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.
By Ashley Pierce
If you are dreaming of wizards, witchcraft and wands, I have just the place for you! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort is the destination. From sipping on a Butterbeer through the winding streets to indulging in a Clotted Cream Ice Cream from Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour and everything in between, there is definitely something for everyone who visits the mysterious world of magic. Inside Ollivanders, an interactive wand can be selected and purchased that will allow you to make windows magically dance and sing. Take a ride from Platform 9 3/4 on Hogwarts Express to travel between Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. This train ride offers a magically fun journey. There are fully immersive encounters waiting for you while riding on a motorbike, escaping Gringott's Bank and flying through Hogwarts Castle with Harry and his friends. If you prefer staying on the ground, enjoy an authentic meal at the Leaky Cauldron or Three Broomsticks.
On the other hand, if you aren't into Harry Potter, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure have so many other rides and attractions for all to enjoy! From riding with Jimmy Fallon to visiting Springfield to seeing characters throughout the parks, there is something for everyone.
Staying on property is the way to go, as you will receive early park admission to Universal Studios or Volcano Bay (for certain attractions) during your stay.
And the most exciting news!!!! Magic Plus Travel was recently designated as a preferred agency for Universal!!
Contact me today to book your vacation to Universal. Currently, there is a special promotion welcoming guests back!
By Ashley Pierce
As Magic Plus Travel's featured agent this week, I am excited to be sharing fun information each day. I started my travel agent career with Magic Plus Travel in 2015. I traveled to Disney World several times growing up, and began taking my family in 2011 when my son was 4 and my daughter was 1 1/2. After 3 visits in 3 years, and being gifted so many unique and amazing memories, I decided to pursue my desire to help others with what travel offers (also thanks to a push from Magic Plus Travel's owner, Shauna).
Over the last 5 years, I have experienced many adventures that have helped to enhance my training and knowledge within the travel industry. It is ever-growing and new information will always be offered. I guess you can say Disney will always win the "award" in my family's eyes as the best destination with 7 WDW trips and 1 Disney Cruise Line vacation under their belts (many more for me with training trips). My heart is full knowing they are growing up with Disney running through their veins.
WDW packages are available to be booked through the end of September 2021 right now.
Travel when you feel safe and ready. When you get to that point, I am here to help with your plans!
Don't forget, I can help you get anywhere. No destination is off limits.
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By Shauna Goodman
We are excited to announce that Magic Plus Travel will have a featured travel agent beginning each Tuesday. Each agent will release information here, on their social media outlets and on our main Facebook page. Videos, travel tips, promotions are just a few items that could be shared. Be sure to check back often as posts can be added at any time. We thank you all for your continued support and look forward to this new aspect of our agency =)
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