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Inside Walt Disney World: Grand Floridian Resort

October 4, 2013 | Roger

Victorian style digs and the antique cars in front of the lobby transport you to the gilded age at Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort. This Deluxe resort rests just moments away from the Magic Kingdom, along the Monorail and is designed to evoke the roaring 20’s, and provide a Great Gatsby feel to a Disney vacation. Read More

Glow with the Show!

October 1, 2013 | Roger

Mickey Mouse Ears. A ubiquitous sight at any Disney Park, but Disney has even found a way to innovate Mouse Ears at Disney’s California Adventure. The new “Glow with the Show” ears light up… and although that isn’t terribly common, its not particularly new or innovative. But once you go see the World of Color show with these hats on, the innovation is clear. The lights are syncopated to the show, and that’s no easy feat to accomplish!

It’s yet another step that the Walt Disney Travel Company has been working on to get guests who visit to be a bigger part of their own experience. In the last couple years, Disney has worked to make guests an active participant in the park itself, rather than just showing up and riding the rides. Walt Disney’s goal was always to transport visitors into the stories that they’ve grown to love, and as technology has allowed it over the last few decades, the Disney Imagineering team keeps coming up with great ways to make that happen – like the “Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom” role-playing game that takes place all over the park itself.

Check out this amazing video from Disney’s California Adventure that talks all about what goes into making these ears, and a good glimpse at what it’s like to glow with the show!

You can make Disney’s California Adventure a fun part of your own California adventure by spending a few days in Disneyland! Start planning today by clicking here and visiting our special site that’s all about Disney!


Inside Walt Disney World: Art of Animation

September 24, 2013 | Roger

Walt Disney World is not known for standing still. Since the park and its original resort, the Contemporary opened 42 years, the park complex has been continually innovating and growing. Parks open beyond the Magic Kingdom – like Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Resort after resort, each with its own identity popped up within the Walt Disney World grounds. Their newest resort, Art of Animation opened last year, and its quickly become one of our favorites. Read More

Getting Pinned on a Disney Cruise

August 29, 2013 | Heidi

Jacob Marvel is so excited at the treasure he just got that he finds me in the crowd to share the good news.

“I will never ever trade it. This is my favorite,” the 9-year-old declares, clutching a red-white-and-blue image of a Disney cruise ship. Complete with Mickey Mouse’s legendary ears, the ship looks as though it is sailing on a deep ocean with stars sparkling overhead. Read More

Disney Cruise Ships Offers Free Use of Wave Cellphones

July 1, 2013 | Heidi

When my grandson Logan and I went on a Disney cruise, we often left our cabin headed in different directions.

As a 22 year old, Logan was going to the pools, the clubs and all the young folks’ activities.

I was usually going off with my camera and notebook to interview someone or take photos of all the shipboard fun. In my free time, I went to the shipboard programs and the spa. In fact, I went to the spa every day. Aah, so relaxing!

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Summer Vacation: Three Bargain Destinations

May 24, 2013 | Roger

Haven’t planned a summer vacation yet? Sometimes the best deals happen by making plans at the last minute. In fact, the next few weeks feature some of the best buys of the year for vacations! We’ve found three surprising locations where the deals are good, but act fast because the sale season for these destinations can be surprisingly short.

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Snow White At 75

February 25, 2013 | Heidi

She doesn’t look a day older. But raven-haired Snow White is now 75.

The first Disney princess, Snow White has been charming movie goers since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was first released at Hollywood’s Carthay Circle Theater on Dec. 21, 1937.

As the first full-length animated feature film, Walt Disney’s groundbreaking masterpiece drew worldwide acclaim and scorn. Dismissed by some critics as “Disney’s folly,” the cartoon became one of the top grossing films of all time. Read More

Coming to Disney World: The Future

January 14, 2013 | Roger

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.

Start your Disney Vacation plan today, just head to our Disney only website, to learn more!

It’s Deal Season!

January 10, 2013 | Roger

We don’t know exactly what it is, but once January comes around, people just like to start planning. It could be the new year, maybe its the stress of the holiday being in the rear view mirror, it might even be just people looking to escape the winter blahs. We just know that when travelers ring in the new year, they start to plan vacations for the year ahead.  People in the travel industry often call the first three months of the year “wave season.” And booking during wave season can get you great deals. By no means is this an exhaustive list of the deals out there, but we’re sharing the best of the best today.

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Disney Cruisers Collect Autographs

January 9, 2013 | Heidi

Clutching her official Disney autograph book, 5-year-old Dawn Stevens waited in her beautiful Cinderella gown. What made the stars in her eyes and the patient smile on her face?

“I’m going to get an autograph from Snow White,” the youngster said. “This will make almost 10 autographs that I have gotten.”

Since I don’t have any little ones in my home anymore, I was surprised to discover how many children are Disney character autograph collectors. It is really a big deal on my Disney Wonder cruise. Little girls especially dress up in their Disney character finery and wait to catch an autograph of their favorite character and then to be photographed together.

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