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!!!

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The Dos and Don’ts for First Time Disney Travel

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.

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 Vacations Special Offers

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Youth Education Series at Disney Parks

Disney Parks in Florida and California offer a Youth Education Series for students and their teachers.  This program is also available for Homeschooling families, Girl Scouts Troops, and Boy Scout Troops.  My daughter and I will be attending a class this November at Epcot called Experiencing Synergy in Science, and we are very excited.

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Epcot, Spaceship Earth

The Youth Education Series is a hands-on, educational adventure.  It’s a collection of guided field studies in applied sciences, environmental studies, liberal arts, and leadership development.  This program is accredited, standards based, and designed to reinforce your classroom lessons.  Students will be able to practice teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving skills while your group participates in one of a kind experiences that use the magic of Disney to make learning even more significant.

Useful information about the Program:

  • Guided, in-park educational field studies with courses at Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California.
  • Year-round educational opportunities offered seven days a week.
  • Available to elementary school, middle school, junior high, and high school students of all ages from around the world traveling in groups of 10 or more.  Homeschoolers, Girl Scout Troops, and Boy Scout Troops are welcome.

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You can also contact me at to find out more information about this program, and to find out how you can attend a course during your next Disney World or Disneyland vacation.  This is a great educational option for groups traveling to Disney Parks.

I’ll be doing a detailed post about the course we attend this November.  I’ll try to get as many pictures as I can, but since I will be participating with my daughter, it may be hard to do.  Have any of you ever attended a class at one of the Disney Parks?  I’d love to hear about it.

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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).


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.
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.

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.

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
Bras, Underwear, Shapewear
Costumes, Costume Shoes, and Accessories
Cover – Ups
Dressy Clothes (for nice dinners)
Pantyhose or Tights
Jacket (for cool nights)
Gym Shoes
Sandals/Flip Flops
Water Shoes
Dress Up Shoes
Watch, Jewelry, Scarves, and Accessories

Personal Care Items:
Case for Contact Lens/Glasses, Cleaning Solution, etc
Eyeglasses Repair Kit
Eye Drops
Lip Balm
Face Wash
Face Lotion
Acne Medication
Make-Up Remover
Liquid Hand Soap
Shower Gel
Body Lotion
Hand Lotion
Perfume/Cologne/Body Spray
Shower Poof
Shaving Gel
Nail Clippers
Nail File
Nail Polish
Nail Polish Remover
Foot Spray
Foot Powder
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
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)
Motion Sickness Meds
Menstrual Cramp Medicine
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)
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
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
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
Alarm Clock
Sound Machine for sleeping
Water Toys
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:
Swim Diapers
Butt Ointment
Diaper Bag
Toilet Seat Covers
Sippy Cups
Baby Food
Baby Snacks
Plastic Cups with Straws
Portable High Chair
Baby Table Topper (for restaurants)
Pack and Plays
Portable Crib
Car Seat/Booster Seat
Board Games/Car Games
Personal DVD Player and DVDs
Handheld Games
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.



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.

Even though the breeze was blowing my hair around, it was still a

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.

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

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*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.


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.


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:

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.

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