I don’t know about you, but having a vacation to look forward to is giving me a bright spot in my life! It’s fun to plan where I’d like to go with my family, whether it’s later this year or in 2021. Did you know my friends at Get Away Today are helping schedule vacations for future travel? The deals are amazing, and the destinations aren’t so bad, either.

I’ve highlighted several vacation spots in this post. You can also go to this form to get a quote for Universal Orlando!

Travel for 2021

Whether you want to head to the Caribbean, Hawaii or Mexico, now is definitely the time to book. Get Away Today shares the latest deals so you can book now and take advantage of great savings.

Beaches Vacations 

Travel with Get Away today in 2021

Have you ever been to a Beaches Resort? It’s a family-friendly vacation that’s fun for all ages. The resorts are located in the Caribbean, and they’re all-inclusive, which takes so much stress out of planning your trip! Plus, with the expert travel advice of Get Away Today, you’ll have all your questions answered before you even flip the calendar over into 2021. For travel next year and beyond, you can book your Beaches vacation for just $98 down, with free cancellation up to 48 hours prior to check-in.

Hawaii Vacations

I’m loving the deals at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel in Hawaii for 2021 travel. You can enjoy a beautiful, partial ocean view right across the street from the world-famous Waikiki Beach when your family grabs this deal with Get Away Today. 

Here’s a sample package for a family of four at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel:

  • 6-nights for travel May 19, 2021
  • $200 down with final payment due 45 days prior to travel
  • Refundable up to 72 hours prior to check-in minus $50 cancellation fee per person – or add travel insurance for $150 total
  • TOTAL: $1,174.85 (NOT per person)*

There are other dates available, and you can get free quotes by calling Get Away Today or sending them a direct message on social media. This sample package doesn’t include airfare or the Resort Fee ($42 per room/night) charged by the Aston Waikiki.

Mexico Vacations

If you’re ready to head to Mexico, check out the family-friendly, all-inclusive Occidental at Xcaret in Riviera Maya. This amazing resort has 11 restaurants (aren’t you so excited to be able to eat out again?!), seven swimming pools, a kids club and so much more. Here’s a look at a sample package for a family of four heading to Occidental in 2021.

  • 6-nights for travel May 13, 2021
  • $200 down with final payment due 45 days prior to travel
  • Refundable up to 72 hours prior to check-in minus $50 cancellation fee per person – or add travel insurance for $150 total
  • TOTAL: $1,693.74 (NOT per person)*

You can get quotes for many other dates in 2021 by calling Get Away Today. Wouldn’t this be so nice to look forward to?

Book Future Vacations Now

You probably already know that Get Away Today doesn’t penalize you for booking your vacation early. In fact, they will offer you a refund if a better deal comes up for your vacation package! Plus, with flexible payment options and the travel protection available for a variety of locations, Get Away Today makes vacations more affordable than ever before. Whether you’re heading to the beach or somewhere closer to home, book online at www.getawaytoday.com or by calling 855-GET-AWAY. Be sure to let them know My Book a Day sent you!
*Price and availability subject to change.

I know it doesn’t seem like it right now, but things are not going to stay how they are forever. Someday soon we’ll be able to get out of our homes and go somewhere else. And when that happens, we’re all going to want a vacation!

My friends at Get Away Today are ready to help with that whenever you are ready to book something. And there are so many fun offers that will be going on for those wanting to go to Anaheim and Disneyland.

Get Away today guests are encouraged to plan travel for September and beyond. Halloween Time and the Holidays are some of Get Away Today’s favorite times of year to visit the Disneyland® Resort anyway!

Their Anaheim area partners have come up with some really great deals for you. These can all be booked with their Layaway Plan for just $175 down with final payment due seven days prior to travel. All of the comeback offers can be found here:

Comeback Specials Page

Here are some individual links and deals that you can check out as well:

Disneyland® Resort Tickets

  • Kids Sale – Kids ages 3-9 save up to $111 on 3-Day Disneyland® Resort tickets for travel by 12/15/2020 when you book by 5/18/2020.
  • Extra Day Free – Get your 5th Day Free on Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® or 1-Park per Day Tickets with or without Disney MaxPass Service

Anaheim Area Hotel Offers – Must be booked by May 31, 2020

Other Southern California Attractions

For a limited time, you can book Universal Orlando Resort discount tickets with Get Away Today and buy 2 days, get 2 days free. For travel now through December, 2020*, save big on all the adventure the three parks of Universal Orlando have to offer.

Universal Orlando Resort Discount Tickets

If you’re not familiar with Universal Orlando Resort, I have the help of Get Away Today to tell you all about it. Made up of three separate theme parks, this Resort includes a whole lot of awesome.

Universal Studios Florida

universal orlando resort discount tickets

This park at Universal Orlando focuses on film and TV shows you know and love. Here you’ll find family-friendly rides and attractions, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
  • Transformers: The Ride-3D
  • Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Fast & Furious – Supercharged
  • Hogwarts Express – King’s Cross Station (requires Park-to-Park ticket to ride)
  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
  • The Simpsons Ride
  • A Day in the Park with Barney
  • Curious George Goes to Town
  • Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster
  • E.T. Adventure

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

For adventures inspired by comic book heroes and legends, visit Universal’s Islands of Adventure. It includes Marvel-themed experiences, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and whimsical Seuss Landing, which smells like candy!

  • The Incredible Hulk Coaster
  • Doctor Doom’s Fearfall
  • Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls
  • Skull Island: Reign of Kong
  • Pteranodon Flyers
  • Jurassic Park River Adventure
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
  • Flight of the Hippogriff
  • Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
  • Hogwarts Express – Hogsmeade Station (requires Park-to-Park ticket to ride)
  • Poseidon’s Fury
  • The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride
  • Caro-Seuss-el
  • The Cat in the Hat

Universal’s Volcano Bay

You’ll feel like you’re on an island oasis when you visit Volcano Bay. With an aqua coaster and numerous family-friendly water rides, it has something for everyone. Use the innovative TapuTapu bands to wait in virtual lines and make cashless purchases, enjoy zero-entry Waturi Beach and so much more at this park.

  • Kala and Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides
  • Ohyah of Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides
  • Puka Uli Lagoon
  • Maku of Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides
  • TeAwa The Fearless River (requires a life jacket; provided)
  • Taniwha Tubes
  • Punga Racers
  • Krakatau Aqua Coaster
  • Runamukka Reef
  • Kopiko Wai Winding River (lazy river with tubes provided)

Volcano Bay was designed to anticipate the needs of guests and ensure they never go without. You’ll find conveniences such as tubes provided at the top of slides, lockers throughout the park and kid-friendly splash and play areas.

Universal Orlando Resort Discount Tickets – Ticket Types

Now that you know some of what is available at Universal Orlando Resort, it’s important to understand the ticket types. There are two ticket types for Universal Orlando Resort, and both are included in Get Away Today’s buy 2 days, get 2 days free offer.*

Universal Orlando Resort Discount Tickets – Base Tickets

Base Tickets at Universal Orlando Resort grant admission to a single park per day. This means if you enter Universal Studios Florida in the morning, it is the only park you’ll visit for the entire day.

Base Tickets can be purchased in three-, four- and five-day increments, and you can choose between 2-Park and 3-Park admission. Because you need at least three days to visit each of the three parks with Base Tickets, if you want to include Volcano Bay you will need to purchase 3-Park Base Tickets. You will not be able to ride Hogwarts Express with Base Tickets.

Universal Orlando Resort Discount Tickets – Park-to-Park Tickets

Park-to-Park Tickets at Universal Orlando Resort grant admission to any of the three parks on the same day. This means if you enter Universal Studios Florida and want to head over to Islands of Adventure, you can do so via the Hogwarts Express or even on foot. You can also spend time at Volcano Bay as long as you purchase 3-Park Park-to-Park Tickets.

Park-to-Park Tickets can be purchased in two-, three-, four- and five-day increments, and you can choose between 2-Park and 3-Park admission. 

Book Universal Orlando Resort

When you include a Resort hotel with your theme park tickets, you can take advantage of exclusive perks. Select onsite hotels offer early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as well as Universal Express, which is a feature that reduces ride wait times for select attractions. Plus, you always get the best pricing when you book with Get Away Today! Book at www.getawaytoday.com, or call 855-GET-AWAY. Let them know My Book a Day sent you.
*Book by August 13, 2020

Let an expert travel agent take over some of the planning details of your next Walt Disney World vacation. With complimentary concierge services from Get Away Today, you can have a travel expert make reservations, FastPass+ requests and more on your behalf.

Walt Disney World Concierge Services

If you’ve ever wanted to vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort, now is a great time to book with my friends at Get Away Today. For any 2-Night and longer Disney World vacation package you book, you can take advantage of complimentary concierge services! It’s a great way to make your next vacation more relaxing, and ensure you get the best deals.

Walt Disney World Concierge Services

Walt Disney World Concierge Services – What Is It?

When you book a 2-Night and longer Walt Disney World vacation package that includes an on-site Disney World Resort hotel, you’re automatically eligible for free concierge services from Get Away Today.

A travel specialist will help you set up your My Disney Experience account, and will use it to make Walt Disney World plans for you, starting up to 180 days before you travel. A Get Away Today expert can make dining reservations, request FastPass+ experiences, and will even continually price-check your vacation. This means if additional deals come up after you book, you can get the difference refunded.

Walt Disney World Concierge Services – Why Use It?

If you’re booking a Walt Disney World vacation and you don’t live in the Eastern time zone, that means you might find yourself looking at an early wake-up call to start making reservations at the Resort. Since reservations are often made available at 7 a.m. Eastern Time, that means you could be waking as early as 4 a.m. to snatch those up! Instead of doing this, why not have a Get Away Today travel specialist do it for you?

When you take advantage of complimentary concierge services from Get Away Today, one of their agents will do the work of jumping on available reservation times based on your preferences. You’ll submit a list of the attractions you’d like FastPasses for, which dining experiences you’d like, and any other requests for Disney World experiences. So sleep in and don’t worry about those time zone differences; Get Away Today will do their best to take care of everything.

Also, did you know Walt Disney World includes four theme parks, two water parks and a shopping district? That’s a lot of ground to cover! Whether or not you use the Get Away Today concierge services, you can get expert planning advice from their agents.

Walt Disney World Concierge Services – Book Today

If you want to take advantage of the optional, complimentary Walt Disney World concierge services, give them a call at 855-GET-AWAY. Let them know My Book a Day sent you!

Can you believe a new year is here? And with it comes the question: What’s happening at Disneyland in 2020?

What’s Happening at Disneyland in 2020

What's happening at Disneyland in 2020

My friends at Get Away Today have a look at the year ahead so you can plan your next Disneyland Resort vacation. See what’s happening at Disneyland in 2020, including brand-new attractions. Be sure to mention My Book a Day when you book with Get Away Today, and use code BookaDay for $10 in savings on your vacation package.

What’s Happening at Disneyland in 2020 – Disneyland Park

You’ve probably heard by now about the new ride opening January 17, 2020 in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Rise of the Resistance is the most technologically advanced experience Disney has ever offered, and it’s exciting to have the second ride in Galaxy’s Edge debut this year.

If Disneyland After Dark events are of interest to you, the first one kicks off January 29, 2020. Disneyland After Dark 80s Nite is your chance to throw it way back. This separately-ticketed Disneyland event features music, decor, food and, of course, fashion from the 80s.

There are two chances in February to celebrate after dark in Disneyland; Sweethearts’ Nite is hosted February 13 and 14, 2020 and includes dancing, merchandise and even menu items in honor of Valentine’s Day.

February 28, 2020 Disneyland Park welcomes the Magic Happens parade. Each intricately designed float will feature one of the special moments in a Disney Character’s life when the “magic happens.” You won’t want to miss this festive celebration of the little things that make Disney films memorable!

Each fall, the Disneyland Resort features Halloween Time themes in mid-September. The festive decor and menu items continue until October 31, 2020, during which time you’re bound to encounter Disney Villains, and Disney Characters in costume. Some rides, such as Haunted Mansion, even get temporary makeovers for Halloween Time.

Early-to-mid November, the Park transforms for Holidays at Disneyland Resort. Halloween Time magically disappears and winter themes take over the Park. Look for Characters in their finest attire, as well as limited-time menu items and ride overlays. Visit “it’s a small world” for regular Holiday lightings and see how The Nightmare Before Christmas crew decorates Haunted Mansion for Christmas. 

What’s Happening in Disneyland 2020 – Disney California Adventure Park

For a chance to see Mulan in the Disneyland Resort, be sure to book your vacation during the Lunar New Year celebration in Disney California Adventure Park. Mulan’s procession makes its way through the Park January 17 – February 9, 2020. Enjoy Asian-inspired food and fun as Disney celebrates the year of the rat.

Disney California Adventure Park is home to the delicious Food and Wine Festival each year. Beginning February 28, 2020 and running through April 21, 2020, the Festival offers guests menus from around the world. You can enjoy local California cuisine in addition to bites and beverages inspired from far off lands.

The final Disneyland After Dark event is hosted in Disney California Adventure Park on March 5, 2020. Celebrate all things PIXAR with three separate dance parties, commemorative keepsakes and special Character Encounters.

Summer in Disney California Adventure Park welcomes the brand-new Avengers Campus. For superheroes in training, there’s no better place to be than this new land. It includes the Spider-Man WEB slinger ride which invites guests to tour the hi-tech facility and try their hand at defeating rouge spider bots. This first phase of Avengers Campus also includes Pym Test Kitchen and WEB suppliers so you can eat and shop like an Avenger.

Halloween Time decor and celebrations can be found in Disney California Adventure Park, as well as Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party. On select nights, Oogie Boogie Bash guests can close down the Park enjoying themed dance parties, a Villainous overly to the World of Color nighttime spectacular and so much more. This is a separately-ticketed event; Disney California Adventure Park will only be open to Oogie Boogie Bash ticket holders on select nights during Halloween Time.

Just like Disneyland Park, California Adventure celebrates the Holidays in style. Look for temporary ride overlays including Mator’s Jingle Jamboree and Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl in Cars Land. Guests can find Santa on the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, and there will be the Festive Foods Marketplace near Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. This is your chance to get a taste of the Holidays from around the world.

What’s Happening in Disneyland 2020 – Book with Get Away Today

Get Away Today always offers a Layaway Plan for Southern California vacations, so for as low as $175 down you can book your next trip. No matter when you’d like to experience what’s happening in Disneyland 2020, you can book now with Get Away Today and make interest-free payments. Online at www.getawaytoday.com or over the phone at 855-GET-AWAY you can book magical Disneyland vacations for travel now through the end of 2020. At Get Away Today, you’re never penalized for booking early; if additional discounts happen to become available, they’ll honor the difference! And remember, you can always save an additional $10 when you book a vacation package and mention code BookaDay.

get away today layaway plan deal

Are you familiar with the Get Away Today Layaway Plan? It applies to Southern California vacation packages, and for a limited time you can take advantage of reduced deposits!

Get Away Today Layaway Plan

For travel now through December 2020, you can enjoy savings on the flexible Get Away Today Layaway Plan. Learn all about this awesome service and some of the destinations it applies to.

Get Away Today Layaway Plan – Reduced Deposit

Book a Southern California vacation package with Get Away Today by December 25, 2019 and put down a deposit as low as $99. For travel in 2019 and through December 31, 2020, you can use the flexible Layaway Plan to make interest-free payments on your vacation package, which includes theme park tickets and hotel. Final payment is due just five days before you travel, making your dream vacation more affordable than ever before. Plus, with code BookaDay you can enjoy an additional $10 in savings when you book any Southern California vacation package.

Get Away Today Layaway Plan – Destinations

As mentioned, the Layaway Plan can be used to book Southern California vacation packages. This means when you combine theme park tickets with your hotel stay, you can book the entire vacation using the Layaway Plan. Here’s a look at some of the destinations you can book for just $99 down by December 25, 2019:

  • Disneyland Resort – See all the Disneyland Resort has to offer in 2020, including a new ride in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new Magic Happens parade in Disneyland Park and the opening of Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure Park.
  • Universal Studios Hollywood – Movie buffs love Universal Studios for all the attractions based on iconic films and TV shows. Take the world-famous Studio Tour through Hollywood backlots and see where your favorite shows are filmed. Enjoy themed rides and dining inspired by Harry Potter, Minions, TRANSFORMERS and more.
  • LEGOLAND – Experience all the awesome at LEGOLAND California. Stay onsite and enjoy perks such as complimentary breakfast and early park admission. Trade mini figures with Model Citizens and enjoy LEGO-themed pools and more.
  • SeaWorld – Take a spin on ocean-themed roller coasters, enjoy animal shows and even visit the characters of Sesame Street in SeaWorld San Diego.
  • San Diego Zoo – Animals lovers will enjoy exploring all the San Diego Zoo has to offer! Learn about rare and exotic species, take guided tours or simply walk through the Zoo at your leisure. 

Book Now and Save

Now that you see where you go for as low as $99, it’s time to book with Get Away Today! You’re never penalized for booking early, and if additional sales pop up the savings will be applied to your vacation. You can browse Southern California vacation packages at www.getawaytoday.com, or speak to a travel expert at 855-GET-AWAY. Let them know My Book a Day sent you, and use code BookaDay to save an additional $10 on your vacation package.

Holidays at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World Resort is comprised of four separate theme parks, plus two water parks and Disney Springs, which is a shopping, dining and entertainment district. With so much ground to cover, I turned to my friends at Get Away Today for some of the must-do experiences during the holidays at Walt Disney World, which take place November 8, 2019 – January 5, 2020.

Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort

Today I’ll share some highlights of the holidays at Walt Disney World Resort so you can make your family vacation plans. And speaking of plans, when you book any 2-Night and longer vacation package to Walt Disney World with Get Away Today, you’re eligible for complimentary concierge services!

Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort – Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The overall ambiance at all Walt Disney World kingdoms is full of holiday magic. Seasonal decor, treats and limited-time attractions delight guests of all ages. Here’s a look at some of the holiday experiences you will find in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

  • Tree of Life Nighttime Awakenings: New in 2019, this festive celebration features projections, lights and music. After dark, every ten minutes or so, the Tree of Life ceremony dazzles guests with scenes and music inspired by The Lion King.
  • Discovery Island: Arctic creatures can be spotted on Discovery Island in the form of life-sized puppets. When night falls, luminaries and lanterns light up the sky.
    • Donald’s Dino Bash: Participate in the festive party hosted by Donald in DinoLand U.S.A..
    • Village of Harambe: Celebrate the holidays with influence from African culture.
    • Christmas at Pongu Pongu: Pandora – The World of Avatar celebrates Christmas with Earth-inspired decor mixed in with their own take on the holidays.

Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort – Magic Kingdom

If you’d like to celebrate wintertime with everyone’s favorite dynamic duo, head to Magic Kingdom for a party and fireworks show hosted by Mickey and Minnie.

  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party: This separately-ticketed Walt Disney World event is hosted select nights November 8 – December 22, 2019. Cinderella’s Castle shines with thousands of twinkle lights, and Santa is known to make an appearance. Holiday-themed overlays, Character meet and greet opportunities and more fun is available during this holiday party. 
  • Attractions open during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party:
    • Frontierland – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain
    • Fantasyland – Dumbo the Flying Elephant, “it’s a small world,” Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
    • Liberty Square – Haunted Mansion
    • Tomorrowland – Space Mountain
  • Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show: In the midst of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is Minnie’s fireworks show. Starting around 9:30pm, there is only the one showing, and is best viewed from the north end of Main Street, U.S.A..
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade: Catch the Kringle Crew, festive floats, Disney Characters in their holiday attire and a toy soldier marching band during the parade.

Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort – Epcot

To celebrate cultures from around the world, be sure to visit Epcot at Walt Disney World. Known for food and experiences inspired by lands near and far, Epcot offers a number of wonderful wintertime attractions.

  • International Festival of the Holidays: For live productions, holiday-themed food from various cultures and more, be sure to experience this seasonal festival in Epcot.
  • Candlelight Processional: From late November through the end of December, you can reserve a seat at Walt Disney World’s Candlelight Processional. Hosted on select nights by a celebrity guest, Candlelight is a retelling of the biblical Christmas story.

Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Be sure to include a visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for holiday celebrations. Decked out with limited-time decor and offering seasonal menu items, there’s seemingly no end to the holiday fun.

  • Jingle Bell, Jingle JAM: Iconic Disney moments are highlighted during this nighttime spectacular. Projections, lights, music and snow will wow you along with scenes from classic holiday movies including Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Pluto’s Christmas Tree and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • Sunset Seasons Greetings: Billboards and buildings serve as the backdrop for this holiday projection show on Sunset Boulevard. The Hollywood Tower Hotel practically comes to life as holiday stories are told through imagery and music.
  • Holidays in Toy Story Land: See your favorite Toy Story characters represented throughout Toy Story Land in their holiday finest. Rex dons reindeer ears, while Hamm is made into a larger-than-life sugar cookie. Toy Story Land rides feature holiday overlays with decor and music that reflect the season. 

Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort – Complimentary Concierge Service

When you book a 2-Night and longer stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel and include theme park tickets with Get Away Today, you can take advantage of complimentary concierge services. A travel specialist is available to help you make advance FastPass+ and dining reservations. Get Away Today will also help you set up and manage your My Disney Experience account, linking all travel members to the app and ensuring you know how to use it once on your vacation. Additionally, a Get Away Today travel expert will monitor your vacation to ensure you get the best price; if additional discounts come up after you’ve already booked, they will make price adjustments for you.

Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort – Book Now and Save

As mentioned, you’re never penalized for booking early with Get Away Today. Plus, their services are completely free! That means you can get quotes and book your vacation with no additional costs or fees. Find Walt Disney World Resort vacations at www.getawaytoday.com, or call 855-GET-AWAY to speak directly to an agent. When you book with Get Away Today, be sure to let them know My Book a Day sent you!

Have you ever considered a vacation to Universal Orlando Resort? With three themed parks, it’s the ultimate vacation destination for all ages. And for a limited time, you can experience the 3rd Park FREE at Universal Orlando Resort when you book with Get Away Today.

3rd park free at Universal resort

3rd Park FREE at Universal Orlando Resort

That’s right! Purchase tickets for Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure and you’ll have access to Universal’s Volcano Bay for FREE. The whole family will love the rides and attractions inspired by Harry Potter, Minions, Dr. Suess and so much more.

Universal Orlando Resort – Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Florida provides fun and adventure for movie lovers. Go behind the scenes of some of your favorite films and TV shows including The Simpsons, Woody Woodpecker and E.T.

  • Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl: Fly an alien saucer with Kang and Kodos from The Simpsons. Take aim at characters from the show while swooping and swirling through space. 48 inches and shorter.
  • Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster: Enjoy a kid-friendly coaster featuring Woody himself. 36 inches and taller.
  • MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack: Help save New York from aliens! Earn points for zapping the bad guys alongside the Men in Black. 42 inches and taller.
  • E.T. Adventure: E.T. needs you to help him save his home planet. Hop aboard a bicycle with E.T. and soar among the stars on a gentle ride. 34 inches and taller.
  • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem: Join the ranks of Minions on a mission! Take an adventure through Gru’s lab and celebrate with a dance party at the end. 40 inches and taller.
  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts: Help Harry and friends escape Gringotts Bank. Look out for Voldermort and other villains during this multi-dimensional ride. 42 inches and taller.
  • Hogwarts Express: Kings Cross Station: With a Park-to-Park ticket, you can ride aboard the Hogwarts Express to neighboring Islands of Adventure.
  • Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon: This ride inspired by “The Tonight Show” allows you to check out memorabilia from the last 60 years. A flying theater takes you on a virtual ride through Manhattan. 40 inches and taller.
  • Fast & Furious – Supercharged: Be part of the Fast & Furious crew in this virtual reality ride. View actual movie props, race along the streets and feel like you’re in the film. 40 inches and taller. 

Universal Orlando Resort – Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Book lovers find rides and attractions in Universal’s Islands of Adventure inspired by comics, novels and the literary genius of Dr. Seuss. For superhero adventure, Harry Potter magic and more, make this theme park part of your Orlando vacation.

  • Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure: This all-new roller coaster gives you a Harry Potter experience like never before. Zoom through the Forbidden Forest on Hagrid’s motorbike or in a sidecar. See creatures all-new to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 48 inches and taller.
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey: This 3D-4D adventure takes you on a journey through Hogwarts Castle and the grounds beyond. 48 inches and taller. 
  • Flight of the Hippogriff: Take a coaster ride through Hagrid’s pumpkin patch and learn the proper care of Hippogriffs. 36 inches and taller.
  • Hogwarts Express: Hogsmeade Station: With a Park-to-Park ticket, you can get on Hogwarts Express and ride over to Universal Studios Florida. 
  • The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man: Don a pair of 3D glasses and swing through the city like Spider-Man. You’re on a mission to get the Statue of Liberty back with the help of other Marvel Universe characters. 40 inches and taller.
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: Fly in a fish from the famed Dr. Seuss story. Gently soar around fountains, choosing the height of your flight. Under 48 inches.
  • The Cat in the Hat: This kid-friendly coaster takes you through a number of Dr. Seuss stories you know and love. 36 inches and taller.
  • Pteranodon Flyers: Enjoy a ride suspended under 10-foot wings of a Pteranodon. This gentle ride allows you to soar and swing with a great view of the park. 36 inches and taller.
  • Caro-Seuss-el: Climb aboard a Dr. Seuss character and take a spin around this carousel. 
  • The Incredible Hulk Coaster: Ready to experience Hulk powers? Climb onto this coaster and be catapulted, rolled and propelled upside down. 54 inches and taller.

Universal Orlando Resort – Universal’s Volcano Bay

Take a break from wintertime temperatures with a visit to Universal’s Volcano Bay. This water park immerses you in the imaginary world of the Waturi people. Created by Universal exclusively for this theme park, the Waturis invite you to sunbathe, swim and slide through 19 different attractions in their island paradise. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Waturi Beach: This will be your first stop when you enter Volcano Bay, and you’ll find lounge areas, gentle surf and views of Krakatau Volcano. 
  • Kopiko Wai Winding River: Take a gentle float along the river, and enter Stargazer’s Cave to see the night sky.
  • Ko’okiri Body Plunge: The body plunge begins with a 70 degree fall through a drop door and an encounter with Vol, the volcano god, as you race along 125 feet of slide toward a pool. 48 inches and taller.
  • TeAwa The Fearless River: For a more thrilling river float, put on a life jacket and experience the Fearless River. 48 inches and taller.
  • Krakatau Aqua Coaster: The centerpiece of Volcano Bay is Krakatau Volcano. Ride the thrill coaster down, around and through the volcano in a 4-person canoe. 42 inches and taller.
  • Punga Racers: Slide on a manta ray mat on a race to the pool below. Four slides are positioned side-by-side so you can try to beat your friends to the bottom. 42 inches and taller.
  • Tot Tiki Reef: The perfect place for little ones to play, Tot Tiki Reef provides shallow waters, gentle fountains and even a miniature volcano. 
  • Kala and Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides: Side-by-side slides drop riders through a door to the slide before cruising to the pool below. 48 inches and taller.

Universal Orlando Resort – Ticket Types

I mentioned having Park-to-Park tickets to ride the Hogwarts Express, and I’ll tell you a little more about what that means. At Universal Orlando Resort, there are a number of ticket types from which to choose. 

  • Base Tickets: To visit one park per day, purchase Base Tickets. With 2 Park Base Tickets, you can experience Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. If you’d like admission to Universal’s Volcano Bay, be sure to purchase 3 Park Base Tickets.
  • Park-to-Park Tickets: To visit more than one park per day, purchase Park-to-Park Tickets. With 2 Park Park-to-Park Tickets, you can walk between Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, or take a ride on the Hogwarts Express. If you’d like admission to Universal’s Volcano Bay, be sure to purchase 3 Park Park-to-Park Tickets.

As I said before, for a limited time you can get admission to Universal Orlando Resort’s 3rd Park FREE when you book with Get Away Today by December 2, 2019. Tickets are good for travel until May 22, 2020 so you can get a little taste of summer during the winter months.

Universal Orlando Resort – Onsite Hotels

Did you know Get Away Today partners with a number of onsite hotels at Universal Orlando Resort? Depending on which you choose, you’re eligible to enjoy a number of exclusive perks while on your vacation. Benefits of booking with Get Away Today include early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, complimentary Universal Express Unlimited (line-skipping services in the parks), complimentary theme park transportation and even priority seating at select live entertainment in Universal CityWalk. Plus, Get Away Today always guarantees the lowest prices, and bundling theme park tickets and hotel accommodations helps you save more on your vacation.

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Don’t forget that using Get Away Today to help you plan and book your vacation is completely free! So take advantage of the expert advice from their travel agents so you can have the best Universal Orlando Experience possible. Find all vacation packages at www.getawaytoday.com, or call and speak to a travel specialist at 855-GET-AWAY. Be sure to mention My Book a Day when you book!

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I recently shared a post all about the Holidays and the Disneyland Resort, so today we’re heading to the opposite coast to talk about what you can expect during the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort. The travel experts at Get Away Today have all the details so you can plan the ultimate holiday vacation for your family.

Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

The holidays at Universal Orlando Resort are celebrated in a variety of ways. November 16, 2019 – January 5, 2020 you can experience a Harry Potter holiday, a Grinch holiday and so much more. All pictures in this post come from the Universal Orlando blog.

Harry Potter Holiday

Holidays at Universal Orlando resort

Enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the holidays at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. With a Park-to-Park ticket, you can board the Hogwarts Express at either theme park and travel between the two to experience all the holiday magic.

Harry Potter Holiday – Universal Studios Florida

The city of London and neighboring Diagon Alley transform for the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort. All the holiday trimmings adorn store fronts and holiday music can be heard from singing sensations such as Celestina Warbeck and various street performers. Here are other things to look for and do during your Harry Potter holiday experience:

  • Catch the Frog choir performing Yule Ball songs.
  • Purchase peppermint toads for the flavor of the holidays.
  • Cauldron cakes double as a treat and a souvenir cauldron to take home.
  • House scarves make a great souvenir during your winter visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • Pumpkin-flavored treats such as pumpkin pasties and pumpkin juice get you in the holiday spirit.
  • Warm Butterbeer from the Three Broomsticks makes you feel like you’re in the thick of a London winter.
  • Cinnamon-infused firewhisky warms you up on the chance there’s a slight chill in the Orlando air.
  • Holiday feast with Christmas pudding at Three Broomsticks is a limited-time menu item only available during the holidays at Universal Orlando Resort.

Harry Potter Holiday – Universal’s Islands of Adventure

The quaint village of Hogsmeade is always snow-capped, but during the holidays the village gets a little extra dusting of magic. Garlands and lights dress up the buildings and streets, so you’ll feel just like a wizard on winter holiday. While Hogsmeade offers a number of experiences similar to what can be found in Diagon Alley, it does offer some unique attractions of its own.

  • The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts: This 8-minute light show on Hogwarts castle features enchanted snowmen, Fred and George Weasley up to their usual antics, scenes from the Yule Ball projected on the castle and a firework finale. It runs about every 20 minutes.
  • Warm Butterbeer can be found at Hog’s Head in Hogsmeade.
  • Harry Potter themed stockings, snow globes and more offer unique holiday-themed souvenirs you can take home to commemorate your visit to Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Dr. Seuss Holiday

In Universal’s Islands of Adventure, the world of Dr. Seuss’s Grinch comes to life. You can celebrate Grinchmas with live retellings of the story of the Grinch, and be dazzled by the decor at Seuss Landing. The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular is holiday fun for all ages. For the biggest of Dr. Seuss fans, you can even book a Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast at Universal Orlando Resort.

Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s

If anyone knows how to do parades right, it’s Macy’s! For Universal’s Holiday Parade, at least 12 giant balloons and floats make their way down the streets of Universal Studios Florida. The parade starts outside Universal’s Horror Make-Up show, and makes its way through the park. One of the best viewing spots is right in front of Macy’s itself, where Santa will stop at the end of the parade and conduct a lighting ceremony. Other good viewing spots include the Hollywood Backlot and in front of Louie’s Italian Restaurant. Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s includes characters and performers from many of your favorite films and TV shows, including Minions, Madagascar, Shrek and an assortment of holiday toys with Santa.

Book Your Holiday Vacation Today

To experience all this and more, book your Universal Orlando Resort vacation with Get Away Today. For a limited time, you can visit both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and add on Universal’s Volcano Bay FREE. When you book with Get Away Today by December 2, 2019*, you’ll get admission to your 3rd Park FREE so you can experience Universal’s awesome, themed waterpark in addition to the Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort. See vacation packages at www.getawaytoday.com, or call a travel specialist at 855-GET-AWAY. Let them know My Book a Day sent you!
*Travel must be completed by May 22, 2020. Blackout dates include December 26 – 31, 2019.

Celebrate the holidays at the disneyland resort

It’s never too early to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at the Happiest Place on Earth! While it may actually be a little too early to head to Disneyland for the Holidays, you can certainly start planning now. With the help of my friends at Get Away Today, you can book your Holiday vacation today, and make flexible payments up until five days before you travel.

Celebrate the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

If you want to experience the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, keep reading to find out what to expect this year. With seasonal ride overlays, performances, food and more, the Holidays are an extra magical time at Disneyland! 

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort – Disneyland Park

Beginning November 8, 2019, Disneyland Resort will deck the halls for the Holidays. All the festivities will continue through January 6, 2020, allowing for lots of time to see and do everything on your list. 

  • A Christmas Fantasy Parade: Line up along Main Street, U.S.A. to watch as Disney Characters and Santa parade by. A Christmas Fantasy Parade will have floats reindeer, toy soldiers and snow-loving Characters such as Elsa, Anna and Olaf. Look for Mickey, Chip & Dale and other pals as well.
  • “Believe…In Holiday Magic” Fireworks Spectacular: Taking place over Sleeping Beauty Castle, this magical show includes not only fireworks and Holiday lights but snow, too!
  • “it’s a small world” Holiday Lighting and Decoration: This attraction will undergo a very festive makeover during the Holidays. The tune we all know and love will be complemented with Holiday music, and the building’s exterior will boast a light show every 30 minutes.
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday: Have you ever wondered what the mansion would look like if someone new to the Holidays decorated? Well, when Jack Skellington, the infamous Pumpkin King, takes over the Haunted Mansion it gets a new look. He’s joined by Sally, Zero, Oogie Boogie and more in this temporary overlay.
  • Winter Time Enchantment at Sleeping Beauty Castle: The castle will dazzle with limited-time decor such as lights, evergreen garlands, wreaths and more during the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort.

As with any visit to Disneyland, the travel experts at Get Away Today recommend downloading the free, official Disneyland app. It offers an interactive map that will help you navigate all the special events and attractions during the Holidays at Disneyland Park, and you can check show times and the locations of Disney Characters as well.

Holidays at the Disneyland Resort – Disney California Adventure Park

As part of the Holidays at Disneyland Resort, Disney California Adventure Park also transforms into a winter wonderland. Look for the following November 8, 2019 – January 6, 2020.

  • Disney Festival of Holidays: Celebrate the Holidays with inspiration from a number of different cultures with festive food, limited-time performances and special guests such as Santa Clause.
  • Festive Foods Marketplace: Vendors throughout Disney California Adventure Park offer up limited-time food and drink in honor of the Holidays.
  • Disney ¡Viva Navidad!: Donald Duck, Panchito and José Carico, also known as the Three Caballeros, will lead a mariachi-inspired street party with music, dancing and big puppets.
  • Santa’s Holiday Visit: The Holidays at Disneyland wouldn’t be complete without a visit from Santa! You’ll find him at Redwood Challenge Trail.
  • Ride Overlays: In Cars Land, Mater’s Jingle Jamboree and Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl offer temporary, Holiday-themed overlays for guests to enjoy. Soak in the seasonal music and decor at Mater’s Junkyard and with Luigi’s dancing cars.
  • Buena Vista Street Holiday Tree Lighting: Each day in front of Elias and Co. you can catch the Holiday lighting of a 50-foot tree that will definitely get you into the spirit of the Holidays.

One seasonal offering at Disney California Adventure Park can be enjoyed January 3 – 6, 2020. Three Kings Day is hosted in Paradise Gardens and celebrates the 12th Day of Christmas. Also known as Epiphany, Three Kings Day is a multicultural celebration with Latin American roots. 

As always, refer to the Disneyland app to see a schedule of events and what yummy Holiday treats you can purchase via mobile ordering.

Book with Get Away Today and Save

To experience the Holidays at Disneyland Resort this year or next, book with Get Away Today and save. Discount Disneyland tickets for 2020 are now available at Get Away Today, and a vacation is a great way to surprise the family and celebrate the Holidays in a whole new way. You can see all travel options at www.getawaytoday.com, or book with an agent at 855-GET-AWAY. For an additional $10 off your Southern California vacation package, let them know My Book A Day sent you, and use code BookaDay.