Walt Disney World & World Travels

Archive for December 2009

While we wait until January 1st, here’s a TV spot for the Disney Give a Day Get a Day promotion that I love!  This one features Taye Diggs Miss Piggy.

On January 1, 2010 you will be able to sign up to volunteer a day of service and you’ll receive a 1 day ticket to Disney World or Disneyland.
Check back 1/1/10 for more information.

Hope everyone has had a very happy holiday season so far!  Here’s a little message from our friends Woody & Buzz from ToyStory

With this special offer, get a FREE Disney Gift Card when you book a full-price Walt Disney World vacation package (including accommodations and tickets) for a minimum of 5 nights/5 days between 1/3/10-6/3/10 (some dates are not available, and rooms are limited and subject to availability).

  • Stay at a Disney Value resort and get a $300 Disney Gift Card with your 5-night or longer vacation package.
  • Stay at a Disney Moderate resort and get a $500 Disney Gift Card with your 5-night or longer vacation package.
  • Stay at a Disney Deluxe or Deluxe Villa resort and get a $750 Disney Gift Card with your 5-night or longer vacation package.

The Disney Gift Card can be used for almost anything at Walt Disney World, including souvenirs, tours, spa treatments, watercraft rental, gratuities, alcoholic beverages or meals.  Guests will get  their gift card once they check in.

You can add the Quick Service Dining Plan, the regular Dining Plan or the Deluxe Dining Plan to this package.

The package includes standard Magic Your Way Base Tickets. You can pay extra to upgrade them with the Park Hopper, Water Parks & More and/or No Expiration option(s) if you choose.

This offer cannot be applied to the Premium or Platinum packages or to “split stays” (for example, 2 nights at one hotel, 3 nights at another).

Note that if you need only a 4-day ticket and you have an undiscounted package, it may be worthwhile to switch to this package (which requires a minimum of a 5-day ticket) because the cost of that extra day on your ticket is low compared with the value of the gift card.

Also note that if you’ve already booked the “7 Nights for the Price of 4” or “7 Nights for the Price of 5” package (now discontinued) and are staying at least 7 nights, it is a better deal than this new offer. If you have one of those packages with only a 6-night stay in a Value resort, the new package may be a better deal.

You must book this special package by 3/27/10.

Muppets video

If you’ve been thinking, considering or just dreaming about a Disney vacation I urge you to consider booking it now.  Several specials are about to end and as you’ll see in the news article below, there may not be as many discounts in 2010.

  • Disney’s Buy 4 Get 3 deal booking window ends on December 20th, 2009.  This special is good for travel most dates between now and March 27th 2010.
  • Disney Cruise Line Kids Sail Free on Mediterranean cruises booking window ends on January 22, 2010 for sailing dates April 24-May 26, 2010.
  • The 2 vacations for the price of 1 offer:  Book select Adventures by Disney vacations and get a FREE 3 night cruise on Disney Cruise Line booking window closes on January 15, 2010.

To book any of the deals above, just call or email me today!  Even if you’re not sure, we can put a deposit down to hold the special while you make up your mind.

Another big news announcement this week came from Allegiant Air.  Beginning February 1, 2010; Allegiant Air will be flying into Orlando’s MCO airport.  Great news for those looking for cheap flights and the ability to use Disney’s Magical Express transportation!

Disney to Curb Park Discounts as Economy Recovers (Update1)

By Andy Fixmer

Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) — Walt Disney Co. expects to offer fewer discounts at U.S. theme parks in 2010 as the economy improves, according to Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger.

The world’s biggest theme-park operator has already reduced discounts from a year ago, Iger said today at a UBS AG investor conference in New York. Disney added promotions in November 2008 to attract visitors during the credit crunch.

“We will be able to continue to dial that back over the latter part of 2010,” Iger said, referring to discounts on hotel rooms, food and merchandise. “We are not making these commitments yet until we see the marketplace conditions.”

After previous recessions, Disney has scaled back the promotions, Iger said. Since last year, the company has offered free hotel nights and discounts on food and merchandise. The parks unit has reported four straight quarters of lower revenue and profit compared with year-ago periods.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andy Fixmer in Los Angeles at afixmer@bloomberg.net

Last Updated: December 9, 2009 17:08 EST

Still looking for that perfect holiday present?  A Disney family vacation will leave a lasting impression with wonderful memories for all!

Thanks for reading and as always, Have a Magical Day!


Wow, where did 2009 go?  I can’t believe it’s December already!  I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I loved spending time with my family and eating way more than I should have.

It’s almost time for the holidays and planning for next year.   Did you have a great time with the family over Thanksgiving?  Or maybe you didn’t get to see each other because everyone lives to far away.  Have you spent time thinking it would be nice to get everyone together?  Are you the one responsible for planning the family reunion?   Have you considered a Grand Gathering at the Happiest Place on Earth?

Grand Gatherings are a program at Walt Disney World for groups of 8 or more guests (ages 3 & up*).  As part of a Grand Gathering you can take advantage of exclusive itinerary planning assistance (above & beyond what I provide).  A dedicated team of Grand Gatherings Travel Planners will help book special Grand Gathering Experiences, dining, golf and spa reservations, as well as  pre-order special merchandise.  What better place to have a family reunion than Disney World?!  There is something for everyone from 1 – 92 J   Special Experiences include dessert parties with special firework viewing, fireworks cruises, Safari dinners, special character breakfasts and more.   Do you long to spend all of your time together or maybe you don’t want to be quite that close….Your family can stay at the same resort, or spread out all over The World depending on  resort and budget preferences.   You can tour the parks together or split up and meet for 1 meal a day with the whole family.  There is a touring plan that will work for everyone, and allow time for golf, spa & relax by the pool time.

*of course children under 3 are welcome to be part of this magical experience, they just don’t count towards the 8 guests needed to qualify as a Grand Gathering group.

This could be the most magical family reunion ever!  Call or email me to learn more about the fun your family can experience!

Disney Park News:

  • Space Mountain has reopened after a lenghty refurbishment J
  • Splash Mountain is scheduled to be closed 1/3/10 – 2/27/10 for refurbishment.  Date are subject to change.
  • Luna Pool at the Boardwalk Resort will be closed for updates & repairs 1/18/10 – early February 2010
  • Uzima Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge will be closed 1/4/10 – 1/29/10
  • Blizzard Beach water park will be shut down for it’s annual winter refurb 1/11/10 – 3/20/10
  • Typhoon Lagoon will reopen on 1/10/10

Movie News:

May whatever holiday you celebrate be safe, healthy and happy!  Best wishes for a Magical Holiday Season!


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