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Friday, October 30, 2015

Club Villain Coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios!

Club Villain will be a new a special ticketed event in Sunset Showcase adjacent to Rock ‘n Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World!  Club Villain will feature fabulous performances, delicious food, bewitching cocktails and enchanting encounters with some of the greatest Disney villains!
Club Villain at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Mysterious Dr. Facilier will be your host for the evening, welcoming guests and his friends from the “other side” to his parlor of mystical mishaps, with musical numbers and a wicked mix from his house DJ.  Also stopping by to socialize are the divas of evil, Maleficent, Queen of Hearts, Cruella De Vil and the Evil Queen.

Club Villain provides a spellbinding evening to enjoy fiendish concoctions from the Potions Bar, savor culinary delights from New Orleans and beyond, meet with the villains and dance the night away.  ClubVillain takes place select evenings for $99 per person, tax and gratuity included.  Please note a separate ticket for admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required to enjoy Club Villain.

Interested in visiting Walt Disney World? Let Lauren Gonding - Magical Travel Agent do the work for you!  Email lauren@magicaltravel.com and I will help you with everything from booking your vacation package, to securing your restaurant reservations, and FastPass selections! I will save you not only money but also your time! 


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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Early 2016 Disneyland Room Offer

Make memories like never before during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – commemorating 60 years of Disney magic with dazzling entertainment and sparkling surprises, including three new nighttime spectaculars. It’s a celebration so big, one day simply isn’t enough to enjoy everything in store!



When you stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel, you’ll stay where the magic never ends. Take advantage of exclusive resort benefits, including early access to the Theme Parks and Disney Character Dining.  With Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure®Park and the Downtown Disney® District just steps away, you’ll enjoy convenient access to all the fun! Plus, throughout your stay, you will experience legendary Disney service.

Now you can save up to 20% on Premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa and Disneyland®Hotel, or up to 10% at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel on select nights in 2016!


Interested in visiting Disneyland and want to take advantage of this amazing offer? Email me - Lauren Gonding - Magical Travel Agent  - and I'll send you a FREE vacation quote.  Plus when you let me do the work for you, I will save you not only money by finding you the best discounts, I will also save your time! 

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Friday, October 23, 2015

MagicBand on Demand

Have you been wondering where in the world you can get the purple magic band that has been shown on all the My Magic+ advertisements? MagicBand on Demand is where!  
MagicBand on Demand is a new station inside the Tomorrowland Power & Light Co. located near Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom® Park. In addition to the purple band, you also have the new option to create and personalize retail MagicBands at Walt Disney World® Resort. This new offering is similar to the D-Tech on Demand boutique first introduced in June 2014 at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs™ Marketplace.

At the Tomorrowland location, you can choose to create either a retail MagicBand or a D-Tech phone case.  When creating a retail MagicBand, you can choose from eight different MagicBand colors – including purple – as well as approximately 40 graphics. There will be a few MagicBand graphics that will only be found in this location that salute classic Magic Kingdom Park attractions and icons. In addition to artwork, the retail MagicBand can be personalized with a name printed on the outside.

Once designed, the retail MagicBand is printed in the location. The printers use UV ink which dries immediately and requires no cooling time. And, for the final step, the custom retail MagicBand can be either associated to your My Disney Experience account, or given to friends and family who plan to visit Walt Disney World Resort soon. The cost for a custom retail MagicBand is $21.95, while a personalized retail MagicBand is $29.95.

Interested in visiting Walt Disney World? Let Lauren Gonding - Magical Travel Agent do the work for you!  Email lauren@magicaltravel.com and I will help you with everything from booking your vacation package, to securing your restaurant reservations, and FastPass selections! I will save you not only money but also your time! 

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Snacks with Character

The Disney Parks have been an industry leader on the seriousness that is food allergies.  With every dining reservation that is made, guests are asked if any one in the party has any food allergies.  While dining, the restaurant chef's will meet with the table to disucss what is and isn't safe to order off of the restaurants menu for those suffering food allergies.  Now, the Disney Parks have taken it one step further and have introduced Snacks with Character.
Snacks with Character logo from the Disney Park's Blog.

Snacks with Character are great, off the shelf snacks for guest that have dietary restrictions due to food allergies or because of a lifestyle choice.  The Disney Theme Parks Merchandise teamed up with well-known suppliers to create treats and snacks that are gluten-free, nut-free and other allergy-friendly products.  There are 11 products in this new snack line and based on the pictures (from the Disney Park's Blog), we can see that the snacks include fruit and seed mixes and various types of cookies. We can also tell that some of the Snacks with Character will be a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan!
Snacks with Character - from the Disney Park's Blog

These snacks can be found at merchandise locations at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line ships and at Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa.  To be sure that your certain allergy isn't in the snack product - be sure to read the ingredient label and packaging prior to purchasing! I'll be getting a few of these on my next trip for a product review so stay tuned!

Snacks with Character - from the Disney Park's Blog
Interested in visiting one of the Disney Parks and trying some of these snacks yourself?  Email me at lauren@magicaltravel.com!  I will help you with everything from booking your vacation package, to securing your restaurant reservations, Fast Pass selections! I will save you not only money but also your time! 

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

New Character Location Dining at Walt Disney World

Now there is one more place in Walt Disney World you can enjoy dinner with your favorite Disney pals! As of October 20th, Minnie's Holiday Dine at Hollywood & Vine located in Disney's Hollywood Studios will be a year round celebration!



According to the Disney Parks Blog:

 Minnie’s fabulous dinner parties celebrate the cheerful togetherness of the holidays, the glamour of Hollywood, the delight of spring, the excitement of summer and the frightening fun of Halloween. With each new season, look for unique music, décor, all-new costumes, menu items and interactive musical moments.



I think this will be exciting to see during the different holidays and see what friends Minnie Mouse brings with her! 

Is this something you and your family would be interested in doing?  Email me at lauren@magicaltravel.com!  I will help you with everything from booking your vacation package, to securing your restaurant reservations, Fast Pass selections! I will save you not only money but also your time! 

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Celebrity Narrators Announced for Candlelight Processional

Is it too soon to be talking about Christmas?  Not when it comes to discussing the Candlelight Processional at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort!  The Candlelight Processional is a lovely tradition where the rich sounds of a full orchestra and choir fill the America Gardens Theatre, and a special celebrity narrator takes the stage for a stirring retelling of the Christmas story.   This lovely holiday performance returns to Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort November 27 - December 30, 2015.  

Celebrity Narrators scheduled to make appearances this year include : 
  • 11/27 – 11/29 — Gary Sinise
  • 11/30 – 12/3 — Neil Patrick Harris
  • 12/4 – 12/5 — Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/6 – 12/8 — Joe Morton
  • 12/9 – 12/11 — Ana Gasteyer
  • 12/12 – 12/14 — Meredith Vieira – NEW
  • 12/15 – 12/17— America Ferrera – NEW
  • 12/18 – 12/20 — Chandra Wilson – NEW
  • 12/21 – 12/23 — Daniel Dae Kim – NEW
  • 12/24 – 12/26 — Edward James Olmos
  • 12/27 – 12/28 – Blair Underwood
  • 12/29 – 12/30 — Amy Grant
Showtimes are 5 p.m.6:45 p.m and 8:15 p.m. nightly. Showtimes on Dec. 6 are 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. (Times and narrators are subject to change without notice).

You can enjoy guaranteed seating for this holiday tradition, as well as a delicious meal at an Epcot restaurant with Candlelight Processional Dining Packages – starting $35 for lunch and $50 for dinner for adults (plus tax and gratuity). Packages include an appetizer, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage per person (or one full buffet where applicable). Availability is limited. Please note Park admission is required and is not included in the price of the dining package. Dining packages are not available on Dec. 6, 2015.

Want to go to Walt Disney World to see one of these Candlelight Processional performances, I can help you - email me at lauren@magicaltravel.com!  I will help you with everything from booking your vacation package, to securing your restaurant reservations, Fast Pass selections and even the Candlelight Processional Dining Package! I will save you not only money but also your time! 

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Disney Saving Tip: Disney Savings Jar!

This Disney savings tip utilizes: coupons and… a Disney savings jar!  The savings idea is that the amount of money that you save by using coupons, will be placed in a Disney savings jar for your upcoming Disney vacation.  It is simple, easy and fun!

First you need a place to put your savings - a Disney Savings Jar! I used a half-gallon mason jar that I got from Michaels.  The jar was originally $4.29 but I had a 40% off coupon that lowered the price of my jar to $2.72 with tax.  If you don’t want to buy a jar, you could also use a large food jar that has been thoroughly washed out – you don’t want your Disney savings smelling like pasta sauce or pickles!
Large Mason jars at Michaels.

Now comes the fun part and where you can get your kids involved in the fun – decorating your Disney Savings Jar!  Decorating your savings jar reminds you why you’re putting money in it – your Disney vacation.  If you’re not a crafty person, the jar’s decoration can be as simple as writing “Disney Vacation” with the day your vacation starts.  You can get the kids involved and have them decorate the Disney Savings Jar.  Your or the kids can use paint representing your favorite Disney character; Disney stickers; Disney ribbon; if you have them, glue old paper tickets to the jar; or glue a picture from your most recent Disney trip onto the jar.  The key is to decorate your savings jar so that every time you see it or put money in it you’re reminded of the end goal – money for your Disney vacation!  This is my Disney Savings Jar; it may remind you of a famous mouse.
My Disney Savings Jar

Now that you have your Disney Savings Jar ready for money, where are you getting the money to put in it?  By using coupons! Where are you getting the coupons? Lots of places!   An easy way to start couponing is the Kroger website.  The Kroger website has digital coupons available to download directly onto your shoppers card – no clipping required, all you have to do is click on the “Load to Card” button!  Another great place to get coupons is the Sunday newspaper.  In my local newspaper, there are usually 2 – 3 coupon ‘books’ in the middle with the rest of the store advertisements (Bonus tip: There is currently a Groupon for a subscription to the Cincinnati Enquirer). 
Coupon book from my local newspaper.

Another great place to check for coupons before you go shopping is MyPoints and Swagbucks.  Both websites have coupons you can print to take with you on your shopping trip.  Using MyPoints or Swagbucks coupons is a double savings – you get rewarded for actually redeeming these coupons as well helping you earn free money towards your Disney vacation! (If you’ve not read my blog post about earning free money towards your next Disney vacation – read it here now!).  Also, before you go shopping, be sure to check the store’s website for coupons along with the website retailmenot.com for any coupons that you can use on your shopping trip.
My receipt from Michaels showing the coupon I found on Michaels' website.

While you’re in the store there are store-specific apps that you can use to check for coupons.  My personal favorite is the Target cartwheel app. While I am shopping I use the scan feature within the app to scan the price tag of what I am buying to see if there is an available coupon.  If there, is I just show the cashier the app’s barcode and wha-la instant savings off of my final bill and more money to go into the Disney Savings Jar!


After you’ve done your shopping there is still more ways to save and thus add more money to your Disney Savings Jar!  My favorite app to save money after shopping is Ibotta.  I think of Ibotta more as a rebate rather than a coupon because the savings aren’t an deduction off of my bill.  Ibotta is a free app that after you go shopping, you find the store you shopped at among the many listed.  Then look at the products that have cash rewards.  Once you find something you’ve purchased you need to ‘unlock’ the product’s rebate by completing a simple task, then you verify your purchase by scanning the product   Your cash reward amount will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours. After you’ve racked up $10 in rewards you can transfer the amount to PayPal or to Venmo then transfer that amount into your Disney Savings Jar!  Plus, if you join my Ibotta team (when you sign up use code “ufhta”) we both get an instant $2 savings and we will both earn rewards faster thus having more money to go in our Disney Savings Jars!  I also like Ibotta because its one of the few places that offers “coupons” for alcohol.
barcode and submitting a photo of your store receipt.


Now that you have a Disney Savings Jar and multiple ways to get coupons, how do you know how much to place in your Disney Savings Jar?  This is the easy part!  The stores do the math for you and put on the receipt how much you’ve saved - they tell you the exact amount of how much you need to put in your Disney Savings Jar!  As for how often you want to contribute to your jar that is up to you on what you feel comfortable with.  Do you only save the grocery coupon savings? Do you save on every coupon used?  Do you save only the coupon amount from Target? It is up to you, what you’re comfortable with and how much you want to save.
It was late and I counted my change wrong. But it ended up being more money in the savings jar so I kept it!
My final tip in regards to using a Disney Savings Jar: keep the jar somewhere you're going to see it.  This way you'll be reminded that you need to place your money-saved in the jar!  I keep my Disney Savings Jar on top of the refrigerator, that way I'm reminded to place my saved money in it while I'm putting my groceries away.


My last overall money saving tip is to use contact me to help you plan and book your next Disney vacation.  Not only will I help you save the most money possible, I will help save you in time by looking for the best deal!  I will also save you time by helping you book those hard to get restaurant reservations to Fast Pass selections Email me at lauren@magicaltravel.com to get your next Disney vacation started today!  

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