Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts (with Culinary Guide)

Festival of the Arts

The Epcot International Festival of the Arts has once again returned to Walt Disney World! This exciting festival will take place January 8 – February 22, 2021. Since 2017, this annual event has provided guests the opportunity to celebrate visual arts, performing arts and culinary arts through a variety of experiences! Explore your creative side and immerse in the arts with artsy activities that are fun for every member of the family.

Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts Decadent Delights Palette Cookie

Visual Arts

Learn how to draw in Animation Acadamy or leave your mark on the hands on wall mural. Also keep an eye out for artful photo ops and interactive experiences. Take the oportunity to bring some art home with you as well!

Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Performing Arts

Catch captivating performances everywhere you turn! Enjoy live art
performances! Listen to the Voices of Liberty sing a new songbook and amaze at Art Defying Gravity.

Culinary Arts

Art critics and gourmands alike can enjoy a feast for the eyes as well as the palate! Explore a world where food imitates art as the epicurean elite converge to create mouthwatering magic that rivals the masters.

Click the image below to view a Taste of Epcot® International Festival of the Arts Culinary Guide

Food Guide created by Noelle Schreiber

Want to taste some of these incredible treats for yourself? It’s not too late to start planning your Walt Disney World vacation. Contact your Wish Upon a Star with Us Vacation Planner or fill out the form on our contact page to get started!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Boarding Group Virtual Queue

written by Crystal Boston, Travel Specialist

UPDATED: 12/15/2020 – With the reopening of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is also open again in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and, while the Boarding Group process is very similar as originally introduced, there are a few changes and face coverings are required at all times…

Confirming a virtual queue in the My Disney Experience Mobile App will still be the only way to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Most importantly – as availability allows – you will have an opportunity at 7 a.m. and, starting December 20, 2020, 1 p.m. to request to join the virtual queue. This means there is no need to arrive early to the park to check the virtual queue. 

 

Here are a few important details to know before arriving…

To better help guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios plan ahead for their day at the park, a new approach to the virtual queue system for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, available starting December 20, 2020. Here’s how it works:

  • Guests with a valid ticket or annual pass and a Disney Park Pass Reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be able to access the virtual queue system and check for an available boarding group starting at 7 a.m. on the day of their park reservation. This can be done before you leave your Disney resort hotel, or wherever else nearby you might be at that time.
  • In addition, the virtual queue will reopen daily at 1 p.m. for anyone who was not already able to join a boarding group earlier in the day. Note: Guests must be inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios to access this second virtual queue opportunity, access to a boarding group is subject to availability and not guaranteed.

The attraction’s virtual queue is only accessible via your My Disney Experience Mobile App. To maximize your opportunity to secure a boarding group, here are a few tips for prior to your day at the park:

  • Register an account in My Disney Experience
  • Download the My Disney Experience mobile app on your smart device or ensure you are using the most updated version of the app before you arrive at the park
  • Have a valid Disney Park Pass reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the day you are visiting
  • Link all park tickets in your party to your My Disney Experience account
  • Select one member of your party to access the virtual queue for everyone in your group; if multiple people in your party try to join the virtual queue simultaneously, that may complicate your ability to secure a boarding group
  • Remember, virtual queue boarding groups are limited and subject to availability

NOTE: Only Guests with a Disney Park Pass reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be able to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. When Park Hopper hours become available on January 1, 2021, Guests visiting from another theme park will not be able to request to join the virtual queue.

 

 

If you have any questions or need assistance with joining the virtual queue, Cast Members at Guest Experience Team locations throughout the park are available to assist. While waiting for a virtual queue group to be called, you can enjoy other experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios including the newest experience, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

You can follow the Boarding Group information provided below to join a Boarding Group and should receive a notification when your Boarding Group opens. You will be assigned a Group number and estimated wait time for return to the land to join the line for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Your MagicBand or park ticket will be scanned again before you are allowed access to the ride queue. During this time you are free to enjoy any other experiences at Disney, including going back to your resort to sleep!

There may be times when a virtual queue will be used to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, allowing you to enjoy the rest of Disney’s Hollywood Studios while waiting for your turn to enter Batuu. Guests should check either the My Disney Experience mobile app or with the Guest Experience team that can be found within the park for the land’s current status.

To make sure that you’ll be able to join the virtual queue, you’ll need to have the latest version of the My Disney Experience mobile app downloaded on your phone. If you’ve enabled push notifications for the app and you have entered the virtual queue, you should be notified when it’s time to return to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. If you don’t, you’ll be able to view the boarding group status in the app, or check the various digital status boards throughout the park.

To see if the land is open or if Boarding Groups are available, you’ll launch your My Disney Experience mobile app and look for the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Status and Access section – tap the “Find Out More” button.

If there are Boarding Groups available, and you want to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, you will then click the “Join Boarding Group” button.

Once you select “Join Boarding Group” you will see the information below in your My Disney Experience mobile app. Click “Continue”.

In the next screen you will select your Party and click the “Join a Boarding Group” button.

You will then be assigned a Group number and estimated wait time for return. Click the “Done” button.

For those who don’t choose to use the My Disney Experience mobile app, and you would like to join a Boarding Group, you’ll need to visit a Guest Experience Team kiosk.

As a reminder, for those with reservations for Oga’s Cantina, Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers, or Droid Depot, if the land is full and you have a reservation, you will be allowed into the land.

Contact your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent now to book your Walt Disney World or Disneyland resort package for your Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge experience!

Park Hopper Option Returns to Walt Disney World Resort on Jan. 1, 2021

written by Crystal Boston, Travel Specialist

As the phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort continues, another exciting milestone is approaching that many Guests have been looking forward to: the return of the Park Hopper option!

Guests with a ticket, package or pass that includes Park Hopper® benefits will get the chance to see and do more during their visit, which could mean a morning on the savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and an evening stroll by Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park or starting the day living your Star Wars adventure at Disney’s Hollywood Studios before an afternoon traveling around the world at EPCOT.
Please note that the ability to visit another park will be subject to the park’s capacity limitations.

YOU CAN CALL 407-560-5000 TO CHECK PARK AVAILABILITY OR CHECK ONLINE
WALT DISNEY WORLD PARK HOPPER HOURS



How It Works
Starting January 1, 2021, Guests who purchased a ticket or annual pass with the Park Hopper benefits will be able to visit more than one park per day, with some new modifications as part of an ongoing focus for health and safety. These modifications are designed to help with continue to manage attendance in a way that fosters physical distancing. Additionally, other enhanced health and safety measures remain in effect, including face coverings required for all guests ages two and up.

Specific Park Hopper hours will be set during which this option will be available. Park Hopper hours will start at 2 PM each day and end at the park’s scheduled close time. Guests will soon be able to check DisneyWorld.com/ParkHours and the My Disney Experience Mobile App for the most up-to-date Park Hopper hours, as they could start earlier at a later date, depending on the day and park.

With the updated Park Hopper experience, Guests must make a Disney Park Pass reservation for the first park they plan to visit AND enter that first park prior to visiting another. At this time, a park reservation is not required after the first park, however, reservation requirements are subject to change.
Please note that the ability to visit another park will be subject to the park’s capacity limitations.

YOU CAN CALL 407-560-5000 TO CHECK PARK AVAILABILITY OR CHECK ONLINE
WALT DISNEY WORLD PARK HOPPER HOURS


Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
To help manage attendance, upon the return of the Park Hopper option, only guests with an initial Disney Park Pass reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be able to experience Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – Guests visiting from another theme park will not be able to request to join the virtual queue.

Ticket Modifications & Cancellations
In light of these updates, if you have a ticket that includes the ability to visit more than one park per day and you wish to modify or cancel your ticket, please contact your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent.

Park-to-park transportation is also planned to resume in 2021, with operations beginning each day shortly prior to the start of Park Hopper® hours.

Remember to check the Walt Disney World Know Before You Go web page for the most up to date information regarding health and safety protocols to insure the best experience possible!

Come experience the magic for yourself, contact your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent today to book your Disney vacation!

Walt Disney World Holiday Food Guide

Foodie Guide to the Holidays

Food Guides created by Noelle Schreiber 

The holiday season at the Walt Disney World Resort officially started this week, and we are so excited about all the magical experiences happening around the theme parks and resorts this year!

From Nov. 6 through Dec. 30, guests can enjoy special cavalcades, seasonal décor, themed merchandise, delicious treats, characters donning their holiday best and so much more. Then, beginning on November 27, EPCOT will join in the festivities with the arrival of the Taste of Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays which will feature live entertainment, holiday kitchens, the Holiday Cookie Stroll and more.

As one of our resident ‘foodies’, Travel Specialist Noelle has created guides to the Holiday Snacks available in all four theme parks, as well as a guide to the Taste of Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays! We hope this gets you in the spirit of the season and excited to try some of these enticing holiday treats.

Here are some of the things on Noelle’s “To-Eat” list this holiday season:

❄️Sweet Potato Casserole Funnel Cake topped with Marshmallow Topping, Cinnamon-Sugar, Honey-roasted Pecans and a Caramel Drizzle

❄️Warm Brown Sugar-stuffed Pretzel with Soft-serve Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce

❄️Salted Caramel Spaceship Earth® Cookie

Click the image below for the Holiday Snacks Guide:

Click the image below for the Taste of Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays Foodie Guide:

 

Want to taste some of these incredible treats for yourself this holiday season? It’s not too late to start planning your Walt Disney World vacation for this holiday season. Contact your Wish Upon a Star with Us Vacation Planner or fill out the form on our contact page to get started!

Welcome Back to the Magic!

written by Crystal Boston, Travel Specialist

Since Walt Disney World in Florida reopened its properties on June 22, 2020, I have been back to the magic several times already!


I have experienced all resort hotels currently reopened as well as all 4 parks and, while some things are different, so much is still the same and Disney magic is still there! One of the biggest and most noticeable differences, due to capacity limits, is crowd levels – the resort hotels and parks are empty in comparison to “normal” and, while this is amazing for those “doing Disney” right now, it is a bit eerie and the vibe just doesn’t feel as magical at times but I didn’t realize just how much I missed the magic until I was back on property because the magic is definitely still there!!

Staying on property will offer the most healthy and safe experience as Disney has implemented many new touchless features, such as online check-in that allows you to skip the front desk on arrival, and enhanced cleaning protocols.



All Guests that I have had contact with have been great with wearing face coverings properly and maintaining physical distancing and Cast Members are attentive with reminding Guests to replace or adjust their face coverings when needed.

Disney has always been exemplary with sanitation and cleanliness and even more now! Cast Members are constantly working to keep touch points clean. There are sanitizer stations throughout the parks and resort hotels and rides are closed at various times throughout the day for additional cleaning. Even at resort hotel pools you are asked to fold your lounge chairs closed or tip your chairs towards the table when done so that Cast Members and other Guests know that these areas have been used and need sanitized.



To maintain physical distancing protocols, there are markers throughout the parks and resort hotels, at every ride and store – anyplace where a line could potentially form – and Cast Members are often on the side of the lines at certain spots to ensure everyone is maintaining physical distancing. In addition, there are now plexiglass partitions between many spaces where you could come into direct contact with other Guests, even for complimentary transportation.





Something you will notice that has changed is character experiences… There are characters still in the parks and all 4 parks have “Character Cavalcades” or, as I like to call them, “pop up parades”! These character experiences are not announced in advance to ensure that crowds do not gather but here’s a #wishtip – when you hear the music get louder that is your signal that a character cavalcade is on its way and at Animal Kingdom Park these “pop up parades” are on the river, which runs through the park, and you can wave to the characters as they pass under the bridges on the walkways.


While there are no traditional character meet & greets right now there are still plenty of character interactions!

In Epcot you can take a selfie with Mary Poppins or Alice in Wonderland in England or find Joy or Pooh playing in the fenced grassy areas.

In Hollywood Studios you will find Stormtroopers, Chewbacca and Rey in Batuu where you can also take a selfie with each.

At Magic Kingdom you can snap a selfie with Captain Jack Sparrow in Adventureland.

At Animal Kingdom, however, I didn’t see any opportunities for character interactions other than the “pop up parades” when I was there.

And, if you purchase Memory Maker, there are also new and fun “magic shots” in all 4 parks and the PhotoPass Photographers have all been super fun and are working to offer some great photo opportunities.

Each park offers at least 2 Relaxation Stations where you can sit for a bit and remove your face covering. Some are air conditioned but all offer some type of shade.

Each park offers at least 2 Relaxation Stations where you can sit for a bit and remove your face covering. Some are air conditioned but all offer some type of shade.


Even with lower capacity levels I still suggest planning to arrive just before the scheduled park opening time, especially for Hollywood Studios if you want a Boarding Group for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and head back to your resort late afternoon to enjoy the amazing pools on property. Currently, most parks and other experiences are closing earlier than normal but most pools will remain open until 9 – 11 pm.

For dining, it is very important right now, due to limited capacity requirements, to secure advance dining reservations for sit-down dining experiences. I saw many Guests turned away, even at locations that would sometimes previously accept walk-up’s (I always recommend advance dining reservations for my Guests to insure no disappointments!). You can use the QR Code at the host stand to check in or you can also use your MDE Mobile App to check-in for your dining experience 15 minutes in advance and restaurants are offering digital menus that you scan by QR code to insure a more touchless experience.




And, there are also 2 Character Dining experiences available, Topolino’s Terrace – Flavors of the Riviera at Disney’s Riviera Resort [Breakfast à la Art with Mickey & Friends] and Garden Grill at Epcot [Chip ‘n’ Dale with their Disney pals], modified for your health and safety but still so magical!!



For Quick Service dining experiences, be sure to always use your MDE Mobile App to place your order by either logging in to your account or scanning the QR code at the dining location. You will then be notified when your food is ready and that is when you will be allowed into the dining venue, again, due to current limited capacity requirements.



If you have questions about anything when in the parks or at the resort hotels just ask any Cast Member. They have all been great with answering questions about anything and everything that is new and different and, if they do not know, they will find out for you.

My final piece of advice or tip – now is a GREAT time to “do Disney”!

Limited capacity provides – Shorter wait times and ride cars all to yourself – Common areas at resort hotels and parks are less crowded – Pixie Dust (i.e.: magical surprises) is still there

Even though some experiences have changed there is still so much that hasn’t changed (park maps are still available!) and the [necessary] changes implemented to help insure that we can all continue to experience the magic in a healthy and safe way are still just as magical!!


Remember to check the Walt Disney World Know Before You Go web page for the most up to date information regarding health and safety protocols to insure the best experience possible!

Come experience the magic for yourself, contact your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent today to book your Disney vacation!

Disney World Park Pass Reservations

Disney World has implemented a new Park Pass Reservation System requiring guests to make reservations to visit the theme parks.  This system has been put into place to help control crowd levels during the upcoming months as Disney World moves towards reopening their parks and focuses on adhering to the CDC guidelines.

IMPORTANT:  In addition to a valid theme park admission, you MUST make a park reservation to enter one of the theme parks!  You will be able to make reservations one day at a time.

Step 1: Login to your My Disney Experience Account

Here is the link to access your account:  My Disney Experience

If you do not have an account, you will need to create one to get started.  Your My Disney Experience Account will allow you to plan several pieces of your Disney World vacation.

You may receive this screen while you wait for the system to load.

Step 2: Link Resort Reservation and Tickets to Your My Disney Experience Account

If your resort and tickets have not been linked in your account, you will need to do so in order to continue.

      • In the top right-hand corner, click My Disney Experience on the menu then select “My Plans“.
      • You will see options to link your resort reservation which may include tickets or where you can link ticket only purchases.
      • Once linked, you should see the resort details listed under “My Plans“.

Step 3: Verify your Traveling Party

If you are traveling with another party, you will want to make sure that you are connected through family and friends, so your complete travel party is available in your account.  This way, you can select everyone when you make your Park Pass Reservations.

Step 4:  Make your Park Pass Reservation

Click My Disney Experience across the top of the menu, then select “Disney Park Pass System“.

Click the blue button labeled “Make a Disney Park Pass Reservation”.

Step 5:  Create Your Party

Simply select the members of your party that will be joining you at the park that day.

Step 6:  Select a Date and Park

You will see a calendar at the top of the page. Navigate to the month you will be visiting Disney World and select the day that you want to reserve.

Step 7:  Select a Time

There will only be one time available which is the park’s full operating hours. Guests can arrive any time during this timeframe.

Step 8:  Review and Confirm

Review your park selection and your party then check the box to agree to the terms and conditions, including the COVID-19 liability waiver.  This waiver must be completed by a member of the travel party and not by a travel agent.

Step 9: Viewing your Park Passes

Once your park reservations are made, you can see them from your account under “My Plans”.

Step 10: Know Before You Go

For more details on what to expect as Disney World prepares to reopen, visit this LINK to see what you need to KNOW BEFORE YOU GO.

Working with a Travel Agent for Your runDisney Experience

written by Crystal Boston, Travel Specialist

You train hard for your runDisney experience, let the planning be taken care of by a Travel Agent Specializing in Disney destinations and experiences!

It’s the best of both worlds when you work with a Travel Agent that specializes in Disney who also knows all about runDisney – they can expertly assist you with ALL of your plans!

As a runner you are dedicated to your training and preparing for your runDisney experience. Your training should continue to be your main focus and you shouldn’t need to stress over the details of your travel plans.

There are many avenues for finding a Travel Agent and many that specialize in Disney and runDisney, but you want to be sure to find the “right” Travel Agent to help you with your runDisney travel plans!

runDisney races are unique. You want someone who will partner with you and help you navigate the process. When running at a runDisney event, you do have to earn your placement. This system is in place to be inclusive of all people that want to join in.

And be cautioned – if your Travel Agent offers you higher corral placement that hasn’t been earned or unusual package requirements outside of those required by runDisney BEWARE. Just like in any industry, there are some people who take advantage of the system and this affects everyone and can cause disqualification to participate.

Even if a Travel Agent is recommended by others in runDisney groups, be sure to check reviews before selecting your Travel Agent.

– Do they have extensive travel planning experience?
– Do they take the time to understand your wants and needs rather than a “one size fits all” experience?
– Do they have personal experience with runDisney events?
– Do they have personal experience with resorts on property so that they can offer the best recommendations for you?

Once you decide on the best Travel Agent for you, it’s not out of line to expect the following:
ACCURACY – All information for your reservation and race registrations should be accurate and correct. Having extra people on your reservation or other inaccuracies should be brought to the attention of your Travel Agent. You should have no surprises at check-in.

– Are your travel dates correct?
– Are you booked at the resort hotel with the park ticket type, dining plan and race bibs that you requested?
– Are all names on your reservation the same as you requested for your travel party?

RESPONSIVENESS – A good Travel Agent will respond to your emails and phone calls efficiently and effectively and will help you beyond just making your reservations. A good Travel Agent is there to help you with as much or as little as you want or need.

Having a Travel Agent to help guide you thru the runDisney process can add value to your experience and costs nothing extra! They have a passion for what they do, so it is a win-win for you. Make sure your Travel Agent is a good fit while being knowledgeable, ethical, and responsive to your needs.

Contact your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent and Disney Specialist today to assist you with your runDisney plans – Happy Running!

Travel – FACTS not Rumors…

written by Crystal Boston, Travel Specialist

First, we hope you and your family, friends, and co-workers are staying home [unless you are an essential employee, then THANK YOU!] and staying healthy during this crazy time we are living in.

As a Travel Agency specializing in Disney and Universal vacations, our agents have been working to take care of our Guests directly affected by resort and park closures as well as cruise itinerary cancellations for Disney Cruise Line.

While working with our Guests we have received many questions related to rumors posted on other blogs and social media pages. This blog was created to explain the current situation with information direct from Disney and Universal – this information is not rumor, this is FACT!

Walt Disney World
UPDATE – MAY 27, 2020Plans Unveiled for the Phased Reopening of Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks, Resort Hotels and Disney Stores
Pending Orange County and state approval, the Walt Disney World Resort proposal plans for Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom to begin a phased reopening to the general public on July 11, 2020, followed by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15, 2020.
This phased reopening will demonstrate a deliberate approach, with limits on attendance and controlled Guest density that aligns with guidance on physical distancing. That means certain experiences that are known to draw large group gatherings – such as parades and nighttime spectaculars – will return at a later date. In addition, “high-touch” experiences such as makeover opportunities, playgrounds and character meet and greets will remain temporarily unavailable, but characters will still be in the parks to entertain and delight Guests.
Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited as Guests are welcomed back to the magic, attendance will be managed through a new theme park reservation system that will require all Guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. More details about this new reservation system will be available soon.
Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE – May 20, 2020Phased Reopening
Disney Parks, Resorts and Disney Springs began a phased reopening on May 20, 2020. Please contact your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent to book your reservations or for updates about an existing reservation.

Disneyland
Disneyland Resort theme parks, hotels currently remain closed and a reopening date has not been identified.

UPDATE – JUNE 24, 2020Plans CHANGED for the Phased Reopening of Disneyland Resort Theme Parks, Resort Hotels and Disney Stores
Disney Parks, Experiences and Products previously announced proposed plans for a phased reopening of the Disneyland Resort. The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4. Given the time required to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart business, reopening of theme parks and resort hotels has been delayed until approval is received from government officials. Once there is a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date. Downtown Disney District will reopen on July 9 as previously announced with health and safety protocols in place for cast members and guests. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE – JUNE 10, 2020Plans Unveiled for the Phased Reopening of Disneyland Resort Theme Parks, Resort Hotels and Disney Stores
Sixty-five years to the date after the historic opening of Disneyland park, theme park gates are planning to open once again on July 17, 2020, welcoming guests back to the Disneyland Resort.
Disney Parks, Experiences and Products today announced proposed plans for a phased reopening of the Disneyland Resort. Pending state and local government approvals, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel plan to reopen on July 23, 2020, and Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park will plan to reopen on July 17, 2020. Additionally, Downtown Disney District will begin reopening on July 9, 2020.
This phased reopening will demonstrate a deliberate approach, with limits on attendance and controlled Guest density that aligns with guidance on physical distancing. That means certain experiences that are known to draw large group gatherings – such as parades and nighttime spectaculars – will return at a later date. In addition, “high-touch” experiences such as makeover opportunities, playgrounds and character meet and greets will remain temporarily unavailable, but characters will still be in the parks to entertain and delight Guests.
Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited as Guests are welcomed back to the magic, attendance will be managed through a new theme park reservation system that will require all Guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. More details about this new reservation system will be available soon. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
UPDATE – September 24, 2020Aulani Resort will plan to begin a phased reopening on November 1, 2020
Given Hawaii’s recent announcement of a pre-arrival testing program for those traveling from out-of-state, we are working toward a phased reopening of Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa beginning on Sunday, November 1, 2020. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options.

Disney Cruise Line:
Update: January 12, 2021Disney Cruise Line Sailings Suspended Through March 2021
As Disney Cruise Line continues to refine protocols for an eventual return to service, they have announced the cancellation of all sailings through March 2021. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

Update: December 4, 2020Disney Cruise Line Sailings Suspended Through February 2021
As Disney Cruise Line continues to refine protocols for an eventual return to service, they have announced the cancellation of all sailings through February 2021. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

Update: November 23, 2020Disney Cruise Line Sailings Suspended Through January 2021
As Disney Cruise Line continues to refine protocols for an eventual return to service, they have announced the cancellation of all sailings through January 2021. Sailings are cancelled on board the Disney Fantasy through January 30, Disney Wonder through January 27, Disney Magic through January 28 and the Disney Dream through January 29. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

Update: November 3, 2020Disney Cruise Line Sailings Suspended Through December 31, 2020
Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

Update: Sept. 15, 2020Disney Cruise Line Sailings Suspended Through December 12, 2020
Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

Update: Aug. 6, 2020Disney Cruise Line Sailings Suspended Through October 31, 2020
In alignment with yesterday’s announcement from Cruise Lines International Association regarding the voluntary extension of suspended passenger operations from U.S. ports until at least October 31, 2020, Disney Cruise Line will be cancelling all October sailings, as well as the following November sailings:

Disney Dream: November 1, 2020 (7-night Eastern Caribbean) & November 8, 2020 (5-night Western Caribbean) sailings
Disney Magic: November 1, 2020 (6-night Eastern Caribbean) & November 7, 2020 (5-night Eastern Caribbean) sailings
Disney Wonder: November 1, 2020 (5-night Baja) & November 6, 2020 (14-night Panama Canal) sailings

UPDATE: July 20, 2020Disney Cruise Line Sailings Suspended Through September 30, 2020
Due to the recent extension of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention No Sail Order for cruise ships through September 30, 2020, Disney Cruise Line has cancelled all September sailings. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

Update: June 19, 2020Disney Cruise Line Sailings Suspended Through September 15, 2020
In alignment with today’s announcement from Cruise Lines International Association regarding the voluntary extension of suspended passenger operations from U.S. ports, Disney Cruise Line is cancelling Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy sailings through September 15, 2020. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE – June 8, 2020Disney Magic Sailings Suspended Through October 2, 2020
With the wellbeing of our Guests and team members as our top priority and in line with direction from health experts and government officials, Disney Cruise Line is extending the suspension of Disney Magic up to and including the October 2, 2020 sailing. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE – June 2, 2020Disney Wonder Sailings Cancelled Through September 14, 2020
The Canadian government recently extended its decision to not allow cruise ships to dock in any Canadian port until October 31, 2020. As a result, Disney Cruise Line has cancelled all sailings on the Disney Wonder that were scheduled to depart between August 3 and September 14, 2020. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE – MAY 13, 2020Disney Cruise Line suspends sailings through July 28, 2020
Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE: April 27, 2020Disney Cruise Line suspends sailings of Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy through June 18, 2020 and Disney Magic through July 2, 2020
Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE: April 15, 2020Suspension of Disney Magic departures extended through June 7, 2020
With the wellbeing of its guests and team members as its top priority and in line with direction from health experts and government officials, Disney Cruise Line has decided to extend the suspension of Disney Magic departures through Sunday, June 7, 2020. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE: April 10, 2020Disney Cruise Line extending suspension of Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic departures through May 17, 2020
Yesterday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it would extend its suspension of cruise departures from the United States. In line with this direction and with the wellbeing of our guests and team members as our top priority, Disney Cruise Line is reaching out to all guests booked on departures of the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic through Sunday, May 17, 2020, to advise that these sailings have been cancelled. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE: April 6, 2020Disney Wonder Sailings Cancelled Through End of June 2020
The Canadian government has announced that it will not allow any ship with more than 500 passengers to dock in any Canadian port until July 1,2020 at the earliest.
Given that Disney Cruise Line has not been able to secure an alternate homeport, it is necessary to cancel the Disney Wonder sailings for Alaska and Hawaii through the end of June 2020. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

Our agents have advised all Guests with upcoming travel plans thru May 17, 2020 of the current situation and offered the options available to them at this time. Each Guest must choose how to move forward with what works best for them and their family.

Crew members with Disney Cruise Line have been “quarantined” onboard since they suspended all sailings and they are not interacting with the “outside world”.

Adventures by Disney:
UPDATE – December 21, 2020Adventures by Disney Departures Suspended Through March
With the well-being of our Guests and Guides as our top priority and in line with direction from health experts and government officials, Adventures by Disney has decided to suspend most of our adventures through the end of March.
In addition, the following Disneyland Resort and Southern California Adventure/Short Escape departures have also been suspended:
– Disneyland Resort & Southern California Short Escape – 4/8/21, 4/15/21
– Disneyland Resort & Southern California Adventure – 4/4/21
Note: This does not impact guests booked on the March 15 and March 24 Arizona & Utah Adventures, or the March 27 Costa Rica Adventure.
Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE – November 19, 2020ALL Adventures by Disney Departures Suspended Through February 28, 2021
With the wellbeing of our Guests and team members as our top priority and in line with direction from health experts and government officials, Adventures by Disney has made the decision to suspend departures through February 28, 2021. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE – October 26, 2020ALL Adventures by Disney Departures Suspended Through January 31, 2021
With the wellbeing of our Guests and team members as our top priority and in line with direction from health experts and government officials, Adventures by Disney has made the decision to suspend departures through January 31, 2021. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE – October 19, 2020ALL Adventures by Disney Departures Suspended Through December 31, 2020
With the wellbeing of our Guests and team members as our top priority and in line with direction from health experts and government officials, Adventures by Disney has made the decision to suspend departures through December 31, 2020. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE – July 22, 2020ALL Adventures by Disney Departures Suspended Through Sept. 30, 2020
With the wellbeing of our Guests and team members as our top priority and in line with direction from health experts and government officials, Adventures by Disney has made the decision to suspend departures through Sept. 30, 2020. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE – June 23, 2020Adventures by Disney Departures Suspended Through Sept. 15. 2020
With the wellbeing of our Guests and team members as our top priority and in line with direction from health experts and government officials, Adventures by Disney has made the decision to suspend departures through Tuesday, September 15, 2020. NOTE: This does not include the Paris Escape vacation departing on September 15, 2020. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE – June 16, 2020All Adventures cancelled for August 2020.
With the wellbeing of our Guests and team members as our top priority, and in line with direction from health experts and government officials, Adventures by Disney has made the decision to suspend departures through August 31, 2020. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE – June 2, 2020Disney Wonder Sailings Cancelled Through September 14, 2020
The Canadian government recently extended its decision to not allow cruise ships to dock in any Canadian port until October 31, 2020. As a result, Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney has cancelled all sailings on the Disney Wonder that were scheduled to depart through September 14, 2020. For clients who purchased the Adventures by Disney Alaska Cruise package on the August 2 or August 10 sailings as part of their vacation, the package will automatically be refunded back to the original form of payment. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE – MAY 18, 2020All Adventures cancelled for July 2020.
Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE – MAY 13, 2020Select Adventures by Disney Cruise and Escape packages cancelled for July 2020.
With the wellbeing of our Guests and team members as our top priority and in line with direction from health experts and government officials, Disney Cruise Line is extending the suspension of departures through Tuesday, July 28, 2020. As a result, the Adventures by Disney Cruise and Adventures by Disney Escape packages booked in conjunction with these cruises will also be cancelled. Impacted sailings include Disney Magic departures on July 13 and 25, 2020, and Disney Wonder sailings on July 6, 13 and 27, 2020. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE: May 6, 2020Adventures by Disney River Cruises and the associated Escape trips cancelled for July 2020.
With the wellbeing of our Guests and Guides as our top priority and in line with direction from health experts and government officials, Adventures by Disney along with AmaWaterways has decided to suspend July River Cruises and the associated Escape trips. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE: April 27, 2020Adventures by Disney Mediterranean Cruise packages and Rome Escape packages cancelled for late June, early July 2020.
Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE: April 20, 2020Temporary Suspension of Adventures by Disney Departures through June 30, 2020
With the wellbeing of our Guests and team members as our top priority and in line with direction from heath experts and government officials, Adventures by Disney has made the decision to suspend most departures through June 30, 2020. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE: April 15, 2020Adventures by Disney Mediterranean Cruise packages and Barcelona Escape packages cancelled for late May, early June 2020
Disney Cruise Line has decided to extend the suspension of Disney Magic departures through Sunday, June 7, 2020. As a result, the Adventures by Disney Mediterranean Cruise package or Barcelona Escape package you may have purchased as part of your vacation will automatically be refunded back to the original form of payment. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE – April 8, 2020Temporary Suspension of Adventures by Disney Departures thru June 2020
With the wellbeing of our Guests and Guides as our top priority and in line with direction from health experts and government officials, Adventures by Disney along with AmaWaterways has decided to suspend June 2020 River Cruises and the associated Escape trips. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

UPDATE: April 6, 2020Adventures by Disney 7-night Alaska Cruise Packages Cancelled Through End of June 2020
The Canadian government has announced that it will not allow any ship with more than 500 passengers to dock in any Canadian port until July 1,2020 at the earliest.
Given that Disney Cruise Line has not been able to secure an alternate homeport, it is necessary to cancel the Adventures by Disney 7-night Alaska Cruise Packages for Alaska through the end of June 2020. Your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent will be reaching out to discuss your options for rebooking or refund.

For all other itineraries, Disney has suspended all new departures through the end of May.

Our agents have advised all Guests with upcoming travel plans thru May 31, 2020 of the current situation and offered the options available to them at this time. Each Guest must choose how to move forward with what works best for them and their family.

Universal Parks & Resorts Vacations (Florida & California):
Universal Parks & Resorts Vacations in Florida have reopened with limited capacity.

Universal Parks & Resorts Vacations in California currently remain closed and a reopening date has not been identified.

UPDATE: April 9, 2020 – Universal has closed all parks and resorts thru May 31, 2020 when the current situation will be evaluated.

Universal has closed all parks and resorts thru April 19, 2020 when the current situation will be evaluated.

Our agents have advised all Guests with upcoming travel plans thru May 31, 2020 of the current situation and offered the options available to them at this time. Each Guest must choose how to move forward with what works best for them and their family.

Other Cruise and Land Vacation Destinations:
While our agency does specialize in Disney and Universal vacations, we also help book and plan other cruise and land vacation destinations and we have been keeping our clients that have been directly affected by closures and cancellations updated about their options.

Cruise Lines:
UPDATE: April 13, 2020 – Currently, many cruise lines have suspended all sailings. Be sure to check with your Travel Agent or whoever you booked thru for specific details about your specific reservations.

Land Destinations:
As for land vacation destinations, it depends on the destination, but most have suspended check-in dates thru May 31, 2020. Please check with your Travel Agent or whoever you booked thru for specific details about your specific reservations.

Airlines:
Airlines are still operating but on a limited schedule and are adjusting travel dates and times based on occupancy of certain itineraries. Please check with your Travel Agent or whoever you booked thru for specific details about your specific reservations.

For all travelers, if you booked your travel plans thru a Travel Agent and they have not yet reached out to you this is likely because your travel dates are not yet directly affected and they are working to take care of their clients with travel plans that are currently directly affected by closures and cancellations, April and some May travel dates. Please be patient, in this type of situation, it is typically in your best interest to wait until your trip is cancelled by the supplier before making any decisions about cancelling or rebooking your future travel plans.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent with any questions or if you would like more information about anything. We will share as much as we know and can share. We will also post updates as they become available on social media platforms.
(i.e.: If you are not our client we cannot legally or professionally advise you about your current travel plans, you will need to reach out to whoever you booked thru. But, if you are not yet booked for future travel and wish to discuss future travel plans, we can assist and advise to the best of our ability with the information we have available).

While the White House has issued an April 30 social distancing guideline, please follow this or the guidelines set by your state or county. If you are not an essential employee, please stay home. This is being implemented for the safety and well-being of everyone and the more of us that follow this guideline the better off we will all be in 14 – 30 days and we will then [hopefully] be able to get back to a more normal way of life again very soon!

Stay healthy, stay home and practice social distancing!
CDC / WHO

Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood

written by Crystal Boston, Travel Specialist

During the holidays I had the opportunity to experience the newest dining experience on property – Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood at Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.


Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood opened July 2019 and has been a hit from opening day! The new Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is quite amazing, feeling more like a Deluxe Disney property than a Moderate resort.

This unique rooftop dining experience is just one of three new options at Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort offering both food and beverage, with Toledo and Dahlia Lounge offering spectacular views as well!

The menu choices are inspired by the flavors of Spain and include tapas, steaks and seafood created in the on-stage tapas kitchen.

The atmosphere and experience was amazing and the service top notch! The food presentation was impeccable and everything was prepared to perfection!


We started our meal with an order of Tronchón Cheese Gratinado from the Cazuelas (Spanish for cooking pot) menu. This was essentially a cheese bread with tupelo honey and lavender, it was very flavorful and you could smell and taste the lavender.

Our entrées included Scallops (fava hummus, olives, harissa vinaigrette, roasted carrots, yogurt powder), Manhattan Filet (olive oil-potato purée, grilled onions, dates, sherry vinaigrette) and the Red Wine-braised Chicken (grapes, sherry vinegar, roasted tomato ‘bomba’ rice). In addition, we ordered the Roasted Cauliflower and Olive Oil-Potato Purée as sides to share.
My only critique was regarding the descriptions and recommendations from our server – – – my husband and I ended up switching plates once our food arrived because our server was not accurate with his information.


I would definitely recommend the Manhattan Filet (which is what I ended up eating) and feel that the Red Wine-braised Chicken is a heavier meal (which my husband ended up eating). And, definitely order the Roasted Cauliflower side dish – I am not a fan of cauliflower but this dish was amazing!

If you aren’t looking for a table service dining experience, but have the time, I highly recommend simply going to this new resort on property to check it out – the new lobby, Barcelona Lounge, Dahlia Lounge and Three Bridges Bar & Grill all offer amazing experiences and the feel of a Deluxe resort. And, yes, I have experienced and enjoyed it all!!

I am in LOVE with the lobby area – the lighted panels randomly change colors and the tables all have charging ports!

Barcelona Lounge

Three Bridges Bar & Grill

Let your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent know that you would like to experience Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort during your next Walt Disney World vacation!

The NEW Disney Skyliner

written by Crystal Boston, Travel Specialist

The newest transportation option is the Disney Skyliner – magic in the sky!

Check out this video of my ride from Disney’s Pop Century Resort to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

Magic is in the air at Walt Disney World® Resort with the new Disney Skyliner transportation system.

Disney Skyliner connects Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood Studios® to four Disney resort hotels – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the forthcoming Disney’s Riviera Resort, set to open December 16, 2019. The system serves as a magic carpet, floating Guests through the air aboard approximately 300 gondolas, nearly half of which are wrapped in whimsical Disney scenes of beloved characters, fan-favorite movies, theme park attractions and more. 

While riding Disney Skyliner, you will be treated to never-before-seen views of Walt Disney World Resort as you float along the treetops and waterways alike. The system provides bird’s-eye vantage points of Disney icons such as the Hollywood Tower Hotel and Spaceship Earth. 

Come experience the magic for yourself, contact your Wish Upon A Star With Us Travel Agent today!