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||Posted: Oct. 09, 2003 9:20 am/pm
Walt Disney World Magical Gatherings Program
Kicks Off With “Kids Free” Offer From Visa
Deal Even Sweeter for Cardmembers of Disney’s Visa Credit Card from Bank One
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2003) – Whether with friends or neighbors, classmates or cousins, the hot trend in travel today is extending the family vacation beyond the immediate family.
Today, Walt Disney World Resort kicks off Magical Gatherings, a multi-faceted and unprecedented program of new products and services designed with these extended travel groups in mind.
And along with the unprecedented program comes an incredible offer only with Visa -- a “Kids Stay and Play Free” promotion to celebrate the launch of the Magical Gatherings program.
When guests use their Visa card to purchase a non-discounted Disney Dream Maker Vacation Package of four nights or more during this promotion, one child age 3 to 9 is free with each paying adult. For a family of four with two parents and two children ages 3 to 9 staying in the same room, the promotion offers savings of $443 on a four-night package. (See chart for more pricing information.)
This Walt Disney Travel Co. Dream Maker package includes accommodations for four nights or more at a selected Walt Disney World hotel and an Ultimate Park Hopper ticket valid throughout the package stay. The Ultimate Park Hopper provides admission to all four Disney theme parks and other gated attractions, such as a water park or the Downtown Disney Pleasure Island entertainment complex.
The package must be booked by Jan. 2, 2004. It is available most nights from Jan. 4 through June 12, 2004, however, the number of packages available is limited.
“This is an incredibly easy way for families to make the most of their Disney experience,” said Becky Saeger, executive vice president of brand marketing at Visa USA. “There’s no better way to experience Walt Disney World than as a group, and there’s no better way to book that group trip than with your Visa card.”
Disney’s Visa Credit Card from Bank One offers cardmembers a special bonus. When cardmembers use Disney’s Visa Card to purchase a Dream Maker package during this “Kids Stay and Play Free” promotion, they also will receive 100 Disney Dollars at check in. Disney Dollars are spendable at participating locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort.
To take advantage of this “Kids Stay and Play Free” promotion, guests can visit disneyworld.com/kidsfree, call the Walt Disney Travel Co. at 407/939-7673, or contact a local travel agent. Guests should ask for code ZXWI for the “Kids Stay and Play Free” offer with Visa, or ask for code ZXFA for the “Kids Stay and Play Free” offer with Disney’s Visa Card.
“The ‘Kids Stay and Play Free’ offer with the exclusive reward of 100 Disney Dollars is a great example of the unique, ongoing bonus offers that Disney’s Visa Cardmembers receive by having the card,” said Tom O’Donnell, senior vice president for Bank One’s card services division. “Disney’s Visa Card provides cardmembers with exceptional value, savings and opportunities to enjoy everything Disney.”
To apply for Disney’s Visa Card or for additional information about the card, visit www.DisneyApplyNow.com or call Bank One at 888/779-3234.
The new Walt Disney World Magical Gatherings program will give guests special opportunities to relive memories and make new ones at the world’s most popular vacation destination.
“Whether they’re friends across the street or families across the globe, the need to reconnect with each other is more important than ever -- we call it ‘togethering,’ ” said Walt Disney World President Al Weiss. “We believe Walt Disney World is the most magical place there is to vacation with extended family and friends. Time together is an invaluable souvenir.”
The program, which officially begins today and will continue adding more features over time, addresses everything from the details of planning an extended-family vacation to dining and entertainment, sports and recreation.
Also included are some special experiences available only to guests who are part of a gathering of eight people or more -- known as a Grand Gathering -- and staying at select Walt Disney World hotels -- for instance, special fireworks viewing, a safari dinner and character dining.
And Magical Gatherings makes it easier than ever to plan the perfect group getaway. Among the new services and offerings that start now or will be launched soon, guests will enjoy:
“With world-class theme parks, themed resorts in all price ranges, great recreation options from golf to water parks, Walt Disney World Resort is ideal for the ‘togethering’ vacation,” Weiss said. “And now, with these great offers from Visa and Disney’s Visa Credit Card from Bank One, there’s no better time for guests to have Magical Gatherings of their own.”
- A Vacation Planning Kit, complete with video or DVD and step-by-step information on how to plan Magical Gatherings.
- Personalized Web-based planning tools to assist communication among the group and help build consensus on dates, accommodations, activities and other details. The tools also will allow guests to invite others to participate in their Magical Gatherings.