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Fall in Love with the Holiday’s at Walt Disney World

Fall in Love with the Holiday’s at Walt Disney World

Fall in Love with the Holiday's

at Walt Disney World

Summer is officially over, which means our favorite time of year is right around the corner. There is truly something so magical about the theme parks during the Holiday season. This year is definitely different than previous years, however, there are lots of new and exciting things to look forward to in the coming months!

Fall & Halloween at Magic Kingdom

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    Although Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has been canceled this year, fall is still such a wonderful time to visit the theme parks.
    From September 15th through October 31st, Magic Kingdom will be adorned with beautiful seasonal decor throughout the park. Characters including Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and pals will wave to guests from a special Halloween cavalcade. You may even see some of your favorite Disney villains along for the ride. Disney is also allowing guests for the first time ever to wear their favorite Halloween costume to the parks to celebrate.

New Projection Show for Cinderella’s Castle Starting Nov. 6th 

Each year during the Holiday season, Cinderella’s Castle lights up with over 200,000 beautiful crystal lights that emulate icicles dripping from every angle. This year, in place of the icicle lights, Disney has created an incredible projection show that will run through the evening starting at sun down. According to Disney Parks Blog, “the appearance of the iconic castle will be transformed with a rotating series of designs including a whimsical Christmas sweater and a regal overlay of red, green and gold ornamentation”.  Get your cameras ready! This new addition will make for an incredible Holiday card backdrop for the whole family.  

Character Sitings throughout the Parks

One thing we have truly missed about the parks is being able to meet all of our favorite characters and princesses. This holiday season, however, the Disney parks have created ways for us to see all of our favorites while staying safe with social distancing. Starting November 6th, guests will be able to see special character cavalcades through Magic Kingdom including gingerbread men, elves, reindeer and our personal favorite, the toy soldiers! Guests can also enjoy festive flotillas at Animal Kingdom, Holiday Promenades at Epcot, and Merry Motorcades at Hollywood Studios. Santa Claus will also be available to wave to guests at all four parks and Disney Springs.

Minnie Mouse to Host Seasonal Dine at Hollywood & Vine

We are so excited to see character dining slowly returning to the parks. Starting November 6th, Minnie Mouse will host a seasonal dining experience at Hollywood & Vine located at Hollywood Studios park. Santa Goofy will also be in attendance along with some of Minnie’s other friends. The characters will not be available for personal photos, however will be available to wave to guests and pose for photos.

Celebrate the Holiday’s at Disney Springs

If you are heading to the theme parks this Holiday season, make sure to stop by Disney Springs. Disney has announced that the “elaborately-decorated Disney Christmas trees are spread throughout this retail, dining and entertainment destination”. These beautiful trees will be displayed all throughout Disney Springs, which is perfect for an unplanned afternoon, or evening after a busy day at the parks. Another special addition to Disney Springs this year will be a magical snowfall throughout three of the main areas: The Landing, Town Center, and West Side.

Jock Lindsey Hanger Bar will transform into Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar with returning holiday decor and a limited-time festive menu for guests to enjoy this Holiday season.

    Stay tuned for more Walt Disney World and Universal Studios updates in our October newsletter. You can also stay up to date on all park and resort information by following us on Facebook and Instagram.

     

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    Tips for Universal Studios Orlando

    Tips for Universal Studios Orlando

    Proper planning and knowing the geographic information is most important while going on any trip. Especially if the location is fairly busy year...

    How to Prepare for your Upcoming Trip in the New Normal

    How to Prepare for your Upcoming Trip in the New Normal

    How to Prepare for your Upcoming Trip in the New Normal

    With all of the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, as well as all of the new rules and procedures being implemented by the theme parks, we have received several questions regarding our guests’ upcoming trips. In an effort to address these questions we have compiled a list of answers to some of the most common topics below.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Is it safe to go back to Disney World?
    A: Walt Disney World has done everything in their power to open the parks responsibly. With new operating procedures put into place, extensive new training and limited crowds, Disney’s CEO Bob Chapek believes so (CNN).

    Q: What do I need to enter the park?
    A: Every guest going to the Disney parks will need to make their own reservation made through the new Disney Park Pass Reservation System AND have a valid theme park ticket matching the selected day(s). Guests with multi-day tickets will need to make separate reservations for each day. 

    All four Disney and Universal parks will require a face mask for any guest aged 2 and up to be worn at all times. 

    Temperature checks will be taken at  the entrance of each park and any guest with a reading of 100.4 or higher will be asked to leave. 

    For more information on the parks’ new rules and procedures be sure to check out our Back in Action blog.

    Q: Will my concierge make all of my Park Pass reservations for me?
    A: Due to the extensive Terms and Conditions that Disney now requires guests to sign off on, Disney is requiring each guest to make their own reservation. Your concierge will walk you through how to make each of your reservations and will do their best to ensure you are successfully booked for each of your days in the parks.

    Q: How can I stay safe during my time at Disney?
    A: Disney is strongly encouraging all guests to check-in to their rooms electronically via their My Disney Experience app to avoid contact with the front desk. Once your room is ready, you will receive a notification on your app and can enter your room right away by scanning your magic band or app. You will be automatically checked out of your room on your departure day.

    If you have magic bands, your VIP concierge will double check your My Disney Experience account to make sure everyone is linked correctly. Once you arrive, you will be able to link a credit card to your bands, which can be used to make purchases around Disney property. Disney recommends using contactless forms of payment, and the magic bands are so convenient. Gone are the days of having to carry cash and credit cards around the parks!

     

    Q: What transportation options will be available?
    A: On Disney property the shuttle buses, trams, boats, and monorails will all be running at limited capacity with social distancing measures in place. Please allow for extra travel time due to any delays.  

    Guests staying at Disney resorts and flying in and out of the Orlando International Airport, will still have the opportunity to utilize Disney’s complementary Magical Express shuttle service. If you booked your hotel through our affiliated company, Katie Bean Travels, Katie and her team are happy to set this up prior to your arrival, or you can reach Disney’s Magical Express line at 1 (866) 599-0951. 

    If you are looking for a more efficient and private transportation option, we can arrange for your transfers to be set up with our preferred transportation vendor, JLS Exclusive Transportation. Click here to view more on transportation options and policies.

    Q: What mask do you reccomend for the parks?
    A: All cast members as well as guests over the age of two will be required to wear masks while at the parks and resorts (with the exception of swimming and dining). Disney has released fun, character themed masks which are available to order on the Shop Disney website, and will also be sold at various locations around the Walt Disney World Resort. You can purchase a four pack of these masks for just $19.99. Health.com has also put together a list of the best lightweight masks and face coverings that are perfect for the Florida heat.

    Q: What should I pack for my trip to Disney?
    A: Aside from packing your new essentials such as masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer, we also recommend bringing light snacks and water bottles, especially if you are hesitant about sitting down and eating inside any of the Disney restaurants. If you would like to stop for more of a sit down breakfast, lunch, or dinner during your VIP tour, your VIP guide will assist with your mobile order at select dining locations. For more packing tips be sure to check out our blog

    Our VIP guides will be fully prepared with everything they need to ensure a safe and stress-free experience while you are with them in the parks. They will touch base with you prior to your VIP tour date to go over all of the new safety procedures and answer any last minute questions that you may have.

    Q: Should I purchase the Memory Maker?
    A: Disney’s PhotoPass photographers will no longer be allowed to handle guest’s phones or cameras to take photos. We recommend purchasing the Memory Maker photo package which is a set price of $169 (when purchased at least three days in advance) and includes digital downloads of all of the photos taken by Disney’s photographers. Be sure to have your park ticket or magic band handy and once your photo is taken, the photographer will scan it quickly and at a safe distance. If you decide against purchasing the Memory Maker and you are comfortable with having your VIP guide take your photos for you, they are more than happy to do so and will send them to you after the tour.

    Q: How do I set the right expectations for my children?
    A: There’s no denying the experience at the parks will be different, but children have incredible imaginations! The Disney Magic and Universal Adventure will still be there, just in new ways! Check out our blog, It’s Time to Remember the Magic, to see how we intend to make the most of this new normal at the parks. 

    We understand you may have additional questions regarding your upcoming trip. Please know we are always here for  you and   We can be reached via email at info@myviptour.com, by phone at (407) 636-2390, or from any of our social media accounts below. 

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    Tips for Universal Studios Orlando

    Tips for Universal Studios Orlando

    Proper planning and knowing the geographic information is most important while going on any trip. Especially if the location is fairly busy year...

    Tips for Universal Studios Orlando

    Tips for Universal Studios Orlando

    Proper planning and knowing the geographic information is most important while going on any trip. Especially if the location is fairly busy year round. Orlando can offer you wonderful moments, therefore planning ahead of time is necessary so you can make the most out of your vacation. Read further to get the best tips for Universal Studios Orlando.

    Tips for Universal Studios Orlando

     

    Purchase Universal Express Pass

     

    While at Universal Studios Orlando you will most likely experience long lines for rides. Therefore it is a good idea to purchase a Universal Express Pass. Purchasing this pass will allow you to skip the line and overall enhance your experience.

     

    Just like the passes at different Disney World parks, these express passes apply to certain parks. You can purchase them either online or once you get to the park.

     

    Stay at a Universal Orlando ResortTips for Universal Studios Orlando

     

    There are many perks that come with stay at a Universal Orlando Resort. When you are a guest at a Universal Orlando Resort you have several benefits on no cost:

     

    • – Free Universal Express Pass if you stay at Portofino Bay, Hard Rock Hotel, or Royal Pacific Resort. But it only let you skip few notable rides.
    • – Early access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter an hour before the general public.
    • – Get priority seating for on-property restaurants.
    • – Everything your purchase in the park gets delivered to your room.

     

    Use a Small Backpack

     

    Small backpacks are perfect for Universal Studios Orlando. Backpacks allow you to carry extra items like hand sanitizer or a gift from the gift shop without, without having to carry it by hand. Again, if you are staying at a resort near-by, they can always ship your new purchased items to your hotel room.

     

    Plan Your Route

     

    Prior to getting to the park make sure you look at a map of Universal Studios. This will help you navigate easily throughout the park. Also, make sure you take a look at which rides you would most likely want to ride and create a schedule to ensure you hit every ride you would like. Being prepared with a schedule will ensure that you get the most out of your Universal Studios Orlando trip.

     

    Wear Your Best Sneakers

     

    Since Universal parks are very large, it is essential that you wear comfortable footwear. Since you’ll be walking around for hours, wear sneakers that have nice padding, this way you can prevent your feet from hurting.

     

    Hopefully these tips for Universal Studios Orlando help you with your next vacation. Always come prepared and make sure you plan accordingly. My VIP Tours offers great solutions for anyone looking for a Floridian getaway.