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17 Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World in 2017

With an amazing land set to debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park in 2017, a new festival, a multitude of dining locations and popular returning events, 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year at the Walt Disney World Resort!

Check out these 17 reasons for your family to visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2017, then email me today to start planning your trip, Diana@destinationsinflorida.com.

1)    “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” Fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This “out of this world” fireworks spectacular, which returned a few weeks ago to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, uses the latest projections effects, lighting, lasers and pyrotechnics to light up the sky, Star Wars style.

 2)    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Inspired additions to Star Wars Launch Bay

Your Clients can celebrate the newest cinematic addition to Star Wars, courtesy of an assortment of props from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

3)    MagicBand 2 Rolls Out

MagicBand 2, the next iteration of bands that offer the same helpful functions as the original bands, have just made their way to select Disney Parks merchandise locations and the Shop Disney Parks app. Stay tuned for more updates!

4)    Exclusive New Star Wars Tour Now Available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This seven-hour experience, led by a Star Wars “all-in-the-know” tour guide, allows your Clients to experience Star Tours – The Adventures Continue; get an insider’s tour and meet characters at Star Wars Launch Bay; screen “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi” and enjoy Star Wars-themed menu items at Backlot Express. The tour wraps at the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party, which includes reserved viewing for the show.  Younglings ages 4-12 on the Guided Tour package can also train in the way of The Force in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. The price is $129 per Guest. Book your Clients today by calling 407-939-7529.

5)    Disney After Hours Events Return January-March

Disney After Hours returns to Magic Kingdom® Park on Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 2, 9, 16, March 2 and 9, 2017. This 3-hour event takes place after the park closes and is only open to a limited number of Guests, which means much shorter lines at 25 attractions, character greetings and more. The cost is $119 per adult or child (tax not included). Book your Clients today by calling 407-827-7185, or online at Disneyworld.com. Tickets are commissionable. Please visit Training & Benefits > Commissions > Walt Disney World Resort Commission Policy for more information.

6)    More Dining to Debut at Disney Springs

Dozens of shopping and dining locations made their debut at Disney Springs  in 2016 – and even more are set to open in 2017! Stay tuned for news and opening dates for Planet Hollywood Observatory, Paddlefish, The Polite Pig, The Edison and Wine Bar George.

7)    Milestone Races for runDisney

It’s the 20th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Half Marathon. And to celebrate, they’ve made Donald Duck their mascot. Also, in anticipation of the release of “Beauty & The Beast” this spring, runDisney has themed this year’s Princess Half Marathon after the film.

8)    First-Ever Epcot® International Festival of the Arts Begins January 13

Epcot will start 2017 off with a bang, offering a brand new art festival for your Clients to experience. This new offering will run weekends between Jan 13-Feb. 20, 2017 and will showcase visual, culinary and performing arts.

9)    Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Begins March 1

This year’s spring festival will run March 1-May 29, 2017. Festival “firsts” include brand-new topiaries of Belle and Figment, two new outdoor kitchens (bringing the total to 15), and a “Cars” interactive play garden for kids in honor of the upcoming Disney Pixar film, “Cars 3.”

10) New Garden Rocks Dining Packages to debut at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

During the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, dining packages will be available on select days at a number of Epcot restaurants, combining dinner and reserved seating for performances of the Garden Rocks Concert Series. Stay tuned for more details!

11) New Family Raft Ride at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Coming this spring, your Clients can enjoy a new family-style raft attraction at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Planned to be one of the longest Disney water park attractions, this experience will immerse your Clients in the story of treasure hunter, Captain Mary Oceaneer. Guests will gently ascend in treasure rafts, only to plunge into a whitewater adventure where they may encounter some of Mary’s legendary treasure.

12) Boulder Ridge Cove, Geyser Point Bar & Grill Opening Summer 2017

Scheduled to open at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge in summer 2017, Boulder Ridge Cove pool will feature an expanded sun deck and zero-depth-entry pool in what appears to have been an abandoned rock quarry. Geyser Point Bar & Grill, a new quick-service eatery, will be located in the heart of the feature pool area of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

13) Pandora – The World of AVATAR Opening Summer 2017

This new land will open its doors at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park in summer 2017 with exciting new offerings – including AVATAR Flight of Passage, the Na’vi River Journey, the Satu’li Canteen Restaurant, Pongu Pongu drink location and Windtraders merchandise shop.

14) Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Returns for a Record 75 Days
This year’s festival will kick off on August 31 and run through November 13 – for a record 75 days!

15) 35th Anniversary of Epcot

The second theme park to be built at the Walt Disney World Resort will mark its 35th anniversary on Oct. 1, 2017.

16) More Updates to Star Wars-Inspired Land

As we’ve previously shared, a Star Wars-inspired land is currently under construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Measuring 14-acres, this new land will transport your Clients to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.

17) Return of Holiday Favorites

Stay tuned for updates on next year’s Candlelight Processional narrators, the return of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park, “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and more!

Which is your favorite reason to head to Disney World this year?  Email me today at Diana@destinationsinflorida.com to start planning.

Top 5 Experience with Adventures by Disney

Imagine traveling around the world and vacationing like a VIP in some of the world’s most incredible destinations. With Adventures by Disney you can do just that! An Adventures by Disney vacation includes admission and private access to popular attractions, behind-the-scenes tours, and front-of-the-line access, all with world-class Disney hospitality.

Adventures by Disney trips offer front-of-the-line access to locations and opportunities that would often be difficult to experience without Disney. Here are some of my favorite VIP experiences.

Enjoy a rustic but luxurious stay at the historic Brooks Lake Lodge, which is reserved exclusively for Adventures by Disney Wyoming vacation guests during your stay. As awe-inspiring as the day it was founded, this historic lodge offers incredible views of Wyoming’s mountainous landscape, as well as access to activities such as horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking, canoeing and archery.

The sights, the tastes and the history of Italy make this popular destination a must visit. But imagine having the Sistine Chapel all to yourself? When you travel to Italy with Adventures to Disney you can explore some of Michelangelo’s magnificent achievements as your Adventure Guides take you on a private, after-hours visit to the Vatican City Museum and Sistine Chapel with a local expert.

Take a trip “down under” to Australia to see the largest coral reef system in the world, the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders on Earth. And with Adventures by Disney Australia vacation you’ll enjoy the knowledge provided by a private marine biologist who joins your journey and can answer any questions as you snorkel around the reef, or view it from 3 feet below the surface on a semi-submersible vessel.

What could be better than visiting the Louvre museum in Paris? How about dining just steps away from the Mona Lisa in a room with a seriously impresive view? On the Adventures by Disney France itinerary you can enjoy an exquisite farewell dinner in a private room at the Louvre overlooking its famed glass pyramid entrance in the Cour Napoléon.

Southern California
Combine a behind-the-magic private tour of the Walt Disney World Studios, exclusive access at Walt Disney Imagineering and the Jim Henson Company Studios, a unique visit to Walt Disney’s apartment inside Disneyland park, a 2-day VIP experience at Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park with special Disney’s Fastpass service and reserved parade seating, and you’ve just begun to scratch the surface of all the special, behind-the-scenes treats in store for you on an Adventures by Disney vacation to Southern California.

From a private catamaran excursion in Costa Rica to dance lessons in a Broadway theater in New York City, you can enjoy an array of other VIP experiences with Adventures by Disney. Let me start your adventure planning, diana@destinationsinflorida.com.

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Experience

My family has stayed at a lot of Disney resorts in our time but Disney’s Art of Animation Resort really brought the Disney magic to us 24 hours a day.

The rooms have been themed amazingly well, as is the lobby, outside areas and pool- complete with music playing while you are under water!

Enjoy this video from Walt Disney World Resort to give you a glimpse of the fun your family is in for–



Then email me at diana@destinationsinflorida.com to book your Disney vacation to at this or any other amazing Disney resort.

What’s New Around the Mouse

New! Chalk Art at Downtown Disney ­ Add a dash of color to your weekend when Limited Time Magic presents the Downtown Disney Chalk Art Festival! Watch in wonder as talented artists intricately transform flat concrete walkways into canvases for their dazzling works. This is your chance to marvel at the eye ­catching creations as they carefully come together, crafted entirely from chalk and other materials. And while visiting Downtown Disney area, stop by the Art of Disney Gallery and celebrate with artist Greg McCullough as he appears for signings—from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM, October 2 to October 6, 2013. Meet the mind behind the art as Walt Disney World Resort showcases the release of new pieces in his collection. It’s all happening for a limited time, courtesy of Limited Time Magic!

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival ­ Disney recently kicked off the super popular Food & Wine Festival at Epcot. This event is free with your paid admission into Epcot. You can enjoy food and beverages around the World Showcase, cooking sessions, and so much more.

Sofia the 1st at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique ­ If you have a little princess that is a fan of Sofia the 1st, you can now get a makeover at Downtown Disney inspired by her. Be sure to make reservations for this experience.

Transportation from Animal Kingdom to Downtown Disney ­ Disney is testing through October 31. They are providing bus transportation (round trip) from Animal Kingdom Theme Park to Downtown Disney. You can then take a bus from Downtown Disney back to your resort or back to the Animal Kingdom parking lot.

Disney MagicBands ­ Disney is still testing the MagicBands at select resorts.

Princess Fairytale Hall ­ This new location for our favorite Princesses at Magic Kingdom Park opened last week. This is a perfect spot to see Cinderella, Rapunzel, and other Disney Princesses.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party ­ This popular special events for families is running throughout September and October at Magic Kingdom Park. This event runs from 7 PM – ­midnight.

Renovations ­ Learn about the latest renovations at Disney World, before you plan your trip or before you head down for your vacation.

Magic Kingdom

Peter Pan ­ Closed 09/30/13 ­ 11/13/13

Walt Disney World Railroad ­ Closed 09/30/13 ­ 10/20/13

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground ­ 09/03/13 ­ 11/19/13

Disney’s All Star Sports Resort

End Zone Food Court ­ Closed 08/05/13 ­ 12/20/13

Arcade ­ Closed 07/29/13 ­ 12/20/13

Downtown Disney® Area

Capt’n Jacks ­ Closed 08/18/13 ­ TBD

Disney Golf Courses

Disney’s Palm Golf Course ­ Closed 06/12/13 ­ mid­November

Universal Orlando Resort

Halloween Horror Nights ­ If you love zombies, Halloween Horror Night is the special event for you! This event runs select evenings through October. For this special event, separate admission is required. You can enjoy themed haunted houses, scare zones, your favorite Universal Studios rides, and much more. Call Destinations in Florida for more information about booking Halloween Horror Nights or a VIP Package.

Despicable Me ­ Do your kids love the Minions? You can now book one of 18 themed rooms at Portofino Bay Hotel (opening on October 1) with the Despicable Me theme.

Disneyland in California

New! Chalk Art at Disneyland ­ Add a dash of color to your weekend when Limited Time Magic presents the Downtown Disney Chalk Art Festival! Watch in wonder as talented artists intricately transform concrete walkways into a series of canvases for their works. This is your chance to marvel at each eye ­catching creation as they’re carefully crafted together from chalk, paint and other materials. Plus, you can even meet popular artist Miss Mindy—from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, October 4-5, 2013—as the Disneyland Resort celebrates the release of some new pieces in her collection at WonderGround Gallery, in addition to a special artist showcase by Haunted Memories—from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, October 5­-6, 2013. It’s all happening for a limited time, only at Downtown Disney District!

Renovations ­ Click on this pdf to download the latest renovations at Disneyland.

To book your next trip to Disney World, Universal, Disneyland or anywhere else in the world, contact Diana today at diana@beyondcastles.com or diana@destinationsinflorida.com.



What Do You Know about Disney’s Polynesian Resort?

Aloha! Disney’s Polynesian Resort opened in 1971 as one of the first on-site hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort. The South Pacific paradise is a favorite among Disney guests with its famous Polynesian luau – it is definitely one of my favorite Disney resorts.
Here’s a look at the top ten things you might not know about Disney’s Polynesian Resort.


Video from Walt Disney Resort

Want to stay at this tropical paradise?  Contact Diana today at diana@destinationsinflorida.com today!




Video from Disney Parks Blog

Strawberry Soup from Disney World’s 1900 Park Fare

Have you been to 1900 Park Fare to try their cold Strawberry Soup?  I definitely recommend it– and it’s a great way to hob-nob with some of Disney‘s best characters!

And since it’s getting to be strawberry season, it’s the perfect time to try this recipe!

This will make a fantastic addition to your next special brunch or lunch — and it will help tide you over until your next visit with Alice, Mary Poppins, and Pooh!

STRAWBERRY SOUP, Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort

Yield: 4-6 servings


2 lbs frozen strawberries

16 ounces heavy cream

2 ounces sour cream

3 ounces yogurt

1/2 lb fresh strawberries


1. Thaw the frozen berries in their juices.

2. Blend all of the ingredients (except the fresh berries) on low until smooth.

3. Chill, shake well before serving.

4. Add fresh strawberry halves as a garnish.

Here’s a TIP: add sugar to taste while blending if you like yours to be a little sweeter.

Ready to head to Disney World and try the strawberry soup at 1900 Park Fare without making it yourself?  Contact Diana at diana@destinationsinflorida.com and start planning today!

Pictures and recipe from Disney Food Blog


Recipe from Disney Food Blog

May the 4th Be With You- Celebrate at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

For one day only, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will present a “Limited Time Magic” event for the annual, fan-proclaimed “Star Wars Day,” May 4 – a date that Star Wars fans worldwide turn into a celebratory pun, “May the Fourth Be With You!”

Separate from the month-long Star Wars Weekends special event (which begins May 17), this “Limited Time Magic” celebration features special Star Wars entertainment, characters, commemorative merchandise, a Star Wars dance party and a Star Wars-themed fireworks show to cap off the day.

Star Wars characters will make surprise appearances on the 3-D attraction to enjoy the wild journey through space alongside park guests.  You might find yourself sitting next to Chewbacca aboard Star Tours – The Adventures Continue!

A special edition of Jedi Training Academy also is planned for that day, with parents invited to join their children (ages 4-12, sign-ups required on first-come basis) on-stage for the training and final showdown with the Empire.

When the sun goes down, galactic fun lights the night as Lobot (from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back) takes over as DJ for a dance party that will be highlighted by a special Star Wars fireworks show.

“May the Fourth Be With You” “Limited Time Magic” park activities and shows are included in regular admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Ready to plan your vacation to Disney World and celebrate Start Wars at Hollywood Studios?  Or just ready to plan a get away to anywhere?  Contact Diana at diana@beyondcastles.com today!

Disney World Gift added to your Reservation!

Are you going to Disney World?  Have you already book your trip with Disney World?  And did you book that trip within the last 30 days with just your deposit?  Well, then have we got a deal for you!

Add us as your agent to your reservation and you will receive a Mickey cooler filled with treats when you check in to your Disney Resort.  On top of that, you will get our amazing service.  We will handle all aspects of your Disney vacation for you, all you’ll have to do is pack your bags!

What do you need to do to get to take advantage of great offer, that costs you nothing, by the way?  It’s simple, simply contact Diana at diana@beyondcastles.com or at 740-953-0373.  We will email you a form for you to sign and email back to us.  We will then fax that to Disney and you’re done.

When you book or transfer with us you will receive our world famous services and lots of free perks including:

Free MousePerks – You will get the famous MousePerks only when you book with us! MousePerks are tips, updates, and freebies to get you excited about your Disney World vacation. MousePerks is almost as fun as visiting Mickey Mouse!

Extra Free Services When You Book With Us:

Free Itinerary Planning (Valued at $149)
Free Dining Suggestions & Reservation Planning (Valued at $69)
Free Know Before You Go Guide
Free Disney Theme Park Guide Maps (Maps that you can only get at the Disney Theme Parks)

Free Orlando Magicard (Hundreds of dollars in additional Orlando travel savings)

Free Mickey Mouse autograph pictures

Free Magical Services (Exclusive services with Destinations in Florida Travel including personalized video for your family, coloring sheets, Hidden Mickey Hunts, Scavenger Hunt, insider tips from our Cast Members that work at the parks, and so much more. Magical Services that you will only receive with us!)

Free Discount Watching (We will watch for future discounts that may save you money, even after you have booked your vacation!

So simple, so free, and nothing on your reservation changes!  What are you waiting for?  This offer is only available until February 14th, so contact us today!!

Disney Family Treats Tote

**In room gift may vary but will be $75 value

Joe Flacco is coming to Disney World!

The world just saw quarterback Joe Flacco lead the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl win  in New Orleans, so the only question now is what Flacco is going to do next. Unless you have been stuck inside Space Mountain the last 20 years, the answer is pretty obvious: He’s going to Disney World, of course!

Yep, immediately after Flacco and his team beat the San Francisco 49ers tonight 34-31 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Flacco stood on the field, stared into a camera and shouted those now famous words: “I’m Going To Disney World!” The iconic moment is being used as part of a national TV commercial that, over the years, has become woven into the very fabric of the Super Bowl.

Flacco was the hero of the game, throwing three touchdown passes – all in the first half of the game – and completed 22 of his 33 passes for 287 yards to lead the Ravens to victory in front of a packed superdome crowd and a worldwide TV audience of more than 100 million. The performance earned him the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.

More importantly for Walt Disney World Resort guests, the performance means Flacco will be coming to Magic Kingdom Park on Monday for a celebratory Super Bowl parade down Main Street, U.S.A., featuring balloons, confetti and Disney characters such as Mickey and Minnie. It’s the perfect way for Flacco and fans to spend some “Disney Time” which very likely will become magical memories that will stay with them for a lifetime.

I think we all deserve a little Disney time, contact Diana at diana@beyondcastles.com or 740-953-0373 to start planning your own celebration of you today!


Pick the Right Disney Resort

There a so many Disney resorts to choose from!    There are various themes, amenities and price points. How do you know which Disney resort is right for your family?  In a situation like this, working with a Disney specialist like us can save you time and frustration.  We will work with you to determine which Disney resort will best suit your needs.

To give you a head start on your decision, below is a “cheat sheet” of the Disney Resort options.

Disney Value Resorts

Disney Value Resorts offer the magic and service of Disney Resorts at a great value and include all the benefits of staying at a Disney Resort. These family-friendly resorts offer fun and whimsical architecture and decor, cool pools and an informal food court dining.

Disney Moderate Resorts

Disney’s Moderate Resorts offer uniquely themed environments inspired by places near and far. They’re the perfect combination of value and amenities. These resorts feature incredible pools with fun slides, a sit-down restaurant as well as food court dining and on-site recreation.

Disney Deluxe Resorts

Disney’s Deluxe Resorts offer the highest level of quality, convenience and personalized service set in captivating surroundings with full amenities. These resort hotels offer spacious rooms and

suites, world-renowned fine dining, enchanting pools with playful water slides and on-site recreation.

Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts

Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts offer spacious multi-room accommodations and flexible room arrangements. Most offer fully-equipped kitchens/kitchenettes. These resorts help larger or extended families and traveling groups feel right at home.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

Enjoy magic from dawn to dusk at the only campground at the Walt Disney World Resort. Make yourself at home in an air-conditioned cabin, or stay in the “Big-Rig Friendly” campsites. Hike winding paths, explore nature trails on horseback and have the time of your life in the great outdoors with the seemingly endless recreation opportunities.

Still not sure which Disney resort is perfect for you?  Contact Beyond Castles Travel and we’ll help you decide!