Coming soon to Walt Disney World! Visit Mickey Mouse using a FastPass! How cool and convenient is that?!

This new and exciting option will begin when Mickey movies into his new "home" in Town Square. The first date to begin using the FastPasses is to be determined.

Currently, Mickey is greeting guests in Tomorrowland after the closure of Mickey's Toontown Fair due to the Fantasyland expansion.

Stay tuned for more details on visiting Mickey Mouse with a FastPass!

 
You can now book the Disney Fantasy for September through December 2012. Do NOT wait to book these new dates as the pricing will go up and up and up. This is very exciting news for Disney Cruise Line - for new and experienced cruisers alike!

Contact me for a quote! And remember I always offer extra onboard credit to my clients!

Western Caribbean with Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel
  • September 01, 15, 29
  • October 13, 27
  • November 10, 23
  • December 8, 22

Eastern Caribbean with St. Maarten and St. Thomas
  • September 8, 22
  • October 6

Eastern Caribbean with St. Thomas and San Juan
  • October 20
  • November 3, 17
  • December 1, 15, 29

More info will be added as information is released.
 
Mickey's Toontown Fair opened in 1988 and today is the very last day for Walt Disney World guests to visit. The Magic Kingdom's Toontown will be closing it's doors forever. Due to the elaborate Fantasyland Expansion, Toontown is being shut down and will be revamped into something Walt Disney World guests will find almost unrecognizable. The train station in Toontown is also going to be shut down and the train will not be making stops there for possibly several years.

Toontown was a well-known place to meet and greet the classic Disney characters. The characters will be placed in other sections of the park and welcome you to stop by and say hi!

- Mickey and Minnie and the Disney Princesses will be moved to the Town Square
- Tinker Bell will be available at Hollywood Studios
- Other Disney Fairies will be at Epcot

If you have an upcoming trip planned, do not let this get you down. I can promise you that while Toontown was a very special place, it is not all there is to Disney World. Your family will find other places to meet the characters and you'll have a magical vacation.

Goodbye Toontown! See ya real soon!
 
Here's an update on some fun at The Pink Ear Pixie!
  • "Caption This" - Take a look at this picture posted on the Facebook fan page. Vote for your favorite caption and add your own caption to the contest.
  • Referral Contest - If you're a fan on Facebook please join in the referral contest ongoing until February 18. You can win a "gift basket"!
  • Clients Only - Current and past clients now have access to Exclusive Content! This is an invitation only opportunity - if you have not rec'd an invitation and you are a client of mine who has booked their vacation with me (whether you've yet to travel or traveled already) please drop me an email and let me know you'd like an invitation. For those that are still in the research stage and you've yet to book, I will be happy to send you an invitation once your vacation is booked. I am limiting this to booked clients to protect the privacy of my clients.
Thanks for reading and let me know if you have questions!
 

There is a lot of report in the world of Disney this week. New changes to DCL and WDW. If you know of something else that needs to be listed here, feel free to comment and let me know!

Disney Cruise News
  • Disney Cruise Line has a brand new, enhanced online check-in process. Cruisers will be able to input more information at home before cruise time. This will allow a smoother check-in at the port. If you have an upcoming cruise be sure you check it out - https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/planning-center/my-online-check-in/
  • In addition to the new online process, Disney Cruise Line has started assigning port arrival times. This is a big change from what Disney  has done in the past. Each cruisers will be assigned a time to arrive during the online check-in process. You will have a choice of available times. This new feature does not apply to concierge or Platinum guests.
  • As a reminder, Guests are given access to “My Online Check-in” as follows:
  1. Concierge and Platinum Castaway Club: 120 days in advance
  2. Gold Castaway Club: 105 days in advance
  3. Silver Castaway Club: 90 days in advance
  4. First Time Cruiser: 75 days in advance


Disney World news
  • Tomorrow, February 4, 2011, marks the last day for the Velcro show at Innoventions West in Epcot. "What's Your Problem?" will be replaced but at this time nothing has been reported for its replacement. If you are like me, you have fond memories of this show - even as hokey as it was! :o)  During our August 2010 trip, my older boys were chosen to be in the show. I laughed and laughed at them as they tried to build a block tower with Velcro blocks.
  • "The Magic, the Memories and You", the new projection show at Disney World and Disneyland, has begun. This high-tech show begins about 15 minutes before Wishes and displays up to 500 guest pictures onto Cinderella's Castle (Disney World). While this new show has met a lot of criticism, I think it's probably a "have to see in person to appreciate" situation. Let the Memories Begin!
  • The Flower Power Concert Series (part of the 2011 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival) begins March 2 and runs through May 15, 2011. Here's the tentative line-up.
March 4-6 - Jose Feliciano
March 11-13 - The Guess Who
March 18-20 - Chubby Checker & The Wildcats
March 25-27 - Melissa Manchester
April 1-3 - Starship Starring Mickey Thomas
April 8-10 - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.
April 15-17 - Juice Newton
April 22-24 - The Nelsons
April 29-May 1 - Paul Revere and the Raiders
May 6-8 - Davy Jones
May 13-15 - Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone


Disney's Aulani Resort
  • Many people are still unaware of Disney's new Hawaiian resort. Due to open in August 2011, this resort will bring the magic of Disney to Hawaii. And Disney has created it with as much class and uniqueness as possible.
  • "When Guests visit Aulani they may notice playful figures, known as Menehune, hiding around the resort. According to Hawaiian legend, the little Menehune (men-neh-HOO-nay) are shy folk who come out mostly at night. They are said to be gifted, possibly magical, craftspeople."
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