What if there was a way to take a vacation without ever reaching for your wallet, or even a room key? What if you could visit a theme park and never have to get tickets, or wait in line for a ride? What if you could plan your day with just a smartphone handy? Fewer lines, less fumbling. Seems like a pipe dream for most, but at Walt Disney World, they’ve found a way to make that happen with the new “My Magic+” program.
It’s summertime! The kids are out of school, and for parents who still haven’t planned vacations yet – that can mean a lot of stress. Trying to figure out where to travel, and what to do at the last minute is a bit unnerving, especially when there’s gotta be something for the kids and something for the parents all wrapped up into one. Cruising offers a great all-in-one solution. Exciting destinations for families, and lots to keep the kids busy and happy along the way. This summer, there are a handful of truly wonderful last minute summer destinations.
OK, so Europe isn’t necessarily the most affordable place to visit, but doing so on a cruise can really help a budget along, and last minute space can be very affordable, if you can find the flights. Inside cabins at the end of July are going for under $800 per person from Barcelona – and this might be a great chance to burn some of those frequent flier miles too! This Epic sailing hits all the big spots in the Mediterranean, including Florence, Rome and of course Barcelona. Looking to save some cash? Consider one-stop itineraries or extending a stay in Barcelona to provide better air availability.
The Bahamas and Florida
Sailing out of the Northeast provides precious few options if there’s only a week to travel. Bermuda or the Bahamas to the South, Canada to the north. The Bahamas is a great last minute destination offering sea and sand with excellent beaches on the way down, and of course a day to spend in Orlando, the home of theme parks galore. This is a perfect fit for kids who love a rollercoaster and lots of activity, and parents who love the thought of a day off as the little one is busy in the kids program aboard ship. With newer ships like the Norwegian Breakaway sailing Bermuda, this gives the Bahamas a chance to shine for families on a tight budget this summer, as an older but nicer ship usually offers a better deal.
In the Pacific Northwest? Perfect. For families in that area who love nature, its a great way to do an action-packed family vacation without breaking the bank. Alaska cruises usually sell out early and prices stay high until the very last minute. When that happens, families who are flexible can take advantage of some amazing deals, like cruises in early August leaving for as little as $599 per person! Staying flexible can help though, because at the last minute, availability can be very limited and go quickly!
Book your last minute cruise today, there’s still a lot of great choices out there for July and August. Just click here to see what’s up in Alaska this summer.
Walt Disney World and innovation go hand in hand. The complex of parks and resorts in Orlando have revolutionized the way people travel and the way people experience theme parks, and coming this year Disney is taking the experience one step further with the My Magic+ program. This is part of an 800 million dollar initiative to modernize and improve the time people spend in their parks and resorts.
The way it works is pretty simple. It all starts with wristbands. These rubber wristbands, called “Magic Bands” will make turnstiles a thing of the past, and it should shorten lines as well, by sending texts when a turn on a ride comes along, making paper tickets unnecessary and allowing guests to pay for snacks and souvenirs without having to reach for the wallet. It will also act as a room key for people staying on property.
There are some trade offs, Disney does get to learn a lot more about likes and dislikes, as well as spending habits. Some people may find this a bit creepy, but the truth is – in an environment like Walt Disney World, it can help make an experience a bit more custom, and a bit more shaped to the individual’s taste, instead of something more mass market. It’s like getting a bit more exclusive without excluding.
We think that this is a pretty nice enhancement to the Disney experience, and we’re pretty excited to try them out.
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Let’s be honest, Disney offers magical experiences for every age and every person. They do this through a number of different venues, Disneyland in California – the original Disney destination, Aulani resort in Hawaii, a state which is also on our must-see list for 2013 to name just a couple. But it’s Walt Disney World, in Orlando, Florida that is really the item that every Disney fan needs to see. And for those who have been there before, so much has changed in the last twelve months that a new visit would be like visiting a brand new destination.