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Planning a Trip to Disney World

Disney World – it’s the happiest place on earth. With four amusement parks, two water Mickey_Mouseparks (although one is closed for refurbishment right now), and 25 uniquely themed hotels and resorts, it can be challenging trying to navigate your Disney vacation. To help, here are some planning tips to think about prior to giving us a call to book the trip.

Stay at a Disney Resort – You’ll pay a little more to stay at a Disney hotel, but you’ll love all the perks. We can help you figure out which one is best for you and your family.

Orlando is a big town and even when you get a hotel that is close to Disney, it can be daunting to navigate the traffic to get to the parks. The Disney resorts have shuttles constantly running between your hotel and all the theme parks and even Disney Springs.

You’ll also get extra time in the parks, aka “Extra Magic Hours,” which are for Disney hotel guests only and allow you to enjoy a less crowded experience. Plus, when you stay onsite, you get the “Magic Band”. This wristband acts as your key to your room, key to getting on rides that you’ve set up with a FastPass and when you purchase things at a store in the parks or at Disney Springs, you can have it delivered to your room. This way, you can walk around the parks unencumbered by bags of stuff. Speaking of the FastPass, by staying onsite, you can book your FastPasses earlier than those who don’t.

You’ll also enjoy special Disney-themed activities that you won’t get just anywhere. Many Disney hotels offer character dining, so you’ll be able to treat your family to dinner with their favorite stars.  The whole family will also flip for themed-hotels, including a Caribbean Beach resort and wild animal themed resort, the Animal Kingdom Lodge. The pools are nothing to scoff at either, from a sandy lagoon to pirate themed splash parks, there’s a little something for everyone.

Purchase a Multi-Day Hopper Pass – The cost of a single-day Disney Pass is about $109 or $164 with the hopper option (plus taxes, of course). If you are planning on enjoying the parks for a few days, consider purchasing a multi-day hopper pass.  This pass allows you to hop from one park to the next on the same day. The benefit is that you can spend the day at the Magic Kingdom, then go to your room and take a nap or get your feet off the floor for a little while. And later that night, go to another park to enjoy their fireworks or a special event. Plus, the longer you stay, the per day cost per ticket decreases. You could pay as little as $69 per day if you purchase a 7-day pass.

Travel in the Off-Season – During peak season which is typically June through August and over the holidays, both Disney hotels and hotels in the vicinity raise their prices. Save on lodging, food and entertainment by visiting Disney in September through March.

Enjoy FREE Attractions – You can take the monorail through some parks for no fee. Or enjoy the ferry to the Magic Kingdom. If you visit at night, you can see the Magic Kingdom’s Electrical Water Pageant Show without entering the park. If you want to experience a little magic for no cost, this could be just the ticket.

Talk to us about all the great options available for your Disney adventure. No matter what you’re seeking, we’ll help you plan the magical escape you and your little ones (or older ones) dream of. Call us at 618-687-2100 for your Disney Dream Vacation today.

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Book online but keep your local support

There are so many options out there for booking that at times, it can feel overwhelming. That is why it’s great to use a travel agent. We can help narrow down what works for your destination, budget and travel needs. Plus, by booking your vacation package through us – you can put down a deposit and then your final payment isn’t due until 60-45 days prior to your departure instead of having to pay it all upfront. Of course, if you’re booking something within 60-45 days of travel, the total is due at the time of booking.

But, if you like doing your own research and booking things online; we have that too. Check out our BOOK IT NOW page on our website. It takes you directly to some of our favorite travel companies’ websites  – like Apple Vacations and Funjet Vacations for example. They have flight/hotel packages to the Caribbean, Hawaii, Jamaica, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe and more. We also have the Globus Family which has escorted tours throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, South Pacific and the Middle East. They also have river cruises. This way, you can check out all the different aspects of your trip but still have our local support to help answer questions or take care of certain details. And, in the event of a problem with your trip, (the best laid plans and all), we’re there to help get things back on track.

If you have questions about any of these companies or their destinations, give us a call. Let us help you find the best deal for your dollar, needs and dreams. Or, book it online and have us as your backup should you need it.

 

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New at Theme Parks this Summer!

These theme parks have new rides, roller coasters and experiences just waiting for you and your family. Let us help you get your adventure started.

Beginning with Disneyland – California Adventure recently debuted Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters. Miniature Italian roadsters move across a trackless dance floor. The Hyperion Theater now features an all-new, live musical with the characters from Frozen. And, the popular Soarin’ Over California will be replaced by Soarin’ Around the World.

You will also be able to experience Soarin’ Around the World at Walt Disney World‘s Epcot. And, their Norway Pavillion now has the Frozen Ever After boat ride which visits Elsa’s ice palace and you’ll hear songs from the movie throughout. The Animal Kingdom will come alive at night with their new Rivers of Light musical experience illuminating the night sky with animal images. Undergoing a transformation throughout the evening hours, the Tree of Life has magical fireflies bringing animal spirits to life. Not to be outdone, Hollywood Studios has added several “Star Wars” experiences including Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show with lasers, special effects and projections of characters and scenes from the films.

Legoland California welcomes Ninjago Land. It’s main focus being Ninjago The Ride with 4-D effects and 3-D imagery. You get to wield the superpowers of the main characters. Updates were made to the existing Legoland Hotel to include suites. Their Discovery Centers will begin showing a new movie featuring characters from “The Lego Movie” battling Lord Business’ brother – Risky Business.

SeaWorld Orlando has added a new roller coaster – the Mako, named for one of the ocean’s fastest sharks reaching speeds of up to 73 mph. It will be the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in Orlando. Similarly, Busch Gardens has added the Cobra’s Curse. Thrust into the middle of an Egyptian archaeological excavation, you will come face to face with an 80-foot long snake.

Universal Orlando welcomes Skull Island: Reign of Kong. This massive new experience on a new island at Islands of Adventure brings a powerful storyline to life with 3-D experiences and revolutionary vehicles. Accommodating up to 72 guests at once, one of the longest rides ever created by Universal navigates a jungle road through unpredictable terrain to meet none other than – Kong. Universal Studios Hollywood brings the park’s first outdoor coaster to life, Flight of the Hippogriff inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Fans of ” The Walking Dead” will be excited to know that the Halloween Horror Nights now have a permanent location inside a new structure.

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Disney’s Port Orleans New Watering Hole

Just in time for warm summer days, there’s a new space at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter that’s just for little ones who like to splash around and stay cool.

Decked out in the bold hues of Mardi Gras gold, purple and green, this new aquatic play area lets Guests 48 inches and under enjoy water slides that are just their size, play with fun water cannons, and splish-splash among fountains.

The new area is located next to the whimsical Doubloon Lagoon pool, so your Clients and their little ones can easily go back and forth between the two water-filled spots while staying at this resort.

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What You Need to Know About Traveling to Disney World

Disney World – it’s the happiest place on earth. With four amusement parks, two water Mickey_Mouseparks, and dozens of themed hotels and resorts, it can be challenging trying to navigate your Disney vacation. To help, here are some planning tips to think about prior to giving us a call to book the trip.

Stay at a Disney Resort
You’ll pay more to stay at a Disney hotel, but you’ll love all the perks. If you’re driving to the park, you’ll enjoy free parking. You’ll also get extra time in the parks, aka “Extra Magic Hours,” which allow you to enjoy a less crowded experience.

You’ll also enjoy special Disney-themed activities that you won’t get just anywhere. Many Disney hotels offer character dining, so you’ll be able to treat your family to dinner with their favorite stars.  The whole family will also flip for themed-hotels, including a Caribbean beach resort and wild animal themed resort. The pools are nothing to scoff at either, from a sandy lagoon to pirate themed splash parks, there’s a little something for everyone.

Purchase a Multi-Day Pass
The cost of single-day Disney Pass is about $100. If you are planning on enjoying the parks for a few days, consider purchasing a multi-day multi-park pass.  The per day cost per ticket decreases the longer the duration of the pass. You could pay as little as $48 per day if you purchase a 7-day pass.

Travel in the Off-Season
During peak season, both Disney hotels and hotels in the vicinity raise their prices. Save on lodging, food and entertainment by visiting Disney in September or January.

Enjoy FREE Attractions
You can take the monorail through some parks for no fee. Or enjoy the ferry to the Magic Kingdom. If you visit at night, you can see the Magic Kingdom’s Electrical Water Pageant Show without entering the park. If you want to experience a little magic for no cost, this could be just the ticket.

Talk to us about all the great options available for your Disney adventure. No matter what you’re seeking, we’ll help you plan the magical escape you and your little ones dream of. From our Travel Tips Quarterly newsletter.

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Pirates of the Caribbean ride reopens at Walt Disney World

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Closed for refurbishment over the past few months; our beloved, classic attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World® Resort, is reopening with enhanced special effects. Along with the restoration work and new paint, they’ve added new cannons with water-based smoke and strobes for weather effects. New scents and Audio Animatronics help add to your experience of the attraction. Each character has been rebuilt and fitted with new costumes including Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa. They now appear even more realistic and authentic. If your headed to the Walt Disney World® Resort, be sure to visit the enhanced Pirates of the Caribbean!

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Book Online with Us

Without a travel agent, you're on your own.We know there are lots of you that book online and we want you back. We want your business. Our updated website now has a BOOK IT NOW page. If you’re looking for a package deal with air and hotel plus car or a shuttle – I would take a look  at Funjet Vacations or Apple Vacations and get ‘er done. They can get you to almost anywhere here in the U.S., the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, or Central and South America. Looking for a DisneyWorld vacation to Florida or heading to California to visit DisneyLand? Funjet has you covered – from flights to hotels to shuttles along with theme park tickets. Both Funjet and Apple have charter flights (non-stop flights) to Mexico and islands in the Caribbean. There are so many wonderful places to discover. Book your vacation online on our website and have the local support you need in case you have questions or need help making a booking. Plus, in the event you need help while on the road – you have a familiar name to call on. Keep your peace of mind with our online convenience and local support.

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