Disney has finalized the list of narrators for the 2015 Candlelight Processional that is held nightly at Epcot. You will experience a full orchestra and a beautiful choir each evening. The Candlelight Processional starts on November 27 and runs through December 30, 2015 at America Gardens Theatre. Showtimes are 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m and 8:15 p.m. nightly. Showtimes on Dec. 6 are 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.The list has some new additions to years past. Meredith Vieira is one of th3e narrators this year!
Anyone who knows Franniepoppins knows she is all about Disney vacations and family. There are so many facets to life and healthcare is a big part of today’s world’s concerns. I know that Franniepoppins needs to stay healthy and happy. That way she can keep creating fun vacations for you! In that light, I am going to be writing a few articles off the beaten path of Disney destination vacations. Let’s jump right in with a viewpoint of my visit to the doctor this morning.
A Commentary – Our Healthcare System Today
This may end up to be a commentary on the healthcare system today. If you read it with that in mind you will catch my drift. I am almost 59 years old. I have had to switch doctors four times in the last ten years because of insurance situations. I have an odd immune system and lots of drug allergies, along with a high intolerance to gluten; undiagnosed celiac. I just had major surgery a year ago to have my sigmoid colon resected. All in all you will see I am in fair health, with a weak immune system. I know my body and in fact have lived with it all these years. It would be most helpful to have a healthcare provider who knows me. I am becoming more and more aware of the fact that having a healthcare provider today who really knows you is nearly impossible.
Are you ready to book your 2017 Disney Cruise Line vacation? Disney has released the early 2017 itineraries. Thesxe itineraries will be available to book for some Castaway Cay members tomorrow, October 7, 2015. The general public can book these sailings on October 8, 2015. There are sailings listed all the way through May of 2017. You will be interested in this if you are looking for a Caribbean Cruise or a cruise to the Bahamas in 2017. All four of the Disney Cruise Line ships will be included in this list. Are you interested in getting on my list to get rates right when they come out? I offer free quotes and free itinerary planning. You can contact me today to get rates tomorrow or the next day, as allowed. Where will Disney be in 2017? Here is the rundown of what the sailings being released will include.
Disney Cruise Line Early 2017 Caribbean Sailings
Western Caribbean – Disney Fantasy 7-Night from Port Canaveral
- 2017 Sail Dates – Jan 7, 21 • Feb 4, 18 • Mar 4, 18 Apr 1, 15 • May 27
- Itinerary – Cozumel, Mexico • Grand Cayman • Falmouth, Jamaica • Disney Castaway Cay • 2 days at sea *Star WarsTM Day at Sea instead of Falmouth, Jamaica
Are you getting ready to head to Walt Disney World this week? If you are planning to drive down the East Coast, be aware that you may encounter roads and highways that are damaged due to the historic floods. You can plan accordingly to avoid these areas. This is not only helpful to you, but also to the affected areas. The less traffic they have right now the better.
Floods and Road Closures – South Carolina
As of right now, October 5, 2015, 11:00 am EST, here is a list of highways closed in South Carolina due to floods.
- I-95 – still closed due to flooding
- I-26 – still closed due to high water / bridge safety in Columbia
- I-20 – still closed due to high water / bridge safety in Columbia
Oh Disney, you are so sneaky! There is an increase in the cost for Annual Passes for Walt Disney World. This is a big steep jump. The new cost for what Disney is calling a Disney Platinum Pass is $797.69 per person. A Disney Platinum Plus Pass will cost you $882.89 per person. These prices include tax. That is a big jump, but there is a nice addition to the benefits you get.
Disney Annual Pass and PhotoPass
Along with the increase in cost you now get Disney PhotoPass downloads for the entire life of your Annual Pass. If you are a big fan of PhotoPass this could be a great addition to you. I have used it, and I like it, but not for every trip. It can be very time consuming stopping for pictures. I do love the videos on it, which are magically added to pictures. I also loved the ride videos. Those were fun to see. Disney adds lots of magic to PhotoPass.
Aulani Sunrise to Start Your Day
Wouldn’t you love to wake up to this sunrise? Visit Disney’s Aulani: A Hawaiian Resort and Spa and you will be right there. Contact Franniepoppins Vacation Magic today for more information and the very best rate for Aulani. Visit Franniepoppins on Facebook.
Disney released two discounts this morning for Disney Visa Cardholders. This offer will be released to the general public on Monday, September 28, 2015. Here are the details I have now on this offer.
- Stay, Play and Diner Package – Travel dates are December 13 to December 19, 2015, January 2, 2016 through March 7, 2016.
- Room Discount – Travel dates are January 2, 2016 through April 13, 2016.
- Discounts Available – Values 10-15%, Moderates 15-20%, with January and February having no discount on weekends. In March and April, same discount on weekdays and weekends. Deluxe and Villas have 15-25%,
- Excluded Resorts are Port Orleans French Quarter, All Star Movies, campsites and 3-Bedroom Villas and is not valid for Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid standard rooms, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
Monday sounds like a nice day of the week for Disney discounts to come out, doesn’t it? There is some noise in the air… Could be Disney Deals coming out on September 28? I have heard this rumor. Would it be ever so helpful for Disney to give some kind of head’s up? Yes, it would. I don’t expect them to do that, though. They get flooded quick enough with calls to modify reservations. My travel pixie sense is always on alert for deals. Even without a rumor, it is time for something to come out. The last deal expired over a week ago.
Disney Discounts the Easy Way
I can promise you that if you are booked through Franniepoppins Vacation Magic, I will be personally monitoring your reservation. I will be looking for a deal. If your dates are between January 3 and march 14, 2016, your reservation is queued into my Reservations to Modify File already.
What type of identifcation do you use when you fly within the United States? I use my passport. The REAL ID Act goes into effect on January 1, 2016. This going to implement a regulation that requires specific identification for flying within the USA. A military or governmental ID, a passport, a passport card, an Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or a DHS trusted traveler card will be required. Samples of DHS Cards are NEXUS or Global Entry.
REAL ID ACT – What States Are Affected?
You are going to hear more about this in the coming months. Now is a good time to start considering what your options are. If you live in New York, New Hampshire, Louisiana, Minnesota and American Samoa you will be affected.
Two Walt Disney Quotes
“I don’t want the public to see the world they live in while they’re in the Park. I want to feel they’re in another world.” Walt Disney
“We believed in our idea – a family park where parents and children could have fun- together.” Walt Disney