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Pre-Planning Disneyland

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We all want to get the most out of our vacations, and with some Key Disneyland Planning you can. We’ve created a handy checklist for you to follow along with as you start the planning process. If you use a Travel Agent, then they will do most of this for you.

Here’s a highlighted checklist of what to plan before arriving:

  • Plan the Best Time of Year for Your Visit – This is very personal, if you don’t like crowds, don’t go in July. If you don’t mind crowds and want full days with lots of options, July is probably your best choice.
  • Contact Your Travel Agent with a list of your wants – Put them to work for you, that’s what they do and at no cost to you
  • Order For Yourself Or Have Your Travel Agent Send You A Disney Vacation Planning DVD – It’s fun to watch no matter what
  • Write a Vacation Budget – Share with Your Travel Agent – this should include your must do’s, food budget (then add 20%), souvenir budget and Miscellaneous items
  • Decide On Your Resort – Disneyland Resorts or Good Neighbor – Both have many pro’s and con’s. Find the right one for you can take some time. Again, I recommend having a Travel Agent do this for you. Tell them your needs and wants and they will find it for you
  • Start Training your legs for a lot of walking – I never do this and every time wish I had. My legs hurt at the end of the first day. Some might say I’ll never learn
  • View The Park Maps Online – Great way to plan out your days at the Park
  • 60 days prior have Travel Agent book Dining – This is Very Important. Places like Blue Bayou, and Character meals fill up fast. Don’t miss out on your favorites by procrastinating.
  • Create and follow a packing list – Get the weather report for your visit times and pack accordingly. Don’t forget: Sunscreen, Medications, Sunglasses, Comfortable Walking Shoes, Camera, Cell Phone Charger, Glasses, Extra Contacts, Swimsuit, Light Jacket or Sweatshirt, Shorts, Jeans, Comfortable Backpack to carry everything, Postage Stamps to share your great time with family and friends via Postcards, and Extra Memory for Camera Plus Camera Charger
  • Plan Your Ride – Rental Car or Resort Transit – This could also help decide which hotel to choose. Do you mind driving to parks or do you want to walk? Do you want to be in the middle of all the action with no worrying about getting a ride or walking? There are lots of choices around Disneyland, Research well or again, have your Travel Agent find the perfect hotel for you
  • Find your Personal House of Worship – If you plan on crossing over Saturdays and Sundays, and it is important to your family to worship, then find a local church, synagogue, mosque or other house of worship to attend.
  • Make a Countdown to Disney Vacation Project – The kids, oh come on all of you will, will love the countdown and it will keep you on track with getting the most done on time. Plus the excitement never wears off, it just grows and grows!

I hope this list will help you on your next Disneyland Vacation. As always know that getting free help for your planning is just a click away!

Contact DisneyDaniel today to book your first, next or best Disney Vacation!

Pre-Planning Aulani Trip

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Have you been considering a visit to Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa? When you think of a trip to Hawaii what are you looking for? Warm sandy beaches with a fruity drink in your hand? Scuba or snorkeling around the islands? Sitting by the pool while the kids are entertained? Interacting with local species and natural wonders? Do you want to go Island hopping? What else are you thinking of when Planning A Visit To Disney’s Aulani?

I have some good news for everyone, Aulani is able to provide all of these options and of much more.

When you first start planning a trip to the middle of the Pacific Ocean to visit Hawaii and Aulani, you need to make some decisions, and honestly you should call a travel agent.

What’s My Budget: With all vacations, most of us have to start here. We all wish we didn’t have to of course, but this is a necessary truth. Once you’ve established your own comfort level you can begin to narrow down the rest of your trip.

How Many Days Should I Plan to Visit: Personally, I would suggest no less than 5 days at Aulani. With so many activities to experience, this would be the minimum amount of time to get some of the island flavor. Snorkeling, lazy rivers, scavenger hunts, Auntie’s Beach House for the kids, and so much more.

When Should I Plan To Visit: This is the easiest of all things to decide, there is no bad time, if you base it on weather, to visit. Hawaii has year round beautiful weather. Go in January or August and you’ll find the temperatures aren’t far apart. August brings in at high 70’s and January is low 80’s. July would be in the high 80’s.

What Else Do I Want To Do: Aulani is about 20 minutes from Waikiki. Consider if you want to stay a few days in the bustling crowds and shopping of the Waikiki area. You can also plan day trips from Aulani to visit. Additionally, plan a few other day trips. Head up to the North Shore, Dole Plantation and perhaps a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center. All of these are located on Oahu as well. If you want to visit a volcano or other Hawaiian features, you can have your travel agent book some excursions for you. Short flight or long-boat trip to the other islands.

We’ve started here with how to pre-plan your trip to Aulani, keep checking back for more in-depth information on Aulani. In the meantime, enjoy this video from Disney on the Behind the Scenes Magic at Aulani:

Check back often for more information on Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa.

I hope you found this information useful and fun. I am here to answer questions and would happily help you plan your trip to Aulani. Visit me at my Agent Page for more information.

Main Street U.S.A. Secrets

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When you first enter the park the ground is red brick. Walt wanted you to feel like you were entering on a red carpet, being treated like royalty. Also he added the tunnels to walk through so that once you came through them you would feel you were entering a new world. I’d say he hit it right with the tunnels. Thankfully he was talked out of walking through curtains. Imagine the disarray that would have caused.

When you are at the end of Main Street, USA looking towards castle, Imagineers used “Forced Perspective” to make castle appear larger. It’s a trick where the buildings get smaller the further down the street you go. Disney has used this “trick” in every theme park since.

Did you know the names on the windows above the shops, on Main Street U.S.A. are real people? Most are Imagineers who were essential to fulfilling Walt’s Dreams. You’ll see up there is UB Iwerks. UB was the first one to join Walt at his new studio. UB is also co-creator of Mickey. Many more Imagineers and other key people are immortalized on these window panes as their own proprietors.

Those Imagineers and Walt sure did come up with some amazing tricks to get us visitors to do the right thing. For instance the only place in the park that has a black street is Main Street… Why? Black gets hotter than any other color which in turn makes you want to move towards the castle and not create a bottleneck along Main Street…

Have you noticed that if you stand on the sidewalks of Main Street the trees block your view of the castle? And vice versa if you’re on the street? Here’s why! It was decided if you were on the sidewalk the best way to get you into the stores was to block the view of the castle and surrounding park… Just as if you’re standing in the street, the trees block the stores and will not distract you from moving along towards the castle. No wonder they are called IMAGINEERS!

Here’s one most people don’t consider but will have a “D’uh!” moment when you read this. You never hear the sounds of Anaheim which is right outside the gates. Guess what else you don’t get from Anaheim…???  The smell. Yup Disneyland has what are called Smellitzer’s around the park. You never knew it happened, but you also aren’t smelling car exhaust or any other city smells. Most people know the instance of the citrus smell on Soarin Over California. That’s one you could hardly miss, but many more exist to give all your senses access to the magic! How bout some fresh baked cookies on Main Street, USA? Yeah you probably thought they were being baked right then.

Keep checking back for more secrets! There’s lots more to share.