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*Promotion valid on bookings made 3/1- 3/31, 2015. Offer valid on 2015 vacations only. In order to qualify for the promotion, a minimum $1500 package consisting of room and a minimum of 3 day park tickets must be booked. Gift cards will be mailed at time of travel. For referral gift cards, the referrer will receive their gift cards on their next book AFTER the referral has traveled. Valid on new bookings only. Offer valid on Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, or Adventures By Disney. Be sure to mention this promotion when booking.

Merchandise Monday – Fish Extender Gifts on

After a brutal Winter, which isn’t over for some of the country, my mind has wandered to cruising.  I’m dreaming of a tropical locale with palm trees and “cabana boys” to bring my Konk Koolers.  That can only mean I am at Castaway Cay on a fun filled Disney Cruise Line cruise.

One of the fun things to do on a Disney Cruise is to join a fish extender group and exchange gifts with your fellow cruisers.  (If you don’t know about fish extenders click here to get the basics and then google it to get the specifics.)

Some people like to make their fish extender gifts but others just aren’t crafty or don’t have the time to make their gifts.  So for today’s Merchandise Monday lets check out what has to offer.

Mickey and Minnie Disney Cruise DCL Light Card for Fish Extender FE Gift

To save energy on the ships, you have to put a card in the light switch slot.  This would eliminate the need to use your stateroom key.  Pretty handy.

Disney Cruise Mickey Mouse Key FOB

10 Pc Disney Inspired Keep Calm & Cruise On Bottle Cap  1 Inch Round Key Chains/Rings Gifts Fish Extenders

These key fobs would be great for after the cruise.  It would remind you everyday when you started your car about the fabulous vacation you had on the high seas.

Set of 10 FE Gift Magnets-Disney Cruise Magnets

Who doesn’t love a magnet?!?!  Everytime you open the refrigerator door at home you will be reminded of all the yummy food you ate on the high seas.

Fish extender gifts - FE gift, favor, treat (10) treat stacks - Mickey, Minnie, Cars, Ariel, Tangled, Cinderella, Belle

These personalized candy stacks would be welcome in any fish extender pocket, to be sure.

Replica Ellie Badge Grape Soda Bottle cap Pin. Disney Pixar Up

Everyone needs a Grape Soda bottle cap pin from the movie Up.  It is such a great reminder of a sweet romance.


The ideas for fish extender gifts is endless but hopefully this got your mental cruise juices flowing and gave you some fun ideas for your next cruise.


~~~  Happy Shopping ~~~

Disney announces Cruise Itineraries for 2015

Where will you be cruising to with Disney Cruise Line in 2015?  Check out the press release from Walt Disney World Resorts below for DCL sailings in early 2015.

The booking window will be open on November 14, 2013.  Contact Nicole at Travel on a Dream to book your cruise.

Disney Fantasy


Below is a press release from Walt Disney World.

In 2015, Disney Cruise Line will sail from Port Canaveral to the Caribbean and Bahamas on a variety of itineraries, offering families magical days at sea to explore all of the activities aboard their Disney cruise ship and days in port to lounge on warm, golden beaches, swim in azure waters or shop to their heart’s content in local marketplaces.

Three-night Bahamas. Perfect for a quick getaway, the Disney Dream will sail to Nassau and Castaway Cay. Rates start at $450 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay

Dates: Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24

Four-night Bahamas. The Disney Dream will sail to Nassau and Castaway Cay, including a day at sea to enjoy the one-of-a-kind Disney Cruise Line shipboard experience. Rates start at $600 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Castaway Cay

Dates: Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27

Seven-night Western Caribbean, including Key West, aboard the Disney Magic. Rates start at $980 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, Key West, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Castaway Cay

Dates: Jan. 4, 18, Feb. 1, 15, Mar. 1, 15, 29, Apr. 12, 26

Seven-night Western Caribbean, including Jamaica, aboard the Disney Magic. Rates start at $980 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Castaway Cay

Dates: Jan. 11, 25, Feb. 8, 22, Mar. 8, 22, Apr. 5, 19

Seven-night Eastern Caribbean, including St. Maarten, aboard the Disney Fantasy.  Rates start at $1,225 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, St. Maarten, San Juan, Castaway Cay

Dates: Jan. 3, 17, 31, Feb. 14, 28, Mar. 14, 28, Apr. 11, 25

Seven-night Eastern Caribbean, including St. Thomas, aboard the Disney Fantasy.  Rates start at $1,225 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.

Ports: Port Canaveral, St. Thomas, San Juan, Castaway Cay

Dates: Jan. 10, 24, Feb. 7, 21, Mar. 7, 21, Apr. 4, 18

Disney Magic


Bon Voyage!!!

Tonya’s Disney Adventure – Cruise Portion Update – Disney Magic Cancels Cruise

Remember, when I first posted about my big Disney Adventure.  The first part is a stay at Walt Disney World for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and then a 5 night cruise on the newly revamped Disney Magic.

Well, bad news came today!!!  Disney Cruise Line has cancelled the cruise.  It was the first sailing of the Disney Magic after its dry dock and we were scheduled to leave on October 20th from Miami.  According to DCL, the ship hit some bad weather on its transatlantic crossing and they were unable to make all of the renovations necessary for passengers to sail.

Here is the letter our travel agent received:

Important Information About Your Cruise
We appreciate you selecting a Disney Cruise Line vacation for your clients and have important information to share about their sailing.
As you may know, the Disney Magic has just undergone the most significant transformation in the history of Disney Cruise Line. Unfortunately, during the course of dry dock renovations and the Trans-Atlantic crossing, we encountered challenging weather conditions that made the necessary work impossible to complete in time for the first cruise. As a result, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the October 20, 2013, 5-night sailing from Miami, Florida.
We are truly sorry for disappointing your clients and their traveling party with this news. Therefore, in addition to a full refund of their voyage fare, your clients will also receive a complimentary sailing up to 5-nights in length on the Disney Magic when sailing from Miami or Port Canaveral, Florida, before May 16, 2014. This complimentary sailing is subject to availability, offered in the same category stateroom with the same party mix originally booked aboard the Disney Magic and is non-transferable. Guests who are unable to take advantage of this complimentary cruise offer are invited to sail at a 35% future cruise discount on any Caribbean or Bahamian sailing of up to 7-nights in length, taken by October 31, 2015, excluding holiday and select peak sail dates.
Refunds will automatically be returned to the original form of payment on the booking. However, we sincerely hope that we have other sailing dates to meet your client’s needs and invite you to contact us at 1-866-325-3905 or 1-407-566-7032 as soon as possible, to explore alternate complimentary sail dates or to utilize their future cruise discount.
Guests on this sailing with independent flight arrangements are welcome to submit any flight change fees via e-mail to for consideration.
The Cast and Crew Disney Cruise Line

Ship’s Registry: The Bahamas

The compensation is nice, albeit, a bit convoluted if you want to take the free 5 day cruise.  What exactly does “same party mix” mean anyways?  No one can really give us a definitive answer at this point.

Some friends have suggested that we book another cruise for next week on another cruise line.  I’m not really interested in doing that.  The point of this cruise was to see and enjoy the new and improved Disney Magic.  I was not going to see the Bahamas, yet again.  I was going to report back to my readers about the “new” ship and relax on Serenity Bay with a Conch Cooler in a hammock for two days.  None of that can be accomplished by taking a different cruise.

Needless to say, I am very upset.  Usually, I am pretty good with these types of situations and just go with the flow but I really wanted to spend the week with my friends and explore the Magic.  It is the only ship in the DCL fleet that I haven’t been on yet and that was one of the reasons I agreed to go.

It will be interesting to see what renovations weren’t done that would cause them to cancel an entire cruise.  It makes me think it was a lot of work that didn’t get finished.  Time will tell as it always does in these situations.

So for now, my Disney Adventure will be ending on Sunday the 20th instead of beginning the second part of my adventure.  (((sigh)))  I think I need a Mickey Bar to sooth my broken heart.


I’m Going to Disney World!!!

That’s right, folks!!  I’m going to Disney World and I didn’t even have to win the Super Bowl.

I’ve been traveling a lot over the last month and promised myself that October would be my month at home.  That promise was quickly broken when a friend asked me to tag along with her to Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival.  She owns DVC (Disney Vacation Club) and is staying at Disney’s Boardwalk Villas.  We did the same thing a few years ago and had so much fun.  How could I turn that down?!?!?

I had originally planned on staying about 4 or 5 days.  But then another friend needed a roommate on his upcoming Disney Magic cruise on October 20th.  The Magic is just coming out of dry dock with a major revamping.  How could I turn that down?!?!?  So I extended my Food & Wine trip so I could just drive on down to Miami and climb aboard the Magic for 5 days on a Double Dip cruise.  (A Double Dip cruise is a Disney cruise that stops at Castaway Cay twice during the cruise.)  My last Disney cruise was the infamous Hurricane Sandy Fantasy cruise and we missed stopping at Castaway Cay so I am calling this my makeup trip.

At first I was a having conflicting emotions about being away from home for so long since I was away most of September.  I have a beloved dog and I miss him terribly when I am not home.  But then my dog’s trainer said Brody Baby (that is my dog) could stay at his house while I was gone and the deal was sealed.  All my guilt was gone (because Brody Baby loves going to visit his trainer’s house because he gets to hunt and play with about 6 other dogs) since I  knew he would have more fun there than with me.

So, dear readers, I leave tomorrow (although I still haven’t packed yet) for Orlando.  I live in South Carolina so I drive to the Happiest Place on Earth.  It should take me about 5 1/2 hours to get there and hopefully I will get there before it gets dark.  I have a Magic Band waiting for me at the Boardwalk and an Annual Pass voucher burning a hole in my pocket.  Don’t get in my way because I am a girl on a mission!!!

Stay tuned for daily reports of my adventures.  You never know what “trouble” I may find.


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