Erika Busser - Wishing Well Travel
Wishing Well Travel is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner I have been a Disney fan since my first trip to Walt Disney World with my grandparents in 1973.
One ride on It’s a Small World and I became a fan for life! Many things have changed in my life since 1973, but my love of all things Disney isn’t one of them! My husband and I have 5 children currently ranging in age from 18-26. Our family travels to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando as often as possible. My most recent family vacation to Orlando was a “Princess Only” trip for just my daugh
It is with great sadness that I need to announce that I will be retiring from selling travel. However, I need to take the time to focus on taking care of some ongoing health issues. That being said, I highly, highly recommend using my former agency, Wishing Well Travel, for your future travel needs!! Please feel free to reach out to my friend and agency owner of Wishing Well Travel [email protected]
or my friend and colleague at Wishing Well Travel [email protected] for your future travel needs! I promise you will be in excellent hands!
About 30 minutes west of Leavenworth WA in the Wenatchee National Forest of the Cascade Mountains, is a great hiking trail called the Icicle Gorge Trail. This is an easy 5 mile loop. This trail had amazing water views, gentle terrain, towering ponderosa pines, and fun bridges to cross making this a memorable hike for the whole family. We took a bit longer on this trail because I just couldn’t stop taking pictures!
Leavenworth, Washington is a cute little Bavarian style town filled with food, drinks and shopping! We spent about 24 hours here which was just about enough for us! You definitely need to book your hotel stay about a year out for the busy summer period.
Day 2 of Mt. Rainier included another hidden gem in the form of the Moraine Trail. We only saw 2 other people and 2 park rangers for the entire time we were there, which was quite a while since we ate lunch on the trail. Sooooo pretty and peaceful!! We also visited Narada Falls and Myrtle Falls. Such a busy day! And we got to see Hoary Marmot!
Take the road less traveled! Some of the best hikes we did in the Paradise section of Rainier were the least used. The first one we did that was off the beaten path was the High Lakes Loop Trail. It did not disappoint! Beautiful views, well-maintained trails and very few people made it one of our favorites!
Last night my flight chased the sunset from DC to Seattle. It was so beautiful!
I know that normally on my business page I post a lot about theme park vacations. But I am also really passionate about hiking and just traveling in general. Over the next 9 days, Catie and I will be touring around in Washington. We’ll be hiking in Rainier National Park and Okanogan Wenatchee State Forest. We’ll be checking out the the little Bavarian town of Leavenworth and visiting Spokane. Follow along this week to see what we’re up to! ⛰️🥾
YES!! First, we had The Last Of Us house announcement and now we have a Stranger Things house announcement!! Halloween Horror Nights are about to be lit this year!! 🔥🔥🔥
🎄☃️ ❄️ Christmas party tickets are on sale now for both Mickey’s Very Christmas Party in Magic Kingdom and the Jollywood Nights event at Hollywood Studios!! If you haven’t booked your holiday vacation yet, contact me today and let’s get this booked so you can enjoy these awesome after hours events!🎄☃️❄️
💀Are you a huge fan of The Last of Us like I am? If so, you should absolutely attend Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando this year! They will have a new house dedicated to The Last of Us and I just know it’s going to be fantastic and terrifying! Reach out to me today and let’s get your trip planned!💀
✨🎄❄️☃️ Two new room only discounts were released this morning for the holidays in Walt Disney World!! Depending on the offer you qualify for and the resort you choose, you can save up to 35%! Contact me today and let’s get this booked while the rooms are still available! 🎄❄️☃️✨
✨Southwest has a fantastic sale going on right now!! I can see some $59 nonstop flights from DCA to MCO!! This is a fantastic time to book a vacation!!✨
✨Happy National Churro Day! Which churros do you like best? The churros in Disneyland or the churros in Walt Disney World?✨
✨✨Walt Disney World packages for 2024 will be available for booking beginning tomorrow! Dining plans will be available for these packages dated January 9, 2024 and beyond!! Contact me this week and let’s get you set up for your 2024 Walt Disney World vacation!✨✨
🍦🍨Butterbeer ice cream. It’s what’s for breakfast! 🤣🤣
🧁We have a great view of the top of the new Bake My Day building in Minion Land which will be opening in Universal Studios in Orlando later this summer. This area will also include the new Villain-Con Minion Blast, Minion Cafe and Pop-a-Nana. From what I can see so far, it’s going to be awesome!!
✨✨Can you tell which hotel I visited today based on this picture? 🏝️⛱️☀️✨✨
✨✨Aventura Hotel’s rooftop bar, Bar 17 Bistro is a gem! It had incredible views, drinks and food! Pictured here is “Bliss Fulfillment”. It was so good!✨✨
✨✨Aventura Hotel!! This sleek modern resort definitely has more of an adult feel to it. I probably would stay here with older teens and young adults. There is also rooftop bar, Bar 17, that apparently has a spectacular views. I absolutely want to see the views for myself! Hopefully, either tonight or Thursday night I’ll get the time to go up there. 🤞🤞✨✨
✨Cabana Bay Beach Resort!! This place is soooooo cute!!! It has an amazing 1950’s retro vibe. Can I just stay here forever?? And did you know that when you purchase a refillable mug that you not only get water, soda, coffee and iced tea, but you also get refillable Icee!! So perfect on a day like today!!✨
✨It’s 4:30am! Guess where I’m headed this morning…✈️🏖️🌴✨
✨✨🎟️ New Universal Orlando Ticket Offer! 🎟️✨✨
Buy 2 days of park tickets, get 3 days FREE!!
These tickets are a fantastic deal, especially when you book them in a package with a Universal Hotel! The earlier you book your hotel stay, the more you save on Universal Hotels. And with 5 days of park to park tickets, your family will be able to experience all the Harry Potter that they want and have plenty of time to repeat rides and explore all that Universal has to offer!
Contact me today for more information!
✨✨Fantastic news!! Walt Disney World will be bringing back dining plans for packages beginning on January 9, 2024!! In addition, they will be dropping the park reservation requirement for date based tickets on January 9th as well! Such great news!! 🎉🎉 ✨✨
Sadly, I came down with a stomach bug and can’t be with my teammates on our 10th anniversary trip, but follow along with the rest of our team to see what they are up to! Wishing Well Travel Tabitha Nixon Travel Specialist, Wishing Well Travel, Haley Hardesty Travel Specialist, Wishing Well Travel,
✨✨7 more days until the Wishing Well Travel agency retreat! I can’t believe we’re celebrating 10 years this year! I am super excited to be back at Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival. Be sure to follow along with our team beginning April 24th to see what we’re up to! ✨✨
Please call or message me if you need to reach me! Hopefully our email accounts will be up and running soon!
If you are trying to email anyone on the WWT team, please know our email server is down and may be for several hours today. We are working to get those restored ASAP. If you need assistance, please call your advisor or our main phone line at 919-215-8374 for immediate assistance. Thank you for your patience!
✨✨Have you been dreaming about a Disney vacation, but haven’t planned one yet? A NEW WALT DISNEY WORLD HOTEL ROOM ONLY OFFER HAS JUST BEEN RELEASED!! ✨✨
☀️You can save up to 25% on stays most nights July 11 to August 20, and September 15 to September 28, 2023!
☀️You can save up to 30% on stays most nights August 21 to September 14, 2023!
It’s not too late to get your summer vacation planned. Contact me today and let’s get your family that summer vacation you have been dreaming about! ☀️🏖️
👻Halloween Horror Night Tickets for Universal Orlando are now on sale for select dates from September 1, 2023 to October 1, 2023!! These do sell out so I do advise purchasing ASAP!
🎃There are discounted Halloween Horror Nights hotel and ticket packages available!
🪦RIP Tours(VIP entry to the 10 haunted houses!) and Halloween Horror Nights Express Passes are also on sale now!
👻Contact me today and let’s get your HHN vacation package booked!
💀This event is not for the faint of heart or small children!!💀
✨✨And so the countdown begins!! I have my awesome Orange Bird Magic Band+ in hand and am ready to go celebrate Wishing Well Travel’s 10 year anniversary at Walt Disney World in just 32 days!! Later this summer I will be celebrating my personal 10 year anniversary with Wishing Well Travel! Time truly flies when you are having fun!✨✨
Disney will be debuting new character greetings this spring!! We will have Moana at Animal Kingdom’s Discovery Island, Figment at Epcot’s Imagination Pavilion and finally Mirabel at Magic Kingdom’s Fairytale Garden! Such great photo opportunities! Epcot will also be hosting the Disney100 celebration this year which means that they will have some of our favorite characters dressed in their new platinum clothing for meet and greets. But my favorite bit of news is that Disney has announced a NEW nighttime show over the World Showcase Lagoon in EPCOT that will “unite us through the commonalities of the heart”!! There will be new fireworks, lasers, music and light! I am so excited about this!! In addition to all of this great news, Tron will be opening up on April 4th!! There is just so much to be excited for this Spring!
✨✨NEW Walt Disney World Disney Visa Promotion!!!✨✨
Disney® Visa® Cardmembers can save up to 35% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels with this special offer—which includes the following Cardmember-exclusive discounts:
Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside: Save 35%
Disney's All-Star Sports Resort: Save 30%
Disney's Art of Animation Resort - Family Suites: Save 30%
This offer is valid when you book using your Disney® Visa® Card for stays most nights:
May 14 to June 24, 2023
July 5 to August 19, 2023
August 27 to September 7, 2023
This offer is valid for other select Disney Resort hotels as well! So contact me today and let’s get planning!
✨Universal Orlando Resort has released some fantastic deals on select dates for this upcoming year! For example, you can save up to $650 on a 5 night stay for a family of 4(2 adults and 2 children) at Cabana Bay Beach Resort with 3 day 3 park park-to-park tickets with 2 additional days of tickets for free! Other resorts are available as well! Contact me today and let’s get your vacation planned! ✨🏖️☀️
✨✨For my vegan friends and clients…Universal is now offering VEGAN BUTTERBEER! How awesome is that??✨✨
🦋🌻🌷The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival began yesterday! Aren’t all of these topiaries amazing?? Not only do we have these wonderful topiaries, but there are wonderful outdoor kitchens, merchandise and fun activities for the kids! This is seriously fun for the whole family! Our kids always loved the butterfly area where they could get up close and personal with the butterflies. Did you know that there is an app for the food at the festival? Definitely check out the WDW Food&Wine app so you can plan on what you foods you want to try!
*Photos courtesy of the awesome Debbie Perkins Qualls
Universal Orlando’s Velocicoaster has finally opened up the Express lanes today!! This is absolutely why you should be staying at Universal Orlando Premier hotel…you get FREE Unlimited Express passes for every person in your room! I am all about riding Velocicoaster multiple times a day with a reduced wait time!! Let’s go!
✨WOW! Disney has put the GRAND back in in the Grand Floridian! A fellow travel agent was able to stay in one of these newly renovated rooms the other night and shared his beautiful photos of the remodel. Aren’t these rooms gorgeous? I am not going to lie; I’ve always said that the theming of the Grand Floridian wasn’t something that I was personally excited about. However, these renovated rooms with the subtle Mary Poppins theming have absolutely changed my mind! I love the changes!
Here are some of the highlights of the changes in the rooms.
*raised beds for storage
*hard floors with an area rug
*much better lighting in all areas
*Mary Poppins theming
*USB-A and USB-C outlets
*rainfall shower head and detachable wand
My understanding is that only a couple of buildings have been completely renovated, so it will be a while before all the rooms at the Grand Floridian are completely refurbished. I believe Disney is hoping to have them done by the holidays this year. It definitely looks like they will be worth the wait! How amazing would it be to stay at the Grand Floridian, in a newly renovated room with the resort decorated for the holiday??If you haven’t seen the Grand Floridian’s life sized gingerbread house, you are in for a treat! Contact me today and let’s make it happen!✨
Photos courtesy of the awesome and incredibly generous Robert Simmons! 💕
Thinking about a Disney cruise? This is the time to book it! Right now our agency, Wishing Well Travel, is offering 50% off of the deposit through February 17th! Contact me today for more details and let’s get you booked!
✨✨🎟️ New Universal Orlando Ticket Offer! 🎟️✨✨
Buy 3 days, get 2 days FREE!!
Do you have a Harry Potter fan in your life that absolutely MUST visit Universal Orlando? Then these tickets are a fantastic deal, especially when you book them in a package with a Universal Hotel! The earlier you book, the more you save on Universal Hotels. And with 5 days of park to park tickets, your family will be able to experience all the Harry Potter that they want and have plenty of time to repeat rides and explore all that Universal has to offer! My husband and I took advantage of this last year when it came out and it saved us a LOT of money on our early December vacation!
Contact me today so I can help you plan your perfect Universal Orlando vacation!
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! Are you prepared? If not, I have a suggestion…give the gift of travel. I know what you’re thinking! “Of course she would say that! She’s a travel agent, for goodness’ sake!” And that is true, but I am also a mom of 5. And as a mom to so many kids, I know the value of time away from my kids with just my spouse. Over the years, my husband and I have gone on several trips for just the two of us. We’ve been to Punta Cana, Walt Disney World, Massachusetts(whale watching!) and, most recently, Universal Orlando to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. These experiences we have shared and the memories we created together are precious. So with Valentine’s Day coming up, why not think about getting some time away from “real” life to create your own special experiences and memories together. I’ll be here to help. 😉✈️ 🏝️
THIS!! Roundup Rodeo Barbecue is the table service restaurant we have been waiting for at Hollywood Studios!! It has something for everyone. Plant-based? They have you covered! Keto/carnivore/low carb? This restaurant has you covered! I am so looking forward to trying this out! Opening March 23, 2023. Photo courtesy of Disney.
Want to get a great view of the nighttime show Hogwarts castle at Universal’s Islands of Adventure? Keep an eye out for the Team Members setting up the ropes for the “corral”. For everyone’s safety, Universal groups everyone to the right to make sure there is still a pathway in and out of the area. For a short girl like me or for parents of small kids, this knowledge can make or break how well you can see the show. Get there early and be up front!
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