Disney Dream Wedding

Who hasn’t dreamed of being transformed into a princess on their wedding day? What if you could make that a reality, complete with a horse drawn carriage? And why not end the night with a fireworks display fit for royalty? You can make this vision come true with a Disney wedding!

I can’t think of anything more romantic or magical than spending the days leading up to your wedding (and after the big day) in luxurious accommodations, savoring uniquely themed dining experiences, indulging in divine spa treatments, and enjoying premium entertainment.

All of your Disney wedding details will be carefully crafted by myself and the dedicated Disney wedding team. Choose from assortment of wedding venues such as a gazebo drenched in flowers, a lakefront waterscape, or Cinderella’s castle at Magic Kingdom.

Flowers, photography, champagne toasts, and private receptions are just a few of the enhancements I will help you arrange.

In addition to your wedding plans, I will also take the stress off of your shoulders by making your stay on property a memorable and enjoyable experience. I will manage everything from creating your My Disney Experience account, ordering your personalized Magic Bands, making dining reservations, and reservations your Fast Passes!

Let me help you plan your royal wedding that’s sure to be an event your guests will be talking about for years!

Boo-To-You Parade with the Headless Horseman

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

The Party

Have you ever been to Disney in the Fall? They sure know how to party at Disney. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is Mickey’s annual Halloween spook-tacular and promises to be a fun evening. You can dress up in your favorite costume and your evening will be filled with treats and thrills at Magic Kingdom.

The Parade

The evening parade is a must see, especially during Halloween! Right before the fun of the Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade begins . . . it gets silent . . . and all of a sudden the Headless Horseman comes galloping down Main Street with a jack-o-lantern in his hand. He is an awesome sight to see and is another one of the magical extras that makes traveling to Disney World in the fall one of the best times to go!

Enjoy a Summery Disney drink at Pongu Pongu!

Don’t miss out on these great frozen drinks at the Pongu Pongu lounge at Walt Disney World Resort!

Come to Disney World for the magic, and stay for the drinks! Once you try them, you’ll see what I mean. Inside Pandora – The World of Avatar you’ll find the Pongu Pongu Lounge where you can get some of the best frozen drinks the park has to offer! Pongu Pongu (literally translated to “party party”) serves two exciting and delicious frozen beverages, the Night Blossom, and the Mo’ara Frozen Margarita.

The Mo’ara Frozen Margarita is a frozen drink made with Sauza Conmemorativo Añejo Tequila, strawberry and blood orange flavor, and topped with strawberry boba balls. For a little extra, your drink will be served in a souvenir cup with a glowing Unadelta seed.

Looking for something non-alcoholic? They’ve got you covered! The signature drink at Pongu Pongu is the Night Blossom, a non-alcoholic frozen drink. This drink is a mixture of limeade with apple and desert pear flavors, topped with passion fruit boba balls. Just like the margarita, choose the souvenir cup and watch your drink glow from the Unadelta seed!

Maybe a trip to Disney World isn’t in the cards for you right now, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get to enjoy a great summer drink! One of my personal favorites to make is Pineapple Iced Green Tea. Here’s how you make it:

Ingredients

  • 5 fresh mint leaves
  • 3 ounces iced green tea
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • Orange wheels for garnish

Directions

Place 4 fresh mint leaves in a shaker glass. Add ice and equal parts iced green tea and pineapple juice (approximately 3 ounces each). Shake well to bruise the mint leaves and strain into an ice filled wineglass. Garnish with fresh mint sprig, and orange wheel.

Halloween with Mickey!

When you think of Disney you probably think about rides and characters and food. But did you know that during the year they have special events and one of the events that takes place during the fall is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party? This annual event takes place on select nights and promises to be a frightfully fun evening! Everyone gets to put on their favorite costume, even your favorite Disney characters, and trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom! You do need to purchase a separate ticket for this event and for guests who do not purchase a ticket they are asked to leave Magic Kingdom at 7PM. Bummer! Magic Kingdom is decorated with pumpkins and grinning ghosts so be on the lookout. And don’t worry, this event is called not-so-scary and that means children of every age can enjoy in the fun. Be ware, while Disney encourages you to be creative they also value safety and good judgment so there are rules that must be followed.

General

  • Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests.
  • All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

For Guests ages 13 and under:

  • Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

For Guests ages 14 and older:

  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g.,full-length Princess dresses)
  • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
  • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
  • Masks of any kind may not be worn.

I know, rules are never fun, but you don’t want to be kicked out of the party! If you are traveling during this special time you don’t want to miss this event! And remember, nobody does it like Disney.

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Jody’s favorite ride is the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.

Who doesn’t like Steven Tyler and the gang rockin’ and rolling to the fun music.  Enter the queue line through a small tent, with boxes designed like instrument cases decorating the scene.  Curve through the typical Disney ramp that takes you back and forth, around a building behind the giant electric guitar and into the “G-Force Records” recording studio.  Enter the circular room with a high ceiling and posters all around.  Check out the LCD screen and see if your name is displayed when you walk past.  (How does Disney doooooo that?)  Go through the small room of instruments and then join other guests to enter Aerosmith’s studio.  Of course, sing “Walk This Way”, while hand and fingers thrown up into the air!!!  And the rest………..well, you just have to ride this coaster to find out!

A Journey Down the Na’vi River

I was lucky enough to preview Pandora in May 2017.  Many people will tell you about the thrills of Avatar Flight of Passage, but I want to share about how cool the Na’vi River Journey was.  First of all, imagine “It’s a Small World” but with characters from Pandora.  It is a family friendly ride, but I do have to mention it is very dark but that allows the glowing plants and animals to really pop.  You feel like you are in a black light club with bright neon, but the atmosphere is serene with nature sounds, while on a slow moving raft ride through other worldly flora and fauna. 

When riding, you need to look up, down, and all around because the animals and insects of the jungle come to life around you. Disney has used incredible new technology so you can see the shadow a frog-like creature jumping on a lilypad over your head, while floating jellyfish obscure the view of larger animals in the background.  Near the end of the ride, you are blessed by the Na’vi Shaman’s song.  Only 4.5 minutes long, you’ll be in a raft that has 2 rows of seats each fitting 3 adults comfortably.  There is no real story to this ride, just an experience of the nightlife of the jungle on Pandora.

Don’t Miss the Grand Marnier Slush at Epcot

Disney Recipe: Grand Marnier Slush from France Kiosk in Epcot

One of my favorite things at Walt Disney World is the Grand Marnier Slush from the France kiosk in Epcot. This is one tasty treat you won’t want to miss … if you are of age. Please be careful though is this is one of those drinks where the booze is hard to detect and it’s VERY delicious.

You can make this at home too. Here is the recipe for you …

Ingredients

  • 1 part Grey Goose Vodka
  • 1 part Grand Marnier
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • 2 parts Quickway sweet and sour mix
  • Ice

Directions

1.) Mix all ingredients in a blender until completely smooth. You can be a little more lenient with some of the alcohol to get it to your liking.

2.) To get the orange coloring such as seen at Epcot, simply add orange food coloring to the blend.

Now indulge!

On the lighter side….Disney’s Ohana Honey Lime Salad Dressing

I absolutely love trying new salads and new salad dressings.  It’s amazing what a difference in the taste of a leafy salad, when you change up the dressing!!!  I’m sharing my favorite Disney salad dressing here today!  I first experienced this at Ohana – located at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World in Florida.  A quick monorail ride from the Magic Kingdom, this restaurant is top on my list and well worth the stop!

Honey Lime Dressing

Ingredients

1/2 C honey
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp salt
1/2 C cider vinegar
1/4 C lime juice
1/4 C diced onion
1 C canola oil

Method:

Place all ingredients except oil in food processor and blend until smooth. Slowly add oil until it is well incorporated into the dressing. Makes 2 Cups.

Summer Salad … Disney Style!

Summer is upon us!  If you are like me you’re always looking for a new dish to bring to all of your summer gatherings. Well you are in luck! I have one to share with you. And not only can you make this at home, you can also overindulge in it when you dine at 1900 Park Fare at the  at Disney World.

Broccoli Slaw

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lb Broccoli florets
1/4 cup Cashew Halves
1/4 cup Cooked/diced Bacon
1/4 cup Red Onion- small, diced
1/4 cup Raisins
1 cup Mayonnaise
1 tbsp Sugar
A Dash of  Salt

Directions:

  1. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a 4-quart pan.
  2. Add Broccoli florets and cook for approximately 3 minutes or until barely tender. Cool thoroughly in ice water. Darin completely.
  3. Cut bacon into small pieces and cook in sauté pan until crisp. Drain off excess grease and cool.
  4. Add small red onion.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the diced red onion, raisins, mayonnaise, sugar, and cashews.
  6. Add the thoroughly cooked broccoli and cooked bacon.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Mix gently but thoroughly.
  9. Refrigerate until served.

Enjoy!!

 

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of Rum!

What is my favorite ride at Disney World? Easy- Pirates of the Caribbean!! I can’t pinpoint what it is about this ride that makes it my favorite but it is a must do with every Disney visit.  You set sail on a voyage to a time when pirates ruled the high-seas and will escape through a shadowy grotto past the ghostly catacombs of fallen pirates. This ride is for everyone, any age and any height. There is one small drop down a waterfall towards the beginning of the ride so be prepared but after that just sit back, enjoy and sing along with the drunken buccaneers. Jack Sparrow pops up throughout the whole ride so be on the lookout, you just never know what he is going to be up to. When you are at Disney World next, head to Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom and try this ride out, you won’t be disappointed!!

Toy Story Midway Mania by Melissa (almost an expert)

My favorite ride at Disney World and Disneyland is Toy Story Mania!!!

At Disney World, this ride is located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  At Disneyland, this ride is located at Disney’s California Adventure Park.

I’m such a nerd that I researched and read up on how to get more points on this fun little ride!!!

Here are a few of the things I have learned about the ride and how to improve your score:
(Most of the high scores involve uncovering the secret targets on each screen)

  1. Hamm & Eggs screen – shoot the fox and the hens, while also shooting the two pigs above the fox.  When the two pigs go down, a cat appears.
  2. Green Army Men screen – in the beginning, two 2000 plates will shoot up in the valleys, hit them both before they disappear.  Higher value plates appear.
  3. Woody’s Shooting Gallery screen – this one is a team effort, Hit the 100 point target to open the 5 more targets, then you have to hit them all.  When you do, the targets pop open worth 2000 points each

Yep, I love this ride and am just a tiny bit competitive….ha ha ha!!!

  

Pandora – The World of Avatar is now open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.

Explore Pandora

Exploring Pandora – The World of Avatar – is a must see experience now open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The land itself serves as an amazing attraction for you to explore and interact with, and the area’s two experiences – the thrilling Avatar Flight of Passage and the family friendly Na’vi River Journey – are already wowing Guests. But did you know there are actually many other ways you can have fun throughout Pandora – The World of Avatar?

Here are seven must-do suggestions on how you can have the most immersive experience possible during their next expedition to Pandora – The World of Avatar.

1. Match With A Banshee – Already a favorite experience, the land’s Windtraders Merchandise shop is home to the Rookery, a nook where banshees reside, waiting to be adopted and brought home with you.

2. Visit at Swotu Wayä (“Sacred Place of Song”) – Located in the heart of Mo’ara Valley, you can interact with a collection of instruments fashioned by the Na’vi. They are connected into the moon’s root system and as Guests play the instruments, the area just may respond with music and light.

3. Test Out A Na’vi Translator – Also found in Windtraders, this fun device helps you learn Na’vi words.

4. Dine at Satu’li Canteen – Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Satu’li Canteen offers one of the most interesting menus at the Walt Disney World® Resort. Featuring international-inspired cuisine, vegetarian options and specialty libations, it’s the ideal place to refuel on an expedition through the Valley of Mo’ara.

5. Help Regrow the Flaska Reclinata – One of the largest and most fascinating plants on Pandora, your Clients can help this rare plant “re-seed” itself on Pandora simply through touch.

6. Channel Your Inner Na’vi – Windtraders offers a selection of Na’vi inspired merchandise. Here, you can buy your own set of Na’vi ears or a Na’vi tail. Or get a Na’vi inspired look over at Colors of Mo’ara.

7. Get Camera Ready – Pandora – The World of Avatar is chock-full of unbelievable photo opportunities – from towering floating mountains, to surprising water falls and much more.

Disney Dancing Queens

Disney Dancing Queens

The ASU Dancing Devils is a sports club at Arizona State University. Their club was started 15 years ago and they haven’t traveled outside of the valley (Phoenix/Tempe area). This was a huge step for their club to not only travel, but to travel across the United States to Florida.

“Tammy was a huge part in the success of this trip! We definitely couldn’t have done it without her. She worked with us on finding the best deals for both flights and hotels. Tammy made my life a lot easier by staying very organized, and being able to answer any questions I had!! We appreciate everything that she has done for our team in order for to travel to Disney World!!”

– Megan Bonesteel, President of the ASU Dancing Devils


Walt Disney World – How to Navigate the Happiest Place on Earth

For those who have traveled to Walt Disney World before, it’s evident that having a plan in place for each of your days is a must. Without strategy, the happiest place on earth can easily turn into the crabbiest place on earth. Fortunately, our agents have the personal experience and knowledge and can share some useful tips to help you navigate your parks to optimize your time and experience!

Work your way backwards in the Parks

When you enter the park in the morning, the majority of the crowds are going to stampede to the first attractions they see – optimize your time, and head over to an area that is further from the entrance. For example, when you are in Magic Kingdom, head over to Frontier Land for a morning ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad or Splash Mountain. Take a ride on the People Mover in Tomorrowland. Most of the crowds are going to rush for the closest attractions, and most of those are in Fantasy Land. This is how I usually work the parks when I am there, and most days, it works incredibly well for myself and my travel companions!

Download Park Attraction Smartphone Apps

There are multiple Smartphone Applications that have the current wait times for Attractions at all four parks – I have used these multiple times on my Walt Disney World vacations, and they have proven themselves to be reliable and valuable. If you see that Space Mountain has a 10 minute wait, head on over!

Take Breaks

For those who don’t have the Park Hopper Option and only have one entrance to the park, it’s important to find a way to rest – fortunately, I’ve found that there are some attractions that allow you to rest and just enjoy the ride. Here are some of my favorites:

Magic Kingdom: People Mover, It’s a Small World, Mickey’s Philharmagic, Pirates of the Caribbean. Tom Sawyer’s Island (accessible by ferry from Frontierland), are all an incredible way to let the kids explore at their own pace, with no lines to stand in.

Epcot: Spaceship Earth, Living with the Land, and any of the World Showcase Rides. Checkout Mexico, America, France, China, and Canada for some really cool shows.

Animal Kingdom: Head over to Dinoland to relax in the Boneyard – this is a great place for the kiddies to play while you catch some shade!

Hollywood Studios: The Great Movie Ride.

Have a Travel Agent put together your trip

I cannot possibly cover everything about Disney in one blog, or even 100 blogs. Fortunately, we have many agents in our agency who can help you navigate these parks and put together your itinerary to ensure that your Disney Vacation runs smoothly. From your flights, to your hotel room, down to the meal reservations, we are here to help you through every step that leads you to an unforgettable vacation to the Happiest Place on Earth.

 

Laurie goes to Disney

I traveled to Walt Disney World in Florida 2016 and stayed at the Grand Floridian.
The hotel is beautiful and right on the monorail system so transportation to the Magic Kingdom was a quick breeze.  I enjoy the slower moving, classic rides and was fun to see the changes in It’s a Small World, the Little Mermaid ride, Pirates of the Caribbean and so forth.  Pooh is still my favorite character but wasn’t able to see him this trip.  Next time hopefully!

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