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Oct 12

Catch a Glimpse of the All New Characters in Flight Balloon at Downtown Disney

Characters in Flight Balloon Downtown Disney

A new Characters in Flight balloon is now soaring above Downtown Disney in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The tethered helium balloon features a fresh design, including a red, yellow and blue color scheme, adorned with a new set of flying characters: Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Buzz Lightyear, Dumbo, Jasmine and Aladdin. From 400 ft. up in the air, guests get a breathtaking 360-degree view of Walt Disney World Resort for approximately 8 – 10 minutes. The daily hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to midnight, weather permitting. (Gene Duncan, photographer)


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Oct 12

Gourmet Drinking Chocolate at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

I’ve already experienced several days at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and I have yet to make it into the Wonders of Life Pavilion to check out the Festival Center but THIS may just give me a reason to do so!

Gourmet Drinking Chocolate at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Cast member Lauren Nesdill pours a cup of gourmet drinking chocolate at The Chocolate Experience: From The Bean to the Bar Hosted by Ghirardelli in the Festival Center at the 17th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort. The festival, which began September 28th, continues through November 12th.


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Oct 12

Finding Nemo Chocolate Sculpture at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Finding Nemo Chocolate Sculpture at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Crush from Disney’s hit animated film “Finding Nemo” is just one of the artful chocolate sculptures at The Chocolate Experience: From The Bean to the Bar Hosted by Ghirardelli in the Festival Center at the 17th Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort. The festival, which began September 28th, continues through November 12th. (Kent Phillips, photographer)


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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.


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Oct 12

First Look at Disney’s Be Our Guest Restaurant Rose Gallery Dining Room

Disney's Be Our Guest Restaurant Rose Gallery Dining Room

Featuring a large music box centerpiece nearly 7 feet tall with Belle and the Beast slowly twirling atop, the Rose Gallery is one of three dining rooms at Be Our Guest Restaurant. Adorned with rose accents, paintings and tapestries, the Rose Gallery features French-inspired cuisine for quick-service lunch. Part of New Fantasyland, Be Our Guest Restaurant will hold its grand opening on December 6th, 2012 in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. (David Roark, photographer)

For a look at the menu continue reading… Fantasyland Chef at the Be Our Guest Restaurant Reveals New Menu Items