Disney Travel News Disney Travel News Mon, 10 May 2021 19:46:38 +0000 Zend_Feed_Writer 2 (http://framework.zend.com) https://www.disneytravelagents.com UPDATE – Foodie News: Dining Guide to <em>Disneyland</em> Resort Reopening We hope you are hungry for more Disneyland restaurant openings! As we continue to reopen our dining locations, we will update this Dining Guide, giving you a source to find which restaurants are open … or soon to open!

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Mon, 10 May 2021 13:16:04 -0400 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8968 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8968 (Disney Destinations) Disney Destinations We hope you are hungry for more Disneyland restaurant openings! As we continue to reopen our dining locations, we will update this Dining Guide, giving you a source to find which restaurants are open … or soon to open!

We are excited to announce the latest restaurants to join the reopening list:

  • Paradise Garden Grill(opening May 13)
  • Alfresco Tasting Terrace (opening May 20exclusively for Legacy Passholders and their Guests; online reservations available May 18)
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant (opening May 27; online reservations available May 18)
  • Napa Rose(opening May 28 – dinner only; online reservations available May 18)
  • Storytellers Café(opening May 28 – breakfast and dinner – no characters; online reservations available May 18)
  • GCH Craftsman Bar(New! Excited to announce online reservations will be available May 28)

(Note: Dates and locations subject to change.)

Please tell your Clients to download or update the Disneyland mobile app*, as this is the primary way to order food and beverages at most quick-service dining locations. Here is a link for additional details on mobile order.

Our full-service park locations have limited seating capacity for Guests with confirmed theme park reservations and tickets for the same park on the same date 60 days in advance with mobile check-in and mobile wait-list at select full-service locations, available on the Disneyland mobile app.

To help your Clients plan and prepare for their next trip to Disneyland Resort, you can share the Disneyland Resort “Know Before You Go” information with them by using the updated “Know Before You Go” microsite – Disneytraveltradeinfo.com/dlr.

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Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Note: Only Guests staying at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will be able to dine at these locations through May 27. Starting May 28, these locations will be open to all Guests.

*Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations, and features may vary by handset, service provider or otherwise. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.

 

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New Halloween-Themed ‘Disney After Hours BOO BASH’ Coming to <em>Magic Kingdom</em> Park this Fall! Since we are Halfway 2 Halloween, we’re spookily excited to announce a new Halloween-themed Disney After Hours event coming this fall to Magic Kingdom Park!

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Fri, 07 May 2021 09:42:32 -0400 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8952 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8952 (Disney Destinations) Disney Destinations Since we are Halfway 2 Halloween, we’re spookily excited to announce a new Halloween-themed Disney After Hours event coming this fall to Magic Kingdom Park!

“Disney After Hours BOO BASH” will take place on select nights, Aug. 10-Oct. 31, from 9 p.m. to midnight*. Spooky festivities will include Halloween-themed cavalcades, character sightings throughout the park, special performances by the Cadaver Dans, décor, lighting, music, treat stops with plenty of candy and so much more!

“Disney After Hours BOO BASH” tickets will grant admission to Magic Kingdom Park as early as 7 p.m. without the need for a day park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation, giving Guests time to enjoy even more of their favorites. 

Guests young, old and immortal can dress in costume for the occasion and get their fill of Halloween candy. As an important reminder, costume masks are not permitted for adults; they can only be worn by children younger than 14. In addition, all Guests are required to wear approved face coverings during the event. Before Guests arrive, check our Know Before You Go page, DisneyTravelTradeInfo.com/WDW  and Costume Guidelines.

In case you aren’t familiar with Disney After Hours, it’s a special event that’s open to a limited number of Guests, after normal park operating hours. The experience offers low wait times at more than 20 attractions from classics like The Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain, to newer favorites like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. It’s a ghostly good time for all!

Tickets will go on sale next month, with an early purchase window available to Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Stay tuned for more details to come. We’ll share additional information about “Disney After Hours BOO BASH” as it becomes available, so keep checking for more tricks and treats.

*Some event nights in August and September will be from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. 

 

 

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First Look: Avengers Campus Cast Members Assemble in New Cast Costumes Avengers Campus cast members have assembled at Disney California Adventure park. Their mission: Gear up in their brand-new costumes as they prepare Avengers Campus to begin recruiting Guests on June 4.

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Thu, 06 May 2021 14:40:20 -0400 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8950 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8950 (Disney Destinations) Disney Destinations Avengers Campus cast members have assembled at Disney California Adventure park. Their mission: Gear up in their brand-new costumes as they prepare Avengers Campus to begin recruiting Guests on June 4.

“Our cast members play a unique part in the guest experience,” said Joe Kucharski, senior costume designer. “These costumes are designed to help them embody their role in this epic story.”

Taking on unique roles, cast members in Avengers Campus are known as Campus Representatives, and the costumes they wear are inspired by each individual address within the campus. These looks were created to be cool and comfortable, while helping to ground Guests in the immersive storytelling of the land.

Campus Representatives at WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure and WEB Suppliers will wear pieces that feature modern, techy emblems and materials made of lightweight, breathable fabrics with stretch for movement and flexibility.

Over at Pym Test Kitchen featuring IMPOSSIBLE, they will take on unique pieces like a Pym pocket protector, lab coat, hat and tie. Giving a nod to the growing and shrinking science used to create shareable bites and sweets at this location, these costumes feature a large “Pym Particle” on the hat and much smaller pattern on the tie.

The campus uniform includes cargo bottoms, a training shirt and a tactical-inspired vest that are comfortable, lightweight and breathable, so cast can be ready to take on any mission that comes their way.

At the Ancient Sanctum, costumes layer unique pieces that cast a dramatic silhouette with rich textures and sewing techniques inspired by the Mystic Arts.

Campus Representatives at both food carts in Avengers Campus will gear up in colorful aprons—one inspired by classic New York City food carts for Shawarma Palace and the other inspired by the second anchor attraction in the land, Guardians on the Galaxy—Mission: BREAKOUT!, for Terran Treats.

Check out this video for a closer look! -  

 

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News from the Hotels of the <em>Disneyland</em> Resort! <em>Disney’s Paradise Pier</em> Hotel Reopens June 15, 2021; More Restaurant Dining Returning to <em>Disney’s Grand Californian Hote</em>l & Spa Guests can get ready to enjoy summer fun at the Disneyland Resort! As we continue the phased reopening of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort, we are thrilled to announce Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will reopen and welcome back Guests starting June 15, 2021, with limited capacity! Guests can also look forward to the return of favorite dining locations, including Napa Rose and Storyteller’s Café, starting May 28, 2021, at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa! The Disneyland Hotel will reopen at a later date.

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Thu, 06 May 2021 14:39:52 -0400 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8949 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8949 (Disney Destinations) Disney Destinations Guests can get ready to enjoy summer fun at the Disneyland Resort! As we continue the phased reopening of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort, we are thrilled to announce Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will reopen and welcome back Guests starting June 15, 2021, with limited capacity! Guests can also look forward to the return of favorite dining locations, including Napa Rose and Storyteller’s Café, starting May 28, 2021, at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa! The Disneyland Hotel will reopen at a later date.

Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is a celebration of California’s beachfront heritage, inviting Guests to ride a wave of relaxation from the charming seaside-themed rooms all the way up to the exciting, rooftop pool and waterslides for fun in the California sun. This property is located right in the middle of the magic at theDisneyland Resort, just steps from Disneyland park and Disney Californian Adventure park. Guests can book room reservations starting May 6, 2021, and make Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel their perfect summer destination!

As part of the phased reopening, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel will not have food and beverage offerings initially, however, hotel Guests may visit any of the nearby dining outlets at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa such as GCH Craftsman Bar & Grill, Hearthstone Lounge, Storytellers Café and Napa Rose restaurant, plus the many innovative food and beverage offerings throughout the Downtown Disney District. Select restaurants in the Downtown Disney District also provide delivery services. For added convenience, uests of Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa can scan QR codes right from their in-room TV to access the links to those restaurants’ delivery webpages and order food and beverages that can be delivered right to the hotel lobbies.*

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is reopening popular dining locations Napa Rose and Storytellers Cafe for Guests to enjoy while staying at the Disneyland Resort, and will be open to non-hotel guests as well. Starting May 28, 2021, Guests can enjoy the warm, inviting ambiance at Napa Rose for in-person dinner. Known for its award-winning wine list, exemplary service and delectable dining, Napa Rose will feature both the prix fixe Vintner Menu and a la carte selections, where Guests can savor wine country cuisine featuring dishes that honor California’s rich culinary bounty, artisan farmers and world-famous wine makers.

Guests can also enjoy hearty home-style favorites while dining at Storytellers Café, offering three-course meals for breakfast and dinner. Whether Guests are hungry for an American Wagyu Burger or craving a classic Mickey Waffle, there’s something for everyone’s taste buds! Dining reservations are recommended and will be available for booking at a later date, so be sure to stay tuned. Character dining will not be featured at this time.

One other great feature that is returning May 28 to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is the special entrance to Disney California Adventure park for Disneyland Resort hotel Guests who are visiting the park.**

Guests planning to visit the theme parks during their stay should remember that all Guests ages 3 and up will need both a valid ticket and theme park reservation for the same day and same park to enter the park they want to visit.*** Theme park reservations have to be made in advance, and they’re limited and subject to availability. Planning a stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel? Guests can use their hotel confirmation number to view the latest reservation availability for theme parks. Guests should be sure to have a valid ticket to book their theme park reservation. Keep in mind: a hotel reservation does not guarantee theme park access, and Guests need to link their park tickets to a Disney account to make a separate theme park reservation. If Guests do not have an applicable theme park reservation confirmation and a valid ticket, they will not be granted access to the theme parks. Also, only California residents may visit the parks at this time. Guests may be asked to show such proof of residency, as necessary. Remember that appropriate face coverings are required for all Guests ages 2 and older throughout the resort.

As a reminder, you can share the Disneyland Resort “Know Before You Go” information with your Clients by using the updated “Know Before You Go” microsite – Disneytraveltradeinfo.com/dlr.

 

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<i>Adventures by Disney</i> Update

The health and safety of our Guests and Team Members remains a top priority for our team at Adventures by Disney.  Adventures by Disney is continuing to assess future travel operations on a destination-by-destination basis.

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Mon, 10 May 2021 13:04:31 -0400 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8967 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8967 (Disney Destinations) Disney Destinations The health and safety of our Guests and Team Members remains a top priority for our team at Adventures by Disney.  Adventures by Disney is continuing to assess future travel operations on a destination-by-destination basis. 

 

Adventures by Disney will contact all impacted Guests or their Travel Agents with updated information and options. We will continue to make adjustments as necessary and will notify Guests or Travel Agents immediately should there be changes to their itinerary. 

 

Guests who have air travel booked through Adventures by Disney are able to work directly with Adventures by Disney to change and/or cancel their air travel arrangements. Guests who booked their own air travel arrangements should contact their airlines directly to make the appropriate changes.

 

Guests or Travel Agents with specific questions may reach out to our Contact Center at (855) 223-0025 or (407) 566-8345.

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AdventHealth Expands Offerings to Bring New and Innovative Services to <em>Walt Disney World</em> Guests For more than two decades, AdventHealth (formerly Florida Hospital) has been providing health care services to Walt Disney World Guests, and today, we’re excited to share their expanded offerings that will take these services to an all-new level.

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Thu, 06 May 2021 15:28:35 -0400 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8948 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8948 (Disney Destinations) Disney Destinations For more than two decades, AdventHealth (formerly Florida Hospital) has been providing health care services to Walt Disney World Guests, and today, we’re excited to share their expanded offerings that will take these services to an all-new level.

(L-R) Jeff Vahle, president, Walt Disney World Resort and Randy Haffner, president and CEO of AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division.

As part of their expanded offerings, AdventHealth will provide a range of health care services and vacation-planning tools that will meet a broader variety of needs, making it easier for those who have pre-existing health conditions or unexpected health care needs plan their vacations and receive care when they arrive in Central Florida. New online planning tools and a dedicated AdventHealth care concierge experience center will help meet Guests’ needs, such as assistance with doctor’s appointments, virtual care, and medical equipment and prescription delivery to Walt Disney World Resort hotels. Guests can focus on creating magical memories during their vacation while taking comfort in knowing that health care resources are conveniently available, should they need them.

In addition to the newly expanded health care services, AdventHealth will also add a new emergency room location at Flamingo Crossings Town Center, staffed by AdventHealth physicians and nurses.

Additionally, building on the current Disney touches at the Walt Disney Pavilion at AdventHealth for Children, the organizations will explore bringing AdventHealth patients and their families additional welcoming enhancements at AdventHealth for Children and other AdventHealth pediatric locations in Florida.

AdventHealth and Disney have shared a commitment to bringing innovation and inspiration to the Central Florida community, and these new offerings are sure to build on these successes so that guests have even more ways to experience the magic of Walt Disney World Resort, while having access to health and wellness resources.

 

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Designing the Disney Wish: Grand Reveal of Disney’s Newest Ship Today we are sharing the next video in our “Designing the Disney Wish” series, which gives you a sneak peek at some the incredible magic Disney Cruise Line has dreamed up for guests of all ages. 

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Thu, 06 May 2021 11:56:51 -0400 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8947 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8947 (Disney Destinations) Disney Destinations April was an exciting month for Disney Cruise Line as we began bringing to life our newest ship, the Disney Wish, which sets sail in summer 2022! First, we reached a significant construction milestone and announced Captain Minnie as the beloved character to adorn the ship’s bow. Then, on the heels of unveiling our dazzling design concept that will give the Disney Wish a distinctive personality, we revealed exciting new details about what will make this ship unlike any other vessel at sea.

Today we are sharing the next video in our “Designing the Disney Wish” series, which gives you a sneak peek at some the incredible magic Disney Cruise Line has dreamed up for guests of all ages. Check it out to hear from our team’s creative masterminds how the all-new spaces and experiences aboard the Disney Wish will continue our tradition of delivering the most magical and relaxing vacations at sea – now with more Disney stories and characters than ever!

More details about the Disney Wish are on the horizon. Stay tuned to be among the first to see our exciting updates!

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<em>Walt Disney World</em> Refurbishments Update Check out this article for information about an upcoming refurbishment at Disney's Contemporary Resort.

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Wed, 05 May 2021 15:01:05 -0400 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8946 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8946 (Disney Destinations) Disney Destinations As a reminder, information on attractions, dining, experiences and other offerings currently available can be found on DisneyTravelTradeInfo.com/WDW, as well as the Know Before You Go section on the Disney Travel Agents website.

From the “Know Before You Go” homepage, be sure to visit the “Your Guide to Updated Experiences” section when planning a vacation for your clients to stay up-to-date on operating information, including refurbishment.

Here, you will find information on the following planned refurbishments:

  • The Wave… of American Flavors & The Wave Lounge at Disney’s Contemporary Resort will be unavailable this summer as we refurbish this space in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort. Reservations will be available through July 15, 2021.

As future refurbishment information becomes available, we will continue to update the “Know Before You Go” pages on the Disney Travel Agents website.

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More Exciting Dining Options to Return to <em>Walt Disney World</em> Walt Disney World Resort has even more reasons to get excited about visiting in May and beyond! Guests will be able to see beloved characters when Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort reintroduces an all-you-care-to-enjoy dinner starring the Fab Five. Over at the EPCOT Resort area, Guests will be able to once again enjoy seaside meals when Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort reopens, and, get their taste buds ready for the re-opening of Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

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Wed, 05 May 2021 15:06:12 -0400 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8944 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8944 (Disney Destinations) Disney Destinations Walt Disney World Resort has even more reasons to get excited about visiting in May and beyond! Guests will be able to see beloved characters when Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort reintroduces an all-you-care-to-enjoy dinner starring the Fab Five. Over at the EPCOT Resort area, Guests will be able to once again enjoy seaside meals when Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort reopens, and, get their taste buds ready for the re-opening of Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

 

Chef Mickey’s Dinner

Starting May 16, Chef Mickey’s will offer an all-you-care-to-enjoy family-style dinner that will include “no touch” appearances like snapping a selfie or waving hello as Mickey and some of his favorite pals make surprising appearances in each of the dining rooms. Similar to other character dining locations, Guests will take home a souvenir with character signatures and colorful artwork. 

Seeing favorite characters isn’t all Guests can look forward to at Chef Mickey’s! The dinner menu will include items for the whole family, like starters of “Chef Mickey’s Caesar,” citrus-poached shrimp salad, and assorted breads; main courses of gnocchi, roasted garlic potato Gratin, plant-based faro wheat fried rice, prime rib, roasted turkey, and salmon; and an assortment of sweets to top off the meal. Little ones can enjoy mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, turkey corn dog nuggets, and more! 

Cape May Café 

If Guests ever dream of escaping to the beach and enjoying all the delicious food of an oceanside town, they’ll be happy that Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort reopens on May 18! The New England-style restaurant is a perfect location to refuel before and after a day of adventure at Walt Disney World

Guests returning to Cape May Café will find old favorites and new changes, along with its signature service and quality. The restaurant will serve breakfast and dinner, but Minnie’s Beach Bash Character Breakfast and the Seafood-and-More Dinner Buffet will not return at reopening.

That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of treats in store! The all-you-care-to enjoy family-style breakfast menu will feature popular staples like pastries (including the layered crispy, cream-filled “Lobster Tail”), omelets, and Mickey and Minnie waffles. Highlights from dinner will include house-made Parker House rolls and corn bread, a seafood boil with a variety of fresh seafood, The Turf Platter with steak and chicken, and – my personal favorite – lobster mac and cheese.  

Bookings for Cape May Café and dinnertime at Chef Mickey’s open on May 7.

Tusker House Restaurant

The Guest-favorite character dining location at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Tusker House Restaurant, will reopen this summer! During the modified character experience, Guests will enjoy delicious family-style entrees inspired by the flavors of Africa and can snap photos of Donald Duck and friends, dressed in their safari best as they promenade through the restaurant. We will share more about the menu and reservation information soon.

We look forward to welcoming Guests back to Cape May Café and for dinnertime at Chef Mickey’s later this month. And we can’t wait for Guests to savor the delicious African-inspired fare at Tusker House Restaurant in the coming months. Stay tuned for more scrumptious details and foodie news in the coming weeks!

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Happy National Travel Advisor Appreciation Day! Happy National Travel Advisor Appreciation Day! Please check out this message from Claire Bilby, Senior Vice President of Sales, Services and Events for Disney Destinations.

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Wed, 05 May 2021 08:59:44 -0400 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8943 https://www.disneytravelagents.com/news/8943 (Claire Bilby, Senior Vice President, Sales, Services and Events, Disney Destinations) Claire Bilby, Senior Vice President, Sales, Services and Events, Disney Destinations Happy National Travel Advisor Appreciation Day! Thank you for your continued support and dedication. We’re grateful for you, and everything you do to create magic for your Clients!

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