Published on January 25th, 2013 | by Jordan

What’s New at Disney in 2013

If your family has been itching to see and experience the Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, there’s no better time than now to book your Disney vacation. Until May 31, 2013, CAA Members can save up to 30% at select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels on stays most nights between February 18 and June 14, 2013* – that includes most Spring Breaks! You can even combine your room with a minimum 4-day ticket for even greater savings.

And in addition to exclusive perks you’ll get from CAA, Disney has a plethora of new and exciting rides and attractions for your family to enjoy in 2013. Here are some highlights we received straight from Disney:

The Great Goofini

The Great Goofini

New Fantasyland

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

  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid. Guests riding in clamshells travel with Ariel and her friends through their exciting adventures above and below the waves – all against the musical backdrop of beloved songs from the film. Before the experience, the fun is whimsical and interactive in the queue area under Prince Eric’s Castle. After the attraction and below the seaside cliffs, guests can meet the princess herself in Ariel’s Grotto.
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle. In a faroff French village, an enchanted mirror becomes the gateway to a new kind of storytelling experience. Through props, costumes and other interaction, guests step right into the story of “Beauty and the Beast” – meeting Belle, Madame Wardrobe and Lumiere, and sharing in a lively re-telling of the “tale as old as time.”
  • Be Our Guest Restaurant features a lavish dining experience in the elegant ballroom, delicate Rose Gallery and mysterious “West Wing” of the Beast’s Castle. The magnificent space offers “great food fast” lunch service by day and full-service table dining at night. Both experiences — fittingly for the story of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” — feature French-inspired cuisine.
  • Gaston’s Tavern welcomes guests to a comfy French lodge done in homage to — Gaston himself. The menu of this casual restaurant includes LeFou’s Brew, named for Gaston’s sidekick and a cooling concoction sure to satisfy any thirst.
  • Dumbo, the Flying Elephant – a Fantasyland icon -has doubled in size. Two Dumbos – one going clockwise and other counterclockwise – take guests circling above Storybook Circus in ride vehicles they maneuver themselves. The two Dumbos are connected to an indoor “big top” allowing guests to enjoy circus-themed activities while awaiting their ride time with the lovable pachyderm.
  • Aboard The Barnstormer Featuring the Great Goofini, it’s family-style coaster fun as guests dip and soar daredevil-style above the circus grounds. Ride vehicles follow the twisting, turning coaster “flight” of stuntman Goofy.
  • Beloved Disney characters as aspiring circus stars are on hand to meet their adoring fans in Pete’s Silly Sideshow. Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Donald Duck are decked out in their big top finest to await their big break – and pose for photos with Magic Kingdom guests in the process.
Disney vacation New FantasyLand Opens at Disney WorldNew FantasyLand Opens at Disney World

New FantasyLand Opens at Disney World

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

  • Princess Fairytale Hall (2013) will be the new home for Disney princesses to meet their loyal subjects in the Magic Kingdom. To open in the Castle Courtyard in the center of Fantasyland, the regal space will provide the perfect setting for meeting Cinderella, Aurora, Tiana and the other Disney princesses.
  • The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (spring 2014) will take Magic Kingdom guests on a rollicking, musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.” The family-style coaster will feature a first-of-its-kind ride system with a train of vehicles that swing back and forth.

Test Track Presented by Chevrolet [also] opened in a new re-imagined version of the iconic Epcot attraction.

A new collaboration between Chevrolet Design and the creative team of Walt Disney Imagineering, Test Track Presented by Chevrolet puts guests in the designer’s seat for a multisensory experience as they create their own virtual concept vehicle before boarding a “SimCar” to race through a thrilling series of hills, hairpin turns and straightaways.  The attraction zooms in on how meticulous vehicle design influences top performance on the open road and lets guests see how their virtual cars would perform.

Splitsville Luxury Lanes

Guests who roll over to Downtown Disney West Side starting this month can experience the hottest trend in boutique bowling at Splitsville Luxury Lanes.  During a Splitsville media preview Friday, Dec 7, 2012, guests donned concierge-delivered bowling shoes and noshed on sushi and filet mignon sliders as they honed their games with strikes and spares.

Disney vacation Splitsville Luxury Lanes

Guests Strike Up Fun at Splitsville Luxury Lanes

The hip, retro-style bowling venue is the largest in the bowling brand’s fleet and the only two-level location, with 30 lanes and more than 50,000 square feet of entertainment space.  The family-friendly Splitsville also features billiards, live entertainment, a balcony bar with sweeping views and upscale dining that includes a children’s menu of treats. Splitsville opens Dec. 19 to guests.

Beyond New Fantasyland, Splitsville and Test Track, Presented by Chevrolet, also in Disney’s spotlight was:

  • “Celebrate the Magic” New Castle Projection Show at Magic Kingdom Park – Music, stunning imagery and special effects transform Cinderella Castle and the surrounding hub during a dazzling display that pays tribute to Disney artistry and storytelling.  Tinker Bell soars and weaves among the castle turrets, Alice beckons guests down the rabbit hole and beloved characters like Dumbo and Simba come to life during the show.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – An eerie grotto and mysterious pirate skull lead to an epic ship-to-ship battle via state-of-the-art technology at this new experience in Soundstage 4 near Pixar Place.  Disney guests are immersed in the high drama and swashbuckling adventure of the four “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.
  • Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort – New-age pampering amid turn-of-the-century Victorian elegance is in store for guests of Senses – A Disney spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.  Newly remodeled and now owned and operated by Disney, the spa [opened] Dec. 17 and combines elegance with modern touches, plus a dash of Disney whimsy.

Disney’s great new attractions, rides and shows coupled with CAA South Central Ontario’s (CAA SCO) limited-time travel incentives make booking your next magical Disney vacation in January an absolute must. Interested in learning more about all the ways you can save this month?

Stop by CAA SCO’s Disney Vacations page for more information >>

*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes 3-bedroom Villas and is not valid at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. 30% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings for other Resorts. As to Disney artwork, logos and properties: © Disney

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