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Just announced today, 3 new deals for Disney Vacations.

FREE Disney Dining Plan offer for Fall 2010 and dates in 2011!
Booking Window: Aug. 16 – Dec. 20, 2010
Travel Window: Valid for arrivals most nights Aug. 19, 2011 – Sept. 29, 2011

Ask about  great rates for arrivals most nights Oct. 1-7, Oct. 22-28, Nov. 12-18, Nov. 27 – Dec. 2 and Dec. 10-21, 2010,
and Jan. 1-5, Jan. 9-13, Jan. 21 – Feb. 3, Feb. 11-17, Feb. 25 – March 3 and May 27 – June 2, 2011

Deal 2 is a ROOM ONLY offer.

Save at least 25% on a room at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel.  Valid for arrivals most nights Oct. 3, 2010 — Feb. 16, 2011


That’s right, book a  5-night, 5-day non-discounted Walt Disney Travel Company package at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels by Nov. 21, 2010, and get a Disney Gift Card worth up to $500 FREE. Valid for stays most nights Oct. 3 — Nov. 23 and Nov. 27 — Dec. 25, 2010, and Jan. 1 — Feb. 16, 2011

Great choices and options for everyone! Call or email your Disney Vacation Planner to learn more and book your dream vacation today!

Thinking it’s time to take the kids to Disney World?  Easy right?  Of course, but this isn’t just your run of the mill trip, it’s Disney World.  There’s a lot of planning to do.    You have to research the resorts….and the different types of resorts: Deluxe, Moderate, Value and Deluxe Villas.  What time of year should you go, and how much of a difference does that make in price?  What about crowds?  If I go at a lower priced season, should I upgrade my resort?   Then once you pick your resort or at least resort type; you think about when & how long of a trip.  What kind of tickets (Magic Your Way Base Tickets or Park Hoppers) and do you add the water parks or not?  Oh and then someone at work mentioned that their cousin just got back from Disney and had some special dining thing.

That’s about the point that many people decide their kid doesn’t really need to go to Disney World and they’ll  just go back to the beach for their annual family vacation.

Don’t give up on the idea of that magical Disney vacation!  It’s a special trip, and deserves to be planned carefully but it doesn’t have to drive you crazy.  There are tons of books available at book stores & at libraries.  Of course there are roughly a gazillion Disney fan sites with information.  My recommendation with the fan sites is that like all things in life, moderation is the key.  A little bit of info is good, but too much can make you insane.   Of course, I always recommend finding a travel agent that specializes in Disney travel.  Check around, you’re not likely to find a difference in price (Disney trips cost the same booked direct through Disney or through an Authorized Disney Travel Planner) but you want someone that is a graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge and has a lot of experience planning Disney trips and personally traveling to Disney.

With my clients, I like to start with the vacation planner that Disney sends out.  I show them the different type resorts, and the individual resorts in the categories.  If they love to fish, want a calm but pretty resort, not too expensive; I might focus on Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside.  This Moderate Resort even has a good old fashioned fishin’ hole.  The client that wants queen size beds, nice restaurants, maybe a fitness center and wants to be close to the parks would be a perfect fit for a Deluxe resort.  Now we just find the one that appeals the most.  It really comes down to personal preferences, a great resort for 1 person may not be the right fit for another.  This is your vacation, pick the resort that fits you (not your cousin, or next door neighbor).

Next we’ll work on when to travel.  Most of the time, you’re going to have a specific time of year in mind because that is what works best for your schedule.  As a Disney travel planner, I’m going to help find the best deals available at that time and the least crowds for you.  If you’re interested in certain events, I’ll make sure that you don’t miss out on Star Wars weekends or the International Food & Wine festival by a day or week.  If you’re considering several different times, I’ll be able to identify the pluses & minuses of each for you.  For young children, going in the early/mid fall (after school has started) or early/mid-spring (before school gets out) are great times to go.  The crowds (and prices) are lower, and the weather is very comfortable.  Teenagers generally can’t miss as much school due to exams and High School athletics, so you may have to go at a busier time of year.   You may think that going in July will be awful, but it can be a great time to take teenagers.  Teens love to sleep in, we all know it so it’s easier to work around it.  The parks will be packed with small children during the day and it will get hot.  The parks tend to empty in the evening (especially after a rain storm) and the parks are generally open late (sometimes until 2 or 3am), the perfect time of day for teens.  My point is, even if you’re going during the busiest week of the year (Christmas), there are ways to plan your days so that you can enjoy your vacation, not be miserable.

Once the resort and dates are picked, the real fun begins.  This is when you start looking at park schedules and making your dining reservations.  I know what you’re thinking, “we don’t know what we’re having for dinner tonight, how do I know what I’m going to want in 180 days?!”   One of the the things that helps me with that, is the idea that this is a special meal; not just Tuesday night dinner.  Knowing that you’re going somewhere where you’ll be eating with Cinderella or at an African Lodge makes a big difference; at least for my family.  I like to look at the park hours and start planning which day(s) I want to go to each park.  Then based on that, I start making the advanced dining reservations.  I  know that if I do want to eat with Cinderella or have dinner at LeCellier in Canada at Epcot; I need to make those reservations 180 days out.  These are popular places, and with the popularity of the dining plan you can’t just walk up to most restaurants and expect to get a table at all, let alone without a 2 hour wait.   There’s that Dining Plan again, the one your cousin mentioned after their trip.  Disney offers several dining plan options.  These dining plans allow you to pre-pay for your meals while you’re at Disney World.  It’s a great way to budget your trip, and it’s convenient.  I’ll write about the dining plan details in a seperate post.  Once I get the “most important” reservations made, I fill in the rest of the schedule making adjustments as needed.

Having someone that has been to Disney World multiple times and knows the parks & resorts to help you plan your trip will make it much easier.  Just remember, this is a vacation, not work!   Do the proper planning before you go and then relax & enjoy your magical vacation.

The wonderful Julie Andrews had it wrong, whiskers on kittens doesn’t do it for me.  Dining at Disney and fine dining at Disney; now those are some of my favorite things!

News on the fine dining scene this morning is that Chef  Tim Keating at the Flying Fish Cafe at Disney’s Boardwalk is about to start offering a Chef’s Table.  Ok, it’s the granite bar facing the kitchen so they’ll be calling it the “Chef’s Counter”.    There will be 5 course paired with wine for a special evening.

There are two seatings nightly Sunday through Thursday, at 5:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Cost is $135, $85 without wine. There are a handful of blackout dates throughout the year (mostly around busy holidays).  Reservations can be made by calling the Disney Dining line or contacting your Disney Vacation Planner.

As I’ve been getting started, promoting my new business a lot of people have looked at me like I was crazy.   People don’t use travel agents anymore and they are certainly not travelling during these economic times, right?   Actually this is the perfect time to use a travel agent and there are some wonderful deals out there for families to take advantage of.

Why should you use a travel agent?   My question is why wouldn’t you?  There is no additional cost to you, and it may save you some extra money.   The internet has made it easy for people to check out prices, however; those prices change all the time.  Do you want to spend your time making sure that you have the best price, every day?  Why not let your professional travel agent do that.  I price monitor for my clients and rebook packages at lower prices if/when they become available.  

If you’re planning a Disney trip a good reason to use an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner is to protect yourself from unscrupolous businesses.  I recently posted a story about the 7 people arrested for selling fake/used Disney Magic Your Way tickets.    I will tell you now, there are very very very few discounts on Disney park tickets.  If someone is offering a “great deal” on tickets, they’re probably not legit; or they’re going to expect you to sit through several hours of high pressure time share sales presentations.   An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner has also spent a good deal of time training on Disney products and has extensive knowledge of Disney travel.  I have graduated from the Disney College of Knowledge and am an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.   What does that mean to you? It means you get an agent that specializes in Disney, an agent that is going to make sure that you are booking the best resort  for you; the best ticket for you; the right dining plan for you.  Not all Disney trips are alike, nor should they be.    There are 24 Disney owned resorts to choose from, because of my experience and training, I’ll be able to find the right one for you.  Make sure you work with someone that will plan your magical Disney trip, not theirs.

Travelling during uncertain economic times may sound like a crazy idea, but there are some incredible deals to be found right now.   How would you like to go to Disney World and eat for free. Yes, I said eat for FREE. Book a Disney vacation package (hotel & Theme Park tickets) and get the Disney Dining Plan FREE*!  

Maybe you’ve been thinking about going on a cruise.  There is one special that has me really excited right now;  Disney Cruise Lines has a special offer for kids to sail FREE on select Mediterranean Cruises in Spring 2010.  Talk about a wonderful experience for the whole family!  Explore different ports in Europe while cruising with the Disney difference.   Not sure about cruising?  I was worried if the kids would like it so I took my family for their 1st cruise this summer and the kids were trying to book the next cruise before we got off the ship.  A 3 night cruise is good for trying cruising the 1st time, but I’ll warn you that if you like it; the cruise will be over way to fast!  The best news is, kids now sail FREE on 3 & 4 night cruises to the Bahamas Winter/Spring 2010!  Now you can try a short cruise for a fantastic price! 

Thinking of going to California?  Disneyland has some amazing offers right now.  Save $400 on 4 day/4 night trips, that as low at $87 per person per day!   There are also offers at the Good Neighbors hotels with a 3rd or 4th night free.  Great way to experience the special Halloween  & Holiday specials events! 

The use of a travel agent allows you to relax and leave the work to the expert; all at no cost to you.  I may be a little biased, but I think it’s crazy not to use a travel agent.  Disney can be a great value vacation, but it’s not cheap.  Don’t throw away your money by not planning properly.    Who can pass up FREE dining or FREE extra nights?   That’s how a family can travel during these times, by using a travel agent that finds them the best deals and the right vacation for them!

*Offer available for stays most nights 9/26/09 – 11/24/09 & 11/29/09 – 13/17/09.   Must be booked by 9/26/09.

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