Biggest Pet Peeves on a Disney Vacation

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Whether you stay on or off Disney property you have spent a lot of money to get there. You have dreams of beautiful Christmas Card quality photos. Dreams of 75 degree weather with beautiful sunshine. Dreams of a perfect view of Wishes at the Magic Kingdom. The truth is that doesn’t always happen. Out of a weeks worth of vacation photos I usually have two that has everyone looking in the same direction and not looking like someone just got run through the ringer. Here are a few of my pet peeves about a Disney Vacation.Mickey parade party

1. Wear Deodorant: There are a handful of people in this world that are allergic to deodorant. This is about the millions of other people that choose not to wear it. When it’s 95 degrees outside and we hit Space Mountain to get out of the sun. I don’t appreciate the fact that you choose not to wear something that helps keep your body odor under control. I’m not talking about  the your deodorant has worn off and you have a faint musky smell. I’m talking about the rank, clear the room and makes you want to lose your lunch musky smell. You spent $100 to get into the park. Spend $1 at the dollar store for something to control your odor.

2. The cutting of of scooters and strollers: You see the scooter coming. The stroller already has a screaming princess in it. Let them pass or speed up. Don’t jump out in front of them and then look at them as if you are shocked when they bump into you. At the same time Scooter drivers and Stroller pushers need to be aware of their surroundings. You can almost begin to sense the teen that is beginning to jump in front of you.

3. Your little prince or princess doesn’t deserve or need his or her own seat on a crowded bus: We are all tired!! All of us are crabby!! Your precious two year old can sit on your lap for twenty minutes to give someone else a chance to sit for awhile and maybe get a few more people to their hotel room sooner. Also, three skinny kids can share two seats and don’t need their own. This is also a great time to teach or reinforce manners to your kids and have them give their seats up to older guests or that pregnant lady that may have over done it.

epcot illuminations fireworks4. Don’t put your child on your shoulders unless you are sure you aren’t blocking someone’s view: It really ticks me off that I have waited for the fireworks and a family stops right in front of me and places their kids on their shoulders so the their kids can see. I appreciate the fact that you want your kids to see but I also want my kids to be able to see so I got here early. Since you, your wife and both of your parents now have 4 kids on your shoulders so they can see… There are about 20 people who waited to see the fireworks (or parade) that are no longer able to have good view. Please be aware of your surroundings.

5. Put your cell phones away: I own my own business and I understand that it is hard to take a break. But make an effort to interact with your kids and family. Make an effort to connect with something other than Facebook and twitter.

5. Part Two: Don’t talk so loud that everyone can hear you. I don’t care to listen to you complain to someone about how upset your stomach has been since you have been on vacation. It’s none of my business how much you drank last night. Keep it down folks.

6. Take your picture and move on: Most people will stop and allow you to take a beautiful family picture without photo bombers. Some will even offer to take the pic so you can be in it. Don’t take 15 photos to get the perfect one and hold everyone else up. Take 2-3 photos and allow everyone to pass. Then try again. We are on vacation too.

7. The reluctant bag opener: Security is going to ask you to open and unzip your bag. Have it already off your shoulders and unzipped/opened for them to look through. It will make the line move much faster.

8. Taking photos on rides: We all notice that big flash on Pirates of the Caribbean. Don’t try to look innocent. But I do laugh when that pictures doesn’t turn out well and you have the nerve to complain about it.

9. Not dressing appropriately: This is a pet peeve on so many levels. Really think through the day. Your princess looks amazing in the Cinderella gown at rope drop. By 12 noon, she is over it. Have a change of clothes. I also don’t need to see cleavage or but cheeks or belly buttons on full grown women. COVER UP!

10. Surprised by Rain: It’s central Florida. Rain will happen and it will happen when you aren’t prepared. Get over it!

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Things said to a Travel Agent #3

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When working with customers, there are times that you just have to laugh at responses and questions. This is the third installment Epcot illuminations balloonof  “Things said to a travel agent”. I hop you enjoy with a great sense of humor.

~ Client: I’ve always wanted to go to Paris to see Big Ben. / Agent: Do you mean the Eiffel Tower or to London? / Client: Does the Eiffel tower have the clock in it?

~ Client: I would like to go to an all inclusive resort for my honeymoon. It needs to be at least a 4 star resort for 7 nights. The price needs to include airfare. My budget is $1,500. /Agent: Is that per person? / Client: No. That’s total for the trip. I decided to spend an extra $5,000 on my dress so I took that money from my honeymoon budget.

~ How bad is customs in Hawaii? {said by a US citizen}

~ Why would Disney build a park that is exclusive to Harry Potter?

~ How much alcohol can you take into the theme parks?

dumbo~ Could you please give me a quote to sleep in one of the little boats that hang on the side of the cruise ship? They seem like they would be cool to stay in.

~ Can you please request that I don’t have a stateroom attendant on the cruise? I don’t want to pay him a gratuity. I also don’t need a time to go to the dining hall. I  don’t want to pay the gratuity to the servers either.

~ {said by a 19 year old college student booking a spring break cruise} I will use my fake ID to get alcohol on the cruise ship? /Agent: They don’t check your ID at the bar. You are issued a room key/charging card that will say you are underage to purchase alcohol./ Client: Bummer

~ My cat has separation anxiety. Do you think the hotel maid will change his kitty pan if I take him with us?

~ {after they returned} Client: I would like you to refund me the cost of my trip. /Agent: Why? / Client: I got caught smoking three times in non authorized areas and I was kicked out of the parks. It was a huge inconvenience.

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Wednesday Disney Trivia

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Did you know that Walt Disney won 22 Academy Awards and was nominated 59 times between 1932 & 1969?

There were also three statues made specially for him including one honoring Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs featuring one large statue and seven smaller ones.

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The Disney Magic is currently in port! See it on a live web cam

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I’m very excited to see the Disney Magic all shiny and new. You can see the Aqua Duck that is now part of the ship.

Click here to see the Port Canaveral Web cam

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Do you want to be a Travel Agent?

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From my earliest memories, I loved to travel. It didn’t matter if it was a day excursion or an 10 night dream trip. I wanted to see my Downtown Disney entrance sign, Mickey Mouse Disney, Mickey Mouse Disney sign, Disney, Mickey Mouseworld, my country, my state and my town. That passion for travel brought me to opening my own agency. I know that there are many people that have this same dream and I would like to help make their dreams come true as well. Before becoming a travel agent, I worked at the The Disney Store on the management team. My favorite part was training new cast members and always being able to learn something new. That is the foundation of Magical Vacations by Me. It’s about having a support system to help you realize your dreams. Whether you are a new agent or someone that has been in the industry for awhile, please read the article below and email the answers to the questions below to frances@magicalvacationsbyme.com

As an independent contractor with Magical Vacations by Me, LLC,  you’ll set your own schedule while booking travel for clients and receiving commission on that client’s travels. You’ll be running your own home business via Internet, phone, and in-person and could enjoy tax benefits – please speak with your tax adviser. This is a 100% commission position. There is no base salary or company provided health insurance.

There are no hidden fees with Magical Vacations by Me. You can expect to pay normal business expenses such as document mailing costs, business cards, office supplies, travel expenses, continuing education, etc. There is a one time on boarding fee of $150 that you can receive $100 back once you have met a $15,000 sales goal within 9 months on contract. No yearly or monthly sales fees.

You would work under Magical Vacations by Me’s industry ID. You would be able to book vacations for trips all around the world, if you so choose. You aren’t limited to just Disney.

Polynesian Resort, Polynesian Resort food, Plynesian resort restaurantsMYTH: Being a Travel Specialist will be soooo easy! All you do is punch in a couple of keys on the computer and it’s done!

It’s a lot of hard work with great rewards but you must put forth the effort. You will have to learn to balance your home life and your clients. Clients don’t always want to talk when it’s convenient to you. You only get paid AFTER your client has traveled and AFTER MVbM has received payment from the vendor. This means that you put forth a lot of work before you get paid. There is also a chance that you may work hard and the client books direct with Disney, with another agent or they may decide not to go.

You must also be in the US legally and fill out a W9 form for tax purposes.

If you application is accepted:

1. There is a $150 on boarding fee that you will receive $100 back when you have $15,000 in confirmed sales within the first 9 months on contract.

2. You must complete the Disney College of Knowledge and basic travel education within a timely manner.

3. Submit three referrals for vacations

4. Begin making dreams come true.

Please answer the following questions and email your responses to frances@magicalvacationsbyme.com

1. Full Legal Name

2. Mailing Address

3. Best Contact phone number and times to contact

4. Are you able to give full time hours (32 + hours per week) or Part Time (up to 20 hours per week)?

5. Are you currently employed? If so, where?

6. Would you be willing to submit to a back ground check?

7. Are you active on social media? If so, where? (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

8. Do you have your own blog or one that you write for? If so, what is it?

9. Please list all Disney Destinations that you have experienced and the dates that you experienced them.

10. Please list any other travel partners that you may have experienced (Sandals, Royal Caribbean, Universal Resorts, Sea World etc.).

11. Please tell us about your favorite Disney experience.

12. Where will you find your clients? (The ball field, church, social media etc. )

13. Why do you think you would make a great Magical Vacations by Me travel specialist?

14. Do you have any previous experience in the travel industry?

I look forward to hearing back from you soon.

 

 

Some Real Questions Asked to Travel Agents

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As a travel agent, I like to think that I already know the questions that will be asked before I pick up the phone to contact a client. There have been a few that have taken me off guard. I’m now able to laugh at all of them but some of them did have me and other agents a little perplexed as to “Why would you tell me this?”Magic Kingdom Pete Fantasyland

Please enjoy with a great sense of humor:

  • My son has a warrant out for his arrest. Do you think he will still be able to fly?
  • Client: I would like to go to Disneyland in Florida.    Agent: Great, Disneyland is in California. Is it the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida that you wish to travel too?   Client: No. I have been to Walt Disney World in Orlando. I would like to see Disneyland in Florida next.
  • Does travel insurance cover a cancellation if my husband is arrested for a little felony?
  • Client: I saw the new Harry Potter world was open at Disney. Will I get a chance to see it when I’m at the Magic Kingdom?   Agent: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is located at Universal Studios and it’s not a Disney Property.   Client: But the internet says it’s located at the Magic Kingdom.
  • In an email: (Attachment picture of a child) Do you think my 5 year old could pass as a big two year old?
  • How do I make my child look like he’s disabled? I don’t want to wait in lines.
  • I’m only going to make a reservation for four people but there will be 7 of us staying in the room at Pop Century. Do you think we Magic Kingdom Crystal Palace restaurantwill all be comfortable?
  • (Email received after client arrived home after trip to WDW. They traveled the second week in July) We had a great trip except it was very hot. I wasn’t expecting it to be in the 90’s with a heat index around 100 every day.
  • May I pay my balance when I get home from my trip?
  • Client: I can’t believe they made me take my cooler full of beer back to the car. It’s not like they sell it at the Magic Kingdom.  Curious Agent: How many beers did you have in the cooler.  Client: Oh, I took a whole case. I didn’t want to run out.
  • Client: {Laughing} I’m so excited. My mother in law is going to pay for my trip to Disney. Here is her credit card number.   Agent: I need her to sign an authorization form first. Where can I send it?  Client: Oh, I just took the credit card out of her purse. She doesn’t know she’s paying for it yet.
  • I don’t want to pay your commission. Could you please tell me how much you make and I will remove that from the invoice. (No, it wasn’t a service issue)

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Happy Friday Pictures!!

Start this weekend off with some Disney inspiration!

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Is it a baseball or the moon?

Chip and dale

Is there a happier pair?

Cinderella castle

It makes you want to say ahhhhh!

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New Giveaway! This time it’s Jewelry!!

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By Frances

This is the first time that we have been part of a jewelry giveaway in a long time. we are very excited. We have partnered with Disney by the Day & Etsy shop aWishUponaCharm. and the And not only do we have a giveaway, there are 3 different prizes that you can win!

There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner.

1st place: The Princess Charm bracelet shown in the graphic above! It features 11 Disney princesses and is a must have for any Disney fan.

2nd place: Any 3 charm bracelet in the shop. Lots of cute ones to choose from, including a Cinderella Castle charm, Dole Whip Charm, Mickey Mouse glove and much more.

3rd place: Minnie Mouse bow necklace. Perfect to add to a collection or to start one. minnie bow

All you have to do to enter is to fill out the rafflecopter form in the link below. The contest closes at 11:59pm on September 22, 2013. This giveaway is open to US residents only. The winners will receive an email to tell them they’ve won, and the winners will also be announced on Mouze Kateerz facebook fan page! Prizes will be provided by aWishUponaCharm. Disney in your Day, Mouze Kateerz & Magical Vacations by Me are not responsible for the sending and receiving of prizes.

Click here to enter the giveaway!

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Disney’s Princess Fairytale Hall Opens September 18th

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English: Logo for New Fantasyland -- the expan...

English: Logo for New Fantasyland — the expansion of Fantasyland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Frances

Disney’s Princess Fairytale Hall opens on September 18th! You will be given a choice to meet Cinderella and visiting princess or Rapunzel and a visiting princess. As with all things with the new Fantasyland expansion, no detail is too small for this magical place. There are custom portraits of all of the princesses. Melted wax on the candle sticks. Check out this you tube video to see more details.

LINK TO YOU TUBE

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Beautiful Skies over the Magic Kingdom

These photos are brought to you by Lucinda from Without a Care in the World!

Please enjoy them and tell us what you think ….

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