The last Tuesday of January is National Plan for a Vacation Day. It comes at a perfect time – the holidays are over, the weather is miserable, and there are no school breaks to look forward to for a while.
Having a vacation planned gives families something to look forward to together. When we have a Disney trip planned, we do family movie nights each weekend. One night, we make diner together and watch a different Disney Movie. If I am feeling really crafty, I will plan the dinner around the movie – Spaghetti & meatballs with Lady & The Tramp, Hawaiian Chicken with Moana, Pizza with Toy Story, Beef & Broccoli with Mulan…etc. Even as my littles are not so little anymore, this is something we all look forward to through the week and gets us talking about or exciting trip ahead.
Planning ahead also has a lot of benefits – you can spread out payments over several months and have longer to save for all the fun treats & souvenirs. You can take advantage of promotions as they come along as long as there is availability. You also have a better chance of getting the resort/ship & room category you prefer before they sell out. Let’s not forget the 180-day advanced dining reservations that are so coveted. Planning ahead gives you all of these advantages and more!
Which Disney Destination will you visit in 2020? Maybe it is time to try something new?! If you cruise often but haven’t checked out a Disney Cruise, it is time you see why they win all the awards that they do year after year. If you visit Disney World each year, step out of the box! Visit the west coast and see Disneyland or try a Disney Cruise. Looking to travel abroad to where your ancestors are from? Adventures by Disney has amazing options all around the globe that will have you experiencing other countries like you never thought you could.
Contact me today so we can “Plan For A Vacation”! My planning services are free of charge and I can assist you with stress-free preparations for a Magical Trip. Let’s get you something to be excited about in 2020!
In 2020, I am going to be doing monthly updates via Facebook Live. I am aiming for the second Sunday of every month but that may change in the case of a holiday (or a research-based Disney Trip). I would love for you to join me.
I will gather the information I learn directly from Disney each month and then hop on Facebook Live to share it all, answer questions, and explain anything that may need an explanation. It is a great way for you to keep up on updates, closures, refurbishments, discounts, and more.
The month of December was an absolute whirlwind. Between celebrating with my own family and getting all of my Holiday Guests settled in, I never stopped! It was a crazy, but fantastic Holiday season and I hope you all were fortunate enough to have the same.
Disney was kind enough to give us each a gift as well. Since the beginning of the Holiday Season, they have released several new promotions for us to take advantage of them with and I just wanted to share them all with you in case you missed them.
Gift of Magic – Save up to 20% off of select rooms January 2, 2020 – April 25, 2020 when you book by March 7, 2020. Bonus!: If you book a 6 day or longer theme park ticket, each person gets a $30 gift card.
Free Dining – Purchase a vacation package with 5 night/6 day vacation package with the park hopper option, get a free dining plan for each person in your travel party at select hotels during select travel dates this Summer, 2020.
Bask in the Sun & Fun – On must stays April 1 – September 12, 2020, save up to 25% on your hotel stay.
Kid Sized Fun – Free dining plan for kids ages 3-9 for stays May 25, 2020 – August 28, 2020 at select resorts with a 4 day/4 night package & book by February 26, 2020.
3 Day Kid’s Theme Park Ticket – Now through May 21, 2020, purchase a 1-park 3 day child’s ticket for just $67/day.
Disney Visa Room Discount – Book with your Disney Visa and save up to 25% off your room at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and the Disneyland Hotel. Offer is good through April 16, 2020 when you book by March 14, 2020
Magical Escape – Enjoy 25% Off Select Rooms with a 4-Night or Longer Stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel. Valid most nights January 5 through April 16, 2020 when you book by March 14, 2020.
3 Day Kid’s Theme Park Ticket – Now through May 21, 2020, purchase a 1-park 3 day child’s ticket for as low as $67/day.
Disney Cruise Line
Canadian Resident – Save up to 25% on select 2020 sail dates.
20% off – Save up to 20% off on select sailings in 2020.
Deposit Discount – 50% off your required deposit on select 4-night or longer cruises between June 20, 2020 and May 31, 2021 when you reserve by February 14, 2020. Remainder of Deposit would be due along with final payment.
Adventures by Disney
Save on Winter & Spring Adventures – Save up to $400/person on select Adventures January 5 – April 30, 2020 when you book by March 25, 2020.
Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa
*Spring Dates: Book through May 8, 2020 for travel March 1–June 13, 2020. Guests can receive a $250 Resort credit for 5+ night stays or a $150 Resort credit for 4-night stays when they book by January 8, 2020.
Bonus for All Disney Destination Reservations
The fantastic bonus each guest will receive when you reserve with me and Magical Vacations is unprecedented attention to all the details of your trip. You receive all my knowledge, hints & tips plus I can save you time, take the stress out of planning, and often wind up saving my guests $$$.
Also! Guests will receive Magical Vacation’s Signature “Minnie Box” – Our gift to you full of magic and surprises that are specially tailored to each travel party. (Subject to Package Minimum)
Exclusions and limitations do apply to all above offers. If there is something you may be interested in, let me know as soon as possible because the offers will book quickly!
For the seventh year in a row, Disney Cruise Line has taken the #1 spot in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Cruise Line Rankings. That is a major accomplishment and to hit it 7 years in a row is a testament to just how magical Disney Cruise Line really is!
Disney Cruise Line ears this award year after year for a few simple reasons:
The Disney Name – You know you are getting top of the line service, food, accommodations, and activities because it is all backed by the Disney Name. They make sure that every aspect of your Cruise is as magical as possible. They truly care about every detail and the way they are perceived.
The Disney Activities – Whether you are the youngest or oldest of Disney Fans, there is something for everyone. The Broadway-Style shows are breathtaking, the experiences & meals with the characters are so special, the pampering is unmatched and the deck parties are unprecedented. Disney does everything with the Disney touch and if you love Disney World or Disneyland for the magical feeling you get, then this should be your very next vacation. Plus, it is not just for families or younger children. The ships that Disney is building have whole sections dedicated to adults including lounges & bars, spas, and pool areas including one with the bar stools in the water! It is that magical Disney touch that is added to every aspect & activity of an amazing vacation that can take you to many parts of the US, Caribbean, and Europe.
The Rooms – The rooms on this cruise line are among the largest for their categories. They give you more space and more storage. They also have SPLIT BATHROOMS! If you have ever cruised with someone who takes a little longer to shower or get ready, you know how valuable this is. You have a shower and a sink in one room and a sink with a potty in another. Twice the space to get ready = happy family members.
Special Sailings – Disney Cruise Line provides several different themed cruises throughout the year. They include Halloween & Christmas Sailings but also Character themed sailings like Marvel & Star Wars Days at Sea. More info on those Here.
Value – Yes, Disney Cruises are more expensive than some other commercial lines. However, those other lines cannot begin to offer the what Disney does. You truly get what you pay for in this instance. The cast & crew, the meals, the shows, the kids clubs, the activities, deck parties, excursions, rooms, cleanliness (Lowest report of viruses in the industry due to their diligence), and the magic make it worth every penny.
Don’t take my word for it – Try it! Even the shortest of cruises will have you wanting to return. Oh, and that is another amazing part about Disney Cruise Line; their loyalty and benefits for repeat customers is like no other cruise line. They want you to return and they show it with all of the perks they offer.
Contact me today for more information or to reserve your Disney Cruise. My planning services are free of charge and my knowledge and position can save you time and money. Plus, every cruise guest receives our Minnie Box delivered to their doorstep before you leave for your cruise! I look forward to speaking with you soon!
Thanks to a very busy October with the gift card giveaway I ran, I have been crazy busy dedicating my time to new and current guests and unable to update my blog as much as I like. I wanted to do a little recap of all the things I would have posted about.
Disney Villain After Hours
The Disney Villains are returning to the Magic Kingdom in 2020 for more Evil Evenings at After Hours. This Extra-Ticket event is a fantastic time in Magic Kingdom. Lines are short, entertainment is fabulous, merchandise & food is themed after your favorite villains and you never know who you may run into! Treats such as popcorn & soda are all-you-care-to-eat at this event as well so you will not go hungry!
Hades & Meg will be leading a stage show that will showcase some other Disney greats. Hades & Meg! Where else do you get to see these guys?!? So exciting. With this After Hours ticket, you can enter the park as early as 7 pm – this means you can catch the fireworks before heading off to enjoy attractions and Villainous fun! The events will take place select evenings from February 7th – July 10. This is a great add-on to any vacation package. You can get SO much done in the time you have because of the lower crowds.
If you are traveling during this time and would like to discuss adding it to your vacation package, contact me today!
After Hours dates for Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom have been released for next year. Here are the dates that are currently available –
January 23, 27 & 31
February 3, 10, 17 & 24
March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
April 5, 13, 20 & 27
May 5, 11, 18 & 25
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
April 1, 7, 14 & 22
May 2, 9, 16, 19 & 26
This event also allows guests into the parks at 7pm, has lower wait times, and provides complimentary ice cram novelties, popcorn and select beverages.
runDisney Race Calendar
Dates have been released into 2021 for your favorite Disney Races. Below you will find Disney’s graphic with dates including when they go on sale.
These race entries can be added to a Disney vacation Package. If you are interested in an upcoming race, contact me and we can discuss putting this together with a resort stay & ticket package.
Disney Wonder Update
The Disney Wonder has added new spaces for guests to enjoy and they look fantastic. The French Quarter Lounge is a new space for families to enjoy. This lounge brings your favorite Bayou Princess to life and has several nods to “The Princess and The Frog”. If you are looking for an “adult only” area, cafe cove is the newest spot added to the ship. In addition, Disney’s Teen guests will enjoy a club exclusively to them at Vibe. Here is a short video that discusses these wonderful new enhancements:
In Holiday New, Disney World & Disneyland both came out with some great announcements:
Disney World – Magic Kingdom
Mickey’s very Merry Christmas Party is a truly magical event that begins in just a few short days. This year, a new Fireworks show will debut! “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmas Fireworks” will have you swept up in Holiday magic with an amazing projection show set to some of your favorite holiday classics. This is a great way to get into the Christmas Spirit!
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will take place select nights in November and December. Let me know if you would like to add this event to your vacation!
In just a few short days, the Festival of Holidays will begin at Disney California Adventure. This festival celebrates the holidays by sharing the festive culture of Southern California. There will be dance parties, a Holiday Foods Marketplace, Live Music, and so much more. This runs through January 6. I will be visiting this weekend and will be sure to report back!
Lunar New Year and Food & Wine Festival – Returning in 2020
This year from January 7 – February 9, come celebrate the Year of the Mouse with beautiful decor, delicious cultural cuisine, multicultural performances, and a crowd favorite; “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession”.
February 28 – April 21, Guests can experience Food & Wine Festival at California Adventure. Live entertainment, culinary seminars and delicious bites & sips await you at this annual festival. Kid’s can get in on the fun with a “hands-on” cooking experience with chef Goofy!
If you are planning a trip to Disneyland, these dates are a great time to travel there. One of the many festivals or experiences can just add that much more magic to any vacation!
October Gift Card Giveaway
Drum roll Please!!! Miss Kristen Mayle, you have won a gift card for your vacation in 2020. Thank you for trusting me to reserve your trip and help you plan!!
That is all for today! I will be traveling to Disneyland this weekend with the Agency I work for and look forward to sharing all that I learn and see with you!
Gone are the days of swimming pools & BBQ’s. Bring on all the pumpkin, trick or treating,
crisp air & bonfires. As 2019 winds
down, I have set a business challenge for myself for October and I need your
help! My goal is 13 new reservations in October (spooky month, spooky
This is where you come in! Any Disney or Universal package booked in the Month of October will receive an entry into a drawing for a $50 gift card for Disney or Universal! Travel can be anytime between now and the end of 2020. Disney Packages require 3 night stay and 3 day park tickets. Universal Packages require 2 night stay and 2 day park-to-park tickets. Any Disney Cruise, Adventure by Disney, and Aulani: A Disney Resort & Spa Package count. If this package is booked for a check in date in 2019, you will receive 2 entries! Perfect time to book a holiday reservation and see Disney decorated for Christmas or book a Very Merrytime Cruise!
Each day I will post on Facebook a countdown of my
favorite hints and tips for Walt Disney World and Universal Studios so be sure
to follow me at https://www.facebook.com/wdwdreamsintomemories/.
hints and tips will give you a great idea of all the knowledge I share with my
guests when I am assisting with their vacation planning.
Already reserved or not planning on traveling in the contest time
frame? You can still help me AND win a contest of your own! If you have
traveled with me before you know that I get all my clients through referrals
from satisfied guests. You know that I
put everything I have into each guest’s reservation and that my level of
service is unprecedented. These
referrals are how I can continue to help more families and do what I absolutely
love to do. Anyone who refers a guest
during the month of October will receive an entry into a drawing for a
Starbucks Gift Card (or Amazon for those of you who don’t need coffee to
survive). There is NO limit to how many entries you can get – if you refer 3
guests, you will receive 3 entries.
BONUS: If I reach my goal of 13 reservations in October, I will do an additional swag giveaway. Both the referrers and the travelers will receive one entry and the winner will get the choice of a Disney or Universal gift. Gift Cards will go out after final payment is made for guest’s trip. If bonus is met, swag giveaway will go out as soon as drawing is completed.
(Previous Reservations do not qualify. I’m sorry, I appreciate you, but this is about 13 in October)
Don’t forget about our Minnie Box! Qualifying reservations will receive this gift from the “Disney Earmarked Agency” I work for! It is full of magic & surprises. It arrives just prior to your departure and will get your family even more excited about their trip!
THANK YOU for all your support. I look forward to helping turn more dreams into memories in October and for years to come!
Starting in early 2021, Disney Cruise Line will begin using New Orleans as a home port for several cruises. This makes for a great opportunity – the home port is a destination of it’s own. You can tack on a few days before or after a Disney Cruise to explore the home of Tiana & Prince Naveen!
The Disney Wonder will sail to the Western Caribbean, Bahamas, 14 night Panama Canal, and also a new port in Mexico where you can explore Mayan Ruins. The Wonder will also sail out of Galveston in 2021. From this home port you can sail to Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Key West (a favorite of mine!), Castaway Cay, & Nassau.
If you are looking for a more Tropical Itinerary, look no further than the Disney Magic, Fantasy, and Dream. In early 2021, they will sail to the Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean, and Western Caribbean. The home port for the Magic will be Miami while the Fantasy and the Dream will leave out of Port Canaveral.
Which home port you sail out of can definitely enhance your trip. If you have never been to Miami and it is a place you hope to visit, sail an itinerary on the Magic and add a day or so before or after your trip. Of course, nothing beats sailing out of Port Canaveral and adding a few days at Disney World onto the front or back end of a cruise. I like to call that our “Surf & Turf” trips. They are my favorite – the best of both “worlds”.
Castaway Club Members can book these itineraries as early as September 30th for Platinum, October 1 for Platinum & Gold, and October 2 for Platinum, Gold, and Silver. They go on sale to the general public on October 3rd.
If you are interested in more information regarding one of these itineraries or to reserve, I would be happy to give you a no-obligation quote. My planning services are free of charge. I save guests time and frustrations by handling all their reservations, phone calls, and deadlines. I focus solely on Disney Cruises and do not book any other cruise line so I am very well versed in all things that need to be accomplished during you planning phase. I look forward to hearing from you!