Category Archives: Disney Tips and Tricks

Life is a Happy Song…..

Welcome to summer!  I don’t know about you, but for me, these days bring lots of heat, lots of sun, and lots of activities.  One of my favorite ways to spend these days is by hopping around the parks of Disney.  Disney is truly my happy place and I can’t imagine not being in the middle of the magic.

When booking a trip, many people ask if it is better to buy a base ticket or the park hopper option?  While I can’t speak for everyone, I know my go-to choice is the park hopper ticket.  Here are the short and sweet benefits of purchasing a park hopper ticket:

  • Choices:  When you have a park hopper ticket, you have the choice to JUST stay in one park a day OR to visit multiple parks in a day.  It is up to you and how you want to spend your day!  Crowd levels, weather, or even just changing your mind on a whim can affect your overall experience each day, but having the chance to leave a park and go to another can make for a better overall vacation!
  • Extra Magic Hours:  Extra Magic Hours are an amazing treat for those staying on Disney property.  It gives you the chance to enter a park earlier than normal operating times, or stay later than normal hours.  These hours change daily, so be mindful of what parks offer each day.  Having the park hopper option means you can hit Hollywood Studios from 7:00-8:00am and then go to Magic Kindom from 9:00-11:00pm (or later some days!).  What an awesome advantage of staying on property.
  • Restaurants:  With a park hopper ticket, you have the flexibility to have a morning dining reservation at Magic Kingdom, followed by hitting a few rides, then heading over to Animal Kingdom for the rest of your day for your fastpasses.  There is alot of freedom with this option.
  • Bucket List:  The park hopper allows you to do as much as you want, for as long as you want.  Maybe on your bucket list is hitting all four parks in one day!  Maybe you want to experience fireworks at Epcot and head over to Magic Kingdom for late Extra Magic Hours.  It’s your choice!  Fill those buckets!
  • Park Hopper Plus:  With the Park Hopper Plus ticket, you get everything mentioned above as well as same day admission to:  Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, a round of golf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course (reservations required and subject to availability), Disney’s Miniature Golf at Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland courses, as well as the ESPN Wide World of Sports.

If you would like to get in the middle of the magic, it’s not too late to sneak in a summer getaway.  Contact me today to get your Minnie Box in hand and plans made.  debbie.lands@magical-vacations.com

Once Upon a Time…In New York City

Live from New York, it’s……Disney????  Say what?  Yes!  You can do Disney while touring MANY places in the country and around the world without EVER seeing a traditional park character.  If you like a more grand experience from your vacations, then this post is what you need to read.

Last month, I had the honor of experiencing one of Disney’s treasures that doesn’t get enough publicity: Adventures by Disney.  We immersed ourselves in New York City, getting 100% VIP treatment and concierge level service right at our fingertips.  Disney treatment while not even being anywhere near a park or cruise.  It was bliss, it was heaven, it was like floating on a cloud.  Front and center for a viewing of Aladdin, experiencing lines with no wait, excellent food that never seemed to end, TWO tour guides (average tours provide you with one), local guides that provide special insight, behind the scenes tours, experiencing THE RIDE in a very special way, private showings, and most importantly, fun that seemed to get better with each experience we had.

Adventures by Disney isn’t your typical tour, it’s 1000 times better.  More service, the best food available, laughs, culture, safety beyond the norm, excursions and memories that will last a lifetime.  Adventures by Disney has itineraries located in: Australia, China, Japan, South Africa, Tokyo, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Austria, England, Germany, France, Denmark, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Alaska, Canada, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., New York, and San Francisco.  Itineraries also include Disney Parks around the globe.

Contact me today to plan your dream jaunt around the world.  You only get one life, live it well.  Travel and create more memories with the ones you love.  debbie.lands@magical-vacations.com