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Satisfy Your Taste Buds: New Foods Celebrating Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom

Get ready to savor the magic because Tiana’s Bayou Adventure is setting sail at Magic Kingdom Park on June 28, 2024! To add a sprinkle of culinary delight to this grand opening, the culinary wizards at Disney have rolled out an array of delectable treats inspired by none other than Princess Tiana from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ beloved “The Princess and the Frog.”

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Be prepared to indulge in a culinary journey featuring mouth-watering new offerings like Hot Honey Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries and beloved classics like Tiana’s Chantilly Cake. When the attraction opens its gates on June 28, make sure to come with an appetite for both adventure and these scrumptious bites.

Let’s dive right in and explore all the delicious details!

Magic Kingdom Park 

Golden Oak Outpost (Available June 28 through September 6) 

  • Hot Honey Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries: Chicken nuggets tossed in hot sauce-honey served with New Orleans olive relish and Cajun-spiced sweet potato fries (New)
  • Shrimp Gumbo with Sweet Potato Fries: Shrimp and Andouille sausage gumbo topped with Cajun-spiced sweet potato fries (New) 
  • Tiana’s Famous Beignets: Light, sweet, and fluffy beignets with powdered sugar and drizzled with honey

Pinocchio Village Haus (Available June 28 through September 6; mobile order available) 

  • Peach Cobbler: Cinnamon panna cotta, peach cobbler, brown sugar streusel, and whipped cream with a Tiana chocolate piece

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (Available June 28 through September 6) 

  • Butter Pecan Praline Sundae: Butter pecan ice cream topped with praline sauce, spiced pecans, and whipped cream

The Plaza Restaurant (Available June 28 through September 6) 

  • Tiana’s Chantilly Cake: Vanilla chiffon cake, lemon chantilly, and fresh strawberries topped with a fondant flower and a Tiana chocolate piece

The Friar’s Nook and Outdoor Vending Locations near Cinderella Castle (Available starting June 28 while supplies last) 

  • Princess Tiana Sipper (New) (Limit two per person, per transaction) 

Main Street Confectionery (Available starting June 28) 

  • Tiana’s Sweet Popcorn Serenade: Caramel popcorn with praline pecans, M&M’S Caramel Chocolate Candies, pretzel pieces, and dark chocolatey drizzle (New)
  • Tiana’s Bayou Crunch: Cajun cheddar popcorn with M&M’S Peanut Butter Chocolate Candies, cheddar crackers, pretzel pieces, and white chocolatey drizzle (New) 
  • Green Apple Gummi Frogs (New)
  • Spicy Butter Toffee Peanuts (New)

NEW! Critter Co-Op (Coming soon) 

  • Green Apple Gummi Frogs (New)
  • Spicy Butter Toffee Peanuts (New)

Disney Springs 

Amorette’s Patisserie (Available June 28 through July 31; mobile order available) 

  • Over the Bayou Cake Bar: Vanilla cake bar (New)

Available at Various Locations Throughout Walt Disney World Resort (Available June 28 through September 6) 

  • Bayou Lavender Lemonade: Minute Maid Premium Lemonade with flavors of lavender inspired by New Orleans’ influence on American cuisine (New); available at the following locations:
    • Dockside Diner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    • The Plaza Restaurant and The Friar’s Nook at Magic Kingdom Park
    • Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs (Available June 28 through July 31 only) 
    • Beaches Pool Bar and Courtyard Pool Bar at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
    • Mardi Grogs Pool Bar at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter

Crisped Rice Cereal Treat Lily Pad (New); available at the following locations:

  • Main Street Confectionery at Magic Kingdom Park
  • Big Top Souvenirs at Magic Kingdom Park
  • Goofy’s Candy Company at Disney Springs
  • Disney’s Candy Cauldron at Disney Springs
  • Zuri’s Sweets Shop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
  • Screen Door General Store at Disney’s BoardWalk
  • Bayview Gifts at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Pecan Praline Caramel Apple (New); available at the following locations:

  • Main Street Confectionery at Magic Kingdom Park
  • Big Top Souvenirs at Magic Kingdom Park
  • Goofy’s Candy Company at Disney Springs
  • Disney’s Candy Cauldron at Disney Springs
  • Zuri’s Sweets Shop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
  • Screen Door General Store at Disney’s BoardWalk
  • Bayview Gifts at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

And for those who want to bring the flavors of New Orleans into their own kitchens, we’ve got some fantastic news! Starting June 28, you can snag Mama Odie’s Hot Sauce and Dooky Chase’s iconic seasonings in varieties like Gumbo Base, Seafood Seasoning, Meat Seasoning, and Fried Chicken Seasoning. This marks the first time these seasonings will be available outside of the legendary Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, a culinary gem owned by the incomparable Leah Chase—one of the inspirations behind Princess Tiana’s character! You can find these items at the Emporium once it opens and at Critter Co-Op.

Coffee aficionados, rejoice! There’s also a new Joffrey’s blend to jazz up your mornings. The Disney Tiana Bayou Beignet blend is a medium-roasted coffee with delightful notes of honey and powdered sugar, creating a sweet sip that’s perfect for reminiscing on your park adventures. Pick up your own bag at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Co. at The Landing in Disney Springs or simply order it from Joffrey’s website.

Wow—so much deliciousness coming your way with the opening of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure! June 28 can’t come soon enough. 🍯☕️✨

(Note: All offerings are subject to change and availability.)

Set Sail on a Magical Journey: Disney Cruise Line’s Summer 2025 Itineraries

Picture this: the warm sun on your face, a soft sea breeze in your hair, and a horizon that stretches into infinity. Now, imagine blending that serene image with the enchantment of Disney – sounds like a dream, right? Well, dream no more because Disney Cruise Line is rolling out its summer 2025 itineraries, and they’re nothing short of magical!

European Elegance with the Disney Fantasy

First up, let’s talk about a European tour that’s practically begging to be in your photo albums. For the first time in the sunny season of 2025, the Disney Fantasy is setting sail across Europe! From the azure waters of the Mediterranean to the rich history of Northern Europe, these itineraries are the stuff of legends. Think five to twelve nights of breathtaking stops in Italy, Greece, and even a unique visit to Valletta, Malta. And let’s not forget the grand tour from Southampton, United Kingdom – a kaleidoscope of Spain, Norway, and the British Isles awaits.

Alaskan Awe and Wonder

Next, venture into the wild with the Disney Wonder as it charts a course through Alaska’s majestic landscapes. From the bustling port of Vancouver, Canada, embark on five to nine-night sailings that promise glaciers, gold mines, and glistening seascapes. Alaska with a touch of Disney magic is an adventure that’s as grand as it sounds.

Tropics Calling from Florida

Sunseekers, rejoice! Summer 2025 sees four Disney Cruise Line ships docking in Florida, ready to ferry you to paradise. Be it the Bahamas, the Caribbean, or Disney’s very own island retreats – Castaway Cay and Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point – your tropical dream is just a cruise away. Among the highlights is the Disney Treasure, with its seven-night itineraries that promise an immersive dive into the beauty of the Eastern and Western Caribbean.

Disney’s Island Magic

Amidst the waves, two islands beckon with promises of idyllic escapes – Disney Castaway Cay and Disney Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point. These destinations aren’t just stops; they’re experiences, each painted with Disney’s unparalleled charm and bursting with tropical beauty.

Don’t Miss on the Ships

  • Disney Fantasy: Dine amidst animation magic at Animator’s Palate.
  • Disney Wonder: Let the good times roll at Tiana’s Place, where Mardi Gras is eternal.
  • Disney Treasure: “The Tale of Moana” takes the stage, weaving a spellbinding narrative.
  • Disney Magic: Get tangled in the enchantment with “Tangled: The Musical”.
  • Disney Wish: Journey across galaxies in the Star Wars Hyperspace Lounge.
  • Disney Dream: Kids can pilot the Millennium Falcon in a galaxy not so far away.

Your 2025 Adventure Awaits

The time to start planning is now. Summer 2025 offers a kaleidoscopic array of Disney Cruise Line adventures that promise not just journeys, but memories that last a lifetime. Whether it’s the allure of ancient cities, the call of the wild, or the serene embrace of tropical paradises, these itineraries have something for everyone. So, why wait? Choose your adventure, pack your bags, and let’s set sail into a summer filled with magic, wonder, and indelible joy. Your Disney cruise dream starts here!

To start planning your Disney Cruise Line vacation, email siera@spreadingmagic.com today!

How to Get the Best Value from Your Disney Dining Plan at Disney World

How to Get the Best Value from Your Disney Dining Plan at Disney World

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8 ways to maximize the Disney dining plan

Hooray! As of today, dining plans are FINALLY back at the Walt Disney World Resort!

Let’s be honest, food at Disney World is very expensive. You can certainly save money by bringing food, drinks, and snacks with you into the parks, but if you’re planning to purchase food in the parks, you may be wise to consider one of the Disney dining plans. Disney dining plans are available to guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel. You can currently choose from the quick service dining plan and Disney dining plan when you book a vacation package at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

Character Dining

Character meals are some of the most expensive meals at Disney World. You can spend over $50 per person for a dinner with Mickey Mouse and friends at Chef Mickey’s! This is a great use of a Disney dining plan. Plus, your whole family will love having characters come visit with you at your table for photos and autographs. You can review all of the character dining experiences here.

Use Snack Credits Wisely

We typically don’t recommend spending snack credits on items less than $5. If you’d like a soda or bottle of water, it’s often better to purchase these out of pocket. Some of our favorite snacks are ice cream, cupcakes, funnel cakes, pretzels, popcorn, and breadsticks. You can even enjoy almost all Starbucks beverages with just a snack credit! So, go ahead and add that extra pump of syrup… it’s still only one snack credit!

Consider Meal Times

Breakfast is a less expensive meal than lunch or dinner, especially when it comes to table service meals. If possible, we recommend booking lunch or dinner for your table service meals as they would normally cost more if you were paying out of pocket. You’ll also get dessert included with your table service meal during lunch or dinner only. If you’re on one of the dining plans that only include two meals per day, breakfast is also an easy one to “skip.” You can use your snack credits to cover that meal or even pack cereal bars from home for an on-the-go meal.

8 ways to get the best value from the Disney dining plan

Epcot Festivals

If you are visiting during any of the annual festivals at Epcot, plan to use as many snack credits there as possible. All of the festivals offer snacks and drinks at the booths set up throughout the World Showcase, and even Future World, at times. These snacks can often be $8 or more when purchased out of pocket so they are a great value on the Disney dining plan.

The Festival of the Arts runs select dates in January and February. The Flower and Garden Festival usually runs from March through May. The Food and Wine Festival usually kicks off at the end of August and runs through mid-November. The Festival of the Holidays runs from Thanksgiving through December.

Dining Packages

Who doesn’t love dinner and a show? There are a few dining packages available with the Disney dining plan. You can enjoy a reserved viewing area for a parade or show with the cost of your meal. These dining packages cost the same number of credits that you would have spent otherwise. You can choose from:

  • Fantasmic! Dining Package at Hollywood & Vine, Mama Melrose’s, and Hollywood Brown Derby
  • Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Dining Package at Tony’s Town Square
  • Candlelight Processional Dining Package at select Epcot restaurants
  • Garden Rocks Dining Package at select Epcot restaurants
  • Eat to the Beat Dining Package at select Epcot restaurants
  • Disney on Broadway Concert Series Dining Package at select Epcot restaurants

Specialty Drinks

You can treat yourself to a specialty drink with your table service meal at no additional cost. Alcohol is now included with the Disney dining plan. Or, if you prefer a kid-friendly drink, there are often specialty drinks available for guests of all ages. Just ask your server what options are available at each location.

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Use Your Resort Refillable Drink Mugs

All four of the Disney dining plans include one resort refillable drink mug per person, age 3+. They can be refilled not only at the resort that your family is staying at, but ANY Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. You can fill your mug before you leave the resort in the morning, enjoy time by the pool with it, or even leave a park to refill your mug at a neighboring resort. You can get soda, Powerade, coffee, and tea in your mug.

Spend Leftover Credits on Prepackaged Snacks

If you happen to have any leftover snack credits at the end of your visit, be sure to spend them before you leave! All Disney dining plan credits are available until midnight on the day that you check out. You can find a variety of prepackaged snacks (or drinks) at the parks and resorts. If you aren’t visiting a park, stop by Goofy’s Candy Company Disney Springs. Goofy’s has a line of Disney gummies, jelly beans, licorice, and more that travel well. There are also prepackaged rice krispy treats you can take home.

You can keep track of your Disney dining plan credits in the My Disney Experience app or at the bottom of your receipt. It will automatically update each time an entitlement is used to reflect your remaining credits.

What are your favorite ways to use the Disney Dining Plan?

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Free Dining Returns to Disney World Exclusively for Disney+ Subscribers in 2024

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For Disney+ Subscribers – GET A FREE DINING PLAN when you purchase a non-discounted 4-night/4-day Walt Disney Travel Company package that includes a room at select Disney Resort hotels and tickets with a Park Hopper Option. For arrivals most nights 7/1–9/30/24*.

STAY IN THE MAGIC

Experience the same legendary detail, service and storytelling found in Walt Disney World® Theme Parks when you book a stay at a Disney Resort hotel. From unique accommodations to distinctive dining options, themed rooms and more, Disney Resort hotels offer Guests a variety of options that exemplify the Disney Difference. 

As a Guest, you’ll enjoy: 

  • Early Theme Park Entry: Stay in the magic at a Disney Resort hotel and enjoy 30 minutes early entry to any Theme Park every day! With early theme park entry, you can enjoy select attractions, shops and dining before regular hours. This benefit is offered on each day of your stay—in any park, subject to capacity. For early Theme Park entry, you’ll need Disney MagicMobile service or a Key to the World Card, as well as valid admission and a Theme park reservation for the same park on the same day.
  • Extended Evening Theme Park Hours: When you stay at a Disney Deluxe Resort or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort, you’ll enjoy extended evening hours on select nights in select Theme Parks. For extended evening hours, you’ll need Disney MagicMobile service or a Key to the World Card, as well as valid admission.
  • Close Proximity to the Action: Enjoy the ease and convenience of getting around Walt Disney World Resort with fun transportation options. Zip about on the world-famous monorail, fly high on Disney Skyliner and cruise along serene waterways aboard a water taxi. Some of the Disney Resort hotels are even within walking distance of a Theme Park. 
  • Enchanting Amenities: Walt Disney World Resort hotels boast one-of-a-kind features that will immerse you in the worlds of classic Disney tales—including themed pools with slides, poolside activities, delicious dining experiences and much more. 
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* Proof of Disney+ subscription is required. This offer is only available to Disney+ Subscribers residing in the United States and Canada. The Disney+ Subscriber must stay in the room. The number of packages allocated for this offer is limited. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. Offer excludes select room types. Tickets valid beginning on the date of check-in and must be used within a limited number of days, depending on length of ticket. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Walt Disney Travel Company CST#1022229-50

To book your magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation, call Siera today at (734) 771-1290 or email her at siera@destinationsinflorida.com.

Unlocking Unforgettable Journeys: 4 Reasons Why Using a Travel Advisor Is a Smart Choice

In an era of seemingly endless information and DIY travel planning, the invaluable role of a travel advisor shines brighter than ever. These experts in the realm of exploration offer a wealth of benefits that transcend mere convenience. From crafting tailored itineraries to accessing exclusive deals, navigating complex logistics, and providing insider insights, the reasons to collaborate with a travel advisor are both compelling and diverse. In this fast-paced world, where time is precious and experiences are treasured, the guidance of a skilled travel advisor transforms mere trips into unforgettable journeys.

Some people still sadly associate using a travel advisor with paying more money, when in actual fact – it’s quite the opposite. From getting you the best seats on the plane to working behind the scenes to ensure your vacation goes off without a hitch – after using a great travel advisor once, I personally guarantee you’ll be hooked!

Save Time

Ask yourself, how much is your time worth? Expedia’s research indicates the average American spends 22.95 hours booking a trip in the 6 weeks before departure. That’s one hour a night for nearly three weeks or nearly three entire workdays. Is this time you can afford to lose? 

Save Money

Travel advisors often have access to wholesale rates and exclusive deals that the general public does not. As such, they can pass these savings on to you – their client. Most advisors make their money through commissions paid by hotels, tour operators, cruise lines, etc – not through adding on extra charges for their clients. Travel advisors who do charge fees are charging for the trip planning process – remember those 22.95 hours I referenced in the paragraph above? They’re working, researching, and customizing the perfect journey for you, and some charge fees for this type of work. 

Planning travel has never been more complicated than in 2021 and beyond. From quarantine restrictions to PCR testing, an expert agent will save you countless hours in research and logistics alone – that’s worth its weight in gold. 

Avoid Hassles

Booking with a third-party site may feel like the obvious choice, but websites like Expedia can’t connect the dots. Sure, you could book a few nights at a hotel, but can you arrange the car service, the late-night check-in, the adjoining rooms next door to each other? Travel advisors take the hassle out of the trip planning process and can make it fun again. 

By now we’ve probably all heard horror stories of trips booked immediately before Covid, and cancellations or refunds that went awry. When you book with a travel advisor and (for whatever reason) you’re unable to go on your trip – you don’t have to lift a finger. It won’t be you waiting on hold with the airline, or trying to argue about a credit vs a refund. Your travel advisor has your back and is looking out for your best interests every step of the way, and that includes when things go sideways.

Check into your hotel and your room is not to your liking? Your travel advisor often has special relationships with hotels, and they can (hopefully) rectify the situation seamlessly, without you having to get on the phone and ask for the manager. 

Enjoy Upgrades & Connections

Everyone loves a good upgrade. From complimentary breakfast to room upgrades, most travel advisors can score their client’s great perks when they book with them. In addition, travel advisors are well connected. A travel advisor’s job is to be the expert, and this means traveling to countless destinations, and building relationships with hoteliers, tour operators, even restauranteurs. Don’t discount their ability to score you that hard-to-book seat at a new restaurant, or surprise you with an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience while on a tour.

Want to learn more about what I do for my clients as a professional travel advisor? Schedule a complimentary consultation with me today!

2023 Holiday Gift Guide

Unwrap the magic of the season with our exclusive 2023 Holiday Gift Guide! Delight the Disney enthusiast in your life with unique finds from some of our favorite Etsy shops. From enchanting collectibles to whimsical treasures, our guide is packed with perfect presents that capture the wonder and joy of Disney. Get ready to discover thoughtful gifts that will make this holiday season truly magical!

If you have visited Disney World or Disneyland this year or are even planning to gift a Disney vacation to your loved ones, we highly recommend these affordable wooden engraved Disney Parks ornaments. They are a great way to commemorate your visit and remember your vacation for years to come.

If you have a loved one visiting the Disney Parks soon, you can give them unique apparel with hand drawn designs celebrating their favorite attraction or event from Souvenear WDW. Some of our favorites include the Disney Cruise Life t-shirt; EPCOT Food & Wine Festival Mug; Main Street USA t-shirt; and it’s a small world hat.

Bluey is HUGE in my house right now. If you have a Bluey mom in your life, be sure to check out the Busy Doing Mom Stuff Sweatshirt; Running on Bluey and Iced Coffee t-shirt; and Cool Moms Club shirt.

Another unique gift for Disney fans of all ages is a personalized necklace in the Disney font. You can even choose from gold, silver and rose gold to fit all styles and preferences. I’m also a fan of this magical snacks glass tumbler.

If you need ideas for loved ones who aren’t Disney fans, be sure to check out our Etsy Holiday Gift Guide; Etsy Holiday Gift Guide for Her; Etsy Holiday Gift Guide for Him; and even Etsy Holiday Gift Guide for Kids.

Who are you shopping for this holiday season? We hope our 2023 Holiday Gift Guide helps!

Unwrap Wanderlust: Black Friday Travel Deals Await!

Embrace the spirit of wanderlust and dive into a world of exciting adventures with my exclusive Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals! From enchanting Disney getaways to sun-soaked beach escapes and thrilling cruises, I’ve curated an array of tantalizing offers that promise unforgettable memories. With limited-time discounts, special incentives, and magical perks, there’s no better time to plan your next dream vacation. Join us as we unwrap these sensational Black Friday travel deals and make your travel dreams a reality!

Disney Destinations

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Book a new Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney or Aulani vacation with me and receive a Disney Gift Card!

To unwrap this special offer, secure your booking with a deposit before November 30th, and let the magic begin! This exclusive incentive is valid for new bookings only. 

Don’t miss out on this enchanting opportunity to add an extra touch of magic to your next Disney adventure! Contact me today to book your Disney getaway! 

Universal Orlando Resort

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Experience all the amazing thrills Universal Orlando Resort’s three incredible theme parks have to offer and save big!

  • 5-Night Hotel Accommodations at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s Aventura Hotel, or Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
  • 3-Park 5-Day Park-to-Park Vacation Package Promo Ticket to Universal Studios Florida, Universal Islands of Adventure, and Universal Volcano Bay each day
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal Volcano Bay up to one hour before the park opens (valid theme park admission required; select attractions)
  • Complimentary transportation and walking paths to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card

Plus, as my exclusive gift to you, you’ll receive Gringotts™ bank notes which can be used for purchases within Diagon Alley™ and Hogsmeade™ and at selected locations throughout Universal Orlando Resort when you book a new vacation package with me by November 30, 2023.

Virgin Voyages

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Save on an award-winning, exclusively adult experience on Virgin Voyages with 30% off select sailings through 2024 — including holiday Caribbean getaways— plus up to $600 in free drinks for an extra sip of celebration. But don’t wait — this (very) limited-time offer ends on November 26th! Book your cruise today

Sandals and Beaches Resorts

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Give the Gift of Blue and unwrap your escape to the Caribbean! Let the extraordinary blues of the ocean and sky lead the way to everlasting memories on your next Sandals Resorts getaway with up to $750 Air Credit + up to $250 Resort Credit when booking a stay of 7 nights or longer plus flights. Learn more here

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Celebrate your best Cyber Monday ever with unbeatable savings on an unbelievable adventure. Uncover hidden ruins in Cozumel. Savor mezes in a taverna in Mykonos. Or find limitless ways to fill your days with endless thrills and chill at Perfect Day at CocoCay. Right now, you can score our biggest savings of the year! Take up to $750 off instantly, plus 30% off each member of your travel squad. And the deals don’t stop there — because for a limited time, kids sail free!

Palace Resorts in Mexico & Jamaica

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The best discount of the year has arrived! Book your vacation to Mexico and Jamaica with up to 50% off* an all-inclusive stay of 3 or more nights, plus 1,000 USD Resort Credit as a gift**, round-trip airport transfer*** and more. The vacation you deserve is possible now. 

  • *Minimum 3-night stay required. The last day of check out must be December 20, 2024.
  • **Resort Credit: A maximum of 200 USD can be applied toward SPA services at Palace Resorts and Moon Palace Resorts, 330 USD at Moon Palace The Grand-Cancun; and 500 USD at Le Blanc Spa Resorts. A 16% service fee applies to services paid with Resort Credit.
  • ***Free Airport Transfers are applicable to stays of 4 nights or more, are on a shared basis and are not applicable to Cozumel Palace.
  • ****Applicable at family resorts for kids and teens aged 17 and under

Book: November 20 – 26, 2023
Stay: November 21 – December 20, 2024

Norwegian Cruise Line

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s Black Friday Sale is here! For a limited-time, you can take advantage of 50% Off and $250 Free with CruiseFirst on ALL cruises for your dream vacation, whether that’s surfing in Hawai’i, hiking to Alaska’s glaciers or touring ancient ruins in the Greek Isles. Come aboard Norwegian’s award-winning ships and enjoy Free Unlimited Open Bar, Free Specialty Dining and much more! Take advantage of incredible savings on all ships, all destinations, all over the world. But hurry, this offer won’t last!

You can also check out all my favorite Amazon finds here!

As our special Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel deals draw to a close, we hope you’ve discovered the perfect journey to fuel your wanderlust. From the magic of Disney to the serenity of beachside retreats and the allure of cruising, these limited-time offers were crafted with your dream getaway in mind. If you’ve found your ideal adventure among these exclusive deals, don’t hesitate to reach out and secure your spot. Remember, these offers are fleeting, so seize the opportunity to embark on an extraordinary travel experience. Thank you for exploring these travel treasures with us, and we can’t wait to create unforgettable memories together!

Top 5 Adventures by Disney Itineraries for Chocolate Lovers

Ahh, the sweet taste of chocolate. From milk, to dark, and even 92%, these tasty morsels are always a delight to give – and receive, aren’t they? Adventures by Disney leads guests to exciting destinations around the world, and today we’re highlighting the top 5 Adventures by Disney itineraries for chocolate lovers which include chocolate making and tasting. On these trips, guests will learn about cacao, cocoa, beans, butter and bars.  

Let’s explore the top 5 Adventures by Disney itineraries for chocolate lovers.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica –This Central America paradise is nature at its finest, chocolate included. The beauty of the coastline, mountains, exotic wildlife, rainforest and “Pura Vida” lifestyle sets the stage for an incredible family vacation. And while in the rainforest, guests will see where chocolate is sourced and learn how it transforms from bean to treat. Chocolate making is a fascinating and detailed process. Did you know it’s made from the fruit of cacao trees? The beans from each pod are dried and roasted to create cocoa beans. Check out this Adventure Moment in Costa Rica and the Rainforest Chocolate Tour.

Italy & Switzerland

Italy & Switzerland – An authentic Swiss chocolate adventure is a highlight of this itinerary. Guests will begin their trip in Milan and embark on a breathtaking journey across Northern Italy and Switzerland, a country synonymous with chocolate. Activities include standing in the shadows of the Matterhorn, cruising across Lake Como, visiting the historical Palazzo Borromeo and its scenic baroque gardens, plus a train ride and zip-lining leading up to the chocolate tasting.

England & France

England & France – A tour of the Musée du Chocolat (Chocolate Museum) c’est délicieux! On this trip, not only will guests visit the Royal Crown Jewels, take a speedboat ride along the Thames River, enjoy a tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and walk the grounds of Windsor Castle, but following lunch at the Eiffel Tower they will meet a professional chocolatier and make their own chocolate. 

Rhine River Cruise

Rhine River Cruise – Beautiful European sights, and chocolate await guests on this delightful river cruise to Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Visits to the Rembrandt House Museum, the Van Gogh Museum or a walking tour of Heidelberg and the Heidelberg Castle offer inspiration from some of history’s greatest artists and architects, plus the landscape and architecture is spectacular. But let’s talk chocolate. At the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, Germany guests will not only taste amazing chocolate, but will create their own chocolate bar!

The Rhine River Cruise: Christmas Markets itinerary adds the beauty of the season and the festive spirit of the holidays, and is fun for the entire family. Chocolate included, of course, at the Chocolate Museum.

For even more epicurean adventures, the adult-exclusive Rhine River Cruise: Food & Wine offers culinary delights around every corner, including the Chocolate Museum experience.  

Seine River Cruise

Seine River Cruise – This river cruise through France is stunning and includes sampling some of the region’s finest chocolate and cheese. Entertainment and activities, and optional bike rides, will fill the days, including a walking tour of Rouen where you’ll walk in the footsteps of Vikings and Joan of Arc. 

Which one of these Adventures by Disney itineraries for chocolate lovers would you most like to experience?

Schedule a complimentary consultation with me today so we can work some magic for you and your sweetheart to look forward to one of these Adventures by Disney itineraries for chocolate lovers.

Oh, and one more thing… Are you team milk or dark chocolate? Don’t forget to tell us in the comments below. I’ll go first. Team milk chocolate.  

Early 2025 Disney Cruise Itineraries: Unveiling New Adventures

Open for bookings from November 6, 2023, early 2025 Disney Cruise Line itineraries introduce the new ship Disney Treasure, with its maiden voyage on December 21, 2024 offering seven-night trips to the Eastern and Western Caribbean from Florida’s Port Canaveral. Other ships like Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Dream, and Disney Magic offer three- to five-night voyages from Florida ports, while Disney Wonder features a special 15-night South Pacific trip from Sydney to Honolulu.

Planning your perfect adventure aboard Disney Cruise Line for 2025?

We’ve got you covered with the latest early 2025 itineraries and a sneak-peek of what’s to expect from these fantastic Disney cruises.

  • Disney Cruise 2025 Booking Details
  • Introduction of the Disney Treasure
  • Destinations of Disney Cruise 2025
  • Special South Pacific Itinerary with Disney Wonder

Dive in with us and sail through this resourceful guide to ensure your next Disney cruise experience is nothing short of magical.

Disney Cruise 2025 Booking Details

Mark your calendars! The bookings for the 2025 Disney Cruise itineraries are set to open on November 6, 2023. For those who’ve been eager to experience the Disney magic at sea, this is your golden opportunity to embark on a journey into a dreamland of unparalleled adventure and excitement. Reserve your spot to be among the first to explore the seas aboard Disney’s state-of-the-art cruise line in 2025.

Introduction of the Disney Treasure

Set sail on your dream voyage with Disney Cruise Line’s newest member of the fleet, the magnificent Disney Treasure. Each corner of the ship is designed to ensure a uniquely magical experience for every member of the family. This one-of-a-kind vessel sets sail for its maiden voyage on December 21, 2024.

Embodying the enchantment and spectacle that characterizes Disney, the Disney Treasure offers ostentatious seven-night cruises to both the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Cruisers can start their journey from the beautiful Port Canaveral, Florida, immersing themselves in a wonder-filled journey through the most stunning jewels of the Caribbean.

Seamlessly blending comfort and fun, the Disney Treasure takes passengers on an unforgettable exploration of sun-drenched beaches, vibrant cultures, and a host of family-friendly adventures. So mark your calendars and prepare to embark on a magical journey that transcends beyond the ordinary.

Disney Cruise 2025 Itinerary Highlights

If you’re a fan of magical journeys and enchanting destinations, Disney Cruise Line’s early 2025 itineraries are sure to catch your interest. Bookings for these highly-anticipated voyages kick off from November 6, 2023, and promise a variety of experience, ranging from exotic Caribbean adventures to serene Pacific getaways.

The Maiden Voyage of Disney Treasure

The newest addition to the Disney Cruise Line fleet, the Disney Treasure, embarks on its maiden voyage on December 21, 2024. With seven-night itineraries to both the Eastern and Western Caribbean, Disney Treasure offers passengers an immersive experience full of fascinating sights and sounds, right from the unique departure point of Florida’s Port Canaveral.

Other Destinations and Departure Ports

The Disney Cruise Line fleet—comprising Disney Treasure, Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Dream, and Disney Magic—also offers splendid three- to five-night voyages, mostly from either Port Canaveral, Florida, or Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

A South Pacific Special with Disney Wonder

An additional highlight of the early 2025 offerings is the Disney Wonder’s 15-night South Pacific Disney Cruise itinerary. This epic journey, setting sail from Sydney, Australia, takes passengers all the way to the tropical paradise of Honolulu, Hawaii, presenting an exclusive combination of thrilling adventure and peaceful relaxation.

Disney Cruise Line’s early 2025 itineraries truly offer something for everyone, from the scenic beauty of the Caribbean to the exotic allure of the South Pacific. Disney Treasure, the latest addition to the fleet, along with Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Dream, Disney Magic, and Disney Wonder, each offer unique voyages filled with enchanting experiences. From the initial booking opening on November 6, 2023, passengers can look forward to exciting destinations, magical adventures, and quality family time enriched with the distinctive charm associated with the Disney brand.

From the exciting maiden voyage of the Disney Treasure to the exotic destinations travelers can experience, there is a lot to look forward to with the early 2025 Disney Cruise itineraries.

  • Bookings for the 2025 Disney Cruise itineraries open to the general public beginning November 6, 2023.
  • The Disney Treasure, the newest addition to the Disney Cruise Line fleet, will set sail on its maiden voyage on December 21, 2024.
  • Travelers can enjoy seven-night voyages to the Eastern and Western Caribbean on the Disney Treasure, departing from Florida’s Port Canaveral.
  • Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Dream, and Disney Magic will offer early 2025 three-to five-night cruises departing from Port Canaveral, Florida or Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • You can experience a unique 15-night South Pacific journey with the Disney Wonder, traveling from Sydney, Australia to Honolulu, Hawaii.

You can view the complete list of dates for early 2025 Disney Cruise itineraries here.

Early 2025 Disney Cruise Frequently Asked Questions

To help you better prepare for the adventure that lies ahead with Disney Cruise Line’s early 2025 offerings, we’ve put together answers to some of the most common questions we’ve received. Whether you’re wondering about the booking process, itinerary details, or what to expect on a Disney cruise, we’ve got you covered. 

When do bookings open for the 2025 Disney Cruise itineraries?

The bookings for the 2025 Disney Cruise itineraries will open to the public on November 6, 2023. Castaway Club members and select others can take advantage of an early booking window. This gives prospective travelers ample time to plan and schedule their magical cruise journey.

What is significant about the Disney Treasure cruise ship?

The Disney Treasure is the newest addition to the Disney Cruise Line fleet, making its maiden voyage on December 21, 2024. This state-of-the-art ship will offer dreamlike seven-night voyages to both the Eastern and Western Caribbean, departing from Florida’s Port Canaveral (just one hour from the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando).

What voyages will the Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Dream, and Disney Magic offer?

Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, Disney Dream, and Disney Magic all have exciting plans for early 2025. They will offer three- to five-night cruises departing from either Port Canaveral, Florida or Fort Lauderdale, Florida, giving passengers a variety of options to fit their preferences and schedules.

What is unique about the Disney Wonder’s South Pacific itinerary?

The Disney Wonder stands out with a special 15-night South Pacific itinerary, offering a truly unique experience. The trip starts from Sydney, Australia and concludes in Honolulu, Hawaii, allowing passengers to enjoy the mesmerizing beauty and culture of the South Pacific.

Disney Park Bags: Unveiling the Fab Four for Your Perfect Park Adventure!

Embarking on a magical journey to the enchanting world of Disney parks requires strategic planning, and one essential item that can enhance your experience is the perfect park bag. From keeping your essentials organized to ensuring you’re ready for any adventure, the right bag can make all the difference. In this blog post, we’ll unveil the top four best park bags that not only meet your functional needs but also add a touch of style to your Disney vacation. Whether you’re exploring Disneyland, Walt Disney World, or any other Disney destination, these bags are your must-have companions for a seamless and enjoyable adventure.

Here are some of our favorite park bags for a Disney day:

Kavu Rope Bags

One of my favorite park bags is the Kavu Rope Bags. These sling bags are lightweight and hold up so well in the elements like rain or sweat. They’re big enough to hold all of the essentials you need for a day in the parks like an umbrella or ponchos, sunscreen, a first aid kit and water.

Opting for a Kavu rope bag when heading to a Disney park combines both functionality and style for a seamless day of enchantment. These bags, with their unique crossbody design and ample storage compartments, are a perfect choice for navigating the park’s attractions while keeping your essentials close at hand. The convenient single strap allows you to easily swing the bag around for quick access to your belongings, whether it’s your phone for capturing magical moments, a water bottle to stay hydrated, or snacks to keep your energy up.

Kavu rope bags come in a variety of vibrant patterns, making them a versatile accessory that adds a pop of personality to your Disney adventure. With a Kavu rope bag by your side, you’re all set to immerse yourself in the wonder of the park while staying organized and effortlessly stylish.

Disney Loungefly

Carrying a Loungefly backpack or bag to a Disney park is like bringing a touch of enchantment with you on your adventure. Loungefly’s collection of Disney-themed bags captures the magic and nostalgia of beloved characters and stories, making them the perfect accessory for your park day. These intricately designed bags not only offer ample storage space for your essentials but also add a dash of whimsy and style to your outfit.

From Mickey Mouse to princesses and beyond, Loungefly’s wide range of designs ensures you can find the perfect bag to match your favorite Disney themes. Whether you’re strolling through Main Street, U.S.A. or exploring Galaxy’s Edge, a Loungefly bag adds an extra layer of fun and personality to your Disney park experience. There are so many designs for Disney Loungefly backpacks.

Vera Bradley Sling Bags

Carrying a Vera Bradley sling bag to a Disney park offers a perfect blend of comfort and style for a day of magic. These sling bags are designed with practicality in mind, allowing you to keep your essentials close while enjoying the park’s attractions. The ergonomic single strap allows for easy and quick access to your belongings, whether it’s your camera for capturing memories, sunscreen for protection, or souvenirs you’ve collected along the way.

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Vera Bradley’s signature vibrant patterns add a touch of elegance and personality to your park outfit, ensuring you stand out in the crowd. With a Vera Bradley sling bag, you’re ready to explore the park’s magic with hands-free convenience and a touch of timeless charm.

Belt Bag

Carrying a belt bag (or a fanny pack) to a Disney park for a day is a savvy choice that combines practicality and convenience with a touch of fashion. In the bustling and enchanting environment of a Disney park, having your essentials within arm’s reach is essential. A belt bag allows you to keep your hands free for taking photos, enjoying attractions, and holding the hands of excited kids. It also offers easy access to necessities like your phone, wallet, sunscreen, and snacks, eliminating the need to rummage through a larger bag. Moreover, with various stylish designs available, a belt bag can effortlessly complement your Disney-themed outfit while adding a touch of retro charm. As you navigate the park’s enchanting landscapes, a belt bag becomes your trusty companion, ensuring you’re fully immersed in the magic without the burden of carrying a larger bag.

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As the curtains close on another day of enchantment at the Disney parks, your chosen park bag remains a steadfast companion that’s been by your side throughout the magical journey. From holding your snacks and sunscreen to capturing cherished memories in the form of souvenirs, the right bag truly transforms into a vessel of convenience and joy. With the selection of the five best park bags we’ve explored, you’re armed with the knowledge to make an informed choice that suits your needs and preferences. So, as you plan your next Disney vacation, remember that the perfect park bag isn’t just a bag—it’s a trusty sidekick that enhances your adventure in every way possible.