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Military Monday – Sea World Military Discount

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It’s Military Monday!  Time to focus on another great thank you from the folks at Sea World Parks & Entertainment.  They participate in the Waves of Honor program which offers free park admission once per year to all active duty military, activated or drilling reservists, or National Guardsmen, as well as three direct dependents.  The Active Duty service member must show ID.  This is a great add on to any Disney World trip with a visit to Sea World Orlando!

Not only is this discount a great addition to your trip to Orlando, but the discount is also valid at Sea World San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Sea World San Antonio, Sesame Place, Aquatica San Diego, Adventure Island and Water Country USA.

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With this great deal you’d be crazy not to add a day of fun at Sea World onto your Orlando or California vacation.

For more information contact me at gretchen@destinationsinflorida.com.

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Stay, Play and Dine Discount Announced for Early 2015 at Disney World!

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You’ve been asking, and waiting, and it’s finally arrived!  The first Disney discount offer of 2015 is Stay, Play and Dine!

The Stay, Play and Dine offer is valid for travel December 14-20, 2014 and January 5-March 7, 2015.  A minimum stay of 3 nights and 2-day tickets is required to take advantage of this fabulous offer!

Booking Windows are as follows:

  • Visa Cardholders: October 6-December 29, 2014
  • General Public: October 9-December 29, 2014

This offer excludes Art of Animation Little Mermaid Rooms, Grand Floridian Villas, Bay Lake Tower, Poly Villas, Campsites and 3 bedroom Villas.

If you prefer to skip the bundle discount Disney is also offering a Room-Only discount as well.  Save up to 30% on rooms most nights during stays January 5-March 28,2015.   Discounts are limited and rates vary

  • All Star Sports, All Star Music, Pop Century and  Art Of Animation Family Suites 15% off on weekends, 20% off on weekdays
  • All Star Movies 10% off on weekends, 15% off on weekdays
  • Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach, POR-Riverside, Wilderness Cabins 20% off on weekends, 25% off on weekdays
  • Port Orleans French Quarter 10% off on weekends, 15% off on weekdays
  • Coronado Springs Suites 10% off all nights
  • Yacht Club, Beach Club, Boardwalk, Polynesian, Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, Animal Kingdom Lodge {standard and pool view only at AKL}  30% off all nights
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge Club Level and Savanna View 20% off all nights
  • Deluxe Suites at all Deluxe Resorts 10% off
Villa Resorts:
  • Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, Beach Club, Boardwalk Villas, Wilderness Lodge Villas 30% off all nights
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo and Kidani 20% off

This offer excludes Art of Animation Little Mermaid Rooms, Grand Floridian Villas, Bay Lake Tower, Poly Villas, Campsites and 3 bedroom Villas.

Are you ready to save while you Stay, Play and Dine at Walt Disney World?  Contact me at gretchen@destinationsinflorida.com or through my contact form for more information and a quick quote!

Disney Parks Extend Military Discount Into 2015!

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Disney announced today that it is extending it’s amazing military discount, otherwise known as the Armed Forces Salute, into 2015 for both Disney World and Disneyland.  Please note there have been some slight ticket price increases, but the percentage discounts are equal to what was offered last year.

At Walt Disney World:

August 25, 2014 through September 30, 2015 active duty and retired military (as well as active duty and retired members of the Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) and their spouses can purchase

  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $177 each, plus tax
  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Park Fun and More Option for $177 each, plus tax
  • Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More Options for $207 each, plus tax.

Walt Disney World Resort tickets may be used September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except that the tickets may not be used December 22, 2014 – January 2, 2015 and March 29 – April 9, 2015.

In addition guests can save 40% off Deluxe Resorts, 35% off moderates and Fort Wilderness cabins and 30% off values, including Art of Animation (excluding Little Mermaid Rooms).

At Disneyland:

From August 25, 2014 through October 1, 2015 active duty and retired military (as well as active duty and retired members of the Coast Guard, National Guard and Reservists) and their spouses can purchase:

  • Disney Military Promotional 3-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $132 each

Disneyland tickets may be used September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except that the tickets may not be used December 25, 2014 – January 4, 2015 and March 29 – April 9, 2015.

Guests can enjoy 40% off at the Grand Californian Hotel, 35% off at the Disneyland Hotel and 30% off at Paradise Pier.

Hotel discounts at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts are valid most nights for stays September 28, 2014-October 3, 2015 with the following block out dates:

  • November 27 – November 29, 2014
  • December 24 – December 31, 2014
  • March 30 – April 4, 2015

Resort hotel rooms are limited so book your vacation as soon as possible!

For more information, or a quick, no obligation quote, please contact me today!

2015 Disney Packages are Coming!

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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 World Marathon Registration Opens with Great Room Discounts!

Howdy runners and aspiring runners!  Today is the day that early registration opens up for the Disney World Marathon weekend!  Get ready to rumble at noon EST today!  Regular registration opens at noon EST on April 22nd!  Are you planning on registering for a race weekend event?  Or are you just looking for a great deal?  Look no further!  Destinations in Florida has great rates for race weekend to create the most magical racecation you can imagine!  Contact me at gretchen@destinationsinflorida.com or 818-519-0777 for more information and a quick, no-obligation quote!

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What to Wear Wednesday – Disney Cruise Edition!

Once upon a time I would put together outfits, put on makeup, do my hair and head out for the day, or just to go to the market.  Along came kids and suddenly I was lucky to put on a clean shirt and yoga pants!  So when faced with a cruise I was totally conflicted on what to pack, but most importantly was left asking myself what to wear!  I’m sure I can’t be the only person asking this so to the best of my ability I’ve put together my key outfits for you to give you an idea of what to wear on your next cruise!

I sailed on the Disney Magic on a 3-Night Bahamian cruise with stops at Nassau, Bahamas and Disney’s private island Castaway Cay.

Day 1: Embarkation/Sail Away

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For this day I wanted to be comfortable since I would be spending some time at the resort at Disney World for breakfast and a little shopping at Downtown Disney, but also quite a bit of time on a bus between the resort and Port Canaveral.  I settled on white pixie ankle pants from Old Navy and a sheer blue blouse with anchors over a white Old Navy tami.

Day 2: Nassau/Pirate Party

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Since this was a training trip I had meetings in the morning, but planned to explore Nassau afterwards.  I wore gray, wide legged linen pants with a white top with crochet detail.  Super comfy!

For pirate night I switched into a modified pirate costume.  This was not my favorite outfit of the trip after having a baby two months prior, but it was worth being in the spirit of the evening!

Day 3: Castaway Cay

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Can you say swimsuit and cover up?  Yep!  That’s what I wore during my day at the beach on Castaway Cay.  And no, there is no photographic evidence!  But the outfit I wore that evening was probably my favorite, and the most flattering.  I had purchased this dress last year for Easter.  I paired it with a turquoise belt and a Target cami.

Day 4: Debarkation

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I realize I have zero pictures of this outfit, but I wore some ankle length jeans from Old Navy and an adorable Mickey Mouse shirt with a blue tank top underneath.  Comfy for the plane ride home and a nice reminder of my all too quick trip on the Magic.

In full disclosure, I really love theme outfits, parties, movie nights etc so I went a little crazy with Old Navy’s current nautical theme.  It was so convenient to do some one stop shopping and be ready to cruise!

Are you ready to cruise with Disney?  I’d love to help you plan a magical voyage at sea with Mickey and friends!  Contact me at gretchen@destinationsinflorida.com or 818-519-0777 for a quick, no obligation quote for your next vacation.

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Character Meals Coming to Disney’s Star Wars Weekends!

A galactic adventure awaits all Star Wars fans!  Beginning May 4th -June 15 Hollywood Studios will have two new Character Dining Meals for Star Wars Weekend.  These will be available to book starting 3/26/2014.

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First up is Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine.  This will be a dinner and will feature Jedi Mickey, Leia Minnie, Darth Goofy, Stormtrooper Donald, and Ewok Chip and Dale.   Seatings for dinner will begin at 4:15 and go until park close.  All meals will include a digital download of a photograph with Ewok Chip and Dale.  Prices:  $56.99 for Adults and $32.99 for kids.  This dining experience can also be added to the Fantasmic Dinner Package.  The Fantasmic dining package will then  be $59.99 for Adults and $36.99 for kids.

Second is the Star Wars Galactic Dine-In Breakfast at Sci-Fi Dine In Theater.  This will be a breakfast and will feature Stormtroopers, Jawa, Greedo, Boba Fett and Darth Vader.  Star Wars trailers and movie clips will also be played on the big screen.  All meals will include a digital photo of your party on a commemorative PhotoPass/Memory Maker card.  Prices will be $47.99 for Adults and $29.99 for kids.

These WILL be available with Dining Plan Credits.  It will be a One Table Service Credit Meal.

Want to have an out of this world dining experience this year at Star Wars Weekends?  Contact me at gretchen@destinationsinflorida.com for a quick quote to make your vacation dreams a reality!