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10
Jul 13

Unadvertised Disney VIP Service Gets You on Rides with No Wait

Disney Plaid VIP Tour GuidePLAIDS

Have you ever heard this term?

Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to glimpse a celebrity touring the Walt Disney World theme parks on one of your Disney vacations? Ever notice the costume that the accompanying cast member “handler” is wearing? It’s plaid.  “Plaids” wield magical powers within the gates of the Most Magical Place on Earth. Private car service, fastpass entry, private tours, VIP seating for parades, stage shows and nighttime spectaculars! Did you know that you can “rent’ your own plaid for the day?

Imagine it. New Years Eve. Magic Kingdom has closed to capacity mere minutes after park opening. You and your family wake up relaxed at your resort with no alarm clock. Grab some breakfast and head out to your private car service. Your VIP Tour Guide aka “plaid” picks you up and drives you over to the Magic Kingdom where he accompanies you to Space Mountain. You look up at the “stand-by” marquee and notice a 180 minute wait time as you breeze past a long line of guests and enter through the fastpass queue…without a fastpass.  You subsequently have the same experience at Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Journey of the Little Mermaid, Jungle Cruise, Buzz, Peter Pan and Pooh.  All of these attractions experienced while the same folks are still standing in line back over at Space Mountain.  Sounds crazy right?

That’s what you get with Disney’s VIP Tour Services. And these services don’t come cheap!

A Disney Resort guest is going to pay $315 and hour for the service ($355 on holidays). Sure you can have up to 10 people in your party but the minimum tour time you must book is 6 hours.  That’s $1,890 for the day. Some may not bat an eyelash at that price…but others may not have even paid that much for their entire Walt Disney World vacation.

If you could get a group of 10 friends together this doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. $189 per person with a private guide that will drive you to all four theme parks in a day and escort you on each and every ride with little to no wait.

What’s Your Thoughts on the Disney VIP Service? Yay or Nay?


08
Feb 13

Plan a Mother Daughter Spa Day on Your Next Walt Disney World Vacation

Princess Pedicure Disney Grand Floridian

Even young princesses at Walt Disney World Resort enjoy a little pampering – especially with mom — at Senses,  A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.  The Magical Manicure and Princess Pedicure are a perfect respite from a day at the theme parks.  Treatments at the newly redesigned spa offer a perfect blend of indulgence with well-being. With massages, skin care treatments and water therapy, the full-service spa caters to couples, brides and girlfriends on a getaway. With an elegant tan-and-green color palette and a design complementing Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Senses offers 15 treatment rooms plus a manicure and pedicure room with a playful Mad Hatter pedicure chair for kids. The spa menu for youngsters: the Magical Manicure ($30) and the Princess Pedicure ($45). For bookings call 407-WDW- Spas.

Magical Manicure disney grand floridian


14
Oct 12

Meacham’s Trailer Rental Brings the Party to You at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

If you’ve thought about a vacation at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground but you don’t have access to a travel trailer or you don’t want to shell out $300 a night for one of the cabins then you might really like what Meacham’s has to offer.

This family owned and operated business has a fleet of well maintained luxury travel trailers that you can use on your next Walt Disney World vacation…and the best part…they deliver the RV to you! That’s right, simply take the Magical Express or your rental car to the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground and Meacham will meet you there, travel trailer in tow, and set everything up for you right at your campsite!

This weekend I met up with the owners of the rental business at Fort Wilderness to take a tour of one of the larger models.  The unit was set up with power and water lines already run as well as the awning and all “porch” comforts arranged outside.  The chairs and rug come standard with the unit.

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

As you can see the slide out had already been set up.

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

We’re getting close to Halloween and I just loved the holiday touches made to the unit!

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

The inside of the RV was immaculate and even though it was a little warm outside, the inside of the travel trailer was nice and cool thanks to the ducted central AC.

This trailer was outfitted with a queen bed, two bunk beds, a pull out sofa and a pull down dinette bed.

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

The cable TV and DVD player will also be set up for you.

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

You’ve got a full kitchen setup with microwave, oven, stove top, sink, fridge, freezer and coffee maker. You’re even supplied with coffee (Folgers…not that Nestle stuff you get in a regular WDW resort) and all necessary dishes, glasses, cooking and cleaning supplies including dish soap, trash bags, paper towels and a 4-pack of RV toilet paper.

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

Here’s the rear bunk bed setup. The bottom bunk is slightly larger than the top and might even accommodate two smaller children.  To the right of the bunk beds is hanging closet space.

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

Situated in between the dual bunks and the kitchen is a full bathroom complete with shower, tub, sink and toilet.  Of course, there’s always a comfort station within walking distance in every loop at the Ft. Wilderness Resort should you need access to it when traveling with larger parties.

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

Meacham’s offers a seven-night Fort Wilderness package for this trailer for $900. When you factor in the additional price of the campsite lot rental, that works out to about $200 total per night during value season…a $100 savings per night over a Fort Wilderness Cabin! You can even add on the option of a golf cart for $180. A 7-day golf cart rental from Disney will run you over $440! If you’ve ever stayed at the campgrounds you know how essential a golf cart can be when navigating the resort property. Bikes? They’ve got those too!

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

As I mentioned before, this is a family owned and operated business.  Andrew and Carrie Meacham have been doing this for over four years now and told me that they had several of their units in use at the campgrounds on the day I visited. And…not only are they they the owners, but they are also clients and I loved to hear they they were big Disney fans too!

meachams travel trailer RV Rental Florida disney fort wilderness

Don’t need a camper this big? No worries, Meacham’s has medium and smaller hybrid campers as well.  For more information on Meacham’s Trailer Rentals and the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground Package visit them online at TravelTrailerRent.com or call (941) 224-4939 and be sure and tell them I sent ya! Happy camping!!!

This post brought to you by Meacham’s RV of Myakka City, Florida


08
Oct 12

Orlando Florida Sixt Car Rental Review – Use This Agency on Your Next Disney Vacation

Sixt Car Rental Orlando International AirportThis year O-Town welcomed a new car rental agency to the Orlando International Airport area…Sixt Car Rental.  But this isn’t your average run-of-the-mill rental agency. This is a fine tuned 100-year-old family run operation with 4,000 locations worldwide in over 100 countries.

Last week I had the opportunity to work with Sixt.  The Orlando location is literally across the street from the Orlando International Airport. I could see planes landing from the lot.  Sixt has a shuttle service from MCO that runs every 10-15 minutes. The day I picked up my vehicle (Thursday) I spotted two separate shuttle vans but was told that there are three in operation  on busier days.

sixt car rental orlando international airport shuttle

This particular Walt Disney World vacation had us staying off Disney property and our Sixt Chevy Equinox came is real handy for getting from our resort to the parks!  I loved the fact that the vehicle had less than 600 miles on it when we picked it up and it was immaculate!

sixt car rental orlando international airport

When we picked up the car we were in and out lickety split. No waiting around for a vehicle to be readied. We were probably at the rental lot less than 15 minutes.

sixt car rental orlando international airport

They have SUV’s to vans to compacts to crossovers.  I was really digging this Mercedes! Too bad it was only a 2-seater!

sixt car rental orlando international airport

One thing to note is that you must have a major credit card to rent from Sixt. They will not accept and place a hold on your debit card so keep that in mind when traveling.  I also found the return process a breeze! An employee came out with a handheld device, took a quick look around and inside and then I was on my way. My final receipt was emailed to me shortly thereafter.

sixt car rental orlando international airport disney

If you are flying into Orlando and are looking for a rental company, this one comes highly recommended by DisneyEveryDay.com. Sixt is located at 7855 North Frontage Road, Orlando, FL 32812.  They are open 24 hours a day.  If you’re ready to book your rental car for your next Orlando vacation you can visit Sixt online at Sixt.com or call (888) 941-7498 and here’s a special link to receive 5% off your next rental with Sixt!

Special thanks to Sixt for providing me with a complementary rental. All opinions are my own.


26
Jul 12

Red White and Black Polka Dot Mickey Mouse Manicure

Red White and Black Polka Dot Mickey Mouse Manicure

Inspired by a Hidden Mickey Disney Pin that she got on her Walt Disney World vacation, Chelsea at The Nail Network recreated the design on her own nails! Check out her site to find out what she used.

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