What Exactly Do "I Do"?

I've had the question come up a lot: "What 'exactly' do you DO?"

To answer simply, I take the worry and the stress out of your travel plans because I'm a mom and I completely empathize! As a professional, I bring to the table a lot of experience with the parks and cruises that some can only talk about, whereas I've lived it and continue to LIVE it!

I help you select resorts and packages that will work best for your family, based on what you've told me you're looking for in a Disney vacation. If you're undecided, I provide you options to explore and review -so that you can compare and get a better idea of what kind of Disney experience you want for YOU.

 I'm a mom of three children and we HUGE Disney fans. (FYI: that's my little boy, Jack, in that photo with Pooh during a trip in 2013!) We've been to numerous Disney resort properties so many times we can't count! We're also avid Disney Cruise Line addicts -with trips booked at least twice a year! We've also sailed on all four ships and really, really love days at sea with Mickey and the gang!

Basically, I have that insider-mom-been-there-and-know-some-really-cool-tips track. I know where you can do a great character meet and greet while in the Magic Kingdom and love to talk to my clients about their vacation wish lists! I might even have more tips to share that you didn't even consider or know about! I've done the high-end luxury trip, sparing no expense to the "just the basics" trip to Disney, too --as well as about everything in between!

I'm able to help you figure out the dining reservations that you'd like, where you can get your Fast Passes set up or if you have questions about guests with special needs or services. Hi Ho Vacations also partners with some agencies to help you get some additional discounts on strollers, electric scooters and wheelchair rentals. Honestly, any questions you have - I'm ready to help find you the answers you need.

All this is NO cost to any of my clients. What I provide to you is 100% no obligation, FREE. Why? Because Disney pays me to work for you.

My son on board a Disney cruise - his happy place!
On top of the wealth of information that only a travel agent can provide, when you book with me at Hi Ho Vacations, you also get the peace of mind that your reservation will be continuously monitored for any applicable discounts. When you book with Disney direct, you would have to know about upcoming promotions or sales. You would also have to contact them directly to make changes in your reservation. However, you don't need to do any of that when you're booked through me. It is my job to work for YOUR benefit. Disney will work to their benefit.

We are also known for "Pixie Dusting" our clients...! So if you want to know more about how I can help make your next Disney vacation something truly magical, just click HERE to email me or call (212) 684-6566. I'll be happy "to do" what "I do" best -and love!

2016 Walt Disney World Vacation Packages

They are here! 2016 Walt Disney World vacation packages are available for booking right NOW!

Here are some quotes I put together this morning:

The Johnson family wants a fun, inexpensive vacation. Family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children ages 10 and 8). They plan 7 days/6 nights at a value resort in February 2016.  Pop Century is centrally located among the value resorts and this family has a good idea how they want to get around the parks, as it's not their first time visiting.  They booked 5 days of base tickets (one park per day) and no dining plan for $2,759.54

The Mancuso family (another family of 4) want a moderately priced vacation in May 2016 and are also planning 7 days/6 nights with 2 children about the same age as the Johnsons.  They like the Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter and have specifically requested the river view. They would like to check out more than one park per day and requested 5-day park hopper tickets. They have a hold on their reservation (no dining plan): $2,903.82 .

Last night, I received an email from the Steinbach family. They are planning their very first Disney vacation next May (2016) and want to make this trip extra special. Since both of their school-age children (12 and 7) are crazy about animals, they want to check out the Animal Kingdom Lodge with a savannah view. They also requested the 5-day park hopper tickets because they don't want to miss anything: $4,581.22 - They also don't want to think too much about meal planning, so they are considering adding the quick service dining plan; this would bring their vacation cost to $5311.17.

I also quoted a family of 8 (4 adults, 4 children) for a long weekend getaway/reunion over the Fourth of July holiday weekend in 2016. They want club-level access so they could take advantage of the great extras that come with staying not only at their preferred Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, but because it proved to be more valuable for their large party. Since they will spend more time just being together, they went for 2-day base tickets to visit the parks and will figure out their own dining arrangements. They are all driving in from different places and opted for the 2 Bedroom Suite-Club Level Access at the Grand Floridian. Remember, they will be splitting the cost among them and it's a real special event: $12,250.28

Some changes with 2016 packages:
Tiny increase in dining price (approx. $1 per Person/per night), and "kids can order an adult meal at a quick service location" tip is now official.

Final payments are now due 30 days prior vs. 45 days.

• Miniature Golf
Receive 4 vouchers, each valid for one (1) round of miniature golf prior to 4:00 PM on one (1) day for ONE (1) Guest at either Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course or Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course.

• ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Receive 4 vouchers per package, each valid for one (1) general admission to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on one (1) day for ONE (1) Guest. Valid only on event days. Some events require an additional admission charge. There are no events on certain days. Days and hours of operation of concessions, venues and attractions vary. Visit www.espnwwos.com for more information.


And an important note:
Should Disney release a discount at any time after you've paid your deposit, you may absolutely take advantage of it. This is one of the big advantages to using a Travel Agent over booking with Disney direct: If you book direct, you will need to constantly check to see if your reservation is eligible for any discounts. You will need to personally watch for the discounts and call to apply them on your own. Book with a travel agent and that reservation is continuously monitored for discounts just for you! In many ways, you book with Disney your reservation is for their benefit, book with Hi Ho Vacations and we work on behalf of you, for your benefit. Get personalized, no-cost service from someone who KNOWS and LOVES Disney and regularly practices "pixie dusting" just for you!




Cruising with the Mouse

Before I became an avid Disney Cruiser, I didn't know much at all. I wish someone had shared some simple tips with me!

Now, as a travel agent for Disney, I thought I'd put together some of those lessons I learned the hard way! Here's some things to consider as a new cruiser:

Use the Disney Cruise Line (DCL) website to check out itineraries -but don't be afraid of the longer, 7-day cruises.

Like many first timers, you'll probably want to stick with a shorter cruise. Some people worry that there's not going to be a lot to do. They might think that there won't be enough adult activities or that the ship will be too full of kids to really enjoy and relax. Maybe they are worried about the potential of getting sea sickness. All of these are valid points!

I, too, dipped my toe in the DCL waters very cautiously, for all the reasons listed above. Then I regretted being so scared after my first 24 hours on the ship. I wanted MORE! There wasn't enough time! There was so much to do -as a family, as a couple and even on my own time! Why was our vacation ending so quickly when we JUST got on board?!

Don't get me wrong, if you're happier with just trying out DCL on a short-term trial, great. But don't be surprised when you're on board and start dreaming of your next cruise before the first one is over!
There are kids clubs and activities abounds on a Disney Cruise! There is a spa and adults only areas on board as well. Having a date night with your significant other is completely acceptable and easily accomplished, too. There are family activities like trivia, karaoke, dance parties and more -every single day and night.

The funniest part about our first DCL experience? We booked our second cruise on the second day of our trip. However, I missed out on something even better - booking with a travel agent. I had NO IDEA that there was such a thing as on board credit (OBC)! Seriously, no clue!! OBCs can be used for shopping, shore excursions, spa treatments and more.

Plus, booking on board gets you other perks as well.
  • Save 10% on prevailing rates on non-blocked out cruises
  • Receive an onboard credit of up to US$200
  • Reduced deposit on 7-night sailings or longer
Another nice feature that DCL has just offered is a $200 placeholder cruise. Maybe you're not sure where or when you want to go on your next cruise, but you plan on sailing again in the next 24 months.

So when you book your cruise direct with Disney, not only are you eligible for Disney OBCs, but if you use a travel agent who also offers an incentive to book through their agency and name the agent at the time of booking or within 30 days, you can have those OBC's added too, on top of what DCL is offering. (I actually took 2 family cruises before I knew that little tidbit!)

Want to know more? Here's an e-brochure from Disney Cruise Line that might be helpful:

http://disneybrochures.com/wty 

In summary, you'll find that when you're on a Disney Cruise, it is really a floating magical island that you'll want to visit again and again! Oh -and another HUGE tip: DO NOT OVER-PACK!

Of course, if you have any other questions or would like a free quote, let me know! I'd be happy to help you. I even have a sample packing list if you're interested! Victoria@HiHoVacations.com  or call (212) 684-6566

And P.S. -Ask me about Fish Extenders (aka an FE)!


Chat LIVE with a Disney Vacation Planner

A new LIVE CHAT feature has been added to my site -check the lower right corner for
availability. If I'm unavailable, you can leave a message and that will route to me via email.

I'm here to help you with any Disney questions you may have -from Disney Cruise Line, to Disney's Hawaiian Resort and Spa, Aulani. I have the tools available to help you with Walt Disney World Orlando Resorts and tickets, as well as Disneyland and the all amazing Adventures by Disney vacation. Pretty much anything Disney related, I'm able to get you the answers you seek.

So go ahead! Ask! Free quotes and information, right here!

Wishing you all a magical day!
~victoria
victoria@hihovacations.com

NYC Disney Cruise Line Bookings and OBC

I know that availability will go up and down, depending on the time of year, but the NYC departures for Disney Cruise Line has been incredibly popular. There is still availability now, but you may want to consider getting your booking now!

Did you already book? If you booked less than 30 days with DCL direct or while on board another Disney ship, you can STILL add a travel agent to your booking AND RECEIVE ON BOARD CREDIT on top of what you may be receiving from Disney Cruise Line.
Contact me today to find out how! Victoria@hihovacations.com or call (212) 684-6566.

Book Your Disney Dream Vacation Today

To have the very best Disney vacation experience and to uncover the special fares and/or on-going special offers, contact Victoria, a Hi Ho Vacations travel agent who specializes ONLY in Disney vacations.  

Victoria is a mom of three with multiple visits to the Disney parks worldwide, to include cruising with Disney Cruise Line on a regular, annual basis. She has insider knowledge and special tips to share with her clients that help YOU and your family make the most of your time and hard earned dollars.

Your vacation is monitored continuously when you book with Hi Ho Vacations. Should an applicable deal become available for your booked travel dates, Victoria will review your reservation to apply any discounts* that you may not have discovered on your own or without a specialized authorized Disney Vacation Planning Service

You'll even have an opportunity to save even more money by using special vendor discounts that work exclusively with Hi Ho Vacations at the resorts. For resort bookings and FREE no obligation quotes, use this LINK.

In fact, if you book any Disney Cruise Line (DCL) booking of over $1000 total fare, you could be eligible for on board credit (OBC)! Get a FREE, no obligation quote HERE.

If you booked directly via Disney in 30 days or less, you can still transfer your booking(s) to Victoria at Hi Ho Vacations and be eligible for an additional on board credit -plus keep the on board credit offered from DCL - that's a HUGE bonus!

Right now, through the month of August 2015, Victoria is offering a $25 DISNEY Gift Card to all new clients who book Disney Cruise Line, Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort stays (3 nights or longer + park tickets), Aulani Resort and Spa, or any Adventures by Disney and travel on or before December 31, 2015! This is a limited time offer!

Best of all, travel planning services from Hi Ho Vacations are 100% free and of course, 100% magical! You'll get excellent service with a personal touch. Remember: when you book your Disney vacation with us, we work on your behalf and in your best interest.                                                                  

Questions? Contact Victoria at (212) 684-6566 or email today!

*Deals and discounts vary and are based on availability and inventory.