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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

2013 Candlelight Processional Walt Disney World Epcot

Dining Reservations Open Today for Walt Disney World's Annual Tradition of the Candlelight Processional

Candlelight Packages Offered November 29-December 30 at 5pm, 6:45pm and 8:15pm- List of narrators shown below

Walt Disney World's Candlelight Processional is a popular show which includes the re-telling of the Christmas Story by a celebrity narrator, who is accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra, and a choir which is composed of Disney cast members and guest choirs from around the country. They enter in a processional holding candles (no real fire is used) and form the shape of a Christmas Tree behind the narrator as they sing. It is a tradition started by Walt in Disneyland and has been continued at the Walt Disney World Resort since Epcot's opening.

The dinners include appetizer, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage or 1 full buffet from the restaurant's menu
Lobster, when available, is not included as part of the Candlelight Dining package.

All Guests participating in the dining event will be given badges for entry to their designated show and seated in priority viewing areas. Additionally, with that same badge they will have access to a priority viewing (standing) area for Illuminations at 9:30pm on the same night.

Seating for the shows are available without these packages and are first come – first serve. Historically lining up at least one hour in advance is required to insure you are able to get seating.

All Candlelight Processional Packages, lunch and dinner, are 2 credits when paid as part of the Disney Dining Plan

Dine from 12:30pm-1:30pm for 5pm show
Dine from 3:30-4:30pm for 6:45pm show
Dine from 5pm-6pm for 8:15pm show

For pricing and adult and ages 10 and up and a child is age 3-9 years
Prices Do Not Include Tax or gratuity
A Credit Card is required at the time of booking
TWO days cancellation policy – example, booked Dec 3, must cancel by end of day on Dec 1 to avoid a full penalty- meaning the full amount of the dinner will be charged to the card on file.

Working our way around World Showcase from Mexico
La Hacienda de San Angel           Dinner Only $69.74 adult and $17.58 child

San Angel Inn         Lunch $51.98 adult and $15.18 for a child
                                Dinner $65.82 adult and $17.58 for a child
Nine Dragons          Lunch $41.53 adult and $13.83 for a child
                                 Dinner $53.24 adult and $18.10 for a child
Biergarten               Lunch $35.14 adult and $19.16 for a child
                                Dinner $55.37 adult and $28.75 for a child
Tutto Italia              Lunch $ 58.57 adult and $15.97 for a child
                               Dinner $71.35 adult and $20.23 for a child

Via Napoli               Lunch $43.66 adult and $14.90 for a child
                              Dinner $56.44 adult and $19.15 for a child
(Hardest to get is Tokyo Dining)
parties of 10 or more call 407-827-8511
Tokyo Dining           Lunch $63.89 adult and $17.03 child
Tokyo Dining           Dinner $74.54 adult and $20.23 child

Teppan Edo            Lunch $63.89 adult and $17.03 for a child
Teppan Edo            Dinner $74.54 adult and $20.23 for a child

Marrakesh              Lunch $42.59 adult and $14.90 for a child
                                Dinner $53.24 adult and $18.10 for a child

Chef de France       Lunch $59.63 adult $15.97 for child
Chef de France       Dinner $74.54 adult and $21.29 for child

United Kingdom
Rose and Crown     Lunch $46.85 adult and $13.84 for a child
                                 Dinner $59.63 adult and $19.16 for a child

Located in The Land in Future World

Garden Grill            Dinner Only $57.50 adult and $29.81 child

Located in The Living Seas in Future World
Coral Reef              Lunch $57.50 adult and $14.90 for a child
                              Dinner $69.22 adult and $19.16 for a child

Monsieur Paul, Akershus and Le Cellier are not included in the Candlelight Processional Packages
Candlelight Processional Narrators
The 2013 Narrator list hasn't been officially announced yet. The following preliminary list that is VERY subject to change:

• TBA November 29 – December 4
• Ashley Judd December 5
• Whoopi Goldberg December 6-7
• TBA December 8-10
• Dennis Haysbert December 11-13
• James Denton December 14-16
• Edward James Olmos December 17-19
• Trace Adkins December 20-22
• TBA December 23-25
• Blair Underwood December 26-28
• TBA December 29
• Amy Grant December 30

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series Epcot 2013

Can you believe that summer is finally here?
This Sunday, one of Disney's annual summer offerings is returning to Epcot – the Sounds Like Summer concert series. Have you ever attended one?
Stayin’ Alive ~ A Tribute to the Bee Gees will be at Sounds Like Summer at Epcot, June 9 to 15
Here’s this year’s schedule (entertainment subject to change without notice):
§ June 9 to 15: Stayin’ Alive ~ A Tribute to the Bee Gees
§ June 16 to 22: Hotel California ~ A Salute to the Eagles
§ June 23 to 29: Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot ~ The Ultimate Billy Joel Tribute Show
§ June 30 to July 6: Slippery When Wet ~ The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
§ July 7 to 13: SouthBound and Company ~ A Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd
§ July 14 to 20: The Police Experience ~ A Tribute to The Police
§ July 21 to 27: 2U ~ A Tribute to U2
All performances are included with Epcot admission. Performances take place at the open-air America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 p.m. – except on July 4 when show times are 5:15, 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m.

Get Ready to Rock: Sounds Like Summer Returns To Epcot June 9 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

Monday, May 6, 2013

Late Summer Discount Room offer at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney VISA cardholders can save up to 30% off of Room Only Reservations at select Walt Disney World resorts during the travel dates listed above, plus great savings on 4 day and longer Walt Disney World Magic Your Way tickets. May 9 this offer will be released to all guests with or without a Disney Visa Card.

Percentage Savings:
  • Save 30% at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Boardwalk Inn, Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard view rooms only), Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, Boardwalk Villas, The Villas at Wilderness Lodge and Beach Club Villas.
  • Save 25% at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Caribbean Beach Resort and Port Orleans Resort – Riverside.
  • Save 20% at  Disney’s Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Contemporary, All-Star Sports Resort, All-Star Music Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort.
  • Save 15% at Disney’s All-Star Art of Animation Resort (Family Suite Rooms only)
  • Save 5% at Disney’s All-Star Movies resort, Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, Animal Kingdom Lodge (savanna view and club level rooms), Contemporary (theme park view and club level rooms), Bay Lake Tower and Animal Kingdom Villas.
This offer must be booked by July 31, 2013.
Guests can enjoy the benefits of the Disney Dining Plan with this offer by selecting a room only reservation including tickets and dining plans, though only the room portion of the package will be discounted.  4 days or longer park admission will be discounted in the package as well. Availability is limited.
Our travel specialists at Happily Ever After Travel can help you determine the best deal for your family. Contact us today Toll Free 1-855-WDW-DINE or local 214-274-1522. Have a magical day!

Free Disney Dining Fall 2013 - Disney Visa Card Offer

                                2013 Fall Disney Free Dining for Disney VISA Cardholders

Walt Disney World has announced a new round of the Disney Free Dining discount, this time for Disney VISA cardholders only for the travel dates listed below. Not all nights are included however, you must check in on one of the following available dates:

September 2 through September 25, 2013

Please note this offer is currently only available to Disney VISA cardholders. A $200 deposit per room must be paid with your Disney VISA at the time of booking. This offer will be made available for all guests starting on May 9, 2013.

To qualify for the free dining offer, your must check in during one of the available dates above. Your stay can extend beyond the available dates and you will still receive the free dining for your entire stay. Availability is extremely limited, and not all resorts may be available. You cannot check in before an available date and receive the discount, it is all or nothing, based on the day you check in.

Guests staying at a Disney World Value resort will receive the Quick Service Dining Plan for free. Guests will be able to upgrade to either the Disney Plus Dining plan or the Disney Deluxe Dining plan by paying the price difference between the included plan and the plan of their choice. The Walt Disney World value resorts include the All-Star Movies, Music (no suites) and Sports, Pop Century and Art of Animation (currently excluded from offer).

Guests staying at a Disney World Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa resort will receive the Disney Dining Plan included for free. Disney World guests at moderate, deluxe and villa resorts will also be able to book the “Free Dining”, and upgrade to the Disney Deluxe Dining for the normal price difference.

Inventory for this offer is limited, and must be booked by July 31, 2013. All suites, campsites, 3 bedroom villas and the standard Little Mermaid rooms the new Art of Animation Resort are excluded from the offer. Three night minimum stay required, and a maximum stay of 14 nights is allowed per reservation. Purchase of a minimum 3 day basic park pass per person per reservation to qualify.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013

 2013 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 

Boo! Don't be afraid. The tone of the event is, well, "Not-So-Scary," and is appropriate for children of all ages. The screams you hear are squeals of delight, not fright. Disney fantasy and Halloween fun come together on selected nights in September and October for a one-of-a-kind celebration. Seize this rare opportunity to visit the Magic Kingdom® in costume*, ride some of the most popular attractions and enjoy some really sweet trick-or-treating with favorite Disney characters in their finest Halloween outfits. With special music, a parade, and the spectacular Happy HalloWishes fireworks show, this is no trick — it's a real treat.
*For safety, costumes must not be obstructive or offensive.

2013 Event Dates & Tickets:

Advance Purchase Discount Dates
September 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 29
October       3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31
No Advance Discount Given:  October 31
Ticket Pricing:
All prices listed include tax - Please add $5 per order for shipping

Advance Purchase for most September Dates:
$62.84 (ages 10+) $57.51 (ages 3 - 9)
Advance Purchase for Sept 30, October and November 2: $66.03
(ages 10+) $60.71 (ages 3-9)
*Advance Purchase Price Available on select nights when purchased prior to the day of the event. Please call or email to have the tickets added to your package at early discount price prior to check in.

Day of Event (if available) for September dates except 9/29: Add $6 per person at gate
Day-of-Event (if available) for October 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29, and November 2:
                                                                                      Add $5 per person at the gate

Halloween Oct 31 Prices advance or gate same price: $77.75 (ages 10+) $72.42 (ages 3-9)

Entertainment Highlights: (subject to change without notice)
  • Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade is offered 8:15pm and 10:30pm!
  • Trick-or-treating throughout Magic Kingdom® Park at numerous locations

  • Happy HalloWishes
    fireworks spectacular — where the Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky at 9:30pm!
  • Characters decked out in their favorite costumes — so wear yours, too.
  • Some of the most popular Magic Kingdom® attractions.                                                           

The number of tickets available is limited. Events often sell out early. Tickets are valid only during specific event dates and hours. Entertainment, ticket types, entitlements and prices subject to change without notice. 
Tickets are nontransferable and nonrefundable.

Disney's Polynesian Resort Refurbishment 2013

Quick update on the enhancements of Disney's Polynesian Resort 2013.

There are a lot of rumors surrounding enhancements at Disney's Polynesian Resort. These enhancements are cosmetic and not full blown remodels.

Here are the facts:
From Disney, "Guest rooms will undergo soft goods replacement"
Beds are being updated, new paint, carpet, upholstry, etc.

February Luau Cove, Samoa and Hawaii (Concierge BLDG) Buildings

March: Samoa BLDG and Hawaii (Concierge BLDG)  and Roratunga

April: Tokelau, Niue and Roratunga

May Nui and Rorotonga and Aotearoa

July 1 st week Tuvalu Fiji
2nd week Tuvalu and Tahiti

August Rapa Nui and Tahiti

Feb. 18 – March 1, 2013: Volcano feature pool acid wash occurred.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2013
It’s a magical night of special holiday entertainment including Castle Dreamlights!, an enchanting holiday parade, “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade,” featuring Santa Claus, a festive nighttime fireworks spectacular, Disney Character greetings, live stage shows and tasty treats on Main Street U.S.A.®, plus the most popular Magic Kingdom® attractions!
Tickets Go on Sale May 1
2013 Event Dates & Tickets:
November 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22*
December 3, 5, 6*, 8, 10, 12, 13*, 15, 17, 19*, 20*
*Expected to sell out and will not be discounted

Advanced Purchase Discount  Prices Include Tax, Add $5 shipping per order

November 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21; December 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17

Adults 10 and up $66.03 and Children 3-9 $60.71

Day of Event   Prices Include Tax
Adults 10 and up $71.36 and Children 3-9 $66.03

December 20
Adults 10 and up $75.62 and Children 3-9 $70.29
Full Payment is due at the time of booking. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable once purchased.     

Entertainment Highlights 
  • Castle Dreamlights!
  • Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at 8:15pm and 10:30pm
  • Holiday Wishes - Celebrate the Spirit of the Season Fireworks 9:30pm
  • Live Disney Character stage shows
  • Character greetings throughout the Park
  • "Snow" on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa
  • Use of some of the most popular Magic Kingdom® attractions
Park admission is offered to a limited number of guests to insure low crowd levels