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Did Nostradamus Predict Disney Free Dining?

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Chef Mickey’s Contemporary Resort. ©Disney

Did Nostradamus predict Disney Free Dining?

The rumors about free dining from Disney have been swirling for quite some time, so I thought I would take a little bit of a humorous take on the potential discount promotion.  So, I ask you the question: Did Nostradamus predict free dining?

Well, while there are rumors all over the tabloids talking about some of the things that Nostradamus has predicted, I have yet to see an actual prediction of his that pertains to Disney’s free dining promotion.  As always, if you see something different, please share it with us on our Facebook page.

However, beyond that, there are some things that make this a little interesting.  First up, here are some pictures of some of the restaurants you can enjoy on the Disney Dining Plan.

In addition to great restaurants to enjoy (there are nearly 100 different table service restaurants on the plan), the Disney Dining Plan comprises the following components:

  • 1 Table Service credit per person, per night of their stay at an on-site Walt Disney World resort hotel.
  • 1 Counter Service credit per person, per night of their stay.
  • 2 Snack credits per person, per night of their stay.
  • In addition, each person will receive a resort refillable mug that they can keep as a souvenir after they leave for home.

There are other plans for quick service and deluxe dining, but the one listed above is the most common.

If Disney free dining is released, one thing to keep in mind is that there will be limitations.  Certain resorts in the past have been excluded from the promotion, and the promotion is for certain time periods, among other constraints.  I’ll not go into the details of the rumors, chances are the rumors are not entirely correct.

However, if you are already booked through me for a vacation package at Walt Disney World, and a promotion is released, I will work on your reservations first.  So, if you are not one of my clients, start the process of becoming one of my clients by submitting a quote request today!

Finally, if you would like to discuss a Walt Disney World vacation for you and your family, please reach out to me!  I am a travel agent specializing in Disney destinations with Pixie Vacations, and I would love to help you plan your trip or get you some pricing information.  My services are completely free for you, so why not see all that I can help you with your Disney planning?

So, while the chances are high that Nostradamus did not predict free dining, I predict that if you become a client of mine, you will get top notch service from me!  You can count on that!

Coming Soon: Remembering your #DisneyMemory

 

#DisneyMemory

When is comes to Disney, we all have memories if you’ve gone. What is your #DisneyMemory?

Coming Soon: Remembering your #DisneyMemory

Disney Memories.  Certainly not a new topic here at My Dreams of Disney — but it isn’t one that we focus on as much as we used to.  Well, my friends, that is about to change.  Starting on Monday, we’re going to be taking a look at a special something at Disney, and I’m going to share with you my #DisneyMemory in that post.  It could be a picture of an attraction, a resort, some food, whatever strikes me on that day, but it will have a Disney focus.  Better yet, though, I’d love for my post to trigger your own Memory — your own #DisneyMemory — that you would share with all of us.  That’s the purpose of this blog, you know — to take My Dreams of Disney and to help you make them Your Dreams of Disney.  So who’s up for the challenge?  Who’s ready to get started? Come join in the fun, and follow along online with the hashtag #DisneyMemory!  I’ll see you online, and I’ll see you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram too!

Our first memory comes to us from the Walt Disney World sign on World Drive.  I remember as a punky 11 year old kid in 1979 riding to the Magic Kingdom with my grandparents and my Mom and Sister and seeing that sign.  Back then, the only park was the Magic Kingdom, so when you saw the sign, you still drove for about 3 miles until you actually got near the Transportation and Ticketing Center, and to this 11 year old, that drive felt like driving out of Florida and into an entirely new world.  That, of course, is exactly what Disney wanted — for you to leave your life behind, even for just a short while, and to remember what it was like to be a kid again.  I’ll touch on this theme a bit more in future posts, but for me, on that summer day in 1979, seeing that incredible sign was just the first #DisneyMemory.  Tell us about your first Disney Memory online here in the comments, or on any of our social media platforms!  Thanks for sharing, and thanks for visiting!

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving – Where does Your Heart Reside?

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My heart lies with Cindy and Sophie this Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!  I hope that you all have a wonderful day — for those of you that have to work, my thoughts go out to you specifically, and hope that you have time to celebrate being with your family before your shift starts.

Thanksgiving is, after all, about family, at least it is in my mind.  It’s about remembering what you are thankful for, and for remembering those memories you have from days gone by and creating new memories as well.  That’s why I posed the title of my post the way I did — where does your heart reside on this Thanksgiving day?

Does it reside with your loved ones, thinking about those that you are with, and those that you aren’t, irregardless of whether you are seeing them or not?  Or is your heart all “pitter-patter” over the thought of getting out on Thanksgiving day and shopping?

Is your heart turning towards Christmas, and remembering what the season is really, truly, all about, or is your heart yearning for the latest gadget or game, jewel, or something else that is tickling your fancy?

Is your heart longing for times gone by, for people no longer here, for memories that live on in your heart and soul, for tears shed for those gone, or is Thanksgiving just another day on the calendar for you?

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Sophie reading to her Poppy on Thanksgiving Day, 2008.

Does your heart remember the memories of Thanksgiving Days that are in the rear view mirror?  I was in the grocery store with my wife the other night; we were buying the things we’re going to need for our dinner on Thursday.  This year, it’s only going to be the three of us, Cindy, Sophie and myself.  Cindy has to work on Friday and Saturday, and I have to work on Sunday, so any hope of going anywhere for the weekend is out the window.

So here we are in the grocery story, and all of a sudden, I was struck with remembering the time when my Grandpa was at our house, and on Thanksgiving morning, he and Sophie were reading together.  Mind you, my Grandpa’s eyesight by this time had gotten pretty bad, and he needed a magnifying glass to read the words, so Sophie (she was seven in this picture) was reading the story to him.

Just thinking about it, I was struck by how much I missed my Grandpa and Grandma.  They are both in Heaven now, and have no cares, and for the most part I’m good with the memories.  But that day, in the grocery store, it was all I could do to keep from crying in the Produce Aisle.

I’ve started playing Christmas Carols in the car.  I do this before Thanksgiving not because I’m bypassing Thanksgiving, but rather because the Thanksgiving holiday is the start of the most wonderful time of the year for me — the Advent and Christmas season.  It has been a hard year for many of us, so my thought was that I would start the season early by listening to the music I love to hear during this time of year.

Today’s selection of music was the story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”, the wonderful tale by Dr. Seuss about a grinch who thinks that taking all of the things from the Who’s will result in no Christmas.  I’m sure you all know the story, and you know that at the end, despite the fact that all of their possessions have been taken, the Who’s still gather around and sing songs celebrating Christmas.  It was at this moment in the story that the Grinch learned something very important:

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought… doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps… means a little bit more!

My wish for this Thanksgiving is simple.  My wish is that the Macy’s, the Belk’s, all of the stores that think they need to open on Thanksgiving Day, and deprive so many people of time with their families…my wish is that they would be like the Grinch, who saw his heart grow three sizes that day, and that they would change their minds and not open on Thanksgiving.  I know that this is a pipe dream, that it isn’t going to happen unless we all stay home, and maybe not even then.  But I’m going to wish for it, I’m going to pray for it, and I’m going to hope for it, and if it doesn’t happen this year, than maybe it will in the years to come.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.  May the day see you celebrate the way that you choose, that you be near those you love, whether they be family or not, that you be able to enjoy the day the way it is meant to be enjoyed — by remembering all that you are thankful for, and being with those you love.  Try to remember that, at the end of the day, all we are left with are those memories, the things that stick with us when others are gone.  Create the memories today that you’ll want to remember tomorrow, and cherish those memories, because they are precious and worth more than any other sale could be.