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Disney Cruise Line has announced new itineraries and dates including early 2016. Most are the same but they do have a couple surprises for 2016. Please read below, I am super excited about Tortola and Martinique!!! These sailings are open to book to the General Public Thursday and to Platinum and Gold Castaway Cay members tomorrow. Contact us for pricing and availability. We are the cruise experts! From what night is the best to do an adult only dinner, where to stand for fireworks, even what line to stand in when disembarking, we will tell you AND an onboard credit on every sailing up to $800. www.themouseexperts.com

From Disney Travel Company
Disney Cruise Line introduces two popular Caribbean destinations — Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Martinique — into the lineup of favorite tropical itineraries for early 2016. The return to the homeport of San Juan, Puerto Rico brings a new itinerary that includes Martinique.

From the warm Caribbean culture of Tortola, capital of the British Virgin Islands, to the exquisite French island of Martinique, these destinations provide Disney Cruise Line guests the chance to relax on pristine beaches, discover natural wonders and indulge in local shopping and cuisine.

Port Canaveral to Eastern Caribbean, including Tortola
In 2016, Disney Cruise Line will sail from Port Canaveral, FL on a seven-night itinerary to the Eastern Caribbean, including a call at Tortola and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

Tortola is an idyllic escape for Guests of all ages, from tranquil beaches and stunning scenery to exhilarating activities and authentic Caribbean fare. With a variety of experiences for the family to share together, Disney Cruise Line Guests will create memories in Tortola while swimming with dolphins, exploring centuries-old ruins, sampling local spices on Main Street and reveling in the natural beauty of Sage Mountain National Park.

Ports: Port Canaveral; Tortola; St. Thomas; Disney Castaway Cay
Departure dates: Disney Fantasy: Jan. 2, 16, 30; Feb. 13, 27; March 12, 26; April 9, 23; Disney Magic: April 3, 17

San Juan to Southern Caribbean, including Martinique
Disney Cruise Line returns to San Juan, Puerto Rico in early 2016 as the Disney Wonder sails four cruises to the Southern Caribbean, including a stop in Martinique — a new port of call for Disney.

Known as the “Flower of the Caribbean,” Martinique offers a unique island experience complete with breathtaking natural beauty and cosmopolitan culture of French and Creole influence. Nature-lovers will delight in lush rainforests, rushing waterfalls and volcanic landmarks, while Guests looking for a more upscale experience will savor superb French cuisine and superlative shopping.

Ports: San Juan; Barbados; Grenada; Martinique; Antigua; St. Kitts
Departure dates: Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31

Port Canaveral and Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean
In 2016, Disney Cruise Line will sail from Port Canaveral and Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean on a variety of itineraries. All of these cruises include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

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A new Disney Visa Promotion just came out today. The details are below. This promotion should go live on the 9th for general public. Contact us if you want pricing at that time or now if you have a Disney Visa.

The first is called the Stay, Play, and Dine special and you can save big on an overall discount on rooms, tickets and dining.

Stay Play, and Dine is available from December 14-20 and also January 5- March 7.

There is a Minimum 3 night stay and 2 day Magic Your Way tickets are required.

In addition, Disney is offering a discount on rooms!

Room Discount:

Dates January 5-March 28

Save up to 30% at Deluxes,

up to 25% at Moderates (20% on weekends),

and up to 20% (15% on weekends) at Values.

Book through December 29

Certain resorts are excluded. Exclusions: Art of Animation Little Mermaid, VGF Villas, BLT, Polynesian Villas, Bungalows, Campsites

Discover the magic of Walt Disney World® Resorts and parks on a Walt Disney World® Family vacation, and share the joy of Mickey Mouse and company with your kids. Let Ears of Experience plan the perfect Disney trip for you and your loved ones. Contact us today at 1-877-80MOUSE. We look forward to sending you on the magical vacation of a lifetime.

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I know there is a lot of confusion on the new 2014/2015 military discounts so I thought I would clarify some of it. Below is the actual discount and blackout dates. Then I will go into some of the answers to questions we get often.

2014-2015 Military Ticket Discount Salute Offer

The Disney Armed Forces Salute offers special military tickets. These tickets are for a specified number of days* and come in several varieties.

Qualified individuals may purchase up to a maximum of six** theme park tickets during the period of the Disney Armed Forces Salute. These tickets are non-refundable and any days left on the tickets will expire at the end of the offer period.

Tickets purchased at military resellers and not direct from Disney must be activated prior to first use in person by the military member or spouse***.

At Disney World you have three choices for your tickets.
• Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $177 each, plus tax.
• Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Park Fun and More Option for $177 each, plus tax.
• Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More Options for $207 each, plus tax.
Walt Disney World Resort tickets may be used September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except that the tickets may not be used December 22, 2014 – January 2, 2015 and March 29 – April 9, 2015.

Active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets for themselves and up to five additional family members or friends. No more than six Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased by any eligible member of the U.S. military (or spouse) pursuant to this offer. All tickets and options are non-transferable and must be used by October 3, 2015.

Active and retired U.S. military personnel can also take advantage of specially priced rooms at select Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort hotels.* This offer is valid for stays most nights from September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except for:

November 27 – November 29, 2014
December 24 – December 31, 2014
March 30 – April 4, 2015

Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets ONLY by Eligible Service Members (defined below) or their spouses (but not both), for use by themselves and other family members and friends, as provided herein. These Tickets may not be otherwise transferred, distributed or resold.

“Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The actual prices charged at the individual U.S. military base ticket offices for Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be less than the prices set forth above.

Participating military sales outlets must require that Eligible Service Members (or their spouses) present valid military identification to purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets.

Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Walt Disney World Resort are not valid until activated by the Eligible Service Members (or their spouses) at Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows. Tickets and options expire and may not be used after October 3, 2015. Valid military identification will be required for purchase and use.

Disney 3-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Disneyland Resort expire and may not be used after October 3, 2015. Valid military identification will be required for purchase and use.

No more than six (6) Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased and (if applicable) activated by any Eligible Service Member or spouse (regardless of the place of purchase and whether purchased by that person or that person’s spouse). In addition, one of the six (6) Tickets purchased must be used by the Eligible Service Member or his/her spouse.
Each Disney Military Promotional Ticket must be used by the same person on any and all days.

*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Minimum length of stay requirements may apply. Valid Military ID will be required upon check-in, and military member (or spouse) must stay in the room. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required. Additional per-adult charges apply at the Walt Disney World Resort if there are more than two adults per room. Other restrictions apply.

Answers to some of the more popular questions we get

  • You cannot stack discounts so you cannot get the Free dining promotion and the military discount. You need to choose. Sometimes based off the length of your stay and the ages of those traveling, the free dine might actually be a better option so always run the numbers or work with someone that can.
  • If you are staying 2-5 days, it is best to use the military salute tickets and either not use some days if you are staying shorter or add a one day park ticket.
    • If you want to do five day tickets, it would be $177 plus a one day base ticket=$279
      A five day straight up ticket at Shades of Green with no hopping would be $300, $359 if you had the hopper feature
    • There are other options with the military discount like a six day ticket that tis NOT a Salute ticket but has a military discount is $307 for a base tickets, $365 if you added the hopper feature. If you did he salute tickets of $177 and added a two day base ticket, it would be $371 per person.
      These prices were based off adults pricing (over the age of 9)
  • You need to have tickets attached to your mydisneyexperience account to get your fast passes ahead of time. You can do this by linking the ticket with the number on voucher. Contrary to what has been said, this works. You will need to get these tickets either at a base or by contacting Camp Pendleton and having them shipped. The information is below. You can fast pass 60 days ahead if you are staying on property and the tickets are linked or 30 days ahead if off property and linked. Off property is Shades of Green. You do not have 60 day Fast pass privileges staying at Shades of Green.
  • Camp Pendelton, Oceanside, CA. The Camp Pendleton ITT , the closest military base to Disneyland, can take your order over the phone and mail them to you.
    • They carry all varieties of Disneyland and Disney World tickets both Armed Forces Salute and Regular Military Discounted tickets.
    • There is a $10 FedEx fee.
    • Disney World tickets require a 2 week lead time.
    • Contact the Camp Pendleton ITT Pacific Plaza
      (760) 725-5863
      Mon-Sat: 8:30am-6:30pm
  • You only get six tickets per military member. They are not six for the military member and six for the spouse.
    • You cannot purchase and activate six and use more than one for the same person until the first ticket is used. For example, you cannot purchase and activate 6 for two people that just want to use all of them for a longer stay. You need to use the first one and then go back and activate the next ones.
  • Do not buy the new tickets until they come out.
  • If you have resort accommodations already booked and want to adjust it to the new military promotion, there needs to currently be inventory at that resort and room category. For example, if you have a room at the Contemporary in a Bay lake view but there aren’t any rooms left in their inventory when the new discount comes out, they will not adjust it. You can upgrade to a nicer room or move to another resort. This can be done without rebooking.
  • The discount on the rooms is not off the rates you see online or any current promotion you already have. The discount is off a brochure rate, no one sees online.
    Each military member can book up to three rooms on the military rate including theirs. Everyone can pay with their own forms of payment. The quick service, regular, and deluxe dining plans can be added to the room for a package.

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Top Cocktails around the World

• Lava Flow is a tourist favorite. It is a combination of Pina Colada and daiquiri. These can be found at almost every pool bar at a resort.

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• Craft beers at the Grand Floridian pool are some of them most extensive I have seen in the area. Below is the entire beer menu at Beaches Pool Bar and Grill.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Magic Hat #9
New Belgium Fat Tire
Blue Moon
Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider
Bud Light
Bud Light Lime
Budweiser
Cigar City Jai Alai
Cigar City Maduro Brown
Coors Light
Corona Extra
Corona Light
Heineken
Kona Longboard Island Lager
Magic Hat Circus Boy
Michelob Ultra
Miller Lite
Yeungling
O’Doul’s
Red Stripe
Stella Artois
New Belgium Sunshine Wheat
New Belgium Ranger IPA
New Belgium Shift
Newcastle Brown Ale
Bluepoint White IPA
Samuel Adams Seasonal
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Left Hand Milk Stout

• The Pineapple drink at Ohana called Lapu Lapu is a tropical rum drink served in a hallowed out pineapple. Here is the recipe in case you feel like adding this to the next cookout.

Lapulapu

Lapu Recipe:
Ingredients
1. One part Bacardi 151 or plain light rum
2. One part Myers dark rum
3. Two parts orange juice
4. Two parts sweet-n-sour mix
5. Pineapple (optional)
Directions
1. Combine the first four ingredients, and shake over ice
2. Serve in hollowed out pineapples (or a glass with a colorful umbrella, if no pineapple is easily accessible

• Cava de Tequila. This is tucked in the temple of Mexico at Epcot’s World showcase. There are so many varieties of drinks here. I have tried many and quite a few are sweet so if you like that, go for it as they are fresh and tasty. I like the skinny margarita. The staff is super nice and you can grab some chips and guacamole which you are at it. Don’t be fooled by the Margarite Stand in front of the temple, this is not the same.

• Grand Marnier Orange Slush in France in the Showcase. This is found at a wine kiosk by the lake. I like the other option, the Grey Goose Lemon Citron slush. You can do it as 8 oz. or 12oz (their supersize version with an extra shot).

A little tip, it is an eight minute walk from the margarita stand to the Grand Marnier and Lemon Citron kiosk.

drinks in france

• Testarossa – Red Head Ketel One Vodka, Grand Marnier and Crandberry Juice, muddled with Strawberries and Fresh Basil Leaves topped with Ground Pepper.. My all-time favorite Disney Drink! This is actually at Swan on Crescent Lake. It is in the bar at the entrance of the restaurant Il Milano.

strawberry testarossa

• Pineapple float with rum!!!! Found in Animal Kingdom at Tamu Tamu Refreshments. You can order it with dark rum or coconut rum. So refreshing on a hot day!

• Best places for beer at Epcot are the UK in the Showcase at Rose and Crown Pub and Germany.

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candlelight processional

2014 Candlelight Processional Dining Packages have opened up.

Participating restaurants for this year are:

Biergarten Restaurant
Chefs de France
Coral Reef Restaurant
The Garden Grill
La Hacienda de San Angel
Nine Dragons Restaurant
Restaurant Marrakesh
Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room
San Angel Inn Restaurante
Teppan Edo
Tokyo Dining
Tutto Italia Ristorante
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria

Candlelight Processional Dining Packages start at $35 for lunch and $50 for dinner for adults, include a meal at an Epcot restaurant and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances and pre-arranged fireworks viewing. It also takes two dining credits on the dining plan. You can make reservations online or at 407-939-3463. If you are a client of Ears of Experience, we will make them for you if you have booked a package with us or are a Concierge Client.

Nov 28 to Nov 29 2014: Jodi Benson
Dec 5 to Dec 6 2014: Whoopi Goldberg
Dec 15 to Dec 17 2014: Sharon Stone
Dec 18 to Dec 20 2014: Ana Gasteyer
Dec 21 to Dec 23 2014: Marlee Matlin
Dec 28 to Dec 30 2014: Steven Curtis Chapman

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doleI wish I could take credit for this but thanks to disneychef.com, we have a new project for the week, trying this out!

For this version, she suggests using her handy, dandy Yonanas machine (which I have). For those who don’t have one, no fear… A good blender can do roughly the same thing with maybe a slightly less creamy texture. That said, I really encourage checking out a Yonanas machine though, especially if you’re into clean or healthy eating and struggle with giving up sweet treats. I’ve put everything from bananas to smoothie mixes through to make really great, healthy dessert options, and there are so many great recipes out there…

The only thing she sometimes switches up when making these is the whipped topping. The real deal Dole Whips are vegan friendly with no dairy, so I suppose the most authentic way to serve this is without the whipped topping. However, if you like a really creamy texture, she says to add the whipped topping. It’s all personal taste. But if you’re a purist, skip the whipped topping. The consistency is light, though admittedly not as light as the in-park soft serve.

Now, on with the recipe. Seriously, it’s insanely easy. She did warn everybody. It’s easy. Embarrassingly easy. Don’t make me write how to make this a Dole Whip Float… Just put pineapple juice in a glass and scoop some of this on top. Easy. Super, duper easy.
Dole Whip
Inspired by the Dole Whips served at Aloha Isle and Captain Cook’s at The Polynesian Village Resort

1 16-ounce bag of Dole frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 cup whipped topping (optional)
Water (if using a blender)
Remove pineapple chunks from freezer. Allow to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes.
Using a Yonanas machine, feed the pineapple chunks into the chute. Using the
plunger, push through the feeder into a bowl. Disassemble unit and scrape out remaining whipped pineapple.
If desired, mix in whipped topping until thoroughly blended. Serve immediately.
If using a blender, add pineapple into the blender and blend on puree, adding water slowly in a thin stream while the blender is running as needed, to achieve desired consistency.

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Be Our Guest Opening at the New Fantasyland Expansion[/caption]Be Our Guest Opening at teh New Fantasyland Expansion

Be Our Guest Opening at the New Fantasyland Expansion Be Our Guest Restaurant: Counter Service. The BEST counter service venue in Magic Kingdom, quite possibly in all the “World.”

In the new Fantasyland you will find the newest dining venue that is beyond compare. After crossing the bridge and stepping inside you are actually immersed in Beast’s castle rooms as they appeared in the movie. There are three dining rooms: the ballroom (includes snow falling outside the windows), the west wing (including the magic rose and the Prince’s painting that changes to the Beast as the last rose petal falls) and the rose gallery where Belle and the Beast are dancing atop a music box. During lunch this restaurant offers counter service dining (no reservations required) and at dinner is a table service meal (reservations are required and book up 6 months in advance). There are no characters at either meal.

In the new Fantasyland you will find the newest dining venue that is beyond compare. After crossing the bridge and stepping inside you are actually immersed in Beast’s castle rooms as they appeared in the movie. There are three dining rooms: the ballroom (includes snow falling outside the windows), the west wing (including the magic rose and the Prince’s painting that changes to the Beast as the last rose petal falls) and the rose gallery where Belle and the Beast are dancing atop a music box. During lunch this restaurant offers counter service dining (no reservations required) and at dinner is a table service meal (reservations are required and book up 6 months in advance). There are no characters at either meal.

Discover the magic of Walt Disney World® Resorts and parks on a Walt Disney World® Family vacation, and share the joy of Mickey Mouse and company with your kids. Let Ears of Experience plan the perfect Disney trip for you and your loved ones. Contact us today at 1-877-80MOUSE. We look forward to sending you on the magical vacation of a lifetime.

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