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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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Are you visiting Disney in the future? We have some amazing 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 Cast Member.  Fill out our form HERE to receive your FREE quote. 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, 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 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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Brand New Times for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, 2017!

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By Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  August 23, 2017

It may be early for some, but those in the know were thrilled to get the update this week on the showtimes for parades and stage spectaculars during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, 2017.

In a change from last year, the following will take place:

Mickey’s Boo to You Halloween Parade will begin later than usual, at 9:15pm and 11:15pm.

Happy Hallowishes Fireworks will take place at 10:15pm.

The Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular will have three shows in front of the castle at 8:15pm, 10:45pm, and 12:00am.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party officially kicks off on August 25, 2017. Don’t forget to purchase your tickets through Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures Travel!

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

Images and videos ©Moffits:Mad Hatter Adventures

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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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Walt Disney World UPDATE: Glorious Autumn- Fall Has It All!

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

It’s time to discover all of the glorious Autumn offerings to be had at the Walt Disney World Resort in 2017.

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is beginning it’s annual run on August 25! We are setting up our Mad Hatter clients with tickets RIGHT NOW- so don’t miss the fun. This  event will return to Magic Kingdom on select nights, beginning August 25. This hard-ticket event features Halloween decor, amazing entertainment, Disney characters in seasonal costumes, Disney attractions, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, trick-or-treating and much more. This year’s event dates are: August 25 and 29; September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29; October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31; and November 1, 2017. Guests are also welcome to dress up for the event (be sure to review costume guidelines before you attend).

Now let’s talk about another of our favorite Mad Hatter adventures- the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival! This year we will have 75 days to enjoy some culinary fun (and delicious food). It will include 35 marketplace locations (this includes 5 new locations this year), 39 dishes to sample, 65 new drink/cocktail concoctions, 225 Eat to the Beat concerts, and some special surprises along the way. ABC’s “The Chew” will return for this year to broadcast five episodes from the festival- and we will be attending one of them for our Mad Hatter client family to see. August 31 is the first day of the Festival.

 

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Night of Joy will return to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on September 8th and 9th. This will be two delightful evenings of music featuring gospel, hip-hop, pop, rock, praise and adult contemporary. This year will feature such artists as MercyMe, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, and more.

If you are interested in fun Irish happenings, check out the Great Irish Hooley at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs from September 1-4. This good time celebrates all things Irish- song, food, and drink, and will last into late night. This year features entertainment such as The Raglan Roots Coalition, Jake Richardson, and more. It will also feature the Raglan Road Irish Dancers and champion Irish dancer Ciaran Keating on stage.

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

Images and videos ©Moffits:Mad Hatter Adventures

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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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D23 Expo 2017 Spotlight: Pirates of the Caribbean Archives Exhibit

By Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  July 24, 2017

By far one of our favorite exhibits at the D23 Expo this year was the Pirates of the Caribbean Archives. I hope you enjoy these pictures- each one is a true Disney treasure!

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Entrance to the POTC exhibit. They only allowed 20 people in at a time. ©Moffits:Mad Hatter Adventures

Once inside the exhibit area- it was a feast for any Disney pirate fan. From original concept sketches to vintage items, each era of pirates was well represented.

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Next we had Muppet Treasure Island, Treasure Planet, James and the Giant Peach, and some items from Moana. There were even some items from Swiss Family Robinson on hand to view.

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One of my favorite older Disney classics has to be Blackbeard’s Ghost. I was thrilled to see the actual portrait from this film along with some other memorabilia.

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And who can forget that notorious Captain Hook?

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Next, we moved into some costuming treats. The Descendants 2 and that dashing Hook costume from Once Upon a Time delighted fans. We didn’t know we would actually meet some of the actors later in the weekend, either, but that was fun. By the way, the word on Main Street is that the hook pictured below is also the hook that was used in the movie “Hook” with Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams.

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My favorite ship from the modern POTC era is undoubtedly the Black Pearl. In the exhibit we saw a huge model of it placed right in the middle.

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Now we were ready to see some classic items from the development of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Something really interesting to see were the original sketches from 1957 of Ken Anderson’s Haunted Mansion concepts. Yes, the main idea was centered around a pirate! Check out some of the amazing details in the images below!

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Another of the most popular things to see was the original sheet music from “Yo Ho A Pirates Life for Me”.  No one could walk by this without either singing or humming the familiar tune, myself included. It was very special to see the original pencil written composition.

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Next we moved into the modern POTC era a bit more with items from Shanghai Disney. Pirate’s Lair, the POTC attraction,  and the more recent POTC films starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and more. It was amazing to see all of the costumes and props that were actually used in the films.

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With each turn, the exhibit became more and more interesting. It was something to behold, especially when up close to the props and costumes. The detail in each item was fantastic.

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Do you recognize the costumes and props? We certainly did!

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We just want to thank our pal above for allowing us the extra time to take all of these photos to share with you! He was incredibly kind.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures!

Yo-ho, yo-ho, a pirate’s life for me…..

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

Images and video ©Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures

 

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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.  Fill out our form HERE to receive your FREE quote. 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. 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!

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

 

 

We’re Hitting the Road Again!

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  July 5, 2017

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We are thrilled to announce that we are prepping for travel to Anaheim, California for important Disney fun and events once again!

We will be attending the Walt’s Basement- For the Love of All Things Disney meet up in Downtown Disney on July 13, followed by D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Watch for some great photos and more at the WB Facebook Group, Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures page on Facebook, and here on our blog!

We will be on the road until then, so everyone have a great week! Thank you for supporting our wacky and whimsical adventures!

Leave us a comment, a like, or just share us with your pals!  🙂

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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.  Fill out our form HERE to receive your FREE quote. 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. 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!

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