Shop Til You Drop at the D23 Expo 2017

Shop ‘Til You Drop at the D23 Expo 2017

I learned very quickly at the D23 Expo 2015 that one truly can “shop ‘til you drop!” First, the official Disney stores have so much cool stuff. Many of the items are D23 Expo exclusives. They are not available anywhere else. Because of this, I seriously overspent. Add in the shopping opportunities from all the vendors and you truly have a Disney shopper’s nirvana (or worst nightmare since they will have to choose between so many cool things).

The Disney Store – The first time I went to the D23 Expo, I did not understand the importance of going to The Disney Store early. The lines were super long and I figured I Continue reading

Why the Treehouse Villas Are My “Go To” Resort for Relaxation at Walt Disney World

Looking for relaxation at Walt Disney World Resort or other Disney Parks? Look no further. Join me as I explore why the Treehouse Villas at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa is my “go to” resort for relaxation and then check out other choices in this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop.

It can be difficult to take time out to relax on a vacation to Walt Disney World Resort, especially if one doesn’t get there often. You’ve paid all that money so you want to see and do everything! Unfortunately, unless you’re planning to be there for weeks, it’s just not possible, so prioritize and take some time for yourself. After all, it’s your vacation… and I have just the place to do it, a Treehouse Villa at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. Continue reading

Where to Book Early When Making Dining Reservations at Walt Disney World Resort

Not All Dining Reservations Are Created Equal – Where to Book Early When Making Dining Reservations at Walt Disney World Resort

Looking for tips for your first Disney vacation? Look no further. This month’s Blogorail Blue Loop is sharing tips for your first Disney vacation.

A few weeks ago, I covered when and how to make dining reservations at Walt Disney World Resort, but in reality, that’s kind of the easy part. With so many choices, how does one decide where to make dining reservations? It really comes down to personal preference, the food is great at all of the table service restaurants, but there are a few tips that everyone should know.

Not All Dining Reservations Are Created Equal - Where to Book Early When Making Dining Reservations at Walt Disney World ResortFirst, there are a few restaurants where very early reservations are an absolute must. It is even possible that these restaurants won’t have any availability as soon as the reservations open up. This is because many visitors make sure to be on the Walt Disney World website or on the phone with dining reservations as soon as the 180 day mark hits.  In addition, those staying in a Walt Disney World Resort hotel can book dining reservations once it is 180 days from their check in date, even for days later in their stay (up to 10 days), so reservations 181 days or even 190 days out could be taken by those guests. Even though reservations officially open at 7am Eastern each day, many advise getting on the computer earlier and trying prior to that if you’re looking for one of these extremely popular dining locations that include: Continue reading

Why You Should Use a Travel Agent for Your Disney Vacation

Five Reasons You Should Use a Travel Agent for Your Next Disney Vacation

As much as I travel, I rarely use a travel agent. Yet, there are times that I know that using one is extremely beneficial. Planning a Disney vacation is definitely one of those times. Why? Continue reading

Does Having a Reservation Mean You'll Have a Rental Car When the Time Comes?

Do You Know Your Rights and Limitations When It Comes to Overbooking Travel Issues? Part 3 – Rental Cars

Even Jerry Seinfeld had an issue with a rental car company overbooking. Remember this episode?

Jerry: I don’t understand. Do you have my reservation?
Rental Car Agent: We have your reservation, we just ran out of cars.
Jerry: But the reservation keeps the car here. That’s why you have the reservation.
Rental Car Agent: I think I know why we have reservations.
Jerry: I don’t think you do. You see, you know how to take the reservation, you just don’t know how to hold the reservation. And that’s really the most important part of the reservation: the holding. Anybody can just take them. Continue reading