Disney Marathon Weekend 2019!

Are you thinking of going to Disney over marathon weekend in 2019?  We’ve got some great resort options for you!

Storybook Destinations has group room rates at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, and Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter.  Whether you’re planning on coming to run, coming to cheer on the runners, or those dates just fit in with your travel plans, we can help!  Group rates are limited, so contact us for details.

The 4 night Disney Dream cruise that leaves on January 14th out of Port Canaveral will also have a runDisney event for the Castaway Cay 5k!  Book through us for an additional onboard credit!

Contact us today to get booked or for more information!

Vacations@StorybookDestinations.com

 

Marvel and Star Wars Days at Sea in 2019!

In 2019, epic adventures at sea return to Disney Cruise Line with special engagements of two popular itineraries – Star WarsDay at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea. Spanning two Disney cruise ships, sailing across the Caribbean and Bahamas, these cruises bring Disney and fan-favorite fun to families and Guests of all ages.

Star Wars Day at Sea

From January to early March, 2019, nine special seven-night Disney Fantasy sailings will transport you to the Caribbean and a galaxy far, far away.

Star Wars Day at Sea is an experience unlike any other where you can celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga with Jedi, Wookiees, droids, Stormtroopers and others during the special day-long celebration.

The seven-night cruise features a full day of Star Wars activities including a deck party spectacular with an extraordinary fireworks display, encounters with the galaxy’s most formidable and heroic characters, Star Wars-themed family and youth activities, unique food and beverage offerings and special merchandise. Star Wars Day at Sea will only be offered on nine Disney Fantasy seven-night Caribbean cruises sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida.

Departing Jan. 5, Jan. 19, Feb. 2, Feb. 16 and March 2, 2019, the Western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman; Falmouth, Jamaica, and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

Departing Jan. 12, Jan. 26, Feb. 9 and Feb. 23, 2019, the Eastern Caribbean itinerary includes Tortola, St. Thomas and Disney Castaway Cay.

Marvel Day at Sea

From January to early March, 2019, 10 special five-night Disney Magic sailings will take you to the Caribbean and Bahamas, along with an action-packed, day-long celebration of the Marvel Universe.

Marvel Day at Sea combines the thrills of renowned Marvel comics, films and animated series, with the excitement of a Disney Cruise to summon everyone’s inner Super Hero for adventures that lie ahead during this unforgettable day at sea.

Occurring on one action-packed day during each of the select five-night Disney Magic sailings, Marvel Day at Sea transports you to a new realm of possibilities when the largest collection of Marvel Super Heroes and Villains assembles on a cruise ship.

The event features all-day entertainment including interactions with some of the mightiest Marvel Super Heroes and the menacing foes who oppose them, an extraordinary deck show spectacular, Marvel-themed youth activities, special merchandise and unique food and beverage offerings.

Marvel Day at Sea will only be offered on 10 Disney Magic five-night Caribbean and Bahamian cruises sailing from Miami, Florida. Departing Jan. 6 and Jan. 20, 2019, the Western Caribbean itinerary includes Grand Cayman and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Disney Castaway Cay.

Departing Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Feb. 22 and March 8, 2019, the Bahamian itinerary includes Key West, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney Castaway Cay.

Departing Feb. 3, Feb. 17 and March 3, 2019, the Western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico, and Disney Castaway Cay.

Tips for Surviving a Flight with an Infant

Let’s face it, flying can be stressful.  There are so many variables that are beyond your control.  Will there be traffic on the way to the airport?  How long will it take me to get through security?  What if my flight gets delayed, or worse, cancelled?  On top of that let’s throw in an unpredictable, completely dependent infant for good fun.  Excited for your next flight yet?

At just sixteen months old my son has already been on four round trip flights.  Here are some tips I’ve gathered that have helped us survive and will hopefully help you survive your next flight with an infant, too.

  1. Have proper documentation

Airlines allow infants under the age of 2 to fly in your lap for free on domestic flights.  You will often hear this referred to as a “lap baby” or an “infant in arms”.  Some airlines allow you to add your child online after you purchase your tickets.  However, other airlines do not allow you to add your infant until you arrive at the airport, which means waiting in your airline’s ticketing line to add your child.  These airlines will require proof that your child is under the age of 2 in order to add your child to your ticket.  This proof can come in the form of your child’s birth certificate or a passport.  Be sure to keep those in an easily accessible area.  Even if you were able to add your infant to your ticket prior to arriving at the airport be sure to have the proof with you just in case!

  1. Don’t be afraid to take your stroller

We typically always fly with our son’s stroller.  It makes navigating through the airport so much easier, provides some storage so we aren’t carrying all of our bags, and is free to gate check!  This is also convenient in case you get to your gate with a lot of extra time and want to take your little one for a walk around the airport to keep them entertained.  Keep in mind though that you do need to fold up your stroller to go on the belt through security.  If you prefer to wear your child though, security will not ask you to take your child out of their harness, wrap, etc. to go through the metal detectors.

  1. Wait to board your flight

Most airlines will offer some type of family boarding to allow families traveling with small children extra time to board the flight and get situated before takeoff.  In a lot of situations though this just means that you now have more time to keep your squirming infant closed off in a confined space.  If your seat was already assigned, no one is going to take it, so why rush to get on the plane and just sit there with your child?  Use this time instead to allow them some extra time to get some energy out or do a quick diaper change.  There have been times when my husband has gotten on the plane with our boarding group to go ahead and get our overhead luggage taken care of while I’ve waited a few extra minutes before boarding.  If your flight has open seating, I highly recommend boarding during family time.  That way you can guarantee seats with whoever you are traveling with.  Additional tip: if you are on a flight with open seating, and you know the flight isn’t full, go ahead and plop your little one in the seat beside you.  Just be sure to place your infant in your lap during takeoff and landing.

  1. Bring snacks and entertainment

What makes you feel better?  Snacks.  What makes your infant feel better and help ward off some boredom?  Snacks.  Bring them and keep them in a handy place during the flight.  Also, grab some milk, juice, or water before you board the flight for your infant.  Drinking during takeoff and landing can help their ears adjust to the change in pressure, which can be really irritating for them.  There are TSA guidelines for what you can bring with you in your carryon through security.  Here is a link to the TSA site’s section on Traveling with Children: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/special-procedures/traveling-children

Another great idea is to bring along a portable DVD player or tablet to help entertain your child during the flight.  Recently we purchased a portable DVD player with a battery life.  This worked great on our flight and helped our son (and us) pass the time more easily.  We also purchased some headphones that are much more comfortable for our son to wear (and look super cute too).  Bonus: some airlines offer free inflight entertainment on domestic flights when applicable now!

  1. Relax

This is probably the hardest one.  No one particularly wants to travel with a child that is irritable, fussy, crying, or just simply restless.  If your child does start doing any of these things during the flight it is easy to become flustered over the situation.  The good news is once the plane takes off it is loud, which will help drown out the sound for others if your child does become fussy.  Even if it doesn’t, most everyone travels with headphones while on a flight.  You will have plenty of empathy from other parents because we have all been there at one point in time.  Plus, you are on vacation, so don’t let these moments start or end your trip with a bad taste in your mouth while you are trying to soothe your child.  Just remember that any noise your child makes is magnified ten-fold in your eyes.  So just relax, grab some snacks, and remember they are only little once.

Rachel