Monday, July 16, 2018

“Welcome Back” Offer from Adventures by Disney

Book your next Adventures by Disney® vacation package within 45 days of returning from your most recent Adventures by Disney trip and save $250 per person on select land and river cruise departures or $150 per person on select long weekend, short escape and Disney Cruise Line vacation packages!* This offer is valid on any 2018 or 2019 departures. 
If you want more information on any Adventures by Disney vacation or would like to receive pricing for this "Welcome Back" Offer - just send me an email me at and I'll be sure to fill you in on the details as soon as I get them!

When you book your Adventures by Disney vacation with me - you'll get a free Disney Gift card for booking your Adventure with me! You'll also have me, a Disney vacation specialist, putting my expert knowledge to your benefit and help you plan a magical Disney vacation! Unlike booking your vacation on your own, you’ll get a dedicated travel professional every step of the way to help you get what you want and knows what you want!

* Book any available departure of an Adventures by Disney itinerary at the non-discounted prevailing price as quoted on on the date of booking (the “Regular Rate”) no later than 45 days following the end of your Adventures by Disney trip and receive either: (i) $250 per person off the Regular Rate of any available Adventures by Disney land package other than an Adventures by Disney Long Weekend land package or Short Escape, (ii) $250 per person off the Regular Rate of any available Adventures by Disney River Cruise package, excluding suites and category A, AA, AB, AP, BA and E staterooms, or (iii) $150 per person off the Regular Rate of any available Adventures by Disney Long Weekend land package or Short Escape.  Adventures by Disney Long Weekends are shorter land packages (5 days/4 nights or shorter) and identified as Long Weekends on  Adventures by Disney Short Escapes are shorter land packages (4 days/3 nights or shorter) and identified as Short Escapes on  Regular Rates vary depending on departure date and time of booking and are subject to change.  To take advantage of this offer, each guest of the booking party must have traveled on an Adventures by Disney trip within 45 days of booking.  Guests must travel within 24 months after the date the original booking was made.  Valid on new bookings made through Adventures by Disney Travel Services, Inc. only.  Savings not applicable toward deposit amount.  Trips are subject to availability.  Offer not transferable or redeemable for cash in whole or in part.  Void where prohibited.  Cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions.  Offer valid for U.S. Residents only.  Offer is subject to change without notice.  Bookings subject to restrictions and Adventures by Disney's standard terms and conditions.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Holiday Fun at Walt Disney World Resort!

The holiday season returns to Walt Disney World® Resort starting November 8, 2018! Celebrate this magical season with festive parties, captivating holiday décor, delicious treats, spectacular entertainment and enchanting experiences that make this season one of the most wonderful times to visit our theme parks, resorts and more! 

 A Flurry of Fun comes back to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® with the return of Sunset Seasons Greetings. Featuring impressive new laser effects and “snow,” holiday magic transforms the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel with spectacular projections of beloved Disney Characters such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Olaf sharing their favorite seasonal stories. Another returning favorite is the nighttime spectacular Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! The new Toy Story Land also gets special seasonal fun including holiday songs on Alien Swirling Saucers and more!

At Epcot®discover joyous holiday traditions of 11 World Showcase nations during the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays beginning November 18, 2018. A favorite holiday tradition at Epcot is the Candlelight Processional and this year it starts performances on Nov. 22, 2018.
New this year at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, the magic of nature will receive a holiday touch with the inclusion of Diwali, the holiday Festival of Lights in India, as part of the new live show UP! A Great Bird Adventure.
There's even more holiday fun at the resorts across Walt Disney World Resort with festive seasonal décor as well as life-sized edible creations. And Disney Springs® is the perfect destination for holiday shopping, dining and entertainment, with the chance to experience holiday magic along the way.
Now is the time to play big and start planning your holiday vacation at Walt Disney World Resort!

When you book your holiday Disney vacation with me, Lauren Gonding - A Disney Vacation Planner, you will get my planning services for FREE including booking the Candlelight Processional Dining Package for you! There are a few ways you can book with me (or to request a quote or to have questions answered), you can:
  1. Email me at;
  2. Answer a few questions to request a quote;
  3. Message me on Facebook; or
  4. Call me at 800-883-1535 x 46
As a Disney Vacation Planner, I'll help you plan the most magical vacation - all for free! You won't pay one penny more by booking with me but you'll get personalized help and advice from someone that will get to know you, your wants and your travel plans (which you’re not going to get if you book on your own or direct with Disney)!  Just a few of the few things I'll do for FREE!
  • Help to find you the perfect Walt Disney World Resort; 
  • I'll make your Advance Dining Reservations (no early mornings for you!); 
  • I'll make your Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Reservations;
  • I'll make your FastPass+ selections (once gain no early mornings for you!); 
  • Book any tours or unique experiences; 
  • Send you tips and tricks to get the most out of your vacation investment; AND 
  • Get a FREE DISNEY GIFT CARD and more! 
With all of these perks from me, you're bound to have a magical vacation!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

New Years Celebrations at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Planning ahead for big holiday events is very important, and New Year’s Eve is right there at the top of the list. If you are looking for a unique experience outside of the theme parks, Disney’s Contemporary Resort is the place to be. But don't wait to book because party bookings are now available!

To ring in 2019, two New Year’s Eve celebrations are available at Disney’s Contemporary Resort: Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration (recommended for families) and Disney Countdown to Midnight, including an option to purchase VIP access to the Ink and Paint Club (recommended for adults without kids). Both celebrations will feature entertainment, music, food and other refreshments, plus a viewing of the  New Year’s Eve fireworks at Magic Kingdom® Park to cap off the night. Here’s what else to expect at each party:
Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration (8 p.m.-12:15 a.m.)
This New Year’s Eve, welcome in 2019 with a festive, family-friendly frolic through some childhood joys during Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Sarge from Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story films will welcome Guests as they arrive at the second floor of the resort. Once inside, Guests will discover spaces that have been transformed with scenes from beloved Pixar movies. Highlights of the evening include:
  • Being enveloped in the worlds of various Disney•Pixar films, like “Inside Out,” “The Incredibles,” “Finding Nemo” and “Up,” including meeting some of your favorite characters.
  • Kids’ activities, including Boot Camp with Sarge, Pixar Face Painting and a balloon artist creating favorite Pixar characters.
  • An interactive DJ spinning Radio Disney hits from his Cars-inspired DJ Rig, complete with tires and road signs right out of Radiator Springs.
  • A delicious buffet dinner, including Woody’s Favorite Lemon Thyme Chicken Breast, Wall-E’s Pan Seared Mahi-Mahi, Rex’s Manhattan Filet, Sulley’s Beast White Cheddar Baked Mac & Cheese, build-your-own salad options, desserts, kids’ favorites like chicken fingers and more.
  • A viewing of the famous Magic Kingdom New Year’s Eve fireworks.
Tickets are $190 per person, including tax and gratuity. To purchase tickets, call me, Lauren Gonding a Disney Vacation Planner at 800-883-1535 x 46!

Disney Countdown to Midnight (8 p.m.-12:15 a.m.)
This New Year’s Eve, dress up and party during Disney Countdown to Midnight – an evening of dining, dancing and enchantment in the Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Discover a world sparkling with magic – everything from a Mickey Mouse mirror ball to Disney Character topiaries – as you move and groove to the high-energy New Year’s Bash Band and a live DJ providing music all night long. Other highlights of the evening include:
  • A “cheftainment” station featuring a seasonal menu inspired by some Disney Signature Dining restaurants – with a touch of Disney magic.
  • A special appearance by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
  • At the end of the night, Guests will be invited out to the porte cochère, where they will receive a Champagne flute and welcome 2019 with a viewing of the famous Magic Kingdom New Year’s Eve fireworks.
Tickets are $275, including tax and gratuity. To purchase tickets, call call me, Lauren Gonding a Disney Vacation Planner at 800-883-1535 x 46!

Ink and Paint Club experience (7 p.m.-12:15 a.m.)
Offered only as a VIP enhancement to the Disney Countdown to Midnight party and located adjacent to the Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, this special reception begins prior to the opening of the main event. At the Ink and Paint Club, Guests will step back in time into a vintage Disney Animation-inspired room with silver Chiavari chairs, metallic tables and references to classic Disney Animation filling the room. Ticketed Guests can visit the lounge throughout the evening, starting with a featured reception from 7-8 p.m. Highlights of this special reception include:
  • Photo opportunities with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse with a unique Disney Animation backdrop.
  • A pianist providing live entertainment.
  • Chef stations featuring king crab, tuna tartare, sheep’s milk ricotta gnocchi, cocktails, Champagne, cordials and more – all included with admission.
  • Reserved seating in the Disney Countdown to Midnight Party when it opens at 8 p.m.
Disney Ink & Paint Club is only available as a part of an enhanced ticket that includes access to both the Disney Countdown to Midnight and the Ink & Paint Club for $450 total per guest. Access to Ink & Paint Club must be purchased concurrently with the Disney Countdown to Midnight ticket and cannot be added on at a later date. To purchase tickets, call call me, Lauren Gonding a Disney Vacation Planner at 800-883-1535 x 46!