Why Use a Travel Agent for a Disney Vacation? Reason One…

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Why Use a Travel Agent for a Disney Vacation? Reason One…Personalized Planning Services

When you book your vacation with a Disney travel agent, the agent will be your go-to contact throughout the entire planning process, start to finish. For a Disney vacation, unless you want to skip or miss a lot (especially at WDW), this can be an amazing benefit for you. You can turn to your agent, usually 24/7, with any concerns, questions, or ideas for your itinerary. Your agent will then work side by side with Disney to ensure that no detail is left out for your magical vacation. Simply put, you won’t need to spend your time contacting Disney for a single thing. In contrast, if you book your own reservations directly through Disney, you will speak to a different agent (Cast Member) every time you call or email. There will not be a personal relationship with any perks at all, whereas when you work directly with a personal travel agent you will have these perks and someone working consistently just for YOU.

It is a fact that when you book with a travel agent, you will not be able to discuss your resort reservation with Disney after the time of booking. All communications are completed between your agent and Disney. Why is this a good thing? Simple! You will not have to remain on a phone line for what is almost always hours just waiting to make simple changes or ask a question about your resort reservation. Should you realize (usually while resting in the middle of the night) that you want a refrigerator in your room, you can simply email your agent and they can discover the possibilities for such a request rather than your spending your entire lunch hour on hold the following day. While you are always able to access your reservation details through My Disney Experience, you do not have access to make changes to the resort reservation. You can, however, edit or change dining and FastPass+ reservations through that site or app.

We recommend Moffits at Mad Hatter Adventures for all of your planning needs, and when it comes to personalized service you needn’t worry- this amazing agency has recently received the Earmarked Award for Service and Professionalism from Disney! What an honor!

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Mad Hatter Adventures Earmarked Program Award, 2016

Should you book with Moffits at Mad Hatter Adventures, you will receive far more than the normal travel documents from Disney- in addition to those, you will get information specially tailored to your family or travel group that will assist you in avoiding common mistakes, planning amazing one of a kind experiences that are not widely known, and even how to come into contact with a character or two that is a favorite. Moffits at Mad Hatter Adventures is co-owned by a former WDW Cast Member and founder of Walt’s Basement- for the Love of All Things Disney, so you will get the benefit of having someone who knows all the ins and outs of the Disney parks on call- just for you and yours!

Don’t navigate a Disney vacation plan on your own- use an agency such as Mad Hatter Adventures. Their services are free to you and are absolutely invaluable when it comes time to plan the most memorable Disney experience possible! After all, that is the goal. Send an email to Moffits at Mad Hatter Adventures by clicking HERE. They will bend over backwards to assist you in all of your travel adventures!

 

Disney’s Armed Forces Salute Military Discount Renewed for 2017

Disney World and Disneyland have a military discount that is known as the Armed Forces Salute. The Armed Forces Salute is a special offer that has been renewed annually since 2009.

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The Disney Armed Forces Salute offers Disney theme park tickets at over half off the regular price and Disney resort rooms at a 30% to 40% discount. 

Please note that there are currently 2 totally separate Disney Armed Forces Salute offers: The 2016 version that is currently running and the 2017 offer will begin in January. It is advisable that you book your Disney Armed Forces package with a reputable Disney Travel Agent, such as the Moffits at Mad Hatter Adventures.

As we mentioned to you already, Disney has two different and separate Disney Armed Forces Salute offers.

The 2016 Salute expires after December 19, 2016 while the 2017 Salute starts on January 3, 2017 and is valid for dates through December 19, 2017.

These are special temporary offers which run for a specified period of time and they do have dates on which they can not be used. (This will be much easier to navigate with the assistance of your Disney Travel expert!)

The Disney Armed Forces Salute allows qualified individuals to purchase steeply discounted Disney theme park tickets. These tickets are totally separate from the regular military magic your way discounted tickets available at military bases and at Shades of Green, located in Walt Disney World.

The Disney Armed Forces Salute also offers outstanding discounts on Disney Resort rooms.

The Disney Armed Forces Salute is offered at both Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California and may be used at both during the offer dates!

Who is eligible for the Disney Armed Forces Salute?

Here is a list for you to check eligibility as set by the Department of Defense and the Walt Disney Company:

Current military members who are:

  • Active
  • Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Coast Guard
  • Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS)
  • Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Retired military members who are:

  • Active
  • Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Coast Guard
  • Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS)
  • Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

100% Service Connected Disabled with the correct code on their military issued ID.

Spouses: Please note the Disney Armed Forces Salute benefit is for the member only. While spouses may use the member benefit, they are not entitled to a benefit of their own. They may only use the discounts in place of the member. Non-spouse dependents are not eligible.

Non-remarried widows are entitled to their departed spouse’s discounts.

Foreign partners/Coalition partners stationed at a US base are eligible. These partners must have a permanent US Military issued ID.

TICKETS

The Disney Armed Forces Salute offers special military tickets. These tickets are for a specified number of days and come in several varieties.

Qualified individuals may purchase up to a maximum of 6 theme park tickets per military member during the 2016 and 2017 Salute offer periods.

The tickets are non-refundable.

The tickets are valid for the entire length of their individual offer period,

  • 2016 Disney Armed Forces Salute –  January 3 through  December 19 2016
  • 2017 Disney Armed Forces Salute –  January 1 through  December 19 2017

Days on the tickets do not need to be used consecutively. Any days left on the tickets will expire at the end of the offer period.

Tickets purchased at military resellers (except Shades of Green) and not direct from Disney must be activated prior to first use in person by the military member or spouse.

Once the tickets are activated the party can split up. For example some go to one park and some to another, or even use the tickets on different days. The Military ID is checked only upon ticket activation.

 Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida Specifics

At Disney World the Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets are 4-day tickets and they come in three types:

  • The theme Park Hopper Option, which allows you to visit multiple parks on the same day
  • The Water Park Fun and More Option, which allows 4 entrances to a variety of non-theme Park Disney venues in addition to your 4 theme park days
  • Both of the above options together on one ticket

Disney World 2016 Armed Forces Salute Prices ( January 3 through December 19, 2016)

  • Four-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $196.00
  • Four-Day Water Park and More Tickets for $196.00
  • Four-Day Park Hopper Tickets plus the Water Park and More Option for $230.00

Disney World 2017 Armed Forces Salute Prices (January 1 through December 19, 2017)

  • Four-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $209.00
  • Four-Day Water Park Fun and More Tickets for $209.00
  • Four-Day Park Hopper Tickets plus the Water ParkFun and More Option for $246.00
  • Five-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $224.00
  • Five-Day Water Park Fun and More Tickets for $224.00
  • Five-Day Park Hopper Tickets plus the Water Park Fun and More Option for $261.00

Blockout dates for 2017 (Dates that these tickets may not be used):

  •  April 9 through  April 23, 2017 (No Theme Park or Water Park Use)

These tickets can be purchased at Shades of Green, your local Base Ticket Office, or Disney Theme Park ticket booths (Sales tax will be added at Disney World ticket booths).

The last day for purchase or upgrade of WDW tickets is: For 2016 –  December 16, 2016 and for 2017 – December 16, 2017

If you purchase only the Hopper or Water Park Fun and More options, you may add on the other option on later for the price difference of the ticket with both options ($34 in 2016 and $37 in 2017) plus tax.

You may also upgrade any Disney Armed Forces Salute ticket to an annual or seasonal pass for the price difference between the Salute price and the full price pass (plus tax).

Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets purchased from Disney or Base Ticket Offices must be upgraded at a Disney World ticket or Guest Relations window.

Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets purchased at Shades of Green may be upgraded there to a ticket with both Hopper and Water Park Fun & More, or to annual or seasonal passes.
Note: These tickets need to be activated at WDW prior to entering a theme park.

Linking your military tickets to your My Disney Experience app account does not activate your tickets! You will still need to do so at Disney with a valid military ID!
FastPass Plus – All military discounted tickets including the Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets are able to be linked to your My Disney Experience account. You can then make your advance FP+ reservations the correct number of days ahead based on where you are staying.

  • Disney Resorts – 60 Days
  • Non Disney Resorts (including Shades of Green) – 30 Days
  • Day Guests – 30 Days

 

Disneyland in Anaheim California Specifics

At Disneyland you have one choice for your tickets in 2016 and 2 choices in 2017.

Disneyland 2016 Armed Forces Salute Prices(January 3 through December 19,2016)

  • Three-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $143.00

These tickets can be purchased at Your local Base Ticket Office, or Disneyland ticket booths and Resort Hotels. If you do not have a base near you see this page for other options.

Blockout dates (Dates that these tickets may not be used):

  •  March 20 –  April 1, 2016 (No Theme Park Use)

Disneyland 2017 Armed Forces Salute Prices( January 1 through December 19, 2017)

  • Three-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $156.00
  • Four-Day Park Hopper Tickets for $181.00

These tickets can be purchased at Your local Base Ticket Office, or Disneyland ticket booths and Resort Hotels November 1, 2016 through December 16, 2017.

Blockout dates (Dates that these tickets may not be used):

  •  April 9 through  April 13, 2017 (No Theme Park Use)

Note These tickets need to be activated at Disneyland prior to entering a theme park.

At Disneyland Salute Tickets are not valid for Magic Morning early entry admission.

Again, these waters can be tricky to navigate, which is why we recommend an Earmarked Disney Travel Specialist such as Moffits at Mad Hatter Adventures to assist you in making all of your magical Disney dreams come true.

 

 

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ICYMI, Star Wars-themed areas are coming to both Disneyland and Disney World, as was announced last year. And although no exact dates for the areas’ openings have been set, we now know, at least, that the ground has been officially broken on both sites as of yesterday. Thanks to a bit of fun digital trickery, Disney…

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Favorite Disney Web Site of the Month- Walt’s Basement

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Don’t be just a number at bigger Disney sites! Walt’s Basement Disney Forum has officially upgraded their web site. Since 2006, they have offered personal and very special services to their members, affectionately called “Basementeers” (ala Mousketeers). Now, they have a state of the art website that was just launched a couple months ago and you can join the almost 100 people who have already signed up to be part of the club.

Get sound advice from Moderators for your Disney Park adventures as well as share in Disney fun and friendship every day at the SSL protected WB Forum. This past weekend, over $200 was given away as Disney prizes to members just for playing a few contests and posting on the site and that is a common occurrence.

Walt’s Basement has done everything from raise funds for Make A Wish Foundation to helping those in need through private donations, and it is something to see a group of Disney fans combine in strength for values that would make Walt himself proud. It is a total non-profit group full of volunteers that really do what they do just for the love of all things Disney.

Register for a free or premium account (for free, just don’t select the options for premium when you sign up), verify your email (click that link) and you are ready to post at the Forum, participate in some amazing Disney contests and discussions- everything! ALL of your information is protected and is not sold to the highest bidder, ever. It is used to enhance and personalize your experience on the site for YOUR benefit, not theirs.

COME TO OUR HOUSE BEFORE YOU VISIT THE MOUSE is one of their mottos, and they are not kidding. Choose a great Disney screen name for your Forum account that reflects your personal Disney preferences while you are at it.

Click HERE to go to the Walt’s Basement Forum, and sign up!

‘Indiana Jones V’ Rules Isn’t Going To Be A Prequel — WebCulture – UPROXX

Lucasfilm/Paramount Frank Marshall is a name you likely know if you pay attention to the credits of Steven Spielberg movies. Currently, he’s the guy in charge of making a new Indiana Jones movie happen, and he’s had a few things to say about where the franchise is going. First, he reaffirms that only Harrison Ford…

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Dates Release

Here Come Mickey and Santa Start planning for a marvelous gathering with family, friends and some familiar Disney faces! When Mickey celebrates the season, Magic Kingdom park lights up with excitem…

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Rebel Wilson will play Ursula in The Little Mermaid and wants to make Pat Carroll proud — Metro

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