Monthly Archives: July 2014

2015 Disney Prices Will Be Available July 30, 2014

Planning a Disney vacation in 2015? Prices for 2015 will be released on July 30, 2014. What’s the best way to save money on a Disney vacation? Book early!

2015 Pricing

 

Melissa Furches is a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissa.furches@magicalmemoriestravel.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

Disney Cruise Line Announces Changes in Age Restrictions for Babies

Are you planning on taking your baby on a Disney Cruise Line vacation? As of today, July 18th, 2014, your baby may not be old enough to set sail. Read below for the official statement from Disney Cruise Line:

 

Effective July 18, 2014, for all new bookings for sailings commencing after Jan. 1, 2015, the minimum age to sail aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships will increase from 12 weeks to 6 months of age on most itineraries. The minimum age for Transatlantic, Hawai’i and Panama Canal itineraries will increase to 1 year of age. This change is consistent with the age restrictions of others in the cruise industry.

Guests with existing reservations to sail in 2015 with a child between the ages of 12 weeks and 1 year will be allowed to sail on their existing reservations. After July 18, 2014, all new bookings for 2015 sailings must comply with the new age limits.

 

Good news is that if you have already booked, you’re safe from these restrictions. Bad news is if you haven’t, you might be pushing out your dates by several months. If you have any questions regarding this topic, or any other Disney Cruise Line question, contact me at any time and I’ll be glad to help.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line

 

 

Melissa Furches is a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissa.furches@magicalmemoriestravel.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

Bringing Baby to Walt Disney World? No problem!

I hear it all the time. “We’ll go to Disney when the little one isn’t a baby anymore”. Why punish your older children because you have younger ones? When child #2, or #3, or #4….is still a baby is the BEST time to visit Walt Disney World! Why do I say that? Well for starters, because they’re FREE! Children aged 2 and under are free to visit Walt Disney World. This includes the resort stay, the park admission and the Disney Dining plans. FREE! What is better than FREE?

While no, they can’t hop on any thrill rides, your infants and toddlers will still thoroughly enjoy themselves. The sites, the colors, the castle, the characters. Little ones can recognize all of these items as “good” things, and you’ll certainly notice their enjoyment on their faces. With pre-planning and tips from your travel agent, traveling with the littlest ones can be much easier than you think. And the older ones don’t have to wait until the younger siblings grow up a bit!

A few simple tips to mention are to make sure you bring along items like baby carriers and strollers. These items make nap time on the go a achievable thing. And I am sure I don’t need to tell you that you would need things like diapers, wipes, baby food and formula because you wouldn’t leave for a trip to the grocery store without them. These are the obvious things. But how do you plan for the unexpected? You run out of diapers. Baby needs to nurse right now (or mom needs baby to nurse right NOW.) Toddler is having a melt down and really needs a quite spot with no commotion for about 20 minutes. What do you then? Believe it or not, Walt Disney World anticipates all of this, and they have you covered.

Introducing….the Baby Care Centers at the WDW Parks.

Baby Care Center at Magic Kingdom

Baby Care Center at Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom – Located next to the First Aid Center (Between Casey’s and The Crystal Palace), the Baby Care Center here has 4 rooms. There is a nursing room that can accommodate 4 mothers at a time with rocking chairs, side tables and even electrical outlets for mothers needing to use a breast pump. The changing room has 5 changing tables and a unisex bathroom. The feeding room has several high chairs and regular chairs for adults who need to bottle feed. There is also a television and small table and chairs for older children to be entertained while baby is eating. The kitchen has a microwave, large counter space and a sink. You can purchase items here like Huggies diapers, Carnation Good Start Formula and Gerber foods and juices. Other items are also for purchase like over-the-counter medicines and bottles and sunscreen.

EPCOT – The baby care center in Epcot is located in the Odyssey Center (Between Test Track and Showcase). This center has 5 rooms. Much like the MK center, this one also includes a play room with television, toys and coloring books. You will find the same access to feeding needs and changing needs, and items for purchase. This center also has separate Men’s and Women’s restrooms.

Hollywood Studios – Inside Guest Relations, near the entrance of the park, is where you’ll find this baby care center. This center is relatively smaller than the above mentioned ones. It can accommodate two nursing mothers at a time, though not entirely privately. There is only a curtain separating the two nursing areas. You will find only two changing tables here, but there is a children’s bathroom here. This center doesn’t have a separate high-chair feeding area, so you will need to most likely feed baby during your meal times in restaurants. The for purchase items like the other centers are actually located in the gift shop directly adjacent to this baby care center.

Animal Kingdom – This center is the largest of them all. The center is located to the left of the tree and immediately before the bridge to Africa. There are only three rooms here, but each have more space than the previous listed. There are two nursing rooms here, but each have their own changing tables and rocking chairs in them. These rooms are private and there is room for another child to share the room with you. The back room is where you feed and change baby, with multiple high chairs, a microwave and 6 changing tables. There is also a sink here. The front room has table and chairs for little children. The entry room here is where you would find the for purchase items as listed above.

Disney with babies may seem like a huge feat to undertake, but with the help of the Disney Baby Care Centers, you can certainly make it work. Your older children will get to start building those memories of family vacations with you a little earlier, and you’ll enjoy the bonding moments that Disney can help create. A travel agent can help with additional bits of information to make sure your family vacation is a truly memorable and successful vacation!

 

Melissa Furches is a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissa.furches@magicalmemoriestravel.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

 

What is Disney Pin Trading?

From time to time I get questions about Disney Pin Trading. People want to know what it is, and should they be a part of it. Well, my children and husband love it, and we all think it is a ton of fun! But you certainly need to know what it is to decide if it is for you!

Pin Trading

Pin Trading

Pin Trading – Disney pin trading is the buying and trading of collectible pins and related items featuring Disney characters, attractions, icons, events and other elements. The practice is a hobby officially supported and promoted by Disney. (From Wikipedia)

Disney Pins and Lanyards

Disney Pins and Lanyards

Disney Pin Trading was introduced in 1999 as part of the Millennium Celebration at Walt Disney World. It was introduced to Disneyland in California the next year, and has since spread across the continents to the other Disney Parks and to the Disney Cruise Line.

Most merchandise cast members wear pins on lanyards around their necks, or on a pin display card or hip lanyard (a 4” by 5” piece of colored nylon fabric) clipped to their belt. Additional cast members may wear lanyards if pin trading does not distract from their responsibilities; some managers choose to wear lanyards, but ride operators are not permitted. Some cast members wear a teal colored lanyard at Disneyland and a green lanyard at Walt Disney World with pins tradable only to children age 3-12.

Each lanyard contains around a dozen unique pins, and cast members must trade with guests if they are presented with an acceptable pin. The cast members may not decline a particular trade based on preference or rarity of the pin, but may decline if the pin is not acceptable or pin trading rules are not being observed.

Each guest may only trade two pins with the same cast member in one day. If the cast member gives his or her lanyard to a different cast member, a guest may trade again with the new cast member even though the physical lanyard is the same.

Disney pins can be purchased separately or in collections. My son tends to go for the pirate and Star Wars themed pins, while my daughter looks for Sleeping Beauty and Tinkerbell. You can see in some of the pictures below the ones that they look to trade for. My husband likes Halloween themed pins.

Disney Pins come in collections (see Mickey collection and Star Wars Vinylmation collection) or can be purchased as individual pins.

Disney Pins come in collections (see Mickey collection and Star Wars Vinylmation collection) or can be purchased as individual pins.

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Pin Collectors can customize displaying their pins because of the wide variety of pin products Disney produces. Lanyards are available in a wide variety of colors and designs as are lanyard medals. There are many ways to store and display a collector’s pins: pin bags, notebooks, frames and cork boards. Collectors can be very creative in displaying their pins and are often easy to spot in the parks with their pin-covered vests, hats, lanyards and fanny packs.

See my kids here with their lanyards and pins on!

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Disny Lanyards and Pins

One good thing Disney does is set up special Pin Trading events in the resorts for the kids. They love trading with cast members in the parks, but they love meeting new friends in the resorts in this special trading time. And you might find adult collectors with their collections on display for all to see in the Downtown Disney shopping districts!

Pin trading can get a bit expensive, but it is a lot of fun. If you have any questions about Pin Trading, let me know. I’ll be glad to share with you our experiences with Pin Trading!

Melissa Furches is a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel. If you are interested in booking your own family vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line, please contact Melissa at melissaf@mmvagent.com or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Must.Meet.Mickey. All travel agent services are free, and can take the questions and worries out of planning your family vacation! Contact Melissa today!

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