Friday, May 24, 2013

Experience the NEW Disney Magic at a Magical Price

Be among the first to experience the newly reimagined Disney Magic® with new spaces and surprises to delight kids, adults and families!

For a limited time you can enjoy special rates on select Disney Cruise Line® sailings departing from Miami this fall. 
5-Night Western Caribbean Cruises
• Starting at $125 per person, per day, based on double occupancy for Category 11 Standard Inside Stateroom on most sail dates Nov. 1 – Nov. 29, 2013 (excluding Nov. 24, 2013).

Booking Window:
• Must book through July 31, 2013

Contact me today for more information and/or a FREE no obligation quote.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Grand Floridian DVC Sales Begin This Month!

Sales of DVC points for The Grand Floridian Villas starts on May 23rd for current DVC members and on June 19th for the general public. Are you excited??

Friday, May 3, 2013

2013 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party dates have been released!

Sept 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 Advanced Purchase Price is $50.95 for children and $55.95 for adults (plus tax)

Sept 30th, Oct. 4, 8, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30, Nov 2nd are each $53.95 for children and $58.95 for adults (plus tax)

Oct 5, 12, 26 do not have reduced advanced purchase pricing these are Friday nights and are at a premium..$59.95 for children and $64.95 for adults (plus tax)

October 31st, Halloween Night is $67.05 for children and $69.95 for adults.

The Party runs each night from 7pm-midnight. There has been no official announcement yet on whether party goers may enter at 4pm but this was the case last year and other than 2010 it was allowed in previous years, as well. 

Also, several tours and experiences have been holding out for the official MNSSHP to release their tickets. Pirates and Pals Fireworks for these dates, for instance have not been released for purchase as of this morning.

Several of the party dates fall within Disney World's FREE DINING promotion dates as well as the newest "Room Only" late summer promotion. You can stay in a standard room at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort starting at just $70 per night, plus tax, for most Sunday through Thursday nights Aug. 15 – Sept. 27, 2012. That's a savings of 20%! Late Summer/Fall is my favorite time of year to visit Disney World, it's not too hot, the crowds are fairly low, and of course there is Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival.

For more information on visiting Walt Disney World during this magical time, please contact me for a FREE no obligation quote.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Disney's First Three Park "All Nighter" Announced!

Have you heard the fun news??
Disney will be kicking off it's "Monstrous Summer" with another 24 Hour party, this time at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney's California Adventure.

The "all nighter" will begin at 6am on May 24th and end at 6am on May 25th. The announcement was made tonight at Epcot by a 180 foot tall Mike Wazowski. You can watch excitement in the video below.

  What do you think about another 24 hour party at Disney? Will you be attending?

Monday, March 18, 2013

Walt Disney World Tickets - Non Expire Option

As reported throughout the internet recently, Disney has removed the "Non Expire" option from their website and ticket booths.

Why is this a big deal you ask? Purchasing a 10 day Non Expiring ticket has saved many families a lot of money over the years because it locks in today's park ticket price for years to come. Say you only want to spend 2 days in the park, but know you'll be back a few times over the next few years... it's a perfect solution!

Well, I have good news for those of you who were sad to hear that this option was taken away...

You can still add the "Non Expire" option to your ticket when you purchase it through a Disney travel agent.

I confirmed that the option was still available today.

Contact me for more information!

Kerri Hill
Travel Agent

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Boy pulled from Disney's Pop Century Resort pool on Sunday dies

What a tragic end to what should have been a magical vacation for this Missouri family.

Anthony Johnson, 13, died Tuesday morning after being pulled from the pool at the Pop Century Resort on Sunday night.

Family members and bystanders performed CPR on Johnson, and he did not drown on the scene. He was taken to Florida Hospital Celebration Health where he passed away this morning.

Disney spokeswoman Marilyn Waters stated that lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm and that there are signs posted advising guests that swimming outside of those hours are at their own risk.

Disney also gave the following statement:
"We are saddened by Anthony Johnson’s passing and our hearts go out to his family, friends and loved ones. We have reached out to his family to offer care and assistance during this difficult time."

My personal thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Disney Characters Come to Life

I am always looking for hints of Disney in the "real" world. It helps keep life interesting. I was delighted when I saw this image posted on Facebook today. It's real life Bambi and Flower!

I hope you enjoyed this dose of Daily Disney Cuteness.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Marvel Land Coming to Hong Kong Disneyland

While introducing his annual financial budget at the city’s legislature on Wednesday, John Tsang Chun-wah said Disneyland Hong Kong’s Marvel section will be “the first of its kind in the world” when it is launched within “the coming few years.”

Hong Kong Disneyland is 52% owned by the Hong Kong government. According to Tsang the park will pay for the project with it's operating surpluses. 

According to some members of the Hong Kong press, the Marvel-themed area will be completed by 2017.

This is great news for the world's smallest Disney theme park. They've had quite a few new projects recently including the new Toy Story Land and Grizzly Gulch. This Marvel expansion will hopefully help increase the profits for the park and help draw in an older more affluent crowd.

What do you think about the news? Are you excited? Does this make you want to plan a trip to Hong Kong? What Marvel characters would you like to meet in the Disney parks?

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Drinking Around the World (showcase)

I have had a lot of friends and clients ask me if Walt Disney World is a fun vacation for adults without kids.
My husband and I do not have children and we have been to Walt Disney World 7 times since New Year's Eve 2008/2009. We never run out of awesome and fun things to, but we're kids at heart so for my introduction to my "Disney, not just for kids" series I'm going to focus on an adult ONLY activity.

Welcome friends, to Drinking Around the World! (Referred to from here on out as DATW)

DATW is a fun game many adults (21 and older please) play at the World Showcase at EPCOT. The goal of the game is to drink an alocholic beverage in it's entirety at each pavillion. There are 11 countries total during standard operating weeks. (I will be doing a special DATW - Food and Wine Edition post in October)

There are no real rules, as it is not a sanctioned event. The goal is to have fun and to be safe. Some people use a check list they find online. Other's just drink a beer in each country. I did things a little differently.

I asked a cast member from each country the following question:
"If you had to suggest only one alcoholic beverage that best represents your country, which one would it be?"

Then I drank it. To make the event more fun I purchased an Epcot passport and had it stamped at the KidCot location for each country and I had the cast member who poured my drink sign the passport and write a fun message. 

I did all 11 countries in 6 hours, with a short break between country number 8 and country number 9 for the DVC Merry Member Mixer. I definitely could have done it quicker, but I probably should have done it a little slower. I was worried about the time. When I do it again in September/October I will be sure to start earlier and take my time especially since there will be 30 countries. 

My favorite countries were Mexico (shots of tequila), France (Grand Marnier & Grey Goose Orange Slush)and Canada (Torontopolitan). 

My least favorite countries were Japan (a horrible Sake, the name of which I forgot, but I also tried my husband's and his was gross too. While the feeling you get after drinking sake is quite nice, the torture to drink it was not worth it), China (Tsing Tao - a beer, totally average and nothing special), and Norway (Linie Aquavit - it's like a vodka except it tastes like all of the licorice in the world was put into a single shot. I hate licorice and that's the only reason this made my least favorite list, the price was right and the strength was great.) 

Germany also had a delicious beverage and earns an honorable mention. Apfelkorn Schnapps is a delightfully light and sweet schnapps that was perfect for a post Thanksgiving pre-Christmas holiday drink. (The fact that it was only $2 a shot made it even better!)

In the UK I had Magner's Pear Cider. Quite refreshing and enjoyable, I will definitely drink it again.
I drank the Sangria in Morocco which was fine, but nothing to write about ;-)
I was a bit disappointed with the choices at the USA pavillion. I drank a Frozen Red Stag Lemonade which was strong but not very tasty. If I could have broken the "rules" I would have had a glowtini from Coral Reef instead because the "American" drinks were boring by comparison. 

Here is a photo montage of all of my drinks with my passport stamped and signed. The photos are numbered so you can tell how I was feeling by the time I hit China. I did the countries a bit out of order because I had dinner reservations and the Merry Member Mixer to attend.
1- Mexico 2- Norway 3- Germany 4- Italy 5- USA 6- Japan 7- Moracco 8- UK 9- France 10- China 11- Canada

When I let the cast member in Canada know what I was doing and that I was on my last drink of DATW she got so excited that she came to pose for a photo with me. So did some random Canadian guy who was proud of me (and may have been doing a bit of drinking around the world himself!) it was a fun way to celebrate the end of my journey. 

So, the moral of this story is that yes Virginia, Walt Disney World is a fun destination for adults traveling without children. I will be sure to share more of my favorite activities in the near future.

If you have any questions about adult only trips to any of the Disney Destinations, I'm you're gal.
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