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!
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.
Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship is going to be its most Magical and Majestic yet. I am hoping I am fortunate to sail her with my family in early 2023. She is currently being built in the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. She will set sail for the first time Summer of 2022.
The Wish will be Disney’s 5th ship in its fleet and the first ship to have an actual attraction at sea! The AquaMouse will take the water-coaster to a new level!
In addition to many other innovations, this ship will have The Star Wars:Hyper Space Lounge. A perfectly themed lounge that will be open to families during the day but strictly adults in the evenings.
The Oceaneer Lab will be home to the Marvel Super Hero Academy. It will also have Rapunzel’s Art Studio and an Imagineering Lab! I have always wanted to know what it was like to be an imagineer and it is awesome that kids today will get a chance to find out.
Want to get “Out There” and see this amazing ship and its destinations? Know that “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” and I would love to help you reserve and plan this amazing dream vacation. There are several dates to keep track of for payments, reservations, possible price drops, excursions…etc and often, many calls to make. Let me handle all the stress for you while you and your family get excited for your trip! You receive all my knowledge & complimentary planning services when you reserve your cruise through me – the same price as booking through Disney but with the added value!
Here is when you will be able to reserve:
May 17 – Platinum Castaway Club Members
May 24 – Gold Castaway Club Members
May 25 – DVC Members & Adventures by Disney Insiders
May 26 – Silver Castaway Club Members
May 27 – General Public
If you are interested in learning more about the ship & its destinations or would like to discuss pricing and reservations, contact me today! The sooner we get started, the better prepared we will be when these reservations open up!
Who is ready to walk through the most friendly “ear”port in the world?! Disney Cruise Line just announced their sailings for the summer of 2022. They are returning to some old favorite as well as spreading magic to some new places.
The Disney Magic will be sailing to several different places. They will start with the Greek Isles and the Mediterranean. They will then sail to northern Europe to visit places like the Baltic, British Isles (look for Hans in those Southern ones!), Iceland, and the Norwegian Fjords. Do you think you will spot some famous Frozen Sisters?!
New ports of call:
Nynashamn, Sweden, near Stockholm
The Disney Wonder will return to Alaska in 2022. Guests can take in amazing views of glaciers, mountains, local wildlife, and more. These 7 night itineraries will depart from Vancouver and stop at Dawes Glacier, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan.
New in 2022, Disney Cruise Line will call Miami a home port. All sailings out of Miami will visit the famous and beautiful Castaway Cay.
Out of Port Canaveral, the Fantasy will sail several different Caribbean itineraries that range from 5-9 nights. All of these sailings will also stop at Castaway Cay.
The Disney Wish
The Disney Wish is still set to make its debut as the 5th ship in the Disney Cruise Fleet in the Summer of 2022. As soon as I have further details, I will be sure to share them here.
Pre & Post Cruise Disney Enchantment
If your cruise itinerary just isn’t long enough for you, why not add on some extra magic? Guests sailing out of Port Canaveral & Miami are conveniently situated right near Walt Disney World before and after their sailing. Why not add on a few extra days of excitement? I like to call this the Surf & Turf option!
If you are sailing out of other ports, check out an Adventure by Disney Escape. These are amazing VIP experiences where you will see some of these beautiful destinations around the world in a way that you will never forget. For more information on Adventures by Disney, visit my Adventures by Disney page or contact me today!
Now the important part! – When to Reserve
Disney Cruise Line is not like most other lines where the closer you get to the cruise, the lower the price will go. They book every room every sailing fairly early on. That is why, the best time to purchase and the way to save the most is to book as soon as it is released. As the rooms book up, the prices may increase. Here is when you can reserve!
For my Disney Cruise Line Castaway Club Members, Disney Vacation Club Members and/or Adventures by Disney Adventure Insiders:
Platinum Castaway Club Members & Golden Oak – March 22, 2021
Gold Castaway Club Members – March 23, 2021
Silver Castaway Club Members, Disney Vacation Club Members and Adventures by Disney Adventure Insiders – March 24, 2021
Reservations open to the rest of the public on March 25, 2021
Let’s start talking about your Disney Cruise dreams today and let me help you turn them into Magical Memories that will last a lifetime! When you reserve with me, I can make all the early morning and late night calls and sit on all the long holds while you go about your life. I keep track of all the important dates along the way so you do not have to. I am also constantly monitoring for price changes, excursion information, and more. Not to mention, I absolutely love Disney Cruise Line and I will plan your trip with the attention to detail as I would my own. If I can’t sail all the time, why not see the joy through planning others!
Plus, all Disney Cruise Line vacations reserved through me will receive The Minnie Box! Full of information and small gifts of excitement to make getting ready for your trip that much more special.
Disney Cruise Line – The Perfect Choice for New Cruisers Are you looking for a unique vacation experience that blends entertainment and adventure with comfort and convenience? On a Disney Cruise, you and your loved ones will:
Explore a variety of desirable destinations in a short period of time.
Enjoy onboard activities, entertainment and dining options – most of which are included in the price of the cruise.
Save time by unpacking just once, as opposed to unpacking at several different hotels during a land-based vacation.
Discover these benefits, and many more, by embarking on a hassle-free vacation with Disney Cruise Line. Why Choose a Disney Cruise? There is truly something for everyone on a Disney Cruise – from relaxing “me” time for the adults to imaginative fun for the kids and exciting family time for all. Every voyage includes the attention to detail and world-class hospitality that only Disney can provide. Activities: You will find a variety of activities at themed onboard venues designed to inspire and delight every member of the family. Dining: Guests will experience diverse menus, “rotating” through three uniquely-themed, elegant restaurants with the same wait staff to anticipate their needs and personal tastes. Enjoy expertly prepared dishes from filet mignon and lobster to other culinary delights from around the world. Options range from upscale table service and casual buffets to poolside dining, snacks and 24-hour room service – all included in the cruise fare. Entertainment: Enjoy Broadway-quality, original Disney musicals that can’t be seen anywhere else, special moments with Disney Characters, first-run Disney movies, uniquely themed celebrations on deck, a fireworks spectacular at sea and more! Disney Castaway Cay: Most Bahamian and Caribbean cruises include a stop at Castaway Cay, a private island paradise, reserved exclusively for Disney cruisers. Service and Amenities: On a Disney Cruise Line vacation there’s so much included in the cruise fare! Plus, you will enjoy Disney’s renowned service and amenities throughout the ship, including:
All meals daily, including 24-hour complimentary room service, as well as complimentary soda, coffee and tea on deck
First run-films at sea, including some in digital 3D
Most voyages include fireworks at sea, weather permitting
Kid’s clubs filled with oceans of activities and amazing entertainment, including private clubs for tweens and teens
Exclusive areas for adults, including nightclubs, an exclusive pool and fitness center and more.
If you would be interested in more information for your first or fiftieth Disney Cruise, contact me today. My complimentary planning services will allow you to look forward to your vacation and not stress about details and deadlines. See ya Real Soon!
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!
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!
With the upcoming addition of 3 new Ships and the itineraries they will add, Disney Cruise Line has decided they need an additional “Private” Beach.
Earlier this year, Disney Cruise Line purchased a new patch of land in the Bahamas. The beautiful island of Eleuthera has a lush area called Lighthouse Point. It is here where Disney will start constructing as soon as Environmental Plans and assessments are completed.
Since 2007, Disney has been putting a lot of focus on conservation and protecting our environment. Disney has been donating millions each year to protect and rehab coral reefs, especially in the Bahamas. The Government of the Bahamas and Disney have agreed upon the practices that they will use to construct on the land as well as the pier. Disney is looking to leave as little footprint as possible, agreeing to only develop 20% of the property and use sustainable building practices throughout construction. Also, instead of dredging a typical cruise ship channel, Disney Cruise Line will be building an open-trestle pier to lessen the impact on the environment.
One of the most exciting parts of the development of this island is the Imagineer that will be a very large part of design. Joe Rohde was at the forefront of design for Animal Kingdom and he also helped design Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii. When Joe is part of a project, you can feel the dedication and the love that went into it so I cannot wait to see what he does with this beautiful land. He has already spent a lot of time in Eleuthera meeting with locals and gaining knowledge of the art & culture. This will definitely be reflected in Lighthouse Point which is set to celebrate the culture of The Bahamas. Here is a video where Joe discusses this project and also gives a glimpse of Lighthouse Point-
Disney Cruise Line is hoping to begin construction in 2020 with completion around the end of 2021 or early 2022. Stay tuned for details!!
If you are interested in information on taking a Disney Cruise, I would love to help you and your loved ones plan a trip. Contact me today for a quote and for more information. My services are free of charge and I can provide you with some valuable planning advice through your booking journey. With me, you do not have to worry about calling in to make changes or add reservations – that is what I am here for. I anticipate those dates, make sure you are ready to book, and take care of it all at a very quick pace. All qualifying cruise reservations will receive The Minnie Box! A signature gift from the Agency I work with that is full of goodies and magic. Your vacation starts the moment you tug on the big yellow bow and open your gift. I hope to talk to you soon!