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Disney Resort Guests Receive LOTS of Magical Benefits

February 27, 2013

Value ResortAre you planning a trip to Walt Disney World, and want to make the most of your vacation?  Consider staying at one of Disney’s amazing resorts, and make your Disney vacation even more magical.

Walt Disney World has more than 20 resorts designed to fit every family and budget making it easy to find the one that’s right for you. Each resort has a unique Disney twist offering great pool areas, dining options and activities.

You can choose from nicely priced Value Resorts – big on everything except price.  Moderate resorts with magically themed settings.  Beautiful Deluxe resorts with incredible pool complexes and waterslides, and a premium location near the theme parks.  Deluxe Villa resorts provide kitchenettes and multiple bedroom options, and there is even a campsite and resort for those who’d like to “rough it” in Disney style.

Being a Walt Disney Resort guest, has its perks:


Staying on-site means less time traveling to the parks, and more quality time to spend with your family.  Disney Resort guests also have more time in the theme parks with Extra Magic Hours.  Each day one of the Disney theme parks opens early or stays open left exclusively for Disney resort guests.

FREE Transportation

Disney Value ResortComplimentary airport transportation, via Disney’s Magical Express, offers round-trip airport transportation and luggage delivery for guests of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels. You can begin your vacation as soon as you land, bypassing baggage claim and avoiding the hassle of having to find transportation and drive as Disney’s Magical Express takes you from Orlando International Airport to your Walt Disney World Resort hotel.  Magical Express will even deliver your bags to your room, so you can begin exploring the Walt Disney World resort area and theme parks right away.

Many of the Deluxe resorts are located within walking distance to the parks or are accessible to the parks via monorail or ferry.  Complimentary Transportation for Disney Resort guests is available by bus, monorail or boat to the Disney theme parks, water parks, and Downtown Disney.

Priority advanced dining reservations

Extra Magic HoursMany of Walt Disney World’s table service meals are reserved up to 6 months in advance.  Advance Dining Reservations (ADR’s) are available 180 days out for the general public.  Disney Resort guests are able to book 180 days + 10 which allows them to book all of their ADRs on the same phone call, as opposed to calling back each day as the 180 day mark passes.  As your Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, I will be aware of the 180-day mark for your reservations, and can book all of your ADRs for you, when your booking window becomes available.

Merchandise Delivery to your room

Do you love shopping at the Disney theme parks and Downtown Disney, but don’t want to carry your purchases around all day? One of the fabulous perks of staying at a Disney resort is that, when shopping your way though the Parks or at Downtown Disney, you can have your packages sent back to your hotel for pick up in your Resort’s Gift shop

Keys to the World Card

The Walt Disney World “Key to the World” card is literally, your “key to the World.” It acts as the key to your hotel room, your identification as a Disney resort guest, and your resort room charge chard (if you put down a credit card on your account at check-in). And depending on what options you’ve purchased, the Key to the World card can also be your theme park admission and/or your Disney Dining Plan credits card.

Childcare services and Kids Clubs

Children’s Activity Centers are designed for kids who are potty trained and between 4 and 12 years of age. Your child will enjoy games and activities while you enjoy some Disney grown-up fun! Depending on the hours you book, dinner is included.

Usual operation hours (subject to change) for all Children’s Activity Centers are from 4:30 p.m. to midnight and can be booked in advance by calling 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).

A credit card is required for guarantee and the cancellation policy is outside 24 hours prior to arrival to avoid penalty charge. Parents are given a beeper (a deposit is taken but refunded when pager is returned). Rates are $11 per hour with a 2 hour minimum.

Key to the World card In-Room Babysitting

Independent childcare provider Kid’s Nite Out offers one-to-one babysitting in the comfort of your Walt Disney World Resort hotel room. Arts and crafts, reading and playing games are among the fun-filled activities for children 6 months to 12 years of age.

Quality Guest Services

Attentive, personal service.

Contact me for more information and to learn about all the benefits you will enjoy on YOUR Walt Disney World Vacation!!

Stephanie McCarthy
MickeyTravels, LLC
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All Aboard Disney’s Magical Express!

January 28, 2013

free transportation to Disney from airport

Did you know that when you book your stay at one of Walt Disney World’s resort hotels, you receive FREE transportation from the airport to your resort?  Yes, that’s right, I said the words FREE and Disney in the same sentence!

One of the many perks of staying on-site at a Disney resort is boarding Disney’s Magical Express at the Orlando International Airport.  Simply follow the signs to Disney’s Magical Express on the baggage claim level and you will be directed to your magical carriage (er, bus that is). You don’t even have to worry about your luggage!  Disney will take care of transporting your bags as well, and it will arrive within a few hours in your room at your chosen Disney resort.

All you have to do is climb aboard and let the magic begin!  Rather than being stuck on the freeway, and worrying about getting lost or missing your exit, you will be immersed in all things Disney right away.  A welcome video plays on board – previewing some of the many things for you to do and see on your trip.  In my experience, this keeps kids interested and heightens their anticipation during the 40-or so minute trip to your destination.

Disney’s Magical Express will take you to the main entrance of your resort so you can get right to the magic!  Upon your return, you can check your bags at the Magical Express desk in your resort, and Disney will take care of getting your bags to the airport (leaving you free to soak up a little more magic during your last day at the World).

When booking your Walt Disney World vacation package, make sure to include your flight information and request your ride on Disney’s Magical Express!   Your Authorized Disney Vacation Planner can give you more information, and book your Magical Express transportation for you.

Have a Magical Trip!

*And remember, I can help you plan your Disney vacation.  Planning services and no-obligation quotes are always FREE!

Stephanie McCarty
Authorized Disney Vacation Planner
MickeyTravels, LLC

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Disney’s Transportation System

September 10, 2012

With Disney’s transportation system we invite you to relax, enjoy the ride and let us do the driving – you’ll be home soon!

One of the last things you and your family want to worry about on your Disney Vacation is transportation. Imagine a world where you’re swept away by bus, monorail, or ferry and then taken to and from your choice of park at NO additional cost? Well then welcome to Walt Disney Worlds Transportation System. As a guest of Walt Disney World, you have the luxury of Disney’ transportation system as your disposal.

Bus bus

Unlike the big yellow bus you used to take to school or the sometimes smelly city bus you can ride to work Walt Disney Worlds buses are fun and full of color.  The buses are one of the most convenient things of Disney’s transportation system because no matter where you need to go there is a bus to take you there.  Taking a bus is as simple as walking out your resorts main lobby and locating the bus stops, all which have marked loading stations to take you to your park choice for the day. After your day of fun is over and you are ready to return home to your resort a WDW bus will pick you up in the same spot you were dropped off. One important tip to keep in mind: hotel buses go to parks and park buses go to hotels. If you plan on going from park to park you must first go to one of the closest resorts to hop in line to the park you would like to go to.

Shuttle Ride shuttle airport hotel

When it comes to traveling from the airport to your resort Walt Disney World has you covered. Disney’s Magical Express is a no-cost shuttle service available to guests flying in and out of Orlando International Airport (MCO) and staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel.

Transportation Monorail

 Soar through the parks in a comfortable monorail:

Even if don’t use the monorail as your primary means of transportation I say hop on and enjoy it as an extra fun ride! The monorail runs on three service routes around the Walt Disney World Resort area. Depending where you are taking the monorail can be the quickest way to leave the park for dinner and hop back on to return into the park.

If you are staying at a hotel that does not have the monorail connected to it, simply take the bus to the Magic Kingdom and then hop on to the monorail to take you to any of the Monorail Resorts for a nice meal.

transport Monorail Resort

How about a smooth boat ride to your destination:

 If you are looking for a different way to get around through Disney’s transportation system and don’t mind a slower ride, then a boat ride is a great choice. There are a few different types of boat service located through Walt Disney World. Before boarding a boat, make sure to read the signs and know where the boat is taking you. Boat service begins 30 minutes prior to the park opening and runs 60 minutes after the park closes. If bad weather develops, the boats can suspend service until it is safe to travel across the water.

Ferry Boat Service – Sails from the Ticket and Transportation Center to the Magic Kingdom

Boat Launches:

  • Blue Flag Launch – Runs between Ft. Wilderness and the Wilderness Lodge to the Contemporary Resort.
  • Red Flag Launch – Picks guest up at the Wilderness Lodge
  • Gold Flag LaunchGuest pick up at Disney’s Grand Floridian and Polynesian Resorts.
  • Green Flag LaunchGuest pick up at the Ft. Wilderness Campgrounds.

If you are a guest at The Boardwalk, Beach Club, Yacht Club, Dolphin and Swan Resorts you can use water transportation to get to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The transportation systems available on your Disney Vacation are just one of the many added perks to staying at a Walt Disney World Resort!

Contact me to learn more about Disney’s Transportation System and to learn all about my FREE Disney vacation planning services!

Rachel Woodall
Authorized Disney Vacation Planner
MickeyTravels, LLC
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