8 reasons why your first Disney Vacation won’t be your last


Once you’ve been bitten by the Disney bug, there’s no going back.  I am here to tell you – I would spend every one of my spare weekends at Disney World, on a Disney cruise, or trekking to Disneyland.

Why?  Let me tell you!

1.  One of a kind resort stays.


2.  Memorable & endearing character interactions.


3.  Amazing, addicting, dream-about-while-away food options (pictured: Disneyland’s famous corn dogs)


4.  “Diamond in the Rough” attractions that capture the magic of Disney (pictured: the Peoplemover in Magic Kingdom)


5.  You feel at home.  Like you were meant to spend the happiest days of your life there.


6.  The customer service is amazing.  Seriously.  You won’t find happier people at work anywhere else, and it’s infectious.


7.  Did I mention the food yet??  It’s seriously amazing.

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8.  Once you go – you’ll be planning your next trip back before you even leave.  🙂



Thinking about a trip to Disney World, Disneyland, or a Disney Cruise?  I’d love to help!  As a travel specialist working for an authorized Disney travel agency, my services are completely free to you!  Disney pays my commission directly, which means that you can take advantage of my planning and advice absolutely free of charge!  If you have questions or want to chat more about this, you can email me anytime!

Email:  sarad@fairytalejourneys.com

Disneyland 2014 Discount January – April, 2014

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Wow!  Two discounts in 1 week!  This time we get a Disneyland discount for 2014, this first one for the new year!

Travel Dates: January 5 – April 10, 2014

Disneyland has released a new room only special discount for Winter/Spring travel dates for 2014. Guests can save up to 25% off their Disneyland Resort hotel stay Sunday – Thursday. The Disneyland Resort offers three fantastic hotels, the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.

This discount is for the room only, but you can add park passes and other items to make a Disneyland Resort package, but only your room portion will be discounted.

Travel must be completed by April 14, 2014. Offer not valid on previously booked rooms or on suites, except for Artisan, Regal, and Paradise suites. Excludes applicable taxes and fees. Advance reservations required.  Cancellation of any nights of a stay will affect discount validity. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

This offer must be booked by January 28, 2014.


Thinking about a trip to Disneyland?  I’d love to help!  As a travel specialist working for an authorized Disney travel agency, my services are completely free to you!  Disney pays my commission directly, which means that you can take advantage of my planning and advice absolutely free of charge!  If you have questions or want to chat more about this, you can email me anytime!

Email:  sarad@fairytalejourneys.com

Disneyland Corn Dogs coming to Disney World!!


Rejoice one and all!  I recently found out that Disneyland corn dogs – the best corn dogs in the entire earth – are coming to Disney World this Fall 2013!

These corn dogs are worth getting fat over.  Seriously.  So yummy!

If you are planning a trip to Disney World late Fall, make sure to keep an eye out for a food truck in Downtown Disney selling hand dipped happiness (corn dogs).

And mail one to me, would you?

My source: the Disney Food Blog


If you are planning a 2013/2014 Disney trip – get your vacation quote now!!  Free dining is even available for select dates. Remember my services are free to you!

Email me here:  sarad@fairytalejourneys.com

Or get a quote here


These are a few of my favorite (Disney) things….

Sometimes I miss Disney things more than other times….today it was on my mind alot as I worked through a few vacation quotes for clients.  Here are a few of my favorite things I’m looking forward to.

The Winnie Pooh ride in Fantasyland:


The newly renovated Dumbo ride with the beautiful fountains:


The twilight zone – Tower of Terror!


Rock N’ Roller Coaster:


Plastic cheese dipping sauce with a Casey’s Corner dinner:


A cream cheese pretzel (yum!):


Carmel corn from Karamell Kuche in Epcot:


A corn dog from Disneyland:



The newest (and best in my opinion) fantasyland ride:

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Have a great weekend everyone!


Disney World Freebies (yes, that’s right – freebies!)

Did you know that there are a lot of fun, small freebies in the parks and resort areas of Disney World that you can take advantage of?  I mean, I know that it costs an arm and a leg to get there, but once you’re there, make sure to enjoy the little fun freebies that can make your trip special.

Personally, my favorite, is getting free sparkles at the Bippity Boppity Boutique.  Yes, I am 28 years old, and I get free sparkles.  My husband is just glad I don’t dress up like a princess.  But one of these years, I’m gonna.  😉

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Free things you can find and do at Disney World!

  1. You can ask the cast members for free ice water at the Disney counter service restaurants.
  2. In the Barber shop or Bippity Boppity Boutique, cast members give out free sprinkles or sparkles.
  3. Use Disney’s free bus transportation to visit the Boardwalk resort area.  You can stroll around and enjoy street performers and ambiance.
  4. Window shop in Downtown Disney, making sure to stop at the fun, interactive Lego store and World of Disney store.
  5. Take time to ride the monorail – You can get off and explore each resort, or just enjoy the ride and the view.
  6. Take a boat ride (several leave from Magic Kingdom to various places, or from the Port Orleans area to Downtown Disney)
  7. Sing around a campfire and watch a free Disney movie at Fort Wilderness, open to all Disney resort guests.  This event is held every evening – check when you arrive for the time.
  8. Enjoy your resort’s swimming pool!
  9. Take an evening stroll and explore the lovely walkways of your Disney resort or any of the Disney resorts.
  10. Watch the Electrical Water Pageant. This floating parade is visible nightly; usually starting at 9:00pm.  It can be viewed from Disney’s Magic Kingdom-area resort hotel docks and beaches.
  11. Check your resort for a schedule of free children activities and programs.
  12. Often, if it’s your birthday and you mention that to your server, you will get a free birthday treat!
  13. All Disney resort guests can enjoy free package delivery to their hotel rooms.
  14. Let your hotel or travel agent know what special occasion you are celebrating on your vacation and you’ll get a free special occasion button to wear during your stay.
  15. Stop by the firehouse in Magic Kingdom to get free spell cards for the Sorcerer’s of Magic, an interactive roleplaying game at Magic Kingdom.
  16. Check out “Club Cool” in Epcot, a free soda fountain where you can sample different sodas from around the world.  (Located in Future World.)



7 Helpful tips for your next Disney Cruise.

I’m planning my first Disney cruise this October/November time frame.  I know, I know – you’re shocked I’m a Disney travel agent and I haven’t been on a Disney Cruise.  I’m shocked, too!  What’s wrong with me??

The truth is I love Disney World so much, that when vacation time comes around, I can’t tear myself away.  The one time I did go to Disneyland, I had already been to Disney World that year.  My husband calls me spoiled.  I say I’m deprived.  I only get to go to Disney World once a year – how do I survive the other 51 weeks?

But I digress.

Anyway, being a Disney travel agent, I know a lot about Disney cruises even if I’ve not personally cruised myself.  I keep them around, for my upcoming trip, and for my clients.


What you should know for your next Disney Cruise:

1.     Make sure to bring a watch with you.  I personally use my cell phone to find the time, but once you leave the port, your cell phone’s time won’t be correct anymore.

2.     Since there are only a few outlets in each stateroom, if you think you might need more, pack a power strip to use in your room for all your electronics and whatnot.

3.     A tip on tips – you can pre-pay all your tips in advance (a list of what pre-pay tips looks like: http://disneycruise.disney.go.com/faqs/onboard-services/gratuities/) and not worry about tipping on the cruise.

4.     You don’t need much cash – most everything on board the ship is included and what isn’t included is charged to your room.  In many instances cash won’t be accepted as a form of payment.

5.     Be aware that on the day you board your ship, there will be safety drill, which is mandatory for everyone.  It’s quick and painless, but don’t skip it!  Safety first 🙂

6.     On the morning of your arrival back into port, be aware disembarking will be early!  Typically the earliest time passengers exit the Disney Cruise line ships is around 7:30am and the latest passengers coming of the ships is around 9:45am.

7.     Pack swimsuits in the bag you carry onto the ship. If you board as soon as they let you, typically noon, you will have several hours before you see your bags and you will want to use the pools. This is about as uncrowded as the pools get, and your kids will beg to have their swimsuits and jump in immediately!



My top 5 free Disney Apps (+ 1 not free fav)

We’re all on the go these days, taking our lives with us on our smartphones.  I didn’t give into a smartphone until October 2012 and took my new iPhone 5 to Disney for a Christmas trip December 2012.  It.was.awesome.

I’m a believer and I don’t care who knows it!!  Smartphones are awesome tools to have on your vacation and especially in the parks.  There were many (many) times when The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was down and instead of walking all the way over to Fantasyland to check up on it, I would just use Lines or My Disney Experience to see if it had re-opened.

I used my phone to check menus, park hours, pass the time in line, you get the idea.

So I thought I’d share my favorite free apps.  And my favorite not-free app.

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1.    My Disney Experience – The official Walt Disney World App that allows you to see wait times for park attractions, Fastpass return times, see park hours, manage your itineraries, view menus, park maps, and book dining reservations.

2.     Disney World by Undercovertourist.com – Pretty much everything you will ever need when visiting Disney World: wait times, park maps, restaurant menus, ride information and lots more!

3.     Disney Memories – Use this app and your photos in your library to create Disney Memories by decorating them with Disney frames.

4.     Mouse Trivia – Mouse trivia is the Disney app for people who love all things Disney.  There are over 1,200 questions about Disney movies, theme parks, characters, songs, and more.  Use this app to pass time while you’re waiting in line for a ride!

5.     Disney World Wait times, Free – Shows wait times for all the Disney World theme park attractions.


Lines, the app provided by touringplans.com, is really my favorite for wait times, but isn’t free.  You have to have a subscription to touringplans.com to use this app.  I enjoyed entering my own wait times in, plus using it to check on wait times.