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The Top 5 Holiday Highlights at Walt Disney World

The Top 5 Holiday Highlights at Walt Disney World

The Top 5 Holiday Highlights at Walt Disney World

We may not be dashing through the snow here in Orlando, but it sure feels like the holidays thanks to the magical yuletide-themed events at Walt Disney World. Disney promptly transformed all four parks into respective winter wonderlands the night after Halloween for guests to enjoy the magic of this upcoming holiday season. Here’s a list of our top 5 holiday highlights at Walt Disney World that you won’t want to miss: 

#1 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom

At the top of our list this year is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom. The park is closed to all but the event ticket holders for this special celebration. With Christmas carols ringing loud throughout the air, multiple holiday-themed performances, and a spectacular fireworks show, you’re sure to have an unforgettable night with friends and family. The party starts at 7:00 p.m. and ends at midnight.

The magic of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party begins right when you walk in the park with “snow” falling on Main Street, U.S.A. Cinderella’s Castle shines brightly off in the distance while you peruse the Christmas tree clad streets and enjoy unlimited complimentary Christmas cookies and hot chocolate. One of the highlights of the celebration is the incredible Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. With rows of marching Toy Soldiers, cartwheeling Gingerbread Men, dancing Nutcrackers, and even an appearance by the big man himself — Santa — in addition to all of your favorite classic Disney characters, you’ll be filled with holiday cheer as you watch your little ones wave and cheer them on!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2019 Dates:

  • November: 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, and 24
  • December: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, and 22

(Sold out dates: November 24th and December 22nd)

Tickets for Ages 10+ Start at $99-$139
Tickets for Ages 3-9 Start at $94-$134

#2 The Candlelight Processional at Epcot

The Candlelight Processional at Epcot holds the #2 spot on our holiday highlights list. Included with regular Epcot admission, the breathtaking show features a live 50-piece orchestra, massed choir, and celebrity narrator who retells the traditional story of Christmas in a stirring performance. This beautiful program evokes the true meaning of the holidays and has become a cherished part of the Walt Disney World holiday season. The Candlelight Processional is performed at the open-air American Gardens Theatre three times per night at 5:00, 6:45, and 8:15 p.m.

The spectacular rendition is a part of Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays, which takes place starting on November 29th until December 30th of 2019. During this time, you’ll be able to enjoy festive park decorations, live holiday-themed musical productions, and a wide variety of sweet seasonal treats and speciality beverages. While you’re there, be sure to stop by each pavilion at the World Showcase to learn about all the holiday traditions. Each country has its own special theme and storytellers that will delight you with tales of how the holidays are celebrated in their homeland. 

Celebrity Narrators Line-Up
  • Ming-Na Wen – 11/29-12/1
  • Neil Patrick Harris – 12/2-12/5
  • Whoopi Goldberg – 12/6-12/7
  • Isabella Rossellini – 12/8-12/10
  • Chita Rivera – 12/11-12/12
  • Gary Sinise – 12/13-12/15
  • Pat Sajak – 12/16-12/18
  • Warwick Davis – 12/19-12/21
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – 12/22-12/24
  • Edward James Olmos – 12/25-12/26
  • Marlee Matlin – 12/27-12/28
  • Lisa Ling – 12/29-12/30

#3 Sunset Seasons Greetings at Hollywood Studios

Another notable Disney World holiday experience that you won’t want to miss is Sunset Seasons Greetings at Hollywood Studios. This impressive yuletide projection show transforms the facade of the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel into precious seasonal scenes with amazing laser effects. Enjoy falling “snow” on the festive street of Sunset Boulevard and watch as you favorite characters come to life — from Mickey and Minnie reminiscing about a hometown Christmas to Woody and friends wondering which new toys are coming this holiday season, you’ll be filled with holiday sentiment during the show. This stunning experience is a part of the Flurry of Fun holiday events at Hollywood Studios and runs continuously starting on November 8th, 2019 until January 5th, 2020.

#4 Diwali, the Holiday Festival of Lights at Animal Kingdom

The newest addition of Diwali, the Holiday Festival of Lights at Animal Kingdom holds the #4 spot on our holiday highlights list. As you wander through Asia, you’ll be able to see how the residents of Anandapur have decorated the theatre district in celebration of Diwali. Glowing flowers, lanterns, and brightly strung lights will illuminate the square between Anandapur Theater and the waterfront stage this holiday season with authentic cultural performances.

The celebration of Diwali will also be included in the live show, Up! A Great Bird Adventure beginning November 8th, 2019 until January 5th, 2020. In addition to dazzling birds of all shapes and sizes, the show features beautiful authentic clothing worn by the handlers and a festive musical score. Diwali, the Holiday Festival of Lights is a part of Animal Kingdom’s new holiday entertainment and decor. 

#5 The Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs

The last holiday highlight that you won’t want to miss is the charming Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs. Discover 23 spectacularly decorated Christmas trees — each inspired by a particular Disney character or theme — during a walk-through experience featuring music, falling “snow,” and delicious seasonal food and beverage offerings like frozen hot chocolate. This fun experience is available starting on November 8, 2019 through January 5, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. 

The trail starts in the Disney Springs Marketplace, where you’ll spot an alluring pathway towards rows of trees with the following Disney-inspired themes:

  • Walt Disney World Parks
  • Mickey & Minnie Mouse
  • Beauty & the Beast
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Aladdin
  • Frozen
  • The Princess & The Frog
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Mulan
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Snow White
  • Pinocchio
  • Toy Story
  • Disney Villains
  • Dumbo
  • Cinderella
  • Robin Hood
  • Star Wars
  • Peter Pan
  • Tangled
  • The Lion King
  • Mary Poppins
  • Fantasia

During your journey along the Christmas Tree Trail, be sure to check out the multiple food and beverage kiosks and special merchandise from select shops. You’ll be able to meet the old jolly elf himself — Santa Claus — halfway through the trail in his very own chalet now through December 24th, 2019. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, you’re guaranteed to have a wonderful time at Disney Springs this holiday season.

Whatever you decide to experience this holiday season, the team at My VIP Tour is dedicated to creating the best memories for you and your loved ones. Let your Disney VIP guide customize the ultimate holiday tour just for you!

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5 Ways to Experience Fall’s Finest at the Walt Disney World Resort

5 Ways to Experience Fall’s Finest at the Walt Disney World Resort

5 Ways to Experience Fall’s Finest at the Walt Disney World Resort

Apple Picking, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, … Disney World? While the temperature in Orlando doesn’t always feel like Fall come September, the creative minds at Walt Disney World prove year in and year out that fall is one of the best times of year to experience the parks. The team here at My VIP Tour can make sure you experience the best of the best with your VIP guide. From Halloween Parties, to Food & Wine, there are so many ways to build better memories with your family with a private Disney VIP tour this fall.

#1 Experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge now open in Hollywood Studios!

     Guests will find themselves on planet Batuu in the middle of the Star Wars galaxy! Try galactic treats such as the popular blue milk or Mustafarian Lava Rolls, build your own lightsaber (ahem, I mean “scrap metal” for the locals) and help fly new interactive ride, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (ask your Disney VIP guide how to get prime seating as a pilot!)

#2 The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

      Back by popular demand (for the 24th time!) Running daily through November 23rd, guests can eat and drink their way through 30 unique pop up pavilions ranging from fan favorites China and Australia, to newcomers The Alps and The Donut Box. Foodies who want the full Disney VIP experience will love culinary demonstrations and beverage seminars along with celebrity chef meet and greets as well. The Eat to the Beat Concert series which runs nightly with artists from Sugar Ray, Hanson and Boyz II Men will give you a great way to dance away those calories!

#3 Get Spooked at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

     Guests are already loving the new fireworks show “Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular” that was added to the party line up this year. Perennial fan favorite such as “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade”  has returned as well. Want a front row spot? Join Cruella DeVil and friends at Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way for appetizers and treats followed by reserved seating for the parade. Make sure to include this experience in your Disney VIP Tour!  Don’t forget that Mickey’s invited you to join him by wearing your best costume!

#4 Show off your dance moves as Hakuna Matata Dance Party takes its final bow at Animal Kingdom!

     Put your dancing shoes on one last time as the Hakuna Matata Dance Party ends its run this fall. The final family friendly show filled with music, dancing and games ends on September 30th 2019.

#5 Put your skills to the test at the all new NBA Experience in Disney Springs!

      This new experience is perfect for all of the future NBA & WNBA hopefuls in your family! Guests can step on the hardcourt to dribble, shoot, dunk & score. Don’t know much about basketball? That’s ok! Guests can enjoy multiple interactive displays, films & trivia to learn more about the game.

Whatever it is that you decide to experience this fall the team at My VIP Tour is dedicated to creating the best memories for you and your loved ones. Let your Disney VIP guide customize a tour just for you!

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Best Disney World Souvenirs for Adults

Best Disney World Souvenirs for Adults

The Walt Disney World Resort, better known as Disney World is a magical and genuinely enchanting world for all ages. The various themed worlds and resorts offer so much in the form of collectible gifts, and it may be hard to pick just what the best Disney World souvenirs for adults are. The challenge with adults is not only picking souvenirs from the vast collections, but also finding ones an adult would treasure without thinking that they’re too childish. These are a few ideas for the next time you visit Disney World and want to bring home something to remember for someone.

Best Disney World Souvenirs for Adults

Best Disney World Souvenirs for Adults

1. Magic Bands

Magic bands are one of the most eye-catching items you get pretty early on, especially if you are staying at the Disney World resort. They are ideally an accessory which stores all the crucial information for your stay from reservations and receipts to passes, hotel details, and even your shopping. Not only are they handy to save you from a lot of paperwork, they are also well designed and available in many colors.

2. Ghost Pictures from the Haunted Mansion

These photos are a work of art with an added playful element to it. You get to have your photograph taken and then finished off in a hologram style on a larger portrait surface. Depending on the angle you are standing at when facing the photos, the face goes from that of a normal person to that of a ghost in seconds. It makes a great addition to your dining room or walls.

3. Fine Art

You do not have to rely on shifting photos alone. There is indeed fine art on canvas and print based on your favorite characters, as well as stories that have been featured in Disney products over the years. Most of the items are limited releases, and there are also plenty of galleries in Epcot and Magic Kingdom. Visiting these places during art festivals is a great time to do so if you are looking for truly unique items.

4. Genie Lamp

This is a souvenir that will serve as an ode to your childhood and still fulfill décor duties. On the Moroccan side of the resort, you can get your genie lamp among other things like jewelry, textiles, and lamps. These are all items that can add a touch of magic to your room.

5. African Handmade Wood Carving

Souvenirs for your home should not be limited to just paintings and jewelry. Carvings count too and have a more authentic feel than the rest of the items. The Animal Kingdom is the place to go to for excellent wood carved pieces, whether it is statutes or other décor pieces.

 

Don’t be afraid to go for items with a few child-like aspects because all adults cherish childhood memories and fun too.

How to Plan a Trip to Disney?

How to Plan a Trip to Disney?

How to Plan a Trip to Disney?

Disney has held a special place in our hearts since the debut of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs back in 1937.  So, building a memorable experience at the parks is one thing we here at, My VIP Tour, treasure. However, with making those memories calls for planning. How to plan a trip to Disney involves a lot of critical thinking. Although it may seem like a lot of work, there are simple things you can take into consideration when making sure you have the Dream Vacation you’ve been saving up for.

Pick a Park

Disney itself has 11 parks throughout the World, so once you have narrowed the numbers down or have chose a place closer to home, that’s when the real planning begins. Whether you’re having Breakfast with Chip and Dale in Disneyland, Anaheim or trying some slimy, yet, satisfying bugs with Simba in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Florida. The possibilities are endless with the experiences and adventures you can have.

Shows and Parades

Special Events in Disney Parks never run thin. Whether it be a Pirates & Princess parade down Main Street or Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween in October, there are shows and parades for all ages and all characters! Daily events are available within the map they provide you once you enter the Magical World and with Fast Passes, it makes planning around those shows easy when you obviously want to see what Captain Jack Sparrow is up to within The Pirates of the Caribbean!

Fast Passes

How to Plan a Trip to DisneyThe most convenient way of riding your favorite rides, without that 50-minute wait time.

With Fast Passes at Disney Parks, you can reserve a time at which you would like to ride that ride. If Hyperspace Mountain is standing at a 40 to 60-minute wait, like it always is, then run to their fast pass area and grab yourself a ticket for the next available time. Obtaining a Fast Pass can cut your line wait down anywhere from 20 to about 35minutes! Sometimes, you can even have some of that Disney magic and walk on to your favorite ride! However, you’ll want to get the rides with the longest wait times, like the Cars ride in Disney California Adventure or newer more “popular” rides, right as you enter the park.

Disney only produces so many fast passes for certain times and certain rides for the day! So, if you had your eye on Tower of Terror or the new Guardians of the Galaxy, Mission Breakout, make like the Flash to the fast pass line!

Secrets and Tours

A lot of Disney fans or Disney Vacationers don’t really know how much magic is truly behind those walls. From hidden Mickeys throughout the parks or secret Club 33 entrances, with the help from Cast Members or Disney Tours those secrets can be shared with those who truly have a love for all things Disney and not just the rides and beloved Characters. Disney has always been a fan of what they call “Easter Eggs”.  You never know what Characters you’ll see outside of their story book! For Example, I’m sure you can catch Ariel, from The Little Mermaid, taking a dip with the other Mermaids in Peter Pans Flight! The list goes on to Infinity and Beyond!

Conclusion

Disney will forever keep our hearts and minds young. How to plan a trip to Disney is more of an exciting task then daunting. Whether you are more of a go-with-the-flow type of Vacationer or someone with a novel length itinerary. There will always be someone available at the park or even over the phone to possibly help you with those ends you can quite tie together. All in all, Disney is the Happiest Place on Earth, so, no matter what park you may choose. The magic will always be remembered.

The Rollicking Raglan Brunch — Disney Springs

The Rollicking Raglan Brunch — Disney Springs

When vacationing at Walt Disney World, character breakfasts and dinner reservations are usually the go-to meal options for families. However, there are some amazing Brunch options that are definitely worth checking out (and who doesn’t love a reason to have champagne at 10 o’clock in the morning?) Recently, we checked out The Rollicking Raglan Brunch at Raglan Road, located at Downtown Disney (transitioning into Disney Springs).

Upon arriving to Raglan Road, we made a quick

stop to the bar to order our first round of mimosas.

The mimosas were made with fresh Florida orange juice and sparkling wine, which came in a small bottle, but enough to fill up for a second! The bartender also gave us all complimentary homemade berry and banana smoothies that were served in large shot glasses.

After being seated, a delicious Irish soda bread was brought to the table, along with a Guinness and sugar dipping oil. A second round of complimentary smoothies were then brought to the table while the waitress explained any specials of the day.

The menu did not shy away from the items you would typically see listed in a restaurant located in Ireland. Brunch options consisted of Roastie Potatoes, Gammon and Eggs, Pancakes, Omelettes, Eggs Benedict, a Black Dog special, and more. You also have the option to order something more towards the lunch side like a Burger or Sandwich.

 What did we order??

Eggs Benedict:

A common item you will see on an Irish menu, and true to its form, this traditional meal was so tasty! The eggs come poached on top of sliced pancetta, covered with hollandaise sauce, and placed on an english muffin. The side consisted of their famous ‘Roasties’, aka potatoes covered with select herbs and spices.

Pancake Diaspora:

6 full sized pancakes were served topped with creme fraiche, fresh strawberries and blueberries, maple syrup, and garnished with mint. The pancakes were fluffy and consistent all the way through and just melt in your mouth delicious!

Full Irish Breakfast:

A favorite at Raglan Road, the Full Irish Breakfast offers everything you could expect as if you were dining in Ireland itself. This dish includes eggs, black dog, schnitzel, three times a boxty (gammon topped with cheddar), veggies, and roasties. Each of the flavors blended so perfectly together and made the experience that much better.

Burger ‘R Way:

This large beef burger was topped with a Dublin cheddar cheese, tomato chutney, and avocado. With a side of Irish style chips (steak fries), this combo was an authentic Irish taste combined with an all-American favorite.

Desserts are offered as well, which include:

Strawberry and Apple Crumble

Raspberry Pavlova

Bread and Butter Pudding

Triful Sinful

Lemon Curd Tart

Orange Pudding

Black Forest ‘Kiss’

Upon finishing our Brunch at around 12pm, the Irish band and tap dancers started to set up on the large indoor stage. The band were very interactive with the crowd, asking questions and sharing knowledge on each song they played. Irish tap dancers took turns to head up on the main stage, as well as the smaller stages in the middle of the room to perform.

All together, Raglan Road is a wonderful experience for all to enjoy, even little toddlers were clapping their hands and dancing with excitement!

Brunch at Raglan Road is available every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm. We suggest making a reservation for around 11am-12pm since the band and tap dancers don’t set up until around then, and they are definitely worth seeing.

Prices at Raglan Road for Brunch range from approximately: $15- $30 per main course and $8.50 for all desserts.

 For more information on Raglan Road, or other brunch options at Walt Disney World, contact My VIP Tour at (407) 913-8375.

Walt Disney World’s Night Time Magic

Walt Disney World’s Night Time Magic

 

 Whether it’s your first time at Walt Disney World, or you have visited more times than you can remember, there is always something new and exciting to see and do. Getting to the parks early is a great way to see everything before the crowds come in; however, some of the most magical Disney experiences happen at night, and you sure don’t want to miss them!

Here is our list of “Late Night Must Do’s” while on your next WDW vacation:

1. Celebrate the Magic- Cinderella’s Castle, Magic Kingdom

Watch Cinderella’s Castle light up with story-telling imagery of Disney classics, such as: Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo, The Lion King, Aladdin, and more! Your favorite Disney characters will take you on an exciting and breathtaking journey with movie clips, graphics, and pictures all displayed on the Castle walls.

 2. Wishes Nighttime Spectacular- Magic Kingdom

An absolute must for your whole family! This 12 minute firework show is every little piece of magic you are looking for on your Disney vacation. Tinker Bell makes a special appearance as she flies from the top of Cinderella’s Castle and starts the Wishes celebration. Make sure you take your cameras out for the finale, it’s truly breathtaking! 🙂

 3. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth- Epcot

Aim to visit Epcot in the afternoon, so you can walk through the World Showcase, with enough time to see the night time show, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. IllumiNations is a 3 part show which tells the story of our planet from birth, to the hope of the future. A glowing globe travels across the Lagoon showing history and achievements of our time, and ends with flames, music, and fireworks. IllumiNations can be viewed from almost anywhere around World Showcase and from select restaurants.

4. Fantasmic- Hollywood Studios

Watch all your favorite Disney Princesses, Characters and Villians perform in this beautiful 30-minute water and firework show! From Disney songs, to animation, to one million gallons of dancing water, this is definitely a must for the whole family!

5. Main Street Electrical Parade- Magic Kingdom

This amazing 20 minute music parade spectacular takes place at Magic Kingdom usually twice per day. The parade includes numerous decorated floats that adorn half a million lights and your favorite Disney characters. Tip: Find a place to stand (or sit) on Main Street about 20 minutes prior to show time for the best view!

Take advantage of our services for your evening park adventures, too! Let us take care of parade or show seating for your entire party, while you enjoy the rest of the park! Call us to book your dream vacation today: (407-913-8375).