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The summer issue of Disney twenty-three, the magazine of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, features a mega summer movie preview of Disney’s upcoming theatrical releases. “D23 gets readers back in the saddle with filmmakers Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski for Johnny Depp’s upcoming The Lone Ranger; Billy Crystal talks about scaring up big laughs for Monsters University; the masterminds behind Marvel’s newest film, Iron Man 3, offer an inside look at how they’re bringing Iron Man back to basics; and John Lasseter shows us how the upcoming animated film Disney’s Planes will soar.”
The man who has allegedly been selling fraudulent tickets in a Disneyland ticket scam has turned himself in to authorities.
Police reported that a man who called himself “Chris Ruiz” met a woman in a Food 4 Less parking lot in Wilmington to sell four Disneyland park-hopper tickets at $60 each. These tickets normally sell for upwards of $125 a piece. The woman had purchased these tickets from a stranger on Craigslist.
The man, whose real name is Edward Anthony Contes, turned himself in to authorities at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Division station in San Pedro, California. He was being held on charges of petty theft, but faces felony charges because he had at least three or more prior convictions and served jail time.
There are plenty of perks for guests who decide to purchase and become Walt Disney World annual passholders. Some of the benefits included in being Disney World annual passholders are:
- Unlimited admission for one year to all 4 Walt Disney World theme parks
- Access to multiple Disney Theme Parks on the same day
- Parking at Walt Disney World theme parks
- Mickey Monitor newsletter, mailed in February, May, August and November, includes additional benefits and program updates
- Special discounts and offers on dining, car rentals, merchandise, backstage tours, entertainment, sports, and recreation (including spa treatments)
- Exclusive special events and privileges
Over the weekend, we told you that three of the most popular Disneyland attractions had been suddenly shut down due to OSHA citations. Well, although one has been re-opened, but the other two are still closed. The Matterhorn Bobsleds, Space Mountain, and Soarin’ Over California were closed due to failure to meet the state requirement of harnessed fall protection for any employee walkway with more than a 30 inch drop opposite a hand rail. The Matterhorn was able to re-open on Monday, but the other two are still closed indefinitely.
Do you remember the time before smart phones? Internet Searches? Planning travel was a lot of phone calls, friends recommendations, driving to AAA or other places for maps and lots of other work. Sometimes people used a Travel Agent, but usually only on those big once in a lifetime trips. So now, we have our iPhones, HTC’s, Tablets, Laptops, and a wealth of information on all things, including Travel destinations. Nowadays the internet has taken over for all those calls, all those trips to the library and more to get stacks and stacks of information for your vacation.
Let me start by telling you a little about how I started in this business. I had two separate but each very good friends suggest to me that I should be a Travel Agent for Disney Vacations. When they first suggested it, I thought to myself “Are they insane, Travel Agents are a thing of the past, everyone uses the internet, right?” So I started looking into it more and more. Then I spent some time pondering the amount of my own time I spent planning my vacations. I was already a self-described expert whose friends would ask for help and suggestions from. It seemed a perfect fit. I realized I love all things Disney (and Universal, and Hawaii, and Cruises, and… Well traveling in general) and I love helping people to plan their trips. So yeah why not? It was probably the best decision I’ve made in a long, long time! Which if you know me, isn’t saying much…
I do often wonder if it gets easier with all this information or is it now just overwhelming? If you want to visit a place like Disneyland or Walt Disney World you could get lost in the amount of information and never make it back out. The pictures alone can be mesmerizing. But you don’t think of asking for help? Why? Travel Agents are still out there, and we are ready to help! Today more than ever Travel Agents are the best bet you have to navigate the information overload highway and keeping you on track. Most Travel Agents today are also specialists in specific areas. Take me for instance, can you perhaps guess where my specialties lie?
So I’ve shared a little with how I decided to become a Travel Agent. Really though I want to share with you why you need a Travel Agent (like me).