17 September 2008
ONLINE PLANNING TOOLS TO HELP GUESTS CUSTOM-DESIGN THEIR STAY
Disney Parks overflow with extra-magical experiences to make “celebration vacations” more memorable than ever.
IN 2009, COME TO A DISNEY PARK ON YOUR BIRTHDAY AND GET IN FREE!
ONLINE PLANNING TOOLS TO HELP GUESTS CUSTOM-DESIGN THEIR STAY
FUN AROUND THE TABLE A DELICIOUS PART OF ‘CELEBRATION VACATIONS’ AT DISNEY PARKS
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At Walt Disney World Resort, guests can do one better than the party that has “everything but the kitchen sink.” Revelers can have the sink, too – brimming with ice cream. The enormous sundae – scoops and scoops of ice cream smothered in many tasty toppings – served at Disney’s Beach Club Resort is every kid’s grandest birthday party dream come true, and one of more than 200 ideas for customization that guests can add on to their itinerary for a celebratory visit to Disney’s Vacation Kingdom in central Florida.
At Disneyland Resort in southern California, a family or class reunion group can choose to celebrate not just their own heritage but also that of Disneyland with “A Walk in Walt’s Footsteps,” a three-hour tour sharing the life and lore of the man behind the magic of Disney Parks. It’s among more than 50 ideas for customizing a celebration visit to Disneyland Resort.
With more than 250 experiences that can be planned – from fireworks cruises, street parties and behind-the-scenes tours to specialty cakes and in-room decorations – Disney Parks is the ultimate setting for personalized and customized vacations.
Thanks to new Web planning tools, accessing this broad range of vacation options will be easier than ever. Through www.disneyparks.com, guests and their travel agents choose the celebration destination and can access an online celebration “planner” to shop the many experiences that are a cornerstone of a “celebration vacation” at Disney Parks – experiences that transform guests into the stars of their own party.
Guests begin exploring the possibilities by indicating the nature of their upcoming celebration visit – birthday, reunion, personal triumph, true love (wedding, honeymoon or anniversary) or even “first visit.” Based on the occasion, the online “planner” shares a selection of ideas and a broad list of additional options – everything from a street-party celebration on Main Street, U.S.A. that will be a must-do for Disneyland and Walt Disney World guests of all ages … to intimate, candlelit dinners for two.
With all there is to do in Disney parks, guests can tailor their celebration with favorite attractions, favorite characters and special experiences. Maybe they have a “princess” day with themed meals, shows, attractions and perfectly princess merchandise at Disneyland capped by a fun-filled treasure hunt through the park. Or they turn a Walt Disney World stay into a celebration of “the pirate’s life” with pirate-themed resort accommodations, kids’ pirate adventures, a cruise with Captain Hook and Smee, an evening at a Pirate and Princess Party, and an adventure ride – or two or three – through Pirates of the Caribbean. Or they turn Walt Disney World “wild” with horseback riding, bass fishing and parasailing.
Inside the Magic – Specialty tours take guests inside the storytelling, adventure and history of Disney Parks.
“A Walk in Walt’s Footsteps” provides a look at Walt Disney’s original theme park from the perspective of Walt himself, revealing secrets behind the inspiration for Disney Parks.
“The Magic Behind our Steam Trains” explores one of Walt’s lifetime loves and their role at Magic Kingdom. (Walt Disney World Resort)
“Disney’s Key to the Kingdom” gives insiders a peek into Walt’s vision and philosophy around the creation of the Magic Kingdom theme park. (Walt Disney World Resort)
“Behind the Seeds” is a hands-on discovery tour with a close-up look at plants, insects, fish and alligators at Epcot. (Walt Disney World Resort)
“UnDISCOVERed Future World” reveals the legacy of Walt and the creation of Epcot, plus many backstage encounters. (Walt Disney World Resort)
It’s All About the Kids – Enchanting tea parties, princess makeovers and pirate adventures await youngsters looking to celebrate VIP style.
“My Disney Girl Perfectly Princess Tea Party” invites guests to a deliciously delightful tea party. (Walt Disney World Resort)
“My Disneyland Birthday Party” at the Plaza Inn on Main Street, U.S.A. is a jolly party packed with music and laughter as guests create their own bakery “mouse-terpieces” by decorating personal mini-cakes. (Disneyland Resort)
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a glamorous princess makeover salon under the supervision of a Disney Fairy Godmother-in-training. (Walt Disney World Resort & coming in spring 2009 to Disneyland Resort)
“Discover the Magic” tour, designed especially for children, combines a tour of Disneyland with a fun-filled treasure hunt through the park. (Disneyland Resort)
“Princess Fantasy Faire” offers princesses and lords of all ages “quality time” with the Disney princesses, including face painting, specially themed foods and instructions in court etiquette. (Disneyland Resort)
Adventure Cruises are ideal for young bucs wanting to set sail to exotic ports of call. (Walt Disney World Resort)
Unique Experiences – Excursions with exotic animals, family portrait sessions and special experiences.
Epcot DiveQuest invites guests to dive in a six-million-gallon aquarium and come face to face with 65 species of marine life. (Walt Disney World Resort)
Sunrise Safari offers the chance to roam a true African savannah with more than 200 animal species at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, followed by breakfast. (Walt Disney World Resort)
A celebration street party invites guests of all ages into the heart of the castle parks to join Disney characters and dozens of performers in a celebratory song and dance party. (Walt Disney World Resort & Disneyland Resort)
Guests board Segways for a one-of-a-kind pre-opening exploration of Disney’s California Adventure in the “Cruzin' Disney’s California Adventure Park! Tour.” (Disneyland Resort)
PhotoPass Portrait Session captures the moment with loved ones during a 20-minute private photography session at select Disney resort hotels. (Walt Disney World Resort)
Dinng Delights – Decadent delights make festivities sweeter than ever.
My Mini-Cake Surprise, themed personal-sized party cakes with a special surprise included. (Walt Disney World Resort & Disneyland Resort)
Sweetheart Dinner for Two, a gourmet-style prix fixe meal for two, plus souvenir toasting glasses to commemorate the moment. (Walt Disney World Resort & Disneyland Resort)
Magical Pop-Up Party Pack, the ultimate goodie bag packed with fun activities and a surprise pop-up centerpiece. (Walt Disney World Resort & Disneyland Resort)
The Sky’s the Limit – Over-the-top recreation, relaxation and more.
Spa time, where it’s pure indulgence with full-service spas offering a range of wellness and beautifying services. (Walt Disney World Resort & Disneyland Resort)
Parasailing thrills, where your dreams of soaring above the water become reality. (Walt Disney World Resort)
VIP Tour Services help guests navigate the parks with expert VIP hosts who act as personal concierges and tour guides. (Walt Disney World Resort & Disneyland Resort)
Gatherings of a Lifetime – Mark the occasion with a special meal, fireworks cruise or character greeting.
Set sail in a new nighttime excursion around Seven Seas Lagoon for a spectacular view of “Wishes,” the nightly fireworks display. (coming spring 2009 to Walt Disney World Resort)
“Celebration Roundup and Barbecue at Big Thunder Ranch” is the place to celebrate any occasion – cowboy-style. Disney characters share in the celebration fun, which includes the new outdoor Big Thunder Family Barbecue restaurant. (Disneyland Resort)