Disney Visa Promo has been released + $500 Disney Gift Card entry

Disney's All-Star Movies Resort

Disney Visa customers can get in on a special promo before a new promo is released to the general public. If you book with Magical Vacations by Me you will also be entered into a special $500 Disney Gift Card giveaway that is special for their clients.

Here are the details:

Stay/Play/Dine – Discounted rate when you purchase room, tickets and dining plan in your package.

Adult tickets and dining prices are the same as kids 3-9.

Travel dates January 5, 2014 – March 5, 2014Snow white parade evil queen villian

Excludes: ALL of Art of Animation Resort, Campsites, Villas at Grand Floridian and 3-bedroom Villas

MUST BOOK: Minimum 3 night stay, Minimum 2 Day ticket.

Room Only Discount –

Travel dates January 5, 2014 -April 12, 2014

The week of March 6 – March 13 (discount is 5% less than what is listed below)

All Star Sports, All Star Music, Pop Century – 20%

Art of Animation Family Suites – 15% (Little Mermaid Rooms excluded)

All Star Movies – 5%

Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach Resort, Port Orleans Riverside, Cabins – 25%

Port Orleans French Quarter, Junior Suites at Coronado Springs – 5%

Bay Lake Tower PoolWilderness Lodge (Standard and Woods View), Animal Kingdom Lodge (Standard and Pool View), Beach/Yacht Club, Boardwalk Inn, Polynesian, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Contemporary – 35%

Wilderness Lodge (Club Level and Courtyard View), Animal Kingdom Lodge (Club and Savanna View) – 25%

Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, Boardwalk Villas, Beach/Yacht Club Villas – 35%

Bay Lake Tower – 5%

Deluxe Suites – 5%

Excludes – Campsites and Villas at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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Pets at Disney?

Best Friends Pet Care

By Amanda C. Best Friends Pet Care front

So the suitcases are packed and the family is excited to be heading to the Magic Kingdom but there’s one family member that needs alternate vacation arrangements. Many families these days have a pet (cat, dog, bird, snake, hamster). What do you do with Fifi, Fido, or Polly while you are on vacation? Some people get a neighbor or family member to watch their beloved pet. There is another option! On the Disney property tucked away near Port Orleans French Quarter Resort is Best Friends Pet Care.

Best Friends Pet Care will board your animal dog, cat, and even reptile. While you are on vacation so is your pet. Each animal gets their own suite for their stay. For dog the their suites range from 36 square feet and potty walks to a 226 square foot luxury suite with tv, web cam, bedtime stories and a bath if they are staying more then three days. That’s just shy of the size of a standard room at Pop Century! Some of the rooms have doggie door to an outside yard area. Your Fido can also have playdates while they are there. We know cats are more independent and picky so for them they have a 2 or 4 level kitty condo.

Best Friends also offers day care for your pet if you are staying maybe off property or at the Camp Sites at Fort Wilderness. They open one hour before park opening and stay open one hour after the parks close. If you start to miss your pooch or kitty while on vacation you can head over for a visit. Best Friends also sends you email photos of your pet having fun during their stay.

The pet resort accommodates up to 300 dogs and asks that if you want Fifi or small animal to have a reservation that you call ahead.  They are located at 2510 Bonnet Creek Pkwy.Walt Disney World Resort Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 phone: (407) 209-3126

Best Friends Home Page for WDWBest Friends Pet Care logo

Boarding Rates at Best Friends

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Which Disney World Resort Level is Best for Your Family?

Animal Kingdom Resort, Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort

By Frances.

Which Disney Resort is best for your family? All the Disney Resorts have magical theming and share the same inside-the-park benefits. The largest differences are found in pricing, dining and accommodations. Here is a quick snap shot of each resort level. [Read more…]

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- Riverside: Three Reasons Ya’ll Will Love the “Louisiana Bayou!”

Port Orleans Riverside prices, Port Orleans French Quarter prices, Port Orleans Riverside reservations, Riverside photosSome vacationers really want to stay “on-property” when they make their trek to Orlando. If the Disney Deluxe Resorts are out of your price range, but you’re looking for something a little more special than the Value Resorts, then you’ve landed squarely with the Moderate Resorts. The Moderate Resorts include the Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort, Caribbean Beach, Coronado Springs, and the two sections of Port Orleans, Riverside and French Quarter. Here are four reasons Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside might be the best choice for you.

1) Location- Journey to the Deep South

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside was inspired by rural Louisiana.  Located next to the beautiful Sassagoula River, Riverside will make you feel as if you’ve gone back in time to a golden age in the Louisiana Bayou, reminiscent of steamboat travel, formal southern garden parties, and mint julips. The guest rooms at Riverside are divided into two distinctly themed sections, or a la Louisiana, “parishes”: the stately white-columned Magnolia Bend “mansions” and the quaint backwoods “cottages” of Alligator Bayou.

The Colonel’s Cotton Mill building houses the resort’s Main Lobby, which resembles a steamship ticket station with soaring columns and high ceiling. Inside the Mill, there’s southern-themed shopping, dining and entertainment. You can pick up necessities at Fulton’s General Store, grab something to eat in the Riverside Mill food court, or sit down for a meal of Cajun specialties at Boatright’s Dining Hall.

If you feel like exploring a little bit, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is just a short walk down the pathway alongside the Sassagoula River. With beautiful Disney landscaping, you’ll think you’ve left the rural countryside and arrived in the big city of New Orleans.

Mouze Kateerz fan Kathy of travel blog Traveling With Teddy stayed at Riverside recently and offered her thoughts on the accommodations. “This picturesque waterfront resort is a wonderfully quiet change from some of the other busier Disney resort hotels. It really feels like you’ve stepped back in time, or at least away from the hectic life you left behind.”

2) Beautiful Restaurants and Children’s Activities

At the Riverside Mill Food Court, with a price range of $14.99 and under, you’ll be entertained by a 32-foot waterwheel that powers a cotton press. Meal selections for the whole family include standards like pizza, fish, and roast beef. You’ll find a more upscale dining experience at Boatwright’s Dining Hall, themed as a restored boat workshop, with meals ranging from $15 to $35.99. For adults looking for a lounge, the River Roost offers beer and specialty drinks under $14.99. On certain nights, there will be live entertainment.

Riverside Disney photos, Disney port orleans riverside room photos

Back to Kathy for the low-down on dining at Riverside. “There are a couple of restaurants and shops on property and plenty of things to do if you want to take a break from the theme parks. The Riverside Mill Food Court serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Depending on what building your room is in, it can be a bit of a walk to Riverside Mill Food Court, but it is a nice quiet walk through the property. We had breakfast there every morning where I enjoyed a Mickey Mouse waffle! For a sit down dinner, there’s Boatwright’s, which serves steaks, prime rib and seafood.  Fulton’s General Store carries Disney merchandise, snacks, beverages and sundries.

What sort of food do they have at BoatWright’s Dining hall? Here’s a sample of some dinner menu items with prices:

  • Creole Jambalaya  $17.99
  • Andouille-crusted Catfish  $15.99
  • VooDoo Chicken  $17.99
  • Grilled Pork Chop  $21.99
  • Pasta with Shrimp $19.99
  • Pasta with Chicken $18.99
  • Blackened Fish Fillet $20.99
  • Slow-roasted Prime Rib $27.99

Here’s some dessert items with prices:

  • New Orleans Bread Pudding  $5.49
  • Chocolate cake  $5.99
  • Bananas Foster Angel Food Cake  $7.49
  • Butterscotch Creame Brulee  $5.99

For kid’s activities, they can play a few video games at the Medicine Show Arcade or go for a swim in one of the pools. Kathy offered these tips, “For recreation, you can swim in one of the many pools around the property, rent bicycles or boats, take a guided fishing excursion, or board a horse-drawn carriage for a romantic ride through the resort.”

One bit of relaxing entertainment you might not think about is a boat ride. Kathy explains, “There is also a riverboat that can take you to the Downtown Disney Marketplace and West End. This tranquil, scenic ride is quite lovely and relaxing, and it stops at both Riverside and The French Quarter. If you get a chance to take the boat back at night, you might see rows of herons lined up on the banks of the river. They wait for the riverboats to churn up the water and bring fish to the surface. It’s a pretty interesting sight to see all these white birds waiting to catch their dinner!”

3) The All New Royal Guest Rooms!

Disney just remodeled, or “re-imagined” as Disney so aptly describes it, a total of 512 guest rooms with a royalty theme for your prince or princess. You’ll feel like you are staying in the middle of your favorite Disney stories, with rooms decorated with your favorite Disney characters like “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Princess and the Frog.” These rooms feature custom drapes and linens and ornately decorated beds trimmed with crystals and gold accents. But the most magical of touches is the headboard, glittering with fiber optic lights, so you’ll enjoy your own personal “fireworks” display.

Port Orleans Riverside pool, Port Orleans Riverside photos

What you need to know about room pricing.

Here’s a guide to room pricing, using 2012 prices during value season. Obviously prices will be higher during holiday and summer vacations.

  • Riverside Standard View, 2 standard size beds, Maximum Occupancy 5,  $159
  • Preferred Room, 2 standard sized beds, Maximum Occupancy 4, $184
  • Riverside Water View, 2 standard sized Beds, Maximum Occupancy 5 $184
  • Riverside River view, 2 double sized beds, Maximum Occupancy 4, $189
  • Riverside King Bedroom, 1 King sized Bed, Maximum Occupancy 2, $189
  • Garden View, 2 double beds, Maximum Occupancy 4, $169

Most of the rooms come with the following options, depending on your location:

  • Table and chairs
  • Vanity area with 2 sinks
  • Ceiling fan Privacy curtain between the vanity and room
  • Bathroom
  • All rooms are non-smoking
  • In-room wall safe
  • Voice mail
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Pack ‘n Play playard is available upon request
  • Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available

To book your room, you can book online or call (407) WDW-MAGIC or (407) 939-6244. You can check out the WDW Riverside web page with this link.

Potential Drawbacks to Riverside

Kathy points out, “Port Orleans is on Disney property but not directly connected by boat or monorail to any of the theme parks. However, bus service is easily available to take you to all theme parks and water parks. There is also a riverboat that can take you to the Downtown Disney Marketplace and West End.”

This property is more expensive than your Value Resorts and definitely more expensive than staying at some of the off-property hotels. It all depends on what type budget you have for accommodations. If you can swing it, Kathy offers her thoughts on the property. “There’s no question that the next time we plan a Disney World getaway, we’ll book a stay at Port Orleans. For the money, it’s the best deal going.”

A special thanks to Kathy for her review of the Riverside resort and her photographs of the property.

Kathy is a freelance video producer in Orlando. When she’s not working on TV shows, commercials or corporate projects, she’s writing for her blogs, Traveling With Teddy and  I Love British TV. She’s been a Walt Disney World season passholder for many years and loves to visit the parks. Her favorite is EPCOT.

Be sure you stop by Traveling With Teddy. Kathy has some fabulous reviews of resorts and restaurants all over the south, and tell her Mouze Kateerz sent ya!

So there’s four reasons ya’ll would love to stay at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- Riverside. Thanks for coming along for a Photographical ride, and we hope to see you on a boat ride to Downtown Disney.


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Our First Walt Disney World Resort

Our First Disney Resort

In August of 2007, Cindy and I decided to take Walt Disney up on its offer, and stay at the parks for a longer period of time than just a day or two.  We had been the previous year with Meemaw, and the year before with Leigh Ann and Riley (and family), and seeing how much fun it was with them just fueled our need for more Disney Magic!

So Cindy and I decided to take the plunge and book a resort to stay at.  We had always assumed (somewhat incorrectly, I might add) that staying on property was 1) for those with more money than sense, and 2) really, really expensive, so when we looked into the idea, I know that I was thinking we weren’t going to be able to swing it.

Boy, was I ever wrong!  Have you ever stayed at Disney World on property before?  If you haven’t, I really suggest that you take a look at it.  Not only are there all sorts of different themed hotels for you to choose from, there are also several different levels that you can stay at depending on your budget!

For those with large parties, or smaller budgets, there are the Walt Disney World Value Resorts to choose from.  They include the following resorts:

  1. Disney’s All Star Movies Resort
  2. Disney’s All Star Music Resort
  3. Disney’s All Star Sports Resort
  4. Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  5. and, coming in Summer 2012, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

These resorts are all classified as value resorts, which means that they are the least expensive of the Disney resorts.  In many cases, though, they can be worth it if you have large parties because some of these resorts offer rooms that can sleep more than 5 people.

Cindy and I felt that, after researching all the properties, and also speaking with some of our friends, that the value resorts were more like “hotels” and less like “resorts”, so we decided not to do any of the value resorts.  After that, we looked at the Moderate Resorts.  They include:

  1. The Cabins at Fort Wilderness Resort
  2. Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  3. Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  4. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  5. Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

We looked at a lot of them, but in this instance choose Coronado Springs Resort.  We liked the Aztec influence in the decor, we thought that the big pool looked really neat from Google Earth and the website, and the color scheme chosen for the buildings was really quite nice.  We enjoyed it a great deal!  For this first year, we booked our trip directly from the Disney World website.  The special that year was the free dining plan.  Book a stay at a Disney resort, stay a certain number of days, and you will get the Disney Dining Plan for free.  That means that one snack, one quick service meal, and one table service meal per person per day is already paid for!  Doing the dining plan for us meant that we were able to go to a lot of restaurants that we wouldn’t normally go to, which meant that we could choose character places so Sophie could get a ton of autographs, and we wouldn’t have to pay for a lot of food while we were at the parks!