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!

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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?

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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

www.magicstrollers.com

2. Kingdom Strollers

www.kingdomstrollers.com

3. Orlando Stroller Rentals

www.orlandostrollerrentals.com

4. Apple Stroller

www.applescooter.com/Stroller.asp?U=&Reservation=&Venue=Orlando&Stroller=YES

5. Simple Stroller Rental

www.simplestrollerrental.com

6. Baby Wheels Orlando

http://www.babywheelsorlando.com/

7. A Baby’s Best Friend

http://www.abbf.com/

8. Baby’s Away

www.babysaway.com/reservations/Orlando

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.

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

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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.

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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.

You can fill out a request form for a free vacation quote here:

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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.

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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.

For more information, go to Disney Parks Blog at:

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2015/07/disneys-celebrate-america-a-fourth-of-july-concert-in-the-sky-fireworks-live-stream-set-for-july-4/

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.

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* 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.

Day Dreaming about Disney’s Blizzard Beach

It’s hot and humid where I live, so it has me thinking about water parks.  I used to love water parks as a kid, but it’s been awhile since I’ve been to one.  One of my favorite water parks is Blizzard Beach at Disney World in Florida.

Blizzard Beach is a 66-acre themed water park.  The theme is a ski resort that didn’t do so well in the Florida heat, so it is now a watery wonderland.  The first time I went to this water park, I was only 14 years old and it had only been open for two months.  I absolutely loved it.  I even did the big attraction there, Summit Plummet.  It was fun to try when I was younger, but I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to try it as an adult.  Maybe I will brave it again once my daughter is a little older and talks me into it.  I’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds.  For now, I’m enjoying this short video of Blizzard Beach.  Take a look for yourself.

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Have you ever been to Blizzard Beach?  Have you been on Summit Plummet?  Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences.  I’d love to hear them.

Disney Vacations Special Offers

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 Be sure to keep returning, as I continue to add new Disney Vacation Packages and Special Offers throughout the year for you.

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Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts – Riverside and French Quarter

Disney’s Port Orleans Resorts (Riverside and French Quarter) are moderate resorts.  It offers more amenities than a value resort, but not as many as a deluxe resort.  The price generally starts out at $170 and up a night, but can be cheaper with a discount.  Disney offers many specials throughout the year that can save you money, and help you stay within your budget while staying at the hotel of your choice.  Prices can vary depending on the time of year you travel (peak season vs. off season).

The Port Orleans Resorts transport you to New Orleans.  The details at the resorts are amazing.  Families can enjoy horse drawn carriage rides, swimming in a Mardi Gras themed pool, southern inspired food, and royal guest rooms.

Watch the video below to discover what the resorts have to offer.

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Have a magical day!

Top 5 Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotels

These aren’t my top picks for Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotels, but I still think this is a good read. I typically recommend hotels near the main gate, since you don’t have to walk far to get to the Parks. However, all of these hotels are good options too. To make them even more tempting, there is a Good Neighbor Hotel special going on right now, so you can book them for even less than normal. 🙂

Wandering In Disney

One of the things that I love about Disney World, that Disneyland does not have, is the vast amount of options for their resort hotels. At Disneyland, you only have 3 resort hotel options compared to Disney World’s 25. With having that many options, Disney World has the opportunity to offer a wide variety of budget options for hotels, where as at Disneyland there are only the 3 higher price point hotels. Therefore, I’ve put together a list of my top five favorite Good Neighbor Hotels at the Disneyland resort, for those of us that cannot always afford to stay at the resort hotel properties.

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1. Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground: The reason I pick this as my first choice is because of their recent updates to the hotel and because I am thinking from a family minded standpoint. The pirate themed water playground here is a very fun…

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