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.

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

Oct 12

WorldQuest Resort Orlando Review – Amazing Value and Oh So Close to Walt Disney World

WorldQuest Resort orlando world questOrlando…home of “the Mouse”, Shamu and Harry Potter. Also the land of a million hotels, right? When you’re planning your vacation to the “vacation capital of the world” how do you know which one to choose?  Here’s one to move to the top of your list!

Last weekend I had the pleasure of checking out an amazing resort near Walt Disney World…WorldQuest Resort. This hidden gem has been added to my “staycation” favorites!

The resort is located right off International Drive S at 8849 WorldQuest Boulevard. A stone’s throw away from the Disney Parks and accessible via the complementary shuttle service.

Our well appointed condo-style unit was a massive three bedroom, three bath with washer/dryer and a full kitchen.  Rates range anywhere from $225 a night all the way down to $140. It blows my mind that the rates are so low for a unit that can accommodate six guests.  Factor in the free parking, wi-fi and continental breakfast and the savings is even greater!  The property has a two bedroom unit option as well that is as low as $119 a night.

This is an amazing value for larger families that don’t want to be crammed into a hotel room and a financial savings over  the Disney Vacation Club option. The only downside would be no Extra Magic Hours.

The staff truly made us feel like valued guests and we were also awarded a free drink from the tiki bar when we checked into the resort on foursquare.  This resort property has a guarded entryway for added security and is centrally located to all of the Orlando Theme parks and not just Walt Disney World.

Here’s a video I put together of the resort including the pool, hot tub, tiki bar and our three bedroom unit.

WorldQuest was awarded the 2012 Traveler’s Choice Award and Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor and for good reason. Our trip there was flawless and it has my stamp of approval! I’ll be back!

If you’re ready to book your vacation please visit WorldQuestOrlando.com or call 877-987-8378.

Special thanks to WorldQuest Resort for hosting my family. All opinions are my own.

Oct 12

Details and Date Set for the Disney Fantasyland Expansion Passholder Preview

disney passholder preview invite fantasyland expansionPassholders! Mark your calendars!  Beginning at noon EST on October 8th Monday, October 15th you’ll be able to sign up to attend a preview on November 3rd, 10th or 11th, 2012!

In order to attend you must be a valid Walt Disney World Passholder at the time of event. You may register up to eight (8) Walt Disney World Passholders (valid Passholder ID required per Guest).

You can experience one of the following itineraries during your Passholder Preview:

  • Enchanted Tales With Belle Itinerary, which lets you:
    • Take a tour of Be Our Guest Restaurant
    • Ride on Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid
    • Experience Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • The Ariel’s Grotto Itinerary, which lets you:
    • Take a tour of Be Our Guest Restaurant
    • Ride on Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid
    • Take photos and receive autographs from Ariel

Can’t make it to the preview? Never fear… you will have the opportunity to purchase limited-edition New Fantasyland commemorative merchandise, available online between October 1st and October 14th, 2012, only! Quantities are limited. Passholders can shop the New Fantasyland Merchandise HERE!

Oct 12

Scenes From the 2012 Walt Disney World Moms Panel Fan Meet

2012 walt disney world moms panel fan meet

This past Saturday a few hundred fans joined members from the Walt Disney World Moms Panel for an amazing luncheon at the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

disney parks moms panel fan luncheon

There was a great turnout for the event (in its 3rd year) which was announced by Mrs Laura Spencer on the Disney Parks Blog.

Fans checked in on the third floor of the Contemporary and chatted up one another.

walt disney world moms panel fan meet 2012 contemporary

Here’s Sarah from Running at Disney with her Moms Panel Fan lanyard.

walt disney world moms panel fan meet 2012 contemporary

Lunch was served at 1pm. All the “fans” headed up to California Grill on the top floor of the Contemporary Resort.

The first stop was inside the Napa Room for a photo op with Chip and Dale.

walt disney world moms panel fan meet

Jeff Alan “The Balloon Master” was on hand sculpting balloon animals for the kids.

Jeff Alan "The Balloon Master" disney moms panel fan meet

Then guests slowly filtered in to the main dining area for a beautiful buffet spread. The cauliflower soup was to-die-for, although I think the standout on the buffet were these Mom’s Panel Fan Cupcakes (strawberry with lemon curd filling and strawberry frosting)

disney moms panel fan cupcakes

disney moms panel fan meet

Hey…there’s Rick Howard from Travel with Rick!

This event was a chance for the Mom’s Panelists to meet face to face with some of the families and fans that they have given Disney vacation advice to.  Each and every panelist made the rounds throughout the restaurant mingling and talking with guests while we noshed on amazing food from the California Grill chefs.

disney moms panel fan meet luncheon

We were encouraged to take photos with some of our favorite panelists. I have a soft spot for Mom’s Panelist Deborah B. She’s ELECTRIC!

disney moms panelist deborah b amanda tinney

Here’s a former panelist you may recognize…Suzannah D. dining with guests.

disney moms panel fan meet

disney moms panel fan meet

…and the “Pink Princess” herself, Mrs. Laura Spencer…

disney moms panel fan meet luncheon laura spencer

What a fantastic event!  If you or anyone you know is planning a vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort and have questions related to any aspect of your trip visit and chat with the Walt Disney World Mom’s Panel at disneyworldforum.disney.go.com