Category: Travel

Disneyland Diamond Days Winner of Cinderella Crystal Slipper Honored at Disneyland Park

By M and M Travel and Tours on in Travel

Earlier this week, we awarded the first Disney icon prize from the Disneyland Diamond Days sweepstakes to Eric Freeman from Glendora, Calif. Eric won the beautiful diamond and topaz-adorned, “Cinderella”-inspired crystal slipper that was revealed when Disneyland Diamond Days began in May. He and his family also enjoyed a three day, two night Disneyland Resort vacation package. Take a look at the special ceremony held in his honor in the video below!

The next Disney icon – the bejeweled crown inspired by the Disney film, “Sleeping Beauty” – will be awarded soon. Don’t miss out on your chance to win an exclusive Disney icon, theme park experiences and even diamonds! For details, Official Rules and to learn more about Disneyland Diamond Days, visit Disneyland.com/DiamondDays.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., D.C., Mexico and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age of majority as of date of entry. Sweepstakes ends 6:59 AM PT on 2/5/16. Each weekly drawing starts Friday at 7:00AM PT and ends at 6:59 AM PT the following Friday. Each eligible weekly entry automatically entered into final drawing but not into any daily drawings. Limit one (1) entry per person per day, regardless of method of entry. Disney Memories, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, U.S.A.

Disneyland Diamond Days Winner of Cinderella Crystal Slipper Honored at Disneyland Park by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

Reservations Now Open for Countdown to Midnight: NYE 2016 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club

By M and M Travel and Tours on in Travel

Ring in 2016 in style! The convention center at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort will play host to a progressive 3-in-1 New Year’s extravaganza. With something for everyone, Countdown to Midnight: NYE 2016 is the perfect finale to the holiday season.

Enjoy an interactive comedy reunion at Adventurer’s Club, then head over to Club Live to rock out with a 9-piece dance band. At Club Vinyl, a 7-piece band is remixing today’s hits with steamy jazz. Don’t forget to grab your New Year’s hats and tiaras for the countdown to midnight—complete with a balloon drop and confetti cannons—to toast to the New Year in a keepsake champagne glass.

Reservations Now Open for Countdown to Midnight: NYE 2016 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club

Of course, no party is complete without delicious bites, and Countdown to Midnight: NYE 2016 has something to suit every taste. Sample a variety of appetizers including antipasto and charcuterie, artisanal cheeses and more. Enjoy big flavor in small bites at the gourmet slider bar or indulge with coriander-crusted pan-seared scallops with horseradish cream corn and caviar. Be sure to visit the Mac-n-Noodles action station, where you’ll find mac-n-cheese pasta shells with assorted toppings including smoked bacon, fried onions, toasted breadcrumbs, poached lobster meat and more. For a sweet ending, look for chocolate and coconut cake with salted caramel ganache, assorted French macaroons, and warm chocolate chip cookies. Beer, wine, and mixed drinks are also included for guests over 21.

For more information, click here. Reservations are now open to Walt Disney World Resort guests, and can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

Reservations Now Open for Countdown to Midnight: NYE 2016 at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club by Rachel Bshero: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

PHOTO GALLERY: Special Images of Tiana from ‘The Princess & The Frog’

By M and M Travel and Tours on in Travel

We first met Princess Tiana in the 2009 release, “The Princess & The Frog”. First an ambitious and hardworking waitress who dreams of opening her own restaurant, Tiana’s dream is detoured when her kind heart leads her to help a Frog Prince (Prince Naveen) turn back into a human by kissing him – only to have her kiss turn her into a frog also. Tiana and Prince Naveen then go on a journey to find someone who can help them become human again, and along the way, she finds the strength to resist Dr. Facilier’s “deal” and also learns what’s most important in life – love.

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Special Images of Tiana from ‘The Princess & The Frog’

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Thanks to Kent Phillips for the images. To check out more in our series, see the list below.

PHOTO GALLERY: Special Images of Tiana from ‘The Princess & The Frog’ by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: December 2014

By M and M Travel and Tours on in Travel

One year ago this month, we were … of course … celebrating the holiday season at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts! We also explored our history as we marked momentous milestones. Take a look back at some of the stories we shared with you in December 2014.

Today in Disney History: Walt Disney Was Born in 1901
In honor of Walt Disney’s birthday, Jennifer shared this look back at the official announcement of Walt Disney World Resort.

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Main Street Station
Part of his “Building the Dream” series, commemorating the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, George showed us these images from the construction of the Main Street Station at Disneyland park.

Watch Holiday Services Install & Unveil The Magic Kingdom Park Christmas Tree
Jennifer showed us this amazing video, in which the Holiday Services department installs the massive Magic Kingdom Park Christmas tree overnight.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney Carolers
Nate shared this fun image of Disney Afternoon characters celebrating the holidays way back in 1990.

Kermit Gets into the Holiday Spirit at Disneyland Park
Even the Muppets were getting into the holiday spirit! Check out this video of Kermit the Frog at Disneyland park.

Christmas Trees at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Christmas Trees at the Resorts of Walt Disney World
Thomas commemorated Christmas day with this beautiful look at the Christmas trees of the Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: December 2014 by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

Create a Disney Magical Memory for Family and Friends From Disney Floral & Gifts

By M and M Travel and Tours on in Travel

I love celebrating holidays and special occasions because it gives me an opportunity to let family and friends know how special they are. Sometimes it’s the coveted gift that lights up loved ones. For others, it’s articulating what makes them so special through a note or card. Here are two ways to share your heartfelt sentiments at home and at Disney Parks.

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For the next holiday meal you host, consider sharing your sentiments through the place card above. On one side of this “gift”, write your guest’s name, on the other side, note what makes them special to you. Once all are seated at the table, let them know of your surprise message. For some, this “gift” will become a treasure … one they may keep to read again in the future. To help you get started, just print the card and you’re off to create a special memory.

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For family coming to Walt Disney World or Disneyland, your family and friends can help you create a similar surprise for your loved ones through our new Disney Magical Memories program. Here’s how it works:

Let’s say your family is coming to Disney for a holiday visit or special occasion and you want to create an over-the-top Disney surprise for them. Begin by ordering some holiday gifts from our website for delivery to your resort room. At the end of your order, you’ll be asked if you’d like to invite family and friends to create a surprise for your loved one(s) through a free note that will be included in an exclusive Disney card and delivered to your resort room along with your gift. They will receive one card, but it can include numerous notes from grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. surprising them with a free special message.

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Oh and by the way, the card is an exclusive piece illustrated by Disney artist Charles Wissig.

To learn more about this offer at Walt Disney World, visit our Disney Floral and Gifts website or call a friendly Dream Maker at 407-WDW-GIFT (939-4438)! For Disneyland, you can visit this Disney Floral and Gifts link or call 714-781-GIFT (4438).

Create a Disney Magical Memory for Family and Friends From Disney Floral & Gifts by Jean Volante: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

#DisneyKids: Meet Disney Superfan Giselle from Giselle’s Garden

By M and M Travel and Tours on in Travel

Today, for our continuing #DisneyKids series, I want you to meet an adorable little princess named Giselle. Giselle loves coming to Walt Disney World Resort, especially if it means she can wear one of her Disney Princess dresses or even other costumes like Tinker Bell from “Peter Pan,” or Russell from “Up.”

Giselle’s magical Disney Parks experiences began last year when she made her first visit at the age of 4, wearing a dress that her mom, Kristina, made for the occasion. According to Kristina, Giselle, who has Down Syndrome, comes alive with happiness when interacting with Disney characters – creating moments that Kristina loves capturing on camera. Each time they plan a return visit to Walt Disney World Resort, Kristina creates new costumes for photos and fun.

Kristina eventually posted a few photos online and the popularity of the images grew so much that Giselle’s Walt Disney World Resort photos became an internet sensation. These days, you can Giselle’s latest magical adventure on Facebook at “Giselle’s Garden.”

Here’s a video from Giselle’s most recent visit when the family visited some favorite characters, including Merida from Disney•Pixar’sBrave,” Anna and Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen,” and, of course, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

#DisneyKids: Meet Disney Superfan Giselle from Giselle’s Garden by Michelle Baumann: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

Disney Parks Blog Readers Join Special Celebration of ‘Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’ at Disney California Adventure Park

By M and M Travel and Tours on in Travel

Last night, hundreds of Disney Parks Blog readers gathered at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure park to celebrate “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular”. The evening began with a private performance of the show, followed by a panel discussion with performers and those who work behind the scenes.

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Fans were excited to celebrate the show and its cast!

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The panel discussion included Shelby Jiggetts-Tivony, creative executive with Walt Disney Imagineering, who oversaw the creation of the show; David Carriero, stage manager; and performers Jim Gruessing (Genie), Billy Kametz (Aladdin) and Cassie Murphy (Jasmine). The panel shared personal memories from their roles in the show and expressed gratitude to the show’s loyal fans.

Don’t miss your chance to see “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” now through January 10, 2016, at Disney California Adventure park. And stay tuned to Disney Parks Blog for updates and information on the all-new theatrical production coming to the Hyperion Theater, which will immerse guests in the world of Disney’s award-winning blockbuster, “Frozen”.

Disney Parks Blog Readers Join Special Celebration of ‘Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’ at Disney California Adventure Park by Erin Glover: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

Disney Parks After Dark: Minnie’s Christmas Dreaming

By M and M Travel and Tours on in Travel

Tonight’s “After Dark” image was snapped in the castle hub at Magic Kingdom Park. In it, one could say that this small statue of Minnie Mouse has gone from Disney dreaming to Christmas dreaming, as Main Street, U.S.A. glitters in the background.

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Disney Parks After Dark

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Disney Parks After Dark: Minnie’s Christmas Dreaming by Jennifer Fickley-Baker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

New Canteen Packs a Punch at Refreshment Point at Disney California Adventure Park

By M and M Travel and Tours on in Travel

On a recent visit to Disney California Adventure park, I made a quick trip over to Refreshment Point located just outside of Humphrey’s Service & Supplies in Grizzly Peak Airfield. This quick stop started with an attempt to quench my thirst at our mix-and-match Coca-Cola Freestyle machines – which include your choice of more than 70 different soft drink options – and became something much more. New to the area – and definitely the essential item for any day trip or extended camp out – are the new Grizzly Peak Airfield canteens.

New Canteen Packs a Punch at Refreshment Point at Disney California Adventure Park

Not only is it perfectly themed to the area, but it is definitely a great way to take your drink on the go. If you’re like me, I constantly struggle to finish my drink before hopping onto one of our beloved attractions. Now, I can fill it up and with a simple twist of the lid, secure it tight for the trip, no matter where it takes me. The new canteen is only $12.99, plus tax, and includes your choice of soft drink at the time of purchase.

So the next time you’re at Refreshment Point, fill up your tank – or canteen in this case – and set your course for adventure.

New Canteen Packs a Punch at Refreshment Point at Disney California Adventure Park by Michelle Harker: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog