Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Best. Week. Ever.

The last week of my life has been pretty awesome!!

First of all I got to meet two AMAZING friends face to face FINALLY!! My (way too short) visit to Walt Disney World was unforgettable. I didn't know I could love Didi & Stacey more than I already did, but it happened.  Definitely two lifelong friends - we are retiring together at Disney, right ladies?

Secondly, I ran in my first runDisney event!! It was only the Frozen 5K, but trust me I can see how it could easily become addicting!! Didi & Stacey were super sweet to slow down to my pitiful pace, and it was much appreciated. Ironically as we crossed the finish line "Sweet Home Alabama" was playing, they must have known I was about to finish.

Next, I got to meet Aurora, if you have read my blog at all you already know she is the BEST PRINCESS-period.  She was amazing, as were all of the princesses (Belle, Cinderella, Snow White & Ariel) at Askerhus. If you have a Walt Disney World trip planned it is a MUST DO - worth every penny!! We had them sign our race bibs- one of my favorite souvenirs from the trip.

AND...Guru Donna Kay hit a big milestone overnight...

1,000,000 Views

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am!! Thank each and every one of you who stopped by for Disney trip info, party ideas or to read one of my crazy lists I did when my little ole blog first started. It means so much to me.  This blog has become so much of my identity since it started, I cannot imagine my life without it or all of you!! 

Have a Magical Day!!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2015

Yet another fabulous Disney event I wanted to share with you as a member of the Guru Travel Team ~ The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2015.  This event is definitely on my Disney Bucket List, how about you?

You can delight in a dazzling array of Disney-themed topiaries, including a new Disney character topiary saluting the blockbuster animated film, “Frozen.”  Plus, new Chip and Dale topiaries will star in two whimsical Epcot front-entrance “Goofy About Spring” floral vignettes.
Eleven Outdoor Kitchens with “grow your own” gardens will tempt your taste buds with sweet and savory bites. The new Botanas Bot├ínico Outdoor Kitchen between the France and Morocco pavilions will showcase treats like Cachapas with Farmer’s Cheese, a sweet yellow corn pancake, and Seafood Ceviche with shrimp, scallops and grouper with mango and avocado. Your Clients can sip the new La Tizana, a non-alcoholic punch finished with fresh fruit that can become an adult beverage with a splash of Santa Teresa RHUM Orange Liqueur.
Over at the America Gardens Theatre, the Garden Rocks Concert Series will keep crowds rockin’ every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Little River Band, Pablo Cruise, Gin Blossoms, and Village People join the lineup of top bands representing four decades of pop music.
Plus, each weekend, Disney gardeners will lead how-to Gardening Seminars and workshops at the Festival Center.
You can also discover magical gardens and interactive exhibits throughout the park. A new Healing & Health Garden near The Land pavilion in Future World will display ancient medicinal plants including garlic, aloe, chamomile, fennel, mint and others. In the United Kingdom pavilion, a new Shakespeare Garden will feature roses to represent “Romeo and Juliet,” rosemary from “Hamlet,” lavender from “The Winter’s Tale” and more.  Plus, the Butterflies on the Go exhibit will follow the Monarch butterfly’s epic journey across the continent.
Young Guests can clamber around play gardens featuring state-of-the-art climbing equipment and hands-on activities in Mike & Sulley’s Monstrous Garden and Cactus Road Rally Garden with Mater and Lightning McQueen topiaries. And, when the sun sets, illuminated topiary and play gardens will glow brightly for an after-dark festival experience.

There’s something for everyone at the 22nd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival!

I would love to help you plan your Walt Disney World vacation to attend this amazing event! Contact me today for your free, no obligation quote ~ donnakay@thewdwguru.com or 877-825-6146 ext 706.

Have a Magical Day!
Donna Kay 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Disney Cruise Line Announced Star Wars Day at Sea

As a member of the Guru Travel team I get to book some really fun vacations, but if you are a Star Wars fan this Disney Cruise Line vacation is sure to be an out-of-the-galaxy experience!!

One Epic Day, 8 Select Sailings
Whether you're a Jedi-in-training or the Jedi Master of the family, you're in for an out-of-galaxy experience when you sail on the Disney Fantasy in early 2016!
Occurring one day during each of eight Disney Fantasy sailings, Star Wars Day at Sea will transport Guests to a galaxy far, far away — in the Western Caribbean. Departing from Port Canaveral, the seven-night Western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and Disney's private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.
Star Wars Day at Sea marks the first official appearance of the heroes and villains of Star Wars aboard the Disney ships. The Event features a full day of Star Wars celebrations for the whole family, including:
Force-filled Fun for Everyone
  • Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Stormtroopers and other characters from across the Star Wars galaxy will be onboard for scheduled meet and greets, as well as roaming on deck and elsewhere around the ship. You're also are encouraged to dress up in your own stellar costumes!
  • A shipboard version of the popular Jedi Training Academy experience invites young Jedi hopefuls — known as "Padawans" — to learn lightsaber moves from a Jedi Master. They can then use the Force and face off in a final test against the evil Darth Vader.
  • Kids and families enjoy friendly competition during Star Wars trivia games, covering fun facts from the film and television sagas.
  • For Younglings, Star Wars-themed arts and crafts, games and activities will be offered throughout the day in Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab youth clubs.
  • In the evening, adults entering the night club will feel like they stepped into the Mos Eisley cantina scene. Characters and cantina music set the mood as Star Wars-themed specialty cocktails are served.
Film Screenings and Celebrities
  • You can watch the first six Star Wars films and follow Darth Vader, Obi Wan Kenobi, Luke and Leia along their epic journey.
  • Also showing will be episodes of the new Disney XD animated series, Star Wars Rebels.
  • On each of the special sailings, celebrities and insiders from the Star Wars galaxy will share their experiences, meet fans and sign autographs.
Star Wars Deck Party and Fireworks
  • There's intergalactic fun when the Star Wars deck party blasts off to an exciting evening filled with music, dancing and games.
  • Star Wars characters converge on the deck stage for a celebration of the Star Wars saga in a show featuring special effects and Guest participation.
  • The deck party culminates in a spectacular display of themed pyrotechnics, lighting, sound effects, lasers and Star Wars music.
Sail Dates:
Star Wars Day at Sea will be available only aboard the Disney Fantasy on select Western Caribbean sailings, January through April in 2016. Star Wars Day at Sea is available on:
  • January 9
  • January 23
  • February 6
  • February 20
  • March 5
  • March 19
  • April 2
  • April 16
If you are interested in sailing on the Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship for any of these date please send me an email at donnakay@thewdwguru.com. This will be a popular event so be sure to make your plans early!!

Have a Magical Day!!
Donna Kay

Monday, January 26, 2015

We're Hosting A #DisneySide @Home Celebration!!


Don't you just love Disney mail - whether it comes via email, USPS or UPS it's always REALLY GOOD MAIL!! I recently received some of that really good mail letting me know that I had been chosen to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration. And yes, I did a happy dance and it was just as amazing as finding out last year. :)

When I think of my #DisneySide I immediately think of my fabulous Disney Gal Pals!! Though we have never met face-to-face I feel as close them as sisters. I couldn't love them more if we got to see each other every single day(that would be sooooo awesome!). So when I found out my friends Beth of A Disney Mom's Thoughts and Didi of DIStherapy were hosting a party, but my friend Beth from Pursuing the Magic wasn't I had to do the next logical thing - invite her to be my co-host.  So please welcome Beth!! (Insert applause)

Beth & I are veering off of the beaten path and hosting a joint in person/cyber-party. I will have the complete and utter honor of being at Walt Disney World with the amazing Didi for the Princess Half Marathon, as well as, several of our great Disney blogging friends.  We are going to host the party from there, but our friends who won't be there with us will be joining via Skype or FaceTime!! I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am, I'm not sure if there are even words in the English language to properly describe it!!

I'm going to let Beth announce our party theme, so be sure you are following her on Facebook, Twitter and at Pursuing The Magic. I love Disney for so many reasons, but bringing this wonderful lady into my life is right at the top of the list. She is nothing short of amazing and really knows how to throw a great party. :)

We are so honored to be hosting a #DisneySide @Home Celebration!! Thanks Maria Baily of BSM Media and Disney Parks for this amazing opportunity!!

I will be sharing the reveal of our fabulous party goods in the next couple of days - be watching!!

Have a Magical Day!!
Donna Kay

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Walt Disney World Special Offer

As a travel professional with the WDW Guru Travel Team I love keeping you informed whenever there is a new special offer from Disney.  Here is the latest discounts announced yesterday.  

Or, you can save up to 25%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels when they book between Feb. 17-March 28, 2015 for stays most nights March 2-June 15, 2015.
Great rates are also available for stays most nights Feb. 22-March 1, 2015.
You can receive also 1 more ticket day FREE when you upgrade to a room and ticket package with a minimum 4-day Magic Your Way Ticket.
Booking Window:
Dec. 29, 2014 – Feb. 16, 2015
Feb. 17-March 28, 2015
Travel Window:
Feb. 22-June 15, 2015
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Or take advantage of this Kid-Sized Offer
Families of 3 can enjoy 3 nights at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort with 2-day theme park tickets for just $889 most Sunday through Thursday nights April 12-May 21, 2015 and May 25-28, 2015 when they book Dec. 29, 2014-Feb. 16, 2015.
Or, families of 3 can enjoy 3 nights at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort with 2-day theme park tickets for just $909 when they book Feb. 17-March 28, 2015.
Great rates are also available for stays most nights Feb. 22-June 15, 2015.
Booking Window:
Dec. 29-Feb. 16, 2015
Feb. 17-March 28, 2015
Travel Window:
April 12-May 21, 2015
-May 25-28, 2015
When you are ready to book I would love to help you plan your Magical Walt Disney World Vacation. Please feel free to contact me in the most convenient way for you:
Request your free, no obligation quote today! And remember...Planning is when the magic begins!

Have a Magical Day!
Donna Kay
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