4 Ways to Support Me (or any small business)

As a small business, I often find myself needing support from friends, family, and the community. Many people are excited about my business as a travel consultant, but unsure how to best support me in my business endeavors. Here is a quick graphic to show how you can help spread the word about Imaginations Vacations by Katherine at Happily Ever After Travel. Keep reading for more details about each point.

  1. Use my services. I enjoy helping clients have a vacation as big as the imagination. However, it is frustrating when I am asked for advice by those who have no intention of booking a vacation with me. Regardless of the reason you may choose to book your vacation using another resource, respect the time and effort put in to any information you request. As a travel consultant, this is a business, and I need to spend my time on legitimate business prospects.
  2. Interact on Facebook. Facebook is an important marketing platform, and many users do not fully understand how it works, especially since it is constantly changing. There are a few important ways that you can be sure to support my Facebook marketing. First, like my business page: Katherine at Happily Ever After Travel, if you have not already done so. Hover on the "Liked" button on the page to change your settings for "Posts in News Feed" and "Notifications." This will help you see more of what I post. Share the page with your friends. Interact with my posts: likes are good, comments are better, and sharing is best...to increase engagement of more people with my page. If you have used my services and post photos or other vacation fun to Facebook while on vacation, please tag my business page (rather than my personal profile, if we're friends). All of these  things will help to increase my business visibility on Facebook.
  3. Talk about my business. Most of us have conversations about vacation plans. If someone mentions that they want to go on a vacation, please mention me. I am happy to send you some business cards to pass out. I also have an electronic version of my business card that I often send by text if I don't happen to have a business card with me. Feel free to contact me by email, and I will send the business cards to you as soon as possible.
  4. Use social media. I have other social media accounts besides Facebook. You can follow me on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram @TravelKatherine. Once you have followed me, please interact with me by retweeting, favoriting, repinning, and liking my posts.

I appreciate all of my friends, family, community, and clients (past, present, and future). Thank you for your support!

Rainy Day Parade at the Magic Kingdom

Worried about the rainy Florida Weather ruining your vacation?  Well, Disney has come up with a way to fix that with the Rainy Day Parade!

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Unfortunately, rain can damage parade floats as well as potentially injure performers due to slippery surfaces.  But you can still see some great characters and hear a bit of cheery music with this parade alternative.

Dancers walk with banners, wear fun raincoat costumes, and sing along with the Rainy Day Parade music.  The characters are driven through the parade route in Main Street transportation vehicles. 

So, don't let a rainy day get you down in the Magic Kingdom!

Do You Wanna Build a Magic Band?


Magic Bands are the latest craze at Walt Disney World.  They are part of a new program that allows guests to manage all the details of their vacation using a wristband that is linked to My Disney Experience on the Walt Disney World website.  Magic Bands work as park tickets, Fastpass+ reservations, dining reservations, Disney Dining Plan credits, room charging privileges, and room key.

Disney now has a selection of accessories to personalize your Magic Band.  So, once your vacation is over, they can become a great souvenir of the trip.

Magic Bands are free to Disney Resort guests and guests of the Swan and Dolphin Resorts.  Other guests may purchase Magic Bands and accessories at most gift shops.

The basic Magic Bands are available in Red, Pink, Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow, and Grey.

For those guests who need a basic Magic Band or would like a different color band, the basic band is $12.95.

Then you can accessorize your Magic Band as little or as much as you'd like.

Magic Band Covers are $6.95 for 1 or $15.95 for 3.

Magic Bandits are $6.95 for a 3-pack or $8.95 for a 4 pack.

Magic Sliders are $12.95 for 1 large or $14.95 for a 3-pack of smaller sliders.

Now you can create a personalized Disney souvenir for under $20 that you can wear to school, work, or anywhere you choose.  I'm waiting for Disney to create a watch face slider since I constantly look at mine like a watch by accident!


24 Hour DisneySide Event

 Special event brochure with event times and special event merchandise information

Special event brochure with event times and special event merchandise information

On Friday May 23, 2014 the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World (as well as both Disneyland and California Adventure in California) was open from 6 AM until 6 AM Saturday May 24.  24 Hours of Magic Kingdom attractions, food treats, and special activities.  Guests were welcome to dress in costume to show their Disney Side and the theme of the night was Heroes vs. Villains. The Villains led the parade prior to the traditional showing of the Electrical Light Parade and at midnight, the classic Disney Characters were replaced at meet-n-greets with Villains.  Fairytale Hall even changed over to Scarytale Hall.

Here are a few highlights from adventures in the middle of the night at the Magic Kingdom.

 Special Buttons handed out at the park entrance to all guests

Special Buttons handed out at the park entrance to all guests

 Villain Parade

Villain Parade

 Villain Parade

Villain Parade

 Villain Parade

Villain Parade

 Villain Parade

Villain Parade

 Villain Parade

Villain Parade

 Cinderella in the Electrical Light Parade with guests showing their Disney Side

Cinderella in the Electrical Light Parade with guests showing their Disney Side

 Green, Black, and Purple Maleficient Cake Pops

Green, Black, and Purple Maleficient Cake Pops

 Orange Bird Caramel Apples with Steve from the Official Disney Parks Blog showing his Disney Side

Orange Bird Caramel Apples with Steve from the Official Disney Parks Blog showing his Disney Side

 Queen of Hearts strawberry layered cupcake from Cheshire Cat available year round

Queen of Hearts strawberry layered cupcake from Cheshire Cat available year round

 3:20 AM in the Magic Kingdom

3:20 AM in the Magic Kingdom

 3:30 AM on the Jungle Cruise with a lot of devoted Disney fans

3:30 AM on the Jungle Cruise with a lot of devoted Disney fans

 Castle Dance Party to keep the energy going all night

Castle Dance Party to keep the energy going all night

 Frontiereland Dance Party with all the Characters in their pajamas

Frontiereland Dance Party with all the Characters in their pajamas

 Rock Your Disney Side Photo Op

Rock Your Disney Side Photo Op