Jun 12

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Coming to Walt Disney World Resort on August 29, 2019!

On August 29, 2019, get ready to explore an all-new Star Wars land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios*! This is the chance to live your Star Wars story—and discover who you truly are in a galaxy far, far away…

This year, Mad About the Mouse will get to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on BOTH coasts as we experience it during the D23 Expo in Anaheim in August and also at Walt Disney World Resort in October. Stay tuned as we bring pictures and video to our Mad About the Mouse readers!!!   ~Donna/Joe Sharick

*Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences are subject to capacity. Access to the park, land and experiences may be restricted or unavailable depending on Guest demand and other factors.

Jul 19

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now open at Disneyland Resort!

 The all new land that was announced on August 15, 2015 at The D23 Expo is now finished and accepting guests to the planet of Batuu. Reviews are in and it’s unlike anything Disney has ever done before!  Will you be visiting Batuu this year? 

Jun 15

Ready….Set…..BOOK! Your 2019 Walt Disney World trip, that is!

If you go to Disney every year like we do, you must be getting excited that the 2019 Walt Disney  Travel Company Package Rates will be released on Tuesday, June 19th!~!~!~!

More than any year that I can even remember,  2019 is going to be the year to go to Walt Disney World!  Toy Story Land is opening in two weeks and it will still be wildly popular well in to the new year! Of course, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and we can’t forget Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway….all brand new lands and attractions you will want to be sure to experience!

My advice for 2019 is BOOK EARLY because that will give you the best choice of your resort and availability.   Of course, we always recommend having a travel agent handle those busy details for you!  Whether you book your vacation yourself or have our official travel agency, Dreams by Design Travel, book it for you, you are paying the same price! In fact, by booking online with Disney or over the phone, a commission is built in to the price so you are paying for a service you don’t receive!  Dreams by Design charges NO FEES for their CONCIERGE SERVICE! Always Book your Disney vacation with a Disney Earmarked Agency!

Dreams by Design Travel is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner!  We have been given this special designation by The Walt Disney Travel Company because we have demonstrated a high level of service and expertise that our clients know and have come to expect! Let us SHOW YOU!                        ~DONNA~






May 31

Lost Something While at Disney? Now it’s Easier than EVER to get it back!

Disney now has a new way to report your lost items while visiting their parks!

Via Disney Parks Blog

A day at Walt Disney World Resort is sure to be adventurous and filled with fun, but sometimes in all that excitement it can be easy to lose track of your personal belongings. That’s why Disney is introducing an online tool to make it even easier and more convenient for you to report lost items.

Did you know if you lose something in one of the parks, water parks, Disney Springs, ESPN Wide World of Sports or on Disney transportation, you can now visit DisneyWorld.com/lostandfound, input information about your lost item, and then Disney will  do the searching for you? They can even send you periodic updates on the search right to your email address, whether you’re still visiting Walt Disney World Resort or have already returned home.  If you lose something at your resort, you are asked to contact your resort directly so they can check there for you.

All it takes is a few simple clicks on any smart device, to get the search started. It’s so easy, it’s like magic!

  • Step 1: Visit DisneyWorld.com/lostandfound to get started.
  • Step 2: Enter information about your lost item.
  • Step 3: Fill in your contact information and click submit!

Have additional questions? Disney cast members are always happy to help and more information is available at DisneyWorld.com/lostandfound.

I think this is a great enhancement to the Lost and Found process!     ~Donna~


Mar 14


This has just been released from The Walt Disney World Resort!

Effective for reservations made March 21, 2018 and thereafter, standard overnight self-parking is available to registered Guests for a fee that will be applied to their hotel folio upon check-out. All parking fees include applicable tax.

Standard Overnight Parking charges per Resort Category:

Disney Value Resorts: $13 per night
Disney Moderate Resorts: $19 per night
Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts: $24 per night

Complimentary standard parking is available to Guests staying at Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Each campsite provides parking space for one (1) motorized vehicle.

Valet Parking:
Valet Parking is available at select Disney Deluxe Resorts and Disney Deluxe Villas for $33 per night (sales tax included).

Guests with Disabilities
Designated parking areas are available throughout Walt Disney World Resort for Guests with disabilities. A valid disability parking permit is required.

Disney Vacation Club:
Members will not be charged for standard overnight self-parking when staying at a DVC Deluxe Villa, regardless of whether they use vacation points or another form of payment. Members also will not be charged to park when using vacation points to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

Day Guests:
Complimentary standard self-parking is available while enjoying select dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation experiences at Disney Resort hotels.