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Disney Magic Cruise Ship

September 4, 2012


Okay, so I’d be a mouse-eared liar if I didn’t admit how excited Jenn and I were to tour the Disney Magic Cruise Ship this month. It’s in New York for the final itineraries to Canada and the New England Coasts and we were lucky enough to be invited to tour with other travel professionals. Knowing that the Magic is the number one rated ship in the world, and with the legendary “Disney Difference” in hand, we expected to be blown away by the ship from the moment we stepped onboard.

We were SO not disappointed!

First things first, which means we need to actually back up to BEFORE the ship first.  Jenn and I were kindly chauffered to the port in New York by my awesome brother (he’s a Jersey-ite, so he navigates the streets of Manhattan WAY better than these Pittsburgh girls would’ve). The Disney Magic cruise ship was sharing an entry with another cruise line, and when we first entered the terminal it was easy to spot where we wanted to be — there were white Mickey gloves waving all over the place to let travellers know which way to go. Seriously, for every one “other” employee, there were at least four or five Disney employees. In no time at all we were checked in for our cruise tour and seated in the well-organized, spacious lounge area. There were some great photo opps around for families to take advantage of while they were waiting to board on that day’s cruise, and spirits seemed high. The check-in line moved smoothly and soon we were surrounded by happy, friendly people who couldn’t wait to get onboard. Lucky for us, being tour visitors, we were first.

stateroom on ship

The main lobby, which is where everyone enters the ship, was lined with smiling ship employees who welcomed us all as we boarded. We had a FANTASTIC tour guide who told us that we were going to check out the staterooms first, then move on to dining and recreational facilities. So up we went to the higher decks to check out some truly amazing staterooms. Starting with the crown jewel of staterooms, the Roy O. Disney suite.  In one word? I can’t even try. Beautiful, luxurious, plush, opulent — I could go on but there’s so much more to talk about!

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

August 24, 2012

As a MickeyTravels Disney travel specialist who also happens to live in central Florida, my clients often ask me to make recommendations regarding where they should stay while visiting Disney World.  My answers vary; each client has unique needs and preferences, and each Disney Resort hotel has magical features to offer.

For families with children or any guest looking for a fun-filled atmosphere, Disney’s Polynesian Resort is a wonderful hotel to consider. I’ve had many families stay at the Polynesian, and their feedback has been exceptionally positive. Families appreciate the convenient location of this hotel. One of three Disney hotels located on the monorail line, the Polynesian is a quick monorail ride away from the Magic Kingdom and two easy monorail rides away from Epcot. And kids love to watch the monorail go by almost as much as they love riding it!

My clients have also told me that they enjoy the overall atmosphere of the Polynesian. From the tropical-themed rooms offering beautiful views, to the friendly cast members who greet guests with warm “Alohas,” to the white-sand lake beaches and lush vegetation, guests at the Polynesian feel as if they’ve been transported to a tropical paradise. Here are two photographs of my family in the lobby at the Polynesian. It doesn’t get much prettier than this!

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Ohana at Disney

August 23, 2012

Disney dining optionAloha, E Komo Mai!  Welcome to  ‘Ohana, my favorite table service restaurant at Walt Disney World.   A family style restaurant which offers an “all you can eat” dining option, ‘Ohana is the perfect location for a family gathering with delicious food and an amusing atmosphere.

‘Ohana is located on the second floor of the gorgeous Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World.   It is a very convenient monorail ride away from the Magic Kingdom.

For breakfast you are joined by Mickey, Pluto, Lilo and Stitch.  Before you are seated for your meal, you can take a family picture with your leis that are provided upon checking in.  On the way to your table, the waiter will pick up a basket of homemade pastries for you.   The pineapple bread is amazing.  Once you are seated, you will be served scrambled eggs, friend potatoes, sausage, bacon, fruit, juice and the infamous Mickey waffles.  Your children will have an opportunity to hula dance around the room in a kanga line to “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride,” the theme song from Lilo and Stitch.  All the characters come by to visit at ‘Ohana, so make sure to have your camera ready.

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