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Walt Disney World Resort Spotlight: Port Orleans French Quarter

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    June 20, 2017

 

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We tell our Mad Hatter family all the time that yes, we really do live Disney. We have stayed at nearly all of the resorts and have experienced the good, the bad, and even the ugly from time to time.  We always enjoy our time at Port Orleans French Quarter resort, however.

Disney describes this resort as a place with cobblestone streets, gas lamps, wrought-iron balconies and fragrant magnolia blossoms that evoke the Antebellum era with colorful Mardi Gras characters and jazz to keep things lively.  We have found this to be the case, and we love the details that make this moderate level resort so lovely.

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The pools are amazing- so many fun things to see and do both in and out of the water!

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Mardi Gras-themed pool area where King Neptune sits astride a giant sea serpent, affectionately known as “Scales”.  ©Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures

One of our favorite things to do is to take a ferry directly to Disney Springs.

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Cruising along the Sassagoula River on our way to Disney Springs.  ©Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures
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The dock was not far from one of the buildings in which we stayed. We loved the convenience.  ©Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures
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Meticulous grounds at Port Orleans French Quarter resort, WDW.  ©Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures
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With a jazz club, horse-drawn carriage rides (for a fee), hot tubs, pools, and more- Port Orleans French Quarter is a very romantic getaway!  ©Moffits:Mad Hatter Adventures

In particular, if you are looking to get away from it all with your significant other, this can be one of the most romantic resorts at Walt Disney World.

What do you think? 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!

Your Own Magical Photo Shots at Disney?

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    June 15, 2017

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We captured this shot on a whim at Walt Disney World. I really like it because it reminds me that some of the magical atmosphere when you are there is subtle.

What is something that you like to take a picture of when you visit? Do you have any magical shots that are not of the usual fare? My hubby even takes pictures of the trash cans at Disney because they are so different from one another!

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Images ©Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures

What do you think? 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!

The Journey is as Important as the Destination

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    June 14, 2017

 

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We travel quite a bit- and not only to Disney, although any Disney Park is among our favorite destinations. We are asked one question more often than others, however, by our friends and family- why on earth do we drive everywhere rather than fly?

Let me take a moment to answer that. First of all, we do fly. Unfortunately we can not drive over the ocean (although I would cruise anywhere!). We have flown when we absolutely must get to our destination in a rush, such as in an emergency or when we need to take some serious time off of a trip. We simply choose not to whenever we can, especially when we are traveling with our daughters or other special folks.

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We have learned that it is the journey, not the destination, that really holds magic. More memories are made when you are driving to new places for many hours in a vehicle with your loved ones than can be made in a short flight. I am often told that our family is a rarity these days because we are all so close knit. I have no doubt that all of our family road trips over the years contributed to that closeness. My girls are amazing, and getting older- I would redo any single one of our car drives, for time is fleeting and waits for no one.

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The next time you need to take a trip, try to budget some extra time and drive with your own family. Put the electronics away and make up travel games to laugh together. You never know what you may see! Yes, it is possible to spend hours with your kids in the car- and one day, you will be thankful for the opportunity.

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Images ©Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures, 2017

 

Do you prefer to drive? 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!

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: Fun From 2017

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    June 6, 2017

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People are always asking us what we love to do at Walt Disney World Resort in the Spring. One of our most favorite Spring activities that we coordinate for our Mad Hatter family is Epcot’s annual International Flower & Garden Festival. EPCOT is always lovely and a true feast for the senses, but during this blossoming festival, things really are kicked up a notch.

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This year’s festival is over, but 2018 plans are already being made. The Garden Rocks Concerts are always a fan favorite- and we are hopeful that in 2018 they will again have dining packages that allow you to get priority seating for your chosen concert.

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In 2017, two new outdoor kitchens were added, bringing the total to 15. We can not wait to see what they add for 2018! The fare available at the outdoor kitchens was divine! We particularly loved the Lamb Chop with Quinoa Salad and Blackberry Gastrique at The Berry Basket. Also a favorite was the Antipasta Misto dish at Primavera Kitchen.

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Throughout lovely EPCOT, there were nearly 100 topiaries on display for us to enjoy. I have shared some of these images with you, but you simply must see them in person to gain an appreciation for the effort that goes into them. There were even over 200 mini gardens floating on the water in 2017.

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There were plenty of goodies available for sale all over the park, too. I enjoyed perusing all of the interesting items for sale and even saw bonsai trees and boiled book crafts this time around.

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We always have an amazing time at the festival, and hope you will get to share in this in 2018 as well!

 

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Images ©Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures 2017

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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 Planner. 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!

Pondering: Disney’s Paint the Night Parade

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    June 1, 2017

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Photos ©Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures, 2017

We at Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures are being asked a very popular question. The chatter is frequent and the speculation running wild. Since the Main Street Electrical Parade left Orlando for Disneyland last fall, everyone would like to know- what about the Paint the Night Parade? Will there be a new parade at Walt Disney World? Will there be no parade at all? What is going on?

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Photos ©Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures, 2017

We have been told by sources at Disney that the Paint the Night Parade is packed up and going somewhere- but we are hopeful that they will announce exactly where soon. Many multitudes of fans are hoping that the beautiful spectacle of dazzling lights will wind up at Walt Disney World, but it could go elsewhere (Tokyo is a strong rumor).

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Photos ©Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures, 2017

Paint the Night is an amazing parade (it is my favorite of all that I have seen at Disney Parks). It features more modern characters and very impressive technology. The parade only ran for a short duration during Disneyland’s 60th Diamond Celebration.

What do YOU think? Would you love to see Paint the Night come to Walt Disney World Resort? Comment and let us know.

 

Photos and video ©Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures, 2017

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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 Planner. 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!

 

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

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    May 24, 2017

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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!

Image copyright Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures, 2017.

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Route 66 and CARS LAND

 Growing up the daughter of a classic car expert (and former drag racer) was not without tales of Historic Route 66. My Dad told me of a time when it was realistic to take off in a large car with fins and cruise West, taking in all the sights and neon of motels, kitschy shops, and a variety of roadside attractions. By the time I was old enough to experience Route 66, all that was left were ghosts of the glory days and skeletal remains of these iconic places. Then Disney released the film “Cars“. Cars was the last film I watched with my Dad before he passed away, and he was not normally a big Disney guy (think more like John Wayne!). He loved Cars, however, and told my children, husband, and myself once again what it was like to have lived the legend.

 On my way to D23 in California this summer, I drove the length of Route 66 from St. Louis, Missouri all the way to Cali. We saw a lot of sights along the way- remnants of the tales that I had heard for so long. It was a sad sight. So many abandoned buildings and towns that were barely there. Run down remnants of the past exist, but you have to get off of the “new” highway and actually look for them now. It was a special trip nonetheless, and one my father would have enjoyed. In fact, I could almost hear his voice when I laid eyes on an old truck, car, motel, or attraction telling me “see- I told you about this!”.

It is special that Disney chose to keep the memory of this era alive. When I walk into Radiator Springs at Disney’s California Adventure Park, I hear the sounds of the era in which my father was truly “cool”, get to sip a milkshake at Flo’s V-8 Café, and daydream about a simpler time. No wonder Dad talked about it so much.

Check out what we saw on the trip West, then see the gallery of Disney’s Cars Land.

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