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Head to Nashville with Adventures by Disney

Looking for a vacation but don’t have a lot of time?  Adventure by Disney has the perfect solution- Adventures by Disney Long Weekend trips!  They already have a trip to New York City and San Francisco, now they have added a Long Weekend trip to Nashville, Tenessee!

This 4-day/3-night getaway explores the home of country music, which serves as the backdrop for the critically acclaimed show Nashville on ABC.

From a backstage tour at the Grand Ole Opry and a visit to the famed Bluebird Cafe to a stop at The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson and a chance to record a song in the historic RCA Studio B, your family will enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience that includes the best of Nashville.

Plus, with two Disney-trained Adventure Guides Adventures by Disney taking care of the details, you can focus on having fun together as a family.


Video from Adventures by Disney

Contact Diana today at diana@destinationsinflorida.com or 740-953-0373 to start planning this or any other Adventure by Disney vacation today!

What’s Up Next at Disney World?

There has been a lot of excitement at Disney World lately, hasn’t there?  With the opening of the new Fantasyland, the new Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and the new Test Track, it’s hard to remember that there is more still to come!  Check out some of the exciting new experiences coming to the Walt Disney World Resort.

You will soon have an interactive queue at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  In Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will soon give you the chance to immerse yourself in the story of Big Thunder Mountain.

The expansion of Fantasyland continues as Disney laid the first tracks for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.  A family- friendly roller coaster that will take you through the Dwarfs’ diamond mine.  The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will be opening in 2014.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be getting a new addition with an Avatar– themed land.  Disney continues to work with James Cameron to bring this epic fantasy world to life.  This will be the largest expansion of the Animal Kingdom since it opened.

Bowling anyone?  Yep– December 19th in Downtown Disney Splitville Luxury Lanes will be opening it’s doors.  30 bowling lanes, live entertainment, billiard tables and dining options, including fresh sushi will be available.

Starbucks!  If you haven’t heard, Starbucks is coming to Disney World with two locations. One on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom and the other in Future World in Epcot.

As you can see, there is a lot going on at Disney World now and in the future.  Ready to start planning your trip to Disney?  Contact Diana at diana@beyondcastles.com or 740-953-0373.

Allergen-Free Bakery at Disney World!

For those of us who have food allergies or have someone in our family with food allergies, we know that eating out can be a challenge and getting a dessert from a bakery or restaurant is almost impossible.  But Disney does it again and makes that dream a reality with the addition of BabyCakes NYC in Downtown Disney.  Now those with food allergies can enjoy a bakery cupcake and other delights!


BabyCakes NYC specializes in gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and soy-free products.  You can see their website for ingredient listings to see what is right for you.  Most of their products are gluten-free.  They have a few baked goods that contain spelt flour, however, they use separate pans, trays, untensil, sinks and sponges to avoid cross contamination.

They do not bake with nuts (although they do use coconut) or soy.  However, the gluten-free flours are processed on equipment that also process hazelnut, almond flours and soy.  Those facilities are power washed and they discard the initial 30 pounds of flour between runs.

Here is their menu:

BabyCakes at Downtown Disney Menu

*Flavors vary daily*
Chocolate (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, agave-sweetened)
Vanilla (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, agave-sweetened)
Carrot (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, agave-sweetened)
Lemon (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, agave-sweetened)
Red Velvet (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, agave-sweetened)
Pumpkin (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, agave-sweetened)
Banana (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, agave-sweetened)
Brownie (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, unrefined sugar-sweetened)
Blondie (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, unrefined sugar-sweetened)

*Flavors vary daily*
Chocolate Chip (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, unrefined sugar-sweetened)
Oatmeal Raisin (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, unrefined sugar-sweetened)
Double Chocolate Chip (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, unrefined sugar-sweetened)

Agave-Sweetened Brownies (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, agave-sweetened)
Regular Brownies (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, unrefined sugar-sweetened)

*Flavors vary daily*
Banana (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, agave-sweetened)
Banana Chocolate Chip (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, unrefined sugar-sweetened)
Pumpkin (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, agave-sweetened)
Cinnamon Sugar Toastie (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, unrefined sugar-sweetened)
Cornbread (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, agave-sweetened)

*Flavors vary daily*
Chocolate Dipped (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, unrefined sugar-sweetened)
Cinnamon Sugar (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, unrefined sugar-sweetened)
Toasted Coconut (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, unrefined sugar-sweetened)
Chocolate Crunch (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, unrefined sugar-sweetened)
Vanilla Crunch (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, unrefined sugar-sweetened)

Other Daily Specials Include:
Cookie Sandwiches, Frosted Loaf Slices, Frosted Brownies, Frosting Shots!

They are open from 9am-11pm daily.  Contact them at:

Telephone: 407.938.9044
Email dtd@babycakesnyc.com

Don’t forget to contact Beyond Castles Travel to plan that vacation to Disney World and BabyCakes.  We can contact them for you to make sure they have what you need when you are there.

Live Like a Pirate!

Have you ever wanted to be a pirate?  At Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort you have the opportunity to sleep like one.  You will sleep in a ship-themed bed and walk on “wooden-plank” carpet.  You will be surrounded with pirate– themed accessories from drawings from the Pirates of the Caribbeanride to the refrigerator housed in a wooden crate and skull and cross bone curtain separating the lavatory from the rest of the guest room.  You’ve found plenty of treasure, too, you’ll be sleeping under a comforter of gold coins and gems.  You won’t forget about the pirates when you are in the shower, either, with the Flying Dutchman etched on the shower wall.

The Caribbean Beach Resort is one of Disney’s moderate resorts.  The rooms are broken down into 33 two-story buildings.  The buildings are divided into six islands named after Caribbean islands.  Each island has it’s own white-sand beach, pool, playground, and bus stop for Disney transportation.

The new pirate-themed rooms are located in the Trinidad South section of the resort.

The main pool area has been recently remodeled to look like a Spanish fort guarding a tropical harbor.  The pool also offers “zero-entrance” for easier access into the water and a separate area for the little ones is nearby. A mock shipwreck and slide is the centerpiece of this play area.

If you are ready to vacation like a pirate, contact Beyond Castles Travel, 740-953-0373.

What Should You Expect to Pay to have a Disney Specialist Plan your Disney Reservation? Nothing!

You get the services of a Disney and Universal Studios Specialist at no cost to you.  Book your Disney Reservation with us and we will handle every detail of your vacation leaving you free to anticipate the journey.  Our goal is to offer personalized Concierge Services free to our guests.  We are here to insure that you get the best deal on your Disney Reservation, while enjoying the most stress-free travel planning you’ve ever known.

Why Book Your Disney Reservation with Us?

Best Pricing – We guarantee that we will beat Disney prices!

Discount Watching – We will watch for new WDW discounts that could reduce your cost.  We can add these to your Disney World Reservation, even after you trip is booked and paid in full.

Itinerary Planning – Let us show you how to make the most of your time at Disney World.  You want to relax and enjoy your WDW vacation, not wait in lines.  Let us help you plan your visit to get the most of your vacation.

Disney Dining Reservations – Booking your Disney Dining Reservations insures that you will be able to experience the best dining Disney has to offer.  We will make suggestions on the best Disney World Resorts for your visit, plus we will book your restaurant reservations for you.

Experienced Agents – We are agents with Destinations to Explore, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.  We are licensed, insured, and bonded for your protection.

Experience the freedom of having someone else do all of the planning, while you have all of the fun!  Call us at 740-953-0373 to book your Disney Reservations today!

Added Magic this Fall at the Magic Kingdom

This fall starts a great season of special events at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.   The first event that starts this fall is the Night of Joy, September 9 and 10, 2011.  This is a contemporary Christian music festival with live performances by contemporary Christian superstars in gospel, rock and pop.  Details are still being finalized but here is a list of the headliners.  An extra special event ticket is required for the event.

Friday, September 9:
Jeremy Camp
Saturday, September 10:
Jars of Clay

While you’re at Magic Kingdom theme park, the following attractions will be open for you to enjoy:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Space Mountain
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Splash Mountain
  • Pirates of the Caribbean


The next event this fall is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party on select nights September – November 2011.  Purchase of an additional event ticket is required for this event.  Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume, while trick-or-treating throughout the Magic Kingdom

In addition to many favorite Disney attractions, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is filled with special entertainment, including:

  • Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade—including Disney Characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction. The parade begins with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman.
  • Happy HalloWishes—a spectacular fireworks show where the Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky.
  • Many favorite Disney Characters and Disney Villains in special Halloween costumes.
  • Special lighting, music and theming effects transforms special areas of Magic Kingdom theme park into happy haunted hollows

Tickets are on sale now!

Disney’s Very Merry Christmas Party is the next  magical event held on select weekends in November and December.  An additional event ticket is required for the event.   This festive celebration is filled with live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and an fantistically festive holiday parade.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party features:

  • The enchanted Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle
  • Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, complete with a special appearance by Santa Claus himself
  • An exclusive holiday fireworks extravaganza — Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
  • Live entertainment featuring Disney Characters
  • Meet and greet opportunities throughout Magic Kingdom theme park with some of your favorite Disney Characters
  • Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa
  • A magical snow fall on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Many of the most popular Magic Kingdom attractions

The Magic Kingdom will  be more magical this fall.  These events are definately not to be missed.  Tickets are on sale now for all concerts and parties.  Buy them early so you don’t get sold out!! 

 Contact Diana at Beyond Castles Travel to book your Disney World vacation, we’ll take care of all the details and get your special event tickets for you.  Mention this blog post and you’ll get a special discount!!

Disney’s Newest Royal Couple

Princess Rapunzel and Her Prince Flynn Rider  Disney is about to crown their newest Princess!  The celebration for the 10th Disney Princess will take place at Kensington Palace in London, UK.  Kensington Palace has been home to many real princesses,  so it seems a fitting setting for the world’s first ceremony to honor Rapunzel.  On October 2, 2010.  Little princesses from across the globe will watch Rapunzel be welcomed into the Disney Princess royal court by Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Snow White and Tiana in a star-studded ceremony.

Once Rapunzel becomes a member of the royal court, she will be celebrated and recognized as such.  She will be included in all Disney Princess products featuring multiple characters, in addition to her own merchandise line.  Plus, all over Disney Parks, Rapunzel will for the first time wear her royal tiara.

Kensington Palace has always been a place of spectacle, beauty and majesty, and home to many inspirational real-life Princesses. We are therefore delighted to celebrate our relationship with Disney by hosting this magical event that will welcome Rapunzel as the 10th member of the Disney Princess royal court.” 

Kensington Palace has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century and is famed for its associations with Princesses. Princess Victoria (later Queen Victoria, Britain’s longest reigning monarch) was born at Kensington Palace on 24th May 1819 and was christened the following month in the Cupola Room. Her love for the palace ensured the renovations of the State Apartments in 1897 which were opened to the public on Queen Victoria’s 80th birthday. Today, parts of Kensington Palace continue to serve as residences for members of the Royal Family. The best known resident in recent years was Diana, Princess of Wales, who occupied apartments in the north-west part of the palace from 1981-1997.

Come meet the newest Disney heroine and the roguish thief Flynn Rider in Magic Kingdom. While at the enchanted courtyard, you can color pictures of the royal kingdom’s magical golden flower for a personal keepsake. Have a hair-raising time learning her traditional folk dance and playing games with attendants of the court.

Contact us for your next Disney vacation Beyond Castles Travel or give us at call 740-953-0373. Tell me that you read this blog and receive a Free gift for the kids when you book a Disney World Package.

Travelling with Food Allergies

Going on vacation fills most families with excitement and anticipation.  Unfortunately, families with food allergies might be feeling anxiety and fear instead of the excitement that they should be feeling.  Beyond Castles Travel has experience in travelling with food allergies and we would like to share some travel tips.

One of the best ways to make sure there won’t be unexpected exposures is to plan ahead, which can be difficult on vacation.  Disney is a company that makes planning ahead a bit easier.

All of Disney’s full service restaurants that take reservations can accomodate dietary needs related to intolerances or allergies when ordered at least 72 hours in advance.  Common food allergies include;

  • gluten or wheat
  • shellfish
  • soy
  • lactose or dairy
  • peanuts and tree nuts
  • fish
  • eggs
  • corn

If you are making your own reservations, you will need to let them know at that time what the allergy is and who in your party has it.  Personally, I have also been given the direct phone number for a restaurant that we were going to eat at so that we could call them the day before to confirm that they knew about the allergy.  Contact Diana at diana@beyondcastles.com or at 740-953-0373.

Once you arrive at the restaurant, remind the hostess and the server regarding your allergy and the chef will come out to discuss safe options and alternatives.

The locations listed below have quick-service menu items or products that, upon request, may accommodate Guests’ common food allergy or intolerance needs.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park:

  • Restaurantosaurus
  • Flame Tree Barbecue


Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park:

  • Backlot Express
  • Studios Catering Co.
  • ABC Commissary
  • Toy Story Pizza Planet


Epcot Theme Park:

  • Liberty Inn
  • Sunshine Season


Magic Kingdom Theme Park:

  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café
  • Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Café
  • Main Street Bakery
  • Columbia Harbor House
  • The Pinocchio Village House

And for pre-packaged items, please make sure you read the ingredient label.

Even though Disney will do their best to help avoid your allergen, always remember to have your emergency medication with you at all times.  We will even bring wipes to clean off a table before my son eat.

Also, remember that you can bring food into the park.  We always bring safe “treats” for my son because we like to get pastries from the countries in the World Showcase but they are not safe for guests with peanut allergies.  So we bring safe treats for my son that he only gets to eat.

Eating on vacation can be a challenge with food allergies but Beyond Castles Travel would like to make that easier for you.  We can make your reservations for you, taking care of all special notes.    We will handle your reservation like it was our own and your dietary needs like they were ours so all you need to feel before your vacation is excitement and anticipation.

Travelling beyond Disney to someplace else in the world?  Book your package with us and we will make all reservations and gather all the information that we can to help make eating on your vacation a piece of allergen-safe cake!

2012 Disney Dining Plan

Disney has released the details of their 2012 Dining Plans!! 

There are a few changes to note.

We are going to start with the Quick-Service Dining Plan.  For 2011 packages, guests who pick this package will receive 2 quick-service meals and 2 snacks per person per night of your stay, plus one refillable mug per person.

For the 2012 Quick-Service Dining Plan, each person (ages 3+) will receive:

     2 Quick-Service Meals– One entree, one dessert and one non-alcoholic drink OR one complete combo meal

     1 Snack– Choose from: Frozen ice-cream novelty, popsicle or fruit bar,

                                                     Box of popcorn

                                                     Single piece of whole fruite

                                                     Medium fountain soft drink or juice

     Resort Refillable Drink Mug– one per person, per package

For 2012, you will still receive 2 Quick-Service Meals per person, per night of your stay but now you will only receive 1 snack per person, per night of your stay.

On to Disney’s Dining Plan (Basic Dining), where they have included one refillable drink mug per person in the 2012 Disney Dining Plan!  The rest of the package appears to be the same.

     1 Table-Service Meal– One entree, one dessert and one non-alcoholic beverage OR one full buffet

     1 Quick-Service Meal– One entree, one dessert and one non-alcholic beverage OR one complete combo meal

     1 Snack–  Frozen ice-cream novelty, popsicle or fruit bar,

                          Box of popcorn

                          Single piece of whole fruite

                          Medium fountain soft drink or juice

And there appear to be no changes to the Disney’s Deluxe Dining Plan for 2012.

For each package night, each person (ages 3+) will receive:

3 meals ANY combination of Quick-Service and/or Table-Service Restaurants-

     Each Table-Service mealincludes- One appetizer, one entree, one dessert and one non- alcohlic beverage OR one full buffet

     Each Quick-Service mealincludes: One entree, one dessert and one non-alcohlic beverage OR one complete combo meal

2 Snack–  Frozen ice-cream novelty, popsicle or fruit bar,

                      Box of popcorn

                      Single piece of whole fruite

                     Medium fountain soft drink or juice

Resort Refillable Drink Mug– one per person, per package

Disney’s meal plans still continue to be a great value.  My favorite option is Disney’s Disney Dining Plan.  I love the ability to have a table-service meal everyday and save money while I’m doing it.  A table-service meal is a great way to take some time and relax and maybe meet a few Disney characters– because, yes, the Disney character meals are included as options for a table-service meal! 

And remember that if you book your Disney vacation with Beyond Castles, we can make those table-service advance dining reservations for you!

Which is your favorite dining option?