Universal Studios Orlando Black Friday Sale

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Disneyland Special Offer

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Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival 2015

Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival 2015

Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival 2015Request your free quote now!

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Amazon Disney Deals Today Only!!!

Don’t miss these Disney Deals today only!!

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Disney Store Friends and Family Sale


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The Disney Store Friends and Family Sale starts today.

 

Friends & Family Sale 11/7 – 11/11! 25% off your purchase + Free Shipping on $75+ with code DISNEYPAL!

Check out  the Disney Store Holiday Gift Guide!

Happy shopping!

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Best Family Christmas Gifts (That EVERYONE Will Love)

best family christmas giftsWhat are the best family Christmas gifts this year?

I keep hearing, “My kids already have so much stuff,” and “I want a gift that will last, not just break or get forgotten in a few weeks.” Have you said this? Are you looking for the best family Christmas gifts this year? Do you want your family to scream with excitement when they open it on Christmas morning? Do you want them to be talking about it for weeks and months to come? We have the perfect gift!

Give the Gift of Magical Memories!

Now is the perfect time to get started on planning an amazing and magical vacation for 2015! Work one on one with one of our Magical Memory Planners (MMPs) to put together the perfect family vacation for your family in 2015. Not only will we help you plan the vacation, we would love to help you keep it surprise and even discuss ideas for the big reveal on Christmas morning.

There are so many magical options. How about a spring getaway to somewhere warm like the Caribbean? What about a magical week at the happiest place on earth? How about a family vacation at Universal Studios Florida for your Harry Potter fans (of all ages!)? Maybe a relaxing and quiet post Holiday recovery for 2 at Sandals. Perhaps it’s time to take the family on an adventure they will never forget with Adventures by Disney. There is a vacation for every budget.

Giving a vacation is perfect for Grandparents too! Maybe you want to get something for the kids and grandkids that everyone can enjoy together? You can work with a MMP to plan a wonderful vacation with tentative dates and then after the holiday we can get everything firmed up. Maybe your kids and grandkids have been trying to go but are always just a little short on the cost. Work with a MMP to pay a set amount toward the vacation. We will put together some ideas and create a planning folder that you can give to the kids. After the Holidays, the kids can contact us to get the details planned and you can pay your portion of the trip and leave the rest to them.

Don’t think that giving a vacation will mean there is only 1 gift under the tree. Why not put all the things that you usually buy for a vacation under the tree. The new outfits, Kids Travel Journal: My Travel Diary to Disney World, autograph books, or photo albums will make great presents. Fantastic merchandise previously available only at Disney Parks can now be purchased at the online Disney Store to put under the tree.  If you are going to go on an Adventures by Disney trip or a cruise you may want to get a travel journal for the kids so they can write about all the different places they are going to see and a travel wallet for you to hold all the passports.
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You can even pre-arrange special dinners, on-board experiences, or excursions for cruises and wrap those up as gifts or stocking stuffers.

Plus, giving the trip should be just as much fun! Are you going to make a scavenger hunt around the house for clues or put a clue in each present? Have the kids open their presents in a certain order to slowly reveal the trip. The ideas are endless.

Benefits to giving the best family Christmas gifts

Everyone enjoys together – This is something everyone can enjoy together. From the youngest to the oldest everyone can have a good time on the right vacation. Plus, you will be building stronger family bonds.

Gifts that last – Your family will enjoy your gift from Christmas morning all the way through the countdown to your vacation. When you actually take the vacation in the spring or summer you family will be just as excited as they were when they got the gift (maybe even more). After the vacation is over your family will have memories to last a lifetime. They will never forget the Christmas that they got a Disney vacation!

Bragging Rights – Your kids will be so excited to tell everyone about the amazing gift they got for Christmas.

Better Budget – By combining your gift budget with your vacation budget you may be able to afford something you may not have been able to otherwise. You may have a little more wiggle room to do something a little nicer than usual.

So, are you going to get the best family Christmas gifts this year? If you are thinking about it please contact your MMP or fill out a free quote request. Make sure you let us know in the comments of the quote form that you are interested in making this a Christmas gift so we can include a special gift for you! Don’t forget our services are always free! We wish you and your family a happy Holiday season full of magical memories.

 

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Is It REALLY Free?

freeI get asked this question all the time. Honestly, it does seem too good to be true, right? Free help sorting through all the options of a Disney vacation, booking your trip and dining reservations for you, personal reminders about key dates in your trip planning process, always looking out for a better deal for you, a customized trip itinerary, and always being able to quickly get in touch with someone who knows you and your trip when you have questions? There’s got to be a catch. But there really and truly isn’t.

So you might be wondering why Magical Memory Planners (MMP) agents do this work and how we offer our services for free to our clients.

First, the why. We LOVE Disney! It is truly so much fun for us to help you plan your vacation. We have extensive knowledge and experience with Disney and enjoy using those skills to help you have the most magical vacation possible. If you are curious about how we plan your vacation, you can read all about that here.

And now the how. We do get paid for our work… just not by you. Disney wants you to have a great vacation! They also know that the options and process of planning a magical Disney vacation can be overwhelming and complicated. That is why they pay us a small commission as a thank you for planning and booking your vacation for you. That said, we only get paid if you book your trip with us. And that is why we limit our help to our clients only. We are happy to help others with their Disney trip by pointing them in the right direction of resources, but the benefits of using a MMP agent are reserved for our clients.

Our magical services are not just limited to Walt Disney World. We love to work with clients to help them plan Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and even Adventures by Disney trips!

So, as you can see, it really is a win for everyone involved to book your vacation with a Magical Memory Planners agent. You get a magical vacation built just for you along with the other perks of being our clients, Disney gets happy visitors who want to return again, and we get the joy of sharing the Disney magic with you… and a paycheck.

Want to start planning your magical Disney vacation with us? Fill out our quote form here and we’ll be in touch soon!

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Getting the Most Out of Memory Maker

MM MMP2I often get asked if Memory Maker is worth purchasing. My answer is always an emphatic YES! I love having my whole family in every picture. Knowing that the ride photos and character interaction photos are included as well make it a really wise purchase for capturing the magic of your Disney World vacation. However, there are some things you should know beforehand to be sure you are getting the most out of Memory Maker.

1. Be sure to purchase Memory Maker at least 3 days before your trip to save yourself money and to ensure it will capture all the photos from your vacation! And remember to link all the members in your traveling party together through your mydisneyexperience.com account so that everyone’s photos will be added to your account.

2. Check your park maps for Photopass Photographer locations. Stop at as many as you like as they will all take photos from different locations/angles/backgrounds and they all have different “magic shots.”

3. Ask every single photographer for magic shots! They will ask you to do something silly or that may not make sense – just have fun with it. These shots always turn out really cute!

4. All character interactions will have their own photographer. Be sure you touch your Magic Band or Photopass card to their scanner to have these added to your Memory Maker account.

5. The following rides have photos taken, which will automatically be added to your Memory Maker account:

  • 7 Dwarfs Mine Train (a photo and video will be added to your account!)
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Rock ‘n Roller Coaster
  • Expedition Everest
  • Dinosaur
  • Test Track

Enchanted Tales with Belle and Jedi Training have photos taken only of the children who are invited to participate. If you are selected, a photopass card will be given to you to link to your account, as these photos will not automatically show up on your Memory Maker account.

6. The following dining experiences will have photos taken, which will automatically be added to your Memory Maker account:

  • 1900 Park Fare (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Ohana (Breakfast)
  • Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
  • Chef Mickey’s (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Cinderella’s Royal Table (all meals)
  • Tusker House Restaurant (Breakfast & Lunch)
  • Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue
  • Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (all meals)

7. If your child has a makeover at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, be sure to stop by Castle Couture afterward to have a princess photo shoot and link all of the BBB experience photos to your Memory Maker account. Photos taken from your child’s makeover at Pirate’s League will also be added to your Memory Maker account.

8. If possible, check your Memory Maker account at the end of each day to be sure all your photos were linked. This will need to be done from a computer as you cannot access Memory Maker from your phone. If any photos are missing, there is a link from your account to report missing photos. They are usually found and added within 24 hours.

9. When you get home, browse through the borders to add to your photos before downloading them. They have really nice borders for each park with the year included. These make such nice souvenir photos! Each ride that has a photo taken has a cool border you can add to the photo as well.

 

10. Be sure you download all your photos before the deadline!

Have more questions about Memory Maker or want some FREE help planning your vacation? We’d love to help! Just fill out our quote form here to get in touch with one of our agents.

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Disney Cruise Line Door Magnets

Disney Cruise Line Door MagnetsLots of people like to decorate their door on a Disney Cruise. As long as you use magnets and don’t damage the doors you are safe. As I was looking for some Disney Cruise Line door magnets for our upcoming cruise, I found this great business on Etsy called Grayson Tags and More .The owner Doug worked with me to make some amazing magnets.

Disney Cruise Line Door MagnetsEach magnet is printed on heavy paper and laminated. He puts a very large magnet securely on the back too. He sells these smaller magnets in sets of 6 to 8 and the prices are very reasonable.

He also has collections of pirate magnets, sets that are designed for different holidays, and more.

Looking for Fish Extender gifts? Check out what Grayson Tags and More has to offer. You can get a great gift that will be hit on your next cruise. You will give something people can use right away as well as enjoy on future cruises.

Doug had great communication through the purchase process since I had quite a few questions before I made the purchase. I completed the purchase late in the evening and they were in my mailbox within 5 days. I think that’s amazing! I would recommend shopping at Grayson Tags and More for your Disney Cruise Line Door Magnets before you set sail on your next magical Disney Cruise vacation.

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Disney Dinner Shows

 

What are your favorite Disney Dinner Shows?

Spirit of AlohaThe Hoop Dee Doo Revue, the Spirit of Aloha Luau, and Mickey’s Backyard BBQ are the 3 Disney dinner shows. Have you tried them? On our last trip we decided to do both the Hoop Dee Doo Revue and the Spirit of Aloha Luau so that the kids and I could compare them and see which one we liked better.

Location

The Hoop Dee Doo Revue is located at Fort Wilderness and the Spirit of Aloha Luau is located at Disney’s Polynesian Village. Both are very easy to get to from Magic Kingdom by boat or monorail. That is the preferred way to get there! If you are coming from another park then you will be dropped off by the bus. At the Polynesian its a short walk to Luau Cove through the Great Ceremonial House and then all the way to the far end of the Polynesian to Luau Cove. At Fort Wilderness, if you come by bus, you will be dropped at the Outpost bus stop. You can take any of the buses (yellow, orange, or purple) to get to the Settlement bus stop near Pioneer hall.

The Hoop Dee Doo Revue takes place indoors at Pioneer Hall. The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show takes place outside at Luau Cove. Keep that in mind when you are deciding. If its a time of year when the evenings are cold or still REALLY hot/humid that might affect your decision.

* Hoop Dee Doo Revue wins for easiest transportation (Boat from Magic Kingdom) and being indoors.

Food

The Hoop Dee Doo Revue starts with delicious cornbread and salad. The entree includes fried chicken, ribs, baked beans, corn, and mashed potatoes. The dessert is strawberry shortcake.

The Spirit of Aloha  starts with salad, noodles, and bread. The entree is mixed vegetables, BBQ/pulled pork, BBQ ribs, and rotisserie chicken. They did have additional options for kids (on request) such as pizza but my kids liked what was served so I didn’t ask them to bring it out. The dessert was the best bread pudding I have ever had!!

Spirit of Aloha Dinner

Spirit of Aloha Dinner

Spirit of Aloha

Pineapple Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Both Disney dinner shows have the same selection of drinks including, soda, iced tea, juice, milk, beer, wine, and sangria. The sangria was delicious!

 

 

Overall my kids enjoyed the food at both locations. It was quite hot so I think they ate a little bit better at the Hoop Dee Doo Revue because we were indoors and more comfortable but…

* Spirit of Aloha Luau wins for food (the dessert pushed it over the edge).

Entertainment

The Hoop Dee Doo Revue is about an hour in length. My kids LOVED it. They laughed at the jokes, sang along, and had a great time. The show had an excellent “flow” with times for us to eat and then just as the kids were finishing their food the show started up again. There was time for the adults to have seconds and not be rushed as well.

The Spirit of Aloha Luau is a bit longer. It was almost 2 hours long. It had a very cute part of the show when all the kids got to go onstage and learn a little bit of a hula together. The kids also enjoyed the dancers that used fire in their act. The show was a big long for my kids though (5 and 9). There wasn’t always a good flow too. For example, we were served our dinner while an exciting part of the show was happening, but then there was a break just as we were finished eating and the kids were bored. Since it was outdoors it was sometimes hard to hear the story line of the show also. We had category 2 seating so I don’t think we had really bad seats but it just made it hard to stay engaged with the story. I think the adults would enjoy this a little more than the kids.

*Hoop Dee Doo Revue wins because it was fun for everyone.

Dining Details

All Disney Dinner Shows can be reserved up to 180 days in advance. For guests NOT on a Disney dining plan full payment will be made at the time of booking. For guests on a Disney dining plan (not including Quick Service dining) a credit card will be taken to guarantee the reservation. Both alcohol and gratuity are included in the cost of this reservation. Tickets can be picked up at your resort (I like to do it at check in) or at the location. If you are picking up tickets at the location you will need to arrive 45 minutes before the start of the show.

Have you done Disney Dinner Shows? Which one is your favorite and why?

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