Creates stories that span generations! I enjoy traveling with my little family, but I really love setting out on new adventures with my extended family. From a young age, we would head from the mountains of Pennsylvania to the beaches of North Carolina. My parents, sister and I would be joined by aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and great grandparents for a week of sun, sand, fishing, and laughs. We’d squeeze as many in the house as possible and eat the catch of the day and listen to the older generation tell stories of their youth. (And embarrassing stories of the next generation too!)
These trips cemented our family in a way that few things can; my cousins and I are all grown with families of our own. Many still carry on the tradition of that house in North Carolina every summer. Even though we don’t get together as often as we’d like we know that we are there for each other anytime.
My segment of the big family has started our own travel traditions. We have carved out time for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party the last 8 years. We have also spent time the last seven summers in the mountains. We love renting a cabin in the Smoky Mountains or Poconos. Being near parks and recreation areas opens so many possibilities. When you have a home base, you can spread out and enjoy meals together but if anyone needs some space, there are plenty of activities to split up and do.
We have done international trips as a big family as well. These require a little more planning to get the right sized cars and hotel rooms but offer so much in return. Travel allows us to view the world as larger than our own immediate experience.
Traveling with several generations together creates lasting bonds across the ages. Grandparents can assist with younger children and allow parents to sneak off for a little time alone. I have enjoyed getting to know my parents differently and I love seeing their relationship grow with my kids. The kids enjoy stories about us when we were young and often my parents will toss in an experience of story from their youth.
Time spent together is the greatest gift of all – and we are looking forward to being together when the time is right.
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Select guests can now book additional dining and experience reservations at Walt Disney World® Resort!
From dining inside Beast’s castle at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom® Park and the culinary adventures of World Showcase at EPCOT®, to select table-service restaurants in our Disney Resort hotels, you can take advantage of a 60-day booking window beginning today, July 7 to plan meals and other experiences.
To help you plan, here are important updates to our food and beverage experience:
In-Park Dining: Theme park guests will need valid park admission and a reservation for park entry through the new Disney Park Pass system, as well as a dining reservation for in-park, table-service restaurants for the same park on the same date. Dining reservations do not guarantee admission to the park.
Disney Resort Hotel Dining: A confirmed dining reservation is required for day guests, and reservations are highly recommended for guests staying overnight at a Disney Resort hotel.
Disney Springs Dining: Select dining locations at Disney Springs are currently accepting reservations.
You also can also take advantage of the new My Disney Experience mobile check-in feature, which allows you to bypass the line at the podium and check in for dining reservations at select Walt Disney World Resort table-service restaurants on you own mobile devices.
If you have additional questions, be sure to reach out to your Living With The Magic Vacations Planner!
Walt Disney World has announced their plans for reopening! As we get more concrete details, we’ll be sure to share!
What we know so far:
-Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom will reopen on July 11th
-Hollywood Studios and EPCOT will reopen on July 15th
-Face Masks and Temperature Checks will be required
-Parades, Character Meet & Greet’s and Fireworks will be temporarily suspended
-Advanced park reservations will be required (more info coming on this)-More hand washing stations will be added
-Contactless park maps and menu’s will be introduced
-Social Distancing of 6ft between guests will be encouraged
Again, as we learn more we’ll be sure to share with you all! Remember, at Living With The Magic Vacations we also book a variety of non-theme park vacations! Contact us to learn more about All-Inclusive resorts, cruising, domestic destinations and more!!
Create the perfect recipe for a memorable escape at Walt Disney World Resort! With this offer, you can enjoy a FREE dining plan when you purchase a non-discounted 5-night/6-day vacation package that includes a room at a select Disney Resort hotel and a ticket with Park Hopper option. Book through January 16, 2020 for arrivals most nights June 27 through 28, July 5 through 7, and August 29 through September 8, 2020.
FREE Disney Dining Plan
-Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort -Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge -Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge -Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House -Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village -Disney’s Beach Club Villas -Disney’s BoardWalk Villas -Disney’s Old Key West Resort -Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows -Disney’s Riviera Resort- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
– Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge -Disney’s Beach Club Resort -Disney’s BoardWalk Inn -Disney’s Contemporary Resort -Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa -Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort -Disney’s Wilderness Lodge -Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. Theme park tickets valid for admission beginning on date of check-in and must be used within 9 days of check-in. Important Details -Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. -Advance reservations are required. -Theme park admission is required for some dining locations. -Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase. -Children ages 3 to 9 must choose from the children’s menu, if available. -Gratuities are not included.
Everyone in the same room must be on the same package. Offer excludes the following room types: 3-bedroom villas, campsites, Cabins at Copper Creek villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Bungalows at Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.
Wizards, Witches, and Muggles unite! Where can you all come together in one place? The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Our family has some huge Harry Potter fans and we loved watching them enjoy every moment of it. We started in Diagon Alley where the story begins during Early Park Admission. Crowds were low during that time so we were able to ride Escape from Gringotts with no wait. We also explored all the shops and alleys while crowds were low. My son was loving every single moment! It was like watching a ping pong ball bounce around. It was a totally immersive experience, feeling like i was actually in the movies. After exploring a bit, we went to Olivander’s in Diagon Alley to watch the wand choosing ceremony. My son was chosen to be part of the show. He was given a few different wands before the right wand chose him.
Unfortunately, that day the train was not running so we walked over to Islands of Adventure. Once we walked into Hogsmeade, we explored the shops and wand magic spots for the newly purchased wands. We ate lunch at Three Broomsticks and it was amazing! Because of my allergies, I had emailed with a chef ahead of time so I was able to eat with my family. The meal was so delicious. After some more time exploring Hogsmeade, we rode forbidden Journey in Hogwarts Castle, Flight of the Hippogriff and Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure. My favorite ride was Hagrid’s. The rollercoaster was amazing! It was a little bit like Expedition Everest when it went backward but most of the ride was completely new and never experienced anything like it before!
We loved our time in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It was a fun place for us all to enjoy! The wizard, witch and muggles all enjoyed it and hope to be back soon! If you have a Harry Potter fan in your life, make the time to go! You will not regret it!!