Thursday, December 27, 2012

New sail dates added to Kids Sail Free Offer!




On Jan. 2, Disney Cruise Line® will add new sail dates to its Kids Sail Free offer for most 4-, 6- and 8-night sailings departing from Galveston Jan. 12 – April 26, 2013. Bookings for the new sail dates will open Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.

To take advantage of this offer, kids must travel with two full-fare Guests in the same stateroom in categories 4A – 11B. Rate does not include Government Taxes and Fees of approximately $40 per person for a 4-night Western Caribbean cruise, $52 per person for a 6-night Western Caribbean cruise, and $84 per person for an 8-night Bahamian cruise (all amounts subject to change). 

Contact us today for a free quote!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

YEHAAAAAAAA!

by Brook Wozniak
brook@mouseworldtravel.com

Did you know that every Wednesday - Saturday nights there is a wonderful, fun and very entertaining, family friendly singer in the River Roost at Port Orleans Riverside resort in Walt Disney World?

His name - Yehaaa Bob.

from Yehaa Bob's website


Just the name makes you smile I bet!

Bob has been playing at Walt Disney World for over 14 years.  He brings his musical skills and humor to a wonderful, interactive show that entertains everyone from the youngest to the oldest in the room.  His motto "No one has more fun than us!!"is truly brought in full-form to his 3 nightly sets.  The show is completely free!

Be sure to check him out on your next trip!

http://yehaabob.com/

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Agency Exclusive Walt Disney World Discount!




Today we are excited to bring you an agency exclusive rate for Spring Break - you will only find this deal through Mouse World Travel!  A perfect opportunity to enjoy Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival and the New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom!  Rooms are limited, so book early to lock-in your deal!

Travel Dates: March 20-27
Save 15-25% off your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Room at the following resorts:
  • Disney's Art of Animation Family Suites
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Boardwalk Inn
  • Wilderness Lodge
  • Old Key West - 1 or 2 Bedroom Villa
In addition to this room discount, you can receive 10% off your Walt Disney World theme park tickets and receive a free ticket to one of the Disney water parks, Disney Quest, mini golf, or Oak Trail Golf Course!

You can also add on the Disney Dining Plan to your package if you'd like.

Contact us today for more information or a quote, be sure to mention you are looking for the "Spring Break discount"!

Celebrate the Miami inaugural season with Kids Sail Free!

Disney Cruise Line® is celebrating its inaugural season in Miami with a special Kids Sail Free offer!!



Kids 17 and under sail FREE when traveling with two full-fare Guests in the same stateroom in Categories 4A - 11B on most Miami sailings Jan. 14 - Feb. 25, 2013.  Choose from a 4-night Bahamian or 5-night Western Caribbean sailing - most include a stop at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

Rate does not include Government Taxes and Fees of approximately $80 per person for a 4-night Bahamian cruise and $65 per person for a 5-night Western Caribbean cruise (all amounts subject to change).

And remember, ALL sailings only require a 10% deposit and you will receive a $25 onboard credit from Disney that can be combined with other onboard credit offers.

Let Mouse World Travel help book your amazing Disney Cruise Line® vacation!  Contact us today!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Early 2014 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries

Just announced!!!

All four Disney Cruise Line® ships sailing from Florida ports in the early half of 2014, you will have more opportunities than ever to visit Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, or combine a cruise with a visit to the Walt Disney World® Resort to experience NewFantasyland®!  From quick getaways to week-long tropical vacations - there is something for everyone!

Contact us today at Mouse World Travel for additional information or a no-obligation quote.



Sailing from Port Canaveral

3- 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 Miami
4-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

If you are a Platinum or Gold Castaway Member, your Mouse World Travel Agent can book your 2014 cruise beginning at 8 AM on Wednesday, December 5.  Bookings open for all Guests at 8 a.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Epcot's International Flower & Garden Festival

Disney has recently released some information regarding this Spring's Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot.  This yearly event completely transforms Epcot into with more than 100 topiaries, 240 floating mini-gardens, dozens of flower towers and sweeping beds of blooms!  All exhibits and many of the seminars are included with your normal Epcot admission.



The festival will be held from March 6-May 19, 2013.

New this year:
  • Illuminated gardens - When the sun goes down, many of the topiaries and gardens will be lit!
  • Epcot chefs will have special cooking stations with bites of food and drink throughout the World Showcase.  The menus will include a backyard barbecue and a variety of garden-inspired and global tastes.
  • A circus-like "Land of Oz Play Area" (based on the Disney film, "OZ: The Great and Powerful to be released in March 2013) will be interactive and adorned with giant flowers.  Located on the Imagination Walkway.
  • The topiaries at Epcot's entrance will be Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto and Goofy having a cookout.  Goofy will have an anniversary cake celebrating the Festival's 20th year
  • "Monsters University" topiary based on the upcoming, June 2013 film, will feature your favorite monsters Mike and Sully.  Located on the Future World Walkway.
  • The ever-popular Phineas and Ferb will be featured this year in floral form.  Located behind Spaceship Earth.
  • On the Test Track Walkway you'll find a Radiator Springs interactive play zone
  • Topiaries of Tinker Bell and some of her fairy friends will be located in the Butterfly House this year on the Imagination Walkway.
In addition to the wonderful sights, there will be daily hands-on gardening seminars, innovative ideas and design tips at the Festival Center, HGTV celebrity designers, and the Flower Power concert series being held at the America Gardens Theater!

Flower Power Concert Series Line-Up:
March 6-10: Micky Doenz ("I'm a Believer")
March 15-17: Chubby Checker & The Wildcats
March 22-24: The Guess Who
March 29-31: Nelson
April 5-7: The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie
April 12-14: Paul Revere & the Raiders
April 19-21: The Village People (new!)
April 26-28: The Orchestra, Featuring Former Members of ELO and ELO II
May 3-5: Tommy Roe (new!)
May 10-12: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
May 17-19: Starship starring Mickey Thomas

There are currently package and room only discounts out through March 7!  Contact us today for a quote, or more information!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Stay 6 nights for the price of 5 at Disney's Aulani Resort




Stay 6 nights for the price of 5 at Disney's Aulani Resort with a $150 one-time resort credit when you book this special offer before January 15th, 2013. 

For stays most nights from January 8th - February 15th and February 19th - March 10th, 2013. A five night minimum length of stay is required.

Contact your Mouse World Travel agent for more details or to book this incredible offer!



Thursday, November 15, 2012

Healthy Eating at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is known for catering to dietary needs and allergies, and always has healthy choices available, both at Table Service and Quick Service venues, but now making sure your kids are getting a healthy meal is even easier!

Starting with the kids menu at the new Be Our Guest Restaurant in the New Fantasyland, Disney has incorporated what they call the "Mickey Check". It will start to appear on other Quick Service and Table Service menus shortly.



Part of the Disney Magic of Healthy Living initiative, this tool was created to make it easier to identify nutritious choices that address family needs. In order to receive the Mickey Check, kids’ meals and other items must meet Disney Nutrition Guidelines. The Disney Nutrition Guidelines align to the U. S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and focus on contributing to a nutritious diet, encouraging kid appropriate portions (with calorie criteria) and limiting nutrients to avoid (e.g. sodium, sugar, saturated fat, trans fat).

Kids’ Complete Meals include at least three of the following food groups: fruits and vegetables; low-fat dairy; whole grains; or lean protein, beans, eggs and nuts.

The Mickey Check will be rolled out to all menus in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Disney Cruise Line Discount - Onboard Credit & Half-Off Deposit!


Beginning today and through Dec. 16, 2012, receive a $25 onboard credit, PLUS half-off your deposit when you book any Disney Cruise itinerary through 2013!

A number of the sailings from Galveston, TX have newly adjusted ports of call, including, for the first time, JAMAICA!

Contact us today for more information or a no-obligation quote!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Going from a new ship to a classic ship on Disney Cruise Line.

by Jennifer Dowling


I had the pleasure of sailing my first Disney cruise last year.  I was more than thrilled to book the brand spanking new Disney Dream just a little over 2 months after her maiden voyage. The Dream lived up to her name. She was an absolute Dream. We only had 3 nights to enjoy her, but it was instant love. The ship is so spacious and I never felt crowded, even though our sailing was sold out.
 After our wonderful trip, I couldn't wait to find a way to get back on her.  As luck would have it, I was able to do a tour on her a few months later. It was not the same as sailing, but those few hours were wonderful, and I even got to see areas I had not had time to explore the first time around. After raving about the ship to family, we all decided to do a big family trip on her this November.
 In the meantime I often wondered if I would ever want or enjoy one of the 2 Disney classic ships?  They are smaller and they do not have the amazing Aquaduck water slide.  I wondered if I would feel more cramped on a smaller ship, or notice crowds more. I took the plunge this past September and booked the Maiden Voyage out of Galveston on the Disney Magic. I was very impressed when I arrived at the port and saw just how huge this "smaller" ship is.  My worries were starting to go away. Stepping on board though, I had a slightly different reaction at first.  The Atrium felt so much smaller than the Dream and less Grand. 
  I will tell you now, this feeling lasted only about 3 minutes and I got over it.  The rest of the ship was beautiful and the Atrium soon seem to grow in size for me and I felt fine with it. After spending a week on the Magic, I can honestly say I never felt cramped, the ship seemed very large and I was never bored. They had so many activities going on that I never once had to worry about what I wanted to do next.  In fact I wanted to do several things at one time more than once. I found I really liked some areas on the Magic better than on the Dream, and of course, vice versa. When it comes to the adult pool area, the Magic 
has the Dream beat. it is much more secluded and it wasn't as easy for a family to accidentally walk through the area.The Dreams' Aquaduck is a must for everyone to try. Very fun, but sadly the wait times can get long, especially on sea days. All in all I really love both ships. I love each for different reasons, but I will never hesitate to go on one of the Classic ships again. The Dream is my first Disney ship, so it may be my first love, but not my only love.


 
The Dream currently sails out of Port Canaveral for 3 and 4 night sailings.
The Magic is currently sailing out of Galveston for 4, 6,7 and 8 night sailings. 
Contact your Mouse World Travel agent for the latest offers.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Split Stays Made Easy!

by Nikki Glinski
nikki@mouseworldtravel.com



There is such an amazing variety of themed resorts on Walt Disney World property that it's sometimes hard to choose just one for your vacation. Or maybe you've chosen the perfect resort but it's not in your vacation budget to stay there your entire trip. The solution to these problems is to do a split stay - start your vacation at one resort and then switch to another.
 

The benefits of a split stay are exactly as mentioned above. You get to experience two (or more!) of the wonderful Walt Disney World hotels, all the while, keeping the cost of your vacation within your budget. When doing a split stay, you are required to make two separate reservations. This can be an issue if you are planning on getting a package which includes tickets plus a dining plan. One common way to go about it is to make one reservation as a package and the other, as a room-only reservation. When doing this, you will be able to use one set of 

park tickets your entire stay, cutting down on the cost of having to get a new set of tickets(The more days on your pass, the cheaper per day.In other words, one 10-day pass is much cheaper than two 5-day passes.) Unfortunately, you will not be able to get the dining plan for your entire trip unless you do a package reservation for both stays, but you will then be required to get, at least, a 1-day base ticket on one of the reservations. Confusing, right? It sure seems like it but rest assured, the agents at Mouse World Travel will help you work out the kinks so your split stay works for you!


Once you've figured out which resorts you want to stay at, let us set up your Magical Express transfer. Your airport shuttle will drop you off at your first resort and pick you up at your ending resort to take you back to the airport. The only thing you'll have to worry about is switching resorts mid-trip. This may seems like it will be a huge pain but Disney makes it very easy!



On the morning you check out of your first resort, you have a few options for transferring your luggage, and yourselves, to your new resort. If you have a car, obviously you can take everything over yourself. This can also be done by renting a taxi. But this isn't the only way. Give bell services a call and they will come to your room, pick up your luggage and carry-on items, and take them to your new resort for you! So, if you choose, you can go about your day doing whatever it is you like to do at Walt Disney World ~ go to the parks, shop at Downtown Disney, etc. Then when you are ready to leave, instead of going back to the resort you came from, just hop on a bus to your new resort. Once there, you can check in. When you get to your room, give bell services a call and they will bring you your transferred luggage. No fuss, no muss!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Celebrating Halloween Disneyland Style

Have you ever wondered what it's like to celebrate Halloween at Disneyland? Well, Disney does Halloween like no other! Here's a peek into the Not-So-Scary fun at the Disneyland Park in California with some great videos...

                                            Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland Park




Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort





Haunted Mansion gets a makeover!



Check out the very Spooktacular website for more information about celebrating Halloween at Disneyland Park and Happy Haunting!



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Walt Disney World 2013 Discounts


Save up to 35% 
on your Walt Disney World Resort hotel room!
For most nights January 2-January 17 & January 21-March 7, 2013

Stay, Play, Dine and save up to $600
Hotel room, theme park ticket and dining plan package for most nights January 2-March 7

Contact us today for more information or a quote!




Thursday, October 4, 2012

New Disney Visa Cardholder Discount

Attention Disney Visa Cardholders!

There is a new discount out for 2013, save on your Disney Resort hotel room for travel dates between January 2-March 7.

Save up to $600 on a 5-night/6-day Walt Disney Travel Company room, ticket and dining plan package for stays most nights January 2 - March 7, 2013 at select resorts.

Value Resorts: Save up to 25%
Moderate Resorts: Save up to 30%
Deluxe Resorts: Save up to 35%
Deluxe Villa Resorts: Save up to 35%

This offer will become available to the general public on October 10th.

Must book by December 31, 2012.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Walt Disney World Holiday Discount

Save up to 30% on your Walt Disney World Resort hotel room this holiday season!



Dates and discount off vary per resort:

Disney Value and Moderate Resorts
For stays most nights Nov. 1-3, Nov. 11-16, Nov. 24 – Dec. 1 and Dec. 10-22, 2012:
  • Save up to 25% at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney's Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Save up to 20% at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort, Disney's All-Star Music Resort and Disney's Pop Century Resort
  • Save up to 15% at Disney's Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites
For stays most nights Nov. 4-10 and Dec. 2-9, 2012:
  • Save up to 20% at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney's Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and Disney's Fort Wilderness Cabins
  • Save up to 15% at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort, Disney's All-Star Music Resort and Disney's Pop Century Resort

Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts
For stays most nights Nov. 1-3, Nov. 11-17, Nov. 24 – Dec. 1 and Dec. 10-22, 2012:
  • Save up to 30% at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Disney's BoardWalk Inn & Villas, Disney's Polynesian Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard view rooms), Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (Kidani/Jambo standard view rooms and 1-bedroom villas), Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and Disney's Old Key West Resort
  • Save up to 20% at Disney's Contemporary Resort (excluding rooms with a view of Magic Kingdom® Park), Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort and Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (Kidani/Jambo club level rooms and 2-bedroom villas)
For stays most nights Nov. 4-10, Nov. 18-19 and Dec. 2-9, 2012:
  • Save up to 25% at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Disney's BoardWalk Inn & Villas, Disney's Polynesian Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard view rooms), Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (Kidani/Jambo standard view rooms and 1-bedroom villas), Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and Disney's Old Key West Resort
  • Save up to 15% at Disney's Contemporary Resort (excluding rooms with a view of Magic Kingdom Park), Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort and Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (Kidani/Jambo club level rooms and 2-bedroom villas)

Must book by October 21, 2012.  Contact us today for a no-obligation quote!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Good Coffee in Walt Disney World

by Brook Wozniak

If you know me, you know I like love my coffee.  Walt Disney World is known for it's coffee not being so great, so how can I title a blog post "Good Coffee..."?  Well, good is relative and I believe I was the first to jump for joy when Disney announced a Starbucks would be coming to the Magic Kingdom...but, a decent cup CAN be found in Walt Disney World.

Next time you are there check out a few of my favorites:

  1. Polynesian Resort: Kona Cafe pressed pot.  I melted a bit when I tasted this for the first time.  Good stuff.  The Kona Island Coffee Bar just outside the restaurant is pretty tasty too serving up a Kona blend.  It's worth a stop on the monorail.
  2. Animal Kingdom Lodge: Boma or Jiko pressed pot.  I prefer the Poly's, BUT, this African pressed pot is a close runner up. (and don't even get me started on the wonder that is the Boma breakfast buffet...Hello!)
  3. Main Street Bakery: While their iced coffee is nothing to write home about, it fills the need.  I've had their hot coffee...once.
  4. Throughout Epcot there are booths that serve Joffery's Coffee.  They do not take the Disney Dining Plan, but are worth the extra expense!  Look for the purple and white styrofoam cups.
  5. Writer's Stop in Hollywood Studios: the secret is OUT about this place, holy lines Batman! but...it's worth it.  I again prefer the iced here, but even the espresso is doable.
  6. Royal Anandapur Tea Company in the Animal Kingdom: I've had the frozen mochas (two thumbs up), but prefer either the frozen or hot chai tea.  A nice caffeine kick for the afternoon!
  7. Downtown Disney: Earl of Sandwich serves Seattle's Best.  A good solid cup.
A few I need to check out on my trip to the World next month:
  1. Contemporary Resort: Contemporary Grounds.  While I have walked past this place a dozen times I've never gotten a cup 'o joe.  Must remedy this.
  2. Since I'll be there during Food & Wine Festival (woo-hoo!) I need to try Belgium's Godiva Chocolate Iced Coffee.  I'm a bit nervous it will be too sweet for my palate, but worth a shot.
  3. Morocco in Epcot: I hear the Tangierine Cafe serves up a yummy cup.
Despite being able to find a good cup, I still bring my own grounds and filters for each trip.  I do look forward to Starbucks opening, I hope it's soon!

What's your favorite coffee spot?

Bottoms up!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Is Pete a Dog or a Cat?

by Jennifer Dowling

Have you ever wondered what kind of animal Pete is? I have. He resembles a cat, but in later years when he was featured on Goof Troup, he did seem to resemble a dog at times.

According to Wikipedia, Pete, also known by a few alias' such as Bad Pete, Sneaky Pete, and the one I remember from my childhood, Peg-leg Pete is a cat. 

Did you know he originally started out as an anthropomorphic bear in 1925? But by 1928, he became a black cat, the persona he is most associated with. His species later became more ambiguous in the Goof Troop franchise where he appeared more canine.

Pete is the oldest continuing Disney character, having debuted three years before Mickey Mouse in the cartoon Alice Solves the Puzzle. Although never a central character, Pete has also made many appearances in Disney comics, and often appeared as a sidekick in the Mickey Mouse comic strip.

Pete is often typecast as a villain, but on some occasions, Pete has even played a sympathetic character, all the while maintaining his underlying menacing nature. Pete was Mickey Mouse's nemesis, but would vary in professions, from an all-out outlaw to a brutal law-enforcer.

My first memories of Pete are from a book my grandfather used to read me. I no longer remember the name of the book, nor much of the story line, but Pete was called Peg-leg Pete



 in the story and was some what of a pirate, if my memory serves me right. It was a favorite book of mine and I remember just how scary Pete seemed to be to me. Because of that book, I always have called him Peg-leg Pete, though once Goof Troup came out in the early 90's, I relaxed a bit and started calling him just plain old Pete. I have to admit that having a son who was around the ages of 4 or 5 at the time, we watched MANY episodes of Goof Troop!

Pete now appears in numerous episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. He maintains his protagonist and semi-antagonist role, but he is significantly toned down for its preschool audience. Mickey and gang are very forgiving of Pete now. Pete also now appears to have more feelings and forgotten morals and often feels bad when he tries to cheat the gang.



So there you have it! Pete started out as a bear, turned into a cat a few years later, had a few dog like moments, but still is considered a cat by many Disney fans!

While you cannot currently meet Pete in the Disney theme parks you may find his portrait in various locations.  He also is the "host" of the new Storybook Circus meet & greet (not yet open as of this blog publish date), Pete's Silly Sideshow, that will feature Minnie Magnifique, Madame Daisy Fortuna, The Great Goofini, and the Astounding Donaldo.  Many fans hope that Pete will eventually make an appearance here...only time will tell!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Summary of Live Test Track Chat with Disney Imagineer


Earlier this afternoon the Disney Parks Blog hosted a live chat with Imagineer Melissa Jeseinick to discuss the new Test Track that will open in the late Fall of this year (no exact date yet).

Below is a summary of her comments - much of it is direct from her, word for word, and we have linked together a few conversations that go together for the ease of reading.

The first item that was shown was a piece of new concept art showing the new marquee:



Then Melissa went on to explain various questions, here is the summary:

In the “studio”, an interactive design kiosk in the queue, you will have a chance to design your own concept vehicle. That design follows you into the ride, which is still the same physical ride that you know and love (the same track). You'll ride in a sim car. As you move through the space, your custom design will be scored in areas such as Capability, Efficiency, Responsiveness and Speed.  Capability is where your car is tested for rough road and weather conditions. Efficiency tests your car design's environmental footprint. The Responsiveness phase tests maneuverability, and finally, Speed is tested.  You start from a line, shape your vehicle and add attributes-pick colors, the tires, “make it your dream vehicle.”


Single Riders and FastPass lines allow for an expedited queue experience-you select a custom vehicle to take with you instead.

Everybody in the vehicle will have their ride design, whether they designed individually or as a group. As you move through the four groups, you'll see how the design stacked up against the sim car design.

Inside the attraction building there will be a lot of new technology used to tell the story.  All new custom software, the guest will be at the center of the experience.  




The pre-show and post-show are also integrated.  Your vehicle travels through the entire experience with you, and you can keep interacting with your ride vehicle after the attraction.

The post-show will start with a scoring opportunity, not just with the guests in your car, but guests throughout the day. From there, you move into other opportunities to play with your design with multiple interactive elements. The show room space will still be there with the Chevrolet cars, and there will be photo ops with different concept cars.  Some of the things that will be displayed have never been shown outside of Chevrolet.  

We are a bit baffled by what kind of technology will allow for a custom sim car for EVERY person in the ride vehicle regardless if you designed as a group or individually.  Perhaps some sort of project technology similar to World of Color or the Magic, Memories and You!?  Or perhaps something ala old school virtual technology head-gear?  What do you think?





Thursday, August 16, 2012

Reservations for Be Our Guest Restaurant open on August 20th!



It’s almost time! You can make reservations for Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom® Park beginning at noon on Aug. 20 by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

You can make reservations up to 180 days out – the very first seating will be for dinner on Nov. 19 – by calling 407-WDW-DINE (3463), or visiting any Walt Disney World® Guest Relations Theme Park location or Guest Services desk at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel. Online reservations will be available beginning on Aug. 22. at www.disneyworld.com/dine.

On the Disney Dining Plan, Be Our Guest is one quick-service entitlement for lunch, and one table-service restaurant entitlement for dinner. When booking a reservation, you will be required to provide a credit card number in advance and they will be charged $10.00 per person if a cancellation isn’t made at least one day in advance. This helps ensure that more Guests can enjoy the dining experiences available at Walt Disney World Resort restaurants.

Located at the base of the mountain below Beast’s castle, this themed venue transports diners to the magical world of “Beauty and the Beast.” Lunch is quick and casual (no reservations required), with Guest-activated terminals that make ordering a snap (there also will be traditional cashiers for cash orders and special dietary requests). Once you have ordered, simply take a seat and lunch will be delivered to your table – on china, not paper. Dinner is table service.

Cuisine is French inspired to match the hit animated film’s theme. Dinner selections include the usual favorites like steak, poultry and fish; but with a French flair befitting of the environment. Grilled strip steak with pommes frites (French fries), French onion soup and thyme-scented pork chop are just a few of the things found on the dinner menu. For lunch, you will be able to enjoy salads like the tuna Nicoise and sandwiches such as the Croque Monsieur (ham and cheese) and grilled steak sandwich with garlic butter spread. There will also be heartier fare, like braised pork and vegetable quiche.

The restaurant features three themed dining rooms: the mysterious West Wing with the “enchanted rose;” the Rose Gallery with twirling, larger-than-life figures of Belle and Beast; and The Ballroom with elegant details, such as a domed ceiling, twinkling chandeliers and glimpses of softly falling snow outside.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Preview & Grand Opening Dates Set for the New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park


Late afternoon some very exciting news broke - a date that you will want to add to your calendar!

As we have reported here, Fantasyland at the Walt Disney World is nearly doubling in size with several new attractions. The date everyone has been looking for was announced yesterday...the Grand Opening will be December 6, 2012 with previews beginning November 19.

Attractions slated to make their debuts:
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, a major attraction where guests will travel with Ariel and her friends through their exciting adventures above and below the waves – all against a musical backdrop of songs from the film. The new attraction combines the enduring appeal of a classic Disney “dark ride” with wonderful technological innovations to offer guests a personal journey into the scenes of the film. Adventurers will feel as if they are descending below the ocean’s surface. Once “under the sea,” guests will find themselves immersed in the story of “The Little Mermaid,” sharing Ariel’s adventure through a magical cast of characters and a captivating musical score that will entice everyone to sing along. The fun continues at “Ariel’s Grotto,” a meet-and-greet with the mermaid heroine herself.
  • The castle of the Beast stands majestically upon a hill across an old stone bridge from Ariel’s new home. The Be Our Guest Restaurant will feature a lavish dining experience in the elegant ballroom, gallery, and mysterious “West Wing” of the castle. With seating for 550, this magnificent facility will offer “great food fast” service by day and full table service dining in the evening. Nearby in Belle’s Village, guests will find the rousing Gaston’s Tavern and Bonjour! Village Gifts.
  • Just outside the village is Belle’s cottage and Enchanted Tales with Belle. The adventure begins in Maurice’s workshop, where a magical mirror is the doorway to a captivating new kind of storytelling experience: guests will be transported to the Beast’s library to meet Belle and Lumiere, and share in a lively, interactive re-telling of the “tale as old as time.”

Beyond 2012, there’s more in store for Fantasyland guests:
  • Located in the Castle Courtyard in the center of Fantasyland, Princess Fairytale Hall will be the new home for visiting royalty in the Magic Kingdom. The castle-like entrance will feature walls of stone and stained glass windows, opening up into a large gallery – an airy space with a high ceiling, where portraits of the Disney princesses adorn the walls. When it’s time for their audience with a princess, guests will proceed to elegantly finished rooms to meet Aurora, Cinderella and other Disney princesses, such as Tiana and Rapunzel (2013).
  • The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will take guests on a rollicking, musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.” The coaster will feature a first-of-its-kind ride system with a train of vehicles that swing back and forth, responding to every twist and turn of the track. The journey will be accompanied by music from the classic Disney film and animated figures of Snow White and the Dwarfs (2014).

If you'd like to visit Walt Disney World for this exciting occasion, be sure to contact us today! There is a Free Dining discount out near these dates that just might make your trip even more sweet!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Disney's Magical Express - How it Works

by Nikki Glinski
nikki@mouseworldtravel.com

So you probably know that once you are on property at Walt Disney World, transportation is available from your resort to almost anywhere you want to go. But did you know that Disney also offers a complimentary round trip transfer from the Orlando International Airport directly to your resort? It's called Disney's Magical Express and here's how it works!



Whether you book a package or a room-only reservation at a Walt Disney World Resort, you are eligible for this service. A few weeks before your vacation, you will receive your Magical Express voucher and luggage tags - one per person in your travel party. After your bags are packed, attach one yellow luggage tug to each bag that you plan to check at the airport. (You should not put the yellow tags on your carry-on baggage.) Keep your voucher booklet with you during the flight. You will need it when you land!



When you arrive at Orlando International Airport, you can skip baggage claim and follow the map in your booklet directly to the Magical Express Welcome Center located in the Main Terminal Building, B side, Level 1. As long as your bags have been tagged properly, the Magical Express Service will retrieve them for you!



Once you arrive at the Welcome Center, you will need to have your vouchers handy. The castmembers will scan them and you will be directed to the bus line for your resort. After a short wait, you will be boarding the Magical Express bus! If you have any questions or concerns, there is also a counter with castmembers there to help you with any issues you may have.

If you have choose to not tag your luggage and retrieve them yourself, they can be stored safely under the bus. Once on board, the bus driver will introduce himself and let you know which resorts the bus will stop at and in which order. As if you aren't excited enough, during the ride, a video will play introducing you to your Walt Disney World vacation and before you know it, you will be pulling into your resort!! In my opinion, this bus ride is where your Disney vacation officially begins!




And what about your luggage? Well in just a few hours, your tagged luggage will be delivered right to your hotel room! You don't even have to be there when they arrive so go out and get started with your magical vacation and your bags will be waiting for you when you return!!



On the last full day of your trip, you will wake up to an envelope hanging on your door. This will have your Magical Express pick-up information for your return trip to the airport the following day. It will also include information on airline check-in. This service will allow you to check your luggage and print your plane tickets the morning of your departure right from your resort. Your pick-up time is generally three hours before your scheduled flight.

*Most major airlines participate with Magical Express. To sign up for this convenient service, let Disney know when you have your flight information or talk to your Mouse World Travel agent and let us set it up for you!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Pixar California Coastal Voyages

This fall, you can sail to the horizon and beyond on a cruise that only Disney can deliver! Watch this entertaining video to learn more about the 7-night California Coast voyages featuring lots of Pixar fun. These special cruises set sail Sept. 16, Sept. 23, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 from the Port of Los Angeles.

These speciality cruises start at at $599 per person, based on double occupancy, in an Inside Stateroom with Restrictions onboard Disney Wonder®  Government Taxes and Fees are not included.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Stay 5 Nights at Aulani for the price of 3!



Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa has proven itself to be a popular vacation destination in Hawai'i.  To make the guest experience even better, the Resort is expanding it's current amenities!

Planned expansions include:
  • An additional pool, toddler pool and interactive water play area
  • 18,500 additional square feet of pool deck
  • Two new, convenient quick-service dining locations, including a beach kiosk
  • The addition of a retractable trellis cover at the signature Makahiki restaurant to allow for outdoor seating during any weather conditions
  • An expanded Starlit Hui venue, allowing even more Guests to enjoy this popular show
  • Another beach access point will be added
Construction for these projects, which is scheduled to begin in September and finish in mid-2013, is happening in conjunction with the building of the final phase of the Resort.

For a limited time, when you book a five-night stay, you will get TWO of those nights free!  Book by November 10th for stays most nights from September 10-December 22.

Contact us today for more information about Aulani, or a no-obligation quote!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

How are Scrooge McDuck and Donald Duck related?

by Jennifer Dowling

Did you ever wonder how Donald and Scrooge are related?

We know Scrooge is referred to as "Uncle" by both Donald, and Donald's' nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie.  First I will tell you how Huey, Dewey and Louie are related to Donald. They are Donald's sister, Della Duck's, children. Donald and Della Duck are descendants of the McDuck clan though their maternal line of ancestry. The identity of the boys' father is something of a mystery. Very little is known about him. It was revealed in an early comic strip that Mr. Duck was sent to the hospital because Huey, Dewey and Louie placed a firecracker under his armchair as a prank, with disastrous results. It was because of this incident that Della sent her sons to her brother, Donald Duck. While originally meant to be a one-month stay, the nephews wound up staying with Donald permanently; the reasons for this are unknown. However, both Della and Donald are linked to Scrooge McDuck in equal measure, and yet Donald is always referred to as Scrooge's closest living relative, which suggests she has disappeared or passed away.

On to Scrooge's relationship...did you know that Donald had a mother and her name was Hortense? She is Scrooge McDuck's youngest sister. The family was born in Scotland to a working class family living in relative poverty. At around the age of 13, Scrooge emigrated to the US. Approximately 12 years later, Scrooge returned to Scotland to fetch his 2 sisters, Hortense and Matilda. Hortense had a temper like Scrooge, but Matilda was mild mannered. When Scrooge established Duckburg, Calisota, United States as his homebase he started journeying the world trying to expand his financial empire and his sisters ran his business on the homefront. Hortense met her boyfriend Quackmore Duck whom she married and they had a set of twins, Donald and Della. Donald is said to have inherited his mothers temper.

Scrooge often states that he is the last McDuck left. This would leave you to believe that his sisters have died. But his claim could hold true as well because he is the last male McDuck left.

If you'd like to meet Donald Duck on your next Walt Disney World visit you can find him at several character buffet meals, and regularly at the Epcot Character Spot.  He can also sometimes be found in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom, or at Animal Kingdom.  At the Disneyland Resort he is most commonly spotted in Disney's California Adventure.

Edited to add: Donald can also be found regularly at Walt Disney World in Mexico at Epcot.



Scrooge McDuck is much more difficult to find in the U.S. Parks.  He will occasionally appear in various locations throughout the Parks; your best bet to see him would be during the holiday season.

Daisy Duck is often meeting guests in Town Square in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.  She is also sometimes found at the Sorcerer's Hat in Disney's Hollywood Studios, and is at the character buffet meal, Tusker House, at Animal Kingdom.  In Disneyland she sometimes can be found at the character breakfast at the Paradise Pier Hotel.

Edited to add: Daisy can often be found at Walt Disney World in Epcot, under Spaceship Earth near the Camera Store.

Meeting Huey, Dewey, and Louie is incredibly rare.  They can sometimes be out randomly in the parks, your best bet would be during the holiday season.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Kosher Quick Service

By Mindy Walbesser
mindy@mouseworldtravel.com

One very stormy day at EPCOT led to our very first time ordering a Glatt kosher meal at Walt Disney World. Glatt kosher is a term used to refer to meat products meeting the highest standard of kashrut (kosher). Often it is used to refer to non-meat foods meeting the highest standard, as most providers of Glatt meat also meet the highest standards overall. Walt Disney World’s kosher food is currently provided by Weberman Traditional Foods of Miami, www.webermanfoods.com .

Our family adheres to a more relaxed tradition referred to as kosher style. We do not eat pork or shell fish, and we try to refrain from mixing beef with dairy products. We will eat meat meeting USDA standard as well as Glatt standard.

So, as a typical late starting day begins for us at EPCOT, we arrive at the turnstiles with lunch on our minds, only to find it start to drizzle as we enter the park. We started to hurry toward World Showcase to try to make it to one of our favorite lunch spots. (I no longer remember where we were trying to go!) As we approached the American Adventure Pavilion, the skies just opened up and the downpour was overwhelming. We quickly ran into the Liberty Inn, American Adventure’s Quick Service location. It’s a pretty good place to hang out as it is air conditioned, covered and has plentiful tables.

We really were hungry, so we figured we might as well try to eat here. It didn’t look like we were going anywhere else anytime soon. We walked over to the menu board and found it to be filled with cheese and bacon covered burgers and hotdogs. Even the salad had bacon. I realized I could have asked for any of those items plain, which I considered, but we saw Kosher Meals listed on the menu, and decided to give that a try. We walked up to the order taker station, and asked about the kosher meals. The cast member pulled a three-ring binder out from a drawer and handed it to me. I noticed right away that there were divider tabs with labels such as Kosher Meals, Vegetarian Meals, Gluten Free meals, etc.. I thought it was great that this location has so many special meal options. On the kosher meals tab, there were 3 or 4 choices. I don’t remember exactly how many. There were no separate choices for kids meals. My husband and I both opted for the hamburger and our daughter opted for the hot dog meal. Both meals came with potato croquets.

After we paid, a Cast Member brought our meals to us when they were ready. The meals arrived at the table heated, but still sealed inside their packaging. The packaging consisted of a specially made cardboard tray with a cellophane wrapper over the top. In order for the meal to maintain its glatt status, it had to be sealed to be able to be heated in the same area where non-kosher food was prepared. We peeled back the wrapper to reveal a very interesting burger and hotdog. We had never seen this before, but the hot dog and the hamburger were completely encased in their respective buns. There was no slit. We went to the condiment station and got plastic flatware and cut open the buns. The meal looked and smelled good… but how would it taste? 

Back at the condiment station, we got some ketchup and mustard and then took a bite. Delicious! We were very surprised at how delicious a pre-prepared meal that was heated inside its little tray was. The bun wasn’t even soggy! The potato croquets were a lot like Tater tots, but were more disk shaped. They also were very good. The meal was only about $1.50 more than the other meals on the menu. All in all, we were very pleased that we decided to try the kosher meals instead of asking for the regular hot dog or burger without the bacon or cheese. In my own personal opinion, kosher hotdogs, as well as kosher burgers, tend to taste better than regular ones!

Below is a list of Quick Service locations that offer kosher meals with no advance notice:

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort
World Premiere Food Court

Disney's All-Star Music Resort

Intermission Food Court

Disney's All-Star Sports Resort
End Zone Food Court

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
The Mara

Disney's Beach Club Resort
Beaches & Cream Soda Shop

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
Old Port Royale

Disney's Contemporary Resort
Contempo Café

DisneyQuest at Downtown Disney
Food Quest

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Gasparilla Grill & Games

Disney's Old Key West Resort
Good's Food To Go

Disney's Polynesian Resort
Capt. Cook's

Disney's Pop Century Resort
Everything Pop Shopping and Dining

Disney's Port Orleans Resort—French Quarter
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory

Disney's Port Orleans Resort—Riverside
Riverside Mill Food Court

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
The Artist's Palette

Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Roaring Fork

Disney's Yacht Club Resort
Hurricane Hanna's Grille

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Pizzafari

Disney's Hollywood Studios
ABC Commissary

Epcot
Electric Umbrella Restaurant
Liberty Inn
Sunshine Seasons

Magic Kingdom Park
Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café


Your Mouse World Travel Agent can assist you with any Table Service meals - just be sure to let them know you need to, or prefer to eat Kosher.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

FREE DINING at Walt Disney World is back!



When you purchase a minimum of a 3-night stay at a Walt Disney World Resort, along with a minimum of a 2-Day Base theme park ticket you will receive a Disney Dining Plan FREE!

Book your vacation at select Disney Moderate, Disney Deluxe, or Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts for arrivals most nights Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, Oct. 19 – Nov. 1, Nov. 9-15, Nov. 23-29 and Dec. 10-13, 2012, and get the Plus Dining Plan FREE!  This includes 1 Table Service, 1 Quick Service and 1 Snack per person, per night of your reservation, plus a refillable mug per person.  (does not include gratuities)

Or, when you stay a Disney Value Resort you will receive the Quick Service Dining Plan FREE!  This includes 2 Quick Service and 1 Snack per person, per night of your reservation, plus a refillable mug per person.  You can upgrade to the Plus Dining Plan for and additional cost.

Must book by September 29, 2012.

*update, August 8th: the travel dates have changed.  This discount offer is good for arrivals September 30-October 4, October 19-November 1, November 9-15, November 23-29 and December 10-20.




Contact us today for a no-obligation quote!  We have already saved our clients thousands of dollars with this offer!  Fall is an excellent time to visit Walt Disney World and this a GREAT money-saving offer!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

2013 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries

Today Disney Cruise Line revealed where the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder will be in late 2013.  Here are the itineraries with the new additions in bold.

The Disney Magic is currently sailing from Manhattan, then...
  • Reposition to Galveston in September 2012, offering 7-night cruises to the Western Caribbean through May 2013
  • Mediterranean cruises, departing from Barcelona, June 1-August 31, 2013
  • Western Caribbean and Bahamian cruises, departing from Miami, October 20-December 30, 2013

The Disney Wonder is now sailing from Seattle on Alaskan cruises, then...
  • Return to Los Angeles in September 2012 with a wide variety of itineraries available – Hawaii, Mexican Riviera, Panama Canal and California Coast voyages featuring special offerings from Pixar Animation Studios
  • Caribbean cruises departing from Miami, December 23, 2012-May 2, 2013
  • Alaskan cruises departing from Vancouver, May 27-September 2, 2013
  • Western Caribbean sailings, departing from Galveston, September 28-December 28, 2013
Contact us today to book your Disney Cruise!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Candlelight Processional





If you will be at Walt Disney World over the Christmas season, do not miss out on the Candlelight Processional! This holiday offering at Epcot combines seasonal music from a mass choir and orchestra, with a reading of scripture by a celebrity narrator. It is performed nightly at 5, 6:45 and 8:15 PM at the America Gardens Theatre.


This is a very popular event. The best way to ensure you will get a seat is to purchase a Dining Package. This gives you a great meal at one of Epcot's restaurants and gives you a ticket to the show. Those with the Dining Package will be first to be seated, and those waiting in the standby line will be given the leftover seats, and very often there are no leftover seats.

The Dining Package restaurants and prices have not yet been released; however, from previous years you can expect it to use 2 Table Service Credits on the Disney Dining Plan (1 credit on the Premium or Platinum plans), or starting at $35 per person for the lowest category.

Disney recently released a "sneak peek" of the 2012 celebrity narrators:

11/23 - 11/25: Isabella Rossellini (film/TV star and wildlife conversationalist)
11/26 - 11/29: Neil Patrick Harris (Emmy Award-winner, Broadway star and TV host)
11/30 - 12/01: Whoopi Goldberg (television host, actress and comedian)
12/02 - 12/04: TBA
12/05 - 12/07: TBA
12/08 - 12/10: TBA
12/11 - 12/13: Jodi Benson (singer and actress)
12/14 - 12/16: Olivia Newton John (singer and actress)
12/17 - 12/19: TBA
12/20 - 12/22: Trace Adkins (Award-Winning Country music artist)
12/23 - 12/25: Gary Sinise (actor and musician)
12/26 - 12/28: TBA
12/29 - 12/30: Marlee Matlin (interpreter: Jack Jason) (Academy Award-winning actor and TV star)

*Schedule of performers are subject to change without notice


This truly is a moving event and will get you into the holiday spirit. Little children may have trouble keeping attention, so our suggestion is to bring a bag of quiet toys (coloring books, glow sticks, etc.) to entertain them a bit between the music.

Contact your Mouse World Travel Agent for more information on this wonderful holiday event!!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Golf Add-On Packages at Walt Disney World



Guests staying at at Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels, as well as those staying at Disney Resort hotels and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, are eligible to book the "Resort Guest Golf" Add-on.

In addition, a new "Two Rounds of Golf" option offers a savings when compared to the non-discounted price of two single rounds of golf.

You can also take advantage of additional savings with the Twilight rate, which is now valid beginning at 2 p.m. throughout the entire year.

Enjoy more benefits including:
  • The ability to reserve tee times 120 days in advance with "Resort Guest Golf", or 60 days in advance with "Day Guest Golf".
  • A $10 savings off the total purchase price when purchasing $50 or more in merchandise in a single retail sales transaction at Disney’s PGA Tour Event merchandise locations or the Pro Shop at Disney’s Osprey Ridge Golf Course, Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course, Disney’s Palm Golf Course or Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. 
Contact your Mouse World Travel Agent to add this to your vacation, or for more information! 

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Ultimate California Adventure!

Disney Cruise Line® and Pixar Animation Studios are teaming up to offer several 7-night California Coast cruises unlike any other!



The four magical voyages set sail on September 16, 23, 30 and October 7 from Los Angeles, and will feature the following:
  • Pixar Presentations and Sneak Peeks: Artists and filmmakers from Pixar Animation Studios will provide an inside look at the creative process used to develop an animated feature which includes a look at the making of Pixar’s newest release “Brave” and a sneak peek at footage of future Pixar films. 
  • The Art of Pixar: Storyboards, character sketches and other inspiring concept art used to design Pixar films will be on display in a special art exhibition at sea. This collection of art has only been seen outside of Pixar Animation Studios when displayed at leading art museums around the world. 
  • Pixar Film Fest: Guests will be able to enjoy the entire Pixar library of films while onboard, including a selection of delightful animated shorts. The voyages coincide with the theatrical premiere of “Finding Nemo 3D,” which Guests can enjoy at either of the two theatres equipped with state-of-the-art Dolby 3D projection systems. 
  • Pixar Character Encounters: For the first time, more than a dozen Pixar characters will meet with and greet guests throughout the cruise including Mr. Incredible, Remy, Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear. There will be a special Pixar-themed dance parties and a host of other opportunities to reconnect with favorite Pixar pals. 
  • Special Gift: Sailing Guests will receive a commemorative lithograph created by Pixar artist and “Brave” co-director/screenwriter, Steve Purcell.
In addition, the California Coast itinerary lets you you see iconic sights and explore popular stops in San Francisco, San Diego and wine country.

To make this truly the ultimate California Adventure, add on the Adventures by Disney® "Lights...Camera...Magic!" guided group excursion!!  Only $199 per adult, and $189 per child (ages 4-9).  



During this daylong adventure you will be immersed in the magic of Disney and the history of Hollywood in unique, unexpected and unforgettable ways.
  • Guided Hollywood walking tour, including a visit to the home of the Academy Awards® at The Hollywood & Highland Center (depending on theatre availability), or tour Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
  • Depart for Beverly Hills, via Sunset Boulevard (home of the "Sunset Strip") to catch a glimpse of such famous spots as the Chateau Marmont and the Whiskey a Go-Go.
  • Free time to explore the sights and shopping along Rodeo Drive.
  • Depart Beverly Hills for the Original Farmers Market to enjoy an authentic atmosphere which offers family fun, and frequent star spotting!
  • Lunch and free time at Farmers Market and just a short trolley ride away is the fabulous open-air shopping center, The Grove.
  • Travel to The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank for a guided tour of the Studio Lot to visit spaces and places not open to the public - experiences only Disney can offer!
  • Evening reception in Legends Plaza at the Walt Disney Studios where Disney's many gifted animators, Imagineers, songwriters, actors and business leaders have been honored.
You will be treated to VIP access and attention by two Disney-trained guides, enjoy exciting surprised and "magical moments" - including fun Junior Adventure activities especially designed for the younger guests.

Includes luxury coach transportation, water and snacks, appetizers and nonalcoholic beverages at the evening reception, one alcoholic beverage at the evening reception (ages 21+), special treats and surprises.  Tours operate on Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Contact us today at Mouse World Travel for additional information or a no-obligation quote on both of these exciting adventures!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios

by Jen Dowling: jen@mouseworldtravel.com

Yes!...I know we are an agency that specializes in Disney travel. BUT....that doesn't mean we can't head over to the dark side, AKA Universal Studios Orlando, every once in awhile! In fact, many of our clients do side-trips for a day or two to Universal!

I would like to focus on one of my favorite rides at Universal Studios, it might be even one of my all time favorite rides anywhere, The Simpsons Ride.

It is housed in the building that formally held the Back the Future attraction. If you have experienced that ride in the past, you will understand what type of ride The Simpsons is, as they still are pretty much the same concept.

This is a simulator ride, where the audience is shown a movie while their seats move to correspond to the action on screen. This ride is obviously based on the animated TV series, The Simpsons.

I must warn you, if you have a problem with motion sickness like I do, take a bonine tablet before riding, and try to get into the front seat. This helped me tremendously.

The outside of the building is themed to the ride, which is a "roller coaster gone bad" at Krustyland (a low-budget amusement park in The Simpsons). Side Show Bob is doing what he does, and is trying to kill the Simpsons and we are along for the ride.  They added some great details to the outside of the building, and they have fans running to keep you cool and several TV sets hung all over showing tid bits about the plot of the ride.  This kept us very entertained. In fact my husband was upset when the line was short one day because we didn't get to watch The Simpsons cartoons long enough!




Once you enter the building, you be directed to a line where you will get a preshow that is very entertaining. It tells you the story and why sideshow Bob is after them.

Next you are directed to a preloading room that has a video about the safety precautions, including Itchy and Scratchy demonstrating the do's and don'ts.

Finally you board your ride vehicle.  You will be lifted up in front of a big screen for the ride. You really do feel like you are part of the action. Notice the smell of Maggie's formula and baby powder. You might also get a little splash of water when appropriate.

Though you will be riding a roller coaster for part of the ride, you do not need to fear that it will be too scary for the non-coaster lovers. My 7 year loved it and she is not a fan of roller coasters yet.

When the ride is over, be sure to grab your belongs (bigger items can be set on the floor near the car when you enter) and head over to the Kwik-E-mart and check things out there as well.  Try the phone on the side of the building, someone usually talks to you when you pick it up.



We love this ride so much that we rode it 3 times during our recent visit. Don't miss it on your next trip, I highly recommend it!

If you are interested in a trip, or a side-trip to Universal Studios during your Disney Vacation, just ask your Mouse World Travel Agent and we can assist you with tickets, hotel and transportation!  There are even ticket packages that include transportation from your Walt Disney World hotel.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Port Orleans Riverside - Royal Guest Rooms

by Michelle: michelle@mouseworldtravel.com
My family and I were lucky enough to stay at the brand new Royal Guest rooms at the Port Orleans Riverside Resort. We knew that we needed a resort that would have queen beds, but wanted to stay in a moderate resort because of the price point. Since our kids are getting older, we wanted to get 2 rooms and have more space. Having stayed at the Port Orleans Riverside Resort only a few months ago in October, and BEFORE the new refurbishments were done, we were interested in seeing what had changed and how much we would like this resort with its new improvements. My favorite resort is usually Coronado Springs and I was a little disappointed when we stayed in Port Orleans for the first time. We did not like the double beds that they had back then. They really do make a difference!

These Royal Guestrooms are located in the Magnolia Bend area of the resort, and are in the Oak Manor and Parterre buildings, which are great, preferred sections in the resort. It is very close the the main building and swimming pools and can run about $30-$40 more than a standard room.

I must say that the improvements were wonderful! Disney definitely did not disappoint with their attention to detail! I loved the new queen beds and all of the other special touches that Disney added to these Royal rooms. They were not too "princessy" or "girly" for boys and adults to be able to stay in it. The LED fireworks that can be turned on with a switch on the headboard was beautifully done. These rooms are definitely a great room for the princesses in your family, but can also be a great themed room for all ages to enjoy!













Pictures of the Princesses (and princes) were everywhere!



Some pictures of the bathroom area and bathroom fixtures. We love having the double sinks!







A letter from Tiana:
Welcome All,
We are so excited to have you stay with us.
My friends and I have shared so
many wonderful moments here that this has
become a very special place in our hearts.

As you make yourself at home, you'll
discover some treasured memories my friends
have given me over the years.

Enjoy making magical memories with your
friends and family in my Royal Guest Room.

Your friend,
Princess Tiana


A map of the Port Orleans Riverside Resort. You can see the locations of the Royal Guest Rooms that are in the buildings highlighted in RED: