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What Are the Best Things to do on a Disney Cruise?

What Are the Best Things to do on a Disney Cruise?

Magic plus fun — that’s what Disney cruises are all about. No matter your age, a Disney cruise is like no other; it caters to your expectations of what a cruise should deliver. Disney cruises offer various entertainment options, gourmet food, and character meet-ups. In fact, the list of what are the best things to do on a Disney cruise is so long you could easily miss some items. What to do on a Disney cruise? We’ll share some of the best below.

Marvel at a Live Show

What are the best things to do on a Disney cruise? Well, if you’re a huge fan of live stage shows, you surely wouldn’t want to miss the Broadway-caliber Disney cruise shows offered on Disney cruises. Some cruise ships even cast New York-based Broadway actors in the shows.

What to Do on A Disney Cruise
What to Do on A Disney Cruise

Try the AquaDuck

The land has Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, and Animal Kingdom, while the sea has Disney’s AquaDuck! As silly as it sounds, trying the AquaDuck might just be one of the most thrilling and memorable experiences you’ll have at sea. If you want to ride this water coaster, make sure to book on either the Disney Fantasy or Disney Dream.

Relax at the Spa

Indulge in various treatments at the spa aboard the cruise ship. Any treatment will feel like you’re at Aulani and allow you to use the private hot tub and heated loungers. Take note, all these with an ocean view!

Run a 5K

So you’ve landed at the private Disney island, Castaway Cay. What to do on a Disney cruise? Here’s a suggestion: spend time getting a bit of exercise by signing up to join the Castaway Cay 5K. You get to explore and enjoy the island and receive a plastic medal as a souvenir after.

Encourage the Kids to Participate

Going on a cruise with kids or teens? Let them join the clubs! Sure, it can be intimidating at first, but the Disney staff does an awesome job of making sure the kids adapt and feel like they belong to the point that they’ll never want to leave.

Wait for the Fireworks Display

When it comes to fireworks, no one does it better than Disney. Although it comes pretty late, the fireworks Disney cruise shows at the sea are rewarding and a memorable experience that can last for a lifetime.

Bring to Life Some Disney Cruise Pirate Night Ideas

No, it’s not cringey! In fact, you’ll see people of all ages come up with Disney cruise pirate night ideas. On Pirate Night, you’ll receive a pirate bandana to wear. Expect two fun deck shows as well — one with Mickey and the other with Jack Sparrow.

Things to Do on A Disney Cruise
Things to Do on A Disney Cruise

Join the ‘Sailing Away’ Party

Disney throws a number of parties, and each time they do, make sure you attend because it will be festive and fun. One of the things to do on a Disney cruise is joining the Sailing Away deck party, where Mickey Mouse and his friends own the stage and everyone dancing along.

Participate in a Fish Extender Exchange

Make new friends by joining a simple gift exchange with other families/guests. These Disney cruise activities can be an opportunity for you to teach kids the joy of giving and receiving tokens.

The list of answers to what are the best things to do on a Disney cruise is endless, but here are some of the lesser-known ones that are equally interesting and fun. Once you’re onboard a Disney cruise ship, don’t forget to try these Disney cruise activities or the Disney holiday highlights yourself!

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Embrace the true spirit of Aloha at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. In Hawaiian, Aulani translates to “Messenger of the Chief”, and the resort brings Hawaii’s fascinating history, legends, and welcoming spirit to light in a way only Disney can accomplish.

Located on the island of Oahu, this tropical resort is designed to bring families closer to each other and to nature, all while enjoying some of the best beaches and pools the island has to offer. Every minute detail, from whimsical artwork to themed recreational areas and fantastic lava rock formations, were designed to immerse guests completely in the story of Hawaii. It’s apparent that Disney went to great lengths to make sure that they respect the history, culture, language, and traditions of Hawaii. Local Hawaiian islanders, affectionately called “Aunties” and “Uncles” are found throughout the resort to immerse you in Hawaiian culture through activities such as storytelling, crafts, Hula lessons, language lessons, and much, much more. With stunning beaches, exciting cultural activities, once-in-a-lifetime adventures, and magical surprises along the way, Aulani brings that trademark Disney magic to the Hawaiian islands to create a family vacation that you will never forget.

Location

Aulani is located on the southwestern shores of Oahu, in Ko Olina (which means “Place of Joy” in Hawaiian). Opportunities for adventure abound in Ko Olina, from snorkeling, shopping, a championship golf course, and much more. The resort is just 17 miles from the Honolulu airport, and is driving distance to both Waikiki and the beautiful North Shore. This location makes Aulani feel like a secluded paradise, but you’ll never be too far from the action.

What’s Included?

In addition to gorgeous ocean views, you may be surprised at how much is included in a stay at Aulani. At no extra cost, guests can enjoy a variety of award-winning amenities, such as Waikolohe Valley – which comes complete with pools, lazy rivers, waterslides, and whirlpool spas. 

Families will also delight in Rainbow Reef, the resort’s saltwater snorkeling area, for an up-close encounter with angelfish, butterfly fish, and tangs. 

Characters love to vacation at Aulani, and you may find some of your favorites lounging around the resort in their beach attire. Classic characters like Mickey, Minnie, Lilo, Stitch, and more have been known to be spotted at dining locations, kid’s clubs, beach parties, and other special events.

Each night, you can enjoy a wide range of entertainment options, from Movies Under the Stars to live performances. Children can stay for free at Aunty’s Beach House, the resort’s exciting kid’s club, while adults can enjoy a complimentary beach chair for some much-needed relaxation time. 

Each stay at Aulani even comes with a free hula lesson for the entire family!

Accomodations

With a large variety of rooms, suites, and villas, Aulani has perfect room options for any party size. Every single room at Aulani has a private balcony, perfect for relaxing in the mornings and soaking up gorgeous island views. The resort offers five different room categories ranging from Standard View rooms to Ocean View rooms. While most rooms can accommodate four or five guests, Aulani also offers many interconnecting options and larger signature suites. Each room is outfitted with modern conveniences, such as a deep soak tub and rainfall shower, flat screen LCD TV, a Mini Fridge, under-bed storage, and a screen door that allows fresh air and ocean breezes to circulate. 

Each room is also carefully designed to immerse you in Hawaiian culture, with beautiful Hawaiian art and unique design. And be sure to check your bedspread – you may just find a Hidden Mickey waiting to be discovered!

Dining

Meals are not included with the cost of a stay at Aulani. However, the resort’s many enchanting offerings will make sure you will never go hungry. 

Exciting character dining experiences are offered at Makahiki – The Bounty of the Islands, the resort’s buffet restaurant. Guests can enjoy both local flavors and international cuisine at this dining location, and of course, there will always be something for the little ones to enjoy. If you’d like a little fresh air with your meal, you can dine at ‘Ama’Ama, an elegant outdoor restaurant serving classic Hawaiian cuisine while overlooking the ocean. 

If you just need a quick bite, Ulu Cafe offers a variety of grab-and-go options and drinks, as well as hot meals. No need to leave the pool for a meal, either – Off the Hook’s casual cuisine and PapaLua’s Shaved Ice serve perfectly for a casual lunch by the water. Beachside guests can also enjoy Little Opehi’s Beachside Kiosk, offering salads, sandwiches, and snacks. 

Adults can enjoy a refreshing tropical drink at The Olelo Room lounge or Wailana Pool Bar, serving a variety of cocktails and savory experiences. 

Of course, no visit to Aulani is complete without an evening at Ka Wa’a, the resort’s signature luau experience. This three-hour dinner show features authentic Hawaiian storytelling, singers, dancers, and fire-twirlers, as well as opportunities to get up and dance with your favorite Disney characters. 

Fun for Everyone

As a resort designed from the ground-up with families in mind, guests of all ages will delight in Aulani’s offerings, with amenities and experiences offered for every age group. 

Younger guests will enjoy a wide variety of experiences at the resort, including Aunty’s Beach House, Aulani’s amazing interactive kid’s club. Each night, enjoy Ohana Disney Movie Nights out on the lawn, or Mo’olelo storytelling with “Uncle” around a magical fire pit. The infinity-edge Ka Maka Grotto Pool and Keiki Cove Splash zone also make sure that the littlest guests don’t miss out on any fun in the sun. 

Children of all ages will enjoy exploring the Menehune Adventure Trail, an interactive adventure with pyrotechnics, special effects, and magical surprises along the way. Be sure to look out for Menehune throughout the resort – following in the footsteps of Hidden Mickeys, the careful eye can find many of these little creatures peeking around corners and hidden in the rafters of the resort. 

Teens will delight in Painted Sky, a branch of the resort’s spa dedicated to treatments for teenagers. They can also party and make friends at the Sunset Mele, a teen-only beach celebration of Music and Hawiian Culture. 

For adults, Laniwai – A Disney Spa is ready to welcome you with over 100 relaxing therapies to choose from. Spa visitors can enjoy luxuriating private vitality baths, six unique rain showers, whirlpool jet spas, soaking pools, and a complimentary Hawaiian Body Polish. Adults can also take advantage of the nearby golf course, relax in a private cabana at Wailana (the resort’s adults-only pool), or enjoy live music and drinks each evening at two unique lounges.

With the perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, cultural immersion, and Disney Magic, Aulani brings the spirit of Hawaii to life in a way you’ll never forget.

Bookings for Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, have officially opened for 2021 and we would love to assist with planning your trip! For any questions or to discuss your plans further, please do not hesitate to contact us at (407) 636-2390 or info@myviptour.com.

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How to Prepare for your Upcoming Trip in the New Normal

How to Prepare for your Upcoming Trip in the New Normal

How to Prepare for your Upcoming Trip in the New Normal

With all of the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, as well as all of the new rules and procedures being implemented by the theme parks, we have received several questions regarding our guests’ upcoming trips. In an effort to address these questions we have compiled a list of answers to some of the most common topics below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is it safe to go back to Disney World?
A: Walt Disney World has done everything in their power to open the parks responsibly. With new operating procedures put into place, extensive new training and limited crowds, Disney’s CEO Bob Chapek believes so (CNN).

Q: What do I need to enter the park?
A: Every guest going to the Disney parks will need to make their own reservation made through the new Disney Park Pass Reservation System AND have a valid theme park ticket matching the selected day(s). Guests with multi-day tickets will need to make separate reservations for each day. 

All four Disney and Universal parks will require a face mask for any guest aged 2 and up to be worn at all times. 

Temperature checks will be taken at  the entrance of each park and any guest with a reading of 100.4 or higher will be asked to leave. 

For more information on the parks’ new rules and procedures be sure to check out our Back in Action blog.

Q: Will my concierge make all of my Park Pass reservations for me?
A: Due to the extensive Terms and Conditions that Disney now requires guests to sign off on, Disney is requiring each guest to make their own reservation. Your concierge will walk you through how to make each of your reservations and will do their best to ensure you are successfully booked for each of your days in the parks.

Q: How can I stay safe during my time at Disney?
A: Disney is strongly encouraging all guests to check-in to their rooms electronically via their My Disney Experience app to avoid contact with the front desk. Once your room is ready, you will receive a notification on your app and can enter your room right away by scanning your magic band or app. You will be automatically checked out of your room on your departure day.

If you have magic bands, your VIP concierge will double check your My Disney Experience account to make sure everyone is linked correctly. Once you arrive, you will be able to link a credit card to your bands, which can be used to make purchases around Disney property. Disney recommends using contactless forms of payment, and the magic bands are so convenient. Gone are the days of having to carry cash and credit cards around the parks!

 

Q: What transportation options will be available?
A: On Disney property the shuttle buses, trams, boats, and monorails will all be running at limited capacity with social distancing measures in place. Please allow for extra travel time due to any delays.  

Guests staying at Disney resorts and flying in and out of the Orlando International Airport, will still have the opportunity to utilize Disney’s complementary Magical Express shuttle service. If you booked your hotel through our affiliated company, Katie Bean Travels, Katie and her team are happy to set this up prior to your arrival, or you can reach Disney’s Magical Express line at 1 (866) 599-0951. 

If you are looking for a more efficient and private transportation option, we can arrange for your transfers to be set up with our preferred transportation vendor, JLS Exclusive Transportation. Click here to view more on transportation options and policies.

Q: What mask do you reccomend for the parks?
A: All cast members as well as guests over the age of two will be required to wear masks while at the parks and resorts (with the exception of swimming and dining). Disney has released fun, character themed masks which are available to order on the Shop Disney website, and will also be sold at various locations around the Walt Disney World Resort. You can purchase a four pack of these masks for just $19.99. Health.com has also put together a list of the best lightweight masks and face coverings that are perfect for the Florida heat.

Q: What should I pack for my trip to Disney?
A: Aside from packing your new essentials such as masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer, we also recommend bringing light snacks and water bottles, especially if you are hesitant about sitting down and eating inside any of the Disney restaurants. If you would like to stop for more of a sit down breakfast, lunch, or dinner during your VIP tour, your VIP guide will assist with your mobile order at select dining locations. For more packing tips be sure to check out our blog

Our VIP guides will be fully prepared with everything they need to ensure a safe and stress-free experience while you are with them in the parks. They will touch base with you prior to your VIP tour date to go over all of the new safety procedures and answer any last minute questions that you may have.

Q: Should I purchase the Memory Maker?
A: Disney’s PhotoPass photographers will no longer be allowed to handle guest’s phones or cameras to take photos. We recommend purchasing the Memory Maker photo package which is a set price of $169 (when purchased at least three days in advance) and includes digital downloads of all of the photos taken by Disney’s photographers. Be sure to have your park ticket or magic band handy and once your photo is taken, the photographer will scan it quickly and at a safe distance. If you decide against purchasing the Memory Maker and you are comfortable with having your VIP guide take your photos for you, they are more than happy to do so and will send them to you after the tour.

Q: How do I set the right expectations for my children?
A: There’s no denying the experience at the parks will be different, but children have incredible imaginations! The Disney Magic and Universal Adventure will still be there, just in new ways! Check out our blog, It’s Time to Remember the Magic, to see how we intend to make the most of this new normal at the parks. 

We understand you may have additional questions regarding your upcoming trip. Please know we are always here for  you and   We can be reached via email at info@myviptour.com, by phone at (407) 636-2390, or from any of our social media accounts below. 

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Planes, Trains, Automobiles (And Monorails) – What to Expect When Getting Around Orlando

Planes, Trains, Automobiles (And Monorails) – What to Expect When Getting Around Orlando

Planes, Trains, Automobiles (And Monorails) - What to Expect When Getting Around Orlando

Last Update: June 17th, 2020

We are thrilled that the theme parks and activities in Orlando are slowly opening and we are able to start building new and exciting memories for our families again. We wanted to put together a list of some of the most important new rules and procedures to ease your mind and ensure that your travels to and around the Orlando area are as safe, efficient, and as stress-free as possible! 

Orlando International Airport

In preparation for summer travel, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority has been working closely with federal and local partners to carry out additional safety procedures and to observe any developments regarding COVID-19.

Some of the safety procedures that you can expect to see implemented in the airport are: 

  • Plastic guards at check-in, security, and in any shops/restaurants
  • All employees are required to wear masks and gloves as well as eye coverings in certain positions
  • Hand sanitizer stations
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols 
  • Social distance markings on the floors
  • Signs displaying healthy travel tips and social distancing reminders 

For additional information please click here.

Florida Border Patrol

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has implemented check points for anyone traveling into Florida by roadway. A check point that was originally place on I-10 for guests traveling from Alabama to Florida has officially been lifted, but a check point placed on I-95 is still active.

All motorists traveling from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Louisiana are required to complete forms with their trip details and contact information. Individuals from these states are directed to quarantine for a 14 day period starting from the time of entry into Florida, or for the full length of time that each person is present in Florida (whichever period of time is shorter).

 

Transportation / Parking

Disney recently released an update regarding transportation. They have confirmed that the complimentary Magical Express buses will still be available for resort guests to take to and from the Orlando International Airport. 

Self parking will still be available at each of the parks and at all resorts. In order to enter one of the Disney resorts, guests must have a valid resort reservation or dining reservation. Valet parking will not be available, but special assistance will be accessible for guests with disabilities.  

In regards to transportation around Disney property, the shuttle buses, trams, boats, and monorails will all be running at limited capacity with social distancing measures in place. Please allow for extra travel time due to any delays.  

The Minnie Lyft Vans will be unavailable to guests upon reopening, but other options for transportation include Uber and Lyft or private transportation. Both Uber and Lyft have been working to ensure that all of their riders and drivers are as safe and healthy as possible.  

In the past, many of our My VIP Tour families have the pleasure of working with our transportation partner, Sohail and his team at JLS Exclusive Transportation. His services can be used for traveling to and from the airport and between hotel resorts and theme parks. Once Disney opens, they will have a better understanding of how things will operate in terms of logistics, but all drivers will be required to wear masks, and each vehicle will be sanitized between transfers. Due to this, it is recommended that your transfers are scheduled in advance, or you give them at least a full one hour notice of when you need to be picked up to avoid any delays.

 

Stroller Rentals

Our preferred stroller vendor, Orlando Stroller Rentals, have always done a wonderful job of making sure each and every one of their strollers are completely sanitized. Along with implementing their cleaning procedures (using only non-toxic cleaning products!) they have also been very accommodating to all guests who have needed to cancel or reschedule their reservations.

Our goal is to ensure that all of our families are having the absolute best and safest experience. We will be updating you along the way with any changes in policies or safety procedures. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions or concerns. We can’t wait to welcome you all back to Orlando!

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Packing for Disney – 5 Things to Pack and 5 to Skip

Packing for Disney – 5 Things to Pack and 5 to Skip

Packing for Disney - 5 Things to Pack and 5 to Skip

Throughout my life, I have been a notorious over-packer. Whether it is for a week long trip or a quick weekend getaway, our suitcases are always overflowing with things that I just can’t decide if we’ll need or not (usually, we don’t)!

Thankfully, the one place I seem to get it right is Disney. No-one wants to start their vacation to the Most Magical Place on Earth, by lugging overweight suitcases through the airport. Below are my top 5 recommended things to pack that are worth the space, and 5 that you can skip.

5 Things to Pack

1. Reusable Face Masks

When the parks reopen on July 11th, Disney will be requiring all cast members and guests ages 2 and older to wear a face mask. This, along with other new protocols have been implemented to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. We say, if you have to wear a face mask, it might as well be a cute one! Shop Disney has released a variety of masks that come in fun themed 4 packs for $19.99. Ranging from Toy Story and Marvel to classic Disney characters and princess, you’ll have many cute styles to choose from. You can also find some adorable and less expensive options online via Etsy. If you are the creative type, you can learn how to make your own here! We would love to see your custom Disney masks!

2. Refillable Water Bottles

Not only is this an eco-friendly option to stay hydrated, it is a cost effective one too! A bottle of water purchased at one of the many snack carts and quick service restaurants in the park ranges from $2.50 – $3.50 a bottle. Buying water throughout the hot Orlando days can get expensive, at least $12.50 every time a family of 5 gets thirsty. Thankfully, Disney has water fountains all throughout the parks, and all quick service locations provide free cups of ice water. Keeping your refillable water bottle handy will keep you hydrated, and keep those dollars in your wallet!

3. Comfortable Shoes

The entire Walt Disney Resort is a whopping 40 square miles, as big as the city of San Francisco! Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park (Disney’s largest) comes in at over 400 acres alone. Needless to say, you and your family will getting plenty of steps in, and you do not want to have sore feet! My last trip to the Magic Kingdom I raked in almost 20k steps. It is tempting to pick a variety of cute shoes for your trip, but stick to what is comfortable for your time in the parks! 

4. Clothes for a Night Out

While in the parks, we always recommend being as comfortable as possible. It can get very hot, and you are doing a lot of walking, so you can never go wrong with air-wick shirts and shorts. However, there are so many fantastic restaurants on property that have a dress code that you do not want to miss out on! Signature Dining restaurants have a dress code which include khakis, slacks or dress shorts with a collared shirt for men, and capri’s, skirts, dress shorts or dresses for women. Jeans may work if they are clean and in good condition and sport coats are optional.

5. Disposable Poncho

With a trip to Florida, you are bound to get lots of Sunshine, but also lots of rain depending on the time of year that you visit. Florida receives up to 70% of its rainfall in the months of May – June. Thankfully, most Florida rainstorms end as quickly as they started, but if you do not come prepared, you will get wet! Instead of buying a poncho in the park, which you can purchase for around $10 per poncho, it’s smart to bring a pack of disposable ponchos with you which you can purchase for about $1 and throw away when you are done (instead of trying to store a wet poncho in your hotel room!).

5 Things to Skip

1. Large Wagon Strollers

While wagons can be tempting to bring as a way to transport snacks and toddlers alike, they have recently been banned from all Disney Parks. Most single and double strollers are permitted and they are much easier to maneuver through the crowds. Strollers and wagons larger than 31” (79 cm) in width and 52” (132cm) in length are not permitted. 

If you do not wish to pack your own stroller, you can rent one from a third party vendor such as Orlando Stroller Rentals to be delivered to your resort, or rent a stroller in the park each morning.

 

2. Loose Ice and Large Coolers

Just like strollers, Disney has recently put size constraints on coolers as well. Coolers can be no larger than 24x15x18 and cannot be filled with loose ice. Bringing your own snacks and food into the park is allowed, however, you will want to make sure you can keep it in a smaller cooler with ice packs.

For guests who need a larger cooler for things like breast milk or medication, stop by the first aid and baby care stations which are located in each theme park for guidance. 

3. Selfie Sticks

Guests will have to be more creative when it comes to getting the perfect selfie, as selfie sticks are not allowed in the parks.  This is due to the danger they pose to guests trying to use them on high speed rides, and the potential for falls when guests are not paying attention to where they are walking. To get a great group photo, do not hesitate to go to any of the Disney PhotoPass cast members. Cast members can take your picture and link them to your My Disney Experience Account with a quick swipe of your magic band. They are also free to take photos on your personal cameras and phones as well.

4. Shampoo and Body Wash

I have found that the quickest way to put your luggage over the maximum 50 pounds an airline allows is to fill it with bath products! Thankfully, Disney has equipped every resort bathroom with shampoo, conditioner and body wash from their H2O plus hair and body care line. The Sea Salt and Sea Marine (eucalyptus and aloe) scented products have become so popular, that you can purchase the whole extended line online at shopdisney.com

5. First Aid Items

As a mother of a 4 year old boy who might as well be just one scrape and bruise, it is tempting to pack first aid items wherever we go. To my relief, You can get many first aid items over the counter and some times for free at the first aid stations which are located within each park.

24 hour in-room medical care is also available at each Disney Resort all by clicking the “front desk” button on your in room phone.

 Packing for a vacation, especially when you are traveling with children is never an easy task, but hopefully this list will help you pack lighter and more efficiently. Have I missed anything? Let me know in the comments what your must pack or must skip items are!

 

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Hi everyone! My name is Kara and I am so excited to help you plan a magical Disney vacation. My love of Disney started during my very first trip there in March of 1994. Disney quickly became my family’s “happy place”. There was never any question, when it was time for a vacation, we packed our bags and headed to the most magical place on Earth. Nowadays, it is extra special for me to experience the Disney magic again through the eyes of my 4 year old son, Liam, and 2 year old daughter, Jennie. Seeing their eyes light up when Mickey and Minnie pass by and seeing their faces all sticky from Mickey ice cream bars make special memories that only Disney can bring. I can’t wait to help you build those memories together as a family!

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It’s Time to Remember the Magic

It’s Time to Remember the Magic

It's Time to Remember the Magic

“We’re going to Disney World!”, is a phrase synonymous with celebrations and joy. Everyone wants to celebrate life’s wins, joys and celebrations at the happiest place on Earth, Walt Disney World. From Super Bowl wins, to high school graduations and family reunions, people have flocked to experience the magic since the Magic Kingdom opened in October 1971. 

The uncertainty in the air, surrounding the COVID 19 pandemic has led us all into the realities of our “new normal”. We have more of an awareness of our hygiene practices ie: washing our hands for 20 seconds, hand sanitizing, cleaning of surfaces and other precautions. We wear masks in public and have socially and physically distanced ourselves from coworkers, friends, family and shared spaces. 

Even the happiest place on Earth is not immune to this new normal. Long gone are the days of kissing Mickey Mouse on the nose, or crowding close with friendly strangers to view the fireworks. Does this mean your theme park experience will change and be different from what you have grown accustomed to? Absolutely. Does this mean that your time at Disney will be less magical? Absolutely not!

 Here are just some of the reasons why My VIP Tour feels that NOW is still the best time to pack your bags and experience the joy that is Walt Disney World.

Meet Your VIP Guide Before Your Trip

We are so fortunate to have an incredible team of VIP guides. Each VIP guide has an incredible sense of how to make a day in the park even more magical adding special touches here and there with the goal of making sure you end your day having built better memories with your family that will last a lifetime. 

Your VIP guide will schedule a FaceTime call with your family prior to your day in the park. This is the perfect time to get to know them a bit, learn more about what to expect during your day with them, and ask any questions you may have.

Our guides will also go over new park protocol and policies with you. This way everyone knows what to expect and eliminates some “fear of the unknown” Especially for the little ones. We understand that wearing masks, and temperature check points can be scary, and we want to eliminate that fear as much as we possibly can. Mickey Mouse just wants to make sure everyone stays safe & healthy!

Your Kids Will Only be This Age Once

The saying “The days are long, but the years are short” is one that resonates with me deeply now that I have children of my own. I swear my children were born, I blinked and now my son is getting ready to start preschool in the fall, and my two year old daughter is chatting up a storm. I wish I could freeze time and soak up every second of this age. They will never be this little again. 

No matter if your children are little like mine, or have entered their teen or adult years. They are only going to be this age once, the time is now! Today they may love princesses and revel in the magic of the park, tomorrow they may just be “too cool”. 

Yes, the magic is different from what we remember, but watching your children look around in wonder at Cinderella’s Castle, or hearing their screams of excitement on Big Thunder Mountain is magic, with mask or without. Soak this age up while you can.

Spot Characters in Their Element Throughout the Parks

In the timeline of Disney history, designated character meet and greet spots are fairly new. In this scenario, you wait in a line to meet a character, and by the time you have reached your turn, maybe your child is too shy or scared for a picture (I know this one from experience!). For many children, seeing beloved characters up close and personal can often be a little overwhelming. 

We anticipate that while these character experiences are temporarily gone, you will still have the opportunity to see your favorite characters walking through the park, giving your little ones the chance to see their favorite characters without having to get too close. 

Many characters in the parks already do this. Often, you can see the evil stepsisters from Cinderella and Peter Pan walking through Fantasyland, or Storm Troopers and Rey roaming Galaxy’s Edge. Your little ones may not get their autograph, but the atmosphere of magic and wonder still exists!

Form New Memories to Celebrate the End of Your Quarantine 

The majority of us have been in varying states of self-quarantine since the middle of March. My children have maybe been in a car two or three times in the last three months, and believe me, we are all ready for a change of scenery. 

With distance learning, mom and dad working from home, not having the ability to spend significant time with friends or family, most everyone is excited for the ability to go have some fun and build more memories together. What better place to do that than Walt Disney World.

View the Parade & Fireworks from the Comfort of Your Room

While Disney has announced that some of the shows and experiences that we have come to know and love and normally draw large crowds have been placed on hold, that does not mean you can no longer experience them.

Parades and fireworks are always magical, however, pushing your way through a crowd, or waiting hours for a prime viewing spot is not. Thankfully, our team at My VIP Tour are creating kits to help you experience the magic from your very own resort room. With popcorn, snacks and a link to view the parade and fireworks, you’ll get to put on your pj’s, watch the shows, and head to bed for Disney dreams. What a great way to end your day!

Will it be different? Of course. Is being in a mask ideal? No, but if I have to wear a mask, I much rather be wearing my mask in front of Cinderella’s Castle than at my local grocery store. It is truly never a bad time to build better memories in the parks with your loved ones. We are so excited to be a part of your magical Disney experience.

About Me
Hi everyone! My name is Kara and I am so excited to help you plan a magical Disney vacation. My love of Disney started during my very first trip there in March of 1994. Disney quickly became my family’s “happy place”. There was never any question, when it was time for a vacation, we packed our bags and headed to the most magical place on Earth. Nowadays, it is extra special for me to experience the Disney magic again through the eyes of my 4 year old son, Liam, and 2 year old daughter, Jennie. Seeing their eyes light up when Mickey and Minnie pass by and seeing their faces all sticky from Mickey ice cream bars make special memories that only Disney can bring. I can’t wait to help you build those memories together as a family!

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