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A Tale of D23, 2017- The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

By Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  July 18, 2017

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We attended the Disney D23 Expo which took place on July 14-16, 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center. There was much to see and much to do.

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There will be many upcoming posts here on the blog with specific pictures and details on the individual exhibits and celebrities that we met (thanks to the help of some of my personal Disney friends!), so be sure and watch for them. This article, however, is an editorial and more of an overview of the experience as a whole. Stop reading now if you are not prepared to read my honest opinion- because that is what I am going to give.

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In our travels, we are not naive, as we have a lot of experience with D23 and with all of the other Disney parks, etc.  We were thankful for the insight this time, as it helped us plan and cope with this Expo in a way that maximized our time and got us to the right places at exactly the right moments, but we did feel sorry for everyone we ran into that did not have any idea what they needed to do. We helped as many people as we could, for the staff at the convention seemed to be at as much of a loss as those attending in certain circumstances.

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The Good:

The exhibits were fun and full of amazing props and details. Our favorite was the Pirates of the Caribbean exhibit. We saw a multitude of props and costumes (VERY closely) from the successful POTC movies. We were able to see the actual portrait from the Disney film “Blackbeard’s Ghost” as well as the actual sheet music for “Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me”, and so much more. Again, watch for a VERY detailed article on that in the coming days.

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The actual presentations such as the Legends Ceremony, Disney Animation, Disney Live Action, and more were very fun. Where else can you be serenaded by Josh Gad or give Robert Downey Jr. a high five as he walks onstage? At least, some of us were able to do that.

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The people who knew there would be lines and were prepared to wait- a lot. These individuals were among the best. They came prepared and occupied themselves visiting and getting to know other Disney fans as they waited in the lines. We had a LOT of great conversations with some of these people and are now friends with them on our social media so we can keep in touch and plan for the next Disney adventure. We even witnessed a great game of charades while waiting for one of the presentations in Hall D23.

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The Bad:

The people who came totally unprepared and all they managed to do was complain loudly. This is one of the reasons we like to book our own clients for D23 and other Disney experiences- we do not let people go unprepared! It was completely disheartening to witness so much negativity and rudeness to others. If these people had planned ahead for the waiting, standing, prices of food, etc, they would have had a much better time. You can NOT do everything at D23 without a solid game plan. If you don’t do your homework before you go, it is simply chaotic and can be miserable- but that is no excuse for making others miserable.

The Convention Center. Yes, I said it. Anaheim, I love you, really- but you are now too small for D23. People were lined up (many in the hot sun) outside for HOURS just to get in the front door. Lines wrapped around for a couple of blocks and were several aisles deep at times. It was insane. We have attended previous Expos, and it was not as bad as it was this time. Pssst- Disney- it’s simple. Just one simple word to remember for next time- ORLANDO! You have grown, D23, which is great, but you need a LOT more space. People do not like standing on top of one another. MOVE THE EXPO! We will still come, I promise.

The lack of true Gold member benefits was apparent to everyone we spoke to. If you could get into one of the shopping venues, you may get a 20% discount, but there were supposed to be more perks this time around for Gold members and they just didn’t pan out for more than 10% of those in attendance. Special seating for them? It did exist, but it was often filled hours before a presentation. Even WORSE than that was the fact that if someone in your party had a wheelchair or scooter you did not get seated in a Gold section regardless. Why on earth was there no Gold handicapped seating? Instead, a lovely Gold family we ran into whose son had cerebral palsy was escorted to the rear of Hall D23 despite many seats being available prior to a presentation. They asked staff members why they could not take their son closer so he could see, and they refused, made the boy transfer to a regular chair only a few aisles forward even though there were several rows in front of the family that were vacant. What made this worse was when general seating people were admitted and took up all of the rows in front of the family. It was NOT well organized and should have been done better. But hey- Gold members did get a limited edition black and white print mini poster if they waited in line for it in Hall A.

Much of the Convention Staff was totally lost. Many people were disappointed in the fact that regardless who you asked a question to, you would get a totally different answer every time. It was at times like the staff had no training prior to the opening of the Expo. We ran into two really good staff members, thankfully, but most of them seemed flustered and unprepared to deal with the onslaught of so many Disney fans. Again- ORLANDO. Move the Expo, please!

The shopping was slightly better than in 2015, but goodness there is room for improvement here. That year the wait to get into the Disney Store or Disney Dream Store was 4-6 hours without a “shop pass” (another line to get one of those if you were lucky enough to get one). This year we saw only a two hour wait on average. Yay?

The Ugly:

The rude, rude, rude people were all over the place, sadly. As I mentioned before, it was just sad to see so much negativity this time around. We did notice that this happened more on Day 1 this time around. People were exceedingly frustrated with the crowds, waiting in line (again- be prepared!), the cost of food, etc., and they were very loud with their opinions. What made it worse was the lack of values that we witnessed, some cussing loudly around other people’s children, yelling, and even shoving in a couple of cases. It was surprising, as we have been to many conventions and not seen as much of this behavior.

The garbage, just thrown wherever. We simply do not understand why it was so difficult for so many to throw away food wrappers, etc, in an actual garbage can. REALLY?! Again, it’s not exactly nice to leave a mess on the show floor regardless of how long you had to wait in a line.

All in all, we did have a good time at the D23 Expo, despite the weaker moments. We came prepared and really had some one of a kind experiences. We didn’t pay $2000 a person for the Sorcerer Package, but we got to do more than many of them did! We met several Disney actors and good friends while there, and we were able to talk directly with some directors, artists, and imagineers. We felt very sad for those that did not have as much of a magical time, and we are ready to plan for 2019 (but yes, I am hoping for Orlando!).

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!

 

 

Disney Dining Plan: Why You NEED It!

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  July 2, 2017

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We suggest the Disney Dining Plan to all of our Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures family. It is a no- brainer! If you plan ahead for a vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort (and you really should), there should be no debate about this addition to your package. There are three options when choosing the Disney Dining Plan (Quick Service, Regular, and Deluxe), and you can research which fits your party best prior to booking (with our help should you need info!).

We have taken many, many trips to WDW, and we have loved the trips that we paid for the Dining Plan the best for many reasons. It not only makes the vacation all inclusive, but it completely eliminates stress or worry about what to order! With the Disney Dining Plan, you can stretch out and enjoy yourself completely, knowing it is all paid for already. You can experience some of the very best dining establishments at the Walt Disney World Resort!

Here are some reasons we recommend in favor of the Disney Dining Plan:

1. Ease of Use– This is likely the main reason you should go for the dining plan, plain and simple. It is so simple to use! Your dining points are connected to your reservation (and your magic band) so you never have to think about it. Your receipt after every meal will show how many dining credits and snack credits you have remaining. It is so simple that even your children can go to a snack vendor in the Parks and get what they like for the snack of the moment. They can pay for the snack right with their magic band! And did we mention that you do not have to keep track of your finances for food? This leaves a LOT of time for you to enjoy yourself without adding up every nickle and dime.

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2. Control– When your party has the Disney Dining Plan, you have the ability to eat wherever you would like whenever you can get a reservation (or if it is quick service- you can get it whenever you want!). You can choose what you like from a very long list of restaurants, all of which have delicious fare. You can do counter service, a table service, or even a fine character dining experience- it is all point based! Be aware that the  premium restaurants/character dining experiences take 2 points per person instead of the regular 1 point per person, but they are well worth it!

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3. Simplicity – Although many think that the Disney Dining Plan will be hard to use and overwhelming, it is not. It is simple. You can see all of your points after each meal and decide where you want to spend them accordingly. Should you book with us, we will even help you plan! Seeing is believing, and it is easy to see once you begin. Never be afraid to ask should you have any questions- all of the Cast Members are eager to assist you.

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4. NO STRESS! – When we travel with the dining plan in place, we breathe easy. We have already paid for every meal- how simple is that? No longer concerned with how much this appetizer or entree costs, or if we should add dessert or just keep the bill down and pass, we have complete relaxation and can take our time enjoying the award winning culinary delights. Disney has even announced that the dining plan will now include points for a specialty beverage or alcoholic beverage per meal. Tips are not included, but it is less expensive all around when you use the dining plan, so the tip is commonly lower in amount.

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5. SAVE $$$$– As soon as you use the dining plan for your first experience, you will be able to see how much you have saved than if you ordered off of the menu. It is important to keep in mind that at Disney, all magic comes with a price- and the food is costly. With the plan, you can get an appetizer, entree, dessert, and a specialty beverage or alcoholic beverage for everyone in your party! You will be able to see the cash value of your meal, and that will show you exactly all you need to know.

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6. Options!– You can order anything off of the menu and choose whatever you like for each part of your meal with the Disney Dining Plan. In fact, you can even talk with a chef or server should you have dietary restrictions and they will bend over backwards to help you. The plan gives you choices, it does not take them away.

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7. Character Experiences While Dining – If you like to have a lot of extra fun while at Disney, you should choose a character dining experience. There are a LOT of options at WDW for this, so we tell all of our Mad Hatter family of clients about the possibilities. The Disney Dining Plan allows you to partake in the fun without paying a higher price!

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8. HIGH STANDARDS!– Walt Disney World serves some of the best food in the world at it’s restaurants. The quality is outstanding. They even fly in fresh Alaskan salmon every day for some of the locations! It is an experience, each time you eat. With the Disney Dining Plan, you are treated like royalty- but you do not have to concern yourself with the bill. All of your party can eat what they want, without the constraint of a budget.

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9. Snack Time!– Everywhere you turn in the Disney Parks, there are little temptations called snack vendors. From popcorn to turkey legs, to Dole Whip to a famous Mickey ice cream bar- you are covered and so are your party members. YUM- more fun and no stress attached! One of the things we hear before our clients go to Disney is that they will just skip the snacking to save money and go without the dining plan. They return and they have ALL told us that they wound up paying more because they did not add the plan, and they could NOT go without some of the most famous and wonderful snack fare in the world.

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10. BONUS! – When we had to leave at the end of our last stay, we had some leftover points. Guess what?! You can buy snacks to go in all of the resort shops and vendor locations! We were able to bring some stellar candy, cookies, and such home for other family members without batting an eye- and we even brought a few things for some coworkers. This made everyone happy!

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We’ve also heard some clients tell us that “it was just too much food for us” when they booked themselves or ordered on their previous trips. We fixed that! We can tell you which plan will fit your party just based on a few questions so you do not overdo or overpay!

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The info on each Disney Dining Plan level is as follows:

For 2017:

Quick Service Dining

  • 2 quick-service meals
  • 2 snacks
  • 1 refillable mug
ADULT PER NIGHT OF STAY: $48.19 Child PER NIGHT OF STAY: $20.88
Regular Dining

  • 1 table-service meal
  • 1 quick-service meal
  • 2 snacks
  • 1 refillable mug
$69.35 $24.95
Deluxe Dining

  • 3 meals (any combination of table-service and quick-service)
  • 2 snacks
  • 1 refillable mug
$106.68 $38.75
For 2018:

Quick Service Dining

  • 2 quick-service meals
  • 2 snacks
  • 1 refillable mug
ADULT PER NIGHT OF STAY: $52.50 Child PER NIGHT OF STAY : $21.74
Regular Dining

  • 1 table-service meal
  • 1 quick-service meal
  • 2 snacks
  • 1 refillable mug
$75.49 $25.75
Deluxe Dining

  • 3 meals (any combination of table-service and quick-service)
  • 2 snacks
  • 1 refillable mug
$116.25 $39.99

Parade Spotlight: Festival of Fantasy

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  June 30, 2017

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We LOVE the Festival of Fantasy Parade at Walt Disney World. The upbeat song, dancing in the streets, and jubilant atmosphere really make this one of our favorite parade experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort. Plus- what’s not to love about the enormous fire breathing Maleficent dragon!?

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!

Happy Haunting Highlights: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  June 29, 2017

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One thing we book early (even for ourselves) every year is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort. This private, after hours event is such fun. It is among our family favorites to do annually.  Seeing the Headless Horseman gallop down Main Street USA just launches our Halloween season perfectly!

I have written about MNSSHP many times, but I would love to share some of the highlights with you that we have collected. You are in luck this year if you want to attend the party- Disney has added many more dates!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place on the following dates:

  • August 25 and 29, 2017.
  • September 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29, 2017.
  • October 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29 and 31, 2017.
  • November 1, 2017.

Who doesn’t love the “Boo to You” Halloween Parade?! There are so many fun things to see within this crowd favorite.

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We can even add MNSSHP to your package if you book with Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures, so be sure to mention it when you request a FREE quote from us. Book your party early!

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What do you think? Is MNSSHP on your list of things to do this Fall? Leave us a comment, a like, or just share us with your pals!  🙂

All 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!

 

Oh Noes! Don’t Let This Happen to You! Support Small Businesses!

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  June 28, 2017

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I’m gonna be blunt for just a minute.

When you book your travel with Moffits: Mad Hatter Adventures, you are helping us personally. It helps us to support our four children. It helps us to pay for housing, insurance, healthcare, food, and everyday necessities. It helps us do fun things like Disney and travel. Without your help we would be in big trouble. We VALUE our Mad Hatter client family!

We would MUCH rather you ask us for several quotes and change things a million times than to worry about “bothering” us. And we beg of you……if something is cheaper than our quotes, let us attempt to price match. MANY of our booking engines do price matches!

Don’t let this be you! Book with us- anywhere you can travel, we can book! Cruises, beaches, desert or lake. We will work hard for you, whenever you need us! Don’t wind up at a resort you overpay for, or at a tourist trap that you could avoid and spend time elsewhere that is highly rated. We know the best places to travel and the best deals for any budget. We do ALL Disney, Universal, Sandals, Beaches, and so much more!

The worst thing for us is to look at our social media feeds and see people we know on the road, doing things we know to avoid – and paying too much for them. It honestly bothers us because these are friends and acquaintances! We care about these folks. We want them to have nothing but the best experiences when traveling with their families just the same as we want it for our own family. Yes, anyone can open an app and find a resort or hotel to stay at these days- but they won’t have the exact rating information that we are privy to.  There is a reason these apps make money off of the bookings. Let us guide you and keep you from falling into a pitfall during travel.

Why not book through our agency and support our local economy?!

Just being honest, folks, and if you ask me the world needs more of that these days. Let’s support one another- and while we are at it please let us know if you sell a small business product (we are seeking a LuLaRoe Disney individual to work with right now!). Support is everything!

Much love! Thank you to all who have booked with us, and we look forward to booking many more of you in the coming days!

 

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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!

 

 

If You Can Dream It- We Can Book It: Our New Web Site

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures  June 27, 2017

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Normally if you lessen your schedule in your chosen profession, people wonder what is going on. In our case- they were not surprised. It was a leap of faith, however (a big one) to take the next step in attaining our dream. Thank you to all of our family and friends who supported us when we announced that we were going to focus on travel and adventure in our lives. Your support helps US support our family, and we appreciate those of you who have booked a trip or vacation through us immensely.

It’s well known that if you don’t book through someone you trust you can be let down. It is also obvious that you are only supporting the industry when you book your own travels- when you choose us, you are making the decision to invest your faith in us, and we know it. We do not take that lightly. We care about each one of our clients and their families, truly. We are not a huge corporation, although we do book vacations for many. It IS different. You allow us to share our love for adventure with you on a personal note. Don’t book directly- go through us and become a member of our valued Mad Hatter Family.

Now it’s easier than ever to get a FREE quote request or contact us! It’s MoffitsMadHatterAdventures.com! Check it out! We are thrilled with our new website and will be adding to it all the time. We can’t wait to create some magic for you and yours! We will treat you like one of the family!

Also, for those of you who follow us on Facebook- watch for a giveaway this coming week to celebrate the launch of our new site! 😉 Hint- be sure you have liked our page!

 

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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!