Sonya Douglas - Vacation Planner

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My favorite vacation destinations may be closed, but to keep the Magic alive, I plan to share a favorite image each day.

Today's photo is of the Surf Pool at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon.

My favorite vacation destinations may be closed, but to keep the Magic alive, I plan to share a favorite image each day.

The absolute best thing to see after a long day of traveling! Can't wait to drive under that arch again!!

Mickey Ears are my go to souvenir! I have too many to pick a favorite but the candy canes ones from last Christmas & my Disney Cruise Line ones from our cruise last May are definitely in the top 10! Post a pic in the comments of your favorite ears.

My favorite vacation destinations may be closed, but to keep the Magic alive, I plan to share a favorite image each day.

Today's photo is from March 1st at Epcot. The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival had not even started yet but most of the topiaries were already in place. Sadly, the festival was only open 2.5 weeks before the parks closed.

Busy Sunday morning! During my hold time of over 5 hours before talking to a Disney agent I made fast passes, ate breakfast, attended online church (will listen to the sermon again later though) and sewed some cloth masks for healthcare workers in our area. Total call was a little over 6.5 hours! The good news is that I was able to get my clients' reservations changed along with helping out some fellow teammates.
Now, I'm going to take a good Sunday afternoon nap!!

‼️ IMPORTANT UPDATE ‼️

I know this leaves a lot of questions for all of us and rest assured that I will update you all with further information as soon as I receive it.

Stay safe friends and please do your part to help flatten the curve! Sending love and pixie dust to all of you! ✨

My favorite vacation destinations may be closed, but to keep the Magic alive, I plan to share a favorite image each day.

Today's photo is from our visit in December. Toy Story Land was so cute decorated for Christmas!!

My favorite vacation destinations may be closed, but to keep the Magic alive, I plan to share a favorite image each day.

Missing the thrills of Universal Orlando today!

My favorite vacation destinations may be closed, but to keep the Magic alive, I plan to share a favorite image each day.

💖 Cinderella Castle 💖

My favorite vacation destinations may be closed, but to keep the Magic alive, I plan to share a favorite image each day.

Today's photo is from my visit to Disneyland in November 2015. When you walk into Cars Land at Disney California Adventure you feel like you are walking into the movie!

My favorite vacation destinations may be closed, but to keep the Magic alive, I plan to share a favorite image each day.

Who else wishes we were sitting outside The Plaza Ice Cream Parlor eating an All America Sundae today?

My favorite vacation destinations may be closed, but to keep the Magic alive, I plan to share a favorite image each day.

Today's photo is of the dragon topiary in the World Showcase at Epcot. This amazing topiary is part of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. In my opinion, this is the most beautiful time of the year at Epcot!

While I KNOW that Disney & Universal did the right thing by closing and we are all doing the right thing by staying at home, I can't help but be sad for my clients who were supposed to be checking in for their Spring Break vacations over the past few days & over the coming days. Some have rescheduled for later in the year but most cancelled due to not knowing when they could travel again. For some their Spring Break vacations were First Visits, some were birthday celebrations, anniversary celebrations, some were early graduation celebrations and others were just to have some family fun.

I pray that we all take time to enjoy being with our families and the simple pleasures of life that we don't normally get to do over the next few days/weeks in quarantine. Catch up on movies you haven't seen, read a book, do a puzzle, paint, play your favorite instrument, take a walk, listen to the birds or start a new hobby.

We will all get through this!! When we do and you are ready to travel again I will be here to help as always!!

My favorite vacation destinations may be closed, but to keep the Magic alive, I plan to share a favorite image each day.

Today's photo is of my Disney Cruise Line Minnie ears from our cruise on the Disney Dream in May 2019. Anyone who knows me knows that I collect Minnie ear headbands and they are my go to Disney souvenir.

My favorite vacation destinations may be closed, but to keep the Magic alive, I plan to share a favorite image each day.

Today's photo is also from our cruise on the Disney Dream last May. The ship is so beautiful at night!!

My favorite vacation destinations may be closed, but to keep the Magic alive, I plan to share a favorite image each day.

Today's photo is also from my birthday trip at the end of February. The Remy topiary in France for this year's Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is so cute!

My favorite vacation destinations may be closed, but to keep the Magic alive, I plan to share a favorite image each day.

Today's photo is of me and my family on my birthday this year...2/29/20 was a wonderful day filled with family, fun and sun!!

⭐️ Long post but please read ⭐️

I have worked in the travel industry for almost 13 years, and I have never experienced a more difficult time than what we are going through at the moment.

For the past few weeks my teammates and I have been trying to navigate through the changes that are rapidly taking place in our industry. Cancellations, rescheduling, changes to travel insurance policies, closings - it has become our day.

It is devastating to tell clients that the trip that they have been looking forward to may not happen this year. We get calls numerous times per day asking when we expect things to be back to normal. The truth is, we just don’t know, but we are hoping that this will be a bad memory very soon.

The travel industry will do what we can to provide assistance during this time. But we need your support when you get ready to make vacation plans again! Instead of booking online, or calling the cruise lines - contact a travel agent!

Travel agents are small businesses, we work on commission, and do not get paid unless our clients travel, which means that when we spend hours cancelling a client’s trip we make $0. Are you aware that when you book online, or call the cruise lines etc. you pay a commission, just like if you call a travel agent? You just don’t receive the personal service which you will get when working with a travel agent.

So what are the benefits to you for using a travel agent you may wonder. Glad you asked. First of all - not all travel agents work the same way! We have our areas that we specialize on, services that we offer and fees that we charge, if any. One thing I can tell you is that you will receive personal service, which you will not receive from a website. For instance at the moment when there are a lot of changes and cancellations, we help you take care of all that, and help you negotiate to ensure that you get the best outcome possible. We use our contacts, we stay on the phone for hours, we write emails on your behalf- we are here to advocate for you.

But even when things are normal, we take care of everything. We make sure that you are booked with reputable companies. We make special arrangements for you. Maybe you are celebrating a special day, maybe you have a special request or you have a special need, such as you need a wheelchair, or an oxygen tank. We can arrange that. We also have access to suppliers who don't deal directly with the general public.

I am receiving emails daily from suppliers who only a few weeks ago had very successful companies, but have now lost almost 100% of their business because of cancellations. Many of our suppliers are very eager to get business, and many are offering great prices and/or amenities. If you are interested in taking advantage of that, please contact me asap. If I am not able to help you, I will refer you to an agent who specializes on the destination you are interested in.

Know I am here now holding your hand during this confusion and will be here when you are ready to take your next adventure.

Thank you for your continued support, I appreciate each and everyone of my past, present and future clients. Stay well ❤️

If you were navigating the sometimes rocky waters of travel planning on your own & you spent your valuable time on hold cancelling reservations please let me help when you are ready to plan again. Once the closures were officially announced I reached out to my current clients and began discussions on what they wanted to do with their Spring Break reservations. I have spent the last 2 days canceling some reservations & rescheduling others all while my clients went on with their daily activities. We are all in uncharted waters with this situation but my clients know that I care about them and that I'm still here to help plan their dream vacations either later this year or in the future!! I am here for you too!!

First call of the day & first wave of changes/cancellations done. While my clients were sleeping, getting ready for work, getting children off to school and going on with their morning routine I was taking care of their vacation plans so they didn't have to. I'm thankful for the trust my clients put in me to plan their vacations!! Always book with a travel professional that cares about your family's needs.

So excited for my May clients! In all of the chaos of modifications & cancellations for Walt Disney World reservations for the next few weeks due to Covid-19, I was able to get all of the fast passes that my clients wanted! They will enjoy fast passes for Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Avatar Flight of Passage, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Frozen Ever After & many more attractions!

This pretty much sums it up!!

🌟 TO ALL MY CLIENTS 🌟

Please know I am monitoring this situation closely. If anything is to happen that will impact your trip, I will let you know as soon as possible and take the necessary steps to adjust your reservation.

Let's take this one day, one moment at a time. This is a brand new scenario for all of us and I'm staying up to date as much as I can for all of you. Please be patient with me. And thank you for trusting me with your travel plans!

This is a roller coaster ride I could go for today!! The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal Orlando is so much fun!!

All Aboard for buy 2 day tickets, get 2 days free at Universal Orlando!! Remember this great offer is good for travel now through December 18th. Tickets can be stand alone or part of a Universal Orlando vacation package.

I know this is a time of uncertainty. The situation is evolving daily with COVID-19, making it tough for anyone to predict what may happen in the days, weeks, and months ahead. But, I want my clients to know that I am staying on top of the latest updates to polices and procedures from travel suppliers. I am here for you if you have questions or if you decide you need to make changes to your travel plans. #SmartTravelersUseATravelAgent

Why book your vacations with a travel professional? Because I’ve done the research so you don’t have to! You can rest easy knowing I have your best interests in mind and am here to make your vacation dreams come true. So, where to next?
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Southwest has some amazing flight prices from Birmingham & Atlanta to Orlando for Spring Break!! It has been a LONG time since I have seen flights out of BHM for $54!! If you don't have spring break plans yet, now is the time to make them!!

Let's start planning today!
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Happy Friday!!

Having fun planning a summer vacation at Universal Orlando Resort that includes Volcano Bay water park on this cold rainy morning. I know my clients are going to have so much fun in July!!

Remember you can still get 2 days of tickets free when you purchase 2 days of tickets! This is good for travel through 12/18/20. These can be stand alone tickets or part of a vacation package.

Today is the first day of Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. It is my favorite time of the year at Epcot! This past weekend we were able to see a few of the beautiful topiaries for this year's festival. Remy is my favorite! The festival will last through June 1st. I'm so excited to see it again later this spring & for my clients that will get to experience it this year! It's not too late to plan your vacation!
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I love the newly renovated All Star Music Family Suites at Disney! They are perfect for families of 5 or 6 or smaller families that just want some extra room. Each suite has 3 queen size beds, 2 bathrooms and a kitchenette.

Countdown check in!! How many days until your next Disney vacation?

If you don’t have one, let me help you get past those Monday blues with booking a Disney vacation!!

Contact me to get more information
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Yesterday was a BEAUTIFUL day at Epcot! Delicious lunch at the new Regal Eagle, lots of our favorite attractions, beautiful photos of the flowers & topiaries for the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, a visit to the new Riviera Resort and a ride on the Disney Skyliner before heading to the airport to come home.
It was a wonderful birthday weekend!! Thank you all for following along & for the birthday wishes!!

Breakfast at Boma, a fun day at Magic Kingdom & dinner at Kona Cafe at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Should have taken more pics but I was enjoying being with my family on my birthday!

Just checked into Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge!

Good morning from Orlando!! Follow along for my super short birthday trip!!

Who is ready to double the fun at Universal Orlando? Now through August 13th you can get 2 days free when you purchase 2 day tickets! These can be stand alone tickets or part of a vacation package. The tickets must be used by December 18th.

Do you ever wish the Disney Dining plan gave you a little more flexibility, but you don't want or need the Deluxe dining plan?

Disney is now offering what you need with the Disney Dining Plus plan!!

Everyone in the party, ages 3 and over, will receive the following each night of their package stay:

🍔 - 2 Meals Per Night of Stay – to use in any combination of Table-Service and Quick-Service Meals
🥨 - 2 Snacks Per Night of Stay
🥤 - 1 Resort Refillable Mug

Contact me for more details or to add it to your vacation package!!
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I can't think of a better way to spend your tax refund!! You worked hard all year last year, now take some time and take your family on a vacation they will always remember!!
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Disney Travel Professionals

Disney Cruise Line has announced their summer 2021 itineraries! In summer 2021, Disney Cruise Line will sail a variety of itineraries around the world including a return to Greece – back by popular demand – and exciting and varied European destinations, Alaska ports and tropical locales. Plus, Disney Cruise Line will visit three first-time ports of call in Greece, Sweden and Norway. Here is when we can book your next summer 2021 vacation:

February 25, 2020: Platinum Members
February 26, 2020: Platinum and Gold Members
February 27, 2020: Platinum, Gold and Silver Members
February 28, 2020: all Guests

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Get excited! Disney Cruise Line is heading back to Greece, Northern Europe, Alaska and other must-see destinations next summer. ☀

🎃 Tickets are now on sale for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party! 🎃

This is a Special Ticketed Event that takes place select nights in the Fall in Magic Kingdom. 🏰 Guests can don their favorite costumes, trick-or-treat around the park, enjoy party-exclusive treats, the special Boo to You parade, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Fireworks Spectacular, and SO much more!

If you are interested in attending one of the parties during your special trip, please be sure to let me know and I will get you pricing for your family. Party dates are as follows:

August 13, 18, 21, 25, 28
September 1, 4, 7, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
November 1

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