Travel Agent or No Travel Agent

When you consider all of the information available on the internet, it is easy to do all of your own research and travel plans. And, for many, this is a fine way to plan your Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise Line vacation. But, there are those who just don’t want to put THAT much thought into making the arrangements. That is where having an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner at your side makes sense.

These folks are specialists in all that takes place within the Disney Destinations galaxy! They keep their ear to the ground to stay informed on changes to reservation procedures, dining options, ticketing, or pretty much anything else within The World! And, with the advent of MyMagic+, MagicBands, and My Disney Experience, it becomes even more important to understand ALL that is taking place at Walt Disney World.

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Disney Vacation Planners can take care of every aspect of your travel arrangements, or they can help you do whatever you are comfortable doing on your own. But, there are those who DO want to do it all on their own, and that’s fantastic! If you have to time to pour over all of the options, resorts, ticketing, crowd predictions, etc., then by all means, hit the internet and get your plans rolling. I would ask, however, that you keep in mind that if you ask a travel agent for advice, and are not using their services, they don’t have to assist you. Many will, but it’s not fair to them! I would suggest that if you have questions, you call Disney directly and talk to a Cast Member. They will do all they can to answer your questions.

Yes, I am working to build a Disney travel business. It is all that I do! But, I’m not writing this to promote myself, or anyone else. I just wanted to try and give you food for thought if you are planning to head to any of the Disney Destinations anytime soon! Remember, the longer you wait to book, the more it is likely to cost!

Have a Blessed and Magical Weekend, my friends!!

The Greatest Gift!

Friends,

I want to take this moment to thank you for visiting my blog and giving me an outlet for my Disney addiction. Most especially my love for the Walt Disney World Resort!

However, as this week was approaching, I was contemplating what I wanted to do for this week. And, I decided to just tell you all about the Greatest Gift I have ever received. That gift was first found laying in a manger! He was God’s gift to us all! And, as I read my Bible, I am reminded how much he was meant as a gift for ME! I do not live a perfect life, I can’t because it is impossible on this side of heaven. But, I am so grateful that because of him, I can be made perfect in the next life!

About thirty-three years later, he was hung on a cross for my sin! And, he would have died on that cross if I was the ONLY one on earth! He died on that cross and on the third day, he arose again to live in heaven seated at the right hand of God! It’s a gift too big to fit in a box, a gift that cannot be adorned by pretty wrapping paper and a bow! It is a gift that is open and free to all who would reach out and grab a hold of it!

That gift, my friends, is Jesus Christ!

Yes, I am a Christian! I am not ashamed, nor am I afraid, to say so! I try hard not to judge how others live their life, and I truly believe that God loves all people! He just doesn’t love some of the choices they make!

If you are a Christian, too, please take time to help your family understand your faith! That could be one of the best gifts you can give them this year. If you are not a Christian, I respect your right to choose how you express your faith. I just ask for the same in return!

So, to all my readers, family, and friends….MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Have a Blessed and Magical Christmas Day!!

Water, Water, Everywhere

Fountain at the Imagination Pavilion
Fountain at the Imagination Pavilion

When Walt Disney first toured The Florida Project, he knew that one thing he would have to manage was all the water on the property. After all, it was literally swamp land! He hired the people he needed who had the imagination to see what could be, and not what was about the land.

Today, the management of all the water comes in many different forms, and sometimes you can find yourself standing in front of a water piece oooing and awwing!

The Magic Kingdom has the Jungle Cruise which uses a lot of water to provide guests with a Walt Disney Original experience. There are water features all around the park. Tom Sawyer’s Island is surrounded by water, there are water accents at the hub near The Crystal Palace, just to name a few.

EPCOT, I think, offers the most spectacular fountains on property! The upside-down waterfall at the Imagination Pavilion is very nice, the jumping water in the same area is fun to watch (and try to catch). My absolute favorite is the Innovention Fountain! The synchronicity of the soundtrack with the patterns and use of water cannons is both astonishing and captivating! I find myself wanting to stay there for a long while and losing all sense of reality.

The Innoventions Fountain EPCOT
The Innoventions Fountain
EPCOT

Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a lot of natural looking water features, some which may be getting a facelift over the next few years. These features are truly beautiful and breath-taking! I urge you to take a few minutes to take it all in and see the detail that the Imagineers put in to sweep us away with the scenery to support the Animal Kingdom themes.

Finally, Disney’s Hollywood Studios doesn’t ‘seem’ to have as much to offer in the way of water features. The largest to note is probably the area at Fantasmic! Which really becomes one of the cast members during this nighttime spectacular. It provides the backdrop for the projected scenes, and of course there are the watercraft flotilla that supports the music of the various Disney movies represented in the show. The most obvious water feature at DHS is Echo Lake! If rumor is accurate, though, this may be getting filled in to support changes to the park for whatever the Lucasfilm Acquisition may provide over the next several year.

So, take a look around and enjoy the different manners in which Walt Disney World uses water in the parks!

Until next time, have a Blessed and Magical Day!!

Updated Photo Album

I simply updated my Photo Album page! It now includes several pictures from our Recent visit to Walt Disney World, December 4-9, 2013. Please visit the Photo Album Page at http://wp.me/P23hiG-6W . Thanks!!

Monorail system to close during non peak times for maintenance in early 2014

I wonder if they are taking them down at the same time, or will alternate? Sounds like a complete shut down to me.

Monorail system to close during non peak times for maintenance in early 2014.