Savor Your Summer with a Tempting Offer at WALT DISNEY WORLD

New Walt Disney World Dining Offer

This summer, enjoy a little extra flavor during a fun-filled stay that’s sure to delight little ones and grown-ups alike.

Receive a FREE meal per person (ages 3 and up), per night at a select Walt Disney World Resort quick-service dining location when you purchase a non-discounted, Walt Disney World Travel Co. Package that includes a room for 4-nights at a select Disney Moderate or Value Resort Hotel and a 5-day theme park ticket. Ask about other lengths of stay.

Offer valid for arrivals most nights from May 28 through August 21, 2019.

Book through June 30, 2019.

Important Details

  • Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.
  • Offer excludes Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort and The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.
  • Children ages 3 to 9 must choose from the children’s menu, if available.
  • Most beer, wine and cocktails included. Some exceptions apply. Must present valid ID to be served alcoholic beverages. May only be redeemed with the quick-service meal.
  • Gratuities are not included.

If this offer isn’t right for you, ask us about the 25% Off Rooms Offer on most nights May 28 through August 28, 2019 when you book through August 28, 2019. Other offers may also be available.

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites is Now on Sale

Prices start at just $89 a night!

We’re excited to announce Universal Orlando’s newest hotel, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites is now on sale.

Dockside Inn and Suites is set to open in May 2020, and with rates as low as $89 per night, it will bring extra affordability to your client’s vacation. 

Dockside Inn and Suites is the second hotel coming to our new hotel complex, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort. It will join Surfside Inn and Suites, which is set to welcome its first guests in July 2019.  

More than half of the rooms across both hotels will be 2 Bedroom Suites, featuring two separate bedrooms, a kitchenette and dining area, and a bathroom with a separate shower and vanity. The 2 Bedroom Suites will sleep up to six guests, perfect for the whole family. 


Walt Disney World Annual Pass Prices to increase

With the increase of the parking fee and the new date-based ticket pricing structure that was released today for guests at WDW, prices have also increased for all Walt Disney World Annual Passes effective today.  The only exception being the Water Parks Annual Pass.

Here is a break down:

Water Parks After 2 Annual Pass (Florida Residents only)

  • Increased from $75 to $79

Epcot After 4 Annual Pass (Florida Residents only)

  • Increased from $279 to $289

Disney Weekday Select Annual Pass (Florida Residents only)

  • Increased from $289 to $319

Disney Silver Annual Pass (Florida Residents only)

  • Increased from $439 to $479

Disney Gold Annual Pass (Florida Residents and DVC Members only)

  • Increased from $589 to $609

Disney Platinum Annual Pass

  • Florida Resident increased from $729 to $749
  • All other guests increased from $849 to $894

Disney Platinum Plus Annual Pass

  • Florida Resident increased from $829 to $849
  • All other guests increased from $949 to $994

Walt Disney World Raises Fees to Park Vehicles at Their Theme Parks

On the day that Disney is announcing the new ticket pricing structure, they are also increasing their theme park parking fees effective today.

Regular automobiles will now have a fee of $25 (up $3 from $22), over-sized vehicles will be charged $30 (up $3 from $27), and preferred parking will now cost $50 (up $5 from $45).

Disney Cruise Line to Sail from New Orleans, Hawaii and Beyond in Early 2020

In early 2020, Disney Cruise Line will offer families even more ways to explore the world together with the addition of a brand-new home port in New Orleans, Louisiana and a highly anticipated return to the Hawaiian Islands. Disney Cruise Line will also return to Puerto Rico for a limited time and continue guest-favorite itineraries to tropical destinations from Florida and California.

First-time Home Port in New Orleans
In 2020, the Disney Wonder will embark on a variety of Caribbean and Bahamian cruises from New Orleans – the first time Disney Cruise Line will have a home port in Louisiana. Not only will this provide families from the region with the magic of having a Disney ship in their own backyard, but it will also draw families from farther away to discover this incredible city before they set sail.

Before or after their Disney cruise, Guests can venture into the city to savor the distinct flavors of famous New Orleans cuisine, visit family-friendly museums and parks, and revel in the sweet melodies of world-renowned jazz music. Travelers will delight in the Southern charm of this new home port, and Disney fans will find magic around every corner as they experience the iconic sights and sounds that inspired the beloved animated film “The Princess and the Frog.”

The Disney Wonder will embark on six cruises during this limited-time season from New Orleans, including four-, six- and seven-night Western Caribbean sailings; a seven-night Bahamian cruise; and a 14-night Panama Canal voyage, departing February 7 through March 6.

Long-Awaited Return to Hawaii
After a five-year hiatus, the Disney Wonder will return to Hawaii in early 2020 for two special cruises: a nine-night voyage to Honolulu from Vancouver, Canada, on April 29, and a 10-night sailing back to Vancouver on May 8.

During these dream vacations, guests will discover the breathtaking beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, including the famous beaches of Waikiki on Oahu; the views from high atop the summit of Haleakala Crater on Maui; the lush tropical gardens and waterfalls of Kauai; and the diverse natural wonders of Hawaii Island.

Popular Itineraries from Puerto Rico and California
The Disney Wonder continues its standout season with returns to popular home ports on both coasts. First, the ship sets sail for the Southern Caribbean during two seven-night voyages departing January 19 and 26 from San Juan, Puerto Rico, followed by a five-night Bahamian cruise. Then beginning on March 20, the ship embarks on seven sailings to Baja and the Mexican Riviera, ranging in length from two to seven nights, from San Diego, California.

Unforgettable Tropical Getaways from Florida
Disney Cruise Line will have three ships sailing to the Bahamas and Caribbean from Florida in early 2020, and every cruise includes a day of fun in the sun on Disney’s private Bahamian island reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line guests, Castaway Cay.
From Miami, the Disney Magic will sail three-, four- and five-night Bahamian cruises and five-night Western Caribbean cruises.
From Port Canaveral, the Disney Fantasy will sail seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, plus two special sailings at six- and eight-nights each.
From Port Canaveral, the Disney Dream will sail three- and four-night Bahamian cruises to Nassau and Castaway Cay.
With a variety of options from Florida, Guests can choose the vacation that provides something for everyone in the family, combining the adventure and relaxation of tropical destinations, the ease and indulgence of an ocean cruise, and the world-class entertainment and service of a Disney vacation.

When To Book Early 2020 Itineraries
Platinum, Gold or Silver Castaway Club members, can take advantage of the opportunity to book early 2020 itineraries before they go on sale to the general public on October 4, 2018. Book either online or by phone during the designated booking window.
October 1, 2018: Platinum Members
October 2, 2018: Platinum and Gold Members
October 3, 2018: Platinum, Gold and Silver Members
October 4, 2018: all Guests

Big Ticket Price Changes Coming to Walt Disney World!

Walt Disney World has announced that starting October 16, 2018, they will offer seasonal-priced multi-day tickets where the final price of the ticket depends on what dates you are planning to visit. This will work like current 1-Day tickets: a ticket for Value dates will be cheaper than a ticket for Regular or Peak dates. Most ticket periods will cover a mix of Value, Regular and/or Peak dates, and the price will be based on the specific dates the ticket covers.

We do a quick analysis of the changes below, but here’s our bottom line: we recommend that most people who have a vacation planned between now and the end of 2019 should buy tickets now or book a package now with Wishes and Wands Travel. We think it’s likely that most multi-day tickets will go up in price, and if some go down in price it won’t be by much.

All current tickets will be honored through their existing expiration dates, for any day of the year, and packages booked now will stay at their current prices even if the components (tickets, dining, etc.) go up in price before your vacation (assuming you don’t make a change that causes the package to be repriced; see below for more). Read on for more details about the new tickets.

Important Note: this information is based on our best understanding of Disney’s current plans. Disney may change aspects of the new ticket system between now and the actual day they roll it out (including changing the date they roll it out) so consider all of this preliminary information until Disney actually starts selling the new tickets.

Below is a basic outline of the changes.

Each new ticket will have a specific date range it is valid for, which you select when you buy it.

Each length of ticket is valid for a few more days than there are admission days on the ticket, so you don’t have to go into the park every day. For example, a 2-day ticket can be used on any 2 out of 4 consecutive days, while a 7-day ticket can be used on any 7 of 10 consecutive days.

If you buy a ticket with a Disney Vacation Package, the validity period is the longer of the period mentioned above, or the full length of the package (counting both arrival and departure days).

“Flexible date” tickets that work the same way as today will still be available, but we’re pretty sure they’ll be more expensive than specific-date tickets.

You will be able to change the start date, length, or options on a ticket yourself without having to visit the park in person. There will be options on the MyDisneyExperience web site and app, or you can do it over the phone with Disney Reservations. You’ll have to pay any price increase caused by the changes, naturally.

The price of the specific-date tickets vary over the course of the year. They’re cheapest during slow, off-season weekdays, and expensive over holiday periods and summer weekends. We don’t know the exact calculation used.

In the end, we believe most tickets will be more expensive under this new system, with some possible exceptions for tickets covering mostly weekdays during Value season. Looking back to when Disney introduced season-priced 1-Day tickets, the Regular and Peak tickets went up in price relative to the “any day” tickets that were being sold previously. The Value tickets went down in price, but by a very small amount. We think this is likely to repeat.

So if you have a trip planned for next year that touches a weekend or a holiday period, we think it’s a safe bet to buy your tickets or book a package now and lock in the current prices. Think of it as insurance. On the other hand, if you look at your planned dates and most of them are Value dates, you may want to roll the dice and see if the new prices end up saving you money.

Storybook Dining at Artist Point Debuts This Winter at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Magic mirror on the wall, what is the fairest character dining of all?

This winter, it will most certainly be the all-new character dining experience opening at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge!

Storybook Dining at Artist Point will invite guests to venture into an Enchanted Forest-like setting inspired by Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” There, you’ll enjoy a delicious meal of fantastic fare with visits from Snow White, Dopey and Grumpy. Delightful music and activities will help bring the classic fairytale to life, and they’ll even have an opportunity for an encounter with The Queen.

This immersive character dinner takes place amidst the rustic elegance and exceptional dining that Artist Point is known for. You will enjoy a uniquely themed prix fixe menu, including shared starters, a choice of individual plated entrees and ‘sweet spells’ to finish the meal.

We’ll have more information to share soon, including menu offerings, an opening date and when you can book reservations , as well as where Guests might be able to find select fan-favorite Artist Point menu items in the future.

Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White is slated to begin this winter.

Everything you need to know about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

Mickey Jack-O-Lanterns light up Main Street, U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom as decorations set the stage for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The family-friendly after-hours event offers trick-or-treating, meet and greets with favorite characters in costume, plus the must-see “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade” and “Happy HalloWishes” fireworks display. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special ticket event and takes place on select nights each fall at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Ali Nasser, photographer)

Are you planning a visit to Walt Disney World® Resort this fall? Then Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom® Park is an absolute must-do event. This in-park party celebrates Halloween with spooky decor, Disney characters in Halloween costumes, complimentary trick-or-treating, and entertainment you will have to see to believe!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which requires a special ticket to attend, will be held on the following nights: Aug. 28, 31; Sept. 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28 and 30; and Oct. 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30 and 31. Party fun takes place from 7 p.m.-midnight, although party ticket holders may enter the park as early as 4 p.m. to enjoy regular park offerings.

Guests of all ages are welcome to dress in costume on party nights (check out the park guidelines here). As you arrive, you can grab a treat bag for trick-or-treating and party event map, which displays all the locations of trick-or-treat stations, special entertainment and more. Sometime during the night, you can head to the Main Street Fire Station and pick up an event-exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom spell card. This year’s design features Orange Bird.

You won’t want to miss the “Boo To You” parade, which steps off twice on party nights. The Headless Horseman leads off the hair-raising procession, which includes classic Disney characters (in not-so-scary Halloween costumes), an entire portion devoted to the Haunted Mansion, a celebration of treats and more.

“The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show delights Guests by bringing the Sanderson Sisters back to run “amuck” for the evening, calling on Disney villains to help them conjure the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion. 

Disney Villains light up the night during “Happy HalloWishes Fireworks.” This spectacular features a villainous soundtrack with songs like “Grim Grinning Ghosts,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” “Never Smile at a Crocodile” and more.

Those with a sweet tooth can take treats to the next level by perusing the tasty selection of limited-time goodies created specifically for the event.

As a reminder, tickets for select nights for both Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are commissionable.

Applicable Dates for 2018 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tickets:

  • August 28, 31 
  • September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30 
  • October 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25

Advance tickets start at $75 for adults and $70 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax). Day-of tickets start at $85 for adults and $80 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax).

Bus Times at Walt Disney World Resort Now Available in Newly Redesigned My Disney Experience App

If you have ever wondered when the next bus is going to arrive at their Disney Resort hotel, the answer will now be right at your fingertips.

Disney is rolling out a brand new bus time feature in the My Disney Experience mobile app that enables you to spend less time waiting at the bus stop and more time getting ready for a fun-filled day in the parks. With this feature, you can quickly discover up-to-the-minute estimates for when the next buses will depart from your Disney Resort hotel and when you will complete your journey to your destination.

The app regularly updates in real time to provide the most current estimates for buses heading to all four theme parks, two water parks and the Disney Springs® area. You can access the feature throughout your stay by tapping “See Bus Times” when viewing an active Disney Resort hotel reservation associated with your account.

You may also notice that this My Disney Experience update brings a new and improved design to the app, making it easier than ever for you to navigate and find what you are looking for – from the new bus time feature and mobile food ordering service to adding tickets, booking FastPass+ selections and discovering key park offerings.

This is just the most recent example of how Disney is using digital technology to make the Guest experience even more convenient. During the past year alone, they have added app features that allow Guests to view room charges, keep track of Disney dining plan usage, check in online to start their vacation even faster, use their mobile devices as a digital key (now available at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and coming soon to additional Disney Resort hotels) and more.

You can explore all that’s new in My Disney Experience by updating to the current version of the app, now available in the Apple Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices.

And there’s more coming soon! Their teams are constantly exploring and innovating new enhancements to My Disney Experience as it continues to grow and evolve, so be sure to stay tuned for the latest updates.

Universal Orlando’s Newest Resort is Now Accepting Reservations – Here’s Why You Should be Excited!

The most affordable hotel option at Universal Orlando Resort is now accepting reservations!  Opening in August 2019, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites will be the first hotel in the destination’s new Value hotel category, with rates starting at less than $75 per night. It will offer a hotel option for families looking for theme park thrills, exclusive benefits and a seamless Universal Orlando vacation experience at the destination’s most affordable rates.

Brought to life by the award-winning Universal Creative team, Surfside Inn and Suites will offer nightly rates starting at just $73 for a seven-night stay and $85 per night for a four-night stay in a standard room. The hotel will feature 390 2 Bedroom Suites that sleep six and start as low as $111 per night for a seven-night stay.

“This hotel checks every box – quality, family-friendly suites and exclusive benefits that only come with staying in one of our hotels at a value that is simply unmatched in Orlando,” said Vince LaRuffa, Senior Vice President of Resort Sales and Marketing at Universal Orlando Resort. “With the addition of this new Value hotel category, we now offer a hotel for every style and budget.”

Guests at Surfside Inn and Suites can take advantage of exclusive Universal Orlando hotel benefits to enjoy an epic vacation, including:

  • Early Park Admission – allowing them to breeze into one of Universal Orlando’s three amazing theme parks an hour before everyone else
  • Complimentary shuttle bus transportation to and from the theme parks and Universal CityWalk
  • Destination-wide charging privileges with their room key
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to their hotel

Families needing a bit more room will find it easy to relax in the spacious 2 Bedroom Suites, which sleep six comfortably and feature a kitchenette and separate bath and vanity areas. It’s the perfect home-base for families of any size to experience all that Universal Orlando has to offer.

The 750-room Surfside Inn and Suites will feature a relaxed and fun surf vibe with beach details woven throughout the experience. It will be the destination’s seventh hotel in partnership with Loews Hotels & Co.

Sister property Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites will add 2,050 rooms and suites when it opens in 2020. Both hotels will be located minutes away from Universal Orlando’s three theme parks – Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay – as well as its dining and entertainment complex – Universal CityWalk.

If you’re ready to book your amazing Universal Adventure, message one of our Travel Agents today at info@wishesandwandstravel.com.