The Scents of Disney – How To Bring Them Home

It’s been said that the sense of smell is the strongest associated with memories. I can attest to that, as there are smells that bring me back to a book I had in toddlerhood, watching Mr. Bill on Saturday Night Live in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and all the years I worked in a hospital throughout the 1990s.

Disney parks have a lot of smells, some intentional, some not, that you’re likely to encounter. The Grand Californian and Wilderness Lodge both smell like wood. There’s also the dustiness of the Haunted Mansion, the wetness of water-based attractions Pirates of the Caribbean, Grizzly River and Splash Mountain, the scent of Rome burning in the Spaceship Earth attraction, the various smells pumped into Soarin’, Flights of Passage and Journey Into Your Imagination, and, if the wind is right, even the smell of the fireworks they set off in/near the parks. Past, well-loved and remembers scents include the orange groves in Horizons, vanilla in front of the bakery on Main Street USA and the seared meats and BBQ sauce at Big Thunder BBQ.

Some entrepreneurs have caught onto this and, instead of taking the bull by the horns, have taken it by the nose, and sell candles and other items that mimic some past and present favorite scents from Disney parks. Here are a few of them:

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Good And Bad Changes To Lounge Access With American Express Platinum Cards

Access to airport lounges is one of the big draws of keeping an American Express Platinum Card. Besides providing access to Priority Pass lounges, the card also gets you into many other lounges worldwide, including their own Centurion Lounges.

There have been two changes to the lounge program in the last few weeks. I’ll go over the good news first:  Continue reading “Good And Bad Changes To Lounge Access With American Express Platinum Cards”

YMMV Travel Deals: Mon., June 18, 2018

When we see travel deals, we always want to spread the word. So as we see them, we make sure to let you know. They run the gamut from hotels to flights to points to miles to car rentals and even stuff you need while you’ll traveling, like equipment, Uber discounts, theme park tickets, food for when you’re on the road, etc.

Heads up that some of these deals might be really limited in time or amount, or some could go on for days or longer. Some deals might be good for some people and not so much for others. There may be better deals out there and we just don’t know about them. We take no responsibility for any transaction you may or may not do; we’re just telling you what’s we’ve seen that’s out there at that very moment and it’s up to you to decide if it’s something useful, beneficial and worth it for you, and if you can take advantage of it before it’s too late.

Here’s what’s out there today:

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Want Breakfast at a Hyatt Place? Here’s What You Need To Know

At the end of May 2018, Hyatt stopped a pilot program of charging for breakfast at select Hyatt Place locations. Several blogs speculated that the backlash over charging for what was previously a free benefit caused Hyatt to reconsider. Boy, were they WRONG!!!!!

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Hotels Removing Parking Fees, The Flight That Left With No One’s Luggage, & More

Happy Sunday, friends! Hope you’ve had a good week! Here are the travel articles we’ve recently seen that we think you may enjoy.

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