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Friday, December 21, 2012

Disney Candlelight Processional and Free Disney Gift Card

Have you ever thought about visiting Disney World or Disneyland over the holidays?

Disney does a lot of things unbelievable for the holidays-lights, fireworks, costumes, food, etc.

However, my favorite thing Disney does is the Candlelight Processional. Here's a description of the event from Disney-

"Candlelight Processional is a special holiday event held nightly at the America Gardens Theatre in Epcot theme park as part of Holidays Around The World. The event retells the stirring story of Christmas with a special celebrity narrator † accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir.

Candlelight Processional is a terrific way to get in the Christmas spirit and to share the magic of the season with your family and friends. The event has become an essential family tradition for many Guests — once you experience it, you will be inspired to share it every year with the ones you love."


Disney World offers dinner packages that also allows you have to special seating for the show.

Disney also arranges for special narrators at the Candlelight Processional-check out this year's line up:


November 23 to November 25, 2012 — Geena Davis
November 26 to November 29, 2012 — Neil Patrick Harris
November 30 to December 1, 2012 — Whoopi Goldberg
December 2 to December 4, 2012 — Andy Garcia
December 5 to December 7, 2012 — Blair Underwood
December 8 to December 9, 2012 — James Denton
December 10 to December 13, 2012 — Jodi Benson
December 14 to December 16, 2012 — Lea Salonga
December 17 to December 19, 2012 — Alfre Woodard
December 20 to December 22, 2012 — Trace Adkins
December 23 to December 25, 2012 — Gary Sinise
December 26 to December 28, 2012 — Amy Grant
December 29 to December 30, 2012 — Marlee Matlin / Jack Jason

Think that's good? Check out the narrators at Disneyland!


Dec. 1-2: Dennis Haysbert (actor)*
Dec. 3-5: Kurt Russell (actor and Disney Legend)
Dec. 6-8: Edward James Olmos (actor)
Dec. 9-11: Lou Diamond Phillips (actor)
Dec. 12-13: Dick Van Dyke (actor and Disney Legend)
Dec. 14: Dennis Haysbert (actor)
Dec. 15-16: Patricia Heaton (actress)
Dec. 17-19: Molly Ringwald (actress)
Dec. 20: John Stamos (actor)


This is one show that you will never forget.

The video below doesn't do it justice to seeing it in person. It's also a bit long- you may want to skip through to see pieces of it.

Anyway, this should be on your "must see" bucket list. It's amazing. Maybe you can go next year!



Also- I'm giving away another free Disney Gift Card on my Facebook Page! If you haven't liked the page- do so, and find my post where I'm doing a giveaway! All you have to do is comment for  a chance to win! Click here to go to my page.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Doc is in!

I get asked a lot about characters-where are they and when can you meet them at Disney World or Disneyland.

Many of the characters are Disney Junior- everyone knows the Princesses and Mickey Mouse & Gang characters will be around.



In Disney World, Special Agent Oso, June from Little Einsteins, and Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates are already at Hollywood & Vine.

Starting February 15 in Disney World , there will be two new characters from Disney Junior- and these are two of the most asked about! Princess Sofia from Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins will be appearing at the Disney Junior-Live on Stage! Show at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The Little Einsteins and Handy Manny portion of the show will be removed from the show.

They will make the same changes in mid March at Disneyland, for the same show located at Disney California Adventure.

The Disney Junior-Live on Stage (I almost typed Love on Stage...definitely not a Disney show!) is a fun event you have to see, especially if you have a small child in your house. It's a live version of the show, and the characters pop up on stage. There are interactive events with the crowd, such as bubbles coming from the ceiling- this happened when Handy Manny was trying to fix a washing machine. I'm sure they will have some fun new ideas for Doc and Sofia!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Disneyland App, Drew Brees, and Christmas Mickey!

Happy Friday! I have a smorgasbord of Disney news for you today.

First, this is THE Disneyland app you HAVE TO HAVE! It's aaaamazing! It has been updated recently- you get a virtual tour of the Disneyland, California Adventure, Disneyland hotels, and Downtown Disney.

Certain attractions have photos, others have video, and others are games! It's a blast. My favorite is the "It's a Small World" game! It's a great way to bring Disneyland with you in your pocket-especially if you are going to the park for the first time!

You can even create your own "World of Color" show!

If you are thinking about a trip, going on a trip, want to remember a trip... or just want to play around, the "Disneyland Explorer" app is a must have! It's available on iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch. Check it out!




Have a football player in your home?
The Drew Brees Passing Academy and Tournament is coming to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World on June 27-30, 2013! What a fun trip that would be. It's open to all skill levels, but it's expected some of the nations best high schoolers will be involved. You'll get elite instruction from Drew Brees, Superbowl MVP QB of the New Orleans Saints, as well as other NFL players and coaches! They'll also participate in a 7 on 7 competition. All proceeds are going to benefit the Brees Dream Foundation, to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and provide care, education and opportunities for children and families in need.

What a trip- you could visit Disney World, and your football player could experience this one in a lifetime opportunity with Drew Brees- who knows, maybe they will make it to the NFL one day too! I would love to help someone plan this trip. You can sign up for the Drew Brees Passing Academy and Tournament at www.ksaevents.net.

Here's what Mr. Brees had to say about the event!



And now, let's end this week with a little bit of Christmas!

Here's another reason Disney is the best. I've talked about this before, but you can see just how awesome it is in the video below- Disney has created costumes that actually talk and blink! Your children (and you) will be amazed. In Disney World, you'll see the animated characters during the shows at Cinderella's Castle. Check out Mickey in this video from last year... a fun Disney World version of "Twas the Night Before Christmas!






Monday, December 10, 2012

NOT Oprahs Favorite Things- but my Favorite Disney things Part 2!

If you missed Part 1-find it here.

The intention of these blog posts are to share with you my favorite things Disney related-maybe you can use them to prepare for your trip, on your trip, or a fun way to remind you of your trip...or heck, they are just fun Disney-ish gifts!


First up is something I'm in love with. You actually have to be staying on property, as it takes place in your room. It's called "Dreaming of a Disney Christmas."This is something you and your family would never forget, and that's the entire point of going on a Disney vacation.

This is surefire to be a lifetime memory, like the time your Uncle Ned couldn't stop farting at the dinner table on Thanksgiving. And if that hasn't happened to you, then one of two things is true:

1) You're lying  or
2) Your time is coming either this holiday season or next.

This takes place in your room while you're gone- you are out eating or visiting the parks, and you come home to a wonderful surprise!

Here's some pictures I pulled from the Disney site- you'll get all of this as part of the package. Look at all of the personalization you'll get- this is something you can use for years.




Look at the pillow below- Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!




I also love the Toon Town Times that will feature your family name. Your kids will be amazed.

And you'll also get a banner with ornaments that has everyone's name!



I think this would be the perfect Christmas surprise. I can order this for you, if you are staying before Christmas and are on site. You can also visit www.disneyflorist.com


Next on my favorite things- a photo book!


My husband gets me one of these each year for our family, kind of a year in review. It's the perfect way to remember your Disney trip... and actually do something with all of those photos!

Shutterfly always has their photo books on sale, and you can also usually get free shipping. The colors pop off the page. It'll take a little bit of work- decided what photos to include, uploading photos, and then arranging the book. It's worth it-you'll cherish the book forever, and it's one more way to remember your family at that certain age.

Here's a link to their site.

Click here to read the rest!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Fantasyland Grand opening at Magic Kingdom

What a monumental time at Disney World!



Magic Kingdom got a little more magical yesterday. Restaurants, rides, castles, characters.... Disney has added so much with this expansion!

Check it out for yourself. Here's a link to some great photos from Disney of the opening.

I'm also sharing some great videos from Inside the Magic.

The first video is the entire ceremony that took place in front of Cinderella's Castle. From classic Disney songs sung by Jordan Sparks, to rare characters, to the actual comments- this ceremony was immaculate. Putting this together was no small task, but Disney knocked it out of the park.




This next one is a preview of the new Seven Drawfs Mine Train, slated to open in 2014. It looks like a great family ride! Yet another reason to visit Disney World.





It's an exciting time for Disney theme parks.

One effect- this is going to get all of the attention... and it will be jammed packed for awhile, at least in the immediate future. It will probably attract people away from other attractions, meaning less wait times there...so it will have both a positive and negative in that regard. However, you could certainly plan on spending two days at Magic Kingdom now.


Here's another video from ABC-a fun look inside the new area!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Dragons and Free Flights!

To hit the hot topic of the moment- Disney FINALLY premiered the Flying Dragon that has been much rumored about the past 6 months- the rumor really got hot last spring, and Disney has teased it ever since. It was thought the Disney Dragon could have been for a Disney theme park overseas....but alas, it's for Fantasyland!

This is stunning. Again, Disney leaves me with my mouth wide open. Imagine taking this in-where else could you view a flying, fire-breathing, life size dragon?

There's many questions as to how often we'll see the Disney Dragon. There's a nice article here that details some of the Disney Dragon's journey from rumor to actual flight.






Here's also a little vacation advice. One of the most expensive parts of a trip is typically airfare. My job is to maximize your vacation-so you get the most bang for your buck! Here's a way for you to get free airfare- and no, it's not on the back of the DIsney Dragon!

Click for free flights!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Cars Land at Disney World

When, there's smoke, there's usually fire.

It sounds like Disney will hopefully be soon be pouring gasoline over this fire, and let it out there: They will construct a Cars Land at Disney World, in Hollywood Studios.

The DIS is reporting that the Lights, Motors, Action! and the Backlot Tour will be cleared to make room for an expansion in Pixar Place (finally... I think Pixar should be an entire theme park!)

This has been rumored for some time, and it appears that the wheels are in motion (pun intended).

Disney World will certainly have something for everyone in your family if it didn't before- Cars and Princesses-on top of everything else they have to offer... you know, Tower of Terror, Splash and Space Mountain, um the entire Magic Kingdom, the renovated Test Track... the list could go on.

Take a look at what Disney Land offers. No guarantee what from Cars Land will make it to Disney World, but it's going to be great!




Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Disney Cruise Line 2014 Itineraries

The Disney Cruise Line 201 itineraries have been released and they are a little different from years past. All Disney ships will be sailing out of Florida for 2014 and the land/sea packages are back! I love that the Land/Sea packages have returned because it is so much easier to set up for clients who would like to do the Walt Disney World and a Disney Cruise. What a wonderful Christmas present! Contact me if you would like a quote! disneytripexpert@gmail.com



Sailing from Port Canaveral3- and 4-night Bahamas
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Dream departures Jan. 2 - Aug. 31, 2014; Disney Magic departures  Jan. 6 – May 16, 2014
7-night Eastern Caribbean
• Ports: Port Canaveral, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan. 11 - Aug. 23, 2014
7-night Western Caribbean 
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan. 4 – April 26, 2014
7-night Western Caribbean, including Jamaica
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures May 10 – Aug. 30, 2014
Sailing from Miami4-night Bahamas
• Ports: Miami, Castaway Cay, Nassau, Key West
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 15 - April 23, 2014
5-night Caribbean
• Ports: Miami, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 10 - April 18, 2014
5-night Caribbean, including Castaway Cay
• Ports: Miami, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 19 - April 27, 2014

Monday, December 3, 2012

HGTV Visits Disney World, Fantasyland style

Disney put together an entertaining episode of HGTV's House Hunters International. It's a fun video-boy, do Belle and Beast have some nice options. It's a fun way to remind you of the Dec 6th (3 days away!) and to see the new area. Hope they got a good interest rate on their mortgage!