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Glamping Giveaway Exciting and Fun Disney Prizes!

Glamping Bloggers GiveawayWho wants to win some Disney exciting and fun prizes?? The Glamping Bloggers Retreat will be held at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground in October 2017. We are all so excited for this adventure we wanted to celebrate ~ and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a giveaway!

Glamping Bloggers Giveaway

Here’s what you can win:

  • 2 Mickey Mouse Ear hats
  • A Vera Bradley phone case
  • Disney By the Numbers – autographed by the author
  • $40 Disney Gift Card

Now, you all have to promise to follow along in October when we are at Disney’s Fort Wilderness ~ #GlampingBloggerRetreat17 ~ You never know, you just might see some glamping shenanigans! And . . . there might be some prizes for our followers too! It’s bound to be an adventure for sure!

One prize will be awarded to one winner. The giveaway is open to residents of the United States age 18 and over. All entries will be verified. The giveaway will run March 4 to 11:50 p.m. March 17, 2017. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to claim prize. If prize is not claimed within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

Good Luck!

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The bloggers heading to the Glamping Blogger Retreat later this year are an awesome group so be sure to stop by their sites for a visit!

Journeys with Jenn

Lola Lambchops

Sherry Boswell

Post 50 RX

Dawns Dorky Diary

Purveyor of Pixie Dust

My No Guilt Life

Sweet Crazy Life

Fans of Mickey Mouse’s House

My Small World

 

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Why to Use a Travel Agent to Book your Walt Disney World® Resort Vacations!

This is a guest post from my friend Amy Hessel~~Owner of Just a Spoonful ofSugar she explains ten reasons in this post why to use her as a travel agent instead of booking your Walt Disney World® Resort vacation yourself:

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Why use a travel agent for Disney when I can book it myself?

I get asked pretty frequently why anyone would book their vacation through me, when they can just do it themselves online. The short answer is that when you book with your local travel agent, you are supporting a small business, versus booking directly with Disney. It doesn’t cost anything extra to have me book a vacation than what it does when you go straight to the site, however, you are helping me to grow my business, and support my family when you book through me.

The long answer covers so much more though! Here are 10 reasons why you should book with me!

1. I will help you go through all the resort and dining options to find the best fit for you and your family.

2. I will research the best week for your family to go to Walt Disney World for the time of year you are interested in going.

3. Once you have booked your vacation, I will stay up to date with all discounts and promotions, and if one is released that you qualify for, I will re-book your vacation at the lowest cost possible.

4. I will set up your airport transfers with Magical Express, Disney’s free transportation, that takes you from the airport to your resort.

5. When you book with me, you are dealing with the same person from the beginning of the planning process, all the way through returning home from your trip. No waiting on hold, or dealing with several people to solve a problem!

6. Want to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? No problem, I will order those tickets for you.

7. I will help you navigate the My Disney Experience website to link your tickets and reservations, plus help you customize Magic Bands

8. For those who use the included Basic Planning Package, I will send you reminders for when you need to book your dining reservations, Fastpass+ reservations, and a final payment due reminder. (Our Essentials Package will be discussed in another post!)

9. I will help you decide if the Memory Maker is a good option for you, and if so, add it to your package.

10. I provide you with a guide to help navigate the parks, as well as general recommendations and touring suggestions.

Planning a great vacation to Walt Disney World can take hours of time. If you would rather leave it to the professionals, leave a comment below, and I will be happy to help you create a magical vacation for your family!

Amy Hessel
Travel Agent, Living With The Magic Vacations
 

Direct Number: 717.836.0513
Fax:  585.351.2413

Walt Disney World Planning Process

This is a Guest Post written by my friend Amy Hessel~~Owner of Just a Spoonful of Sugar. I am so excited to have a guest writer on the site! Thank you so much Amy! In this post Amy tells us about the Walt Disney World Planning Process!

Walt Disney World Planning Process

As a travel agent that specializes in Disney Destinations, I can attest to just how much planning goes into a Walt Disney World trip! Ideally, booking seven months out is recommended. ADR (Disney speak for Advanced Dining Reservations) windows for booking open at 180 days before your arrival, and you want to have your resort and package picked out by then!

When staying on property, guests can book up to 10 days after their arrival, which gives you a leg up on scoring a reservation at some of the most popular restaurants. Guests staying off property will have to go online or call in for each day of their vacation to book an ADR. Sure, there are some restaurants that you can get a reservation at without any problem, but if you want to dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table, Chef Mickey’s, Le Cellier, or many other very popular restaurants, you typically need to be online the moment your reservation window opens.
Making dining reservations is my absolute favorite part of the planning process. For me, that is when the trip becomes reality! I love going over all of the menus, looking at reviews, and picking both my favorites and new restaurants to try. For my clients, I listen to their needs, learn about their likes and dislikes, and help suggest which restaurants will be the best fit for them. I think for my clients, this is also the moment that their vacation goes from the abstract to concrete. It is certainly exciting when you first book your trip but knowing that your dining plans have been made, and you are only six months away from your vacation is an incredible feeling!
After the mad rush to book dining, there is a break before you will need to start planning your FastPass+ reservations. Again, there is an advantage to staying on property, with booking opening at 60 days before arrival, compared to 30 days out for those staying off property. This means, guests staying on property have a much better chance of getting a FastPass for the newly opened Frozen Ever After in Epcot, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and other popular attractions. At 60 days out, guests can also check in online.
30 days prior to arrival, final payment is due, and Magic Bands will be getting ready to ship! The final countdown is on!
When you are ready to book, contact Living With the Magic Vacations at http://www.livingwiththemagic.com/amy-hessel/ to start planning a magical vacation.

                                            

Amy Hessel
Travel Agent, Living With The Magic Vacations
 

Direct Number: 717.836.0513
Fax:  585.351.2413

Capone’s Dinner Show A Big Bang For Your Buck

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Capone’s Dinner Show is a big bang for your buck! It is located in Kissimmee, Florida. If you are looking for something different this is it! It is a gangster themed dinner show. It is a blast from the past! While you are there keep your eye out for the all notorious gangster Al Capone on the stage! This hysterical show is a combination of laughs, gangster action, singing, dancing, and audience interaction. It is fun for the whole family!

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Your adventure begins in a turn­ of the century ice cream parlor where your party will knock three times, say a secret password and enter Gangland Chicago 1931… I will not tell the password! The joint’s crawling with coppers on account they are serving illegal bootleg alcohol… you see prohibition hasn’t quite been repealed yet. But don’t yous fear – the “family” is keeping an eye out for the coppers. Miss Jewel, Al’s gal, is your hostess and M.C. for the festivities. She sure is talented and beautiful. Miss Bunny­June is their very own ditzy blonde and head­dancing girl. Fingers Salvatorio is the goofiest mobster you’ll ever want to meet. A colorful cast of crazies at Capone’s dinner theatre guarantees a great time. Handsome mobsters and gorgeous dames shine in this unforgettable production with nonstop surprises, a gangster shootout (with a chance to win prizes) and a hilarious ending sure to knock your socks off. It’s hard to find something that everyone can all enjoy with a wide age spread (6 to 63). Capone’s Dinner and Show truly is fun for everyone from 2 to 92!

They have changed the buffet and have Italian and American favorites in addition to a meat carving station. At the meat carving station, you will enjoy steak, stuffed pork tenderloin and, moist turkey breast It also includes a salad bar. The food is phenomenal!

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Also included with your meal are unlimited drinks. Your choice of Bud Light Draft, 3 wine selections, 3 cocktail choices, and lots of non-alcoholic drinks to choose from. Usually, at a dinner show cocktails are not included but here 3 specific ones are. The others are extra.

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Capone’s Dinner Show is one of my favorites to see. Your family will be walking the walk, talking the talk, and humming the songs when the night is over. You really get so much with this dinner show! It is $35.46 for adults and children are $22.56 when purchased online. Children under 3 are FREE! If you are looking for a family fun night out give this show a try! My family and I just love it and have been to it several times.

For more information on Capone’s Dinner Show and reservations call: 1-800-220-8428 or visit AlCapones.com on the web.