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10 Things I like at Disneyland not at Disney World

10 Things I like at Disneyland not at Disney World (November 2015)

by Tim Larison, CLIA Certified Master Cruise Counselor (MCC)

tim and anne at disneylandLast week we attended the 2015 Earmarked Conference at Disneyland – for top producing travel agencies selling Disney destinations.  It had been over five years since I’ve been to this original Disney theme park.  While I knew Disneyland was much smaller than Disney World (a destination we also love), I found there were some things at Disneyland I actually liked better!  Here’s my list:

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Anne’s Swim With The Dolphins Experience (October 2015)

Anne’s Swim With The Dolphins Experience
October, 2015
    by Anne Larison, Family Travel Gurus Travel Consultant

These were the first words that came to me when I found out that I would be swimming with the dolphins on my trip to Mexico.

I was one of a select group of travel agents chosen to visit the Iberostar resorts in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Cozumel Mexico.  I will share more on the resorts in a separate report.  One of the highlights of our trip was a visit to Dolphin Discovery.

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Murder Mystery Dinner Show Review (Freedom of the Seas)

Thanks to our client Chris from Georgia for this review of Royal Caribbean’s Murder Mystery Dinner Show (featured on the Freedom of the Seas and other ships):

The Murder Mystery dinner show was on embarkation night.  Like most land-based mystery dinner show, this one was cheesy and played for laughs.  And succeeds.  The cast is made up of ship singers and dancers, and some of them are much better at singing and dancing than they are at acting.  That was part of the fun, though.  We met in the Star Lounge, where champagne was available, and the characters were all introduced.  The setting was a high school 10 year reunion, and the stereotypical high school types were all there.  We were then shepherded in groups (to keep us from getting lost?  LOL) up to Giovanni’s on deck 11, across the pool deck in 50 mph winds.  The acts of the play take place in between courses of dinner and at the end we all vote on whodunnit and the motive.

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Snapshot Story: Ziplining at St Thomas

Thanks to our clients Michele and Beth from Illinois for sharing their St Thomas zipline pictures below:

st thomas zipliine


“We did the Tree Limin’ Extreme Zipline Adventure.  I was very impressed with this operation and would highly recommend it.  The guides were extremely friendly and it appeared that safety was of extreme importance to them.  Just by coincidence we found one guide who is from the next town over from where we live!  The views from the stands were beautiful and there were ocean breezes keeping us cool.”

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Tim & Anne’s CroisiEurope Seine River Cruise (July 2015)

Tim & Anne’s CroisiEurope Seine River Cruise (July 2015)

by Tim Larison, CLIA Certified Master Cruise Counselor (MCC)
with comments by travel agent Anne Larison


Our best river cruise yet!  That’s what we concluded after taking a wonderful 7 night Seine river cruise.  The picture above of the beautiful French countryside was just one of many sights we were treated to on our voyage.

Precruise stay – Paris!

eiffelOne of the best features of the cruise was that it departed from a dock in the heart of Paris – within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower.  We had never been to Paris before so we made sure to add to our trip with two “precruise” nights in the City of Lights.

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Tip: Check Your Passport Expiration Date

passportsTip – Check Your Passport Expiration Date!

A passport is required for travel outside the U.S., including Canada and Mexico. If you haven’t checked the expiration date on your passport recently, we recommend you do it now.

There was a flood of passport applications in 2007 when a passport for travel to Canada and Mexico was first required (this deadline was later changed to January 1, 2009).   Since everyone who got their first passports in 2007 will have those passports expire in 2016, the government predicts another wave of passport applications next year. Not only are millions of passports up for renewal in the next 24 months, but more people are applying for their first passport.

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Julie’s Adventure of the Seas Southern Caribbean Cruise (July 2015)

Thanks to our client Julie for sharing this report on her family’s Southern Caribbean Cruise.

julie2We just returned from Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas Southern Caribbean Cruise.  The cruise departed out of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico and made stops in the ports of St. Croix, USVI, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados.  We were three families with five adults, one tween and four teens that love adventure!  Our travel group had an amazing vacation together and were all sad when it came to an end!

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Karen’s Xenotes review (Riviera Maya)

Xenotes review (Riviera Maya)

By Karen Waldman, Family Travel Gurus Travel Consultant



We loved our day tour with Xenotes! It was a highlight of our week-long trip to Riviera Maya (the coast south of Cancun) in June 2015. We were shuttled to four different cenotes, which are basically freshwater sinkholes in the jungle, and we had a different activity at each one. We rappelled, zip-lined, kayaked, swam, snorkeled, and jumped in. The tour was well-run, kept safety in mind, and provided all the equipment, including life jackets. For lunch, they served a “glam picnic” under a big palapa in the middle of the jungle, and it was quite tasty after swimming all morning. My whole family highly recommends this tour.

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Experience Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Celebration in 2015

Disneyland is celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2015!  Watch this short video on this special year at the resort:

We recently talked to Linda with Disney Destinations Sales about why Disneyland is a great place to visit (especially this year!)

Why consider a vacation to the ‘The Happiest Place on Earth- at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California?
Why not experience the ‘original’ Disney theme park that Walt Disney created – Disneyland® Park, as well as their newest theme park right next door – Disney California Adventure® Park?  All Walt Disney Travel Company packages include a Disney Park Hopper ticket into both parks, and each offers some unique experiences that only exist here in Southern California!  Just to name a few:  The Matterhorn inside Disneyland; CARSLand inside Disney California Adventure Park; World of Color show inside Disney California Adventure Park; Mickey and the Magical Map stage show inside Disneyland Park; Aladdin the musical inside Disney California Adventure Park; and more!

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