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Have Your Best Disney Cruise!-22 Tips for a Disney Cruise

This post was originally going to be a top ten, but the list ended up being a bit longer than intended.  Most of these tips are for cruisers with a limited experience aboard Disney Cruise Line.  Hopefully, you find at least one tip helpful.

Choose the right Itinerary.  I made a mistake on our first Disney Cruise.  At the time, our family consisted of my wife, two-year-old son, and myself.  We were nervous about how we would handle a cruise.  We were uncertain about how we would react to the ship’s movement and entertainment while onboard.  We cruised aboard the Disney Dream for a four-night itinerary.  After multiple Disney cruises and an additional family member, I have been able to determine the perfect duration for our family–365 nights!  Seriously though, I would not hesitate from taking my family on an extended cruise.  We have two young children and I still would not hesitate to take a long cruise.  However, my wife and I recently went on a three-night cruise aboard the Disney Magic.  We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, but we both missed our children.  We agreed that we would be willing to take another short cruise without our kids, but we could not be away from them any longer than that.

Choose the correct stateroom and location of your stateroom.  There are countless websites, blog posts, and videos that can give you an endless amount of detail about staterooms aboard a Disney ship, and I cannot do the topic justice in a brief paragraph.  So, please do your homework or work with a good agent that will ask about the people you are travelling with to get a good fit for your stateroom.  After selecting a stateroom category, location of your stateroom can be specified.  Is quick/easy access to certain venues important?  How close would you like to be to elevators and stairs?  Are multiple staterooms necessary?  Etc.

Princess meets are fantastic.  Our family was able to meet Belle, Rapunzel, Snow White, Cinderella, Anna, and Elsa in under an hour!  Here is the tip you need to know:  You have to get tickets for two separate events at the Port Adventures desk.  I went to the desk immediately after we boarded the ship.  I obtained tickets for the Princess Meet and Greet and the Anna & Elsa Meet for ideal times for our family.  It worked out very well.

*Please Note:  Disney just announced scheduling for cruises of 7 nights or longer.  Be sure to discuss this with your agent as I am unaware of the details at this time.

Kids’ Clubs offer kids/tweens/teens a wide variety of supervised entertainment.  There are multiple kids’ clubs that are divided into age ranges.  Beginning at age 3, the service is included in your voyage fare.  We took advantage of the services during one of our Palo reservations.  Drop-off and pick-up are easy and secure.  There can be a line so keep that in mind if you have reservations.  Also, be sure to pre-register your children to save time on your vacation.

Pirate Night is bigger than what I expected.  On our first cruise, we took Pirate Night for granted.  We did not dress up and did not expect the overall theming throughout the ship.  Although dressing up is not necessary, it makes the evening a lot more fun.  We dress our children up in pirate garb more than ourselves, but my wife and I wear subtle nautical themed clothing.  Make sure you arrive to the deck party early to obtain a good viewing area.  Fireworks can be viewed from a lot of different areas of the ship.

Know when to book your cruise (or move your placeholder).  Generally speaking, cruisers need to book early for popular itineraries and the busy season.  By early, I mean immediately when itineraries are announced.  This is usually well over a year in advance.  This will likely be the best pricing you will be able to get.  There are times of the year and less popular itineraries that do not require booking this far in advance, but I still recommend making a reservation as soon as you know your party will be able to take a cruise.

The first Navigator is obtained upon boarding the ship.  Each evening, a new Navigator will be delivered to your stateroom for the following day.  The Navigator provides detailed information about all areas of the ships and the day’s activities onboard.  The Disney Cruise Line smartphone app is even better.  It has the information provided on the Navigator, detailed information about the evening’s dining, chat/text feature, etc…  And, the app can be downloaded in advance to provide a cool countdown.

Book your next Disney cruise while onboard.  The easiest way to get a discount on your next Disney cruise is to book during your cruise.  This is something I try to take care of by the end of the second night.  On our last cruise, I ended up waiting in line for 45 minutes to book our placeholder because I waited until our last night.  The benefits at the time of this post are a 10% off prevailing cruise fare, onboard credit from Disney, and a reduced deposit.  You DO NOT have to select a specific cruise in order to do this.  For example, I always book a placeholder.  The placeholder needs to be used within 24 months from the first night of the current cruise.Castaway Cay Family Beach

Carry-on luggage is very important.  Staterooms are not available until early afternoon.  On our last cruise, we were able to get into our rooms at 1:30.  We boarded the ship around 11:30.  So, it is helpful to pack anything you may need during that time in your carry-on. Also, any alcohol is supposed to be brought on the ship via carry-on.

Bring a cup, mug, or tervis.  Complimentary beverages are available.  However, the cups are relatively small.  If you bring your own cup(s), this may save you several trips to the top of the ship!

Skip this if you don’t drink coffee.  I enjoy strong coffee mixed with a specific flavored creamer.  This creamer is unavailable on the ship.  And, the coffee at the drink station is not the best.  Bringing my creamer helps me start off the day I normally do and probably most personal tip here.  The creamer I drink does come in single-serving sizes, so it was easy to bring aboard.  There are very good coffees available at Cove Café.

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Coffee at Cove Cafe

Bars aboard a Disney ship are underrated.  They are very well themed and the servers are amazing.  If you are up late, please do yourself a favor and hangout at one of these places.  I am NOT advocating drinking alcohol.  Other beverages are available and are actually very good.IMG_6375

If feasible, bring a case of water with you.  We drove to Port Canaveral for a couple of our cruises.  I placed one of our luggage stickers on a case of water.  The staff delivered the case of water to our room just as the other pieces of luggage were.  I have heard rumors that this is not allowed anymore, but I will continue to do it even after it doesn’t work the first time!  Having the water available in the room is very convenient.  **Summer 2018 Update** We stayed at Walt Disney World prior to our cruise.  We used Amazon Prime Now to get a case of water delivered to our resort.  We were able to use DCL transfers, and DCL transferred our case of water with our luggage.  The case of water was delivered to our stateroom.

Adults-only restaurants, including Palo and Remy, offer a wonderful dining experience.  Make no mistake, I thoroughly enjoy dining in Animator’s Palate, Enchanted Garden, and other dining rooms.  And, I love grabbing food at some of the “quick-service” spots.  But, dinner at Palo and Remy or Palo Brunch are special opportunities.  And, for the surcharges, I feel they offer an incredible value.

Disney Cruise Line is great at offering activities for every age.  If you enjoy an alcoholic drink, I highly recommend trying an alcohol tasting.  The event is a great opportunity to try something you have probably not experienced.  More importantly, this may be a great opportunity to meet some new people as well.  For that reason, I suggest making your reservation for this activity early in your itinerary.

On our first Disney cruise, my wife and I wasted valuable packing space on beach towels and a lifejacket for our son.  Lifejackets and towels are provided at the pools and on Castaway Cay.  Save your luggage space for the speedo.

If you have the opportunity, reserve a cabana on Castaway Cay.  Getting a cabana is nearly impossible for most cruisers as they go quickly.  However, they may become available if some cruisers change their mind.  So, check occasionally to see if one becomes available.

Getting up early or staying up late will provide you an opportunity to see a sunrise or sunset you will remember forever.  This is one of my favorite things to do on any cruise.  I am an early riser, so this is an activity I do easily, and I am very happy that I take advantage of this.  My favorite place to do this is on the highest deck.  I was able to go to the very front of the ship one morning.  It is amazing.  On our first cruise, my wife and I, by strictly luck, enjoyed a sunset in Palo.  Wow!

Fish Extender groups are so much fun!  FE groups deserve their own post, so I will try to be as brief as possible for the purpose here.  These are groups that exchange gifts with one another via hanging pouch(es) next to their cabin door.  There is a sea creature that can hold the pouch(es).  People place gifts in the pouches throughout the cruise.  This is a HUGE hit with our kids.  They are excited to check the FE every time we come back to our stateroom.

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Our FE

Doing laundry is never fun but can be necessary aboard Disney Cruise Line.  We book-ended out Disney Cruise with stays at Walt Disney World.  We did several loads of laundry aboard the Disney Dream.  We were lucky with the location of our stateroom.  We had laundry located just steps away from our door.  You use your stateroom key to charge the fees for using the washer and dryer.  We brought detergent packets and dryer sheets, so we didn’t have to purchase them on the ship.  Here is something I found interesting-it was cheaper to do laundry aboard the Dream than doing it at The Polynesian.

Watch the live shows in the Walt Disney Theatre.  These stage productions are spectacular.  If you want prime seating arrive early.  However, most seating offers great views of the stage.

Book your Disney Cruise Line reservation with a travel agent.  Travel agents offer obvious services like booking with Disney.  In addition, agents will send reminders about making payments and when final payment is due.  They also offer insight on current company policies such as documentation requirements or bringing alcohol onboard.  Agents can also link multiple reservations if families are travelling together, or agents can link Walt Disney World packages with Disney Cruise Line reservations to provide a seamless experience.  Most agents or agencies offer perks as well.  Some give gifts and others credit your stateroom account with credit to spend however you like.  The best part is most agents charge you NOTHING for their services!cinch sac

Cruising with Disney is a terrific experience.  Disney takes service to another level, and we all know and love their entertainment.  Please comment or email me your Disney Cruise Line tips.

Justin Eggenberger, Co-owner of Adventure is Out There Travel, LLC

justin@adventureisouttheretravel.com

Twitter @JAEggenberger

Morimoto Asia

wp-1468260241656.jpgLast week, I had the opportunity to dine at the newly opened Morimoto Asia located in Walt Disney World. This restaurant is more specifically located in Disney Springs and is a collaboration between Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Patina Restaurant Group. Having been a fan of the show Iron Chef and a foodie by self-proclamation, I was excited to visit! The cuisine promised to borrow from various regions of Asia (more on that in a minute), yum!

My family and I arrived at Disney Springs a little early andMorimoto Asia meandered to find the restaurant. We had a 4:30pm Advanced Dining Reservation. As we dodged a few raindrops, we quickly came upon a beautiful shining gray and glass building. There was a vertical sign on the side which read “Morimoto Asia” (found it!) and on top of the building, large letters spelling out “Springs Bottling Co.” This sign keeps the building within the theming of this newly remodeled area.

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Upon entering, and just in time as the skies opened up, we were greeted by beautiful Morimoto Asiainterior decor. It consisted of glass, silver, and red tones. We were seated quickly, but I couldn’t stop looking up and around at all of the breathtaking decorations. Just stunning. and a little odd in some places. One wall sports very unique black and white photographs of many interesting individuals.

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Now for the good stuff. The menu had a little of every kind of
dish from various regions of Asia. Noodles, rice, egg rolls, sushi, sashimi, stir-fry, pad-thai, soups, salads, duck, the list goes on wp-1468260245094.jpgand on. We ordered a few things to share. First up was the Hamachi Tacos. These “tacos” were in what I think are a fried wonton wrapper, with yellow tail tuna, kalamata olives, lime, cilantro, and avocado. Wow! Then we dined on a spicy tuna roll. After this we shared pad thai and the Wok Fry Shrimp. wp-1468259260696.jpg

It was all very tasty. If I had to offer a criticism it would be they small size of the shrimp dish. Three medium shrimp with about a cup of stir fry vegetables didn’t strike me as a good value, though again, it was very delicious and pretty.

After dinner we couldn’t wait for dessert. The majority of their wp-1468260251763.jpgdesserts are “for two”. Oh my goodness, I’m so glad we did not forgo dessert. We ordered the MM Parfait. Two chocolate cream puffs, vanilla gelato, nutella, hazelnut chocolate crunch, and sesame mochi (I could have done without the mochi). One of the best desserts I ever had and will get me to return! My son had a Churro Fondue – three mini churros with nutella sauce. Good as well.

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Of course I had to check out the restrooms. They stayed within the style of the restaurant and were very modern. The photography on the walls of the restroom was very interesting and may leave you puzzled. I’m still puzzled (I don’t want to spoil anything, but if you can’t contain your curiosity, send me a message on Twitter).

Overall, I found this restaurant to be a welcome addition the renewed Downtown Area, Disney Springs. It is visually beautiful, all of it. The decor and the food. I would definitely return on our next visit, even if it was just for the dessert (oh, the dessert).

by Rebecca

@fitmousepodcast

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How to Plan a Surprise Disney Vacation

Ahh! The surprise Disney World Vacation! Yes, it’s as fun as it sounds.

I have planned two surprise trips for my children. The question I always get asked is. HOW did you do it?  Disney requires a lot of planning and it can be a bit tricky, but it is totally worth the extra effort. I mean who does not enjoy seeing a child’s little face when a surprise is revealed? So with that being said, I have a few tips to help you with your surprise Disney World trip.

  • Be sure to let anyone you tell know that this is a surprise vacation. People love to talk about Disney and the cat can be let out of the bag well before you want it to be. So you may want to limit or selectively chose whom you tell about the trip.

Now as you progress with your reservation there are going to be things you will need or want to discuss with certain members of the traveling group. Like dinner reservations those are going to need to be booked 180 days from the first day you arrive and FastPass+ reservations these should be booked at 60 days before the first day you leave for the trip. Provided you’re staying on Disney property and yes you will want to stay on property.

  • When possible try to discuss trip details when the children/person is not around. I know this is not always possible so that’s why I included the next tip.
  • If you should need to discuss the trip while the children/ person is/are around. I highly recommend using a code word for “Disney and Disney World”

When we were planning our trips we used the code word “ceiling fan.”   The reason for this is because if my kids hear the word Disney or Disney World they would have started listening to every single world we said.  So get together and pick a code word. Remember to stay away from using anything that they will be interested in.  Examples kitty, puppy, and any toys things that they may want it could lead to a meltdown especially if you’re dealing with small children. Also, they may end up upset they did not get that item instead of being happy they are going to Disney World.

  • Avoid using the names of characters when discussing the trip while in the presence of the children/ person these names will draw attention to your conversations and it could send up a hint.
  • Be careful when you’re working on your computer like on My Disney Experience and booking your air travel. Kids love to try to sneak peaks at what you’re doing and some of them can spot the Disney header from a mile away.

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So these are just a few pointers for getting thru the planning process of a surprise Disney World trip. Stay tuned for my next post about how I revealed the trips. As always you can contact me at amanda@adventureisouttheretravel.com  like me on Facebook” Travel Agent Amanda.”  You can also contact any of our other agents at www.adventureisouttheretravel.com . We would all love to help you plan the perfect vacation for your family.

Norwegian Getaway one of the best

Many people love cruising and I know why. It took me 31 years of my life until I got on one. Since then I have 2 under my belt and a 3rd one on the way March 2017 with 7 other friends abound the Norwegian Getaway. First it was the Eastern Caribbean St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands); Tortola (British Virgin Islands); Nassau (Bahamas then the Western Caribbean ); Great Stirrup Cay (Bahamas); Ocho Rios (Jamaica); George Town (Grand Cayman); Cozumel (Mexico). Now were heading to  Roatan, Bay Islands (Honduras); Belize City (Belize); Costa Maya (Mexico); Cozumel (Mexico)

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enjoying Grand Cayman

 

The Getaway is the second newest ship Norwegian has put out, with a new ship the Escape which was being released in 2015 and a new ship coming in 2017 Joy for Asian Cruises.  The first thing you notice when getting to the port was the size of the ship, it’s so big they board from 2 different terminals. As we bored the cruise staff is singing and dancing making us feel right at home. One of this ships clam to fame is that there are 23 bars located around the ship, everything from the Sun Set bar witch is our favorite to the Bliss Bar to the Mojito Bar.

A huge bonus on Norwegian is when it come to meals everything is “Free Style”, which means you don’t have to eat with anyone, you can sit where ever and can eat at different times there are no set rules.

The food … You all know my wife and I are Foodies, well I have to tell you the food was Amazing. We ate many times at the Noodle bar, best egg rolls and dumplings, you better get there early it fills up fast. There are 3 Main Dining rooms on this ship and they all serve the same food on the same night. Beef Wellington, Steak Diane, Salmon, Scallops and  Mahi-Mahi just to name a few, and off course the 24 hour restaurant, that came in handy a few times on the ship.

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Margaritas at Wet Wendy’s
Enjoying the island is one of the best part of the cruise, we get off to enjoy the local offerings. We tried Cronk we tried local fish and off course we tried all the local beers

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Drinking the local beer in Margaritaville Jamica on the beach

But I think what made the Cruise was the Amazing Norwegian Getaway Staff. Form the bar tenders to the wait staff and to our house staff service was first class. Anything and everything was right at out finger tips. The boat was immaculate, and the crew were always on top of cleaning even the littlest detail. Plus AIOTT can help plan all you Norwegian needs.

 

Tips and Experiences with European Travel

First step: Get a passport.  Word of advice here:  DO NOT get so anxious when signing your passport that you sign your maiden name and not the married name that is on the passport.  –  Yes, another one of my bloopers!  Luckily, my trip organizer noticed it & there was enough room on the signature line to sign my married name after my maiden name.

Things to pack:  travel documents (including properly signed passport), medication, sunglasses, rain gear, and personal items.  Be sure to pack good walking shoes.  And don’t forget your camera.  This is the trip of a lifetime for most, and photos are priceless.  We each packed a small journal and wrote in it every night before bed.  I have read mine numerous times, as the journal obtains details of experiences I never want to forget.

Money:  One member of our group had her purse stolen and another had her wallet removed from her purse.  Be vigilant and don’t think that it can’t happen to you. Bring some cash but also your credit card.  Be sure you tell your credit card company where you will be traveling.  One lady on our trip was purchasing a birthday gift for her son who was with us and his birthday was that very day. Her credit card company denied payment because she hadn’t notified them. It ruined her day and she ended up in tears.

Souvenirs:  if you see it and can afford it, buy it.  When will you ever get the chance again?  For me, the answer is simple.  I do not expect to have the opportunity to go there again.  Another word of advice:  leave room for souvenirs while packing.  I ended up buying a piece of luggage because I didn’t allow enough room in the luggage I had!

My first European trip was to Italy.  We went to Verona, Venice, Florence, Assisi, Siena, Vatican City, and Rome.  Women are required to wear dresses in some of the establishments (churches especially) and to have their shoulders covered.  I wore a dress over comfy clothes and then peeled the dress off when finished touring churches.  I am just not a dress-wearing-while-touring kind of gal.

Gelato:   mmmmm.mmmmm.mmmmm.  Get some.  Every night.Giletto

My second European trip was to France.  We went to Paris and saw the Eiffel Tower light up at night, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, the Bastile, the Louvre.  We also went to Rouen, Etretat, Normandy, Omaha Beach, St. Malo, Chartres, and Giverny.  Here is a photo of me & my sister on our last day at an outdoor café on L’Avenue des Champs Elysées in Paris.

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Bucket list:  My bucket list has Ireland & Scotland on it.  If you have European travel on your bucket list, contact one of the friendly travel agents at Adventure Is Out There Travel, LLC and we would be happy to help you plan your European adventure.

Claudia Eggenberger                                                                                                                                          Co-Owner/Agent                                                                                                                                                Adventure Is Out There Travel, LLC

 

 

Food and Wine Festival Specials 2015

Before you start reading this make sure you read it on a full stomach or have a few snacks next to you.. Finally we’re at Food and Wine, and let me tell you it’s worth the wait.

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We started the Festival by making a list of the  top 25 items that we wanted to try, this helps a lot; as it gives us a guideline of what to eat. This was just for the food part of the festival the alcohol part was a separate animal, which we enjoyed just as much. We did the Festival over 5 days so I recommend doing it over a few days that way you get to enjoy everything you eat and drink, and a little hint go during the week, crowds are much smaller than the weekends.  There are many special events and demonstration’s during the entire Festival I recommend checking http://www.disney.com for the whole list, and make a plan. We decided to attend a few of them, following is a preview.

Both Saturday mornings we attended The Parisian Breakfast at Les Chefs de France. This was an all you can eat buffet including French Meats, Sandwiches and breads along with many other French items as well, cost was $35 per person and it also came with bottom less mimosa’s and French coffee. Plus you got to enter Epcot early and receive a free gift bag. 2015-09-26 08.53.38.jpg

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we did the Festival Tasting Sampler Package.  What is this; you ask? It was new to the festival that year. It included 8 entitlements for food or beverage at any 1 of the 30 booths at the festival. Vip seating to Eat the Beat Concert at the 6:30pm showing. A limited release 20th anniversary Food and Wine pin.  The price for this was $59 per person, this is a must for any foodie. This was a great value, it included everything except beer flights. It’s a real  money maker.

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Friday Night we attended the Sparking IllumiNations Dessert Party. We noshed on desserts from around the world, Desserts were from about 15 different countries, this also include a rum punch and other alcoholic drinks. After enjoying all the treats  we had Vip front row seats for IlluminNations,  located right on the water where the bridge to France and England is,  this was a plus because this is our favorite nighttime Disney Show. Price for this was $49 per person, well worth the price!

Top 5 Food Items:

  1. Lamb Meatball- my favorite and this years King at the Feast
  2. Grilled Lamb Chop- was a close contender for first
  3. Kalua Pork Slider-  Tip: get extra Mayo, gives it a kick
  4. Braised Short Ribs in Cabernet- Melissa favorite you’ll be asking for seconds
  5. Grilled Beef Skewer-Tip: get extra sauce, made the dish

 

 

 

Disney’s Castaway Cay-A Great Place for Adults!

Castaway Cay has an adults-only area!  My wife and I have been to Castaway Cay four times over three Disney Cruise Line voyages.  (and we have another “double-dip” booked for Summer of 2017.)  We have only had an opportunity to visit Serenity Bay one time.  We think all adults need to visit this adult-only beach!

First, Castaway Cay is everything that you have heard/read (and possibly a lot more).  Castaway Cay is one of our family’s favorite vacation spots.  There are a vast amount of amenities only steps away at all times.  Furthermore, the Port Adventures available at Castaway Cay offer incredible enhancements and a tremendous value.  Castaway Cay itself is, in my opinion, an incredible value for families.  Just imagine if Disney could build a resort here…

Map of Castaway Cay

Getting to Serenity Bay is a little more challenging to get to than the other areas of Castaway Cay, but it is not difficult by any means.  The tram picks passengers up near the ship.  This tram stop is just past Marge’s Barges.  On the map, the tram stop is called Kargo Handling.  There are two family beach tram stops.  The first is at Scuttle’s Cove.  Scuttle’s Cove is basically the Oceaneers Club/Lab of Castaway Cay.  Parents may drop off children there similar to dropping them off at the clubs on the ship.  The second is Pelican Point.  Pelican Point is a stop right in the middle of two very vast family beaches.  The two beaches are divided by a protruding land mass that would otherwise be a very large lagoon.  However, on this peninsula, is the Heads Up bar.  It is a great place to have a beverage and take some great photos.  We got off of the tram at Pelican Point to wait for another tram to take us to Serenity Bay.  I believe the second tram would go between Pelican Point and Serenity Bay for a majority of the day.  The second tram picked us up within five minutes, and the ride to Serenity Bay was brief.

Serenity Bay is a wonderful place where adults may relax without the hustle and bustle of family life.  The biggest difference I remember is how tranquil the environment is.  It felt slow, spacious, and quiet.  This is much different than the family beaches which are very busy.  Great seating is abundant.  It was a short walk for my wife and me to find multiple lounge chairs with an umbrella.  Shortly after finding “our spot,” a server came by to check on our needs.  The service on Serenity Bay is terrific!  Our beverages were delivered quickly and our server checked on us often but not too much.

 

The beach at Serenity Bay looks like what you see on an advertisement for tropical resorts.  I am not referring to just the white sand and crystal blue water.  Those two features can be found at hundreds of locations.  The really cool thing about the ocean at Serenity Bay is how far out one can walk.  It tapers similar to most beaches.  However, there is a sandbar out a little way which is neat to hang out at.  The beach also has two key features that allow adults to stay secluded if they wish.  1.  A bar.  2.  Serenity Bay BBQ.  I really, REALLY like Cookies and Cookies Too, but my experience at the Serenity Bay BBQ was amazing.  I do not know if it was timing or luck, but my food was prepared to order which is much different than both Cookies locations.  I need to stress that the food is good no matter which location you are eating at on the island.  Another advantage that I noticed was there was a little less wildlife around the seating area.  If you have eaten at Castaway Cay, you have noticed the birds around the seating areas.  There seemed to be significantly less birds there.  Float and tube rentals are also available for pickup at The Windsock Hut, located at Serenity Bay.

Serenity Bay is a remarkable, relaxing place for adults to enjoy the tropical ecstasy, Castaway Cay.  My wife and I recently went on a Disney cruise without our kids.  Being in our low 30’s, numerous friends and family questioned why we would go on Disney Cruise Line if we are not travelling with our children.  We have several reasons why Disney Cruise Line offers a wonderful experience for an adults-only experience.  Serenity Bay is a dazzling highlight of the experience.  Please comment below if you agree or disagree.

Justin Eggenberger, Co-owner of Adventure is Out There Travel, LLC

justin@adventureisouttheretravel.com        Twitter @JAEggenberger

Food and Wine Prep

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As this is my first blog I want to write about something near and dear to my heart. As you all are about to find out my wife Melissa and Me Evan have Disney DNA. Being from Massachusetts we only get down to the World once a year.

When you think about Disney in the Fall, What do you think about? That’s easy for us… Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival.
I want to talk to you today about a true foodie experience. Epcot’s International Food and Wine festival, that’s held every fall in the months of September, October and November. For us there is no better time to visit Walt Disney World then the fall. The weather is fantastic the crowds are at about half of what peak times are.
Where to begin… I think for us the excitement starts months before we go when the means and activities start being reviled. We check http://www.disney.com or http://www.allinwdw.com everyday to see when and if the announcements have been made. Once there made it GAME ON time for us. To a Disney rookie it can be very overwhelming as it was for us our first time we started pre planning the Festival.
One of the best parts about the festival is the price, most items range from $3 to $6 Where else can you “travel the world” aka Eating your way around the world for that price. Most items are small but they pack a punch with flavor. You can set up a budget before you go.
The best advice I can give to anyone looking to attend this festival is preplan. What to Eat? What to Drink? Where to eat Lunch and Dinner the Days we attend the festival? Go in with a game plan, Trust me it will work and will you want to go back time and time again. image

A Few of My Favorite Things….Animal Kingdom

Being a seasoned Walt Disney World traveler, I have been able to experience much of what Disney has to offer at each of the 4 theme parks.  Sometimes a Walt Disney World vacation can feel like you are running a marathon trying to see and do EVERYTHING, but some of my best memories are from some of the often overlooked experiences.

 

  1. DeVine

DeVine is a street performer who is found in The Oasis.  She is disguised in a giant plant costume, walks on stilts, and blends into the surroundings so well that many times you won’t even notice she is there until she moves.  DeVine is the type of experience that makes Disney so magical; chances are you will stumble upon her when walking around the park, taking in the sights.

  1. African band

The band in Africa is definitely not a “headliner” experience but it would be hard to miss it because it seems like every time I walk through they have a performance going on.  The performance is lively and upbeat.  It makes you want to dance and often times the audience is encouraged to participate.  Spend a few minutes watching and listening, it will be time well spent and you won’t be disappointed.

  1. Flights of Wonder

Flights of Wonder is an educational and humorous show featuring different types of birds, many exotic or endangered.  The show is very well done and should appeal to all different age groups.  It runs about 30 minutes, and although the pavilion is outdoors and not air conditioned, it is covered and shaded, which offers a bit of a break from the hot Florida sun.  If you are able to get to the pavilion a few minutes before show time, there is a really cute preshow.

  1. Festival of the Lion King

Festival of the Lion King is a Broadway style show retelling the story of The Lion King and it is my all-time favorite experience at Animal Kingdom.  The acting, singing, dancing, and other performances are out of this world!  Toward the end, the performers bring children from the audience down to sing and play instruments.  There is not a bad seat in the theater and it is air conditioned, which is nice when the temperatures peak.  If I could only do one thing at Animal Kingdom, it would definitely be Festival of the Lion King!

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