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

Mad T Party

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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

Guide Map Showing EpiPen AutoInjecter location. Courtesy of Mylan® and Disney®

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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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Sara’s Snippets – November 6, 2014 – Memory Maker Now Available After Vacation

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Did you forget to order Memory Maker before your trip? Did you hesitate to purchase Memory Maker while at Walt Disney World, only to get home and realize you want every single PhotoPass photo taken during your trip? Good news! 

Guests now have the ability to purchase Memory Maker after their trip. This will also entitle guests to the videos that are exclusive to Memory Maker! The price for Memory Maker post-vacation is $199, so it is still a better deal to purchase Memory Maker at least 14 days PRIOR to your vacation for the discounted price of $149. But at least now, guests can still get in on the fun after thier vacation!

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

 

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Sara’s Snippets – November 5, 2014 – ‘A Frozen Holiday Wish’

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans! 

Tonight marks the debut of a new holiday season show at the Magic Kingdom. 'A Frozen Holiday Wish' will appear nightly on the Castle Forecourt Stage immediately preceeding Wishes. The show will feature Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf from "Frozen" and the big finale has Elsa transforming Cinderella Castle. 

'A Frozen Holiday Wish' will run from November 5 – December 31, 2014. 

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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Photo Courtesy of Disney®

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Sara’s Snippets – October 31, 2014 – PhotoPass Treats

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Just in time for Halloween, Disney's PhotoPass Service has a new treat for Walt Disney World guests. All guests wearing their MagicBands will have their ride photos linked to their My Disney Experience account. 

Guests without MagicBands can now link their attraction photos with their RF-enabled media (park ticket or PhotoPass card) via new touch points on the photo preview wall. The implementation of this new technology has already begun at the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, and will be completed at Epcot and Animal Kingdom by mid-November.

All guests can also view their ride videos and animated magic shots on their My Disney Experience account. Only guests with the Memory Maker photo package will be able to download the videos and animated magic shots. 

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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Sara’s Snippets – October 29, 2014 – Disney Cruise Line Early 2016 Itineraries

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

Disney Cruise Line has announced that it will add Tortola and Martinique to select sailings in early 2016. The Disney Fantasy will sail 7-night Eastern Caribbean sailings out of Port Canaveral that will include a stop in Tortola on January 2, 16, 30, February 13, 27, March 12, 26, and April 9, and 23, 2016. The Disney Magic will sail 7-night Eastern Caribbean sailings out of Port Canaveral that include a stop in Tortola on April 3 and 17, 2106.

The Disney Wonder will return to San Juan, Puerto Rico in January 2016 for 7-night Southern Caribbean cruises that include a stop in Martinique. The dates are January 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2016. Early 2016 sailings open for booking to Gold and Platinum Castaway Club Members TODAY and to the general public tomorrow, 10/30/14.

Contact your Mouse Fan Travel Planner today to get a no-obligation quote for your magical Disney Cruise Line vacation!

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

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Sara’s Snippets – October 23, 2014 – Wet ‘n Wild Orlando

Greetings fellow Mouse Fans!

I'm concluding our series on the Universal Orlando Resort with a visit to Wet 'n Wild – Orlando's premier water park. Wet 'n Wild is the oldest water park in Central Florida but don't let that fool you! This water park features updated attractions and water play areas for the entire family. With more multi-rider attractions than any other water park in the area, Wet 'n Wild lets the whole family enjoy the fun together!

Fully owned and operated by Universal Orlando, Wet 'n Wild admission can be added to your Universal Orlando package. Wet 'n Wild even offers their own version of Express Pass – for an additional fee during the busy season, this option can be added to your water park admission and gets you to the front of the line of the most popular water slides! There is also a Unlimited BBQ buffet. 

My favorite part was the brand new water play area  - Blastaway Beach. This six-story castle with two pools, 15 slides, and over 160 water play elements means that everyone from little swimmers to adults can enjoy the fun. 

Wet 'n Wild is a great option to add to any Universal Orlando vacation!

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner

Blastaway Beach at Wet 'n Wild

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blastaway Beach at Wet 'n Wild

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Sara’s Snippets – October 17, 2014 – Diagon Alley

Greetings fellow Muggles!

Diagon Alley at Universal Studios is the latest addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Guests have two ways to enter Diagon Alley – through the London streetscape in Universal Studios or on the Hogwarts Express from Hogsmeade. (Note – Guests must have the Park to Park Option on their park admission in order to ride the Hogwarts Express as the ride starts in one park and ends in the other.) 

No matter how you enter Diagon Alley, prepare to be blown away. Universal has set a new benchmark for attention to details! Guests who have read the Harry Potter Series or seen the movies will find themselves immediately immersed in the world they know so well. Every building, every shop window, is eerily perfect in its replication.  

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is the cannot miss attraction in Diagon Alley. As you enter Gringotts and pass by the Goblin bankers, you move farther into the earth to board your ride vehicle. Part simulator, part roller coaster, I found this attraction to be less intense than the Forbidden Journey attraction over in Hogsmeade but still heart-pounding!

AFTER riding Escape from Gringotts, head over to the Leaky Cauldron for lunch and enjoy traditional UK fare – bangers and mash, fish and chips, cottage pie, and more. And don't forget to stop at Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour for some Butterbeer Ice Cream! 

Be well and make magic wherever you go!

Sara Varney
Travel Planner
 

Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley

 

 

 

 

 

Keep an eye on the dragon atop Gringotts – he roars and breathes fire!

Diagon Alley Preview

 

 

 

 

 

The lobby of Gringotts

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