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Seattle, City Pass, Gluten Free, and a Little Wedding, Day 2, Part 2

We check the GPS on the phone for walking directions to Pike’s Market, the location of which all I could tell you at that point was “inland”.  It appeared to be about 2-4 blocks inland.  I see a sign across the street announcing “This Way to Pike’s!”

We cross the street and are met by this:

You want me to CLIMB THAT???

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Seattle, City Pass, Gluten Free, and a Little Wedding, Day 2, Part 1

There’s something so wrong about changing time zones and finding yourself up at 5am on the West Coast.  We made it work in our favor by making coffee (lots of coffee) and getting settled in the room, since we were too wiped last night to do much other than unpack the clothes.  We were heading to the Seattle Aquarium this morning, which opened at 9:30.  So it’s back to Downtown Seattle again, the Aquarium is on the water’s edge.

She reminds me of Mike Wazowski – “Look, I AM ON A BILLBOARD!!!”

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New Fall Disney Offers!

Disney World has extended their discounts and free dining promotion to select fall dates.  Our agents are ready to help you book your Walt Disney World Resort travel today!  There are two offers — one to save up to 30% at select resorts this fall and a second for a free dining plan.  We’ll go through both of them for you.

Save Up to 30% at Select Disney Resort Hotels This Fall!

From September 29 through November 22, 2013 and November 30 through December 23, 2013, you can save up to 30% at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels.  Deluxe and Deluxe Villa resorts can also save on their stay from November 23 to November 25, 2013.  Savings start at up to 15% with select Disney Value Resort hotels, up to 20% at select Disney Moderate Resort hotels, and up to 30% at select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resort hotels.  Stays up until November 9, 2013 must be booked by September 15, 2013.  All other stays must be booked by November 3 to take advantage of these rates.

The number of rooms available for offer is limited.  Savings are based on non-discounted pricing and a length of stay requirement may apply.  The offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, The Little Mermaid standard rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Free Disney Dining Plan This Fall!

You can get a select free dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted package.  This offer can be booked through September 15, 2013 and is valid for arrivals most nights from:

  • September 29 to October 2, 2013
  • October 18 to November 2, 2013
  • November 11 to November 23, 2013
  • December 12 to December 22, 2013

With Disney Value Resort Hotels, you will receive the Disney Quick-Service Dining plan.  With all other resorts included you will receive the Disney Dining Plan.  The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited.  We cannot guarantee table-service restaurant availability.  Offer excluded campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter and The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.  Dining plans exclude alcoholic beverages and gratuities.  Children ages 3 – 9 must choose from children’s menus if available.

Use a Travel On A Dream Agent to Book Your Stay!

Your Travel On A Dream agent will never assume that one rate is better than the other.  They will check any and all discounts and promotions to see if you qualify for a better deal and get you the BEST deal.  Additionally, you will get concierge services such as itinerary planning, dining reservations and tips/tricks to help make for your vacation the best it can be.  Finally, your Travel On A Dream agent will never charge you more for their services booking and maintaining your Disney World vacation!  It’s all included and at no extra cost to you.  So what are you waiting for?  Visit us at www.travelonadream.com, request a quote, email info@travelonadream.com or call 888-681-1240 (option 1 or your agent directly).

Removing the Mystery – Passports

Editor’s Note:  Today’s blog is from our agent Melissa Kyler.  To contact Melissa with questions or a quote, email her at melissa@travelonadream.com. 

I don’t know about you, but the first thing that goes through my mind when I start planning my next vacation is, “Am I going to need a passport?”  This question comes up often especially when cruising,  “Do I need a passport?”

I personally would say yes just get a passport.  For US citizens, the correct answer is, it depends.  If you are cruising from one port to another even if both ports are in the United States, then the answer is yes!  If you are cruising a closed loop, departing and returning to the same port in the United States, then you do not need to have a passport.  You are not required by the US government to have a passport.  You will need to show a government issued ID along with proof of citizenship (certified copy of birth certificate).  A word of caution, any of the ports that are not US Territories can ask for a passport to enter their country.  Therefore, I would advise you to get a passport.  A few more reasons why I would advise getting a passport would be, there are always what ifs.  What if someone gets ill, either on the cruise with you or someone who stayed home and you need to fly home?  What if there is a problem with the ship and they stop in a port that is not a US state or US Territory  and the cruise line needs to get you an alternate way back to the port?  If you do not have a passport it is going to be very difficult to get back home.  If you have a passport and are over 16 years old the passport is valid for 10 years.  Even if your child is under 16, the passport is still valid for 5 years.  The small cost definitely outweighs the risk and you will always know the “what ifs” are covered.

The next question is, “How do I go about applying for a passport?”  Applying for you passport is really easy.  I advise applying for your passport at least 90 days before travel.  To get started you can go to this web address http://travel.state.gov/passport/.  Here you can fill out the passport application online and print it out, but do not sign it until told to do so.  Since this is your first passport you must apply in person at a Passport Agency or Acceptance Facility.  You can find these locations on the website.  Once you arrive at the agency or Acceptance Facility, you will be asked to supply proof of your citizenship, a certified birth certificate and government issued photo identification.  They will also take your passport photo if you did not bring one with you.  The passport photos can be taken at your local post office or certain other locations that you will also find on the website.  However, if not done correctly you will need to pay for an additional photo once you apply.  Therefore, I suggest just getting the passport photo taken at the time of application.  Then you will be asked to sign the application and pay the application and execution fee.  They will send your birth certificate along with the paperwork.  Once this is done, they will send you your passport in approximately 4-6 weeks and your birth certificate will follow soon after.  Please note that there are certain requirements for minors that are under 16 years of age.  Please find these restrictions on the website.

I hope that this helps you with the dilemma of whether or not to get a passport.

A day at Cedar Point, America’s Roller Coast (Ride On!)

Over the last few years, thanks to my annual pass, I’ve been to Cedar Point almost as much as Disney. Last month, a friend and I participated in a 5K through Cedar Point. After going back to the hotel room and freshening up, we went to Cedar Point to take in the thrills and excitement the amusement park has to offer.

Entrance-Sign
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Disney and MagicBands

Editor’s Note:  Today’s blog is from our friend Tiffany who recently had a chance to test Disney’s new MagicBands!  Thanks Tiffany!

It was nearly a month ago when my email, text, and facebook messages starting blowing up simultaneously. What was the reason? My friend was excitedly telling me that she had gotten us signed up to test Disney’s new Magic Bands! We each received a custom band, a one day park ticket, and we shared a room overnight and all we had to do was report back on our experience.

First off, the bands are CUTE! Each person gets to select their color (out of pink, green, red, orange, blue, grey, or yellow) and chooses the way their first name displays on the inside of the band. This is what the color selection screen looks like for the app:

MagicBands

 

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