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5 Best Packages on Disney World Vacation

Posted in Disney World Vacations on May 1st, 2007

For vacationers, a trip to Disney World is always enticing, but now more than ever, people are clamoring for Disney’s vacation packages. Compared to past rates, which were criticized for actually being higher than the cost of buying components of a package individually, today’s vacation deals are not only convenient – but economical too.

There are several different vacation packages to choose from for 2006. The 2006 Magic Your Way Vacation Package is the most affordable and it includes accommodations at the Disney Resort, the Magic Your Way Base Ticket (which grants entrance to one theme park per day and can be upgradeable to a “park hopper” ticket as well), and a Magic Plus option or with an extra cost, a No Expiration option.

Likewise, if you (or your travel agent) books a package online, a Disney Photopass will accompany it, and is essentially a voucher for a 5” x 7” photo of you and your fellow vacationers, snapped by a professional photographer. Other goodies that you can qualify for online include a meal voucher for Planet Hollywood Dining and Merchandize. The voucher can be exchanged for an entrée and non-alcoholic beverage from a select menu.

Another vacation deal is the 2006 Magic Your Way Package Plus Dining and it includes accommodations to Disney owned and operated hotels and the opportunity to experience several unique dining locations across the Walt Disney World Resort. Every day, at participating Walt Disney World restaurants, you can receive one table service meal with an appetizer, entrée, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverage, one counter service meal with entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage, and one snack (ice cream, popcorn, medium soft drinks, etc).

Disney’s Magic Your Way Premium Package is a fancier, deluxe package and includes just about everything: hotel accommodations, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and unlimited access to golf, miniature golf, water sports and other recreations. Also, purchasers of this package are admitted to Cirque du Soleil’s exciting La Nouba, and various park tours and the like. As well, children from four to twelve years old can participate in selected resorts at the Disney Children Activity Center.

The grandest package of all is Disney’s Magic Your Way Platinum Package. In addition to the benefits of the premium package (like hotel stay, breakfast, lunch, dinner, recreation, and a ticket to Cirque du Soleil), you will also receive a spa treatment, extra recreational opportunities – including private golf lessons, a reserved seat to the exciting fireworks show Fantasmic!, unlimited childcare in the Child Activity Centers, a ride on the Fireworks Cruise, itinerary planning services, in-room child care, the Platinum Plan keepsake, and turndown service.

For groups of eight or more, there is a special package called Grand Gatherings. There are extraordinary benefits offered here that small groups simply can’t take part in – special events can be booked, like the International Dinner and Illuminations Desert Reception, Safari Celebration Dinner, Good Morning Gathering, and Magical Fireworks Voyage.

Nevertheless, an important thing to know is that standard full-price Disney vacation packages presented by tour operators are convenient, but there are no “bargain” prices. More often, Disney World packages are to be purchased through Walt Disney Travel Company or the WDTC.

Top 5 Best Motor Home Rentals

Posted in Motor Home Rentals on April 30th, 2007

Freedom… adventure… the thrill of the open road… they’re all part of what makes a vacation such a joy. What better way to spend with your family than cruising down the road in style via a spacious motor home? Before you rush out to make reservations, keep a few things in mind.

• Deposits are non refundable. Most dealers charge anywhere from 10 to 100% of the rental price depending on when the booking was cancelled. Read the terms and the conditions of your RV rental contract including the cancellation policy before you sign a rental contract and pay your deposit. The reservation is non-refundable because the dealer can’t rent the vehicle to anyone else while it is on hold for you, and the dealer may not be able find another renter in due time especially if reservations are cancelled with little or no notice at all.

• Purchase Optional Insurance packages. Extra insurance tends to reduce your security deposit and provides the necessary protection in case of unforeseen events that would occur.

• Your rented RV is your sole responsibility. It is usually the renter’s obligation to ensure that the engine fluids are at the correct levels. And if ever the RV breaks down during the trip, you can be charged for mechanical damages due to negligence.

• Never forget to disclose all additional drivers. If you are not the only one who is going to drive the RV, make sure to tell your dealer or you will be held responsible for any damages caused by unauthorized drivers. Your best option is not to let anyone else drive the vehicle.

• Renting from a supplier will not provide you with a much cheaper option. Most people mistakenly assume that if they rent directly from a supplier company rather than from a booking agent they will be able to get a lower rental rate. However, this is not always true since rental agents usually cost the same or less in an attempt to have competitive rates.

What makes motor homes ideal for travel?

RV is an acronym for recreational vehicle. The synonyms for RV are motor home, camper, and trailer. RVs offer a comfortable method of road travel and transportation since they usually contain all the basic home amenities like kitchens, bedroom, showers, bathrooms, and entertainment centers. RVs are usually parked in specially designated and equipped campgrounds called RV parks where utility hookups are provided. The greatest thing about RVs is that you get to travel without having to worry about your lodging.

What are the top 5 motor home rentals?

The most popularly rented RVs are motorized and can be driven from campsite to campsite. These are your Class A motor homes, Class B camper vans, class C motor homes, and towable RVs which are designed to be simply towed behind a car or truck and typically open up to create a tent at the campground.

Class A motor homes are the most desirable, luxurious, and expensive. Most of these are rented by upper class people with higher budgets. The class C RVs are also similar to Class A in terms of being expensive and being luxurious. They both have large capacities and always have the necessary amenities of convenient and comfortable living.

Class B motor homes are like vans and usually are just for sleeping. They don’t boast any of the extravagances found in Class A and C. The towable RVs are also called folding camping trailers, travel trailers, and fifth-wheel travel trailers. When using them for typical family events, motor homes are usually the rentals of choice.

How to book a Disney World Vacation cheaply

Posted in Travel & Holidays on November 1st, 2006

As charming as a vacation to Disney World is, not everyone has the means or money to experience one. Most people who plan for a Disney World Vacation must save up every last penny – but did you know there is an affordable way to realize your dream Walt Disney World vacation? Maybe Cinderella was right when she sang: “the dream that you wish will come true.”

Various travel agencies offer affordable vacation packages that are worthy of your attention. Some packages include hotel accommodations, meals, and round-trip plane tickets. Once they book you and your family’s vacation, you’re that much closer to experiencing some magic moments, via Disney.

Contrary to public opinion, not everything at Disney World costs money. Disney’s Boardwalk, for example, is built around a lake and is beautifully themed to represent 1940’s Coney Island – and it is totally free to walk around and enjoy with your family. Also, jugglers, comedians, fire-eaters, jazz ensembles, and other entertaining street performers make appearances on the boardwalk. And if you don’t mind spending a little money, plenty of vendors along the way sell inexpensive treats.

For a cost, but a small one, why not take a trip over to the Disney Carnival? Kids can play cheap games and watch all the sites. For a more relaxing night out with the family, you can just sit and watch the friendship boats come and go. For a livelier night, though, the Jellyroll’s offer evening sing-alongs of your favorite pop tunes. The Atlantic Dance hall, too, sports live bands and there is no cover charge.

In Downtown Disney, there is a vibrant shopping and restaurant scene. Whether you’re out to spend money or just browse, it’s an exciting place for you and your family to go. Some of the best free entertainment at Disney World is here as well – including the interactive fountains (watch out, you might get wet!), and the Lego imagination center (thousands of Lego blocks and already built sculptures are there for your amusement). As well, free magic demonstrations at the Magic Master’s Shop are always a thrill; you can learn how to do tricks!

After a tour of the resort, you’ll certainly be ready to eat. Wolfgang Puck Express, Planet Hollywood, and House of Blues all offer inexpensive dining and a sundae and shake at the Ghiradelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop is a nice way to end the evening.

A Disney World vacation doesn’t have to be expensive – simply know what packages interest you and where to find the free and cheap entertainment and food. Just remember, “when you wish upon a star, your dreams will come true.”

Choosing the Right Bahamas Vacation Package for your Family

Posted in Travel & Holidays on September 16th, 2006

The Bahamas are a group of islands located west of Florida. It is for most people a perfect place, especially for newlyweds on their honeymoon, for those who just want to have a relaxing vacation, and for a fun filled and exciting family vacation. The Bahamas are famous for its beautiful beaches and exhilarating activities that suit diverse types of experience. People who often visit the Bahamas have their own favorite places that they visit again and again.

They feel like the Bahamas is their home away from home. With seven hundred islands and cays, countless activities, and millions of web pages referring to The Bahamas, it can be confusing to plan a vacation, especially for the first time visitor because there are so many places to see and so many activities to do and experience.

For a family vacation in The Bahamas, the first step is to plan ahead the places that you want to visit and the activities that you will do as a family. To ensure that your family really enjoys your planned family vacation it would be best to ask them what type of vacation they want to experience.

The Bahamas is a place that is full of exciting activities and fun things to do for people of all ages; it offers a wide range of vacation experiences. Here are some activities that you can experience in the Bahamas: boating, casinos and gambling, cruises, diving resources, golf courses, night life and entertainment, sailing and boat charters, best buy shopping and water sports.

For a fun-filled family vacation experience there’s dolphin encounters where your family can experience swimming with wild dolphins. These are guaranteed to give you endless joy. Then there’s Abaco National Park, Family Island Regatta, Harbour Island, Sport Fishing, Swimming with Sharks and so much more.

Once you have decided on what you and your family are interested in, you might want to make sure which island best offers those activities. There are island guides that contain most of the information regarding the islands; also individual maps are available to show the whereabouts of the major activities and attractions of each island in the Bahamas.

Second is choosing your family vacation accommodations to suit your family and the type of vacation they have decided on. The Bahamas offer a wide variety of accommodations to choose from; from the most exquisite villas to economy hotel rooms, major islands like Atlantis Paradise Island, Wyndham Nassau Resort, Four Seasons, and Nassau also known as New Providence Island, offer large family resorts. In case your family wants a more private vacation experience, consider a vacation rental home which is offered on almost every island.

The last thing you need in order to have that perfect family vacation is to find a great deal on airfare to the Bahamas Island of your choice. The best way for you to have flexible flight arrangements for the lowest airfare, is to make reservations directly with the airlines. Now you’re ready, the family is ready, may you have a happy and unforgettable vacation experience in the Bahamas.