Disney Skyliner Takes Flight on Sept. 29, 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Skyliner Takes Flight on Sept. 29, 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort

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On September 29, Disney Skyliner gondolas will take flight and officially begin transporting guests around Walt Disney World Resort.

This state-of-the-art transportation system offers a new way to experience the resort with amazing views only available from the sky. Disney Skyliner connects Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four resort hotels – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the new Disney’s Riviera Resort scheduled to open in December 2019.

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Some Disney Skyliner cabins feature graphics based on Disney films, attractions and characters. Disney stories taking flight with guests include:

  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Pluto
  • Chip & Dale
  • “Coco”
  • Goofy, Pete, Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow
  • “Finding Dory”
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “Monsters, Inc.”
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • “Ratatouille”

Contact your Castle Vacations Travel Advisor today to be one of the first on the new Disney Skyliner

Encounter the First Order and Heroes of the Resistance at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Encounter the First Order and Heroes of the Resistance at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

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While living their adventure in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you are likely to come across some familiar faces as they explore the planet of Batuu and Black Spire Outpost. Batuu is a far-flung destination along the galaxy’s Outer Rim, on the frontier of Wild Space – the uncharted region at the edge of the galaxy. The planet is home to Black Spire Outpost, an infamous port for smugglers, traders and adventurers wishing to avoid any unnecessary entanglements with the First Order, and in the ancient ruins outside Black Spire Outpost, locals report sightings of individuals associated with the Resistance.

Recently arrived First Order Stormtroopers bring a new presence throughout Black Spire Outpost, patrolling the area and engaging villagers and travelers alike. Wherever someone goes in Black Spire Outpost, the First Order is always watching! From time to time, Kylo Ren himself may even arrive in Black Spire Outpost, impressing upon its inhabitants the power and strength of the First Order. He consults with the First Order Officer assigned to this trading port and sets out with a contingent of Stormtroopers to interrogate the locals, seeking any Resistance sympathizers. 

The mighty Wookiee, Chewbacca, may be spotted in Black Spire Outpost, rounding up new recruits for the Resistance and helping to establish a temporary base hidden away from the outpost and the prying eyes of the First Order. Vi Moradi, a Resistance spy working under orders from General Organa, makes her way through the area, sharing some of the tricks of her trade and ensuring those she encounters that the Resistance is getting stronger. And as you explore the wooded outskirts of the village, you may also encounter Rey as she greets recruits, champions the Resistance and inspires everyone she meets.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the ultimate Star Wars experience! You can visit now at Disneyland® Resort, and it opens August 29, 2019, in Disney’s Hollywood Studios® at Walt Disney World® Resort.

Contact your Castle Vacations Travel Advisor to book your next trip today.

Universal Studios Hollywood Offering Exclusive First Look at Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Studios Hollywood Offering Exclusive First Look at Halloween Horror Nights

PHOTO: Netflix’s Stranger Things returns to Halloween Horror Nights. (photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort)

Universal Studios Hollywood offers fans an exclusive first look at “Halloween Horror Nights,” inviting them to experience L.A.’s scariest and most intense Halloween event on Thursday, September 12, one day before it officially opens on Friday, September 13.

Top headlines for this first-ever “Halloween Horror Nights” Fan Preview include a chance to be among the first to explore this year’s 10 terrifying new mazes, bragging rights to be among the first to post on social media, special themed photo ops with scare-actors, DJ music performances, plus receive a special commemorative credential, in addition to possibly seeing favorite celebrities attending the event’s red carpet premiere which takes place that same evening.

A limited number of must-have tickets will be sold for the Fan Preview Night, adding to its exclusivity. Preview night tickets along with select tickets to “Halloween Horror Nights” are available for purchase here. Advance purchase is recommended as tickets for all nights will sell out. More information is available at Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Dates for “Halloween Horror Nights” are: September 13-15, 19-22, 26-29, October 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 31, and November 1-3, 2019.

The following highlight the various ticket options currently available for purchase:

—Fan Preview Night General Admission ticket

—Fan Preview Night Universal Express ticket: includes bonus experiences such as access to all-new horror-themed panel presentation and express access to all mazes and the Jabbawockeez show

—Fan Preview Night + Frequent Fear Pass: enjoy Fan Preview Night plus up to 25 select nights

—Ultimate Fear Pass: enjoy up to 32 nights of scares, including a ticket to Fan Preview Night

—Frequent Fear Pass: visit up to 25 select nights

—September Pass: visit up to 11 event nights throughout the month of September

Additional tickets will be available soon, including the premium R.I.P. Tour, the After 2pm Day/Night Combo Ticket and the must-have Universal Express.

“Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror inspired by TV and film’s most compelling horror properties.

Following is a partial list of this year’s wicked line-up, with more maze news to be announced soon:

—“Stranger Things,” based on season 2 and 3 of Netflix’s critically-acclaimed supernatural thriller

— “Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man,” inspired by Universal’s original cinematic monsters, and the movie studio that invented the horror film genre.

— “Holidayz in Hell,” an all-original maze featuring demented versions of everyone’s favorite seasonal celebrations

— “The Walking Dead,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s permanent attraction inspired by AMC’s popular television series

—The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew returns by popular demand with an all-new, high-energy performance created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights”

Contact your Castle Vacations Travel Advisor to include a trip to Universal during your next trip

New Global Marketplaces, ESPN Tailgate Tasting and Entertainment Surprises Add to Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Fun Aug. 29-Nov. 23

New Global Marketplaces, ESPN Tailgate Tasting and Entertainment Surprises Add to Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Fun Aug. 29-Nov. 23

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Counting down to Aug. 29 and the launch of the 24th Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival, we have more exciting news about sips, bites and entertainment on tap for this longer-than-ever, 87-day event!

Starting with sips, you can check out the new Appleseed Orchard Marketplace which will offer a unique variety of craft brews, ciders, wines and lite bites. This new marketplace will be located next to Le Cellier Steakhouse in World Showcase. As we shared earlier, the “O Canada!” film will be refreshed with new footage and a projection-system upgrade for a visually-enhanced experience. While this behind-the-scenes work is in progress, the theater will transform to an all-new festival destination offering a cool respite.

At the Appleseed Orchard Marketplace, you will be able to pair apple-inspired beers, ciders and cocktails like the Apple Blossom Sky while nibbling on Charcuterie and Cheese. Brews, ciders and wines will be offered individually or as flights. And the kid-friendly Frozen Apple Pie drink will inspire a chill stroll to the next stop.

More sweet and savory treats will debut at the brand-new The Alps Marketplace, where you can conjure a snow-capped setting while dipping into a dish of Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese with Baby Potatoes, Cornichons and Baguette, or Venison Stew with Crushed Potatoes paired with a refreshing Frozen Rosé. 

Also new this year, families can enjoy Emile’s Fromage Montage where you can sample a variety of delicious cheeses served in inventive ways. You can purchase any five cheese dishes from the official Global Marketplaces listed in the Festival Passport and collect a stamp for each cheese dish purchased. Once you have collected all five stamps, you can bring the stamped Festival Passport to Shimmering Sips for a complimentary specialty cheesecake unique to the EpcotInternational Food & Wine Festival. 

And you can pair football mania with festival fun, no grills or picnic baskets required. Bookings start today for the new Tailgate Tasting hosted by ESPN’s Monday Night Football, available select Sundays starting Sept. 8 – Nov. 17. The 45-minute program will pair gridiron grub with a beverage tasting inspired by the cities of pro teams playing each Monday night. Even better, you will learn how to prepare the dishes for their next tailgate party!

Disney told you previously about the anticipated week-long expansion of the Disney du Jour Dance Party, with weekend Radio Disney artist appearances. Sundays through Thursdays, a DJ will lead the interactive fun. Fridays and Saturdays will feature performances by Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country artists and appearances from a few of your favorite Disney characters. You can catch headliners Meg Donnelly (“With U,” Disney Channel’s Zombies) Aug. 30-31, Jenna Raine (“A Letter to Me”) Sept. 13-14, Sky Katz (“Like This,” Disney Channel’s Raven’s Home) Oct. 11-12 and JAGMAC (“Like a Band”) Oct. 18-19 – they’ll want to dance the night away with family and friends! 

And more NEW acts are joining the roster for the festival’s longest-ever Eat to the Beat Concert Series, returning this year from Aug. 29 – Nov. 19.  

Ready to take a trip to Disney for the Food & Wine Festival? Contact your Castle Vacations Travel Advisor today!

Summer Shines Even Brighter at Disneyland Resort with Return of Main Street Electrical Parade

Summer Shines Even Brighter at Disneyland Resort with Return of Main Street Electrical Parade

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If you didn’t think summer at the Disneyland® Resort could get any better, you may want to sit down for this. An all-time fan favorite, a “spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination” is coming back to Disneyland Park for a limited-time encore engagement! That’s right, the Main Street Electrical Parade, along with its half-million sparkling lights and “electro-syntho-magnetic musical sounds” will once again create magical summer memories for Guests of all ages.

This limited-time encore engagement is set to begin on Aug. 2 with nightly performances through Sept. 30, 2019.

Disneyland Resort is the destination to visit this summer! You can explore new adventures along Pixar Pier and enjoy spectacular entertainment like “Tale of the Lion King” in Disney California Adventure park. Admire the beautifully refurbished Sleeping Beauty Castle and experience a whole new land – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland Park.

To book your next vacation to Disneyland, contact your Castle Vacations Travel Advisor Today.