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!
Recently I was blessed with the opportunity to visit Disneyland for the first time in 20 years! And I can honestly say I was in awe of the magic that abounds all throughout both Disneyland Park, Disney’s California Adventure Park, and the entire resort area. Continue reading Disneyland Magic is Alive and Well!
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!
With 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. Continue reading Disney’s Aulani: A Hawaiian Dream Come True!
Our 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? Continue reading Get Busy Relaxing At Sandals Resorts!
Cruising 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! Continue reading Cruising – Amazing Experiences Plus Great Rates!
A while ago, I shared with you some of the favorite dining locations of our travel pixies at OLP Travel. Today I’m back to follow up on that blog by sharing the travel pixies’ favorite resorts for various ages and stages of Disney vacationers. So let’s get started with some resort fun! Continue reading OLP Travel’s Walt Disney World Favorites – Resorts!
Working for an earmarked agency and specializing in Disney travel, it’s pretty much a given that between myself and our other travel pixies, we have tried the vast majority of dining locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. And it’s such a great thing, too, because one of the most frequent things I am asked by the folks I am working with is what restaurants I would recommend. Dining can be kind of tricky because everyone has their favorite foods and how good or bad a restaurant is can vary dramatically depending upon who you ask. And, of course, what may be a favorite for families with small children may not be an ideal choice for an older adult couple traveling either with no children or adult children. But luckily for us, Disney offers a huge array of dining choices and there are some locations that just naturally are favorites across the board and folks almost always leave those places with a smile on their faces and a full belly! So I’ve put together some quick recommendations from all of our OLP Travel Pixies to help make those dining decisions even easier. So let’s get started!
For families with small children, the resounding number one recommendation is Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. And it’s no surprise why! With a fabulous buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus the opportunity to meet Mickey himself along with a few friends, this truly is the ideal location for kid friendly fun. Other great options include Tusker House at the Animal Kingdom (Jungle Juice is the BEST!) with Donald and Friends; ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort which has an awesome breakfast including Lilo and Stitch or a delicious dinner which, while it doesn’t include characters, it does have singing and coconut races! Lastly, The Garden Grill in EPCOT‘s The Land pavilion is a wonderful option including Chip ‘n Dale and friends for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For families with older children, dining gets a little bit more ‘grown up’. But it’s WDW, so really, how grown up can you be, right? The recommendations for these family types include Teppan Edo in Japan in EPCOT’s World Showcase. This entertaining dining experience is sure to be a favorite for the whole family. Be Our Guest in the Magic Kingdom offers options that appeal to a slightly older pallet while still giving you the magical feeling of dining in Beast’s castle. At the Coral Reef in The Living Seas at EPCOT’s Future World, you can enjoy amazing dinners while feeling like you’re dining inside a fish tank. The Boathouse at Disney Springs has brought to life a whole new dining experience! Enjoy the car style water taxis and a dinner you won’t soon forget. And finally, don’t forget about Sci-Fi Dine In Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Enjoy classic drive in favorites while a the ‘movies’ in your very own car booth. This is great fun for everyone in the family!
Moving on to the honeymooners. Truly, is there anywhere better to
honeymoon than WDW?? I think not! For dining, California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is highly recommended. This restaurant is at the top of the resort and offers breathtaking views of the Magic Kingdom as well as the Seven Seas Lagoon. If you time it just right, you can even see the fireworks! Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is another great option. With beautiful African style surroundings and one of a kind dining offerings, this is definitely the place for a nice, romantic dinner. Victoria and Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa is one of the best kept secrets at WDW. This very upscale restaurant is a AAA Five Diamond Reward recipient since 2000. The timeless elegance of this location will be the highlight of your honeymoon. But let’s not forget Citricos while you’re visiting the Grand Floridian. This is another amazing location to enjoy a delicious Mediterranean style meal in the casual elegance of the dining room. Romance? Yes please!
And last, but not least, there are the couples with either no children or traveling with adult children. For these folks, Narcoossee’s at the Grand Floridian tops the list. With it’s casual waterfront setting and panoramic views of the lagoon, this is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal and some great conversation. Trattoria Al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk is another great casual option. With delicious Italian offerings as well as a great variety for those with dietary needs, this is the perfect location to sit back, relax, and enjoy the meal! Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe Dining Room in Disney Springs has been delighting folks for years! This amazing place offers a unique fusion of Asian and Californian Cuisine. And don’t forget about Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This classic restaurant will make you feel like you’re back in the golden age of Tinseltown. This lower key restaurant is a great respite from the hustle and bustle just outside it’s doors.
There you have it! Some tried and true recommendations from your
favorite OLP Travel Pixies! Are you hungry yet? Then let’s get busy planning! Bon Appetite!
School’s almost out for lots of kids throughout the country and mostly, plans have been made for summer fun. But what about the autumn and winter? For me, this is the very best time of the year to travel to Walt Disney World for a multitude of reasons! Want to know more? Then let’s get busy! Continue reading Fall And Early Winter Fun at Walt Disney World!
The question has been brought up to me lots and lots of times through my years as a Disney Specializing Travel Agent: With everything available online, why would I need a travel agent? And, to be honest, I can completely understand that question and why it would be asked when we live in a world where infinite information is available right at your fingertips. But there are some things you just can’t get online. One of the biggest of those is experience. Truly, it’s very hard to plan something as entailed as a Disney vacation without experience. The basics may be there, but all the details that can and will make your vacation truly magical will be lacking. Do you remember that old book with the line in it that goes, ‘lions and tigers and bears, oh my!’? Well in the world of Disney vacation planning, it’s more like, ‘dining and magic bands and fastpasses, oh my!’. And that’s only the tip of the Disney iceberg! Continue reading Why You Need A Disney Specializing Travel Agent