Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2017 Starts Soon!

The 22nd Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival is expanding for a longer-than-ever 75-day run (Aug. 31-Nov. 13, 2017). This year’s festival will feature (35) amazing food and wine Marketplaces to celebrate 35 years of Epcot.
The event will be part of the park’s 35th anniversary day on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 and feature several new experiences. Here are a few favorites:
New Acts for 2017 “Eat to the Beat” Concert Series will amp things up this year. Eleven new-to-the-festival bands, including Kenny G., Squeeze and 10,000 Maniacs, join 21 fan-favorite musical acts for a diverse lineup of pop hit makers to rock America Gardens Theatre stage throughout the festival’s 75-day run.
Other new acts to appear are: The Hooters, Baha Men, Lauren Alaina, Mark Wills, American Authors, Devon Allman, Postmodern Jukebox and Blue October. Concerts take place at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily and are included in Epcot admission . The lineup is subject to change and included in Epcot admission.
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Festival-goers can also enjoy Eat to the Beat Dining Packages at 15 popular Epcot restaurants, guaranteeing a breakfast, lunch or dinner reservation and confirmed seating at a same-day Eat to the Beat concert.
New Marketplaces are coming to the Festival – and India and Spain marketplaces will return for an encore. Our global marketplaces will extend into Future World to offer brand-new taste sensations.

ABC’s “The Chew” is returning to tape five festival shows that will air Oct. 9-13. With Spaceship Earth as the backdrop, the Emmy Award-winning show hosts will again delight a live audience with on-stage cooking and stories of their Disney adventures plus segments from across Walt Disney World® Resort.
Popular TV chefs and culinary icons will entertain at Festival Center demonstrations. Those same stars of the kitchen will create new dishes for premium events such as Party for the Senses grand tastings with new concepts and themes.

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“Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops are also returning with fresh opportunities for you to interact with visiting chefs, bakers, mixologists and other pros.
Contact TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises for more information and reservations assistance!

 

Celebrate 35 years of Epcot at the International Food and Wine Festival 2017! Prices are starting at $99 for a 1-day Theme park admission, price is per person and based on the price of an adult 1-Day Value Ticket for Epcot Park; Special Event ticket price is based on single-event admission per person. Price shown does not include tax.

 

Disney Does it Again! Innovation!

Disney’s Online Check-in is now available at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida!

Disney first launched their “My Disney Experience” App in 2013 which currently includes, Fastpass+, Magic Band 2 and Mobile Order services so it really should be no surprise as the vacation innovation continues at Disney.

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Earlier this year, Disney unveiled a redesigned “My Disney Experience” App with new features that spoke to guests’ desires for an easier way to access all of their vacation plans.  Disney just announced another update to their APP which will bring one more cool and convenient feature to enhance the Disney World (Florida) vacation experience, Online Check-in!!

Disney shared additional information with their Travel Agent Professionals;

When your Clients stay at a Disney Resort hotel, they will be able to use Disney’s Online Check-In service on the My Disney Experience mobile app, expediting their arrival while providing additional convenience, flexibility and customization of their experience. The feature enables your Clients to start the check-in process up to 60 days before their arrival, bypassing the need to visit the front desk and giving them the opportunity to begin their vacation as soon as they set foot in Walt Disney World Resort. Guests complete their check-in by unlocking their room, when it is ready, using the MagicBands sent to them prior to their arrival.

With just a few taps of the screen, your Clients can make room requests, add credit card information and authorize charges, submit an estimated arrival time to help prompt room access, receive a notification when their room is ready and more. Please note that room requests are not guaranteed and Guests must provide consent to receive notifications.

The best part? Your Clients can begin the check-in process at any point up to 60 days prior to your arrival date – even minutes beforehand as they’re transported on Disney’s Magical Express to their resort hotel.

As always, world-class Guest service is part of the magic of a Walt Disney World Resort vacation, and front desk and concierge cast members are available at all of our resort hotels to assist your Clients at their leisure for the duration of their stay.

To take advantage of the Online Check-In service and other features, be sure your Clients download the latest version of My Disney Experience, now available in the App Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices.

#TLCKnows all about it! Just #AskMe ! 😀

Contact TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises for more information on planning and booking your next or first Disney Vacation!

It’s Flashback Friday! I hope you will have family vacation memories to share too!

Happy Friday! One of my hopes to-do on this Friday is to continue encouraging parents to make sure that you plan to travel with your kids too if you can!  On this Flashback Friday I am remembering Florida family vacations.  Orlando has so much to offer a family to experience and enjoy together.  So much has changed and evolved there since my last visit so I know that I’ll need to get back to see all the new expansions soon.

It’s not too late to book your 2017 family getaway if you haven’t done so already! It’s also not too early to begin planning for your 2018 vacation either!

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Disney World 1986; Orlando, Florida! Those little girls are 35 years old now!

I was a newbie Travel Agent back in 1986! This was my 2nd trip to Disney World when I took my oldest daughter and my niece to visit the Mickey Mouse neighborhood, 30 years ago!

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My niece and oldest daughter (now 35 yrs old) met Minnie Mouse 30 years ago at Disney World Orlando!

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We traveled from Disney World in Orlando to visit Busch Gardens in Tampa on the same vacation in 1986.

 

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2005, my 3rd trip to Disney World taking my two youngest kids who are now 18 and 20 years old.

My now 18 & 20yr olds at SeaWorld in 2005

We made sure to include a visit to SeaWorld on our family vacation in 2005.

 

We realize that many families can’t or are just not that interested in traveling out-of the country with their children.  TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises is commited to including affordable domestic-travel vacation options for families to enjoy too.

Be sure to follow-us on Facebook for family vacation offers, especially from Disney Parks, Universal Resorts, and SeaWorld in Orlando, Fl.

Family Vacations, the benefits are numerous, the memories are priceless! Contact us for assistance with planning and booking your next/first family vacation.

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Plan to Travel WITH Your Kids! #TLCTravels!

 

 

Are you ready to take your Holiday Traditions to another level?

“You cannot keep doing the same thing, the same way, and keep expecting something different to happen.” Beth Moore –

Well, maybe you can. Depends on who you ask. Many are  quite content with doing the same thing, year after year so if that describes you then this post is not speaking to you. Alternately, if you are someone who is tired of this repetitive, egocentric consumerist mentality of being, somewhat due to past generations creating materialistic Holiday traditions, then please, by all means, understand that you do have other options.

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Doing the same thing year after year? Expecting something different? Buying more stuff? Stop it! Consider GIVING the Gift of a #TRAVEL experience to yourself or a loved one! Invest in new experiences, make memories in new places, educate you and yours about other cultures. Volunteer on a Holiday trip! Make Travel Memories! Just make a decision to go somewhere to do something different! Your Travel options are endless! And remember, when you plan to Travel, work with #TravelAgent Professional that you can trust and rely on for support before, during and after your trip!!

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The Secret to Happiness? Spend Money on Experiences, Not Things

Be honest with yourself, are those $500 jeans going to make you happy tomorrow? Next week? Now how about a $100 pair of jeans and a $100 massage every Friday for the next four weeks? Trying to look like a movie star or a fashion model is a pricy endeavor and in the end the only one who comes out ahead is your credit card company. Instead of spending your hard earned bread on clothes and jewelry to make yourself look better, spend that money on activities that will make you feel better.

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PEACE and Tranquility Found: The Cliff Hotel Negril

Because The Cliff Hotel and Spa embodies the beauty, warmth and authentic hospitality that IS #Jamaica, you can expect to experience a timeless elegance with a carefree existence that provides the ultimate escape from the noise of the outside world during your stay here.

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Located along the coast of the West End area in Negril with accommodations ranging from intimate to grand, The 5-Star Rated Cliff Hotel Negril includes 33 Suites and 4 Villas which include two stylish One-Bedroom Villas and a MAGNIFICENT 2-story, Four-Bedroom and a Five-Bedroom Villa. All accommodations at The Cliff have unhindered views of the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Opportunities to witness the glorious Sunrise and Sunset views from Negril should not be missed during your stay on Jamaica.

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Villa #4 Front Entrance into the Livingroom Area

Our Cliff Hotel Negril experience began with a two-night stay accommodation in the Four-Bedroom; Villa #4. Free Wi-Fi, a Flat Panel TV with Cable service, a Mini-Bar with self-service Coffee amenities, a huge over-the-bed Ceiling Fan and fully furnished Balcony complete with Table, Chairs and a Hammock Swing all are worthy of specifically mentioning as they contributed to my awe-inspiring comfortable stay!

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All Bedroom Suites have individual key lock entry access, including the Bedrooms located in each 4 and 5 room Villa. I don’t know how, out of the 3 other Travel Professionals that I shared Villa #4-(4 Bedrooms) with, that I came to be assigned the Grand-Master Bedroom Suite located on the 2nd level but,…THANK-YOU again #GOD for allowing this serene  experience to be introduced to my “#TLCKnows About It” knowledge base!!  That beautiful bed was extremely comfortable! Slept like a baby for the 2 nights that I was there.

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Dining Happens Here at ZEST Restaurant!

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Perfect for a Destination Wedding!

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From the award-winning restaurant experience with Chef-inspired delicious meals to the beauty, comfort, tranquility and ultimate PEACE, it’s all FOUND right here at The Cliff Hotel Negril.

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Are you looking for a quiet getaway? Either for Romance or a Respite “Me Time” trip?  Looking for a venue for your small intimate group gathering? Here is what you need to know:

A Fall Frenzy is happening NOW at The Cliff Negril !!

Booking The Cliff this October just got better! Enjoy savings of over 40%.

Rates start at $199 for two persons in a Junior Suite plus tax and service charge-($260p/n). Book for 4 nights and get the 4th night FREE. Applicable to new bookings only. Call/Contact TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises for reservations today!! This offer expires November 9th !!

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We just quoted a 4-night stay in December totaling $653pp taxes included for 2 guests! (Holidays are Black-out periods so this offer will not apply). Prices are always subject to change prior to booking so don’t sleep during this offer!!

Important to Note:

  • Children 12yrs and younger are not allowed to stay at this property.
  • Full Breakfast will cost approximately $25pp.
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Pool Swim-up Bar

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KiYara Spa on The Cliff

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Personalized services to inspire the mind, body and soul!

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Magnificent Ocean Views at The Cliff Hotel Negril, Jamaica!

 

 

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Group Travel: What is The Group Leader’s Role?

There is a huge umbrella hovering over the descriptions of “Travel Group Leader” but in an effort to drill it down as it pertains to us, this is it. When we at TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises posts; “Looking for a Group Leader”, we are referring to a person that can organize a travel group of 10 or more potential travelers who want to experience one of our promoted destinations together.

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Some travel groups we work with are classified as:

Affinity Groups: Family and Friends traveling together.

Faith-Based Groups: Spiritual and/or like-minded Religious people traveling together.

Special Occasion Groups: Destination Weddings, Anniversary, Birthday celebrations.

Business or Organization/Association Members traveling together.

The Group Leader of a travel group will also be the appointed contact person relaying much of the communications between myself, the group’s Travel Coordinator at TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises, and members of its conformed group who are traveling together.

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Advantages of Senior Group Travel

Each group’s dynamic is different so the intensity of the role of “Group Leader” operating as a “Liaison” between the traveling group members and the group’s Travel Coordinator will vary with each group. One of the primary functions usually includes, Communication:

** Organizing group meetings to convey important travel information to the group members about their upcoming trip needs to happen. With the technology available to us as it is today, meetings can conveniently be scheduled to occur Online- (Chat, Webinars, Email, etc.) as well as over the telephone as needed. **

Although direct communication also occurs between members traveling in the group and myself for specific Q&A sessions as well as collecting Deposits and Final payments to post on their confirmed reservations, we usually designate an official “point of contact” or “Group Leader” for each travel group as well. Regular ongoing communications throughout the booking process leading up to the group’s departure, during the trip and after their return are usual and customary.

 

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If the role of “Leader” for your Travel Group sounds like something you would like to take on to get your group trip planned and booked, contact me. Various benefits are offered for taking on the task of “leader” for your travel group and for traveling as a group entity itself. Most of the Travel Partner companies we book with provide discounts and other special offers for group travelers. The benefits of group travel vary by Tour Operators but are usually very generous for the group leader as well as the travel group members.

Once you have a conformed group of at least 10 potential travelers who are seriously willing, ready and financially able to get started with booking reservations with the required deposit payments, TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises is available to work with you as your group’s Travel Coordinator. We want you and your group to experience one of the exciting pre-planned destinations that we promote.  We are continually adding to our list of destination offers so check back periodically as well as on our Facebook page.

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As your Group Travel Coordinator, a few key aspects you can expect to receive when working with me at TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises:

  • Establishing a Trustworthy and Professional relationship; I am known for my personal integrity and honesty in building business relationships over my 30+ year career.
  • Mutual respect and reliability; I am willing and able to listen, communicate, and interact with diverse backgrounds of travelers, all of who can always count on me to perform my due diligence in order to get everyone where they need and want to be in a safe and comfortable manner.

Tina Little-Coltrane: Travel Coordinator/Owner at TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises!  We promote “Encouraging Travel That Matters!”  ~ #Plan2Travel

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Travel with a Group! Your Bucket List Destination Awaits!

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Welcome to Tensing Pen Resort Negril

My recent trip back to Negril, Jamaica will never be forgotten.  I traveled that beautiful island with my tour guide hosts from the Jamaica Tourist Board who made sure to reveal quite a few hidden gems in and around the area of Negril. One of those gems that stands out in my mind is Tensing Pen, an intimate, “laid-back”, Boutique style Resort in Negril!

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Tensing Pen is a small boutique resort consisting of 17 unique Cottages, Bungalows and Studio Suites. The size and intimacy of Tensing Pen makes it a perfect venue and very doable to “Rent the Entire Resort” for a family/friends group trip.

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I won’t go into all of the specifics about this slice of #Peace found here in Negril #Jamaica since you can find out so much more information on Tensing Pen’s Website, but I would just like to note that this may not be the perfect place for “All-Inclusive Luxury” travelers. With that said, I do believe that this is indeed Heaven on earth for the rustic loving adventure seekers wanting true authentic Jamaica in their vacation experience.

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Guest experiences at Tensing Pen Negril – TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises!

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Guest experiences at Tensing Pen Negril – TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises!

With its amazing ocean views of the Caribbean Sea, nestled on the cliffs of a private cove on Negril’s West End, Tensing Pen is a place to experience Serenity and Peace for a Solo Retreat, a Romantic getaway and/or a family/friends group celebration in beautiful Jamaica!

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Tensing Pen Cottage Rates: TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises!