It is that time of year again! Christmas in July! While you are taking your awesome Summer vacations and enjoying time with family and friends, it is a great time to thing about going away for the Winter Holidays. If you prefer to stay local during that time, it is also the perfect time to thing about a magical adventure that you can gift to them this holiday season.
Why It’s A Great Time to Reserve
Whether it is a room at your favorite Disney or Universal Resort, a specific cruise itinerary, or availability at your favorite all inclusive, reserving further in advance is best. It gives you the greatest chance at getting the room or itinerary you prefer.
Often (especially for cruising) the rates are lowest when they are first released. Plus, even if a lower rate or promotion does come out after you reserve, it is something we can take advantage of even after you have booked.
There are currently great promotions running for Disneyland, Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Universal, Virgin Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Sandals, and more – just ask about the destination you are interested in!
Whether you are considering gifting a vacation to your loved ones this holiday season or actually traveling during the holiday season, booking now will take care of a chunk of your shopping – and it is only July!
You will have this trip to look forward to for months. I can help you think of fun and fantastic ways to gift this to your family and we can have extra time to plan and perfect.
I am currently running a Christmas in July Giveaway. If you book a qualifying vacation with me in the month of July for travel between now and the end of 2023, you will be entered to win a $50 gift card to your destination.
If you can’t travel but know friends or family who might be, I also do a referral giveaway. Refer a guest to me in the month of July and you will receive one entry for every reservation referred for a $25 giveaway to Amazon or the coffee spot of your choice!
Contact me today for pricing & details. Let’s get you reserved for your next adventure and turn your dreams into memories!
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 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+ 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!
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.
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!
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 Resort
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
Disney’s Old Key West Resort
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
Disney’s Beach Club Villas
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
Disney’s Riviera Resort
Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
The 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!
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.
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)
The Disney Park Pass System will open to Annual Passholders
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 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!
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!
Disney After Hours has added several dates to both the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom calendars.
After hours is a time for guests to enter the parks when most guests are heading out. The park is open late for just these specific ticket holders. Guests will have access to many of their favorite rides and will also receive unlimited ice cream novelties, popcorn, and fountain beverages. Here are the dates as posted directly from Disney:
Magic Kingdom Park
November 18, 2019
December 9, 2019
January 6, 2019
January 13, 2020
January 17, 2020
January 20, 2020
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
October 5, 9, 19, 26 and 30, 2019
November 5, 13 and 19, 2019
December 7, 14 and 18, 2019
January 9, 16, 22 and 30, 2020
February 6, 13, 19 and 27, 2020
March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2020
If you have a trip planned during this time, this is an excellent way to see a lot of a park in a short period of time. We experienced it in the spring and we did every ride the kids wanted to and also several meet and greets. At one point, it felt as if we were the only guests in the park. It was truly awesome.
If you do not have a Disney Vacation Package scheduled yet, contact me today! I would be happy to assist you in getting your trip planned and reserved. My services are free of charge and I can save you lots of time and money too! Contact me today!
Yes, it is only August but the Winter Holiday Season will be here before we know it – especially at Disney where the Christmas Season starts before Thanksgiving!
We are a big fan of the parties offered in Magic Kingdom. It is often difficult for me to answer which is my favorite when guests ask. I truly do love them both for very different reasons. Either way, I highly recommend both if you happen to be at Disney World when they are taking place.
The Very Merry Christmas Party is a beautiful and fun way to ring in the season. The entertainment, decor, music, and characters will have you feeling like it is Christmas Day. One of the very special offerings is set to return again this year – a Christmas Party at Tony’s Town Square.
This Holly, Jolly Christmas Party offers tasty food, holiday beverages, festive music & decor and entertainment – including a visit from Tony, himself. Guests are free to come and go as they please throughout the night. With admission to this party, you will also receive reserved seating for the 11 P.M. showing of “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade”. This is a great advantage and lets guests enjoy shorter wait times on favorite attractions while the earlier, more popular showing of the parade is performed.
This party runs from 9:30 PM 12:30 AM (a half hour after the Very Merry Christmas Event closes!!) and reservations are open now! Contact me today to add them to your Disney Holiday Vacation Package.
It is hot, hot, hot out there. I hope everyone is
enjoying their Summer, spending time by the pool, lake, or ocean!
Let’s think some cool thoughts and Celebrate A Very Merry
Disney Christmas in July! I know its
still 5 months away but it always manages to sneak up on me anyway!
12 Days of Christmas posts will include hints, tips, recipes, and suggestions on how to make your Holiday Season a Magical Disney Holiday Season.
On the First Day of Christmas, Mickey gave to Me::
Traveling for the Holidays
This is a fantastic time of the year to head to any Disney Destination. Everywhere you look, there are beautiful light displays, holiday treats, and wonderful experiences to share with those that you love.
Today we will look at what it would be like to be at the Magic Kingdom during the holiday season.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is an amazingly magical event that takes place in the Magic Kingdom. There are holiday ride over-lays, special merchandise, delicious holiday treats (all you can enjoy Hot Cocoa and Christmas Cookies) and, ok yeah, about half the typical amount of guests that are usually in the parks. This is an after-ticket event and Disney controls how many tickets are sold. You will find the lines for your favorite rides to be a fraction of what they usually are. It is an amazing and magical time and I highly recommend it! Tip: Tickets say enter at 7pm but get in as early as 4pm! That is three bonus Hours in Magic Kingdom!!
Giving a Disney Destination as a Gift for the Holidays
My kids have so much “stuff”. There really is nothing that they need. To eliminate a bunch more “stuff” we have been giving a trip as a gift for the last few years. They have received Disney World quite a few times and this year will be a Disney Cruise. These trips are for later in the year and it is something we can look forward to together all year long. GOOD GRACIOUS does this make my holiday shopping easier.
I wanted to offer a few different ways to “wrap up” a Disney Destination to put under the tree. One of my favorites is to fill a wrapped box with Disney Balloons. Now, with the Husband being an air condition/heating technician, I had him bring home the biggest A/C Box he could find. Y’all, this box was big enough for me to walk into! So we wrapped it in a really fun Mickey Christmas Paper (thank you, Dollar Tree) and inside we put an extra large mickey balloon and several star and round balloons. We put it out a week before Christmas and it drove them NUTS!! When they finally opened it all together on Christmas Morning, it was like Christmas Magic. Inside, I also put our family countdown that we always use, and a few different planning documents that we enjoy going over together. It was so much fun and we did enjoy talking about it until the following October when we actually traveled.
Looking to add a little Disney Flair to your Holiday Desert? One of my Favorites would be Rice Crispy Mickey Heads!
Make Rice Crispy Treats as per the cereal box
Use the Mickey Head sandwich shaper or free form a mickey head
Dip the ears and top of head into melted baking chocolate
Use green and red sprinkles to decorate the chocolate
(can obviously use any colors for a fun treat for any holiday)
If you are looking to travel during the 2019 Holiday Season or if you would like to look into purchasing a trip to gift to your family this Holiday Season, contact me today! It is the fastest and easiest holiday shopping you will ever do and I am happy to help with all the fun and cheery details. Also, qualifying reservations will receive our Minnie Box! Our gift to you that arrives on your doorstep prior to your departure for your trip. It is filled with magic and excitement and is tailored to your travel party. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you plan your Holiday Magic soon!