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Thinking About a Cruise?

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Are you thinking about a cruise?
Are you looking for something fun, entertaining, relaxing, with amazing food, or a desire to see multiple destinations?
Then cruising may be for you! The cruising industry is growing rapidly with more people cruising and new ships being built every year.
Some of the great reasons are stress free planning. You will see multiple ports without having to worry about hotels, food, or transportation. Another reason why cruising may be for you is the value. They are like an all inclusive vacation. A travel agent can help you with finding a great price and you pay for everything upfront so you can easily stick to a budget. You can even book your excursions before you depart and there are no hidden fees.  
There are activities for all ages. Shows, casinos, spas, youth programs, and pools. Some of the ships even have ice skating, rock climbing, go carts, ziplines, ropes courses, trampoline parks, and more!
Many people have the same questions.
Do I have to dress up? Th…

Meet Me Monday: Tara Churney

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We are so excited to welcome a new member of the On The Road Travel team! As a self-proclaimed Dis-nerd, Tara Churney has loved all things Disney since before she can remember. Tara grew up in Southern California, which gave her the opportunity to spend summers, family time, and even her high school graduation night at Disneyland. Once Tara got older, she discovered the magic of Walt Disney World and all of the wonder the different parks had to offer. Tara even spent a day in the life of a Disney Princess by walking down the aisle with her Prince Charming at Walt Disney World in 2015. Tara and her husband, Trevor, now visit the Disney parks on a regular basis and keep up to date with the latest Disney news. Tara loves to share with her clients her favorite places to eat, her best Disney travel secrets, and any off the beaten path Disney experiences that her clients might enjoy. She brings over 30 years of Disney experience to create the most magical experience for her clients. When Tar…

When is the Best Time to Travel to Disney World?

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When is the best time to visit Disney World?
When is the best time to travel to Disney World? There are many things to consider when deciding the right time to take your trip so it can be difficult to answer that question. What is great for one family may not work for another. Ultimately, it may come down to what works for your family, and the great news is that Disney does a fantastic job of making sure there are magical moments any time of year. I always suggest people start with asking themselves a couple of questions –
Are you traveling with kids? If so, are you willing to take them out of school or should we work around their school schedule? This generally narrows it down quite a bit. Crowd levels are almost always lower when kids are in school and it isn’t around a holiday or long weekend. 
What type of weather would you prefer? Florida weather is generally hot, but there are times of the year where hot takes on a Whole. New. Meaning. So, if you want to avoid the brutal heat, I al…

Closing Down the Magic Kingdom

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Did you know Magic Kingdom does not shut down abruptly at closing time!?!? You will have about an hour or so to meander through the park. While the attractions will be closed as well as most of the restaurants, some of the shops and restaurants will remain open for up to an hour. Most of the park patrons will be rushing for the exit, but you do not have to follow suit! Below are some benefits to staying in the Magic Kingdom after closing… Take your time - Hanging out in Magic Kingdom after closing allows you time to enjoy the details as crowds dwindle. The parks are beautiful in the dark. You can enjoy the sounds of the background music without the wall-to-wall people. With less crowds, you can also appreciate the Imagineer’s attention to detail throughout the spaces of Seven Dwarfs Mine train, Gaston’s Tavern, the Enchanted Forest by Belle’s Cottage, and Tomorrowland. Keep in mind…you will be gently moved by cast members toward Main Street USA. A quick note…when you stay late at Magic…

Using Photo Booths with Memory Maker

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Greetings!

Let’s chat today about Memory Maker--- It is ever changing and such a great add on to your Disney vacation package.   Advance pricing as of January of 2020 is $169. However, if you wait until 3 days or less from your trip, the cost raises to $199.

There is SO much value to the Memory Maker!

One of the hidden gems of memory maker is that you can go into the photo booths across Disney World and have fun photos taken and link those photos to your memory maker! All with no added cost!

Next time you see a photo booth at Disney World--- STOP and give it try--- Look for them around these locations: The gift shop outside of Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom Near Primeval Whirl in Dinoland at Animal Kingdom The Boardwalk at the Boardwalk resort We even found one in the gift shop as we exited the Figment ride at Epcot.

Note: While you can find photo booths in some resort arcades, these usually don’t link to the memory maker PhotoPass, as of yet.

Be sure to check out more information about memory ma…

Pros & Cons of Staying Off Disney Property

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Disney World vacations are always magical, but there are some Disney touches that make it just a little bit extra magical. On my most recent trip, we stayed with some friends off of Disney property, which we haven’t done in many years, and man was it a learning experience for some Disney veterans! So I thought this would be a great opportunity to share some of the pros and cons of staying off Disney property.

Pros: Cost -  There are many beautiful and clean resorts or other options like Airbnb/VRBO that are much less expensive than Disney resorts. If your budget is of concern, you can certainly find a non-Disney resort that won’t break the bank and will be a safe, clean place to rest your head at night. This is the most convincing reason for me to ever consider staying anywhere but Disney.

Dining -  One big benefit is the flexibility of dining when you’re not at Disney. It’s much more likely that you have a kitchen if you’re staying off property, so you’re able to make meals together and s…

Best Places to Take Photos in Disney World

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An essential part of any Disney vacation is taking plenty of pictures to document your trip! Below are some of the best places to take pictures in each park…
Magic Kingdom Cinderella CastleThe Main Street RailroadMain Street USAThe Partners Statue (Walt & Mickey – in front of the castle)Tangled Restroom areaFountain outside of Gaston’s TavernThe Haunted Mansion’s horseless carriageSword in the Stone (near Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel)The Purple Wall (Tomorrowland)The Candy Stripe Wall (Main Street Confectionary)
Epcot Spaceship EarthThe icons representing the countries in the World ShowcaseJourney Into the Imagination BuildingBubblegum Wall (Spaceship Earth exit)Nemo & Friends (The Seas With Nemo & Friends)The Toothpaste Wall (The Seas with Nemo & Friends)The Land Wall (mosaic wall at the entrance to The Land)

Hollywood Studios The Hollywood Studios archSunset Boulevard with Tower of Terror in the backgroundThe Rock N’ Roller Coaster guitarPopsicle Stick Wall (exit of T…