All posts by Christee

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!"

Fireworks Extravaganza – Wishes at the Magic Kingdom

Have you ever simply heard music that gave you goosebumps? I get them every time I am at Walt Disney World and view Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.

I can pretty much match Jiminy Cricket’s narration word for word as he hosts beloved Disney characters through a tale, set to a musical score that is synchronized to fireworks and special effects.  “Pretty, huh?” Continue reading Fireworks Extravaganza – Wishes at the Magic Kingdom

Disney Cruise Line Embarkation and Debarkation Process

Disney Cruise Line, Disney travel agent, Disney FantasyI just returned from a 3 night cruise on the brand new Disney Fantasy.  Wow, what a beautiful ship!  As I was arriving at the port, I thought of all the steps and processes that guests must take in order to just board one of these Disney beauties, and I thought wouldn’t be a good idea to break down a few of the processes and also touch on the debarkation process as well to make it easier for people who haven’t cruised before… but might want to consider it; >) Continue reading Disney Cruise Line Embarkation and Debarkation Process

Start Your Engines! Cars Land Opens in Disney’s California Adventure June 15th

Disney's California Adventure, Cars LandI have been so excited about this from the moment I heard about it.  Cars is one of my favorite Disney movies, and I can watch it over and over again.  So being able to go to Radiator Springs on Route 66  and seeing this movie come to life is going to be incredible – I just have to shout it:

Cars Land, coming to the heart of Disney’s California Adventure Park this summer!

There will be Character meet-and-greets,  all-new attractions, entertainment, dining and shopping spots.

Continue reading Start Your Engines! Cars Land Opens in Disney’s California Adventure June 15th

A Little Bit of the Northwest at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

When you enter the drive to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge in Walt Disney World, you are greeted by pine trees and deep green foliage, that you see in the Northwest U.S., not in Florida.  You know this place has to be spectacular when you pull up and get a glimpse of where you will be staying.

This is truly a resort where, when you walk in and look up, you are in awe.  Pictures do not capture the essence of this resort.  You may stumble into a few of your fellow travelers as everyone seems to be walking around in amazement… so be careful.

This resort has a lot to offer. Continue reading A Little Bit of the Northwest at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Taking my Nephew to Walt Disney World!

Disney travel planning, Disney travel agentWhen my Sister called and told me she was pregnant, the first words I said to her is “Now we have a kid to take to Walt Disney World!” The last child I went to Disney World with was her at age 6 – about 18 years ago. So, I am very excited to take my nephew to Walt Disney World next. He is due on February 1, and I have lots of Disney plans for his future.

Over past trips, I have seen kids faces light up as the castle comes into view and hearing those little giggles of joy always made me smile.  I’m not sure exactly when his first trip down Main Street USA will occur but it will be sooner than later and more often then most.

I think we will stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge so he can see the animals from the room.  We can go for the holidays, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Trick or Treat at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  Oh I can not wait!

I keep thinking, “Will he like this attraction or be afraid of it?” Continue reading Taking my Nephew to Walt Disney World!

Restaurants Added to 2012 Disney Dining Plan

This is very exciting news.  I was so happy to see T-Rex and both Rainforest Cafes now on the Disney dining list.  These restaurants are favorites and have never been on the dining plan.

When planning a trip to the Walt Disney Resort, your dining plans play a big part of your vacation. Just knowing that the dining plan covers a lot of the restaurants on property makes planning a little easier. Downtown Disney has never had much of an option on the dining plans, but with these new additions you have many more options to choose from so that you can enjoy the Disney shopping without paying out of pocket for your meal.

Two Table Service Credits:

Bistro de Paris at EPCOT Here’s an Our Laughing Place video clip review to give you a feel for why this restaurnt takes two table service credits:

 

Fulton’s Crab House, and Wolfgang Puck (Dining Room) at Downtown Disney. Continue reading Restaurants Added to 2012 Disney Dining Plan

Katsura Grill Opens in EPCOT’s World Showcase – Disney Dining

NOW OPEN – Katsura Grill replaces the former Yakitori House.  Offering sushi to Japanese curry, teriyaki and udon noodles. It’s not a big change from the old menu, but Disney did tweak a few of the old favorites and added a few new items such as a Japanese pancake (Japanese pizza) and a crispy, panko -breaded chicken sandwich as well as cold ramen noodles.

On the new menu, the Sushi Combos – including the California Roll and the Spicy Tuna Roll – top out at $12.99, as does the Tonosama Combo, with comes with teriyaki beef, chicken, and salmon. The Teriyaki Salmon is $11.99, while the Curry Chicken Cutlet and the Shogun combo (with teriyaki chicken and beef) both go for $10.99.  So, a good meal can be had for a “Disney reasonable” price at the Katsura Grill! Continue reading Katsura Grill Opens in EPCOT’s World Showcase – Disney Dining

Paradise Pier Hotel – Disneyland Resort

What a nice view from this hotel.   I was very impressed with Paradise Pier.  Being known as the less expensive of the 3 Disneyland Hotels, you can not go wrong with this hotel.  The location is right across the street from the Grand Californian Hotel so it’s a quick walk to Downtown Disney and California AdventureContinue reading Paradise Pier Hotel – Disneyland Resort

New rooms at the Disneyland Hotel

I had the chance to stay in one of the newly renovated rooms at the Disneyland Hotel, in September 2010.   Let’s just say some magic is happening in here.  Rooms are bright in color and the beds are super comfy.

These rooms seem classy, compared to the old rooms that were classic.

Disney did a great job and I think they got everything just right.

You have a small refrigerator, a couch, a small chair, a desk area and a nice dresser.   Don’t forget to look for the hidden Mickeys. Continue reading New rooms at the Disneyland Hotel