Magic Kingdom 50th Fireworks Dessert Party!

Magic Kingdom 50th Fireworks Dessert Party!

It’s often hard to tell, which of Disney’s extra parties and events are worth the price tag. Currently, Disney offers five parties to view the Magic Kingdom Fireworks, Enchantment:

-Magic Kingdom 50th Fireworks Dessert Parties: Disney Enchantment Pre-Party
-Magic Kingdom 50th Fireworks Dessert Parties: Disney Enchantment After-Party
-Magic Kingdom 50th Fireworks Dessert Parties: Disney Enchantment Treats & Seats

These three parties happen right within the Magic Kingdom but there are two additional parties that happen outside the gates, therefore you wouldn’t need a theme park ticket!

-Celebration at the Top: 50th Flavors & Fireworks at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
-Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise

Back in December, when I was traveling solo for work, I decided to try out one of the parties in the Magic Kingdom. Since I was traveling solo, the cost was far less than when I was traveling with my family. I opted for the Magic Kingdom 50th Fireworks Dessert Party- Disney Enchantment Pre-Party. With this party, you’ll enjoy the desserts plus an assortment of beer and wine before the fireworks start. I was seated in the lower section which meant every time I wanted to grab something, I’d have to cross the public pathway to the upper level.

Then you’ll be escorted out to the Plaza Garden area, which is only for dessert party guests for viewing! The upside to this is once the fireworks are over, you are free to leave! The downside to this is, all the guests that are attending the POST party, are accessing the Garden area before you! I found a decent spot but if I was a family of 4 (or more) it would have been more difficult. For this reason, if you are torn between these two, I’d definitely go POST!

Blurry photo of the space that was still available when I arrived to the plaza area.
The Plaza Garden area during the day

However, if you want the best experience in the park, I’d 100% say try the Treats & Seats party! For this party, you’ll be in the lower level of the Tomorrowland Terrace, with a dedicated buffet and drink stations. No matter what party you pick, you’ll be assigned a reserved table. The benefit to the Treats and Seats is, that you don’t have to leave! You’ll have your very own front-row view of the fireworks!!

For us, the reason we selected this party was twofold:

-In the case of rainy weather, which we had a lot of, this area is covered. The fireworks are rarely canceled so this gave us the opportunity to watch them, and stay dry all while enjoying champagne, beer, and delectable desserts!

-On this particular trip, I was traveling with my 2 kids, my best friend and her two kids. Two of the kids deal with some pretty serious sensory issues, anxiety, severe ADHD and/or being on the spectrum. This party gave them the space to move around, be distanced from the fireworks, and not deal with too many people, and overcrowding, plus we didn’t have to show up super early to snag seats.

Included in the price is not only your prime viewing, and reserved location, but a variety of desserts, juices, water, beer, and wine!

This party was really incredible. Everyone loved the desserts and the fireworks were just amazing as usual. I can’t recommend this party enough!!!

Updated Pre-Sailing Testing Requirements for Disney Cruise Line

Updated Pre-Sailing Testing Requirements for Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line has updated it’s COVID-19 testing requirements for all sailings departing from a U.S. or Canadian port on or after June 7. Please ensure guests are aware of these changes prior to sailing.

As a reminder, Disney Cruise Line requires all vaccine-eligible Guests (based on U.S. eligibility requirements) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the time of sailing. This is a requirement for all Guests (U.S. and international) ages 5 and up.

The following COVID-19 testing requirements will go into effect beginning June 7:

Guests who are not vaccine-eligible

Guests who are not vaccine-eligible because of age (ages 4 and under) must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (paid for by the Guest) taken no more than 3 days before their sail date. The test should be a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT), rapid PCR test or lab-based PCR test. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted.

Guests who are not vaccine-eligible because of age are also required to take a second COVID-19 test (paid for by Disney Cruise Line and administered by Inspire Diagnostics) at the terminal before boarding.

Fully vaccinated guests

Fully vaccinated guests on sailings departing U.S. and Canadian ports must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (paid for by the Guest) taken no more than 2 days before their sail date. The test must be:

  • A rapid antigen test professionally observed by a medical professional through a medical facility or telehealth provider
  • Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT)
  • Rapid PCR test or lab-based PCR test

Guests can purchase COVID-19 tests through our third-party vendor, Inspire Diagnostics, or obtain a test from any independent testing supplier.

Test Results for all guests must be uploaded into the Safe Passage website by midnight prior to embarkation day.

Fully vaccinated Guests who do not upload the required pre-trip test results into the Safe Passage website by midnight prior to embarkation day must be tested at the terminal before boarding and will be charged. The cost of embarkation tests for fully vaccinated Guests will be $74 + tax for the initial antigen test, and, if needed, $125 + tax for a confirmatory PCR test, charged at the time of service.

SeaMails will be sent to guests on upcoming sailings departing from a U.S. or Canadian port informing of the updated COVID-19 testing requirements. Sample SeaMails being distributed to guests can be found below.

Cabo Adventures Snorkel and Sail

Cabo Adventures Snorkel and Sail

This excursion exceeded all expectations. Our crew, headed by Captain Charly, included Tito and Iris.
They went above and beyond making Cabo Adventures boat 15 the absolute BEST. Our shuttle driver
from the resort was on time and courteous, and our adventure was off to a great start. Upon arrival, the
staff was extremely welcoming and professional, and the facility was comfortable waiting for any of
the many excursions they offer.

Once onboard we received all the safety instructions. As we headed out into the harbor, we had drinks
and a snack box with the tastiest guacamole, chips, shrimp, and more. Each bento-style box is made for
two so be prepared to share. We motored out past the legendary Cabo Arch, as no trip to Cabo would
be complete without seeing where the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet.

As we headed to our snorkeling and activity spot, the crew was fun and personable, taking photos and
getting to know each passenger. Upon arrival at our snorkeling area, Captain Charly was informed there
was a family of humpback whales still in the area. And he quickly arrived at the whales’ location, and
we were treated to an amazing show by these gentle giants. Mom, Dad, and baby whale were
breaching, fin slapping, and just generally having their best day. We had not expected to see whales in
Cabo at this time of year, as they usually head north to Alaska by early April.

After seeing the whales, we returned to our snorkel area, and we spent time snorkeling, swimming, and
paddleboarding. The fish were plentiful, the water a beautiful, clear turquoise, and we even saw an eel!
On our way back to the marina, the wind picked up, which meant – WE GOT TO SAIL! Again, our expert
captain and crew prepared everyone for the experience, giving complete instructions and allowing
everyone on board to have the best experience. With the mainsail and jib opened up, we were cruising
back to the marina.

This experience was a highlight and core memory maker event. I cannot recommend Captain Charly, Tito
and Iris enough, and I am looking forward to a return visit to Cabo to sail with them again.

**photo credits Iris @caboadventures

The Best Overwater Bungalows Across the World

The Best Overwater Bungalows Across the World

The Best Overwater Bungalows Across the World

Nothing quite says luxury like an overwater bungalow. Dotting tropical beaches, atolls, and lagoons, these thatched-roof escapes offer unparalleled views and the ultimate in island escape-ism. From Bora Bora to Vietnam, these opulent overwater bungalows need to be added to your bucket list – stat. 


Featuring groundbreaking, innovative designs that marry modern luxury to exotic palapa-style architecture, these spectacular Over-the-Water Bungalows deliver an immersive journey of the Caribbean’s finest turquoise waters. An expansive patio features Sandals signature Tranquility Soaking Tub for two, an over-the-water hammock, outdoor shower and a suspended patio with swim-up platform, while the interior boasts sea-through glass floors that guarantee undersea views, a king-size bed, and a spacious, spa-style bathroom. Sandals boast being the only true 5-star, all-inclusive, luxury resort in the Caribbean!

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam

Six Senses properties are ubiquitous with sustainability and wellness, and the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay delivers both in spades. Moving beyond resorts as simply destination getaways, Six Senses promotes connection to the places in which they host guests. This is evident at their Ninh Van Bay property, with the property’s villas thoughtfully built into rock formations, to create minimal disturbance to the surrounding ecosystem. Each villa is secluded, the only person you’re likely to run into is your personal Experience Maker, on-call 24/7. Ocean views come guaranteed, as do private pools. Local activities are endless, from day trips to nearby uninhabited islands, taking a dip in the local hot springs (complete with mineral-rich mud), or even sampling the goods from your in-villa wine cellar on your private sundeck.

Vietnam Accommodations, Overwater Bungalows & Ninh Van Bay Villas

Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia

Nestled in the middle of the Koh Rong archipelago, this unique private island offers 24 thatched-roof villas set amidst a 247-acre marine reserve. Unsurprisingly, nature and sustainability are at the forefront and nearly every building and piece of furniture uses upcycled wood found on the island itself. Alongside the resident marine biologist, guests can kayak through mangroves as they learn about the local ecosystem. The overwater villas do not disappoint, with luxurious one and two-bedroom options.  For the ultimate overwater experience, there’s the Royal Villa that comes complete with a large private pool and dining for up to 12 guests. The most unique aspect of Song Saa Private Island is its related foundation, the Song Saa Collective. Established in 2013, this not-for-profit organization is dedicated to protecting the habitat of the Koh Rong archipelago and improve the welfare of its communities. 

El Dorado Maroma, Mexico

If you’re based in North America you don’t have to travel far to experience these overwater bungalows, set out from the shores of Maroma Beach, just forty minutes from the Cancun International Airport.  Mexico’s only overwater bungalows come equipped with full butler service and glass floors, with room service breakfast being delivered each morning. Touting themselves as ‘Gourmet Inclusive’, the El Dorado Maroma is an adults-only property offering seven restaurants and five bars. Don’t miss strolling Maroma Beach, nearly five miles of unspoiled white sand and aquamarine water.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

With stunning views of Mount Otemanu, the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora does not disappoint. There are a variety of overwater bungalow options to suit everyone from honeymooners to families, with two-bedroom suites offering up over 2,000 square feet of pure luxury. Non-motorized watersports are included in your stay, offering everything from badminton and volleyball to kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and snorkel equipment. Adventures abound, from jet boating or deep-sea fishing with a chef to exploring the island on a 4×4 (additional costs apply). The five-star concierge team can arrange just about anything, and never hesitate to go above and beyond for their guests.

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

While overwater bungalows are aplenty in the Maldives, some stand out from the crowd. With only 45 overwater bungalows, Gili Lankanfushi is perched on one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives and is only a 20-minute speedboat ride from the Velana International Airport. The “No News No Shoes” spirit of the Maldives is evident from the moment guests step into the boat from the airport, as shoes are collected and placed in tote bags by staff aboard the vessel. Expect approachable luxury at every turn, beginning with the bubbly and canapes that greet you on arrival. Thoughtful touches are evident throughout, with SPF and bug spray stocked alongside standard in-room amenities.  The bungalows themselves range from 2200 square foot one-bedroom villas (their smallest) to the whopping Private Reserve, a palatial 18,000 square feet. If you’re seeking opulence in the Maldives, look no further. 

the private reserve maldives

Are you looking for a once-in-a-lifetime overwater bungalow experience? Contact me here, I’d love to build your dream getaway!

Secrets Puerto Los Cabos

Secrets Puerto Los Cabos

Picture a beautiful desert landscape meeting the deep blues of the Pacific Ocean, and you have Puerto
Los Cabos. Secrets Puerto Los Cabos resort is sophistication set on the edge of the beautiful landscape
creating serene vistas that inspire relaxation and adventure.

The resort rooms offer spectacular ocean and garden views. Choose from an ocean or garden view with
a balcony or reserve a swim up suite affording you a relaxing swim just outside your patio door. Perfect
for couples or a group of friends, rooms can be booked with a king bed or two double beds.
Unlike other resorts, the swim up suites are not connected to the main pool, offering more privacy and
serenity. Secrets Puerto Los Cabos is the perfect size resort. The lower, spread-out buildings give a
breezy, open feel to the resort. It only takes a few minutes to walk from your room to the pool or beach,
and the main restaurants and activities are centralized on the property. There is also an option to stay in
the Preferred Club level, which gives you access to Cabanas, a private preferred club pool and concierge

All of our meals were wonderful. We sampled octopus, amazing sushi, the BEST Mexican, and even
Italian each night. And the best part of an all-inclusive resort is that you can try it all! On our last night
we had sushi appetizers and then ventured over to El Patio Mexican restaurant for the main course.
This resort was the perfect combination of opportunities to both relax and unwind. From poolside
activities to the Desires night club there was plenty happening at the resort.

I visited Secrets this time on a girls getaway weekend with friends from college. It was amazing to catch
up and see friends I have not seen in 20 years. It was so fun pick up right where we left off! As women
we often just don’t take enough time to fill our own cups after taking care of everyone else in our lives.
And it is important to maintain all aspects of our identities! Traveling with friends builds and strengthens
friendships that allow us to bolster one another in our busy lives.

I know all the women in my group left this weekend feeling energized, rested, and ready to take on
whatever comes next. I HIGHLY recommend finding your village and traveling together. And for our
partners – encourage the moms and wives in your lives to take a break with friends.

This resort is also perfect for couples. Enjoy each other’s company in your own swim up suite or pool
cabana and finish the evening with a romantic dinner for two overlooking the ocean at sunset.
Puerto Los Cabos is only a two-hour time difference from the East Coast and flights depart daily non-
stop from Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Seattle and many others making it easily accessible no matter where
you live.

I was so impressed with this resort; the online photos and descriptions just do not do it justice. This is
also why we recommend using a travel professional to assist with your trips and in choosing the perfect
resort – we work hard to visit locations so we know first hand what experience our clients can expect.