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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!

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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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If you are reading this blog it is because you are a fan of Walt Disney World, but what do you know about the other resort destinations in the area? Many Disney fans do not like to leave “the bubble” that is Walt Disney World while they are on vacation and believe me, I was one of them! However, as a travel agent I have clients who want new and exciting experiences and for that reason I knew it was time to leave my safe haven and go exploring!

I was really lucky to attend a recent agent familiarization trip to Universal Orlando and brought back with me a wealth of knowledge and understanding of this fantastic destination. To say that if you don’t give this park a shot you are missing out is a staggering understatement! Let me take this opportunity to tell you a bit about my experience and what you can expect from a trip to USO!

First of all if you are a fan of Disney parks then you are a fan of theme parks on some level. My first piece of advice is to hone in on that love of theme parks and bring that with you. Try to understand that Universal is not Disney and Disney is not Universal. They are both unique destinations. It took me only a few quick minutes to realize that by comparing Universal to Disney I was doing it a great disservice.

So lets look at some of the great things Universal has to offer!

The Resorts- Currently Universal has 3 on site hotels all of which are considered “deluxe properties.” These include The Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Portofino Bay, and Loews Royal Pacific Hotel.  They are all beautiful and are all within WALKING distance to the parks. This means you are always about 15 minutes away being in your room for a nap! There are also free water taxis that can transport you. Each resort has many room options and most rooms can sleep 5 with the addition of a rollway bed. They also all have family suites that will have a king bed in the main room and two twin beds in the kids room! The kids rooms are themed with Despicable Me being the newest addition at Portofino Bay!

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Each resort has a pool, child care center, dining options, and beautifully done themeing. By staying on site you will also have some perks. The biggest one is called “Universal Express Unlimited”. This pass grants you front of the line access to most rides throughout the property! This is not fast pass. This is a right now pass. You simply walk up to the ride you wish to experience, flash your pass, and you go into a special line and are on the ride within minutes. There is no return time, no schedule to uphold, nothing. You just get to the head of the line, period, end of story!

The Parks-Universal is made up to two theme parks; Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, and one entertainment district known as City Walk.

At Universal Studios you will find rides themed around popular movies and shows. There is Minion Mayhem, where you will become a little yellow minion and go on an intense 3D adventure, Transformers which is hands down the best ride I have experienced anywhere ever, and even an entire area dedicate to “The Simpsons” where you can have a duff beer or a flaming moe to wash down your gigantic donut before riding the Simpsons attraction! This park is all about bringing the movies we love to life.

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At Islands of Adventure you will be put into the pages of the books we know and love; Jurassic Park, The Sunday Comics, Marvel Comic Books, Dr. Suess, and of course, the crown jewel; Harry Potter.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was designed to put you into the story and I would have to say the mission was a success. From breakfast at The Three Broomsticks to walking through Hogwarts you are a wizard. It is an amazing area and I will dedicate and entire post to this later. I simply cannot do the place justice in just a few sentences!

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City Walk is comprised of bars, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. You can hit up Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville or check out live Karaoke at Rising Stars, and by live I mean there is a band and back up singers to help you really feel like a rock star!

The Food- Universal has some wonderful options for both quick service and table service dining. The really cool thing though, is the dining plan. They offer two options; A quick service plan and a full service plan. I know, you are thinking that it sounds an awful lot like Disney’s plan. In someways it is, but there are some HUGE differences.

First of all the quick service plan can be purchased by day guests. Meaning you do not have to stay on property to use this plan. You will be allotted one quick service meal, 2 snacks, and a beverage  per adult. Children under 10 will only get 1 snack. Your quick meal will include and entree and beverage.

The table service plan allows each guest 1 table service meal, 1 quick service meal, 1 snack, and one beverage per guest. This plan is for on site guests only, but is VERY flexible. You do not have to purchase it for length of stay. If you are staying 4 nights and think you only want the meal plan for two that is fine!

Every guest in your party does not need the plan either! If you are traveling with friends for example, and you want the plan and your friend does not that is totally cool! You can buy it and your friend can decline!  This makes Universal a great choice for spring breakers who may all be on different budgets or even two families traveling together!

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THE ABOVE DONUT IS A SNACK OPTION!!! IT WILL FEED YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY!

Pricing-Now this is where I do have to compare to Disney a little bit. Lets say you have a family of 4; 2 adults, 1 child over 10 and 1 child under 10. Lets say they are staying for 4 nights in January.

If they stay 4 nights at Walt Disney World at All Star Movies, a value resort, buy the dining plan and 4 day park hoppers they are going to spend $2303.77

If this same family stays 4 nights at Loews Royal Pacific, A deluxe resort, with a 4 day dining plan, and 4 day park to park tickets including Universal Express Unlimited they are going to spend $2159.10

So, for a little less money a family can stay at a Deluxe resort at Universal over a Value Resort at Walt Disney World! By the way, that family would pay over $3500 to stay at a The Polynesian, a Walt Disney World deluxe property,  so you can see a good savings at Universal.

If you are not 100 percent sure you want to take the plunge into an entire Universal trip, I would highly recommend the take two transfer option and do a night pre or post Walt Disney World. With this option you can stay at a Universal Resort before or after you go to WDW and Universal will handle two of your transfers! If you are staying at Universal prior to Walt Disney World you will be picked up at the Airport and brought to Universal and then upon check out you will be delivered to your Disney Resort. If you are staying at Universal after your Disney vacation, you will be picked up at your WDW resort and brought to your Universal resort. Then upon checkout you will be delivered to Orlando International Airport. There is a small cost associated with this but it is very reasonable and really worth it!

So who is a trip to Universal Orlando for? Families with children over the age of 7 who want to do some wonderful attractions and see some great shows, spring break travelers, honeymooners, friends who want to experience great theme parks and awesome nightlife, and of course theme park enthusiasts of all ages. If your family has done Disney for years, it may be worth checking out Universal for a day or two next time around!

If you would like more info on how to book your Universal Vacation email me Jess@PixieVacations.com. If you book a trip now through February 1st I am offering a $25-75 gift card bonus based on total package cost! Don’t forget, as always I am also here to help you plan your magical Walt Disney World vacation as well!

 

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