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All About Disney World

by Amy Lytle on 05/11/16

ALL ABOUT DISNEY WORLD

So you want to plan your Disney World Vacation, but you have no idea where to begin. We are here to help! House of Travel specializes in Disney World Vacations. We love helping you plan, save, and get the most of your vacation.

This post is specifically for Disney World in Orlando, FL. If you are interested in other Disney Vacations (Disney Land, Disney Cruises, or Disney Adventures), feel free to comment or contact us.

We've got a lot to cover, so let's get started! 

First of all, Disney makes your vacation personal and memorable. Every little detail is customized for you and your family. Everything! I mean Resorts, Tickets, Park Hoppers, Dining, Character Dining, Magic Express, Bracelets, Memory Package, & Much more! These are all customized to your needs and we are here to help make your dream vacation as easy and worry-free as possible.

CHOOSE A RESORT:
Disney is on 40 square miles of land, with over 30 Resorts located on Disney's Property. Don't get overwhelmed - there are 5 Resort Categories to choose from based on your budget. Within these 5 Categories are 5-10 themed resorts to choose from. All Resorts are located in different areas. If this is important, please look at this Resort Map to see where they are located. Here are your Resort Categories:

  • Disney's Deluxe Resorts
  • Disney's Deluxe Villa Resorts
  • Disney's Moderate Resorts
  • Disney's Value Resorts
  • Disney's Fort Wilderness Resorts & Campground (Campsites)

Disney provides transportation to and from Disney Resorts and Theme Parks for guests who stay on Disney's property.
Okay, so not everyone has to stay on Disney's property. But it is best if you want the whole experience. It is about the same price to stay at a Value Resort on Disney's property, as it is to stay off the resort at a hotel nearby. When you stay at a Disney Resort, you will also receive these incentives:
  • Complementary Shuttle Transportation from and to Airport
  • Transportation to and from Disney Parks & Resorts
  • Each Guest receives a Magic Band Bracelet
TICKETS:& PARK HOPPERS:
The big question is - "How many days is perfect for Disney World?" Well, there are 4 Theme Parks, 2 Water Parks, and Disney Springs (Old Downtown Disney) that is great for Nightlife & Entertainment. Depending what you want to see, we suggest 4 to 6 days for a Disney Vacation. This will allow you to see everything or almost everything. 
Disney does offer anything from 2-day tickets up to 10-day tickets with the option of add-on park hoppers and water parks, Park Hoppers allow you to go to more than one park per day. So, remember this when purchasing tickets:
ex:
4-Day Base Ticket- allows you to go to 1 park per day
4-Day Base Ticket w/ Park Hopper- allows you to go to however many parks you want every day.
Water Park- can be an added additional cost

4 Theme Parks
  • Magic Kingdom
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Hollywood Studios
  • Epcot
2 Water Parks
  • Blizzard Beach
  • Typhoon Lagoon

MAGICAL EXPRESS:
Magical Express passes are Disney's complimentary shuttle from and to the airport. If you are using a rental car or took a road trip, you will not need this extra feature. You will also need to provide your flight information, so that Disney can be there to pick you up


DINING & CHARACTER DINING:
Food! You will have tons of food options to choose from at Disney. There are restaurants and little snack huts all over each Theme Park. 

If you want a more all-inclusive Disney vacation, there are 4 Disney Dining Packages available for purchase depending on your preferences:

  • Disney Quick Service Dining Plan 
Estimate (Ad - $41.99 , Child - $16.03


 
2 Quick-service meals per person, per night
1 snack per person, per night.
1 drink mug per person, refillable at any quick-service restaurant at your Disney Resort Hotel.

 

 

  • Disney Dining Plan:                                                                                     Estimate (Ad - $60.64 , Child - $19.23)
1 quick-service meal per person, per night.
1 table-service meal per person, per night
 1 snack per person, per night.
1 drink mug per person, refillable at any quick-service restaurant at your Disney Resort Hotel.

 

 

 

  • Disney Deluxe Dining Plan:                                                                     Estimate (Ad - $109.53 , Child - $29.86)
 3 meals (quick service or table-service) per person, per night
snacks per person, per night
1 drink mug per person, refillable at any quick-service restaurant at your Disney Resort Hotel.

 

 

 

     

    • Disney Premium Plan:                                                                               Estimate (Ad - $204 , Child - $140) Includes Dining, Entertainment, & Recreational Activities
    All the benefits of Disney Deluxe Dining.
    Unlimited use of selected recreational activities, including golf.
    One admission per person to the Cirque De Soleil show, La Nouba.
    Preferred fireworks viewing.
    Unlimited admissions to select theme park tours.
    Unlimited admissions to Children’s Activity Centers

    You will find that your going to spend more on food than anything else, and Disney's food does cost a pretty penny. If you are traveling on a budget, here is another option. Look into getting a family suite (these are offered in many Resort Categories.) They have a kitchenette in them, in case you want to eat sandwiches or cook a quick meal a few nights.

    MEMORY MAKER: $149
    Disney's Memory Maker is a great way to capture every moment of your vacation. It allows you unlimited downloads of Photopass, Character Dining, & Attraction Photos. You will need a Magic Band Bracelet for Memory Maker.


    Well, that's most of the important information to think about when planning your magical vacation. If you would like to set up a free consultation or have questions, we would love to help you. Thank you! 

    Top 6 Destinations for Group Travel

    by Amy Lytle on 05/06/16

    Hello Everyone! Today I want to share with you, what we find are the Top 6 Most Popular Destinations for Group Travel. We love planning group travel and we do an excellent job at it. 


    Here are some ideas and advice on the top 6 Group Vacations, so that you can choose the perfect vacation for your group.

    1. Cruising:
    Cruising offers a variety of itineraries and dates for you and your family. They offer a variety of itineraries from weekend getaways to week-long getaways. Cruises are affordable for everyone! They also offer all types of room categories. Cruises can range from $300 per person to upwards of $1000 per person. They are very popular and give family and friends a variety of choices. Also, Dining & Tours/Excursion can easily be planned as a group.

    2: All-Inclusive Resorts:
    All-Inclusive's are the best! Great for Groups that want a worry-free, relaxing vacation. You can leave your wallet at home, because you wont need it. We make sure that all expenses are included, meaning the accommodations, flights, transfers, food, drinks, entertainment, & much more. Some resorts even offer land sports, non-motorized water sports, and/or resort credits. We plan and help you take advantage of all these values. All-inclusive's can vary a lot in price, depending on when you go, where you go & how long you go for. That is where we come in. We will help you choose the perfect All-Inclusive for your group.

    3: The Smokies:
    Ahh! There is nothing better than a peaceful cabin in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. There are tons of rental cabins available for a large groups, or you can get a few cabins next to each other. This can be a very affordable vacation, but don't forget to bring spending money, in case you want to do all the attractions and theme parks nearby.

    4. New York:
    New York is one of the top visited states in the U.S. We have the perfect itineraries for New York Vacation. What a wonderful destination to share with family and friends.

    5. California:
    Another great destination to share with your loved ones. We have multiple itineraries to choose from, so that you can pick the perfect custom vacation for your group.

    6. Beach Getaways:
    Most of us have done a beach getaway to Florida and surrounding cities/states. They are fun, affordable, & the closest you can get to the Caribbean without flying.