Why I LOVE Disney, let me count the ways…

Wondering why people think Disney is the BEST Vacation? Curious why people will go back and back and back again? READ on for Why I Love Disney.

Hey Fans, I am sitting here trying to think about what to post next and I remembered a visit we just had at the Eye Doctor. She, our Dr, had recently visited a few “other” theme park destinations and was very disappointed as they just weren’t Disney. As I am listening to her story, she is explaining what she noticed and how Disney is just SO much better and worth the price difference. So…it got me thinking…for those that are NEW to Disney, who haven’t tasted the Disney Kool-Aid yet – here are a few reasons why we love to Disney.

Service:

So this is no secret, Disney is known for its amazing service. But I often get asked for examples. I have thousands, but of course can’t name them all but here are a few that stand out, at the moment. The Cast Members, those sweet Disney employees. They are there to help create the Magic, they are part of the show. This means doing everything and anything, most of the time unexpectedly. Like the time a Cast Member sent my son a cake for his birthday. Still clueless on how that happened, allergy safe too. Or the time a CM saw my daughter and I walking down main street and asked us if we had Memory Maker. I said, yes…so he walked us to a secret location and took the most incredible pictures of us.

Cleanliness:

So this gets mentioned by my clients ALL THE TIME. They can’t believe how clean the parks are. Disney really does go out of their way to have the cleanest parks. Walt would walk Disneyland and watch park-goers. He would watch them get a snack, eat it and see how many steps it took before they were ready to trash. This is why trash cans are everywhere and they are strategically placed based on where the snacks/eats are. ALL CM’s are to pick up trash anytime they see it, no matter their title. NO Gum is sold at the parks, so no sticky rides, walkways or table tops. There are more examples, but trust me…Disney is very clean.

Themeing:

Disney has the BEST theming. In fact they created the concept, it adds to the magic. Some “other” parks have great theme placement too, but its not the ENTIRE park, usually just a section. Disney’s attention to detail is hands down amazing. Did you know that each “land” has different music and as you walk thru the different zones, the music changes…it’s so subtle you barely notice it unless you are looking for it. The entire park is themed and the transitions from one to the other are spotless. Heck, even the garbage cans are in character. CM costumes are another example. Did you know they aren’t allowed to walk from one land to another if they are in a specific lands costume. Make sure to look up and around and see the details, the hidden Mickeys and the transitions from one area to the next.

“Incredible” Garage Cans!!
Positive Vibes:

Disney is happy. It feels happy the moment you arrive, enter the park and walk around. The colors, the music, the gardens, the people…just happiness all around. The cast members are happy. As you walk down Main Street, they are smiling at you, welcoming you, waving and almost cheering you on for a good day. I love how even the security guards are happy and smiling. As they go through bag after bag, listening to who knows what from other park-goers…they are cheerful.

There are probably thousands of reasons why Disney is amazing. Why I can say…I love Disney to the Moon and Back. Why I will go over and over again AND I am not alone. The reason they are a bazillion $$ company. Once people drink the Disney Kool-Aid, they are hooked. I have several clients who claim they are only going once, a ONE and DONE vacation…well they went back and back again. If you’ve been, why do you LOVE Disney. Let me know in the comments.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

I just arrived to Disney, now what??

So you are headed to Disney, you just got off the bus and NOW?? What to do next? READ ON and see what I do once I arrive.

Hey Fans, I get this question alot too. Many who are new to Disney are often worried they might forget something, miss something or do it wrong. These are things I help with and coach my peeps on. But one question I always get is…what should I do once I arrive? So Enjoy…

Check-IN:

So this is a no-brainer – once you arrive to your resort, you should check-in. But perhaps you didn’t realize that this is also a good time to ask questions. Ask questions about your room, your resort and perhaps what is happening in the parks while you are there. This is also the BEST time to make sure your Magicbands (Disney World) work, as in…are synced up and will open your resort room. Disney, sadly, frequents glitches in the system – so making sure your bands are all set can save lots of hassle and time in the parks.

MAPS:

I 100% always grab maps. You can ask for maps at check-in OR find them on display somewhere in your resort. You will want to grab several maps for each park. Pass them around to husbands/kids/etc. Pack a marker and a highlighter and circle/mark ALL your eats locations and fastpasses. This helps visualize your day. It also helps you figure out where you are going before you arrive – to prevent that “deer in headlights” experience. When at rope drop, the last thing you want to do is pull out a map. You will want to run, aka walk fast, to your destination and know if you need to turn left or right.

Time Guide:

While grabbing those maps or chatting with your check-in Cast Member, make sure to grab a Times Guide. This is the CURRENT and most updated list of ALL timed activities. Think parades, special shows, entertainment and park hours. Make sure to also grab your resort calendar in case you have time to hang at your resort and enjoy an activity.

Unpack:

Again, another NO-Brainer. But, I don’t just unpack, in fact I actually don’t unpack my clothes (I live out of my suitcase)…I just unpack my toiletries and my needed items for the following day. What I really like to do is get my park bags and everything I might need for the next day OUT and ready. This means I transition my airplane bag into my park bag. I make sure I have out the sunscreen, sunglasses, character books, etc. I get out all the snacks, breakfast items, etc. So the next morning is less stressful and more organized. Everything is out, packed and ready for park fun.

Resort Exploration:

And…I like to explore my resort (assuming its a NEW one). Walk the paths, get an idea of where to catch the bus, see where to grab a snack and visit the pools. I make sure I know where I need to go the following day. AND I always shop the Sundries shop and make sure we have everything we need for breakfast the next morning. Purchase juice, cereal, bars, etc. Grab bowls, spoons, napkins and such so morning can be as smooth as possible.

And if you haven’t noticed I am very Type A, beyond organized. I travel the same way. I make sure I am always set for the next day. Last thing I want to do is walk 10 mins within my resort to find a spoon or purchase juice when I could do it the night before and wake up to a smooth day. Crazy? Yes, I know. Its how I roll 🙂

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

My FAVORITE 5 Snacks to pack for Vacation – Disney

Headed on Vacation? Worried about cranky kids, hungry picky kids or have Food Allergies? READ my TOP snacks to pack for Vacation, especially Disney.

Hey guys, after yesterdays post, I thought I would continue some packing TIPS. I love snacks, kids love snacks and even though Disney is FILLED and FILLED to the top with snacks…its not always the type of snacks I want to eat 24/7. Sometimes I want something healthier. Or something for a quick breakfast on the go. So whether you have Food Allergies or not, or on the Meal Plan (which I LOVE) packing some park snacks CAN save the day.

Cereal:

OK – you heard me. I 100% pack DRY Cereal. Its great for breakfast, a simple snack, finger foods for tots and it can be on the healthy side. Its dry, lasts forever and doesn’t melt. Cheers for Cereal!! Place in a baggie and you are good-to-go.

SUGAR – YUM – Erin McKenna’s WDW
Protein Shakes:

Since I work with hundreds of families every year, one common concern I find is parents worried about protein for the kids. My kids just eat junk, all they want is pizza, pasta and more starch. How about packing protein shakes to have in the morning with your dry cereal? I actually do this for myself, along with green juice. With all the yummy, surgery goodness that Disney can offer, why not fight it with healthy, vitamin filled protein shakes? Mine has 16 grams of protein; vegan, allergen friendly protein.

Green Juice 🙂
Healthy Bars:

This goes with the above thought…protein bars to combat the sugar. It’s also an easy item to toss in your park bag; pack a whole box in your suitcase and you are ready. Just be-careful about chocolate flavored bars…nothing’s worse then trying to eat a melted granola bar that gets everywhere and sticks to your fingers. I aim for high fiber and lower sugar.

Breakfast Bar – filled with Protein
Go-Go Fruit Pouches:

This is the perfect idea for littles. And its great for parents that worry about kids digestive systems, you know what I am talking about. Toss a few of these in your park bags to keep the kids regular and hydrated in the heat. They even make veggie ones and again I stick to low sugar, high fiber ones.

Chocolate:

OK – yep I said chocolate. I even said this after saying NO chocolate granola bars. This treat is more for the allergy kids. Disney, at one time, had an arrangement with Enjoy Life and sold SAFE chocolate bars on property. I am sad to say that I can’t find them anywhere, so I am back to packing them. When kids are offered just fruit for dessert, pop one of these out and enjoy. I am also known for sneaking 1-2 myself, mamma needs her chocolate too 😉

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And of course, I would love to help with a vacation – Mahalo Nina