Welcome Jo Garrett to Magical Memory Planners

Magical Memory PlannersJo Garrett comes from a long line of Disney fanatics and has always loved all things Disney. This is a trait she is proud have inherited from her father and to now be passing along to her two daughters. Her husband is a good sport and finds her enthusiasm for Disney endearing. Jo Family Picture

She grew up all over the world and now calls North Carolina home, but her favorite place will always be Walt Disney World! Each trip she takes there is more magical than the last. In fact, after returning from taking her children to Disney World for the first time, she felt inspired to help others experience the joy and wonder of Disney for themselves. She is thrilled to be a part of Magical Memory Planners and would love to help you plan a truly magical trip!

Find out Jo’s best tips for a Walt Disney World vacation! Her kids also had some great tips too!

Request a quote for your next Walt Disney World vacation and request Jo on the form.

 

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Disney Cruise Line New Itineraries for 2015

Here is the newest information on what itineraries will include for 2015 on Disney Cruise Line

 

Norwegian Fjords Itineraries

On 7- and 9-night sailings departing from Copenhagen, your Clients will be immersed in both the splendor and charm of Norway with exciting new ports, steeped in Viking history. An 11-night sailing allows your Clients to explore the Norwegian fjords, as well as Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

NEW 7-night Norwegian Fjords

Ports: Copenhagen, Denmark; Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger and Bergen, Norway

Departure Date: June 6

NEW 9-night Norwegian Fjords

Ports: Copenhagen, Denmark; Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger, Molde, Olden and Bergen, Norway

Departure Date: June 20

NEW 11-night Norwegian Fjords and Iceland

Ports: Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Kristiansand and Stavanger Norway; Akureyri and Reykjavik (overnight), Iceland; Torshavn, Faroe Islands; Dover, England

Departure Date: June 29

Northern Europe Itineraries

On Northern Europe cruises, the Disney Magic will sail the Baltic waters where your Clients will explore richly diverse cultures and national capitals including Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen and St. Petersburg – known as the cultural capital of Russia. These itineraries depart from Copenhagen, Denmark and Dover – just a quick jaunt from London, England.

NEW 7-night Northern Europe

Ports: Copenhagen, Denmark; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden

Departure Dates: May 30, June 13

12-night Northern Europe

Ports: Dover, England; Copenhagen, Denmark; Warnemunde, Germany (July 10 cruise only); Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia

Departure Dates: July 10 and 22

The Disney Magic will also return to the Mediterranean in August, treating Guests to popular European destinations on 5- and 7-night sailings departing from Barcelona, Spain. And, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for the summer season with 7-night cruises departing out of Vancouver, Canada. The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will continue to sail during the summer to The Bahamas and Caribbean from Port Canaveral, Florida – these cruises include a stop at Disney’s private island – Castaway Cay.

Platinum or Gold Castaway Club Member, you can book these itineraries beginning at 8 a.m. ET on March 26, 2014. Bookings will open to all Guests on March 27, 2014. Contact your MMP for your FREE Quote.

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Disney Cruise Line for Adults

Disney Cruise Line is for more than just Families!

Disney Cruise Line for Adults!

Have you ever had a Dream to sail with Disney Cruise Line? Do you often Wonder if being an adult will not have the usual Disney Magic you would think of? Is it your Fantasy to take a cruise?

Well, no need to fret! There are many things you can do aboard a Disney Cruise that are for adults only. You will not feel that you have to have little ones with you or that you are overwhelmed by families on your cruise. There are many different itineraries that you can choose from: Transatlantic, Alaska, Mediterranean, Eastern & Western Caribbean, and Bahamas, and all of these offer many adult only activities and locations!

Recently, I had the opportunity to sail on the Disney Magic for training. Since this was for training, I was without my kids and family and had wondered if I would find enough to do that was for adults. There was no need to worry!

Is there anywhere to eat that is for adults only on Disney Cruise Line?

YES!!! If you are looking at an amazing adult only dining experience, you can make reservations for Palo. They have dinner reservations, and on the day(s) at sea, they also offer a brunch. The cost of this adult dining experience is $25 per person, but definitely well worth it! Expect your meal experience to last at least 2 hours, but time will fly! If you are sailing on the Fantasy or Dream, you can also make a reservation for Remy. The cost for Remy is a $75 per person.

If you are looking for a more adult centered dining rotation, you can request the second seating. Since it is a little later, families tend to want an earlier dining time for their kids. Disney does do an amazing job of trying to seat people that are traveling with others that are like them, or you can request private seating as well.

But what is there to do?

LOTS!!! All of the ships have an adult area pool and hot tubs. You can sit here and relax and enjoy the adult only area. A much more relaxed vibe than sitting by the family pool. There is Senses Spa on each of the ships as well. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage, or a couples massage. There are facials, pedicures, manicures. Talk about relaxing!

There are also the adult only entertainment districts on each ship. Every night you will receive a Navigator in your room. It will tell you the adult activities and where to find them and when. They have different activities, events, shows, classes that are just for adults! There are different beverage seminars available, cooking demonstrations, games, dancing, music, you name it! There are also the nightly shows before or after your dining rotation. There are also first run movies shown on all of the ships. Recently on the Magic, they were showing Frozen, Saving Mr. Banks, Monsters University, and Thor: The Dark World.

Is there anything to do off of the ships?

There are many different excursions that are offered depending on which itinerary you choose to sail.

What is for adults on Castaway Cay?

Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, offers an adult only beach, Serenity Bay. At this beach they offer their own dining area, a bar, and just lots of relaxation. Castaway Cay also offers their own excursions, so be sure to check them out and register in advance! There is also the Castaway Cay 5k. You have to be at least 12 years old to participate so it really is an adult only race. Not really a race, it is free, everyone receives a medal for finishing. It is a great way to see the island before everyone else gets off the ship!

There is so much to do and see that you will run out of time! It truly is a great cruise to do as an adult. You know it will be top notch because it is Disney after all!

So, now that you know there are many different things for adults to do, what are you waiting for? It doesn’t matter if you are traveling without kids or with the family and want to enjoy some time just for adults. You know you want to try it out! Once you do sail on a Disney Cruise, you will want to rebook while on board for another fun experience (and a great deal)!

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How I pack a family of 4 into 1 suitcase for a Disney Cruise

This is our family’s third Disney cruise and although most say the more you vacation, the better you get at packing…..
I don’t think I can get much better than this!

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Here is a broken down list per family member of what is included in our 1 suitcase and 2 carry-ons.

Suitcase

Kingsley (5 years old):
5 pairs of underwear
2 sets of pajamas
2 bathing suits
7 outfits (she can be a diva)
Tip: one of these outfits is matching pants and cardigan
Matching hair bows for outfits

Zealand (6 years old):
5 pairs of underwear
1 bathing suit
5 outfits
2 sets of pajamas
1 sweatshirt

Danielle (me):
5 pairs of underwear
3 bras
2 sets of pajamas
1 bathrobe
my outfits
(Broken down:
3 skirts with matching tank tops and t-shirts to mix and match
Jeans
Jean shorts
2 tunics
6 undershirts/tanks
Jean jacket)
Bathing suit cover up
3 bathing suits
1 pair of leather flip flops

Christian (husband):
5 pairs of underwear
2 pairs of ankle socks
2 bathing suits
4 pairs of shorts
1 pair of jeans
1 sweatshirt
5 t-shirts (all Disney-themed)

Misc things packed in suitcase:
Movie candy
Light sticks
Pop up hamper
Bath and body works night light/air freshener
Toiletries broken down:
Contacts and glasses
Toothbrushes
Razor
Adult and kids mini toothpastes
Bobby pins
Face wash and face lotion
Hair spray and hair gel
Cell phone and iPad chargers
My broken watch from our last cruise (maybe they will exchange?)

Christian’s carry-on (a heavy-duty book bag):
1 bottle of wine
1 bottle of raspberry vodka
1 10 pack of aluminum bottles

My carry-on (a Disney cruise tote from last cruise):
Strapped on are kids floaties
A bathing suit for both Zealand and Kingsley
Sunscreen
4 Disney Dining mugs
Our door magnets
Our paperwork to board
My cell phone
Camera
Ear Bandit and ear putty (Zealand’s ears)
Sunglasses
Kids and adult Dramamine

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***By the way this suitcase weighed EXACTLY 50lbs at Southwest Airlines check-in.

 

What we wear:
We have matching Disney cruising outfits.
Zealand will be wearing a long sleeved t-shirt in navy with a white skull and cross bone, khaki shorts and brand new black crocs. He will wear these crocs daily for the cruise….great for both pool and dinner.

Kingsley has a “pillowcase dress” with a nautical print of blues, oranges and white. Her dress has a Mickey embroidered and her name. She will wear blue and white leggings and a brand new pair of pink Disney parks crocs. She will wear these crocs daily to pool and dinner.
Christian will be wearing an orange shirt with a blue nautical print Mickey and khakis. He will pair it up with tennis shoes and ankle socks.
I will be wearing a white t-shirt with an orange nautical print Mickey and blue shorts, paired with a blue and white striped cardigan and blue Toms.

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Disney Dream Room Service

One of our family’s favorite parts of cruising is FREE room service! We LOVE Disney Dream room service! On our recent 4 night cruise on the Disney Dream we ordered room service about 7 times. We mainly ordered room service in the morning and before bed.

Disney Dream Room ServiceThere are two menus. The first is the continental breakfast menu. There will be several of these in your room. You simply fill out the form and and hang it on your door before you go to bed or by 3am.

On the top section of the form you can select a delivery time. The delivery times are in 30 minute windows from 5am to 9:30am. Below that is where you can select what you want delivered. It is a continental breakfast menu so you won’t find many hot items but you will find breads and pastries including fruit, danishes, muffins, croissants, doughnuts, white or wheat toast, English muffins and bagels. They also have a selection of cold cereals from Kelloggs including corn flakes, raisin bran, rice krispies, froot loops, special k, frosted flakes and low fat granola. You can also select cold and hot beverages such as various kinds of milk, juices, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.

On the front side there is a place to put your room number, name, and number of people. I preferred to leave the number of people blank or else we would get coffee for 5 instead of 2.

Some things I learned was not to check off the items I wanted but actually write in the number I wanted. For example, I would write 3 in front of fruit bowls, 1 in front of coffee, 3 by English muffins etc. Also, be sure to request all the condiments you need. Just because you order toast they won’t automatically give you butter. Be sure to request the butter, cream, sugar, etc you need for your food and drinks. Lastly, if there is a particular type of item you want like corn muffins specifically or a bowl of watermelon instead of “fresh fruit” just write it in. If they can accommodate you they will. We still went to breakfast but it was great to have a cup of coffee and some fruit in the morning so we didn’t feel rushed!

Disney Dream Room ServiceFor the rest of the day there is a full menu. My kids would eat dinner around 5:30 so by the time we got back to the room at night they were hungry. We could go on deck and get food but I found it easier to go to the room, place an order and start getting the kids ready for bed. In about a half hour the food would get there and we could relax, watch Disney movies or cartoons on demand and eat. We would typically order some chicken fingers and french fries (don’t forget the ketchup) along with cheese and fruit. Although its not listed on the menu you can request Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars or order the cookies warmed with milk. When you are done with your tray you can put it out in the hall by your door if you don’t want it in your room.

For the most part room service was right on time in the morning and within a half hour at night (we typically ordered between 10 and 11pm). The only time we really waited longer, about 45 minutes, for room service was the first evening at dinner time. My youngest slept through the kids dinner in the kids club but didn’t want to come to dinner with us so we ordered him room service but it took so long we ended up bringing the meal with us to the dining room where he ate it with us and then went with the Oceaneer Club cast members that came to the dining room to collect the kids. I was told by our servers that room service tends to be slow the first night at dinner time for some reason.

Most everything except for certain snacks and alcohol are free on room service but the cast member that delivers it will give you a receipt to sign even if the total is $0. A tip is recommended. I usually tip $1 unless we order a ton. If you order anything that is not free then a higher tip may be nice. It is up to you though. Remember that the cast members that deliver room service do not get a share of the dining room tips so whatever you give them is the only tip they will get.

We LOVE Disney Dream Room Service. It makes us feel like VIPs and why not!

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Disney’s Hilton Head Resort

Hilton HeadLooking for a Disney vacation at the beach? Head to Hilton Head, South Carolina for a beautiful beach vacation with a touch of Disney.

Disney’s Hilton Head Resort is located at 22 Harbourside Lane in Hilton Head, South Carolina. It is actually on its own little island within Hilton Head. This private and quiet retreat is the perfect place to relax. Since it is a Disney Vacation Club property you will find studio, 1 bedroom, and spacious 2 bedroom villas throughout the property. The villas are equipped similar to the villas located on property in Walt Disney World. Hilton HeadOnly the main building has elevators so if you need an accessible room be sure to let your MMP know so we can make a note on the reservation.

While at the resort you may want to walk around and take in the beauty. Around the villas are little areas with picnic tables, hammocks, games and biking trails. It is truly a beautiful resort and reminded me a little of Fort Wilderness. If you want to get around by bike you can bring them or rent them. They have bikes for everyone in the family including an adult tricycle.

Hilton HeadThey have two beautiful pools. The one at the resort is called the Big Dipper pool. This pool is sort of the center of activity for the resort since its just outside the Community Hall. The Community Hall is home to the quick service restaurant, bike rentals, the mercantile, and fitness center. There are lots of activities planned at the Community Hall each day and they will all be listed in the brochure for the week.

The other pool is located at the Beach House. This is an area right on the ocean where you can play on the beach, ride bikes on the beach, swim in the ocean, fly a kit, watch for dolphins, or check out the other pool and quick service location called Signals. There are also some game tables such as pool, Foosball, and ping pong. If you want a break from the outdoors you can hang out in a beautiful indoor area there as well. There is a shuttle that will take you from the resort to the beach house and its only for Disney’s Hilton Head Resort guests. There are also bike trails if you want to ride over.

We spent a few days in Hilton Head on our way home from our Disney Cruise. A stop in South Carolina was the perfect way to break up the trip between Pennsylvania and Florida. We had a fantastic time and may even go to Hilton Head for a vacation of its own. Although there were no Disney characters walking around we were very happy with the magical customer service, Mickey ice cream bars, Disney movies, and Disney touches throughout the resort. Here are some of my recommendations.

Thursday night they have the Edmund’s Family Low Country Boil from 5pm -7pm. You DO need to make reservations ahead of time. Its only once a week. They have tables set up outside and the buffet is served outside the Community Hall. They serve boiled shrimp, smoked sausage, red potatoes, mashed potatoes, Spanish rice, gumbo, corn-on-the-cob, Edmund’s marinated pork tenderloin, fish fingers, chicken fingers, mac & cheese, hushpuppies, salad, and desserts. While we were eating we heard some great live music and then the kids had their faces painted. It was a great time. Adults are $24.95 and kids are $10.95

Hilton HeadWe also went kyacking in the inlet and saw dolphins. Right outside the Disney resort is a marina. At the end of the dock was a great boat rental location. We walked down and decided to rent 2 double kyacks. We paddled around for about an hour and a half. We saw a few dolphins (this was late October). I was told you can see them year round. It was awesome to find them and watch them just doing their thing. My husband and kids saw them in the ocean at the beach house when they went to fly a kite as well.

On our way in I stopped at a Publix (grocery store) to get what we needed for breakfast and lunches. There is a mercantile that has some basics but I think its cheaper to hit a grocery store. I was able to get enough pretty quickly.Both the 1 and 2 bedroom villas have full kitchens and laundry.

On resort there are 2 quick service locations that are only available until 5pm. For dinner there are TONS of options. The whole area is rich with restaurants. You can find most chain restaurants like Panera Bread, Outback Steakhouse, Dunkin Donuts, etc. We decided to try some other things though. We went to the The Salt Dog Cafe one night and loved it. It took about a half hour to get there because most of the way we were driving through a development and had to drive slow. We did have to pay $5 to get in too. They had a mix of options. The burger and fries I had were great and my husband got a bucket of seafood. The view was beautiful too since it was right on the water. There was also an outdoor area with music and a bar. It was a cool place. The other night we went to  Ruan Thai I  just a few minutes away. My dad wasn’t sure he would like Thai and I haven’t had it often. My husband loves Thai food. We all found something we liked!

We ALL enjoyed the campfire too! They were full of energy as they lead us in campfire songs with a Disney twist. We sang, laughed and had a great time. At the end we all lined up and got a marshmallow and stick so that we could make smores. Then it was off to the outdoor movie.

Overall we loved Hilton Head. The staff was smaller and the lifeguards/activities leaders got to know the kids and made everyone feel at home. If you are looking for a beach vacation with a Disney twist or the Disney quality and service in a different setting I recommend checking out Disney’s Hilton Head Resort in South Carolina. Any of our amazing MMPs would love to help you plan a vacation or a weekend getaway!

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Disney’s Spring 2014 Offer is here!

Disney’s Spring offer is finally here. You can save up to 30% on rooms at select Walt Disney World resorts. Want to add tickets as well? Now you can upgrade to a room and ticket package and get one more ticket day for FREE! That means you can purchase a 5 day base ticket for the same price as a 4 day base ticket. Remember: a 4-day Magic Your Way ticket is required! To put the icing on the cake you can even add one of Disney’s fantastic dining plans.

This offer is available for booking through March 31, 2014 for travel between February 24th and June 15th 2014. There are some black out dates between March 6-19 and April 12- 19.

Room Discounts are as follows:

Up to 30% off: Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn and Villas, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard/pool view rooms), Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa, Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (standard/woods view)

Up to 25% off: Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Cabins

Up to 20% off: Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort Villas, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (savanna/club rooms) and Villas, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (courtyard/club rooms) and villas, Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort.

This offer excludes 3-bedroom villas, campsites, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Little Mermaid rooms and the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

Contact your MMP today or request a free quote at Magical Memory Planners.

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Midship Detective Agency on the Disney Dream

Midship Detective Badge

Midship Detective Badge

On our last trip on the Disney Dream my family did the Midship Detective Agency. It was a blast! You start by going to the Midship Detective Agency kiosk located midship on Deck 5.  You select a badge and hold it up to the kiosk. You can pick one of two crimes. You also need to take a Detective Casebook to keep track of the clues.

After you have a badge and a casebook its time to go around the ship to the enchanted art and get some clues. Inside the Detective Casebook you will see a map of the different ship decks showing which art pieces have clues. Its helpful to mark the ones you have visited too so that you can keep track.

Midship Detective Casebook

Midship Detective Casebook

When you go to a piece of enchanted art that has a clue you hold up the badge to unlock the clue. After you get the clue you can make notes or eliminate one of the suspects listed in the Detective Casebook. After you have unlocked enough clues you will be able to solve the crime.

Tips:

  • You don’t have to go to every art piece to solve the crime.
  • You don’t have to do it all at once. Keep it with you and do one when you get the chance like waiting for dinner, coming out of a show, or another time you have a few extra minutes.
  • The kiosk is located just down the hall from the Oceaneer clubs for the kids so you can get your badge and case book on your way to dropping the kids off the first day.
  • If you have more than 1 child you can pick up two badges and two casebooks and just pick different cases and then they can each do it at the artwork and solve both cases at the same time.

My kids ages 4, 6, and 8 loved it! Have fun!

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Day 5 of GIVEAWAYS!

Antenna toppers are so yesterday! (not really, I need some new Mickey ones)….

Bumper stickers are out! (yeah, for the most part)…

Window decals are SOO the right way to flaunt your love for the magic!

Today we bring you CreateCelebrateMagic from Troy, Alabama.

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She has a love for all things Disney, she even spreads to the love to those amazing Disney runners…

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(Although if you saw me run, it does NOT look very princess like).

How cute would this be on your mom-van or porsche even?

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The winner of this giveaway gets a decal up to $10! And with these great prices they would make amazing stocking stuffers for the whole Disney-lover family. You could even slip one of these made to order decals in a holiday card and save on shipping a present!!

Grab one here

And try to win one below.

Please don’t forget the other 4 days of giveaways and come back tomorrow.

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Day 4…more to GIVEAWAY!

I think the best part of shopping for the holidays is finding the item(s) you want at a really great price.

This next artisan on Etsy, has amazing prices on her products….which is probably why she has over 7,000 sales and a perfect 5 stars on reviews. Cristina is from Little Rock, Arkansas. She is married to her high school sweetheart and together they have two daughters. Cristina loves what she does and it totally shows in how adorable her prints are.

From prints and invitations to stationary and Christmas cards….you can find what you’re looking for here at LaceyFields.

Let’s look at some of her stuff now!

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I’m loving this Grandpa pic for a Christmas gift! Or how about the sweet couples picture as a wedding gift?! I just love personalized things.

LaceyFields has a facebook page, where she features coupon codes and her new items, so you want to follow her there as well as heart her etsy page.  She also has a blog, which gives great advice, like wardrobe planning and MORE.

Cristina wants to give our wonderful clients an 8×10 of this personalized print!

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And for those that want to purchase ANYTHING in her store this week, she has generously given us a coupon code to share with you. Use DISNEY for 15% off.

And for a chance to win enter below through the Rafflecopter link!

*Remember we have 3 other giveaways to enter and 2 future ones! Each giveaway is up for a week.

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