Matty K Travel Group Home to Castle Vacations Receives Coveted Silver EarMarked Status

Disney's Silver EarMarked Status Awarded

Castle Vacations Receives the Silver EarMarked Status Award

The Matty K Travel Group based in Wantagh, NY which is home to Castle Vacations is proud to announce that they have received the coveted Silver Earmarked Status from The Walt Disney Travel Company. 

In a year that has been filled with so much uncertainty in travel, Matty K Travel, especially the team from Castle Vacations has overcome adversity and strived to provide incredible top notch concierge service to their clients.

Among the requirements to receive Earmarked Status, Travel Advisors must complete Disney’s College of Knowledge as well as the yearly updates put out by Disney.

Disney sets specific sales goals for each Earmarked Tier and in a year filled with cancellations and rebooks, to hit Silver Status is just an incredible accomplishment mentioned Matthew Kondrup, President and Owner of The Matty K Travel Group

When asked how the team was able to accomplish this in 2020 Amanda Beckett, Vice President of Castle Vacations had this to say. ” This award and recognition is a true testament to the dedication and love that our Advisors have for not just for Disney but to our clients, the travel industry and to our company as a whole.”

 We continue to have clients travel to Walt Disney World in Florida and hope to see Disney Land reopen soon as well as Disney Cruise Line start sailing again.

Until then our team of dedicated Travel Advisors have been busy helping clients adapt to the current travel restrictions in Disney World and for those who would rather wait, we are busy booking them to other destinations such as Cancun, Mexico and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

Most importantly, the entire team would like to recognize our amazing clients who continue to support us and entrust us with their vacations, whether it is to Disney or beyond.

The team from Castle Vacations can be reached via all social media channels as well as by phone at 516-262-4955

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Travel Insurance

Matthew Kondrup the owner of The Matty K Travel Group including Castle Vacations discusses the importance of Travel Insurance. 

Insurance is just as important for a trip to Disney as it is for a trip around the world. As you will hear in this video, travel insurance servesmore purposes than just cancelling. If you have any questions, you can ask your Travel Advisor or send Matt and email at matt@mattyktravel.com

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Shares First of Many Exciting Announcements to Be Unveiled at D23 Expo 2019

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Shares First of Many Exciting Announcements to Be Unveiled at D23 Expo 2019

The Disney Parks pavilion at D23 Expo, taking place Aug. 23-25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif., shares sneak peeks at highly anticipated new areas and experiences coming to Disney parks around the world. The largest Disney fan event in the world, D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of The Walt Disney Company under one roof across film, television, theme parks, products, online, music, live entertainment and more. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

As we previously shared, this weekend’s D23 Expo 2019 will showcase dozens of exclusive reveals and announcements for Disney parks and resorts across the globe.  And to kick things off, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek shared exciting news from Anaheim tonight as a preview of what’s to come this weekend! 

An all-new Star Wars vacation experience is coming to Walt Disney World® Resort! 

Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be a new, first-of-its-kind vacation experience where Guests will check in for a two-night adventure aboard a glamorous starship.  Once onboard, Guests will interact with characters and become active participants in stories that unfold around them on their galactic journey. 

Inside the Disney Parks “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” pavilion at D23 Expo, visitors will be able to see a new model and incredible visuals of the starcruiser – called the Halcyon

Also at Walt Disney World Resort, we’ve got big plans for our multi-year transformation of Epcot®, with new experiences that will make the park more Disney, more family, more timeless and more relevant to the millions of Guests who visit each year.

The reinvention of Epcot will include Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana.” This first-ever attraction based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios hit film, “Moana,” will let Guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.

And this October, you will be able to visualize all of the exciting plans for Epcot at a new experience center in the Odyssey Events Pavilion, called Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience. Inside this first-of-its-kind offering within a Disney park, your Clients will discover engaging and interactive exhibits that allow them to step inside the relentless innovation, energy and excitement and see some never-before-revealed details driving the future of Epcot all throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.

At Disney California Adventure® and Disneyland Paris, we’ve already shared updates that we’re building immersive Super Hero themed lands. Today, we’re thrilled to announce these fantastic lands will be called Avengers Campus.

When you visit Avengers Campus, they will become part of an interconnected, global story that spans from California to Paris to Hong Kong with the Avengers recruiting new extraordinary people to join them. 

Inside our pavilion at D23 Expo, Guests will be able to see an in-story experience where they’ll learn why the Avengers are building these campuses. And on Sunday, we’ll share more details about what our Guests will be able to experience when they open. 

The pavilion will also feature many of the attractions and lands coming to our sites around the world including TRON Lightcycle Run coming to Magic Kingdom® Park, as well as additional expansions in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Here’s a quick look inside:

If you’re excited about today’s announcements, the best is still to come!

New Mid-Day Magic Ticket Offer Launches at Walt Disney World Resort

New Mid-Day Magic Ticket Offer Launches at Walt Disney World Resort

Beginning today, Aug. 15, 2019, you can “fall into fun” like never before at Walt Disney World® Resort with a new ticket offer. With the “Mid-Day Magic Ticket,” you can enjoy admission after 12 p.m. to one theme park per day. 2-, 3- and 4-day Mid-Day Magic tickets are available for start dates on or before Dec. 15, 2019.

  • 2-Day Mid-Day Magic Ticket: Valid for admission after 12 p.m. 2-day Mid-Day Magic Tickets are available from $88 per day plus tax (from $176 total plus tax) and expire four (4) days after the selected start date. 
  • 3-Day Mid-Day Magic Ticket: Valid for admission to after 12 p.m. 3-day Mid-Day Magic tickets are available from $84 per day plus tax (from $252 total plus tax) and expire five (5) days after the selected start date.
  • 4-Day Mid-Day Magic Ticket: Valid for admission after 12 p.m. 4-day Mid-Day Magic tickets are available from $79 per day plus tax (from $316 total plus tax) and expire seven (7) days after the selected start date.


This is the first time Disney is offering a late-entry ticket with special pricing that allows you to enter theme parks starting at noon and enjoy the day and evening. This option works best for Guests who are looking for an opportunity to start their morning at a leisurely pace, to enjoy other early-morning activities (golf, pool, etc.), or to travel from their accommodations. 

With these tickets, the magic starts at noon as you will receive admission to one theme park per day after 12 p.m. Additionally, you can secure afternoon and evening FastPass+ to select attractions, entertainment and Character Greets up to 30 days in advance.  You can enjoy new seasonal excitement, including new sips and savors at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and the holiday Hoopla Dance Party in DinoLand U.S.A at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park starting Nov. 8. 

For our guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels, their date-based ticket product is still the best option, giving you the flexibility and opportunity to experience all the magic that Disney theme parks have to offer, including the morning Extra Magic Hour benefit.

Contact your Castle Vacations Advisor Today!

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Now Open at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Now Open at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Photo by Disney Destinations

Young princesses and knights can step into their own fairytale at a “grand” new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, now open at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa! The location offers guests age 3-12 magical transformations from their own Fairy Godmothers-in-Training at Walt Disney World® Resort.

Joining the existing Biddidi Bobbidi Boutique locations at Magic Kingdom® Park and Disney Springs®, the latest enchanted boutique at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a great option for Guests looking to dress up before visiting Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or enjoying a delightful buffet at 1900 Park Fare. Plus, a Disney PhotoPass Studio has also recently opened at the resort, providing you the opportunity to capture picture-perfect royal portraits in front of a traditional backdrop. 

In addition to the recently-opened boutique, all Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations have introduced special new merchandise including a spirit jersey, Minnie Mouse Ear headband, MagicBand and accessories, available to add to any transformation package. 

Young princesses can also choose from four new hairstyles inspired by modern royalty with customizable options including braids, bows and flower halos. Take a look at the video below for examples of the new styles:

  • Enchanted – Hair is styled in a bun or messy bun hairpiece and includes choice of princess bow or shining tiara.
  • Fantasy – Hair is swept back into a bun, covered with a curly hairpiece and topped with a coordinating flower halo.
  • Royal Braid – Hair is styled in a bun and accessorized with an attached Royal Braid. A princess bow completes this look fit for royalty!
  • Pixie Magic – Add a colorful touch to this hairstyle with an elegant ponytail and matching flower halo.

As always, a variety of transformations are available and may include hairstylng, nail polish, accessories, gowns and more depending on the package your Clients choose. Reservations for all Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations are encouraged and can be made up to 180 days in advance on DisneyWorld.com and Disneyland.com or by calling (407)-WDW-STYLE for Walt Disney World Resort or (714) 781-7895 for Disneyland® Resort.

Clients of Castle Vacations can have their Advisors make reservations if available.