Attention all witches and wizards, and even you muggles and squibs! Did you know there’s a weekend long HARRY POTTER THEMED PARTY in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States this autumn? Everyone’s invited! And, get this…it’s FREE! Well, maybe not 100% free…you may need to shell out a few Knuts, Sickles and Galleons for stuff here or there. But it’s free to walk around and see the sights and a little money here and there to buy some ice cream at Florean Fortescue’s or to buy a House Sword is a small price to pay for an event like this!
Happy Sunday, friends and for those who are celebrating, Happy Mother’s Day! Sharon and I have come across a lot of interesting travel-related articles this week – here are some of our favorites.
Joe and I have gone to many Moonlight Magic events for DVC members, several of which we reported here at Your Mileage May Vary:
- Magic Kingdom (January, 2017)
- Typhoon Lagoon (July, 2017)
- Epcot (December, 2017)
- Magic Kingdom (Compared to 2017) (January, 2018)
This visit was a lot of firsts for us, though – it was my friend Scott’s first Moonlight Magic event (Joe wasn’t able to go this evening due to work commitments), it was my first Moonlight Magic event at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, AND it was my first time exploring “Pandoraland” and Avatar Flight of Passage. Here are the highlights of the evening:
Restaurant Week & Restaurant Month. We “discovered” this joy of the the eating world several years back, since the area where we live has been running “Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month” since 2005. Essentially, a variety of restaurants offer special 2, 3, 4 or sometimes even 5 course prix-fixe menus for the asking, often times at prices much better than if you purchased items a la carte.
We enjoy Restaurant Month because it gives us an opportunity to try out a sampling from restaurants we normally wouldn’t have or just haven’t yet visited and, in the process, have developed a list of favorites we sometimes wind up going to during the year, even when it’s not Restaurant Month.
Orlando isn’t the only city that hosts such an event. In fact, there are MANY cities that do – and if you happen to be any of those cities in your travels, or even if you live there and are in a rut of going to the same restaurants over and over, it might be a great time to check out a place you might never have the opportunity to try otherwise.
Here are some of the cities, counties and states with their own versions of Restaurant Week (some links only have “last year’s” options but I’m sure those pages will be updated soon! Participating restaurants should be listed when the respective pages are updated):
After attending several Moonlight Madness events in 2017 (Magic Kingdom in February, Typhoon Lagoon in July and Epcot in December), we were happy to hear they were going to continue the events into 2018.
Briefly, the Moonlight Madness events are special, after-hours events at Disney parks (they do them at Disneyland, too!) specifically for select members of Disney Vacation Club (DVC) and their guests. DVC, as Disney’s version of a timeshare, can cost significantly less when you purchase points on the secondary market (as opposed to buying them directly from Disney). To make buying DVC points from Disney more valuable, these Moonlight Madness events have been running since 2016 as a perk that’s reserved for those who’ve purchased points directly from them and not from the secondary market.
We were especially looking forward to this event at the Magic Kingdom (MK), since we had been to the 2017 Moonlight Madness event at that park and wanted to see how they had changed from one year to the next. I’m happy to report that Disney did not disappoint!
Walt Disney World begin their “Moonlight Magic” events in 2016 to celebrate Disney Vacation Club’s (DVC) 25th anniversary. DVC, as Disney’s version of a timeshare, can cost significantly less when you purchase points on the secondary market (as opposed to buying them directly from Disney). To make buying from Disney more valuable, they have continued the Moonlight Magic events into 2017 as a perk that’s reserved for those who’ve purchased points directly from them and not from the secondary market. The plan must be working well for them, because Disney has already announced several more Moonlight Magic events in 2018.
Hi y’all! Welp, we couldn’t post our weekly recap last week because….Hurricane Irma. So this week’s recap will cover everything from this past week (which isn’t much because, say it with me…Hurricane Irma) AND the week before, as well.
Joe wrote about:
- His current pet peeve with hotels: the never-ending pillow situation!
- The differences between the two main models of JetBlue planes and why you may want to fly on one moreso than the other.
- The most important part of a flight: the snack cart.
- His review of the Twin Mountain Inn, in Pigeon Forge, TN.
- If you see a great travel deal, grab it before it disappears.
Sharon wrote about:
- An easy way to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, by donating your points and miles.
- How to avoid ear pain on an airplane.
- The appropriate amount to tip housekeeping in a hotel room.
- A #TBT post about when they went home from Japan in April 2005.
- Her visit to a Universal Studios after-hours special event.
- Our “be back soon!” and “and we’re back! (sort of)” because of, you know, Hurricane Irma.
- Hurricane prep in a theme park town.
Once final time, THANK-YOU SO MUCH for your patience as we prepped for, went through, and dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Starting this Monday, we should be back to a normal “usually 2 a day” posting schedule.
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