If you are sailing on a Disney Cruise and looking for adult onboard activities, Disney offers tasting events for guests that are at least 21 years old. This is a fun activity that you can experience on select days, generally sea days. I have personally experienced the tastings with a group of friends, but I have also signed up for wine tastings by myself. It is a fun and comfortable environment and a great way to meet other people on your cruise.

Disney Cruise Line Tastings!

Here are a few examples of the types of tastings offered, but they can vary by sailings and the length of the cruise:

 

  • Wines Tasting hosted by a sommelier
  • Beer Tasting
  • Martini and Tequila/Margarita tastings
  • Rum Tasting
  • Cognac Tasting
  • + A variety of other options based on availability

 

Beginning July 13, 2017, you are now able to reserve our tastings online after your booking window opens in the “Onboard Fun” portion of the screen. This is an easy way to start planning your activities prior to leaving home. If the sessions are booked when attempting to schedule them online, you can check with Guest Services after you board and they will direct you the location to see if spots have become available.

Disney Cruise Line Tastings!

Happy sailing and we hope you enjoy your cruise!

If you’re ready to book your next Disney Cruise, contact a Me and The Mouse agent today! We’d love to help plan your next voyage, and help you figure out the ins-and-outs of a Disney Cruise!

Janene Jaroscak

Travel Specialist

Taking a vacation at sea does not mean it will be a vacation without your daily gourmet coffee. Disney Cruise Line has the Cove Café, which is an adult only location on each of their cruise ships which offers gourmet coffees such as lattes, cappuccinos, espressos and hot tea. One of my favorite ways to start the day on a Disney Cruise is to stop in and grab a pastry and an Americano. This is also a great place to try something different from your typical routine! You can find the Cove Café, on the Disney Magic and Wonder, on Deck 9, and if you’re on the Dream and Fantasy, it is located on Deck 11 adjacent to the adult pool.

Cove Café - Disney CruiseThe Cove Café isn’t just for morning coffee and breakfast treats. You can visit it all day long for different delightful treats! Throughout the day, they offer snacks and desserts as well as light hors d’oeuvres prior to dinner.  It is also a great way to end the day with their full bar service in a quiet setting.

The Cove Café is the ideal place for any adult looking for a quiet space to relax. This is the perfect place to visit and watch the news, read the newspaper or log into the internet. Outside are comfy cushioned chairs that make the perfect spot to enjoy a warm day and curl up with a good book.

If you’re on the Wonder, the Outlook Café is located upstairs from the Cove Café. This is the perfect spot to visit when sailing on an Alaskan cruise. The Outlook is surrounded by windows and ideal for watching the scenery and keep a look out for whales while staying warm inside.

It is important to note that beverages are an additional cost, but the food items are complimentary. One tip we can suggest is to pick up the “coffee card”, which entitles you to your 6th coffee free after you purchase 5.

Cheers and happy sailing! 

Are you ready to plan your next Disney vacation? Contact one of our incredible travel specialist today!

Janene Jaroscak

Travel Specialist

Woohoo!! Your cruise is booked but now you are wondering how you’re going to get to Port Canaveral. No worries – we’re here to help! It is highly recommended that you fly in at least one day prior to your cruise!  This may impact the means of transportation you chose. Here are a few options to consider.

Disney Cruise Line Transportation

Transportation to and from Port CanaveralDisney Cruise Line shuttles passengers from the airport (MCO) to the port. The cost of the ride is $35/person each way, however it only runs the day of embarkation and debarkation.

If you are flying in the night before and staying at a local hotel and are utilizing this option, I would suggest staying near the airport. The Hyatt Regency is located inside the airport and will be an easy elevator ride down to the bus. Otherwise, a hotel that provides shuttle service to and from the airport is also an easy option. Simply catch the shuttle back to the airport the morning of the cruise.

Renting a car

Some rental car companies have rental locations near the port. This brings a few options. You can either rent the car at the airport and park at the port or you can return the car to the rental location in Cocoa Beach and then pick up another vehicle on your return. The second option will save on parking fees, but will add an additional step since you will need to get the rental shuttle to get to and from the rental location to the port. It’s a simple step, but does add a little time.

Private Transfer

If you have 4 or more people in your party, your Me and The Mouse Travel Specialist will be able to arrange a private transfer company. It will be approximately the same cost as Disney transfers. The benefit of the private transfer company provides you flexibility to be picked up at a time that you want and arrive at the port at your convenience. Transportation to and from Port Canaveral

Also, if you fly in the night before, a private transfer company can pick you up at the airport and bring you to a hotel in Cocoa Beach. Your Me and The Mouse Travel Specialist will be able to help locate a hotel that provides a shuttle from the hotel to the port the morning of your cruise.

All Me and The Mouse Travel Specialists are highly trained! They would love to help you find the best transportation option for your cruise vacation. Ready to make the move to take a Disney Cruise? Contact a Me and The Mouse agent today! We’d LOVE to plan your dream Disney vacation!!

Janene Jaroscak

Travel Specialist

Whether it’s your 1st or your 51st visit – there’s always something new to try!

You have your Disney World vacation planned and booked, but want to explore options to enhance your Disney experience.  There are an abundance of “extras” that can be added to your reservation to make it even more magical.

Disney Hopper Plus – To explore activities outside of the 4 theme parks, you can add the Hopper Plus ticket. The Plus option will give you access to Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon Water Parks! As well as, both Disney miniature golf courses, ESPN Sports Complex and Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course. The number of visits is determined by the number of days of park tickets you have included in your package.

Water Sports – Enjoying water time doesn’t stop at the pools and water parks. Enjoy activities such as parasailing, wakeboarding, tubing, water-skiing, personal watercraft rentals and fishing at the Sammy Duvall’s Water Sports Centre at the Contemporary Resort.

Memory Maker – This is the perfect way to save your memories in the park. Memory Maker will capture all pictures taken by a Disney Photographer and on select rides. For my family, Memory Maker combined with our phone camera was a huge help. We were able to avoid lugging (or losing) our expensive camera in the park and on rides.

Deluxe Dining PlanExtra Magic at Disney WorldIf you visit Disney to enjoy the outstanding food options, you should highly consider this addition! Upgrading your dining plan to the Deluxe Dining Plan will include 3 Meals (table service or quick service). This is a popular meal plan for adult only vacations when you want to take in some of the signature dining options.

Disney Tours – For frequent visitors to Disney World that are looking for a different type experience, try one of the many tour options available. Some have minimum age requirements that your Me and The Mouse Travel Specialist will review with you. An example of some of the tours include:

  • Wild Africa Trek – For further information, read more about one of our Travel Specialists experience, HERE!
  • Keys to the Kingdom Tour – Brings you on a walking tour of Magic Kingdom and learn about the history and hidden gems of the park including access to the underground tunnels (Utilizers). Read more HERE!
  • Disney’s Family Magic Tour – A fun 2-hour guided scavenger hunt through Magic Kingdom discovering surprises throughout the park. Extra Magic at Disney World

Car Rental – Since you are headed to Florida, this is a great opportunity to take a day and head to the beach. You can get to either coast in 1 – 1 ½ hours. A complimentary shuttle will pick you up at your resort and bring you to the Car Care Center where your Alamo rental car will be waiting for you. Your Me and The Mouse agent can include a car rental in your resort package.

Contact a Me and The Mouse Travel Specialist, today! We will be happy to assist you with any extras you would like to add to your vacation to make it a memorable trip!

Janene Jaroscak

Travel Specialist

Ready to learn about some extra adventures you can take on your next Aulani Getaway?!

Things to do on Oahu - Aulani ResortAulani is a fabulous destination with many activities on the property to pique the interest of all age levels. But there is also so much to do on the island of Oahu. The excursion desk in the lobby has a variety of planned tours, but if you would like to venture out on your own, you can also rent a car through Alamo with a location on the Aulani property.

  1. Hawaii Plantation Village

    Learn the history of a sugar cane plantation and the island. You will leave with an understanding of the culture and life on the plantation. It is a short 11 mile drive from Aulani. Tours start on the hour between 10:00 and 2:00 and last roughly 2 hours.

  2. The Dole Plantation

    Another plantation tour that is highly recommended is the Dole Plantation Tour, which is located 16 miles from Aulani. You can take a train ride through the plantation and see how to pick and cut a pineapple. You will also learn about all the tasty treats to make with pineapple. After a visit to the plantation, continue driving up the north shore and experience the beautiful beaches, which are less crowded than those in Waikiki.

  3. Golf

    The Ko Olina Golf Club is a short walk from the Aulani resort. As a guest of Aulani, discount rates are also available. The pro shop is a great place to pick up gifts/souvenirs from your vacation.

  4. Pearl Harbor Things to do on Oahu - Aulani Resort

    Visiting Hawaii would not be complete without a visit to this historic site. Tours include the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Missouri Battleship and Bowfin Submarine Museum.

  5. Hawaiian Railway

    The boarding area is about 5 miles from Aulani. The train runs on Saturday’s at 3:00 PM and Sunday’s at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. You ride along the coast and make a stop for ice cream. A perfect leisurely way to spend a weekend day. It is a great experience for young and old.

  6. Diamond Head State MonumentThings to do on Oahu - Aulani Resort

    Pack your hiking shoes and grab a bottle of water and head out on the trails on Diamond Head. The views of the ocean and the island are spectacular. Diamond head is 36 miles from Aulani.

 

With so much to do at Aulani and throughout the island, you will certainly want to book a second stay to take advantage of all the sites. If you’re interested in booking an Aulani vacation, or want to learn how you can include this fun in your current trip, contact a Me and The Mouse agent today!

Janene Jaroscak

Travel Specidalist

Port Orleans Riverside ResortDisney’s Port Orleans – Riverside Resort is a moderate level resort with the feel of a deluxe. Once you step foot onto the property, you immediately get the impression you are in a Louisiana port city with southern mansions.

The setting is peaceful and convenient. The parks are a short ride via Disney bus service with bus stops located throughout the resort. This makes transportation easy and near the guest rooms. You are also conveniently located to Disney Springs, which can be accessed via boat. It is a wonderful way to end the day with a peaceful boat ride to and from a nice dinner at Disney Springs. Port Orleans Riverside Resort

The rooms are well appointed and I found they were very quiet. Even with 2 queen size beds, there was ample room and very comfortable.

Exploring the property is a must-do while staying at Port Orleans.  You can take a stroll is a nice way to start or end your day. You can also rent bikes, a surrey bike or even relax in a horse-drawn carriage. Port Orleans Riverside Resort

Riverside Mill Food Court is the quick service restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is pleasant and does not have the feel of a “food court”.  There are quite a few menu options to meet the demands of even the pickiest of eaters. Boatwright’s restaurant is a great option to get your fill of southern cuisine. It’s a great table service restaurant. Boatwright’s is only open for dinner, so reservations are highly recommended.

If you are looking for a fun way to end the day, head to River Roost Lounge.  You can grab a cocktail at the bar and join in a few songs with Yehaa Bob as he gets the crowd engaged with his piano and songs.

Port Orleans Riverside ResortPort Orleans – Riverside is a sister resort to Port Orleans – French Quarter and is a quick and easy walk between the two resorts. In fact, as a guest at either resort, you are free to use the pool at both Riverside or French Quarter.

If you are looking for a resort to unwind after a busy day in the parks, Port Orleans Riverside is a perfect fit. Contact a Me and The Mouse to book this resort for your next Walt Disney World Vacation!

Janene Jaroscak

Travel Specialist

 

Many people associate going to Disney World with visiting the parks, but there is so much to do outside of the parks.  In fact, our family has enjoyed a Disney vacation without ever stepping foot inside a park. It’s also great to build in non-park days to get in a little downtime between park days. There are a variety of activities to experience other than the fabulous pools located at your resort.

  1. Take a stroll around Disney Springs and browse the stores to purchase your souvenirs. One of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations is right in Disney Springs so you can get your little princess ready for one of your princess dining experiences. Or visit Splittsville and enjoy their fun bowling alley and restaurant. Disney Fun Things to do
  2. Take in a round of golf on one of 3 – 18-hole championship courses. If you don’t want to bring your clubs, no problem, clubs and shoes are available to rent with advanced reservations. Or for those that would like to golf with young children, Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course is a 9-hole walking course and is an excellent option.
  3. If taking on a regular golf course isn’t your thing, Disney has a fun, family friendly version of golf with their 2 miniature golf coursesGolf at Walt Disney World
  4. Ride the monorail and resort hop. The Grand Floridian, Contemporary and Polynesian each have unique shops and restaurants. Stay after dinner to watch the Electric Water Pageant Parade on the lagoon or watch fireworks from the Polynesian or Grand Floridian Beach.
  5. The Boardwalk Area – Rent a bike or take a stroll around the Boardwalk/Beach Club area. Disney’s Boardwalk has shops, restaurants, and nightclubs that surround Crescent Lake and the Boardwalk, Beach Club and Yacht Club resorts. It is within walking distance to both Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Spend an evening dining at one of the specialty restaurants then walk the boardwalk to see street performers, food vendors, midway games, or stop in the piano bar for a few tunes. Boardwalk at Disney Springs
  6. If your kids are between the ages of 4 – 12, they can have their own fun while mom and dad have a couple of hours to explore on their own. Disney’s Pirate Adventure is a kids only event. You can select from four different resort locations that take place from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM. They will set sail exploring for hidden treasure and listening to pirate stories. Mom and dad can have a couple of hours for shopping or having a quiet breakfast together.

 

Spending time at Disney is so much more than visiting the parks. When you talk with your Me and The Mouse Travel Specialist, they will be able to help you build an itinerary to include some of these fun extra experiences.

Janene Jaroscak

Travel Specialist

 

A Hidden Gem

Grand Floridian Resort For our family, having a great breakfast is an essential way to start a busy day in the parks. Our restaurant of choice is the Grand Floridian Café, which is inspired by the sea coast resorts with a Victorian charm. The café has beautiful views of the resort pool and gardens.

The café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (or a quick dessert or snack), but it is our go-to restaurant for breakfast for a variety of reasons:

  • It is a nice start to a day we plan on spending at Magic Kingdom no matter which resort we are staying. If you are not staying at the Grand Floridian, it has easy access by taking the bus to Magic Kingdom and hopping on either the monorail or a water taxi.
  • The service is friendly
  • The food is plentiful
  • We have found it an easy choice as a last-minute reservation. We are generally able to get a reservation by logging into the My Disney Experience App while in our room and able to get a reservation for a time after factoring in travel time. Reservations are highly recommended.
  • On trips that we aren’t on the dining plan, we find the prices are very reasonable for plenty of food.
  • The menu is small, but there are many options to satisfy a variety of pallets. They have a nice selection of seafood choices including lobster benedict.
  • Since I have a food allergy, Disney makes eating gluten free on vacation easy and plentiful and for breakfast the Grand Floridian Café has the best selection and the most accommodating. They cater to gluten free allergies at breakfast, lunch and dinner, but a big breakfast is my special treat while on vacation. Grand Floridian Resort

 

Whether you start your day with a relaxing breakfast or end the day with a nighttime dessert, the Grand Floridian Café is a convenient hidden gem.

Janene Jaroscak

Travel Specialist

 

How many times have you had an itch to get on vacation, but the thought of making a reservation at the last minute would cost an arm and a leg? Disney Cruise Line may have a solution for last minute planners. Many times, Disney Cruise Line releases promotional rates called IGT (Inside Guaranteed), OGT (Oceanview Guaranteed) and VGT (Verandah Guaranteed). Disney Cruise Line Discount

Granted, you may receive a lower fare if you book as soon as Disney releases their new itineraries, but many people have a hard time planning that far in advance. If you happen to discover you have extra vacation days at work or you just need a little time away, these fares may be right up your alley.  They are usually quite a discount from the regular fares that you would book last minute.

Disney generally releases these fares after the pay in full date, which for most sailings and stateroom categories, that is 75 days prior to sailing. However, they have been known to release them prior to the pay in full date.

In exchange for the discounted fares, you agree to a few things when you book an IGT, OGT or VGT rate:

  1. These rates are only applicable to new bookings.
  2. You are agreeing to book a stateroom category vs. a specific stateroom. For example, if you book an OGT, Disney will book you in a stateroom that is at least an Oceanview based on availability. You could possibly get bumped up to a Verandah, but you would not be moved down to an inside stateroom.
  3. Your stateroom assignment may include an obstructed view.
  4. In most cases, you will know your stateroom about 30 days prior to departure.
  5. The GT rates cannot be combined with any other discount, such as an onboard booking discount
  6. You are also agreeing to pay in full at the time of booking and you cannot cancel. Disney Cruise Line Discount

If you are looking for a last-minute vacation, reach out to one of our Me and The Mouse Travel Specialists and they will be able to help you with the next step.

Janene Jaroscak

Travel Specialist

Viking River CruiseMy family recently enjoyed a family reunion onboard a Viking River Cruise on the Rhine River sailing from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland.  Viking made the journey worry free and easy, so we could enjoy your time together and not have to worry about any of the details. It was a first-class experience and exceeded our expectations.

This was the perfect vacation for a large family that included members in their 80’s and individuals who had never been to Europe.  Many people associate river cruising with grandparents, but I would estimate that the average age on our ship were in their 50’s with quite a few in their 30’s. Viking River Cruise

For us, there were many benefits to sailing with Viking:

  1. Traveling along the Rhine immersed us in the history and beauty of the region. The onboard activities include local musicians, dining to give you a taste of the local culture and speakers that discuss the local region.
  2. Each day had one included excursion at each port of call and optional excursions that we could add-on. The additional excursion options offered a variety of activity levels, so there was something for everyone. We were transported in luxury motor coaches.
  3. We had plenty of time on our own to explore cities. If our included excursions were in the morning, it gave us an opportunity to get the lay of the land so we felt comfortable venturing out on our own after lunch or dinner. Viking River Cruise
  4. The tour guides were exceptional and the groups were also well managed. Those that wanted to go at a slower pace or needed a little extra assistance were put into separate groups.
  5. Our meals were fabulous with all wine and beer included at lunch and dinner. We also had 3 members of our family with dietary needs and they were accommodated beautifully.
  6. We were on one of Vikings Longships, which is elegant, modern and provided a comfortable environment. The 190-passenger ship was small and intimate and all staterooms are outside cabins. We never had more than 2 flights of stairs to get anywhere, which made moving about the ship very convenient.

 

We will definitely enjoy a future vacation to discover other regions of Europe. The Viking hospitality has us sold.

 

Janene Jaroscak

Travel Specialist

Viking River Cruise