One of my favorite FREE things to get for my Disney trip is the planning DVD. When you first start planning your trip, wether it’s your first, 15th or 100th, get the free DVD. This will help get you and your family excited about your vacation. It will give you a tour of the Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort including all the parks, shopping areas, hotels, and water parks. You will get information about special events and tips on making your vacation magical. All you have to do is go to this web site, complete the form, and check your mailbox in several weeks.
Did you know Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company was the official specialty coffee of Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Vacation Club? Since 1984, Joffrey’s roastmasters have been traveling the world to find the finest specialty beans for every Joffrey’s coffee and creation, whether it’s a hot cup to get you going in the morning or an icy cool treat to enjoy during your Disney Parks adventures.
This summer Joffrey’s sent our family a sample of the Flying Fish Cafe dark coffee from Disney’s BoardWalk. This dark roast coffee was a great way to start our day! It was a delicious blend of coffee with a hint of caramel. After my husband drank his cup, he asked if we could modify our Advanced Dining Reservations for our next trip to include Flying Fish Cafe! Nice job, Joffrey’s! 🙂
The coffee’s available on the web site include:
- Artist Point
- California Grill
- Carthay Circle Restaurant
- Flavors of Africa
- Flying Fish Cafe
- French Bistro Blend In Room Coffee
- Hollywood Blend
- Jiko- The Cooking Place
- Kona Blend
- Napa Rose
- The Wave
- Tusker House
- Yachtsman’s Steakhouse
Last month our family spent a week in Hilton Head, South Carolina. This was our first visit to Hilton Head and we had a great time! Our original idea was to rent Disney Vacation Club points and stay at Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort, but they did not have any available for the week we wanted and we didn’t want to pay the prices to rent directly from Disney since we would not be on the beach. In hindsight, this was probably a good thing for our family, at this point in time.
One morning my husband and oldest son rented a boat and captain to go deep sea fishing. C-man and I stayed back! I get sea sick and a 4 year old has no business going deep sea fishing, in my opinion! So, while they were fishing, C-man and I made a little visit to Disney’s Hilton Head Resort. We ended up staying about an hour walking around, taking pictures, shopping in the gift shop and hanging out. It was beautiful. The property was located on the backwaters and was very “marshy” looking. There were trees galore that reminded me of a campground setting. The wildlife and critters were fun to admire.
It had all sorts of activities and events for kids and families such as swimming, kayaking, shuffleboard, campfires, crafts, games, and more. You could rent bikes, play corn hole, swing in hammocks, play on the playground or take the shuttle to the beach. They even had a Mercantile Store that made me feel like I was at any resort gift shop at Walt Disney World- complete with official “Disney Parks” shopping bags.
While I didn’t see any of the rooms, I was very impressed by the grounds, activities, dining options and friendliness of the staff- which I wouldn’t expect any less from Disney Cast Members! If I didn’t know to look, I really wouldn’t have thought I was on Disney property. With the exception of the gift shop, everything else was pretty subtle nods to Disney. We found a few Hidden Mickeys around the property and some not so hidden!
While I have not been so lucky in years past, I will pass on a tip that may help you save for a Disney trip! When you are at Walt Disney World, sign up for the Disney Vacation Club (DVC) presentation. If you choose to attend the roughly 3 hour presentation, you will learn about DVC, meet with a sales associate, see the DVC property, and gain information about the pricing- plus transportation to and from the presentation is provided. You’ll also get free ice cream at the end. While the ice cream is a good treat, there have been other incentives in the past to get people to the presentation. Those incentives have included free Fastpasses to attractions or Disney Gift Cards!
When you arrive at your WDW resort, ask the DVC cast member if there are any incentives for seeing the presentation and taking the tour. You never know… you may earn a $100 Disney Gift Card to be used on the current trip or to be saved for a future trip!
It’s “V” week with Heidi! I thought I’d have trouble with this one, but I really didn’t. Enjoy my “V” photos from Walt Disney World. Did I forget any??
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Terrell; I’m a widowed mother of three girls, DVC member since 2003, and lover
of all things Auburn. I live in Daphne, on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay or 7
hours 48 minutes from Disney World.
always loved Disney; it was a yearly vacation spot for us. My father insisted we
always stay on Property and never liked staying at the same place twice. This
is lucky for me because I can honestly say I have stayed in every Disney hotel
except Swan, Dolphin, & POP.
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wonderful Disney memories for my children and I felt DVC was the best way to do
so. Our Home Resort is Saratoga Springs but we have enjoyed all of the Vacation
Club Resorts at Disney World, with Bay Lake as our favorite. I use DVC strictly
for Disney World, but my parents have stayed at Vero Beach Resort & Hilton
to Disney once every 12 to 18 months, stay for 5 or 6 nights in a two bedroom
villa. Oh and by “we” I mean my parents, my brother, my aunt, my 3
girls (15,10,&8) and myself. I still have to buy the tickets and pay for the
Dining Plan, but we get to stay in a nice big room with a full kitchen, washer
& dryer, three baths, and everyone is comfortable. Let’s talk money. We have
200 “points” annually, which gets us about 8 to 10 nights a year and any points
we don’t use can be “rolled over” to the next year. We paid about $13,000 to
buy in and pay about $80 a month in “fees”, which is tax deductible. I also
love that DVC is a one stop shop when it comes to my planning; I call them
everything, dining reservations, everything. We also get discounts in some of
the shops, restaurants, pet boarding, stroller rental and annual passes. We DO
NOT, however, get a discount on the Dining Plan or regular park tickets.
You can buy as many points as you want and use them any way you like. This year
we were able to use the points we saved from years past on a three bedroom
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Our most recent trip ended last week, and we only had one
problem our whole trip. We were a group of 13 this time and dining with that
many can be a nightmare. Luckily I was able to get reservations for everywhere
we wanted to go. All of our dining experiences were great except at Disney Jr.
at Hollywood & Vine. We had a 10 am reservation for breakfast, arrived 10
minutes early and waited 30 minutes for our table. Meanwhile people without
reservations kept coming up and were seated right away. When I questioned the
hostess, she said they were getting our table together and that’s what was
taking so long. They finally call our name, I was shocked at how empty the
place was, and WE had to but our table together. My cousin’s 3 & 1 year
olds were so cranky by the time we finally sat down it was hard to enjoy it by
then. It was still a great trip and it’s a miracle that was our only problem.
not you can find me on Twitter @WDEHST or on Facebook, Heather Silvernail
Terrell. Have a Magical Thanksgiving and Holiday Season. War Eagle!!