Travel Day: Waking up to Day ONE of Vacation

Today is the day, the day you have been waiting for…but now what? Did you sleep? Packed and ready for the plane? Are you Travel Day Disney Vacation Ready?

Hey guys, Now that Galaxy’s Edge has opened and crazy opening day stress is over, I can get blogging about our trip. Like all trips, its starts with trying to sleep, trying to pack it all, trying to be ready. And then…the flight. How will you make it through? You’re thinking, just get me to Disney, just get me to my resort and I will be good. As someone who travels for a living, as someone who books travel for others, I can tell you…even the expert gets nervous. Even the expert can lose sleep. Yep, even I just want to get to my hotel room already 🙂 Are you Travel Day Disney Vacation Ready?

Sleep:

Like most trips, before I go to bed that night, I am PACKED. I am fully, 100% packed. Even my toiletries are packed. I set my alarm, try to go to bed at a decent hour and sleep OR do I. It seems no matter how many times I do this, I always have a hard time sleeping. So much to the point that my husband knows…to just let me be on Travel Day. I usually am SO tired when I actually have to get up that I am basically a zombie trying to check all the boxes. Shower, check. Repack toiletries, make-up, pillows, check. Stay quiet, check. Make kids snacks/lunches, check. Load car, check.

The question is, why? Why can’t I sleep, I’m not nervous for anything. I might worry I forgot to pack something but with the amount of lists I make, not likely. I think I mostly have a hard time sleeping as I am afraid we will miss the plane. Perhaps, subconsciously, I am afraid my alarm won’t work and we will be late. Of course with 2 alarms going off, this is unlikely. I know I am not alone, who else can’t sleep and wakes up like a character from the night of the living dead??

The Airport:

So, we are up, bags are packed and we drive to the airport. We unload the car, get on the shuttle and get to the airport. After checking in like 100 bags we make our way to security. This is where I get a little nervous. Remember Nina, whose bag has the tablet, whose has the laptop, whose has food?? Are all the water bottles emptied? Anyone else? At this point I have learned to put all that stuff in the same bag. But this time I got stumped as they wanted me to remove ALL food. This was new. So all our packed snacks, kids lunches, other random food needed to be removed. I had to remove items from EVERY single bag. Ugh. Ok, done. Now we have to put it all back and make our way to our gate. Easy. I got this. We all go to the bathroom, fill up on fresh water and wait.

The Plane:

Boarding time! We board early as usual and wiped down our seats; the trays, the seatbelts and basically anything that we can. Then we wait and wait. Luckily our seats had individual screens, so the kids start watching. I got this!! The pilot alerts us that we are taking off soon. So I dig for my gum, check. Get the kids something to suck on, check. Then we take off. 4.5 hours later we are there. But we made 4 bathroom trips, 1 kid felt nauseous and gave me a minor panic attack on the plane and my husband slept through it all. He is SO lucky, lol. We land and RACE to the bathroom. We grab our bags and call our car service. The sigh of relief sets in. Now to get to the resort and in our room.

The Resort:

We are in our car driving down the highway and start seeing signs for Disney, you know those advertisements for what’s ahead. Then the kids start noticing buildings that they exclaim are Disney, but aren’t lol. Finally we see it, its Guardians of the Galaxy (Tower of Terror). Oh look, Carsland (the back side of Radiator Springs). Then the car turns into our Resort Parking area. It’s like the sight of heaven. We made it. The lack of sleep, the motion sickness kid, the potty breaks, the hunger, the nervousness…all for this. All my months of planning, organizing, researching and secrets…for this moment. And it all comes back to me, I am a child again. Disney is HOME, we are home. And to make it even better, our room was ready! They upgraded us to a nicer view and our room was ready. After unpacking…we can relax. Eat, Pool, Chill and Enjoy.

How about you? I know I am not alone. Who else can’t sleep or dreads the travel part and just wants on vacation already. And for the record, traveling solo is 100% easy for me, its the addition of the kids and husband that usually get me frazzled.

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!!

What to Expect and HOW to Visit Galaxy’s Edge

So you’re headed to Disney but worried about Galaxy’s Edge? Wondering what to do or if you should skip it? READ this to learn the How to…

Hey fans, I was going to start writing about our recent adventure, but some NEW news just got leaked/released about the upcoming opening of Galaxy’s Edge, WDW. So I thought I would share that, for the moment. I have many families headed to WDW in a few days, weeks, months and the #1 concern is Galaxy’s Edge. Wondering if you should get up early, skip it entirely, will there be fastpasses? Let me see if I can ease some tension – How to do Galaxy’s Edge:

Fastpasses:

There will be NO fastpasses for any or ALL rides within Galaxy’s Edge. So you can stop asking this question, you can stop waiting for it to happen. BUT…keep reading as you will learn what they ARE doing to help with the crowds, just stop using or expecting the word fastpass to be used or included.

Reservations:

Reservations are available to make for ALL of the NON-ride experiences. So…if you plan on building a droid or a Lightsaber…get a reservation. If you plan on drinking in the Cantina, get a reservation. NOTE: The Cantina is a BAR, not a restaurant. They have like 2 “snack” items on the menu, but they aren’t the type of “snacks” you would be hoping for at a bar. So eat before or after you partake in enjoying a beverage. Also NOTE: The Cliff Dweller was yummy! NOW, making these reservations MEANS you are doing said activity and paying for them, so no last minute cancels or no-shows…they WILL charge you. Also…this may be a sure fire way to get into the land itself.

Cliff Dweller and a Beer!
Arrive Early:

So…as many of you, my clients, are families. I am talking to the families, the moms & dads when I say this. Hollywood Studios is opening up at 6am for RESORT guests for the next several weeks. For 99% of you, this is already TOO early for the kids. So no amount of getting there early will be early enough, if you catch my drift. Arriving at 6am just might be too late, so be prepared for that. There are crazy fans, young adults, people without kids that will be “camping out”. Some resorts are even arranging schedules so they can start serving breakfast as early as 2:30am. So…as much as I urge you to do the 6am walk of sleepy eyes, just note that the line might already be LONG. And I say this as the worst case, it might not be that bad for your trip…but prepare for it. We won’t know anything more concrete until it opens and we see the crowd levels.

NEW UPDATE:

It was recently leaked that WDW will have a Boarding Group System. This is GREAT news for those worried about LONG lines. Kids and long lines is not a good thing. Even a 60 min ride line left my kids squirming for the bathroom. So this boarding system is the same process that was created at Disneyland. SEE my images. You basically will log-in into your account, your My Disney Experience app on your phone and see if there is a required boarding group.

If yes, you join a group, through the app, on your phone. If a group is not required (meaning crowds are low) you can enter Galaxy’s Edge, through the door nearest to Muppets 3D Vision. So…as you enter Hollywood Studios, keep an eye on your app, your phone. If you end up needing a boarding group, the app will alert you when its time, so feel free to eat, ride and explore the park while waiting. You will have 2 hours to enter Galaxy’s Edge once your boarding group time is up. And the group is ONLY to enter the land itself, you still have to wait in line for any rides.

We LOVED Galaxy’s Edge and can’t wait to go back. Hope this helps!

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!!

Disney Vacation Blues TIPS

Nothing worse than coming home from vacation. Got the Disney vacation blues? I do. READ my TIPS to help curve the pain and sadness…

Hey fans, long time NO post. Oops. I’ve been on vacation and as I hoped I would be able to post, I was TOO busy having fun and enjoying my family. I am sure you understand. But now that I am home, I’ve got the Disney vacation blues. Nothing worse than coming home and being stuck in your normal reality. But here are a few tips to help.

Pictures:

So you are home, missing the mouse and need a quick fix? Look at your vacation images. Download your pictures from Memory Maker. Work on a scrapbook. Make a photo book. I highly suggest you do this NOW verses later as later always gets pushed back and back. So do it now, while the vacation is fresh in your mind and you still have all the warm, fuzzy feelings.

Treats:

What to do with all those extra snack credits from the Meal Plan? Get snacks! Think Disney shaped yummy goodness. Score snacks with Mickey on the package. Get your favorite treat to-go. We love the Dark Chocolate covered pretzels or the Allergy-friendly Enjoy Life Disney bars. If you have the extra credits, use them. Get treats to eat at home, share with family/friends. Pack in school lunches. Save for a rainy day. Save for when the Disney blues come on strong.

Enjoy Life Disney Treats!
Book another Trip:

One thing that helps us with the vacation blues is knowing we have another trip right around the corner. For us its Walt Disney World, just in time for the opening of the 2nd Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Ride 🙂 Having a trip to look forward too helps ease you into life at home. I have many clients who book their next trips within 1-2 months from coming home. I have even had a few who booked when on the current trip. So think about your next adventure and seal the deal.

Choosing the RIGHT Souvenirs:

So we love to get souvenirs that remind us of our vacation. Puzzles are a big one for us. WE love putting together each and every puzzle we have gotten and remember each and every vacation as we do so. Same with Disney themed board games, for which we own several. And on our most recent trip my daughter got Sabacc, the game played in Star Wars. WE also got chance cubes for times when we need to decide which meal to eat or who gets to go first at something. Christmas ornaments are also hit. Nothing like remembering your trip while decking the halls on your tree.

Sabacc and Chance Cubes

How about you? What fun things do you do to keep the Disney Magic alive?

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!!