Magic with Shan: A Guide To Disney Vacation Apps

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The My Disney Experience mobile app is hands down one of the most important things to have for your Walt Disney World vacation! I make it a priority to ensure this app is downloaded on each of my client's phones before they go, and that they feel comfortable navigating it and all of the amazing features it has! For a brief explanation, this app houses everything you need for a seamless vacation. You can link and view memberships and passes, park tickets, resort and dining reservations, FastPasses+, etc. for each person in the party, and so much more! Let's go over what this baby can do for you! 

☆ View all 4 park maps and even zoom out for a bird's eye view to see their locations in relation to one another! 

☆ Not sure how to get to your next FastPass+ selection or dining reservation? Navigate the parks with ease by using the Get Directions feature for walking instructions to your next adventure! 

☆ See attraction wait times in real-time to help you decide what to do next! 

☆ By clicking on an attraction wait time, you can also view the ages it's suitable for, accessibility, entertainment type, and other information pertaining to it  

☆ Manage your FastPass+ selections here as well - you can modify, cancel, and add them! Each party member is alotted up to 3 FastPass+ selections per park per day. Once those FastPasses+ are used up, you can start adding one FastPass+ selection at a time based on availability! 

☆ Browse restaurant menus, make dining reservations and place mobile orders at select quick-service restaurants! This can be a major time saver! 

☆ See showtimes for fireworks and parades so you don't miss out on any of the action! 

☆ Find character greeting times and locations - super important for those bucket list meet and greets for children and adults alike! 

☆ Keep reservations and activities organized in the My Plans section - I recommend taking a screenshot of yours in case your phone battery becomes low in the parks! 

☆ Share your itinerary with others through Friends and Family so you can enjoy attractions together! 

☆ View your PhotoPass/Memory Maker photos - if you purchased the Memory Maker you can download and share!

☆ Find something in a gift shop you want? Shop for authentic Disney Parks merchandise right on the app and have it shipped straight to your home (US shipping only available) No worrying about lugging it around the parks while you play!
☆ Turn wait time into playtime with Play Disney Parks - a fun new app that goes along with the My Disney Experience app where you can collect achievements, test your knowledge with trivia, enjoy a curated musical playlist, turn lines into interactive adventures and bring your surrounding environment to life!

As you can see, there is so much this app can do for you and the best part is it's totally free!  For a live guide through some of the app's features, check out the link to my YouTube video here! For those who are planning a cruise, you're in luck, too! The Disney Cruise Line Navigator app is your special little helper!

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Here are the great features this app offers you:

☆ A countdown to your sail date! 

☆ Review reservation details, modify your stateroom if you want, view balance information and make payments!

☆ View deck plans, see the layout of the ship and find out where your favorite activities will be taking place! 

☆ Explore and book activities - on and off the ship! 

☆ Review and manage vacation selections from ground and air transportation, special requests, dinner seating and more! 

☆ Stay connected to family, friends, and shipmates with the onboard chat feature (including fun Disney themed emoticons!) 

☆ Receive notifications on spa and shopping offers!

These are complementary tools offered to Disney guests that will make your trip that much more magical and I highly recommend getting yourself comfortable with them before you go! 

Download the My Disney Experience Mobile App here or look for this logo in your app store! 

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Download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App here or look for this logo in your app store! 

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Quick Microbladed Brows Update!

A little over two years ago, I shared my experience with Stephanie Leigh who did a major make-over on my eyebrows. You can read about the entire process here! After two years, my brows had definitely faded a bit, and it was time for my touch-up. The process was quick, easy, and actually even more tolerable than last time as she has a newer numbing cream! I continue to be so thankful for Stephanie every day I look in the mirror, and recommend her every chance I get. To this day, I continue to get compliments on my brows, which I never thought would be possible prior. Here is a quick before & after touch-up comparison!


Aside from Microblading, Stephanie also offers lash lift and tints, permanent eyeliner and lash line enhancement. If you're interested in any of these services, I can't recommend her enough!

Find her online: 

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Magic with Shan: Why Book a Travel Agent?

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I'll be honest, I've never even researched using a travel agent for myself before I decided to specialize in Disney travel planning for others with 101 Vacations. For one, I always just assumed their services came with a fee, which I preferred to not use as a part of my vacation budgeting. I learned that isn't always true. An experienced travel professional can take all the stress out of planning your vacation so you can relax from the beginning and enjoy your time away, all without costing you a penny extra!

Here are 5 reasons I learned booking a travel agent is a great idea:

  1. Most agencies/agents are paid directly by the resorts, hotels, cruises and theme parks to work with you. A travel agent's service is already built into the price you are paying, and by not using one, those commission prices just go straight back to the resort, hotel, cruise line or theme park. You are actually throwing away a service you already paid for! If you really enjoy planning yourself, this isn't a big deal. But if you are one that would love to save the time spent trying to figure everything out yourself for no additional cost, you have this opportunity already paid for. 
  2. Not only can you use the services of many travel agents with no additional fees, but you will also have the benefit of their access to the best deals and sometimes even special perks to make sure you're getting the most for the money you are spending. 
  3. Two words - human connection ... with connections. When was the last time an internet search engine or websites knew your preferences, your needs, your personality? When you book a travel agent, you're creating an invaluable relationship to make sure all of those things are addressed when it comes to planning your vacation. And if they haven't personally been where you want to go, chances are they know someone who has and can get you the answers you are looking for that aren't from a faceless comment on an internet forum from 15 years ago. 
  4. Unparalleled peace of mind before, during and after your trip. In the event something does go wrong, your agent is there to help as best as they can. 
  5. Avoiding those online deals that seem too good to be true and many are. Working with an agent will ensure you are not being scammed or deceived. 

There's much more to it than this, but these are a great starting point to learning about the benefits of using a travel agent. I am so excited for this journey and being able to share my passion for Disney with others. I can't wait to help create your magical memories!