Podcast Episode 200: Celebrations

It’s our 200th episode!  We’re so excited to celebrate this milestone that this week we’re talking about how you can make any celebration at Disney special!

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Podcast Episode 184: Disney Flower & Garden + Universal Orlando Trip Report

Recently, Jamie and Jillian headed down to Orlando to attend an agent training program at Universal Orlando Resort.  After that finished, Tara joined Jamie at Disney for some Flower and Garden fun.  Join us as we talk about all the amazing things they learned, delicious food they tried, and fun things they did!

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Podcast Episode 173: Jamie’s Group Trip Report

Recently, Jamie went to Walt Disney World with a group of friends and she’s back to tell us all about it.  To help her, she invited her friend, Stacy, one of the other guests on the trip.  They tell us all about the things they did, the characters they met, and why in the world they went to TWO Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties on the same vacation!

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Podcast Episode 160: Character Dining In Depth

Everyone knows that one of the most popular things to do at Disney is to have a character meal!  Whether you want to meet Mickey and friends or Disney princesses, there is something for everyone when it comes to having a great meal with a fun character.  Join us this week when we tell you which restaurants have your favorite Disney characters and what you can expect during that character dining experience!

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Podcast Episode 155: Our Disney Dreams

Have you ever wished you could take your favorite parts of Disney and make them into one big Disney dream? Join us this week as we play a little Dr. Frankenstein and pull our favorite parts of the Walt Disney World resort and mash them together to make new restaurants, resorts, and menus in our own little Disney world!

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Podcast Episode 145: Shannon’s May 2017 Trip Report

Everyone loves a trip report!  Join us this week as we listen in to another Dole Whipped vacation recap!  Lots of new experiences were had including the new Bon Voyage Breakfast as well as Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian resort!

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Podcast Episode 129: A Disney Wedding

Have you ever wondered what goes into planning a Disney destination wedding?  You don’t need to wonder any longer!  Join us this week with our special guest, Amanda, as she tells us all about how she planned her fantastic Disney wedding.  From flowers, to catering, photography and more, she tells us from start to finish how to make that Disney wedding magic happen!

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Podcast Episode 99: Top Disney Pools

We talk about resorts a lot but there’s more to a resort than just the rooms.  We’re talking about our favorite Disney resort pools!  We tell you which ones we love and where you can find them!

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Unique Dining Outside of the Parks – Part I

Sometimes when planning dining reservations for a Walt Disney World vacation people focus on restaurants in the parks.   Fortunately, there are many, many choices outside of the parks and if you plan correctly going to a dining reservation outside of the parks doesn’t have to take a lot of time out of your day.  Of if you aren’t planning to visit a park you can still have plenty of fun and even meet some Disney friends!

 Magic Kingdom Resort Area:
Grand Floridian Resort has two very unique character meal options both at the same restaurant, 1900 Park Fare.  For breakfast you can meet Mary Poppins, Alice, the Mad Hatter, Tigger and Winnie the Pooh.  For dinner you can meet up with Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine and her daughters Anastasia and Drizella.

Also at the Grand Floridian there is Victoria & Albert’s a very upscale restaurant, having an AAA Five Diamond rating since 2000.  There is also the highly coveted Chef’s Table at Victoria & Albert’s which features 13 courses and the chef personally conversing between courses.  This is definitely a bucket list item!

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Citricos Dining with an Imagineer is a very unique option outside of the park.  Who wouldn’t love to pick the brain of a Disney Imagineer?  This is your chance to ask questions and learn about the behind the scenes of Walt Disney World. 

Within the Wilderness Lodge you will find the Whispering Canyon Café, a buffet with some shenanigans.  If you love great food, a neat atmosphere and sassy and fun cast members you will want to make the trip to Wilderness Lodge for this family style bottomless platters!  Just be careful when you ask for ketchup or straws!

 In the Polynesian Village Resort there is a unique character meal featuring Lilo and Stitch as well at Mickey and Pluto in Hawaiian gear.  Lilo is not featured anywhere else so if you have a person who loves Lilo and Stitch this is THE place to go!

 Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is located at the Campsites at Fort Wilderness and boasts an amazing dinner show with great food, fun, vaudeville comedy, singing and dancing.  And of course Strawberry Shortcake!  There are multiple shows each day in different price categories based on your seat.  You can read Tara’s review here.

Epcot Resort Area:
Another great character meal option is at the Beach Club, Cape May Café!  This is a character meal for breakfast only and features Minnie and friends in their beach attire!  So if you are in Epcot or Hollywood Studios or staying at an Epcot are resort this is a fantastic option that isn’t as well-known as other character meals.  You can read a review right here! 

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Beaches and Cream in the Beach Club boasts more than just ice cream.  This old-fashioned soda fountain has a full menu of burgers, salads, sandwiches, and soup.  But most people are coming for The Kitchen Sink.  This creation has scoops of 5 different types of ice creams, every topping imaginable plus a whole can of whipped cream.  You will need the whole family to finish this monster!  But beware when you order it you will cause some heads to turn since the whole restaurant will light up as this treat makes its way to your table.

 Todd English’s bluezoo located in the Dolphin Hotel is a sleeper choice.  It is a pricey dinner, so maybe for a special occasion this is a great choice.  It has won numerous awards and does awesome seafood as well as plenty of beef, chicken and pork dishes to keep everyone happy.  They even feature a pretty great kid’s menu if you are bringing the whole family.  The restaurant itself is beautiful and you will want to get dressed up for this dinner.

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Check back soon for more  dining suggestions on the Animal Kingdom Resort area and Disney Springs!

 

Club Level Series: Grand Floridian Resort

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I thought I would start the resort specific series with the flagship resort of Walt Disney World: The Grand Floridian Resort. This resort has all the charm of a Victorian era resort and the luxuries you want. I personally was not over the moon about the Grand Floridian (I was more of a Poly gal) but after staying there I get it.

One way to make it even more magical is to book a club level room and enjoy every moment of decadence.

One club level lounge is not enough for the Grand Floridian so there are 2 club lounges for GF CL2the club level rooms. The Royal Palm Club and The Sugar Loaf Club. The Royal Palm Club is in the main building and overlooks the lobby from the 4th floor and is more upscale than its sister, The Sugar Loaf Club. This lounge is in The Sugar Loaf outer building, on the 1st floor of the buildings Atrium.

The Royal Palm Club Level rooms are in the main building and The Sugar Loaf Club level is one of the outer buildings and the club level rooms are in this building as well.

GF CL1The lounge for both has many wonderful food options for breakfast, snacks and a light dinner or a late night dessert. It is also a great place to enjoy a cocktail or two before the fireworks show.

A sample schedule:

  • 6:00  – 6:30 a.m. Coffee
  • 7:00 – 10:30 a.m. Breakfast with juice, coffee, tea, cereals, fruit, breakfast pastries and breads
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Snacks and drinks including sodas, iced tea, lemonade, coffee, tea. Snacks are things like pretzels and goldfish
  • 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Hot appetizers, vegetable tray, cheeses beverages, wine and beer.
  • 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Desserts and cordials that come from the Grand Floridian Restaurants (YUMMY!)
  • All Day (7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.) Whole fresh fruit and beverages

Both lounges come complete with a concierge desk that is staffed just for club memberGF CL guests and will help with almost any question or need you have.

The views from the lounges are wonderful with The Royal Palm overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon and The Sugar Loaf Club Lounge has views of the pool, marinas or gardens.

Both lounges have a special afternoon tea event for club level guests and The Royal Palm Club has an expanded assortment of liqueurs and cordials for the discerning guest.