Amy Kirby

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Family Vacations-Why Disney?

I’ve always felt that family vacations are a very important part of raising a family.  Taking a family vacation allows everyone, parents and children, to relax and forget about the stresses and distractions of normal life.  Our favorite family vacation is a Disney vacation.  Whether we go to Disney World, Disneyland or on a Disney cruise, the magic really allows us to connect as a family like no other place. When our family travels to Disney World, the magic takes over the instant we begin to walk down Main Street.  There’s just something about seeing that castle that takes us [...]

Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Park

Volcano Bay is the newest park at Universal Studios Orlando. This water park opened on May 25, 2017, and is very near to the Cabana Bay resort. You can actually walk to Volcano Bay from the Cabana Bay resort. If you are staying at one of the other Universal resorts (Portofino Bay, Hard Rock, Royal Pacific or Sapphire Falls) then you will need to take a complimentary shuttle bus from your resort to Volcano Bay. Tickets The first thing to realize is that you will need a 3 park ticket if you want to include Volcano Bay on your next [...]

By | 2018-04-17T10:04:30+00:00 April 17th, 2018|family vacations, Uncategorized, Universal Studios Orlando|

What makes the Disney Cruise Line the Best for Families?

If you're thinking of a family cruise, there's nothing better than a Disney cruise! There are a few things that set the Disney Cruise Line above the other cruise lines. For most itineraries, the Disney Cruise Line is more expensive than other cruise lines, but the extra cost is well worth it. These are the main reasons that I love the Disney Cruise Line: The staterooms. The staterooms on a Disney cruise ship are larger than on most other cruise lines. That help when you've got your children with you and lots of luggage to store. But the main thing [...]

Top 10 Attractions that You Absolutely Need a FastPass for

Always get a FastPass for Toy Story Mania If you're not familiar with the FastPass system at Walt Disney World, that is the best way to avoid waiting in long lines for the most popular attractions. Not every attraction offers FastPass, but it's really important to plan your FastPass selections well. In your My Disney Experience account you can choose up to 3 options for each day you are in the park. In our last newsletter, we talked about not wasting a FastPass on rides that you don't need one. But it is probably more important to make [...]

By | 2018-04-02T11:31:36+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Disney Vacations, family vacations, Walt Disney World|

Don’t Waste a FastPass on these Walt Disney World Attractions

One of the best ways to avoid standing in long lines at Walt Disney World is to use the FastPass system. If you haven't been to Walt Disney World in a while, things have changed! Instead of running all over the parks to get your next FastPass, you can now preselect 3 attractions per day of your stay. I love this system, because it means that you don't have to get to the park super early to get into Toy Story Mania or Space Mountain like you used to. For guests staying at a Disney resort, you can begin selecting [...]

By | 2018-03-26T12:00:51+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Disney Vacations, family vacations, Walt Disney World|

The Importance of Traveling Together as a Family

We had an amazing time on our family trip to Hawaii this past summer. Even on our first day I realized how important traveling with our family is to me. We have always done at least one big vacation each year with our children.  Our entire family loves to travel, which is really why I became a travel consultant!  But there is something more than just seeing the sights with your children.  When we are on our family vacations, something magical happens.  We come together as a family, and enjoy each other in a way that just doesn't happen in [...]

By | 2018-03-23T17:12:31+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|family vacations, Hawaiian vacations, Uncategorized|

How to Choose a Sandals Resort for Your Next Romantic Getaway

So you've made the decision to go to an all-inclusive resort. Great idea! This type of vacation can be super relaxing, and you don't have to worry about a thing once you arrive. The only thing you have to do now is to choose a resort. That's the tough part! If you go online, there are thousands of resorts to choose from. One of my favorite resort chains is the Sandals resorts. If you're looking for a romantic getaway for two, this is a great resort option for you. The resorts are amazing, the food is fabulous, and almost everything [...]

By | 2018-03-06T13:25:30+00:00 March 5th, 2018|All-inclusive Vacations, Caribbean vacations, Sandals, Uncategorized|

What is an Adventures by Disney Vacation?

You may never have heard of Adventures by Disney. It is a relatively new option for your next family vacation, but one that you will love! Although Disney is in the title, Mickey Mouse will not be going on your vacation with you. This is a guided tour company that offers destinations in the US and all over the world, so it's easy to pick your next journey! An Adventures by Disney vacation is truly like no other experience, and it has something for everyone in your family. Here are a few of the perks that you will enjoy on [...]

By | 2018-02-26T11:34:19+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Adventures by Disney, Disney Vacations, family vacations|

Top Tips to Avoid the Crowds at Walt Disney World

I often have clients ask me when the least crowded time to visit Walt Disney World. The short answer is that there is never a time when the parks are empty! With Disney World gaining more and more popularity each year, there will always be crowds to deal with on your next vacation. But with some planning and preparation, you can still do everything you want on your next visit to the most magical place on Earth! Try some of these tips to beat the crowds on your next visit, to make your Disney vacation even more magical. Avoid the [...]

By | 2018-02-10T14:29:48+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Five Ideas for an Adults-Only Long Weekend Away

If you can get the chance to go away for a long weekend without the kids, then I suggest you go and go quickly!! It really is so important to have some time to yourselves and reconnect as a couple. Everyone is so busy these days with work and the house, and the kids have a thousand activities that they’re involved in! You spend all of your time running around, and you can really lose yourself. I promise that you will be a better parent and definitely a better spouse if you can get away. Your stress levels will undeniably decrease with a romantic get-away. And [...]

By | 2018-02-02T13:34:25+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|All-inclusive Vacations, Cruises, Hawaiian vacations, Sandals|