Booking Your Trip with me as your Disney Travel Specialist

Whether you've been to Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line multiple times, or you're just now planning your very first trip - there are many benefits to booking your vacation with The Pink Ear Pixie. As a Disney travel specialist I love what I do!

Who said nothing in life is free? Booking a Disney vacation with me as your personal travel planner will cost you NOTHING. My services are 100% free to my
clients. It's a win-win situation - you book a trip to your dream destination and you have a free go-to specialist at your disposal.

When booking a client's vacation I first ask for travel dates. This helps me determine what discounts can be applied to the reservation. Disney World typically offers "some" kind of discount for select travel dates throughout the year. Disney Cruise Line occasionally offers discounts on select cruises. An extra service I offer my clients is the assurance that I will keep checking on new discounts for their travel dates. If a client books a reservation and a better discount comes out at a later date, I automatically modify their reservation to reflect the savings. Booking a vacation with The Pink Ear Pixie allows you to sit back and relax and not have to keep up with Disney discount information.

For Disney Cruise Line travelers I also offer extra onboard credit for booking with me. The amount of onboard credit depends on the total cost of the cruise. It can range anywhere from $25 to $100. That's extra money that cruisers can spend on board the ship for souvenirs, spa visits, drinks, Bingo, and other extra touches.

In addition to keeping track of Disney discounts, I also make sure my clients have the best ticket options and dining options for their family. Every family is unique. I work with my clients to find out how many days they plan to visit the parks and what kind of dining preferences they have. This will allow me to recommend the correct tickets and dining plan.

Dining reservations are a big part of travel to Disney World. This is another service I offer for my clients. If they need me to put together restaurant recommendations and make their reservations for them, I will! Not every client needs help, but those that do seem to appreciate this option.

Once dining reservations have been made for Disney World, I list them in the daily itinerary for the client. I put together a personalized daily itinerary for the clients that need them. Again, some clients are experienced Disney World visitors and do not need itinerary help. But others have never visited. And for these clients I list day to day activities in a detailed itinerary.

Each of my clients has their own client page that lists their reservation information and their itinerary with dining reservations. Whether they are a Disney Cruise Line traveler or a Disney World traveler, they will receive log-in information for their password protected page. Within the page there will also be a payment submission form and I've just begun adding a general contact form within each page as well. My clients seem to appreciate their own personal space and most of them visit their pages regularly. It's a nice reminder that their vacation is coming soon!

I love when a client chooses to book a vacation with me because I really enjoy working with families to make their Disney dreams come true. And best of all - I have lots of new friends to share the joy of Disney!
 
Kids Stay and Play FREE

A Walt Disney World® Resort offer that's sure to bring the most magical memories. Kids 3-9 stay and play FREE when you purchase a minimum 3 night  Magic Your Way Package!

Purchase a Magic Your Way Vacation Package that includes room and Theme Park tickets, and children age 3-9 can stay and get a Theme Park admission ticket FREE. Your offer is available for stays most nights February 17-April 16, April 28-June 14, and August 14-October 1, 2011.

*The number of packages available is limited. Child must stay in room with adult. Tickets are for one Theme Park per day (Park Hopper and/or Water Park option can be added to the child's ticket for full price) and must be used within 14 days of first use.

Contact me today for more information! Don't miss this great deal!
--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Room discount for select dates from 4/28/11 through 10/1/11

Valid for stays select nights 4/28/11-6/14/11 and 8/16/11-10/1/11

These room-only discounts can be modified into a package with tickets and/or dining. This is a great discount! Contact me ASAP as availability is limited.

Save up to 35% off the non-discounted price when booking a room at Walt Disney World for stays most nights 4/28/11-6/14/11

Save 15% at All Star Movies
Save 20% on Select Disney Value Resorts and Port Orleans French Quarter
Save 25% on Select Disney Moderate Resorts, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and Polynesian Resort
Save 30% on Select Disney Deluxe Resorts
Save 35% on Select Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts

Save up to 40% off the non-discounted price when booking a room at Walt Disney World for stays most nights 8/16/11-10/1/11

Save 20% at All Star Movies
Save 25% on Select Disney Value Resorts and Port Orleans French Quarter
Save 30% on Select Disney Moderate Resorts, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and Polynesian Resort
Save 35% on Select Disney Deluxe Resorts
Save 40% on Select Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts
 
Disney World FREE dining has been extended for travel dates through September 2011!

This is very exciting news for those of you that are considering traveling to Disney World. The coveted FREE DINING promotion at Walt Disney World has been extended to include many dates throughout the next year. The savings are HUGE! Don't wait as availability is limited!

* Booking Window: through Dec. 20, 2010

Contact me today for a free quote and the available dates. Remember, my services are completely free to you! I love helping others book and plan their Disney vacations!

AmandaS@fairytalejourneys.com
 
The term FASTPASS is a foreign word to a lot of people. If you have never been to Disney World then chances are - you have never used one!

What is a FASTPASS (sometimes referred to as FP)? It's a brilliant idea that Disney came up with years ago that allows their guests to designate a time frame for certain rides. The actual FP itself is a simple, small piece of paper that can keep you out of waiting in line for hours on end.

How do you take advantage of the FP? There is not a charge for using Disney's FP system. But sometimes it takes a little thinking to determine if it will benefit you. To obtain a FP you need to find a ride or attraction that offers a FP. You'll need to go to the FP machines and insert your Key to the World card or your park ticket. For each card you insert (one per person that will be riding) you will receive a small card that is the FP. It will have listed on it what time you should return to the ride to immediately go to the front of the line to wait with other FP guests to board the ride. It's an awesome idea and one that my family takes full advantage of.

One thing I recommend is that you weigh your options. If you are considering a Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger ride at 10:00 am and the wait time is 20 minutes and the FP return time is 10:15 to 11:15, why not take advantage of both? Get your family FPs for Buzz, jump in line to wait 20 minutes (sometimes 20 may only mean 15), ride once, get off and back in the FP line and ride again without a wait. There are ways to maximize your FPs use! Just think outside the box!

I have spoken with people who have traveled to Disney World and never taken advantage of the FP option. Honestly I don't think I would know how to go without it! I guess it's always possible but the very best way to make the most out of your time in the parks is to utilize this feature. So what you might have to walk around the corner to come back to a ride. At least your not standing in line for an hour! A simple 5 minute walk back to an attraction could save you a full hour of waiting.

While I know that the way my family "does" Disney is not the only way, nor the "right" way, it's what works best for us. I'd love to hear opinions from you and what you think about the FP option. If you have questions regarding FASTPASSES please leave them here or drop me a note at amandas@fairytalejourneys.com.

Here's a list of current attractions at Walt Disney World that use the FP system:

Magic Kingdom® Park:
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Jungle Cruise 
Mickey's PhilharMagic
Peter Pan's Flight 
Space Mountain 
Splash Mountain
Stitch's Great Escape!
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Epcot®:
Living with the Land
Maelstrom 
Mission Space
Soarin'
Test Track

Disney's Hollywood Studios™:
Honey, I Shrunk the Audience  
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith  
Star Tours
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 
Toy Story Mania! 
Voyage of The Little Mermaid Show

Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park:
Dinosaur
Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
It's Tough to be a Bug!  
Kali River Rapids
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Primeval Whirl


**This post is part of the Disney Blog Carnival. Go there to read more great Disney posts.**
 
If I could I would visit Disney World every week. But like most Disney World visitors  that don't live in the Orlando area, this is not really an option. Us out of staters live vicariously through people who get to drop by whenever they feel like it.

For people who don't think they can afford a Disney trip and this is what's keeping you away, I want to set the record straight. Visiting Disney World does not have to be pricey. Sure you can spend a fortune on the frills and souvenirs and lots of extras, but you don't have to do this. And this is where a good travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations is important. I can help you find the best deal and the best options for your family.

I was searching vacation dates and pricing earlier (as I tend to do more often than I'd like to admit) and thought I'd pass along the information here as an example. This is for those of you who may not know what a Disney vacation costs.

This particular vacation is for 6 nights at the All-Star Music Resort in the month of April. It's for 2 adults, and 2 children, ages 10 and 6. The package includes 6 day base tickets so you can visit one park per day, the Magic Your Way Plus Quick-Service Dining, plus a $300 gift card to spend while you are at Walt Disney World. So in a nutshell this vacation package includes almost everything you will need during your stay. What's the price?

$2318.09

Think about it. When you rent a vacation home at the beach for a week, how much do you spend? $1800 for the house. $200 on food. Maybe another $200 to $300 on entertainment while you're there. The Disney price above includes lodging, food, and entertainment. Not to mention free transportation while on Disney property (park your car and never move it) and there's always a pool to swim in!

And this price is not alone. There are many other dates and packages that are similar and may be even better than this, depending on what you are looking for. To top it all off Disney has extended the discount on rooms through August 14, 2010. So throughout this summer you can now save at least 25% on your room rates!

What I'm getting at is this - don't be afraid to consider a Disney vacation. And when you find out the price keep it in perspective. Add up what you usually spend for a summer vacation (every penny!) and you might even find that Disney will save you money!

Don't hesitate - let me give you a free quote!
 
Picture
When my husband and I decided to give cruising a try I was a bit skeptical. The whole idea of a big ship with lots of people and no where to escape made me a little nervous. We booked a 3 night cruise on the Disney Wonder and I jumped into the planning stages to see what it was all about. I was excited and apprehensive at the same time.

After months of finding out all there was to know, we stepped onto the ship and all of my worries washed away. As soon as the cast member announced "Welcome aboard the Sykora family!" I was a mushy puddle. What was it about those five words that made me feel so warm and fuzzy inside? Walking into the atrium on the Wonder was simply awe inspiring. And at that moment I knew Disney Cruise Line would be an important part of my life from then on.

Since that first trip in March 2007 my family has cruised two more times on DCL. Our trip in February 2009 on the Disney Magic was my favorite. It was a 7 night Western and we couldn't have asked for better weather, better service or better company. The only thing I would change was how fast it flew by!

My kids (I have 3 boys) still talk about our trip that was almost a full year ago. We still refer to our wonderful servers - Vlado and Gerry. We remember the shows, the islands, the fireworks, and of course, the food. Escargot. Shrimp. Pastries. Pizzas. Mickey Ice Cream bars. Steak. Lobster. Plate after plate of delicious delicacies that my family indulged in hour after hour. Amazingly enough, we didn't pack on the pounds because we stayed so busy the entire week!

I think it's a natural instinct to keep coming back to something that you love. Since we've had such great experiences on our Disney cruises we will continue to cruise with Disney. There's nothing wrong with other cruise lines, but if someone asks why we choose Disney the answer is simple. We love it.

If you're teetering on the edge of making the decision to cruise, just do it. Whether it's Disney Cruise Line or Carnival or Royal Caribbean, give it a try. You may find that it's the best vacation you've ever had!

 
When my husband and I first started thinking about taking our first child to Disney World we always said "We'll wait until he's old enough to remember." This seems to be what a lot of parents say when asked if they'll visit Disney World with their infant, toddler or preschooler.

We sorta stood by our original plans. We took our son about a week before his 3rd birthday. It turned out to be perfect timing in many ways. And it opened up my eyes to why it's a good idea to take kids prior to the magical age of "when they'll remember". Plain and simple - we, as parents, deserve to have memories too.

Looking back on that very brief trip we took with an almost 3 year old, I have fond memories that I otherwise would not have if we'd waited until the perfect age. I remember him sitting in Chef Mickey's with his special birthday place mat, smiling from ear to ear as Mickey and Minnie came by to hug and kiss him. I remember him riding the Tower of Terror, holding on to me for dear life. I remember him swimming in the pool at the All-Star Music Resort on the morning we had to head home because we had promised him the entire trip that he could swim and this was the only slow moment we'd had. All of these memories hold a special place in my heart.

If you ask him what he remembers about our short stint at Disney that week, you'll quickly see that he does not have many memories of the trip. But what little he does remember is enough to make me smile. His memories are similar to mine. Eating macaroni and cheese at Chef Mickey's and screaming his head off on the Tower of Terror. Great minds think alike?

It does not bother me that his memory is limited to such a small portion of our trip. Because my husband and I remember. And we have stories to share with him for the rest of our lives. That makes it all worth it.