Posts made in December 2019

Walt Disney World Tickets…. How many are there?

Best. Day. Ever. You have finally committed to going to the most magical place on earth, Walt Disney World. You are ecstatic. You jump right in with trip planning and researching- step one: TICKETS! How many days? Which parks? Special Events? Park Hoppers? Wait–Park Hopper PLUS? Do you get one of each? Overwhelmed yet? 

Today we will dive right into our discussion on the differences of each ticket package so you can pick the very best for your own Disney Vacation.

Disney has passes from 1-day tickets to 10-day tickets. Including season passes. The best way to start is deciding how many days you think you and your family would like to explore the Disney Parks. I highly recommend at LEAST a 4-day pass so you can see a little of everything without being rushed. You can easily spend a full week at Disney World and still not see every attraction! You can pick the first option of 1 Park per Day ticket which is a great way to enjoy the entire day at each park.

Disney then offers the ability to jump from park to park so you can visit multiple parks each day; this pass is called the Park Hopper. While this is an awesome feature, and I always recommend getting this, it can add anywhere from $60-80 per ticket depending on how many days your pass is valid. Let’s say you start at Magic Kingdom, and you didn’t realize they had a special event on the schedule and the park is full.  With a Park Hopper you have the freedom to leave and enjoy any other park and avoid the crowds.  

This is a great way to hit lots of fun areas- I always tell my clients, keep it at two parks per day though. It takes anywhere from 1-2 hours transporting to each park and you don’t want to waste any more time than that during your park days!

The next feature Disney offers with their tickets it the Park Hopper Plus Pass! This gives you the same benefits of your park hopper pass AS WELL as the chance to check out Disney’s two, out of this world, water parks; Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon! If you have a 4-day park hopper plus ticket you would get up to 4 visits, etc.

The next option Disney has available is “Disney After Hours” this is normally a 3-hour event, where the park closes at their regular scheduled time, but those with this special pass get to stay and enjoy the park and extra shows with a lesser crowd level. Right now, these tickets are running $129/each. 

*This is not to be confused with their “Extra Magic Hours”. Any guest that stays at any Disney Resort will receive this awesome benefit. Each day, at least one of the parks will offer an Extra Magic Hour, sometimes in the morning- sometimes at night. They are usually 1-2 hours and a great way to hit fun rides before the main opening of the parks!

During the Holidays Disney likes to party- and they want all their guests to party with them! They have many special events like, “Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party”, or “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party”. Again, these are an additional fee per ticket and run anywhere from $120-$140 a ticket (travel tip: the closer it gets to the actual holiday the more the tickets cost). These are awesome parties where, again, the park closes to the general population and only those with the pass get to stay. They add extra parades and celebrations, free food and drinks, and souvenirs. It is a great way to hit those rides you normally can’t get to without a Fast Pass! 

To get the most bang for your buck- combining whichever ticket package you select into your Disney Resort stay will save you buckets! Check with your a Touch of Magic Travel Agent for any additional questions!

If you have any questions I can answer, please feel free to reach out to me at  

~ Katie Bunnell


When you don’t have a million dollars to spend but you don’t want to sleep in the car.

Walt Disney Resort Options

We all love us some Disney. We all know that Disney magically takes all our money while we’re there too! (… well I HAD to get those Mickey Ears, and did you TASTE the churros? I will have 5 more please). As soon as an awesome client reaches out about the possibility of planning a trip to Disney we need to find that sweet spot where we’re not breaking the bank, but still be able to  enjoy all the fun conveniences Disney offers to their guests! 

Here is the thing- Disney World has a TON of resort options; over 25 resorts in all. And when they say they can fit any budget I feel they really work hard to do that.

Here are my favorite perks that Disney offers EVERY single guest when they stay on property:

  • Early Access to Fast Pass schedules- you can start 60 days before arrival as to only 30 days when staying off Disney.
  • Extra Magic Hours! You can spend extra time at one park per day with any valid ticket!
  • Complimentary Magic Bands- you can have them mailed to your home or they can be waiting for you at your resort.
  • Each Resort is magically themed and decked out for all ages to enjoy! Food, pools, gift shops, character encounters and more! 
  • Complimentary Transportation 
  • Disney Dining Plans- a fun way to make your trip seem “like an all-inclusive resort” and have your food always paid for before you even get there!

Okay so back to the options of resorts- Disney likes to break them up into different categories’: 

  • Value Resorts: these will be the least expensive. They are all located pretty close to Animal Kingdom. They all offer free shuttle transportation to and from each park. (Pop Century now has the option of the NEW Skyliner). They each boast different themes like sports, music, movies. All rooms have two double beds or one king-sized bed (all perfect for a family up to 4) and some resorts have even been upgraded to include a queen-sized bed and a queen-sized table bed. There are some family suites available at certain resorts in this category that will hold up to 6 for larger families. Each resort has multiple pools (heated), dining options, and a gift shop.

Pros: Get Value Package- if you are hoping to get room/tickets/dining included on a tighter budget, or you want to spend your money on other events and not so much on lodging- can’t go wrong with a value resort!

Cons: The only option to get to and from resorts (without driving yourself) are shuttles. They run every 15 mins but wait times can vary. Not as many amenities at each resort. 


  • Moderate Resorts: These are going to run a little more than the value resorts (sometimes you can get some super great deals on these rooms!) Each resort has a different theme and all the great Disney details will show even in their rooms! Normally two queen beds or a king and some even offer a 5th sleeper pull-down option so families that have 3+ kids might like this option. These resorts will have larger pools and more of them, more recreation and dining options as well. You can take shuttles, ferry boats, Skyliner to these resorts and they are scattered all over the Disney property. 

Pros: larger beds, 5th sleeper options, more pools and things to do around resorts. More dining, including some table dining options, and transportation options.

Cons: Sometimes prices can vary per resort and time of year. 

  • Deluxe Resorts: conveniently located to specific parks which opens up your transportation options and decreases your wait line significantly. You have the options of shuttle, monorail, or ferry boats to get to the main parks from these resorts. They offer signature dining as well. Their themes are going to be tremendous; one even offers views of a wildlife reserve right out your window as an example. The typical standard room will have two queen beds or one queen with bunk beds. They have suite and villa options as well. Each resort will have multiple pools, playgrounds, health clubs, and select spa services. The best part? Characters are constantly interacting and even dining with guests at these resorts. This option gives the ultimate resort experience.  

Disney gives you multiple options in each category. Travel tip: make a want/need list and then match those with the amenities at each resort to help you make the best choice. Disney likes to keep everyone coming all year round- and offers promotions even during “off-season” and during lower crowds. If you opt to get one of the Disney Dining Plans, each resort has food options (Quick Service, sit down, even some character dining) for each of them as well!

My family has stayed in at least one resort in each category and each one worked great for what we had going on during that specific trip. The number of kids, ages, supplies, (looking at your bulky double stroller) walk, and wait time when leaving each park, how much resort downtime you plan to have, and your length of trip are all factors when picking a resort.

Give your travel agent a shout out to get all the intimate details about each resort. Between the group of us, I am sure each resort has been stayed in or at least visited in person. 

If you have any questions I can answer, please feel free to reach out to me at  

~ Katie Bunnell


New Villains Caravan and More Coming to Disney Villains After Hours at Magic Kingdom Park Next Year!

By: Disney Destinations
December 18, 2019

We are counting down the days until Disney Villains After Hours returns to Magic Kingdom Park for 24 select nights starting February 7, 2020.

Based on the popularity of Maleficent dragon’s journey through the park, we are enhancing the experience to include even more villainous fun. New this year, the Villains’ Cursed Caravan will join Maleficent the dragon as she creeps through the park twice nightly. The wicked procession will feature Gaston, Oogie Boogie, Cruella DeVil, Captain Hook and more! As a reminder, this event does not include character greetings.

There is more villainous action at the event of course!

  • Hades and Meg from “Hercules” will set the castle stage ablaze in “Villains Unite the Night,” featuring appearances by Jafar, The Queen, Dr. Facilier and Maleficent.
  • During this sinister soiree, guests can dance the night away as a party DJ spins monstrous music on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt stage.
  • Guests can also experience the surprising, villain-inspired enhancements at Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain.
  • As they make their way through each land, guests can strike a pose as they come across sharable photo opportunities scattered throughout the park.
  • Disney Villains After Hours also includes wickedly good food and beverage selections. A few of the new treats this year are Painting the Roses Red (Available at Cheshire Café), a cheesecake mousse with raspberry gelée, red cocoa butter, and buttercream leaves; Body Language (Available at Storybook Treats), a cookies and cream mousse with chocolate cake, glaçage, and meringue tentacles garnished with a chocolate shell; and Five Dozen Eggs Slush (Available at Gaston’s Tavern). A frozen custard with brown sugar topped with whipped cream and garnished with a cinnamon stick. Be sure to check back on Disney Parks Blog for the Foodie Guide to Disney Villain After Hours – a complete listing of all the delicious food and beverage offerings!
  • Across the park, guests can enjoy access to more than 25 attractions and experiences.
  • Guests can also purchase new event merchandise, as well as items from a curated collection of the best Disney villain merchandise available.

Event tickets allow entry as early as 7 p.m., which gives you time to enjoy fireworks before heading off to the attractions. Select complimentary snacks and beverages are also included in the cost of admission.