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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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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!

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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!

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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!

 

 

Vacation Spotlight: Making a Disney Trip Affordable

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  June 23, 2017

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One of the most common things my husband and I hear from people when discussing Disney:

We’ve always wanted to go to Disney, but it’s just too expensive for us. Can you help us?”

My answer is a resounding YES! We sure can. It is sad to me when I hear from a family that laments that they have not spent time at Walt Disney World or Disneyland because they feel that they simply can not afford it. There are so many ways to make your dream vacation a reality, including some ways that won’t hit you all at once in the pocketbook.

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We can help most anyone book Disney for the most memorable vacation of their lives. Seriously. We do it every single day. The most important thing I ask is about a budget, and that is the first thing you need to establish before we book you for anything.

It is easy to go over budget with Disney- very easy. It is no different than anything else in life. You set a budget, and you have to stick to it. When I book you, you can tell me your budget and then we can tailor a package that fits. Planning ahead is a MUST DO for a Disney vacation. Booking in advance allows you to save your package (usually for only $200!) and then you can make smaller payments as you go, even using Disney gift cards should you want to. Start early- the sooner the better! You can book up to 499 days in the future.

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Another thing that you must keep in mind is to be realistic. Disney has many different seasons and these times of year cost differently than others. Consulting with us, we can advise you to which times of year are less expensive than others and provide you with knowledge and insight to choose some excellent travel dates. Once you know your travel dates AND your budget, the planning can begin.

There are SO many ways to save money (and time) when planning a Disney vacation. All of these things are taken into account when you consult with a trained professional travel agency (such as Mad Hatter Adventures). Disney also offers a myriad of discounts throughout the year, so when you book with us we will automatically check to see if any discounts announced are applicable to your reservation. We have saved our Mad Hatter family thousands!

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It is important that you keep in mind that the best discounts such as free dining, room only specials, etc, do run out within a matter of hours- having an authorized Disney vacation planning agency on your side to apply these special deals is a common sense kind of thing.

Planning for Disney can be done for any budget- it just takes some foresight and consulting.

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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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!

Pondering: Disney’s Paint the Night Parade

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

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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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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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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.

 

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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!

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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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