The holiday season at the Orlando theme parks is a very special time to many of us. The decorations are up, Christmas music is playing, and it is a great jump start to the most wonderful time of the year. To be completely transparent with things being so different, we were not sure what to expect from any of the destinations in Orlando this year, but Universal Orlando knocked it out of the park with their holiday fun! Today we are going to talk about our time participating in the Universal Orlando's 2020 Holiday Tree Hunt.
You will need to purchase the special brochure that you see below for a small fee of $9.95. This map includes the locations of all 16 themed trees featured inside both parks as well as Universal CityWalk. Once you have completed the map and received all 16 stamps, you receive a complimentary ornament. So although you are paying a fee for the map, you are essentially paying for the ornament you receive at the end and having a great time while trying to obtain it.
You can easily follow the map to get from one tree to the next even if you are unfamiliar with the parks layout. We personally started in Islands of Adventure and if you have a Park to Park ticket like we did, you can easily go between parks through a small walk way they had set up in Seuss Landing or on the Hogwarts Express. You can also walk into CityWalk and obtain your two stamps in between visiting both parks which is what we did.
The trees are specifically themed for each area of the park you are in when you find them. Our favorite tree from Islands of Adventure was the Grinch themed tree found in the Mulberry Street Store. Our favorite holiday tree in Universal Studios Florida was the SpongeBob SquarePants tree found in the SpongeBob StorePants store. Please enjoy the photos of the trees as we found them along the way below.
Islands of Adventure Holiday Trees
Treasures of Poseidon
Marvel Alterniverse Store
Mulberry Street Store
Islands of Adventure Trading Company
Island Market and Export Candy Shoppe
Universal Studios Florida Holiday Trees
Universal Studios Store
Shrek's Ye Olde Souvenir Shoppe
Silver Screen Collectibles
Holiday Tribute Store
CityWalk Holiday Trees
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, CityWalk
Universal Studios Store, CityWalk
We had a great time running around trying to find the trees and reviewing all the detail on them, they are really neat to look at. We love the ornament we received at the end because we will always have that special souvenir that will remind us of our adventure in Universal Orlando for Christmas 2020. This event is happening until January 3rd, 2021.
If this is something that you would like to do with your family to celebrate the holidays, reach out to a Starstuff Travel planner today by clicking here!
Right now everyone is dreaming about being pampered and I would love to share some insider info I have from Le Blanc Spa Resorts Los Cabos where you are pampered and catered to the whole time you are vacationing there. When you close your eyes and fantasize about being somewhere dreamy this is the place you are visualizing!
Airport transfers are included in any stay 4 days or more and are provided by some of the most luxurious vehicles (by the way, Le Blanc Spa Resort is an adults only all inclusive property). It is just a quick 20-30 minute drive from the airport to the resort. On the way to the hotel we were in a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter type van and headed back to the airport we were in a Cadillac SUV, feeling like a VIP all the way.
When you arrive at the property you’ll be greeted with welcome cocktails, a warm lavender infused neck pillow and 5-star type service by the friendly staff members. The entire resort is fashioned with immaculate white marble floors and subtle décor with an amazing fragrant smell you will want to bottle up to bring back home (in fact you can actually purchase their signature scent in the gift shop). You are then brought to your room by the bellman and introduced to your butler. Every single room here at Le Blanc includes butler service. Our butler Karla introduced us to the Le Blanc app on our phone, then went over the features of our room such as our aromatherapy machine, the bathtub, the pillow menu (I meant it when I said you were pampered) as well as tons of informative details you need to know to be able to relax and enjoy as much as possible. She even offered to set a scheduled bath time daily where she would come in and prepare a bath and include fresh cut artisan soaps of our liking. I truly felt like a Kardashian while we were staying here. Below you will find a video tour of our room.
The whole property here at Le Blanc is stunning. I love the natural scenery they have scattered around as well as the view of the mountains here on the dramatic coast of Mexico. There are several large pools including an infinity pool overlooking the beach, as well as many lounge and relaxation areas featuring swings, daybeds and cabanas. Like most other resorts in this area, they do not have a swimmable beach. If you want to be able to swim during your vacation you can visit Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun.
The property here at dusk is lit with thousands of twinkle lights, candles, lanterns and outdoor fire pits that create such a beautiful ambience. They also have fantastic entertainment during the evening as well for those that like to enjoy a good night out.
Please take a moment to enjoy the property tour video below we have created from our stay on property.
There are many amazing restaurants at this resort and every single one of them is to rave about. That being said, one of our favorite things to do when we were visiting was to take advantage of the 24 hour room service menu. There is nothing like eating lasagna in your comfy robe while sitting on your balcony watching the sunset after a long day.
The spa was amazing. I loved the water journey as well as the hydrotherapy before my deep tissue massage. I also really enjoyed having a spa butler to aid me in the hydrotherapy and water journey correctly and explain why I was doing what I was doing. You can take advantage of them as well when you book a spa treatment, otherwise you can pay to utilize it.
This trip to Le Blanc was one of our favorites to date. We had one complaint, and that is now that we have been so spoiled we are having trouble enjoying ourselves at other hotels we visit! If you want to be spoiled too, let one of our Starstuff Travel Planners help you today by clicking here.
When you are traveling to an airport out of the country that you have never been to before, wouldn't it be nice to have a friend greeting you and instructing you what the procedures are and what to expect next? Well, that can actually be done when traveling to Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport (as well as Kingston airport).
When we arrived into Montego Bay our Club Mobay rep met us right outside of where we deplaned holding a sign with our name on it. It was so calming to know we had someone awaiting our arrival and that she was so easy to find holding a sign with our name on it. She then explained we needed to get our temperature taken and then had to proceed to a quick health screening. After the health screening she walked us to the customs area and once we were cleared she brought us to the Club Mobay Lounge. They normally have snacks out for the taking but since we are in the middle of a pandemic they will come and take your snack and drink order. They also offer complimentary wifi for those who want to get some work done before heading off to their vacation. Afterwards our rep checked us into our transportation and we were on our way to our resort.
Upon our departure to head home, we checked into the Fast Track check in desk once we were all checked into our airline. They gave us a ticket and advised that after security screening head to the lounge which is across from gate 12. The lounge here also offers an unlimited open bar and many food options. It is large, with many flat screen t.v.s and places to charge up your electronics. Again, also offering complimentary wifi to check on your emails if you decide to head back to reality a little early.
For the price, the value is incredible. We highly recommend utilizing the service they offer round trip. The only downside is they do not offer this everywhere we travel!
To book Club Mobay, reach out to us at Info@Starstufftravel.com
I could tell you about the beautiful Seven Mile Beach with white powdery sand and crystal turquoise waters. The dramatic sunsets, the many different room categories, the relaxing soaking tubs, but what we learned here during our time at Sandals Negril is that, in the end, it's the people here that actually make your time special.
From the time we reached the Sandals lounge at the airport, till the time we headed back, the staff at the property treated us like we were family members. They remember your name, they remember what you like to drink, and they really take the time to get to know you which makes you feel like your the only one on vacation at this property!
There was never a time we came across someone that was having a bad day or did not treat us like we were a guest in their home. It is that special touch you can only find at Sandals and Beaches resorts. The treatment you receive when your on vacation here is comprable to no other.
They also have phenomenal entertainment on property. I mean, the kind of entertainment you would pay money for back home. They spare no expense to keep guests here happy, relaxed and entertained. The events team here works hard and you can appreciate all that they do.
If you are looking for a complete experience and not just a room on the beach, than a Sandals/Beaches vacation is for you. These people truly care about your time here, they are going to look after you like you have never seen before on your time away. When you leave your not just sad your vacation is ending, your disappointed to leave your new friends. This shows you why there are so many repeat guests that come back year after year.
To book your next Sandals/Beaches vacation, reach out to us at Info@Starstufftravel.com
On Sunday October 18th, 2020 TSA (Transportation Security Administration) screened over 1 million passengers for the day. TSA had not screened this many passengers on a single day since March 17th, 2020. This shows the travel industry is headed in the right direction with many people feeling safer to fly than in previous months. While this aids the industries rebound, it is still going to take a lot of education to ensure those who are weary, that it is in fact, safer than ever to "Fly the Friendly Skies".
Recently the Department of Defense completed the most comprehensive study on aircraft airflow that has ever been conducted in history and determined the risk is almost non existent even during a full flight. Research showed that on average .003% of infected particles crossed into your breathing zone and 99.99% of them were filtered out of the cabin within six minutes. Incredibly, this research showed that the inside of an aircraft cabin is one of the safest indoor environments in the whole entire world.
In an additional study conducted by The International Air Transport Association (IATA), they found only 44 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were caught on a flight from among the 1.2 billion people that flew between January and July this year. That translates to one case for every 27.3 million flyers. This study proves you have a better chance of getting struck by lightening than you do catching the disease on a flight with the combination of wearing a mask and the constant airflow through high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters that are keeping cabins safe.
Here is a great video United Airlines put together to educate the public on how they conducted their study and what their findings were.
If you would also like to read more about the research The International Air Transport Association (IATA) conducted, you can find additional information on their study by clicking here. In todays world it is more important than ever to stay educated on real-time studies and factual based information.
Xel-Há Park is one of the 7 parks and two tours that Hotel Xcaret Mexico offers. You can also visit these parks without being a guest at the hotel, however staying at the hotel gets you unlimited complimentary access during your vacation. We stayed on property with Hotel Xcaret Mexico so we reserved our park day in advance and took the shuttle bus from the hotel to the park. The shuttle is the same type of bus they utilize for their airport transfers. They are extremely clean, plush and comfy with nice cool air-conditioning. They play videos on the bus showcasing the park your headed to for the day and a local guide explains what to expect when you arrive and additional activities you can book through his microphone on the bus. The guide even gets off the shuttle with you bringing you to the front of the park and explains how the return shuttle works on the way back. They answer each and every question which is a great help for those who are unsure of what to expect. It is also great for those who typically feel nervous to leave the hotel property.
There are many things you can take advantage of with your admission into the park. Unlimited snorkeling, all the food and beverage you wish to consume (even all of your alcohol is included), river tubing, cliff jumping, ziplining into the river, ropes course on river and in jungle and a bit more. So you can safely enjoy the day going through the park at your own pace without purchasing extra activities, but it should be noted, they drop you off in the morning and do not pick you up until about 5:30 pm. If you are not the type to relax all day long you will most likely want to add some extra excursions to your day. They also have complimentary lockers for you to leave your things in as well as showers which is great after a long day in the salt water!
We started the day on the river tubing. This starts at the opposite end of the park from where you will enter so they make it very easy for you to get to where you need to be. You can either walk, bicycle, or take a tram to the start of the river. We took the tram because we were on a time crunch with some of the additional activities we booked. This is a very lazy river and can take you up to an hour to get through. During your time floating you will pass by others cliff diving, rope climbing in the water, and zip lining right into the river. They also have exits every so often so if you want to get out at anytime you can.
When we finished river tubing we headed to our first activity which was Adrenalina, a speed boat that goes out into the ocean and reaches almost 60 miles an hour top speed. We have done a similar excursion in the Bahamas and thought we knew exactly what to expect but this one is definitely different! Not only does this boat whip around in full speed 360s, it also stops short and goes into what they call an "immersion" when half the boat goes pretty much under the water and the waves smash you in the face. It is a lot of fun but not for the faint of heart.
After our adventurous boat ride we showered off the salt water and headed to grab some lunch. Did I mention they have 4 restaurants and 4 bars and all of your food and drink is included? You can have your breakfast, lunch and dinner here at Xel Ha with a few Margaritas or Pina coladas! Then you could head over to the hammock station and take a nap.
A little later on in the day we scheduled a 25 minute deep tissue massage. While it is way less expensive here for the massage than it is at the hotel, the hotel would be a much better experience. The massage itself was not bad but since the spa is outside near a busy area of the park you can hear people yelling and playing so it may not be as relaxing as you would hope it to be. But hey, a massage outside in the beauty of Mexico can never really be that bad can it?
I also want to point out that they make it impossible to get lost at the park. They have signage all over the grounds that is easy to spot. All in all we had a fantastic time with very little to complain about. The only downside we felt was that when you get to the park you are there until the shuttle comes back at 5:30 pm, so if you wanted to leave early you are going to have to take a taxi. Below you can enjoy some additional photos from our day as well as a video tour of the full property.
We had a lovely day here and would totally recommend you visit here for some beautiful scenery and relaxing activities. We are looking forward to heading back ourselves. To book your next excursion to Xel-Há Park visit us at Info@StarstuffTravel.com or by clicking here!
I have always loved traveling to Mexico. There is something about the people, the culture, and the heritage, that just makes traveling to the area so lovely, but I had no idea that when we recently visited Hotel Xcaret Mexico I would leave loving it more than I already did.
Where do I even start? The staff at this resort go out of their way to treat you as a part of their own family. It has always been one of the many reasons I love traveling to Mexico, but at this resort specifically, you can just feel it in a way that you know they are proud to be there, and you can understand why after visiting.
After landing in the Cancun airport you are greeted by one of the staff from their complimentary airport shuttle. The shuttle is a large comfortable bus with plush seats and a television that provides video of what to expect at the hotel and all of their parks. While aboard the shuttle they take care of a majority of the hotel check in process so when you arrive to the hotel you only have about another 10 minute process before you are officially on your vacation. During this process you receive a wristband that works as your room key, your charging privilege's, and your admission to all 7 of their parks and two tours they offer. That is right, this is a true all inclusive, or as they call it, "All Fun Inclusive Vacation"
The property is completely stunning with an eco-friendly vibe. They have made every effort to design it in a way with sustainability in mind. The buildings work harmoniously with the surrounding nature making the lay out a true paradise. As you walk throughout the property you will discover anything and everything from caves, coves, waterfalls, rivers, lagoons, beaches and jungle areas. You will also find swinging bridges scattered through the property connecting you from one building to the next, restaurants carved into rock, hammocks inside private coves, and an attention to detail that will blow your mind.
The rooms here at Hotel Xcaret Mexico are comfortable and luxurious. They offer a good mix of art, nature and contemporary Mexican design. The hotel offers four different room categories: Suites, Junior Suites, Swim ups, and Master Swim ups. Each room category offers a garden, ocean, river, or pool view. I loved learning that the hotel worked with local craftsman from around Mexico and brought their items into the rooms here. The beds are very comfortable and I always love having a separate rain shower and jacuzzi tub. There is a 55" inch flat screen television, a fully stocked mini bar, Nespresso machine, snacks, and a beautiful balcony with a swinging hammock, a chair and small sitting area with throw pillows. If you are not traveling with family and looking for an adults only type vacation the resort does also offer adult only buildings. Below you will find video of our room which was the garden view suite.
The hotel offers 10 restaurants and 8 bars with something for everyone including an amazing dinner show. There are a few restaurants that require reservations and one that is an additional charge. Room service is also included complimentary 24/7 which is a nice feature when you come back from one of the parks and are exhausted. We took advantage of room service one evening when we wanted dessert and did not want to have it at the restaurant, we wanted to be in our robes, comfy in bed, enjoying television while we ate.
There are a nice variety of choices you can chose from when it comes to where you are going to swim, sunbath or enjoy your water sports here at the hotel. They have a main beach on the ocean that is a little bit of a walk, they have loungers on the rocky portion of the beach where you can not swim but you can be oceanfront relaxing, they have a man-made lagoon type area with waterfalls where you can let the kids run wild and multiple pools around their property. They also have kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling in the river part of the man-made area that goes along the property.
For those who like to continue their fitness routine, they can do so in one of the really awesome state of the art gyms here at the hotel. One of the best features of the three gyms is the picturesque views you can focus on while working out. The spa area is built around caves and trees and completely secluded in full blown nature in a way that is in comparison to no other that I have seen before. Each massage room is completely different and some even have personal cenotes.
Why is this the place you should be visiting if you have a family? There are awesome play areas for young children, a water slide area, and that great beach area with no waves so you can relax without the fear of them getting swept away. Included with your stay here is complimentary admission to all seven of their amazing parks. Everyone in your travel party will have unlimited access to the parks Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xavage, Xoximilco and Xenses, as well as tours to Xenotes and Xichen. The hotel has designated shuttles to and from each park as well, making it virtually seamless to not have an insane vacation! Stay tuned for additional blogs on some of the parks we visited while we were there!
This property is an absolute must when you are ready to plan your next trip. From the people, to the property, to the food, to the parks, and everything in between, this place is going to leave its mark on you just like it did on me. The moment we left we were already talking about when we could get back here with the rest of our family.
To book your next vacation to the Hotel Xcaret Mexico reach out to us at Info@StarstuffTravel.com or by clicking here!
IS THIS THE JOB FOR YOU?
Do you find yourself chatting with random strangers about anything and everything Disney or Universal? Do you follow Disney and Universal fan groups, listen to themed podcasts, or watch Vloggers on YouTube just to stay on top of any and all breaking news even if you don't have a vacation scheduled? Are you helping family and friends snag those hard to get dining reservations, creating step by step itineraries, or recommending hotels just for fun?Do you price out vacations to Mexico and the Caribbean even when you know your not scheduling a trip in the near future? If you answered yes to any of these questions then, THIS IS THE JOB FOR YOU!
ARE PEOPLE EVEN TRAVELING RIGHT NOW?
Believe it or not, yes, people are traveling. We are currently seeing some travelers booking some last minute trips as opposed to years passed where they would spend months planning a vacation. Not only are some traveling now, many clients had to postpone this years vacation and are going stir crazy being stuck in the house, because of that, we are seeing a ton of interest for travel in 2021. Postponed family vacations, destination weddings, honeymoons and family reunions are all just waiting to start planning again and that is why WE NEED YOU!
WHAT IS ACTUALLY INVOLVED
We do not require prior travel agency experience per say, however, since our clients come to us for our first hand knowledge of travel, it is imperative any planners who consider filling out an application hold a vast amount of their very own first hand travel knowledge. We offer in-depth training both directly from our agency in all aspects of the position as well as training from each booking platform, supplier and destination you are going to be working with daily. Training can be flexible and tailored around your schedule.
The first year of business is truly spent promoting yourself and building your book of business. It can be tiresome and exhausting but also extremely rewarding. Most of our planners came on board because they were already known to family and friends as the go to person to help with their vacations or travel experiences. We offer tons of training, tips and advice for self-promoting and all of the suppliers we work with also offer complimentary marketing collateral to use to help build your business. Unlike other agencies, Starstuff Travel also has our own in house marketing director who is available to you for anything you need. We conduct many webinars every month, run inner agency promotions and hold contests for our planners for potential increased commissions and/or rewards like FREE THEME PARK TICKETS!
WHAT ARE THE PROS
For starters, you get to talk about your some of your favorite destinations daily and if you're like me, a total Disney/Universal geek, you can talk about it all day long! You also get to research new places through out the day (which could also be considered a con since your own personal bucket list will grow). A few times a year we also come together to attend onsite trainings around the world to educate ourselves on what each destination offers. But the very biggest "Pro" in my book is that you play a part in the creation of travel experiences your clients will remember for the rest of their lives, and YOU GET TO MAKE PEOPLE SMILE.
WHAT ARE THE CONS
While I absolutely love this job and could never see myself in another industry, the cons list is quite long. This job is not for everyone and perhaps very different than many expect. The biggest con is that we do not get paid unless the client books their trip with us and it is not until after the client travels do we even get paid for the hard work we put in. Therefore, you could actually work with a client for a year before actually seeing the commission for their booking and if they cancel for any reason your commission usually vanishes. Since you do not get paid until after travel, you could be waiting months for your first paycheck when you start as a planner. With all of that being said, THIS WAS THE BEST DECISION I EVER MADE!
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN AN AGENCY
You definitely want to do your homework when you are taking the leap to join an agency. Below you will find a few things you should be thinking about when looking into an agency. Also think about reaching out to planners that are currently working with the agency and see what they are saying as well.
WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP
If you are still interested in possibly making the best career decision of your life, then please head over to the Join Our Team portion of the website by clicking here and filling out our application. After reviewing your application a team member will reach out to you with a follow up email and depending on position availability and interest we will then move forward with a phone interview. For now, please enjoy some photos and video below from a few of our favorite agency trainings together with the suppliers we love, IT IS ALWAYS SO MAGICAL!
Last weekend we hit the open road for a weekend getaway to Hershey, PA. Not only is Hershey relatively close to our NJ home (less than a 3-hr drive), but it also offers a variety of family fun activities in a centralized location. Furthermore, because there are currently no COVID-19 travel restrictions between NJ and PA, we knew it was a viable option for a quick trip. Based on ambiance, proximity to attractions, budget and amenities, we chose the Hershey Lodge for our stay. The beautiful stone fireplace in the lobby gives the lodge a rustic and cozy feel; perfect for a fall getaway! Also, the rooms are casual and comfortable. Additionally, the lodge is a short 5-10-minute drive to all major area attractions. Plus, with various packages and price points, it’s an economical option to get the true Hershey experience. Still, most appealing of all, are the on site amenities and extra perks. (Can you say FREE Hershey bars?)
Hershey Lodge offers a variety of dining options from the Cocoa Beanery, an all-day coffee shop, to Fire & Grain, where we enjoyed a delicious table service dinner. (We liked it so much we returned one morning for breakfast!) Also available, is an outdoor 18-hole miniature golf course (free to hotel guests). For additional fun, Hershey Lodge offers several special seasonal events for children. Activities such as; pumpkin painting, candy bingo and campfire s’mores were offered during our stay.
Nevertheless, of all the amenities offered, I think kids and grownups would agree that Hershey Waterworks takes the cake. This small scale indoor water park was a true highlight. There is a large pool with obstacle course, along with two children’s water play areas. Twizzlers Twists waterslides offers a whirling, swirling adventure for those seeking a bigger thrill.
Hershey Chocolate Works was another fan favorite. This year round attraction offers some behind the scenes fun into the world of Hershey’s chocolate. Here we took the Hershey’s Chocolate Tour, a family friendly ride that takes you on an immersive journey through Hershey’s chocolate making experience (the kiddos couldn’t decide what they liked more, Cupcake the cow or the free chocolate samples.) For added fun, guests here can purchase tickets to create their own chocolate bar and/or take part in a mystery with Hershey’s 4D Chocolate Movie. Last,
but certainly not least, guests can shop a wide array of specialty Hershey apparel, gifts, souvenirs, and of course candy!!
The main attraction of our trip was Hersheypark. With over 20 rides for little ones, our crew had plenty to experience. And if you have thrill seekers in your group, they won’t be disappointed, as there are 14 coasters to try (the Wild Mouse received our vote for best ride of the day)! Zoo America (which you can enter right through Hersheypark) gave us a chance to take a more leisurely pace. We enjoyed viewing and learning about the numerous animals that call Zoo America home. (The River Otters were so fun to watch!)
Nevertheless, our favorite part of Hersheypark, was the Trick or Treat Trail (available during Hersheypark in the Dark weekends). Here, each child was given a special treat bag and able to visit 13 sweet stops along the path to receive special Hershey’s candy treats. From a pumpkin patch to a potion shop, each stop was decorated in a festive Halloween theme. Between the decorations and the crisp evening air, it truly felt like a magical Autumn night.
All in all, our weekend in Hershey was a fantastic fall getaway. Between the amenities offered at the Hershey Lodge and the variety of attractions offered in the area, it is a great choice for families looking for a quick trip to enjoy some sweet fun. We look forward to visiting again soon!
Things to Know!
-Hershey Park in The Dark (Oct. 2 nd –Nov. 1 st 2020)
-Hershey Christmas Candylane (Nov. 13 th 2020-Jan. 3 rd , 2021)
-Hershey offers a variety of packages when staying at one of their 3 properties (The Hotel
Hershey, Hershey Lodge, and Hersheypark Camping Resort)
-Guests staying at The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge receive FREE Parking, Reserved
Admission, Preferred Pricing on tickets to Hersheypark and Zoo America, and Complimentary
Admission to Hershey Gardens and The Hershey Story’s Museum Experience
-Admission to Hershey’s Chocolate World is FREE, however guests must reserve a time to enter
online. Guests will be given a ticket to scan at entrance and must complete a temperature
check. *Face coverings are required.
-Hersheypark requires temperature checks and a reservation to enter. Tickets can be scanned
for contactless entry. *Face coverings are required.
For more information on booking your next getaway to Hershey, or anywhere else, reach out to Kristin Scoza via email at KScoza@StarstuffTravel.com
Yesterday we spent the day in the Magic Kingdom on a mission to find all things "Halloween". Many of us were very disappointed that Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween party was cancelled this year but Disney is doing a fantastic job keeping us excited with their fun Halloween treats, cavalcades and merchandise this season.
To start off, Walt Disney World is allowing their guests to dress in costume this season during any normal Magic Kingdom park hours so it was a lot of fun just people watching. Soon as we entered the gates we were welcomed by the beautiful fall colors and Mickey wreathes. Just a few steps onto Main Street we were able to catch both the Mickey and Friends Halloween Cavalcade and then a few minutes later after we did some shopping we were able to watch the Villians Cavalcade. I have also heard that the actual villains can change daily which makes it more exciting to be surprised each day. It was great to walk into the park and immediately enjoy some Halloween happenings. Below you can find video of the decorations on Main Street, Halloween merch, Mickey and Friends Cavalcade and the Villians Cavalcade.
Another thing we love are the seasonal treats Disney always offers. Yesterday we started the day with dessert first and stopped by Liberty Square Marketplace for Constance’s For Better or Worse Wedding Cake. It is a citrus-scented cake with Raspberry Bavarian Cream, Glaçage and Buttercream Pearls. A portion of the cake is actually wiggly but the flavors are pretty well balanced and the cake is not dry so it got a thumbs up from us. Because of the consistency of the cake, it may not be for everyone. For lunch we headed over to Cosmic Rays where we put in our mobile order for the Mickey's Monster Mash Burger and a Jack Skellington Sipper. Remember, at this time you still need to complete a mobile order ahead of time in order to obtain any Quick Service food. The burger is loaded with Muenster cheese, potato barrels, bacon, and sriracha aïoli along with lettuce and tomato. We felt it was slightly better than the typical burger you get at Cosmic Rays, but lets be honest, who goes to Cosmic Rays for the food? A little later in the day we snagged some Halloween themed cotton candy. These are just some of the treats we tried, there are many others for you to discover while visiting the Magic Kingdom.
We also really loved some of the merchandise this year. As you have seen in the video above there is tons of it to choose from. Below you will find some of our favorite pieces that we found over at Star Traders in Tomorrowland. The Halloween themed Loungefly and Crocs are so adorable and they have some really fun Haunted Mansion stuff. We also think the vintage looking Mickey clothing is a must have!
There are a few additional cavalcades not posted here as well as additional merch and Halloween treats (you can only eat so much sugar in a day). But that means there is more for you to be surprised with when you visit this Fall. Many clients have witnessed others traveling to the Orlando and Walt Disney World area and are beginning to feel more comfortable. This means we are seeing many more last minute Fall bookings. It is never to late to plan a trip to the "Most Magical Place On Earth". Now more than ever is the time to make those memories!
To book your last minute Walt Disney World Fall vacation, reach out to a Starstuff Travel Planner by clicking here!