Another Happy Family

Read this note from The Garza Family who recently enjoyed a Plan For Disney vacation:

If you’re planning a trip to Disney World, I HIGHLY recommend you meet with Emily at Plan For Disney. She knows everything there is to know about all things Disney, and she has such a passion for helping families plan their Disney experience. After Emily meets with you and finds out more about your family, she will help you tailor your itinerary to your family’s preferences. She helped us decide which restaurants to eat at, how to use our dining plan, what hotel to stay at, can’t miss rides, what to pack, and the list goes on! We saved so much money by allowing Emily (aka Disney expert!) to work her magic! If you want to make the most out of your Disney trip, Emily is definitely your girl!

Wishing you a magical vacation!

The Garza Family

Disney Deal Alert: Free Dining Plan Extended Jan-Mar 2012

Walt Disney World Orlando has extended a deal that can really save you some flow! 

Book a full price Magic Your Way Vacation package, which includes accommodations and park tickets, and receive a FREE Disney Dining Plan for the length of your stay.

You must check in during select dates: 1/8 – 1/12; 1/21-2/2; 2/11-2/16; 3/3-3/8; 3/24-3/29. This offer can apply to your entire stay as long as you check in within one of these select dates.

Stay in a Value Resort and get a free Quick Service Dining Plan*

Stay in a Moderate or Deluxe Resort and get a free Dining Plus Plan

*You can request to upgrade from quick service plan to Dining Plus Plan and pay the difference.

Fine print: Vacation package must include a minimum of 3 night stay and 2 day theme park base ticket. Resorts and restaurant reservations based on availability. Book by 12/17/2011.

 

What is a Vacation Package?

Disney Vacation Packages, currently called “Magic Your Way Vacation Package” can present some savings, especially if Disney World has a special deal.  Vacation packages include a hotel room, park admission tickets, and the option to add the Disney Dining Plan. They are highly customizable to meet your budget and vacation preferences.

When choosing the package to suit your needs, you start with selecting a resort. Next, you add park tickets for the number of days you would like to spend playing in the parks. Then you customize those tickets, adding the Park Hopper option, the Water Parks and More option, and the No Expiration Option. Last, you can add a Disney Dining Plan, which is also customizable, choosing from Quick Service, Dining Plus, Deluxe or Wine and Dine.

If you are a Florida resident or military family you may qualify for special discounts that could see more savings than the vacation package.

Epcot Restaurant: Sunshine Seasons


There are loads of places to grab a delicious bite in Epcot. But the place with the greatest selection that is sure to please everyone in your party is Sunshine Seasons located in The Land pavilion. 

Not only do they offer a wide variety of foods, like soups and salads, asian stir fry, artisan sandwiches, rotisserie chicken and salmon, they also have a mouth-watering array of desserts.

Some of our favorites are creme brulee, strawberry shortcake, and chocolate mousse cake. The key lime pie is big enough to share! We love using our Disney Dining Plan quick service meal credits here. The drink, entree, and dessert are all included and the choices are fantastic! And there is plenty of seating!

Also located in this building are Living with the Land ride and the most popular Soarin’.

Keepsakes: Mickey Ears


Mickey Ears are classic, iconic, and fabulously fun. Men, women, and children of all ages wear them proudly throughout the Disney parks. You can purchase yours in the parks, at the hotels, or at Downtown Disney. But if you are looking for a way to surprise your family, order your Mickey Ears online. Disney will even personalize ’em for you and ship ’em to your door. What a fun way to reveal your trip to the House of the Mouse!

Planning: Reserve Spring Break Now!

If you think you might want to take a Disney trip during Spring Break 2012, you should start planning now! Walt Disney World takes reservations well in advance of your trip. In fact, you can make resort only reservations (without dining and tickets) up to 499 days in advance! Restaurant reservations can be booked 180 days in prior to your trip!

The most affordable and desirable reservations book up quickly. Be sure to get planning now!

See this post for a fantastic promotion that features FREE DINING for the length of your stay select dates from Oct 2011- March 2012! Hurry,  you must book by October 29th.

Planning: 3 Days at Disney

Walt Disney World has so many opportunities for fun and entertainment that deciding how to spend your short vacation can be overwhelming. Make the most of your time without sacrificing that much needed relaxation.

  • If possible, allow yourself two more days for travel: one for arrival and one for departure.
  • Enjoy your hotel and Downtown Disney on those travel days.
  • Choose 3 of the 4 Disney Parks to visit.
  • Forego the Park Hopper ticket option. Spend your time strolling through one park a day.
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to park opening for a memorable opening ceremony. Stay ’til the park closes.
  • Catch at least one of the fireworks displays. The Magic Kingdom’s “Wishes” show is classic.

Your basic itinerary might look like this:
Day 1 – Arrive, explore hotel, swim, visit Downtown Disney
Day 2 – Magic Kingdom
Day 3 – Epcot
Day 4 – Hollywood Studios, Pack suitcase
Day 5 – Swim, Downtown Disney, Depart

Seasons: Halloween Party Sneak Peak

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a real treat. It’s the biggest and best Fall block party with all the magic of Disney. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and the crew invite you to join them in your best costume to Trick or Treat through the Magic Kingdom. You’ll collect gobs of candy, catch a special BOO TO YOU parade and fireworks display with a lot of spirit and just a little spook. Visit Magic Kingdom during select nights in September through November to party with your Disney friends.

Guests of all ages can enjoy this family friendly event. If your little tyke is sensitive to loud noises or spooks easily, you may want to focus on the trick-or-treating, the character dance parties, and rides. Skip the parade or watch from afar as some of the Disney Villans and ghoulish characters may be a little too much for sensitive ones.

Keepsakes: Pictures in the Parks


Disney has made it very easy to capture your magical memories by placing photographers all throughout the parks at scenic areas and at each character spot. They will take your pictures for FREE and add them to a credit-card-sized PhotoPass for you to carry through the parks on your vacation. Any PhotoPass Photographer can add snapshots to your card just by a quick scan of the barcode. You can view and order prints online. These professionals are easily identifiable by their uniform vest and ready cameras.  From my experience, these are great pictures but can be quite pricey. If you are interested in capturing memories while pinching pennies, gather your crew and they will happily take pictures with your personal camera, too! So remember to pack your camera, the best way to make free Disney keepsakes!

Planning: How Many Days to “Do” Disney?

Planning a Disney trip, for many, is a once in a lifetime or once in a long-time experience. Make the most of it! Stay for a week. Stroll through the parks, relax by the pools, explore the hotels, shop at Downtown Disney. Act like you are on vacation! Folks, you’re planning a vacation to Disney. Its an investment ($$$) for sure! You will be making memories with the family. Stay at Disney as long as possible. There is so much to do there it will blow your mind!

But if a week long vacation is not a reality for you this time, plan to stay no less than 4 days with 3 of those in the parks. You’ll have to choose which of the 3 parks you’d like to visit this trip and save one for next time. Choose to spend a full day at each park instead of hopping around. It will allow you to relax and enjoy the experience rather than rushing to accomplish it all.