Thursday, August 27, 2009

Why Stay at a Disney World Resort Hotel

by: Allison Jones

For many guests, the benefit of staying at a Walt Disney World owned-and-operated resort begins before arrival to Disney World. And for all guests, the benefits and perks combine to make vacation magic 24 hours a day – whether at a Disney Value Resort designed for budget-minded vacationers … or at a Disney Deluxe Resort or Deluxe Villa offering lavish amenities.

Disney resort hotels are designed to provide a lot more than a pillow beneath guests’ heads. They are created to immerse guests in a continuation of the worry-free vacation magic and adventures of the Disney parks. Thus the hotels have themes celebrating the long ago or the far-away or even the world of imagination where toys can be bigger than people.

Walt Disney World Resort offers a broad range of accommodations – 23 resorts that vary in price, allowing guests to pay for only the amenities that are important to them. Disney Value resort guests are treated to larger-than-life theming, swimming pools and playgrounds, arcade rooms and standard amenities – and with more than 8,000 rooms at four resorts, about one-third of Disney’s hotel accommodations fall into the Value category. Families who prefer the great outdoors can rent a campsite at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground (with nearly 800 available) and either pitch a tent or bring along an RV. Moderate resorts, Deluxe resorts and Deluxe Villa resorts are available for guests who prefer additional amenities during their stay.

Consistent among all 23 Disney owned-and-operated hotels is staff trained in the Disney way of friendly helpfulness. Also consistent: perks and benefits that add value to the vacation experience. Here’s a look at some of the reasons why Disney hotels are so popular with vacationers:

* Disney's Magical Express Shuttle Service - Free shuttle service from the Orlando International Airport

* Disney's Magical Express Baggage Handling - Disney will pick up your luggage from the airport and deliver it to your resort room

* Disney Transportation - Excellent transportation around the Walt Disney World Resort

* Extra Magic Hours - Enjoy extra time at the Disney Theme Parks just for Disney Resort guests

* Golf Club Rentals - A new free perks allows guests staying at a Disney Resort to get access to the golf club rentals for no additional cost

* Key to the World Card - One card that is used as your room key, tickets, Dining Plan, incidentals, and ID. All in one card!

* Package Delivery - Purchase any souvenirs at the Disney Theme Parks and they will deliver it back to the gift shop at your Disney Resort for free. You never have to carry around another bag at the Disney Theme Parks again.

For more information about the benefits of staying at a Disney World Resort, contact our Disney World Specialists at http://www.destinationsinflorida.com.


About The Author

As an Orlando local, Allison has watched Orlando grow from orange groves to the popular tourist destination it is today. She has spent her life either playing or working at Disney World. She graduated from the Disney College Program, College of Knowledge Program and College of Knowledge Graduate Program. Her experience expands to other Orlando destinations including Universal Studios and Sea World.

She is a travel agent at Destinations in Florida Travel, specializing in Disney World & Orlando vacations. This agency is recognized by Disney as an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. To ask Allison a question about your Disney or Orlando vacation, contact her at http://www.destinationsinflorida.com.

Travel Agent - Authorized Disney Vacation Planner & Universal Studios Specialis

by: Allison Jones

There are a few words that make me think of an Adventures by Disney vacation...hassle-free and VIP. These words make an Adventures by Disney one of the best vacations you will ever experience, at least for me it did. I have two small kids, so taking a vacation is rarely hassle-free, but an Adventures by Disney vacation really is, just that. Most everything is pre-paid, so when you arrive you don't have to worry about money or expenses. You can just enjoy! When you arrive to the airport, you are greeted by a guide and then escorted to your hotel. Your luggage is picked up for you. All of your gratuities are taken care of for the meals, housekeeping, and more. Your luggage is transported from one resort to the next resort. You don't have to worry about communicating with the locals, if you do not speak the language - you have guides to help you. There are no worries during an Adventures by Disney vacation and traveling with a family really does make this a hassle-free vacation.

If you ever wanted to feel like a celebrity, take an Adventures by Disney Tour. You will get VIP experiences that only Disney can arrange. My favorite behind the scene tour is in the City of Knights and Lights Tour in England and France. You will go to the Lion King Show, but not just attend this show. You will sit in the very front row and then after the show, you will be escorted back stage to see how they put the show on and even meet some of the cast.

Another one of my favorites is the Southern California which is the Backstage Magic Tour. In this VIP tour, you will get behind the scene tours of the Walt Disney Imagineering Studio and even meet a puppeteer at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. These are only VIP experiences that Disney can arrange! These are just a few examples of the special VIP services that Disney offers their guests during any Adventures by Disney Tour.

I hear many stories from guests everyday about their incredible experiences from the special pins that you get daily during your trip, to the picture postcards that your guide may surprise you with to send home to friends/family, to a night in a real castle for the little and big Princesses in your family...the incredible experiences go on and on. An Adventures by Disney vacation really is the ultimate vacation! For more information about an Adventures by Disney vacation, visit http://www.destinationsinflorida.com.

About The Author

As an Orlando local, Allison has watched Orlando grow from orange groves to the popular tourist destination it is today. She has spent her life either playing or working at Disney World. She graduated from the Disney College Program, College of Knowledge Program and College of Knowledge Graduate Program. Her experience expands to other Orlando destinations including Universal Studios and Sea World.

She is a travel agent at Destinations in Florida Travel, specializing in Disney World & Orlando vacations. This agency is recognized by Disney as an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. To ask Allison a question about your Disney or Orlando vacation, contact her at http://www.destinationsinflorida.com

Friday, August 7, 2009

Fun at Universal Studios Florida

By: Anne Smith
Caught in the rather long shadow cast by Walt Disney World, Universal Studios have always been something of a scrappy younger sibling. To make comparisons even more pronounced, the similarly themed Disney-MGM Studios opened at the Mouse House around the same time. But Universal Studios offers some tremendous attractions and has its own, unique rhythm to compel vacationers through its turnstiles. Like its sister park, Islands of Adventure, nearly every major attraction features loud, kinetic, frantic action. It is one over-the-top moment after another.

Universal Studios Florida opened in May 1990 as Universal's first park after the original Universal Studios in Hollywood and it is located in the Universal Orlando Resort, on the southeast side of Orlando, 10 minutes north of Walt Disney World. The least crowded seasons are from Labor Day to Thanksgiving and from mid-February to mid-March.

Universal Orlando Resort is way more than a theme park.
The Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks are a world where every member of the family can choose their own perfect fun. You can have the ultimate adventure, have fun with your kids, rejuvenate yourself, have a romantic dinner, challenge yourself on incredible theme park rides and relax by the pool in a beautiful Florida setting.

There is a wealth of dining options throughout the resort.
The dining options range from Bice Ristorante at Portofino Bay Hotel and the Palm Restaurant at the Hard Rock Hotel, to Emeril Lagasses famous Emerils Restaurant Orlando in Universal CityWalk.

Orlando is also home to some of the best shopping in the States.
From the new Millenia mega-mall, to the extremely popular designer outlet malls featuring all the latest designer fashions at fantastic prices. For many tourists, shopping is one of the many great reasons to visit Orlando often.

Shrek 4-D
Join Princess Fiona and our heroes on an all new honeymoon adventure picking up where the Oscar-winning movie "Shrek" left off.

Revenge of the Mummy
Plunge into total darkness as you face fireballs, scarab beetles, and an army of warrior mummies on a psychological thrill ride.
If you love roller coasters, you are in for a truly unique experience that you won't find anywhere else.

TWISTER...Ride It Out
Apart from an amazing ride, this set includes parks and a network of alleyways that you can explore.

MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack
There are 120 different alien species, many created specifically for this thrill ride.

Back To the Future the Ride
You'll fly from 2015 Hill Valley through an Ice Age avalanche and into the clutches of a dinosaur and back to the future all to stop Biff from altering the future.

Terminator 2:3-D
This ride features live-action stunts, special effects, and amazing 3-D film come together.

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