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#DisneyFamilia: Juntos (Together) in Walt Disney World Resort

posted on July 15th, 2015 by Sarah Domenech, International Public Relations Manager

Hola (Hello)! I’m Sarah Domenech, Public Relations manager for the Hispanic and Latin American markets. I want to welcome you to our latest series.


Walt Disney World Resort is the perfect place to bring your whole family for the vacation of a lifetime! And Latinos surely know how to make the most of their time off together. However, traveling to our parks with the whole familia (family) can be a little bit overwhelming. We know it takes a lot of time and effort to plan the perfect vacation para todos (for all).

Travel expert Sonia Gil, also known as the “Hada Madrina (Fairy Godmother) of Travel,” offers you valuable tips to plan that perfect Walt Disney World Resort vacation in a new video series called “Sonia’s Best of Walt Disney World.”

From where to stay, shop and eat to her favorite things to do, Sonia will show you how easy it is to plan an amazing vacation.

Be sure to visit and select your preferred language to get more information.

Do you have other tips for spending quality family time juntos (together) at Walt Disney World Resort? I would love to hear from you!

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Top Activities for Little Ones Aboard a Disney Cruise

posted on July 8th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

Last week I introduced a new series to tell you all there is to know about cruising with young children. As promised, today I’m sharing the top activities for little ones aboard a Disney cruise. Of course this list is just the beginning, so help me finish it by adding in the comments your child’s favorite things to do on board.


Kids Clubs
While parents enjoy some time to themselves, children can enjoy activities supervised by specially-trained Disney counselors at our way cool children’s activity centers. The youngest cruisers up to three years old can be looked after at the fancifully-themed, interactive nursery.


Disney Junior Characters and Activities
Kiddos receive hugs and autographs from favorite Disney Junior characters, like Jake and Sofia the First. In addition, the Disney Junior Dance Party will get little ones dancing and singing together!


Mini Golf
A goofy time will be had by all at this Disney-themed miniature golf course featuring quirky golf clubs and 9 interactive holes.


Slides and Splash Zones
From whimsically themed splash zones and water play areas to a children’s pool with a twisting slide, there are so many ways little ones can safely make a splash!


Movies by the Pool
Little ones will love watching some of their favorite classic Disney animated or live-action movies poolside on a state-of-the-art jumbo LED screen.


Deck Parties
The entire family will have fun together at our deck parties like the Sail-Away Celebration and Pirate IN the Caribbean. These open-air celebrations will have little ones meeting some of their favorite Disney characters and dancing to catchy tunes.

Up next, find out the top reasons why it’s smooth sailing on a Disney cruise with a little one!

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Disney Parks Salutes U.S. Military by Continuing Special Ticket, Room Rates

posted on June 26th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks

We have great news to share – the special pricing we announced last July on theme park tickets and accommodations for active duty and retired U.S. military personnel at our domestic sites will be extended now through mid-December.


Click HERE to learn more about our special military pricing to Walt Disney World Resort and HERE to see details to Disneyland Resort.

Now’s the perfect time to start planning your next trip to a Disney park for later this year.

Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 17 for Walt Disney World Resort, Dec. 18 for Disneyland Resort and used by Dec. 20.

As Disney fans know, support for the U.S. Armed Forces is a long-standing Disney tradition – so keep following us here on the Disney Parks Blog for the latest news on special military pricing.

We’ll have an update on 2016 soon!

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Moms Panel Monday: Planning for a Birthday at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on June 22nd, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager

Celebrating a birthday at Walt Disney World Resort is an unforgettable experience, and there are so many great options on how to personalize for the guest(s) of honor. So much so, that it can be tough to decide what’s the best fit for your group! The real parents who make up the Disney Parks Moms Panel can give tips and advice on how to make special arrangements, and in this edition of Moms Panel Monday several panelists help a guest who wants to plan a birthday celebration for teens who happen to have a strict diet. From private surfing lessons at Typhoon Lagoon to a vegan-friendly meal at Sanaa, they provide ideas that will make the special day even more memorable!


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Planning for a Disney Cruise: Tips from the Disney Parks Moms Panel

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line

When planning for a Disney cruise, the Disney Parks Moms Panel is an excellent resource. Each of the Disney Cruise Line specialists have sailed with us numerous times and have so much knowledge to share. Here are their answers to some of the most asked questions to the panel.


Q1: How do you pre-book excursions once your cruise is paid for?

A1: Marcy G: If this is your first cruise, book all those fun extras at 75 days prior to sailing when your online check-in begins. For guests who have cruised with Disney before, book at 90 or more days prior to sail date.

Q2: What documents do we need to bring with us to board the ship/check-in at the port?

A2: Diane W: When you check in at the cruise terminal, you’ll need to bring along:

  • Completed and signed cruise documents from the Disney Cruise Line Guest Ticket Booklet or a printed and signed Online Cruise Contract
  • Signed Payment Authorization Form
  • Passport/proof of citizenship

The Disney Magic at Castaway Cay

Q3: What is the most affordable time of the year to cruise?

A3: Diane W.: Disney offers cruises at significantly reduced rates during the off-season. If you’re looking to save some money, fall and early spring are your best bets.

Q4: We found out on our first cruise that you can bring liquor with you. Is it one carry on per person per family?

A4: Marcy G: Guests may bring their own drinks onboard, including alcohol. However, it must be placed in carry-on bags as you board the ship, and may not be placed in checked luggage. Disney allows one carry-on bag per person.

Downtown Skagway

Q5: When in port for souvenirs, is it better to take cash or traveler’s checks?

A5: Dolly M.: Souvenir shops and merchants are pretty accustomed to accepting credit cards. It’s the most convenient and widely accepted (next to cash) method of payment for goods & services.

Q6: Should I pre-order a photo package or do I just get it on board?

A6: Diane W.: You can now order photo packages and prints before you sail at a discounted price. If you choose not to pre-order, you can always stop by Shutters, the Onboard Photography Shop, to view and purchase your photos.

Pirate Mickey Mouse with Guest
Q7: Are there places on the ship to buy pirate attire or should we bring with us?

A7: Marcy G.: Many guests bring their own pirate costumes from home, but you may purchase new Pirate attire and accessories at Mickey’s Mainsail gift shop onboard.

Q8: Is Wi-Fi service available and how much does it cost?

A8: Marcy G.: Disney Cruise Line offers Wi-Fi service for an additional fee. If you’d like to purchase a package, just stop by Guest Services and they’ll set you up.

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Adventure is Out There at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa!

posted on June 16th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

One of the many joys of a family vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Hawai’i is that there is something for every type of adventure seeker. The little ones are swept away by the magic of Aunty’s Beach House, while tweens wander the Menehune Adventure Trail and adults explore the world of rejuvenation and relaxing at the Laniwai Spa. In addition, Aulani offers excursions designed to embrace the adventurous spirit and create lasting family memories as you explore some of the best sights and experiences of O’ahu. Our island excursions feature interactive storytelling and unique insights from local experts. Guests at Aulani can choose from a variety of exciting adventures that include:


  • Catamaran Experience: Cruise the Pacific Ocean along Oʻahu’s Leeward Coast on the 53-foot Gold Coast Catamaran “Honi Olani.” Your ‘ohana won’t forget the up-close views of native sea creatures such as spinner dolphins, Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and humpback whales (seasonally).
  • Waimea Falls – North Shore Experience: Enjoy a guided walking tour through the tranquil botanical gardens of the lush Waimea Valley. Learn about the history, spirituality and traditions of this beautiful region. Throughout the walk, your little keiki will also enjoy a variety of games inspired by ancient Hawaiian islanders.
  • Kualoa Ranch Experience: Ride horseback along one of Oʻahu’s most beautiful coastlines and valleys. If you are a television or movie buff, take notice of the northern lush valley, as it may look familiar! You’ll also enjoy Kualoa Ranch’s picture-perfect beach and a traditional barbeque lunch!

Are you ready to book your excursion today? Click here to learn how.

How do you choose your adventure while on vacation at Aulani? Tell us in the comments below!

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Adventures by Disney Introduces New Ways to Explore Europe in 2016

posted on June 10th, 2015 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney

In 2016, Adventures by Disney is offering adventure-seeking travelers new and exciting ways to experience Europe, including a newly reimagined England and France vacation, as well as additional departure dates for the recently announced all-new Danube river cruise itineraries.


Starting today, book a newly enhanced 8-day, 7-night England and France itinerary for 2016 that now includes even more immersive activities and discoveries such as scone making, a dragon “hunt,” a speedboat journey down the River Thames and more. Explore the Eiffel Tower, tour Windsor Castle, marvel at masterpieces in the Louvre Museum and so much more on this breathtaking adventure.


This newly reimagined England and France itinerary joins the recently announced lineup of European river cruise vacations planned for 2016, which have proved so successful that additional sail dates have now been added. On these exciting new adventures, you can sail down the famed Danube River to experience iconic locations and hidden gems in eight destinations across four countries – Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

Looking to take a Disney Cruise Line vacation to Europe in 2016? You can also add an Adventures by Disney pre-package in Copenhagen, Barcelona or London on select cruise departures. Or, for even deeper immersion, add an Adventures by Disney embedded experience to select 7- or 12-night European cruises to the Baltic or Mediterranean.

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Say ‘Mahalo’ This Father’s Day with a Round of Golf Next Door to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

posted on June 5th, 2015 by Tyler Slater, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations

What better way to say “mahalo” this Father’s Day than with a round of golf while on a vacation to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa? In fact, the Ko Olina Golf Club is a golf-lover’s paradise and is located walking distance from the resort! This championship 18-hole course was created by renowned architect Ted Robinson and is recognized by Golf Digest as one of the Top 75 Resort Courses in the U.S. The dads in your life will be challenged by the multi-tiered greens, dramatic water hazards and also be swept away by the unparalleled views of Hawaiian paradise.


As Aulani guests, be sure to take advantage of discounted rates, special packages and golf clinics! In fact, your junior keiki (under 17) can play for free after 3 p.m. when accompanied by a paying adult. Don’t worry, junior clubs are included with this special offer. And if you need to practice your golf swing, guests are invited to attend an exclusive Aulani Golf Clinic! For more information about tee times and clinics, please visit the Ko Olina Golf Club or stop by the concierge desk at Aulani.

Here is a little bit of trivia for all the golf fans out there: Do you know what golf tournaments have taken place at the Ko Olina Golf Club? Look for the answer in the comments below!

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Moms Panel Monday: Visiting Walt Disney World Resort with Kids of All Ages

posted on May 4th, 2015 by Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager

Today, we’re kicking off a new weekly series “Moms Panel Monday” with one of our most popular questions – what are some great things to do at the Walt Disney World Resort when visiting with children?


As many of you know, the Disney Parks Moms Panel is an online forum where you can find tips and insights for a Disney vacation from real moms, dads and grandparents who have mastered the art of planning Disney vacations. And on the site, you can ask questions to the panelists in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, as well as gain access to other vacation-planning tools for booking a Disney vacation.

For our first question, the panelists are offering their own take on what will keep children of all ages entertained:

Check back next week for our next Moms Panel Monday story. And if you have a question, feel free to ask the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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Top Ten: Tips for Summer Vacation Planning at Disney Parks

posted on May 1st, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

Are you planning a Disney Parks vacation this summer? Jeanette Kaplun, editor and founder of Hispana Global, recently stopped by Walt Disney World Resort to share her favorite tips on summer vacation planning. Check out some of what Jeanette had to say below.

For more of Jeanette’s travel advice, be sure to check out her Top-Ten Summer Vacation Planning Tips here.

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