Sara’s Snippets – December 18, 2014 – STK to Open in Disney Springs in 2015

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans! 

The Landing area of Disney Springs has added yet another fine dining establishment to its line-up. STK Orlando is scheduled to open in Disney Springs in 2015. STK is a modern, sleek take on a steakhouse, operated by The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. The Disney Springs location will be the largest STK so far at 14,000 square feet in a two-story building. STK has locations in eight other cities including New York, Las Vegas, and London. 

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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Sara’s Snippets – December 17, 2014 – Tusker House Adds Character Dinner in 2015

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Tusker House is one of my favorite restaurants in all of Walt Disney World – great food, fun character interactions, what's not to like? My only complaint was that the characters only appeared at breakfast and lunch. So I am extremely excited that beginning March 8, 2015, Tusker House will be adding characters at dinner! 

So now I can indulge in my favorite seafood stew, israeli couscous, and delicious desserts, and get to see Donald and his friends after a day at Animal Kingdom! There is also spit-roasted meats, a salad bar with unusual offerings (and a great bread selection), and vegetarian options!

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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Sara’s Snippets – December 11, 2014 – Adventures by Disney Introduces Spain and Tuscany Adventures for 2015

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Adventures by Disney will be offering two new European Adventures in 2015 – Spain and Tuscany! The Tuscany Adventures features a foodie's dream 6-night itinerary with truffle hunting, pasta and pizza making lessons, and more. The 8-night Spain Adventures is a blend of art, history, and culture with stops in Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, and more. 

If you have not experienced an Adventures by Disney vacation, what are you waiting for? Contact your Travel Planner today for details. 

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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Sara’s Snippets – December 10, 2014 – ‘Frozen Fun’ at Disneyland Resort

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

For a limited time beginning January 7, 2015, Disneyland guests will be able to enjoy some "Frozen Fun." Disney California Adventure will host the "For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing Along Celebration", "Olaf's Snow Fest", "Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome", and the "Freeze the Night! Family Dance Party". Previews begin December 20, 2014. And don't forget Olaf's Frozen Ice Rink and Anna & Elsa's Boutique – both located in Downtown Disney District!

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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Sara’s Snippets – December 4, 2014 – Turner Classic Movies to Update The Great Movie Ride

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Disney's Hollywood Studios is getting a bit of a facelift. With the Sorcerer's Hat being removed next month, it is time to turn more attention to the newly revealed Great Movie Ride. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will now host The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The queue will get digital movie posters, the exterior of the building will reflect the new TCM branding, and TCM Host Robert Osborne will narrate the pre-show and the attraction. The refurbishment is scheduled to begin in early 2015 and will be completed Spring 2015!

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios

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Sara’s Snippets – December 3, 2014 – Star Wars Weekends 2015

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Did your heart skip a beat when the new trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was released last week? Then this news should be (John Williams) music to your (Mickey) ears! 

Star Wars Weekends are returning to Disney's Hollywood Studios May 15 – June 14, 2015. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during that period, Hollywood Studios will be filled with Star Wars celebrities, characters, merchandise, and more!

Weekend I: May 15 – 17
Weekend II: May 22 – 24
Weekend III: May 29 – 31
Weekend IV: June 5 – 7
Weekend V: June 12 – 14

And in even better news, the wildly popular Star Wars character meals are returning! The Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast will be offered daily between May 15 – June 14, 2015 at the Sci Fi Dine-In Theater from 8am – 11 am and will feature Darth Vader, Greedo, Jawas, and StormTroopers. 

Jedi Mickey's Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine will take place daily from May 15 – June 14, 2015, from 4:15 pm – 8:00 pm and will include the Fantasmic! Dining Package! This meal will feature Disney characters dressed as Star Wars characters – Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, etc. 

Advanced reservations are open for booking NOW by calling 407-WDW-DINE!

Be well and may the force be with you!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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Sara’s Snippets – November 20, 2014 – Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure Ending 11/30

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

The Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure is a night-time experience inspired by Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland." Guests go down the rabbit hole for a party like no other with live music, dancing, and more. Sadly, the rabbit hole is closing and the Mad T Party will be held for the last time on November 30, 2014. No announcement has been made regarding what will replace this event. 

So get over to Disney California Adventure for one last dance with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum!

The Snippet's will be on vacation next week so I am wishing you and yours a safe, healthy, and very Happy Thanksgiving!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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Sara’s Snippets – November 19, 2014 – Citrico’s to Host Princess Breakfast/Brunch During CRT Rehab

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Cinderella's Royal Table will be closing on January 8, 2015 for a scheduled rehab that will end sometime in March 2015. In the interim, Citrico's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort will host a Princess breakfast/brunch beginning January 8, 2015. Guests can choose from a menu featuring both breakfast and brunch items. 

Cinderella will greet guests upon their arrival and other Disney Princesses will visit guests at their tables while they dine. The Princess breakfast/brunch will be held from 8:00 am – 2:20 pm. The cost is $49.99 per adult (ages 10+), and $31.99 per child (ages 3 – 9). This meal will be two table service credits on the Disney Dining Plan. 

Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can begin booking this meal by calling 407-WDW-DINE on December 3, 2014. All other guests can book by phone on December 4, 2014. 

Be well and make magic wherever you go! 

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

Cítricos at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Satisfies with Mediterranean Cuisine

Citrico's at Disney Grand Floridian Resort and Spa – Photo Courtesy of Disney®

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Sara’s Snippets – November 13, 2014 – Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line to Offer Enhanced Access to EpiPens

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Beginning in late 2014, guests who suffer from anaphlaxis (a life-threatening severe allergic reaction), will have better access to EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr.® and Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and onboard the
Disney Cruise Line

Nurses trained in EpiPen Auto-iInjectors will be at all First Aid stations during park hours. Guide Maps are now noted with the location of the EpiPen Auto-Injectors and increased signage will help guide guests to the appropriate location. 

While guests with allergies known anaphlaxis should follow their prescribed treatment plan, this addition to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts will help guests with severe allergies breath a bit easier!  

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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Sara’s Snippets – November 12, 2014 – Winter Wonderland Ball on Disney Cruise Line

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Disney Cruise Line is celebrating the holidays with "Very MerryTime" cruises between now and New Year's. All four of the Disney Cruise Line ships AND Castaway Cay are decking the halls! And this year, a few new events have been added to the line-up. 

- On the first night of each cruise, a tree-lighting ceremony featuring the Disney characters singing holiday carols kicks off your cruise in holiday style!

- On one night of each cruise, a Winter Wonderland Ball invites guests don their holiday apparel and join the Disney Princesses for a Ball in the Atrium. Dancing, singing, and holiday treats culmiante in an appearance my Santa and Mrs. Claus!

- Holiday carolers clad in Dickensian costumes will make appearances throughout the cruise

All this plus the existing Disney Cruise Line traditions such as an oversized Gingerbread house, holiday storytellers, and more! 

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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