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A $55,000 Bed, Mark Twain, Jiminy Cricket, Jesse James, Root Beer and Spelunking- It’s A Weekend Getaway Adventure to Hannibal, Missouri

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  March, 2020

With such very busy lives, every so often we love to unwind with a weekend adventure. This recharges our batteries and allows us to find inspiration and appreciation that propels us into the forthcoming work week and beyond. Our most recent weekend adventure took us to Martin’s childhood, as his relatives lived in Hannibal, Missouri, when he was a boy. He, much like Tom Sawyer and creator Mark Twain, ran around this historic Mississippi River town as a youngster having fun and learning life’s early lessons. What many do not realize is the incredible history of this locale….so read on and see what we discovered.

One of the places that I, Rhonda, book for our clients that visit Hannibal that has had great reviews is the Garth Woodside Mansion Bed and Breakfast. We were anxious to check this place out for ourselves.

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John Garth and Helen Kercheval were married on October 18, 1860. They had two children, John David and Annie. Sometime after the Civil War broke out, in 1862 or 1863, Garth moved his family to New York City. There he was engaged in banking, brokerage, and manufacturing. They returned to Hannibal in 1871, and Garth started a successful business career. Garth purchased a farm southwest of Hannibal and constructed his Italianate Second Empire summer residence about a mile outside of the hustling city in 1871,  which he named “Woodside”.  On the farm he raised and bred shorthorn and Jersey cattle.

As a businessman Garth entered many ventures. He was one of the organizers of the Farmers and Merchants Bank and served as its first vice-president. He became president in 1880, a position he held until near his death in 1899. He was also president of the Hannibal Lime Company, president of the Missouri Guarantee Savings and Building Association, and president of the Garth Lumber Company in Delta, Michigan. His wife and daughter funded several memorials to him, including the Garth Memorial Library Building, dedicated in 1902, and a tower and set of bells at the Trinity Episcopal Church.

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Son John perished at the age of 21, sadly, while he was undergoing an appendectomy.  Family photos adorn the walls of Woodside.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name of Mark Twain, not only grew up in Hannibal but had multiple visits back to visit friends during his lifetime. One of his childhood friends was in fact John Garth.  Samuel Clemens visited Woodside on several occasions, preferring to stay with his friends. He had his own particular favorite bedroom in the house and spent many hours laughing with the family in the downstairs parlor. When he published Life on the Mississippi, Clemens sent the Garths a copy. John Garth replied, “Thanks for the book. Each and every one at Woodside has enjoyed it greatly.” A note from Clemens to his manager requested a copy of Huckleberry Finn to be sent to the Garths upon its release. John Garth died in 1899.

There have only been six owners of the mansion since it was built, and most all of the original furnishings are still used. This brings me to the beds. Oh, the beds! This particular bed is valued at $55,000, being one of the most valuable in the United States. It is said that Mark Twain slept in this bed and the hand carved craftsmanship is beautiful. Other furnishings are original to the house as well, and it is truly like stepping back in time. Because Woodside has changed owners so infrequently, many of the belongings of the Garth family remain. The current innkeepers/owners (very friendly!) allowed us to roam the entire house and grounds and we were able to see everything the house has to offer, which is a lot.

After exploring the mansion and visiting with the llamas (resident livestock), we ventured into downtown Hannibal and decided to eat at the Mark Twain Dinette. Martin regaled me with tales of when he was sent by family to the Dinette to buy and bring home a jug of their homemade root beer. They have made the root beer onsite since going into business over 76 years ago, and it does not disappoint! If you visit, you should try one of their pork tenderloin sandwiches- it is enormous and one of the main dishes that they are known for.

After dinner, Martin walked me around the Mark Twain historic buildings- my own private tour.

It was fantastic. We then journeyed the short drive back to Woodside and enjoyed the rest of the night with complimentary wine, a fireplace, and a large jetted tub that I really wish I could bring home with me.

The next morning, we were provided a yummy breakfast and had some wonderful conversation with other guests. There are cottages at the rear of the property and they provide a beautiful view and private hot tubs on their decks. These are quite popular, and from what I gleaned from conversation with the others many like to return a couple times a year just to rejuvenate.

The next part of our adventure took us to Lover’s Leap. The views from this historic location are remarkable, and it was a beautiful day to behold.

Next, we traversed to Mark Twain Cave.

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Made famous in Mark Twain’s writing, this location is the real deal. They offer tours, so of course we were all in. We went 250 feet below ground and saw everything we could see in the miles of tunnels made of limestone. Samuel Clemens even signed the cave wall when he was young- if you look in the center of the following image you can see “Clemens“.

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Many, many people have been to the cave over the years- here I am, wandering around trying to get a feel for it- and loving every minute.

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There are over 260 passageways, and it is easy to get turned around in the labyrinth. There is also a “marriage rock” within that has a story. There was a woman who discovered one of her ancestors had signed the cave wall and she had her wedding in the cave under the signature as an homage to the relation. Also look carefully in the photos for the signature from 1865. There are so many echoes from the past.

The Mark Twain Cave was discovered in the winter of 1819 when Jack Sims tracked a panther into what appeared to be a small den. He later discovered it was an extensive underground network. Twain included a lot of the cave in his book “Tom Sawyer”, as he found it to be a true source of inspiration as a child. He and friends used to light candles and enter the cave to explore it. The “Discovery” entrance is the original entrance (green sign) that was used, as you can see in the image.

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Also notable:

Joseph Nash McDowell – He bought the cave in 1848 and was the owner during Mark Twain’s childhood. He is infamous for putting his recently deceased daughter into a copper cylinder and placing the cylinder in the back of his cave hoping to further his theory of human petrification. When Hannibal residents learned of this act, they begged him to remove her and bury her as was deemed proper.

Here is an image of where both McDowell’s daughter’s corpse was stored and where Jesse James placed his signature in the cave.

Jesse James — After a botched robbery attempt he hid out in Tennessee. In 1879 he decided to head for Independence, MO to assemble a new gang. On his way through, he signed his name in the Mark Twain Cave which is dated September 22, 1879, sixteen days before he robbed a train in Independence with his new crew, and only three years before his death.

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The cave was a remarkable adventure and we spent a lot of time exploring it.

Also in Hannibal is the home of the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown. Molly was born in this house just a few blocks away from the home of Mark Twain. Margaret Tobin Brown was an activist and survivor of the Titanic. Born in 1867, she was the daughter of Irish immigrants. In her lifetime, she and her husband rocketed to fame during the Gold Rush. In a lifeboat as the RMS Titanic sank, Molly shared layers of clothing and urged others to survive the disaster. She used her status to inspire others to fight for children’s and worker’s rights for the remainder of her life.

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For all of us Disney fans, Hannibal is also a special place. It is the birthplace of voice actor and musician Cliff Edwards, better known as the voice of Pinnochio’s Jiminy Cricket. Edwards was born in Hannibal and left school at the age of 14 to move to St. Louis. He taught himself to play the ukulele, choosing it because he said it was the cheapest instrument in the music shop. He was nicknamed “Ukulele Ike” by a club owner that could never recall his actual name, and it stuck.

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Hannibal has so many stories, and there is so much to do and to see. If you visit between April and November you can even take a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi courtesy of the Mark Twain- they even offer dinner cruises. We plan on returning again soon, and before we departed, we returned to the Mark Twain Dinette to grab a root beer for the road. OK, we actually bought a case to take home. What a wonderful getaway!

Hope you enjoy sharing our adventures- be sure to give us a like, a comment, or at least have a drink of this fabulous root beer next time you are in Hannibal for us!

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Always consider booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planning agency, such as Mad Hatter Adventures. We will be available to assist you with everything from finding the best value for your travel party to getting dining reservations and Fastpass+ attractions lined up.  Just get in touch with us at moffits@madhatteradv.com or watch our adventures on Facebook. We don’t just book travel, we LIVE it!

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You’re Going to Disney- AGAIN?!?! Why?

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    Reposting January 17, 2018

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A lovely Spring morning at the Magic Kingdom, WDW.  ©Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures

We’ve all heard it, right? That one question, usually spoken by a friend or relative that just has no idea what the Disney “spark” is all about. Yes, they ultimately exhale a long (or short) sigh, roll their eyes, and utter those familiar words….

You’re going to Disney….AGAIN?!!

If you are anything like me, you simply grin (the bigger the better) and retort a “you bet I am!” as a reply. I have noticed that the happier I sound when I answer, the more aggravated the other individual becomes, however. My bad.  🙂

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Have you seen this look before?

What makes us return to a Disney park so often? What is it that reaches into our hearts, touches us, and inspires us year after year? It certainly isn’t the cost of a Disney vacation (although that is the very reason I do what I do- to make these expeditions as affordable as possible for our clients). It is not the crowd level on a busy day, or avoiding strollers and scooters that stop suddenly in front of us while we are walking with a Mickey ice cream bar in hand. It isn’t the parents that let their kids run wild, throw tantrums without remorse, and climb on the railings and dividers in a queue. So what is it?

In both Disneyland and in Walt Disney World, where we go most often, I have noticed that it is simply the beauty of the parks that appeals to me the most. I realize that this beauty transcends in different ways to different people, which is fantastic and curious at the same time. For myself, it is inspirational beauty. Yes, I love the attractions and the fun with my friends and family, but it is something much more than that which reaches out to me.

Witnessing Walt and Roy Disney’s first foray into the huge undertaking that became Disneyland is nothing short of amazing. How tenacious they must have been to overcome the naysayers of their era to bring the beloved park into existence for all of us! Seeing Walt Disney World, the fruition of Walt’s dream of plenty of space and the culmination of learning from all of the difficulties while building Disneyland, is nothing short of amazing. I still get a kick out of explaining to people that only want to go to Walt Disney World for a day or two that there is no way to see everything in such a short amount of time. It actually saddens me a bit when someone is not prepared for the sheer size of Walt Disney World, then they go and have less than a magical time. This is yet another reason I became a Disney travel planner- not on my watch. I make sure each of my clients is totally prepared before they go. I would want someone to do the same for me.

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The Moffits, EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival, 2017.  ©Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures

It isn’t hard to see the beauty. It’s everywhere. From the tiniest detail around the ceiling perimeter in a Disneyland Main Street shop to the most amazing fireworks spectacle at Cinderella’s Castle. Inside a Disney dining location or a resort hotel, it’s a feast for the soul as much as for the eyes.

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Disney’s Contemporary Resort, May 2017. Admiring Mary Blair’s artistic influence.  ©Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures

From the flowers at EPCOT or around the Magic Kingdom on any given morning to the lush flora and fauna at Animal Kingdom, this priceless beauty inspires us to create magical moments for ourselves and others.

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Even the new Satu’li Canteen in Pandora-World of Avatar exhibits the level of detail and beauty that was so important to Walt Disney.  ©Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures

So the next time you hear those familiar words, hear a sigh, or see an eye roll- just grin as big as you can, and know that you share something very special with other Disney fans that the person you are looking at just doesn’t get at all.  ºoº

Do you have this problem with anyone you know? Why do you return to Disney? Share with us and leave a comment below!

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Always consider booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planning agency, such as Mad Hatter Adventures. We will be available to assist you with everything from finding the best value for your travel party to getting dining reservations and Fastpass+ attractions lined up.  Just get in touch with us at moffits@madhatteradv.com or watch our adventures on Facebook. We don’t just book Disney, we LIVE it!

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Disney’s Magical Express Now Picking Up Guests Four Hours Before Flights

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By Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  November 16, 2017

Plan accordingly Disney fans and Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures client family- due to an increase in security screenings at Orlando International Airport by the Transportation Security Administration, Disney’s Magical Express will now pick up all guests from their respective Walt Disney World resort four hours before the scheduled flight time. This policy will go into effect on November 17, 2017.

Disney says that the policy will be re-evaluated in January, 2018, after the holiday season rush is over. While this policy is mainly due to the increase in security by the TSA, it is also a precautionary measure as holiday travel increases. Stay tuned to our blog for updates and changes.

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CLICK HERE or send us an email for a FREE, no obligation quote. We offer you so much more than the usual! We consistently review your reservation to make sure you are receiving the best available rate offered by Disney- and we update it to get you the best value whenever possible. Our services are always 100% FREE for you to use, but PRICELESS in saving you time and money. We also specialize in setting up dietary Disney dining specialties (gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian), plus sized rider information, guests with disabilities arrangements, hard to obtain dining reservations, and more!

Are you visiting Disney, Universal, or ANY vacation destination in the future? We have some amazing all-inclusive packages available and can save you time and money so you and yours have the best time possible! After all, one of us is a former Disney Cast Member, and as a husband and wife team we travel the world in search of the best destinations possible.  Again, our services are completely free for you to utilize and you will get YEARS of experience on your side when booking with Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures.

Always consider booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planning Agency. Our agency is an award winning Earmarked agency! We will be available to assist you with everything from finding the best value for your travel party to getting dining reservations and Fastpass+ attractions lined up.  Just get in touch with us at moffits@madhatteradv.com or watch our adventures on Facebook. We don’t just book fun and adventure, we LIVE it!

We are a FULL SERVICE travel agency- if you can travel there, we can book it for you!

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Disney Giddy in November!

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By Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  November 7, 2017

It’s November and we are positively giddy here at Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures. Why? Well because it is the holiday season at the Disney parks, of course.

There are so many things to see and do at the Disney parks all over the world right now- what do you most look forward to? We love Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party and the projection lights being used at Disney Hollywood Studios, too. Of course, Cinderella’s Castle and the Main Street decorations are fabulous as well!

It’s November, but we will soon share some of our favorite holiday pics and images on the blog just for you, so keep your eyes open for them.

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CLICK HERE or send us an email for a FREE, no obligation quote. We offer you so much more than the usual! We consistently review your reservation to make sure you are receiving the best available rate offered by Disney- and we update it to get you the best value whenever possible. Our services are always 100% FREE for you to use, but PRICELESS in saving you time and money. We also specialize in setting up dietary Disney dining specialties (gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian), plus sized rider information, guests with disabilities arrangements, hard to obtain dining reservations, and more!

Are you visiting Disney, Universal, or ANY vacation destination in the future? We have some amazing all-inclusive packages available and can save you time and money so you and yours have the best time possible! After all, one of us is a former Disney Cast Member, and as a husband and wife team we travel the world in search of the best destinations possible.  Again, our services are completely free for you to utilize and you will get YEARS of experience on your side when booking with Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures.

Always consider booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planning Agency. Our agency is an award winning Earmarked agency! We will be available to assist you with everything from finding the best value for your travel party to getting dining reservations and Fastpass+ attractions lined up.  Just get in touch with us at moffits@madhatteradv.com or watch our adventures on Facebook. We don’t just book fun and adventure, we LIVE it!

We are a FULL SERVICE travel agency- if you can travel there, we can book it for you!

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ABC Will Film Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Special Beginning November 3rd

By Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  October 12, 2017

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Are you ready for the holidays- Disney style? ABC will be doing holiday special and parade taping in November and December for the air dates nearer to Christmas.  There will be multiple shows that will be taped during this time.

The Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade filming at Walt Disney World Resort is scheduled to take place starting the weekend of November 3rd and will run through the 7th. This activity will not include a parade but instead will include stage show performances and musical acts.  Much the same as last year, the parade will be recorded at Disneyland Resort. There is no official word on Disneyland’s schedule as of yet.

The taping events are non-ticketed with cast members typically filling in the immediate stage area as the audience.  It is worth nothing that if you will be present in the park on these days it is possible to view the action from many areas.

We have already informed our Mad Hatter Adventures clients that will be visiting during the week of November 3rd that they should expect potential disruptions such as  walkway closures, etc,  as Disney closes off areas for the various productions.

We will update you will further details as we get the official word.

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CLICK HERE or send us an email for a FREE, no obligation quote. We offer you so much more than the usual! We consistently review your reservation to make sure you are receiving the best available rate offered by Disney- and we update it to get you the best value whenever possible. Our services are always 100% FREE for you to use, but PRICELESS in saving you time and money. We also specialize in setting up dietary Disney dining specialties (gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian), plus sized rider information, guests with disabilities arrangements, hard to obtain dining reservations, and more!

Are you visiting Disney, Universal, or ANY vacation destination in the future? We have some amazing all-inclusive packages available and can save you time and money so you and yours have the best time possible! After all, one of us is a former Disney Cast Member, and as a husband and wife team we travel the world in search of the best destinations possible.  Again, our services are completely free for you to utilize and you will get YEARS of experience on your side when booking with Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures.

Always consider booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planning Agency. Our agency is an award winning Earmarked agency! We will be available to assist you with everything from finding the best value for your travel party to getting dining reservations and Fastpass+ attractions lined up.  Just get in touch with us at moffits@madhatteradv.com or watch our adventures on Facebook. We don’t just book fun and adventure, we LIVE it!

We are a FULL SERVICE travel agency- if you can travel there, we can book it for you!

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Heading Back to the World!

By Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  September 25, 2017

To all of our friends and client family, we are heading back to the WORLD- Walt Disney World, at the end of this week. We can’t wait to share some of the amazing images and fun things to do.

These images were taken at the very first viewing of “Happily Ever After”, and on this trip we will see a special version of Illuminations for EPCOT’S 35th Anniversary among a ton of other events!

Thanks for following our adventures- and we’ll see ya real soon.

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CLICK HERE or send us an email for a FREE, no obligation quote. We offer you so much more than the usual! We consistently review your reservation to make sure you are receiving the best available rate offered by Disney- and we update it to get you the best value whenever possible. Our services are always 100% FREE for you to use, but PRICELESS in saving you time and money. We also specialize in setting up dietary Disney dining specialties (gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian), plus sized rider information, guests with disabilities arrangements, hard to obtain dining reservations, and more!

Are you visiting Disney, Universal, or ANY vacation destination in the future? We have some amazing all-inclusive packages available and can save you time and money so you and yours have the best time possible! After all, one of us is a former Disney Cast Member, and as a husband and wife team we travel the world in search of the best destinations possible.  Again, our services are completely free for you to utilize and you will get YEARS of experience on your side when booking with Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures.

Always consider booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planning Agency. Our agency is an award winning Earmarked agency! We will be available to assist you with everything from finding the best value for your travel party to getting dining reservations and Fastpass+ attractions lined up.  Just get in touch with us at moffits@madhatteradv.com or watch our adventures on Facebook. We don’t just book fun and adventure, we LIVE it!

We are a FULL SERVICE travel agency- if you can travel there, we can book it for you!

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New Holiday Fun Coming to Disney Hollywood Studios, 2017!

By Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  September 8, 2017

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With all the construction and flurry of activity going on at Disney Hollywood Studios this year, they will be turning things into a flurry of fun for the holidays. While they will still have the Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam fireworks and projection show, there will be some fun additions to the park to replace the Osborne Lights.

There will be a new Seasons Greetings show! This projection show will be set on a snowy Sunset Blvd and will feature some iconic characters sharing love for the season. During the show, the Hollywood Tower Hotel will magically transform and bring the characters’ stories to life.

Some Disney character moments will include:

  • Mickey and Minnie reminiscing about a hometown Christmas as the scene shifts into a romanticized, Norman Rockwell-inspired town. This will begin in black and white before morphing into color.
  • The Toy Story characters guessing which new toys are coming this Christmas as the scene is covered in holiday wrapping paper.
  • The Muppets’ Swedish Chef will be babbling his own language while the scene turns into giant gingerbread houses.
  • Olaf will be pining over his holiday wish as the scene freezes over into a Frozen winter wonderland. This scene will have Aurora Borealis style lights and projected falling snow.

The show will run continuously each evening from November 9 to December 31 2017.

There will be added decor around the newly refurbished Echo Lake (they are draining the lake and painting, etc, through October this year.). Extra-large ornaments, colorful garlands and a giant Christmas tree centered on the water will make Echo Lake one of the most festive locations in the park this holiday season. Dinosaur Gertie will also don her Santa hat.

The fun continues inside the Frozen Sing a Long Celebration! For a limited time, all new songs from Disney’s new animated short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” will be added to the show while there will be an appearance from Olaf himself.

Don’t miss the holiday fun at DHS, and if you are one of our MHA clients, we can even book you and yours special character dining experiences or a dessert party that enables you to have a reserved viewing area for the Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam show.

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CLICK HERE or send us an email for a FREE, no obligation quote. We offer you so much more than the usual! We consistently review your reservation to make sure you are receiving the best available rate offered by Disney- and we update it to get you the best value whenever possible. Our services are always 100% FREE for you to use, but PRICELESS in saving you time and money. We also specialize in setting up dietary Disney dining specialties (gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian), plus sized rider information, guests with disabilities arrangements, hard to obtain dining reservations, and more!

Are you visiting Disney, Universal, or ANY vacation destination in the future? We have some amazing all-inclusive packages available and can save you time and money so you and yours have the best time possible! After all, one of us is a former Disney Cast Member, and as a husband and wife team we travel the world in search of the best destinations possible.  Again, our services are completely free for you to utilize and you will get YEARS of experience on your side when booking with Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures.

Always consider booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planning Agency. Our agency is an award winning Earmarked agency! We will be available to assist you with everything from finding the best value for your travel party to getting dining reservations and Fastpass+ attractions lined up.  Just get in touch with us at moffits@madhatteradv.com or watch our adventures on Facebook. We don’t just book fun and adventure, we LIVE it!

We are a FULL SERVICE travel agency- if you can travel there, we can book it for you!

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Disney Cancellations Issued Ahead of Hurricane Irma- Updated 9/8- Parks Included!

By Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  September 7, 2017

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UPDATED 2pm EST, 9/8

As we find ourselves in the midst of another hurricane season, Walt Disney World has announced a few closures and cancellations due to Hurricane Irma’s impact this weekend.  The storm could potentially disrupt the Disney area Saturday night and Sunday in many ways.  Here are the current announcements:

  1. Disney Springs: Closing on Saturday at 9pm – Monday
  2. Magic Kingdom: Closing on Saturday at 9pm – Monday
    Saturday Happily Ever After fireworks is canceled.
  3. Epcot: Closing on Saturday at 9pm – Monday
    Saturday  IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is canceled.
  4.  Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Closing on Saturday at 7pm – Monday
    Saturday Fantasmic! and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular are canceled.
  5. Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Closing on Saturday at 7:00pm – Monday
    Saturday Rivers of Light performance is canceled.
  6. ESPN Wide World of Sports: Closed Saturday through Monday
  7. Blizzard Beach is currently closed September 8 and 9.
  8. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon: Closing Saturday 5pm through Monday
  9. The Spirit of Aloha dinner show at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has been cancelled for Saturday, and likely will be canceled for Sunday in the very near future.
  10. Aerophile balloon at Disney Springs is now closed
  11. Disney World is not taking new dining reservations for September 10 and 11. Effective immediately WDW will not enforce Advance Dining Reservation cancellation policies through Monday September 11th.
  12. Treehouse Villas of Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort: Also closing.
  13. Highway in the Sky Dine Around: Canceled on Saturday.
  14. Ft. Wilderness Resort and Campground: The campgrounds will begin closing on Saturday afternoon, 9/9. Performances for Mickey’s Backyard BBQ and Hoop-Dee-Doo Review are cancelled from Saturday through Monday.
  15. Disney Vacation Club Beach Resorts: Disney’s Vero Beach Resort will begin closing on Friday afternoon at 2:00pm.
  16. Saturday’s Night of Joy evening event is now cancelled.  Saturday night concert tickets will not be honored for Friday night.  Refunds can be processed by calling (407) 939-7818 by January 31, 2018 or via email at Ticket.Inquiries@DisneyWorld.com.
  17. Sunday, September 10 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is cancelled.
    Here are the options if you have tickets:

    • Tickets to attend another Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
    • Tickets to attend an upcoming Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
    • 1 Day Magic Your Way Tickets with Park Hopper Option, to be used within the next two years.
    • Receive a full refund for event tickets.

    You can call (407) 939-7818 or email Ticket.Inquiries@DisneyWorld.com to process your exchange.

  18. All performances of Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream (September 8-10) have been postponed until May 2018.
  19. Disney Cruise Line: Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream cancelled sailings for the weekend.
  20. Adventures By Disney: Backstage Magic is cancelled for Friday 9/8 and Monday 9/11
    Backstage Magic and Gardens of the World tours are cancelled for Tuesday 9/12
  21. The What’s Cooking with Alex Guarnaschelli on Sunday, September 10
  22. Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It Event on Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12

Universal Orlando HAS also decided to close this weekend, beginning at 7 pm Saturday night.

We have gotten all of our MHA clients taken care of as far as those who were scheduled to be at Walt Disney World Resort this weekend. None of them had to wait on hold to take care of a complete refund or reschedule- we did it all. This really is a great reason for you to remember to book through our Earmarked, award winning agency. We work for you even when you do not think about it- and when something such as a hurricane occurs, we have your back. We love our clients and would be thrilled to welcome you to our MHA client family!

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CLICK HERE or send us an email for a FREE, no obligation quote. We offer you so much more than the usual! We consistently review your reservation to make sure you are receiving the best available rate offered by Disney- and we update it to get you the best value whenever possible. Our services are always 100% FREE for you to use, but PRICELESS in saving you time and money. We also specialize in setting up dietary Disney dining specialties (gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian), hard to obtain dining reservations, and more!

Are you visiting Disney, Universal, or ANY vacation destination in the future? We have some amazing all-inclusive packages available and can save you time and money so you and yours have the best time possible! After all, one of us is a former Disney Cast Member, and as a husband and wife team we travel the world in search of the best destinations possible.  Again, our services are completely free for you to utilize and you will get YEARS of experience on your side when booking with Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures.

Always consider booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planning Agency. Our agency is an award winning Earmarked agency! We will be available to assist you with everything from finding the best value for your travel party to getting dining reservations and Fastpass+ attractions lined up.  Just get in touch with us at moffits@madhatteradv.com or watch our adventures on Facebook. We don’t just book fun and adventure, we LIVE it!

We are a FULL SERVICE travel agency- if you can travel there, we can book it for you!

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Map, 2017

By Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  August 28, 2017

Here you can view the brand new Disney guide maps for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, 2017! Just click an image to open and enlarge.

 

Remember, if you are attending this year, the event will begin at 7pm but you can enter as early as 4pm. You will have five spooktacular hours to attend the party, so go with a plan beforehand. Also, we can’t tell you how many guests make the mistake of wearing heavy costumes- just don’t. It is no fun if you sweat all night and wind up with heat exhaustion!

Costume Guidelines:

  • Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests.
  • All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

For Guests ages 13 and under:

  • Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long as the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.

For Guests ages 14 and older:

  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g. full-length Princess dresses)
  • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
  • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
  • May not wear masks of any kind.

Do not forget a poncho, as it is usually rainy for about half the parties each year.

If you have kids in your group, watch the first parade/stage show. That way you can take them trick or treating during the rest of the night!

Don’t forget to have your picture taken by a WDW photographer, either.  You will see them all over the place- it is worth it!

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It’s not too late to start planning your visit to Walt Disney World for this Fall through Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures!  CLICK HERE or send us an email for a FREE, no obligation quote. We offer you so much more than the usual! We consistently review your reservation to make sure you are receiving the best available rate offered by Disney- and we update it to get you the best value whenever possible. Our services are always 100% FREE for you to use, but PRICELESS in saving you time and money. We also specialize in setting up dietary Disney dining specialties (gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian), hard to obtain dining reservations, and more!

Are you visiting Disney, Universal, or ANY vacation destination in the future? We have some amazing all-inclusive packages available and can save you time and money so you and yours have the best time possible! After all, one of us is a former Disney Cast Member, and as a husband and wife team we travel the world in search of the best destinations possible.  Again, our services are completely free for you to utilize and you will get YEARS of experience on your side when booking with Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures.

Always consider booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planning Agency. Our agency is an award winning Earmarked agency! We will be available to assist you with everything from finding the best value for your travel party to getting dining reservations and Fastpass+ attractions lined up.  Just get in touch with us at moffits@madhatteradv.com or watch our adventures on Facebook. We don’t just book fun and adventure, we LIVE it!

We are a FULL SERVICE travel agency- if you can travel there, we can book it for you!

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Park Map for EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival, 2017, Revealed

By Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  August 25, 2017

Who is ready for Epcot International Food and Wine Festival? We are! Take a look at the new Disney guide maps for this anticipated and delicious event! (Just click to open in full size!)

We’ll see you there!

What do you think about this? Leave us a comment, a like, or just share us with your pals! 

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It’s not too late to start planning your visit to Walt Disney World for this Fall through Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures!  CLICK HERE or send us an email for a FREE, no obligation quote. We offer you so much more than the usual! We consistently review your reservation to make sure you are receiving the best available rate offered by Disney- and we update it to get you the best value whenever possible. Our services are always 100% FREE for you to use, but PRICELESS in saving you time and money. We also specialize in setting up dietary Disney dining specialties (gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian), hard to obtain dining reservations, and more!

Are you visiting Disney, Universal, or ANY vacation destination in the future? We have some amazing all-inclusive packages available and can save you time and money so you and yours have the best time possible! After all, one of us is a former Disney Cast Member, and as a husband and wife team we travel the world in search of the best destinations possible.  Again, our services are completely free for you to utilize and you will get YEARS of experience on your side when booking with Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures.

Always consider booking with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planning Agency. Our agency is an award winning Earmarked agency! We will be available to assist you with everything from finding the best value for your travel party to getting dining reservations and Fastpass+ attractions lined up.  Just get in touch with us at moffits@madhatteradv.com or watch our adventures on Facebook. We don’t just book fun and adventure, we LIVE it!

We are a FULL SERVICE travel agency- if you can travel there, we can book it for you!

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