Monday, March 25, 2013

Walt Disney World: There's An App for That

This is the final installment in a seven week series of my tips for Walt Disney World. 

For General Tips, please click here. 
For Animal Kingdom, please click here.
For Epcot, please click here.  
For Hollywood Studios, please click here. 
For Magic Kingdom, please click here
For Disney Dining, please click here. 

To book a Disney vacation or receive all these tips in one document, please email me at

There's an App for That: Walt Disney World 

Several applications that you can download to your smart phone can enhance your Disney Experience:

My Disney Experience - This is a new App from Disney available for Apple products and Android. It will be linked to the new MyMagic bands that will eventually replace those paper tickets and allow you to pre-reserve Fast Passes. I spent some time on it over the weekend.  I like that you can store all your reservations and "plan" your day including parades and dining reservations. I also find it less clunky than the Disney websites. However, it still has some glitches. I had to uninstall and install 3 times to get it to work properly. I suspect over time it will become more reliable. This App can replace most of the Apps below and it is free. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Big Cruise Promotions: Norwegian and Carnival

Just had to share these two great cruise promotions going on this week: 

Norwegian Cruise Lines -  Kids Sail Free This Fall
Now, when you book select fall sailings by March 23rd, kids 17 and under sail free on Norwegian! And because Norwegians come in all sizes, our award-winning Splash Academy and Entourage kids and teens programs offer tons of fun for all, with supervision from our kid-friendly youth counselors. Add exclusive Nickelodeon™ entertainment, and you’ve just made a great family vacation awesome. Just climb aboard and set sail for your best family vacation ever. PLUS Free Balcony Upgrades

Carnival Cruise Lines Friends and Family Event 
Starting Tuesday, March 19th through Friday, March 22nd, we're featuring our best rates of the year - up to $600 savings per stateroom - with our Friends and Family Event on select sailings through August 2013.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Spotlight: Walt Disney World Dining

This is the sixth installment in a seven week series of my tips for Walt Disney World. 

For General Tips, please click here. 
For Animal Kingdom, please click here.
For Epcot, please click here.  
For Hollywood Studios, please click here. 
For Magic Kingdom, please click here

To book a Disney vacation or receive all these tips in one document, please email me at

 Walt Disney World Dining: 

Special Requests and Character Dining  

Fish of the Day at the Living Seas restaurant 

Special Dietary Requests 

Table Service:  Always include your special dietary needs when you make a reservation with Disney Dining. A chef will come to your table to review your options. It’s great! 

Quick Service Locations that can accommodate Special Dietary Requests 
Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park:
- Restaurantosaurus
- Flame Tree Barbecue

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Why would I use a travel agent?

Someone asked me this week why anyone would use a travel agent when all the information is available on the web. I started to talk about how all the information isn't on the web, I have access to special databases, etc. But then I realized what they were really asking was what value I brought to the conversation. 

The best analogy I can think for the reason to use a travel agent is a real estate agent. Most MLS bookings are available online. You can search state or county databases to get comparables or appraisal information. You can buy or sell a house all by yourself. 

Yet, when thinking about buying or selling a house, the vast majority of people contact a realtor because they have specialized training, a knowledge of the market, and will be your advocate in the process. In the same way, travel agents have the training and the knowledge to be your advocate in the travel planning process. This month, I have lowered cruise fares, secured VIP status for client's romantic getaway, matched a family with a great location for their summer family trip, secured $100 in future credits for a client who had a major flight delay and helped a large family reach consensus on their Disney vacation. Even better, you don't pay more to use my services. Travel can be a major investment and many people just want someone on their side.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

International Tour Deals 3.13.13

Valid Through March 18, 2013

$599       Thanksgiving Holiday Specials - Book Now & Save
Save up to $200 per couple on select tours departing over Thanksgiving

$1299*  10 Day Tour of Ecuador & Amazon Adventure with Flights
Quito city tour, Rainforest & Middle of the World excursions & more

$2499*  16 Day Tour of Bangkok, Cambodia & Vietnam Including Air
Experience the vibrant & exotic treasures of Southeast Asia

$999       10 Night Western Med Cruise Package (3 Nights Barcelona)
Ports of call: Toulon (France), Villefranche (France), Spezia (Italy), Rome & Naples

$1599*  8 Day Tour of Exotic Morocco Including Airfare
Featuring capital city of Rabat, Fez, Marrakesh & Casablanca

$2199*  11 Day Escorted Tour of Spain with Flights
Madrid, Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Valencia & Barcelona

$349       6 Day Zion, Sedona & Grand Canyon Hotel & Car Package
Includes 5 nights hotel & 6 day car rental. Explore Nevada, Utah & Arizona

$2199*  12 Day Classic Greece with 4 Day Aegean Cruise & Air
Athens, Olympia, Delphi & Kalambaka plus Isles of Mykonos, Patmos, Santorini & more

$2199*  10 Day 3 Country Escorted Tour (Germany, Switzerland & Austria) with Air
Mainz, Heidelberg, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Salzburg & Munich all in one amazing tour

$5999*  Small Group: 14 Day Tour of Botswana & Zimbabwe with Flights
Safari game drives in Chobe National Park, Hwange National Park, Lake Kariba & Victoria Falls

Prices do not include taxes or fees. Tours including air are quoted from gateways. 

For an individual quote from your city, email me at 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Cruise Promotions

Norwegian Cruises
Upgrade Wave March 12th – 15th 
Up to $250 in On board Credits 
Free Balcony Upgrades 
Up to $1000 in Airfare Credits 
50% off Select Kids’ Fares 

Also check out these Norwegian Hot Deals: 

Holland America 
Anniversary Sale begins March 11th 
Save up to 50%
$140 Shipboard Credit
FREE or reduced 3rd/4th fares
50% reduced deposit

Asia, Australia, & New Zealand Deals & Departures – 
Receive Free Gratuities and enjoy Reduced Airfare!
Book a modern, upscale vacation in Asia or Australia & New Zealand, and we’ll cover the tip, for a savings up to $360. Plus, enjoy reduced airfare starting at just $1,019 
along with Free Gratuities.

Extend your time on your vacation with back-to-back sailings, and you can save up to $400 on a vacation that will leave you completely relaxed and renewed.

Australia & New Zealand 
Celebrity Solstice® 
Airfare Starting from $1,603** 
12-Night Cruises Starting from $1,299†*

Celebrity Millennium® 
Airfare Starting from $1,019** 
14-Night Cruises Starting from $1,599†*
Simply book your exotic getaway February 25 – March 17, 2013.

All prices are subject to change, based on double occupancy and do not include taxes or fees. 
Please email me at to book one of these great adventures. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Spotlight: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom

This is the fifth installment in a seven week series of my tips for Walt Disney World. 

For General Tips, please click here
For  Animal Kingdom, please click here.
For Epcot, please click here..  
For Hollywood Studios, please click here. 

To book a Disney vacation or receive all these tips in one document, please email me at

Trips with Angie Tips for Magic Kingdom 

Quick Service Meal for Two: Cosmic Rays Starlight Care in Tomorrowland has a large rib and chicken combo platter.

Characters: When you enter Magic Kindom, all the way to the right is a building that hosts a Princess Greeting and a traditional character greeting line during busy times. They both list how long the wait is and sometimes you can get a fastpass. If you are facing the building, the fast pass stations are to the left. The Circus area of the new Fantasy Land also has an area to meet the classic characters.