Disney World Monorail Crawl

Disney World Monorail Crawl

Have you heard that Walt Disney World has started the “Highway In The Sky Dine-Around” which, according to the Walt Disney World website, allows you to climb “aboard the Walt Disney World Resort Monorail for a culinary journey where each destination offers a distinctively delicious experience.”   We at Magical Tripcations are excited to see this new Disney Dining experience being offered to guests!  For now, it is only being offered a few nights a week, so what if you can’t make your itinerary work for one of those nights but you still want to eat and drink your way around the “Monorail Loop”?  Well, don’t you worry, we have your back!   In September, during a “research” trip to Walt Disney World during the first weekend of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival four travel planners from the Magical Tripcations team took a spin on the Monorail and here we offer our findings from the evening filled with delectable foods, yummy drinks, plenty of laughs and fireworks to cap off the evening!  This journey is also sometimes referred to as the “Monorail Crawl.”  **Disclaimer, we recommend this be done with a 21 & over crowd.**   We were coming from Epcot so we disembarked the Epcot Monorail and loaded onto the Resort Monorail at the Ticket and Transportation Center.  From there we hit up our first stop, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.  We arrived at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto around 4:45pm on a Thursday afternoon and found there to be available space.  We hopped up on some bar stools and perused both the food and drink menu.  Each...
5 Tips for Using Disney Gift Cards to Save on Your Next Disney Vacation!

5 Tips for Using Disney Gift Cards to Save on Your Next Disney Vacation!

When it comes to saving for your Disney dream vacation, every penny counts!  When we’re working with our Magical Tripcations clients, we provide as many tips and tricks for saving time AND money as we can.  Of course we are dedicated discount hunters and we work hard to find the perfect Disney deal for our clients; however, once we land on the perfect package, we don’t stop there.  Did you know that you can use Disney gift cards to pay for your Disney Destination vacation?  Did you know that you can purchase Disney gift cards at a DISCOUNT? No??  Well, there’s magical savings to be found for savvy shoppers so, read on!  Here are our 5 tips for using Disney gift cards to save on your next Disney vacation! #1 Purchase Disney Gift Cards Using your Target REDcard   If you are a regular Target customer, then you are probably familiar with the Target REDcard (debit or credit) that saves you 5% on your purchases when you use it.  This 5% savings is applicable for Disney gift card purchases because Target considers these gift cards as “entertainment” gift cards so the discount is applicable.  You can purchase gift cards in the store and online (as a REDcard holder, you also get free shipping). $50 Disney Gift Card – $47.50 $100 Disney Gift Card – $95.00 Tips for Purchasing Disney gift cards with your REDcard: If you are planning to make a large gift card purchase ($800 or more), you might check with your bank if using the Target debit REDcard as banks cap daily debit purchase amounts. Since this is...
Top 12 Disney World Tips & Tricks

Top 12 Disney World Tips & Tricks

Coming up with a list of top tips & tricks to assist you on your first or next magical Disney World vacation is no small order.   You know it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it and the team at Magical Tripcations is thrilled to offer up a few of our tried-and-true tips to make your park experience a little easier and a lot more magical.  Let’s dig in with our top 12 Disney World tips & tricks! 1. Go Left! When faced with a fork in the road or standing in the hub of the park, take the road less traveled and go left!  It’s human nature to go right for whatever reason and same is true at Disney Parks.  Even when there’s a choice in a queue to go right or left, go left, and you’ll find yourself saving a little time waiting in line. 2. Free Water! Did you know that you can request a cup of ice water at any counter service restaurant or snack location that serves fountain drinks in any Disney Park?   It’s so important to stay hydrated while touring the parks and ice water really helps you cool down.   We’ve even carried flavored drink packets in our park bags to mix with the FREE ice water.  Truly FREE and you don’t have to be ordering a meal and it’s ok to ask for a large cup! 3. The Early Bird Catches the Worm! Want to beat the crowds?  Arrive 30 minutes to an hour (in peak season) prior to official park opening or ‘rope drop’ and you’ll be well on your...
Top Three Disney Terms:  My Disney Experience, MagicBands, and FastPass+, OH MY!

Top Three Disney Terms: My Disney Experience, MagicBands, and FastPass+, OH MY!

    Congrats, you’re going to Walt Disney World!  Or maybe it’s more along the lines of… congrats, you want to think about planning a trip to Walt Disney World but you’re feeling a little overwhelmed from the first website view.  MagicBands, My Disney Experience and FastPass+, OH MY!  But wait, what?  What do these words mean?   We’ve said it before that planning a trip to Walt Disney World involves several moving parts. Getting up to speed on Disney Speak can be challenging and confusing but, our team of travel planners are ready and able to walk you through everything you need to know about My Disney Experience, MagicBands, and FastPass+ so you can leave the OH MY behind.    Here are some of our tips to tackling the top three Disney terms you need to know before you head to the most magical place on earth. Top Three Disney Terms:  My Disney Experience (MDE)   When planning your Walt Disney World vacation, you can build your itinerary online at MyDisneyExperience.com and access your plans from the My Disney Experience Mobile App on your smartphone.  Once you link your tickets and reservations to your account, your resort and dining reservations appear in your plans.  You can build your itinerary from start to finish online including Advanced Dining Reservations and FastPass+ selections and update your reservations on the go from your smartphone.  You can also use the mobile app for park maps, current wait times, restroom locations and where to find your favorite Disney Characters.  Traveling with a big travel party?  You can connect to everyone in your travel group by...
From Boyfriend to Betrothed:  A Royal Proposal at Cinderella Castle

From Boyfriend to Betrothed: A Royal Proposal at Cinderella Castle

Magical moments both big and small happen every day at Walt Disney World.  What could be more romantic and magical than getting engaged at the most magical place on earth?  But where do you start?  Do you just “wing it” in front of Cinderella Castle with a few thousand of your closest friends?  It’s nerve-racking enough to reach the point of proposing.  And saying it OUT LOUD to friends and family that you intend to make your princess your wife…and hope she says yes…can be down-right daunting!  Needless to say, planning the perfect proposal can be overwhelming!  Sounds like work for a Fairy Godmother.  Recently, a Magical Tripcations client facing this task took a big step towards going from boyfriend to betrothed with the help of his own Fairy Godmother.  Well, a Fairy Godmother he found in the form of a Magical Tripcations Travel Planner.   Meet prince charming, our client Jonathan, and his Fairy Godmother, Mary-Morning, a Magical Tripcations Travel Planner.  Mary-Morning and Jonathan had already been hard at work planning he and his girlfriend’s vacation to Disney World when he contacted Mary-Morning with the exciting news.  Jonathan knew that he wanted to get down on one knee and propose to his love.  He knew beyond a doubt who he wanted to marry but he needed the how and where to propose and the magic.   Instead of winging the proposal on his own, he needed a little extra help to plan this one last enchanting detail for their upcoming trip.   Mary-Morning went to work to find the most romantic way her client could propose and found the...
Top 6 Things We Love About Disneyland

Top 6 Things We Love About Disneyland

For 60 years, Disneyland has welcomed and enchanted the young and the young at heart.  It is as charming as it is magical.  Coming up with reasons to visit is never a challenge; however, narrowing down our favorite memories and why we love Disneyland is a bit harder to do.  After much reminiscing and recent travels to sunny California, here is our list of the top 6 things we love about Disneyland.   6)  Disneyland is Walt’s park.   Disneyland is the only theme park that Walt Disney himself spent time in.   The moment you walk through the gate, you can feel that you are in a happy place and you can experience it, too.  If you’re planning a visit, don’t miss Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln at the Opera House.  There, you’ll not only find a special presentation by the Great Emancipator but, you will also find the park bench on display that Walt Disney sat on as he dreamed of building Disneyland. While you’re at the entrance hub on Main Street, U.S.A., be sure to look up above the Disneyland Fire Dept. where you will see a lamp in the window.  This window is in Walt Disney’s personal apartment that he built and stayed in when visiting the park.  He would turn the lamp on when he was there and today, the lamp is left on at all times in remembrance of him.  You can read more about it here:  https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/12/disneyland-from-walts-view/   5)  Disneyland is compact.   Whereas Disney World has four theme parks, Disneyland is comprised of two and you can easily park hop between the...