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Photos From Around “The World” Part III

Our friend Leo DeCandia recently returned from a trip to Walt Disney World for the Flower & Garden Festival.  I wanted to share a few shots with you that he took.  This is Part III, so watch for more and in case you missed them, here are Part I and Part II.

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Port Adventures for Disney Cruise Line’s NYC to Bahamas Cruises

Today we are seeing on the Disney Cruise Line® site that Port Adventures are available for the New York City sailings from NYC to Nassau, Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral.

Three excursions are offered in New York City on the date of debarkation only with airport transfers.  These will only be able to be booked onboard and you should remove any return transfers before embarking to avoid double charges.

Guests will have an opportunity to go to Midtown Manhattan, including a trip up to the observation deck on the 70th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza followed by a drive towards Grand Central Station, ending at JFK, LaGuardia or Newark airports on this tour.

The second option will take guests for a land and sea tour of the city.  You will board the Zephyr, a luxury catamaran, for a 60 minute tour of the waterways around New York City including views of the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Staten Island, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.  You will be dropped off at the South Street Seaport for free time before heading to one of the three area airports.

The last option will include visits to the American Museum of Natural History & Central Park.  In Central Park you will have a walking tour, seeing such sites as Strawberry Fields, Bethesda Fountain, The Boathouse and The Alice in Wonderland Sculpture.  Next you will go to the American Museum of Natural History with time to explore on your own and enter the planetarium as well before boarding the coach for your trip to the airport.

The first two tours and transfers are $129 for adults and $89  for children with the museum tour at $129 for adults/$99 for children.  Each of the tours is approximately 4 to 4.5 hours.  Depending on the number of people, those going to JFK and LaGuardia may be on the same bus.  Flights should not be prior to 3:00 pm for domestic flights (4:00 pm for international) to participate in these offers.

In Port Canaveral, there are many offerings at Walt Disney World® Resort, plus other tours in and around Cocoa Beach including the Cocoa Beach Shuttle, Kennedy Space Center and Real Florida Airboat Adventure.

At Walt Disney World Resort, guests can participate in any of the following tours:

  • Best of Walt Disney World Resort for Young Families – A VIP Tour
  • Illuminations Fireworks dessert Party at Epcot Theme Park
  • Thrills of Walt Disney World Resort – A VIP Tour
  • VIP Tour – Private VIP Tour Experience at Walt Disney World
  • Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park Via Complimentary Transportation
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park Via Complimentary Transportation
  • Epcot Theme Park Via Complimentary Transportation
  • Magic Kingdom Via Complimentary Transportation

One day park hopper passes are included with your cruise vacation.  The VIP tours will include FASTPASS entrances to maximize your time in the parks.

All Guests disembarking at Port Canaveral will have to go through Customs and Border Protection Inspection so you will need to bring your passports or birth certificates with you.

Hopefully soon we will get a glimpse of the Port Adventures for the Canada and New England Coast cruises too!

Videos from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot

Last week we were at Walt Disney World for a quick stay (about 11 hours of actual park time).  We made it to Magic Kingdom to see The Magic, The Memories and You plus Wishes the first night.  I took a short video of The Magic, The Memories and You when the snow started to fall on Cinderella’s Castle.

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Have a Happy Disney World Fourth of July!

For those of you heading down to Walt Disney World for July 4th, here is what you can expect.

At Magic Kingdom, “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” will light the skies at 9:00 pm on July 4 reflecting on our forefather’s hopes and dreams for the future of our country.  For those guests celebrating early on July 3, the display will also be presented at 9:00 pm.

At Hollywood Studios, the “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration” will take place at 9:45 pm, with performances of Fantasmic! scheduled for 9:00 and 10:30 pm.  This special show features landscapers Mulch, Sweat and Shears, who will take guests on a “musical road trip”, highlighting each region of the country’s contribution to rock and roll.  Fireworks, lighting and special effects will accompany live music from Mulch, Sweat & Shears.

At Epcot, check out “Illuminations:  Reflections of Earth”, which will include “the Heartbeat of Freedom” which has traditional Americana themes displayed with fireworks, pyrotechnics and laser lights.  This show will be at 10pm on July 4.

Additionally, guests can stop by the American Adventure to find Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross and Disney characters in patriotic outfits for a meet and greet, while listening to the “Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert”.

Hours for the parks on July 4 (subject to change without notice) are:  Magic Kingdom, 9 am to 1 am; Epcot, 9 am to 10 pm; Hollywood Studios, 9 am to 10 pm; and Animal Kingdom, 9 am to 8 pm.  Walt Disney Resort guests can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios until 1 am.  Keep in mind the parks can close due to capacity.  As a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel guest, you are guaranteed admission to a theme park, though it may not be the one you want to go to so arrive early for admission on the holidays.

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