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Do you have a holiday vacation planned to Walt Disney World? First, man you are lucky! Secondly make sure to add some of these holiday activities to your tip!

  1. Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine! From November 7th until January 6th join Minnie and friends for a festive holiday dinner party. Delicious food and characters in their holiday finery do not disappoint!
  2. Holidays Around the World at Epcot! Partake in the food, music, and holiday celebrations of the counties located in the World Showcase! There is even a nightly visit from Santa!
  3. Candlelight Processional! You have never heard the story of Christmas quite like this! A celebrity narrator is accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and several choirs. This shows take place three times daily between November 25th and December 30th!
  4. Make sure to schedule extra time in Epcot for Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season! Give your ears a special treat and enjoy seasonal sounds mixed with gospel, R&B, jazz and urban melodies. Check it four times daily at the Future World Fountain Stage!
  5. Seasonal-themed treats! The treats speak for themselves. No explanation needed here correct?
  6. Disney Resort Holiday Room celebrations! Disney Floral offers fun Holiday themed gifts that will magically show up in your Disney resort room. You can check them out here!
  7. Enjoy the Christmas decorations! Disney definitely understands the phrase “go big or go home.” Make sure to leave some time in your schedule for a Christmas tree tour. You will find beautifully decorated trees at all the resorts, parks, and even Disney Springs!
  8. Gingerbread houses! These gingerbread houses are really amazing! My favorite is located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Not only can you bask in their beauty and delicious scent, BUT also purchase treats to take home! YUM!
  9. New this year to Hollywood Studios is Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam! This nighttime spectacular is packed with special effects, holiday music, and of course fireworks!
  10. If you are thinking about making time for Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, why not make it even more special by attending the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Party? This special ticketed event will immerse you in the spirit of the season with delicious treats, specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, AND the chance to mingle with a VIP Disney Character. If that wasn’t amazing enough you will also have reserved viewing of the Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam! Holiday spectacular.
  11. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! This special ticketed event won’t disappoint when it comes to Christmas fun. Special entertainment, treats, and meet and greets with special characters can’t be missed.
  12. Finally, if you are already attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you can sweeten your evening with the Holiday Wishes Dessert Premium Package. You will have reserved seating to Mickey’s Once upon a Christmastime Parade, delicious desserts and finally an amazing view of Holiday Wishes Celebrate the Spirit of the Season fireworks show! Make sure to get your tickets for this special party. It often sells out!

Are you looking for some holiday fun for your next holiday Disney vacation? Disney has you covered. Need more help? I am here! My name is Lizeth and I am a Disney Travel Specialist. Contact me at Lizeth@TravelWithTheMagic.com, on Facebook or by phone at 1-800-670-4312, ext. 143.

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Holiday Magic at Disney Springs

by admin on December 1, 2016

 

 

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There is nothing more magical than Walt Disney World during the holiday season! There are so many wonderful things to do and see at the theme parks, it is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. If you are wondering what to do when you are not visiting a park, let me share some of the magical happenings you can enjoy at Disney Springs during this holiday season!

First, you must take a stroll through the Christmas Tree Trail, new to Disney Springs this year. Stop by Starbucks for a peppermint mocha or hot chocolate to sip on during your walk through this winter wonderland filled with adorable Disney themed trees. Holiday music plays in the background while snow gently falls above. You will find the entrance to the Christmas Tree Trail in the Marketplace near Mickey’s Pantry.

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There are 15 different trees along the trail:

  • Mickey & Minnie Mouse
  • Disney Villains
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Cinderella
  • Mary Poppins
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • Frozen
  • The Jungle Book
  • Mulan
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • Tangled
  • The Muppets
  • Alice in Wonderland

Each tree has so much personality. Be sure to take a few moments to get a closer look at the details.

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Stop by Santa’s Chalet to meet Jolly Old St. Nick! You can find him in the Marketplace across from the Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop. When meeting Santa, there is a simple process to follow.

  1. Check in at the podium.
  2. Receive a pager from one of Santa’s helpers.
  3. Shop! Eat! Enjoy!
  4. When you receive a page from Santa’s helpers, return to the podium within 10 minutes.
  5. Take your place in line to meet Santa!

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It’s just that easy! What a fun Disney memory for your children to meet Santa, tell him their Christmas wish and capture a keepsake photo.  You can take your own pictures or use PhotoPass. If you purchased Memory Maker, these photos will be included.

A new holiday show lights up the sky at night at Disney Springs this year! Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration is a spectacular nighttime holiday show that is sure to not disappoint. Holiday music plays while 300 drones illuminate the sky and create a beautiful display. It’s absolutely amazing! For the best viewing, find a spot near the West Side Dock by the waterfront. Nightly performances will be running now through January 8, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m..

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While these are my top 3 must see experiences at Disney Springs this holiday season, there are several other experiences to check out. There’s a nightly tree lighting ceremony at the Once Upon a Toy fountain play area as well as a holiday-themed DJ dance party with games and activities. Enjoy live entertainment, carolers and the toy soldier and snowflake stilt walkers. Disney Springs is alive with festive charm all around. Beautifully decorated holiday trees, lights, garland and so much more to immerse yourself in the joy of the season! If you are visiting Walt Disney World around the holidays, make plans to spend some time at Disney Springs.

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‘Tis the season to experience Disney Holiday Magic!

Are you ready to plan your holiday visit or give the gift of Disney memories this year? I would love to help you plan a magical vacation! Contact me today for your free, no obligation quote! Melanie@travelwiththemagic.com Find me on Facebook for more Disney tips!

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The Magic of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

June 14, 2016

  Every time I mention Universal Orlando to a friend or a client, the first thing they say is, “I really want to see the Harry Potter attractions!” As a very Muggle-like Muggle, I had never read any of the Harry Potter books or seen any of the movies until recently. When I found out […]

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Three things you should know about Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

June 9, 2016

When you’re choosing a Disney Resort Hotel for your family, there are so many choices, it can be a little overwhelming! It can be difficult to narrow them down, so I want to give you some information that will help you. Here are three things you should consider about Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside: The first […]

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Will I be Hungry on my Disney Cruise?

June 7, 2016

If there is one thing that is certain, it is that you won’t go hungry on a Disney Cruise Line cruise. There is literally food all around you, available 24 hours a day. In this post, I will touch on a few of the different options you have on your cruise just to give you […]

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Shopping at Walt Disney World: 5 Tips from a Disney Shopaholic

June 2, 2016

I admit it: I am a shopaholic – but only at Disney. There is just something about finding the best, most unique Disney item that I cannot resist. Part of my planning for each trip involves shopping and discovering new items for sale throughout Walt Disney World. So, I thought I’d share some shopping tips […]

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Five Reasons to Visit the Enchanted Tiki Room

May 31, 2016

  The Enchanted Tiki Room is located in Adventureland at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. This show is one of the all-time classics and was the first attraction to use audio-animatronics when it first opened on June 23, 1963 at Disneyland. It is believed that Walt Disney had a mechanical bird in a cage […]

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Cruising Disney Cruise Lines with Young Children

May 26, 2016

It’s no secret that Disney knows families. So what’s the perfect family cruise? A Disney Cruise of course! With 4 ships and itineraries all over the globe, adventure is just around the corner! If you have a younger child, you may not be sure if a Disney Cruise is for you. Here are some wonderful […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

May 24, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of May 23, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option […]

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Chip n’ Dale Critter Breakfast at Storytellers Cafe

May 24, 2016

    Going to Disneyland anytime soon? If so, you HAVE to give Chip n’ Dale’s Critter Breakfast at Storytellers Café a shot! Storytellers Café is located inside Disneyland’s Grand Californian Resort and Spa. You can enter via the hotel’s main entrance, Downtown Disney, or by the private entrance from California Adventure. The setting and […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

May 23, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of May 22, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option […]

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5 Reasons to Watch Festival of the Lion King

May 19, 2016

The Festival of the Lion King is a 30 minute, action packed show fun for all ages at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. While there are a lot of attractions that may divide your time while visiting this park, be sure not to miss the Festival of the Lion King. Here are five reasons why: […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

May 18, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of May 18, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option […]

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Beat the Heat at Walt Disney World

May 17, 2016

  Summer time in Florida is hot. There’s just no way around it. But it’s also a very popular time to visit Walt Disney World so I’m here to give you some tips on how to beat the heat when visiting the Most Magical Place on Earth in the summer months. Disney has two water […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

May 13, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of May 13, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option […]

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Whispering Canyon Café, where good food meets a rootin’ tootin’ good time.

May 13, 2016

Does your family like to cut up and have good time all the while enjoying a delicious meal? Well, Disney World has the perfect restaurant that you need to try on your next visit, Whispering Canyon Café. Located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort, this unique eatery serves belly laughs by the dozen complete with tears […]

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Hoop Dee Doo Revue – Frequently Asked Questions

May 11, 2016

The Hoop Dee Doo Revue is a must see Dinner Show while visiting Walt Disney World! It’s a musical, vaudeville style show featuring lovable characters:  Claire de Lune, Johnny Ringo, Dolly Drew, Six Bits Slocum, Flora Long and Jim Handy! They sing, dance and joke their way right into your heart! These larger-than-life characters directly […]

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3 Great Things About Minnie and Friends Breakfast at Disneyland’s Plaza Inn

May 9, 2016

There are three great things about eating the breakfast buffet at Disneyland Park’s Plaza Inn. There is great history in the restaurant, delicious food, and delightful characters for you to meet. History: What better place to begin your day at the Disneyland Park than at one of the original restaurants! Plaza Inn, originally named the […]

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Walt Disney World Vacation Tips for All Ages

May 6, 2016

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a Disney vacation? You may think of it as a family vacation or a trip that is geared toward kids. It’s true that kids will love Walt Disney World and it is a perfect vacation for families; But it is not only […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

May 5, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of April 26, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available […]

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The Seasons of Walt Disney World

May 4, 2016

  “When is the best time to visit Walt Disney World?” This is the question I get most often when discussing vacation plans. Usually, the answer has to do with crowd levels and the weather. The way to beat the heat and the crowds is to visit in the cooler months when school is in […]

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The Best Restaurants You Don’t Need a Reservation For

May 2, 2016

  It’s a known fact that to get the first pick of reservation times at Disney restaurants, you have to book them six months in advance. But sometimes, we don’t always have the luxury of knowing when we are going to be on vacation, which often leads to a lack of availability at table service […]

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Five Great Reasons to Stay at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

April 29, 2016

No doubt, you’ve seen photos of this iconic Disney resort hotel. It’s a white, modern-looking A-shaped building with the monorail running through the middle of it. But here are some things you may not know, and Five reasons why this Disney hotel is a GREAT place to stay! Convenience. From this resort, you can walk […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

April 26, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of April 26, 2016 Magic Kingdom® Park Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available […]

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Sailing with Character

April 21, 2016

When you cruise with Disney Cruise Lines, you don’t just cruise, you cruise with characters. Imagine rubbing elbows with Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, dancing with Princesses, chatting with Jack Sparrow, even telling Santa Claus your Christmas Wishes – all this and more can happen on a Disney Cruise. For the most part, character greetings […]

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Pros and Cons of the Disney Dining Plan

April 19, 2016

When planning for a vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort, you are inundated with information. One of those things is whether or not you should add the Disney Dining Plan to your package. There are multiple variations of dining plans you can choose from, but today we are going to talk about the most […]

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10 Reasons You Why You Should Stay At Disneyland’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa

April 14, 2016

Napa Rose. This beautiful restaurant has a Napa Valley theme and specializes in California cuisine. It’s 16,000-bottle wine cellar offers a selection of 80 wines by the glass and an award winning list of over 450 international wines. You can even dine in the patio with a view of California Adventure! Storytellers Café is another […]

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Aladdin’s Oasis Paint The Night Dining Package– A Review

April 12, 2016

  Disneyland has 2 amazing ways to splurge on dining and get Preferred Viewing for the Paint The Night Parade! You can dine at Blue Bayou or Aladdin’s Oasis. Blue Bayou is a nice sit down restaurant in New Orleans Square; and Aladdin’s Oasis is small café located in Adventureland. At Aladdin’s Oasis, the Paint […]

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Main Street Confectionery

April 7, 2016

The Magic Kingdom is home to many fun attractions, funny shows, and great restaurants. What many people skip as they are busily on their way towards the castle are the wonderful stores lining Main Street. One of my favorite is the Main Street Confectionary. The amazing smell coming from the shop is the first thing […]

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Should I Use Online Check-In for My Walt Disney World Resort Hotel?

April 5, 2016

Walt Disney World is always working on new ways to enhance your stay. Technology has played a big part in the most recent enhancements. One service that I often get questions about is the Online Check-In option for Walt Disney World Hotels. What is Online Check-In? Online Check-in is available to all Walt Disney World […]

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Disney Land and Sea FAQ’s

April 1, 2016

Many of you may have read my article on Planning for Your First Land and Sea Adventure in which I outlined some of the key factors in preparing for a combination Walt Disney World trip and Disney Cruise Line trip. My husband and I planned this trip to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary despite the […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

March 31, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of March 30, 2016   Magic Kingdom® Park Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option […]

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Disney Cruise Line Senses Spa & Salon

March 25, 2016

If you sail on board the Disney Fantasy, Dream, or Magic, then you will have the opportunity to visit the tranquil Senses Spa and Salon where you can relax and enjoy a variety of beauty and spa treatments. Not to mention, there is also a salon where men and women can go to get a […]

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Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule

March 23, 2016

Updated Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule as of March 20, 2016   Magic Kingdom® Park Monorail – The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option […]

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Experience Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure

March 23, 2016

  Every child dreams of being a secret agent. And at Epcot, with Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, you can make that dream a reality. Dr. Doofenshmirtz, from “Phineas and Ferb” has tried to take over different countries around World Showcase. And it’s up to Agent P, with your help, to stop him. And along […]

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