2016 Disney World Packages Available NOW!

This morning, Walt Disney Travel Company released their packages for 2016 resort stays.  There are some notable differences from 2015 packages.

  • There will be four miniature golf vouchers per package, valid for one round of miniature golf prior to 4:00 pm at either Fantasia Gardens or Winter Summerland miniature golf courses.
  • There will be four vouchers per package for general admission to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for one day.
  • The discount on bowling at Splitsville Luxury Lanes™ is now 10% rather than 20%, but the 10 am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday restrictions have been removed.
  • The dining discount at Planet Hollywood® is now 15% instead of $15.
  • Several extras have been removed, including discounted dining, arcade game card, tours discount, DisneyQuest vouchers, horseback rides discount, fishing discount, marina discounts and spa treatments/salon services discount.

Courtesy holds can be placed on a reservation for three days (down from seven), at which time a $200 deposit is due to continue to hold the reservation until the final payment is due 30 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation penalties remain the same, though the days have changed.  There are no penalties if reservations are cancelled at least 31 days prior to arrival.  Final payments are due 30 days prior to arrival and any cancellations between 30 days and two days prior to arrival will result in a $200 penalty.  Cancellations less than two days prior to arrival will result in no refund.  These terms only apply to the 2016 packages.

Contact your Travel On A Dream agent or request a quote today!

Disney Cruise Line Adventure by Disney Add-Ons for 2016 Released

Today, Disney Cruise Line released the add-on packages for the 2016 Disney Magic summer sailings in Europe.  Here is what is available and starting prices.  Prices for children are 11 years and younger.

7-Night Magic of the Baltic Cruise – Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden | 7 Nights / 8 Days – Prices starting at $2449 adults, $2329 children.

7-Night Magic of the Fjords Cruise – Copenhagen, Norway | 8 Days / 7 Nights – Prices starting at $2449 adult, $2329 children.

7-Night Mediterranean Magic – Barcelona, At Sea, Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome), La Spezia (Florence), Villefranche | 8 Days / 7 Nights – Prices starting at $2499 adults, $2369 children.

12-Night Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona – Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Malta | 13 Days / 12 Nights – Prices starting at $3489 adults, $3309 children.

Barcelona Escape – Pre-Cruise Stay 3 Nights – Prices starting at $2089 adults, $1979 children.

Copenhagen Escape – Pre-Cruise Stay 3 Nights – Prices starting at $2299 adults, $2179 children.

London Escape – Pre-Cruise Stay 2 Nights – Prices starting at $2499 adults, $2369 children.

Contact your Travel On A Dream agent for information on adding these packages to your cruise.  Availability is limited and will go fast!

2016 Adventures by Disney Dates Are Out

Today, Adventures by Disney® has released it’s 2016 schedule.  Where do you want to go?

Adventures by Disney has tours many of the places that you want to go.  With Adventures by Disney, you get the Disney Difference.  Two Disney-trained Adventure Guides will be with you on every adventure you take. This allows the group to split up if necessary and always have a guide there to help you.  If there are Junior Adventurers with you, one guide can work with the kids while the adults still have a guide to assist them as well.

Speaking of the kids, they will have their own activities, many times giving them a great learning experience while having lots of fun!  How about a scavenger hunt at the Louvre in Paris?  Making pizza in Italy?  Archery lessons in South Africa!  And the adults aren’t left out during these activities.  Wine tastings, private dinners just for you!

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Celebrating Five Years With a Promotion & Giveaway

Can you believe it?  This month Travel On A Dream will be celebrating our five-year anniversary.  My way to celebrate will be visiting five new countries in Europe.  Later this month, we will be in Denmark for a few nights before embarking on an 11-night Disney Magic cruise with three stops in Norway, two stops in Iceland (including an overnight and visit to the Arctic Circle!), one stop in Scotland, followed by a couple days in London, England.

Over the past five years, we have been honored to help so many of you plan your vacations, big and small, from cruises and Disney vacations to all-inclusives and individualized packaged plans.  We pride ourselves on offering the best customer service and are there for you through the entire process from planning and preparation right through your return and any issues you may need to resolve.  We have shared so many stories with you and consider you all friends.

Even after five years, what always surprises us the most are the clients who don’t realize everything that we are able to do to help you.  If we booked your Walt Disney World® vacation, some of our clients believe that is all we do.  We consider ourselves a full-service agency.  Nothing is too big or too small to handle.  We are able to take care of everything you need to make your vacation complete – airfare, transfers, car rentals, cruises, hotels, packages, all-inclusives, tours, excursions.  Many times, our services will not cost you anything additional.  If there will be a service fee, we disclose that as soon as possible.  We don’t simply work 9 to 5 and we don’t base our recommendations on your vacation on what we will make in commission.  We base it on what is best for you and your family.

A big part of the reason that we have been so successful is because of you.  You continue to return to us year after year (and in some cases, month after month!).  Additionally, you tell your friends and family about the amazing trip that was planned for and with you.  Your referrals have helped our business grow at the level that it has and we appreciate that.  This is why we have continued to offer referral credits.  We know that it is more likely that someone will book with a new travel agent if they have been referred by their friends and family.  This is the biggest compliment that you can give us and we cherish that.

While I would love to take you all with me on my celebration of our 5th birthday, it’s not possible.  Instead, we have a promotion and a giveaway for you.

We have mentioned before that a small percentage of the United States have taken a cruise vacation in the past.  However, most people who do take a cruise vacation enjoy it and plan to return again.  We would like to encourage the new cruisers to give cruising a try.  Our expert agents can help determine which cruise line is best for you.

New cruisers, if you book your first cruise vacation with Travel On A Dream, in addition to our service and onboard credit offer, we will also give you an additional $25 onboard credit.  If your cruise vacation is in 2015, we will also include a stateroom gift for you.  This applies to all cruise lines except for Carnival, due to business rules.

If you refer a new cruiser who then books and travels with Travel On A Dream, you will receive a $25 gift card at the time your referral cruises in addition to your usual referral credit given at the next time you travel after them.  It is important to have your friend mention that you referred them so you get this credit!  Both of these promotions run through July 15, 2015.

And now, a giveaway!

ipadminiYes, one lucky winner will go home with an iPad mini!  We also have a Disneyland Diamond Celebration water bottle, Disneyland reversible tote, Disney Cruise Line duffel bag and an Olaf limited edition tin with ToaD luggage tags and a Quantum of the Seas wristlet inside.  Contest will run from today through July 10, 2015.  There are several ways to enter.

Social Media post – post on your favorite social media platform about a travel tip or something about your ToaD agent.  Please use hashtag #ToaDTAsRock and #contest and post to public so we can find your posts and get you entered.

New cruiser – first time cruisers who book with Travel On A Dream between June 5 and July 10, 2015 will automatically be entered.

Refer a new client to ToaD – if your referral books a new reservation by July 10, you will also be entered.  They must mention you by name when booking to qualify.

Agent review – our travel agent association, Vacation.com, has launched a new travel agent finder service for consumers looking for travel planning professionals.  Reviews are the most important factor in selecting a travel agent to work with.  We would love to hear from you!  Here are the links to our agent’s profiles:

If your agent isn’t listed, they just haven’t uploaded their profile yet.

Fill out our form – To enter without a booking, referral, post or review, simply go to our ToaD 5th Birthday Contest form and fill out the information.  If you want to fill out the form for the other methods of entry, you can, but only one entry for each of the five methods will be accepted (other than referrals which are endless, but do require the referrer to book during the promotion period).

If you previously completed the Vacation.com review of your agent, you can enter using the form to let us know.

Winners will be notified via email on or about July 15, 2015.  Good luck!

Thank you everyone for helping us get this far.  We have enjoyed helping you plan and getting to know you and your family over the last five years and look forward to many more!



Disney Magic Returns to NYC Fall 2016

The Disney Magic is going back to New York City in Fall, 2016!  Bookings for Fall 2016 will start tomorrow, May 19 for Platinum and Gold Castaway Club members and May 20 for everyone else.  Here is what we know.

Disney Magic

September 17, 2016 – 11 nights – Barcelona, At Sea (3 days), Ponta Delgada, At Sea (3 days), Sydney, Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, At Sea, New York City

September 28, 2016 – 4 nights – New York City, At Sea, Halifax, At Sea, New York City.

October 2, 2016 – 5 nights – New York City, At Sea, Halifax, St. John, New Brunswick, At Sea, New York City

October 7, 2016 – 8 nights – New York City, At Sea (2 days), Nassau, Castaway Cay, Port Canaveral, At Sea (2 days), New York City

October 15, 22 and 29, 2016 – 7 nights – New York City, At Sea (2 days), Castaway Cay, Port Canaveral, At Sea (2 days), New York City

November 5, 2016 – 6 nights – New York City, At Sea (3 days), St. Maarten, Tortola, San Juan

November 11, 2016 – 5 nights – San Juan, St. Maarten, Tortola, At Sea, Castaway Cay, Miami

November 16, 2016 – 4 nights – Miami, Nassau, At Sea, Castaway Cay, Miami

November 20 and December 4, 2016 – 7 nights – Miami, Key West, At Sea, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, At Sea, Castaway Cay, Miami

November 27 and December 11, 2016 – 7 nights – Miami, At Sea (2 days), Tortola, St. Thomas, At Sea, Castaway Cay, Miami

December 18, 2016 – 5 nights – Miami to Bahamas (Complete itinerary unknown)

December 23, 2016 – 7 nights – Miami, At Sea (2 days) Tortola, San Juan, At Sea, Castaway Cay, Miami

December 30, 2016 – 6 nights – Miami, At Sea, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, At Sea, Castaway Cay, Miami

Disney Wonder

November 10, 14, 2016 – 4 night – Galveston, At Sea, Cozumel, At Sea, Galveston

November 18, 25, December 9, 30, 2016 – 7 night – Galveston, At Sea, Key West, Castaway Cay, Nassau, At Sea (2 days), Galveston

December 2, 2016 – 7 night – Galveston, At Sea (2 days), Falmouth, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, At Sea, Galveston

December 16, 2016 – 7 night – Galveston, At Sea, Costa Maya, Grand Cayman, At Sea (2 days), Galveston

December 23, 2016 – 7 night – Galveston, At Sea (2 days), Nassau, Castaway Cay, Key West, At Sea, Galveston

Disney Fantasy

October 8, 22, November 5, 19, December 3, 17 and 31, 2016 – Port Canaveral, At Sea (2 days), Tortola, St. Thomas, At Sea, Castaway Cay, Port Canaveral

October 1, 15, 29, November 26, December 10, 24, 2016 – Port Canaveral, At Sea, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, At Sea, Castaway Cay, Port Canaveral

Disney Dream

Generally alternating 3 and 4 night Bahamian sailings with stops at Nassau and Castaway Cay from Port Canaveral.  Three night sailings will be on Fridays and four night sailings on Mondays with the exception of December 19 (3 night) and December 22 (4 night).

If you are interested in getting a quote on any of these sailings, please advise your agent as soon as possible or use our request form http://travelonadream.com/request-a-quote/ to request a quote.

Summer 2016 Disney Cruise Line Sailings Announced

Disney Cruise Line has just announced its schedule for summer 2016, with bookings open to the public on Thursday, March 26, 2015. Gold and Platinum Castaway Club members will be able to book one day prior by phone only. Here is what we know so far:

Disney Dream

The Disney Dream will be sailing 3 and 4 night sailings to the Bahamas with stops in Nassau and Castaway Cay. The three night sailings depart on Fridays and the 4 night sailing depart on Mondays.

Disney Fantasy

The Disney Fantasy will be sailing 7 night Caribbean sailings, alternating Eastern and Western through the summer. The Western Caribbean cruises will make stops in Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth and Castaway Cay. The Eastern Caribbean will be sailing to Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. Eastern sailings will be on May 7 and continue every other week through September 24 while the Western will be on May 14 and continue every other week through September 17.

Disney Wonder

The Disney Wonder will return to Alaska with 7 night sailings from Vancouver. Stops will include Ketchikan, Tracy Arm, Juneau and Skagway. This also means that the Wonder will have a sailing through the Panama Canal once again.

May 1 will be a Panama Canal sailing from Miami to Cozumel, Cartagena, through the Panama Cana, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and end in San Diego. There will be one 3 night sailing to Ensenada, Mexico on May 15. Then on May 18, there will be a five night repositioning cruise to Vancouver with a stop in San Francisco. Sailing to Alaska will again be on Mondays with sailings from May 23 to August 15, 2016.

Disney Magic

Due to the popularity of this year’s sailings to Europe, the Disney Magic will again sail to Northern Europe! The Transatlantic sailing on May 15 will be a 14 night with stops in Boston, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Dublin, Liverpool and Dover. The ship will be homeported in Dover for the start of the season. On May 29, there is will be a 7 night Norwegian Fjord sailing stopping in Stavanger, Alesund, Geiranger and Bergen.

New this year will be one sailings around the British Isles on June 5 with stops in Newcastle, Invergordon, Kirkwall, Greenock, Liverpool, Dublin, LeHavre, Guernsey Island and returning to Dover. June 17 will be a repositioning cruise from Dover to Copenhagen, with stops in Newcastle, Kirkwall, Reykjevik (overnight), Akureyri, Bergen, Stavanger and ending in Copenhagen. June 27 will be a repeat of the May 29 cruise, but in a different order since it starts and ends in Copenhagen.

July 6 will be a 7 night Northern Europe sailing will stops in Tallinn, St. Petersberg, Helsinski and Stockholm. July 17 will be a 12 night Iceland and Norway repositioning cruise with stops in Oslo, Kristiansand, Bergen, Akureyri, Reykjevik (overnight), Kirkwall, Invergordon and ending in Dover. July 27 will be a 7 night Dover to Barcelona repositioning with stops in Vigo, Lisbon Cadiz and ending in Barcelona.

August 1, the Disney Magic will start a 12 night Mediterranean and Greek Isle cruise, with ports of call in Villefranche, La Spezia, Civitavecchia, Piraeus, Kusadasi, Mykonos, Malta and back to Barcelona. August 13 will be a 7 night Western Mediterranean sailing with stops in Naples, Civitavecchia, LaSpezia and Cannes. August 20, 27, September 3 and 10 will be 7 night Western Mediterranean sailings with stops in Naples, Civitavecchia, LaSpezia and Villefranche.

If you would like us to get you a quote for any of these sailings, please complete a request form here http://bit.ly/1C7dOeK or contact your agent to get on their list. Please be sure to include your Castaway Club information (number and level if possible) as this will help us to identify when your quote can be obtained.