Experience The Magic With Best of Disney

Family Vacation Growth

NORWALK, Conn., March 1 /PRNewswire/ — With the rise in family vacation popularity, what better way to take your family on a magical adventure than a Disney Vacation — and the experts at Travelers Advantage have donned their mouse ears for top tips that would make even Mickey smile.

Family travel is on an upsurge, according to the Travel Industry Association, with one in four household trips — or more than 170.1 million — including children under 18. Most trips with children (91 percent) are for leisure, nearly half of which are taken to visit friends or relatives.

There’s no better time to enjoy the Disney magic, than during the global celebration of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland, which began in May 2005 and runs through most of this year. All of the Disney destinations are part of this celebration, and have added new attractions, shows and other offerings to entertain families all over the world.

“When you think of fun family vacations, you think of Disney and the enchantment and magic offered at their popular attractions around the world,” said Julia Ryan, vice president of Travelers Advantage and Travelersadvantage.com. “During the 50th Anniversary celebration, families can experience the best that Disney has to offer.”

The experts at Travelers Advantage offer these tips and recommendations for the ultimate family Disney Vacation:

Disney Tips:

— Best time to visit Disney … even though the peak season (summer,
Thanksgiving & Christmas) may be busy, the parks stay open later and
special shows and extravaganzas are more frequent. If you have
younger, preschoolers, September is a great time – the parks are open
until midnight on weekends, show schedule is rich and it’s cooler than
summer. Another best time is between Thanksgiving and Christmas (the
crowds are gone, decorations are up and the parks are often open late
in the evening (check hours for specific dates.) Also, January-mid-
February and late April-early June are good times.

— Family Reunions … planning a family reunion can be stressful, but the
clever innovators at Disney can de-stress the mess, with a new online
planning tool and entertainment options including a “Magical
Gatherings” planner and a virtual vacations planning kit.

— Disney Cruise Line … families will find special facilities and
activities with Disney Cruise Line, all beautifully executed. There’s
an entire deck for kids, with a large staff, age-specific programs, and
hands-on activities. Parents receive pagers when dropping kids off at
the Oceaneer Club (ages 3-8) or Oceaneer Lab (ages 9-12). Babies get
laid back at the Flounder’s Reef Nursery (at an extra charge.) For
teens, there’s Common Grounds, a New-York style coffeehouse with music,
large screen TV, and coffee bar; programs in photography, film-making;
teen outings; and more. Live shows are a special highlight on Disney
cruises, and so is Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. A 3-night
Bahamas cruise aboard the Disney Wonder departing from Port Canaveral,
Fla., is available from $429*.

— International Family Fun … Want to experience international magic
with Mickey? Consider Disneyland Paris (EuroDisney) and Tokyo Disney,
and the recently opened Hong Kong Disney.

Traveler’s Advantage Top 10 Disney World Recommendations

1. Pick your time of year with care … You need to balance three main
factors: crowds, heat, park schedules. Don’t overlook the importance
of park closing times!

2. Pick your park according to Extra Magic Hour … Every morning, one of
the four theme parks opens early for resort guests only. Either rush
to the early opening yourself, or avoid that park for most of the day.

3. Get to these parks early … This advice is especially important for
Disney’s water parks (which are packed by noon) and Animal Kingdom
(which closes early.) In the Magic Kingdom, Main Street opens early so
people can have breakfast at Crystal Palace and Cinderella’s Royal
Table. Arrive early, and you can race to Splash Mountain as soon as
the park officially opens.

4. Take an afternoon break … Go early to the park of your choice; take
a break and return to your resort or hotel when the day is hottest;
return to the parks in the evening. Three theme parks have lots to
offer after dusk.

5. Use Fastpass … Fastpass compares favorably to sliced bread as a
great invention. It’s free, it’s simple, and it saves you from
standing in line for the most popular rides. Get the most out of
Fastpasses — and your whole Disney World vacation — by using them
strategically.

6. Bring drinks & snacks …so you can save money on hot and humid summer
days — when kids need to drink liquids all day long.

7. Eat for value and fun … Food is expensive in the theme parks, no
question. You can scout some bargains, but spending more on a full
buffet is a better option — and more fun, if Pooh Bear or Cinderella
is in attendance. A giant late breakfast buffet can serve as lunch; a
big late lunch can fuel the family right through dinner hour. Also,
some a la carte restaurants specialize in fun theming, and these can
be good choices, too.

8. Use priority seating … for restaurant meals. It’s easy, it’s free,
and usually entails no commitment — yet you get seated quickly
instead of waiting in line.

9. Use Disney transportation system … Every hour of the day, and well
into the night, blessedly cool Disney buses ferry people free from one
park to another and from the Disney resorts.

10. Keep Cool … How, on a hot and humid day? By using cool clothes, cool
shoes, and cool-down gadgets… and by visiting the water parks.

Travelers Advantage can enhance your Disney experience with great member savings on air, hotel and rental car.

About Travelers Advantage

Members of Travelers Advantage (http://www.travelersadvantage.com/ or 1-877-841-1335) can save money on air travel, cruises, car rentals and accommodations, as well as earn five percent cash back on eligible travel booked with preferred providers through the service. Travelers Advantage is offered by Affinion Group, a leader in the membership, insurance and loyalty marketing businesses, providing products and services that touch the lives of millions of Americans.

About Affinion Group

Affinion Group is a leading affinity direct marketer of value-added membership, insurance and package enhancement programs and services to consumers. With more than 30 years of experience, Affinion Group currently offers its programs and services worldwide through more than 4,500 affinity partners. Its diversified base of affinity partners includes leading companies in a wide variety of industries, including financial services, retail, travel, telecommunications, utilities and Internet. Affinion Group also has a growing loyalty solutions operation which administers points-based loyalty programs. Based in Norwalk, Conn., Affinion Group has approximately 3,600 employees throughout the United States and in 13 countries across Europe.

* Rate is cruise only, per person, double occupancy and does not include

non-commissionable fares and $19.95 processing fee.

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