How to use your Disney Gift Cards

Disney Gift Cards can be used in many ways when planning your next Disney Destination vacation.  This method of payment is growing in popularity in recent years.


Here is my list of ways to use a Disney Gift Card:

1.  Disney World – Use toward vacation packages, theme park tickets, water park tickets, annual passes, hotel rooms, spa experiences, merchandise, dining, and recreation…and more.

2.  Disneyland – Use toward vacation packages, theme park tickets, annual passes, tours, stroller and wheelchair rentals, merchandise, and dining…and more.

3.  Disney Cruise Line – Used to apply payment toward your shipboard account during your cruise, so you can use it to purchase Spa Treatments, Shore Excursions, Photographs at Shutters, and onboard Merchandise.  You can also use your Disney Gift Card toward your Disney Cruise Line reservation.

4.  Aulani Resort and Spa – Use toward your Resort reservation.  Can be used for payment toward room nights or accumulated purchases on your Resort charge during your stay.  The Disney Gift Card can also be used at participating merchandise and restaurant locations.

5.  Adventures by Disney – Use to reserve your next adventure.

6.  Disney Store – Used to buy Disney merchandise at your local Disney Store.

7. – Used to buy Disney merchandise from the online store.

8.  Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort – Use toward reservations.  Use for accumulated purchases on your Resort charge.  The Disney Gift Card can also be used at participating merchandise and restaurant locations.

9.  Disney’s Vero Beach Resort – Use toward reservations.  Use for accumulated purchases on your Resort charge.  The Disney Gift Card can also be used at participating merchandise and restaurant locations.

10. Disney’s PhotoPass – Use as a form of payment for your photo orders.

11. – Use toward purchase of Disney music.

12. Disney’s Club Penguin – Become a member and have full access to all the exclusive games, parties, items, and events that make Club Penguin so much fun to explore.

How do you like to use your Disney Gift Cards?  Is there anything I forgot on my list that you would add?

My daughter and I use them for buying souvenirs while on vacation.  My daughter always gets a couple for her birthday, and she loves having her own “money” to shop with on our trips.  I’m also a fan of using them for shopping for Christmas gifts on or at my local Disney Store.

If you are a budget shopper, there are ways to get discounted gift cards from Target, Sam’s Club, and a few other places.  The savings can make using gift cards well worth it.  Where do you get your discounted Disney Gift Cards?


Disney Destination Coupons for Booking your next Vacation

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Free $25 Disney Gift Card with Room-Only Bookings

When you book a Room-Only hotel stay at a Disney Resort through My Magical Mouse Vacations, you’ll receive a free $25 Disney Gift Card. Disney Gift Cards can be used on your trip for buying food, drinks, and souvenirs.

Free $50 Disney Gift Card

Receive a free $50 Disney Gift Card when you book a Disney Vacation Package.

Free $75 Disney Gift Card with Vacations over $4000

When you book a Disney Destination Vacation that totals over $4000, receive a free $75 Disney Gift Card. Offer is exclusive through My Magical Mouse Vacations. Use gift cards for buying food, drinks, souvenirs, and more.

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Happy Birthday Gift Card Giveaway!

In honor of my birthday, I am offering a Free $75 Disney Gift Card to anyone booking a vacation to Disney World, Disneyland, or on the Disney Cruise Line.

Check out my website for current Disney Destination vacation offers, and don’t forget that Fall vacation offers for Disney World were just released yesterday. This is a great time to book a vacation.

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This offer is good for one day only! This can be combined with current Disney vacation offers. Vacations must be worth $1000 or more. A deposit is required at time of booking, and final payment is due between 30-45 days before date of arrival (depending on travel year). Gift cards will be mailed once vacation is paid in full.

Contact me today for your free vacation quote!

Baby’s 1st Haircut in Magic Kingdom

A few years back, I was doing a bunch of research on Disney World.  I came across some information about getting a haircut at the Harmony Barber Shop in the Magic Kingdom.  This intrigued me.  Especially since at the time, I had a toddler that was in need of a 1st haircut.  I was tempted to hold off on her haircut until we went on vacation, but I didn’t.

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When you enter the Magic Kingdom park and make your way to Main Street, there is a little barber shop near City Hall (on your left).  They provide haircuts for kids and adults.  Who knew?

The best part is they will do Baby’s 1st Haircut.  The official name is the My First Haircut Package, which includes a printed certificate and a pair of commemorative Mickey ears that have “First Haircut” embroidered on the back. They also give you a clipping of your child’s hair in a mesh bag for you to take home.  How cute is this package?

The price isn’t bad either.  The package is only $19.  I consider that a bargain when you consider how much you can spend on Mickey ears alone in the gift shops.

The Cast Members cutting your child’s hair have fun ways to keep your little one entertained why getting their haircut, like pixie dust (glitter), bubbles, and stickers.

You can make reservations, but walk-ins are also accepted.  The appointments generally take about 15-30 minutes.  If you are a walk-in and there is a wait, you can go enjoy some attractions while you “wait” your turn.

Oh, and don’t forget your camera because this will be a life event you won’t want to forget.  🙂

Stroller Rental Companies in Orlando, FL

The past two years, we’ve rented a stroller for our trips to Disney World.  We didn’t want to worry about bringing our stroller from home, and we wanted something that would be easy to carry on the buses.  It was very convenient because the stroller was actually delivered to our resort, and all we had to do was pick it up the day we arrived from Bell Services.  Then on the day we were scheduled to leave, we drop it off and the stroller companies picks it up from the resort.  Simple, right?

Our daughter in 2013 at Animal Kingdom.  She was almost 3 years old.

Our daughter in 2013 at Animal Kingdom. This is the week before her 3rd birthday.  Her monkey was riding in the stroller while she walked.

We also liked the idea of having a more comfortable stroller than the ones offered in the parks.  Don’t get me wrong, I can remember my family using the plastic molded strollers in the theme parks when I was little and it was fine.  I don’t remember ever complaining about it.  But…I wanted my daughter to have something softer to ride around in, and a stroller that would have storage for packages and drinks.  For us, renting a stroller just made sense.  Like with most things, deciding whether renting a stroller is right for you is going to be a personal decision.  There are pros and cons to bringing your own stroller, renting a Disney stroller, and renting a stroller from an outside company.

Taking a break and eating some popcorn in her stroller in 2014.

Taking a break and eating some popcorn in her stroller in 2014.  This was several days before she turned 4 years old.

Here is a list of the top stroller rental companies in Orlando and their websites.  I’m going to start with the company we used in 2013 and 2014.  They are hands down my preferred company.

1. Magic Strollers

2. Kingdom Strollers

3. Orlando Stroller Rentals

4. Apple Stroller

5. Simple Stroller Rental

6. Baby Wheels Orlando

7. A Baby’s Best Friend

8. Baby’s Away

We have nothing but good things to say about Magic Strollers.  We have not encountered any problems, and we highly recommend them.  They are my go-to company for booking stroller rentals for customers.  Another highly recommended stroller company is Kingdom Strollers.  As a travel agent, I know a lot of people that use Kingdom Strollers and they have high praise for the service and the condition of the strollers.  Orlando Stroller Rental would be my last recommendation.  I hear good things about their service as well.  All three of these stroller companies are Disney preferred providers.

As for the remaining stroller rental companies, I don’t know them as well, so I can’t say whether or not I would recommend them.  I would suggest doing a little research to find out more about them if you are considering using them.  I have reviewed information about each company, and they seem to be reliable companies.  My main concern with some of them is that they don’t deliver to Disney resorts and leave the stroller with Bell Services.  You may have to meet them for delivery to accept the stroller.  This has the possibility of being very inconvenient, so please keep that in mind.

The best part of using a stroller rental company is that it is generally hassle free, and you have a clean and comfortable stroller for your child.  Our daughter walks probably 90% of the day, but that 10% of the day when she does ride in the stroller makes the cost worth it to us.

Here are my top reasons for having a stroller at WDW:

–  Having storage for souvenirs, jackets, rain ponchos, drinks, etc.

–  Sometimes our daughter just gets tired and wants a break from walking for a few minutes.

–  It’s a comfortable place for her to sit while waiting for fireworks, parades, and the bus (to and from the parks).

–  It’s easier for us to get through crowds when she’s in the stroller (like after a fireworks display).

–  At the end of the day when we get back to the hotel and we are exhausted, we can put her in the stroller instead of having to carry a half asleep child back to our room.  It is seriously a lifesaver.  Especially when your room is a long walk from the bus stop.  Believe me, we are very thankful for our stroller at the end of a long day.

Everyone has their own reasoning for wanting a stroller with them while at Disney World.  I recommend it for young kids.  It will make your life a lot easier.  One of the worst things you can see at Disney World is an overly tired child that is being forced to walk around the parks, resorts, etc.


In the evening, getting ready to pick a spot to wait for a parade at Magic Kingdom in 2014.


Waiting for a bus back to our resort for a mid-day break in 2014. We just missed a bus, so our wait was about 15 minutes.


Entering Magic Kingdom in 2014. She was still trying to fully wake up, and it had just stopped raining out.

Our last night at Disney World in 2013.  It was chilly out, she was starting to show signs of catching a cold, and we were all getting tired.

Our last night at Disney World in 2013. It was chilly out, she was starting to show signs of catching a cold, and we were all getting tired.  

If you book a Disney vacation with me, I can help you select the best stroller rental company for your family and make the reservation for you.  If you prefer to make the reservation yourself, I can assist you in selecting a company to use.

If you would like more information on stroller rental companies, or are thinking about booking a Disney vacation, please contact me for more information.

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Getting Outdoorsy at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

When planning a vacation, do you prefer something a little rustic and outdoorsy?  Well, the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground at Disney World may be the place for you.

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It’s nestled on 750 acres of pine and cypress forest.  It has the beauty of the American Frontier with a touch of Disney charm.  It opened in November of 1971.  The resort has 799 campsites and 409 air-conditioned Wilderness Cabins.  Fort Wilderness is the only pet friendly resort on Disney World property.

The cozy cabins can accommodate up to 6 guests.  The cabins are approximately 504 square feet, 12′ wide by 42′ long. Each cabin has a separate bedroom with a double bed, bunk beds, and a pull down bed in the living area.  There is a full bathroom with hair dryer.  The living area has a sofa and cable TV with DVD player. The dining area has seating for 6. The cabin also comes with an iron and ironing board.  There is a full kitchen, and a grill outside.

The camp sites are approximately 25′ wide and range from 25′ to 65′ in length. They are a combination of paved driveway and sandy pad.  All sites have running water, electricity, charcoal grills and picnic tables.  There are full hook-up sites that provide sanitary disposal.

The Trail’s End Restaurant is a cafeteria found in Pioneer Hall.  It is a buffet that features all-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers pizza as a late night snack.

One of the most popular dinner shows on the Disney World property is the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue.  In addition to the hilarious hoe-down-style entertainment, guests are treated to a family-style, all-you-can-eat dinner.

Mickey’s Backyard BBQ is a favorite of many guests.  This all you can eat buffet features everything you would expect at a Barbecue, plus much more.  There is also a variety of live entertainment, including character appearances.

The resort has a pool, horseback riding, fishing, and other recreational activities.  It provides Disney transportation to all theme parks.  There are also shops, laundry facilities, lockers, and childcare services.

Check out the video below to see what the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground has to offer.“>

Have you ever stayed at this resort or campground before?  What did you think?

Disney Fireworks Streaming Live on July 4th

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If you can’t make it to Disney World for July 4th, don’t worry!  You can watch the fireworks live from the comfort of your own home.

The Magic Kingdom Park’s July 4th fireworks show will stream live at 9 p.m. Eastern time on the Disney Parks Blog.   “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert In The Sky” paints the sky red, white, and blue while filling the air with patriotic music. The special show features perimeter fireworks launched from around Magic Kingdom Park and an island in Seven Seas Lagoon.

There will be two viewing options.  One camera will be in front of Cinderella Castle and the other near Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort to take in the entire perimeter spectacular. Guests viewing from their computer will be able to switch between the two cameras during the show. For those viewing on mobile devices, you will be able to take in the live view from the castle location.

The live feed starts at 8:50 p.m. Eastern on the Disney Parks Blog, with the fireworks show beginning at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.  If you are unable to watch it live, it will be available for replay.

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Disney Visa Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Offer!

Disney Visa® Cardmembers can save 35% on Deluxe Studio-Standard View accommodations at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows at Walt Disney World® Resort for stays most nights July 5-Oct. 3, 2015.

Embrace the tranquil spirit of the South Pacific at an oasis of tropical palms, flickering Tiki torches, and white-sand beaches at one of the original Walt Disney World Resort hotels – Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.


* Please note, the deposit must be made with a Disney Visa card or a Disney Rewards Redemption card at the time of booking, and the reservation must be under the name of the Disney Visa cardholder.  Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations are required.  Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room.  Number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length of stay requirements may apply.