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Monday, June 13, 2016

2017 Walt Disney World vacations will be available to book June 21st.




Planning a trip to Walt Disney World next year? 2017's packages will be available June 21st. 

To book a trip, visit the Walt Disney World website or call 407-939-5277 to speak to a cast member directly. 

If you have a trusted travel agent, they will also be able to book your trip June 21st. 

When booking packages in advance, remember you only need a $200.00 refundable down payment (per room booked). You may pay down as much as you like as often as you like with the total balance due 30 days before your check-in date. 

To learn more about how to save on your trip, check out our post on how we save up for a trip, CLICK HERE.

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A personal update

As you may have noticed, the updates here on the main blog have been few and far between. I have been handling some family situations that has needed a lot of my attention over the last year and especially the last few months. (Everyone is safe and healthy, just a lot of moving and family needing help.) 
I encourage everyone to follow the Happily Ever Disney facebook page. I am able to post and share updates and news to facebook while mobile. Unfortunately the website is not something that can be written while not at my computer. 
Next week I will be traveling to Walt Disney World for some much needed research,  pictures, videos, info and FUN!!!!! I will hopefully post some trip reports here, but if you'd like to see it and all the other late breaking news I post, please head over to facebook and click "follow". The link is below.

Thank you so much for your understanding and continued support. 




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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Garden Grocer discontinuing delivery to certain resorts.


Garden Grocer just announced they will no longer deliver to certain resorts or residential adresses.

They will continue to deliver to official Disney resorts and Wyndham resorts. All other resorts have been removed. This is so that they can focus on servicing where the demand is highest.

Below is a list of all the resorts they will continue to deliver to. If your resort is NOT on the list they WILL NOT DELIVER to you begining immediately for new orders.

PLEASE NOTE: Current orders that have already been placed to resorts not listed will be honored.

Disney’s All-Star Movie Resort
Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge-Jambo House
Disney’s Animal Kingdom-Kidani Village
Disney’s Art of Animation
Disney’s Bay Lake Towers
Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
Disney’s Boardwalk Villas
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Disney’s Grand Floridian Villas
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
Disney’s Shades of Green
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Villas
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista
Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek

Garden Grocer is my #1 recomended way to get groceries, snacks, bottled water and baby items for use while in Disney.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

NEW: Club Villain party event to premier in Hollywood Studios beginning January 2016


Are you a fan of Disney villains? Well then we have the perfect event for you!

Your host Dr. Facilier invites guests to dance, mingle and dine as The Evil Queen, Maleficent, Cruella De Vil and The Queen of Hearts make appearances as a DJ performs with some wicked tunes. 


This new party will take place in the Sunset Showcase building near Rockin Roller Coaster.


The event will offer New Orleans styled food to include  tender beef striploin rubbed with herbes de Provence, Voodoo sticky “pig wings” with citrus gremolata and spicy shrimp sautéed with Andouille sausage, tomato, okra and onions over creamy polenta.


Guest can also enjoy specialty cocktails as well as beer and wine. 


This event is offered most (not all) Saturdays begining January 16th. So far reservations extend thru the end of March. No word how long these events will run. There are various times for the event depending on the date, so be sure to confirm before you purchase tickets. Times range from 5:45pm - 7:45pm - 9:15pm


Tickets to Club Villain can be purchased for $99 per person, tax and gratuity included. Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 90 days in advance, either by booking online here or by calling (407) 939-3463.


Learn more and reserve tickets HERE:


The fine print as found on the Disney website:
  • Separate admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required, and is not included in the price of this package.
  • Club Villain will be offered on select evenings only. Please check the booking calendar for specific dates and times, as operating hours may vary.
  • This event will offer banquet style seating, so you may be seated with other parties.
  • Entertainment is subject to change or cancellation without notice.
  • Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. A valid form of government identification will be required to verify age.
  • This offer may not be combined with any other discounts or promotions.
  • Disney dining plan entitlements may not be redeemed for this event



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Monday, August 17, 2015

Preserving the Magic at Walt Disney World with a Disability Access Service Card


We have our first guest post from mom, Lauren Domitrovits. Lauren's son suffers from a rare genetic disease, ataxia-telangiectasia. As a result, she had been nervous about traveling to Walt Disney World. Traveling with little ones can be daunting on it's own, but add in a physical or emotional limitation, and parents often worry to the point of skipping a family vacation. Lauren recently went on her first family trip to Walt Disney World and was so happy with how truly magical Disney and cast members made it, that she wanted to share her story with other families to inspire them to to put their fears aside and let Disney help you temporarily "forget about your worries and your strife." 

Here is Lauren's story.

In August 2014, our three year old son, Brian was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease, ataxia-telangiectasia.  A-T is a progressive disease that is ultimately terminal.  WHAT IS A-T? Imagine a disease that combines the worst symptoms of muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, immune deficiencies, and cancer. Children with A-T are usually confined to wheelchairs by age 10 and often do not survive their teens. Because A-T is a multi-system disease, scientists believe that A-T research will help more prevalent diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, AIDS, and cancer. - Learn more at: atcp.org
It became the focus of our family to be sure that Brian is able to have meaningful experiences while he is still mobile and able to move independently; while he is carefree.  Obviously, one of our major goals was to get him to Disney World, Florida!  I had some major concerns for Brian’s stamina at the parks.  Right now, he is mobile and independent, but movement is still difficult…mostly exhausting.  Disney is the magical experience of a lifetime for children, and I didn’t want him to miss a second.  I was worried how we could possible drag him through the parks all day and have him be a part of all the excitement.  
Luckily, Brian’s godmother, Sarah, is a Disney bride who also happens to be a DVC member.  We had a “family” meeting because remember, friends are the family you choose!  We began planning the trip, the group trip of a lifetime!  Sarah mentioned the Disney Parks Disability Access Service Card (DAS), so I quickly started reading about it.  Success!  This was the key to Brian having a magical trip.  The DAS card can be obtained at Guest Services in Walt Disney World.  It allows people with disabilities to avoid waiting on long lines in the hot sun.  It also allowed our stroller to be marked as a wheelchair.  For Brian, this is what I needed!  The DAS card would provide me with a way to preserve his energy and allow him to utilize that energy on fun and excitement!  The website stated that there has been some widespread abuse of the DAS card, and that statement made me nervous because Brian doesn’t “look disabled.”  Unless you are watching him carefully for signs of A-T, you wouldn’t necessarily see it.  My pediatrician (and ultimate support system) helped ease my nerves by giving me a note on her letterhead that stated, “Brian requires the use of a DAS card.”  Phew!  A few clicks later, our DVC points trip was booked, a double BOB stroller would be delivered to our room from Kingdom Strollers, our DAS card note was packed and we were counting down to April!

We arrived at Magic Kingdom for our first stop.  Everyone was giddy with excitement and anxious to begin exploring.  We stopped at Guest Services first.  The staff was welcoming, compassionate and kind.  I showed them my note and explained the quick version of our situation and need. (Happily Ever Disney Note: Legally Disney can not request a Dr.'s note, however if you have one, you may offer to present it, and may ease the process.)  Within 10 minutes or less, our stroller had a wheelchair sticker on it, Brian had been photographed for his DAS card (which looked like a passport) and the total number of people in our group was printed on it.  BOOM!  We were off!  The DAS card worked easily and was similar to a FastPass, when Brian wanted to go on a ride that had a long line, for example, It’s a Small World. We brought the DAS card to the attendant at the front of the line and asked for a return time.  The attendant would check that the DAS holder (Brian) was present (the DAS card may NOT be used without the designated recipient, which I think is more than fair), and they would write a return time on our pass.  The return time was never more than 10 minutes.  We would enter through the Fast Pass line, with the stroller and quickly hop on the ride or join the attraction.  We were always greeted by a smiling Disney attendant who would take the stroller and bring it to the ride exit - I literally didn’t have to worry about ANYTHING.  Brian was always smiling and was able to use his energy effectively.
This pass worked just as smoothly at every park we went to: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios.  What I loved most was watching Brian’s smile all day, every day.  Cast members went out of their way to greet him and make him feel special, but they never made him feel different.  Brian experienced every ounce of Disney magic that was available.  He laughed, he played, he smiled, he enjoyed himself, he ran, he jumped, he ate sweets, he shopped, and for those 7 days…our family was A-T free…the joy of that trip carried me for many months, and still does.  There is nothing like watching your child enjoy the sheer magic of Disney.  I can’t wait to go there with him again, and he hasn’t stopped asking to return since he left.  

Looking back, I firmly believe that without the DAS card, our trip would have had many bumps and difficulties.  Brian can’t enjoy things when he is fatigued, he becomes consumed by feeling tired, his speech slurs and the drool becomes significant.  We didn’t experience anything but happiness with that card.  What a gift…a magical gift.  So run!  Don’t walk!  Take your child on the trip of a lifetime .and let the DAS pass ease your mind and allow you to enjoy yourselves and leave all your stresses at home.


Lauren and her family are excited to have the opportunity to travel back to Disney World this Spring when they will visit Give Kids the World Village. Happily Ever Disney is a proud supporter of GKTW thru partner charity Magical Wishes for Kids who we volunteer with. You can learn more about GKTW and how you can help on our website http://www.mwfk.org/how-you-can-help.html

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with ataxia-telangiectasia, you may connect with Lauren and others in her facebook group, Hope for Brian

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Breakfast now permanent at Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom

Well it's official. Breakfast testing is over and it's here to stay! Booking is now open!

You can read our full write up outlining all the details for breakfast at Be Our Guest including menus and prices in our earlier article here: http://www.happilyeverdisney.com/2015/03/breaking-news-its-official-breakfast-to.html





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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Garden Grill in Epcot to Serve Breakfast and Lunch

This incredibly popular character dinner location has just announced they will begin serving breakfast and lunch starting November 8th, 2015. Now you can enjoy all 3 meals with Chip 'n Dale, Pluto and farmer Mickey Mouse!

The restaurant, located on the upper level of The Land Pavillon, is Disney's only revolving dining local. It slowly revolves a full 360º as guests dine on their meals allowing the scenery of the The Living with the Land boat ride below to change throughout a meal. 

At breakfast guests will enjoy the new Chip 'n Dale's Breakfast Harvest Feast served all you-care-to-enjoy family style. Yummy items will include biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, Mickey waffles, and their signature item, Chip's Sticky Bun Bake. 

At lunch guests can expect a meal very similar to dinner. Served all-you-care-to-enjoy family style, except the ever popular "Living with the Land" Harvest Salad which features ingredients grown in the Land Pavilion's green houses below. Other items include filet of beef, roasted turkey, freshly harvested vegetables, and an array of side dishes. 








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