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Multi Generational Travel

Multi Generational Travel

Multi Generational Travel

What is Multi Generational Travel?

Multi Generational Travel is when a group is traveling together that includes people from multiple generations. This is most often when families are traveling together with the grandparents, children, and grand children. This can be a smaller group or even an extended family group. Some families do this every year and others do it to mark a special milestone like an anniversary.

What Type of Trips Do You Recommend For Multi Generational Travel?

This sort of depends on the interest and abilities of the group. My favorite type of travel for multi generational travel is a cruise. Cruises offer lots of activities for guests of all ages. Its easy for people to break off and do their own thing as well as to come together as a family again. You can also accommodate a variety of budgets.  Let me explain.

You can either choose to have staterooms all together in the same category or you can have each family choose the cabin that fits their family or budget. A bigger family can do two inside cabins while a couple without children can get a balcony cabin or concierge level cabin, etc. Separate choices but still all on the same ship.

During the day you may all do your own thing for breakfast but meet up at the pool mid day. You can do an excursion together or spread out around the ship on a sea day doing spa, sports, pool, games, etc. The teenagers may run off to play basketball while the ladies all go to the spa or go shopping. The men may go to a sports bar to have a beer and watch a game while some younger ones are napping in the cabin while mom reads a book. Lots of different things but never all that far apart. Everyday you can come all together for dinner and everyone can catch up about their day and all the fun they had. Cruises also have great opportunities to get some great family photos too.

My Multi Generational Travel Story

The photo above is my family celebrating my parents 50th wedding anniversary. We sailed together on the Explorer of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) to Bermuda from Bayonne, New Jersey. Since we all live the the north east (Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and  New York) it made it easy for us all to drive to the port and saved the added expense of flights. My children were 2, 4, and 6 years old; my nieces and nephews were between 13 and 19; and one of my brothers didn’t even have kids yet. We were able to have different staterooms, different activities, mix with different family members at different times and yet ALL be together for dinner every night. It was a blast!!! No one was slowed down by my 2 year old and we weren’t dragged around either. The teenage cousins had a blast doing things together and made lots of memories too. A cruise was the perfect fit for us.

What is the Best Way to Coordinate Multi Generational Travel?

The best way to coordinate it all is with a travel agent, like Magical Memory Planners. We have worked with lots of multi generational travel. Whether its just the grandparents joining your family on a Disney vacation or the whole extended family taking a cruise together, we can help it all run smoothly. We can coordinate your transportation to/from the cruise ports, arrange special events for your family on board, make dining reservations and more. Planning multi generational travel can be stressful and we can help take the pressure off so you can enjoy the memories with your loved ones.

Request a free quote and lets get started planning something magical for your family.

 

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Welcome Heidi Brackett to Magical Memory Planners

Heidi Brackett

Heidi Brackett ~ Since 2017

Heidi Brackett ~ Since 2017

Heidi Brackett joined Magical Memory Planners in 2017 and brings lots of excitement to our team. She lives outside Chicago, Illinois. She has been to Disney World four times and has also been on a Disney Cruise for her honeymoon.

Starting from a  young age my love for Disney has grown more and more every time we go. My first trip was with my parents and my sister many years ago. That’s where the magic began. Since that trip I have been back three times with my husband and son. I love finding the best deals and getting the most bang for the buck.

My favorite Disney vacation is going to the Disney World Parks. The memories that you create will last a lifetime. Taking our son was one of the best moments, just to see his face light up and know that he would have that memory for a lifetime. Still to this day, he talks about our first trip. My favorite time to go is during the Food and Wine Festival. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is wonderful.

“I can help you plan the trip of your dreams, magical memories to last a lifetime at Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruises, and Adventures by Disney, and all my services are FREE” ~ Heidi

Request a free quote and select Heidi as your Magical Memory Planner.

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Universal’s Volcano Bay Opens May 25

Universal’s Volcano Bay

Universal’s Volcano Bay is opening May 25, 2017 and will become Universal Orlando Resort’s third theme park and first water park. Volcano Bay will feature incredibly immersive environments, exhilarating rides, relaxing escapes and amazing technology such as the TapuTapu Wearable that will eliminate the fuss and maximize the fun.

Universal’s Volcano Bay will introduce the amazing waterproof TapuTapu wearable for guests to use during their day. The TapuTapu is designed specifically and exclusively for use in Universal’s water theme park, it will transform the way you experience water theme park entertainment at Volcano Bay.

According to Universal, “The TapuTapu wearable gives you the ability to enjoy the new Virtual Line. You’ll walk up to the totem in front of an attraction entrance and with just a simple tap, receive a return time for that attraction. The TapuTapu then allows you to virtually wait in line so you can enjoy other areas of Volcano Bay while you wait. Each one of Volcano Bay’s four imaginatively-themed areas is filled with incredible experiences for all ages – so you don’t have to go far to have fun while you wait.”

The Taputapu will make this amazing park even better making attractions come to life and letting you know what attractions are ready for you. You won’t even have to carry tubes to your rides.

We can help you book your next Universal Vacation and include all 3 parks for the ultimate vacation!

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Sandals Vacation Tips

There is nothing more romantic than some time away with the one you love in the Caribbean. Sandals resorts are designed for couples in love. We have some Sandals vacation tips to help you plan that romantic getaway.

Sandals vacation tips

Dinner at Sunset at Sandals Royal Caribbean

The first and most important of our Sandals vacation tips is to book with a travel agency that is a Certified Sandals Specialist, such as Magical Memory Planners. We will look out for you and help you plan something magical and romantic.

Sandals Vacation Tips Before You Go

The next set of Sandals vacation tips are things to pre-plan. Once you have booked with us there are only a few things to pre-plan. The first is a romantic candlelight dinner. This can be a very special way to start or end a trip.

You can also schedule a couples massage or another treatment at the spa. Some resorts such as Sandals Royal Bahamian and Sandal Royal Caribbean have therapy rooms outside right on the ocean. Book these treatments in advance so you can get the perfect spot for your massage.

You can also pre-book a free photo session. Think about the time and what you want to wear so it doesn’t interrupt your day. We like to do our photo session in our evening clothes at 4:30pm so we can go to dinner after and don’t have to get changed again. If you have a butler, and you really should, be sure to fill out your butler preferences before you go.

Sandals Vacation Tips For Packing

What should you pack? Besides the obvious bathing suits, sunscreen, and resort casual clothing you may want to pack a few things to make the trip more romantic like battery operated candles, some fragrance beads, or bubble bath.

This set of a dozen candles flicker like real candles and are just enough to put around your room and bathroom. They have on/off switches so they should last your whole stay.

Since you will be flying internationally you may want to get a nice passport wallet to hold all your travel documents too.

Be ready for adventure when you arrive with a waterproof case for your phone and a dry bag if you are doing excursions where you could get wet. Beach towel clips are great so that your towel doesn’t blow away. You can find all our recommendations for products in our store on Amazon.  You won’t need much cash but be sure you have enough. There are always vendors selling local products and you may want to get some souvenirs from them. There are porters at the airport as well as your transfer driver that you may want to tip. You may also want to tip your guides if you take an excursion.

Sandals Vacation Tips With A Butler

Sandals vacation tipsDo you have a room with a butler? I hope so because you will LOVE it! In order to make the experience even more amazing we have some Sandals vacation tips for our butler clients. As I mentioned before you will want to fill out your butler preference sheet before arrival. That will help you butler know your likes/dislikes and how they can help you.

Upon arrival at the resort your butlers will give you a phone so you can be in contact with your butler as needed. When you talk to you butler on the way to dinner they may ask you, “What are your plans for tomorrow?” Be prepared to let them know where you want to be such as the pool or beach, shade or sun, party area or quiet area. This will help the butler pick the perfect spot for you. Let them know what you like to drink so they can fill your cooler with the right things such as beer, juice, or bottled water.

Let your butler know where you would like to go for dinner and what time, even if it’s not a Sandals Vacation Tipslocation that requires a reservation. They will meet you there and be sure you have a great spot waiting for you. We prefer to eat outside at 6pm so that we eat dinner through sunset. Let you butler know if he should pick you up at your room, just meet you at the restaurant, or if you are stopping someplace for a pre-dinner drink. Of course you can just do what you like and the butler will work around your schedule so you can be spontaneous if you want. Lastly, since you can/should tip your butler be sure to pack enough cash to do so. You can charge your butler gratuity to your room account if you prefer.

We hope these Sandals vacation tips will help you get the most of your romantic getaway. We would love to help you plan something truly memorable for you and your loved one. You can fill out our free vacation quote form and we will be in touch.

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Disney’s Twice Upon a Year Sale

Its Disney’s Twice Upon a Year Sale and there are great items at reduced prices in every department. Use the code Extra25 to get an additional 25% off select items. Get ready for your next Disney vacation with Disney Park Merchandise. From clothing, home, souvenirs and more. They also have RunDisney merchandise including shirts, banners, mugs, and magnets.  You can also pre-order Moana and get some extra bonuses. This all ends Sunday so don’t miss it.


 

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Great Offers for Walt Disney World 2017

There are several great offers for Walt Disney World in 2017. Here are a few..

SAVOR A FREE QUICK-SERVICE MEAL THIS SUMMER WITH A 5-NIGHT/6-DAY DISNEY VALUE RESORT HOTEL PACKAGE

Walt Disney World Offer

You can enjoy one meal per person, per night at select Walt Disney World® Resort quick-service dining locations when they buy a non-discounted 5-night/6-day Walt Disney Travel Company room and ticket package at a select Disney Value Resort hotel for arrivals most nights May 30-Aug. 24, 2017 when you book by Feb. 12, 2017.

 

SOAK UP THE FUN & SUN AND SAVE UP TO 25% ON ROOMS AT SELECT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT HOTELS!

Walt Disney World Offer

When you stay at a Walt Disney World® Resort hotel, they’re always in the middle of the magic. And with this great travel offer, it’s even easier to bask in the enchantment! You can save up to 25%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights Feb. 20-June 10, 2017. Book by Feb 26, 2017.

Plus, you can get one more day added to your ticket when you upgrade to a Magic Your Way® room and ticket package with a minimum 4-day Ticket.

 

FAMILY FUN & SUN PACKAGE

Walt Disney World Offer

You can delight in a package that includes a 4-night stay in a standard room at a select Disney’s All-Star Resorts and 5-day Magic Your Way theme park tickets—just $1,929 for a family 4.

Book through February 26, 2017 for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights from February 20 through April 6, April 23 through May 25 and May 29 through June 8, 2017. April 23 through June 8 can be booked through March 30th. Planning a longer stay or have more people in your party? Ask about availability for packages that can accommodate other lengths of stay and party sizes.

KINDERMOON VACATION PACKAGE

Walt Disney World Offer

We’ve all heard of honeymoons and babymoons. But now we’d like to introduce you to the “Kindermoon”—a family getaway to Walt Disney World® Resort during that precious time right before your little one becomes a “big kid” and goes off to kindergarten.

With this offer, your Clients can enjoy a 3-night stay in a standard room at a Disney’s All-Star Resort and 2-day Magic Your Way base tickets for as low as $987*. Sample package price is valid for a family of 3 for stays most Sunday through Thursday nights from February 26 through March 9, and from April 23 through May 25, 2017. Other resorts and lengths of stay are available.

Plus, your Client will receive 2 FastPass+ vouchers** with this package in addition to the standard FastPass+ selection allotment. The FastPass+ vouchers can be used at the following preschool-friendly attractions (valid park admission required):

 

  • 1 voucher valid atDisney’s Hollywood Studios® for Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
  • 1 voucher valid atMagic Kingdom® Park for your choice of one of the following attractions: Dumbo the Flying Elephant®, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor® or Mickey’s PhilharMagic®

Let us help you find the right offer for you with these many great offers for Walt Disney World! Request a free quote or contact your MMP today. Find out more about your Disney vacation with this brochure.

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Great Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to 2017!

We want to start the year with some excitement. We are giving away a $200 Visa Gift Card to one of our lucky clients in March. Everyone who puts a deposit on a package with one of our amazing Magical Memory Planners from now through March 15th, 2017 will be entered to win. Remember, we don’t just book Disney Destinations (although we do love that). So, if you are thinking of a cruise or some other vacation in 2017 be sure to get in touch with your MMP and get it booked before March 15th.

We can book you at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Sandals, Beaches, and more!!!

Vacations over $15,000 will receive 3 entries

Vacations $10,000-$14,999 will receive 2 entries

Vacations under $10,000 will receive 1 entry

To get started you can contact your MMP or request a free quote.

We will keep track of the entries and announce the winner at the end of March. Good luck and we wish you magical memories in 2017.

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Join our Birthday Club

Our 2017 Birthday Club

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We invite you to sign your children (birth to 18) up for our 2017  birthday club. It is so simple. All you have to do is fill out the form and your child will receive a Disney themed post card on their birthday with well wishes. Every child loves to receive mail so why not something especially for their birthday.

Fill out this Birthday Club form with up to 3 children’s names. If you have more than 3 children in your family you can fill out a second form. We don’t want anyone left out! The month of their birthday they will get a special post card that wishes them a happy birthday. It is like magic! It won’t say who its from (they probably don’t know who we are anyway) so their little mind can wonder who sent it. Was it Mickey? One of the princesses? Who knows? It will just add to the fun.

We work with families every day to help them plan special memories in Disney World, on a Disney Cruise, or at many other places around the world. Our Birthday Club program is just a fun little way for us to give you some Disney magic in between trips. None of the information you give us will be shared with anyone else so don’t worry.

We wish you a magical, safe, happy, and healthy 2017!

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

We are super excited to announce our…

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

This giveaway will last for 12 days from December 13 until December 24th at midnight. Our winner will be announced on Christmas morning…

What is in our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway? We have 12 special gifts that are from some of the destinations we work with. Remember that we don’t just sell Disney vacations. If you win you will get all 12 special gifts!

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

Items included are a Disneyland 60th Anniversary Lithograph, Disneyland 60th Journal, Disney Cruise Line Lanyard, a car from Vanellope’s Sweats and Treats on the Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line H2O Spa Samples, Disney Princess Half Marathon 2016 Drawstring bag, Norwegian Cruise Line Bag, Sandals Notepad, Magical Memory Planners Pen, Magical Memory Planners T-shirt, Mickey Shaped Paper Clips, and an Aluani Photo Gift.

You can enter to win by liking the facebook pages of many of our agents or by following and liking the foundation  Dream Builders Foundation that we support.

Start by following us on Facebook so that you are sure to enter when the giveaway is live. Thanks for participating and sharing with friends! #FamilyVacationsMadeEasy

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Disney World, the Happiest Place on Earth ….but what if you are sick at Disney World??

Disney World, the Happiest Place on Earth ….but what if you are sick at Disney World??

I’ve always loved Disney World. I was able to bring my family there for the first time, many years ago. My kids were 6 & 8 years old. It was like the commercials… I was so excited, I couldn’t sleep the night before. I had been wanting to take my family to Disney for so long, and now we were finally going! It was a great first trip- we were hooked!!

I have since gone 34 more times, Today I am a frequent Disney World guest. But now I go also to see my daughter to whom I gave the love of Disney to. She started the Disney College program in Jan 2014 and fell in love with Disney.  In Aug 2014, after completing her college program, she was hired as a part time cast member. Today she is a full time cast member climbing the Disney ladder, working as a Custodial Coordinator at Animal Kingdom – and loving it! I visit her 4-5 times a year now.

Let’s now fast forward to one of my most recent trips. I was going to Walt Disney World for a girls weekend. We were attending  Night of Joy, a concert that was being held at Wide World of Sports.  As usual, I came in a day early to visit with my daughter, and we (along with her boyfriend) had a wonderful day at Epcot. I should tell you that the crowds were so small that day, that we were able to walk right onto Soarin’!!! My friends flew in the following day to meet up with me.  We were going to have fun…whoo hoo, just us girls! So we started the trip at Disney Springs with a little shopping, and a great meal at Raglan Road. It was a great trip so far!

The next day I woke up feeling fine. So off we went to Blizzard Beach – one of the top water parks in the county! It was so much fun! On the last ride, I was walking up the steps to the slide, and I started having trouble catching my breath – so much so, that it scared me. But I figured I had gained a little weight and I was just really out of shape. So I proceeded to go down the slide, catching my breath by the time I got to the bottom. It was at that time I realized that something wasn’t right. From that point on, it actually hurt to breath. Was I coming down with something? Was I going to be sick at Disney World? Well,  I was at Disney World, and nothing gets you down at the “happiest place on earth”… right? Ha! So I kept on going. We went back to the room to get ready for the concert and I just wasn’t feeling right. I was having trouble breathing – could it be asthma?,or the flu? I didn’t know- I just knew it was something.

Now remember, I wasn’t with my family. I was with friends that hadn’t been to Disney as much as I had been. I didn’t want to bring their trip down. So what should I do?? I really didn’t know. So I decided to go to the concert. As I sat there, I started feeling terrible (like a truck hit me kind of terrible). I finally ended up going to the First Aid stand. It was barely an hour into the night. Yep, I was sick, I had a 102.7 fever. I never get sick like that. But that night I felt so bad, that I ended up calling a cab. I left my friends at the concert and went back to the hotel. But I still couldn’t breath. So after a night of struggling to breath, I called the front desk and asked for advice on what to do. They explained that there was an Urgent Care Facility nearby. They would send a van to pick me up and then return me to the hotel – free of charge. They gave me the number of the facility and  I called, and called, but they didn’t answer. Ugh – why me, really?? So I went to the front desk asking for help, again. They could see that I looked like death. They were so kind to me. They gave me a voucher for a cab. And off we went. My friend Karen was kind enough to ride with me. It was about a 15 minute ride to get there. The facility was located right outside of Disney Springs. When we got there, one other person was in the waiting room. I was called in within 10 min. Upon entering, I noticed that it looked exactly like an emergency room in a hospital. They started tending to me rather quickly.  After getting a chest x-ray, I was diagnosed with pneumonia!! They gave me breathing treatments, antibiotics, 2 prescriptions and a ride back to the hotel.  At least I knew what was going on now. I napped for the next 2 days, until it was time to come home.

So Disney is even the best when it comes to getting you medical treatment, providing great  care, even when you get sick at Disney on vacation!

Well it took a good 2-3 weeks to finally feel better – but I am now at 100%.  I wanted to share my experience with you, so in that rare instance that you get sick at Disney World while on vacation you know that there is a system in place to get you great treatment, and rather swiftly I should say!!

If you are feeling sick at Disney World be sure to go straight to the front desk to get the assistance you need or a first aid station at the parks.

MaryAnne Becher is an Independent Travel Specialist at Magical Memory Planners, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. Find out more about planning a Disney Vacation , follow her on Facebook , orContact  MaryAnne for a quote at MaryAnne@MagicalMemoryPlanners.com

 

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