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All Agents are College of Disney Knowledge graduates, with some also holding additional specialties like:   Accredited Cruise Counselor, Universal Specialist, Sandals & Beaches Specialist, as well as other destination specialties.   Our Agents are experienced travelers.  If your specific agent hasn’t experienced “it”, there is someone in the Agency that has; so you have access to first-hand, experienced advice.  That’s how we can provide you this experiential based travel planning service!  We are an entire Team working together!

Our Agents will ALWAYS, without fail, no exceptions – tell you the truth and do what they say.

Trained. Traveled. Trusted.  It’s Who We Are.

 

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Princess Cruise Sun Drenched Deals Book By September 12, 2017

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Princess Cruise Sun Drenched Deals Book By September 12, 2017

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Royal Caribbean- Set Your Sights On Adventure Book By August 31, 2017

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Royal Caribbean- Set Your Sights On Adventure Book By August 31, 2017

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Disney Night August 10, 2017!

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Disney Night August 10, 2017!

Join us for a fun-filled evening of Disney magic at our Storefront!

Our first Disney Night is August 10, 2017; 5pm to 7pm… And the best news is it will include a Disney LuLa Roe pop up store!

Disney Vacation Information and Disney LuLaRoe Shopping all in one place! Sounds like a great night! Our Disney Night will include refreshments, Disney Vacation Destination information, Prize Drawings, AND LuLaRoe Disney clothing to purchase on the spot!

Thank you for your interest in our Disney Night to be held Thursday, August 10th, 5pm to 7pm! This will be held at our Storefront, 1252 Overbrook Drive, Suite 11, Gaffney, SC 29231.  It’s a drop in, so please stop by to visit, grab a bit to eat and enjoy your time talking Disney!

Do you love Mickey Rice Crispy treats?  Then BE SURE to stop by!!!

All adults who register and attend will be eligible to win either a $25 Disney Gift Card and/or a free pair of LuLaRoe leggings the night of the event.

All attendees who post a deposit on their Disney vacation within one week of the event, will receive an in room gift during their vacation or a $25 Disney Gift Card with travel documents, depending upon destination.

Please note that to be counted as attending virtually via Facebook Live broadcast, you must comment on the live video feed(s) on our Wishes Family Travel Facebook page.

Please use this Registration Link so you will be eligible to win a prize!

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Royal Caribbean Presents The Sea Seekers Experience

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Wishes Family Travel’s storefront is open for business!

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Wishes Family Travel’s storefront is open for business!

By: Allison Flynn
August 3, 2017
Wishes Family Travel is proud to announce its storefront location at 1252 Overbrook Road, Suite 11, in Gaffney, SC.
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Are you nearby to our storefront? If so, I encourage you to come in and visit with us! We are staffed by our agency owner, Shellie Wylie, and General Manager, Becky Mullinax, as well as several agents. We’re here to help you to not only choose a destination if you’re unsure of where you want to go, but also help you make the most out of the experience!

Travel agents are more in demand now than ever. According to a survey of 14,000 households conducted by the American Society of Travel Agents, more consumers are now choosing to use a travel agent rather than book vacations themselves because it saves them time. More and more consumers are realizing that a travel agent can provide service that booking online cannot – value beyond simply a dollar amount. Your travel agent is there to answer questions and handle any situations that arise.

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It is because we want to provide the highest level of service possible that we opened this storefront. We have comfortable seating in front of a TV where we can show you videos from a location rather than just telling you about them. No clue which cruise line to choose? We can show you information from a variety of suppliers – from Disney Cruise Line to Royal Caribbean to Carnival.

We even kept our youngest clients in mind when designing our storefront. Wishes Family Travel has an area designed just for children so that they may play while mom and dad work with an agent to plan a magical Walt Disney World, Disneyland or Disney Cruise Line vacation.

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Wishes Family Travel’s location will also allow for our clients to experience a taste of the Caribbean with Caribbean nights we are planning with Sandals and Beaches Resorts. You’ll be able to mix and mingle with others who want to visit Antigua, Jamaica, St. Lucia and more and speak to experts in planning vacations to these destinations.

There are so many opportunities available to you – our valued clients – with this new location. As events and activities are planned, we will share those with you. And as always, you may reach us individually via email, phone, and social media. We hope to see you real soon!

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Scuba Diving At Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort – Jamaica

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Scuba Diving At Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort – Jamaica

By: Anna Trosper
August 1, 2017

There is no “perfect” vacation. Maybe your airline lost your luggage, or your taxi was thirty minutes late, or your kid contracted the stomach flu the day before you had to leave. In my case, however, I had a, to put it lightly, sub-par experience scuba diving at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort.

To put everything into perspective, my husband and I are certified, very experienced divers. We were thrilled to discover that diving expeditions were included in the resort package, and fully intended on taking advantage of that fact. Unfortunately, my excitement quickly dissipated once I actually boarded the diving boat.

First of all, the diving expeditions were supposed to be 45 minutes long. We were very disappointed when our dive was cut nearly in half. The service on the boat also left much to be desired; there was no emergency walk-through given on our first dive, which is an incredibly large safety hazard. After voicing my distastes with the original dive, luckily, our experiences improved.

As for the actual sea life, there isn’t really much to see in the Jamaican waters. There are few, if any, fish. The coral around the shore is dying, leaving the scenery rather dull and colorless. That being said, Jamaica is ideal for beginner divers, as the waters are serene and free of ocean predators.

The diving wasn’t entirely terrible. Our master diver was incredibly knowledgeable and very competent with his craft. If you do not want to pack your gear they have everything you will need and it is all included in your vacation. We also had the opportunity to purchase a $25 lifetime membership to their dive club! Normally, resort guests have to reserve a spot on the following day’s dive. With the membership, however, you’re automatically guaranteed a spot on each dive for any of your stays at a Sandals Resort. Not too shabby for $25! Will be trying it out on our next trip to Sandals Regency La Toc in Saint Lucia next December.

All in all, I wouldn’t recommend booking a trip to Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort solely for the diving. Take advantage of their cuisine, their beach, their wonderful customer service- just don’t expect to have a wonderful diving experience.

If you would like more information on booking a vacation at this Sandals resort or one their 15 lovely resorts please contact me. You can visit my Facebook page or email me. Wishes Family Travel takes pride in being a concierge level travel agency and we strive to take the very best care of our clients.

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Experience Africa Without Ever Having to Leave the States

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Experience Africa Without Ever Having to Leave the States

By: Missy Ryan
July 27, 2017

When you begin to think of your Walt Disney World vacation, you probably first think of theme parks, rides and shows. The questions I am most asked are “Where should we go on our first day?” and “Should we add base tickets or ParkHoppers to our package?”  These are both common and valid questions. However, what I do not often hear is “What activities are offered at the resorts?” Or “Where can we relax for a few days and not worry about running around but still feel as if we are on vacation?” Most people simply feel the resort is just a place to lay your head after a long day of fun at the park. For the most part, that is true. However, I am here to tell you that the resort can be one factor in being a huge part of your overall experience.

Your Walt Disney World resort is more than just a room with a bed, it can be your own personal window to an African Savanna Tour. This would be Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. The beautiful African-themed resort is uniquely situated amidst 33 lush acres of savanna landscape, with over 200 species of animals that call it home. That’s right, guests at Animal Kingdom Lodge have the opportunity to view and observe a private animal reserve populated with hundreds of African animals directly from their rooms and balconies.

This experience is unparalleled anywhere outside of the African plains themselves. Imagine waking up to the sound of zebras munching breakfast outside your window or giraffes taking their morning stroll as they stop to snack on tree leaves on the path I cannot explain in one blog alone how fulfilled your heart will be from this experience. They are amazing creatures to view as you enjoy your morning coffee or tea. My 5 year old daughter would wake up each morning and grab a chair on the balcony and would wait for the animals to pass her way. She would sing and hum to herself in a peaceful and comforting tone. Just watching her love and appreciation made this resort worth it to me. Along with being able to view these precious animals from your Savanna rooms, there are also several observation areas scattered throughout the resort. These observation areas are equipped with rocking chairs and telescope lenses.

I can go on and on about the gorgeous savannas and its inhabitants, but there is more to this resort. Get your taste buds ready for some incredibly delicious cuisine. Boma is just one example of the outstanding dining options that not only offers a breakfast buffet fit for a king, but then turns around with an out-of-this-world with a dinner buffet. (Oh, and don’t forget to try the jungle juice.) South African and Indian cuisine will fill your plate and bellies. For your more picky eaters, don’t worry, there is always a section of mac and cheese, chicken tenders and fruit galore. Sanaa is another dining experience to add to your list. While enjoying the bread special, you are once again watching the amazing animals graze and stroll right at your restaurant window.

All in all, The Animal Kingdom Lodge is not just a resort to sleep in, it is an experience in and of itself. I could get lost there for days and never even go to a park. It could stand alone as an attraction and hold you and your family in captivity with its raw beauty and exquisite cuisine. You will not even need a passport to visit. Contact me to book your stay today at missyr@wishesfamilytravel.com or check out my Facebook page for picture and videos on my stay here.

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Disney’s Beach Club Resort: It’s the Beachy Best!

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Disney’s Beach Club Resort: It’s the Beachy Best!

By: Kelly Rodriguez
July 25, 2017

beach_clubHere are the many reasons why our family loves Disney’s Beach Club Resort. First and foremost, the pool, Stormalong Bay! It is the best on property in my opinion. At three acres, it is huge but is also very family friendly. It has a zero entry pool with an all sand bottom. There is also a “sand box” area for the kids to play. Stormalong Bay also has a gigantic water slide with a shipwreck theme, and on the back of the water slide is a smaller version for very young children. Stormalong Bay also features a lazy river where you can get single and double tubes and float the day away. Tucked behind a rock area, and making them more private, are the whirlpools. If Stormalong Bay couldn’t get any better, they also have Hurricane Hanna’s. This is a quick service dining option located by the pool. You can actually sit in your chair and be waited on pool side. My favorite way to vacation!

The second reason why we love Disney’s Beach Club Resort is for the dining. Cape May Cafe offers a fabulous dinner buffet that offers many delicious seafood choices, including their famous crab legs. Dessert is also a wonderful experience. I would recommend their crème brulee, it is incredible!

Cape May Cafe also offers a fun character buffet breakfast with a beachy theme. Meet friends like Minnie, Donald & Goofy all dressed for a day at the beach. Who doesn’t like to start their day with Mickey waffles?

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Lastly, we love Disney’s Beach Club Resort because of its perfect location. You can easily walk to Disney’s Boardwalk and enjoy great dining experiences, shopping and nightlife. We especially love Beaches and Cream. You have to try their Kitchen Sink sundae! This place is known for their yummy ice cream and now they have adult root beer floats. Yes, please! 

From Disney’s Beach Club Resort, you can also walk to Epcot. Yes, walk! And on nights where you are just hanging around the resort, you can see the fireworks from the pool and from the boardwalk area. Bonus! Hollywood Studios can be visited by boat or you can walk there too;beach_club3 although the walk is a little farther.

Disney’s Beach Club Resort is not spread out like some resorts so there is no need for internal shuttles. The walk to the main pool, restaurants, and marketplace are not too long and are actually very pleasant. This resort can accommodate many different size families as they have standard rooms that can fit up to five. If you need even more room, Disney’s Beach Club Resort also offers one and two bedroom suites.

If you would like to book a Disney vacation please contact me at KellyR@wishesfamilytravel.com

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My Butler Service at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort – Jamaica

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My Butler Service at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort – Jamaica

By: Anna Trosper
July 20, 2017

butler1I don’t know of very many- if any- people who can say that they’ve ever had a butler before. I can officially say that I’ve checked that off my bucket list as of December 2016!

When I visited Sandals Montego Bay, I opted to stay in a room that offered butler services; it was definitely as magical as it sounds. Your experience with the butlers begins even before you step foot on the resort. Sandals has an option available on their website to customize your preferences for your butler. You’re able to choose what snacks, drinks, and types of adult beverages you would like your butler to provide.

Each guest is given two butlers who work alternating shifts. Orlando was definitely our favorite! Courteous, dutiful, and friendly, he would make sure our bed was made and sprinkled with rose petals nightly. He even wrote us sweet little notes, always reading “love is all you need.”

Having a butler does take some getting used to. While they’re available 24/7, I personally did not feel comfortable calling ours up at 3 am for a late night (early morning?) snack. It did become a little easier as the week went on, however. Orlando was always there to bring us snacks and champagne when we called for him- whether it was sitting by the pool, or relaxing in our room.

Orlando truly tried to get to know us and cater to our needs. He went above and beyond: keeping a cooler stocked with our favorite drinks, walking us to dinner, and he even gave us a tour of the resort when we first arrived.

I must say, I highly recommend everyone to experience having their own butler at least once in her life. Having Orlando made my trip leagues more enjoyable! There is definitely no harm in considering spending a little extra money to enjoy having your own personal butler on your Sandals vacation.

I would be happy to talk with you more about a Sandals vacation. You can visit my Facebook page or you can email me. Wishes Family Travel is a concierge level agency, we take pride in taking care of your clients. I would love to help you find the right Sandals resort for your needs.

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