Category Archives: 2014

Alaska Cruise on the Northern ToaD

We have just returned from an amazing cruise vacation with several Travel On A Dream clients to Alaska on the Celebrity Millennium!  What a fantastic trip!

Celebrity MillenniumWe enjoyed a couple beautiful days in Vancouver before heading to the ship.  If you have time before your Alaska cruise, you should definitely visit this city for a few days.  We thoroughly enjoyed walking along the shoreline path from Canada Place to Stanley Park.  We took the shuttle around the park.

The Celebrity Millennium is a bit smaller than other ships we have been on but this really didn’t take away from the ship.  It was a comfortable size for us.  Sailaway was made more special because our group was invited to the Helipad to experience it.  Here are some views of the city and the Lion’s Gate Bridge from the ship.

DSC_5035Lion's GateThe hardest part of an Alaska cruise, or should I say the most disorienting part, is the daylight.  The further north we sailed, the longer the days.  Towards the end of the trip, we never saw true darkness, which made it difficult for me to sleep.  Because of this, I was usually up very early each morning.

Our weather was exceptional as well.  The temperatures were warmer than we expected, plus the rain was much less than expected.  We had a bit of rain in Juneau towards the end of the day and half of the time in Skagway, but otherwise, it was beautiful!

We saw a lot of wildlife.  We only saw one whale but saw many other animals and birds.  All in all a very memorable trip.  A big part of the memories though does have to be credited to the company that we cruised with.  We had such a good time with everyone!  And since we had been to Alaska before, it made it so much more special to share it with everyone.  Here are some photos from our ports of call and Hubbard Glacier.

DSC_5160DSC_5217DSC_5218DSC_5755DSC_5518DSC_6105DSC_9719DSC_9665DSC_6159DSC_6688DSC_6815DSC_6888DSC_6928See the hidden Mickey?  Stay tuned for our post cruise report coming soon!

It’s not too late to join us on the Southern ToaD, October 4, 2014 on the Disney Magic out of San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Contact us for details.

2014 Candlelight Processional Packages Now Available

Effective today, Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages are now on sale.  A Disney holiday tradition, the Candlelight Processional combines a full orchestra, choir and special guest narrator to tell the audience the story of the babe in a manager.  Each night the guest narrator tells the story of Baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem.  The orchestra and choir provide the accompanying songs and music.

Celebrity Narrators announced today include:

  • Jodi Benson – November 28 and 29, 2014
  • TBD – November 30 to December 4, 2014
  • Whoopi Goldberg – December 5 and 6, 2014
  • TBD – December 7 to 14, 2014
  • Sharon Stone – December 15 to 17, 2014
  • Ana Gasteyer – December 18 to 20, 2014
  • Marlee Matlin – December 21 to 23, 2014
  • TBD – December 24 to 27, 2014
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – December 28 to 30, 2014

Show times are at 5:00 pm, 6:45 pm and 8:15 pm all nights except December 7, which only will have the two latter times.  Celebrity narrators are subject to change without notice.

Candlelight Processional is included with your admission to Epcot.  General admission is on a first come, first served basis.  Disney does, however, offer a Candlelight Processional Dining Package.  With the package, you are guaranteed a seat.

Dining packages include a 3-course meal or full buffet for lunch and/or dinner, depending on location.  For those on a Disney Dining Plan, the package will take two table credits.  Participating restaurants include:

  • Biergarten Restaurant
  • Chefs de France
  • Coral Reef Restaurant
  • The Garden Grill
  • La Hacienda de San Angel
  • Nine Dragons Restaurant
  • Restaurant Marrakesh
  • Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
  • San Angel Inn Restaurante
  • Teppan Edo
  • Tokyo Dining
  • Tutto Italia Ristorante
  • Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

We recommend making your dining reservations today.  Please note if you do already have dining reservations for these restaurants, you will need to switch them to the package if you want to attend the show.  The early show will include lunch for dinner, while the later shows will include dinner.  Let your agent know which restaurant location and which show you are interested in for us to book for you.  With your Disney World package booked with Travel On A Dream, we are happy to handle all of your dining reservations, including booking the Candlelight Processional Package with no additional cost to you.

2014-2015 Disney Cruise Line Black Out Dates

Everyone who cruises on Disney Cruise Line should know the best way to get a discount on a future sailing is to book onboard.  If you do that, you will get up to a 10% discount plus an onboard credit.  The onboard credit amount depends on the length of cruise you book in the future.  For up to six nights, you will get a $100 onboard credit.  For seven nights and longer, the onboard credit is $200.  If you book a cruise that is 7 nights or longer, you are entitled to a reduced deposit of only 10%, as opposed to the usual 20% deposit required.

One additional change is there are now black out dates. What this means is that if you book one of these dates, you will not receive a discounted price.  Additionally, if you move an onboard booking to one of these dates, you will not receive a discounted price.  Black out dates only apply to reservations originally booked after November 12, 2013.

Here is the updated list of all black out dates from this date forward:

  • Disney Fantasy – 2014 Dates:  June 14, June 21, December 20, December 27; 2015 Dates:  March 28, April 4, December 19, December 26
  • Disney Dream – 2014 Dates: June 29, July 3, July 6, December 22, December 29; 2015 Dates:  March 30, April 3, April 6, June 26, July 1, July 5, November 23, November 27, December 24, December 28, December 31
  • Disney Magic – 2014 Dates: July 14, July 26, December 21, December 28; 2015 Dates:  March 29, April 5, November 25, December 23, December 27, December 31
  • Disney Wonder – 2014 Dates:  June 30, December 21, December 26, December 30; 2015 Dates:  March 29, April 3, May 15, May 17, June 29, October 9, October 16, November 20, December 24, December 28

Of course these dates are subject to change, but this is current as of today.

Free Dining Returns for Fall 2014 at Disney World

Beginning May 2, 2014, Chase Disney Visa cardholders were offered a free dining plan with non-discounted packages at Walt Disney World on select dates this fall. We expect this offer to be extended to the general public on May 7, 2014. Book a non-discounted Magic Your Way package of three nights or more with at least two day park tickets, with your arrival date on the following dates and you can qualify for free dining:

  • August 31 – October 3, 2014
  • October 26 – November 1, 2014
  • November 9 – 20, 2014
  • December 12 – 23, 2014

Guests staying at a Value Resorts will start with a Magic Your Way + Quick Service package.  Guests staying at a Moderate, Deluxe, or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort will start with a Magic Your Way + Dining package.

Some restrictions do apply and availability is very limited. Little Mermaid Rooms at Art of Animation Resort , All-Star Movies Resort, Campsites at Fort Wilderness Resort, Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, and 3 Bedroom Villas are excluded.  Package must be booked by August 8, 2014.

If you are ready to book, our agents are ready to take care of you.  Please submit your request.  If you are using a Disney Visa, we can take care of you immediately, but will need your Disney Visa card to apply the deposit of $200 at the time of booking.  Please submit your payment here or call our office at 888-681-1240.  We cannot put a courtesy hold on a reservation until this is available to the general public. A $200 deposit with a Disney Visa is required at the time of booking, however, your reservation is fully refundable until 45 days prior to arrival. Once this offer is available to the general public, we can put your reservation on a 7 day courtesy hold for any of the dates indicated.

dtnemail-Dining_Chip_Dale__2_-302a1In addition to free dining, Disney has also released a room discount.  Discounts of up to 30% are available on room reservations for most nights August 16 to October 3, 2014 when booked by August 8, 2014.

  • Value Resorts: get up to 20% off
  • Moderate Resorts: get up to 25% off
  • Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts: get up to 30% off

You can add tickets and dining to the room reservation to make it a package.

This offer excludes Villas at Grand Floridian, Bay Lake Tower, Little Mermaid standard rooms at Art of Animation Resort, All-Star Movies, Port Orleans French Quarter, campsites and 3-bedroom villas. Savings are based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per adult charges apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Advance reservations required.  The room discount cannot be combined with any other offers, including free dining.

Disney Visa Offer for Walt Disney World

Starting today, for travel between June 15 and August 28, you can take advantage of a new promotion from Walt Disney World and Disney Visa.  Discounts are up to 35% depending on resort and length of stay.  If you purchase at least six day tickets and make it a package, you will see additional savings.

While this offer is only available to Disney Visa Cardholders right now, it will be available to the public on Monday, March 17.  Put your request in today with Travel On A Dream and get ready to go to Disney World this summer!

There is so much more to experience at Disney World this summer.  What are you waiting for?

New Disney Visa Offer for Walt Disney World?

This morning we read on that there is a new Disney Visa Card Holder offer for summer room discounts.  What surprised me about this was it said that it started today and Disney Visa offers typically have started on Thursdays or Mondays with the opposite day opening to the public.  Here’s what we found out.

There is no Disney Visa offer today.  The offer will start tomorrow with this opening to the public on Monday, March 17.  It looks like it will be a summer discount.

As usual, we will be on with Disney tomorrow to work on new reservations for our Disney Visa Cardholder clients and the public on Monday.

Put your request in today for your quote here!  If you are a Disney Visa Cardholder, note that on your request so we know to work on that quote tomorrow morning.