Category Archives: Disney’s Aulani

2015 Disney Packages are Coming!


If you are anything like me you’ve been anxiously awaiting Disney’s release of 2015 packages.   Starting July 30th we can book Disney World, Disneyland and Aulani packages for 2015.  Packages are valid for arrivals January 1, 2015-December 31, 2015.  The last date of your vacation must not be more than 499 days in the future.

Are you dreaming of Disney in 2015?  Contact me today to be added to our 2015 Disney watch list!  We’ll save you time by sending you a quote straight away on July 30th!

Disney Savings Ideas

I hear a lot of comments from guests, friends, and maybe even my husband that Disney vacations can take a while to save for.  Being a military family I know we are on a budget and save for each vacation so we can pay cash for it and enjoy the holiday.  We recently started saving with two clever ideas we heard about.   Here are some easy Disney savings ideas you can jump on straight away to make your dream vacation a reality!

Recently I heard that if you fill a two liter soda bottle with dimes you’ll have saved $700.  I thought this was a great way to save some cash for trips.  Whether we use it for tips and spending money or put it towards our trip balance, how easy is it to stick your spare change in a liter bottle.  I even added a little vinyl to the bottle to spruce it up and identify what we’re using it for.  I’ll be honest we stuck a few pennies and nickels in there as well.  I’m curious to see how much we’ll have saved when it’s full!


My husband started this weekly savings plan where you put a certain amount away each week of the year.  As an alternative you could easily just do for 52 weeks starting now!  I’ve also had friends who do it in reverse so that the big amounts come out first instead of around the holidays.  You can also double the amounts and same even more!

52 Week Savings Challenge

Of course Disney has now jumped on board with their own savings account you can deposit money into and apply towards your vacation.  You can sign up here for your own account.

What do you do to save for your Disney vacation?

Add Us!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to use a travel agent on your next trip?  If you booked your Disney World vacation directly through Disney Reservations, or on, you can transfer your existing reservation for us!  When you transfer your existing reservation to us you will receive a FREE GIFT CARD to spend on your trip.  In addition, all our concierge services are at NO COST to you!


Frequently Asked Questions On Transfer Reservations

How Much Is The Disney Gift Card?

The amount of the FREE Disney gift card varies based on the total package price of your Disney vacation.  (Not including airfare)

$1500-2000                         FREE $15 Disney Gift Card

$2001-3500                         FREE $25 Disney Gift Card

$3500 and up                      FREE $50 Disney Gift Card

How Do I Add You As My Travel Agent on a Disney Reservation?

We will email you a form that you sign and fax to Disney.  It takes about 3 business days for Disney to add us to the reservation.  Your package stays exactly the same, Disney only adds our name as the agency helping you plan your vacation.  We will then mail you your FREE Disney gift card with your final travel package to add a little extra magic to your Disney vacation!

Does Anything Change on my Reservation?

No, everything on your reservation stays exactly the same!  The only difference is that our agency is added to your reservation enabling you to receive exemplary customer service and all the Mouse Perks that we offer!

Can I Add You To A Reservation Made with Another Travel Agent or AAA?

As an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, Disney allows us to take over a reservation, because Disney knows we will take exceptional care of their guests.  Our guests are much happier and better prepared for their vacation than a guest that books directly with Disney!  For this reason, Disney allows us to take over your reservation.

As a professional courtesy, we do not take over travel agent bookings.  Travel Agents are not paid and only make money on commissions from the destination.  If you have been working with a travel agent, they worked hard to help you plan your trip so we do not take over bookings from fellow travel agents.

Are There Fees To Add You To Our Reservation?

No fees what-so-ever are incurred when you transfer your reservation!  Our services are always free to you.  Our commission is paid directly by Disney.  You simply get fabulous service and loads of extra benefits!

When Do I Get My Disney Gift Card? 

Once your trip reservations are paid in full, you will receive your Disney Gift Card with your final package documents.



Save Money – Add us to your Disney reservation and receive a FREE Disney Gift Card! We also help you save money (even after you booked your vacation) with discount watching.  If a better discount comes along after you booked, we will let you know about.  Imagine saving money after you bought and paid for your vacation – it happens all of the time with our guests!

Save Time – Our guests save up to 4 hours a day in line at the Orlando Theme Parks!  What is your time worth? Imagine your own personal assistant to help make your vacation more magical with itinerary planning (valued at $149), dining suggestions/dining reservations (valued at $60), driving directions, and much more.  We help you with all of the details to plan your vacation and all for FREE!

Extra Magic – Only with our company can you make those magical moments happen with personalized pictures of Mickey Mouse for your kids, Disney Theme Park Guide Maps (right from the parks), itinerary planning, and much more with your Disney World Package.  This is only magic that we offer our guests!

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There’s More Than Meets The Eye

Disney is famous for it’s theme parks and their cruise lines are currently ranking first in their category.  There are so many fabulous opportunities to vacation with Disney that extend far beyond the parks though.  Take a minute to get to know all that Disney has to offer, from the theme parks to the cruise ship, to Hawaii to adventures abroad!

Like what you see?  Where would you travel if you could go anywhere in the world?  Contact me at to plan your next vacation!

Why Should I Use A Travel Agent?

Here’s a question we frequently here, “So many people travel to Disney.  Why should my family use a travel agent to plan our trip?”   Disney destinations are a great example, but the reasons you should use a travel agent can extend beyond Disney destinations to other vacation spots as well.  We want you to be as well informed as possible so we compiled a list of the top ten reasons you should use a travel agent to plan your next vacation.
1.  Fee Free Why not?  Our services are free to you.

2.   Alleviate Stress.  Planning a vacation can be stressful, however a travel agent takes the stress away by planning a magical vacation perfectly suited to your family’s needs and desires.

3.   Save time. Save time by letting us hunt down the best deal, score reservations at the restaurant you’ve been dying to try or arrange and coordinate all of your travel details.

4.  Save money!  Not only will we find you the best deal available, but we can often, as is the case with Disney, apply discount to your reservation as soon as they come out saving you even more money!  We will watch for discounts that can make your trip even more affordable after you book for you!

5.  Knowledge and expertise.  As a travel agent specializing in Disney and Universal Studios we have traveled to these destinations extensively.  No need to read a guide book or two or hunt down information that pertains to you and your travel party.  Need to know what rides are good for toddlers?  We know!  Want to propose at the most romantic spots in Magic Kingdom?  We can help!

6.  Personal service.   Our goal is to establish a relationship with our guests where we get to know them and anticipate their wants and needs!  When you need something you have the convenience and consistency of talking to the same person who knows your family and how you travel.

7.  Itinerary Planning.  Need a day to day outline of what to do?  We’ll provide you with the best days to visit the parks, restaurant recommendations and reservations, help you avoid lines and many more tips for a successful trip!

8.  Extra Magic – Only with our company can you make those magical moments happen with pictures of Mickey Mouse for your kids, Theme Park Guide Maps, MousePerks, discount Orlando MagicCards, and much more for your vacation.  We offer similar perks for Disney Cruise and Universal Studios packages.

9.  Have an Advocate.  We are here to help you.  While most trips run smoothly, should something go wrong your travel agent is here to help.  We can handle rearranging details of your trip so that, despite a bump in the road, it is as enjoyable as possible for you!

10.  Availability.  Whatever your preferred way to communicate for long discussions or quick questions, we are available via email, phone, Facebook, Twitter and more!  We’ll keep you up to date on deals you don’t want to miss and bring the magic to you leading up to your trip and beyond!
There are so many reasons to book with us, what are you waiting for!  Don’t stress about your trip and agonize over were to stay or eat.  Don’t wait for hours on hold every time you need to modify your reservation.  Instead allow us to take the worry and hassle out of vacations by creating a magical trip perfectly tailored to your needs!

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