6 Tips for a Relaxing Vacation

Vacations are all about relaxation, but sometimes really taking the time to unwind can be tricker than you might think. If a moment of calm is what you’re after, we’ve got some great tips for you

1. Book an All-Inclusive Package: If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to snap you into reality when you’re enjoying a relaxing vacation, it’s a huge hotel or food bill. All Inclusive means you can forget room charges and bar bills. You can forget paying extra for water sports or activities. You can even forget hidden charges like taxes. It really is a no brainer.

Great all inclusive packages, like the ones Sandals offers it’s guests, really do take care of everything. So, every single thing that you might possibly want while on vacation is already paid for and dealt with.

2. Leave Work Back Home: If there's one thing that can get in the way of a relaxing vacation, it's work. Don't let it happen. Keep your distance, set boundaries for yourself and try to put it out of your mind completely if you can. How often do you get to completely unplug from your work life?

3. Location, Location, Location: Your choice of destination matters. There are some places in the world where you don’t have to make an effort to relax, it just happens. Take the islands of the Caribbean and Bahamas for example. Once you gaze across the white sand beaches you’ll probably feel more relaxed than you have felt in years! These destinations are perfect if you’re looking for a relaxing beach vacation. All you need to do is step off the plane. From the moment you step into the Sandals Lounge at your destination airport, you’ll feel your worries melt away. There’s a lot to be said about your vacation destination if you’re trying to create a relaxing break, so take the time to think about your choices before you book.

4. Hit the Hotel Gym: Exercise might not be your first choice if you’re trying to relax, but trust me on this one. The rush of endorphins you get from exercise can bring on a total sense of peace and calm. A brisk morning walk around the lush resort grounds and/or calm sea shore is a great way to start your day. Kick off the day with a healthy workout then grab a good breakfast at your choice of resort restaurants (all-Included). Now you are ready to start your day feeling proud and energized.

5. Try Something New: At Sandals resorts you’ll never be bored, because there are hundreds of exciting activities to choose from. If you’re headed to the Caribbean, it’s a great opportunity to try water sports.

Stand up paddle boarding is a fun way to spend an afternoon relaxing on vacation. It’s a great way to tone up, too! If speed is more your thing, you could opt for one of the many motorized water sports. And if you’ve got your eye on a real Caribbean adventure, why not try scuba diving? Islands like St. Lucia offer amazing hiking trails through the rainforest, giving visitors an amazing opportunity to be at one with nature and embrace their surroundings. So, if lying on a sun bed all day isn’t for you, why not grab your hiking boots and hit the trails?

6. Indulge in a Spa Treatment: The Caribbean is home to some of the best spa retreats and all-inclusive resorts in the world. Having another person take care of your every need can make you feel completely at ease. Sharing this experience with your significant other at the spa can also make for some truly relaxing bonding time together. Spa experiences are usually an added expense but well worth the cost. Remember, you are on vacation to relax, so treat yourselves!

If a moment of calm is just what the doctor ordered, there’s no better way to relax than by taking a break on a tropical island! Follow our tips on relaxing and you’ll be a pro when it comes time to take another trip. Whether you’re a beach bum, a keen scuba diver or a rainforest explorer we’ll be able to find the perfect relaxing vacation for you.

Happy Travels!

Kathy Scott

I look forward to sharing my experience and knowledge of Sandals "all inclusive" resorts with you. With Sandals 15 {adult only} resorts and 3 Beaches resorts {for families}, I am sure I can help plan the best "No worries, No problems" vacation ever.

I look forward to sharing my experience and knowledge of Sandals "all inclusive" resorts with you. With Sandals 15 {adult only} resorts and 3 Beaches resorts {for families}, I am sure I can help plan the best "No worries, No problems" vacation ever.

Take a Ride Through the Savannah

What is your favorite Disney Park? Do you love the wonder and excitement of Magic Kingdom? I am always up for a ride on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train! What about the beauty of Epcot? Hello Morocco, I’m looking at you. Or, how about Hollywood Studios where you can watch the March of the First Order up close and personal?

If you had asked me 6 months ago what my favorite park was, I probably would have named one of the three above…  

But that all changed in August, when I was given the opportunity to experience a behind the scenes tour of the Harambe Savannah at Animal Kingdom.

I went on the Wild Africa Trek, a behind the scenes tour of the Savannah. First on the agenda was to get fitted with a vest and harness before meeting our guides for the day, and we were supplied with bug spray and sunscreen while we all got to know each other. We hiked for about 15 minutes before stopping to visit the hippos. We were able to clip on to a safety line and go out on a ledge directly above them while one of the cast members fed them. Getting a selfie with an adorable smiling hippo in the background was a great way to start the trip!

We continued our hike – and while it is not extremely strenuous, it is a true hike. You are navigating the trails and root systems that make up the back of the Savannah. While we hiked, we were able to learn about the plants and flowers that cover the savannah. The knowledge that our cast members had was amazing!

Next, we arrived at a wooden/rope bridge that crossed over those crocodiles you always see basking in the sun! I wasn’t sure how I felt about crossing the bridge, but I put on my big girl pants and started across. The views from here were stunning!  There were several cast members stationed along the way to encourage you, take pictures of you crossing, and to point out things you might not see in your haste to get across. After everyone had crossed the bridge, we were loaded into a private safari truck and off we went. Any time one of us spotted an animal that we wanted to get up close and personal with, the guide asked the driver to pull over and stop. During this stop, the guide told us all about the animal, answered any questions. and then took pictures of us in front of the animal. It was truly a VIP experience!

As we continued around the Savannah, we made a stop at the Boma. You have probably seen the Boma, but maybe you weren’t sure what it was. It is the beautiful open-air house that sits at the top of the Savannah. As we arrived, we discovered tables that had been prepared for us as well as snacks already set up. The snacks were traditional African fare and were just what I needed after a day of hiking in August. In addition to the snacks there were binoculars there for us to get a closer look at the animals.

As we sat and enjoyed the Boma, it was so peaceful. I felt like I had stepped into a different world. I no longer felt like I was at Animal Kingdom or even in Orlando.  I felt like I could truly be in Africa. I kept thinking that this must be what an Adventures by Disney feels like! My guides were so accommodating, funny and knowledgeable. They were everything you would expect from a Disney cast member.

Whether you have been to the parks two times or twenty times, this is a perfect add-on to any trip. You must be 10 or above to reserve this excursion so I have just a couple of more years until I can share this special adventure with my whole family!

Happy Travels!

Adrian Jones

I am a wife and mommy to 3 precious kiddos. My very first memory of Walt Disney World was Christmas of 1988. I was 12 years old and my parents surprised me with a Disney trip and a week at the Grand Floridian Resort. We were the first people to stay in the room and it was amazing! I now enjoy being able to take my kids back to experience that very same magic year after year!

I am a wife and mommy to 3 precious kiddos. My very first memory of Walt Disney World was Christmas of 1988. I was 12 years old and my parents surprised me with a Disney trip and a week at the Grand Floridian Resort. We were the first people to stay in the room and it was amazing! I now enjoy being able to take my kids back to experience that very same magic year after year!

Top 12 FREE Things to Do On Your Disney Vacation

You can’t put a price on memories, right?! I wish someone would tell this to my bank account...So, to make the most of your trip to Walt Disney World Resort without breaking the bank, take advantage of these freebies during your vacation!

While visiting Disney’s theme parks…  

  1. First, head to Guest Services at any park and pick up celebration button(s).  Birthday, anniversary, first visit, etc., it doesn’t matter what you are celebrating; Disney wants to celebrate with you!  

  2. At Magic Kingdom, A Pirate’s Adventure is a MUST-DO!  Use treasure maps to complete the interactive scavenger hunts through Adventure Land, and your treasure will be Pirates of the Caribbean Fast Passes!  (And who doesn’t LOVE an extra Fast Pass?!?!) Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom is another interactive scavenger hunt that is so much fun!  

  3. At Tomorrowland Speedway, ask a Track Official for your Driver’s License!  

  4. Over at Epcot, Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure is a fun scavenger hunt through the park or if you have crafty kids, the Kidcot Fun Stops are a must!  

  5. At Animal Kingdom, the Wilderness Explorers complete missions and collect badges.

  6. And lastly, Jedi Training is a definite MUST if you have a little Star Wars fan.  Located at Hollywood Studios, kids can train with a Jedi Master and show-off their skills in a light saber battle!

    But, the parks aren’t the only places for these awesome freebies… many Disney resorts offer some budget-friendly fun!  

  7. How does a Culinary Tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge sound?  This event is free and usually starts around 4:00 at Jiko.  You can learn about the design elements of the restaurants and sample the food!

  8. If you have some spare time before the Culinary Tour, let your kiddos get their faces painted on the Mara patio between 2:00-3:00 or head toward the Savanna to view the animals and chat with a Savanna guide!  

  9. At Disney’s Art of Animation Resort you can learn to draw a Disney character.  There are lessons daily, usually at 11:00, 2:00, & 5:00.  

  10. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Lodge offers a campfire with Chip & Dale (yep, that’s a free character experience) where you can make s’mores!  You can bring your own s’mores kit or purchase one from the cart, if you so choose.  

  11. Or, head over to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort for hula lessons (call resort for schedule) and make sure to pick up a free lei while you are there!

  12. Naturally, I saved the best for last (drumroll please)…. Using a Kingdom Concierge agent to plan your magical vacation is ABSOLUTELY FREE!  That’s right; you can get a worry-free Disney vacation customized for your family without paying an extra penny!  So, what are you waiting for? Contact a Kingdom Concierge agent today and let’s start planning your dream Disney vacation!

One extra: If you are a Disney resort guest, enjoy free transportation between Orlando International Airport and your Disney resort.  Disney also offers free transportation between their parks via bus, boat, or monorail!

Happy Travels!

Katie Thompson

I am a wife and mother to two of the greatest gifts God could have ever blessed me with, my son and daughter. I am a full-time physical therapist with a love for all things Disney and a passion for planning and organizing.

I am a wife and mother to two of the greatest gifts God could have ever blessed me with, my son and daughter. I am a full-time physical therapist with a love for all things Disney and a passion for planning and organizing.

The Best of the Best: Every Show You Need to See at Disney

There are many forms of entertainment to partake in around Walt Disney World. Spend an afternoon bowling at Disney Springs, become a magician's assistant at the Boardwalk, or sit back and relax with dinner and a show at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue. Let's face it, the entertainment possibilities are endless at Walt Disney World, but I want to share a few of my favorite shows with you.

Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress

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This show has you follow a family through the turn of the 20th Century and into the future. The theme song is catchy and the family's a hoot. I think I enjoy this show so much because the narrator, John, reminds me of my dad. He's into storytelling and history, he's a bit corny, and he loves his family. My favorite scene is when he's trying to tell a story and his wife, Sarah, keeps interrupting. Their dog, Rover, starts barking while Sarah's talking and John says, "Rover, don't interrupt while Sarah's interrupting." It feels as if Walt Disney was sitting in our living room as he was writing the script for this show. Ha. Did you know Walt created this show for the 1964-1965 World's Fair in New York City? Watch this classic and see if your family falls into any of the scenes.

Oh, and look for someone special at the end of the show. . .

Does she look familiar? It's the lovely owner of Kingdom Concierge, Alison Weaver!

Does she look familiar? It's the lovely owner of Kingdom Concierge, Alison Weaver!

The American Adventure and Voices of Liberty

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Although grouped together, these are two separate shows that take place in the American pavilion in Epcot. Voices of Liberty is a form of live entertainment, while the American Adventure has animatronics and a large screen used to tell us the story of the USA. In my opinion, you can't have one without the other.

Voices of Liberty takes place in the downstairs rotunda of the pavilion. The acapella group sings patriotic songs that are sure to lift your spirits. Their voices are beautiful and extremely powerful. You’ll leave the performance feeling awestruck.

The American Adventure takes you back in time to before America was America. You are shown the journey from Britain owned colonies to the United States of America; the good, the bad, and everything in between. The songs and illustrations are inspirational and make you feel like you are experiencing this journey in real time, not from a cushy seat.

Voices of Liberty followed by the American Adventure is sure to fill you with American pride. You will have heard and seen the struggles we went through to become the great nation that we are today.

Country Bear Jamboree

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This one will have you singing the tunes long after you’ve left the show and far after you’ve left the parks.

A punster’s paradise: the show opens with three friends just hangin’ around. Then, out come the Bears. Each bear performs his/her own song showcasing their daily lives. It’s brilliant. If you aren’t quick enough, the puns (and maybe even a bear) will fly right over your head. This show isn’t for the easily offended, or too serious of a person. It was meant to bring laughs and help you forget your worries, and by joe, it does. You’ll be clappin’ and foot stompin’ before you know it. 
Fun fact: it is one of the very last attractions Walt Disney helped create.

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room

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Who doesn’t like birds that sing and tell an occasional pun? I know I do. This attraction was created by Walt himself and debuted in Disneyland in 1963. It was the first-of-its-kind, bringing about the technology to synchronize multiple animatronics visually, audibly, and physically at once. You are immersed in island life, where tropical birds, flowers, and even tiki statues come to life to entertain you. Watcher, beware, you will be hypnotized by the enchanting, lovely music, and before you know it, you’ve angered the island gods.

Impressions de France

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Escape the present with the entrancing soundtrack and breathtaking scenery. Stroll through a country market, scale the French Alps, or float high above the cliffs in a hot air balloon. Visit castles. Hear the bells of a cathedral. Smell the flowers in the gardens at Versailles. Taste the pastries, sip the wine. Race down the mountainside and swim in the sea. Visit France, if only for a moment. You’ll want to book an Adventures by Disney before the film is over. (Good thing you have a travel agent who can take care of that for you, ahem.)

Electrical Water Pageant

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This water parade has been happening as far back as I can remember. Growing up, my family stayed at the Contemporary Resort, and we would watch this every night before bed. I love the songs and accompanying mystical floats. I love that it ends with a patriotic medley. I love that I can still hear and sing the songs, even after not seeing it for several years. Thankfully, it still runs multiple times each night, so when I'm not staying at the Contemporary, I can watch it from other areas: outside of Magic Kingdom, the Grand Floridian, the Polynesian Village, the Ticket and Transportation Center, Wilderness Lodge, and Ft. Wilderness Resort and Campground.

The shows I've mentioned above are only a few of the many fantastic entertainments Walt Disney World has to offer. Be sure to ask your KC agent about their favorites or other entertainment opportunities.

Happy Travels,

Libbi Verdell

I have always loved all things Disney. Birthday parties, movies, vacations, outfit choices, and home furnishings have been centered around my love for Disney. Disney was even incorporated into my wedding. I have a passion for planning and being organized. Every detail is important, and when it comes to Disney vacations details are important. Some find it overwhelming, but that's when my passion comes into play. I enjoy and will take care of every detail to make sure your trip is as Magical as every one of mine.

I have always loved all things Disney. Birthday parties, movies, vacations, outfit choices, and home furnishings have been centered around my love for Disney. Disney was even incorporated into my wedding. I have a passion for planning and being organized. Every detail is important, and when it comes to Disney vacations details are important. Some find it overwhelming, but that's when my passion comes into play. I enjoy and will take care of every detail to make sure your trip is as Magical as every one of mine.

6 Things You Need to Know: Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Yes, I know it’s still November. Yes, I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet...but at Walt Disney World, Christmas is already in full swing! As much as I love fall, I am one of those crazy people who’s ready to start listening to Christmas music as soon as the Halloween decorations come down, and Disney is no different! They get the festivities going from the beginning of November through the end of December with beautiful decorations, Christmas parties, an amazing parade and fireworks show, and even snow! (You read that right. SNOW in Florida, and it is one of the most magical things ever!)

If you’re ready to get into the holiday spirit, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party is the place to be, and there are a few things you should know before you go.

  1. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place on select nights November through December in the Magic Kingdom from 7 pm to midnight. It is a special ticketed event, which means you will have to purchase a ticket for it in addition to any theme park tickets you have. If you only use a party ticket (not a park ticket), you can get into the Magic Kingdom as early as 4 pm.

  2. Since there are a limited number of tickets sold, there is often fewer crowds and shorter wait times for rides. Rides aren’t the only attraction, though. There are plenty of special things that you can only find at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! One of these things is complimentary snacks. Cookies, hot chocolate, eggnog, and shaved ice can be found at different locations all throughout the park. Plus, you can eat as much as you care to enjoy! Healthier alternatives like apple slices are also available--just ask!

  3. Another must see at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. You’ll see favorite Disney character like Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, princesses, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, and even Santa himself! The parade starts in Frontierland and makes its way down Main Street, U.S.A. And speaking of Main Street, that is the absolute best place to watch the parade. It may be a little more crowded than other viewing spots, but you can’t beat the ambiance with Cinderella’s Castle in the background and snow falling all around you. The parade runs twice during the Christmas party, and the later one is much less crowded since a lot of people don’t stick around that late. If you plan to stay the whole time, wait for the second parade.

  4. There are some great holiday stage shows that take place during the Christmas party. Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration in front of the castle and A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas in Tomorrowland take place multiple times throughout the night. Plus, see all your favorite Frozen friends and watch Elsa light up Cinderella’s Castle in A Frozen Holiday Wish. 

  5. You can also find some hard to find characters at exclusive party meet and greets. Some of the most popular are The Seven Dwarfs, Jack Skellington dressed as Sandy Claws, princesses with their princes, and Santa. The lines for these special characters can get extremely long, so if you plan to see them, it’s a good idea to get in line to see them before the party even starts.

  6. One of my favorite things about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is the extravagant fireworks spectacular Holiday Wishes. These are some of the most amazing fireworks ever! The best place to watch is right down the middle of Main Street U.S.A. near Casey’s Corner and the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. Too close to or too far from the castle and you won’t be able to see all of the fireworks. The soundtrack that is played along with the fireworks has some wonderful Christmas songs that pair beautifully with the 360-degree fireworks display. It really gets you into the “Spirit of the Season.”

While the higher ticket prices may keep some from attending, if you can swing it, it is something I would recommend doing it at least once. The sights, sounds, and even smells help to create memories that you and your family will never forget.

There is nothing like spending an evening celebrating Christmas in the most magical place on earth!

Happy Travels!

Claire Young

My love for Disney started as young child and has grown immensely over the years as I have taken trips to Walt Disney World with my family. One of the most magical trips I ever experienced was when my husband and I took our son (who was two at the time) to Walt Disney World for his first visit. His little face beamed with joy, his eyes lit up with excitement, and a huge smile spread across his face from ear to ear when he saw Mickey Mouse for the very first time. It was a moment I'll never forget. I would love to help you create memories that will last a lifetime as well by planning a dream vacation for you!

My love for Disney started as young child and has grown immensely over the years as I have taken trips to Walt Disney World with my family. One of the most magical trips I ever experienced was when my husband and I took our son (who was two at the time) to Walt Disney World for his first visit. His little face beamed with joy, his eyes lit up with excitement, and a huge smile spread across his face from ear to ear when he saw Mickey Mouse for the very first time. It was a moment I'll never forget. I would love to help you create memories that will last a lifetime as well by planning a dream vacation for you!

A Whole New World...of Disney!

So, you love Disney World and want to go back again and again. Great! We do too. There’s always so much more to do and discover! But perhaps there is that little voice in your head saying that there is so much more of the world to discover and it’s time to go somewhere new.

What?! Not go to Disney next year? Miss out on the magic?! It hurts even to think about!

What if I told you that you could see the rest of the world, or country, AND experience that special Disney magic at the same time? Sounds too good to be true? That is exactly what Adventures by Disney (ABD) is all about!

Whether you want to “glamp” under Big Sky country, explore one of the wonders of the world, take a river cruise down the Seine, or literally so much more, ABD has you covered. You simply tell your Concierge which destination you want to discover, and let Disney magic take care of the rest.

Maybe you like the idea of traveling abroad, but the thought of finding hotels and figuring out your transfers or connections gives you such a headache you have to immediately take a nap (or some Excedrin, whichever works for you.) Take an ABD! Disney will select the best hotels, in the most convenient locations for every step of your experience. Transfers, guides, tours? No need to stress, Disney takes care of all of those too, and your luggage along the way.

I know, you love the way all of this sounds, but you have children and aren’t sure how they will like a different country. Guess what? ABD makes sure they have activities that will bring a smile to your child’s face and create lifelong memories along the way! And who better to ensure your ENTIRE family has the experience of a lifetime than the ones who brought their dreams to life?

Here’s the bottom line:

  • Adventures are created with families in mind so you don’t have to worry about “kid-proofing” your vacation.

  • Adventures give you insider access to truly immerse yourself in new cultures.

  • Adventures mean you receive VIP service including front-of-line privileges, exclusive events, and no worry.

Adventures by Disney has all the magic of a trip to Disney World or Disneyland, and it allows you to experience a whole new world (pun intended.)

So what are you waiting for? Talk to your friendly Kingdom Concierge agent and get packing for the adventure of a lifetime!

Happy Travels!

Casey Distretti

My love for all things Disney started at a young age with family vacations there and increased with age. Over the years, I have taken trips with family and friends of all ages (ranging from 6 months to 65 years old) and been blessed to experience many different aspects of a Disney vacation.

My love for all things Disney started at a young age with family vacations there and increased with age. Over the years, I have taken trips with family and friends of all ages (ranging from 6 months to 65 years old) and been blessed to experience many different aspects of a Disney vacation.

Can You Really Meet Them All?

Want to know one of the most common questions I get from clients who are considering a Disney cruise?

—>Character meet and greets<—

Will my child’s favorite character be on board?

How does it compare to the parks?

Is it difficult to meet them all?

Having just sailed with my family on Disney Cruise Line (7 nights, Eastern Caribbean aboard the Fantasy) I can answer that you will absolutely not be disappointed with your character experience aboard the ship!

As you would expect, on a ship headed by Captain Mickey, the main decks are populated by his friends from just after breakfast until late in the evening. There are park-like meet and greets scheduled and posted daily in the event Navigator, but you will find surprise appearances literally around every corner from day one until the farewell show late on your last night aboard. I do not recall a single walk through the atrium without seeing a Disney friend waving from the balcony or running across the main floor with a group of smiling kids.

While the characters in these unscheduled encounters are happy to pose for pictures and autographs, they control the crowds by staying in constant motion, waving and interacting from place to place.

One of my best Disney memories occurred aboard the ship in a chance encounter between my 5-year-old and Ariel. “I was just headed down to dance! Do you want to dance with me?” And off she goes, hand in hand with my daughter, down the main staircase to dance for a few minutes with the band playing on the main floor. Or maybe it was the day that I hopped out of the pool with my 3-year-old to head over and see Chip and Dale as they were passing through on the pool deck. As he ran up to them they each grabbed a towel and literally dried him from head to toe before posing for their picture.

So, who was aboard? I think it’s safe to say that all but the most obscure favorites are represented in some capacity. The Mickey’s clubhouse gang are a constant presence with a full slate of costumes (pirate, captain, formal, sailor…etc.) Many of the princesses as well. Captain Jack, Stitch, Captain Hook, Peter Pan and Tink, Chip and Dale, the Toy Story crew…they were all there! Special character events are hosted by the Disney Junior stars and Anna and Elsa.

And did I mention that there were even special appearances made in the Oceaneer’s Club that my littles were able to see? Timon, Peter Pan, Mickey, Avengers Dr. Strange, and Thor were just a few. Each cruise is different and full of surprises, but I think that it’s safe to say that you can definitely get your character fix!

Also, since our cruise was Halloween on the High Seas we were able to meet Jack Skellington and Sally, just an added bonus!

Comparing the cruise to the parks, we found the wait times to be shorter and the interactions to be longer and more personal. The interactions are so wonderfully frequent that by the middle of the trip, running into Daisy on the way to get a snack seems normal. By the end of the cruise my 3-year-old really believed that Chip and Dale were his buddies.

So how do I rate the character experience on the cruise versus at the parks?

In the opinion of my family, the onboard experiences more than measure up.

Safe Travels!

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My name is Paige Rains, a wife, mother, and homeschool teacher to my 4 children.  Since my first trip to Walt Disney World, I have been in love with all things Disney.  What I love about Disney is that no matter if it is your first visit or your most recent visit there is always something new and magical to discover.  No matter your age Disney has something to offer!  My trips as a single adult and alone with my husband were most certainly magical.  There is also just no way to adequately describe experiencing the parks through your children’s eyes at different ages.

You Probably Didn't Know a Concierge Did THIS...

You’ve heard your friends talk endlessly about their “magical experience”, you’ve thumbed through brochures until the pages are bent, and you’ve spent way more time on the websites than you can reasonably explain. So now you definitely want to book your trip…BUT, there are some special needs that cannot be ignored.  

Enter: Kingdom Concierge

A concierge is much more than a planner or a booking agent--we are trained to provide tools so that you can travel with confidence. With our knowledge, we can give a boost around those daily life challenges that just seem to become mountains during vacations.  We have experienced more than a few challenges during our own excursions (remember that tropical storm, ladies?), so when one of our professionals begins a sentence with, “if I were you” or “you need to”, then take heed. Believe me, we know the value of a properly packed carry on bag!


We are able to coordinate with companies which can assist with mobility needs? That’s right! Whether you need a stroller, a power scooter, or just need to know about transportation options around the parks, we’ve got you covered.  The kingdom covers a lot of territory, but careful planning helps you to expend your energy wisely. There’s no need to throw your hands up in despair. Do not allow a lack of information to prevent you from creating great memories with your family.  Want to know more? Just ask, we love to help.


That unexpected minor illness that strikes just when you get to your destination?  We also know from first-hand experience that a minor illness can leave one or two stuck in the resort room while everyone else is in the park.  Whether it’s finding a walk-in clinic or a pharmacy, we know just who you need to contact around Disney who can help you get back on your feet and back in the fun.  Oh, and that prescription that somehow jumped out of your suitcase and is sitting back at home; yes, one of our agents has been known to facilitate contact with a local pharmacy to address a need.  Don’t be afraid to ask!


We know for a fact that Disney takes nutritional and dietary needs SERIOUSLY. I know this first hand! What may simply seem to be a preference to some is a very real necessity for me.  When I am asked if anyone in our party has special dietary needs, and once I affirm that there are, a chef comes to our table and provides assistance and direction. Even after 12 years and multiple trips with children and without children, there have been no eye rolls, no huffs, no tones of discontent, and no hint of inconvenience from Disney professionals who prepare and serve our food. We simply receive professional attitude, professional service, and the absolute best food that is better than anything we can get at home…no kidding!  (Ragland Road has gluten free fish and chips that simply cannot be beat. Healthy actually tastes good at Disney--great flavor with no weird textures) So, whether there’s a food allergy or a three year old who has a tendency to melt down over chicken nuggets, help is only a question away.

Chances are, you feel a bit overwhelmed with the vast amount of information, options, and sheer number of Disney cast members creating magic, and you are not quite certain who, what, and how to ask…

That is why we are here

We are trained to navigate Kingdoms

Happy Travels!


My name is Paige Pique' and I am a Disney-loving wife and mother of two adult sons. My passion and skills are planning "Fantasmic" and affordable travel specifically tailored for your family. I love helping create Magical memories that your family with cherish for a lifetime.

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Disney's Top 4 Quick Service Food Stops

I love food so, so much--maybe an unhealthy amount. Maybe a literally unhealthy amount. So a huge part of what makes Disney World magical to me is the food. I enjoy hopping online and booking hard-to-get dining reservations for my clients, I love knowing I’m helping people go from reality to once upon a time when they ascend the the stone steps inside Cinderella’s castle, I adore telling them about the darkly romantic rose room in Be Our Guest. And I live vicariously through them when I describe the wonder that is the banana bread pudding at O’hana (now my mouth is actually watering.) And while the table service restaurants deserve all the attention and glory they receive, quick service restaurants provide you with a burger or chicken strips to keep the energy up for another trip to Space Mountain. BUT… there is a whole world of quick service dining at Disney that is not just burgers and chicken strips. (True confession: I really like burgers and chicken strips.) Kingdom Concierge’s agents have some favorite locations to share, and I’ve compiled a few to help you start thinking of quick service dining at Disney World as a whole new world.

Yak and Yeti Local Food Cafes

Cuisine: American and Asian

Location: Animal Kingdom

Reason you’ll love it: After riding Expedition Everest, you might want to slow your heart rate and take a food break. Yak And Yeti Local Food Cafes serves up delicious Asian fare, like the Teriyaki Beef Bowl and the Honey Chicken. For those with a slightly less-refined palate, try the American Kobe Beef Hot Dog. You can get it plain or, for a little more Asian-inspired fun, with Banh Mi or Kimchi.

Casey’s Corner

Cuisine: American

Location: Magic Kingdom

Reason you’ll love it: Root, root, root for the home team and slurp up a Frozen Mint Julep Lemonade! Located right on Main Street, Casey’s Corner is the perfect place to enjoy a hot dog or the super tasty Corn Dog Nuggets. If you time it right, you can rest your feet while listening to a pianist - and you might find yourself singing along.

Sa’tuli Canteen

Cuisine: American, but Pandora-style

Location: Animal Kingdom

Reason you’ll love it: When you go to Pandora, you eat in Pandora. And when you eat in Pandora, make sure you try a Cheeseburger Steamed Pod. The menu is sustainable and fresh, and most of the entrees are served with Crunchy Vegetable Slaw and Boba Balls. Before your hunger takes over, make sure you take a picture or two of the food to make all your Instagram friends jealous. (And when they want to plan their own trip to Disney World, make sure you point them to Kingdom Concierge first. :) )

Backlot Express

Cuisine: American with a Star Wars bent

Location: Hollywood Studios

Reason you’ll love it: The force is strong pulling you toward Backlot Express, especially if you have a craving for Dark Side Chicken and Waffles. Get your salad with a Galactic twist, and do not leave without a Kylo Ren Cupcake. (But you probably won’t because Kylo Ren can read your thoughts. And he knows you want that cupcake.)

With so many dining options available at Disney World, this list is far from comprehensive. But it does give you an idea of how wide a variety of quick service options the parks provide.

If you’re looking to book a magical vacation with lots of breaks for food (ahem, like me), or if you just want your break in the Disney day to include quick service with flair, talk to a Kingdom Concierge agent (ahem, like me again), and we can help you navigate the parks like a real foodie.

Happy Eating!

Amber Bruggman

Leaving the Kids Behind

 Over the years, I’ve heard many people say "Disney is for kids".  

However, last year, my husband and I spent 3 days in the most magical place on earth celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary...

Alone.  (gasp!)  Without our 3 kiddos. (double gasp!)

No double stroller.

No huge diaper bag. 

Alone. No kids. Headed to Disney World?!??!!

Alone. No kids. Headed to Disney World?!??!!

Did we feel out of place?   Absolutely not!

Were we bored?  No way!

We rode Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with our arms straight in the air.   We hugged the necks of some of our favorite characters.   We explored World Showcase in Epcot for hours.  We walked hand in hand through the parks, had long, uninterrupted conversations as we waited in line, and strolled leisurely around the grounds of our resort.  We ate ice cream for dinner! (Don't judge.)

At the beginning of our getaway, we were given Happy Anniversary pins to wear and heard well-wishes from cast members and guests alike throughout our stay.

Celebration buttons are a must!

Celebration buttons are a must!

At one point, we even stopped to talk to some friendly Disney cast members who noticed our anniversary pins.  In a magical Disney moment, they escorted us to the secret entrance of a ride and took us straight to the front of the line.  We felt so special!

This trip left us refreshed and ready to come home to the three sweet faces of our kiddos who helped fill the last ten years of our lives with so much fun and love.

We learned something, though . . . 

The same place that holds such wonderful memories for our whole family was able to create magical memories for just the two of us, as well.

My name is Leah Bowman, and I am a wife and mother to 3 precious kiddos. We started traveling to Disney World as a family when my oldest son was only 1, and I was immediately taken by the joy I felt and saw in the eyes of my husband and son as we spent time together as a family in the most magical place on earth. We’ve since traveled many more times, first with our second son, and then with our daughter. We’ve made many priceless, precious memories together on our Disney vacations!

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Once upon a time, there lived a little girl...

Once upon a time, there lived a little 7-year-old-girl who had  NEVER  BEEN  TO  DISNEY WORLD.

To her, it was the  saddest  story  ever.   (And to be honest, also to me, her mommy.)

I have three kids, but only one daughter. ..so that makes her a little special.   This special daughter, at age 7, was obsessed with Disney and Disney Princesses and Disney Channel and Disney Radio and anything and everything Disney. 

As I saw my sweet 7-year-old start to grow, I started to notice the things she left behind.  Her greatest love was once Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, but one day it occurred to me that we hadn’t watched the “Hot Dog” dance in a while.

Favorite toys were changing.  Clothes were changing.  Appetites were changing.

My 7-year-old would soon be an 8-year-old.  Then a 9-year-old. 

And soon I’d be staring at an 18-year-old young lady.

This glimpse into the rapidly approaching future tugged at my heart.

I decided to MAKE Disney World HAPPEN. 

I wanted to someday look at that 18-year-old and think of the open-mouth stare she gave Cinderella’s castle as a starry eyed child the  first time she walked in Magic Kingdom’s entrance.  I wanted to remember her thinking Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was the most intense ride ever.  I wanted to have pictures of her missing teeth chomping down on a Mickey Bar.

I wanted that magic for her....   but also for me.  


Since that first trip, we’ve been back to Disney World multiple times.  Now my 11-year-old girl has years of magic and memories stored up.

And I  have years of magic and memories stored up.

And while a Disney vacation won’t always make the most sense... it will always be a priority for our family.

I can’t make time stand still, and I can’t keep my kids little...

But I CAN make the time I have with them magical. 

I am Amber Bruggman, and I am awesome. (76% of the time.) I have a husband and three kids who help make that 76% happen. I’ve lived all over the midwest, and I desperately try to get to Orlando as much as possible. I fell in love with Disney while planning my very first trip, and if I can’t be plunking down a deposit for myself, I want to be doing it for someone else.

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Post by: Maggie Weaver

View of Deck 11 & 12, along with the Aquaduck -Disney Fantasy

The Disney Cruise Line provides unlimited fun for all ages, especially for 14-17 year olds. Yes, that's right . . . Disney has crafted the perfect no-parents-allowed "club" space for teens to hangout, meet people their age, and enjoy vacation time away from responsibilities: Vibe! 

Teenagers usually cringe (sometimes even become mentally sick) at the thought of being stuck at a crowded pool full of screaming kids, having to spend an entire week enclosed in the tight quarters of a stateroom with their family, or being bored out of their mind without internet access. Luckily, Disney is well aware of what a teen really finds entertaining. Through Vibe's counselors and activities, you don't even have time to think about the word "miserable" (unless, of course, it's from eating too many Peel&Eat shrimp and ice cream cones).

The First Day:

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE encourage your teen to check out Vibe on the first night of your cruise. New environments and people you don't know can be overwhelming for some people, but the Vibe counselors make meeting friends easy with games, "Ice Breakers." and the most delicious smoothies. Finding Vibe is actually the hardest part of getting to the fun--it's hidden at the very front of Deck 5, but the entrance is accessible on Deck 4. Explore into the tunnel of the running track, up the white-camouflaged stairs, then through the "Hotline-Bling Tunnel" (the name teens recently dubbed this color-changing entrance). Remember, making friends is the ultimate key to your teen having a blast on your trip!

Days at Sea:

Trust me . . . Your teen will NEVER get bored on this cruise. Vibe is fully stocked with the latest Xbox/Wii consoles and games, Just Dance, foosball, it's own private pool, and a drink bar where you can get anything (non-alcoholic) ranging from Coke to exotic mixed drinks like the famous Sarah Sunrise (sprite, pineapple juice, and cherry flavoring). Everyday, the Navigator (a detailed schedule of all the activities aboard the ship) is loaded with special onetime experiences exclusively meant for Vibe teens. This includes learning to DJ with a professional, getting to chat with the theater performers like Aladdin & Genie and learn about their jobs, star in the hilarious Disney Original movie "Zombified", etc . . . Not to mention, Vibe gets certain teen-only hours at Goofy's Sports Deck, mini-golf, shuffleboard, ping-pong, and the Aquaduck water slide. Keep a close eye on the Navigator so that you don't miss out on winning prizes for dominating in foosball, Mario Kart, or Just Dance battles.

Castaway Cay:

The activities of Vibe don't cease once docked at Castaway Cay. In fact, Vibe is extended onto Disney's private island, where your teen and their new friends can play volleyball, soccer, tetherball, learn how to train stingrays, and much more in the "Teen-Hideout"! Also, Wild Side Teen Adventure excursion ($49--which requires you to book in advance) allows you to go snorkeling, cycling, and speedboat riding with the Vibe counselors!

Extra Special Teen Events:

A few events you really DO NOT want to miss include the Pirate Dance Party, Karaoke Night, Glow Jam, and the Zombified movie premiere. Argh, matey! Grab your pirate garb, hop over to Deck 11, and join Vibe's private party section for the Pirate themed dance party and fireworks. Afterwards, challenge the Edge Club in a pirate game show. Secondly, at midnight in D Lounge, Vibe counselors host a huge karaoke battle. Everyone sings along and laughs as hilariously bad and good singers, comedians, rappers, and counselors do their own renditions of Ice Ice Baby, High School Musical, Sweet Home Alabama, etc . . . Next, on one of the last nights of this magical adventure, Glow Jam turns Vibe upside down. Dance the night away, yet again, to the Cupid Shuffle and the Wobble group dances. Peers vote on best hair, brightest smile, best dressed, funniest, and best dancer as you celebrate. Also, everyone decks out in glow sticks and gets white t-shirts for their new friends to sign as a keepsake. Last but certainly not least, the hysterical movie filmed over the past week, Zombified, gets a special showing in the Buena Vista Theater open to the public! At the very end, counselors show a slideshow from the most fun week of your life to say goodbye.

Pirate Party fireworks (Disney is the only cruise line that can launch fireworks at sea)

Disney guarantees a magical vacation for everyone, and wow do they go "to infinity & beyond" to help teenagers meet friends, go on epic adventures, and most importantly make fantastic memories that will last a life time!

About the Writer:

Hi, everyone! I'm Maggie Weaver, Alison Weaver's (owner of Kingdom Concierge) oldest daughter. I'm 16 years old, and Disney is my favorite place to vacation because of their unbelievably amazing service, their quality of amenities, and the magic they provide that makes everyone feel like a giddy child again (in the Parks and aboard Disney Cruise ships)

Alice and I at Disney World in Florida -&nbsp;Epcot - World Showcase - England

Alice and I at Disney World in Florida - Epcot - World Showcase - England

Why am I qualified to tell you how great Disney Cruises are and that Vibe is THE PLACE for your teen to have a blast? Simply because I am a teen who's experienced Vibe, participated in all of these activities, and made unforgettable memories with tons of people from all over the world that I can now call life-long friends. Below are some pictures of my friends and I having fun on one of my past Disney Cruises that will hopefully give you a more personal glimpse into the magical adventure of sailing with Disney!

Magic at Every Mile

Princesses, villains, classic Disney music . . . even trumpeters atop Cinderella's Castle; truly magic at every mile.  

In February, Walt Disney World hosts the annual Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend.  This is a 3 day weekend of family friendly races through various parks that begin before opening hours.  

Everyone in the family can participate regardless of ability!  Before Sunday's grand finale of the Disney Princess Half Marathon, Friday & Saturday races include the Disney Enchanted 10K, Disney Princess 5K and Kid Races ranging from a Diaper Dash to a 1 mile.

In 2014, my family and I (Stacey Baker) participated in this bucket list must weekend.  It far exceeded our expectations!  Besides, when else can you where a tiara for a whole weekend and fit right in?  

I wish I could put to words how fun and inspirational this weekend was for us.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so . . . 


Register ASAP because this popular race fills up fast! Registration typically begins mid-July.


Disney offers race weekends all throughout the year at various Disney Resorts with a variety of themes: Star Wars, Super Heroes, Wine & Dine and more.  Click HERE to take a peek.

My name is Stacey Baker, and I am a third generation Disney enthusiast! My first trip to Walt Disney World was in 4th grade. I still remember the wonder of seeing it as a child! Over the next 30-something years I would go back again and again and each time have a completely different adventure. Must be that Disney magic!