Happy New Year Giveaway!

Greetings all!  It’s January 2014, this blog will soon be 1 year old!  This is a bit early to celebrate the anniversary of the blog, but since it is the new year I’m starting a new giveaway!  As with all of my giveaways, this one is tied to my travel business, Fairytale Journeys by Rebecca Kelly; however, you do NOT have to be a client to enter this giveaway!  It’s for blog readers, Disney fans, and friends in general. 🙂 (However, if you want to support my business, that’s very much appreciated!)

So beginning at midnight on January 6, you can enter to win a $25 Disney gift card!  No purchase necessary, just pick one or more of the methods offered in the widget, and go!  You can enter by having liked my Facebook page – either a new like or if you already like it, you can enter either way – or following me on Twitter, or just tweeting about the giveaway, or leaving a comment here on the blog!  You can do any or all of these, and you can tweet about the giveaway daily for an extra entry each day.

Enter the giveaway here!

The giveaway will end at midnight on the 13th; tell your friends, tell your family, tell your mailman! And Good Luck!

If you want to enter via leaving a comment, you can do so right here – tell me when you last had a Disney trip, even if it was just to the Disney Store or similar!  Remember though, if you comment first, you’ll still need to go to the widget and make your entry – it won’t automatically show up. 😀

The card won't necessarily look like this. But it will be cute. :)

The card won’t necessarily look like this. But it will be cute. 🙂

I created a monster…

Best monster ever, though. 😀

2 1/2 and modeling the ears I brought her when I DIDN'T TAKE HER TO WDW (evil Mommy!)

2 1/2 and modeling the ears I brought her when I DIDN’T TAKE HER TO WDW (evil Mommy!)

When my daughter was born, I decided we’d go to Disney World for her fifth birthday. This gave me plenty of time to save up, and I’d be sure she would remember it and have a great time, and life is great, lalala. 😉 The side effect, though, was that for the next five years I told her about Disney World constantly. When she was very little we’d hide Mickeys and find them together; a bit older and we’d watch travel videos and YouTube clips. As she grew and I got more and more excited by our upcoming trip and all the attractions, meals, and everything elses I had planned, we’d take walks and I’d tell her all about restaurants and character spots. We developed games, like The Alphabet Game where we each take turns naming Disney characters whose names start with each letter of the alphabet, or Name That Tune where we’d hum part of a Disney song and the other person would have to sing the lyrics.At an early age she learned the Mickey Mouse Club March, “Part Of Your World”, and “Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow”; when we finally, finally went it was amazing.

It was so amazing that I knew we had to get back, just the two of us, because more than anyone else in the family this was OUR place. Since I had taken a camping trip solo a few years back I decided that she and I would be camping buddies. I planned a quick trip for Autumn 2012 and hoped to toss in Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party as a bonus.

Unfortunately, our funds slowly but steadily began to dry up, as they have for many people;

Recreating her original mouse ears pic at age 4 1/2

Recreating her original mouse ears pic at age 4 1/2

priorities are priorities, and the money I saved up had to go towards, you know, important real life things. Being a grownup sucks sometimes. 😉 Deep down, I know I’ve been blessed to get to take both my children as well as take MYSELF to Disney World; I know even more that just having everything I have is blessing enough.

But I want to take my daughter camping at Disney, darn it! *footstamp* 😉

Until things even out in terms of regular income (which they will; I sometimes have problems remembering that things won’t always be exactly as they are RIGHT NOW, but that’s a fact of life), I don’t have a lot of resources to get my daughter there. Unfortunately now since our walks tend to be “Which Park Is This At?” games, and we both make lists of the attractions we want to see in our spare time, we’re sort of feeding each other’s enthusiasm for getting back to WDW as soon as possible.

Dory, Marlin, and some glamourous model

Dory, Marlin, and some glamourous model. And an older girl I don’t know.

So this is the personal side of Why I Became A Disney Travel Agent. The business side – and it’s legit – is that I am never happier than when I am sitting there pricing out options and looking into the tiny details of a trip, no matter whose it is. Since I started this job I’ve done several quotes, some for real potential trips and some just for fun (because yes, I have a weird sense of “fun” and I’ve asked people to give me trip scenarios so I can tell them the costs), and I’ve honest-to-goodness enjoyed the heck out of it all the way through. But the personal reason is because I want to get my Mommy-Daughter camping trip in Disney World, where it’s just the two of us sharing our Happy Place. I want to get there before she stops wanting to go with me. I want to do it while she’s still young enough to tell me that she thinks that maybe some of the dinosaurs in “Dinosaur!” are not animatronics but real, and young enough to hug the characters with all her enthusiasm and love. I want this SO MUCH.

PRINCESS POWER!

PRINCESS POWER!

Now’s where I turn this into an ad. I will never, ever ask for financial donations to get me to Disney. You’ve got things you need to do with your own money and that’s cool.  But I will say, if you’re looking to plan a trip anyway, if you don’t already have a travel agent you love, if you aren’t a travel agent yourself (it happens!)… you can help me get my daughter there too and it’s at no extra cost to you. In fact if you book in March you’ll get money back, so to speak, because of my Start-Up Promo. But all you have to do is contact me to help with your trip. I don’t HAVE to do the price quotes (if you like them as much as I do, haha), or the ADRs, or the hands-on research to get the itinerary together. If you WANT me to, I’d love to do that, but it’s not a prerequisite. Instead I can be there to squeal over Disney stuff with, remind you that your trip is in X number of days, send you and your kids Disney freebies (honest, I have a stack I’m waiting to send to clients), and book you that trip at no cost to you. I also have info on the windows for all the promotions going on, the events, and whatever else.

One thing you can count on: I will get you the best trip for the best price; I don’t push for expensive stuff just to bump up my commission.  I’d rather you have a great trip and come back and tell your friends about me.  I look for discounts, I compare the best prices and the amenities, and if nothing else I can be enthusiastic about what you want to do (and believe me, I will! I live vicariously through other people’s trips, LOL!).

If you’d like to book with me please send me an email at rebeccak@fairytalejourneys.com, visit my website at Fairytale Journeys by Rebecca Kelly, or connect with me on Facebook or Twitter. All these are new but I would love, love, LOVE to have a community of friends, not just clients, to talk Disney about as much as we can.

Whatever happens, I know I’m going to take my daughter camping at Fort Wilderness, and I know we’re going to have an amazing time. And when we go I’ll post pictures and a trip report here. I just wish I knew when it would be so that I could count down!

Miss Adorable waits for the ferry from Magic Kingdom

Miss Adorable waits for the ferry from Magic Kingdom

Fairytale Journeys by Rebecca Kelly – March 2013 Special Offer

This is an Advertisement.

But really, it's my ad, not yours.

But really, it’s my ad, not yours.

As I’ve mentioned occasionally here, I’ve recently become a Disney Travel Agent with Fairytale Journeys.  This service is free and encompasses pretty much whatever you want – the only thing I absolutely NEED to do is put your booking in for you.  Otherwise, you can plan out as much as you want, and whatever you don’t want, I’ll pick up the slack.  Want to do everything?  Okay!  I’ll still be here for advice and quick question answers.  Want to do nothing?  No problem!  I can book hotels, flights, rental cars, ADRs, tickets, the works.

Well, I know what you’re thinking – “If I do everything, why should I use a travel agent and let them get paid for doing nothing?”  Two reasons: one, I get travel updates directly from Disney, so I get the latest news as it comes out; and two, this month, I’m running a special offer where, if you book with me – meaning you don’t have to pay in full this month, but we do need to do the preliminary booking – you get a free gift.  In other words, if you book with me, YOU get something for nothing… Plus, of course, your Disney vacation!

The options vary depending on the cost of the vacation you book, but they break down in price ranges: $500-$1749 gets a gift worth up to $25, $1750-$3499 gets a gift worth up to $50, and $3500 or more is worth up to $75!

What, I now hear you thinking, are these gifts you’re promising?  Is this a timeshare?

No.  It is not a timeshare.  You can leave this presentation at any time, I won’t even notice.  And I certainly won’t get hostile and rude and blame you for wasting the past three hours or something that you never actually ASKED me to spend trying to sell this timeshare to you.  …Not that this has ever happened to me, ahem.

But yes – the gifts.  You have the option of either selecting a gift card (Disney or Visa) in the exact amounts above – no “up to”, just $25, $50, or $75 – or picking out some Disney merchandise which I will buy for you and have shipped to you. (that’s where the “up to” comes into it.)  I can’t list everything you can choose from here, but a few samples:

Gourmet Mickey Mouse tea kettle – $40

I have to say, that's a nice kettle. Well, then again, I picked this image out so I guess it's not a surprise I like it. Pic is (c) Disney Store.

I have to say, that’s a nice kettle. Well, then again, I picked this image out so I guess it’s not a surprise I like it. Pic is (c) Disney Store.

Vinylmation Figures – $10 ea.

So darn CUTE.  Image (c) The Disney Store.

So darn CUTE. Image (c) The Disney Store.

Dooney & Burke Wristlet Bag – $60

Other varieties available. Image (c) The Disney Store.

Other varieties available. Image (c) The Disney Store.

Mickey Mouse Messenger Tote – $30

I love messenger bags!  Though I don't know what you're a messenger of. Image is (C) The Disney Store.

I love messenger bags! Though I don’t know what you’re a messenger of. Image is (C) The Disney Store.

Donald Duck: The Original Angry Bird t-shirt – $33

Oh, Donald, I love you. :) Image is (c) The Disney Store.

Oh, Donald, I love you. 🙂 Image is (c) The Disney Store.

(Just to avoid ANY confusion: I am not selling these, I don’t currently have them in my possession, I picked a few nice-looking things from the website.  What’ll happen is you’ll decide what you want and I’ll order it at full price and have it shipped to you as a gift.  I am NOT selling Disney merchandise, on this site or any other!)

There are a few caveats: these come FROM ME and are not provided by Disney or by Fairytale Journeys.  In order to be eligible for the gift you have to book with me in March, but the gift will be delivered after travel occurs to avoid any problems such as unforeseen cancellations, etc.  Also, as much as possible, the price of any merchandise selected should include shipping costs (ie the Dooney & Burke back – $60 plus $10 for shipping, total cost = $70).   Unless for something small, such as Vinylmation, please don’t request multiple items to try to make an exact price.

So there’s your opportunities!  This offer expires after March 31, 2013, possibly never to return… so call me, maybe? (I kind of hate myself for writing that.)  How about: so get in touch please and let’s talk Disney!  I can help smooth out your details, or I can just gab with you about what a great trip you’re going to have!  I love all of it, so I hope to work with you!
Email: rebeccak@fairytalejourneys.com
Website: http://fairytalejourneysbyrebecca.weebly.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FairytaleJourneysByRebeccaKelly

Fairytale Journeys By Rebecca Kelly launched!

My Travel Agent website is officially launched!Fairytale Journeys by Rebecca Kelly – First Fifty Hits Get Free Money!  (This is COMPLETELY not true.  I am trying to drive traffic.  Please do not contact me for your money.)  Subscribe Today for Life-Changing Views and Methods! (again, not true.)

In all seriousness, this page will give all the information about what services I can perform as a Disney Travel Agent, and give you the contact information to get in touch with me.  Please do. I look forward to working with people.  Contacting me is a no-obligation kind of thing because all we’ll do first off is discuss what you WANT to do, and I won’t sign you up for anything, bill you for anything, or draw funny mustaches on your pictures.

You can also Like my business page on Facebook, which will keep you in touch with Disney promotions as well as promotions I may offer just for booking with me!  (There are no guarantees that I will be running one at any given time, but I am being serious this time.)  You can also follow me on Twitter and my updates go there too.

This is not my photo.  I used it with permission on my site.

This is not my photo. I used it with permission on my site.

Why I Decided To Become a Disney Travel Agent

Disclaimer: I do not work for the Walt Disney Company nor am I affiliated with them at all. I’m an independant contractor for Fairytale Journeys, LLC, and we specialize in Disney vacations. Everything in this blog is my own opinion and doesn’t represent FTJ or the Disney Company at all. Just making that clear!

Well! So tonight I finished up the training to book Disney Vacations – I’ve been doing it in the evenings for the past week or so, and for the most part it’s been surprisingly fun – and I feel really ridiculously pleased with myself. I have a pile of certificates to print out, and then a website to work on.

I guess that’s going to be the hard part: getting the website to look the way I want it. I’m picky about the image I present: I want something that is professional, but not so professional as to be stuffy or impersonal – but obviously I don’t want to be so personal as to look unprofessional.

So, all of this raises the question now of why I decided, a month or so ago, to become a travel agent specializing in Disney vacations. First of all, I have a full-time job, and second of all, I don’t even get to go to Disney World as often as I’d like (as you have probably seen me moaning and groaning about in this blog if not other places, depending on how well you know me).

Well, the reason is just because I love Disney World. I love planning trips to Disney World. Over the past five years I’ve been twice but planned at least five or six trips, including the one I was going to take last Fall but plans fell through (it’s on indefinite hold and might happen this year instead!). I love doing the research, the reserving, the number crunching, all of it. I’ve worked with a travel agent before, on my last trip, and she was a blast – a complete sweetheart, so helpful, and she left a lot of the planning up to me because obviously that was what I wanted. But she was prepared to step in and do it all.

And it occurred to me that I’d actually find that FUN. I like planning all kinds of trips, but Disney is something where I really know my stuff, my details, and I know where to look to find more details. If ever I had a moonlighting job that was right for me, I knew right away that this was it.

I have a few friends who are planning on doing Disney in the next year or two, and I know they’ll come to me. So far though I’ve only done some preliminary checking out and nothing solid. So I hope, I really really hope that I’ll get a chance to help plan – doing as little or as much as my clients want me to – and help to make the vacations live up to the dreams, they way mine always do.

I’m not going to turn this into an advertisement because I’m sure no one here wants to hear that right now (though some of this blog real estate will go to that purpose once my website is up and running); this is more just about how excited I am, and proud of myself for doing something I’ve never done before. I hope I get a chance to prove myself!

In the meantime, this is me, Rebecca Kelly; affiliated with Fairytale Journeys and hoping to get to work with you. 🙂

I was torn between "Professional!" and "Fun!" and I decided this one was more Me. I really am professional though.  It's just that no one can resist that hat.

I was torn between “Professional!” and “Fun!” and I decided this one was more Me. I really am professional though. It’s just that no one can resist that hat.