Keeping the *Magic* Alive at Home

Keeping the *Magic* Alive at Home

Written by: Erica Ellis – Magical Tripcations Travel Planner; Content and Photos Contributors – Jo Anne Smoot – Magical Tripcations Owner, Kimberly Evans, Josh Murray, Michelle Canchola, Jessica Daniel, Philip Hardy, Glenn & Shelley Frost, Emily Dula, Jeff Hathcock – Magical Tripcations Travel Planners Top 5 ways our Travel Planners are bringing Disney Magic into our lives while staying at home We are living through an unprecedented time in history!  COVID-19 has brought so many changes to everyone’s lives and we are grateful to be safe at home.  And for the first time ever, the Disney Parks are closed.  With all of that, it doesn’t mean that our Travel Planner team isn’t missing the absolute magic of the parks!  Here are some things we have done to help the time pass a little more quickly and keep the magic going at home. Make it Mickey Shaped!  As I always say, everything tastes better shaped like a Mickey & that’s a #FACT!  There are so many ways to bring magic into your cooking.  One way is to shape your food like Mickey’s silhouette.  There are waffle makers that can help you out, or simply create the shape with cookie dough the next time you make a batch of chocolate chip cookies!  A Mickey waffle maker was a perfect Christmasgift a few years ago! It’s been used so manythe last couple of months. Disney Parks Blog has been sharing so many great things through all of this!  Some of my favorite have been park & resort recipes for Disney favorites!  These #DisneyMagicMoments are a fun way to transport you to your...
After Hours Events

After Hours Events

Written by: Erica Ellis – Magical Tripcations Travel Planner; Photos provided by: Kimberly Evans – Magical Tripcations Travel Planner, Terrie Meredith – Magical Tripcations Travel Planner; Glenn & Shelley Frost – Magical Tripcations Travel Planners; Jo Anne Smoot – Magical Tripcations Owner Getting the Most Out of Your Stay – Consider an After Hours Event!  MT Planners ready for the first Villains After Hours event of 2020 at Magic Kingdom in early February So, you’re going on a Disney Parks Vacation?  Congratulations!  As you shift your sights to your itinerary, now is a great time to consider purchasing tickets to an After Hours event at the parks.  What is an “After Hours” event?  Well, I’m glad you asked, because I’m here to break it down for you. An After Hours event is just that….an event that happens after regular park hours.  Some take place in the early morning, others take place at night.  All of them are a ton of fun & come with their own perks & exclusive sights, sounds & tastes!  Make sure that you chat with your Magical Tripcations Travel Planner to get the scoop on which party or parties might be happening during your stay.  They can get you pricing & availability.  The Walt Disney Travel Company is always coming up with new, fun, & innovative party ideas so the options change regularly.  Make sure you chat with your travel planner to figure out if there are any options during your stay.  MT Planner Terrie celebrates the most magical time of the year at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party during her time as a Cast...
Disney Cruise Line – Theme is Everything!

Disney Cruise Line – Theme is Everything!

Written by: Erica Ellis – Magical Tripcations Travel Planner; Photos provided by: Kimberly Evans – Magical Tripcations Travel Planner & Erica Ellis – Magical Tripcations Travel Planner Personally, I love a good themed event or party.  Do you know who takes theming to a whole other level?  Disney, of course.  Commitment to a theme isn’t just for the parks.  You can set sail aboard Disney Cruise Line during select sailings and enjoy some amazing special themes!  These special sailings are limited to certain times of the year and some onboard specific ships.  Special “Days at Sea” Storm Troopers keeping an eye on things on board Disney Fantasy during a Star Wars Day at Sea Marvel Day at Sea  Join some of Marvel’s favorite super heroes for a heroic day packed with special entertainment, meet-and-greets and special offerings for the entire family.  This SUPER day is available on 5-Night Cruises from Miami to the Bahamas & Caribbean in 2020. Here are just some of the activities offered while enjoying your Marvel Day at Sea: Prepare to meet and have training sessions with Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Captain America, just to name a few!  Your family will assemble with others onboard for a nighttime spectacular deck show hosted by Tony Stark and more than a dozen of your favorite Marvel Super Heroes and Villains!  Join Mickey and pals as they dress up as their favorite Marvel Super Heroes, perfect for younger cruisers.There’s loads of other activities going on during your Marvel Day at Sea, including a costume celebration, movie screenings, Marvel-themed crafts at the Kids Clubs, Marvel TV animated series on...
Cinderella’s Royal Table – A “Boy Mom’s” Perspective

Cinderella’s Royal Table – A “Boy Mom’s” Perspective

Written by Ashely Jones – Travel Planner with Magical Tripcations Being a Disney kid, I can say that I have always felt fortunate to have so many magical memories from Walt Disney World.  My parents took my brother and I every other year and we had a blast riding the rides, eating Mickey-themed food, and seeing as many characters as we could fit in during the week. I would wait all year just to take my first glimpse of Cinderella’s iconic castle at the end of Main Street, USA.  To me the castle symbolized all of Disney and, to this day, I associate it with joy and Disney magic.   However, it wasn’t until I was an adult that I learned that you can eat inside Cinderella Castle.  This was a game changer for me. Having this knowledge about Cinderella’s Royal Table (CRT), I wanted to make sure that my children were able to have this experience. I decided that I was going to take them, and it would be something that we could experience together, for the first time! Meeting Cinderella INSIDE Cinderella at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park Fast forward to present day, I am a proud mother of a “Cars” loving, insect chasing, dinosaur seeking, four-year-old BOY. My son loved going to Walt Disney World, but his favorites were not the princesses, and he never seemed all that concerned with Cinderella Castle. Regardless, I had set this as a goal as something I wanted to give my child, and so I made the advance dining reservation for CRT and went in not really knowing what to expect. It...
A Magical Run Weekend

A Magical Run Weekend

Before my very first runDisney Event – 2010 Walt Disney World Half Marathon – January 2010 Written by Erica V. Ellis – Travel Planner with Magical Tripcations I’ve considered myself a “runner” since 2009 when I trained for my very first half marathon.  Since then I’ve run one full marathon, eleven half marathons & countless 10Ks and 5Ks.  Of those eleven half marathons, four of them have been runDisney races.  I can safely say that not all runs are created equal and runDisney races are simply a magical time!  With fun themes, character greetings along the course, & plenty of Disney magic to keep you going, these races should be on every runner’s bucket list, no matter your experience level.  At this time, races are only available at Walt Disney World in the United States.  Four different race weekends are currently held at different times of the year.  I’ve run in 3 of the 4 current race weekends that are held at Walt Disney World.  Here are my take aways from all four of my runDisney experiences:  Tip 1 – Register ASAP Make sure you follow runDisney on Facebook.  There they will post the dates for all the upcoming races as well as the registration opening dates.  These races fill up FAST, so be prepared!  In 2017 and 2018 runDisney has allowed Travel Agents that partner with Disney to book runDisney race packages for upcoming races, before the general public.  The main stipulation is that you must book your race registration with a Disney Resort room reservation or Disney Resort vacation package.  If you cancel your room or package,...