This October Box is SO Good It's SCARY!

Oct 15, 2021

The Fall, and specifically Halloween are my FAVORITE times of year. I love the crunch of leaves, the cooler mornings & evenings, bonfires, comfy sweatshirts, spooky movies and the excitement that this season is the kick off to SO MUCH holiday fun to come. Fall just feels like the gateway to months FULL of festivities, family, friends and fun. This October Launch Box is THE epitome of FUN. Dare I say...it's my favorite box to date...gasp!

A very cool element to this box is that it's a dual celebration-palooza box. First, the obvious, yay Halloween, what's October without it?! Then, there is the Travel Agent's DREAM bonus which is theming surrounding Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary. This Anniversary is obviously a HUGE deal in the travel industry. It is something that we, as agents have been promoting the CONFETTI out of to drum up business and continue the "Let's travel again" momentum. There are some really fantastic materials in here to use for...

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Magical Memories with Cinderella

Oct 06, 2021

In today’s world of social media, we have all seen the videos of parents surprising their kids with Walt Disney World vacations.  I admit, they always make me misty-eyed.  I had my own moment several years ago, but instead of making it onto Facebook, it was captured on camcorder on a physical tape!

My sister and I were told we had a pre-park opening breakfast reservation at Crystal Palace.  We were told this in advance so there would be minimal whining and complaining when that early morning alarm went off.  I remember thinking that I did not want to get up that early; I don’t even enjoy breakfast food that much; I’m not usually very hungry in the morning; and I certainly didn’t care that much about Winnie the Pooh and friends.  

We arrived at Magic Kingdom bright and early and headed into the park as others waited at the turnstiles.  Dad had the camcorder out using the story that we would likely never be in an almost-empty...

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Split Stay, You Say?

Sep 07, 2021

Have you ever wanted to sample a couple of different resorts during a Disney trip, but weren’t sure of the logistics - like managing your luggage and transferring resorts in the middle of a trip? Wonder no more!

Earlier this summer, I went a little wild and stayed at 3 different resorts during my week-long trip. There was a heck of a room discount available, so I thought this was my chance to stay at some resorts that would normally be out of my budget. We enjoyed stays at Gran Destino Tower at Coronado Springs, Riviera Resort, and Yacht Club, with one-night stays at both Coronado and Riviera. So, what’s the deal with a split stay?

1. Pack and unpack wisely (Not a photo of my actual luggage. Do you know where this picture was taken though? Tell us in the comments!)

We spent our first 3 nights in 3 different resorts, so we needed to be strategic in how we packed and also in how we unpacked. There was no hanging up clothes for the week or claiming drawers for those first...

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For the love of Travel Agents Everywhere, COVID GO AWAY

Sep 03, 2021

You guys, seriously, what's with this virus?! We echoed the whole, "What doesn't kill us only makes us stronger" all last year until we were blue in the face. This year the pulling up from the ole' boot straps began, the sun started shining, vaccines were being given, ports and resorts were reopening, guests were feeling optimistic and traveling again and...gasp...commission checks started coming in. Then...like an unwelcome party crasher, enter, The Delta Variant. (Doesn't that sound like the worst punk rock band name ever?!) Seriously, no one wants you here. Go away. 

Now, this week especially I am feeling like I am slipping right back into 2020ville. Guests are getting nervous, they are watching Covid numbers rise, they are hearing scary reports on the news and as a result, cancellations are starting to ramp up. Granted, some just want to move to what will feel like a safer dot on the calendar but many are just outright cancelling wanting to free up that deposit money...

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🧞‍♂️Did You Ever Get a Gift Like This?

Sep 02, 2021

Thir... OK, let's just say many years ago, my parents gifted me a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort for my high school graduation. Along with my two best friends, I set off on an adventure we would all cherish for a lifetime. Little did we know at the time, it was as much a learning and growth experience as it was the time of our young lives.

I'm not sure everyone can pinpoint the moment they felt like an adult, but I can. Checking in to the Caribbean Beach Resort, I felt so independent and even a little proud. Not that I didn't think I could do it, but proud that my parents believed in and trusted me to manage a trip without any hand-holding. Remember, back then, there was no quick text to Mom or Dad. We were legit on our own for five days-nobody wanted that long-distance call charge on the room bill!

Fast forward three decades and my own Disney-loving daughter was in her senior year of high school. She and her friends were talking about destinations like Aruba or Cancun,...

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The August Box is Summer's Sweetest Swan Song

Aug 05, 2021

I feel like I spent all of the winter wishing for summer and then summer finally arrived and I just haven't had a chance to adequately soak her up. What used to be the lazy, hazy days of summer has been replaced with running around, squeezing in vacations, daily errands and just living life at breakneck speed. This August Launch Box was a sweet summery reminder to, "SLOW THE HECK DOWN WOMAN". 

The Launch Box packaging is always top-notch, I just love tearing into the tissue paper like a kid on Christmas, it's a gift for me...for once. (Does summer make me sound bitter?) Everything is always placed so intentionally and the presentation is lovely. Presentation isn't lost on me even as I immediately just start tossing things around. (I'm just SO excited!!) 

The first item I lingered on was the Unicorn Pop from Goofy's Candy Company. Weren't those unicorn pops just one of the greatest things about being a kid?! Instant nostalgia. I opened this RIGHT up, popped...

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WDW at the Moment - July 2021 Recap

Aug 05, 2021

It feels like every time you turn around, there is an update coming out about a change at Walt Disney World. Lately, we’ve been getting notifications about more dining, experiences, shows, and resorts reopening - woohoo! There are lots of subtle changes happening in the parks, though, and if you don’t go regularly, you might miss some of these.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited Walt Disney World 4 times in the past year since the reopening, and each time has been different. My last trip was in mid-July, and there were two main changes that caught my attention: rope drop and mobile ordering.

  

Rope Drop Changes

This was a hard one for this rope-dropping girl. For the last year, I have been that crazy lady who is at the bus stop 90 minutes before the scheduled park opening time. Before your eyes bug out of your head too much, let me say that for the past year, the parks were opening WELL before the scheduled opening time. Like, “ride 2-3...

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Just say OUI to Disney's Riviera Resort

Aug 05, 2021

I am going to start this review of Disney's Riveria Resort off with a bit of a preamble. "It was a dark and stormy night"....Just kidding...

Last year, during our covid-phased reopening visit we hopped on the Skyliner from Hollywood Studios to have lunch at the Riviera's Quick Service restaurant, Primo Piatto. We were curious about the resort as it had JUST opened right before the world shut down and...we were anxious to ride the Skyliner for the first time ever. After a fun whirl on the Skyliner and a QUICK walk through a breezeway, we arrived. Maybe it was the stunning Tangled mosaic mural you pass under, maybe it was the embossed toilet paper in their pool restroom (seriously, SO extra!), maybe it was the crazy good Croque Monsieur sandwich I devoured...but it was love at first sight. We were all quietly coveting this resort, no one really wanting to say out loud that we were having some serious resort envy and all really wanting to pack up and bring everything over to the...

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Character Dining at the Moment 

Aug 05, 2021

I don’t think anyone would disagree that Covid really messed with a lot of what used to be “normal.” That also goes for changes that occurred when Walt Disney World reopened in July 2020. Character meals have always been a BIG deal and I know we were all anxious to know what these would look like, and probably most importantly to many people, if they would be “worth it.”

I made it a point to eat at two different character meals on my most recent trip so I could give the scoop on what the interaction, menus, and prices are like currently. I enjoyed breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace at Riviera Resort with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy, and dinner at Hollywood & Vine at Hollywood Studios with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and Goofy.

Here is what you need to know about character dining at the moment:

1. Interaction:

In a word: great! I was unsure of what this would be like since I was so used to characters coming to the table for hugs and autographs....

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Chef Remy's Arriving Soon!

Jul 30, 2021

Don't miss Remy's arrival! On October 1, 2021 to celebrate the Walt Disney World Resort's 50th Anniversary, the BRAND NEW Remy's Ratatouille Adventure attraction will open in the France pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase! Be a part of history and visit during the World's Most Magical Celebration!

Beginning October 1, 2021, new and exciting experiences abound throughout the entire resort. Let the trusted travel experts at Destinations to Travel be your planning partner to ensure you get the absolute MOST out of your days at Walt Disney World. 

GET A FREE QUOTE HERE (seriously, no obligation to book-but their services are FREE when you do, so really, why not?)

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