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About jennifermarx

Jennifer Marx is the author of more than 50 travel guides and the recipient of more than a dozen awards. She is also the co-founder and co-creator of PassPorter.com, an active community of enthusiastic travelers. Her amazing son, Alexander, is the subject of many of her posts and thoughts on family travel. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.
Website: http://www.passporter.com
jennifermarx has written 74 articles so far, you can find them below.


Disney Cruise Line Q&A: Passports, Port Hotels, and Rental Car Shuttles

Today a reader asked me some basic Disney Cruise Line questions, so I’m answering them on the blog for everyone:

Hi ,I have a few questions Id like to see if you can help me with. Firstly- can you do a 3 day cruise with Disney to Bahamas without having to obtain a passport for it- (Expensive for a one time 3 day trip) also, we are considering leaving one evening ,flying to Orlando,renting a car, driving to Port Canaveral to save on transfer fees and staying a t nearest hotel to terminal (any recommendations???) then like to return car next morning but need ride to terminal- do rental companies nearby there pick up? When return to Pt Canaveral we will do one way transfers as we will be heading to WDW for a week. I appreciate any help and insight you can give me.

Let’s break this down.

Question: Can you do a 3-night cruise to the Bahamas without a passport?

Answer: Yes, in most cases you can do a Disney cruise to the Bahamas if you’re a U.S. citizen without a passport. U.S. citizens traveling to the Bahamas by sea (not air) can use a valid U.S. passport or passport card, a valid Trusted Traveler Card, or a government issued photo ID along with a state-issued birth certificate. I just double-checked this on the DisneyCruise.com web site, too.

Question: Do you have any recommendations for a hotel near the Port Canaveral terminal?

Answer: I’ve stayed in a bunch of hotels: Radisson Resort, Cocoa Beach Suites (formerly Quality Suites), Motel 6, Residence Inn, Holiday Inn Club Vacations (formerly Ron Jon Cape Caribe), etc. They were all fine for what they are — a place to sleep the night before. I’ve got them all detailed in the PassPorter’s Disney Cruise guidebook. I may stay in one again this February. I recommend you pick the one that fits your budget — you probably won’t spend much time there.

Question: Do any rental car companies in Port Canaveral give rides to the cruise terminal?

Answer: Yes indeed. Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, and Thrifty all have complimentary shuttles from the offices to the terminal. I recommend you shop around for a good rate with one of them, and then call to confirm that their shuttle details. I just double-checked with Avis, and sure enough they still have their complimentary shuttle service and no advance reservations are required for it — you can read the details here: http://www.aviscapecanaveral.com/shuttle.php

I’m greatly looking forward to my visit to Port Canaveral in just a little over a month!

How Well Do You Know the Most Decorated Place on Earth? (Walt Disney World!)

Ready for a Disney holiday quiz? Our friends at Celebrations magazine are sharing their great quizzes with PassPorter fans. Here’s a fun holiday quiz by Jennifer Bright Reich that quizzes you on how well you know all the ins and outs of the amazing holiday decorations at Walt Disney World! Like our Animal Kingdom quiz last time, this quiz is packed full of trivia, from knowing the height of the tallest holiday tree to knowing how the Dream Lights are attached to Cinderella Castle. Try it and see how you do!

Your Score:  

Your Ranking:  

The scores are just for fun, but we’d still love to see them! Share them on Facebook, Twitter, or just reply to this blog post.

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About the quiz author: Jennifer Bright Reich is the director of partnerships and marketing at Celebrations Press, publisher of Celebrations magazine and the Guide to the Magic book series, at http://www.celebrationspress.com. She is anxiously awaiting her family’s next trip to Walt Disney World

 

How Well Do You Know Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Take Our Quiz!

Our friends at Celebrations magazine are sharing their fabulous quizzes with PassPorter fans. Here’s a fun quiz by Jennifer Bright Reich that quizzes you on how well you REALLY know Disney’s Animal Kingdom! Like our Epcot quiz last month, this quiz is packed full of trivia, from knowing the name of the vehicles on DINOSAUR to figuring out the height of the Tree of Life. Try it and see how you do!

Your Score:  

Your Ranking:  

The scores are just for fun, but I’d still love to see them! Share them on Facebook, Twitter, or just reply to this blog post.

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About the quiz author: Jennifer Bright Reich is the director of partnerships and marketing at Celebrations Press, publisher of Celebrations magazine and the Guide to the Magic book series, at http://www.celebrationspress.com. She is anxiously awaiting her family’s next trip to Walt Disney World

 

How Well Do You Know Epcot? Take Our Quiz!

Our friends at Celebrations magazine are sharing their fabulous quizzes with PassPorter fans. Here’s a fun quiz by Jennifer Bright Reich that quizzes you on how well you REALLY know Epcot! This quiz is packed full of trivia, from knowing the name of the “cave man” on Ellen’s American Adventure to figuring out the scale height of the Eiffel Tower replica in the Eiffel Tower. Try it and see how you do!

Your Score:  

Your Ranking:  

The scores are just for fun, but I’d still love to see them! Share them on Facebook, Twitter, or just reply to this blog post.

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About the quiz author: Jennifer Bright Reich is the director of partnerships and marketing at Celebrations Press, publisher of Celebrations magazine and the Guide to the Magic book series, at http://www.celebrationspress.com. She is anxiously awaiting her family’s next trip to Walt Disney World

 

PassPorter Tip Pinning Contest: Pin to Win!

Like Pinterest? We love it! We had great fun with our last Pinterest contest, so we’re doing it again! We love to see what you pin and to share it with others.

This contest will be all about TIPS! We have lots of Disney and travel tips here on PassPorter, plus there are a great many tips out there to pin.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow PassPorter on Pinterest
  2. Create a Pinterest board and name it “PassPorter Disney Trip Tips” (helps us find you)
  3. Fill it with at least 10 Disney tips – a minimum of three must be repins of our tips from PassPorter’s Pinterest boards. You’ll recognize our tip pins because they read, “PassPorter Tip #” at the top of the pin! Here’s an example of a PassPorter tip pin! We are posting new tip pins all the time, too! But the tips do not have to have been pinned already — you can find new tips and pin them yourself! You can even submit your own!
  4. Tag all the pins on your board with #passportertip (this also helps us find you)
  5. When you’re done, repin the following “PassPorter Disney Tips” contest pin:

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Tip #1: It also helps to reply to this blog post with the link to your Pinterest board, just to be sure we see it.

Tip #2: I will be extra impressed if you submit some of your own tips to PassPorter, as I’ll be looking out for them and will pin them, then YOU can pin them on your own contest board!

Prize

The pinner who makes the most creative, engaging, and MAGICAL board filled with Disney tips will receive a PassPorter PassPack filled with a Deluxe PassPorter of their choice, two PassHolder Pouches, some extra PassPockets, a PassPorter Pin, and a $50 gift certificate in case there’s more you want that we didn’t include! If you want ideas on pin boards we really like, check out the winners from our last pinning contest!

Announcing the Winner

Winners will be judged by MediaMarx, Inc. on criteria including originality, creativity and adherence to the rules. Please have your pinboard ready by October 31, 2014. The winner will be contacted on November 1, 2014. The winner and runners up will be promoted on the PassPorter web site and social media channels.

How Badly Do You Need a Disney Fix? Take This Quiz!

Our friends at Celebrations magazine are sharing their fabulous quizzes with PassPorter fans. Here’s a fun quiz by Jennifer Bright Reich that helps you find out just how badly you really NEED a Disney fix! But be prepared for tough questions … this is hardcore Disney nuttiness here!

Your Score:  

Your Ranking:  

The scores are just for fun, but I’d still love to see them! Share them on Facebook, Twitter, or just reply to this blog post.

How did I do? It’s past time for my Disney fix!

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About the quiz author: Jennifer Bright Reich is the director of partnerships and marketing at Celebrations Press, publisher of Celebrations magazine and the Guide to the Magic book series, at http://www.celebrationspress.com. She is anxiously awaiting her family’s next trip to Walt Disney World

 

Which Disney Character Are You? Take Our Quiz!

Our friends at Celebrations magazine are sharing another of their fabulous quizzes with PassPorter this month. Here’s a fun quiz by Jennifer Bright Reich that helps you find out which famous Disney character you are most like!

The personality test is just for fun, but I’d still love to see them! Share them on Facebook, Twitter, or just reply to this blog post.

How did I do?

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About the quiz author: Jennifer Bright Reich is the director of partnerships and marketing at Celebrations Press, publisher of Celebrations magazine and the Guide to the Magic book series, at http://www.celebrationspress.com. She is anxiously awaiting her family’s next trip to Walt Disney World

 

How Big of a Disney Nut Are You? Take This Quiz!

Our friends at Celebrations magazine are sharing their fabulous quizzes with PassPorter beginning this month. Here’s a fun quiz by Jennifer Bright Reich that helps you find out just how big of a Disney nut you REALLY are! But be prepared for tough questions … this is hardcore Disney nuttiness here!

Your Score:  

Your Ranking:  

The scores are just for fun, but I’d still love to see them! Share them on Facebook, Twitter, or just reply to this blog post.

How did I do? I’m a true blue Disney fan!

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About the quiz author: Jennifer Bright Reich is the director of partnerships and marketing at Celebrations Press, publisher of Celebrations magazine and the Guide to the Magic book series, at http://www.celebrationspress.com. She is anxiously awaiting her family’s next trip to Walt Disney World

 

Fabulous Disney Pin Boards: Pinterest Contest Results!

Back in March I proposed a little Pinterest contest for PassPorter. The idea was to have Disney Pinterest fans make a Disney-themed pinboard, include some PassPorter tags and pins, fill it with Disney-related pins, and submit it by May 10. And you all came through brilliantly! I’ve been in Pinterest heaven for the last several days looking through nearly 200 pinboards jam-packed with Disney and travel related pins.

Narrowing that list down to just one pinboard was VERY difficult. With future Pinterest contests (and yes, I’d love to do more!), I’ll probably want to get more specific simply to help find a winner easier. For this contest, I simply asked you to include Disney pins and announced I’d pick a winner based on originality, creativity, and adherence to the rules. Nearly everyone followed the rules, which left looking for something cool and different. I narrowed the list down to 10 pinboards, which I’d like to showcase here for your enjoyment! Here they are:

  1. Chiradora (42 pins)  — I enjoyed Chiradora’s pinboard primarily because of the awesome stick figure family she made to show off her Disney side. Super cute.
  2. StephBlovvski (260 pins) — She used the description field (super helpful!), and I really liked how she made her own pins for remembering tips.
  3. Hypnozia (41) — This is a great use of a map pinboard! (Here’s how to make a Disney map pinboard.)
  4. RosemondG ( 21) — Great focus on plans for the 2015 Princess Half Marathon!
  5. DisneyAC (166) — Excellent collection of Disney-themed pins.
  6. KillBunny (51) — I love how many of these pins are new pins, not simply repins (though she certainly has those, too).
  7. Jacksmom (505) — Over 500 pins! Wow! I’m impressed with the sheer size of this pin collection!
  8. Altchar (29) — And to prove you don’t have a lot of pins to get my attention, this pinboard only has 29 pins (when I checked), but I LOVE the theme of Disney at night. Beautiful photos bring back great memories.
  9. IrishSkater425 (95) — It’s ORGANIZED! Unique graphics were pinned and placed carefully to create a lovely showcase.
  10. SuellaDaville (202) — This pinboard is impressively large, but I really admired all the personal notes on pins about her interests/hopes/dreams. She’s personalized nearly every pin! I can feel her enthusiasm for Disney in each pin she selected here. She also used a description on her pinboard very effectively and met all our rules. This is a really great use of Pinterest!

I was so impressed that I’ve chosen SuellaDaville’s pinboard as our winner! She wins a Deluxe PassPorter of her choice, two PassHolder Pouches, some extra PassPockets, a PassPorter Pin, and a $50 gift certificate in case there’s more she wants that we didn’t include! Congratulations, Susan — please e-mail me at jennifer (at) passporter [dot] com so I can send you your prize!

I’d love to do another Pinterest contest! Before I settle on an idea, does anyone have ideas they’d like to share? Themes? Rules? Please reply here!

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade at Disney’s MGM Studios (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

On May Day (that’s May 1 — tomorrow!) Disney’s Hollywood Studios turns 25. It’s hard to believe my “baby park” (it was the newest part when I began my regular visits as an adult) will be so old. Like many others, I still tend to think of it as Disney-MGM Studios. I hear there will be a big hoopla to celebrate the milestone anniversary, including a rededication ceremony at 10:00 am, a motorcade at 7:00 pm called “Stars of the Studios” with famous characters, a dance party in from of the Sorcerer Hat stage, and fireworks at 9:30 pm.

As I was thinking about the Studios, I remembered a very cool parade that began there 13 years ago — it was called the Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade. I went back into the PassPorter Archives and found photos, and was delighted by the various stars’ motor cars … and I thought you might enjoy a peek, too! Here are 25 of my favorite photos from the parade — all were all taken on October 6, 2001, just a few days after it debuted! (Larger versions of all photos are available in our gigantic Photo Archive — click on a photo to go there.)


It began with a Grand Marshall, in traditional Disney style!

First came Jessie and the Toy Soldiers, leading the way for the first motor car of the parade. 

In the Toy Story motor car were Sheriff Woody, Buzz, and Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. Note the car is Andy’s bed!
 


The second motor car was the Mary Poppins float with Mary and Bert … the Penguins were nearby, too. Yes, Mary and Bert are RIDING carousel horses while riding a car. Now that takes talent, folks.

The third motor car were The Muppets, with Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Sweetums. I had no idea Kermit and Miss Piggy were so, well, HUGE!

R2D2 came along next, making way for …

Princess Leia in her awesome land speeder-esque motor car.

We can’t forget old wheezy himself, Darth Vader! <insert Darth’s theme here>

Next we have the Huns …  Mulan must be nearby!

Mulan’s Motor Car in the old Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade — LOVE the lanterns!

Next up … harem girl dancers! Is she doing “The Swim” here? Hmm.

Aladdin and Jasmine in a giant Genie car!

Hercules and Megera wave to the crowds.

We can’t overlook Phil, who is preceded by his pleasantly plump belly!

Cue the villains! The Evil Queen is looking particularly feisty here.

Jafar and Frollo glare everyone down.

Hades gets his own hot rod, of course.

Anyone remember these guys? Yes, it’s a quiz! Reply to this post — let’s see who gets it first.

Dancers wearing the latest in … seaweed?

Ariel and Flounder … it’s a clammobile!

Ooh, another less familiar character. Anyone remember this guy?

The Playhouse Disney moto car with Bear and Stanley.

The Fairest Of Them All … Snow White! Dopey is riding shot gun, I see.

The grand finale … Mickey and Minnie, with Goofy as the chauffeur. Now THIS is a classy motor car.

And we cannot forget the motorcycle escort at the end.
 

Facts about the Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade

  • Run Dates: October 1, 2001 to March 8, 2008
  • Motor Cars: 15-18
  • Length: 25 minutes

 

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