February 21, 2018

Mix and Match Disney Outfits for the Whole Family

Family Disney Styles – Mix & Match

Are you planning a trip to Disneyland or Disney World? Do you have an affinity for Mickey Mouse and his friends? Well we’ve put together some lists of Disney Mix and Match outfits available from online retailers to make it easy for you when planning your wardrobe for the Happiest Place on Earth.

Mix & Match Disney Fashion – Women

Mix & Match Disney Fashion – Men

Mix & Match Disney Fashion – Girls

Mix & Match Disney Fashion – Boys

And let me also recommend the Disney Collection for LuLaRoe! Leggings, dresses, tops and more. . . you can find it all over in our LuLaRoe Facebook group! 

February 11, 2018

Five Reasons to Consider Staying at a Deluxe Resort at Disney World

Is a deluxe resort worth it at Disney World?

When you hear the words Deluxe Resort and Disney World combined, your first thought might be price. Is there a good value in making these resorts your place to stay during your Disney World vacation?

Let’s take a look at why the Deluxe Resorts might be the right fit for you. . .

1. There are five (5) people in your party. Value resorts sleep only 4, and Moderate and Deluxe both sleep 5. But space is a bit tight in the smaller moderate resort rooms, which means that if your family of five is not made up of very young kids, you might feel squished. Moderate Resort rooms will have a pull down banquette as the bedding for the fifth person, which is meant for smaller children, while the Deluxe Resorts include a day bed style couch for more of a regular sized twin bed feel.

2. Convenience is a priority for you. The Deluxe Resorts, with the exception of Animal Kingdom Lodge, all offer an alternative transportation method to the bus system to at least one of the parks (most of them offering it for two parks). These resorts are the closest to the theme parks and cut down your travel time. For some, monorail and boat rides sound more fun and magical than bus rides. And some resorts are even walking distance! For example, you can walk to the Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary Resort and to Epcot from the Beach Club. Plus, these resorts have easy access to each other meaning multiple dining options are quick and easy to get to.

3. You have littles and want to see the fireworks from the room. Some toddlers are just not quite able to make it to showtime. Resorts that offer a Theme Park View room category allow families to watch the fireworks right from the comfort of their hotel room.

4. It’s a special occasion. Honeymooners are often seeking a special experience that they can remember forever. Special birthday trips to mark milestones are another example. For honeymooners, a Deluxe Resort offers a beautiful addition to the theme park experience, with lots to enjoy during down time. For special birthdays, having some of the best pools and views of fireworks make the trip extra magical.

5. You’re a bit of a bed snob. I say this lovingly, as I’m definitely a bed snob myself! If you can’t sleep unless your mattress and pillows are comfy, you’ll find the best match at the Deluxe Resorts. Beds in the moderate level are a bit less comfortable, and the value resorts have beds that I would call hard.

6. You consider the resort a part of the vacation. Sometimes people think that if they go to Disney World, they’ll never be able to see their hotel because they have to be in the parks all day. We specialize in Disney vacation planning that allows you to get so much more done in less time that almost all our clients take us up on planning resort time into their stay to really enjoy those amenities. If you typically find that a good or bad hotel can make or break your vacations, then choosing a Deluxe Resort is probably the best option for you.

Every family has different wants and needs, and no one resort category will be the right fit for everyone. We work with clients to make sure they’re going to be staying the best resort for their family. But we love helping clients decide which ones are the right fit! A Deluxe Resort absolutely has good value in terms of convenience, space, amenities and wow factor if that’s what you are looking for. If you’d like help determine exactly where to stay, be sure to reach out to a Disney expert who can take all of the stress out of decisions and planning

Thinking about booking a Disney vacation? Sabrina begins all her Disney planning services with a FREE consultation.

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This post was written by Sabrina Tinius, a specialist in planning Disney vacations for families who want less stress and more time making memories that last a lifetime. 

Through her in depth destination knowledge, park touring strategies and incredibly detailed planning, Sabrina is here to help you have a more enjoyable Disney vacation — while saving you tons of time and stress. And when she’s not busy crafting amazing Disney vacations, you can find her hanging out with her two awesome kids, taking family vacations of her own, and occasionally baking up a storm in her Seattle area kitchen. 

Meet Sabrina and get ready to experience just how amazing a well planned Disney vacation can be at www.theenchantedtraveler.com.

 

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November 12, 2017

Five scenarios when hiring a Disney vacation planner is a MUST

Five scenarios when hiring a Disney vacation planner is a MUST

DIY projects can be a lot of fun. But sometimes it doesn’t turn out the way you hoped. If your next DIY project is planning a Disney vacation, you’ll want to know whether this is a good time to do your own planning or whether it’s time to call in a Disney expert.

If one of these scenarios describes you, a Disney vacation planner can be very helpful!

1. It’s your first Disney trip ever (or first time in a long time). The Disney Parks are no small feat to accomplish. Despite the fact that many people show up at the park with no plans and then complain about their experience, you CAN have a stress free vacation filled with short waits, awesome dining, and accomplishing all of the things that matter most to you. However this takes a lot of planning and knowledge and this is where you’ll want your Disney planning expert to take the reins. They’ll learn all about you and what matters most to you, and then carefully guide you through options and take care of all the reservations and planning for you. First time visitors often don’t even know what kind of questions to be asking, so researching can feel tedious. Your personal Disney expert knows the questions to ask to make sure you get the most out of your vacation.

2. Last time was crazy and stressful. Perhaps you have visited the Disney Parks in the past, but you missed out on some rides because the lines were so long. Maybe you didn’t even know you could have had some special experiences and once you got there they were all booked up. Or perhaps you spent your days wandering, ending up in one long line after another. A lot of people think that this is just the reality of the parks. That couldn’t be further from the truth! You can, in fact, experience many attractions a day, all with short waits, if you know how to create the right strategy. Working with someone who can do this for you means that your next trip can be a million times more enjoyable than your last trip!

3. Young children are going with you. Was your last Disney vacation when you were a teen? Or perhaps you last traveled with just your spouse or friends? Taking young children to Disney requires a different approach to the park. Most young kids don’t do well with long waits or with staying from open to closing time without melting down. How do you fit what you want to do in a shorter time and without 45 minute + lines? How can we make sure parents still get a chance to ride the bigger rides? We can help you plan a vacation that meets the needs of little ones while making it fun for the older people in the party!

4. Multiple families are traveling together. It’s your family, plus grandma and grandpa, plus your sister and her three kids. Grandpa and Grandma only want to go to the parks for some of the days, your sister’s kids hate thrill rides, but yours love them, and some of you want to dine with princesses but the others turn up their noses at the idea. Being stuck in the middle of everyone as the lead person can make anyone want to pull their hair out. When you work with us, we take on that role in the middle. We’ll find out what everyone cares most about, who must do what and who hates what, and create a plan that weaves people together and at times strategically apart. We’ll make sure we link everyone’s reservations together, we’ll take care of each family getting their reservations paid, and we’ll take you out of the monkey in the middle position so that you can enjoy the experience rather than stressing over making everyone happy.

5. Life is crazy. Ok, so you are a DIY person. You love projects of all kinds and you definitely love to plan things. But here’s the thing. . . you’re busy and the idea of planning that vacation just seems impossible. When are you going to have the time to sit down and figure out all of these little pieces that would actually make your Disney vacation great? You don’t have to! You can tell someone else what you want to do, and like magic, they make it happen! So while you’re taking care of all the daily aspects of life, we can be behind the scenes carefully crafting that magical vacation you need so much!

Bottom line – You want your Disney vacation to be a dream, not a stressful nightmare. We all love a good DIY project now and then, but if you fit into any of these five scenarios, you’ll find that working with a Disney expert gives you a far, far better experience.

Thinking about booking a Disney vacation? Sabrina begins all her Disney planning services with a FREE consultation.

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This post was written by Sabrina Tinius, a specialist in planning Disney vacations for families who want less stress and more time making memories that last a lifetime. 

Through her in depth destination knowledge, park touring strategies and incredibly detailed planning, Sabrina is here to help you have a more enjoyable Disney vacation — while saving you tons of time and stress. And when she’s not busy crafting amazing Disney vacations, you can find her hanging out with her two awesome kids, taking family vacations of her own, and occasionally baking up a storm in her Seattle area kitchen. 

Meet Sabrina and get ready to experience just how amazing a well planned Disney vacation can be at www.theenchantedtraveler.com.

 

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May 21, 2017

Disney World – 5 Reasons to Stay at a Disney Property

When it comes to where to stay for your Walt Disney World vacation, it may seem like you have a million options. There are the many Disney owned resorts and the many, many neighboring hotels in the area. Where should you stay? If you want the overall best experience, you’ll want to stay onsite at the Disney own resorts, and here’s why:

1.) Transportation/Parking: When staying at a Disney resort, you get free transportation from the airport and back. In addition, you get free transportation on a frequent, regular schedule from your resort to all of the parks. If you decide to rent a car anyway, parking at the parks is free for resort guests. All of this adds up to savings AND convenience. While some offsite hotels offer shuttles, most are not very frequent and quite a few don’t start going until AFTER the park opens (which is not good at all, see here for why).

2.) Dining Reservations/Dining Plan: Guests who are staying at a Disney resort are allowed to book their dining reservations at 180 days like everyone else PLUS 10 days of their trip. So while offsite guests are booking reservations one day at a time, you’ll book the full length of your trip (up to 10 days) all at once. Why does this matter? The most popular restaurants are snapped up in a flash and the onsite guests frequently use this advantage to completely take up those reservations – leaving offsite guests out of luck. And then there’s the Disney Dining Plan which is only for guests of the Disney resorts. This plans is very convenient, a great stress reliever for some, and often a savings over paying out of pocket.

3.) FastPass+ reservations: FastPass+ allows you to reserve 3 attractions per day in advance of your stay. The key here is that onsite guests get to do this 60 days in advance, while offsite guests only get to do this at 30 days in advance. Why does it matter? The most popular attractions, including Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Frozen Ever After and Flights of Passage are often completely booked up by the 30 day mark. This can leave you in incredibly long lines.

 

4.) Afternoon Breaks: One of the great things about staying onsite is that it’s quick and easy to return to your resort for a break. The parks are huge and a lot of walking is involved. Especially in hotter times of year and especially with children in tow, the ability to exit the parks for a bit in the heat of the sun and height of the lines for a refreshing break back at your resort can feel priceless. Most offsite hotels simply take too long to get to, with having to take a parking tram to your car, commute time, finding parking upon return and so forth.

5.)  The Disney touch: When your resort can be as magical as the parks, that’s something special. Many people find the resorts end up being a really big part of the fun on their vacation. Resorts can be whimsical or beautiful, depending on your preference. Many have fantastic pools with super fun water slides. The fun of the themes combined with the world renowned Disney service makes your vacation feel truly like an escape from the every day. So while there are many hotels in the Orlando area, for the least stress and the most fun, you’ll find that the onsite Disney World hotels may make the most sense for you!

Looking for help in selecting the best resort and other components for your Disney vacation? Not sure how you’re going to figure out all the dining and FastPass+ reservations and how to make it through your days without long lines and stress? That’s what we’re here for!

Ready to learn more about any of these options? Visit our website to connect with us for more information!

sabrina-enchanted-travelerThis post was written by Sabrina Tinius, a specialist in planning Disney vacations for families who want less stress and more time making memories that last a lifetime. 

Through her in depth destination knowledge, park touring strategies and incredibly detailed planning, Sabrina is here to help you have a more enjoyable Disney vacation — while saving you tons of time and stress. And when she’s not busy crafting amazing Disney vacations, you can find her hanging out with her two awesome kids, taking family vacations of her own, and occasionally baking up a storm in her Seattle area kitchen. 

Meet Sabrina and get ready to experience just how amazing a well planned Disney vacation can be at www.theenchantedtraveler.com.

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March 26, 2017

Visiting Disney Parks in Summer? You MUST Read This First!

Visiting Disney Parks in Summer? You MUST Read This First!

If you have kids in school (or if you are a teacher!), summer may be one of the only times you can take a vacation. This doesn’t change things much when your destination is a beach or a national park. When it comes to Disney theme park destinations, however, this can be a bit intimidating. You might have heard about the heat and the crowds, and while those are very real factors, you CAN have an amazing summer vacation with the right kind of plans and know how! Don’t let the fear stop you from finally taking that Disney family vacation!

First of all, let’s talk crowds. Yes, a lot of people go to Disney World or Disneyland in the summer. That’s because they’re just like you and this is the easiest time for them to travel with their kids. Not all summer weeks are created equal, though. Because some schools get out later than others and some schools start their school year earlier than others, the more crowded weeks lay in the middle. If you have the luck of a later starting school, the last two weeks of August typically bring lower crowds to the parks than the others. (And, as a bonus, these also often price out lower as well!)

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Heat is another factor a lot of people worry about. Summer is, of course, the hottest time of year, but this doesn’t mean you need to just give up and plan to melt all day long. There are a couple of ways to help you stay cool:

  • Plan on starting your day early.
  • Arrive to the parks before they open so you can get a jump start on the fun while the temperatures are lowest.
  • Bring along self-cooling towels or a misting fan to cool you down as the temperatures rise.
  • Bring along plenty of sunblock – you won’t want to buy it in the parks! And a sunburn will really put a damper on your fun.
  • Stay hydrated! Drink lots of water, these kid’s CamelBak backpacks are great!
  • Plan to exit the parks after lunch to get out of the mid-day high heats and chill in your resort pool or take a quick nap in your air conditioned room. Then, head back into the parks as the sun starts to lower and the temperature starts to drop.

Along with that famous summer heat, if Disney World is your destination, afternoon thunder storms are common. This doesn’t have to detract from your plans. If you are heading back to your resort as discussed above, you’ll generally not be in the parks during these rain showers anyway. But if you get caught in a quick storm, being prepared means you get to go on having fun while everyone else scrambles for cover! Pack small, disposable ponchos with you! These ponchos, which can be found in the camping section in most stores, fold up incredible small so easily fit in a purse or backpack. If it starts to rain, throw it on and continue your day without batting an eye!

And what about lines? Yes, it’s true, the wait times can get very, very long on a summer day. Arriving early to beat the heat also places you at an advantage for lines, but only if you know how to use it. This takes planning ahead to figure out where to go when, to avoid arriving at rides at their peak wait times. You will want to consider how FastPasses work (different for Disneyland vs Disney World) and how best to take advantage of them. Having a well laid ride plan will drastically minimize your wait time. (Not sure how to do that? Hire a Disney expert to do that for you!)

If summer is your family vacation time, the Disney Parks are still a wonderful option for you! When you’ve got a fun plan to work with the heat, avoid the crowds as much as possible and navigate those lines, you’ll have the amazing adventure you’ve been hoping for!

Ready to learn more about any of these options? Visit our website to connect with us for more information!

sabrina-enchanted-travelerThis post was written by Sabrina Tinius, a specialist in planning Disney vacations for families who want less stress and more time making memories that last a lifetime. 

Through her in depth destination knowledge, park touring strategies and incredibly detailed planning, Sabrina is here to help you have a more enjoyable Disney vacation — while saving you tons of time and stress. And when she’s not busy crafting amazing Disney vacations, you can find her hanging out with her two awesome kids, taking family vacations of her own, and occasionally baking up a storm in her Seattle area kitchen. 

Meet Sabrina and get ready to experience just how amazing a well planned Disney vacation can be at www.theenchantedtraveler.com.

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February 26, 2017

Which Disney Vacation is Right for You? Let’s discuss!

Which Disney Vacation is Right for You?

Perhaps you know you want to go on a Disney vacation but you just aren’t sure which Disney property or vacation is best for you. Maybe you have already visited one of the theme parks, or maybe this is your first Disney vacation with the family. Either way, there are a lot of options for a magical vacation, and here are some tips for finding the vacation for your needs and wants. . .

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Where the magic began! A lot of families in the west half of the country start with Disneyland. A smaller park, it often feels more doable to first time families, and for those on the West Coast it’s certainly easier to get to. Disneyland Resort is made up of two theme parks: Disneyland and California Adventure. Situated right across from each other, this destination makes it easy to stay and play, with no transportation needed. There’s fun for all ages in both parks, and the Southern California location means that it’s easy to add some days at a nearby beach or in San Diego for more attractions such as SeaWorld.

Families who have visited Walt Disney World in the past might wonder if it’s worth a trip to what they perceive to be a much smaller theme park. While it’s true that it’s smaller, it’s also incredibly charming and big Disney fans will love the history and the feeling of being where it all began!

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February 10, 2017

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January 15, 2017

5 Reasons to Plan Ahead for Disney World

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5 Reasons to Plan Ahead for Disney World

There’s no rule that you have to plan a Disney World vacation far in advance, but those in the know make sure to plan their Disney World vacation with plenty of notice. Why? The early bird gets the worm is a very accurate statement here. From better dining to better days in the parks, read on to find out why you should plan ahead, too!

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1.) Dining reservations. Ever hear of people dining inside of Cinderella Castle? Or maybe a lovely meal at Be Our Guest, in the Beast’s castle? Famously popular restaurants like these book up very early. How early? Dining reservations open up 180 days in advance at 6 a.m. EST. And the most popular restaurants can book up in the blink of an eye, especially during busy seasons. For the best number of choices, having your trip booked before the 180 mark is smart. Plus, those staying onsite get the perk of being able to make dining reservations on that 180th day for up to 10 days forward…something offsite guests don’t get to do.

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2.) Resort choices. It’s true, Disney has a lot of resorts to choose from. But not all of them will be the right fit for you, and occupancy levels are high at Disney resorts. This means that some resorts can book up as you get closer to the trip dates. And even within a resort you like, specific room categories can sell out.

3.) Discount availability. When a discount is released, it’s for a limited time and limited rooms. If you wait too long, the discount will end and rack rate is all that is left. Worried about booking before a discount comes out? For those booking with a specialist, these discounts can be watched for and applied to existing bookings if the discount is available for the dates and room type.

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4.) Special activities. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique makeovers in the castle, Pirate and Pals Fireworks Cruise, special dessert parties – these special activities require reservations and do book up. Sitting down to look at your days and deciding if and when you’d like to do these (or getting personalized advice from your travel consultant) will allow you to have reservations made early, with the best chance for availability remaining.

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5.) FastPass+. For Disney World, you are given the opportunity to reserve three FastPass+ reservations per park day. These are essentially like ride reservations where you bypass the longer lines and are a very important part of having a strategy for a smoother experience. These open 60 days in advance of your arrival for onsite guests and 30 days in advance for offsite guests. Some of the most popular rides can book up completely at that point in time, especially during the busy season. (Not sure what makes sense to reserve? Have an expert plan your days based on your overall goals to ensure the least waits in line!)

So if you’re thinking summer or fall sounds far away right now, but you know you want to visit Disney World then, it’s not actually far at all! In the world of Disney planning, right now is the best time to get started!

Psssst! Did you just read this and panic a little bit (or a lot) because you were hoping to go this winter or spring? Send me an email – I’m really good at last minute planning when needed!

sabrina-enchanted-travelerThis post was written by Sabrina Tinius, a specialist in planning Disney vacations for families who want less stress and more time making memories that last a lifetime. 

Through her in depth destination knowledge, park touring strategies and incredibly detailed planning, Sabrina is here to help you have a more enjoyable Disney vacation — while saving you tons of time and stress. And when she’s not busy crafting amazing Disney vacations, you can find her hanging out with her two awesome kids, taking family vacations of her own, and occasionally baking up a storm in her Seattle area kitchen. 

Meet Sabrina and get ready to experience just how amazing a well planned Disney vacation can be at www.theenchantedtraveler.com.

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