Discover Adventures By Disney!

abdWhen I mention Adventures By Disney, my responses are varied.  While some folks know exactly what I’m talking about, many think it’s in reference to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or even Disney Cruise Line and the adventures you have with those vacation destinations.  But nope!  Adventures By Disney is it’s own entity and has it’s own magic that is unlike anything you’ve ever done before.

Imagine a vacation to a destination you’ve only dreamed of where you are completely immersed in the history and culture of that location.  Your guides have insider access to both well known sites asabd-2 well as some that will be brand new to you.  Meals and outings are customized to give you an experience you can only get with Disney.  Groups are small with 2 guides.  You can choose from family friendly vacations or adult only vacations.  And with so many destinations and lengths of stay options available, the only limitation is your imagination!

abd-3But maybe your idea of a perfect vacation isn’t an exotic or distant location.  Maybe you want to stay right here in the good ol’ USA.  Well you’re in luck because there are some wonderful options right here in the states.  Choose long weekend adventures in places like New York, San Francisco, and Wyoming. Or plan longer vacations to Southern California (with magical Disneyland fun, too!), Arizona and Utah, Montana, Washington DC and Philadelphia, Wyoming, and even Alaska!

Some folks see the pricing and, at first glance, cringe.  But then they discover what all is included in an Adventure By Disney, They’re impressed at the true value.  So, what all is included?  Here’s a sampling:

  • VIP Service:  To travel with Adventures by Disney is to have access to the world. Whether it’s a private tour of the Vatican museum or a dinner party in the Imperial Pavilion at the Vienna Zoo, your adventure will take you to unique locations as only Disney can. And with two Adventure Guides, you won’t just visit exotic destinations, you’ll experience them and become part of the story.
  • Activities and Admission:  Attention to detail is an Adventures by Disney trademark, including when it comes to details like tickets and admissions to the events, attractions and parks you and your family will visit on your adventure. We take care of all the little things so you can focus on what’s in front of you, be it the breath-taking beauty of Alaska’s Denali National Park or the works of the great masters in Florence’s Uffizi Gallery.
  • Hotels and Dining:  From the outstanding accommodations that you and your family will call home to the savory local flavors that will dazzle your palate, you can be sure you will enjoy the Disney standards that you have come to expect from Disney throughout your Adventures by Disney vacation.
  • Hassle Free Travel:  Whether it’s a short flight from Ayers Rock to Sydney, island hopping in Greece by ferry or a railroad ride through Alaska, we’ll make sure that all travel with us throughout your Adventures by Disney vacation is easy and hassle-free with amenities that include luggage and concierge services.

Adventures by Disney OLP TravelNow that I have your curiosity peaked, it’s time to get with one of
our amazing travel pixies to learn more about the multitude of destinations available and start planning your very own Adventures By Disney vacation!

 

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Disney Cruise Line 2018 Itineraries!

It’s never too early to start planning a cruise, right?  That’s especially true with a  Disney Cruise.  Disney has become so popular with cruisers that the cabins book several months dcand even years in advance.  Believe it or not, the itinerary for early 2018 have already been released!  So, start planning your DREAM and get ready to set sail for exciting cruises to incredible ports!

BAHAMAS

Wake up in paradise!  You can pick from 3, 4 or 5 night cruises from Port Canaveral and Miami. The great ports of call include Nassau and Key West.  (Yes, there is more to bahamasFlorida than Orlando!) The best part is that every itinerary makes a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.  If you’ve never visited Castaway, you are in for a treat. It’s like a FANTASY come to life!  The clear water and white sand is stunning.  This is one time that you wish that the ship would sail away and forget you!

 4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami 
Miami • Castaway Cay • At Sea • Key West  3/28/18*

4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami
Miami • Key West • Nassau • Castaway Cay
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4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami
Miami • Castaway Cay • Nassau • At Sea
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5-Night Bahamian Cruise from Miami
Miami • Key West • Nassau • Castaway Cay • At Sea
1/12/181/26/182/9/18, 3/9/18, 3/23/184/6/184/20/185/4/18

3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral
Port Canaveral • Nassau • Castaway Cay
2/8/183/15/183/22/18

3-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral 
Port Canaveral • At Sea • Castaway Cay
3/29/18*, 4/5/18

4-Night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral
Port Canaveral • Nassau • Castaway Cay • At Sea
3/11/183/18/183/25/18*, 4/1/18*

EASTERN CARIBBEAN 

Did you ever WONDER what it would be like to spend 7 nights at sea?  Here’s your chance!Crystal blue waters and powder soft beaches await you on scubathis 7 night cruise.  Some of the ports of call are Tortola, St Thomas, St. Maarten, San Juan and Castaway Cay.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a week!

7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise 
Port Canaveral • At Sea • At Sea • St. Maarten • San Juan • At Sea • Castaway Cay  2/18/183/4/18

WESTERN CARIBBEAN

Ready to soak up some tropical sunshine?  Climb aboard one of the Western Caribbean cruises and enjoy the vibrant cultures of Costa Maya, Coumel, Grand Cayman and Falmouth.  These awesome cruises are 7 nights, round trip from Port Canaveral.  Don’t worry, you will get to stop at Castaway Cay, too!

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7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise on Disney Wonder
Port Canaveral • Key West • At Sea • Costa Maya • Cozumel • At Sea • Castaway Cay 2/11/18

7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise on Disney Wonder
Port Canaveral • At Sea • Grand Cayman • Costa Maya • Cozumel • At Sea • Castaway Cay 2/25/18

SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN

It’s time to explore natural wonders, go on a treasure hunt for amazing bargain and make waves on a limited time cruise.  Depart San Juan for a 7 night voyage to St. Lucia, Aruba and Antigua, as well as a new port Kralendijk Bonaire.bon
I’ve never heard of Kralendijk so I did some research.  It is
the capital city of Bonaire.  It’s a quaint little town that is only a few blocks in size.  A stroll down the street will show you the well preserved architecture, waterfront eateries and busting market.  You can find souvenirs, music and dance performances in the Queen Wilhemina Park.  Sounds like a port that I would love!

4-Night San Juan to Port Canaveral Cruise
San Juan (Pan American Pier) • St. Thomas (St. John) • At Sea • Castaway Cay 2/4/18

7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise on Disney Wonder
San Juan (Pan American Pier) • Antigua • St. Lucia • At Sea • Curaçao • Aruba • At Sea 1/14/18

7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise on Disney Wonder
San Juan (Pan American Pier) • Antigua • St. Lucia • At Sea • Kralendijk, Bonaire • Aruba • At Sea 1/28/18

7-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise on Disney Wonder
San Juan (Pan American Pier) • Basseterre (St. Kitts) • Martinique • Antigua • At Sea • Aruba • At Sea
1/21/18

BAHA PENINSULA 

Set sail on an unforgettable 2 or 5 night cruise from San Diego to Ensenada.  This particular cruise of only available for one month.  Known for it’s stellar surfing, innovative cuisine and legendary hot springs, it might be worth trying to fit into your schedule!  Sipping on a cool drink while soaking in a hot spring in paradise…need I say more?wonder

2-Night Baja Cruise from San Diego
San Diego • Ensenada
4/27/18*, 5/4/18*, 5/11/18*

Panama Canal

This is the itinerary for the true cruise lover!  A 14 night, coast to coast that takes you from Port Canveral to San Diego.  Take the time to enjoy Columbia, Costa Rica and the Caribbean.  There will be tons of shopping, eating and fun along the way through the world famous Panama Canal.

14-Night Westbound Panama Canal Cruise from Port Canaveral
Port Canaveral • Castaway Cay • At Sea • At Sea • Cartagena • Panama Canal • At Sea • Puntarenas • At Sea • At Sea • Puerto Vallarta • Cabo San Lucas • At Sea • San Diego 4/8/18

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These cruises are available for booking right away.  Be sure to contact your friendly Travel Pixie, at OLP Travel for more information.  We are always thrilled to help families experience everything that Disney has to offer! Let us work our MAGIC!

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Disney’s Aulani: A Hawaiian Dream Come True!

moanaWith the upcoming release of Disney’s newest animated masterpiece, Moana, I suspect that there will be a lot of interest in Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa.  There are a lot of folks out there who still don’t know that Disney has a wonderful vacation destination in Hawaii.  And if you’re one of those folks, don’t worry!  I’m here to help!  Since I know Moana will put Hawaii in your heart, let me share with you just a bit about the amazing vacation destination.aulani-location

To begin with, you may wonder where exactly Aulani is located.  It is
in the beautiful resort area of Ko Olina.  You would fly in to Honolulu International Airport where you can rent a car or take a cab, limousine, or shuttle to get you to the resort.
Aulani villaUpon arrival, you’ll be greeted with the same warm, friendly service that you’ve come to expect from all things Disney.  But it won’t be like checking to a Disney Parks Resort.  Aulani is it’s own, special magic.  There is truly nothing like it.  Room options are amazing!  From classic, standard rooms (382 square feet) to 1 and 2 bedroom suites, as well as 1, 2, or 3 bedroom villas, there is a room to fit every one’s accommodation needs!

Now that you’re all checked in and checked out your room, I’ll bet aulani-diningyou’re hungry, right?  With 10 options to choose from, you’re sure to find a perfect spot to fill up at.  Whether you’re looking for a relaxing, table service style meal or a quick ‘grab a bite to eat’ type of meal, Disney has you covered!  You can even enjoy a character meal at Makahiki!

Now that you’re settled in and had a bite to eat, it’s time for some fun!  Maybe you’ll take a swim at Ka Maka Grotto or maybe the little ones will go have some wet fun at Keiki Cove Splash Zone.  Or maybe you’re gonna start your vacation off with a spa treatment at Laniwai Spa.  Whatever you choose, you know it’s going to be amazing!  And it’s only the beginning of your adventure.  With special kids’ experiences as well as adult and entire family experiences, there’s tons of fun in store!

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Your next question is probably, ‘what’s included and what do I have to pay extra for?’.  Well, you’re going to be amazed at all that’s included!  Here’s the rundown of all that’s included with your Aulani vacation package:

Pools:

  • Whirlpool Spas
  • Waikolohe Pool and Stream
  • Wailana Pool
  • Ka Maka Grotto
  • Menehune Bridge
  • Keiko Cove Splash Zone
  • Aulani Pool Parties

Beach Activities and Entertainment:

  • Aulani Beach at Ko Olina Lagoon
  • ‘Ohana Disney Movie Nights
  • Aunty’s Beach House

Crafts and Culture:

  • Mo’Olelo Fire Pit Storytelling
  • Maka’ika’i, The Nature and Wildlife at Aulani
  • Pau Hana Room – Community Hall

Here’s what’s not included:

  1. Dining
  2. Spa Treatments, Salon Service, and Fitness Services
  3. Golf
  4. Excursions
  5. Photography Services
  6. Beach Equipment Rentals
  7. Snorkeling
  8. Shopping

So there you have it!  A condensed version of all that Aulani has to offer!  Now it’s time to start planning your very own Moana style adventure! Get with one of our amazing travel pixies and we’ll give you all the specifics and details about the magic that is Aulani.  Before you know it, you’ll be booked and ready to go have your own magical adventure!  Aloha!

 

 

 

 

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Time to Plan a Walt Disney World Vacation

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It’s the perfect time to plan a Walt Disney World vacation! Disney recently released discounts for this upcoming winter. The thought of Winter sends a chill down my spine, but being at Disney warms my heart. So leave the cold and snow behind and head to sunny Florida! And it doesn’t hurt to save a little money too!

There are two different discounts. First up, Play, Stay, Dine and Save!! This one is a really great deal if you are going with a Disney package.  You save up to $500 on a 5-night 6-day Walt Disney resort room, ticket and dining plan package for a family of four at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for stays most nights Jan. 1-March 7, 2017 when they book Oct. 3-Dec. 21, 2016.

The next discount is a room only. It’s the Gift of Magic room offer. This offer extends out further than the Play, Stay, Dine and Save discount. So you can save up to 25%  on your room and you still have the option to add tickets and / or dining.  Valid nights are Dec. 15 – 23, 2016 and Jan. 1 – April 8, 2017 when they book Oct. 3 – Dec. 21, 2016.

 

Full List of Disney Resort Hotel Exclusions:
Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at th Contemporary Resort, Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms,  All-Star Movies Resort, and Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.

If your travel plans take you there starting in March 2017, make sure to visit  EPCOT. There you will find Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival.

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See What’s Budding in 2017

Blossoming once again from March 1 to May 29, 2017, the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is a fun-filled destination for Guests of every age—and the perfect place for nearly every member of the family to dig up their sense of curiosity and discovery. Highlights may include:

  • Outdoor kitchens offering delectable bites and libations
  • Dozens of world-renowned, Disney-themed topiaries
  • Breathtaking garden spaces and wildlife habitats
  • Inspirational exhibits, seminars and how-to demonstrations
  • An outdoor concert series featuring fan-favorite bands
  • And much, much more

With so much to see and do, you can return to the festival again and again—and uncover something new each and every time! We’ll see you in 2017… Sounds like fun!!

If this sounds like the perfect Winter get away, one of our Travel Pixies would love to help get you there. We always add the extra Pixie Dust to your vacation!!

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Family Vacation Just Got Better at Sea World and Busch Gardens!

Sea World and Busch Garden unveil major new attractions for the updolphincoming year, and family vacation opportunities expand!  Gone are the days that you wonder from pavilion to pavilion watching the lovable sea creatures.  Now you can hop on exciting and thrilling rides that will turn your insides out! This will be the largest new attraction year in the company’s more than 50 year history.

Sea World in San Antonio will be getting  Wave Breaker:The Rescue Coaster. This attraction is inspired by the Emmy award winning program, Sea Rescue. This new coaster is the first of it’s kind in North America.  It combines the thrill of the sea, the rush of a coaster and the excitement of animal rescue.  You will race with  Sea World’s heroic animal care team as they help rescue animals in distress.  Riders will be riding jet skis as they are launched into this hear pounding adventure! Sounds like fun! I wonder if we will get wet? Continue reading Family Vacation Just Got Better at Sea World and Busch Gardens!

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Get Busy Relaxing At Sandals Resorts!

sandals_mapOur Laughing Place Travel has been known as an agency specializing in Disney travel since it’s beginnings years ago.  And we still have a deep love for all things Disney.  But we also love other destinations, too!  Why set limits on our love, right?  One of my personal favorite vacation options is Sandals Resorts.  With amazing destinations, all inclusive convenience, and budget friendly pricing, what’s not to love, right?

Some people ask, ‘what EXACTLY’ is all – inclusive’?  And they ask for good reason because over the years, many destinations have claimed to be all inclusive, but when you arrive, there are lots of things that AREN’T included.  But not with Sandals.  When they say ‘all-inclusive’, they really mean it.  All your meals, drinks (both alcoholic and non alcoholic), resort accommodation, and activities are included.  You can even include round trip airfare!  So once you arrive at your destination, you’re set for a worry free and immensely relaxing vacation experience.sandals1

Of course, the next question would be ‘where ARE these destinations?’.  Well you’re going to LOVE your options!  The Sandals Resort Destinations are:

  • Jamaica
    •  Montego Bay
    •  Royal Caribbean
    •  Negril
    •  Whitehouse
    •  Ochi
    •  Royal Plantation
    • Sandals Inn
  • St Lucia
    •  Regency La Toc
    •  Grand St Lucian
    •  Halcyon Beach
  • Bahamas
    •  Royal Bahamian
    •  Emerald Bay
  • Antigua
    • S Grand Antigua
  • Grenada
    •  LaSource Grenada
  • Barbados
    • Sandals Barbados

Sandals Resorts are adult only venues.  They are wonderful for honeymoons, romantic vacations, anniversaries, or just a glorious couple’s get-away.  But don’t worry if you’d rather have a vacation destination that you can bring the entire family on.  Sandals also has sister resorts called Beaches Resorts.  These wonderful vacations are also all-inclusive and include family activities as well as activities that cater to the young travelers while mom and dad can enjoy some grown up adventures of their own.

beach22_at_the_beaches_negril_resort_spaBeaches Resort destinations include:

  • Jamaica
    • Beaches Ocho Rios
    • Beaches Negril
  • Turks and Caicos
    • Beaches Turks and Caicos

The Beaches Resort locations are perfect not only for family vacations, but also for weddings / honeymoons (guests of all ages  beaches-turks-caicosare welcome!), best friends vacations, group gatherings, family reunions, and even couples who want some more youthful fun like water slides!  And, like Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resort vacations are surprisingly affordable.

So now that I’ve peaked your interest, why not contact one of our OLP Travel Pixies to get more details and start planning your next Sandals / Beaches Resort vacation!  Prepare to be awed!

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Fantasy Parade Dining Package at Walt Disney World

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I’m not sure if this is really true, but rumor has it, it’s been known that Disney guests often ask a cast member when the 3 o’clock parade is. Too funny, right?! We all love a parade, but a Disney parade really takes it to the next level of excitement. The only not so magical thing may be having to hold your spot for a long time before the start parade to make sure you get a great viewing. At least for me, that’s a huge factor in deciding if I will see the parade. I really have to decide if I want to wait a long time while saving my spot or should I hit the popular rides during the parade? Hmm, decisions, decisions. Continue reading Fantasy Parade Dining Package at Walt Disney World

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Universal Is EPIC!

A sentence that I find myself saying, quite often, as a Travel Pixie, is “Universal Studios is not part of Disney.”  Universal universalStudios is about 20 minutes away from Disney World.  It’s located closer to the Orlando International Airport.  And yes, it is NOT part of Disney.  Universal is it’s own unique and awesome vacation destination!

Last month, I shared information about the awesome resorts that are located on the Universal grounds.  Now, I want to share the two incredible parks.  Universal has two parts: the Studios and Islands of Adventure. Continue reading Universal Is EPIC!

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Cruising – Amazing Experiences Plus Great Rates!

RC 1Cruising is a great way to warm up a cold winter!  And as we close out another hot summer season, we all know that soon enough another long, cold winter will be upon us.  So why not plan now for a warm, sunny cruise?  To make it even better, there are some amazing sales and promotions available for some of the most popular cruise lines out there!  So let’s take a look at a couple of my personal favorite cruise lines and the great promotions they are offering!

ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINE

Right now Royal Caribbean is showing off their amazing holiday sailing RC 2packages!  Let Royal Caribbean® make your spirit merry and bright this December. All month long, they’re hosting the biggest holiday celebration at sea featuring Santa and his elves, snow days on deck, your favorite DreamWorks characters, and more. And if you joins them over the holidays, you’ll get some extra holiday cheer with 25% off third and fourth guests – plus up to $400 to spend at sea. So join them onboard and start a new, decked out tradition.

azamara-questRoyal Caribbean also has two ‘sister’ cruise lines as well:  Azamara and Celebrity!  And yep, you guessed it, there are some awesome offerings from these two as well.  For Azamara, you can get an amazing double upgrade!  Imagine yourself enjoying complimentary room service on your veranda as you sail across the Mediterranean watching the sunrise. Now imagine that you’ll only have to pay for an interior stateroom to do just that.  When you book a select voyage between September 1 and November 30, 2016, you’ll get a complimentary double upgrade from a club interior to a club verandah stateroom!  NICE!

For Celebrity Cruise Line, you can enjoy the ‘Two if By Sea’ sale!    Half offcelebrity_cruises_slider2 the second guest, plus GO BIG with free drinks for both.
On your next vacation (to almost anywhere they sail), save 50% off the second guest’s fare, plus GO BIG and get complimentary Classic Beverage Packages for both guests in an ocean view stateroom or higher.

So you can sip cappuccinos in Rome, hot toddies in Alaska, rum punches in the Caribbean… you get the idea. It’s the perfect combination for an unforgettable, modern luxury vacation — sip and save together.   Sailing date range from December 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018.  

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE

NCL 1How does the word ‘free’ sound?  Well with the ‘Free at Sea’ discount, you can enjoy a variety of FREE offers!  Choose from FREE unlimited open bar, FREE specialty dining, FREE prepaid service charges, FREE wifi, or family and friends sail FREE.  Here’s how it works:

  • Book a Studio or Inside Stateroom and Choose One Free Offer
  • Book an Oceanview, Balcony or Mini-Suite and Choose Two Free Offers
  • Book a Suite or Haven and receive all five offers

The booking window for this amazing offer (which I personally have taken advantage of!) is only through September 18th for 3 night or longer sailings through 2017.  This is an awesome deal, so you won’t want to miss it!  

Now I’ll bet you’re ready to start planning your amazing cruising adventure, right?  It’s easy and fun when you contact Our Laughing Place Travel and let one of our awesome travel pixies get you all the details and help you chose and book the perfect cruise for you and your family.  Bon Voyage!

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