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Agents From Travel On A Dream Attend Exclusive Disney Conference

Tracy Whipple, Nicole Riley and Erin Kuzmiak from Travel On A Dream were among nearly 500 top-producing travel agency owners, managers and agents who recently gathered at the Walt Disney World Resort for the 2013 Disney’s EarMarked Conference – a program especially designed for agencies with the “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner” designation.

As a conference delegate, Nicole, Erin and Tracy heard from key Disney leaders who shared what’s new and what’s coming soon for Disney vacation destinations. 

Travel On A Dream has been in business in Deforest, Wisconsin for three years, and has been designated by Disney Destinations as an “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner” based on its strong support in selling Disney vacations. Their expertise includes Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai‘i.

Many travel counselors at Travel On A Dream have received training on Disney theme parks, resorts, cruises, vacations packages and more, and can provide the utmost in professional assistance in planning customized Disney vacations. In fact, one reason the agency has been designated an “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner” is that  all of its leisure travel counselors have completed Disney Destinations Genius online training courses, which are in-depth, comprehensive programs that allows agents to develop their expertise in planning Disney vacations.

Photos From Around “The World” Part II

Our friend Leo DeCandia recently returned from a trip to Walt Disney World for the Flower & Garden Festival.  I wanted to share a few shots with you that he took.  This is Part II, so watch for more and in case you missed it, here is Part I.

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Views of Disney World

We have brought you pictures before from Leo DeCandia and we have some more.  But we also have a request.  What other pictures would you like to see?  Give me your requests and we’ll work on getting those shots for you.

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Are You Dopey?

Editor’s Note:  Today’s blog is from our running friend, Todd Carrier.  Todd will be doing a series of blogs for us as he prepares for several races in the next 9 months.  Thanks Todd!

RunDisney recently announced their new ultimate race event, The Dopey Challenge.  This will consist of four races (totaling a staggering 48.6 miles) and if you complete them all within the required time limits will net you six medals.  Why would someone want to get up well before the rooster crows for four consecutive days while on vacation at Walt Disney World to run nearly fifty miles?  I certainly cannot speak for everyone, but I can give you my reasons.

  1. I never thought I would say it, but I like to run.  It’s cathartic.  I know folks who golf to relieve stress or use scream therapy to feel more balanced.  For me, I take to the road.  It’s just me and my shoes and Mother Nature.  Running relaxes me, I feel better after doing it and sleep through the night after a run.
  2. Doing an event with runDisney is pretty spectacular for a Disney fan.  Most distance events take you through at least one of the theme parks.  While you are passing through, you are one of very few people in the park.  And the on course entertainment is pretty hard to beat.
  3. I like medals. RunDisney has some high quality ones, too.  The Dopey Challenge will produce six medals for racers who successfully complete the challenge.  A medallion for the Family 5K Fun Run, a medal each for the Minnie 10K, Donald Half and Mickey Full Marathons, a medal for doing the Goofy (Donald & Mickey) and a Dopey medal for completing the series.

So what will it take to reach this lofty goal of runDisney’s Dopey Challenge?

  • Training.  Physical preparation is obvious, but mental is required, too.
  • Perseverance.  When it’s chilly and rainy out or hot and humid miles need to be logged.
  •  Time.  Running a long distance endurance event doesn’t happen overnight.
  • Dedication.  Often people compare training for a marathon to be the equivalent to a part time job.  Being prepared will take more than the occasional jog around the block and exercise routine.

I look forward to sharing my journey and some insight with you over the next nine or so months until Marathon Weekend 2014 (January 8-12, 2014) when I take on the Dopey Challenge.

Registration opens on Tuesday, April 9th at noon EST at

Marathon Weekend 2014 will consist of five days of race centered events. Here is a look at some of the events for Marathon Weekend:

Wednesday January 8 Thursday January 9 Friday January 10 Saturday January 11 Sunday January 12
Health & Wellness Expo Health & Wellness Expo Health & Wellness Expo Health & Wellness Expo
Kids Races Kids Races Kids Races
Family 5K Fun Run Minnie 10K Donald ½ Marathon Mickey Marathon
Pasta in the Park Pasta in the Park Pasta in the Park Cool Down Party

I would expect the Minnie 10K to sell out quickly along with the Dopey Challenge, as new events have had a recent track record of doing just that with runDisney.

New Savings for Fall Dates at Walt Disney World

Your Mission: Where to Eat?

You have found yourself at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on your birthday or anniversary. You are staying at a Disney World resort hotel and have the dining plan (and can use two credits each if necessary). Where do you and your spouse/partner/significant other go for dinner? Please add comments about why you chose this location.

Memories for a Lifetime

I talk to many people all the time about how young is too young to take a child on that special vacation.  You know the one, not a trip to Grandmas (that that is very special in itself) or to go away for the weekend to a cabin.  We’re talking about a big trip!  That first trip to Walt Disney World!  A cruise!  While I think there is an age that is too young, it really depends on your kids.  I personally think that taking an infant on a cruise can be a lot of work, so for me it wouldn’t be my choice.  I would feel bad telling a two year old that is not potty trained that they cannot go in the pool.  It would break my heart.

I remember my first big trip – and it wasn’t to Disney World or on a cruise – it was to a cabin on a lake in Northern Wisconsin.  I remember the horses there and feeding them with my sister.  I was about 4 years old then.  I remember many of the trips we took as kids.  I know that some of the memories are due to the many photos taken, but some are genuinely my own.

Your kids will be very happy that you take then on big trips!  I just received an email from my client, Cathy, who’s 10 year old daughter had a creative writing assignment.  Cathy saw the assignment at open house just a couple weeks ago and said I could share it with you.

Dear Mom,

Do you remember our cruise last year?  I really want to go again!  I have three good reasons and they are awesome!  I knew you needed the convincing, so let’s start.

My first reason is that it is very fun and relaxing!  I loved how you got to have as much ice cream at the pools as you wanted!  I always got chocolate!  Ok, maybe that wasn’t a good idea to tell you about that.  It’s just that it was so much fun for me, and admit it, you even said you had a great time!

Here’s my second reason:  your money will be well spent.  Even though it might cost alot, it is going to a great thing!  Have you ever heard the commercials say:  It costs a lot, but for a great thing!  REmember the slide that goes on top of the pools?  You could see everybody!  And that time I found a hermit crab on the beach – I thought it was a seashell, but then it moved and out popped legs and a head!

And here’s my last reason:  it gave me memories that will last a lifetime.  When I grow up, I will be telling about it to my kids and taking them there also.  I will never, ever forget the time I went on there!



What Lauren doesn’t know is that she is going on another cruise!  Cathy has been secretly planning another trip for the family.

You know that it is more than the chocolate ice cream in unlimited supply on the pool deck that Lauren’s memories are built on.  Or the seashell that walked away.  It was the fun family environment.  Everyone had a great time on their cruise before and Cathy knew it.  These are memories that will, in fact, last a lifetime!

Walt Disney started Disneyland as a place for a daddy to take his two girls, for some good family fun that everyone in the family would enjoy.  Disney has continued this idea of Walt’s today with theme parks and now four cruise ships.  So what are you waiting for?  Plan your family vacation today!

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