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Disney and Internet Geek. Producer of @disfilmproject podcast. I Volunteer for Hadassah & Love all things Jewish. My opinions tweeted are my own.
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HGTV and DIY Network Stars at 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Top HGTV and DIY Network Stars to Appear

at 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

HGTV DIY Network 2014 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

Superstars of HGTV and DIY Network shows will appear at the 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV until May 18, 2014. Three HGTV stars will “crash” the festival for the first time: Matt Blashaw from “Yard Crashers,” Matt Muenster from “Bath Crashers” and Alison Victoria from “Kitchen Crashers.”

The popular HGTV celebrities will meet festival guests and showcase expert tips and clever tricks at noon and 3 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday on The Designers’ Stage presented by HGTV at the Festival Center. The Crashers and their crews are known for plucking regular folks out of home improvement stores to help them – in just three days – make over the family’s yard, bathroom or kitchen.  Also new to this year’s festival are “Renovation Raiders” star Amy Matthews and Chip Wade, who started with John Gidding on “Curb Appeal” and now has his own hit show, “Elbow Room.”

Disney Vacation Club Exclusive Coffee Drink

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If you are like me, you love finding out that there are “secret” menus!

If you are a Disney Vacation Club Member, you might want want to check out this tip…

Here’s a fun little “secret menu” tip for Disney Vacation Club Members from Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company – The java brewers have created a special coffee drink exclusively for Members.

Named “Vienna Latte” and available (to Members who ask) at Joffrey’s kiosks throughout the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Theme Parks, it’s a tasty blend of espresso, steamed milk, chocolate sauce and vanilla syrup with whipped cream, and it’s available hot or iced.

Joffrey’s is a Tampa-based company that’s been importing and distributing premium coffees and teas using the finest beans and tea leaves from around the world. Insiders tell me the company uses specialty-grade Arabica beans, an elite category with rigorous standards met by fewer than 10 percent of coffee beans worldwide. As the standards of Disney Vacation Club Members are equally rigorous, we thought news of this beverage might create some positive “buzz.”

Disney Vacation Club Webcast: Aulani: The Paradise you never outgrow

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The Disney Vacation Club is inviting you to watch Aulani: The Paradise You Never Outgrow with host Samantha Brown March 23 to 29, 2014. This On-Demand webcast will take a look at  the absolutely stunning Aulani, Disney Vacation Club Villas, Ko Olina, Hawai’i, and explores the new enhancements at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa.

I hope to one day make it out to Aulani for a stay, but until then I really enjoy watching specials and gathering as much information as I can about the resort!

Here are all the details about the upcoming DVC webcasts.

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Aulani: The Paradise You Never Outgrow Webcast

Disney Vacation Club Disneyland Big Thunder Preview

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Disney Vacation Club Members in California have a really great opportunity to preview Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Disneyland before it reopens to the general public! The preview is from March 13 to 16, and you will definitely want to stop by early. It is so great to finally have Big Thunder Back open after such a lengthy refurb.

Check out the Disney Vacation Club Press Release for more information.

Disney Vacation Club Members Experience the

WILDest Preview in the Wilderness!

Hang on to them hats and glasses ‘cuz Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is back at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California! As Disney Vacation Club Members, you’re invited to preview this classic attraction before it officially reopens to the general public.

Disney Vacation Club Membership Magic: Food Trucks at Saratoga Springs

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It’s Disney Vacation Club Membership Magic

The Food Trucks are rolling in!

All year long Disney Vacation Club Membership Magic is brining special extras to their members through special events and offers. This is such a great new program that allows DVC Members to explore more of the Walt Disney World Resort while taking advantage of their discounts. Membership Magic is really great added bonus, and I am really excited to let our DVC readers know about this program! I hope that you all get the chance to enjoy these perks throughout the year!
Check out the Disney Press Release about the Disney Vacation Club Membership Magic Food Trucks below!

Run for Rescues – 5k & 1 mile dog jog

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RUN FOR RESCUES

A Fashionable 5K & 1 Mile Dog Jog
to benefit the SPCA of Central Florida

The first annual RUN FOR RESCUES will be held on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at The Mall at Millenia.

ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE SPCA OF CENTRAL FLORIDA.

Healthy pets and healthy people are always in fashion!

You can find all of the Run for Rescues details here.

Who said formal wear and running shoes don’t go together? Accessorize your running apparel with a tutu, tiara, bow tie, or anything else you can imagine – and RUN FOR RESCUES!

Vegan Valentine’s Day Restaurant Specials

Although I don’t celebrate Valentine’s day, there are some great options out there for Vegans who want to take their loved ones out for dinner.

Here are some great Vegan Valentine’s Day specials for some great Local Orlando Restaurants!

Kindred Spirits Farm: February 15th!  Starting the evening at 5 with a tour of the sanctuary, followed by dinner and desert under the stars

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Ethos Vegan Kitchen: 02/14, 5pm-11pm: Valentine’s Day Dinner. Join us for dinner, drink, and dessert specials starting at 5pm.

Infusion Tea 2/14 6:30pm seating and 8:30pm seating.  Four course dinner for $39.

Disney Vacation Club Merry Member Mixer

Merry Member Mixer

Come ring in the season with Disney Vacation Club! Mingle with fellow Members at the Merry Member Mixer as you enjoy festive entertainment and complimentary refreshments. Plus, you’ll be able to purchase a limited-edition Disney Vacation Club holiday trading pin (while supplies last).

Celebrate, share, and always discover vacations you never outgrow.

LOCATION
Epcot at the World Showplace Pavilion
Located between the Canada and United Kingdom Pavilions

CELEBRATE THE SEASON ON ONE OF THESE DATES
November 25
December 2
December 9
December 16

TIME
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Chanukah Events Around Orlando for 2013

This year is very eventful if you are Jewish because Chanukah falls on Thanksgiving, but if you don’t have family in town there are plenty of events you can attend.
Jewish Heritage Night with the Orlando Magicorlandomagic
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
First night of Chanukah
Amway Center in downtown Orlando 
400 W Church St #200, Orlando, FL 32801
Pregame and Menorah lighting at 6:30 PM in the Vista Room
Tip-off at 7:00 PM
To Purchase Tickets Click Here                                              

Synagogues Close to Walt Disney World

Since I’m Jewish, and live in Orlando I wanted to share your closest options if you want to attend Synagogue Services on Shabbat or other holy days.

Please note there are no synagogues within walking distance of Disney World.  Lynx offers bus service, but it can take a long time to get to your destination.  I recommend renting a car or taking a cab.  I don’t have recommendations for those that are Shomer Shabbos other than staying walking distance from the synagogue you are interested in.

Most of the larger synagogues are located north of downtown Orlando. Also, not all synagogues are listed, just those closest to Disney are listed.

Our local Jewish Federation has a Synagogue list here

Our local Jewish Newspaper has a Synagogue list

Orlando Canine Country Club Review

Orlando Canine Country Club

Since I was planning to take a longer trip away from home than I normally do, I decided to try a new place that opened up by the Airport named Orlando Canine Country Club. I had saw the Orlando Canine Country Club booth at the Posh Pooch Celebration Event In February, and they seemed like they would be a great fit for us.

I called and made an appointment for them to “interview” Jasper.  At the interview I filled out forms, they petted Jasper, and then Jasper waited in a playroom while I took a tour of the facility.

Orlando Canine Country Club
Orlando Canine Country Club Facility

Cheryl’s Grand Floridian Thoughts

Since Disney Vacation Club properties Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and the soon to be opening Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridan Resort and Spa are similarly priced when you buy through Disney, I thought I would compare my opinions between the two resorts.

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Grand Floridian Room Model at the DVC Preview Center

Grand Floridian Pluses:

  • The decor, especially the flooring and tile work, are definitely more upscale
  • You get additional h20 bath products, such as foot scrub, like you do when you stay at Disney’s Grand Floridan Resort and Spa.
  • In each closet, there are spa robes provided for you to relax in.
  • There is an additional Bed available.

A Grand Announcement from Disney Vacation Club

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Disney Vacation Club Members Can Now Own a Piece of Victorian Splendor Within View of Magic Kingdom Park

Sales Begin Thursday for The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

The grandeur of one of the premier properties at the Walt Disney World Resort will meet the family vacation style that only Disney Vacation Club can provide when The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa opens this fall.

DVC Neighborhood News: Interested in sharing your Membership stories?

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You’ve told us how much you love your DVC Membership — now’s your chance to tell the world!

We are looking for dynamic, enthusiastic Members who might be interested in sharing their favorite Disney Vacation Club DVC stories on camera for use in upcoming marketing tactics. If this sounds like fun and you’re planning to be at Walt Disney World® Resort in May, we’d love to hear from you! Just click here to provide us with your contact information, details on your travel party and a picture, and a Disney Cast Member will be in touch in the next few weeks.