Late Summer Savings for Disney Visa® Card Members at Walt Disney World® Resort

May 6, 2013 Cheryl 0

Summer 2013 Walt Disney World SavingsSummer vacation is being extended at the Walt Disney World Resort! Whether you choose to beat the heat at one of Walt Disney World® Resort’s Water Parks or your resort’s themed pool, your summer vacation will be full of memories that will last a lifetime.  And now, Disney Visa® card members can splash into savings on their upcoming stay at a Walt Disney World® Resort Hotel!

Stay at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels most nights Aug. 15 – Sep. 28, 2013 and:

Save up to 30% at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Standard and Pool View, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s Boardwalk Villas, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, Disney’s Contemporary Resort – Standard and Lake View, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Save up to 25% at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Cabins

Save up to 20% at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Save up to 15% at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites

Booking Dates:

Book now – Jul. 31, 2013 for stays most nights Aug. 15 – Sep. 28, 2013

Remember, this promotion is available exclusively to Disney Visa® Cardmembers at this time and is scheduled to become available to the general public on May 9, 2013.

Walt Disney World® Holiday Party Dates Released!

May 1, 2013 Cheryl 0

The Walt Disney World® Resort has released dates and ticket information for both the  Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties. These special ticketed events allow guests to celebrate the season along with some of their favorite Disney Characters while enjoying special entertainment and treats.

Boo-To-You Parade

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

This is your chance to get dressed up in your favorite Halloween costume and trick-or-treat inside the Magic Kingdom® Park!  Plus, many of your favorite Disney Characters come dressed for the party as well!  Since the theme of the party is “not-so-scary,” children of all ages will enjoy the festivities. Some of the night’s spooky entertainment includes special seasonal stage shows, a special Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade, and an awesome fireworks called Happy HalloWishes.  And of course, enjoy many of your favorite Magic Kingdom® Park attractions with shorter wait times!

2013 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Event Dates

  • Sep. 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 29
  • Oct. 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31
  • Nov. 1

Event Time:

7 pm  – midnight

Pricing:

Ticket prices start at $54+tax for kids 3-9 and at $59+tax for ages 10 and up.  Tickets prices vary by party date and the date of purchase (tickets cost more if you purchase them the same day as the party).

For safety, costumes must not be obstructive or offensive.  This is a special event which requires a separately priced event Theme Park ticket.  Pricing subject to change

 

Mickey and MinnieMickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Celebrate the season by attending a party overflowing with holiday cheer and wonderment for all ages. With Cinderella Castle’s lit up like an icicle, unlimited cookies and hot cocoa, magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.®,  and holiday music filling the air, you can’t help but to be in the Christmas spirit!   Entertainment highlights include seasonal stage shows, a special Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, and a fireworks spectacular called Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season, plus access to many of your favorite Magic Kingdom® Park attractions.

2013 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Event Dates

  • Nov. 8, 11, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22
  • Dec. 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20

Event Time:

7 pm – midnight

Pricing:

Ticket prices start at $57+tax for kids 3-9 and at $62+tax for ages 10 and up.  Tickets prices vary by party date and the date of purchase (tickets cost more if you purchase them the same day as the party).  Contact your Magic Maker® for more information on pricing for your requested party date.

This is a special event which requires a separately priced event Theme Park ticket.  Pricing subject to change without notice and availability.

NJ Teacher’s Week AND Wine & Dine Half Marathon Special 2013

April 3, 2013 Cheryl 0

JerseyWeek_Cheryl_HalfWhat are you doing November 2 – 10th, otherwise known as Teacher’s Week here in my home state of New Jersey?  Well, if you are thinking about a trip to Walt Disney World®, have I got a deal for you!!  You can save up to 36% off the regular room rates, plus there are also discounts available on tickets and dining packages as well.

Or maybe you are you a runner.   From the Half Marathon and Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K to the runDisney Kids Races, there’s something special for runners of all ages…plus plenty of on-course Disney entertainment at the annual Epcot® Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend. And for the perfect ending to an amazing nighttime run, top off the evening with an exclusive Finish Line Party at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival.  This year’s event is being held November 8th and 9th…just in time for these great discounts!!

Stay at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels between November 2 and November 10, 2013 and:

  • Save between 19 and 36% at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Standard View, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney’s All-Star Music Resort – Standard and Family Suites.

And to save your family even more by  turning your booking into a Magic Your Way® Package by adding discounted Magic Your Way® Tickets and Dining Plan!  As always, you can customize that Magic Your Way® Package to fit your family’s needs by adding a Dining Plan and the Park Hopper® Option!  These special Magic Your Way® tickets even come with a special bonus!!

Booking Dates:

Book now – September 26, 2013

Contact me today for your no obligation free quote!

Save up to 30% at Walt Disney World® Resorts this summer!!

April 2, 2013 Cheryl 0

Disney's Polynesian ResortThis summer, things will really be heating up at the Walt Disney World® Resort!   Guests can cool off  by visiting one of two water parks – Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park or Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – by taking a dip in one of their Resort hotel’s uniquely themed pool areas, by Soarin’® over California or down Expedition Everest®, or by saving some cool cash on your upcoming stay at a Walt Disney World® Resort Hotel!

Stay at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels most nights Jun. 13 – Aug. 14, 2013 and:

  • Save up to 30% at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Standard View, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa,Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s Boardwalk Villas, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, and Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Save up to 20% at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort,Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Cabins, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Save up to 15% at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites

And to save your family even more, turn your booking into a Magic Your Way® Package by adding a minimum 4-Day Magic Your Way® Ticket!  As always, you can customize that Magic Your Way® Package to fit your family’s needs by adding a Dining Plan, the Park Hopper® Option, or even the Water Park Fun & More Option!

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Book now – Jun. 14, 2013 for stays most nights Jun. 13 – Aug. 14, 2013

Contact me today for your no obligation free quote!

Two great ways for Disney Visa® Card Members to save at Walt Disney World® this summer!!

March 28, 2013 Cheryl 0

Fireworks Poly (1 of 4)This summer, things will really be heating up at the Walt Disney World® Resort, but Disney Visa® Cardmembers can save some cool cash on their upcoming stay at a Walt Disney World® Resort Hotel!

Stay at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels most nights Jun. 13 – Aug. 14, 2013 and:

  • Save up to 30% at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Standard View, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s Boardwalk Villas, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Save up to 20% at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort,Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Cabins, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge,   and The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Save up to 15% at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites

And to save your family even more, turn your booking into a Magic Your Way® Package by adding a minimum 4-Day Magic Your Way® Ticket!  As always, you can customize that Magic Your Way® Package to fit your family’s needs by adding a Dining Plan, the Park Hopper® Option, or even the Water Park Fun & More Option!

Booking Dates:

Book now – Jun. 14, 2013 for stays most nights Jun. 13 – Aug. 14, 2013

Remember, this promotion is available exclusively to Disney Visa® Cardmembers at this time. I will let you know if it becomes available to the general public.

Restaurant Review: Portobello

March 26, 2013 Cheryl 0
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Portobello is an Italian restaurant located at Walt Disney World®’s Downtown Disney between the Marketplace and Pleasure Island.  The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is one table service credit on the Disney Dining Plan for 2013.  Reservations are accepted up to 180 days in advance.

I had eaten at Portobello’s years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it, so on our last trip to Walt Disney World® I wanted to try it again.  We had gone to Typhoon Lagoon all day, and made dinner reservations for 7:10 pm.  Our plan was to head over to DisneyQuest after dinner for a few hours before bed.  Luckily, we had decided to stop in at DisneyQuest before dinner for a few hours, or I am not sure we would have gotten over at all, the service at the restaurant was that slow.

To be fair, there were several tables in our section alone (including ours) that had various types of food allergies, which required the chef to come out each time.  But all told we were there for well over two hours – and that long with a 6-year-old is over an hour too long!  I am not sure if it is always this way, but if it is I definitely wouldn’t recommend going there with kids.

They definitely hit the mark as far as Italian flavor and atmosphere – it felt and tasted like an authentic country Italian trattoria.  The meal started off with warm bread served with roasted garlic in olive oil….mmmm good! From there I ordered the Chicken Farfalle.  It normally comes with snow peas, asparagus, and tomatoes in a parmigiano cream sauce, but I omitted the snow peas and asparagus.  It was a lot of food, but the cream sauce was surprising light.  My husband ordered the Grilled Pork Chop, which was served with polenta, and Florida sweet peppers.  For not being a pork chop guy, he really liked it!   The restaurant has a pretty extensive menu – including a variety of pasta dishes, fish, chicken, beef, and pork – so there should be something for everyone.  The children’s menu isn’t quite as extensive, but includes the usual suspects – pizza, pastas, and even a chicken and steak.  My son went a little rogue and just ordered ziti with butter and some grated cheese, but they were happy to oblige.

Next we were on to dessert – always a hit with our family!!  I ordered the White Chocolate Custard – basically an Italian Crème Brulé – which was good-to-the-last-scrape-delicious!!  Being ice cream guys, my husband and son both ordered the Gelato Sundaes – which came with chocolate sauce, toffee crunch, whipped cream, and a cherry.  I was surprised my son liked the toffee, but he gobbled it up.  Maybe he was just excited to be almost done with the meal…so he could go back to DisneyQuest.

Service aside, the meal itself was delightful.  If you decide to go, hopefully your meal will not take over two hours to complete – and your wait staff will be a bit more attentive.

Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival Designers’ Stage Lineup of HGTV Stars

February 27, 2013 Cheryl 1

_MG_7543The 20th Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival at the Walt Disney World® Resort is set to begin in just 7-days!!  A popular part of this annual festival is the The Designers’ Stage, which is located inside the Festival Center.  Each weekend at noon and 3pm, some of your favorite HGTV designers present some tips and tricks to spruce up your home, covering everything from boosting your curb appeal to turning your backyard into a Disney wonderland!!

Check out this year’s lineup:

  •  Mar. 8-10 – Chris Lambton from Going Yard presenting “Going Yard for Your Lifestyle”
  •  Mar. 15-17 – Chris Grundy from DIY Network’s Cool Tools presenting “Keepin’ It Green with Grundy”
  • Mar. 22-24 – Egypt Sherrod from Property Virgins: presenting “Getting the Inside Scoop on HGTV’s Top Home Features for 2013″
  • Mar. 29-31 – Brandon Johnson from the popular show My Yard Goes Disney presenting “Bringing More Disney Inspiration and HGTV Design to Your Backyard”
  • Apr. 5-7 – Meg Caswell from  Meg’s Great Rooms will present “Discovering Design Tips to Personalize Your Space & Make a Good Room Great”
  • Apr. 12-14 – Jason Cameron from DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves presents “Desperate Landscapes… Where Do We Grow from Here?”
  • Apr. 19-21 – Sara Peterson the Editor-in-Chief, HGTV Magazine presents “Boosting Your Curb Appeal! 25 Easy Ideas from Front Doors to Flower Pots”
  • April 26-28 – Carter Oosterhouse from Million Dollar Rooms presents “Million Dollar Trends”
  • May 3-5 – Casey Noble from Design on a Dime presents “Creating Luxury Hotel Floral Arrangements in Your Home”
  • May 10-12 – Dan Faires from HGTV.com DanMade presents “Easy Ideas for Creating a Designer Garden”
  • May 17-19 – David Bromstad from HGTV Design Star, ColorSplash, and Design Star All-Stars presents “The Power of Color”

The Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival runs Mar. 6-May 19, 2013 and is included with regular park admission.  Who are you looking forward to seeing?

Valentine’s Day Proposals – Disney Style!

February 11, 2013 Cheryl 1

Disney engagement Koren Photography (2 of 2) With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, plenty of grooms-to-be are getting ready to pop the question to their future-queens! With so many options – from simple, out-of-the-way spots, to over-the-top locations…what a better place to do it than at a Disney Park?   Here are some ideas:

 

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  • Head over to the wishing well in front of Cinderella’s Castle, and make a wish to spend the rest of your lives together.
  • Take a walk along the beach at the Polynesian as the sun is setting, or during the Wishes show…nothing could be more romantic!
  • Head over the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and SDisney engagement Koren Photography (3 of 1)pa and get down on one knee on the Grand Staircase!
  • Reserve a balcony room with a view of IllumiNations or Wishes, order some champagne, and ask away.
  • Grab at PhotoPass Cast Member to capture the event….what could be a better backdrop to your love than an iconic Disney landmark such as the castle, France’s Eiffel Tower, or while meeting Mickey Mouse or another favorite character?
  • Plan a romantic dinner at your favorite restaurant – Le Cellier, Monsieur Paul, Narcoossee’s, and California Grill are all great options.
  • Take a firework cruise, and pop the question as you watch Wishes explode in the nighttime sky.
  • Go for a horse-drawn carriage ride down on the bayou, at Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside Resort.
  • Rent a Surrey and go for a bike ride around Disney’s Boardwalk, stopping at the gazebo forthe big moment.
  • Plan a scavenger hunt around the World Showcase, heading to all of the countries you have visited (or want to visit) together, and then get down on one knee in a romantic spot at your favorite.  Italy anyone?
  • Go shopping for Mickey ears, and suggest the bride and groom ones!
  • Hire your own photographer to capture your magic moment!  The pictures featured in this blog were taken by Koren Photography.

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  • Carnation Plaza Gardens located to the left of Sleeping Beauty Castle and the New Orleans Square staircases between the Blue Bayou Restaurant and the New Orleans Square Railroad Station are both romantic spots to ask your love to spend their life with you.
  • Plan a romantic dinner at your favorite restaurant – Blue Bayou Restaurant, Wine Country Trattoria, and Napa Rose are all great options.
  • Grab at PhotoPass Cast Member to capture the event…what could be a better backdrop to your love than an iconic Disney landmark such as the castle, Paradise Pier, or while meeting Mickey Mouse or another favorite character?
  • Ask one of the Disney entertainers to perform your special someone’s favorite song before you perform the proposal of a lifetime.

Did you get engaged at a Disney Park?  Congratulations!!  Please share your story with us.

 

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Two new interactive experiences announced at Walt Disney World

January 23, 2013 Cheryl 0
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The Walt Disney World® Resort has announced two new interactive experiences to their Theme Parks this spring!

Bring out your inner Russell (from Disney•Pixar film Up) and  become a Wilderness Explorer in Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. Using field guides, Guests will be able to help complete challenges and earn badges throughout the park. With over 30 different badges,Wilderness Explorers will be a fun new way to experience the park!

Have you always wanted to be a pirate?  Inside the Adventureland® Area of Magic Kingdom® Park, you can soon take part in A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas. Fight off pirate enemies like Captain Barbossa and Royal Navy, and earn a place in Captain Jack’s new crew.  Using their pirate map and magic talisman, Guests will be able to complete five different pirate raids and  help find the missing treasures. Unlike the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom® game, this new adventure will not be a card-powered game.

 Although no official dates have been announced, Wilderness Explorers and A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas are planned to open this spring.   Keep posted here for future updates!

Save up to 30% on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels this spring!!

January 3, 2013 Cheryl 0

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Happy New Year – again!  Now you can save up to 30%* at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Feb. 18 – March 23 and April 2 – June 14, 2013.  And, if you add a minimum of a 4-Day Magic Your Way Tickets to make it a package, you get a discount on the tickets too!

Offer Details:

Disney Value and Moderate Resorts

For stays most nights Feb. 18 – March 23 and April 2 – June 14, 2013:

  • Save up to 25% at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Cabins
  • Save up to 20% at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Save up to 15% at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites

Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts

For stays most nights Feb. 18 – March 23 and April 2 – June 14, 2013:

  • Save up to 30% at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Disney’s Beach Club Resort Villas, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard view rooms), Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Save up to 20% at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort (including Villas), Disney’s Polynesian Resort (excluding Club Level rooms), Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (excluding Club Level rooms) and Disney’s Contemporary Resort (excluding Club Level rooms)

Add a minimum of 4-Day Magic Your Way Tickets to make it a package and get a discount on the tickets too!**

Sample Pricing: 

For example, book a 5-night, 6-day Magic Your Way Package, including Theme Park tickets, at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort and save $250, with a total package price of $1,593 for a family of four (for stays most nights Feb. 24 – March 7, 2013 and April 7 – May 23, 2013). That’s like paying $67 per person, per day!***

Booking Window:

  • Book Jan. 3 – March 7, 2013 for travel Feb. 18 – March 23, 2013
  • Book Jan. 3 – March 31, 2013 for travel April 2 – June 14, 2013

Contact me today to book your spring Walt Disney World vacation today!!

Cheryl Tennant Koren • Magic Maker
Off to Neverland Travel®
An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner

email:  cheryl.koren@offtoneverland.com
web:  cherylkoren.offtoneverland.com
Facebook:  facebook.com/CherylKorenOffToNeverlandTravel
phone:  856.237.5942

 

* The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length of stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per adult charges apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required. Excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas and is not valid at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid rooms.

** Everyone in the room must be on the same package. Savings based on the non-discounted price of the same ticket.

*** Price based on 2 adults, 1 junior, and 1 child in a standard room. Tickets are valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use.