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Agent Spotlight - Agency Manager Scott

This is Scott VanSyckle, live from the Kingdom Konsultant Travel HQ in northern NJ!  I was asked to do a blog back in 2016, and since that blog was such a roaring success, I figured I’d surprise you and let you all behind the curtain a bit….again!

Why am I writing a blog?  In all honesty…they asked me to write one, so here goes.  While most know that Kingdom Konsultant Travel books Disney-based travel, not many are aware that we can book ANY destination.  In fact, this team of incredible people is constantly striving to improve on their world-class customer service by traveling to new destinations, taking courses, and communicating within the team (SO IMPORTANT.)
You didn’t know this revised blog came with commercials again, did you???

Name:​ Scott VanSyckle
Owner/Manager
Kingdom Konsultant Travel
Beyond the Kingdom Travel

Where do you call home?  Northern NJ

What was your dream job when you were 10 years old?  Professional bowler

Favorite vacation destination?  St. Thomas

This or that:
Walt D…

Oga's Cantina at Walt Disney World

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has been crazy popular at Walt Disney World since it opened in 2019.  One of our favorite spots in this new land is Oga's Cantina, a very popular lounge where you can get all kinds of fun drinks and take in the atmosphere of Batuu's hot spot.

Space inside Oga's is limited so advanced reservations are highly recommend and can be made up to 180 days in advance. Even with an advanced reservation, we waited in line outside a bit before we were let in. Oga's Cantina is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and reservations are recommended for all meal periods.

The small location offers a wide variety of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails that are out of this world.  They also offer a very limited selection of bar bites that vary depending on the meal period.  Here is a sneak peek at the morning menus.  The souvenir mugs are definitely adorable but will be a hit to the wallet if you want to purchase them with their respective drinks.


If yo…

Tortola Island Drive and Beach Break

On our recent Disney Cruise, we were excited to visit Tortola for the first time. We were looking for an excursion that would give us a tour of the island, provide some time for relaxation and would be something our 3 year old son would enjoy. After reviewing the Port Adventure options on the Disney Cruise Line website, we chose the Island Drive and Beach Break.

After disembarking the ship, we boarded our open-air safari bus for a scenic drive around Tortola through Road Town before we ascended Ridge Road up to Sky World. Make sure to sit on the left side of the bus for the best views of your Disney ship when you're driving up Ridge Road. Unfortunately for me, I ended up on the right side of the vehicle so I struggled to grab a good picture of the ship from the top of the island. I was still able to enjoy the stunning views but I just couldn't get a perfectly composed photo.

While we drove around the island, our driver gave us some history on everything that we were seeing. I …

When should I visit Walt Disney World?

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World can be a large and daunting task. There are so many decisions to make- where to stay, where to eat, how much time to devote to each park, and  more. Before you can dive in to any of these details, the first step is deciding when to visit.

We have many first time guests ask us when is the best time to experience Walt Disney World. While we all have personal favorites, there is no "one size fits all" answer to this question. The truth is, any time is a great time to take a Disney trip- but there are a lot of factors to take into consideration when trying to plan the perfect vacation.

CROWDS
One thing to consider when choosing your travel dates is the crowd level. If you would prefer to visit during a time with low crowds (meaning minimal waits at attractions), then your best bet is to stay away from holidays and school breaks.

Broadly speaking, Disney World has seen lower crowds during certain weeks in September and May. The parks will be at…

Agent Spotlight - Pam G

Get to know Agent Pam G in this week's Agent Spotlight.

Name:​  Pam Gaston
Kingdom Konsultant Travel
Beyond the Kingdom Travel

Find me on…
Facebook- @getawaysbypamg

I specialize in…  Disney World, Disneyland, Universal, Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Princess Cruise Line, Holland Cruise Line, Viking River Cruises, all types of All-Inclusive vacations, escorted tours with Globus Travel, Gate 1 Travel & Trafalgar Travel

Where do you call home? Stafford, Virginia (45 minutes south of Washington DC)

What was your dream job when you were 10 years old? A Movie Star!

Why did you become a travel agent? I love helping families make their dreams come true through visiting destinations on their “bucket” list, making memories together or taking time to relax.

Favorite vacation destination? Anywhere that I can relax on the beach :)

This or that:
Walt Disney World or Disneyland:  Do I have to choose?  They are both so wonderful…Caribbean cruise or Mediterranean…

Happily Ever After, A Disney Honeymoon

My husband and I decided to honeymoon in Walt Disney World over 10 years ago.  Even though honeymooning in Walt Disney World is very popular, we still got quizzical looks from friends and family who wondered why in the world two adults would go to the house of mouse sans children.  (Clearly they’ve underestimated the romance of watching fireworks behind the castle with the love of your life.)  For those of you considering an adults-only vacation to a Disney Park, here are a few reasons why we loved our honeymoon and some pointers for you to enjoy a kid-free vacation:

   1.It’s the best of both worlds.  We are not “lay by the pool every day for a week” kind of vacationers, but we do try to maintain a balance to our schedule.  We loved being able to get up early to enjoy the attractions and embrace our young-at-heart sides.  Then in the evenings we could relax more and made sure to do things outside of the hustle and bustle of the parks.  Some couples might schedule something special lik…

How to "Disney Up" Your Quarantine

A lot of us are in uncharted territory right now both in our personal and professional lives with social distancing and self-quarantine to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Disney Parks, Disney Cruise Line, and Adventures by Disney are all also doing their part for social distancing, temporarily suspending operations. For many of us (myself included), this was heartbreaking news that resulted in rescheduling upcoming vacations, potentially by a few months or even until next year.

However, there are still ways you can put a little Disney Magic into your life at home during this time.  Here are a few things I've been doing over the past month or two to put a dose of Disney and some "vacation" relaxation into my routine.

1) Put down your phone and watch a Disney movie.

Disney+ has been a game-changer on watching childhood favorites and current favorite Disney movies.  Share your favorite childhood movie with your family, or maybe there was a movie you missed …

Agent Spotlight - Heather

Meet Agent Heather in this week's edition of Agent Spotlight!

Name: Heather Roberts
Kingdom Konsultant Travel

I specialize in…Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Aulani

Where do you call home? Athens, GA

What was your dream job when you were 10 years old? To be an astronaut

Why did you become a travel agent? Because I think experiences are more important than possessions. Memories are forever.

Favorite vacation destination? Cinque Terra, Italy

This or that:
Walt Disney World or Disneyland: WDWMonorail or Skyliner: SkylinerStar Wars or Avatar: AvatarRope drop or close down the park: rope dropFlower and Garden or Food and Wine: Food & WineDisney Favorites:
Disney Resort: PolynesianDisney attraction: Flight of PassageDisney restaurant: SanaaPhoto spot: Cinderella's Castle always winsCharacter: Si and Am from Lady and the Tramp
Earliest Disney vacation memory? When I was 2 or 3, I went on Dumbo and lost my sunglasses.  I remember crying like a baby- which obviously I was- over those s…