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Agent Spotlight - Ashley

Get to know Agent Ashley in this week's Agent Spotlight

Name: Ashley Lehman
Kingdom Konsultant Travel

Find me on
Facebook:@ashleykingdomkonsultant
Instagram:@vacationsbyashley

I specialize in... Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Disneyland Resort, Universal Orlando Resort

Where do you call home? Apex, North Carolina but I’m originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland

What was your dream job when you were 10 years old? Art Teacher

Why did you become a travel agent? I’m a planner by nature and love everything Disney. When I realized that I could share my passion for planning Disney vacations, I knew I needed to become a travel agent!

Favorite vacation destination? Walt Disney World but Disney Cruise Line is a very close second.

This or that:
Monorail or Skyliner: MonorailMickey pretzel or Mickey ice cream: Mickey pretzelStar Wars or Avatar: Star WarsRollercoaster or dark ride: RollercoasterFlower and Garden Festival or Food and Wine Festival: As much …

Big Fire Restaurant Review

Big Fire is, in my opinion, a great addition to Universal CityWalk at the Universal Orlando Resort. Having been a huge fan of Emeril's which was previously in this location, I was skeptic, but quickly put at ease once we were inside and met our server.  
After a full day in the parks, we had a pretty late dinner on the agenda so we started in the lounge attached to the restaurant.  The cocktail selection is quite extensive, with bourbon drinks being the star here. My Manhattan was delicious and set the tone for a great meal ahead! 


The open kitchen is a great feature as you enter the dining room.  The decor is modern yet cozy with touches of plaid throughout.


We started the meal with some wine and some mussels, which came out steaming hot and was quite impressive to see.

After that delightful start, it was time for some entrees. The menu had something for everyone, with the food being familiar yet having a little something special to elevate the dish.  Honestly everything we trie…

Character Dining 101

Character dining at Walt Disney World is incredibly popular and for good reason. The characters make their way around the room and stop at each table to mingle with the guests. The whole family can take pictures with the characters, get an autograph or just chat it up with their favorite characters. It’s a great way to meet characters without having to stand in line and you get to enjoy a meal while you do it! Talk about an excellent use of multitasking!

Below is a list of all of the character dining restaurants, their locations, type of food offered, which meals offer a character dining experience, and which characters you can expect to see at the restaurant. Please note that this list was accurate at the time of posting but character appearances are subject to change.

Magic Kingdom
The Crystal Palace
Type of Food: American, Buffet
Meals with characters: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Characters: Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore Dining Plan: 1 Table Service Credit
Tip: Book a r…

Agent Spotlight - Marie

Meet Agent Marie in this week's Agent Spotlight.

Name:​ Marie Bertini
Kingdom Konsultant Travel

Find me on
Facebook: @Marie Bertini
WDWMagic.com: @WannabeBelle

I specialize in… Good question, Mostly Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity with a dash of some other stuff

Where do you call home? I am a New York Girl!!

What was your dream job when you were 10 years old? Teacher, I always admired the ones I had in school

Why did you become a travel agent? To help people have the best vacation possible

Favorite vacation destination? Anywhere is great with the right company!! Usually someplace warm is the preference.

This or that: 
Walt Disney World or Disneyland: Walt Disney World Caribbean cruise or Mediterranean cruise: Caribbean so far, Talk to me once I get a few more things off the bucket list!! Monorail or Skyliner: Skyliner!! Star Wars or Avatar: So Far Avatar, Talk to me after I get to experience Rise of the Resistance Rope drop or close down the park: Close …

Ears the News: February 14, 2020 Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of Ears the News
Brought to you by our friends at WDWMagic.com


The water playground at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort will be closing for refurbishment early next week.  Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com 
The refurbishment is expected between February 10 and March 20, with a reopening on March 21 2020. The resort's other pools will remain open as normal, and there will be transportation to the nearby Polynesian Resort for those guests wishing to use a splash playground.

Operating hours for the first two weeks of March 2020 have been extended at Disney's Hollywood Studios. 
Photo courtesy of WDWMagic.com
March 1 - 14 2020 now sees the park opening at 8am, and hour extension from the previously posted 9am openings. You can see the updated operating hours on our Walt Disney World calendar.

Disney moved to early openings at the Studios alongside the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which continues to use virtual queue boarding groups which …

Top 5 Romantic Experiences at Walt Disney World

Have you dreamed of a romantic getaway with your sweetheart... and Mickey Mouse?  You are not alone!  Many adults and couples travel kid-free and experience a romantic side of Walt Disney World.  Here are our Top 5 ways to spend time with your sweetie at Walt Disney World.
5. Watch fireworks from a more secluded location Main Street U.S.A might have a fabulous view of Happily Ever After, but that also means it is super crowded, not the most romantic feeling to be crowded in by people and families on all sides.  Wander over to Fantasyland, Liberty Square, or Frontierland.

4. Stroll the World Showcase My favorite times at World Showcase are just after 11am when it opens, or late at night after the fireworks have ended.  You'll get more time to explore and things will actually be open if you start at 11am, and you will enjoy lower crowds until about 12pm as people start to finish their time in Future World and head on back for delicious lunch foods. However, we love getting a later r…

Disney's Beach Club Resort & Villas

Disney's Beach Club Resort and Villas is often listed among guest's favorite Walt Disney World resorts.  Full disclosure, I used to work at the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, so I might be a little biased, but I've also recently stayed there as a guest and can safely say, I loved it! The resort is nestled along Crescent Lake and is part of the Epcot Resort cluster.  From the Beach Club, you can not only walk to Epcot, but over to the Yacht Club, Boardwalk or Swan and Dolphin for additional amenities!


This post is actually somewhat about two resorts in one.  Disney's Beach Club Resort is a Deluxe Resort while Disney's Beach Club Villas are a Disney Vacation Club property.  Both resorts share the same amenities, the Villas are just in a separate building a very short walk away and give some additional "feels like home" aspects to their rooms which include Studio, One Bedroom and Two Bedroom Villas.  Disney's Beach Club Resort has your typical hotel room …