Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Disneyland Refurbishment Schedule-Updated August 2017

Here is a list of projected closings or refurbishments at the Disneyland Resort in California.  Check with your Snapshot Getaways agent for assistance in planning your trip this year!

Subject to change

Disneyland Park 

Little Red Wagon 8/21-9/8/17
Space Mountain 8/21-9/14/17
Fronierland Shootin' Exposition 8/28-8/31/17
Haunted Mansion 8/28-9/14/17
Finding Nemo Sumbarine Voyage 9/18-9/22/17
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters 9/25/17-TBD
Main Street Cinema 9/25/17-TBD

Disney's California Adventure

Goofy's Sky School 8/21/17 TBD
Monsters, Inc 9/5-9/21/17
Soarin Around the World 9/5-9/6/17

Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

General Resort Refurbishments through Fall 2017
Room Refurbishments January Through Fall 2017
Pools and Poolside Cabanas through Spring 2017
Craftsman's Club Concierge Lounge relocated August-October 2017

Disneyland Hotel
Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar 9/5-9/15/17

Paradise Pier Hotel
California Streaming Slide 9/5/17-TBD
Paradise Kiddie Pool 9/5/17-TBD
Paradise Pool & Spa 9/11-9/15/17

Walt Disney World Refurbishment Schedule-Updated August 2017

Be sure to check out our schedule before planning your trip to Walt Disney World Resort.  As always, a Snapshot Getaways team member is here to help plan your vacations!  

Monorail-Through April 26, 2017 the Walt Disney World Resort Monorail System is undergoing refurbishment and may be on modified service and/or routes. If Guests plan to use this form of transportation during their visit they should check to be sure of the best option available on their day of travel, as alternative transportation options will be available.

Magic Kingdom:
Splash Mountain 9/28-11/16/17
Hall of Presidents 1/17-TBD

Coral Reef Restaurant 8/27-8/30/17
Ellen's Energy Adventure closing permanently on 8/13/17

Disney's Hollywood Studios
Great Movie Ride closing permanently on 8/13/17

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Water Parks
Blizzard Beach Annual Refurbishment 10/29/17-1/7/18
Typhoon Lagoon Annual Refurbishment 1/7/18-TBD

Art of Animation Resort
Disney Skyliner Construction (may cause noise during daylight hours) Ongoing
Boardwalk Inn & Villas
General Refurbishment (may cause noise during daylight hours) Ongoing

Caribbean Beach
Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters, Cabana Pool Bar and Calypso Trading Post
May 2017 through June 2018
Disney Skyliner Construction Ongoing

Coronado Springs
Room Refurbishment Fall 2016-Fall 2017
New Tower Building Construction Through 2018

Old Key West
Room Refurbishments through June 2018

Pop Century
Room Refurbishments 2/4-5/7/18
Disney Skyliner Construction Ongoing

Yacht Club
Room Refurbishments through Summer 2017
Captains Grill 5/15-9/30/17 relocated to Ariel's
Expansion of Convention Center through February 2018

Disney Springs
Portobello Country Italian Trattoria throughFall 2017

Friday, May 12, 2017

Happily Ever After Coming to the #DisneyParksLIVE Stream

Everyone has been anxiously awaiting the new Happily Ever After fireworks show premiering on May 12, 2017 at the Magic Kingdom. The good news for those of us unable to make the trip is that we will be able to enjoy the first showing with the next #DisneyParksLIVE stream. 

Happily Ever After is a new spectacular that "will combine the latest in fireworks, pyrotechnics, lasers, hand-drawn animation, original music, a new theme song and much more. All of these elements will work together to tell a heart-tugging story about the importance of chasing your dreams, no matter what, and finding your happily ever after." 

While we count down the minutes to the premiere, check out a video released by Disney to give you a sneak peek at the new show.

The show is scheduled to begin at 8:55 pm ET and if you join the stream early you can get a look at some behind-the-scenes making of Happily Ever After. Just look on the Disney Parks Blog for the link to the live stream on Monday.

Justin is a Travel Planner for Snapshot Getaways, please contact him at to plan your next vacation or with any questions. Don’t forget to also like his Facebook Page for updates!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Holiday Party Tickets On Sale

Who is ready to celebrate Halloween? How about Christmas? Well, Disney World is! Tickets for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party are on sale now!!!

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special hard ticket event at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom after the park closes. This gives you access to the park with smaller crowds than you would experience during the day and access to special entertainment including the Boo-To-You Parade, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show, and so much more! Trick or Treat throughout the park in costumes while enjoying special photo ops that you don't normally see during normal parks hours. You will see more villains out and could even possibly get your picture with Snow White and all Seven Dwarfs.

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party runs select nights from August 25 through November 1, 2017. Prices for tickets start at $74 for adults and $69 for children. As you get closer to Halloween ticket prices increase.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is also a hard ticket event at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom after the park closes. This party also has magical seasonal experiences available to you including the Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration stage show, and A Frozen Holiday Wish that brings some of your favorite new princesses to transform Cinderella's Castle into a glimmering ice palace for the holidays.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is available on select nights from November 9 through December 22, 2017. Tickets start at $84 for children and $89 for adults.

Both parties start at 7 pm and run through midnight traditionally with several performances of each show and parade. You can enter the park as early as 4 pm so this is a great way to finish a day after shopping at Disney Springs or after having enjoyed a morning at one of the water parks.

Justin is a Travel Planner for Snapshot Getaways, please contact him at to plan your next vacation or with any questions. Don’t forget to also like his Facebook Page for updates!

 *Photos from Disney Parks Blog

Thursday, April 6, 2017


Disney released dates for some of its favorite holiday parties. Ticket prices and sale dates have not been announced yet. Keep checking back here at Disney Devoted and we will keep you up to date when that information releases. It is never to early to start planning for these dates and our Snapshot Getaways agents are ready to help make magic.

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

August 25 and 29, 2017

September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29, 2017

October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31, 2017

November 1, 2017

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

November 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 and 28

December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22

Amanda Hansel is a self proclaimed Disney nerd who has 2 boys. She is also a travel agent with Snapshot Getaways. You can find her on Facebook and on Twitter. She would love to hear from you or chat about Disney with you.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Summer Magic Pricing at Disney World!

Dive into summer magic with a fun-filled family room and ticket package. With this offer, you can enjoy a package that includes a 4-night stay in a standard room at a select Disney's All-Star Resort and 4-day Magic Your Way base tickets for as low as $1,962. Sample package price is valid for a family of 4 for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights from June 11 through August 31, 2017.
It's the perfect time to explore all there is to see and do across all 4 theme parks—and be among the first to visit Pandora – The World of AVATAR, a jaw-dropping new land at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. 
Book through July 14, 2017.
Travel window: May 28 – August 31, 2017

Availability is limited, but Snapshot Getaways is here to help!  Fill out a quote form today.  

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Changes Coming to the Disney Dining Plans in 2017

Do you have a package booked for 2017 yet?  If not, what are you waiting for?  Fill out a quote form today.  If you've already booked with one of our fantastic Snapshot Getaways agents, then you know a few changes coming to the Disney Dining Plan in 2017.

The Quick Service Meal in all plans will no longer include Dessert.

What does this mean?  Well, in my opinion it works out better.  Each plan will now offer 2 snacks per day instead of one.  Since we always found ourselves grabbing dessert to go, this means instead of a chocolate cake cup sitting in the backpack...later we can get a Mickey Ice Cream Bar!  Although not necessarily a plus on the Quick Service plan where you are trading 2 desserts for one extra snack.  The Deluxe Plan was always 2 snacks, and if you use your credit for Quick Service you are loosing out on dessert.

The Price has Increased on Quick Service and Standard Plans

Always inevitable, never appreciated...the annual price increase.  In 2017 the prices will be as follows:

Quick Service $46.34 (up from $44.13)
Standard Plan $67.33 (up from $63.70)

The Price had Decreased on the Deluxe Plan

While we always welcome a decrease, there are some changes to the plan.  You no longer receive a dessert if you are using a quick service credit.  However, unlike the other plans, you don't get any additional snacks.  The Deluxe plan always had 2.
Deluxe Plan $103.57 (down from $115.08)

The Premium and Platinum Plans are No Longer

These plans included a lot of extra experiences in addition to dining, but frankly were not that popular.

Maria is a Vacation Planner with Snapshot Getaways since 2013 and loves to visit Disneyland and Disney World with her two boys.  Email Maria at or visit her Facebook page to make the best of your next trip.