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Disney Genie

All things Disney Genie, Disney Genie +, and Lightning Lane

There are 3 parts to this whole program- Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and Lightning Lane

Disney Genie

Disney Genie is a new service provided by Disney that will assist you with park touring. While I as your Travel Specialist can plan your vacation for months and try to fit in all the fun, surprises, and memories that we possibly can, things do happen. Sometimes a ride will go down, sometimes you will sleep through your alarm, sometimes someone will need a nap or you will decide you really want that mid-day break that we didn’t plan for. Genie is your day-of planning service. It will help you with which rides have the shortest wait, where to get your favorite snacks, and it will also be where you will book your Lightning Lane times. This service is complimentary.

Disney Genie+

Disney Genie+ is basically this day’s virtual FastPass. It will be an add-on to your ticket and will be $15/day/guest. You will have the ability to make your first attraction selection at 7am for a time that day. When it is your return time, you enter through the Lightning Lane and should have a very minimal wait. When you have redeemed that selection or once that time window passes, you can make another selection for another attraction. This will be available for over 40 attractions throughout Walt Disney World. For those with Park Hoppers, you can make selections in other parks as well.

In addition to the shorter wait times, Disney Genie+ does offer you special photo pass lenses that will expand your options for your Memory Maker. There will also be Audio Tales available through the app that will inform you of special behind-the-scenes hints, tips, and stories during your visit.

Lightning Lane Pass

Yes, this is the actual Lane that you return to when you have Disney Genie+ but it is also the term being used for a select few attractions that will not be a part of Disney Genie+. Some of the most popular attractions will be available at an extra cost. This cost will vary based on the attraction and the day you are visiting. Anyone can purchase these Lightning Passes – you do NOT have to have Disney Genie+ in order to get one. You can purchase up to 2 attractions per day. Disney Resort Guests can make their selection at 7am. Guests staying off site can purchase when the park opens.

Individual Lightning Lane Options:

Magic Kingdom: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train & Space Mountain

EPCOT: Frozen Ever After & Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Hollywood Studios: Mickey’s Runaway Railway & Rise of the Resistance

Animal Kingdom: Flight of Passage and Expedition Everest

Disney Genie+ can be added on to an existing ticket or be added to a package going forward. Contact me to find out how and to reserve your Walt Disney World Vacation. Let me help your turn your Disney Dreams into Magical Memories!

FAQ

There is no free way to wait in line?

-You can still use Standby/virtual queue for all of your favorite attractions! There is no additional cost for this.

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Christmas in July! – Giveaway Alert**

Green & Red ice Cream! Santa in Board Shorts! Caroling by the Pool! It must be Christmas in July.  It is that time of year where I like to share Holiday Tips, Recipes, Did You Know?’s, and more – all centered around Disney Destinations.  Follow along through the month of July for my daily posts.

July is a great time to start looking into your holiday travel plans as well.  I can never decide which is my favorite kind of trip to help plan – One where the family is at a Disney Destination for the holidays and we plan all through the fall or when I help a guest plan a trip to gift to their loved ones on Christmas morning.   Both are exciting and so much fun. 

Last Christmas in July, I did the 12 days of Christmas with several different tips on how to “wrap” a trip to a Disney Destination and gift it on Christmas morning. I had a lot of fun with these with some of our guests and would love to assist you if it is something you would be interested in.

Along with my daily post, I will be doing a giveaway at the end of the month.  If you book a qualifying trip** between 7/1/21 & 7/31/21 with me to any Disney Destination*, you will be entered to win a $50 Disney Gift Card!

Not planning on traveling any time soon? I will also be doing a referral gift card!  If you refer a guest who books a qualifying reservation, you will be entered into a drawing for an amazon gift card.

My planning services are always free of charge and will save you time, stress, and even money! Not familiar with Disney – I can assist you with it all from start to finish, dining, itineraries, and everything in between.  You’re a Disney pro who could plan and navigate in their sleep?  Reserve through me and plan the whole thing on your own.  Just have me here to wait on long phone holds, apply discounts when they become available, have my knowledge & passion at your disposal, and get you accurate ever-changing information & updates often before they hit the public.

Contact me today!

*Qualifying destinations are not just limited to Disney Destinations.  Universal vacation packages, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Virgin Cruise Lines, & Sandals also qualify and gift card will be for destination reserved.

**All Disney Cruise Line, Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa, Adventures by Disney, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Virgin Cruise Lines & Sandals packages qualify for entry in drawing.  Disneyland, Walt Disney World, & Universal packages must be 3 night resort stay/3 days of tickets to qualify.

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Celebrate Women

We are celebrating Women’s History and Women all month long. What better way to celebrate women than to support their small businesses.

When the pandemic hit, many people lost their jobs or had to abandon them to stay home with children that were unable to go to school. Now as we slowly start to rebuild, small businesses need our help and support more than ever. During this month that we devote to celebrate amazing women of our past, present, and future, do your part to support women owned and operated business.

I am a travel professional helping guests travel to all corners of the world with Disney through parks, Aulani, cruising, and Adventures by Disney. Disney is truly a passion of mine. I also help guests with their Universal Studios travel and have recently became trained and certified in several cruise lines (Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Virgin) and all-inclusive resorts (Sandals, Club Med). I do this because I love to travel myself and I really enjoy helping others turn their travel dreams into memories that will last a lifetime.

If you are unable or not ready to travel at this moment, you can still support your favorite travel agent! Here are a few ways:

  • Like their posts on social media
  • Comment on their posts
  • Leave a review
  • Give them a shout out
  • Refer them to friends and family

That last one is probably the most important. A referral from a previous guest is one of the highest compliments an agent can receive. Also, we can work with anyone, anywhere. It does not have to be someone local.

I thank you for your continued business and support. It means so much!

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The World’s Most Magical Celebration

Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates 50 Years

Starting October 1st, Walt Disney World will take on a whole new shine! They will throw the world’s most magical celebration in honor of 50 wonderful years of guests, memories, & celebrations. During the celebration, each of the 4 parks at Walt Disney World will take on a new “Ear”idesence that will make some of your favorite iconic structures shimmer & shine. I am sure the castle will sparkle beautifully during the day, but I am even more excited to see it shine at night!

This new Earidesence will also be transforming Spaceship Earth, The Tree of Life, and the Hollywood Tower of Terror Hotel.

Some of our favorite characters will also get a little sparkly with new outfits for the celebration.

The celebration will run for 18 months starting on October 1. If you are interested in being one of the first to see the amazing transformation and celebration, you will want to book soon. Many others are having the same idea and now that more and more people are traveling again, the fall and early winter of 2021 are going to book up very quickly!

Contact me today for a quote on your vacation and to receive my complimentary planning. I cannot wait to help you plan your dreams!

Stay tuned for more announcements about the celebration as we get closer to October 1!

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Make Disney Memories in 2021!

What you need to know!

Disney has opened up the window for us to reserve 2021 vacation packages a few days early! There are so many things to look forward to and be excited about when planning a trip to Walt Disney World – even more so in our world today!

Here are a few important things you will need to know:

Available Resorts – With the start of the reservations for 2021 opening today, not every resort will be an option. The initial launch will roll out with the following hotels for you to choose from:

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary ResortDisney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness LodgeDisney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness LodgeDisney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo HouseDisney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani VillageDisney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation ResortDisney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
Disney’s Beach Club VillasDisney’s Pop Century Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk InnDisney’s Riviera Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk VillasDisney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Disney’s Caribbean Beach ResortDisney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
Disney’s Contemporary ResortThe Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Park Reservation System – as of now, Disney will continue to utilize the Park Reservation System. This means I will be checking to see if there is park availability during the dates you want to stay before we even check to see what resorts are available. We will want to get your reservation finalized so that you can get in your My Disney Experience and choose which days you want to go to which parks and get those reservations.

Other important information-

Park Hoppers are returning as soon as January 1, 2021 – Hooooraaayyyyyy!!!

While Magic Bands will no longer be included with your stay, Disney will continue to offer discounted options and you can use your smart phone at no cost. You can still can request a Key to the World card upon check-in as well.

You will still receive your fun Keepsake luggage tag.

There will be new and enhanced Magical Extras offered to you during your stay.

Disney will continue to ensure the healthy and safety of it’s guests and castmembers.

Reserving your Trip!

All I need is a basic idea of what you are looking for your 2021 vacation to look like and we can get you started. Contact me today for a no-obligation quote & there is no charge for my planning services & expert knowledge! See ya Real Soon!

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Let’s Plan Something to Look Forward To!

Walt Disney World is Reopening with different operations in place. What to know if you want to amend a vacation, plan a vacation, or keep a 2020 reservation.

June 22

Disney’s new Park Pass System opens to guests who currently have a 2020 Disney resort hotel reservation and valid theme park admissions. This does include Annual Passholders. If it is linked in your My Disney Experience, log in and choose which parks you want to go to on which dates. (Note: park hopping is not permitted at this time. You will only be able to choose one park per day)

June 26

The Disney Park Pass System will open to Annual Passholders

June 28

The Disney Park Pass System will open to all other guests who have park passes for 2020

By June 28

Sometime by June 28, Guests will be able to make new Disney Resort hotel package reservations and theme park tickets will go on sale for 2021

Later sometime this Summer

Based on availability and capacity, guests will be able to make Disney Resort Reservations as well as purchase tickets for 2020

If you are ready to have something to look forward to in 2021, contact me so that we can get all the details of your trip planned out. On the 28th, we can be ready to reserve and get your Park Passes.

If you would like to plan a 2020 Disney vacation, please reach out! We can discuss some options and be ready once they open the calendar back up.

Universal

Universal Studios is OPEN! If you are looking to visit in 2020 OR 2021, I can assist with that. Contact me and let’s start making some great plans so you and your loved ones can get an exciting countdown going!

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We’re Going to Walt Disney World

(Virtually, of Course!)

Here is an announcement from Magical Vacations Owner:

Please join us! Reminisce about your favorite trips. What do you pack? Where do you stay? If we cannot be at our Happy Place, let’s visit it virtually!

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National Plan For A Vacation Day!

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!

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Star Wars Fastpass+ & New Hollywood Studios Tiers

Great news for Disney World Travelers and Star Wars fans! They have now added Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run to the list of Fastpass+ Options!

Starting February 19th, guests can choose between Smuggler’s Run or Slinky Dog Dash as their Tier 1 Fastpass. (Pending availabiity). This also means that several attractions will be moving over to the Tier 2 Fastpass options: Toy Story Mania, Alien Swirling Saucers, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Fantasmic! and more.

Rise of the Resistance will still utilize the virtual queue for now.

As a reminder, you get one fastpass from Tier 1 and then two more Fastpasses from Tier 2. More on that HERE.

If this all seems overwhelming and you would like some assistance, I am happy to assist you with your Walt Disney World or any Disney Destination Vacation. My services are complimentary to my guests and you can sit back and enjoy the planning without any of the stress. Contact me today for a no-obligation quote! Qualifying reservations also receive our Minnie Box! A special gift tailored to your travel party sent to you before you arrival. See Ya Real Soon!

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International Festival of the Arts 2020

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The International Festival of the Arts is now in full swing at Epcot. There are several events & exhibits that returned from 2019 and there are also many new things to look forward to!

New this year are Life-sizes frames of VanGogh’s Café Terrace at Night and Sunflowers paintings that you can step right into for an amazing photo opportunity.

There are 12 Food Studios that present artful bites & sips that may be too beautiful to consume. Some favorites that are set to return include The Artist’s Table Studio for the Sipping Chocolate Flight of white, milk and dark chocolate as well as the BLT from The Deconstructed Dish Studio. There are lots of new items that have been added to these menu’s this year so stay tuned for some favorites!

If music is one of your favorite forms of art, definitely check out the amazing talent nightly at the American Gardens Theater. The Disney on Broadway concert series is comprised of wonderful arts that have been featured in Disney films:

  • Jan. 17, 20, 21 and 24 – Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)
  • Jan. 18, 19, 22 and 23 – Heidi Blickenstaff (“The Little Mermaid”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
  • Jan. 25 – Special performance featuring Simmons, White, Blickenstaff and Lee
  • Jan. 26, 28, 29; Feb. 1, 2, 5 and 6 – Kara Lindsay (“Newsies”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
  • Jan. 27, 30, 31, Feb. 3, 4, 7 and 8 – Liana Hunt (“Newsies”) and Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”)
  • Feb. 9 – Special performance featuring Lindsay, Massey, Hunt and Jacobs
  • Feb. 10, 12, 13, 18, 19, 22 and 23 – Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) and Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”)
  • Feb. 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20 and 21 – Syndee Winters (“The Lion King”) and Michael James Scott (“Aladdin”)
  • Feb. 24 – Special performance featuring Brown, Strickland, Winters and Scott

To secure seats to these performances in advance, you can reserve a Disney on Broadway Dining Package. This will guarantee you a seat on the day you dine in one of several Epcot restaurants and there is no additional cost for it.

Guests that are visiting the festival with little artists will want to check out the Green Landing Family Play Zone. This is a great area for littles to expend some energy while you sit back and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Festival.

Another neat artistic addition to World Showcase for the Festival that the whole family can enjoy are images of Disney Characters that are hidden throughout the countries. Can you find Remy & Emile in France? What about Mushu in China? What other favorite Characters can you spot?

I will be visiting this festival in early February and cannot wait to come back with my experiences and photos. If you have any questions or would like to visit the International Festival of the Arts, contact me today! My planning services are free for my guests and it will save you time, stress, and possibly even money. See ya Real Soon!