Windsor Palms Video

September 10th, 2011 by Alison | Comments Off | Filed in windsor palms

WIndsor Palms Conservation View Pool

This Windsor Palms Video gives you a great idea what the resort and this conservation view home is actually like. A picture speaks a thousand words but a video shows you even more! Click to play this Windsor Palms video.

This video features just one of the homes which I have to offer. You can view this 5 bed 3.5 bath home by clicking this Windsor Palms link.

I also have a large selection of privately owned homes at Windsor Palms Resort Kissimmee. Here you will find 4 and 5 bedroom homes on this beautiful resort.

Why choose Windsor Palms? For most guests they choose the resort because they want to be close to Walt Disney World and they want a high quality home on a resort with lots of facilities. Don’t forget that the resort is also less than 30 minutes away from Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. One of the most popular places to visit in Orlando is Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Islands of Adventure – you can be with your favorite Hogwarts friends in no time. These are the genuine tried and tested average driving times to all these amazing Orlando theme parks.

Animal Kingdom 8 minutes
Magic Kingdom 20 minutes
Epcot 20 minutes
Hollywood Studios 15 minutes
Universal Studios 28 minutes
Universal Islands of Adventure 28 minutes
Sea World Orlando 20 minutes

So why not try Windsor Palms? Once you have stayed at this amazing resort you will never want to stay anywhere else.

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Windsor Palms Discounts

July 15th, 2009 by Alison | 1 Comment | Filed in windsor palms
Wouldn't you rather be at Windsor Palms Resort?

Wouldn't you rather be at Windsor Palms Resort?

Looking for discounts on homes at Windsor Palms? I still have some dates available¬†for my 5 bed conservation view home. This one has everything you need. The fabulous view, 2 King Master bedrooms, Disney Princess and Harry Potter themed room, a Queen room and family bathrooms.¬†And don’t forget the great game room with foosball,pool table, air hockey and toys.

Rates in September start at just $150 per night – so that is just $15 per night per person! If you want more details then you can check out my brand new video at Windsor Palms Villa Not only do you see the house and the resort but there is lots of great footage of Disney World too.

Remember to visit Windsor Palms and quote code WPM or just fill out the contact form on the right and I will get back to you straight away.

Disney World Epcot

May 20th, 2009 by Alison | 1 Comment | Filed in Disney World, Orlando Theme Parks, Rides
Disney World Epcot

Disney World Epcot

Are you planning an Orlando vacation and wondering if Epcot should be on your list of ‘must see’ parks? Disney’s Epcot has the reputation of being the most grown up of the Disney theme parks. A lot of people have the idea that the kids just aren’t going to enjoy it that much. But is this really true and how did Epcot get this reputation?

Epcot stands for the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Walt Disney had a dream that he would create the ultimate place to live and work. So Walt’s dream for Epcot was far from what it became. But the Disney Imagineers took the essential ideas of Walt’s dream and turned them into one of the most innovative theme parks ever created. But you are still not sure if Epcot is going to be an exciting place to visit?

So what is Epcot really like? It is divided into 2 parts. Future World which explores innovation and creativity. Here you will find the headliner rides such as Test Track, Mission Space, Epcot Soarin and The Seas With Nemo and Friends. The second part is Future World – more of a World’s Fair idea with 11 countries around the huge lagoon. Here you will find Canada,The United Kingdom,France,Morocco,Japan,America,Italy,Germany,China,Norway and Mexico. Here you can take a trip around the world and visit authentic restaurants,browse local goods and visit architecture and attractions unique to each country.

So why did Epcot get the reputation of being so grown up? I think some of this is due to the feeling that the park is ‘educational’. It is a pity but perhaps this image means to some that the park just won’t be that much fun. This is so far from reality though! Yes, Epcot does have at it’s very core the desire to educate – but this is learning Disney style! Just don’t get the idea that Epcot is not a theme park. It most certainly is. And a very enjoyable one.

So what is there for children at Epcot? There is plenty to keep them happy in Future World. Epcot has some major attractions. Test Track is one of the most innovative thrill rides Disney has ever created. You will reach speeds of up to 65 mph on the fastest attraction in any Disney theme park. Or feel as though you really are flying over California on Soarin’. For the younger kids they will love The Seas With Nemo and Friends, The Lion King Circle of Life, and Turtle Talk with Crush. They can even Journey Into Imagination With Figment.

Epcot’s World Showcase has a lot to keep kids entertained too. All the family can enjoy browsing around the architecture – you really do feel as if you have traveled to the countries when you see the amazing buildings and meet the people from all over the World. Disney came up with a simple but very effective idea to keep the kids entertained. They can each collect a mask to color and then they travel around each country to get a stamp and a tag from each place. When they collect all 11 stamps they will get a certificate. My kids love this – you would not believe how many masks they have collected over the years.

Epcot also has one of the best fireworks displays – Illuminations Reflections of Earth. Make sure that you stay around to see this spectacular fireworks,laser and pyrotechnics show which is shown each day when the park closes.

So take a look at Epcot to see if it really is for you. Here I have a free guide with photos,tips and reviews of all the attractions:

Disney World Epcot Guide

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World

April 30th, 2009 by Alison | Comments Off | Filed in Disney World, Uncategorized

Are you trying to choose which Disney World Guide Book to buy to plan your trip? A good guide book is so important to get the most out of your Disney vacation. There are certainly plenty of guides to choose from. You are faced with a huge choice and not all books are created equal. Is The Unofficial Guide Walt Disney World 2009 the best Disney World guide book? The Unofficial Guide has been a bestseller for many years and it certainly covers a lot of ground in it’s 864 pages. So what makes it one of my top picks for Disney World guides?

It is very well researched. The authors use their extensive knowledge of Disney World coupled with feedback from their many readers. The anecdotes and reviews are really helpful. Not many books get a 5 star rating on Amazon but this one consistently does for good reason. The authors really know their stuff.

The Unofficial Guide covers the major topics such as where to stay,which rides are the best,the good and the not so good places to eat in a lot of detail. Some would say too much detail. This is not a quick read. If you buy this book be prepared to spend some time reading it and sifting through the information. See this as a reference book which you will need to study but can refer to time and again for detailed information.

Particularly popular are the Disney World touring plans which are included in the The Unofficial Guide . They will take you through, step by step, a tried and tested touring plan for each park. There are touring plans for single and multiple days and for those with children and adults. Many guests find these very useful.

Any negatives? Well just like any printed guide book it can’t be up to date. But this really shouldn’t put you off buying a printed Disney World guide book. To get the most out of your vacation you really do need one.

What is my equal first choice of Walt Disney World guide book? It has to be Julie Neal’s excellent The Complete Walt Disney World Guide

If you possibly can I would suggest buying both the Unofficial Guide and the Complete Guide. They are very different in style and I think compliment each other wonderfully. Why the Complete Disney World Guide? It has just the right amount of detail, is well researched, and has some beautiful pictures of Disney. Just the thing to get you and the family even more excited about your trip.

Want to know more about the choices of Disney World guide books? My book shelf is of course full of them so I have written a Disney World Guide Book Review for you.

Windsor Palms Discounts

April 13th, 2009 by Alison | Comments Off | Filed in Orlando Vacation Homes
Windsor Palms Conservation View 5 Bed Home

Windsor Palms Conservation View 5 Bed Home

Are you looking for a discount on a Windsor Palms home? Well take advantage of my late availability special offer for my Windsor Palms 5 bed conservation view home. Due to a late cancellation I now have dates for May 2009 available. Any time between May 9th and May 22nd is now available. Contact me for my very discounted special rates!

What is very special about my 5 bed 3.5 bath home? Location. Location. Location! Not only is Windsor Palms one of the most sought after resorts in the area, but the house is on one of the best lots on the resort. If you are looking for privacy and a view of the peaceful conservation area then this is the vacation home for you.

The house has 2 King master bedrooms, a Queen bedroom and 2 twin rooms. Each of the twin rooms is themed – a Disney Princess room and a Harry Potter room. All bedrooms have cable TV.

The living area has plenty of room for everyone and a flat screen TV with Play Station 2. Looking for even more entertainment? Then you will love the games room with pool table, foosball, air hockey and toys for the children.

The best feature of the house? Of course it is the beautiful swimming pool and spa with one of the largest decks on Windsor Palms. A great feature is the new solar pool heating which helps provide a green friendly solution to heating the pool for many of the months of the year.

Relax in one of the best homes on Windsor Palms

Relax in one of the best homes on Windsor Palms

All of this located on Windsor Palms which is just 8 minutes from Disney World – just about as close as you will find an Orlando vacation home. You just can’t be closer to all the magic!

A Great Restaurant Close to Windsor Palms

March 26th, 2009 by Alison | Comments Off | Filed in Orlando Vacation Homes, Restaurants
Want to dine at a great restaurant close to Windsor Palms?

Want to dine at a great restaurant close to Windsor Palms?

One of the great things about staying in Windsor Palms is that you are so close to Disney World. And that means you are within very easy reach of all the great restaurants that Disney World has to offer. The very closest Disney restaurant to the resort is actually one of my favorites. Jiko The Cooking Place at Animal Kingdom Lodge. This excellent innovative restaurant is just a short 7 minute drive from Windsor Palms.

As soon as you walk in to Animal Kingdom Lodge you are transported to a different world – the sights, sounds and atmosphere of a luxury safari lodge in Africa. It is one of the most amazingly themed Disney resorts and is always worth a visit when you are staying at Windsor Palms. Relax in the amazing lobby and enjoy a drink or a snack from the bar.

But if you want a real culinary treat the get yourself a table at Jiko The Cooking Place. An excellent fine dining experience where you will find that the kids are welcome too. The cuisine is African, Indian and Mediterranean inspired. So a pretty broad spectrum of flavors there. No, don’t be put off by this – it really works I promise you!

As you walk into Jiko you may start thinking that it reminds you of a Disney movie. Well it should as the design was inspired by Disney’s The Lion King. The center of the restaurant is the show kitchen with twin wood burning ovens where you will see the talented chefs preparing the food. You are greeted by a student from Africa who is part of the Disney cultural exchange progam – where young people from around the world spend a year working around Disney World.

The service at Jiko is exceptional. Highly skilled waiters, many of whom are also sommeliers will guide you around the innovative menu and exclusively South African wine list.

So what is on the menu at Jiko? The Flatbreads are a specialty and definitely worth trying. My kids just love those. Other favorites from the appetizer selection are Curried Samosas and the roasted sweet potato soup. I have to say I have never tried the Spiced Ostrich Filet but I hear that it is very good. Entrees range from around $30 and upwards. Great options include Swahili Curry Shrimp, Maize Crusted Halibut and Oak-Grilled Filet Mignon. To finish the meal try my favorite – the Pistachio Creme Brulee. Or if chocolate is what you crave then the Tanzanian Chocolate Cheesecake is also excellent.

There is also a great vegetarian menu. My favorite entree from this is Swahili Curried Vegetables with Tofu which is priced at $26.

What I really like about this restaurant though is that it is fine dining where they really do welcome the children. It is Disney after all! There is a kids menu available with the usual favorites including Grilled Cheese and Peanut Butter and Jelly. Kids entrees range from $7 and up.

A visit to Jiko is well worth the splurge. As with all Disney restaurants it is wise to book ahead by calling 407 WDW DINE up to 90 days ahead.

Photos used under Creative Commons from framedanddriedl

Disney Park Hopper

March 20th, 2009 by Alison | Comments Off | Filed in Disney World, Orlando Theme Parks
Do you need a Disney World Park Hopper Pass?

Do you need a Disney World Park Hopper Pass?

Are you visiting Disney World and are confused about all the different ticket options available? It can seem complicated but if you break it down into easy steps then you will soon be able to work out which Disney ticket option is the right one for you and your family.

Your basic option is a Disney World Magic Your Way Base Ticket. This ticket lets you visit one park per day. The tickets expire 14 days after their first use and are not transferable to anyone else.

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So just what is a Disney World Park Hopper ticket? Well remember that the base ticket gets you into one park per day. The Park Hopper allows you to visit more than one park in each day. So you could start at Disney Hollywood Studios in the morning and then travel to Epcot for the Illuminations fireworks in the evening. Or start at Animal Kingdom and catch the Festival of the Lion King, but go to Magic Kingdom in the evening.

Is a Park Hopper worth the extra money? The cost to add a Park Hopper option to any Base Ticket is $53.25. So it is the same price to add a Park Hopper option to any Disney ticket – whether it is for 2 days or up to 10 days. The per day cost is only $5.32 if you have a 10 day ticket but adds almost $27 a day if you have a 2 day ticket.

You really have to think about how you are going to plan your visit to Disney World to see whether you need a Park Hopper. It can be a great option and many guests always get a Hopper pass. But others never use it. You have to remember that it does take time to transfer from one park to another. So think carefully before choosing a Disney Park Hopper. Always remember too that you can upgrade your ticket if you change your mind. You can buy a base Disney World ticket and then upgrade to add a Park Hopper or Water Park and More option if you find that you need one.

Where should you buy your Disney World tickets? The first thing to say is that there are definitely certain places you should not buy your ticket – eBay and unauthorized ticket dealers. There are some Disney ticket scams out there so just don’t take the risk.

A safe place to buy Disney tickets? Disney itself of course – either online at Disney World or at the gate. But there is a safe alternative which will save you money. A reliable Authorized Disney Ticket dealer such as the one I recommend to all my guests Orlando Fun Tickets The savings can really add up – for example your family could quickly save up to $50 for a Disney 5 Day Park Hopper.

Don’t forget the Disney Water Parks and Disney Quest. You can also add a Water Park and Fun option which can be great value if you are going to visit a water park more than once. The cost of a Water Park and Fun option is just $53.25 which can offer excellent value for your family.

If you would like to know more about the Disney Park Hopper Ticket and all the other options available – as well as see some of my very favorite pictures of Cinderella’s Castle in Magic Kingdom – I have written a free guide for you: Disney World Should I Be A Park Hopper?

The amazing Disney World Cinderella Castle photo used under Creative Commons and with kind permission from expressmonorail

Windsor Palms Take Out Delivery

March 19th, 2009 by Alison | 1 Comment | Filed in Orlando Vacation Homes, Restaurants

Let’s face it. Even though one of the advantages of renting a Windsor Palms vacation home is that you have your own fully equipped luxury kitchen, not everyone actually wants to cook in there! So if heating up a take out is all you want to do on your vacation you will need some suggestions of restaurants and take outs which will deliver right to your door. Then all you have to do for dinner is to get out of the swimming pool to answer the door!

If you are staying in one of my Windsor Palms homes and are looking for inspiration on what to have for dinner always look in the kitchen drawers. No you won’t find a gourmet meal in there unfortunately but you will find lots of take out menus!

If you like Chinese food then Taste of China will deliver food to Windsor Palms. Their number is 407-397-9911 or toll free 1-866-397-1890. They have all the usual Chinese food favorites and do not use MSG. You can also call ahead and pick up as they are located on your way back from the parks – inside Formosa Plaza next to the grocery store. I have eaten there many times and the food is good and ready quickly.

If pizza is more your thing then you have quite a lot of choice. There is a Pizza Hut take out located close to Windsor Palms at 8557 W Irlo Bronson Hwy Kissimmee FL 34747. To order call 407-239-4456. Usually there are coupons available and again, look in the house to see if there are any coupons or online at Pizza Hut to find the best deals. There are often some good deals that you can pick up online so it is always worth looking if you can. The registration and ordering process is not that easy though in my experience so you may be tempted just to pick up the phone.

Dominos Pizza will also deliver to Windsor Palms resort. Their number is 407-420-7272. Still wanting more pizza take out choice? Then try Papa John’s Pizza of 877-420-7272.

Outback Steakhouse is the very closest restaurant to Windsor Palms and they do curbside take out. Almost as good as delivery but not quite! Their number is 407-396-0017.

So there is plenty of choice for what to eat when you are staying in Windsor Palms resort. And you never have to do any of the work – just pick up the phone and dial!

Orlando Villa Discount Offers

March 16th, 2009 by Alison | Comments Off | Filed in Orlando Vacation Homes

Are you looking for a discount offer for Disney World vacation? Then why not think about renting a vacation villa close to Disney World. Rental homes offer so much better value than hotel rooms. More space, no hidden charges, great resort facilities and of course a private swimming pool all to yourself.

But let’s face it. Not all Orlando vacation homes are created equal. Just as the choice of hotels in the Disney area is from a cheap motel right up to a 5 star luxury hotel – you will find a similar range of choice for vacation villas too.

Are you looking for a home which will give you real value for money? A high standard vacation home on a modern resort, close to Disney World? Then consider Solana resort. Located just 15 minutes from Disney this is a perfect choice for a family vacation. Solana has all the advantages of a beautiful resort, close to Disney World, for less than you may think.

Solana resort Orlando is a gated resort with a huge resort swimming pool with cabanas – it has the feel of a 5 star resort. The large clubhouse has an internet cafe, fitness room, video games arcade, internet access, organized events and even a concierge to help you with your vacation plans. There is a play ground for the children and a putting green for all the family to enjoy.

For this month I am offering a special discount rate for all bookings made to 7 nights in May at just $995 for my 5 bedroom home. This offer is valid for any bookings arriving on a Saturday and includes taxes and solar pool and spa heat. Up to 10 people can stay very comfortably in this luxury home which has 2 King master bedrooms,a Queen and 2 additional bathrooms. The swimming pool and deck is one of the largest on the resort at 36′.

May is one of the very best times to visit Disney World. Why are the prices so low at this time? Well let’s have some honesty here! May is a quiet month for vacation rentals. My homes are booking very well for 2009 – it is my best year ever in nearly a decade. But May is always quiet. So take advantage of the low prices, low crowds (that equals very little wait time in the theme park lines) and of course the great Orlando weather. So what are you waiting for? Just click on the contact form to send me an email with your preferred dates.

Villas in Orlando

March 10th, 2009 by Alison | Comments Off | Filed in Orlando Vacation Homes

Renting a villa in Orlando is a great option to keep costs down for your family holiday to Orlando. Many of my villa guests are from Great Britain – and as they will know only too well the value of the British pound against the dollar has fallen a lot in the past 6 months or so.

So as many Orlando villa owners are from the US their rates have gone up considerably for British visitors. Last August the dollar was 2 for 1 to the pound so $1000 would have cost you 500 British Pounds. But now that $1000 would be around 750 British Pounds.

So what can visitors from the UK to Orlando wanting to rent a villa do? Firstly remember that a vacation home will save you money over an hotel in Orlando. Hotels and travel agents have adjusted their costs too so the problem is the same. But not only do you save on the per night cost in an holiday home you also save on other ‘hidden’ costs. Some hotels charge for parking, use of facilities, phone costs can add up quickly if you want to phone home, and pretty much all hotels charge for internet access which can be up to $15 a day. Then if you add all the savings up that you will make on not eating out, even if you just skip a couple of restaurant meals, you will soon find that an Orlando vacation home saves you hundreds of pounds.

But what can you do about the higher cost in pounds of some homes? I am British but live in the US for most of the year – so I understand the problems of the British guest in finding a high quality luxury Orlando villa for a good price. So I decided to launch an offer for British guests who book one of my 5 bed Orlando vacation homes before 30th March.

Any bookings for my Windsor Palms conservation view luxury 5 bed home arriving in May 2009 I am offering at a rate of just 750 British Pounds per 7 nights. This rate is available to any booking of 7 nights or more arriving and departing on a Saturday. It includes taxes and solar pool heating. Other start dates are available but will be at a slightly higher rate. This home sleeps up to 10 people – so that is just 75 pounds per week per person for one of the best homes in the area. Quote Code WPGB which is valid for all bookings made up to 30th March.

Looking for even more offers. My Solana vacation home is available for the same dates in May or September for just 675 British pounds per night. Quote SRGB for this fantastic discount offer.