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Frozen Summer Fun Disney World Hollywood Studios

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Frozen Summer Fun at Disney Hollywood Studios

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A place for some good and accurate Disney information.

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Here’s a link to a webpage that is full of good and accurate Disney information.   This is not a rumor mill, but instead all of the information on the page is approved as accurate by Disney.

It’s a great way to start planning your next vacation.   Email me at if you need additional information or help.

Monorail improvements coming soon.

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Walt Disney often spoke about how his creations would never be complete as long as there is imagination left in the world. It is in that spirit that the Walt Disney World® Resort continually strives to enhance its attractions, Resort hotels, transportation and other offerings. Please note the following upcoming refurbishments and enhancements taking place at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Beginning June 22, 2014, monorail service will be adjusted on the Magic Kingdom® Park and Epcot® beams in order to accommodate the installation of a new state-of-the art train control system. As a result, monorail service will run from:

    8:30 a.m.- midnight on the Magic Kingdom Resort beam
    9:30 a.m.- 11:30 p.m. on the Magic Kingdom Park Express beam
    9 a.m. -11 p.m. on the Epcot beam

Guests who have breakfast reservations scheduled at Magic Kingdom Park or a Resort hotel located on the monorail system will be able to use complimentary water launch service or bus transportation before the monorail resumes operation at 8:30 a.m.

This adjusted schedule will run through the summer. Watercraft and additional buses will be available to transport Guests to their destinations.

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In addition, the Silver Creek Springs Pool at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will be closed for refurbishment Sept. 3-Nov. 27, 2014.  During this time, the leisure pool at The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will remain open. Guests will also have the opportunity to visit either the Main Pool at Disney’s Contemporary Resort or the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Complimentary transportation will be provided to both of these neighboring resorts.

Why use a Travel Agent?

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Travel Agents = Paradise:

Sometimes you need a little time to relax and recharge.  A Travel Agent can help you do that.  They add value to your vacation dollars.  Being that your vacation time is limited, don’t you deserve the most value for your dollars?

Watch “Wild Africa Trek: Explore a Different Side of Dis…” on YouTube

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The Difference Between Ooh and Aah

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When you go on vacation, like many people you are looking for something special for you and your family.  Some people are looking to explore new places.  Others are looking for adventure and thrills.  Some are looking to relax and recharge.  Whatever you are looking for, there are certain things that make the difference between ooh and aah.  On certain occasions maybe even ugh!

As a travel agent I work with a number of people and realize that no two trips are ever exactly the same.  Everyone has different expectations.  For the purposes of this post, I desire to make it clear that none of the brands or chains mentioned are to be thought of in a negative way.  I will not mention a brand that I would not consider as a possible travel partner, but hope to point out a few things to consider that may make the difference in your next vacation.

So you have chosen a vacation destination.  Congratulations!   Where do you begin to plan your vacation?  Typically you look for recommendations.  Many people head to the internet.  After all, everything on the internet is true isn’t it?  While there is a lot of good information out there, there is also a lot of irrelevant information as well.  It is kind of like pulling off at the exit ramp and choosing your lodging based on the signs along the road.  Maybe it is a brand name you recognize.  Maybe it’s the location, but definitely not a personal recommendation.

Maybe you consult with your friends.  As much as you may dearly love your friends, there is a high probability that you do not have exactly the same needs and preferences as they do.  The hotel they loved may be completely inappropriate for you.

If you really want random opinions with no regard to what you want or need for your vacation, you can always solicit recommendations from a chat group.  No sooner do you post the question with no knowledge of who you are, you will receive endless options for you to choose from. 

You can use a travel agent.  Do they listen to your needs or do they simply promote a destination?  That is something you want to notice early in the process.  A good travel agent works with you and for you, not just pushing product, but filling your needs.

Consider your needs.  What type of accommodations do you need?  Will your needs be met with a quality value hotel or motel such as a Hampton Inn or Holiday Inn Express?  Maybe a budget location such as a Motel 6 or Days Inn would fit your needs.  Have you considered a higher quality accommodation such as a Westin or Sheraton?  Is a resort a better fit for your stay?  Would the price of a suite make a difference in the quality of your vacation?  What amenities are included in your accommodation?  Is there an upgrade available within your chosen location?  Can you maximize your value with your stay with loyalty programs?  These are areas where a good travel agent can truly make the difference between ooh and aah.

The typical travel agent does not charge additional fees for their services if you are looking to work with them to plan and book your entire vacation.  They are continuously receiving the very latest opportunities and special offers from many of the best travel partners in the world.  Additionally, they are continuously going through a wide variety of industry training and have the opportunity to network with other travel professionals as to where they would recommend and places that are not currently as high of a recommendation.  They also have an ongoing interest in developing a relationship with you and understanding your needs and have the ability to match you with potential opportunities that match your needs.

If you are a frequent traveler, one of the best things you can do is to develop a relationship with a quality travel professional.  Find out what they like and let them know what you expect.  It could be an important part of making the difference between ooh and aah. 

Watch “The Holidays Shine Bright at Walt Disney World” on YouTube

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Have you considered a vacation to Disney World during the holidays?  Check out the video and see what you have been missing.

The Holidays Shine Bright at Walt Disney World:

Is an all inclusive vacation right for you?

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As you dream about your next vacation, you may consider the option of an all inclusive resort.   Lodging covered.  Meals covered.  Beverages covered.  Water sports included.  Golf included. Scuba included.  Or is it?

When you begin to compare your vacation options for an all inclusive resort you may be surprised as to what is actually included.   Drinks are included,  but does that mean that premium brands are included?  Scuba is included,  but does that mean all week or for 4 hours one day during your stay?

As you begin to compare your options you will realize that not all all incluive options are created equal.   Sandals,  Beaches and Grand Pineapple Resorts are created as a truly all inclusive resorts.  All the way down to your professionally trained English Butler should you choose one.

Before you book your next vacation, let me give you a no obligation quote to see if Sandals is an option for you.

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