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It’s Party Time! (Almost)

Jul 29, 2014 Author: jhayes | Filed under: Family Fun, Magic Kingdom, Planning Tips

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Summer is coming to a close; sad but true. Back to school commercials are on TV, The sun is setting a little earlier each day, and Disney is ramping up for the most exciting season of all; Autumn! Sure, Christmas is great with all the lights and snow on Main Street, but nothing beats fall in my book.

Fall not only brings slightly cooler air and thinner crowds but two wonderful events start to take place: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival. I am going to give you some tips and tricks for getting the most out of these events!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

September 19-November 10, 2014

The Food and Wine Festival occurs daily and is FREE with admission to Epcot

Most of the festivities take place around World Showcase, but do not miss out on visiting the festival center in Future World. During this daily event, you will be able to stroll along the lagoon and enjoy tapas size eats from around the globe.  Savory dishes, sweet desserts, and creative drinks will be on the menu throughout the showcase. It is a fun way to jet around the world without leaving central Florida. Here are a few tips!

1. You can use your dining plan snack credits on many items throughout the festival. This is a good option!

2. You may also purchase a gift card wristband which comes in quite handy if you are an offer property guest without a magic band for room charges. This way you are not digging through your pockets for money or credit cards.

3. Take a look at the schedule ahead of time! There are lots of star chefs and wonderful demos that you may not want to miss.

4. I do not think you need dining reservations for the day you are planning to Food and Wine. There is so much great food and budget prices and often an evening ADR is a waste of money and dining credits when you have spent the day munching around the world!

5. Check out the Eat to the Beat Concert Series. There are lots of fun bands to listen to and it is a wonderful time!

 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Select nights in September and October.

Get your costume on and get ready for what is hands down the best way in the world to celebrate the season. This is a hard ticketed event meaning that you need to purchase and event ticket to attend. Costumes are allowed but not required. The party is from 7pm-midnight on the days it is available, however you can enter the park at 4pm with your party ticket.

Party nights include lots of special entertainment such as Mickey’s Not So Scary Boo to You parade, Happy Hallowishes Fire Works, Special Meet and Greets, Trick or Treating, Dance parties, and of course all the attractions are open with minimal waits!

 

Here are a few tips for the Halloween Party

1. Get a times guide upon entering to see all there is to offer!

2. Dress in light costumes. I have seen people in big heavy costumes and they must be so uncomfortable. Remember, there is still a lot of walking!

3. If you can, see the later parade as it will be less crowded than the first showing.

4. The fireworks show is the best of the whole year. Make an effort to see it!

5. My favorite place to trick or treat is the trail that runs from Fanstasyland Station to Tomorrowland! Lots of candy stops!

 

Have a happy fall!

 

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Boy do I have a fantastic deal for all NEW CLIENTS wanting to go to Disney last minute! For all packages ($2,000 or higher not including air fare) booked between August 8, 2014 – September 8, 2014 who travel by September 27, 2014 (arrival date), you will get a $50 Disney gift card plus a Disney autograph book for each child traveling with you. Email me at Jess@pixievacations.com today for more info!

There are also some great savings between now and years end including free dining and room and ticket discounts. These savings are going fast so if you want in now is the time!

FREE DINING IS BACK!

May 2, 2014 Author: jhayes | Filed under: Deals and Discounts, Dining plan, Planning Tips
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Everyone’s favorite offer is back! Disney Visa Card holders can book now. If you don’t have a Disney Visa, you can book on Wednesday!
Request a quote now for top priority when the offer goes public!
Booking Dates for this offer are between May 7 – August 8, 2014. Disney Visa Card Holders will be able to book beginning May 2, 2014* (with immediate deposit required on the Disney Visa.)
Those staying in Value Resorts will get a free Quick Service Dining Plan, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts get free Plus Disney Dining. All plans can be upgraded from Basic to Plus and Plus to Deluxe.
Numbers of rooms allocated for this discount are limited.
To receive free dining you must be purchase a resort package with a minimum of 3 night stay and 2 day park ticket.
*Here are the travel arrival dates:*
*August 31-October 3* *October 26- November 1* *November 9-November 20* *December 12-December 23*
The following resorts are excluded:All-Star Movies, Port Orleans Riverside, Port Orleans French Quarter, Grand Floridian Villas, Fort Wilderness Campsites, Art of Animation Little Mermaid Rooms and all 3 Bedroom Villas.
*A Room Only Discount will also be available for travel between 8/16 – 10/3.*

Don’t forget when you book your Disney vacation package with me you will get a gift card bonus with a value up to $200 as well!Email me Jess@Pixievacations.com for more info or follow this

link for a free no obligation quote!

How to Travel with a Non-Disney Fan!

Mar 30, 2014 Author: jhayes | Filed under: Uncategorized

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As many of us know Disney is not just for kids. There is so much to do if you are over the age of 21 which is why Disney is constantly the most popular vacation destination in the world! You and I both know how awesome Disney is, but if you are like me you have traveled with a less than enthusiastic party member. How do you handle this?? This week I am sharing a wonderful post I came across on this very subject!

Let me introduce the author: Valerie writes for The Ladies of Comicazi – a pop culture and lifestyle blog for all ladies (and guys too) who love reading, crafts, cooking, and getting involved with the community surrounding their local comic shop.  When Valerie isn’t spending hours making peanut-butter cookies that look like Fozzie Bear, she can be found working out to the Phineas and Ferb classic “Squirrels in my Pants.”

If you love everything comic book, pop culture, and good honest humor you must read this blog!!!

So, without further ado, please go give this article a read. Here is the link to this article I fell head over heals for! 

Summer Discounts Have Arrived

Mar 17, 2014 Author: jhayes | Filed under: Deals and Discounts, Uncategorized

 

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Summer travelers are you ready to book your 2014 Walt Disney World vacation? Today you can do so and save money! Here is the deal:

Book now through June 6 2014 for stays June 15-August 26

Stay up to five nights and get up to 30% off of your room rate

Stay 6 nights or more and get up to 35 % off of your room rate

Add tickets of at least 6 days to your reservation and those will be discounted too!

Here is the icing on the Mickey Cupcake; if you book with me you will not travel empty handed!

Reservations $1500-1999 will get a $10 gift card (2 Mickey bars…woo hoo!)

Reservations $2000-299 will get a $25 gift card (Lunch at Be our Guest!)

Reservations $3000-3999 will get a $50 gift card (Dinner at Ohana…pass the bread pudding!)

Reservations $4000-4999 will get a $75 gift card (Dooney wristlet !)

Reservations $5000 and over will get a $100 gift card (shopping spree!!!)

 

To book with me simply email me Jess@pixievacations.com and let me know:

Travel dates

Number of adults and number of kids plus their ages

Which resort you want

What type of tickets you want and if you want a dining plan

You can also fill out the quote request form at the top of the page!

 

 

 

 

Wilderness Lodge Pin Sheet

Mar 3, 2014 Author: jhayes | Filed under: Resort Info

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Resort Name: Wilderness Lodge

Resort Category: Deluxe

Resort Area: Magic Kingdom

Transportation: Boat to Magic Kingdom, Bus to all other parks and Downtown Disney

Table Service Restaurants: Whispering Canyon, Artist Point

Quick Service Restaurant: Roaring Forks

Bar/Lounge: Trout Pass Pool Bar, Territory Lounge

Recreation: Walking paths, 2 pools, bike  and boat rentals, arcade, children’s activities

Notes: This is an affordable Deluxe Level option. A very easy walk to Fort Wilderness for additional entertainment and recreation. Make sure to check out the wonderful geyser!

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The best thing about being a Disney Travel Planner is helping families plan magical getaways at no charge to them while also earning a living. The second best thing is that I can pass on some of that pixie dust to you! If you refer your friends, family, people at your zumba class, or even your second cousins best friends grandmother to use my service it could mean $25 gift card to you! Here is how my referral program works.

1. Send me an email with the subject  “referral” to Jess@Pixievacations.com

2. Include your name and mailing address

3. I will send you a referral kit that includes business cards with your referral information on them!

4. When your friends book a trip worth $2500 or more you will get $25 in gift cards upon their travel completion! You can choose a  Disney Gift Card or a Visa Gift Card!

What an easy way to earn some extra spending money for your next trip!

New Spring Discounts out for 2014!!!

Jan 6, 2014 Author: jhayes | Filed under: Uncategorized

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Save up to 30% on your Disney World Resort room at select Disney Resort hotels, valid for stays most nights March 14 to April 12 and April 20 to June 15, 2014. Check availability for other great rates on stays most nights February 24 to March 5, 2014.

Plus, you’ll get one more ticket day for FREE when you upgrade to a Magic Your Way package with minimum 4-day theme park tickets! You’ll still enjoy the same great savings on your room, so you can experience even more magic for less.

You must book your travel by March 31, 2014 to take advantage of this offer.

These Walt Disney World Resort room discounts have limited availability and are tiered.

Disney Resort hotels offer alternative savings:
Save 20% at these Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Save 20% at these Disney Deluxe Resorts: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Savanna View/Club Level Rooms, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Courtyard View/Club Level Rooms
Save 15% at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – Family Suites (Disney Value Resort)

Keep in mind that I always offer gift card bonuses to clients who book travel with me so request your quote today!

My Disney Year in Review

Jan 3, 2014 Author: jhayes | Filed under: My thoughts, Planning Tips, Uncategorized

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2013 was a fabulous year. I made numerous trips to Walt Disney world including 4 stays at Pop Century, 1 stay at All Star Sports, 1 Stay at Port Orleans Riverside, 1 stay at The Polynesian, 2 stays at the Grand Floridian, and One stay at Wilderness Lodge. So, let me recap my thoughts and ideas on what is new and what is tried and true!

2013 marked the first time I ate at Be Our Guest Restaurant. Though I love the restaurant, I am less enthused with the food. Dinner for me is NOT a must do, but lunch is pretty reliable. I especially enjoy the Croque Monsieur as my staple! You really cannot go wrong with melted gruyere!

Be our Guest

Be our Guest

I also took my 2 year old son to Disney World by myself for the first time. I thought it would be a great way to have fun together. He decided to throw up for the first 24 hours of our trip and then give me the same sickness. So the first 72 hours of our trip was spent in the hotel and a centra care. I now know a few things: Always travel with your health insurance info. I always have this on me but saw several people who did not and they paid a lot for the medical attention they received. Both my son and I got better and enjoyed the rest of our trip, but it was actually exciting to come back home! Also, if you feel you need medical attention simply call the front desk and you will be picked up and dropped off at the medical center free of charge!

I attended a 5 day Agent Education Program at The Grand Floridian. This was a major highlight of my year! It was amazing to learn more about Disney from the inside to better prepare my clients for their trips. I toured almost every resort on property, rode almost every attraction and met agents from all over the country; all in the name of better serving my clients!

As part of the Agent Education Program I was also able to tour the Disney Dream! This is an amazing ship and I encourage everyone to consider cruising with Disney.

I attended an illuminations dessert party in Epcot and LOVED it! The desserts were pretty good but the view and the company made this a phenomenal night. If you have the opportunity I highly recommend booking a dessert party. It is a unique experience that you will not regret!

I saw Festival of the Lion King and fell in love! We all have that one attraction we never got around to doing for one reason or another and for me it was Festival of the Lion King. No matter how hard I tried or wanted to see it, I could just never get it done. But finally, on a solo trip none the less, I went in and watched this fabulous show and have since seen it every single trip!

I ate more cupcakes than any one person should; s’mores cupcakes, very berry cup cakes, the masters cup cake, lemon cup cakes, butter finger cupcakes, cup cakes with Mickey ears and Minnie Bows and even a peanut butter banana cup cake at pop century! What I learned is this: you can never ever eat too many cupcakes!

Birthday Cupcake at 1900 Park Fare

Birthday Cupcake at 1900 Park Fare

I attended the Flower and Garden Festival, the Food and Wine Festival, 2 Halloween Parties and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! We completed our passport at Food and Wine and had a blast doing that! If I had to choose one time of year to go to Disney it would be the end of September or beginning of October where you will have great rates, great weather and be able to participate in both the food and wine festival and the Halloween party!

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In mid November I stayed at the new Grand Floridian Villas and it was amazing! The resort is so incredibly well designed and not one detail is missed! If you have the opportunity to stay here you should take it!!

Grand Floridian DVC

Grand Floridian DVC

All in all it was a fabulous year! 2014 is going to bring a new array of adventures for me and my clients! For me it involves a few things: 1. I will be entering one running event and every Disney event this year! I am starting with the 10k during marathon weekend!

2. I will be traveling to Disneyland!!!

So, what was your Disney year like???

 

 

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Something a lot of my clients love to do is eat with the Characters for breakfast. I mean, Mickey Waffles and Mickey in real life, there is not much that tops this!  So with that in mind I have come up with a quick reference for you folks to pick the right breakfast for your gang! Keep in mind that characters are subject to change.

Resort Hotels

“Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Resort- Dine family style with Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Pluto and the Best Friends Breakfast!

1900 Park Fare and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa- Join The Mad Hatter, Alice, Mary Poppins, Tigger, and Winnie the Pooh for a delicious buffet breakfast.

Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort-Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto make the rounds during this buffet meal.

Cape May Cafe at Disney’s Beach Club Resort-Minnie, Goofy, and Donald will be in their beach attire greeting guests!

 

Magic Kingdom

Crystal Palace: Dine in elegance with Tigger, Pooh, Eeyore, and Piglet at this wonderful buffet! A great way to start any day at the park!

Cinderellas Royal Table- Perhaps the crown jewel of all character dining experiences, you will join Cinderella in her castle for a princess dining experience. You will meet Cinderella and other princesses such as Snow White, Aurora, Ariel, and perhaps even the Fairy Godmother! This dining experience will cost 2 dining credits on the Disney Dining Plan.

Epcot

Akershus-Located in the Norway Pavilion within the World Showcase, Akershus offers Princess dining 3 meals a day. Breakfast is served as a fixed menu and you will see Belle, Jasmine,Snow White, Aurora and possibly Mary Poppins.

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood and Vine- Join Disney Jr. Characters for this fun filled buffet! Characters may include Handy Manny, Jake, and Princess Sofia and Doc McStuffins.

Animal Kindgom

Gold stareditedTusker House- Join Donald, Daisy, Mickey and Goofy for Donald’s Safari Breakfast! This buffet is wonderful and wins the award of my favorite character breakfast buffet. The food, availability, character interactions, and location make this place a winner!

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