The Great On-Property vs. Off-Property Debate

Trip Planning Tuesday CastleOne of the most difficult decisions when it comes to planning a Disney World vacation is to decide on your hotel. Before you can decide on where you want to stay you must face the difficult question of whether to stay in a Disney World resort, which will be called “On-Property” from now on, or an “Off-Property” resort. This decision is not one that we are going to tell you an exact answer on because there are many factors that you must look at and answer based on what will be best for your family. So below we are going to give some of our top reasons to stay on-property and some of our top reasons to stay off-property. As always, make sure you comment below if you have any questions.

Top Reasons to Stay “On-Property” When Visiting Disney World

  1. Location, Location, Location! – One of our top reasons to stay on property when visiting Walt Disney World is the location and ease of getting to the theme parks. When you say off-property you have to consider the hassle of driving, parking, riding the tram, and all of the other steps involved in getting into a theme park. When you stay on-site you are just a bus, monorail, or boat ride away from the parks, and you don’t even have to walk through the parking lot. The Disney transportation system is not perfect, but for the most part the location of being on Disney property is a great positive.
  2. It’s All in the Theme – Another of our favorite reasons for staying in a Disney resort is that you get to be completely immersed in the theme of a Disney resort, known to us Disney nerds as the “Disney Bubble”. The theming of Disney resorts are above and beyond anything off-property and it just makes you feel like you are on vacation and in a completely different place.
  3. You Mean I Am Actually Saving Money – Although the price of staying in a Disney resort is often higher than staying off-site you do get some features that could actually save you some money on your vacation. First, due to the free use of Disney’s Magical Express as well as the Disney Transportation System you can save on the cost of a rental car as well as gas money while in Orlando. When staying off-site it is almost impossible to do a trip without renting a car which can cost $250 or more for the week. Add that $250 to the cost of gas while you are in Orlando as well as $20 per day to park at the theme parks you could have an expense of close to $400 for transportation which you save when staying in a Disney Resort. This is an area you must look closely at when planning a trip and see where the biggest bang for your buck is.
  4. Disney’s Magical Express – One great feature of staying at Disney World is the added feature of free use of the Disney’s Magical Express service. Read more on this service in our blog post here.
  5. Extra Magic Hours – Disney really markets the use of Extra Magic Hours when staying at their resorts. We don’t actually recommend the use of this time a whole lot because they tend to be a crowd magnet, but it is still a nice where that every day one park opens an hour early or stays open two hours late for only Disney resort guests.
  6. Use of the Dining Plan – Another benefit many people enjoy that is only available when staying on-site is the availability of the Disney Dining plan, which in effect allows you to purchase your meals as part of your vacation package. Disney will market that the dining plan saves you money and it certainly has the ability to do that, but we do urge you to make sure you consider your family’s eating habits to figure out whether or not it is right for you.
  7. Uniqueness of Repeat Trips – This final reason we love Disney resorts is that when staying in these resorts complete with their fantastic themes you can take repeat trips to Disney World, but it feels like a completely different vacation destination. You can stay in a Caribbean Beach Resort on one trip and then return the next time to a relaxing stay in the Pacific Northwest at Wilderness Lodge. We feel that repeat trips being a unique experience for a family is a great positive for Disney Resorts.

Top Reasons to Stay “Off-Property” When Visiting Disney World

  1. Saving on Hotel Cost – No doubt, the biggest reason people stay off-site when visiting Disney World is that you can get a hotel for much less cost than on-site. These hotels will not be fancy, nor will they have a theme like those on-property, but they will almost always be clean and well kept and serve your family well. It is important to see #3 above and see if you can save enough by staying on-site to make this a tough decision, but if you can pay less for your hotel, rent a car, and pay for gas and parking, and still be less expensive than a Disney resort off-site may be the best option for you. We would be the first to tell you if you can take a trip and stay off-site or not take a trip at all, by all means, take the trip and stay off-site!
  2. Different Room Sizes – A great benefit to staying off site in a hotel or rental property is the ability to get rooms suited for bigger families. Disney has a lot of hotel rooms that sleep four people, but the options get drastically smaller once your family gets larger than that. Off-site you have all kinds of options in terms of multiple bedrooms condominiums to renting a house nearby that you can find something for any type of family for a price that works. Disney prices go up at very fast rates for rooms that sleep more than four people.
  3. Added Benefits at the Hotel – Some off-site hotels may have added benefits that a Disney resort will not. The major benefit we hear people talking about is hotels that service a free hot breakfast which is a great way to jumpstart your family before a long day in the parks. Another benefit may be a short walk to things such as restaurants and shopping. These restaurants may be cheaper than what you would find in the parks and would thus save you some money on your trip budget. Finally, if you have a membership in a certain hotel chain’s customer appreciation program (i.e. Wyndham Rewards) you may get a better rate, special perks, or free nights with your points.
  4. Ease of Visiting Other Orlando Attractions – A final reason we think staying off-site can be a benefit is if you are interested in visiting other attractions in the Orlando area such as Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, or LegoLand. If you are staying off-site you are probably closer to these attractions and already have a rental car which will be easy for you to get your family to these places. If you are staying on-site you would have to purchase transportation which could eat into the budget and make a trip to those locations as easy as if you were staying off-site.

Please leave a comment or question below about this topic and we will be by to answer your question as soon as we can.

New Discounts for Early 2017 Released at Disney World

Contemporary from Boat DockDisney World has released another round of discounts this time for early 2017. There is both a room only discount for up to 25% off as well as a Play, Stay, & Dine discount where guests can save $500. Be sure and contact your travel agent to get this offer applied if you have a vacation booked during this time frame, or if you are looking at a trip during this time contact our friends at Big Dreams Travel, they’ll help you plan a trip where they do all of the work, and you get to have all of the fun!

Play, Stay, & Dine Discount
The newest dining inclusive discount released allows guests to save $500 on their Disney World vacation package. The amount of discount can vary widely and the $500 savings is based on a 5 day/6 night vacation package for a family of four. The discount can be applied most nights from January 1 through March 7, 2017. Guests must  book this discount before December 21, 2016. There are a few resort exclusions for this offer including the Campsites, all 3-bedroom villas, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.

25% Off Room Discount Offer
The room discount offer is good for up to 25% off rooms at most Disney resorts. All bookings for this offer must be made by December 21, 2016 and are good for stays most nights from December 15-23, 2016 and January 1 through April 8, 2017. There are a few resort exclusions for this offer including the Campsites, all 3-bedroom villas, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. Also, excluded from December 15-23 only is Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.

Hotels of the Disneyland Resort & Good Neighbor Hotels – Episode 11

cropped-NEW-Icon-Edit-A.jpgIn this week’s episode, for July 24, 2016, Lysa will be giving us an overview of the hotels of the Disneyland Resort that she experienced on her recent travel agent education trip.

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Checking In and Out of Disney World Resorts

Wilderness LodgeOne of the questions many people have before embarking on their Walt Disney World vacation is what to expect from the check in and check out process at their Disney resort. The process of checking into a hotel can sometimes be stressful and time consuming, but we will give you five things to know about these processes. Throughout our discussion we will try and give you some tips for making the process a little more smooth and painless.

  1. Online Check In – The first step in a successful, stress free and speedy check in process for anyone staying in a Disney resort is to take advantage of the Online Check In system. You are able to check in for your resort stay as early as 60 days prior to your trip by going to the “My Reservations” page of your My Disney Experience account. This online check in process will ask you for many of the things you would normally be asked upon arrival at the resort such as if you have any room requests or what credit card you would like place on your room for incidentals. Just make sure and have that credit card handy. You will also be asked what time you are going to arrive at the resort. Disney just likes to know this so they can clean rooms in the appropriate order and try and have them ready for incoming guests. You will also be asked for your cell phone number which is important, but we’ll talk more about that in #4 below. If you have not previously selected a pin number to be associated with your Disney account you can do that during the check in process as well. This pin will be used when making any purchases on your Magic Band once at Disney World.
  2. Order Your Magic Bands – You will also want to make sure you visit the “MagicBands and Cards” page on your My Disney Experience account. On this page you will customize the MagicBands for each member of your traveling party. These bands will then be set up to mail to you 30 days in advances of your trip. Make sure you do this prior to the 30 day mark as they cannot be modified after that date. If you do book your trip after that mark bands can be picked up at your resort at check in time.
  3. What to Do When You Arrive – When you arrive at your Disney resort bellhops will be available to take care of your luggage if need be. They will usually keep it handy to see if your room is ready or not and then they will gladly store it for you if the room is not ready. Now, if you completed online check in and received your MagicBands ahead of time you may get a text message before you even check in if your room is ready that gives you a room number. If this is the case you do not even need to stop at the check in desk, you can go straight to the room and your MagicBand should work to open the door. If you have not gotten a text message yet with room information when you arrive head inside to the check in area. If you have done the online check in process there will be a specific line for those guests. This process will be much quicker as you have already done a lot of the tasks needed prior to arriving. There will be a few questions, but it is usually pretty quick. If you did not check in online there will be a line labeled “Check-In” or “Registration”. This line tends to move slower as there is more information to take care of once you get with a front desk cast member. Hopefully your room will be ready, but remember check in time is 3 PM (4 PM if staying on DVC points), so a room will never be guaranteed before that.
  4. Checking in before 3 PM – One of the hottest questions when it comes to checking in is what do I do if my travel schedule gets me to the resort before check in time at 3 PM? Well, Disney resorts make this a very easy situation. The first thing you need to do is during the online check in process is to know there is a box that says “I want my room ready when I arrive and this is more important than any of my other requests”. If you want your room ready early you can check this box, but keep in mind if you also wanted a 2nd floor room and there are no 2nd floor rooms available when you arrive you may be assigned a 1st floor room. You may get into your room early, but you may also lose your requests, so use this option wisely. Also, make sure you use a cell phone number during online check in that you will have with you on the trip. If your room is not ready when you check in Disney will just send you a text with the room number later that day when you room does become available. You don’t have to worry going back through the check in line to get your room number. You can check your bags with bell services and enjoy your first day and they will text you when your room is ready.
  5. Check Out Process – The checkout process is very easy for the most part. Check out time is 11:00 AM for Disney resort hotel rooms and DVC villa rooms. If you are all paid up, which you should be except for any room charges, you do not have to visit the front desk. Even if you have room charges you can let those be applied to your on-file credit card and you are good to go. If you do have room charges and you want to pay them off with a different card or a Disney gift card you can do that, but make sure you do it the night before. The room will be charged for any incidentals or anything charged to your room in the middle of the night when the computer system changes to the next day. If you wait until the day you check out your card will already have been charged. If you do need to check out, but are not leaving until later in the day you are more than welcome to leave your bags with bell services until you return from the parks or whatever you want to do until time to depart. If you are flying out of Orlando International Airport on certain airlines you can use Disney’s resort airline check in service to check in for your flight and check your bags at your hotel before even leaving. This will save on you having to transport your bags to the airport yourselves and the service is free of charge.

If you have any questions please comment below and we will do our best to help you.

An Intro to Disney World Resort Types

Contemporary from Boat DockIf your vacation planning has led you to the decision that it is best for your family to stay in an on-property resort the next choice you must make is what level of Disney resort do you want to stay in? Disney has three different resort categories and each of the three have some very distinctive features that make selecting them important. Below we will look at each of the three categories so that you know what you are getting with Disney’s tiered resort system.

Value Resorts
The Disney value resorts are a very popular choice by many vacationing families due to their low price point and the theming that is loved by younger children. There are large icons around the resort from sporting icons to icons of pop culture and children seem to love these large figures. There are five value resorts on Disney property and they are going to offer the lowest cost hotel rooms on property. For this value price you can expect to also get the smallest rooms on property as well as double beds instead of queens. So, if you have a family with older children who have trouble sleeping in a small bed with others you may want to consider an upgrade, but if you have younger children these rooms can be a perfect fit. There are generally two room types at the value resorts, a standard room, and a preferred room. The preferred rooms are the same room, but with a upgraded location that is close to the pool, the main building, or transportation. Some value resorts do take this a step further and offer pool view rooms in addition to preferred rooms.

The resorts themselves will all feature a food court that will have a variety of good meal options, but none of the value resorts will feature a table service dining restaurant. Also, all of these resorts will have multiple pools for families to enjoy, but there are not going to be any extras such as pool slides or splash pads. Finally, the value resorts will feature exclusively bus transportation from the resort to the parks, despite this the transportation is usually fairly efficient because of the large number of people at value resorts.

One other feature to mention in the value category is that the Art of Animation Resort and the All Star Music resort both feature family suites. These suites sleep up to 6 people, but the prices are more than twice the cost of regular rooms, so they are a nice convenience, but are well above the base value price point.

Moderate Resorts
The moderate resorts at Disney World are a great upgrade opportunity from the value resorts. The price differential is often not huge, so many people see the extra amenities you get to be well worth the extra cost. As far as the rooms the moderate resorts are not only going to have slightly larger rooms, they will have queen beds which can be a big factor the older your children get. The decor in the rooms is also upgraded from what you find in value resorts.

When looking at the resorts themselves the moderate resorts are generally about the same size as a value resort, but can be more spread out as rooms are designed in smaller pods instead of big hotel buildings. This can lead to a lot of walking if your room is far away from transportation, the pool, or the food court. This may also justify the cost to upgrade to a preferred room location that is closer to these areas. The moderate resorts, like value resorts, will feature a food court, but they will also have a table service restaurant for you to enjoy. When looking at the pools the moderate resorts will be a definite upgrade from the value resorts as they will have a themed feature pool complete with water slides and usually a pool bar. Another feature of the moderate resorts is that they often will have some themed rooms such as the Royal Princess rooms at the Port Orleans-Riverside Resort or the pirate themed rooms at the Caribbean Beach Resort. These rooms do have a slightly higher cost though. Finally, most of the transportation options from these resorts are simply busses to the theme parks. The only difference is that you can take a boat to Downtown Disney from the Port Orleans resorts.

Deluxe Resorts and Deluxe Villas Resorts
The final step up in Disney resort choices is to the Deluxe resorts. We are also grouping the Deluxe Villas into this category although Disney keeps them separate since they are mostly open to Disney Vacation Club owners, but they can also be booked on a cash basis. The Deluxe resorts are going to be a significant price increase over the moderate resorts. The rooms at deluxe resorts will be the biggest on property and will all feature queen beds. These resorts also feature many different room types from suites to king beds and many different types of views. In addition, the villa resorts offer one and two bedroom villas as well as a three bedroom grand villa at most resorts. Bottom line, these resorts offer many different options for room types, but the upgraded room types will come with a much higher price tag. A final add-on available at deluxe resorts is that club level rooms can be booked that include access to club level amenities including a lounge and planning/reservation services.

The deluxe resorts are often a smaller resort than the values and moderates and most are contained within one main resort building with interior hallways. This makes getting around much easier than the less expensive resorts. Also, the location of these resorts is always a positive as most are located close to theme parks. For instance the Beach Club, Yacht Club, and Boardwalk are located on Crescent Lake which runs between Epcot and Hollywood Studios making your transportation to those parks a boat ride or short walk. The monorail resorts, the Grand Floridian, the Contemporary, and the Polynesian, are located just a short ride away from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot making them much sought after. Almost all of the deluxe resorts feature some form of upgraded transportation like boats or the monorail. With that said the deluxe resorts also offer bus service to parks that are further away and this bus service is often not quite as quick or efficient as value or moderate resorts due to the fact that the bus routes for deluxe resorts are usually shared between two or three different resorts making for multiple stops and longer rides.

When it comes to the dining options at deluxe resorts they all feature multiple table service restaurants and many feature signature dining locations. With that said the quick service options at these resorts are often smaller and more limited than the food courts at value and moderate resorts. Deluxe resorts do offer nicer pool complexes with several slides, daily activities, and other nice thematic features. In addition several deluxe resorts offer a marina where guests can rent watercraft and do other fun stuff such as bass fishing excursions. Overall the level of the resort is much higher in terms of the services and the amenities, but along with this the price tag will be much higher as well.

If you have any questions on Disney resort categories please leave a comment below and we will by to help you.

Review of Disney’s Pop Century Resort

When staying at Disney World you are always faced with the choice of what level of hotel that you are going to spend your vacation in. Sometimes a deluxe resort is calling your name and sometimes a value is calling your name. Well, the value may be calling your pocket book more than your name, but regardless I’m here to give you a review of one of those value resorts and try and convince you it is still a place where you can have a great Disney vacation. We have stayed at Pop Century a few times now and every time we have left with a positive view of the resort in our minds.

Our experience at this resort has always be fantastic at check in. The cast members have always been extremely helpful and this time was no different. We had a very helpful cast member welcome us, but we were able to go straight to our room as I had already received the text giving us our room number. This process worked flawlessly and we were given a room in the exact location that we had requested. We had a nice view of the lake, had a pretty quick walk to the main area, but were on the back side of the building so the pool noise was kept to a minimum.

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Another thing we always love about Pop Century is the nice icons around the resort. It is always a fun resort to take the kids to walk around and get pictures with the larger than life figures.

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The rooms and beds are small, but again, this is a value resort. We have found the room to be enough space for us, at least at this point with small kids, and the rooms have always been clean and comfortable.

Another area of the resort we really enjoy is Everything Pop, the food court and shopping area. Though this food court is often overshadowed by the nearby Art of Animation food court we really enjoy this one as well. The menu has enough variety to be enjoyed by everyone, but they execute all of the dishes fairly well. They also always have plenty of seating and the drink area is large enough that you do not usually have to wait in line to get refills.

Another of our favorite areas are the pool at Pop Century. It is always such a fun and festive atmosphere in the afternoons when the pool party is going on. Another great positive here with the main Hippy Dippy pool is its close proximity to the food court, which makes it very easy to grab a refill in your mug or get a quick snack. The pool is also a great area to sit in the mornings and watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee!

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The final area we really have always had good luck on at Pop Century is the bus service. I have heard other people were not so lucky, but in our several stays here up to this point we have always had a pretty good experience. The busses to the parks have always been fairly frequent and this year we ever got to ride on the new double length busses a couple of times to and from Magic Kingdom. Those double length busses seem to have been a big difference maker in transportation to the values and moderates as they can hold so many people.

Overall, Pop Century is a great option for two types of trips. First, if you are traveling with small children the size of the rooms should not be a big issue for you and Pop Century will serve you well. Second, if you are using this resort for a short trip or for a trip where you plan on spending almost all of your time in the parks this could be a nice fit even if your kids are older. Either way Pop Century has a great atmosphere, has a great staff, and certainly provides a distinctly “Disney” experience.

The Different Ways to Make Your Disney Resort Reservation

Trip Planning Tuesday CastleWhen planning your Disney World resort vacation you have a few different options as to how to make the actual booking. Below we are going to outline each of the three main ways you can book a Disney World vacation and some of the positives and negatives of each. We are not going to go extremely in depth in any of these areas, but we are going to give a brief overview to educate you on the best ways to book a Disney vacation.

Disclaimer: The three options we are presenting below can be utilized with and without a travel agent. Most travel agents will encourage booking directly with Disney World, but can help you with any of the options, and let us reiterate travel agents should be working FOR you for NO COST. If a travel agent tries to charge you a service fee, you need to find a new travel agent. We just wanted to put the disclaimer out there that any of the below options can be done with or without an agent. If using an agent our sponsor, Big Dreams Travel, has Disney experts that will help you every step of the way.

  • Through Disney World Directly – One of the best ways to book your vacation in terms of the extra benefits you get is to go directly through Disney World. This can be done on the Disney website or through your travel agent. You are going to get access to any deals and discounts that have been released by Disney, but the biggest positive is that you get complete control of your reservation from start to finish. You will see why that is important when we get to the next option below for dealing with a 3rd party reservation system. When booking with Disney you get immediate access to your reservation on your My Disney Experience to manage the booking. Also, you will get all of the great benefits to booking with Disney: availability of the dining plan, the option of doing a 3 day hold with no deposit, only having to make a $200 deposit until the 30 day mark instead of a full payment, and the ability to make any types of changes or cancellation you want until that 30 day mark. Disney reservations are very flexible and allow you much freedom if something were to come up and require a change. We think this is the best way to go if booking a package reservation which includes hotel and park tickets.
  • Through a 3rd Party Reservation System – Another way to book your Disney reservation is going through a 3rd Party travel vendor such as Travelocity or Expedia. Sometimes these reservation sites seem to have good prices on the surface, but when you look at the extras that go with it and some hidden fees that are almost always involved. Also, with these sites you don’t get an actual Disney reservation number so you do not get the advantage of using My Disney Experience. A final negative if this method is that these sites often require full payment of the entire trip at the time of booking. With that said there are times when these sites do have an extra discount that they may provide when packaging airfare with a hotel, so we are not advocating never checking with these vendors. Travel agents also have some 3rd party vendors they can book through that are more reputable than these internet agencies and they usually do include the Disney benefits such as a deposit initially and the balance due later on, so if working through a travel agent this can be a good option at times.
  • Through Separate Reservation Systems – This final option is referring to booking your hotel through Disney World as a “room only” reservation and then purchasing park tickets elsewhere. The “room only” option at Disney World carries most of the same benefits as a package reservation, except that your final payment is not due until a few days in advance of your trip. You can still apply room discount codes, but you are not able to take advantage of free dining offers when booking a “room only” reservation. This option does allow you to use a Disney World authorized ticket retailer, such as Undercover Tourist. A site like that offers a small discount on Disney World tickets. The discount is not much, but the tickets are the same as you would get through Disney and they can still be linked to your My Disney Experience account. With this option you do have to manage multiple reservations, but it is sometimes a better deal as far as the total cost.

Leave a comment below with any questions and a “Mouse Dreamer” will answer them as soon as we can.

Understanding the Rules of Disney Resort Packages

Contemporary from Boat DockWhen booking a vacation package or a room only reservation through Disney there are certain rules that you should be aware of that have to do with booking, paying and/or cancelling your vacation. These rules, that we have listed below, are actually very positive things for most travelers. The ability to change and modify your trip without paying in full is something that can be very beneficial. Here is what you need to know about the rules of Disney packages.

Rules for Package Reservations (Hotel and Park Tickets)

  • In order to book this package you must pay a $200 deposit. This can be paid at the time of booking, or you can reserve the room on a 3 day hold and just pay the deposit before the 3 days are up. (Note: to get the 3 day hold you must be using a travel agent or making the reservation by phone.)
  • The final payment of any room only reservation is due 30 days prior to your travel dates. (If you are less than 30 days in advance you must pay in full at the time you book the trip.)
  • Up until the 30 day mark you are free to make changes or cancel your trip with no penalty. If you have to cancel once inside the 30 day mark you still can do so, but you will pay a $200 cancellation fee. The only exception is if you cancel the day before your trip or the day of your trip in which case the entire cost of the trip is non-refundable.
  • We also recommend not making your final payment until you are sure you are not going to make any more changes or apply any more discount codes. If you have made final payment and get a discount that would reduce the cost of your trip they may charge you a $50 change fee. You will get refunded the difference in cost, but a change fee may apply.
  • You can book airfare through Disney if booking a vacation package, although we think the price is always a little higher this way. If you do book airfare through Disney that entire amount must be paid at the time of booking plus the $200 deposit for the room/ticket package. Also, if you have to cancel your trip the airfare will never be refundable.

Rules for Room Only Reservations (Hotel Room Only)

  • In order to book this package you must pay a deposit equal to one night’s room rate. This can be paid at the time of booking, or you can reserve the room on a 3 day hold and just pay the deposit before the 3 days are up. (Note: to get the 3 day hold you must be using a travel agent or making the reservation by phone.)
  • The final payment of any room only reservation is due on the day of check in. (Again, this is only true if using a travel agent or making the reservation by phone. If you book online yourself final payment will be due 30 days in advance.)
  • You can still make any changes you need to this package up to 5 days in advance of your trip.

Let us know if you have any other questions on this topic by commenting below and we’ll do our best to help you.