Giving Tuesday: Please Donate To Give Kids The World In Honor Of My Dad

In Loving Memory of my Dad

Last week, my dad passed away unexpectedly just before Thanksgiving. I’ve created this page in his honor to celebrate his life and giving spirit. My dad was a beautiful person inside and out; filled with kindness, compassion, strength, honor, and generosity.

My dad was a huge fan of Walt Disney World. From the time I was born, he worked hard to make it possible for my family and I to visit the most magical place on earth together and to create life long memories to cherish. Once my kids were born, he continued the tradition, by bringing all of us to Walt Disney World as often as possible to share the magic. 

Unfortunately, my father passed away unexpectedly just before Thanksgiving last week. In lieu of flowers, my dad would have loved to share the magic of Walt Disney World with other families. Please consider donating in his memory to the incredible organization – Give Kids The World!

Dad, here’s to your love of sharing the magic of Disney…

Give Kids The WorldGive Kids The World

Give Kids The World works with wish granting organizations to provide week-long Central Florida vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families free of charge. Through generous donations and hard-working volunteers, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 138,000 families from over 75 countries around the world. These families are given a place to stay in the Give The Kids The World Village, donated theme park tickets to Walt Disney WorldSea World and Universal Studios, meals, transportation and more.

To make a donation in my dad’s honor or for more information,
please check out their website by clicking here.

“Goodbye may seem forever. Farewell is like the end,
but in my heart is the memory and there you will always be.”

Get Ready To Tune In For The Many Disney Parks Holiday Specials This Year

If you can’t be in a Disney Park this holiday season, be sure to tune in for the many Disney Parks’ specials airing this November and December. They promise to be the most memorable yet! Here’s the scoop courtesy of Disney:


Disney Channel

Raven-Symoné and Issac Ryan Brown from the hit Disney Channel series “Raven’s Home” kick off the “Disney Parks Presents a Disney Channel Holiday Celebration,” in the DisneyNOW app beginning on Friday, November 24. Viewers who sign in to the app with a pay TV subscription will be the first to experience the show before it officially premieres on Disney Channel on Friday, December 1, 8:30-9:30pm ET. 

Watch as some of your favorite Disney Channel stars take over the Disney parks, including special performances by “Descendants 2” stars Dove Cameron and Sofia Carson, “Andi Mack” star Asher Angel, and stars of the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie “Zombies” Milo Manheim and Meg Donnelly.

…and check this out! Booboo Stewart from “Descendants 2” will take viewers on an exclusive tour of Toy Story Land, opening next summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort.

ABC

“The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration” premieres Thursday, November 30, 9–11pm ET on The ABC Television Network and on the ABC app. Follow Julianne Hough and Nick Lachey as they host the exciting two-hour event from the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. They join co-host Jesse Palmer to kick off the holiday season in a way only Disney can – showcasing incredible music performances by Ciara, Darius Rucker, Fifth Harmony, Fitz and the Tantrums, Hanson, In Real Life, Jason Derulo, Lea Michele and more.

Tune in on Christmas morning for the “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration” (check local listings), which will include your favorite Disney characters and performances by Ciara, Darius Rucker, Fifth Harmony, Fitz and the Tantrums, Jason Derulo, Lea Michele, 98°, Telly Leung and Arielle Jacobs from Broadway’s Aladdin and more.

Freeform

Go behind-the-scenes of some of the most spectacular weddings and engagements from a Frozen-inspired wedding at Walt Disney World Resort to a surprise engagement at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, during “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic,” a one-hour, holiday-themed special premiering on December 11, 8pm ET.
 
Then, get an inside look at how Disney Parks and resort hotels across the globe transform into a winter wonderland for the holiday season with “Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic,” premiering December 18, 8 pm ET.


501 WaysHeading to Disney World for the holidays?

If you are planning a vacation to Disney World, be sure to check out these valuable resources to help you save time and money:

Do you watch the Disney Parks holiday specials every year?
Please leave a comment; we would love to hear from you!

Disney World Enthusiast Weekly Round Up November 19, 2017

Here’s the Disney World Enthusiast Weekly Round Up for November 19, 2017!

Latest Disney World Enthusiast Articles

ChristmasTip Of The Week

If you happen to be attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, be sure to watch the parade from Main Street, U.S.A. Only at this location will you be able to enjoy the extra magic of falling snow. Even though I see more than enough snow where I live in Colorado, there is something quite special about the beauty of snow in Magic Kingdom!

Looking for more tips like this? Click here!

Disney Did You Know

The 45-foot-tall tree in the lobby of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge features authentic African decor of handmade baskets and reproductions of traditional African masks.

Walt’s Words

“The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting.”

Christmas Magic YOUR BandFeatured Advertiser

Create your own unique look with a personalized Disney MagicBand Skin. Magic YOUR Band has a range of designs to choose from that you can use as-is or customize with your own text. And if you want to take it to the next level, you can even upload your own photos or images to fully personalize, customize, and decorate your MagicBand. With great discounts for multi-buys, why not create one for the whole family? For more information or to start customizing your own Magic YOUR Band Skin now, please click here.

501 WaysFeatured Book

The difference between an average and an outstanding Walt Disney World trip is in the details. Kristi Fredericks helps make your dream vacation a reality with her numerous tips and tricks to save money, time, and sanity while at the happiest place on earth in her new book “501 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Walt Disney World Vacation”. For more information, to read an excerpt, or to purchase, please click here.

Considering A Disney World Vacation

Book Your Disney VacationJennifer Hardy, a Disney Vacation Planner with Destinations in Florida, is the official travel partner of Disney World Enthusiast. She can help you book your next Disney vacation whether it is to Disney World, Disneyland, or aboard the Disney Cruise Line. Currently Jennifer has some incredible deals for discounted travel to Walt Disney World. For more information about Jennifer’s amazing and absolutely free services or to get a free no-obligation quote, please click here!

You’re Invited

Next Disney VacationJennifer Hardy, from Destinations in Florida, and I have teamed up to create a brand new Facebook Group called Next Disney Vacation! It is the perfect place to talk about your next Disney vacation, voice your opinions, ask your questions, get them answered, and share the magic. Whether it’s Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World, or the Disney Cruise Line, Jennifer and I are ready to help. Everyday you’ll find posts, photos, trivia, tips, and more that we find all throughout the Disney Universe. If you’re counting the days until your next Disney vacation or just dreaming of one, we would love to have you join in the fun and conversation! Please click here to be a part of our group!

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Next week I’ll have some holiday and planning information plus all of the latest Disney World news!

Have a wonderful week!

Celebrate The Season At Epcot’s International Festival Of The Holidays

With Christmas just a little over five weeks away, the holiday season is in full swing at Walt Disney World. This weekend kicks off the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays with even more seasonal delights in store for us this year. Here’s everything you need to know courtesy of Disney!


Holidays Around the World is transforming into the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays from November 19 – December 30, surrounding guests once again in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season.

  • NEW! Holiday Kitchens – The number of holiday kitchens doubles in size this year to a total of 15, each bringing the flavors of the season to life. New this year, guests can indulge in cookies and desserts at the Cookie Nook located inside the Odyssey complex. Sweet treats include snowflake sugar cookies and a warm apple fritter with cinnamon ice cream and caramel sauce. Over at the Canada pavilion, dazzling delicacies like the Maple Buche de Noel (maple mousse rolled in gingerbread chiffon cake with cranberry sauce and pecan crumble) celebrate holiday traditions from the Great White North.
  • NEW! Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree – Chip and Dale are collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree. Guests can purchase a map and stickers from select merchandise locations and travel around World Showcase looking for the famous chipmunks with their ornaments. Guests can return their completed maps for a festive surprise, courtesy of Chip and Dale. Maps are available for $5.99 plus tax.
  • Candlelight ProcessionalNEW! Candlelight Processional Narrators – One of the most popular Epcot traditions returns with new celebrity narrators in 2017. Disney legend Kurt Russell is among the newcomers along with Pat Sajak, Matt Bomer and CCH Pounder who join the lineup of returning favorites like Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg and Jaci Velasquez. The Candlelight Processional is a retelling of the Christmas story as told by a celebrity narrator accompanied by 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir. The show takes place at the America Gardens Theatre each evening at 5:00pm, 6:45pm and 8:15pm November 24 – December 30. Candlelight dinner packages can be reserved by clicking here.
  • NEW! Holiday Entertainment – Enjoy the sights and sounds of the nations of World Showcase, as each country’s holiday heritage comes to life amid joyful music and time-honored traditions. Guests will discover an entertaining celebration of Hanukkah in a new location along World Showcase promenade, where a fun and interactive band interweaves the music of Hanukkah with jazz, Latin, rock and even hip-hop influences. Other returning holiday favorites include JOYFUL! A Gospel Celebration of the Season and Canadian Holiday Voyageurs.
  • Fireworks Finale – The nightly fireworks display, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, will feature a special holiday ending.

501 WaysHeading to Disney World soon?

If you are planning a vacation to Disney World, be sure to check out these valuable resources to help you save time and money:

Will you be visiting Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays?
Please leave a comment; we would love to hear from you!

Give The Gift Of Disney This Holiday Season

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the Disney lover in your family this holiday season, look no further than the GiveDisneyVacations.com website where you’ll be able to share the magic with your favorite Disney fan. Here’s everything you need to know courtesy of Disney!


Ready to put a little pixie dust in your gift-giving this holiday season or any time of year? Give the gift of Disney!

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Disney has made it easier than ever to give magical Disney vacations, theme park tickets or special Disney experiences as gifts for those lucky friends and family on your gift list. The new GiveDisneyVacations.com website is the way to unwrap Disney memories that will last a lifetime. It takes the guesswork out of what to give. And there’s no worry about size, color or some assembly required.

It’s Easy to Gift an Entire Disney Vacation

For the first time ever, guests can select from a full portfolio of Disney destinations and experiences to gift — all in one, easy-to-navigate place. Guests can explore GiveDisneyVacations.com and open a dedicated feature page profiling each Disney destination available. From an unforgettable escape on an Adventures by Disney trip or a voyage aboard Disney Cruise Line, or a vacation at the sun-drenched beaches of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina Hawai’i to exciting Disney Vacation Club properties, the vacation gifting options are endless. Or gift them the experience of a lifetime with a visit to the enchanting world of magic and make-believe at the Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney Park Tickets and Gift Cards Offer More Gifting Options

The gift of Disney is the most magical gift of all. Big things – magical things – can come in small packages. GiveDisneyVacations.com offers guests a quick and easy option to gift just about any Disney experience with the purchase of Disney Gift Cards. Imagine the joy on Christmas morning, birthday, anniversary, graduation, new baby or any occasion gifting a Disney experience. Disney Gift Cards can be redeemed for practically all-things Disney including merchandise, theme park tickets, dining experiences, entertainment, resort stays and experiences onboard Disney Cruise Line ships. And with the convenience of email, it makes for a great last-minute gift idea, too.

Guests can simply choose a Card design, activate and give the gift of Disney magic. Cards themselves are like a Disney vacation in your pocket, colorfully designed in Disney themes from Mickey at Christmas to Minnie and Mickey for Valentine’s Day, Goofy to Donald, Pirates to Princesses.

Cards may be purchased in set amounts of $25 up to $150, plus denominations of $200, $300 and $500. The activated Card with amount specified can even be e-delivered to the gift recipient or for a memorable unwrapping moment sent via traditional mail, enclosed in a themed gift card holder. The Card ships free to any U.S. address, when standard shipping is selected.

Regardless if mailed or shared as an eGift, senders can pair the Card with a personalized message. And because the Disney Gift Card charges no fees and never expires, senders can gift friends and family worry-free and let the magic begin.


501 WaysHeading to Disney World soon?

If you are planning a vacation to Disney World, be sure to check out these valuable resources to help you save time and money:

Will you be giving the gift of Disney this holiday season?
Please leave a comment; we would love to hear from you!

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