Monday, December 31, 2012

Guru Deals of the Week: December 31,2012

Disney Discounts and News Week of December 31, 2012 Hi Disney Addicted to Mickey Fans!! Kelly here with Disney Guru Travel. Check out the discounts and news from the Disney community this week. This is a very hot time to book a trip. Contact us today for your FREE quote and don't forget that you will receive a FREE Mickey Basket for each child when you book. Be sure to mention Addicted to Mickey in order to qualify. If you are already booked ask us how you can transfer to our will still receive the FREE baskets!! "Limited Time Magic" Begins at Disney Parks In 2013, "Limited Time Magic" at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort will surprise and delight your Clients in fanciful and unexpected ways. New entertainment and imaginative events will pop up and then disappear "Limited Time Magic" kicks off at the Walt Disney World Resort in Magic Kingdom Park with the first ever "Bling in the New Year" dance party in Tomorrowland. You will be able to watch live entertainment on Rockettower Plaza Stage, dance to great music and celebrate with some of their favorite Disney characters – all dressed in their New Year’s best. And, if you can’t stay up until midnight, there will be a New Year’s countdown every hour leading up to midnight. The celebration begins on Dec. 30, 2012 and runs through Jan.5, 2013. At Disneyland Park, you can enjoy "A Salute to the Golden Horseshow Revue" – the renowned Frontierlandshow enjoyed by Walt Disney himself. You can join Miss Lily and her Saloon Girls for a fun-filled show with plenty of family-friendly comedy, singing and dancing. Performances are Thursday through Monday from Jan. 10 – Feb. 4, 2013. Plus, as part of "Limited Time Magic," 2013 will be the "Year of the Ear" at Disney Parks. Every month, Disney Parks will release new ear hats and headware for you to add to your collection. January will start with the limited release of Disney Couture Ear Hats. And each month, there will be fun designs for you to discover. Splitsville is Now Open at the Walt Disney World Resort Now there’s even more fun and games at the Walt Disney World Resort – Splitsville opened at Downtown Disney West Side on Dec. 19. Splitsville elevates bowling to a whole new level with 30 bowling lanes, upscale food and wine, live music, billiards tables, dancing and more. New Spa Now Open at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Senses, a Disney Spa is now open at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at the Walt Disney WorldResort! This full-service spa features 15 treatment rooms offering everything from rejuvenating citrus facials and herbal wraps to couple’s massages. Even young spa-goers can get the VIP treatment as their toes soak in a playful bright green pedicure chair. The Magic Your Way Premium Package entitlements include a spa treatment, and many other Magic Your Way Packages offer guests a 15% discount on spa services. Coming Soon to the Walt Disney World Resort At Disney Parks, we’re always working to improve our offerings and add new, magical experiences. NewFantasyland is now open at Magic Kingdom Park and there’s even more on the horizon at the Walt Disney World Resort. Guests Can Soon Interact with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in New Immersive Queue – In the works in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom Park, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is about to get a new interactive queue. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park – Imagineers have laid the first pieces of track in the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction in the New Fantasyland expansion, set to open in 2014. Development of AVATAR-Themed Land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park Continues – Work continues to bring the epic fantasy world of AVATAR to life at Disney Parks. Starbucks Locations at Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot Set to Open Next Year – The first two Starbucks locations at Walt Disney World Resort will open next year, one at Magic Kingdom Park and one at Epcot. Discounted Room Rates for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend Ladies, here’s your chance to prove you have the commitment, perseverance, and determination to be a true princess! Run Disney’s women’s focused half marathon course will take you through the Magic Kingdom andEpcot Theme Parks on your quest for royalty in the“Most Magical Place on Earth!”Whether running solo or with a group of your closest friends and family, past run Disney participants will agree that every mile ran in a race at the Walt Disney World Resort is a magicalone! But don’t let that royal treatment end at the finish line! Stay at one of the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels and enjoy accommodations fit for any queen or princess! Just a few of the onsite benefits include Disney’s Magical ExpressAirport Transportation, Extra Magic Hours, and legendary Disney hospitality. Booking Window: Oct. 5, 2012 – Jan. 14, 2013 (or while availability lasts) Offer Details: Save 10%-25% on your stay for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend at select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels. Available Resorts include: New Kids Sail Free on Select Disney Cruise Line Cruises from Miami in 2013 Kids Sail Free is coming to Miami, FL! For a limited time, kids under age 17 can sail FREE on select 4-night and 5-night Disney Cruise Line sailings from Miami, FL! Guests can choose from a 4-night Bahamian itinerary or a 5-night Western Caribbean itinerary, and most sailings include a stop Disney’s own private island paradise, Castaway Cay. Offer Details: Kids Sail FREE with two full-fare Guests in the same stateroom in categories 4A –11B on select cruises from Jan. 14 – Feb. 25, 2013. Government Taxes and Fees are not included. Universal's Islands of Adventure Disney Discounts Walt Disney World Military Discount - Active duty and retired members of the US military can get specially discounted rooms at the Disney resorts most nights from October 1, 2012 – September 28, 2013 except November 22, 2012 through November 24, 2012; December 23, 2012 through December 31, 2012; and March 25, 2013 through April 4, 2013. Service members can also get up to (6) 4-day Park Hopper tickets for just $156.00 at their base ticket sales office. Disney Cruise Line Kids Sail Free on Select Cruises from Galveston Kids ages 17 and under can sail FREE on select 4-, 6-, and 8-night Disney Cruise Line sailings from Galveston. Offer Details: To take advantage of this offer, kids must travel with two full-fare Guests in the same stateroom in categories 4A – 11B on most cruises from Jan. 12 – March 1, 2013. Government Taxes and Fees are not included and are as follows: approximately $40 per person for 4-night Western Caribbean cruises, $52 per person for 6-night Western Caribbean cruises and $84 per person for 8-night Bahamian cruises (all amounts subject to change). Travel Window: Most sail dates Jan. 12 – March 1, 2013 Kids Sail FREE on select 6 and 8 Night Disney Cruise sailings out of Galveston. Book a 4A-11B stateroom from January 4-March 1, 2013 with two paid adults in the room and kids 17 and under sail for free. Special Verandah Offer On Galveston Sailings Book a verandah stateroom (categories 5A-7A) for the price of an ocean view stateroom (categories 9A-9D) on most 7-night Western Caribbean sailings from Galveston, Texas, Sept. 22–Dec. 21, 2012. Military Discount In honor of the brave men and women who serve this country, Disney Cruise Line is proud to offer special military rates on select sail dates during the year. These sailings offer a great way for military families to reconnect and create memories while enjoying Disney’s legendary service. Beginning Dec. 17, 2012, the following policies will go into effect for all new bookings: Military personnel may book one stateroom under the military rates program. A second stateroom may be confirmed, if needed, to accommodate immediate family members only. For example, a family of two adults and four children may confirm two staterooms, based on availability, with the offer. Extended family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) do not qualify as immediate family members for the second stateroom. Disney Cruise Line Early 2014 Itineraries Disney Cruise Line has unveiled itineraries for the early part of 2014 for the Disney Magic, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder. For the first part of 2014 the Disney Magic is returning to Port Canaveral, where it will be home with theDisney Dream and Disney Fantasy, giving you more opportunities than ever to unwind Disney’s private islandCastaway Cay on your next tropical vacation. There are also more opportunities to pair your next cruise aboardDisney Cruise Line with a visit to Walt Disney World Resort to visit the New Fantasyland expansion! The Disney Wonder will remain in Miami, offering itineraries with something for everyone in the family! 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 Aulani Stay 6 Nights for the Price of 5 at Aulani with $150 One-Time Resort Credit At Aulani Disney Resort & Spa, you can enjoy many inclusive features– from entertainment to amazing water features to special activities just for kids and more! 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Experience it all with: 3-Night hotel accommodations 2-Day Base Ticket with 3rd Day FREE* - one theme park, per day (Must complete travel by June 30, 2013) Access to live entertainment** at Universal CityWalk Early Park Admission† to experience The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM before the rest of the general public Save and Play Getaway - Save up to $350 on a Universal Orlando Vacation Package! A 4-night vacation include on-site hotel room, park tickets and free Express Pass for a family of four starts from $1,509 tax inclusive ***********

Friday, December 28, 2012

Foodie Friday: Christmas Gingerbread "Crawl"

Two of my favorite things to do at Walt Disney World, especially at the holidays, are eating and "touring" the Deluxe Resorts looking at all the awesome decorations. On a recent trip I decided to combine the two and do a "Gingerbread Crawl"! This is something you could easily modify by skipping the first two stops I made and do on a day that you had tickets to the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party so that you would not have to use one of your park admission tickets. (You can enter the Magic Kingdom at 4pm using your Party ticket instead of a regular ticket, thus saving that admission for another day.) So I began my adventure with this "little" beauty:

You can get this at several locations including Studios Catering Co., Starring Rolls Bakery and ABC Commissary. It was dense and moist with just the right "molasses-y" flavor. The cream cheese icing was plentiful and balanced the flavor nicely. It was seriously big enough for 2-4 people to share! The Santa Mickey hat is molded from white and dark chocolate. All in all, quite the sugar overload, but well worth it! Next stop for me this night was the Osborne Lights display. Stop at the Newsstand for a Gingerbread Hot Chocolate to sip as you enjoy the light and music display!

Next stop was the Gingerbread Bake Shop in the American pavilion at EPCOT. 

I stuck to "tradition" here and got a Gingerbread man cookie to enjoy while listening to the music from the Candlelight Processional and waiting for the Illuminations fireworks. This location opens around 1:30 most days, so don't plan to visit earlier in the afternoon.

Ok, here is where you would join the "Crawl" if you were doing it on a day you were attending the MVMCP. Next stop is the Boardwalk and their Display. If you want to purchase something from their Gingerbread house I was told it is open 2-4pm daily so I was not able to buy any treats. But it was still worth the trip for the display:

Can you find all the Hidden Mickeys?

Next stop were the Yacht and Beach Club resorts:

The Yacht Club didn't have any gingerbread or goodies, but the train display was worth stopping for. The detail was absolutely amazing. And yes, most of those building you see, including the "Earful Tower" are Dept. 56 collectibles. The Beach Club had THE most AMAZING Carousel:

Notice the hidden Mickey above!

Captain Jack Sparrow even came to visit!

Okay, from here we go to the "Monorail Resorts" The Grand Floridian and The Contemporary. The tradition of the Gingerbread Houses started with the Grand Floridian. They have been doing a house here for 14 years now. 

Gingerbread shingle cross section

Gingerbread assortment

Roasted Chestnuts (complimentary!) in front of the Grand Floridian! 
This is available 12 to 6 pm daily.

The white chocolate sculpture figurines have edible gold on them! But since I was on a quest for gingerbread, I selected a Gingerbread shingle and a bag of assorted gingerbread pieces. Some were chocolate covered, some had a sugar coating but all were delicious. I found the shingle, which I was told was made from an authentic Austrian recipe exclusive to the Grand Floridian, was a bit dry and didn't have a lot of molasses or "spice" for my taste. The assorted bag of gingerbread pieces was a better choice in my opinion. There is everything here from hand made candy boxes containing chocolate pieces to gluten free breads from baby cakes and even an authentic marzipan stolen bread recipe. 

My last stop was the Contemporary Hotel. The display here is in the Grand Canyon Concourse, so just hop the monorail from the Grand Floridian and get off here to the Mary Blair inspired display:

More Hidden Mickeys!

The Gingerbread shingles here are about 1.50 more than the ones at the Grand Floridian. They also have a gold Mickey embossed on them and are made from a different recipe than the ones at the Grand Floridian. They have a white chocolate monorail filled with milk chocolate candies too! They also had a nice variety of different cookies and even a granola mix! I much preferred the gingerbread boy I chose at the Contemporary to the shingle from the Grand Floridian. It was moist and slightly spicy with just the right amount of decorative frosting. If you are doing this tour on the day that you go to the MVMCP you would simply take the monorail from here to the Magic Kingdom and use that ticket to get in at 4pm!

Both the Contemporary and the Grand Floridian displays are open from 10am to 10pm and they have special demonstrations daily of everything from a demo of making a gingerbread house to decorating your own gingerbread boy or snowflake cookie!  I hope you have fun taking this foodie tour of the gingerbread treats and decorations available at the various locations around Walt Disney World Resort! 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Who's Who Wednesday: Pocahontas

Daughter of a native American chief, Pocahontas introduced herself into the world as the protagonist of Pocahontas in 1995. Pocahontas is an independent, kind, and spiritual member of the Native American tribe. She loves to interact with nature in the forest and has many animal friends such as a raccoon named Meeko.

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 Pocahontas wears a blue necklace that used to belong to her deceased mother, which was given to her by her father. In the movie Pocahontas meets an European settler named John Smith who traveled with other settlers across the sea. However, the native American tribe is not so happy with the situation and so Pocahontas must do her best to save John Smith and show the rest of her family and friends that the European settlers aren’t just there to steal their land.

Pocahontas uses her knowledge of nature and seeks out Grandmother Willow, a willow tree who speaks to Pocahontas and leads her to the right decision. Pocahontas loves to have fun and is very free-spirited.

Pocahontas makes appearances at Hollywood Studios in the Animation Courtyard and at Animal Kingdom so stop by and see how her and Meeko are doing!