By Jennifer Kennedy
Save time and money
Travel advisors do the legwork for you, finding the best options that will meet your family's needs and budget. Travel agents have access to rate information and special offers that average consumers may miss. Additionally, agents receive promotions from resorts and cruise lines and other other travel providers that aren’t available to the general public.
Travel agents respond to your urgent matters, URGENTLY. If you have an emergency or mishap while traveling, your agent is on stand-by. They will be there immediately to help with any last minute flight changes, itinerary snafus or anything else that may arise. While no one wants to think about an emergency during their vacation, these things happen. When you book your vacation with a travel agent, all you have to do is pick up the phone and call your agent. They will start working immediately behind the scenes to assist.
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Travel advisors are invested in their clients' happiness and satisfaction. They want to ensure that each and every trip is full of wonderful memories. They listen, suggest, adjust, understand. Most of all, they become a friend, not just a search engine or an anonymous voice. They are with you before, during and after your trip.
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Not one travel agent knows everything about every travel destination, but as a team, they have experts in every vacation sector. They work together to provide clients with the best personalized vacation plan. A team of travel advisors’ knowledge cannot be beat.
Magic Plus Travel agents have degrees in Disney! They have all successfully passed the Disney College of Knowledge courses and must recertify each year. Equal in importance, they have a passion for Disney travel. Walt Disney World is ever-changing and always growing. Agents keep up with the latest news and details to pass along to their clients.
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When booking your vacation with a travel agent, that agent will be your main contact throughout. There’s no juggling of flights, hotel, and resort. You go to your agent with all of your questions and concerns and they work out the details. They can arrange special add-ons, tours, and experiences customized to your preferences. A top travel agent can make you an instant VIP, saving you time, hassle, and, quite possibly, money, all while ensuring your trips are magical. Magic Plus Travel agents are passionate about opening up the world to our clients.
By Melissa Minter
Is it possible to do one without getting the other? YES it is!
With careful planning and following social distancing rules, it is absolutely possible to travel safely and have fun while making memories for years to come! The most common concern right now is from parents of small children, and how to get their child(ren) to keep on or even wear the mask and do it the entire time they are required to. There are so many different personalities held by our children, even in the same family nucleus, that it makes having the perfect answer to any issue darn near impossible. I think the key to getting most children to do what you need for them to do is COMFORT. I talk about comfort not just as how the physical mask feels on the face but comfort in the concept. They need to feel comfortable doing the activity in order for it to be a non issue. First and foremost, parents need to find the right mask for their child(ren). Not all children are going to agree as to what is comfortable. Unfortunately this becomes trial and error and can be costly in multi child households. My tip is to go bigger. Some tweens and teens prefer adult size masks. Likewise small children may feel more comfortable in a mask that doesn’t feel tight so try a tween/teen mask for small children. Sew or tie the ear pieces to ensure it stays on but does not feel too tight. My family discovered this fall the Disney masks are small, shrink, and are thicker which makes it harder to breathe. I suggest checking out the Disney branded masks from Old Navy if you and your child want the Disney theme. They are more child friendly compared to in park Disney masks. Just because the mask is comfortable (larger) doesn’t make it unsafe it can still be worn properly.
For those of us traveling with children capable of understanding at least some aspect of the safety issues surrounding COVID, it is important to teach to their level. Have them watch age appropriate videos showing what is important. Such as not touching things and staying clear of others. Understanding will go a long way to help your child(ren) follow the rules to wearing their mask. Another way to help with this is showing your child(ren) pictures and videos of their heroes and role models wearing masks and following safety measures. Our kiddos love to mimic so what better way to work things to an advantage than getting them excited about safety and wearing a mask because their favorite character does!
The final key to getting your child(ren) to wear a mask safely is repetition. This can take time depending on your child(ren). Start by wearing your mask often. Wear it inside to get them used to seeing it. Let your child(ren) have a mask to keep with them and ‘play’ with. You can even get their dolls a mask. Ask them to wear their mask at home while you are wearing it. Watch a favorite show together wearing masks. This will engage your child(ren) while they get used to feeling the mask on; allowing them to get used to it but not have the mask be the center of attention. Take the kids for a walk and ask them to wear the mask with a reward system in place for each 15 minutes they keep it on. Do this daily upping the time period to 30 minutes then a reward for the entire walk or outing. During the outing have your child(ren) participate in an adventure like a scavenger hunt or simply point out things along the way to keep their mind off wearing the mask. Repetition can be your best tool in achieving our goal for our children to wear masks properly and safely during a COVID vacation. Teaching our kids to wear masks is not always going to be simple. Some of our child(ren) don’t feel comfortable wearing clothes much less a mask. But making this something we do all the time with a comfortable feeling mask can help significantly. Seeing everyone else doing it makes it so much easier to encourage them to do it too! For once that argument can work in our favor!
Mask wearing does NOT have to limit your vacation. It is possible to teach and guide our children to make good choices and feel comfortable doing it!
With all of the booking safe guards in place, right now is the perfect time to book and plan a family adventure. Book now and start working with your child(ren) to be ready for your Magical adventure!
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By Mark Donaldson
Happy New Year travel friends! I know we are all happy and grateful to welcome 2021 into our lives. It's been about a year since my last visit and I am chomping at the bit to go back to my favorite place on Earth, Walt Disney World. I am just starting to plan my next visit and I thought I'd share with you some of the things I can't wait for on my upcoming magical vacation.
Food, Food, Food
As if I didn't eat enough in 2020, let's not mention the "Corona 15" I gained, I still miss my favorite Disney food and snacks. A nosh from a food booth at one of the many Epcot festivals, lunch at my favorite quick service, Satuli Canteen, Citrus Swirls in Adventureland, or a Mickey Bar anywhere on property, will put a huge smile on my face.
A Drink Around The World
While we are on the subject of food, we might as well mention drinks! Who doesn't love strolling the World Showcase at Epcot and sampling all the beverage options?! You can never go wrong with the Grapefruit Beer in Germany or a Margarita from Mexico (enjoyed in Norway).
A New Ride!
One of the things I'm most excited for is to ride the brand new Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway! This attraction opened just after my last visit, so like most of us, I haven't ridden it yet. There is nothing better than a brand new ride at Disney World and riding it for the first time. I've heard fabulous reviews of this new attraction that is perfect for the entire family.
Rise of the Resistance Ride
My last day at the parks I spent at Hollywood Studios and we started the day with an adventure on the most incredible theme park attraction Disney Imagineers have ever created, Rise of the Resistance. I absolutely cannot wait to ride this again. You must snag a Boarding Group in order to ride and there is a bonus of booking a vacation with me as your travel planner. I can login from home and use my fast fingers to try and help you score your boarding group while you are on your trip!
Booking And Planning A Vacation For You!
What I'm most looking forward to in 2021 is helping you plan your next magical vacation. Disney and travel are my passion and nothing makes me happier than organizing and sharing my tips and tricks with you! And always remember that using a travel planner is free! My services are of no charge so send an inquiry or quote request to Mark.Donaldson@magicplustravel.com to get started! Happy 2021 everyone!
By Mark Donaldson
Continuing with yesterday's love for Moderate Resorts we are talking about my second favorite hotel on property, Coronado Springs! This sprawling resort has so much to offer including its brand new addition, the Gran Destino Tower. This new extension includes multiple bars, a rooftop restaurant, and a gorgeous lobby evocative of Spain's Gaudi architecture.
In the center of the resort is a beautiful lake with Three Bridges Bar and Grill floating in the middle. This is a wonderful al fresco venue to enjoy a relaxed bite and a drink right on the water. A short walk across the lake is the massive pool and recreation complex, The Dig Site. Located here is one of the largest pools on Disney property, lavishly themed to Mayan ruins with a spectacular pyramid as the centerpiece. There are hot tubs, a beach volleyball court, a kiddie pool and an excellent water slide.
Surrounding the lake are the rest of the rooms divided into three uniquely themed sections with each having their own quiet pool. There are the beach vibes of the Cabanas, the more urban Casitas, and my personal favorite, the Ranchos. The Ranchos evoke a more rural and arid desert setting with red rock formations and cacti. I love strolling this resort and enjoying all of the beautiful scenery. You really feel transported somewhere else at this resort!
Coronado Springs really feels like a complete resort to me and I've enjoyed spending full days just exploring and enjoying everything there is to offer. There are so many dining and recreation options it makes me not want to leave!
Thanks for following along with my love for my favorite moderate resorts, Port Oleans-French Quarter and Coronado Springs. These resorts are perfect for relaxation as they don't get as many day visitors from other resorts like the Deluxe Resorts do. But they also offer so many activities and gorgeously themed settings that will take you away. Have you ever tried out a Moderate Resort before?
By Mark Donaldson
Hi travel friends! I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season. To start off the week I want to show a little love to some of my favorite resorts on Walt Disney World property. While the Deluxe Resorts usually get all the love, what I honestly prefer is a Disney Moderate Resort. And my favorite of all just happens to be Port Orleans-French Quarter!
Port Orleans-French Quarter is excellently themed after its namesake neighborhood in the Big Easy, New Orleans. The resort is decorated with wrought iron railings, gorgeous southern trees, cobblestone walkways, and nods to Mardis Gras. I absolutely love a lazy stroll around the property with a drink in hand, taking in the sights.
French Quarter is one of the smaller resorts on property which comes with many perks due to its size. It is quiet, relaxing, and easy to get around. It is a short walk to the bus stops, quick service dining, and the pool no matter what room you are in. Speaking of the pool, this is Doubloon Lagoon.
This charming pool area offers a fun Mardis Gras theme with a great beginner water slide that is perfect for the kids. Also in the area are the Mardi Grogs pool bar, a splash pad, and a whirlpool spa. The pool is located right on the Sassagoula River. And a huge bonus to staying here is taking a stroll down the river to the adjacent Port Orleans- Riverside Resort! You are free to swim and enjoy their swimming hole Ol' Man Island. This complex offers an even bigger water slide, water falls, and even a fishin' hole!
I could go on and on! I haven't even mentioned the fresh beignets, the boat rides along the river to Disney Springs, or the recently refurbished rooms! There is so much to love about Port Orleans-French Quarter and I cannot wait for my next stay at this fantastic Moderate Resort. This resort is currently awaiting its reopening but I know I will be first through the door as soon as it's magic returns. Will you?!
By Lindsay Mauck
When I show up for a week or longer trip with just a backpack, my travel companions are always shocked. So I'm here to show you how I do it, what I think about when packing, and my favorite items to purchase for this style of travel.
I will start by saying that I typically don't pack this way for vacations where I only have to unpack one time (cruises especially!) - I like to have many more outfit options and since I'm not hauling my luggage all over the place the whole trip, I can indulge in that! This style of packing is perfect, however, for multi-destination trips especially when you have to fly several times - you end up saving on luggage costs as well as saving yourself from dragging luggage through streets, airports, train stations, into and out of taxis, on and off subways.... you get the idea. It may seem minimalist, but I promise you will have all you need AND feel so much lighter while walking through, say, London!
Finally, this is where an experienced travel advisor comes in. I can - for example- tell you first hand about how much I took to Hawaii and didn't wear. (it was a lot...) Every destination has it's own quirks, and having an advisor who's been there can be worth so much to you outside of just the booking!
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