My Birthday Gift to You

In honor of my birthday today, I am offering a limited time promotion. If you book a Disney vacation package with room, tickets, and dining for $4,500 or more for travel dates between August 15 – December 31, 2016…you will receive a $100 Disney Gift Card to use on your vacation.

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You must book by 7/28/16 to get this promotion. Gift Cards will be mailed once your vacation is paid in full. Don’t wait, book now!!!

Contact me at:

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Get your free quote today!  My services are always free.

 

 

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The Dos and Don’ts for First Time Disney Travel

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If you’re a Disney Addict like me, I know it’s hard to believe, but not everyone has been to Walt Disney World or Disneyland multiple times.  My family and I have been to Disney World so many times, we can tell you where every bathroom is located, shortcuts to avoid traffic jams of people, and the quickest way to get to your next Fastpass ride.  If you have never visited Disney World in Florida or Disneyland in California, or if it’s been a long time since your last visit, there are several mistakes that guests tend to make.  Even well traveled guests may not be aware of some of the most common dos and don’ts.  I’ve put together a few suggestions to make your first trip to the most Magical place on earth (or the Happiest place on earth)  a little more magical.
  • Don’t Sleep in Late. –  I know, it’s your vacation, so you don’t want to get up early.  However, the best time at the parks is first thing in the morning.  It’s generally cooler and less crowded.  Plan to get up and be at the park about 30 minutes before the scheduled opening (this is known as “rope drop”).  Some of the parks have a little opening show, that you will miss if you’re not there early.  You can get through security and ticketing, and be ready to roll when the rope drops.  Then you can get to that big attraction that you usually have to wait 60 minutes for if you go later.  My daughter likes to head to Big Thunder Mountain in Magic Kingdom first, so we can ride it a few times in a row before a long line starts to form.  I also suggest eating breakfast in the park.  My husband prefers a Table Service breakfast buffet, but a quick service breakfast works fine too.  Enjoy the early part of the day, go back to your resort for lunch and a nap, then return in the evening refreshed and ready to enjoy the cooler and less crowded night activities.

 

  • Don’t Leave the Park Early.  –  Just like being there early, it’s generally cooler and less crowded after the sun goes down.  If you took my advice and got to the park early, then went back to your resort for a nap you, should be good to go for the evening.  Book your Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) for 6-7 pm in one of the parks and then enjoy the nighttime parades and fireworks after dinner.  The last few times I was at the Magic Kingdom, I was at the back of the park at closing time.  Sometimes I take my time walking to the front and stop in the shops on Main Street…those stay open about an hour after the park closes.  About an hour after closing time, there is a “kiss goodnight” at the castle.  It’s really short and it’s not publicized, but it happens each night.  You really need to see it at least once.  Plus, the buses, monorails and boats are much less crowded by that time.  Another thing a lot of guests don’t know is that if you’re in a line at closing time, you can remain in that line until you ride the attraction.  It doesn’t matter if you get in line for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train 5 minutes before closing, you’ll still be able to ride the ride before you leave.  It’s a nice way to squeeze in one last ride before you leave the park.

 

  • Don’t Eat at Peak Times –  One of the worst things to do at Disney is trying to eat lunch at 12:00 noon.  Try to avoid eating at a quick service restaurant between 11:30 and 1:00.  The lines will be very long and you won’t find any place to sit.  You’ll get frustrated trying to carry all that food around without bumping into someone.  If you got to the park early, you’ll probably be ready to eat lunch by 10:45 or 11:00.  Or if you ate breakfast in the park early, you can wait until after the lunch crowd.  Bring a snack or get a Mickey shaped pretzel around 11:00 to hold you over until after 1:00. Waiting in line for Starbucks in the morning is a big waste of time, as well.  Grab some coffee at your hotel before you head to the park.

 

  • Do use Fastpass and Fastpass+ –  Disneyland still has regular Fastpasses that you go to each attraction, insert your park ticket, and it gives you a paper Fastpass.  Disney World now uses Fastpass+ which allows you select your Fastpasses up to 60 days before your trip if you’re staying on Disney property (30 days if staying off-property), and you choose 3 each day.  There is absolutely no reason for you not to take advantage of them.  It’s free for every park guest.  You don’t have to pay extra for this like you do at some other theme parks.  At Disneyland, you get your paper Fastpass 1 at a time.  When you use one, you can then go get another one, and so on… all day long until they run out.  The more popular attractions tend to run out mid to late afternoon. The Fastpass gives you a time frame for you to return to ride the ride with little or no waiting.  It’s usually a 1 hour window and you need to return during that time.  When you book your Disney vacation with me as your Disney travel planner, I will help you understand and take full advantage of the Fastpass system.

 

  • Do make Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR)  This is one of the things that I can help you with as your Disney Travel planner.  Disney World and Disneyland have some wonderful restaurants, but if you don’t make ADRs you more than likely will end up eating chicken fingers and hamburgers every meal.  The Table Service restaurants are extremely popular and are generally booked well in advance.  We can schedule your ADRs 180 days before your trip for Disney World, and 60 days before your trip to Disneyland.  Some of the most popular locations like Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest fill up within minutes of hitting the 180 day mark.  I will get up early to make sure you get the reservations you want.

 

  • Do use the My Disney Experience App –  Disney World has free Wi-Fi in the parks which is great when using the Disney apps.  Be sure to download the My Disney Experience app on your phone to keep track of your Fastpassses and ADRs.  You can also check-in to your hotel with the app.

 

  • Don’t Park Hop Several Times in a Day –  It’s okay to park hop once, but any more than that, you’ll be wasting time in transportation.  My suggestion is to go to the park early, head back to your resort for an afternoon nap, then head out to a different park in the evening.  Pick a park that stays open later that night.  We love to go to Magic Kingdom on evenings it’s open late.  The rides tend to not be as crowded, and it feels like a different park at night compared to during the day.  It’s my husband’s favorite time to be there.

 

  • Don’t Watch the First Parade –  If there are 2 different times scheduled for a parade, always go to the second one.  The lines for rides will be much shorter during the parade, and many people leave after the first night time parade.  That means you get to ride more rides during the first parade, and then watch the second parade with less crowds.  Hit one or two last rides after the second parade while most people exit the parks.  By the time you leave, the transportation lines back to the resorts will be less crowded.

 

  • Do use a Disney Travel Planning Expert –  A Disney Travel Planner like myself, has graduated from the Disney College of Knowledge and knows many secrets and tricks to make your vacation less stressful and more magical than doing it yourself.  My service is free to you.  I’ll find you the best deals for your family.  I’ll keep checking for new discounts even after you’ve booked.  Then if something better comes along, I will adjust your reservation.  I’ll stay up late and get up early to make those ADRs you really want, so you don’t have to.  You will never pay a penny extra for a Disney Travel Planner to book your trip.  If you have a problem during your vacation, you can text me, email me, or give me a call, and I’ll take care of it for you.  There are a lot more secrets that I will share with you when you book your Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line,  Adventures by Disney, or Aulani vacation with me.

Other Services Available (Non-Disney Destinations)

I get this question a lot.  Do you book other vacations besides Disney?  The answer is yes.

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I specialize in Disney Destination vacations.  That is my true passion.  It’s the destinations that I continue to be trained on to stay up to date, and it’s my family’s vacation of choice. But…I can book a variety of other vacations besides Disney vacations.

Here is a list of just some of the vacations I can book for you:

Universal Studios Orlando
SeaWorld
Cruises – Carnival, Princess, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian
Beaches Resorts
Sandals Resorts
Delta Vacations
United Vacations
Apple Vacations
Travel Impressions

If you have a destination in mind, but aren’t sure if I can book it for you, please feel free to send me a message to ask. In most cases, I will be able to assist you.

 

As a travel agent, my job is to try to make your vacation planning experience as hassle-free as possible.

Giveaway – Free $75 Disney Gift Cards to First 5 Customers – Book Now!

$75 Disney Gift Card Giveaway to the first 5 people to book their Disney vacations with me. Contact me for a free vacation quote, and book your vacation within 24 hours of receiving your quote to be eligible for this giveaway.
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Disney Gift Cards are great to use for dining (in the parks, at resorts, and at Downtown Disney), buying souvenirs, and paying for recreational activities at Disney Destinations.

To redeem this offer, go to www.mickeyvacations.com/jennyw to request a free quote.

You can also fill out the following form and email it to me at:  jenny.westbrook@mickeyvacations.com

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*** My services are always free to my customers. There are no hidden charges. Giveaway is good for vacations booked for Disney World in Florida, Disneyland in California, Disney Cruise Line, and Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawaii. Gift Cards will be sent once vacation package is paid in full. Offer is running on Facebook.  This Giveaway is not a Disney or Mickey Vacations offer.  This Giveaway is being offered directly by me, to show my appreciation to my customers.

Offer ends on June 14, 2015.

Offer can be seen at:  https://www.facebook.com/MyMagicalMouseVacationsByJenny

Good luck to everyone, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Have a magical day!

Jenny

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.

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

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

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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.

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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

Why book your next vacation with a Disney Travel Agent?

Image this, you book your next vacation using DisneyWorld.com,  You do all the necessary research, pick your resort, choose your tickets, book a flight, arrange for Magical Express transportation, make all of your Advance Dining Reservations, schedule your Fastpass+ reservations, and pick an add-on like the memory maker service.  You pay $3,500.

Okay, now imagine having a Disney Travel Agent do all of those things for you for exactly the same price, $3,500, but you didn’t have to do any of the work.  Disney Travel Agents specialize in Disney vacations.  All you have to do is tell your Disney Travel Agent what you want, and I will arrange everything for you, free of charge.  I will also make recommendations to you for things you may enjoy on your trip.  I can book extra services like grocery delivery to your resort, or renting a stroller that can be delivered right to your resort the day you arrive.  I can provide helpful hints and advice.  I may even throw in an extra gift, like a surprise present for your kids or a gift card for the family.  I will continue to check for the best deals even after you’ve booked, and apply them to your reservation to help save you money.

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So now you’re probably wondering, how does a Disney Travel Agent make money?  It’s quite simple.  Disney pays us a commission after your trip has been completed.  Anyone can book their own vacation online or over the phone, or you can use a free Disney Travel Agent and enjoy hassle-free planning.  If you like to be involved with planning your trip, let me know, and I will be happy to work with you every step of the way.  I can help you save time, provide quality customer service, and you pay the same price as if you booked the trip yourself.

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When you work with Authorized Disney Vacation Planners, you can rest assured that you will not pay any fees for their service.  If you contact a Disney Travel Agent and they try to charge you a fee, don’t book with them!  It should be a free service to you, the customer.

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Disney Travel Agents work hard to make sure your vacation is magical and full of cherished memories.  I am available to make changes to your reservations or help with any issues, even when you are on your actual vacation.  You can always contact me for assistance.  I am here if you need me, even when I am on my own Disney vacation, so don’t hesitate to give me a whistle.

If you’re thinking about traveling to a Disney Destination in the near future, consider using a Disney Travel Agent.  We’re here to help make your dreams come true.