Sara’s Snippets – April 17, 2014 – Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Easter is this Sunday, April 20, 2014, and Walt Disney World is celebrating. 

- The Easter Bunny and Mrs. Bunny are greeting guests in the Tour Guide Garden next to Town Hall in the Magic Kingdom.

- Epcot is hosting the Egg-Stravaganza 2014, now through Sunday, April 20, 2014. Purchase a map for $4.95 (maps available at Heritage Manor, Disney Traders, Port of entry, Pin Central, and the International Gateway), then use the map to find hidden Easter Eggs throughout the World Showcase. Bring your completed map to Disney Traders to receive a prize! 

- Easter Services will be held in the Fantasia Ballroom at Disney's Contemporary Resort on Sunday, April 20, 2014. Catholic Mass will be held at 8:00 am and 10:15 am, and the Protestant Service will be held at 9:00 am. 

If you are celebrating Passover, Walt Disney World offers Kosher meals that can be ordered at least 24 hours in advance by calling 407-WDW-DINE. According to Chabad of Orlando, several Walt Disney World quick service restaurants also have ready-to-eat kosher meals on hand without advance ordering: Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe, Pizzafari, Liberty Inn, and select resort food courts. Contact Disney Dining for more information!

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

'HOPPY' EASTER IN THE MAGIC KINGDOM: Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny ride in grand style down Main Street U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom April 4, 2010.  The floppy-eared bunnies are among the highlights of Easter holiday activities at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Sara’s Snippets – April 16, 2014 – Epcot After Hours Wind-Down

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

One of my favorite things to do at Walt Disney World is walk around the World Showcase as the park empties after Illuminations. The World Showcase is beautiful at night! Well, now I have a new way to enjoy Epcot – after hours!

Beginning April 17 and going through September 15, 2014, guests can enjoy a new event – the "Epcot After Hours Wind-Down." Choose from three locations – La Cava del Tequila in Mexico, Tutto Gusto in Italy, or the Rose & Crown Pub in the UK – to enjoy a beverage flight and small bites! For $35 per person, guests will enjoy one beverage flight per person (tequila in Mexico, wine in Italy, and beer in the UK) as well a sampling of small bites. Additional beverages can purchased for an additional fee. The event is held nightly from 9:20 pm – 11:00 pm, reservations are required and can be made by calling (407) WDW-DINE or inquiring at the Guest Services desk at Epcot. 

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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April 10, 2014 – Sara’s Snippets – Happy Birthday ‘it’s a small world’

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Disney's iconic attraction 'it's a small world' had its debut at the 1964 World's Fair in New York, 50 years ago today! Disney Parks around the globe are celebrating with a sing-along and you can participate too at SmallWorld50.com! At Walt Disney World, guests in the Magic Kingdom will have a sing along prior to the Festival of Fantasy Parade, Disneyland will actually be led in a sing-along by Richard Sherma, songwriter of the attractions catchy theme song.

Be well and him "it's a small world after all" wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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Sara’s Snippets – April 9, 2014 – Mouse Fan Travel on the PassPorter Moms Podcast

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Are you considering a Disney Cruise? Get the scoop straight from MEI-Travel & Mouse Fan Travel President & CEO, Beci Mahnken! Beci joined us on the PassPorter Moms Podcast this week to discuss the Disney Cruise Line. Why we love it, why it's worth it, and what other cruise lines she loves! 

Check it out at www.passporter.com/podcast

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner (and Co-Host of the PassPorter Moms Podcast!)

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Sara’s Snippets – April 3, 2014 – Updates to FastPass+ Planned

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

A Disney Parks Blog post yesterday brought wonderful news for Walt Disney World guests. Disney has announced that guests will soon be able to utilize more than three FastPass+ times per day. While guests will still only be able to book up to three FastPass+ per day in advance, once those original entitlements are used, guests will have the ability to book additional same day FastPass+ times.

Included in the same post was the very welcome news that Disney is working on a service enhancement to allow guests to utilize the FastPass+ service along with the park hopper option. 

No date has been announced for when these changes will take effect.

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

MyMagic+ Takes the Guest Experience to a New Level with MagicBands

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Sara’s Snippets – April 2, 2014 – Very Important Dates!

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Planning a Walt Disney World vacation can leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed. Much like the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, you may have the nagging sense that you are late for a very important date! So to help keep you organzied during the planning process here are a few of the very important dates:

- 180 days prior to check in: This is when you can make advanced dining reservations (ADR). ADRs can be made online at www.disneyworld.com/dining, by calling 407-WDW-DINE, or with the assistance of your amazing Mouse Fan Travel Planner. Popular meals such as dinner at Be Our Guest do book up 180 days in advance so be ready!

- 60 days prior to check in: This is when Walt Disney World resort guests can make their FastPass+ selections on the My Disney Experience site. This is also when WDW resort guests can complete Online Check-In for their reservation. 

- 45 days prior to check in: If you have booked a Walt Disney World package, final payment is due now. Chances are good that your Mouse Fan Travel planner has scheduled your final payment a few days early, to avoid any potential issues!

- 30 days prior to check in: Your MagicBands ship. Be sure to have your MagicBands customized prior to this date! Don't forget to pack your MagicBands in your carry on luggage as you will need them once you arrive at the Orlando airport!

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

MyMagic+ Takes the Guest Experience to a New Level with MagicBands

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Sara’s Snippets- March 27, 2014 – Star Wars Character Meals During Star Wars Weekends

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Star Wars Weekends will be held at Hollywood Studios, May 4 – June 15, 2014. And this year, Disney has added Star Wars-themed character meals to the line-up! 

Hollywood & Vine will host Jedi Mickey's Star Wars Dinner featuring Mickey and his friends dressed as their favorite Star Wars characters. The cost is $55.99 per adult (ages 10+) and $33.99 per child (ages 3 – 9). Better yet – make it a Fantasmic! package for $59.99 per adult and $36.99 per child and get reserved seating at that night's Fantasmic!

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater will host the Star Wars Galactic Dine-In Breakfast and will feature actual Star Wars characters such as Stormtroopers, Jawa, Greedo, Boba Fett, and Darth Vader. $47.99 per adult (ages 10+) and $29.99 per child (ages 3 – 9). 

Both meals include a digital download of a photo of your group with a character. 

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios

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Sara’s Snippets – March 26, 2014 – Disney Cruise Line Charts New Course for Norway in Summer 2015

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

'Frozen' fever is rampant in Disney Parks but now has made it to the Disney Cruise Line as well! In the Summer of 2015, Disney Cruise Line will explore the Norwegian fjords for the first time in addition to Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The Disney Magic will sail Northern European and Baltic itineraries in June and July of 2015 before returning to the Mediterranean in August 2015. 

The Disney Wonder will be returning to Alaska in the Summer of 2015 to sail 7-night cruises while the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy will hold down the fort in Port Canaveral sailing Bahamas and Caribbean itineraries. 

The Magic and the Wonder will also have some interesting repositioning and shorter cruises en route to their summer Ports. The Wonder will have a 2-night and a 3-night "getaway" cruise out of San Diego in May 2015, and the Magic will have an Eastbound Transatlantic cruise in May 2015 that includes a stop in NYC!

For details on these and other 2015 itineraries, please contact your favorite MEI-Travel & Mouse Fan Travel planner! Early Booking Savings typically offer the best deal on Disney Cruise Line. Platinum and Gold Castaway Club members can book today, March 26, 2014 by phone only, and all other guests can book on March 27, 2014. 

Be well and make "Magic" wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

A gorgeous Fjord in Norway. Photo Courtesy of Disney®

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Sara’s Snippets – March 20, 2014 – Boma Extends Hours for Easter and Mother’s Day

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Will you be at Walt Disney World for Easter or Mother's Day? Thanks to extended hours, you can now enjoy brunch at Boma at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. On Sunday, April 20, 2014, and Sunday, May 11, 2014, this buffet will serve breakfast/brunch beginning at 7:30 am until 2:00 pm. It will reopen at 4:00 pm for the dinner buffet. 

Reservations can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE or online at www.disneyworld.com/dining

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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Boma at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Photo Courtesy of Disney®

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Sara’s Snippets – March 19, 2014 – ‘Frozen’ Characters Move to Magic Kingdom

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

A recent snippet focused on the popularity of the "Frozen" character meet in Norway, and the long lines to see Anna and Elsa. 

Good news! Beginning on April 20, 2014, Anna and Elsa will be moving to Princess Fairytale Hall in the Magic Kingdom and, best of all, FastPass+ will be available for this attraction.  Hopefully this means that more Frozen fans will get to meet their beloved sisters with shorter wait times. 

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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