Live Your Life By Design

I sit here in front of the tree the second to the last night of 2014, reflecting on the last year and what I had mapped out last year in front of the tree, what I had planned personally and professionally for 2014. No, this is post is not about Disney, it is about life, our goals, our dreams, and how will we get there. I look back and think how I let outside factors get in the way of what I planned, I let those things affect me growing in a forward movement in some areas of my life. In others areas, I had NO IDEA how much I would challenge myself, grow, and the people I would meet along the way. But the one phrase I heard recently from a friend was “Live Life by design, not by default”. In so many areas I allowed life to get in the way and I ran on auto pilot, saying “tomorrow I will deal with that” or “tomorrow I will start that project”. I truly believe keeping that phrase in the forefront of your mind can change the outcome of any goal and dream you have. In everything you do, being present, living with design and not just going through the motions needs to be a constant in your life. Plan to grow your business with a design, a plan mapped out instead of the numbers you have as goals. How will you get there every day? Write it out the night before. It truly helps to have a list as your brain processes how to accomplish your plan for the next day while you sleep. What about fitness? Joining a gym will not get you there. Map out what you will do for that week ahead of time. You will find you will make those workouts like appointments in your daily life instead of just trying to squeeze it in somewhere. Remember, wearing the clothes with the intention of working out is not the same thing (we all have done that). What about personal relationships? If you do not have a plan on how to nurture them, you will never grow them stronger. A relationship is like your body, neglect it and one day, it may be like staring in the mirror and saying, how did I get to this weight? You will ask yourself, how did we get here and how do we get back or even how do we get better. It’s always harder once you let something slip away to get it back. Have a plan to grow your relationships with your kids, your significant other, the friends in your life that are constants, that don’t come along often. These are the people in your life you can’t afford to lose, they are the people that help you be who you are. They are more important than the laundry, than a clean house. You HAVE to make time by design to grow and nurture these relationships. In what areas will you live your life more by design and less by default? I have three, how about you?

What did you learn about yourself from 2014? We can all do better but what did you learn about who you are, good and bad? If you ask yourself these honest questions and write them down, making honest goals that will be meaningful will be easier and you are more likely to reach them. Don’t sit reflecting 365 days from now and think, “damn, how did I not get that done?”

Give the gift of travel this holiday season. Buy a cruise, Disney World® or Disneyland® package from Ears of Experience and receive these extra perks!

giving a gift

  •  At least a $50 onboard credit and up to $600 on every Disney Cruise
  • A $50 Disney Gift card on January, February, or March packages of at least four nights at a moderate, deluxe, villa, or suite. These CAN be combined with all promotions that are out right now! Save up to $600 on a package or up to 30% off on room discounts we can package together. Our team will decide what is the least expensive option for you. Contact us for more details at Ears of Experience,, 877-806-6873

Let’s unwrap memories and time with our families this holiday.

*restrictions may apply

In addition, we have a special on our training to become a Specialist in all Disney Destinations. We know how stressful the holidays are and the impact it can have on your wallet. If you want to start off 2015 with the dream of doing what we do as a reality, the training can be split in equal payments of $298.50 now and the other half later in January. Ask for it as a gift or give it to someone you know wants to do this. for more information,, 877-806-6873

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Five reasons to go to Disney World in January and February

1. Less Crowds, more Attractions
There are days in January where you could throw a ball down Main Street and never run into anyone. It is truly the least crowded time of the year. February is not much more crowded. You do have to be mindful of a few exceptions. Marathon weekend Jan 7th-11th. Martin Luther King Weekend Jan. 16th-19th, Presidents’ weekend Feb. 13th-16th, and the princess half marathon Feb 19th-22nd.

This is the time some refurbishments are done but we are only seeing a few, two being water rides. The others being the Liberty Boat and Under the Sea with the Little mermaid. Cinderella’s Royal Table restaurant is also under an extensive refurbishment.

2. Lower temperatures, less rain

Many fear the heat and those summer afternoon rain showers at Disney. This is their time of year then. The highs are around 70 on many days and the lows dip to the low 50s. Yes the pools are heated to 78 degrees.

3. Lower prices
The first two months of the year are typically some of the lowest pricing of the year. There are current promotions out to drop the rates even more but just looking at it no promotion to no promotion, Feb 2nd for four nights vs the first week in May (another favorite time of year for me to travel to the happiest place in earth), prices are lower in February.

Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter trends $174 per night for the February dates and $198 a night in May. The promotion drops this to at least $147 a night on the February dates.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge trends $331 a night for a pool view and the first week in May, $401. The promotion in February drops the price to $231.

4. We all can Get the Winter Blues after the holidays
The cold creeps in and is more noticeable after the excitement of the holidays. Why not sneak away for a bit just to get out of the monotony of the everyday blahs in the winter.

5. Experience a new Character Dining Experience
While Cinderella’s Royal Table is under refurbishment, Citrico’s at Grand Floridian will host a Princess Brunch.
Citrico’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will begin hosting the Disney princesses Jan. 8, 2015, for breakfast and lunch. Reservations open to all guests on Dec. 4 by BY PHONE ONLY at 407-WDW-DINE (starting at 7 a.m. Eastern). Online reservations will be available at a later date. Or work with someone like Ears of Experience and they will do the dining reservations for you.

During this character dining experience, Cinderella and a rotating cast of princesses will visit each table for photos and autographs. The hours are 8 a.m.-2:20 p.m., and the cost is $49.99 for adults and $31.99 for children ages 3-9.

We Are the Plan Behind the Magic

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If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World ® between mid-November and early-January you know the Orlando theme park doesn’t spare a single garland, ribbon or twinkling light for its annual holiday decorations. But do you actually know to what extend Disney ® goes to create this gorgeous winter wonderland? It is truly my favorite time of the year! It is simply beautiful. But with that beauty, comes a lot of preparation and materials! Here are some fun surprising Disney ® Christmas facts you won’t believe:

• There are an astonishing 1,300 decorated trees throughout property.

• The Cirque du Soleil building (La Nouba) at Downtown Disney West Side spreads the holiday cheer with a wreath 25 feet in diameter

• 10 miles of twinkling rope lights go into the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios ®.

• It takes 150 semi-trailer truckloads full of decorations to decorate 24 resorts, 4 theme parks, Downtown Disney and other Disney ® locations.

• 15 miles of garland strung and 1,314 wreaths hung throughout the World Disney World ®.

• There are 300,000 yards of ribbon and bows hung on Christmas trees throughout the property.

• 8.5 million lights light up Walt Disney World Resort ®.

• 100 percent of the lighting used for holiday décor is LED.

• 11 countries decorate for Holidays Around the World at Epcot ®.

• Candlelight Processional at Epcot ® welcomes more than 800 performers each night

• There are also more than 200 guest choirs that sing during the entire run of Candlelight Processional

• Magic Kingdom ® proudly displays a Christmas tree with a base 26 feet wide.

• The 70-foot-tall tree in Disney’s Contemporary Resort entrance lobby features nearly 35,800 white LED lights

•6 life-sized creations cooked up by Walt Disney World pastry chefs, including:

•One 16-foot-tall gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa baked with 1,050 pounds of honey and involving more than 160 hours of decorating

•One life-size gingerbread carousel at Disney’s Beach Club Resort featuring ponies made of chocolate and fondant, giant candy cane poles, handcrafted poinsettias and hand-painted portraits of famous Disney characters

•100 percent chance of snow flurries during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, taking place on select holiday evenings in Magic Kingdom

•365 days of the year that guests can shop for holiday merchandise at the Disney’s Days of Christmas shop in Downtown Disney Marketplace
And if you’re taking a Disney ® cruise this season get ready for a festive trip out to sea as Disney’s ® ship, the Fantasy is adorned with 931 feet of garland, 66 sprays, 27 wreaths, 38 trees ranging from 2 feet to 20 feet and more than 17,000 individual LED lights – 11,000 of which are on the 20 foot tree in the lobby.

There is still time to plan a trip down to enjoy the sites. 877-806-6873
We Are the Plan Behind the Magic

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Disney Cruise Line has announced new itineraries and dates including early 2016. Most are the same but they do have a couple surprises for 2016. Please read below, I am super excited about Tortola and Martinique!!! These sailings are open to book to the General Public Thursday and to Platinum and Gold Castaway Cay members tomorrow. Contact us for pricing and availability. We are the cruise experts! From what night is the best to do an adult only dinner, where to stand for fireworks, even what line to stand in when disembarking, we will tell you AND an onboard credit on every sailing up to $800.

From Disney Travel Company
Disney Cruise Line introduces two popular Caribbean destinations — Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Martinique — into the lineup of favorite tropical itineraries for early 2016. The return to the homeport of San Juan, Puerto Rico brings a new itinerary that includes Martinique.

From the warm Caribbean culture of Tortola, capital of the British Virgin Islands, to the exquisite French island of Martinique, these destinations provide Disney Cruise Line guests the chance to relax on pristine beaches, discover natural wonders and indulge in local shopping and cuisine.

Port Canaveral to Eastern Caribbean, including Tortola
In 2016, Disney Cruise Line will sail from Port Canaveral, FL on a seven-night itinerary to the Eastern Caribbean, including a call at Tortola and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

Tortola is an idyllic escape for Guests of all ages, from tranquil beaches and stunning scenery to exhilarating activities and authentic Caribbean fare. With a variety of experiences for the family to share together, Disney Cruise Line Guests will create memories in Tortola while swimming with dolphins, exploring centuries-old ruins, sampling local spices on Main Street and reveling in the natural beauty of Sage Mountain National Park.

Ports: Port Canaveral; Tortola; St. Thomas; Disney Castaway Cay
Departure dates: Disney Fantasy: Jan. 2, 16, 30; Feb. 13, 27; March 12, 26; April 9, 23; Disney Magic: April 3, 17

San Juan to Southern Caribbean, including Martinique
Disney Cruise Line returns to San Juan, Puerto Rico in early 2016 as the Disney Wonder sails four cruises to the Southern Caribbean, including a stop in Martinique — a new port of call for Disney.

Known as the “Flower of the Caribbean,” Martinique offers a unique island experience complete with breathtaking natural beauty and cosmopolitan culture of French and Creole influence. Nature-lovers will delight in lush rainforests, rushing waterfalls and volcanic landmarks, while Guests looking for a more upscale experience will savor superb French cuisine and superlative shopping.

Ports: San Juan; Barbados; Grenada; Martinique; Antigua; St. Kitts
Departure dates: Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31

Port Canaveral and Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean
In 2016, Disney Cruise Line will sail from Port Canaveral and Miami to the Bahamas and Caribbean on a variety of itineraries. All of these cruises include a stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.


A new Disney Visa Promotion just came out today. The details are below. This promotion should go live on the 9th for general public. Contact us if you want pricing at that time or now if you have a Disney Visa.

The first is called the Stay, Play, and Dine special and you can save big on an overall discount on rooms, tickets and dining.

Stay Play, and Dine is available from December 14-20 and also January 5- March 7.

There is a Minimum 3 night stay and 2 day Magic Your Way tickets are required.

In addition, Disney is offering a discount on rooms!

Room Discount:

Dates January 5-March 28

Save up to 30% at Deluxes,

up to 25% at Moderates (20% on weekends),

and up to 20% (15% on weekends) at Values.

Book through December 29

Certain resorts are excluded. Exclusions: Art of Animation Little Mermaid, VGF Villas, BLT, Polynesian Villas, Bungalows, Campsites

Discover the magic of Walt Disney World® Resorts and parks on a Walt Disney World® Family vacation, and share the joy of Mickey Mouse and company with your kids. Let Ears of Experience plan the perfect Disney trip for you and your loved ones. Contact us today at 1-877-80MOUSE. We look forward to sending you on the magical vacation of a lifetime.




I know there is a lot of confusion on the new 2014/2015 military discounts so I thought I would clarify some of it. Below is the actual discount and blackout dates. Then I will go into some of the answers to questions we get often.

2014-2015 Military Ticket Discount Salute Offer

The Disney Armed Forces Salute offers special military tickets. These tickets are for a specified number of days* and come in several varieties.

Qualified individuals may purchase up to a maximum of six** theme park tickets during the period of the Disney Armed Forces Salute. These tickets are non-refundable and any days left on the tickets will expire at the end of the offer period.

Tickets purchased at military resellers and not direct from Disney must be activated prior to first use in person by the military member or spouse***.

At Disney World you have three choices for your tickets.
• Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper Option for $177 each, plus tax.
• Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Water Park Fun and More Option for $177 each, plus tax.
• Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets with Park Hopper and Water Park Fun and More Options for $207 each, plus tax.
Walt Disney World Resort tickets may be used September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except that the tickets may not be used December 22, 2014 – January 2, 2015 and March 29 – April 9, 2015.

Active and retired U.S. military personnel can purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets for themselves and up to five additional family members or friends. No more than six Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased by any eligible member of the U.S. military (or spouse) pursuant to this offer. All tickets and options are non-transferable and must be used by October 3, 2015.

Active and retired U.S. military personnel can also take advantage of specially priced rooms at select Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort hotels.* This offer is valid for stays most nights from September 28, 2014, through October 3, 2015, except for:

November 27 – November 29, 2014
December 24 – December 31, 2014
March 30 – April 4, 2015

Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased at participating U.S. military sales outlets ONLY by Eligible Service Members (defined below) or their spouses (but not both), for use by themselves and other family members and friends, as provided herein. These Tickets may not be otherwise transferred, distributed or resold.

“Eligible Service Members” are active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The actual prices charged at the individual U.S. military base ticket offices for Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be less than the prices set forth above.

Participating military sales outlets must require that Eligible Service Members (or their spouses) present valid military identification to purchase Disney Military Promotional Tickets.

Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Walt Disney World Resort are not valid until activated by the Eligible Service Members (or their spouses) at Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows. Tickets and options expire and may not be used after October 3, 2015. Valid military identification will be required for purchase and use.

Disney 3-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Disneyland Resort expire and may not be used after October 3, 2015. Valid military identification will be required for purchase and use.

No more than six (6) Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased and (if applicable) activated by any Eligible Service Member or spouse (regardless of the place of purchase and whether purchased by that person or that person’s spouse). In addition, one of the six (6) Tickets purchased must be used by the Eligible Service Member or his/her spouse.
Each Disney Military Promotional Ticket must be used by the same person on any and all days.

*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Minimum length of stay requirements may apply. Valid Military ID will be required upon check-in, and military member (or spouse) must stay in the room. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required. Additional per-adult charges apply at the Walt Disney World Resort if there are more than two adults per room. Other restrictions apply.

Answers to some of the more popular questions we get

  • You cannot stack discounts so you cannot get the Free dining promotion and the military discount. You need to choose. Sometimes based off the length of your stay and the ages of those traveling, the free dine might actually be a better option so always run the numbers or work with someone that can.
  • If you are staying 2-5 days, it is best to use the military salute tickets and either not use some days if you are staying shorter or add a one day park ticket.
    • If you want to do five day tickets, it would be $177 plus a one day base ticket=$279
      A five day straight up ticket at Shades of Green with no hopping would be $300, $359 if you had the hopper feature
    • There are other options with the military discount like a six day ticket that tis NOT a Salute ticket but has a military discount is $307 for a base tickets, $365 if you added the hopper feature. If you did he salute tickets of $177 and added a two day base ticket, it would be $371 per person.
      These prices were based off adults pricing (over the age of 9)
  • You need to have tickets attached to your mydisneyexperience account to get your fast passes ahead of time. You can do this by linking the ticket with the number on voucher. Contrary to what has been said, this works. You will need to get these tickets either at a base or by contacting Camp Pendleton and having them shipped. The information is below. You can fast pass 60 days ahead if you are staying on property and the tickets are linked or 30 days ahead if off property and linked. Off property is Shades of Green. You do not have 60 day Fast pass privileges staying at Shades of Green.
  • Camp Pendelton, Oceanside, CA. The Camp Pendleton ITT , the closest military base to Disneyland, can take your order over the phone and mail them to you.
    • They carry all varieties of Disneyland and Disney World tickets both Armed Forces Salute and Regular Military Discounted tickets.
    • There is a $10 FedEx fee.
    • Disney World tickets require a 2 week lead time.
    • Contact the Camp Pendleton ITT Pacific Plaza
      (760) 725-5863
      Mon-Sat: 8:30am-6:30pm
  • You only get six tickets per military member. They are not six for the military member and six for the spouse.
    • You cannot purchase and activate six and use more than one for the same person until the first ticket is used. For example, you cannot purchase and activate 6 for two people that just want to use all of them for a longer stay. You need to use the first one and then go back and activate the next ones.
  • Do not buy the new tickets until they come out.
  • If you have resort accommodations already booked and want to adjust it to the new military promotion, there needs to currently be inventory at that resort and room category. For example, if you have a room at the Contemporary in a Bay lake view but there aren’t any rooms left in their inventory when the new discount comes out, they will not adjust it. You can upgrade to a nicer room or move to another resort. This can be done without rebooking.
  • The discount on the rooms is not off the rates you see online or any current promotion you already have. The discount is off a brochure rate, no one sees online.
    Each military member can book up to three rooms on the military rate including theirs. Everyone can pay with their own forms of payment. The quick service, regular, and deluxe dining plans can be added to the room for a package.

Discover the magic of Walt Disney World® Resorts and parks on a Walt Disney World® Family vacation, and share the joy of Mickey Mouse and company with your kids. Let Ears of Experience plan the perfect Disney trip for you and your loved ones. Contact us today at 1-877-80MOUSE. We look forward to sending you on the magical vacation of a lifetime.


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