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FastPass+ Step by Step Guide

*The FastPass service has been retired. The Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane will be the new service available to bypass the standby queue for select attractions.  Over the years, Disney has been testing and implementing many changes around Walt Disney World.  Technology that was once thought to be available only to the Jetsons is now in place all around property, making the guest experience even more seamless and enjoyable than it was before. MyMagic+ is continually improving with the addition of new features. Image courtesy Disney Parks Blog Your entire vacation experience is now linked to waterproof, durable wrist bands called MagicBands. These have the same functions as the old Key to the World cards, and more. These will serve as your room key and park tickets, and store information for Memory Maker, dining plans, and FastPass+. FastPass+ enhances the previous FastPass system and takes it to a whole new level. Before, FastPass was a tool to help guests avoid standing in l

Lumiere's on the Disney Magic

Lumiere's on the Disney Magic is the upscale and elegant of the bunch when it comes to Main Dining Rooms.  As you'd expect being themed off a movie based in France, the menu is French inspired and this is where you will find some of the "fancier" food to give a try!  Lumiere's is located midship on Deck Three off the main atrium.  There are two entrances, the main entrance is off the atrium and the one from the hallway around the side is accessible and often used when there is an event or activity in the atrium.  Lumiere's is often also open for other meals throughout the day, and has a more standard menu when this is the case. Main entrance from the atrium While French food can be intimidating, Disney does a great job making the menu approachable and still a bit familiar while working in some French influence and flavors.  If you are still a little weary of escargot, one of the best things about a Disney Cruise is that if you don't like something, t

Agent Spotlight - Jill

Meet Agent Jill in this week's Agent Spotlight Name:  Jill Voliva Kingdom Konsultant Travel Find me on Facebook:  @jillatkk I specialize in…  Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland, Universal Orlando Resort Where do you call home?  Indianapolis, IN What was your dream job when you were 10 years old?  CEO of Disney. I knew early. :) Why did you become a travel agent?  It's a great way to plan fun trips when you don't have one of your own scheduled. Sharing tips and tricks is fun and it's a great feeling knowing you helped make great memories for someone. Favorite vacation destination?  Boston: there's history, tons to do, beaches, great food and those accents. This or that:  Monorail or Skyliner: Monorail Tomorrowland or   Fantasyland: Fantasyland Rope drop or close down the park: Close down the park Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Flower and Gar

Photo Tour: Universal's Endless Summer Resort

Lately the Universal Orlando Resort has been making some major moves in the "resort" department, adding new lodging left and right!  The newest offering, Endless Summer Resort, is sure to be a great addition to the line up of resorts available for guests.  At time of writing, only the Surfside Inn and Suites is open, but the Dockside is slated to open in March 2020.  This resort is in their Prime Value class and has a great price point and great amenities to make it perfect for families or those looking for a value in their hotel stay.  The hotel has standard rooms and family suites that sleep up to 6 guests, making this spot a great option for larger travel parties too. Let's go ahead and take a little photo tour through the resort! Fun decor greets you in the lobby The check in desks are open and personable Lots of charging ports for lobby lounging Casual beach vibes abound You can even pick up your park tickets from this kiosk! Seating area fo

Agent Spotlight - Allison

Meet Agent Allison in this week's Agent Spotlight Name:​ Allison Acquaviva Kingdom Konsultant Travel Beyond the Kingdom Travel Find me on Facebook: @adventureswithallie Instagram: @vacationswithallison I specialize in... Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Universal Orlando Resort, Norwegian Cruise Line, Sandals, Beaches, Royal Caribbean International, Princess Cruises, Collette Tours, Trafalgar, and many more Caribbean, Cruise, and European destinations! Where do you call home? Central New York What was your dream job when you were 10 years old? A veterinarian Why did you become a travel agent? I love traveling myself, and I love helping others plan their dream vacations! Favorite vacation destination? Disney and St. Thomas! This or that: Walt Disney World or Disneyland: Walt Disney World Caribbean cruise or Mediterranean cruise: Caribbean Tomorrowland or Fanta

Ears the News: January 17, 2020 Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News Brought to you by our friends at The France pavilion's Palais du Cinéma will reopen Friday January 17 with an updated Impressions de France movie and an all new “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” directed and produced by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films. Along with the new sing-along and upgrade of Impressions de France to 4K projection is a new Photo courtesy of exhibit inside Palais du Cinéma. “Tales as Old as Time: French Storytelling on Stage and Screen” offers six distinct gallery cases featuring a collection of costumes, music, artwork and more, all dedicated to the adaptation of French literature in cinema, theater, ballet and opera. The exhibit reinforces how French literature has inspired artists from around the globe, including those who created timeless Disney classics such as “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella” and, of course, “Beauty and