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Jodi Travel Pixie For Jodi, love of Disney is a life time family tradition. As a young child, she often heard her parents talk of their love of Disneyland, and one of her fondest memories is her dad teasing her in his Mickey voice. When the time came for the family to make their first Disneyland trip in the early 1980's, it started a love of all things Disney that continues to this day. With more trips to Disneyland and Disney World than her two hands can count, Jodi was a natural for taking her love of Disney to the business of helping others create their magical vacations. These days, Jodi's passion for Disney includes helping others plan their own magical vacations at Disney Parks, Disney Cruise Line, and Adventures by Disney! Jodi will always go the extra mile to ensure that all her clients have a perfectly pixie dusted trip! Jodi says the magic just grows with each vacation she helps plan and every magical memory she helps create.

New Early Morning Magic at Walt Disney World!

disneyearlymorningmagicA short while ago I told you about a new nighttime event offering at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.  Well, now I’m announcing that there is also a new early morning event at the Magic Kingdom, too!  And this is the one that I am personally SUPER excited for!  Since I’m an early bird and not a night owl, I do believe that this could be the perfect option for someone like me.  Of course, I know you’ll want to know all about it, so let’s dive in to all the magical details: Continue reading New Early Morning Magic at Walt Disney World!

“Disney After Hours” Fun At Walt Disney World!

After hoursAfter hearing rumor after rumor, Disney has officially announced the “Disney After Hours” events at Walt Disney World!  And if you’re like me, you want to know all the what’s, when’s, where’s and how’s.  Well wonder no more because here I am to give you the scoop!  So let’s not waste another moment and dive right in to the exciting details! Continue reading “Disney After Hours” Fun At Walt Disney World!

Dispelling Some Walt Disney World Myths!

Set Up BoothWhat are the beliefs that hold you back from planning a Disney destination vacation? I may be able to fact check them for you. As a travel agent specializing in Disney destinations, I spend a lot of my time promoting myself, my business, and, of course, my love of all things Disney.  One way I do this is by setting up a booth at local craft fairs, vendor shows, etc. I absolutely LOVE doing this because I get to meet new people in my own area and discover a love of Disney in lots of folks that I already knew.  But, at each and every show, I hear many of the same things in regard to Disney World and why someone WOULDN’T go.  Now, if you truly aren’t a “Disney person”–don’t like magical fun, or whatever–then so be it.  It seems a sad way to live if you ask me, but I can accept that.  But if your reasons don’t, in reality, hold water, then I want to be the one to help dispel those thoughts and open up a whole new world of possibilities for you.  I seem to have the same 2 pop up over and over again, so those are the 2 will focus on.  Let’s hop right to it, shall we? Continue reading Dispelling Some Walt Disney World Myths!

Great Reasons To Plan Your 2016 Disney Vacation Right Now!

WonderHappensHereA short time ago Disney released their new campaign, ‘Unforgettable Happens Here’.  Throughout the coming year you’re going to see this an lots of variations of it including ‘Wonder Happens Here’, ‘Togetherness Happens Here’, ‘Magic Happens Here’, and many more.  I’m so excited about this new campaign because it embodies the magic of the Disney parks that I share with my friends and family every day.  And with the coming of 2016, there are so many things that will insure that Unforgettable, Wonder, Togetherness, and Magic happens during your next trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, or Aulani.

If you’re vacation plans include a trip to Walt Disney World Resort in the coming year, Jungle Cruise Nav Cothere’s lots of wonderful and unforgettable ways to make some magic happen.  At Animal Kingdom Park, you’ll find Avatar Land being created right in front of your eyes.  This area is going to bring the magic of Avatar to life with official opening slated for 2017,  but parts of it could begin to open sooner.   At Disney’s Hollywood Studios there’s going to be out of this world style magic with the addition of Star Wars Land.  You’ll see parts of this opening in the coming year as well as into 2017 and beyond. Continue reading Great Reasons To Plan Your 2016 Disney Vacation Right Now!

Big Happenings At Walt Disney World and Disneyland!

Darth DLIn the words of Walt Disney, “Disneyland will never be completed.  It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”  I believe this is true for Walt Disney World as well.  And in the past few days, that sentiment has proved true once again with the big announcements about some fun new things on the horizon for both parks.  And, while some folks will feel sadness because this will mean change, and even removal, of some beloved areas of both parks… remember that this is truly part of Walt Disney’s dream.  So let’s have a look at some of the big happenings on the horizon of a ‘great big beautiful tomorrow’. Continue reading Big Happenings At Walt Disney World and Disneyland!

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – A Whole New Experience!

polynesian signAs an original Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has a long history of magical memories attached to it.  But like everything, time does take it’s toll, so Disney had some big choices to make when deciding how to handle much needed renovations without losing the classic WDW resort ‘feel.

You may wonder: how DO you go about updating a resort without losing that traditional feeling that has been a part of so many memories for so many years?  You do what Disney always does, of course!  Gather the best imagineers, architects, and developers you can find.  And what a beautiful job they have done!  The newly renovated resort has all the classic things you’ve come to know and love plus new additions that have been incorporated beautifully.

So let’s start with what HASN’T changed. Continue reading Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort – A Whole New Experience!

Exciting Fun At Universal Orlando!

Universal Studios OrlandoFor years you’ve known Our Laughing Place Travel as your Disney Vacation Specialists.  We’ve been helping families plan magical vacations for nearly 20 years now!  But did you also know that we specialize in planning Universal Orlando vacations as well?  That’s right!  So whether you want to plan your entire vacation around Universal Orlando or add it to your Walt Disney World Resort vacation, we’re your one stop vacation planning extraordinaire!  But, gosh, you probably haven’t heard a lot from us regarding Universal, so I want to make sure you’re up to date on the many exciting things there are to see and do at these exciting theme parks and resorts.  Cabana Bay

To start with, did you know that Universal Orlando has 4 resort hotels on property  and will be adding a 5th during the summer of 2016?  That’s right, you can enjoy fabulous
hotels and dining plus have the convenience of being close to the
theme parks.  With choices ranging from the moderate on price but max on style Cabana Bay Beach Resort to the Deluxe resorts including Leows Royal Pacific Resort, the Hard Rock Hotel, and Leows Portofino
Bay Hotel, you’re sure to find the perfect spot for you and your family.  And in 2016 you can add Leows Sapphire Falls Resort to your list of choices.  AND the best part about staying at a Universal hotel is the automatic “fastpass” to every attraction that resort stayers get in the amusement parks! Continue reading Exciting Fun At Universal Orlando!

EPCOT’s Food & Wine Festival-20 Years With New Fun!

F&W Fest 1Can you believe that EPCOT has been hosting the International Food & Wine Festival for 20 years??  And while every year this event is special, this year Disney is pulling out all the stops to celebrate.  From September 25 – November 16, EPCOT guests can enjoy all the new booths, dishes, and events, as well as take in some favorites from past events.

So what’s new for the 20th Anniversary?  Here’s a quick overview of what has been announced so far: Continue reading EPCOT’s Food & Wine Festival-20 Years With New Fun!

Discount Enticements Galore At Disney Destinations!

Destination DisneyLet’s face it, if you’re reading this, you probably love all things Disney, right?  And how better to feed that love than to visit a Disney destination?  As we all know, Disney provides us with lots of choices when it comes to Disney destinations.  Maybe you have a favorite that you return to over and over.  Or maybe you want to try all the different ‘flavors’ of Disney by visiting new venues.  Whatever your choice is, Disney has discounts available right now to help you enjoy the magic for less money.  And money saved on the package means more money for Mickey bars or turkey legs, right??  So let’s dive right in to the array of discounts awaiting you: Continue reading Discount Enticements Galore At Disney Destinations!

24 Hours of Disney Magic!

24 hr eventAre you a HUGE Disney fan like me?  Of course you are!  So why not show your Disney side in a big way by spending 24 hours at Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort?  Yes, you read that right.  You can play all day and all night at Disney parks during these extra magical events.  Want to know more?  Then let’s get right to it! Continue reading 24 Hours of Disney Magic!