel)
  • Personalized recommendations based on your plans and interests
  • Always available to assist you with questions, planning and more

FREE Disney Gift Card Amount:

The Disney Gift Card amount varies based on your package total.

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Package Total – Disney Gift Card Amount:

  • $2,000 – $3,999 / Free $25 Disney Gift Card
  • $4,000 – $6,999 / Free $50 Disney Gift Card
  • $7,000 – $9,999 / Free $75 Disney Gift Card
  • $10,000 and up / Free $100 Disney Gift Card

Have you already booked your vacation, but still want to take advantage of our free services AND get a Disney gift card? You can use Disney’s transfer option! Disney will allow you to add me as your travel agent to your existing reservation so you can still benefit from my knowledge and expertise as we plan the rest of your visit with Mickey Mouse. 

Disney World transfer

*To qualify for the transfer the package must be booked within the last 30 days and not paid in full.  The package must be booked directly with Disney Travel (online at disneyworld.com or by phone).  The gift card will be sent to you electronically at check-in. 

BONUS: Referral Rewards Program

referral rewards

Are you not planning to travel at this time, but would still like to receive a Disney gift card? Take advantage of our referral rewards program! If you have family or friends who would like to take advantage of my services and book a vacation with me, you can earn your choice of a Disney gift card or credit towards your next vacation for every referral who books and travels with me!

Are you ready to book or transfer your Disney vacation? Call Siera today at (734) 771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com to get started!

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Book by August 25, 2022 for travel through September 30, 2022. Offer valid for new bookings only.

10 Best Themed Hotel Rooms in Orlando

Are you planning an Orlando vacation and looking for a little extra fun in your hotel accommodations? Don’t miss the ten best themed hotel rooms in Orlando! With incredible rooms available at both the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort in addition to Legoland Florida Resort, there are accommodations to fit every style and budget.

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Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

You’ll be surrounded in the artistry, enchantment and magic of Disney and Pixar movies when you stay at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. This Disney Resort hotel invites you to explore the storybook landscapes seen in such classics as Finding NemoCarsThe Lion King and The Little Mermaid. From delightfully themed family suites to wondrously detailed courtyards, Disney’s Art of Animation “draws” you and your family in to become a part of some of your animated favorites.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is a value resort so they offer some of the most affordable accommodations at the Walt Disney World Resort. Some of the other benefits of this resort include the Disney Skyliner, the new gondola system offering a bird’s-eye view as it whisks you and your family away to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, in addition to the largest resort pool in Walt Disney World Resort.

Finding Nemo Family Suites

Finding Nemo suite at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Venture into the “Big Blue” in the Finding Nemo section of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. You can hang ten with Crush or just keep swimming with Dory. Most centrally located at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, the Finding Nemo family suites can accommodate up to six guests through a bedroom with one queen-size bed; one double-size convertible TableBed; one double-size sleeper sofa; living room; 2 bathrooms and a kitchenette.

Finding Nemo suite at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Cars Family Suites

Cars suite at Disney's Art of Animation Resort
Photo: DoubleYourWDW

Venture into Radiator Springs with life size models of Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater and more friends from the Disney-Pixar “Cars” franchise. The Cars family suites can accommodate up to six guests through a bedroom with one queen-size bed; one double-size convertible TableBed; one double-size sleeper sofa; living room; 2 bathrooms and a kitchenette.

Cars suite at Disney's Art of Animation Resort
Photo: DoubleYourWDW
Cars suite at Disney's Art of Animation Resort
Photo: DoubleYourWDW

Lion King Family Suites

Lion King Suite at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Explore Pride Rock and remember “Hakuna Matata” means “no worries” in the Lion King section of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. The Lion King family suites can accommodate up to six guests through a bedroom with one queen-size bed; one double-size convertible TableBed; one double-size sleeper sofa; living room; 2 bathrooms and a kitchenette.

Lion King suite at Disney's Art of Animation Resort
Lion King suite at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Little Mermaid Standard Rooms

Little Mermaid room at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

You’ll feel like you’ve gone under the sea in the Little Mermaid section of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. The Little Mermaid standard rooms can sleep up to four guests in either two queen beds or one king bed.

Little Mermaid room at Disney's Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- Riverside

Royal Guest Room at Disney's Port Orleans Resort- Riverside

Your little princes and princesses will truly feel like royalty in the royal guest rooms at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- Riverside. These rooms feature fun regal touches from Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen and Tiana’s princess pals, including a special fireworks display headboard, Aladdin’s magic carpet, and golden bathroom fixtures. Royal guest rooms can sleep up to four guests with two queen beds.

Royal Guest Room at Disney's Port Orleans Resort- Riverside
Royal Guest Room at Disney's Port Orleans Resort- Riverside

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Incredibles room at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Are you ready to put on your supersuit and feel like a superhero with “The Incredibles?” The rooms at Disney’s Contemporary Resort were recently refurbished to include a new “Incredibles” theme. These rooms blend a sleek Monorail motif with some of our favorite characters from Pixar Animation Studios’ Incredibles films, including Jack-Jack, Frozone and Edna Mode. The custom artwork you’ll find in guest rooms and along guest corridors is modern, futuristic and oh so stylish, dahling, complementing the resort’s architecture while putting the Supers’ powers on display.

Incredibles room at Disney's Contemporary Resort
Incredibles room at Disney's Contemporary Resort
Incredibles room at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Moana room at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Can you feel that Pacific breeze blowing? That’s because we just stepped into one of the newly refurbished Moana themed rooms at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort! These reimagined spaces feature a new color palette inspired by the Pacific Ocean and its many islands, including details, patterns and textures from the hit Walt Disney Animation Studios film “Moana” – look closely and you might even spot some characters from the story! You’ll also see all-new furnishings and fixtures in these rooms. In the bathrooms, for example, Disney Imagineers took inspiration from the sandy ocean floor for the tiles and carved details in the vanity. The colorful patterns found throughout the room bring a whole new energy to the space, evoking undulating ocean waves and tropical flowers.

Moana room at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
Moana room at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Jurassic Kids Suite at Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Your kids will love sleeping and playing among the dinosaurs in the Jurassic Kids Suite at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. There’s plenty of space for up to 5 guests in this 670-square-foot 2-bedroom suite featuring a standard king bedroom for two adults, plus a separate connecting room for the kids.

When your kids lay down in bed, they’ll feel as if they’ve stepped right into their very own gyrosphere ride, maneuvering through the jungle terrain. The kids’ room only opens into the adults’ room, connected via a door modeled after the dinosaur enclosure that can be opened or closed to contain your little wild things. Of course, the kids aren’t the only ones who can get in on the fun of the Jurassic World™ themed rooms. Mom and dad can have a little privacy in the master bedroom.

Plus, at this tranquil South Seas retreat, you can leave the rest of the world behind and unwind with all the benefits of being a Universal Orlando hotel guest, including free Universal Express Unlimited to skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure (valid theme park admission required).

Jurassic Kids Suite at Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Despicable Me Minions Kids Suite at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Despicable Me Kids’ Suites at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel offer the children a place their own space to play and unwind while parents relax in a beautiful master bedroom. Your children will love the view and the appointments in these minions themed suites. These suites can sleep up to five guests with a rollaway (king bed in one room and two twin beds in the other) with 650 square feet of space.

Despicable Me Minions Kids Suite at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Guests of Loews Portofino Bay Hotel also enjoy exclusive Universal Orlando Resort benefits, including free Universal Express Unlimited to skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure (valid theme park admission required).

Despicable Me Minions Kids Suite at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Photo: Universal Orlando Resort
Despicable Me Minions Kids Suite at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Photo: Universal Orlando Resort

Pirate Island Hotel at Legoland Florida Resort

Pirate Island Hotel at Legoland Florida

Ahoy Mateys! You can vacation like a pirate at the LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel, situated just 130 kid-steps from the LEGOLAND Park front gates in Florida! This hotel will transform your family vacation into a unique pirate adventure with immersive themed rooms, a resort pool, and a boat-load of interactive activities and live entertainment for the young bucs (and ol’ sea dogs) to experience during their stay.

Some of our favorite features include a welcome treasure hunt with a LEGO prize, LEGO bricks to build with during your stay, nightly pirate entertainment and so much more. Arrgh… you ready?!

Pirate Island Hotel at Legoland Florida

Are you ready to book one of these themed hotel rooms in Orlando? Call Siera today at (734) 771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com to check pricing and availability on the room of your choice.

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Six Reasons to Celebrate the Holidays at Disney World in 2022

Happy Halfway to Holidays! It’s hard to believe that 2022 is almost halfway over and we are now halfway to the holiday season! The holidays at Disney are an extra special time of year at the Walt Disney World Resort! The parks and resorts are full of holiday decor, festive entertainment, themed merchandise and so much more during the holidays at Disney World. We are especially excited for the return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on select nights at Magic Kingdom Park!

holidays at Disney World
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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Holiday joy will unfold at Magic Kingdom as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party returns this year! On 24 select nights, Nov. 8 – Dec. 22, 2022, this separately ticketed event will invite guests to Magic Kingdom for an evening of merriment.

  • Join Mickey and his pals at the Cinderella Castle stage for the ultimate must-watch Christmas extravaganza – “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration.” The show features nostalgic and modern medleys of holiday music paired with dance performances.
  • Minnie Mouse orchestrates a sparkling spectacle over Magic Kingdom as a part of “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks.” Full of holiday magic, the show includes dazzling castle projections, fireworks and seasonal songs. 
  • With his famous flying reindeer leading the way, Santa Claus will join Mickey Mouse and friends in the must-see “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” as it makes its way through the park.
  • Speaking of Santa Claus, he isn’t the only one who likes cookies during the holidays. Partygoers can indulge in complimentary cookies and hot cocoa at locations throughout Magic Kingdom.
  • Magic Kingdom attractions will get a special dose of yuletide cheer. Holiday magic will once again transform the Jungle Cruise into the Jingle Cruise. And, as an exclusive treat for event attendees, Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor and Mad Tea Party will all receive a special holiday makeover.
  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café becomes the coolest place to get down when denizens of the North Pole drop by for an intergalactic dance party!  
  • Also at Magic Kingdom, dance the night away alongside favorite Disney characters during an out-of-this-world holiday show, “A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas” on the Rockettower Plaza Stage.
  • The fun continues for young partygoers and Disney Junior fans of all ages at Storybook Circus during the “Disney Junior Jingle Jam” as Disney Junior characters take part in a fun-filled dance celebration.
  • NEW! In honor of the 50th Anniversary celebration, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party attendees will discover three jolly new photo opportunities. Guests will also receive a special 50th Anniversary commemorative keepsake, themed for the holidays.

Tickets for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are limited and may be purchased online beginning July 7, 2022. Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can begin purchasing tickets as early as June 30, 2022. Ticket prices will range from $149 – $199 per person. Event dates are:

  • November: 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 27, 29
  • December: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22

Holiday Themed Beacons of Magic

beacons of magic

During the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration, select theme park icons will continue to transform into Beacons of Magic, illuminating select nights with an EARidescent glow. And as a special yuletide surprise for guests, the magic will continue as each park celebrates the season with a delightful rotation of unique heartwarming holiday-themed displays.

Santa Claus

Santa at Disney Springs

The holiday season will be an especially busy time for Jolly Old St. Nick as he makes special appearances throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. You can catch him cruising down Hollywood Boulevard in his candy-apple red convertible at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the Santa Claus Merry Motorcade or voyaging across the Discovery River as part of a festive flotilla at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Santa Claus will continue to spread the joyous spirit of the season during visits to Magic Kingdom Park and Disney Springs, where guests may have individual time to take photos and share their Christmas wishes. Finally, at EPCOT, Santa Claus will join storytellers from around the world as a part of the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth beginning November 25.

Festive Entertainment for the Holidays at Disney

festival finale of For the First Time in Forever show at Hollywood Studios during holidays at Disney
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom will come alive with the return of a Merry Menagerie of winter animals realized in the form of life-size, artisan-sculpted puppets.
  • Just in time for the holidays, “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios adds a festive finale, featuring everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf, and celebratory songs of the season. 
  • At Disney Springs, guests visiting Town Center will experience a magical snowfall, bringing the spirit of the North Pole to Central Florida.
  • EPCOT will celebrate the return of “Candlelight Processional” during EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays beginning November 25, a beloved long-standing tradition of heartwarming holiday performances at America Gardens Theatre.
  • This season, the Guardians will trade in their classic hits playlist for a mash-up of seasonal jams at Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT. Guests will blast off to the tune of an awesome holiday single, bringing joy to Xandar and Terra, too.
  • Disney PhotoPass photographers can help guests enhance their Disney vacation photos with holiday-themed Magic Shots at all four Walt Disney World theme parks, a new Disney PhotoPass Lens and virtual backdrops at the Disney PhotoPass Studio at Disney Springs. 

Seasonal Flavors

holiday treats from Epcot during holidays at Disney
  • The Holiday Cookie Stroll will return to EPCOT this year, inviting guests to partake in a sweet scavenger hunt during the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. The festival will also herald mouthwatering menus of traditional and inspired adaptations of holiday dishes from around the world at special Holiday Kitchens, located throughout the park.
  • At Disney Springs, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar will become Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar and feature yuletide touches alongside festive food and craft cocktails.
  • Select dining locations throughout Walt Disney World will celebrate the season with tasty winter-inspired dishes.

Holiday Decor

gingerbread carousel at Disney's Beach Club Resort during holidays at Disney World

The 2022 holiday season will bring Christmastime cheer to every corner of the Walt Disney World Resort with whimsical décor that creates a nostalgic and joyous atmosphere. From twinkling trees and glittering ornaments to an abundance of tinsel and wreaths, the distinct personality of each Walt Disney World theme park shines even brighter during the holidays. The merriment will continue at Disney Springs with the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll presented by AdventHealth, where elaborately themed Christmas trees will draw inspiration from beloved characters, and at resorts across Walt Disney World, where guests will encounter artisan-made gingerbread creations displayed in select locations. Have you ever seen the life-sized gingerbread house created each year in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa or the carousel in the lobby of Disney’s Beach Club Resort?

Halfway to Holidays at Disney

What are you most looking forward to during the holiday season at the Walt Disney World Resort? Will you be celebrating the holidays at Disney this year? It’s not too late to start planning your visit!

2023 Disney World Packages Now Available

Disney has officially opened Walt Disney World Resort vacation packages for 2023, for travel up to 500 days in advance. 2023 Disney World vacation packages include: 

  • Accommodations at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel
  • Theme park tickets with choice of ticket length from 2-10 theme park days
  • Keepsake Luggage Tag (one per person)
  • Magical Extras
2023 Disney World packages

Plus, when you book your 2023 Disney World vacation package with me, you’ll always receive my world famous services including: 

  • Discount Watching (to make sure you get the best deal possible, even after you are booked)
  • MousePerks (weekly tips and tricks to help you get excited about and prepare for your vacation)
  • VIP Dining Services (recommendations based on your preferences)
  • Exclusive Facebook Group with tips and updates added daily
  • Autographed Picture of Mickey Mouse (mailed within 30 days of travel)
  • Autographed Letter from Mickey Mouse (mailed within 30 days of travel)
  • Disney Parks Growth Chart (mailed within 30 days of travel)
  • Personalized recommendations based on your plans and interests
  • Always available to assist you with questions, planning and more
Mouseperks

Here’s a little more information on the Walt Disney World resort hotels and theme park tickets to help you plan the best 2023 Disney World vacation for your family. We are still awaiting the return of Disney dining plans, but they can be added to existing reservations when they become available again. 

Disney’s Value Resorts: 

Disney’s Moderate Resorts:

Disney’s Deluxe Resort:

Disney’s Deluxe Villa Resorts: 

I also have some recommendations for the best Disney resorts for kids and familiesa list of the five best hotel pools and even shared 9 reasons why I think you’ll love staying at Disney’s Pop Century Resort

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Park Ticket Options (2-10 days available with vacation package):

  • One Park per Day
  • Park Hopper Option 
  • Water Park and Sports Option 
  • Park Hopper Plus Option 

Although Disney has confirmed that dining plans will return, we are still awaiting the official date. With the lack of Disney dining plans, it can be difficult to budget for dining costs in the parks. I recently review the most affordable table service dining locations in the theme parks, Disney Springs and Walt Disney World Resort hotels

Plus, with so much time to save for your vacation, you may also be able to use these easy ways to earn extra money for your vacation

Please note that your check in date cannot be more than 500 days in the future. We can currently book through Saturday, October 21, 2023. If you are planning to travel later in 2023, please let me know and we can figure out exactly when your booking window will open.

booking a Disney World vacation
  • Book your vacation package with just a $200 deposit
  • Remaining balance is due 30 days prior to arrival
  • Change or cancel without penalty up to 30 days prior to arrival
  • Travel protection is available for $82.50 per adult and $6 per child, must be paid in full at the time of purchase and is non-refundable
  • Memory Maker can be added for a discounted price of $169 up to 3 days prior to arrival
  • Theme park reservations are required to guarantee admission into the park of your choice each day

5 Reasons to Book Your 2023 Disney World Vacation TODAY

Disney World vacation
  1. You only need a $200 deposit to book your vacation package. 
  2. The sooner that you book, the more time that you have to save to pay off your vacation. 
  3. As soon as you have booked, you can make your park reservations to guarantee admission into the park of your choice each day. 
  4. The earlier that you book, the better availability will be as far as room categories. The most economical categories and best views book quickly! 
  5. If you book by the end of the month, you will receive a FREE pair of Mickey ears for each child (under 10) in your room. 
Free Mickey ears

As an exclusive gift for my guests, each child in your family will receive a FREE pair of Mickey ears as my gift to you when you book a qualifying* 2023 Disney World vacation package by June 30, 2022. 

* Vacation package must include a minimum three night hotel stay with three or more days of theme park tickets to qualify. 

Are you thinking about giving the gift of a Disney vacation to your family? Here are 10 ways you can surprise them with the news

I also have some fun ways you can bring a little Disney magic into your home. Whether you are counting down the days until your next visit or ready to book your next vacation, you can take a virtual Disney vacationmake some delicious Disney Parks recipes, or try the Ultimate Disney Fan Challenge right now. 

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Still trying to get through 2022? That’s ok! I am happy to help you with your travel plans whenever you’re ready! 

Don’t forget, we can book ALL vacation destinations including Universal Orlando Resort, cruises, all inclusive resorts, and so much more!

Who’s planning to book one of the new 2023 Disney World packages?

Don’t Miss an Extra 15% Off Sale Items at ShopDisney through June 12, 2022

Who doesn’t love a great deal?! There are so many ways to save money on a Disney vacation. One of my favorite ways is by purchasing vacation essentials (ears, bags, shirts) and souvenirs ahead of time! ShopDisney has so many items you will find in the parks, but you can save space and shipping by ordering them rather than buying them in the parks.

Shop Disney Parks items at shopDisney.com!

Plus, now through Sunday, June 12, 2022, you can take advantage of an extra 15% off your entire purchase of sale items (excluding swimwear, swim accessories, and towels) at ShopDisney when you enter code EXTRA15 at checkout!

Online Exclusive! Take an extra 15% off sale items with code EXTRA15

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Here are a few more items to consider:

Heading to the Disneyland Resort in California? You’ll love exploring Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park where you can sling webs with Spider Man, battle Spider Bots, meet Marvel characters and so much more. You can even pick up some Marvel merchandise for your visit.

Find Favorite Marvel Character Merchandise at shopDisney.com!

You can find all of shopDisney.com Special Offers here.

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Mother’s Day 2022 Gift Guide for Disney Moms

If you are a Disney mom or shopping for a Disney mom, I have some amazing gift ideas you can share with your family or order for the special mom in your life. I love ordering from Etsy because most items are handmade and best of all, it supports another small business! Here are some of my favorite Etsy items for Mother’s Day 2022:

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Disney Home Sign

All Disney loving moms can welcome family and friends into their home with an interchangeable “welcome to our home” sign from GracefulSigns. This personalized sign includes your last name and can be purchased with any number of heads between five and thirty-five.

Minnie Ear Display

Is mom looking for a unique and fun way to display her Minnie ears? She needs a display from UtterlyInspired. UtterlyInspired also offers other fun items for the home like a Mickey (or Minnie) toilet paper holder and Mickey or Minnie napkin holder.

Disney Garden Flags

Disney garden flag

If you’d prefer something for outdoor decor, be sure to check out PKDecor. We love their Mickey and Minnie garden flag and Cinderella Castle sign. PKDecor also offers Disney k-cup holders and organizers, like this Minnie Mouse k-cup display.

Disney Hair Accessories

Some moms like bow bands while others prefer scrunchies or knotted headbands. You can find some fun Disney hair accessories at shops like Thingamabows Shop or MagicAndDreamsEars.

Disney Apple Watch Accessories

You can order a Disney Parks engraved Apple Watch band for mom to show off her favorite character. You can also find fun Mickey and Minnie Apple watch charger covers.

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Disney Apparel

Your favorite Disney mom can always use a new shirt, right? Grab a Happiest Mom on Earth shirt, Happiest Mama on Earth shirt, Disney Mom Life shirt, or another Happiest Mama on Earth shirt.

Picture Frame

Give mom what is sure to be one of her favorite gifts- a photo of a special memory. We love these personalized and engraved wood frames from TimelessEngravings.

Tumbler

Chances are that mom is always on the go so give her a tumbler she can take with her wherever she goes! Check out this Disney mom tumbler from OneSassyCraftyMama or this Happiest Mom on Earth tumbler from ENBCraftSupplies.

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Summer 2023 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries Return to Alaska, Europe and More

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Disney Cruise Line will offer a variety of enchanting vacations in summer 2023, including cruises to Europe, Alaska, the Bahamas and Caribbean.

For the first time ever, the Disney Dream will be heading east to the rich culture and history of Europe, calling on a wide variety of destinations among the most treasured in the world.

Are flip-flops and white sand beaches more your speed? Head to the sunshine state where three ships, including the all-new Disney Wish, will cruise to the dreamiest tropical destinations. If Alaska fires your adventurous spirit, set sail on the Disney Wonder for a surreal landscape of spectacular glaciers, soaring eagles, breaching whales and towns with a Gold Rush past.

In addition to visiting exciting destinations, each and every voyage in summer 2023 also includes a healthy dose of Disney magic! No matter where you are in the world, your family will also receive Disney Cruise Line’s signature service, along with Broadway-style shows, themed dining, character encounters and activities for everyone in the family.

Disney Dream Marks Inaugural Season in Europe

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With sailings anywhere from four to eleven nights, the Disney Dream will sail from Barcelona and Rome to picturesque ports of call throughout the Mediterranean, including a first-ever seven-night sailing to the Greek Isles with stops in the ever-popular ports of Santorini and Mykonos.

Late summer/early fall departures of the Disney Dream from Southampton will feature cruises to a wealth of destinations including Spain, France, the British Isles, Norway and Iceland. New ports of call include the postcard-worthy La Rochelle, France and two new ports in Norway – Skjolden, home to a wealth of natural attractions, and Sandnes, a small city just outside the metropolis of Stavanger known for its outdoor activities.  

Summer 2023 sailings to Alaska aboard Disney Wonder

The breathtaking natural beauty of Alaska will combine with the magic of Disney on five-, seven- and nine-night sailings on the Disney Wonder from Vancouver, Canada. Beginning in May, cruisers will be invited to discover exciting ports like Ketchikan and Skagway, with their prehistoric glaciers, gold mining relics and spectacular land- and sea-life. Three Alaskan itineraries call at Icy Strait Point, home to a coastal rainforest, wilderness tours and – for thrill-seekers – ziplining above the treetops.

Tropical Escapes to the Bahamas and Caribbean from Florida

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Sun-splashed tropical isles throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean will await guests on three Disney Cruise Line ships from Florida in summer 2023.

For its first full summer of sailing, the Disney Wish will homeport in Port Canaveral near Orlando for a series of three- and four-night Bahamas cruises to Nassau and Disney’s private island oasis, Castaway Cay. The Disney Wish will feature exciting new additions including Disney’s first “Frozen”-themed theatrical dining experience and AquaMouse, a wild water adventure and first-ever Disney attraction at sea.

Port Canaveral will also be the departure point for the Disney Fantasy for sailings ranging in length from five to 10 nights. In addition to seven-night cruises to popular ports in the eastern and western Caribbean, guests will also be able to experience a five-night Bahamian sailing with back-to-back calls at Castaway Cay, a 10-night southern Caribbean itinerary to the islands of Aruba and Bonaire and an eight-night cruise featuring two days on the beautiful pink sand beaches of Bermuda.

The Disney Magic will make its summer home in Miami for an assortment of exciting destinations. Starting May 27, the Disney Magic will sail four-night Bahamas cruises and five-night western Caribbean voyages, followed by two seven-night sailings in July to the eastern and western Caribbean. Select summer voyages aboard the Disney Magic will include double days – for double the fun – at Castaway Cay. 

Guests who are Disney Cruise Line Castaway Club and select other groups may take advantage of the following extended early booking windows:

  • Platinum Castaway Club Members, Golden Oak and Club 33 Members: Monday, May 2, 2022
  • Gold Castaway Club Members: Tuesday, May 3, 2022
  • Silver Castaway Club Members, Disney Vacation Club and Adventure Insiders: Thursday, May 5, 2022
  • Bookings open to all Guests: Monday, May 9, 2022

It’s time to start planning your family’s next great adventure. Tell us in the comments below which summer 2023 Disney Cruise Line itinerary you are most excited about!

Thanks Disney Parks Blog!

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10 Star Wars Activities to Celebrate Star Wars Day

In honor of the upcoming Star Wars Day (May 4th), we are sharing ten ways you can celebrate with these fun Star Wars activities. Whether you are joining the rebellion or fighting along the dark side, there are activities for Star Wars fans of all ages and interests.

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Solo Activity Sheets

Print just one or all of these 9 Solo activity sheets. You can color Chewbacca, try the Mighty Wookie word search or color your own Millennium Falcon. You’ll just need a printer and either crayons or colored pencils (or both) to enjoy these Solo activity sheets.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Activity Pack

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens activity pack includes coloring sheets from your favorite Star Wars characters, door hangers, maze, bookmarks, a memory game and more. You can print individual pages or the entire 22 page packet. You’ll just need a printer and either crayons or colored pencils (or both).

Learn to Draw Grogu (AKA Baby Yoda or “The Child”)

Grogu (or Baby Yoda or “The Child”) from The Mandalorian has stolen hearts all over the galaxy! And now, you can learn how to draw your very own Grogu! So, cuddle up with some bone broth and a soft robe and learn how to draw the adorable baby.

Play Star Wars Games

There are a number of Star Wars themed board games and Star Wars video games any Star Wars fan will enjoy. Your kids will love playing Bop It! Chewie EditionOPERATION: Star Wars EditionStar Wars Guess WhoStar Wars Catch Phrase and Loopin’ Chewie with you. Gamers can check out Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order or LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga. Monopoly fans will enjoy the MONOPOLY: Star Wars the Complete Saga Edition, MONOPOLY: Star Wars The Mandalorian Edition or MONOPOLY: Star Wars The Child Edition.

Make Lightsaber Pretzels

Lightsaber pretzels
Photo: Disney

You can make your own lightsaber pretzels at home with just pretzel rods and colored candy melts! First, you’ll need to heat the candy melt color of your choice until fully melted. Once melted, you will cover approximately 3/4 of the pretzel rod with the candy melt. Once dry, you can then heat black candy melts to cover the bottom of your pretzels for the handle of your lightsaber. You can find the complete recipe and instructions here.

Listen to the Soundtrack

You can relive the iconic music from Star Wars as it was intended to be experienced with Remastering the Score. Or, listen to the Best of Star Wars playlist. You can even check out the Rise of Skywalker soundtrack from the newest film.

Build a Star Wars LEGO Set

Here are some of our favorite Star Wars lego sets that are perfect for fans of all ages!

If you’re looking for a real challenge, try the 1,351 piece Millennium Falcon!

Look the Part

Even if you’ll be spending the day at home, you can still wear your favorite Star Wars look! If you have a Star Wars costume, wear it! Or, just be sure to pull out your favorite Star Wars t-shirt at the least. Don’t forget to order your own Baby Yoda to remain by your side.

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Watch the Star Wars films

Of course, there are the nine “episodes” comprising three Star Wars trilogies, but you can also watch other Star Wars films and series to celebrate. Rise of Skywalker will be coming to Disney+ today in addition to all eight of the preceding episodes. If you don’t have access to Disney+ or just want a physical copy, you can order Star Wars: The Complete Saga. You can also find The Clone Wars, The Mandalorian, Rogue One, and Star Wars Rebels, among others, on Disney+. Play Star Wars Bingo while watching the film for a little more interactive fun.

Start Planning Your Next Star Wars Adventure

The immersive new Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is now open at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. This two night adventure will allow you to live the Star Wars universe unlike ever before. Guests will board a Launch Pod, travel into hyperspace, and dock with the Halcyon starcruiser. Once onboard, you can explore your cabin, mingle with characters from the Star Wars stories, try bridge training or lightsaber training, eat in the Crown of Corellia dining room, choose your side to help their mission, and so much more!

If you’re not ready to splurge on the Starcruiser yet, you can still experience Batuu (Star Wars land) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during any Walt Disney World Resort vacation. There are incredible experiences available in the park for Star Wars fans of all ages, like droid building at Droid Depot, lightsaber building at Savi’s Workshop, the opportunity to pilot the Falcon on Smuggler’s Run and so much more.

Star Wars Day

May the Fourth Be With You, Always!

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