Thursday, July 24, 2014

It’s Lovely Weather To Book A Sleigh Ride Together With You at Walt Disney World!

Mark Beatty, Worldwide Ranch Animal Operations Manager , from the Disney Parks blog posted:

Outside the snow isn’t falling, but friends are calling, “Yoo hoo… Now is the time to make your reservations!”
You may think it’s too early, but now is a great time to book your holiday sleigh ride at the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground!
Wildlife Wednesday: It’s Lovely Weather To Book A Sleigh Ride Together With You at Walt Disney World! Wildlife Wednesday: It’s Lovely Weather To Book A Sleigh Ride Together With You at Walt Disney World!
Holiday sleigh rides begin on November 28th and run nightly through December 30th. Each sleigh holds up to 4 adults (or two adults and 3 children). The 25-minute sleigh ride is $70 per sleigh and includes 1 collector’s pin per reservation.
As we await the holiday season, the Tri-Circle-D Ranch offers plenty of year round activities to keep you busy. Guests over nine years old can enjoy a 45-minute horseback ride through Florida’s natural wilderness, and for the younger riders, pony rides are a great introduction to our 4-legged equine friends!
If you just can’t wait until the holiday season to relax, carriage rides are offered throughout the year at Disney’s Fort Wilderness and Campground and Port Orleans Resort!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fall Discount

Fall Discount:
You can save up to 30% when you stay at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights 10/4 – 11/25 and 11/29 – 12/23/14.

Travel Dates:October 4 – November 25
November 29 & December 23, 2014.

•       Save 15% off at a Value Resort

•       Save 20% off at a Moderate Resort

•       Save 30% off at a Deluxe Resort

•       Save 30% off at a Deluxe Villa Resort

Offer excludes campsites, 3-Bedroom Villas and is not valid at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, and Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
 available for other Resorts.

**This offer has limited availability!

If you already have a reservation with us, we are working to check availability, and lower your price.

Please be patient, as hold times are lengthy, and coffee is needed :)

Friday, July 18, 2014

New Disney Cruise Line Infant Age Limit Policy

Effective July 18, 2014, for all new bookings for sailings commencing after Jan. 1, 2015, the minimum age to sail aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships will increase from 12 weeks to 6 months of age on most itineraries. The minimum age for Transatlantic, Hawai'i and Panama Canal itineraries will increase to 1 year of age. This change is consistent with the age restrictions of others in the cruise industry.

Guests with existing reservations to sail in 2015 with a child between the ages of 12 weeks and 1 year will be allowed to sail on their existing reservations. After July 18, 2014, all new bookings for 2015 sailings must comply with the new age limits.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration to Begin Spring 2015

Posted by posted on July 17th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort
Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Logo

Today, in addition to celebrating the 59th birthday of the Disneyland Resort, we gave guests and fans a sneak peek at our upcoming Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, which begins spring 2015. We’re excited for all of what’s to come next year, but in the meantime, here’s your first look at the logo for this sparkling celebration.

“It’s an incredible time at the Disneyland Resort as we prepare for next year’s Diamond Celebration,” said Michael Colglazier, president, Disneyland Resort. “We’re excited to honor our rich history, to celebrate the incredible magic that fills our resort today, and to create unforgettable memories with our guests for many years to come.”
As part of this morning’s festivities, we’re inviting the generations of families and friends who have visited to share their favorite memories through the photos they have taken at the resort. We’ll share some of the photos here on the Disney Parks Blog, and one lucky guest will have a chance to win a trip to the start of the 60th anniversary celebration in spring 2015. Starting today, fans in the United States and District of Columbia are invited to submit photos that represent their memories from the Disneyland Decades – 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000 to the present. Using hashtag #Disneyland60Contest, guests may share the photos via Twitter or Instagram. Let us know the decade in which the photo was taken in the description or tweet. For details and rules, click here.
We look forward to celebrating 60 years of The Happiest Place on Earth with you!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fun craft - Disney Photo Mat

posted on July 15th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort

If a picture says a thousand words, I say a picture frame can say a thousand more. In this new “Show Your DIY Disney Side,” I’m making quick and easy photo mats using Disneyland Resort tickets and guide maps.
As much as I love sharing pictures with friends on social media, there’s something special about good ol’ unfiltered, un-hashtagged photo prints. What better way to put these beauties on display than with a unique photo mat? I used Disney Parks tickets and maps because they’re bright and colorful (Plus, it’s a great way to show your Disney Side).
If you have the materials, it’s fun to theme your mat to your photo – admission tickets for a concert photo, a street map for a road-trip snapshot, leftover gift wrap for a birthday photo — the options are endless!
  • Any decorative paper (I used my old park tickets and a guide map, but any other decorative paper will work)
  • Picture frames (I used 8” x 10” and 4” x 6” frames)
  • Craft knife
  • Your favorite photos (I used a 4” x 6” photo for the bigger frame and wallet-sized photo for the smaller, but you can use whatever sizes you’d like)
Step 1: Take the picture frame apart, separating the frame, cardboard backing and glass.
Step 2: Lay the guide map or decorative paper out flat over a tabletop.
Tip: Since we’ll be using our craft knife on this surface, make sure to protect your tabletop! A thick paper bag or some cardboard will do.
Step 3: Cut your desired paper to fill the frame (you can use the glass as a guide). This will form your photo map.
Tip: If using park tickets instead of a guide map or large decorative paper, you might not need to cut anything at all! Skip to Step 5.
Step 4: Place the photo over the center of the photo mat. Using the craft knife, cut out the center of the mat using the photo as a size guide.
Step 5: Place the photo face-up in the center of the picture frame and place the photo mat (or neatly arranged park tickets) on top of (or around) the photo.
UPDATE 7/16/14: I wanted to share this great tip from my fellow cast member, Gray, who works at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – “As a photo preservationist myself, I would like to suggest that you only use copies of photos and never the originals, as the tickets and maps are acidic and will degrade photos over time.” Thanks, Gray!
Step 6: Carefully place the glass on top to lock everything into place.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

So you want to be a Jedi?

There are so many "he said, she said" about how to participate in The Jedi Training Academy at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, we thought we might want to do a post...with a few pointers!

Here are the highlights:
1. Plan to be at Disney's Hollywood Studios BEFORE the park opens. Atleast 30 minutes prior, is ideal. (be aware of Extra Magic Hours, and arrive accordingly)
2. Go straight to ABC Sound Studio when the park opens. Take your "padawan hopeful" with you! (they must be present to register)
3. Register for The Jedi Training Academy show that works best for you.
4. Return at that time, approx. 15 minutes prior.
5. May the Force Be With You!

-------Ok, now let's talk details.

1. Arrive Early.
You will want to be at the main entrance of Disney's Hollywood Studios approx. 30 minutes before park opening. As the crowd begins to grow, be sure to have your spot near the front of the entrance.
They do sometimes open this park a few minutes early, so be ready.

2. Go straight to ABC Sound Studio. You will begin to see Cast Members as you get closer, directing you to the line area, to begin registration.

3. Your little Jedi MUST be with you to sign up.  The "preferred age" is 4-12, although, birth certificates nor proof of age is required. Just suggested.

4. You will be given the opportunity to register for open show times.
Be sure to know your dining schedule, and your FastPass+ schedule, so you will know the best time option, to fit your daily plan.

Or...if nothing is open, change your FastPass+ selections as soon as possible.

5. Return to the Sound Studio, approx 15 minutes prior to your show time.

Have fun!

(Oh, and yes...they have thought of everything!)
If it rains, or the show is cancelled, all of those scheduled for The Jedi Training Academy during that showtime will be invited to a private Meet & Greet with Darth Vadar and his Stormtroopers!

So, remember...don't set their expectations so high that weather or something out of your control might ruin the day....but rest assured, the Cast Members at Walt Disney World to do everything they can to keep the Magic alive :)

Good Luck..and May The Force Be With You!

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