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Three things to Ask to Plan Your Next Disney Vacation

in Disney Vacation Planning by January 26, 2015, no comments

The New Year is almost upon us! Is 2015 the year you put on your Tinker Bell wings and your pirate hat and head to Disney for a magical vacation? If you answered yes, we could not be more excited for you! But before you spend a single dollar, there are a couple of questions you should answer first.

How Big Is Your Party?

Disney Vacation club has more than 40 resorts to choose from, and 25 of them are at Walt Disney World alone.  Some are great for big parties of eight or more. On the other side of things, there are also many options for small groups, tiny families, and romantic couples.  So make sure you have a list of who is going.

What Is Most Important?

It is also good to make sure that everyone in your party makes a list of the top three things that are the most important to them on this trip. Do they need a quiet place to relax? Do they want to stay at the park and play the whole time, and then sleep on the plane home?  How important is convenience or babysitting services?  Below is a quick list of many of the amenities that come with many of the Disney resorts, circle which ones you think will be the most essential for your party

• Complimentary Resort Transportation
• Complimentary Parking
• Extra Magic Hours
• Advance Dining Reservations
• Package Delivery Service
• Room-Charging Privileges
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Disney’s Magical Express
• In-Room Mini Refrigerator
• Pak-n-Play Cribs

Budget

Prioritizing what is the most important can then help you determine a budget. There are actually many affordable hotels right on site, in the park. Alternatively, you can also find some of the most lavish and extravagant rooms and penthouses there. No matter what your budget, DVC Land can help you make this one a trip to remember for years to come.

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – February 19-22, 2015

in Disney Events by January 19, 2015, no comments

Are you a runner?  Or do you prefer the excitement of cheering from the sidelines?  Either way, you will have a blast during the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend.  Sponsored by the Children’s Miracle Network, this weekend is chock full of fun events focused on women’s fitness and health.  There are activities for participants of all ages, with shorter runs for younger kids.  Best of all, your favorite Disney princesses will be there cheering on the runners as they make their way through this magical setting.  Here are some of the highlights.

1. Pasta in the Park Party

Join other race participants, and their families and friends, for this tremendous feast at Epcot on Friday and Saturday night.  You’ll get to enjoy a buffet-style meal, meet some of your favorite Disney characters, and see the amazing Reflections of Earth laser and fireworks show.

2. Health and Fitness Expo

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is race headquarters for participants, open all weekend long.  Stop here to get your race number, shirt, and official gEAR bag.  You should also take some time to check out the newest in fitness gear and gadgets on display.  The Expo also features a series of speakers addressing topics such as training strategies, racing techniques, and nutritional guidelines.

3. The Big Race

If you’re up for the challenge, take part in the Disney Princess Half Marathon on Sunday; if 13.1 miles is too long, you can opt for the 10K on Saturday instead, or do the 5K on Friday morning.  Individual registration is full, but there are still spaces available through our charity partners for both individuals and teams.  Check out a list of participating charities at http://www.rundisney.com/princess-half-marathon/registration/ – charity-groups.  Your little princes and princesses can get in on the fun with one of runDisney’s kid’s races.

Remember, DVC Land is here to help with all of your Disney reservation needs.  That way you can spend more time training and less time worrying about your travel arrangements.

Spend Super Bowl at Disney World

in Disney Events, Disney News by January 13, 2015, no comments

Although the players may say, “I’m going to Disney World!” to celebrate their victory on game day, there’s no need for you to wait until after the game for your Disney vacation.  Whether you’re a football fan or not (or if your team didn’t make it to the playoffs this year), there’s plenty to do.

Watch the Game.

Disney’s ESPN Club offers a VIP viewing experience, complete with game-day snacks and drink specials.  This is a popular venue, so make sure to get reservations in advance.  You can also watch the game in one of the lounges at your resort, or one of the restaurants in Downtown Disney.  Many of them will have game-day specials too.  Or, if you prefer, you could order some room service and relax in the comfort of your room.

Enjoy the Parks.

If you’re not a big sports fan, or if your party contains a mix of football fanatics and those who couldn’t care less, you should head out to the parks.  One advantage of visiting the Disney parks during the Super Bowl is that there are very few crowds.  February is one of the least busy months at Disney World, so you won’t have to wait in long lines to go on the rides you’ve been dreaming about.  Trust us, the game watchers won’t mind being left alone – they’ll appreciate the uninterrupted viewing.

Celebrate the Victory (or the Peace and Quiet).

On the Monday after the big game, the Super Bowl MVP is the star of a triumphant parade in the Magic Kingdom.  So if you can stick around for a long weekend, this is a fun event for the whole family.  If you don’t feel up for the (small) crowd this event draws, you could spend the day at one of the other Disney parks, which will likely be even less crowded than they were on game day.

DVC Land makes it easy to plan your Disney vacation.  Let us help you find the perfect Disney resort to make this a magical experience for you and your family.

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Why Visit Disneyland and Disney World This Cold-Weather Season?

in Disney News by October 13, 2014, no comments

When the Weather Outside is Frightful, Head to Disney!

Disneyland and Walt Disney World are always magical places to be. No matter what time of the year, these places always give you a wonderful feeling. Even if you have been a thousand times during the summer, the off-seasons of Winter, Spring, and Fall offer a completely different experience for kids and kids at heart.

Holiday Themes

Disney has various Christmas events scheduled throughout the parks will make even the grumpiest Scrooge smile. Not only do your favorite characters dress up in their winter/Christmas costumes, the streets are decked out with boughs of holly, snow, and other beautiful decorations; there are also Christmas parades, and, of course, the fantastic fireworks at night.

Gloat in Comfort

There is a reason that the next town over from Orlando is called Winter Springs, and California is the home of the Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ USA.” It is still warm and sunny in the off-season, with fewer crowds. The temperatures are a little bit cooler than they are during the high season too, allowing you to sweat less and play more.

Events and Tours

There are also special events and tours that are offered only during the winter season. Grab the opportunity while they offer it. Also, look out for promos that are only available during the cold weather that you should check out just before you leave. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy them!

Here at DVC Land, we will make sure that you have a terrific stay in Disneyland and Walt Disney World, no matter what season of the year it is. Don’t know what to do with your unused Disney Vacation Club points? Call us and we will tell you how you can put them to good use.

Experience Halloween and More!

in Disney Events by September 5, 2014, no comments

Up for a Halloween experience Disney-style? Disney World has a variety of Halloween events that kids, and kids at heart, will surely enjoy from September 1st through October 31st. Show off your best peg-leg and pirate arrggh! with The Haunted Pirate Cruise for kids ages 5 to 12.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will surely make your heart dance with joy. This is a fun-filled, kid-friendly “creepy” party for your whole family to enjoy. You shouldn’t also miss the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, where lights will dance across the sky. And be sure to look for your favorite Disney character in Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade.

While kids are enjoying their own kind of party, adults are not left out of the fun either. Get to know more about unique cultures, cuisines, and the finest wine at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, presented by CHASE. Let your palate savor the goodness the world has to offer with this exciting experience going on from mid-September through early November.

If you are scared enough from Disney World’s Halloween festivities, you can try Disneyland Park’s Discover the Magic Tour. Together, you and your family can solve puzzles, enjoy attractions with themes from your favorite Disney movies, and take tons of photos.

How about receiving a sweet treat or a unique surprise from your favorite Disney character? Experience all of these, and more, with Disneyland Park’s Discover the Magic Tour. You can also check out “Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps” guided tour, where you will get to know Walt Disney and discover his life and his inspiration for creating Disneyland Park.

Don’t miss out on these special events that you and your family will surely enjoy! Contact us today to make your reservations.

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