Foodie Guide to the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Foodie Guide to the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival Get ready to sip, savor, and stroll across six continents at the Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival! YES, it’s time, once again, to celebrate the best in global food and drink at Disney’s longest festival ever starting July 15! This year’s festival will be …

The Phased Reopening of Walt Disney World Resort Continues Today with EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Phased Reopening of Walt Disney World Resort Continues Today with EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios It’s time for imagination and adventure today with the phased reopening of EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort. As the parks take their deliberate and responsible approach to this next milestone, Disney cast members are ready and waiting to help guests discover worlds both real and …

Downtown Disney District, Phased Reopening at Disneyland Resort

Welcome Back to Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort has begun its phased reopening with a variety of specialty shopping and dining experiences. The health and safety of guests, operating participant employees and Disney cast members are at the forefront of Disney’s planning. Several operational changes have been implemented based on guidance from health authorities …

Cinderella Castle is Ready to Welcome Guests Back to Magic Kingdom Park

Cinderella Castle is Ready to Welcome Guests Back to Magic Kingdom Park Cinderella Castle is currently in the process of receiving a royal makeover and the work is nearly complete! The treasured icon at the heart of Walt Disney World Resort is being made over with bold, shimmering and regal enhancements befitting The Most Magical Place on Earth. Walt Disney …

New Adventures with Princess Tiana Coming to Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom Park

New Adventures with Princess Tiana Coming to Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom Park From Disney – Today we are thrilled to share a first glimpse of a project Imagineers have been working on since last year. Splash Mountain – at both Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom park in Florida – will soon be completely reimagined. The theme is inspired by an …

NBA Will Resume 2019-20 Season at Walt Disney World Resort

NBA Will Resume 2019-20 Season at Walt Disney World Resort Walt Disney World Resort is about to become the center of the pro basketball world this summer. We are excited to share that the National Basketball Association officially announced today it will finish its 2019-20 season at Walt Disney World Resort. The season, which was interrupted by the pandemic, will resume in …

Disney Cruise Line Introduces Cruise Date Flexibility

Disney Cruise Line Introduces Cruise Date Flexibility Disney Cruise Line is reaching out to guests to inform them of a temporary cruise date flexibility option that is launching today. For any cruises booked by August 31, 2020 for sailings through March 31, 2021, guests can rest assured knowing they can change their sail date up to 15 days prior to departure. …

2021 Walt Disney World Resort Vacation Packages Available

2021 Walt Disney World Resort Vacation Packages Available 2021 Walt Disney World® Resort vacation packages are now available to book for select Disney Resort hotels: Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort* Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge* Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge* Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House* Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village* Disney’s …

Update on seasonal events at Walt Disney World Resort

Update on seasonal events at Walt Disney World Resort One staple of the fall season at the Walt Disney World Resort is the annual EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. This foodie festival will debut July 15 and continue through the fall, offering over 20 signature global marketplaces like Hawaii, Hops & Barley, and Islands of the Caribbean, spaced out around the park. …

Multi-Award-Winning Local Bakery Gideon’s Bakehouse to Open Location at Disney Springs

Multi-Award-Winning Local Bakery Gideon’s Bakehouse to Open Location at Disney Springs Gideon’s Bakehouse, a small, award-winning bakery, is opening a new location in The Landing at Disney Springs. Anticipating to open later this year, Gideon’s is best known for small-batch, handmade, almost half-pound cookies (yes, you read that right, half-pound) and cakes. Not only does their size make these cookies …

Disney Cruise Line New Castaway Club Welcome Offer

Disney Cruise Line New Castaway Club Welcome Offer Sail Again and Save Up to $350 Book within 60 days after disembarking your first Disney cruise to lock in these special savings on your next sailing. Save $50 per stateroom per night when booking a Verandah Stateroom; maximum savings of $350 on a 7-night or longer cruise. Book your Disney Cruise with …

In early 2021, Disney Cruise Line sails to the Caribbean, The Bahamas, Mexico and more from Florida, California and New Orleans.

In early 2021, Disney Cruise Line sets sail for breathtaking locales throughout the Caribbean, The Bahamas, Mexico and more from Florida, California and New Orleans. Advance Booking for Disney Cruise Line Castaway Club Members Contact Small World Vacations for assistance with your Disney Cruise. Get a quote on your Disney Cruise. Get $50 – $1000 Onboard Credit when you book …

Book Early and Save on Select Adventures by Disney Vacation Departures

In 2021, Adventures by Disney is adding new adventures to its land package lineup. You can embark on incredible new adventures to New Zealand, Portugal or Grand Europe: England, France & Italy – or explore re-imagined itineraries on Australia, Central Europe and Amazon & Galapagos departures. Advance booking dates: May 12, 2020: Adventure Insiders – previous Adventures by Disney Guests May 19, 2020: General …

Disney Springs Begins Phased Reopening on May 20

Disney Springs Begins Phased Reopening on May 20 A phased reopening of Disney Springs will begin on May 20. Following the guidance of government and health officials, a limited number of shopping and dining experiences that are owned by third-party operating participants will begin to open during this initial phase. The rest of Walt Disney World® Resort will remain closed, including theme parks and …

Important Message From Universal Orlando Resort

Important Message From Universal Orlando Resort Universal Parks & Resorts Operational Update: April 9, 2020 From Universal – We know Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted many parts of your life – including your travel and vacation plans and we will be eager to welcome you back to our theme parks and destination when the time comes. For now, we must make …

Small World Vacations’ Message to Our Guests

The Small World Vacations’ team hopes that you are safe and healthy during this unique time. We are in the midst of a global health crisis and as an agency, we are working tirelessly day and night on behalf of our guests. It feels like change is the only constant. Everyone is dealing with unprecedented challenges while maintaining their stamina …

Updates to Final Payment Policy for Packages Booked Through Walt Disney Travel Company

Updates to Final Payment Policy for Packages Booked Through Walt Disney Travel Company Effective March 15, 2020, until further notice, Disney is making a temporary adjustment to the final payment policy for Walt Disney World® and Disneyland® Resort packages booked through Walt Disney Travel Company. For existing bookings, final payment to Walt Disney Travel Company will now be due 7 days prior to Guest …

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa Adjusts Cancellation Fees

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa Adjusts Cancellation Fees Walt Disney Travel Company is making a temporary adjustment to its policy on cancellation fees for vacations at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. The following applies only to leisure package bookings made through Walt Disney Travel Company. For packages cancelled within 30 days, the $200 non-refundable deposit will be waived, or refunded if …

Take a Tour of Eats at the 2020 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is in full swing at the Disneyland® Resort with yummy California-inspired eats, sips, and special culinary events throughout the park. This year’s festival has more offerings than ever before, and to give you a taste of what you can expect, you can hear from one of the chefs who helped bring it to life! ...

Creating Music for ‘Magic Happens’ Parade at Disneyland Park

“Magic Happens,” the all-new parade now swirling through Disneyland® Park, celebrates the awe-inspiring moments of magic that are at the heart of so many Disney stories. While the stories and music featured in “Magic Happens” are rooted in iconic Disney lore, the soundtrack is heavily influenced by today’s pop culture, putting a contemporary spin on the classic Disney hits. “Magic Happens” features ...

Enjoy the Flavors of New Orleans Aboard the Disney Wonder

The Disney Wonder just made its final departure from New Orleans during her inaugural season sailing out of the Big Easy. While bittersweet to say farewell to our newest homeport for now, we’re thrilled that Disney Cruise Line will return to the Crescent City in 2021! Down in New Orleans, you will find magic around every corner, from the French Quarter to the Garden ...

#DisneyKids: Mouse Rules Apply Aboard Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

If you have ever imagined what it would be like to be whisked inside a cartoon, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is about as close as they will get. This charming family-friendly attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® takes guests inside the wacky world of Mickey & Minnie shorts in a lively and feel-good kind of way. There’s so much to take ...

Celebrating a Graduation at Magic Kingdom Park? Book a Capture Your Moment Session!

There’s no better way to celebrate graduation than by visiting Walt Disney World® Resort. After years of hard work and perseverance, a trip to The Most Magical Place on Earth is the perfect way to celebrate such an exciting accomplishment! If you are currently planning a Walt Disney World Resort graduation celebration trip, you may want to consider booking a Capture Your Moment ...

Max Makes His Debut at Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa

Aloha! We are excited to share that Max has made his debut at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, and you can meet him too! Goofy’s son Max (short for Maximilian) looks up to his dad and the two always enjoy their father-son time. Well, that’s exactly what brings them to Aulani to enjoy a Hawaiian vacation together! Max and Goofy ...

Mickey, Minnie and Pals Celebrate the Grand Opening of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios® threw a red-carpet premiere nearly a century in the making with a special dedication ceremony for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – opening to the public today, March 4, here at Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida. “Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a crowning achievement in the multiyear transformation of Disney’s Hollywood Studios,” said Walt Disney World Resort President ...

Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Sneak Peeks Coming Soon to Disney Parks

For a limited time beginning March 20, you will get an early glimpse of scenes from Disney’s epic new adventure, “Mulan” when visiting Disney Parks. Sneak peeks of the film will be shown in the Tomorrowland Theater at Disneyland® Park, as part of the Walt Disney Presents attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® and aboard Disney Cruise Line® during select sailings in late March. An all-new ...

All in the Details: Making the Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Marquee

We’re less than a month away from rolling out the red carpet for the new Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. You will be able to experience the attraction beginning March 4! Earlier this week, Walt Disney Imagineering marked a milestone on the attraction’s progress by unveiling its dazzling new marquee. “We want to make sure that ...

2020 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival: Expand Your Palate

The tastiest time of the year is here! From now through April 21, you can enjoy amazing sips, savories, energetic entertainment, signature events and exclusive merchandise at the Disney California Adventure® Food & Wine Festival! Keep reading to learn more about the foodie fun to be had!   This year, the Festival Marketplace welcomes new and favorite marketplaces, such as Avocado ...

Disney Cruise Line Embarkation Changes and Sailing Date Change Policy

Disney Cruise Line Embarkation Changes and Sailing Date Change Policy   Disney Cruise Line® has updated shared the proactive steps they are taking related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The following guidelines from Disney Cruise Line® have been updated to include temperature checks for all guests prior to boarding and additional guidance for guests sailing to The Bahamas and Jamaica. These …

‘Magic Happens’ Parade Premieres Today at Disneyland Park

‘Magic Happens’ Parade Premieres Today at Disneyland Park The all-new “Magic Happens” parade debuts today at Disneyland® Park! Witness the stunning floats, artistic costumes, energetic musical score and of course, beloved Disney characters. This incredible daytime spectacular celebrates the awe-inspiring moments of magic that are at the heart of so many Disney stories. “Magic Happens” features nine newly designed floats, highlighting magic from classic …

Behind the Scenes: Choreographing ‘Magic Happens’ Parade, Debuting Feb. 28 at Disneyland Park

You will soon be able to see the new daytime spectacular “Magic Happens” will making its way down Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland® Park. Our creative team will bring Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios films to life with stunning floats, energetic music and artistic costumes. In addition, 90-plus performers will celebrate the moments of magic from these films with ...

The Reimagining of Spaceship Earth at EPCOT Begins May 26

Spaceship Earth is more than just the physical icon of EPCOT – it’s a symbol of how the park continues to evolve. The attraction is a crucial piece of the historic transformation already underway at EPCOT, and the team at Walt Disney Imagineering is excited to start implementing a new vision for Spaceship Earth beginning May 26. This means Spaceship ...

Walt Disney World Resort Introduces New Dining Plan

Walt Disney World Resort Introduces New Dining Plan Disney introduced a new Disney Dining Plan option for Disney Resort hotel guests. This new option, along with the recently announced “Water Park and Sports Option,” help guests discover more of our offerings, at a great value. Disney Dining Plan Plus Starting today, Disney Resort hotel guests can add Disney Dining Plan Plus to their Walt Disney Travel Company …

Foodie Guide to Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival 2020

You can get ready to discover the beauty of California with the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, returning once again to Disneyland® Resort February 28 through April 21! This popular festival features the best of the west coast with unforgettable cuisine, beverages, and special events that you won’t want to miss. You can take part in culinary demonstrations, get the ...

Mermaid School, a New Chocolate Workshop and More Fun Activities Set to Bloom at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels this Spring

A selection of new and returning experiences that offer memorable fun for guests of all ages are set to bloom at Walt Disney World Resort® Hotels this spring! Chocolate tastings, painting activities, pirate adventures and more are now accepting reservations for your  springtime getaway. NEW! The Chocolate Workshop Presented by The Ganachery You can come discover the delights of chocolate – ...

‘Vacation Fun’ Original Animated Short to Debut at Mickey Shorts Theater March 4

Oh, boy! It’s time for “Vacation Fun!” The newly re-imagined Mickey Shorts Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® will debut March 4 to feature a one-of-a-kind animated short featuring everyone’s favorite mouse and his leading lady. The original animated short, “Vacation Fun,” celebrates Mickey and Minnie’s favorite vacation memories, plus a few new adventures! “Vacation Fun,” which is exclusive to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will ...

Available Now: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tickets!

Available Now: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Tickets!   Ready, set, boo! Today’s the day to start planning your visit to Walt Disney World® Resort for late summer and early fall. That includes getting your tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! Tickets are now available for the event that transforms Magic Kingdom® Park into a spook-tacularcelebration. Fun for everyone begins on August 13 and continues on …

Culinary Adventures with the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan by Agent, Michelle

Culinary Adventures with the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan by Agent, Michelle Did you know there are over 200 dining locations at Walt Disney World?  As a Disney Resort hotel guest, you have access to one of Disney’s unique dining plan options. On a recent visit, we selected the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan and went on a spectacular culinary adventure around …

New Disney Cruise Summer 2021 Itineraries and Departure Dates

New Disney Cruise Summer 2021 Itineraries and Departure Dates In summer 2021, Disney Cruise Line will sail a variety of itineraries around the world including a return to Greece – back by popular demand – and exciting and varied European destinations, Alaska ports and tropical locales. Plus, Disney Cruise Line will visit three first-time ports of call in Greece, Sweden and Norway. View summer 2021 itineraries (Adobe PDF) …

Create Personalized Disney Merchandise with MADE Now Available at Disney Parks

Create Personalized Disney Merchandise with MADE Now Available at Disney Parks The Disney Parks Merchandise Team is now offering MADE—a new and expanded way to customize and create your own Disney merchandise. With MADE, guests will now be able to create customized apparel, including short and long-sleeved T-shirts, (even Disney Springs designs) from a library of Disney art to celebrate …

Discover Unique Adventures by Disney Pins

Discover Unique Adventures by Disney Pins Part of the fun of travel is looking back at the journeys you’ve had. And what better way to reflect on an adventure than with a special keepsake? At Adventures by Disney, we know these souvenirs are an important part of the travel experience, which is why each guest receives a custom-designed pin every day of …

2020 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival: The Merchandise Menu

The tastiest time of the year is just around the corner as the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival returns to the Disneyland® Resort on Feb. 28! In addition to the amazing sips, savories and signature events coming for you to enjoy next week, there is an exclusive menu of merchandise items arriving that every Disney foodie must check out! Take a …

Walt Disney World Resort Introduces New Water Park and Sports Ticket Option

Disney has introduced a new ticket add-on – the “Water Park and Sports Option” The Water Park and Sports Option, available for $70 plus tax, allows guests to choose between enjoying the splashiest thrills at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon or Disney’s Blizzard Beach, living their basketball dreams at The NBA Experience, attending events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and testing their abilities …

Disney’s Riviera Resort by Small World Vacations’ Agent Jeanne I recently had the opportunity to stay in a Deluxe Studio at Disney’s Riviera Resort. Inspired by Walt Disney’s trips to Europe, Disney’s Riviera Resort has grand archways, terraces and porticos transporting you to Europe and the Mediterranean. Understated elegance awaits you in the Resort lobby.  Reminiscent of a Café in …

Memory Maker by Small World Vacations’ Agent, Angela

Memory Maker by Small World Vacations’ Agent, Angela ©Disney Memory Maker is one of my favorite ways to capture the special moments from our Walt Disney World Vacation.  The great thing about it is, you don’t have to decide which pictures you want to keep, you get everything.  They all download to your My Disney Experience App and you can …

Behind the Scenes: Dressing the Part for ‘Magic Happens’ Parade, Debuting Feb. 28 at Disneyland Park

90-plus performers in vibrant costumes will soon bring the “Magic Happens” parade to life when it debuts in Disneyland® Park on Feb. 28. This all-new daytime spectacular celebrates moments of magic that are at the heart of so many Disney stories. Drawing inspiration from modern fashion runways and adding a uniquely Disney flair, these pieces are on the cutting edge of design ...

Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue Now Open at EPCOT

The time has come to celebrate American barbecue at the NOW OPEN Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue hosted by Coca-Cola at EPCOT®! In the heart of The American Adventure pavilion, a glorious restaurant named after the regal-est eagle, Sam the Eagle of The Muppets, joins our ever-growing collection of dining establishments around World Showcase.   This distinctly patriotic fast-casual ...

Cinderella Castle is About to Get Even More Magical

Big news from Walt Disney World Resort – Cinderella Castle is about to get even more magical! Just like how Cinderella herself transformed into a princess when the animated classic was released 70 years ago this week, her namesake castle at the heart of Walt Disney World Resort will soon be made over with bold, shimmering and regal enhancements befitting the park so many hold …

Foodie Guide to Valentine’s Season 2020 at Disneyland Resort

It’s time to get romantic at Disneyland® Resort this Valentine’s season with yummy sweet treats and delicious bites across property! From sandwiches and a mac and cheese dog to specialty beignets, strawberry juleps, and heart-shaped candies, the Disneyland chefs have put a lot of love into these sweet and savory offerings this year for you to enjoy. And don’t forget that ...