Six Halloween Movies That Are a MUST WATCH Every Fall

Halloween is arguably one of the BEST seasons for movie watching. There are so many classics! Here are six of my favorites, in no particular order. Oh, and best part? You can find the all on DisneyPlus.

1. Wizards of Waverly Place, The Movie
AN OG SHOW! Selena Gomez fan-girl aside, this series always spoke to my HP loving heart. Alex and Harper were friendship goals, and this movie is the ultimate cheese in teamwork. Just watch it.

2. Halloweentown
DUH. The ultimate in Disney Halloween movies. This is charming, redemptive and adorable. I am here for all the versions of this movie–all hail the Queen of Halloweentown, Kimberly J. Brown!!

3. Coco
I can practically hear the mingling and bustle of the family making their offerings, setting out their pictures and talking about their loved ones at the Dia de Los Muertos celebration. This movie is all the feels–they get me with the Grandma EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. So good.

4. Hocus Pocus
No Halloween movie list could ever be complete without this spooky tale–it has it all. Your haunted house. Your meddeling kids. Your accidental release of a coven of witches who want to become immortal and now they must be stopped. HA!! Also, google it–you can order drinks at Starbucks based on the Sanderson Sisters!

5. Toy Story Tower of Terror
I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. THIS MOVIE IS TERRIFYING. Just…go watch it.

6. Haunted Mansion
If you haven’t seen this haunted movie with Eddie Murphy, you NEED TO before you head back to the parks and ride this ride! Cheesy? Kind of. Predictable? Of course. But amazing? TOTALLY. Check it out!

Tell me your favorite Halloween movies in the comments!! Thanks for reading!

Why your journey SHOULD start here, and why it matters.

I brag about our Agency all the time, to anyone who will listen. I truly think we are the best team out there, and we’ve only gotten stronger during this past year (surviving a pandemic will do that to ya!!).

We work hard and we play hard, visiting all the destinations we can, to keep you up to date and in the loop. With over 200 agents, someone always has a picture or an answer if the other needs to ask.

Our hard work and dedication to our clients has awarded us with special credentials I want to share with you.

Disney has awarded us their coveted Platinum Earmarked status–which was the highest honor, up until a few years ago when they released the Diamond Tier. We all have a Diamond Mindset and know we will get there, but this tier is very special to us. We are so proud of this achievement despite the changes that have come our way as our org has shifted and grown. As agents, we are allowed a lot more visits (on a discount) so we can get back to the magic. We also have dedicated phone lines that help us get thru faster, on promo days and during the times you need us most, like a family emergency or a pandemic.

At Universal Studios, we are a Gold UPreferred Partner, soaring right past Bronze and Silver on our Nimbus 2000’s! Our love for Universal has grown so much over the past few years–with their amazing resorts, and great deals, it’s no wonder we are on a quick path to the top with this Destination. Many of our Agents (including me and Laura) got invited to stay and play on their dime last year! They take great care of their Agents–the thing I love the most is the extra media they give Preferred Partners. We have special images and pictures just for you that we get to share as we prepare you for your vacation.

Last but not the least by far, our most recent award is becoming a Preferred Partner with Sandals and Beaches. We did not put our pandemic year to waste by any means. Our entire team spent time training, learning, attending webinars, and traveling on many gifted resort stays to Sandals Destinations all over the world! These All Inclusive Properties have something for everyone, whether you’re looking for Adult Only or for your entire family!

We are dedicated to YOU. We have the combined knowledge and know-how to get you safely on your way to the destination of your choice. When you book with Fairytale Journeys, you can rest easy knowing that you truly have experts on your side.

Mother’s Day Photo Opp!

Y’all know I”m a huge advocate for putting your phone down at Disney, and letting the professionals do their thing. I can’t tell you how many moments I would have missed if I had been messing with my camera, when Clare has run whole heartedly into a meet and greet with Pluto or Minnie! I LOVE being able to be present in that moment and not worry about not having a great picture.

I love to do this side by side because you can see, my angle INCLUDES THE PHOTOGRAPHER for crying out loud, and SHE knew exactly what to say, do, and position to make this picture magical.

We also LOVE visiting our bestie, Candi with Magical Pix when we are in Florida because she adds extra magic to our photos! Check out me and my Disney bestie Laura casting a Tink patronus in Diagon Alley!!!

So when it comes to Mother’s Day, AKA THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY OF THE YEAR YALL, why not trust your experience to a professional as well?

LOCAL FRIENDS: I have an amazing opp for you. I’ve partnered with Jana Gross Photography, to bring YOU some amazing magic, swag an fun this year.

Jana is doing something truly innovative and different. You’ll book your time-slot directly with her (I’ll paste her info below) to meet at a gorgeous historic home in Pflugerville, TX. You’ll get to chat with her beforehand about what to expect and how everything will work. She will be practicing COVID safe policies and is truly wonderful to work with!

You will receive a metal print (amazing) with the option to upgrade to more print packages. This session will last one hour, and will benefit ReWork Project.

Best part? It only cost $99. This is truly an amazing deal, benefiting one of the coolest non-profits around.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!!! You’ll also get a SWAG BAG!

You’ll get a special Disney item from me, as well as items from:

Bluebonnet Picnic Company
Natalie Avila-Gonzales
Kimberly Michelle Kennedy
Rural Birch

It’s a win for EVERYONE!!

Contact Jana to book:

What are your Mother’s Day plans??

Thanks for reading!

My Favorite Chocolate Frog Finds

You may or may not have seen that over on my Facebook Page, I have declared 2021 to be, “The Year of the Chocolate Frog.” Just seems obscure and delicious enough to provide some motivation for a more magical year.

To me, this means a year of more magic, more fun, more butterbeer, and OBVIOUSLY….more chocolate frogs.

In honor of this I wanted to share my top 5 chocolate frog finds. In no particular order.

  1. Chocolage Frog Trinket Box, $24.95

How ADORABLE is this?? I personally own this item and it is absolutely perfect in every way. It’s fragile, so be sure to handle with care, but this makes an amazing addition to your nightstand or decorative shelf for a touch of whimsy!

2. Chocolate Frog Plus, $21.95

I also own this item, and IT SMELLS LIKE AN ACTUAL CHOCOLATE FROG! It is adorable. The bottom part is made of thin cardboard so it’s not the sturdiest. I recommend buying this online to ship rather than trying to cart it in your suitcase home. Excuse me while I go enjoy the scent of chocolate…

3. Chocolate Frogs, 4-Pack, $49.95

Is there really an explanation needed? These are delicious, authentic and COME WITH THE TRADING CARDS! I love them. I recently got one I had never seen before…Jocunda Sykes.

“This witch is famous for the first ever Atlantic broom crossing.”

4. Chocolate Frog Ornament, 24.00

There are a few but this one is my favorite! I think I want to do a Honeydukes themed tree next year. Doesn’t that sounds SUPER MAGICAL?

5. Chocolate Frog Cloth Face Mask, $8.00

There are a few styles—it was honestly hard to pick my favorite, but I think this one wins. These are so cute. Be sure to click around on the site because the link about is to the size Large, and they come in a variety of sizes. If we have to wear masks, they might as well be MAGICAL!! Right?

Click here for ALL the official chocolate frog merch you can get online via the Universal Store. There’s a lot to choose from!

Do you have any chocolate frog merch? Let us know in the comments below!

Are you as tired as I am? My 2020 perspective on Traveling a COVID World, the UO Edition.

I’m tired, ya’ll. This year has taken it all out of me, and then some. I don’t know what 2021 will bring, but I’m always hopeful at the restart and reset of a new year.

But if you’ll indulge me for a minute, I want to share some bright spots with you post COVID.

Let’s start where it all began.

I’ll never forget being on the Disney Dream, our last full day at sea, before heading home, and the Captain coming over the loud speaker. Everywhere. Everywhere on the ship.

In the Staterooms, on deck, in the theater. Everything paused for those few minutes that seemed to last forever, when he told us a world wide pandemic had been announced.

It was shocking.

We knew things were not all well when we decided to board the ship, but this took my breath away. And honestly? I really didn’t want to get off the next day. HA!

Protocols and changes went into place IMMEDIATELY. Disney is so good at this. At keeping people calm and cool and smiling. So grateful. I looked around at each family member I was travelling with, and you know all those thoughts start bombarding every side of your brain and it’s a mixutre of, ‘What if this is the last time we are all together?” and , “How will this change our lives?”

We had no idea that nine months later we would be fighting this things, STILL.

But as COVID progressed and the pandemic has raged on, parks and entertainment found a way to bring back the fun, SAFELY, with extreme caution.

I was NOT the first to jump on the bandwagon, I’ll be honest. After seeing trip after trip and reschedule after reschedule, I was really disheartened. Travel is my LIFE. This is what I do to clear my head, REST, disconnect, and care for myself.

I finally got on a plane in late August and didn’t tell many people. I didn’t even really post about it on my page, but I figured if there was anywhere that would be okay to visit, it would be Disney or Universal. And let me tell you–I was BLOWN AWAY by the protocols Universal had put in place.

Note that we were by ourselves on a bridge, drinking coffee, and stationary. This was a safe spot for us to pull down our masks for a fun picture, safely and within protocols!

You see, many of their Reps (we call them UReps) got on Facebook and began to interact with us. They made posts, made us laugh, gave us purpose, and provided glimpses of hope and excitement with live, real time, information on how things were going at the parks. How they would make a great come back and reopen. IT WAS GLORIOUS.

I’ve been three times since August, to visit Universal Orlando. On these visits I have frequented Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, City Walk, and MANY of the resorts including Hard Rock, Portofino Bay, Royal Pacific, Surfside and Cabana Bay.

Did they do everything perfectly? Honestly, no. My first stay at Hard Rock was a little unnerving (and slightly gross) because we all had to put our trash in the hallway to be picked up. They only picked up once a day so it could be sitting awhile. Due to COVID, maid services can not enter your room–this is right and safe, but it took us ALL awhile to adjust to this new normal.

But yall, THIS IS NEW. IT IS A PANDEMIC. We are all trying to figure this out, and make the best of what we can. I did not see this at the other four resorts I stayed in. And even tho maid service wasn’t running, they were doing everything else AMAZINGLY well.

My favorite thing was the texting. At check-in, they texted your phone to welcome you, and you could text ANY question ANY time of day for a quick response and turn around. They were 100% on their game, and told me where I could get sunscreen, when the gift shop opened, how much the tubes were to float in at the Lazy River, sent me extra shampoo up–it was GOLD. I adore this feature and hope they keep it around forever. We even checked out via text.

Room Service was also up and running. This is not the case many other places–they safely deliver to your door in to-go containers and never skimped on the extras and condiments. Very well done, Universal!

I have been in park on crowded days and empty days. They were all amazing. One of the most frequent questions I get is, “If I go, will it still be magical?” My short answer is ABSOLUTELY.

The first time seeing Diagon Alley was monumental for me. It was everything my Harry Potter loving heart had hoped for. Up until this year I had only been to Hogsmeade (I KNOW YALL!). The butterbeer, the fishy green ale, the constant epic music playing in the background made me feel like at any turn I was going to run into Ron, Harry and Hermione so we could talk about Snape’s latest potions assignment and what we were going to wear to the Yule Ball. It was everything.

Right before Christmas, right at dusk, we were visiting the Universal Orlando park, rounding the corner near Jimmy Fallon, where the Macy’s Balloon exhibit stood, and the Holiday Tribute Store beckoned. Christmas lights were strung everywhere, donning each building in the most festive way. Cocoa in hand, it truly and completely gave me the chills. It was beautiful, and my cup felt full for the first time during the pandemic. Pure joy.

There are so many more moments that stand out. Taking pics on the ET bike. Screaming and laughing so hard on the Simpsons Ride. Clare riding minions for the first time. Casting spells. Eating chocolate frogs. Hogsmeade at NIGHT TIME, quiet and full of wonder and hope. It gave us an escape. A mental break and put the world on hold for just a moment, while we immersed ourselves into fantasy and PLAYED.

“Okay, it sounds like it’s still magical, but is it actually safe?” I always say I feel safer going to Universal than I do my own grocery store. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s how I feel. You see people cleaning everywhere, dolling out the sanitizer into everyone’s hands before you step onto any ride, temp checks, distancing and markers everywhere. Also, the mask free safe zone? GENIUS and totally necessary. Love these.

Now hear this for SURE. You will ALWAYS have the human factor. There are guests that don’t care or read, or just don’t understand. That is just going to be a given. Some days we saw workers enforcing lines and distance, other days we didn’t. We almost always saw Universal Reps reminding people to wear masks. Everything is clearly marked, checked and employees are all wearing masks and in a lot of cases shields and gloves as well.

“Should I wait, if it’s my first time to visit? I want to be able to experience all the things.”

Honestly, GO. You will love having the break, you will get epic pictures wearing masks that will go down in your Facebook memories forever to remember this insane year by and that we SURVIVED ALL THE THINGS, and you’ll really enjoy the lower park capacity. You will. You will be spoiled with shorter wait times.

Not every single ride is open, and not every single restaurant is serving, but to me it hasn’t been enough to put me out. We have tried so many things we normally wouldn’t have, if I’m being honest. We were more relaxed, took the parks at a slower pace, and enjoyed taking in some epic scenery and details we normally would not have noticed.

I hope this helps you decide. Yes, this is my life, my business, my livelihood. But if you’re ready to travel again, I can honestly tell you, from someone who never leaves her house—it’s as safe as it can be, it’s still as MAGICAL as it can be, and you will not regret it for one minute.

You don’t have to just take my word for it. Here’s what my clients are saying:

“This was exactly the mental health break we needed.”

“It felt so good to immerse ourselves in a whole other world for a week. Even though we were wearing masks, it felt so normal.”

“I kind of prefer COVID themeparks to regular times. The crowds were so low and everyone was just so happy to be there.”

“I’m so glad our memories of this awful year won’t just be sitting at home. It was different but worth it.”

Have you traveled post COVID? Let us know in the comments!