What can I say-we humans love stuff. And we have a lot of it. But as any scout will tell you, it’s good to be prepared. This brings me to the service up for review today-Owners Locker. Founders John & Brian really took a simple need and filled it brilliantly.
Central Orlando is one of the top vacation destinations in the world, and also one of the prime locations for vacation ownership properties. The folks over at Owners Locker realized that a lot of people, who frequent the Orlando area for vacationing, were schlepping a lot of stuff back and forth with them. And so Owners Locker was born.
This storage & delivery service is the solution to transporting things you regularly take with you on vacation. Instead of packing these items, and transporting them with you on the plane or in your car, you store them in their climate controlled storage facility and when you’re ready to visit your vacation resort, you simply schedule a delivery.
While this service has been a favorite among vacation property owners such as Disney Vacation Club members and other timeshare owners, I personally can see the value in investing in an Owners Locker even if you’re simply a frequent traveler/vacationer, to the area. With airline baggage fees getting crazier by the day, and more and more restrictions on what you can and cannot bring on a plane, an Owners Locker makes sense both financially and for the convenience factor alone. And if you’re anything like me-and pack for the end of the world-the service is both a sanity and back saver.
So what does it cost? Here is a break down of the fees & plans, as well as what you get for your buck:
Before our first Walt Disney World trip, I prepared my step-son for the pressed penny machines. I thought he might like a penny here or there to put in the scrapbook. Little did I know this was the beginning of a pressed pennies addiction.
Since then every walk in the park is a pre-meditated prowl for the penny press machines. Yes, it’s 51 cents to get a cent back…but it’s relatively inexpensive and he really enjoys it. I’d much rather have him collect those and have them forever than to invest $11 in a toy that lights up during the parade and/or fireworks and breaks before either is finished.
The penny press situation can quickly become trouble if you aren’t prepared. Cutting across oncoming traffic to run to a penny press, dig through the fanny pack, back pack, or camera bag for pennies and quarters is frustrating and time-consuming.
I’ve come up with Quick Tips that will make your penny pressing addiction problem free.
- Buy a roll ($.50) of NEW pennies from the bank. The penny you put in the machine is the one that gets pressed, the shinier the penny the better it will look when pressed. Start asking your bank in advance, new pennies aren’t always in circulation.
- Start collecting quarters. Whether you want your kids to raid their piggy banks or you want to just purchase a roll, you’ll need 2 quarters for each penny you want to press.
- Collection container-The best thing you could do as a penny presser is have a container of your pennies and quarters ready to go. Candy containers work great for this-especially containers from M&M mini’s. We take the label off and make our own decorative penny containers. Then you stack them in layers: 2 quarters, 1 penny; 2 quarters, 1 penny…repeat until it’s full. This way when you approach the penny machine all you have to do is pop the top and slightly tip the container until 2 quarters and a penny fall out. No muss, no fuss and you’re ready to press in no time!
- Grab a press penny receptacle-a tiny ziploc bag from your local craft store works perfectly, or an empty change purse. This helps you keep all your pressed pennies together and you can put them in the pressed penny book at the end of the night. Carrying the book around all day is cumbersome, it gets very heavy. Not to mention the penny’s are hot after they are pressed and the sleeves in the book are plastic…so you end up with a steamy sticky mess trying to get them in there during the heat of the day. Drop them in a change purse and move on. Keep them all in one place so you don’t have miscellaneous pennies going into the washer and dryer later on.
- Plan ahead and print the list. There’s no reason to drive yourself crazy and waste time running around the parks wondering where the next machine is or if it’s worth while. The Penny Press website will tell you what’s where and this site is reliable and is updated often. You can also go to Guest Services at the parks and they have a map for you to use.
How about you do you collect the Pressed Pennies at Walt Disney World? Let me know in the comment box below.
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Everything about Walt Disney World travel is an attraction. From the bus ride all of the way to nighttime celebrations, you should feel like everything has an element of fun. The average Walt Disney World traveler will spend many hours planning out their vacation itinerary and much of that time will be spent on planning where in the “world” to eat!!
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Located at the top floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, California Grill offers stunning views of Magic Kingdom as well as spectacular views of the nighttime fireworks celebration, Wishes. In addition to the wonderful views you will also be treated to superb affair.
I must confess, I love my Disney vacation planning spreadsheet. In fact, the only thing that makes me as happy as actually being on a Disney vacation is planning my next trip. I spend countless hours planning dining reservations, Extra Magic Hours, and researching resorts. However, as I gather more trips under my Mickey belt, I have learned to include one more item that is so important to a successful Disney trip-a day away from the parks.
As much I love to plan our Disney vacations, I always try to remember to leave room for the moments that really matter; the unexpected pixie dust moments. Having a day to slow down a little bit and enjoy each other is usually my family’s favorite day of our vacation.
Enjoy your resort:
- As magical as a day at the parks can be, it’s also tiring. Having a day to sleep in instead of rushing to rope drop can help everyone be ready to enjoy the next day even more.
- Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your resort followed by a walk to enjoy the beautiful landscaping at your resort. Everyone’s smile will be even more magical when they are rested!
- Take some time to relax in the sunshine and enjoy splashing in the pool. Also, Disney resorts offer wonderful activities for guests to enjoy. These range from Pop Century’s afternoon hustle lessons to boat rentals and fishing at Port Orleans Riverside.
Away from your resort:
- A favorite tradition among many guests is to hop on the monorail and spend some time eating delicious snacks and admiring the gorgeous resorts. Added bonus of spending the afternoon getting on and off the monorail? Learning everyone’s favorite Spanish phrase-“Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas.”
- Miniature golf is also a fun way to spend a few hours together. There are 2 different courses to choose from, Disney’s Fantasia Gardens and Disney’s Winter Summerland. The Fantasia course is definitely the more challenging of the two although certainly not too tricky for everyone to enjoy. The prices are reasonable and getting to the courses is as simple as hopping on a bus at your resort.
- A delicious dinner is a wonderful to end your day outside of the parks. O’hana, located at the Polynesian Resort is my family’s personal favorite. We especially love when we have been lucky enough to watch the fireworks from the beach after our great dinner.
There really is something for everyone to enjoy here. Shopping, movies, bowling, wonderful restaurants and so much more are all available at Downtown Disney.
- World of Disney is not to be missed during a visit to Downtown Disney! It is the world’s largest Disney character shopping store. 12 amazingly themed rooms, each full of items ranging from toys to household items and everything in between.
- The Lego store is fun for the entire family. Everyone can enjoy building with the Legos in the interactive section outside the store and getting their pictures taken with the sculptures made out of Legos.
- Disney Quest is a 5 floor interactive, virtual reality game filled, gamer’s dream come true is also a great way to spend some time. It does require a separate admission ticket though.
- When you visit Downtown Disney be sure to come hungry! From delicious ribs at House of Blues, ice cream sundaes at Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop to seafood at Fulton’s Crab House, there is something for everyone’s tastes.
What are some things you like to do outside of visiting the parks at Walt Disney World? Let us know in the comment box below.
Heather L is an avid Disney fan and has been visiting the parks since she was 4. She is a homeschooling mom and is happiest with a Mickey balloon in one hand and a Mickey bar in the other.
The decision has been made; your next vacation will be to Disney World! Congratulations! Now comes the fun part, planning! No, really, it is fun! I’m here to help you plan your trip. Maybe you’ve been before or maybe this is your first time. I hope everyone can find information to help plan a most magical trip!
The first step is to make the big decisions: when will you be going, where will you be staying, how many days will you be there, who all is going/what are their ages and most importantly, what is your budget?
Step two would be to fill in a few details such as: are you going to drive or fly, do you have someone in your party with special needs (wheelchair, dietary needs, medical concerns), are you going to use Disney transportation only or will you have a vehicle, what are the dining options, should you add the Dining Plan, are you going to purchase park hopper tickets, should you add the parks and more option?
Once these decisions are made, then it’s time to customize your vacation to your individual needs. What park are you going to go to on what day? (Crowd calendars can be a great tool to help with this decision. Touring Plans Crowd Calendar has been my source for this information since 2008. They are fantastic!) What attractions do you want to see? Which table service and counter service restaurants should you go to? What is Disney PhotoPass? These are just a few of the items I will be writing about.
And then there are the ultra-fun add-ons. For example, we make our own matching shirts every year. Some guests decorate their room or their windows. Sprinkle some extra pixie dust on your children by scheduling a visit to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or to the Pirates League. You can plan the basics, or you can plan every detail, it’s all up to you.
These are some of the first steps in planning your Disney World vacation. So let’s start with one of the most asked questions, “When is the Best Time to go to Disney World?” There is no one answer because it depends on several factors:
- Are you taking children?
- Are they in school?
- Do you want to go while they are on vacation (Christmas Break, Spring Break, Summer)?
- Or are you going to take them out of school?
Do you want to be there during the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) the Epcot Food and Wine Festival or another special event?
If you can go any time, then are you interested in the lowest rates, best temperatures, or lowest crowds?
In short, there is no “best time” to go to Disney World. I’m sure if you ask any Disney fan, they would tell you, “anytime is the perfect time!” For a month-to-month comparison, check out What Month Should You Travel to Walt Disney World.
Amy is a Disney Addict and stay at home mom who loves to craft, cook and plan Disney trips. She’s been known to shed a tear at the end of Wishes and has to walk out of the room when Mufasa dies.
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