give-the-gift-of-an-experience(This post first appeared on The Woman, The Myth, and The Magic.)

If you’re like me, you might struggle with the gift-giving aspect of this upcoming season. Don’t get me wrong, I have many beloved family members and friends in my life, and I am more than happy to shower them with tokens of appreciation.


It’s the STUFF that I struggle with. Deciding what to get for certain people can sometimes be hard. We all have that one someone who is difficult to shop for, or already has everything. And then, well, the STUFF piles up. Some gifts may get used, and some gifts end up collecting dust and taking up space. And cluttering up our lives.

Maybe a better gift choice idea this year is one that will not take up any space in their home, but rather in their mind and heart.

Give the gift of experience, rather than STUFF. Give the gift of time spent together, making unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

How about the gift of Disney this year?

Imagine the look on their faces, the twinkle in their eyes, the screams of joy, when they open THIS gift!

A Disney vacation offers the ability to customize your gift to your loved one’s exact tastes. Of course, family vacations with children are available. Also, consider including the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Family reunion trips make great gifts for the entire family, and everyone gets to enjoy time together!

Maybe this year will be your little one’s first visit. The first time they ride a roller coaster, meet a princess, wear mouse ears and see that glistening castle. And you can be there, too!

Maybe your loved one will enjoy traveling without children! Disney destinations are fantastic for adult-only visits. How long has it been since you had a girls’ weekend, or got together with just the guys? Walt Disney World offers Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival every fall, which is a favorite with the grown-ups! Adventures by Disney also offer adult-only excursions, and even have long weekend trips, for those loved ones who have difficulty taking time off.

How about your significant other? Wouldn’t they love a romantic getaway, with luxurious accommodations, fine dining, fireworks, and maybe even some thrills? Both Walt Disney World and Disneyland offer plenty of both. Or perhaps Aulani in Hawaii, with its crystal blue waters, exotic flavors and excursions of all thrill levels!

Have a tween or teen that’s just growing up too fast? Show them you can still scream along with the big kids on a thrill-ride-packed visit to Walt Disney World or Disneyland. Or consider a Disney cruise, which offers tweens and teens their own hang-out spaces. (Don’t worry- Disney Cruise Line remembered adults like their own time, too. That’s why all Disney ships include a spa, and adult-only pools, dining options and nightlife.) Then, you can all meet up for a Broadway-caliber show, or a deck party complete with fireworks at sea!

Disney has so many different options that make amazing holiday gifts. Both Walt Disney World and Disneyland offer vacation packages, complete with immersive accommodations, magical dining choices, and endless entertainment options! And with different seasonal events throughout the year, every time is a great time to plan a visit! Spring offers the Festival of the Arts, and the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot. Summer offers a wide variety of itinerary choices across the globe with Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney! Fall brings Halloween parties at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and aboard Disney Cruise Line. And in the winter, holiday parties (and unbeatable holiday eats and treats!) await you at all Disney destinations. How about a Christmas market cruise in Europe? You can even say Mele Kalikimaka with a tropical Christmas at Aulani!

Right now, Walt Disney World is offering a way to pull off the ultimate “Big Reveal” this holiday season! Book any 2018 Walt Disney World vacation* before November 15th, and Disney will send you a limited-edition Magic Band for each member of your travel party, wrapped in a gold gift box, with guaranteed delivery by December 15th!

Middle of the Magic Travel wants to get in on the reveal fun, too! Book any Disney destination vacation* between October 12 and November 30, 2017, and we will send you a free surprise wrapped gift to put under the tree, plus a note from a Toy Story character to announce your holiday surprise!

And our help doesn’t end there. Middle of the Magic Vacation Planners are there every step of the way for you, from introducing you to different Disney destinations, and free quotes, to making all of your reservations for you, to customizing your itinerary with hand-picked hotel, dining, FastPass, transportation, special event celebrations and VIP tour reservations. We will even give you all the insider tips! So, whether it’s your first visit or your 40th, we can handle every detail to help you have a seamless, hassle-free, memory-FILLED trip!

Life moves very quickly today, and we are so over-scheduled and too busy. None of us spends enough time together with family members and friends. This year, dedicate yourself to them, for memories of time together are the most valuable gifts you could ever give someone!


*The Fine Print:

-Please see the below requirements for the above promotions. Please note that not all hotel, dining, ticket or attraction options may be available at time of booking. Other restrictions may apply. Ask your Disney vacation planner for more details.

*Walt Disney World’s Magic Band promotion will only be available for trips booked by November 15, 2017, and include travel dates of 3 nights or more between January 1 and December 31, 2018. And those limited-edition Magic Bands and gift box ARE NOT Christmas-themed, so they can be saved for a big reveal any time of year!

*Middle of the Magic Travel’s surprise gift promotion only applies to new reservations booked October 12- November 30, 2017. Reservation must include one of the following: 3-night or longer vacation package at Walt Disney World; 3-night or longer vacation package at Disneyland; 3-night or longer Disney cruise; 3-night or longer hotel reservation at Aulani; or ANY Adventure by Disney reservation. Use promo code UNWRAP to claim your free gift!