HOCUS POCUS VILLAIN SPECTACULAR SHOW coming to MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY

Disney has announced an all new show that will bring extra Halloween fun to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom this fall.

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The new show, Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular, features the mischievous Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s classic Halloween movie, Hocus Pocus.  In the show, the Sanderson Sisters return to the mortal world for one night during the Halloween season. With only a few hours to run amuck, the three sisters decide to use their magic to throw the best, evil Halloween party this side of the graveyard.

With the help of the Disney villains, the sisters gather together to conjure the ultimate Hocus Pocus Party Potion and cast a spell on everyone in the Magic Kingdom Park.

The show includes appearances by Dr. Facilier, Oogie Boogie, Maleficent, and other great Disney villains.  It also features dancers, projections, and special effects that combine to make this an unforgettable Halloween treat.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular will be presented exclusively during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party from Sept. 15-Nov. 1, 2015.

To learn more about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, or to get your free vacation quote, contact me at:

jenny.westbrook@mickeyvacations.com

Go to my website to find out more about Disney vacations, special events, and special offers.

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Why choose a Disney Cruise?

There are many Cruise Lines to choose from, and they all offer different dining options, activities, staterooms, etc.  They all travel to incredible destinations, and they have beautiful cruise ships.  So the question ends up being, why choose a Disney Cruise?

Well….when you sail on a Disney cruise, the magic and memorable experiences for families are seemingly endless.  You’ll have access to outstanding entertainment, dining, amenities, and much more.  Most experiences are included in the cost of your cruise.

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There are plenty of family friendly activities included in your cruise fare:

  • Live, Broadway-caliber Disney shows
  • State of the art theatres that screen 3D, first-run and classic Disney movies
  • Deck parties and fireworks at sea on most itineraries
  • Pool areas — including a family pool, kids pool, splash zones, water slides and adult-exclusive pool
  • A sports deck
  • Plenty of Disney character experiences
  • Activities for families, including poolside movies, trivia, game shows, live music, and more

There are activities exclusive to kids, tweens, teens, and adults.

Kids Only

Each ship features exclusive youth clubs for kids of all ages, available at no additional charge:

  • Kids club for ages 3 – 12
  • Tween club for ages 11 – 14
  • Teen club for ages 14 – 17

While the kids enjoy time at their exclusive clubs, parents can enjoy adult exclusive amenities.  Parents can relax knowing their children are being supervised by experienced childcare professionals.  Wave phones are available to keep parents and kids in touch at all times.  For kids under the age of 3, Disney does offer a nursery, but it comes with an additional fee and you must make reservations.

Adults Only

Adults can enjoy the best of both worlds.  They can have time with their kids, and time alone. Adults enjoy complimentary access to:

  • A tranquil pool and whirlpool spa
  • Adult District nightclubs and lounges
  • A fitness center
  • Select activities and entertainment

Adults can enhance their cruise with upgraded experiences that are available at a fee, like adult exclusive dining, spa services, nightclubs, and lounges.

Staterooms

Disney Cruise Line staterooms are designed with your family’s comfort in mind. Standard stateroom amenities include:

  • Attentive housekeeping services twice a day — including turndown service
  • In-stateroom toiletries
  • Split bathrooms (in most staterooms)
  • Ample storage space
  • Refrigerator
  • Hairdryer
  • On-demand television and in-room movies

Dining for Every Taste

Choose from a wide variety of dining options on a Disney cruise. The following are included with your cruise fare:

  • Main Dining
  • Casual Dining
  • Quick Service Dining
  • 24-hour room service
  • Complimentary soda, tea, and coffee on deck and in the dining rooms
  • All-you-care-to-eat ice cream
  • Late night snacks in the Adult District
  • Kids club dining

Adult exclusive dining experiences are available for an additional fee.

Special Offerings 

On a Disney cruise, you’ll enjoy signature Disney service and attention to details. Special offerings include:

  • Special holiday events onboard during Halloween and winter holidays
  • 24-hour Guest Services
  • Wave Phones that let you call and text fellow passengers while onboard or at Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay

Castaway Cay is Disney’s private island paradise, and it’s a port of call on most Bahamian and Caribbean itineraries. Complimentary offerings include:

  • A buffet-style barbecue lunch
  • Coffee, tea, and soda
  • All-you-care-to-eat ice cream
  • Tram transportation
  • Beaches, including a family beach and adult-only beach
  • Beach chairs, umbrellas and hammocks
  • Beach towels
  • Island entertainment
  • Clubs for kids and teens
  • Hiking trails
  • Beach sports
  • Yoga classes
  • Splash zone
  • Pelican Plunge water slide

You can enhance your island time with Port Adventures, which are available at a fee.

Also, all 4 Disney cruise ships made it on USA Today’s 10 Best Cruise Ships for Families.  Not bad, right?  The Disney Dream came in #1.  Check out the list for yourself at the link below.  Once you go to the link, scroll down the page to get to the Best Cruise Ships for Families list.

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Disney Cruises are amazing for families and for groups of friends looking to get away, but they can also be wonderfully romantic for couples.  The next time you’re thinking about taking a cruise, consider a Disney Cruise.  You may be surprised by how much it has to offer.

Interested in learning more about Disney Cruises, or receiving a free vacation quote, contact me for more information.

www.mickeyvacations.com/jennyw

Ever wondered what the staterooms look like on a Disney Cruise Ship?

Staterooms can differ from Cruise Line to Cruise Line, but most have a basic layout.  What makes Disney Cruise Ships unique is that they focus on families.  Staterooms are a little larger then on other Cruse Lines, they have extra sleeping options (like pull down beds), some have split bathrooms, and they have magical extras (like magical portholes).  Disney does their best to make even the cruising experience comfortable for families with various stateroom choices.

Disney Cruise Line currently has four ships:  Wonder, Magic, Fantasy, and Dream.  The Disney Wonder and Disney Magic are sister ships, and the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream are sister ships.  Sister ships are virtually the same in design/layout.  There are some differences, but they are very similar.

Take a look at some of the stateroom options on the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream.

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Have you ever been on a Disney Cruise?  I’d love to hear about it.  Leave a comment below and tell me all about your Disney Cruise vacation.  Did you go with your family, or was it an adult trip?  What was your favorite thing to do on the ship?

If you’re interested in learning more about Disney Cruises, or you’d like a free vacation quote, please feel free to contact me.  My services are always free to you, the customer.  I’d be happy to help plan your next Disney vacation.

Packing for Disney World and Disneyland

My husband always finds it humorous to see my detailed packing list months before our vacations.  I write out a list a few months before our trip and start gathering up items little by little.  I go over the list multiple times to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything, and I update the list from year to year as our daughter gets older and doesn’t need certain items anymore (like pull ups and other baby/toddler supplies).

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My suitcase, my daughter’s suitcase, and my carry-on bag from a couple years ago.

My friends ask me how to pack for a Disney trip.  They don’t know where to start, and are afraid of forgetting something important.  One of my biggest traveling fears is leaving something at home we need, so that’s why I always start gathering stuff for my trip well in advance.
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Our Magic Bands. We put ours on the morning we leave so we won’t forget them, and so we can get used to wearing them.

Since I’m writing this blog now, I thought I’d share my packing list with my readers.  I hope this helps some of you prepare for your own trips.  I’ll try to break the list down into sections so it’s easier to follow.  The list is basically a guide to help you remember what you may need to pack.  It doesn’t mean that everyone needs all of these items on their trip.  Depending on what you’re doing, if you have kids traveling with you, and the age of the kids…everyone’s packing list may be a little different.  There are things on this list that we don’t take because we don’t need it, or don’t want to bother taking it with us.  Please just use the list as a reference guide.
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My daughters backpack for the airport and airplane, my purse for this trip, our Magic Bands, my camera case, and my jacket.

I like to be prepared for anything, so I do pack an extra shirt or two, an extra pair of pants, and extra socks and underwear.  What I’ve learned from our trips is sometimes we like to shower mid-day and put fresh clothes on.  The morning and early afternoon can be hot out, and we sweat more.  When we go out in the evening, it’s cooler and we don’t have to worry about getting all sweaty.
I bring lots of activities to keep my daughter busy on the plane.

I bring lots of activities to keep my daughter busy on the plane.

We also had one experience where we got absolutely soaked on a water ride (where we were still dripping wet 30 minutes later), and we had to change into fresh clothes and shoes for the evening.  I’m serious, even our shoes were soaking wet and my daughter’s shoes refused to dry properly.  I figure I would rather pack a little extra, then be stuck having to buy clothes there just so we have a fresh outfit to wear when needed.  But that’s just me.  Others may not mind.

Disney Packing List
Clothing Items:
Shirts – short sleeve and long sleeve
Shorts/Capris
Pants
Bras, Underwear, Shapewear
Socks
Pajamas
Costumes, Costume Shoes, and Accessories
Suimsuits
Cover – Ups
Belts
Dressy Clothes (for nice dinners)
Pantyhose or Tights
Jacket (for cool nights)
Gym Shoes
Sandals/Flip Flops
Water Shoes
Dress Up Shoes
Hats
Sunglasses
Watch, Jewelry, Scarves, and Accessories

Personal Care Items:
Contacts/Glasses
Case for Contact Lens/Glasses, Cleaning Solution, etc
Eyeglasses Repair Kit
Eye Drops
Lip Balm
Face Wash
Face Lotion
Acne Medication
Make-Up
Make-Up Remover
Deodorant
Liquid Hand Soap
Shower Gel
Body Lotion
Hand Lotion
Perfume/Cologne/Body Spray
Shower Poof
Razor
Shaving Gel
Tweezers
Nail Clippers
Nail File
Nail Polish
Nail Polish Remover
Foot Spray
Foot Powder
Vaseline
Shampoo/Conditioner/Leave-In Conditioner
Shower Cap
Hair Spray/Hair Gel/Mousse
Styling Serum
Hair Brush/Comb
Hair Bands/Headbands/Hair Clips
Hair Dryer
Curling Iron/Flat Iron
Sunscreen for body and face
Burn Ointment
Band Aids
Neosporin or other Antibiotic Ointment
Aloe Vera
Q-Tips
Kleenex
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Floss
Mouthwash
Gum (It’s not sold anywhere on Disney property)
Breath Mints
Pain Medicine
Allergy/Sinus Medicine
Gas and Antacid Medicine
Diarrhea and/or Constipation Medicine
Cold/Flu Medicine
Cough Drops (these are very hard to find, so bring your favorite type with)
Vitamins
Motion Sickness Meds
Menstrual Cramp Medicine
Tampons/Pads
Birth Control Pills
Baby/Kid Shampoo and Conditioner
Baby/Kid Body Lotion
Baby/Kid Bath Soap
Baby/Kid Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
Baby/Kid Medicine – Pain Meds, Tummy Meds, and Pain Relievers
Baby/Kids Vitamins
Baby/Kid Hairbrush and Comb
Baby/Kid Hairbands and Headbands
Baby/Kid Hair Detangler
Baby/Kid Nail Clippers
Antibacterial Wipes
Prescription Medications
Blister Cream/Pads

Paperwork and Money for Trip:
Flight Confirmation and Boarding Passes
Hotel Confirmation
Transportation Confirmation (Magical Express, Shuttles, Car Service, etc)
Vacation Package Confirmation
Car Rental Confirmation
Theme Park Tickets or Magic Bands
Water Park Tickets
Special Event Tickets
Fastpass+ Reservations
Advanced Dining Reservations Confirmation Numbers
Park Maps
Cash (Dollar Bills for tips, tolls, etc)
Pennies (for Penny Press)
Envelopes for Mousekeeping Tips  (I leave a tip for Mousekeeping everyday of our stay)
Credit/Debit Cards
Driver’s License or State ID
Insurance Cards
Membership Cards (AARP, AAA, etc)
Address Book, Pen, and Stamps for sending Post Cards to family and Friends
Notebooks (I bring a small notebook with important info like confirmations, Fastpass+ reservations, etc)
Guidebooks
Autograph Books and Large Pen

Everything Else You May Need:
Park Bag
Beach Bag
Cell Phone and Charger
Camera and Charger
Camcorder and Charger
Tablet or eReader, and Charger
Earbuds or Headphones
Ipod and Charger
Batteries
Disposable Camera or Cheap Camera for Kids
Underwater Camera
Laptop and Charger
Power Strip for hotel room
Portable Charger
Landyards for adults and kids (and Disney pins)
Trading Pins
Ziplock bags of various sizes
Plastic Bags for dirty/wet clothes, for wrapping stuff up, etc.
Lunch Bag/Collapsible Cooler
Tupperware Containers
Plastic Water Bottles for filling up with water
Umbrella
Rain Poncho (for rainy days and water rides)
Antibacterial Hand Gel and Wipes
Tide Wipes for food stains
Books and magazines for traveling
Travel Games and Card Games
Travel Pillows and blankets
Bug Spray
Bug Bite Ointment
Anti-Itch Cream
Earplugs for sleeping and for airplanes
Noseplug for swimming
First Aid Kit
Safety Pins for clothes
Water bags for wet clothes
Clothes Pins for hanging clothes
Sewing Kits
Small Scissors
Wrinkle Spray for clothes
Over the Door bags and organizers (nice for personal care items)
Portable Workout Equipment and Clothes
Nightlight
Flashlight
Alarm Clock
Sound Machine for sleeping
Water Toys
Goggles
Beach Towels
Arm Floaties for young kids in pools
Mister Fan
Snacks for traveling, the theme parks, and hotel rooms
Laundry Detergent, Dryer Sheets, Coins for Laundry Machines

Baby Care (Toddler Care) Items:
Diapers
Swim Diapers
Pull-Ups
Wipes
Butt Ointment
Diaper Bag
Toilet Seat Covers
Vaseline
Binkies/Pacifier
Bottles
Formula
Sippy Cups
Bibs
Baby Food
Baby Snacks
Plastic Cups with Straws
Portable High Chair
Baby Table Topper (for restaurants)
Strollers
Pack and Plays
Portable Crib
Car Seat/Booster Seat
Board Games/Car Games
Personal DVD Player and DVDs
Handheld Games
Tablets
Blankets and Pillow
Baby Toys
ID Tags (I use an ID tattoo for my daughter)
Outlet Covers
Window Shades
Travel Pillow
Coloring Books, Crayons, Markers, and Stickers
Books and Magazines
Activity Books

Did I forget anything from my list?  What are some of your MUST HAVE items when you go to Disney?

A Fairy Tale Ending – A Disney Honeymoon

You’ve spent months, even years, planning your perfect wedding day.  Everything is set for the wedding of your dreams.  But where are you going on your honeymoon?

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Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawaii

After your dream wedding, it only makes sense to have a honeymoon with a fairy tale ending.  A Disney Honeymoon is filled with wonder and delight.  At a Disney Destination, dream making is a top priority.  They make storybook fantasies into reality.  You can stay in luxurious accommodations, dine like royalty, and experience spectacular fireworks, parades, and shows together.

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Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa

It’s easy to arrange for magical extras, like in-room honeymoon celebrations with chocolate covered strawberries and champagne.  If you have something special in mind, just ask and Disney may be able to make special arrangements to ensure your experience is everything you want it to be.

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A Disney Honeymoon can be as elegant, or as budget friendly, as you wish.  It’s all about making your dreams come true.

Dine around the World Showcase in Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.  Enjoy an unforgettable cruise to the Bahamas on the Disney Cruise Line.  Relax on a beautiful beach at the Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawaii.  Have the experience of a lifetime with an Adventures by Disney trip to Italy.  Reconnect with your inner child while having fun on thrilling rides at Disneyland in California.  The options are endless when choosing a Disney Destinations Honeymoon.

Experience an enchanting honeymoon at a Disney Destination, and have memories that will last a lifetime.

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My husband and I got married and had our honeymoon in Hawaii.

Our wedding day was a beautiful, breezy day.

Our wedding day was a beautiful, breezy day.

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Even though the breeze was blowing my hair around, it was still a “perfect” wedding.

At the Dole Plantation in Hawaii.  A Hawaiian honeymoon was a dream come true for us.

At the Dole Plantation in Hawaii. A Hawaiian honeymoon was a dream come true for us.

If you’d like more information on a Disney Honeymoon, contact me for an eBrochure, or I can send you a beautiful color brochure in the mail.  Let me help you plan your magical Disney Honeymoon.  Contact me today for a free vacation quote.

jenny.westbrook@mickeyvacations.com

www.mickeyvacations.com/jennyw

Be Dazzled!

Get ready to be Dazzled!  Plan a 2-Night/3-Day Disneyland Resort vacation at a Good Neighbor Hotel starting at $99 per person, per day for a family of 4.  Includes 3-Day, 1 Park per Day Disneyland Resort tickets.  For arrivals most nights 8/30 – 10/1/15 and 11/1 – 11/23/15. Contact me for a FREE vacation quote.

Book now and receive some EXTRAS.  I’ll be giving away Disney gift cards.

Be dazzled

If you want a detailed vacation quote, please fill out the following form and email it to me at: jenny.westbrook@mickeyvacations.com

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I will get back to you within 24 hours with your FREE quote.  You may also go to my website to fill out a form at: www.mickeyvacations.com/jennyw

*Please note that the free Disney gift cards will not be mailed out until final payment is received for your Disney vacation.  Final payment is not due until 45 days prior to your trip.

What’s a Disney Vacation Account?

It’s a simple fact that most vacations now days can be expensive, especially Disney vacations if you don’t know ways to do it on a budget.

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For those of us that enjoy taking vacations, we try to find ways to save money and stay within a budget while on vacation.  Sometimes it can be hard to pull together all the money for a family vacation.

Disney came up with a way to help guests save for their magical vacations.  You can sign up for a Disney Vacation Account.  With a Disney Vacation Account, you can set up an easy and flexible savings plan to fit your budget.  The site will help you estimate the cost with helpful tools.  Once you have an estimate, you can create your savings plan and start saving for up to 5 years in advance of your vacation date.  It makes saving for your vacation simple and convenient.

You can make automatic contributions to your account with a debit card or credit card, and schedule deposits to take place weekly, monthly, or every two weeks.  You can make instant deposits at any time, and you can also use a Disney gift card to make contributions to your account.  There are no fees to set up and maintain this account, and you are able to obtain a full refund at any time.

The website provides all the tools you need to to track your savings progress, check your balance, and manage your account.  You can update your goals by deciding to raise or lower your contribution amount, or by changing your vacation date.  It’s easy to manage your account, and make any necessary changes.

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Once you are ready to book your vacation, you can use your Disney Vacation Account to book with your Disney Travel Agent, online on Disney’s website, or over the phone with a Disney representative.  Adventures by Disney vacations cannot be booked online, so you’ll have to book through your Disney Travel Agent or over the phone.

Disney is giving away $20 Disney gift cards for every $1,000 you spend on qualified vacation purchases with your Disney Vacation Account prior to December 31, 2017, up to $500 per household.  (See site for details.)

Here is the link for the Disney Vacation Account:

https://disneyvacationaccount.disney.go.com/

There are many ways to start saving for your next Disney vacation.  The Disney Vacation Account is just one option to help make saving a little easier.

If you’re ready to start planning your Disney vacation, contact me for a free vacation quote at jenny.westbrook@mickeyvacations.com.

You can also visit my website at :  www.mickeyvacations.com/jennyw

Special Vacation Offers with Extras

Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa

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The more nights you stay, the more you save! Save 30% on stays of 5+ nights or 25% on stays of 4 nights. If you book by June 29th, get a $50 Resort credit for every night of your stay.  Available for most stays between August 16 – December 21, 2015.

Don’t miss out on EXTRAS. If you book by July 5th, get a FREE Disney gift card and a special gift.  Contact me today for a free vacation quote.

Free Dining at Walt Disney World

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FREE dining offer!  You can get a FREE Dining Plan when you purchase a non-discounted 6-night/7-day package that includes a room at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels and tickets with Park Hopper or Water Park Fun & More Option. For arrivals select nights from August 28 – December 21, 2015.

Don’t miss out. Book by July 5th, and I will throw in some EXTRAS. Receive a free Disney gift card and a special gift. Contact me to get your free vacation quote today!

*  I am personally throwing in some extras for a limited time.  I want to make your vacation even more magical.

For more details on these offers, go to my website at:  www.mickeyvacations.com/jennyw

or visit my Facebook page at:  www.facebook.com/MyMagicalMouseVacationsByJenny

Email me at jenny.westbrook@mickeyvacations.com for your free vacation quote.

My Favorite Disney Blogs

I discovered my favorite Disney blog a few years ago, and I read it weekly.  I’ve found several Disney blogs that I can’t help reading, even when I have no vacation plans coming up.  I am one of those Disney Fanatics that enjoys reading about all things Disney.  I read blogs, visit the official Disney website, read books and articles, and I subscribe to a few newsletters.

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I decided to put together a quick list of my favorite Disney Blogs.  So here we go…

My Top 5 Favorite Disney Blogs (and a runner up):

1.  The Disney Food Blog  –  http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/

2.  WDW Prep School  –  http://wdwprepschool.com/

3.  Touring Plans Blog  –  http://blog.touringplans.com/

4.  Disney Parks Blog  –  http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/

5.  The Disney Blog  –  http://thedisneyblog.com/

Runner up  –  Disney Tourist Blog  –  http://www.disneytouristblog.com/

My all time favorite Disney blog is The Disney Food Blog.  I love reading about all the dining locations and seeing pictures of the food at each location.  It helps me plan out the places I want to visit on my next trip.  Do you have a favorite Disney blog?