Archive for August, 2013

Seattle, City Pass, Gluten Free, and a Little Wedding, Day 5, Part 1

Today is our last full day in Seattle.  Two of my sisters asked for a ride to the airport this morning.  Since we’re headed back to downtown Seattle, and the airport is on the way, we agree (like we’d actually turn them down!)  It’s also a good opportunity to investigate the route to return the rental car tomorrow!

After the drop off, we head back into the heart of the city and find street parking before entering the EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum. Ethan and I have been looking forward to this for weeks! In addition to being a music museum (current exhibits were Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, and the Women of Rock), EMP was also featuring exhibits on Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror while we were visiting. While all of these pop culture exhibits sounded interesting, the biggest draw for me was the throne from The Game of Thrones series on HBO. I couldn’t wait to get to sit in it!!!

The Iron Throne was constructed by Aegon Targaryen, the first king of the Seven Kingdoms. He made it from the swords surrendered by his enemies. Legend has it, it’s made of 1,000 swords that took 59 days to hammer out into a throne.

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I’m Dreaming of……… Zebra Domes

There’s been a flurry of planning lately in my home – several trips and several weddings taking place, all within the span of one year.

Of course, my brain can’t focus on the nearest one (my own wedding at the end of September!) but instead keeps jumping forward to next February and our stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House.  The atmosphere at AKL is one of my favorite Disney things – the smells, sounds, sights, and tastes stay with you and make you long for more.

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Seattle, City Pass, Gluten Free, and a Little Wedding, Day 4, Part 1

THE WEDDING DAY HAS ARRIVED!  MY DAUGHTER IS GETTING MARRIED TODAY!!!

Let’s go do some more touristy stuff first, yeah?

We planned to do the Argosy Harbor Tour this morning because there’s a 9:45 cruise (weekdays the first tour is 11:00) and that gets us back to Tacoma earlier to get ready for the wedding.

I love guided tours – I love that someone else has all the information and rattles it off to me, and if they’re funny and likable, all the better. Ethan does not like guided tours – he doesn’t like that someone else has decided what his level of knowledge will be about this new subject. So I was apprehensive about his enjoyment of this component of our City Pass.

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Trying new things at Cedar Point

Earlier this month, we made our second trip to Cedar Point for this season. No race. No events. Just going to ride rides and have fun. Summer weekends have held a reputation of being extremely busy. That in mind, we went expecting the worst. There were four of us this time around (a good number for touring a coaster park, in my opinion) and none of us had any great aversions to riding anything.
As usual, the best intentions of mice and men often go astray. Even though I set the alarm plenty early to get ready, enjoy the complimentary hot breakfast at the hotel, load the car and be to Cedar Point by the 10am opening, we didn’t make it until well after 11. I cannot recall ever parking so far away from the entrance gates. It was almost ¾ of a mile walk after I parked the car, which isn’t bad when you are starting your day. But if you make trips to the car for food, beverages, sun screen reapplication, etc., then you definitely feel it. And the journey out at the end of your day seems like mile 25 of a marathon across a desert of asphalt.

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Removing The Mystery – Disney’s Magical Express

Editor’s Note:  Today’s blog is from our agent Nicole Riley.  To contact Nicole with questions or a quote, email her at nicole@travelonadream.com.  All artwork ©Disney. 

Magical Express is a great service that Disney offers free to their resort guests.  Magical Express offers transportation to your resort and back to the airport.  There are a few added benefits that add to the experience over other shuttle services.  First of all, it is a free service.  So be sure to have your travel agent add it to your reservation if you are flying.  You simply need to provide your travel agent with your flight numbers and carrier, and you are good to go.  Besides it being free, Disney will also handle your luggage for you.  Details about the program are below.

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Seattle, City Pass, Gluten Free, and a Little Wedding, Day 3

Today is Saturday and we’re up bright and early because we have a 4:00 wedding rehearsal for my daughter that we kinda can’t miss!

Seems like the perfect time to go wandering off to the shore, doesn’t it?

There’s lots of water to be found near Seattle, but we wanted OCEAN, not Bay, Sound, or Lake. By looking at a map, I was able to set the GPS to a place called Gray’s Harbor (they had a lighthouse…) and we figured we could wing it to the ocean from there.

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MyMagic+ and FastPass+

We’ve been hearing a lot about the MyDisneyExperience and the MagicBands lately, with testing of the MyMagic+ at Walt Disney World.  Last week, we had a blog from our friend Tiffany who was able to test the system.  Today I have information about using MyDisneyExperience to set up your FastPass+ selections, based on current testing going on.  Of course, this is all subject to change at anytime and as the testing continues and we move closer to the general use of MyMagic+, I fully expect that things will still change.

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Seattle, City Pass, Gluten Free, and a Little Wedding, Day 2, Part 2

We check the GPS on the phone for walking directions to Pike’s Market, the location of which all I could tell you at that point was “inland”.  It appeared to be about 2-4 blocks inland.  I see a sign across the street announcing “This Way to Pike’s!”

We cross the street and are met by this:

You want me to CLIMB THAT???

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Seattle, City Pass, Gluten Free, and a Little Wedding, Day 2, Part 1

There’s something so wrong about changing time zones and finding yourself up at 5am on the West Coast.  We made it work in our favor by making coffee (lots of coffee) and getting settled in the room, since we were too wiped last night to do much other than unpack the clothes.  We were heading to the Seattle Aquarium this morning, which opened at 9:30.  So it’s back to Downtown Seattle again, the Aquarium is on the water’s edge.

She reminds me of Mike Wazowski – “Look, I AM ON A BILLBOARD!!!”

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New Fall Disney Offers!

Disney World has extended their discounts and free dining promotion to select fall dates.  Our agents are ready to help you book your Walt Disney World Resort travel today!  There are two offers — one to save up to 30% at select resorts this fall and a second for a free dining plan.  We’ll go through both of them for you.

Save Up to 30% at Select Disney Resort Hotels This Fall!

From September 29 through November 22, 2013 and November 30 through December 23, 2013, you can save up to 30% at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels.  Deluxe and Deluxe Villa resorts can also save on their stay from November 23 to November 25, 2013.  Savings start at up to 15% with select Disney Value Resort hotels, up to 20% at select Disney Moderate Resort hotels, and up to 30% at select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resort hotels.  Stays up until November 9, 2013 must be booked by September 15, 2013.  All other stays must be booked by November 3 to take advantage of these rates.

The number of rooms available for offer is limited.  Savings are based on non-discounted pricing and a length of stay requirement may apply.  The offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, The Little Mermaid standard rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Free Disney Dining Plan This Fall!

You can get a select free dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted package.  This offer can be booked through September 15, 2013 and is valid for arrivals most nights from:

  • September 29 to October 2, 2013
  • October 18 to November 2, 2013
  • November 11 to November 23, 2013
  • December 12 to December 22, 2013

With Disney Value Resort Hotels, you will receive the Disney Quick-Service Dining plan.  With all other resorts included you will receive the Disney Dining Plan.  The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.  We cannot guarantee table-service restaurant availability.  Offer excluded campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter and The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  Dining plans exclude alcoholic beverages and gratuities.  Children ages 3 – 9 must choose from children’s menus if available.

Use a Travel On A Dream Agent to Book Your Stay!

Your Travel On A Dream agent will never assume that one rate is better than the other.  They will check any and all discounts and promotions to see if you qualify for a better deal and get you the BEST deal.  Additionally, you will get concierge services such as itinerary planning, dining reservations and tips/tricks to help make for your vacation the best it can be.  Finally, your Travel On A Dream agent will never charge you more for their services booking and maintaining your Disney World vacation!  It’s all included and at no extra cost to you.  So what are you waiting for?  Visit us at www.travelonadream.com, request a quote, email info@travelonadream.com or call 888-681-1240 (option 1 or your agent directly).

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