Friday, November 10, 2017

How to Do Disney Cruise Line Online Check In

Yes! You're going on a Disney cruise, and your travel agent has given you the date for your online check in. But what is that, and what does it mean? For first time cruisers, sometimes the online check in process can feel overwhelming!

First, why do online check in? It simplifies the process once you are at the port, and it helps you be prepared for the cruise! There are two parts to the process. The first one is simply the online check where you'll enter your emergency contact information, the identification you'll be using (passports versus government ID), set up your onboard account, and sign up your children (ages 3-12) for the kids' clubs. The second part is where you'll choose your Port Adventures, book spa and adult dining reservation times, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique reservations, and more!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Using Mobile Order at Disney World's Quick Service Restuarants

Back in the summer, Disney rolled out a new mobile order option at a few of their quick service locations at Disney World. Initially only available at a few locations, it's now offered at more than 15 locations throughout the parks and Disney Springs!

So, how does this order option work? When you've chosen a location where you want to eat, scroll down to My Plans and press the Order Food button. Then you can choose the quick service location you desire. Or from the Dining menu, tap the quick service restaurant you want in the My Disney Experience app. Tap on the Order Food icon, and the menu for the restaurant pulls up.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Friday Five: Five Reasons You Should Attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Fall is a fantastic time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The weather is cooler, the crowds are lower than summer, and there are lots of fun things to do! In Epcot, the Food & Wine festival is sure to please even the most sophisticated palate. The Magic Kingdom is decorated in beautiful and festive fall decorations, and, on select nights, the Magic Kingdom is transformed into Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! 

But is it worth paying an extra entry fee to attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party? Maybe not for all families, but certainly for many!  If you have very young children, paying for a party that takes place between 7 pm and midnight may not be worth it for you, but if your family can enjoy those hours, here are five great reasons to make time for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party:

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

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!