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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Disney World in Summer 2014

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There are always exciting events and activities happening at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, from new attractions to annual festivals. There is a great combination of new and exciting events planned for this summer! Here are the top 5 reasons to visit Disney World in summer 2014:

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: The crown jewel of New Fantasyland is finally open! This new family coaster brings the story of Snow White to life unlike ever before. The coaster is using new technology which allows each mine car to swing freely on the track.
  • Festival of Fantasy Parade: Magic Kingdom debuted a brand new parade earlier this spring. This spectacular parade celebrates many beloved Disney classics such as The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and of course, the latest hit, Frozen. You will enjoy new music, costumes, and floats!
  • Festival of the Lion King: The Festival of the Lion King has finally moved into its new home, Harambe Theatre, inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom. To celebrate the new location, Disney is hosting Harambe Nights, a special event on Saturday nights this summer where you can hear a celebrity narrator tell the story of The Lion King.
  • Frozen Summer Fun: Disney’s Hollywood Studios is getting even cooler this summer with a whole new set of experiences inspired by Frozen. You can see Anna and Elsa in a royal processional, sing a long with your favorite tunes, dance the night away, enjoy fireworks, and so much more!
  • Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: You can enjoy the Sounds Like Summer concert series at Epcot through July 26. These concerts are included with regular theme park admission and feature a variety of  tribute bands.

Bonus: A unique new retail concept at Downtown Disney, Marketplace Coop, just opened as well which is comprised of six boutiques and lots of great souvenirs!

There is also a special villains event at Hollywood Studios on August 23. This is a special event ticket, but will feature Disney characters you can’t see anywhere else!

It’s not too late to plan your Disney World vacation this summer! Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page! If you book your summer vacation by  July 9, your kids will receive a free pair of Mickey ears!

Siera is a Disney travel specialist. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. 

Top 7 Reasons to Love Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train officially opened inside New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida at the end of last month. This new attraction is sure to be come an instant classic with guests of all ages so we wanted to share with you the top seven reasons to love Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!

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As the crown jewel of New Fantasyland, the new attraction features “just the right combination of heart, humor, and thrill to appeal to everyone in the family.” The attraction was built with a unique new ride system that allows the mine cars to sway back and forth while you are immersed into the world of Snow White! Inside the mine, you can see some newly invented Audio-Animatronics magic that brings the seven dwarfs to life unlike ever before: Doc, Sneezy, Sleepy, Grumpy, Bashful, Happy, and Dopey are all there!

Here are the top seven reasons to love Seven Dwarfs Mine Train:

    1. It’s the newest Disney “mountain” – The debut of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train not only added another attraction to New Fantasyland, but it also plussed up the park’s landscape with another Disney “mountain” – the newest sinceSplash Mountain debuted in 1992.
    2. It features an innovative ride system – Imagineers developed special five-car trains designed to swing independently from side to side as they move along the track.
    3. A fun interactive queue – The attraction’s queue allows guests to immediately step into the story of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” by becoming miners themselves and playing a jewel washing game. See photoshere.
    4. Awesomely advanced Audio-Animatronics figures – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train features some of the most advanced Audio-Animatronics figures our Imagineers have ever created.
    5. Its amazing level of detail – Like the rest of New Fantasyland, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is incredibly detailed – from the Wisteria Vine that lines the door of the Dwarfs’ cottage (just like in the film), down to the tracks of forest creatures that can be seen in the attraction’s pathway.
    6. Special nods to the film – Be on the lookout for a few historic treasures on your way through the attraction, including the song “Music In My Soup” in the queue. This tune was originally cut from the film during production in the 1930s, but Imagineers re-recorded it for this attraction. Also note the shadows of the Dwarfs marching home along the lift inside of the mine. These shadows were actually rotoscoped (traced frame by frame) from a scene in the original film.
    7. References to the previous Snow White attraction – When Magic Kingdom Park first opened back in 1971, Snow White’s Scary Adventures was one of the opening day attractions. As a tribute to the original attraction, be sure to look for familiar vulture figures sitting at the top of the first climb as well as Grumpy, Doc, Bashful, Sleepy, and Happy figures toward the end of the ride.

Have you had the chance to experience the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train first hand? What did you think of the ride?

Siera is a Disney travel specialist. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. 

Top 10 Reasons to Visit New Fantasyland

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New Fantasyland is the largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom Park. Walt Disney World Resort guests can enter classic storybook worlds here, where elephants can fly and castles reach to the sky, where a beauty falls in love with a beast and a mermaid plays under the sea. Walt Disney himself said that “Fantasyland is dedicated to the young at heart and to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.”

New Fantasyland features attractions, dining, shopping, character interactions, recreation and so much more! You will find waterfalls, grottoes, arched bridges, forests and circus big tops in this magical land. New Fantasyland is home to the Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus areas, which added two more fairytale castles! You can visit a French village and play a role in Belle’s story, ride a clamshell “under the sea” into Ariel’s world, race through the Seven Dwarfs’ diamond mine, soar through the sky with Dumbo, and so much more here!

Here are the top 10 reasons to visit New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom:

  • The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will takes guests on a rollicking, musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.” This family-style coaster features a first-of-its-kind ride system with a train of vehicles that swing back and forth, responding to every twist and turn of the track. The journey is accompanied by music from the classic Disney film and animated figures of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid takes guests riding in clamshells with Ariel and her friends through their exciting adventures above and below the waves – all against a musical backdrop of songs from the film. Adventurers will feel as if they are descending below the ocean’s surface. Once “under the sea,” guests will find themselves immersed in the story of “The Little Mermaid,” sharing Ariel’s adventure through a magical cast of characters and a captivating musical score that will entice everyone to sing along.
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant, the castle of the Beast, stands majestically upon a hill transporting Magic Kingdom diners into the splendor, elegance and fairy tale charm of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” To bring the classic story to life, the restaurant features a lavish dining experience in the elegant ballroom, delicate Rose Gallery and mysterious “West Wing” of the castle. Out tall arched windows in the ballroom, there are views to the French countryside where a light “snow” falls. With seating for 550, the magnificent Be Our Guest Restaurant offers French-inspired, quick-service lunch by day and full-service table dining in the evening.
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle, inside of Maurice’s workshop, is home to an enchanted mirror that is the doorway to a captivating new kind of storytelling experience: guests will be transported to the Beast’s library to meet Belle and Lumiere. Through props and costumes (courtesy of Madame Wardrobe), guests step right into the story of “Beauty and the Beast” and share in a lively, interactive re-telling of the “tale as old as time.”
  • Gaston’s Tavern – a comfy French lodge done in trophies to hunting and other manly pursuits of Gaston – where guests will be able to raise a goblet of LeFou’s Brew, a no-sugar-added frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow, topped with all-natural passion fruit-mango foam!
  • Princess Fairytale Hall is the new home for Disney princesses to meet their loyal subjects in the Magic Kingdom. The castle-like entrance features walls of stone and stained glass windows opening up into a large gallery — an airy space with a high ceiling — where portraits of the Disney princesses adorn the walls. When it’s time for their audience with a princess, guests will proceed to elegantly finished chambers to meet their favorite Disney royalty.
  • Dumbo, the Flying Elephant has doubled in size with two Dumbos – one going clockwise, the other counterclockwise. Fantasyland’s iconic attraction features shiny new red and gold colors (inspired by ’50s- and ’60s-era tin toys), beautiful newly-created signature illustrations from Disney animators and a new water feature circling the base of both attractions. The two Dumbos are connected to an air-conditioned “big top” area allowing parents to relax while their children explore an interactive zone of circus fun. Each guest gets a circus ticket pager that notifies them when their elephant is waiting. It’s also a FastPass+ attraction for guests electing to go straight to their flight with Dumbo.
  • The Barnstormer Featuring the Great Goofini offers family-style coaster fun as guests dip and soar daredevil-style above the circus grounds. The circus’ stuntman, The Great Goofini, presents one of his most daring stunts – aerial acrobatics that follow a twisting, turning coaster “flight.”
  • Pete’s Silly Sideshow, set in one of the tents in Storybook Circus,  invites guests to meet some familiar-looking circus hopefuls awaiting their big break. Pete’s Silly Sideshow shines the spotlight on Minnie Magnifique (Minnie Mouse as a circus star), Madame Daisy Fortuna (Daisy Duck as a fortune teller), The Great Goofini (Goofy as a stunt pilot) and The Astounding Donaldo (Donald Duck as a snake charmer). Don’t forget your cameras and autograph books.
  • Fantasyland Train Station pays homage to both the elegant train travel of America’s past — and the passion Walt Disney had for trains. Sharp-eyed guests will notice a Casey Jr. – inspired weather vane and Carolwood Park sign, with “Fair Weather Place” — a nod to “Fair Weather Route,” Walt Disney’s tag line for the Carolwood Pacific Railroad, the steam engine Walt had running through his backyard. The station is serviced by a passenger train encircling the Magic Kingdom, powered by an antique steam engine.

Bonus: Don’t miss Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station water play area!

What is your favorite part of New Fantasyland?

Siera is a Disney travel specialist. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information. 

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! 

Be Our Guest Restaurant Received National Recognition

Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida received national recognition for the revolutionary dining experience available to guests in New Fantasyland.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts earned an Operator Innovation Award from the National Restaurant Association for the innovative technology at Be Our Guest restaurant. An independent panel of expert judges recognized Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for leading advancement in the food-service industry.

“The 2013 Operator Innovations Awards winners redefine how the industry views innovation and will serve as the benchmark for other operators to apply the same innovative spirit within their own operations,” said Jeffrey W. Davis, convention chair for NRA Show 2013.

State-of-the-art touch-screen terminals allow guests to customize their orders at Be Our Guest Restaurant. This allows chefs to efficiently prepare and serve meals to individual requests. The personalized, streamlined experience enables Be Our Guest restaurant to serve more than 3,000 meals at lunch every day.

Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland continues the evolution of Disney’s food and beverage offerings with incredible storytelling and “flex” dining, transforming from a casual, quick service location for lunch to a table-service dining experience every evening.

Siera is a Disney travel specialist and would love to help you plan your Disney World vacation and grab one of the coveted Be Our Guest reservations! Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email spreadingmagic@gmail.com!

Enter to Win a New Fantasyland Lithograph

I am giving away a New Fantasyland lithograph! You can enter for your chance to win below. Please feel free to share with your family and friends.

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If you book a Disney World vacation package, transfer a Disney World vacation package, or refer a friend who books a Disney World vacation package, you will receive a gift card!

Siera is a Disney travel specialist who would love to help you plan your next Disney World vacation! Request your free, no obligation quote on the right side of the page or email spreadingmagic@gmail.com. 

Enjoy a Monstrous Summer at Disney World

This summer, the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is bursting with a monstrous lineup of unforgettable thrills and entertainment!

New and Fresh Experiences
This summer, you can delight in new additions and enhancements for a monstrous summer at Disney World, including:

Monstrous Surprises Around Every Corner
Be on the lookout for Mike and Sulley from the new Disney•Pixar film Monsters University. They’re scaring up all kinds of surprises throughout the summer at Disney World.

  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor: Led by Mike—the “monster of ceremonies”—the monsters have been studying up on their jokes. Will they graduate to new comedic materials? Check out the “frights” and sounds in this attraction to find out for yourself!
  • The “Monsterail”: One of the iconic Monorail trains has been taken over by everyone’s favorite scarers. Hop on the monsterail for one frighteningly fun ride you won’t soon forget!
  • Monsters University Meet Up: Stop by Hollywood Studios for an encounter with some monstrous friends from Disney•Pixar’s Monsters University. You can even take a few frighteningly good photos with Mike and Sulley!
  • Monstrous Summer Wake-Up Call: You can schedule a wake-up call from Monsters University scare student, Mike Wazowski, each morning when you stay at select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels!

Plus, don’t forget to check for Limited Time Magic opportunities that may be available during your vacation—just a little extra pixie dust to make your vacation extra magical!

It’s not too late to plan your summer vacation and enjoy the monstrous summer at Disney World! You’ll be in for some colossal fun! Email spreadingmagic@gmail.com for more information! 

Up to 30% off Disney World Resorts in August and September 2013

Disney has released another special offer today where you can receive up to 30% off Disney World Resorts in August and September 2013. Although this promotion does run during some of the same dates as the free dining offer, this may be a better savings for your family!

When you stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you can be close to the heart of all the magic, from the theme parks and entertainment to exciting nightlife, shopping, and so much more. You can now save up to 30% when you stay at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel for stays most nights between August 15, 2013 and September 28, 2013. You can also receive additional savings when you add tickets and Disney Dining Plans to your package.

And when you stay at a Disney World Resort hotel, you can enjoy an array of special Disney touches that lets you do things like:

  • Spend more quality time with your family and friends with Extra Magic Hours, a benefit where a Theme Park is open extra time each day to enjoy select attractions! (Valid Theme Park admission and Resort ID required)
  • Get around with ease — thanks to complimentary motorcoach transportation between the Orlando International Airport and your Disney Resort hotel AND through out the Walt Disney World Resort, as well.
  • Experience amazing entertainment for everyone — fantastic pools included!

Plus, there’s no better time to experience Walt Disney World and experience the New Fantasyland, the biggest expansion in Magic Kingdom Park history!

You can book this offer now through July 31, 2013. This offer is valid for stays most nights between August 15, 2013 and September 28, 2013.

Email spreadingmagic@gmail.com for your free quote today!

Here’s What you Can Look Forward to Coming Soon to Walt Disney World

At Disney Parks, the Walt Disney Company is always working to improve their offerings and add new, magical experiences. New Fantasyland is now open at Magic Kingdom Park and there’s even more on the horizon at the Walt Disney World Resort. The addition of New Fantasyland completed the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history, but there is still more coming soon to Walt Disney World!

Here are some of the newest offerings you will find at Walt Disney World later this year:

  • You Will Soon Be Able to Interact with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in a New Immersive Queue–In the works in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom Park, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is about to get a new interactive queue.
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park – Imagineers have laid the first pieces of track in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction in the New Fantasyland expansion, set to open in 2014.
  • Development of AVATAR-Themed Land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park Continues – Work continues to bring the epic fantasy world of AVATAR to life at Disney Parks.
  • Starbucks Locations at Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot Set to Open Next Year – The first two Starbucks locations at Walt Disney World Resort will open next year, one at Magic Kingdom Park and one at Epcot.

Would you like to see these new changes and updates at Walt Disney World for yourself? Email spreadingmagic@gmail.com today to book your Walt Disney World vacation! Right now, you can get up to 30% off your resort room, plus discounted tickets when you purchase at least 4 days. As my special gift to you, you will even get a free gift card when you book a package!