Want to go to the beach and do not want to travel outside of the U.S.?
Have you ever thought of visiting the gulf coast beaches?
The gulf coast has some beautiful beaches to be explored!
Destin Beach is consistently rated one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
Major beaches along the gulf coast are Destin, Florida; Orange Beach, Alabama; Panama City, Florida; and Pensacola, Florida. They have many more smaller beaches along the coast as well.
Accommodations range from beach houses to condos to hotels. Food options are plentiful along the coast and have some of the best selection of fresh seafood. While at the beach most offer parasailing, jet skiing, offshore fishing, snorkeling, private boat rentals, bike rentals, and much more.
The sugar white sands of the Emerald Coast are calling you!
If you have any questions about the gulf coast or would like a quote on a gulf coast vacation please feel free to contact me directly.
Your travel agent,
Mickey's Dream Vacations
One of the things first time Disney cruisers don’t entirely understand is the rotational dining concept. Rotational dining is Disney’s way of making sure guests get to check out all 3 of their fabulously themed restaurants on each ship. You’ll be assigned a dining rotation and each night will have a specific restaurant to dine in. This is different than all of the other cruise lines where you are assigned to one table in one restaurant or you’re given dining options. It’s kind-of the best of both worlds. And the best part? Your dining staff rotates with you so you’ll have the same server, assistant server and head server each night. You’ll enjoy the beauty and themed menus each gorgeous restaurant has to offer. If you’re on a longer cruise (7-10 nights) the menus will be different each night and it’s fun to see the restaurants again.
Animator’s Palate, in my opinion, is not to be missed (even on the duplicate night) especially for first time cruisers. Depending on what ship you’re on you may have the chance to enjoy some time with everyone’s favorite turtle from down under, Crush, or watch the colors in the dining room transition from black and white to stunning vivid colors in a magical show, or you’ll have the opportunity to draw your own picture which is then added to an animated show played later during dinner.
Of course, you always have the option of ordering room service (free!), or eating at one of the quick service type restaurants on the top deck if you’re tired or you just don’t feel like going to the sit down meal.
Whatever you choose to do I highly recommend that you rotate through the restaurants several of the nights to see what they’re like.
Have you cruised with Disney? What did you think of the rotational dining? What were your favorites? If you’ve yet to experience the magic of a Disney cruise, I’d love to help you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s get your family making memories to last a lifetime with Disney Cruise Line!
Dream Maker ~ Mickey’s Dream Vacations
One of the best parts about Sailing through the Caribbean on a Disney Cruise is Pirate Night!
From the fun Pirate Swag you get on your bed as you return to your room to wear to dinner to the themed dinner and ending the night with Fireworks, it was a favorite memory for all of us.
My boys are especially big fans of Jake and the Neverland Pirates so knowing they'd see Peter Pan and Captain Hook made them very excited! We got through a fun Pirate themed dinner which our waiters were dressed in theme as well. The kids had so much fun dancing through the room, and playing Limbo with other kids. We noticed alot of guests dress up for this. My kids had fun shirts for the night plus their pirate swag.
The Pirate party is on the top deck. You can watch the show on the lower level of the top deck but I usually stay on the very top level to get a good view looking down at the show. A bunch of characters come out during the show. My kids had a blast seeing Mickey and Friends, Peter Pan and Captain Hook. Then the finale of fireworks was a perfect way to end the night. As always it was a fun magical way to spend our night of vacation on the cruise.
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The Kitchen Sink (Beaches & Cream)
LOVE Ice Cream? Love a challenge? Then you must visit Beaches & Cream Soda Shop at the Beach Club!! I have always wanted to try The Kitchen Sink but it has never worked out…until this trip! The stars aligned and we were able to order this beauty!
5 Kinds of Ice Cream….All the toppings in the house and a hole can of whipped cream….A WHOLE CAN OF WHIPPED CREAM???? Yes, a whole can of whipped cream!
The ice creams included are…vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, mint chocolate chip and coffee
Here's the run down on the rest!!
Fudge, butterscotch,peaunut butter toppings plus chocolate syrup
1 Medium Banana
1 cinnamon spice cupcake
1 angel food cupcake
Marshmallow, strawberry and pineapple toppings
Dark and White Chocolate Shavings
Jellied orange slices
Choclate chip and peanut butter chip morsels
Chocolate and Rainbow sprinkles
and Maraschino Cherries! (I think I got them all!)
The delivery of this concoction is fabulous! The lights are lowered and lights begin to flash while this massive dessert is delivered to your table as your server announces what she is delivering! There were at least 7 other tables who ordered this while we were there and it was fun seeing reactions each and every time!
It was delicious and we did finish it! It took a while we were given a task and tackled it like champs! I don't see us ordering it again unless we have a lot more people but it was a lot of fun to get this in during our stay!
Need reservations for Beaches & Cream on your stay? Check in with your Dream Maker! If you haven't booked, I'd love to help you!
How do you interact with your favorite characters? Do you just walk up, give them your autograph book and smile for a picture? That's what most people do…and you are missing out on tons of fun!!
Our first dinner on our June trip was to 1900 Park Fare with Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia and Drizella.
Characters are my favorite and I always try to interact with the characters as much as possible! My son is getting more comfortable with them, so I wanted to get him in on the action. (Good and bad idea!!) We had a shirt made asking Drizella to marry him and he came armed with a Ring Pop to propose and a candy bracelet for Anastasia so she wouldn't be sad that her sister was getting all the attention!
Prince Charming, Cinderella and Lady Tremaine stopped by our table and were great! My husband made a comment about the size of Lady Tremaine's 'caboose' and she was not pleased and stormed off! Anastasia was next and we gave her the candy bracelet….she was OVERLY excited which scared the pixie dust right out of my son! He didn't expect her reaction to be as grand as it was but her reaction to getting the 'jewelry' was great! She teased Drizella (not knowing her lovely sister would be getting a ring and proposal!)
He was still a bit startled when Drizella came by and didn't want to show her his shirt (which was under a button down shirt). There were a few tears but she was great letting him know he planned this proposal perfectly! We did manage to get a great picture of the happy couple!
The photopass photographer was fabulous before and after dinner. Prior to dinner, we took our family picture and then pictures of my son with his shirt open. As soon as we walked out after dinner, the photographer asked my son how it went and if he was getting married. He saw the 'kiss' on his check and figured out she must has said yes so he took more picture of the future groom!
Be sure to make your next character encounter more than just a quick hello!!
Your dream maker can help you with character interaction ideas to make your experience even more special and memorable!!
Want to start planning? Need help finding characters or setting up your perfect character meal?
Let me know, I'm here to help!
We celebrated my daughters 7th birthday while on our 4-night Disney Cruise to the Bahamas. We wanted to make it special for her so prior to the trip I arranged the birthday decoration package to be set up in our room when we arrived to our stateroom! There were decorations and a cute magnet we got to put on the door!
Her actual birthday was our day at Sea so I had some ideas of what we could do for her. Since she didn't want to do the Bippity Boppity Boutique I found other fun things for her. I wanted her to have tons of things to look forward to so when we boarded the boat we went to the port excursions to arrange the character meets. This is to be done for the Frozen Characters and the Disney princesses. We arranged to do the princess meet and greets the morning of her birthday. They printed out a ticket with all the information of where to meet and the time. I also wanted to do a fun breakfast so the night before her birthday I asked our waiter where the table service breakfast was going to be hosted. We opted out of Cabanas breakfast buffet and did the table seating at Lumieres. Kylee got a birthday button that morning at breakfast to wear all day too, just like they do at Disney World. She loves to swim, and the kids club itinerary showed a princess hour in the evening. So we filled our afternoon really quick! It was a gorgeous day!
At dinner they sang Happy Birthday to her with her yummy dessert.
She exclaimed, "Best Birthday Ever!" before going to bed! This will forever be a hard birthday to top!
Mickey's Dream Vacations
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It's never too early for some holiday cheer! Dining packages for 2016 Candlelight Processional are now on sale.
As a part of Holidays Around the World at Epcot, this favorite Walt Disney World Resort holiday tradition presents the story of Christmas in truly spectacular fashion – with a celebrity narrator, a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir.
Celebrity narrators this year include some returning favorites like contemporary Christian music singer Steven Curtis Chapman, actors Whoopi Goldberg and Neil Patrick Harris and newcomers like legendary baseball player Cal Ripken, Jr. Here’s the list of confirmations we have so far:*
The processional is performed three times per night (5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.) during the holiday season at the American Gardens Theatre. These packages, available on select nights, include a delicious meal and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances. Availability is limited.
This year, in addition to lunch and dinner packages, breakfast options are available at some favorite Epcot restaurants like Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and Garden Grill. Breakfast, lunch and dinner options are also available this year at Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, with breakfast and dinner options being offered at Trattoria Al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk.
Candlelight Dining Packages for breakfast start at $27 plus tax per person for adults and $14 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9. Candlelight Dining Packages for lunch and dinner start at $47 plus tax per person for adults and $20 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9.
‘Holidays Around the World’ is an extravaganza of holiday entertainment, merchandise, food, beverages and festivities where guests can celebrate at Epcot throughout the holiday season. Time-honored traditions come alive through the sights and sounds of the countries of World Showcase; and live musical performances enliven the park throughout the day.
Ask your MDV agent about booking your dining package today! Don't have a vacation booked? Email me today to start planning!
*Narrators and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Theme park admission is required. There is no 5 p.m. show on 12/4.