Archive for June, 2011

Disney Passholder Rates Extended Through October 1, 2011

Great news for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders today!  Disney has extended the annual passholder rates for most nights between August 14 and October 1, 2011.  For example, a standard room at select value resorts is only $74 per night plus tax on most Friday and Saturday nights between these travel dates.  Great rates also available at other Walt Disney Resort hotels.  Reservations must be booked by October 1, 2011.  There are a limited number of rooms available with this discount and a minimum stay requirements may apply.  Contact us to get your quote today!

Book Your Holland America Line Cruise Today

As we wrap up our anniversary celebration, there are a couple days left to get reduced deposits and an onboard coupon book valued at over $450.  Holland America Line is one of the the best cruise lines sailing to Alaska, but they also have some great options with other itineraries, including Europe and the Caribbean.

With this promotion you can get a discount on your deposit for everyone in the cabin, plus a coupon book for each guest (limit two per cabin) which includes spa discounts, casino match play, internet discounts, shopping deals, money off and buy one get one food and beverage promotions, laundry service and floral discounts and photo promotions.  There are also two coupons for a discount on Food & Wine Magazine and shopping from home at  Some restrictions apply and offers may change at anytime.

This promotion can be combined with Travel On A Dream’s loyalty program.  Contact us today for your quote!

Looking for a Luxury Cruise?

June 30, 2011 marks the end of our anniversary celebration.  It also marks the end of some great promotions on Regent Seven Seas and Crystal Cruises.

With Regent Seven Seas Cruises, you can save up to $10,000 per suite plus 2-for-1 fares.  This includes free roundtrip air from select cities, unlimited shore excursions, hotel package, beverages, prepaid gratuities, mini-bar and specialty restaurants.

Crystal Cruises offers $800 off per couple on World Cruise segments when sailing in a verandah.  Crystal is also offering three 6 or 7 day Mediterranean voyages starting at just $2995 per person with a $500 per person “As You Wish” spending credit.  How about a repositioning cruise from New York to Miami?  This 12-day sailing starts at just $2995, plus a $500 per person “As You Wish” spending credit.  2011 Holiday Cruises are also on sale which include free air (or a cruise-only credit in lieu of air) and up to $2000 “As You Wish” spending credit.

Also, for 2012 sailings starting in the spring, Crystal Cruises will be All Inclusive!  Contact us today for more information on these and other luxury cruise lines.

Cruise Repeater Programs

In this day and age, everyone is competing for your loyalty.  For a long time we have had frequent flyer programs, grocery store reward plans and other discount cards.  Cruise lines are no different, but their programs are very different.

Many of these programs are automatic, meaning once you cruise you are automatically a member of the program.  Some, however must be applied for after your first cruise, like Royal Caribbean and Celebrity.  Your membership is automatic after you apply, but you must take the steps.

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Have a Happy Disney World Fourth of July!

For those of you heading down to Walt Disney World for July 4th, here is what you can expect.

At Magic Kingdom, “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” will light the skies at 9:00 pm on July 4 reflecting on our forefather’s hopes and dreams for the future of our country.  For those guests celebrating early on July 3, the display will also be presented at 9:00 pm.

At Hollywood Studios, the “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration” will take place at 9:45 pm, with performances of Fantasmic! scheduled for 9:00 and 10:30 pm.  This special show features landscapers Mulch, Sweat and Shears, who will take guests on a “musical road trip”, highlighting each region of the country’s contribution to rock and roll.  Fireworks, lighting and special effects will accompany live music from Mulch, Sweat & Shears.

At Epcot, check out “Illuminations:  Reflections of Earth”, which will include “the Heartbeat of Freedom” which has traditional Americana themes displayed with fireworks, pyrotechnics and laser lights.  This show will be at 10pm on July 4.

Additionally, guests can stop by the American Adventure to find Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross and Disney characters in patriotic outfits for a meet and greet, while listening to the “Voices of Liberty 4th of July Concert”.

Hours for the parks on July 4 (subject to change without notice) are:  Magic Kingdom, 9 am to 1 am; Epcot, 9 am to 10 pm; Hollywood Studios, 9 am to 10 pm; and Animal Kingdom, 9 am to 8 pm.  Walt Disney Resort guests can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours at Hollywood Studios until 1 am.  Keep in mind the parks can close due to capacity.  As a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel guest, you are guaranteed admission to a theme park, though it may not be the one you want to go to so arrive early for admission on the holidays.

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at Disneyland

I recently talked with a client who just returned from Disneyland.  She had the opportunity to go to Trader Sam’s, the new dining (and drinking) venue at the Disneyland Hotel.

Trader Sam’s is like a combination of the Adventurer’s Club, Tiki Room and the Jungle Cruise all mixed together.  It is a tiki bar with obnoxious bartenders, though in a good way.  She mentioned the Jungle Cruise because of the type of jokes you will hear at Trader Sam’s.  You know the witty repartee and puns.  There is a lot of outdoor seating in this bar, but not as much inside. Inside however, the place will make you feel like you are in Trader Sam’s home with all the artifacts he has gathered.  Be sure to check out the decor as you will find lots of puns, Disney references, etc.

The food was described as “Not bad”.  She had the Ahi Tuna, Kalua Pork Flatbread and Asian Spicy Wings.  She said the Ahi Tuna was like the one they had at Hooks Pointe and she liked it.

The best part about Trader Sam’s happened when you ordered one of their special drinks.  Each time this happened, a bartender rang a bed and something special would happen.  For instance, when the Shipwreck was ordered, a “real” shipwreck happened at the bar.  This was different for each of the special drinks, with either the reaction from your server or something happening at the bar.  Even the stools at the bar can be lowered at the push of a button, making you feel very “small”.  It looks like we’ll have to make this a stop the next time we go to Disneyland!

Beyond Walt Disney World

So you’ve gone to Disney World more times than you can remember, and want to experience something else, but still Disney?  There are a lot of choices out there!

My first Disney experience was at Disneyland.  I still remember walking through the gate, looking at the floral display in front of the railroad and proclaiming “this truly is the Happiest Place on Earth” to my husband.  Yes, I was an adult before my first Disney trip, but I have made up for lost time!  Disneyland will always be my favorite Disney destination, not just because it was my first, but because I just find it more intimate and relaxed.  I love being able to walk from our resort (whether it is a Disney Resort or a Good Neighbor Hotel) to the parks and Downtown Disney.

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