Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Disney World Updates

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Rivers of Light will make its official debut at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort February 17th!

I got a sneak peek over the weekend:

Dining and FastPass+ reservations for this new show are now available. I do expect that many performances will have glitches since part of the show includes projection on water. Florida's weather could make it difficult to hold the show.

The 2017 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Concert Line Up is here.

March 3rd – May 29th popular artists perform “Garden Rocks” concert performances each Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Festival. Show times are at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. & 8 p.m. each night.. Artists include Jon Secada, The Pointer Sisters, Plain White T’s, Gin Blossoms, and Starship.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Ten things to know about O'ahu




1.     The name O’ahu means The Gathering Place
2.     70% of the Hawaii’s population lives there (1 million)
3.     2016 was the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor
4.     Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial are best visited as part of a tour to avoid waiting in line for standby tickets.
5.     If you are headed to Waikiki Beach, be sure to check out Duke’s Restaurant.  

Thursday, February 9, 2017

What You Need to Know about Basic Economy Fares

Several major airlines have introduced Basic Economy fares. These fares are designed to complete with the bare bones airlines such as Spirit or Frontier. It's really important you understand the differences in fares.



United's Basic Economy fares - You are not allowed to bring a full size carry on. You can only bring a personal item.  Your seat assignment will be automatically assigned prior to boarding, and you won't be able to change your seat once it's been assigned. Groups or families may not be seated together. No flight changes and no refunds.
Delta's Basic Economy fares - You will not receive a seat assignment until after check-in or at the gate. Passengers traveling together, including families, may not be seated together. You will board in the last zone and not be eligible for paid or complimentary upgrades or preferred seats, even with Medallion® Status. 
American's Basic Economy Fares - You are not allowed to bring a full size carry on. You can only bring a personal item.  Your seat assignment will be automatically assigned prior to boarding, and you won't be able to change your seat once it's been assigned. Groups or families may not be seated together. No flight changes and no refunds. You will board last.

Whenever you are comparing airline fares, it's important to understand all the fees that may apply and how they will impact your experience.

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Vacation Planning Fail #3: Losing sight of the goal




This is the idea that a lot of people get really locked in on price and totally forget the initial goals for their vacation. I get it. Budget is so important. In fact, I probably take it too seriously. I've had clients come back and say I wish you would have push me to upgrade.

Vacation Planning Fail #2: Trusting Your Friends or the Internet


Be sure to check out Vacation Planning Fail #1: Unrealistic Expectations

Okay, Okay, I may have overstated that. Recommendations from people you know, like and trust are critical when making any choice. I do see some of my clients head down a tangential path when their friends' recommendations don't line up with what is most important to them. 

If you are friends with someone, but you would never go out to eat with them because you do not have the same taste in food, you may not want to take their advice if they recommend a resort based on the food.




Vacation Planning Fail #1: Unrealistic Expections

Every day, I see families make three mistakes that set their vacation up for failure.
Fail #1: Unrealistic expectations.


When it comes to resorts, three of the most important things are location, amenities, and price. A lot of people come to me and say I want the cheapest resort, in the best location with amazing amenities. This just isn't possible. You can have two of those things, but not all three. You can have a resort with amazing amenities in a fantastic location, but it's not going to be cheap. You can have a cheap resort with great amenities, but it's not going to be in the best location. And you can have a resort in the great location that is super cheap, but it's not going to have great amenities. It's all about deciding what those three things is the most important to you.


Example:

Friday, February 3, 2017

A Sneak Peek at the new Avatar

Check out this amazing sneak peek into one of the Walt Disney World® Resort’s most exciting expansions: the construction of PandoraThe World of AVATAR, which will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park this summer.