Walk Around the World Bricks to be removed around the Magic Kingdom and TTC

Walk Around the World Bricks to be removed around the Magic Kingdom and TTC

Walk Around the World Bricks to be removed around the Magic Kingdom and TTC.
The hexagonal Walk Around the World Bricks at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom and Transportation and Ticket Center will soon be retired and removed.
These personalized bricks were sold in the 1990’s and were originally committed to be on display until 2011. The Walt Around the World program allowed guests to leave a message etched into a sponsored brick which was then laid in the walkway.
Guests who purchased a brick will be able to buy a souvenir version through to August 31 2019. To do so, you need to contact guest relations at the Magic Kingdom or email guest.services@disneyworld.com or call 407-828-2701 with the name and hometown of the guest who purchased the brick. A voucher will then be issued to buy a 6″ commemorative brick for $10. The original brick will not be available for purchase.
The removal of the bricks comes at a time when Disney is reworking the arrival experiences at all four theme parks to improve the guest experience with security check points and tram stations.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to Open May 31 at Disneyland Resort, August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to Open May 31 at Disneyland Resort, August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Courtesy of Disney Destinations

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to Open May 31 at DisneylandResort, August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Minutes ago, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products shared an exciting announcement many of you have been waiting to hear – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening ahead of schedule on May 31 at Disneyland® Resort in Southern California and August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® in Florida.
That’s right – it’s debuting early because of high guest interest in experiencing this new, immersive land.  On opening day for phase one, guests will be able to live your own Star Wars story and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, sample amazing galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and more.
And for phase two, opening later this year, will be Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined that will put guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance and will blur the lines between fantasy and reality.  In light of tremendous demand, Disney made the decision to open the land in phases to allow Guests to sooner enjoy the one-of-a-kind experiences that make Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge so spectacular.
Guests planning to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park between May 31 and June 23, 2019 will need valid theme park admission and will be required to make a no-cost reservation, subject to availability, to access the land. Information on how to make a reservation will be available at a later date. Guests staying at one of the three DisneylandResort hotels during these dates will receive a designated reservation to access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during their stay (one reservation per registered guest); valid theme park admission is required.
A reservation will not be offered or required to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Walt Disney World® Resort. And you should know that valid theme park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge after its opening on August 29, 2019. Capacity is limited. Additionally, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be open during Extra Magic Hours. During Extra Magic Hours Guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can spend extra time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios enjoying select attractions. Details will also be available at a later date.
Now, if you’re as excited as we are about experiencing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, we have important information you should know before you go and begin your own Star Wars adventure in a galaxy far, far away. Please check back later today for details. 
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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is Expanding at Walt Disney World Resort

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is Expanding at Walt Disney World Resort

Courtesy of Disney Destinations
We have exciting news to share today with fans of Disney royalty!
A new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique location is set to open at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa this summer in order to provide more royal transformations than ever before. The new boutique – the third of its kind at Walt Disney World® Resort – will be located inside what’s currently the Ivy Trellis Salon, which will relocate into Senses – A Disney Spa.
Also based on the popularity of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Magic Kingdom® Park, work will begin this spring to expand the location, adding more chairs, a very special magic mirror, and a transformation experience that will help Guests choose the perfect outfits and accessories. The Magic Kingdom Park location will remain open during these enhancements and existing reservations will not be affected.
In case you aren’t familiar, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations currently exist at Magic Kingdom Park and Disney Springs®, and pair up young guests age 3-12 with Fairy Godmothers-in-Training, who give them magical makeovers beyond their wildest Disney dreams, turning them into princesses or gallant knights. A variety of royal transformations are available and may include hairstyling, nail polish, accessories, gowns and more, depending on the package guests choose.
Contact you Castle Vacations Travel Advisor to make your reservations today
Disney’s Boardwalk Hotel

Disney’s Boardwalk Hotel

 The Boardwalk

       Walt Disney World is made up of so many different areas its easy to overlook or not visit a certain area. There is the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios along with Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, but two areas that get overlooked by many on their trip, one more than the other are, Disney Springs and The Boardwalk. Yes, I know when most go to Disney World they are mainly there to visit the theme parks and stay at their home resort. But, I always suggest setting aside some time to visit Disney Springs and The Boardwalk to get a break from the theme atmosphere.
      Nestled away between Epcot and Hollywood studios is an area that many do not know about or think its even worthy of their time to see, The Boardwalk. This is my personal favorite area in Disney World which features The Boardwalk, Yacht Club, Beach Club, The Dolphin and The Swan resorts. Each of these amazing resorts are all just a walk away from each other and located around Crescent Lake. The resorts here give guests the ability to walk to Epcot or take a Friendship Boat to Hollywood Studios which also provides a feeling of exclusivity and seclusion in a great way that in my opinion no other resort in Disney World can provide.

      The Boardwalk is modeled after Atlantic City from the period of the 1920’s and 30’s. For those who have never been to Atlantic City, it captures the feeling of an amusement park on the water without the amusement rides. Its various games and foods that you would find on the boardwalk almost make you think of Coney Island. At night however is when Crescent Lake and The Boardwalk come to life. The lights come on from all the neighboring resorts and you are engulfed in a completely different atmosphere, not to mention you are able to see Spaceship Earth from the right spots. How Disney constructed this area truly is magical and is what Disney imagineering is all about.

      If you are hungry, then you have come to the right place. The Boardwalk is filled with various restaurants that you can try out just by walking a couple of steps. Some of my favorite places to eat include the Flying Fish, Trattoria al Forno, Big River Grille & Brewing Works and the ESPN Club. For you sweet lovers make sure you try the Boardwalk Bakery and the Ample Hills Creamery which have some of the best treats and ice cream on property. That’s not all, for all you who like to go out for some nightlife, make sure you visit Jellyrolls a dueling piano bar and AbracadaBar which is themed around a magicians dream. Here you will sample drinks that change before your eyes in a Houdini inspired atmosphere. Lastly, for those who like to cut loose and listen to music, make your way to the Atlantic Dance Hall which has a massive dance floor and plays music nightly.
     So for those interested in seeing this hidden gem it is worth the trip. You can exit your way out the back of EPCOT through the International gateway or catch a Friendship boat from Hollywood studios to experience it for yourselves. Personally I’d suggest staying at one of the resorts which will give you access to 2 of Disney’s best theme parks and its best kept secret, The Boardwalk. If you are interested contact us at Castle Vacations today and we will make sure you have the best Disney experience of your lives! Mike@Castlevacations.net
Tower of Terror to Undergo Refurbishments

Tower of Terror to Undergo Refurbishments

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror will begin refurbishments this spring and continue through the summer. The twist is that Disney plans to leave the attraction open causing a decrease in the capacity

of the ride. This will ultimately  cause longer lines and wait times. It is anticipated that the various shafts and parts within the attraction will be fixed and done in stages.

Disney plans to reduce the number of Fastpass+ reservations that will be available during this time.

It is reported that the refurbishments will be completed in time for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy Edge later this year.

Stay tuned for more information.

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Fort Wilderness Cabin Tour

Fort Wilderness Cabin Tour

Fort Wilderness Cabin Tour

By: Amanda Beckett

Traveling with a group of 4-6? Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground and Cabins (my personal favorite); is a great option for larger families, or those traveling with extended family. 
Step away from the hustle of the parks and breathe in that Georgia pine!
Entering from a spacious porch, you are greeted by a cheerful, rustic interior that features an “almost” full-sized kitchen. Recent renovations have replaced the full-sized oven with a 2-burner electric cooktop and a microwave/convection oven combo. 
Also, full sized coffee pots are a feature of this lodging. The kitchen is fully equipped with silverware, flatware, and cookware to prepare meals. (Disney parks permit guests to enter with a soft sided cooler). While groceries are not included, there are many options to stock your fridge! (Contact your favorite travel agent for more information!)
 Rounding out the kitchen space is a seated bench, table and chairs. The best part- mousekeeping will do your dishes so you have more time to enjoy the parks.
To the right, recent renovations have also replaced the classic Murphy bed with a full-sized pullout sofa bed. The living area tv has also been upgraded to a larger sized screen.
The bathroom includes a full-sized tub and shower and oversized vanity. Check the linen pantry- extra towels are already stocked for you!

The cozy back bedroom contains a full-sized bed and a twin bunk bed, a spacious closet and a second television. *there is a second doorway to access the porch from here.

The large porch is the perfect spot to enjoy outdoor meals on a rustic picnic table, or allow children to get some fresh air and shake out the excitement from the theme parks.

The campgrounds have an amazing selection of activities from archery, fishing, canoeing and water sports to horseback riding. THREE large, fully fenced playgrounds also dot this resort. The resort has three pools to fit the needs of every family member; A nightly campfire featuring a movie and a character meet and greet with Chip and Dale, there’s SO much to do at this Resort, I ALMOST forgot to mention it’s home to the Hoop de doo review, and Cinderella’s parade horses.

Got a camper? Campsites and hookups are a very affordable way to enjoy this resort, and Disney’s theme parks!
Contact us to get your family booked in one of these adorable cabins for your Disney vacation!

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