Toy Story Land Opens June 30th!!!
Once inside Toy Story Land, guests will be able to take a ride on Slinky Dog Dash, a roller coaster Andy has assembled from his Mega Coaster Play Kit, or take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, a galactic play set that Andy won at Pizza Planet.
Disney has released the dates of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party!
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets start at $75 in advance or $85 at the gate, if available. Reply to this email if you would like a quote to add these tickets to your reservation.
Annnnnnd Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party!!!
When the seasons change, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will transform the Magic Kingdom Park into a winter wonderland for the most magical 22 days of the year!
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Dates
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets start at $95 in advance or $105 at the gate, if available. Reply to this email if you would like a quote to add these tickets to your reservation.
2018 Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival
Chris and I took a trip to Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival last year for the first time without the children. We enjoyed a wine tasting seminar, culinary demonstrations, and LOTS of great food.
From August 30th until November 12th, guest will be invited to explore international foods kiosks, then nosh on the spot or take to go! Get in touch with your inner groupie during live performances at the Festival! Delight the eyes as well as the stomach with palate-pleasing entertainment! Sample the world’s most pleasing cheeses with wine, beer or cocktails.
Let's get you to Disney this year!
We field a lot of questions about why you should use vacation planners for your family. We have created a few reason to help you with why it is a great idea for you.
Is one better than the other
(Disney World or Disney Cruise)?
This question gets tougher and tougher to answer. There is something very magical about walking into the Magic Kingdom with your 3 year old and they are so excited to see Cinderella. There is also a great feeling when you are walking to dinner and your 4 year old sees Chip and Dale walking around in their tuxedos on a Disney Cruise.
Our daily lives are very busy with robotics practice, singing lessons, basketball practice, running a business, seeing family, middle school homework, volunteering, the list goes on. I have a very hard time disconnecting in our daily life.
When we sail on Disney Cruise Line, we completely disconnect from the outside world. My family always comments on how nice it is that everyone is present the entire time we are together. Olivia loves her time in the Edge (preteen group) and the all you can eat ice cream. We all love the extra pool time, the AquaDuck, game shows and the Broadway style shows. For us, a Disney Cruise is a relaxing vacation with plenty to do.
We took our mothers with us when we cruised before Avery was old enough to attend the youth clubs (must be age 3 and potty trained to enjoy the included youth clubs). They would keep Avery when we went to relax at the adult only pool or while we had our couple’s massage. We could have used the nursery (it is a paid nursery for infants through 3 year olds), but taking grandparents with us is something we do a lot.
Last year Avery was old enough for the clubs and he loved taking part in all the activities. His favorite was making a pillow case with Pluto at the pajama party, but many other activities had him asking to go back for fun. He loved the youth clubs, but so did Olivia. She started friendships, made cupcakes, and participated in Flash Mobs with Disney Cast Members.
Disney World allows us to do a lot also. Olivia is all about the characters and meeting every single one she can find (I may still be this way). She loves taking Avery on the rides for the first time and seeing his face on his first roller coaster. We love eating around the world during EPCOT’s Food and Wine Festival, touring the resort during Christmas to see amazing creations, watching the fireworks while riding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and defeating Darth Vader at Hollywood Studios. We love doing so much all over the parks. There is always something new to do that we haven’t done before.
We took our youngest, Avery, to Disney World for the first time when he was younger than one. Does he remember it? Nope, not at all, but guess who does? We remember that time sharing that experience with him. More importantly, Olivia remembers introducing her little brother to Mickey Mouse and taking him on Peter Pan. Vacations are more about all the memories they build as a family. Plus when they can’t run from you, the children are a lot easier to keep up with in the parks.
Right now, the family would vote Disney Cruise over Disney World. Next week I could ask them again, and it could be the opposite. Both vacations give us something completely different, but they both offer us what we love: time together.
No matter what you decide, choose what is best for your family, not what everyone else tells you is best. That is how you really enjoy vacation. And if you can’t decide, just flip a coin and enjoy!
Plus, we will be here to walk you through the details at no extra cost.
"Introduuucing the INCORVANELSONS!!!" I think that is my favorite part of move in day. Disney has Cast Members with microphones announcing your family's arrival on the ship and everyone claps for you as you enter. It is like we are superstars (well we are!).
Right after we were announced on the boat, we decided to start walking around. You will never guess who we spotted?!? Goofy was just hanging out. He put his arm around me and we went for a little walk and some window shopping. What a way to start our cruise!!
Before we could do anything else we needed to visit Deck 11. Yes that is where the ice cream machine is. Momma said something about us needing to eat lunch first. So I ate a few slices of pizza and then headed for my first of MANY ice creams.
Then it was time to show off the kids' clubs to my little brother, Avery. You see, he hasn't been able to go to the clubs on the other cruises because he wasn't old enough, but it was his time. He fell in love with the Yellow Submarine (where all the computers are) and we are pretty sure that is where all of his cruise time was spent.
But I decided that there was way too much fun to just do one thing the entire trip. So I spent my trip playing with Stitch, making Wookie Cookies, singing Karaoke, building a car out of vegetables and racing it (2nd place), swimming, riding the AquaDuck, being a pirate, meeting Star Wars characters, going to shows, and so much more. And did I mention eating ice cream.
Every time we cruise we have so much fun. And Momma and Mr. Daddy even booked our next cruise on board (Mr. Daddy and I tried to convince her for us just to stay another week, but she kept saying something about work and school. Blah, Blah, Blah).
It won't be long and we will be heading back on a Disney Cruise. I wonder where we are heading next time.
Disney Cruises aren’t just for the Disney Fanatics
Everyone that knows us, knows my wife, Brandy, is obsessed with all things Disney. We have never passed anything Disney in a store without stopping to see it and she can tell you just about any random fact about Disney (which makes her good at this Disney Planning Gig). However, I am a different story.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy going to Disney World with our children. There is something magical about that place. When she suggested we take a Disney Cruise over all the other cruise lines I had sailed with before, I thought she had gone too far.
She’s the planner though, so I went along with it. All the while thinking about how it was going to be very “in your face” Disney and child centered that I would be bored and sick of it all by day two. I knew there was no way I would enjoy this cruise as much as my past cruises. Of course, she knew what she was talking about and was right (just don’t let her know I admitted that).
Here are some of the myths that are busted after I sailed with Disney Cruise Line:
1. All cruises are the same.
Before we sailed Disney, I didn’t think there was any difference in the cruise lines.Yes some ships have different offerings and sail to different places, but they all are the same, right?
Well after the first day on the ship, I knew that wasn’t right.First, the Cast Members bring a level of service to the cruise experience that I hadn’t experienced before.We have two of the pickiest eaters ever, but our wait staff went out of the way to bring my children what they loved every evening, even when that meant going up to another kitchen for something else.It wasn’t just in the dining room.The entertainment staff knew us by day two and would stop and talk to the children and us whenever they saw us around the ship. Every Cast Member we met was willing to do whatever they could to make sure we were having the best time.
2. It is only for children.
Before we boarded, I had visions that all the activities would be centered around 6 year olds. I thought there would be dancing with princesses, drawing with Chip and Dale, and sword fighting with pirates. Those activities were happening for our children in the kids’ club, but my wife and I were laughing uncontrollably at the adult only hypnotist show, relaxing in the sauna, or taking an animation class. There was even showings of new movies that we hadn’t had time to go see yet.
There was live music for dancing, mini golf, trivia (both Disney and adult only), classes where you learn to cook, characters to visit, the AquaDuck to ride (10 million times), cars to build from vegetables (we won Disney medals), baby races, and much much more. The problem was there wasn’t enough time to do everything we wanted to do.
3. It is too expensive.
When my wife said how much the cruise was, I started to say, but wasn’t the other cruise we were looking at less expensive? I decided to just go with it because I knew she was excited about the Disney Cruise.
What I didn’t realize looking at the price was that much more is included in the price of a Disney Cruise over other lines and the quality of everything is better. We had taken an anniversary trip on another line and had a good time, but there were surcharges for everything from soda to the nicer dining. Granted, Disney Cruise Lines does offer adult only dining at an extra charge however, our dining room experience was as great as those nicer options from the other cruise lines.
And whatever you do, don’t ask Brandy about the quality of the shows on the other lines. She will never let me live that disappointing fact down.
4. There will be no sports.
Admittedly as much as Brandy loves Disney, I love sports.I love them all. If there is a chance to watch a game, or see the recap and analysis of a game, I am watching. I mean our wedding vows included references to baseball, basketball and football.
When Brandy booked our cruise for October, I was about to go and see a divorce lawyer. Did she forget that October is World Series time?
She assured me that I would be able to watch the games and all the analysis surrounding it all, but I knew she was just trying to get me on the ship and hope I would forget about baseball for a week. What I didn’t know was there was a sports bar I could catch up on my viewing all day long, plus ESPN was on my stateroom tv. She went to enjoy the spa one day while our children were making cupcakes in the kids’ club and I had fun drinking a beer and watching games with other dads.
These are just some of the reason why I loved the Disney Cruise. It has become our favorite family vacation because it combines activities with relaxation like nothing else. So maybe that wife of mine knows something.
We, Chris and Brandy, have been vacationing at Disney World since we were children and now enjoy sharing the magic with our children. Our oldest dreamer, Olivia, helps the family plan our trips and even sends out tips to the families that book with Wonders, Dreams and Wishes. Our youngest dreamer, Avery, is all about the Mickey Boats, aka the Disney Cruise Line Ships.
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