FREE DINING AT WALT DISNEY WORLD THIS FALL!

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FREE DINING AT WALT DISNEY WORLD THIS FALL!

Top Ten Reasons to go to Walt Disney World in 2011!

January 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Posted in Disney Travel, Disney Travel Planning, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Italy, Magic Kingdom, Main Street, Mexico, Uncategorized, Walt Disney World Resort, World Showcase | 1 Comment
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2011 will be a wonderful year to go to Walt Disney World (as if anyone REALLY needs an excuse to go to WDW)! There are so many wonderful things to do and see and experience! Here is a quick list of the top ten reasons you need to go to WDW this year!

  1. Let the Memories Begin– Disney’s new promotional campaign focuses on the memories made at the Disney parks. I know we all have them. And if we don’t, we will soon! This campaign allows us to see other’s magical memories and to share some of our own! Do you remember your 1st trip to WDW? Or what about your child’s? This campaign makes me smile simply because it is real. Those are real experiences and real reactions. And who knows? Maybe one of YOUR memories will wind up on one of Disney’s commercials or print ads. And maybe even displayed on Cinderella’s castle. For more information on this new campaign, click here.
  2. Walt Disney World’s 40th Anniversary– Come celebrate WDW’s 40th birthday at the Most Magical Place on Earth! Join in at all the parades, the rides, the shows… Come and see what has made Walt Disney World a must-see travel destination!
  3. Meet the Characters from Tangled– Did your little princess or prince love Rapunzel or Flynn Rider? Well, did you know you can meet them at the Magic Kingdom? That’s right! The beautiful princess and her prince now have their own Meet and Greet area in Fairytale Garden, near the castle side entrance to Fantasyland. Come to this new interactive Play and Greet!
  4. Duffy– So this may not be the MAIN reason, to go to Walt Disney World, but it’s a pretty fun thing to do while you’re here! For years, Duffy has been a popular character at Tokyo Disneyland. In October 2010, he arrived at Epcot for his own Meet and Greet! Duffy, for those of you who are wondering who I am talking about, is Mickey’s teddy bear. He’s a soft, cuddly bear with a “Hidden Mickey” on his face and paws. And of course, the Duffy merchandise abounds! You can get a seasonal Duffy bear, a HUGE Duffy bear, or a plain Duffy that you can dress anyway you want in one of the many Duffy outfits that are available.
  5. Two New Epcot Eateries– Via Napoli opened this past August in the Italy pavilion. This authentic Neapolitan pizzeria features wood-burning ovens and serves wonderful pizza, salads, sandwiches and more. La Hacienda de San Angel is an indoor-outdoor restaurant right on the lagoon that features authentic Mexican dishes. This is the first of Disney’s new concept dining establishments that acts as a quick service eatery for lunch and a table service eatery for dinner.
  6. Disney Channel Rocks– This new street show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios replaces the old High School Musical street performance. This new high energy show features songs that your tweens and teens will know all too well (and most parents will know them all too well, too). You’ll hear tunes from Hannah Montana, Sonny With a Chance, Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, Shake it Up!, JONAS LA, Starstruck and more.  Some guests will even be invited on stage to dance!
  7. Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival– This fall-time event usually lasts from the beginning of October through the middle of November. You’ll be able to enjoy food and drinks from around the World. Besides the usual 11 pavilions, you will find food and wine kiosks from other countries as well such as Ireland, Belgium and South Korea, along with several others. You’ll also be able to enjoy regional entertainment. You can also take in the Eat to the Beat concert series, which highlights performers from years past! For more information on the Food and Wine Festival, click here.
  8. Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival– This event runs from March 2, 2011 through May 15, 2011 and showcases a colorful display of flowers, gardens, topiaries, entertainment and more. During the festival, you will find special entertainers from the 1960’s and 1970’s at the America Gardens Theatre during the Flower Power Concert Series. For more information on the Flower and Garden Festival, click here.
  9. Star Tours– This full-motion flight simulator is currently closed while it is being renovated and being made into a 3D attraction. BUT it will open in 2011 with all new 3D imagery, and any Star Wars fans in your family will be thrilled! New journeys and exciting destinations await. In the meantime, guests can enjoy shopping at Tatooian Traders and can watch (and maybe participate) in Jedi Training Academy, right by the attraction.
  10. The Feeling of Being a Kid Again– Many people go to WDW for their kids. But those of us who go more often know that the fun and excitement is not just for kids. The second I walk into Magic Kingdom, I revert to a kid again. I get more excited than my kids when I see the characters, and I cry when I see the castle for the first and last time of each trip. I remember growing up at Walt Disney World and watching it change through the years. I laugh and squeal on the rides, and I am just as excited as the kids to get a Mickey Bar! Plan that Disney trip in 2011, but don’t just do it for your kids- do it for you, too!

For more information or for a free no-obligation quote, contact us at www.magicalmousecapades.com!

Disney Dream Depot Brings Disney to You!

December 15, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Posted in Disney Dream Depot, Disney Travel Planning, Disneyland, Uncategorized, Walt Disney World Mom's Panel, Walt Disney World Resort | Leave a comment
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Do you like  love Disney? Do you like to hear about what’s new at Disney or learn about different things pertaining to all things Disney? Then Disney Dream Depot. (www.disneydreamdepot.com) is for you. Disney Dream Depot was created in late 2009 by some people who didn’t make it through the final rounds of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel interviews. This group wanted to help others plan their Disney vacations and serve as a source of information for people looking to go to Walt Disney World for their 1st visit or their 100th visit. They are not trying to compete with the WDW Moms Panel- they are simply trying to share their love of Disney.

The website consists of several different areas: blog posts, forums, friends, events, groups and more. The site is open for anyone to start a forum question. You can also find Disney Dream Depot on Twitter (@disneydreamdepo) and on Facebook.  

Every Thursday night from 9:00-10:00 pm EST, you can find the Disney Dream Depot chat. Two “Dreamers” host a live web chat on www.disneydreamdepot.com discussing various Disney topics. You will even hear guest hosts that are pretty familiar with different Disney things. There is a chat room available for the listeners to ask questions. It’s a lot of fun, and everyone should join. If you can’t make the chat, you can also download them at a later time on ITunes.

Come join the Dreamers as they answer your Disney questions!

Megan, Pennsylvania: Megan is the mother of 3 awesome Kiddos, and a lover of all things Disney! With 2 self proclaimed princesses, Megan has lots of ideas to help you make the most of all that Disney has to offer your little princess . . .want to find Prince Charming? Ariel? Dine with Royalty? She’s here to help you do just that. Did you know that you can find Cinderella’s pals Jaq and Gus in the Castle? She’ll tell you where!

But don’t be fooled into thinking she doesn’t know what the little guys want either…her oldest is a guy who loves all that Disney Parks have to offer him.

Sprinkling pixie dust over itineraries for her family and friends quickly fills what little spare time she has between caring for her family, working as a guidance counselor, and managing her custom photo gift company.

Jennifer, Pennsylvania: “I’m the Disney mom of a Disney family. I have one son, 6, whose favorite game to play in the car is “What ride am I thinking of at Disney?”. I work at home as a freelance clinical editor, and spend much of my free time volunteering at my son’s school and in his activities.  I have been to Disney more than 10 times. I have been as a teenager, married-no-kids, pregnant, and with my son. I am currently planning a holiday trip with my parents, who have never been. I love learning about Disney and sharing my tips and tricks with others.”

Lynne, Texas: “I am a single mom living in Houston with a beautiful teenage princess and a lifelong love of Disney. We are currently planning our 20th trip to the world for next summer, and love to try new restaurants, events and activities every time we go. I especially love to help “first-timers” plan their trips to share a little bit of the Magic. I love all kinds of Disney Trivia, and have also visited Disneyland Paris and the Original Disneyland! To me, there are two kinds of people – those who love Walt Disney World, and those who don’t know it yet!”

Mike, Pennsylvania: “I’m a father to my Disney loving son and a husband to my Disney loving wife. I really enjoy being a part of a Disney family now because I really didn’t grow up in a Disney family. I grew up in Arizona and I only got to Disney Land twice as a kid, and Disney World was out of the questions as it was to far away. The addiction for me really didn’t start until I was an adult and had to attend a business meeting in Orlando. Since I was already going out to Orlando, I decided to bring my wife and spend some time before the meeting at WDW. All I can say about that trip was WOW. It was then that I really began to love Disney World. In fact, my wife and I loved it so much we even flew her parents out to watch our young son while we took an adult trip to WDW. A few years later, after our son turned 4, we returned to WDW and brought him with us. It was so amazing to watch his face as we introduced him to the magic that is Disney. It was then and there that the addiction really raised its little head. By the next year we owned annual passes and went on 3 family trips to Walt Disney World. All in all, I’ve been to WDW and Disney Land a total of 13 times. The addiction remains healthy and is now to point that we start to twitch if we don’t got about every three months. I hope you enjoy reading and talking about disney on the site and will continue to use us as a resource for you future trips.”

Lea, Texas: “I am a working mother of 2 wonderful kids! I was raised going to Walt Disney World every summer. As I got older, I fell in love with Disney even more, especially once I began bringing my children to Disney. I am a Disney Travel Planner as well as an outside sales professional. I love chatting Disney with whoever will listen! And I am THRILLED to be a part of the Disney Dream Depot so I can help others plan their magical trips!”

Shaene, North Carolina: “I have been to Disney World 20+ times.
I got married at the Wedding Pavilion at the Grand Floridian in 2007 and honeymooned on Disney Cruise Line.
I have been to Disney Land once.
I have no kids, but I have taken foster children to Disney World twice.
I believe in sharing the Disney magic with everyone I can and truly believe in the motto of “Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust”.
As Walt said “It was all started by a Mouse…”

Jim, New Jersey: “Hi! My name is Jim and I am a married dad of two (my son is 11 and my daughter is 7). I have been to WDW somewhere in the 40 times range and find new experiences every time I go. I am a DVC member since 2001 and love all things Disney! I didn’t start loving Disney only when the kids came, because about 25 of my trips were without kids PRIOR to kids! Very excited to be part of the Disney Dream Depot team…here to answer any questions and help plan vacations at the BEST place in the world!”

Rob, Virginia: “Hello hummmmmans! I am Rob, a Disney obsessed husband and father who works in the maritime industry in order to fund my addiction. My Disney life began at the ripe old age of two when my Aunt took me on my first trip (of many as a child) to Disneyland. As an adult my wife and I had our honeymoon at Disney World in 2006 and have been addicted ever since. That addiction eventually led to us becoming DVC Members in 2009 and sufficiently infecting our two boys with a love for Disney as well (and we have to start on a third one in February!). I love helping people figure out the ins and outs of Disney vacations, getting the most out of their experience. I am happy to answer any and all questions you might have, especially about DVC!”

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Review

October 18, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Posted in Disney Travel, Magic Kingdom, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, Uncategorized, Walt Disney World Resort | 4 Comments
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In all my years going to Walt Disney World, there was one event that I had never gotten to try- Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP). I was lucky enough for that to change a couple of weeks ago. I had gone to WDW to run in Mickey’s Halloween Fun Run 5K, and with my race entry fee, I received a free (?) ticket to the MNSSHP. I was so excited to try this event, and it did not let me down!

With the MNSSHP ticket, you can arrive to the park as early as 4:00, even though the party itself does not start until 7:00. You are greeted by cast members wearing special purple, orange and green costumes. They will issue you your wristband, and then it’s off into the park.

We arrived to the park at about 4:30 and headed straight to Liberty Tree Tavern for pur 5:00 reservations. There was a large group of us so we figured by the time we were done, the party would be ready to start. Once we were done, we headed to Pirates of the Caribbean. Just after we exited, we heard the official announcement that the Halloween Party was beginning! We grabbed our loot bags and headed to our 1st Trick or Treat trail at Splash Mountain, and then we went and rode Big Thunder Mountain at night (a first for me) in our costumes. After that, we decided to go and brave Haunted Mansion. The lines were not bad at all. We rocked the Stretching Room, as there was a large group of us who knew all of the words. When we came out from the ride, Carlota was sitting on her bench in front of the Haunted Mansion. She is a wonderful example of the special things that you will see during MNSSHP. As we made our way from Haunted Mansion up through Fantasyland, I was struck by a very rare sight- all SEVEN DWARVES. This may not sound like a huge deal. But for me it was. Major. The line was long at the time so it became my goal to get my picture taken with them later in the night. Off to ride Dumbo!

Many of you know that the line for Dumbo is usually insane. But tonight, the wait was less than 10 minutes, even for all 10 of us! So up in the air we went! After that it was time for more trick or treating. Throughout the Magic Kingdom, you will find Goofys Candy Spots. That is where you will find the trick or treating spots. Does it matter that you don’t have kids with you? Nope! At Disney, you can just hop on in the line and get your loot!

After Dumbo, we rode Snow White’s Scary Adventures and then met up with the evil old woman who gave Snow White the poisoned apple. She is never seen in the parks so this was a wonderful sighting! Now on to the trick or treating trail. I must say, we expected a little bit more candy than what we received, but where else can an adult go trick or treating and not get looked at strangely?

Hallowishes

Disney has a special fireworks show for the Halloween Party- Hallowishes. During the parties, the fireworks show starts at 9:30, and what an amazing show it is. It’s worth the price of admission alone. At one point, you are surrounded 180 degrees by fireworks. It is simply stunning. There is also a special parade, Boo to You, which has 2 runnings during each party. The first one is at 8:00, and the second one is at 10:30. We did the later one. The parade is started by the Headless Horseman. From there, there are all sorts of fun Halloween characters- the Haunted Mansion Grim Grinning Ghosts, grave diggers, the dancers from the Haunted Mansion ballroom scene, the Disney villains and more!

After the parade, we were able to head back over to Fantasyland so we could try for the Seven Dwarves and success! We were the last ones in line to meet them! I was so excited. I had never seen them in anywhere in the parks.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is definitely worth the extra admission cost. It is held on select nights throughout September and October. The crowds are less, the character sightings are amazing, and the ride lines are shorter. That alone is great. But when you factor in the awesome decorations, the spectacular fireworks, and the fun parade, you more than get your money’s worth!

Wordless Wednesday

June 9, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Deep in conversation...

Wordless Wednesday

May 26, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Disney Travel, Disney Travel Planning, Magic Kingdom, Main Street, Uncategorized, Walt Disney World Resort | 1 Comment
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Pondering the day's activities on Main Street

New Disney Dream Features Nemo’s Reef, Goofy’s Sports Deck and Aquaduck!

January 27, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Nemo's Reef Onboard the Disney Dream

And you thought Disney had thought of it all already when it comes to first class attractions and entertainment! Well, look again! The Disney Dream, the newest Disney Cruise Line ship exceeds all expectations! Expected to set sail in January 2011, the Disney Dream is truly a unique ship. You will find an elaborately themed interactive sports deck, whimsical water play area, and relaxing poolside oasis for adults. You will also be able to ride on the first-ever shipboard water coaster – AquaDuck . What more could you need?

These additions, announced on 1/26/10, one year from the maiden voyage of the Disney Dream, offer new experiences for guests of all ages.

Goofy’s Sports Deck
On Goofy’s Sports Deck, the magic tees off on deck 13 with Goofy’s Golf – a miniature golf course where “lessons” featuring Goofy and his son, Max, lead guests through nine themed holes of wacky fun. Each hole offers special golf instructions – with a goofy twist. Lessons include:
• “Handling a dog leg” – Guests avoid a fire hydrant and use Pluto’s dog bone to guide them to the hole.
• “Stuck in the rough” – Goofy shows golfers how to avoid the tall turf and steer clear of a lawn mower.
• “Reading the green” – Stacks of books and a large magnifying glass are obstacles to circumvent on this undulating green.
• “Attacking the green” – Yo ho, yo ho! Golfers and landlubbers take a swashbuckling approach to sinking their putt on this pirate-themed hole.

Guests can choose to use the Goofy or Max tee on each hole, offering twice the fun. Family-friendly competitions and tournaments will keep the excitement on par while quirky golf clubs, some crooked and bent, will challenge golfers to stay on course. Goofy and Max may even swing by to interact with guests and offer some tips on club selection, stance or just goofing around.

Also on Goofy’s Sports Deck, two digital sports simulators provide a variety of virtual game experiences such as soccer, tennis, basketball, golf and more. With the simulators, guests can kick, swing and throw, participating in favorite high-action sports without the hassle of chasing the ball.

Max’s Courts are two mini-sized sports courts for little ones to enjoy soccer, basketball or group play. There’s full-court basketball that may also be transformed into a mini soccer pitch or volleyball court, plus table tennis and foosball tables. A walking track rings Goofy’s Sports Deck.

Nemo’s Reef
Little ones discover oceans of fun at this fanciful water-play area overflowing with pop jets, bubblers and lovable underwater friends like Nemo, Dory, Marlin and other favorites from the Disney•Pixar film, “Finding Nemo.”

Shaded for protection from the sun and featuring a soft wet-deck surface, the 1,500-square-foot Nemo’s Reef is a place for children to cool off and play among colorful, interactive figures that move and spray water. Children will delight as they splash alongside Nemo swimming in a sea anemone, glide down a pint-sized water slide shaped like Mr. Ray and frolic near Pearl the octopus who “inks” herself with a mist of water. Kids can even get soaked in a water curtain that undulates back and forth like the EAC (East Australian Current).

Nemo’s Reef is surrounded by a glass enclosure, with a main guest entrance and a wheelchair-accessible entrance.

Quiet Cove Pool and Cove Bar
Ahhh, the good news for those parents needing some quiet! Reserved exclusively for guests 18 and older, the Quiet Cove Pool and Cove Bar is a retreat for adults to sunbathe and swim, indulge in a cool drink or enjoy a relaxing dip in a nearby hot tub overlooking the ocean.

One of three fresh-water pools on the Disney Dream, Quiet Cove Pool features varying depths for taking a dip, sunbathing in comfort and enjoying a poolside cocktail. A series of connected circular pools includes a 4-foot-deep plunge pool and a 6-inch-deep sunbathing pool with built-in loungers and a mister. Guests also can splash up to Cove Bar, which is part of the pool, and sip a refreshing beverage.

Nearby, on the sides of deck 11, guests can soak in a whirlpool hot tub while overlooking the ocean. Four “infinity” whirlpool hot tubs – two for families and two just for adults – provide spectacular views of the ocean beyond.

AquaDuck and More!
The Disney Dream will feature the world’s first shipboard water coaster – AquaDuck – which will sweep guests away on an exhilarating high-speed flume ride featuring twists, turns, drops, uphill acceleration and river rapids – all while traversing the upper decks of the ship.

Donald Pool is the place for families to gather and enjoy all of the activities up on deck. Overlooking Donald Pool is the giant Funnel Vision LED screen – more than 30 feet wide and 18 feet high – showing Disney films and other live broadcast events. A retractable floor extends over the pool, providing an ideal dance floor for deck parties.

Continuing a favorite feature of the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, the Disney Dream will also have a Mickey Pool for children. The shape of Mickey Pool resembles the beloved Disney character, and an oversized version of Mickey’s hand supports a yellow winding slide that splashes down near the pool.

As an added convenience for parents with children of different ages, Donald Pool, Mickey Pool and Nemo’s Reef are all located within the same vicinity, on deck 11 between the forward and aft funnel.

Want to be on the first Disney Dream cruise in January 2011? Contact Magical Mousecapades for more information!

World Cruise Night is Wednesday October 14th!

October 7, 2009 at 7:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

WLCN-2007-virtual-2Cruise Lines International Association or CLIA is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Virtual World’s Largest Cruise Night on Wednesday October 14th! To celebrate, Disney Cruise Line is offering special Shipboard Credits for all cruises booked between October 14th and October 28th. These credits are in addition to the current $25 Shipboard Credit being offered as well as the Kids Sail Free on 3 and 4-day cruises and on Mediterranean Cruises (in April and May).

Magical Mousecapades is also taking part in World Cruise Night by offering a special contest for all cruises booked through us during this time period! We will be offering an additional $25 gift card for all bookings between 10/14 and 10/28. One lucky client who books during this time will win a $50 Disney Gift Card! All gift cards will be mailed once the Disney Cruise has been completed. Deposits must be made during these 2 weeks for any sailing date.  cruise

Disney Cruise Line has some wonderful and exciting itineraries! Choose from the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mediterranean, Alaska, Mexico and more! Each Disney cruise holds something different in store for every family member. Not only is a Disney Cruise Line® vacation a great place for families to come together, you also are able to spend some great moments apart. Kids can spend their time in one of the numerous kids’ clubs while adults can enjoy some relaxing time away at the spa, the adults only pool and more. On-board a Disney cruise, you will enjoy the first-rate entertainment synonymous with Disney-style entertainment. You’ll experience on-board celebrations such as fireworks at sea and character interactions. You’ll enjoy a stop at Castaway Cay®, a tropical-island paradise where you can swim, snorkel, boat, bike, get a massage or simply relax. And all of this is delivered with the same Disney service and style that you are used to!

Contact Magical Mousecapades to learn more about Disney Cruise Line! Click here to see the World Cruise Night video!

Our Thoughts and Prayers to Mark Priest

August 11, 2009 at 9:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

mark tributeOur thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mark Priest, a Walt Disney World employee who died unexpectedly after a fall incurred while performing in Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial, a show at Magic Kingdom. The exact cause of his death is being investigated.

This is a horrible thing to happen anytime,  much less 6 weeks after the tragic death of Austin Wuennenberg, the monorail pilot killed on July 5, 2009.  We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to fellow cast members, family and friends of Mark.

Hello world!

March 19, 2009 at 9:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Welcome to Magical Mousecapade’s new blog! You will find all of the latest Disney and Universal Florida updates and promotions as well as general information and tips on planning your Disney vacation!

 

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