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SPECIAL OFFER ON DISNEY CRUISE LINE FALL SAILINGS FROM GALVESTON   Leave a comment

This fall, Disney Cruise Line® will say farewell to its homeport in Galveston, Texas. But you can still get onboard and take advantage of a great offer plus, receive an onboard credit and half-off deposit.

Rates for a 7-night Bahamian or Western Caribbean cruise start at $699 for an Inside stateroom, $749 for Oceanview stateroom and $899 for Verandah stateroom (per person, based on double occupancy).Offer Details:

Book a Disney Wonder® sailing and receive a $100 onboard credit with an Inside stateroom, a $150 onboard credit for Oceanview stateroom, or a $200 onboard credit for a Verandah stateroom—and receive half-off deposit if booked through May 15, 2013.

Travel Window:

  • Valid on most 7-night sailings from Sept. 28 – Nov. 16, 2013

Additional Details:

  • Contact Lin at Once Upon a Time Vacations for bookings
  • Government Taxes and Fees and Port Adventures not included
  • Per person government taxes and fees are approximately $80 per person for 7-night Bahamas and Western Caribbean cruises (all amounts subject to change)
  • Excludes categories with restrictions (IGT, OGT and VGT)
  • Half-off deposit valid for categories 00T – 11C
  • Deferred deposit due at final payment
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or onboard credits
  • See Disney Cruise Line website for cruise details and applicable Terms and Conditions
  • Shipboard credit is non-refundable and non-transferable

 

What’s New: Taking the Disney Guest Experience to the Next Level   1 comment

*I received this email today from Disney Destinations Travel Agent Communications, and thought I would share it with all of you.  I’m very curious about people’s thoughts on this, as mine are quite torn!  Please share your thoughts and opinions by comment!  ~Lin

At Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, we continually push the boundaries of creativity and innovation to deliver the best possible experience for our Guests. We’re always looking for ways to take what we do and do it even better. Over the past few years, we’ve devoted considerable time and resources to create a more immersive, more seamless and more personal experience for each and every Guest who spends time with us. I know there’s been significant speculation about these efforts among our fans, so we’re pleased to give you a glimpse into the work we are doing to take the entire Disney Guest experience to the next level.

Interactive Queues

Some of these initiatives are more apparent and can already be seen by our Guests – like our interactive queues at Walt Disney World® Resort and the Enchanted Art on our cruise ships – while others are more behind-the-scenes and are focused on “how” visitors plan, access and enjoy their experiences with us. Over the next several months, we’ll be rolling out a collection of tools at the Walt Disney World Resort called MyMagic+ that will give Guests more opportunities to customize and personalize their entire visit.

Like most people who visit Walt Disney World Resort, my family and I have our “must-do” attractions, and as the father of three boys, those attractions often end with the word “mountain.” Now, rather than dashing as a group, or even splitting up to gather FastPasses, imagine booking guaranteed ride times for your favorite shows and attractions even before setting foot in the park. With MyMagic+, Guests will be able to do that and more, enabling them to spend more time together and creating an experience that’s better for everyone.

FastPass+

A major component of MyMagic+ is the new My Disney Experience website and mobile app, which gives Guests planning their trip the latest information on all Walt Disney World Resort has to offer. We know that some people like to plan every aspect of their Disney vacation in advance while others like to plan very little, letting their day unfold spontaneously. No matter where Guests fall in that spectrum, My Disney Experience gives them the flexibility to plan as much or as little as they’d like to create the exact Disney experience they want. They can book dining and other experiences and reserve times for their favorite attractions, shows and more through an enhanced FastPass system, FastPass+. Once they arrive, they can use their smart phones to spontaneously change their plans in the moment, exploring our parks at their own pace and getting the most out of their visit.

MagicBand

Linking the entire MyMagic+ experience together is an innovative piece of technology we developed called the MagicBand. Worn on the wrist, it will serve as a Guest’s room key, theme park ticket, access to FastPass+ selections, PhotoPass card and optional payment account all rolled into one. We’ve began testing certain aspects of MyMagic+ in Florida last month and the early reactions we’ve gotten have been fantastic.

This collection of tools is another step forward in the ongoing evolution of our Guest experience, giving us even more ways to help friends and family create the unforgettable Disney memories that they want most. We’ll be testing, adjusting and adding features to MyMagic+ and My Disney Experience over time and will continue to make improvements based on our Guests’ feedback. We look forward to sharing more with you in the months ahead!

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!

 

Extended Disney Cruise Line Kids Sail Free from Galveston Booking Available Today!   Leave a comment

Disney Cruise Line announced the dates for the remaining 2013 spring sailing dates.  These sailings are already selling out, and going quickly!  If you are interested, contact us today for a free, no obligation quote!

KIDS SAIL FREE ON SELECT

CRUISES FROM GALVESTON

Kids ages 17 and under can sail FREE on select 4-, 6-, and 8-night Disney Cruise Line® sailings from Galveston.

Offer Details:

To take advantage of this offer, kids must travel with two full-fare Guests in the same stateroom in categories 4A – 11B on most cruises from Jan. 12 – April 26, 2013. Government Taxes and Fees are not included and are as follows: approximately $40 per person for 4-night Western Caribbean cruises, $52 per person for 6-night Western Caribbean cruises and $84 per person for 8-night Bahamian cruises (all amounts subject to change).

Travel Window:

  • Most sail dates Jan. 12 – April 26, 2013

Additional Details:

  • This offer is only available to residents of the U.S., Canada and Latin America
  • Offer applies only to stateroom categories 4A – 11B
  • Excludes suites, category 11C staterooms and GTY categories with restrictions (VGT, OGT, IGT)
  • The number of staterooms allocated for this offer is limited
  • Stateroom accommodations for four or more Guests are limited and based on availability at the time of booking
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other special offers or discounts
  • For children age 17, verification of age is required within 48 hours of booking.  Failure to submit complete identification will result in a cancellation with applicable cancellation fees.  Proper form of verification must be sent via e-mail to DCL.Resort.and.Travel.Operations.Specialist@Disney.com or via fax to 407-566-7739.
  • Additional Terms and Conditions apply

 

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I love photo contests, and this family travel photo competition is clearly right up my ally! I hope you have a photo you can enter as well!

Expedia: Bad for the Traveler, Bad for the Hotel   3 comments

I stumbled upon an expertly written post about the dangers of working with mega-sites such as Expedia.com to book your travel.  This article is in particularly interesting, as it is written from the point of view of a boutique hotel owner, who has suffered severely under Expedia.

As a travel agent, I always encourage my clients to book with a reputable travel agent.  I understand that price is an issue, and sometimes you will find a price on a site such as expedia.com or hotels.com that is lower than what an agent is quoting you, but you really have to take the time to explore why the pricing is different.  The public needs to understand that travel is not a discount business.  Suppliers will offer discounts and specials based on their own corporate strategy, but you have to know when and where to look.  Travel Agents are not magicians, we are just here to do the research for you, and keep you in the loop of what is currently available.

The dangers of working with these travel mega-sites is that there is no one to answer your questions, deal with your problems, etc.  You can call a 1-800 customer service number and be passed from person to person to person without ever getting an actual answer to your question or resolution to your problem, if you can even talk to a person at all!  These companies do not operate in order to provide customer service.  They operate in order to take a commission cut from the supplier itself, the customer means little to them.  In fact, they can get away with offering basically nothing in the way of customer support because they can blame any issue on the hotel supplier and take none of the blame for themselves.

Okay, off my soapbox for now…  Anyway, please take the time to read the article linked here.  It is definitely worth the time, and will hopefully offer some insight into the real world of online travel mega-sites.
Expedia: Bad for the Traveler, Bad for the Hotel by Luna Blue’s Playazone.

Happy Travels!

Lin

Coming Jan. 2 – New Sail Dates Added to the DCL Galveston Kids Sail Free Offer!   Leave a comment

On Jan. 2, Disney Cruise Line® will add new sail dates to its Kids Sail Free offer for most 4-, 6- and 8-night sailings departing from Galveston Jan. 12 – April 26, 2013. Bookings for the new sail dates will open Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.  These sailings will most likely go fast, as they may coincide with Spring Break dates!  Contact me at Once Upon a Time Vacations for a free, no obligation quote today!  ~Lin

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