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Should I Book my Vacation Through a Disney Travel Agent?

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which help support Return to Disney when you request a free Disney vacation quote from Destinations in Florida. All opinions expressed are my own. DIY or Call a Disney Travel Agent? I know how to plan a Disney vacation. I’ve researched all the attractions, shows, and experiences. I watch for the best discounts and promotions, and can tell you when to travel to minimize costs and avoid the crowds. I’m also freakishly busy. With kids, work, deadlines, and all the other stuff that goes into keeping life going, I won’t turn down a little help now and then. When we went to Walt Disney World in 2010, I planned the whole thing myself. Honestly, it just didn’t occur to me to contact a travel agent. When we started planning our current trip, we really went back and forth over whether to do it ourselves...
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Travel Tip: Outfit Bags

Mornings are chaotic under the best of circumstances. Put six people in a hotel room, and the chaos is amplified. With four kids and two adults, all digging through suitcases trying to find t-shirts, shorts, underwear, socks, it’s amazing how quickly a hotel room can go from pristine to pigsty! I’ve come up with a ridiculously simple solution to the problem: Outfit Bags. Whenever I pack for a trip, I think through how many outfits each person needs, and try to make sure that they have clothes that will go together. Then, instead of putting the clothes directly into the suitcase, I put each complete outfit into a zip-top bag labeled with the owner’s name. If I’m being really organized, I’ll even label it with the day the outfit is to be worn. What You Need Zip-Top Bags I use two types of bags. For adults and older kids,...
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Affording Disney: Expert Tips for Disney Savings

In this week’s installment of the Affording Disney series, I’m talking to Erin Benge of Adventures with Pixie Dust and Destinations in Florida. Erin helped me plan my family’s Return to Disney trip, and when I added up how much she saved us – $750! – I knew I had to feature her  in this series. I’ve asked a ton of questions, and Erin will be stopping by to answer your questions and comments as well, so be sure to hit the comments section and say hello! Erin, thanks for joining me today! Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background in Disney travel? I fell in love with Disney on a whim. When we were planning our honeymoon, we planned on a cruise, but the dates didn’t line up with when my husband could get off work. A commercial came on for Walt Disney World...
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Affording a Disney Vacation

Let’s be honest: A Disney vacation is not cheap. It’s not something most of us can do on a whim, especially if you have a large family. And there will always be something more important to spend that money on. That’s why it’s taken us three years to book our “Return to Disney” trip. This week I’m featuring a series of posts dedicated to helping save for that Disney vacation you’ve been dreaming of. Affording a Disney vacation isn’t always easy, and sometimes it’s just not possible. But sometimes it’s not so out of reach as it seems. The first time we took the family to Walt Disney World, it wasn’t because we had planned and saved for it. We afforded it because an opportunity dropped into my lap. My agent called me with a book project that was already 6 months behind schedule, the original author had quit,...
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Planning a Second Disney Vacation

It’s finally happening! After three very long years, we’re finally going to “Return to Disney!” Planning a second Disney vacation is very different from planning our first trip. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting about some of the things that have changed, and some of the things I’m doing differently this time around. I’ve planned this trip in so many different ways, and now that it’s real I’m so ready to toss the kids in the car and head to Florida. I’m a little worried that this next trip can’t possibly live up to my memories and my expectations. After all, most people don’t get so obsessed over a vacation that they start blogging about it. This trip will be different. I won’t be able to step onto the Walt Disney World Resort and suddenly take up right where I left off the afternoon we left back...
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