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The Tenth Day of ToaDmas

Editor’s Note:  Today’s blog is brought to you jointly by our agent Debbie and me. Please feel free to contact Debbie for a quote on your Disney vacation.

When I asked my 7 year old niece what she wanted for Christmas, she immediately replied “a trip to Disney World!”.  She’s never been there before, but knows she’s love it.  This is the case with so many, both young and old.  Disney World is that magical place where dreams really do come true.

If you’ve never been to Disney World, you don’t know what you’ve been missing.  You can do it all or nothing at all.  With four theme parks, two water parks and a variety of resorts to appeal to nearly every taste and budget, a Walt Disney World vacation truly has something for everyone.

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New Spring Discount at Walt Disney World

This morning, Disney World released a new discount on room only rates from February 21, 2012 to June 14, 2012.  These rates can be applied to non-discounted packages with tickets and dining included.

The discounts for this offer are different than what has been offered before.  Resorts have been classified according to demand, with lower discounts on the higher demand rooms.  Discount ranges are as follows:

  • Value resorts – 5% to 20%
  • Moderate resorts – 5% to 25%
  • Deluxe resorts – 5% to 30%
  • Deluxe villa resorts – 5% to 30%

April 1 to 12 are blackout dates for this offer.  Offer must be booked by January 22, 2012 for best pricing.  Dates from May 25, 2012 to June 14, 2012 need to be booked by February 28, 2012.  Contact Travel On A Dream today for your Spring Disney World quote!

Impulse Traveling

Never did I think that people actually were this spontaneous, but I have met a few lately that I would say are the most spontaneous people I know.

It started just before Memorial Day weekend.  A friend in Chicago mentioned on Thursday that she wanted to go to Walt Disney World for the holiday weekend.  If she had another person or two with her, they could split the driving and drive straight through, getting there Saturday morning.  They could then spend two days at Disney World, then drive back early Monday morning to go to work on Tuesday.  It was somewhat of a joke, but she wouldn’t have mentioned it if she didn’t want to really make it happen.  In just moments, another friend from Detroit said “I’m in”.  It took a little longer to find their third, but in no time they were planning their weekend in Disney World, to start the next day!

This inspired another couple of friends the Thursday before my weekend party in June.  They called Thursday night to see if it would be ok to come see us from Dallas, got in the car Friday night and ended up in Wisconsin by 2:00 pm on Saturday!

Yes, I know some crazy people!  I can’t imagine planning a trip that quickly.  I mean, what about the packing list?  What about hotel reservations?  So far they have been lucky and gotten a DVC room at Disney for these spontaneous trips, but I have gotten an email or two for last minute hotel rooms from similar clients.  It’s always fun to help because I get excited for them in their planning.

Given a three day weekend, the East Coast can be reached from the Midwest with a few drivers and a bunch of driving.  My friends have made treks to the Washington DC/Baltimore area, Delaware, New York City and Hershey, PA to name a few.  Where would you like to go on your next long weekend roadtrip?

Videos from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot

Last week we were at Walt Disney World for a quick stay (about 11 hours of actual park time).  We made it to Magic Kingdom to see The Magic, The Memories and You plus Wishes the first night.  I took a short video of The Magic, The Memories and You when the snow started to fall on Cinderella’s Castle.

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I’m Too Excited To Sleep

It doesn’t matter where we go or what we are doing, just before a trip I’m too excited to sleep.  Even more so when Disney is involved.  I didn’t get to sleep until nearly 10:00 last night and here I am at 3:00 am wide awake.  I could try to go back to sleep but the alarm is going off in an hour and fifteen minutes.  What if I don’t wake up?  Did I remember to set the alarm?

I laid in bed for a while, trying to go back to sleep.  It’s not like this is a cruise vacation we are going on or a trip to Walt Disney World (at least not yet), so why does this affect my sleep?  I’m not getting up earlier than I normally would on a weekday, it should be a leisurely trip to the airport this morning.

It’s been a couple years since we flew out of Madison so this will be a nice change.  Only 20 minutes to the airport instead of an hour and a half to Milwaukee.  I didn’t do online check in, but our seats are already selected so I guess that doesn’t matter.  We’ve got a bag to check anyway so it’s fine.

I wonder what I should blog about today?  After all, we’ll be flying this morning and then going straight to CruiseWorld 2011 so I won’t have a chance to blog until tonight.  I don’t think I have time this morning to do a quick blog, or do I?  Maybe if I get up 15 minutes earlier than the alarm.  Can I do that?

It’s going to be 80 degrees Fahrenheit today!  I’m so looking forward to the warmer temperatures.  It’s hasn’t been too miserable yet.  We were spared from the snow this last weekend.  In fact, it reached the mid-60s yesterday, but the temperatures are going to drop a bit again.  I’m pretty sure I packed a swimsuit….

The hotel will be within walking distance to the convention center.  Our flight gets in just before 1:00.  Are we going to make it to the 2:00 session?  That’s calling it pretty close, but on the other hand, the airport is only a few minutes from the hotel.  We’ll be right on the water — on the intracoastal waterway.  In fact, the water taxi has a pick up right outside our hotel.  We may plan to take it one evening and check out the area.

As long as we’re going to be in Fort Lauderdale for a few days, we need to check out some other hotels, including ours, for a pre-ToaD Oasis of the Seas sailing hotel.  We’ll be very close to Port Everglades with the entrance just beyond the convention center.  We should be able to see Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas from our hotel!

We also have a friend who lives just north of Fort Lauderdale that we’re going to try to get together with.  How long has it been since we saw her?  I think it was the 5 night sailing in 2008!  Wow, it’s been a long time.  That will be lots of fun though.  Maybe I should bring a little toad gift for Christina?

The best part of the trip is that we’ll get up to Walt Disney World at the end.  Will I have this much trouble sleeping the night before we go there?  I’ll already be on vacation, so will I still be too excited?  Of course I’ll be excited!!  We are going to try to get to all four parks in 26 hours!

Too much going on in my head to try to get a little more shut-eye!  Fort Lauderdale, here I come!!

When Did You Become A Disney Fan?

In the last nine years, basically since we started cruising, we have met a lot of Disney fans.  Some have told me stories about how they used to get together as a family and watch the Wonderful World of Disney as a child.  Others recall going to Disneyland or Walt Disney World as a child.  For me, my Disney addiction happened much later in life.

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Top Ten Non-Park Activities at Disney World

Editor’s Note:  Today we have another blog from Debbie.  Contact Debbie with any questions or to book your Disney World vacation today at Debbie@travelonadream.com. 

“Help!  I’m in Disney World, and I’m bored.”  Yes, that is something I’ve said to myself on a Disney World vacation a few years back.  I was tired of doing the same theme-park stuff, and I felt like I was stuck in a rut.  I wanted something different to do beyond the theme parks, so I started investigating.  Here is my “top 10 non-theme-park Disney To Do” list:

1.  Spa services.  Most deluxe resorts, and Coronado Springs, have a spa.  While some are bigger than others (the spas at the Grand Floridian, Saratoga Springs, and the Walt Disney World Dolphin are the largest), they all offer traditional spa treatments.  So far, I’ve booked spa services at the Grand Floridian (massage), Saratoga Springs (manicure), and the Villas at the Wilderness Lodge (massage).  By far, my favorite was the Villas at the Wilderness Lodge.  Thankfully, two of these three treatments were gifts, but if you have extra money in your Disney budget, this is an amazing way to beat the theme park burnout.  I recommend getting a spa treatment mid-trip, so that you get the stresses of theme park touring massaged (or facialed or manicured or pedicured) out of your body, and you’re relaxed for the second half of your vacation. Continue reading

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