Happy New Year! Is it vacation time yet?
Here at Mickey’s Dream Vacations, it’s never too early to start planning that next unforgettable vacation.
The first thing that everyone should be aware of is Safety First – Metal detectors have been added to all Disney parks as well as all Universal & SeaWorld parks around the country – works for me! If I have to sacrifice a few moments in line for the safety of family & friends then so be it. It’s a crazy world out there so it’s nice to feel protected while I’m having fun.
In keeping with the safety theme, no more toy guns will be sold in Disney Parks (so, unless you are an avid Han Solo or Stormtrooper fan, no one will mourn the loss). However costumes for people over 14 will no longer be allowed. This kind of ruins the Halloween parties but again, I’d sacrifice a costume for my safety.
New on the Horizon
Down in Florida, Disney has their plates full…
There will be no Star Wars Weekends this year (due to Star Wars related construction through 2017 – can’t wait to pilot the Millineum Falcon!).
Jungle Skipper Canteen is a new location to eat in the Magic Kingdom.
In the Animal Kingdom, the Na'vi River Journey (Avatar canoe ride) will open in 2017.
Over in Epcot, Soarin’ will close in January for refurbishment and reopen with new film: Soarin’ Around the World (Summer 2016).
Construction has already started at Disney Studios on Toy Story Midway Mania. They are adding an additional track to cut down the massive lines.
- Rumor has it that there will be a big celebration for the Magic Kingdom’s 45th Anniversary (possibly starting in late summer).
- A little mouse told me that there would be a Slinky Dog rollercoaster added to Disney Studios’ Pixar Place. How fun will that be??
- Rumors continue to swirl around the Osbourne Family Lights getting moved from Disney Studios to Epcot. Whether it’s true or not remains to be seen.
At Universal Studios Orlando, Reign of Kong: Skull Island will open in Spring 2016 as well as a new Water Park called Volcano Bay.
Over at Universal Hollywood, their version of Hogwarts opens in April 2016 and a brand new, year-round horror walk-through attraction has been rumored to open in October.
In Disneyland, a lot of construction starts in January around Tom Sawyer’s Island in relation to where their new Star Wars attractions will open in spring 2017. This will affect the following attractions – Disneyland Railroad, Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes, Fantasmic, Mark Twain Riverboat, and Tom Sawyer’s Island. This could drive some people away from the park (because no one like having their illusion of a magical fantasy-world ruined by construction) but, less people can mean less crowds and maybe that is just what you need to hear to schedule a trip out west!
Disney California Adventure says good-bye to Aladdin the Musical after 13 years. No word yet as to what will be replacing it.
Now, having brought all that to your attention, as if you didn’t need more incentive to book your vacation soon, Disney has released a new promotion for Spring 2016!The Room Discounts run from March 15 thru June 11, 2016. Discounts vary depending on the dates, resort, and room type.Also, if you upgrade to a room and ticket package with 4-day park tickets, you can get one more ticket day for free.
Here at Mickey’s Dream Vacations, we do whatever it takes to make your Disney Vacation planning as easy as possible. Don’t want to wait until the sales are announced? We can reserve your room and tickets for your chosen days and if or when they DO go on sale, we will automatically apply the discount to your existing reservation! No more scrambling at the last minute to reserve your room before it’s sold out. We do the scrambling and waiting on hold for you!
Contact me to book your 2016 trip!!