Adventures by Disney: South Africa Departure Hosted by Joe Rohde and Dr. Mark Penning

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If theme parks are not your thing & you want to explore this wonderful Earth that we love on, you should certainly consider an Adventure by Disney vacation.  Adventures by Disney offers vacation within the United States and reaching the furthest corners of the globe and the announcement of this new South Africa trip makes my heart race just to think about the amazing experiences that await guests.

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, Adventures by Disney® just announced a special adult-exclusive Safari to South Africa departure for Nov. 30, 2018. On this unique trip, guests can explore Africa with special hosts Joe Rohde, Portfolio Creative Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering, and Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, who will share their expertise on storytelling, wildlife and conservation.

Throughout the trip, Joe will share his insight on this magnificent country through the lens of an artist. Your Clients can learn from Joe as he leads sketching sessions (no prior art experience required!) at iconic locations in South Africa. He’ll also share the experiences in Africa that inspired him to create Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

Meanwhile, Mark, a native of South Africa, will share his expertise on South African natural history. Your Clients will learn about the unique species that live in the areas visited on the trip, including the birds at Cape Point; the elephants, birds and monkeys in Knysna; and the abundant wildlife found during the game drives at Kapama Private Game Reserve.

Take a sneak peek at what’s in store in this video!

Let me help plan the details of your Adventure by Disney Vacation!

  • Itinerary plans and printed itinerary booklet that will service as a guide for your day to day activities as well as a fun keepsake when you return.
  • Fee-Free Planning. All of my planning assistance is complimentary when you book your trip through me, you will get all of the services that Disney offers, plus the personalized service that I offer.
  • Custom Client Portal – I always like to stay on top of the newest technology and once you are booked, we can set up a free client portal where we can share documents & you can view details about your vacation.

You get all of this complimentary planning, and more, when you book your Disney vacation through Melissa of Pixie Dust Adventures (me).  Click here to visit my website & get started with a no obligation quote.

Thank you for reading.  My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic, I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney theme parks with my family exploring all of the newest things that Disney has to offer.
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1,000 Subscribers on our YouTube Channel!

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My name is Melissa and I am a Disney addict and I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney theme parks, on a cruise or enjoying another Florida area attraction.  I would love to help you plan your own family vacation at no additional cost to you.  Visit my website or email me to get started.
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Disney World Fall Free Dining is back in 2017… with changes

The offer that everyone has been eagerly anticipated has now been released.  I will be busy today helping my guests save money.

One notable change from past free dining offers is that Value & Moderate resort stays will be eligible for the free Quick Service dining plan, while deluxe resorts & deluxe villas qualify for the Disney Dining Plan.  Need to figure out the perfect offer for your family?  Contact me, I can help when you book through me at no added cost to you.



With this offer, guests can enjoy distinctive Disney Resort Guest benefits and amenities – including early access to Disney FastPass+ planning, Extra Magic Hours, complimentary Resort transportation, standard parking and entertaining amenities!

When guests stay at a select Disney Deluxe Resort or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort, they get the Disney Dining Plan with a variety of delicious dining options! When guests stay at a select Disney Value Resort or Disney Moderate Resort, they get the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan that allows them to enjoy a quick bite!

Plus, guests can uncover a magical mix of new and unforgettable experiences, including Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.

Booking Window: April 24-July 7, 2017
Travel Window: Aug. 21-Sept. 30, Nov. 14-20, Nov. 25-27, Dec. 8-23, 2017

Guests can get a FREE dining plan when they purchase a non-discounted 5-night/6-day Magic Your Way package that includes a room at a select Walt Disney World® Resort hotel and ticket with a Park Hopper® or Park Hopper Plus Option
Aug. 21-Sept. 30, Nov. 14-20, Nov. 25-27, Dec. 8-23, 2017 when they book April 24-July 7, 2017.

Excludes the following room types and Disney Resort hotels:

  • Campsites
  • 3-bedroom villas
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows – Bungalows
  • Disney’s All Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Additional exclusion for Nov. 14-20, Nov. 25-27 and Dec. 8-23, 2017:

  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Ask about packages of other lengths of stay. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort-The Little Mermaid standard rooms. Dining plan excludes gratuities and alcoholic beverages. Children ages 3-9 must order from children’s menu, if available. Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase. Walt Disney Travel Company CST# 1022229-50

Thank you for reading,
My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic, I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me almost every weekend in one of the Disney parks with my family.  I enjoy trying new experiences so I can help guest plan their own Disney vacations.  All of my planning assistance is FREE; it never costs extra to plan with me over planning directly through Disney.  Why not gain the assistance of someone with countless hours of personal experience?  Contact me for a no obligation quote today.
Melissa, Travel Designer & Destination Expert – Pixie Dust Adventures
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2017 Disney World Dining Plans Compared

In 2017 Disney will offer three different dining package options.  Quick Service, Disney Dining and Deluxe Dining. Premium Dining and Platinum Dining are discontinued.


* Deluxe Plan includes 3 meals: Quick Service or Table Service

Quick Service breakfast/lunch/dinner:
combo meal + soft drink
1 Quick Service Meal = 3 snack credits

Table Service breakfast/lunch/dinner = entree + soft drink
Children 3 – 9 must order from a children’s menu if available.
1 Table Service Meal = 3 snack credits

•Gratuities are not included except for participating pre-paid dining locations.
•Plan must be purchased for entire length of stay for the entire party.
•Meals are nontransferable between party members and expire at midnight on day of check-out.
•Reservations are highly recommended for table-service restaurants, dining availability may be limited or not available without advance reservations.
•1 meal credit exchanged for snacks, must be exchanged in a single transaction

There are so many options to choose from when booking a Disney World Vacation.  It can often feel like you’re buying a new car.  Using a travel agent is always one good way to help make the best decisions for your vacation and many travel agents do not charge you any extra for their planning services when you book your vacation through them
It costs the same to book through me as it does to book directly through Disney.

My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic; I’m also a travel agent.  I love trying the hotels, dining plans & many other options offered in the vacation packages and after moving to Florida with my family in 2016, we spend almost every weekend in the Disney parks.  I’m here to help you plan your next vacation at NO added cost to you and it all starts with a free quote.
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CLIA – ACC Accredited Cruise Counselor

I have now officially completed my Accredited Cruise Counselor Certification through CLIA, Cruise Lines International Association. THANK YOU to all of my family, friends, fans & clients who have all been so supportive & patent with me as I worked through the rigorous requirements.
The Accredited (ACC) Cruise Counselor designation is conferred by Cruise Lines International Association, Inc. (CLIA) upon dedicated travel professionals who have completed an extensive program of classroom training, cruise experience, ship inspections, and a combination of video/DVD training and attendance at industry events. A CLIA Certified Cruise Counselor is your best resource in choosing a perfect vacation.

My name is Melissa and I am now a proud Florida local.  I love all of the activities offered here from theme parks to cruise lines and I spend most every weekend exploring one or the other.  The next time you book that theme park or cruise vacation, consider contacting me for a free, no obligation quote.  There is never an additional charge to book through me & you get all of my planning assistance for free.
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Buses from Disney theme parks to Disney Springs

Evening bus transportation from Walt Disney World theme Parks to Disney Springs is now offered. Buses will run every 15 minutes beginning at 4:00pm until 11:00pm, or until 2 hours after the park closes (whichever is earlier).


This, long awaited, transportation has been tested in the past at Animal Kingdom Park & has finally been added to all of the parks.  I personally think this is a great idea and hope that people will take full advantage of it so that Disney will keep it around.  Since Animal Kingdom will begin closing at 6:00pm in November, these buses will be a great opportunity to go directly to Disney Springs, see the sights, shop & grab a bite to eat.  In the past going from a park to Disney Springs meant taking a bus back to your resort & then a separate bus from your resort to Disney Springs.  From personal experience, I can say that this is very time consuming when every minute counts on your vacation.

Consider a nighttime visit to Disney Springs during your next visit to Walt Disney World.  The bustling atmosphere, endless food options and lively entertainment all make this shopping district a “must do” for your vacation.

My name is Melissa and I am a Florida local and an avid Disney park goer.  I visit the parks with my family almost every weekend.  If you would like to plan a Disney vacation, why not use the FREE planning services of an experienced travel agent?
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Orlando Parks Give Out Insect Repellent

Beginning today Disney, Universal & SeaWorld are all giving out free insect repellent to park goers.  Since the arrival of the Zika virus in Miami, many of the tourist areas are taking extra precautions to avoid the virus’ spread through Orlando.  According to Visit Orlando Chief Executive Officer George Aguel in the Orlando Sentinel, Local efforts include grounds maintenance and ongoing elimination of standing water to prevent mosquito breeding.


During my visit to Typhoon Lagoon Water Park today, I noticed about 3 locations where you could apply insect repellent.  At each station there was a cast member at a table with bottles of Cutter brand repellent, as well as a sign with the following information:
Mosquito prevention
Walt Disney World Resort has an extensive mosquito prevention and monitoring program.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent any disease spread by mosquitoes is to avoid being bitten.
The CDC encourages the use of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents and protective clothing.
For your convenience, complimentary insect repellent is available at locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort.  Please ask a Cast Member to direct you to the nearest location.
For the latest information, check the CDC website:


Although I never did spot a mosquito, I did notice a couple of people stop & take advantage of the insect repellent.  Most visitors just passed these stations by.  It’s good to see these areas take a proactive approach in preventing the arrival of the Zika virus to the Orlando area.  Now you can feel that much safer on your next vacation and if you are concerned about the virus, be sure to stop at one of these location & apply repellent.

I couldn’t help but wonder what kind of a deal Disney got with Cutter Brand for the repellent.  Hey, they get free Coke why not bug spray?

My name is Melissa and I am a Florida local and an avid Disney park goer.  I visit with my family almost every weekend.  If you would like to plan a Disney vacation, why not use the FREE planning services of an experienced travel agent?
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Melissa Mathies – Pixie Dust Adventures

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