ASK A TRAVEL AGENT – WALT DISNEY WORLD

Here at UNIGLOBE Carefree Travel our team is passionate about sharing their experiences with you.    Karen Katelnikoff’s favourite place to visit is Walt Disney World in Florida and she would love to share all that she loves about her “home away from home” with you.

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  1. When is the best time to visit Walt Disney World?

Anytime is the best time to visit Disney! If you would like a slower time to go, September is my favorite.

  1. How far in advance should travellers start planning their vacation when considering Walt Disney World?

A Disney vacation is like putting together a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. It takes a lot of time. The best time to start planning would be about 8-10 months out. This will insure you do not miss out on an important reservation.

  1. How many days would you recommend someone spend at Walt Disney World?

I would recommend 7 -10 days so you do not feel too rushed

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  1. Are there benefits to staying at one of the Disney hotels in Florida?

There are a lot of benefits to staying on property. You have extra hours to access the parks; you can book FastPasses as early as 60 days before your trip and have all of the transportation you need to get around the parks. The best part about staying on property though is you feel like you are in the middle of all the magic.

  1. What Disney hotels would you recommend on property? 

Pop Century is the value resort with the best transportation service and of course the tie dyed cheese cake.

Port Orleans Riverside has one of my favorite themed rooms in it called the Royal Guest Room with a special headboard that creates a firework display.

Grand Floridian is my favorite Christmas time hotel. It has a life size gingerbread house that is made of over 600 lbs of gingerbread so the lobby smells amazing.

  1. What other hotel would you recommend in the Walt Disney World area?

Sheraton Vistana Villages.  This is a resort in itself. It has daily activities for the kids if you just want a down day. They have multiple bedroom villas with laundry and a full kitchen. It’s still close to the action but if staying on Disney property is not really your thing, this is a great option.

  1. What are your top 3 tips for travellers going to Walt Disney World?

Plan ahead, especially if this is your first time. This is not a last minute holiday.

Work with a specialized travel agent so you are not disappointed on things you could miss out on because you didn’t know.

Plan ahead about when and where you are going to eat for the day. If you or your family are hungry, no one is having fun.

  1. What is your favourite ride or attraction in each of the four Disney parks in Florida?

Magic Kingdom – Splash Mountain

Epcot – Soarin’ Around the World

Hollywood Studios – Rock N Roll Coaster

Animal Kingdom – Expedition Everest

  1. Is Walt Disney World just for families?

Disney is not just a family holiday. I have been able to do both types of trips. While it is an amazing family trip with so many memories made, there is something to be said about going as adults only. I was able to attend the food and wine festival at Epcot without worrying about my children under foot. I also found that when I took my children we could either go early in the morning or stay late, never both. I was never ready to leave!

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  1. Are there other nearby attractions that should be included in a vacation in Florida?

I also love Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. If you have older kids or you are on an adult trip these parks are for the more adventurous. This should not be missed if you are a Harry Potter fan.

  1. What are you looking forward to the most for your next trip to Walt Disney World?

I am trying to wait until Magic Kingdom’s 50th anniversary to go back. By then all of the amazing new expansions should be done and it will be like visiting a new park.

  1. Why should someone book their Walt Disney World vacation with UNIGLOBE Carefree Travel?

There are so many steps to planning a Disney trip and it can become very overwhelming. I help my clients to organize one thing at a time so they can be well educated and have the best time when they are there. Disney is not just an ordinary family vacation. It is THE family vacation and can be the most magical experience. Even if you book all of your other travel yourself, come to an expert who is always learning about everything new that is going on so that you will not be disappointed.

Ready to start planning your own vacation to the most magical place on Earth?  Karen would love to help!  Reach out to her by calling 306-934-3400 or emailing karen@uniglobevacation.com.

Correna’s Eastern Caribbean Cruise on the Royal Princess – Part 1

We arrived into Fort Lauderdale two days before our cruise. You will always want to arrive at least a day before as you never know what can happen. Since we are two ladies you know that shopping was in the cards so we arranged a rental car with Enterprise. We could have arranged for them to pick us up but decided to do the walk to the rental location.  The staff was very friendly and helpful. We did pay the extra for the GPS and it really came in handy.

Many people aren’t aware that your travel agent can arrange car rentals for you and can usually find a better rate than you can online as we have buying power and that usually drives a lower rate.

Now, onto our adventure. We left the car rental location and were at the first mall by 9:45am and back to the hotel by 8:00pm. Talk about sore feet and a much lighter wallet lol.  We managed to find some deals and it was great to shop at stores we don’t have at home!  We did find a great little BBQ joint for supper. Tomorrow we will be embarking and then off we go to the islands. Bye for now, until the next time I have Wifi 😊

Adrienne & Correna’s Cruise 360 FAM! Day 1

This morning we had to be at the airport for 4:00am, wow that was early!  We boarded at 5:20 with Delta and headed for Minneapolis (MSP), flight left a little early which was good.  The seat configuration was laid out 2 by 2, out of the three planes we were on today this one was the nicest and had the most room.  We arrived in MSP and the customs agent that we got was an ass!  He was screaming at people and was very rude.  Our line took forever to get through because he was playing the big shot.  We finally made it through customs and had to move to catch our flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta, this flight was right full and they were making some people check their roller board carry-on’s, they did let us board with ours but we were the last and we had to put them in the back of the plane.  Delta boards different in the states as they board by zones and not by filling the back of the plane forward which is why the luggage was all over the place.  Now saying that, when we were boarding in Atlanta to finally get here they did board from back to front and you should have heard the people complain!!!!  The flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta did have TV’s in the plane and satellite music, the flight from Saskatoon to Minneapolis nothing for entertainment and then the flight from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale did have in seat TV but nothing on them.  We didn’t have long waits at any of the airports, which was good.

We got to the airport in Fort Lauderdale, our luggage was a couple of minutes then we jumped in a cab and arrived at our hotel.  The cab ride was $20.00 so not too bad.  We checked in to the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six which we were really happy with, they upgraded us to a Marina view with two queen beds.  Brandon at the front desk was really helpful and funny, there was a couple complaining about their room beside us so he made some remark that he would put us in one of the good rooms and not a bad one, oh the look he got from the couple was hilarious.  Our room was very nice; I would have no problem using this hotel for clients who need an overnight in Fort Lauderdale.  I think it would be great for a girls get away as it is really pretty!  Oh, and also you get free internet!

Marina view from the Hyatt Regency Pier 66

We were starving so we walked across the draw bridge to find a restaurant.  We thought this walk took forever as we hadn’t eaten since 4:30am.  We were having trouble finding the restaurant row so we stopped a couple on the street and they gave us some directions to the Harbor View area.  We were in heaven, found a sports bar where they serve huge beers and the food was good.  We will be going back to this area when we are back next week for the conference! We also asked our waitress for some recommendations and she gave us a few.