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Exciting offers from the big Cheese…


You can Play, Stay, Dine and save up to $500 on a 5-night/6-day room, ticket and dining plan package for a family of four at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels! For stays most nights Jan. 1 – March 7, 2017:





Now is a great time to plan your visit to Disneyland, because you can save up to 20% on Premium rooms at a Disneyland Resort Hotel on select Sun. – Thurs. nights 10/23-12/22/16!



More nighttime activities include a street party with musicians, storytellers, acrobats and more.


Exciting news: Adventures by Disney has just announced an all-new food & wine themed river cruise! Designed specifically for foodies, this 8-day, 7-night epicurean vacation will sail along the Rhine River in Europe and allow travelers to discover the unique culinary culture of four countries.  Please contact us for more information on this.

Now that I have given you a taste of all that is new with promotions for you to save… lets get back to the little secrets of behind the scenes…


Beginning November 2016, guests can enjoy an exhilarating and enchanting cultural journey celebrating the legends, people and natural wonders of Hawai’i during KA WA’A – A Lū’au at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. It’s an unforgettable evening of family entertainment as only Disney can offer.

The festivities begin on Hālāwai Lawn with pre-show activities. Then, guests can get ready for a full evening of song, dance and storytelling as they enjoy a lavish Hawaiian feast. The buffet dinner includes a carving station with suckling pig and prime rib, fresh local seafood, authentic island fare and enticing Asian specialties, plus family-friendly offerings, kids’ selections and a decadent dessert bar.

KA WA’A Lū’au is currently available only to Guests of Aulani. Performances are held on select nights, weather permitting. Seating will be assigned upon arrival. The experience lasts approximately 3 hours.

The price for general seating is $119 for adults and $79 for children (ages 3-9). The price for VIP seating is $159 for adults and $109 for children (ages 3-9). VIP seating includes early seating at 5 p.m. General seating begins at 5:15 p.m. The prices include gratuity. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance.


Bits and Bites:

Great news for all you Muppets fans out there! Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and The Great Gonzo arrive at Magic Kingdom Park on Oct. 2 for the opening of their all-new, live show – “The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History.”


Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade is saying good bye to Disney World on October 9,2016 and this time Disney is saying it is permanent. This parade has been around for 45 years and will be a true loss to many a Disney fan.  Any Disney fan knows that nothing lasts forever when it comes to Disney, except of course the love between Princesses and Princes.  There are more exciting things to look forward to in the near future.



Animal kingdom has many happenings going on since my last post and there is much more to come.   The new after dark show, called “Rivers of Light”, will be a show that brings special effects and imagery with floating lanterns, and combining live performances while guests are seated around a stage that consists of a body of water.

There are now nighttime safaris that begin 15 – 20 minutes after sunset and continue on some nights until 11:30 pm.  They have brought in new species of nocturnal animals for the nighttime safaris. Just a couple of those animals are African painted dogs and hyenas.



Hollywood Studios

An all-new holiday nighttime spectacular – “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” – is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios starting Nov. 14! The show comes to life with state-of-the-art projections, special effects, fireworks and a rousing musical score.


Attraction Refurbishments:

Magic Kingdom:

Monorail – Through October 2016

The Walt Disney World® Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.

Swiss Family Treehouse      Jul. 6 – Oct. 24, 2016
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad   Aug. 8 – Nov. 18, 2016
Haunted Mansion   Nov. 28 – Dec. 1, 2016
Splash Mountain    Dec. 7, 2016
Liberty Square Riverboat   Jan. 3 – 12, 2017
Walt Disney World Railroad   Jan. 9 – Feb. 16, 2017
Hall of Presidents    Jan. 17 – Jun. 29, 2017

Epcot- infrastructure work

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

Pizza Planet    Jan. 19 – Late 2016
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster  Oct. 27 – Nov. 9, 2016
That’s all for now…  Be sure to check out the Mouse news each and every month with all that is exciting and new…. The Big Cheese is always up to making new Magic happen!!