Monday, December 17, 2012

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December 17, 2012
Celebrating 15 Years of Disney Discounts!
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Hi Everyone!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our thousands of Affordable Disney members and subscribers who have made up our Disney family over the past 15 years. We thank God for allowing us to serve you through our business. We thank your for your trust and support. May God bless you throughout this wonderful season of Christmas and in the year to come.
John and Donna

And now take small children by the hand, gather all of your belongings, and enjoy the 612th issue of our AffordableDisney newsletter!
Dread the hassle of booking your own vacation? Not sure you will get the best possible price?

Beth, our full service Florida travel agent, handles all of our members' reservations. She is familiar with all of our deals and she will continue to monitor your reservations to make sure you are getting the best possible deal. If she finds a better deal, she will switch your reservation to the new deal without any intervention from you! Now that's peace of mind!

Click here to save BIG on all your Disney and non-Disney vacations! Be sure to check out our Christmas special before it expires!

REMEMBER: If you want to visit Walt Disney World when there is no deal for the general public, you will need to follow the discount strategies that are revealed in our online book, "Secrets To An Affordable Walt Disney World® Vacation," to make your vacation affordable.

Now on with the show...

Here's a sampling:

* Flights to Orlando from $72 R/T. Now through 04/13.
* Holiday Airfare Deals from $88 across USA R/T. Ends 12,2,13.
* Universal Studios Hollywood: a day FREE. Expires 12/31/12.
* Save at SeaWorld's Discovery Cove in 2013. Book by 12/25/12.
* SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Orlando 1 year admission thru 12/31/13.
* SeaWorld CA: 7-Day Ticket for the price of 1. Non-expiring.
* Package With Disney Dining Plan. Book by 12/31/12.
* Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Discount. Book by 12/31/12.
* Walt Disney World Resort and Ticket Discounts for Military.
* Disneyland Resort and Ticket Discounts for Military.
* Disney Miami Cruises Special Rates in 01/13.
* Kids Sail Free on these Disney Cruises. Non-expiring.
* Verandah Offer on Disney cruise: Expires 12/21/12.
* Adventures by Disney Costa Rica Special. 12/22 and 29, 2012.
* Disneyland Paris: great deal for kids. Book by 01/31.
* Disney's Aulani resort discount. Expires 01/15/13.
* Universal Studios Hollywood Discount. Expires 12/31/12.
* FREE tickets for Military to FL parks. Expires 12/31/13.
* Floridians save at park outside Disney. Expires 01/31/13.
* FREE Dining at Florida theme park. Expires 12/21/12.
* SeaWorld: Kids Eat Free at popular dining venue. Ends 12/25/12.
* Universal CA coupon for 2nd day admission FREE. Ends 01/31.
* Wyndham Grand Orlando Deal. Book by 12/31.
* Rental Car Special: FREE double upgrade now through 12/20.
* Norwegian transatlantic cruise deal. Departure 04/30/13.
* Upscale Cruise deal for Police and Firefighters. Non- expiring.

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This Day in Disney History

Disney Cruise Line Sneak Peek: Port Adventures in Rome

Christian Music Legends Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith Co-star at 31st Night of Joy

‘Monsier Paul’ Restaurant Debuts December 11 Upstairs at Epcot France Pavilion

Moms Panel Monday: Guests with Special Needs at Disney Parks? Hakuna Matata!

World’s Largest Splitsville Set to Open December 19 at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

Photo Tour: Visiting Epcot for the Holidays

Disney Cruise Line Announces 2014 Itineraries

Get Ready for Laughter and Lunacy with the Storybook Circus Giggle Gang in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park

Peek Inside The New Test Track Presented by Chevrolet with Imagineers & Chevrolet Design



Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to Close January 7 for Refurbishment at Disneyland Park
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Q: Does Disney do air? Does everyone have to fly from the same place?

A: Beth, our travel agent, writes: "Yes, Disney will do your air for you, but only if you are getting a package and only if you need domestic air. Sometimes they have better rates than you can get otherwise, but more often the rate is the same or even higher than what you can get otherwise. So it pays to see what Disney can do, and if they can beat or match what you find then great. If not, don't hesitate to do the air separately. And no, not everyone in the room has to fly from the same place, but Disney's online reservation system can't handle multiple origin points so you'll have to go through a travel agent or Disney directly to get the different cities." 
Grand Celebration Opens New Fantasyland, Largest Expansion Ever at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom

The star of “Once Upon a Time” kicked off the “happily ever after” at the grand opening Thursday of New Fantasyland, the largest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. Ginnifer Goodwin, who plays Snow White on the hit ABC-TV drama, joined pop star Jordin Sparks and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs in ceremonies filled with favorite Disney characters, daytime fireworks and timeless melodies from classic Disney films.

"Walt Disney once promised that Disneyland, and by extension all of our parks, would never be complete as long as there is imagination left in the world," Staggs said. "New Fantasyland is a spectacular addition to the Magic Kingdom that delivers on Walt’s promise. We’re thrilled to take guests beyond the walls of Cinderella Castle to discover new worlds featuring iconic Disney characters and stories in ways that are more imaginative, more interactive and more immersive than ever before."

New Fantasyland features attractions, dining, shopping, character interactions, recreation and more - laid out fairy tale-style amid waterfalls, grottoes, arched bridges, forests and circus big tops. A multiyear expansion project that doubles the size of the existing Fantasyland, the sprawling new area lies just beyond the existing Fantasyland in the shadows of Cinderella Castle.

New Fantasyland consists of the Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus areas. Walt Disney Imagineers brought to life beloved Disney stories and magical places, putting guests in the middle of Disney classics and new favorites – and making memories to last a lifetime. Here’s just a sampling of the new enchanted areas now open in New Fantasyland:

Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid. Guests riding in clamshells travel with Ariel and her friends through their exciting adventures above and below the waves - all against the musical backdrop of beloved songs from the film. Before the experience, the fun is whimsical and interactive in the queue area under Prince Eric’s Castle. After the attraction and below the seaside cliffs, guests can meet the princess herself in Ariel’s Grotto.

Enchanted Tales with Belle. In a faroff French village, an enchanted mirror becomes the gateway to a new kind of storytelling experience. Through props, costumes and other interaction, guests step right into the story of "Beauty and the Beast" - meeting Belle and Lumiere and sharing in a lively re-telling of the "tale as old as time."

Be Our Guest Restaurant features a lavish dining experience in the elegant ballroom, delicate Rose Gallery and mysterious "West Wing" of the Beast’s Castle. The magnificent space offers "great food fast" - lunch service by day and full-service table dining at night. Both experiences - fittingly for the story of Disney’s "Beauty and the Beast" - feature French-inspired cuisine.

Gaston’s Tavern welcomes guests to a comfy French lodge done in homage to - Gaston himself. The menu of this casual restaurant includes LeFou’s Brew, named for Gaston’s sidekick and a cooling concoction sure to satisfy any thirst.

Dumbo, the Flying Elephant - a Fantasyland icon - has doubled in size. Two Dumbos - one going clockwise and other counterclockwise - take guests circling above Storybook Circus in ride vehicles they maneuver themselves. The two Dumbos are connected to an indoor "big top" allowing guests to enjoy circus-themed activities while awaiting their ride time with the lovable pachyderm.

Aboard The Barnstormer Featuring the Great Goofini, it’s family-style coaster fun as guests dip and soar daredevil-style above the circus grounds. Ride vehicles follow the twisting, turning coaster “flight” of stuntman Goofy.

Beloved Disney characters as aspiring circus stars are on hand to meet their adoring fans in Pete’s Silly Sideshow. Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Donald Duck are decked out in their big top finest to await their big break – and pose for photos with Magic Kingdom guests in the process.

There’s even more in store as the expansion of New Fantasyland continues:

Princess Fairytale Hall (2013) will be the new home for Disney princesses to meet their loyal subjects in the Magic Kingdom. To open in the Castle Courtyard in the center of Fantasyland, the regal space will provide the perfect setting for meeting Cinderella, Aurora, Tiana and the other Disney princesses.

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (2014) will take Magic Kingdom guests on a rollicking, musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.” The family-style coaster will feature a first-of-its-kind ride system with a train of vehicles that swing back and forth.

Later Thursday, Test Track Presented by Chevrolet was scheduled to rev up its engines in a new re-imagined version of the Epcot attraction that focuses on guests designing their dream wheels, then putting their design to the test. And on Friday, a media preview was scheduled for Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney West Side. The bowling, dining and entertainment complex is slated to open for guests later in December." (Source: Press Release)

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Thought for today...

Donna and I attended a Sandi Patty Christmas concert recently. Jason Crabb, the country singer, was traveling with her. We loved the concert, but were particularly moved by Jason's appeal for us to get involved in World Vision which helps poor children and their families throughout the world. We joined that night. Jason even came to each of us personally to hand us the application papers. We received our info packet this week that introduced us to Nagamma, a 4-year old girl from India, whom we are sponsoring. She is absolutely beautiful and we feel blessed to be able to play a small part in helping her to live a fuller life.

Please visit World Vision's website and see what a difference you can make in the lives of others. Jesus said, "whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name, welcomes me." For only $35 per month, you can change a child's life and grow closer to Christ. Will you accept the Lord's invitation? May He bless you for your generosity.


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