by Natalie Wallace
Another tip comes before your trip even starts. Go to Target and buy some Disney gift cards to use while you are in Disney World. If you have a Target Red Card, you save 5%. That means you buy $100 in Disney gift cards but only pay $95! You can use Disney gift cards all around the resorts including the restaurants (great for the Food and Wine Festival!)
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by Natalie Wallace
At Disney World and Universal Studios, there are so many great events that happen year round. For both parks though, I love the fall. My favorite holiday is Halloween, so I get my scary fix at Universal Studios and my spooky fun kick at Magic Kingdom. Both are separately ticketed events occurring in the evening with the parks closed to the general public.
The cool thing about Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is that you can get into the park at 4pm. That means you can enjoy some rides and a quick dinner before the event starts later that evening.
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando is for those who love all things related to horror movies and scary characters. Nothing is left to the imagination here, it's not for the faint of heart.
*Please note that both of these events have been cancelled for 2020.
Another fall favorite happens in Epcot: The International Food and Wine Festival. Eat and drink your away around the world as each country plus many booths around the park have samplings of a few delicious bites as well as drinks.
*For 2020, Disney has renamed the festival "A Taste of Epcot". It requires a valid ticket to Epcot and the dates run from July 15 through the fall.
Insider tip: Stay at Yacht and Beach Club or Boardwalk resorts and you can WALK to Epcot!
by Natalie Wallace
While there are many great experiences at Disney World including character meet-and-greets, behind the scene tours, dazing stage shows, most people love the thrill of a great ride.
Again, it was hard to narrow down to one, so I picked three!
1. Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom)
Here's my insider tip: wait for the front seat of the train car. There's nothing like the thrill of plummeting down into the pitch black darkness of this amazing ride. Make sure you take off your glasses! My dad lost his on this ride!
2. Smuggler's Run (Hollywood Studios)
I rode this for the first time with my husband in September of 2019 and was not disappointed! We tried the single-rider line first and were lucky enough to be together on the same flight. The next time we stood in the regular queue. The fantastic thing about this ride is that it could be a different experience every time you ride it! You're given a job and you have to press certain buttons during the trip which responds to you in real-time. Luckily I was never assigned as pilot or we may have crashed a few times.
3. Kilimanjaro Safaris (Animal Kingdom)
Insider tip: ride this around 10am. Animals that have just been fed are usually a little more active. Make sure you get your camera ready for those giraffes! Some of my favorite memories are when they walked right up to the vehicle.
Addition: The Jungle Cruise is one of my favorites too. So much so that I hope to work on the ride one day, but I'll save all my corny jokes for later.
by Natalie Wallace
Who doesn't love to eat? I know I do! There are so many great places to eat (and drink) at Disney World and Universal Studios, but somehow I narrowed it down to my top 2:
1. 50's Prime Time Cafe (WDW-Hollywood Studios)
"A blast from the past," this restaurant serves up a twist on the classics you might have found in your mom's kitchen, in fact, that's the whole theme of the restaurant! Once you are seated, you could be served by your "aunt" or "uncle" but make sure you say please and thank you and don't put your elbows on the table. My favorite memory of this restaurant is when I was in high school, I got the meatloaf (so delicious) and green beans. Well I didn't eat my green beans and my "uncle" made me stand up and sing "I'm a little teapot" in front of our section of the restaurant. The vintage atmosphere has old sitcoms playing on tv's while you're surrounded by other 1950's nostalgia. Definitely a great pit stop for dinner! (table service-1 credit)
2. The Three Broomsticks (Universal Studios-Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Hogsmeade)
If you're a Harry Potter fan, you cannot leave Universal Studios without going to The Three Broomsticks. Whether you like your Butterbeer cold, frozen, hot or with ice cream, this quick service restaurant has a great selection of traditional English fare. I love the shepherd's pie here, but you can get fish and chips, a turkey leg and beef pasties. The rustic decor will definitely transport you right into the wonderful world of the Harry Potter books/movies!
by Natalie Wallace
Hello! I'm Natalie Wallace and I have been with Magic Plus Travel since 2017. I have always loved Disney and have especially loved traveling to Disney properties. My favorite of course is Walt Disney World, but I have been to Disneyland in CA and even Disneyland Paris! I wanted to be a travel agent to be able to share my love of Disney and Universal with others in the hopes that they would see all the wonder that traveling has to offer. I am a mother of 2 1/2 (one on the way!) children, and my husband and I bonded over our mutual love of the Muppets and then eventually all things Disney. The picture you see is a genuine face I made watching the Magic Kingdom Fireworks in July 2018. "Adults are only kids grown up, anyway" -Walt Disney
by Magic Plus Travel
We are eager to share with you that Magic Plus Travel is now a Universal Orlando U-Preferred Agency. This designation is given to the top selling travel partners in the industry. Our agents are ready and waiting to assist with your vacations to the destination with so many different themes!! You can be transported from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to the streets of New York with Jimmy Fallon and into some of the most infamous movies of our times.
Requesting a quote is very simple, just head over and fill out the form. We can't wait to help you!
by Rebecca Futty
Hi! I’m Becca Futty, this week’s featured travel agent. I thought for Travel Tuesday, I’d take a look back at some of my tried and true tips for getting the most magic out of a Walt Disney World Vacation. The World may be changing, but these five tips remain true.
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by Ashley Pierce
While Magic Plus Travel's specialty began with booking Disney vacations, we have always been a full-service agency with no destination off limits. Over the years, Universal became very popular with both repeat and new clients for me and I have taken many additional trainings in order to develop my knowledge in other areas of travel. As mentioned in an earlier blog post, I am a Certified Sandals Specialist which is a special accreditation to hold with the company.
In addition, below is a list of all of my training completions along with some certifications (most of which were obtained through Travel Agent University, if not direct through the company) as of today. Many have a yearly training requirement to maintain active status.
Disney's College of Knowledge
Bahamas Wedding and Romance Specialist
Dominican Republic Specialist
Marigot Bay Specialist
St.Vincent and the Grenadines Specialist
United States Virgin Islands Specialist
Cayman Islands CaymanKind Specialist
All Inclusive Travel Specialist
Antigua and Barbuda Specialist
St. Kitts Specialist
Global Hotel Alliance Specialist
RIU Hotels and Resorts
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Marriott Hotels and Resorts
Hilton Hotels and Resorts
Master's Degree with Norwegian Cruise Line
As you can see, maintaining and enhancing my personal knowledge about travel is very important. I believe as information is ever revolving, this offers me the best opportunity to provide unparalleled service to all of my families.
Please reach out to me for any destination.
by Ashley Pierce
I received this designation with Sandals in 2018 after attending my first training with the company. Since then, I have traveled to Beaches Turks and Caicos and Sandals Royal Bahamian for work. My designation remains valid and I am anxious to visit more of their properties to enhance my knowledge. It is very important for me to experience resorts in person when possible so that I can offer the best information and feedback possible to my clients. This company is top notch!! Did you know that they hold a record of being voted the World's leading all-inclusive company for the last 24 years, through the World Travel Awards? This is just the beginning of the awards that they have been gifted due to their professionalism, quality and white-glove butler services (just to name a few).
I attended a wedding training at Royal Bahamian and from the moment it began, I had plans to ask my husband if he wanted to renew our vows. While I wanted to surprise him this year for our 15th anniversary, the world had other plans...so happy to say that we are considering it in a year or two. Whether you want a destination wedding with a large celebration or a very intimate experience, I highly recommend getting married or renewing your vows at a Sandals or Beaches property. They do it to the nines and certainly leave nothing to the imagination. You can be married oceanfront in the sand, or in a secluded area of their private island, inside one of their many buildings or in the middle of the property for all guests to see. There is something for every couple and the planning process is seamless. If you are considering this, reach out to me. There is so much information available to you as a newly engaged couple looking for the wedding of their dreams or a longtime married couple looking for a reason to celebrate their lifetime together with their loved ones.
Beaches is the most amazing destination for a family looking for everything at their fingertips from the exciting moment the plane lands to the sad moment when it's time to depart (until the next visit!). From the water parks to the food trucks and the numerous restaurants to the INCLUDED water sports (examples include waterskiing, tubing, aquatrikes, bodyboarding, kayaking, paddleboarding and glass bottom boats), WOW! There are many on and off resort excursions that are at an extra cost but a wonderful add on to any vacation (horseback riding, island tours, spa treatments, candlelight dinners and photo/video services).
Butler services are available at all resorts, something that adds a very special touch to the already amazing vacation we can plan together!
Book with a Certified Sandals Specialist and contact me today! You won't be disappointed.
The photos attached are from my training trips from both of the above mentioned resorts.
by Ashley Pierce
Have you ever wanted to throw your hands up and just sail away? While the cruise industry is suffering immensely this year, there is hope for a bright future. It's never too early to consider booking a cruise. In fact, typically the earlier you plan and reserve, the better.
Cruising on Disney's Magic for 7 nights in October 2017 was one of the most amazing vacations that I have ever experienced with my family. We sailed from New York City down the Atlantic to Disney's private island, Castaway Cay and then enjoyed a day docked in Port Canaveral (which included a park hopper ticket to Walt Disney World). We had 19 people in our group (11 adults and 8 children) which provided wonderful memories that will certainly last for eternity. There were days when everyone enjoyed doing different things (winning or losing at bingo, relaxing in the spa, chilling by the pool, meeting new friends in the kid's clubs or having fun on the water slide), but we made a pact that we would all have dinner together each night. While the children were enjoying their meals at one table, the adults were enjoying the down time with drinks and appetizers. After the children were finished, the fathers were in charge of taking them up to the kid's clubs and when the meal was over for the adults, the mothers had the job of gathering them. Most nights we spent together in the theater (enjoying a musical, a magician and another show). Castaway Cay is phenomenal for any type of visitor. From sunbathing to swimming in the blue waters with stingrays to touring the local town to playing in the water park, we didn't want the day on the island to end. We even competed in the Castaway Cay 5k. Back on the ship, there were pirate and Halloween themed nights with the most amazing fireworks you quite possibly will ever see and a formal evening where we were able to meet the Captain and his crew. Characters were available on different decks for meet and greets and a dance party during the Halloween night. To say that we were sad when our week was over, would be an understatement. Everyone is anxious to cruise again soon (even my mom who was truly not looking forward to this vacation because of her fear of water).
There is something for everyone and I consider cruising the best multi-generational vacation available.
Disney Cruise Line just released dates today for the remainder of 2021 sailings. Contact me today to begin planning. Based on your Castaway Club member status, bookings can start July 27, with everyone being able to reserve on July 30.
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