Archive for February, 2009

Kissimmee Villas

February 27th, 2009 by Alison | Comments Off | Filed in Uncategorized

Are you looking for a Kissimmee Villa to rent for your vacation but are confused about all the options out there? If you are looking for the very closest homes to Disney World then the most popular choice are the Windsor Palms and Windsor Hills resorts. Many vacation home owners claim to be the closest to Disney World – but the Windsor resorts really are.

So how long will it really take you to get to the Disney parks from Windsor Palms and Windsor Hills?

Disney’s Animal Kingdom – 7 to 9 minutes

Disney Hollywood Studios – 15 to 18 minutes

The Magic Kingdom – 17 to 20 minutes

EPCOT – 17 to 20 minutes

Now I know that Disney World isn’t the only theme park in Orlando! The Windsor resorts are also convenient for the other attractions too. Driving time to Sea World is around 20 to 25 minutes. Universal Studios Orlando is around 30 minutes. The Kennedy Space Center has a driving time of around 70 to 90 minutes.

So they have a great location – but what else do the Windsor Palms and Windsor Hills resorts offer? Excellent resort facilities. At each resort you will find community pool,large clubhouse, sundry store,tennis courts, basketball and volleyball, pool tables and table tennis,fitness facility and even a private movie theater. Each resort also has a shuttle service to the parks if you don’t want to drive.

So what is the difference between Windsor Palms and Windsor Hills? They are separate resorts both built by the same developer. Both have that great location. Windsor Hills is a much larger resort than Windsor Palms so if you are looking to be able to walk to all the community facilities then Windsor Palms may be a better choice for you. The water slide at Windsor Hills is a major draw though – a lot of fun for the kids (and the adults of course). Each home on the resort is privately owned so will vary a lot in design and quality of furnishings. Some guests prefer Windsor Palms, others Windsor Hills – it all depends on what you are looking for. I can help you choose which resort would be best suited to you and your family.

I have 4, 5 and 6 bedroom homes available on both Windsor Palms and Windsor Hills. They are located on some of the best lots available including conservation view lots. They are all privately owned homes which offer upgraded facilities. If you want any more details just use the contact form at the side of this page or write me a comment and I will be happy to help.

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Disney Mulan

February 22nd, 2009 by Alison | Comments Off | Filed in Disney movies

Photobucket Disney Princess Mulan does not fit into the conventional mold of what we often think of as a Disney Princess.  Like Princess Belle she doesn’t quite fit in to conventional society, but is selfless and puts her own life in danger for the sake of her father. I have spent a very enjoyable time watching Disney’s Mulan movie.  It was some time since I had last seen it so when my daughter asked if we could watch it together I was very pleased to join her. Perhaps of all the Disney movies Mulan has the strongest most positive role model for girls.  Other Disney Princess movies have their critics for presenting a negative view of women as submissive and dependant upon men – but this critisism certainly can’t be leveled at Mulan.

Based upon the ancient Chinese story the Ballad of Mulan Disney created one of it’s most stunning animation movies. The emphasis was on accuracy and remaining true to the original story and for the most part it is agreed that they did achieve this. The production team spent 3 weeks in China so help them to capture the essense of the Chinese culture for the movie. The art work is based upon the simplicity found in classic Chinese art.

The Mulan movie also has one of my favorite Disney soundtracks. The Mulan Soundtrack includes Christina Aguilera’s excellent break out single Reflection – one of my very favorite Disney songs.

So if you haven’t ever watched Disney’s Mulan or it is just some time since you have seen it why not take a couple of hours and enjoy this Disney classic.  Mulan appeals to all ages and is a movie that all the family can enjoy.

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Windsor Palms Shuttle

February 7th, 2009 by Alison | Comments Off | Filed in Orlando Vacation Homes

I am often asked by guests of my homes in Windsor Palms and Windsor Hills how the shuttle service to Disney World and the theme parks operates.  This can be a convenient way of getting to the parks if you do not want to use a rental car or if you have a larger party who wants to do different things during the day.

The shuttle service from Windsor Palms  and Windsor Hills is operated by Maingate Transportation. The shuttle from both the Windsor resorts goes to all the main Disney theme parks – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Shuttles from Windsor Palms are also available to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, Sea World, Wet N’ Wild, and the Orlando Premium Outlets.

You must make reservations at least 1 hour in advance with Maingate Transportation for all of the shuttle services by calling 407 390 0000

The exact schedule will vary each month and is not published in advance. But in general there are 2 pick ups each morning for the Disney parks at the Windsor Palms and Windsor Hills clubhouses.  Return times vary too but Magic Kingdom and Epcot tend to have 3 pick ups with Disney Hollywood Studios having 2 pick ups and Animal Kingdom just one shortly after closing time.

The current price of the shuttle from Windsor Palms resort to the Disney parks is $10 per person return.

Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure usually has 2 pick up times in the morning.  All pick up and return times vary month to month – the schedule is based on demand so the busier months will tend to have more pick up and return times.  The rate for a return trip to Universal Studios is $14 per person.

Sea World is $11 per person, Wet N’ Wild is $14 per person and the Orlando Premium Outlets are $10 per person.

All of the shuttles pick up and drop off at several locations including Windsor Hills, Grand Lake Resort and Holiday Inn.  So you can expect to make a lot of stops along the way or on your return.

If you would like more detailed information then you can contact Maingate Transportation directly on 407 390 0000.  They also operate taxi services. If you have a large party then a taxi may be more practical and also save on cost.

I would love to hear from anyone who has tried the shuttle service from Windsor Palms or Windsor Hills about the experience that they had and whether they would recommend it.