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Walt Disney World Resort Types


With just under 30 on property resorts (not including nearby Disney Springs hotels, Bonnet Creek or the Four Seasons) it can be hard to figure out just which resort is right for your family! To get started, let's talk about the difference in resort categories; Value, Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa

My Favorite Things- Counter Service


I'm excited to start sharing a new series all about my favorite things at Walt Disney World (and maybe even Disney Cruise). For the first installment, we are going to talk about my favorite quick service restaurants! These are in no particular order and there might not be one for every park..remember these aren't just generalized recommendations but my personal favorites!!

Top 5 Reasons to Stay at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club

While a Deluxe resort is not always in the budget, there are so many great benefits to staying at an EPCOT area resort they should definitely be considered.  Beach Club is a favorite of mine and it's one I often recommend to clients.  Remember with discounts you can often save up to 30% off this amazing resort's regular rates!

Senses Spa

One of my favorite, adult only things to experience about a Disney Cruise is the Senses Spa. On the Disney Fantasy and Dream it's slightly different and since the Fantasy is my FAVORITE ship, I'll be talking about that version today.

Junior Bloggers Wanted!



Do you have kids that just love to share all about your Disney vacations?  I am currently looking for Jr. Bloggers that have a story to tell!  No age restrictions, simply contact me at amanda@livingwiththemagic.com.  There is really no limit or restrictions. Have them (or you) type up their story, feel free to add photos and then they'll see their story published right here!  I look forward to hearing all about Disney from a child's perspective!!

Why you need a Travel Agent When Planning a Walt Disney World Wedding!


One of my favorite parts about being a travel agent that specializes in Disney destinations is weddings and honeymoons! Not only do I get to plan some awesome honeymoons BUT I also get to work with some amazing couples, acting as their Fairytale Travel Liason! Our position  Fairytale Travel liaison's were born out of a necessity, and something that I didn't have when planning my Fairytale wedding. Let's talk about what happens when you decide to have a destination wedding!

Guest Post - Disney Cruise to Alaska


There is so much to see and do on an Alaskan Disney Cruise. We all know of the amazing things to do on the fabulous Disney Cruise line ships, but what about the  excursions? We did two excursions that I will NEVER forget and would love to share with you.



Mommy, Mommy and Me - Trip Planning

I always find the shorter the trip, the harder it is to plan.  I wrote about starting the plan this trip a few weeks ago and so many things have changed!  For Disney fans any trip is a great one, but having just 3 nights and 2 day park tickets make it feel SO hard to squeeze everything in. This is a big reason I recommend to first time visitors a 5 night resort stay (minimally). It's so  much less stressful to stay longer and spread everything out then it is to squeeze it in to just a few days!


Girls Getaway Weekend...how it works!

You've been hearing us talk a lot about Girls Getaway Weekend...but what is it? How does it work? Who's going?



10 Things I do for Free!


1. Help you select the best resort for your families needs!
With almost 30 on-site resorts the choices can quickly become overwhelming! I'll help you sort through the options and find a resort that fits your budget and needs.  I can quickly provide you detailed information on bedding types, amenities included, restaurants, pools and more!!

2. When it comes to Magic Your Way packages there are so many components...let me help you select the perfect number of days for your family!
If you've never visited Walt Disney World before you might be surprised to learn it's not just an amusement park..in fact it's not an amusement park at all but FOUR theme parks spanning 40 square miles...roughly the size of San Fransisco! I can help you determine the perfect amount of time to fit your budget AND see and do all the amazing things that Disney has to offer.

3. Do you need any of the ticket add-on's? Let me help you decide!
Walt Disney World tickets can be confusing..what exactly do you  need an how do they work? I'll walk you through everything to ensure you are spending money where you need to be and aren't buying things that don't work for your family.

4.Dining Plan? Quick-service, Plus, Deluxe, Premium, Platinum… what do all these mean? 
Do you need a dining plan? If so, which one? What do the dining plans cover, how much do they cost and how do you use them?  I have all the info and will ensure you are completely prepared for your trip before you even arrive.

5. Navigate the My Disney Experience website and try to figure out how to register and link reservations, customize and order Magic Bands 
Disney's website can be tricky to maneuver. I'll send you all the instructions you need to correctly set up your account as well as link your reservations. I have a background in IT which can be super helpful if you find yourself struggling with Disney's site!

6. Research Memory Maker; add it to your package if you think it’s for you...
What is Memory Maker? Why would you want? How do you get it and is it even worth it?  A quick chat with me will help clear all of that up!
7. Stay on top of the current discounts and promotions, do the math to see which promotion could save you money, wait on hold for hours to apply the discount to your reservation...and more!
How often will someone save you time and money...FOR FREE? I'll not only monitor all discounts but I'll make sure you get the best one if Disney released more than one.   I'll also let you know if a resort change would save you money AND spend hours on the phone making the change for you!

8. Set up your airport transfers!
FREE Transfers...that's right! Disney offers FREE transfers! Simply send me your flight info and I'll get the flight info over to Disney and reserve your spot on Magical Express.

9. Order special event tickets
Thinking of attending a special event, like Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party or Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party? I'll take care of that and even link the tickets to your account!

10. Remember when your final payment is due 
Sometimes planning your vacation to early makes it easy to forget when your final payment is due. We make it super easy and send a reminder prior to your due date!

Do you have HOURS of free time to do all this for your vacation? If not, comment below and I can help you out!


Blast From The Past- Cruise to Galveston Embarkation


Good Morning!! I'm sure you are all ready for me to actually get on the cruise so you can see the interesting pictures right?? Well I'm getting there today, I promise!

Read Day 1 HERE!

Saturday morning we got up fairly early (and sorry to our neighbors who heard the baby crying off and on all night!). Despite not enough sleep in the last 24 hours, we were hanging in there. We all went downstairs for breakfast...and it was great! They had an awesome spread for breakfast and we even enjoyed some Texas shaped waffles!! Not as good as Mickey shaped waffles but still...

Animal Kingdom With A Toddler

Animal Kingdom is one of our favorite places to be. You've heard me talk about it on the blog numerous times, our wedding reception was held here...it's just a place we love to hang out, eat and of course, see all the attractions!




A Few of My Favorite Things!


It happens fairly frequently in my line of work, that I'm asked what my favorite things at Disney are...my favorite rides, my favorite snacks, my favorite places to eat.  In the spirit of my favorite things, I'm starting a new weekly series called...My Favorite Things!  Each week I'll focus on a different topic and share with you, my personal favorites around Walt Disney World (and sometimes beyond)!  Stay tuned for my first in the installment...my favorite Quick Service locations in each park!

Blast from the Past

I've decided to re-post our trip from a few years ago...four to be exact. Why? Because Disney has some great prices sailing out of Galveston over the next few months! Our cruise from Galveston a few years ago was a blast and these posts included tips and hints about:

  • Cruising From Galveston (including getting the ship and where to stay)
  • Cruising with a baby
  • What to do on a 7-night cruise
  • Much more!!
Here we go! I hope you all enjoy!


Girls Getaway Weekend Deadlines

If you are thinking of coming to Girls Getaway Weekend, be sure to check out our deadlines!! Full pricing and details are available at:  http://www.livingwiththemagic.com/girls_weekend/