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Give Kids the World Village Auction

When you want to take your family to Disney World or Universal Studios, most will either contact their travel agent or get online and start researching.  There is a lot that goes into planning your family vacation.  But for some, there are more things to consider.  For families of children with life-threatening illnesses, there are other considerations.  Many of them have medical and financial issues which can restrict their travel.

Give Kids the World Village is a 70-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort which treats these children and their families to a one week vacation including accommodations, transportation, tickets, meals and much more.  Since 1986, Give Kids the World (GKTW) has hosted more than 110,000 families.  The story behind GKTW is inspiring.  Read more about GKTW at

When I attended the grand opening events at New Fantasyland, I was asked to help with an auction for GKTW.  This auction, started by Adventures by Daddy will give 100% of the proceeds to GKTW, allowing them to continue to provide week-long, cost free trips to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.  Up for auction is this print of Eric’s castle with Ariel, signed by Jodi Benson.

Please check out Adventure by Daddy‘s blog and follow this link to bid on the auction.  Auction ends December 28, 2012. Thank you for your support of this wonderful organization!

New Fantasyland Grand Opening

I was lucky enough to be invited to the media event for New Fantasyland at the Walt Disney World resort last week.  The excitement began with the official announcement.  I received a book, reminiscent of the Golden Books, which told a story of New Fantasyland.


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2014 Disney Cruise Line Itineraries

Three times the Disney magic from Port Canaveral in 2014!

As we predicted, the Disney Cruise Line itineraries for 2014 will be opening soon.  Soon as in tomorrow for some guests!  Yes, tomorrow Gold and Platinum Castaway Club members will be able to book their 2014 sailings on Disney Cruise Line by phone starting at 8:00 am EST, with bookings open to all guests at 8:00 am EST on Thursday.

Sailing from Port Canaveral
3- and 4-night Bahamas
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Dream departures Jan. 2 – Aug. 31, 2014; Disney Magic departures  Jan. 6 – May 16, 2014

The Disney Dream will be sailing on Thursdays and Sundays while the Disney Magic will be sailing on Fridays and Mondays.

7-night Eastern Caribbean
• Ports: Port Canaveral, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan. 11 – Aug. 23, 2014

7-night Western Caribbean 
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures Jan. 4 – April 26, 2014

7-night Western Caribbean, including Jamaica
• Ports: Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Fantasy departures May 10 – Aug. 30, 2014

Sailing from Miami
4-night Bahamas
• Ports: Miami, Castaway Cay , Nassau, Key West
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 15 – April 23, 2014

5-night Caribbean
• Ports: Miami, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 10 – April 18, 2014

5-night Caribbean, including Castaway Cay
• Ports: Miami, Cozumel, Castaway Cay
• Dates: Disney Wonder departures Jan. 19 – April 27, 2014

Contact your Travel On A Dream agent today so we can secure your reservation this week!

Whirlwind Disney Trip

People say all the time they are going to take a “quick trip” somewhere.  I have friends who take a quick weekend trip to Walt Disney World.  Next week is my turn.

I will be attending the Grand Opening of the New Fantasyland, preview of Splitsville and Grand Opening of Test Track which has been reimagined.  While the highlight of the trip is the New Fantasyland Grand Opening, I am looking forward to the entire experience.

We will start the trip with a preview of Splitsville.  This state of the art bowling center will be opening late 2012.  With two floors, 30 lanes and live music, this place is sure to be a hit!

Next we’ll move onto the New Fantasyland Preview and Dinner Party.  Here we will be able to preview the new attractions, entertainment and dining in the New Fantasyland area of the Magic Kingdom Park.  We will be able to experience Celebrate the Magic, followed by Wishes and finally a holiday “kiss goodnight”.

The following day, we will attend the New Fantasyland Grand Opening, learn about new changes for the Walt Disney World Resort and end the day at the Grand Opening of Test Track Re-Imagined.

So which part of this are you most interested in?  We’ll be posting updates and reviews next week as we experience all of this, plus the holidays in Disney World.

Dress Rehearsals Held at the New Fantasyland

Editor’s Note:  This blog is brought to you by our agent Erin!  Thanks Erin!

This past weekend at the Magic Kingdom guests were welcomed into the Enchanted Forest area of the New Fantasyland expansion.  As you enter the Enchanted Forest, the first attraction is Enchanted Tales with Belle where selected guests become part of the tale being told by Lumière. Guests wind through the pathway leading to Belle’s house.  Inside you will find a checkerboard table and chairs, stacks of books and a reading table by the fire place.  Then a certain number of guests are allowed into Maurice’s workshop where drawings of his designs are tacked on the wall and completed projects can be found around the room. After a little story telling guest then travel the magic hallway to the bedroom in Beast’s Castle where Madame Armoire is waiting to help with the assignment of roles.  Once all of the roles have been assigned to children and adults everyone then enters the ballroom where Belle and Lumière are waiting to tell the tale of Beauty and the Beast.

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