When Can I Book My 2019 Walt Disney World Vacation Package?

Q: When can I book my 2019 Walt Disney World vacation package?

A: When it comes to planning a Walt Disney World getaway, it definitely pays to be the early bird. Planning well in advance means that you normally get the resort that you want during the dates that you want not to mention that it gives you plenty of time to save! Therefore, it’s not surprising that one of the questions that I am getting asked the most this week is “When will 2019 packages be officially open to book by Disney?”

Though we don’t know for certain when 2019 packages will go on sale to the general public, what we do know is that Disney World typically releases them around the same time each year. 2018 packages went on sale on June 20, 2017. Therefore we can probably expect 2019 packages to go on sale in early Summer.

I heard I can make a room only reservation now for 2019 is that true? Yes. This means that those starting to make plans for 2019 and who want to book a package with tickets and/or dining will need to wait a bit longer. However, it should be noted that Room Only bookings can typically be made 499 days out. This means that guests do have the option of reserving a room through until the first half of June 2019 just now and converting that to a package when they go on sale this Summer.

Will I be able to get a discount when packages go on sale? When Disney initially releases 2019 packages, these will be at the non-discounted or “rack rate.” The same goes for the Room Only reservations. Disney doesn’t usually release discounts until closer to your actual departure dates. However, with flexible booking policies (contact me to find out more), guests do have the ability to nab a discount even after you’ve booked so you will still be able to take advantage of savings if booking early.

Want to receive your FREE quote as soon as 2019 packages go on sale? Then fill out our quote form and we’ll put some packages together for you this Summer. Or let us know you’d like a room only reservation and we’ll get straight to work! For those looking to chat about options before submitting your quote request, please reach out to us directly. We are always happy to talk Disney!

Happy Planning!

19 Things You Have to Do at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Vacation Package Includes:

4-Night Hotel Accommodations
3-Park 4-Day Park-to-Park Ticket^ to Universal Studios Florida™, Universal’s Islands of Adventure AND Universal’s Volcano Bay™
Breakfast at the Leaky Cauldron™ in Universal Studios Florida™ – one per person
Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks™ in Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ – one per person
Early Park Admission◊ to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay™ one hour before the park opens (valid theme park admission required).
One (1) Shutterbutton’s™ Photography Studio¥ session in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™
Access to select live entertainment venues^ at Universal CityWalk™

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Let’s get this booked today!

Walt Disney World testing Nurses at All-Star Resort

Starting on January 22 2018, Walt Disney World will be running a test program that will provide first aid centers with registered nurses at the All Star resort hotels. This test program, for right now, will last 90 days. Guests at Disney’s All-Star Resorts needing assistance can visit the All-Star Music Resort lobby between 7AM and 11AM daily. The resort nurse will be able to offer over-the-counter medications, bandages, and other basic first aid.


Walt Disney World Resort

Kick-start the new year by making incredible memories together in the middle of the magic.  This special offer is valid at select Disney Resort hotels for arrivals most nights from January 1 through March 10, 2018.

You can Play, Stay, Dine and save up to $500* on a 5-night/6-day Walt Disney Travel Company room, ticket and dining plan package for a family of four at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for arrivals most nights Jan. 1-March 10, 2018 when you book by Dec. 22, 2017.

If this offer isn’t for you, other offers are available including Savings of up to 25% on rooms at select Walt Disney World resort hotels on select nights.  Other travel periods may also have discount offers available.

Booking Window: Oct. 3-Dec. 22, 2017
Travel Window: Jan. 1-March 10, 2018

Full List of Disney Resort Hotel Exclusions:

  • Campsites
  • 3-bedroom villas
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Room
  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Cabins
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

Contact us for a Free, No-Obligation Quote Today!

*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same package for 2 adults, 1 junior, 1 child in the same room. Tickets valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. First use must be by December 31, 2018. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid standard rooms.

Dining plan excludes gratuities. Children ages 3-9 must order from children’s menu, if available. Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase. Theme Park admission is required for some dining locations.

Disney Armed Forces Salute Renewed for 2018


Disney has announced that they will continue the hugely popular Disney Armed Forces Salute for 2018.  The currently running 2017 Disney Armed Forces Salute is an entirely separate offer which will continue to run through 19 December 2017.

Disney Armed Forces Salute Ticket Discounts
2018 ticket options:

  • At Walt Disney World 4-day and 5-day length tickets with the Park Hopper option. You can also add the Park Hopper Plus Option
  • At Disneyland Resort 3-day and 4-day lengths, both Park Hoppers


Tickets will be available for sale at Disney World soon and Shades of Green should have them very soon as well, but it will take quite a while for the MWR distribution system to get them out to the bases, it has taken a month or more in the past!


Are you eligible for the Disney Armed Forces Salute?

Here is the list of who is eligible as set by the DoD and Disney:

Current military members:

  • Active
  • Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Coast Guard
  • Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS)
  • Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Retired military members:

  • Active
  • Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Coast Guard
  • Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS)
  • Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • 100% Service Connected Disabled with the DAVPRM code on their military issued ID.
  • Spouses in place of the member. Note the Disney Armed Forces Salute benefit is for the member only. While spouses may use their member’s benefit, they are not entitled to a benefit of their own. They only use the discounts in place of the member. Non-spouse dependents (kids) are not eligible.
  • Unremarried Widows are entitled to their departed spouse’s discounts.

Foreign partners/Coalition partners stationed at a US base are eligible. They must have a permanent US Military issued ID (CAC card with blue stripe).



Disney Armed Forces Salute Room Discounts

The military discount percentage on Disney resort rooms remains the same 30-40% based on room category.



The 2018 Disney Armed Forces Salute runs from 1 January 2018 through 19 December 2018.


Disney PhotoPass/ Memory Maker

In addition, you can purchase the Disney PhotoPass Collection/Memory Maker product for a special price—$98 from January 1, 2018 through December 19, 2018


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Important Details


  • 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 other 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 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 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 19, 2018. 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.
  • For more information, please contact your participating U.S. Military base ticket office.


Important Details – Special Pricing for Eligible Service Members on Memory Maker, a Disney PhotoPass Specially Priced Product at Walt Disney World Resort


  • The specially-priced Memory Maker product can only be purchased at Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows by Eligible Service Members (defined below) or their spouses.
  • “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). Valid military identification required for purchase. Spouses of Eligible Service Members must present valid and active U.S. military IDs in the absence of the Eligible Service Member to make a purchase.
  • No more than a total of two (2) Memory Maker products may be purchased per Eligible Service Member/spouse at the special price.
  • Memory Maker includes photos taken during the Memory Maker window and linked to the Guest’s Memory Maker Disney account.
  • A MagicBand is required to receive certain attraction photos and other digital content.
  • Photos and other digital content will expire pursuant to the expiration policy.
  • Valid theme park admission required for certain photo locations.
  • Memory Maker is subject to the Memory Maker Terms and Conditions.
  • Memory Maker may not be sold or otherwise transferred.
  • Downloads are restricted to personal use only.

Fort Wilderness Campground Review

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is by far my most favorite campground of all. I can’t quite figure out which aspect makes it my favorite. Is the fact that it is owned and operated by Walt Disney World and is a part of the “Happiest Place on Earth”? Or is it the fact that it is the largest and by FAR the cleanest and friendliest campground I have ever visited? Nonetheless it is safe to say that the Fort is my “happy place”.

There are 750 acres that are covered by Fort Wilderness. You can find a variety of camping from tent camping to fully equipped campsites. Don’t have a tent or a camper? You too can enjoy the facilities as Disney has fully equipped cabins that are available for you to rent.

One of the really great features from a camper’s perspective is the privacy-enhancing landscaping that is available in between each and every site. Now you are not completely surrounded by landscaping in your own site but it does provide enough of a barrier that you do not feel as if you are watching your neighbor’s satellite TV (although when it rained every day but one this last trip I would have enjoyed some satellite TV). Every campsite is equipped with water, electric and cable hook-ups. Most of the sites have the sewer hook-up as well.

A fun part of the family camping trips is that you are able to take along the furry friend. They are most welcome at the Fort. They must be kept on a handheld leash that is 8ft or shorter or confined in the interior of the climate-controlled personal vehicle. Pets are NOT permitted in tents and the pop-up campers. There is an opportunity for there to be leash-free play time in the Waggin’ Trails Dog Park however, the majority of the time that we have visited we have found this site to be very muddy and have not wanted to allow our furry friend to run free or splash in the mud. You are required to pick up after your pet and dispose of their droppings. Being from the country, I have found that this is not very appealing to me so it is a great chore for the little one.

Speaking of having a little one, we have visited the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool many times. We have enjoyed the fort-themed water play area complete with toddler-friendly slides. We have also noticed on our past 2 trips that they have placed a lifeguard in this location, which provides a little extra relief when relaxing especially since they police the going backward up the slide. However, as we get older we have ventured out into the larger pool area with the corkscrew water slide. There is a spa however, most every time we are there it is covered with younger teenagers and does not provide much relaxation. The past couple of trips to the fort (most recent was June 2017) the Meadow pool has been over run to where you are literally standing shoulder to shoulder. We have found that there is smaller crowd at the Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool as it is the all-ages quiet pool with a whirlpool spa.

Fort Wilderness provides plenty of recreational activities some of which are free. The Chip ‘N’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-A-Long was supposed to be just a sing-a-long on our last trip due to the drought conditions however, after a week of raining (again all but one day of our trip) we noticed the smores were cooking on the campfire toward the later part of the week. You can also enjoy a movie under the stars in the same outdoor theater of the Meadow Recreation Area. One of the newest additions that we saw on this trip was the food truck providing meal options during the sing-a-long and the movie (see the video on Wishes and Wands Facebook page for menu options). There are plenty of other recreational activities at the Fort that we have yet to take advantage of primarily because we do live in the country and have access to on a daily basis. However, you can go fishing, rent boats, go on a horse/pony ride, wagon ride, rent bikes or even canoe/kayak. There are many other different recreational amenities such as basketball courts, jogging trails, arcade and one of our personal favorites the playgrounds.

Let’s get to the part where I personally feel that this is one of the cleanest and friendliest campgrounds I have visited. On previous trips, we have noticed the grounds crew (apologies if that isn’t their official title) picking up trash at least twice a day, mostly because if the trash is left out the squirrels are getting in there. Yes it is a campground complete with critters. This trip we noticed the nicer trash stations throughout the campgrounds with doors that those critters without opposing thumps could not access. They also accommodate those who wish to recycle in the new garbage stations. Any time you encounter a cast member/resort staff you are always greeted with a smile and kind word. Never once have we encountered someone who has not lived up to this expectation. I can remember one experience of picking up the droppings of the furry friend (it was early and I couldn’t get the kid out of bed to take care of it) the staff member went out of their way to stop in the middle of the road so I would not have to carry the poop package the rest of my walk. That is service right there.

A huge recommendation that I could give whether you are tent camping hauling in a super nice Class A or simply staying at a cabin…rent a golf cart. You are able to bring your own cart as long as it meets the standards they set forth. But if you do not bring one you have the option of renting a cart. Call to reserve your cart as soon as you make your reservation! You do not want to be left without. Disney has provided buses for those who do not want to rent a cart and there are different bus stops and routes that the buses take all day and through most of the night time. We have always just found the great convenience in having a cart whether we took ours or rented from them.

My last recommendation is a food one. Whether you are staying at the campground or another resort, go to the Trails End Restaurant for breakfast. This is our second favorite place on Disney property to have breakfast. No, contrary to popular belief, my campsite is not the favorite place, ‘Ohana at the Polynesian Resort is. Now back to the Trails End, they have an incredible buffet. You can have anything from eggs to Mickey waffles, which is a fam fav. You also get sausage, gravy, biscuits, fruit, taters, you name it on a breakfast buffet and they cook it to perfection. All you can eat at a fairly reasonable price and great setting. The breakfast is usually a staple for us on every trip to the Fort. An honorable mention is the pizza or BBQ nachos that you can get as take out. This is always a great option when you have played hard all day and cooking at your own campsite just really isn’t that appealing to you.

Again, there are many different things that are appealing at the Fort. We have failed to mention one of the biggest in this blog but we will revisit it in a different review, which is the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. It isn’t the top on our list so it didn’t make the initial cut for us. We hope that you have enjoyed the Wishes and Wands Review of Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. Stay tuned for more Disney reviews as well as some non-Disney campground reviews.

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Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled all ticket and vacation packages available for guests to experience Halloween Horror Nights 2017. Starting now, guests can take advantage of dozens of new 2017 offers from special Florida resident vacation packages to Halloween Horror Nights Flex Tickets – giving them more flexibility to plan their visit.

Returning to Universal Studios Florida for a record-breaking 34 select nights from September 15 – November 4, the nation’s premier Halloween event will feature:

  • Nine new immersive and bone-chilling haunted houses based on everything from iconic horror films and popular TV shows to disturbing original stories that will place guests in their own personal nightmare
  • Five elaborately-themed scarezones where hundreds of menacing scareactors will stalk guests’ every move
  • Two captivating and entertaining live shows
  • Access to Universal Studios Florida’s most exhilarating rides and attractions

With the variety of Halloween Horror Nights 2017 ticket offers and vacation packages that are available, guests are able to choose the best way for them to experience the extreme Halloween entertainment that can only be found at Halloween Horror Nights. New offers include:

  • Halloween Horror Nights Sunday – Friday Flex Ticket ($77.99 per adult + tax) and Halloween Horror Nights Sunday – Saturday Flex Ticket (85.99 per adult + tax): The Halloween Horror Nights Flex Ticket is designed to offer guests the most flexibility and convenience when planning their Halloween Horror Nights visit. Guests can purchase the ticket in advance, visit the event on the night of their choosing and proceed straight to turnstiles for entry into the event.
  • The Sunday – Friday Flex Ticket allows one guest admission to any one Halloween Horror Nights event night from Sunday – Friday.  The Sunday – Saturday Flex Ticket allows one guest admission to any one event night.
  • Coca-Cola Promotion: On select nights, guests can save up to $50 with a UPC code from any can of Coca-Cola® products when they buy in advance.
  • Florida Resident Vacation Packages (Starting at $225 per adult, per night, tax inclusive at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort): Florida residents can purchase a Halloween Horror Nights vacation package that includes admission to the event, 2-night hotel accommodations at a Universal Orlando Resort on-site hotel, and access to ALL THREE of Universal Orlando’s theme parks: Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and the all-new Universal’s Volcano Bay.

What is the Dining plan and what do I get with it?

Details for the 2017 Disney Dining Plans have been announced! As in previous years, there are some changes in store for the popular program available to Disney Resort guests booking a Disney World Vacation Package.

Disney Dining Plan

Before we dive into the changes, just a reminder that to be eligible to participate in the Disney Dining Plan, it’s necessary to book a Walt Disney World Vacation Package (also called the Magic Your Way Package). The Package includes your stay at a participating Disney World Resort and base Park Admission tickets for everyone in your traveling party.

Let’s take a look a look!

2017 Disney Dining Plans
Entitlements for the 2017 Quick Service Dining Plan include the following for each guest (ages 3 and over) per night of your package stay:

2 Quick Service Meals (includes one entree and one non-alcoholic beverage)
2 Snacks
1 Refillable Resort Mug
Entitlements for the 2017 Standard Dining Plan include the following for each guest (ages 3 and over) per night of your package stay:

1 Table Service Meal (includes one entree, one non-alcoholic beverage, and one dessert OR one full buffet)
1 Quick Service Meal (includes one entree and one non-alcoholic beverage)
2 Snacks
1 Refillable Resort Mug

Entitlements for the 2017 Deluxe Dining Plan include the following for each guest (ages 3 and over) per night of your package stay:

3 Meals (redeemable interchangeably at Quick Service or Table Service locations)
2 Snacks
1 Refillable Resort Mug