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.

Friday, August 4, 2017

When You Can't Get That High Demand FastPass...

Anyone who has ever booked a last-minute trip to Disney knows the risks of finding  high-demand dining and FastPasses. Shoot, for Disney, a "last minute trip" is anything inside of 60 days! Hardly last minute for many other places, but with the FastPass window opening 30 or 60 days out, it's last minute here!

So, what do you do when you've booked last minute and there are no more FastPasses for THE ride your family must ride? Here are a couple of options:

1. Keep checking before you go! Don't give up just because you can't find those FastPasses right away. People change their plans all the time, and they might become available later. Granted this is easier for a party of 2-4 than a party of 12, but keep checking. Remember that Disney allows you to cancel a package up to 30 days in advance and a room only reservation up to 5 days in advance. If someone makes a very last minute change to their trip, those FastPasses are up for grabs!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Animal Encounters at Wild Africa Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Getting up close to alligators, hippos and giraffes is not the first thing many people think of when you say Walt Disney World, but that's just what we did! The Wild Africa Trek is a 3-hour VIP tour through the African Safaris of Animal Kingdom Park. If you’ve even been on the Kilimanjaro Safaris, then you might remember seeing people walking over the alligators on a wooden bridge tethered to a cable above them. Or maybe you saw people feeding hippos watermelon super close to the edge of the water hole.  Those are just some of the experiences while on the trek.

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Delicious Experience at Epcot's Tokyo Dining

On my most recent Disney World trip, I wanted to try a new restaurant at Epcot. This was really hard for me because I love so many restaurants at Epcot, and I would have loved to visit some again...Coral Reef, Via Napoli, La Hacienda. But, for the sake of research, I must visit somewhere new!

For this trip, I took my 12-year old son, my sister and my 7-year old niece. We were trying to work with everyone's tastes and experiences. My sister's husband is from Mexico, so authentic Mexican food is really any night in their house! We nixed San Angel. That left us with restaurants in the China and Japan pavilions and Monsieur Paul's in France. Since Monsieur Paul's is a signature and we were already eating at California Grill one night, we finally settled on Tokyo Dining.

I initially wasn't very excited about this option. Most of us who live in or near cities have a sushi place nearby, but after looking over the menu, I was intrigued.

Tokyo Dining is located on the second floor above one of the shops. The entrance to both Teppan Edo and Tokyo Dining are in the same place; you just choose the host stand you need when you enter. There were three ladies working the hostess stand at Tokyo dining. They were all very prompt and polite. I loved their uniforms, too! They were all wearing pretty traditional kimonos and getas (the elevated wooden sandal that is traditional footwear in Japan).