Disneyland Good Neighbor Resort Discount Just Released For Summer Travel!


Wow, the discounts are sure flying off the shelves this week.  We just received word of another discount, but this one is exclusively for Disneyland.  And to be more precise those Guests who stay at the Good Neighbor Hotels that surround the Disneyland Resort.

Now, for you Disney World travelers, this may seem a little odd.  But at Disneyland the way the park is constructed lends itself to a natural working relationship with many wonderful hotels who have a very close proximity to the parks.  It’s just well, different!  And that’s okay because by being a Good Neighbor Resort Guest at the Disneyland Resort you get many of the same perks including Magic Morning entrances to the parks and offers such as these:

Now-Aug. 12, 2014, a 3-Night/4-Day Good Neighbor Hotel Vacation Package at the Disneyland Resort starts at $91* per person per day for a family of 4 and includes a 4-Day, 1-Park per day Disneyland Resort ticket. This offer is valid for stays most nights June 13-Aug. 16, 2014. Travel must be complete by Aug. 17, 2014.

So that can lend itself naturally to some big savings if you are a party of 4 wanting to take in Walt’s original park!  Just the base package for hotel and tickets could run about $1,456 with this discount.  So that’s a good deal for a 3 night 4 day package.  Contact us at info@upanduptravel.com to book this offer today!

Follow Up, Re-Ads and the DAS

Part of the frustration of working with the DAS system is that there appears to be considerable mis-information, some people handed a stack of Re-Ads, others turned away; differing communications on when they are going away, if they are going away and why.  I reason that when giving advice to parents and caregivers they can’t spend thousands of dollars on a “Maybe.” So we will work here on what we know.  The DAS remains, and that is what we will plan for with our clients.  Re-Ads were not supposed to be used in conjunction with the DAS, at least that is not what they were originally created for; they were brought in to be used and now Disney is wanting to remove them.  And in the interim, we are going to have to find plausible workarounds for our families.  We will adapt and yes, make it work.  We have before.

I cannot state to any Clients or Guests I work with to depend on getting Re-Ads,  so I will plan for them not being there.  If they are given at this point, it’s a bonus.  I tend to lean on what I know will be there as a support when working with Clients.  And, as always, I will help clients work with the DAS to plan their vacations.  There will be letters written, discussions had, but vacations are still happening and we must plan for every scenario.

I am going to write and work to advocate in the most polite and professional way I possibly can to educate why there needs to be some accommodation for nesting behaviors in some capacity.  I encourage everyone to advocate, not in a destructive or negative way, but in a way that shows the genuine concerns we have about how these policies will effect those with Autism and other Cognitive Disabilities. My intent with writing the piece yesterday was to inform on what the A-Typical family will probably be told when at the Parks going forward.  It was confirmed by no less than three sources that I trust implicitly, who are in the parks weekly and have experience with special needs and Disney.  I understand if the post upset people, but I am simply reporting what is being confirmed to me and what is confirmed from a variance of Guests by Disney.

I understand the frustrations that come from this, as it’s an emotional issue for a great many of us.  Disney brings out so many facets of emotion because of what we have experienced with this company, at it’s theme parks, in the quiet of a movie theater, growing up as children.  We want as much of that experience as possible for our own, and if it seems part of what we enjoyed is now gone, it feels a bit like mourning, and there is anger and frustration, and all of these different things that go along with it.

A wise man said:  “Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”  

So too as for me and my family, we will Keep Moving Forward in order to aid our son and others in adapting to new ways and new paths in and out of the theme parks.


Keep Calm And Make It Work! Re: GAC to DAS Changes

It Deserves To Be Said Again, Keep Calm and Make It Work.


Author’s Note: The main points of this article deal with Disneyland touring as they don’t have the Fast Pass + reservation system in place and the effects of these changes could be felt there more so than Orlando at present.  I will be writing about how to work with the FastPass+ system and DAS in the coming weeks!

Okay.  So we’ve reacted.  We’ve worried.  We’ve called, read, talked, called again, confirmed, commented, heck even debated.  But, the fact is, these changes to the Guest Assistance Card at the Disney Parks well, they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.  October 9th will soon be here and I am sure it’s going to be rough anyhow.  Why don’t we figure out now that we have processed what we’re going to do to adapt?  We all have had to adapt at sometime to something that was not working.  So too with this we…

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Ready to Party?


We have some exciting news for our Disney Family!

Our family was selected to host a Disney Side at home Celebration and we will be blogging, pinning, tweeting, and posting all about it in the coming month!

There are so many ways for you to join in from the comfort of your own home!

Our Facebook Page will showcase our planning steps, photos, videos and so much more!

Make sure you follow along on our Twitter, and we will be hosting a live Twitter Party coinciding with the actual #DisneySide party on February 22nd!  More details of course to come, but we will be sure to let you know in every possible avenue way before that day.  You can RSVP for the event by clicking here!

We will of course have a Pinterest Board Dedicated to it as well: http://www.pinterest.com/amyjhughes73/show-your-disney-side-party/ where you can get some “Pinspiration” for hosting your own #DisneySide party, follow along with our activities, see ideas for Disneybounding and more!

We are also looking into a live video chat so that you can join in with our family everywhere and anywhere.  You can also Instagram your photos to us to be featured on our Facebook page, Blog and Twitter to show us your DISNEY SIDE!

This promises to be an amazingly fun event and we cannot wait to share our love of all things Disney with all of you.

I also want to thank each and every one of you, those who read here, follow our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!  Without you this wouldn’t have happened, so a HUGE thank you to all of you!

Now if I could sit down long enough to plan we’ll be good!

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