Category: WDW Resorts

Nov 08

Christmas at Disney Resorts

Donna Sharick
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Donna Sharick

Hello! My name is Donna Sharick, and I am the owner of Dreams by Design Travel. My love of all things Disney started in 1987 when I won an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World on a radio station. At the time, myPrince, Joe, and I decided to wait til our two-year-old was four, in 1989.We stayed at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and the Disney seed was planted!

I’ve enjoyed over 50+ trips to Walt Disney World Resort, several visits to Disneyland Resort, and 14 cruises on various cruise lines. Most recently, I attended the D23 Expo at Disneyland Resort! I’ve worked for various travel agencies over the years and decided that to provide the best possible care my guests deserve, it was time to open my own agency. I am thrilled to take my experiences and knowledge of traveling with children, ladies-only trips and now empty-nesters,and share it with my guests.My motto is, if you can dream it, I can design it!

Donna is a graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge, is also a Universal Orlando Resort Specialist as well as a Certified Sandals Specialist.​
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If you ask me, ANY time is a great time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort, but Christmas time is unlike any other at the most magical place on Earth. Nowhere is this more evident than at the resort hotels on Disney property. While all the Disney hotels decorate to some degree, there are …

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Sep 08

Top 5 Character Dining Experiences at Walt Disney World

Character dining - Cinderella Royal Table interior
Cassie Wheatley

Cassie Wheatley

Dream Designer at Dreams by Design Travel
Hello!My name is Cassie Wheatley, and I am thrilled to be a part of helping families plan magical vacations that will create life long memories! There is something special about stepping into the Magic Kingdom for the first time and seeing Cinderella Castle or snuggled up with a loved one watching fireworks overhead while Disney music plays in the background. Disney not only goes above and beyond to bring you a memorable experience but there is so much to see and do that each vacation is different than the last. My favorite part about traveling to the Walt Disney World Resort is being able to plan each aspect of the vacation. From character dining experiences to special events, parades and fireworks or even which ride to do first, creating a stress-free vacation is what I love to do! If you would like me to design a vacation of magical memories that will last a lifetime, you can contact me at Cassie@dreamsbydesigntravel.com.
Cassie Wheatley

One of the best things about planning your dining experiences when traveling to the Walt Disney World Resort is the wide array of dining options available. From traveling to different countries in Epcot’s World Showcase, sampling cool treats by the pool or grabbing a quick burger while touring the parks, Disney has something for every …

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Jun 07

Walt Disney World Without Kids

Holly Franklin
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Holly Franklin

Dream Designer at Dreams by Design Travel
Hi!I’m Holly Franklin, and I love to travel! I have been vacationing at Disney World since 1986 and have visited over eighty times so far! I’ve stayed in almost all of the resorts on the grounds, and have enjoyed many of the on-property dining experiences.My latest favorite thing to do at Disney World is to participate in runDisney events! Disney knows how to make running so much fun!Whether you just want to visit the parks and enjoy the rides or attend one of the many festivals or exclusive holiday parties, there is something for everyone at Walt Disney World!If you'd like for me to design your perfect dream vacation, I can be reached at holly@dreamsbydesigntravel.com
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go to Walt Disney World without kids?  When our children were younger, we absolutely loved taking them to Walt Disney World! We always had such a blast, and created so many great memories! But now they’re grown up and married with families of their own. …

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May 04

Outside of the Parks – Water Recreation

Pontoon Rentals at Grand Floridian Resort
Sharlon O'Neal
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Sharlon O'Neal

Dream Designer at Dreams by Design Travel
Hi! I am Sharlon, and I am a wife, mom of three and a Dream Designer with Dreams by Design Travel. I have been a Disney-phile since I was a small girl when I went on my first trip to Walt Disney World in 1973. My mom says I got separated from her in Fantasyland in a crowd of guests. I like to say that I have been lost in the magic of Disney ever since. My many family vacations to Walt Disney World, as well as couples and solo trips, have given me a unique perspective on the resort. I have stayed at many of the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels in the Value, Moderate, and Deluxe categories. ​

Planning a vacation is almost as much fun as the vacation itself. Let me help you turn your vacation dreams into a magical reality! Email me at sharlon@dreamsbydesigntravel.com for a free quote.
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There are so many things to enjoy outside of the parks during your Walt Disney World Resort vacation. You have all been to the theme parks, and some of you have even splashed in the waters of Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon. But are you aware of the wonderful activities that are available at Walt …

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Nov 10

Review of the Grand Floridian Cafe

Holly Wiencek
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Holly Wiencek

Holly Wiencek is the author of Capturing the Magic: A Photographic Journey Through the Walt Disney World Parks. A Florida native and lifelong Disney enthusiast, Holly has been visiting Disney Parks since she was a toddler. With countless visits to both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, she has spent a lifetime exploring and learning about the history and legacy Walt Disney left behind and the details created by Disney Imagineering. She spends her spare time making Disney magic in her everyday life and enjoys sharing that magic with her husband and her daughter, Abby.

Visit www.capturing-the-magic.com for a preview of the stunning coffee table book, Capturing the Magic and purchase your copy today.
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Think dining at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is way out of your budget? Think again! The Grand Floridian Cafe offers all the charm and elegance of the Grand Floridian with moderately priced meals. This charming little cafe is a hidden gem at Disney’s flagship resort offering fantastic views of the beautiful gardens from …

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