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What is a Garden Grocer and why are we so in love with it? Garden Grocer is a local supermarket outside the Disney World properties in Orlando. There are many grocery stores in the area that will make your deliveries but Garden Grocer does the best job by far!
5 Reasons why we love Garden Grocer:
- Online ordering. It’s so much easier to peruse the selections online than try to explain something over the phone. Their system is very user-friendly and their selection complete. Coming from “up North” some of the brands were unfamiliar, but they had everything I was looking for.
- Delivery. Right to your Disney Resort or place off property. With a delivery to our Disney Resort we didn’t even need to be in our room. Your groceries are left with luggage/bell services and the cold items in refrigerated storage. At most of the moderate or deluxe grade resorts you may have the groceries then delivered by bell services upon your return. Otherwise you can pick them up at the luggage rooms. Check with your resort ahead of time if you think there may be an issue.
- Selection. Garden Grocer has a huge selection of products. They have baby items, snacks and even alcoholic beverages. The online ordering section is divided into “aisles” just like your grocery store at home. My favorite section…”Park Essentials”.
- Savings. Buying these same items are a fortune at Disney’s gift shops. If all you want is a half-gallon of milk you can go into any Disney gift shop and get one. We even found we were able to use snack credits for boxes of crackers and cookies. However, if you are looking to save on snacks to bring to the park or have breakfast items on hand you will not save any money by going to the food courts.
- Time. We don’t rent a car while at Disney. If we did, the LAST thing we would want to do is running to the grocery store. We would rather be relaxing by our resort pool or enjoying the parks. You are on vacation, for a small delivery fee and a little planning ahead you really can enjoy it!
Getting from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Walt Disney World and back used to be quite a bit more complicated than it is today. Now we have the Disney’s Magical Express (DME) that will take guests to and from the airport to our home away from home. DME is free and incredibly simple to use, but you might need a little guidance on what to expect when you ride the Disney’s Magical Express…
Here is the basic sequence of events you follow in using DME:
- When you or your Authorized Disney Travel Agent make your reservations you just include your flight information, both arrival and departure. This sets the DME wheels in motion. If you are like me, you make flight reservations way in advance and flight numbers and times can change. If this happens you just call DME at exactly 45 days prior to your arrival (no earlier) and inform of the changes. They will make the adjustments before mailing your paperwork.
Many people have asked us about getting from the Airport to Disney World. Some take a cab or other shuttle services. For us we like to use Disney’s Magical Express. For more on DME keep reading…
Getting fromto and back used to be quite a bit more complicated than it is today. It was also considerably more expensive than it currently is if you use what I feel is the best available option, . DME is free, and not just free but incredibly simple to use. Best of all, it almost always works seamlessly if you follow the instructions. Here is the basic sequence of events you follow in using DME:
Have you ever wondered “How and I going to transport my baby and all of their things while at Disney?” Well look no further I am here to let you in on an amazing service that Disney offers if you are staying at a Disney resort and arriving/departing from the Orlando airport (MCO)!
We all know (or can imagine) how difficult it is to travel with small children. Babies and toddlers need bottles, sippy cups, bibs, burp cloths, diapers, wipes, diaper cream, etc. Toddlers and other young kids love to get messy, and sometimes (o.k. most times) they don’t even have to try to hard, it’s like a skill they were born with. There are usually 2-3 changes of clothes that we must pack per day, pull ups, favorite blankies, pacifiers, beloved Mickey stuffed animals (you know the one that you have sewn the arm back on at least 5 times in the past year?!)
The thought of not only packing all of these things into a suitcase (that you surely will be charged for if it is over the weight limit) can be quiet overwhelming. If packing is overwhelming; then start thinking about getting the suitcases, stroller, car seat from plane ride, and child/children to Disney. Sure you can rent a car, or pay an astronomical fee for a cab ride or a limo (and you may also have to deal with quirky drivers), or you can use Disney’s Magical Express.
The Magical Express is a free service given to guest’s that are staying on Disney property. When you book just include your flight info (this info can also be added after booking if you do not yet have flights). and you will be set up in the system. Up to 45 days before your trip you can expect a packet in the mail containing easy to follow instructions and tags that will need to be attached to each piece of your luggage before you check your baggage. Once you check your baggage you will not have to worry about it again! Just take your magical express booklet on the plane and relax.
While you may have seen “the kiss goodnight” at the Disney parks, or you’re among those who slowly wander down Main street toward the exit gates at a snail’s pace, trying to get every minute worth of magic you possibly can…how do you make those last sweet moments last when you’re on a cruise?
There is no such thing as late checkout on cruises. Your breakfast time is scheduled and your luggage is taken the night before to expedite your debarkation. There is no leisurely stroll anywhere on the ship on the last day. There is a hustle and bustle that starts while you’re sleeping and continues until you are off the ship and the next guests are boarding.
Many cruisers make a terrible mistake on the last day of their cruise; they spend the day in mourning that they have to go home in the morning and then call it an early night to pack and prepare for the morning rush.