Thursday, February 13, 2014

Saving for your Disney Vacation

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Like many people, I have to save my pennies before I can plan a family vacation. I'd rather save up a big chunk of money and spoil myself on vacation than be severely limited on what I can and cannot do once I get there.

The great thing about a Disney vacation is that you don't have to save up a big chunk of money to book your vacation.  For only $200 per room, you can book your dream vacation.  The best part is that you can make as many payments as you want until that package is paid off or you reach your payment deadline (31 days prior to travel for Disneyland or 45 days prior for Walt Disney World).  

A lot of my clients call me every Friday or every paycheck to put some money toward their trip.  They don't miss the money as much that way and they are happy to have it booked.  

You can even use Disney gift cards toward your trip.  I have clients who have asked for Disney gift cards for wedding or birthday gifts and then make payments using the cards.  Of course, you can also save these up for shopping on your trip!   

TIP: Buy gift cards at Target for an instant 5% discount when you use your Red Card or buy gift cards online from an online gift card reseller at a discount.

Once your package is booked, you see, we can start the real planning.  180 days prior to arrival at Walt Disney World, I can make your dining reservations for you (60 days prior for Disneyland Resort).  Dining at Walt Disney World is part of the magical experience you will have there.  Whether you're spending time with Cinderella at Cinderella's Royal Table, hanging out with Belle at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall or learning to hula at 'Ohana, you're sure to have a fabulous dining experience.  

Whether you'd like to pay for your vacation all at once or have a little more flexibility in your payment options is up to you.  As for me, I'm still saving my pennies for my next vacation.  I'm planning on doing Disney like a true princess!

Laura, Travel Agent
Once Upon A Vacation

Once Upon A Vacation is an Authorized Disney Travel Planner.  You should always plan your vacation with someone who knows Disney.  Why not let me provide you with concierge-level service at no additional cost to you?  

Contact me today for more information or to book your Disney vacation!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Celebrating Valentine's Day in Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort

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If you are like me, you love Downtown Disney.  Whether at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, or at Disneyland Resort in California, Downtown Disney gives you a little break from the parks while still giving you so many special Disney touches.

This year, the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort will be celebrating Valentine's Day by hosting "Romance of the Big Band Era."  

"Gone with the Wind" will be showing at the AMC movie theater from February 10 through February 16.  I wish I was able to see that in the theater.  I bet that will be an amazing experience on a big screen!

From February 11 through February 14, there will be swing bands onstage from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  There will even be a swing dance competition and swing dance lessons offered!

Some of the restaurants in Downtown Disney will have special Valentine's menus.  You will want to make your reservations ASAP, as all restaurants tend to fill up for Valentine celebrations. 

I expect there may even be some marriage proposals happening!  I was proposed to many, many years ago on Valentine's Day...  I can't imagine being proposed to with all the Disney magic surrounding us!  

If you are interested in booking a package for you and your sweetheart to Disneyland Resort, contact Laura at Once Upon A Vacation.  I can book your trip and arrange your dinner reservations at no additional cost to you!

If there are any other Disney vacations you are interested in taking, including trips to Aulani -a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii, email me!  A trip to Hawaii would be the ultimate place to spend time with my sweetie, especially with that Disney magic added in!

Travel Agent, Once Upon A Vacation

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Walt Disney World Photos

Hello Blogosphere, Fans, Clients and Friends!

It occurred to me I had not posted up any pictures from my October trip to Walt Disney World.  I thought it would be a nice idea for me to share some of my personal pics with you here!  I will post a few up now and I will be posting more pictures with more specific information about the trip.

The first hotel we stayed at was Coronado Springs, near the Animal Kingdom area.  The registration process was very smooth.  

Coronado Springs Lobby Area

Our room was ready at check in, so we went straight to our room to change before doing dinner at Chef Mickey's!
Chef Mickey's restaurant inside Disney's Contemporary Resort

The next day, we were able to get into Magic Kingdom early and we got a rare shot of the castle with hardly anyone else in the picture!


My daughter in front of Cinderella's Castle in Magic Kingdom.  

We crammed a lot into our week at Walt Disney World.  I have so many more photos to share with you.  I will also be posting some of my clients' photos (with their permission, of course).

Travel Agent
Once Upon A Vacation

If you're considering a trip to Disney, why not call me?  I do not charge any fees for booking your trip with me!  E-mail me for more information or to book your trip.  I book everything from cruises to all-inclusive resorts to EVERYTHING Disney.  :)