Friday, October 20, 2017

Handling Unexpected Moments at Disney

What do you do when an unplanned and unexpected moment happens while you're at Disney? Perhaps you've spent months or a year planning every detail of your trip and then the unexpected happens...someone has an injury or an illness, rain, or even worse--your Magic Bands don't work? Let's explore a few of those today!

Using our Disney ponchos in Animal Kingdom
What if it rains? Everyone hopes their trip will be sunny and 82 degrees, but it's Florida and the likelihood that it will rain a little is very high. The likelihood that it'll rain sporadically and possibly every day is really high! Don't give up and go back to your room though!

A little planning ahead and bringing some inexpensive disposable ponchos can go a long way. Not a planner or forgot those ponchos? No worries! Buy some at any store in Disney World! When it starts to rain, they'll magically appear. The current price is $9 for an adult poncho, and $6 for a child poncho. These are durable and can be used over and over! (I take gallon ziplocs just for folded wet ponchos!) Bonus: Many people will leave when it starts to rain, so the parks may even be more empty!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Five: Top 5 Things to Enjoy at Beach Club

Beach Club is a beautiful deluxe resort that sits right outside the International Gateway entrance (back entrance) to Epcot. The resort is designed to resemble a New England beach hotel.

If you've been wondering why you should stay at Beach Club, here are my top five things to enjoy about staying at Beach Club!

5. Proximity to Epcot and Hollywood Studios! Epcot is so close you can walk. If you're highly motivated, you can also walk to Hollywood Studios, but there is a good boat system that runs between the Epcot resorts (Beach Club, Yacht Club, Boardwalk, Swan & Dolphin) to Hollywood Studios and Epcot.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Disney's Hilton Head Resort: A Look at the Villas

Last week I did an introduction to Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort and all the exciting and unique things to do there.

This week I want to talk a little more about the room types available at DHHI. Similar to Disney's Vero Beach, Saratoga Springs, and Old Key West, this is a stand-alone Disney Vacation Club property although other people can stay if there is a availability. DVC members who own at DHHI get first dibs on booking their reservations, and then the property opens up about 7 months out for anyone else to book.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Disney's Hilton Head Resort: Labor Day Weekend (Part 1)

Over the past few years, we've shared a couple of blogs about Disney's Hilton Head Resort on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, but after spending a long weekend there with another agent and her family, I want to go more into detail about this beautiful property!

Hilton Head Island is a 42-square mile barrier island with beautiful beaches and lots of pine trees--no palm trees here! The resort is made up of 21 buildings with villas--studios, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom grand villas. It sits on the marsh rather than on the beach with beautiful views from almost every balcony!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Five Things Your Disney Vacation Planner Wants You to Know

As a Disney vacation planner at Wishdrawals Travel, sometimes I spent a lot of time with a client preparing them for their vacation, build a relationship, chat via phone and email and sometimes even become friends! Even if you book last minute, I try everything I can do to make sure your Disney vacation is magical.

So, what do I want you to know about me and my fellow vacation planners?

1. We WANT to find you a discount! We actually consider it a triumph to save you some money. Did you know that when Disney releases discount promotions, we wake up really early, sit at the computer and/or on hold with Disney for hours just to save you money if we can? Then we continue to check periodically to see if it comes available later.

Did you know that our commission is cut when we save you money, and yet we STILL try to save you money and cost you nothing!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Disproving Some Common Myths About Disney... Or Why You Should Ignore Your Facebook Friends' Advice!

So, you're ready to take the plunge and take that trip to Disney World. You've done some reading online, found 8,000 chat boards, and 10,000 Pinterest boards. You posted on Facebook, and all your friends have opinions and tips for you. You mentioned it at work and suddenly all your co-workers are Disney experts and so is your neighbor! Are you feeling overwhelmed yet?

Who do you trust? While they're all well-meaning, your co-workers, neighbors and Facebook friends may not be up to date on the latest at Disney... but do you know who is? A Wishdrawals vacation planner!

Not convinced yet? Have you heard any of these?

1. When you yell "Andy's coming!" while meeting Woody and Jessie, they'll stop and lie down. Well, not any more! This was cute the first few times it happened, but characters can't be constantly falling on the ground and getting back up! We can, however, tell you where to meet Woody and Buzz and when is the best time to do that! Jessie is currently not in the parks.
The Royal Sommerhus in Epcot--
where you actually find Anna & Elsa!

Friday, August 11, 2017

10 Things to Take into the Parks!

So, you’re planning your family’s first trip to Walt Disney World. You’ve got your matching shirts purchased and your swimsuits packed, but you’re just not sure what to bring with you into the theme parks? Read on to learn about the essentials you need as well as some helpful suggestions to help you survive a day in the Disney parks!
My park backpack (and Marie from Aristocats!)
First things first, you'll need a bag to carry all of your stuff! I personally prefer a backpack since they have plenty of room to carry everything as well as pockets to make organization a little easier. Plus backpacks are hands-free which is a major plus! If you're not a backpack person, you could consider bringing a tote bag, a sling bag, or even a waist pack if you don't plan on bringing everything on this list.