Monday, February 29, 2016

Chip N Dale’s Fall Harvest Breakfast Review at EPCOT Walt Disney World, Garden Grill Restaurant

The Garden Grill is a restaurant located in “The Land’ pavilion in Epcot. It is known as the rotating restaurant with views of the Living with the Land attraction and excellent character experience dining….AND NOW THEY SERVE BREAKFAST!

It’s no secret to my family that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, lol.

The Garden Grill began offering breakfast Nov 8th, 2015 hosted by Chip ‘N Dale
Some things to know before you go…

  • Breakfast reservations starts as early as 8am (yes! You can get in before the park officially opens)
  • This is an All You Can eat Family Style breakfast, foods that will be brought out to you include; Eggs, Mickey Waffles, Bacon, Ham, Tatter Tots, Biscuits and Gravy, Fruit and the deliciously giant Sticky Bun Bake! (look at all that gooey, yumminess up close!)

  • I would recommend telling the host or hostess before you are seated that you would prefer a table on the lower level (better views, you won’t be staring straight at a wall)

  • During this experience we actually had the characters come by our table twice, but that might now always be the norm, it wasn’t busy at all that morning.

  • Try the POG juice, oh so good!
  • There were really great character interactions, we didn’t feel rushed at all, and several characters played and goofed around with my boys.

  • The characters you will meet are Chip, Dale, Pluto, and Mickey

  • Adult cost is $29.99, Child cost was $17.99 (prices could vary depending on time of year)

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Travel Agent Myths Exposed! Great Tips for Smart Vacation Planning!

        Hi, my name is Jenny Young and I’m just one of the agents with Travel Time Travel. In this blog I wanted to take some time and talk about some of the myths out there that surround us travel agents. Things that you might believe, and that are keeping you from using an agent like me and colleagues.  Now, while yes some of these may have a little truth to them, the clarification could have you thinking very differently about using an agent on your next vacation. So let’s discuss 10 common myths that follow us travel agents.

1st: Travel agents are expensive or change extra fees for using them.

     False: I can’t tell you how many people ask me what my fees are for helping them book and planning their vacations. Travel agents are compensated by commission through the companies they work with and should cost you nothing extra in fees. While there may be some agencies out there that change extra for their services, here at Travel Time we do not. In reality having a travel agent can actually save you money on your vacation. By using a travel agent you have someone that is constantly receiving information on deals and special pricing that can save you money and time on your vacation.

2nd:  All travel agents and agencies are the same.

        False: We defiantly are not! Picking an agent to work with is like picking a doctor. They need to be the right fit for you and your family. Different agents and agencies can specialize in many different destinations and may only be able to book those destinations depending on their travel credentials. Finding the right agency and agent will play a key part in the planning of your vacation. Here at Travel Time we have more the 40 agents working together as a team that specialize in a variety of destinations both domestic and international.  What does this mean for you? Well, by working with an agent from Travel Time this means that while you may be in contact with just one agent, that one agent is in contact with 40 others on your behalf. Just think of all the possibilities this opens up for you and your vacation!

3rd: A travel agent will cut me out of the planning process.

       False: This is defiantly not what we want to do. We’re here to take the hassle out of your trip not the enjoyment of planning it. An agent will let you be as involved as you want to be. After all it’s your vacation not ours. Agents have a vast amount of knowledge and training and can often recommend alternatives you might not have thought of. We also know when your payments are due and how much. When you can book extra events, like dining, shows, or excursions. Were like little personal organizers helping you through the entire steps not just before your trip, but even during and after. The choices are still always yours to make.

4th:   No one uses travel agents anymore, they are a waste of time:

        False:  The travel agency industry has increased more than 10 percent in the past few years. reports that travel agents sell 51% of all airline tickets, 87% of all cruises, 81% of all tours and packages, 45% car rentals, and 47% of all hotels. More travelers are choosing to opt out on spend hours on a computer researching destinations and looking for the best prices.  How much time do you spend looking up information? Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone do all that for you?

5th: I could book online myself and get cheaper prices.

       True: Yes you *might* possibly get a better or cheaper price online, but remember you get what you pay for. What is that extra $40 savings really doing for you? Most online companies have extra policies you must adhere by in order to save that extra money. Like no refunds, or changes to your vacation without a fee. Or you can’t pick you airline or even flight time. Is it really worth the savings? Wouldn’t you rather have peace of mind know everything will be ok and taken care? And that no matter the problems that come up, you’ll have someone there to help you understand your options? I know I would feel better. Also know, most travel agents can find the same if not better pricing than you can.

6th: Travel agents show you only trips that pay them a higher commission rate.

        False: If all travel agents did this we would have no clients. The playing field has evened out in the commission areas these days now. Companies are offering the same percentage rates making no one company better than the other in commission areas. The truth is while agents may recommend the same companies often it’s just because they’re use to working with them and have generated a good relationship with them. They know the ins and outs of the area and are able to make a more magical experience for you, but as always the choice is yours on where and who you want to go through.

7th: My vacation is too small for an agent to want to take care of.

        False: Travel agents don’t discriminate on any vacation, no matter how big or small.  We’re here to make even your mini-vacation an awesome experience.

8th: Using a Travel agent isn’t convenient.

       False: Maybe back in the days when you had to rush into an office in between your lunch break to talk to some yes, but now in the days of home based and independent agents no. Now agents are more convenient to work with thanks to new high tech technology, social media, e-mail, and video chat.

9th: A travel agent will pressure me to buy.

       False:  Travel agents business relies on the loyalty of their clients and the referrals they get from them. If you at any time feel uncomfortable or pressured, you are less likely to use us again or tell your friends of our services. Yes many agents are trained in the business art of closing a deal but it is not used to pressure you into anything you’re not sure of.  Things we may stress to you at time of booking are usually time sensitive matters, like special prices that may need to be booked sooner than later to save you money.

10th: A home-based agent is less professional or not a real agent.

         False: An agent that may work from home or a home based office is just as professional as someone who has an agency office you can walk into. Agents that work from home work very hard because they have no office you’re just walking into off the street. They have to be creative in how they present themselves and market their business. They have the same training opportunities as office based agents and the room to grow professionally, with connivance of open business hours that are better to fit your flexible schedule. And I am proud to call myself one of these types of agents.   

  I hope some of the information in this blog today has helped clear up some miss information that any of you may have had about travel agents. The reason all of us do what we do is because we love the art of planning a vacation. And love taking care of our clients and their families. And love putting that giant smile on your faces when you reach your destination. When you have a travel agent from Travel Time you don’t just have an agent working for you, you have a friend. And you’re a part of a great and always growing community.

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You May Need a Travel Agent If...Planning a Vacation? Where Do You Start?

You’ve decided to go on vacation!  A cruise sounds just perfect for your family, you think, so, you can do one of the two following options:

1. Look up what cruise lines service where, because I’d prefer to go out of Florida.  Or maybe Galveston?  Oh gosh, there are like 300 ships in Florida.  Okay, which is better? Carnival?  Royal Caribbean?  Norwegian?  Princess?  Celebrity?  Disney? I’ll check Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Princess, Celebrity, Disney.  Should I call?  Look online?  How do I know I’m getting the best price?  Why does my state of residency matter?  Should I call? I have small kids, what line is best? Do I need a hotel the day before?  I’ll check Expedia, Kayak, Trivago, Oh, gosh, some of those have cruises too. What is better? Should I go through the hotel directly? How do I know it’s a safe hotel?  I’ll check Trip Advisor.  Oh, I can price things there too.  Maybe Hilton?  Hampton Inn? A Disney hotel? Where do I book that? Staybridge? Where has free breakfast?  Any of them have shuttles to the port? Should I call? What is onboard credit?  What is OBC?  What can I use it on?  How much will I get? What type of cabin?  Are insides really dark?  Will it be noisy?  What deck is good?  Why can’t I find one that fits four people?  I guess I’ll call. I heard dining is handled differently on cruises, how does that work?  Should I call?  Is three days enough?  Four?  Seven?  Is Nassau safe?  What should we do about shore excursions?  Is a verandah worth it? What does gratuity cover? Oh, main, late and anytime dining…what should I choose?  What are specialty restaurants? How can I celebrate a special occasion?  Can I decorate my cabin door?  What is muster?  What time will my cabin be ready?  What legal documents do I need for my family? I have a stepchild, should I call? Can I bring my own alcohol? Is there a nursery? Charge for nursery?  Do I need reservations?  Soda? Water?  What do I do about motion sickness?  What is debarkation? I read somewhere luggage pick up is the night before?  How do I get to and from the airport and port?  Should I come in a day early?  What items aren’t allowed onboard?  Should I call? How are the kids clubs?  What times do they run?  What programs do they offer?  How do I sign up for those?  Do they cost?  How much spending money should we plan for?  Do I tip anyone else? What about tour guides?  What do I do with my luggage when we arrive at port?  My Grandma might want to come but is disabled, should I call? How do we link dining to sit with someone else we know?  How do we request that we not be seated with anyone else? What are the adult only areas like?  Is there gambling?  Should I get insurance?  How should I time the flights, can I book one for 10 AM the debarkation morning? And what exactly is debarkation? Do they have accommodations for autism?  Food allergies?  I should call.  How much luggage can we bring?  Is there ice in the cabin?  What are the bathrooms like?  Where do we store our suitcases in the cabin?  What if we don’t want to sit down for a formal meal, what else can we do?  Soda is included, right?  Should I look into loyalty programs?  What do the cruise lines mean by “private island”?   Can I get wake up calls?  I read somewhere there might be a sewage smell in the bathroom?  What difference does it make if the ship is older? Smaller?  Bigger?  What if there is rough waters?  What do we do for breakfast and lunch if dinner is the only planned meal?  Why do we only get to eat in one dining room?  What is rotational dining?  For the flights, should I pay for assigned seating?  Do more open up later?  How much is luggage check?  How much can I bring?  Can we bring golf clubs? I see flights on American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta Airlines, some mixtures that I found on Kayak, I’m not sure what the difference is?  I called, but they aren’t nice.  How far in advance should I buy flights? Should I call the cruise line, when I pick it, and try to get flights that way?  How far in advance should I do online check in? When is final payment due?  Should I book spa treatments in advance?  I found one cruise that is $800 per person and one is $1300 per person, why would anyone choose the more expensive one?  Can we use cash onboard?  Why do I have to put a credit card in?


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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney World, how to make the MOST out of this wonderful experience!

Hello! My name is Rachel and I am one of the travel agents with Travel Time withMickey!

          My daughter recently turned 3 years old (in November) so you know what that means?? She is FINALLY (in her words) old enough to visit the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (we had previously only been to the Harmony Barber Shop but more about that in another blog).

          December 2015 was a BIG deal Disney trip for my Daughter, Maddy. This was her birthday present, her first time at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party AND her first trip for a Princess Makeover!

          First thing is first; if you are even considering taking your little one for a makeover, you or your travel agent should book your appointment 180 days out! No ifs, no buts, no coconuts! These spots fill up VERY fast. We chose the location in Cinderella’s Castle over Disney Springs (the prices are the same at both locations). We had an appointment time for 5:00 (before the Christmas Party started). Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time before your next Fast Pass, dinner reservation, etc. They are always running behind! Don’t get frustrated; just know that they are giving each child the Disney Magic they deserve!  The Fairy Godmothers in Training do not rush any child out of their chair! Each child is done when they are perfectly dressed for the ball (total time is about 30-45 minutes once in the chair).

          Packages start at $60 and go up from there. We chose the $60 package which was hair (including tiara and clip), makeup, and nails (with glitter polish to take home) and a gift bag and sash (also on a side note, Maddys hair lasted in the princess updo for all 4 days of our trip). We brought our own Belle dress to add to the Magic. The prices go up as you add a T-Shirt, a Princess Dress, etc.

Photopass Photographers are on site to help you capture all of the magic as well! They do not link to your magic band at this time. You will get a physical card to add to your photopass account or to your Memory Maker. The photographers captured about 50 images for us while Maddy was getting her makeover (and yes as you can see she is VERY serious about getting to be a princess).

          One more tip to make the most of your Princess experience…. Around the corner from the boutique (in the dress shop) is a little known room. Take advantage of this (we didn’t make it and I wish we had)! They will take professional pictures of your child after their makeover and add them to your BBB Photopass card OR your magic band! This is a FREE experience so use it!

          I hope this helped to answer some of your questions regarding princess makeovers in the WDW parks/Disney Springs areas. Please reach out with any additional questions we can help answer! We look forward to seeing how your littles turned out!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Walt Disney World with Babies and Toddlers, tips to make your trip Magical!

Hello! My name is Tessa and I'm one of the agents with Travel Time with Mickey.

This past September I took a trip back to Walt Disney World, but this time with my young family! My husband and I took our daughters aged 3 and 1. I planned and planned and worried about touring the parks with little children. Guess what. They were SO well behaved! The entire time! The Disney magic enthralled them both.

No meltdowns. Not one. Well, from them, I had one minor meltdown. ;)
I worried about them being over stimulated - but there were plenty of opportunities to rest when we needed it.

I worried about them being bored in line - they were so well behaved and loved making friends with kids standing in line around us.

I worried about them being over tired and cranky, so I planned mid day breaks back at the hotel room - but they didn't need it! They napped in the stroller and we were able to tour the parks from open to close every single day! As long as everyone was happy we decided we didn't want to lose that time in the parks and just played all day long.

I hope some of our experiences from our trip can help ease your worries and help you plan the perfect vacation for your family. Every child is different, so please take all of my tips with a grain of salt, whatever works for you and keeps everyone HAPPY is what you should do! The most important thing to remember is that what matters is having fun, not what you planned, but whatever is making everyone happy in the moment. Kids love to do the unexpected, so stay lugubrious. :)

Magic Kingdom park highlights:

  • Be Our Guest Restaurant; at breakfast or lunch - Get the magical atmosphere of this table service restaurant with the more casual and fast dining of a quick service. Note: you DO need a reservation for this location even during quick service times.

  • Casey Jr. Splash n Soak - Bring a swimsuit in your day pack, we spent a long time here. I actually rolled our whole stroller into the center and just stood under the spray. :)

  • Enchanted Tales with Belle - Kid's get to help Belle act out her story, anyone who wants a part gets one, including a picture with Belle and autograph at the end.

  • It's a Small World - What can I say, kids love songs on repeat and cute little dolls. ;)

  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - Don't worry if this one has a long line. The queue is so entertaining we had to hang back and play even when the line was moving.

  • Meet Mickey Mouse in Town Square Theater - He talks! Oh my goodness, I was as excited as my 3 year old!

  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant - This area is the best for beating the midday heat. With an indoor play area (and charging station for electronics!) kid's can have a blast here for a good chunk of time and you can enjoy the air conditioning.
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority - A wonderfully long ride that takes you cruising through Tomorrowland. Perfect for kids who need a quiet place to zone out for a little break and usually has a short and fast moving line.
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin - We spent a lot of time on this attraction, again with usually short or non existent lines. Little ones enjoy the breeze, getting to control a magic carpet, and the spitting camels.
  • Move it! Shake it! Dance & Play it! street party - We had the best time EVER dancing to this fun party! Right on Main Street USA

Other tips: If you possibly can, force yourselves up and out early enough to catch the Magic Kingdom welcome show half an hour before the Magic Kingdom opens. It really starts off your trip with a pop of magic!

If your child hasn't had their first haircut yet, appointments can be made at Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street, it's a great value, comes with pixie dust in your hair, a keepsake lock of hair, certificate and pair of Mickey ears with "1st Haircut" embroidered on the back.


  • TriceraTop Spin - Oh, did my preschooler fall in love with this ride. Short lines and a great view.
  • Finding Nemo the Musical - A great place for little ones to unwind and nap, while the preschool aged kids can enjoy this broadway quality musical. 

  • Festival of the Lion King - No one can nap during this show! It will blow you all away and have you singing and dancing in your seat!
  • The Boneyard - Slides and climbing structures with a dig site are a great way for little ones to blow off some steam. You can play here and take turns going on some of the thrill rides


  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-a-long Celebration - I'll admit, I got Frozen Fever during this show and was singing along at the top of my lungs and feeling all the Disney magic.
  • Disney Junior & Characters - This is the place to be if you're a preschooler! Sing and dance along with Disney Junior favorites and meet Jake, Sofia or Doc McStuffins in the animation courtyard.
  • Toy Story Mania - One of the most beloved attractions in all of Walt Disney World. Interactive and immersive video game fun for all ages!
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid - A beautifully fast and entertaining trip through the story of the Little Mermaid.

Other tips: If your kids love Disney Junior, Hollywood & Vine at breakfast or lunch will feature Sofia, Jake and Doc. For dinner it is Minnie and Friends!

Epcot park highlights:

  • Characters around the world showcase - Alice, Mary Poppins and Winnie the Pooh characters are in the UK, Aladdin & Jasmine in Morocco, Belle & Aurora in France, Mulan in China, Donald in Mexico and Mickey & Friends in Future World.
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment and ImageWorks interactive play area - a wonderful air conditioned ride and play area.
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends; and Turtle Talk with Crush - Fun underwater exploration guides you through the movie, an interactive talk with Crush the sea turtle and walk around some of the largest aquariums you've ever seen!

Other tips: While many think there isn't a whole lot for young kids to do in Epcot, you can spend the morning in Future World, afternoon around the World Showcase and then hop back over to the Magic Kingdom for some evening fun. You could even make your little ones "passports" to carry in the countries in World Showcase. Cast Members will write their names and something in their native language, and stamp them. You can alter them to make them age appropriate!

General Tips:

- Get the memory maker! We got SO many priceless family photo, we didn't have to lug around a camera and best of all I could be present and watch my daughter's face light up while she met her favorite characters. Tell your photographer you love Disney magic and some might just appear in your photos.

- Make use of early mornings, kids are at their happiest and crowds are at their lightest. We always got tons of characters done early in the day, then used our fastpasses in the afternoon when the park is at it's busiest.

- Don't go without both a stroller AND a baby carrier (best brand to buy is Tula, you can resell it after your trip for almost the same price you bought it for.) The stroller was wonderful for naptime and at night when everyone is feeling more tired, but there are many places where you can not bring your stroller. Many times our 1 year old needed to be held or wanted to nap and we had to leave the stroller to continue touring. Getting her comfy in a carrier meant that we didn't have to stop our day and she remained happy and rested.

- Stick to quick service meals, or character meals when you have little ones. Mealtime with young kids can be stressful, utilize the character meals with buffets so you don't have to wait for your food and kids can be entertained by characters walking around as well as the many delicious quick service locations, to keep things fast. Quick service at Disney doesn't just mean burgers, they have everything from ribs, steak, asian rice bowls, burritos and much much more.

- Disney transportation is convenient in that you don't need car seats or have to think about driving and directions while on vacation. How much convenience you have available depends largely on your choice of Disney resort. After waiting in lines for buses and carting around all of our stuff, I suggest taking a rental car if you've got multiple young children. The ease of getting into your car and driving directly to where you need to go would be SO SO worth it. Not to mention having a quiet spot of your own where kids can regroup and you can keep a stash of extra diapers and changes of clothes.

- Definitely plan to spend the majority of your time in Magic Kingdom, we spent 2 full days and a Halloween party evening there and left wanting so much more, guess it's time to start planning our next visit!

My last piece of advice is to not wait! Take your kids at any age and they will have a magical time! I was truly shocked at how much my (almost) 1 year old enjoyed the attractions, characters and atmosphere. And my 3 year old was as excited as anything to do it all. :)

By Tessa

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