Exclusive Access with Disney World Holiday Package

Looking for a magical way to celebrate the holiday season this year? How about exclusive access to popular attractions, a special dining opportunity, and more? Then the Ultimate Disney Christmastime Package may be a perfect for you!

Guests who purchase this package will enjoy a 5-night stay at a select Disney Moderate, Disney Deluxe or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort hotel (checking in on Dec. 17 and checking out on Dec. 22, 2018), 4-day theme park tickets with Park Hopper® Option and some exclusive experiences at Walt Disney World® Resort during their stay.

Take a look at the yuletide offerings included in this festive package:

  • Exclusive Nighttime Access to Toy Story Land on Dec. 17 – Spend time at Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® enjoying Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, and Toy Story Mania. The land will celebrate its first holiday season with special décor you won’t want to miss.
  • Celebrate the Season at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on Dec. 18 – Ring in the holiday season with a ticket to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom® Park
  • Exclusive Nighttime Access to Select Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park Attractions on Dec. 19 – Enjoy exclusive nighttime access to Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, Expedition Everest®, and DINOSAUR – plus, an exclusive showing of Rivers of Light.
  • Exclusive Early Morning Access to Shopping at World of Disney Store & Disney Springs® Christmas Tree Trail Experience on Dec. 20 – Shop at World of Disney store at Disney Springs, and visit this year’s Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail and enjoy hot chocolate and cotton candy.
  • Enjoy an Exclusive Holiday Themed Buffet Dinner Event at Epcot on Dec. 21 – Enjoy a holiday-themed buffet dinner event in World ShowPlace Events Pavilion.

Because theme park admission is included in this package, you will also be able to enjoy holiday offerings at all 4 theme parks, including “A Frozen Holiday Wish” at Magic Kingdom Park, the Epcot® International Festival of the Holidays at Epcot, Flurry of Fun festivities and Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Diwali holiday additions to UP! A Great Bird Adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, and much more.

This package includes a 5-night stay at select Disney Moderate, Disney Deluxe or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort hotels plus a 4-day theme park ticket with Park Hopper Option. I can begin booking this special offer for you on October 22!

For example, you can wrap up this package starting at $175 per person, per night, for a family of four in a garden view room at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. That’s a total package price of $3,500.

Additional Sample Package Pricing:

Resort Room Type Total Package Price Per Person Per Night

For a family of 4

Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort Water View $3,777 $189
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Standard Room $4,507 $226
Disney’s Beach Club Resort Garden or Woods View $5,022 $252
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa Outer Building – Lagoon View $5,937 $297

Please note sample price points are being provided as a reference. Pricing is subject to availability and doesn’t include additional features such as the meal plan or additional nights, etc.

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Ditching the Lines at Disney

Want to avoid standing in lines on your Disney trip? There IS a way to do it that doesn’t involve getting to the parks hours before the sun rises or following a tedious park-touring plan that leaves no room for spontaneity. It’s as simple as picking the right room and paying for a little extra Pixie Dust! Sometimes spending a little more on the front end can save you tons of time in the parks, where time is precious.

Disney began a pilot program earlier this year that I think is the most cost-effective way to minimize your time spent in line at the parks. This program allows guests who are staying in a Club Level room at a Deluxe Resort the option to add some extra features to their park tickets. These features can make a huge difference in how much you get done in a day.

Here’s how:

  • First, I get to book three extra FastPasses for you per day in any park (with the purchase of a Park Hopper ticket). All park tickets come with three FastPasses, but they can only be used in one park. This benefit allows you to get three more, for a total of six FastPasses per day that can be reserved before you even leave your home! You also still have the ability to book additional FastPasses in the parks once you’ve used your initial allotment.
  • I can book those six FastPasses 90 days prior to your travel date! This is significant because it lets me secure those hard-to-get FastPasses (like Flight of Passage, Slinky Dog Dash or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train) a full 30 days before anyone else traveling the same time as you even has access to them! And 60 days earlier than anyone who is visiting the parks and not staying on Disney property! This is even more beneficial during peak travel seasons.
  • Even better, there are no restrictions on what FastPasses I can book for you*. What does that look like? It means if you want a FastPass for all three of the rides in the new Toy Story Land, no problem! So while the average guest is allowed to choose only one of those three rides, you can ride all three with a FastPass and you still have three more passes to use on other rides or in another park! *The only limitation is the same ride cannot be booked twice for the same day.

If you’re staying in a Club Level room, these extras can be added to your theme park ticket for $50 per person, per day, with a 3-day minimum purchase. It’s a way to guarantee you get to experience the most popular rides with minimal wait.

But let’s not forget the other perks of staying Club Level!

Let’s start with THE FOOD! Each of the Club Level lounges has complimentary food from the restaurants in that resort. At the Club Level lounges you’ll find continental breakfast; beverages and snacks throughout the day; appetizers with wine and beer in the evening; and desserts and cordials to cap off the day. Depending on your resort, the Club Level lounge may offer outstanding views of evening fireworks.

There are other Club Level amenities such as concierge hosts dedicated to making sure your stay is magical; evening turn-down service with a little treat left on your pillow; upgraded toiletries; and complimentary newspapers and business services.

Staying Club Level isn’t necessary to experience a fantastic trip and make magical memories with your family. I make sure you are prepared to navigate the parks in the best way possible for your family. But if you’re looking for convenience and a great way to add some magic to your stay, this is it!

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Best Way to Budget for Disney

Want to know the easiest way to save money for your dream Disney trip? It’s really easy – plan ahead! It’s like a virtual layaway plan!

Let me explain….You can book Disney World trips more than a year in perfect castleadvance. This means that you can make payments, on your own terms, for over a year! All you need to get started is a $200 deposit, which is fully refundable until 30 days from your travel date. And any payments you make toward that trip are refundable as well (with the exception of travel insurance premiums). So you can pay a little each week or once a month – whatever works best for you.

Right now you can book trips through the end of 2018. Sometime this summer, Disney will release bookings through the end of 2019, in case you really want to plan ahead! (And with the coming Star Wars Land set to open in 2019, you just might want to plan really far ahead!)

Another reason planning ahead saves you money – I watch for discounts that will save you money. If you already have a trip booked, I automatically apply that discount to your trip, assuming there is availability, which means you’re first in line on discount release days. And it costs you nothing to use my services when you stay at a Disney resort. Disney knows that planning a trip can be overwhelming so they pay me to assist you without passing that cost on to you. I help you determine which resort, park ticket, dining plan, etc., will work best for your family’s needs.

If a Disney cruise is what you’re planning for – you can book those even further in advance. And Disney rewards cruisers who plan ahead. Disney cruises are priced similarly to hotel rooms – the more full the sailing becomes, the more expensive it is to get a stateroom.

So, what are you waiting for? Bet you didn’t know it could be this easy! All you have to do is contact me – fill out the no-obligation quote request form, email or call me. Whatever works best for you! I promise to make planning your Disney trip simple – all you have to do is pack a bag!

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Get Ready for a Galaxy Far, Far Away in 2019!

Disney Announces Projected Timing of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening in 2019

Disney has FINALLY announced roughly when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (AKA: Star Wars Land) will open! While it’s not as good as exact dates, at least we have something to work with when booking trips for 2019!

So if you want to see Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as soon as possible, then let’s plan your trip to head to California as it will be opening there in the summer of  2019 at Disneyland Resort. Or you can wait for the opening in late fall 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida! Either way, you will will land in the middle of the action as you live you own Star Wars story.

I hope to see options for booking 2019 travel sometime in late June/early July. If you’d like to get a jump on planning, get on my wait list here. Fill out the quick form and I’ll email you options once they become available. It only takes a refundable $200 deposit to secure a booking and my services are complimentary when you book your travel with me!

And to sweeten the deal a little – if you book your trip with me within 1 week of the packages being released (meaning you have paid your deposit) I’ll enter you into a drawing for a $50 Disney gift card that will be delivered with your travel documents! Can’t get much easier than that!

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In the meantime, take a look at this incredible sneak peek at these new immersive lands! This video is SO cool!


What’s So Special About 180 Days?

It’s hard to believe, but it’s 180 days from the summer travel season! That may not seem significant to you, but when planning a Disney trip, it is the BEST time to begin making important plans! That means book now so we can get a jump on JUNE planning!

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Ballroom at Be Our Guest Restaurant

Want your princess to eat with the princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table? Dream of eating in the Beast’s Castle at Be Our Guest? Want to hang at Chef Mickey’s with the “Fab Five” (that’s Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto – for those of you who aren’t Disney fanatics)? These are some of the most-coveted dining reservations and 180 days before your trip to Disney is the earliest date you can make Advanced Dining Reservations.

For my clients, I’m online bright and early at 4:45 in the morning, waiting for that Advanced Dining Reservation window to open at 5 a.m., so I can get the best dining reservations at the most convenient times for my clients. (Or, if you’re a glutton for punishment, you can do this yourself!) One client described the night before her 180-day window opened as being “like Christmas Eve! I can’t wait to wake up in the morning and see all the great reservations Alison got us!”

Can we plan a Disney trip with less than 6 months’ lead time? Absolutely! Can I get you dining reservations at great restaurants? Absolutely! It just might take us a little longer to get your plans exactly the way we want them as we wait for cancellations to open up at the restaurants you want.

The moral of the story is this: If you are thinking this summer is the perfect time to go to Disney World (as if there’s not a perfect time) then let’s start planning now so we are able to create your ideal trip to The Happiest Place On Earth! What are you waiting for? There’s great food to be had!

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End the “I Want it Now” Battle!

When I tell people that I’m going to Disney World or Universal Studios or some other fantastic destination for a work trip, they assume that I’m going to be playing in the parks all day. But really, I’m like a super-secret ninja spy scoping out the parks to make sure you have the best possible travel experience.

Seriously, the reality is that I make a point of going to the parks regularly so that I can stay on top of new things happening that might affect the way you tour the parks. You wouldn’t want to use a travel agent who uses Google to answer all of your questions, would you? You want boots-on-the-ground perspective and I aim to give it to you! In addition to staying current on changes, I like to troubleshoot issues I see people having and finding ways to spare my clients the same mishaps.

I like to look for what I call the “breaking points” for people – the areas where families find themselves at the end of their rope, frustrated and ready to call it a day before they’ve really gotten going. One of the biggest breaking points I have found is at the exit of a ride. Theme park designers are marketing geniuses, spilling you off of a ride into a store with merchandise related to the fantastic ride you just enjoyed. Parents and children are arguing over yet another toy their child just has to have. Inevitably, I see parents telling their kids no, leaving the store with a child in tears, questioning why they decided to take a vacation if all their child is going to do is cry over a silly toy.

This is where my “ninja” skills come in. I have a solution for you! Kids like to feel they have control, and they are inundated with things they “must” have. Rather than dread the battle, try giving some freedom to your child, while still calling the shots.

Before you leave home, give your child his own wallet, with his own money in it. The plushdisplayterms are that you will let him spend this money on whatever he wants. You won’t argue over his choice, even though you know he doesn’t need another stuffed animal. But when that money is gone, it’s gone. There will be no more. The key here is that you have to stick to those terms. If you waiver at all, or enter into negotiations at any time, then this system will not work.

Whatever amount of money you decide to give your child, put it in their wallet in small bills. Children don’t grasp the concept of money well, but they do understand when they have a lot of something and when that starts to dwindle. You can hold on to their wallet for them so that it doesn’t get lost or you can let them have that responsibility.

I have tested this method on my three children, now ages 14, 10 and 9, since each of them was 3 years old and it has never failed me. I have been shocked at how it ended the “can I buy it now” battle and how much money it saved me! It also teaches the life skill of money management. So now your vacation is a valuable learning opportunity as well!

Do you have a question about touring the parks that you’d like to ask me? Let me know! I love to share the love of Disney magic!

Want to benefit from more of my expertise? Let me plan your trip!

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Why You Need a Travel Agent to Book Disney

With the ease of the Internet, you might be wondering why you need to use a travel agent to book a Disney trip. I specialize in all things Disney, so I could give you tons of reasons, but here’s my Top 5:

1. It’s FREE! It would cost you exactly the same to book your trip on your own directly with Disney as it costs to book through me. Disney realizes it can be overwhelming to plan a trip, so they compensate me without passing that charge on to you (so there’s no need to price shop!)

2. I watch for special discounts and work my hardest to get those discounts applied to your vacation, even after you’ve already booked your trip! So using me actually can SAVE you money!

3. I guide you through all of the planning process – I help you figure out which of the 27 resort properties is best for your family and which time of year works best for your needs; I get up at 5 a.m. 180 days before your trip to get you the best dining reservations; I help you plan your park itinerary and FastPasses (Disney’s “ride reservation” system); I make sure you know how to navigate the parks and the technology Disney employs to make your trip as seamless as possible. In a nutshell – I handle it ALL! You just pack and go, and I even give you a packing list!

4. Think of me as your personal “Google” when you have questions! Did you know that if you search “Disney World,” there are 181,000,000 entries? Do you really want to sort through all of that to figure out what information is still relevant when you could just send me an email, text or Facebook message and get a quick, accurate answer?

5. I work for an EarMarked Travel Agency, a designation given by Disney to recognize our extensive knowledge of all things Disney. We are experts in the Disney resorts, restaurants, rides, and more; Disney Cruise Line; Adventures by Disney (guided tours to destinations all over the world); and A’ulani, a Disney resort and spa in Hawaii.

Quite simply, helping plan your dream Disney vacation isn’t a job to me – it’s my passion! Let’s get started! Request a quote here: Request a Quote
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“I Survived a Tropical Storm!”

For those who have had the misfortune of traveling with me, they will tell you that where Alison goes, there will be rain. Our most recent trip to Disney World was no exception. BOY! Did it rain!

As my son says, “We survived a Tropical Storm!” And technically, he’s right. Tropical Storm Hermine made landfall to the north of Orlando and we were left to make the best of our vacation in the deluge that preceded and followed the storm.

Here is what Hermine was gracious enough to teach me:

  • Sing and dance with your kids in the rain. Whether the rain ruins your trip depends less on how wet you get and more on how you react to it. Your kids will look to you to decide if the rain is going to ruin their dream trip, so my advice to you? If it’s going to rain, dance your way through and make the best of it. Keep your sense of humor.
  • Scotchgard works! It is common to have an afternoon shower in Florida but when I realized we were looking at more than the typical rain, I started looking for some additional ways to keep dry. We put Scotchgard on our shoes, backpacks, hats, pretty much anything you can put it on. And I was shocked by how well it worked. Think like a Boy Scout and be prepared!
  • Outerwear is your friend! I always recommend taking a poncho and keeping it in a Ziploc bag so you can put it back in your bag after you are finished wearing it without getting everything else wet. But if you know you are likely to have tropical storm-type rain, invest in some high-quality rain gear. It’s worth the investment (and because I know it’s always going to rain since I have to travel with myself, I’m sure to use it again! Chances are you will, too.)
  • Protect your feet. I pack two pairs of shoes for everyone so that if it rains a lot on one day, you’ll have dry shoes the next day. If you have comfortable shoes that can get wet (like Chacos, because you need support), then wear those if you can. Wet feet are more likely to get blisters in tennis shoes. But flip-flops won’t give you enough support. You can also get creative with how you dry your shoes. I stick a hairdryer in each shoe and let that do the work for me. You can also take out the insoles and stuff your shoes with newspaper, which should help them dry overnight.
  • Don’t forget your stroller needs shelter, too! If you don’t have a rain cover for your stroller, consider buying one. If you don’t have one made for your stroller, you can use heavyweight shower curtains and clips to attach it. They are sturdy enough to keep everything dry and can be tied to the stroller if wind becomes an issue. Most of the stroller parking areas are not covered, so you will want something to kimg_7378eep them dry while you are staying dry.
  • Get creative! You know those hand dryers in the bathrooms? You can flip those upside down and you have a great way to dry your hair or clothes!
  • Be flexible. I don’t mean it’s time to start stretching to show off your athletic prowess, I mean be willing to toss the plans you originally had for the day according to the forecast. If you know it’s likely to be raining when you had planned to be taking a break in the room, you should modify that plan so you can take advantage of the driest part of the day. Get to be best friends with your My Disney Experience app and change those FastPasses around. It’ll be OK!
  • GO – into the parks! I know the temptation is to stay in the room and wait it out, but that is exactly what eimg_4043veryone else is doing! Seize the (wet) day! Almost all of the rides and attractions will still be running and you’ll be able to get on and off of them with no wait! A Disney dream come true!
  • Ask Alison. This one may be the most important – be sure to find out when I will be visiting Disney. It might be in your best interest to avoid being there when I am! Seriously, if you book your trip with me and it looks like you might experience a lot of rain, have no fear! I will be sure to send you my extra-special, super-secret list of rain tips not mentioned here.

Have tips of your own? Please share!

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Sorry Folks! Time is NOT Going to Slow Down

It’s back-to-school time and we are seeing cute first day pictures and comments like “Look at my baby starting high school! Where did the time go?” or “They’re growing up so fast! Time please slow down!” But that’s the thing. Time won’t slow down. We have to make the most of it while we have it. And I don’t know anyone who feels like they have an abundance of time.

In 17 days, my family and some awesome friends get to step into the “bubble” that is Disney. I won’t be looking at the news or watching TV or reading through Facebook because I’m bored. I’ll be soaking up time with my loved ones. Precious time, creating memories not just for them but also just as much for me. Because those little people will eventually grow up to have their own families and I’m going to cherish these memories of time spent together.PicMonkey Collage

You hear a lot about Disney “magic,” and everyone will have his own definition of what that is. For me, Disney provides the perfect setting to block out the sadness and anger in our world today and focus on laughing and seeing things through the lens of my kids. Disney vacations are unique because there are very few places where you have the ability to bridge the gap in ages in your family. Do you have a teenager and a toddler and want to have the grandparents on vacation, too? You can all have a great time without needing to bring a friend along to entertain the teenager or worrying about keeping everyone happy. You can all have fun together. PicMonkey Collage2

And that’s why you NEED a Disney trip pronto! Our world is so deeply divided right now and day after day our Facebook newsfeeds are full of sadness, anger and hate. We need a break from the madness. And because no matter how badly we beg for it, time isn’t going to stop. So take advantage of it while you can!

Let me save you TIME by planning your trip, at no cost to you when you stay on Disney property! Great discounts for the Fall were just released this week!

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Maximize Your One-on-One Time with Disney Characters

Getting character signatures is sure to be a highlight for your kids so I’m sharing a collection of tips to help you get the most out of your time spent with Disney’s costumed celebrities.

Think Outside the Book: You might spend a lot of time gathering those precious signatures, so don’t put them in an autograph book that will be forgotten a month after your trip! Get creative and put them on display so you can talk about all the fun you had! Some ideas:sigs

  • Use a picture frame mat and get signatures using different color Sharpies. When you get home, pick your favorite photograph from the trip and put it in a frame with the mat. To keep the mat from being damaged while you tour the parks, place it between two pieces of foam board and then put it inside a padded envelope.
  • Buy a 9-inch Create-Your-Own Vinylmation character from the Disney Parks Merchandise app or eBay. These make for great display pieces.
  • Take several quilting squares and get one signature on each. Have them made into a quilt.
  • Get signatures on Mickey ears, a t-shirt or pillowcase.

Think ahead: At character meals, seat your children on the outsides of the tables so they can easily get up and down to get autographs and pictures with their favorite characters. The characters make a loop around the restaurant, stopping briefly at each table. They only have a few minutes before they have to move on to the next table, so be ready when they get there.

Unexpected surprise: Your kids might not react to the characters the way you think they will. Let your child be in control and smallkidsautographsdon’t force them to take a picture. You might try holding him for a few pictures or standing between him and the character – you still get the shot but without the tears. Before you know it, he may be fine with characters and wanting to meet them all!

Use the app: Looking for a certain character? Use the character locator button in the My Disney Experience app on your phone. This will tell you what characters are where, and more importantly, when to expect them to be there.

Do your homework: Some characters can’t be seen at a character meal or at random places in the parks. Want to see Anna and Elsa? You can only meet them in the Norway pavilion at Epcot. There isn’t a FastPass for this opportunity, so plan ahead and get to the park at least 45 minutes prior to opening and head straight there to be at the front of the line.

Have other suggestions? Please share in the comments here or on my Facebook or Twitter pages!

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