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Disney World in Autumn- Are You Excited? Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is almost here!

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    June 19, 2017

 

Since Walt Disney World is going to have even MORE dates added for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party beginning this August, we suspect that we are not far off from seeing Autumn decorations appear in the Magic Kingdom. Are you excited?

We encourage all of our Mad Hatter client family to attend this one of a kind event. We especially love the stage show and the Happy Hallowishes fireworks- and the Boo to You Halloween Parade is not to be missed.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party takes place on the following dates this year and we are booking all of them for our Mad Hatter family:

  • 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

Be sure and review all of the rules for costumes on the official Disney site before you go!

Attractions that will be open during this special event are as follows:

Adventureland

Frontierland

Liberty Square

Fantasyland

Storybook Circus

Tomorrowland

What do you think? Are you excited? 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!

Travel News- New TSA Procedures Coming!

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    June 8, 2017

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An alert for those of you heading to Disney Parks via air travel- you should expect new procedures at TSA checkpoints in airports across the country later this year. They will be separating more carry on items (think food, tablets, etc) into bins.

The apparent goal here is to declutter your bags prior to going through the checkpoints. The new procedures of requiring all food or all electronics that are larger than cellphones are still being tested (they have been over the past year) and changes have not been finalized, but they are in the works. Perhaps one good thing is that there are no planned changes as to what is allowed in carry on bags.

Safe and happy travels to you all!

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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!

 

Disney Cruise Line Clear Up- Passport or No Passport?

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    June 7, 2017

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One of the most popular questions we are asked by our Mad Hatter family is- do I need a passport for a Disney Cruise? This question can be answered quite simply if you follow the guidelines put in place.

In short, if you are a US citizen, you do not need a passport to board and depart the ship if your cruise is what is known as a “closed loop”. This simply means that the cruise begins and ends in the same location. In addition, if it is a closed loop cruise and it travels to Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Bermuda, or the Caribbean, you do not need a passport. But wait- there is a reason to consider it.

If you are cruising and your journey takes you to the Panama Canal or South America, you do need a passport- period.

We advise every one of our Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures family to obtain a passport for what we think are some very good reasons.

If someone in your party has an accident and is injured, immediate medical care can not be given on board other than primary lifesaving methods. This means you must take a trip that you did not count on- to a hospital for care. The ship will not wait for you to return and will stay on schedule, so what do you do? If you do not have a passport, this can be very bad news. If you do have one, you can book your return flight to the US to journey home. You will be able to go through customs with your passport and prove your US citizenship. Many people avoid getting the passport because of the additional cost, but think about this- the cost of an emergency without one will be FAR worse.

You won’t need additional identification if you use a passport, and a good idea to be prepared should you disembark the ship for an afternoon is to take a photo of your passport to keep on your phone but leave your original locked in your room safe on board. You can carry your driver’s license with you for these short adventures in port. Just don’t be late getting back to the ship- I recommend being back an hour early.

What are your thoughts? Share with us and leave a comment.

Image courtesy of Disney Cruise Line

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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!

 

Fastpass Abuse- Disney Validating with New System

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

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It’s official- Disney will soon have a new validation system for Fastpass+ usage inside of all of the Walt Disney World Resort parks.

Our source at Disney has told us that the new term “In-Park Validation” is being used to describe the new system. They will be using the system to close several bypass methods that have been used by Guests and Cast Members alike, to include unofficial “guides” hired outside of Disney.

The new system will reference the guest to make sure that said guest used an active ticket for admission prior to using the Fastpass+. If the guest has not used an active ticket, they will be denied entry to the attraction. If there are repeat attempts for that same guest, they will have their MyDisneyExperience accounts locked out of using the Fastpass+ booking option entirely.  As mistakes do occur, Guest Relations will be able to unblock accounts should that happen.

While we have no definitive date that this will begin, we want to inform all of our Mad Hatter clients that it will happen during the next few weeks.  Many believe this is a great idea and will cut down on lines and wait times a bit- what do you think?

Comment below and share your thoughts.

Image courtesy of Wired Magazine.

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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!

 

 

Ghosts of the Past- Visiting Fort Mose

by Rhonda Moffit, Moffits-Mad Hatter Adventures    May 31, 2017

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We tell people all the time that yes, we travel all over the place and not just to Disney Parks. My husband and I have always thought it important to teach not only our students the value of history and historic places, but also our own children. It has been a priority for us to show them that the history of our world is every bit as enchanting as a Disney tale, complete with pirates, princesses, and soldiers- only the authentic types.

On our last journey to Florida, we returned to a place that I had not visited since I was the tender age of 12. We visited Fort Mose.

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Established in 1738 by Colonial Spanish Florida’s Governor Manuel Montiano, Fort Mose gave sanctuary to Africans challenging enslavement in the English Colony of Carolina. Approximately 100 Africans lived at Fort Mose, forming more than 20 households. Together they created a frontier community which drew on a range of African backgrounds blended with Spanish, Native American and English cultural traditions. Fort Mose was legally sanctioned by the Spanish Government making it the first free African settlement to legally exist in what is now the United States.

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Usually when we consider post contact discovery and development of North America we think about the English settling at Jamestown in 1607 or perhaps Plymouth in 1620; but it was the Spaniards who established the Oldest European City of the United States, St. Augustine in 1565. In contemplating experience of Africans within the post Columbian context we again think about Jamestown, Virginia and Charles Town, Carolina. However, the first Africans to accompany Europeans in coming to the New World arrived not as slaves in Jamestown in 1619. Aboard ships with Spanish Conquistadors and Adelantados, Africans arrived as artisans, seamen, navigators and adventurers, forever establishing their presence in North America. In early 1500’s Juan Garrido took part in the expeditions of Ponce de Leon in Puerto Rico and Florida as well as with Hernando Cortez in Mexico. Esteban joined Panfilo de Narvaez traveling through the Gulf Coast and the Southwest.St. Augustine, Florida founded in 1565 by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, is the Oldest European City in what became the United States. Africans helped in forming and maintaining the settlement as both slaves and free people. Skills and knowledge gained from Africa including blacksmithing, carpentry, cattle ranching, and military techniques enabled African people to make important contributions to the St Augustine community. They formed 12% of the population, 1 of every 5 was a free person.

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English Planters established Charles Town in 1670 along the southeastern coast of the North American Continent. This intensified regional inter-colonial rivalry involving Spaniards, Native Americans, French Huguenots, and Africans. In Charles Town, enslaved Africans soon outnumbered whites and many resisted bondage by running away. 1672 brought a Spanish response to the increasing regional tensions. Queen Regent Mariana of Spain and the Florida’s Governor Cendoya commissioned the construction of a coquina fortress, the Castillo de San Marcos, a defensive move to fortify the settlement of St. Augustine. Spaniards worked with Native Americans and Africans building the structure.

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Hidden away in the marshes of St. Augustine, Florida is one of the most important sites in American history: the first free community of ex-slaves, founded in 1738 and called Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose or Fort Mose (pronounced Moh-Say).

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More than a century before the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves from the British colonies were able to follow the original “Underground Railroad” which headed not to the north, but rather south, to the Spanish colony of Florida. There they were given their freedom, if they declared their allegiance to the King of Spain and joined the Catholic Church.

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Fort Mose was the northern defense of St.Augustine, the nation’s oldest city.

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The discovery and verification of the events that took place in Saint Augustine and at Fort Mose have resulted in the revision of not only Florida’s but America’s knowledge of colonial history.

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Visiting this location on a lovely sunny day, we were the only people there aside from the museum curator. After a good discussion with him, we were able to walk all over the grounds and the museum by ourselves.

The grounds are hauntingly beautiful. I have often said that when visiting a true historic site, one can almost feel the significance if enough attention is paid. This was no exception. Ghosts of the past exist.

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Photos ©Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures, 2017

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Fort Most Historical Society

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!

 

Image copyright Moffits- Mad Hatter Adventures, 2017.

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Disney Trip Planning: Traveling by Car

Do you travel by car to Disney?

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There are a few great reasons to travel by car to your Disney destination, but there are also considerable downfalls.

Cost: It really depends on where you are driving from to decide whether the cost of driving becomes more or less than a plane ticket will. Things to consider for cost: gas (and your car’s mpg rating), hotel stay, restaurants, number of people traveling with you. For example, driving with my parents and a friend all in one car to Walt Disney World in Florida from Massachusetts ends up costing around $800-$1,000 if we budget, and up to $1,300 if we don’t pack food. We live 1,300 miles away and it takes about 19 hours of actual driving time to get there. Considering stopping for pee and leg-stretching and food breaks plus one hotel stay on the way there (and another on the way back), we end up getting to…

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