I know, I know! Every blogger always seems to have a list of Hidden Gems at Universal Orlando. I decided it was time for me to add my two cents on this subject. Some might not be so hidden, and some might not be so obvious, but all are our family's favorites. Are you ready? In no particular order, here we go!
I know life is hectic, and planning a Disney Vacation for next year may not be on the top of your to-do list, but trust me when I say “if you are at all considering a trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth for 2024, NOW is the time to take action!”
Planning Your Walt Disney World Vacation: How Many Days Should You Plan For: and Why Working with a Travel Professional is Key
Walt Disney World is a dream vacation destination for millions of people worldwide. It is a place where people of all ages can come together in a magical and immersive setting. But with so much to see and do in Disney World, how many days should you plan for to make the most out of your vacation? The answer, of course, is that it depends on a number of factors.
The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Walt Disney World Resort for Your Family in 2024
Did you Know Walt Disney World has OVER 30 Hotels? How Do You Choose?
That’s right ! over 30 hotels!
And those are just the ones owned and operated by Disney.
They range from simple, budget-friendly rooms to elegant, luxurious 4-Diamond accommodations. With so many excellent options, it is no wonder that busy moms have a hard time deciding on the best one for their family.
How Young is Too Young for Disney?
This is a blog from January 2015
We took our youngest two when they were 2 and 3. We have taken our oldest granddaughter when she was 2 and I was able to take a side trip to Chef Mickey’s with my then youngest granddaughter last December when she was 18 months and she fell in LOVE with Mickey!
Will they remember every detail of their first trip? No, but then again I have been over 25 times as an adult and I don't remember every detail of that first trip with my two youngest. In fact there are tons of gaps in my memories of each trip. But remembering that trip and having fun memories is not the same thing. Because we definitely had fun on each and every trip
Unlocking the Magic: Deciding the Best Time to Visit Disney for the Ultimate Experience
Wondering When to Book your Walt Disney World vacation?
The answer is always NOW.
If you are even remotely considering a 2024 Disney vacation you should always start planning as early as possible.
Do NOT wait for deals/discounts to be released.
Disney, like most of the travel industry, has dynamic pricing. As hotel rooms fill up the price increases. When Disney releases discounts they are on the rates at the higher end of the range, so the promotional rate is often higher than the introductory rate.
Disney requires one of the smallest deposits in the industry… only $200 reserves your room and ticket package. That is FULLY REFUNDABLE up to 30 days prior to check-in. So if you are considering a Walt Disney World trip it is always better to lock in your vacation to ensure availability and the best pricing.
The BEST time to book Disney packages is when Disney releases their packages for the following year.
Can you believe it? We're only a few weeks into 2023, and it's already time to start thinking about 2024! That's right; if you're considering a fantastic trip to Disney World, you should start planning now.
Here's why - Although Disney has yet to open bookings for 2024 Walt Disney World vacations, we expect that to happen soon. Disney usually releases its packages in June. So, we could see them anytime between now and June! And I think it'll be late May or early June.
Now, you may be wondering why it's so essential to start planning your Disney vacation early. Here's what you need to know:
Traveling to Walt Disney World can be a dream come true for many families. From character meet-and-greets to thrilling rides and fireworks shows, it’s no surprise that millions of people worldwide visit this magical destination each year. With so much to see and do, planning a Walt Disney World vacation can be overwhelming. There is a lot to consider, from choosing the right accommodations and restaurants to navigating the theme parks. This is why paying for the services of a travel professional to plan a Disney vacation is the best option for families who want to make the most of their trip.
Are you dreaming of a magical Disney World vacation but feeling overwhelmed with the planning process? Perhaps you're not sure where to even begin or are worried about missing out on any of the exciting attractions and experiences.
Don't worry! As a travel agent who specializes in Disney, I craft tailor-made Disney World trips for families that ensure a stress-free planning process and an unforgettable vacation. Here's how I do it.
Step 1: Let's Chat
First things first – we'll hop on a complimentary consultation call so I can truly understand your travel style, budget, interests, and priorities for your family vacation. I want to hear all about your dream Disney World vacation so I can design a totally unique itinerary that is tailored for YOUR family.
During our call, we'll chat about everything from your preferred dates and travel schedule to your favorite Disney characters and must-see attractions. We'll also discuss any special requirements you might have, such as dietary restrictions, accessibility needs, or a desire for extra special experiences.
Step 2: Let's Dig In
After you take care of the planning fee, I'll start creating a customized itinerary that perfectly fits your family's preferences and budget. I'll leverage my extensive experience to develop a trip that is tailored specifically to you.
You'll receive three preliminary itineraries for review, and we'll work together to refine one of them until you're completely satisfied. We'll tweak your itinerary until it's just right, and you can't wait to embark on your vacation.
For example, perhaps you're a family with young kids who want to focus on character experiences and gentler rides. Or maybe you're interested in exploring the lesser-known Disney Parks, discovering unique dining options, or participating in behind-the-scenes tours. Whatever it may be, I can craft an itinerary that caters to your preferences.
Step 3: I Book It All
Once we've finalized your itinerary, it's time for the easy part – I'll take care of all your travel bookings for you, from hotels to specialty tours, park, and dining reservations. I can also provide tips and answers to all your questions and concerns, ensuring your trip is as stress-free as possible.
You'll receive regular email updates with all the essential information you need, from important dates to packing tips. Plus, you can always feel free to reach out to me by phone or email with any queries or concerns before or during your trip.
Step 4: You Leave
All aboard for the family adventure of a lifetime! You and your family will depart for your journey, safe in the knowledge that you have a travel pro on the ground for support.
If any issues arise while you're traveling, you can easily contact me, and I'll take care of them for you. For example, if you want to move your dining reservation or spontaneously adjust your itinerary, I'm just a quick message or call away.
And, of course, if you have any questions, concerns, or any last-minute changes, I'm always available to help. I'm dedicated to ensuring your Disney World vacation is perfect, and I'll do everything I can to make sure it exceeds your expectations.
Crafting a perfect Disney World trip is an art form. I will create a unique, personalized itinerary that suits you and your family's requirements. So, let's start planning for a magical and stress-free Disney holiday, and the rest will be filled with fun, excitement, and memories that will last a lifetime.
Art of Animation!
Today, let's talk a bit about Disney's Art of Animation! If you have teen aged girls, you NEED to know about this place!
The Art of Animation resort in Disney World is a unique and exciting experience, providing families with the perfect combination of comfort, convenience, and many opportunities for fun. With the option of sleeping six guests in their charming Family Suites complete with two separate bathrooms, staying at Art of Animation is an excellent option for multi-generational families looking for valuable accommodation options inside the park. This resort contains a long list of amenities that make it one of the top places to stay in the magical world of Disney.
,The Art of Animation resort in Disney World is a unique and exciting experience, providing families with the perfect combination of comfort, convenience, and many opportunities for fun. With the option of sleeping six guests in their charming Family Suites, complete with two separate bathrooms, staying at Art of Animation is an excellent option for multi-generational families looking for that perfect place to stay inside the park. This resort contains a long list of amenities that make it one of the top places to stay in the magical world of Disney.
The Family Suite is beautifully designed with comfortable furniture that perfectly complements the unique theming of each room. Each suite has two TVs, one in the living area and another in the separate bedroom area. This space is perfect for parents to relax after a long day exploring the parks. At the same time, the kids can happily unwind in the second area. Additionally, the mini kitchen in each suite is perfect for families on the go who want to prepare and store their own food. With a mini-fridge, sink, and microwave, guests can quickly and easily prepare meals or snacks and save money on dining in the parks.
Another great feature of Art of Animation is the direct access to the new Disney Skyliner. This transportation system is the most recent and efficient way to access Epcot and Hollywood Studios from the resort. This modern conveyance is a true game-changer for getting seamlessly and quickly between the two most popular parks in Disney World.
Art of Animation has a beautiful food court, Landscape of Flavors, that offers various food options for all tastes, from pizza and burgers to healthy meal options. Finding something delicious to eat here will be easy.
Of course, what's a resort without any fun activities? Art of Animation certainly does not disappoint when it comes to fun amenities. With three different pools available to guests, there is never a dull moment.
The first pool has a Finding Nemo theme, named The Big Blue Pool. Not only does it have a zero-entry, but it is also the largest pool on Disney property! With features larger-than-life characters from the Finding Nemo movies, like Bruce, the shark, and Crush, the sea turtle.
The second pool is a tribute to The Little Mermaid, the Flippin' Fins Pool, featuring a replica of her grotto, with statues of the main characters from the movie, with the largest statue of Ariel herself!
Lastly is the Cozy Cone Pool, which features a Cars Movie theme with a replica of the Cozy Cone Motel from the movie. It is the only pool at the resort with Cabanas. They just happen to be shaped like the Cozy Cone!
Overall, The Art of Animation resort is great for families, especially those looking for something more valuable than just a standard hotel room. This resort has it all between the spacious Family Suites for up to six people, extraordinary theming, mini kitchen, convenient location – near Epcot and Hollywood Studios – and excellent dining options. It is no wonder that Art of Animation is quickly becoming one of the most popular places to stay in Disney World. In this place, multi-gen families feel welcome and will always find an opportunity to create magical memories.
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