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Hawaii 2011

Editor’s Note:  This blog is from Mike Cavato, who just recently traveled to Disney’s Aulani Resort on Oahu in Hawaii with his family.  Thank you Mike for sharing this with us!

Winter Offers at Disneyland

Disneyland has a great post-holiday travel offer for you to save on travel there between January 2 and February 26, 2012.  With a 4 day/4 night Disneyland Resort Vacation Package, you can save up to $500.  This package includes 4 nights at your choice of Disneyland Resort hotels, a 4 day park hopper pass for each person in your party, a collectible pin, lanyard and luggage tag and Mickey’s Toontown Morning Madness.

If a package is not what you are looking for, you can also save up to 35% on room reservations at the Disneyland Resort hotels between January 2 and February 29, 2012.  Travel must be completed by March 1, 2012.  Discounts are as follows:

  • At Paradise Pier Hotel, save 35% on most stays Sunday through Thursday and 30% on most stays Friday through Saturday.
  • At Disneyland Hotel or Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, save 25%  on most stays Sunday through Thursday and 20% on most stays Friday through Saturday.

For reservations between January 4 and February 29, 2012, registered guests at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels will receive 2 Fastpass tickets which can be used at any Fastpass attraction (except World of Color).  Fastpasses expire 7 days after issuance.

Finally, you can receive a complimentary phone call from Mickey, Minnie or Goofy when your reservation is booked online by your travel agent.  This is for arrivals between November 14, 2011 and January 8, 2012.

Finally, you can also get a 3 day park hopper ticket for just $199.  This ticket is valid for 13 days after first use and can be used between January 4 and May 28, 2012.  These tickets must be purchased prior to arrival.

All offers have terms and conditions so contact us at Travel On A Dream for all the details today!

Free Dining Offer About to Expire

Free Dining packages are still available with select Walt Disney World stays, but only if booked by October 29, 2011.  Travel window is:

  • October 22 – November 3, 2011
  • November 12 – 17, 2011
  • November 26 – December 1, 2011
  • December 10 – 15, 2011
  • January 8 – 12, 2012
  • January 21 – February 2, 2012
  • February 11 – 16, 2012
  • March 3 – 8, 2012
  • March 24 – 29, 2012

With a non-discounted package beginning during the travel windows above, you will qualify for a free dining plan.  With Value resorts, this is the Quick-Service Dining Plan and with all other resorts it is the standard Disney Dining Plan.  You can upgrade to the standard Dining Plan or the Deluxe Dining Plan for just the difference between your free plan and the upgraded plan.

Contact Travel On A Dream today for your quote!

Change in Dates for Free Dining Promotion

Disney has changed the dates available for the free dining promotion this fall and early next year.  The big change is the addition of some Saturday nights.  Here are the new dates.

Valid for arrivals most nights:

  • Oct. 1-6, 2011
  • Oct. 22 – Nov. 3, 2011
  • Nov. 12-17, 2011
  • Nov. 26 – Dec. 1, 2011
  • Dec. 10-15, 2011
  • Jan. 8-12, 2012
  • Jan. 21- Feb. 2, 2012
  • Feb. 11-16, 2012
  • March 3-8, 2012
  • March 24-29, 2012

Contact Travel On A Dream today to book your Free Dining Promotion at Walt Disney World!

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

From September 30 through November 13, 2011, the 16th Annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will be the place to be in Central Florida!  We are going to find a little time to get to this event before it ends since we couldn’t make it last year.  While I was reviewing the festival booklet, it occurred to me that this would be a good topic for a blog.  Not everyone has been there before or knows some tips to making it a more enjoyable experience (not that food or wine is not enjoyable, just to enjoy more!).

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Boston for a Day

Our second stop on the Caribbean Princess cruise to New England and Canada will be in Boston, Massachusetts.  Boston is rich in history with more than two centuries of American History in Boston.

A highlight is the Freedom Trail.  This trail will take you through Colonial Revolutionary Boston to places like the Boston Common, State House, King’s Chapel & Burying Ground, the First Public School, the Old State House, Paul Revere’s House, Old North Church, USS Constitution and the Bunker Hill Monument.  There are 16 historical sites on the trail and you can see them in two to three hours.  You can also take the tour on a trolley.  If walking, you will follow the red brick or painted line through the tour.

Boston is filled with many museums for everyone.  There is a museum for children, fire fighters, french culture, science enthusiasts to name a few.

We may have to take a visit to the Frog Pond while we are in Boston and check out the public gardens, the first botanical gardens int he United States.  Here you’ll also find a monument of George Washington and the famous swan boats.

Visit Lexington & Concord where you will find the North Bridge, famous for the “shot heard ’round the world”.  Or head over to Harvard Square.

Newbury Street is filled with sidewalk cafes and trendy galleries in the Back Bay area of Boston.  On the North End, you will find the oldest part of the city, also known as Little Italy.

There are also some presidential links to Boston.  John F. Kennedy’s presidential library is located here as well as Peacefield, homes to John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

Of course baseball fans will want to go see Fenway Park.  Unfortunately for our visit, the season will be over.

Salem Massachusetts is not too far from Boston where you can take in the history associated with the Salem witch trials of the past.   Also not too far from the city is Rockport.  We have visited this town on the ocean before, filled with shops and cafes.  Rockport is close to Gloucester where you can see the statue that is seen on the Gorton’s fish products.  This is actually a memorial to fisherman who perished at sea in a “perfect storm”.

When in Boston, there are many choices to get around.  There is a commuter rail (which will even take you up to Rockport), ferries (to take you to some of the outer islands), trolleys, harbor cruises, a subway system and even the Boston Duck tours.  These amphibious vehicles can take you on a tour on land or in the water.

Speaking of harbor cruises, there are a variety of cruises offered here.  There are luncheon and dinner cruises, music cruises, sunset cruises and whale watching cruises.  You can go over to one of Boston’s harbor islands on a cruise.

Boston is presenting a challenge for us.  We will be meeting friends there who said we can do whatever we want for the day.  Here’s the problem.  We have been to Boston a few times.  We stayed in Copley Square once, saw the end of the Marathon, took the “T” to the financial district and walked around part of the Freedom Trail.  Granted this was about 15 years ago.  We have also gone with the same friends to Rockport and up the coast to Kittery, Maine.  The most fun has always been just sitting around and eating lobster with them and chatting!

We looked at a luncheon cruise, which sounds like a lot of fun.  Or?  Not sure what else we should do!  We’ll be there on a Monday, so that may affect our decision.  Should we do the luncheon cruise and then go to Quincy Marketplace?  Or something totally different that I haven’t thought of?  We welcome your input!

Free Dining Promotion for Walt Disney World

We have received the official word that Free Dining is available for this fall and Spring, 2012.  There are a significant amount of blackout dates however.

Applicable dates are as follows:

  • October 2 – 8, 2011
  • October 23 – November 5, 2011
  • November 13 – 19, 2011
  • November 27 – December 3, 2011
  • December 11 – 17, 2011
  • January 8 – 14, 2012
  • January 22 – February 4, 2012
  • February 12 – 18, 2012
  • March 4 – 10, 2012
  • March 25 – 31, 2012

Additional dates between August 19 and September 29, 2012 are available for Canadians.

A minimum three-night stay and two day base ticket is required.  The campsites and Art of Animation resort are also excluded.  With the value resorts, the quick service dining plan is included free and for the moderate, deluxe and deluxe villa resorts, the plus dining plan (one snack, one counter service and one table service credit per night) is included.  Upgrades to the plus dining and deluxe dining are available for an additional charge.

Availability is limited and restrictions may apply.  Must be booked by October 29, 2011.  Contact Travel On A Dream today for your quote!

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