Vacation Planning Specialist – Nicole!

Independent Travel Agent with The Vacation Wizards!

Welcome to My Site!!!

Hey There! Welcome to My Site!

Are you in need of some help planning your next Vacation? How about some tips and tricks to to help you along the way? Well friends you have come to the right place! I’m Nicole and I am an Independent Travel Agent with the Vacation Wizards! I specialize in all things Disney as well as Universal Studios, Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line.

The main topic of this site is Disney. BUT! That’s not all I can help you with! So stick around and stay awhile, there’s something here for everyone. From newbies to the experienced bunch out there!

To help you navigate around my site, there are three places to search a topic. The Destination Specific tabs on the right will bring you to blog posts about each individual Destination that I specialize in. At the top right-hand corner, there is a Keyword search where you can just type in what you are looking for. Underneath the Destination Specific tabs I have a Categories section that you can click on. Each Category that you click on will bring you to blog posts that are specifically about that Category. Also, underneath this post are my Most Recent Posts that I have wrote in the past few days! I hope you find the answers you are looking for as you read along!

If you would like to receive a free quote, CLICK HERE! If you would like to contact me my email address is nicole@thevacationwizards.com. You can also go and like my Facebook page, Disney Vacation Wizard – Nicole, so you can get up-to-date travel information on your Facebook newsfeed! I also have a YouTube Channel, Disney Wizard, where you can find helpful planning videos to help you along the way!

I hope to hear from you real soon!

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Special Limited-Time Disney Resort Dining Offer for Florida Residents!

Florida Residents can experience some of the Disney Resort signature restaurants at Walt Disney World® Resort with a special limited-time offer available Aug. 9-Sept. 30, 2017. Florida Residents will receive complimentary valet parking and one select complimentary appetizer with the purchase of each adult entrée when dining during the dinner meal period at the following locations:

    • Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

    • Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk

    • Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

    • Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Some exclusions and restrictions apply, and offer cannot be combined with other offers or discounts. A valid Florida driver’s license with a Florida address, Florida state-issued ID with a Florida address or valid Florida-based military ID must be presented.

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Save Up to 30% on 5-Night Fall Stays at Aulani in Hawaii!

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa makes it easier to extend the fun of summer into fall. Now-Oct. 24, 2017, you can save up to 30% on stays of 5 or more select consecutive nights Aug. 20-Dec. 21, 2017 (excluding Nov. 20-23, 2017). They can even save up to 25% on 4 consecutive night stays.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Booking Window: Now – October 24, 2017
Travel Window: August 20 – December 21, 2017 (excluding November 20-23, 2017)

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Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM Holiday Dessert Party Returns this Holiday Season at Hollywood Studios!

The “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” Holiday Dessert Party will return this year to Disney’s Hollywood Studios® at Walt Disney World® Resort! It’s one of the best way for you to enjoy the Holiday Nighttime Spectacular fireworks show. 

In the courtyard of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, you can enjoy multiple food stations, featuring holiday-inspired sweet and savory delights like warm cheese fondue with pretzel bread and flatbread, warm pumpkin pie and spiced-bread pudding with hand-dipped vanilla ice cream. The Liquid Nitro Station fires-up the party with chocolate mousse and choice of toppings, including salted caramel sauce.

Beer, wine and specialty cocktails are available for Guests over 21. Specialty non-alcoholic beverages are also available, and of course, the hot cocoa is a crowd-pleaser.

While a special VIP character comes to meet and mingle with dessert party-goers, you won’t believe your eyes when you check out the festive lights wearing a pair of 3D HoloSpex® glasses they receive. The glasses turn bright lights into holiday holographic illusions such as gingerbread men and candy canes.

For parties Nov. 9-Dec. 15, 2017 the cost is $79 per adult, $45 for children 3-9, and includes tax and gratuity. For parties Dec. 17-31, 2017, the cost is $89 adult, $49 child (tax and gratuity included.)

Ask me how to book your Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM Dessert Party!

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All-NEW at Aulani An Updated Kid’s Premium Experience at Aunty’s Beach House

“Surf’s Up With Chip and Dale,” a premium experience at Aunty’s Beach House, is being re-imagined as “Surf’s Up – A Surfin’, Fishin’ and Dancin’ Party!”

Previously a 1 ½-hour experience, the new 3-hour program features interactive activities that showcase the wonders of Hawai’i.

During this experience, kids will be divided into two groups. They will have turns alternating between the original surfing-themed program with Chip and Dale, and a fishing-themed program with Goofy. Plus, they’ll join together for a fun-filled dance party.

The cost per child is $59. Please note meals are not included with this experience. Advance reservations are recommended!

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Cafe Orleans at Disneyland Park is THE Place for ‘Fantasmic’ Dining!

If you are looking to experience a “Fantasmic!” Dining Package at Disneyland® Park, Cafe Orleans is the place to do it. While River Belle Terrace is under refurbishment, you can make reservations beginning Aug. 15, 2017 for the Cafe Orleans dining package. These packages are available Sept. 5 – Nov. 16, 2017. In addition to the dining packages available at Blue Bayou Restaurant and Hungry Bear Restaurant, these are delicious ways to reserve viewing for “Fantasmic!,” the classic nighttime spectacular.

 

Cafe Orleans “Fantasmic!” Dining Package:

  • Package includes one three-course meal (starter, entrée and dessert) 
  • Includes a “Fantasmic!” reserved viewing area voucher
  • Dining package reservations available from 11:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
  • Same day reservations based on availability
  • Cafe Orleans “Fantasmic!” Dining Package Pricing:
    • $45.00 – Adult
    • $25.00 – Children (ages 3-9)

“Fantasmic!” is a beloved 25-year tradition. The treasured Disneyland Park experience has returned, complete with its original fanfare and theme song, and now features new mist screens with innovative, state-of-the-art projection technology for brighter and more vibrant visuals than ever before. 

“Fantasmic!” and food – a veritable power couple!

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An All NEW Star Wars Hyper-Reality Experience is Coming to Downtown Disney and Disney Springs!

The VOID’s new, groundbreaking hyper-reality experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is coming to Downtown Disney at the Disneyland® Resort and Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World® Resort.

Beginning this holiday season, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will transport you to a galaxy far, far away where you’ll be able to engage with friends, family and Star Wars characters through sight, sound, touch, smell, and motion. It’ll even allow environmental effects to be felt using Haptic feedback – melding the physical and digital worlds together. So, you don’t just see the Star Wars universe, you’re part of it at Disney Parks.

Plans for this first-of-its-kind experience were just unveiled by THE VOID, an entertainment company that combines the magic of illusions and advanced technology to create immersive social experiences that take visitors to new worlds. Lucasfilm and ILMxLab are collaborating to help develop this one-of-a-kind experience at Downtown Disney and Disney Springs.

We’ll have many more details to share in the future. Stay tuned for more details as work begins on Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire.

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EPCOT Food & Wine Festival Returns August 31st!

The 22nd Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival is expanding for a longer-than-ever 75-day run (Aug. 31-Nov. 13, 2017). This year’s festival will feature (35) amazing food and wine Marketplaces to celebrate 35 years of Epcot. The event will be part of the park’s 35th anniversary day on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 and feature several new experiences. Here are a few favorites:

New Acts for 2017 “Eat to the Beat” Concert Series will amp things up this year. Eleven new-to-the-festival bands, including Kenny G., Squeeze and 10,000 Maniacs, join 21 fan-favorite musical acts for a diverse lineup of pop hit makers to rock America Gardens Theatre stage throughout the festival’s 75-day run.  Other new acts to appear are: The Hooters, Baha Men, Lauren Alaina, Mark Wills, American Authors, Devon Allman, Postmodern Jukebox and Blue October. Concerts take place at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily and are included in Epcot admission .  The lineup is subject to change and included in Epcot admission.

Festival-goers can also enjoy Eat to the Beat Dining Packages at 15 popular Epcot restaurants, guaranteeing a breakfast, lunch or dinner reservation and confirmed seating at a same-day Eat to the Beat concert.

New Marketplaces are coming to the Festival – and India and Spain marketplaces will return for an encore. Our global marketplaces will extend into Future World to offer brand-new taste sensations.  

ABC’s “The Chew” is returning to tape five festival shows that will air Oct. 9-13. With Spaceship Earth as the backdrop, the Emmy Award-winning show hosts will again delight a live audience with on-stage cooking and stories of their Disney adventures plus segments from across Walt Disney World® Resort.   

Popular TV chefs and culinary icons will entertain at Festival Center demonstrations. Those same stars of the kitchen will create new dishes for premium events such as Party for the Senses grand tastings with new concepts and themes.

“Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops are also returning with fresh opportunities for you to interact with visiting chefs, bakers, mixologists and other pros.

Stay Tuned for details! Also, if you are interested in booking any of these amazing experiences contact me today!

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MISSION: Space ‘Relaunches’ on August 13 with all NEW Experiences!

Starting Aug. 13, 2017, Walt Disney World® Resort will relaunch Mission: SPACE with a brand new experience and an enhanced version of the “classic” attraction. 

  • If you think you’ve got “the right stuff,” you can take on the Orange Mission for a truly intense experience that lets you feel the force of an actual space launch en route to Mars. On this mission, you’ll dodge meteoroids, slingshot around the moon and attempt a precision landing on the Red Planet’s alien surface. This “mission” has been enhanced with new, HD video to make it even clearer.
  • Or, you can embark on the more family-friendly Green Mission – a new mission that takes them on an exciting orbit around Earth. On this amazing new adventure, you’ll take in sites like the Hawaiian Islands, Italy’s “boot” and the Northern Lights—as seen from space, of course—before finally landing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. No matter which mission you choose, it’ll be a journey that’s totally out of this world. 

In addition to all the “mission” updates, our partners at Walt Disney Imagineering have also made this attraction MORE family-friendly. Younger astronauts can now ride – the height restriction will be changed for the Green Mission side with the addition of new X-2 booster seats allowing children 40-44” to ride.

 

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Disney’s Castaway Cay Named TOP Cruise Line Private Island

What do you love most about Disney Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas? Is it the gorgeous white-sand beaches? Sliding and splashing into turquoise waters from Pelican Plunge? The peace and tranquility of Serenity Bay, the adult-exclusive beach? Or, is it exploring the natural beauty of the island pedaling bikes with family?

 

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Well, the members of Cruise Critic have spoken and apparently love all of the above – and everything else Disney’s magical island has to offer!

 

For the second year in a row, Disney Castaway Cay has been named the Top Cruise Line Private Island in the annual Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. Also for the second year in a row, Castaway Cay was the most highly rated Caribbean island overall among reviewers, beating out all other Caribbean islands!

 

These awards are based exclusively on firsthand feedback from cruisers themselves, gathered from reviews posted to the Cruise Critic website over this past year. Cruise Critic, is one of the leading cruise review and information sites, offering a resource for travelers and hosting the world’s largest online cruise community.

 

 

If you would like to learn more about what all Castaway Cay has to offer, contact me today!

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A NEW Pub will be opening at Hollywood Studios Fall 2017!

Debuting this fall, the new Grand Avenue area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® is being re-imagined by Walt Disney Imagineers to capture the spirit of present-day Downtown Los Angeles, showing vintage office buildings and warehouses representing the different vibrant districts and cultures of the city. One prominent hot spot to spring up is the Baseline Tap House, a cheerful corner pub specializing in beer and wines from California.

 

 

In a quaint brick building, Baseline Tap House celebrates the revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles by paying homage to the building’s former life as the Figueroa Printing Company, a mom-and-pop print house that had ties to the Disney studios in nearby Burbank. The space retains many of its cool architectural and mechanical details with exposed walls and old printing equipment and artifacts, blending the past and present in an inviting space. Outside is a charming tree-shaded terrace, perfect for a relaxing break in the day.

 

California craft ales, lagers and cider are the stars of the drink menu. California wines on tap along with specialty cocktails are not to be missed either. A gourmet non-alcoholic lemonade and soda on tap round out the drink selection. 

 

You can even try one of the small bites, including a Bavarian pretzel with mustard and beer-cheese fondue, spiced almonds or a charcuterie board featuring California cheeses. 

 

Baseline Tap House will open daily at 11 a.m. Stay tuned to as more details are released about this ALL-NEW experience coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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