With the new year upon us, I’ve been watching some of the new resort, cruises and general travel updates. It looks like it will be a great year for anyone that plans to take a vacation in 2018! Continue reading WHAT’S NEW IN TRAVEL IN 2018
Category Archives: Family Vacation
Club Med Sandpiper Bay – Fun, Friends, and Food!
Ahhhh, Club Med. Wait, what IS Club Med, you may be asking. Well if you don’t know Club Med, you’re missing out. As the original ‘all inclusive’ resort dating way back to 1950, Club Med(s) have been providing exciting adventures, great entertainment, and amazing food for over 65 years! But only in recent years has there been a location in the US. You’ll find Club Med Sandpiper Bay tucked in beside the St Lucie River in Florida, about 2 hours north of Miami. While transportation can be provided or purchased on your own, I recommend renting a car. It’s a simple drive via the Florida Turnpike and the cost of a small rental car is likely significantly less than any other transportation options. Continue reading Club Med Sandpiper Bay – Fun, Friends, and Food!
RUN DISNEY PRINCESS STYLE!!!
And they’re off! Walt Disney World has set the dates for their exciting Marathons for 2018. There are lots of great options to choose from and all are specifically themed. Today we’re going to focus on February fun with the Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Join the Princesses and make every mile magical. This is the only time that it’s ok to trade the glass slippers for running shoes. Friday, February 23rd will kick off the festivities with the Princess 5K run through the Future World and World Showcase. Princesses ages 5 and older and their families can take part in this fun race . The race ends with a memory-making storybook finish perfect for a princess and her royal court in the family reunion character party.
Saturday morning starts bright and early with the Princess Enchanted 10K. This is a timed race through Epcot, Yacht Club, andBeach Club. There will be great family entertainment along the way, as well as some real characters rooting you on!
If you want to give the kids a little time to burn off their energy, head over to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. They will be hosting kid dashes and a 1 mile run. These activities are for ages 13 and under and all participants will receive a metal. Here’s the details:
runDisney Kids Dashes Age Groups:
- 12 months and under – Diaper Dash for crawlers
- 1-4 years old – 100m dash
- 4-8 years old – 200m dash
On Sunday, February 25th, The Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon will celebrate 10 years! The 13.1 miles is filled with fun, memory making moments. The run winds through the most magical place on Earth, including the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Princesses of all skill levels are welcome to join the fun. Everyone earns her very own 10th Anniversary Disney Princess Half Marathon Finisher Medal.
Up for a real challenge? Then the Glass Slipper Challenge is for you! When you sign up for the Enchanted 10K on Saturday and the Princess 1/2 Marathon on Sunday, you will joining the 5 year anniversary celebration of this amazing 19.3 miles and immediately become my hero!
All of these events come with great goody bags, characters cheering on the side lines and the feeling of great achievement. Be sure to visit the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. This is where you pick up your registration packet, and check out all of the race apparel.
So, lace up those sneakers and contact your friendly OLP Travel Pixie for more information. Make your adventure extra special and stay at one of the fabulous Disney resorts. There will be weekend event transportation provided from the resorts. The packages are available for booking now! On your mark, get set, GO!
Disney World Outside The Theme Parks
In my last blog, I told you about some exciting things that you could do after dark in the parks. Today, I want to share some activities that you can enjoy outside of the Walt Disney World theme parks.
Over the past 20 years, I’ve always said that I’m going to visit the Walt Disney World Resort and not buy any park passes. I just want to relax, visit the resorts, eat and shop! Most people just look at me like I have 3 eyes! But, there are a number of things to do without visiting the parks. Continue reading Disney World Outside The Theme Parks
Disney’s Night of Joy and More Fall Events
Disney’s Night of Joy concerts will be held on September 9 and 10 this year! This fantastic contemporary music festival features performances by Christian superstars in rock, pop, and gospel music.
In the years past it’s been held at the Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For the second year in a row, it’s being held at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World® Resort. I attended this concert last year and loved it!!! With ample
seating at both indoor and outdoor venues, you can sit back and enjoy the music or “get up and dance” to the artists. This year’s line up includes:
- Sept. 8 – MercyMe, TobyMac, Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey, Matt Maher, Colton Dixon, Rend Collective, Zach Williams
- Sept. 9 – Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Kirk Franklin, Jordan Feliz, Crowder, Jeremy Camp, Tye Tribbett
Note: Artists subject to change without notice. Tickets prices have not been announced yet. Continue reading Disney’s Night of Joy and More Fall Events
Disney Parks After The Sun Sets
After spending a long day at the parks of Walt Disney World , do you stick around for the after hour activities? With lights, sounds and lots of action, the parks come to life when the sun sets. Continue reading Disney Parks After The Sun Sets
Don’t Be Late For a Disney Date!
I’m late, I’m late for
A very important date.
No time to say hello, good-bye,
I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!
Don’t be LATE for your very important date… Disney has a couple of current promotions ending March 30th. So make sure not to miss this important date and book by March 30th! Oh, and did I mention, you have until March 30th to book one of the following promotions? Continue reading Don’t Be Late For a Disney Date!
Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay is here to stay!
On May 25th the geography of Universal Orlando will change. Along with 2 theme parks, there will be the new water park, Volcano Bay. The philosophy celebrated at this new water park is “Water is
Life. Life is Joy”. It’s the carefree attitude that the fabled Waturi islanders have embraced on their Pacific isle for centuries. Now you can live the Waturi way at this all-new park where thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony. Continue reading Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay is here to stay!
Universal Islands of Adventure
When they named Universal’s Islands of Adventure, they weren’t kidding! This park is full of fun and great attractions! Our Orlando vacation was spent in both Universal Orlando’s parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, but Islands of Adventure was our favorite! Continue reading Universal Islands of Adventure
Discover Adventures By Disney!
When 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. Continue reading Discover Adventures By Disney!