Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2018 Dining Plan Decoded


Every year I try to do an updated article on the Disney Dining Plan!    I personally think the Dining plan is a great way for families to save money on their trip and add convenience!    There are some tricks to making it save you the most money, which is why we always recommend using a Travel Agent with a lot of Disney knowledge!  (We personally run Ohana Adventures Travel and would love to help every single one of you!   FREE of charge!)

This year, Disney did not make any major changes to their Dining Plan, however, there are some new added perks!!!!   Today, there is a lot of buzz because Disney has announced that in 2018, guests 21 and up can use the dining plan on alcoholic beverages!!!  Here is their official word on this:

Guests under 21 can choose (1) non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered). Guests over 21 can choose either one (1) single serving non-alcoholic beverage (including specialty beverages where offered) or one (1) single serving mixed cocktail, beer, or wine (where offered) within their meal entitlement.
A single serving non-alcoholic beverage includes items such as:
  • Artisanal Milkshakes
  • Fresh Smoothies
  • Premium Hot chocolates
  • Soda, Coffee, or Tea
A single serving alcoholic beverage includes items such as:
  • Beer or Cider
  • Wine or Sangria
  • Mixed Drinks and Specialty Cocktails
Most beer, wine and mixed drink beverages included, some exceptions apply.
Guests must be age 21 and over and present valid ID to be served one (1) alcoholic beverage.
Alcoholic beverages may only be redeemed with a quick-service or table-service meal entitlement.

A lot of people are VERY excited about this!    This pretty much means anyone under 21 can get specialty drinks where offered and guests 21 and up can get select alcoholic beverages where offered!

I am excited to see if they make any changes to any of their menus to accommodate this!


HOW THE DINING PLAN WORKS:
For each night, each guest is assigned a certain allotment of meal/snack vouchers.   These credits are kept on your magic band that you swipe to pay with.  It is a pretty cool technology!   Your receipt will show you how many credits left per package (not per person).   The Dining Plan is for all guests ages 3 and up. 

Different Dining Plans have different combinations of the following:

REFILLABLE DRINK MUG:  You get 1 mug per guest ages 3 and over.  For each night you stay, you get a day worth of unlimited refills at any of the resorts!  You can resort hop all day and get refills at any of them!  The mugs are new every year and can be kept as a souvenir mug which is an extra perk!  Some guests will take them to the parks and leave to the closest resort.  I personally think its best to just leave those in your room when your visiting the parks.  They can be a pain to have to take everywhere, especially if you are in a large group.

SNACK:  Each Dining Plan now allows every person ages 3 and up to receive 2 snacks per night of your stay.  Wherever you see the Disney Dining Plan Snack Icon (shown below), that shows you that that particular item counts as one snack from your plan!   There is a giant list of items!!!    Ice Cream, Pretzels, Popcorn, Funnel Cakes, Dole Whip, Fruit, Granola Bars, Water Bottle, Coffee, and SO MUCH MORE!


QUICK SERVICE MEAL:  These meal credits are good at restaurants known as Quick Service.   Pretty much these are the restaurants where you order at the counter and seat yourself.   All the resorts have one that is similar to a food court, and the parks have a ton of options as well!  This credit typically includes:  1 entree and 1 non-alcoholic beverage (dessert is now no longer included). 

TABLE SERVICE MEAL:  These meal credits are good at restaurants known as Table Service.  These would be the ones where you are seated and you have a waiter/waitress.  The coolest thing about these is they can be used at Character Dining locations!  That is where you will get the most bang for your buck!  And it also helps to cut back the need to stand in long lines at meet and greets!  Win win all around!  Certain Character Dining locations will take two of your table service credits (For Example, Fairytale Dining at Cinderella's Royal Table takes two Table Service Credits).  All of the Signature Restaurants, Dinner Shows, and In Room Service Dining will also take two table service credits.  This credit typically includes:  1 entree, 1 dessert, and 1 non-alcoholic beverage (dessert not included at breakfast) OR one full buffet or family style meal..
NOTE:   Remember, you are still responsible for gratuity!  If you have a party of 6 or more, you will automatically be charged 18%. However, there are a few places where the gratuity is included.




OK, so now that we have that terminology out of the way, lets start exploring the different dining plans that Walt Disney World has to offer!


QUICK SERVICE DINING PLAN
This is one of the newest dining plans that Disney launched this year!  If you are working with a tight budget, this is the smallest of the Dining Plans and the one with the least frills. This plan includes the following for each guest (ages 3 and up) per night: Rapid Refill Resort mug, 2 snacks, and 2 Quick Service meals.


DINING PLAN
This plan is the most commonly used plan and one of the best deals in my personal opinion!  It includes the following for each guest (ages 3 and up) per night:  Rapid Refill Resort mug, 2 snacks, 1 Quick Service Meal, and 1 Table Service meal.

DELUXE DINING PLAN
This plan is one I recommend for guests who want to eat all three meals on property or for guests who want to visit more of the higher end restaurants or dinner shows.  This plan includes the following for each guest (ages 3 and up) per night:  Rapid Refill Resort mug, 2 snacks, and 3 meals that can be used at either Quick Service or Table Service locations.




If you need help booking your own magical Disney Vacation, please visit 


and send them a message for a no obligation quote to get started!!   All their services are FREE to you!  Their services include:
  • Finding the best rate possible, they will even notify you if a better deal comes up before your trip
  • Booking all of your dining reservations
  • Booking all of your fast passes
  • Itinerary planning, including helping you plan your visit around the lowest crowds for your dates
  • Special Events and experiences
  • Customizing which resort is best for you and your family
  • and so much more!  It is like having your own personal fairy godmother in real life!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Disney and LulaRoe just announced their new line!


OK, so late last night, I got some news that made me so excited I literally could have cried!!!    Anyone who knows me, that next to my faith and family, the things I love next are Disney, LulaRoe, and my makeup (yes in that order LOL).    I could literally live in LulaRoe.  Furthermore, a majority of the LulaRoe items I own, are because they remind me of Disney if I'm honest.

If you do not know what LulaRoe is yet, it is a clothing company that has the most comfortable clothes you will ever find!   I am not even kidding, it is like living in pajamas!   You can only get these items by attending an in home pop up party or an online party (OK, so people also sell them on Ebay, Poshmark, etc, but consultants are not allowed to do so).    They make clothes for women, kids, and even men!

The leggings are what they are most popular for, but they also makes skirts, shirts, dresses, and more!  But here is the catch, each print released, is only released in certain numbers.   So every item you have, essentially, is a limited release item!

Among the Disney community, LulaRoe has become more and more popular because so many of their prints have the essence of Disney in them!   I have LulaRoe rose leggings that literally have little grey hidden Mickey mouse shapes in them!   There are Disney roses, the castles, leggings that look like they have Simba's face all over them and so so much more!!!


Evidently, Disney and LulaRoe have been working on this collaboration for over a year!  They had a big event at Disneyland California last night (5/18/17) and announced the big news!   This Tuesday (5/23/17) the consultants will be getting more information, so STAY TUNED!!!!!

As of now, THE RUMOR (that's all it is at this point) is that consultants will only be allowed to sell the Disney items at in home pop ups!  If that is true, it will make it much more difficult to get a hold of your favorite item and it will honestly also mean people selling them for higher prices on ebay. The retail price for leggings is $25, currently at the time of this being published, one of the pairs given out last night is going for over $15,000 with active bidding!!!   (I remind you, consultants are NOT allowed to sell items on ebay or they can lose their business.)   It is said that this is a condition Disney has insisted on keeping in there and they will be very strict with their consultants on this.

If you are looking for a consultant, I recommend Beth McQ!  You have to be careful because not all consultants do as they should, but I know Beth personally and have ordered a TON of LulaRoe from her!   She is honest and a hard worker!   You can join her Facebook VIP by clicking this link:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/LuLaRoewithBethMcQ/  


Because this search is going to be crazy, I am also starting our very own Pixie Dust Required LulaRoe group!    NOBODY will be allowed to sell items for over retail value and there will be rules.    We will welcome consultants and consumers to join who agree to follow those rules!   You can join that group by clicking this link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1551426291537236/?source=create_flow

Now for the fun part, let's look at some of the prints they have released!  Grab your wallets ladies!!!  Because if you are anything like me, you will want them ALL!!!!


































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and send them a message for a no obligation quote to get started!!   All their services are FREE to you!  Their services include:
  • Finding the best rate possible, they will even notify you if a better deal comes up before your trip
  • Booking all of your dining reservations
  • Booking all of your fast passes
  • Itinerary planning, including helping you plan your visit around the lowest crowds for your dates
  • Special Events and experiences
  • Customizing which resort is best for you and your family
  • and so much more!  It is like having your own personal fairy godmother in real life!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Danielle Nicole Disney Handbags


I just discovered a new to me designer that I am absolutely in love with!  On Instagram, I had started noticing a lot of pictures of the most adorable Disney handbags I had ever seen with #dnhandbags attached to them!   When I looked into what this hashtag was, I expected to find maybe another awesome small business, instead I stumbled into an amazing world!  Danielle Nicole handbags makes some absolutely stunning pieces of artwork that you can carry your stuff in!   Im for real!  With each new picture, I literally squealed in delight and amazement!!!  


Is this Beast Beast Backpack not just absolutely perfect?   Look at all the character in that face!!!


Not only does she have several crossbodies that feature many of our favorite dwarves (and other Snow White creatures!) but check out this adorable one with ALL SEVEN of them!   I think I would cry if I got this as a gift!

I know we have many Little Mermaid fans who are gonna lose their flippers when they see this adorable Flounder Crossbody!   IT IS SO SHINY TOO!!!!!


OK, with me also being a Travel Agent, a Younique Presenter, and an absolute Cinderella Fan; I am pretty certain I NEED this Cinderella Cosmetic Case!!!!

The zipper placement on this Sebastian Pouch is hilarious!!!!!

Look at the style of this over the moon adorable Mrs. Potts & Chip Crossbody!!


I love the artistic side and the size of this Sleeping Beauty tote!   


Guess what???  She even makes handbags for your evil side too!   These would be perfect to carry at Halloween or honestly, when your just not "in the mood" LOL.
SNOW WHITE IS ON THE OTHER SIDE!!!!






With her prices ranging from $8 for stickers to $88 for the tote, her prices for designer Disney art and fashion seem extremely reasonable to me!!   Many of her styles do run on the smaller size so you can not expect to carry a whole lot, but does that matter when they look this cute????   

Be sure to visit her website, www.danielle-nicole.com to see all of her designs and purchase one!    She truly has something for every Disney fan!  But order quick, some of her designs sell out!!!!

Keep scrolling and reading to see more of my favorites!



Returning June 2017, Presale starts MAY 15!!!!



Click on the link, you have GOT to go check out the back!!!



She has two different styles on her site!







WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE?
I would love to hear your answer in the comments below!






If you need help booking your own magical Disney Vacation, please visit 


and send them a message for a no obligation quote to get started!!   All their services are FREE to you!  Their services include:
  • Finding the best rate possible, they will even notify you if a better deal comes up before your trip
  • Booking all of your dining reservations
  • Booking all of your fast passes
  • Itinerary planning, including helping you plan your visit around the lowest crowds for your dates
  • Special Events and experiences
  • Customizing which resort is best for you and your family
  • and so much more!  It is like having your own personal fairy godmother in real life!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mickey Mouse Flats by Melissa Shoes!


OK, so if you are a Disney fan like myself, I am sure you have been tagged on social media many times with those Mickey Mouse themed heels, right?!?!?   Well, guess what?   On a recent trip to Disney Springs, I discovered something even better!!!!

When Disney Springs opened, I heard there was a store opening by a designer called, Melissa Shoes, who is a new to me designer that has trendy jelly style shoes!    YES!  I said Jelly shoes!!!!   OK, so I get not everybody like me is a fan of this 80s child trend, but regardless, you have to check them out!   These shoes are not the uncomfortable stinky ones many of us remember LOL.   Her shoes are AMAZINGLY comfortable!!!  Little clouds for your feet I swear!   Not only that, but even better, she makes DISNEY THEMED SHOES!!!!!!  

At first, you could only get these shoes exclusively at Disney Springs.  But guess what?!?!   She recently released them on her website too!   Click HERE to see them not only in black, but in a white shade as well! (Disney Springs also had them in a beige type color)   At $90 a pair, although somewhat high, I believe reasonable for a designer pair of ultra comfortable Disney flats!   You could easily wear these dressy or casual!   Perfect for park visits too!



And if you have kids (or can wear kid sizes like myself) you have to check out their other designs for kids as well!   They do make the flats as seen above in kids sizes, but I believe you can only get them in the Disney Springs store as well as other designs I saw there that don't appear to be on the website! The website does have a similar pair with straps though if you can not make it to Disney Springs!



If these are something you want (HINT HINT!  Its on my Mothers Day and Birthday wish list and will soon be on an updated version of my Disney Bucket List), you may want to order them quick!   They tend to sell out, especially in the black ones both in the store and on the website at times!!   As adorable AND comfortable as these shoes are, I can totally see why!





If you need help booking your own magical Disney Vacation, please visit 


and send them a message for a no obligation quote to get started!!   All their services are FREE to you!  Their services include:
  • Finding the best rate possible, they will even notify you if a better deal comes up before your trip
  • Booking all of your dining reservations
  • Booking all of your fast passes
  • Itinerary planning, including helping you plan your visit around the lowest crowds for your dates
  • Special Events and experiences
  • Customizing which resort is best for you and your family
  • and so much more!  It is like having your own personal fairy godmother in real life!





Friday, April 28, 2017

The Power of a Button

Ears by ArtGirlCathy


Many people know about the Celebration Buttons you can receive at Walt Disney World!  They currently have four buttons you can choose from that can be found at any of the guest service locations:

Wearing these buttons on a special occasion can add some extra magic to your vacation experience at Walt Disney World!  You will have not only cast members, but other guests constantly congratulating you and wishing you well everywhere you go!    You can't help but smile when your just walking along enjoying your trip and somebody comes up to you to wish you congratulations or a happy birthday!  Honestly, when the fellow guests do it, it makes me smile even more!

But did you know many times, you will also encounter extra magic when wearing one of these buttons?   It is not a guarantee, and you should not get one expecting it, that would just take away the magic honestly, but it happens!!!   The more special the occasion, the more magic you tend to notice!

When we went to Walt Disney World on our honeymoon, we had special Just Married buttons special ordered.  There are a ton out there, you can find links on Instagram and several stores on Etsy.  I personally wanted to make sure I went with one that stayed true to the design of the park Celebration buttons but more customized.   We got compliments on them from so many cast members!  (Side note, if you are going to custom order yours, I recommend going with a color that is NOT similar to the ones the park hands out, several cast members wished us a Happy Birthday when they saw the color blue on a celebration button, which always made us laugh.  They are so accustomed to wishing a certain celebration according to the color they see.)   

Because our buttons said Just Married, we got a lot of extra magic.  Every single character we met with paid extra attention to us and we got some amazing extra photo opportunities with the photographers!   At just about every restaurant we went to, we got offered either a free extra dessert or drink!  Sometimes we got free snacks!   I was even given a Popcorn Bucket!!!    (Yes, the Cinderella one I had been wanting for SO LONG!  Yes, I almost cried LOL).   It made the entire trip just feel extra magical!  I truly think I will order a special button for every trip!

Narcoossee's made our desserts extra special and even gave us an extra dessert to take home!

Le Cellier made our desserts extra special

 I got a free popcorn bucket in the Magic Kingdom

Jeremy got a toy sword and I got a Magic Want at Cinderella's Royal Table

When we went to Gaston's Tavern, we were told that Mickey wanted to congratulate us and that he had taken care of our entire tab!

We got an extra plate of the Grey Stuff at Be Our Guest

We got a free special dessert plate at our Boma breakfast

A free special dessert plate at Tiffins

They made our desserts special at Sanaa



NOTE:  Disney Cruise Line also has their own special buttons, which can be fun, but do not tend to be as magical as they are in the Disney Parks.






If you need help booking your own magical Disney Vacation, please visit 


and send them a message for a no obligation quote to get started!!   All their services are FREE to you!  Their services include:
  • Finding the best rate possible, they will even notify you if a better deal comes up before your trip
  • Booking all of your dining reservations
  • Booking all of your fast passes
  • Itinerary planning, including helping you plan your visit around the lowest crowds for your dates
  • Special Events and experiences
  • Customizing which resort is best for you and your family
  • and so much more!  It is like having your own personal fairy godmother in real life!