Saturday, 30 April 2016
Friday, 29 April 2016
My family and I decided to save our DVC points for our stay in June and try out a Condo in Windsor Hills Community only two miles from WDW property. http://www.windsorhillsrentalvillas.com/
I went on VRBO.com and reviewed a few of the resorts and then I came upon the Condo known as Key Largo at the Windsor Hills resort. I contacted the owner Rob and worked on a price. It was very easy, I put a deposit down and paid with my paypal account.
The owner sent me the necessary papers and I signed, scanned and emailed them back to him. At that point he sent me the rest of the information on how to proceed and what to take to the gate to gain entry in the community.
I was very pleased with the Condo. I have stayed at many places on and off site. The Condo was very cozy and well appointed. It has a keyless entry. The community of Windsor Hills is very nice. Some of the amenities it has are:
I did not use the amenities because we were at the parks most of the days until the pool closed. I did find out that the guest choose the films that play at their movie theater that plays a few times a day. On our last day I did use the computer to print our boarding passes. The first 10 minutes are free and .75 each page print.
I used the pin code on the keypad to enter the Condo. The Condo itself was very nice, very comfortable and homey. The place has so much room. The beds were very soft and plush and the Master Bedroom has a king size bed; however, its very high off the ground which made it a bit difficult for me to get on being that I am only 5'2 but it was very well worth it. The girls room was cozy with two beds and a t.v. and their own bathroom, which was very nice because two teenage girls can take a long time getting ready in the morning.
I loved the use of the full kitchen for coffee in the morning and ice tea in the evening. If I was staying longer I would love the use of the kitchen for full meals but because we were at the parks all day we really didn't get a chance to use it.
There is a washer and dryer and we did use that on our last night there. I love to do a load of laundry before we leave so we don't come home with a bunch of dirty clothes.
The condo also has an xbox if your family likes to play video games.
I would highly recommend this beautiful Condo to any family that want a nice roomy place to stay off property. Its cheaper than a hotel and you get a full living area.
I hope you enjoyed my review on this Condo. Please check it out if you can and if there are no dates open for your vacation than check out VRBO.com and look at the other Condo's in the community.
The Condo comes with a few items such as
The theme is inspired by the jungles of the world. The food is designed around the Middle Eastern, Asian and South America.
It was very easy to secure a table as I went on My Disney Experience and selected the time. When the time came around I checked in at the podium and gave them my cell phone number in which they would txt me when the table was ready. The seating was very adventurous with a few cushy wicker high back chairs in the main check in room and then the room right off of that there is a very cool ceiling fan and another seating area.
Shortly after we sat down the txt came to let us know that our table was ready. We were sat in the S.E.A. room. There are three rooms that you can dine in and they are the Crew's mess hall, The Falls family room and The S.E.A. room each designed in that fashion.
We were looking forward to the corny jokes and puns but sadly the Skipper we had said she was tired and honestly for us there were no jokes.
We were brought a lovely Ambasha bread with a delicious honey dip. The bread is amazing and the honey dip is insanely good, its very addicting; however, my husband did not like the bread at all.
Then it was time to order our drinks and I could not believe that had my favorite Club Cool drink at Epcot, the Fanta Melon and it was unlimited refills. It was so good and refreshing. My husband just order a water with lemon. Then it was time for the appetizers. Joseph order the S.E.A. Shu Mai and I ordered the Ginger of Croc Soup. The soup was very spicy to me and had quit the bite to it. Joseph's Shu Mai was quit good, it has both pork and shrimp in the filling, You get five pieces of steamed Gyoza skinned wrapped mung bean, pork and shrimp dumplings.
On to the dessert. We both ordered the Coconut bar with pineapple-basil compote. The dessert although good was not worth the amount we paid. It is light in flavor and small but very pretty.
Honestly, I think Skipper Canteen is a nice respite from the traditional burgers in the park. Its a beautifully decorated space with a lot of character. I have heard rumor that the menu is experiencing an overhaul as I type this. I will go back and try a full meal the next time and give a more in depth review. On a separate note this restaurant does not accept DVC discount.
Thank you for letting me share this review with you.
One of the places I like to visit while there is the Gurgling Suitcase bar. Its a small bar quietly nestled in between Olivia's and Good Foods to go quick service, that offers many drinks and although I could have order an alcoholic drink I went with my traditional cherry coke. This bar is very quaint and fun. There are a lot of shadow box art on the wall with various donated license plates, patches, and DVC Member family photos. It has a very Old Key West feel, a true Floridian feel. The bar keep was very friendly and helpful. The door is always open and the feel is very much inviting.
There is not much seating available; however, you can take your drinks out to the boardwalk or head into the lobby lounge at the check in area for a nice air condition treat They offer the standard Disney bar menu with several cocktails and the like but also offer specialty cocktails that you can only get at this charming hole in the wall. The specialty cocktails are the Sultry Seahorse: Disaronno amaretto, creme de banana, pineapple juice, orange juice and a float of cherry brandy, the Turtle Krawl: Coconut rum, spiced rum and white rum with pineapple, orange and key lime juices the Woo Woo: Vodka, Peach Schnapps & Cranberry and lastly the Bocce Ball: Disaronno amaretto & OJ.
If you are looking for a truly relaxing getaway, stop over at the Gurgling Suitcase at the Old Key West resort.
We have the pleasure of welcoming Amanda (@BostonWhite) to our blog pages & hopefully the podcast too. I found her vlog on YouTube last weekend whilst researching our trip in 2017. Her love for Disney, Universal & Halloween Horror Nights is infectious & I reached out to her immediately. I urge you all to go & watch her vlogs & follow her on twitter. Amanda will be posting short blog posts along with her vlogs in our blog in the coming weeks.
Thursday, 28 April 2016
This is a little secret I am very excited to share with our readers. https://druryhotels.com/locations/orlando-fl/drury-inn-and-suites-Orlando
The hotel is the Drury Inn & Suites is located at 7301 West Sand Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32819
Artist Pallet is in main building called the Carriage House where guest check in. https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/saratoga-springs-resort-and-spa/artists-palette/
There are three total restaurants at the resort, The Turf Club bar and grill, the sit down restaurant called the Paddock and the quick service restaurant called Artist Pallet. They offer flat breads, soups, chili, salads and subs as well as the traditional desserts at most all quick service restaurants, such as yogurt parfaits, cupcakes and rice crispy treats among others. The seating area is so pretty with lovely colored chandlers which represent some amoebas and jelly fish. Art works from New York painter Laura Fayer dot the walls. It is very peaceful and relaxing.
I grabbed a tray and got in line which was very short. I order my food and the very nice CM gave me a number and told me they would bring the food to my table. I quickly grabbed a drink and went to pay for my bill and went to sit down.
In less then five minutes I was brought my lunch. I had order the Italian Flatbread Sandwich - Ham, Salami, Mortadella, Provolone, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Wine Vinaigrette, and Mayonnaise wrapped in a Flatbread with House-made Chips $11.49)
and the Greek Salad with Chicken - Mixed Greens, Greek Vinaigrette, Chicken, Black Olives, Cucumbers, Feta, Red Onion, Pepperoncini, and Tomato $10.69)
(and my husband order Spicy Italian Beef Sandwich – Roast Beef, Provolone, Horseradish Mayonnaise, Arugula, and Hot Relish with House-made Chips or Vegetable Slaw – $10.59 and a cup of chili and a cup of pineapple.
My flatbread sandwich was very good, very soft bread, with a touch of tangy dressing, fresh ingredients such as lettuce and tomatoes, the meats were very good and the cheese plentiful. I tasted the chili and it was a very hearty blend, very thick. My husband Joseph said his sandwich was spot on and so tasty. Each entrée came with house made chips and were very nice. Of course the pineapple was refreshing and good.
After we ate lunch we decided to walk into the next room which there was a billiards table, of course I had to play and try to beat my husband. The room was filled with comfy chairs and a flat screen t.v. with remote. We played a game and sadly I lost but I did have a good time.
I would highly recommend to anyone looking to have a peaceful retreat from the parks to take a look at Saratoga Springs resort and have a meal and explore the beautiful landscape. In fact, this is my favorite thing to do.
Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Sunday, 24 April 2016
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Saturday, 23 April 2016
So if you haven't seen it yet, go see it, it's well worth it; for everyone else, continue reading as we have a theory we'd like to share with you...
Now here's the theory: this movie isn't set in the jungle, its set in Adventureland. Adventureland could be defined as whatever you like, but whatever you perceive it to be, it is IN Disneyland (plus Disney World etc). Some have suggested that the logo is done in this way to represent the film's heritage with the original animated version, which could be true, though we'd be more inclined to say that the end of the movie with the 'The End' book credits is more in keeping with 'classic Disney pictures', it certainly harks back to the 50/60s movies for sure.
BUT, why does the camera turn? Why does it show the Disneyland Castle and not the usual castle? Why does the near exact same music as Adventureland begin to play? Could it be that the film doesn't just take place inside a Disney park but it in fact set in the Jungle Cruise? Maybe...
Perhaps this movie is 'Adventureland' the movie, following in the footsteps of the damp squib 'Tomorrowland', perhaps we will see a Liberty Square movie too, and maybe even a Main Street or a Frontierland movie. Or perhaps, Disney's next live-action movie of 'Beauty and the Beast' will be the Fantasyland movie?
For whatever reason, you can't deny that this Easter egg is kinda suggesting that the movie IS SET inside a Disney park! Which whatever way you look at it, this is sort of brilliant.
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Thursday, 21 April 2016
|Before Free Dining|
We decided that this wasn't an option & chose to pay the extra cost & stay for the full vacation in a Deluxe Resort instead. There would be more cost involved but some of this would be offset by not having to upgrade from the basic Dining Plan to the full Dining Plan. Oh wait, we didn't even have a confirmed Disney Dining Plan confirmed. In fact rumors were everywhere that this year was going to be the first year that it wasn't offered???? Then last week Disney dropped the bomb, YES, The Disney Dining Plan was back & it was going live on 21st April 2016! This does a couple of things to you. Firstly you start to panic, secondly if focuses your mind.
Next you need a starting point with Disney to see their pre Dining Plan price, please look above at the left hand picture. They are brilliant, They allow you to make a booking at that price to confirm your room then after the Dining Plan launches, for £50, they'll let you change your booking to incorporate it & the bonuses. Look to the picture on the right for the extras. LOOK AT THE PRICE!!! Whats all that about?
Before The Plan went live Kerry asked me to ring Kenwood Travel a London based Travel Agent we've used before. I spoke with a friendly agent named Ali & she was on the phone to HELP & help she did. The Flights offered were cheaper than the price from Virgin Holidays & she was able to add Premium Economy to the return leg, something that speaking withVirgin, they'd been unable to do at this time. The car hire was extremely competitive & she knew her stuff. She's been to Walt Disney World & knew what she was talking about. This wasn't just a business transaction, this was two like minded people sharing their experiences about WDW. After confirming the booking & taking the deposit to secure the booking, I mentioned that we would still do the Walt Disney World part of the booking ourselves. She begged me to get the quote direct from Disney then phone her straight away. I did & Ali was able to get us everything the same as Disney for cheaper. Kenwood Travel have basically done everything for us, flights, car, Hard Rock, Park Tickets & Walt Disney World.
The moral of the story is shop around, do your homework & be flexable. It'll pay off in the end