Disney Vacation Blog will be liveblogging from the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World from 6 am May 24 to 6 pm May 25! To promote the new “Monsters University” and kick off the summer season, the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure will remain open to guests for 24 hours. In Florida, Mike and Sulley will be the Grand Marshals of the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” 3 o’clock parade and make appearances in Tomorrowland. Throughout the day and night, guest will discover unique entertainment, including characters in their pajamas in Town Square during the late night and early morning, and late-night dance parties in and around the courtyard of Cinderella’s Castle.
I will be posting pictures and video of the festivites all day long, so check back to Disney Vacation Blog frequently to enjoy the excitement from your computer at home or work!
Taking a Disney cruise can be a relaxing, fun vacation for kids, parents, grandparents and couples. Here are six ways to make your cruise even more amazing:
- Pack a mug for soft drinks. On Disney cruise ships, unlimited soft drinks, coffee and tea are available on Deck 9 near the main pool along with teeny tiny cups. By bringing your own mug, you can eliminate some unnecessary trips back and forth from your room.
- Room service is free. You can have a cheese platter, a burger with fries, or even Mickey ice cream bars (not on the menu but always available for people in the know) brought to the room after an exhausting day of excursions. Just tip the host a buck or two.
- Book your next cruise while onboard your first Disney cruise. Disney will give you a 10% discount as well as an onboard credit for your next cruise if you book during your current cruise! You also only need to put down a 10% deposit instead of the customary 20%.
- Book your first cruise with a travel agent that offers incentives to use them. Some online travel agencies, such as Dreams Unlimited and Small World Travel, will give you an onboard credit when you book your Disney cruise with them.
- Purchase travel insurance. Disney cruises aren’t cheap and if you have to cancel at the last minute, you can lose a large chunk of change. Travel insurance not only protects from unforeseen cancellation before your trip but also will pay for any medical expenses abroad and emergency return flights back to the United States. A medical flight from abroad can cost up to $50,000!
- Reserve a romantic meal at adult only restaurants Palo on all of Disney’s ships or Remy on the Disney Dream or the Disney Fantasy. These meals come with a supplemental charge but feature fine dining cuisine and are perfect for celebrating an anniversary or birthday. You can book them before your cruise online at disneycruise.com or onboard when you first arrive. Just check the handout you receive at check-in.