When you wish upon a star…you just may win a free vacation

20150201_155407788_iOSLooking back, that first phone call doesn’t even seem real. I can remember bits and pieces of it, but I can’t even remember the whole conversation, because it was such a blur. How often do you get the best news of your life? How often are you completely taken off guard?

A few months ago, that exact thing happened. The phone call I received was from a sweepstakes company telling me that I had won an all-expense paid trip to Disney World for myself and three friends.

At first, I didn’t get too excited—I just couldn’t believe something like that would happen to me. As soon as I began receiving legal documents, though, I knew that it was for real. I had really won.

The Sweepstakes was called the “Coffee to Castle Sweepstakes,” and it was hosted by Joffrey’s Coffee (the company that provides most of the coffee in Disney World). Not only did we get 16 park hopper tickets, but we received free air fare, a hotel room and a gift card for coffee while on the trip.

The months leading up to the trip were miserable—we were all just so excited about the trip. No one was more excited than me—I couldn’t take it.

20150131_135407687_iOSBut then, finally, January 31st rolled around. At the early time of 2am, we rolled out of bed and packed up the car to begin our journey to the Columbus Airport. Two hours later, we were landing in beautiful Orlando Florida where the temperature was about 40 degrees warmer than Ohio and the sun was actually shining.


I can’t believe how wonderful of a trip we had and how little we had to pay for. It was so great to go all out at Disney World with little expense. We even got to stay at the Caribbean Beach Resort on Disney property which provided us with some of the most beautiful pools at Disney World, along with free transportation wherever we wanted to go.


While the package alone was amazing, the best part of the trip was spending it with three ladies I love so incredibly much. My recommendation for any woman out there is that every once in a while, you would treat yourself and take a girl’s trip. There’s nothing like having some girl time with ladies you truly love. I haven’t laughed that hard in so very long. I will cherish the memories I made with these gals for a lifetime.


People ask me all the time how exactly I won a free vacation. Well for those of you who are interested, I recommend the site www.sweepstakesfanatics.com. I actually check the website every day to find sweepstakes to enter into. The other great place to look for specifically Disney trips is www.mousesavers.com.

I know it sounds completely crazy, but now if you ever find yourself wasting three hours of your life filling out applications, you can use the excuse that you actually know someone who won once. That should give you the motivation to press on. I know I’m not giving up on the sweepstakes anytime soon.


I am so glad I took a crazy chance and entered in the “Coffee to Castle Sweepstakes,” because I defied some odds and got to take a wonderful trip with my girlfriends.

Joffrey’s Coffee helped make my dreams come true and gave me an opportunity I’ll never forget. If you find yourself in Disney World, take a break and grab a cup of coffee from Joffrey’s. You may not win a free vacation, but I can promise you, you’ll have a great cup of Joe.



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