Archive for the ‘Disneyland’ Tag

Whether Disney World or Disney Cruise Line, or Anything in Between…   Leave a comment

People often ask why they should book their Disney vacations through Magical Details Travel/Once Upon a Time Vacations vs. Disney directly or a mega site such as Travelocity.  The answer is simple.  Because we “know” Disney, and we truly care about your vacation experience.  We know that a Disney vacation, or any vacation for that matter, is not an every day occurrence , and we want to make sure that the vacation you take is as close to your dreams as possible, and fitted to the needs of your family.

The pricing we provide you is probably going to be exactly the same as what you would obtain from Disney direct.  However, the difference is in the personal service that we offer.  When you book through Disney directly, or a travel wholesaler, you are already paying a built in surcharge whether you realize it or not.  And what you get for that surcharge is, well, a resort reservation.  That’s it.

When you book your vacation through one of our travel specialists you pay the same amount (sometimes less depending on what available discounts there are at the time of booking), but are also receiving the personal attention of a dedicated travel specialist.  A specialist who is dedicated to you, and focused on fulfilling your needs.  Simply let us know what you are looking for are we will do our very best to implement it – along with some advice and/or suggestions along the way.  We are not only here to help with your initial reservation, but we will also make your Advanced Dining Reservations, see to your special requests, create custom itineraries, and answer any and all questions throughout the planning process, and while you are on your vacation.  We also keep a vigilant eye on new discounts and special offers to ensure that the vacation you have dreamed of comes to you at the best possible price point.

And, no need to worry!  You are still in control of your own vacation.  Our aim is to work with you to plan and implement the best possible vacation experience.  The vacation that you want.  Whether you are a Disney Pro, and have visited 100 times, you can still benefit from working with a vacation specialist.

And, best of all, when you book through Magical Details Travel/Once Upon a Time Vacations, you are supporting a small business.  A business run by moms with a passion!

Already made you reservation?  We can still help you out!  Once Upon a Time Vacations is proud to bring you our Gift Card offer for anyone who transfers their existing Disney booking to Once Upon a Time Vacations!


Simply give us a call or shoot us an email and let us know that you would like to transfer your booking to us and we will be more than happy to assist you.  (We will only accept transfers from Disney directly.  We do not endorse or allow you to transfer reservations from another travel agent.)

All Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line and Aulani bookings that have a balance due can be transferred without interruption or change to your reservation. We will present you with a $25 Disney Gift Card for your transfer.

Travel must be within 2013, gift card will be given once trip has been paid in full. Offer also valid on any NEW reservations made through Once Upon a Time Vacations prior to February 28th as well!

Ready to get started!?  Visit us at Once Upon a Time Vacations or find us on Facebook at Once Upon at Time Vacations – Destination Central or Magical Details Travel.


Happy Travels!



Awesome New Disney Page on Facebook!   1 comment

For those of you who are fans of Disney history there is a new Facebook page just for you!

My sweet friend, and former Disney Store co-worker, Andrea just launched a new page, My Disney Experiences.  She shares great Disney Company history, as well as some antics from her past Cast Member days.  Andrea logged 15 years with Disney and has some great stories to share.  She is also a wealth of information and an all-around awesome gal!  

Andrea at the Walt Disney Studios

Disney Snacks!   Leave a comment

In preparation for future posts regarding the delicious assortment of Disney snacks available to park-goers, I thought I’d ask for your favorites!  If you don’t see yours listed, please add it in the comments!

My favorite?  It’s a toss up between a Dole Whip Float and a Caramel Apple!

New Page on Our Blog Featuring Special Offers   Leave a comment

Earlier this week I added a new page with links to additional pages featuring current Disney Parks and Cruise Line special offers.  I will update it as special offers are released, and it will be a great source for all of you to stay connected with the current discounts.  Just click on the Current Disney Special Offers tab at the top of the blog for access to the offers from Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Aulani.

I hope you find this page helpful!

And remember!


2013 is Disney Time!   4 comments

Its Disney Time!

Disney Time

Disney Parks will be giving away a vacation a day in January!  Thats 31 vacations and 31 lucky winning families!  You can begin entering at 12:01AM Eastern on January 1st, only about half an hour from now!

This contest is unique.  Rather than generic trips, you get to select the vacation experience that is just right for you and your family!

Vacation Experiences Include:


If you believe in the magic of Disney, this is the vacation for you! You’ll be greeted with a welcoming in-room décor package, enjoy up-close cuddly encounters at a Disney Character dining experience and get special VIP viewing at a Disney Theme Park parade or show. This is a magical 5-day/4-night vacation for 4 that includes air transportation, hotel accommodations, Theme Park tickets, Disney’sPhotoPass® Service, $500 Disney Gift Card, a welcome basket, with extra special magical surprises and delights.


Get ready to be immersed in Disney magic from being a character to conquering evil villains! This vacation includes two Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Princess makeovers or two Pirates League experiences*, or one of each. Disney’s Family Magic Tour, a fun guided interactive quest to save the Magic Kingdom®Theme Park from a dastardly Disney Villain scheme, is also included. Plus you’ll share extra hugs and giggles at a Character Dining experience. This is a magical 5-day/4-night vacation for 4 that includes air transportation, hotel accommodations, Theme Park tickets, Disney’s PhotoPass® Service, $500 Disney Gift Card, a welcome basket, along with special surprises and delights for big and little believers who wish be part of the magic.
*Pirates League experience available for Walt Disney World® vacations only.


If you like your entertainment big, wild and colorful, this vacation is for you! At
Walt Disney World® Resort, this vacation has you diving into some cool water park thrills, taking a Wild Africa Trek through the Pangani Forest for some close creature encounters atDisney’s Animal Kingdom® Park and enjoying amazing dinner extravaganzas like Fantasmic! Dining at Walt Disney World® Resort. AtDisneyland® Resort, it’s special World of Color dining and viewing*, a one-day
Adventures By Disney® Lights! Camera! Magic! Tour of Hollywood and Fantasmic!
V.I.P. seating with desserts included. This vacation is action packed with eye-popping shows and entertainment! It’s a delightful 5-day/4-night vacation for 4 that includes air transportation, hotel accommodations, Theme Park tickets, Disney’s PhotoPass® Service, $500 Disney Gift Card, a welcome basket, along with special adventures you’ll never forget!
*World of Color experience based on availability


Looking for fun and adventure beyond the Disney Theme Parks? This is your kind of vacation! At Walt Disney World® Resort, dive into some Water Parks thrills, enjoy a shopping spree, and choose from a world of recreational options from kayaking to miniature golf. At Disneyland® Resort, enjoy an Adventures By Disney® Lights! Camera! Magic! experience, plus a shopping spree and a special World of Color Dining and viewing* experience. It’s an all-out fun 5-day/4-night vacation for 4 that includes air transportation, hotel accommodations, Theme Park tickets, Disney’s PhotoPass® Service, $500 Disney Gift Card, a welcome basket, along with special thrills and options that are sure to keep you smiling.
*World of Color experience based on availability


Who says a Disney Parks vacation is just for kids? There’s nothing more magical that adult time in and around the Disney Parks, with unlimited kidlike playtime too if you wish. AtWalt Disney World® Resort, enjoy some Water Park thrills, a fine dining experience for four, plus a round of golf or spa treatment. You have great choices. At Disneyland® Resort, take in some fine dining and a night on the town at Downtown Disney. The entertainment is plentiful, and you’ll get to do it up right! This vacation is a fun-filled 5-day/4-night vacation for 4 that includes air transportation, hotel accommodations, Theme Park tickets, Disney’sPhotoPass® Service, $500 Disney Gift Card, a welcome basket and special surprises and delights for grownups without kids.

For all the contest details, official rules, and  terms of service visit the Disney Parks “Disney Time” Official Website!

Personally, I’m torn between the Happy Happenings and Sweet Romance options!  But the others sound great too!  Decisions, decisions, decisions!   What ones are you most interested in?

Good luck in the contest!  And, if you don’t happen to win I hope you will consider Once Upon a Time Vacations for your vacation needs!

Happy New Year!

Halloween Decorating Tips from the Experts at Disneyland!   1 comment

Want to decorate like a pro?  Check out the video below for some expert tips from Disneyland Resort David Caranci.

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