Wednesday, December 13th, 2023
Want to visit Walt Disney World and don’t have a clue where to begin? Well then, you’ve just to the right place! Because at Fairytale Dreams & Destinations, we assist by offering the best times of the year to visit, best resorts in each of Disney’s resort categories, remain on top of any promotions you may benefit from and more. So, do you really need to contact Fairytale Dreams & Destinations if you already know when you’re going and where in Walt Disney World you’d like to stay? After all, you could just ‘Google’ the rest of the details, couldn’t you?
Growing up, my parents took my sister and I to Walt Disney World on a yearly basis. Back in those days, my mom would just call Disney, book a hotel, purchase theme park tickets when we arrived…and that was it. If we wanted to have breakfast with Mickey and Minnie on the Empress Lily, we would just show up hungry that morning and walk in. If it was all that easy, when planning a similar vacation only a few generations later, do you REALLY need a travel agent – or more specifically an agent who specializes in Disney Destinations? If you’ve booked vacations on-line in the past, can’t you just book your visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth just the same?
I’ll tell you why, because the past is a place of reference, not a place of residence. What I mean by that is the ‘good old days’ of not having to plan the details for a Walt Disney World vacation are long gone.
While we’ve been selling Disney Destinations since 2002, things started changing drastically back in 2005, when Walt Disney World introduced ‘Magic Your Way’ vacation packages. These vacation packages allowed you to add theme park tickets to a hotel stay and introduced something called the Disney Dining Plan. Which – when purchased in advance – offered a decent savings on food throughout The Walt Disney World Resort. As a result, for the first time ever, you could no longer simply walk up to a restaurant and wait for a table. In fact, if you didn’t have reservations booked for character meals and other such popular dining locations, you simply missed out on these experiences. And these reservations had to be made (wait for it), 180 days in advance. I don’t know about you, but I have enough trouble figuring out where I’m going to dine this coming Saturday night, never mind six months from now.
Enter the concierge service that is the reason to book your Disney Vacation with Fairytale Dreams & Destinations. We began helping families plan their daily itinerary by getting to know each traveller, their cuisine preferences and making their dining reservations (there are over 200 restaurants to choose from) based on their tastes, interests and where they will be on that day. This is important because Walt Disney World is over 122 square kilometres (it stretches from roughly Etobicoke to Scarborough). And believe me when I say that this is back when planning for a Walt Disney World vacation was easy!
Currently? Those dining reservations are still required, but there is a lot more to it than that. There are now events that need reservations (building a lightsabre, having a drink at the edge of the galaxy or princess makeovers are some examples). Additionally, Disney has introduced methods to skip the lines with their DisneyGenie+ and Individual Lightning Lane service. But with four theme parks and experiences to delight Guests of all ages, how do you know if you should use Individual Lightning Lane for TRON / Lightcycle Run, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train OR both? Or which attraction should you book as your first DisneyGenie+ selection and then subsequent selections? The answers to these questions don’t just rely on the popularity of a particular experience, but which experiences are on which service, the individual attraction’s intensity, what day of the week you are visiting, and more.
And not to scare you – but yes – it is as confusing as it sounds.
Sure, you could spend hours Googling, joining Facebook groups, reading blogs, watching YouTube videos and more, but at the end of the day, what have you learned? You’ll more than likely feel more overwhelmed than when you started your “research”. That’s because no two Walt Disney World Vacations are the same and every single family has different needs and wants. Which means you will without a doubt receive varying opinions. Let’s be honest, when you tell friends and family that you’re thinking of going to Walt Disney World, it’s like telling them you’re getting married or having a baby in that EVERYONE has an opinion. And of course they mean well – after all – they just want you to have as good of a time as they did. But the reality is what worked for them, may not be what works best for YOU. Are you travelling with young kids? Grandparents? Young adults? Thrill seekers? Foodies? The answers to these questions (and a LOT more) allow us to tailor your vacation to your specific travelling party.
All those bloggers, vloggers and more can visit the Walt Disney World parks multiple times a year. In fact, most visit on daily basis. So, what they recommend, is not necessarily the best option for first timers, someone who only visits once a year or for those who are on a ‘once in a lifetime’ vacation. Not to mention that these influencers don’t have an invested interest in your vacation. Which means it doesn’t matter to them if you spent half a day on your vacation going to over Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter to try the beignets and you didn’t feel they were worth the time spent.
Everyone’s vacation time and money is limited. Which is why at Fairytale Dreams & Destinations, we take great pride in getting to know your family better because it would take you over two months to see and do everything that the Walt Disney World Resort has to offer, but you don’t have two months. Nobody does. Making getting to know your family better and zero in on what matters to you and your travelling party, the most important part of our job. Sure, Dole Whips are awesome, but believe me when I say that it won’t ruin your Walt Disney World vacation if you don’t have the time to try one.
Do we want to meet Anna and Elsa? Pilot the Millennium Falcon? Dine with Mickey? All three? Yep, we can set that up for you. Our small, but mighty (like Ant-Man) team are available via email, phone and in person to see to it that all your magical wishes are met. When booking your Disney Destination vacation with Fairytale Dreams & Destinations, you can rest easy knowing that you are working with the most experienced Disney affinity travel agency & Disney vacation planner in Canada. Before you could Rise with the Resistance or help the Guardians save the Galaxy, we were making dreams comes true…one fairytale at a time.
– Christine Fiorelli
Contact Fairytale Dreams & Destinations to Plan your Magical Vacation Today!
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