Disney offering Canadian discounts, Great Cyber Monday deals from Napa to St. Lucia, and VQA Ontario wine event in Toronto this weekend

This just came in on Friday afternoon: Disney is offering 20-25% off for some tickets for Canadians.

With Canadian visits down in Florida the last year or two, the state has been struggling to lure folks from north of the border. They recently launched a program that offers substantial discounts to Canadians who buy various packages. And now comes the Disney deal.

For Walt Disney World in Florida, Canadian residents can save 20% on advance purchase of 4-Day or longer Magic Your Way Tickets until Feb. 10, 2018. For Disneyland in California, Canadians save 25% on advance prrchase of 3-Day or longer Theme Park Tickets until February 28, 2018; in both cases for travel through Dec. 31, 2018.

“We believe this special ticket offer will help our Canadian guests in planning a visit,” says Marlie Morrison, Managing Director, Disney Parks (Canada). “And the best part is that these Canadian Resident tickets can be used any time through 2018.”

(L-R): Snow White, Cinderella and Belle make every day a royal fairy tale for Princesses of all ages at the Magic Kingdom.

Here’s the fine print for Disney World in Orlando: Savings (are) compared to the price of the same ticket sold online at Disneyworld.ca. Tickets are valid for one Theme Park per day unless Park Hopper option is purchased.  Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use.  First use must be on or before December 31, 2018. Proof of Canadian residency required.  Offer not valid at Theme Park ticket window. All adult Guests who will use Canadian resident tickets or passes must present valid proof of Canadian residency that includes government-issued photo ID to exchange the certificate for a valid ticket at the Theme Park ticket window or Guest Relations prior to first use. Tickets and options are nontransferable, nonrefundable and exclude events/activities separately priced. Admission is subject to capacity closures and to other restrictions.

Here’s the fine print for Disneyland in Anaheim: Savings (are) based on non-discounted price for the same ticket at the Disneyland Resort Main Entrance ticket booths.  Offer only for Canadian residents; valid proof of Canadian residency that includes government-issued photo ID must be presented for each adult in the party with ticket for theme park admission. Canadian residency will be validated for each adult Guest in the Party prior to Theme Park admission. Tickets must be purchased between November 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018 and prior to travel to the Disneyland Resort.  Offer is not available at the Disneyland Resort Main Entrance ticket booths. Tickets must first be used by December 31, 2018. Tickets expire 13 days after first use or on January 13, 2019, whichever occurs first.  Each day of use constitutes one full day of use.  Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial use and exclude activities/events separately priced.  Offer may not be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions. Subject to capacity, restrictions and change without notice.

For more information or to book this Canadian-resident offer:

Walt Disney World – www.Disneyworld.ca/Tickets or call (407) 939-4230,

Disneyland – www.Disneyland.ca/Tickets or call (866) 285-1581,
or contact your travel agent


Cyber Monday is fast approaching, and I’m finding great deals for travel up to 50% off.

Resorts and hotels from Napa to Panama to Costa Rica are offering tremendous savings for Cyber Monday, which has become the hottest on-line travel booking day of the year and comes the Monday after U.S. Thanksgiving. This year it falls on Nov. 27.

The Brannan Cottage Inn in Napa is offering a full 50% off on Cyber Monday. The Inn will offer guests a second night free when booking a two-night, midweek stay. If you book a two-night stay on a weekend you’ll get 50% off the second night. Reservations must be made on Cyber Monday through Dec. 3. The deal includes access to hot springs and pools and to the sauna and steam room at UpValley Inn and Hot Springs and is valid for travel between Nov. 29, 2017 and Feb. 28, 2018. Blackout dates apply.

The Viceroy Sugar Beach is offering rooms at 30% off for Cyber Monday. It’s a wonderful spot on a great beach in St. Lucia.

In St. Lucia, the stunning Viceroy Sugar Beach (once known as Jalousie Plantation) is offering 30% off on Cyber Monday, I was told. I couldn’t immediately find the link to the deal, but you can check the website here: https://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/sugarbeach. It’s my favourite beach on the island and one of my fave resorts in the Caribbean, with amazing rooms, great food and bars and a crazy good spa.

In Florida, the Perry Hotel Key West at Stock Island Marina is offering 40% off the best available rates for travel between Nov. 27 of this year and June 28, 2018. Blackout dates apply. Visit www.perrykeywest.com and use the promo code CYBER. The Keys were hit hard by storms this fall, so you’ll be doing folks some good if you spend some cash in Florida this winter.

In Panama, the Westin Playa Bonita is offering 50% off their best rates from Dec. 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Blackout dates apply. Visit www.westinplayabonita.com and use the promo code CYBER.


If you’re in Toronto this weekend, or if you can make the trip, do not miss the VQA Into the Vine wine and art event. It’s being held at 571 Adelaide St. E. in a lovely old building with high ceilings and plenty of space for cool and funky art.

I was lucky enough to attend the preview event on Thursday night and had a great time sipping marvellous Ontario wines and checking out quirky, beautiful and thought-provoking exhibits from a variety of world-renowned artists, including Madison Van Rijn, Guillaume Marmin and Xiaojing Yan. One artwork was made up of 13,000 flowers and had a small “waterfall” inside, while another was a deep, dark tunnel with cool flashing lights.

Each work of art was supposed to match up with the style of a different Ontario wine. The exhibit that matched the sparkling wine was a massive display of brilliantly lit pearls dangling from the ceiling.

The art was great, but the wine was a lot tastier. I got to try some lovely, crisp Riesling from Cave Spring, fresh, not at all oaky Chardonnay from Arterra Wines, fantastic Cabernet Franc from Stratus and lots more.

Tickets are just $25 and you’ll get some great food (I loved the duck rillettes and the Mexican beef last night) and get to taste good-size samples of 12 different Ontario wines; two each of six different varieties (Chardonnay, Riesling, sparkling, Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir).

For information on the event, click here.

For a great guide to Ontario Wine Country, click this link.

To see the new VQA Ontario wine “Tastes Untamed” commercial, click here.


Alberta expects visitors to spend $8 billion CDN in the province this year. Provincial tourism officials want that number to increase to $10 billion by 2020. There’s certainly a lot to see, including great national parks like Banff, Jasper and Waterton Lakes. Not to mention cool cities like Calgary and Edmonton, where the food scene is improving every day. There are more and more Chinese visitors heading to Canada, so the number isn’t impossible to reach. But it will require some effort, I suspect.

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