A Hidden Gem – Tom Sawyer’s Island

Clients often tell me they are overwhelmed with all there is to do at Magic Kingdom and they are afraid they will miss rides, parades, or other events.  It is easy to skip some attractions because they do not necessarily offer the same appeal as others, but sometimes these offer hidden gems that you do not want to miss.

On my last trip to Walt Disney World we decided to ride the raft across the river and explore Tom Sawyer’s Island.  Nestled in between Frontierland, Liberty Square, and Adventureland, Tom Sawyer’s Island offers not only an “escape” from the hustle and bustle of the main park, but also a nice shaded area with great views.

While the raft ride can be a bit crowded, once you get on the island you can be as quick or as slow as you want exploring the sites.  The trees provide a great shade as you walk along the paths and the tunnels offer an even cooler area during the hot and humid summer.

One of the other things I love about the island is the views of the park.  As you walk around and look out towards the different areas you are offered beautiful views without the crazy sounds or people pushing past you headed to their next destination.

Tom Sawyer’s Island is an easy attraction to skip to make time for other experiences.  However, when you need a few minutes to decompress or a few minutes to cool off, this is a great place to do it.

Want to experience Tom Sawyer’s Island yourself?  Contact me at travelkaren@comcast.net for more information and to book your trip today!



Enjoy the Ultimate Disney Fall Into Magic Package!

Kick off fall in the most exciting way of all with a unique 4-day/5-night package from September 3 to 8, 2018 at select Disney Resort hotels. With this limited-time offer, you will delight in an itinerary full of magical must-dos and exclusive experiences just for Guests on this package. You will also enjoy a 5-night stay at a select Disney Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort hotel and 4-day Magic Your Way theme park tickets with a Park Hopper Option!

For example, starting at $149 per person, per night, a family of four—2 adults, 1 junior (ages 10 to 17) and 1 child (ages 3 to 9)—can stay in a standard room at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and delight in the enchantment of this offer for a total package price of $2,980.*


Here’s a peek at what their incredible itinerary includes:

  • Tuesday, September 4, 2018: an exclusive “Welcome to Fall” dinner at Epcot inspired by the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
  • Wednesday, September 5, 2018: a nighttime Kilimanjaro Safaris tour followed by an exclusive showing of Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park after park closing
  • Thursday, September 6, 2018: two hours of exclusive evening access to Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Friday, September 7, 2018: tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom park

Book now through August 19, 2018—and get excited for a vacation packed with adventure and spook-tacular memories!


Contact me at travelkaren@comcast.net for more information and to book your trip today!

The All-New TRS Yucatan Hotel Is Here


The Royal Suites Yucatan has reopened as the all-new TRS Yucatan Hotel (The Royal Suites Yucatan Hotel). This newly renovated hotel, located on the beach of Mexico’s Caribbean coast, features 454 redesigned guestrooms, 108 of which will have swim-up pools, a completely new beach experience featuring an adults-only Beach Club, four exclusive a la carte themed restaurants including a “Dinner and a Show” restaurant and a new infinity pool.

The resort is part of Palladium Hotel Group’s re-branded adults-only offering, TRS Hotels and now offers a new level of personalized service through its Infinite Indulgence® program.

Inspired by the resort’s surrounding nature, vegetation and marine life, the design concept incorporates colonial nuances and contemporary style. A fusion of local architecture with modern materials has given the new hotel a unique and luxurious character, the insignia of the TRS Hotels brand.

Playing a key role in the renovations, TRS Yucatan Hotel’s new à la carte restaurants offer an international culinary tour, from French style at La Bohème, Italian dishes at Tentazione, fine meat-cuts at El Gaucho, to glamour combined with contemporary style at the Chic Cabaret & Restaurant or gourmet cuisine at Capricho.

The upgrade also adds new oceanfront innovations, including a signature beach club featuring live music. The new beach club restaurant Helios follows the trail of the famous beach clubs of Ibiza serving authentic à la carte Mediterranean cuisine, while the new Gaia, Aurum and Io bars located in the lobby, by the pool and on the beach will offer refreshing cocktails.

The entertainment options are accompanied by places to relax, such as the Helios Infinity Pool, an impressive multi-level pool where the water merges with the Caribbean horizon. There’s also the Las Rocas salt-water pool, for the exclusive use of guests staying at TRS Yucatan Hotel, featuring a large solarium with lounge chairs, sunbeds and Balinese beds. For sports enthusiasts, the pool and the beach offer activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding and diving.

The renovations feature the creation of 454 suites, which include those from the former The Royal Suites Yucatan by Palladium and the integration of rooms from the Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa. The spacious and comfortable suites – some with private pools – boast terraces and magnificent views. In addition, they feature a wide range of services such as pillow menu, flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi, safe, 24-hour room service and a full premium mini-bar that is refilled daily. The suites are housed in 13 elegant villas with a special butler service that are ideal for couples, groups or an intimate honeymoon.

The resort’s new Infinite Indulgence® concept is an evolution of the ‘all-inclusive’ plan. Offering customer service that goes beyond the conventional, the program allows guests to enjoy luxury without limits, savor the highest quality gastronomy and relax in spaces created to reconnect with nature. These premium services are enhanced by the resort’s privileged beachfront location providing privacy and tranquility in all its areas.

The new level of services and facilities at TRS Yucatan Hotel make the Riviera Maya the ideal place to unwind and enjoy a fun-filled yet wholly relaxing holiday.

Contact me at travelkaren@comcast.net or more information and to book today!

Tomorrow’s the Day!

Happily Ever After 3

Tomorrow is the release date for 2019 Disney Vacation Packages!  Remember, you can book your hotel 499 days in advance, but with the release of packages, will be able to book 2019 tomorrow.

Contact me at travelkaren@comcast.net to start your Disney travel today!

Book Panama Jack For This Fall an Save!


You clients will love Panama Jack Resorts this fall with rates from $119 PP/PN. The perfect combo of relaxation and adventure awaits at Panama Jack Resorts. Guests can expect the unexpected in addition to consistently friendly staff, delicious dining and authentic adventures. The sun, the white sand and the multiple shades of blue invite travelers to a carefree tropical paradise where everything is included.

Panama Jack Resorts Playa del Carmen Highlights

  • Stylish accommodations all featuring a terrace or balcony and complimentary minibars
  • Five dining options including à la carte restaurants, gourmet buffets and room service
  • Unlimited cocktails, spirits, beer, wines and soft drinks served at four bars and lounges
  • Huge activity pool, quiet rooftop pool and eight-person rooftop hot tub

Panama Jack Resorts Cancun Highlights

  • Spacious accommodations with private balconies and complimentary minibars
  • Six restaurants including à la carte restaurants, gourmet buffets and 24-hour room service
  • Endless cocktails spirits, beer, wines and soft drinks served at seven bars and lounges
  • Two oceanfront pools with sundecks, activities and waiter service plus kids splash park


Contact me at travelkaren@comcast.net for more information and to book today!

2018 Disney Halloween and Christmas Parties!

One of the many things that Disney does well are the special events.  From Easter parades to Christmas parties the special experiences offered throughout the year are just another.  I have been lucky enough to experience the Easter Parade, Fourth of July Fireworks, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween, and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  Each even brought a little extra magic to my trip.

The Halloween and Christmas parties both require additional tickets, but give you access to the park from 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. on the day of the party.  During the parties most rides and restaurants are open.  The characters are dressed for the specific holiday and there are free treats throughout the Magic Kingdom.  For Halloween there are candy stations (like brand name) that guests can visit.  For Christmas it’s cookies, hot chocolate and pretzels.

Evil Queen

The Evil Queen was meeting park guests.

During the parties there is also an opportunity to meet characters that are not normally available to park guests.  Between the various parties I have attended I have had the opportunity to meet:

  • All seven dwarves at once
  • Sandy Claws (Christmas)
  • Jack Skellington
  • Uncle Scrooge
  • Evil Queen
  • Pooh and all of his friends at once

Magic Kingdom Santa

You can also meet all of the princesses and their princes together.  At Halloween the characters are actually in Halloween costumes!  The parties also have special parades and fireworks shows, as well as unique photo opportunities throughout the park themed for the holiday.

2018 Party Dates

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween

Save $10 on your tickets compared to the day-of purchase price when you buy at least a day in advance! Day-of prices start at $85 per adult and $80 per child (ages 3-9), plus tax. The party takes place on the following dates:

  • August 17, 24, 28 and 31
  • September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28 and 30
  • October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30 and 31

Prices vary based on event night. $10 advance purchase discount available for all event dates except October 31, 2018, when full day-of purchase price will apply.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Save $10 on your tickets compared to the day-of purchase price when you buy at least a day in advance! Day-of prices start at $105 per adult and $100 per child (ages 3-9), plus tax. The party takes place on the following dates:

  • November 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27 and 29
  • December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 21

Prices vary based on event night. $10 advance purchase discount available for all event dates except December 21, 2018, when full day-of purchase price will apply.


Contact me at travelkaren@comcast.net for more information and to book your trip today!

Choose the Four Seasons and Save!

Bordering a marine preserve perched atop a rugged red-lava cliff above a white-sand beach, our ocean-side luxury resort in Kanai, Hawaii will make you swoon. Four Seasons Resort Lanai boasts expansive facilities, superb local dining and professional services designed to ensure that your tropical Hawaiian getaway exceeds your every expectation.

Now when booking travel before December 17, 2018, you will receive $200 Daily Island Activities Credit. This credit can be applied towards:

  • Championship Golf at Manele Golf Course
  • Polaris Off-Road UTV Adventure
  • Equine Horseback Experiences
  • Lana’i Archery and Shooting Range
  • Tennis Court Rentals/Lessons
  • Mountain Bike Rentals
  • Guided Hiking
  • Ocean activities: snorkeling, scuba diving Lana’I Coastal Adventure and Fishing, Sunset Sail
  • Hawanawana Spa Treatments
  • Fitness classes

Contact me at travelkaren@comcast.net for more information and to book your vacation today!

Enjoy the Royal Experience Package with Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts

Fronting the famed Kaanapali Beach, the 27-acre Royal Lahaina Resort welcomes active travelers, golfers, and honeymooners with championship tennis facilities, easy access to Maui’s many golf courses and the island’s longest-running Polynesian luau.

The Royal Kona Resort is located in the heart of historic Kona within walking distance of the historic town’s many restaurants, shops, and attractions. Guests enjoy expansive guestrooms, live music at Don’s Mai Tai Bar and a saltwater swimming lagoon, all with stunning views of Kailua Bay.

Book your vacation at Royal Lahaina Resort or Royal Kona Resort to receive the Royal Romance Package which includes daily breakfast for two, a Luau Show experience for two, private oceanside dinner and more.1


Contact me at travelkaren@comcast.net for more information and to book your trip today!

Get $200 Resort Credit at Be Live Collection Punta Cana!

Make your vacation, an unforgettable one.

When booking any Adults Club room get a $200 Resort Credit PLUS two $20 Match & Play bonuses at the onsite KVIAR Casino.

Your Resort Credit is valid for the following products and services:

  • Romantic dinners at the beach
  • Exclusive dinners at the Chef’s Table
  • Exquisite wine selection for our Wine-o-theque Wine Cellar
  • Massages at our Bay Spa
  • Logo Shop and Sweet Corner


Contact me at travelkaren@comcast.net for more information and to book today!

Live the Unexplored Luxury of Cancun

In the Fall of 2018, Palladium Hotel Group will arrive to Costa Mujeres, about 20 minutes from the center of Cancun. The family-friendly Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa and the adults-only The Royal Suites Coral Hotel will feature unique amenities including an Ibiza-style Beach Club and a variety of international a la carte restaurants. This is a new destination waiting to be discovered.

Contact me at travelkaren@comcast.net for more information and to book your escape to paradise today!