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Monday, December 29, 2014

Disney offers TWO Spring discounts!

Offer 1: Spring Room Offer
Save up to 30% on rooms at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels when you book between Dec. 29, 2014 and Feb. 16, 2015 for stays most nights March 2-June 15, 2015.
Or, you can save up to 25% on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels when you book between Feb. 17-March 28, 2015 for stays most nights March 2-June 15, 2015.
Great rates are also available for stays most nights Feb. 22-March 1, 2015.
You can receive also 1 more ticket day FREE when you upgrade to a room and ticket package with a minimum 4-dayMagic Your Way Ticket.
Booking Window:
Dec. 29, 2014 - Feb. 16, 2015
Feb. 17-March 28, 2015
Travel Window:
Feb. 22-June 15, 2015
Offer 2: Kid-Sized Package Offer
Families of 3 can enjoy 3 nights at Disney's All-Star Music Resort with 2-day theme park tickets for just $889 most Sunday through Thursday nights April 12-May 21, 2015 and May 25-28, 2015 when they book Dec. 29, 2014-Feb. 16, 2015.
Or, families of 3 can enjoy 3 nights at Disney's All-Star Music Resort with 2-day theme park tickets for just $909 when they book Feb. 17-March 28, 2015.
Great rates are also available for stays most nights Feb. 22-June 15, 2015.
Booking Window:
Dec. 29-Feb. 16, 2015
Feb. 17-March 28, 2015
Travel Window:
April 12-May 21, 2015
May 25-28, 2015

Please email for a no obligation quote! krystin@dreamsunlimitedtravel.com

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Review of Pirate's League in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World



On our last trip to Disney we experience the Pirate's League in Adventureland inside the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. This experience is right next to the Pirates of Caribbean ride.  It was a first for our family and we weren't really sure how it would go. We were really excited to have something for our son to do as we had already did Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. I get a lot of questions about what their is to do for boys at Walt Disney World and I think that this is a great option. Another great thing about Pirate's League is it's price. It is about half the price of the boutique, starting at $29.95 for the first package.






 The first thing that your child gets to do is choose what pirate that they want to be and then they get to sign their "pirate" name in the pirate book. Our little guy chose the Jake and the Neverland Pirate package but there were several others including a skeleton, Jake Sparrow, a bearded pirate and a few others. There is even an option for girls with a mermaid that is very cute. It is great for girly girls as well as some girls who are a little less on the girly side. It is in a lot less of a "girly" setting than the boutique.

 The next step was entering the main room that was very well themed. They have barber shop like chairs that the children sit in. The cast members were AWESOME! They were really in character and very funny. We had a great time. My son was a little sick during our experience and he can get shy during experiences like this but our cast member did her best to break him out of his shell.






Yes, his shoes are on the wrong feet. 9/10 he will put them on the wrong feet. The cast member was sure to give him a hard time about that!

 This was the "big reveal" as you can see there aren't a lot of smiles and we had a hard time getting him to get us a great picture but that was in part to him not feeling well mixed with his apprehension about having so much attention. He really did have fun and they did a great job. He was more excited after we left and there weren't any strangers around. They call out a pirate saying and say their name. It is very cute.

 The Jake and the Neverland Pirates package came with the wig and bandana.


 They also get a pirate sash and a sword for this experience. We were also taken into a "secret room" where he got his picture taken. The picture is an extra cost.  This part took the longest but once we got in the room we realized it was the cast members were actually having some great interaction with the children.


Overall:We thoroughly enjoyed this experience. We will definitely take him back and hopefully he will be feeling better and maybe we can get a smile out of him! If you have a pirate fan, this is a must do. Another tip that I would give is that if your child does not like face paint or wouldn't like putting on "makeup" then they may not like this.  The Jake package has the least amount of makeup and is a great choice for a child who does not like as much makeup.

Reservations are recommended, there is a $10 fee if you do not show up or cancel within 24 hours. The entire process is about 30-45 minutes. I can definitely help you get this booked!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

I am still around!

I know I have been really bad about updating. I am still around and booking a lot of trips for the holiday.

Did you know that all it takes to get your trip booked is $200 down? Then you have up until 45 days before check in to pay off the remainder of the balance.

You aren't required to make any payments between that time but you are more than welcome to if you want! 

Give your kids the gift of Disney for Christmas. They will love it! :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

New Disney Offers for Early Next Year!


Room Only Discount-
Save up to 30% at select Walt Disney World resorts!
This discount is expected to be released to the general public on 10/9/14.
Valid for stays 1/5/15-3/28/15.
Disney Visa cardholders can take advantage of a room-only offer at select Disney resorts 1/5/15 - 3/28/15. 
Sample Savings:
  • Deluxe and Deluxe Villa resorts - up to 30%
    • Exceptions:
      • Animal Kingdom Lodge (Savanna View and Club Level), Animal Kingdom Villas - up to 20%
      • Deluxe resort suites - up to 10%
  • Moderate Resorts - up to 20%
    • Exceptions:
    • Port Orleans French Quarter - up to 15% (10% on weekends)
    • Coronado Springs Suites - up to 10%
  • Value Resorts - up to 20% (15% on weekends)
    • Exceptions:
    • All-Star Movies - up to 15% (10% on weekends)
These room only rates can also be used for a Disney World Package. The Disney Dining plan can be added with this discount.
Discount must be booked by 12/29/14.  Deposit must be made with a Disney Visa card.  This offer excludes Bay Lake Tower, The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Polynesian Villas, Little Mermaid standard rooms at Art of Animation Resort, campsites and 3-bedroom villas.  All discounts are subject to availability, certain restrictions apply.


Stay, Play and Dine Offer

This offer is expected to be released to the general public on 10/9/14.
Available for stay select nights 12/14/14 - 3/7/15.
Visa cardholders can book a discounted package with tickets, dining and hotel accommodations for stays most nights from 12/14/14-12/20/14 and 1/5/15 - 3/7/15.  Package must include a hotel stay of at least 3 nights, 2-day tickets and the Disney Dining Plan.  A stay at a Value Resort can include any of the Dining Plans; higher levels of resorts must include the Regular Dining Plan or the Deluxe Dining Plan.
Discount must be booked by 12/29/14.  Deposit must be made with a Disney Visa card.  This offer excludes Bay Lake Tower, The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Polynesian Villas, Little Mermaid standard rooms at Art of Animation Resort, campsites and 3-bedroom villas.  All discounts are subject to availability, certain restrictions apply.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

An Update!

I am so sorry that I have been slacking on my blog! I am going to try and write more often. We just returned from an awesome vacation to Walt Disney World followed by the Disney Dream! I think I have fallen in love all over again with the Disney Cruise. I haven't been on one since 2002. We rebooked onboard for a November cruise. It should be a Christmas Cruise, so we are really excited about that. I am also really excited that Walt Disney World should be in full holiday swing by then!

By the way, if you are looking to get the best discount on a Disney cruise, rebooking onboard is the best way to go! Also, did you know that you can get a Shipboard Credit when booking with me through Dreams Unlimited Travel? You can get a credit of up to $1,000! You can email for details at krystin@dreamsunlimitedtravel.com

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Reebok Maleficient Shoes

My "baby" girl is now four (almost 5) and she is developing a style of her own and is getting into choosing her own clothes. We also really like the new Maleficient movie so when I was asked to write a review about the new Reebok Disney Shoes, I knew I could not pass it up! Reebok, Disney and Maleficient? Of course it has to be a winner and after you check it out I think you will agree!



Honestly, in the heat of the summer, I just like to throw on some flip flops on my little ones and run out the door. But Klarabelle loves shoes and socks so those were perfect. She has wanted me to put them on her many times and I have happily obliged! I am glad she is embracing her Disney side. These will be great for Fall and Winter. How cute are these with the Maleficient head on the back? And of course I love that they are my favorite color-purple!

Back of the Reebok Maleficient shoe.
Close up of the Maleficient Reebok shoe.




The high top style was a little different than what she was used to. My husband even mentioned that they were something from Back to the Future. She has never worn high tops shoes like this before. I know that they are making a comeback. She didn't seem to mind wearing them and was running around and we did a lot of walking throughout the day at our local museum. 

These Reebok Disney Shoes are definitely a must have for any Maleficient fan! These shoes will be available in mid-August, right in time to rock them back to school! Great news! If you LOVE these shoes, you have a chance to get some for FREE! Reebok is having a contest where you can enter to win some! Enter to win here.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Late Fall Room offer 2014!

Valid for stays most nights 10/4/14 - 11/25/14 and 11/29/14 - 12/23/14.

Guests can save up to 30% when booking a room-only reservation at select Walt Disney World resorts for stays select nights October 2014 - December 2014.

These room only rates can also be used for a Disney World Package. The Disney Dining plan can be added with this discount.

Book this deal by 10/3/14. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, the Art of Animation Resort Little Mermaid rooms, the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort.  All discounts are subject to availability, certain restrictions apply.

Contact me for details!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

2015 Packages

After a VERY LONG wait! 2015 packages have been announced! July 30th is the date for Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Aulani packages to be released! Please contact me if you would like some information!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Where to use your Fastpass+ Hollywood Studios Edition

My last installment of my opinions on where to prebook your Fastpass+ options.

There are 13 choices for Fastpass+ experiences at Hollywood Studios and this is another 2 tier park.

Tier 1-CHOOSE ONE

Beauty and the Beast- Live on Stage- I don't think a Fastpass+ is necessary here. 

Fantasmic! I wouldn't use your Fastpass+ here either, I think the Fantasmic Dinner Package is a good idea though. (this will guarantee you seating) The Fastpass+ does not save your seat there or give you a better spot. Just get to the show a little early and you will be fine. 

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster- I hate that Toy Story Mania and this ride are in the same tier because I love both. The line for Toy Story Mania is usually longer though, so I would still choose it. Just try and get there early for this ride. This is a major thrill seeker so obviously if you have small children Toy Story is a no brainer. 

Toy Story Mania!-USE YOUR FASTPASS HERE! I LOVE this ride and it is for ALL AGES! The line is always so long here!

The Great Movie Ride-This one is a good one to use your Fastpass+ choice for. 

Tier 2- CHOOSE TWO

Disney Junior- Live on Stage!-This gets you at the front of the room which is not a very good spot, and a Fastpass+ is just not necessary. 

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular-The pre-show here is actually pretty fun, so  I wouldn't use one here!

Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show-Not necessary here either, just arrive about 30 minutes early. 

Muppet*Vision 3D-There are rarely long lines here, a Fastpass+ is not necessary. 

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue-This would be a good one to fill your 3 spots as the lines can get quite long. 

The American Idol Experience-NEVER NEVER NEVER!


The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror-Definitely use a Fastpass+ selection here, I love this ride! Keep in mind that it is a thrilling ride so if you don't have thrill seekers on your list, you may want to choose something else. 

Voyage of the Little Mermaid-This one isn't crucial but if you are looking for something to fill your spot, it isn't a bad idea!

That is all! Good luck!






Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Where to use your Fastpass+ options at Animal Kingdom

In my third blog post about where to use your Fastpass+ options, things have changed! You can now get more than 3 Fastpasses in one day BUT you can still only get 3 in advance so I am here to tell you which ones to get in advance to guarantee that you will get one at a time that fits your schedule well.

There are 9 options for Fastpass+ experiences here and this is just my opinion on ones that are worth the pre-booking. There are no tier systems here. 

Dinosaur-I think this is an underrated ride. I LOVE IT! It truly scared me the first time that I rode it! I definitely recommend a Fastpass+ here because the wait times can get long!
Expedition Everest-If you have thrill seekers on your list, you definitely want to do this one! It does have long lines so it is a good choice for your Fastpass+ options. 
Festival of the Lion King-This gives you special seating for the show, it is not necessary to use a Fastpass here. 
Finding Nemo-The Musical-This is another one that gives you special seating, the seating is not what is really great about these Fastpasses. What I like is that you don't have to show up a half hour before the show and wait. So if you need a Fastpass to burn, use it at one of these. 
It's Tough to Be a Bug!-The wait time is not usually very long here so I wouldn't use a Fastpass here. That doesn't mean skip this attraction! I love it! 
Kali River Rapids- I don't know what it is about this ride (probably the slow loading time) but the lines are always long! If you are ready to get completely soaked, get your Fastpass here! 
Kilimanjaro Safaris-This is an awesome ride! You will see live animals. A good tip is to show up early because this is when the animals are most active but either way, Fastpass it! 
Character Meet and Greet-This is in the process of changing characters but either way, you don't need a Fastpass. 
Primeval Whirl-This is not my favorite ride but lines can be long so if you need a Fastpass choice, you may want to get it!

I said this in my other posts, this is all about what fits your family. If you have small children, Dinosaur, Everest and Primeval Whirl shouldn't be at the top of your list but with older kids it will be! 

Friday, May 9, 2014

How to Purchase Special Event Tickets from My Disney Experience


A lot of my clients would like to purchase their Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party or Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tickets from My Disney Experience but they aren't able to figure it out. I went ahead and did a screenshot video of how to do it.







Of course when I did it the website was down, as it it is FREQUENTLY so if you have troubles, check back later!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Details

September 2014
September 1, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 2014
  • Advance Purchase:
    Adult: $62 + tax, Child: $57 + tax
  • Same Day Purchase:
Adult: $68 + tax, Child: $63 + tax
  • DVC/Annual Passholder Prices:
Adult: $58 + tax, Child: $53 + tax
October 2014
October 2, 3, 5, 9, 13, 16, 19, 21, 2014
  • Advance Purchase:
    Adult: $67 + tax, Child: $62 + tax
  • Same Day Purchase:
Adult: $71 + tax, Child: $66 + tax
  • DVC/Annual Passholder Prices:

Adult: $64 + tax, Child: $59 + tax
October 23, 26, 28, 2014
  • Advance Purchase:
    Adult: $67 + tax, Child: $62 + tax
  • Same Day Purchase:

Adult: $71 + tax, Child: $66 + tax
October 10, 17, 24, 30, 2014
  • Advance Purchase/Same Day Purchase:
    Adult: $71 + tax, Child: $66 + tax
October 31, 2014
  • Advance Purchase/Same Day Purchase:
    Adult: $77 + tax, Child: $72 + tax

Free Dining and Room Discount for the Fall

Room Discount-

Save up to 30%!  August 2014 - October 2014
Valid for stays most nights 8/16/14 - 10/3/14.
Guests can save when booking a room-only reservation at select Walt Disney World resorts for stays select nights August 2014 - October 2014. 
Savings Include:
  • Value resorts
    • All-Star Sports, All-Star Music, Pop Century - 15% 8/16 - 8/28/14, 20% 8/29 - 10/3/14
    • Art of Animation - Family Suites - 10% 8/16 - 8/28/14, 20% 8/29 - 10/3/14
    • All-Star Movies - 15% 8/29 - 10/3/14
  • Moderate resorts
    • The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort - 15% 8/29 - 10/3/14
    • Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach, Port Orleans Riverside, Fort Wilderness Cabins - 20% 8/16 - 8/28/14, 25% 8/29 - 10/3/14
    • Port Orleans French Quarter - 20% 8/29 - 10/3/14
  • Deluxe resorts
    • Yacht Club, BoardWalk Inn, Animal Kingdom Lodge - Standard View/Pool View, Wilderness Lodge, Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa - 30% 8/29 - 10/3/14
    • Contemporary Resort, Animal Kingdom Lodge - Savanna View/Club View, Beach Club - 20% 8/29 - 10/3/14
  • Deluxe Villas
    • Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, BoardWalk Villas - 30% 8/29 - 10/3/14
    • Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House and Kidani Village, Beach Club Villas - 20% 8/29 - 10/3/14
Book this deal by 8/8/14. Offer excludes 3-bedroom villas, the Art of Animation Resort Little Mermaid rooms, the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort.  All discounts are subject to availability, certain restrictions apply. 

Free Dining Offer! August 2014 - December 2014 
Valid for stays select nights 8/31/14 - 12/23/14.
Guests can book a Walt Disney World room and ticket vacation package that includes a 6-night/7-day stay at a Walt Disney World resort, and receive the Dining Plan for free! 
Included Dates:
  • August 31 - October 3, 2014
  • October 26 - November 1, 2014
  • November 9 - November 20, 2014
  • December 12 - December 23, 2014
Sample Pricing:
  • Free Regular Dining Plan for $2,632: For a family of 4 staying in a standard room at Caribbean Beach with Magic Your Way base ticket, based on a 6-night/7-day stay for most nights 9/13-10/3/14, 10/26-11/1/14, 11/9-11/20/14. Savings of $1,206.
  • Free Quick-Service Dining Plan for $2,075: For a family of 4 staying in a standard room at All-Star Sports Resort with Magic Your Way base ticket, based on a 6-night/7-day stay for most nights 9/13-10/3/14, 10/26-11/1/14, 11/9-11/20/14. Savings of $852.
Discount must be booked by 8/8/14.  Sample pricing above is based on 2 adults, 1 junior and 1 child.  Dining plans can be upgraded at an additional cost.  Offer excludes All-Star Movies, Port Orleans French Quarter, Port Orleans Riverside, campsites, 3-bedroom villas, the Art of Animation Resort Little Mermaid rooms, and the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  All discounts are subject to availability, certain restrictions apply.   Blackout dates may apply. 



Sunday, April 27, 2014

Tips for Getting the Anna and Elsa Fastpass+

I have been posting on my Facebook page about the craziness that is going on with the Anna and Elsa meet and greet in the Magic Kingdom. The line can be up to 5 hours long and even at rope drop the line is CRAZY!

So I decided to tell you some tips on how to try and get the Fastpass+ because obviously you need it and it is the hardest one to get!

1. You can start making these Fastpass+ selections at MIDNIGHT Eastern time of your 60 window. So do it the night before, not in the morning!

2. Start with later in your stay, if you are visiting the Magic Kingdom several times during your stay, start with the last day when looking for a Fastpass+ option, the furthest day out is less likely to be all booked up. 

3. Break up your party. If you are a party of 4 and you are having a hard time getting a Fastpass+ for a party of 4, try 2 parties of 2, maybe you will have better luck that way!

Good Luck!! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Where to use your Fastpass+ options at Epcot

I got some great feedback on my post about what to use your Fastpass+ options on at the the Magic Kingdom so I decided to write one for all of the parks! So here is the Epcot version!

Epcot is a lot different because it is not an open reservation system like the Magic Kingdom. It has tiers, probably because there was only 2 rides at Epcot that you really needed a Fastpass for with the old Fastpass reservation system. So that means that if they didn't do the tiers, everyone would do those 2 rides and there wouldn't be any left!

So what does the tier mean? There are 13 Fastpass+ rides/attractions at Epcot and 2 tiers. They put the best rides in Tier 1. You can only choose ONE ride from Tier 1 and TWO rides from Tier 2 in any given day. 

Tier 1- CHOOSE ONE!


Illuminations-There are plenty of amazing spots to watch Illuminations around World Showcase, a Fastpass+ is not necersary.

Soarin-It is really between this one and Test Track, I love both rides and Fastpasses are pretty crucial for both. I recommend getting to the park early and ride whichever one that you don't get the Fastpass+ for. 
Test Track-If this one appeals to you more than Soarin,' get the Fastpass+ for it instead. My favorite of the two? Soarin'
Living with the Land- Don't use your Fastpass+ here, the line is never long. 

Tier 2-CHOOSE TWO!!

Captain EO-Don't waste your Fastpass here either. 
Journey Into Imagination with Figment-The line is never long here-don't waste your Fastpass.
Living with the Land- Don't use your Fastpass+ here, the line is never long. 
Mission Space Orange/Green-This is a fun ride if your stomach can take it! I would use my Fastpass+ here if it is on your must-ride list. 
Spaceship Earth-This is a must ride but the line isn't usually long, depending on what your other priorities are, you might choose this one just to get your 3 chosen. 
The Seas with Nemo and Friends-The line for this is very rarely long but it gets longer than most of the others in this tier so I would choose it if you need a 3rd choice. 
Turtle Talk with Crush- I would choose this one if you are wanting to do this show. That way you don't have to sit and wait long in the waiting room for the show to be over, you can get there right when the show is about to start.
Epcot Character Spot- Don't waste your time using your Fastpass+ here, this is not usually crowded and the characters are common around Walt Disney World.
Maelstorm- This ride is worth riding but it is not worth using a Fastpass+ for. Just wait standby, it is usually not a long wait. 


Like I said in my Magic Kingdom blog, a lot of this depends on your family. If you have small children and Soarin' and Test Track aren't an option then maybe you choose Maelstorm or Illumiations. Just make sure you are booking based on the needs of your family!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Commonly Asked Question Post-Where should I eat at the Magic Kingdom?


I realize that you wouldn't consider this a "total" list because it does not include places like Gaston's Tavern but I was just including places that serve entire meals rather than just snacks. 

Table Service
Plaza Inn-Typical American food, great location but nothing real exciting here. It is easy to get a reservation here. 
Liberty Tree Tavern-kind of like a Thanksgiving meal, this place gets mixed reviews but I really like the location and atmosphere. 
Crystal Palace- Winnie the Pooh characters, a buffet served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is one of my favorites, it is a must for us for breakfast
Tony's Town Square- This is a cute little Italian restaurants that is themed after Lady and the Tramp, the food gets mixed reviews but you can't be the location and the view of the parade at night! 
Be Our Guest-Table service dinner at night, quick service during the day. This has replaced Cinderella's Royal Table as the HARDEST RESERVATION TO GET ON PROPERTY! Book at 5 AM on your 180 day mark. There are no characters here except for Beast at dinner and it isn't a traditional character meal where he rotates around the ballroom. This is separated into 3 different eating areas but you can go around and see them all. The theming here is fantastic. 
Cinderella's Royal Table-This is 2 table service credits on the dining plan! This meal is inside Cinderella Castle so you can't be the location. It serves breakfast, lunch or dinner and you are guaranteed to meet Cinderella and 4 other rotating princesses. This reservation is also hard to get. 

Quick Service-
Casey's Corner-pretty much hot dogs and fries but in a great location and fun baseball theme. This is one of my favorite quick service restaurants. I love the corn dog nuggets!
Be Our Guest, this place is awesome and is quick service during the day and table service at night. You can try to get a Fastpass+ reservation for this because the lines can get long.
Columbia Harbor House-seafood, sandwiches, chowder.
Cosmic Rays 3 different food stations
Peco's Bills-Burgers, salads, sandwiches. 
Pinochio's Village House- This one has flatbreads and other pizza. It over looks It's a Small World and you can wave to the happy sailers! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What should I use my Fastpass+ selections on at the Magic Kingdom?

There are 28 Fastpass+ selections to choose from at the Magic Kingdom making  it the park with the most Fastpass +  selections and probably the most difficult to choose. The good news? There are not Fastpass+ "tiers" here so everything is fair game. 

Some Tips-

1. You can start getting Fastpass+ selections at MIDNIGHT online of your 60 days. 
2. I think it is smarter to choose Fastpass+ selections for later in the day, when the lines are a little longer. 
3. If you get to the park and you realize that you no longer want a Fastpass+ that you have booked, you can change them on your Smart Phone or at the Fastpass+ locations in the park. 

The Attractions: 
  • Anna and Elsa Meet and Greet – This is a VERY popular Fastpass+ reservation. Check for this one first and you may want to check towards the end of your stay first. When these characters were in Epcot, lines could be up to 4 hours long, you do not want to wait that long to see these two. If your family is like ours, seeing Elsa and Anna is crucial, you will really want this Fastpass+. 
  • Ariel’s Grotto -Lines to meet Ariel can get pretty long, if meeting Ariel is a must do, you may want to get this. If you have a character meal with princesses. (Akershus or Cinderella's Royal Table) she would likely be at one of those so you may want to skip this. 
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - I think using your Fastpass+ on any of the mountain rides is a good idea. The lines for these are usually at least 30 minutes long.
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin - If you have small children, this one is a no-brainer. Lines can get lengthy of this ride so you definitely want to use your Fastpass on this one. 
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant –This ride is the future of queue lines, it has an interactive  play area for small children and you get a buzzer when it is time to ride, much like at your favorite restaurant. I wouldn't use my Fastpass here. 
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle - You will definitely want to use a Fastpass+ selection here. Because of the interaction and "show like" feeling of this attraction, the attraction alone takes awhile, making the line long. If you have a Belle fan or just a little princess in general, do this! 
  • Festival of Fantasy Parade - Special spot for viewing the parade right in front of Cinderella Castle. If this is a big deal for you, you may want to do a Fastpass+ it, I don't really like using them for shows or parades but some people just don't like to sit and reserve a spot all day, so it may be for you!
  • It’s A Small World – I don't recommend using a Fastpass+ here. I have never seen the line for this being over 30 minutes and it is a fast moving ride, I think this would be a waste. 
  • Jungle Cruise - Sometimes the line for this can be long but I think that it is kind of a waste of a Fastpass+ selection. 
  • Mad Tea Party - This is another ride where I would skip the Fastpass+, the line does not usually get too long here. 
  • Main Street Electrical Parade - This is a reserved spot close to Cinderella Castle, a good idea if this is a top priority on your list. 
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic - The line for this is rarely long and it has a nice, cool area to wait. This would be a waste of your Fastpass+. This does not mean you should skip this show, the show is great!
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor - I LOVE this show. Seriously, one of my favorites! BUT I would never use my Fastpass+ for it, the line is usually short and when you do have to wait, it is in a nice and cool queue with some entertainment. 
  • Peter Pan’s Flight – This is the SLOWEST loading ride on property. The line is always long and unless you or your children really love Peter Pan, I don't think waiting in Standby is worth it and the line is always crazy. You definitely want to Fastpass+ this attraction!
  • Pirates of the Caribbean - This is a fast loading ride and the line is usually pretty short, I wouldn't use my Fastpass on this. 
  • Princess Fairytale Hall: Meet Cinderella and a Visiting Princess - This is a good place to meet some princesses. If you aren't scheduled to meet them at a character meal, you may want to Fastpass+ this attraction because lines can get a little lengthy towards the middle of the day.  
  • Princess Fairytale Hall: Meet Rapunzel and a Visiting Princess - This is the only place to meet Rapunzel on Walt Disney World property, if you have a little one wanting to meet her, this is the only shot. Because of this, the lines can get fairly long, so I recommend a Fastpass+ it. 
  • Space Mountain -  Remember what I said about the mountains? You will definitely want a Fastpass+ for this if it is on your "must-ride" list.
  • Splash Mountain –  The last of the mountains in Magic Kingdom, one of my favorites! Fastpass+ this one for sure!
  • The Barnstormer – Because this ride does not hold many, lines can get long for this, if you really want to ride, Fastpass+ it. It isn't much different than a small kiddy coaster at the carnival though, so it wouldn't be on the top of my list. 
  • The Haunted Mansion - Great, classic ride but a Fastpass+ is not usually needed. 
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – This is a fun ride for my kids but the line is rarely long, skip the Fastpass+ here. 
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - This is a good one to use your Fastpass+ for, the lines can get long and it is a good ride for toddlers. 
  • Tomorrowland Speedway - I wouldn't use a Fastpass+ here either. 
  • Town Square Theater Mickey Mouse Meet and Greet - The line for this is usually pretty short, I wouldn't use Fastpass+ here. 
  • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid - This a newer ride and if you have a fan of Little Mermaid, it is a must do! The line for this gets pretty long later in the day.
  • Wishes Nighttime Spectacular -This is reserved over by the Tomorrowland area of the Castle. 
So as you can see, I chose more than 3 selections that I think that you should pick. As I write this, you can only choose 3 per day. But today Disney announced that they will expand it to more than 3 per day. So how do you choose just 3 for now? That depends on your family, are there small children? Do you have thrill seekers? Do you have a child who loves Peter Pan or Rapunzel? That is what you need to evaluate and see what works best for you. Unlike a paper Fastpass, these are not set in stone, you can change them and play with them while you are in the parks. 



Monday, March 17, 2014

Walt Disney World Summer 2014 Discount


Save up to 35%!  June 2014 - August 2014
Valid for stays most nights 6/15/14 - 8/28/14.
Guests can save when booking a room-only reservation at select Walt Disney World resorts for stays select nights June 2014 - August 2014.  When staying 6 or more nights, save an additional 5%. 
Savings Include:
  • Save up to 30% when you stay 5 nights
  • Save up to 35% when you stay 6 nights or longer
  • Save even more when you add minimum 6-day Magic Your Way tickets to your room


Book this deal by 6/6/14. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, the Art of Animation Resort Little Mermaid rooms, the Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter, Disney's All-Star Movies Resort, and Bay Lake Tower at Disney's Contemporary Resort.  All discounts are subject to availability, certain restrictions apply. 

Please contact me if you would like a free quote!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

New Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party


Beginning, March 15, 2014, you can experience IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot® in an exciting new way.


The new IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party invites Guests to enjoy international desserts and sparkling wines in an intimate, exclusive setting with a clear view of the World Showcase Lagoon during the nighttime spectacular, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

This new offering will be available on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and will run from 7:45 p.m-9:20 p.m. The cost is $49 for adults and $29 for children. Parties begin March 15, 2014 and booking is now open. Epcot park admission is required.

I think that this sounds awesome! We may try it for our next trip!

What do you think?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Make your own Frozen snow globe

Disney's Frozen has taken over my house. My daughter is prone to let out her own rendition of "Let it Go" anytime- the grocery store, at a friends house, or helping me cook at home. Yet at other times I imagine she's happily singly "let it go" when her and her brother are playing with their toys, but for some reason it doesn't sound so sweet. Her brother has found a fun hobby walking around the house pretending to be "Marshmallow." I'm telling you, we are Frozen-ites.

Around Christmas time, I purchased some Frozen items off Disneystore.com. I noticed they added items frequently, and saw that some items went out of stock in a short manner of time. And then more went out of stock. And more. And even more. If you were to visit the Frozen section on Disney store right now, its a fraction of what they had a month ago. I spent over a month waiting on Amazon to get Frozen twin bed sheets in stock. In other words, you have as good of a chance of finding Frozen merchandise as Leonardo DiCaprio has of winning an Oscar (don't hate me, I'm a fan!).

So I decided to start making some Frozen items of my own. I'm not the most crafty person, but I can cut and glue. And if you can too, then you're in luck.

Without further ado, here's how you can make your own "Frozen" snow globe, featuring Elsa (or Anna, if you fancy her). 

Here's what you'll need:

Jar (I used a salsa jar)
Frozen Figurine (we have about 6 different Elsas)
Hot Glue Gun
Glitter
Ribbon
Computer & Printer
One (or two) excited children

First, I peeled the salsa wrapper off the jar. I had to use a razor blade to get it all off, and then I rinsed the jar off.


Next, you'll see that I like my salsa medium, and the Elsa figurine that I glued to the jar. Also, Woats Cookies 'n' Dreams is my new favorite snack. I swear this isn't product placement, but I'd happily accept a couple of complimentary bags.



If you're not sure what a hot glue gun is, then here you go. I always pack heat (in the form of hot glue!).


Here's our glitter. Blue because it's predominately Elsa's color, and silver because it'd look like snow. Also, it was the only two colors I found in my closet.  


Fill the jar all the way up with water. Let your child pour as much glitter as they'd like in the jar-


 And then let your Frozen character take a little swim in a melted snowball!


 Now, I'm all about my Tostitos salsa, but their lid didn't really look well with my Frozen Snowglobe. So I went on the computer, searched for "Frozen" on Google, and let my daughter pick out her favorite Frozen photo. I measured the diameter of my lid- ok, who am I kidding.... I just took the lid and traced it on the photo after I printed it off. I cut it out and glued it to the bottom of my lid.



There we go. Much better!


Almost done. I then visited my gift bag station, and was able to find a nice light blue ribbon. I wrapped it around the lid, and cut off just enough to have a little bit of overlap, and then glued it together again. And boom, look at the smile!



Alas, our journey is not over. I took one extra step. I wanted a picture to put in the background. So, I found a picture of Elsa on my friend Google, and printed it off as well.


I cut if off, and glued it to the back of the jar.


And there you have it. Your very own Frozen Elsa Snowglobe, all with household goods.


Give it a little shake, and Elsa brings on the snow!


My daughter was thrilled with the result. And now, if I can only find some way to make it play the Oscar winning song "Let it Go," I'd be Queen of Arendelle!

Monday, March 3, 2014

When Something Doesn't Go As Planned in Walt Disney World

I'm a pretty level headed person. I'm always happy, and it takes quite a bit to get me down. 

One of the things that can easily bring a person down is a trip to the most magical place on Earth, Walt Disney World. Wait, what?!!

The recipe for break downs are there- you've been looking forward to this trip for forever and want it to be perfect, you could be on a different sleep schedule, hungry, whining children, crowds of people, pressure to hit certain rides, transportation that may not go as quick as you like, and a number of other problems that could pop up- leaving your park tickets in the car or your camera back at the room. 

Even if you have someone help you plan your trip (like me, perhaps? ;)), it happens. It might not even be your fault.

It happened a couple of times to me on my latest trip to Walt Disney World.

First, we were dining at Tusker House, located in Animal Kingdom. Our reservation was for noon, and we arrived at 11:45 am. We were given a receipt upon check in, and skipped the line for a picture with Donald- the line was long, it was hot, and we had just taken a picture with Donald the night before. We headed straight to tables and chairs to sit down. I checked with the host, to make sure I didn't need to take a picture for some odd reason, that I didn't have to give him my receipt. He looked me up in the system, and told me no- we would be ready to go shortly. We took a sea among a number of people outside the restaurant.

When 12:20 rolled around, I politely asked the host again- we had reservations for noon, and wanted to make sure there were no issues. I didn't want to be a bother-but afterall I was 8 months pregnant and I was ready to get in the air conditioning. Also, I had stopped at Kilimanjaro Safari while my husband checked in at Tusker House, and picked up a Fastpass for 12:30-1:30. We could make it, right? The host checked again- yep, we were still there.

About 10 minutes later- the slowest ten minutes ever- another worker came by, checking the receipts, and writing down information on a note card. She didn't tell me what she was doing, but I didn't take it as a good sign. With my kids now starting to complain (we skipped breakfast so we could sleep in), our Fastpasses quickly looking like they would expire- and a number of people being taken seated that came in after me... I had enough. Some other people were having the same issues-they had been there for quite a bit of time, and people with later reservations were being sat in front of them. What's the point of making a reservation if you are just going to skip over me?

I made one final stand at the podium-at this point it was 12:50. I showed him my receipt again, and asked him how the dinner was at the restaurant, because it was obvious I wouldn't be seated for lunch. He had a puzzled look on his face, told me we would be up next.... and wouldn't you know it, we were seated shortly. It didn't matter, as my entire family was extremely unpleasant at that point. 

Our hostess, as they normally do, welcomed us to the restaurant and attempted to make small talk as she showed us to our table. We let her know our feelings, and told her how ridiculous it was that we had waited that long. She agreed, and quickly sat us to our table. She left with an apology for our wait. 

I left immediately- and to be honest, if Tusker House had steaks, lobster, ribs, chicken, chocolate imported from Europe, and my favorite beer on tap- I was still going to be displeased and ticked off. I kept thinking- you mean I purchased park tickets so I could spend half of my day waiting to eat at Tusker House? What a joy. And I saw plenty of empty tables as we walked in.

Soon after I sat down, a manager came over to our table. She came with an apology as well. Yeah, thanks, glad you noticed it. Apparently, the host had marked us as already being checked in. How nice of him, even though I asked him a million times!!!

She then preceded to ask us if we took our picture with Donald. Um no, because the line was huge and we were sweating like pigs. I imagine she was going to offer to give us the picture for free (but we probably would have turned that down). She then asked if were on a dining plan- which we were. I think she probably would have offered to comp our meal, but that's impossible and useless on the dining plan. We told her our real issue is that we had Fastpasses that were sure to expire, and now we will have spent half of our planned day waiting to eat. 

And then, miraculously, she pulled these out of her pocket.





That's right, these are what I like to refer to as "Golden Fastpasses." Why? Well, she told us that we could use them to get on any two attractions that we chose, and could enter the Fastpass line for both of them. Fair enough. We finished our meal, and moved on.

First, they still accepted our Fastpasses at Kilimanjaro Safari. No questions asked. Second, we preceded to go to Kali River Rapids with the "Golden Fastpasses." The cast member, who was supposed to collect them, took one look at them, and told me "Hold onto those and use them at another attraction." Which I did, and I experience the same result- they let me keep them. And at the next attraction... and the next... up until we had boarded every attraction we wanted to, and then some. 

So what happened? Well, we lost some time waiting at Tusker House. We certainly didn't go ballistic and crazy, and start cursing loudly at the cast members. We were disgruntled, but we made sure the people we came across were aware- but not in a degrading manner. I know they see a million people, and problems were bound to happen. I just don't like when it happens to me- and this one was definitely out of my control.

But the cast members at Disney recognized the problem, and worked to make it right. The time that we were robbed of waiting at Tusker House, was given back to use time and time again, to where we hardly had to wait for any ride. It stinks we had to go through that process, but they did a complete 180 for us.

So, what to do when things go wrong in Disney- and it's your fault? Find someone, whether it be guest services, a cast member, or Mickey Mouse himself (one time I told Spiderman at Universal that we were having a terrible time and that I should have never left Disney property!), and let them know what the problem is. Do your best to stay calm, and just let them know that you had an unsatisfied experience. You never know, you might regain a little magic!