<![CDATA[PERFECTLY MAGICAL TRAVEL - OLD Travel News Blog]]>Sun, 24 Sep 2023 14:01:32 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[Buses Featuring Favorite Characters Join Disney Transportation]]>Wed, 25 Sep 2019 13:00:00 GMThttp://perfectlymagicaltravel.com/old-travel-news-blog/buses-featuring-favorite-characters-join-disney-transportation
Early this summer, Disney introduced a new look for some of the Walt Disney World® Resort buses: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto hit the roadways. 

More buses featuring characters from some of the most beloved Disney films have joined the fleet. Now you will be able to enjoy a ‘Hakuna Matata’ journey with Simba from Disney’s “The Lion King,” experience a whole lot of laughs with Mike and Sully from “Monsters, Inc.,” or see how far they’ll go with Moana – as these new designs full of character and fun hit the roads around Walt Disney World!

These buses have new blue seats and laminate floors throughout. Some of the buses will also have USB charging ports conveniently located between seats, so you can re-charge your devices and not miss a moment of capturing and sharing your Disney vacation memories.
<![CDATA[Exciting Additions to ‘Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade’ at Magic Kingdom Park]]>Mon, 09 Sep 2019 13:00:00 GMThttp://perfectlymagicaltravel.com/old-travel-news-blog/exciting-additions-to-mickeys-boo-to-you-halloween-parade-at-magic-kingdom-park
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is already a must-do experience every fall at Magic Kingdom® Park, and it’s even more so this year with the debut of the incredible new “Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular,” a new interactive treat trail at Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor and attractions updated with new Halloween twists.

There’s even more to look forward to with great additions to “Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade!”
Presented twice nightly during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (Pro tip: catch the second run of the night for the best viewing options), the parade brings forth a cavalcade of fiendishly fun floats as each land of the Magic Kingdom comes together to celebrate Halloween.

The parade opens with a flurry of favorite Disney friends, including Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in all-new Halloween costumes, as they trick-or-treat down Main Street, U.S.A. Representing Liberty Square, the Haunted Mansion unit features Hitchhiking Ghosts and a new addition, the spectral Bride, who glides among the waltzing spirits.
A new Tomorrowland unit brings The Incredibles and designer extraordinaire Edna Mode to “Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade,” followed by Buzz Lightyear and Alien explorers discovering crystalline treasures on the surface of a planetary playset float.

Of course, no Halloween parade would be complete without candy. Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope von Schweetz and the girls from Sugar Rush make sure there’s plenty of sweet stuff to go around!

Pirates sail in from Adventureland, Clarabelle Cow hosts a square dance during a Frontierland hoedown, and a wicked assortment of Disney Villains reigns over a Fantasyland-inspired grand finale.

​Don't miss this fantastic Fall event going on Now at Walt Disney World!!
<![CDATA[Ice Cream Lovers – Disney’s ‪‎Kitchen Sink Is a Must Do at WDW!]]>Thu, 05 Sep 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://perfectlymagicaltravel.com/old-travel-news-blog/ice-cream-lovers-disneys-kitchen-sink-is-a-must-do-at-wdw
Calling all Disney Foodies: Have you ever heard of Disney’s ‪‎Kitchen Sink‬?! This ‪‎yummy‬ ‪dessert‬ is available at Beaches and Cream located in Disney's Beach Club Resort. It is served in a giant bowl that looks like a kitchen sink.  
This dessert masterpiece starts with eight delicious scoops of ice cream – two vanilla, two chocolate, two strawberry, one mint chocolate chip, and one coffee.  On top of the ice cream are two kinds of cupcakes, a brownie, a banana, a candy bar, and chocolate cookies with cream filling.  Next comes the warm toppings – fudge, butterscotch, and peanut butter.  Then chocolate syrup, marshmallow crème, strawberry topping and pineapple topping are layered on.  Sprinkled in among all of the layers are sliced toasted almonds, dark and white chocolate shavings, chopped jellied orange slices, milk chocolate chip morsels and peanut butter chip morsels.  And finally, this ‪ice cream dream is topped off with whip cream, two kinds of sprinkles and cherries‬ on top!
Wow!  The kid in me can’t wait to get back to WDW to order this famous Disney Dessert! Make sure that trying this dessert gets put on your family’s Disney Bucket List!!
<![CDATA[New at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique]]>Mon, 26 Aug 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://perfectlymagicaltravel.com/old-travel-news-blog/bibbidi-bobbidi-boutique-new-merchandise-and-hairstyles✨✨Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique✨✨
​New Merchandise and Hairstyles
All Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations have new merchandise including a spirit jersey, Minnie Mouse Ear headband, MagicBand and accessories, available to add to any transformation package.

Young princesses can also choose from four new hairstyles inspired by modern royalty with customizable options including braids, bows and flower halos. Take a look at the video below for examples of the new styles:

Enchanted – Hair is styled in a bun or messy bun hairpiece and includes choice of princess bow or shining tiara.

Fantasy – Hair is swept back into a bun, covered with a curly hairpiece and topped with a coordinating flower halo.

Royal Braid – Hair is styled in a bun and accessorized with an attached Royal Braid. A princess bow completes this look fit for royalty!

Pixie Magic – Add a colorful touch to this hairstyle with an elegant ponytail and matching flower halo.

As always, a variety of transformations are available and may include hairstyling, nail polish, accessories, gowns and more depending on the package you choose.
<![CDATA[Why Purchase Travel Insurance?]]>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 21:44:55 GMThttp://perfectlymagicaltravel.com/old-travel-news-blog/why-purchase-travel-insurance
I always encourage my clients to purchase travel insurance for whatever destination they choose. Many people think that they don't need insurance because they are sure they will not cancel their trip. But sometimes Mother Nature has other ideas. Your trip could get cancelled due to something far beyond your control. Plus, trip cancellation is only one of the reasons to purchase travel insurance! If you have car trouble or are involved in a wreck on your way to your destination causing your trip to be delayed - travel insurance can cover that. If you have a physical accident or fall ill and require immediate medical attention - travel insurance can cover that. If your flight is delayed or cancelled and your miss your cruise ship departure - travel insurance can cover that.

These are only a few reasons why travel insurance makes sense. I guess the real question is: Why wouldn't you purchase travel insurance?
<![CDATA[​Grand Floridian's Royal Promenade]]>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:24:15 GMThttp://perfectlymagicaltravel.com/old-travel-news-blog/grand-floridians-royal-promenadeDid you know that Walt Disney World now offers a FREE royal character experience?
You can join Cinderella and Prince Charming in the Royal Promenade at the Grand Floridian Resort every day (except Tuesdays) at 3:30 PM.  Little princes and princesses can follow Cinderella and Prince Charming down the grand staircase to the lobby to enjoy a special waltz alongside the royal couple. This is the perfect opportunity to take some great photos and videos of your little ones enjoying a special dance with one of Disney’s most beloved royal couples.
<![CDATA[Tips for Viewing IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at WDW’s Epcot]]>Tue, 03 Apr 2018 23:00:00 GMThttp://perfectlymagicaltravel.com/old-travel-news-blog/tips-for-viewing-illuminations-reflections-of-earth-at-wdws-epcot
The best place to view IllumiNations is from a seat on the lakeside veranda of La Cantina de San Angel in Mexico. You will need to arrive early - I suggest at least 90 minutes prior to showtime. Enjoy a snack while you wait for the presentation to begin.

If  snagging your spot 90 minutes early is not your style, try this great tip:  During the daylight hours, try to spot the fireworks barges stationed throughout the Epcot’s giant lagoon located directly in front of the World Showcase.  Anywhere you find a direct view of one of these barges is a good spot for viewing Illuminations.  

The gondola landing in Italy offers excellent viewing. Also, the waterfront promenade near Germany provides a great view. Claim one of these spots at least 30 minutes before showtime. Many areas between Germany and Italy provide great viewing locations. 
<![CDATA[What Makes Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Special?]]>Mon, 26 Mar 2018 21:30:00 GMThttp://perfectlymagicaltravel.com/old-travel-news-blog/what-makes-mickeys-very-merry-christmas-party-special
​Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
Holiday Wishes is the unique fireworks show that takes place only on party nights.  Featuring holiday music and a special appearance by Tinker Bell, this show is a truly amazing experience that is reserved for party guests only!

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
As snow falls on Main Street, you watch gingerbread men and reindeer prance along the parade path. Wave to Disney friends during this holiday parade brimming with magic and cheer! And of course, Santa is overseeing all of the festivities from his sleigh as he moves along the parade route. The entire parade is holiday themed and only takes place on Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party nights.

Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration
It’s just days before Christmas and all through this house, excitement is stirring thanks to Mickey Mouse. Mickey’s throwing a Most Merriest Celebration and inviting lots of Disney pals to join the festive fun:
Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto are dropping by dressed in their Christmas best. Peter Pan is flying in from Never Land. Alice and the White Rabbit are hurrying over from Wonderland. And Woody and Jessie from Toy Story are galloping in for this holiday ho-ho-hoedown. Plus, Snow White and Dopey, Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket and many more surprise guests will be stopping by.

A Frozen Holiday Wish
Get swept up in the holiday spirit when Queen Elsa transforms Cinderella Castle.
Featuring appearances by Anna and Elsa, along with rugged mountain man Kristoff and the lovable snowman Olaf, the highlight of this merry-and-bright holiday show is watching Queen Elsa use her “Frozen” powers to present a gift to everyone by transforming Cinderella Castle into a sparkling, icy centerpiece for the celebration.

Free Goodies & Snow!
On MVMCP nights, it snows on Main Street! And what’s better than free holiday treats?
Indulge in a variety of holiday classics like Hot Chocolate and Snickerdoodle Cookies, Eggnog and Gingersnap Molasses Cookies, Spiced Apple Cider and Snowman Sugar Cookies, or a Snow Cone and Snowman Sugar Cookie. YUM!

Smaller Crowds = Shorter Lines
Because MVMCP is a separately ticketed event, there are a limited number of guests allowed into Magic Kingdom on party nights.  Party goers get to take advantage of the smaller crowds by riding all of the most popular rides.

Exclusive Merchandise
Merchandise offered exclusively during MVMCP is available for purchase throughout Magic Kingdom. 

Unique Character Meet-and-Greets
Meet characters that are rarely seen outside of MVMCP! Traditional characters will be wearing special holiday attire that won't be seen in the Magic Kingdom except on party nights. You'll want to make time to visit, Minnie, Daisy, Donald, Scrooge McDuck, Santa Goofy. Super Rare Characters include Jack the Pumpkin King decked out in his Sandy Claws suit, Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps, Moana, and of course, the Seven Dwarfs.  Just meeting these rarely seen characters is reason enough to attend this Magical Disney Christmas Party!!

Exclusive PhotoPass Magic Shots
While you go a-wassailing around the park during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, you can unwrap yuletide treasures from Disney PhotoPass Service. 
Have a reindeer and gingerbread man magically photo-bomb your picture at the entrance to Magic Kingdom Park. Choose any number of unique holiday props located throughout Magic Kingdom to commemorate your family’s attendance of this very special Christmas Party.  Or, have your family’s picture made inside a giant snow globe in front of the glittering Cinderella’s Castle!
<![CDATA[What Makes Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Special?]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:15:52 GMThttp://perfectlymagicaltravel.com/old-travel-news-blog/what-makes-mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party-special
HalloWishes Fireworks Show
HallowWishes is the unique fireworks show that takes place only on party nights.  Celebrate the hallowed season with a spider web of pyrotechnic effects and haunting melodies.  The Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion invites you to "drop in" as Disney Villains light up the night with fireworks and a wicked version of melodies from Disney’s past that echo through the night - and creepy colors crawl over Cinderella Castle.  The “scare-abration” gets into full swing when some of the Disney Villains we most love to hate—including Maleficent, Ursula, Cruella de Vil, Jafar and Oogie Boogie - croon their scary tunes and do their best to steal the show.
Boo-To-You Parade
A Truly Spooktacular Procession, this parade is unique to MNSSHP. You can party with the grim grandmaster of this eerily awesome parade - he’s literally lost his head! The parade starts with a hair-raising ride by the Headless Horseman himself, followed by a collection of frightening floats featuring Disney Characters in Halloween costumes.  Only party guests can experience this Villainous Parade - and remember: it's really not so scary; just fiendish fun!
Villains take over Celebrate the Magic
The villains take over the stage at Cinderella’s Castle during the Celebrate the Magic show. Putting on a spectacularly spooky performance, villains entertain guests of all ages with singing, dancing, and all sorts of surprising magic.
Trick-or-treat stations are set up throughout Magic Kingdom. Guests are allowed to go through each station and collect all kinds of yummy Halloween candy.
Unique Eats
All types of unique snacks and sweets are offered only during MNSSHP – from Jack Skellington cupcakes to Oogie Boogie popcorn containers, everyone is sure to find a perfectly spooky treat to enjoy!
Exclusive Merchandise
Merchandise offered exclusively during MNSSHP is available for purchase throughout Magic Kingdom.
Smaller Crowds = Shorter Lines
Because MNSSHP is a separately ticketed event, there are a limited number of guests allowed into Magic Kingdom on party nights.  Party goers get to take advantage of the lower crowds by riding all of the most popular rides.
Unique Character Meet-and-Greets
Meet characters that are rarely seen outside of MNSSHP! Jack Skellington, Cruella de Vil,  and the Seven Dwarfs are almost always available.
Exclusive PhotoPass Magic Shots
Wicked party-exclusive Magic Shots, Animated Magic Shots, and unique photo opportunities are available from Disney PhotoPass Service.  During parties, there are a number of festive props you can use in your photos at various locations around the park, a spirited photo opportunity inspired by the 1929 Silly Symphony “The Skeleton Dance”, and a lamp inspired by the Haunted Mansion cemetery watchman that you can include in your photos.
Everyone Can Wear a Costume
Come Dressed for the Occasion - whether spooky, kooky or classic Disney, be sure to wear your best Halloween costume!

Disney Costume Guidelines:
  • All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  •  Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
For Guests ages 13 and under:
Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

For Guests ages 14 and older:
Guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body as they may be subject to additional security screening. Additionally, costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
<![CDATA[Special Character Meet and Greets for Easter at WDW]]>Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:09:56 GMThttp://perfectlymagicaltravel.com/old-travel-news-blog/march-18th-2018Picture

Easter is definitely a fun holiday to visit Walt Disney World! 
The Easter Bunny will be making his appearance at the Magic Kingdom beginning
March 19 - April 1, 2018.
​He will be available for meet and greets at the park in the Town Square Courtyard area.
The other characters joining Mr. Easter Bunny will include Mrs. Easter Bunny, Daisy Duck,
Thumper and Ms. Bunny, White Rabbit, Rabbit, Clara Cluck, Hippos, Ostriches, Dancing Chicks
and the Azalea Trail Maids from Mobile, Alabama.

Easter in Walt Disney World sure is egg-citing!!

Bridget Agan