Podcast Episode 204: Disney Dining Game

Have you ever wondered just how far you can stretch a dining credit?  Today the Dole Whippies play a little game to see just how close they can get to a dining credit using a menu with no prices!  It was a lot of fun!

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Adventures by Disney-Central Florida

Disney recently released a brand new Adventures by Disney itinerary for Central Florida! This is not just visiting Disney parks, but also the Kennedy Space Center, kayak, zip line, and airboat tours.

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This inclusive vacation would be seven days, staying at the Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. It includes 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners. The suggested ages are 8 and up with the minimum age being 6 years old. All transfers are included in the vacation as well.

The first day includes a private dinner at the Chef’s Kitchen at the Contemporary Resort and you will take home a cookbook as a souvenir.

Day two includes a private breakfast at Tony’s Town Square and pre park opening entrance to Magic Kingdom. Then you will take a walking tour of the Magic Kingdom with an Imagineer including a backstage look at the Utilidors! Of course you will get VIP access to Seven Dwarfs mine Train and lunch at the Skipper Canteen. You will also get a reserved spot for the Festival of Fantasy Parade and Wishes Fireworks. There will be plenty of time for exploring the park on your own during the day.

Highlights from day three include breakfast at ‘Ohana, and a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Here you will have a private tour with an astronaut-guide and feel what it is like during a shuttle launch, then lunch with an astronaut. Once back at Disney you will have a VIP preview of Disney Springs.

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Day four start early with a private safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, followed by a private breakfast at Tiffin’s. You will then explore the park and learn how the Imagineers planned the park. Next you will go backstage at the Rivers of Light show with VIP seating at this brand new show. A private dinner is also provided at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, with plenty of time during the day to explore the park.

The next day starts with breakfast at Kona Café and a kayak trip down Shingle Creek. Next you will board an airboat on Lake Tohopekaliga, followed by a zipline and horseback adventure and barbeque.

 

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Day six starts with a grab and go breakfast at Kona Island and an escort to Hollywood Studios for a private ride on the Tower of Terror and Toy Story Midway Mania. After this backstage access will get you from Hollywood Studios to The Seas pavilion inside Epcot. With this you will have a special access viewing from the top of the tank and lunch at the Living Seas VIP lounge. There is also a private behind-the-scenes tour at the American Adventure Pavilion and then a farewell dinner at the American Adventure Rotunda. Finishing off the night with VIP viewing of Illuminations and a dessert party.

The dates for the Adventures by Disney vacation start June 19 and go through the rest of the year. Prices start at $4,699 per child and $4,939 per adult. Some are already sold out, so if you are interested you will want to sign up quickly!

Top 5 Places to Get Coffee in Walt Disney World

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I don’t know about you, but I’m a coffee addict.  I need a daily fix of my glorious dark roasted fuel before I can handle the day, and being on vacation at Disney is no exception. In case you’re the same way, I’m listing my Top 5 places to get coffee at WDW.

1.  Kona Cafe

This restaurant at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has authentic Hawaiian coffee beans that are ground and then brewed in a French Press pot.  This is for folks who take their coffee seriously (like me).

2.  Starbucks at the Main Street Bakery

Located right there as you come in the gate, you can’t get a much more central location.  They have all your ‘Bux faves as well as the adorable mug you see up top.

3. Sunshine Tree Terrace

Not only can you get a Dole Whip here, you can also pick up an Iced Coffee Float.  Your choice of flavored coffee poured right over some creamy vanilla soft serve.  Cool down and get your caffeine fix simultaneously.  I do love efficiency!

4.  La Cava del Tequila

If you like your coffee tipsy, this is for you.  You can get a Coffee Mezcal Margarita.  You read right…a coffee margarita.  This combines two of my favorite drinks.  How can this go wrong?

5.  Writers Stop

This hidden gem is nestled between Sci-Fi Dine In and the Streets of America and is not usually very busy.  Pop in for a cappuccino and a cookie and get off your feet for a few.

What’s your favorite coffee stop in The World?  Leave a comment and let us know!

Podcast Episode 46: Deluxe Resorts Overview Part 2

We continue our overview of all the Deluxe Walt Disney World resorts this week!  We cover, Beach Club, Yacht Club, Contemporary, and Polynesian!  Find out which are our favorites while learning more about these amazing resorts!

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Kona Cafe Breakfast Review

As a big fan of the Polynesian resort, I’ll look for any excuse to visit when I’m not staying there. During my last trip, my excuse was Kona Cafe for breakfast, prior to a day at Typhoon Lagoon! I’d heard a lot of good things about Kona, but had always opted for ‘Ohana, another favorite for breakfast at the Poly. Being that this trip was just my husband and I, and he’s not really ‘into’ character meals we decided to hit up Kona instead.

The menu at Kona grabbed my attention right away. I’m not a huge breakfast person but there were so many things that I could see myself ordering. It was hard having so many delicious options to choose from.

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The first part of our order, though, was a no brainer. The first thing that had caught my husband’s eye on the menu was the 100% Kona Coffee French Press Pot. As a coffee aficionado he was very excited to see a French Press option on the menu, since this is how he makes his coffee at home, and the coffee options at Disney World had always underwhelmed him. A little pricey at $7.99 per pot (2 cups) he decided it was a worthwhile splurge.

As for myself, I chose the famous Lilikoi juice. Lilikoi juice is the same as POG juice at ‘Ohana and Jungle Juice at Tusker House: a mix of Orange, Passion Fruit and Guava juices and it is SO yummy! If you’ve never tried it I suggest a visit to one of the places on the list and ordering for yourself OR, book a club level concierge room at the Polynesian resort, where POG juice is available on tap for guests 24/7!  😉

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On to the meal! While the most popular entree at Kona Cafe is Tonga Toast, it did not appeal to either my husband or myself. I went for the Macadamia-Pineapple Pancakes. These pancakes have Macadamia Nut Butter, Pineapple Sauce, and your choice of Ham, Bacon, or Sausage. I went for the bacon. My husband chose the Steak and Eggs: A Char-grilled New York Strip Steak served with Two Eggs, Home-fried Potatoes, and a Biscuit. The pancakes were very good! I’m not a huge fan of macadamia nuts but they worked really well in the butter and with the pineapple topping. The serving size was very large, I didn’t end up being able to finish the pancakes even though I wanted to. My husband enjoyed his steak and eggs but was less impressed overall than I was. He said he still couldn’t complain because he was getting steak for breakfast, but that he might choose something different the next time we dine at Kona. It also didn’t stop him from cleaning his plate!

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Overall we really enjoyed our visit to Kona Cafe and would definitely make a repeat visit in the future, especially if we were staying at the Polynesian. I’d also consider trying Kona for lunch or dinner as their menu for those meals looks very appealing!

Have you dined at Kona before? What did you think?