Friday, November 22, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Now it's time to switch gears a bit. We are about to crisscross the globe by exploring the Adventures by Disney collection! These are amazing guided tours that focus on destinations around the world. There are no Disney characters waiting to sign your autograph book here. Rather these are exclusive opportunities to world travel with your family under the guidance of Disney's experience and expertise of providing families unsurpassed service.
So grab your cowboy hat and let me hear a yee-haw as we head out to our country's natural playground, Utah and Arizona!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Grab your jacket and some fuzzy mouseears cause today we are off to Alaska! Who hasn't dreamed of heading north to the final frontier? What an amazing cruise to share with your family. The opportunity to visit an incredible destination coupled with all the amenities and magic of a Disney vacation!!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Disney Cruise Line's fleet is a gorgeous collection of ships. But the real magic is what they offer onboard! Not only is there truly something for everyone, but the level of service and the magnitude of the magic is nothing short of what you would expect from Disney! Join me as we explore what a Disney Cruise can offer your family! Are you ready to dream?!!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Walt Disney World Value Resorts
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- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard and pool view rooms), Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort – Save 35%
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- Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and the Villas at Animal Kingdom Lodge - Save 25%
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
|Disney's BoardWalk Promenade|
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
It's been a little while since we've been back and re-entry is never easy!! Thank you to all who followed our journey through Facebook. I'm glad you enjoyed it and hope it helped you to re-live some of your own magical moments or to imagine the ones yet to come!
Kaki Gori – (JAPAN) – I can hear your comments now, “But Debbie, that’s just a snow-cone in a cup!” And a French croissant is just a piece of bread. No need to comment further except to say, go for the rainbow to experience three flavors!!
I’d love to hear more about your favorite treats while visiting “The Mouse!”
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
This week’s message is short and sweet and the #1 rule I share with families. LET THE MAGIC COME TO YOU!! I am a strong believer in planning and this couldn’t be truer than when you are visiting Disney World or Disneyland. It’s a huge part of the services I offer my families and I would never suggest to even the most seasoned Disney family to just go and wing it. However, having said that, I also say plan, plan, plan and then in the words of Captain Barbosa, “[let them be] more what you’d call guidelines than actual rules.” Every family should have their handful of top must-dos for the day but it’s important to remember it’s the journey, not the destination. There is magic all around you but if you are racing from ride to ride, you will certainly miss it. Some of my favorite family moments have been the surprise around the corner whether it’s a troupe of street performers or saxophone bands. Sometimes it’s taking a closer look at cement walkways that sparkle with fiber optics… oops, I mean pixie magic, when the sun goes down. Resist the urge to drag the kids away from something that has peaked their interest in an attempt to get to that popular ride while the wait time is low. Or it could very well be the reverse of that where you want to stop and watch the fountains while your kids are clamoring to grab fastpasses to Soarin’. Now I completely admit that between things like dining reservations, scheduled character meet and greets, and Disney moving in the direction of fastpasses being pre-scheduled, it is getting harder and harder to let go of your phone or watch and just let your vacation unfold. No longer can you simply walk up to a restaurant expecting to get in and when you do have reservations, they are getting stricter with the window of time they will hold your reservation. Vacation is supposed to be rejuvenating by releasing you from the grinds of your everyday life and all these “signs of progress” are making it more challenging to leave your iphone behind and disengage from the outside world. This makes it even more important to stop and smell the roses - such as when you are leaving the World Showcase making your way through the rose garden path to Future World in Epcot. Disney is truly a magical place but the real magic is what happens when you slow down and let it reveal itself usually when you least expect it. It is not the rides and attractions but the time spent with family and the people you love most that is the cornerstone of a Disney vacation. Make that your priority, let your days unfold together, and the magic will fall in place.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Do be respectful of other family’s time with a character. It’s not fair to carry on and shout out to a character when it’s someone else’s turn to interact.
Do respect the handlers. Their job is to keep the characters safe. This means helping with more “enthusiastic” guests but mostly keeping an eye on the time for regulated breaks. As you can imagine, it can get incredibly hot, incredibly quickly inside. When the handler says it’s time for a character to go, they need to go and when they say they will be right back in ten minutes, they will be right back in ten minutes.
Finally, many children are afraid of the characters. This is okay. The characters are great at dealing with this and you shouldn’t force them to get close or take a picture. If your child is afraid, perhaps start with the face characters, ones without masks like Cinderella or Mary Poppins. This may help them warm up. But if not, that’s okay too. Sometimes characters are more entertaining from afar.
Do let me know your child’s favorite characters when I book your next trip. Or perhaps you’re the one eager to meet a Disney celebrity. I will do my best to make sure you know how to navigate your encounter with the stars.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I work with Mouseketrips, where we are an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. This means we are recognized by the Walt Disney Company for our experience and expertise in planning Disney vacations. What this means for you is I am in the loop for knowing about every offer and deal that Disney presents. When I book your trip, I know exactly which offers you qualify for and will ask for those prices to be applied. But typically, offers become available after people have already booked. I keep track of all my families and when new offers come out, I automatically rebook every family’s vacation that qualifies to get them the same package at a better price. You don’t even have to know the deals came out or ask me about it as you will probably first learn about the Disney offer when you receive an email from me telling you I just saved you money! And you probably wouldn’t even be aware that I woke up early the day the offers became available and sat on hold for up to three hours to make sure my families got in on that offer. When you call Disney directly, they will not tell you about the offers available, you have to know and ask. They will not say to you, “Hey, if you adjust your vacation by one day, you would qualify for this deal that will give you free dining.” I would. I act in the same way your realtor or your attorney would. I work on your behalf, and making sure your family has just the vacation you want, for the least possible price is my number one priority.
I love working with families who are new to “the mouse” but I also love working with seasoned Disney families as well. I love our enthusiastic conversations that always end in a volley of “oh, have you ever tried…”. And I always learn something new from your expertise and sometimes I offer something new to you too. I know that for Disney families, the planning is sometimes a huge part of the joy of a Disney vacation. I’m here to help you as much or as little as you would like. My role is not to tell you how you should vacation in Disney - you’re already an expert in that. My job is to be your advocate. I hope the next time you are ready to book another Disney vacation, you will be happy to call me knowing I am here ready to make sure you’ve paid the least amount for the most magic. And if you need another Disney nut who is always ready to chat about anything from Astro Orbiters to Zazu encounters and anything Disney in between, I’m just a phone call away!
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
|The raft to Tom Sawyer Island|
|The Barrel Bridge!!|
Sunday, July 7, 2013
I typically post every Tuesday but this week I am making an exception since today, July 7th is my Dad’s birthday and I thought I would share my very special Disney story with you on this day.
Disney vacations were not something I grew up with. My dad hated to travel (a result of his own traumatic childhood experience) and so I didn’t discover the magic of Disney until I met my husband. Soon we were bringing my parents along on our Disney vacations and my dad completely fell in love with everything Disney World represented. Sadly in 2004 he was diagnosed with cancer and we lost an amazing man in November the same year. My family was scheduled to go to Disney World in early December. During his last weeks, he knew the situation and told me it was important that we didn’t cancel our trip. He wanted us to be happy and said we should think of him while we were there. I asked him to name a specific favorite place that when we passed by, we could think of him. He said “The Pirates of the Caribbean when you see the dog with the keyring in front of the jail cell.” Needless to say, that trip to Disney World only two weeks after my dad’s passing was a very emotional one for me. Everything reminded me of him and I completely felt his spirit with us every step of the way. Soon we were off to Magic Kingdom and I found myself in front of Pirates of the Caribbean. It was quite a bittersweet walk as we made our way through the queue to board our boat and of course the tears were flowing as the ride proceeded as I thought of my dad and how much we both loved this ride. Then we approached the jail cell and as if my dad’s spirit was totally in sync with Disney magic, when I was the absolute closest to the dog, our boat just stopped. There were no boats clogged ahead of us. We simply stopped for a solid 20 to 30 seconds with the dog holding the keys directly in front of me. Thank goodness I had my husband and kids around me to witness this otherwise I would have come away questioning if this was all in my head. The next two visits to Disney World brought the same thing, my boat would stop (although not for as long) while I was in front of the dog. Then the ride was reimagined to include Captain Jack Sparrow and other features from the movie and after that, my boat didn’t stop there anymore. BUT, it did reopen on July 7th, my dad’s birthday!
Disney World is a special place. The magic begins with the experience of loved ones laughing and playing together the moment your Disney vacation begins. Amazing and magical things will happen with every visit, you just have to let the magic come to you. This is what makes it the happiest place on earth.