Vacations are NOT Luxuries - Here's why you need a vacation!

I know that seems like a self-serving statement when you hear it from a travel agent but I'm really not trying to sell you a Disney vacation (unless you want one) - instead, I just want you to understand why vacations are such a powerful part of good relationships.  My dad died of cancer when I was sixteen and my sister was fourteen.  I appreciate the fact that my dad worked hard every day to provide for us but what I remember most is the times we stepped away from the demands of everyday life to spend time together.   My dad was a truck driver with failing health so you know we weren't wealthy but we went camping, took weekend trips to the beach or Seattle and even had two "real" vacations to Canada.   Something about time together doing something out of the ordinary anchored those memories in me and I treasure them.  My dad's struggle with cancer and his death just before Christmas left us exhausted and grieving.  My mom felt we needed something to jump start us back into the land of the living so one day she announced, "I know it is hard but just get through the school year and I'll take you to Hawaii".  We were SO excited! Mom wasn't sure how she was going to pull that off with the mountain of doctor bills piling up around her but somehow she did it and it was AMAZING!!!  It was my first time on a commercial plane, first time in a tower-style hotel and it was Hawaii - what an experience!  Mom later decided we needed to see that we could do real stuff, even without dad's help, and she took us on a road trip in a green 1972 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon to Yellowstone National Park where we tent camped for several days.  It rained, we had two tires blow out in Montana and it was a great adventure that showed us that we could do all kinds of things we never thought we could.

I hope and pray that your family doesn't go through a loss like that but even if you don't, vacations are still important.  I know a family who has done an excellent job of raising 5 kids who are all still close to one another as adults - the dad said something that really struck a chord with me, "If your family doesn't have inside jokes, you may just be roommates and not a family."   He went on to say that it is important for parents to intentionally set aside time for shared experiences.  We have four children and vacations have given our family wealth of inside jokes and shared memories - a crazy salesman on a bus in Newark, monopoly played by lantern light while being dive bombed by bugs, fearless seagulls, and any number of hotel related incidents have given our family a unique language of half sentences punctuated by wild laughter that is ours and ours alone.  Any sensible person might say that we spent too much money along the way with nothing to show for it but I know it paid off in big and important ways with our kids.  

One of the shared memories added to our vault was the night we stayed in the Wigwam Hotel to prepare ourselves "mentally, spiritually and emotionally" for Cars Land at Disney's California Adventure Park (Disneyland).   This classic Route 66 motel was built in 1949 and was the inspiration for the Cozy Cone Motel in the Disney-Pixar movie Cars. My 17-year old daughter and her friend squealed with delight when we pulled up to this adorable hotel.  Even better, as we lay in our beds in our Wigwam that night, we watched the decidedly different TV show Swamp People for the very first time - it was life changing in all the most magical ways.

Wigwam Hotel along Route 66 in San Bernadino, California - a great addition to a Disneyland vacation.

Wigwam Hotel along Route 66 in San Bernadino, California - a great addition to a Disneyland vacation.

I know life is busy and budgets are tight but please figure out a way to spend some time with the ones you love, away from chores and life's regular demands - they're worth it.   Go camping, spend a couple of lazy days playing board games in a hotel with a pool and an elevator (kids love elevators), or get some crazy-cousin time in with the relatives.  If your plans include a trip to a Disney Destination, let us know and we'll help you plan a wonderful trip where full of happy memories and silly stories that make you laugh so hard you spray soda through your nose.   I promise.

How We'll Help You Have A Great Disney Vacation

We want to help you have the most wonderful, most memorable Disney vacation possible.  We know that giving you good, up-to-date information and a few simple tools will make a huge difference in your Disney vacation.   Long lines become short lines and you will have great memories of shared experiences instead of missed opportunities.  That's why we're called Build A Better Mouse Trip.

Here's How We Do It:

  1. Your Travel Agent - You have one agent from start-to-finish who knows your name and your priorities and who wants to do everything possible to help you have a wonderful experience.

  2. "Best Days" Itinerary - We'll help you build an itinerary that includes your priorities for fireworks, parades, and shows. We'll help you manage crowds and minimize lines by giving you excellent theme park touring plans and we'll help with your dining and FastPass+ reservations.

  3. Saving Money - Of course we watch for discounts and promotions and automatically apply the best available offer to your reservation but we also help you avoid up-sells and options you won't use.

  4. We are Fee-Free - We book directly through Disney and we never charge a service fee so you never pay any extra to use our services when you book your trip through us. You can have all the benefits Disney offers PLUS all the services we offer. You can also purchase planning services through us if you've booked on your own or through another travel agency.

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