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Planning Disney vacations has been the fun part of Christee's 13 years in the Corporate Travel Industry. In addition to the responsibilities of managing a travel service department, she found her true passion in the joy of helping to make Disney vacations magical for friends, family, and clients alike. As graduate of the College of Disney knowledge and an expert at internet research, Christee is able to provide valuable information for making trips memorable and magical. Christee left the corporate travel world behind to give her expertise full time to the planning of Magical Memories, and she is now looking forward to helping you with your vacation. As Christee says: "Have a Magical Day!"

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Has NEW Offerings!

dtnemail-BFAWFE568481-613x409-2da90The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, celebrating it’s 20th year, returns to the Walt Disney World Resort Sept. 25-Nov. 16, 2015 with more than 30 global marketplaces to explore.

 For the first time ever, the festival is stretching into the park’s Future World with four new food and beverage marketplaces. Continue reading Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Has NEW Offerings!

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New Culinary Adventure at Walt Disney World

dtnemail-NicheEx_CulinaryAdv_063015_Photo-703a4Calling all foodies! The new Family Culinary Adventure at Walt Disney World Resort allows you to go backstage, step into the kitchen at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and work alongside a Disney Chef.

 

Upon arrival in the kitchen, you will be broken into groups and assigned a portion of the meal, which they’ll prepare with the aid of a Chef.  Teams will regroup to introduce their menu item before sitting down to a group dinner. At the conclusion of the adventure, you will be presented with a cookbook signed by the Chefs and a white Chef’s hat. Continue reading New Culinary Adventure at Walt Disney World

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Sacred Valleys and Incan Cities Review–Adventures by Disney

Last year at this time I was getting ready for my Adventures by Disney experience to Peru. CIMG5813I was nervous and excited.  This was my first trip out of the country.  I have been to the Bahamas and Canada but this was quite a bit further and just a little different in every other way, too.  I did reports on my first few days of the Adventure here:

Sacred Valleys and Incan Cities–Adventures by Disney

Sacred Valleys and Incan Cities–Adventures by Disney part 2

Sacred Valleys and Incan Cities–Adventures by Disney part 3

In this article, I’ll get to the day everyone waits for: Machu Picchu day.  It is day 5 of the adventure, and it’s a long and exciting day.  We started out in the wee hours of the morning as we needed to take the bus to the Ollantaytambo train station and then take the train to Machu Picchu. Continue reading Sacred Valleys and Incan Cities Review–Adventures by Disney

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NEW Summer 2016 itineraries for Disney Cruise Lines!

Disney News Disney Cruises Out of Port CanaveralEXCITED!  Disney Cruise Line just announced its Summer 2016 itineraries, and they can be booked this week! In addition to ports of call in more than 15 European countries, Disney Cruise Line will revisit favorite destinations elsewhere around the globe including Alaska, the Caribbean and The Bahamas.

Bookings for the summer 2016 itineraries open to Gold and Platinum Castaway Club Members via phone on Wednesday, March 25 and to all Guests on March 26th.
Let us know when you are ready to set sail and we will take care of all the details for you…including a splash of pixie dust ; >)  Contact OLP Travel.  Here’s a taste of what’s coming:
Continue reading NEW Summer 2016 itineraries for Disney Cruise Lines!

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Sacred Valleys and Incan Cities–Adventures by Disney part 3

Today is day 4 of my Adventures by Disney trip to Peru, and this was kind of a preparation day–CIMG5734getting ready for the BIG day tomorrow to Machu Picchu.  A little hiking to get the blood flowing and muscles in shape.  High attitudes to get us adjusted to thin air.
Oh and let’s just say the bus ride is very interesting…wide roads are not common, and taking turns are often a little close for comfort but it’s an adventure, right?  The views were spectacular and breathtaking.  We were really in the middle of nowhere, and there was this great big hole in the earth… and we were looking right into it.  Continue reading Sacred Valleys and Incan Cities–Adventures by Disney part 3

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Sacred Valleys and Incan Cities–Adventures by Disney part 2

Today is day 3 of my Adventures by Disney trip to Peru, the day I was kind of dreading–me and getting wet are not exactly316 friends.  This was the day of river rafting on the Urubamba River (the beginning of the Amazon River) and then a visit to Ollantaytambo (imagine stairs going straight up in the side of a mountain.)

The day started out with breakfast at the hotel. It was a nice buffet and everyone LOVED the brownies.  I was fond of the little chocolate cookies..yum.  I am not much of a breakfast person, but I have learned you eat when there is food, because you are on Disney’s schedule not yours.  (You may be out of your normal eating schedule, but they really try to keep it to the normal hours.)  So I did a little croissant and o.j. pretty much every morning and a few cookies for snacking on the bus a little later.  Breakfast was also the time to get wifi in the main building before your day started to catch up with email and facebook ; >) Continue reading Sacred Valleys and Incan Cities–Adventures by Disney part 2

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Sacred Valleys and Incan Cities–Adventures by Disney

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JJ and me in Peru

My husband and I had the pleasure of being invited on a trip to Peru with Adventures by Disney, and here is my report.  Come see what Peru has to offer in its adventure: Sacred Valleys and Incan Cities.

This adventure has been on the “ to do list” for a long time.   Since the fall of 2009, my husband has wanted to take this adventure and was even willing to give away a night in the Disneyland Suite to do so… but I quickly talked him out of that.

So, when I got an email inviting me to go to Peru, I jumped on it without even thinking.  Three days before Christmas I got the word that we were going to Peru, and that was an awesome Christmas present! Continue reading Sacred Valleys and Incan Cities–Adventures by Disney

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The Walt Disney World Resort Can Take You Around the World!

Italy Pavilion on the World Showcase at EpcotDid you know that when you Go to the Walt Disney World Resort that you can experience  a little piece of the world and parts of the Unites States as well?  It’s true: Walt Disney World can take you around the world and across the U.S.A.

At EPCOT, you can visit the World Showcase and visit 16 different countries around the world.  Canada, United Kingdom, France, Morocco, Japan, the United States, Italy, Germany, China, Norway and Mexico.  During the Wine and Food Festival, September 27, 2013 – November 11, 2013, there will be even more countries for you to visit as you stop by to sample their specialty foods. Continue reading The Walt Disney World Resort Can Take You Around the World!

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Adventures by Disney 2014 departures

Adventures by DisneyThe 2014 adventures for Adventures by Disney are here and ready to be booked!  There are new itineraries added and a few oldies that have been extended and/or tweaked.

The new itineraries include Austria, Germany & Czech Republic, where you spend 9 days immersed in the treasures and hidden stories of Prague, Salzburg, Vienna and the Bavarian Alps.  You’ll discover the sound of music in Salzburg, Austria and journey to the Czech Republic where you’ll make marionettes in Prague. Throughout your vacation, you’ll explore medieval castles and storybook villages—all with the majestic Alps and imperial splendor as a backdrop.  Experience private salt-mine and ice-cave adventures.  Enjoy a private after-hours visit guided by a zoologist of the oldest zoo in Europe. Continue reading Adventures by Disney 2014 departures

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A Car At Walt Disney World?

I bet this question has been asked a lot over the years and the answer is:  It depends…magical-express-bus

If you are staying at one of the Walt Disney Resorts then Disney has transportation pretty much covered from the time you arrive at the Orlando International Airport until you return back to the airport, and guess what?  It’s all FREE of charge!  So, if you are planning on staying on Disney property using their transportation system, then the answer is no, you do not need a car.

If you are staying at a hotel off Disney property you still may not need a car if you arrange for transportation such as a private car service or a shuttle to pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel for a fee.  Most hotels offer free transportation to/from the parks, but check first with the hotel to make sure their bus schedules fit your needs. Continue reading A Car At Walt Disney World?

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