Disney Cruise Line Announces Summer 2021 Itineraries and Booking Dates

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Disney Cruise Line has just released new itineraries and departure dates for the Summer of 2021 with destinations throughout The Bahamas, the Caribbean, Alaska, Northern Europe, and The Meditteranean and Greek Isles.

If you’re currently a Platinum, Gold, or Silver Castaway Club member, take advantage of the opportunity to book the new cruises before they go on sale to the general public on February 28, 2020. You’ll be able to book Summer 2021 itineraries online or by phone during a designated booking window.

  • February 25, 2020: Platinum Members
  • February 26, 2020: Platinum and Gold Members
  • February 27, 2020: Platinum, Gold, and Silver Members
  • February 28, 2020: All Guests

If you’re currently a Disney Vacation Club Member, an Adventures by Disney Insider or a Golden Oak Club Member, you’re invited to enjoy the exclusive opportunity to book these new cruises via phone before they go on sale to the general public on February 28, 2020.

  • Golden Oak Club Members – February 25, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time
  • Disney Vacation Club Members and Adventures by Disney Insiders – Begins February 27, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time


THE CARIBBEAN

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Western Caribbean

2021 Disney Fantasy 6-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral: 6/6 and 6/20

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Cozumel, Mexico
Day 4: George Town, Grand Cayman
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 7: Port Canaveral, Florida

2021 Disney Fantasy 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral: 7/31, 8/14, 8/28, 9/11 and 9/25

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Cozumel, Mexico
Day 4: George Town, Grand Cayman
Day 5: Falmouth, Jamaica
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 8: Port Canaveral, Florida

Eastern Caribbean

2021 Disney Fantasy 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral: 6/26, 7/10, 8/7, 8/21, 9/4 and 9/18

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Day 5: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 8: Port Canaveral, Florida

2021 Disney Fantasy 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral: 7/3

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Day 5: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 8: Port Canaveral, Florida

Southern Caribbean

2021 Disney Fantasy 9-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise from Port Canaveral: 7/22

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Basseterre, St. Kitts
Day 5: Castries, St. Lucia
Day 6: St. John’s, Antigua
Day 7: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Day 8: At Sea
Day 9: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 10: Port Canaveral, Florida

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THE BAHAMAS

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Set sail on a tropical Bahamian getaway from Port Canaveral. Select itineraries will take you to a variety of tropical destinations, including Disney Castaway Cay.

2021 Disney Dream 3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral: 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27, 9/3, 9/10, 9/17 and 9/24

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 4: Port Canaveral, Florida

2021 Disney Fantasy 3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral: 6/17

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Port Canaveral, Florida

2021 Disney Fantasy 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral: 5/29 and 6/2

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Port Canaveral, Florida

2021 Disney Dream 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral: 6/7, 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20 and 9/27

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Port Canaveral, Florida

2021 Disney Dream 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral: 6/14

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 5: Port Canaveral, Florida

2021 Disney Dream 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral: 7/19

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 3: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Port Canaveral, Florida

2021 Disney Fantasy 5-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral with 2 Stops at Disney Castaway Cay: 7/17

Day 1: Port Canaveral, Florida
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 4: Nassau, The Bahamas
Day 5: Disney Castaway Cay
Day 6: Port Canaveral, Florida


ALASKA

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Take in the sights and sounds of Alaskan wildlife and beautiful glaciers when you visit “The Last Frontier.”

2021 Disney Wonder 5-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver: 7/7

Day 1: Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Dawes Glacier, Alaska
Day 4: Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada

2021 Disney Wonder 7-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver: 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30 and 9/6

Day 1: Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Dawes Glacier, Alaska
Day 4: Skagway, Alaska
Day 5: Juneau, Alaska
Day 6: Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 7: At Sea
Day 8: Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada

2021 Disney Wonder 9-Night Alaskan Cruise from Vancouver: 6/28

Day 1: Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Ketchikan, Alaska
Day 4: Icy Strait Point, Alaska
Day 5: Juneau, Alaska
Day 6: Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
Day 7: Sitka, Alaska
Day 8: At Sea
Day 9: Victoria (British Columbia), Canada
Day 10: Vancouver (British Columbia), Canada


EUROPE

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Cruisers can explore Europe while experiencing the magic of Disney with a variety of destinations to explore.

2021 Disney Magic 7-Night Western Europe Cruise from Barcelona Ending in Dover: 7/23

Day 1: Barcelona, Spain
Day 2: Cartagena, Spain
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Vigo, Spain
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: La Havre (Paris), France
Day 7: Portland (Stonehenge), England
Day 8: Dover, England

2021 Disney Magic 7-Night Northern Europe Cruise from Dover: 8/28

Day 1: Dover, England
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Oslo, Norway
Day 4: Gothenburg, Sweden
Day 5: Copenhagen, Denmark
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 8: Dover, England

2021 Disney Magic 7-Night Norwegian Fjords Cruise from Dover: 9/4

Day 1: Dover, England
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Alesund, Norway
Day 4: Stavanger, Norway
Day 5: Eidfjord, Norway
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 8: Dover, England

2021 Disney Magic 7-Night British Isles Cruise from Dover: 9/11

Day 1: Dover, England
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Greenock, Scotland
Day 4: Dublin, Ireland
Day 5: Liverpool, England
Day 6: Cobh (Cork), Ireland
Day 7: Portland (Stonehenge), England
Day 8: Dover, England

2021 Disney Magic 8-Night Northern Europe Cruise from Copenhagen: 8/10

Day 1: Copenhagen, Denmark
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Helsinki, Finland
Day 4: St. Petersburg, Russia
Day 5: Tallinn, Estonia
Day 6: Visby, Sweden
Day 7: Stockholm, Sweden
Day 8: At Sea
Day 9: Copenhagen, Denmark

2021 Disney Magic 10-Night Northern Europe Cruise from Copenhagen Ending in Dover: 8/18

Day 1: Copenhagen, Denmark
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Tallinn, Estonia
Day 4: St. Petersburg, Russia
Day 5: St. Petersburg, Russia
Day 6: Helsinki, Finland
Day 7: Stockholm, Sweden
Day 8: At Sea
Day 9: Fredericia, Denmark
Day 10: At Sea
Day 11: Dover, England

2021 Disney Magic 11-Night Norwegian Fjords and Iceland Cruise from Dover Ending in Copenhagen: 7/30

Day 1: Dover, England
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Kirkwall (Orkney), Scotland
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 6: Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 7: Akureyri, Iceland
Day 8: At Sea
Day 9: Alesund, Norway
Day 10: Eidfjord, Norway
Day 11: Kristiansand, Norway
Day 12: Copenhagen, Denmark

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THE MEDITERRANEAN AND GREEK ISLES

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Take a look at these 6- and 7-night cruises that include culturally rich destinations in Spain, Italy, and France — and 8-, 9- and 11-night cruises that include stops to beyond-stunning islands in the Greek Archipelago.

2021 Disney Magic 6-Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona: 5/29

Day 1: Barcelona, Spain
Day 2: Cannes, France
Day 3: La Spezia (Florence, Pisa), Italy
Day 4: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Day 5: Salerno (Pompeii), Italy
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Barcelona, Spain

2021 Disney Magic 6-Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona: 7/17

Day 1: Barcelona, Spain
Day 2: Villefranche (Monte Carlo, Cannes, Nice), France
Day 3: Livorno (Florence, Pisa), Italy
Day 4: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Day 5: Naples (Pompeii), Italy
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Barcelona, Spain

2021 Disney Magic 7-Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona: 5/22

Day 1: Barcelona, Spain
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Naples (Pompeii), Italy
Day 4: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Day 5: Livorno (Florence, Pisa), Italy
Day 6: Toulon (Provence), France
Day 7: At Sea
Day 8: Barcelona, Spain

2021 Disney Magic 7-Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona Ending in Civitavecchia (Rome): 6/4

Day 1: Barcelona, Spain
Day 2: Cannes, France
Day 3: Ajaccio, France
Day 4: Genoa (Milan), Italy
Day 5: Livorno (Florence, Pisa), Italy
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: Naples (Pompeii), Italy
Day 8: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

2021 Disney Magic 8-Night Mediterranean with Greek Isles Cruise from Civitavecchia (Rome): 6/11

Day 1: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Day 2: Messina (Sicily), Italy
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Santorini, Greece
Day 5: Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Day 6: Mykonos, Greece
Day 7: At Sea
Day 8: Naples (Pompeii), Italy
Day 9: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

2021 Disney Magic 8-Night Mediterranean with Greek Isles Cruise from Civitavecchia (Rome): 6/19

Day 1: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Kefalonia, Greece
Day 4: Mykonos, Greece
Day 5: Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Day 6: Santorini, Greece
Day 7: At Sea
Day 8: Naples (Pompeii), Italy
Day 9: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

2021 Disney Magic 9-Night Mediterranean with Greek Isles Cruise from Civitavecchia (Rome): 6/27

Day 1: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Day 4: Katakolon, Greece
Day 5: Mykonos, Greece
Day 6: Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Day 7: Santorini, Greece
Day 8: At Sea
Day 9: Naples (Pompeii), Italy
Day 10: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

2021 Disney Magic 11-Night Mediterranean Greek Isles Cruise from Civitavecchia (Rome) Ending in Barcelona: 7/6

Day 1: Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Day 2: Messina (Sicily), Italy
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: Santorini, Greece
Day 5: Mykonos, Greece
Day 6: Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Day 7: At Sea
Day 8: Naples (Pompeii), Italy
Day 9: Olbia (Sardinia), Italy
Day 10: La Spezia (Florence, Pisa), Italy
Day 11: Toulon (Provence), France
Day 12: Barcelona, Spain


TRANSATLANTIC

Sail from Miami to Barcelona on the ultimate 2-week vacation at sea, featuring picturesque ports within Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

2021 Disney Magic 13-Night Eastbound Transatlantic Cruise from Miami Ending in Barcelona: 5/9

Day 1: Miami, Florida
Day 2: At Sea
Day 3: At Sea
Day 4: At Sea
Day 5: At Sea
Day 6: At Sea
Day 7: At Sea
Day 8: Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal
Day 9: At Sea
Day 10: Lisbon, Portugal
Day 11: Cadiz, Spain
Day 12: Gibraltar, United Kingdom
Day 13: Cartagena, Spain
Day 14: Barcelona, Spain

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Price Increase on Walt Disney World Theme Park Tickets and Annual Passes Take Effect Today – Feb. 11

Beginning today, February 11, 2020, Walt Disney World has increased their theme park ticket prices* as well as annual passes* and optional add-ons*.

Date-based theme park tickets will continue to have a usage period based on the length of the ticket purchase which guests will select upon purchasing.

Flexible Date Tickets that are purchased today and going forward will require that their first day is used on or before December 31, 2021 and will expire 14-days from their first use.

Florida Resident Flexible Date 1-day Water Park & Sports, 1-day Park Hopper Plus, 3-day, and 4-day tickets will expire 6-months after the first use and the first day of use must occur on or before December 31, 2021.

Military tickets will not be subject to an expiration date.

The new Water Park and Sports option will offer one theme park visit per day (this number will vary depending on the number of days purchased) along with one Plus visit to:

  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
  • NBA Experience
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course
  • FootGolf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course
  • Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course
  • Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course

Guests who add the Park Hopper Plus option to their theme park tickets will be able to visit one of the locations listed above plus one or more of the theme parks.

Annual Passes have increased in price as well. For example, the Disney Platinum Annual Pass went up to $1,295 from $1,219; an increase of $76. Additionally, guests purchasing Florida Resident Annual Passes who wish to use the monthly payment plan will be required to pay a $159 down payment.

The Complete Guide to Using TapuTapu at Universal’s Volcano Bay

It is time for TapuTapu 101.

Are you ready to relax on Waturi Beach? Imagine hanging out on the sand, soaking in the Florida sunshine, and swimming in the crystal clear waters of Universal’s Volcano Bay, all without a care in the world. Our water theme park is unlike anything you have experienced and it starts with our wearable tech — the TapuTapu.
 

It’s the key to unlocking all the fun in the sun. Check out the details in the video below.
 

Meet your TapuTapu

What makes Universal’s Volcano Bay so different? It’s TapuTapu, the wearable device that holds your place in the ride lines, activates interactive surprises, lets you pay for food and souvenirs and more.

You’re in the Virtual Line

Just tap in at an attraction with a TapuTapu and you will be in the Virtual Line, which lets you have fun or just kick back until it’s time to return to the attraction.

What to do in the Virtual Line

The Virtual Line leaves you free to relax and have fun until it’s your time to ride. You can eat, drink, kick back, or ride other attractions that don’t have a wait time – the Virtual Line is a better way for you to spend your day.

No matter what ride they’ve got counting down on their TapuTapu, you can always ride an attraction whose sign reads, “RIDE NOW.” So remember to keep an eye out for “RIDE NOW” as youexplore the park.

The TapuTapu wearble can be used to make cashless purchases at Volcano Bay. Just be sure your clients set up an account on The Official Universal Orlando Resort App and they can “TapTu Pay” for food, drinks and merchandise throughout the park.

Disney Parks Salutes U.S. Military with Special Ticket Offers, Room Rates in 2020

Disney Destinations continues to honor active-duty and retired members of the U.S. military with special offers on theme park admissions and resort stays at Walt Disney World® Resort for most dates in 2020.  

Members of the U.S. Military can choose between 4-Day, 5-Day, and, new for 2020, 6-Day Military Salute Tickets. A 4-Day ticket costs $265, a 5-Day ticket costs $283, and a 6-Day ticket costs $301. The Park Hopper Option is included on all Military Salute Tickets, and the Park Hopper Plus Option can be added to each ticket for $50. Prices are the same for both children and adults. Tickets must be used during the period from January 1, 2020 through December 18, 2020. 

You can purchase tickets at U.S. Military Bases. Military Salute tickets will also be available to purchase at Walt Disney World Resort theme park ticket windows beginning January 1, 2020. Tax is added to the price of the tickets when purchasing at Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows. Because a valid military ID is required at the time of purchase, Travel Advisors cannot purchase Military Salute tickets on their Client’s behalf. 

For a list of Eligible Service Members and offer details about 2020 Military Salute Tickets, click here

You can also enjoy great rates at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights January 1 through April 4 and April 19 through December 18, 2020 when booked by December 18, 2020*. Travel Advisors can book these rates on their client’s behalf by calling the Disney Reservation Center. Valid Military ID will be required upon check-in and military member (or spouse) must stay in the room. 

For a list of Eligible Service Members and room offer details, click here

Memory Maker will also be available for a special price of $98 from January 1, 2020 through December 18, 2020 and can only be purchased at Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows.   

Disneyland® Resort Military Salute Tickets will go on sale beginning November 5, 2019. Special room rates are nowavailable for booking at Disneyland® Resort by calling 1-800-854-3014. Stay tuned to Disney Travel News for more information! 

Here are some other important details you should know: 

  • Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets by Eligible Service Members (defined below) or their spouses (but not both), for use by themselves and family members and friends, as provided herein. These Tickets may not be otherwise transferred, distributed or resold. 
  • “Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. Military, including the National Guard, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS), and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Spouses of Military Service Members also qualify if they are able to present valid and active U.S. Military IDs in the absence of active or retired Military Personnel or Commissioned Corps Members. 
  • The actual prices charged at the individual U.S. military base ticket offices for Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be less than the prices set forth above. 
  • Participating military sales outlets must require that Eligible Service Members (or their spouses) present valid military identification to purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets. 
  • Subject to certain exceptions, Disney 4-Day, 5-Day and 6-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Walt Disney World Resort are not valid until activated by the Eligible Services Members (or their spouses) at Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows. 
  • Tickets and options expire and may not be used after December 18, 2020. Valid military identification will be required for purchase and use. 
  • No more than six (6) Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased and (if applicable) activated by any Eligible Service Member or spouse (regardless of the place of purchase and whether purchased by that person or that person’s spouse). In addition, one of the six (6) Tickets purchased must be used by the Eligible Service Member or his/her spouse. 
  • Each Disney Military Promotional Ticket must be used by the same person on any and all days. 

*Room offers are subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for these offers are limited. Eligible Service Members or spouse must present a valid military identification at check-in. If valid military ID is not presented, the non-discounted room price will be charged for the duration of the stay. Offer is non-transferable, and Eligible Service Member/spouse must stay in the room. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required to enjoy the Parks. Additional per adult charges may apply if there are more than 2 adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Offer excludes suites in Moderate and Deluxe Resort hotels. Advance reservations required. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Length of stay requirements may apply. Offer excludes the following room types: 3-bedroom villas, campsites, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. 

Enchanted Rose Now Open at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

You can step into a tale as old as time when you enter the new Enchanted Rose lounge at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. As of today, this beautiful addition to the resort is now open! 

Inspired by the magic and romance of Disney’s popular live-action movie, “Beauty and the Beast,” the lounge features four unique gathering spaces inspired by Belle and the Beast with elegance around every corner. Above the main bar, Guests will take in the sights of a gorgeous chandelier inspired by Belle’s flowing golden ball gown, while the library showcases classical baroque designs and French furnishings. A garden room takes its inspiration from the enchanted forest surrounding the castle, and an outdoor patio evokes the romance of Beast’s garden terrace. 

The menu features a variety of delectable, shareable bites like artisanal cheeses, a house-made flatbread, short rib sliders, and even white sturgeon caviar. The lounge’s focal point is its library of wines. You can sit back, relax and enjoy charming wines from around the world served by the ounce, glass, or bottle. Champagne, beer, and cider will also be available along with tableside cocktails. 

While browsing the menu, you can read about a story of love that inspired the Amour cocktail. There’s also a story of envy to accompany the Envie cocktail. Brian Koziol, Master Sommelier, states “Our tales of tableside cocktails are a contrast of each other. The Amour is an elegant vodka cocktail featuring notes of citrus, pear, and flowers with a slightly sweet taste, while characteristics of the apple brandy Envie showcase apples, herbs, and bitters with a potent taste.”

Also on the menu are beverages without alcohol for Guests of all ages. These mocktails include the Garden Spritzer (with herbal distilled non-alcoholic spirit, lime, agave, and soda), the B&B (with iced tea, lemon, blueberry, and basil), and the Rosemary Cooler (with lemonade, vanilla, and rosemary). 

Enchanted Rose is now open on the second floor of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  

New Dates Announced for Disney After Hour Events at Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney After Hours events are such a hit that we wanted to share the latest news with you: new dates have just been announced for both Magic Kingdom® Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park!

In case you aren’t familiar with Disney After Hours events, these evening events is your opportunity to experience the magic of a Disney theme park for three hours after regular park hours, which means little wait for attractions, experiences and character greetings. You can even enter the park early, starting at 7 p.m. on their event night, before Disney After Hours begins. Ice cream novelties, popcorn and select beverages are also included in Disney After Hours admission once the party starts.

At Magic Kingdom Park, you can expect little wait at 25 plus attractions and experiences, including favorites like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid, Space Mountain and many more. 

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you can enjoy the best the park has to offer at night, including the resplendent Tree of Life Awakenings, adventures within Pandora – The World of Avatar and more. 

Magic Kingdom Park

  • November 18, 2019 
  • December 9, 2019
  • January 6, 2019 
  • January 13, 2020
  • January 17, 2020
  • January 20, 2020

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • October 5, 9, 19, 26 and 30, 2019
  • November 5, 13 and 19, 2019
  • December 7, 14 and 18, 2019
  • January 9, 16, 22 and 30, 2020
  • February 6, 13, 19 and 27, 2020
  • March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2020

Play, Shop and Eat at Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort

The summer may be winding down, but the buzz and excitement of the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland®Resort continues to shine bright! After welcoming several new restaurants and shops over the past few months, you can experience exciting new venues, freshly reimagined spaces, innovative cuisine, unique boutiques and of course, memorable moments!

PLAY!

  • Step into the Star Wars universe with the hyper-reality, multi-sensory Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and The VOID. You will go undercover as a stormtrooper to capture Imperial intelligence vital to the budding rebellion’s survival!
  • Bowl a few frames at one of the 20 lanes at Splitsville Luxury Lanes, a one-of-a-kind dining and entertainment destination. You can pop in anytime for lunch or dinner and enjoy the outdoor patio with live entertainment!
  • After dark, Downtown Disney is bustling with live music at the main stage, strolling performers throughout the promenade and “meet the artist” events on select dates in WonderGround Gallery.

SHOP!

  • Sprinkled with pixie dust, magical moments and eye-catching collections, the redesigned flagship World of Disney store is where you can step into the art of Disney storytelling and shop the biggest selection of Disney wares on the West Coast.
  • The Disney Dress Shop has quickly become a fan-favorite boutique with retro-designed apparel and accessories inspired by favorite Disney characters and theme park attractions.
  • The family-owned boutique, Sugarboo & Co., features charming home goods, paper products, handmade ceramics, candles, bath apothecary and stamped jewelry—all with a touch of whimsy.
  • For pampering products, head to Rinse Bath & Body Co., a new boutique featuring natural products, handmade soaps, body oils, bath bombs, lip balms and more. 
  • Disney Home offers fans a curated assortment of Disney-themed treasures for the home—from glassware and linens, to kitchen goods and more. 

EAT!

  • Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes opened its first California location in the heart of Downtown Disney. Along with award-winning burgers, signature CrazyShake milkshakes, hearty salads and appetizers, the atmosphere gives a trendy New York diner vibe, 
  • Popular craft brewer Ballast Point Brewing Company’s first Orange County location serves 50 of its innovative beers across 100 taps, including its flagship Sculpin IPA and limited-edition beers exclusive to Downtown Disney. You can pair their favorite beer with brewpub-style dishes! 
  • Enjoy expertly-crafted Italian meals at Naples Ristorante e Bar renovation. Its recent renovation upgraded the restaurant’s beautiful two-story dining venue, featuring twinkling chandeliers upstairs, a modern feel downstairs, gorgeous patios and an open kitchen.
  • Next door, Napolini offers create-your-own Neopolitan-style pizzas, to be enjoyed with a fresh salad and Italian soda on the patio.
  • The family-run scoop shop, Salt & Straw, is known for its taste-provoking, imaginative creations—handmade in small batches using local, organic and sustainable ingredients.
  • Wetzel’s Pretzels’ flagship location features a bright, breezy California-inspired design—complementing its full line of popular pretzels, Wetzel’s Dogs, Bitz, and fresh and frozen lemonade. 

You can enjoy nearly 30 distinct venues throughout the 20-acre Downtown Disney District. Other venues include: Catal Restaurant, Sprinkles, La Brea Bakery Café, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Tortilla Jo’s, Curl Surf, PANDORA Jewelry, The LEGO Store, Sanuk, Jamba Juice, Starbucks, the Sunglass Icon and Sephora, plus a number of creative carts and food trucks.

And don’t forget, there’s still time to experience Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration before it goes away Sept. 2, 2019.

As you can see, there’s a lot of fun for you to look forward to on their next visit! 

Accio Vacation: 6 Magical Harry Potter Experiences You Can Only Have in Europe

Travel insights from Jenna Buege, contributing editor of The Compass

Accio Vacation: 6 Magical Harry Potter Experiences You Can Only Have in Europe

Are you still waiting for your Hogwarts acceptance letter to arrive in the mail? Owl delivery service can be slow, take your magical future into your own hands with a trip to the fabulous world of Harry Potter in Europe.

Warner Bros Tour

A place where your favorite moments come to life, Warner Bros Studio in London is where scenes featuring the Great Hall, Forbidden Forest, Diagon Alley and Platform 9 ¾ were filmed. Today the studio is jam-packed with priceless Hogwarts memorabilia, authentic props and original costumes. While on the studio tour you’ll learn about Dolores Umbridge’s enchanted kitten decor, say “hello” to Aragog and have the chance to take your best stab at parseltongue in an attempt to unlock the Chamber of Secrets.

City Sight-Seeing

After exploring the movie magic at Warner Bros, head to the streets of London for an inside look at even more famous filming locations. HP-themed sight-seeing tours are popular in the city and can be taken via foot or by bus. Once the muggles are adjourned and the tour begins, you’ll visit popular wizard hangouts like the Leaky Cauldron, Diagon Alley, the visitors’ entrance to the Ministry of Magic and Knockturn Alley. In addition, tour groups convene near the bridges which members of the Order of the Phoenix flew en route to Grimmauld Place and stop at several locations where the Death Eaters wreaked havoc on the wizarding world.

One thing worth noting is that you may need a tube card depending on which tour you choose so be sure to do some research ahead of time.

Hogwarts IRL

While the iconic School of Witchcraft and Wizardry may be fantasy, many scenes were filmed in real places. External shots of Hogwarts in the first film were recorded at England’s Alnwick Castle including the scene where Harry learns to ride a broom. Fast-forward to year two where transfiguration class was taught at England’s Durham Cathedral. Those wild moving staircases featured throughout the series are none other than those of Oxford’s Christ Church College. Remember when Mad-Eye Moody turned Malfoy into a ferret in Goblet of Fire? You can visit Oxford’s New College on Holywell Street and recreate the scene for yourself. After such an extreme transformation, a trip to Hogwarts’ Hospital Wing might be in order found at the Divinity School of Oxford University.

The sites listed above are just a few of many magical filming locations throughout Europe.

Hit the Big Stage

Have you ever wondered about Harry’s life as an adult? What about his son, Albus? The eighth installment in the Harry Potter series, The Cursed Child, aims to answer these questions and is the first of the stories to be presented on stage. If you’re looking to score some tickets for the show during your time in London, visit the Palace Theatre or harrypottertheplay.com.

Spend the Night

Are you a next-level witch or wizard? Consider staying overnight at a Harry-Potter-themed hotel. London’s Georgian House offers rooms in what they refer to as the “Wizarding Chambers” where guests can fully immerse themselves in a room decorated to rival the Gryffindor common room. The hotel’s Wizarding Chambers even have their own secret entrance, if that isn’t mystical enough for you, I don’t know what is.

The American Horror Story Guide to New Orleans

New Orleans‘ rich history made for the perfect setting for season three of American Horror Story, Coven. From Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau to deranged mass murderer Delphine LaLaurie, these figures weren’t just characters in a TV show – they were real people who lived out their days in The Big Easy and left their mark on the city forever.

Now, AHS did take a few artistic liberties. For example, Laveau and LaLaurie weren’t sworn enemies; in fact, they weren’t even alive during the same time period. But AHS also got some things right, in addition to crafting Gris-Gris bags for healing and good luck, Marie Laveau really was a hairdresser and Delphine LaLaurie was indeed as dark and sinister as portrayed.

If you find yourself in NOLA and want to do some Coven-inspired sight-seeing, here are a few stops you won’t want to miss.

Marie Laveau’s Tomb

Nestled in the famed St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, you’ll need to join a tour group to experience this piece of living history as it’s closely monitored by the archdioceses of New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries. Now you might be wondering, what is the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans doing buried in a Catholic cemetery? A great question and you might be surprised to find that Marie Laveau was a devout Catholic all her life who did not find it unusual to incorporate traditional voodoo rituals into her spiritual practice. Laveau became an important religious leader in the area as she led weekly ceremonial meetings and worked closely with individual clients in addition to performing acts of community service.

LaLaurie Mansion

Referred to by many as the “Cruel Mistress of the Haunted House,” Delphine LaLaurie and her home on Royal Street will forever go down in history as of one of New Orleans’ most disturbing discoveries. Part of a wealthy and politically powerful family, Delphine was married three times and had always owned slaves. It wasn’t until she and her husband Louis LaLaurie began having martial disputes that she was rumored to have gone mad, and then came the fire of 1834.

On April 10, 1834, a large fire consumed the LaLaurie Mansion in the midst of a lavish dinner party, revealing seven slaves who were tortured, chained and starved on the third floor of the building. The slaves had suffered inhumane graphic experiments; most of which are not fit for print. Appalled by the horrors within the LaLaurie Mansion, townspeople gathered and rioted in a rage, destroying and looting the home until it was nearly demolished. And what of Delphine? Amidst the chaos, Delphine LaLaurie managed to escape and is rumored to have lived out the rest of her days in Europe, never paying for her sins.

Hermann-Grima House

Considering that the LaLaurie Mansion is thought to be cursed, it was probably in everyone’s best interest that the scenes depicting the home were filmed off-site at the Hermann-Grima House. A well-preserved and restored 19th-century home, the Hermann-Girma House was home to many generations of families before becoming the popular St. Louis Street tourist spot that it is today.

Buckner Mansion

Also known as Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies, the Buckner Mansion acted as the beloved Coven house of season three. This must-see residence is located in New Orleans’ stunning garden district among lush greenery and historic homes.

Built in 1856, the Buckner Mansion was once owned by Henry Sullivan Buckner, a cotton boss of the Mississippi. The home features a unique cast-iron fence, 48 fluted columns and three ballrooms. Since this is spooky New Orleans, it’s also worth mentioning that the mansion is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Miss Josephine, a slave from Civil War times. Miss Josephine is a friendly ghost and people have reported sounds of her sweeping the stairs followed by the scent of fresh lemon in the foyer.

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