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The World’s Most Magical Celebration

The World’s Most Magical Celebration

Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

Last week I was invited to a media preview of the World’s Most Magical Celebration – the 50th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort.  I questioned how Disney was going to find new and innovative ways to celebrate such a milestone.  But I was quickly reminded that nobody creates magic quite like Disney can and they have pulled out all the stops for this celebration to prove it.

When the Walt Disney World Resort opened its doors back on October 1st, 1971, it consisted of one theme park, two resort hotels and a campground.  Today, the 147 square kilometre complex includes four theme parks, two water parks, over 25 resort hotels and much, much more.  Yes, the resort has grown – a LOT – over the past 50 years.

Remy's Ratatouille Adventure

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

The idea of Disney World began one Sunday afternoon, when a father was bored watching his daughters on a carousel.  That boredom led to a vision of somewhere in the world where adults and children could play together.  Fifty years later, this common enjoyment remains the focus of Walt Disney World, as majority of its attractions and shows are still experienced and enjoyed by Guests of all ages.

One of the main additions for the 50th anniversary is the brand-new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure inside the France pavilion at Epcot.  Once onboard, you’ll feel as though you’ve been shrunk to the size of Chef Remy as you scurry though Gusteau’s restaurant on one wild ride.  This attraction for all-ages is a welcomed addition to the park, as it fits in perfectly with both The Sea with Nemo and Friends and Frozen Ever After.

Fab 50 Statue of Figment

The centrepiece of the magical celebration is Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom.  The castle underwent a lengthy refurbishment and is now dressed up in a new colour scheme and fancy décor.  For those of you who remember the 25thanniversary Castle cake, I promise you Disney did not repeat that beautiful disaster.

Scattered across all four parks are the Disney Fab 50 statues, which represent the stories that have moved us to dream bigger, follow our passions and believe in the power of magic.  I quite enjoyed trying to find all 50, but I only found 24.  I look forward to discovering the remaining 26 on my next visit.

Disney Enchantment

The most exceptional features of the celebration all take place after the sun goes down.  Since 1971, fireworks have offered Guests an exclamation point at the end of an enchanting day at Magic Kingdom.  From the days of Fantasy in the Sky to the recent Happily Ever After, over and over, each new nighttime spectacular has raised the bar.  And the all-new Disney Enchantment nighttime show at Magic Kingdom is no exception to this golden rule.  Narrated by Angela Bassett, Disney Enchantment blends fireworks, Disney music and immersive projection effects from Cinderella Castle, all the way down Main Street U.S.A.

Barges for Harmonious During the Day

Over at Epcot, Harmonious has debuted for the 50th and it is the largest nighttime spectacular ever created for a Disney theme park.  I’m not going to lie, this show scared me.  Mostly because I worried that the giant barges that are required for it are quite the eye sore in the middle of the World Showcase lagoon.  But I’m happy to report that these new daytime barges are well worth this amazing evening show.  Harmonious celebrates the music of Disney and its ability to unite us all, bridging cultures and generations to unlock the magic of possibility.

On top of these two nighttime spectaculars, all four theme park icons transform into ‘Beacons of Magic’.  Cinderella Castle creates a dazzling glow that sparkles with pixie dust.  Lights shine across the reflective panels on Spaceship Earth.  The Hollywood Tower Hotel returns to its former glory by evoking the glimmer of the golden age and fireflies gather to call forth the magic of nature on the Tree of Life.  These Beacons of Magic are stunning!  So much so, that I question why it took Disney 50 years to make this happen.

Beacons of Magic | Epcot

During the celebration, Disney is full of magical touches.  Throughout the resort, you’ll discover many royal blue and gold 50th anniversary decorations, EARidescent connects all corners of the resort, monorails feature glowing nighttime lights that match each train’s specific colour and SO much more.

In pure Disney fashion, the 50th anniversary celebration is for all ages to experience.  The magic is calling and there has never been a more opportune time to answer that call.  But not to worry if you don’t feel comfortable traveling to the Walt Disney World Resort just yet, as the World’s Most Magical Celebration will be ongoing for the next 18 months.

– Christine Fiorelli

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To Cruise or Not to Cruise?

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

Deck 11 Forward on the Disney Dream

Deck 13 Forward on the Disney Dream

Disney Cruise Line has finally returned to the waters after a long and difficult 17 months.  Recently, I was invited to sail on a 3-Night Bahamian cruise aboard the Disney Dream with two stops at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas.  While it’s amazing that cruising has returned, it hasn’t been able to do so without challenges.  Specifically, regarding the strict rules in place to step foot on board.  These rules depend on your vaccination status, where you are traveling from and what ports of call your ship is making.

To add some sheer “fun” to the mix, these rules are continuously changing.  For example, as a mixed dose recipient of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccine, I was able to step on board with proof of a negative PCR test taken between 5 days and 24 hours prior to my sailing.  But as I’m writing this, not only are Guest’s with mixed doses such as mine currently unable to sail to the Bahamas (including Disney’s Castaway Cay), but negative PCR tests for the unvaccinated must now take place no more than 3 days prior to sailing.

While what I’m about to suggest may sound like nothing more than a shameless plug, I assure you it’s not.  And that is how right now, it’s more important than ever to use a Travel Agent.  As per TICO (Travel Industry Council of Ontario), it is the responsibility your Travel Agent who works for a TICO registered Travel Agency to be on top of and advise you of these ever-evolving rules and changes, so that you don’t have to be!

Regardless of the rules at the time of your sailing, you will deal with Safe Passage before being able to board your Disney Cruise.  Safe Passage is a third-party company that Disney has hired to ensure the safety of all Guests before boarding the ships for the foreseeable future.  And from first-hand experience, I can confidently tell you that Disney couldn’t have found a company with nicer staff to take care of this for them.  They made the entire process so much easier than any of it sounds.  Staff was super friendly and just as excited as us when we were given the ‘clear to sail’ notice following our rapid COVID tests.

Mickey and Minnie on Castaway Cay

Mickey and Minnie on Castaway Cay

The onboard experience has understandably changed to reflect the world during its slow return to normal.  The biggest change is that masks are required at all indoor locations, except inside your stateroom or when actively eating or drinking.  Which was not at all a big deal, as I must wear a mask here at home anyhow.  And believe me, I would MUCH rather wear one on a Disney ship than at my local Walmart.  What’s nice, is that Cast Members will allow you to slip your mask off to take an indoor photo.

Next is to social distance yourself from other parties.  Luckily, Disney makes great effort to worry about this on your behalf.  As an example, Cast Members are on hand at theatres to seat you in every other row and to leave three seats between you and the next party.  And on Castaway Cay, you are asked not to move the beach chairs, as they have all been positioned to keep a minimum of 6 feet between you and other parties.

Little ones are not yet able to hug and obtain autographs from Disney characters.   Rest assured that they can still chat, interact, and take a selfie with so many characters onboard the ship, but hugs will have to wait just a little bit longer.

Deck 3 on the Disney Dream

Deck 3 on the Disney Dream

Currently the Small World Nursery (ages 6 months to 2 years) is not available.  Additionally, time for children (ages 3-12) to spend at the Oceaneers Club is limited in advance, but more time can be reserved (based on availability) once on board.

If you’ve never cruised with Disney before, I doubt you would know anything else has changed.  However, for those of you who have sailed with Disney in the past, there are some additional changes that you will more than likely recognize. For starters, there is no sail away party.  That being said – in true Disney fashion – they have created a cute little socially distanced welcome on-board celebration as a replacement.

There is no more mandatory muster drill.  Boo…that is so sad, right?  Because every Guest who’s muster station was outside LOVED waiting in the heat, standing too close to other people and listening to the message that repeats the phrase “in the unlikely event of an emergency” about a zillion times.  In case it wasn’t clear, that was my sarcastic voice.   Good riddance muster drills!

Instead once on board, you simply proceed to your designed Assembly Station and check in with the Cast Member before setting sail.  And…you’re DONE!  I’d like to file this change under ‘good ideas regardless of what’s happened in the last year that probably should stick around forever’.  Along with; no more self-serve for ice cream, at the soda station, during Cookies BBQ or for the food inside Cove Café.

View from our Verandah Stateroom

View from our Verandah Stateroom

Your Key to the World Cards will now be waiting for you on the fish extender outside of your stateroom door.  Speaking of your stateroom, during the closure, Disney Cruise Line upgraded the air filtration system in all staterooms onboard all four ships.  As a result, the air in your stateroom is no longer being filtered through the hallways or next door.

Mickey Waffles are not available at Cabana’s for breakfast.  What was odd is that I could opt for a breakfast at an à la carte style restaurant and order Mickey Waffles from the menu, so why weren’t they available at Cabanas?  I decided to inquire, and the reason is due to social distancing for Guests.  Now when you enter Cabanas, you are allocated to a station for food and each station offers the exact same items, so that they can easily spread Guests out.  To be fair to everyone on board – if one food station is unable to make a particular menu item – then that item is not an option at any of the other stations.  Simply put, not all stations have a Mickey waffle iron, so Cabanas is unable to offer them.  But rest assured that the à la carte style restaurants still do!

We didn’t have the Pirates IN the Caribbean Deck Party.  And, in order for Disney Cruise Line to still offer fireworks at sea while keeping with social distancing rules, they currently set off two sets of fireworks with the all-new fireworks show, Disney Ever After.  I personally preferred these fireworks.  And no matter how many times I witness it, there is something simply breathtaking about watching fireworks on a ship in the middle of the ocean.

Deck 4 on the Disney Dream

Deck 4 on the Disney Dream

If Disney Cruise Line took my advice (which they don’t, but IF they did), I would strongly recommend that they allow Guests to use their app before boarding.  While the app is very user friendly, I would have preferred to not waste time figuring out how to do things while at sea.  This criticism has nothing to do with current the rules in place, as Disney Cruise Line has had this app for years.  However, it is without a doubt needed a lot more now.  The app acts as your daily navigator, allows you to tip your drink servers, book a virtual queue to disembark the ship at Castaway Cay and much, much more.

I welcomed these changes, as not only do they allow me to sail safely, but I felt that some of them streamlined things I would normally wait for.  Which was FANTASTIC, because who doesn’t want more chill time on vacation?  But with all of these changes and new rules, was it still possible to enjoy the magic and relaxation of a Disney Cruise?  The answer for me is a resounding YES!

Chocolate soufflé at Palo

Chocolate soufflé at Palo

My return to the seas was as glorious as I had dreamt over the past year that it would be.  I’ve sailed many times with Disney, but I will never cherish any of those sailings quite like this one.

Without a doubt, the highlight of the cruise was sailing with an extremely low Guest capacity due to social distancing.  No wait for the AquaDuck, no need to make a beeline to a lounge chair at the pool and I could have swung a baseball bat and not hit anyone in the family pool.

I lost count of how many times I forgot to put my mask on before stepping outside of my stateroom.  Which was such a great thing because clearly the magic of Disney was able to whisk me away from the reality we live in, relax, and enjoy some much needed vacation time.

The Disney Dream Docked at Castaway Cay

The Disney Dream Docked at Castaway Cay

For the first time, I saw the Broadway style production of Beauty and the Beast (this live show is only performed on the Disney Dream).  I now know why it’s the only production at sea to have received an IAAPA award.  I enjoyed Jungle Cruise (Disney Cruise Line shows first run movies in their theatres), absorbed some much-needed vitamin sea and my scale tells me that I indulged in far too much good food.

Palo still has the most delicious chocolate soufflé you’ve ever tasted, walking on deck 4 is just as peaceful as ever and Castaway Cay still beacons you with its turquoise blue waters to explore it.

So I say take the cruise!  You won’t be sorry that you did.

– Christine Fiorelli

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Taking Back the Magic

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

For the first time in forever, I returned to The Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.  More specifically, I returned for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.  When the Disney Parks opened back up with strict safety measures in place just a few months after COVID reared its ugly head, I claimed “there is no way I’m going to Walt Disney World wearing a mask.” I think back on that statement, and I can’t get over how very wrong I was.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would still be dealing with COVID, 17 months (and counting) after the fact.  And the reality is we still may have years to deal with it.  So, when I was offered the opportunity to visit the Walt Disney World Resort now, I jumped at the chance.  Given my line of work, I normally visit a Disney Destination three to four times per calendar year.   So, almost two years was far too long, and I was willing to follow the rules that were so very foreign to me last summer for the chance to re-visit and embrace the magic of Disney.  Mandatory indoor masks unless I’m actively eating or drinking?  OK!  No character hugs, although selfies are allowed?  SURE!  No self-serve buffet restaurants, but family style dining instead?  SIGN. ME. UP!

Sign in Frontierland inside the Magic Kingdom

I’ve always known that the state of Florida and the Walt Disney World Resort are not the same thing, nor do they follow the same rules.  But the fact that Walt Disney World it its very own entity has never been so clear to me as it was last week.

Guest safety always has been and always will be the number one priority of any Disney Destination, but I wasn’t sure what to expect or how safe I would feel.   About a week prior to my visit, I attended a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game.  My thinking was that the 15,000 tickets they sold for a venue that normally holds 50,000 would be spread out, but that was not at all the case.  I was seated beside people I didn’t know, who weren’t wearing masks, drinking beer and shouting at the umpires.  Which is fair because it’s a baseball game.  But I was still safer here than crossing the border, wasn’t I?  At least that’s what we have been led to believe.  As a result, I wasn’t expecting to feel safer in The Walt Disney World “bubble” then at The Sky Dome – sorry, I’m old – Rogers Centre, but I absolutely did.

The difference is that at Walt Disney World, the rules are both respected and enforced.  There is no such thing as mask exceptions.  If you can’t wear a mask, Disney’s response is ‘now is not the time for you to visit our theme parks’.  So, you won’t see masks hanging under anyone’s nose on the monorail, nor will you see anyone arguing about having to put a mask on like I witness all too often at my local grocery store.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Cleaning and sanitation at Walt Disney World always went above and beyond what I experience at a hotel, amusement park or similar on a regular day.  So impressed by the cleanliness during these times was not surprising.  Cast Members (Disney lingo for employees) were constantly wiping down high touch services, always had hand sanitizer on hand and housekeeping left our room for us in pristine condition, complete with sterilizing our remote control before being plastic wrapped.

I wanted to write about that picture perfect moment how on the first day, I walked into the Magic Kingdom, stood in the middle of Main Street, staring at the newly decorated Cinderella Castle and broke down and cried.  But that would be a lie.  The truth is, I got teary eyed when my plane lifted from the ground in Toronto, when we landed in Orlando, on Disney’s Magical Express, when we passed under the ‘welcome to Walt Disney World’ sign and then I finally broke down as soon as I stepped foot into the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Cinderella Castle itself was a sight for sore eyes.  Like so many, the past 17 months have been tough.  The castle represented normalcy and a reminder that things are beginning to get so much better.

Cinderella Castle

Without a doubt, the very best part of my visit was that it had the ability to take me away from the real world, allowed me to forget, enjoy and have fun – even for just a little while.   I will be back, as I can’t wait for another dose of the magic.  Only this time I know it won’t be nearly two years before I do so.

So, if you’re thinking of taking back the magic, I’m here to tell you that you won’t regret it.  The red head is still hanging out with the pirates, Mr. Tom Morrow has yet to answer his page and there is still room for one more happy haunt.

A Walt Disney World Vacation during COVID may force us to wear masks or keep us from hugging Elsa.  But the one thing it can’t take away is the magic.  It hasn’t gone anywhere.  In fact, I would argue that the magic is more predominant than ever.

–  Christine Fiorelli

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Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, Opening Spring 2022 at Walt Disney World Resort

Friday, July 30th, 2021

Disney Imagineers Talk Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser

Opening spring 2022 at The Walt Disney World Resort, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be a two-night, immersive adventure in a galaxy far, far away that goes beyond anything Disney has created before.

But what does that mean, exactly?

To answer that question – and many more – Disney gathered some of the Disney Imagineers developing this groundbreaking project and let the cameras roll as they talked about Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. In this wide-ranging discussion, you’ll learn more about how Guests can be the hero of their own Star Wars story, about their planet-side excursion to Batuu and how this new experience complements and enhances a visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and so much more.

It is a must watch for anyone – from the biggest Star Wars fan to those curious about what in the galaxy Walt Disney Imagineering is up to, and everyone in between.

Everyone needs a fairytale.  Contact Fairytale Dreams & Destinations™ Inc. to be among the first to step onboard the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser!

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Story adapted from the Disney Travel Agents website


2022 Rates for the Universal Orlando Resort are Here!

Monday, May 10th, 2021

Did you know? Planning for a vacation can bring benefits like lower stress, better health and improved work performance. And after the challenges this past year of working from home, becoming teachers, keeping our children indoors and more, casting a spell of excitement might just be exactly what the doctor ordered.

When booking your Universal vacation with Fairytale Dreams & Destinations, you can rest easy knowing that you are working with the most experienced agency in Canada. 19 years ago, we etched out a space in the Canadian travel industry for agencies that specialized in Theme Park destinations. Before you could rise with Optimus Prime, Escape from Gringotts, or go on a high speed chase with a pack of raptors, we were making dreams comes true…one fairytale at a time.

Together we can take back the opportunity to make memories to last a lifetime. Your escape from reality is waiting. When it’s time for you, we’ll be ready.

Contact the team at Fairytale Dreams & Destinations to Take Back the Magic today!
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Jurassic World Velocicoaster Opens on June 10, 2021!

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

On Thursday, June 10, thrill-seekers will have the opportunity to soar 155 feet in the air and catapult up to 70 mph alongside a ferocious Velociraptor pack as Universal Orlando Resort opens Jurassic World VelociCoaster – Florida’s fastest and tallest launch coaster, located at the Islands of Adventure theme park.

This all-new species of roller coaster was conceived and designed by the award-winning Universal Creative team in partnership with acclaimed filmmakers from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment – bringing to life a new “Jurassic World” story that combines the epic thrills and popular characters from the blockbuster film franchise with jaw-dropping roller coaster maneuvers. The original cast from the movies – Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong – reprise their roles as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu in the thrilling new attraction, which sends Guests on an extreme adventure through the raptor paddock and beyond with the films’ Velociraptor pack: Blue, Charlie, Delta and Echo.

VelociCoaster will transport you into a dynamic environment inspired by the “Jurassic World” films, surrounded by intricately detailed rock work and lush landscaping, conveniently located near the elevated watch tower used to keep an eye on the dinosaurs.  Once inside, you will be greeted by Dr. Wu as you learn about the cutting-edge new coaster, which Jurassic World is touting as its newest “carnivore expansion.”

Then, the ultimate high-speed chase begins.  Take off on an epic coaster experience that sends you through the raptor paddock, into the air, just inches above water, and more.  You’ll encounter a series of intense maneuvers along the coaster’s 4,700 feet of track, including near-misses, a barrel roll right above the Islands of Adventure lagoon, high-speed launches – the fastest reaching 70 mph in 2.4 seconds – and the signature “Top Hat,” which propels riders 155 feet in the air and then immediately into an 80-degree drop – Universal’s steepest drop yet.

Ready to find out how life finds a way?  Contact Fairytale Dreams & Destinations™ Inc. to Take Back the Magic today!

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Story adapted from the official Universal Orlando Travel Agent Parter Community


Disney Cruise Line Announces Summer 2022 Itineraries

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Disney Cruise Line will offer families exciting adventures around the world in summer 2022, including voyages to new destinations and favorite ports of call in the Greek Isles, Mediterranean, northern Europe, Alaska and the Caribbean. Plus, first-ever summer departures from Miami will take guests to Disney’s enchanting private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

Explorations in the Greek Isles, Mediterranean, Northern Europe and Beyond

In summer 2022, a new collection of destinations will be part of the Disney Magic’s grand tour of Europe, which begins with sailings through the Greek Isles and Mediterranean before heading to northern Europe for cruises to the Baltic, the British Isles, Iceland and the Norwegian fjords. Five new ports of call in Europe include Chania, Greece; Porto, Portugal; Riga, Latvia; Maloy, Norway; and Nynashamn, Sweden, near Stockholm.

From Rome, eight-, nine- and 12-night cruises to Greece will whisk families to the beautiful landscapes and archeological wonders of destinations like Piraeus, the gateway to Athens, and to the spectacular Greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos. One nine-night sailing will mark Disney Cruise Line’s first call to Chania, Greece, on the island of Crete, known for its charming harbor and Venetian and Florentine influences.

Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona, Spain, will visit a mix of must-see locales including Rome and Naples, plus French Riviera coastal towns like Villefranche and Cannes. During a seven-night cruise from Barcelona to Dover, England, Disney Cruise Line will make its first-ever visit to Porto, Portugal, a coastal city with old-world charm nestled in one of the world’s leading wine regions and made famous for giving Port Wine its name.

Additional new ports of call in northern Europe include Riga, the capital of Latvia and the largest metropolis in the Baltics; Nynashamn, Sweden, a beautiful seaside town just outside Stockholm; and Maloy, Norway, a charming coastal village bordered by silver-sand beaches and historic lighthouses.

Adventures in Alaska

The Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for the 2022 summer season to explore the region’s breathtaking natural vistas, glaciers and wildlife. Departing from Vancouver, Canada, most of these seven-night cruises will visit Dawes Glacier, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. Two of the cruises will call on Icy Strait Point in place of Skagway.

Each Alaska sailing will offer adventure in port and fun aboard the ship, with stunning scenery, exciting Port Adventures and special Disney Cruise Line touches that will bring the splendor and spirit of “The Last Frontier” to life on board.

First-Ever Summer Cruises from Miami

For the first time ever, families can sail out of Miami during the summer season, enjoying even more opportunities to visit Castaway Cay. Every cruise from Miami in the summer of 2022 features a stop at Disney’s private island paradise. The June 7 voyage marks the Disney Dream’s inaugural cruise from Miami, as the ship has previously only homeported in Port Canaveral, Florida.

In addition to visiting Castaway Cay, three- and four-night cruises from Miami will call on Nassau, Bahamas, while five-night cruises include a stop at either Grand Cayman or Cozumel, Mexico. One special five-night sailing features two stops at Castaway Cay, along with a call on Nassau.

Tropical Vacations from Port Canaveral

Tropical vacations to the Caribbean and Bahamas continue aboard the Disney Fantasy from Port Canaveral near the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Each Disney Fantasy voyage features a visit to Castaway Cay.

The Disney Fantasy will embark on an assortment of itineraries to the eastern and western Caribbean throughout the summer of 2022, including seven-night voyages, a special five-night sailing and an extended nine-night cruise.

The nine-night Disney Fantasy cruise features a first-time call on Roseau, Dominica, an eastern Caribbean destination filled with natural hot springs, exquisite waterfalls and tropical rainforests. This mountainous island is bordered by pristine beaches and crystal clear water perfect for aquatic activities.

Pre-Cruise Escapes with Adventures by Disney

In summer 2022, Disney Cruise Line Guests can extend the magic of their cruise vacation in Europe with a pre-cruise escape in select cities from Adventures by Disney, a leader in family guided group vacations.

Adventures by Disney offers popular pre-cruise vacations in Rome, London, Barcelona and Copenhagen. These two- to three-night escapes feature unforgettable experiences in iconic cities, such as a private, after-hours visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Rome. In addition, activities like flamenco dancing, mosaic making and preparing locally inspired cuisine immerse families in the culture of each region.

Bookings for these Adventures by Disney offerings open to the public March 25, 2021.

When To Book Summer 2022 Itineraries

Platinum, Gold or Silver Castaway Club members, can take advantage of the opportunity to book summer 2022 itineraries before they go on sale to the general public on March 25, 2021.

Contact Fairytale Dreams & Destinations™ Inc. to Take Back the Magic today!

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Story adapted from the official Disney Travel Agents Website


Why Stay at an Onsite Universal Resort Hotel?

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

When it comes to vacation time, there is something to be said about convenience.  Let’s face it, our vacations always go by way too fast, and so we all want to make the most of the time that we do have for them.  Therefore, when it comes to the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, there is great value in opting to stay as close as you can get to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  After all, no spell a muggle can conjure up is going to make your vacation longer than it is.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Needless to say, proximity to the Universal theme parks is a very big reason that when vacationing to the Universal Orlando Resort, you want to stay inside Universal.  But let me take a moment to share with you a few more:

ExpressPass | Guest staying at * Premier hotels get to skip the regular lines at most popular attractions in Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, including attractions inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Early Entry | Each and every day, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens one hour early for all Universal Resort Hotel Guests.   This allows you with just enough time to get in that one favourite attraction before the park officially opens.  This is also a great perk if you plan to experience new and/or popular attractions as mornings may offer the shortest waiting time.

Waterway to the theme parks

Waterway to Theme Parks

Transportation | Forget about the hassles of car keys and parking.  When staying in Universal, there is no need to rent a vehicle.  There are motorcoaches, water launches and your own two feet to take you everywhere you need to be.

Onsite Location | Oh-so-close to the parks!  The ability to take a mid-day break to go for a swim, nap or just to re-charge your batteries is much more realistic when staying so close to the theme parks.

Pool Hopping | Pool-hopping privileges to use other Universal hotel’s recreational facilities (excluding Endless Summer Resort).

Package Delivery | There is no need to carry souvenirs or similar purchases with you.  Enjoy Universal’s complimentary parcel delivery service to your Universal hotel.

Priority Seating | Guest staying at *Premier hotels receive priority seating at select restaurants throughout both theme parks and enjoy first available seating for your party size at select Universal CityWalk Restaurants.

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Character Calls | Optimus Prime asking you to “rise with me now” can help start off your day with a smile.  From the phone inside your hotel room, you can schedule a wake-up call from various Universal Orlando characters.

Charging Privileges | Talk about convenience.  No need to carry cash or credit cards, when you can take advantage of Universal’s resort-wide charging privileges with your room key.

All of the Universal Orlando Resort hotels are beautiful properties, with incredible theming, dining, recreation and pools.  And most importantly, they offer a wide range of room types from budget-friendly options to minion bedrooms all the way up to luxurious suites.

Minion room at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

– Christine Fiorelli

Contact Fairytale Dreams & Destinations Inc. to learn more about the perks of being a Universal Orlando Resort Guest.

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* Universal’s three Premier hotels are Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel & Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

 

 


Introducing the Fairytale Dreams & Destinations App!  

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

Out at a birthday party, hockey practice or dance class and someone asks how your recent magical vacation (that you just can’t stop talking about) was booked?

Well, now there’s an app for that!

 

Advise your new friend to download the Fairytale Dreams & Destinations’ app (available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play under Fairytale Destinations or click on the images to the right).  This provides our contact information at their fingertips for when the time is right for them to experience the magic.  And they will intern thank you when they return home from their magical vacation that THEY can’t stop talking about.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, be sure to turn on notifications so that you can be among the first to know when vacation offers are released for The Walt Disney World Resort, new itinerary announcements are made by Disney Cruise Line and more!

Fairytale Dreams & Destinations™ Inc. exclusively sells the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort in South Carolina, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort in Florida, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii and the Universal, Orlando Resort.

Fairytale Dreams and Destinations™ Inc.
(905) 857.3611 | 1.855.FDMAGIC
10 McEwan Drive West Unit 3 Bolton ON L7E 1H1
www.fairytaledestinations.com

Available for iPhone® and iPad®.  Free download.  Data and other charges may apply.  Check with your wireless provider’s rate plan for details.  Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.  App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

Available on Google Play.  Free download.  Data and other charges may apply.  Check with your wireless provider’s rate plan for details.  Google Play is a trademark of Google Inc.

 


Snow White’s Enchanted Wish

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020


Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to Disneyland we go!   Today we are so very pleased to share that Disneyland Park’s only ride-through princess attraction has been reimagined as Snow White’s Enchanted Wish!

While Disneyland park has been closed, Walt Disney Imagineering has been putting the finishing touches on this cherished attraction, which will be ready to welcome Guests when the California theme parks reopen at a later date.  Take a look at the sneak peek below!

Imagineers have updated this classic Fantasyland attraction with new magic inside and out.  Using state-of-the-art audio and visual technology, including new music, LED black lighting, laser projections and a new animation system, the attraction brings to life Snow White’s “happily ever after.”

Delight in new appearances of beloved characters, including Snow White cheerfully dancing and twirling with the Seven Dwarfs in their cozy cottage.  You may even notice the scent of Doc’s handiwork – a baking apple pie ­– wafting through the air.

Vibrant new shadow projections bring to life the dwarfs as they march happily off to work in the mine singing “Heigh-Ho.”  The most dazzling scene is the mine, which sparkles with shimmering lighting effects and glittering jewels all around.

There are more surprises to discover when you experience the magic of this timeless fairytale, and Snow White’s enchanted wish coming true at last!  The Disneyland Resort in California is where imagination is the destination.  For young and old, big and small, it is The Happiest Place on Earth.

Contact Fairytale Dreams & Destinations™ Inc. to learn more about the Disneyland Resort today!

(905) 857.3611 | 1.855.FDMAGIC
10 McEwan Drive West Unit 3 Bolton ON L7E 1H1
www.fairytaledestinations.com

Story adapted from the official Disney Parks Blog


Fairytale Dreams & Destinations
Fairytale Dreams & Destinations™ Inc. exclusively sells the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort in South Carolina, Disney's Vero Beach Resort in Florida, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii and the Universal, Orlando Resort.

Fairytale Dreams and Destinations™ Inc. is an Ontario Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) authorized travel agency. TICO is an organization mandated by the Ontario Government to administer the Travel Industry Act, 2002 and an industry financed travel compensation fund. TICO Registration # 50010111
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