Two vacations in one: Disney World & Disney Cruise Line

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One if by land, two if by sea. Disney World and Disney Cruise Line can be two amazing vacations in one. If you’re already making the trip to the Orlando area, why not extend your trip an extra few nights and end your adventure with the magic and relaxation of a Disney Cruise?

Is this type of vacation for me?

It could be for ANY family, but in my experience, this “taste” of Disney Cruise Line is good for a few different types of groups (but is not limited t0):

  • Families that are “veterans” of Walt Disney World but don’t want to give up their favorite theme park IMG_7136experiences. They can relive some of their favorite pieces of their Disney World vacation and experience anything that is new in a few short nights and then move to the relaxation, pampering, and magic of a Disney cruise and keep all of the wonderful level of service Disney offers across all of their products
  • Families that have a bit of an objection to the Disney World experience. Those that aren’t sold on the theme park experience will more likely be interested to “endure” the parks to be able to enjoy the cruise experience!
  • Families that are a bit concerned on how someone will handle a cruise. A 3 or 4 night cruise is a great starter cruise option. It’s a great way to try out a cruise and see if everyone does well with the motion of the ship. For most people (including me) that can get motion sick on a windy day on dry land, it’s not an issue with a little bit of motion sickness medicine )!
  • Multi-generational families traveling together. It gives everyone a taste of their kind of magic. Grandma and grandpa may enjoy seeing the grandkids with the theme park experience but then get to enjoy the relaxing spa experience and adults only area of a Disney cruise ship (and that amazing benefit that cruising is exponentially less walking)

That’s of course just a small piece of what type of families may enjoy a little bit of each type of destination in one bigger trip!

What about cost? 

Won’t the cost be more if we do 2 different stays at 2 different destinations? Not necessarily! I liken a cruise ship to a deluxe resort at a Disney property. While your stateroom isn’t as large as those deluxe resort rooms, we didn’t find ourselves in them much except to shower, change, and the occasional morning room service. For families with younger kids, nap time is another great benefit to cruising because it’s an easy transition from playing and character meeting to nap so you’re saving money AND time which is priceless. I digress!

Let’s compare a 7 night Disney World deluxe resort experience to a 4 night Disney World deluxe resort experience + a 3 night Disney cruise. This example uses Beach Club as the resort of choice – middle of the road in terms of pricing for a Disney deluxe resort property, favored by many families as well with some convenience to the theme parks with quick access to Epcot and Hollywood Studios and a great pool experience. Travel dates used were the last week of February – avoiding the “peak” travel times that increase pricing of both Disney World resorts and Disney Cruise Line. **Please do not use this pricing as a “quote” for your trip – if you are interested in more information please contact me. This is used as a real time example as the dollars and cents to compare different types of vacation packages**

A 7 night stay at Disney’s Beach Club resort with 6 days of park hopper tickets, Disney dining plan, and Memory Maker for 2 adults and 2 children age 10 and 7 comes to a grand total of $7424.51

A 4 night stay at Disney’s Beach Club resort with 3 days of park hopper tickets, Disney dining plan and Memory maker for 2 adults and 2 children age 10 and 7 comes to a grand total of $4909.38 coupled with a 3 night Bahamian cruise on the Disney Dream in an oceanview room for that same family is$2563.60 for a grand total for both vacations of $7472.98. Pretty darn close to the same package for the same number of dates for this family who gets TWO vacations in one!

The best part about a Disney Cruise is all of the magic that is inside of the experience and everything that is included…

  • The amazing Disney level of service
  • Access to Castaway Cay – Disney’s Private Island
  • Character meet and greets
  • Dining – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, soft drinks and ice cream virtually anytime you want it. Room service included *a few items not included from the room service menu
  • World class entertainment – nightly live shows
  • Movies and movie premieres
  • Character meet and greets – unique ways to meet characters, characters that are hard to meet, unique attire for characters, and more! We LOVE the time and experience of all of our meet and greets.
  • Kids clubs included with your cruise fare! For families with children ages 3+, the kids clubs are img_7085available for them to make new friends, explore areas on their own, play games, and have their own time and space. Even for kids on their own, it will likely be their favorite place! Our daughter could have easily stayed there all day every day outside of meeting characters. With characters and movies and interactive experiences, she was in absolute heaven! And for adults it’s heaven because they have time on their own to explore adults only areas including pools, lounges, and nightclubs!
  • For adults, you have your own space that is child free which is a priceless moment or two for any mom or dad on vacation!
  • On board pools and water fun no matter what ship you choose
  • Magic around every corner

I can’t tell you how much we truly enjoyed our Disney Cruise Line experiences and I’m mad at myself it took us so long explore one. My hesitation was not price or the qualify of experience but the motion on the ship. While there were some feelings of rocking and motion it truly was not an issue I couldn’t handle with a bit of motion sickness medication. In talking with other guests on the ship on our first sailing, they mentioned that it was a bit rockier ride than their previous sailings and I would agree! That being said, subsequent adventures have been smoother sailing!!

Ready to get started planning your two in one vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an agent that is part of authorized Disney vacation planner agency include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!) It’s also a worry free vacation opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!

 

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Experience Disney World with a new luxury VIP family experience!

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Just announced today, summer and fall Adventures by Disney VIP luxury 7 day, 6 night Disney World and central Florida adventure! This is an incredibly exciting addition to the Adventures by Disney suite of products! For those that are not familiar with Adventures by Disney ( or ABD for short) they are family vacations with the Disney touch. They are once in a lifetime type of vacation experiences with the Disney touch. It’s best to think about them as the best family vacation you could ever imagine. Technically, it’s a guided group vacation but I wouldn’t call it a tour group or “tourist travel” because you are truly on an adventure! You are participating in your vacation and not seeing things from the outside. You will have 2 adventure guides with you throughout your trip who are truly there for you 24/7 whether it’s a need for something you forgot to pack or you are feeling a little sick at 2 am. It’s a truly unique experience unlike any other I have had traveling.

Your guides also connect you with local guides who will give you the inside experiences that cannot be
accessed by other tour groups or something that you could not book yourself! The Disney name gives you the edge ad the fact that this experience is on Disney’s home turf meals that, they will pull out ALL the stops! Your local guide will immerse you in the experience. Your kids can “learn” without knowing it (and even learn in Disney!) and you’ll have activities on a day to day basis so you’re not feeling lost. On the other hand, you’ll also have some free time do specific family attractions that are must do for your vacation!

Because it’s Adventures by DISNEY, you’ll have that strong Disney touch. It’s not Mickey coming on the bus with you each morning, but you’ll have that luxury Disney experience with the level service you come to know and expect. It’s also designed with families in mind so mom and dad get some great food and experiences and the kids get some of the great character experiences they are hoping for and the fun of the theme park atmosphere but in a very low stress way! There are evening junior adventurers  activities so adults can have an experience geared toward them without worrying about the kids asking when it’s going to be all over!

This new Central Florida and Walt Disney World experience has me incredibly excited now that we are finally able to see the itinerary! I’m obviously a lover of all things Disney and Disney World is our home away from home, but this is a completely new way to explore this destination and gain experiences others could never dream of getting!

To break down some of the details

  • Trips are 7 days and 6 nights and have a specific set of dates included. Departures are in summer, fall, and early winter.
  • Your accommodations are at the recently renovated Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. The most gorgeous setting with world class dining locations. It’s one of my favorite Disney resorts on property and a great “home” to start your experience!
  • Age requirement for this adventure is 6+ for children but most recommended for age 8+
  • Included with your adventure is 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners which leave you 2 lunches and 2 dinners at your leisure as you explore your new surroundings (and that’s where a seasoned travel agent like me comes in to help fill that time with the perfect experiences for your family!)
  • Your experience also includes a VIP view of each of the 4 theme parks, FastPass/skip the line privilege as you would if you booked your own Disney World vacation, plus VIP FastPasses on top of that! Your local guides include Disney imagineers, guest services cast members, and an astronaut at the Kennedy Space Center. Disney truly pulled out all of the stops on this adventure!
  • As part of your experience you will also get VIP seating for several experiences including Magic Kingdom’s Festival of Fantasy parade, Epcot’s IllumiNations, and the brand new Rivers of Light in Animal Kingdom (opening in spring 2016).
  • You will have VIP transportation around Disney property (this is worth it’s weight in gold). No figuring out Disney transportation, no waiting for buses, no running to catch a bus at the end of the day. You are even picked up from the Orlando airport in style!

You guys, as I start to review all of the experiences and magic they have thrown into this incredibly itinerary, I can feel the money flowing out of my pocket to experience it! There are at least 8 different experiences on the 4 1/2 days of Disney World theme park time that cannot be booked in any other way. It’s an absolutely incredible opportunity!

I’d expect that this experience will go quickly with the love that guests have for Walt Disney World and it’s an absolutely incredible way to introduce yourself to Adventures by Disney because it’s a familiar destination that many people are comfortable with spun in a whole new light! If you’re interested in additional details, travel dates, full itinerary details, or pricing, please don’t hesitate to contact me by using the form below! I can’t wait to introduce or add to the magic of Disney with this experience and grow the true love I have for all things Adventures by Disney. It’s truly the best way to travel. For more on the Adventures by Disney difference, check out my dedicated ABD blog!

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

Ready for more? I’d love to get you excited about the destinations, the magic Disney creates and talk about any concerns you have about a major family trip. To get more information or to talk about pricing and details,please contact me to start planning your adventure! As an authorized Disney vacation planner,I can help save you time and stress before your vacation during the planning process by talking through your options, working directly with a contact inside Disney who knows ABD better than I do and making sure that it’s a vacation to remember. But the best part? What I do is totally FREE to you as the end consumer! I treat each of my guests as individuals and work with your work and home schedule to ensure that we have open lines of communication, but don’t believe me, let my guests speak for my actions! I hope to adventure with you soon!