5 Things to REMEMBER to Pack for Vacation

Planning a Vacation? Worried you might forget something? READ and LEARN my list of things to pack for a Disney Vacation.

Hey FANS, as I have another trip planned soon, I thought I would post on a few items I (we) have forgotten and wish we didn’t. Has this happened to you? Worried you might forget something important? How about something that will COST you even more while on vacation? Or an item you can’t even purchase on location, thus putting a damper on the trip. My list of items to NOT FORGET to pack for a Disney Vacation.

Sunscreen:

So if you are off to a sunny location, sunscreen is a common packing item. Some even keep it in their toiletry kits so no matter what, its packed (little TIP). BUT if you forget this item, you might be in shock to see the price of sunscreen at your destination (upwards of $20+). Not to mention, the brands. If you wear a certain brand, have allergies or sensitivities…you might not find your brand at the quick n’ go stand. PACK now and don’t be sorry later.

Sunglasses

Another no-brainer – or is it?? I find sunglasses are a common item to forget. I keep mine in my car, if I am headed to the airport when its dark out (Hello, 6 am), then I am not wearing them. As I hop out of the car super fast to catch the airport shuttle…guess where my glasses are left?? (eek). I now keep a pair in my travel bag (at all times). You might find cheap glasses on vacation to purchase, but even those are $$ and I personally prefer my special sunglasses that I searched high and low for.

GUM:

If you are a gum chewer, PACK THIS NOW. There is NO Gum on Disney property, they 100% don’t sell it. But please, trash is properly as this is why Disney doesn’t sell this sticky, found on the bottom of guests shoes, item. Same with mints/candies…pack your favorite brands as Disney might only sell more bulk candy items.

Bathing Suit:

OK – so I never forgot a suit, but I did manage to pack one that was the wrong size. My sons suit was in our bathing suit bag, so I didn’t even think about it. Got on our cruise and it was 2 sizes too small. So while stuck at sea and having lots of beach time ahead…I had to purchase a suit on board. $50 later we had a NEW suit that was too big and didn’t exactly save me any money either. Next time – try them on before you pack.

Super Cute Disney Cruise Line Bathing Suit, but costly.
Underwear/Shorts:

Ok – so now you are wondering…who forgets to pack the single most important item over medicine – undies. Well it happens and sorry to say, hard to replace on property. Kids undies maybe (find some cute Minnie or Cars undies) but Adult undies – good luck. Grab an Uber and hop to Walmart. Shorts – now this happened to us, the husband wore pants on the plane and forgot to pack shorts for Spring Break, 85+ degree temps. So as frustrated as I was, I had to jump into action because a hot, cranky husband on vacation is NOT a pretty site. Thank goodness for Disney Springs, but it cost us $$$ for brand name shorts on vacation.

So – do you have a list? What have you forgotten? We now joke about the shorts issue, we keep sunscreen and gum in the suitcase at all times and I purchased an extra pair of sunglasses that I keep in my travel bag.

I would love to share more packing tips with you and book you a fabulous Disney Vacation. Contact me when ready and Mahalo for Reading – Nina

How to have FUN at Disney

Wondering how to have FUN at Disney – READ and Learn these basic Planning Tips.

Hey guys, thought I would touch base on a topic that seems easy enough, but really takes some thought. Having FUN at Disney is something everyone can achieve, but oddly…some have a hard time. You’re probably thinking, HELLO, just enjoy yourself, ride the rides, eat the treats and meet Mickey…is there really is more to it than that. This is something I coach my clients on when they ask as who wants to ruin a fabulous trip with the wrong mind-set.

Being Silly outside of Dinosaur. Take time to explore and be a kid!

Planning:

It all starts in the planning. Choosing the RIGHT resort for you is HUGE. Its not just about the beds and where everyone is sleeping (although that is important)…it can be about types of pools, atmosphere, LOCATION and to me, most important…EASE of getting to the parks. Some people are raising human fish and really need that top end pool. Some people are bring 3 kids under the age of 8, thus location and types of transportation are KEY.

Stormalong Bay – Yacht & Beach Club Resort Hotel

Following the Steps:

Most Disney Vacations, Walt Disney World especially, have set dates to accomplish a task. It surprises me when I have clients still tell me, they want to wing it. That’s really opening your trip to disaster, unless you are a Disney Parks pro and go often and aren’t trying to cram weeks worth of entertainment into 3-5 park days…you might be ok. But for those that are saving and saving and have once chance at doing this right…you 100% want fastpasses and 100% want to book your dining on time. Which, of course, makes staying on property KEY as they get first dibs.

Fastpasses:

Now carefully choosing your fastpasses can 100% matter. Especially if you are going at a High Crowd time, have young kids or are trying to master the skill of doing all the coasters on the same day with little line waits. Deciding the times to do these passes and making sure you SCORE the best ones are KEY and can be a HUGE part of your trip success. Think about it, who wants to be a human ping pong ball and go from here to there and back and forth when they could carefully plan it all out.

Go with the Flow:

Ok – so now I lost you right…how can you plan and schedule yet, go with the flow. Well I am here to tell you, you can. You want to plan it ALL out as carefully as you can, but be open to change. What if your kids love a ride and want to ride it over and over again. Or you forget to plan to see the parade and find yourself wanting to watch it? And the most common, those angels you planned all of this for, decided to act like kids and get tired and cranky…thus you missed the fireworks.

Basically you want to learn as much as you can, be educated, seek out an expert for assistance and plan it the best you can. But also remember your kids, they love to throw in kinks to parents plans and be prepared for that. I pack snacks, extra batteries, download new games on my phone, etc to keep those little ones happy and content. I also don’t sweat the small stuff, missing 1 ride or a certain Character Meal isn’t going to ruin your trip. But having a “hard to please” attitude will. Be open for magic, but don’t expect it. Take time out for pictures and slow down to see the Disney details. Be excited for your kids, but don’t expect them to change. And please, oh please…enjoy yourself. Eat that treat, ride that ride you were looking forward too and remember at Disney…we are all kids at heart.

Beaches & Cream Allergy Cupcake

I am looking forward to helping you with your trip, I am the expert and can help you achieve having the most magical trip ever. Mahalo for Reading and FOLLOWING this Blog – Nina

Disney’s Polynesian Resort – Hotel REVIEW

Come LEARN and SEE why I LOVE Disney’s Polynesian Resort with this Hotel Review:

Hey guys and gals, thought I would post about my FAVORITE HOTEL, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.  This is the perfect Home away from Home when looking for a Disney Vacation Resort.  (Resort/Room TOUR)

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Why oh why do I LOVE the Polynesian Village Resort, let me count the ways…

Breakdown of Reasons:
  1. Vibe – Paradise, Carefree, Tropical…the lush, peaceful, atmosphere.
  2. The People, that’s right…talking about Poly Cast Members…they make my Trip every.single.time.  So happy, helpful, friendly…and some have been there since day one, when the resort first opened.  The love felt from the CM’s does shine through.
  3. LOCATION – HELLO Monorail, Firework View, Walking Path to Epcot to a name a few.
  4. TIKI, TIKI, TIKI – love me some tiki culture – walk the resort and explore.dscn4219-e1560479570657.jpg
  5. Dole Whips (Mic Drop! Right?!?!)
  6. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto (Polynesian Tiki Bar filled with Magic, Mystery and Delight)
  7. Club Level – lets talk about this when ready to book (love Club Level here)
  8. Evening Torch Lighting Ceremony
  9. Getting Lei’d, Making Leis, Hair Flowers and other Handmade Floral items
  10. Spirit of Aloha Show – can’t wait to do this again
  11. And my favorite and most important reason why…it makes me HAPPY, it makes me cry happy tears when I walk through the doors.  I cry when I see the lobby, get welcomed home and get my lei.  Underneath my Sunglasses (which I keep on for a reason)..this travel agent is crying, mascara running, face turning flush crying.
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Its the little things…I didn’t want to sleep and ruin my Mickey Towels

My posts end with Mahalo and I start my Videos with Aloha…I have drunk the Poly “Kool-aid” and I like it.  My entire house is Polynesian themed AND I might have a problem actually…the tikis are taking over and its paradise.

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Looks like Paradise, Sounds like Paradise & Smells Like Paradise!

I would LOVE to help you PLAN your DREAM Disney Vacation at the Polynesian…let me know how I can book you the most Magical Vacation ever!  As a thank you (to me), you can enjoy a Dole Whip in my honor, on the terrace, at sunset while watching the Resort go from Day to Night by the tranquil lighting of the tiki lights 🙂

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING Along – Nina