A month of staying at home
While traveling for most of us is out of the question right now, there are absolutely no restrictions on planning and dreaming about your next vacation! Plus, science shows planning a trip often brings you more happiness than actually taking it! Staying at home for one month is a small sacrifice to save lives, and it can prove to be your biggest adventure yet! Here are ten ways to enjoy staying home as much as any vacation:
What an unthinkable impact these uncertain times have had on all of us. Unfortunately, travel restrictions, closures and social distancing has forced many of us to postpone or cancel our dream vacations. Never before in history has The Walt Disney Travel Company had to cease operations of the entire company for such an extended period of time. Disney is looking towards brighter days ahead and they are welcoming guests who where affected to return this summer for an extra magical vacations.
If your recent Walt Disney World reservation was affected, then you may be eligible to enjoy a special summer vacation package offer. After all, summertime is the perfect time to make the kind of cherished memories that we all need—now more than ever.
From Royal Caribbean International
Given global public health circumstances, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd has decided to extend the suspension of sailings of their global fleet.
Royal Caribbean is working with guests to address the disruption to their vacations and expects to return to service on May 12, 2020. Due to announced port closures in Canada, Royal Caribbean expects to return service for Alaska, New England and Canada sailings on July 1, 2020.
Royal Caribbean implemented a Cruise With Confidence amended cancellation policy when the first suspension was announced earlier in the month. Today the company updated this policy to reflect a few changes offering even greater flexibility to guests.
The magic has been silenced. For the first time in history The Walt Disney World Travel Company has ceased operations in a effort to protect guests and cast members from invisible demon that has brought the World to its knees. Disney is first and foremost concerned about the safety and well-being of guests and cast members. It is because of this, and out of an abundance of caution, that Disney made the decision to temporarily halt operations at every Disney owned company through the end of March, and Disney Cruise Line through mid-April.
Disney's rates keep rising and vacationers keep playing the virtual scavenger hunt to try and come up with the best ways to save. Renting Disney Vacation Club points is gaining popularity among Disney visitors, especially those with larger families, as a way to stay within the Magic of Walt Disney World Resort for less. But with savings comes sacrifice. So we encourage you to research this option carefully before you rent.
Guests are not able to rent points through Disney or through a travel agent. You must contact the property owner directly, which can be risky, or rent through a reputable points broker such as David's Vacation Club Rentals. David thoroughly vets property owners and has measures in place to protect renters from fraud. Renting points through a broker costs a little more but comes with the peace-of-mind in knowing that your investment is protected.
by Brenda Kaufman
Photo courtesy of Disney Destinations
The Disney Magic will have 12 new Concierge Family Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah (Category V) by the October 2, 2020 sailing. The staterooms being converted are: 8026, 8028, 8036, 8038, 8040, 8042, 8526, 8528, 8536, 8538, 8540, 8542.
Reservations made for the staterooms listed above for sailings prior to October 2, 2020 will remain as Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah (Category 4A).
Reservations booked for sailings October 2, 2020 and beyond will be treated as Concierge Family Oceanview Staterooms with Verandah (Category V).
by Brenda Kaufman
Photos courtesy of Disney Parks
Do the chilly winter days have you wishing for warmer weather? What better way to escape than by taking a Disney cruise to warm, tropical destinations? Disney Cruise Line has a variety of weekend and week long getaways to tropical ports in the Bahamas and Caribbean that make for the perfect sun and fun-filled escape.
Experience tropical paradise at one of my favorite places, Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. A day at Castaway Cay includes a touch of Disney magic, of course! Take advantage of Disney character greetings, including a dance party with Lilo and Stitch! There's Scuttle's Cove, an on-island kids club for children ages 3 through 12 supervised by Disney counselors. Go sailing, paddle boarding, or kayaking followed by a delicious lunch at Cookie’s BBQ. You can also relax at Serenity Bay (adults only) while admiring the crystal blue waters of the Bahamas.
Cozumel is one of Mexico’s most popular destinations. The thick green jungles and tranquil lagoons offer a unique setting for this unforgettable destination. Explore ancient Mayan ruins, taste your way through the island’s delectable cuisine, and encounter marine life as you snorkel and scuba dive.
In St. Thomas, experience stunning beaches, lush landscapes and scenic views. This beautiful island destination is perfect for relaxation, but there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy – including golf, snorkeling and shopping.
There are even more ways to enjoy fun in the sun aboard a Disney Cruise! You can delight in the warm weather as you watch your favorite Disney movies poolside or take an exhilarating ride in the AquaDunk or AquaDuck! Once you’ve worked up an appetite, the open air of the upper deck is the perfect place to soak up some rays and enjoy a midday snack.
Aboard a Disney cruise, there are countless ways to relax and bid those “winter blues” goodbye! So it’s time to say, “Goodbye, Winter … Hello, Disney Cruise!”
We realize a Disney cruise is a big investment and you expect the most value for your travel dollar. At Magic Family Travel, we like to provide our clients with a little extra reward as a way to say “thank you” for choosing us to help plan your dream family cruise. Book your Disney Cruise with a Magic Family Travel Advisor and receive an on board credit up to $1000!
by Brenda Kaufman
The announcement came yesterday that the Pirates League at the Magic Kingdom will close on July 27, 2020. Located next to Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland, Pirates League offers makeover packages that transform young guests into a pirate captain, first mate, or mermaid. Packages range from $18.95 to $99.95 and can be booked online or by your Magic Family Travel Advisor through July 26, 2020.
All of our Travel Advisors have completed Disney's College of Knowledge and are available to assist you with your magical vacation! Our planning services are free of charge and can include booking dining reservations and Fastpasses. We can get online at 7am so you don't have to!!
Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island is reserved exclusively for Disney Cruise Line Guests
by Brenda Kaufman
Disney's Castaway Cay is consistently ranked Best Cruise Line Private Island by Cruise Critic members. Castaway Cay, a featured stop on Disney's Bahamian and Caribbean cruise itineraries, includes activities for kids and adults. Disney does a remarkable job of making this small island feel relaxed and uncrowded. Guests love biking leisurely around the island, floating on rafts in the calm crystal blue waters, and snorkeling in the protected lagoon complete with lifeguards. Adults can retreat to Serenity Bay, an adult only beach; while kids prefer the thrills at Pelican Plunge! There are far too many activities at Castaway Cay to mention here, but trust us when we say this will be the highlight of your Disney Cruise. In fact, the only thing that could top a day at Castaway Cay, are two stops at this magical island paradise!
Disney's "Double Dip" cruises continue to be among the cruise line's most popular itinerary since they began offering them in 2015. If you're on the fence about which Disney Cruise to take, this is it. You can not possibly spend too much time in Castaway Cay. Book your Double Dip cruise now through December 31, 2020 to take advantage of our onboard credit offer only available through Magic Family Travel.
Here is a list of Disney Cruise Line's Double Dip cruises for 2020
These cruises typically will sell-out so we recommend booking them as soon as possible. For more information about these and other amazing Disney Cruises, or for a no obligation quote, click the link below to fill out a form and a Disney Cruise Specialist will be glad to assist you.
From Disney Destinations
Epcot is in the midst of an historic, multi-year transformation that is bringing a wide variety of exciting new attractions and experiences to the park. Among these is “Harmonious,” set to debut later this year, which will be one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for a Disney Park. Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Parks Live Entertainment teams recently passed a major milestone in the development of the show, with the delivery of several floating platforms that will provide a base for the technology used to create “Harmonious.”
“Harmonious” will bring to World Showcase Lagoon an innovative toolkit of massive floating set pieces that house a variety of show effects, including custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, colorful lights, lasers, pyrotechnics, and more.
The show is a beautifully crafted nighttime dreamscape of Disney music and images, reimagined by diverse cultural musicians and artists from around the world. It’s a transformative experience, where we can discover how Disney music has the power to inspire and unite us all. You can catch an early glimpse of concepts for the show now by visiting Walt Disney Imagineering Presents the Epcot Experience, located in the Odyssey Events Pavilion.
Over the coming months, with development and infrastructure work for “Harmonious” ramping up both behind the scenes and in the center of the lagoon, we’re pleased to present the limited-time spectacular “Epcot Forever.”
“Epcot Forever” has been described as a “love letter” to the park. The show tells the story of Epcot, beginning with the first spark of inspiration and the opening day anthem, “We’ve Just Begun to Dream,” and continuing through chapters dedicated to the thematic pillars of innovation, exploration, imagination and celebration. It concludes with an all-new verse of the classic song, “One Little Spark,” leading into a spectacular grand finale promising “A Whole New World” of magical possibilities to come.