New Wilderness Explorer Experience Now Open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

A new Wilderness Explorers experience is now open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, themed to the Disney•Pixar film, “Up.” Just like in the movie, young Wilderness Explorers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park can complete challenges to earn badge stickers for their Wilderness Explorer Handbook – there’s 30 different challenges in all. Each hands-on activity teaches kids something new about the wild animals and wild places inside the Park.

Participation is included in Park admission and timing for the experience depends on how many badge challenges your Clients wish to complete.

Learn more in this video!

Changes to AAA Vacations packages that include 1-day Magic Your Way tickets

In conjunction with the changes to the 1-Day Magic Your Way Ticket options at the Walt Disney World® Resort that went into effect earlier this month, there will also be changes to AAA Vacations® Packages that include 1-Day Magic Your Way Tickets beginning on June 17.

When booking vacation packages that include a 1-Day Magic Your Way Ticket on or after June 17, you now need to select either the 1-Day Magic Your Way Magic Kingdom® Park Ticket, or the 1-Day Magic Your Way Epcot® OR Disney’s Hollywood Studios® OR Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park Ticket.

The 1-Day Magic Your Way Magic Kingdom Park Ticket provides admission to Magic Kingdom Park. This ticket is not valid at Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Likewise, the 1-Day Magic Your Way Epcot OR Disney’s Hollywood Studios OR Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park Ticket provides admission to any one of these three parks. This ticket is not valid at Magic Kingdom Park.

Multi-day ticket options remain the same, providing 2 to 10 days admission.

Book 2014 Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend

DSCF0081In 2011, I participated in the Disney’s Princess Half Marathon.  It was the most amazing thing I have ever accomplished and now it’s your chance to join the Disney princesses in a “dream come true” weekend of majestic runs in the most magical place on earth!

You can book a Magic Your Way® Package for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend, February 20-23, 2014. AAA Special Benefits are included with these Magic Your Way Packages. And, once you’ve registered for one or more of the weekend’s events, you can use your Magic Your Way Package to enjoy the rest of your vacation at the Walt Disney World® Resort.

Race registrations for the 2014 Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend events listed below can be included with Vacation Packages.

Disney’s Princess Half Marathon – Here’s the run that’s fit for a Princess – a 13.1 mile magical course.  Sunday, February 23, 2014

Disney Enchanted 10K  – This all-new event will take you on an enchanted journey throughout Epcot before having a magical finish fit for a princess, or prince.  Saturday, February 22, 2014

Glass Slipper Challenge – A 19.3-mile adventure held over two days, participants will run the Disney Enchanted 10K on Saturday, followed by the Disney Princess Half Marathon on Sunday.  Saturday, February 22, 2014 and Sunday, February 23, 2014

Cinderella Royal Family 5K – Share a magical memory in a Royal Family Run.
Friday, February 21, 2014

runDisney Kids Races – Every Prince & Princess is a Winner during the runDisney Kids Races!  Friday, February 21, 2014 – Saturday, February 22, 2014

Race Retreat – Get the Royal Treatment with a VIP Race Retreat Package!
Sunday, February 23, 2014

Contact us today to book this unforgettable weekend.

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Be Our Guest Restaurant Takes Home Honors

Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland® at Magic Kingdom® Park recently took home top honors at the National Restaurant Association Operator Innovations Awards!

This innovative Walt Disney World® eatery, themed to the movie “Beauty and the Beast,” offers quick-service dining at lunch (no reservations required) and a more luxurious, sit-down dinner experience in the evening (advance reservations are strongly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit).

Contact We Travelers Three to book your magical Disney vacation and get your reservation at the award winning Be Our Guest Restaurant.

The beautiful stained glass window
The beautiful stained glass window

PHOTOS: Disney’s Be Our Guest Restaurant

On our most recent trip to Disney World we had dinner at the new Be Our Guest Restaurant.  It was amazing.  We wanted to share our photos with you.  Check back for a review of the restaurant.

Walt Disney World Dining Review: Gaston’s Tavern

By Tom Driver

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Exterior of Gaston’s Tavern
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The fountain in honor of Gaston

My eyes lit up when my wife mentioned a new restaurant called Gaston’s Tavern would be part of the recent additions to Fantasyland in Disney’s Magic Kingdom.  I loved the spitting, roughhousing and clanking of mugs from the tavern scene in the movie Beauty and the Beast.  “That’s a great idea,” I told my wife,  “a place for all the weary, stroller pushing men to relax for a few minutes and enjoy a cold adult beverage.”  Unless you resemble a diminutive Frenchman named LeFou, Gaston’s Tavern seems like a fun place to hang out.  “It’s not like that,” she tersely replied.

The tavern is adorned with Disney’s expected attention to detail.  Visitors are greeted with a statue of Gaston in all his narcissistic glory but at the expense of poor LeFou.  The entrance is a testament to the host’s philosophy of using antlers in all of his decorating and the interior continues the rustic theme highlighted by Gaston’s hunting trophies on the walls and enough wood to build a small village. The barrels displayed above the counter sporting names like Trois Blondes Biere and Chateau Blunderbuss are fun but just a tease to those wishing they were real.

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“I use antlers in all of my decorating…”

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Despite being Gaston’s footstool Lafou owns the tavern’s headliner – LeFou’s Brew.  A combination of frozen apple juice and toasted marshmallow topped with a passion fruit and mango foam.  It’s tasty.  My daughter tried to finish every last drop inside her souvenir cup before sampling the snacks we ordered.  She opted for the stein with Gaston and LeFou’s picture over Belle’s goblet;  the refreshing concoction is also available without the extra souvenir.

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Lefou's Brew in souvenir mug Lefou’s Brew in souvenir mug
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We got 10 thumbs up for LeFou’s Brew!

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Gaston’s Tavern is not a quick service restaurant so don’t expect burgers or hot dogs with a side of french fries.  The menu consists of snacks, and that’s how it would be tallied for those using the dining plan, with the most hearty, and expensive, being a roasted pork shank for $9.49.  The rest of the snacks range from $2.99 up to $4.39.  Our family sampled the cinnamon roll, chocolate croissant, mixed fruit cup, apple slices with caramel sauce and the hummus and dip.

Pre-packaged apples and dip
Pre-packaged apples and dip
Pre-packaged hummus and pretzel chips
Pre-packaged hummus and pretzel chips

The cinnamon rolls are comparable to anything one would find in a fine bakery.  The huge chunks of light and fluffy bread are served at the perfect temperature in that the icing was just beginning to melt but not enough to disappear into the roll.  The chocolate croissant was delicious but messy; powdered sugar seemed to land all over the customers, especially little ones, and the tables, but cast members were quick with a rag.  We also tried the mixed fruit, sliced apples and hummus and chips.  They tasted quite bland, as one might expect from a prepackaged snack.

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Cinnamon Roll
Chocolate Croissant
Chocolate Croissant

Our family had lunch at Gaston’s Tavern, however this was only accomplished because we had a large breakfast.  If one is really hungry the pork shank, which another patron heartily recommended, might do the trick but it’s not likely to appeal to everyone in the family.  We skipped it because a hot, humid day and a hot piece of roasted pork wasn’t an appealing combination.  We recommend stopping by for a mid-meal snack of LeFou’s Brew and either the cinnamon roll or the croissant.  There’s no real brew but LaFou’s mixture combined with a bakery treat are worth the visit.

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Changes to 1-Day Magic Your Way Ticket Options at the Walt Disney World Resort

Magic-Your-Way-Disney-WorldBeginning on June 2, changes to the 1-Day Magic Your Way Ticket options at the Walt Disney World® Resort will go into effect. Now if you choose a 1-Day Ticket you can select from the following:
• 1-Day Magic Your Way Magic Kingdom® Ticket
• 1-Day Magic Your Way Epcot® or Disney’s Hollywood Studios® or Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Ticket
• 1-Day Magic Your Way Park Hopper® Ticket
• 1-Day Magic Your Way Water Park Fun & More Ticket
• 1-Day Magic Your Way Park Hopper® & Water Park Fun & More Ticket

Multi-day ticket options remain the same, providing 2 to 10 days admissions.

With these changes a price increase is also being implemented at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

An adult 1-Day ticket to the Magic Kingdom will be $95 (plus tax), while a 1-Day ticket to any of the other three Florida theme parks will be $90 (plus tax).

An adult 1-Day ticket to Disneyland will be $92.

The biggest increase comes in the Premier Passport, which is valid for all Florida and California parks. The Premier Passport will be $979 (plus applicable tax), up from $849.

More details to come.